► INTRO: What 5 years ago started on the 2nd floor of Red Bar on Ngo Duc Ke has culminated into Saigon’s premier Techno promoter a monthly mainstay for underground music lovers. With some 30 main events featuring Berlin, Paris heroes of the Techno scene from Berlin and Paris. Last year Heart Beat sprouted HRBR-Harbour, another underground music promoter making the Saigon nightlife more colourful and managed to release nearly 4 EP’s on its synonymous label. Something Heart Beat plans for 2018 and hopefully achieve more of the collective dreams of the trio behind this boutique yet mature promoter.
To celebrate this anniversary Heart Beat has produced and published a photo book one might label the chronicles of an era of underground music in Saigon, featuring many of their events, guest DJ’s, yet also many of the venues that are no longer open. The location forced by venue drought will be at an outdoor pitstop, also dubbed as the Desert or the Jungle in D.2, located at the foot of Phu My bridge in District 2 in direction of District 7.
► FRESHEST NEWS: Ben Klock has overseen a compilation of new music for his 20th release on his Klockworks label, which launched in 2006. Also, Heiko Laux’ “Dark Fader” will appear on this compilation.
►HEIKO LAUX [aka hlx, aka Offshore Funk, aka Apathism] LABELOWNER OF premier techno label Kanzleramt // RECORDING ARTIST ON Josh Wink’s Ovum and Rejected, Suol, Tronic, Uturn many more. As the youngest of 5 children, Heiko Laux was always the rebel in the family challenging norms even in his youth. To this day his stimulating approach to electronic music has showcased his ability to utter between genres with various aliases, projects and sounds. Founded in 1994 by Heiko Laux, Kanzleramt was Germany’s premier techno label releasing some of the freshest sounds of that time. 20 years later the label is still continuously testing boundaries in contemporary techno, breaching the gaps between techno, trance and minimal.
Since the release of Heiko’s last album on Kanzleramt in 2006 he has explored di erent sonic landscapes ranging from classic techno sounds to deep techno by releasing on various labels. His work on Truesoul, Figure and Soma all feature collaborations with Amsterdam-based producer Steve Rachmad. Other labels include Rejected, Suol, Tronic and Uturn, which dips into the realm of hypnotic techno. In the past year Heiko has put out two EPs on Josh Wink’s label, Ovum, each one worked as collaboration. The first release with Diego Hostettler was true to his own style as well as to Ovum as the tracks will excite any dance oor. However most recently his EP with Alexander Lukat on Ovum has been the number one seller for Ovum on Beatport since its release in October 2013.
For Heiko Laux inspiration can spring up from any source. Constantly living in the moment, capturing emotions and reactions from the world around him as his productions illustrate the beauty of exotic lands and galactic landscapes. Once in the moment there is no going back, only moving forward and only creation.
In January 2014 the twentieth anniversary of Kanzleramt was celebrated at Berlin’s renowned Berghain and since then Heiko has been requested all around the world, from Los Angles to Sweden to Tokyo, to represent and showcase his labels works.
The release of Fernweh in 2014 has marked a great accomplishment for Heiko Laux as it is his fifth solo album for Kanzleramt. From starting out in 1994 in the heat of the uprising techno, Heiko has experienced many movements in the music- sphere however he will always play an important role and symbolize of the globally celebrated golden age of techno. With no interest in remaking albums or dwelling on the past, Heiko is constantly moving forward, finding new inspiration. Motivated by his undoubted passion, he will continue to produce music to fill the void in contemporary techno.
▬▬▬▬▬▬THE STARTERS, SIDE DISHES AND DESSERTS▬▬▬▬▬
►Javier Marimon (aka Noches) - When you hear Techno in the underground clubs of Saigon the chance is very high you will see Javier behind the decks. Long time fan of Heiko and joining Heart Beat for the second time, yet a very familiar face for the party people of Saigon. Recently released Hoy, an exquisite Album, with Tokyo based imprint Kizen Records: if you want your ambient music filled with granular aesthetics, off-kilter techno and dusty atmospheres this one is for you.
►CHRIS WOLTER hailing from Hanse city Rostock, with a very active scene, as we all have experienced these past years. At least 5 guests from the Rostock area come over to Saigon. Chris is already more than 7 years part of the Vietnamese culture and of course founding father (Papa) of Heart Beat. Releasing his signature sound on Heart Beat’s imprint with his latest techno release of Chanhy by night and “Scorpion” following “Bubi”. Made his debut in 2004 as DJ and in 2008 his first set in Vietnam during the Hanoi Soundstuff Festival. Now also performing and releasing under his Alias Phuc Long on HRBR a new imprint with BAX as head honcho.
►OUCH! haling from Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Dj Ouch! started deejaying in the late 90s. He is one of the founding members of the drum and bass crew Insane Drumsounds. He spent the year 2000 in Madrid and started to play deep house. He started producing his own beats in 2003. He also has a passion for funk, disco and afrobeat. He is now based in Ho Chi Minh City and is one of the favourite support acts at recent Heart Beat & HRBR events. Currently together with BAX hosting HRBR events that have already left their marks on the nights of HCMC in a rather short time. https://soundcloud.com/dj-ouch1
►VISUALS by EROL - no light show will be needed, standing all night besides the DJ’s this one man live show called Erol produces the visuals that will entangle with the sonic typhoon the artist create and release. It is the Lightning going with the storm, the techno Viking god in person and hard NOT to get hypnotized by his creations.
►Intro Venue: The original location also dubbed ‘the Jungle’ or was first introduced as rave location by our friends of Sonic Uprising about 5 years ago. An epic night for many reasons. Due to rapid urbanisation the location has moved to the other side of the road and is now also the pOp-servatory location since 11-11. We like to follow in their footsteps in the dry season and celebrate our 5 years in the outdoors 24 hours non stop from 9PM to 9AM!!
EXACT LOCATION: Quan La (Google map https://goo.gl/maps/iedk3xfEJRA2)
Coordinates 10°44'59.2N / 106°45'13.0"E
DIRECTIONS: => TIP: just follow the sound of beats!
FROM DISTRICT 7 & 1 ---> Go over the Phu My Bridge towards D2. Once you have crossed the (big) bridge, continue until you cross a smaller bridge, then make a U-turn on the broken dirt road to get to the other side of the road. Then go back towards the big bridge using the far right motorbike lane, and take the exit to go under the bridge. The location is right at the beginning of the bridge.
FROM DISTRICT 2 ---> Go towards the Phu My Bridge over Vo Chi Cong road, but do not go over it. The venue will be on your right hand at the foot of the bridge. It is possible to make a U turn under the bridge to go back to D.2!
IN CASE OF RAIN: the venue is covered and dancing in the rain ain't that bad either, so no worries!
CITY BEACH: you can also bring your beach volley ball gear for the after party.
Camels are free of charge
secured parking for bikes. paid to venue
limited for cars. paid to venue
cars outside along and close to the hoarding (concrete trucks passing all the time)
▬▬▬▬▬▬▬Intro Heart Beat ▬▬▬ this is the 30th instalment of Heart Beat, also known as the Techno crew of Saigon, enriching its scene with their selection of “ Underground Body Music”, in doing so as a promoter, sound system, tiny community and nascent record label. Heart Beat brings foremost the techno culture to Saigon’s nightlife by regularly hosting nights. Here you can hear international renowned and local talent play classic & grooving minimal techno. They just call it “underground body music” Heart Beat purveyors of techno already brought you names as Par Grindvik, Marc Romboy, Antigone, Shifted, Henning Baer, Marco Shuttle, Etapp Kyle, Ed Davenport, Oliver Deutschmann and many more. ► LINKS HEART BEAT:
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