This could be the closest Adelaide gets to feeling what the Techno scene in Berlin is like. These guys (and girl) pump out an extraordinary amount of Minimal Techno. Dapayk has not one but 3! labels running now, Mo’s Ferry, Rrygular and Fenou with 91 vinyl releases between them.
Mo’s Ferry was the original concept, it was Dapayk and colleague Jan Langhammer that began the journey, the sound is uncomfortable, dodgy, angular, groany (not my description but i found it to be very accurate) The Mo’s Ferry sound is very distinguishable and unique, it really doesn’t sound anything like other labels. Starting out in 2000 their first release’s pushed the boundaries of the ‘minimal sound’ glitchy and static, but funky and punchy, they had their own way of doing things and didn’t mind being different. A great early Dapayk & Padberg track with a cheeky little Losoul rmx on the flip called “Big city club” can be heard here:
Dapayk&Padberg – Big City Club (Losoul Remix)
In 2005 they had the “Red Velvet Lines EP” by Troy Pierce, before he was cool teeheehee
This ones on the “Big city club” vibe, bit more of a live drum feel, but similar sexy vocal and catchy basslines. It’s a very short edit of the original but you can get the gist…
This little ditty is a great club track, its very “Guido,” funky, percussive, tribal..
Slowing it down a bit, the great Dave Aju makes an appearance in 2009 with his remix of Olene Kadar’s Yipyipyipyip (or something like that). Great Aju groove… yipyippyip (dave aju rmx) by mosferry
The next track is a very smooth, melodic remix by Noze from the Dapayk & Padberg album Black Beauty. Quite a different mood to most of the others, well worth a listen!
I haven’t said a word about Marcel yet! In 2000 he opened a record store in Nordhausen with Perlon producer Matt John. Soon after Marcel started working with the label and producing tracks with Dapayk. Marcel has quite a reputation for eclectic Dj sets, ranging from Dub, house, broken beat, experimental techno, and minimal, when teamed up with Dapayk they put together an amazing night of music.
This Marcel track is a great slow burner, progressive melodies, crisp… nice
Just briefly touching on the other labels, Rrygular is one of the ‘sub labels’ focusing more on straight up minimal, less gritty, more stripped back, clean and driving. They have made it a focus of the label to bring together artists from around the globe, and have done quite a good job of it, ‘Lump’ resides in the cold north Finland, ‘Butane’ is from the Midwest US, The ‘Suffragettes’ are from Nagoya (Tokyo, Japan), Christian Dittmann from Santiago Chile, Staffan Linzatti is a 20-year old swede, they have even had a release by an Adelaide Duo that might have a lot to do with this very website
Dapayk is obviously a regular releaser on Rrygular, but goes under another alias ‘Marek Bois’. The 35 release was Apples & Oranges, a looped out, trance inducing techno track that just has to be played LOUD! Like so…. Marek Bois “apples & oranges” (RRY34) by RRYGULAR
The last label Fenou is much more experimental than the others, dubby, cute, minimal electronica. Each release is limited to 500-1000 copies, pressed on 10″ vinyl and serial numbered (very la de da ). It seems that this is the arty division of the Mo’s ferry organization, each release has beautiful, almost water paint looking cover art, and has included tracks by Frivolous, Soulphiction, and Sebastian Russell (if your aware of these producers then I’m sure the Fenou ideals will be familiar to you)