It is a privilege to announce the first part of our 2014/15 programme to be held at The Compass on City Road, Chester in the next three months. Opening up on Saturday 4th October we are joined by Binh before a triple dose of Smallville Records is served across Novemeber and December courtesy of Christopher Rau, Arnaldo and Moomin, the latter being the guest for our second birthday celebrations on Boxing Day.

In a relatively short time, the name Binh has become almost synonymous with the sounds of modern underground Berlin where he runs Club der Vissionaere based party ‘Noon'; He recent three-track Downtown EP on Cabaret Records has received glowing reviews. He has also previously released on Treatment as well as Paris based label Concrete Music. He will come armed with a fine array of house and dub techno ready an explosive occasion on the first Saturday night in October.

Into November and Christopher Rau arrives as the first part of a Smallville trilogy at the mango club. Also one third of Derive Records, his discography is a collection of mesmerising tracks made up of both solo and collaborative projects which have seen him gain ultimate respect from both his peers and dance floors across the world.

As we roll into December it will be our first double header of the programme. Firstly Arnaldo will come in on 6th December . Born in Argentina, he has previously been based in Manchester and London before recently moving to Berlin. As well as joining the alumni on the Hamburg based label other productions include releases on Greta Cottage and Blank Slate as well as recently contributing to the ‘Until My Heart Stops’ imprint on a various artists Ep alongside Joey Anderson, October and Leif with his impressive track ‘People in the sand’. His stake continues to rise and we are elated to be able to present one of the most talked about up and coming artists in the business.

Rounding off Part One comes on Boxing Day as we celebrate turning two-years-old. It is a great honour to announce that Moomin will be headlining this birthday party. His debut album titled ‘The Story About You’ received glowing reviews upon its release on Smallville in 2011 and his unique approach has been described as a ‘beautiful, introspective take on house music’. We are delighted to have been able to secure such artist to play in our home city.

It is now time to prepare The Compass for an exciting new chapter as we look forward to welcoming you when it all begins in just two weeks time. To make our ticket system easier this season we will now be operating alone with Resident Advisor. Tickets will be available as normal in three separate releases.

To register on the site you can set-up an account here *Please note that tickets for the Saturday 4th October party will go on sale on Thursday 25th September from this link.

All our artwork for the new programme is completed by Mike Howard

Written by: Alan Bond, Photo Credit: James Starkey 

Having grown up in Chester, Evan moved to Leeds in the summer of 2013 to study Music Production. No sooner had he settled, he quickly gained himself a residency at club night Set One Twenty.

Now revelling in the fast moving Yorkshire city where he says keeping track of the scene is a task in itself – his determination and hunger to make a career out of doing what he loves best is clear to see.

Born in Hamilton, Canada he has profoundly become fascinated with the sounds of Detroit masters Floorplan, Moodyman, Andres and Omar S – who he recently supported in February and these sounds provide the basis of his sets.

At 19 he has been on the local circuit for over three years now, initially having to lie about his age to be able to play at nights within Chester such as Schlomo, Surco Profundo and Fractured Sound.

Despite the fact he is now based away from his home city, he continues to play a role in building a scene through monthly Reggae and Jungle night Hubba Dubba which he puts on with his brother Andrew at small capacity venue Bar Rum Bar on City Road.

This is something he hopes to continue building when he returns home this summer, the same time he also plans to release his first ever EP.

Words: Alan Bond, Photograph: Barbara Gagliadi

“I have spent a lot of time to find the music that I have collected. I think vinyl is better when you’ve spent time and maybe you have done a lot of miles to find it, so that vinyl will have a story linked at the moment and ones you’ll never forget!!”

In any town or City across the world where there is a formulated platform for electronic music – there is a passionate group of DJs, promoters and enthusiasts alike which provides the core for the scene and in Central Italy and the province of Marche, things are no different.

Situated on the Adrianic coast, a prime example of such a figure is a man who’s love for music stems from a pirate radio show on Radio Italia Network in the early 1990’s which encouraged him to indulge the world of music and more closely an interest in club culture which developed since receiving his first record (Cajmere Ft Dejae- Brighter Days (Remixes)) from his grandfather in 1992.



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