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Клуб: the St Petersburg rail factory that became a visionary nightclub

Delivered... Brooke McCord | Scene | Wed 19 Sep 2018 3:24 pm

Set in an industrial area far outside the city – and with industrial tracks to match - the nightclub Клуб is putting community before music to create a truly beloved space

Ask Sasha Tsereteli, founder of St Petersburg’s DIY nightclub Клуб, what the most important aspect of his club is and you might be surprised. Despite great success serving nights that span a melange of techno, acid, noise and industrial, he says that community comes first and music second. “It’s always been about getting people together, and seeing what happens,” he explains. “There are enough music clubs in the world so we never really positioned ourselves as one – I think that’s one of our best accomplishments. Although you can only afford to say that when your music programme is impeccable.”

Renowned as the duo who first brought international acts to St Petersburg, Sasha Tsereteli and his partner Julia Si had been running parties for a decade before co-founding Клуб (meaning “klub”) in November 2017. Housed within brutalist infrastructure – a former national railway factory – Клуб is not the kind of club you stumble upon by chance. Much like Berlin’s Berghain, it’s set far from civilisation, in an industrial area just outside the city. “Nobody comes here by accident,” says Tsereteli. “It’s nearly impossible, so we never know how many people will attend an event.”

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‘We did it!’ – behind the decks at Paul Oakenfold’s Stonehenge rave

Delivered... Alexis Petridis | Scene | Mon 17 Sep 2018 5:15 pm

He’s played Everest and the Great Wall of China. So what happened when Oakenfold set out to become the first person ever to DJ at Stonehenge? Our writer grabs his glow stick and heads for the A303

A Holiday Inn by the A303 is not really the kind of place you would expect to meet Paul Oakenfold. He is, after all, the person who almost singlehandedly invented the latter-day notion of the superstar DJ, and whose 30-year career has warranted not only a mention in the Guinness Book of Records (as “the world’s most successful DJ”) but also a a graphic novel. “This book,” reads the blurb, “charts the windy road taken to fame, fortune and musical nirvana.”

Yet here he is, in a business park just off the windy road taken to Basingstoke, dressed in tracksuit bottoms and exuding a surprising degree of nervousness about his next gig. Later today, he will become the first-ever DJ to play at Stonehenge, as the advance publicity has it. In fact, he almost certainly isn’t – someone must have played records between performances by Hawkwind and Gong at the infamous Stonehenge free festivals in the 1970s and 80s. But, technically, those events took place in fields adjacent to the stones, while Oakenfold is doing his stuff right in front of them.

I’ve been in Ibiza practising, timing music to sunsets. How do I build up into it? How can I touch you emotionally?

The event must look simultaneously spectacular and baffling

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The month’s best mixes: Discwoman, Gian Manik, LSDXOXO and more

Delivered... Tayyab Amin | Scene | Wed 12 Sep 2018 9:00 am

The best DJ mixes and radio shows this month feature everything from exhilarating hardstyle to a cappella Farsi – plus a bit of My Humps by the Black Eyed Peas

August’s assortment of the world’s best mixes features musicians delivering distinctly erotic sets in summer heat, while folk-club hybrids, minimal polyrhythms and breathtaking hardstyle are also present.

Related: The month's best mixes: Gigsta, Susumu Yokota and 25 years of Dutch dynamo Clone

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50 great tracks for September from BTS, Marie Davidson, Boygenius and more

Delivered... Ben Beaumont-Thomas | Scene | Mon 3 Sep 2018 10:00 am

From Empress Of’s modern classic to the magnificent angst of Boygenius, here are 50 new tracks you shouldn’t miss – read about our 10 favourites below, and subscribe to the playlists

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Wysing Polyphonic review – explosions in the sonic inventing shed

Delivered... Ben Beaumont-Thomas | Scene | Sun 2 Sep 2018 12:50 pm

Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire
Moor Mother and Paul Purgas curate an inspirational gathering where electronic artists, dancers and poets freely test the boundaries of expression

‘Noises of spoons!” I’m in an octagonal wooden structure that’s half Grand Designs man-shed, half denouement to a slasher movie, in a field in the Cambridgeshire countryside. Elaine Mitchener is kicking things off at Wysing Polyphonic, delivering scat poetry that’s as light, intricate and unmappable as rain falling on a roof. Alongside her is Neil Charles, tapping his double bass’s body like a faith healer, a tambourine tucked in its neck. Mitchener’s spoon mantra dissolves into stutters. She clicks shells and stones in her hands, as the bass fumbles and shuffles – the pair are trying to put something or other back in one piece.

This is one of the most valuable music festivals in the country – one that refuses, inspirationally, to put anything neatly together. Curated this year by avant-gardists Camae Ayewa (AKA Moor Mother) and Paul Purgas, it’s a loose study of corporeality and groove.

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Creamfields review – inhibitions shed for sensory EDM overload

Delivered... Daniel Dylan Wray | Scene | Mon 27 Aug 2018 4:30 pm

Daresbury, Cheshire
With Eric Prydz, the Chainsmokers and Annie Mac providing beats from breakfast to bedtime, hedonistic energy was needed for the 20th anniversary of the dance festival – and the audience delivered

Celebrating its 20th year, the festival run by the famed Liverpool club night returns to capture the breadth of commercial-leaning dance music, from 90s trance stars to modern EDM giants.

Ex-professional football player Hannah Wants delivers pumping house on a Friday afternoon, and by the time of Green Velvet’s house and techno-stuffed set, the whole festival is bouncing harder than most manage at 4am. There’s no gradual build up to ease you in, just an on switch and an off switch; beats from breakfast until bedtime. This all-or-nothing approach seems to shed inhibitions, and creates a fiery feeling of hedonism from the audience who throw themselves into the party with infectious aplomb.

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Felicita: the producer confronting Polish identity through pop

Delivered... Steph Kretowicz | Scene | Thu 23 Aug 2018 7:00 am

As a child, felicita was embarrassed by the ‘uncool’ world of Polish folk dance – but blended with his experimental pop, it became a way to explore Anglo-Polish frictions

“This whole thing is not about reviving folk cuture,” says felicita in reference to the impulse behind his debut album, Hej!, a surreal opus combining garish and fractured pieces of pop with a newfound appreciation for Slavic dance. “It’s about finding ways to make new ideas. At times I was imagining: if there was a Pixar about medieval Poland, what would the soundtrack sound like?”

The London-based producer is speaking through video chat from under the stairs of a studio, his mop of black hair parted in the centre, sitting slightly hunched as he talks to his phone screen while trying to catch the wifi. He’s a petite person with a formidable portfolio of music for millennials, a hyper-cute hardcore style that surfaced in a debut EP called (>’.’)># in 2013. That was followed by Frenemies in 2014, and A New Family, dropped via London’s PC Music, two years later. Hej! came out on the same label this month, but is a wildly different proposition.

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Everybody get up! The dance crazes changing the world

Delivered... Lior Phillips | Scene | Fri 10 Aug 2018 11:00 am

Drake’s In My Feelings is the latest viral sensation to get people moving. And from black culture to queer identity to feminism, the global reach of pop choreography makes it the perfect way to change cultural perceptions

When In My Feelings hit No 1 in the US last month, it meant not only that Drake had racked up more weeks at the top of the chart than any male solo artist in 60 years, it also established the latest in a long history of viral dance crazes.

The trend was kicked off by Instagram comedian Shiggy dancing along to the track, his moves perfectly synced to Drake’s lines: hands shaped into a heart when Drake asks if Kiki loves him; turning an imaginary steering wheel for lyrics about “riding”; waggling his finger back and forth when Drake asks Kiki to say she will never leave his side. Instagram users around the world followed suit, mimicking those moves and adding their own flair, often hopping out of a moving car while doing so, to the horror of the police. The #InMyFeelings challenge was born, making it the latest instance in which pop and dance have proved inseparable.

#Mood : KEKE Do You Love Me ? @champagnepapi #DoTheShiggy #InMyFeelings

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Blimps, runes and latte mummies: how Aphex Twin keeps fans guessing

Delivered... Ben Beaumont-Thomas | Scene | Tue 7 Aug 2018 3:21 pm

The Cornish producer has released his first new music since 2016, and has been preceded by a typically twisted rabbit hole of clues for fans to decipher

You know where you are with pop fandom: construct homemade banner, queue up outside hotel or TV studio, scream, return home. But if you’re an Aphex Twin fan, this seems positively ascetic in its simplicity: the Cornish producer sends his fans down labyrinthine rabbit holes full of clues and in-jokes.

He has just released his first new material since 2016: the high-tempo stuttering electro groove of T69 Collapse. The first sign of it was the appearance of his rune-like “A” symbol in London’s Elephant and Castle tube station – perhaps a nod to the rumour that he bought up the silvery structure in the middle of the area’s roundabout – followed by the same 3D design printed amid the greenery on a wall of an Los Angeles record shop. Then there was an announcement of sorts, a distorted press release promising an EP called Collapse.

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50 great tracks for August from Travis Scott, Robyn, Halestorm and more

Delivered... Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes | Scene | Tue 7 Aug 2018 10:13 am

From Future’s cry for help to Jlin’s brutally funky footwork, here is the best of the month’s music – read about our 10 favourites and subscribe to all 50 via our playlist

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Gabe Gurnsey: Physical review – relentless, hooky dance

Delivered... Kitty Empire | Scene | Sun 5 Aug 2018 8:00 am
(Phantasy Sound)

While not a household name, Factory Floor – the band Gabe Gurnsey co-founded 13 years ago – owned their niche: sleek industrial techno cut with acid basslines made for a club-oriented live outfit, with intoning guitarist Nik Void recalling a robot Nico. Gurnsey insists that his debut solo album is a departure. It is, kind of: a saxophone line by Peter Gordon turns up on Sweet Heat. The club cultures he draws from here are markedly warmer than the stern clank of FF. A succinct funk bassline lurks inside You Can, and Harder Rhythm pays subtle homage to Michael Jackson. Really, though, Gurnsey remains consistent. A drummer by trade, his rhythms are unfailingly relentless. In Void’s absence, Gurnsey’s partner, Matilda Morris, provides vocal anomie. Gurnsey has structured Physical like a night out: driving to the club, stepping outside for a cigarette. But as with FF, Physical works as a seamless loop.

Not everything here is riveting: Gurnsey’s narrative arc is a little underdeveloped. Unlike your average dour beatmonger, however, Gurnsey has bags full of hooks. Heard a couple of times, Ultra Clear Sound’s refrain – “Crystal/ In the algorithm” – is hard to dislodge.

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Helena Hauff: Qualm review – zeitgeist DJ bends techno to her will

Delivered... Lauren Martin | Scene | Fri 3 Aug 2018 9:00 am

(Ninja Tune)

In five years, Helena Hauff has gone from a resident DJ at the sticky, sweaty Hamburg club Golden Pudel to one of the current techno club and festival circuit’s most thunderous selectors – blending acid house, electro, and post-punk into industrial techno, EBM and wiggling downbeat house jams. Her tastes comes not from a lifetime of crate-digging, though – she only started to DJ in her early 20s after buying her first record in 2009, Talk Talk’s Spirit of Eden. Without access to a computer or physical music releases at home, Hauff trawled her local library for CDs and listened to the radio, recording what she loved from both on cassette. This approach to musical discovery, largely devoid of context and driven by feeling, allowed her to sketch lines between Stockhausen and the Cure, Belgian cold wave and British synthpop – finding melodies buried inside static and kick-drums, her ear attuned to finding charm within chaos.

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Scottish Album of the Year: Mogwai and Young Fathers among nominees

Delivered... Laura Snapes | Scene | Wed 1 Aug 2018 9:40 pm

The Scottish music industry’s long list recognises 20 contemporary albums

Mogwai, Young Fathers and Franz Ferdinand are among the 20 acts long-listed for this year’s Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) prize. Now in its sixth year, the Scottish alternative to the Mercury prize awards £20,000 to the winning artist, with nine runners-up each receiving £1000.

Related: Safe Mercury shortlist once again raises questions about prize's purpose

Related: 'We like a party!' – why is Scottish pop so potent?

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The month’s best mixes: Gigsta, Susumu Yokota and 25 years of Dutch dynamo Clone

Delivered... Lauren Martin | Scene | Tue 31 Jul 2018 11:30 am

The latest instalment in this series on the best DJ mixes and radio shows features a Japanese pioneer and sets from some of the world’s top parties


After Tayyab Amin’s selection of South American electronica, grime and Welsh seabirds last month, here are July’s mix highlights, spanning high-octane club music, a Japanese experimental pioneer, and sets offering a taste of the world’s best parties and record labels.

Related: Hungama: the UK club night taking queer culture to Bollywood

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Mystery images at tube station hint at new Aphex Twin album

Delivered... Laura Snapes | Scene | Mon 30 Jul 2018 12:01 pm

Logos appear on the walls of Elephant and Castle station near where British producer was rumoured to have lived in the 1990s

The logo associated with Aphex Twin has appeared on the walls of Elephant and Castle tube station in south London.

The appearance of the imagery has led to speculation that Aphex, AKA Richard D James, is preparing to release his seventh album as Aphex Twin. The pioneering British producer’s record label, Warp, confirmed to the Guardian that the campaign is official. The album would would follow the release of Syro in 2014, the Cornish producer’s first full-length release in 13 years. In 2017 he released a standalone single, 3 Gerald Remix /24 TSIM 2, and launched a bespoke listening platform containing unreleased material.

Aphex Twin is up to something. A cryptic 3D logo has cropped up in Elephant & Castle underground tube station. @NicoDeCeglia pic.twitter.com/xfUaeMo4uK

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