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Hudson Mohawke, Squarepusher & Andrew Weatherall at Warp20 (Sheffield)

A selection of 360° panoramic photos of the Warp20 (Sheffield) gig at Magna. Stunning venue, great soundsystem and lighting, and superb music from 20 years of Warp artists. A night of unbridled quality in Warp’s former home city.

Firstly, two shots of Scotland’s most talked about hip hop producer, Hudson Mohawke, whose debut album ‘Butter’ is released on Warp Records in October. Believe the buzz surrounding him, this guy has more talent than his years might suggest; and his bass heavy, wonky, glitchy, electronic hip-hop electronic sound (and visuals) tore it up. The album should be a belter…

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Secondly, label stalwart Squarepusher raised the pace and ripped up the place with an exclusive solo set of dancefloor-orientated tracks. Micro-processed amen breaks, thumping 4/4 beats and neon-drenched acid and bass, enfused with a frenetic funkiness I’ve not heard from the man in years.

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Finally Andrew Weatherall, the chairman himself, on the decks for a set of perfectly chosen and mixed warehouse classics. Wall-to-wall acid house, bleep techno and other tracks ideally suited to playing in a giant former steelworks in front of 3000 people. Probably the highlight of my night was when he dropped LFO vs FUSE’s ‘Loop’ over the top of the David Holmes remix Sabres of Paradises’s “Smokebelch II”. The roof nearly came off the building. He may be a DJ and producer with few peers, but Weatherall’s breadth of musical taste is so widely varying you never quite know what you’ll get when you see him play: however this ranks as one of the very best sets I’ve heard him play in the last 15+ years. Especially good to photograph him again almost a year after his appearance at Autodisco, when I wasn’t able to shoot a pano as it was just too dark.

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Honourable mentions also go to Harmonic 313, Nightmares on Wax, Clark and Forgemasters, who all also played (and rocked it) on the night; and special thanks to the Warp staff for making this happen.

Mighty Robot Recordings 12″ roundup

I’ve completed several 12″s for this quality Scottish electronic imprint recently, so thought I’d update the archives. NB, some of these designs could be considered to be NSFW…

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MRR00000011 Operator – How to make bombs and influence people

Out now from all good record shops, distributed by Rubadub.

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MRR00000012 Junior Rafael – Darkroom Traxx II

Out now from all good record shops, distributed by Rubadub.

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MRR00000013 Hadamard – Studio Gangster EP

Out soon, distributed by Rubadub.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for  artwork for the devastatingly mighty new Legowelt 12″ ‘Equestrian 707’, out later this autumn on MRR. Sneak peek on here soon 🙂

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Here’s a very mysterious one-sided 12″ label I’ve just completed for a new imprint, Tribute. Having been sworn to secrecy, all I can divulge is that it’s forthcoming in strictly limited quantities.

It’s a reworking of a popular song by a popular beat combo, reworked by a popular (and highly secretive) production duo. Unlike the Boomtown Rats, we DO like Mondays!

English Electric, live at Terrorist #7

The good folk at Sounds from the Other City asked the team from Terrorist to curate one of the venues at this year’s festival. An all-day venue (the Black Lion in Salford)  played host to a quality line up of modern electronics from a diverse and talented range of artists including Legowelt, Troubleshooter and Mark Jones.

This, however, is the mighty English Electric, pushing buttons and playing the floor. Three quarters of an hour of acid, pads, rhythm and bass which absolutely rocked the place. Hopefully I’ll be able to update this page to link to a recording of the live set soon.

Click below for a fullscreen 360° view of the scene in Flash or QuickTime format, or locate the scene in Google Earth.

Soundchecks from the Other City

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Rehearsing and soundchecking at the Black Lion in Salford. It’s the morning of Sounds from the Other City and everything’s getting shifted, sorted and tested before the doors open for Terrorist’s all day slot. English Electric, Inserted and Trouble Shooter are all in view.

Click below for a fullscreen 360° view of the scene in Flash, or to locate the scene in Google Earth.