Tel Aviv born & Berlin based Magit Cacoon released her latest five track EP ‘Subterranean Fiction’ on Crosstown Rebels last week, which is a “voyage through a complex underground universe, where one has the opportunity to immerse himself omnisciently in the sounds and vibrations” This is sophisticated, late-night Techno at it’s finest, with delicate ethereal sounds, submerged in layers of textural effects. Each track has it’s own emotional vibrance, from the melancholic mood of ‘Mostly Translucent‘ the eery and nervous energy of ‘Zone 21‘ the delicately patient ‘Endless‘ and the dreamy yet driving ‘Journey to Venus‘ but its the bouncing steadfastness of the EP’s title track ‘Subterranean Fiction‘ that I warm to most. Each of the five tracks on the EP are certainly worth taking for a spin.
I thought I’d bring you some tasty Techno treats to see you through to the early hours of Thursday morning, this one comes from Mars Bill on Unrilis Records and in particular its Dutch based Shindoe’s remix were digging. Deep seductive Techno grooves to keep you going through the afterhours. This one drops May 30th.
No 14 of our mixtape series comes from LA’s sassiest multi-talented DJ / Vocalist / Producer / Promoter Kim Anh, whos just delivered this little mini-mix to warm us up for her UK arrival, as she’ll be in town playing with me 2moro night (02/04/16) at Dick and Fanny VS Yowsah at the Arch Galleries, check out the party HERE for sure this is one not to be missed, last time she ripped the place up and tore the house down and if this mix is anything to go by, they’ll be a repeat performance in store for sure. So I caught up with Kim Anh in transit, to see what’s in store for this weekend, what treats she has in store for the forthcoming months and life in LA.
Describe your sound in 5 words?
New York City 1994.
You’re currently living in LA, how’s the House music scene out there right now and how do you see it evolving?
House music is more accessible than ever in LA; for party people and djs alike. There are more warehouse parties than one can attend each weekend. It always felt like house music parties in LA were for the “heads”… but I think that’s changed a lot. The new generation of ravers are discovering house and techno for the first time and they’re embracing it wildly. I think it has opened up new opportunities for djs to share their sound and diversify nightlife.
You run a couple of your own parties in LA, tell us a bit about these.
YOWSAH, named as an homage to Chic, is my main residency in Los Angeles now. The sound of YOWSAH is very rooted in groove tracks. Classic jackin’ house, gospel influences, deep disco and bits of low slung funk and disco. I play long sets there and often play to back to back with my guests. It’s just an all around good vibe. One of my favorite things about YOWSAH is that it gives me to opportunity to invite my favorite artists to dj with me. I love being able to support other djs, especially other women and my LGBTQ family.
We’re super excited that you’re bringing YOWSAH to London this weekend for a little one-off special (and I get the pleasure to play with you for the third time) how did this come about, and what treats do we have in store?
I’m thrilled that Dick And Fanny has been resurrected for this event. They’re one of the best parties in London and they’ve been incredibly supportive of me and my work for years. I really wanted to host a YOWSAH outside of Los Angeles and when DAF came onto the table in support it was like YASSSS <death drop>.
There are so many treats in store. Last time you booked me for Pitch Slap Vula and Brendan Reilly came through and tore the roof off with their surprise live vocals. Since then Vula and I have been on a rager, with me on decks and her on the mic. So we’ve made it official this time. But as you know, we won’t stop there. That’s all I’ll say for now. I have a surprise guest dj in store. The confirmed secret guest is an immense talent based here in the UK. I can’t really say much else at the moment. But I promise those who don’t make it will have severe fomo on Sunday 😛
I’m really looking forward to dj’ing with you again. You have fabulous talent and I love your sound.
#blush# thanks, ditto for sure! So as well as running nights, being a DJ and generally being the sassy girl about town, you’re also a pretty slick producer, last time we spoke to you, you’d just released your first solo EP Shadows (CHECK THIS HERE), is there a follow up to come soon?
Yes! I’ve been writing lots since the release and have been in the studio working on some collaborations and features. I will definitely have more releases featuring my vocals. Vula and I have also cowritten a track together that features her incredible vocals. Look out for us come summer
Yesss, exciting, killer combo, we’ll def be suporting that one! So we also hear you’ve just done a remix for Peaches, how did this come about and when’s the official release?
I met Peaches years ago at a dinner in Berlin and we realized we both had a flight at the same time the day after. We met for coffee and shared a car and stories up until our flights left. I’m lucky to say she has been a friend ever since. How often does a muse become a friend? I ran into her last year at a Grace Jones concert and amidst all the screaming she asked me if I would remix for her new album and that she’d already picked a track for me. I think I literally replied “DUH!!”… It was just after “Shadows” came out and she expressed how much she liked the track.
Throughout your musical career so far, describe one of your most magical musical moments, a favourite memory from one of your gigs.
This question is so difficult! Can I say a few? Playing at Berghain. Supporting The Knife for one of their last shows ever (let’s hope they have a reunion tour). Playing back to back with Roy Davis Jr. Crying at sunrise playing Orbital’s Belfast open air… well because sometimes the sky is overwhelmingly beautiful.
Among your many multifaceted musical talents, as you’ve already mentioned you’re also a vocalist, so if your friends were to drag you down to the local Kareoke bar, what’s your guilty pleasure song you’d choose to sing?
Definitely tons of 90s rnb, Donna Summer, Evelyn Champagne King … I would sing more Chaka if I had the chops. I mean who can hit those notes?!
As you know, here at Lipstick Disco we like to support the musical ladies doing their thing, so tell us who your favourite fellow female DJ / musicians are.
I just had the pleasure of playing with Joyce Muniz last weekend. She’s amazing. Magda, Ellen Allien, Black Madonna, Honey Dijon, Alinka, Kim Ann Foxman, Venus X … to name a few .
And one final question we always ask, what’s your drink of choice?
Tomorrow night it will be tequila.
So there you are, come down tomorrow night to Dick and Fanny VS YOWSAH, to catch Kim Anh, Vula, Me + some other special treats, buy Kim Anh a Tequila and in the meantime, press play on this badboy to get you in the mood.
Maya Schenk is no stranger to Lipstick Disco, we’ve had her as one of our guest DJ’s for the mixtape series, as well as supporting many of her releases and Maya is about to embark on a new journey as she launches her new label Henri. We had a quick chat with Maya about the labels debut EP ‘Rigmarole’ and the new label.
So congratulations on the launch of your new label Henri, what’s the official release date for the first EP? Thank you! The official release is the 6th of May – very exciting!
What was the inspiration behind the label’s name?
It’s based on an artist I love called Henri Rousseau. I love his work and what he stood for. Look him up, especially the picture called ‘Surprised!’ of which I’ve got a print hanging in my bedroom. And this is how it came about, lying in bed looking at this print, thinking ‘Yeah! HENRI!’
What spurred you to create your own label? And what are your future intentions with it?
I basically wanted to create a small label on which artists have the possibility to bring out their music and still be in control. I signed with bigger labels and am very happy to do so in the future, but then there are those tracks you want to come out but don’t want to loose all control over (especially when they’re released, for example!). That is what HENRI is for! I will never take any decisions for any artists who sign to HENRI – all decisions will always be run by them. I am looking for melodic, driving electronica, techno and deep house tracks for HENRI.
The first EP is two of your own tracks, which are a slightly different musical direction since your previous releases, is this going to resonate throughout the label and your own forthcoming productions?
These tracks are very much the vibe I’m going for with HENRI. I will also sign deep house tracks with vocals on a sub-label, HENRI Deep. And for my personal productions I am still producing the kind of house music I love to play… but now with HENRI I can flex my deeper, more tech muscles! Ha!
Check out the EP here:
This months guest mix comes from fresh-faced Berlin-based DJ and vocalist Meggy, whose collaborations with RE.You, Till Von Sein and Rampa bought her to our attention. I get the pleasure of sharing the decks with her next Saturday night at my party Femmme Fraiche over at Dalston Superstore, she’ll be playing in the basement from 1-3, check out the details on our facebook event HERE. In the meantime, I caught up with Meggy to ask her about life as a DJ in Berlin, her vocal collabs and inspirations.
Describe your sound in 5 words?
cautious rakish urban deep diverse
You’re currently based in Berlin, a Mecca for music, particularly well known for it’s Techno scene, has the city influenced your sound?
If I hadn’t been living in Berlin my whole life, I don’t know if I’d have ever understood Techno music and fell in love with it the way I did. The kind of Techno they played at old Tresor or the other clubs I went to when I was a teenager influenced my style of djing in the beginning, but now it’s more a big mix of all the music I like and I would dance to in the first place.
Berlin is said to be over-saturated with DJ’s and musicians trying to make their mark, have you found it found it a struggle to break through all the other noise?
Not really. Aquiring dj gigs as a girl wasn’t so hard, plus I could use my singing and writing to stand out I guess. Despite all that I don’t think I’ve had my big break through yet though..
As well as being a DJ, you’re also a vocalist, but which came first and how did it feed into the other?
Singing always was my first love. When I was little I always wanted to be a well-known singer and performer. My first song I wrote at the age of 12, still remembering every word of it. But I just wasn’t so comfortable with myself or outgoing enough to present myself to others. This also has to do with a few experiences I made when I was a young girl where I had to sing in front of others. I couldn’t deal with rejection yet, so I kinda gave up on my dream making a living out of it. At the age of 17 or something some friends teached me how to mix records, quite quickly afterwards I bought a pair of turntables and after a while was able to make music in front of strangers again. I guess this eventually made me sing and write again. I believe as a musician you keep making music your whole life through, whatever way you do it.
Which excites you more, being in the DJ booth or recording in the studio?
Recording in a studio is actually not always an exciting thing to do. It can be frustrating or nerve racking even, you sometimes get stuck with one part in a song you just don’t get the way you want it to be. When your work was worth it in the end, that’s what the exciting part is. But surely I always enjoy singing and working on my own music. Djing is just another way of expressing myself. The feedback you receive as a DJ is so damn pure and honest, that’s what I love about it the most.
We caught a snippet on Pururave.com for your boiler room set HERE of you singing vocals over your DJ set, is this something you try to do in every set, or just a one-off?
This I keep for the special occasions like Boiler Room for example. Mostly the sound I like to play today does not really fit my souly rnb vocals anymore, that’s why I stopped doing it regularly. Another reason is that I want it to sound as “perfect“ as possible when I present myself musically, especially my singing, but unfortunately on a usual club PA that often didn’t work out that well. I’m such a critical consumer of live music myself. This is not something you incidentally let just happen.
You’ve had some pretty exciting collabs so far, including Pete Tong, Till von Sein, Rampa and Re.You, do you have anything lined up you can tell us about?
I’m still doing features here and there, but thankfully I’m in a position now where I can be a lot more picky. You’re able to hear my voice on Matador’s debut album, which will be out soon. I also started to write in German for the first time in my life, there are a few things coming up I don’t wanna get concrete about yet. Mainly I am working on my very own stuff at the moment which is very different from the things I did in the past. I finally feel like I’m creating the music that is natural to me and that is currently making me very very happy. That’s all I can tell right now about it, but there is a lot to come, I can promise that.
What’s been your most memorable gig to date? And what made it so special?
The most memorable dj gig would be probably my first and last performance at Bar25 closing party with my friend Sven Jozwiak. I overslept, had no money for a cab. So I called a friend there who gave me money to come by taxi. When I arrived there was time left to play two records, Sven has been playin all by himself. Anyway, I stayed a whole day partying afterwards.
What’s the one party, or club or festival you haven’t yet, but really want to play and why?
I’d love to play Panorama Bar some time. I think people would feel me there.
As you know, here at Lipstick Disco we like to give shouts out to the ladies, so tell us who’s your favourite fellow female DJ?
There are a few to be honest. If they’re not only talented, but have sweet personality as well I respect that very much, such as La Fleur, Magit Cacoon or Mira. Big ups!
And one final question we always ask, what’s your drink of choice?
Water, Wodka…all I need.
So there you are, sit back and enjoy the mix and don’t forget to head down to Dalston Superstore to catch her playing in London, and grab her a Vodka while you’re there.
Listen to the mix now:
Describe your sound in 5 words?
Raw, Worldly, Deep, Mirthful, Provocative
We hear you’ve backpacked through nine countries, lived over seas as well as both coasts of the states, now currently living between LA & NYC. but but what is it about these citie that’s keeping you pinned there right now?
I love both New York and LA. While I’m constantly back and forth between the two, I spend more time in the City of Angels. I love the space and sun, and I’m constantly inspired and energized. The multiculturalism that makes up LA is enlivening. I can feel like I’m in a different country within a couple of blocks, and that really influences and motivates what I’ve been doing musically. I’ve been working to create a melange of sounds that reflects my experiences and desires, and LA’s diversity informs that. Plus I can run off to the desert and feel like I’m on Mars any day of the week.
The US, is of course the birthplace of House music, but how is the underground House music scene looking like in the States at the moment?
I feel like the underground house music scene in The States is finally maturing. We definitely had some rough times in the past decade, with “EDM” which I would argue is the worst thing to have ever happened to dance music, especially of the electronic nature. People, it seems, are beginning to appreciate and seek out sounds that are more refined, or deep, or techy, or just generally less shitty. And I can appreciate that.
You’re quite the multi-talented creative, from model to magazine editor, fashion entrepreneur to cultural curator and photographer, but what’s made you settle into the music side of things?
Thank you for your kind words, those are all definitely facets of my past; but to be fair, they’re not entirely different than DJing. DJing is live curation of sound, taking a snapshot of the crowd and editing tunes accordingly. Making music and fashion aren’t wildly divided either, you have a particular aesthetic and strive to make the best version of that, with your own personal style. Music has been an ongoing thread through my entire life, having begun classical piano lessons at the age of 6, and I’ve always reacted emotionally to sound and dance (I spent a good 12 years of my life in a dance studio). Music is the thread that also ties all of my interests together, and I get to use this weapon (of mass seduction, ha) to make people happy, to escape, to feel better, or to just feel, and that is what I love to do.
As well as being a DJ and Producer, you’re also a vocalist, which seems to be quite a trend among female DJ’s, (Maya Jane Coles, Joyce Muniz, Kim Ann Foxman, Virgina to name a few!) why do you think this is?
It’s not hard to see that the dance music world is dominated by males, but it seems everyone’s looking for a female vocalist. The community is pretty tight knit and if you can call up a friend who would mutually benefit from collaborating on a track, be it vocally or otherwise, why not? Also we’re all super awesome, and have our own flair, technique and phrasing — PLUS we all already know dance music, so that’s helpful 😉
You were vocalist for Hercules & Love Affair for a while, well known for it’s interchangeable line-ups, how did your involvement come about? and tell us your favourite memory from your time with them.
Andy (Butler) and I met playing together in a basement Paris many years ago. We had mutual admiration and became fast friends, as I did with the rest of the band. Andy had originally approached me about collaborating on a solo project EP, but when we got in the studio, it became obvious that I would become part of the HALA family. It’s hard to pick favorites, as the whole time we were together was pretty amazing. We were always lucky to play amazing shows and festivals all over the world. Perhaps my favorite moment offstage with the band was visiting the Batu Caves in Malaysia, a truly beautiful experience. Onstage, I think I might say Exit Festival in Serbia.
You are also the tour DJ for New Order, how does being a tour DJ for a band differ from DJ-ing in clubs?
I am lucky enough to be part of the New Order family too, and it’s amazing that the band and their whole team are some of the sweetest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. They encourage me to play what I want, and Bernard educates me on songs and artists that inspired him and the band, which is cool because so many acts post New Order, look to them for inspiration. Being on stage, often dozens of feet from your audience is strange. They are not there to party all night (especially to the DJ), and often, they’re just having their first drink. Many shows are seated as well, which is something that you’re not dealing with in a club. People will get up and dance, but it’s definitely a process. What I play is somewhat different than the band, and I love to be able to musically educate the crowd. But when it comes down to it, and I think this goes for all heritage acts, everyone is there to see the headliner, and you are there to make them less bored on the way. (Which I’m absolutely honored to do.)
We hear you have your own single due for release in March on RIS Labs, what can we expect to hear?
You can expect to hear a really fun dance jam (if I do say so myself), that empowers women to do what they want. It directly battles slut shaming in a super fucking fun way. Because, as the song says, “The idea of a slut is a useless social construct that doesn’t mean shit.” AND OH MY GOD IT’S TRUE. It’s upbeat and features a lot of ethnic drums. I’m probably more excited about this than any other track I’ve made. While getting people on the real, it gets bodies in motion. Could I ask for anything more? Maybe. But I’m not going to.
You pride yourself on playing non-shitty tunes, but what’s the shittiest tune you’ve had to drop and when was it?
The beauty of how I work, is that I never have to play anything. It would cost a pretty penny to buy my artistic integrity.
What’s your guilty pleasure song?
I actually added one of my favorite guilty pleasures in this mix. Mine Bengidzakiwe by Sabside Feat. Deborah is a jam that was super hot when I was living in East Africa in 2007. I’ve just rediscovered it and am absolutely in love. Like how does a song feel that good? SERIOUSLY?!
As you know, here at Lipstick Disco we like to give the musical ladies a shout out, so tell us who’s your favourite fellow female DJ?
So this is a funny question, as I like what I like based on music and not gender. Obviously, that’s not particularly mind blowing. While people will say “I don’t see color” which is questionable, I really don’t see gender in music. While I do recognize that female DJs and producers are wildly underrepresented, it’s never my aim to get into stuff based on the fact that we have the same reproductive parts. THAT BEING SAID, there are some seriously sick ladies out there, but not because they’re women, but because they can put most boys to shame, and give heavy hitters a run for their money. I’d say that Francesca Lombardo is one of my top picks and of course Kim Ann Foxman, and I’m so lucky to know both of these incredible humans.
And one final question we always ask, what’s your drink of choice?
My favorite drink is called “The origin of love” — It has mezcal, chartreuse, lemon, and honey. It’ll make you believe in love, but a much better version than you’ve ever known before.
So there you have it, sit back, press play and if you ever catch Whitney behind tge deck, her’s is The Origin of Love.
Killer track from the Audiojack duo along with the hypnotic vox of Kevin Knapp. The word ‘Vibrate’ resonates throughout, with a variation of different delay effects making it swirl in and out of the track in pulsating rhythms; this sits nicely over punchy percussions, pounding beats underpinned with a steady pulsing bass. Heavy club weapon. Out on Hot Creations Today.
Tonight, our friends over at Chase The Compass in association with DJ magazine, are kicking off a brand new quarterly party at London’s Work bar in Angel, celebrating the best up-and-coming female talent.
This killer line-up comprises of an All-London crew featuring; Coco Cole (one of our previous Mixtape providers) who was recently nominated for DJ magazines prestigious best of British awards for her show on Capital 1Xtra; she’s joined by Anna Wall (Defected / Needwant) Ceri (Hot Creations / VIVa Music) NINJA and Chase the Compass DJ duo Tessa Vermeulen (Decked Out) and Charlotte Lucy Cijffers (DJ Mag’s digital news editor) some serious talent.
Who doesn’t like Smoking weed? well this EP for sure promotes the activity. The original mix from Manu Gonzalez is our favourite, jackin and bouncy. Label bosses Los Pastores twist it into a deep tech house track, Italoboyz give it a little 90s old skool flavour, while Philip Bader takes a more melodic, progressive tech-house approach.
Munich based duo COEO take us on a journey to back in the day, this 5 track EP on Toytonics is delicious Disco House at it’s finest. The title track Back In The Day along with +++ and Native Riddem are upbeat feelgood tracks, while Jugendstil and my personal fave Humbled are slower tempo, chuggy more emotive disco numbers.
Just discovered this absolute killer track from Anaxander via the Eluize mixtape for Dirtcrew recordings (there’s some other pretty choice tunes on there too, recommend a listen HERE), Acid house at it’s finest, released on Poker Flat recordings back at the end of October last year, Mixmag gave it away as a free download end of November, so you can grab it for free HERE.