Techno.Deluxe X Unpolished Music X ZUCKERWATT
BEN SIMS — Theory / UK
JAMES RUSKIN — Blueprint / UK
BEN LONG — EPM / UK
SUTTER CANE — Driving Forces / Techno.Deluxe / AT
— VISUALS by Glowing Bulbs / Kiégő Izzók / HU
— Kitchen by ZUCKERWATT
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— BEN SIMS
With over 20 years experience under his belt, Ben Sims has a well-deserved reputation as one of the world's most in-demand and leading techno DJs — a tight, energetic mixer who skilfully weaves together his own distinctive blend of tough funk and hardgrooves, often using three-deck wizardry and plenty of dexterity.
From early formative days earning his stripes spinning hip hop, house and rave on pirate radio, and at parties around Essex and East London, through the 90's as an ever more in demand DJ, and on into the new millennium as a label boss, producer and internationally recognised techno legend in his own right, Ben Sims has spent all his conscious life exploring all facets of underground dance music
Throughout that time, the man has honed his reputation as a tight, energetic mixer who skilfully weaves together his own distinctive blend of tough funk and hardgrooves, often using three-deck wizardry and plenty of dexterity. Be it at clubs like Fabric London, Atomic Jam, Berghain, Florida 135, or any number of festivals around the world, Sims' sets are powerful, memorable, and unique, while constantly pushing the boundaries of a DJ set — utilising a mesmerizing blend of vinyl, CDs, and software.
As well as carving a reputation as one of the world's leading techno DJs, Ben has curated many of his own revered labels over the years. Chief amongst them is Theory — an imprint this year celebrating it's 40th release, that counts amongst it's supporters contemporary connoisseurs like Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, and the old guard of Dave Clarke, Robert Hood, Rolando and more — proof, then, that Sims is on the form of his life production wise.
Riding high on the wave of critical acclaim from his cultured debut long player on Drumcode, 2011's Smoke & Mirrors, an album that voyages into Sim's unique take on techno, coupled with authentic house outings, thanks to guest appearances from Chicago's Tyree Cooper and Detroit's Blake Baxter, whilst also showcasing plenty of dubbed-out and grainy textures.
Sims has put his name to more than 50 releases in the last two decades. During those years, there has also been a steady stream of high profile remixes of scene heavyweights, including Jeff Mills, Adam Beyer, Kevin Saunderson and Chris Liebing, on labels du jour like AXIS, KMS, CLR and Drumcode, all of which have won as much critical praise as they have crossover success.
Despite his veteran status in the scene, Sims has always been keen to evolve. Alongside Kirk Degiorgio, he is co-founder & curator of Machine — a clubnight which focuses on new, unreleased, & upfront music; it's primary home in London, but with editions all across Europe each year. His 'Run it Red' radio show, broadcast via NTSlive and podcasted afterwards, also serves to solely highlight new music.
Run It Red: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/run-it-red-with-ben-sims/id981438117?mt=2
— JAMES RUSKIN
James Ruskin is one of the leading lights in UK techno. With a musical history that can be traced back to mid-80s electro and hip-hop, Ruskin brings a long background and deep knowledge of underground electronic music to his productions and DJing.
When Detroit techno emerged in the UK at the start of the 90s, Ruskin bought all the key records and started to DJ soon afterwards but quickly realised that he needed to make how own music to gain recognition. Subsequently, Ruskin and long-time friend Richard Polson set up a studio together and, by 1996, had also launched a label, Blueprint (a sub-label, Coda, followed in 2000). Originally working together as Outline, Polson and Ruskin’s first searing interpretations of minimalism formed part of a new wave of UK techno producers alongside Birmingham’s Surgeon and Regis, and London’s Oliver Ho. By 1998, having released a number of solo EPs and collaborative works with Polson, Ruskin put out his debut album, ‘Further Design’ on Blueprint. ‘Design’, along with the rest of his work on Blueprint, mean't that in a short space of time Ruskin became one of the World’s most in-demand techno DJs. One of the clubs that James started to play in most regularly was Berlin’s Tresor, where he first performed at his friend Surgeon’s residency. Through this connection, Ruskin was asked to deliver his second album for the label of the same name. 2000’s ‘Point 2’ saw Ruskin deliver chilling ambience, ferocious, dense club tracks, the Detroit funk of ‘Connected’ and the symphonic strings of ‘Detached’. A more rounded affair than his debut long-played, Ruskin quickly followed ‘Point 2’ with ‘Into Submission’ the next year. A denser, brooding but occasionally melodic and emotive affair, it saw the UK producer moving further from his purist roots. James’ most recent album, last year’s ‘The Dash’ was melancholic and melodic, often understated but never lightweight, Ruskin explored with a variety of tempos and beat structures on ‘The Dash’ and its his best long player to date. Against this backdrop, Ruskin has re-launched Blueprint with the first release proper from his new collaborative project, O/V/R, together with Regis aka Karl O’Connor.
— BEN LONG
Ben Long is not only one half of UK Techno veterans, Space DJz but has also been delivering a multitude of solo EPs and remixes not only for Bulletdodge, but also for the likes of Beard Man, Naked Lunch, EPM Music and more recently GND Records.
Ben Long and Jamie Bissmire formed Space DJz in 1995 with their 1st musical outing — On Manoeuvres in uncharted Territories this was released on the sub label of Creation Records called Infonet Recordings. The highlight of this EP was the seminal electro track Celestial Funk.
During the course of a 20 year career the DJz have put out over 60 Ep’s, 2 full length Album’s 3 mix Cd’s and over 40 remix’s featuring on labels such as Novamute, Soma, BEK Audio, PercTrax, Kombination Research, Driving Forces, Beardman, Phobiq, Sinewave and many many others.
As the first Techno partnership to ever DJ on 4 turntable’s and 2 mixers spawning many a copycat act they have taken their sound across the globe, very few countries have not witnessed the unique style, knowledge and musical attitude that only Ben Long & Ja mie Bissmrie can deliver behind the decks and on the dance floor. Touring Australia and Asia 9 times, South America, USA, Russia, Japan, New Zealand and countless of the big Festivals and Raves across the European circuit.