Welcome back to the Bomphcast series. We’ve been on a hiatus recently as we here at the podcast have been traveling around Europe. Across a period of several months, we’ve soaked up the sights and especially the sounds of Europe and had an unforgettable experience. Tillman is now basing himself out of Berlin which is incredibly exciting so I (Fergus) wish him all the best for his endeavours over there.
So, with Tilman in Berlin and me now back in Melbourne, we’re ramping things at Bomphcast back up again and are, as always, very glad to have you with us.
For our 54th edition of the podcast, we have american producer, DJ and label owner Milkplant in the mix with a no compromise techno session. Milkplant is the alias of Justin Pennell Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; he now resides in the San Francisco/Oakland area. With over 25 years combined DJ and production experience and 7 years experience of running his 0-1 label with close friend Soan, Milkplant is no stranger to the dark and thumping style of techno that he represents. We hope you enjoy his offering to the Bomphcast series. Many thanks to Justin for putting in the time to record this mix.
This fortnight we present another local Melbourne lord that needs to be on your radar: Matt Radovich (but he also tends to like Mike Hunt). An incredibly impressive outline of achievements can be found in the bio of his Soundcloud page where he briefly mentions supporting a vast range of acts from Aphex Twin to Wu Tang Clan as well as being invited by Detroit Techno Militia to play at the Bang Tech 12 Anniversary Party in Detroit.
So instead of writing it all again here, we thought it would be more fitting to include the context with which this mix was made, written by Matt himself.
“Every May, I head to the US, to spend some time with great mates in Detroit, during memorial day weekend. During that long weekend the city holds a 3 day electronic music festival called Movement.
In 2013, I made my first trip over and I have been hooked ever since. This year will be my 5th year heading to Detroit, and since this mix was due around the same time as when I leave for Detroit, it seemed kind of fitting to do a Detroit mix.
This mix was done using most the records I have purchased in Detroit over the last 4 years, plus maybe one or two I have had in my collection for a little while. It covers all kinds of music from Detroit, not just TECHNO. I hope you enjoy it, it’s not the most perfect mix, in terms of it’s production (there are a few mistakes), but I think the music is top notch!
Thanks again for having me do this mix, I had a lot of fun putting it together.“
Juan Tellez is a local Melbournian who originated from the 90’s rave scene in Nelson, New Zealand. Up until a few years ago, Juan was predominantly involved in producing and DJ’ing Jungle and Drum & Bass.
It was upon a few experimentations with 4/4 techno style productions that he made the transition to the current position he holds in techno, the sound of which is exemplified by his mix for Bomphcast.
You can catch Juan playing this Saturday (22nd April) at My Aeon: https://www.facebook.com/events/213469072470979/
Stay in touch and listen to his beats via his links below.
Hello and welcome to the 50th edition of Bomphcast, a little milestone for us. Thanks for listening so far and we hope for your continued support in the future. We’re all about quality techno and we only wish to continue our mission of supply you, the listener, with beautiful electronic music.
For this half century edition of the podcast, we have a mix from Italian Luca Maniaci. Based out of Flori, Luca was exposed to quality music from a young age, due to his mother playing him the likes of Pink Floyd, The Doors, Deep Purple and other rock and roll stardom.
Having explored a range of music with his productions, Luca found a home with techno, and has since had released on Ovum Recordings and Flash Recordings. He also runs his own imprint Mind Games recordings and the Next To The Future podcast. So please enjoy Luca Maniaci with a mix recorded exclusively for Bomphcast.
Alexander Noakes is both a DJ and live performer who currently resides on The Gold Coast, Australia.
Since the late 90’s he’s blended live improvisation and 3+ deck mixing but also performs straight live as ‘Pacific Voltage Club’, the output of which is included in his personal Soundcloud account.
On the production side he’s remixed for Intrusion Records (France), Cerebelo Records (Brazil) and Din is Noise (Lebanon), as well as managing his own imprint, Adaptogen Audio where his freshly released Beyond EP can be found.
This 47th Bomphcast perfectly exemplifies one of our core goals, presenting the Melbourne techno scene. Simon Slieker is co-manager of one of the most respectable Australian techno labels, Machine, and also carries a wealth of history with regards to personally adding to Melbourne’s scene. Since the early 90’s Simon has most notably been a vital contributor at the Every Picture Tells a Story parties in the early 90’s, Centriphugal, Revolver and Escape as well as serving 8 years with Teriyaki Anarki Saki and 10 years with Technoir.
You only need to listen to the beginning 15 minutes of this mix to realize that Simon approaches techno with a strong case of contemplation, purpose and stark technical proficiency. The tribalistic sounds at the beginning carry unflinchingly through the entire mix, regardless of its gradual progression into a modern soundscape and this is due to the authenticity in his approach. ‘Tribalism’ can be a bit of a buzz word associated with techno and isn’t often conveyed that effectively, which depreciates the value of the concept, so we are pleased to present to you a mix of severe technical quality as well as a glaring example of true modern tribalism.
Simon, a tasty selection of the Machine Label crew and other hot Melbourne selectors are playing at My Aeon this Saturday. Get down.
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/756091224541489/
Ground Loop, real name Ben Mill, has been ensconced in Melbourne underground music scene for around two decades. The early 90’s saw Ben sneaking into Melbourne’s nightclubs to immerse himself in the rave music of the day. Seeking out more from electronic music, his attention was drawn to techno. The attraction of electronic sounds was enough to grow a keen interest in production, leading Ben to study music at the Victorian University of Technology.
Since the inception of his Ground Loop project, Ben has an impressive catalogue of releases under his belt, with tracks on local labels Gynoid Audio and Southern Lights amongst other. With his tracks being played by the likes of Ben Sims, Truncate, Inigo Kennedy and Dasha Rush, Ground Loop is putting Melbourne on the map as a hot spot for brooding techno.
Give greetings to Tred, a Perth dweller who’s done the thing most of us want to do: moved to Berlin to spin and make tracks.
His mix for you is a representation of this recent move as he recorded it in Berlin and used a majority of vinyl bought in the city.
Operations in Australia included the co-managing of Perth based party organizer Polyrhythmic (which still continues in his absence) and a the beginning of an ongoing exploration into ambient mixes, one of which can be heard here.
Despite his move to Berlin, you need not fear, Tred will be coming back to Aus momentarily to play a series of shows all over the country:
•Dance Technique Nov 17th (Melb)
•Charades x Something Else with Eric Cloutier Dec 16th (Syd)
•Polyrhythmic Dec 17th (Perth)
•Subtrakt January 14th (Bris)
Fergus Sweetland commands multiple stations in techno. He produces, DJ’s, plays live techno without checking emails (no computer) in Back Burners and also runs Bomphcast along with Catalyst OP1, the other member of Back Burners.
His lust for introspection in techno music means that his approach to DJ’ing is bent on surgical precision in order to access the deep dark spaces in psychology.
He’s regularly in support of well known acts, playing between Melbourne and Sydney as well as Strawberry Fields and is signed to Stoney Roads.
This mix is his offering to the pool of music we’ve so far requested from the techno-verse, we both hope you enjoy.
Piecey is a young man from Sydney, Australia. He plays both live with software & controllers as well as DJs. His productions are considered and crafted with razor sharp intent; a standard of work that is the result of studying music composition at the Sydney Conservatorium. As of this year, he’s embarked on his Masters of music composition where his focus is on complex structures in electro-acoustic music.
Piecey’s appreciation and understanding of music is considerably broad and, as he relayed to us, he’s taken the opportunity to have fun with that in his mix for us.
You can catch Piecey [2 hour melodic techno] as well as Sweetland [3 hour plunge to the depths techno] at the Stoney Roads Melbourne party at Sub Club this Saturday. There are still some tickets left. Grab one. It will be quality.
Swedish born Sandra Sundelin and now local Melbournite is a strong contributer to the Melbourne techno scene. She regularly plays at respectable venues and events, supporting names like KiNK, Stimming, Robert Babicz and other tasty creations.
On top of her musical contributions, she’s also the Melbourne director of Whono’s Music, a comprehensive music news source covering a wide array of genres and topics.
If you’re liking her Bomphcast, make sure to consider heading to New Guernica next week on the 6th where she’ll be spinning.
Phuriphonics is a mix machine. 32 mixes in March alone says that quite clearly. The content of his mixes can range anywhere from a favorite film from the 80’s to ambient music, so definitely check out his Soundcloud, website or Youtube for an eclectic selection of music, all mixed very well.
For his Bomphcast mix, he took conceptual inspiration from Jeff Mills’ Live at the Liquid Room set in that it was broken down into 3 segments with different musical focus.
He has broken his set into two segments; Initiative and Reactive:
“I wanted to put the listener into a DJ kind of frame of mind thus initiative is a reflection of me using my instinct and feelings to work out the (imaginary) crowd/dancers, testing the waters as it were.
The reactive segment is simply to provoke a reaction. That is to dance like a lunatic. I have many fond memories of nights that played out like this.
Anyway, I hope it works.”
1. Coil – Triple Sun Introduction [Threshold House, 2005]
2. The Modeller – Putty [Descent, 1998]
3. Photek – Under the Palms [Science, Virgin, 2000]
4. Robert Fripp and Brian Eno – Gasp [DGMLive.com, 2006]
5. Sunn 0))) – Sin Nanna [Southern Lord, 2005]
6. Mike Parker – Hiss [Dozzy Records, 2005]
7. Rødhåd – Mines of Mars [Dystopian, 2014]
8. Plastikman – Contain [NovaMute, 1998]
9. Rrose – Waterfall [Sandwell District, 2011]
10. System 7 – Alphawave (Plastikman’s Acid House remix) [Butterfly Records, 1996]
11. Samuli Kemppi – Resonant Object [Children of Tomorrow, 2014]
12. DVS1 – Running [Klockworks, 2009]
13. Arnaud Le Texier – Define [Affin LTD, 2014]
14. Mike Parker – Gumma Forest (The Ride mix) [Geophone, 2015]
15. Mental Resonance – Man From Earth 4 [MindTrip Music, 2015]
16. Xhin – Dark Tiled Landscape [Token, 2013]
17. Surgeon – Sleep (Ultra Violet) [Dynamic Tension Records, 2000]
18. Kellener and Marla Singer – Fonction 2 (Developer remix) [Nachtstrom Schallplatten, 2015]
19. Kazuya Kawakami – Concerted Action [HueHelix, 2011]
20. Makaton – 4 Point Suspension [Blueprint, 2015]
21. Dustin Zahn – Lost in Rapture (Steve Bicknell remix) [Enemy Records, 2015]
22. Deuce – Twerp Wiz [Ostgut Ton, 2009]
23. Max Duley – Lapsed [Unknown]
24. Kaelan – Legacy [Persistence, 2015]
25. Joey Beltram – Ball Park (Steve Bicknell remix) [Tresor, 1998]
26. Twerk – Humantics [Force Inc. Music Works, 2000]
27. Severed Heads – Dead Eyes Opened (Extended mix) [Nettwerk, 1998]
28. Demdike Stare – Black Sun [Modern Love, 2011]
29. Pan Sonic – Johdin [Blast First, 2011]
30. Pete Namlook – Trip 4 [Ambient World, 1994]
31. Popol Vuh – Aguirre 1 [Kosmische Musik, 1982]
32. Haxan Cloak – Archaic Device/dialogue from Kill List [Aurora Borealis, 2011]
33. Ade Fenton – Broken (Chris McCormack remix) [Materials, 2008]
34. Regis – Fragment 2 [Downwards, 2014]
35. Takaaki Itoh – Hear Nothing [MB Selektions, 2005]
36. Ryuji Takeuchi – 10.2 [Limited G, 2015]
To mark our first anniversary as a podcast, we have the pleasure of bringing you some prime cuts of techno from one of Amsterdam’s most promising techno duo’s, TWR72.
TWR72 represents tough, stripped back and intricate pulsing rhythms with a big emphasis on groove. The duo hold the element of groove in utmost importance, and is one of the key elements that steers their label, Float Records.
The notion of groove is evident in their Bomphcast mix. It’s an hour of no nonsense serious techno that makes you move very easily, whether it be a bob of the head, a full blown stomp out or a bowel movement in happiness, something will move within you.
From the Bomphcast crew, thanks for the support over our first year. We appreciate it greatly and will continue to provide you with quality techno every fortnight for as long as we can.
– Fergus, Tillman, Liam and Patrick.
Q: You two have known each other since your childhood. Would you say having known each other for song long helps with communicating with each other when you produce/perform?
R: It is definitely a big plus because we can trust each other blindly. But there are always 2 sides on the medal. And because we’re really close friends for such a long time it can be difficult sometimes to also be business partners. But so far I can handle Tom pretty good.
T: We have the same kind of humor (although I don’t like the joke he just made) which comes in useful if you hang out a lot. We perform together for almost ten years so there aren’t any big surprises anymore. But every time it’s exciting again because I never know exactly which tracks Roger has up his sleeve.
Q: When did you two both begin to listen and experience electronic music?
R: I believe I was around 14 years old when I first got to a huge techno venue. That was actually with our close friend Merijn (Float Records designer). Tom was in his Death Metal period at that time. I already had some experience with listening to electronic music as I was practicing my DJ skills in my bedroom, but to hear such bombastic music at a big venue was really intense. Although the most intense part was waiting in the line and hoping to get in.
T: Another joke I wouldn’t make, maybe you can rewrite the part that we have the same kind of humor. I grew up in the 90’s and was a big fan of the hiphop sound which was the kind of music I intended to play on my brand new turntables (which cost a lot of saving at that time). But like Roger said, the first time I entered a big house/techno club in Rotterdam (Now & Wow) I was sold. Especially Benny Rodrigues was a big inspiration.
Q: 2016 started out very strong for you lads with your debut gig at Berghain. How was this experience for you and what did you take away from it?
Back Burners are a new live and production duo. Having only been producing together for 7 months and getting their live rig up and running in the last 5 months, it’s exciting to hear the quality they’re already putting out. This Bomphcast is a 100% live improvisation with a Eurorack format modular synthesizer, Moog Mother 32 and a TR8 drum machine. We can vouch for it being 100% live as we were there when they recorded it at their home studio.
Both in their productions and their live improvisations, the duo focus strongly on the development of rhythms to engage the listener and moments of melodic substance to help maintain attention.
Shine (Torque) has been setting a strong scene of Techno in Japan for the last few years. He’s played at many of premiere clubs around the globe that have also held names like Carl Cox, Darren Emerson, Luke Slater, Derrick May. Shine’s game isn’t only behind the decks though. In 2008 he established the Lunar Club in Osaka, which is now one of the most prominent venues for Techno in Japan.
Labels such as Techno Therapy (UK) and Neptuun City (NY) have sported his releases and with his latest gigs being throughout London, Moscow, Mongolia, Slovakia, Amsterdam, Spain, and of course Japan, we can all be sure that the mix you’re about to hear is of the quality that we at Bomphcast thrive on.
Originally from Glasgow and now residing in Melbourne is the DJ and label owner, David Keane (Batton). In terms of nocturnal life, he’s made numerous appearances at the super crispy Bunker parties here in Melbourne as well as playing along side DJ’s such as Rebekah and Clouds. During the daylight hours he operates his label, One4sevenone, a label that’s aimed at allowing up and comers to have their music heard.
Check the Q&A below the mix for a further insight into Batton.
How would you describe the differences between the Melbourne nightlife/Techno culture and the culture in Glasgow?
I think both cities are pretty similar in relation to their respective techno scenes. Due to the geographical location, club nights in Glasgow tend to have several international artists playing each week, and sometimes on the same night. Slam’s club night – Pressure for example usually has between 4 – 6 well established artists playing on the one night. My last Pressure (March 2013) before coming to Melbourne had Len Faki, Nic Fanciulli, Nina Kraviz, Paul Ritch, Slam and Silicone Soul all playing on the one night. In Glasgow, clubs will close at 3am unless on a rare occasion a late license is applied for and the club will close at either 4am or 5am.
As a result of packed line-ups and 3am closing times, I don’t think local artists are given the opportunity to play at these types of nights in Glasgow. This in itself is a massive contrast to Melbourne’s scene as bigger nights will have one or maybe two internationals playing, and clubs don’t have that ridiculous 3am license. This opens up opportunities for local talent to play at these events, and in turn support some of their favourite artists in the scene. I myself have been given the opportunity to support Rebekah, Clouds and more recently Answer Code Request … Which has been an extremely rewarding experience.
How have you noticed the local scene in Melbourne grow since you first came to the city?
When I first arrived I was immediately aware of the established promoters such as Stable Music, Melbourne Techno Collective and Novel. But I quickly became aware of the newer crews such as Bunker, Stranger, The Public Works Department and Pleasure Planet.
I can’t really comment on the scene pre-2013, but seeing these newer collectives bring international artists to Melbourne is really exciting. I’ve been closely associated with the Bunker crew and have had the pleasure of seeing them grow each month and booking internationals like Xhin, Mary Velo, Developer and Norman Nodge, the fellas are going from strength to strength. Quick mention on the work of PWD of The Public Works Department, bringing the likes of Rrose, Milton Bradley and Kr!z to Melbourne as well as being involved in various other nights across the city.
The newer collectives are breaking the norm and offering Melbourne an exciting alternative to their clubbing experience.
What made you decide to move to Melbourne?
Since 1999 Andrew Boie has been spinning vinyls to the thoughtful nods of techno druids. Under their watchful gaze, he begun fueling the ovens with operations like his kansascitytechno.com as well as regular enamel tearing sets on Closer PDX.
We shot him some questions so as to get more of an idea of who he is and his insight is into the techno scene, read on below.
A mention should also be given to the detail in the track list provided. In this age where music sales don’t exist anymore, it’s humbling that credit is provided in such detail.
You’ve been playing techno and house since 1999. What drew you to the electronic sounds and made you want to get started dj’ing?
I caught the so-called ‘electronica’ thing that was going on around then. I was in the military at the time and made some friends who were into watching MTV’s Amp, Astralwerks, drum ‘n bass, Prodigy, Orbital, big beat…I was listening to all kinds of stuff but I remember 2 mix cds really got me: Josh Wink’s “Profound Sounds Vol. 1” and Richie Hawtin’s “Decks, EFX, & 909”. Those pushed me towards techno, it was only a year or so later before I was buying Cari Lekebusch and The Advent records. I was very hard-techno focused for a while but eventually branched out and started getting interested in various house sounds as well.
How is the techno culture the Midwest of the USA now compared to back when you started out in the scene?
When I first started in the late 90s in Kansas City it was crazy. There was a very strong house scene. There was decent warehouse party every weekend, if not two of them, often with multiple rooms. I remember going to shows in Omaha with 5 rooms. Techno was welcome too, this was when most techno DJs were playing super intense drummy records at 135bpm or faster, I miss sets like that sometimes. Around 2002 the RAVE act pretty much shut all that down very quickly. Nowadays in Kansas City the kansascitytechno.com crew and other people have been working hard to bring techno into the bars and clubs but it’s a bit of an uphill battle. Other places in the Midwest I think it varies, I see a lot of cool stuff going on in St. Louis, Iowa City, and Minneapolis. Since about 5 years ago I relocated to the Pacific Northwest, there’s all kinds of parties here especially in Seattle.
Having observed the evolution of techno over the last decade and a half, what are your thoughts on how electronic music has progressed over such a long time? What is important in a good techno beat these days?
This is a tough one to answer! Looking back the late 90’s I think people got a little too much into the fast drumtrax/schranz sound, and the mid-00’s weren’t that great either with the whole Minimal craze.
Joey and Yanni Sarantis are two brothers who live and breathe the night-afterlife. Functioning as DJ’s both individually and as a duo, the two can be witnessed at many premier party places around Melbourne.
A list of recent outings includes playing at the Green Fetish Records‘ Parties, Adrian Bell’s Bunker Parties, Revolver and regular sets at Power Station.
Joey’s style is more disco influenced while Yanni’s is more underground techno inspired.
When the two join together their different tastes create immersive mixes utilizing recordings from many different genres in order to create deep journeys through Sarantis territory.
From a small town named Schwerin in Germany with super tasty breads and beer that puts the rest of the world to shame, comes Stefan Rein. Stefan is a vinyl DJ who at first wasn’t a huge fan of the core burning style of techno he now entertains. It was due to the opening of a techno club named ‘GERBEREI’ that set him on his path, and 21 years later, he’s still doing it and doing it well.
Along the way, Stefan has involved himself in the business side of techno as well. Initially working as the co-operator of the EASYTRAXX-Recordstore as well as the GERBEREI, his catalyst techno club.
In the present day, he performs as a DJ and runs his own record label named ‘PURE TRAXX’, a place where only limited editions and vinyl are available.
So, click through the links and discover the man from Schwerin while you watch your core dismantle and crumble to the ground.
No track list was provided.
For the third edition of Bomphcast, we’re very happy to present and exclusive mix from local Melbournian heavyweight, Adrian Bell.
Adrian has been an integral part of the Melbourne techno scene with his ideology of dark, intricate and pumping techno. Operating through his collective, Bunker, Adrian has introduced us to top quality producers such as Developer, and after the recent 2nd birthday of the collective, it’s clear that Adrian is already charging the frontlines of techno culture in Melbourne. A pace that we here at Bomphcast love.
His kinship with electronic music can be traced back to the likes of Daft Punk, Justice and the Ed Banger crew, but through cranial evolution and a visit to the Berhain in 2012, he has arrived at the shores of Techno.
This mix makes it as clear as the azure sky of deepest summer, that Adrian Bell is a DJ that will have a deep impact on techno in Melbourne over the coming years.
Adrian has purposely shrouded this mix in mystery by keeping the track list to himself. The purpose of this no doubt being to allow the listener to concentrate on the mix as a whole, rather than on a sectional basis.…
For the very first podcast we thought we’d keep it as local as it gets. Sweetland (co-founder of Bomphcast) is a producer out of Melbourne, Australia who has been gathering momentum in the scene. Semi-recently signed to Stoney Roads, Sweetland’s had his schedule pounded hard with regular gigs at Tramp and Can’t Say as well as bookings at Listen Out, The Sound You Need and more to come in the near future.
He started with nu-disco but as age and wisdom came, he departed in the direction of minimal tech, the sound only the gods of Olympus can defy.
• Another One – Truncate
• Stripped – Len Faki
• Plant 1 – 2000 And One
• Venrnacular – Cosmin TRG
• Stupid Things I Do (New School Mix) – Ransomer
• Walfisch – Roman Poncet
• Deform – TWR72
• The Melody – Antigone
• Man On Wire (Marcel Dettmann Low Key Version) – Skudge
• Interlock (Jonas Kopp Remix) – Savas Pascalidis
• Departing Comfort (Planetary Assault Systems Remix) – Drumcell
• The Politics Of Dying (James Ruskin Remix) – Sigha
• Callout – Kaelan
• SC1 – Rumah & Progression
• Cerate (Truncate Remix) – Roman Poncet
• Segmento 3 – Reeko