view from the venue of La Bella Vida (restaurant Podolka) – image by Simona Hypsová
The sun has finally appeared on the sky, summer is approaching and so is the 3rd La Bella Vida season. The very first edition (out of 5 that have been planned) is taking place in a very well known venue – it is a roofed terrace of the Prague Yacht Club Podolka, just at the bank of Vltava river.
Berlin based producer and dj Alexander Kastner, who is one half of Paskal & Urban Absolutes, accepted his invitation and he is going to play a Dj set which is usually beautifully slow and deep with the perfect summer atmosphere and very often with vocals. Alex himself and/ or together with Adrian Hoffman in scope of their project Paskal & Urban Absolutes released his productions on more than 20 labels. It is worth to mention his EP “Our Smile In Your Face” which was a second release at Lukas Micka’s Prague based label. Another obviously good choice for the line up is Brno based talent Tom Holic. His performance on last year’s La Bella Vida is almost legendary. The Line up will be completed by Aitcher Clark (live) – who has been very active both with his own productions and his project Awali(together with a Ukrainian singer Tamara Shmidt). The list of guest artists will be as usually supported by residents Milan Kroutil and Awacs.
La Bella Vida facebook event When: 18th May 2013 (start 5pm) Where: Restaurant Podolka (Podolske nabrezi – port 1, 147 00 Prague, Czech republic) Entry: free!
The fourth edition of Lunchmeat festival is coming to fertilize the Czech club music landscape – now with a brand new and special location. Prague is going to absorb the fresh selection of beat visionaries of various kinds – be it glitch, trap, techno, house, IDM and more. Innovative visual side accompanying the music specially designed by forward thinking VJs and visualists remains commonplace. Mark Friday 26th of April in your virtual diaries – Lunchmeat is once again going to deliver nourishing audiovisual marvels for you listening pleasure.
Change is an essential element of life – and change is neccessary for Lunchmeat as well. The fourth annual feast of traditional audiovisual culture changed the place of residence at MeetFactory for a completely new and unknown space – a former cinema in the underground spaces of the National Gallery in the city center in Prague. The timing of the festival has been changed also – this year Lunchmeat is concentrated onto one day – Friday, the 26th of April. The main objective for the festival remains the same though. It has always been about bringing interesting representatives of contemporary progressive electronic music combined with an innovative visual artists. The main effort is to ensure that the result of their work will be a blend of organic audiovisual experience.
And now, the most important thing – the artists!
The highlight of the festival will definitely be the show of one of the leading figures of legendary label Warp Records – Clark. The performance of this cult musician and electronic music matador will be completed by installations of the acclaimed Turkish visual studio NOHlab (holders of awards including from the Ars Electronica Festival) and residential artists of Lunchmeat festival.
One of the leading figures of the famous label Raster-Noton. A graduated architect and eternal admirer of geometry – this perhaps explains why his compact beat constructions sounds so surgically precise and dangerously addictive. Not everything is techno that glitters – but you can be sure that everything he touches, turns to gold…
FANTASTIC MR. FOX
Seasoned beatmaker Fantastic Mr. Fox has been dedicated to producing since he was 14 years old – and a wealth of experience in music are recognized within production of this Manchester based artist. Black Acre label which released Fantastic Mr. Fox’s releases is one of those special ones that don’t follow hypes and trends on the scene and try to keep its quality by releasing only extraordinary qualities. Thanks to this, his erudite production has more of a permanent character.
Russian producer Long Arm is already known as the author of the atmospheric compositions where the love for jazz meets with a keen sense of the original beat painting. Long Arm’s organic-sounding production found its stable home under the wings of an innovative team of Project Mooncircle. On Lunchmeat festival you can see him presenting an unique live set with drummer Ruslan Gadzhimurad.
Montreal native and current Barcelona resident Sinjin Hawke belongs among the current generation of maximalist electronic artists and he is one of the most important drivers of euphorically dense club sound. His sounds are quite similar to artists such as Hudson Mohawke or Rustie. Sinjin is also an author of extraordinary EP the Lights Moreover and his live performances are extra special – he can do it without computer! His (in the literal sense) live set consists of original MIDI sequences that Sinjin, as one of a handful of current beatmakers, handles screwed on place only by MPC sequencer in a remarkable performance which is quite rare today. Definitely don’ t miss this master!
Hyetal has pricked up the attention of many with his productions, obtaining that hallowed MAH mix slot and garnering releases on Formant, Reduction, Planet Mu and (imminently) Soul Motive. His beats even recently prompted a member of Californian crunk smiths Lazer Sword to describe his music as feeling “like… I just won a marathon race and I’m at the dubstep rave and everyone is pouring champagne on me and I’m eating wedding cake with all my ex-girlfriends… and they just told me they still love me. All of them.”
The second stage will be marked by the current Czech & Slovak production – and its leaders Karaoke Tundra, FNTM, Stratasoul, Illex Aside, DJ Tucoand Zephyd intend to show that domestic beatmakers are not behind the foreign ones! The second stage will be located in the glass lobby of the former café bar Nova Synteza. In the week preceding there will be an open pop-space , where you can join lectures and workshops. As usual, a part of the accompanying program of Lunchmeat festival will be an infosession of the Red Bull Music Academy which present the work of Slovak beatmaker Stratasoul. RMBA celebrates 15 years since its foundation – this year in New York city, which begins almost immediately after Lunchmeat festival…
Mosaik represents a recently formed party crew of a couple music enthusiast and supporters of quality music. Their goal? Well, to fill the missing spots on Prague music scene and present marginalized artists, genres and approaches. A series of events for musical connoisseurs will begin on March 15th with a very special guest from Austria – Cid Rim!
CID RIM (LuckyMe, Affine, TLM / Vienna)
Vienna based professional jazz drummer and lector could also be spotted with other great Austrian talent Dorian Concept under the project JSBL. With this project Cid Rim gained the first production experience of composing electronic music. Under the banner of his solo project he trains us what we can achieve with the help of modern equipment. Variable, funk music influenced music with elaborate drum sequences together with soft synthesizer melodies and inspiration from hip hop or early 70′s music. For his last year’s excellent mini-album Cid Rim is very vaunted by all the majors alternative media. He also recently got an opportunity to present his musical art in legendary Solid Steel broadcasting on BBC radio.
Line up for the first MOSAIK will be completed by Czech & Slovak support:
Tony Andrews the funktion one boss raises an awareness for good audio quality
NIGHT AIR is an exceptional meeting for electronic music lovers which was established in cooperation with the prestigious music platform Red Bull Music Academy. The premiere party of NIGHT AIR / 01 will be held on Friday 18th January 2013 in Prague at the MeetFactory venue. During the late afternoon and night you can look forward to an extraordinary program!
It all starts at 5.30 pm with a lecture bloc given by the great Tony Andrews – the founder of legendary Funktion One company, that for more than 20 years deals with the production and development of hi-quality sound systems. Also the late-afternoon program of NIGHT AIR will offer a very interesting lecture given by Tomas Hartl aka Elektrabel, who belongs to the group of the best Czech producers and djs. Tomas will shortly speak about various topics concerning music production, hardware, but also mastering and acoustics. Furthermore you will also briefly be introduced to the upcoming Red Bull Music Academy which will take a place in New York (28th April – 31st May 2013).
Tony Andrews : Tech Talk
And at about 8pm you should get ready for quality DJs and musical projects. So, let’s take a look closer on them!
The UK’s Daniel Richmond aka Clubroot who is considered to be an extremely talented producer will open the night. You can expect a highly emotive ambient with some sophisticated dubstep elements.
Clubroot’s mix for Electronic Music Explorations
JOSEF SEDLON (CZ)
One of the most important people within the Czech musical scene. Josef is a presenter, promoter and tireless booster of quality electronic music. No doubt that his set will guarantee a great musical experience!
Diome is not a newbie on the Czech scene. He has been performing on various events and festivals already since 1997. One of the most important moments for him was the participation in the Red Bull Music Academy in Dublin in 2000. Diome’s sets are a synonym for intelligent house or dreamy melodies.
DJ FACE (CZ)
Also known as Myclick, he has been writing for the Czech music site techno.cz for about 12 years. Myclick can be also heard on the Czech radio every 2 weeks, delivering the finest music. Face is a strictly “vinyl DJ” who usually sticks to nu-disco or deep house music. On NIGHT AIR he will play b2b with Diome and I’m sure it’s gonna be a blast :-)
EVA PORATING (CZ)
Originally from Slovakia, she later settled in Brno and now lives in Prague. You may remember Eva from our “good bye summer” podcast. Her popularity is still growing and I think she definitely deserves it!
DJ MOORIS (CZ, Shotgun festival)
Daniel Moravek aka Mooris – founder & dramaturge of Shotgun festival. Daniel will present a diverse set of house, techno or bass music waves.
FREMENI live (CZ)
Several years of preparation culminated in late 2012 when FREMENI presented his premiere live set. From acid, over micro-rave to techno, FREMENI represents a very exciting Czech live act, that is definitely worth to be seen and heard!
LA BELLA VIDA DJS (CZ)
It has been 2 years already since they came up with the idea of summer open-air sessions on various locations in Prague. Spontaneous and enjoyable outdoor events with no entry, with lots of local djs acompanied with a quality sound system.
You can really look forward to a special Funktion One sound specially set for the space of MeetFactory!
When 18th January 2013 (start 5.30 pm, end 4am)
Where MeetFactory (Ke Sklarne 15, 150 00 Prague, Czech republic)
Are you an art addict? Then watch out for this event! Arts meet Art is a multigendre event for enthusiastic consumers of art.
The aim of this event is to present young & talented artists from various fields, such as fine arts, audiovisual arts, conceptual art or fashion design. Attendants can look forward to their favourite fashion designer working under the brand ODIVI who will present a creative fashion show. Furthermore there will be presented colorful works and paintings by Sofie B Svejdova or stunning photographic works by fashion photographer Jan Grombirik.
As the name itself suggests – it’s a meeting of students of Arts management and artists. So you will not only have fun, but also take home a chunk of inspiration. The event is an imaginary completion of the project ran by students. A purely unconventional event!
When: 16th January 2013 (start at 6pm, end ?) Where: Galerie Tiskarna (Opatovicka 18, Prague, Czech republic) Entry: voluntary!
All artists deserve thanks for their stunning performances and of course BIG thanks belongs to Lunchmeat team for the realization of such a great parties. We wish a lot of success in future and looking forward to next Lunchmeat festivals!
And the rest of you, come on & join the anniversary party of Lunchmeat!
Another portion of good music music is in front of us! Just Like That crew invites another very special guest – mr. Rainer Trüby. So, as usual – you should not miss out on this one.
Rainer Trüby, ex-member of A Forest Mighty Black and today’s master of rare vinyl and wine, is still busy with DJ-ing around the globe (only a few airports have not seen his metal record box…vinyl, yes!). Spreading his musical vision of “good music” he delivers a delicious mix of different facets of house, blended with his beloved roots of soul,boogie, jazz, funk and latin. Known as part of the Trüby Trio and selector for compilations such as “Talkin Jazz”, “Maiden Voyage” (Compost) and “Beats & Oexle” (Sonarkollektiv) you wouldn’t challenge his musical taste at all.
Rainer’s latest single has just been released on Compost Records. It features the massive House tune “Jeck”, as well as the beautiful “Welcome To Our World” on the flip side, which knows how to convince with its groovy chords and catchy vocals. This release points out Rainer’s skills as a talented producer and fits perfectly into his DJ Sets.
Next to his Dj shows across the globe, Rainer is also responsible for his own legendary club-night “Root Down” at Waldsee Freiburg, where he recently invited legendary Gilles Peterson to join him for a very special Havana Cultura edition of Rainer’s constant party series.
Origami is an original vintage and second hand shop based in Prague. The idea of creating a vintage shop was born while two friends Eva & Petra were enjoying mulled wine and having a conversation about their love for second hand clothes. Both girls share this fascination for vintage clothes, especially the experience of feeling other lives and history from those clothes. “It’s like the clothes are telling us the stories of previous owners, how they lived or even what they were like.”
Origami would like to invite you to night shopping which will take place on November 21st! You can look forward to free drinks and home made cakes. But also on 30% sales on everything in shop and introducing the new collection of handmade bags TASHKI! So, don’t miss this one ;-)
This year’s FAMUFEST will present films, documents, experimental and animated films, experimental which were originated on Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU).
Famufest, as an annual festival of student films and works – must reflect what is going on in a society around it. The festival is like our Noir hero. Noir is not only a film genre but also the situation surrounding us, the way we live. It’s a critique and celebration both at the same time. Noir is a thin line between good and bad in all of us. Noir is sexual, it’s emancipation, rawness of the real life. It’s also mapping aspects of the society, from emotional to pragmatical, with its critical eye. Noir includes little pieces of the whole structure and they form the image of the society we live in. We want everyone to share their noir hero.
There is an atmosphere of uncertainty all around us more than ever. Untold fear is a food for our noir hero. He wants to absorb all claustrophobical, unreal and pessimistic into something bigger. This atmosphere is trying to bind us. It’s up to FAMUFEST NOIR to fight it, it’s up to our Noir hero..
We completely realise that it’s hard to dramaturgically reflect any kind of a connecting pattern among varied work of FAMU students. But it is that verve, passion, will to fight, to shock and to create that together create the connecting point. These all are the shattered pieces FAMUFEST wants to join together. It is our Noir hero, who sleeps within us, stands on the edge of society and watches everything.
Besides lot of interesting movie pieces there will be also music program, which includes great names such as Kate Wax, Lucy, Boska or Eltron John! All supported by quality artists from Czech. So, don’t miss this. We will be there ;)
When: 15th – 17th November 2012 Where: New Scene of National Theatre (Narodni 4, 112 30 Prague, CZ) How much: 100CZk films/day; 100CZk music/day FB event:www.facebook.com/events
Radio Wave Stimul festival is here again to brings to Prague absolute peak of the contemporary alternative music from abroad. In addition, the festival will connect Prague club scene during three days of November. On stage in three clubs we will have a chance to see American indie-rock band Shearwater, the legendary creator of abstract hip-hop beats DJ Shadow and the most acclaimed contemporary electronic music producer Flying Lotus.
Look closer to program of Stimul festival here and buy your tickets here.
Small and friendly open air on the banks of the river in Prague is back! And of course, stronger than before :)
Last year during a couple of sessions on the meadow near Kampa you could hear the best from Czech music scene (plus some foreign DJ guest stars of course). This year won’t be different, but even better. La Bella Vida will take place more often, with more DJs or live acts (who didn’t perform last year) and with the new and better scene. And of course – no worries- the sound will be always at its best.
The first La Bella Vida session is going to happen on the 16th of June. Other dates depend on the weather, so I highly recommend you to follow for more updates on La Bella Vida group on Facebook.
If you are planning to visit Prague during the summer months, trust me, you really SHOULD see this event :)
Have a wonderful summer!
14.00-15.30 Pierre (Radio1)
15.30-16.30 Besta (Radio1)
17.30-18.30 Awacs (LBV)
18.30-19.30 M. Kroutil (LBV)
19.30-20.30 Elektrabel live & Mother@work
20.30-22.00 Cubik vs. Face (House 4 Adults)
2 months have passed and another Just Like That party is here!
Special guests for the party on the 25th May at BUKANYR will be the producer duo hailing from Berlin, Essen respectively, PASKAL & URBAN ABSOLUTES! Alex and Adrian have recently released great music on labels like Foul & Sunk or Visky Recordings and their next record will be released on Farside Records in a couple of weeks.
As we already informed you in our event sectionLunchmeat festival is back! Prague will be -for the 3rd time- a place where you can taste a quality mix of audio and visual art. Like every March, also this year´s festival takes place in 3 different venues – MeetFactory, Bio OKO and NoD. The festival´s has got something special to offer – a so called ” artist`s residence” which is a platform for creating and experimenting with stage design. This year´s Lunchmeat hosts 2 artists for 14 weeks is artist Florence To and for one week Hecq. Hecq`s residence will be actually very special because the result will not only be visuals, but also music. Lovers of quality sound will also be happy this year – the dubstep stage will provide a high-quality sound system “Sonic Spa”, which means no lights and massive sound only.
„Laborator tmy“ teaser video
The festival´s program includes a number of high quality musical artists, let`s introduce the major ones:
Steve Goodman aka Kode9, the head of Hyperdub label, will appear even twice! For the first time it´s going to be a performance of the project Her Ghost with duo MFO. This performance was also on Unsound festival by the way. Goodman is a very respectable artist, theoretic and author of Sonic Warfare book. For many people Kode9 is seen as the father of real dubstep.
Ben Lukas Boysen aka Hecq from Hymen records is already on the scene since 2003. His combination of dark and deep IDM with broken beats and ambient sounds has immediately enchanted people from Hymen records, which is still Hecq`s second home. Ben doesn`t do live shows often, so it is definitely very special for Prague!
Dubstep duo Author who is quite a new project of Jack Sparrow and Ruckspin (who is also a part of Submotion Orchestra) is another impressive name on the line-up. The duo released their debut album on Tectonic label last year which was quite a decent mix of downtempo and trip hop with jazz influences. One can say it`s not a typical sound of Pinch`s label but that`s the beauty. Their new album should be on its way so we may listen to some new pieces in MeetFactory!
One of the most significant faces of Rephlex label, Ed Upton aka DMX krew will be another exclusive live act in the program. So far he released more than 30 albums/EPs (also on his own label Breakin Records) and he is a technofunk legend.
Also worth to mention a series of Lunchmeat Warm up`s…
For those ones who are into visual art, there are Wall Art Battles (started on 8th March), which includes 7 projections on public spaces. visit facebook event for details of locations!
Two more warm ups will take a place at NoD, one on 19th March (which present “Laborator tmy” – a special A/V set) and 21st March (which present project Onomatopoeia).
Personally, I really can recommend this festival. Its concept is quite similar to the significant European festivals (like Unsound, Sound:frame or Transmedialle) and because SPERM festival has a short break for this year, Lunchmeat is the only choice :-) See you there!
So, dear party friends, do you already know how you will celebrate the arrival of spring? What about on a boat while great deep house music is being played all night long? Like it? I thought so. Let`s see some details :-)
Co-owner of Mild Pitch label, a member of Ribn project and long-time succesfull producer Manuel Tur is going to be the next special guest of one of Prague finest deep house parties – Just Like That. Support artists will be as usual Lukas Micka (Visky recordings) and Pat Heart. As a regular attendee of Just Like That parties, I can promise you won`t regret if you join us :-) Magic atmosphere of Bukanyr houseboat in combination with nice deep house beats… and I think that´s enough. Just come.
M a n u e l T u r
Born and raised in the German city of Essen, Tur released his first house record at the age of 16 on UK label Mada Music. Since then he’s appeared on labels like Delusions of Grandeur and Jimpster’s Freerange records, who will be releasing Swans Reflecting Elephants (his upcoming album!). He also runs his own imprint, Mild Pitch, together with Dplay and Langenberg, his partner in the duo Ribn. While Tur’s debut album from 2009 was decidedly downtempo, Swans Reflecting Elephants is more dance floor-oriented, albeit with lots of atmosphere and occasional ambient passages. Vocal appearances come from Blakkat, AKA Mark Bell (not to be confused with Mark Bell of LFO).
venue: houseboat U Bukanyra (nabrezi L. Svobody – close to botel Albatros, Prague 1)
date: 23rd March, start 10pm
entry: free! (come early, capacity of boat is limited!)
line up: Manuel Tur (Freerange, Mild Pitch, RIBN / DE) support: Pat Heart & Lukas Micka
After the premiere edition of Soul Signal party with Move D here comes another big legend to please our ears – big icon of Detroit scene – Mike Huckaby. A man who is highly respected as a producer, DJ as well a teacher of young Detroit talents. He will be supported by another interesting deep house DJ and label owner of Kinda Soul recordings – K-Soul.
Mike Huckaby (Deep Transportation, SYNTH)
K Soul (Kinda Soul, Sistrum)
Lukas Micka (Visky Recordings)
MIKE HUCKABY (Detroit, US)
Mike Huckaby is a dance music purist extraordinaire. Being an integral part of the Detroit dance scene, he was the man behind the legendary Record Time store and as such gathered an encyclopedic knowledge of music. Mike is one of those rare guys who know all the roots and culture of electronic dance music, see beyond the hype and divisions in the scene and know exactly what this music is. He is the kind of purist whose love for music has literally had him flown around the globe. Huckaby also produced for labels like Rick Wade’s renowned Harmonie Park outfit, London’s Cross Section or his own ventures Deep Transportation and SYNTH. Apart from his activities as a DJ and producer, he also works as a sound designer and a tutor for the software company Native Instruments, and Ableton teaching Reaktor and Live around the world, as well as for a special Detroit youth foundation project called “YouthVille”.
K SOUL (IT)
At the time House music was definitely an underground movement and the Italian scene was just starting to develop. Record collector since 1988, being involved in his hometown music scene, he began spinning records in the 1992 in a few clubs and rave parties. Having the chance to work for a record shop, he moved to London in 1997 to follow his vocation and increase his musical experience. After a first phase, working mostly in the music business as a record seller and promoter for a well known venue in Italy, he starts DJing in clubs like Fridge bar, Dogstar to name a few and in his own house music radio show at Pyrotechnic Radio. Moving back to Italy after a short experience in Paris, he released, thanks to the Ksoul & Ra.h project, his first records for Sistrum recordings (Detroit) and Morphine records, getting extremely positive approvals by the main records shops and DJs around.
In the last 5 years he had the chance to play in several well established clubs all over Europe and Italy alongside DJs such as Theo Parrish, Rick Wade, Patrice Scott, Giles Smith, Cassy – to name just a few. Having collected a countless quantity of records and consequently raised a step beyond music knowledge, his DJ set is a blowing up mixture of Detroit tech-soul, deep house and techno, keeping an eye above all on the cohesion between old and new school, to pay tribute to the seminal Chicago house music scene of the eighties and the following fusion with the nowadays legendary sound of Detroit. He is the owner of label called KINDA SOUL RECORDINGS.
For more understand to the whole Detroit thing we highly recommend to watch this documentary made by Resident Advisor:
Venue: Yes club (Skretova 1, Prague; metro station I.P. Pavlova)