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We were among the lucky few who were granted exclusive access to the monster set that our friends from tanz+klangkombinat played at this year’s Fusion festival in Lärz, Germany. Witness This proudly shares this set today, taking you on a musical journey from the dark into the light that will keep you entertained for a while.
Over five hours of music to take you on a beautiful trip, tune in and space out. Safe travels!

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Sebastian Porter is yet another DJ from Berlin who has put together a set to kick off the week just right. Porter’s background was finance, but upon discovering his musical genius, he found himself in Berlin producing and playing at local clubs. At 27 years old, he has a long life ahead of him, and we’ll follow his every musical move in hope of the continued release of sets like this one.
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John Jagos, aka Brothertiger, has been working super hard the past few years – moving from Ohio to New York and working his way up in the music scene. From the release of Future Splendors, strong collaborations, and extensive touring, Brothertiger has been gaining much deserved momentum.
Jagos pays hommage to Talking Heads’ classic This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) which he calls his “favorite song in my life.” It’s gotta be difficult and exciting to read more >

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photocred: anitta boa vida, demian jacob, album cover art by sliks

KINKID is Jose Hesse from Rio de Janeiro.
His album ‘Colorine’ is the second installment of Rio-de-Janeiro-based newcomer electronic label DOMINA, following up on the debut of Manara that Witness This reported on a couple of weeks ago.
Other than Manara who gets a little more techy and dancy, KINKID is the slow ambient extension of DOMINA’s experimental electronica with almost every track containing vocals by read more >

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This set is fucking incredible. I can’t thank Kassel, Germany born Christoph Woerner enough for mixing one of the most brilliant sets I’ve heard. Mixed for Klangextase, this set manages to dance amongst the heavy hitting minimal house that we love, and the heartfelt melodies that elevate the genre. “This is so Berlin.” I say to myself, closing my eyes for a moment and I am transported to the floors of Zur wilden Renate, read more >

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photo: Christian Faustus
words by Philipp Vogt

Here comes a serious contestant to challenge the set-of-the-year-so-far by David August that we featured on Witness This the other day. In direct comparison, this time we are getting a little more funky.
But first things first:
Acid Pauli is one of Berlin’s most sophisticated electronic DJ/producers. When going by his real name, Martin Gretschmann, you even have to change the label on his door from ‘DJ’ to ‘musician’ as his read more >

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This Monday we are bringing you a mixtape from Nick Angelillo. Nicks music taste has always been fresh air at any party, dinner, or car ride and we found it only right to begin to feature his mixtapes on the blog.
Our first “Nix” is called Old Paths Lead to New Places
A playlist for any path with music to set your pace. When this playlist ends so will the path and I’ll meet you there. See you on the other read more >

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Interview and words by Greg Bevis

“Obviously I love Justin [Vernon] and his music, but I feel like the comparisons are generally a result of lazy journalism. ”

I catch Tim Bettinson from Vancouver Sleep Clinic as he’s being driven to a business meeting somewhere in LA. He’s never been there before this year, but since posting one song, “Vapour“, on Souncloud just 10 months ago, he has only spent 3 weeks at home read more >

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photocred: PRENTICE DANNER

Let me make this quick by giving you three reasons why Sage Francis is one of the best contemporary hip-hop/rap artists walking this earth:
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He’s a poet, not a rapper. And his talent as such is just unbelievable.
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He’s one of the rare specimen in the rap game who really has to say something original on an intellectually challenging level. Constantly.
3.
Slow Down Gandhi.
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This is the set of the year so far for me. Live from the Boiler Room Berlin, David August takes us on a journey through deep space. We start with a dreamy building soundscape that quickly develops into a jaw-dropping series of mixes. He plays the synth live, while mixing in everything from a segregation RFK speech on vinyl, to some of the funkiest move-your-fucking-body beats to come across Soundcloud.
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I asked a handful of friends a very simple question yesterday – “First thing that pops into your head – what do you think is super underrated?” The answers were interesting, weird, nonsensical and generally awesome. I giggled, I judged, and I gained new insight into the complex mind’s of many whom I thought I knew so well. What i quickly realized is this was just a way better way of asking them what they are read more >

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Written by Philipp Vogt.
Images courtesy of Symbols Of The West.

In 2010,
I was on a backpacking trip around the world, crossing from Asia into America, and San Francisco was my stopover en route to Costa Rica. I had planned to stay with an old high school friend in SF Castro but by the time I arrived she happened to have just fallen madly for a guy, so I had to be outsourced for the sake of love.
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