GDD™ Morning Update: BBC Radio 1, Nina Kraviz, Marek Hemmann, Sister City Limited


BBC Radio 1’s Residency reveals line-up for 2015
• Listen to a New Track from Nina Kraviz
• Berlin Techno Prodigal Son Marek Hemmann Announces Live Bittersweet North American Tour
• Dean Grenier, Hej Fund, and Eprom Launch New Label, Sister City Limited; Hear the First Release


BBC Radio 1’s Residency reveals line-up for 2015

BBC Radio 1’s Residency returns in 2015 with a line-up that includes some of the best DJs and producers of the moment. Beginning on January 8, Radio 1’s eight Resident DJs for 2015 are:

Flying Lotus

George FitzGerald

Hannah Wants 


Jon Hopkins




Radio 1’s Residency is the strand that brings listeners the biggest names in electronic music – from the underground to the arena, and airs on Radio 1 in two slots on Thursday nights between 10pm – midnight and midnight – 1am. Flying Lotus is paired with Kaytranada, Skream with Hannah Wants, Heidi with Solomun and George FitzGerald with Jon Hopkins.

Skream and Heidi are already on the Radio 1 Residency DJ roster and George FitzGerald returns after a stint at the beginning of 2014. The other names will take over from Moxie, Sohn, Jackmaster, Martin Garrix, Steve Angello and James Blake.

Kaytranada says: “During my highschool days, I used to listen to my favourite DJs mixes on BBC and now, here I am. Damn. I’m going to play the best music for y’all.”

Hannah Wants says: “So so happy to be a part of Radio 1’s Residency. I’m really excited to be able to share my sound on such a great platform. Thank you BBC Radio 1!”

Solomun, says: “It’s a big honour being asked to be part of BBC Radio 1’s Residency and I didn’t hesitate a second – I can’t wait to get started.”

Flying Lotus, says: “I still can’t believe this is about to happen. It’ll be a pleasure to invade the UK airwaves for the months ahead.”

Rhys Hughes, Head of Programmes, Radio 1 & 1Xtra says: “In 2014 Radio 1’s Resident DJs brought our audience an incredibly diverse mix of music from the dance music world. To continue in this vein for 2015 we’ve enlisted a who’s who of the most exciting DJ and production talent in the world. It is a stellar, global line-up that demonstrates the breadth of dance music across Radio 1.”

Transmission details:

Thursday 8 January 201: 10pm – Skream, midnight – Hannah Wants

Thursday 15 January 2015: 10pm – Flying Lotus, midnight – Kaytranada

Thursday 22 January 2015: 10pm – George FitzGerald, midnight – Jon Hopkins

Thursday 29 January 2015: 10pm – Heidi, midnight – Solomun

(via BBC)


Listen to a New Track from Nina Kraviz

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Russian-born producer/DJ Nina Kraviz has shared a full stream of “IMPRV,” a driving cut which arrives as part of the inaugural release from her newly launched трип label and is also set to appear on the artist’s forthcoming DJ-Kicks mix album. One of two Kraviz productions included on The Deviant Octopus, the double-EP compilation which kicks off her трип imprint, “IMPRV” is a sharply focused dancefloor outing, one which peppers echoed vocals over a base of rounded synth sequences and an array of crisp hats.

Out now on The Deviant Octopus compilation, “IMPRV” can be streamed in full below. The track—along with all seven other cuts included on the double-EP collection—will also appear on Kraviz’s upcoming contribution to the DJ-Kicks series when it lands on January 26 via !K7.

(via XLR8R)


Berlin Techno Prodigal Son Marek Hemmann Announces Live Bittersweet North American Tour


East Germany’s sound selector and techno prodigal son, Marek Hemmann, has finally arrived stateside; first with his titan release Bittersweet,  out now on Ultra Music, and now the official launch of his North American live Bittersweet tour, hitting Output (NY), The Roxy (LA) and more.

Hemmann may be viewed as a minimalist, but through this technique he has created a true monster with sound bending of epic proportions. Bittersweet embodies that of a germanic soul filled with euphoric rhythms, experimental ambient sound structuring, iconic Berlin driving techno swells, funky bouncing melodies and potent synth licks. With a collection of song titles like “Lindwurm”, “Zunder” and “Ratis”, this record is a true work of art that will take you on a journey evoking emotions of the deepest senses, like a scrapbook of life.

Now having his sight firmly on North America, Hemmann looks to bring The Bittersweet Tour to America for the first time, where fans will witness the recreation of every emotion displayed on the mammoth album live. The live tour will be hitting historical cities including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, where Marek will finally have a chance to do what he does best, playing the music he loves and holds dearest to his heart, while living and breathing the vast lands of flourishing electronic freedom; a land that Marek once was denied as an East German.

Influenced by 90’s synthesizers, samplers and a world of abundant acoustic sounds across all  spectrums, Hemmann has carved a career only one could dream of playing at Germany’s most prestigious festivals like SonneMondSterne, Nature One, Hurricane and Southside to name a few, as well as travel across Europe for his Bittersweet tour 2014 making big plays as far as Portugal to Russia.

Get a taste of Marek Hemmann with this live video:

Tour Dates
01/22 New York, NY @ Output
01/23 Chicago, IL @ Primary
01/24 Montreal, QC @ Velvet Speakeasy
01/30 Seattle, WA @ Re-Ba
01/31 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy

Bittersweet Track List

  1. Xativa
  2. Mars
  3. Zunder
  4. Linder Wurm
  5. Topper
  6. Endless
  7. Hooray
  8. Ratis
  9. Stripped
  10. Meadow


Dean Grenier, Hej Fund, and Eprom Launch New Label; Hear the First Release


Dean GrenierHej Fund, and Eprom—who together form the West Coast production unitSister City—have announced the launch of a new label, Sister City Limited, and shared details of its inaugural release. The imprint will reportedly serve as a platform for the trio’s own productions (described as “electronic environments inspired by brutalist urban architecture, improvised, hardware-session fever dreams, and new frontiers in an immersive venue experience”) and material from like-minded artists. The outpost’s inaugural single finds Grenier partnering with Max Ulis on a-side cut “The Face You Wear is Not Your Own” and with Sergio Levels for “Hard Water” on the flip; both tracks can be heard in full below.

A digital version of “The Face You Wear is Not Your Own” b/w “Hard Water” can already be grabbed here via Sister City’s Bandcamp, and will become more widely available beginning in January. A solo EP from Hej Fund is also scheduled to drop in February 2015, followed by the first official release from the Sister City trio in March.

(via XLR8R)