So powering through to number 24 in the series, we’ve found ourselves in the pleasurable situation of hosting a podcast from a guy that we’re majorly digging at the moment, who’s also just been signed up to a burgeoning Techno hub that is possibly our favourite label right now. A slight squiff in direction for the UK founded Inner Surface Music, but inspired to say the least, with Angus’s music fitting perfectly with the label’s ethos of pushing genre breaking, forward thinking and timeless electronic music. This podcast is a snapshot of a soundscape you’re sure to find embedded deep in the brain of this talented young artist, full of texture and dignified restraint, it’s a masterclass in the art of a timeless podcast, something we know we’ll be listening back to for years to come… Enjoy.
So we’re back and firing on all Techno cylinders with a massive mix from the co-founder of long-time London clubbing institution Plex. We’re certain this guy only thinks in beats and bass, something you’ll certainly hear on this plentiful mix. The mix is expectedly nice and diverse. Not that sort of diverse where you want to tear your hair out because you’ve heard three good tracks, then a bizarre one for the sakes of bizarreness, but diverse for all the right reasons. You’ll hear acid, 4/4, broken beats, uppers, groovers, this mix really does have it all. But then what would you expect from a guy that brings the very best DJ’s and music to London’s clubbing circuit on a regular basis?? This really is something very close to what you’re likely to hear the handy man play down at Plex, a real snapshot of his talents, and quite the statement of intent for those that think your average resident DJ is all warmup and no trousers… Enjoy.
So here we are, with the 22nd release in our podcast series from none other than Irish Techno upstart Mael. Hailing from (previous OurLand mix man) Myler’s neck of the woods, Mael shows us his dexterity behind the turntables in true crunching fashion, as he mixes up some pure techno carnage from the likes of J.Tijn, Perc, Headless Horseman, Demdike Stare and many more. He also signs off the mix with a track from himself, a true sign of a confident DJ and producer, ready to take your eardrums by storm. Keep your eyes peeled for this guy (as we know he’s not going away), and get ready to take what will inevitably be a pounding and bountiful Techno ride, spearheaded by this exciting Irish talent. Continue reading
So moving forward to the next mix in our series, we enlist the talents of a producer/DJ that is really starting to make some serious waves in the world of Techno. Ansome is steadily rising through the ranks as the enfant terrible of the nu-breed hardware/mechanised sound, and by this mix you will see his skills range far beyond the production desk. Tracks by Blawan, FSG, Fokus Group, Happa and Paul Birken will show you this kid likes it loud (and not just in his taste of shirts). With exclusives peppered throughout the mix by the man himself too, you’d better strap yourself in and close your eyes as this is one hell of a bonkers Techno ride.
So we’ve reached our 20th episode, and quite honestly, we really couldn’t have wished for a more superb mix from a DJ we have so much respect for here at OurLand. It’s probably not the first time this accolade has been paraphrased from the bulging bag of Techno cliché’s, and we’re rarely the bunch to eschew such high praise, but Skirt really is the bonafide Queen of Techno. Not originally from UK (but 9/10th’s UK citizen) we couldn’t call ourselves the first and foremost ‘UK’ podcast series without asking a character whose paradigm within UK Techno is so visceral, exciting and important.
So this is precisely why we decided to start our exclusive UK podcast series. We wait for producers and DJ’s like Killawatt to come about for what seems like years, and mark our words, sometimes it really is years. But here, we have another shining example of how exciting and diverse Techno can be in the UK. Killawatt embodies what our goal here at OurLand is all about, serious talent in front of the mixing desk, and most importantly, behind the turntables. With a mix of crunchy Techno gems ready to assault your ears, he shows us why he’s deserving of the recent praise heaped on him by his peers. Look out for some sneaky exclusives from Killawatt himself in the mix, and he’s glued them together with some of our favourite recent highlights from the heady world of Techno. Notably, UK luminaries such as Phase, Fokus Group, Paul Mac and Forward Strategy Group appear in one way or another, showing you Killawatt’s music is in excellent company. Enjoy.
On to OurLand number 18 in the series, and for this episode we have the enigmatically shady Mslwte in the mix. UK through and through, Mslwte brings us a snapshot of the sort of thing only nightmares are made of. His atypically abrasive approach to presenting his own take on the Techno sound has gained him somewhat of a cult following in recent times. It’s pure darkness from start to finish here, rifling through some of the most recent, classic electronic warfare from the likes of Blacknecks, AnD, Matt Whitehead, Karenn and Mslwte himself amongst many other standout tracks and producers on this awesome mix. We sincerely recommend if you already haven’t, dig a little deeper into this guy…
So we’ve run into trouble for our next mix in the series. Pure raw, unadulterated, jackin’ Techno trouble that is. This edition sees Irish Techno talent Myler take to the OurLand podcast to show us why he’s such an emerging talent in the UK Techno scene. His mix has a good dash of bonkers about it, but it never strays too far from the job in hand, with tracks and remixes from some of our very favourite Techno heroes such as James Ruskin, Surgeon and Truss. If a mix culminates with tracks like Tessela’s ‘Nancy’s Pantry’, you know you’re in for a real treat. Enjoy.
So we come back kicking and screaming after our summer break, ready to go pound for pound with the next Techno heavyweight to hit the OurLand podcast. Tom Dicicco is someone we’re not afraid to say we’ve been trying to get for a long time on the series, and finally the wait is over, super classy Techno is what’s served up here, and lashings of it. Tom flexes his extensive knowledge of the scene, as he rolls together riddim’s from plenty of Techno’s major players, all in one incredible and inimitable audio experience.
Yes. Yes is the word we blurted when listening to the next mix in our exclusive UK podcast series. It wasn’t just a “yes” with a nod of the head and a slight smile, it was a YES with a pump of the fist, and a swift click of the heels once we’d realised within the first two minutes of the mix that the Techno podcast could be re-invented once more, by Glasgow’s own Techno experimentalist – TVO. When an artist mentions the words “a few interesting twists and turns” in an email, casually playing the mix down, we knew we would be in for some serious Techno trouble. This really is a superb display of some of the very best electronic soundscapes you may ever hear, with some unreleased gems also peppering the mix for that extra added TVO exclusivity.
On to number fourteen in our ever evolving UK centric podcast series, and if there ever was a talent that could follow the might of Inigo Kennedy, Manni Dee is tough enough to take on that Techno pressure. Call him Techno, call him eclectic, call the guy whatever you fancy – Manni really is a fitting addition to the ever growing chapters in the OurLand story. Traversing genre’s like he’s John Peel’s technoid prodigal son, he puts his all into this superb display of Techno madness. This really IS the mix that keeps on giving! You could say he approaches his mixes as if he were creating an art installation, blending textures like none other, this’ll be one of those podcasts you go back to for years and years… Trust us.
So we wondered how the hell we would follow 12 astonishingly brilliant podcasts? Well that’s no biggie for us here at OurLand, we just simply decided to bring you yet another. He is, of course, somewhat of a UK Techno demigod, it’s the super super talented Inigo Kennedy. One of OurLand’s personal heroes, Inigo proves he’s certainly carved his very own take on the electronic sound with this insanely brilliant mix. Containing track after track of pulsating Techno gold (new and old), this podcast will constantly define and re-define what you thought you knew about Inigo right to the thumping end…
So OurLand brings you a more than fitting follow up to AnD’s last podcast, with a stomping mix from none other than the UK DJ’s DJ, Chris Page. Coming to you straight from London, Chris rattles together a highly accomplished mix, jam packed full of unsuspecting, booming Techno bombs. A befitting selection worthy of slaying your now accomplished UK podcasted ears.
We return to Manchester for OurLand011, with one of our very favourite UK DJ/producer outfits, the superbly diverse Techno duo, AnD. Get ready for a change in direction from hard-hitting Techno, to drifting dark soundscapes and electronic curiosities in this engaging 2-hour mix.
What more is there to be said about this enigmatically shady duo? Their ability to cross genre without compromise, leaving a UK sized boot in whichever record label they choose to lay their superbly crafted Techno beats. One-trick ponies they’re definitely not, Manchester’s AnD really have got it all. Think AnD’s expert electronics on Hidden Hawaii, and you may be somewhere near the sort of vibe the pair wanted to purvey within this stunning mix. It skips between lo-fi, super cultivated electronica and dubbed out downtempo swathes with absolute ease, there really isn’t a beginning or end to this masterpiece. It’s enchanting charm is – to quote AnD’s own words “an attempt to try and tell a story or paint soundscapes”. We had the opportunity to have them lay down a straight-up one hour banging Techno mix, but when you have such a broad spectrum of influences under your belt, both parties decided an education was in order – and a full two hours worth, an absolute honour for OurLand. Continue reading
So we’ve now hit the heady heights of our 10th podcast. After all the thumps, bumps, crashes, and smashes of all the previous mixes, this edition notches the bar that little bit harder, as OurLand brings you Manchester’s Sam Cøates aka Setaoc Mass and his trusty bag of Techno bombs to the table.
An all vinyl Techno workout is what’s served up here, with massive lashings of history and a side order of UK to keep things on vibe for the OurLand diners! Should you be a seasoned Techno pro, this mix will remind you of your first forays into Technoland some years ago. Its raw energy and ‘on the edge of your seat’ mixing was the standard pre-laptop era, and boy do we appreciate it. Its the sort of quality thats greatly received by us vinyl purists. You can tell this is a DJ who is – by his own admission – rediscovering the joys of vinyl and its many multi-faceted eras and bpms. Crackles and all, this is an educated mix, with some tracks you just couldn’t feasibly download digitally (or at the very least to the rasping quality found on Setaoc’s mix)
OurLand has enlisted the skills of London Techno favourite Gareth Wild for our next mix in the series. He’s the charismatic label head responsible for curating the ever impressive EarToGround records, alongside erstwhile cohorts Chris Stanford and Dax J.
You need not keep your ear to the ground to know about Gareth Wild’s now seminal UK label. With the help of Chris and Dax, EarToGround has proved a popular concept, reaching far and wide, and displaying once again that UK Techno is making the right statement of intent to the worldwide stage. Continue reading
OurLand mission: UK artists from UK shores laying down their own take on the Techno soundscape. For OurLand008, we drop the UK centric vibe for a moment and welcome Canadian native, but honorary UK citizen, Randolph to the fray.
We just couldn’t have a podcast that claims to bequeath everything UK Techno, without having the founding member of possibly one of OurLand’s favourite London Techno party’s lay down a mix for the series.
So we put behind us the fanfare of our recent OurLand excursions, and move our attentions to the 7th edition of our podcast series mixed by Diacope Records label head, Timothy Alexander.
This is un-chartered territory for OurLand, as Timothy is the first artist from outside of London to grace the series. But fear not, his northern roots (awash with their ancient industrial histories) must go some way to adding the real solid backbone to this perfectly crafted mix.
OurLand 006 sees London regular Ashley Borg crack the Techno whip, with a stellar 90 minutes of Techno gold. From Scan 7 to current UK Techno protagonists AnD, Ashley carves out all the electronic space in-between, and much much more.
You can usually find Ashley propping up the turntables at the seminal VOID parties in and around London, with appearances for the ever impressive EarToGround stable a recent highlight. A popular feature and respected member of London’s ever growing Techno community, he finds himself at the tip of his own self-perpetuating iceberg due to hard work and an unadulterated passion for the ‘UK’ sound. Ever the provocateur of things homegrown, Ashley was a keen lover of a previous UK scene, Drum and Bass. Nurturing his sound through these means has(in some part) surely helped him on his way to realising his current sound, with all the raw edge and energy the D&B scene was famously noted for.
So our next contributor to the OurLand podcast series picks up the proverbial UK Techno baton where Fundamental Interaction left off. XI, aka Andrew Wright is one of the best examples of a solid UK Techno DJ you can get. You literally can’t step out of your door and hit a club in London of a weekend without seeing his name on a flyer. He’s been around on the scene for a long time now, and it seems he’s not going away any time soon.
Looking at the roll call of clubs XI has played at, and DJ’s he’s played alongside, its a list most DJ’s would die to be able to attach to their Techno CV’s. Clubs include, Fabric, Cable, Corsica Studios and Public life to name a very small few, and artists such as Ben Klock, Chris Liebing, Surgeon, Phase, The Black Dog, Sandwell District, Kenneth Christiansen, Peter Van Hoesen, Samuli Kemppi are on that list, and from there, it really does go on and on and on.
On to OurLand.004, and the energy is kept riding high by hotly-rated producer and DJ, Fundamental Interaction aka Mark Asbrey. Mark is fast rising high in the UK Techno scene, with his productions appearing on Jay Clarke’s earlier OurLand podcast, and his remix of talented Italian producer Kaelan’s ‘Callout’ on the promising French label CLFT rank amongst a couple of recent highlights.
Mark finds his tracks having been played by the likes of Norman Nodge, Brendon Moeller, Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir and Ben Klock plus OurLand contributors Jay Clarke and Ben Gibson to name a few. He’s working on collabs with OurLand003 contributor Ben Gibson under the name “Dyad”, and one of his tracks about to get an airing on a very established Techno label in the not too distant future. All this, plus an inevitable burgeoning DJ schedule in 2013, its gonna be a busy time for Mark in the coming months, so keep your eyes peeled for developments via his twitter feed (links found below).
So we’ve hit our third installment on the OurLand podcast, and next up is seminal UK producer Ben Gibson. So what is there to say about Ben? We were glad to hear after doing some research he is British, various sources would have you believe he is from New Zealand, but Ben confirmed the news we wanted to hear whilst probing him some months ago now.
He’s been around on the Techno scene for some time, after releasing his first record ‘No Signify’ via Jeff Mills’ AXIS offshoot label 6227, a slow but steady and considered release schedule has seen him release tracks on seminal labels such as Perc Trax, M_Rec and Sect Recordings, with the latter appearing as his latest home for his latest offering ‘Ceased To Gasp’ found as an exclusive, smack bang in the middle of this incredible mix.
Jay Clarke, our second guest on the OurLand podcast, is yet a further affirmation of why we initially started the project. Along with Billy Allen(who mixed the OurLand001 mix), Jay has been re-inventing and bolstering the UK’s Techno scene with his straight-up brand of uncompromising solid Techno grooves. He is somewhat accidentally the second resident from VOID we have featured here on the Ourland podcast, which tells us there’s something that we find very exciting happening from the solid VOID camp. Continue reading
We are very proud to present as our first guest on the OurLand podcast, man about (East London) town and Candela Rising label head Billy Allen.
Billy is somewhat of a rising star in, not just the UK Techno world, but very much so on the General Techno circuit, with the first release on his impressive vinyl only label by mysterious Vault Series mainstay Moerbeck.
Billy has played at a whole host of major clubs and club nights such as Fabric, Cable, Corsica Studios and Void@Cafe1001(Whereby Billy takes up his residency) spinning alongside massive Techno luminaries such as Ben Klock, Henning Baer, Chris Liebing and Tommy Four Seven, plus other exciting UK based contemporaries including Truss, XI, Chris Stanford, Gareth Wild, Jay Clarke and DaxJ to name but a few. Continue reading