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Mijk van Dijk @ WOMB Japan

Posted by on Nov 6, 2010 in Blog, Genre, House, Jette von Roth, Labels, Media, Mijk van Dijk, NuFunk, nuFunkFiles, Press, Projects & Co-Productions, Techno, TV, Video | 0 comments

Mijk van Dijk @ WOMB Japan

When Mijk van Dijk DJed at Tokyo’s super club WOMB during his tour through Japan in November 2010, he was filmed by the good people from Red Bull TV for their program Night Flight, that transmits complete sets from the best DJs of the world in the best clubs in the world. Of course it was a big honour for Mijk to be picked for such a program and it was no doubt that he had to drop one of his mijkfunk tunes during a set full of House and Techno. And it created such a buzz! Many thanks once again to Kana Fujimaki and a her staff at WOMB, Tim Sproten and his Red Bull TV crew and of course to everybody dancing at WOMB that...

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Introducing mijkfunk

Posted by on Oct 17, 2010 in Blog, Genre, mijkfunk, NuFunk, Projects & Co-Productions | Comments Off on Introducing mijkfunk

Introducing mijkfunk

It’s about time to introduce you to mijkfunk. Mijk is gonna take off to explore new ground, which is actually going back to his roots: Funk Music. When Mijk bought his first Roland TR-505 Drum Machine back in the late 90s, he wanted to create Minneapolis Funk like Prince, The Time, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and other influencees like Zapp, The Gap Band and Cameo. Then there came “Jack” and he was influenced by the vibe of House music. But The Funk was never forgotten and right now he is rediscovering his youth as a bass player in local North German Funk Band “Joystick” and writing song about song soon to be launched on his NuFunk label, combining Funk and Electro with the knowledge of House. For first impressions you wanna check his live set at Maria Club Berlin and his defining DJ-mix about modern Funk. First releases include a remix for Space Factory recording artist DJ Mini from Montreal and Mijk’s very own project Plato. Check back for more....

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Microglobe – Afreuropamericasiaustralica (The Director’s Cut) – environ-mental recordings 001

Posted by on Aug 30, 2010 in Blog, Discography, environ-mental recordings, Microglobe, Mijk van Dijk, Old School | 0 comments

Microglobe – Afreuropamericasiaustralica (The Director’s Cut) – environ-mental recordings 001

Environmental thinking is a big issue right now and most of us understand that we can‘t go on living how we are, wasting the many precious resources of our planet and leading irresponsible lifestyles. Mijk van Dijk dealt with these issues 15 years ago on his groundbreaking debut album Afreuropamericasiaustralica, released under his Microglobe moniker in 1994 on the now discontinued label, MFS – Masterminded For Success, from Berlin. 2010 marks the re-release of this superb album, which will launch Environ-Mental Recordings head first into the electronic music world. Environ-Mental is dedicated to reducing waste and protecting natural resources, which is why the music, artwork and paperwork will all be digital. During the making of the original album, Mijk chose to construct the tracks in a fashion that would make it easy to glue them together in the mastering studio. Remember, this was the MIDI age, when hard disk recording was still unbelievably rare and expensive. His studio was only a mere collection of old and cheap gear from the second-hand shop, MIDI-controlled by an Atari. As a result of this intensive production method, most of the original tracks on the CD album had no proper start or ending. Mijk has personally edited all tracks for this 2010 re-release to let each of them stand on their own feet. Afreuropamericasiaustralica is released on the 27th of August. Get it on WhatPeoplePlay, and other webstores. Tracklisting: Microglobe – Afreuropamericasiaustralica 01. Berlin Entrance 02. What Is Space 03. Ambition 04. Timeout 05. Environ-Mentality (Act 3) 06. Change Within 07. The Gap 08. Trust 09. Fear Of The Unknown 10. Culture Clash 11. Home 12. All Our Colours 13. Afreuropamericasiaustraica 14. The Good Earth 15. High On Hope (reprise) The re-release of Mijk’s first album also marks the launch of his first label ‚Environ-Mental Recordings‘, which is dedicated to reduce all possible waste of natural resources. That‘s why we ‚change within‘ and go all digital for the first time with the music, artwork and paperwork, to show our ‚ambition‘ to preserve our planet „Afreuropamericasiaustralica“. Stay tuned for more to...

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Introducing environ-mental recordings

Posted by on Aug 29, 2010 in Blog, environ-mental recordings, Labels, Microglobe, Mijk van Dijk, Projects & Co-Productions | 0 comments

Introducing environ-mental recordings

Environ-Mental Recordings is a label from German techno producer Mijk van Dijk, also known as Microglobe. The label is designed to be a platform for digitally re-mastered 90s gems, which were only available as the physical copies on the MFS Berlin label in the 90s. Timeless music for the next generation freshly squeezed and re-mastered! Available at Beatport and...

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mijkfunk live at Maria Club Berlin

Posted by on Jul 13, 2010 in Berlin, Live, Live-Gigs, Mijk van Dijk | 0 comments

mijkfunk live at Maria Club Berlin

My first mijkfunk Liveset. No funky house or funky techno. I call it NuFunk. Live and direct and soon out on my forthcoming label. Stay tuned and don’t touch that dial!!!! 🙂If you missed it at Maria, here’s the original recording. Enjoy a different taste of...

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Marmion – Schöneberg 2010 Remixes – Grand Casino

Posted by on Jul 10, 2010 in Blog, Discography, Genre, House, Marmion, Mijk van Dijk, Remix, Remix, Tech House, Techno | 0 comments

Marmion – Schöneberg 2010 Remixes – Grand Casino

It’s been almost 7 years since the last offering of remixes for the Marmion classic “Schöneberg”, produced by Marcos Lopez & Mijk van Dijk back in 1993. We think it was worth the wait since the new versions by no other than DJ Hell, Abe Duque,Donnacha Costello, Chaim, Roberto Rodriguez and Sebastian Krieg & Strobe. Available at all major downloadstores like Beatport and also on vinyl. You may also wanna check the never-released official video featuring Marcos and Mijk strolling around the district Schöneberg in...

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Music for the Michalsky StyleNite at Tempodrom 2010

Posted by on Jul 10, 2010 in Berlin, Blog, Fashion Show, Genre, Mijk van Dijk | 0 comments

Music for the Michalsky StyleNite at Tempodrom 2010

Yesterday night was special: again I co-produced music for a Michael Michalsky event at the Berlin Fashion Week together with DJ Hell, like the last 3 Michalsky shows before. Just this time, at the Michalsky Style Night at Tempodrom I also produced and performed the complete music for one of the invitees, Hardy Blechman’s label Maharishi in my own right. The Michalsky StyleNite has become an institution of the Berlin Fashion Week. Michael Michalsky chooses extra-ordinary locations and composes a complete evening event, not just showing his own fashion range but also giving young designers an opportunity that he discovered and believes in. Maharishi is a fashion streetwear label from London founded and run by Hardy Blechman. The motto is Pacifist Military Design. This might sound like a contradiction to some, but fits perfectly with my experiences of “Camo-Raving” during the early Techno days, when we were wearing camouflage clothes at Tresor club and my Bash Records fellow producer DJ Tanith was the hero of all “camo ravers”. Hardy Blechman’s vision for his Spring/ Summer 2011 collection were pictures of British soldiers in the Sahara desert during World War 1. Marching in with their ordinary uniforms, they slowly adopted to Bedouin clothing due to the extreme conditions of the desert. Due to the lack of water they had to stop shaving and grow beards and naturally developed a cool look mixed of military and native Bedouin elements, essentially the elements that Maharishi is famous for. I discussed my soundtrack to that show with Mr. Blechman via e-mail and telephone in every detail and it would start with harsh almost war-like sounds, becoming more peaceful and contemplative until the music finally cheers up like an oasis with water, palms and party. I was lucky that Mr. Blechman is in very close contact with Richard Russell, the head of XL Recordings who would supply me with a lot of released and unreleased material by Gil Scott-Heron, The XX and fresh upcoming label Young Turks. I used snippets and loops of songs to create a dense atmosphere which unfolds in The The’s epic track Giant at the end of the show. After Maharishi, Hell performed the soundtrack for the presentation of master Michalsky himself, that we had pre-produced in my Deerpark studio with the motto “Hollywood & Glamour”. After the main presentation, Michalsky also showed his costume designs for the Friedrichstadt Palast show YMA. And later on the Aftershowparty, DJ Hell would spin records, while OMD (Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark) made a comeback performance. Here’s the complete video of the Maharishi Presentation at the Michalsky Style Night. Also available on YouTube. And this is the soundtrack on my Soundcloud. Enjoy! Oh, do I hear you scream “PLAYLIST”? Well, here U go: 1. Gil Scott-Heron – Where Did The Night Go 2. The The – Sweet Bird Of Truth 3. Mijk’s Magic Marble Box – Winter (Waiting For The Dawn) 4. Portishead – Machine Gun 6. David Bowie – The Heart’s Filthy Lesson 7. The XX – Night Time 8. The XX – Shelter 9. The XX – Fantasy 10.Fresh Touch – Bedouin1 11.Fresh Touch – Bedouin5 12.The The  – Giant P.S.:  Very happy that I met old school buddy Ali Kepenek at the Aftershowparty between all the other celebrities. Ali used to work as a photographer and bouncer...

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The Chaenge – Rebellion – FormResonance 010 (Album)

Posted by on Jun 20, 2010 in Blog, Discography, Genre, Mijk van Dijk, NuFunk, Projects & Co-Productions, Remix, The Chaenge | 0 comments

The Chaenge – Rebellion – FormResonance 010 (Album)

The Chænge is a dynamic NuFunk duo from Germany. Singer and keyboarder Florian Schirmacher is recently getting all deserved attention for his vocal-and-production work in projects like Wareika, Federleicht, Hatikvah, Glowing Glisses and Prime Origin, resulting in releases on labels such as Soma, Cadenza, Perlon, Cocoon, Connaisseur, liebe*detail and his very own Formresonance just to name a few. The Chænge is the most funky platform for his characteristic soulful voice. Computer wizard and Bassplayer Mijk van Dijk is no stranger to the scene neither. Having released all sorts of electronic dance music since 1990 and having travelled the “microglobe” as a DJ, he never forgot his musical roots which are 80s funk music. So he picked up the bass again, started his NuFunk project mijkfunk and his label nuFunkFiles. Their first single “Love Devotion/ Tiger Map” released in January 2010 on David Carretta’s Space Factory label from France was the perfect debut for their original NuFunk sound. Now they release their first album on Florian’s label FormResonance. All songs written, produced & performed by Florian Schirmacher & Mijk van Dijk, except  „The Dance Electric“, written by no other than Prince. What the DJs say: Radio – NOICE! – Harry Ruffner its like Funk electronica… with w Nice Hybrid of sounds… I especially like the way you did some classy vocals on the Rebellion Track. Sergey a.m. (Propaganda Moscow) nice =) tiger map so cool! Journalist: Michel Leuffen (Groove, Prinz, Piranha) geil endlich mal einer mit hall auf den drums. Damn funked white analogue soul wave! Fein!!! Tom Wax Funky! 8-)) Radio – The Freaks Radio Show (Greece) Great ep. All the tracks are great. Black Jack is the best for me DJ: Terry WHAT A RICH AND PROLIFIC ALBUM!!!! Radio – Diversions, CHRY.FM Toronto great vocals and introspective feel on these – black jack is fave G.DIGGER COOL! Radio – Ibiza Sonica/ Carlos Mateo Villarreal Great Albuuum!!!! It’s wonderful. Thanks a lot for send me. Support. voices-records.de awesome…loves this album…the cover version of Dance Electric is wicked!!! Matt Star City of Love is so cool JC Freaks great album all the way through  That’s what WPP say: After the preliminary release of the single “Love Devotion” on David Carrettas French label Space Factory now follows the debut album by THE CHAENGE! Funk is back? – it’s never been gone. This is what Florian Schirmacher and Mijk van Dijk are presenting. Mijk “The Legendary” van Dijk has set the bar in the Techno scene since the early 90’s. He was one of the first European artist in Japan and still follows and promotes his philosophy of thinking and acting without borders. Probably only a few people know that he was a bass player in a Funk band before he started his career in Techno. The funk strikes back! Florian “The Voice” Schirmacher is producer and singer of Wareika, Federleicht, Hatikvah, Here Today , and of course THE CHAENGE. His approach to build up musical projects together with other artists sets yardsticks when it comes to the question how to define a band. He is rightly regarded as an exceptional figure in the current club culture, with an instinct that always hits the mark precisely. Catharina Behr is next to the guys live on stage and acts as drummer. Past –...

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Mijk van Dijk – Ebony & Ivory EP – BluFin

Posted by on Mar 17, 2010 in Blog, Discography, House, Mijk van Dijk | 0 comments

Mijk van Dijk – Ebony & Ivory EP – BluFin

Mijk’s 4th 12″ is out on BluFin-Records from Cologne now. This time it’s all about the piano. Just like “Ebony & Ivory” live in perfect harmony on the keyboard of Stevie Wonder & Paul McCartney, Mijk rediscovers the magic of the gospel-influenced House piano on “Ebony”, while “Ivory” is a nod to the Wurlitzer-infused Yacht-Rock piano.Both sides make a great new EP in Mijk’s impressive discography. Available on vinyl and digital. This is what the promo says: The piano: endless source of inspiration for generations of musicians. Although Mijk van Dijk is known for his love of piano tracks, he has not touched the piano for years – until he invented some infectious hooks of this EP while preparing-lines for his new live performance tracks which went down like a storm during his sets. So he decided to dedicate his 4th EP on BluFin to the piano, black and white. Ebony features a gospel-influenced upright piano groove reminiscent of great moments in house music. Ivory is the “white” version of the piano, a rocking Wurlitzer hook straight from the late 70s. While the pianos breathe the old school flavour of Mijk’s best works from the past, the grinding relentless grooves are his path for future funk flavoured productions. One of Mijk’s favourite producers of 2009 provided the remix. Phunklarique lives up to his name and delivers a funky variation with a relentless groove that just won’t stop. Nuff said! Just one more thing:  Out...

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Old School Live Set online

Posted by on Jan 11, 2010 in Blog, Live, Old School, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Old School Live Set online

Here’s a recording of Mijk’s live set at Distillery Leipzig from October 17th 2009. Invited to play his classic tunes at the 17th anniversary party of legendary Distillery club in Leipzig/ Germany he decided to revamp the music to today’s standards. So this is all at a 125 bpm speed, even those fast LoopZone tracks that used to be beyond 150 bpm back in the days. Big thanks to the great staff and crowd at Distillery Leipzig. Check it out on Mixcloud. And here’s the tracklisting: 1. LoopZone – Sex Machine Man 2. Microglobe – The Gap 3. LoopZone – Natural High 4. Microglobe – Timeout 5. Microglobe – Environmentality 6. Mindgear – Don’t Panic 7. Mijk’s Magic Marble Box – Love Devotion 8. Microglobe – What Is Space 9. Marmion – Schöneberg 10. Microglobe – High On...

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