We will miss you,
Berlin Community Radio

We will miss you
“Berlin Community Radio”

Selection

Text: Tanya Voytko, MAYA BAKLANOVA
The founders of Berlin Community Radio officially announced its final broadcasting on 5 February 2019, which signifies the end of an era for many music lovers worldwide. The BCR project was founded in March 2013 by Anastasia Moser and Sarah Miles and immediately occupied the empty niche of independent broadcasting on the flourishing Berlin electronic scene. Since then, the radio has become a home for more than 100 shows presenting a wide range of musical genres and styles from the artists like Hunee, Laurel Halo, Marie Davidson, Pan Daijing, DJ Richard and many others. BCR shared its voice on important issues such as politics, gender, and equality as well as providing a platform for readings, art discussions and talks about feminism. It’s a big loss for us to witness, as the TIGHT team has often been tuned in, listening to the episodes on repeat. We want to express our appreciation by picking our ten most beloved podcasts.

1. Laurel Halo –
BCR #19

Since June 2014, Laurel Halo has been one of the regular hosts at Berlin Community Radio. Her shows covered an impressive array of rare unconventional music, as well as hip-hop, jazz, funk, techno, disco, Sade, The KLF or Justin Timberlake. We may have included all mixes by Laurel for BCR in this article but stopped at the one we have listened to countless times. Each track of the mix is brilliant on its own, while still forming a seamless whole. This one was fittingly tagged as Religion & Spirituality - In Laurel we trust!

2. Cxema special with 
Slava Lepsheev

Two years ago, CXEMA founder Slava Lepsheev presented a mix, almost entirely composed of Ukraine’s must-hears. This BCR special works as an introduction to modern Ukrainian electronic scene and producers who stay at the core of CXEMA parties, which now is no less than a full-blown unique cultural phenomenon. The mix is showcasing music from Wulffius, John Object, Voin Oruwu, Recid, Konakov, Potreba, Bryozone, as well as Russian producers Inga Mauer, Buttechno and many more. Listen and find yourself in the midst of the packed up rave at the postindustrial location of Kyiv.

3. Mannequin Records #6

The sixth edition of the show run by Alessandro Adriani is great evidence of the short-lived collaboration of Mannequin Records and BCR. For this episode, Alessandro invited Richard Fearless - the founder of the band Death In Vegas, which was highly celebrated for their ‘fearless’ experiments with rock and electronic music, combining industrial, trip-hop, breakbeat, and electro. Today Richard is mainly performing solo and recorded this mix before his gig at Mannequin Label Night. He also shared some details about his collab with porn star Sasha Grey and maintained his ‘fearless’ status by delivering the illest selection of post-punk, industrial and techno.

4. Cooking
With Palms Trax
032

The London-born and Berlin-based musician Palms Trax was responsible for the Cooking With Palms Trax show for three years and managed to drop 32 episodes of music that would make you live, love, create and smile to the people passing by. Since January 2017, he kept on conducting the show, but now through NTS Radio. We invite you to join us on an exciting tour through the various corners of Palms Trax collection passing through funk, soul, disco, and afro in his last, 32nd edition of Cooking With Palms Trax on BCR.

5. HYSTEREO #57:
Voices and Spoken word with Diaphane & Anna Leevia

Hystereo is a show run by the feminist collective Fem Coven, where Eve Folks, Alison Hugill, Nicole Leaver, and Kate McCurdy arranged readings, panel discussions, and talks. Hystereo functioned as a platform for writers, artists, activists, academics, filmmakers, techs, and musicians to explore the effects and influences of gender on a global scale. In our opinion, the Voices and Spoken word episode is among the best of Hystereo, dedicated to experimental works of Zabelle Panosian, Delia Derbyshire, Hildegard Westerkamp and Björk.

6. The No Fear Of Pop Show:
Some Things I liked in 2018

No fear of pop is a popular music blog founded in 2010 in Berlin. Today it operates as a platform for the music of any genre and origin and seeks to go far beyond the usual prejudices about the 'modern' in pop culture. No fear of pop offers a conscious approach to music, covering a wide range of genres. The mix we are offering here is a summary of 2018 according to the founder of the blog Henning Lahmann. It includes his personal top of the year, where he got the best of them - Deena Abdelwahed, ZULI, Lolina, Sami Baha, Yves Tumor, Lucrecia Dalt and others.

7. Berceuse Heroique meets
Blackest Ever Black

An old but no less stunning episode of Blackest Ever Black label show, by the imprint responsible for releasing such artists as Raime, Dalhous, Tropic Of Cancer, Black Rain, Cut Hands and others. Many might have forgotten this one-and-a-half-hour Blackest Ever Black and Berceuse Heroique collab, but not us. We invite you to refresh yr mind with this unforgettable selection of reggae, techno, noisy industrial and drum and bass from the founders of two prominent labels on the modern music scene today.

8. N.A.A.F.I Residency #2 -
BCR & NTS Live From Unsound

BCR has often been involved in various projects, broadcasting from CTM, Unsound, Pop-Kultur and other music festivals. In 2016, the key player on the Mexican club scene, a collective and label N.A.A.F.I presented “peripheral rhythms” at the Unsound festival in Krakow along with its members Lao, Fausto Bahia and Mexican Jihad. BCR and NTS radio joined forces to stream it so we can mark it and share it again two years after.

9. Slow Blade #43
(w/ guest Sarah Davachi)

Another gem of the BCR archive is Slow Blade show by Maxwell August Croy & René Margraff. Every month the duo introduced listeners to the best selection of minimalism, drone, ambient, and electroacoustic music. Our pick is a guest mix by Canadian avant-garde composer Sarah Davachi. For this episode, Sarah constructed her set from the examples of outstanding composing skills — works by brilliant improvisers Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides, Andrew Chalk, Japanese ambient pioneer Hiroshi Yoshimura, and the piece written by Sarah herself — gentle so gentle. It is a twenty-minute meditation performed on just one musical instrument - the EMS Synthi 100 synthesizer.

10. Wolf Müller Special
(Themes For Great Cities)

The last mix in our selection is compiled by German producer Jan Schulte whose creative biography might as well be the subject of the additional article. In short, Jan is a very prolific producer, a man of many aliases, an author of countless remixes and prominent master of percussions and tribal music. This mix demonstrates Jan’s off-kilter collection of tropical delights from Harmonious Thelonious, Art Blakey, The Afro-Drum Ensemble and many others. In case you want to escape that 'winter melancholy' without leaving home, you know what to do.

1. Laurel Halo –
BCR #19

Since June 2014, Laurel Halo has been one of the regular hosts at Berlin Community Radio. Her shows covered an impressive array of rare unconventional music, as well as hip-hop, jazz, funk, techno, disco, Sade, The KLF or Justin Timberlake. We may have included all mixes by Laurel for BCR in this article but stopped at the one we have listened to countless times. Each track of the mix is brilliant on its own, while still forming a seamless whole. This one was fittingly tagged as Religion & Spirituality - In Laurel we trust!

2. Cxema special
with Slava Lepsheev

Two years ago, CXEMA founder Slava Lepsheev presented a mix, almost entirely composed of Ukraine’s must-hears. This BCR special works as an introduction to modern Ukrainian electronic scene and producers who stay at the core of CXEMA parties, which now is no less than a full-blown unique cultural phenomenon. The mix is showcasing music from Wulffius, John Object, Voin Oruwu, Recid, Konakov, Potreba, Bryozone, as well as Russian producers Inga Mauer, Buttechno and many more. Listen and find yourself in the midst of the packed up rave at the postindustrial location of Kyiv.

3. Mannequin Records #6

The sixth edition of the show run by Alessandro Adriani is great evidence of the short-lived collaboration of Mannequin Records and BCR. For this episode, Alessandro invited Richard Fearless - the founder of the band Death In Vegas, which was highly celebrated for their ‘fearless’ experiments with rock and electronic music, combining industrial, trip-hop, breakbeat, and electro. Today Richard is mainly performing solo and recorded this mix before his gig at Mannequin Label Night. He also shared some details about his collab with porn star Sasha Grey and maintained his ‘fearless’ status by delivering the illest selection of post-punk, industrial and techno.

4. Cooking With Palms Trax
032

The London-born and Berlin-based musician Palms Trax was responsible for the Cooking With Palms Trax show for three years and managed to drop 32 episodes of music that would make you live, love, create and smile to the people passing by. Since January 2017, he kept on conducting the show, but now through NTS Radio. We invite you to join us on an exciting tour through the various corners of Palms Trax collection passing through funk, soul, disco, and afro in his last, 32nd edition of Cooking With Palms Trax on BCR.

5. HYSTEREO #57:
Voices and Spoken word with Diaphane & Anna Leevia

Hystereo is a show run by the feminist collective Fem Coven, where Eve Folks, Alison Hugill, Nicole Leaver, and Kate McCurdy arranged readings, panel discussions, and talks. Hystereo functioned as a platform for writers, artists, activists, academics, filmmakers, techs, and musicians to explore the effects and influences of gender on a global scale. In our opinion, the Voices and Spoken word episode is among the best of Hystereo, dedicated to experimental works of Zabelle Panosian, Delia Derbyshire, Hildegard Westerkamp and Björk.

6. The No Fear Of Pop Show:
Some Things I liked in 2018

No Fear Of Pop is a popular music blog founded in 2010 in Berlin. Today it operates as a platform for the music of any genre and origin and seeks to go far beyond the usual prejudices about the 'modern' in pop culture. No fear of pop offers a conscious approach to music, covering a wide range of genres. The mix we are offering here is a summary of 2018 according to the founder of the blog Henning Lahmann. It includes his personal top of the year, where he got the best of them - Deena Abdelwahed, ZULI, Lolina, Sami Baha, Yves Tumor, Lucrecia Dalt and others.

7. Berceuse Heroique meets
Blackest Ever Black

An old but no less stunning episode of Blackest Ever Black label show, by the imprint responsible for releasing such artists as Raime, Dalhous, Tropic Of Cancer, Black Rain, Cut Hands and others. Many might have forgotten this one-and-a-half-hour Blackest Ever Black and Berceuse Heroique collab, but not us. We invite you to refresh yr mind with this unforgettable selection of reggae, techno, noisy industrial and drum and bass from the founders of two prominent labels on the modern music scene today.

8. N.A.A.F.I Residency #2 –
BCR & NTS Live From Unsound

BCR has often been involved in various projects, broadcasting from CTM, Unsound, Pop-Kultur and other music festivals. In 2016, the key player on the Mexican club scene, a collective and label N.A.A.F.I presented “peripheral rhythms” at the Unsound festival in Krakow along with its members Lao, Fausto Bahia and Mexican Jihad. BCR and NTS radio joined forces to stream it so we can mark it and share it again two years after.

9. Slow Blade #43
(w/ guest Sarah Davachi)

Another gem of the BCR archive is Slow Blade show by Maxwell August Croy & René Margraff. Every month the duo introduced listeners to the best selection of minimalism, drone, ambient, and electroacoustic music. Our pick is a guest mix by Canadian avant-garde composer Sarah Davachi. For this episode, Sarah constructed her set from the examples of outstanding composing skills — works by brilliant improvisers Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides, Andrew Chalk, Japanese ambient pioneer Hiroshi Yoshimura, and the piece written by Sarah herself — gentle so gentle. It is a twenty-minute meditation performed on just one musical instrument - the EMS Synthi 100 synthesizer.

10. Wolf Müller Special
(Themes For Great Cities)

The last mix in our selection is compiled by German producer Jan Schulte whose creative biography might as well be the subject of the additional article. In short, Jan is a very prolific producer, a man of many aliases, an author of countless remixes and prominent master of percussions and tribal music. This mix demonstrates Jan’s off-kilter collection of tropical delights from Harmonious Thelonious, Art Blakey, The Afro-Drum Ensemble and many others. In case you want to escape that 'winter melancholy' without leaving home, you know what to do.

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