For music travellers with an ear for global mayhem, CTM, Man Recordings and Melt! Booking serve up a fast-paced tour through baile funk, Baltimore club, house, grime, breakbeat, speed garage and much, much more. Daniel Haaksman and Drop the Lime’s hook-centric eclecticism are perfectly balanced by Sinden’s no-rules approach club music, the high-energy antics of Schlachthofbronx, the electrifying ragga anthems of Ku Bo and, from Portugal, DJ Manaia. The momentum never drops, the heat never stops.
Daniel Haaksman (DE)
Berlin-based Daniel Haaksman is a DJ, producer and the brain behind Man Recordings, a label representing Brazilian producers as well as international artists inspired by baile funk styles. Haaksman has released dozens of well-received compilations including Rio Baile Funk: Favela Booty Beats. Haaksman is a regular contributor to German magazines and newspapers like Tagesspiegel and Spex.
Ku Bo & Joyce Muniz (AT/ BR)
Stefan Mörth is one of the best-known protagonists of the current European Afro-Brazilian/ dancehall/ ragga movement. Vienna based Mörth, aka bass-meister Stereotyp (G-Stone Recordings), launched the club-oriented Ku Bo project in 2008 for his dancefloor tracks on Man Recordings. Ku Bo is fronted by various singers, including Brazilian vocalist Joyce Muniz. Mörth also uses the monikers Circus Moerth, Rich, Sly & Mo and Subsystem Crew.
This team of three (or two) are avid proponents of Munich bass – a kitchen-sink mix of bootybass, dubstep, cumbia and Bavarian schranz among other things. Their first EP, Belly Full of Pills, was launched by Munich-based imprint, Disko B, in early 2009 as a precursor to the Schlachthofbronx self-titled debut album, which came out later in the year. Schlachthofbronx run a regular bass night called HypieHypie at Rote Sonne in Munich.
Graeme Sinden is well known for his collaborations with Switch and, more recently, with Joshua Harvey as the Count & Sinden, a production project responsible for the surprise hit ‘Beeper’ and signed to Domino records. Sinden’s DJ sets are a riotous mix of Baltimore club, baile funk and hiphop to RnB/soul, dancehall and house, Miami bass and grime, as heard on his renowned Kiss FM shows. Sinden is in high demand as a remixer.
Drop the Lime (US)
Brooklyn native Drop the Lime, (Luca Venezia) is an electronic producer, vocalist, DJ and head honcho of dance label, Trouble and Bass. His raw, incendiary sets with live vocals earned him a residency at London’s Fabric, and he has an impressive back catalogue of productions and remixes. He also produces house under the moniker Curses! for French label, Institubes. A new DTL album is out early 2010.
DJ Manaia (PT)
Lisbon based DJ Manaia mixes eclectic sets of kuduro, baile-funk, mashups, electro-house and hiphop. Since starting out in the late 90s, he’s remixed Buraka Som Sistema, Schlachthofbronx, Sound of Stereo and the Darrow Chem Syndicate, to name just a few. Resident at (his own) Mini Mercado club in Santos, he’s collaborated with Deize Tigrona and is one half of Zombies For Money, a new project with Klipar (Diogo Cunha).
VJ SNIPER (IL/DE)
VJ SNIPER is Safy Etiel (1960), video artist and VJ with a unique technique and style, born in Haifa, Israel. Since 1986, he has lived and worked in Berlin. Together with the author and media artist Heinrich Dubel he runs the SNIPER project in Berlin. Etiel is in high demand for concerts, installations and multimedia-performances in Germany, Europe, North America and Israel, and has participated in various festivals and exhibitions at venues like PS1 (New York), Kunstwerke, (Berlin), NGBK, (Berlin) and ZKM (Karlsruhe).
If quantized bass, kick or snare define four-four, the snap time-corrected beats of techno and pop cliches, the un of unquantized defines nothing. It’s the history and the future of music. It’s inclusive, encompassing swing, wonkiness and glitch, but also halfstep, triplets, duplets and tuplets that are as complex as the musicians behind them are accomplished. CTM and Surefire, the International Bass Music Agency, proudly present Unquantized Bass, and revel in the lack of definition.
Loops Haunt (UK)
Loops Haunt (Scott Gordan) is producer from Dundee, Scotland, who has been receiving support from Radio1's Mary Anne Hobbs, Lucky Me, The Glitch Mob, Wrong Music and Rustie. His Rubber Sun Grenade EP was released on Glasgow’s Fortified Audio, and Loops Haunt tracks were featured on France’s Eklektik Rekords Eklektic 2 Sides (No. 4) EP in 2009.
Falty DL (US)
Before New Yorker Falty DL (Drew Lustman) began releasing music on UK labels Ramp and Planet Mu, he built up a small catalogue on US independents Unfun, fizx-recordings and Napalm Enema Records. Lustman’s first record as Falty DL was the jungle inspired Beat Lumber EP (Unfun 2007). Prior to that he played upright and electric bass in a jazz quartet called Luggage.
From the cradle of ‘Notts’ came Brackles (Rob Kemp). In just a short couple of years, Kemp moved from warm-up DJ at London’s >>Fwd to sought after producer with releases on Geiom’s Berkane Sol imprint, Pollen, Applepips and now Planet Mu. Kemp attended university in Nottingham where he and partner-in-crime Shortstuff were in contact with the Futureproof club, Geiom and others in the dubstep scene. He’s made appearances on Rinse FM and been involved with high-profile remixes for the likes of Kid Cudi, Tempa T, and MSTRKRFT. Kemp recently set-up his own imprint: Blunted Robots.
The electronic music world has been enamoured of Rustie (Russell Whyte), a Glaswegian producer who single handedly upholds the genre aquacrunk, since the launch of his Jagz the Smack EP (Stuff Records) in December 2007. Now signed to the infamous Warp Records, his reputation-building hiphop/crunk/electronica releases are on Scotland’s Stuff Records, Wireblock and Hyperdub.
Paul Spymania (UK)
Paul ‘Spymania’ Fowler relocated to Berlin in 2008 with Hotflush boss, Scuba, and launched Sub:stance, Europe’s biggest dubstep night at Berlin’s Berghain. In the mid 90s Fowler, together with high school buddies Hardy Finn and Tom ‘Squarepusher’ Jenkins, founded the Spymania label in Brighton, an imprint that garnered a reputation as a breeding ground for Warp talent. Fowler DJs everything from techno to acid house to dub to old school.
WMF Lounge / 23:00
Dubco – Andy Blake (Dissident) and Amy Dagley-Alsop (Drop the Bomb) – is a DJ team that started life as Dubdsco, named after a dub versions LP by Bunny Wailer. A name change ensued to avoid confusion with London's emerging disco scene. Blake and Aslop draw on extensive reggae/ heavyweight roots collections with rubadub and early dancehall from the 70s and early 80s.
CTM.10, the 11th edition of Berlin’s festival for Adventurous Music and Related Visual Arts, will take place under the theme OVERLAP – Structures II: Sound and Other Media from January 28 till February 7, 2010 at various venues in Berlin.