Tue, 30 Apr 2013  /  Post a comment
RA will host a stage on the closing night of this year's Distortion festival.Post a comment
The Copenhagen event is generally regarded as one of the best in Europe—check out our five-star review of last year's edition to get an idea of what it's all about. The five-day festival, which runs from May 29th through June 2nd, routinely attracts 90,000 people. It's held at venues across the Danish capital, spilling out into the city's streets. Every day the free outdoor Street Party begins at 4 PM and ends at 10 PM, at which point the Night Party (or on the last day, the Final Party) begins.
RA will host a stage at Distortion for the first time this year, and we've selected a lineup of leftfield talent to close out the festival at Refshaleøen on June 1st. There's a strong focus on our 2012 label of the year, L.I.E.S., with label boss Ron Morelli set to DJ, while Svengalisghost and recent Breaking Through artist XOSAR will play live. The bill is rounded out by Lepizig's Kassem Mosse and DJ TLR, the brains behind Crème Organization.
The festival has begun announcing the rest of its 2013 bill, with Jeff Mills, DJ Harvey, Todd Terje, Ryan Hemsworth, San Proper and Tim Sweeney all confirmed. Further names will be announced in the coming weeks. You can watch the teaser video for this year's edition below.
Tue, 08 Jan 2013  /  1 Comment
Copenhagen's Culture Box will celebrate its eighth birthday this weekend with parties on Friday and Saturday night.1 Comment
Culture Box, occupying a space that the club claims once housed "most of the Danish pornography business," first opened its doors in 2005 and quickly became a staple of nightlife in Copenhagen. In 2012, the club added a basement space called Red Box to complement the larger Black Box room upstairs. Their anniversary celebration will spread out across both spaces, not to mention both nights of the weekend. Shed will anchor Black Box on Friday with a live set; he'll be joined by Fachwerk boss Mike Dehnert, as well as locals Northern Structures and Asmus Odsat & Mads Rehl. Axel Boman from Studio Barnhus will be joined by Kasper Bjorke and Sexy Lazer in Red Box. The Cocktail Box, a bar located next to the main venue, will be soundtracked by Stefan and Mandrup.
The following night will feature a live set from headliners Scion (AKA Berlin's Substance & Vainqueur) plus DJ sets from Pattern Repeat and Morten Kamper in Black Box. Thomas Fehlmann, Mixmaster Morris, Finn of Tomland and Kong will hold down Red Box, and Tine Valentine and Carsten Jensen will be in the Cocktail Box.
Tickets to both the Friday and Saturday night parties, as well as passes for the entire weekend, are available right here on RA.
Tue, 08 Jan 2013  /  1 Comment
Live techno outfit Fire Slag will release their self-titled debut album next week.1 Comment
The band consists of Danish musicians and DJs Henrik Munch, Hans Hansen, René Kirkegaard and Jakob Domino, four men who share a passion for vintage synthesisers and describe their sound as "black as oil and white as freshly fallen snow". The Fire Slag LP will see release on their own newly minted Fire Slag Recordings imprint on January 14, with all nine tracks selected from the band's live repertoire.
01. Anybody Home?
03. We Will Break This Building Down
04. Out Of The Window
05. Spaceshuttle Disconnected
06. Arp Been Alone (Nun-version)
09. Wall Jam
Fire Slag Recordings will release Fire Slag on January 14, 2013.
Mon, 15 Oct 2012  /  Post a comment
Charanjit Singh will play his first European shows this November in Copenhagen and Sweden.
The Indian producer made waves two years ago with the reissue of his album Synthesizing: 10 Ragas To A Disco Beat, a collection of Indian ragas he recorded with drum machines and synthesizers back in 1982. The LP's re-release earned him attention among house and techno connoisseurs for its apparently accidental similarity to the dance music genres that would emerge in Chicago and Detroit just a few years later. Though he's been a regular performer in India for decades, the upcoming dates will be his first ever in Europe.
Singh will play live at both of the shows, armed with a Roland 303, 808, and Jupiter-8 synth. He's billed with Das Racist member Heems, a producer and MC whose own music blends hip-hop with Bollywood. The duo have recently recorded a collaborative EP, parts of which they'll be performing live together at these concerts. The first will take place at Copenhagen's Teater Grob on November 6 during the city's CPH:DOX multimedia festival. The next evening they'll head to Malmö, Sweden for a show at Mitt Möllan.
Nov 06 Charanjit Singh vs. Heems, Teater Grob, DenmarkPost a comment
Nov 07 Charanjit Singh vs. Heems, Mitt Möllan, Sweden
Thu, 09 Aug 2012  /  Post a comment
Trailerpark will soon take over Copenhagen Skatepark for one weekend, kicking off on August 31st.Post a comment
This year's event will mark Trailerpark's sixth edition. So far, each showing has seen the organisers enlist a niche group of names to appear, with house, techno and bass music each usually represented heavily, along with a hefty portion of indie acts. This time around, things will be no different, with Swedish house duo Genius of Time, Berlin-based Jimmy Edgar and the Livity Sound trio (comprising of Kowton, Peverelist and Asusu) all locked in for slots. Also on the bill sits German techno producer The Analog Roland Orchestra, Danish beatsmith Tomas Barfod and UK artist Gang Colours.
As per usual, the daily schedule will get underway in the afternoon, and carry right on through to around 6:00 AM. Both one- and three-day tickets are available.
Thu, 26 Jul 2012  /  1 Comment
The initial lineup has been announced for this year's Strøm festival, taking place in Copenhagen from August 20th through the 26th.1 Comment
As we said in our review of 2010's event, Strøm manages to book big names in an an intimate, low-cost environment. This year's edition is no exception. Headliners include Richie Hawtin and Major Lazer, Diplo's duo with Switch. More esoteric acts make up the rest of the bill, with highlights like Emika, LV, Dntel, Clouds and Petre Inspirescu (AKA Pedro). A grip of Danish artists will play as well, including Kenton Slash Demon (an offshoot of When Saints Go Machine) and local techno acts Mikkel Metal, Northern Structures and Pattern Repeat (AKA Resoe and Echocord boss Kenneth Christiansen). As usual, the festival will take place at venues around the city, with the biggest events happening at Enghaveparken.
Thu, 17 May 2012  /  2 Comments
Copenhagen's annual Distortion Festival will take place this year from May 30th to June 3rd.
Now entering its 15th year, Distortion is a street festival in Copenhagen that takes over the city itself and its venues for a five-day "celebration of Copenhagen nightlife." Heading up the bill this year are American disco act Chromatics and UK producer/MC/DJ Mike Skinner (known for his work as The Streets). Instead of a single festival-wide location, Distortion will take over the city streets and individual nightclub venues, and each day of the festival will take place in a different district of Copenhagen. Every day the free outdoor "street party" begins at 4:00 PM and ends at 10:00 PM, at which point the "night party" (or on Saturday, the "final party") starts. The exact venues and event lineups are yet to be announced, but early press materials promise "166+ dance floors in 166+ different locations."
Also tapped to play Distortion this year is Kompakt boss Michael Mayer, who will play the Final Party as he has done in previous Distortion years, plus Danish DJ Trentemøller, Chicago's DJ Funk, American rapper Tyga and the UK's Andrew Weatherall, among over 100 other names.
May 30 Distortion (Day 1 Of 5), TBA - Copenhagen K2 Comments
May 31 Distortion (Day 2 Of 5), TBA - Nørrebro
Jun 01 Distortion (Day 3 Of 5), TBA - Vesterbro
Jun 02 Distortion (Day 4 Of 5) Final Party, To Be Announced
Jun 03 Distortion (Day 5 Of 5), To Be Announced
Wed, 04 Apr 2012  /  5 Comments
Nick Kold Eriksen, AKA Taragana Pyjarama, is ready to release his first album, Tipped Bowls.5 Comments
Eriksen is a Danish producer with a blissed-out, droning style of electronic pop. He just debuted around this time last year, but has received considerable praise for the one EP he's put out so far: a self-titled release on Fool House that included the tracks "Girls" and "Ocean," the latter of which allegedly piqued the interest of Kompakt boss Michael Mayer. Tipped Bowls will be Eriksen's debut on Kompakt, making him the latest addition to the Cologne imprint's ever-increasing Danish contingent (along with WhoMadeWho and Jatoma). You can stream the second track, "Growing Forehead," on Kompakt's SoundCloud page.
01. Four Legged
02. Growing Forehead
03. Lo Ng
04. All Those Weird Things
05. Just Remember This
06. Pinned (Part 1)
07. Tipped Bowls
09. Pinned (Part 2)
10. Terror Paradise
Kompakt will release Tipped Bowls on June 18th, 2012.
Tue, 21 Feb 2012  /  2 Comments
Kasper Bjorke will release a new album called Fool in April.2 Comments
The record will come out on the Poker Flat associate HFN Music. Half of the songs are collaborations with other Danish artists, including emerging pop-singer Emma Acs and older post-punk outfit Laid Back (of "White Horse" fame). Jacob Bellens, the singer-songwriter for indie-folk group I Got You On Tape, makes an appearance on four different songs. Cover art comes from the DJ and graphic designer Trevor Jackson.
Lose Yourself to Jenny is the album's first single. It will be released on March 5th with remixes from Axel Boman, Maxxi Soundsystem, Rebolledo and Till von Sein, all of which can be heard right here on SoundCloud. The full album comes out on April 1st (get it?)
01. Hummingbirds feat. Jacob Bellens
02. Lose Yourself to Jenny feat. Jacob Bellens
03. Deep is the Breath feat. Jacob Bellens and Emma Acs
04. Sunrise feat. Jacob Bellens
07. All I hear is Drums
08. Bohemian Soul feat. Laid Back
10. US Escape
HFN Music will release Fool on April 1st, 2012.
Fri, 13 Jan 2012  /  1 Comment
Copenhagen's Culture Box club will celebrate its seventh birthday this Saturday with sets from Michael Mayer, Margaret Dygas and Trentemøller.1 Comment
Culture Box has been one of Denmark's leading clubs for house and techno for the past few years, helped in no small part by a consistent and adventurous booking policy. Located in Copenhagen's city centre, the 400-capacity venue plays host to international acts on a weekly basis, with music ranging from deep house and disco to hard-edged techno. House will be the order of the day at this weekend's anniversary party, courtesy of Kompakt boss Michael Mayer and Perlon affiliate and Panorama Bar resident Margaret Dygas. Hometown hero Trentemøller, Kim Kemi and Finn of Tomland will all also step up for DJ sets.
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