Last year, revered minimal house and techno label Perlon celebrated its 20th year since its inception in Frankfurt in 1997. Founders Zip, Markus Nikolai and Chris Rehberger have built an imprint that’s had a profound impact and forward-thinking shift on house and techno. By creating a platform for artists such as Ricardo Villalobos, Binh, Margaret Dygas, Luciano and Cassy to regularly release like-minded obscure styles of electronic music, they’ve become one of the most influential German dance music labels of all time.
Whether it’s because they only release on vinyl, or because of their consistency and sustainability over the last two decades, Perlon is rated as one of the most well-respected labels of our time. This respect hasn’t gone without hard work, as they’ve proven their ability to adapt to all trends and styles of minimal house and techno, clearly demonstrated by the quality and obscurity of the material they release in the present day. Their monthly ‘Get Perlonized’ parties in Berlin’s Panorama Bar have become a place where dedicated fans can unite with one another and feel connected with the label and artists under the roof of one the world’s finest venues.
If you aren’t one of the fans lucky enough to get past the rigorous bouncers at Panorama Bar, or didn’t make it to Superlongevity: 20 years of Perlon party last August - then you’re in luck as they’ll be playing an array of events and festivals across Europe this summer. To get you in the mood we’ve put together a list of our favourite Perlon tracks for you to get stuck in to...
If you’re intrigued by the artists or label itself then you can set sail with Ricardo Villalobos on the MDRNTY cruise or soak up the sun to Binh playing at Sonus festival, or get lost at Dimensions festivals’ abandoned fort watching Margaret Dygas, or if you don’t fancy the trip abroad then head to Farr festival in Hertfordshire to watch label boss and minimal maestro Zip play one of the most inspiring and mesmorising sets you’ll ever hear.