Kick-ing off the weekend, we have the next installment of our mixtape series, and we’re delighted to have the Australian born / Berlin Based Eluize at the helm taking us on a 60 min, blissful, melodic, musical journey. We caught up with Eluize, to give us an insight into her musical background, chat about her label, he DJ duo and her musical inspirations.
Hi Eluize, thanks for the lush mix and taking the time to have a chat with us. So first up, to give us a little idea about your style, can you describe your sound in 5 words? Moody, melodic, diverse, impulsive, vivid
You’re originally from Australia, but now based in Berlin, what inspired you to pack your bags and move over to Europe? For me Berlin has the perfect combination of a laid back lifestyle, with time to work on your passions and tonnes of creative inspiration. There’s so much music and so many people working on weird and wonderful artistic projects, plus, being in Europe it’s the perfect base for adventures and opportunities in other cities on this side of the world.
OK let’s start from your early days, what first inspired you to get behind the decks and become a DJ? And how did you go about getting your first DJ set? I was a musician and producer before I was a DJ. I collected music and enjoyed nightlife but it wasn’t until a friend couldn’t get back from Melbourne for a gig in Adelaide (my hometown) that I started. He asked me to cover for him, so I had a quick lesson on the mixer, took a bag full of records and played soul, jazz, hip hop and groove all night. I was hooked. From there I played in all sorts of places, began playing more disco and house, and eventually techno, dub, acid and all the incredible subgenres of dance music I get to put together now.
And you’ve taken quite a journey since then it seems and your DJ-ing has taken you far and wide from sets in Lisbon, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Barcelona, Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi and of course Berlin and Various cities in Australia, to name a few, what’s been your favourite city to play so far? I love traveling and discovering new cities. It’s always a thrill to meet people who share your passion, hear their stories and listen to their translation of sound. Each city has it’s own magic so it’s way too hard to pick a favourite. Of course Berlin is incredible, the freedom and sound in many of the clubs here is still top of my list. Australia will always be home, I know the crowds so well, and open-air parties in the sunshine or Sugar in Adelaide with its gorgeous warm system are very close to my heart. Other highlights internationally the last 12 months would have to be the Observatory in Ho Chi Minh city and Masters in Zagreb, so much good energy in the people around those parties, maximum vibe.
Do you find yourself having to change your sound to adapt to each cities’s audience? I don’t think I have to change my sound. I love music from across a wide spectrum of genres so there’s always something from my collection that I feel will work in a space and speak to the audience. The pleasure of playing for me comes from finding the perfect mix of records that are musical, beautiful, interesting, engaging, that have feeling and keep you wanting to move your body.
So let’s talk about your own productions, you dropped your first solo EP in 2014 and have had some tasty tracks and remixes out since, including most recently this gorgous remix for Tiefschwarz & Yawk, how did that remix come about?
YAWK is the new moniker from a friend Julian Ganzer, who I met just after I moved to Berlin at a birthday. I’d been playing his remix of “When it Was Good” by Ioakim Sayz all over the place and I told him I really loved the track and asked if he’d like to do a remix for me, he made this gorgeous version of “Symmetry”
We played each other’s parties and really found some common ground with musical style, so when he launched his new label Studio Kreuzberg and invited me to do a remix for the first release I was thrilled. I really love the way it turned out, quite a 90s house vibe on it.
We do too! so as well as DJ-ing and production, you also launched your own imprint ‘Night Tide’ in 2016, seems a lot of DJ / Producers are opting for the DIY approach when it comes to labels these days, but what was your reasoning for starting your own label? I’m so excited about Night Tide. I’d dreamt of starting my own label for years. I love making things and when I write music I usually have a strong concept of how it should come across visually as well as from a sonic perspective. So Night Tide was me creating a platform that allows me to see the ideas through from start to finish, to be involved in every detail, the sound, art, medium, texts and so on.
To add to this, now that music is become so widely available and quickly consumed, I wanted to make something that feels considered and cared for, that has had time and love put into it, that feels hand crafted that can be enjoyed and treasured for a long time.
Can you tell us, what’s on the release schedule for Night Tide? What can we expect from the label in the next few months? The next release on the label is a new solo EP from me, “For the Forgetful” which will be out early June. Its 5 tracks follow 24 hours searching to be lost, finding comfort in the dance floor, time spent after hours and the day that follows. It seeks out soaring highs and sweeping lows covering all energies. I’ve got beautiful new photographs from Christophe Mauberque that I used for the artwork. Next I’m currently curating compilations and putting finishing touches on some EPs for a new series I’m launching to put out music from women and female identified artists. I’ve discovered so many great producers on my travels that aren’t releasing and I find it really exciting to get new music heard by ears it may not have otherwise reached.
Incredible, we’d certainly like to hear some of those, keep up posted. So as well as DJ-ing solo as Eluize, you also play as part of a duo ‘Together’ how did this come about and what’s the benefits of playing in a duo? Playing in a duo can be a lot of fun. A B2B can go places you never would have imagined solo, it can be challenging but also thrilling and really inspiring. Not to mention you get to travel and hang out with another bestie even more of the time. I do “Together” with Gratts, a fantastic Belgian DJ and all round great guy. We met in Berlin and share a mutual love for finding and sharing great music and surprising each other with tracks the other has never heard. We decided to make the mixes to share these treasures with friends, this lead to some gigs together and then we started writing music. Our first release will come out on Bordello A Parigi next month ( https://clone.nl/item45969.html ) We’ve called our production project Ca$hminus and are going to be doing some more shows this summer.
Great. So as you know, here at Lipstick Disco, we’re big advocators of supporting women and female identified artists, so on that note, who do your shout out’s go to? Name some of your favourite fellow female artists and ladies that inspire you? There are so many! It’s impossible to name all the wonderful, inspiring, talented people doing cool things right now, which is such a great thing….
For sure shouts to my mum, my sister Alice Sainsbury and Peggy, who are crazy and incredible artists in their own fields, seriously excellent women and never stop believing in the dream to do your art.
To other friends, excellent selectors and music enthusiasts I’ve met along the way, Claire Morgan, Kristin Velvet, Michelle Owen, Persille, Johanna Knutsson, Kate Miller, Daniela la Luz, Shanti Celeste, Avalon Emerson, Courtesy & La Fleur. Big shouts to the talented artists who’ve remixed my music including Ena Cosovic (coming soon on Night Tide – she has done an incredible job), CC Disco, Astrix Little and Anna Leopolder.
To the women making it happen back in Australia. To Ena Lind, Zoe Rasch, La Fraicheur and the whole Mint family for their support and wisdom and to the other collectives putting on events and creating opportunities to play, share and be heard.
And one final question we always ask, what’s your drink of choice? Coconut water or a Negroni
So there you have it, if you catch Eluize playing, buy her a Negroni or Coconut water and enjoy her spin, in the meantime, sit back – press play.
So it’s rare treat for Avalon Emerson to share one of her live DJ sets, but she’s just given a little gift on her Cybernedits website, via soundcloud, which is the recording from her set on March 4th at Printworks in London (complete with crowd noise for added effect) it’s accompanied on the site by a game of Snake for extra added retro geekness, go check it out HERE or else stream below.
Her Cybernedits site is also jam packed of free edits, from her and her music buddies and includes edits of Dusty Springfield, Technotronic, Bananrama, Bjork and Julie Ruin, here’s a little taster..
but go rummage through the site for more free gems.
One of Glasgow’s stalwarts and leading ladies; DJ, Producer, Record Label Owner, Record fair runner, radio presenter, party promoter and more, Rebecca Vasmant has many creative strings to her bow. A Sub Club resident and Ministry of Sound Tour DJ, she’s been playing House and Techno worldwide for many years, but of late she’s been bringing a fresh new twist to dance music with her love of jazz, the original form of unbridled spiritual sonic expression. Rebecca has delivered a 58 min mix of warm, soulful house, we caught up with Rebecca to have a chat about some of her projects, passions and future plans.
Hi Rebecca, thanks for the mix and taking the time to have a chat with us. So first up, to give us a little idea about your style, Describe your sound in 5 words?
Warm, deep, emotive, eclectic and love filled.
Let’s start from your early days, what first inspired you to get behind the decks and become a DJ? And how did you go about getting your first DJ set? I had always dreamed of playing music in clubs and had absolutely no idea how to even start to think about getting into doing this, I always knew I had more of an interest in music than most other people, so I just decided to start trying to teach myself to mix.
I did the classic – bought turntables (bad belt drive’s at that) and started the task of teaching myself how to mix. I remember my flatmate at the time, he picked it up in about two weeks and I was in tears over and over again trying to make it click. Eventually it did all come together, but after months and months of tears and frustration.
I then just asked and asked until someone eventually gave me a chance to play in their club, and it all went really quickly from there and I was playing in clubs every weekend from pretty much that point.
What’s been your most memorable DJ moment so far? There have been many ups and downs on this journey. I feel that of course one key moment in my career was the World Tours Residency for Ministry of Sound and I am grateful that, at a very young age, it allowed me to travel the world and gain invaluable experience and meet so many amazing people. It was almost overnight that I was being sent all over the world on a weekly basis on tours, so that really made me feel that what I was doing was starting to be heard. At the end of the day, music is timeless, as are experiences, and that is very important, to be able to just be together as people. No matter what age, religion or type of person, people just being together as one and enjoying one thing that we all have in common – A love for music, is an amazing thing really.
Another amazing moment was performing for the first time live with ‘Glasgow Jazz Experiment’ which is the project I have started up with some amazing and talented musicians from The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Its just so amazing to be able to bring together my two absolute favourite things, Jazz and house music!
Your Ministry Of Sound tour residency sounds amazing, you traveled with them to France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Estonia, India, Africa, Nicaragua, Bosnia, Latvia, Dubai, Austria, Turkey, Serbia, Algeria, Bulgaria and more, how did the residency come about? The residency happened really quickly and the guys at Ministry and my management asked me to make up a mix to send over to them which I did, then it all really went from there! It was almost overnight that I was being sent all over the world, and that was really amazing!
You’re based up in Glasgow and have residencies at some of Glasgow’s finest from the infamous Sub Club, Made in Glasgow and Know The Way parties, but give us a bit of insight into the Glasgow underground scene. Glasgow has an amazing scene for underground music, the people here are really so clued up and passionate about music, and all the DJs seem to be this big family who are always on hand to be a friend and help each other out when its needed. The whole feeling that everyone here works together instead of against one another is a key factor in the way this city just seems to have such a strong and amazing scene. Also of course is the amazing crowds, they are the best crowd in the world, I always say.
You run your own night in Glasgow, when and where can we come to your party and what can we expect from the night? I do indeed and have been doing a few parties in Glasgow, ranging from house music to Jazz dance and I really love to keep a wide variety of music and a fun atmosphere within parties. I have a new residency starting up at the Poetry Club in Glasgow so please keep an eye out for the dates online.
We hear, you also run a record fair with Sub Club, tell us a little more, when can we come crate digging? Running record fairs was something that had been a dream of mine, people coming together and swapping records, listening to records, and just appreciating being together because of a love for music. This was a hugely happy and rewarding experience that I was lucky enough to have been able to do, we possibly might be doing another record fair this year so again – keep an eye out for that too.
Your DJ sets, vary from house to techno, but you also have a love for Jazz music and are part of a monthly radio show on BBC Radio Scotland, as well as working on your project ‘Glasgow Jazz Experiment’ with musicians from The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra which you mentioned earlier, but tell us a little more about this project and how it came about. I am indeed a huge collector and fan of Jazz, I am not really sure where that came from, my parents were not into Jazz, I think its just come from somewhere really deep within and perhaps there isn’t an explanation other than I love it!
It is like a completely cleansing experience and the emotion that it derives from within our core can allow us to feel however we want to feel. Whether this is good or otherwise, we just allow ourselves to feel emotion that we may not feel in our daily lives and this is a beautiful thing. And I really do appreciate and respect musicians and producers for allowing us to be able to do that. When I hear a piece of music that I really feel, it can almost put me into a meditative state and I can allow myself to purely focus on what that piece of music is saying, whether it is classical, Jazz, Soul or Techno.. The emotion is still the same.
Glasgow Jazz Experiment all came about from being asked to perform live at Glasgow Jazz Festival in 2014, I had always wanted to do a live project with some musicians but always felt like I was somehow not qualified to put it together, so just didn’t ever go ahead and do it. Then when I was asked to perform at the Jazz Fest, it was almost like the decision was made and that was it. We got together, did some writing, did a few rehearsals and then that was it! The gig went so well that we decided to start the project officially and since then, we have been writing music together and recording and are nearly in the finishing stages of an album together which we hope to Tour in 2018 together. I am so grateful to be lucky enough to be working with such amazing musicians and its all like a crazy dream with this project!
That sounds incredible, So you’ve really got a lot of fingers in a lot of pies creatively, but what’s next for Rebecca Vasmant? What other projects can we expect from you in the near and distant future? I am working really hard on some music of my own at the moment, so my hope is that this year I will be able to release an album of my own, and perform this live. Starting a label is also something on my list for the future, if there is enough hours in the day for that of course!
You recently did this fantastic video for BBC The social, about sexism in the music industry
we’re big advocators of supporting women and female identified artists, so on that note, who do your shout out’s go to? Name some of your favorite fellow female artists? I absolutely respect and adore so many female artists – friends and people I don’t know.. I really love the stuff that Willow is making, my good friend Maya (Nightwave), Fatima has done some amazing stuff, there’s so so many females killing it right now that I can’t even type them all because its just so many! Really so many amazing girls smashing it which is so great
And one final question we always ask, what’s your drink of choice? If you asked me that one year ago I would have said buckfast… now I will opt to say Chambuck (50% champagne – cava or any fizzy wine can also be used 50% buckfast) 😉 that or a good coffee. You can’t beat a good coffee and piece of cake!
So there you have it, if you’re ever in Glasgow, head along to one of Rebecca’s parties, record fairs and buy her a good chambuk, in the meantime, take a listen to this month mix from Rebecca Vasmant HERE:
Are you a Nasty Woman? we are.. yes and now more than ever. There’s a call out for solidarity, among our fellow female peers and male supporters, a comradery, to fight for women’s rights, for equal rights, for human rights. The Women’s march on Jan 21st was a global phenomenon, a mighty stand by the people, for the people, the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history and a huge worldwide statement. There’s so much to fight for, so much to be said and done, and while here at Lipstick Disco, we’re constantly striving to support and promote women and female identified artists within the music sphere, to help educate about the incredible women there are out there, it’s important we try to spread the word of equality and human rights as far and wide as possible, beyond just the musical platform now more than ever.
This wonderful track, originally produced by Valesuchi was edited by Matias Aguayo to fit a speech from the Washington DC Women’s March, it’s a perfect statement and I hope by posting this track it will continue to resonate, shared by the wonderful folk at Cómeme please listen and share, download and play it loud, not only for it’s musical content, but to show your support and solidarity, spread the message far and wide.
Lydia Eisenblätters latest offering ‘Panora‘ on Stundenullmusic comes with remixes from Jamy Wang, Lucianno Villarreal and Mac – Kee, but it’s Lydia’s original that is my personal preference from the EP, released on Jan 27th, stream the whole EP HERE: and listen to Lydia’s original below.
New York City based DJ and Producer Yulia Niko, has just released a sublime three track EP on her imprint TochnoTechno, with both a digital and vinyl release. ‘The Donezk‘ marks the third release on the label and drops today. Hyper leads the way, a bouncy, jackin’ track with spliced up vocal to help drive this bubbly little number, Leto is a laid-back chuggy track with Acid sensibilities, while Random picks up the energy with a drum-focused jam, with tribal rhythms and clever sound effects to create fizzes and pops for extra effect. Listen to all three below. buy digital HERE
What do you get if you cross a Swede (Alice Bas) with a Danish based Bosnian (Ena Cosovic)? absolutely wonderful Techno that’s what. The two up-and-coming artists have joined forces, for a release on Swedish label Svedjebruk, as part of a 4-track vinyl release coming out on Feb 27th. Ena Cosovic perfectly reworks Alice Bas’ ‘Mother‘ – the original of which is taken from her debut EP ‘Triune‘ also on Svedjebruk. Alice’s version is a more bouncy, jackin’ house number, with driving analogue drums and a soulful synth-led breakdown, where Ena remixes the track into something a little deeper, synth-driven, techno-fueled house. Both worthy of dance-floor mayhem. Take a listen to both tracks HERE:
The chuggy, cosmic vibes of this three track EP from Brazilian-born / Barcelona Based Daniela Caldellas aka TERR immediately caught my attention. ‘Misantropicalia‘ was released on Hotflush Recordings Jan 27th, so it’s still pretty fresh off the press, but with definite retro sensibilities. Daniela’s EP nods to the Moroder-esq Cosmic Disco sounds, along with 80’s electro and acid influences with unmistakable analogue feels. Misantropicalia marks her return to Hotflush following on from her Burn The Past EP released April last year. Take a listen to Misantropicalia below.
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So London’s XOYO have announced their new Friday resident, taking the helm for 13 weeks every Friday in April, May and June, is none-other than Mixmag’s top DJ – The Black Madonna, taking us back to the original club culture and delivering her ‘We Still Believe’ musical quest to London .
As yet, none of her joining guests have been announced, but you can rest assured, they will be of the absolute highest of caliber. The only thing we know, is the residency is in three parts – opening on Friday 7th April with ‘THE BODY ELECTRIC’ the first of her three all-nighters, where she’ll take us on a trip through early electro, EBM, industrial and techno to chronicle the evolution of synthesizer music. Friday 5th May – part 2 of her all nighter’s ‘THESE ARE THE BREAKS’ From the deepest dub to hip hop, Miami bass, jungle and beyond, with an ultra rare exploration to the bass station. Finally she will end her residency on Friday 30th June with her final all nighter ‘LOVE IS THE MESSAGE’ – A 6 hour session into the the soul of dance music, dipping through disco rarities and taking a tour of the house that Jack built.
The tickets are available to buy from westillbelieve.co.uk and we suggest you grab them quick, as they won’t last long; don’t wait for the line-ups to be announced, they’ll probably be snapped up before that and these are going to be unforgettable parties, not to be missed.
While we’re at it, in our advent for The Black Madonna, (HERE) we mentioned about her vinyl only release ‘He Is The Voice I hear’ (yes we got our mitts on some vinyl) but there we’re no streams then, however it’s now available on digital and is streaming in full on soundcloud – so here it is, in all 10.29 of it’s Epic glory, as well as a little taster video of what’s to come at her XOYO residency. Enjoy.
— The Black Madonna (@blackmadonnachi) January 31, 2017
When a friend of mine Natalie Capello sent me over a live recording from her set at one of my favorite Berlin Clubs Salon Zu Wilden Renate, and asked if i’d like to use it for Lipstick Disco, an immediate listen and seconds into the recording, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity and decided to use it for this months exclusive mix. It’s bouncy, fun, energetic and retro-tastic, with splatterings of Disco, Italo, 80’s piano house, acid and other treats old a new, mostly vinyl and most definitely served with love. While Nathalie is a relative newcomer to the DJ scene, she’s been making waves fast and building up a reputation on the Berlin club scene, playing regularly at venues such as Farbfernseher, IPSE and the notorious Salon zur Wilden Renate, I had a chat with Nathalie about her influences and musical experiences.
Rotterdam isn’t as well known for it’s musical scene as it’s bigger Dutch sister Amsterdam, but tell us some of the of the most influential clubs and parties you attended there? I guess the club that has had the biggest impact on me was Now & Wow (in the Maassilo), cause that’s about the time I started clubbing in Rotterdam. I was so impressed by the music, the people and of course the venue – which is an old grain silo, very big, lots of concrete and very raw. At some point the club closed but the venue is still very much up and running. Now & Wow is now a festival that’s held there twice a year (I believe). Other than that I have to say BAR. It used to be a tiny cozy bar with great music and DJs and overall great atmosphere. Then they had to relocate and they’re a proper bar with club now, and their programming is outstanding.
When we featured Shanti Celeste in our December advent HERE, we mentioned she was launching her own imprint Peach Discs and it’s arrived. The debut EP from the label is from Shanti Celeste herself, ‘Untitled’ is a double sided EP, with ‘Loop One’ on the A side and ‘Selector’ on the flip. Coming out on Feb 3rd. Pre Order the 12” HERE
We’ve been waiting for this one to drop, so we can share it with you – we got a little sneak preview last year and it’s hot hot hot. Kim Ann Foxman returns to her imprint Firehouse for a 4 track EP of her signature sounding heavy, vintage-esq analogue house. “Energy EP dives into my rave roots,’ she explains, ‘It includes a selection of tracks to be enjoyed at different times of the night.” Kicking off with ‘U R Magnetic’ a dark moody track with breakbeat undertones, then stepping up the energy for a Acid inspired ‘E4 Energy’ Kim’s vocals ring through on the bouncy ’U & Me Electricity’ and taking it back down a notch for the mind-bending final track ’2 The Source’. Released on Jan 20th.
For those of you in London town, Kim will be joining Maya Jane Cole, Alinka and a heap of pretty stellar DJ’s at Maya Jane Coles and friends day party on Feb 18th at London’s new 2500 venue Printworks. More details on Facebook HERE.
ADVENT 2016 #25 – CHIEF EDITORS NOTE + MIXTAPE
2016 – an annus horribilis one might say, it’s been a pretty turbulent and tumultuous one to say the least; but let’s not depressingly dwell on the negatives, and let’s highlight the fact, that it’s been a tremendou there’s one thing that’s clear, the fight for diversity and equality is a strong one and strength and support within communities continues to grow.
Over the last few weeks, all the end of year ‘Best Of’ music lists have been released and while the RA’s top 100 DJ’s list, still looks a little male and whitewashed, there are however a number of wonderful and well-deserving women featured; with Paula Temple in at no.98, Nicole Moudaber at no.93, tINI at no.90, Sonja Moonear at 83, Lena Willikens at 76, Helena Hauff at 31, Nina Kraviz at 22 and The Black Madonna at no 10. RA’s live acts top 100 however, doesn’t feature a single woman, showing there’s still a long way for us to go. Props to Mixmag’s top 20 however, which features 6 out of 20 women – Sonja Moonear at 20, Helena Hauff at 12, Honey Dijon at 11, Nastia at 8, Nina Kraviz at 5, and the top spot going to The Black Madonna, a hugely well-deserved crown. It should perhaps be mentioned the RA lists are a readers’ polls, where the Mixmag list is selected by staff – maybe suggesting industry folks are more open to supporting women and diversity, where the general public and consumer are perhaps the ones we need to educate. Until we see a more equal representation of Women, Trans, Queer and People of Colour from all backgrounds and ethnicities within the electronic dance scene, discussions still need to take place. A few weeks back at Take Note conference, a really interesting panel, addressed exactly this and how we can continue to diversify and educate, (you can view the 30 min panel HERE). Here at Lipstick Disco, we aim to continue to promote and support female artists – to bring you their news, their releases, their gigs and general discussions, to promote awareness and continue to do our bit, however small to try and even out the playing field.
Special mentions should go to some other wonderful groups globally, also keeping the discussion alive. SheSaidSo – a steadily growing global network of women working behind the scenes in the industry, which is platform for discussions, and reaching out for help and advice from others in the industry. Female Pressure, much like She said so, this is a network platform for women in music, however largely catered for artists and DJ’s rather than women working behind the scenes. Mint – A Berlin based network for women in House and Techno music, with monthly (all female line-up) clubnights, an all-female DJ agency they also offer workshops, for women to learn DJ-ing and production. Discwoman – a NYC based platform, collective and booking agency representing and showcasing cis women, trans women and genderqueer talent in electronic music. Siren – an all-female collective, throwing queer parties promoting female and non-binary artists. Rhythm Sister – A DJ collective & platform, created to support and promote female-identified/genderqueer artists, running parties and mix-sessions, to help female-identified DJ’s swap and learn new skills.
Off the back of all the ‘Top Artists of 2016’ lists, we decided to create our own end of year list, a musical advent, in the run up to Christmas. We wanted to represent women from all levels, from as many backgrounds and corners of the globe as we could. It’s not exhaustive. There were so many incredible women we wanted to include, 24 doesn’t even scratch the surface, but it does raise the question why we don’t see a stronger female presence in end-of-year lists, because they’re certainly out there smashing it.
For our advent we wanted to give you a cross section, from up-and-coming artists and home-grown heroes, to local stalwarts, to the top dogs and long-standing big guns. The featured artists hail from; Berlin, London, NYC, Vienna, Siberia, Chicago, Amsterdam, Tel-Aviv, Arizona, Bristol, Melbourne, Columbia, Ghent, Manchester, Switzerland, Brazil, Detroit, Marseilles, Hawaii and Stockholm. Also, let’s not skirt over the fact that the majority of have found themselves based in the music mecca that is Berlin – still clearly at the forefront of the electronic music world.
For each of the 24 posts, we focused on the artist’s achievements from 2016, and presented one of their releases from this year. it seems only logical, to round the advent and the year off with our final Monthly Mixtape of the year – a mix featuring all of the songs, from these incredible artists of our advent, mixed by myself Michelle Manetti – the Chief Editor. Click on each artist’s picture to view the artist’s advent feature and individual track.
01. Lauren Flax – U Know (Nervous Records) (2016.11.21)
02. Kate Simko & LEO – Waiting Games (Dub mix) (The Vinyl Factory) (2016.06.22)
03. Virginia – Funkert (Dub) (Ostgut Ton) (2016.05.06) **
04. Nina Kraviz – Don’t Mind Wrong Keys (Trip) (2016.05.20)
05. La Fleur – Bloomer (Watergate Records) (2016.08.29)
06. Avalon Emerson – Dystopian Daddy (2016.11.25)
07. Shinedoe – Rubber Band (Intacto) (2016.10.17)
08. Cassy – Back (Mr. Tophat & Art Alfie’s Remix) (Aus Music) (2016.06.10) **
09. Anja Schneider – Sunny Side Up (Mobilee Records) (2016.07.14)
10. L.M.Y.E – Manhattan (Shanti Celeste Remix) (Idle Hands) (2016.09.09)
11. Ena Lind – The Wisdom To Know The Difference (Original Mix) (Twirl) (2016.09.30)
12. Rroxymore – Organ Smith (Don’t Be Afraid Records) (2016.11.04)
13. Lupe Fuentos – Can’t Go On (MadTech) (2016.10.07)
14. Black Girl _ White Girl – Body Heat (Original Mix) (Flashmob) (2016.12.09) **
15. Maya Schenk – Naked (Henri) (2016.07.08)
16. Honey Dijon & Argy – Just Fierce (These Days) (2016.02.22)
17. Juliet Fox & Dereck Marin – Ride It Again (My Favourite Freaks) (2016.12.09)
18. Kim Ann Foxman – Give It All You Got (Original) (Firehouse) (2016.08.19)
19. The Carry Nation – Breakwater (Hannah Holland Remix) (Get Up Recordings) (2016.11.28)
20. Lil’ Mark Ft. Della – It’s Acid (Alinkas Strasse Remix) (Twirl) (2016.11.04)
21. Gina Breeze – Disco Hoe (Original Mix) (Get Up Recordings) (2016.06.27)
22. Tiga – Blondes Have More Fun (The Black Madonna ‘Immaterial Girl’ Remix) (2016.08.15)
23. Joyce Muniz & Wehbba Ft. Angelique Bianca – Sleepless (Exploited) (2016.10.03)
24. Charlotte de Witte – Varpulis (Suara) (2016.03.28)
** these tracks, are slightly different from the one’s featured in the artist’s advent, for the sake of sitting more comfortably in the mix.
Here’s to 2017 and the continued support of these incredible artists and other female and female-identified artists alike. Thank you for reading, sharing, liking, and supporting us here at Lipstick Disco this year!
Festive greetings and here’s to a Happy, equal and diverse 2017
Michelle Manetti (chief editor)
VIEW THE PLAYLIST AND SEPARATE TRACKS HERE: https://soundcloud.com/lipstickdisco/sets/lipstick-discos-kick-ass-women
Lipstick Disco’s 2016 Christmas musical advent calendar – we’ll be bringing a daily dose throughout December of 24 kick-ass women, who’ve been making and playing kick-ass music in 2016.
ADVENT 2016 #24 – CHARLOTTE DE WITTE
At a mere 23 years old, today’s advent is the youngest of our featured artists. Belgium based Charlotte de Witte, made her debut behind the decks at just 17 and her aggressive Techno sets caught the ears of some of Belgium’s biggest promoters, quickly earning herself prime spots at festivals such as I Love Techno and Tomorrowland. Fast forward to 2016 and as well as Pukkelpop festival in Belgium, and her resident party KNTXT at Fuse club in Brussels she’s focused on international clubs and festivals; This summer saw her first North American tour, taking in gigs in NYC and Montreal, plus other international gigs include; Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Luxembourg, Cesme, Ankara, Barcelona, Geneva, Lille, Paris, Rotterdam, Las Vegas, Amsterdam, Berlin, Beveneto, Laval, Le Mans, Rennes, Athens and Rome.
As well as a busy gig schedule, Charlotte also has a regular radio show ‘Playground Charlotte de Witte’ on Studio Brussels – Belgium’s leading radio station. Other guest mixes this year have included mixes for DJ Mag’s Weekly podcast, Thump, and most recently Datatransmission,
It’s De Witte‘s releases that are really gaining her traction though, and since her debut release in 2015 on Tiga’s Turbo Recordings she’s been quite the unstoppable force. Four incredible EP’s of her own this year; Starting in March with ‘Varpulis’ on Suara, followed up in April with ‘Actually EP‘ on Amazone Records. Then came a re-visitation to Turbo Recordings in June for ‘Sehnsucht EP‘, and finally ‘Trip EP‘ on Off Recordings in September. Remixes by De Witte also came thick and fast this year, starting in April with a remix of The Solver by Ben Long, followed in May by a remix of Jaunde by Andre Crom, then a remix of Bad Poems by Robert S in August and Charlotte‘s final release of 2016 was a remix of Headbang by Taster Peter.
de Witte like’s to embrace the dark side of electronic music “Dark music contains much more emotion. When I’m DJ’ing I want to try and touch the crowd and tell a story with the music. Of course I want them to party, get loose and have fun, but at the same time I want them to remember the music long after the lights go up.” this rings true for both her DJ sets and productions, all of which have a certain melancholic undertone ‘“Making music really gives me a chance to tap into the more emotional side of electronic music that I love. Music that has that melancholic side to it” claims de Witte and that is certainly displayed in today’s advent song ‘Varpulis‘. We particularly chose this evocative, emotive, techno track, with it’s haunting, choral vocals, symbolic to Christmas to round our advent on Christmas eve.
Lipstick Disco’s 2016 Christmas musical advent calendar – we’ll be bringing a daily dose throughout December of 24 kick-ass women, who’ve been making and playing kick-ass music in 2016.
ADVENT 2016 #23 – ANJA SCHNEIDER
No. 23 of our Musical advent, comes from another Berlin stalwart Anja Schneider. As well as touring the world week in, week out, she is also responsible for bringing some of the finest artists to the forefront via her weekly radio show and her supreme quality label Mobilee. Anja’s ‘Dance Under The Blue Moon‘ show has been running on Berlin’s Fritz Radio since 2000 and is the longest running underground dance music radio show and airs every Sat from 10pm. Mobilee developed off the back of the radio show, after it was suggested she start up up a label to support all the demos she was receiving – in 2005 the label was born, followed by a booking agency in 2007. Schneider has a wonderful skill for unearthing and supporting new talent, a brief glimpse at the Mobilee and its sister imprint Leena’s back catalogue, displays this; early releases from Maya Jane Coles, Nicole Moudaber, Solomun + other giants of the industry, well before they became the established artists they are today. The label and radio show, give her the platforms to nurture, mentor and support the growth of new, growing and established talents.
Between touring every weekend, running the label, agency, and weekly radio show and being a mother, studio time is rare, but always with magical results. This year however releases have been solid. Schneider started this year with a bang, her first release – ‘Soul Traveller‘ an incredible 3 track EP on her own Mobilee imprint, dropped in Jan. She followed this up in March with a remix for Catz ‘n Dogz ‘The Joy‘ on their imprint Pets Recordings. In June she released ‘Caracas‘ as a solo track on Moon Harbour Recordings as part of their ‘Moon Harbour Inhouse, Vol 7’ compilation. Schneider’s final release of 2016, was once again on her own Mobilee imprint, a beautiful 2 track EP ‘Rain‘ and it’s the B-side ‘Sunny Side Up‘ that we’re serving you up for no. 23 of our advent today.