After an absolutely astonishing year that has culminated in us being nominated in the “Best Club Night” category in the DJ Magazine Best of British awards, what better way for us to kick off 2012 than to do what we do best – recruiting a pioneering Detroit producer to come and lift the roof off our basement rave sanctuary. Ladies and gentlemen, we present: Daniel Bell.
There are few people in the world today who can claim to have had such an influence on the modern minimal and European tech-house sounds. Inspired by the funk of Chicago house and the sparse compositions of Steve Reich and Philip Glass, Daniel Bell was influential in creating a newer, more stripped back version of techno that we have come to know as “minimal” back in the early 90's.
After growing up just outside of Toronto, he moved to Detroit where he met Richie Hawtin and together the duo set about recording together as Cybersonik in 1990. Although their sound back then was a mixture of hard industrial techno and classic Mayday influenced Detroit styles, it wasn't long before Dan had simplified the trademark “bleeps and blips” of Derrick May's sound into a more raw and streamlined groove with his releases under his DBX alias on his own Accelerate label between '93 and '94. It was around this time that he also collaborated with Basic Channel's fellow minimal pioneer Maurizio on “City On The Edge Of Forever” released through the seminal Peacefrog Records.
Since then, Dan has accrued countless releases and remixes on huge labels such as Transmat, Perlon, Poker Flat, Klang and Logistic under a myriad of monikers and utilising a mixture of his trademark stripped back sounds through to deeper, housier cuts and more traditional atmospheric laden Detroit techno.
His DJ sets are similarly wide reaching - taking in styles and influences from all across the 4/4 spectrum – expect to hear the sounds of Chicago, Detroit, New York and Berlin (where Daniel is a regular guest at the Berghain/Panorama Bar) all spliced together with ease by a consummate professional. We can't even remember the last time Dan played in Manchester so we urge you not to miss this rare opportunity to catch him in our rainy city.
As ever tickets are limited to 200 and we expect this event to sell out. Make sure you guarantee your place by booking in advance!
For the time being, tickets are only available by visiting the link on our Facebook Event page but will become available here through RA on boxing day.