Posts Tagged ‘Erol Alkan’

Live : Melt! Picknick

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Bad news for all yet non-ticketholders: this year’s Melt! Festival (July 15 to 17) is already sold out (only a few and special passes can be bought here according to the festival team). If you still want to experience a great dance at the fantastic festival area of the Ferropolis (or just want to warm-up for the actual festival as planned) you still get the chance to do so on this Sunday. Then the second Melt! Picknick, as the Melt! Weekender an official pre-party for the big summer weekend, will take place near Gräfenhainichen.

This year’s curator is an old friend of Melt! and long-term collaborator. So for instance Alex Ridha alias Boys Noize’ gig with his friend Erol Alkan at Melt! 2009 is still unforgotten. Now the Berlin-based producer and DJ has again invited his British mate plus other well-known acts and creative partners such as Tiga, Djedjotronic and Jan Driver to the former Anhalt open-face mine. Alkan will also bring his New Zealand Phantasy label artist Connan Mockasin with, who’s one of the last real weirdos in the game and the creator of the beautifully pop music re-creating Please Turn Me Into The Snat. In terms of stylistic diversity he can also compete with Nottingham’s Lone, although the latter is rather coming from the electronic corner of modern music.

Connan Mockasin : It’s Choade My Dear (Video)

Kraut & Raven : The City Slang Disco

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Since yesterday we can officially say: Happy birthday City Slang, we wish you all the best for your twentieth anniversary! Although the first of the thre celebration gigs at Berlin’s Admiralspalast took place with Calexico and Get Well Soon, but sadly without The Notwist yesterday, since Micha Acher badly injured his knee. However, the City Slang crew was super quick to organise a replacement date for January 27 at Huxley’s, free to all ticket owners (see all details and find out how to register for this here) and there are still the shows with Menomena, Tortoise and Broken Social Scene tonight and Alexi Murdoch, Yo La Tengo and Lambchop tomorrow plus a another very special and boozy must-go event.

Tonight, the official City Slang disco Kraut & Raven invites you to Cookies from 11pm on and has therefore organised a big bunch of support. Besides our friends of Local Suicide, the label’s own exclusive DJ combo Menomena vs. Le savy sev vs. Jan Schwarzkamp and more Berlin highlight DJs as Shir Khan and Jack Tennis (joining forces under the moniker of Jacki Khan), Coop and Reznik, there will be the busy bee and emcee of British rave culture, Mr  Erol Alkan. Also Ewan Pearson and Trevor Jackson are on the party’s bill so we expect to remember the last twenties years in all their glory (let’s blend out the lows for this weekend), but maybe not the last night.

By the way, a little side-note for your record / download collection: City Slang has re-issued the albums Hot Rail and Feast of Wire by Galexico as well as Neon Golden by The Notwist and Lambchop’s Nixon and Is a Woman plus lots of bonus material. Read more on this soon here. Also there’s a free remix compilation, which is available now through

Hurricane Festival 2010

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It seems that the booking team of the Hurricane Festival, taking place from June 18 to 20 at Scheeßel, Germany, have done their homework. While many festivals start to announce the first bands during the last weeks, the organisators of the Hurricane have already presented a lot of bands since the beginning of 2010.

Looking at the accredited bands you’ll recognize the variety of musical genres: they range from alternative-rock over electro music to soft synthie- and guitar pop. But most of the bands have one similarity: they played a sold out concert in germany last year. Consequently the hosts can be sure that the festival would be sold out, too. On the other hand, there is also an adavantage for the fans: Those who could not see the concert of their favourite bands have new chance to watch them.

Definitely, The Strokes are the first highlight of the line up list. Already last year the New Yorkers announced a new album for late 2010, but disappointed many fans because the members applied themselves to their solo projects. Fortunately now the fans don’t have to wait any longer. The band works currently on their new record and will surely present some new songs at the Hurricane.  Of course we hope that the performance will be as powerful as in 2006, when Julian Casablancas destroyed a camera on the stage (watch below from 0:52 min on).

Another crowd puller are the Beatsteaks. The German rock band will return on stage this summer. Additionally, the re-united Stone Temple Pilots will perform at the festival. And because we are talking about well-tried bands you can mention that more war horses of the music business are going to play: electro-punker The Prodigy, the two trip hop bands Faithless and Massive Attack, riot-Hamburger Deichkind and Sweden-combo Mando Diao. In contrast to the electric and heavy bands Jack Johnson, who’s been acting in the music business for a long time as well, appears almost like an alien element. Likewise German band Element of Crime is still running on adrenalin and must not miss at any festival today. As always Sven Regner and his band will guarantee a big portion of romanticism.

If you look a little bit down the line-up list, you will find many newcomer of the last year and the music is getting a bit softer and calmer. On of the rediscovery of the last year is The XX. The London three-piece does inspire many people with their melancholic synthie tunes and recently played even three sold out concerts in Berlin. Phoenix, post punk band White Lies, wonder women Florence and the Machine and La Roux with her sweet-pop represent further newcomer band at Hurricane. The boys of Two Door Cinema Club, who will release their second album soon, are a current insiders’ tip. Furthermore the Shout Out Louds will present their new album Work at the festival. Too, Boys Noize and Does it offend you, yeah? will guarantee strong electric tunes and German Audiolith Label is involved with Frittenbude.

The three-day tickets for the festival in Scheeßel cost € 120. Those who will arrive with a caravan have to pay additional € 20 for a camper badge. You can find further information on the festival-website.

If you live in the South of Germany you can visit Hurricane’s sister festival, the Southside Festival, in Neuhausen ob Eck. It takes place at the same weekend and has the identical line-up.

UPDATE: Today the Hurricane promoters confirmed more bands once again.And they couldn’t have been more different at all. On the one hand there’re Vampire Weekend. The New Yorkers provide a mix from pop, alternative and African rhythms for a big good mood soundtrack with their current and second album Contra. Bonaparte and Timid Tiger will also be out for as much fun. The boys of We Are Scientists present a considerably more like rock sounding music and with the Deftones for rather harder minds and Ska legends The Specials, the Huricane bookers have brought another two warhorses of the music business on board.

UPDATE 2: There will be a new stage at the this year. Until now Mr. Oizo, The Bloody Beetroots Deathcrew 77, Erol Alkan, Bratze and FM Belfast comfirmed their live performances. Besides the festival promoters announced some further acts, f.i. Biffy Clyro, for the other stages. You can find the complete line-up below.

Archive, Alberta Cross, Ash, Band of Skulls, Beatsteaks, Biffy Clyro, Bratze, Bigelf, Billy Talent, Bonaparte, Boys Noize, Charlie Winston, Coheed & Cambria, Cosmo Jarvis, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Danko Jones, Deftones, Deichkind, Dendemann, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Donots, Dropkick Murphys, Element Of Crime, Enter Shikari, Erol Alkan, Faithless, Florence and the Machine, FM Belfast, Frank Turner, Frittenbude, Good Shoes, Horse the Band, Hot Water Music, Ignite, Jack Johnson, Jennifer Rostock, K’s Choice, Kashmir, Kap Bambino, Katzenjammer, La Roux, LaBrassBanda, LCD Soundsystem, Local Natives, Madsen, Mando Diao, Marina & the Diamonds, Massive Attack, Moneybrother, Mr. Oizo, Paramore, Phoenix, Porcupine Tree, Revolverheld, Shout Out Louds, Skinred, Skunk Anansie, Stone Temple Pilots, Tegan & Sara, The Blackout, The Bloody Beetroots Deathcrew 77, The Gaslight Anthem, The Get Up Kids, The Hold Steady, The Prodigy, The Specials, The Strokes, The Temper Trap, The XX, Timid Tiger, Turbostaat, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, We Are Scientists, White Lies, Zebrahead

Update: March 31 2010, 00:50 p.m.; original article published: March 8 2010, 11:30 a.m.

Late of the Pier: new single “Blueberry”

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late of the pier blueberry

Burberry is for your closet, Blackberry is for your on-the-road office and “Blueberry” is for your ears and feet. British dancefloor fillers Late of the Pier bridging the waiting gap to their follow-up of their 2008 debut “Fantasy Black Channel”. The band will put out the song “Blueberry” as a double-A-side together with “Best in Class” in February 2010 on the label of their producer Erol Alkan, Phantasy, and this above is the brand new artwork for it.

“Blueberry” will already be released digitally on December 14. As singer Sam Eastgate states in a radio interview the song had been one of the very early songs of Late of the Pier and had needed some time five years to develop, but is now ready to be presented to the fans as an unintentional Christmas gift. The final version was already premiered last Saturday on Erol Alkan’s BBC 6 “6 Mix”.

A bit different from the common LOTP-stuff “Blueberry” still sounds like liquid crystals floating in space with Simon’s vocals reminding somehow of Ray Davies’ on The Kinks’ “Face to Face”.

See below for an older live version of the track recorded at SXSW 2009 (and a studio video of “Best in Class”). Jump over to Phantasy’s Myspace for the interview including the full track in radio quality. Phantasy recently put out Boris Dlugosch’s “Bangkok“.

Late of The Pier “Blueberry” live at SXSW 2009

On a secret mission

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So folks, here’s a little thesis for knocking-off today:  ‘secret sells’ is the new ‘sex sells’ in music business’ golden book of truths. Think about it. Who cares about Britney & Co? And hasn’t been everyone wetting themselves for years now when it came to new releases of Studio and Burial or even new art by Banksy? What would all those acts be without the fog of  mystery floating around them?

Still great artists surely but it’s part of human’s natural psychology that they wouldn’t cause that big waves like they do now. You need this spicy, curious prickle in your chests and heads, don’t you? So here’s another little secret round-up for you.

1st Let’s begin with our French darling Kolt13. After we could present his last Chromeo remix of “Night by Night” we are happy to hit you back this week with another Chromeo piece by him, this time a “Fancy Footwork” Murdaphunk Remix. The first half chilled out vibe it’s definitely a nice tune and get’s even better after the dancy break that follows. Well done, boy. Oh and by the way, before Kolt fell in love with disco and electro he had his hands in France’s vibrant hip hop scene. Not the worst entry for a Dj’s/producers CV, I guess.

Chromeo “Fancy Footwork (Kolt13 Murdaphunk Remix)” [download]

2nd I might be a little bit late with this (sorry), but there’s a new duo from London which sticked to my ears and brain for some weeks now, actually with only one simple song. The act is called Monarchy and nobody really knows who they are. Here some suggestions from Carl Howard: “Erol and Tiga? Gary Barlow and MNEK? Derek Davies and Starsmith?”. I would like to add Dan Lissvik from Studio to the list, since he sonically would perfectly fit to the team, too, plus he’s living in London. After all they’re til now one and only song “Gold in the Fire” is a little masterpiece for it’s own. Can’t wait to hear more. Get the Mp3 from DISCODUST or Illegal Tender.

3rd Well, while writing this, it’s not a secret any longer but it’s still worth mentioning: Last Wednesday Erol-Alkan-linked label PHANTASY announced their sixth release by a secret artist and after five banging and wetting recent records (their Myspace gives a good overview about them all), I expected good things to come. Not suprisingly I wasn’t disappointed though. On Friday PH06 alias “Bangkok” by big player Boris Dlugosch with a remix by Roska hit Beatport with a limited vinyl release to follow. Think we have a new contender for our favourite label here. Enjoy!

Bangkok by phantasysound