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Exclusive Tornado Wallace podcast ahead of next weekend’s party.

This July Warm and Electric minds are joining forces to curate a stage Lovebox 2011, bringing the best house and techno around to the annual highlight of London’s summer calendar. On Friday May 27th we are teaming up with the festival to present a taster of what to expect from our stage, with Motor City Drum Ensemble (who will be joining us at the festival itself) joining a host of other DJs and producers across two floors!

Room 1:


John Roberts



Tornado Wallace

Room 2

Tim Sweeney


In Room 1 we welcome Efdemin, John Roberts (Live), Motor City Drum Ensemble, Ben UFO and Tornado Wallace.

Berlin-based Efdemin producer aka Phillip Sollmann has lead the way forward, through the converging thickets of minimal, deep house and techno. He released his debut and namesake album in 2007 – regarded as one of the most artfully crafted LPs of 2007. His second album Chicago, released in May last year, is hard not to hear as being even more carefully structured and considered.

John Roberts will be treating us to one of his very special live sets. He is also the man responsible for one of the most fully realized and expertly executed albums in recent memory. Released in 2010 to widespread acclaim, Glass Eights is a wide-reaching masterclass in combining samples and live instrumentation into an LP as perfectly suited for home listening as it is for a packed dance floor.

Danillo Plessow AKA Motor City Drum Ensemble first made his mark with Inverse Cinematics, laying down a series of leftfield, yet house inflected releases that quickly caught the ear of such luminaries as Gilles Peterson and Rainer Trby, in 2007 he adopted the Motor City Drum Ensemble alias, and his highly acclaimed Raw Cuts series unleashed a series of raw, sample-heavy, no-frills club tracks upon the world. Original material and remixes have followed on such labels as Compost, 20:20 Vision, Rush Hour, Prime Numbers, and Mule Musiq, and on his own labels MCDE and Four Roses.

Ben UFO who is (along with Ramadanman/Pearson Sound and Pangaea) one of the three minds behind Hessle Audio, the Leeds-based label that has found itself at the forefront of the UK electronic music scene since its foundation in 2007. The label has been the home of key releases from Ramadanman and Pangaea, in addition to cuts from TRG and Untold. Joe’s ‘Claptrap’ and Elgato’s ‘Tonight/Blue’ both made countless 2010 end-of-year lists. Ben UFO has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting young DJs to emerge from the UK in recent years.

Tornado Wallace is the alter ego of Melbourne producer Lewie Day. Lewie has been writing and producing music for over 9 years and has had releases on Murmour, 8 Bit, and Dirt Crew, as well as a fantastic release on Delusions of Grandeur, with a second soon to follow. Tornado has also lent his creative spin to other artists with remixes for Eddie C, Alex Agore, Loin Brothers and Nile Delta.

In Room 2 we welcome Optimo and Tim Sweeney.

When Keith McIvor (AKA Twitch) and Jonnie Wilkes formed Optimo in 1997 they both had 10 years of DJing behind them. Unpredictable, genre-defying, and endlessly knowledgeable, the sounds that the pair brought to Glasgows Sub Club caused Optimo to become an institution, a haven for music-fans tired of blinkered music policies, eager for new sounds and wide-ranging bookings. The free time afforded by the end of the weekly Optimo night in 2010 has enabled the pair to travel even more extensively and to embark on new projects, from production work (Twitch with Sons & Daughters and Wilkes with his own Naum Gabo project), to Cumbia obsessions, to an acclaimed Fabric mix CD, and of course still finding time for DJ sets around the globe.

Since beginning his Beats In Space radio show in 1999 Tim Sweeney has become one of the most influential figures on the electronic music scene. Informed by figures such as Detroits pioneering radio DJ Electrifying Mojo, Coldcuts Solid Steel, WBMX and the Hot Mix 5, Tims weekly slot on New Yorks WNYU has attracted a huge international following, attracting a list of diverse guests who constitute a whos who of electronic music. A Beats In Space record label is due to be launched this year.

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