Ampere is hosting the release party for Metrobox’ debut album ‘Wanderlust’ on the globally respected We Play House Recordings label, run by Belgian DJ Red D. For the occasion WPH has invited some true fans of the label to bring their gospel to the party: Sweden’s friendly giant Axel Boman and Berlin’s Murat Tepeli. Of course Metrobox will be presenting his album with a killer live set and WPH head honcho Red D will hit the decks as well. Topping it all off is Ampere and Antwerp’s very own Arne.

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AXEL BOMAN (Studio Barnhus, Pampa Records) SWE

Axel is in fact the Swedish word for shoulder, but born and bred Stockholmer Mr. Boman could just as easily have been named Rumpa, the Swedish word for ass, since most of his life has been dedicated to moving just that body part. It was around 1992 that Axel’s ass started dragging the confused youngster into all sorts of weird situations – dodgy warehouses, blooming fields, sweaty basements – just about any place that had a nice sound system and someone pumping a fat bassline through it. With his older brother already being a collector of the latest techno and house records, Axel started keeping a strict diet of fresh beats which has kept him alive and kicking ever since. Building a reputation for himself in the small but very friendly Stockholm club scene, he was soon acknowledged as one of Sweden’s most skillful and best looking dj dudes. Naturally, production activity followed shortly. Working out of small studios in his hometown as well as in Gothenburg (where Axel took his master degree in fine art), tracks like the underground hit “Arcimboldo” on Ourvision Recordings soon landed in the crates of connoisseurs like DJ Koze, Magda and Seth Troxler. His sounds is raw, playful and drenched in oceans of soul – just the kind of stuff the dancefloor’s of today are longing for.

 

MURAT TEPELI (Potion) GER

Murat Tepeli’s trade is poise. In his sets, he creates perfect harmony between ecstasy and ass shaking on one hand and gentle emotion and elegance on the other. In his production, he often pairs melancholy with the necessity to dance, opulence and reduction, loud and quiet. Professionally, Murat Tepeli walks the tightrope of being a DJ in the Club and a surgeon in the operating theatre. He combines these extremes with a playful energy and manages to put the full range of emotions and experiences into his sets. House took over in representing Murats feelings and became the base in his sets for excursions towards the other styles that move and influence him. His musical horizon spans from Occident to Orient, arabesque to wave, from the clear sequences of synthpop to mystical chords. Murat Tepeli doesn’t see this as a contradiction, he uses the conjunctive elements but also the contrast to create a sweeping story in his own signature.

“I love it when the dancefloor is magnetised by a simple and sexy baseline and then groovy percussion picks you up and drives you to ecstasy. When you close your eyes, a voice touches your soul, you start to sing along and then a smile, sometimes even a tear, appears on your face, that’s when you lose yourself and your emotions in the music. That is the foundation of my house.”

 

METROBOX
Metrobox is the ‘nom de plume’ of Antwerp-born, Berlin-residing Belgian DJ and producer Berten De Beukelaer who has his spiritual home on Red D’s We Play House Recordings label. For early 2016 he’s been preparing his debut album for WPH, a 13 track odyssey of man, instrument and machine in which the boundaries of the classic EP are gratefully left behind in favor of broadened acoustic exploration across genres, time and space. With this in mind the album title ‘Wanderlust’ should be considered as much of an invitation as it might be an indication of the common gene expressed throughout this 90 minute journey, evolving and presenting itself in it’s potential sonic phenotypes.

Sometimes referred to as the enfant terrible of the novel Antwerp house and techno scene due to his candor and known dislike of music business BS, he’s slowly and steadily built up a solid reputation as a DJ, live performer and producer, including several collaborative projects such as Fellowship Of The Funk with Marcus Vector and Rundfunk, an all analog extended live performance collective with Eklektiker, Locked Groove, San Soda, Marcus Vector and Talbot Wood.

Appreciated across the board for his musical integrity and creative self-criticism, he’s known to be a stubborn believer in music as one of our strongest ultra-lingual means of establishing human connection and mutual understanding across borders, cultures and class. The Home (Away From Home) nights he’s been hosting in
Social Club Leuven and Humboldthain Berlin over the past three years are just one tiny effort to help realize this principle pragmatically by means of introducing internationally relevant contemporary artists to the next generation of dance music enthusiasts in the most democratically accessible way, while keeping undiluted quality and mutual respect in check.