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Cocoon with Sven Vath, Reboot, Onur Özer photo gallery
Sven Väth’s empire strikes back this July, when the techno overlord returns to Cocoon London at matter, bringing with him a crack squadron of the extended Cocoon family’s very best talent for another night (and morning...) of non-stop pyrotechno.
With the April debut selling out well in advance, the scene was set for a night that truly earned the tag ‘Epic’ – Sven was joined by Chris Teitjen, Extrawelt live, Dorian Paic and Jamie Jones (ably deputising for the sadly absent Onur Özer), with the staggering all-pervading atmosphere remaining undimmed at 8am, when the afterparty kicked off on matter’s 2nd floor with the dancefloor full until well into Sunday afternoon. Only a few weeks remain until the hugely anticipated return, for which Cocoon have pulled together a superb selection of house and techno’s most keenly talented DJs and producers.
Engaging Room 1 with another of his extended sets, Sven will be all set to turn matter into his own personal playground once more, delivering big-room smashers with the odd surprise dropped in. Joining him will be Reboot, who will take to the stage this time around, bringing his arresting live show to follow Extrawelt’s live performance in April. Under his Reboot guise, Frank Heinrich has contributed house-inflected deep mimimal techno to labels including Cocoon, Cadenza and Moon Harbour with his original compositions and remixes of Guy Gerber and Matthias Tanzmann. The Frankfurt producer’s live sets build steadily with delicate percussive grooves and elegantly constructed beats, a perfect companion to the swelling atmosphere of any Cocoon night.
Room 2 will be in the capable hands of Onur Özer, who finally arrives at matter following the late cancellation of his appearance in April due to visa issues. The more intimate surrounding of matter’s second room will reverberate to the elementally funky rolling beats of the Turkish tyro, who’s elevated the minimal and tech house styles by infusing it with the warmer sounds of the Istanbul scene he helped invigorate, involving himself in the founding of several new club venues in the city since the turn of the century. Completing the bill will be Cocoon’s Frank Lorber – a veteran of their parties in Frankfurt and Ibiza – and Christian ‘C-Rock’ Rindermann, the multi-monikered founder of Stir15 Recordings and Lo-Fi Stereo who runs the ‘Going Deeper’ night at Cocoon Club in Frankfurt and is perhaps best known currently as one half of deep-house duo Motorcitysoul.