Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cari Lekebusch, Adam X, Reeko in Dublin (02.05.10)

After two cracking gigs in The Underground @ Kennedy’s, we’re moving things back up a level and back to the scene of our first show last October at Andrew’s Lane Theatre. This time we’ve booked three international guests, each one a true master of their craft…

Cari Lekebusch is the almighty king of Swedish techno. Treading a glorious path from the early ‘90s under names like Braincell, Mr Barth and Fred, and on labels like R&S, Harthouse, Missile and Planet Rhythm; by the time the mid nineties had arrived, so too had a powerful Swedish techno movement – spearheaded by Lekebusch and soon backed up by other new talent like Adam Beyer and Joel Mull. While recording on an endless amount of labels over the years, Cari’s mainstay has been his own H-Productions - home to an enormous body of pioneering work, both aural and visual. Cari will be treating us to a special 1990-97 style techno set, which takes in the golden years of techno’s explosion in Europe and some of the many tracks and hidden gems that he associates with this time. Like Planetary Assault Systems’ live set last year, this special set from Cari is another first in Ireland that we felt necessary to put right, and is going to be an historic experience for techno lovers in Dublin, as he lays it down proper on the ones and twos.

Adam X is one of New York’s last standing techno heroes – a man who ran the city’s legendary ‘Sonic Groove’ record shop with brother Frankie Bones and Heather Heart, and who still runs the label of the same name, a label which continues to stay true in today’s ever challenging market. In recent years Adam forged his sound into an EBM/industrial techno hybrid, which has recently morphed into the more stripped back style of his ‘Traversable Wormhole’ releases that are amongst the most essential of 2009/10. Currently a Berlin resident, Adam has been organising some of the city’s best one off parties at Club Maria, as well as regularly playing at other local meccas like Berghain and Tresor. Since his re-location to Germany Adam’s services have been in large demand around Europe both as a dj and live act; and during a colourful career that has included releases on labels like Peacefrog, Sativae, Drop Bass Network, Things To Come, MNX and many more, Adam finally comes to Dublin to lay down the law.

Spanish producer Reeko’s star first rose is 2003 when he dropped the fifth release on Grovskopa’s Emergence label – which became something of a modern classic through the dark, crunching broken beats that soon became his signature sound. While appearing on many labels, it has been his own Mental Disorder imprint that has been the backbone to his growing success and reputation. Also hosting marvels of the techno scene like Gennaro Le Fosse, MD has been at the forefront of an increasing Spanish label stronghold on the harder techno sound - lead by Reeko and countrymen like Oscar Mulero and Exium. A regular guest at events all over the world, Reeko is one of the few ‘next generation’ techno producers to have now positioned himself at the top of the ladder – and it is something he has done with considerable aplomb for a man still markedly younger than many of his peers. This is also Reeko’s debut Irish appearance, and it’s a live set sure to deliver fireworks.

Defekt (aka Matthew Flanagan) has been a tireless advocate of true electro over the last number of years, steadily honing his hardware based sound that has earned him a devoted domestic fanbase, and admirers all through the electro community including Monotone’s Larry McCormick aka Exzact, who features Defekt on an upcoming Bass Frequency Productions release. Also watch out for a double vinyl release on Takeover Recordings –which also promises some big, big remixes. Matt makes up one part of live improv electronic group ‘Push, Move, Click’ - whose eager abuse of drum boxes and modular synths is a breath of fresh air in today’s laptop dominated scene. Also appearing on the night, and opening up this special show, is talented upcoming dj Nathan Jones. Nathan has quickly been making a name for himself in Dublin, last year appearing at Electric Picnic as well as playing some great recent club gigs alongside names like Neil Landstrumm amongst others. Completing our list of performers for the show will be visuals extraordinaire Coolhandloop, who is developing some extra special suprises for the night.

Admission is €15. Tickets are available at €15 (+ booking fee) from All-City, City Discs and Spindizzy, and online at at Eventelephant.com and Tickets.ie. The venue is Andrew’s Lane Theatre, 9-17 St Andrew’s Lane, Dublin 2. Doors open from 9pm – late.