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Two years of Cult Culture


Reaching the end of an amazing two years doing parties at our favourite London venue is super sad but also full of joy. We’ve had so many golden moments together! The superb music our guest DJs have brought to the party fill us with pride and joy, so we thought we’d share a couple of moments, and the records we feel have perfectly encapsulated our Cult Culture party over the eight parties at Superstore.

Without a doubt the highlight of our first party was the huge crew that came through from Bristol…especially the minibus ramble… we don’t think Superstore quite knew what was happening!

We’d also invited relatively unknown DJ, Soren Miehe over from Berlin. Not only was Soren an incredible DJ, everybody fell in love with this beaut at first sight.

With his big gorgeous smile, he was dropping bombs like this:

When people ask us to tell them our favourite party or who our favourite guest was, it’s almost impossible to answer.  However, we will always affectionately remember our Superstore party with the wonderful Telephones playing downstairs and the incredible johnsmith (Man-Up Winner) performing Madonna’s Vogue in their own inimitable way upstairs.  It was the first time I have seen an artist perform upstairs on the bar who immediately affected the whole venue… They finished their performance and it sent palpable shockwaves throughout the building. Meanwhile, Telephones was playing this masterpiece in the lazer pit at peak time and everybody went wild for it:

Our only regret was when we returned to our Airbnb and Henning changed into Oozing Gloop drag that we didn’t soundtrack it with the very same Jazz Carnival!

So when Jan Schulte (aka Wolf Müller, Bufiman and a bunch of other aliases) arrived from Dusseldorf to headline the lazer pit for us, we expected to feel like we’d been hit over the head with millions of drums…and we weren’t disappointed, it was a masterpiece of a set.  BPMs dropping to around a 100bpm at peak time and the dancefloor was still jiving hard. BUT it is this record that Jan told us he found in his collection (and thought he’d lost) just before departing to London that he played at just the right moment!

Next up was a choice booking for our headline slot, Auntie Flo.  Known for his incredible Afro vibes throughout his productions and DJ sets, he to decided shelve this and instead bought his entire Italo disco vinyl collection, making the most of his apartment being around the corner.  We don’t think we have seen anybody play such a flawless Italo disco set before…it was a delight to be there dancing.  All this been said, he did divert slightly to play this absolute edit banger!

Now the last record is often a challenge and something we have always found quite difficult to select.  You have a choice: you can either chose to close out with a chilled obviously-this-set-is-coming-to-an-end record OR you can leave the dancefloor begging for MOOOOORE…. Auntie Flo kinda achieved both and definitely holds the title for best last record of our party series at Superstore.  This got played in its entirety…for this very moment it was the best record ever!  There is a video floating around of this moment somewhere but alas we don’t know where?!

Upstairs we were thrilled to provide a wee platform for our friends at Rhythm Sister (a DJ collective that provides a safe and supportive environment for those that identify as women or gender queer to learn and hone their DJ skills.) When Jess Farley played this, it was proof that no matter how well a record is known if you time it correctly it always stands the test of time/never gets old:

Since we are closing our last Cult Culture ourselves this Saturday, we thought we would finish off with a few tracks that have become PLU classics over the years.

We went for years playing this record in every set we played.  This clip is actually from the theme tune of the U.S. Sitcom starring a young John Travolta! The edit we play derives from this, but there is not a clip of the edit online. If you are looking for the exact track, it’s a Doug Lee edit.

We have actually had people complain when we have not played this!

I don’t think this record has left our bag for the last 12 months.  We LOVE IT because it combines a nod to our love of early nineties rave and – we feel – still has a disco/funk vibe running through it 😉

In terms of the music we play and the artists we book, we play most things: house, Italo, synth, industrial, punk, afro… anything goes, but in our early People Like Us parties we very much just played disco, and this is one of the records that have endured up until this present day… It never fails.

Expect some more of this kinda magic on Saturday night as we go through all night long… Techno/bleep music from a label whose output was, for us, unsurpassed at the time.

Finally, this track remained a wee secret weapon for us for a while, helped by the fact it costs silly money to purchase second hand, so not many DJs had it. We are big fans of Red Axes anyway but they really excelled themselves when they did this edit of Shocking Blue’s Love Buzz.  We absolutely love how just before the breakdown they remain true to the original and allow the record to dramatically increase in speed…we’ve seen people lose their shit to this so many times.

Catch PLU at Cult Culture this Saturday 5 August from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!


Kris Baha

By Ranks

For the latest instalment of rhinestone-encrusted disco bash Cult Culture, the Bristolian partystarters have recruited Power Station mastermind Kris Baha! The Berlin-based DJ, producer and label boss has garnered a cult-status following transcendental sets in the Cocktail D’Amore cosmic hole as well as throbbing EBM releases on his own Power Cuts label. It’s high time we welcomed him to the lazerhole to serve up a slice of his trademark mind-bending body music. Cult Culture promoter and resident DJ Ranks caught up to chat career highlights, unsung talent and plans for the rest of 2017!

We are hyped to have you join us for PLU’s Cult Culture party! You’ve been super busy over the last couple of years; what with a move from your hometown of Melbourne to Berlin, together with the label and a number of great releases – what have been a few of your highlights?

Thank you, I am equally as excited to be joining! It’s been a funny three year transition but I am finally cemented here in Berlin. Some highlights for me have been Salon Des Amateurs last month with Theme For Great Cities‘ Rearview Radio, Aki Aki and an impromptu b2b2b2b with Tolouse Low Trax. I also played at a festival called Ant Bangos run by the Opium Crew out of Vilnius which is on the Baltic Sea beach front (literally on the sand) and down in the cosmic hole last year at Cocktail D’Amore in Berlin.  

A record that perfectly sums up these highlights?

Tell us about your relationship with the legendary Berlin based, gay party Cocktail D’Amore crew?

It happened pretty organically which is something I go with a lot. From afar in Melbourne (pre-Berlin transition) I was already a fan of the label and knew about the party and then had some people I knew playing there who relayed that it is exactly like it’s reputation – wild and musically open. We also tried to book Discodromo for our party Power Station in 2014 but we postponed it until 2015. Coincidentally some demos of mine were sent to the DD guys in early 2015 and this was about the same time we put out our first record on Power Cuts which they really liked and then the rest, as they say is …. 

One of the reasons we’ve invited you to play for our Cult Culture party is your eclectic taste and your ability and willingness to weave disco, industrial, punk and house into your sets.  With house becoming ever more popular in the mainstream, do you think there is an appetite in the underground for more than just your standard house and four to the floor? Has there been an emergence of music that looks to challenge what we have become used to as the usual rhythms of dance music?

Sure, I think people are becoming much more open… Well I hope so, otherwise I am out of a job!

If so, are there any records that perfectly encapsulates this?

Here are some I have enjoyed playing out:

Favourite record of 2017 so far?

I don’t have favourites, but some reissues and OG music I’ve been listening to a lot that were released this year are

Esplendor Geometrico’s – Fluida Mekaniko on Geomtetric 

S/M Nurse on Domestica 

Khidja’s Microb incl TLT Remixes on Malka Tuti. 

Modern Art – Stereoland on No Coat

Nv – Binasu on Mind Japan

The Resident Advisor top 100 DJs poll has just regurgitated a very similar list to last year and the year before – if you could turn the spotlight onto some unsung artists, who would they be and why?

As they always do 😉

Artists who I think have saddled around the rodeo for some time as well as some up-and-comers are Tolouse Low Trax, Vladimir Ivkovic, Lena Wilikens, Jan Schulte, DJ Normal 4 also Dane//Close, Zozo, Allesandro Adriani, Elena ColombiDon’t DJ, Alexis Le Tan, Odopt.

As we head into the festival season and the half way mark of the year, what exciting plans are in the pipeline?

I’ll be playing live again which I have been eager to get back into since my departure from band world – I have an experimental industrial duo thing happening with Niklas Wandt who is a very talented drummer. Also I have my other project with Dreems which is called Die Orangen and we’ll be playing live at Monticule Festival France in June and our LP Zest will be coming out on Malka Tuti mid year which we are pretty psyched about. Short of that, you will see a Kris Baha EP on Cocktail D’Amore very soon, another Power Cuts release, a new label series merging Power Cuts and Bahnsteig23 as Power23, a release on Pinkmann Records, more output from Power Station and the Power Cuts Label and I’ll try and sleep at some point as well.  

Talking about festivals… Which dance bomb do you have in your bag that you can’t wait to unleash in the sunshine?

In five words, what do you have in store for Cult Culture?

Dark energy waves of sweat 

Catch Kris Baha at PLU presents Cult Culture this Saturday 3 June from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore! 

Glowing Palms

Bristol’s PLU have fast become a disco institution at Dalston Superstore, curating lineups that without fail transport us out of dreary London to a sunset beachside somewhere we’d rather be! For their latest instalment, they’ve recruited Red Bull Music Academy alumni, Ruf Kutz wunderkind and master of the wonky synthesizer, Glowing Palms. Having spent the year flitting between London, Manchester and festival dates as far afield as Perth, Western Australia, it’s high time we welcomed him to Superstore for his lazer basement debut! We caught up to chat internet sleuthing, underrated mates and plans for Cult Culture.

Hi Glowing Palms! We are thrilled to have you join us soon for PLU’s Cult Culture! You’ve had a pretty phenomenal 2016 so far – what have been a few of your highlights?

Hello ! I’m super hyped to join you guys too – Dalston Superstore is legendary and you guys throw some killer parties. I’ve got a lil stack of records especially put aside for this one! 

Had a wicked 2016 – highlight’s gotta be the Ruf Kutz stage at Gottwood. No set times / elbows out vibe. A really small stage but it was totally packed with a lot of people sticking with us for the whole night. Preston Brookes beat juggling Drexciya records and Kickin Pigeon playing slowed down jungle. 

Over the years, you’ve worked closely with Ruf Dug, releasing tons of amazing music on his label Ruf Kutz. How has Ruffy influenced you as an artist?

Aye – Ruffy’s been a massive influence. We send demos to each other all the time and we’re both super honest with each other which really helps. Got a mail from him the other day – “Why the fuck did you leave that synth till the end of the tune – it’s the best bit sort it out” haha. Always great to have another perspective and sometimes making some changes brings out the best in a tune and other times you stand your ground ‘cos you know it’s how it should be. 

You’ve been involved with Ruffy’s Video Lounge a fair bit – has video game music  been a big influence for you?

Ruffy’s video lounge is definitely his baby in that he’s figured out all the technology and he owns an archive of the BBC’s old broadcasting gear! I grew up on C64 music and the 8bit versions of classical music on Lemmings and stuff. I’m well into tunes that have that sound like early Zomby and the big tunes that used the SID station like Ayo Technology. Just made a remix for someone with a bit of that vibe actually! 

 You speak of yourself as more of an Internet music sleuth than a crate digger, what are some of your favourite sites or forums for discovering new music?

I’m well geeky with that stuff – I tend to just find these really good Youtube Channels – there’s someone who’s uploaded hundreds of super rare Chicago House and another one who’s uploaded all the library music stuff. There’s a guy who’s got amazing Island stuff as well that’s not on Discogs.  That’s kind of where you have to go these days since they closed down all the blogspots with the Megaupload and Zshare links. That was my main source of music before they got taken down – Italo and soundtrack blogspots and I’d download gigabites of the stuff and then buy the best bits on vinyl. 

You were a student at the esteemed Red Bull Music Academy a few years ago, how did that experience shape you as a producer?

It was really early for me music-wise so I was quite overwhelmed at the time as most of the other students had come up through music production but I was always more of a DJ. It was a total eye opener and I absolutely loved the experience. I’d say the main take away points were that music is just something you do. You don’t need to spend hours philosophising about it and trying to make a hit or spending weeks on a snare sound. Just throw something together whenever you can and in time there will be some magic in there even if you didn’t know it at the time.

The other thing is sort of using music that’s out there as a resource or inspiration – kinda like sampling but in a broader sense. Steve Spacek and Mark Pritchard made a tune out there where they got a reggae tune they liked and stuck a low pass filter on it so you had this lovely, deep bassline. They then wrote the tune from there. The final tune sounded nothing like the original reggae record but that’s what kickstarted it. It kinda showed that you can use pretty much anything around you without having to start from scratch  

We love all of the videos for your Ruf Kutz releases – who is the genius behind them?

Haha I made all my videos – again hours of trawling Youtube with the tune playing, going down some really weird rabbit holes until something looks right that I can rip and then chop up

Favourite track of the year?

Jagger Botchway Group – Moko Le Dzen (Ruf Dug Tight Disco Dub)


The Resident Advisor top 100 DJs poll has just regurgitated a very similar list to last year and the year before – if you could turn the spotlight onto some unsung artists, who would they be and why?

I don’t follow these polls or really read much about music and DJs to be honest – I just like having a good time with my mates and people I’ve met along the way. Wet Play in Manchester the other night totally blew my mind… Randy Marsh, Metrodome, Sonofapizzaman, Ruf Dug, Swayward and Kickin Pigeon all absolutely throwing it down. STE SPANDEX full live set…. Now that’s something to talk about. Always big love for Bradley Zero, Bell Towers, Miutante, Garth Be, Moxie,  Anu, Mali, Chaos in the CBD, Preston Brookes, Hollick, Panoram, O Flynn, Tom Blip, Chris Airplays, Hampus Time, Enchante, Eclair Fifi, Crucial and Fresh and all the other people I should have mentioned but forgot.

Do you have any exciting plans in the pipeline for 2017?

Tunes!! I’ve got a record coming out early in the new year on Blip Discs and have some other stuff that’s nearly ready that I’ll send out to some people and see what happens.  

In five words, what do you have in store for Cult Culture?


Catch Glowing Palms this Friday 16 December at Cult Culture from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!