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5 Things You Need To Know About Swiss Techno Duo Adriatique

Delivered... By Daniel Melfi | Scene | Thu 1 Nov 2018 6:25 pm

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Meet Lack Records, The DIY Imprint Bringing Quirky Dance Music To Berlin

Delivered... By Daniel Melfi | Scene | Thu 27 Sep 2018 3:07 pm

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From Neo-Trance To Melodic Techno: 6 Tracks You Need To Hear By Konstantin Sibold

Delivered... By Daniel Melfi | Scene | Wed 12 Sep 2018 10:45 am

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5 Things To Know About Prolific Icelandic Producer Bjarki

Delivered... By Daniel Melfi | Scene | Thu 6 Sep 2018 4:20 pm

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5 Things You Need To Know About Mysterious Berlin Techno Trio ItaloJohnson

Delivered... By Daniel Melfi | Scene | Mon 3 Sep 2018 11:59 am

This Friday, September 7, will mark the next date in our ongoing Telekom Electronic Beats Clubnight series. This time around, we’re headed to Heilbronn for our first party at Mobilat, which is a new participating club in our tour. And to celebrate this inauguration, we’ve enlisted the help of the infamously anonymous Berlin trio ItaloJohnson for an all-night set of their particularly party-rocking approach to dance floor house and techno. To help you get excited for the party, we’ve compiled a list of five things that you need to know about the trio before you come party with us.

Throughout this list, we’ve also included some 12-inch highlights from the trio’s career.

WetYourSelf Mix

WetYourSelf sounds like a name for an ItaloJohnson track, if they used such word combinations. But their mix for the Fabric party WetYourSelf seems to convey its message quite clearly—it’s for dancing. Since 2014, the flawless selection of stripped-down house tracks in combination with smooth and patient dub offerings has amassed over 60,000 plays on SoundCloud.

No Photos

ItaloJohnson are not anonymous by nature, but they’ve chosen to be so. The trio of DJs, who remain unnamed as far as the Internet is concerned, go by the initials of J, R and M—when they’re feeling generous. There are no fancy headshots of them on the cover of magazines or websites, and in person they do their best to duck. They do occasionally give interviews, but they rarely choose to expand on their upbringing or past in any sort of detail. Rather, they prefer to poke fun at the industry and the social media cycle it’s become.

No Names

The trio, all of whom hail from Berlin, have been operating a no-nonsense record label, also called Italojohnson, since 2010. They don’t release named tracks, but only address them as their catalog numbers. Their hand-stamped series ran to ITJ11 before it ended. Although the ItaloJohnson records are comprised of almost all content by the trio, they’ve also let a few remix duties slip into the hands of some of their favorite collaborators, like Robert Hood (as Floorplan) and Jimmy Edgar.

No Frills Music

ItaloJohnson release DJ tools. With simple-yet-effective loops and a few critically hypnotic samples, their vinyl-only brand of timeless house and techno seems poised to age well. Their lack of promotion and consistent quality helps them to sell records regardless of who stamped the inlay. Unmistakably hardware-driven drum patterns and dreamy pads tend to mingle with acid squelches across their discography from ITJ 01 to 11.

Patience

Although the Berliners aren’t alone in the “anonymous” category, they may well be near the top in terms of commitment. Since dropping their first 12-inch eight years ago, the trio have maintained a patient release schedule. It’s rare to see more than two new records per year from the group. And yet, their reputation for quality mixing and spot-on selection have kept them fresher than many of their contemporaries.

Meet us on September 7 at Mobilat in Heilbronn for our Telekom Electronic Beats Clubnight with Italojohnson. RSVP here.

Read more: 17 anthems from Superbleep 3000, the ’90s house party that put Wiesbaden on the map 

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How Essen’s Zeche Zollverein Went From Abandoned Coal Mine To Techno Club

Delivered... By Daniel Melfi | Scene | Mon 13 Aug 2018 12:31 pm

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10 Films About Dance Music Culture That We Actually Like

Delivered... By Daniel Melfi | Scene | Mon 25 Jun 2018 11:28 am

Dance music fans have been telling their parents that “they’ll never understand” for the better part of three decades. Despite that, the culture has been booming since the late ’80s.

Filmmakers have been keen to interpret the fascinating factions of this neon-wearing, pill-eating, rave-dancing society. Some of these films focus on the music and the scene, while others derive tension from chemical excess.

And we can’t forget about the often inexplicable, emotional encounters on and off the dance floor, whether the focus be on dealing with deafness, chemical overload or trying to get the cops out of the warehouse. This list has you covered for at least a whole weekend in. Don’t forget some snacks to bring with you on this long and winding journey.

Eden (2014)

Unlike some of its partners in this category, Eden actually understands the melancholic afterglow of a life in club culture. But French writer and director Mia Hansen-Løve had some help. Her brother Sven co-wrote the screenplay and was the inspiration for protagonist Paul Vallée (Félix de Givry). The Parisian DJ actually grew up alongside other famous French Touch pioneers, like Daft Punk. That duo even agreed to license some of their biggest tracks for the film at a fraction of the cost. Chronicling the rise and eventual fall of a local DJ, the French film can become painfully relatable. With a killer soundtrack and characters that could substitute as some of our friends, Eden is a classic.

24 Hour Party People (2002)

This melange of fact and fiction is one of club culture’s most stimulating films. Depicting the crest and fall of late 1970s to early 1990s Manchester, 24 Hour Party People is a tale of gargantuan passion and a love of leisure. Whether for the historically accurate context, or the insanely fun soundtrack—think UK Baggy highlights—it’s definitely one of the best films to watch before your weekend out. Released in 2002, it features a livewire performance by Steve Coogan as the late TV personality and Factory Records label founder Tony Wilson. From Joy Division to the Haçienda and the Happy Mondays, the film provides a fun and in-depth survey of the crazy “Madchester” scene.

Groove (2000)

This club culture portrait is a classic interpretation of the San Francisco warehouse scene. Greg Harrison’s ode to ecstasy and discovering your true self at the rave was released in 2000. It’s gone on to become a legendary piece of the club culture cannon. The film features cameos by John Digweed and tracks by Orbital and Symbiosis. Groove isn’t concerned with eloquence, but it doesn’t take too many liberties in the joy—and occasional terror—of the implicit connection between the drug and underground music scenes.

Human Traffic (1999)

Human Traffic is perhaps Danny Dyer’s finest contribution to modern cinema. Released in 1999, it’s arguably the British actor’s most acclaimed work. The journey of him and his mates getting out of their heads in Cardiff is one of film’s finest odes to all those who found themselves with more disco biscuits than they could—and should—eat. According to The Guardian, director Justin Kerrigan insisted that in order to be cast, actors must have had at least one encounter with the tasteless, magic vitamins. It’s that kind of dedication to authenticity—and tracks by Matthew Herbert—that resulted in this masterpiece.

Berlin Calling (2008)

This 2008 comedy by Hannes Stöhr is a cornucopia of ridiculousness. The soundtrack is easy listening, with melodic techno contributions from Paul (who plays the main character DJ Ickarus) and Fritz Kalkbrenner as well as Sascha Funke. But the rest is either commentary on Berlin’s liberal attitude towards self-medication, or an ode to the never-ending after party. The film is a clear nod to Ken Kesey’s legendary novel—later made into an Oscar-winning film—One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. But, it remains a hilarious take on what would’ve happened if R.P. McMurphy had lived in Berlin in the noughties.

Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy (2011)

Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy is a film based on the story The Undefeated by the Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh. He’s also the genius behind Trainspotting. That should tell you enough about his unique, ultra-detailed and often accurate portrayal of drug and party culture. Not unlike other projects based off of Welsh productions, this one involves lots of drugs and a plan to sell them, quickly, for a lot of cash. Directed by Rob Heydon, it features a drug-smuggling romantic who is hoping that a Canadian woman can help turn his life, and heist, around.

Party Monster (2003)

In 2003, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato approached this club culture biopic from a new angle. Unfortunately, it’s not just the energy that can spill over beyond the dance floor. The story of Party Monster is adapted from James St. James’ 1999 memoir Disco Bloodbath. Focusing on NYC club kid promoter Michael Alig, the film is, at the least, a strange trip down a chemical highway, and at the most, an advertisement for rampant drug use. With a cast that includes Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green, it may be short on timeless cinematic quality, but not in dark and twisted humor. It also reminds us that sometimes, it’s OK to stay in.

Naar de Klote (1996)

This tragic love story is rooted in ecstasy. Released in the Netherlands in 1996, Aryan Kaganof’s Naar de Klote (Wasted!) is a primordial tale of tasting forbidden fruit. Revolving around the Dutch gabber explosion of the 1990s (which inspired the Polish gabber explosion of the 2010s), it chronicles Jacqui and Martijn’s move from the small town of Tilburg to the sensory assault of Amsterdam. As Jacqui gets sucked into the ugly drug dealing underbelly of the clubbing industry, Martijn struggles to remain faithful to his girlfriend while drowning his sorrows in big spliffs and lots of Heineken. Filmed in a grainy and unfocused style, it seems more like a bad ecstasy trip than a celebration of life. Hold on, because this one moves fast—and it gets ugly.

One Perfect Day (2004)

One Perfect Day is a welcome reminder that it’s not all sunshine and rainbows in club culture. Tommy Matisse, a Melbourne music student who is studying in London, receives notice of his sister Emma’s death. After learning of her interest in electronic music—and the drugs that contributed to her downfall—Matisse decides to explore club culture himself. Rife with melancholy, he navigates a world of infinite joy and horrible sadness. Fatboy Slim, Radioslave and Blur make the soundtrack for Paul Currie’s 2004 project more enjoyable and a little less sad.

It’s All Gone Pete Tong (2004)

This film definitely rivals Berlin Calling for the silliest in the dance music cannon. It’s the hilarious tragicomedy of British DJ Frankie Wilde’s mythical existence and his battle with deafness. With cameos by the biggest DJs in the game—from Carl Cox, to Paul Van Dyk—it’s also a clear-cut Ibiza promo. Shooting took place entirely on the White Island (where we were recently) in venues like Pacha, Amnesia, DC10 and Privilege. Wilde, played by Paul Kaye, tours around the island as his hearing decays, all to the tune of classics like “Pacific State”—and maybe a bit too much trance.

Read more: Watch a trailer for a new film about Berlin

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How Dortmund’s Oma Doris Club Is Keeping The City’s Underground House Scene Moving

Delivered... By Daniel Melfi | Scene | Fri 1 Jun 2018 11:31 am

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Berlin’s ISM Hexadome Is What Immersive Audiovisual Art Has Been Missing

Delivered... By Daniel Melfi | Scene | Fri 27 Apr 2018 4:07 pm

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10 Things You Need To Know About Nightmares On Wax

Delivered... By Daniel Melfi | Scene | Tue 10 Apr 2018 11:35 am

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10 Albums That Defined The Prolific Electronic Outfit Mouse On Mars

Delivered... By Daniel Melfi | Scene | Wed 28 Feb 2018 2:08 pm

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