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Music Montag: Josh the Cat

by James Glazebrook

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Here’s a little something chill to ease you into the week: “Let’s Start” by Josh the Cat. Josh has appeared on überlin before, once as his Mez Medallion alter ego, and again as Phia’s long-time “collaborator” (that’s what me and Zoë call it too!). This time, the catman is back, with some serious Erlend Øye vibes and a track that he tantalisingly describes as ” a slowed-down early Twin Shadow meets a lo-fi Death Cab for Cutie, but produced by Childish Gambino”. Have a listen to “Let’s Start” below, and download it for free here. Have a good week :)

Music Montag: DNA BLN #2

by James Glazebrook

Candice Gordon Berlin

DNA BLN is one of the best places to catch up-and-coming bands in Berlin. Last year’s inaugural edition introduced us to Losers, a band we love so much we played them on the very first Radio überlin. This time around, we’re looking forward to discovering another handful of hot new acts including… the fierce Candice Gordon (pictured), Lion Sphere - who splice Peter Gabriel world vibes with alt-J, and are every bit as good as that sounds – and Metryk, who specialise in darkly beautiful synth pop. Here’s a playlist of all the acts appearing on the night, and all the event details you need. See you in Magnet!

DNA BLN Launch Party [Facebook event]
Thursday 26th March, 8pm
Magnet Club, Falckensteinstr. 48, 10997 Berlin, Germany

Thai & Techno – Spring Edition

by James Glazebrook

Thai and Techno - Massaman curry

I can’t believe I’m going to miss this! For some reason, the (actual) geniuses behind Thai & Techno have decided to save their spring edition for the one week I’m out of town. However, they did take pity on me, and invited us to a preview of their fusion of delicious food and crispy beats, for a taste of what I’m missing.

And what a taste! We enjoyed pad thai spring rolls, the best Massaman curry we’ve had in ages, and an intriguing dessert of black rice and banana. The perfect boozy accompaniment came in the form of Redwood bar’s Rad Thai cocktail, a potent blend of vodka, shredded carrot, lime, chilli and coriander. Lush!

To enjoy all this, and a soundtrack from slow hypnotic sounds to dancefloor techno, make sure you’re at FluxBau on Friday March 27th, from 6pm til late. Scroll down for a short video from the inaugural Thai & Techno, and get full details of the big night here.

Thai and Techno - pad Thai rolls with tamarind dipping saunce

Thai and Techno - black rice pudding

Thai and Techno - Rad Thai cocktail

Thai & Techno from Opal Collective on Vimeo.

Music Montag: Faith No More and Rage Against the Machine

by James Glazebrook

Recently, I’ve been moaning about the dearth of good, specialised (non-electronic) festivals in Berlin. But while the first Lollapalooza Berlin is failing to live up to the event’s legacy (hear me rant about it on Radio überlin), back in the 90s the city hosted a one-dayer with a lineup to rival Perry Farrell’s finest. Information about the apparently one-off event called Berlin Rocks Festival 1993 is scarce, but the billing speaks for itself: Iggy Pop, Anthrax, Living Colour, Suicidal Tendencies, Monster Magnet and these guys…

Rage Against the Machine, with a short, high-impact flashbang of a set that includes an early version of “People of the Sun”:

And the mighty Faith No More, on top of their game and led by an especially intense Mike Patton:

Faith No More play Zitadelle Spandau in June, and for some reason there are still tickets left. Pick up yours here.

Music Montag: The One-Hit Parade

by James Glazebrook

A Pet Shop Boys jingle? The One-Hit Parade is not messing around! The new season of what is probably the best, certainly the most kitsch, showcase of upcoming Berlin artists has just wrapped up. If you’re stuck for time, check out the above trailer – but we absolutely recommend watching the whole season, posted below. Of the ten cherry-picked pop acts, look out for our favourites: art rapper Black Cracker (who I had no idea lived in Berlin!), dub queen Anika, minimal weirdo Christian Naujoks and po-faced, iPad-headed robot rocker Wellness.

Music Montag: Jamaica Suk

by James Glazebrook

Jamaica Suk

Jamaica Suk is originally from California, but her music was born for Berlin. Just check out “Qurated”, the title track of the EP of the same name, recently released on Tim Xavier’s Face to Face Recordings imprint. Suk may have studied jazz and played in psych, shoegaze and math rock bands, but today she is laser-focused on rolling, big room techno. Get a free download of “Qurated” and hear more crisp productions on Jamaica Suk’s SoundCloud.

Music Montag: Young Legionnaire

by James Glazebrook

Young Legionnaire photographed by Danny North - http://www.dannynorth.co.uk/portfolio/

Young Legionnaire photographed by Danny North

Young Legionnaire are back! Something of a supergroup from the UK’s post-post punk scene, YL consists of Bloc Party’s Gordon Moakes, drummer Dean Pearson and frontman Paul Mullen, formerly of yourcodenameis:milo (one of our few sources of North East pride), and now the leader of the brilliant Berlin-based-ish electro rockers Losers. Young Legionnaire are writing news songs (yay!) and will be threatening to blow Idlewild off the stage at Lido this Sunday, March 1st. Come get some.