Kollektiv Turmstrasse

Kollektiv Turmstrasse is a project by Christian Hilscher and Nico Plagemann from Lubeck, Germany.

Nico Plagemann was born 1979 in Wismar, a little town at the Baltic sea, and found his way to electronic music at the age of 14 – within the early tracker and demo scene. Fascinated by the possibilities of programming his own tracks, he became a tracker on his own, programming mods with Scream- and Fasttracker. This hobby developed and improved rapidly, and after buying the first electronic hardware instruments, it transformed into a passion.

Christian Hilscher was born 1979 in a little coast town named Boltenhagen, in the eastern part of Germany. Already in early years he developed an interest in music and created his first musical pieces with, at those days, popular Tracker tools. After his first open air- and underground parties Christian figured out that there would be no way back for him. With his first MKII he started to work on his DJ talent and spent a lot of time making music and working active in culture. He organized his own events which became insider tips in the regional electronic music scene pretty fast.

Their collaboration started as a typical apartment-sharing community in 1999. Both had been infected early by electronic music. True to the slogan “Youth explorers” they brew sounds inside the KTS laboratory, influenced by the Basic Channel at that time. Relatively quickly did they fall in love with the upcoming netaudioscene, that was so idealistic and became quickly a new way of publicity for the duo. KTS produced in silentio until 2004, when no-response.org, a netlabel for free electronic music, was formed.

In the following years, new plans were forged and their own sound has been rasped until 2006, when their own label Musik Gewinnt Freunde came into life. They also released on such labels as Connaisseur, Dynamik, Cocoon and Ostwind.

With their big tunes “Tristesse” and “Grillen im Park“, the guys had already played themselves into the hearts of their permanently growing fanbase. However, their big breakthrough came in 2009, with the “Kollektiv Turmstrasse Let Freedom Ring Rmx” for Federleicht’s “On The Streets”.

In November 2010, the duo presented their long-awaited first longplayer “Rebellion der Traumer” (Rebellion Of The Dreamers), which was released on Connaisseur Recordings. With such tracks as “Addio Addio” and “Schwindelig” it quickly became big hit in Beatport Chill Out Top. In the YouTube you can also find official video on mu favorite song of theirs Bjork-like “Kontakt” and beautiful fan-made video on “Tristesse“, which I embedded in this post. Please watch it, it really great story, and if you can, please tell me the original name of this animation and who made it in comments!

Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Kontakt

Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Schwindelig

Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Kontakt

Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Tristesse

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Maya Jane Coles

Since first bursting on to the electronic scene, British-Japanese 23 year old, Maya Jane Coles has quickly established herself as one of the most respected cutting edge producers in London today. Winning fans and critics hearts and heads a like with her unique style of House music, Maya likes to keep things fresh, making her mark with her memorable DJ and live sets.

Her previous releases have regularly hit the Beatport charts and earned her support from some of the most Legendary DJs on the scene, including her track “What They Say” which reached the no.1 spot in the Beatport Deep House chart. She has a respectable catalog of dusky, brittle tech house going back two years, mostly on the labels Dogmatik (“Sick Panda EP” in 2008, “Monochrome EP” in 2009) and 1trax (“Not In My House” in 2009 and “Get Away” in 2010); you can hear her working out her vision in those tracks, carving her own particular stamp out of familiar materials – finely whittled digital production, rolling sub bass, broad strokes of sampled voice, dubby chord stabs, detuned keys. She also remixed Todd Terry “Uncle Tech” and Alex Dimou “Sodium” among some others.

Maya’s productions take influence from a diverse range musical sources and her talents stretch far beyond House music. Her dub/electronica outfit, She Is Danger (alongside vocalist Lena Cullen) is also steadily on the rise with “Who’s That Girl” and “Hurt You” (especially popular is remix by dubstep heavyweight Subscape) and under this guise she has remixed the likes of Massive Attack, Gorillaz, Ellie Goulding, Groove Armada and Dreadzone. Maya also has a Dubstep project under the name Nocturnal Sunshine, with tracks such as “Can’t Hide The Way I Feel” being supported by the likes of Joy Orbison, TRG and Scuba.

Her latest release “Humming Bird EP” was released on December 6th 2010 on Hypercolour and produced such hits as “Humming Bird” (currently Nr1 in Beatport Deep House chart, with “What They Say” still in Top 5) and “Nobody Else” (Nr 3 in Beatport Chill Out chart). If you want to know more about Maya Jane Coles check this and this interviews and be sure to watch out for her upcoming “No Sympathy” release out December 22nd and a possible album in 2011.

Maya Jane Coles – Humming Bird

Maya Jane Coles – Nobody Else

Maya Jane Coles – What They Say

She Is Danger – Who’s That Girl

Nocturnal Sunshine – Can’t Hide The Way I Feel