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We start our 4th season at Basing House in style bringing Dial / Smallville label boss Lawrence from Hamburg – Germany.

Peter M. Kersten aka Lawrence / Sten launched the Dial label in 2000 together with Carsten Jost.
With his Labelmates Pantha Du Prince, Efdemin, John Roberts it is not only the music they spread, residencies in Berlin’s Panorama Bar or Ego Club Hamburg and the House Music sublabel Laid Records make the Dial imperium go round.

His deep love to house and techno music made him launching a record store in Hamburg St. Pauli called “Smallville” and a second label under the same name.
It is no secret how much the Dial and Laid label co-founder loves the classic emanations House and Techno, and the fact that his track “Étoile du Midi” was featured on Sven Väth’s prestigeous “The Sound Of The Thirteenth Season” proves that this love is highly recognized in the scene.

Line-up /

Lawrence [Dial / Smallville]

Predah [Veniceberg / It]

Jamma & Max.

[Limited capacity] – Guestlist: breadandbutterlondon@gmail.com

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Bread & Butter talk with Lawrence


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Peter M. Kersten aka Lawrence aka Sten launched the Dial label in 2000 together with his friend Carsten Jost. With releases on Ghostly International, Kompakt, Mule Electronics, Pampa,  his deep and functional Detroit-ish technosoul hit the DJs choice from the first 12″ to his Film & Windows album in 2014. His deep love to house and techno music made him launch the superb Smallville record store in Hamburg’s St. Pauli district. It is no secret how much the Dial label co-founder loves the classic emanations of the Motor City, always adding his own melancholic twist to Detroit’s legacy. Bread & Butter got in touch with Lawrence to talk about Dial, Hamburg, forthcoming projects and his all-time classic top 5 chart.

How’s your year been so far, what have been the highlights?

L: 2014 was an intense year.  My two personal highlights regarding music production have been finishing the debut album of our new band Sky Walking (with Christian Naujoks and Richard Schulenburg) and a full length Lawrence album, ambient works, in cooperation with my friends Stefan Marx and Toshiya Kawasaki.

Talking about your background, What kind of music were you listening when you were young and when you were first introduced to electronic music?

L: As a teenager in the 80ies i listened to mainstream radio music which back then included The Smiths, Depeche Mode, the Cure, Talk Talk, Kraftwerk. In 1984 Breakdance introduced me to the combination of music and dancing for the first time. I was a bad breakdancer though :). The starting point regarding House Music and Techno was the Front Club Hamburg in 1988

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How would you say your tastes have evolved since the start of your own imprint Dial? Have there been any specific big shifts?

L: Eventually my taste of House Music shifts the least- “Can You Feel It” by Fingers Inc. among a few other tracks marks a standard already in ’86. The challenge is more to create that magic feeling over and over again. It’s still single tracks and moments in music that feel more like a change rather than trends or general taste.



Some of your tracks are very reflective and almost experimental with a distinctive ambient-hypnotic sound. Where does that come from?

L: Uncountable musicians influenced my work. Probably most of them prefer seeking something interesting and new rather than the authentic and real.

You’ve proved to be a very proactive person managing labels and a record shop in your city, producing music and ultimately running an art gallery in Berlin. What is the secret to be successful in each of these different projects?

L: I’d love to show you the key to success but i really don’t know how this all happened, it’s a true miracle and sometimes pure craziness. My colleagues Bianca, David and me seem to be attracted to the assumed unrealizable, if it just feels right and essential.

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I’ve read that your “Mathew” gallery in Charlottenburg (Berlin) will also open soon in New York..are there any particular exhibitions worth to check?

L: Each and every show is worth to check! And I do not only say this only as a gallerist, i deeply mean it in regards of the the artists and their works.

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I’ve always been attracted by the artwork of each Dial, Smalville release..Do you believe these unique little pieces of art donate an extra “value” to each release?

L: The visual world of music is not exactly filled with beauty. Looking at most of the artworks, websites, download portals… it is rather depressing. Our mission was always to create elegance and beauty. To display art on a record indeed is a nice gift.

What’s happening in your city – Hamburg?

L: Hamburg is a small city, slow but intense, everything here seems to have a certain rhythm. With the tiny Golden Pudel Club you’ll find one of the most ambitious places ever. The space is open seven days a week and offers all kinds of extreme music from Black Metal to Contemporary Classic. The community is politically engaged and welcomes artists and musicians from all over the world. Then you have institutions like Rote Flora, the infamous Golem Bar, Park Fiction, the Smallville record shop and many others- quite an extraordinary scene.

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You’ve been around a long time, what are the biggest changes you have seen? Also where do you think the ‘industry’ is at right now?

L: The industrial part of creating and releasing club music was never that interesting- what counts is the people taking care of it, the music itself, the parties and music lovers. And these are still as crazy and hot as in the beginning, i don’t feel a massive change.

What can we expect from Lawrence and the Dial, Laid, and Smallville families in the near future?

L: A lot of exciting projects are waiting to be released in the near future: the debut of Sky Walking in October, Ambient works by Lawrence on Mule Musiq in November and a Lawrence 12inch to come soon on Smallville to be followed by a Smallpeople single. After Efdemin Remixes Pt2 and another Roman Flügel EP, Dial is going to release the album by Dj Richard in early 2015.

Top 5 all-time classic:

Convextion – Astrum



Theo Parrish – Lake Shore Drive



Pépe Bradock – Deep Burnt



Timeline – Conscious Dream EP



Maurizio – Domina (C. Craig’s Mind Mix)



Bread & Butter with Andre Galluzzi


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Bread & Butter welcome back Panorama Bar resident and Cocoon favourite, Andre Galluzzi after his great set last January.

The Frankfurt born selector has lent his sound to some of the most prestigious institutions of house and techno including residencies at archetype German clubs, Tresor and Ostgut (the original name given to techno’s palace Berghain, in 1996).

Since then he has gone on to become resident at the world famous Berghain/Panorama Bar, a club in which he is famous for intoxicating 10 hour sets.

Andre has also had his hand in many solo and collaborative projects beyond the booth. He released the, now famously received, mix compilation, Andre Galluzzi: Im Garten. More collaborations came later with Guido Schneider– the two of them provided seminal records on labels like Ostgut Ton, Cadenza, Cocoon and and Highgrade. And most recently his partnership with Dana Ruh has brought us ARAS Recordings– where Andre handles the daily A&R responsibilities.

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Pre party @ Love Vinyl – Hoxton
Saturday 26 July 2014
Free – 4PM – 9PM
Facebook Event: http://goo.gl/VRr14n
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Ahead of their party @ Basing House, Bread & Butter in partnership with ARAS, are hosting an in-store day @ Love Vinyl with Frankfurt selector Andre Galluzzi plus other locals DJs.

There are a limited amount of spaces available in store for this event. If you would like to attend please RSVP on the facebook event page.

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– Andre Galluzzi [Aras – Panorama Bar]

– Unai Trotti [Cartuli Music – Esperanza]

– Jamma & Max [ Bread & Butter]

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TRAVEL / DIRECTIONS

Love Vinyl, 5 Pearson St, London, 8JD
(2 mins from Hoxton overground, 20 seconds from Kingsland Rd)

Bread & Butter Warehouse Series with Kenny Larkin & Sascha Dive


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Bread & Butter present a limited series of warehouse events for 2014.
For this appointment we welcome Kenny Larkin, one of the world’s premiere leaders of Detroit techno plus Cocoon favourite Sascha Dive and Blind Minded Live.

Limited concession list: breadandbutterlondon@gmail.com

[Kenny Larkin]

To most electronic music aficionados, Detroit native Kenny Larkin is a man who needs no introduction. His impressive 20-year history of creating arguably some of the most timeless, soulful techno ever created, is unquestionable. But, to the newer generation of club-goers, who aren’t aware of his contributions, 2012 serves as the year to re-establish his position as one of the most valuable forces in dance music today.
Since the beginning of his career, Larkin’s profile was never considered massive, nor did he ever serve as the “face of techno.” Yet, the respect and admiration he garners from his fans, electronic musicians, and journalists globally leave little doubt as to his relevance, and influence in a genre that sometimes can be described as lacking in feeling, warmth and musicality.
It is that musicality that allowed him to give us an unforgettable collection of original material and remixes, such as the amazingly groovy Inner City “Share My Life.” Many consider this rework one of the best Inner City remixes ever done or the equally stunning remix done for Ben Klock’s “OK,”

[Sascha Dive]

This young man from Frankfurt and his label Deep Vibes Recordings is among the most promising new producers and companies in Germany at the moment who, despite clear references to early U.S.-American sounds, all have found their very own rhythm and style by now.
Sascha Dive does not hesitate to combine new and old, America and Europe, light grooves and finest melodies. He does not care whether a record is 10 years or 10 days old. What counts is its aesthetics and if the results fits in his sophisticated dramaturgy and subtlety of his set. Dive’s DJ sets are characterized by his knowledge of Afro-American dance music he skilfully translates into the empiricism of the European club scene and sociology that is becoming more and more expressive….

He runs his label Deep Vibes Recordings all by himself and in a very characteristic style when it comes to artwork, A&R, remixes and productions. Moreover, he can look back on a number of extremely successful remixes and tracks released on labels such as Raum…musik and Drumpoet Community. Dive soon became famous for his first-class, deep House sounds with references to Scott Ferugson or master Tony Rodriguez. The reaction was enormous and rather unusual for this almost nihilist and cynical daily business and its innumerable records and releases.

[AFTER PARTY with JADED] @ Corsica Studios 6am-3pm.

At 6am we’ll head over to Corsica Studios for our official afterhours party.
Jamma and Max will take over the room 2 controls.
Special discount wristbands for the afters will be handed out on the dance floor.