SOPHIE, the latest producer to emerge from the camp of Scottish promoters Huntleys & Palmers, has expressed interest in making music that approximates the rush of a theme park thrill ride. Hotly tipped by UK figureheads Midland and Jackmaster, the unknown guy/gal (it's a guy) is making first rate infectious dance music and has been checked by everyone from the Guardian to XLR8R as 'one to watch'. We present an Aberdeen first - a live performance from the underground talent right in the heat of our basement.
Esa Mervin Granger is a firecracker. That phrase "Glasgow's favourite South African" just doesn't cut it. It takes more than a deep breath before meeting the guy and even longer to explain the number of projects he currently dips in and out of.
(Deep breath), part of the Auntie Flo Live show, a resident of Highlife, Subculture, regularly spotted in the booth of Sensu and Sunday Circus, Boiler Room and Red Bull Music Academy, owner of Rememory Music and contributor to the OOFT and Huntleys + Palmers labels.
Is there a more energetic man in music? Doubtful, he'll be joining Sophie for a one off Wednesday night special in Snafu on the 29th.
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THE DIRTY HEARTS CLUB
+ DHC DJS/ HOMEALONE DJS
DOORS: 8PM – 3AM
£5.00 ENTRY (TICKETS ONLY ON DOOR)
In Atlanta is an Aberdonian duo, taking influence from the live band format to put a fresh, melodic stamp on dance music. They've been keeping their sound hidden away (for the time being) but pop up occasionally to try things out with the studio. This will be only their fourth live show however they've had a fantastic start supporting Riton, Fridge Magnets and Jack Beats! Influenced by Eric Prydz, Calvin Harris & Friendly Fires.
GingerBeardMen are a Glasgow 2 piece Electro House outfit that consists of Blair Stuart and David Williams. Their live show aims to encapsulate the energy and ferocity of a live rock band with electro beats and big bass lines using laptops, controllers and live instrumentation. Last summer they won the Herald Unsigned Band competition and opened the Main Stage for Newton Falconer, The View and Texas. Since then GingerBeardMen have played several gigs in Glasgow at venues such as the Arches and King Tuts. Blair and David both have eclectic music taste which ranges from Daft Punk, to Botnek, to Enter Shikari, to Friendly Fires and this is reflected in elements of their productions, 3 of which have been supported and played by Ally McCrae on National BBC Radio 1.
“A band of brothers playing an eclectic mix of indie and sax funk” may at first conjure up an image of a jazz hand modern day version of The Osmond’s but the 4 boys from Ded Rabbit couldn’t be further from it. Originally from Yorkshire, it was a move to the Highlands of Scotland that made these boys pick up their instruments and find a better way to beat their boredom. With musical influences as ...diverse as their music, they absorbed everything from The Beatles and Hendrix to Queens of the Stone Age and threw in some early house and electronic pioneers like The Chemical Brothers and Prodigy for good measure.
Reviews of their debut EP, Run, have been well received and their second EP, Ice Cream was released at the end of June 12”
+ DHC Djs/ HomeAlone DJs until 3.00am
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The first in a series of nights celebrating the best in Northern Scottish Music, Dance and Produce.
Event 1: Shetland
Learn how to dance like a pony.
Live music from Blyde Lasses
A delicious buffet drawing on quality Shetland produce will be served throughout the night.
Tickets £20 or £35 for a dance pair.
Contact us at Gordon@getbirlin.com or on Twitter @getbirlin for information on table or group bookings.
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Let It Bleeds final spring / summer party featuring one of their favourite DJs and Producers :: CYRIL HAHN
SATURDAY 1ST JUNE
Let It Bleed presents Cyril Hahn
+ Youlap + More TBC
Earlybird tickets on sale from The Attic, Aberdeen Box Office, Ticketweb and Resident Advisor.
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June brings you Keiron Johnson. Keiron is the resident magician at Illusions Magic Bar in Bristol, the UK's only official magic bar. So be prepared to be blown away by the wide range of magic tricks at his. Expect to see the unexpected, from card tricks to fork bending, and everything in between. Keiron is more than just a magician, he is an artist.
They also bring you Pete Gwynne. The Trickery saw Pete at a "Bright Club" comedy night in Edinburgh. His unique blend of science and comedy means that we had to bring him to The Trickery before he becomes huge. So get ready to let Pete make you laugh and think, mostly laugh!
Multiple award winning magician Marcus Gordon will providing some more magical entertainment on the night. A published magician, Marcus has recently secured his very first Edinburgh fringe show, and we will be the first ones to see it. A truly accomplished magician with a deck of cards, Marcus will be demonstrating his gambling skills and how cheats cheat.
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Minival is turning 5!
For 5 years Minival have been doing things differently, providing Aberdeen with the pulse of the Underground house and Tech scene, with the 5th era hosting the likes of Clockwork, Guti, Amirali, Mano Le Tough, Fuse London and many more.
Minival invite all their faithful followers, friends and family, to celebrate their 5th birthday!! Whether you're a freak, a clown, a one eyed monster, a mil, a cowboy or a pin up girl this will be a moment to live and reminisce. They hope to see a whole lot of you there.
Throwing down the vibes, their ever impressive crew:
★ GANGS OF SEATON
"As we come to celebrate 5 years, it is with sadness to say that most of the crew will be heading in different directions over the summer, and therefore this may be the last celebration of Minival involving a number of our closest family members."
4PM - 3AM - Outdoor Day Venue & Snafu
£5 / £6 All Night.
Advance tickets from Resident Advisor.
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One of the world's biggest DJs joins "Let's Jack" for what promises to be a night of epic proportions. Advanced tickets recommended.
JAMES ZABIELA - official bio
A new single, a new label, a new direction and a new inner-found creative confidence: make no mistake, the most exciting episode yet in James Zabiela’s already incredible career is about to begin. “I’m definitely more confident about my music and studio expertise,” says James, who took a certain step back from studio production to concentrate on touring for a couple of seasons. But as his brand new single “The Healing’ so ready attests, the new JZ is more musical than ever. Deep, bold and bristling with e-motional melodies, it’s probably not quite what you’d expect from JZ, the man who spends his summers in Space – but it’s true to his musical ethos, which takes in everything from Modeselektor and Boards Of Canada to classic Warp… and every other warp speed in the universe. Ever the perfectionist, James has been involved in every element: even the artwork for was shot by James whilst on a train one morning… and the field recordings were made when James was stuck on tour in Mexico.
“The Healing’ isn't a dance-floor track,” he starts. “It's a personal song. Something that is as much organic as it is electronic, something that could appear on my album, should I ever write one.” (And, Zabiela fans, watch out: for the first time, he is definitely open to the possibility.). “I posted a clip of the track on my Facebook page and a comment that came back was "this is not what I was expecting at all, but I like it"! A review I was happy with! I also wanted a version I could play at my gigs so I made a cheeky remix which is really an ode to those 12" remixes of the 80s. One of the reasons I'm starting this label is so the fan boy in me can work alongside my musical heroes.” In this case, electronic ambassadors Hot Chip, Club Root and the fast-rising Midland. And what drew Harry Midland to ‘The Healing’, we wonder? “Two reasons,” he offers. “I really liked the original and could already hear parts jumping out at me and because after two years James has become a very good mate, who in my relatively short music career has given me some amazing support and opportunities.”
Another important step came this summer when James also took time to precision-cut a mix for Resident Advisor, a 90 minute sonic adventure that opens with the grand syth bounce of ‘Guidance’ by Indigi & Synkro and pioneering Hotflush producer Beaumont before taking in tracks from Bonobo, Falty DL and Addison Groove: indeed, JZ in 2012 is more into deep bass than ever. Of course, he’s still attracted to glacial soundscapes and throughout the mix, he retains an ear for melody and haunting vocal snippets that have epitomised his best work. Later on, the mix takes in Jon Talabot, Ben Westbeech and JZ’s new single, which suits his new ethos perfectly. “I think a lot of people who are familiar with my DJing and previous work will like this track and the direction I’m going on,” he attests. James has also completed the next instalment of his acclaimed ‘Paradigm Shifts’ mix, which can be heard on his soundcloud now. http://soundcloud.com/jameszabiela/james-zabiela-paradigm-shift-1.
First started in May 2011 James adds parts to the mix over time and you can hear the strains of the last track from the previous mix (Scuba – ‘Adrenalin’) in the opening of this new mix. As an ongoing body of work, it’s probably the next logical step for James (and countless other artists) from the traditional compilation series. Opening up new ideas and possibilities is what James is all about… indeed, with so much of his music being permeated by smart movie samples and cool cut-ups, the online world is his natural home…along with a label that showcases his ethos.
“The label Born Electric has been coming for a while,” he smiles. “But I wanted to get it right.” Beyond the single, James also found time to rework Hot Chip’s ‘How DO You Do It?’ – on the personal invitation of the band, who he’d stayed friends with after Felix and Al played alongside him at We Love in Ibiza – and the final result can be heard on the excellent double-pack and digital remix EP for ‘How Do You Do?’ As ever, James is in great company, with Todd Terje, Joe Goddard and Mickey Moonlight all mixing. There was one other significant point to this cool club production: it also marked a return to the studio after a two year break. (Zabiela fans watch out once more: neither James nor Hot Chip have forgotten about the music which they’ve have made together. With both parties unleashing their inner analogue on the project.
As ever, James remains a Pioneer Product Tester Advisor, having visited their factory in Japan and the testers visiting him at his home in return. “He always leaves me feeling inspired by the new and creative ways he uses the tech," says Rik Parkinson. Zabiela also continues to push the boundaries creatively with what can be done in the studio and onstage, with custom made iPad layouts and mappings, multiple controllers in tandem and in harmony with traditional DJ skills.
As with everything in JZ’s career, the upward arc has been gradual and organic. Having performed at We Love for a decade, it’s understandable that James would want to try something different in 2012 (his twelfth season!) so in tandem with promoter Mark Broadbent (who spend autumn and winter sending each other new music), the two came up with a new concept that allowed him to help curate four nights at the party, as well as inviting people whose music he admired. James hosted Born Electric nights 4 times this summer, with guests from Modeselektor and Shackleton playing live and producers like Midland and Scuba joining James in outer Space.
But we’ll leave the final comment to a Facebook user called Dominic Moriarty, referring to his Resident Advisor mix and recent 5 hour set at XOYO for Born Electric. "What. A. Mix. There's something about James, he delivers so much emotion and personality into his mixes like no other DJ. It's like watching a life-affirming film that leaves you with a sense of fulfilment. Having first seen him at Sasha's birthday at Space in 2004 and then seeing him at XOYO for BE launch, his evolution has been epic and now he truly is a master of his craft.”
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A true force to be reckoned with as a DJ and producer, Nicole Moudaber’s rise through the ranks of the DJ elite has been swift, purposeful and striking.
Propelled by her flawlessly executed, sleazy, edgy house and tough, soulful techno sounds, she now sits at the very forefront of today’s scene. Her technical ability has turned heads from Rio to Montreal. Working the mix from the off, locked into her distinctive groove, Nicole on stage is a sight to behold.
Hitting New York after a youth spent in Africa and the Middle East, Nicole initially explored her passion for electronic music as a promoter, bringing the NYC style parties she loved to Beirut for the first time, then booking huge acts for her Soundworx nights at London’s legendary Turnmills club and running Southeast Recordings.
But it was the decision to dive in and start to DJ and make music herself that was prove the most important. Once she unleashed her creativity, everything simply went ‘boom’.
Carl Cox identified her as exactly the kind of fresh talent he wanted to have playing at his weekly nights at Space in Ibiza, where Nicole has now DJed regularly alongside him for three seasons. Her remix of Carl Cox's Chemistry spent weeks at the top of several download charts which only served to cement her place at the top table.
Requests for guest mixes quickly followed on both Carl’s and John Digweed’s internationally syndicated radio shows, as did a prestigious mix for Adam Beyer’s show where she was chosen to celebrate the epic ‘15 Years of Drumcode’ release (which features a classic slice of Moudaber techno on its high caliber tracklist).
Pete Tong named Nicole a rising star on BBC Radio 1’s Essential Selection, while her music regularly picks up the support of DJ royalty like Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice and Danny Tenaglia, who was so impressed when he DJed with Nicole that the two of them have been working in the studio and threw the most talked about party of the summer together at Ibiza’s exciting outdoor venue Ushuaia.
With further residencies in Ibiza, dates worldwide from Brazil’s Rock In Rio festival to headlining at Montreal’s famous Stereo and two residencies in New York City in 2012 and 2013 at Cielo and Pacha NYC, Nicole’s reputation for groovy main room mastery has taken hold everywhere.
Nicole's DJ diary this year has already included Pacha (NYC), The Miami Winter Music Conference (Drumcode Showcase), Pressure (Glasgow), Space (Ibiza) and Awakenings (The Netherlands). On the 19th July she will be dropping into SNAFU on her way to Fabric (London).
You can listen to several of her mixes including this one from Awakenings and all her new releases on soundcloud.
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