On June 21st and 22nd, INSTYTUT Festival returns to Poland.
It takes place in an impressive old fortress which is the largest in Europe, and has loads of history hidden in its walls.
Various stages will bang to the biggest and best names in techno across both days in Garrison Modlin, outside Warsaw, including Marco Shuttle, Gunnar Haslam, Ancient Methods, Andy Stott live, Tommy Four Seven, Dasha Rush live and Richie Hawtin.
Ahead of that we look at five of the techno legend and Minus boss’s best sets.
ENTER. at Space Ibiza
Celebrated for bringing together Hawtin’s unbridled passion for futuristic music, technological advancements and fermented Japanese rice drink Sake, every single aspect of his Ibiza residency was painstakingly planned out and expertly executed. Each party had four areas - ENTER.Sake, where the weekly pre-parties take place from the early hours. Then ENTER.Terrace, which is where house sounds proliferate. ENTER.Main was a forward thinking playground where sounds from the techno vanguard get showcased then ENTER.Mind was about cerebral, warm and hypnotic sounds.
This was a 3D LED spectacular that combined music and technology in inventive ways. It encouraged interaction and participation via bluetooth and wireless means, and The Cube itself (which was a big square by the DJ booth with a liquid crystal display) changed and reacted to the environment as well as firing out text messages and exclusive content to all within its vicinity. It was a gimmick, for sure, but it helped the Minus label celebrate 15 years in a truly unique way.
DE9 | Closer To The Edit and DE9 | Transitions
These mixes were all game changers for the way they tore apart hundreds of tracks and painstakingly stitched them back together with a minuscule attention to detail. The latter was presented din 3.1 Dolby Surround Sound and was a real high watermark for minimal techno for the way it took abstract loops and made them feel like alien life forms, or robotic worlds controlled by AI. Stone cold classics.
Live at Sonar Barcelona
Sonar is somewhere that artists always push themselves, they test new suds, new technologies, and generally look to impress. Hawtin, despite being such an assured legend already, did this in 2016 with a majestic set that pushed even his own boundaries and melted the mind and blew the brains of all in attendance.
Live at BPM Mexico
This is a real firm favourite with fans who call it a masterpiece. It was at the annual meet up in Mexico at the start of the year and joined the dots between fresh mineral and some old school, deeply dug out classics. As any good Dj can, he switched up his sound to meet the playful mood of the event and the warm weather and as such left a real mark.