Plaisir Records / PLA001
1st release of new French label Plaisir Records by the artist Zendid, with a VID remix !!
Support: tINI, Faster, Anthea, Ada Kaleh
Here, you're going to get into a serious classy bunch of tracks, where melodies interlace with round beats and basslines. The Wood Lesty's voice will enter your brain and will never leave it. The cherry on the cake (already rather tasty) is Vid Reconstruction Mix: a little 15 minutes diamond where he settles gradually his talent, involving the famous voice of the original mix with a compulsion of claps to end in second part of the remix with angelic choirs deserving of the most beautiful opera
8 Bit Records / 8BIT087
Believer, Ellic, Poluc - Johnny D returns to Nick Curly & Gorge s 8bit imprint with a major release! It s been a while since his last EP, but time only made him better. Believer EP is a three track masterpiece and proof of Johnnys keen eye for detail as well as his ability to transport a certain feel to the dancefloor. This unique symbiosis conveys into an organic touch and brings live to each production. Get into the vibe!
Apollonia / APO015
There's no doubt that the Apollonia trio are on fire, 2014 has been a whirlwind of Berlin studio production, to reigning in Ibiza, to dropping their debut album Tour à Tour to a rapturous reception. But straight back to the label with a new EP, they proudly present breaking talent Diego Krause.Hailing from East Berlin, Krause already caused a stir amongst the heads with releases on his own label Unison Wax and co-owned Beste Modus, Unison Wax 02 swiftly landing itself a 4/5 on Resident Advisor and pricking up the ears of the Apollonia boys.Serving up three quality tracks very much in-keeping with Apollonia's own sound, you can easily imagine any one fitting perfectly into the later hours of their B2B2B sets. 'Right About Now' establishes its presence with a powerful bassline and solid clap, before deep swirling synths enter, as does an echoing xylophone to truly euphoric effect. The slightly eerie, but mostly intoxicating, 'Dreams' brings a subtle groove and conjures up those early morning moments, while 'Manitu' the most peak-team of the three, is a bouncy number full of positive energy and a strong tech-house edge, that will go down a treat on any dancefloor
GLOBOX / PHAZE AUDIO - Napoli (ITA)
CIRO LEONE (GLOBOX / PHAZE AUDIO - Napoli ITA) Born musically studying piano at the conservatory in Naples.
COLOUR - Sydney AUSTRALIE (AUS)
SARI AMIA (COLOUR PARTIES - AUS) In recent years, Sari has become a name synonymous with first-rate house music of all kinds.
Warp / Force Inc / Osgut Ton // (UK)
G-Man aka Gez Varley first came to prominence as one half of the ground breaking electronic group LFO. Their first release LFO “lfo” reached number 10 in the UK charts and went on to sell 150 000 copies worldwide (1990).
Gez left LFO in 1996 and went on to do G-Man as a solo project over the years. Gez produced some real classics under this new alias G-Man, like the “G-Man Ep” and the track “Quo Vadis” and he has recorded for labels like Warp, Force-inc, Gigolo, Swim, K7, White noise and +8 (to name but a few ), and worked with the following producers: Mark Bell , Richie Hawtin, Karl Bartos, Marco Carola and Thomas P Heckmann.
Gez has also remixed many people over the years including: Radio Head , YMO, Art of noise, Afrika Bambaataa (Planet Rock), Laurent Garnier, Soft Ballet, Alan Wilder ( Depeche Mode). AUX 88, and many others.
Gez has also played most of the top clubs worldwide, such as Nature One (Germany), Sonar (Barcelona), Berghain (Berlin), The Omen (Frankfurt), The Orbit (Leeds). Liquid Room (Tokyo), New Music Seminar (New York)…
Over a carer of 23 years Gez has sold over 500 000 records world wide not including remixes and compilations and has had his music used for 2 computer games and 2 adverts (VW Golf and also the american Hummer).
Transmat // Detroit (US)
Stacey Pullen is an innovator from the second wave of Detroit techno; he grew up under the mentorship of Detroit's legendary three: Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson. Still continuing to produce his characteristic atmosphere laden electronic sound, Stacey Pullen compounds his reputation as a producer with that of being one of the world's most in demand DJs. Above all, from his earliest attempts to the current day Stacey Pullen has stayed true to his one goal: to become and to always be an Innovator.
In the early days, through legenday Detroit club “The Music Institute”, Stacey quickly got to know the leading lights of Detroit's underground: Alton Miller, Chez Damier, Derrick May, and Jay Denham who influenced and taught him strongly.
A couple of years later, in 1992, Derrick suggested that a good way to develop his skills would be for Stacey to do some remix work with Kevin Saunderson. Stacey began to work on remixes including one for Karen White ?'The Way I Feel About You', for Prodigy and KMS – just to name a few. Thus Stacey truly became part of the Transmat / Metroplex / KMS team.
After touring Europe with Derrick May all of 1993, Stacey moved back to Detroit, ready to establish himself and start his own label. Throughout 1994 he commuted between Europe and the USA, finishing the Silent Phase album on R & S. Releases like 'The Sphinx' as Bango and the first Silent Phase album on Transmat followed as well as a couple of releases on Plink Plonk by the alias 'Kosmik Messenger' and 'Eye to Eye and 'Flash' ? both released in 1995.
In 1998 Stacey was invited to produce his very first major label release on Virgin Records, and at the same time opened the label he had wanted to start for about three years, 'BlackFlag'.
Its debut release, Black Odyssey‘s „Sweat“, was considered a future classic. The pseudonym under which Stacey recorded also dropped the labels second release „Stand“. Both found great success and went on to be licensed to a number of compilation albums, including Stacey‘s „Fabric 14“ mix compilation.
Around that time, Stacey took a break from recording and spent the next years concentrating mainly on furthering his own musical education and Djing.
2011 sees Stacey still on the road, bringing his signature eclecticism to some lucky parts of the planet. As a result, every set becomes more personalized, more unique, a window into Stacey's musical passions. With Black Flag resurrected, 2010’s hit "Alive" is now followed up by "Get Up" in April 2011.
„I wanted to create a clean palette of ‚beats‘ music. Programming it to deliver a serious groove that would keep on coming, progressing and leaving you wanting more.“ Yes, please."
Get Physical / Noir Music // Stuttgart (GER)
kicking off his career in the music business over a decade ago working at a vinyl distributor, stuttgart's normen flaskamp began producing back in 1999 and was releasing records under various guises on different labels soon after - but it was in 2006 that his solee alias was born, propelling him to new heights in the house and techno realm.
in 2006 he decided to take the reins into his own hands and set up a label, parquet recordings - a venture with straight distribution to disseminate his distinctive take on melodic, potent techno and lush, grooving tech house. the name solee was chosen as his new nom-de-plume and to serve as a creative rebirth, and this project has been his focal point since then. he kicked off the imprint with his own release impressed, one of the biggest sellers in the catalogue to date that has amassed over 300.000 views on youtube and impressive vinyl and digital sales, and was licensed to many compilations across the world. with support from many of the worlds biggest dj's and an enduring quality that sees it still played out today, it served as the perfect way for the label to begin. since then, the label has amassed over 50 releases across its main and ltd labels, as well as several compilations and albums.
aside from his own revered imprint, solee's blends of house groove, techno rhythm and progressive melody have graced some of the best-known labels in the world, with his remix of timo garcia's "lady luck" on yoshitoshi records hitting beatport's top 10 and his "ice / dubtale ep" for england's renaissance becoming their biggest selling single release on that same web store. his tracks have appeared on some of the foremost compilations in dance music, released by world-famous names like global underground, defected, kontor and ministry of sound, with more remixes for gui boratto, nick warren, tom novy and danny tenaglia (another beatport top 10) spreading his excellent reputation far and wide. one trade magazine said, he aims to put the "music" in "dance music".
his dj career began in the early 90ies but was put on hold when he started to get into the complex world of production. upon his return in 2008 - following several major booking requests - it was soon clear that he was a hugely able, intuitive and skilled selector. having djed across europe, he's been able to communicate his labels accessible sound and ethos to crowds in many different countries, building on his excellent reputation as a world-class producer. he's also proved himself on disc, mixing his own neotrance essentials, impressed, daybreak and re:cognition compilations to great acclaim.
his music crosses divides and spans genres, making his appeal widespread and meaning that - as evidenced by the power of youtube - youre as likely to hear james zabiela drop one of his tracks at a sweaty exclusive yacht party at miamis wmc as you are at a nick warren gig in a cool underground new york club, or during sasha & john digweeds set at the huge ultra music festival, or in moonbooticas set at berlins legendary watergate, or during tom novys set at germanys biggest outdoor festival nature one...
Transmat Records // Detroit (US)
Of the Belleville Three, the cadre of early Detroit producers who tested the limits of spirit within electronic dance music and changed the integrity of the form forever, Derrick May's reputation as an originator remained intact despite more than a decade of recording inactivity. While Juan Atkins is rightly looked at as the godfather of techno, with a recording career beginning in the electro scene of the early '80s and encompassing some of the most inspired tracks in the history of dance music; and Kevin Saunderson is the Detroit producer with the biggest mainstream success through his work with vocalist Paris Grey as Inner City, May's position as an auteur eroded slightly during the 1990s due to a largely inexplicable lack of activity. As far as influence counts as part of the equation, however, May recorded the techno tracks which top dance producers point to as the most original and influential. The classic Derrick May sound is a clever balance between streamlined percussion-heavy cascades of sound with string samples and a warmth gained from time spent in Chicago, enraptured by the grooves of essential DJs like Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles. May's Transmat Records label was the home of his best material, cuts like "Nude Photo," "Strings of Life," "Kaos" and "It Is What It Is," most produced from 1987 to 1989 as Rhythim Is Rhythim. And though his release schedule all but halted during the 1990s, he continued DJing around the world and honed Transmat into one of the most respected techno labels in the world.
Derrick May was born in Detroit in 1963, a single child raised largely by his mother. At the age of 13, he began attending school in the suburb of Belleville; there he met Juan Atkins and the two began trading mix-tapes, Atkins providing May's entry into the world of Parliament, Kraftwerk and Gary Numan. When his mother moved to Chicago, May stayed in Detroit with another friend, Kevin Saunderson, to finish school. By 1981, Atkins had taught May and Saunderson the essence of DJing as well, and the trio formed Deep Space Soundworks, a collective existing to present their favorite music at parties and clubs. May and Atkins also began working with a local DJ named the Electrifyin' Mojo -- the man who first introduced Atkins to Kraftwerk and early synth-pop -- by creating elaborate megamixes for use on Mojo's radio show.
After high-school graduation May attended university on a football scholarship. He soon tired of the academic life though, and returned to Detroit, where he worked in an arcade. During his frequent trips to Chicago to visit his mother, he had gotten hooked up with Chicago's familial house scene, then in its infancy. May was fascinated by the warmth and community feeling engendered at spots like the Power Plant and the Music Box, where DJs Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy used elaborate turntable set-ups and reel-to-reel machines to create mastermixes which re-invoked the spirit of disco even while pushing music forward. May brought Saunderson to the clubs several times as well, and stayed in Chicago for up to a year. When he again returned to Detroit, the need for a club to call his own caused May and the Deep Space family to found the Music Institute. It soon became the hub of Detroit's ever-growing underground musical family, a place where May, Atkins and Saunderson DJed along with cohorts Eddie "Flashin" Fowlkes and Blake Baxter. The club invigorated a badly fractured sense of community for many residents, and changed the lives of second-wave technocrats like Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen, Kenny Larkin and Richie Hawtin.
Though May owned a Roland TR-909 synthesizer, he had done little actual recording by the early '80s. When Juan Atkins hit the big time in 1981 with the local success of his group Cybotron, it influenced May to begin recording seriously. He debuted on wax with "Let's Go" (the third release on Atkins' Metroplex Records) and then founded his own Transmat label, a Metroplex subsidiary named after Atkins' track "Night Drive (Time, Space, Transmat)." May introduced Rhythim Is Rhythim, his most important guise, with the Transmat single "Nude Photo." The producer soon followed up with more future classics of the genre: "Freestyle," "Strings of Life," "It Is What It Is" and "Kaos."
Of those first singles, "Strings of Life" hit Britain in an especially big way during the country's 1987-88 house explosion, and May became one of the first American techno artists to tour England. He was also recruited heavily as a remixer, for pop bands -- eager to gain credit in clubland -- as well as straight dance acts. A series of setbacks around the turn of the decade appeared to sour May's fortunes, though. The fertile British rave scene, which had grown in strength from 1986 to 1990, was overwhelmed by music growing ever more frenetic in order to compete with increasing drug intake. Quite soon, most of the successes in British dance music were native hardcore or rave-pop groups (Altern-8, Sunscreem, the Prodigy) while much of clubland forgot its American inspirations in favor of chart-bound novelty tracks.
In 1991, May looked ready to return in a big way; at one point, he considered forming a Kraftwerk-styled techno super-group named Intelex with Atkins and Saunderson. Though negotiations to sign with Trevor Horn's ZTT Records looked promising, the deal eventually fell through, and May later declined several invitations by major labels. In fact, he quit making music for the most part by late 1991 (despite consistent rumors to the contrary), though he did work with ambient pioneer Steve Hillage on tracks for the debut album of Hillage's System 7 project. May continued to DJ around the world, and maintained his standing in the eyes of many top-flight producers. His Transmat label continued to find a home for many of the finest techno singles ever compiled, including tracks by Stacey Pullen's Silent Phase, Juan Atkins' Model 500, Joey Beltram, K-Alexi, Carl Craig's Psyche and Kenny Larkin's Dark Comedy. Finally, in 1995, Sony Japan compiled his most innovative tracks onto the single-disc retrospective Innovator, and May contributed a song to the soundtrack for Sony's video game Ghost in the Shell. [See Also: Rhythim Is Rhythim]
Dirtybird / Saints & Sonnets // London (UK)
GET PHYSICAL / Morris Audio / Hi Freaks / Kindisch / Keno Records / Berlin / Germany
David Keno / Morris Audio / Hi Freaks / Kindisch / Keno Records / Berlin / Germany
Swiss born David Keno began his musical life learning classical instruments such as guitar and drums when he was 12. After playing in various rock bands he discovered his love of electronic music. He bought a drum machine and an old Korg synthesizer and started to experiment. Over the next few years he developed his skills and eventually the guys from the Pocketgame label loved his melodic productions so much that they signed him for his first release: Vernis - Bubble Bath EP which came with a fantastic Trentemoeller remix.
From there his career took off. He has released on labels such as I220, Zenit, Meerestief, Karateklub, ELP and provided remixes for Samuel L. Session, G-Man, da Fresh, Robert Drewek, Hugg&Pepp, DK8 and even 80ies heroes Trans-X who wanted a remix for their "living on video" that came out on ZYX Music.
The next step in his career was to launch his own label and in January 2007 Keno Records 01 was released with huge success. "Liquid" went on to be found in the playlists of many DJs.
In David Keno's DJ sets or also as a Livect his musical range goes from minimal techno to house. Very floor-oriented but often with a certain melodic touch. Maybe these are his roots from the 80ies shining through.
OVERdrive // Toulouse (FR)
DJ and producer since 1997 under different pseudonyms, Digital Agreement is the author of many Ep´s, especially under the label Selectronic Records, featuring other artists such as Agoria or Antony (one of the famous residents of the Rex club in Paris).
After his long experience in electronic music, it is finally with Minimal Techno and Tech-House music that Digital Agreement identifies himself more.
Insatiable activist of the French scene, he joined recently the collective "OVERdrive Events" from Toulouse with whom he organizes many events and live acts of quality with dj's such as: Carlo Lio, Paul Ritch, Chris Liebing, Kollektiv Turmstrasse or Adam Beyer...
He played at many clubs and events along with several international artists as: Chris Liebing, Popof, Stanny Franssen, Citizen kain, Redhead, Miss Kittin & The Hacker, and many more...
Digital Agreement will play soon alongside Stephan Bodzin, Maetrik and Oliver Huntemann in the "INOX Electronic Festival", the most important French meeting of electronic music in 2012.
Mobilee Records - Berlin (DE)
Renowned for merging cutting edge sounds with vintage accents, Sebo K is both mobilee's longest
serving artist and its beating heart of house music.
Sebo K is a unique and influential figure within Berlin's densely populated music community; both
crowd-pleasing and credible, he is a bona fide tastemaker who distinguishes himself by exploring the
connective threads between classics from Chicago and Detroit, and modern European tech house,
minimal, and rolling percussive grooves.
Sebo K launched his DJ career in early-90s Berlin, as an integral member of Alec Empire's Bass Terror,
the city's first UK-style drum & bass and breakbeat club nights. By the middle of the decade Sebo K had
fallen under the spell of stateside artists like DJ Sneak, Glenn Underground and Mood II Swing, and his
growing love for Chicago house and Detroit techno began to reveal itself within his club appearances
throughout the city. Sebo K has been a resident DJ for internationally renowned Berlin club Watergate
since 2002, and through his 'Sebo K and Friends' nights, his relentless international touring schedule,
and with mobilee's Back Up Vol. 1 and Watergate's 04 mixes to his credit, a growing legion of fans both
close to home and further afield has been captivated by his unique mix of the old and the new.
Despite a relatively limited discography of original productions, quality over quantity has always been
the credo for Sebo K. His debut for mobilee, Too Hot, recalled an era of underground warehouse
anthems and launched the then-fledgling imprint into the stratosphere. Its follow-up, the instant classic
collaboration with Anja Schneider, Rancho Relaxo, established Sebo K as the up-and-comer worthy
of close attention, further cemented by his breakout hits "Diva" on mobilee, and "Saxtrack" for Cecille.
Alongside his timeless original productions, Sebo K has remixed some of the most respected labels and
artists on the planet, including Poker Flat, Mule Electronic, Radioslave and Efdemin.
Effortlessly transitioning from deep soulfulness, to tough stripped-down sounds, and back again, Sebo K
has reinforced the enduring importance of house music throughout the perpetual cycles of trends, and
this ability to command a club crowd has been equaled by his exceptional productions.
As Sebo K continues on his journey with mobilee, his rising tide of successes reflects the the vision,
passion, and love of music that drives him and the extended mobilee team in all that they do, and all
that will come.
Catwash Records // ROMA (ITA)
Luca Bortolo, was born 17/11/1985 in Rome.Since he was little he was called Bortolo by his friends. Movement, energy and passion, these are the characteristics of Bortolo's dj set, which can be defined as experimental. The involvement with his public, the transfer that this young dj succeeds to establish are in fact vital elements in his evenings.Young, but with already 8 years experience, Bortolo starts his career as dj production in the Italian, where he was born and raised, Bortolo decides to transform this passion in a full-time engagement interpreting the best way he can the stimulant musical vibration of that moment,with deep , House sonorities and techno-Detroit. Recently his house productions have had great success in Italy and other countries all over Europe, where he got very positive feedback from DJs such as Luciano, Locodice, Richie Hawtin, Danny Tenaglia, dj Sneak, Josh wink and manymore.
February 2009, his first Ep “Crazy Morning ”, on label Mallory, was placed in the bags of the most important DJs of the House and Techno scene.
He proved his talent with the recent release on label’s Robsoul and Catwash, which was played by top DJs, and caused havoc on the dancefloors.
It has shared the console with djs international like: Cassy, Karotte, Sis, Wild, Tini, Stacey Pullen, Masomenos, Chris Carrier, Tiefschwarz, Italoboyz, Dinky, Daria, Mirko Loko, Johnny d, Melchior productions ltd, and many more..
Chain Reaction / Scion Versions / Tresor // Berlin (GER)
René Löwe (aka Vainqueur) and Peter Kuschnereit (aka Substance / DJ Pete), have been an integral part of the Berlin techno scene for almost two decades. In 1995 Basic Channel launched the Chain Reaction label with Scion’s first release 'Emerge' and later invited Scion to 'Arrange And Process Basic Channel Tracks' for a release of that name on the Tresor.Berlin (OFFICIAL) label.
Looking at Berlin’s Techno landscape, there’s no way missing the landmark which is DJ Pete. He’s not only an eye wittness to Techno’s zero hour in Berlin, but he also became one of the early forces shaping the german capital’s underground dance scene for the years to come. He quickly went from being a consumer to actually write Berlin’s Techno history as a producer, remixer and an international dj, as well as part of the Hardwax record store crew.
Listening to Pete dj, it is hardly surprising his experience spanning two decades constantly shines through. His sets comprise a wide range of the most important currents electronic music went through over the last 20 years. His energetic djing is based on loop-y Techno with a tinge of Industrial, tougher House tracks, the proverbial Berlin Sound, as well as classic US Techno.
One of his main strenghts is to intuitively keep the balance of pleasing the crowd while always keeping an open mind for new sounds. Moving between those poles is DJ Pete‘s main source for inspiration, currently resulting in him spicing up his sets with a lot of Dubstep verging on Techno.
Another fine example of both his variety and open-mindedness is the fact that he - as a dj still prefering the sonic and haptic qualities of vinyl – released „Scion Arrange And Process Basic Channel Tracks“ as part of the duo Scion, which was the first commercially available CD ever to have been produced with Ableton‘s comple- tely new software „Live“.
In 1995, Scion released their debut „Emerge“ on Chain Reaction, followed by more productions under his solo pseudonym Substance on Chain Reaction and Scion Versions, as well as remixes for artists like Juan Atkins, Scuba, Robert Hood and Rhythm & Sound.
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