December runnings

doing it in the park

Yep, we’ve been a bit quiet for a while but looks like December will keep us busy!

First of all, we’re organizing our last party of 2012 in the magical Loftus Hall! On the bill is Mr. Beatnick for his first ever performance in Berlin. Iron Curtis with a brand new live set and the Retreat officials Session Victim and Quarion! Get all the details here but be sure not to miss out on that one!

And we’re excited to announce that RTR12 is finished and getting processed in the pressing plant as we speak! Iron Curtis comes correct with a lethal 4-tracker which propels House music into the unknown!

We’ll drop more info in the coming week so please stay tuned…

Retreat Label Night – Loftus Hall, Berlin

Get prepared for another steaming party as the Retreat crew take over Loftus Hall for an evening which promises to reach every corner of the Dance Music panel! It’s a special one indeed: not only do we celebrate the release of Retreat n°12 from Iron Curtis but we also bring a special guest for his first ever Berlin performance: Mr. Beatnick!

This talented DJ and producer has been navigating the undercurrents of the London scene for years, spinning Hip-Hop, Broken Beat, Disco and House while avidly collecting rare Jazz and obscure records. A Hip-Hop producer at heart, Mr. Beatnick broke through with the amazing « Synthetes » EP on Don’t Be Afraid, a daring House record which ended up on essential compilations from the likes of Scuba, Gilles Peterson or Paul Woolford. With his latest release, the superb « Sun Goddess » also picking up momentum, we can bet that Mr. Beatnick will be one of the hotly tipped artists in 2013!

 Also on the line-up tonight is the great Iron Curtis with a wicked new live set! It’s been a busy year for the Iron Man, but after an accomplished debut Album on Mirau and killer Acid-drenched tracks as one half of Achterbahn D’Amour, Nuremberg’s finest is finally back in the Retreat camp for a brand new EP. « Glazing » is a fantastic 4-tracker which sees Iron Curtis breaking new ground while staying true to his inimitable style. We really can’t wait to hear those new tunes live!

 Finally, making sure that the party starts and ends on a good note, the Retreat heroes Session Victim and Quarion will come up with a quality selection of House, Techno, Nu Disco or whatever the hell they feel like playing!

So come down to Neukölln’s number one spot and party with us as we close the 2012 chapter with a blast!

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Retreat Label Party – Loftus Hall,Berlin

Oh yes, it’s been a while since our last Retreat label party! But like we said back in 2011, we’ve decided to organize fewer events and make each of them more special…so we’re very excited to set up our first label night of 2012 in the fabulous Loftus Hall!

It’s the perfect setting for Quarion to unveil his brand new live set : going back to the roots of Dance Music, the Q-man’s live show puts hardware to the forefront via the ever trusty TR-909 & SH-101 from Roland! Expect some raw beats, heavy basslines, deep atmospheres and those inimitable Quarion melodies!

Iron Curtis’ contemporary take on Chicago House through releases on 4lux, Mule or Retreat has won him accolades left and right. But his musical palette goes way beyond the four-to-the-floor bangers, and his upcoming album on Mirau will showcase Mr. Curtis’ affinity for Hip-Hop, Soul and Dubstep Flavors. He’s also a very solid DJ and we can’t wait to see him turn Loftus Hall upside-down!

Last but not least, Session Victim will rock the 1’s and 2’s with their choice of House, Disco and Funk delicacies. The duo are definitely one of Dance Music’s hottest properties, thanks to their distinctive “cut-up groove” sound that burns dancefloors everywhere and that is masterfully displayed on their debut LP for Delusions Of Grandeur!

All in all, a great line-up of artists devoted to the vinyl cause…and to the art of moving butts !

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Retreat Label Party – Turmzimmer, Hamburg















SESSION VICTIM will start the party by warming up the soundsystem and making sure everyone gets his/ her dose of funky, housey feelgood vibes right from the beginning.

Next up, QUARION will present his ever evolving, mindblowing (yes, thats the accurate description) Liveset. Heard it yet?  Well, you’re in for the real deal if you haven’t, nuff said.

… and of course you know HUNEE, either for his superior productions on numerous labels like W.T. and RUSH HOUR or for his excellent Skills on the one’s and two’s so there’s really no need to ask how this night will be brought to a peak, is it?

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Retreat Label Night – Edelweiss, Berlin












Yes! It’s been a while since our last Retreat label party! We’ve actually decided to organize fewer events and make each of them more special…since we’re using the age-old expression of “quality over quantity” for our vinyl output, we might as well do the same concerning our parties 😉

Our special guest this evening has flown straight from Australia: Adam McCornell has been DJing for more than ten years and became a fixture in Sydney’s flourishing electronic music scene via his fantastic “Late Night Shuffle” parties. Adam is a true connoisseur of House and Techno so we’re very looking forward to his Berlin debut!

Also on the bill tonight is Quarion, performing one of his much-praised live sets. The Q-man promised some more piano action this time so we will see if performing sweet folk with Jules Etienne has made him a better keyboarder or not. Quarion was also busy touring the moons around Jupiter these last weeks but he’s now focusing on composing new material for Drumpoet Community and Retreat. There are also rumours he started a side-project consisting of stripped-down MPC grooves…but Quarion didn’t wish to comment on that.

Last but not least, Lüneburg’s best musical export aka Session Victim will rock the 1’s and 2’s at the beginning of the party. You can expect some sweet House, Disco and Funk delicacies from the duo that is going from strength to strength with its recent output on Join The Dots or Delusions Of Grandeur. Ripping shows from the UK to Australia, Session Victim is set to make much more noise this year so stay tuned!

All in all, a great line-up of artists devoted to the art of moving butts, see you all in the basement!

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Retreat Label Party – Edelweiss, Berlin

For the last Retreat party of 2010, we’re happy to invite Moomin, a fresh talent within the Berlin scene. This music-obsessed young cat has been collecting Hip-hop, Funk and Jazz since the early 90’s before discovering the beauty of House music at the turn of the millenium. A member of the always reliable White collective, Moomin has played in most of Berlin’s major clubs and has released groovy SP-1200 workouts on Aim and the aforementioned White imprint. Our friend has a deep knowledge of the art of moving butts, so we’re very eager to dance to his set in Edelweiss!

Session Victim will also be performing their incendary new live show…so despite the polar temperatures in Berlin, expect sweat to be dripping off the walls as the Masked Avengers tweak their Nu Funk formula to perfection! Although their DJ schedule is beginning to get packed with gigs all over Germany, Australia and England, the duo still spends most of its time in the studio working on new material as well as remixes for Future Classic, Farside or Z Records among others….trust us, you won’t escape Session Victim in 2011!

Making sure the party starts on a good note, Quarion will play a quality selection of Boogie, Funk and Deep House at the beginning of the night. On the production front, the Q-man is about to release a sonic postcard from the “Moons Around Jupiter”, a four-track EP that easily ranks as some of his best work so far…and of course it’s on Retreat!

So come down to Kreuzberg’s busiest basement and party with us as we close the 2010 chapter with a blast!

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Retreat Label Party – Edelweiss, Berlin

The may edition of our monthly residency is a bit of a special one: it’s the first party where ALL of the artists have a release on Retreat. Add to that the fact that they live within a couple of 100 meters to each other and you can tell that this event will ressemble a family reunion of some sort…

We’re happy to see Hunee making his long-awaited return to the Edelweiss cave. Arguably one of Berlin’s finest DJ’s, he has been recently playing to places as far as Seoul or Tokyo, thanks to a well-deserved buzz he achieved via his essential releases on W.T. Records, Internasjonal, Feel Music and Drumpoet Community among others. Hunee’s exciting Disco and House selection combined with his pumping DJing style will definitely have the Edelweiss crowd getting into a frenzy!

Quarion is also back in the basement after a few gigs that made him travel from Stettin to Staten Island. Always looking forward to drop music of all genres (as long as it makes sense), Quarion still feels an affinity with music from the deeper shade of the spectrum. Thus you can expect a heart-felt and dedicated set from one of Retreat’s founders…

Hauke Freer has been quite busy touring as well, sharing DJing and Live duties with his Session Victim compadre Matthias Reiling in spots all over Germany or London. Hauke is known for his energizing blend of groovy bits, whether it’s Hip-Hop, House or Disco, so you can be sure he will get the party started!

A family affair that is open to all music lovers, this event is simply not to be missed!

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