Upperberry is a new club night that opened its doors for the first time at Rhino last week. They promise good quality underground house music and guest DJs from the hearts of the Berlin and Amsterdam scenes. You’ll also hear plenty of material from the roots of Chicago and Detroit, with extra home-grown produce from Southampton and the rest of the country thrown in for good measure.
Last week they had STUFF, this week they have secured Robosonic aka Cord Henning Labuhn and Sacha Robotti.
Robosonic made quite an impression on the international scene in 2012 courtesy of their summer record, “Worst Love“. Released on OFF Recordings, the record soon made plenty of headway, with longstanding success on Beatport and chartings by names like DJ Sneak. Indeed, it even went so far as claiming the top spot on Resident Advisor’s monthly chart and also reached their Top Charted Tracks of 2012 list.
As a follow up, Robosonic released “The Edge” in autumn 2012. Again, the response was pretty great, with the record peaking at Number 6 in the Beatport deep house chart. Both “Worst Love” and “The Edge” became two of OFF Recordings biggest hits to date.
Robosonic aren’t new to the game though: For over seven years now they’ve been busy building their reputation as producers and DJs. Going back in time: In 2007, Robosonic released their debut album, “Sturm und Drang”, on their (now defunct) Diskomafia label, complete with a series of 12’’ and remixes by luminaries of the underground. After almost four years of self-imposed abstinence from original productions – in which they relentlessly toured clubs and hosted their podcast “Berlin Kreuzberg Institut” – the duo got back down in 2011: Their release on Jackmode Music entitled “The Sweetness“, with Dirtybird’s J.Phlip own interpretation, was soon charted by the likes of Claude Vonstroke and licensed to Cassy & Joris Voorn’s “Cocoon Heroes”.
To bring us up-to-date, Nov 2012 saw a Robosonic remix for Channel X on Oliver Koletzki’s label Stil Vor Talent. The collaboration with this label so far culminated in the release of the Robosonic record “Feldrecord Im Zirkus” in Jan 2013. Their artful EP pays tribute to pianist Laura Weider, who played a 40-hour concert in Berlin’s infamous Bar 25, an official Guiness world record. Robosonic used samples and field recordings from the pianist’s performance and the public’s atmosphere to create a club track.
Robosonic have released plenty of music already in 2013: A a re-work of Johnny Corporate’s “Sunday Shoutin” on Defected, a remix for David Keno on Noir Music, and a remix of Kerri Chandler‘s classic “Hallelujah” released on the legendary NYC house label King Street Sounds. They also put out a collaboration with Adana Twins: The “La Fique EP” dropped in June on 2DIY4, a branch of the infamous Diynamic which can show off hits by Solomun, Stimming and Amine Edge.
Just recently in August Robosonic put out a single on Off Recordings: “She Was On My Mind” with Stefano Ritteri, which has already seen lots of support on BBC Radio 1 from Pete Tong.