Yes, I know it’s a bit late for a 2009 round-up/2010 forecast, but hey, we were both busy Hauke and I: the Haukster was packing his bag and deciding which suntan would be more appropriate for the tough australian beaches while I was recovering from extreme NYE parties and rehearsing for my first ever gig as keyboardist and background singer…
But we’re now on a roll again and we wanted to give you all a little résumé of our first ever year as a vinyl-only label, plus a little teaser of Retreat’s future. Continue reading “one year of Retreat”
For the final Edelweiss Extravaganza of 2009, we’re looking forward to listen to Iron Curtis dropping his exciting selection of electronics on the 1’s and 2’s. Mr. Curtis has been gaining a lot of praise for his debut releases on Morris Audio and Mirau earlier this year and he’s definitely set to bring more pressure in 2010 (check out his upcoming works and you’ll get the idea!). Iron Curtis is also a very solid DJ with a taste for House that is a bit out of the ordinary…just our type of guy, really 😉
Also on the lineup (and working at the door, depending at what time you arrive) will be Retreat’s founders Quarion and Hauke Freer. The deadly duo will embark on a perilous mission, which is to make you move your feet and shake your thang with musical gems in genres as various as Funk, Disco, Broken Beat, House, or Detroit Techno!
Back once again for our monthly session, this time we’ve got Nü Berliner Mark August in the House! For those who are unfamiliar with his work, Mark has been quietly releasing tracks of cinematic scale on labels as various as Innervisions, Perspectiv, Connaisseur or even Cocoon! Mark has been a bit off the radar these last few months BUT, with his own label due to be launched with help from the mighty Clone people and with new mind-boggling tunes to introduce it, we think that Mark is about to get his own well-deserved piece of the Techno pie. Expect the unexpected from his set!
Joining Mr. August will be the always impeccable groove of the Session Victim duo (who are about to release a supa-fresh EP on Real Soon) and a freestyle selection from your host with the most, Quarion.
You’ll need to find a pretty good excuse not to come to the october edition of our residency in Edelweiss: first of all, the party will celebrate the release of the mindblowing “Barrio Payment” EP from Hunee, a new artist on Retreat. Fresh from an acclaimed gig at Panorama Bar, this true music-lover will delight us with his selection of House, Disco and Boogie. Then we’re also honoured to have Patrice Scott playing a special old-school set for the party. Via his Sistrum imprint, the Detroit native has been releasing some of the deepest house cuts around, making him one of the most respected producers in the scene and a very in-demand DJ. Finally, getting you warmed up for these sonic delicacies will be Quarion, without a doubt one of the true masters in the art of getting a party started. Unmissable!
Yes. That’s it. Now it’s official. After numerous months of gestation the first release of RETREAT hit the vinyl shops worldwide! It was a lot of work for Hauke and I (especially for Hauke because he’s more the computer nerd…plus I can be a lazy mofo sometimes), but of course it was all worth it! The vinyl smells good, Gesine’s artwork looks extra tight, the sleeves are solid and most importantly the tracks sound HEAVY, thanks to the scientists at Dubplates & Mastering.
We threw a release party on the 10th of April at the marvellous Tape club in Berlin. Playing live for the first time in Berlin, Session Victim absolutely rocked the place! It was honestly the highlight of the night. Agnès performed a bouncy DJ set and I had a great time doing the warm-up, but Hauke & Mathias got the whole crowd going crazy and the industry headz at the bar taking notice…Yes, Session Victim are set to do damage this year!
It also looks like Retreat will start a monthly party in Kreuzberg best kept’s secret location…I organised a marvellous party last thursday with Tokyo’s finest DJ Kent and sonic grandmaster Hunee. The vibe was so warm and friendly that Hauke and I have decided to turn the spot into Retreat’s HQ for some monthly madness…more infos to come very, very soon!