ORBIT Playlist: Eli Brown forwards Fabric London performance

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ORBIT Playlist: Eli Brown forwards Fabric London performanceEli Brown 1 1

Eli Brown is teaming up with Ibiza superpower event brand, ANTS, this Friday, November 1, at landmark London club spot, Fabric. The performance will be part of ANTS return to Forms series—summoning the cream of the techno/tech-house heavyweight crop.

Navigating a highly saturated Bristol house scene, Brown was forced to find fresh ways to make a lasting mark. His singular sound subsequently began to take shape. He’s now known for his penchant for painted, energizing house offerings with a pernicious twist. With high-profile appearances on Ultra Records, Lee Foss‘s Repopulate Mars, and Mark Knight‘s Toolroom (among a sundry of others), it’s evident ears, other than ours, are craning to get a slice of Brown’s sound.

By way of Dancing Astronaut, the “XTC” producer has compiled a list of tracks, specifically for the occasion. In conjunction with the club-courting house/tech cuts, Brown has provided listeners with a bit of method to his delicious aural mayhem—attaching his intention behind each track selection. Stream below to find out what’s in store for Brown’s Friday showing at Fabric. Tickets available here.

1. Solardo & Eli Brown – XTC – I had to pick this tune as it’s been a massive tune for me over the summer… We just dropped the video and sick remix is coming very very soon so hold tight for that.
2.Cuatero – Pa chu – Love this tune, proper grooves by one of my favourite producers on Seth Troxler’s Play it Say it label… Need I say more?
3.Monoky & Luis Miranda – Leggo – If you’ve heard me play over the past two month you will have heard this tune. Definitely one of my go-to tunes, the bassline is so heavy it always destroys the club.
4.Nathan Barato – Talk on – Old Hot Creations classic but I recently put this back in my sets and still smashes it so hard so I wanted to include it for those who may have missed it first time around.
5.Sosa – DFCW – Massive tune by one of my favourite new producers…go check him out as he’s got a big future.
6.Patrick Topping – Turbo Time – Wicked tune from one of the best producers around. Every time Patrick does a tune its always different and unique, this is no different… Massive early ’90s vibes on this.
7.Jey Kurmis – Caz She Can – Jey Kurmis can do no wrong in my eyes, his tunes have a certain vibe to them that no one else can replicate and this is a perfect example of how to create a groove.
8.Richy Ahmed – Come With Us – Another tune that’s been around for a while but I love the vibe so much, sounds like nothing else and one that perhaps went under the radar.
9.Jamie River – Pesos – New producer whom I don’t know much about but if this is anything to go by then I’m sure he’s set to do big things. Love the Latin vibes on this, the flute sample in the breakdown always creates a special moment when i’ve been playing it out.  
10.Micheal Bibi – Garden of the Groove – Bibi’s back with another banger on Repopulate Mars, rolling grooves and massive b-line, this tune goes off believe me.
11.Rafa Barrios – Sense – Another big track in my sets over the past couple of months, love the energy on this tune.  Rafa always makes wicked tunes, if you’ve not come across him make sure you check out his other stuff.
12.Ronni Spiteri – Tell me Something – Wicked tune from Ronni who’s a sick producer from Southampton UK on one of my favourite labels, Alan Fitzpatricks We are the Brave!  Rolling Techno vibes…love it!
13.Eli Brown – 92 Thing – Probably my favourite tune of mine, slightly different sound than some of my other stuff but hopefully fans of my other stuff will still see the connection. Played by everyone from CamelPhat, Solardo, Carl Cox, and Adam Beyer over the summer, it’s been doing damage.
14.Raito – Sumer Of Love (Alan Fitzpatrick remix) – This tune has everything for me, wicked old-school vibes and a banger of a drop.. never fails to smash it.
15.Anja Schneider – Far Side of the Moon – Been playing this tune as my last tune of my sets recently and I love it, one of those tunes when you hear it in the rave you just want to put your head down and find a dark corner and get lost in the music!  

Photo Credit: Ushuaïa Ibiza

Watch Aphex Twin deliver first London club set in a decade, live from Printworks

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Watch Aphex Twin deliver first London club set in a decade, live from PrintworksAphe Twin Disography Warp Streaming

London’s decade-long Aphex Twin drought finally subsided with the producer’s September 14 performance at Printworks. Aphex Twin’s first club show in London in ten years’ time, and unsurprisingly, a sold out endeavor, the momentous live effort won’t be just a shadowy memory for attendees who pervaded the famed UK venue, thanks to the ten-piece camera crew who brought a 360°, full-length video of the two-hour set to fruition.

The visual eccentricity classic of an Aphex Twin appearance is on full display in the video. Bright flashes of white light accent the amorphous visuals that crawl across the screen in unpredictable fashion. Aphex Twin sourced this component of the live package from familiar collaborator, Weirdcore.

Staticky and climactic, the set develops at a languid pace. Aphex Twin originals such as “Stone in Focus” and “Umil 25-01” surface among unreleased new Aphex material, as do productions from a sampling of fellow artists, including HVL, Quartz, and Ye Gods, among others.

Aphex Twin will next set his sights on Manchester’s The Depot on September 20.

Photo Credit: Robert Ho

Primavera Sound postpones London festival plans

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Primavera Sound postpones London festival plansPrimavera

Barcelona’s Primavera Sound has pulled out of their London festival endeavor for 2020, which was scheduled to take place in September in between its Portugal and California dates. Sources close to the festival disclosed to IQ Mag that the organizers’ permit request for their targeted venue in the locale of Enfield hadn’t gone through successfully. That being said, Primavera hasn’t given up on their UK aspirations entirely; the event will likely take place in 2021, giving organizers more time to fully secure a venue and align their logistics.

“They [organizers] want it to be as perfect as possible. They could organize it for next year, but now the feeling is it’s better to wait until 2021,” explained the anonymous source.

After becoming a pillar of the Barcelona scene and entering other markets along the way, the highly successful Primavera Sound began teasing its newest round of 2020 expansions during its 2019 flagship edition. LA was revealed shortly afterward, set for a touch down over the weekend of September 19-20.

H/T: Billboard and IQ Mag

Photo credit: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Printworks London shares schedule through year’s end, with Amelie Lens, Bonobo, and more

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Printworks London shares schedule through year’s end, with Amelie Lens, Bonobo, and morePrintworks

The 2019 fall/winter artist program at Printworks London has arrived, to the print-factory-turned-legendary-club locale’s frequent habitues’ exceeding delight. On September 28, the widely acclaimed venue will once more open its doors, thereby kicking off another season of events. Nastia, Amelie Lens, Luigi Madonna, Sofia Kourtesis, Nicole Moudaber, and B. Traits will provide a ceremonious start to Printworks’ 2019 installment in the Press Halls, as Milo Spykers, Farrago, and an onslaught of like-minded counterparts man the Dark Room decks.

October ushers Bonobo, Leon Vynehall, Omar S, and Nubya Garcia into The Hydra for the Outlier party on October 12. Jon Hopkins makes an appearance on October 25, and Patrick Topping and Peggy Gou stop by on October 13 and November 2, respectively. Meanwhile, Robert Hood, DJ Bone, Laurel Halo, Skee Mask, play on December 21.

A host of other acts will take their talents to London’s electronic mecca, including Broadwick Live’s establishments, Enfield’s The Drumsheds, and Greenwich Peninsula’s Magazine London. View the full lineup here. Tickets are now available here.

Four men stabbed at London’s Eastern Electrics festival

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Four men stabbed at London’s Eastern Electrics festivalEastern Electrics Festival London Press Photo

On Aug. 3 and 4, London’s Morden Park played host to Eastern Electrics, a festival that’s been taking place in southwest London since 2017. Unfortunately, the first day of the festival saw four men stabbed in separate incidents.

The first incident occurred around 4 p.m., when a 24-year-old was attacked and sent to the hospital with injuries. Another took place around 7 p.m. with a 27-year-old victim, and a third—identified as a man in his twenties—was found with stab wounds around 9:30 p.m. The fourth involved a man in his 40s around a half hour later, and his condition is currently unknown.

The festival has issued the following statement:

“We can confirm that four serious assaults took place at Eastern Electrics on Saturday 3rd August. All casualties were transferred to hospital after being treated on site by our medical team. The Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward and asking anyone with information that may help with their investigation to call 101. The safety of everyone on-site is our first priority and we will continue to work closely with the Police, local authorities and our security staff to ensure a safe and secure environment at Eastern Electrics.”

Local police enforced Section 60 in the London borough of Merton on the second evening of the festival, which allowed them stop and search members of the public without suspicion.

Currently, no arrests have been made, and investigations into the incidents are ongoing.

H/T: DJ Mag

Four Tet shares serendipitous live album from Alexandra Palace

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Four Tet shares serendipitous live album from Alexandra PalaceTet Live 2019

Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, casually took to Twitter yesterday to announce that his newest album, an amalgamation of performances from May 8 and 9 at London’s Alexandra Palace, would arrive just eight minutes later.

The 90-minute set centers around the UK producer’s 2017 LP New Energy, granted liftoff with “Planet” and giving tracks like “Scientists,” and “SW9 9SL” (the post-code of Brixton Academy, where Hebden throws annual all-nighters) refreshingly different looks from last year’s similarly released set at Funkhaus Berlin. Fans are also treated to throwbacks like the frenetic and brain-scattering “Spirit Fingers.” Ultimately, though, Four Tet looks forward, capping off the main portion of the set with the illustrious “Teenage Birdsong,” one of the Grammy-nominated musician’s three singles to drop this year.

Four Tet has been showcasing his live bravura in abundance in the last year, releasing sets from 2004, 2010 and 2018.

Techno Tuesday: Enzo Siragusa dives into the FUSE philosophy

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Techno Tuesday: Enzo Siragusa dives into the FUSE philosophyTechno Tuesdays

Techno Tuesday is a feature on Dancing Astronaut documenting the culture of underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some of the best talent outside the world of mainstream dance music.

Fuse began as a humble afterhours party thrown by two house-loving cousins who’d been raving since their teenage years. When something is born out of love, it often flourishes, and such is the case with this—and such is the case with this gathering put on by Enzo Siragusa and Tony Cannatella. Their infectious energy, keen ear for quality deep and minimal house records, and a staunch loyalty to their brand regardless of what was trendy or not drew multitudes to East London every Sunday to partake in what would soon become a clubbing institution. Over the years they took on some new family members as well; Seb Zito and Archie Hamilton, for example, found their way into the fold during Fuse’s early years and have since been able to launch their own hugely successful careers that stretch beyond a mere residency.

The series has just passed its tenth birthday—a milestone, given a tough and saturated clubbing climate. What better way to celebrate than expanding its wings? Fuse will be hopping across the pond beginning February 8, where the brand will be kicking off its debut US tour in Brooklyn via Teksupport, a New York underground staple. Enzo, Archie and Seb will provide a night full of high caliber house music nestled in a warehouse for a particularly classic feel. We were able to snag the aforementioned co-founder of Fuse for a quick chat ahead of the touchdown, where we dug into his inspirations, the story of Fuse, and what the brand has in store for its next decade.

Grab tickets to Fuse’s Brooklyn appearance here


Do you feel the EDM bubble has popped in America? How have you seen the scene here evolve, and which US cities are your favorites to play?
I haven’t been aware of the EDM bubble to be honest. It’s not on my radar because it’s not part of the scene I’ve been in. For me, the US has always been the birth place and hub to house music which massively influenced me from the mid 90s. I was really into Masters at Work, and I’d always be digging through the ‘US imports’ section in my local record shop. Hip-E, Halo and Naked Music, DJs like Miguel Migs. I’ve always found a time and a place to play that music, and that’s what America is for me, not EDM. Choosing a favourite city to play in is hard! Miami always seems to go off, and the FUSE sound has really travelled well over there, perhaps Miami enjoy the bassier side of things! Flash in DC I always enjoy, and there are some really cool in parties going on in LA too. I really can’t wait for our FUSE10 tour to start this weekend.

You started your brand out of love for the rave culture you grew up in. What aspects have stayed the same over the years, and which aspects have you seen change (for better or for worse)?
When I started out clubbing it was rawer. The biggest shift I felt is when music became digital. It became easier to access and therefore quite consumable, driven by money and business. That said it’s not a negative thing, it’s exposed our music the masses and got new generations involved. I feel like we have seen around four generations of clubbers come and go at FUSE. The digital world made things com, go and come back round again.

Of course, a venue needs a good, tuned-up sound system and often could do without overly flashy lights when it comes to throwing a party like Fuse. What other aspects tie into making an environment perfect for a rave? Does layout play huge role, programming, etc? Describe a perfect party outside your own and what made it so.
At FUSE we cultivated a community of clubbers out of a group of core residents, and people then started to come because they wanted to hear what we were playing, week in week out. If you add in the right sound system, not queuing forever to get in, with a friendly reception from the door staff and security which makes you feel instantly welcome, there are so many little details. We strive to provide a certain experience, so the venue and execution of the event need to be at a certain operational level. It has to be an equal balance of all those things, those fine details help make the vibe of the party. As your party gets bigger you have to remember those core values and keep them all in place to keep the people coming back.

How do you organize your music/record bag when it comes to playing sets? For example, some djs have folders w/ moods marked down, some go in cold turkey + randomly, etc.
I have more of a loose system that tends revolve around the mood of the people I am playing in front of. I tune into the energy and vibe and the room and cater to that. A lot of it is set around what me and the FUSE guys have been making also.

What have been some of your favorite events to play over the past year, and why?
Our 10th birthday in November going back to our original home of 93 Feet East after 6 years of absence was so emotionally charged. I had people coming up to me crying saying how great it was to be back in the club with us, and that really touched me. Many of whom were people from our original community that I hadn’t seen for many years.
Sonus Festival in Croatia was also phenomenal. We did our own Saturday night FUSE party I don’t think anyone expected 3000 people to turn up!
I always enjoy playing Gottwood Festival in Wales, they put a lot of attention to detail into their parties and I’ll be playing a Drum n Bass set this year which was really cool of them to let me do.

Every DJ has at least one bad night in their careers. How do you/how did you cope when it happens/happened to you, and did you learn anything from the experience?
You have to take the rough with the smooth and the bad nights help you appreciate the good ones. You have to learn that you can’t judge, nor take things personally as there are far too many factors into why a night hasn’t quite gone your way. It’s all part of the journey isn’t it.

Tell us about the evolution of your music taste & what you’ve liked spinning in sets over the years, and which labels/artists you’re most excited about at this moment.
I have always played a melting pot of music that has inspired London. Deep House, Minimal, DnB, Jungle, House, rooted by warm basslines and big moments. I guess what you’d expect from someone who has been into raving for so long and been influenced by different parties. Your sound evolves to different time periods in your life. Doing a weekly party at FUSE had a huge impact anf we used to play a lot slower in the early days as minimal scene was really kicking off. As the party evolved and got bigger you play to bigger rooms and adjust again. As I got older and had a family, I started playing a bit deeper as I was in more of a reflective mood.

Artists that are exciting me right now are Burnski and his Constant Sound label which is pushing a more garage and dnb sound that resonates with me. East End Dubs is doing some great things, he is a wizard in the studio. Adam Shelton is doing a lot for the UK up in Birmingham. I feel there is quite a big revival with the bass / breakbeat sound. People are re discovering our past and it’s great to see.

As someone who’s been doing this longer than average, how do you “keep the spark alive” and find new ways to feel refreshed and inspired while remaining relevant enough to make a living?
I have applied myself to many more aspects of this business than just DJing and producing, and it’s kept me inspired too because I am forever learning and growing. It’s like a rabbit hole, keep digging and you find interesting things. From running and growing an event brand, to overseeing the FUSE and Infuse label offshoots. Also having an amazing group of pals like the FUSE boys, with such a shared strong passion for raving and music helps. We all have our own labels, and give each other advice, and the community aspect there is really inspiring.

You’re huge on meditation + healthy eating as a way to find balance and retain sanity while on the road. Are there any other key parts of your pre-show ritual that you must involve these days? Pro-tips for avoiding getting sick?
I meditate when I go on tour because I find it helps me with dealing with different time zones and gives me a quick rest and reset before playing again. Food wise I try to be mindful, but I love my food, I’m Italian so I’d say I’m more wholesome than healthy. I’m no spring chicken anymore, and so I have to make better decisions when on the road firstly with picking after parties wisely! Rest is essential and cutting back on alcohol really helps.

What is your biggest fear as an artist?
I don’t have any fears within the business, the only concerns are missing out on the family life. A heavy-duty touring schedule leads to your missing out some key moments of your children’s lives, and that is difficult.

Finally, the usual – what’s coming up for you throughout the rest of 2019?
As well as the upcoming FUSE10 USA dates, we have events at SXM Festival, Fabric London, Off Week Festival in Barcelona, Hoppetosse in Berlin. Rich Nxt’s Hard To Be EP is out on FUSE this month, and Seb Zito’s has an EP on the way in March. I also have a big project coming on the FUSE label in April soon to be revealed!

Four Tet announces exclusive new music for London exhibition

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Four Tet announces exclusive new music for London exhibitionTet Live 2019

Known for live shows with an artistic flair, Four Tet‘s inventive side comes through in both his music and visuals. Now bringing his talents to the London’s expansive art scene, Four Tet has announced that he will be debuting exclusive new music at the Elephant West gallery.

Pairing with childhood friend and artist Anna Liber Lewis for an exhibition called Muscle Memory, Four Tet will be soundtracking the exhibition with three new songs. Only available for listening via headphones at the gallery, the music was “created in tandem with and respond(s) to” the art. Producing a multi-sensory experience, the artists encourage patrons to disrupt the “white cube” stereotype of an art gallery through free movement or dance. With a preview of one of the tracks available on Twitter, the exhibition is set to stay on display until March 17.

London gets new venue, Magazine, from group behind Printworks

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London gets new venue, Magazine, from group behind PrintworksMagazine London

In a city where the relationship between venue owners and local authorities becomes more tense every day, a new venue space for the underground is always big news. Coming next year from the Vibration Group (the same team behind Printworks), the British capitol will be home to a new club called Magazine London.

Located off the beaten path in London’s Greenwich neighborhood, the 3,000-capacity space is part of a larger movement by investment company Knight Dragon to make the neighborhood a hub for creativity. Looking to create “a community with culture and entertainment at its heart,” the multi-million-pound project will begin construction by the end of 2018. Magazine is set to open in the summer of 2019, around the same time the Vibration Group will be launching a 7,000-person outdoor festival space in the area. While local clubs are still struggling to attain all night licenses and pay their ever-rising rents, London is working to stay a music powerhouse with the addition of these new event spaces.

H/T: Resident Advisor

Four Tet will bring his immersive live show to Alexandra Palace

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Four Tet will bring his immersive live show to Alexandra PalaceTet Live 2019

Four Tet will bring his immersive show of electronic music and mesmerizing lighting effects to London’s iconic Alexandra Palace on Thursday, May 9, 2019. Debuting the show on tour in support of his 2017 album, New Energy, the UK artist created a live show with an all-encompassing experience to match his engrossing music. With help on the lighting by UK company Squidsoup, Four Tet’s tour quickly became notorious for its setup that included floor-to-ceiling pulsating lights and a DJ set up in the center of each venue. After being such a hit in 2018, Four Tet will look to fill the historic London venue with enough lights for its 10,000-person capacity.

Ticket information for the upcoming show can be found here.