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Dixon: House Cleaning

Steffen Berkhahn, known to the world simply as Dixon, is feeling good. His Innervisions label is only a year old and its second release, Âme’s Rej EP, is already an international hit; after selling thousands worldwide, it was just licensed by Defected for re-release this fall with new remixes.

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Jaybo: Sunny Side Up

The biggest hip-hop brand in Berlin is helmed by an iconoclastic Frenchman named Jaybo, who traveled around the world (Sweden, Senegal, Nigeria) before a lost passport forced him to settle in Berlin's Kreuzberg district, where he spent nights freestyle MCing, DJing, and bombing walls, and days designing club flyers.

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Sleeparchive: Keeping Secrets

"808 and bleeps and noise" is how Berlin's Roger Semsroth succinctly describes his perfectly formed Sleeparchive project. Combining the asceticism of Mika Vainio's recordings for Sähkö with the aestheticism of near-mythological labels like Basic Channel, Semsroth's releases acquire power from their musical and visual reductionism. Read more » 

Bitter Bastard: Ich Hasse Berlin

Berlin's so great, blah, blah. Techno rave blah. Stay up all weekend, Wall, döner kebab, Ecstasy, yadda yadda. Bunker, beer, underground, artsy, bahn this, tram that. Bitter Bastard thinks the only thing more boring than Berlin is hearing people talk about how great it is. Here are 10 reasons it sucks.

1. Toilets and Toilet Paper
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Welcom to Berlin. Let's Get Wasted

On the wall of the Panoramabar office is a quote from German philosopher Goethe that reads "Be hardworking during the day and swine-like at night. This is how the world is best." It's as apt a motto as any for Berlin, where people partying hard in the club at midnight on a Monday will be making it to work the next day.

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