Over the last couple of years, the Sloth Collective has been behind some of the most memorable music events in Berlin’s queer scene, bringing hi-karat names like Light Asylum and Le Tigre’s JD Samson to the city, as well as aiming the spotlight on local talent such as Black Cracker and The Knife’s Olaf Dreijer. On top of that, these taste-making tag-teamers have been spotted behind the DJ booth at various other Berlin clubs and parties. And of course, their own, also including this month’s SSION concert, June 20 at Festsaal Kreuzberg. With that in mind, they’ve put together the latest contribution to our mix series.
Amidst SSION’s extensive Euro tour, this is the NYC band’s first Berlin show since opening for Gossip in 2009, not counting singer-songwriter Cody Critcheloe’s visual art exhibition in 2010 (he’s repped by the prestigious Peres Projects, designed Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ first album cover and directed music videos for Peaches and Santigold). One of SSION’s many cult followers include Michael Stipe of R.E.M., who declared them “cool beyond cool, inclusive, transgressive, and as brilliant and genre-busting as Zebra Katz or Die Antwoord.”
Opening for SSION is Australian duo Stereogamous (like monogamous, but not), making their Berlin debut, joined by Chicago’s Shaun J. Wright, perhaps best known as the vocalist on “My House” by Hercules & Love Affair. After the performances, Sloth Collective and Joey Hansom will DJ and potentially force the soundsystem’s sweat glands into early retirement. In describing their Don’t Panic mix, Sloth Collective uses the word “funhouse”. As Wikipedia states: “funhouses seek to distort conventional perceptions and startle people with unstable and unpredictable physical circumstances within an atmosphere of wacky whimsicality.” Which is probably exactly how we’d describe our best dancefloor experiences.
1. Alison Valentine – Peanut Butter (Moonboots remix)
2. Rogue Vogue – Feel Love
3. Para One feat. Jaw – When the Night
4. SSION – Luvvbazaar (Shaun J. Wright & Alinka remix)
5. Bondax – Baby I got That (Justin Martin remix)
6. Romy – Elixir
7. Stereogamous feat. Shaun J. Wright – Face Love Anew (The Miracles Club remix)
8. Huxley – Let it Go
9. Tensnake feat. Syron – Mainline
10. Leftwing & Kody – Lost