Kassem Mosse (live)
El Kid (live)
Phonica, Streets Of Beige and Wavey Tones finally unveil the lineup for their collaborative Workshop Records party at Corsica Studios on Saturday 25th February.
With London having never played host to a full Workshop lineup, the three brands coaxed a four-way powerhouse in the shape of Kassem Mosse, Lowtec, Even Tuell with a very special appearence from Move D.
Workshop has grown into something of a cult label, forming out of label-head Jens Lowtec's ear for dark, brooding house and techno, and with a sensibility not too disimilar from the deep, analogue noir found in their peers such as Modern Love, NonPlus and Blackest Ever Black.
Move D went on something of a hiatus after contributing to the 2nd and 4th Workshop releases back in 2007/08, but last year saw him come storming back with a three track EP for the label that simmered with positivity, notably the slo-mo B2 which gave a nod to Nightmare On Wax in it's lazy disco vibe.
It goes without saying that Kassem Mosse is a renound innovator and experimentor, materialising in his eponyous live sets which contain more improvised jams than they do actual released material. The 12th Workshop release last year could easily claim to be it's finest, with Mosse dragging out a druggy spoken-word refrain across 13 minutes of Berghain bothering techno.
Label-head Lowtec started out releasing on Out To Lunch and Playhouse before he took the jump in 2006 to start Workshop, and things have never looked better since. Thirteen releases in, he's already formed one of the most important electronic labels of the last ten if not twenty years and compiled an unimaginably consistent body of work. Last year saw him indulge his production on two EPs for Boddica's also-reverred NonPlus label, bringing the same stomp and sludge house to the fray and simultaneously becoming one of their strongest releasees.
Even Tuell's three appearances come notable in the Workshop catalogue, but none so much as his solo Workshop 007 release, which harnessed the very spirit of Detroit techno infused with stylistic elements of European electro. His bass-lines are where his production shines, with huge, growling warehouse tones and often throbbing with pure groove and machine-music heritage.
Room 2 will feature some of the UKs finest new house and bass talent in the shape of Altered Natives, DjRUM, El Kid and BNRY.
Limited £12 tickets available until the day of the event.