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The Soup Kitchen has a very limited capacity, please make sure you buy your tickets in advance. This party will sell out.
Peter Kersten's music is a sound of constants. Whether it be as Lawrence or Sten, you usually know exactly what you're going to get: deeply melancholic house and techno that will worm its way into your ears slowly and then implant itself in there for months. It is the aural equivalent of the cover of his debut record: blurry, indistinct and altogether bewitching.
But creating record after record of such elegant sadness isn't easy. Like his previous job as a gardener, Kersten is constantly pruning, constantly improving, constantly working towards a utopian ideal that can never be attained. Under his Sten alias, that element of work can more easily be heard: His new record under the moniker, The Essence, drives ceaselessly forward with grooves that reference his fondness for Detroit techno and melodies that can't help but make you feel wistful.
It plows the same field that Lawrence tracks do, of course, but this constancy is what makes Kersten stand out among his peers. You will rarely mistake his work for anyone else.
After our workshop label night at Bookbinders earlier this year we received a message sent to the meandyou. mail box. It was from Lowtec regarding our super nice party and it said that he and all the workshop crew had such a nice time in Manchester when they stayed. He then went on to say that because of this he had been inspired to name his next release -
meandyou.dub - http://www.wordandsound.de/article/60263
So for this smallville party we've added Lowtec to the line up for special live set.
In may 2005 he opened my record shop smallville in hamburg st. pauli together with his friends stella and pete (aka lawrence/ sten). Over the years i played at great places like cityfox & zukunft/ zurich, rex, batofar & nouveau casino/ paris, tresor, bar 25 & cookies/ berlin, levontin 7/ tel aviv, p3p/ brüssel, oOoze festival/ croatia, fiction/ cape town and many more.. since early 2006 he has organised regular smallville parties in hamburg in clubs like golden pudel, uebel&gefaehrlich and planeten&blumen. we invited guests like omar s, mike huckaby, patrice scott, cassy & tobias, thomas melchior, shinedoe, jus-ed, derrick may, redshape, my my, andy stott, sascha dive, pantha du prince, sleeparchive, heartthrob, digitaline, matt john, bruno pronsato and many more... His first track on vinyl was released in november 2006 on the smallville01- "chestnuts way" w&p by my friend abdeslam hammouda and me. in january 2008 our first 12" came out: TONIGHT WILL BE FINE. smallville06