NFOP Presents: TOYS w/ Dauwd & Trikk at Prince Charles

28 May 2014 — Henning Lahmann

Though sort of last minute, in case you don't have any plans yet for this pre-father day (ugh) night (and in case this here is not your thing), we'd love to guide you towards Kreuzberg's Prince Charles which is going to host another night of TOYS, this time featuring London via Porto upstart Trikk and the highly talented Dauwd, whose recent Kindlinn EP on Cologne's esteemed Kompakt has been on constant rotation over here for the last couple of months, and has already gained a solid, recurring spot in our own DJ sets. As per usual, the line-up will be completed by TOYS founders and mainstays CutOff!CutOffǃ and Asa 808.

Things start tonight at 11pm. Find out more essential details over here.

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NFOP Presents: UMA Album Release Party w/ Easter & Phoebe Kiddo

23 May 2014 — Henning Lahmann

Proud to present the debut album release show of one of Berlin's most remarkable new projects, UMA aka RBMA alumn Ella Zwietnig together with husband and partner in crime Florian, formerly of now defunct art electronics group Mediengruppe Telekommander. To be released via Vienna-based imprint Seayou Records on June 6, the self-titled LP is set to build on the duo's superb string of singles and EPs that were dropped since UMA's inception in late 2011 – be sure to check out their latest single "Depart" below, a perfect example of their sweet blend of intricate arrangements and sophisticated vocal arrangements.

For the party, UMA will be joined by NFOP darlings Phoebe Kiddo and Easter, resulting in a lineup that gathers some of Berlin's most extraordinary fresh talents, so don't dare to miss out on that opportunity. The whole affair is going to happen at Loftus Hall on Wednesday, May 28. More details on the event can be found over here.

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NFOP x CTM Present: Sun Araw & Laraaji

21 May 2014 — Henning Lahmann

Delighted to present a night of supreme experimental music together with our friends at CTM Festival, next Monday, May 26th, Cameron Stallone aka Sun Araw will enter the stage at Urban Spree for a very special night together with legendary New York artist Laraaji. Aside from both performing their own sets in support of new LP releases (needless to say, we highly recommend you check out Sun Araw's recent album Belomancie), the two are going to join forces for a unique collaboration named "The Play Zone", a live rendition that melds meld zither, electronics, acoustics, and outernational sound sources for a spiritually charged psychedelic experience. The great Alex Grey aka Deep Magic and DJ Purple Image will complete the night with a DJ set.

We're giving away 1x2 guest list spots for the show. Simply send an email with the subject "Play Zones" to submissions@nofearofpop.net before Friday, May 23rd, at 3pm CET. Find out more about the event here and get pre-sale tickets over at koka36.

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NFOP Showcase: Jerry Paper & Yohuna at Mme Claude

19 May 2014 — Henning Lahmann

This Friday, May 23rd, it's finally time for our next official NFOP Showcase, happening at Kreuzberg's wonderful Madame Claude, and we couldn't be happier about the line-up which brings together two long-standing favourites of the site: Brooklyn-based Jerry Paper is coming to town to present us his marvellously obscure take on proto-futuristic sounds, playing music made for (and by?) melancholic androids in search for the human inside them, even if it's not liberation that awaits those who are successful: "I feel emotions / I'm not sure if I like them".

Jerry Paper will be joined by recent Berlin transplant Johanne Swanson aka Yohuna for the first show in her new hometown, finally blessing Europe with her reduced, enchanting synth pop music that's built around breathtaking vocal melodies and minimalist instrumentation, a timeless arrangement that's turned heads in her home country for a good while now. We're pleased to present Swanson's debut appearance on this continent.

Check out some of the artists' music below, and be sure to spend Friday evening with us. The night will start at 9pm. Find more details about the event over on Facebook.

(Poster design by Marius Wenker)

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Stream: The NFOP Show #26 on BCR

19 May 2014 — Henning Lahmann

After a two-week break, here's a new edition of our show on Berlin Community Radio for you to re-listen and enjoy. Find all older shows over here.

In related news, BCR are having their first CLUB OF THE MONTH at ACUD in Mitte on May 31st, celebrating a new website that's gonna go live soon, fine music, and life in general. There will be 16 DJs on two floors, including us but more importantly Sarah MilesAnastasia Filipovna, Noisekölln's Michael Aniser, Physical TherapyTerekke, and Rennaissance Man, among others. Find more info and the whole lineup right here.

We're giving away 1x2 guest list spots for the party. Just send an email with the subject "Berlin Community Radio" to submissions@nofearofpop.net before Wednesday, May 28, at 3pm CET.

Tracklist:

(1) Boardwalk "I'm To Blame (Julia Holter Remix)"
(2) Solar Bears "Last To Leave Morning Dawn"
(3) Sons of Magdalene "Can't Won't Don't Want To"
(4) copeland "Smitten"
(5) copeland "Advice to Young Girls"
(6) Kyoka "Lined Up"
(7) M.E.S.H. "Imperial Sewers"
(8) DJ Rashad "Do It Again feat. DJ Spinn & DJ Manny"
(9) Visionist "The Way"
(10) Napolian "DARPA"
(11) Holy Strays "Pathless March"
(12) Acteurs "I W I"
(13) UNKNWN "BBY"
(14) Dour Tonic Input "Good Low Rumbles"

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NFOP Recommends: Wahrlich & The Minor Hats at Humboldthain

14 May 2014 — Henning Lahmann

For years and years, EMINOR Records and its subdivision Der Hut have been mainstays not only of Hamburg's minimal scene, but played an indispensable part in the city's pressured club landscape as a whole. Although usually focused on vinyl-only editions, for the first time in their history the two recently switched format to release the double CD Wahrlich & The Minor Hats, featuring two hour-long mixes by founder Jonas Wahrlich that serve as a perfect primer on the labels' varied musical universes. While the first CD, EMINOR Kadenzen, showcases classic minimal dancefloor material, DER HUT Krempen adopts a slightly gloomier and more unrelenting tone, delving into the heliophobic realms of contemporary techno. A highly recommended bundle that delivers both an introduction to two labels known for supreme style and quality, and a welcome snapshot of today's scene in Germany's second city.

Order Wahrlich & The Minor Hats now over at Juno, and stream snippets below. In order to celebrate the release, the EMINOR crew honour the capital this Saturday, May 17, with a night at Wedding's Humboldthain. Find out more details about the event here. Additionally, we're giving away one copy of Wahrlich & The Minor Hats. Just write an email to submissions@nofearofpop.net with the subject "EMINOR" before 3pm on Friday, May 16, and tell us something nice.


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Torstraßenfestival announces first acts for 2014

30 Apr 2014 — Henning Lahmann

After last year's wonderful day and great success with our own stage at CCCP, we're happy to be involved in Berlin Mitte's Torstraßenfestival in 2014 again. Though we won't curate a stage this time, NFOP will present the event together with some other friendly local partners, and perhaps there'll be a different but equally engaging role for us eventually – we'll keep you in the loop.

Anyway, the festival's organisers announced the first round of artists yesterday, and it's already obvious that this year's edition is once again not to be missed. The initial batch of performers and projects that will be bringing you music and joy on August 30 includes NFOP favourite Perera Elsewhere alongside SkiingAfricaine 808Banque AllemandeDylan IIIIslajaMiss M.E, MomusSun Worship, and Zugezogen Maskulin.

Check out all artists in that handy Soundcloud playlist below, and get tickets for the event (for a very reasonable amount of Euros) over here.

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Watch: Ships “None Of It Real” (live)

30 Apr 2014 — Henning Lahmann

Dublin-based men's clothes shop/arts website This Greedy Pig met up with recent Stratosfear alumni Ships aka Dublin duo Simon Cullen and Sorca McGrath to film a beautiful live rendition of their superb track "None Of It Real", the b-side of their 7" on our precious little label. Apart from performing, the two also talked briefly about having to leave their beloved home, where the duo's musical identity was formed over the past year, and where fittingly and wistfully the video was shot as well. Considering the circumstances, it's hardly surprising that the shot live version is more distant and sad than the interpretation found on the record, as observed by Cullen. It's mysterious and pretty, so go and watch it below.

The 7" is both physically and digitally available over here.


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