Hailing from Denmark with Berlin as his habitat since the early 90's, Raz Ohara has been on the scene for decades experimenting with different genres, from hip-hop to solid techno, before settling in one of his own invention, of an electro-acoustic variety in the minimal sound and lyrical range, to an extent influenced by folk and gypsy styles and reflective of his personal experiences. Raz Ohara's last album, as it should be, is "a record of a certain time in the life of an artist ... a mix of different emotions or moods." Different as these emotions may be compared to each other, the last record, although released on Get Physical, clearly manifests a general mood shift in the cerebral direction exposing his existential agenda to slow things down, if only to be able to appreciate his life more: "I think I just want to find some peace after all. Not trying to push anything, really. To create an atmosphere, a place to be where things can be shared - things we still do care about..."
Martin Gretschmann, better known in our circle as Acid Pauli, emerged on his native German music scene in the late eighties playing bass guitar in a punk/indie band. It’s back then he developed taste for electronic music and as much nerdy affection for all its futuristic gadgetry. His first tracks were released in 1995 under the pseudonym Console. His tools were Atari computer, a four-track tape machine, Ludwig Wittgenstein, sampler and primitive synthesizer, the simultaneous use and abuse of which resulted in his first album Pan or Ama released in 1997. The same year saw Martin joining The Notwist tasked to diversify the band’s sound adding more “electrons” to it. He has been with the band ever since. Martin's collaboration with The Notwist as well as with other musicians over the years – most notably with Andreas Ammer, 13&God and Themselves – brought about a sizable oeuvre of phenomenal quality. This in turn spurred his carrier of a live performer touring around the globe almost non-stop to wind up this year in the lineup of “Day Zero” and on the “Robot Heart” stage at the Burning Man.
The exhaustion of not knowing anything about NU the person is tiring and very hard on the nerves. Every hour spent searching on line for a bit of information to no avail gets you weaker. Upon failure growing with each step so miserable, you catch yourself thinking how dismal, how heavy it is to listen to NU’s mix and another one and more to come – the whole sequence looped to never end the indulgence – and to know virtually nothing of the individual behind his music.
Be the first to know: Peruvian Berliner (or can it be that he has fallen from heaven?), NU is as diverse in his tastes as the world itself, which he, a true nomad and explorer preparing the way for others, has been wandering all over in search of visions taking influences from things as insipid as sand and dichotomies as grandiose as life and death, with everything in between. His music is not a shell in which he is taking refuge. It’s the necessary result of his very intimate and open-end experiences.
Jo.ke (Self-Reference in Third Person)
wants you to feel o.k. really human like us all he'll stumble and fall
and get up again
but whatever be happening in life when he gets up on stage to be with his friends
they'd be travelling
and he'll be genuinely happy to be there and for you to be there sharing a moment in time
with music and good vibes
Sebastian Gandine, also known as LUM (meaning Earth) is back to his base in the Caribbean seaside jungle, returning to Tulum from New York, his last long-distance destination, for the moment or two, before taking off all the way across the world to Mykonos where along with Feathered Sun he is to partake in the Scorpios project. It's been a hyper week in the Big Apple with gigs and appearances melting into a thick brew of social interactivity. The list of venues most significantly includes The United Nations – not exactly a night club. But Sebastian is not exactly a DJ, either. LUM is above all a spiritual encounter, a ritual séance for the acquisition of one’s essence, a ceremony. In a way, it's also a therapy alleviating personal sorrows and, well, by extension, mitigating the civilizational predicaments. To a certain degree, it's a course in tribal culturology. Fundamentally, it is Gandine's dream.
Nour has been spinning records for years – first to herself, as it goes, searching for a sound that would reverberate with her identity. She ultimately found one in between various genres, modulated by her moods. She connects to music through a myriad of influences originating from her abound experiences living in very different cultural and natural environments. Born Palestinian, ever since cosmopolitan... this alone speaks volumes. Nour emerged as a consummate and inimitable stage personality first at home in Toronto then, on the international scene, through her involvement with a number of momentous and paradigmatic projects. PPP in Tulum (Mexico) is most notably one of them, a Caribbean brainchild of legendary Bar 25/KaterHolzig. She has been a resident with the beach club since 2012 – the one-of-a-kind open-plan venue that through ecstatic reviews in the global Media has allegedly kick-started the development of the entire area making the small town one of the most desirable destinations in the world. Since 2014, she has been in charge of the scene at Gitano, another and most recent gypset outpost in Tulum, booking DJs worldwide for her time-off at the decks in the jungle. Her credo is Deep House and currently she is in the right place with it. In our Aegean seaside house we love it deep.
Australia’s Sneaky Sound System is causing a stir across dance floors far and wide. In the course of the next few months, a far amount of it will be spilling in huge resounding waves over Mykonos as the band known for its unaffected, confident attitude and playful boisterous melodies that have occupied 4 positions in the top 40 and garnered the duo 2 prestigious ARIA Awards, is joining us at Scorpios for the series of live gigs and to host the Sneaky Sundays program, which is not sneaky at all, but candidly one of the best day-to-nightlife entertainments one would find around the island. It's been reported that Miss Connie Mitchell, the vocalist, and producer ‘Black Angus’ McDonald have generated so much new material that it cannot possibly fit on a single disk – with some of it being experimental as the band continues researching its DNA adding the molecules of self-expression to it. Scorpios as a medium does not have such limitations. Chances are you will hear it all over time.
Meet Frank Rübcke, known for his 1) eclectic taste; 2) sweeping collection that spans decades of obsession with music in the range from original Blues to outer space free-form Electronic; 3) his enthusiasm for exotic, quaint and sometimes unlistenable stuff; 4) his across-the-board erudition in the subject; 5) extravagant playlist arrangement techniques; 6) his plentiful (in the same measure – outré) stage alias; 7) ...
His career as a DJ spans more than four decades making him a true veteran on the world's club scene with the most notable references being his residency at Soul Kitchen, Hamburg, Bar Thousand, Berlin, where aside from spinning records Frank has been the director of programming, and Papaya Playa Project, Tulum, Mexico, which Rübcke considers his wintering base giving its beach club soul and distinctive melodic character. His life-long career behind the decks and his general take on music are partially captured in the video interview titled "Frank Rübcke And His Way Of Music." DJ Octupone will be with us for the summer to give Scorpios real groove.
Much could be said about Chris Schwarzwalder, who is both a stellar chef and prolific musician. Having started to spin Hip-Hop records in his hometown of Frankfurt/Main he eventually ended up in Berlin, where his already very nurtured and rich musical understanding started to fall into place. Discovering a party-life that seemed to have no beginning or end, while still cooking full time to live and eat, contrasted with long hours of listening and selecting songs in the isolation and tranquility of his home. All this has shaped his distinctive, slightly plaintive and dark, moll-dominated, but in the end always uplifting style. His "Mirrors" EP on Katermukke and "Akumal" on Laut & Luise, where released to wide acclaim and show his versatility and finesse. His remixes and co-productions, most prominently with NU and Acid Pauli and as a part of Feathered Sun confirm his musical pedigree and make us eagerly await all the marvelous things yet to come from this artist.
Little Louie Vega
The number of people simultaneously tuned to the sound of Vega is 70,000, live, not to count 145 million listeners glued to the TV screens around the world, who could not make it to the Superbowl 2007 at Dolphin Stadium. This is to say, "Little" Louie Vega does not require much space for the introduction. We are saving it for the description of Sunset Ritual, his relatively recent project debuted in Ibiza summer of 2010, a conceptual beach club party taken to the world’s most amazing vacation destinations, leading guests from day to night. He defines it as a feel good approach to creating a euphoric musical atmosphere where one can enjoy the beautiful waters, blue skies and the hot sun as it sets into night to bring yet another dimension through music. Some of their guests are not only close friends Louie and Anané, his wife and partner, but the crème de la crème of dance music DJ’s, producers and artist. Sunset Ritual is truly a ritual for globetrotting music enthusiasts from around the world. This year it comes to Scorpios.