The Lab

Billy Allen [Candela Rising] brings us the latest installment in The Lab podcast series. Billy gives us an evolving mix with a few darker introspective moments later, immersing the listener in a sonic-tapestry.
We caught up with the innovative player in London’s scene and he told us about how this mix came together, the UK’s contributions to techno, and his forthcoming plans with the vinyl-only label Candela Rising.

You run the vinyl-only label Candela Rising. What has the creative process been like since its inception?It’s actually been really fun, the first release is by Moerbeck of Vault Series, he is somebody who I have been watching very closely and admired for a long time. It is his first release away from Vault Series and we really wanted to release something that was quite different from what he was putting out on VS, we wanted them to clearly be two separate projects. I am strong believer and I think that it is very important for producers to have a different approach to each label they work with, if everything you produce sounds extremely similar then what is the point of working with other labels?There wasn’t a lot of creative input between us as the tracks were pretty much finished when we started discussing the idea of him releasing, he recorded a guest mix for a podcast show I was running a while back and a couple of the tracks from the EP were included in the mix as unreleased tracks so I had heard them before. Moerbeck is a very meticulous worker and I think it shows, even our mastering engineer had an easy job, the tracks were immaculate.What can we soon expect from Candela Rising?I am currently working with our next artist for release number 2; this is going to be something completely different to the first release, a lot darker! We aren’t in any mad rush, we are taking our time with this one, I am not one of these people that needs to be working on 3 or 4 releases at the same time. We are literally working on one at a time. Obviously there are projects that I have lined up but we won’t start working on them until all prior work is finished.What I can say though is that we will be keeping things interesting, we are working with sound designers, vocalists and all different types of musicians to bring you something different to the table. Candela Rising is not a Techno only label, I feel that there are enough labels out there who are releasing ‘dance-floor ready’ Techno, I knew from the start that I wanted to do something different, this will include all styles, ambient, drone, dub etc.There are some great labels in the UK. Do you feel that our techno scene is still being dominated by Berlin’s, or have we evolved with a bright future to look forward to?To be honest, production wise, I think the UK is dominating at the moment. It hasn’t been this strong here on the island since the 90’s. Take a look at some of the artists emerging from the UK recently; Shifted, Truss, Sigha, Blawan, Rebekah to name a few, these are some of the best workers out there at the moment and they are all from the UK. I think that Berlin is seen as a dominating force because of the support and pride they have for their club culture, certain clubs in Berlin are iconic and rightly so, we just don’t have that here really. I think one of the last truly iconic clubs we had was Q Club which sadly closed at the beginning of the year.Anyway, it is what it is; I think the UK is in great shape and getting better. Can you explain how you put together this podcast?The mix was recorded using 2 Technics 1210’s, 2 CDJ’s and an Allen & Heath Xone 92. I wanted to do a mix that was different to what I would play in a club, something that is more suited to the home stereo. What else can we look forward to from you over the coming months?Got some really cool gigs coming up, mainly VOID at 1001 this coming Sunday (22nd July), VOID had a great re-launch at 1001 last bank holiday with Tommy Four Seven and Ben Klock and was lucky enough to be part of that, some massive events coming up from them.Also I will be returning to fabric for WetYourSelf on Sunday 26th August (Bank Holiday) with Chris Liebing. I played with Chris last year at fabric and had a great time so am defiantly looking forward to that again.
Pre-order Mørbeck’s Magneto EP herehttps://www.facebook.com/CandelaRisingTracklist:1. Forward Strategy Group - Inside the Shadows (Dadub Metropolis remix) [Stroboscopic Artefacts]2. Mas Teevah - The Man who Lived 1000 Years (Ness Remix) [Sonntag Morgen]3. Dasha Rush - Side Ways [Sonic Groove]4. H229 - Repulsine (Mike Parker remix) [Nachtstrom Schallplaten]5. Psyk - L3 [Non-Series]6. Skirt - Collider (H.G remix) [Frozen Border]7. Shifted - Coax [Mote Evolver]8. Mike Parker - Subterranean Liquid [Prologue]9. Voices From The Lake - Drop 4 [Prologue]10. Dasha Rush - Relative Perspective [Sonic Groove]11. Planetary Assault Systems - Function 4 (Marcel Dettmann Base Dub remix) [Mote Evolver]12. Marcelus - Suspension [Tresor]13. Oni Ayhun - OAR003 B [Oni Ayhun Records]

Billy Allen [Candela Rising] brings us the latest installment in The Lab podcast series. Billy gives us an evolving mix with a few darker introspective moments later, immersing the listener in a sonic-tapestry.

We caught up with the innovative player in London’s scene and he told us about how this mix came together, the UK’s contributions to techno, and his forthcoming plans with the vinyl-only label Candela Rising.


You run the vinyl-only label Candela Rising. What has the creative process been like since its inception?


It’s actually been really fun, the first release is by Moerbeck of Vault Series, he is somebody who I have been watching very closely and admired for a long time. It is his first release away from Vault Series and we really wanted to release something that was quite different from what he was putting out on VS, we wanted them to clearly be two separate projects. I am strong believer and I think that it is very important for producers to have a different approach to each label they work with, if everything you produce sounds extremely similar then what is the point of working with other labels?

There wasn’t a lot of creative input between us as the tracks were pretty much finished when we started discussing the idea of him releasing, he recorded a guest mix for a podcast show I was running a while back and a couple of the tracks from the EP were included in the mix as unreleased tracks so I had heard them before. Moerbeck is a very meticulous worker and I think it shows, even our mastering engineer had an easy job, the tracks were immaculate.

What can we soon expect from Candela Rising?

I am currently working with our next artist for release number 2; this is going to be something completely different to the first release, a lot darker! We aren’t in any mad rush, we are taking our time with this one, I am not one of these people that needs to be working on 3 or 4 releases at the same time. We are literally working on one at a time. Obviously there are projects that I have lined up but we won’t start working on them until all prior work is finished.

What I can say though is that we will be keeping things interesting, we are working with sound designers, vocalists and all different types of musicians to bring you something different to the table. Candela Rising is not a Techno only label, I feel that there are enough labels out there who are releasing ‘dance-floor ready’ Techno, I knew from the start that I wanted to do something different, this will include all styles, ambient, drone, dub etc.

There are some great labels in the UK. Do you feel that our techno scene is still being dominated by Berlin’s, or have we evolved with a bright future to look forward to?

To be honest, production wise, I think the UK is dominating at the moment. It hasn’t been this strong here on the island since the 90’s. Take a look at some of the artists emerging from the UK recently; Shifted, Truss, Sigha, Blawan, Rebekah to name a few, these are some of the best workers out there at the moment and they are all from the UK. I think that Berlin is seen as a dominating force because of the support and pride they have for their club culture, certain clubs in Berlin are iconic and rightly so, we just don’t have that here really. I think one of the last truly iconic clubs we had was Q Club which sadly closed at the beginning of the year.

Anyway, it is what it is; I think the UK is in great shape and getting better.
 
Can you explain how you put together this podcast?

The mix was recorded using 2 Technics 1210’s, 2 CDJ’s and an Allen & Heath Xone 92. I wanted to do a mix that was different to what I would play in a club, something that is more suited to the home stereo.
 
What else can we look forward to from you over the coming months?

Got some really cool gigs coming up, mainly VOID at 1001 this coming Sunday (22nd July), VOID had a great re-launch at 1001 last bank holiday with Tommy Four Seven and Ben Klock and was lucky enough to be part of that, some massive events coming up from them.

Also I will be returning to fabric for WetYourSelf on Sunday 26th August (Bank Holiday) with Chris Liebing. I played with Chris last year at fabric and had a great time so am defiantly looking forward to that again.



Pre-order Mørbeck’s Magneto EP here
https://www.facebook.com/CandelaRising

Tracklist:
1. Forward Strategy Group - Inside the Shadows (Dadub Metropolis remix) [Stroboscopic Artefacts]
2. Mas Teevah - The Man who Lived 1000 Years (Ness Remix) [Sonntag Morgen]
3. Dasha Rush - Side Ways [Sonic Groove]
4. H229 - Repulsine (Mike Parker remix) [Nachtstrom Schallplaten]
5. Psyk - L3 [Non-Series]
6. Skirt - Collider (H.G remix) [Frozen Border]
7. Shifted - Coax [Mote Evolver]
8. Mike Parker - Subterranean Liquid [Prologue]
9. Voices From The Lake - Drop 4 [Prologue]
10. Dasha Rush - Relative Perspective [Sonic Groove]
11. Planetary Assault Systems - Function 4 (Marcel Dettmann Base Dub remix) [Mote Evolver]
12. Marcelus - Suspension [Tresor]
13. Oni Ayhun - OAR003 B [Oni Ayhun Records]

Ahead of their appearances at London’s Horse & Groom this Friday, Coma introduce Avian’s Ventress and host a promo mix of supporting act Setaoc Mass.


Why have you chosen to keep the identity of Ventress so low key?

I would rather people focus on my music, than on me as an individual.


What influences your productions? Is there any other art, technology or world events, which inspires your sound?

I’m am inspired by many things; my surroundings, my mood, film and art play a large part - I like to create an ambiance around me, be it a dark room, a movie on in the background etc. This helps me to focus my mind on creating unusual textures and soundscapes within my music.


What comes first for you, DJ or Producer?

I would say production comes first, although I really enjoy Dj’ing. For me they are two different experiences, I write music alone, it is a very personal thing. Dj’ing is an experience that is shared with others.


How did your collaboration with Shifted come along? What was and still is the purpose and vision behind your imprint Avian?

Shifted and I have been friends for many years, we have very similar tastes in music and art. We decide initially to set up Avian as a platform for our own productions, to give us full creative control over our output and also the aesthetics of the label.

However as time has gone on, we have met some great people and been sent music that we both felt was too good to pass up. So far this year we have been working hard on expanding, and have upcoming 12’s from Shadows (including a Mike Parker remix), SHXCXCHCXSH, and a second EP from MPIA3.


Who do you hold as you biggest influence and why?

If you’re talking music, I wouldn’t say I have any one “biggest” influence, they change all the time depending on my mood. At the moment I am particularly feeling Motion sickness of time travel, Carter Tutti Void & Sleeparchive.                 


What have you got in the pipeline for the future?

I have a 12 coming on Edit Select later on in the year, this is going to feature remixes from Abudula Rashim and Svreca, so of course I am looking forward to that unfolding. I am currently putting the final touches on my next EP for Avian & there are a few other projects on the go.


What can we expect from your London debut on Friday the 20th of July with Coma, for Part II of their “London Techno Champions” summer events at the Horse & Groom in Shoreditch?

Straight up techno both new and old! I shall also be testing out some forthcoming Avian material.


Are you a sport fan? If so, are you looking forward to the London 2012 Olympic Games? Do you think they will bring a new emphasis to the city in terms of music, arts and events?

I wouldn’t regard myself as a sports fan, but yes I do have tickets for the Olympics and am looking forward to going. I’m not sure it will bring much emphasis to music etc, however I am sure it will bring emphasis to the London transport links!


Coma - Friday 20 July, 2012

Free entry before 10pm - £4/5 after midnight
10pm - 4am
The Horse & Groom, 28 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3NZ

Ventress [Avian]
Doubleffe [Coma/Roasted Recordings - London, UK]
Setaoc Mass [Archetypes Records - Manchester, UK]

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Our third installment in The Lab podcast series comes from the latest project of one half of the BCR Boys iFormat, and takes us on a dark journey through the outer limits of the electronic musical spectrum.

We caught up with the busy producer and asked him a few questions on his new project.

What have you been up to?

So far I have been doing gigs in Scotland and Germany, working on EPs, and finishing my album.


What is the concept behind iFormat?

The concept behind iFormat is to make the listeners feel as if they have been in a movie while they are listening to the live set, so it’s more of a journey and something to get lost in.


How did you record this mix?

The mix is live in Ableton, using Vst drums and parts from my own work.


Any forthcoming releases you can tell us about?

Forthcoming releases, I have are iFormat - Blood Follows Blood EP, Joseph McGeechan - Failed By The Conformists, and my debut iFormat album on Nachtstrom Schallplatten.


Ancient Methods recently did a remix for your track ‘Failed by the Conformists’. How did that come about?

Basically with the remix, they inspired the song I made - I asked the label to contact Ancient Methods about a remix and they kindly agreed to do it. It was a great moment for me.


What keeps you motivated to do what you do?

Wanting to take my music out and play it out, but also my friend Steffi Lindner is always making me believe in myself, she really made me focus on iFormat and has been a great influence on me.


What’s next?

Next I hope to get iFormat out to other countries. I am currently working on a pool of producers for my record label BCR. Hopefully I will be able to introduce some new artists to the techno scene.


Keep up to date with the latest news and releases from iFormat by following him on his Facebook page.

The Lab - X02 (Mixed by Setaoc Mass)

* We’ll be back very soon for the next podcast so keep an eye on our Soundcloud page. In the mean time have a listen to the second installment in the Xperiment podcast series, which came from Manchester based producer Setaoc Mass. *

DOWNLOAD HERE

1. Cassegrain – Luban
2. Donato Dozzy, Peter Van Hoesen – Dock
3. Pfirter – Audiometria (Lucy Remix)
4. HD Substance – Futurama (Markus Suckut Dub)
5. Shifted – Control
6. Sigha – Politics of dying
7. Marcelus – Perception
8. Pfirter – Universe
9. Samuli Kemppi – Spirit of elibop (Donor, Truss Remix)
10.SP-X – Internalize
11.Perc, Giorgio Gigli, Endless – SG8 
12.Forward strategy group – Applied Generics C
13.Mike Parker - Shakuhachi Two
14.Par Grindvik – Sinister (S100 remix)
15.Cosmin TRG – Seperat
16. Mike Dehnert - Biface

Stroboscopic Artefacts Presents: Anatomized 
Chapter 1: Xhin
Tracklisting:
01. Nurse With Wound - Disposition Two02. Omega Code - Warmth (Bleed)03. Phillip Glass - Vanessa and the Changlings04. Steve Reich - Sextet: 5th Movement05. Coil - Original Chaostrophy06. Nurse With Wound - Echo Poeme: Sequence No. 207. Black to Comm - Hotel Freund08. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Bachata09. Lisa Gerrard - Space Weaver10. Shigeto - Embrace The Cold

Download HERE

Stroboscopic Artefacts Presents: Anatomized 

Chapter 1: Xhin

Tracklisting:

01. Nurse With Wound - Disposition Two
02. Omega Code - Warmth (Bleed)
03. Phillip Glass - Vanessa and the Changlings
04. Steve Reich - Sextet: 5th Movement
05. Coil - Original Chaostrophy
06. Nurse With Wound - Echo Poeme: Sequence No. 2
07. Black to Comm - Hotel Freund
08. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Bachata
09. Lisa Gerrard - Space Weaver
10. Shigeto - Embrace The Cold

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Darko Esser - Clean Slate (Curle Recordings)
Not that Darko Esser’s slate needed cleaning to begin with, but this is certainly one of his finest productions to date. A complex snare-driven Detroit techno groove offsets ‘Clean Slate’s simple dub chord pattern to great effect, and remixes come from DVS1 (Transmat, Klockwerks) and Lucy. Highly recommended.
Maxi-Single and single tracks now available for download (MP3 / 320 kb/s)

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Darko Esser - Clean Slate (Curle Recordings)

Not that Darko Esser’s slate needed cleaning to begin with, but this is certainly one of his finest productions to date. A complex snare-driven Detroit techno groove offsets ‘Clean Slate’s simple dub chord pattern to great effect, and remixes come from DVS1 (Transmat, Klockwerks) and Lucy. Highly recommended.

Maxi-Single and single tracks now available for download (MP3 / 320 kb/s)

Xhin Australian Promo Mix

In preparation for his Australian tour, Tea has taken the time to put together a promo mix featuring, you guessed it … Xhin! Have a listen to the mix below, which features Xhin’s original tracks, collaborations and reworks.

Direct link/Download HERE

Xhin Australian Promo - Mixed By TEA by TEA Music

To our techno friends down under, you can catch Xhin on the following dates:

March 18 - Perth (The Likes Of You) - Bar Open 
March 19 - Melbounre (Haul & TEA) - Miss Libertine 
March 25 - Brisbane (Metric) - Bar Soma 
March 26 - Sydney (Disconnected 004) - Civic Underground

And likewise to our fellow London friends, you can catch his UK debut on 2nd April at the Stroboscopic Artefacts showcase. For more details, visit the Resident Advisor listing.

The Lab also has a limited number of discounted tickets for this event, anyone who wishes to save a few quid then get in touch with us at thelab@live.co.uk !!

Slash Dot Dash Podcast 003: 19.454.18.5.25.5.18

Great podcast featuring very special guest 19.454.18.5.25.5.18 in the mix! You can catch his UK debut this Saturday alongside Redshape at Cable, London.

Stream // Download here

Slash Dot Dash Podcast 003: 19.454.18.5.25.5.18 by Slash Dot Dash

Slash Dot Dash - Redshape (Live) w/ 19.454.18.5.25.5.18

Tickets: £10 // £12.50 // £15 OTD (includes free entry to Jaded after hours with Mark Henning) Click HERE for tickets

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