With a busy July heading this way, Getintothis’ Ste Knight urges you to set aside your Brexit woes and make it all better with some techno.
July is always a big month because…IT’S THIS WRITER’S BIRTHDAY! Seriously, though, before you all go running down to John Lewis to rush-buy all their gift vouchers, let’s try and forget what a mess the country is in, and have a look at what we’ve got in store in terms of new music, nights out, and exclusive mixes.
Album of the Month
With electronic music being so popular at the moment, it is great to see UK techno powerhouse, Blueprint, reminding us all exactly why they’ve been smashing it for the past twenty years with a retrospective release; Structures and Solutions: 1996-2016. The Birmingham label was started by UK techno producers; James Ruskin and Richard Polson (who sadly passed away in 2006).
The compilation commemorates a twenty-year reign as one of the UK’s most well recognised and respected techno labels. Featuring tracks from the likes of Surgeon, Regis and Oliver Ho, there’s some proper ‘banging’ techno going on throughout the compilation, as you may expect. Just make sure your headphones aren’t on max volume when Metal Slipper kicks in, or you will definitely shit yourself. The album is available to purchase now, and comes highly recommended.
Liverpool Nights Out in July
Prepare to hibernate in August, July has got some absolute belters up its sleeve, so get the Berocca stocked up and let’s get messy.
1: 303 Residents and Special Guest – Constellations, Liverpool, July 2
303 are back once again like the Renegade Masters that they are, and this time they’re helping out the really quite remarkable Whitechapel Centre, who work tirelessly with the homeless of Liverpool to provide them with food, shelter, warmth, advice and always a friendly smile. The 303 residents party, is just as it says it is. They’ve sorted a special guest to kick things off in style, following which we can look forward to sets from 303‘s star players. Stu Hodson will be flying solo, before Gemma and Kenny Muir and Samuel Lamont all entertain us for an extended b2b2b set. Sweet.
2: LTJ Bukem and MC Ruthless – Buyers Club, Liverpool, July 2
If drum and bass is your Brown Paper Bag, then Buyers Club are hosting d&b heavyweight LTJ Bukem and MC Ruthless. Bukem is a famed pioneer of the style and eschews its harder edge in favour of a much mellower jazz-influenced sound. That’s not to say he doesn’t bang, though, because he really does.
3: Constellations Summer Garden Party – Constellations, Liverpool, July 9
With summer (hopefully) in full effect by July 9, Constellations have announced their awesome Summer Garden Party. It’s free entry, so you’ve got no excuse to be missing out. Expect sets covering various styles – disco through to techno – from Mark Forshaw, Binny, Disco Dick, Scott McGill, Benny Maths, Mad Mike Brown, Ackshun Jackson, Jay Jay De Funk, Richard Midnight, Bill Heckle and Hold It Down.
4: Gary Beck and Lee Rands – mUmU, New Bird Street Warehouse, July 29
Gary Beck is well known for his hard as nails techno sets, so it makes sense that underground techno night mUmU should invite him down for an all-nighter. Resident Lee Rands will be joining Beck behind the decks, so expect a full on techno party atmosphere. mUmU continue’s to grow into one of Liverpool’s most popular electronic music events, and with consistently brilliant bookings it is easy to see why.
5: Robert Hood and Residents – 303, Williamson Tunnels, Liverpool, July 30
303 return at the end of the month with their annual day/night party. Proceedings start in The Attic, with Samuel Lamont playing summer flecked house and tech throughout the day (if last year’s with Hardfloor is anything to go by), so get your vest on and have a dance in the sun. The night element at Williamson Tunnels sees Gemma Muir, then Mr Paul b2b with Stu Hodson. Following the residents, techno legend Robert Hood will be taking to the decks. This one is going to be a face melter, get all over it.
Single of the month
Komati (who in real people terms are London electronic music duo, David Cox and Erin Davies) have dropped their latest single, The Kraken on dance imprint Bad Life. It is a brooding analogue stormer – perfect peak-time techno if ever we heard it, which is reminiscent of some of Stephan Bodzin and Marc Romboy‘s productions. Don’t just take our word for it – check it out below, it’s an animal.
Exclusive Mix and Competition
We’ve got an absolute treat for you here, in the form of our latest exclusive mix from Daniel Steinberg. Berliner Daniel‘s feet stand firmly in the house camp (under this moniker, at least), and you can see why his production skills are so refined when his selection skills demonstrate an astounding knowledge of house music. Check the mix out below, and the proper curveball at the end too.
We’ve also got five copies of his remix album, Left Handed – The Remixes. We have two vinyl and three CD copies to give away, so to enter, just tell us whether you’d prefer a vinyl or CD copy in the FB competition below, and like and share the post (make sure your share publicly though or we won’t see it).