Rollingtuff x IN·SIGHT x The Public Works SF Present:
Marcus Worgull (Innervisions)
Hunter/Game (Just This / Kompakt Records/Innervisions)
Solar (Sunset Sound System)
Matt Hubert (IN·SIGHT / rollingTUFF)
Nope, Marcus Worgull’s parents didn’t have a record collection full of miraculous funk, soul and jazz records. Believe us, they didn’t. Consequentially, six-year-old Marcus didn’t place himself on a soapbox to play those non-existing ones to his relatives during family celebrations. I bet you are glad that we clarified that. Instead, Marcus had to go the really hard way. It were the late 80ies and growing up in cosy Wuppertal near Cologne, Germany that meant lots of learning, digging, searching and no perching at all.
So the boy was on his travel through the world of merry music. Hip hop,
reggae, funk, soul all purchased with his lunch and pocket money at a smalls tore named Groove Attack. Worgull got his fingers dusty there and as fate would have it, the store moved to Cologne mutated into a distributor along the way and is now run by Marcus himself. At around the same time, MW snuck into club’s like the Beat Box to hear DJs like Norman Jay or Gilles Peterson selecting, before he cut his teeth as a DJ at the infamous U-Club, where he took over the fortunes of the “house room” and played from start to finish. Learning the art of programming and all the other important disc jockey techniques from scratch. Thrilled by all the amazing platters of majestic deep house that were a plenty these days, Marcus’ soft spot for profound yet moving house music turned into a real obsession.
As it goes with most passions, you cannot get rid of them that easy. So instead of making an occupational decision in getting an academic degree, Marcus choose the doomed path of music. A full-grown man by now with a mature record collection, he got deeper and deeper into the production side of it, recorded his first 12” for Spectrum Works, followed by the Texel EP including the still ueber-massive “Dragon Loop” for Berlin’s Innervisions imprint. Bound to the label of Dixon and Âme on a professional level and even more so on a personal one (friendship is way more important than fame and money a wise man once said, you know?), he is considered part of their inner
circle and in-house producers. When he is not working on tracks for IV, you can catch him almost certainly on remix duties for people and labels like The Juan MacLean and DFA, Gerald Mitchell from Underground Resistance fame,
Permanent Vacation and Running Back.
But most of all, Marcus is still adoring the art of moving butts, spending his weekends on planes and trains (he actually prefers driving a car) to carry a bag of records to prized clubs like Robert Johnson, Fabric, Plastic People,
Trouw or Sub Club on the regular. His very own selection of well-made and often newly laid house music that knows its roots as well as it is yearning for the future or explores the leftfield, is what you can expect from him. You can also reappraise his methods (and love for other music) on each of his specifically created and applauded mix shows that float the net. All of this is presented and custom-made for your pleasure with the loving hands of a working DJ. Pure Worgold!
Balance is the key to Hunter/Game's music. It's part of growing up in Milan - a sophisticated urban centre for film, fashion and art, but whose inhabitants relish the contrast of spending reflective time in the nature that surrounds the city. Having been part of Milan's techno scene since its first days, the duo of Emmanuele Nicosia and Martino Bartola now find themselves equally influenced by the city and by nature - making music that harnesses the urban propulsion of techno within an introspective, thoughtful take on melody.
It started in 2010 with the "Just This" parties. Hunter/Game's own party, held in secret locations round the city, Just This has made Milan a compulsory stop for the touring electronic artist - from early shows that focused on local acts like Mind Against and Tale Of Us, growing to far bigger events with names like Dixon, Seth Troxler, Koze, Tennis and other DJs in Hunter/Game's worldwide scene. And alongside the parties, the duo have released on Innervisions, Rumours, Last Night on Earth, My Favourite Robot, Hot Creations and Dynamic - with a Kompakt release in early 2015 - and each EP has earned more fans for their lush, deep-grooved analogue soundscapes.
In 2015, alongside a heavy Europe and North American touring schedule, Hunter/Game will open the doors of the new Just This vinyl label. Distributed by Kompakt, the label opens with the leftfield electronic dance stylings of Danish-Icelandic band Primal, a Hunter/Game release, and another to come within five months. With a stylistic approach that leans toward Hunter/Game's own, Just This releases are aimed at the discerning dancefloor, but are as influenced by the wild ambition of 80s electronic acts as by contemporary analogue production techniques.
But even with this worldwide success, Milan is still the base. Having painstakingly helped grow the local scene, Hunter/Game see themselves as responsible for keeping the energy of Just This going. As other DJs have moved away - and despite Hunter/Game's regular slots at key international clubs like Fabric, The Edge, Warung, Output, Wilde Renate and Studio 80 - the duo see that combination of urban and country, and sophistication and lucidity, as critical to their inspiration and their future experiments with sound...