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2016 March 4
by Michelle Manetti

Meggy - Zig Zag Paris

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 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.

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2016 February 19


This months guest mix comes from the fabulous Whitney Fierce, her biog reads like a Hollywood Blockbuster action movie; from being kidnapped in Egypt by camelback at 11, being held hostage in Ethiopia years later to learning Swahili in Zanzibar, Fierce certainly lives up to her name. She prides herself on playing ‘non-shitty tunes’ and is stoked about not being universally hated; quite the opposite we say, she’s one uber cool chick with impeccable music taste. We had a chat with her about living in LA, being part of Hercules and Love Affair, being New Orders tour DJ and her forthcoming release among other things. Check out the interview and mix below.

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.



PREMIERE: Boy George – Kiss The DJ (Spatial Awareness Dub)

2016 February 3

Boy George

We’re super delighted to be bringing you the exclusive full stream of the Spatial Awareness remix from the legendary Boy George’s latest track ‘Kiss The DJ’. The Original mix is due for release on Feb 19th on Fetch Records, while the remixes will follow on March 4th.

Also a big fan of the Shaun J.Wright and Alinka remix, here’s a little snipped to whet your whistle.

You can check out snippets from the rest of the remixes HERE.

While we’re on the subject I can’t go without mentioning Twirls (Shaun J.Wright and Alinka‘s label) last EP, which is the labels first release from a third party artist, which just happens to be Spatial Awareness. Two incredible Original cuts, which I’ve be hammering in the clubs, along with remixes from label bosses Shaun J.Wright & Alinka and Hannah Holland. We’re big fans of Twirl! and each EP has been incredible, but this might just be my fave yet.

You can catch Spatial Awareness DJ-ing at the forthcoming BBC 6Music Festival in Bristol and shouts out to Alinka who is playing her debut at Panorama bar this weekend.

Audiojack Ft. Kevin Knapp – Vibrate

2016 January 29

Audiojack Ft. Kevin Knapp - Vibrate

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.


2016 January 29


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 MusicNINJA and Chase the Compass DJ duo Tessa Vermeulen (Decked Out) and Charlotte Lucy Cijffers (DJ Mag’s digital news editor) some serious talent.

Speaking of Coco Cole, check out her collab ‘Running’ with Barber, which was premiered by DJ Mag it features her vocals and serves as part of her Say Yes: Volume II download compilation

So go check out tonights free party, it kicks off at 8pm & you should def give it a whirl.
More details at Chase The Compass & on the Facebook event

Manu Gonzalez – Smoking Weed

2016 January 28

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.

Out now on Oblack Label grab your copy on Vinyl HERE

COEO – Back in the Days EP

2016 January 27
by Michelle Manetti

back in the day

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.

Release date 1st Feb on Vinyl and 8th Feb digital.

Hannah Holland ft. IMMA/MESS – Lush EP

2016 January 26

Two Lush tracks from East London’s finest Hannah Holland, featuring the deliciously camp vocals of Jarod Kentrell aka Imma/Mess. ‘High Over You’ is my preferance on this EP, but both are killer tracks. Out now on Classic Music Company.

Gezim Vrioni – Luzion (Original Mix)

2016 January 26
by Michelle Manetti


Here’s a tasty little treat from Riva Starr’s Snatch! Records. ‘Luzion’ by Gezim Vrioni is a chuggy little tech-house number, with chunky bouncy beats and quirky little analogue bleeps and clicks, juxtaposed with soulful diva vocal licks. Highly addictive vibes. Out yesterday!

Anaxander – The Cruel Destiny Of A Tear

2016 January 21
by Michelle Manetti


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.

Solardo – Digital

2016 January 19
by Michelle Manetti


I’m a big fan of UK duo Solardo aka Mark Richards and James Eliot and the pair deliver Madtech‘s first EP of 2016. Dropping on 19th Feb on Beatport and 4th March general. How I work EP is three sublime Tech house tracks. The title track ‘How I Work’ is bouncy and Jackin’ and exactly how I like my Tech House; chugging bass grooves, crunchy percussion, an infectious vocal hook and acidic synth blips. ‘Beat That’ follows suit with a similar jackin vibe, but it’s Digital that really grabbed me. Finishing off the EP, Digital has a classic lo-fi electro feel, analogue drums & old skool percussions, a simple square-wave acid style bass and glitchy vocals, it’s fun and feisty.

Gunjah – Hypno Acido

2016 January 19
by Michelle Manetti


Want some hypnotic Acid? look no further, Hypno Acido from Gunjah on KaterMukke delivers and then some.


2016 January 19
by Michelle Manetti


Schlepp Geist is boarding URSL Intergalactic with milkyway powers accelerating full throttle. Jumping wormholes and timeshifts towards destination, Acoba transcends time and space and propels you into a future dimension from the past. Enjoy the ride. You’re welcome.

Audiohell, Tania Vulcano and Jose De Divina – Detroit

2016 January 19
by Michelle Manetti


If this track doesn’t make you wish you lived in Detroit, nothing will. The track, inspired by old skool Detroit Techno, is a homage to the city’s heritage. Audiohell, Tania Vulcano and Jose De Divina‘s combine efforts on this release for Suara. This one came out a few days ago, grab it!


2016 January 15
by Michelle Manetti



The 11th instalment of our mixtape series and the first of 2016 comes from Berlin Based La Fraicheur, a DJ I’ve had my eye on for a while, she made steady waves last year, but with a heap of forthcoming releases, collabs and gigs in the pipeline, 2016 looks set to be a big year for her. I had a chat with La Fraicheur about living in Berlin, her clubnight QUER and being a DJ and Producer.

Describe your sound in 5 words?
Oh boy. The sound I make or the sound I play? Damn. I hope warm, deep, alive, sensitive, honest.

You’ve resided in Paris, Montreal and now Berlin, how have each three places differed in terms of the music style and scene? And has this influenced your own sound?
Of course those places have very different sounds and of course it had an impact on what I listened to and played. Then again all of those cities are not fixed in one box either, we’re talking over a decade here, so the sounds of those cities evolved within that time frame too. It’s hard to pin point a life of living with music. I was definitely playing more electro back in Paris and because of my work as a band manager, my life was way more influenced by rock too, from low-fi rock to pop to post-rock. In Montreal I was reunited with my love of hip hop and also playing a lot of Caribbean music and Afrobeat. In Berlin, the electronic music I played got deeper and deeper as the time went by. I started playing House music over 12 years ago but had kind of “forgotten” about it for years and Berlin drove me right back into it. Now my main signature sound as a DJ is deep house.

Berlin is well known as a musical mecca, but from someone who lives there, tell us what is it that makes the city so revered?
Well it’s the specific history of the city that allowed a club culture to rise like nowhere else, because nowhere else could someone find so many playgrounds to create something in relative freedom, the institutions, from government to police, having other shit to deal with once the wall fell. Just the same way you could live there for so cheap that you could actually dedicate your life to dancing and music. And I think this spirit of clubs, as places of musical, physical and visual expressions, as spaces for life to be art, as moments like parallel universe outside of reality that lasts days in a row, opposed to clubs as businesses as known in the rest of the western world, can only have had a major impact on people’s collective imagination. Now 25 years later of course things have changed as the city and the country it is in, have changed. But that spirit lingers on, and you still have clubs like Mensch Meier, who refuses to have a FB page or “events”, that manage to open up in this saturated nighlife economy, because their love for music is bigger than their sanity. As long as people will experience in Berlin things they are not allowed to experience at home, Berlin will be revered.

You run your own party in Berlin, tell us a little about that.
QUER that’s happening at Wilde Renate, is a party that’s meant to build a bridge between queers and straight people. There is a “queer” nightlife (in Berghain, in Schwuz, in Gegen at KitKat etc..) that sometimes feels totally separate from a “straight” nightlife (at Ritte Butzke, Watergate etc..) which doesn’t make any sense to me. We’re all out to lose ourselves and find ourselves in music and I try to break that non-sense, one party at a time. As Berlin’s crowds are fairly more tolerant than I’ve encountered before, it’s seems doable, it’s just a matter of getting out of your comfort zone. I also want to showcase queer and female talents outside of the usual line ups (at gay clubs or all female parties) they are reduced to. They need more visibility, in other words, reach out to the rest of the world, and it’s important to me that I do my part.

Other than that… Not gonna lie! It’s hard! That I can tell you! Especially because as I mentioned before, the nightlife economy in Berlin is really tough. There are so many clubs and so many bars that function as clubs, so many good parties with great line ups on any given day, we’re talking dozens and dozens of great parties every single night. I feel like Berlin is partly suffocating from its own excitement. So much is happening at once. Driving the budgets down a lot and I often wish I could pay the people I book better. It’s not sexy to talk about money but let’s be real for a second. People need to stop looking at Berlin with shiny eyes and not want to see the reality of what it’s like to work here and bring all those exciting one of a kind experience I was talking about before. How do people think non-stop parties with an endless line up of djs in makeshift clubs when entry fees and drinks are less than half of what it is in Paris or London, can manage to survive? Because djs are paid with shoe string budgets. It’s hard living as a producer and DJ in Berlin.

You have a number of releases scheduled for the forthcoming months. What can we expect to hear from you in these?
Let’s see. After years of being too busy or too scared I finally got the guts to start producing and now that something is unlocked it’s like I can’t stop and it’s all going out in a mess of feelings! There’s my debut solo EP “Rhus Typhina” that’s being released on Friends With Benefits on January 20th, with an open-air, melancholic yet summery deep house track and a pretty intense, dark, warehouse tech-house track. I’ve produced a track with Berlin-based French producer and close friend Leonard de Leonard. It has a tech-house feel but with afrobeat samples so it’s weird inbetween. Since it’s weird, we appointed some of our favorite weirdos to remix it : Club Bizarre, Kaptain Cadillac and Larry Tee. There’s also an EP with Berlin-based American producer Sky Deep called “The Broken Bodies” with a tech-house track driven by a dark bass and sprinkled with a piano made for the footwork that instantly makes me want to fuck in a dark corner of a club. There’s an EP with Paris-based producer Greg Kozo with a stripped-down, straight forward, electro track and on the flipside, an after hours trippy deep house track to make you feel like you’re paddling up the Amazon river on MDMA on a misty morning with a parrot on your shoulder. And then I’m working right now on my next solo EP. I told you. I can’t stop now.

Production and DJ-ing are often intrinsically combined, but it’s argued they’re quite different disciplines, which do you prefer and do you approach each differently in terms of your creative process?
Oh I’m happy you’re bringing that up because it’s one of my pet peeves. Djing and producing are two completely different activities and I’m so tired of seeing big producers being booked for dj sets and then actually sucking at it. You don’t expect a radioshow host to know how to compose or a bus driver to tell you about the engineering of their vehicule? Why do people think producers are necessarily good djs? Djing is about creating a moment, a bubble for people to live and express themselves in, it’s about having a good perception of the crowd and what it needs, it’s about reading a room and, in my opinion, managing to take them somewhere they didn’t expect to go. It’s being able to figure out what the crowd needs and give them just enough of that which they need to dance, and use that loss of self, that trust they gave you to bring them somewhere out of their comfort zone, make them dance to music they didn’t know they would relate to. Djing is probably what brings me the most joy and the most fulfilment. I have a party in Paris that’s in a venue that mainly plays hip hop and mine is the only House party, so a lot of people come for the venue and not my party specifically and at the end of the night, when people come to me and say “damn if ever somebody had told me I would dance all night to techno, I would have never believed it” and I haven’t even played any techno but my funkiest house but for them, it’s a music genre so removed from their experience they don’t even know how to call it and yet I made them dance to it all night. Now that’s an incredible feeling I’m hooked on.

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?
ONE? I have to only settle for just THE ONE female dj? No no no no no no sorry can’t do that. If we’re talking DJs only, as in, judge for their dj sets, then definitely Margaret Dygas, Steffi, Ena Lind, AZF, Alinka, Avalon Emerson, Lena Willikens, Fleischer. Ok I have to stop. But I could go on. There are so many talented female djs and female producers out there. It’s beyond fathomable.

And one final question we always ask, what’s your drink of choice?
Well I am not much of a drinker and especially not when I play. But I’d say make me a good dark and stormy and I’ll be happy.

So there you have it, sit back and listen to the warm, deep, sensitive sounds from La Fraicheur, go check out her releases and if you see her behind the decks, fetch her a dark and stormy.