What do you get when you mix the legacy of Switzerland’s hottest, most cutting-edge underground venue with the skills of one of Israel’s most celebrated DJs? Why, you get 15 Years of Nordstern – Mixed By Shlomi Aber, of course. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Nordstern, a club whose reputation for presenting the most carefully curated beats around has earned no less than three Best Club honors from the Swiss Nightlife Awards. So when it came time to celebrate this landmark by way of a specially designed compilation, the club didn’t want to leave that duty to just anybody. Enter Shlomi Aber.
Tel Aviv techno master Aber has been plying his trade as DJ/producer since 1990, piling up awards along the way, and starting his own Be As One label as well. Bringing together tracks by the likes of Kepler 61, Steve O’Sullivan, Marco Effe, Afrozoid, Entro Senestre, Avion and more, Aber honored the club’s anniversary and history with the compilation at hand, out July 17.
Obligatory press gush from Aber: “I’m very excited and humbled to be part of this project, not only because yet again I have the opportunity to collect some of my favorite and most played music of recent times into one driving mix, but also because of the big influence the Nordstern club had on my career as a DJ and musician.” Continue Reading
After a lot of dusky jabbing and skipping round in circles, Shlomi Aber’s Sankey’s campaign brings deep house that progressively lands more punches. Guiding you with block coverage of bass that bobs and weaves above skippy percussion and sub-techno deals (Macromism’s “Cavalier”), the Israeli’s Ibiza soak is heavy enough to take it out of the chatty, by-the-bar sphere of insignificance, despite there being a lot of bluster behind the scenes without much interaction going on up top. Away from the spinner’s own “Foolish Games,” which still doesn’t really have an Ibizan vocal to embrace despite trying to do a Dennis Ferrer, and an odd Sly Stallone monologue appearing on Fideles’ “Stop the Basement,” it’s a unspeaking set for overcrowded, low ceilinged affairs. All the while, Shlomi taking his time doesn’t want the involvement of slow coach socialisers, and your flip-flops best not fail you.
Overlong as the build up feels, Aber reaches a great pounding climax with Marco Faraone trying to shoo away impending sunrise turning Chicago days into Detroit nights. You’ll still have enjoyed his looking out from the top end of the thermostat, despite a middle period you may find sapping from an already pretty fan-seeking foundation. Yaya’s “Dawara” puts the mix into a tribal twist, enlivened by Chester Code & Frankie Howland’s “Mountain Dance” riding a big dipper and garage scholar Luca Agnelli twitching his way funkily into the final straight.
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The deadly missile strikes rocking Tel Aviv and Gaza this week have many across the globe shocked, but Israeli DJ/producer Shlomi Aber says the violence is “normal.”
“For us, it’s the usual for us. Same old crap,” Aber told Big Shot as missiles flew over his home just outside of Tel Aviv. “Basically we’re in the middle of this mess. It’s normal.”
Aber, who has released tracks on Ovum, Desolat and Cadenza and runs his own imprint, Be As One, was among the thousands who hunkered down at home as the missiles flew overhead last week between Gaza and Tel Aviv. Aber lives about 10 minutes from the Gaza border in a seaside Israeli town.
“It’s really mad right now over here,” he said. “It’s been a messy situation with Gaza and the Palestinians. It’s going crazy over here. They’re shooting missiles over Israel right now.”
Despite the deadly military violence, Aber was focusing on re-scheduling a U.S. tour that was cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy, as well as several new releases, including an upcoming track on Desolat’s five-year anniversary album.
“Whatever is going on in Gaza, it’s crazy,” he said. “But people are not really influenced by the political situation and they don’t let it interrupt their lives. You get used to it after so long.”
Shlomi Aber’s “Foolish Games” feat Möggli is out on December 10 via Be As One Imprint.