Instead of a usual DJ mix we have been treated to a special live PA jam by The Analogue Cops for our 141st exclusive podcast; the result of one day in their studio and all material created solely for our listening pleasure.
If one guiding mantra brought Steffi her success as a Panorama Bar resident and accomplished producer, it’s that if something must be done, you do it. No excuses or short-cuts. LWE’s Nick Connellan found this out during a recent chat during her Australian tour.
Biceps debut on Aus Music feels more like flirtation than full-on stylistic evolution — a safe exploration of a sound that’s been pretty thoroughly mined at this point.
After much internal wrangling and voting, LWE has chosen the top 10 albums that feel representative of 2011.
01. Drivetrain, “Lift Me High” [Soiree Records International]
02. The Oliverwho Factory, “Galactic Transit” (Recall Instrumental Mix) [Rush Hour Recordings]
03. Jamie Lloyd, “Cloud Hopping” [Love International]
04. Omar-S, “Here’s Your Trance, Now Dance!”
05. D’Marc Cantu, “Set Free” [M>O>S Recordings]
06. James Blake, “I Never Learnt to Share”
07. Steffi, “Mine” [Ostgut Ton]
08. Martyn & Mike Slott, “All Nights”
[All City Records]
09. Norman Nodge, “Convergence” [MDR]
10. Half Hawaii, “Bring Back the Love” [Perlon]
This week’s download comes from Steffi’s debut album and it’s a corker.
Steffi’s debut album, Yours & Mine stays true to her club-friendly house sound and adds personal touches rather than genre polemics.
If the press put as much store in quality as we do in stylistic consistency, Remy Verheijen might well rank among dance music’s upper echelons. But the Dutch producer is only now garnering the reception an artist with his talents deserves. We chatted with the man best known as Dexter in anticipation of his September 3rd appearance at Public Assembly for The Bunker in New York City.
One of Ostgut Ton’s greatest strengths has always been the canny A&R work involved in each release. Their ear for talent is nearly unmatched in contemporary house and techno, having provided big breaks for Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Tama Sumo and Marcel Fengler, and hosted career milestones by Shed, Prosumer & Murat Tepeli, and Cassy. Yet there is no sign of Ostgut Ton resting on their laurels or their reputation as the label arm of Berlin’s most highly regarded clubs. The imprint’s first release of 2010 is also Panorama Bar resident Steffi’s debut solo single, one so skillfully and confidently produced it all but insures everyone involved will reap rewards for their efforts.
For our fifth volume we focus on arguably Berlin’s hottest label, Ostgut Ton. It’s difficult to describe the label’s meteoric rise to the top of the pile without lapsing into hyperbole, as it evolved rapidly from merely Berghain/Panorama Bar’s label wing to a dominant force in underground dance music in roughly four years. In that short time, Ostgut Ton has helped make stars of Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Cassy, Shed, Prosumer & Murat Tepeli, and almost anyone else who earns one of its coveted catalog numbers. Each must-purchase release pushes house and techno forward in a way few labels can claim without letting the success go their heads. With that in mind, we picked label manager Nick Höppner’s brain about the label’s sound, its future, and even a tip for getting past Berghain’s bouncers. In case that’s not enough, we’ve also procured an exclusive and incredibly deep mix from Panorama Bar resident, Steffi.