Sunday, October 4, 2009

the labyrinth 2009

welcome to the labyrinth...

it has taken a while, but i'm now ready to try to put into words the feelings, experiences and sounds from a very intense and powerful couple of days at the labyrinth festival in japan. i will try my best to do justice to what took place, but i am not sure if i can fully convey in mere words how powerful many moments were. before i continue, a disclaimer: i consider the organisers and many of the artists friends, and i strongly support the vision russ (the key organiser) has for labyrinth. as such, this account is unavoidably and unabashedly biased. indeed, in many ways, labyrinth is a living, breathing version of what mnml ssgs tries to do on a weekly basis online.

a beautiful outdoor setting for some amazing music.

this was the 9th labyrinth (and my 2nd). an important thing to realise is that the festival is most definitely not something which can be taken for granted. japanese authorities have become increasingly sensitive to outdoor parties due mainly to some high profile drug related incidents, plus they are pretty conservative in general. for some time i was not even sure whether labyrinth would be on this year, or if i would be able to go. but luckily for everyone it happened, and i was able to get my ass back to japan. it was at a venue different from last year, now in the ski resort town of naeba. it was a bigger space, which had its advantages and drawbacks: it lost some of the intimacy of the previous venue, but i liked all the open space. over the years i have developed a serious intolerance to packed clubs. i just can't enjoy music when the dancefloor is overcrowded. i hate it. so all the space and ability to dance freely in the open air was a pleasure.
another point to note is that on rather late notice the organisers were forced into making it primarily a day party, though there was a smaller stage running at night. this did mess with the initial scheduling, but on the whole i thought the day format was a blessing in disguise. dancing in lovely sunny weather, and sleeping at night worked for me. actually, my preference is for it to continue as a day party in the future, regardless of whether they have to or not. i think it worked really well , especially as the venue got pretty chilly at night (we were up in the hills). on a side note, i think techno as a whole could benefit from a lot more day and evening parties. i don't see why techno can only be enjoyed at stupid hours when we should be sleeping.

eric cloutier being introduced to techno, j-style.

in setting the scene, one major thing you need to keep in mind is the sound system they have at labyrinth. the funktion one speaker stacks are simply ridiculous. the rig was even bigger than last year, and i think it is about 3 times the size of what they have at berghain. so basically just imagine the best club system you've ever heard, and i can guarantee you it sounded better than that. despite listening to music for 3+ days, at no stage did my ears hurt or get tired. when i am describing all the amazing music i experienced, you have to remember that it was on a mindblowing sound system. the other general comment i'll make is that not only was the lineup great in terms of music, it was great in terms of people. the artists were a very warm, friendly and enthusiastic group who really understood what labyrinth was about and got into the spirit of things. they all bonded well and supported each other and i am sure this contributed to the exceptionally high standard of music. compared to last year, when there were a few weak sets (mathias kaden's 3 hours + of painful bongos especially), this year i really didn't hear a bad one. there were sets that weren't to my tastes, but no means did this make them bad. rather, they created a needed diversity and offered a range for people to choose from. the care that russ took in choosing the lineup paid off and i commend him for the thought and effort he put into it. the other thing to understand about the lineup and timetabling is that it really was an embarrassment of riches. it simply was not possible to see everything. whatever happened, you were going to miss some cool music. it was just a matter of who. pick your poison...

the mighty funktion ones.

ok, onto the party. it started on saturday night with hiyoshi warming up the funktion ones. he played a lovely downbeat set, with the standout moment being a bvdub track - the heavy basslines sounded divine. it was great bumping into friends and there was an electric feeling in the air, everyone excited about what was going to happen in the coming days... after hiyoshi finished, we headed back to the hotel where we were staying (no point sugar coating it, i was too soft to do camping). after a couple of hours sleep, we got up nice and early to catch marcel fengler, who was starting the 1st day off. i am guessing the logic for putting fengler first was to give the festival a bit of a kickstart, but i think people were adjusting to the new timetable and still on route from tokyo, so the crowd was not as big as it should have been. nonetheless, marcel did what was expected: deliver a high quality set of techno. much like ssg mix, fengler did a great job slowly building things, gradually raising the tempo step by step. while i thoroughly enjoyed his set, i would have loved to see him with a bigger crowd to work with.

marcel fengler kicking things off.

next up was eric cloutier, another dj playing for the first time in japan. the first half an hour of eric's set felt a bit nervous, but he soon settled down and got into the groove. eric covered a fair bit of ground in his 3 hours, and he skillfully managed to win over the japanese crowd, not always an easy task. with more and more people appearing, eric built on fengler's opening and got the party started. it was a thoroughly enjoyable set that showed this is a dj definitely on the rise. following cloutier was will saul. i was due for a break and lunch, so i missed his set. the reports i heard were all very positive, and from what i gather he dropped some old school house and built on the vibe eric had created. it simply wasn't possible to catch everyone and i was keen for some techno later on.

techno fun in the sun.

after saul was another ssg mixer, koss, playing his first of 2 livepas on the day, this being the dancefloor one. over the next 60 minutes koss show very clearly that he is presently japan's most relevant and talented producer. i think he took a lot of the crowd by surprise, i am not sure they realised just how good he is. but by the end they definitely knew. what impressed me is how koss played a sound that should have been stale - he was basically playing tribal tech house - but managed to make it feel exciting, new and fresh. koss also made full use of the magnificent sound system at his disposal. so far all 3 ssg mixers had delivered, and now it was the turn of italian debutants, natural/electronic.system. the italian boys made it 4 from 4, winning the crowd with a perfectly weighted set of deep, heady techno. my favourite moments were hearing the villalobos remix of shackleton and silent servant's 'discipline', both which sounded spectacular on the funktion ones. for me, natural/electronic.system. were the highlight of the first day. they showed a deep understanding of what labyrinth is about and their sounds were a perfect match for day turning to night.

the natural/electronic.system. boys taking it deep.

next up was donnacha costello, who started his ambient dj set rather abruptly with what sounded like death metal. umm. yes. i'm not sure if this was the best move, as it undermined the vibe the italians had built up. nonetheless, donnacha soon settled into some nice ambient sounds. about half an hour into his set the offer of a lift down the hill to our hotel was too tempting to refuse, as we were tired and needed a rest before a big day 2. the only problem is that it meant we missed the rest of donnacha's set and koss' ambient livepa, which i am sure would have been lovely. after that, things moved to the smaller 'midnight lounge' stage, where 2 local djs (maxxrelax and KZA) spun, before there was a sendai dj set from peter van hoesen and yves de mey. reports on the sendai set were all very positive and i am pissed i missed them, but it simply wasn't possible to catch everyone. i'd decided to focus on the main daytime stage and rest at night. pick your poison.

eavesdropper starting day 2.

hard to believe that was only day 1. we still had 2 more to go... day 2 proved to be the peak of the festival, with a veritable feast of techno, house and ambient magic. we arrived to catch the 2nd hour of eavesdropper (yves de mey), who was warming things up nicely. he finished his set with a ridiculous old LFO record, which was a real highlight. wow. what a bomb. next up was peter van hoesen doing his livepa. this would prove to be the first 10/10 set for the labyrinth. i have had a long standing respect for peter, but i must admit that i was completely shocked with how good his performance was. without trying to be harsh, his livepa last year feels almost amateur compared to what he did this time around. even his recent LWE recording does not come close to how he sounded this year at labyrinth. he started the set with very low BPMs: really trippy, pyschedelic stuff, before building it slowly and deliberately over the 90 minutes. indeed, the whole set PvH kept the BPMs down, but did so without sacrificing any of the raw power or dynamism that defines his productions. for me, peter's set was the perfect example of what makes labyrinth so special. here was someone who played last year, was deeply inspired, and came back with a set that built on these positive energies and memories. you can feel an amazing synergy here between the artist and the event. and what peter demonstrated is that he is one of the most worthwhile and distinctive voices in techno today. keep a close eye on PvH. i have a feeling he is only just getting started...

the hose providing one of the highlights of labyrinth.

three had the difficult job of coming on after peter had just raised the bar to a remarkably high level. the question i was asking was, 'how the fuck do you follow this?' well three's answer was, 'i'm going to play the first 20 minutes of "the make up the break up"'. umm. that would qualify as a pretty darn good response (even if i don't feel this track as much as most others do, i appreciate it). to be honest, i had yet to be persuaded by three, but some people whose taste i trust suggested i give him a proper go. so i did. and i was pleasantly surprised. he delivered a really nice party set that brought out a lot of smiles and good feelings. there was a weak patch of about 30 minutes punctuated by some nasty reboot, but overall three did great and really played to the crowd. the highlight of his set was when he dropped the new cheap and deep record. cool. up next was a livepa from vince watson. i saw vince last year and while enjoyable enough, he is not quite my thing - a bit too heavy on the synths and melodies for my taste. so it was break time for chris. while i was off eating hamburgers, vince watson put together a livepa that was very well received, from what others told me. after watson was so, a local dj who is an important part of the labyrinth family. i didn't catch him as i was still in relax mode, but from what i heard in the distance it sounded like he was playing a set well fitted to the mood and time.

the day party format worked really well.

by the time so finished i was a bit more rested and prepared for what was an absolutely killer lineup - dan bell, function, donato dozzy. first up was bell. do i need to even bother describing his set? if you've seen him, you can guess: 3 hours of perfect minimal house effortlessly mixed together. my nickname for bell is 'mr consistent'. he never drops a beat. the mixes are always spot on. the records are always quality. i really cannot conceive of dan bell playing a bad set. that would blow my mind. hell, he even managed to play a record with a michael jackson sample and made it work. i have no idea how the fuck he got away with that. but he is dan bell and he knows. for some, dan bell was the highlight of labyrinth, but for me he was a prelude to function. at first glance having function follow bell might seem a bit odd - minimal house to serious techno - but this was a stroke of genius. bell lined them up, function knocked them down. come to think of it, function was so good, i will give him his own paragraph.

function owning labyrinth.

before labyrinth i questioned russ' decision to book function solo instead of sandwell district with regis. i am glad i was not listened to. russ 1 - chris 0. with no disrespect to peter, dozz, or any of the other artists that performed, function totally owned labyrinth. i've been listening to techno for a long time now, well over a decade, and i've seen plenty of amazing performances. and this was right at the very top. without thinking too much about it, this would be in my all time 5-10 best sets. function was given the dusk slot, and this was the perfect setting. in addition to his laptop, he had a 909, 808 and a bunch of other gear. this was clearly not just another gig for him, he was ready to create something special. and that is exactly what he did. over the next 3 hours function put together an intense and powerful set of techno that totally destroyed the place. within the first 15-20 minutes he'd already dropped DBX, plastikman and kraftwerk. not a bad start... by no means was this a retro set, however. it was a deftly blended mixture of the old and new, demonstrating the depth and breadth of this man's understanding of music. for me, function's set was similar to dozzy's closing set at last year's labyrinth: a revelation. like dozz in 2008, this was a master at the very height of his powers, compiling years of musical learning and thought into a perfectly conceived set. respect.

dozzy fixing heads after function.

where do you go from there? function just delivered the hammer. it really felt like a big ass techno bomb had been dropped on labyrinth. donato dozzy was given the difficult job of cleaning up function's mess. of course, donato was up to the task and created a beautiful ambient journey. he began with more beats and slowly removed them as the set progressed. unfortunately about half way through his set i was falling asleep while standing, feeling completely and utterly exhausted after function's onslaught. luckily, though, i was there long enough to experience one of the highlights of this year's labyrinth, which was donato playing for the first time his unreleased track, 'rudeboy'. dozz introduced me to 'rudeboy' a couple of months ago, and since then it has come to occupy a very special place in my heart. while having that unmistakable dozzy trademark, it differs from his usual output by having vocals through most of it. dozz goes pop... leading up to labyrinth i had been unsubtly encouraging him to play it, and i'm so happy he did. he dropped it at just the right moment and the reaction was fantastic. i really think this is going to be a big record when it comes out. fortunately someone recorded a bit of it and posted it on youtube:

definitely keep an eye out for 'rudeboy'... alas, fatigue kicked in and i didn't get to enjoy all of dozz's ambient set, which you could feel was something special. the good news for me and all the other ssgs is that he has provided us with a 3 hour ambient mix that recreates the vibe of his labyrinth set. we'll be posting it on wednesday. not only did tiredness cause me to miss the 2nd half of dozz's set, it also meant i didn't catch any of the midnight lounge, where eric cloutier, the natural/electronic.system. boys and dan bell played tag. fuck. how could you miss something like that? i know. 2 days of non-stop techno. pick your poison. pick your poison.

while dan bell spins, eric cloutier considers which records to steal.

the final day. the wise decision was made to stop the night stage a bit early and start things in the morning slightly later, thereby giving everyone a chance to rest and recover from a very long and intense day 2. things kicked off with peter van hoesen doing a dj set. much like marcel fengler, peter suffered from being on too early, a consequence of the timetable being turned upside down by the shift from night to day. by this stage people were just exhausted and suffering from a lot of partying, so it took quite a while for the crowd to build up. peter played a good set, including dropping an old new beat track early on which got me very excited. the problem was he was limited by the context: people were just waking up, there was no point him going for it. he played well, but it wasn't until the labyrinth exit party the following week that he could really let loose on the decks. next up was labyrinth regular dave mothersole. i was still suffering majorly from the previous day, so i had to rest. from what i could hear mothersole played a tech-trancey set that was very well suited to the environment, getting people awake, moving and having fun.

donnacha costello doing his thing.

having recovered a bit, i made sure i was back in time for donnacha costello's livepa. on returning to the dancefloor i quickly noticed that things were getting messy. a couple of days and nights of heavy partying meant that the crowd was in pretty bad shape at this stage. of course this is pretty standard at most techno parties (and japan is much better than most places), and it was fine for most of the party, but i found on the 3rd day it was a bit too much and sometimes detracted from things. anyway, back to donnacha: i've been following donnacha since his first release on force inc., 'growing up in public', and only now was i seeing him for the first time. he did not disappoint, putting together a dynamic and thoroughly enjoyable set including quite a lot of stuff i didn't recognise. really lovely sounds. and the transitions were amazing. from memory, i think he even dropped something from his brilliant 'together is the new alone'. nice. and there was a rather surreal moment where i had people on both sides of me crying during donnacha's set. i guess that means it was very good. at most parties this would have been the highlight, but today was always going to be dozzy's day... immediately following donnacha was marcus from minilogue. after a lunch break, i caught the 2nd half of his set. it was tribal, tech-trancey stuff and a lot of fun. not quite my thing, but it suited the context very well and the crowd loved it. the dancefloor was full and excited, and he did a great job of getting everyone ready for the final act: donato dozzy.

marcus from minilogue making people happy.

everybody had been waiting a year for this. anyone who has listened to dozzy's set from labyrinth 2008 understands just how mindblowing it was. now it was time for dozz to step up and do it again. and of course, he did. and then some. he played for 7 hours, but it felt like half that. music flowed, time disappeared. what impressed me most about dozz's set is that not only did he manage to recreate the vibe and feel of last year's set, he actually improved on it, and did so using completely different records and sounds. well, there was one record he played again. plastikman's 'consumed'. boom. and again for about 10 minutes i was sucked into a big techno vortex...

dozzy finishing off an incredible couple of days.

as for his set, to be honest, i dont even know how to fully describe it. he traversed a lot of territory (and vinyl) over 7 hours and basically provided a blueprint for what we've been calling 'headfuck techno'. deep, warped, powerful machine music that hit your mind, heart and legs all at the same time. the mixing was super tight (even dan bell commented on it), the track selection was flawless, the energy was electric. this set confirmed what i'd already decided quite a while ago: dozz is one of the very, very best in the business. there might be people as good, but i am not sure if there any/many better than him. he has such a deep understanding and feeling for the music, and it shows in every record he selects, every mix he makes: donato just knows. just like peter's livepa, and function's dj/live, dozz's performance was as close to perfection as you could imagine, the ultimate synergy between the artist and the event. and so, as expected, an amazing festival finished on an incredible high.

a techno master at work.

so, all in all, labyrinth lived up to all the hype and expectation. again it went far beyond the norm and created something special, unique and worthwhile. what separates labyrinth is its purity. there is no bullshit, hype, egos, corporations and crucially, no compromises. this is techno enjoyed at its most basic and elemental. the result was a deeply inspirational and motivating experience for everyone involved. labyrinth showed very clearly how powerful and beautiful this music can be. i came away from these few days with a great sense of happiness and appreciation, mixed with motivation and energy, ready to keep pushing things forward with mnml ssgs, and life in general. i would like to express my sincere appreciation to all the artists involved and to the organisers for their hard work. in particular, i applaud russ for his dedication, vision and belief. to finish, all i will say is this: next year will be the 10 year anniversary of labyrinth. it is going to be special. if you care about techno as much as i think you do, start saving. now.

see you next year...


  1. shit. i forgot to add something important. some of the photos were taken by kay vasey - also, i grabbed one or two from different places online, but i cant remember where exactly. if you'd like me to credit them, email


  2. It's been about 12 days since it ended. Which means approximately 353 days till Labyrinth 2010! Woo!

  3. "while dan bell spins, eric cloutier considers which records to steal" haha, great :) looks like it was a fantastic party.

  4. Sounds like ti was amazing, very jealous! I am also in favour of more daytime parties, especially outdoor ones!

  5. Really enjoyed the write up it sounds amazing, next year is a must for me.

  6. Thanks for this report Chris, well done, and i think the message comes across. Oooh, i miss the festival...



  7. Awesome report, Chris. For just a few minutes there, I was transported back to The Land of the Rising Techno. Thank you.

  8. nice report Chris... agree with almost everything you said though, my own uncontrolable bias inserted might have to say Peter live was the highlight for me... dancing with Marcel seeing his face light up everytime Peter did anything was utterly priceless... Function was amazing though, over in that 2nd 'Valley stage with the river running thru it' in my imagination. he he ...

    am living the youtube vids though the tears arent far from falling... one of these days will have to get them out and have a good long 'i miss Labyrinth' grizzle. berlin re-union in Aug 2010 on the cards too!!

  9. Great write up Chris. Didn't realise you weren't camping though. Shame on you :-)

    I agree that it was a shame the early performers had such small crowds - especially because some of the early sets were brilliant.

    Btw - anyone else think Donato's rudeboy sounds like it was inspired by the theme from Assault on Precinct 13?


  10. finally i found a post on Function totally agreeable. I feel so reassured.

  11. Great read Chris (:

    can't wait to go to this one day

  12. So, what kind of sound system did they have there?

    I agree with most of what you said, Chris, with a notable exception. You praise the move to a daytime party (which was not the original plan of the organiser). I think this move needs A LOT of tweaking of the schedule before it can come close to pulling it off. The early artists were cheated out of an audience in some ways. You yourself mention the small crowds missing out on some great sets.

    In my experience at Labyrinth (five times now) there have been until this year two types of partygoer there: The all-nighters and the get-up-at-dawners. This year with the party starting at dawn, the dawn crew were out in force, but that's not a very big force. In the past, the all-nighters usually crashed a the music turned ambient in the early PM. This year they were there til the end of the big stage, and were off to eat, clean, and be merry at their camps, and were in no fit state to be up at 5-6am. As a result, they missed some of the best music of the party. By Monday it was super hard for me to be up in time for PvH's early set, and I only got the last hour (and even then only because it started late).

    I really believe that some of the early morning artists this year missed out on the audiences they deserved. Great sets from everyone on all three mornings.

    If at all possible, I'd prefer to see a return to the old schedule next time. You then get the best of both, you can party through the night and the best part of the day, and then rest up until it all starts again the following evening, at 10-12ish. That said, if the powers that be dictate the timing of the music again, I'll be there having just as much fun as this year -- Loads!

  13. @ masahiro: i don't understand how anyone could have seen function and not been blown away. rarely have i seen techno like that... one thing i forgot to say in my report on his set is what was so impressive is like PvH, he kept the BPMs low without sacrificing any of the raw power and force. that takes a lot of skill...

    @ delivery57: yes, the timetabling wasn't perfect, but from what i understand the shift to a primarily day party was forced upon them reasonably late in the day. the first year of this format naturally they are not going to get it quite right. if they were to stick with the day format, it'd probably work better to start with ambient in the morning and slowly raise it from there. but russ is a smart guy and he knows what i am doing. i am confident he look at what worked and what didn't this year and adjust accordingly.

    as for the sound system, this is what russ posted elsewhere:

    "the labyrinth system this year was 24 x F218 bass bins plus 8 x infrabass bins, with 24 x Res 5's flying.

    unless i'm mistaken, Berghain has 4 dance stacks plus 2 x infrabass bins, which is 12 x F218's and the equivalent of around 8 x Res 5's. so the Berghain system is about 1/3 the size of ours."

  14. I sit reading your account of Labyrinth with a big knot in my stomach, festivals of this nature just don't happen here in South Africa, and might almost be considered alien... I think I'll need to scalp some tickets to the world cup in order to get there next year.

  15. I think I read this post at least 5 times over in the past day. Ah brings back so many good moments!

    A few sets at Labyrinth left such a strong impression on me that those were all I would think back on post-Labyrinth music-wise, but this made me remember how amazing some of the other, slightly lower profile ones were. Especially the Koss dance set. No offense to Koss, but I’d sort of forgotten about that set until I read this. But shit, that was some high quality stuff! And the Hiyoshi set. This guy plays beautifully every single year!

    But all that said, Function really did own Labyrinth. And my ass.

  16. Your last year's post on Labyrinth fest was the first hit calling me! The rest is personal history..
    This year i did this dream come true, (being present @ the best techno fest) and here i am reading your article (and having my heart beating like a trumpet at the every second i am typing!) I did not write anything on my own, (nor will i- not yet at least) as my english cannot compare to yours and so i was anticipating this moment to comment on your won post..

    i skip the words about how Lab is, what it feels like, the vision behind the whole set up etc and come down to the sets who really put a spell on me on a small or a larger scale.

    Koss impressed me and caught my attention or rather my ass shaking @ his tribal commands. Yes! i remember i was impressed by the grooveee & the depth when i placed my look on the stage to see who is djing and it was Koss! "he surely must be sth here in j-land" was all i could think at this moment..

    Eric Cloutier was the best wake up i ever had during my "carrer" as a clubber, dancer (its been since '98). Just like i love it! Groovy, girlie sexy, deep, housy!! I loved his musical selection. I can remember now, how fucking huge i felt dancing in the morning while my senses were not clearly awake yet. I am happy to find out there is still underground house thing going on. In the past years i used to listen to djs like Danny Tenaglia, Francois K (FK and beyond stuff), Doc Martin, Terry Francis etc and nowdays i deadly MISS the underground house music, sth that maybe exists in us maybe, but is so hard to find in Europe. (Cassy is a luminous exception and i am looking 4wd to dance under her musical commands!) Eric thank you for giving me this morning present of pure quality housy sound!

    Natural Electronic system was the surprise of the day for me. Heady techno, techno techno at its best from young guys who love and breath through this music genre! I felt my heart close to their and our taste in this music so common and this is a living proof of how close music can bring ppl..

    Daniel Bell was an absolute "first time experience" 4 me and that had to happen to me since '99 when i first heard the god spinning (that was Jeff Mills playing @ Offenbach, outside Frankfurt). A few words about my first D.B experience goes like this:
    I was flying all over the place enjoyng, listening to music, chating, socialising etc when d.b musical signals brought me back on earth.. Running close to the mainstage among the crowd, i felt the essence of "minimise to maximise". I empirical experienced the power of (every kind of) a master to "tame" ppl's feelings. The moment Bell started to dj it was as if someone was saying: "Hey! take it easy now", the bpms got down, the musical wave calmed and the core of the dance music came into its basic elements.. Don't mean to tire anyone here, maybe i m pushing it too far, so i put an end to my words now and confess that i exclude D.B set from all others i heard in this fest. ;-)

    a commend on Chris here: "he never drops a beat". That was what i knew so far, untill the night of their quatro back to back set ( Natural electronic system, Cloutier, D.B) where he did miss a mix! and that was a chain reaction for most of them right after, Valerio also missed a mix and so did Cloutier, -on my personal opinion this round of 3 out of 4 missed mixes was so sweet & human, like while boyz playing missing a shot on a game!)

    (part 2 is coming i couldn't post it cause there seems to be a limitation on words)

  17. Thanx god Function did not play with Regis... i would be in paradise now fying among the clouds, talking to god, eating with angels, and i would probably miss the life i still have to live down on earth. (probably if they performed together i would wish to die immediately after.)
    Function did OWN the fest. He reminded me what it is to listen to really UNDERGROUND techno sound.. Building slowly slowly, progressively, and suddenly hitting you with some bassline, some twist some curve you didn't expect or maybe was expecting for long time... WOW! when i m lacking words that is a sign of devine to me. (if i wrote in greek i could still write a few things more now i shut up and recall my screams while his set, the inward rush..! oh he was mean with us* no mercy!! Techno punisher! Destroyer! and we deserved it ALL* Thanx god there are still guys like Function who keep it real! Loud Proud & Underground!

    That brings my comment post, to Donnato Dozzy. I m never good at being objective. Extremely subjectively writting, wonderlistic speaking, Dozzy gave me back what he couldn't give me @ Chalkidiki festival on the 7/8 this year. Greek gods are always just, so i was gven the chance to submitt to his vinyl commands @ the very best fest ever had in my life. Techno bombs in my head. Infinite bass ammount in my chest & heart. Killing melodies and bass chords. 7 hours heroin effect in my veins, exactly what a techno junkie needs*
    No more words for a techno soldier who knows, can & do!

    Can't wait for 2010.

    p.s: kind smiles, polite gestures, hugs with esoteric beautiful boys & girls, dance orbits wraped with love, universal, cosmopolitan sensitivity, pure humanistic beauty, quality music at its highest... that was lab 2009 4 me, my first one.

    One Love!

  18. "i didn't catch any of the midnight lounge, where eric cloutier, the natural/electronic.system. boys and dan bell played tag. fuck. how could you miss something like that?"

    seriously? now that's what i'm talking about. that's the mustard on the dog! wish i could have heard that.

  19. Ahhh. I live in Japan and STILL haven't made it out yet - being married definitely has its drawbacks.

    Anyhow, after reading this I am absolutely determined to make it out there next year. However, being a Sandwell District fan I'm distraught over missing the Function set described in the post. I was pissed at myself for subjecting myself to the painful read - I knew I should have just ignored this whole post!

    Thanks SSGS for being the great resource you are.

    **Shameless Plug** check out some other mixes of all sorts at (Just put up two live sets from Silent Servant from last year)

  20. Hello,
    How to get informtion about next Labyrinth? A travel to Japan need to be organise a little bit soon, and I'm dreaming to go ther next fall. Any information, contact, adresse, email, site?

  21. Thanks for the review, Labyrinth sounds like heaven on Earth, I really hope I can make it someday.


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