A Cologne Bar Tale

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Dogu of Ancient Astronauts wants to give you some local insight into the nightlife of Cologne / Germany. The SPIRITS, one of Germany´s best cocktail bars (winner of 2 Mixology Bar Awards in 2014), is the place to go in Cologne when you want to have a quality cocktail mixed with quality music.

This place is not one of those sprinkling you with spotify playlists, the SPIRITS has a selection of Cologne´s finest music selectors presenting their finest tunes from Thursday to Saturday.

Here is Dogu´s live mix from the second weekend of 2017. Visit the Mixcloud website for the full tracklist:

Roadtrip UP North

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HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

We hope all of you out there had a positive and fun start into 2017!

It´s winter time and it´s cold outside. Ok true, it depends on where you are based, but here in Germany it´s freezing cold right now. And this brings us to legendary Austrian Snowboard crew the ÄSTHETIKER. For more than a decade these guys were known to reveal the full joy and fun part of Snowboarding, with the addition of Skateboarding and Surfing. The ÄSTHETIKER crew, consisting of pro snowboarders like Steve Gruber, Tommy “Beckna” Eberharter, Wolle Nyvelt and more, always incorporated the true Freestyle ästhetics in a nice & easy laid-back style.

This time these guys went on a road trip way up to the north of Europe, into the heart of Norway. Think it´s too cold to surf there? Naaahhhh, check this first part of the trip and learn for yourself:

The Dooza returns

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Kabanjak, main man behind the music of Ancient Astronauts, is releasing his first beat tape-ish album “The Dooza Tapes Vol. 1” on Switchstance Recordings this friday, November 25th. His alter ego of the Dooza was always a synonym for superdope beats and riddims with the Switchstance camp. This is first time showcasing the diverse directions of his producer talent.

Have a listen to a snippet mix of his new album here:

New Tshirts, Hoodies & Sweaters

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Switchstance Recordings and Ancient Astronauts teamed up with Everpress.com in the UK to provide you with an epic line of space out apparel. We chose some slick Hoodies, Tshirts and Sweatshirts, male and female designs, to fit every kind of taste.

Why? Cause we celebrate 15 years of Switchstance Recordings and Ancient Astronauts 🙂

This campaign is time-limited, which means that these items are not produced upfront, but become reality as long as there is a minimum order of 5 products of the same campaign. It sounds simple and it is simple. This way we do not have high pressing costs upfront or the risk to not sell all merch and then make a minus. We even order our own shirts and hoodies with you guys for the same price.

Here are 2 examples for the beauty of these merch items. Simply click on the photo to go to the campaign site!

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We go WORLDWIDE

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Back in 2011 we released the “WORLDWIDE” EP on ESL Music, the label of Thievery Corporation in Washington DC. This release, meant as the the single to our album “Into Bass And Time”, just got a fresh official re-release on Switchstance Recordings. Listen and purchase it in the Switchstance Recordings Bandcamp store or in any other digital download store or streaming platform WORLDWIDE:

Katzensprung Festival

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The Katzensprung Festival outside of Cologne / Germany is a brand new festival (15th till 17th of July) that lays a strong focus on an eclectic music selection (Electronic Music, Dub & Reggae, Live Music, Freestyle) as well as nature and cultural sustainability.

Dogu will be there this weekend representing Ancient Astronauts, Switchstance Recordings and his monthly Afrobeat & Reggae night Family Affairs Cologne. Here is an exclusive dj mix that he recorded for the festival: