As most of you might or should know I am part of the Liquid Sky Berlin collective and good friends with LSB head honcho Dr. Walker of Air Liquide fame. Liquid Sky Berlin is the home for all kinds of disturbing and distorted electronica, but also has a beautiful ambient side to it, especially when […]
Nice to see that my remix for Billie Ray Martin has been picked and played as the second track in Nemone’s Electric Ladyland on BBC Radio 6 music.
As the nightwings come down slowly upon this Sunday, I am being reminded of an exceptional album by Dutch Jazzrock guitarist Jan Akkerman in conjunction with German musical arranger, orchestrator, conductor & composer Claus Ogerman from the year of 1978. This is just symphonic orchestra and Jan’s exceptional guitar play. The music swells up and down and […]
1. Fanatico – Whatever Gets You Through The Night (Jack The Box Remix) – BluFin 2. Stephan Hinz – Beer Muscle – Kling Klong 3. Alex Niggemann – Materium – Poker Flat
Welcome to the 15th episode of music 4 the microglobe. This is my one-hour-mix show with the best music that I collect each month, play in my DJ sets and feature in my DJ charts.
It’s the World Cup in Brazil. Everybody’s watching football (yes, including yours truly). Nobody’s watching the politicians. And what are they doing? They are passing all the laws, that they don’t want us to know about and protest against. They pass them secretly in a couple of minutes. They pass them, while the most exiting […]
Yes, it’s the World Cup 2014 in Brazil and could I not treat you with some Brazilian flavour in my Sunday Music column? Of course no official World Cup songs or Samba EDM remakes, but some really lovely 60’s Bossanova from the original masters.
My friend Javier Garayalde, one of the brothers behind Kyodai and Wagon Cookin’ (check their music, they are amazing) mentioned on Facebook that tonight it’s Friday 13th AND full moon. Truely a Thriller Night, like in Michael Jackson’s famous video.
Today finally the football world cup in Brazil starts. And as much as I’m a fan of football and support the German team, I am shocked like many of you about the way, the “beautiful game” has been taken out of the hands of the people by the leaders of FIFA in conjunction with the […]
Today I will play a DJ live set for PK Bar and Berliner Vorwahl, which will be streamed on Electrosound.tv from 7 – 9 pm CET. Video livestream will also be available.
Have you ever wondered about that quite familiar looking young dude that you always see on the screens of Berlin’s Boiler Room sessions, flipping 3,5″ floppy disks in an old school sampler and smirking into the camera whilst twiddling knobs on his 303? Yep, that’s me. It’s footage taken from a TV documentation called Techno […]
Moritz von Oswald aka Maurizio and Mark Ernestus, founder of the legendary Hardwax store are no less than true inventors. With their project and imprint Basic Channel, they single (or double-) handedly created Dub Techno as we know it today. Think Phylyps Trak, Octagon or Quadrant Dub, all their music breathes this swinging, futuristic technical […]
1. Alex Niggemann – Abaton – Aeon 2. Few Nolder – Moli – Connaisseur 3. Alan Fitzpatrick – Turn Down The Lights – Drumcode 4. Dusky – Akebono – 17 Steps 5. Sven Väth – L’esperanza (Ame Reinterpretation) – Cocoon Recordings 6. Jef K & Sasse – Endless – Moodmusic 7. Coyu – Just Nin (He Cries At Night) (Andre Lodemann Remix) – Suara 8. Trevino – Warmer – Birdie 9. Dusty Kid – Omega X – Isolade 10. Jack Rock – Formation Flying (Guy Gerbers Jet Lag Remix) – TicTacToe These are Mijk van Dijk’s DJ charts for November 2014 as submitted to Resident Advisor and as featured on Mijk’s radio podcast show music 4 the microglobe on BLN.fm (every third Thursday 6 pm CET), cuebase-fm (every third Thursday 8 pm CET) and XLTRAX (every Thursday 11 pm...read more
November’s here, the days are short and dark and Mijk van Dijk has picked some melancholic tunes that match the season.So sit back where it’s warm and dry, cuddle your cat or dog and groove with Mijk through the evening. And don’t forget: „We are the microglobe”. music 4 the microglobe is broadcasted live on BLN.fm (German pres.) every third Thursday of the month at 6 pm CET (Berlin time) Cuebase-fm (English pres.) every third Thursday of the month at 8 pm CET (Berlin time) and on XLTRAX from Canada every Thursday 11pm EDT (Montreal time). English version as heard on cuebase-fm & XLTRAX in November 2014 Music 4 The Microglobe #20 (November 2014) by Music 4 The Microglobe on Mixcloud German version as heard on BLN.fm in November 2014 music 4 the microglobe #20 – November 2014 by BLN.FM on hearthis.at Playlist: 1. Sven Väth – L’esperanza (Ame Reinterpretation) – Cocoon Recordings 2. Olivier Weiter – Takkie – Einmusika 3. Alex Niggemann – Abaton – Aeon 4. Coyu – Just Nin (He Cries At Night) (Andre Lodemann Remix) – Suara 5. Few Nolder – Moli – Connaisseur 6. Dusty Kid – Omega X – Isolade 7. TokTok – Nobody Fucks With The Jesus – Carizma 8. Jona – Tomorrow (Charles Webster Remix) – Dessous 9. Dusky – Akebono – 17 Steps 10. Jef K & Sasse – Endless – Moodmusic 11. Tom Wax & Rummy Sharma – Delhi Thunder – Tronic 12. Criss Source & Franco Lemon – Moenia – Parquet 13. Edler & Meerkats – Morbid (Krink Remix) – Ploetzlich Musik 14. Jack Rock – Formation Flying (Guy Gerbers Jet Lag Remix) – TicTacToe 15. Yaleesa Hall – First Leyland – Will & Ink 16. WhoMadeWho – Heads Above (Maceo Plex Remix) – Ellum Audio 17. Jim Henderson – Fairies Light – Play Label Records More infos and playlists here: http://microglobe.de/radio/m4tm The M4TM archive at BLN.fm: https://soundcloud.com/bln-fm/sets/music-4-the-microglobe And here’s the DJ mix without presentation: Mijk van Dijk DJ Mix November 2014 by Mijk Van Dijk on...read more
I moved to Westberlin in 1985 to study at the Freie Universiät Berlin (abbreviated FU Berlin, sic….). Coming from a small town in Nether Saxony in the north of Germany, Berlin was the total cultural opposite of life as I knew it before. I had just made my driver’s license, packed three moving boxes into my Citroën Visa and off I drove over the transit route through the GDR to Westberlin. In those days, Westberlin was a haven for many who were looking for their personal freedom: artists, who could afford the very low rents and would not have to comprise their work by a different job to maintain their life. Young men who would not want to go to the Westgerman army, because Westberlin men could not be drafted due to Western allied laws. Punks and Gays who would embrace the liberty in districts like Kreuzberg and Schöneberg. And basically everybody interested in underground nightlife, since Westberlin was the place for that – ironically not in spite but because it was surrounded by a wall. When I arrived here however, it felt a bit like the party was already over: the Neue Deutsche Welle (NDW) was dead, Punk did not look and sound exciting anymore, David Bowie and Iggy Pop had left the building as well. What you had were clubs and bars like Dschungel, Krik, Cri Du Chat or Risiko, which fostered the Berlin nightlife. To catch a glimpse of those years, check out this special Berlin episode of the English TV program The Tube with rare appearances and performances by Die Einstürzenden Neubauten, Die Ärzte, Die Toten Hosen, Die Puhdys, Jessica, Monika Dietl, Elvis Costello, Christiane F., Mark Reeder. The feature on Risiko Bar starts at 34:40 min. Only years later I would realize that I just came “too early” for the party which would be Acid House, Techno and of course the opening of the wall. I wrote a German article for SPON about those early years a couple of years ago. And just today, Felix Denk, co-author of the Der Klang der Familie book (now also in English!) has written a brilliant article about Berlin Techno in the year of 1990. German language only, BUT with a great DJ set by Tanith from Tresor Club for all you non-German speakers. 😉 While it felt completely normal living in the shadow of the Berlin wall, because it already existed, when I was born, I was wondering often, how grand life could be in a reunited Berlin, without this wall separating the two parts of the city. As a Westberliner I was allowed to travel into Eastberlin (of course it was not possible the other way around) and made friends there, that I would hang out with. Often I was standing at the wall at the Bethaniendamm, looking over to the house on the Eastern side, wondering how those people over there lived and loved. And now, a friend of mine has an apartment in one of these houses and today we watched the Berlin Wall Balloon installation right at that place that I used to contemplate over a future without the wall. This was a very emotional highlight for me. And I liked the way Berlin celebrated this: in other countries you would have your military parades with tanks, soldiers and missiles or national...read more
Too happy: my Bleibtreu EP with Rummy Sharma climbed to position 11 on the DCC (German Club Charts) this calendar week 45 after entering on position 13 last week. I wonder which of the three tracks really receives the most attention, since I hear so much good feedback from different DJs and dancers on each tune. I can’t decide either, which I prefer: the melancholic title track, the more energetic “Restless” with it’s spaced out melody or the rough Techno groover “Impact”, which just works like rhythmical magic on the dance floor. Please don’t be alarmed or mistaken by the wrong spelling of my name on the DCC, I’m still yours truly with an “ij” instead of “y”. Now I really wish to enter the Top 10 next week! 😉 Mijk van Dijk & Rummy Sharma – Bleibtreu Mijk van Dijk & Rummy Sharma –...read more
1. Thomas Schumacher & Caitlin – I Won’t Run – noir music 2. Stephan Bodzin- Sungam – Systematic Recordings 3. Lehar – Sargas (Mario Basanov Remix) – Connaisseur Recordings 4. Einmusik – Screaming Hand (Oliver Schories Remix) – Einmusika 5. Culoe De Song – Y.O.U.D. – Innervisions 6. Solee – Phoenix – Parquet Recordings 7. Namito & Solmaz Lou – Greetings To The Sun – Systematic Recordings 8. Tube & Berger feat. Paji – Reliquia – Kittball 9. Jon Hopkins – Breathe This Air (Asleep Version) – Domino 10. LFO – LFO – Warp These are Mijk van Dijk’s DJ charts for October 2014 as submitted to Resident Advisor and as featured on Mijk’s radio podcast show music 4 the microglobe on BLN.fm (every third Thursday 6 pm CET), cuebase-fm (every third Thursday 8 pm CET) and XLTRAX (every Thursday 11 pm...read more
Yesterday night’s session at LSB_tv was quite amazing: the whole scale was larger, wider, bigger. We recorded in the big studio at Alex-TV and had an impressive video installation. Several acts from the Liquid Sky universe would meet and play. I had just returned from my gig at Weberknecht in Vienna and was about to play a session with LSB head honcho Dr. Walker and rbb’s own Volker Düspohl. Volker paid his return visit after Dr. Walker and I were invited to his Elektro Beats show on rbb. He brought his guitar for this session. I would play the bass (thanks to Gibson), while Dr. Walker provided the beats and additional sounds. Other acts and musicians were Sheldon Drake, Henriko Sagert and Air Liquide’s Cem Oral aka Jammin’ Unit, who performed only with a collection of old compact cassette tapes containing his own historic recordings and effected these with all kinds of analogue hardware to a cluster of beats and noise and space. In pure contrast to Cem’s old school approach, Omsk Information played a digital Drum ‘n Bass set with Native Instruments futuristic and yet unreleased Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ performance controller. During the whole broadcast (which was with 7 hours one hour longer as usual, due to the time shift to Central European Wintertime), the truly amazing video animation was done by Uli Sigg. Uli beamed projections on the walls and curtains of the TV studio in which the DJs, live acts and our little trio were performing. With the additional post production it looked like a perfect mix out of 70s aesthetic and today’s super-modern virtual TV studio. While there are no recordings of the show online yet, here are already some pictures that give you an idea of the look. Once the video recordings of this LSB_tv show are online, I’ll post them here immediately. Uli hails from Cologne and has been doing video artwork for musical legends like Holger Czukay, Michael Rother and Dr. Walker and Cem Oral’s act Air Liquide. And when performing, not only our music but also the graphics reminded me a lot of German Krautrock band performances from the 70s. Jamming over a loop, developing slowly evolving repetitive musical patterns, this is what bands like NEU! and Harmonia were all about. So here’s my Sunday Music feature for today: the album Tracks And Traces by Harmonia ’76, the cooperative album project by Harmonia and Brian Eno. This music has been recorded 38 years ago and it sounds amazingly fresh still today. Listen to “Sometimes in Autumn” or “Weird Dream” and you maybe get what I mean. I post this Spotify playlist because I could not find the album on YouTube or anywhere else. Looking for Hallo Gallo, the NEU! classic from their self-titled album, I found a blocked video on YouTube. I post the link anyway, since some of you might be able to watch it and I really liked the explanation of the genre Krautrock provided by a66mo45. “Krautrock (Kosmische Musik, Kraut, or Krautwave) is a generic name assigned to the experimental bands in Germany in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was originally a term used pejoratively by the British music press, and is believed to have been created by it from the popular expression Kraut, meaning a German person and in turn derived from the traditional German dish sauerkraut,...read more
With a big smile, a deep joy and a certain pride I present you the DCC (German Club Charts) Bullets: with my Bleibtreu EP produced together with Rummy Sharma on the top position. This truely makes my day today. Thanks to Rummy Sharma and Andrea Engels (BluFin Records) for making this happen. (I just don’t know why some people still write my name with a “y” instead of an “ij” after all these years….) Anyway, here’s the music. 😉 Mijk van Dijk & Rummy Sharma – Bleibtreu Mijk van Dijk & Rummy Sharma –...read more
I am very happy to play in Vienna once again after many years on October 24th 2014 at Weberknecht. With me are DJs Peter Pan and Tom Silver. It’s gonna be a sweet night of hot House music. Come down and party with...read more
I recently watched Emma Watson’s wonderful speech at United Nations Headquarters in New York on September 20, 2014, announcing the campaign HeForShe by the UN. I heard that she received a lot of hate on the net for this. And I asked myself: why? Why does it attract hate, when you demand equal rights? I have the firm belief that every human being should have equal rights. Which does not mean that we are all the same. Thank God humans are tall and small and black and white and blonde and bold and men and women. And more! With all the different shades and colours between us, we are all human. I embrace the diversity of our world and mankind and just can’t understand when people fear that. I believe that the Fear Of The Unknown is dividing us. Just like the wise yedi Yoda used to say: “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” But there’s nothing to be afraid of. We’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain on our microglobe. My comment issued to UNwomen.de today reads like this: “As a loving son and husband and father of a beloved mother, wife and daughter, I strive for a world, in which all women have the same rights and opportunities as men. It’s as simple as that! If this makes me a feminist, then please call me so.” Still reading? Good, so I didn’t lose you with my too personal non-music related chit chat. 😉 You can speak out too, when you’re a man. Yup, this is a Boy’s only Club. Today I encourage you to take action and join the club. And why should you? To put it in Emma’s words: “If not me – who? If not now – when?” Are you man enough to...read more
In the 19th episode of his monthly podcast radio show Mijk van Dijk pays tribute to the late and great Mark Bell from LFO, who sadly passed away on October 14th. Plus superfresh new music by Thomas Schumacher, Oliver Schories, Lehar , Mario Basanov, Solee, Culoe De Song, Light Year, Stephan Bodzin, Namito, Solmaz Lou, Moderat, DJ Koze, Tube & Berger, Paji, LFO, FUSE, Richie Hawtin, Jon Hopkins plus Mijk’s new EP with Rummy Sharma from India. And please remember: „We are the microglobe!” Live on BLN.fm on October 16th, 18:00h CET (German presentation) Cuebase-fm on October 16th, 20:00h CET (Englisch presentation) and XLTRAX.com on October 16th, 11 pm EDT (Englisch presentation). English version as heard on cuebase-fm & XLTRAX in Oktober 2014 Music 4 The Microglobe #19 (October 2014) by Music 4 The Microglobe on Mixcloud German version as heard on BLN.fm in Oktober 2014 music 4 the microglobe #19 – Oktober 2014 by BLN.FM on hearthis.at PLAYLIST: 1. LFO – We Are Back (Intro) – Warp 2. Jon Hopkins – Breathe This Air (Asleep Version) – Domino 3. Thomas Schumacher & Caitlin – I Won’t Run – noir music 4. Einmusik – Screaming Hand (Oliver Schories Remix) – Einmusika 5. Lehar – Sargas (Mario Basanov Remix) – Connaisseur Recordings 6. Solee – Phoenix – Parquet 7. Mijk van Dijk & Rummy Sharma – Restless – Blufin 8. Culoe De Song – Y.O.U.D. – Innervisions 9. Light Year – JXP – Exploited 10. Stephan Bodzin- Sungam – Systematic Recordings 11. Namito & Solmaz Lou – Greetings To The Sun – Systematic Recordings 12. Moderat – Bad Kingdom (DJ Koze Remix) – Pampa Records 13. Tube & Berger feat. Paji – Reliquia – Kittball 14. LFO vs FUSE – Loop (FUSE-Mix) – Plus 8 15. LFO – LFO – Warp More Info here: http://microglobe.de/radio/m4tm Photo by Carlos Heinz And here’s the DJ mix without presentation: Mijk van Dijk DJ Mix October 2014 by Mijk Van Dijk on...read more