Fri 24/04/15
Istanbul with the real star of the show

Fri 24/04/15
May 2015
Two weeks in North America with Harry - come and say hello :)

Thu 23/04/15
Tonight on the Hessle Audio show we have a guest mix from Sassy J

We first played together in Bern in 2011 (shout out to Kev the Head!), so this has been a long time coming :)

Tune in from 9pm - / 106.8FM London

Tue 21/04/15
Tue 21/04/15
Can't wait for Saturday - really proud of the lineup and I've been looking forward to doing something like this at a more intimate, single room venue for a while now.

The room will be dark and the music will be good :)
Please do join us -

Black Atlantic present: Ben UFO + Even Tuell + Timnah Sommerfeldt at The Laundry
Saturday, 25 April 2015 - London
Tue 21/04/15
A couple of months ago Timnah Sommerfeldt submitted a fantastic guest mix to our Rinse FM show as part of our series focusing on specialist DJs.

Last week, I returned the favour and played a set for Radio Ghost Town, which is hosted by Timnah and broadcasts from her home in Basel -

It was a super welcoming and relaxing environment to play in, and I think the selection reflects that. Here's the tracklist -

1. Bob Marley and the Wailers - Selassie Is The Chapel
2. King Errisson - Pretty Pepper

3. No Smoke - Righteous Rule [Dub]
4. CC Not - Wearing
5. Iueke - Tape 5
6. Kyle Hall - Dances with a Sun Goddess
7. Manuel Tur - 121BPM
8. Inoyama Land - Collecting Net
9. Carisma - Filoso y Crujiente
10. Conga Radio - Slumber Dance
11. STL - That Minimal Track
12. Atjazz - Shape
13. Headcore - Cage
14. John Swing - Try To Understand
15. Farben - You Make Me Sick, You Make Me Sweat
16. Fresh and Low - Wind On Water
17. Dego and Kaidi Tatham - Got Me Puzzled
18. Local Artist - Feelings
19. Moon Man - Moon Patrol
20. Herbert - I Hadn't Known I Only Heard

Don't forget, you can catch both me and Timnah playing at the Laundry this Saturday alongside Even Tuell -

ben ufo at home - april '15
live broadcast 'home' on ✞ radio ghost town basel ✞ via we're streaming once a month live from a lovely living room in basel with changing guests, good music & vinyl. next show. 08.05.201
Sat 18/04/15
I picked five of my favourite new releases over at Honest Jons - Black Atlantic are giving them away ahead of our night at the Laundry next weekend, head over to their page to be in with a chance of winning them.

FREE STUFF - party with @[177318395639505:274:Ben UFO] coming up next weekend and instead of investing in web banners or some SEO nonsense or whatever people do these days, we asked Ben to pick out his favourite new releases from @[278901452127:274:Honest Jon's Records]. You should know the drill by now... Just like and share this post to win everything in the photo, plus a pair of tickets to the party and, if you hang around late enough on the night, a pack of Haribo from G-man. Can't say fairer than that right? We'll pick a winner on Saturday. Last 50 x £8 tickets on-sale in the meantime via: Extra points for the weirdest Haribo anyone can lay their hands on.
Tue 14/04/15
On a related note, friends at techno party Gateway To Zen introduced a Safe Space policy before their event last weekend, with some accompanying text that I think is worth sharing -

"Gateway To Zen is a party for people to enjoy music without fear of harassment or discrimination. We welcome diversity in our audience and work with our venues to create a safe space for everyone present; in return we ask that you respect these values and each other.

If someone is making you feel uncomfortable in any way, please let one of the GTZ promoters or venue staff know and we will try and resolve the issue. We also encourage our crowd to look out for one another and to report unacceptable behaviour if it occurs.
Gateway To Zen welcomes your input and feedback on this policy. We don't think that parties should come with a rulebook, but do believe that they are much more enjoyable when people are mutually respectful."
Tue 14/04/15
"Misogyny, sexism and chauvinism are still entrenched and ignored in everyday life. But as ravers proud of dance music’s decades-old sense of freedom and equality, we should all be embarrassed by the low standards we’ve come to expect – and ashamed of the disgusting behavior we’re turning a blind eye to."

An excellent article by Chantelle Fiddy and Mixmag on challenging the culture that allows sexual harassment in clubs to persist, and how we can be part of taking steps to prevent it.

Mon 13/04/15
a sentiment worth sharing!

"For me, it doesn't matter how rare a record is. As a DJ, you work in your own little field. You're on your own journey. Maybe you discovered Jeff Mills or Fela Kuti in 2014, and you're excited about it, and that's new to you. Well, that's also exciting to me—the fact that it's new to you. And that you play it like it's new to you."

Hunee: Day by day
Aaron Coultate meets one of dance music's warmest characters.
Wed 08/04/15
just re-discovered this blurry photo - the only evidence I can find of the night I had the opportunity to play b2b with Zip in 2013...

it was a dream come true, hope it happens again one day :)

shout out to Isis, Claus, Craig, Thomas and all the Toi Toi crew

Mon 06/04/15
Vito Ricci retrospective forthcoming on Music From Memory, who named their label after one of his LPs -

This blissful track's been a huge favourite since the guys at Red Light Records showed it to me last year...

Vito Ricci - The Ship Was Sailing
Thu 02/04/15
Tonight on the Hessle Audio show I'm joined by Candy Pollard aka Steffen Störmer for the final edition of our series focusing on specialist DJs from around Europe.

I met Steffen whilst playing in Heilbronn in 2013 for a night called Who The F*ck - I was really impressed, and we've played together regularly since then. Eventually we decided to DJ together back to back all night at an event in a small club called Pauline last summer.

It was a pleasure from start to finish - Steffen's DJing is fluid and natural; it felt as though we were really collaborating, and working towards something together. Most back to back sets take planning and constant communication, but it's a testament to Steffen's DJing that on this occasion we were able to allow things to happen spontaneously and communicate through the music.

He's recorded a killer 90-minute mix for the show, featuring new and unreleased music from Roman Flügel, Edward, Huerco S, Tambien and a lot more... hope you can join us. / 106.8FM London / 9pm - 11pm

You can listen to the two previous editions of the series here - -> feat. Mimi -> feat. Timnah Sommerfelt

Wed 01/04/15
make sure you check out Tama Sumo's contribution to the Resident Advisor podcast series

one of my favourite DJs, and one of the loveliest people you'll ever meet - we've played back to back a few times in the past year and it's always a total privilege thanks to her natural, thoughtful and sensitive approach to DJing. our session at panorama bar will always be a cherished memory :)

RA.461 Tama Sumo
The Panorama Bar resident shows her chops.
Tue 31/03/15
Piecing myself back together after Square and Cirq in Italy, and Last Resort in Miami over the weekend - all wicked gigs, thanks if you came to any of them!

This was waiting for me on arrival back home - can't wait to give it a try :)

Fri 27/03/15

Just when we thought there wasn't a flyer for Pudel tonight.
Tue 17/03/15
The Black Madonna is articulate and cool - here she is talking about a new series of nights at Smart Bar called 'DAPHNE', after Daphne Oram, in celebration of Women's History Month

"The series is centered around women, but it’s not exclusively women playing. The only point is to have women in leadership positions. We don’t need to be exclusive; what we need to do is show that women are normal, integral fixtures in this world."

The Black Madonna on Going Beyond Sexism In Dance Music
We spoke to the DJ and chief talent buyer at Chicago's Smart Bar about the DAPHNE party series, "A Women's Movement in Dance Music."
Fri 13/03/15
chris mack!!!!!
one of UK dance music's most legendary figures

getting really excited now... still can't quite believe i've been given the opportunity to play this music alongside some of my all time heroes - >>>

The Underworld - Champion Sound (F2F001)

Twitter: @Spectralband
Thu 12/03/15
whittling down a selection for Bloc on sunday evening

Thu 12/03/15
Dates until the end of April -

13th March - Bloc - Minehead
14th March - Chibuku 15th Birthday w/ loads of other great DJs - Liverpool
14th March - Simple - Oxford
15th March - Bloc (celebratory end of weekend jungle rinse out) - Minehead
20th March - Conne Island w/ Kassem Mosse and Karen Gwyer - Leipzig
21st March - Duel Beat - Naples

27th March - Square - Tortoreto
28th March - Calefornia Dancing - Treviso
29th March - Last Resort w/ Jackmaster (WMC) - Miami

3rd April - Culture Box - Copenhagen
10th April - Zukunft - Zurich
11th April - Hinterhof - Basel
(All with Joy Orbison)

16th April - Elita Festival - Milan
17th April - Goa - Rome
18th April - Harmonized - Civitanova Marche
24th April - Club Control - Bucharest
25th April - Laundry w/ Even Tuell and Timnah Sommerfeldt - London