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Party Up

November 4th, 2017 Comments off

All dressed up? “Up in here?” And no where to go?

No, the original plan was early and easy. Yet, “If you don’t want to party? Your *** go to go.”*

Then an impossibly long sequence of completely random events occurred and eventually it turned out to be the best night out ever.

Ever? Ever! Ever never ever! The best ever. Belarus and Lithuania helped me along the way. The best night out ever.

It was… so beautiful. I felt like a free man again. Semper Fidelis.

Vegas said: “It is art!”

* “There’s nothing clever about faul language.”

En Nom De Bon Dieu! C’est Un Événement Qui Surement A L’invraisemblance Comme Mère Et Père?

March 2nd, 2017 Comments off

A small record shop in Stockholm that sells vinyl? Well, that’s (is that a satisfactory and acceptable phrasing, my beloved child?) hardly any news? But, I dear to say that this particular one is just that, namely newsworthy.

Triphopshop is located at Rörstrandsgatan 25 in Stockholm, Sweden.

A shop that specialises in electronic music from the early to late nineties (hence the name, I mean when did you last hear somebody, anybody use the genre ”Trip Hop”, come on, honestly?). The concept of this shop is as insane as it is brilliant (which is often the case by the other way)!

I recently made my first visit ever (and at the same time was reminded how seldom I visit this (that would be “Vasastan”*) or any other part of my birthplace – the fair Stockholm or is it Snarkofagen**?). That being said I don’t know if I dare (or can afford) a second visit.

If you like vinyl and electronic music’s golden days? Seek out: http://www.triphopshop.com promptly! Even the small compartments ”World” and ”Rock” (in normal circumstances definite no-go-zones) offers surprises.

I will have to mention (not that hard) Snickars Records at Hökens gata 11, (“Södermalm”) also in Stockholm, Sweden. Still in service and always excellent. In all likelyhood the most versatile vinyl record shop in Scandinavia and the quality of their stock is simply put astounding.

* You might want to listen to: ”The Persuader – Stockholm” an album on Svek (SKCD 008). Actually, I’m going to do that right now and incidentally, by pure chance it is a 1999 release. It’s been a while, but I at least can clearly hear that a lot (and I mean many people (a large group of humans) owe Mr Persuader a lot of things musically…). Mon Dieu, classic timeless stuff! And my favourite track is called, wait for it… “Vasastaden” or possibly “Mosebacke”. However, that is musically, in reality it is without doubt “Södermalm****” and since “Mosebacke” is actually situated in the heart of “Södermalm” it will do nicely.

** Don’t bother looking it up. I invented it so in that respect is not a real word, but it is very real to me, rest assured. “Snark” means “snore” in Swedish.

*** Or why not Klute – Fear Of People – Certificate 18? That suggestion may make you both upset and confused since that album was actually released in 2000. Hey, relax, it is still one of the best drum’n’bass albums ever made. The tracks “Three Of Us” or “T.D.C.C” alone? Oh, my sweet Lord…or “Keep Calm and Carry On” as they say on that island.

**** Non, I’m just pulling your leg in fact it is SoSo (South of South) on the mountain and to the West…

25 Years Or More

January 22nd, 2017 Comments off

It is not like I really needed any more arguments or reasons to go to the Bass capital of the World again (sorry all other contenders). Tate Exchange.

Nevermind The Chatty Chat, This Is Still Drum’n’Bass

June 30th, 2013 Comments off

rinse_fm_mix_300_1If you would happen to be in any way interested in what in the name of Gaia keeps an old man rambling on about the good old days of drum’n’bass?

There’s an outstanding Metalheadz’ mix (selection wise that is, because two decades of wishing MC:s to just stop making vocal noises hasn’t ended I’m afraid) on the ancient radio station Rinse 106.8FM* courtesy of Londonium, UK.

This mix may shed some light on this peculiar and rather annoying phenomenon. Yes, I want to listen to the very old and the equally brand new drum’n’bass recorded on 2013-06-19. The musical creativity, the joy and the uncompromised belief in the future. Ancient music… but it is always going to be a question of having as much fun as possible!

However, I miss ‘Danny Breaks’ in the nostalgic section (can’t say if he ever released on Metalheadz though) otherwise it’s a reasonable recollection of my golden days (minus the talking person, no MC present in the golden times…). Well, to be honest that is not entirely true and then there are quite a few artists missing, but in all fairness you can’t fit them all in a two hour set.

And yes I did visit Blue Note in Hoxton Square in Londonium, UK personally and it was fabulous but another story.

This mix also contains a forthcoming release by: Dom & Roland on Metalheadz. What can I say, either you know or you don’t… The tech is very much alive it would seem and that makes me very pleased!

Just listen to the breaks or even more concrete the drum and the bass.

I would never have found this mix in the first place if it was not for the relentless DJ Krazy. Many, many thanks for the inspiration! As many times before and as always…

PS. No, I don’t believe any of it, this I do believe, either you you’re a d’n’b soldier (no gender applied) or you’re not, there is no easy-listening d’n’b and there never was and there never will be.

*FM would be Frequency Modulation = an analogue radio wave based distribution technique that pre-dates the internet and requires special apparatus to be captured.

Live Concert x 2: Deadbeat + Ludvig Elblaus

November 19th, 2011 Comments off

On Saturday, 26-11-2011, the well known ambient club Flim returns to its urban dwelling in Stockholm.

The line-up includes live performances by:

DEADBEAT (LIVE)
LUDVIG ELBLAUS (LIVE) + CURRENT CURRENT (Visuals)
ROMAIN TARDY aka AALTO (Visuals)

as well as DJ sets by:

SIMON HAYDO (DJ)
JOHAN ÖSTMAN (DJ)
HENRIK MÅRTENSSON (DJ)
KLIIN (DJ)
CURT LUNDBERG (DJ)

Be sure to take part in the continuous Flim tribute to beautiful sounds, sights and winter nights at Nordic Light Hotel on Saturday 26th of November. More information at: Flim Stockholm

Music Festival: SoS 2011

October 20th, 2011 Comments off

This week the 18th – 23rd October 2011 you have the possibility to visit the Sound of Stockholm festival in Sweden.

“Sound of Stockholm is a new festival for improvised, new and experimental art music. The festival takes place a week each autumn. It is artist-driven and organised through a collaboration between 9 independent presenting societies along with EMS and the Swedish Musician’s Alliance.”

The week is filled with performances by well-known and not so well-known artists. The hub of events is the glorious Kulturhuset in the very centre of Stockholm. This Saturday, 22-10-2011 you should direct special attention to Ludvig Elblaus solo performance: King Of Infinite Space, pt 3.

The first part was performed at Audiorama during the Kulturnatten event in Stockholm and the second at the Flim Open Air Festival in Vinterviken this summer.

The project is based on one composition that is presented in three different ways in three different contexts. At Audiorama the original composition was used in a shortened but otherwise unprocessed form. At the outdoor Flim festival the original composition was multiplied and superimposed thus creating a compact, dense mass of sound. In the third and final part being performed at Kulturhuset; the original components will be disassembled and processed in order to construct a new integral piece.

Ludvig Elblaus’ set is one of three presented by Fylkingen on Saturday night. The other two sets are performances by: Axel Dörner / Jassem Hindi and Andrea Belfi.

Music Festival: Norbergfestival 2011

July 28th, 2011 Comments off

Today, Thursday 28-07-2011, is the start of the annual Norbergfestival: +80 artists, 4 stages during 3 days and it is all taking place in an abandoned iron mine a truly spectacular and unique venue. It is “The premier festival for electronic music in Scandinavia”.

Music Festival: Flim Open Air

June 30th, 2011 Comments off

On Saturday, 09-07-2011, the well known ambient club Flim temporarily relocates from its urban dwelling into the lush green countryside for a festival at Vintervikens Trädgårdscafé in Stockholm.

Flim Open Air promises to be a nice sounding and looking one-day festival presenting an array of gifted local musicians. The line-up includes live performances by:

PETER BENISCH (LIVE)
JOEL MULL (LIVE/DJ-set)
LUDVIG ELBLAUS (LIVE)
THE BIRD WHO FELL TO EARTH (LIVE)
EBB (LIVE)
LISA+KROFFE (LIVE)
PPM (LIVE)
TELEBILD (LIVE)

as well as DJ sets by:
KNIVFLICKAN (DJ)
MATS ALMEGÅRD (DJ)
GOOGOL PLEX (DJ)
KLIIN (DJ)
COMBINETOR (DJ)

Be sure to take part in Flim’s tribute to beautiful summer days/nights and experience lovely sounds and sights at Vinterviken on Saturday 9th of July. More information at: Flim Stockholm

Music Festival: Volt 2011

June 7th, 2011 Comments off

This Saturday, 11-06-2011 it is time for the yearly musical festival Volt.

The artists attending the festival are: Alva Noto, Radio Slave, Ben Klock, Darkstar, Mary Anne Hobbs, Little Dragon, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Ulf Eriksson, SKLS, Mokira, Håkan Lidbo, Nomaton, Kliin, Mats Almegård, Hanna Kihlander aka Knivflickan, Kymatica, Lisa and Kroffe, Samlingen, Glasnost, Hype and Nicole Carter.

The music will be accompanied by: VJs and a wide variety of installations, for example R.fm Cinema hosted by the lovely people at R.fm and last but not least the Lost Bots…

The festival takes place at the spectacular Uppsala Konsert & Kongress in Uppsala, Sweden. Be sure to visit this high quality electronic music festival!

Live Concert x 3: The Schematics

May 9th, 2011 Comments off

On Saturday, 28-05-2011, three sets will be performed by the members of the Schematics.

A solo performance by: Ludvig Elblaus, a duo performance by Katt Hernandez and Daniel Karlsson as well as a performance with the full quartet.

The performances will take place at: Kafé Klavér in Stockholm. The concerts begin at 19:00.

And maybe, just maybe, the fourth Schematics’ release IV (Green) recorded live in concert at Fylkingen in Stockholm 11-03-2011 will be available for purchase at the venue.