About the concept:
Here is the forty-first instalment of our series “abc plays xyz”.
The idea behind it is to ask some DJs/mixing artists if they have an artist or label in mind that they love and would like to use for a mix.
So the approach of each mix is clear: the choosen DJ/mixing artist makes a selection of tracks produced by one artist (and her/his monikers) or released on a label (and its sublabels) and creates a nice mix from it.
Find links to all instalments at our overview. Today we present you Karschau’s mix of tracks, collaborations & remixes by Blue Hour.
Born and raised in a suburb of Hamburg, Karschau moved to Berlin in 2012. Inspired by the musical experiences from nights out in Berlin’s clubs he started djing and producing in 2013. In 2015 he started the club night and open air series Background. Codes, which was recently relaunched and is now taking place on Thursday nights at Griessmuehle. For this series he and his crew invited artists like Escape To Mars, Aiken, Yan Cook and Reflec. In the summer of 2016 he also got involved in the Colours afterhour series at Griessmuehle, hosting regular Saturday daytime events on two floors with a strict focus on supporting local newcomer dj’s and crews.
Karschau’s dj sets are usually designed for the early morning hours, containing high energy dark, driving and hypnotizing techno, but he also likes to get out his late 90’s techno records to go above and beyond the 135bpm for a full on tribal techno set.
About Blue Hour:
Under the guise Blue Hour, British producer/DJ Luke Standing has carved his unique imprint and distinctive sound not only onto the UK Techno scene but the global Dance community as a whole. A series of notably designed 12″s delve forward and strike classically with a fresh, exciting fusion of functionality and traditionalism of dancefloor focused Techno, intimately driven by the spirit and energy of the 90s, Millsian futurism and timeless Electronica.
This depth of appreciation, love and understanding is also evident in his approach as a DJ, where Blue Hour’s profound inclination to the discovery of esoteric records and devotion to creating a musical story spanning past, present and future creates an inspiring performance at venues worldwide, blurring the lines between geography and scene, light and dark, extroverted in its dancefloor pragmatism and at once truly introspective.
This young journey has seen Blue Hour attract the attention from many of the genre’s leading lights and institutions such as Berghain affiliated record label Ostgut Ton and Infrastructure New York/Ostgut Ton recording artist Dave Sumner aka Function – who invited him to remix fellow Ostgut labelmate Tobias and to contribute exclusive material for Function’s ‘Berghain 07’ mix along with full-track appearances on its supporting 12” inches.
With further releases and remix projects on the horizon, plus a busy global tour schedule Blue Hour’s presence is a welcome spark forward in the world of Techno and Electronic music.
Text by Radiate Booking
Listen & Download:
“Karschau plays Blue Hour” (download coming soon)
Karschau About His Choice:
The first time I came across Blue Hour was a few years ago, when he played at ://about blank. It was one of those few memorable nights that stand out from usual club nights. He played an absolute killer set that night and I wasn’t able to leave the dance floor even once for the whole three hours he played. What I like about his productions is the combination of true old school elements and the modern twist to it – which he implements perfectly – resulting in very useful dance floor weapons that fit in different styles of techno. Last Christmas I was lucky enough to see that he offered the whole Blue Hour discography for free on Bandcamp. Reason enough for me to get all these releases and record this mix.
01. Blue Hour – First Light (Lucid Mix)
02. Blue Hour – Lost Illusions
03. Blue Hour – Will Never Set
04. Blue Hour – Axis Motive (Answer Code Request Remix)
05. Blue Hour – Front
06. Blue Hour – Solace
07. Blue Hour – Unearthed
08. Blue Hour – Common Ground (Mark Broom Remix)
09. Blue Hour – Miramar
10. Blue Hour – Falling Lines (Pangaea Remix)
11. Blue Hour – Lip Plate
12. Blue Hour – Taranis
13. Blue Hour – Common Ground
14. SNTS – ES19.3 (Blue Hour Remix)
15. Tobias. – He Said (Blue Hour Remix)
16. Blue Hour – Introspective II
17. Blue Hour – Parallels (Original Mix)
18. Blue Hour – Axis Motive
19. Blue Hour – Moments
EP “Remixed 01”
EP “Remixed 02”
EP “The Midnight Sun”
sampler “Berghain 07 | Part 1” with Blue Hour track
compilation “Facticity” w/ Blue Hour track on Infrastructure