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After the Mineiraço

Words don’t come easy after such a truly historic match. I’ve been watching the World Cup 2014 semi final between host Brazil and Germany at a friend’s place and after 30 minutes we rubbed our eyes in disbelief: it seemed so unreal what happened at the Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte.

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The Semi Finals at World Cup 2014

4 weeks ago I posted about the World Cup in Brazil. Now the quarter finals have been played and my 2 favourite teams are still in the contest and might meet in the final, just like 40 years ago in World Cup 1974.

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Sunday Music: Interference Festival 20 years ago!

This Sunday I give you an original recording from Kiss FM Berlin, transmitting the Interference Festival during Love Parade 1994 at Tresor  – yes, 20 years ago Kiss FM was not yet playing just R&B, but also R&S… 😉 I was jumping in for moderation of the Interference Event for Ellen Allien‘s Brain Candy show […]

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Sunday Music: ADSX, Sense & Dr. Walker – The MK Naomi Sessions

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 […]

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Mijk’s remix of Billie Ray Martin on Nemone’s Electric Ladyland on BBC

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.

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Jan Akkerman & Claus Ogerman ‎– Aranjuez

Sunday Music: Jan Akkerman & Claus Ogerman ‎– Aranjuez

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 […]

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Mijk van Dijk DJ Charts June 2014

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

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music 4 the microglobe #15 – June 2014

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. 

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Where’s the referee when politicians play foul?

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 […]

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Sunday Music: Stan Getz / João Gilberto ‎/ Astrud Gilberto

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.

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Friday 13th and full moon = Thriller Night!

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.

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Today’s match: Brazil Police vs The People

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 […]

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Mijk van Dijk DJ Mix November 2014

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Blog, DJ | 0 comments

Mijk van Dijk DJ Mix November 2014

This is the DJ mix of music 4 the microglobe #20, the November 2014 edition as heard live on BLN.fm, cuebase-fm and XLTRAX on Thursday, November 20th. 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”. More info and playlists in the radio section of Mijk’s website: http://microglobe.de/radio/m4tm/ Mijk van Dijk DJ Mix November 2014 on Mixcloud Mijk van Dijk DJ Mix November 2014 on hearthis 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...

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Tobal No.1 Shinto Shrine Remix

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Blog, Japan, Mijk van Dijk, other label, Remix | 0 comments

Tobal No.1 Shinto Shrine Remix

Enter the Shinto Shrine. Out now only in Japan: a CD with remixed video game tunes all taken from classic games by Square Enix. purveyors of such legendary titles like Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest. I however picked a melody I’ve been listening to so often when playing Tobal No. 1, a fighting game from 1996, relatively unknown out of Japan. The characters in this game could move in a very three-dimensional way and perform extremely good-looking moves. And they have been designed by Akira Toriyama of Dragon Ball fame. Here’s a Playthrough video. The compilation CD is called Military Tune – The Album and features remixes by my German buddies Thomas Schumacher and Hardfloor and Japanese producers like DJ Sodeyama, Wata Igarashi, The KAH, Takuya Yamashita, SAMURAI UNITED and Ryoh Mitomi. The remix of yours truly  is Track 10: トバルNo.1 “SHINTO SHRINE” (Mijk van Dijk Remix). You can check snippets from that compilation on the Japanese Amazon website. Here is a link to the official website of the release. And you wanna check the original version conceived by legendary game music composer Yasunori...

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Der Klang der Familie, in English

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Berlin, Blog | 0 comments

Der Klang der Familie, in English

Just in case you are still looking for Christmas presents: why not give the gift of music history: oral history about the earliest years of Berlin Techno, right before and after the wall came down some 25 years ago. The fantastic book Der Klang der Familie named after the famous track by 3Phase feat. Dr. Motte has been finally translated into English. The book consists only of probably hundreds of  interviews that have been masterly combined by the authors Felix Denk and Sven von Thülen (aka Sven VT). Many celebrities and unknown heroes from days gone by tell their stories and unfold the magic and excitement of the birth of the Berlin Techno scene which has made today’s vibrant Berlin club scene possible. Yours truly was also asked to participate and share some memories. Wanna have a taste? Here’s an excerpt on Pitchfork.com including an editorial and a YouTube playlist by DJ Rok. And here’s a preview of the original English version of the book, also available as eBook. BTW: When you’re on Facebook, follow Der Klang der Familie HERE. They bring constant updates about...

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Mijk van Dijk DJ Mix November 2014

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in DJ, Mijk van Dijk, Music For The Microglobe | 0 comments

Mijk van Dijk DJ Mix November 2014

This is Mijk van Dijk’s DJ mix of music 4 the microglobe #20, the November 2014 episode as heard live on BLN.fm, cuebase-fm and XLTRAX on Thursday, November 20th.Moody tracks for November daze!More info and playlists in the radio section of Mijk’s website:http://microglobe.de/radio/m4tm/ We are the...

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Mijk van Dijk DJ Charts November 2014

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Blog, Charts | 0 comments

Mijk van Dijk DJ Charts November 2014



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...

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Music 4 The Microglobe #20 – November 2014

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in BLN.fm, Blog, Mijk van Dijk, Music For The Microglobe, Radio | 0 comments

Music 4 The Microglobe #20 – November 2014

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...

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25 years ago, walls came tumbling down!

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014 in Berlin, Blog, Mijk van Dijk | 0 comments

25 years ago, walls came tumbling down!

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...

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Bleibtreu EP on DCC #11 Week 45

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in BluFin, Charts | 0 comments

Bleibtreu EP on DCC #11 Week 45

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 –...

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Mijk van Dijk DJ Charts October 2014

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Blog, Charts | 0 comments

Mijk van Dijk DJ Charts October 2014

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...

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Sunday Music: Krautrock

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Blog, Radio, Sunday Music, TV | 2 comments

Sunday Music: Krautrock

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,...

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