2019 Rewind: Nick Curly


How was 2019 for you?
Nick Curly: 2019 was an exciting year for me. In addition to many exciting gigs around the world, I finally brought back my label, Cécille Records, after many years. My partner Marc and I initially struggled to find the right music, but now after the first two releases we can proudly say that we don’t regret it the decision and it feels right.

Apart from the Cécille’s comeback, my last show at Crobar in Argentina is definitely one of the highlights when we talk about gigs, as well as our Trust party which was during Sonar at La Terrazza – such a great vibe all day. We are actually just about to start planning 2020.

I moved to Turkey last year, which I really love but a big lowlight is the travel from here. I used to fly out of Frankfurt airport, which is one of the most central in Europe with direct flights to almost anywhere in the world. Now, from Turkey I always have to connect via Istanbul and have at least double travel time added every weekend.

Song of the year?
Harry Romero’s “Mood Vision” for sure. This was the second release on Cécille this year. Def the most played track in my sets all year. Such a masterpiece from such a legend. This track instantly reminded me of my old days at Space in Ibiza on the terrace when Harry’s song “Tania” came out that first year. Back then I was just a raver on the island.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
Simple: do more Yoga. Started a year ago, and I love it so much. I do it already about 2-3 times a day and I really feel the positive effect on my body. I also want to release more music than in 2019, this last year I didn’t have that much time for studio work as I moved to turkey and my studio was still in Germany. But that’s all changing for 2020.

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Compilation Review: ‘Cocoon 100’ (Cocoon)

Cocoon 100


A generally thoughtful 17-track collection, aiming to unlock minds by extolling the virtues of dance floor dehydration inside the Cocoon bubble, is the outline for what are slightly low key celebrations. Far from being an oversized retrospective — okay, some merchandise bonuses are added for the occasion, and Cocoon fans are never far from a new release anyway — it’s an onward and upward declaration from Sven Väth, planning the label’s next hundred-strong discography upon the techno institution receiving its ton-up telegram.

As to whether it should have gone all out on the catalogue classics blueprint, or at least included a mixed format, at the very least there are big names to mark a big deal. But reading beyond the headliners is where the compilation makes more of the anniversary. Out of the concentration searching for both oxygen and daylight, where veins bulge at the temple but composure never deserts, Sante & Frank Lorber methodically get window panes quivering. Timo Maas is in grouchy, bass is my master mood, Pig & Dan operate between both of these giving the neighbours what for, and Minilogue turn a foam party into a smothering, stifling swamp of techno worry as physical pressure is added to your cranium. Dominik Eulberg and Secret Cinema hold instructions to the lighting of a blue touch paper for the birthday cake candles.

File under: Extrawelt, Gregor Tresher, Loco Dice