We’ve been doing Sound Garden parties for about 2 years now, and we thought it’d be nice to showcase what we are doing at Dommune. The idea behind Sound Garden is to create a space in which people can hear a wider range of kinds of electronic music in a relaxed setting with friends. Starting from ambient but extending into most other genres of electronic music that go beyond the dancefloor, Sound Garden is inspired by the ethos of the old chill out rooms that used to be found at raves. We try to revive and update this spirit, creating an inviting environment in which people’s minds can be opened towards new sounds. Part of the reason we organised the showcase for this week is that we will be doing a Sound Garden chill out session in the lounge at the Shackleton party this Sunday 28 April at Eleven. We really looking forward to both of these events. If you are in Tokyo come along, and if not, make sure to tune into Dommune on Wednesday! Details are:
Sound Garden at Dommune
Wednesday 24 April
21:00 – 24:00 (Japan time)
Register here or tune in at www.dommune.com
Other time zones:
Melbourne 22:00 – 01:00
Berlin 14:00 – 17:00
London 13:00 – 16:00
New York 08:00 – 11:00
You can’t watch Dommune now in Germany because of GEMA, but I have heard that it works if you watch it through their youtube channel, which I think you can find here.
A beautiful new release on NNA tapes from an unfamiliar name. According to the press release this was made on a home built modular synth. This guy clearly must know what he is doing, because there are some gorgeous tones on this release. This one is full of warm, drifting synth melodies. Well suited for late nights and sore heads. For those of you (like me) who can’t be bothered with the tape format, it’s also available digitally.
Electronique.it have been celebrating their 10th anniversary / 200th podcast with a series of mixes from the cities that have influenced them the most – New York, Chicago, Detroit, Den Haag, and, of course, Rome. Dozzy was given the difficult task of representing his home town and telling the history of a city that has played an important – if perhaps under-appreciated – part in the development of techno music. Dozzy put a huge amount of time and effort into this mix, and the end product is just as good as you’d expect. Donato has essentially done something similar to Hawtin’s DE9 Transitions mix, but using only source material from Roman artists. He takes elements from 55 tracks covering the period between 1972 and 2013, including everyone from the most famous Roman producers to some of the lesser known and newer names. Over the years one of the trademarks that Dozzy has developed is the incredible amount of care that goes into his work – whether DJing, playing live or producing. The nuance – that extra bit of thought – is one feature that really distinguishes and defines Dozzy’s genius. This mix is another example of these traits on full display. I strongly recommend you take the time to read his statement about the mix and then wait until you can find the time to give this recording the time and attention that it deserves. Kudos to Dozz for stepping up once again, and to Ivo and electronique.it for an impressive 10 years.
Donato Dozzy – E.P. 200 Rome
MNML SSGS might be dead, but we are still kicking… Dave the silent ssg has put together the latest mix in the Blowing Up The Workshop series. This is one of his ‘discofuture’ mixes, where he tries to map out one possible way we could be going, using the guide as a past. Dave has a very interesting musical brain and this is a really great mix. It is definitely worth your time. To download or stream it (and check the tracklist) head over to BUTW: http://blowinguptheworkshop.com/project/13-silent-ssg/
Willie Burns has come to my attention through his DJing and his label, WT Records. I haven’t really explored much of his productions, except for his ‘Overlord’ EP on Trilogy Tapes, which sounded pretty cool. I will now be paying more attention after picking up his new “Trail of Tears” EP, which he has put out under the ‘Black Deer’ alias. This one is much more psyched out and bent, and is more for home than the dancefloor. It has a very cool weirdo tribal thing going on. Really like this one a lot. It is on Rush Hour’s ‘no label’ label, which has to be one of the more stupid label names in recent times (surely it either has no label, or it has a label name, calling it ‘no label’ seems like a rather pointless halfway position). Anyway, very cool EP and worth checking if you can find a copy. You can stream the EP below: