Introducing: Ayarcana

All eyes will be on Ayarcana this Sunday as he flies in to play his UK debut at Corsica Studios. Hailing from Italy, he’s been wowing crowds at home, in Paris, and we predict, imminently in London with his raw and brutal sound.

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Hey Anthony! First let us say that the excitement for your UK debut is building, and that we’re very pleased this is happening at Jaded and on Corsica Studios sound system… X P N G N was posted in the Techno Scene group earlier this week; one of the comments from another of your very passionate supporters was “sometimes I feel he would like to kill some people with his music.” Can you give us an insight into the source of the angst that resonates so clearly in your tracks?

(Laugh) no I do not want to kill anybody, these days it’s not safe to say such things. However, I come from a different background from electronic music. I played and listened for many years in the bands post-hardcore / doom metal etc. So my approach to techno music could not be more different. Try to imagine a metalhead producing Tech-House.

Hmmm… It all becomes clear! Now let’s listen to this. Thanks for sharing your new track with us!

You’ve been working with PLS.UK crew and we hear that the guys are coming down to support you this Sunday. Tell us how that came about?

The guys from contacted me almost a year and a half ago to collaborate on a remix and on a release (which will come out really soon). I am very happy with the work we have done for my remix for Ansome both for the release coming out next months. Ah and also to meet them Sunday.

Can you give us a glimpse inside the techno scene in Rome? Where might we head to find Rome’s seedy underbelly?

There is too much individualism in Rome between the artists, or rather there are many artists who propose techno music, but there is no connection between them. I could open a very long debate…

Sunday will be your first time playing London, what have you got in store for the Jaded people?

Can’t wait, I have always loved the English people and how they react on the dancefloor! So I expect a lot from the crowd. I have a lot of new stuff to try!

Finally what’s next for you? When will you be releasing more of these devastating tracks?

I’ve two EPs signed for the beginning of 2016: both with great remixers inside. But I can’t tell you any more..!

Thanks Anthony… Catch him at Corsica Studios alongside residents Raymundo Rodriguez & Stephanie Sykes this Sunday. Timetable here.

5 Minutes With: Ritzi Lee

Ritzi Lee makes his debut at Corsica Studios this Sunday. He’ll play a 3h set, backed up by the forces of Jaded residents Raymundo Rodriguez and Chris Stanford.

Ray grabbed 5 minutes with the Dutch techno master ahead of what promises to be a visceral journey through the deep and dark all sewn together with effects from his trusty 909…

We know you have had a lot of experience in making music, could you tell us at what stage or release did you start to feel really comfortable and confident in your production process, and what was the main thing that that cultivated the change i.e. hardware software or studio location etc ?

Hey Ray! I would say around 2008 was a real turning point for me when I had the idea that I found a real signature sound. This happened during producing my first EP for Ben Sims his Theory UK label. The way the tracks sound and where arranged kind of draws a big red line through all my compositions till now. I think using a real 909 in my techno music did pulled it to the next level. I’ve always tried to reach that type of sound with the most difficult sounds and situations, but with the 909 it all came together. From there on my studio slowly transformed from a 90% digital studio to a 80% analog situation now. The last 2 / 3 years really setted my trademark sound with releases on Theory, Belief System, Tortured records etc.

Your Underground Liberation label has been running since 2003, can you give us 3 standout moments that have given you the most satisfaction from all the hard work you have put into it?

Underground Liberaton started as an idea to put pure timeless techno sounds back on track in a situation where the market was 99% minimal music. I can say that after many years my wish came true. I can look back at a catalogue with masterpieces and collaborations with artists that I really respect and like.

Techno is a vast and varied beast, what in your opinion makes a good track, is it all about the production or just the vibe it creates on the floor or both?

There is no formula to define a good track really. I always look for the core or the soul of each track. And try to get the best out of it. Of course tension, suspense, something different is always welcome. And like any artform to create something that is never created before, that is the challenge.

How about the Techno scene in general in the Netherlands and globally, what do you think of the direction it’s heading in? Do you still feel the excitement you felt when you first started?

In general I think the techno scene is getting better. Anyway better then 3 years ago. At the same time I have a feeling some people are focussing to much in a negative way to other (EDM) scene’s. Better spend your energy making good music and playing good gigs every time when you have the chance. In the end people really just want to get lost in the sound. We as techno artists have a big responsibility. It as always like that and it will stay like that. Like next sunday. I will start with an empty mind and let me guide myself with the vibe of the party. :-)

And finally what is coming up for you, releases, projects, gigs etc?

I’m having material coming up on Tommy Four Seven his new 47 label. I’m working on an EP for Klockworks. And there are 2 more high profile labels where I planned something for this year where I still am not allowed to announce the labels yet.

Thanks Ritzi… Catch him this Sunday at Jaded at Corsica Studios. His set time is 0930-12:30.

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Introducing: The Basic Channel

Sunday sees the start of a September project at Jaded. Over the next few Sundays, R2 will host line ups from secretive London collectives with a very different techno-centric energy each week. First up this Sunday: highly charged experimental sounds that will make the Jaded Children lose their minds. It’s with great excitement that we welcome The Basic Channel…

Hi Alex, Laurence, Fred and Edward. Please tell us how The Basic Channel came about.

The Basic Channel is an online community forum that aims at sharing and discussing music in the realm of techno, ambient and experimental. The group was first opened in 2014 and originally comprised of a small handful of scattered online friends who had known each other through the larger and more eclectic New Music Group. The idea behind The Basic Channel was to build a close-knit community of music heads and friends who could share their passion for Techno music and its related forms without the chaos of 6000 members and a diluted interest in each post or discussion.

How has that developed over the past year..?

Since its conception, The Basic Channel has grown to over 500 members, they have been incredibly positive and enthusiastic. The music being posted is always interesting and takes a direction of it’s own, often leading us to discover unknown sounds from the past and the future. Large discussions and share threads have also encouraged people to make online friends, sometimes meeting at music events and clubs in person.

Taking inspiration from this sense of community, we recently took the opportunity to start Basic Party – a low-key clubnight for friends of the group, where we could all meet up and dance away to the music that we shared a passion for and have this represented by some of the talented DJs in the group. It has been a lot of fun so far and the community has become increasingly keen to get involved in new projects and meet-ups.

Any other new projects you can tell us about?

We’re currently working on a podcast series that intends to span beyond the musical aesthetic of the group and introduce new sounds and influences to listeners. More immediately, we’re expecting a good crowd of heads from the group at Jaded this Sunday. Everyone seems very excited about it.

Thanks guys, we are just as excited. Finally, could you give our Jaded readers 5 tracks that exemplify your approach?

1. Vladislav Delay – ‘Huone’

Fred: This is one of my favourite Chain Reaction records ever. Sasu Ripatti is a master of simplicity but Huone is insanely intricate and thought out. The track builds out of these layering rhythmic mechanisms, occasionally pulling some out and upping the intensity of whatever is remaining. As a listener it’s amazing for getting completely lost in. It’s so kinetic and circulating, you could listen to the full 20 minute version and not have a clue how long it was going for.

2. DVA – ‘Step 2 Funk’

Laurence: Though it’s now somewhat of a cliche to have been introduced to techno via dubstep and its various offshoots, it’s still nice to throw in these kind of tracks when the mood fits. Referencing my roots in dance music in sets always feels natural and this track does that perfectly for me.

3. Lab Rat XL – ‘Lab Rat 3’

Fred: For a while I’ve been playing with this idea of putting together sounds that feel alien and unhinged but somehow possess an uncanny familiarity to the listener. Something human and relatable that can only be found within a disorientating palette of melodies and textures. I guess the music of Drexciya (in this case James Stinson on his own) exemplifies this kind of effect for me. I couldn’t pick out any geographical landscape or distinctive sonic reference to real life by listening to this track, but somehow I always feel very reflective when I hear it. It sounds like real life somehow. It’s emotional, soft but hard at the same time with a really infectious groove. One of those tracks that compliments loopy sunday morning raving because it speaks so many feelings and takes you to so many different places, all the while making you want to keep dancing forever.

4. Mirror 1 – ‘Verna’

Alex: I chose this as I wanted something which portrayed the mix of head-spacey dub techno aesthetics with dancefloor-centred energy which I try to combine in my sets. This record provides a mix of driving 4×4 stompers and aquatic soundscapes of which I’ll never tire.

5. Esplendor Geométrico – Muerte A Escala Industrial

Fred: I’ve chosen this because it’s something that came up in The Basic Channel group recently and I think it represents a lot of what we value in the community. Amidst new and refined dance music, it’s often in the past that you’ll find an energy and experimentalism that’s far more raw and untainted. This headless Spanish industrial record from the early 80’s really lets the lid off.

The Basic Channel take over Jaded R2 this Sunday 6th September. R1 will host Ritzi Lee playing a DJ + 909 set, plus Jaded residents Raymundo Rodriguez and Chris Stanford.

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Dax J: Tracks That Shaped My Path

This Sunday, Jaded celebrates the release of EarToGround 015 ‘Descendants Of Sinners’, Dax J’s long-awaited EP. He’ll be playing a 3 hour finale in Room 1 after ETG cohort Gareth Wild. Dax’s background in Jungle & Drum & Bass is something he’s already addressed with Stray Landings. We asked him to delve a little deeper and select some of the tracks that shaped his path. Over to Dax…

Goldie terminator (1992)

Some of the 1st DnB and Hardcore tracks I ever heard were from Golide. It’s hard for me to pick a favourite Goldie track as he has made so many classics which I love, but this is definitely up there. Terminator, revolutionary pitch shifting drum patterns, killer samples from the classic T2 film and pads that come from another galaxy. During my pirate radio days, a DJ called Mr T introduced me to this, back at his flat one night after my show. I still can vividly remember that moment staring at the vinyl spinning, listening to it for the 1st time.

Garden of Eden – Garden of Eden (Serpent Mix) (1988)

Discovered this some 20 years after it was originally released in 1988, but loved it instantly all the same. Solidified my love for Acid! So simple, yet impossible to replicate. A few years ago, I even tracked down the person who made it, a guy called Mark. I managed get his number and speak with him on the phone about the track, I wanted to know more about it, and where the vocals and pads had come from! He told me he had been completely out of the scene for a long time, but he was helpful and happily suprised when I told him that acid was still being played in the clubs!

Devil Fish Man Alive (2000)

Rave anthem. Whenever I hear this track I think of Carl Cox. The 1st Techno DJ I saw to completely rip apart a club. The track samples the classic “Good Life” riff, and comes complete with amen breaks chucked on top. Raw drum patters, 140 bpm, the track has so much energy. Doesn’t really get much better, just unbeatable. Been playing this constantly for years now.

Here’s the big man himself dropping it 15 years ago at Love Parade 2000 Berlin. A truly epic video, seeing this track played at the Victory Column to thousands and thousands of people still blows my mind.

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Prodigy – Your love (1991)

UK dance culture innovators! Everything from the Prodigy up to their “Fat of The Land” album was just incredible. And growing up constantly hearing their tracks coming out of my sisters room, at school discos, and over the national radio in the UK through the 90’s definitely helped to ignite my love and passion for rave music even before I knew what it was. I played this at Glastonbury Festival last month and it tore the roof off!

Kevin Reece Saunderson – Just Want Another Chance (1988)

A 1988 classic from Saunderson which helped in the creation of the whole Jungle and Drum n Bass scenes, the classic “Reece” bassline stems from this track which was sampled and re-made into countless Jungle and Drum n Bass tunes. Truly visionary and futuristic. Ironically I discovered it years after I heard all those Jungle tracks that had sampled it! But that just made it even more special when I did.

Marcus Intalex & ST Files – How You Make Me Feel (1999)

I had this on a tape recorded off Kool FM from way back. Everything about it is just perfection, the pads the vocal, the bass. Noises from tracks like these still inspire me today in the music that I write. I used to listen to this at a time when I was just a young teen at school, and when the most important activities of the day were hanging out, getting stoned and listening to tapes. Great memories!

This will be Dax J’s last Corsica Studios appearance until December 2015. So beware Jaded transgressors, his set this Sunday should not to be missed.

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Win Emika’s Album ‘Drei’ Ahead Of Her Techno Set This Sunday at Jaded.

Emika flies into London to play two important gigs this weekend. The first, is a live showcase of her new album this Saturday. Jaded couldn’t permit her escape without first bringing the underworld a sequel of their own at Corsica Studios… Earlier this year, we were passed a secret recording of Emika’s techno set, and were blown away by the force of what we heard. Emika’s rider requests smoke, red light and a mic, so the Children of Jaded can expect intoxicating vocals alongside their kickdrums from her set (midday to 3pm).

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To win a copy of ‘Drei’, 2 x tickets for Jaded with Emika, and a Jaded unisex pendant, answer this question:

Emika was responsible for gathering the field recordings and created a track for which Berghain compilation?

Our winner will be notified this Friday morning and announced via the Jaded Fan Page.

Update: Entries are now closed, congrats to our winner, Chris S.

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Stephanie Sykes: Tracks To Wake The Dead

It’s been an unreal summer for Jaded’s favourite mystic techno siren. May saw Stephanie Sykes’ Inner Escape podcast picked as ‘mix of the day’ by RA. In the same week, we heard the news that she’d joined the Silence Between Codes crew. Following on from the release of ‘Luna Tactus‘ last year, more studio time with Dasha Rush lead to the the May release of ‘Black Simulation‘ (Vent006) which won props from Straylandings and RA. In June, she took about blank, Berlin and Twice As Proper, NY by storm. July saw a collaboration with 4D SOUND in Amsterdam, on their Techno In Space project, playing a live set on their 4 dimensional sound system. This Friday she’ll play the 10 Year celebration of Fullpanda Records at Tresor. Afterwards, the two will fly on over to London to cast a dark and dreamy spell over Corsica Studios.

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Stephanie will be closing up Jaded after Dasha Rush on Sunday afternoon. It’s that immersive time of the day when the spirits of the dance floor demand to be reawakened, so we asked her to reveal her tracks to wake the dead…

SNTS – 15.04.1946

Uncto – Schinder

Mike Parker – Lustration Nine (Drums)

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Sawlin – Rebirth (Live Cut)

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Introducing: Night Shift

This Sunday at Corsica Studios, the Children of Jaded will be indulged as never before. Double lashings of techno will be on offer: Not only will J.TIjn play an extended set alongside Rodriguez and Stanford in R1, Night Shift are taking over R2, and their ethos is exhilarating.

“there is not enough fun in the techno music scene, and we want to be at the forefront of changing that. We also are hearing so much good music from unknown and known producers that we wanted to release some of this ourselves”

We asked them to pick 5 tracks that exemplify their approach…

1. British Murder Boys – Be Like I Am

2. Regis – Translation

3. UVB – Dwarf

4. Plukk – Hoogstraten

5. Faetch – Takm

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