Headway

For our 12th Birthday we are happy to announce that we have – in the words of the late, great John Peel – “The Baron of Techno” making his Headway and Reading Rooms debut – Dave Clarke!

Clarke plays out most weekends across Europe and the world. There’s the same attention to detail each time, his sets swooping whip-smart along the cutting blade of techno, backed up by a seasoned bag of DJ tricks in which his early hip hop roots clearly show. Clarke blends into the background upon arrival and lets his music do the talking. That’s where he comes alive, where skills honed for years blow venues apart. It might seem from appearances that Clarke is not enjoying what he does but don’t let the grumpy image fool you. He loves every minute of it and feels humbled and blessed he’s able to do what he does.

Whether you’ve seen him in the Slam Tent at T In The Park in 2014 or at the recent sold out Pressure’s he’s headlined at, one thing is for sure, it’s going to be intense!

Headway 12th Birthday
Friday 29th April 2016

featuring…

DAVE CLARKE

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Andy Barton
Graeme Binnie
Neil Clark

The Reading Rooms
Blackscroft
Dundee

Doors: 10.30pm – 3am

1st & 2nd release tickets sold out!

3nd release tickets on sale now for £15:
http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?791072

If you need somewhere cheap to stay then check here:
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Or the Apex if you fancy a 4*:
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www.readingroomsdundee.com
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** ADVANCED TICKETS SOLD OUT, 100 ON THE DOOR FROM 9.30PM **

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Headway and Reading Rooms Productions are excited to present Fabric resident Daniel Avery for an all night long set! That’s right, he’ll be playing from start to finish: 9:30pm – 3am!

Daniel Avery is on the crest of a wave at the moment, his unique brand of hypnotic and driving house & techno projected him to 32nd position in Resident Advisor’s DJs of 2014 poll.

Whether you’ve seen him at his sold out shows at the Sub Club this year, or caught his amazing closing set in The Moat at Dimensions Festival a few months ago, one thing is for sure, this will be an incredible journey through sound!

Headway & Reading Rooms Productions
Friday 4th March 2016

featuring…

DANIEL AVERY (Phantasy)
(All Night Long)

The Reading Rooms
Blackscroft
Dundee

Doors: 9.30pm – 3am

** ADVANCED TICKETS SOLD OUT, 100 ON THE DOOR **

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www.readingroomsdundee.com
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“The one thing I knew was that I wanted this record to be a trip. When I go out, I want to give myself up to music. That was the idea for the album.”

If the main motivation whilst making Drone Logic was to take the listener on a hi-fidelity trip for the duration of his debut album, then Daniel Avery emphatically succeeded. From Water Jump’s hypnotic pulse and punch through to the crystalline click of closer Knowing We’ll Be Here via the title track’s elemental acid swirl and New Energy’s take on Neon Lights relocated to a post-midnight cab ride through London, Avery’s debut pushed and pulled at the senses and blurred the boundaries between dancefloor and home listening experience. Released on Erol Alkan’s wildly psychedelic Phantasy label, reviews were unanimous in praise: “A mesmerising debut” (Mixmag); “In a league of its own” (NME); “Exceptional” (The Times); “One of the finest techno albums of the year” (The Quietus); “Underground dance music with this much ambition hasn’t been heard in quite a while” (Resident Advisor); “Avery owns this space” (Pitchfork); “A benchmark for so many other dance albums to aspire to” (Dummy).

Its success has been furthered by the fact that Drone Logic doesn’t really fit expected templates of what a dance record today should sound like. There are no set piece vocals; when voices emerge on tracks, they are invariably disembodied, odd. And as distortion whips across techno-based backing tracks, it splices modern club music with the kind of sounds that forward thinking guitar bands might conjure up. The result is wholly compelling, gloriously transcendent and one that immediately struck a chord with club DJs, from heads of state to the best of the new class.

Coming off the back of his massively lauded FABRICLIVE 66 compilation, many of Drone Logic’s first steps took place from the DJ booth out onto the dancefloor of that very London clubbing institution. Whilst Avery claims that his music is affected by every stop on a relentless tour schedule, one that earned him 32nd position in Resident Advisor’s DJs of 2014 poll, his debut was a record very much conceived in fabric. It seems natural, therefore, for his residency to be taken one step further with Divided Love, a quarterly curated night: “fabric is my home and I’m proud to be a resident; the club has been with me from the beginning. Divided Love is about presenting acts who are doing something special…sonic souls, faith affirmers, music for the mind…”

The night, now expanding across Europe and beyond, can be seen as a direct extension of Avery’s new radio show on another of the capital’s underground mainstays, Rinse FM. A chance to push mind-expanding sounds from a myriad of places beyond straightforward club music, it is another platform for Avery to “bring this music together. Something is happening at the moment.”

Culminating the cycle of Drone Logic, and as he begins work on his sophomore record, Daniel Avery expands on his wide reaching world with a carefully curated album of remixes from the artists with whom Avery’s forward facing electronic style shares the deepest affinity. New Energy [Collected Remixes] is an album featuring reworks from Rødhåd to KiNK, Factory Floor to Powell, Silent Servant to Roman Flügel, Perc to Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve and stands as a testament to the strength of the current state of affairs in electronic music, borne out of one of its most original talents.

Whatever happens next for Avery…that’s going to be the real trip.

** SOLD OUT **

** RESIDENT ADVISOR RESELLING **

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We are excited to announce that we have Skream kicking off our 2016 parties with a 3 hour set!

One of dance music’s most influential and important figureheads, Skream was XOYO London’s first resident of 2015. Skream’s path through Clubland and its genres has taken him on an unexpected journey; from his beginnings at Big Apple Records to topping the charts as part of Magnetic Man and Radio 1 residencies, he’s the poster boy for contemporary British music.

In response to his success, Skream launched his Skreamizm tour to offer himself a change of pace from arena and festival performances, opting to play three-hour sets in small clubs, ditching the dubstep for disco, house, and techno in his sets. He has addressed the change in direction on his Twitter and in interviews, noting that he was inspired to do more varied sets by the likes of Jackmaster. He was subsequently voted 46th in the Resident Advisor Top 100 DJs of 2014 poll.

If you’ve managed to catch Skream at Pressure, Sub Club Soundsystem as part of JESuS (Jackmaster / Eats Everything / Skream & Seth Troxler) or EH1 this year, you’ll know that his style will be perfectly suited to The Reading Rooms, and we can’t wait to bring him to Headway for the first time!

Headway
Friday 5th February 2016

featuring…

SKREAM
(3 hour set)

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Andy Barton
Graeme Binnie
Neil Clark

The Reading Rooms
Blackscroft
Dundee

Doors: 10.30pm – 3am

** SOLD OUT **

If you need somewhere cheap to stay then check here:
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Or the Apex if you fancy a 4*:
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www.readingroomsdundee.com
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Next up we are excited to bring Nonplus+ label boss Boddika to Headway for his Dundee debut!

With electronic music becoming more polished and quantized, Boddika’s hard hitting analogue sound has shaken the scene to its very core, slamming down with a raw take on things that’s making all who hear it take note. Harking the expansive sounds of Luke Vibert, the analogue programming of Juan Atkins early work, and the rawness of the Drexciya/Dopplereffekt family.

If you’ve caught Boddika at Pressure last year, at the Sub Club earlier this year when he literally brought part of the roof down, or even as recently as at Dimensions festival in Croatia last week, then you’ll know that his raw techno sound will go down perfectly at The Reading Rooms and we can’t wait!

Headway
Friday 6th November 2015

featuring…

BODDIKA
(NonPlus+)

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Andy Barton
Graeme Binnie
Neil Clark

The Reading Rooms
Blackscroft
Dundee

Doors: 10.30pm – 3am

1st release tickets sold out!

2nd release tickets on sale now for £10:

You can get them in person from Groucho’s Dundee

Online from Resident Advisor (e-ticket to be printed)
http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?752702

Online from Ticketweb (ticket to be posted)
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/195925

If you need somewhere cheap to stay then look no further than:
http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/301/Dundee-Central-hotel

Or the Apex if you fancy a 4*:
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www.club-headway.co.uk
www.readingroomsdundee.com
www.facebook.com/clubheadway
www.facebook.com/BoddikaNonplus
www.soundcloud.com/boddika

Electro? Techno? Old? New? Al Green has a habit of both reinventing himself and pushing boundaries. As one half of Instra:mental he helped develop a diverse and unique sound that crossed a range of styles and tempos within the drum and bass / electronica sphere. Now as Boddika he has created a raw, energetic and driving persona that instantly garnered support from DJ’s as varied as Skream, Loefah, Dixon, Tale of Us, Cosmin TRG, DJ Stingray, Martyn, Pearson Sound, Ben UFO, Ryan Elliot, Joy Orbison, Scuba and Deetron.

Boddika is inspired by Machine Music and influenced by a range of genres from old school hip hop and electro to Chicago house and Detroit techno and even taking in a bit of 80’s / 90’s dance. To say Green’s influences are varied would be an understatement and that certainly shows in his current productions: in his own words “I just do what I feel like doing when I’m in the studio, and that’s where the music comes from”. In short: it sounds like absolutely nothing else.

As well as solo production Green is also now the sole owner at NonPlus – releasing artists such as Kassem Mosse, Skudge, Martyn, Basic Sole Unit, Endian and most recently Radio Slave as well as solo Boddika material. He is also the co owner alongside long term collaborator Joy Orbison of Sunklo where the duo have released four of their joint works to great acclaim. The labels and collaborations are yet more strings to his bow and mean that Green as Boddika wont be disappearing any time soon.

After many years of trying, we have finally managed to grab Bicep for a date in-between their recently announced 13 week residency at one of London’s most well-respected clubs, XOYO, following in the footsteps of Skream, Jackmaster, Eats Everything and others.
The Belfast duo have been known to play lost and forgotten disco / Chicago house / Detroit techno / Italo edits and everything in-between during their sets, and having been voted as high as 28th in the Resident Advisor Top 100 DJ Poll in recent years as well as recording their first Radio 1 Essential Mix, we can’t wait for their Dundee debut at Headway!

Headway
Friday 11th September 2015

featuring…

BICEP
(Feel My Bicep)

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Andy Barton
Graeme Binnie
Neil Clark

The Reading Rooms
Blackscroft
Dundee

Doors: 10.30pm – 3am

1st & 2nd release tickets sold out!

3rd release tickets on sale now for £15:

You can get them in person from Groucho’s Dundee

Online from Resident Advisor (e-ticket to be printed)
http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?725186

Online from Ticketweb (ticket to be posted)
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/headway-with-bicep-feel-my-bicep-tickets/185903

If you need somewhere cheap to stay then look no further than:

http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/301/Dundee-Central-hotel

Or the Apex if you fancy a 4*:

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www.readingroomsdundee.com
www.facebook.com/clubheadway
www.facebook.com/feelmybicep
www.soundcloud.com/feelmybicep
www.feelmybicep.com/

London based, Belfast-born blogger-production-dj duo Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson need little by way of introduction. Their ‘Feel My Bicep blog” is the go-to place for tastemakers world-wide for lost and forgotten disco / Chicago house / Detroit techno / Italo edits and everything in-between. On a production tip, they have released on such labels as Throne Of Blood, Traveller Records, Mystery Meat and 2012 saw their critically acclaimed track $tripper get released on Love Fever hitting the top chart spots on Juno and selling out worldwide. Their remix track record has also been excellent with them stamping their distinguished sound upon works from Blondes, Toby Tobias, Disclosure, Blood Orange, Cosmic Kids and many more for labels such as Domino, Wolf Music and Tusk. Will Saul then snapped them up for his label Aus, with a collaborative EP including tracks “You” and “Don’t” which once again hit number one on Juno and caused the Beatport charts some bother. The Feel My Bicep label launched in September 2012 with the highly sought after“Vision Of Love.”It received great press worldwide and once again sold out whilst hitting the top spot at the stores. Room hosts at Fabric, a residency at We Love in Ibiza and bookings at Manchester’s Warehouse Project then ensued, with 2012 ending very nicely for the duo who came in at 32 on the Resident Advisor End Of Year DJ Poll.

2013 saw Bicep tour globally, including dates in North & South America, Australia, Asia and Dubai, with an especially busy summer, packed full of festivals. Between gigs, Bicep were hard at work in the studio and had a string of successful releases beginning with Stash on Aus, followed by a collaboration with production heavy hitters Simian Mobile Disco, and the result was Sacrifice released on SMD’s own Delicacies label. The track proved to be another success and was undoubtedly the work of two duos at the top of their production games. After Sacrifice came the three track release Satisfy, the second release on Feel My Bicep records. Like the first release on the Feel My Bicep label, FMB002 provided to be a huge hit, gaining radio and DJ support world wide as well as selling out. Bicep also showed their ability to rework a track and they turned in two remixes of Aster – Cielo, on John Talabot’s Hivern Discs. On top of the music, Bicep released a limited edition range of Feel My Bicep T-shirts for which the demand outstripped supply leading to them selling out very quickly. As the year drew to a close they embarked on an Australian tour over new year and rose up 4 places to 28 on the Resident Advisor top 100 DJs poll.

In 2014 Bicep continued where they left off with another three track EP released on Aus in May which leant more towards their techno side. They also contributed to Will Saul’s DJ Kicks compilation with their track Nova. This was then followed up with a remix for London based party and label Tief. During this time the Feel My Bicep events grew stronger throughout the year hosting Todd Terje’s London album launch at Oval Space, an FMB event at London’s Corsica Studios and Berlins Panorama Bar; the latter a collaborative event with Frankfurt’s Robert Johnson. Feel My Bicep records had two main releases in 2014, the first (FMB003) being a remix 12” of their previous track Satisfy. Both John Talabot and Brassica turned in brilliant remixes which then led onto the release of FMB004, a 4 track club 12” including Lyk Lyk, the Italo techno hybrid Poly Pineapple and two collaborations with their old blog contributor Hammer called Icebowl and Day 3. Around this time their Essential Mix aired on BBC Radio One and was shortlisted as one of four best essential mixes of 2015. They also had standout sets with their We Love Residency at Space in Ibiza and closing the Yuma tent at Coachella. At the end of 2014 they linked up with another Aus affiliate, Midland and released a club 12” white label called D-Mil which gained plenty of support across the BBC and further afield. In 2015 the relationship with Aus is further developed with a 4 track Just EP in May which was closely followed by the announcement of Bicep becoming the new residents at London club XOYO, playing every Saturday night across the summer from July to September. They programmed guests such as Derrick May, Andrew Weathearll and 30+ more across the 13 week series. Other Feel My Bicep 2015 parties include the first stateside one in March which took place in LA, and an Off Sonar party in Barcelona with Dj Harvey in conjunction with Frankfurt’s Live At Robert Johnson in June.

Back in the studio, FMB005/6 are scheduled for a 2015 release as well as remixes for Brassica’s new album and one for UK Acid House hero’s to be announced soon. US label First Choice are set to be reborn with a Bicep remix of Dionne and the guys have submitted a spattering of one off tracks for various compilations including a track for Modeselektors closing 50 Weapons compilation, and Gerd Janson’s Musik For Autobahns Volume II forthcoming on Rush Hour.

Keep an eye out for a new a T-shirt series and regular updates on the blog and London 22 tracks page.

Been a couple of years since we’ve done a Headway Residents Party so we’ve decided to put one on! And since it’s been a while we’d like to see you all early doors, which is why we’re making it free entry before 12am! Usual house & techno carry on.

Headway
Residents Party

Friday 17th July 2015

Andy Barton
Graeme Binnie
Neil Clark
Dyte

The Reading Rooms
Blackscroft
Dundee

Doors: 10:30pm – 3am
Entry: Free before 12am, £5 after

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Residents Andy Barton, Graeme Binnie, Neil Clark and Bruce Anderson have been running Headway consistently for over 11 years and have played alongside many great names in the scene such as Green Velvet, Robert Hood, Pan-Pot, Ame, DJ Sneak, Derrick Carter, Josh Wink, Ben Sims, Jackmaster, Levon Vincent, Carl Craig, Gary Beck, Alan Fitzpatrick, Ivan Smagghe, KiNK, Timo Maas, Funk D’Void, Fergie, Yousef, Paul Woolford, Ralph Lawson, Tom Middleton, Silicone Soul, Harvey McKay, Argy, D’Julz, Will Saul, Pedro, Burnski, Brett Johnson, FC Kahuna and more.

They have played at various places, most notably Rockness in Inverness, The Rhumba Festival of House in Dundee, The Sub Club / La Cheetah / Saint Judes / Chambre 69 / Substanz Underground in Glasgow, Cabaret Voltaire in Edinburgh, The Ice Factory in Perth, The Waterfront in Arbroath, The Zoo Project in Ibiza, Riffraff in Middlesbrough and had a mix broadcast live on Radio 1.

Headway 11th Birthday with Ben Sims (Theory / Hardgroove / Drumcode / Machine)

It seems like only recently we were talking about our 10th Birthday but here we are again! It gives us great pleasure to announce that for our 11th Birthday we welcome one of the world’s most in-demand and leading techno DJs to Headway for the first time – Ben Sims!

With over 20 years experience under his belt, Ben Sims is a tight, energetic mixer who skilfully weaves together his own distinctive blend of tough funk and hardgrooves, often using three-deck wizardry and plenty of dexterity. A perfect example of this was when we caught him close the Arcadia Afterburner Stage at Rockess in 2012 on the Saturday night with arguably the best set of the weekend! We’re expecting more of the same when Ben makes his Dundee debut!

Headway 11th Birthday
Friday 24th April 2015

featuring…

BEN SIMS
(Theory www.djbensims.com)

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Andy Barton
Graeme Binnie
Neil Clark

The Reading Rooms
Blackscroft
Dundee

Doors: 10.30pm – 3am

1st release tickets sold out!

2nd release tickets on sale now for £12:

You can get them in person from Groucho’s Dundee

Online from Resident Advisor (e-ticket to be printed)
http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?679272

Online from Ticketweb (ticket to be posted)
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/163331

If you need somewhere cheap to stay then look no further than:

http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/301/Dundee-Central-hotel

£26 for a family room that sleeps 3. Less than £9 each and walking distance to the ‘Rooms.

Or the Apex if you fancy a 4*:

http://www.apexhotels.co.uk/en/hotels/dundee/apex-city-quay-hotel/

www.club-headway.co.uk
www.readingroomsdundee.com
www.facebook.com/clubheadway
www.facebook.com/pages/Ben-Sims/60542184918

From early formative days earning his stripes spinning hip hop, house and rave on pirate radio, and at parties around Essex and East London, through the 90′s as an ever more in demand DJ, and on into the new millennium as a label boss, producer and internationally recognised techno legend in his own right, Ben Sims has spent all his conscious life exploring all facets of underground dance music

Throughout that time, the man has honed his reputation as a tight, energetic mixer who skilfully weaves together his own distinctive blend of tough funk and hardgrooves, often using three-deck wizardry and plenty of dexterity. Be it at clubs like Fabric London, Atomic Jam, Berghain, Florida 135, or any number of festivals around the world, Sims’ sets are powerful, memorable, and unique, while constantly pushing the boundaries of a DJ set – utilising a mesmerizing blend of vinyl, CDs, and software.

As well as carving a reputation as one of the world’s leading techno DJs, Ben has curated many of his own revered labels over the years. Chief amongst them is Theory – an imprint this year celebrating it’s 40th release, that counts amongst it’s supporters contemporary connoisseurs like Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, and the old guard of Dave Clarke, Robert Hood, Rolando and more – proof, then, that Sims is on the form of his life production wise.

Riding high on the wave of critical acclaim from his cultured debut long player on Drumcode, 2011′s Smoke & Mirrors, an album that voyages into Sim’s unique take on techno, coupled with authentic house outings, thanks to guest appearances from Chicago’s Tyree Cooper and Detroit’s Blake Baxter, whilst also showcasing plenty of dubbed-out and grainy textures.

Sims has put his name to more than 50 releases in the last two decades. During those years, there has also been a steady stream of high profile remixes of scene heavyweights, including Jeff Mills, Adam Beyer, Kevin Saunderson and Chris Liebing, on labels du jour like AXIS, KMS, CLR and Drumcode, all of which have won as much critical praise as they have crossover success.

Despite his veteran status in the scene, Sims has always been keen to evolve. Alongside Kirk Degiorgio, he is co-founder & curator of Machine – a clubnight which focuses on new, unreleased, & upfront music; it’s primary home in London, but with editions all across Europe each year. Ben also hosts Sims & Friends events and stages at top clubs and festivals across Europe. Such shows incorporate Killa Productions sets with long time associate Paul Mac and feature regular appearances from like-minded talents such as Surgeon and others.

Quite simply, if you know techno, you know Ben Sims.

Headway with Levon Vincent (Novel Sound / Deconstruct Records / Underground Quality – New York, USA)

Next up we have the immensely talented, vinyl master from New York City who was voted 40th in the Resident Advisor Top DJs of 2013 Poll: Levon Vincent!

If you’ve caught Levon at Rockness, T In The Park, Pressure @ The Arches, Numbers @ The Sub Club or anywhere else recently, you’ll know that his raw house and techno sound is perfectly suited to The Reading Rooms and we can’t wait for his Dundee debut!

 

Headway
Friday 13th February 2015

featuring…

LEVON VINCENT
(Novel Sound , Deconstruct Records , Underground Quality  – New York, U.S.A)

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Andy Barton
Graeme Binnie
Neil Clark

The Reading Rooms
Blackscroft
Dundee

Doors: 10.30pm – 2.30am

 

1st release tickets sold out!

2nd release tickets on sale now for £10:

You can get them in person from Groucho’s Dundee

Online from Resident Advisor (e-ticket to be printed)
http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?655750

Online from Ticketweb (ticket to be posted)
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/154129

 

We noticed a large number of people coming from out of Dundee last time. If you need somewhere cheap to stay then look no further than:

http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/301/Dundee-Central-hotel

£26 for a family room that sleeps 3. Less than £9 each and walking distance to the ‘Rooms.

Or the Apex if you fancy a 4*:

http://www.apexhotels.co.uk/en/hotels/dundee/apex-city-quay-hotel/

 

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www.facebook.com/pages/Levon-Vincent-Official_Page/184486851592869


When it comes to house music there’s been something of a renaissance in New York City these past few years, and one of its main advocates is Levon Vincent. Born in Houston, Texas and raised on the East Coast; he now calls Berlin his home. As a club- goer, he cut his teeth during the pre-Giuliani New York heyday, where a vibrant scene was helping to push the elegant sound that would become known as NY house forward – and Levon witnessed it all first-hand. Working his way up through landmarks like Sugar Reef (of Sugar Babies fame) or Pat Field’s Boutique, and record stores such as Kim’s, Tower, and Music Exchange, Levon joined a long, proud lineage of fringe arts based around New York’s downtown culture. Ten years later, in 2001, he began to work at the legendary Halcyon record shop in Brooklyn. Halcyon, which doubled as a cafe?, was more than just a record store – it was a place where music aficionados could sit and exchange ideas while listening to the music they love. With a meaty sound-system and their friendly and open policy, the shop soon became a hub for NY’s most passionate dance enthusiasts. It was here that Levon met his future Deconstruct label partner Anthony Parasole, as well as DJ Jus-Ed; who subsequently went on to start the Underground Quality label – the label that has done so much to introduce their homegrown sounds to a global audience. Even artists from further a-field like Nina Kraviz or Anton Zap have UQ to thank for first promoting them.

By 2008, Levon began his own label, Novel Sound. He started with a bang: a certified hit in the form of the label’s first release, ‘These Games’ EP. It’s a 4-track EP and the release featured a song by Jus-Ed as well. Levon repaid the swap on Ed’s own label, with one of 2009’s biggest tracks, ‘Games Dub’. With his industrial clanging beats, Levon’s dubbed-out sound quickly found him supporters from scene veterans like Craig Richards and Berghain’s Marcel Dettmann. Soon after, Levon was invited to play at fabric, Rex, Berghain, and of course the infamous Underground Quality party series at the now defunct Tape Club. As a producer, his immense focus and concentration come to a head in tracks that have attained anthemic status – the Ostgut Ton release ‘Late Night Jam’, with its driving chord-stabs, sits as comfortably in a percussive UK bass set as it does in any pumping techno set – as demonstrated by Pearson Sound on last year’s massive FABRICLIVE 56. Levon also released his own Fabric 63 mix in 2012 to critical acclaim receiving 4.5 stars out of 5 on Resident Advisor with many of his own releases in the tracklist.

“In the 80s, I had some VCRs, a record player and a dual cassette deck. I had a group of friends at that time and we were really interested in DJing and making beats, we would combine various songs and recordings to make new songs and then combine those to make new mixes; stuff like, recording a spoken word track playing over Mr. Fingers or add movie dialogue to another record. We loved the dirty version of I’ll House You, ‘I’ll Hump You’. I remember us all agreeing on that record. Soul II Soul had a big impact, too. I regularly slip-up and refer to podcasts as “mix tapes”, maybe because it’s nostalgic or something. It still sounds right to me. Mix tapes are one of the very coolest things to come from Generation-X. After hearing or maybe reading about how Nitzer Ebb were doing their music I remember asking my mom to bring me to the Sam Ash store on 48th to get a sampler, not knowing the price of the things! Upwards of $10k! A few years later I did eventually get a used Ensoniq EPS-1, which was a more affordable semi-pro sampler. I think it was a popular piece of equipment, it was certainly a step up from my Casio SK-1… Many producers probably remember using the EPS-1 fondly.”

** 3.30AM LICENCE CONFIRMED! **

Robert Hood has successfully landed in Scotland and is safely on his way to Dundee!

Few tickets left at Grouchos and Resident Advisor for tonight:

http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?622941

Bring it on!

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/521399077961994/

Headway with Robert Hood (M-Plant / Floorplan)

Next up we have none other than Detroit techno legend Robert Hood!

Robert’s recent work as ‘Floorplan’ has really brought him to our attention again, and after witnessing him destroy the Slam Tent at T In The Park a few months ago, we knew it was the perfect time to bring him to Headway for his Dundee debut!

Headway
Friday 7th November 2014

featuring…

ROBERT HOOD
(M-Plant / Floorplan)

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Andy Barton
Graeme Binnie
Neil Clark

The Reading Rooms
Blackscroft
Dundee

Doors: 10.30pm – 3.30am

Early bird and 1st release tickets sold out!

Final 2nd release tickets on sale now for £15:

You can get them in person from Groucho’s Dundee

Online from Resident Advisor (e-ticket to be printed)
http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?622941

Online from Ticketweb (ticket to be posted)
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/144621

www.club-headway.co.uk
www.readingroomsdundee.com
www.facebook.com/clubheadway
www.facebook.com/RobertHoodFloorplan

Robert Hood needs little introduction. Founding member of the legendary group Underground Resistance as a ‘Minister Of Information’ with ‘Mad’ Mike Banks & Jeff Mills, his seminal works on Jeff Mill’s Axis and his very own M-Plant imprint paved the way for a wave of stripped-down dancefloor minimalism that directed much of techno’s path throughout the late Nineties.

Robert Hood makes Detroit techno with an emphasis on soul and experimentation over flash and popularity. Having recorded for Jaun Atkins’ Metroplex, Jeff Mills’ Axis label, as well as Patrick Pulsingers ‘Cheap’ label, Peacefrog, and more recently Music Man, Hood also owns and operates the M-Plant imprint, through which he’s released the bulk of his solo material. He has only released 2 ever CD mixes one for French label Logistic, and a mix for the club ‘Fabric’ mix series.

Last year he changed the game again, dropping his first full length album as Floorplan, (Hood’s alias for house, soul, techno and disco). The phenomenal “Paradise” LP went on to annihilate dance floors from start to finish – “Impeccable… as usual” (Juno), “4/5″ (Resident Advisor), “8/10 – completely absorbing” (XLR8R).

Now celebrating 20 years of his label M-Plant, he has always been widely credited with founding minimal techno. For all his rep as the “Godfather of Minimal”, it’s clear he draws his inspiration from soul and funk. With the return of Floorplan he is now delivering “the most enjoyable house sessions in recent memory” (FACT Magazine), counting Ben Klock, Kyle Hall, Jeff Mills and just about every other producer that matters as his friends and fans.

“Robert has always maintained what we’ve always needed in Electronic Music, a simplified and intelligent view of Future Music. He’s built an impressive career almost single-handedly” – Jeff Mills

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