REVIEW: Cocoon on the Terrace @ Studio 338

Eminem once said “nobody listens to techno”, and let’s be honest, he has reason for being a hater. Luckily since the dawn of the Millennium, Cocoon and its founder Sven Vath have nurtured a roster of artists that really know what they’re doing – their latest party at Studio 338 didn’t disappoint.

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As Christmas day approaches (only six more sleeps), this weekend presents itself as your last chance to party before the impending booze fuelled gorge-fest that is Jesus Christ’s birthday (apparently).
For the London contingent, Flux’s takeover at Brixton’s Plan B on Saturday could not come more highly rated with a slew of cutting edge underground starlets set to take over the two rooms in South London’s buzzing establishment.

In the main room, Flux have called to arms two of Germany’s finest in Nd_Baumecker from the prestigious Ostgut imprint as well Smallville head honchos Smallpeople, joining these will be Madtech’s highly promising youngster: Voyeur. Room two is hosted by the chaps at Saint’s Don’t Sleep who have enlisted Max Graef of Tartelet fame as well as Dickon and Rob Amboule from Odd Socks and Nixwax respectively.

So come warm the cockles of your heart to Plan B’s chunky soundsystem and Smallpeople’s chugging house music.


FREE DOWNLOAD: Aphex Twin “Polynomial C” – Maceo Plex Edit


The ever illustrious Maceo Plex has been busy at work in the beats laboratory putting his own personal slant on Aphex Twin’s “Polynomial C” turning it into a melody led dance floor destroyer. What’s more is that this sure fire hit is being offered up as a free download, no catches, no sign up forms, no pleas to vote on the Resident Advisor DJ poll. Cheers Eric!



The Bicep boys are back with another slab of retro infused house music. After the roaring success of their “Vision of Love” EP as well as their “Stash” EP on Aus Music, the dynamic duo from Belfast return with the second release on their own Feel My Bicep imprint.

The title track “Satisfy” odes to baltimore club music, complete with an infectious diva-esque vocal you’re bound to hear across the nation in months to come. The pick of the bunch on this EP however can be found on the flip where “Snackbar” lends itself a lot more to tougher techno sounds where a growling bassline provides the foundation for menacingly intricate chords. Last but by no means least, “The Final Trip” is a slab of straight up jackin’ business perfect for those late night work outs.

Bicep – FMB002 is due for release on November 25th and can be preordered on wax here: