Planet Giegling @ Superstiton, Village Underground

Giegling

If you have not heard of Giegling, they’re a crew of super-talented individuals, majorly German, who came into contact around a small German university town called Weimar. They have been releasing music since 2009 and rapidly becoming more prolific with every release, a vinyl only policy with very limited online presence in conjunction with their unique sounds helps make them highly sought after in such a commodified era.

During their early days of lurking in separate music scenes they gradually made contact and gravitated around a rundown post-GDR space with a great system that they used on the cheap “Giegling” (Originally called The Giegling) and used for 4(ish) legendary parties which set the precedent for their whole ethos moving forward. A deep, enticing sound of spacial nostalgia and lost emotions across many genres; minimal, micro house, dub, techno and leftfield electronica. Their music really has a sense of message and purpose, super heartfelt taking you away to places and feeling far out there you didn’t know existed. They’re one of the tightest labels in terms of sound and aesthetics, epitomised by their ethos “For us, Giegling is the belief that we are better together than as individuals,”

You can read deeper into Giegling at Resident Advisor and Juno Records.

As you can guess I was super excited at the announcement of their world tour…

Planet Giegling.

 

Planet Giegling Tour Poster

I was lucky enough to take a trip to Planet Giegling during the London stop of the world tour, and I must say it was quite the trip. For this leg they chose the renovated turn-of-the-century warehouse space, Village Underground, based in Shoreditch. The space has a real cryptic, religious feel with candles burning along the wall and and matched with a new installation from Giegling behind the decks, formed of a cross of 5 holes which looked to be carved into the wall holding extra large candles, perfectly suiting the aesthetic of the club night who hosted the event, Superstition. This also perfectly matched the Giegling vibe, and the almost religious experience that was to unfold, I can’t think of a better place in London.

Photos by Luca Crescenzi, full gallery here

Dwig (live) @ Planet Giegling, Village Underground

Setting the scene

The instant I walked into Village Underground I was taken aback with what they had done with the place; a bosom of filament bulbs hang above the dance floor; pulsing away to the downtempo beats of Dwig. You can catch his set here.

In addition to this an interesting bunch of Balloons float just above the decks, a mix of all different shapes and sizes, wafting gently between some abstract neon lighting. Initially I thought it was some bespoke scutltpure they’ve been carting around the world, but on closer inspection the balloons became apparent. They were a very impressively simple piece and along with the different colours and intensities of lighting, morphed into all kinds of awesome and bizarre shapes and figures, maybe helped with some slight acidity in my system, but nonetheless a great addition to the spectacle.

Giegling family all stand around assembling the beautiful bulbs
Giegling family assembling the beautiful bulbs
Bulbs an Bunting
Bulbs an Bunting

Journey begins

Warming the crowd up nicely with his more downtempo vibes Dwig sets the scene for one of Giegling’s more well-known acts Dj Dustin, the founder and runner of affairs, who come through with his trademark sound featuring kicks so crispy it feels like you’re right there inside the drum. Catch his Giegling #1 mix here.

Following him was probably my choice for the evening, Edward. Someone who has been hot on the lips of my Berlin-based friends, often playing in the ‘hain, I’ve been keen to check him for a while. He majestically moved the crowd and tempo through a multitude of feels, peaks and troughs, building powerfully to ecstasy quite impressive for the mid point of the party around midnight (had been running since ~7pm).

Gaining momentum

Up next ATEQ, who’s set I can’t speak too much about as I had a fair session in the smoke pit still wallowing in the highs of Edwards performance enjoying the pleasant sensations of some of the finest Moroccan. Following him was another heavy hitter of the crew Konstantin who recently gained hype after his sublime mix for the famous Georgian club, Bassiani. Really building on the intensity he took the crowd deeper and deeper, a pure energy felt to be building around the floor as though we were preparing for something big, real big.

Vril built upon this energy, initially curve-balling with some off-key trippy downtempo numbers before easing into his trademark hypnotic, powerful techno sound. Something the crowd were more than ready for an apparent in the increasingly abstract forms of dancing, raw energy flowing around pulsing the bodies like rag dolls.

Blast off

Kettenkarussell was to close of proceedings, named as the German for a chair-swing fair ground ride, he took the crowd of on the final spiral ascent up onto Planet Giegling. The last hour was a pure whirl wind of excitement as the real hardcore remained and danced themselves into an absolute bliss ascension.  The ballon installation was gyrating to the bass and masses of smoke which swirled all around, highlighted with the powerful lights and tears streaming down my face. It was such a spectacle I couldn’t help but break the events no-phone policy to snap the takeoff…

Blast off to Planet Giegling
Blast off to Planet Giegling

Floating down

Even weeks after I’m still on a high from the energies shared that trip to Planet Giegling, it was such a powerful, emotional night that is very hard to compare to anything else I’ve witnessed. Doubly inspiring that such a grass-roots group of friends can go on to traverse the globe spreading their unique sound and message, something rarely seen in the world of electronic music.

Giegling truly are producing a sound so hauntingly emotional and yet so highly personal that it feels like there is an honest and important message behind it, Planet Giegling feels like the most complete representation of that, yet I still cannot put my finger on it; magical.

 

Have you come from Farr?

Nestled away in Bygrave woodlands just north of London a few miles off the North Circular, Farr Festival manages to create a unique sense of isolation in which you can leave your worries behind and immerse yourself in the woodland vibes. This year was no exception with an expertly curated selection of music, across nine stages featuring the likes of John Talabot, Paranoid London, Move D, Dorisburg, Project Pablo, Denis Sulta, Helena Hauff and of corse the long awaited 6hr B2B2B with Ben UFO, Joy Orbison and Midland.

The festival offered both camping and day ticket options, capping at around 4,500 revellers; it never felt too crowded or busy. Even at peak times you could generally find space to get loose. All of the stages had their own unique charm, scattered throughout the woodlands you could really loose yourself in the mix; I constantly found myself finding little hidden cotches and areas I’d missed before. The campsite was a short way down the hill which provided both an impressive view on the walk back to the campsite, often to the backdrop of a beautiful sunrise, along with a walk up full of anticipation as the woods gradually came into view, the slogan “Back to the Woods” felt fitting indeed.

Group journey past the corn onwards to Farr, Bygrave Woods
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Flying Farr colours
Flying Farr colours

The Hidden Palace was as the name suggests, nestled deep into the heart of the woods and due to its more enclosed nature compared to other stages played host to a number of intimate standout sets. Funkineven was one hot on the lips of many after a funky lit acid electro set, eluding cool and charisma the crowd loved it when he stopped the music to get his smoke on, one of the many little touches by artists which really help to create a intimate atmosphere. A highlight for me was Tesselate Soundsystem dropping Oh Jabba by O B Ignitt, one of my all time favourites such a treat to finally hear it out. Giles Peterson was another highlight from this stage, a real crowd pleasure. Unfortunately I didn’t get to check out the extended set by A Love from outer space who hosted the stage, but I’m sure that was nothing short of intergalactic.

Farr Festival 2016 - Hidden Palace Stage
“~…Rummaging through a dustbin left by the old tenants, and there she was starring right back into me~”
[Rhys Salt] 2016
Farr festival 2016, blessed at the Hidden Palace stage
Blessed at the Hidden Palace

The FARR sign proved both a perfect meeting spot and even better vantage point, looking out across the rolling fields of surrounding Hertfordshire; It was a real perfect hub for gathering friends and brewing spirit.

Revelers sit upon the Farr sign, looking out over the rolling hills
FARR

FARR sign rolling hills rhys oosh squat

Although this seemed too much for some people, when one of the most savage out breaks of “Get if for the gram” I’ve ever seen killed it so hard, Some people just fully lost their shit shouting crazy, no lie it was fucking ridiculous. I say people but it was really only one person, I’m just so shocked never have I ever met witnessed someone kill tha vibe so hard in my life it is difficult to portray just how astonished I was… see squalling clear 20 plus people out the way to “Get it for the gram” was simply bizzare, so much for peoples ponchos huh… shame because they did look legit.

Girl at Peoples Ponchos move revellers aside to "get it for the gram"
Power to the People…’s ponchos.
Peoples Ponchos @ Farr
Peoples Ponchos @ Farr
Peepin at the people through the peephole
Peepin at the people through the peephole

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The Shack Stage at Farr Festival 2016, earlier in the day before the madness ensued
The Shack Stage earlier in the day before the madness ensued
Warm Up stage
Warm Up stage was great during the day, providing lush warm and deep grooves for the afternoon sun. Its a shame this stage didn’t stay on later to float the party people up to the sunrise with some magical melodies and

The Terrace was popping the majority of the Friday night as you would’ve guessed, although I managed to catch first two hours before dashing off to see Move D at the Shack.

Alex and friends @ The Shack for  Move D
Alex and friends @ The Shack for Move D

After an hour of the legend Move D, I had to move on to the late and great Dances Tunnels stage wile out with Dorisburg. Bumped into my buddy Steveo and the Warm Up head honcho Aidan; getting excited for them to host the Terrace stage on Saturday.

Steveo and AidanSteveo and Aidan (Warm Up)  happy times
Steveo and Aidan big love

Hunnee was simply perfect to close out the Friday at the shack, a beautiful selection of soulful music transition through disco, funk to techno and house, his mixing was impeccable, a joy to behold.

 

Come take a trip
Come take a trip
Have you seen the Yo Yo Man ? Farr Festival 2016
The Yo Yo Man, have you seen him?

 

Waves at the Hidden Palace
Waves at the Hidden Palace

Wavelord

The Ran$om Note went deep on the Saturday evening with Paranoid London playing live along with Helena Hauf and finished by OGs Optimo

Ran$om Note stage at Farr Festival 2016
Ran$om Note stage at Farr Festival 2016

 

Dancing @  Farr Festival 2016

 

 

Aj and Steveo @ Farr Festival 2016
Aj and Steveo

 

See you next time
See you next time

 

At the start of the festival I was surprised when my friend steveo described Farr as a boutique festival, but now thinking back I wouldn’t describe it as any other way. The taste is delicious  throughout, great music selection, festival setup, atmosphere were all on point, Only thing is that it didn’t go on longer! The 4am finishes and wrapping up on the Saturday night were a surprise, and a little bit of a shame.

 

Shoot film, stay broke.

Percolate x Mind Fundraiser @ Oval Space

It was a great party, for an even better cause; Mind are a UK charity dedicated to providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

On the whole a massive £9793.72 was raised – shout out to Percolate and all involved for helping to raise awareness and open up the conversation on mental health.

 

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Love Thy Neighbour Oval space

 

 

More photos here

Floating Points Live @ Electric Brixton 

Floating points is a name you’ll probably be familiar with for songs like Vacum boogie and Nuits Sonores, really funky fresh dance tunes, with heaps of soul. This trademark sound was incubated through many intimate sessions at London’s Plastic People club, of which has sadly shit its doors at the turn of the year.

That being said, if you look further back into Dr Sam Shepard’s roots you see a highly educated neuroscientist with background in classical music, he started out as a choir boy in Manchester before learning to play an array of instruments. His debut album Elaenia is a cosmic culmination of Shepard’s varied musical career, placing it in genre hard pushed for comparison – spiritual jazz is the phrase which often comes up to describe it. You can read more about his album when he sat down with Katie Hutchinson from the Guardian 

The Live show was a great rendition of the album interspersed with some intense and interesting experimentation and improvisation, a highlight was a five minute techno drum an bass solo with mesmerising strobe lighting throughout. The whole orchestra were incredibly tight, even if they did look a little bored throughout some of the extended breakdowns – bringing out real highs and deep lows, You can fell how much Sam enjoys playing with the crowd.

Overall the gig was a good musical performance and Electric Brixton suited it well – my only criticism was that Shepard lacked much real showmanship such as introducing and closing words, which would’ve really help bring together such a disconnected and experimental set like this; Something he can definitely work on to take the show to the next level from musical expression to spiritual transcendence.

If you enjoyed the album then you should do all you can to try an catch an upcoming live show, if you prefer his older releases and Dj sets then you may be left a little wanting without that persistent funky rhythm to dance to.

Four Tet – Live Performance @ ICA, London, August 24th 2015 with Video

In todays day world of USB stick playlists and lip syncing, it’s getting hard to tell what really is ‘live’ music? This goes doubly for electronic shows, where some of the most popular ‘acts’ consistently pump out pre-baked shows for extortionate price tags. Luckily we still have acts like Four Tet, currating ridiculous line-ups for honest prices  while also pioneering a truly live electronic experience – a unique journey through the sound and vision of Kieran’s music.

Four Tet plays live

Four Tet’s show last night at the Institute of Contemporary arts was a prime example of this, a simply beautiful electronic a/v show like nothing I’ve seen before; A perfect matrix of lights dancing to the sounds of his latest piece Morning/Evening sprinkled with classic tunes along the way.

This was a special show and I’m pleased to have grabbed a few clips to share; I can’t recommend enough Four Tet’s Live shows, catch one near you: http://www.fourtet.net/index.php/live/

 

Four Tet's Live setup surrounded by lights
Four Tet’s Live setup

See Kieran go into a few details of his Live setup https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KIvnLBF7vU

WUITW 2

Warm Up In The Woods is a woodland-based rave put on by the Warm Up crew.

“As a brand Warm Up is very dedicated to representing melodic techno and electronica. Expect deep progressive grooves and lush warm melodies from our residents and friends”

WUITW 2 was my first warm up event, it was such a special morning and epic party – The vibes were happy, uplifting and deeply felt by all. The deep, melodic branch of techno that the warm up crew radiate brings a real sense of unity and oneness with the music,  nature and everything. Progressing to deeper groves throughout the early morning through sunrise, Aidan kept the crowd on a heart string powering through in to the new day.

Warm Up are a shining example of how to run a party, highly recommend! The next WUITW event can be seen here 

Catch the next Warm Up event

Hear a portion of Aidan Dohertys 5 hour set below:

 

Few shots from the night

Warm Up In The Woods 2 Crowd

Happy Chequers Going Deeper Stoked Flowers Lusty Paisley Distant Stripes Feels Hazy Shades

Field Day 2015

Field Day is a cosy festival in Victoria Park, it hosts a stellar selection of music from across the spectrum.

For me the highlights of the Saturday were Daniel Avery B2B Andrew Weatherall in Bugged out tent, along with Todd Terje’s flamboyant live set and Caribou closing out the Main stage.

CaneoKilla Field Day Gang Field Day Embrace Field Day Birthday Prince Field Day SLINGSHOT Field Day Todd Terje Dancers Field Day 2015

Four Tet & Friends at the Boiler Room

This was my first chance to go to a Boiler Room, and what better then to see one of my all time favourite producers and DJ’s, Kieran Hebden aka Four tet. For those who are not familiar, the Boiler Room put on intimate, invite-only underground music shows which are live-streamed worldwide, They usually take place in London, New York and Berlin amongst other cities.

For this event they chose one of my favourite spaces at the moment, Corsica Studios, packing out the small room to give you an authentic boiler room vibe.

Boiler Room’s are often criticised on YouTube for attracting a ‘Too cool” crowd, who barely manage a shuffled dance whilst being in the presence of some next-level act’s. This was definitely not the case at Four Tet’s; the whole gang were having it the whole time, start to finish, the energy was unreal!

The decks, matey in th
The decks ready and waiting

 

A few of us post show with the man himself ( in yellow )
A few of us post show with the man himself ( in yellow )

Thai jazz specialist, Chris Menist warmed up the early arrivers (I was too late and missed his set 🙁 )  DJ Barely Legal and DJ Champion got things pumped with some garage, funk and dub heavy hitters.

Catch the full live stream here on loop:

http://boilerroom.tv/recording/four-tet-ldn/


Four Tet Boiler Room London DJ Set by brtvofficial
 

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