ROMAN FLÜGEL (DIAL RECORDS, Frankfurt)
At this point, it’s almost easier to talk about what Roman Flügel hasn’t done than it is to list his various projects and accomplishments from the past two decades. The veteran German producer has dabbled in house, techno, electro, ambient, IDM, and more over the course of his career, working both as a solo artist (using his own name and a myriad of aliases) and in tandem with others in a number of collaborative projects. He’s also had a hand in running a triumvirate of Frankfurt labels that includes Playhouse, Klang Elektronik, and Ongaku Musik. Still, despite all of this experience, it was only in 2011 that Flügel released a proper debut full-length, Fatty Folders, and he’s recently followed that up with a second album, Happiness Is Happening.
EFDEMIN (DIAL RECORDS, Berlin)
Efdemin behind the decks: permanently in motion, wildly gesticulating, chuckling, dancing, sweating and going through his records over and over again. His DJ-sets are a lecture in tightrope walking. From being lost in reverie, total seriousness, pure delight, wit and grit, reduced house tracks, straight and dry techno, the Berliner by choice serves it all – peppered with breaks and surprises. Expose yourself to this tour de force over the course of a few hours and you certainly will never forget it. Due to his output and particularly his constant and remarkable DJ presence, Efdemin is surely one of the most independent, versatile and inspiring characters in today’s club scene.