Moon Harbour / MHR067
Almost a year on from his well-received Crazy EP on Moon Harbour, Philip Bader is back with his third outing on the label. This time he offers up Edge of Space, which features three new tracks that prove the producer of ten years experience is still somehow improving with every release. The title track 'Edge of Space' opens the account with an immediately dancey track that is rooted in deep, looping drums. A nimble and supple bassline props the whole thing up as icy hi hats cut through the groove and vocal stabs yelp out at funk inducing intervals. Subtle drum fills bring tension but the swinging groove is never far away and will ensure dancefloors stay locked on from start to finish as that vocal and bassline continue to wrap around each other in inciting ways. On the flip side of this essential vinyl release is 'Still Rise', a collaboration with Highgrade regular and venerated tech talent Daniel Dreier. This one is more fractured and trippy thanks to the squiggling synth line that scurries about in techy drums and silvery percussion. Probing bass surges come in from below and filtered vocals rain down from above and bring with them a sense of late night freakiness. Finally, 'Houserism' gets dark and devilish thanks to the howling, shadowy bassline that runs underneath the whole thing. The atmosphere is one from deep outer space and very real tension builds throughout, keeping you engaged both with head and heel. Once again this is crisp, expertly produced dancing music from Philip Bader that tells a slightly different story with each track. Everyone is as compelling as the next, though, and as such you are sure to be happy to get lost in them on the right dancefloors in the coming months.
HANFRY MARTINEZ / DAN GHENACIA
La Vie En Rose / LVR11
Fresh from previous releases on Get Physical Music and Unike Muzik. La Vie En Roses eleventh release is courtesy of Hanfry Martinez. The eHasta Luego Primo EP is his sophomore release for the label and it features as a strong benchmark displaying Martinezs penchant for the underground electronic music scene, supplying us with a style that glides somewhere between the cornerstones of house and techno. The release begins in a deceptively playful fashion with its title track eHasta Luego Primo. As subtle percussion sweeps the mix into a flurry of refined melodic rhythms. The track begins to gradually feel its way into the cinematic and unnerving vocal sample. Next up we have a remix from Dan Ghenacia who spent the majority of 2013 smashing it as part of the French trio Apollonia. Ghenaicas remix is a different kind of animal to the original, using its key elements to form a rich dense cover over a bed frenzied percussion. The remix re-tailors the foundations of the track and cements its roots firmly on the dance floor. As a second original offering to the release Martinez closes the EP with eMi Pichi. An energetic bass driven affair that Favours an off-set vocal arrangement against a series of rhythmical patterns that tie this cinematic cut together paying tribute to the hypnotic groove thates kept throughout.
FEDERICO LOCCHI / DAVID KENO / FREAKME / DENIS HORVAT
Noir Music / NMW048
This year we have 2 brand new series on Noir Music. You already know the RMX series from the previous release. This one is called TRX and what you see is what you get. These are 4 tracks aimed for the dancefloors around the globe and volume one in the series serves a dish of 4 melodic groovers. The tracks have been carefully picked out, dancefloor tested and put together to make a complete, well rounded and high quality package.
Cadenza lab / CAL020
Promising Frankfurt producer, Bassel Heider, releases his debut EP this March on Cadenza Lab. The Danse Macabre EP features four classy cuts from Bassel, all highly detailed yet subtle tracks, designed for the more discerning dancefloor. Lead track Danse Macabre is typical of Bassels sound approach, an understated and moody groove underpins the dark funk and shuffling percussion, its vocal sample persistent and hypnotizing Trans has jazzy undertones to its discordant arrangement, but stays decidedly brooding and melody free, its sticky, mechanical drum workout and dense production sounding quite other-worldly. Four Varieties shares much in common with the early Cadenza sound, a real experimentation of samples and intricate drum patterns creating a superb mood piece, whilst the closing track Ambience A provides some nice ethereal moments with its lazy and jazzy keys and big sweeping pads. Lovely stuff. A highly accomplished debut from Bassel, and were sure to hear much more from him in the near future.
STEFAN MINT / SASSE
Dantze / DTZ043BP
Stefan Mint is giving his debut on dantze with two outstanding tech House and Deep House tunes. This constant groove and the random crazy melodies bring you the right feeling to freak out on the dancefloor. Sasse shows up with his definition of a deep groover.
PCB RADIO - Toulouse (FR)
He founding member and resident of the new Web Radio in Toulouse (PINK-CITY-BEATS.COM) and active figure of the Toulouse techno scene for over 20 years
Get Physical / Kompakt / Turbo // Los Angeles (DEN)
Tomas have played drums since he was 10 years old, but at some point in his late teens he bought a recordplayer, an Atari and an Akai mono-sampler. He slowly started djing and producing housemusic. Since then (late 90’s) he have been doing loads of club oriented music, both alone and together with different partners and on different labels. After some years in the electronic clubscene the live music was slowly catching in on him again, and he startet Whomadewho with two fellow danes, where he plays drums and produce.
For ‘Tomboy’ / Tomas Barfod the kickstart came with the acid / disco 12” series on Gomma records, shortly afterwards came releases on Get Physical, Kitsune and Turbo, where ‘Samba’ and ‘I.K. Guitar’ became clubbangers. Tomboy also is a much requested remixer and have done remixes of such diverse artists as Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, Gorillaz, Lance de Sardi, Digitalism, Telex, Chromeo, Asia Argento just to name a few. As a dj he played legendary clubs like Fabric (London), Panorama Bar (Berlin), Weekend (Berlin), Bar 25 (Berlin), Goa (Roma), Magazini Genarali (Milan), Razzmatazz (Barcelona), Lux (Portugal), Social Club (Paris).
Tomas has been involved in many different constalations. The most important is Whomadewho, who have released two albums and have been touring the whole world from New York to Sydney and been playing the most significant clubs and festivals like Sonar, Glastonbury, Melt and 10 days off. Old friend Kasper Bjørke has also been important with their project Filur. With Fredski (Tartelet label partner) Tomas recently did two ep’s on Get Physical and the track ‘Swan Lake’ made it to the records bag of all important house djs and climed to number 7 at the main Beatport chart....search youtube for ‘Barfod’ and ‘Swan lake’ and you will see. In addition Tomas has been working with many danish acts from upcoming indietronica band Giana Factory to Punk legend Steen Jørgensen and majorleague producer Anders Trentemøller with whom Tomas produced the classic ‘Copenhagen’. Recently he produced ‘Bubububadub’ together with MHM 1, the track (which actually feature vocals by Whomadewho) made it to Loco Dice’s ‘The Lab’ complilation and in Ricardo Villalobos’ recordbag.
As the head of bookings of Copenhagen Distortion Barfod has been taking part in developing the festival into one of Scandinavias most important contemporary festivals. In 2008 Barfod also founded the Label tartelet with fellow dane Fredski - Tartelet is known for their hand-drawn ‘anti-Versace’ artwork and many quality releases from producers like Waraika, Claude Von Stroke, Ink & Needle, Mhm 1 and offcause Tomas himself. German magazine De:Bug wrote that Tartelet is one of 2009’s most important labels and a very diverse pool of djs are supporting - from Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano and Richie Hawtin to Erol Alkan, Duke Dumont and Brodinski.
VERSATILE REC / CHATEAU FLIGHT / I:CUBE - PARIS (FR)
Château Flight is the collaboration between Parisian DJ and producers Gilb'r and Nicolas Chaix, aka I:Cube. The two are a ragbag of different infuences and styles
Carl Ozman was born and raised in France where he also took his first musical steps as a DJ in local Clubs playing Rare Groove, Jazz and Detroit Techno.
Just Jack / 2020 Vision / Classic // Leeds (UK)
Buckley’s DJing career kicked off at the start of the acid house explosion in the UK. He was resident for some of the seminal, groundbreaking nights in musical history. Buckley played the opening records on the opening night for Renaissance in Mansfield where he held his first residency. Later he became a resident at the legendary Hacienda club in Manchester. As well as these residencies he also played alongside live acts such as Inner City, Ten City and was a DJ for M People on their first ever-European tour.
As Buckleys reputation continued to grow this lead to more residencies and more & more guest appearances at clubs throughout the world as well as his first overseas residency at ‘We Love Sundays’ at Space in Ibiza. These days Buckley’s experience, versatility and skills shine consistently and although he has an expansive knowledge of many styles his focus, when DJing, producing or remixing is on quality house music.
Over the last ten years Buckley has been a resident at the longest weekly house night in the world Back to Basics in Leeds, & Just Jack in Bristol. Guest spots at the likes of Berlin’s Panorama Bar, Glasgow’s Sub Club and Below in Birmingham have served to reinforce his credentials throughout the world. His Back to Basics residency and alongside his longevity in the industry means its safe to say there isn’t a DJ Buckley hasn’t played with throughout his career.
Previous releases on labels such as Dust Trax, Made to Play, One Records, 2020 Vision, Extended Play & Back to Basics records, have seen Buckley’s sound make a huge impact globally time and time again. His hit in 2006 on Jesse Rose’s Made to Play label titled, “Bloc Party” got to number 22 in Mixmag’s top 100 tunes of that year. Remixes include Jet Project, Unkle’s, “Hold My Hand, Markus Nikolai’s,“Bushes” on Classic Recordings. “Psycho” on 20/20 Vision.
Together with this extensive list of remixes, Buckley’s own tracks have been remixed by some of the biggest names in the industry including Chris Duckenfield, Jamie Jones, Geddes, Subb-An & One Records head honcho Adam Shelton.
Fast forward to recent times Buckley has been back in the studio and has some incredible new releases due out this summer. Look out for brand new tracks on Viva Recordings, Extended Play, Nature Beat & Hot Creations. With these confirmed releases, and a couple of secrets still to be revealed together with debut appearances at DC10 in Ibiza & at The Secret Garden Party in the UK the Summer of 2012 and beyond appears to be one to remember for Buckley.
Catch Buckley at a club near you soon and look out for his DJ sets, productions and remixes as his musical roots, passion and talent continue to blossom at every turn, serving as inspiration to all.
Fantastic Friends Rec / Highgrade Rec / Watergate Club // Berlin (GER)
Jens Bond is a master of finely balanced rhythms. In his percussion tracks he brings beats to life like no other – every beat is in place, even the background sounds are carefully arranged to bring the track forward.He brings percussion to perfection. In his youth he was a drummer and toured with several bands before he got sucked into the melting-pot Berlin.The solid musical background formed his career as a DJ and Producer and helped him to stay on top in the competition in Germany’s capital city of electronic music.
Jens Bond made himself a name as a DJ and producer in Berlin, where he is a resident at the famous Watergate Club and on several dance floors all around Europe.He’s got the touch for the appopriate sound at the right time plus his sixth sense for the properly rhythm played a significant part in his success.
His nose for crisp rhythm patterns and his faible for hypnotic melodies make his own productions outstanding.His various releases on Berlin’s most prolific labels as Pokerflat, Sender or Highgrade, not to mention on the English imprint Immigrant Records, speak for themselves.His tracks sparkle all over the floor with airy funk, without ever being all too functional. It’s no big surprise that Bond belongs to Highgrade regular artists, he plays a major part in defining the label’s sound.
But that is not all. His releases with Benno Blome (as Bond & Blome) or with Guido Schneider are very popular. His debut with Schneider on Pokerflat “Oh my buffer” - from back in 2004 still fills the dance floors today. Bond is all but a flash in the pan, his releases are catchy and solid. He keeps us in suspense about his musical future...
PCB RADIO / LA DISCO MADAME - Toulouse fr
Originally from Toulouse (FRANCE) and DJ since 1982
Catwash Records / Get Physical / Safari Electronique // Leeds (UK)
James Barnsley's focus for the last 5 years has been his music production. Being a lover of house music from his early teens James's musical talent and hard work in the studio has already paid off, seeing him signed to some of the worlds leading heavy weight labels such as Get Physical, Murmur, Safari Electronique, Catwash, and Overall Music as well as receiving remix requests from the likes of Pura Music.
His Production like his Dj’ing has received a great amount and support from world premier dj’s such as Richie Hawtin, Steve Bug, D’julz, Josh Wink and Chris Carrier amongst others. With his catchy and tight production shown in tracks such as 'Acid Tambourine' and 'Oh SHit' and his forth coming 'Spellbinder EP' on Innercircle, James keeps things real and underground and his music always works the dance floor!
As a young DJ James got his residency at the world renowned Back to Basics. He is also the owner of the infamous 'Stinky's Peephouse' which is one of Leeds best clubs where James spins regularly alongside some of the best DJ’s in the world and some of his main influences, such as Kerri Chandler, D'julz to name a few. The club was also home for 6 years to the Back to Basics . As well as Basics James has also played guest slots at some of the UK's leading club nights gigs like Mulletover, Just Jack and Below as well as many gigs across europe.
Watch this space as there is a lot more to come from this talented lover of all things house over the next year.
Get Physical, Playhouse, Kindisch, Love Letters From Oslo - Francfort (DE)
Einzelkind are Miguel Ayala and Arno Völker.
Two guys from Frankfurt that love and live House and Techno music. They
have released several records on labels like Playhouse, Cocoon, Oslo and Get
Physical Music. In 2008 Einzelkind founded their own imprint La Peña. La Peña
stands for quality underground music without big marketing, that is the reason
why you won't find any names on the actual vinyl releases.
It is just about music not about names.
Lola Ed / Just Jack / Liebe Detail / Culprit // Paris (FR)
Underground DJ/producer Anthony Collins has proved to be one of the most promising rising stars to emerge from the French house and techno scene.
Born to an American father and a French mother, he grew up both in New York and in the South of France. Getting his first taste of music as a child at his father’s jazz recording studio in LA, it wasn’t until later in France that he discovered electronic music as a teenager and fell in love with it. Acquiring his first pair of decks at the age of 17 and playing his first gig the following year, it was soon time to push his career forward by moving to Paris.
Quickly establishing himself on the scene he was booked regularly to play at the city’s most prestigious nights including Rex Club and Batofar, and most recently landing a residency at Paris’ Cirque Bonheur in 2011. Abroad, Anthony has frequented the decks at Panoramabar and Berghain, Weekend and Watergate in Berlin, ADE and Studio 80 in Amsterdam, London’s Fabric, Circoloco DC10 and Space Ibiza, Sonar Barcelona, Goa Rome and Madrid, BLK! Market New York, and BPM conference Mexico to name but a few…
Anthony describes his style as a mix of deep house, house, minimal and deep tech. And his ability to master all these genres is demonstrated in the breadth of high quality labels he has already released on. His EP’s span the iconic French imprint Freak n’Chic, to the hailed deep tech sounds of Curle, Steve Bug’s Poker Flat, Vakant, Mule Electronic, Ibadan, liebe*detail, Horizontal and Supplement Facts. On the remix front Collins’ talent and style has allowed him to rework artists as huge as Ricardo Villalobos, as well as Lee Foss, Cesare vs Disorder, Alejandro Vivanco , Boris Werner and Public Lovers (the new project from Bruno Pronsato). In 2009 he released his first artist album ‘Doubts & Shouts’ on Freak n’Chic, much to the acclaim of many on the underground scene, And a highlight of 2011, indeed of Anthony’s career to date, has to be his co-production with Ricardo Villalobos and Los Updates ‘I Throw Water Into The Lake’, a sultry, almost eerie, deep tech number on Nice Cat! Records.
Following another fruitful summer at DC10 Ibiza, playing the Circoloco parties every other month, Anthony has been focusing much of his time on a new label venture with Francis Harris, Scissor & Thread, which launched at the end of 2011. By no means your average dance imprint, Scissor & Thread is a platform for ambitious sounds, mixing up slow house with the indie world. With releases from newly discovered composers, producers, vocalists and instrumentalists on the horizon, 2012 is set to be an exciting year for the label. On top of managing S&T, Anthony still finds time for his own production, with an upcoming EP on Frank & Tony Records, a more dancefloor-orientated, sub-label of S&T, as well as developing another new project, Bacall & Friends, with releases planned for later this year.
Melizma / Perlon / Playhouse // London (GER)
born in germany and partly raised in usa,spain and england, thomas melchior has been resident in london for over 20 years. there he also started his musical career as composer /singer and keyboarder in an arty/electronic five-piece band(Blipvert Bigtop) releasing records on their own label and performing in small london clubs.after downsizing and renaming to Ohm ,their fusing early electronic experimental and funkadelic based jazz and funk caught the attention of the likes of africa bambata,dj smash hunter(eightball) acid jazz and talking loud. A young judge jules who along with roy the roach (quaff records)and dan donovan(big audio dynamite)helped release some of their material.being ahead of their time success, ohm's "heady volt experience ep"(with it's fusion of jazz,techno,hip hop and funk)however had an undeniable influence on the much later emerging trip hop scene(james lavelle(mo wax)was an ardent admirer and put in his all time top 20).but times were a changing and thomas moved on to pioneer and explore other moods and grooves. with the arrival of an atari computer,he began to discover the world of reduced music making leading him to work and hang out with weird beat master j.saul kane (depthcharge)introducing him to the early london techno underground where he met with people like peter ford,mark moore,carl craig,stefan robbers etc.soon he was on his way to making tripped out electronica and in '92 thomas hooked up with multi instrumentalist tim hutton and started recording as vulva/yoni. quickly vulva caught ››