International Canadian DJ, producer, and the man behind Cynosure Records, Mike Shannon joins us from Berlin Friday, October 25th in the Club Level along with Red Rack’em, Peter Kaufmann and Taiga. Mike has been running the influential Cynosure label for well over a decade, and besides DJ’ing, he has appeared on international festivals playing live alongside DeWalta combining synths, drum machines, modulars, and live instruments. Mike’s creative vision and ongoing passion for music has helped land him release under top respected labels: from his premier full length LP on Plus 8, to groundbreaking EP’s on Half Baked, Cityfox, and many others throughout his two-decades plus career. We recommend digging out Mike and Eddie C’s RA Exchange for a bit of house music history. Joining him is UK seasoned selector, broadcaster and producer, Red Rack’em.
Some may recognize him from his several Boiler Room appearances or his much loved Smugglers Inn radio show, now going for eight years strong. Others will recognize Red Rack’em from his perfected house productions, found in many great dj’s record boxes, paired with his ability to seamlessly mix house, disco, techno, garage, bass music, broken beat and jazzy beats without any break in dancefloor energy. This has led him to international performances across the globe and somewhat of a cult following, we are stoked to be a stop on Red Rack’em’s USA tour!
Heading the Green Room, also from Berlin, we welcome psychedelic sound goddess, Budino. With a free wheeling and inventive spirit, Budino never fails to deliver a cosmic texture taking audiences on glorious psychedelic journeys and freeing the minds of listeners across the globe. She constantly stays on the search for fresh, crisp material and never seems to never fail at bringing an irresistible groove to every dancefloor.
Any historian who takes it upon themselves to pen the tale of Canadian electronic in the years to come will most certainly find the name Mike Shannon figures early and often in it’s telling. From his humble beginnings in the sleepy suburban town of Kitchener Ontario, the last 15 years have seen him become an internationally lauded producer with albums on 3 of the industry’s most respected labels (Plus 8, Force Inc, ~Scape), as well as a steady stream of consistently charted singles and remixes.
A true “DJ’s DJ”, he has won legions of fans and the respect of his peers alike for his deep crates and lightning fast mixing skills. And while some may suggest he has gravitated towards smoother, deeper selections as the years go by, those in the know will tell you he has few equals when it comes to whipping dance floors into a relentless techno frenzy should you catch him on a night with that mischievous twinkle in his eye.
Those fortunate enough to catch one of Mike’s rare live performances are encouraged to do so with an open mind, as it is in this context that the breadth of his creativity truly shines. From the shuffling house and techno of his solo performances to the narcotic jazz of his new Blue Fields project alongside singer Fadila and guitarist Takeshi Nishimoto, his is a musical vision which easily wriggles free of the usual genre signifiers and pays grand dividends to those with the good sense to get nice and close to the speakers; the devil is most certainly in the details as the old saying goes.
Yet beyond all of this, perhaps his greatest achievement has been his unfailing support of the music and people he loves. As head A&R and damn near everything else of Cynosure and formerly Revolver Canada Recordings (alongside Jeff Milligan) for over 10 years, Mike has shown an uncanny ability to select and release tracks which have become go-to fixtures in the sets of the industry’s best DJs, as well as introducing the world to the work of some of his nearest and dearest before anyone knew their names (Akufen, Deadbeat, Ernesto Ferrerya). Far from pursuing the next one hit wonder or sound of the season, his steadfast curatorial vision and passion for the music have earned him the trust of discerning music connoisseurs the world over.
RED RACK EM:
Danny Berman (aka Red Rack’em) is a respected DJ, broadcaster and producer with a colourful 20 year journey behind the turntables. Initially an aspiring junglist, at the age of 19 he was abruptly thrust onto the peak time of a huge drum and bass rave in Bristol to cover for Randall who was stuck in traffic. ‘One minute I spinning mellow tunes in room 3, next minute I was in front of 1000 people with MC Jakes barking ‘Rewind’ at me’. He somehow survived this baptism of fire, which led to further bookings alongside Andy C, Scratch Perverts and Roni Size.
Fast forward to 2009 and Danny is again thrust into the limelight – this time by Gilles Peterson, Rob Da Bank and Zane Lowe hammering his unreleased remix of the Larry Levan classic ‘Stand On The Word’ by the Joubert Singers on Radio 1. Gilles professed Danny ‘can’t put a foot wrong right now’ and invited him to appear at the Worldwide Awards to play alongside Jazzanova and Marlena Shaw at Cargo in London. Big support from Greg Wilson and a Radio One appearance rounded up the year.
2010 saw Berman, launching his Bergerac label with ‘The Early Years’ album and cross genre techno hit ‘How I Program’. The sheer uniqueness of ‘Program’ had some of the finest DJs queuing up to support him including MCDE, Kyle Hall and Mike Huckaby who named a synth patch on his Waldorf ‘Red Rack’em Bass’ . Four Tet went on to use the track for his Fabric Live mix album. A world tour to promote ‘The Early Years’ soon followed taking Berman to Japan, Australia, Russia and all over Europe. Pulse Radio proclaiming him as ‘one of the Australias most loved internationals’.
Since then there’s been track after track of crossover goodness. ‘In Love Again’ on Wolf Music is a bonafide deep house classic and Kalimba’ was a unique slice of Afro House futurism that Dixon hammered for over a year before finally releasing it on the Innervisions vinyl only label Philomena.
But lets not forget Dannys own formidable DJ skills. He’s a seasoned selector with the unique ability to play house, disco, techno, garage, bass music, broken beat and jazzy beats in the same set without any break in dancefloor energy. This has led to appearances far and wide including Fabric, Lux, Dommune and several Boiler Rooms (he was asked to curate his own Boiler Room to launch his Hot Coins album in 2013).
Danny also keeps himself busy running 3 well regarded record labels, Bergerac focuses on the strictly dancefloor bangers with support from Midland, Ben UFO, Magda, Joy Orbison and Mosca. Smugglers Inn focuses on fresh talent unearthed on his much loved radio show. Nettles is a bit more naughty with Dannys secret disco weapons receiving plays from Crazy P and Todd Terje.
Berman is also a well respected broadcaster and tastemaker with his much loved Smugglers Inn radio show (which has been running for 8 years) recently being invited to be part of the hyped new Leeds based kmah-radio.com station. Focussing on mainly unreleased material from lesser known artists led to Danny being an early supporter of Lone, Floating Points, Mark E, Frits Wentink, Juju and Jordash and Lay-Far long before they became widely known.
“Her mixing ability and selection is bar none to her peers and then some. I’ve never met someone so young with such raw talent. The future is so bright for her”. Ivan Berko - Test Pressing 2018
For some DJs music will forever be in the foreground of their mind; every free moment is spent searching for new music or conceiving ways to blend new discoveries. Brescian born Budino is one of these DJs, hers is a constant quest for fresh material to weave in her sets – sets that exist in clubbers minds as glorious psychedelic tapestries sewn from dark trance-inducing beats, tribal percussion and rich cosmic textures. Given this dedication and craft it’s unsurprising that praise, such as Mr Berko’s above, is heaped so readily on Budino’s sets. Now residing in Berlin Budino has been gleefully accepted as a resident of the city’s quintessential weekend institution Cocktail D’Amore. Additionally Budino has found time to co-founder the revered cerebral remedy that is the “Dancing for Mental Health” parties and has also via her Oscillator label released a sublime trio of previously unreleased Beppe Loda edits across the Obscure Cuts series. With podcasts under her belt for Melbourne Deepcast, Love International and Les Yeux Orange have seen the free wheeling and inventive spirit of Budino’s DJing distilled for a global audience. However for those unfamiliar with Budino’s sound we urge you to seek her out at your local discotheque where we guarantee your mind will be freed and your ass will follow.