While Disco Demons seems to be on holidays Aka Tell´s “Hangover Sessions” continue. 60 minutes for your summer-pleasure.
[find the whole article and the tracklist after the jump]
Programming a club night or a festival is like DJing, but only with acts instead of records. You carefully select DJs or Live-Acts, bring them to order and assign time slots – hoping that the audience shows up in time and feels the vibe. The only thing missing is the possibility of direct interaction – that´s still the job of the acts you book. You have to find out where you want to go – just like in a DJ set – and should create a dramaturgy for the night. Most likely you would not play a DJ set only with heavy bangers and greatest hits – and so it also would make no sense to only bring superstar acts that are known for playing the hardest stuff.
If you have several stages at the same time your job gets even more interesting and challenging. You have to consider how they might interact, if and when people might want to change between stages and what expects them if they do. It could be hard to change from a peak time party to a stage that is still in warm-up mode or already in afterhour mood – but it may also be very welcome to have alternatives. You also have to avoid changeover or even intermissions at the same time, not only because the audience would not like it but also as catering as well as sanitation might not be able to handle all the people at once.
And if your are planning a regular club-night you even have to consider the long term development, which should not only be a result of audience reception (what, of course, it will also always be) but also will benefit from a clear vision and defined targets.
This months mix opens with a new reinterpretation that Boys Noize and Erol Alkan have done of their hit “Avalanche” from 2010. With the help of Jarvis Cocker, who adds the text of Leonard Cohens “Avalanche” in a spoken word version, a moody song is formed. I was not sure at first, if it is not too arty, but I kind of like it.
The track EVERYBODY is playing at the moment is “Death & Rainbows” by The S. I am not sure how often I heard this track played by DJs in the last few weeks, but the only track I heard more often was “Ion” – and that´s another story, as this track turned out to be this year´s summer anthem.
With Audionite´s “Kling Klong” Boysnoize Records scores another coup. An unagitated rhythmic stomper – more a DJ tool than a full track – seems to be exactyl what DJs are looking for right now – at least as long as it´s as great as this one.
Another great and really reduced track comes – unexpectedly – from Simian Mobile Disco. “A Skin Cracker” is nothing else but pure minimal techno.
And I have to admit: I love the new Moonbootica track “Battle No 1”. Why this is so strange? Because everybody else I know doesn´t.
Aka Tell´s Hangover Sessions is a series of monthly dj mixes. For one hour Aka spins the tracks that he loved most, that influenced him or about that he really had to say some words during the last few weeks. Every mix is accompanied by an article on discodemons.net in which he is disclosing thoughts, stories and anecdotes about that mix, the last month and DJing in general.
Aka Tell is a member of the electro house act A.G.Trio. Together with Andy Korg he heads the austrian electro house label Etage Noir Special. He has been active as a DJ for more than 10 years. Aka Tell lives in Vienna, Austria.
————————- TRACKLIST HANGOVER SESSIONS #07
Boys Noize & Erol Alkan feat. Jarvis Cocker – Avalanche (Terminal Velocity)
The S – Death & Rainbows
Mustard Pimp – ZHM (Extended Mix)
Light Year – 5 Girls (Harvard Bass Remix)
AC Slater & Xaphoon Jones – Believe Me (Botnek Remix)
Blackout – Reload
Asian Trash Boy – Whisper (Just For Fun Remix)
Modek – Une Belle Surprise
Atomic Drop – Revenge or the Geeks (Darth & Vader Remix)
Elektropusher – Belcome Wack
Simian Mobile Disco – A Skin Cracker
Audionite – Kling Klong
Jaimie Fanatic – Reprogrammed (Lumberjacks Remix)
Micky Slim – I´m A Freak
Alex Gopher – Virages
Moonbootica – Battle No 1
Mord Fustang – Magic Trooper