Sunday 24 July 2011

Heineken Style Nuggets [TURKU]

Visited the European Capital of Culture 2011 (!!!) to enjoy Turku Modern MMXI. Kim Ann Foxman played a really nice dj-set, TIGA wore his trademark baseball cap & afterparties at the bridge were epic as usual. Still the biggest highlight for me was at Heineken Style Nuggets on Saturday.

DWTF? & Heineken had managed to book Johan Agebjörn (the mastermind behind the success of Sally Shapiro & countless others pieces of the finest electronic music) to play an extra long set with Finnish disco cult legend Disco Urse

The relatively expensive drinks and distant location kept Style Nuggets from being totally packed, but the music was perfect & the atmosphere was really nice on the daytime as well as in the evening.

THE TERM “EURO” When talking about music the term “Euro” is one that evokes strong reactions to music lovers. needless to say some people think of “la bouche”, and the desire to dwell any further on the subject ends there. they often forget that donna summer’s “i feel love” or kraftwerk’s early excursions were the beginnings of that Euro sound. They ignore that Italo disco, Italy’s dancefloor oriented version of new wave and arguably the most vibrant genre of the “Euro” sound, was being played by the most important disc jockeys in the United States from Frankie Knuckles to Larry Levan. Even in the 90’s “Euro-house” and European acid house tracks from labels like ZYX and R & S, were being dropped by the likes of Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson. Today, modern American commercial producers are incorporating elements of it with each new single we hear every week. Cue the Lady Gaga record. (Andy Butler, Permanent Vacation 2009)

Frequent readers should already be aware of the greatness of modern italo/euro, in case you've missed the previous posts here's some more directly from Johan Agebjörn SoundCloud [this time in the form of some energetic remixes].

Fred Ventura vs. Sally Shapiro - Alice (Energy Mix) by Johan Agebjörn

Johan Agebjörn & Ercola feat. Queen Of Hearts - The Last Day Of Summer (Le Prix Remix) by Johan Agebjörn

In addition to quality beer & music, Heineken Style Nuggets pop-up store by My o My featured well selected fashion from CdG wallets to really nice Neil Barrett t-shirts.

Thanks to Heineken, DWTF & Johan himself for this great event!