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Judge #6: March - May 2008

Anselm Guise - Glade Festival, Nano Records


WINNER ! - "Lost Highway" by Robert Logan.
"This track is epic. Cinematic, tripped out atmospheres with some awesomely large sounds powering the tune on through edgy beats and a super spooky acid bath. I just love it. There's a section towards the end that's got this metallic stabbing bass sound building with circus swirls of sound and mad percussion that is just brilliant. I think the man is top class."

2nd - 'Freak Machine' by The 9000.
"Freak Machine is a belter; rocky, almost david lynchesqe guitars with quirky vocals and cut up catchy freak vibes coming through strong. Really good. Dig it."

3rd - "Bass Culture" by Kojan.
"I love the way this track opens. It's got that real summery outdoor dub sound and then leads into some tidy drum and bass rhythms. It's got a real dance floor friendly vibe to it and I think it's great."

"It's been a real pleasure to be asked to judge this competition and choosing a winner has not been easy.
There's some amazing ideas coming through on the music I've listened to in the Carbon Logic community.
All the music was great and some very interesting production showed itself as well as some good comedy moments too; which in music is always important I reckon... So, yeah, nice one to all the carbon logic crew and thanks for the opportunity to do this.."

Ans has been involved with electronic dance music ever since he was ‘discovered’ by acid house in the late 80’s. After running club nights in Bristol and organising mental free parties in the South West, Ans honed his reputation as a top Dj on the proggie tech-house scene, becoming noted for epic sets that would take the bonkers-factor up a notch and steer frenzied revellers through the night.

Ans ran the now legendary night ‘Rude’ at SW1, a clubnight that played host to the best house Dj’s of the early 1990’s, and always delivered deep funky tech house to a packed, totally up-for-it dancefloor.

Around this time his love for Dj’ing took him into music production, and he ran a label called Skinny Malinky records, best known for its release “Floribunda”, where Ans teamed up with Andy Cato pre Groove Armada to produce an anthemic classic full of Andy’s gorgeous virtuoso piano playing, that nearly sneaked into the Top 40.

Having taken Rude briefly to Ibiza, Ans headed to South Africa to live, and started Protea records, continuing to produce in the prog house vein. After a string of successful releases, he turned his gaze to the Psy-trance scene that was exploding in South Africa, and started running big outdoor raves with some like-minded friends. This new sonic infatuation spawned the birth of Nano records.

Ans returned to the UK in 2003, when his love of organising parties got him Involved with the people running the Glade stage at Glastonbury. In 2004, this egg of sonic excellence hatched into the Glade Festival, which continues to draw performances from the cream of the electronic music world; from the Orb to Coldcut, Dreadzone to Freq Nasty, via Sasha, Squarepusher and the Plump Dj’s, the Glade festival is a firm favourite on the summer circuit with music fans across the UK and beyond.

Anselm continues to produce for Nano records under the names ‘Ans’ and ‘the Electric Ant’ and is working on his debut album for Nano amidst his uber-busy schedule.

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Competition shortlist

April / May / June 2008