Thomas Fehlmann (live) (The Orb/Kompakt/Plug Research)
Lyo 25 (Laboratory Instinct Berlin)
Maxxrelax (Tripster Inc./Samurai.fm)
VJ: Scubaboy vs Tronik
Richard Sen (Padded Cell/DC Recordings)
Simon Rigg (Phonica Records)
Stuart Souter (Lysergery/Warp)
Special After Party with Helen Smith (New Bit/Radio 1), Paddy Freeform (Universal Vibes) and very very special guest....
It's about that time of year again when, for a couple of delirious weeks we forget about work, hangovers, calorie control and the lasting implications of abusing colleagues all in the name of good tidings and christmas cheer. Love it or hate it, the festive season is with us again and to celebrate the end of 2006, our most successful year yet at samurai.fm, we're having a little party.
Joining us on this festive endeavour in ROOM 1 will be the Berlin-based imprint LABORATORY INSTINCT (www.laboratoryinstinct.com). For their debut session in the UK, Laboratory Instinct present a very special live set from the legendary THOMAS FEHLMANN. As a recording artist Thomas Fehlmann has made lasting contributions to contemporary electronic music though both his solo releases (on labels such as KOMPAKT and PLUG RESEARCH), as well as in partnership, most significantly with ALEX PATTERSON (as THE ORB) and with MORITZ VAN OSWALD (BASIC CHANNEL) as 3MB. In the 1990s, Thomas was a resident at the legendary TRESOR Club in Berlin and, during that time as 3MB, he helped to cement the Berlin-Detroit connection collaborating with and producing BLAKE BAXTER and JUAN ATKINS amongst others. The LABORATORY INSTINCT imprint have been releasing quality music since its inception releasing music from artists as diverse as A GUY CALLED GERALD, ATOM TM, SUTECKH, DAEDAELUS and LUKE VIBERT. To support Thomas, we welcome Laboratory Instinct label boss LYO25. This is your first chance to catch one of the finest underground DJs in Europe, regularly rocking crowds in Europe at clubs such as ROBERT JOHNSON and WEEKEND (Berlin). Finally we have TRIPSTER INC.'s MAXXRELAX (www.tripsters.net), a regular at Samurai.fm, making a welcome re-appearence on the the Herbal sound system. Providing visual stimulation throughout will be Bournmouth's top cut and paste video artists Scubaboy vs Tronik.
In ROOM 2 we have managed to gather some of our favourite djs and artists of 2006. First off we have RICHARD SEN, one half of PADDED CELL (www.myspace.com/paddedcelldc) and an integral part of one of the labels of the year, DC RECORDINGS. Richard needs no introduction being well known prior to Padded Cell as part of BRONX DOGS (HEAVENLY) and DIRTY BEATNIKS (WALL OF SOUND). We have yet to experience a DJ set from him which is anything less than incendiary and we look forward to his death disco. Next up we have SIMON RIGG who somehow manages to find the time to run PHONICA RECORDS in Poland Street when not dropping his cutting edge sounds at clubs such as BUGGED OUT!, FABRIC and WEEKEND (Berlin). Under Simon's guidance, Phonica Records has grown into an institution in the European club scene supplying all the top DJs with cutting edge sounds and we look forward to some of the sounds of tomorrow from Mr. Rigg. To complete the bill, we welcome STUART SOUTER. Stuart has worked over the last couple of years as an A&R consultant for WARP RECORDS helping the label identify and sign some of its most cutting edge artists. He Djs regularly dropping his beats at events such as ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES and THE GREEN MAN FESTIVAL as well as his own LYSERGERY night in West London.
And if all that quality wasn't enough, there are rumours of a special after party nearby hosted by the lovely SMITH SENIOR aka HELEN SMITH (NEW BIT/RADIO 1), PADDY FREEFORM (UNIVERSAL VIBES) and a very very special guest.....