Green & Blue - Raresh & Sascha Dive In The Mix


Since its beginnings in 2003, the Green & Blue festival definitely belongs to the mandatory dates of the season for lovers of electronic dance music. And with its ninth edition, the annual open air highlight of the Rhein Main techno scene returns to its starting point: the former Waldschwimmbad in Sven Väth's birthplace, Obertshausen. Besides Sven Väth, Carl Craig and Ricardo Villalobos, there is also Raresh and Sascha Dive, who invite us to probably the last Sunday dance this season. For sure, the Bucharest-based producer and DJ Rares Ionut Iliescu aka Raresh is not unknown to many Cocoon fans, as he has sustainably proven his extraordinary DJ talent already. His mix is steeped in a distinct soul factor in the tradition of the dub techno that Basic Channel releases, and is, at the same time, so much more. To start, the Detroit neo-dubbers from DeepChord provide a traditional intro with "Sofitel" from the 2011 album Hash-Bar Loops, but there are also incredibly deep tracks from Danilo Schneider and Delano Smith. The techno density of the mix increases significantly with Ion Ludwig's "Harnas Rythm," only to savor the hypnotic factor towards the finale to the full extent with the Romanian discovery Dan Andrei and the great Ricardo Villalobos dub of the '90s, Energy 52's "Cafe Del Mar." Sascha Dive's set combines the best elements of American and European club tradition. He starts with techno globetrotter Margaret Dygas and continues with the '99 dub soul hymn "I Will Lead" by Problem Kids, perfectly illustrating his stylistic bandwidth between deepness and fragmented sound aesthetics. The highlights in this visionary set include tracks by Osunlade and Ben Klock, a Luciano remix of the Planet E classic "Can't Take It" by Recloose and the suggestive minimal soul anthem "Walking The Pattern" by Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts. Other artists include: Priku, Harrison Fnord, Cezar Lazar, Star*Dub/Vermittelnde-Elemente, Och, Claro Intelecto, Daze Maxim, Mondo, Rootstrax, Andrés Zacco, Kelvin K, Ernesto Ferreyra, Hollway & Eastwick, Elif Bicer, Kenny Larkin, Rino Cerrone, Agoria, Argy, Recloose, Dwele, Stephen Hitchell, Orange Muse, John Selway, Diego, Marc Antona and Mr. G.