A closer look at CTEMF’s mega international lineup.


Next weekend CTEMF returns with its mid-week of workshops and festival weekend at a brand new venue along with an all-star local and international line up. But that’s not all, CTEMF will also be hosting its second annual sister festival in Johannesburg featuring FOUR of the festivals top international headlining acts – RAG, Job Jobse, Deetron and ARTBAT.

We’ve been so impressed by this year’s dynamic and eclectic choice of international Selectas that we decided to delve a little deeper into the history of these artists and give you a taste of their latest work.

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Finding the words to describe this rather elusive beat master, RAG is rather hard to do. Rinse FM and Barbieturix favourite/regular may lay low but her SoundCloud surely does not and is pure dope from start to finish. Disco to Swing and dirty Techno, this babe can do it all. In the spirit of all things underground and CTEMF, RAG makes it to the top of our list. Keep your eye on this candy and her unique style of funky disco and deep, dark techy grooves at CTEMF 2018. This is an unmissable act and definitely one we’re expecting to be the ‘surprise set’ of the festival.

 

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Greg Broussard started out as a young DJ in Los Angeles with Uncle Jamm’s Army in the early 80’s and also went on to release some of the earliest rap LPs. After a break in the early 1990s, Egyptian Lover returned in 1994 with ‘Back from the Tomb’ – his first full-length album in over ten years! He has continued to produce and perform live ever since with his 2015 release titled, 1984, prolonging his tradition and passion for using all analogue equipment, including his famed Roland TR-808 and pretty much most of the same gear he used on his recordings back in the 1980s.

 

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Sherard Ingram aka DJ Stingray is widely acclaimed for his deep, dystopian brand of electro and is hardly ever seen without his trademark black balaclava on. The Detroit native and now Berlin-based producer has been tearing up the best clubs on the European continent in the past few years – even curating a mix CD for Tresor’s Kern series and becoming a regular at Berghain. With roots in 1980’s Detroit, a young Stingray was mentored by DJ by Kenny Dixon Jnr (aka Moodymann). The duo soon landed regular slots at The Outcast, a hard-as-nails club only interested in hip-hop and rap, so Stingray knew that if he wanted to play the Techno and Electro that he was into, then he would have to do so “seamlessly and at breakneck speed” – a method he has continued with ever since and which has now defined his brand.

 

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From working the infamous European joint, Club 11 to joining the Innervisions team in Berlin to a booking agent at Trouw back Amsterdam to opening for Tale of Us at his very own party to a fulltime DJ and label manager at Life and Death today. Job Jobse is undoubtedly one of the most well rounded, performers in the industry with having his proverbial finger in almost every facet of the music business, this artist has a humble live approach letting his kinky disco and cheeky house beats speak for themselves. He still has his epic residency at Trouw to this day, where he also has his own party called ‘Drukpers’.

 

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In 96, The Hacker co-produced a track with an old friend, Miss Kittin titled “Gratin Dauphinois”. Then discovered by DJ Hell, Miss Kittin and The Hacker went on to produce several tracks on his label ‘’International Deejays Gigolos” which went on to be a huge hit in Europe. The Hacker also went on to start his very own label and discovered and mastered his own unique sound, influenced by Detroit, Kraftwerk and the German rave sound of PCP. Igniting the electro-clash craze, The Hacker and Miss Kitten released “The First Album”. The record would go on to sell over 50,000 copies and even Elton John and Karl Lagerfeld praised the release. The Hacker has continued on his path, in the shadows, working with massive industry labels such as UMF, Dancefloor Killer, Sativae, Missile, Rotation, Turbo, Error 404 and more.

 

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Artur and Batish aka ARTBAT are among the most successful Ukrainian electronic acts to date. Only a year after the two producers from Kiev, joined forces as ARTBAT, were they tearing up the floor at Destino in Ibiza. Known for their powerful and inventive sound and the impressive capacity their tracks have to fuel both intimate dancefloors and huge arenas with high energy demand are a few of the reasons why major artists are drawn to ARTBAT’S music. You can find industry authorities like Solomun, Maceo Plex, and Richie Hawtin regularly spinning an Artbat track.

 

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As many kids who have grown up in the early 90s in the South West of Germany, Gerd Janson was a regular raver at Mannheim’s legendary Milk Club. Although then known for putting Jungle on the local map, Gerd would wait eagerly for the early morning hours to groove to the American-styled house ruling the scene back then. His passion for house music evolved rapidly and infused with his thirst for Disco saw him fuse into ‘his own’ and in 1998, Janson finally landed his very first DJ residency at Darmstadt’s Café Kesselhaus. Ever since he’s been serving the hottest House and Disco sets all over the world, all while running the German label “Running Back” alongside Thorsten Scheu (aka Glance) and hosting the legendary Liquid club nights together with DJ Thomas Hammann.

 

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Swiss Techno maestro, Deetron who produces hot tech with the soul of Detroit has released on major labels. Sam Geiser aka Deetron under his old pseudonym Soulmate made his debut as a producer on the label Phont Music and went on to produce the track Miss Suave with Samuel Session on Carl Cox’s label, Intec Records. By the end of 2006, his album Twisted was released on the label Music Man. Decades later and with thousands of online followers too, Deetron will be joining us at CTEMF on his current world tour.

 

With just over a week to go we hope you have your tickets already – with this all-star lineup below and bad-ass new venue, we guarantee you this year will be a sell-out! For more information join the event, follow their fanpage, check out their website and of course, book your tickets.


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