It can be pretty hard picking out the highlights for CTM. And, in many ways, the avant guardians of electronic music prefer it that way: Demur legends locked away in their sound studios, hidden behind a shit ton of aliases. Alas, though, the modern age of virtual followers and fandom requires its stars, and this year it’s the British lads – James Holden, Boddika and Actress – that seem to have attracted much of the pre-festival attention. If you were to really push us for a tip, however, we’d nudge you in the direction of the Dis Entangle night at HAU 2, featuring three soundsmiths without a single Facebook fan page between them: Sven-Åke Johansson, Rashad Becker and Thomas Ankersmit. Expect your sonic sensibilities to be twisted inside out.
CTM Festival | HAU, Berghain, Stattbad, Kunstquartier Bethanien and more | 24th January - 2nd February