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© Vincent Riese 2017
2017 / 06 / 27
TDHS: Middle of nowhere
The last Desperate Housemen Session is almost one and a half months ago now so I really had to deliver new stuff!
As always, I dug out a lot of records that I've never recorded before and so I also used many that are totally new in my collection, too. The mix is actually made of music, which is currently very inspiring to me.
Electronic music such as some classic (deep) house or some heavy techno loops, ambient and some oldschool hip-hop samples often have something very hypnotic and somehow you back and forth until it puts you in a trance-like condition. You concentrate, you are isolated, somehow far away and still focused. You’re just totally caught by the moment and entirely in your element. You can feel this while actively listening to the music and also when passive listening and doing something else. I can design and draw amazingly well with this kind of music. I don’t have much lyrics to deviate me and I can assimilate and interpret the sound quite personally. That’s given me a lot lately, especially since it was an enormous satisfaction to deejay after another long time, just totally relaxing in the living room. — Using vinyl again!
As usual, the session is a relatively spontaneous one-take.
I roughly know what I want to play. Where the whole thing is supposed to go, how it evolves and how long it will run, is mostly very individual and depends on the situation. This means, of course, that there may appear some incidents in these mixtapes but I guess that’s okay. Imperfection is sometimes okay. It’s somehow honest and I also want these mixtapes to be some kind of unfiltered remembrance. A little flashback to musically enjoyable entertainment, good or important moments. They are not always perfect. — Especially not if you record your mixtape at home in an incredibly hot summer, wet sweat, between three cats. But that’s… real.
I like to keep it real.
Self-evident there are some jewels included again, where I could possibly lose an extra word for.
Prince of Denmark – 8
The most valuable release in this mix is for dead certainty 8 by Prince of Denmark. The LP is the last one Traumprinz published under this name. The productions are absolutely brilliant, the record is beautiful from start to end. From ambient to minimal house and techno, everything is there. The sound takes you directly into the deep world of the mysterious artist.
The first productions of the album could be heard long before the release in some promo mixtapes of
Traumpinz aka Prince of Denmark aka DJ Metatron. Planet Uterus is my absolute favorite, even if every single track is something very special — talking in the most positive sense.
That awesome piece of black gold is very limited as every Giegling release and is sold on Discogs for between 250 and 500 euros. The fact that the LP is the last POD production ever increases considerably the already relatively high value of a limited Giegling 12-inch.
Another Giegling special in this mix is the Planet Giegling Tour EP, which was sold exclusively on their gigs. I am the proud owner of the pink Amsterdam version. The record starts on discogs at 75 euros.
The label is generally very impressive for every art and music lover. If you want to learn more about the label and especially its dramatic, imprint saving Planet Giegling tour, you should read the Resident Advisor feature by Will Lynch here.
Efdemin – America
Also Octo Octa rolled out a new longplayer recently, which I found very great. That made me, however, to listen to a few older records from her and so I hit upon the More Times EP, which I played here. Her productions often remind me of DJ Sprinkles, which I think is absolutely awesome anyway. Some very deep and trippy house tunes!
Last year I ordered the Yalta LP by Pavel Milyakov AKA Buttechno at Hardwax. Great electronic music journey. One of the few electro, techno LPs you can listen through from start to finish just to relax. The funny thing is, I had to find my old Hardwax invoice again to know exactly from whom the record was and what it is called, because the EP was completely labled in Russian:
Павел Миляков - Ялта
In my last post about the previous session in june I wrote that I’m not a huge fan of the productions by Galcher Lustwerk under his Road Hog moniker. I need to correct this statement. The longplayers of him are only on sale on his Bandcamp site and they may be partly not as unique as his singles as Galcher Lustwerk, nevertheless, the two albums I own - Tour de Hog and On The Lam - also have a lot of great productions, which you might have heard in the 12th edition of Blowing Up The Workshop before.
So after I had calmly listened to the releases, I finally had to play a Road Hog track — East overlook — then.
Lifesaver Compilation 3
The third Lifesaver compilation of the Frankfurt-Offenbach Robert Johnson crew has recently been released. I own them all and I’m also generally a big fan of the sound of the label. Of course I had to give the new edition a try in this session.
LARJ daddy Ata is also a huge inspiration for me. The whole universe around RJ is incredibly successful, very fascinating and not only great to listen to but also to watch. Especially the works from Michael Satter (here also cover and tour posters) please me a lot. The whole RJ organisation seems like a giant neverending art project. The club is already celebrating 18 years of existence, which is a very rare achievement in the „underground“ scene.
I’m a huge Minilogue fan. But I actually just started dealing with them when they released there Animals LP on Cocoon. At that time Sven Väth's Cocoon imprint was still one of the most distinctive labels for me.
The swedish duo has a great feeling for dreamy sound and go far beyond the 4-2-the-floor-style. Animals also consists of breakbeats and ambient passages. Partially, the Minilogue sound has something from Brian Eno.
Obviously they also care a lot about their visual appearance. Good visual design always triggers me. To that’s a very important part of a musical publication. The two have also released an amazing DVD with a completely animated film for their LP.
Marcus Henriksson and Sebastian Mullaert have unfortunately quit the Minilogue project two or three years ago. Very sad.
Anyway, I did not listen to the LP for a long time and it was kind of nice to play the record and realize that I still consider it as good as it was back in the days. This is not just a matter of course, you are always developing musically, and you are often wondering what crap you used to listen to back then.
At least as long as I know Minilogue, I am listening to the music of Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann. But acutally I don’t pursue them as much as I used to because they have almost solely peaktime gigs due to their persistent hypes, which often only run for 1 or 2 hours.
I really like their Berghain sets in the morning, which run for at least 4 hours. At a time when the audience is very open-minded to new and different sound, for more interesting variations. When they really dare to do something crazy, something experimental and not just punch that 4-2-the-floor-techno right in your face. These moments when they really prove how great their musical taste is, how wide their musical range is and what a great sensitivity they have for music in general.
Etapp Kyle – KW 10
Ben Klock's label has also raised some interesting artists for me recently.
DVS1 and Etapp Kyle are my absolute favorites. Their KW releases are consistently ingenious. Etapp Kyle's debut EP on Klockworks definitely was not allowed to be missing in this session. But also my favorite KW record by DVS1 is included. The records are just very reduced and hypnotic and have a enormously deep sound.
Mono Junk – Channel B
Talking about Berlin’s number one club, I heard Channel B by Mono Junk for the first time on the Panorama Bar 1 mix CD by Cassy. I just occationally found this reissue of the single in my collection again, which was quite funny, since I actually thought I did not own the record.
The Zenker Brothers are on a straight rising course with their Illian Tape imprint for quite some time now.
At a time when I had never heard of Marco Zenker, and Dario had not yet arrived, where his musical productions are today, I have already pursued him very interested. His Belfort single under the Vakant Limited series was really nice. Not long after its publication I moved from Düsseldorf to Munich and worked at the Harry Klein club for a short time, where he was part of the resident team.
We just lost sight I left the Harry Klein crew but the Zenkers were just at the beginning of getting bigger and bigger with their Illian Tape crew and toured a lot around the world. The two bavarians put a lot of effort and passion into their label.
Years later I met them once again tangentially. A friend, who turned out to be one of the best friends of Marco Zenker, gave me the Zenker Brothers' debut LP as a Christmas present then. I didn’t play the record often so far but it really is a very interesting record.
Currently they hold a residency at a very new and interesting venue in Munich called Blitz and I’m really excited to visit one of their gigs there soon. Unfortunately the club opened its doors just short after I moved from Bavaria to Hesse.
Zenker Brothers – Immersion
The Black Ice EP by Smallpeople is almost a classic for me. All three tracks are insanely good. As minimalistic and beautiful as the artwork that Stefan Marx has once again designed for Smallville Records. Latter is one of my favorite illustrators anyway — a real inspiration!
Although every single track would deserve to be played a lot, I always end up playing Black Ice.
Smallpeople – Black Ice EP
However, I guess these were more than enough words about music again. The best way to experience the sound is by simply listening to it. Press play. I hope you enjoy it again as much as I did!
Prince of Denmark – Ambient 004
S. Moreira – That was just a dream (Indi Zone remix)
Herr Koreander – Klauds
Art Alfie – Aah hej då rå
Octo Octa – Dresses
DJ Sotofett – Øl på ibiza
SW. – Extended mix 33
Linkwood – System
Frank & Tony feat. DJ Sprinkles – Companion
Pavel Milyakov – Silent elektro
Efdemin – America
Unbalance – Freedom
Post Scriptum – Donbelief
Kornél Kovács – Szív utca
Levon Vincent – Novel Sound 12 (A2)
Iron Curtis – Maple
D-IX – Hugo
Christopher Rau – Broke
Taron Trekka – Segelboot
Half Hawaii – Bring back the love
Road Hog – East overlook
Joris Voorn – Deep side of the moog
Youandewan – Something keeps me real quiet
Roy of the Ravers – Emotinium
Peverelist – Slice of Life
Steffi – Everyday objects
Nikola Gala – Only (Ryan Elliott remix)
Etapp Kyle – Aurora
Developer – In pure form 18
Chris Mitchell – Drum trax
Benjamin Milz – Electric current
Andras – Hard working man
Dennis Ferrer feat. Tyrone Ellis – Underground is my home
Matthias Tanzmann – Tamarind
Kettenkarussell – Walk with me
Rhythm & sound – Never tell you
Willow – Workshop 23 (B2)
Minilogue – Seconds (Colour & sound)
Lawrence – Ava
Marcel Dettmann & Ben Klock – The world tonight
Prince of Denmark – Planet uterus
Mono Junk – Channel b
Private Press – Untitled I
Emmanuel – Come closer
DVS1 – Black russian
Zenker Brothers – Cornel 21
Wax – 10001 (B side)
DJ Sports – Ascension
Omar-S – Over you too
Smallpeople – Black ice
D5 – Sides of space
Gilb'R & Bradock – Versatile
Dreamcast & Sasac – Liquid deep