RUFUS IN THE MIX FOR RADIO 2 RAI
In the last half hour you`ll listen to…
Nightdrivers – “Scudiscio Disco” – upcoming on Tenax Recordings
Rufus – “Rodha`s Groove” – Basse Resolution
Nightdrivers – “Funny Dub Ya Know” – Holic Trax
Nightdrivers – “Rising” – Holic Trax
Rufus -“Sad Eyes” – Bosconi Records
Rufus -“Sleepy Song” – Bosconi Records
Rufus -“Stranger than Paradise” – Bosconi Records
FROM APAKAPA EP – THE TRILOGY TAPES
HARMONIOUS THELONIOUS “AYRANMAN” – DISK
MODUS – PIANO CHAIN / THE GARDEN OF SINUS – 10″ EP – MARMO MUSIC
MODUS – QUATTRO – 12″ LP – WO LAND
Techno and nature, randomness and sequencers, straight rhythms and spoken words! This is MODUS (Massimo Pegoraro) b.1981, he has always been dedicated to the search, study and experimentation about musicology. Leading member of genoa based collective Wo Land, headed by his friend Mass Prod, the music moves over different forms and styles, focused around a kind of sacral-highly-narrative electronic.
Love and curiosity about synthesizers and composition are two essential features of the sound path Modus wants to propose in every performance.
HARMONIOUS THELONIOUS – APAKAPA EP – THE TRILOGY TAPES (October 2017)
HARMONIOUS THELONIOUS – ABEL EP – VERSATILE (August 2017)
VA – HARMONIOUS THELONIOUS – AYRANMAN EP – DISK – (July 2017)
In 1997 Stefan Schwander aka Harmonious Thelonious started his career in electronic music under the name ANTONELLI ELECTR. Countless singles and seven albums und live- performances in the whole of europe, canada, japan followed.
Ten years later he came up with the Harmonious Thelonious Alias and a very raw, percussive, hypnotic sound esthetic, influenced by american minimalist music and african, dense rough beats, but still with an ear for melodies. The interweaving of these melodies and the so called tribal rhythms are the main themes.
Under the new moniker singles on his own imprint, Asafa, as well for the londoner Dreck and the Belgian Meakusma have been released in the last three years. The long players called `Talking`and `Listen`were released on Italic records in berlin, while remixes for Tru West and Ben Zabo came out in 2013.
Fabio della Torre
XLR8TR PODCAST # 522
BSS aka BOSCONI SOUNDSYSTEM – UNREQUESTED STATE OF BLISS LP – BOSCONI RECORDS
MINIMONO – “GOBLIN” – ON THE EDGE EP – INNER BALANCE
Fabio Della Torre aka Corcos is an Italian DJ/producer from
Florence. A leading figure in Italy’s electronic music scene,
Della Torre is the brains behind Bosconi, one of his country’s
most esteemed house music imprints. Alongside Ennio
Colaci, Della Torre also produces as one half of production
duo, Minimono, themselves veritable purveyors of discerning
Della Torre’s DJ career began in earnest at Florence’s
infamous Tenax club back in 1995. Since then he has
appeared in practically every Italian nightclub of note, as
well as a range of global institutions. Panorama Bar for
example, hosted a Bosconi label showcase, while Concrete
Paris, Tresor, DC10, Rex Club and Flash DC are all among
those who have played host to Fabio’s unique sound.
Fabio’s association with Tenax is still well and truly alive
today, as these days he DJs at the club as a monthly
resident. An association that’s indicative of his timeless
sound, his longstanding relationship with the club affords him
a unique opportunity to showcase his wide-ranging skills to
Florence’s many electronic music aficionados. As likely to
spin deep house as he is minimal techno or more up-tempo
funk numbers, Della Torre’s passion and unpredictable
nature is a hallmark of his extensive DJ style.
In 2008, alongside Ennio Colaci Fabio founded Bosconi
records, with its sublabel, Bosconi Extra Virgin (an outlet for
more eclectic releases), following soon after. To date,
Bosconi has released over seventy records, with A Guy
Called Gerald, DJ Nature, Andres, Paul Johnson, Scott
Grooves and San Proper just some of those they’ve played
host to. Bosconi is equally dedicated to fostering emerging
Italian talent, with Herva, Life’s Track, Nas1, Rufus, Dukwa,
Riccio, Mass Prod and The Clover all equally responsible for
the label’s quick ascension. Such is Bosconi’s reputation
among in-the-know house heads, that in 2013, they had the
distinction of being awarded Resident Advisor’s ‘Label of the
From a production perspective, Fabio’s solo works have
appeared on the likes of Concrete Paris, Vibraphone,
Robsoul, Inner Balance, Telegraph, Tuning Spork, Tenax and
Oslo, while Cabanne, Marcel Fengler, Regen, Jay Haze,
Eduardo De La Calle and Scott Grooves are among those
who’ve remixed his work. Never one to pander to obvious
trends or sounds, it’s with good reason that Fabio Della Torre
is renowned as one of Italy’s finest electronic music exports.
Cabinet Records showcases
Broadcasting timeless, route one techno from the heart of Berlin since 1996, Cabinet records has come to epitomise the rough underground sound of a city like few others. The label has a distinctive, stripped down sound, forged by label founder Daniel Paul, DJ Zky and DJ Trike among others. Not only do their productions contain explosive energy and a generous helping of phuture funk but there’s also a spontaneous, live vibe captured here. The tracks evolve effortlessly, with each new idea reaching its logical conclusion through a mesh of 909 beats, warm analogue basslines and feverish hi hat patterns – a knack that’s all too conspicuous by its absence nowadays.
Label showcases packages must include either CAB DRIVERS or DANIEL PAUL plus one or more of the artists below :
DANIEL PAUL & AUDIO WERNER – TOCKER / WILDPARK – CABINET RECORDS / January 2017
Daniel Paul, founder of Cabinet Records and member of Cab Drivers and Slope, is one of the most essential yet underrated figures in the history of German house music.
At the beginning of the 90s, the young east Berliner Daniel Paul fell in love with the rising Berlin techno scene, which was in those days represented by clubs like E-Werk, Tresor and WMF.
Inspired by night-clubbing excursions and his growing passion for acid, Chicago, Detroit House, jazz and techno, Daniel started DJing and building own studio bit by bit.
Things started getting serious when he began DJing at clubs like Tresor; clubs where he himself once went dancing and had fun. In the meantime he gathered experience in music production and a unique sound aesthetic started to emerge…
During his Civil Service, Daniel met his future partner-in-crime, Jens Augustowsky aka Dj Zky. Together they started the label Cabinet Records, which went on to develop its own unique style. This can be described as early minimal progressive house with subtle references to jazz, funk and latin music. The label soon gained a lot of attention and recognition in the music scene. Acts and projects like Cab Drivers, Horseshoe, The Poor Knight, Honesty, Aka Elektrik and Melt Brothers scored a series of outstanding releases at the time, defining the refreshing uniqueness of Cabinet Records.
In 1999 Daniel started the The Poor Knight, setting up a live project together with the percussionist Raúl. Its musical variety gathered the interest of the Jazzanova crew and their freshly founded imprint Sonar Kollektiv. Soon after meeting them Daniel Paul became a member of Sonar Kollektiv and began working on his own label Mermaid Records; one of the famous Sonar Kollektiv affiliated labels. In this way Daniel managed to finally release his more jazz-influenced productions, under Slope for example, the project together with fellow Hans Schaaf aka Honesty.
Between the end of the 90s and beginning of the 2000s, we see Daniel Paul focussing more and more on Slope and his Sonar Kollektiv related collaborations.
A series of highly acclaimed records by Slope with enthusiastic press feedback followed: Para los Pinchas in 2001, remixes for Daniel Magg on Compost records, a Slope remix for Freestyle Man in 2002, work for Jazz legend Paul Kuhn on the revisited series of Berlin based label Crippled Dick Hot Wax, the first Slope album M on Sonar Kollektiv in spring 2003 and co-productions for the new album of italo – western – score-writer icon Alessandro Alessandroni.
After a few years break between 2004 and 2010, Daniel and Dj Zky bring back Cabinet Records to full operations and an exciting release schedule from the likes of Cab Drivers (Daniel Paul & Dj Zky), Honesty and Daniel Paul himself among others.
Bosconi label night
Hailing from the Tuscan countryside, Bosconi Records stands out as one of the most creative and productive electronic music labels to emerge from the Italian scene in the last years.
Founded and managed by Fabio Della Torre, with the assistance of long-time fellas Rufus Niccolo` and Ennio Colaci, Bosconi counts a catalogue of over 40 releases, ranging from big-room dance floor burners, playful disco-house to avant-gardist experimental house and techno.
Responsible for launching local acts like Mass Prod, Herva, Life`s Track, The Clover and recently Nightdrivers, Bosconi`s artists repertoire includes releases and remixes by international figures such as A Guy Called Gerald, Scott Grooves, Ricardo Miranda, Marcello Napoletano, Alex Picone and Altered Natives among others.
LIVE X DISCO SAFARI @ DUDE CLUB, MILAN
NIGHTDRIVERS & BASSA CLAN – ANNIVERSARY EP PART 2 – TENAX RECORDINGS
NIGHTDRIVERS – FUNNY THANG EP – OUT ON HOLIC TRAX IN MARCH 2017
Obscure, extraterrestrial forces, advanced engineering and adventurous night visions meet garage-house classicism and inspirational records digging.
There might be no better sentence to describe Nightdrivers, a striking symbiosis aiming to quake the dance floor, a project born in Berlin from the studio partnership of Mass Prod and Rufus.
Since their first track got released on Bosconi Records in summer 2013 for Bosconi Stallions 12-inches compilation, the duo published a series of distinctive and terrific sounding records for the likes of Claap, Holic Trax and their personal imprint Nightdrivers. Nightvisions 12″ (Nightdrivers 001), for instance, has been played by the likes of Omar S, Daniel Bell, Zip, Maayan Nydaan, James Priestley and Barbara Preisinger.
The men behind the pre-apocalyptic experimental ensemble Tru West (with Herve Corti), now with Nightdrivers are crafting a mix house and techno characterized by quirky sound effects, warm melodies, ethnic flavors and raw striking 909 rhythm programming.
The two have also proved to be a highly inspired and devastating DJ pair, rocking clubs like Panorama Bar, Club Der Visionäre , Wilde Renate, Gallery Florenz, Sound Department in Taranto and Bologna`s Pulse Festival among others.
Tru West – The Rise & Fall of The Eurojesters EP (feat. Remixes by Herva and Marcello Napoletano) – Marmo006 – Out 25.04.2017
Born by chance on an evening in October 2012, Tru West is an experimental music project originally formed by Martin Hopkins (aka Mass Prod) , Rufus Niccolo`and Herve Atse` Corti (aka Herva).
That evening, at Mass Hypnosis Research Studio in Berlin-Tempelhof, the magic happened with four intense hours of improvisation, free-style clarinet playing, records sampling, synthetic vibrations, a number of effects and overdubs.
That night they undressed of their dance music uniforms, they jammed towards the unknown, releasing some of their wildest and most visionary music instincts. That night they played the Decline of Western Civilization, whose recording came out months later in two parts for Marmo Music Recordings, featuring remixes by Dj Sotofett, Harmonious Thelonious and Mass Prod.
Whether you want to call it improvisational Jazz-Ambient or free-style Psychedelia, Tru West is essentially the expression of a call for freedom, an escape from the rigid structure of club music, yet leaving behind traces of it. Sounds from different ages and places get processed and dubbed through different kinds of techniques, shifting the space of sound, passing through music from tapes, field recordings, overdubs and the open microphone of the studio space itself.
Tru West is open to include any music head willing to speak out her/his loudest noises and visions. While in The D.O.W.C part 1 and 2 we find Raffaele Amenta amazingly performing on clarinet, later on, at Tru West live shows we have the inclusion of Stefano Meucci (member of jazz-tronic outfits Raccogliemento Parziale and Silent People) on percussions and others instruments. The latter has become integral part of Tru West, contributing, along with the others, in the production of The Rise & Fall of The Eurojesters EP, appearing on Marmo Music in April 2017 with Herva and Marcello Napoletano on the remixing duties.
CAB DRIVERS – “BACKSIDE 50” – CABINET 50 – PREMIERE
CAB DRIVERS – ALTERNATIVE ACTS EP – CABINET RECORDS
CAB DRIVERS B2B @ BOILER ROOM TRANSILVANIA
Berlin-based Cab Drivers are Dj Zky & Daniel P, both producing dance music since 1992.
In 1994 they founded Cabinet Records and with that they became among the first to forge a new esthetic in house music, made of chasing, advanced 909 programming, clean, minimalistic sound design and subtle lines of funk and latin melodies.
They have released 6 vinyl 12-inches and many other classic cuts under the names of Compass, Horseshoe, Warten Borgmann & The Poor Knight .
In 2006 Richie Hawtin picked the cream of the Cabinet`s repertoire, collecting it into a 2 x 12” and CD compilation released on Plus 8, which has become an essential must-have. Later more tracks from the duo got pressed on DAP, Seasons Limited 1, Sonar Kollektiv, Pokerflat, Highgrade and Sharivari Records.
While they closed 2012 with a killer 12” on Cabinet, U R Here & Five, new releases are planed 2013 for their own label and the legendary Daniel Bell`s imprint 7th City.
OVERSIZE PODCAST # 5
LIVE FOR TRANSMEDIALE VORSPIEL / CASHMERE RADIO @ ACUD MACHT NEU, BERLIN / 29.01.16
NIGHTDRIVERS – NIGHLIGHTS 12″ – NIGHTDRIVERS 002
Martino Marini`s Massprod is a project engaging in different fields of electronic music, from house and techno to experimental and ambient electronics. Deep, maniacal research on analog production, raw drums, futuristic, ‘out-of-space’ harmonics are all integral parts of his signature sound. To push the dance floor experience a bit further, somewhere else…someplace new, is the goal.
Fast or slow, harsh or mellow, the aim is also to get a hypnotic communion, a tribute to the power of our bodies vibrating at the same speed. Music as an unconscious way to bring back memories from our past and bring to life a new way of understanding present changes.
Since the first live set in 2003 at Link (Bologna), Massprod has been performing as live or dj act all around Italy and Europe, hitting North and South America. Circoloco resident Dj since 2010, he has been spinning a number of times at Ibiza`s DC10, Sankeys in Machester, Watergate Berlin, Zukunft in Zürich, and regularly in some of the best italian spots, like Link, Milan`s Magazzini Generali, Goa Club in Rome and Florence`s Tenax, to name a few. He has played alongside some of the greatest artists in the contemporary electronic music scene : Actress, Jeff Mills, Four Tet and Caribou to mention a few.
Massprod’s music has been released on a number of prestigious labels, like Kontra Musik, Bosconi Records, MUS and Werkdiscs. His versatility and eclectic taste has brought him to work along side Alex Picone, as Brothers in Low, as leader of Marmo Music`s sonic adventurers Tru west, and last to date, as Nightdrivers with fella Rufus, whose records have been played on heavy rotation by the likes of Daniel Bell, Jus-Ed and Omar S.
Last but not least, good to mention his own imprint, Wo_land. Recently closing a distribution deal with the Londoner institution Honest Jons, Wo_land is a laboratory for sonic experiments and romantic escapism , gravitating around the Marmeria Studios in his hometown Genova…
Rufus – Ritual Chants EP – Bosconi Records
Rufus – “Under The Line” – Bosconi Stallions Vol- Bosconi Records
Niccolo`Daniel Rufo, better known as Rufus, is a forward-thinker, 360° vinyl collector and technically impeccable DJ of guaranteed striking effect on dance-floors.
After moving to Berlin in 2013, beside collaborating as A&R advisor for Bosconi Records, he has widened his production perspectives and approaches, first as part of Tru West for Marmo Music (along with Mass Prod and Herve Corti) and as Nightdrivers together with Mass Prod in the field of big room house and techno. Nightdrivers Nightvisions EP and Nightlights EP, as much as the duo`s debut EP on Bosconi, have left the mark and a distinctive sound signature, a unique blend of house and techno, well known and played by the likes of Daniel Bell, Ricardo Villalobos, Zip, Raresh, Secretsundaze, Barbara Preisinger, Omar S and Cab Drivers, among others.
As in 2015, Rufus returned after 5 years from his first “Like A Virgin EP” with a solo Ep on Bosconi (‘Black N’ Blues’) , further own productions on Bosconi with another EP in 2016 on Bosconi named “Stranger In Paradise” featuring a remix by Herva, on the lyonnese label Basse Resolution with “Wildflowers EP”, for the Lumbago label including a remix of his own track “Conseguenza” by berliner house dons Cab Drivers and more Nightdrivers jams planned to see the light on Holic Trax and Tenax from February 2017 onwards.
Behind the decks, Rufus brings to the floor a musicality and eclecticism that reflect his vast music culture, from funky and jazzy vibes, deep and jackin house, breaks, disco and all those stripped-down grooves and viibes influenced by the sounds of London, Chicago and Detroit. His dj portfolio of appearances includes Panorama Bar, Watergate, Propaganda Moscow, Circoloco at Detroit`s DEMF, Melt London, Tresor Berlin, Tenax Florenz to name a few.
His restless research into both old school and the fresher forms of dance music have inspired many Italian artists gravitating around Bosconi Records circuit and the Florence scene. His talent scouting and artistic ideas for Bosconi are behind some of the most important label’s releases, as Oliverwho Factory, Altered Natives, Ricardo Miranda, Dj Nature and Rondenion.