BASEMENT: Thomas P. Heckmann / Young Male / Elle Dee
STUDIO: Analog Soul / Mike Servito / Devoye
Thomas P. Heckmann is one of Germany’s most dedicated producers. His activity began at the dawn of the ‘90s, when he was at the forefront of techno’s international explosion. Working within an acid-heavy style with strong influences from Detroit’s second wave, Heckmann’s talents soon took him in many directions: EBM, electro, synth-heavy techno and heavier, more banging tracks all found form in his substantial discography. A quick glance at his back catalog shows a remarkable list of aliases and labels: his work under his own name, Drax, Exit 100 and many more found homes on esteemed imprints such as Force Inc., Djax-Up-Beats, Mille Plateaux and more. What’s clear is that Heckmann wasn’t just along for the ride; he was an instrumental player in the development of techno. Young Male steps up. The White Material co-founder first made his name with a run of gritty, no-frills tracks that foregrounded his trusty 909 and let the gear do the talking. Since then, however, he's turned into one of NY's most ferocious producers. His lean but potent catalog shows an evolution from his first punkish forays to world class, precisely defined industrial-strength DJ weaponry - heavy, monstrous and completely thrilling. Mild Fantasy boss Elle Dee joins the lineup. A trained drummer, her sets pull from across the spectrum of dance music with intuitive ease and a liquid percussive flow. When Elle Dee is on, you’ll know.
Analog Soul has become a mainstay at STUDIO. The duo’s sets are deep, drawing on a resonant warmth that cannot be denied or ignored. Active for two decades, the twin sisters Jackie Sommer and Kat Smith foreground that personal history unapologetically. “We grew up with this music in the ‘90s,” Sommer said in a recent interview. “And it was always just a vibe, you know?” You can hear it in the twisted house treasures they unearth, full of raunchy vocals, smeared, jacking drums and heavy, subterranean basslines. True to their name, they embody a timeless, corporeal soulfulness, rooted in the old ways but still fresh in our digital era. The Bunker NY’s Mike Servito is a fellow traveler. He’s a DJ with roots in Detroit, a long, storied history in NY and an international reputation. The core of his sound goes back to the visceral thrills of midwestern house, with plenty of cracking snares and evil acid squelches. A decade ago, Magda described his sets as "A fat slap in your jackin' face!" The description holds as true today as ever. Devoye represents the new school. He’s an emergent talent with plenty to say, with ties to Coloring Lessons and Haus of Altr. Bringing saucy flair to the mix, Devoye’s recent run has been turning plenty of heads.
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