Dekmantel Festival

01 / 02 / 03 august 2014

Taking things up a notch

Dekmantel Festival is here to stay. That’s right, we are not going anywhere. We strongly believe that we can add unforgettable summer reminiscence to your collective memories each and every year. How? By building our beloved three-day festival little by little, step by step. After all, our adagium hasn’t changed one bit. ‘Small festival, big names’ means we will always favour quality over quantity. We will be serving up close to 100 artists this time and only the very best of what electronic music has to offer nowadays. It’s the quality you can expect from Dekmantel, we won’t settle for mediocrity.

On August 01/02/03 we will return to the lush forests and grassy meadows of the Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest). Last year these magical surroundings have proven to be the perfect setting for the intimate festival we had in mind. Expect forward thinking techno, contemporary house, obscure disco and edgy bass music. Last but not least: you don’t have to go home during the weekend as we invite you to our festival bedrooms for the very first time. See you in August!

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3 CHAIRS

Heavy tag-team alert! 3 Chairs is the electronic music equivalent of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: an otherworldly super group that will take you on a rollercoaster ride through genres like jazz, house and techno. We will continue the namedropping now, so hold on to your chair: 3 Chairs are Rick Wilhite, Marcellus Pittman, Moodymann and Theo Parrish. Kaboem.

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AME

Âme is French for soul, and that is probably the best way to pinpoint Kristian Beyer’s dj-sets. Connecting the dots between Detroit-influenced deep house and Paul Simon on one hand, and abstract techno and Moondog’s minimalistic jazz on the other, his fascinating performances are definitely going places. Soulful places, that is.

ANDREW
WEATHERALL

One should pronounce the name of Andrew Weatherall with great deference. The man has worked his way through the best and most cutting-edge of electronic music since the early nineties. A true DJ's DJ and a personal favorite, it's with great joy that we can announce the Dekmantel debut of this UK legend.

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ANSWER CODE
REQUEST

‘Brilliant UKG/Detroit techno/industrial-esque IDM hybrid EP’. ‘Excellent, smart techno rave’. ‘Superb mixture of killer techno’. If Hard Wax, the globally respected Berlin record shop, labels your productions with these words you know you are not too bad of a producer. Mr. Request, real name Patrick Gräser, holds a Berghain residency as well. You do the math.

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ATOM TM (LIVE)

It took Uwe Schmidt (Atom TM) twenty-six years to finish his Bauteile album together with Marc Behrens. Result: sound art with a capital 'art'. Schmidt will make his Dekmantel debut, so make sure to check out this German legend, man of many monikers and ‘the father of electrolatino.’

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BEN KLOCK

Name the number one techno DJ in the world at the moment please? If you’d ask us, there is only one plausible answer to that question. Mr. Ben. Klock. Guess that’s all the explanation you need. Glad to have you back, Sir.

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Ben UFO

‘I still play a really broad range of music, but I don’t see that as an issue or as being particularly interesting in and of itself. Hopefully it’s led to my DJing becoming less predictable and more flexible – I’m as free as ever to draw from a wide range of music but, equally, if I’m enjoying a gig and I decide I want to go off on one particular tangent for hours, exploring one kind of sound in a lot of detail, then I will.’

The DJ’s DJ to be, or is he already? Mister UFO is a conscious and outspoken non-producer, but his ability to spin records like no other makes up for the lack of output in that area without a doubt. The fact that he runs one of the most prolific and forward thinking contemporary record labels – Hessle Audio – doesn’t hurt either.

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Ben UFO

‘I still play a really broad range of music, but I don’t see that as an issue or as being particularly interesting in and of itself. Hopefully it’s led to my DJing becoming less predictable and more flexible – I’m as free as ever to draw from a wide range of music but, equally, if I’m enjoying a gig and I decide I want to go off on one particular tangent for hours, exploring one kind of sound in a lot of detail, then I will.’

The DJ’s DJ to be, or is he already? Mister UFO is a conscious and outspoken non-producer, but his ability to spin records like no other makes up for the lack of output in that area without a doubt. The fact that he runs one of the most prolific and forward thinking contemporary record labels – Hessle Audio – doesn’t hurt either.

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BENNY RODRIGUES

‘Believe in your own music, or even better, BE your music! Work hard and, as long as you find inspiration in music, or in life for that matter, things should flow from there on. Do it for the right reasons and ‘zen’ will follow you shortly.’

In The Netherlands there is no need to explain who Benny Rodrigues is. Benny is the guy everybody loves, not only because of his highly energetic and passionate dj-sets, but also because of the fact that the sun breaks through the walls from the moment he walks into the room. He is known for vibrant sets full of forward thinking house music, but he also embodies a purist deep and dark techno side with his ROD moniker.

BICEP

Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar are Bicep, a Belfast based DJ and producers duo that has been turning heads off late with their energetic sets and productions. Expect nothing but pure madness when these guys ride on a UK house groove, giving it an old school feel.

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BODDIKA

A Dekmantel regular is Alex Green, better known as the prolific UK producer and DJ Boddika. Expect fresh and original house music accompanied by gurgling synths, crippling breakdowns and dynamite bass. This guy = pure energy.

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BORIS WERNER

Boris 'wipwap' Werner is an underground Amsterdam myth and one of the finest DJ's you'll find in our country. A true oldschool DJ, who knows how to work a crowd and how to play with intensity and atmosphere. Go check him out to find out yourselves where the 'wipwap' comes from, you won't be disappointed.

BRAIDEN

He might have begun to release some assured techno missives on Rush Hour, but Braiden, first and foremost, is a DJ, a selector, a crate digger. An alumnus of the Red Bull Music Academy in 2010, he is arguably best known for his bi weekly radio selections on NTS which never fail to have DJs and punters in a fluster for the way they showcase such a learned selection of sounds from across the entire electronic spectrum. In a club's DJ booth his selections are just as wise, yet thread together with a rare fluidity that marks Braiden out in a class of one.

CINNAMAN

So every kid wants to be a DJ nowadays, right? Lesson 1: check out Amsterdam's finest when it comes to selection, skills and gut feeling when it's about knowing where electronic music is headed nowadays. From UK-bass to hip-hop and from Chicago house to RnB: you can expect just about anything from the Cinnaman.

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DAPHNI

Daniel Victor Snaith alias Caribou alias Daphni. We opt for the latter when it comes to mesmerizing, club-oriented DJ-sets from this genius mind. Snaith will make his first-ever Dekmantel appearance, and hopefully not his last.

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DEKMANTEL
SOUNDSYSTEM

Although the common denominator is obvious here - an indisputable love for quality electronic music – the strength of Thomas Martojo, Casper Tielrooij and Jan van Kampen lies in their complementary skills when manning the stage. Prepare for something extraordinary when the three of them share the decks.

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DEKMANTEL
SOUNDSYSTEM

Although the common denominator is obvious here - an indisputable love for quality electronic music – the strength of Thomas Martojo, Casper Tielrooij and Jan van Kampen lies in their complementary skills when manning the stage. Prepare for something extraordinary when the three of them share the decks.

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DEKMANTEL
SOUNDSYSTEM

Although the common denominator is obvious here - an indisputable love for quality electronic music – the strength of Thomas Martojo, Casper Tielrooij and Jan van Kampen lies in their complementary skills when manning the stage. Prepare for something extraordinary when the three of them share the decks.

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DJ HARVEY

‘I’ll be playing a nice selection of classic and modern dance music, but it takes two to tango in the party. I’m gonna be there giving it everything I’ve got to make the people have a good time. And I think people should come along aspiring to have a good time. There’s no point in standing there with your arms folding saying: “Come on then, save my life.” Save your own fucking life and the music can be the soundtrack to that. A classic you say? I might play it. Look, I DJ like I’m a sushi chef. I present one piece to the crowd and how they react to that determines the next thing I play. I have a reasonably limited selection in my box. I still carry vinyl. I’ll have a couple of hundred records and a few CDs with re-edits and remixes that aren’t on vinyl yet. I don’t have a link to the great SoundCloud in the sky with every record ever made. That would actually make it fucking impossible to decide what the next record was going to be.’

Harvey Bassett, aka DJ Harvey was a key figure in the development of electronic music in the UK in the early days and still he is one of the frontrunners in the scene. Enjoying a cult status that superstar DJs would kill for, the Englishman is known for his varied sets, which seamlessly move from disco to psychedelica to krautrock to obscure house and back. All played with the kind of coolness only Harvey brings to the stage.

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DJ KOZE

Coming from a hip-hop background, oddball producer Stefan Kozalla aka Adolf Noise aka DJ Koze has enlightened dance music with some of the most off-center records collectible. Furthermore he's one of those DJ's who can take you on a genre-stepping trip, playing everything from minimal-techno to maximal-house.

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DVS1

‘I’ve dedicated my entire life to this. I can’t even begin to count the hours, days, years that I’ve spent in search of the beat and rhythm. I’ve missed holidays, missed birthdays, missed social interaction with people in the normal setting of life all for music. I’m not complaining, on the other hand, I’m just stating the truth, that this takes real dedication. If you give this much to something, it’s bound to give back to you.’

DVS1 Zak Khutoretsky is considered as one of the leading contemporary techno dj’s out there. Well-known for his infamous Sunday afternoon marathon techno sets at Berghain, he can also deliver house music at its best. You will only catch him play at the world’s finest venues, and we are stoked to have him onboard.

EFDEMIN

Together with his partner in crime Lawrence, deephouse crack Efdemin calls the shots for the unchampioned Hamburg based Dial Records. Bot the record label and the producer have built an immaculate reputation, always favoring quality over quantity and ignoring modern day hypes.

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GERD JANSON

'Look at the faces of the people in the crowd and you'll see soon enough whether they do or do not feel your music. As a DJ you should do your homework and you should always efface yourself a bit. A DJ is just as important as his audience. For instance, If they book me to do a techno gig, I'm really not trying be a wiseacre and go on the disco run, regardless of the fact how fantastic I think that genre is. Don't piss in the church.'

Look up Gerd Janson in The Encyclopedia of Electronic Music and you'll find a description list that fits a complete chapter. With his Running Back label he boasted the likes of Theo Parrish, Prosumer and Move D, he is a regular at the holy grounds of Robert-Johnson, Trouw, Plastic People and Panorama Bar, but also as a music journalist and team member of the Red Bull Music Academy he's trying to get a deep-seeded love for club music and the culture surrounding it across. Great label, great man and a pretty damn great dj.

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INTERSTELLAR
FUNK

Olf van Elden aka Interstellar Funk is part of Tape Records, one of the most exciting new labels at the moment. Furthermore he has a record collection that will ascribe every seasoned house and disco crack. Also on his shortl lived resume: the underground anthem 'House Train' released by the likes of Tom Trago. You'll hear from this rookie in the next few years, no doubt about that.

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JACKMASTER & ONEMAN
present Can
U Dance

Well, can you? Can U Dance is a concept presented by Jackmaster & Oneman, two of contemporary dance music's most prolific artists. Both amazing DJ's, Oneman (Rinse FM) and Jackmaster (Numbers) now go head-to-head in what promises to be a gramophones x4 extravaganza.

JAMESZOO

At a tender age, Jameszoo has already performed alongside some huge names – Kode9, Modeselektor and Nicolas Jaar to name a few. Now, as a producer, he's exploded on the scene with his far-out creations. This guy is on the verge of an international breakthrough, so make sure you him out in his home country while you still have the chance.

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JAMIE XX

Is there anything this young chap cannot do? Of course we all know Jamie Smith as the beat-genius and knobwizard from The XX, but if you visited Dekmantel Festival last year you know he's one a hell of DJ too. Our advise: don't miss out on this gig if you like your beats fresh, original, UK-ish and funky.

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JAY DANIEL

Speaking of talents from Detroit: meet Jay Daniel, a name that will be heard often in the next couple years, we have no doubts about that. His first-ever EP got released by Theo Parrish's imprint Sound Signature, and the skills Daniel brings to the turntables are otherworldly. Go check out the next big thing out of Detroit.

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JEFF MILLS

We are proud and happy to have the techno wizard on board once again; nothing beats a couple hours of space travel with Mr. Mills. And to drag up an old cliché: a legend like this doesn't need any further introduction, welcome back Jeff.

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JIMMY EDGAR

Originally from Detroit, 'one of the hardest places to grow up', the now Berlin based Jimmy Edgar launched his new Ultramajic label in 2013. Bringing some serious talent to the table, this versatile artist is able to serve you anything that fits between Detroit inflected electro and modern style UK house.

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JOEY ANDERSON

New York based Joey Anderson fits in the tradition of the dusty signature sounds from the likes of DJ Qu, Jus-Ed and Levon Vincent. In the first week of April, he will release his debut album on the Dekmantel label and trust us: it’s utterly brilliant.

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JOHN TALABOT

John Talabot’s genre bending album ƒin championed many of the year-end lists in 2012, and we couldn’t agree more with the critics on this one. Remixing the likes of The xx and Shit Robot and recording for, among others, Permanent Vacation and his own Hivern Discs, the Catalonia-based Talabot plays everything from leftfield pop to new school deep house.

John Talabot performs on Friday as part of Talaboman.

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JOY ORBISON

Another Dekmantel regular, and to be honest, we truly hope to see this guy coming back for the next X years or so. In short: astonishing DJ, amazing selector, astounding performer.

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JUJU & JORDASH
(live)

'An obsession', that's what making music is for Gal 'Juju' Aner and Jordan 'Jordash' Czamanski. They helped shape the Dekmantel label to what it is today by releasing two acclaimed albums on the Amsterdam based imprint. Their third album will see the light of day in spring this year, and we wish them both a long lasting and never fading obsession. All-round awesomeness.

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KARENN (live)

Aaarrrghh yeeeees! That's, in short, the feeling we get when either Blawan or Pariah is hitting a crowd with their innovative techno. Together these merciless dudes are Karenn, and Karenn takes things up a notch. Or two. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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KYLE HALL

At the tender age of 15, Kyle Hall had the privilege to release a record on FXHE, the label of Detroit Don Omar S. The rest is, as they say, history. Hall has proven to be one of the most special talents to emerge from the 'birthplace of techno' as of late, and we are proud to present him at Dekmantel Festival.

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LEVON VINCENT

Berlin based New Yorker Levon Vincent is one of those old school DJ's who is able to take complete control of the crowd. He can play with the atmosphere in a room by increasing the intensity with each carefully selected record, until the moment he decides he's ready to tear the place apart. You'd better be there when that moment arrives. Top DJ. Period.

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LUKE SLATER

Luke Slater's name has been synonymous for quality techno for more then a quarter of a decade. Keywords? Funky, deep, dark and devastating electronic music. That pretty much sums this genius up.

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Magic Mountain
High (live)

Magic Mountain High is the formation of David Moufang aka Move D with duo Gal Aner and Jordan Czamanski aka Juju & Jordash. Add the three and the result will be a stunning live and improvised house and techno-performance, free from any pre-programming.

MAKAM (live)

One of The Netherlands finest talents and a long time Dekmantel friend and favorite is Guy Blanken, better known as Makam. Guy is a gifted producer and a real firestarter when he's behind the decks, so make sure you check this chap out if you are looking for a guaranteed party vibe. House, disco, techno: it all fits in Makam's bag.

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MARCEL
DETTMANN

Marcel Dettmann is a contemporary techno figurehead. The German producer and DJ draws from a deep knowledge of the genre's dynamic and variegated origins to put forward powerful, immaculate, and exploratory sound. Def one of our favorite techno DJ's ever.

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MARCEL FENGLER

Marcel Fengler might not be the most well-known DJ in the Berlin techno syndicate, but putting his name on the flyer guarantees hard, ultra tight, atmospheric techno music. Rest assured that this Berghain resident will serve up way more then the dark, grim industrial sound that's common at Europe's techno temple.

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MARK DU MOSCH

Mark du Mosch is a Rotterdam based producer and DJ who has earned the highest amount of respect in the Dutch alternative music scene in the past couple of years. The reason is simple: he dares to go beyond the obvious, his raw yet emotional signature sound being distinctive, versatile and stunningly creative. Expect perfectly executed analogue bliss from a craftsman who is slowly yet steadily making his way into the records bags of global house and techno connoisseurs.  

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MARTYN (LIVE)

Starting out from Rotterdam, Martyn has been carving out his own little niche of the musical universe. While his drum‘n’bass roots always shine through, his deep bass-heavy tracks have always been infused with a love for house music and warm technosoul. Now based in Washington DC, he still runs his 3024 label (named after Rotterdam’s postcode) along with longtime friend and graphic designer Erosie, and continues to produce music and create DJ sets that are more concerned with creating a feeling than fulfilling genre expectations.

Melon

‘The DJ-scene has split in two parts. There are DJs from my generation, like San Proper who are DJing with a certain feeling. We sell our sets with heart and soul, complete devotion. For ten years we tried to get as much experience as possible. Next to big club and festival gigs we also did weekly gigs at places like hotel lobbies. We did this to get as much feeling for spinning at various occasions and people. It’s really a lifestyle to us. Recently somebody asked: ‘What are you going to do after this?’ Then I think: ‘How do you mean?!’ In the end it’s for me that kind of Tommy Cooper-feeling, that when I’m old, I’ll die in the DJ-booth.’

The Switzerland born, Amsterdam based DJ Melon started his career started in the nineties in the infamous Dutch club Mazzo and flourished in Club 11 and Trouw with his own night Ratio? As a producer he releases music on his own label Ratio?Music, alongside powerhouses like Innervisions, Rush Hour and Rekids. But give this guy two turntables and a mixer, and he’ll powerhouse you straight to music heaven.

MOOD HUT

It's not a big shame if Mood Hut doesn't ring a bell quite yet. The underground labeln hailing from Vancouver, Canada is slowly but surely building an eponymous label thanks to the excellent likes of Hashman Deejay & Pender Street Steppers. BIG TIP!

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MORITZ VON OSWALD
TRIO (live)

Nope, it's not your screen that's malfunctioning, you are really reading this. Moritz + Max + Tony. All three of them. On the same stage. That equals as one of the most prolific techno/dub godfathers + a Berlin based sound scientist + the creator of afrobeat. Now you do the math.

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MOUNT KIMBIE
(live)

Three years on from their debut album, Dominic Maker and Kai Campos aka Mount Kimbie are doing far more than nodding gnomically behind a pair of laptops on a blackened stage. Expect heavy, loose, live instrumental bliss combined with lo-fi aesthetic that defines their brilliant pre-dubstep folktronica.

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NICOLAS JAAR
(live)

So far it has been a great ride for wunderkind Nicolas Jaar who has been pushing the boundaries of electronic music solo and with his recent Darkside project. He will bring his breathtaking one-men show to Dekmantel Festival, so expect surprising instrumentation and those all-important weird-signature-sound-Jaar-noises.

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NINA KRAVIZ

What's not to like about Miss Kraviz? Arguably she's house music's first lady at the moment presenting herself as an artist in the very true sense of the word. It's not for the first time that Nina will hit the Dekmantel stage, and that's for very good reason.

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OPTIMO

‘We were always looking for music with advanced and futuristic sounding production so individual records were more important than genre. Early tracks by Renegade Soundwave, Age Of Chance, Colourbox, Revolting Cocks, Robotico Rejekto, Cabaret Voltaire, Severed Heads dubs, lots of Adrian Sherwood mixes, even The Pet Shop Boys. We called it Electrobeat. We’d also play intensely energetic guitar bands like Big Black, World Domination Enterprises and Butthole Surfers and some verging on Goth bands like Virgin Prunes. Clubs were very musically mixed up back then. That was just the norm and has stayed with me ever since.’

In answer to the question, whom would we nominate for the lifetime achievement award in the category 'DJ duos?' Optimo. Optimo. And again Optimo. The musical rapport between the Scots Keith McIvor and Jonnie Wilkes has been at an elusive high for years. Prepare for a space journey into sound, and please don’t be surprised when it’s a one-way ticket only.

OSCAR MULERO

Turntable wizard and offbeat techno king: it's an honor to have Oscar Mulero make his Dekmantel debut. We are pretty sure this will be the perfect set somewhere during the late evening of our festival. Think dark, deep and energetic, this Spanish pro knows how to keep your body moving.

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OSTGUT TON
SHOWCASE

Our current favorite when it comes to techno rosters? That's an easy one: the unchampioned output of the Berlin based Ostgut Ton label and genre bending techno dj's and producers have been on top of their game for several years now. It's with great pride that we welcome this unique collective back to the Dekmantel stage. Full line-up to be announced.

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Pangaea

Kevin McAuley better known as Pangea is one of the founders of Hessle Audio (together with Pearson Sound and Ben UFO), and thus at the very forefront of UK-bass music. Expect nothing but pure fire when he buckles up for one his is genre stepping DJ-sets.

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Pearson Sound

Formally known as Ramadanman and the head honcho of Hessle Audio, this DJ at heart will play you the latest you can find in bass music, but isn't afraid to drop something quite unexpected like Marley Marl or, on a more classical note, Mr. Fingers as well. Pushing boundaries from dub to techno is Pearson Sound.

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PLAID (live)