The Hour Will Be Blue, the Theory Will Be Grounded

Tomorrow, Henning Baer is returning to BULK, and this time, he brought along a British-born, Berlin-based talent: Blue Hour. While his back-catalogue is still relatively small, every release is worth owning. Twice.

Since there’s really no reason to introduce Henning Baer any further (we think he did that perfectly himself behind the decks), this will focus on what you can expect from Blue Hour.

His sound combines the lush, but melanchonic synth pads reminiscent of Sandwell District with a running, mechanistic groove a la Staffan Linzatti, carefully restraining any use of shuffle in the drum programming to avoid ending up in the cheese-department.
- A place you often find yourself when browsing for melody and melancholy.

When need be, the shuffle is there, on top of the UK-inspired broken beats:

It is simply amazing that something can sound so warm and so cold at the same time. We’re certain the Box will sound the same, but only feel warm. Very warm.

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Excerpt from BULK12: Truss recorded live @ Culture Box

For those of you that want to relive a bit of the last BULK party, or for those who missed it, we bring you 30 minutes of Truss’ intense set, recorded on location. Be careful handling this, this is nitroglycerin, boys ‘n girls…

We had a brief talk with Truss about the night and, his DJ’ing in general, so take a gander after pressing play below.

What came first, producing or DJ’ing?
DJ’ing. I purchased my first set of turntables when I was 15. At this point I has no idea about how the music on records I was buying was made. It wasn’t until a few years later that I first started playing about with some music software and I slowly got my head around sampling, sequencing and synthesis etc.

(How) Do you prepare for your sets, and did you do anything different for the BULK one?
I’ve never liked to prepare too much for my sets. I believe that DJ sets should be largely spontaneous and delivered in a way that best suits the given environment (location, crowd, time of day etc) while retaining the signature stamp of the DJ/producer that people have come to see. Knowing my records and how they can be used both individually and in sequence with one another to create different moods is the key for me.

Did you have any expectations for the BULK/Culture Box night?
I try not to have expectations of clubs and/or cities that I’ve never played before, my experience in the past is that the party will usually be very different to how I imagined it would. However in this instance I had heard a lot of good things about the club from friends who had already played there and so I guess my expectations were quite high.

And how was your experience there, did people react as expected or differently?
My experience was great, the club was a perfect size with a great sound system and turntables that really work (which is becoming increasingly rare these days!) It’s always interesting playing a new city in a new country, I’ve noticed that crowds in different countries react in very different ways. It seemed that people here were really paying attention to the records I was playing and were willing to go with the flow of the set even if there may have been the odd record that they weren’t necessarily into. In some countries I find that if I deviate too far from a rigid 4x4 beat, then I risk losing a lot of people on the dance floor, however at Culture Box people seemed to respond well to the odd twist and turn.

Any highlights from the night?
As is usually the case it’s getting to meet a load of lovely likeminded people and sharing some of my favourite music with them. I know that sounds very soppy, but it’s true.

Not soppy at all mate, we know how you feel. Thanks again for making BULK12 so memorable!

This just in on BULK-TMZ: Troels “CTRLS” Knudsen got his mind blown by Truss!