Croatia’s Echo Festival adds new acts to lineup

With just over 2 months left before its new location debut, Echo Festival welcomes a third round of acts to its already forward thinking and progressive line-up. Set on one of the most beautiful bays in IstriaEcho Festival will present four days and four nights of perfectly programmed electronic frequencies.

The legendary Italian producer Davide Squillace brings his unique and unparalleled groove to Echo this year. With tracks released on Ovum, Sci+Tek and Desolat amongst others, he is highly respected by producers around the world, both for his technically impressive sound-design and forward thinking, outside-the-box approach to creating music. Holding his residency at Circoloco (DC10) for 5 years, an accolade held by luminaries such as Loco Dice, Luciano and Petre Inspirescu, gives an indication of his pedigree and has made him a highly sought after commodity at some of the biggest festivals across the globe. Leave your expectations at home with this guy, he’ll only blow them out of the water.
Located in Kanegra, near the picturesque town of Umag, the brand new site promises an as-yet-untouched festival setting, combining the elegant beauty of the Adriatic coast with wild woodland backdrops. With a careful selection of artists recognized for their longevity and substance, it looks like there’s nothing better in Croatia throughout the 2013 festival season.
Crafting away in the dusty, static-coated and most unpredictable pockets of electronic music, Kassem Mosse is one of the most talked about artists of the last couple of years. The German DJ/producer, real name Gunnar Wendel, has been behind some of the most curious and invigorating house and techno records, first coming to the spotlight with his seminal contributions to the Workshop series, and more recently, to Boddika’s Nonplus+ label. Forever experimenting with the cheap equipment that defines his damaged, imperfect aesthetic, his sound is characterized as a warm, hazy mechanical funk that evolves slowly over time.
Beloved Detroit DJ, producer & J-Dilla affiliate Andrés – whose hit "New For U" topped many end of year lists as the #1 track of 2012 – will also set sail to Croatia for a highly anticipated performance. The former DJ of J-Dilla’s hip hop outfit Slum Village (as DJ Dez), he’s been releasing some of the funkiest house music around since the late 90’s; music where every lick seems to drip with golden soul. With releases on Moodymann’s Mahogani Music and his own imprint La Vida, his sets tease the borders of house, hip hop, funk & downtempo boogie, with a turntablist skill & singularly deep vibe aimed straight at the party!
Dutch producer Ion Ludwig has been impressing dance floors from New York to Berlin with his unique ‘must-see’ live set. Influenced by African percussions and living legends Ricardo Villalobos, Zip and Johnson, his sound is an intricate and sophisticated hybrid of minimal, jazz, house and techno. Joining him is Madteo, real name Matteo Ruzon, who cites New York nightlife and Detroit as major influences in his musical upbringing. As a result his style represents a blend of deep, spacious house, with elements of hip hop, new wave and Italo. Recent productions have seen releases on Workshop and Joy Orbison's Hinge Finger imprint and amongst the many accolades he received last year, Little White Earbuds named him their #1 Artist Who Defined 2012.
Boasting a cutting edge line-up and intimate setting, this year also welcomes the presence of 4, 5 & 6 bedroom on-site apartments providing grateful partygoers with a sheltered haven from the sun. Add to its charm a very affordable ticket rate of£65 and the potential lure of boat parties, and Echo is well on its way towards becoming the young cool cat amongst its older, bass-bashing brothers.
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Full Line-up:
Magda / Davide Squillace / Petre Inspirescu / Nick Höppner
Delano Smith / Kassem Mosse / Andrés / Fred P AKA Black Jazz Consortium
John Roberts (Live) / Audio Werner (Live) / Christopher Rau / Anthea
BLM / Ion Ludwig (Live) / Ian F / Aneuria / Evano / DoubtingThomas (Live)
Rico Casazza (Live) Voigtmann / Lamache / Mandy Jordan / Daniel Madlung
Thanksmate / Roberto Amo / Examine / Brighton / Cusisine Dub
Peter Glasspool / Jackson Blumenthal / J Nelson
Space Dimension Controller (Live) / xxxy / Locked Groove
South London Ordnance / Youandewan / Briaden / October / Djrum / Citizen
Lorca / James Fox / Pedestrian / Donga / Lakosa / Hodge
Sebwildblood / Apes / CFSN DJs

dBridge / Marcus Intalex / Synkro / Kasra / Lenzman

Xtrah / Stray / Versa / Gerra & Stone / VRH / SP:MC / Deefa MC

Magda, Redshape and more added to Croatia’s Echo Festival

The new festival site in Kanegra is situated near the picturesque town of Umag and boasts an idyllic location for an intimate festival soiree. Set on one of the most beautiful bays in Istria, immersed in Mediterranean vegetation and surrounded by deep woodland, Echo Festival will present a 4 days and 4 nights of perfectly programmed electronic frequencies, spanning multiple genres and generations of artists.

Echo are delighted to reveal their second wave of artists for 2013, they include the former first lady of M_nus – a driving force behind twenty-first century Techno, and a trio of some of the world’s most remarkable live performance DJs.
Magda is an artist who can never be pinned down, no matter the timeframe or time signature. Any one of the Detroit-raised artist’s sets or productions breed a rare feel of mystique and discovery.  Her accidental entry into Detroit’s underground party scene as a teenager was the kick-start she needed for a lifelong love affair. In 1998, she joined M_nus and began touring the world as Richie Hawtin’s sole opener. Stylistically, Magda grooves through opposition – creating sets that are emotion-led yet clinical, having profound expertise with analogue and digital technology. Her sound is otherworldly but visceral; dark with a warm sense of beauty and grace. Magda’s DJing style has been encapsulated on her mix for London club Fabric ‘Fabric 49′ (a mix CD with as much artistry and vision as an original album). Magda’s label, ‘Items & Things’, always pinpoints the off-kilter and the uncommon, seeking out new artists and sounds that push boundaries.
We would tell you all about Redshape, but no one knows who he actually is. He hides his real identity behind a red mask at all times, even wearing it onstage at his club dates around Europe, which of late there have been many. We do know the man behind the mask lives in Berlin, he does a rocking live act and he's released half a dozen tracks over the last year or so on labels such as Delsin and Music Man. We also can reveal he has studied a lot of old Detroit techno records: His sound is a new update on old school templates, and it's getting a thorough rinsing by DJs as diverse as Laurent Garnier, Josh Wink, Âme and Cassy.
John Roberts creates music that is meticulous and loose, evocative and innovative. Raised in the so-called heart of America, John's parents exposed him to classical and jazz music at an early age and encouraged his fifteen-year training on drums and violin. As he began to gain interest in contemporary European house and techno, John began working with analog synthesizers, antiquated sequencing software, and reel-to-reel tape machines. In 2008 Roberts was asked by Carsten Jost, Pantha Du Prince, and Lawrence to be the first American artist on their influential Dial Records imprint. The 2010 release of his debut album, “Glass Eights”, cemented his position as one of electronic music’s top innovators. 2013 will see the release of his second album, “Fences”.
Joining them will be Toi Toi featuring: Audio WernerVoigtmann and Lamache. Audio Werner has made a great contribution to underground electronic music not only as a producer and DJ, but also as a live performer. During the past year he has been concentrating on his new live set that he performed for the first time at ‘Get Perlonized’ at Panorama Bar in November 2012 proving to be a huge success. He will debut this highly regarded live performance at Echo Festival 2013 this summer.