Once again the Assembly will be hosting another international DJ in the form of world reknown female DJ Dinky, who comes all the way from Chile in South America. This will be Cocoons first official event in South Africa and anyone that knows anything about Cocoon knows that this will be one unforgettable event. Cocoon is one of Ibiza’s largest events and I’ve got no doubt this Friday will be off the hook at Assembly. Dinky will be supported by none other then South Africa’s most powerful techno group Killer Robot, Paul Sprecher and Daniel Sun. It will be awesome to see Killer Robot get behind the decks again, as I haven’t seen them in a long time. Paul Sprecher has been in the game for a long time, playing in pretty much all of the top clubs across Cape Town as well as all the Bliss parties back in the day.
OLMECA DIMENSIONS pr. COCOON | CAPE TOWN
DATE: Friday 04 June 2010
VENUE: The Assembly
61 Harrington Str
DOORS OPEN: 9pm
PRE SALE: R100.00
AT THE DOOR: R120.00
Pre-sale tickets now available from WEBTICKETS!
Don’t let the name fool you: Dinky is a powerhouse. Inheritor of the diminutive nickname before she was even born, Alejandra Iglesias has grown her stature the old-fashioned way.. with focus, determination and, of course, killer DJ skills and a catalog of classic, game-changing tracks. Active since the mid ’90s, this international traveler has had scene after scene try to claim her as their own, but she’s never stayed in one place, musically speaking, long enough to risk being mired in yesterday’s ideas. Her restlessness is our gain.
Born and raised in Santiago, Dinky is a leading member of Chile’s 2nd generation electronic-music greats. Like many of her artistic compatriots, her music reflects both her roots and the experiences of a highly peripatetic lifestyle. Caught up in the musical revolution started by Ricardo Villalobos, Dandy Jack and Atom Heart in the early 90s, she taught herself to mix records and was soon appearing at desert raves. It was in New York, where she settled in the mid ’90s to join the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, that Dinky’s career began to take off, as she immersed herself in the city’s vital underground scene. In 2000, just 23 and armed with only an MPC 2000, she turned out her 1st productions; within a couple of years she had released a spate of records, ranging from trim, nuanced minimal techno to downcast electro-pop, on Cologne’s Traum Schallplatten as well as New York’s Sonic Groove and Carpark labels.
In 2003, forced by US immigration laws to leave the country, Dinky lit out for Berlin, a city that had captured her imagination 9 years earlier during the heyday of E-Werk and Tresor. It was a good move: by 2005 she would release the massive “Acid In My Fridge” for Sven Väth’s Cocoon imprint and the following year she landed a residency at Väth’s infamous Cocoon parties at Ibiza’s Amnesia. Both DJing and playing live, Dinky has gone on to become a regular fixture across the continental scene; from Ibiza’s Circo Loco to top-draw festivals like Sonar, 10 Days Off and Sonne Mond Sterne; while in Berlin she currently holds the honor of a Panorama Bar residency.
Even if you’ve never caught Dinky live, you can get a good sense for her unique style from her 2 mix CDs, 2007’s Get Lost 03 (Crosstown Rebels) and 2008’s Dinky Mixes Horizontal (P-Vine). Folding phrases with origami grace, they present interwoven percussive grooves flecked with scraps of melody; they’re lush and dryly funky, jacking and introspective all at once. Dinky’s own productions work in similar ways. Whether with samples, software, hardware or some combination of all 3, she builds compact, complex worlds out of sound, using only the bare essentials. It’s hard to think of another producer who has imbued the principals of minimalism with such soul. Stripped-back grooves do only as much as needed to keep the pulse rippling, while scraps of synths, voices, or sampled who-knows-what flit about like nervous ghosts. Often it’s impossible to tell how Dinky has put together her tracks. They seem partly collage, partly the expression of some sentient machine.
The most recent phase of Dinky’s production finds her experimenting more than ever. With the launch of her own Horizontal label in 2005, she began moving in the direction of jittery, cut-up house; the label now has 10 releases and counting, featuring not only Dinky’s own productions but also records from Matthew Styles, Jambi, Andres Bucci and more. In 2008, Dinky released her 3rd album, May Be Later, and an EP for Berlin’s Vakant label, exploring ever more intricate polyrhythms and uncanny timbres. In 2009, Mathew Jonson invited her to join his Wagon Repair label, resulting in the 4-track Lydian EP and the full-length Anemik. Having proven time and again that she can pump out tracks for the most demanding dance floors, here she lets her imagination and her fingertips guide her to a more secluded place, using exclusively hardware synths, sequencers and drum machines, and even Fender Telecaster and Rhodes keyboard, as her raw materials.
The results range widely in style and mood, but they all come together, crystallizing into a single idea or a single image: something like a sun-dappled clearing in the woods, far from any “proper” nightlife, marked by close friends, good sound and no intrusions from the outside world, where the music is free to roam.
Download: Dinky – Allez Allez Mix
See you all there this Friday for some banging techno beats…
I am really looking forward to this one!