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The Garage in Leeds

Friday 1st June 2012

10:00pm til 6:00am (last entry 3:00am)

Minimum Age: 18

ItIsWhatItIs presents Lovebirds (Buzzing Fly, Freerange, Winding Road Rec) & Claptone (Berlin, Exploited Rec) 01/06/12 @ The Garage, Leeds

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ItIsWhatItIs on Friday 1st June 2012

ItIsWhatItIs are proud to announce we are bringing two of the most talented producers/dj's to date.............. Lovebirds (Buzzing Fly, Freerange, Winding Road Red) & Claptone (Berlin) are joining us on the 1st June (start of the bank holiday weekend) were we'll be taking over the the most talked about venue in Leeds, The Garage situated in an old fire station down a back street in the Leeds city centre (below OK Karaoke), It has a real underground, oldskool vibe to the place with a sound system to match, If you haven't seen the venue check it out on ;-)


Lovebirds is the solo project of Hamburg resident Sebastian Doering. Following various excellent singles on much-respected labels like Winding Road Records, Freerange, Buzzin Fly, OM records, Liebe*Detail he is currently dominating all charts with his crossover deephouse soul anthem Want You In My Soul featuring Stee Downes.

The first Lovebirds release appeared on Trax of Interest in 2000. In 2006, having built up a repertoire of unsigned material, he sent a CD to John Buckby, label owner of Winding Road Records and a mutual friend of Vincenzo.

The Lovebirds sound is like a blast from the past with house steroids packing serious production muscle. Listening to Lovebirds is like taking trip back to the 70s and 80s - but riding in a gleaming futuristic spaceship.

The first Lovebirds single on Winding Road was the Modern Stalking EP, which came out in 2007. The EP contained tracks of mid-tempo house, each coming from a different musical angle and giving the world a taste of what he was capable of. It was received by the deep house and neo-disco community with open arms. Top-flight DJs such as Prins Thomas, Ashley Beedle and Jimpster went wild for it. Bill Brewster made the EP the Single Of The Month in iDJ magazine. Lovebirds had landed.

Since then he was responsible for a huge number of clubhits including deephousemasterpieces like M.U.S.I.C. (on Vincenzos and his very own imprint TEARDROP), the modern deephouseclassic In The Shadows (on Winding Road) or dancefloor bomb The Rat (on Freerange).

Although the Lovebirds name has burst onto the scene only a couple of years ago, Basti is no beginner in the production game. Basti formed Kneedeep, together with old friend Toddie Freese in 1998. Knee Deep became a household name in the dance scene, leading to international DJ gigs and mountains of remix work. As Kneedeep, Basti has remixed Jamiroquai 3 times, as well as Bob Sinclair, David Morales, Brandy, and many others, even winning the prestigious best remixer category in the 2002 German Dance Awards in the process (beating Timo Maas along the way). Also their epic Nassau Rules was voted track of that year in DJ magazine.

A few years on, Basti had achieved all he wanted to with Kneedeep, and was ready to move into more deeper, melancholy musical avenues. And so Lovebirds was born, which is now his main project. His production experience means that he is able to finish well-rounded tracks off in a matter of days, constantly building a repertoire of classy dancefloor and mellow sounds all destined to wow the world.

The process is well on its way already. The cream of the dance world has its eyes on Lovebirds. Tom Middleton is a big fan. Jimpster has just signed up some tracks for his third EP on Freerange. Ben Watt is in regular contact and has signed a track for one of his recent compilations. Basti is involved in fruitful collaborations with Ben Westbeech, Holly Backler, Lisa Shaw and other artists. His Track Falling for Ben Westbeechs current album was chosen to be first single among big names like MJ Cole, Soul Clap, Hendrik Schwarz, MCDE and was a huge clubhit including some stunning remixes from Deetron.

Currently he is working on his first full length electronic pop album with a singer from Tokyo. Musically it is situated somewhere between Little Dragon, Phoenix and AIR! Also various single releases on Freerange, Teardrop and Toolroom are scheduled for 2011.



"Secretly everyone is drawn to mystery and nothing is more alluring than an anonymous producer. Exploited's Claptone are no exception. Yet after just two releases they are already riding high on the pinncacles of success. At the time of writing, "Cream" is sitting happily in the Beatport Top 10, where it has been nesting contently for the past two months. It's upbeat, deep house party grooves have been filling the DJ boxes of thousands worldwide."

The mysterious Claptone first burst onto the scene 5 months ago with an EP titled "She Loves You" featuring 4 tracks of soulful house perfection. Although not much is yet known other than he wears a long, pointed-nose facemask to hide his identity, he's off to a great start with tracks as golden as these. Definitely an artist worth following. The next EP for Exploited is already finished and will be released in June. Check out his live-mix recorded in Berlin (at the Exploited Labelnight) for more of his style.

Tracks from Claptone have been supported by everyone from DJ Hell, to A-Trak, DJ Sneak, Soul Clap, Solomun, Azari&III, Hot Chip, Noir, Julio Bashmore, Tensnake, Eats Everything, Matthew Dear and Tim Sweeney. Reminiscent of the super patient, minimal, and downright seductive bootlegs that Soul Clap was pushing out a couple of years ago (see Extravaganza, Sex In the Kitchen, and Rock the Boat) the new release from the mysterious act Claptone entitled "Cream" utilizes the same tension and release tantra-esque production techniques with great success. Sampling one of the most recognizable piano intros from the 90's hip hop cannon (Wu Tang's "C.R.E.A.M." if you haven't already figured out), Claptone twist this nostalgic loop into a deep house dancefloor filler. Released on the steadily incredible Exploited Records imprint, this track has been popping up in sets from the aforementioned Soul Clap to house maestro, DJ Sneak. Now the video promo for the release is just downright weird...silent films, clowns, ballerinas...

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Deep/Soulful House, Funk, Soul

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