[ K O N T R O L ]
7 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
+ GRAND FINALE!
featuring one of our all-time
favorites, returning from Berlin:
::: HEIKO LAUX :::
Kanzleramt ~ Tresor ~ Rejected ~ Soma
U-Turn ~ Suol ~ i220 ~ Synewave
and a special LIVE performance
by Sammy D's new group:
::: PILLOWTALK (live) :::
Wolf+Lamb ~ Life and Death ~ Visionquest
with all four of [KONTROL]'s all-star
residents, serving it up family style:
::: ALLAND BYALLO :::
Bad Animal ~ Poker Flat ~ Leibe*Detail
::: CRAIG KUNA :::
Mothership ~ Platform ~ ESDJCO
::: SAMMY D :::
Classic ~ Dirtybird ~ Buzzin' Fly
::: NIKOLA BAYTALA :::
Bionic ~ S.W.A.T. ~ Junior Boys Own
401 6th St @ Harrison, SF
10pm - 6am / 21+ / $20
FREE before 11pm!
Heiko Laux... DJ, producer, and founder of influential German imprint Kanzleramt, a techno lover's label that has provided a home for Laux’s prolific output. Heiko is one of the few producers in electronic music that has retained high levels of both quality and quantity. Through his label he’s released tracks by Johannes Heil, Christian Morgenstern, Dave Ellesmer, Fabrice Lig, and Anthony Rother. Laux is known for experimental techno that is often acidic and ambient, branching out from his minimal roots, making techno that makes it in nearly every DJ’s bag.
Over the years, In addition to his releases on Kanzleramt, he released tracks through labels such as Richard Bartz's Kurbel, i220 , Tresor, and Deep Dish's Yoshitoshi. He expanded Kanzleramt, creating the sub-labels U-Turn and K20, and released a few rare EPs as Apathism. In the late '90s he began releasing full-length projects that found him exploring different styles of techno: the There Is No End collection, the Old School Street album on i220, the Apathism compilation, and albums for Kanzleramt such as Liquidism, Sense Fiction, and Ornaments.
PillowTalk is Sammy D, Ryan Williams and Michael Tello. Based out of the famous Lower Haight District in San Francisco, PillowTalk's music fuses classic R&B, boogie and disco with underground house and techno with an original feel. With releases out on Visionquest, Life & Death and Wolf + Lamb, 2012 is shaping up to be a huge year as they hit the road with the live band.
It all started when they found themselves up late, gathered around the baby grand piano in Ryan's kitchen. Tello would be strumming on guitar and Sammy without knowing it, melodies would form, songs would appear and before anyone realised, Sammy would be singing some off-hand hook and, hey presto, you had what Arthur Russell would call; first thought, best thought compositions.
Soon, these impromptu and improvised jam sessions were recorded on iPhone apps before being taken to the lab (a space about two blocks away) and from there they were transformed into alluring, charming, dance-pop songs.
With experience of, and backgrounds in, so many genres, Pillow Talk are making some seriously inspiring and beautifully original music. If youre trying to pin down their exact sound you may have to refer to their motto of D.A.G (destroy all genres - a term borrowed from a famed underground San Fran DJ). With influences ranging from the Beach Boys to Sam Cooke, from Freddie Hubbard to Harry Nilsson, and from Larry Heard to Theo Parrish, you can tell these guys are ruled from the right side of their brains. Having just started composing, this trio are still finding their own true groove, with their full potential yet to be explored
A delightful debut single (Love Makes Parks on the revered Visionquest imprint) is soon to be followed by a beautiful full length on Life and Death, before following that up with another finely crafted EP for NYC house darlings, Wolf + Lamb. As well as that, a live show is in the works, soon to be debuted later this year. We look forward to following this fresh and exciting new sound and realize some of your deepest secrets are revealed Pillow Talking, so we are just lucky to listen in.