Words: Dylan McPike
Animal Farm are the Glasgow techno collective responsible for the Scottish debuts of Rødhåd, Dax J, Abdulla Rashim, Kobosil and many, many more. For those who are unaware, Animal Farm have been operating as one of Glasgow’s most progressive underground techno outlets for 11 years now, showcasing some of Europe’s biggest names and undiscovered talents - and recently announcing perhaps their most impressive run of bookings to date.
Over the past few years in particular, AF has built up a cult following in the underground scene, their nights becoming a haven for the heads craving a darker, more experimental edge to their techno. After hosting now legendary parties with Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann and Regis, they've established a platform to book some of the lesser known names rising through the ranks, such as the enigmatic Northern Electronics boss Abdulla Rashim, From Another Mind’s SHDW, and Somewhen - recently signed to Berghain’s Ostgut.
With one eye always fixated on the rapidly developing scenes in Europe, Animal Farm promises some seriously cutting edge techno in their upcoming season. We spoke to Quail, co-founder and resident DJ, about what they have coming up over the next few months:
Quail: “I first came across Antigone through his debut EP on Construct Re-Form back in 2011 and was immediately drawn to the sub-heavy, almost dubby-driven beats of ‘The Colonists’. This always worked as a nice build up track into the heavier moments of events. Since then, he has gone on to produce some truly stand out techno; from the beautifully crafted, blissful deepness of ‘Words Of Silences’ on Indigo Aera to the more intense ‘Enter’ on Token.
His Concrete partner, Francois X, has forged a similar sound and, with a fairly small discography, has certainly begun to make his mark on the greater techno world. Tracks like ‘Code Red’, which received the remix treatment from Marcel Dettmann, and ‘Known For Being Awkwardly Shaped Spaces’ (as HISS : 1292) show a unique take on modern deep Techno.”
On Sunday October 16th, Animal Farm are hosting a real treat - Rødhåd playing an extended set at the Sub Club. It will be his first visit to Jamaica Street since March 2014 when he played at Animal Farm alongside Kobosil, and with tickets already on final release, this looks set to be one of the best nights of the year.
Quail: “I think if you’re currently into techno and haven’t heard of Rødhåd you need to have a serious word with yourself! His meteoric rise to being one of the most in demand DJs around is nothing short of legendary. Both his Dystopian label and his own releases have cemented his well deserved reputation. My personal favourites are ‘Patient Zero’, ‘Entering 101’ and ‘Energomash’ - his remix of Svreca’s ‘Hagagatan’ is also worth a mention.”
November sees Animal Farm return to their second Glasgow home, The Art School, for a Klockworks double bill of Etapp Kyle & Jay Clarke. You can catch both artists making their Scottish debut on November 18th.
Quail: “Our next two guests, Etapp Kyle & Jay Clarke, are ones I’m personally looking forward to at Animal Farm this year. Both are relative newcomers to the international scene but definitely bring so much to the table. Jay has recently been signed to Ben Klock’s Klockworks imprint and had immediate success with his debut EP for the label; the standout for me being ‘Drift’ - a tough yet dreamlike affair.
Etapp Kyle is another Klockworks artist with a string of top releases under his name and now, a successful DJ career to boot. He’s been heralded for his ethereal, atmospheric productions, and his sets at Berghain have quickly gained him a reputation as one of the club’s finest residents. Ones to check from him are ‘Aurora’ and my particular favourite of his, which I’ve been hammering, is ‘Ahora’ on Ostgut sub label UNTERTON.”
A few weeks later Animal Farm are back in The Art School, this time welcoming PoleGroup’s Reeko as well as Kobosil for his third appearance at Animal Farm. Kobosil’s previous appearances at AF have made him a cult favourite, and his reputation as one of Ostgut’s most exciting new talents makes Friday 2nd December one for the calendar.
Quail: “In December we welcome back one of our favourite DJs as the Berlin born and bred Kobosil joins Reeko who makes his Scottish debut. Max Kobosil has really exploded onto the techno scene over the last few years, coming from relative obscurity to one of the Ostgut camp’s most highly rated assets. Every time we’ve had Kobosil over we have been treated to fairly explosive DJ sets that encompass everything from dark, broody, industrial techno, right up to some of his obscure synth wave and EBM material. His tracks ‘Osmium’ and ‘Herschel’ on UNTERTON, as well as ‘Asle’ on MDR, are 3 tracks that still get constant rotation at AF.
Barcelona’s Reeko is easily one of techno’s best and having been in the game for quite some time he has a back catalogue to rival anyone. From classics on his own Mental Disorder imprint such as ‘Psychiatric Hospital’ to more modern material like ‘Electrica Phenomena’, we are very pleased to finally have one of our favourite artists join us in Glasgow.”
Rounding off the year on December 29th is the small affair of Animal Farm’s 12th Birthday at Sub Club, with none other than Animal Farm favourite Ben Klock playing till 4am. 12 years in the game is truly exceptional for an underground Glasgow promoter, and this year’s celebrations are bound to be the best yet - Klock’s previous appearances at Animal Farm are the stuff of Glasgow legend.
Undeniably one of the single most influential figures of the modern Berlin techno sound, Klock has now cemented himself as one of the genre’s greats. Holding down a residency at Berghain since its inception, helping to launch the careers of artists like DVS1 and Etapp Kyle through his successful Klockworks imprint, and contributing countless classics to Ostgut Ton, his reputation as a DJ has never been in doubt. This promises to be a special night as it’s Klock’s fifth appearance at Animal Farm – he’s built up a special relationship with AF and the Glasgow crowd over the years and it gets stronger every time.
Tickets for the 12th Birthday and all other upcoming Animal Farm events are available over on Resident Advisor.