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D/B Recommended: PROJECT: MOONCIRCLE ✗ BLACK ACRE SHOWCASE @ Gretchen Berlin | Friday, 09.11.2012

On the 9th of November, Club Gretchen will host the Project: Mooncircle x Black Acre Showcase, representing two labels that are on the very forefront of progressive intelligent dance music between electronic and organic sounds.

A unique line-up with exclusive live showcases by renown artists such as Kidkanevil, Daisuke Tanabe, Romare, Rain Dog, Memotone, a special guest appearances by DJ Food from Ninja Tune and Jealousguy, and DJ sets by Jinna Morocha and Malton will make for a memorable experience.

Kidkanevil first came to prominence with the release of his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Problems & Solutions’ back in 2007, and has since gone from strength to strength.


Described by Bonobo as “like the best moments of RJD2 and Timbaland combined…incredible!”, the kid has earnt the praise and respect of numerous peers and journalists, counting the likes of DJ Shadow and Wire Magazine amongst his fans.

Now three albums deep his latest offering ‘Basho Basho’ “deserves to put kidkanevil right up there with Flying Lotus” (Knowledge Magazine) and sees him riding into town like a hi-tec hunter-gatherer, spearing, chopping and mixing beats in his own unique style.

Kidkanevil | YOKAI

Daisuke Tanabe is a music producer from Chiba, Japan. The former art student who also lived and worked in London for some years is currently based in Tokyo, where he assembles his exceptional pieces of music.

Originally coming from a techno/breakbeat background, Daisuke has developed his own style of production to create a distinctive sound between hiphop, electronica, folk and jazz.

Daisuke Tanabe | 2010 Lo Vibes

During his time in the UK, he published for Gilles Peterson’s famous Brownswood label and performed together with Zero DB, some of the leading lights in the UK breakbeat scene. On a recent Japan tour with French hiphop instrumentalist ONRA, he once again knew to impress the audience with his unique melange of jazz, electronica and hiphop.

Together, Kidkanevil and Daisuke perform as Kidsuke. A child agrees then screams the name. Kid-o-suke. Did you hear that right? The music trickles in. It sounds like it was made in a toy factory. Hold on. Let me reach for the button over there. Childhood memories. The magical sounds of a roundabout sending you to sleep. Two kindred souls find each other, distance never the issue, they share and laugh the only way they know how.

Kidsuke | Tiny Concrete Block

Kidsuke’s sounds remind of the wonderful pixelated world of a video game. Where does reality end and where does the imagination start? Somewhere in the distance an explosion can be heard, or was it a booming bass drum? There are birds singing a crystalline melody. One I heard before, in a dream perhaps. All of a sudden a child exclaims ‘come, let’s go’. Where did he come from? Is he real or another pixelated fragment of imagination?

Romare has spent the last year collecting samples and working on a concept: that a new form of music can emerge by investigating the relationship between different musical cultures through sampling. Samples of songs, speeches, interviews, field recordings and films were carefully chosen and rearranged to explore the connection between African and African-American music.

Romare | I Wanna Go

Rhythms from West Africa are integrated with voices from Harlem, conversations about race and identity between writers and ethnomusicologists are constructed, speeches from activists are conjoined with the voices of prisoners. This process of combining preexisting material has inspired four ‘Meditations on Afrocentrism’.

Having originally studied as an artist, newcomer Rain Dog has spent the last couple of years experimenting with production software, building speakers, composing music for indie shorts and making beats out of various small bedrooms scattered across the north of England.

Rain Dog | Think Of You

Recently he has settled in London and with a release on Echodub‘s imprint, Cut and a track featured on Project: Mooncirlce‘s 10th anniversary box LP, he continues to develop his lowslung melodic compositions.

Memotone is a multi-instrumentalist and producer. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources, his sound is made up of layered instrumentation over the top of field recordings, conversation, atmospheres and electronica programming all tied up with live acoustic drums and binaural percussion, often using an MPC 1000 for live edits.

Memotone | Lost Hours

His live show is a captivating blend of live instrumentation including piano, keyboard, clarinet, trumpet, zither, guitar, bass, drums, glockenspiel, organ, melodica and toy instruments looped on a Boss RC-50 loop pedal with live audio effected from a Kaoss Pad 3 and samples triggered from an MPC 1000.

DJ Food is a collaborative project between Coldcut/Ninja Tune duo Matt Black and Jonathan More, and second-half PC (born Patrick Carpenter) and Strictly Kev (Kevin Foakes). Although the moniker originally referred only to Black and More’s several-volumed series of stripped-down breaks records designed for deck use (i.e., “food” for DJs), club booking demands for the assumedly proper-named DJ Food dictated the pair make an ongoing project of it.

Dj Food | Giant

Time table:

00.00 – 1.00 Jinna Morocha & Malton (Germany | Russia / Finest Ego/BLN.FM)
01.00 – 1.30 Jealousguy (Japan)
01.30 – 2.30 DJ Food (UK / Ninja Tune)
02.30 – Rain Dog (UK / Project: Mooncircle)
03.00 – Memotone (UK / Black Acre)
03.45 – Kidkanevil & Daisuke Tanabe (UK | Japan / Project: Mooncircle)
04.45 – 06.00 – Romare (UK / Black Acre)

Jealousguy | Live in Tokyo

This event is highly recommended by Digital in Berlin! We are giving away 2 x 2 tickets. Just send a mail to win@digitalinberlin.de with “PROJECT: MOONCIRCLE ✗ BLACK ACRE” as the subject.

w/ Kidkanevil, Daisuke Tanabe, Memotone, Rain Dog, Romare, DJ Food, Jealousguy  LIVE

Djs: Jinna Morocha & Malton

Friday, 09 October 2012 | 23:45 CET
Gretchen | Obentrautstraße 19-21 | 10963 Berlin/Kreuzberg

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