Loco Dice

Real Name:
Yassine Larkin
Profile:
DJ, producer, Desolat and En Couleur record label founder Loco Dice excels at reigning in and reimagining the future.

Loco Dice was born in Düsseldorf as the son of Tunisian immigrants. The roots of his love for music stem from hearing soul and funk in the kitchen, and holidays with his mother in Tunisia. During these trips, he absorbed North African and Middle Eastern folk music and occasionally snuck away to watch his grandfather playing backgammon on the streets where he managed to walk away with enough pieces of dice that he eventually accumulated his own personal collection. This is how he earned his infamous nickname that eventually was combined with Loco, which was coined from the days spent in Ibiza during the 90’s… but that's another story.

The streets of Flingern in Düsseldorf and youth clubs were important during the formative years, with a strong influence from hip hop culture – from dancing to Beat Street and Michael Jackson, graffiti tagging, to rapping in the 90’s and touring with Ice Cube. Already with a few highly acclaimed releases under his belt, this brought him recognition by the infamous Death Row Records who asked him to go on tour with Snoop Dogg. The DJing came later through tireless hours of searching for new music and practicing.

In 1998, after several singles, and residencies in the top European hip hop clubs,
Loco Dice discovered the world of electronic music and ventures onto a new path from scratch. One of the key figures from that time was Timo Maas with whom Loco Dice got his 1st taste of touring around the world and the other one was Martin Buttrich, who opened up the world of electronic music production. His first release in the electronic realm was “Phat Dope shit” in 2002. What followed were releases on the top labels in the industry as well as remixes for the likes of Mousse T, Kevin Saunderson, Basement Jaxx, Black Coffee, Terre Thaemlitz, Nightmares On Wax, Moby, Disclosure, Skrillex, Boys Noize and Ty Dolla $ign to name a few.

In 2006, Loco Dice really started to make some noise in the scene as he released tracks on the most respected labels such as M_nus, Cadenza, Ovum, and Cocoon all in that same year. That year also involved a brief relocation to Brooklyn where he created his label Desolat. “7 Dunham Place”, his debut album and inaugural release on the new imprint in 2007 encapsulates his time there. Dice’s second album, Underground Sound Suicide was released in 2016 on Ultra, and featured collaborations with notable artists across the spectrum, including heavyweight hip-hop producer Just Blaze, British rapper Giggs and soul icon Neneh Cherry.

One of electronic music’s most enduring and respected artists, he’s always shown an uncanny ability to read the crowd and take them in an unexpected direction, as seen at his era-defining residencies at the infamous Tribehouse in Germany, as well as the iconic super clubs in Ibiza from Circoloco at DC-10, Used & Abused at Ushuaïa to the Amnesia terrace. His countless appearances at internationally renowned venues and festivals around the globe have cemented that legacy, some of them being the legendary Dances into May at Panorama Bar in Berlin with sets that never lasted less than six hours, Under 300 Tour at some of the most iconic European underground clubs, or twenty hour set at Space Miami.

Besides music Loco Dice is interested in visual imagery derived from elaborate film scripts. Some of it was manifested in his interest in collaborations: in 2004 he was part of the PlayStation2 “Decks & FX” video game where he not only appeared in the game but also ended up on the packaging artwork itself. It was also around this time where he used to moderate for MTV Germany in the noughties. His affinity for fashion inspired his “cut and saw” merchandise line, which led to collaborations with Amsterdam fashion label Daily Paper and pro sports hat purveyors New Era. Loco Dice's passion for music and fashion led to critically aclaimed compostisions of Runway Music for Italian fashion designer Marcelo Burlon for Milan Fashion Week in 2019 and 2020.

His style is also influenced by years spent on the dancefloor, absorbing the sounds and styles he came across. He feels privileged to have been part of an era when record stores were the center of a musical community, a place to dig for records, forging bonds and swapping knowledge.

Loco Dice never leaves anything behind:
With Serán Bendecidos, Loco Dice has created a series of releases and events that echoes the ethos of unity, community and freedom focused on a group of artists comprised of Dice’s companions from the past decade and a selection of new and exciting international guests into the core family. Furthermore, with his side project FKD Dice lives his passion for sounds other than those used in classic techno and house, and although Loco Dice's productions are full of hip hop references, with FKD he creates a connection between his ideal fusion of hip hop and electronic music.
In 2020 Loco Dice founded his second record label, En Couleur. En Couleur is the outlet for Dice's solo productions and all sorts of collaborations with friends and other artists.

Loco Dice merges perspectives in his delicate sense for sounds and reflective atmospheres, underpinned with solid, physical grooves. You can call it techno if you want, or house, but don’t try to reduce it any further – Dice is most interested in the uncharted territory between genres, the elements that link everything together. Dice’s own productions are meticulously planned, with a directorial, cinematic outlook, which permeates Dice’s everyday life, and not just from the escapades and scrapes that he has sometimes found himself living out in real life.

At the end of the day, Dice sees everything running in loops and it’s his job to trace a line to sketch out the next scenes. Even if life tends to be unpredictable, a little chancy, the next move doesn’t have to be a gamble. In fact, Loco Dice shows via his compositions and endeavors that it can be very well planned. Listen to his music, imagine the cinematic accompaniments, and you’ll understand how something carefully constructed can begin with a flight of fancy, or a roll of the dice.
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Albums

DESOLAT LP 001 7 Dunham Place — Loco Dice Loco Dice 7 Dunham Place (Album) Desolat DESOLAT LP 001 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
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RA.EX016 RA.EX016 Loco Dice — Loco Dice Loco Dice RA.EX016 Loco Dice(File, MP3, 320) Resident Advisor RA.EX016 UK 2011
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UL6337 Underground Sound Suicide — Loco Dice Loco Dice Underground Sound Suicide (Album) Ultra Records UL6337 US 2015 Sell This Version
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UL7391 Remixes — Loco Dice Loco Dice Remixes(9xFile, MP3, 320) Ultra Records UL7391 US 2016
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DESOLAT LP 009 Love Letters — Loco Dice Loco Dice Love Letters (Album) Desolat DESOLAT LP 009 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

four:05 Phat Dope Shit (PDS) — Loco Dice Locodice* Phat Dope Shit (PDS) Four:Twenty Recordings four:05 UK 2002 Sell This Version
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FOUR:11 City Lights / Dynamite Love — Loco Dice Locodice* City Lights / Dynamite Love (Single) Four:Twenty Recordings FOUR:11 UK 2003 Sell This Version
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OVM-170 Menina Brasileira / Jacuzzi Games — Loco Dice Loco Dice Menina Brasileira / Jacuzzi Games (Single) Ovum Recordings OVM-170 US 2005 Sell This Version
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OVM-176 Flight LB 7475 / El Gallo Negro — Loco Dice Loco Dice Flight LB 7475 / El Gallo Negro (Single) Ovum Recordings OVM-176 US 2006 Sell This Version
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COR12"020 Carthago — Loco Dice Loco Dice Carthago Cocoon Recordings COR12"020 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
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MINUS 41 Seeing Through Shadows — Loco Dice Loco Dice Seeing Through Shadows M_nus MINUS 41 Canada 2006 Sell This Version
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Cadenza 13, CADENZA 13 Harissa — Loco Dice Loco Dice Harissa (EP) Cadenza, Cadenza Cadenza 13, CADENZA 13 Switzerland 2006 Sell This Version
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MINUS 41 XY Seeing Through Shadows / Have To Get Back — Loco Dice Loco Dice / Wink* Loco Dice / Wink* - Seeing Through Shadows / Have To Get Back(12", Promo) M_nus MINUS 41 XY Canada 2006 Sell This Version
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FOUR:13W Cellar Door — Loco Dice Locodice* Cellar Door Four:Twenty Recordings FOUR:13W UK 2004 Sell This Version
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Desolat X001 Pimp Jackson Is Talkin' Now!!! — Loco Dice Loco Dice Pimp Jackson Is Talkin' Now!!!(12", Ltd, Cle) Desolat Desolat X001 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
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DESOLAT 7DPRMX001 7 Dunham Place Remixed — Loco Dice Loco Dice 7 Dunham Place Remixed Desolat DESOLAT 7DPRMX001 Germany 2009 Sell This Version
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Desolat X004 Untitled — Loco Dice Loco Dice Untitled(12", S/Sided, Etch) Desolat Desolat X004 Germany 2009 Sell This Version
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LAB001SA The Lab 01 Sampler 01 — Loco Dice Loco Dice The Lab 01 Sampler 01(12", Smplr) NRK Sound Division LAB001SA UK 2009 Sell This Version
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DLOC1 Definition (Nic Fanciulli Remix) — Loco Dice Loco Dice Definition (Nic Fanciulli Remix)(12", S/Sided, W/Lbl, Sti) Not On Label DLOC1 UK 2010 Sell This Version
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MINUS 111 Knibbie Never Comes Alone / Loose Hooks — Loco Dice Loco Dice Knibbie Never Comes Alone / Loose Hooks M_nus MINUS 111 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
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DESOLAT 028 Toxic — Loco Dice Loco Dice Toxic (EP) Desolat DESOLAT 028 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
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UL6542 Keep It Low — Loco Dice Loco Dice Feat. Chris Liebing Loco Dice Feat. Chris Liebing - Keep It Low (Single) Ultra Records UL6542 US 2015
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UL6540 Sending This One Out — Loco Dice Loco Dice Sending This One Out(File, WAV, Single) Ultra Records UL6540 US 2015
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none Party Angels — Loco Dice Loco Dice Feat. Jaw (8) Loco Dice Feat. Jaw (8) - Party Angels(2xFile, MP3, Single, Promo, 320) Ultra Records none US 2015
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UL7187 Get Comfy (Underground Sound Suicide) - Remixes — Loco Dice Loco Dice Feat. Giggs (2) Loco Dice Feat. Giggs (2) - Get Comfy (Underground Sound Suicide) - Remixes(6xFile, MP3, Maxi, 320) Ultra Records UL7187 US 2016