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
Moonbeam Digital / Baroque Records // Moscow (RU)
Teknologik // Windsor (CAN)
Ante Ujevic is a Tech House Producer and DJ born in 1991 in Windsor, Canada. His understanding and love for electronic music came at an early age. After discovering his father's cassette collection filled with the sounds of Jean Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd, he immediately connected with the raw emotion and beauty that was projected in the music.
This connection became even stronger when discovering the afterhours clubs in downtown Toronto. The atmosphere and energy of the people and music was beyond words. After these many years of inspiration, he has begun to produce his own music. He is constantly improving his sound and moving forward with one main goal in mind, to create music that will translate emotion and feeling to the dance floor.
Smoothy Grooves // Bucharest (ROU)
Ioana developed her natural born talent and musical taste from an early stage of her life.She was surrounded by music at a young age as she began studying piano, guided mostly by her mother.
Eager to learn more and develop her musical skills, Ioana found out about dj-ing from her father who played music as a side passion, during summertime.
Partying and going out in clubs allover the country ga ve her the possibility to know people that work in the field and also gave her the feeling of what it means for a DJ to play music to clubbers waiting to be impressed.
Therefore, about five years ago, she began gathering her own vinyl collection and in 2006 she had her first gig.
In 2008 she began the project Groove On with her friend Jo.E and till now they made their studio and lots of cultural and musical projects under that name.
Just Jack / Viva Music // London (UK)
As one of the UK’s most promising producers, 2012 has been the break out year for Jamie Trench. With his own vinyl label Roots For Bloom and debut album ‘Range of Motion’ set to launch in November, the remainder of 2012 is set to be the stepping stone for the young Milton Keynes producer, with releases on VIVa, Kaluki, Music is Love, She Wolf, Say Deep and SKYLAX/A Fistful Of Wax and his own Roots For Bloom. Jamie’s musical journey began from a young age. With his father in the night club scene, Jamie would spend most of his child-hood hanging around night-clubs when they were closed listening to CD’s that his father had bought him back from the night before.
At the age of 20 Jamie played out his first gig at the Lightbox in London before becoming involved in his local scene at The Loft Party in Milton Keynes. It was that local scene and music education that led him to the island of Ibiza where Jamie spent three summers listening to and working with the best DJ’s at the world’s best clubs as well as playing at The Zoo Project, Privilege and Ibiza’s number one club Space for it’s Closing Fiesta; a club where Jamie also enjoyed a residency at Kehauma in the Red Box alongside Daniel Dalton.
Jamie’s most popular track to date came back in 2011 on Ellesse’ label Kaluki, “She Said” (She Spoke To Me In French EP) This and his other releases have turned heads in the house scene receiving plays at Dc10, Space and all across the UK and Europe. His musical influences range from artists like Kerri Chandler, The Chemical Brothers and MJ Cole, to A Tribe Called Quest, Slick Rick and other 90s outfits; Jamie’s never been shy to try something different in the studio or during his sets, allowing the crowd to relax, express themselves and let themselves go.
As a keen vinyl collector, 2012 saw the birth of his own vinyl label Roots For Bloom. As a firm believer that vinyl still has it’s place in a digital world, Jamie Trench is a forward thinking DJ and producer, but has a passion for the history of house music as well it’s future.
Moon Harbour Recording - Desolat - Leipzig (DE)
From Desolat over Remote Area to Moon Harbour via Düsseldorf – that’s how Arado’s story
can be described in as few words as possible. At least when you try to reduce it to only the
most important of his releases. The DJ’s story is not even less exciting and, next to German
premium clubs such as Cocoon and Watergate, includes bookings in the world’s places-to-be
such as Space Ibiza including its legendary closing final, Tenax in Italy, Belgium Café
D’Anvers and Moodstock Festival, WMC in Miami as well as appearances for People Like Us
and Bad Boys Club. It’s quite hard to believe that the first page of this young story of success
has just been written in 2009.
Arado is the rare proof that almost everything is possible if only you come up with the track at
the right time. And so with the help of „Uganda Express“ signed by Loco Dice for his Desolat
label, he kick-started into an international career that did not decrease in speed since then.
After following releases on labels such as All Inn and Dame Music this finally led to an EP on
Matthias Tanzmann’s Label Moon Harbour that even took him on board of their booking
squad. Whether in the beginning in partnership with Den Ishu or nowadays in collaboration
with Italian Marco Faraone, Arado simply knows one thing or two about how to rock the Deep
& Tech House Floors worldwide. His raw, driving grooves with an undeniable Chicago impact
seem to enjoy the support of the international DJ elite since the very beginning.
2011 has already prepared new releases on Etruria Beat and Four:Twenty as well as
remixes for artists such as Martinez and Butch. It’s still written in the stars where it will lead
the German Rheinlander, but one thing is already sure: his journey has just begun... so stay
430 West Records / Transmat // Detroit (US)
Techno is a family affair.
Arriving onto the electronic scene with “I Believe”, featured on the monumental (10 Records) compilation “Techno 2: The Next Generation” (alongside Carl Craig, Marc Kinchen, and Jay Denham) in 1990, Octave One is the brainchild of the phenomenal native sons of Detroit, MI (USA), the Burden Brothers. The core unit of the band, made up of Lenny and Lawrence Burden (with revolving members of Lynell, Lorne, and Lance Burden), have had the privilege of bringing their high energy live shows to many parts of the world, including Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, UK, and the USA, among many other places.
The brothers have released groundbreaking dance anthems on their own Detroit based record label, 430 West Records. Including DJ Rolando’s “Jaguar”, Random Noise Generation’s “Falling in Dub” (the other Burden brother moniker), Aux 88’s “My A.U.X. Mind” (on the 430 West sister label Direct Beat), as well as their own Octave One recordings: “Empower”, “Nicolette”, ‘The X-files”, “Meridian”, “Love and Hate”, “The Greater Good”, and ‘Siege”. They have remixed tracks for such artists as Massive Attack, Akabu (Joey Negro), DJ Rolando (Jaguar), Steve Bug, John Thomas, Aril Brikha, Vince Watson, The Trampps, Rhythm is Rhythm, and Inner City.
2000 brought the most recognized Octave One release to date, “Blackwater”. The massive hit has appeared on over 30 compilation albums worldwide (with sales exceeding one million collectively). It has been released domestically in 5 countries (US, UK, Spain, Germany, and Australia). The track is also been a classic on the decks of some of the world’s best known DJs, Little Louie Vega, Danny Teneglia, Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, Jonathan Peters, Laurent Garnier, among many, many others.
Late 2006 brought the release of the first full length DVD/CD project from the group, Octave One featuring Random Noise Generation “Off The Grid”, released in cooperation with Tresor Records/Germany. 2009 saw the release of the band’s first studio album in 3 years, “Summers on Jupiter” released in cooperation with P-vine/Japan. Other Octave One albums have also highlighted the boys’ career: “The Living Key (To Images From Above)” (1997), “The Collective” (1998), and “The Theory Of Everything” (2004) among many other releases.
2011 welcomes the release of the Octave One retrospective compilation “Revisited: Here, There, and Beyond”. Marking 20 years of living the Techno life. “Here, There, and Beyond” features O1 classics reworked by some of the band’s favorite producers: Luke Slater, Sandwell District, Ken Ishii, Alexander Kowalski, Vince Watson, Alter Ego, Los Hermanos, and Cari Lekenbusch. “Revisited: Here, There, and Beyond”, both the album and tour are slated for release in November 2011. One more milestone in the journey of one of Techno’s most exciting bands.
Drumpoet Community // Zürich (SUI)
Alex Dallas is a dj, music-producer, labelowner and A&R of the Drumpoet Community as well as co-owner of the clubs Zukunft and Cabaret in Zurich. He has dedicated his life to music. Since almost 20 years he has been active in Zurich's music scene. In the mid 90's he produced music as Natural High Prod. and later as Earthbound. He was running Straight Ahead Recordings from 1998 - 2002. He produces tracks with AFMB as The Lost Men and releases modern dance-music from great artist on Drumpoet. Further than that this he invites some the finest DJs to play the Zukunft.
Moon Harbour - Poker Flat - Auckland (NZL)
Proving that a little isolation can go a long way…residing in the far-flung islands of New Zealand has done nothing to stop Simon scoring a stream of releases on prestigious and in-demand labels such as Poker Flat, Moon Harbour, Dessous, Compost Black Label and Curl Curl. The releases quickly scored highly with critics, punters and DJs alike, being charted or played by people such as Steve Bug, Josh Wink and Anja Schneider, and even securing no.3 in the coveted top50 Groove magazine singles chart.??Simon’s roots and inspiration are found principally in the Berlin/Detroit axis, deep electronic music with soul, and since the early 90’s he has been busy producing, promoting parties, DJing and running record labels in New Zealand. As a way of showcasing an emerging deep and organic local sound, he started the ‘Nurture’ label in 1997, releasing under the moniker ‘Peak:shift’ (he now predominantly releases under his real name, Simon Flower). ??While as a DJ over the years he played far and wide, and in New Zealand played alongside a wide variety of well known international artists such as Richie Hawtin, Ian Pooley and Derrick May, it is now playing his own music live that excites him the most - and the last few years have seen an abundance of memorable opportunities to play his music to people across the world.
F.H.D recordings // Paris (FR)
ULTIMATE BREAKERS is a French tech-house duo, owner of F.H.D recordings. It's not just about deejaying but delivering a full Live-produced experience. A lot of Festivals and night clubs around the world have already witnessed Ultimate Breakers Live energy, such as H2O (Belgium), Pepe'sBodega (Sweden), Sala Pagoa (Spain), Batofar (Paris), 4 Elements (Paris), Madero club (Mexico), Wax (Belgium), ADE (Amsterdam), etc...
Since December 2011, the duo started to release music on several labels like Blend It records, Bonzai records, Bonzai Baziks, Greenslash records, Off the records, Hermine Records, Sounds of Earth.. A few remixes for Charles Schillings, Vazik, Marcelo Cura, Wehbba, Juan Pacifico also helped promoting the vibrating Ultimate Breakers style.
With their love for rolling basses, catchy percussions and fat grooves, Ultimate Breakers is getting high among the international tech-house scene....
Just Jack / Hot Creations / 2020 Vision // London (UK)
From ‘Autumn Days’ to tides of change, spring 2011 marks a season of renewal for Burnski. This exciting young man from the north-east coast of England has come a long way since he first stepped into the spotlight, and the coming months look set to bring another round of developments.
With one of the biggest selling releases in the history of 2020 Vision, Burnski was hailed as a prodigy upon first surfacing in the mid 00's. Since then, he has cemented a solid reputation as an artist erring on the deeper side of the dancefloor, releasing consistently excellent music on labels such as Poker Flat, Morris/Audio, Trapez, Dessous and Hot Creations – his release ‘Malibu’ for the latter being one of the standout tunes of 2010’s Ibiza season, finding its way into Mixmag’s end of year Top 100 tracks, Soul Clap’s ‘Social Experiment’ compilation for Number 19 Music, and Heidi’s Radio 1 show.
A three week DJ tour in South America was the catalyst for changes both musical and personal in 2011. Inspired by new landscapes and sounds, Burnski has found a new energy and put it to good use in the studio, with a slew of new music on the way. ‘Sometimes Takes Longer’ is a 3-track EP which is scheduled for May release, courtesy of his old friends at Dessous. Prior to this he also adds a new association to his discography with the arrival of ‘Tropical Nights’, via the hotly tipped Real Tone label.
Furthermore, two compelling remixes round off act one this year – one for nu-school Detroit artist Kris Wadsworth, on the emerging One Records; and secondly for the legendary Robert Owens, courtesy of Back to Basics, the musical arm of the much-loved Leeds club night, where he holds a DJ residency.
A steadfast vinyl advocate and always armed with a bag of fresh music, Burnski’s DJ sets are intuitive and versatile, swinging between disco, deep house and Detroit tipped techno, his sets fulfil both the hedonistic and more focused minds in any crowd, and recently won him a nomiation in the ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ category in DJ Mag’s recent round of awards.
His style is now familiar at some of the most established clubs in Europe such as Fabric in London, Watergate in Berlin and The Loft in Barcelona, as well as further afield on the rooftops of Beirut, beaches of Melbourne and warehouses of New York and San Francisco – these just some of the places to benefit from his deep and groove led style.
PoleGroup Recordings / Planet Rhythm // Oviedo (ES)
The biggest challenge a musician or producer of any musical type or style has to face, whether they like it or not, is to see whether their work can create a path that other artists will follow or lay the foundation for the work of other artists. Juan Rico, the Asturian known within the scene as REEKO, is well aware of this.
Born in Oviedo (Asturias) in 1981, Reeko is a dj who has rapidly attained the recognition other artists have taken a long time to gain. In his case it’s not been a matter of chance or coincidence, but the result of his innate and incredible capacity to be prolific, alongside his obsession for perfection. He marks is his birth as a dj about 1997, but it wasn’t until his first release in 2002 under the Swedish label Emergence that he became known professionally.
There is no need to name all the aliases that Juan Rico has used to release the diverse artistic sensations which flow from him, but these are characteristic which define his personality and are a part of REEKO himself. Producing and performing under different names allows him to concentrate fully on each individual event by devoting himself completely to an idea or style to which he is totally faithful, putting aside for a moment sounds and influences that don’t belong in the particular character which he is mutating into at the time.
The result is a knock out. Under the name of REEKO he has released huge techno productions which have charted and been played by the best djs in the world, right from the first tracks and EPs for labels as reputable as Theory, Main out, Integrale Muzique, Deafmosaic, Inceptive, Rxxistance, Trece Records, Symbolism, Planet Rhythm, Warm up or Palicavonzvreca.
Reeko created Mental Disorder, his “pathological” label/laboratory, in 2003 under which he has released 12 works of ever increasing quality. The latest (The Day After, 2010) received a wonderfully warm welcome as one of the best releases in Hispanic Techno of the year. Artists such as Gennaro le fosse, Pacou, Oscar Mulero have collaborated with his very personal label.
Next came the label Evidence in 2005, where he opens up to his passion for the darkest and sickest part of the human mind. He looks deep within the human psyche where most of us would never go or dare explore. That is where the laconic, aggressive and totally sweeping sound that characterises him stems from. Reputable artists who have published with Evidence are Function, Paul Bailey and Trolley Route, to name a few.
He has received great praise for his collaborations with the Humano project and the Belgian label MusicMan, home of the purest of European techno. During this last decade, his most outstanding performances have been in Awakenings and Monegros 2005, Aquasella, Tresor and his Brazil tour of 2008.
The story so far reaches a climax when Reeko joins the cream of techno: the PoleGroup, formed in 2008. On the frontline of this group is Oscar Mulero, indisputable leader of the darkest Iberian techno, joined by the Asturian duo Exium and the surprising and experienced Christian Wünsch. The most recent addition to this team is Architectural, someone who will give us lots and lots to talk about.
Reeko finds himself, unexpectedly but deservedly, among the elite of Hispanic techno.