Jan 30, 2015

QUICKIE: Riverside Festival Announce Lineup Additions & Cocoon Stages

Electric Frog and Pressure have revealed some heavyweight additions to this year’s Riverside Festival, including two stages hosted by internationally respected techno titans, Cocoon. Joining Sven Vath and Ricardo Villalobos on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th May will be Detroit legend Carl Craig, as well as Nina Kraviz and French producer, Popof. Other additions to the line up include Len Faki, Julio Bashmore, Karenn (live), Robert Hood: Floorplan, Prosumer, Ben UFO, Joy Orbison and Midland, with Siriusmodeselektor (live), Slam and Optimo already on the bill.

An Ibiza institution, Cocoon have championed underground sounds on the island for over 15 years, making them one of the most recognisable club brands and labels on the planet. Hosting two stages at this year’s Riverside Festival, you can expect full production to bring the Cocoon Ibiza spirit to Glasgow, with more names still to be announced for the two day party.

Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival Promoter Dave Clarke said: “We were delighted to reveal the first batch of acts to play this year’s Riverside Festival last month and we are extremely excited at how this year’s line-up is shaping up. It truly is one of the best electronic music line-ups that Scotland will see this summer. With the addition of the Sunset Stage and the Cocoon element, it’s shaping up to be our biggest event yet!”

The Electric Frog and Pressure Riverside Festival takes place on the 29th and 30th May 2015. Advance tickets are available now from Tickets Scotland.

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Jan 28, 2015


January may be the most miserable month of the year, but there's been no shortage of good music to keep us going. Our first radio show of 2015 is packed with quality tracks from some of our favourite local talent, clocking everything from deep house to glitch-hop, maximalist madness. Holobeams and Dressin Red start the show steeped in atmosphere, before heading into the mix with four of the hottest house tracks to land in our inbox this month, with something shimmering and Balearic from The Nuclear Family leading into club-heavy action from Nico Mendez, Tiptoes and Mia Dora.

This month’s guestmix is provided by an incredible new talent called Bessa who we’re tipping for big things. No stranger to SynthGlasgow, his sound is electric, frenetic and fresh, channelling old school hip hop and RnB into his own energised beats. Make sure to check out his Soundcloud if you like what you hear!

Listen, download and check out the tracklisting below:

1. Holobeams – Breaking Wave (Free Download)
2. Dressin Red – First Flakes (Astral Black)
3. Joe Howe – Zoned Reminder (Sound Pellegrino)
4. Bessa – She Do (Free Download)
5. The Nuclear Family – Bedroom Dreamer (The Nuclear Family)
6. Nico Mendez – What Ya Do (Underground Source)
7. Illyus & Barrientos – Ballin’ (Tiptoes Remix) (Love & Other)
8. Human Life & Anabel Englund – El Diablo (Mia Dora Remix) (Exploited)

Bessa In The Mix (Tracklisting To Follow)

SynthGlasgow Radio returns in February with a guest mix from The Nuclear Family. Check out the last edition, a 2014 special, here.

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Jan 27, 2015

COMPETITION: Pressure Presents Pan-Pot + Watergate 17

As one of the most consistent duos in modern techno, Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix aka Pan-Pot are very much at the top of the game. Having been releasing music for the best part of a decade, their fluid and experimental approach to production have kept them at the forefront of a genre which never stands still. Their debut album, ‘Pan-O-Rama’, was hailed as landmark moment for Anja Schneider’s Mobilee label and underlined them as a force to be reckoned with, taking us on an uncompromising journey into the depths of their sound. In the seven years which followed they have toured relentlessly, continuing to push boundaries in both the club and studio.

Last year, that unwavering commitment was recognised when Pan-Pot were asked to mix the 17th instalment of the respected Watergate series, delivering a 19 track masterclass of spellbinding techno. Coupled with their excellent ‘Conductor’ EP on Watergate Records (on which Glasgow legends Slam joined them for the title track), 2014 was another seminal year in the duo’s prolific career. This Friday, Pan-Pot hook up with Slam once more for Pressure at The Arches, joining a lineup that includes Skream, Heidi and Harvard Bass. No stranger to The Arches cavernous dancefloor, expect to find Tassilo and Thomas in their absolute element.

Check out Pan-Pot’s ‘Conductor’ EP below, as well as a recent mix and our competition:

COMPETITION: If you’ve missed out on tickets for Pressure this month and need to see Pan-Pot as a matter of urgency, then head over to the SynthGlasgow Facebook fanpage and type PRESSURExPANPOT on the wall. We’ll select a winner at random this Friday afternoon who will also win a copy of Pan-Pot’s acclaimed Watergate 17 compilation. Please be sure to check the terms and conditions below:

Terms & conditions: Please note that this prize is for one place on the guestlist for Pressure on Friday 30th January and a copy of Watergate 17. There will be one winner. The competition closes at 1pm on Friday 30th and the winner will be notified via Facebook comment (please check your Facebook entry in the hours following the closure of the competition). The winner must be 18 years or older. After we have passed on the winner’s details to the event organisers we then pass on responsibility for entry on the night.

Pan-Pot play alongside Slam, Skream and Heidi this Friday at Pressure. Tickets are available in advance from The Arches website.

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Jan 26, 2015

RELEASE: Dressin Red – Head/Body EP
WORDS: Alex Caslano

With a residency at the Art School and coveted releases from the likes of Inkke and DJ Milktray, Jon Phonics’ Astral Black label is now fully ingrained in the Glasgow beat scene. And it’s a scene which is seemingly rich in talent, as their next signing, Dressin Red, has been making waves here for the last six months or so. Originally from Edinburgh, Lachlan Bolt has caught the attention of LuckyMe, Boiler Room and of course ourselves here at SynthGlasgow, with a sound which is both delicate and delirious.

That theme of counterbalance is perfectly captured with his debut release, ‘Head/Body’, which as the title suggests, appeals to mind, body and soul. Played out over eight neatly arranged tracks, this is an EP brimming with idea and texture, quite literally connecting to the listener on a variety of levels. If you’re to believe the press blurb, the producer has tailored the songs to resonate on particular frequencies, with Side A (Head) focused on the listener’s ‘thinking vessel’, while Side B (Body) is ‘sculpted to vibrate the waves surrounding the listeners core’. It’s an interesting concept which has been brilliantly executed. Tracks like ‘First Flakes’ twinkle while swelling chords stir a sense of awakening; the EP’s opener, ‘Our Love’, commands your attention, but at the same time eases you into a state of satisfying seduction. On the flip, the appropriately titled ‘Body Plan’ picks up the pace with footwork drums and scattered percussion, while ‘Viennetta’ is akin to cascading down the rabbit hole into another dimension. Both considered and fluid, it’s a wonderfully visceral listen and has all the hallmarks of a producer that will go on to do great things.

Listen to the full EP below:

Dressin Red ‘Head/Body’ EP is available now on limited cassette and digital download from the Astral Black Bandcamp. Catch him play at Astral Black & Too Nice – The Love Chapter II on Feb 14th at the Art School.

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Jan 23, 2015


2014 was a pivotal year for Ivan Barrientos; hooking up with his production partner Illyus Brown, the duo broke through in a big way, regularly featuring on Radio 1’s global dance shows while picking up plaudits from the likes of Mixmag. With a string of releases and remixes on the legendary Glasgow Underground label, as well as Toolroom’s Love & Other offshoot, the stage is set for blinding 2015 and we can’t wait to hear what the pair have in store (if you follow Barrientos on Facebook you will have seen that remixes for Above & Beyond, Lovebirds and Alex Adair are all on the way).

This Saturday, Barrrientos heads up a night of quality house at Bath St’s underground haven, Saint Judes, where you can expect to hear the rapidly rising producer flex his musical muscles. Just in time for the weekend, we checked in to find out what track he can’t wait to drop on that booming Funktion 1 soundsystem:

WEISS – I BELIEVE (Toolroom)

“It was actually Illyus who introduced me to this one - he included it in a promo mix for the Sub Club and as soon as I heard it, it was one of those tracks that I listened to over and over about a hundred times. I love everything about it: the tough beats, the dark functional sub-bass, the eerie vocals and the vibey, creepy breakdowns. For me, it's a real "boss-like" track; fits in anytime in a set and sounds ridiculous on a Funktion One...”

Barrientos plays Saint Judes this Saturday (24th) alongside Vilmos and Raeside. Entry is £5 before midnight. Illyus & Barrientos’ remix of Romanthony ‘Testify’ is out now on Glasgow Underground.

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