Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cristian Vogel

A composer and music producer, known for his experimental DJ and Live performances, studio composition and production. Born in Chile 1972 but growing up in the UK, he now lives and works in Barcelona. Cristian Vogel is a composer and music producer, known for his experimental DJ and Live performances, studio composition and production. Born in Chile 1972 but growing up in the UK, he now lives and works in Barcelona. He studied 20th Century Music at Sussex University, under the tutor-ship of the British composers, Jonathan Harvey and Martin Butler. Over more than a decade he has recorded a number of albums and released on eminent experimental techno labels such as Tresor Berlin, Novamute and Mille Plateaux. His most recent full length, 'Station 55' has been described as "an album which will keep you awake at night in all the wrong ways". Cristian has toured consistently since 1992 as DJ and live performer, as solo artist and also with Jamie Lidell as 'Super_Collider'. Of late, he has been singing and playing guitar in his new band 'Night of the Brain'. As a studio remixer, he has been invited to reinterpret songs by artists as diverse as Radiohead, Maximo Park, Thom Yorke, Juan Atkins and many others. Cristian Vogel's producer credits include albums for Chicks On Speed, Panico, Virüs, Las Perras del Infierno and others. Since 2002, he has returned to electro-acoustic composition, composing four original scores and live soundtracks for the renound Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin. These pieces ( 2-0-0-3, Delicado, Steak House) have been performed and toured by Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve, Gulbenkian Ballet Lisbon, and Gilles Jobin's own company Parano. As well as contemporary dance, he has been involved in other projects with international multi-media artists - Roland Olbeter's 'Sound Cluster' for Sonar Barcelona 2003, Artificiel's 'Bulbes' for the Montreal museum of Contemporary Art in 2003 and Stefan Brüggeman's 'A Production of Nothing' in 2005. As if that wasn't enough, Cristian Vogel has also been behind four independent record labels, Station 55 Records, Rise Robots Rise Records, Mosquito Records and Sleep Debt Records, as well as hosting a long running internet community known as Erutufon.

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

JEFF MILLS 1983

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Frankie Knuckles - Your Love

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sonic Flavors 0314



Jackmate - Boots
Inxec, Mark Jenkyns - Broken Wings (Konrad Black Remix)
Green Velvet - Destination Unknown (C2 Detroit-Chicago Unity Dub)
Rafa Ortega - Cycle (Steve Mastro Remix)
Radio Slave - Transitor Rhythm
Cesare vs Disorder, Dave Vega - Love Takes Hostages
Mathias Schaffhauser - Neun.Punkt.Fuenf
Stimming - state of mind
Bambounou - Ignition (Laurent Garnier Remix)
Hot Since 82 - Like You (Exacta Remix) Maceo Plex - Conjure Bass
Butch, C. Vogt - Missing Channels
Orson Wells - Obsidian
Dalton J - Live Life (Sergio Casas Remix)
Dennis Cruz, Mother Mine - No Ligh (Gesus Lpz Remix)
Moritz Ochsenbauer, Jakob Reiter - Metroland (Fanatico Dub Remix)
Maps - I Dream Of Crystal (Steve Lawler Dub)
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

KiNK live dub session

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sub Berlin - The Story of Tresor

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Sonic Flavors 0214

Pick a Piper - Caribou Remix / Phonica White. One Day Later - Nicole Moudaber / Intec. Memories (Vinyl Edit) - The Cheapers / Upon You Records. Who Will Comfort Me (Slowmo Rework) - Wally Callerio, Poncho Warwick, Guti Remix / DFTD. Ruff Dancer - Kadebostan / Recovery Tech. Mijal - Egokind / Traum. Pipes - Pezzner / Crosstown Rebels. Just a Beat - Yousef / Circus Recordings. Rainbow Bended (Alex Celler Glatte Redub) Italoboyz, Blind Minde / Superfiction Recordings. She's Crazy - Memnok, Dolgener / Starkstrom Schallplatten. Deshumidifica - Aldo Cadiz, Francisco Allendes / Hoehenregler Records. YOLI (No Vox) - PROJECT AKC / Soma Records. Looky - Alex Costa / MBF. Love Or Leave Me - Johnny D / Recovery Tech. Eddyken Analog - SIS / Extravaganza. Lucho Part 1 - Heiko Laux, Alexander Lukat / Ovum Recordings. Let's Go Dancing (Sonido Fantasma Remix) Tiga, Audion Sonido Fantasma / Turbo Recordings. ChiChi (Francisco Allendes Remix) Ilario Liburni / Serkal. Corpus Delicti (Blawan Remix) Chris Page Blawan / Decoy Records. Amega Furu (Dub Version) Mathias Kaden / Mule Musiq. On The Floor (Guti Remix) Anthea, Fosky Guti / VIVa MUSiC.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WE CALL iT TECHNO!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Francis Grasso, Sanctuary Club, 1971

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Timo Maas - Tantra

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Soniclab

Soundtrack From A Life Unexpected Xnx

SONICLAB is a creative electronic laboratory. The main goal is to present new projects and ideas of exploration in electronic music and visual art, in creative atmospheres, without limitations, feeding itself from experimentation and innovation. There will be various methods of communication, including a label that will be exclusively distributed by Kompakt. The first release is the album from the audiovisual concept called XNX. XNX is a project developed by Ilidio Chaves, best known as Expander from Soniculture. The live concept intervenes in a space and creates what we call a "chaos bubble" by using sound and visual design to surround people in a way that they feel inside of a space that is fondling with their perceptions. This album represents the works of XNX that were made between 2002 and 2013. Over ten years of audio production that was applied to several areas of art such as contemporary dance, video and installments. "Soundtrack from a life unexpected" is made in a way that all tracks are continuous so it presents itself as a voyage through different music styles, feelings and sensations, all combined in a way that the result is a whole soundtrack itself, which should be listened in one continuous take. XNX has prepared a special visual show for this soundtrack that is presented on stage with a 4m x 3m structure and advanced video mapping techniques. It has a very strong impact on the viewer.

Here is some short footage: https://vimeo.com/65743741
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Synthesizer 70s & 80s History

Saturday, January 18, 2014

BLKRTZ

It has been 12 years since Scott Monteith quietly launched his Deadbeat music project with an unassuming performance on the street outside a Montreal café as part of the first edition of the city’s now internationally lauded Mutek festival. And while the venues and audiences have grown steadily and seriously in the years since, the crackling dub sonics, deep grooves, and rumbling bass which characterized that performance have remained a constant in his live and recorded work, and earned him a substantial number of devoted followers the world over in the process.

Having worked with a virtual who’s who of the most respect labels in the industry over the last decade, Monteith now takes the plunge into the murky depths of labelhood, launching his BLKRTZ imprint with no less than a full album of new material. “When I received the news a few months ago that ~scape was officially closing its doors, I was incredibly sad to hear it.” says Monteith from his new home in Berlin. “Though I hadn’t worked with them in a few years, I always saw ~scape as the natural home for a very important part of my work. Not necessarily the more listening side of things per se, but certainly the most unconcerned with genre or function, from a creative stand point the most free I guess. Barbara and Stefan worked very hard to promote a great deal of quite marginalized material over the years and did a lot to help me and many other artists out personally who otherwise would have had a much harder time of it. Though I’ll be concentr ating on my own work for the first few releases, it’s my hope that BLKRTZ can serve a similarly honorable purpose in the years to come.”

In celebration of the label’s inaugural release, Monteith has teamed up with long-time friend and world renowned video artist, Lillevan, to create an immersive audio/visual performance quite unlike any other. “Lillevan and I were invited to take part in the Cinechamber project at this year’s Transmediale festival, and though our performance sadly fell victim to the technological bottle necks of a decidedly experimental environment, we came away from it with a lot of great ideas that we felt were important to develop further. I’ve known Lillevan for a great many years now and have always enjoyed his work and company and I think what we’ve put together something that stands out as quite unique from anything either of us have done before. Mutek has always been a strong supporter of both of our work and we’re very happy to be able to debut the fruits of our labor at the festival this year.
The Orb & Lee Scratch PerryThe Deadbeat Remixes / Blkrtz

Deadbeat's dub credentials are by this point are as solid as they come, and being asked to remix 2 of the genre's heaviest hitters, not once, but twice is just about the greatest complement anyone in said position could ever hope to receive. Originally released on CD as part of the deluxe package for the mind blowing collaborative Orb and Scratch albums via Cooking Vinyl, we here at BLKRTZ are over the moon excited to commit these 2 dub monsters to wax for the first time. Without a doubt, this limited vinyl only 12 inch release is an essential purchase for any and all archivist of all things dub wise.

Press Inquiries: melissa@tailored-communication.com
Bookings: p@cynbookings.com

Friday, January 17, 2014

Andy Stott

Passed Me By / We Stay Together (Jewel Case Repress) / Modern Love

Produced slowly and meticulously over the last 12 months, these two EP's were originally released on vinyl during 2011 and have become the most widely admired productions yet from Manchester based Andy Stott. Taking influence from an array of seemingly incoherent noises, from the indefinable and unforgettable mind-tricks of Arthur Russell to the slowhouse of Kassem Mosse, from the alternate VHS realities of James Ferraro and Jamal Moss to the Linn Drum classics of the vintage Prince era - these tracks create their own pace and agenda, largely shying away from the dancefloor in favour of something more complex and hard to define..

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2013 fave SECRETiViTE witchcrafts

L.B. Dub Corp - L.B's Dub [Ostgut Ton]
Jamie Anderson, Deepgroove - The Clock (Ben Klock's Timepiece) [Rekids]
WHYT NOYZ - Glandular (Original Mix) [Minus]
Estroe - Out of My Comfortzone (Ray Kajioka Remix) [EvoNext]
Ripperton, Van Hai - Chaos Calme Feat. Van Hai (Original Mix)[Green]
Darius Syrossian - The Crew (Original Mix) [VIVa MUSiC]
Martina Topley Bird, Warpaint, Mark Lanegan - Crystalised (Original Mix) [No.19 Music]
Alex Smoke - Dust (Tessela remix) [R&S Records]
Ada - Eve (DJ Koze Remix) [Areal Records]
Kris Wadsworth - Fan Mail (Original Mix) [Hypercolour]
Gabriel Ananda, Alice Rose - Fields Of Dreams (Pitto Remix)[Manual Music]
Biri, Deep'a - Fog (Original Mix) [International DeeJay Gigolo Records]
Jaw, Kevork Keshishian - Hazihi Laylaty (Original Mix) [Circus Company]
Intruder - Sagat
Alex Smoke - Dust [R&S Records]
Dragosh - Zanzavari (Original Mix) [Memoria Recordings]
Matte Blakk - Wise Guys With Ray Guns (Original Mix) [Minus]
Glimpse - Whiles (Original) [Aus Music]
Footprintz - Uncertain Change (Audion Loves You Mix) [Visionquest]
SCSI-9 - Un Seul Sourire Pour Nous Deux (Ada Remix) [Prismat Recordings]
Stimming - Uberblick [Diynamic Music]
Johnny Kaos, Mattew Jay - Twisted Puppet (Original Mix) [SCI+TEC]
Glimpse - True South (Original Mix) [Aus Music]
Tim Wright - Thirst (Lucianos Dancehall Mix) [Cadenza]
Dr. Nojoke - Shengfui (Original Mix) [Archipel]
Uffe - See Your (Original Mix) [Get Physical Music]
Mihai Popoviciu - Running In Circles (Langenberg Remix) [Dessous Recordings]
Overlast - Range Rover (Original Mix) [Rush Hour]
Uner - Phantast (Original Mix) [Cocoon Recordings]
Gesaffelstein - Out Of Line [Parlophone France]
Eric Volta - Love Your Illusion [No19 Music]
Taron Trekka - Knarfes (Original Mix) [Milnormodern Records]
Onur Ozer - Karadae
Crash Course In Science - Flying Turns (Mac Hawking Remix) [Pressure Traxx]
Jamie Anderson, Deepgroove - The Clock (Ben Klock's Timepiece) [Rekids]
Matador (IE) - Zoles (Original Mix) [Minus]
David Mayer - Machinedrum Calypso (Original Mix) [Keinemusik]
Ben Hoo - Nightscape (Iori Wakasa Remix) [Kindisch]
Jose M., TacoMan - Nineteen Ninety Three (Original Mix) [Thirtyonetwenty]
Luciano, Quenum - Orange Mistake (Original Mix) [Cadenza]
Mikhail Kobzar & Nastia Kobzar - Mistaken Fox (Mathias Schaffhauser Remix ) [minim.all]
Mike Parker - Mnajdra (Shifted Remix) [Geophone]
Mars Bill, Anthony Castaldo - Basicon (Tom Hades Remix) [Driving Forces Recordings]
Maxime Dangles - Jupita (Original Mix) [Parquet Recordings]
Gregor Schwellenbach Spielt 20 Jahre Kompakt [KOMPAKTCD] - Studio 1’s Grun 4
Par Grindvik - The Weak (Original Mix) [Stockholm LTD]
Ruede Hagelstein - Keep Us Away [Lebensfreude Records]
Eomac - Spoock (Lucy Remix)
Par Grindvik - Sinister (ReEnter) [Sinister]
Carlo Lio - White
Sunday, July 14, 2013

O613 Episode Playlist



Velizar in the mix featuring:
Henrik Schwarz, kuniyuki - The Session 2 (Von Spar Remix) Mule Musiq
Kuni&henrik's collaboration again! since dancefloor hit track "once again". original version on a side, henrik's trippy melody and kuni's musical flute sound fits amazing. it's new style of jazzy deep house. on b side, our favotire kraut rock oriented band who base in cologne "von spar" delivered excellent remix. if you are following pampa's die vogel, you will love their remix. remix package of "session 2" with lord of the isle&henrik's children johannes brecht remix are coming in the summer.
Re.you - Anyway (Rampa Remix) Mobilee Records
From shattered court dreams to booming international DJ gigs, Marius Maier, a former German Youth Basketball champion, retired from the game after sustaining a knee injury a few years ago. But like any "as one door closes..." story goes, Re.You quickly channeled his energy and ambition into electronic dance music. He exchanged his jersey number for an artst alias and the reincarnation birthed a rising talent by the name of Re.You. New to the mobilee booking roster, Re.You has already delivered his second EP on the 112 mark titled, "Anyway". This three-parter includes the self titled "Anyway" dominating the A-side while the flip side brings it down with "You Had Enough" featuring Forrest and a remix of the lead track from Re.You's live act partner, Rampa. The duo perform as RAR and are available on Cocoon records. Mobilee112 is just the tip of the iceberg for Re.You as he's about to make his first appearance this year under the mobilee imprint at the famous rooftop session at Hotel Diagonal.
The Junkies - That's What It Is (Original Mix) SCI+TEC
2012 was a breakthrough year for Toronto natives, The Junkies. Releases for Waveform Recordings, Octopus and a remix for fellow Canadian and SCI+TEC artist Carlo Lio's Rawthentic imprint, were backed by a hectic touring schedule that saw the duo touring the globe. Last year also saw The Junkies make an impressive SCI+TEC debut with their heavily supported `Au Jour Le Jour´ ep and having kicked off their 2013 campaign by remixing Zoo Brazil's 'Cut Boots' for the label, they return again with their very own brand new double-header, 'Monkey Biz' and 'That's What It Is'. The lead track is a trip beneath the jungle canopy where the animals reign and the snare drums roll, while on the flip it's the snare that rules the roost, snapping throughout this hypnotic marching number.
Santos - Ghetto People (Original Mix) Saved Records
Saved's first release for 2013 marks a return to the label from Santos, where the legendary artist delivers the 2 track "Rough Surface EP". First up is "Ghetto People", a record which has a raw and incredibly warm, rich feel with an addictive baseline, energetic vocals and an intense buildup. Completing the release is "Gentle Crime" which is built on solid percussion, crisp hats and topped off with a pulsating lead.
Tom Hades - Horse (Ray Kajioka's Wild Meat Mix) Girafe Sauvage
Girafe Sauvage is back! And how!!! We are very proud to be back with a release from Belgium's finest techno artist. Tom Hades brings you a very beautiful hypnotic track with an elegant construction and subtile shifting modulations. No one less than Ray Kajioka blessed us with an amazing remix. A consistent beat and rhythm, plus sounds that keeps on going and going makes Ray's version a pleasure for your mind. Ray called the remix: wild meat mix. I guess that is the best way to describe it. Check it out by yourself.
Friday, June 28, 2013

JAMES HOLDEN

THE INHERITORS
James Holden has released hardly any music of his own since his first album, 2006's The Idiots Are Winning, but he hasn't been a wallflower either. Besides continuing to pluck new talent for his label, Border Community—which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year—he released one of the more deranged editions in the DJ-Kicks series with his 2010 entry of sun-blazed krautrock and pastoral electronica. But still, seven years since his last major body of work, it's safe to say that ears pricked up earlier this spring when word that emerged that he had a new album in the works.
And what a return it is. Named after a novel by William Golding, The Inheritors quickly bewitches with an audio headspace that's very much Holden's own. If there's anything in his past that bears the sonic identifiers on display here, it's the wobbly analogue bliss-outs of his DJ-Kicks rather than the neo-trance at the heart of The Idiots or his famous "A Break In The Clouds." Forged from single takes on his modular synth with no overdubs, The Inheritors has the blurry, delirious effect of an eighty-minute heatstroke. Holden's described some of the work here as a new kind of rave music, one that alludes to ancient English historical practices, continue read full article at RA



soundcloud.com/border-community | residentadvisor.net
Thursday, June 27, 2013

MATIAS AGUAYO

THE VISITOR

Matias Aguayo has always been a goof, the type of jump-on-the-table artist who's having way more fun than you. He depends on this persona for his scatterbrained takes on house and electro; it takes more than a little charm and panache to get someone up on that table with you. So it's problematic that it feels like Aguayo's laboring for long stretches of his third album, The Visitor. Aguayo has, in the past, mixed in noisier, less friendly tracks, but on The Visitor these tracks are more prominent, busier, and messier.

The Visitor deepens Aguayo's dependence on his voice as he steers away from merely assisting dance tracks to carrying song structures. For an inveterate weirdo, Aguayo has been involved in a surprising number of smashes: the catchy-despite-itself "Rollerskate", his vocal turn on Battles' "Ice Cream", his DJ Koze-remixed "Minimal" and its spiritual companion, "Walter Neff". On his best tracks, the rhythms act as a centrifugal force, an axis around which his voice and melodic detritus can spin. Too many songs on The Visitor fail to establish this center, and the result is an album of oddball psychedelia with its wacky creator foregrounded.



Unfortunately, we've reached the point of diminishing returns on Aguayo's imagination, as The Visitor veers from style to style recklessly; The Visitor was recorded with a host of South American artists, many of them residents of the Cómeme label. "Dear Inspector", for example, is a long, gently tumbling pop song that sounds like someone in the Elephant Six collective bought an MPC sampler. After dragging "Dear Inspector" out for nearly eight minutes, Aguayo abruptly switches modes on "By the Graveyard", a reverb-heavy storm that sounds like Can's more aggressive moments, a style he revisits on the album's clanging, industrial closer, "A Certain Spirit". These tracks have plenty of rhythm, but Aguayo can't seem to find it. He shrouds himself in effects and shouts the songs' titles, retaining none of his casual tunefulness.

Aguayo has trouble balancing his whimsical impulses with his aggressive ones throughout The Visitor, like he can't decide if he wants to flirt or brood. The chant-heavy "Llegó El Don" is domineering, its thwacking rhythms pointed right at the listener. "Levantate Diegors" busies itself with noise, unleashing dozens of small rhythmic flourishes around its bossy, bass-y vocals. It's not just that these tracks are less fun, it's that they're not compellingly deviant either. The big, evil synth line that anchors the creeping "Las Cruces" feels like a better mix of Aguayo's new style and troublemaking instincts.

Aguayo is better, too, when his tracks are less cluttered. He captures a little of his old magic on "Una Fiesta Diferente", a vocal-heavy stew where he and some background singers spin an easy tune out of bilingual lyrics. "El Sucu Tucu" is frantic but focused, with Aguayo's staccato vocals matching the song's eager snares. "Rrrrr" opens the album with a stupid, inviting bassline, and the chorus's purring, rolling "r"'s are vintage Aguayo. Aguayo's music is brave and increasingly complex, but it's worth wondering how well these impulses are serving his tracks. There's potential in The Visitor's mix of electro, new wave, and pop, but it's obscuring or distorting Aguayo's personality, which is the engine that has driven his songs for so long.

soundcloud.com/comeme | pitchfork.com
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ripperton

“A Little Part of Shade”

Swiss producer Ripperton returns to present his new studio album “A Little Part Of Shade” out now

The musician’s second full-length album will further deepen his impressive catalogue of work and follow the 2010 critically acclaimed “Niwa” seeing his return to Joris Voorn and Edwin Oosterwal’s Amsterdam based Green label.

Ripperton gained popularity as a producer with his Lazy Fat People project releasing on high profile labels such as Border Community, Planet E, or Wagon Repair; he rapidly grew as a solo artist with an almost endless run of key releases on Green, Liebe Detail, Connaisseur, Music Man, Systematic, Dessous and remixes for Radiohead (“Nude”), Laurent Garnier (“Controlling The House”), Ellen Allien (“My Tree”), Beanfield (“Tides”), Max Copper (‘Egomodal’) labeled him as a refined studio producer, adding a newfound sense of introspection to electronic house music.

Since the release of Niwa in 2010, Ripperton has been busy working on this album – combining traditional song craft with a more familiar rhythmical style.



“A Little Part Of Shade is about the part of shade that everyone has. It's about the private garden; it’s quite the opposite of Niwa. It's an inside garden. It can be bright or dark or in the middle. It can destroy or help you…”

If you weren't convinced of Raphaël Ripperton compositional talent by his debut album, his sophomore release will do the trick. The LP see’s him work alongside a variety of artists including Hemlock Smith, the multi talented writer, graphist and photographer Van Hai, and Germain Umdenstock, whom features on the opening lead track “A Little Part Of Shade”; providing guitar melodies over his carefully constructed landscapes.

Drawing on the collaborative talents from his own highly respected independent Perspectiv label Ripperton’s track “Black Wall” features the vocals of Masaya and succeeds in demanding an almost attentive listen.

The thirteen musically broad and emotionally deep tracks that are included in “A Little Part Of Shade reflect Rippertons approach to electronic music production, song writing attitude, and the sense of emotional delivery that extends far beyond the purview of techno clubs.

RIPPERTON – “A LITTLE PART OF SHADE”

1. A Little Part Of Shade feat. Germain Umdenstock 2. I Don't Know feat. Hemlock Smith 3. No More Airplanes 4. She Holds My Hand feat. Andy Ernst 5. Tape Hiss feat. Hemlock Smith 6. Minor Interlude 7. City Lights feat. Van Hai 8. Black Wall feat. Masaya 9. Everytime feat. Hemlock Smith 10. Tales Of Sand 11. Chaos Calme feat. Van Hai 12. For All The Wrong Reasons 13. Spike feat. Hemlock Smith

soundcloud.com/ripperton
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mathew Jonson

Really one of a kind, he's developed one of the most distinctive voices in electronic dance music: when you hear one of Jonson's tracks, you almost immediately know it's his. And yet there's no mistaking any given track for another.

His standards for sound and presentation are exacting. Both on stage and in the studio, Jonson's fealty to analog equipment and real-time play—as opposed to mere playback—serves as a standardbearer for a kind of electronic music that goes way beyond the drag 'n' drop world of digital composition. Jonson has always been eager to get his hands dirty, and the music reflects that in gnarled bass sequences and long, intuitive lines. His sounds have serious teeth.

His music offers a rare fusion of populist intensities and nuanced musicality. With a keen understanding for the needs of the dancefloor and the universal laws of house and techno, he's thrown out the rule book time and time again, sneaking tricks learned from electro and even drum'n'bass into minimal clubs, and loading up his B-sides with tracks that do what they damned well please. (No kick drum? No problem.)



Out on Crosstown Rebels Now

And despite his quick ascent through the ranks of the techno elite, Jonson hasn't just stayed personally grounded. He's devoted much of his energy to supporting his own close musical family, both in the groups Cobblestone Jazz and the Modern Deep Left Quartet, and with his Wagon Repair label, which he cofounded with Jesse Fisk, Graham and Adam Boothby, Frank Meyerhofer and Konrad Black.

He studied classical piano as a kid, plus jazz drumming, and played drums in a marching band —thus laying both the melodic and the rhythmic cornerstones of his music today. (Plenty of musicians claim to be "classically trained," of course, rendering the phrase all but meaningless. But here's something you might not have known about Mathew: he's actually begun studying piano again, which suggests a musical seriousness that's rare in the world of auto-didact button-pushers.

Thanks to his father's work with sound technology, he also got his hands on synthesizers at the age of 9. By the time he discovered hip-hop as a young teen, he was recreating its electro-based beats on his own rudimentary setup at home.

It was in Victoria, when he was 19, that Jonson met up with the crew that would help guide his musical trajectory: Tyger Dhula, Danuel Tate and Colin de la Plante, who were playing and DJing parties around the area. The four started playing in clubs together, an early version of the group that exists today as Cobblestone Jazz and the Modern Deep Left Quartet. (The Modern Deep Left Quartet was the original name for the foursome; after de la Plante moved to Montreal, the remaining trio carried on as Cobblestone Jazz.) "It was all improvised," says Jonson of the group's early days. "We never really worked in the studio, we would just meet at the nightclub and jam. That's how it started. We did that for quite a while, and then it morphed into a residency at a club, once every two weeks." To keep it interesting, they would invite other musicians—on trumpet, violin, bass, sax, and rhythm sections—to join them.

After de la Plante left town, Cobblestone Jazz began focusing its efforts more squarely on the dancefloor, moving away from purely improvised sets to include composed and rehearsed passages. And Jonson gradually began honing in on his own sound, both in his productions and his DJ sets, inspired by a deeper, weirder sound that had begun filtering into the city's techno parties.

His first record, in 2001, was the first release on the B.C. label Itiswhatitis, appropritately titled "New Identity." Another followed in 2002, and in 2003. That year, he also made his first appearance on Perlon, "Alpine Rocket"—a track he recorded alongside Luciano during his first trip to Europe. And then, suddenly, Jonson was everywhere: Itiswhatitis, Sub Static, Arbutus, Kompakt, M_nus—and every track an anthem.

"I had all that music kind of saved up," says Jonson, "and then, just by chance, released it all at the same time. People criticized me for it, said that it wasn't a good idea. But it worked out for me. All the tracks did well. I wasn't saturating the market with bad music." He's right there.

In 2005, Jonson co-founded Wagon Repair, and it's been a blur since, a nonstop series of tours and recordings, solo and with his bandmates. Crucially, he moved to Berlin. Here, he and de la Plante—who moved over at the same time—have set up Cobblestone Jazz' European headquarters, providing not only the launch pad for European tours but, more importantly, the control center for the group's recorded activities. The studio is jawdropping, frankly: a semi-circle full of gear, from old workhorses like the 808 and 909 and SH-101 to unique beasts like their Cwejman and Roland System 100m modular system. Tate's Rhodes piano anchors one corner of the horseshoe, and everything feeds into a massive desk where tracks are mixed and recorded in real-time. Jonson makes his own music essentially the same way—only with two hands instead of eight.

Those two hands have come up with some remarkable material. Having perfected his brand of earthshaking epic with tracks like "Marionette," "Return of the Zombie Bikers" and "Symphony for the Apocalypse," Jonson has increasingly turned his efforts towards more personal, introspective music. He hasn't left the clubs behind—his new album, Agents of Time, features a number of tracks that are as hip-windingy wily as anything he's produced yet, full-on tracks like "Girls Got Rhythm" and "Thieves in Digital Land." But he's also taken advantage of the longplayer format to stretch out and indulge darker moods and slower tempos.

"I like to have phrases that sound like they're major, but then they go minor when they turn around," explains Jonson. "You think that you're in a happy place, but suddenly you're not. I like playing with that tension. When I look at the music I've made, the best music is always music that can stimulate any kind of emotion. It's more like a key, towards opening up whatever is inside of you -a gateway"

You can expect him to be unlocking even more emotions soon—ones you may not have even known you had—when he ramps up with Midnight Operator, a collaboration with his brother Nathan Jonson, aka Hrdvsion. With Nathan also based in Berlin, the two are finding common musical ground, expanding upon the platform they established with their lone, 2007 EP for Wagon Repair as they begin work on an album.

"Obviously, you can look at what I do with my label and the bands I have, to see what's important to me," says Jonson of keeping it in the family, so to speak. "I'm lucky because I have so many friends who are strong musicians. We can all feed off of each other. You know, when you're doing music, it's such a personal thing. To have an outlet with the labels to be able to release our music, and be able to all stay together, I think there's a lot of strength in that. Everybody is stronger as a group."

– Philip Sherburne

soundcloud.com/mathew-jonson
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dinky

Dinky was born Alejandra Del Pilar Iglesias Rivera and was named Dinky by her sister at birth. As a Child she studied Ballet and the Suzuki method (Piano) Since very early age she showed a natural musical and artistic talent. Born and raised in Santiago to a musical family ,she is a leading member of Chile's second generation of electronic-music greats.

It was in New York, where she had moved in the mid '90s to join the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, that Dinky's music career began to take off, as she immersed herself in the city's vital underground scene of the day. In her early twenties she turned out her first productions; within a couple of years she had release a spate of records in labels as Sonic Groove, Traum and Carpark, ranging from ambient, minimal house, techno to downcast new disco and electronic pop. In 2003, she moves to Berlin, a city that had captured her imagination nine years earlier during the heyday of E-Werk and Tresor. It was a good move: by 2005 she would release the massive "Acid In My Fridge" for Sven Väth's Cocoon imprint ; the record became a massive hit .

Dinky has gone on to become a regular fixture across the continental scene, playing regularly in the most important clubs, like DC10, Fabric, Amnesia or Cocoon Club, while in Berlin she currently holds the honor of a Panorama Bar residency since 2004.

 Dinky she never limits herself to one style.

She has released 4 albums ,3 mix Cds and dozens of singles. She is currently working on a new album where she is the leading singer and multi instrumentalist (voice,guitar,drums piano) Her last studio Album ("Anemik" ) was listed in the Top 20 albums of the year in Resident Advisor(2010 ). Early in 2012 she recorded backing vocals for Chilean Pop Star Jorge Gonzalez new album “Libro”. Her album will be released on the Uk based label Visionquest in the spring of 2013. Jazz, Disco and Blues are a big influence in her music.

www.dinkyland.org
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Richard West aka Mr.C


Born in London in the late 60's, he started MCing in the London clubs aged only 16 & soon earned a reputation as a fast talking vivacious rapper working with LWR radio's Ron Tom, Jasper the Vinyl Junkie & Jazzy M. Mr.C then hooked up with Colin Faver & Evil Eddie Richards to became resident rapper at Camden Palace going on to MC for Colin Faver on the then illegal Kiss FM. Mr.C went into the studio to record his 1st house track with Eddie Richards as Myster-E which was released in August 1987. This inspired Mr.C to become a DJ to learn more about his beloved House & Techno music so in late '87 Richard took to the decks. Mr.C has since organized, promoted & been resident DJ at: Fantasy ('88), Base (Dungeons '89), Release (91), Harmony (92), Drop (93), Cyclone (94), Vapourspace (94 & 95), Flavour (The End 95 & 96), Subterrain (The End 95 - 2002), Superfreq (Worldwide 2002 - Present) & Super Disco Freq (LA 2010 - present).

In December 1995 Mr.C opened the legendary night club The End in London with Partner Layo Paskin & then AKA bar 3 years later, which celebrated its 13th anniversary in December 2008. Sadly The End & AKA closed its doors for good on January 24th 2009. 1 Chapter closes & another begins.

Mr.C is founder & owner of Plink Plonk records, cofounder of End Recordings & cofounder & owner of Superfreq Records. Mr.C has also recorded under the names, Myster-E, Unity 2, Nu Jacks, Bass Bureau, The Shamen, Mantrac, Somnambulist, Animus Amour, Killer Loop, Mr.C & Tom Parris, Mr.C & 16B & the Sycophant Slags.

Mr.C is best known as front man of the pop group The Shamen with whom he notched up a string of top 10 hits including Move Any Mountain & the number 1 hit Ebeneezer Goode. The Shamen also won a highly coveted Ivor Novelo for Songwriters of the year UK in 1992. Richard's currently recording solo as Mr.C & also as the Sycophant Slags with his production partner Adultnapper & has just started a new & very fruitful collaboration with Affie Yusuf as the Indigo Kidz & has recent releases on Poker Flat Records, Wagon Repair Records, Get Physical Records & Adjunct Audio

Mr.C runs & promotes Superfreq events, which celebrates being 11 years old in March 2013 & ran monthly at Mr.C's club The End until it closed down in January 2009. Superfreq now has 2 residencies in London, the first as Superfreq E'special at the amazing luxury members club Paramount, perched 31 floors above London on the top of the famous landmark Centre Point & the second, a bi-annual residency at the legendary Fabric. Superfreq also does regular events in various venues in Los Angeles, in various clubs in Calais as well as holding down quarterly events at Junk Club in Southampton, Volatl in Chicago, Tree House in Miami & at various spaces in Moscow, as well as having completed one off events recently in Detroit, San Diego, New York, Dallas, Denver, San Francisco, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Mexico & St Petersburg.

Superfreq has accomplished 7 successful seasons in Ibiza, 3 at Club Underground, 2 seasons at DC10, 1 season at Blu & 1 season at Aura & also be hosted an arena at Kazantip Festival for the 2nd time last summer in the Ukraine. Superfreq has also completed 5 tours of South America, as well as having done 1 off shows the world over including U.S.A, Canada, Mexico, China, England, Spain, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Lithuania, France, Croatia, Greece, Latvia & Russia to name but a few places.

Smell the Coffee, Mr.C new album is out now on Superfreq



Tracklist: 1. Open Up 2. The Future 3. Wake Up 4. War Games 5. Can’t Get Enough 6. Step It Up 7. Interaction 8. Synchronicity 9. The Hunt 10. Smells Good

www.facebook.com/richardwestmrc
Monday, April 29, 2013

Josh Wink


When you’re as iconic a figure as Josh Wink, it’s not so easy to sum up a career in a few words—but there are a couple of terms that might serve to get a handle on the seminal electronic-music producer’s lifework. One of the most apt, certainly, would be longevity. A brief scan of Wink’s mammoth résumé reveals the following: Early-’80 days as an underage mobile DJ; a major role in fostering his native Philadelphia’s burgeoning warehouse scene during the house-music explosion later that decade; name-making ’90s club hits like “Don’t Laugh,” “Higher State of Consciousness” and “I’m Ready”; a label, Ovum Recordings, that’s undisputedly one of the most essential dance-music imprints; and his current position, after all these years, as one of the scene’s most vibrant and creative DJs and producers (witness the critical success of his 2009 long-player When A Banana Was Just A Banana).



Another word one could use to encapsulate Wink’s oeuvre is versatility. From the twisting, acidic breakbeat of the aforementioned “Higher States” to the organ-groove deepness of 2008’s “Stay Out All Night,” and from the pulsating ambience of 1996’s “Horizontal Dancing” to the streamline liquid techno of his recent remix of Agaric's “Who Made Up the Rules”—with side trips along the way for drum ’n’ bass beats and hip-hop rhythms (Wink was a regular at West Philly DJ battles as a kid)—his sound ranges as far and wide as anyone’s. The same could be said for Ovum as well, which over the 16 years has released music from such varied artists as dream-vibe drum ’n’ bass specialist Jamie Myerson, Wild Pitch originator DJ Pierre and jack-track master DJ Sneak, to mention but a few. As with Wink’s own material, it’s timeless music—you could play a cut like David Alvarado’s swirling, percussion-drenched “Klugh” at a techno hoedown today, and it would sound as fresh as it did upon its late-’90s release; as with most of Ovum's catalog, it's music that's not defined by time or trends.

Which brings us to our final term: integrity. It’s a trait that Wink possesses by the crateful, one that’s carried him through the vagaries of dance music’s endless cycles. Some who hit big when Wink did are content to live off past successes; others chase trends in an effort to stay relevant. But Wink has always been happy—determined, really, to do his own thing and follow his own path—if the music sells and the gigs keep coming, that’s great, but that’s not why he’s still in the game. “I got into this because it was something that I lived and ate and breathed,” Wink says. “There was so much passion for the music, there was nothing else for me. Whatever notoriety and success had come from this, it’s kind of a mistake, a byproduct, and I never planned for that. I never knew I could make a living from doing what I loved when I was a teenager; my parents thought it was a fad, actually.” And what do his folks think now over 25 years later? “Oh,” he says with a chuckle,” they love it.”

-Bruce Tantum

www.joshwink.com
Sunday, March 31, 2013

Delta Machine

Depeche Mode 13th studio album is out at iTunes now!



www.depechemode.com
Sunday, March 24, 2013

Dj Koze

Amygdala / Pampa 
 The world has been waiting for this album for eight years – DJ Koze returns with an astonishing, mindblowing album that has not exist in this form as of yet! "Amygdala" is Koze's Sgt. Pepper. It's an unreal 78-minute walk through Koze's mind, complete with moods, intensities, sounds and scenes as yet unheard of. It feels more like a double album, urging you to turn over and change the records time and time again. "Amygdala" amazes by its sheer musicality, deepness and its ethereal sound design. Nobody else could unite artists like Caribou and Dirk von Lotzow, Hildegard Knef and Mathew Dear, Ada and Milosh in such an organic way and on one and the same record as Koze did. There's never been anything like it. In the true style of Kosi Kos, it's all about "the courage to dare", about letting voices resonate undisguised in all their authentic peculiarity. About creating truthfulness. How much can you cut out, when does the flame die down? On the other hand, under which circumstances could it even burn for ever?


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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Mousse T.

There are producers whose work is immediately associated with success, and whose talent for seeking out new national and international voices is celebrated. In Germany there are only a few such figures in the music industry. Of these, there are even less whose Discography reads like a “Who’s Who” of the music scene. Mousse T. is one of those very few, whose songs “Horny” and “Sex Bomb” have provided a good example of the power harnessed when intuition and precision come together. But who is the person behind these productions which consistently find their way into the charts? Mustafa Gündogdu, alias Mousse T., born in 1966 in Hagen, Germany, describes his success succinctly: “I am a music lover with humour, who gives more than 100% for his love”. This love of music brought him to Hanover in 1990 where he set up his own studio while he was still keyboarder for the band “Fun Key B”. Two years later he gets to know the owner of Peppermint Park Studios and extends the label into dance floor music. At the same time, Mousse T. pursues his ongoing passion for DJing with great enthusiasm. In 1993 he founds, along with the owners of Peppermint Park and his partner Errol Rennalls, the label “Peppermint Jam Records” at a time when Mousse T. is starting to make a name for himself as a DJ on a wider stage. Several productions with international greats such as Ziggy Marley, Mezzoforte and Randy Crawford are the consequence. In 1998 the single “Horny” catapults the name “MOUSSE T.” into the international charts and establishes him as a solo artist. In the same year, further productions for musicians including Michael Jackson cause a sensation and bring him a Grammy nomination as “best re-mixer”. One might be forgiven for thinking that Mousse T. would rest on his laurels after such outstanding success. Quite the contrary: His curiosity for experimenting with new musical variations combined with his outstanding creative ability has driven him on. “Of course I feel very proud when I look at my Discography. But success for me is important mainly as a basis on which my further work as an artist can flourish. Apart from that, success is, of course, a great motivation and source of energy so that I can continue to give “more than 100%”.” This creativity and variation can also be seen in his new album “All Nite Madness”. “As far as my music is concerned I try to implement new ideas, and my love of music doesn’t draw a line at any particular musical style. So I try to mix lots of styles and develop interesting new songs and sounds that way.” These thoughts are also the basis for the choice of artists on the new album, which includes Emma Lanford, Kathleen Chaplin, Roachford and Calvin Lynch. Mousse T’s preference for a mixture of styles is clearly evident: “It is obviously important for me that the singers with whom I work have a fantastic voice, but they also have to have their own unmistakeable style. If, over and above that, they are great people, then we can do business.” The fact that MOUSSE T. values people so highly is shown in his effectiveness when working in a team. Regardless of a person’s stature, whether one of the music greats or an unknown musician, if the chemistry is right the cooperation flourishes through humour and enthusiasm and with the degree of discipline necessary for the implementation of creative ideas. During the frenetic phase of a track’s production, MOUSSE T.’s producer side emerges, as he controls from the background. However, the first hearing of new creations takes place in his closest circle, mostly with partner Errol Rennalls, with whom he also writes songs. “Errol and I normally function as the “idea’s man” and the “hook line man”. I often give a certain key word or topic and Errol fills this initial musical framework with meaning.” This perfect synergy can also be found on “All Nite Madness”. Whether you take the first single of the album “Is It ’Cos I’m Cool?“, the soulful “Monotony“, “Turn Me On“ with Kathleen Chaplin’s crystal clear vocals or “Underground“ on which ex-Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell lends his voice – the integrity of the creator’s style is evident on every track. The single „Is It’ Cos I’m Cool?“ has already developed into a huge hit in Germany and emphasises once again the enormous potential of MOUSSE T. songs. The LP, released on 5 April 2004 will captivate music lovers of a wide-range of styles. Mousse T. continues to deliver the goods in 2005. Right on time for the release of the ipod Mousse T. Special Edition in early november he will release his new single “Horny As A Dandy” with a new album following in 2006. After a few selected promo-gigs for his ipod Mousse T. will promote the new releases with a long clubtour throughout Europe.

www.mousse-t.com
Sunday, December 30, 2012

Season's Greetings



1.Heathered Pearls - Beach Shelter, Loscil's Grind Remix / Ghostly International
2.Barker And Baumecker - Sektor / Ostgut Ton
3.Francis Harris - Pharoah In The Morning, Black Light Smoke Under The Pyramid Mix / Scissor & Thread
4.Monkey Maffia - Kinky Talk / Freude Am Tanzen Recordings
5.Ben Pearce - What I Might Do, Club Edit / MTA Records
6.Karmon - Feel It / Diynamic
7.Luca Bacchetti - A Night In Nassau, A Late Night Mix / Culprit
8.Сhristian Burkhardt - Delight / Oslo
9.Marc Houle - Oo Oo / Wet Your Self Recordings
10.Damian Lazarus, Shaun Reeves, Art Department, BLUD - Robot Heart, Instrumental Mix / No.19 Music
11.Hardage - Theres Enough For All Of Us feat Michael Franti, Deniz Kurtel 12 Remix / Vibe Me
1.Heathered Pearls - Beach Shelter, Loscil's Grind Remix / Ghostly International

Unlike some ambient music, Loyal, Jakub Alexander's release under the Heathered Pearls moniker, embraces the idea of melody with understated but distinct sounds emerging from the loops Alexander uses to construct his tracks. "I wanted to find a world that was built on repetition, erosion and melody because making these songs was about recreating soothing environments." The album's roots lie in a very utilitarian idea: "I started writing what now has become Loyal as a mental break from my personal anxieties," Alexander says. A study in the hypnotic, calming qualities of music, Loyal is also a tribute to Alexander's mother and Aunt (featured on the cover) who were crucial in instilling the taste and aesthetics so key to his music. "My mom introduced me to my first ambient record over 10 years ago. Loyal is a response to this." This is a record that's full of delicate beauty; it embraces fragility and lightness, sounding entirely natural despite being created electronically. Tracks ebb and flow into the mix and the songs themselves wash into your headphones like waves receding slowly into silence. The music is unabashedly beautiful with gentle currents of low level tones and gleaming sparkles of synth loops that build and decay.

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2.Barker And Baumecker - Sektor / Ostgut Ton

In order to provide our Berghain- and Panorama Bar residents with an artistic and social home, Ostgut Ton has been launched as a label at the end of 2005. Immediately, the interaction of club and label has proven to be a very fruitful combination. The unique sound architecture of Berghain especially, has directly left a mark on productions by Ben Klock, Marcel Fengler, Len Faki and Marcel Dettmann. The club serves as a permant linchpin for everyone involved. Here, all new tracks and records get their first test, the club is the reference. Over the last few years, this constellation brought forward a signature sound, which fortunately didn’t pick up on any recent trends dominating dance music. This sound can best be paradoxically described as an utterly unnostalgic take on Techno, which has been produced with the experience of Techno’s heyday during the 90s still in mind. Although the tempo has been slowed down, it still oozes with vitality. Of course this doesn’t mean that every Ostgut Ton sounds the same. On the contrary; It should just be clear that Len Faki’s „Rainbow Delta/Mekong Delta“ EP is the other, ravier side to Marcel Dettmann’s and Ben Klock’s coin. „Rainbow Delta“ has been voted ‚best track“ by the readers of german Groove magazine in 2007. As if this wasn’t enough, Len Faki also made best producer and best newcomer in the same poll.

With releases by Prosumer &Murat Tepeli, Tama Sumo, Nick Höppner and MyMy, the label also caters for the different shades of House music represented by all the Djs at Panorama Bar. Wether it’s a very personal take on Chicago’s oldschool sound as on Prosumer & Murat Tepeli’s debut album „Serenity“, or wether it’s MyMy’s contemporary style tailor made for dancefloors, Ostgut Ton hardly knows stylistic boundaries, as long the music meets the label’s quality standards. With all sleeves designed by friendly artists, there’s a visual counterpart to the club’s and label’s concept.

On the mix cds by André Galluzzi, Cassy and Marcel Dettmann released so far on Ostgut Ton, the focus lies on capturing immediate, authentic moments. None of the mixes went thorugh digital postproduction, as in our opinion nothing is more boring than flawless perfection. Especially Marcel Dettmann’s mix „Berghain 02“ has won wide spread, critical acclaim. It contains unreleased material by artists like tobias., Norman Nodge and Shed. On the occasion of its release, german Goove magazine dedicated a cover story to Marcel as well as Ben Klock. „Berghain 02“ has also just been voted ‚best compilation in 2008’ at Resident Advisor. The influential and highly frequented website also voted Ostgut Ton ‚best label 2008’ and made Shed’s debut album „Shedding The Past“ on Ostgut Ton their favourite album of the year. In just a few years, Ostgut Ton managed to foster an idiosyncratic style with an uncompromising and coherent release policy. It is no exaggeration to say that the label has become one of the most influential platforms for Techno and House of today, of which a lot may be expected in the future. We are looking foward to it.

Shop This www.ostgut.de

3.Francis Harris - Pharoah In The Morning, Black Light Smoke Under The Pyramid Mix / Scissor & Thread

Scissor and Thread is proud to present "Leland" the debut album by Francis Harris, better known as "Adultnapper." This long anticipated LP is a requiem to the artist's father, released to coincide with the second anniversary of his passing. The album, Harris' most expansive work to date, features Danish vocalist Gry on three tracks including "lostfound," the first single and video which was remixed by Mathew Herbert. Also featured throughout are Emil Abramyan, whose poignant performance on cello evokes comparison to Arthur Russell, and Greg Paulus (No Regular Play/Matthew Dear Band), whose improvisational free jazz inspired trumpet accents converse thoughtfully with Harris' own tonal melodies performed on piano and guitar. Leland was recorded and mixed by Francis Harris and Jordan Lieb on an SSL at JSM Studios, NYC. The album was mastered by Joe Lambert.

Shop This www.soundcloud.com/scissorandthread
4.Monkey Maffia - Kinky Talk / Freude Am Tanzen Recordings

The most club swarms usually receive Sören Bodner aka Monkey Maffia as half of the DJ-duo, which for 17 years brought the most eclectic exaltations to the dancers of the world. The Wighnom-y-lotion of classy techno is History! One is the magic number!

As an operator of the Freude am Tanzen/Musikkrause workshop and record store founder (Fatplastics) he loves the luminosity of the coarse and fevered dance music in every cubic centimeter of his soul. Vinyl is his daily bread, what pumps in his veins. Monkey belongs to the early 90’s as one of the tireless torch carriers whom bass drums provided the pace for his free spirit-sidekick the most club abstract. Peppered with a grotesque, lovely madness with a wink of the eye included.

Essentially he is an anarchistic selector with a sharp sense for the particular and distinguished note of a genre which has no name. Drilling through with his genre straddling style the borders of house and techno. Thereby he detected the often strict formalism of many a dance floor with a joyful stringency for surprise pickled with intensity with a dash of dramatics. Sounds seasoned as a real beat cuisine.

Monkey Maffia – A real cosmopolitan with a deep love for his home, a gentleman in a bear suit, and a free thinker as opposed to a drone is known as one of the most creative distribution centers of electronic music. Tirelessly he spins on the controllers as if they were wheels, thereby a determined focus on the dance floor is brought forth which is then unfolded. A richness of ideas yes, obsessive compulsive no – here the life is lived, not compelled!

Shop This www.freude-am-tanzen.com
5.Ben Pearce - What I Might Do, Club Edit / MTA Records

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6.Karmon - Feel It / Diynamic

Diynamic's recent member from the Netherlands released his first whole EP on the Hamburg based label. His debut shows that his production skills have evolved enourmously in the last few months which justifies his constant appearance on Diynamic. The opener is a dreamy track which literally takes you by the hand and leads you throughcold winter days. The huge power of its warm melody and the supporting vocals by Terry Shand embrace all kinds of music tastes.Also the dub version of "Take My Hand" shows that Karmon's productions are nothing but pure beat and sound facility. With "When Dark Becomes Night" Karmon creates a very connecting atmosphere between the name and the track itself. Its relaxed pianotunes and the short but veryintense acoustical break unite wonderfully with the melodic basslines. The melody of that track gives you a typical Diynamic earworm, we all love so much. The second b side track "Feel It" is a beautiful composition of both free heavenly melodiesand wonderfully arranged synth & basslines, giving its listeners a feeling of total clarity and inner consciousness. - WE FEEL IT!de features Dub Versions of both tracks.

www.diynamic.com

7. Luca Bacchetti - A Night In Nassau, A Late Night Mix / Culprit

Not unhumorously hailing from the small Tuscan town of Lucca, Luca Bacchetti is one of the foremost proponents of the seminal swing sound coming from the peninsula and abroad. Currently residing in Barcelona, the DJ, producer makes swift business of spreading his signature twists and musical turns through myriad productions and remixes released on Wagon Repair, Ovum Recordings, Crosstown Rebels, Culprit LA, Saved, Be As One, Defected, Sci+Tec, Hideout, Supernature and his brand new label Endless. Additionally, he’s accrued a host of accolades including a nod for Beatport’s best artist in 2008 that confirms Luca’s status as an industry leader. As a DJ, Bacchetti’s style is incomparable, showcasing his unique ear for selection and rare ‘voice’ to which he adds a sexiness uncommon amongst his peers.Equally versed at moving a dark basement club to fits of revelry as he is to casting a deep shadow across a sunny beach party, the breadth and depth of sources from which Luca culls his sets astounds constantly. It is this duality of emotion that interests the DJ and inspires the work on many releases. The contrasting shades of Luca’s sound have not been lost on the world’s clubbing masses. Worldwide venues like Womb, Fabric, Circoloco DC10, Cielo, Watergate, Arma 17, La Huaka, D-Edge have hosted the DJ to untempered excitement and have been converted to the light of the darker and brighter sides of his sound…

Culprit Records is the imprint of Los Angeles party organizers Droog. Culprit has previously only had digital releases, from Hot Natured, Lee Foss, Matt Tolfrey & Kenny Gibson.

Shop This www.lucabacchetti.com

8.Сhristian Burkhardt - Delight / Oslo

Releasing steadily since 2007 on labels like Raum, Oslo and Cocoon, Christian Burkhardt is no amateur. He now offers Offenbach, his first solo album (after his work Revolver LP with Einzelkind). Christian blends all the best of Funk, Hip-Hop and House with his very own Oslo style. 'Come On' is a chilled piece with dub-y chords and a funk feel. House energy percussion, hip hop vibes and an active bassline propel 'Delight'. A throwback to the golden days when House and Hip-Hop weren't that different. 'Jackson' holds a heavy kick and lets the bass groove fade in before a crafty break causes us to question our position then drops back onto the dancefloor with rhythm and bass. The vocal cuts provide the perfect ambient backdrop for the track, completing the full picture of 'Jackson'. 'Jondal' moves in with a similar groove to 'Jackson'. Stepping up and falling down, the jazz inspired bassline carries the groove. The title track 'Offenbach' reveals classic House percussion with the kick edging in with bass in tow. A dirty bassline attracting the groove and radiating the dancefloor vibes like there was no tomorrow. Piano keys cut in as the bass fade, revealing a classy, moody side of Christian. 'Pianissimo' and 'Use To Do It' take a darker, deeper path. Heavy kicks and deep ambience pour out and provide solid additions to the record. All in all, Christian offers variety in Offenbach, melting together many styles to create something new in his own flavor.

Shop This www.oslorecords.com

 9.Marc Houle - Oo Oo / Wet Your Self Recordings

Marc Houle grew up in Windsor, Canada with Detroit as his mid-90’s backyard party playground – as a kid he had a love for obscure new wave & analog synths, so it was just a matter of time before he started making music of his own. Ask any of his friends, and they’ll tell you the same: the guy is a prolific music-making-machinist, dedicated to quality, but quantity as well – with nearly 1,000 tracks to his credit (most of which are tucked away on his hard drive as super secret weapons). Now taking the reigns alongside his A&R partners Magda & Troy Pierce, Marc Houle has resurrected their label Items & Things, breaking it free from its former Minus sub-label status. Spanning electronic genres in a variety of forms… from disco tech to experimental to techno, to bring their eclectic tastes together as an outlet for music they discover on their travels & a home for their own releases. Marc Houle’s current sound can be described in cityscapes – somewhere between Chicago & Detroit, with a new-wave underbelly. His live performances are always diverse & genre-bending reigns supreme. No two sets are ever the same, except perhaps, their ability to impress the crowd. He’s travelled a long way from his 1997 residency at Richie Hawtin’s club “13 Below” in Detroit, to being asked to join the legendary Minus label, now making Berlin his home & continuing to show his diverse musical roots on his productions. In February 2012 Marc Houle released his heavy-hitting, second album and single “Undercover” on Items & Things, with more releases in the making.

www.marchoule.net

WetYourSelf! is the Sunday night party at fabric London.

On a weekly basis, the artistic force behind the phenomenon, DJs and producers Jacob Husley, Peter Pixzel and Cormac, pour their energy into a packed dancefloor. Their frequent 3-way back to back sessions are legendary, with the crowd feeding off their obvious child-like excitement for the musical journey they are at the helm of.

Their desire to create serious dance floor hedonism, yet present quality music in an unpretentious way, has irrevocably changed Sunday nights in London.

Their club guests have included luminaries from around the globe:

Alex Under, Argy, Ben Klock, Chris Liebing, DJ Hell, Ellen Allien, Gaiser, Kiki, Marc Houle, Marcel Dettman, Martinez, Miss Kittin , Oxia, Sascha Funke, Sebastien Leger, SMD, Stephan Bodzin and Style Of Eye to name a few

It’s little wonder that WYS! has become the most loved underground techno and house night in London and they are now spreading their gospel with regular parties in Europe including 6 summer dates at Space Ibiza.

The recently launched WYS! Recordings are avialable on vinyl and digital and have showcased music and remixes from Alex Under, Chris Liebing, David Keno, Kanio, Lopazz, Mathias Mesteno, Miss Kittin and Pig & Dan.

Shop This www.wetyourself.co.uk

10.Damian Lazarus, Shaun Reeves, Art Department, BLUD - Robot Heart, Instrumental Mix / No.19 Music

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11.Hardage - Theres Enough For All Of Us feat Michael Franti, Deniz Kurtel 12 Remix / Vibe Me

Deniz developed a deep love and connection to the sentiments of electronic music during her studies in the USA. Growing up with constant exposure to art from her mother, an influential art initiator in Turkey, and years of intensive classical piano training left her with a professional work ethic and a passion for art. An accomplished interactive sculptor, she quickly made a name for herself in the experimental art scene combining the use of sophisticated computerized LED arrays and mirrors. Her work has been the centerpiece of countless Wolf + Lamb parties in Brooklyn, and has appeared in various art festivals and exhibitions such as Burningman, Communikey, Horizons, Love's Secret Domain, and Rabbit Hole.

www.denizkurtel.com

Brand new deep and nu'house label. Dry and straight housy groove, hypnotic vocal cut, involving melodies... this is the vibe to reinterpret the real club culture. On Vinyl 12" and Digital

distribution by Intergroove.de and Decks.de

w/ MUSSEN, DENIZ KURTEL, JORDAN PEAK, KRIS WADSWORTH, DAPAYK, SOMEONE ELSE, ALAN FITZPATRICK, BUTANE, DEEPCHILD, RAFAEL KAKUDO, HUGO, MARCOS IN DUB, ANDREA DI ROCCO, SISHI ROSCH, DUSTIN PHIL, FABIO ALAMPI, ADRIAN RODD, KISK, SARP YILMAZ, FRANCESCO BONORA, MACIT KIMYACI, SO INAGAWA, WHIM-EE

Shop This www.vibemerecord.com
Sunday, October 21, 2012

Jackmate

Kenny Dixon Jr. can fulminate for as long as he wants about white-boy soul: German producer Jackmate is the man to prove him wrong. RA's Bjørn Schaeffner goes to Stuttgart to dig for treasures.
By
RA


Will 2009 be the year that burnt down the house? Signs of oversaturation hang in the club air like ill-foreboding stars in a prehistoric sky, with too many house-infected productions swamping dancefloors across the globe. Honestly: Who needs another maxed-to-the-effect-stomper in the guise of house? Strictly bongo rhythm till you drop? House, house and more fucking house?

For many producers reduced, raw and classic house tracks have become the be-all end-all. But while this is an increasingly trendy affair now, there aren't many artists who have been at this game as reliably as Stuttgart's long-running mainstay Michel Baumann, AKA Jackmate. As a DJ, Baumann mostly plays newer stuff that gives off a traditional house and techno vibe in his sets. "I love to include classic productions, but not in an orthodox way. When I hear a DJ who only plays house tracks produced before 93', I ask myself: is this guy playing in a museum?"

Baumann is dragging on his self-rolled cigarette. Friday night in Stuttgart city, five days to Christmas. The spacious rooms we find ourselves in are not only home to Baumann's extensive studio and band equipment, but to his bed, shower and kitchen as well. Living and working in an industrial building: Quite befitting for a producer from Germany's motor city. "Ha! The motor city. Sure, the automobile industry. But that's were the parallels between Stuttgart and Detroit stop. Stuttgart is a nice and tidy place to live, whereas Detroit is a ruin. And with the US automobile sector going to pieces now, the outlook for the city is bleaker still. When we tagged our first label compilation as Motorsoul, that was purely for nostalgic reasons."

In the '60s and '70s, the US army garrison in the city flooded the area with soul, funk and jazz. A great habitat for young Baumann: As a kid he absorbed the black music tradition to the bone. "My mother introduced me to psychedelic and soul when I was twelve, later I got into funk and rare groove, started to DJ with breakbeats and then hip-hop. And later, of course, I got hooked on house music from Chicago and New York. The early productions by Lil' Louis and Larry Heard did it for me."

The phone rings. It's Baumann's buddy Tobi Ettle. He wants to fax a signed contract for Baumann's upcoming gigs in Japan. Usually, Baumann is booked under his moniker Jackmate, which encompasses the trackier side of his DJ spectrum. A DJ set as Soulphiction, on the other hand, is potentially more open-minded: "People should be aware of who they book. It's quite annoying when I'm pestered every ten minutes I should play minimal. But sure, I can bang the night away at 115 BPM," says Baumann without a trace of irony in his voice.

While DJing is unsurprisingly Baumann's main source of income, his Philpot and Phil E labels fare well. Like many imprints, Baumann and Ettle have adopted the policy to launch digital downloads six weeks after the physical release. "Also, we're considering to stop offering MP3. With WAV-Files, at least you safeguard the artist's intention that his productions sounds the way it's intended to be and not something that's mutilated by an algorithm. This is our statement of appreciation for vinyl." Speaking of musical treasures pressed in plastic: The visitor's request to inspect Jackmate's vinyl collection is politely denied. "I'm afraid the room where I store my records is currently not in a state for a visit," explains Baumann.

Thankfully, Jackmate's selection of all time faves and current will shine a light through his musical cosmos anyway. "I hope my selection will interest the RA readers. Keep in mind that it's good music that counts in the first place, no matter what genre."

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myspace.com/jackmateakasoulphiction
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V? Fall 2012

Sonic Flavors

Kenny Dope, Little Louie Vega, The Missile (Ken Dog Beats)/ Henry Street Music. Be The Music (Original Mix) Mr. Scruff / Ninja Tune. Innerplace (Ripperton's Paradisco Radio Re-edit) Nhar, Ripperton / Perspectiv Records. Secreto (Original Mix) Audiofly, Muan, Robbie Akbal / Akbal Music. Wolfen (Original Mix) Jackmate / Phil e. Strange Wolves (Dead Seal Dub) Class B Band, Dead Seal / My Favorite Robot Records. I Bring Headphones Up (Original Mix) David Pher / Susurrous. Don't Sleep (Tiefschwarz Rmx) Dapayk / Mo's Ferry. Channel E (Original Mix) Itamar Sagi / Be As One. Gnade Und Vergessen (Echologist Dub)Deepchild Echologist, Brendon Moeller / Affi.n Namanii Gesha (Original Mix) Mathias Kaden / Recovery Tech. Shakes (Hatikvah Remix) Nadja Lind, Hatikvah / Lucidflow. Forced Hands (Tom Hades Remix) Bageera / Refuge Digital (Soundz Good). Moog Phunk (Par Grindvik Remix) Benny Grauer, Par Grindvik / Doppelgaenger. Past Tundra (Original Mix) Valgeir Sigurdsson / Bedroom Community.
Saturday, July 21, 2012

Art Department

The brainchild of Canadian techno/house Legend Kenny Glasgow and Canada’s fastest rising star and No.19 label owner - Jonny White. As individuals both Kenny and Jonny have released countless critically acclaimed records and are regarded internationally as two of the most forward thinking, revolutionary underground producers out of North America. Kenny’s credentials date back to the late 80’s and include productions on Narcotic, Jinxx, his own Method 11/11 label and Turbo. Whilst White’s revered No.19 Music label along side a blindingly fast - growing discography have seen him rapidly rise to the forefront of the international scene.

The pair, despite being close friends and stalwarts in the Toronto electronic music scene for years, had not joined forces in the studio until only as recently as 2009, when Damian Lazarus called on them to remix Riz MC for his prestigious Crosstown Rebels Label. The result was an entirely new sound that drew cues from the best of both artists. It was a futuristic and raw, synth-driven, underground masterpiece, the start of a new idea and the birth of Art Department…

Before long the two were working full time in the studio to expand upon what they had created but now with a new focus… the concept for Art Department was to create a live dj/vocal performance based on the new sound they were beginning to produce and would feature Kenny Glasgow’s unique and sublime vocals that had been heard only 10+ years earlier on records like “Pressing On”. It wasn’t long before Damian heard what the pair had been working on and immediately offered them a deal with Crosstown Rebels that would include several singles, remixes and a full length album due out at the beginning of 2011.

The momentum continued and Art Department performed their first ever live show at the Crosstown Rebels Get Lost event at the 2010 WMC in front of a jam packed room, along side an A list cast of 17 artists from the label. DJ’s, promoters and party animals regarded the performance as one of the most ground-breaking & important shows at this years WMC…Simple label boss - Will Saul was quoted saying “the live show was the best thing we’ve heard since we heard Mathew Johnson for the first time…”. The follow up performance came the very next night at Jamie Jones & Lee Foss’ Hot Natured party where Art Department treated the enthusiastic crowd to a mind-bending dj set and secured their spot as residents for the much lauded Hot Natured brand.

With massive support from the rebel crew along with an exciting release schedule including collaborations with Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones and Soul Clap there is no doubt that this will be yet another inspired chapter in the story of these Canadian talents.

Art Department at Beatport
Art Department at RA