DISCOMATIC DANCEFLOOR SOUNDS FROM THE EUROPEAN UNDERGROUND!
Kicking of our summer season at the end of June will be Unit 4, the are the Düsseldorf-born production duo behind the huge ‘Bodydub’. A firm favourite with some of Europe’s and the US’ biggest underground selectors (Black Strobe’s Ivan Smagge, Playhouse’s DJ Ata, I-F, The Glimmers, Krikor, Ewan Pearson, Carl Craig, François Kervorkian), it was one of 2004’s biggest slow-burning success stories. 4m1 is the DJ half of the duo, who’ll be joining us for a very rare Unit 4 UK appearance. When we first heard his genre-trashing mix CDs, which dared to throw together synth-heavy electro-house with Patrick Cowley, The Flying Lizards and – whoa! - Slayer, we were literally blown away. For his Ultimo appearance he’ll be easing off on the heavy metal but throwing down equally high-energy dancefloor dynamite.
The month after that we welcome along one of the UK’s most promising new house producers, Switch, aka Dave Taylor. With more different guises than most people have had hot dinners (as well as Switch he produces as Solid Groove, Induceve and Modeler), Dave’s innovative, bass-heavy productions and remixes have found favour with DJs as diverse as Gilles Peterson, Kenny Dope, Pete Tong and Lottie. He’s also been snapped up Classic Records, with whom he’s recording an album. As a DJ his ragga-tinged electro-house sets have wowed audiences all across the international circuit, with recent high-profile gigs including the Miami Winter Music Conference, several key European festivals and our own Fabric and The End. Tonight’s appearance is the perfect chance to find out what all the fuss is about.
And coming up at the end of July is one of Scandinavia’s most respected club DJs and a key figure in underground dance, Denmark’s Thomas Madvig. Thomas is the man behind the VERY DISCO and MEIN! MEIN! parties, where Copenhagen’s coolest come to dance to cutting-edge house, acid, disco and techno with Thomas and special guests from all corners of Europe: recent spinners have included Steve Bug, Pete Herbert, Freestyle Man and John Tejada. A staunch supporter of leftfield dance, he also presents a weekly Saturday-night show ‘Det Store Mix’ on DRP 3, the Danish equivalent of Radio 1.
See you on the ‘floor...
8pm - 3am
‘BODYDUB’ PRODUCER AND ELECTRO-ROCK MIXMASTER…
(Clone, Düsseldorf) DJ set
HOMEGROWN HERO OF 2005…
(Dubsided, London) DJ set
DENMARK’S LEADING UNDERGROUND DJ…
MADVIG (Very Disco, Copenhagen)
Once in a while a record comes along that throws the rule book out of the window and totally blows the listener away. 'Bodydub', by the mysterious Unit 4, is one of those records. Released last year on Clone and remixed by European underground champs Tiefschwarz and Bangkok Impact to stunning effect, it had DJs, journalists and party people alike foaming at the mouth for its ultra-low ragga bassline, synthesised accordion and Hawaii-tinged melody.
But who are the mysterious duo? And how did they get here? It all started in summer 2003 when the pair met the Düsseldorf-based producers U4ria (aka The Mogs) and the people of Amontillado Music, the latter of whom immediately saw their huge potential. After Amontillado put out a limited test pressing of 200 copies, including a hand-manufactured screen print produced by Kraftwerk designer Emil Schult, ‘Bodydub’ was licensed to the might Rotterdam label Clone Records. Including the aforementioned remixes, the track’s sold over 14,000 units worldwide to date. A new 12-inch is coming very soon, to followed later in the year by an album.
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Tyrell ‘Disco Lunar Module’ U4ria Superdunkel Versions (Clone)
aka Switch, has established himself as a heavy-hitting producer with
a style all of his own. A self-confessed hip hop head from Ladbroke
Grove in West London, he’s recently delivered innovative productions
and remixes for some of the industry’s biggest names and labels,
including Basement Jaxx, The Chemical Brothers, Roy Davies Jnr. and
Classic. Under his numerous other recording aliases (Solid Groove, Induceve
and Modeler) he’s reached diverse audiences, from listeners of
Giles Peterson and Pete Tong to followers of DJs Lottie, Ralph Lawson
and Kenny Dope.
‘Get Your Dub On’ (Freerange)
include his annual summer Public Service festival (on three stages by
the sea in Copenhagen),
Thomas supports all good underground music ("Anything except trance and progressive," he says of his musical tastes) but for the last few years his sound has been based mainly around the new ‘post-house’ sounds coming out of Europe, especially the new minimal house, techno and acid emanating from Germany. Despite being a champion of the underground he has also somehow managed to find time to keep a foot in the overground and has recently also started a new daytime national radio show, become head of the panel of judges for the Heiniken International DJ Competition and presenting the 2005 Danish Grammys in Copenhagen.
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brothers ‘3 Fachmisch’ / ‘Freude-Am-Tanzen’
“And everything they produce...”
of the last year: Geiger (Firm Records and more)