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Quantum Bleepery

Written by MARK.P. Posted in DJ/Event/Reviews

Up until 1993 if you had said to me, that I was going to be bigging up electronic music, (aside from Kraftwerk, Depeche mode and Front 242), I would have laughed at you. I used to say “it all sounds the same,” or “its just a geezer with a box” and “its not proper music” et cetera, et cetera. Then during a night shift in spring 1993 I heard these two absolute classics on the radio, Underworlds Cowgirl  and the equally timeless Acperience1 by Hardfloor. A week later I’d gone to my first bona fide “rave” called universe, very rapidly realised what I’d been missing, caught up and had a damned good nineties.

I immediately knew I liked the harder more “trancey” beats, including absolute gems including X-Cabs, neuro  and  neurodancer by wippenberg.  In August 1999 I travelled to Hungary to the largest outdoor party I had hitherto been to, it was called Solipse. It introduced me properly to what is called psytrance and the bedrock of its culture, a bloody good party and an excuse to travel. This festival had the added bonus of a solar eclipse, I can add two more eclipse festivals, (Turkey and Africa) to this experience. So what do you do, In 2012 I went back to the 1999 party now called Ozoraand aside from sitting in the same spot where I saw the eclipse 13 years previously, I met the guys from “QuantumBleep”. 

Quantum Bleep is based in the city of Bristol, in their own words it’s the “premier electronic music, events performance and promotion collective. At present it is made up of 20 members, all supremely dedicated to what they do, all with something to offer in pursuit of putting on live music events and all you have to do is turn up and enjoy. The music policy is eclectic and open, covering breaks, electro, techno and of course psycedelia. The founding members have years of experience of promoting events and should you ask them very nicely at quantumbleepmusicatgmail.com, they may bring their 10K rig with generator, lights, lasers and unique décor. Like I said they have years of experience and know what they are doing.

So if you happen to live in or visit Bristol (UK), the next Quantum Bleep on the 7th June 2013 continues its monthly residency at The Cavern Club. It’s the perfect place to enjoy premium electronic music, in a fantastic venue, with friendly up for it party people, all of which expresses what the collective is about i.e music, partying and absolutely no attitude. You can see why their reputation of delivering quality electronic music is so richly deserved.

As with most scenes nothing happens in isolation, so with its companion night, “PlanetShroom”, Quantum Bleep has delivered some of the best underground electronic acts such as OOOD, Olmec, Monkey logic and Robosapiens to dancefloors and clubnights in Bristol. You can sample the sound of quantum bleep in the studio here with more to follow later this year. 

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Enter Escape Town: Fabio & Moon, Live at the Side Show

Written by James M . Posted in DJ/Event/Reviews

Cape Town lies the old Vaudeville building


             Tucked away in the fringes of inner city Cape Town lies the old Vaudeville building, home to The Side Show.  True to its name, guests are transported to risqué playground of a bygone era – a labyrinth of exotic bars, lush private booths and a vivid dance floor complete with dancing cages and podiums  – this is the real Balkan Circus meets Moroccan-mayhem experience. While those on the outdoor deck are watched over by Table Mountain and the city skyline, the split-level main hall is gazed over by a huge eerie, disembodied doll head whose fractured facial expressions jog with the beat of the music. Slick.

This past weekend, the Side Show’s crowds were given a good dose more than eerie faces and show-girls when international progressive trance legends Fabio & Moon arrived in town.  Having ripped up festivals and dance floors the world over, this German duo needs no introduction. Signed to renowned record label Spintwist alongside the likes of Day Din and Neelix, Fabio Fusco and Benni (Moon) Glowarzki kick out some seriously fresh ‘n frisky progressive pleasure!

Performing alongside Fabio & Moon was a host of local electronic talent including Gokon Rave, Dean Fuel (Feedback), Bruce, The Commercial Hippies, Deadbeat FM, Wulfsohn, Dranged, Humerous and Mad Piper – the evening was set to create audio enchantment on a massive scale!

Queues formed outside as diehard fans arrived early, eager to claim a rail-clinging spot at the front of the dance floor. First up was Gokon Rave, banging out some elastic psy tech to get the night into gear.  Relatively new on the scene, this duo has rapidly gathered a solid following in Cape Town’s underground movement over the past two years. With some epic tracks and remixes out, including their newest offering ‘Hammer Time’, these guys spun together a find blend of minimal tech and progressive trance that laid down the base work for an epic audial journey.

No stranger to South Africa’s dance scene, deck master Dean Fuel took centre stage to keep the rage going. Having played alongside the likes of Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta and Tiesto, he is without a doubt one of South Africa’s finest dance exports. His music is a synthesis of transnational electro, tech, minimal and trance which, as always, provided infectious energy for the crowd. Under his newly styled alias ‘Feedback’, his most recent tracks dish out techy percussion and sexy uplifting psy.

Handing over the turntables to Stereotype, this local duo was poised to open for Fabio & Moon with a massive set. Members Mark Valsecchi and Byron Kleb have both been involved in the electronic scene for some time now and pair together to bring out some bouncy psy tech and progressive trance. With influences like Neelix , Symphonix and Ritmo, Stereotype have plunged into a dimension of unique progressive bliss.  Having had a great season at the likes of Equinox and Origin Festival, it was a real crowd-pleaser having Stereotype perform.

Another Equinox player performing was Wulfsohn. This young DJ has made a mark for himself over the past season past and continues to bring smooth psychedelic excitement to the table. He kept things lively upstairs with some action packed psychedelic beats and Goa and tech influences.


By the time Fabio & Moon were on people really had their party faces going. To a sea of hands in the air, they took to the stage lifting off with some worthy favourites like ‘Not Like The Otherz’, ‘Flanders’ and ‘Grab a Trap’.  The floorboards rocked with bass and heavy beats, spurred on by plenty of psychedelic stomping by a packed dance floor. With their debut EP ‘The Disco Damage’ having reached number one on Beatport charts, it’s only been onwards and upwards for this duo.  Spinning live remixes and tracks from their latest EP ‘Crazy Trip’, Fabio & Moon delivered fresh, funky, break-beat progressive trance, served hot by The Side Show’s new sound system. Generally vocal and elevating, their set was testament to the unique name they have built for themselves over the last six years – dynamic, fresh and playful progressive trance. With a 2 hour set, fans were given a real treat by this truly global duo. One guest commented on the Facebook event saying “this was my favourite indoor trance party… ever”.

No party in Cape Town ever ends early and the beats continued to flow well into Sunday morning with sets by the likes of Humerous (PsynOpticz Productions), Bruce, Deadbeat FM, The Commercial Hippies (Nano Records), Mad Piper (NeXus Media) and Dranged. The crowds stayed, the music pumped and the night lived forever. Thank you Side Show. Thank you Fabio & Moon. Thank you Cape Town.

Find out more about these artists, see their Facebook and Soundcloud pages and get some free tracks and set downloads below:

Fabio & Moon:
Facebook:           www.facebook.com/fabioandmoon
Soundcloud:      www.soundcloud.com/fabioandmoon
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Gokon Rave:
Facebook:           www.facebook.com/gokonrave
Website:             www.gokonrave.com
Souncloud:         www.soundcloud.com/gokonrave
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Dean Fuel:
Facebook:           www.facebook.com/deanfuel
Website:             www.deanfuel.com
Soundcloud:      www.soundcloud.com/deanfuel
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The Commercial Hippies:
Facebook:           www.facebook.com/thecommercialhippies
Website:             www.thecommercialhippies.com
Soundcloud:      www.soundcloud.com/thecommercialhippies
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Deadbeat FM:
Facebook:           www.facebook.com/deadbeatfm
Soundcloud:      www.soundcloud.com/deadbeatfm
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Wulfsohn:
Facebook:           www.facebook.com/djwulfsohn
Soundcloud:      www.soundcloud.com/djwulfsohn
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Humerous:
Facebook:           www.facebook.com/Humerous
Soundcloud:      www.soundcloud.com/humerous
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Mad Piper:
Facebook:           www.facebook.com/themadpiper
Soundcloud:      www.soundcloud.com/mad-piper
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FUNGADELLICAY ‘AVIN IT…..PLANET SHROOM IS TEN

Written by Mark.P. Posted in DJ/Event/Reviews

    Planet Shroom started around 10 years ago, the nucleus was two local Bristol DJ’s Morph and Sean Shift. It developed out of the ignominious collapse of Planet Easton/loose cannons, (a victim of the deliberate removal of Easton Community Centre as an underground venue) and an amalgamation with Shroom. So what does any self-respecting DJ/promoter do in such times of adversity, you move venues and carry on. The first two bona fide planet shroom gigs were held in 2003 and allowed acts such as Astrix and Talamasca  to  perform

 

In 2004 the night moved to its current home a former church hall the trinity center. This is a venue with a huge and cavernous main dance floor and a wonderful spirally-ish staircase up to the second room. In short a superb multi-purpose venue perfect for our purpose of ensuring everyone has an opportunity to as they say to ‘ave it large! So we did, headliners such as eat static, Braincell and Sonic Species, made it an almost certain pre-requisite. The event continued to grow itself and by 2010/11 further electronic psychedelia in the form of S-Range and Laughing Buddha carried on the afore mentioned largeness. 

 

           As both Tom and Sean stress we aspire to the highest standards of production, working with some of the most respected names in production in the UK psychedelic scene”.  So by 2013 A tenth birthday celebration in the temple of Boom courtesy of Planet Shroom was too good to miss. The music and atmosphere, (the dual thread that makes all things psy so endearingly appealing) is symbiotically enhanced by stunning lasers, lights and décor (courtesy of inorbit and cognitive dissidents) and so we are set, all aboard choo! choo! Lift off.

 

    On arrival you just know that everyone involved has worked there proverbial nether regions off to make this happen, the spaceship has landed and is ready for boarding. The icing on this particular psychedelic cake comes from the promoter himself who is testing the lasers, the lights and projections – the two very large glitter balls hanging from the ceiling are a portent of the spectacle to come. So that’s the visuals sorted….right then on to the most important thing, (aside from the people) and that’s the music.

 

     As it says on the flyer above “bangin’ psychedelic trance in the main room” started off with residents Lurk and Morph (also of liquid records) who fill the hall with quality tunage at about the same rate as people arrive, for me a highlight was a harder reworking of etnicas, “triptonite”. The back to back three hour soundscape of deep and hard progressive psy-beats created a perfect springboard for chapter two.

 

Dick Trevor the headliner for tonight pumped three hours of the some of the blisteringly, unrelenting hard as you like 150-160BPM in yer face up for it floor filling beatery I’ve heard in a while. For the unaware he was the driving force behind green nuns of the revolution, whose classic “thunder thighs” was one of those tunes that made me sit up and take notice from the vista of my indie/goth platform. We were treated to a 180 minute live and DJ set, hard and driving as you like absolutely no cheese, no anthems, full on and non-stop and lots of smiley happy people dancing, enough said!

 

      For the last 90 minutes Sean Shift AKA iIlumashroom, carried things on all the way through until the lights came on, personally I was done in by this time, I guess  I’m just getting too old for double headers. It is true to say that the dance floor was pleased the gods of trance happy and placated. After the summer we will be back for more. Finally, I would be in remiss if I did not mention (watch this space for a full feature) the wonderful people involved in quantum bleep – who (if you go up the previously mentioned spiral staircase) provide a full electro orientated soundscsape of squelchy organic pumpery which perfectly complements the percussive bangidge emanating from the main room.

 

 

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EDM in Denver, Co

Written by Tasha Marie. Posted in DJ/Event/Reviews

Denver pic by 303

If you’re looking for heart-pounding, breath-taking, skin-tingling beats to indulge in after a long week of stress and monotony, you’re looking in the right area code. In 2012, Denver proved its worth by bringing in some of the biggest names in music, such as, but not limited to, Gramatik, Porter Robinson, Nero, and Excision. These shows blew the minds of many Colorado residents, all making it into the Denver Westword Magazine’s “The Ten Best EDM Shows of 2012” for good reason, and that was just last year. But that’s not all that Denver’s music scene has to offer. From big names, to up and coming artists, to Denver’s proud assortment of local DJs, everyone is able to get their fill of a multitude of electronic music styles and sounds.

A couple good places to get a taste of the music that Denver has to offer are its nightclubs, such as Beta and Vinyl, known for being able to bring the party to Denver each weekend with their individual mixes of special guests and talented artists. Each club has its own unique layout and qualities, making any night at a club one to enjoy. Beta is known for its sound system, which is one of, if not, the best sound systems in the state of Colorado, that has enough bass to make your chest tingle at all points in the night.  Its layout is simple yet fun, consisting of the main stage in the heart of the venue, a smaller stage tucked away upstairs at the rear of the building, with a lounge area on the upper level looking out over the main stage and the crowd. There are bars conveniently located around the structure, two on the lower level on both the left and right sides, and two upstairs, in the lounge area and beside the smaller stage. There is also a dual-level patio outside that is great for socializing, cooling down, or taking a cigarette break. Also, make sure to keep an eye out for Beta’s striking shot girls, who strut around the patio and the ground floor offering shots of different types of alcohol as a convenient way to keep the night moving. Vinyl is much different, offering four floors of different types of music to benefit from, with bars situated on each level, and the main stage on the ground floor. The top floor is really something special, there is no roof, providing a spectacular view of the city of Denver, and also allowing guests to enjoy fresh air and the option to order a hookah and relax on one of the many couches well-located around low tables. The patio offers a little bit more of a low key atmosphere, while you are still able to enjoy the music from the stage to the right side of the roof. These two clubs are just a sample of the many that Denver has to offer, each varying in atmosphere, music style, and design. If you so choose to spend a Friday or a Saturday at a Denver club, you can expect three things: great music, a wide range of cold drinks, and good time- all at a fair price. Be warned; you may just love it so much that you have to come back next weekend, too.

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Global Fridays Featuring DJ BL3nd at the Church Night Club 4/4/2013

Written by Joe Turf. Posted in DJ/Event/Reviews

Epic. If I had to choose one word for the night, Epic is the word. Voted among the top 10 EDM events in Colorado for the month of April, Global Fridays this week was banging. Some great local DJ\Producers took the stage and owned it, such as JReam, 2Slikk, and SoulShocker. This night we had a couple party shockers as Global Dance set the night up with a couple special treat; The Triad Dragons. This was there third ever live performance, and I must say it was amazing to see these three DJ’s tear up the decks as the crowd tore down the walls. The explosive sound created by this trio made up of Ha, John Lee, and Kevin Alves had the party goers shaking the dance floor so hard it hit a ten on the rictor scale. Be sure to check out the website of this dynamic trio www.triaddragonsmusic.com.  And as if that was not enough, hit DJ YouTube sensation, DJ Bl3nd took the decks with fury. The energy of this young DJ is immense.  DJ Bl3nd with his hard hitting beats, energetic stage presents and chucky mask is a show stopper for sure. As quoted, “People say EDM, but I go by ERM: Electronic Rage Music. I just like making hard-core, upbeat, energetic raging music that will make people go crazy.” Of course DJ Bl3nd did not let Denver down. Be sure to catch up with Bl3ndizzy and all his events, posts and blogs at www.djbl3nd.net.

 Joe Turf ;)