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Analogue Foundation Presents: Eric Lau, Russel Elevado and 2000Black
September 2018

The final ‘Analogue Foundation Presents’ event was curated and hosted by Eric Lau, and featured friends and founders of the Analogue Foundation. After an introductory DJ set by Eric Lau, the first event of the evening was a Listening Session of Eric Lau’s ‘Examples Vol. 2’ through the Giant Steps Sound System. Following this, Eric Lau had a discussion session with Russel Elevado in front of the assembled audience. Covering everything from process, to equipment, to when to just have a break and go for a walk, the talk provided inspiration for producers, musicians and fans in the crowd old and new. The talk was followed by a rare live performance from 200Black, performing ‘Levels of Consciousness’. The night, and this series of events, was brought to a close with A DJ set from Russell Elevado, providing a fitting farewell to our summer at Swan Wharf.


Analogue Foundation Presents: A New Flower
September 2018

For the third ‘Analogue Foundation Presents’ event, Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne curated a celebration of Ethiopian and Eritrean New Year. The event started with a Cassette and Vinyl DJ set from Olmo and Rahel, playing Ethiopian classics while the intoxicating smells from the food provided by Eat Ethio floated around the whole of Giant Steps. After DJ sets from DJ Yonatan from Sheba Sounds and Scott from Eat Ethio, a traditional coffee ceremony and dance was performed. With full stomachs, and renergised from the fresh coffee, the KM Ethiopian Music Group provided live traditional Ethiopian music, before handing over to Ethiopian Abstractions, an improvised set lead by percussionist Tom Skinner. The evening closed with traditional Ethiopian dancing from the Dan Kira dance collective, and celebratiosn spilled out into the night afterwards. Melkam Addis Amet!


Analogue Foundation Presents: Vibrations
September 2018

For the second ‘Analogue Foundation Presents’ event, curator Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne transformed Giant Steps into an immersive day spa. The day started with a revitalising Ygo session from Sanchia Legister of Yogahood, accompanied by a DJ set from Alex Rita of Toughing Bass. Silence then transcended across Giant Steps for a Sound Bath from Jospeh Yanaku, who’s gongs and singing bowls to attendees on a transcendental journey. A meditative DJ set from Olmo Cassibba followed, before Layla from You’re A Melody got the crowd ready for a live jazz performance from the Steam Down Family Fair, which sent spa attendees into the balmy night refreshed and invigorated.


Analogue Foundation Presents: Jenn Nkiru
September 2018

The first in our series of ‘Analogue Foundation Presents’ at the Giant Steps Swan Wharf installation, the Analogue Foundation worked with DJ and producer Eric Lau as curator to present an evening with artist and director Jenn Nkiru. The evening featured discussion, film screening, audio example and a question and answer session, focussing on Jenn Nkiru’s analogue processes and love of 35mm film, as well as working with Beyonce, what relevance music has within her creative process, and her current and future projects. The evening started and finished with DJ sets from Alex Rita and Andwot from Touching Base, perfectly framing the talk.


GIANT STEPS – a collaboration between Brilliant Corners and the Analogue Foundation – will be taking up residence in Hackney Wick this summer for a series of weekend parties.
Building on its debut at Houghton Festival last year, where it hosted some of the most sought-after DJs in a 50ft tropical yurt, GIANT STEPS will be installing its world-class analogue sound system in Swan Wharf, a 20,000 square ft. canal-side warehouse complex in Hackney Wick.
The 500 person capacity waterside terrace is one of the largest al fresco spaces in East London, and will host live jazz performances and a rotation of top chefs and restaurants, each cooking BBQ menus.  The bar will serve natural wine, craft beer and summer cocktails, and screenings of the forthcoming World Cup games will take place on an outdoor cinema screen.
GIANT STEPS will also unveil a brand new indoor music venue, featuring its bespoke analogue sound system, hosting impromptu sets from renowned record collectors. Parties and events will take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 11pm.
The aim of the residency at Swan Wharf is to bring people together with timeless music and delicious food and drinks, giving Londoners a new summer hangout come rain or shine.

www.giant--steps.com


Independent Label Market Brussels
April 2018

Since launching in May 2011, Independent Label Market has brought together the founders of over 400 of the World’s greatest independent record labels on both sides of the Atlantic to sell their fresh vinyl produce directly to the public at that traditional goods exchange – a market stall. As the music industry embraces a more digital strategy, Independent Label Market is a valuable reminder of how music retail can be a social affair; people hanging out together as a community and buying records. The Analogue Foundation partnered with the Independent Label Market for their first market in Brussels, at the prestigious Weils Contemporary Arts Centre. For two days, over 50 Belgian and European independent labels presented their releases, with the Analogue Foundation providing analogue listening stations for visitors to discover new sounds.


The Globe-Trotter X Analogue Foundation
Listening Station Launch at Spiritland

To celebrate the launch of the Globe-Trotter x Analogue Foundation Listening Station, the Analogue Foundation took over Spiritland, the audiophile café bar in London’s Kings Cross for a night in February 2018. With all of the founding members of the Analogue Foundation in attendance, as well as the team from Globe-Trotter, there was an evening full of music, video and conversation, as well of the new Listening Station of course. Along with a talk session with the founders, the packed out crowd were treated to a talk and listening session from Russell Elevado about his work with D’Angelo, as well as an introduction to and world premier of a new Soundwalk Collective piece featuring Patti Smith. The evening was rounded off with a vinyl DJ set from Russell Elevado using the stunning Spiritland sound system.


Giant Steps
at Houghton Festival 2017

GIANT STEPS is a collaboration between the Analogue Foundation and one of London's top listening venues, Brilliant Corners, and their travelling sound-system. GIANT STEPS is always exploring new destinations, with the aim to create an atmosphere of freedom, comfort and togetherness; playing sounds that travel straight to the hearts and souls of the audience. A top roster of like-minded record collectors each programme a narrative of music, creating a seamless yet individual experience for all. In August 2017, the Analogue Foundation and Brilliant Corners took GIANT STEPS to Houghton Festival, where Floating Points, Ben UFO and Hunee played packed out sets.

 

World Wide Listening Station Tour in Berlin 2017
at Oye Records

In July 2017 the Listening Station was housed at OYE Records in Berlin’s popular Prenzlauer Berg area. OYE records' basement shop contains a fantastic range of music, and is central to Berlin’s new analogue house scene. Run by the DJ’s Delfonic and Tinko, OYE is a record store, local hub, distribution center and record label home. Spread across three rooms, the largest sections are devoted to house and disco, but there is also a large selection of hip hop, jazz, wave and electronica. The store regularly plays host to gigs, and has a team of knowledgeable and dedicated staff members, who were excited and enthusiastic about having the Listening Station as part of the team. The week kicked off with a panel session hosted by Christine Kakaire in the beautiful surroundings of Mitte’s Soho House, with a panel consisting of Maryama Luccioni (African Acid is the Future), Simone Merli (Soundwalk Collective), Claas Breiler (Jazzanova) and Max Gössler (Intakt!),followed by a Jazzanova DJ set.

 

World Wide Listening Station Tour in Paris 2017
at Superfly Records

In May 2017 the Listening Station came to Superfly Records in the Marais district of Paris. Superfly Records launched in 2009, with a view to selling vintage and collectable records from around the world; reflecting the city’s diversity with a curated selection of originals and reissues. As well as selling records, Superfly is also the HQ for an active reissue label, bringing to life a wide variety of rare, private press or out of print records from Nigerian funk to Japanese jazz,. (we all fell in love with the shop dog too)! The residency started with a talk session hosted by the DJ and promoter Nick V at Le Generator in the trendy district of the 10tharrondissement, with a popular after party with sets from Nick V and DJ Deep.

 

World Wide Listening Station Tour in Barcelona 2017
at Discos Paradiso

Nestled in the small streets of Barcelona’s Raval district, Discos Paradiso was home to the Listening Station for a week in March 2017. Since its inception in April 2010, Discos Paradiso has become a focus point for the city’s dance and experimental scene. Co-owner Gerad Condemines used to work at local store La Ruta Natural, whilst fellow native Catalan Arnau Farrés would sell flea market finds on Discogs. Their joint obsession with rarities sent them hunting for vinyl all over Europe. Eventually they decided to channel their efforts into a brick-and-mortar, creating Barcelona’s answer to Hardwax or Phonica. Their dedication to searching for audio perfection struck a chord with the Analogue Foundation’s outlook. On one of the most rain soaked nights that Barcelona had seen in years, the talk session took place including Pedro Vian (Modern Obscure Music) and the producer Roger Rodes amongst others. The talk session was followed by an immersive back to back DJ set between Marc Pinol and DJ Zero.

 

World Wide Listening Station Tour in Amsterdam 2016
at Rush Hour

Audiophiles, record collectors and music lovers flock to Rush Hour for its impeccable vinyl selection, relaxed atmosphere and iconic status as one of the best record stores in the world. For a week in September 2016 the Listening Station was installed in Rush Hour’s new, bigger Amsterdam location (two doors down from it’s previous spot), and provided both a destination to discover new music and a place to revisit the warmth of old favourites. Yutaka Hoshino accompanied the Listening Station for the week, recommending records to customers and sharing his in-depth knowledge of analogue equipment and technology to generate some interesting discussions about the benefits of analogue listening. The week closed with a panel session featuring Ben Westbeech (Breach), Mathijin den Duijf (Kytopia) and Orpheu de Jong (Red Light Radio) and ended with a listening session selected by Abel from Redlight Records.

 

World Wide Listening Station Tour in London 2016
Phonica Records

The Listening Station tour started in the heart of London, at Soho’s Phonica Records in July 2016. Phonica is an independent company that collaborates with musicians and artists to create unique listening experiences - from producing handmade vinyl records to hosting innovative DJ sets. Phonica is always at the centre of the next big musical trend in London, and seemed the perfect place to launch the Listening Station. The week came to a conclusion with a talk session at Brilliant Corners, one of London’s top listening venues, inspired by Japan’s jazz coffee shops. The event began with a panel sessions with Anton Spice (Vinyl Factory), Justin Greenslade (Isonoe) and Alex Arnout (Dogmatik Records), and DJ ended with DJ sets from Vangelis Katsoulis and Floating Points.