Press Coverage
 
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Todd Sines (NYC) @ Nocturne
Best Bet for June 11th, 2010
 
Todd Sines @ Hausmusik
WITH WHODAT, BASIC SOUL UNIT, HALI, DIRTY DALE, NUMARO, MIKE GLEESON, G.CUE.
FRI, JUNE 11. NOCTURNE, 550 QUEEN W. $10 BEFORE MIDNIGHT.
From feature rooms at electro events to the main stages at the generally techno-focused MUTEK, house music is hot again. After more than two decades of the genre's growth and influence, events such as this set out to expand upon our understandings of house. Headlining the Electrique Room is New Yorker (and one-time Torontonian) Todd Sines, a producer who has long merged house, techno and soul into skilled, sumptuous releases for labels including Peacefrog, Planet E and Seventh City. Meanwhile, Detroit producer and driving force behind Ya Digg Records Whodat brings her new-school take on soulful house to the Housemusique Room. The entire event will be broadcast live on www.netmusique.com.


 
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Holger Zilske / Smash TV (live) @ Nocturne
Best Bet for May 15th, 2010
 
Holger Zilske a.k.a. Smash TV (live) @ Breakandenter
WITH MARK THIBIDEAU (LIVE), DJS TALAL & ZOI, MARTIN FAZEKAS, VJ WUSTENARCHITEKTEN. $15 BEFORE 11:30PM. SAT, MAY 15. NOCTURNE, 550 QUEEN W.
German techno master Holger Zilske, best known as half of Smash TV, has long been associated with Ellen Allien's BPitch Control, having put out more than 30 EPs and two Smash TV albums on the label as well as having produced three of Allien's own albums. He began making music under his birth name in 2006, recording a string of solo EPs and the gorgeous 2009 artist album, Holz, for Playhouse. Zilske's take on tech is melodic, detailed and highly individual. Our own Mark Thibideau also celebrates the recent release of his solo LP, Left Behind, with the debut of his own live PA.


 
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Arthur Oskan (live) @ Nocturne
Best Bet for April 23rd, 2010
http://www.eyeweekly.com/clubs/bestbets/article/88768
 
Arthur Oskan (live) @ Thought/Form
WITH DJS JAMIE KIDD, NOAH PRED, XI. FRI, APR 23.
NOCTURNE, 550 QUEEN W. $5 BEFORE MIDNIGHT, $10 AFTER.
For the better part of the past decade, Toronto techno producer Arthur Oskan has been steadily honing his craft, turning out quality releases for labels including Beretta Music, Restructured and Cratesavers. Recently, Oskan has found his music supported by the likes of Funk D‘Void, Los Hermanos, Hernan Cattaneo and John Digweed. His fantastic new Eggshells EP on Noah Pred's Thoughtless label can only add to this acclaim, as Oskan has deftly melded classic Detroit-inspired melodies with a very contemporary richness. Fellow locals Jamie Kidd and XI, both of whom have turned in tight remixes of Oskan's tunes, join in at this release party.


 
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Gremzlin (live) @ Nocturne
Best Bet for April 9th, 2010
http://www.eyeweekly.com/clubs/bestbets/article/87649
 
Gremlinz @ Atmosphere 04
WITH ILLFINGAS, HYDRA, SIDENOTE, LINK, CLAY DAVIS. FRI, APR 9.
NOCTURNE, 550 QUEEN W. $5.
This two-room Atmosphere event makes musical links between genres, with DJs dropping everything from drum 'n' bass and dubstep to old-school and experimental hip-hop. Headlining on the D&B front is local DJ/producer Gremlinz, a man who has long been making waves locally and in the UK, with releases on high-profile labels including Metalheadz and Renegade Hardware. He's an ideal ambassador for T.O., and is able to rinse it from brain-shattering breakbeats to more subtle, dub-tinged tunes. Local Vinyl Syndicate legend Illfingas is also stepping with a raft of new tunes up his sleeve so expect dubplates galore.


 
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Synkro (U.K.) @ Nocturne
Best Bet for Feb 5, 2010
http://www.eyeweekly.com/clubs/bestbets/article/82740
 
Synkro
WITH DJS LINK VS. SIDENOTE, JAWBONE VS SUBHUMAN, SPYNE, LAZERBOY, BASILISK,
DAVEY BOOM, T-MINUS, HANS OHM, MC ENLIGHT. FRI, FEB 5.
NOCTURNE, 550 QUEEN W. $10 BEFORE 11:30PM WITH RSVP, $15 AFTER.
In just three years, Manchester's Joe Synkro has released more than a dozen EPs of deep-bass music for labels including Smokin Sessions, Dubbed Out and Mindset. His sound is far from obvious; nodding to dubstep, D&B, house and soul, Synkro creates an atmospheric, vocal-laced whole that demands headphone listening as much as it commands the dancefloor. He's already had radio support from the likes of Rinse FM and BBC Radio1 and makes his Toronto debut, alongside members of the One Off, Dubslingers and Archi-textures crews, at this two-room affair.


 
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TYCHO (L.A.) @ Nocturne
Best Bet for Nov 20, 2009
http://www.eyeweekly.com/clubs/bestbets/article/77201
 
Tycho (Live)
WITH AARNIO, NOAH PRED. FRI, NOV 20. NOCTURNE, 550 QUEEN W.
$10 ADVANCE FROM FUNCTION13, WWW.THEGHOSTLYSTORE.COM; $15 DOOR.
As ISO50, San Fran's Scott Hansen creates striking illustrated print works that have adorned surfaces including the downtempo, ambient and IDM releases he's created under the pseudonym Tycho. Best known for his two dreamy singles on Ghostly International, he'll perform a live set; earlier that day, his ISO50 art show, dubbed Analog Vision, opens at Function 13 Gallery (156 Augusta).



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Philip Bader (Berlin) @ Nocturne
Best Bet for Oct 24, 2009
http://www.eyeweekly.com/clubs/bestbets/article/74848
 
Philip Bader
WITH DJS ALICIA HUSH, CHRIS LARSEN, TALAL & ZOI, FALASTEEN. SAT, OCT 24. NOCTURNE, 550 QUEEN W. $15 BEFORE MIDNIGHT, $20 AFTER.
The women of HushLamb Productions continue to make good on their commitment to booking forward-minded, emerging house and techno talents by bringing Berlin's Philip Bader. Though he's been DJing for the past decade, Bader stepped up on the production front in 2005 and has released a handful of EPs and remixes on labels including Electric Avenue, MIS, Kindisch and Get Physical. Last year's "Mamba Drums," co-produced by Sascha Braemer, has a haunting keyboard hook and killer beats that are both fantastic and representative of Bader's gutsy, grooving and idiosyncratic take on minimal.


 
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Matteo Milleri (Milan) @ Nocturne
Best Bet for Oct 16, 2009
http://www.eyeweekly.com/clubs/bestbets/article/73999
 
Matteo Milleri
WITH DJS ADDY, JAMES TEEJ. FILTHY AFFAIR. FRI, OCT 16. NOCTURNE, 550 QUEEN W. $20.
Milan-based producer Matteo Milleri is a relative newcomer who's got the tech-house touch. At just 21 years old, Milleri has absorbed the best that his native New York and deeper European comrades have to offer, producing original pieces for labels such as Nummer Schalplatten and MyBestFriend that show his fantastic ear for melodies, grooves and spot-on vocal samples. His remix of Piemont's "Black Smoker" is one of the most addictive tracks I've heard all year. Deep, throbbing and joyous, it's set him up with supporters like Gregor Tresher and Karotte and the list of enthusiasts is growing. Milleri is a raw talent who's soon to explode.



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Jamie Kidd (EP Release Party) @ Nocturne
Best Bet for Oct 9, 2009
http://www.eyeweekly.com/clubs/bestbets/article/73721
 
 
Jamie Kidd @ Lascivious Prey EP Release
WITH NOAH PRED, ERIC DOWNER, JONNY WHITE. FRI, OCT 9.
NOCTURNE, 550 QUEEN W. $5.
Over the past few years, Toronto musician and DJ/producer Jamie Kidd has emerged as a musical powerhouse. He's played bass in numerous funk and disco projects, performs and records as one half of industrious techno act Metalogic and hits the sweet tech-house spot when DJing. The Platform resident has also been steadily building a strong solo discography, most notably with singles and remixes for Noah Pred's Thoughtless Music. His debut solo EP, Lascivious Prey, is Kidd's strongest work to date. Produced with strapping live bass and imaginative, driving rhythms at its core, the EP being fêted here is highly original and aptly titled.



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DJ Maus @ Nocturne
Best Bet for Aug 21, 2009
http://www.eyeweekly.com/clubs/bestbets/article/69367 
 
DJ Maus
WITH NYMRA, NOAH PRED, MORE. FRI, AUG 21.
NOCTURNE, 550 QUEEN W. $5 BEFORE 11:30PM, $10 AFTER.
Montreal DJ/producer Louise Gauvreau, a.k.a. Maus, first gained attention in the late '90s as a d'n'b DJ. Intersections, her beautifully mixed CD from 2000, earned international press; since then, she's turned her talents to tech and house, has DJed and promoted steadily and begun focusing on production. Her recent, tech-leaning releases on Toronto's Thoughtless label show her to be creative and versatile.
 

 
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XI @ Nocturne (One Off)
Best Bet for Aug 7, 2009
http://www.eyeweekly.com/clubs/bestbets/article/68141


XI @ One Off
WITH DJS SIDENOTE, SARA SIMMS, CAPRO, AKM, SPYNE, PAUL REVERED. FRI, AUG 7. NOCTURNE, 550 QUEEN W. $5.
With a focus on locals blending dubstep, deep-and-dubby techno and house, UK funky and garage, One Off is actually a recurring party to keep an eye out for. It'll be running in both rooms of new Queen West hot spot Nocturne, with Scarborough DJ/producer Christian XI representing mightily on the bass music front. First known in drum 'n' bass circles and now for his dubstep experiments, XI's been making music for the last decade, growing in scope as well as discography. I'm loving XI's increasingly complex rhythms and his moody remix of Egyptrixx's "Just Say Really."