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Boxed Off Ep

PATRICK TOPPING

Hot Creations / HOTCO45

Hot on the heels of his smash hit Get Beasty EP released in February this year, Hot Creations favourite Patrick Topping is back with another superb release in the running to be his most successful yet! The Boxed Off EP features three dance floor bombs, just as weve come to expect from talented youngster, all with that signature Patrick Topping sound yet each completely unique. Forget is potentially his biggest track yet, a staple of Jamies current sets its truly infectious and set to be feature heavily at WMC this year. Boxed Off is menacing, rumbling & dark heads-down affair whilst Schwicked is another hooky as hell bomb from Patrick. Another killer three track EP from Patrick Topping, who seems like he can do no wrong at the moment!

We don't really care ep

ROMPANTE / KATSO

Liebe Detail / LDD029

We are very happy to present 4 brand new tracks by portuguese housemaster Rompante who is finally back on liebe*detail after his highly acclaimed "save me from this chaos" track which was originally released in 2012 and still hasn't left the bags of many Dj's. Pedro once again proofs that he is a specialist in creating freaky house tunes outside of the normal boxes to develop special moments on advanced dancefloors by combining classic elements with surprising twists.

Leisure Suit Preben

TODD TERJE

Olsen records / OLS005BP

Noschool Remixes

EKKOHAUS / KERRI CHANDLER / JOHN DIMAS / JESSE ROSE / SVEN TASNADI / KI.MI.

Moon Harbour / MHR068

Smaul 12

ACID PAULI / GEBRUEDER TEICHMANN

Smaul / SML12

ust like him, Acid Pauli has been on the go during the last years, building up new collabos with labels such as Crosstown Rebels, Clown & Sunset, and artists such as Nicolas Jaar, Damian Lazarius. So, now it is time to treat the own label Smaul to another release.

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Artistes/DJ

ADULTNAPPER

Get Physical / Culprit / Nummer / New York (US)

Granted, a somewhat intense punk rock kid from Vegas into philosophy and Pynchon isn't the most likely candidate to become a club DJ, no less one of the leading American talents in the global electronic music underground, but that is the story of Francis Harris. Over 10 years ago, Francis quite accidentally "discovered" dance music and has approached the craft of DJing, composing and producing it with uncommon focus and dedication ever since. In the studio or the booth, Francis is known to be steadfast, thoughtful and purposeful; an uncompromising artist who takes his art seriously, even is it is "just" dance music. Over his career, that attitude and a fair bit of talent has earned Francis sustained critical notice and a loyal worldwide following. The scene's aficionados have long favored the dark yet moving, introspective excursions Francis delivers as "Adultnapper" for respected dance music labels like Poker Flat, Mule Electronic, Simple and his own boutique imprint, Ransom Note. When teamed with Mr. C of The Shamen as Sycophant Slags, a mischievous streak behind the foreboding Adultnapper persona emerges, evidenced in a string of punchy dance anthems the duo have recorded for Get Physical and Poker Flat, including the 2009 hit single and video "Keep Off."
Firmly established now with 50+ dancefloor-oriented EPs to his credit, including recent high-profile collaborations with M.A.N.D.Y., Francis is no less inspired to continually challenge convention and expand the boundaries of his creativity. 2010 proved a pivotal year in this regard, as Francis embarked on the recording of his first full length album. Titled "Leland," in tribute to his father, the album is a poi- gnant requiem featuring piano, guitar, cello, trumpet and vocals by Danish singer Gry. Although loosely based on house rhythms, "Leland" reaches beyond the club and in realizing this ambitious project, Francis forged new creative partnerships and rekindled a long dormant interest in songwriting, live instrumentation and performance, leading, in 2011, to the launch of Scissor and Thread.
Conceptually, S&T is an open-ended platform for "indie" artist development and album length releases, electronic or otherwise. A slew of talented and wide-ranging new artists are scheduled to debut on S&T in 2012, but for starters the label has focused on remixes from Francis' album by luminaries Matthew Herbert and NSI., as well as material by Jordan Lieb aka black light smoke, with whom Francis has collaborated on the production of "Leland," an as yet to be released full length solo album by former Beirut member Jason Poranski, and a series of EPs for Hafendisko, No. 19 and recently Poker Flat, who closed 2011 with the hit single and video, "Idiot Fair." Under a new alias, lightbluemover, Francis and Jordan launched an epic two man, all hardware live set, Francis' first ever, that forms the centerpiece of a series of S&T showcases that began with DC and Miami at Art Basel, and is continuing with blkmarket membership on New Year's Eve in NYC, BPM Festival and a January 14th turn at Fabric's room one.
Still another new project due from the label early in 2012 is Frank & Tony presents... the brainchild of Francis and S&T co-owner, Parisian DJ/producer, Anthony Collins. With F&T, the pair will explore the sexier side of house music, focusing on deep, slow and melodic tracks that feature various vocalists from the S&T roster. Without so much as one release, F&T have already garnered attention by DJing together under the moniker in NYC, Paris, Atlanta and soon in San Francisco.
Beyond his commercial music endeavors, Mr. Harris continues to score soundtracks for noted installa- tion artist Matthew Weinstein. His composition for "Chariots of the Gods," featuring the last recording of the late Natasha Richardson, debuted to great reviews at NYC's Sonnabend Gallery in Sept. '09. His second Weinstein commission, "The Childhood of Berthold Brecht," this time with actress Blair Brown on vocal debuted Sept. 2011, drawing praise from the New York Times.

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FUNK TWO

MARRAKECH

FUNK TWO ( Napoli ITA ) Carlo Martino and Francesco De Luca aka. Funk Two - Napoli (IT) They're friends since when they was born.

9 rating

TOM POOL

Ibiza Talents // Ibiza (ES)

DJ & producer Tom Pool launched his career back in 2002. Born in 1986 and growing up in Austria, he inherited more than 3000 vinyls from his father and started to play with them in bars and clubs at a very young age. Naturally, he started out playing 70´s to 90´s, Rock, Pop, HipHop, Soul, Funk and Dancemusic.

Very soon he developed a greater passion for electronic music and house music, and right after his first vacation on Ibiza he knew exactly where he wanted to go. He started playing in popular clubs in Austrial and many other hotspots in neighboring countries.

Over time he turned his interest more and more to deep, tech house and the underground scene; so he began to produce his own music and decided to move permanently to Ibiza in 2009.  After his first appearances in Jockey Club and Sands Ibiza, he landed gigs in venues all around the island - Bubbles, Guarana, Dunes, Destino, KM5, Sushipoint, El Hotel Pacha, Booom, Keeper, Ocean Drive...  and became a resident dj of Nassau Beach Club, Coco Beach and Jockey Club. Soon after Tom also performed in the legendary PACHA Ibiza and the globally renowned D.EDGE in São Paulo.

Tom is frequently presenting his newest sets on Ibiza Global Radio. His tracks and remixes can be found on labels like OneWay, Poolside Beatz, Lotus Flowers Publishing - just to name a few.

Inspired by the old classics and his love for groovy deep & tech house, his sets deliver an embracing mix of sound and create a unique atmosphere on the dance floor.

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SAMMY DEE

Perlon / Catwash Records / Poker Flat // Berlin (GER)

"Do what thy manhood bids thee to,?From none but self expect applause:?He noblest lives and noblest dies?Who makes and keeps his self-made laws."?[Richard Francis Burton]

Revelation instead of obviousness, radical reduction versus reckless verve, ecstatic eternalness, anti-elastic dictatorship of utilization.??In the course of an existence amidst the international Techno circus manège that has been running for (in nearly correct mathematical terms) 20 years, Mario Radecki alias Sammy Dee was able to earn an irrevocable aura as an innovator of electronic music workmanship, far away from beaten mass consumption paths and neoteric-commercial validity.??As a (former) resident of Berlin based genesis time venues Tresor and Ostgut, the name Sammy Dee has already been notorious for a passionate manifestation of systematic, personality changing mixing skills back in the 90s. Defining an unparalleled audio-arty range, the vinyl fanatic likes to disperse his beliefs and visions eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth to the skilled and listening audience. Through Sammy's audiophile and distinctive presence, subtle bass-lines are consistently oscillating alongside psychotic tunes, chopped and edgy explorations float through intangibly grotesque layers - all flawlessly sailing around a mediocre moment of time with a trademark, mischievious Perlon smile.

The monthly club night hosted and curated by Sammy, "...GET PERLONIZED!", at infamous Panorama Bar, is anno 2011 one of the most prestigious club events Europe-wide. It has a certain illuminating power up it's sleeve, that can not be gained by promotional exuberance or by worshipping at the alter of capital return; but with musical consistency - keywords that encompass and define everything the Berlin born artist does.??Various releases, inter alia in cooperation with Guido Schneider and Heiko Laux for Poker Flat and Kanzleramt respectively, are defining the German maestro's vita. Together with his "confederate in crime" and Perlon co-founder, Zip, Sammy created Pantytec in 1998 – eight letters that stand for an infinite flow of emotions, minimal perfection and properly arranged timelessness. Six publications followed, including one album full of all-pervading anti-labelling named Pony Slaystation.??Working together with Bruno Pronsato, the man being described in this biographical text gave birth to Half Hawaii in 2006. To date, three physical liaison results have been manifctured on Perlon, hello?repeat and Diamonds & Pearls.

Sammy Dee's youngest child is named Ultrastretch. Titled after the PERLON68-B-side and not to be confused with his regular party series at Berlin based Weekend club, Sammy founded Ultrastretch at the end of 2010 with a collective of like-minded musicians and cultivated artists who were ready to walk with him on his underground community based path into a non-genre-focussed and cross-benched/forthright future. Release #1 was realized in January 2011 with Matthew Burton's 'Who Loves You/Small Winner', a Seuil and Half Hawaii EP is on it's way.

"One man with a dream, at pleasure,?Shall go forth and conquer a crown;?And three with a new song's measure?Can trample an empire down."?[Arthur O’Shaughnessy]

"Es reden und träumen die Menschen viel / Von besseren künftigen Tagen / Nach einem glücklichen goldenen Ziel / Sieht man sie rennen und jagen."
[Friedrich von Schiller]

Offenbarung statt Offensichtlichkeit, radikale Reduktion versus rücksichtslose Rasanz, ekstatische Zeitlosigkeit anti elastisches Verwertungsdiktat:

Im Verlauf einer Existenz inmitten der Manege des Techno-Zirkus, welche sich über mathematisch fast korrekte 20 Jahre erstreckt, durfte sich Mario Radecki alias Sammy Dee einen unersetzlichen Nimbus als Innovator elektronischer Wertarbeit abseits von Massenkonsumation und kommerzieller Bonität erspielen.

Als (Ex-)Resident der legendären Berliner Gründerzeitlokalitäten Tresor und Ostgut war der Name Sammy Dee bereits Anfang der Neunziger als passionierte Manifestation gezielt-persönlichkeitsverändernder Mixing-Skills berüchtigt. Einen musikalischen Rahmen definierend, den der Vinyl-Fanatiker zeitpunktunabhängig Auge um Auge, Ohr um Ohr an die geschulte HörerInnenschaft zu verteilen pflegt: Subtile Bässe schwingen während seiner audiophilen Präsenz entlang psychotischer Tunes, Zerhackt-Diffiziles schwebt unter Ungreifbar-Groteskem hindurch, den plausiblen und mittelmäßigen Moment mit schelmischem Perlon-Lächeln gekonnt umschifft.

Der von Sammy von Anbeginn kuratierte, monatliche Clubabend "...GET PERLONIZED!" in der Panorama Bar zählt anno 2011 zu den angesehensten Veranstaltungs-Schienen Europas, jene Leuchtkraft in petto, nicht prämiert mittels promotionellem Überschwang und Gottesdienst an der Distinktionsrendite, sondern erkämpft dank musikalischer Konsequenz - ein Stichwort, welches das gesamte Tun des in Berlin Geborenen konkretisierbar macht.

Diverse Releases, unter anderem gemeinsam mit Guido Schneider und Heiko Laux auf Poker Flat beziehungsweise Kanzleramt, zeichnen die Vita des deutschen Maestros. Mit seinem Komplizen am Dienst des Mystischen und Perlon-Co-Gründer Zip kreiierte Sammy 1998 Pantytec - acht Buchstaben eines unendlich fließenden Stroms an Emotionen, minimaler Perfektion und exakt arrangierter Zeitlosigkeit. Sechs Veröffentlichungen auf Perlon folgten, inklusive eines Albums voller gelebter Anti-Etikettierung namens Pony Slaystation.

Mit Bruno Pronsato kooperierend, gebar der in diesem Text im Mittelpunkt Stehende im Jahre 2006 Half Hawaii, drei physische Ergebnisse der Liaison, publiziert auf Perlon, hello?repeat und Diamonds & Pearls, erblickten bis dato die Musik-Welt.

Sammy Dees jüngstes Kind trägt den Namen Ultrastretch. Benannt nach der PERLON68-B-Seite - und nicht zu verwechseln mit seiner regulären Veranstaltungsreihe im Berliner Weekend - gründete Sammy Ende 2010 Ultrastretch als Kollektiv gleichgesinnter und kultivierter Künstler, welches genreschubladenunabhängig ein Stück des Underground-Pfades gemeinsam zu gehen bereit ist. Veröffentlichung #1 wurde im Januar 2011 mit Matthew Burtons Who Loves You/Small Winner realisiert, eine Half Hawaii-EP befindet sich in der Release-Pipeline.

5 rating

DIXON

Innervisions / Sonar Kollektiv // Berlin (GER)

WHEN DIXON ENTERED THE BERLIN CLUB CIRCUIT IN THE EARLY 90’S, HE ESTABLISHED HIS NAME ON THE STRENGTH OF DJING. BACK THEN, CONFIDENCE OR EXPERIENCE BASED ON PUTTING OUT MIXES IN THE INTERNET DID NOT MATTER AS MUCH AS IT DOES NOW. YOU HAD TO DO YOUR PRACTICE, OF COURSE, BUT WHEN YOUR THING WAS GOOD AND TIGHT ENOUGH TO TAKE IT TO THE CLUBS, THERE WERE OPPORTUNITIES TO DO SO. BUT THOSE OPPORTUNITIES MEANT RESPONSIBILITIES. A RESIDENCY DID NOT MEAN PLAYING THE SAME CLUB EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, IT MEANT PLAYING THE SAME CLUB EVERY WEEK. THE CROWD DID NOT CONSIST OF PEOPLE THAT WANDER IN AND OUT OF CLUB NIGHTS AND ITS GUEST DJS AS THE WEEKLY HYPE COMMANDED THEM, IT CONSISTED OF PEOPLE WHICH HEADED STRAIGHT TO A CERTAIN CLUB NIGHT BECAUSE THEY WERE SURE ITS RESIDENT DJ WOULD DELIVER THE GOODS THIS WEEK AS HE DID LAST WEEK, AND THE NEXT WEEKS TO COME. AS LONG AS THAT HAPPENED, THERE WAS NO NEED TO MOVE ON. YOU MADE YOUR DECISION TO RETURN OUT OF GOOD EXPERIENCE AND YOU STUCK TO IT AS LONG AS IT LASTED.
IN SUCH A CONTEXT, THERE IS NO WAY TO LEARN QUICKER HOW TO BECOME A VERY GOOD DJ THAN BY MAKING PEOPLE DANCE THROUGHOUT A SET THAT LASTS THE WHOLE NIGHT, ON A VERY REGULAR BASIS. IF YOU CAN’T HOLD THE CROWD FOR HOURS THEN, YOU FALL THROUGH. IT IS LEARNING BY DOING, THE HARD WAY. DIXON DID NOT ONLY LEARN VERY QUICKLY, HE LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF IT. STARTING OUT LOW, SLOW, UNFOLDING THE FLOW, WORKING TOWARDS A PEAK, THEN WORKING TOWARDS ANOTHER, TURNING UP, TURNING DOWN, TO FIND THE EXACT POINT FROM WHICH TO SWING MOODS, TO FIND THE PERFECT WAY TO END WHAT SHOULD BE A LASTING EXPERIENCE. ONCE YOU PASSED YOUR EXAMS IN THE NIGHT CLUB SCHOOL OF THAT ERA WITH DISTINCTION, YOU CAN RELY ON IT FOREVERMORE, AND DIXON SURELY DID. HIS RESIDENCIES THEN AND NOW ARE OBVIOUSLY SCHOOLED ON THE STYLISTIC AND TECHNICAL VERSATILITY AND SKILLS, ATTITUDE, STAMINA AND EXPERIENCE BASED ON COUNTLESS NIGHTS HONING WAYS TO DIRECT A LOYAL CROWD ON THE DANCE FLOOR AT WILL. HOURS SPENT TO FIND AND SELECT THE RIGHT MUSIC TO ACHIEVE THE LEVELS OF INTENSITY NECESSARY, HOURS SPENT TO PLAN THE IMMINENT NIGHT’S STRUCTURE AND PROCEEDINGS, AND THEN HOURS SPENT PUTTING IT INTO ACTION. DIXON WAS ALWAYS MORE THAN HAPPY TO SPEND THIS MUCH TIME ON HIS NIGHTS, BECAUSE HE TAKES HIS PROFESSION SERIOUSLY. IT IS EXACTLY WHAT MATTERS MOST TO HIM. HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN AND HE ALWAYS WILL BE A DJ FIRST. THIS IS THE MISSION HE EMBARKED ON, NO END IN SIGHT.



THE MIXES

KEEPING ALL THIS IN MIND, IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE THAT DIXON EXTENDED HIS MERITS BEYOND THE CLUB BY A MEDIUM CLOSELY CONNECTED TO THE DJ CRAFT. HE COMPILED AND MIXED THE OFF LIMITS COMPILATIONS, WHICH BECAME VERY POPULAR AND INTRODUCED HIS IMPECCABLE STYLE OF MIXING TO A PUBLIC RECEPTION WAY BEYOND THAT OF THOSE WHO HAD ALREADY HEARD HIM PLAY IN A CLUB CONTEXT. LATER HE BRANCHED OUT TO EVEN MORE SUCCESS BY DOING A HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL MIX COMPILATION FOR THE GET PHYSICAL LABEL’S BODY LANGUAGE SERIES, A MIX CD THAT HAS INSPIRED PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD. THESE RELEASES WERE INTENDED TO SHOW THE SINCERE DEDICATION DIXON HAS TO HIS PROFESSION, AND THEY EVIDENTIALLY DO.

THE A & R AND LABEL WORK

HOWEVER DECIDED DIXON WAS TO FOLLOW THE PATH OF HIS CHOICE THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, HE CERTAINLY WAS NOT INSISTENT ON TRAVELLING ALONE. HE USED EVENTS TO INTRODUCE FOREIGN DJS TO BERLIN CROWDS, RAISED HIS PROFILE BY PROVIDING MEMORABLE SUPPORT SLOTS IN THE PROCESS, AND CONTACTS WERE MADE. HE GOT TO KNOW LIKEMINDED SOULS FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE, AND HE TRAVELLED ABROAD HIMSELF, AND HIS REPUTATION GREW FURTHER. MEANWHILE BACK HOME, HE MADE BONDS WITH JAZZANOVA AND BECAME INVOLVED WITH THEIR VIBRANT SONAR KOLLEKTIV LABEL. NEVER THE ONE TO SHY AWAY FROM CHALLENGE, DIXON MADE HIS FIRST FORAY INTO LABEL AND A & R WORK WITH RUNNING SONAR KOLLEKTIV’S SUBLABEL RECREATION RECORDINGS, WHERE HE SET UP A TESTING GROUND FOR HIS PERSONAL VIEW ON HOUSE. HE INTRODUCED ÂME IN THE PROCESS, TWO COMRADES FROM THE TRADITIONALLY STRONG DEEP HOUSE SCENE OF SOUTHERN GERMANY, WHOM HE BROUGHT TO THE SONAR KOLLEKTIV STABLE, ONLY TO OBSERVE THAT THEY PULLED IN THE KUDOS FOR THEIR MUSIC VERY QUICKLY.
IN 2005, THE REIGN OF MINIMAL SOUNDS IN CLUBLAND WAS GAINING MOMENTUM AS MUCH AS HOUSE LOST IT, AND MORE SOONER THAN LATER DIXON CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THERE HAD TO BE A WAY TO MAINTAIN HIS PREFERRED SOUND WHILE SO MANY DJS AND ARTISTS WERE REDUCING THE MUSICAL INGREDIENTS OF THEIR OUTPUT. THE CHOICE WAS SIMPLY EITHER TO ADAPT OR TO REBUILD. DIXON DECIDED FOR THE LATTER AND TOOK THE NEXT STEP WITH ANOTHER SONAR KOLLEKTIV SUBLABEL CALLED INNERVISIONS, WHICH HE FOUNDED WITH ÂME. IT WAS CLEAR FROM THE BEGINNING THAT THIS LABEL WAS INTENDED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, AND IT WAS CLEAR FROM THE BEGINNING THAT ALL THE CONNECTIONS DIXON MADE WITH LIKEMINDED SOULS SHOULD COME INTO FRUITION WITH IT. IT WAS A PLATFORM THAT WAS THOUGHT OF TO KEEP UP THE HOUSE TRADITION ALL THOSE INVOLVED STAYED SO FAITHFUL TO OVER THE YEARS, BUT IT WAS ALSO THOUGHT OF TO BREATHE SOME FRESH AIR INTO IT. AND SO IT DID. DIXON’S FAMOUS REWORK OF TOKYO BLACK STAR’S BLADE DANCER KNOCKED ON THE DOOR, AND ALREADY THE SECOND RELEASE, ÂME’S FUTURE CLASSIC REJ EP, WAS BREAKING RIGHT THROUGH IT. THE FOLLOWING RELEASES BY BEFRIENDED ARTISTS CONFIRMED THE ALMOST INSTANTLY GOOD REPUTATION OF THE IMPRINT AND WITHIN A SHORT TIME IT BECAME OBVIOUS THAT SOMETHING WAS ACHIEVED THAT NOT ANY LABEL COULD ACHIEVE: A SOUND WAS INNOVATED AND AN IDENTITY, WHICH BEGAN TO SEEP THROUGH THE SCENE, AFFECTING THE WAY OTHER LABELS RECRUITED AND PUBLISHED THEIR ROSTER. WHILE BEING DEVELOPED ON THE BACK OF A LONGSTANDING TRADITION, INNERVISIONS KICKED HOUSE BACK INTO FOCUS, AND MANY OTHERS WERE HAPPY TO JOIN IN, EITHER AGAIN OR FOR THE FIRST TIME. ALWAYS INTERESTED IN PRODUCING SOME ADDED VALUE TO A GOOD THING, DIXON SOON USED THE SUCCESS TO PUT OTHER IDEAS INTO ACTION. THE LABEL WAS PARTED FROM THE SONAR KOLLEKTIV MOTHERSHIP AND BECAME INDEPENDENT, AND THE TRADEMARK ARTWORK OF THE LABEL WAS GETTING CONNECTED WITH SOUGHT AFTER FASHION AND DESIGN ITEMS, CAREFULLY CONCEIVED TO MEET THE HIGH STANDARDS OF THE INNERVISIONS CAMP AND ITS SUPPORTERS.


THE PRODUCER & REMIXER

THE RELATIONSHIP WITH SONAR KOLLEKTIV HELPED DIXON TO FULLY TAP INTO AREAS HE HAD NOT FULLY EXPLORED BEFORE, AND HE FELT CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO DO SO. IN SHORT, DIXON EXTENDED HIS IDEA OF HOUSE BEYOND DJING, AND APPLIED IT TO OTHER PEOPLE’S WORK. AND IN CONTRAST TO HIS PUBLIC DJ PERSONA HE DEFINED HIS ROLE IN FIELDS LIKE PRODUCING AND REMIXING THIS TIME AS THE ONE WHO STAYS OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT, HELPING TO SHAPE AND REDEFINE SOUNDS AND ARTISTS FROM HIS LONGSTANDING EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND TASTE. FIRST, A STRING OF ACCLAIMED REMIXES ENSUED, REMODELLING THE MUSIC OF THE LIKES OF FEMI KUTI, ATJAZZ, KEMETIC JUST AND A WHOLE PLETHORA OF ARTISTS ON THE DEEP END OF SONAR KOLLEKTIV AND AFFILIATED LABELS LIKE COMPOST, WAVE, YELLOW PRODUCTIONS OR NUPHONIC. THE INVOLVEMENT WITH RECREATION RECORDINGS ALSO GAVE HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARPEN HIS SKILLS AS AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER IN THE CLASSIC SENSE OF WORKING WITH OTHER ARTISTS, ARRANGING, DISCUSSING, TWEAKING, ADVISING, EDITING AND ESPECIALLY PUSHING TRACKS TOWARDS THE NEEDS OF SOPHISTICATED DANCEFLOORS. MANY NIGHTS ON THE DECKS HAD GIVEN HIM A GOOD FEELING AND INTUITION FOR WHAT COULD HELP THE MUSIC HE DEALT WITH, AND SO HE LENT HIS KNOWLEDGE TO ARTISTS LIKE CLARA HILL AND OF COURSE GEORG LEVIN, A VERY TALENTED SINGER AND SONGWRITER. HE PROVED TO BE A PERFECT COMPANION FOR THE PROJECT WAHOO, AND AS BY NOW THINGS TENDED TO FALL INTO PLACE AS THEY WERE THOUGHT TO BE, IT ALSO BECAME A MASSIVE SUCCESS. TRACKS LIKE MAKE ‘EM SHAKE IT FULFILLED THEIR UNASHAMEDLY APPEALING HIT POTENTIAL, AND A WHOLE FINE ALBUM FOLLOWED, SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE PAIR’S OTHER MUSICAL PREFERENCES BESIDES HOUSE, LIKE MODERN SOUL, REGGAE AND EVEN ROCK.

THE CLUBS

WHEN INJURIES KEPT YOUNG STEFFEN “DIXON” BERKHAHN FROM WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A FOOTBALL CAREER, HE TOOK TO MUSIC. LOOKING BACK, THAT WAS A SMART MOVE. OF COURSE HE LATER RETURNED TO THE GAME, BOTH AS PLAYER AND CHAIRMAN OF HIS BELOVED FC MAGNET MITTE. BUT NEVER MIND THAT NOW, LET’S STICK TO THE MUSIC. WHEN DJ DIXON, AS HE THEN WAS KNOWN, ENTERED THE CIRCUIT IN THE EARLY 90’S, THE MUSIC DOMINATING BERLIN’S CLUBLAND WAS RELENTLESS. THOSE WERE THE DAYS WHEN THE CITY’S WELL DOCUMENTED LEGACY AS TECHNO MAINSTAY WAS FORMED. MAYBE SURPRISING TO SOME, DIXON DELVED INTO BREAKBEATS FIRST, AND MADE HIS FIRST APPEARANCES PLAYING AT EVENTS ORGANIZED BY ATARI TEENAGE RIOT. AND HE WAS A TEENAGER HIMSELF. AND TEENAGERS TEND TO DISCOVER WHAT THEY REALLY WANT VERY QUICKLY. AND WHAT DIXON DISCOVERED WAS HOUSE. HE VERY MUCH TOTALLY FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. WHAT DIXON ALSO DISCOVERED WAS THAT HIS CONCEPT OF HOUSE DID NOT NECESSARILY MATCH THE CONCEPT OF HOUSE OTHER DJS HAD, AND IT CERTAINLY DID NOT MATCH THE RELENTLESSNESS MENTIONED ABOVE. DIXON IS A SOULBOY AT HEART, BUT HE DOES NOT LIKE HIS SOUL SCREAMING IN YOUR FACE. HE LIKES HIS SOUL TRUE AND PURE. IT WAS THE FIRST AND NOT THE LAST TIME THAT DIXON FELT HE DID NOT REALLY BELONG TO THE PROCEEDINGS. HIS STYLE OF PLAYING WAS TOO DEEP AND STRIPPED FOR THE RULING GARAGE POMP OF THE GAY HOUSE SCENE, YET NOT BANGING ENOUGH TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF THE TECHNO RAVERS. NEVERTHELESS DIXON DECIDED TO STICK TO HIS IDEA OF HOUSE, ALSO THE FIRST BUT NOT THE LAST TIME. AND HE WAS AROUND, DEVELOPING HIS SKILLS AND STYLE AT CLUB LEGENDS LIKE E-WERK, TRESOR, TURBINE AND WMF’S SEMINAL AUDIO VIDEO DISCO NIGHTS. IN 2005, DIXON FOUNDED INNER CITY, A MONTHLY NIGHT AT BERLIN’S SEMINAL WEEKEND CLUB THAT SERVED TO GIVE DIXON BACK THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY LIKE HE COULD PLAY WHEN HE STARTED OUT PLAYING. IT WAS OBVIOUS TO ANYBODY ATTENDING THAT THE CLUB WAS MORE THAN LIBERATING. DIXON USED THE POSSIBILITIES OF HIS NEWLY FOUND FREEDOM TO FULL EFFECT, CONSTRUCTING MARATHON SETS THAT SOOTHED THE CROWDS, AND LATTER WHIPPED THEM INTO A FRENZY UNTIL SUNRISE AND FURTHER. SOON THE OTHER INNERVISIONS DJS AS WELL AS ILLUSTRIOUS GUEST DJS JOINED THE PARTY, AND INNER CITY BECAME A GUIDING LIGHT FOR ALL THINGS HOUSE, AS ATTENDING CLUBBERS, DJS AND PRODUCERS SPREAD THE WORD FAR BEYOND BERLIN’S CITY LIMITS.

6 rating

TAMER MALKI

Kindisch Musics / Supernature Records // Boston (US)

DJ & producer based in Boston USA that releases on Supernature and Kindisch.

1 rating

MARCOS COYA

Melizma // Montevideo (URU)

Marcos Vasotto a.k.a. Marcos Coya was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1986 and became involved in electronic music since when he was 15, mesmerized with the sound of techo.He eventually started Djing, but his search for a personal sound started in 2004, when he started including his own productions on his dj sets. 
After living in Barcelona for a year, and thanks in part to his experiences there, he returns to Uruguay with a renewed commitment with music. Currently living in Montevideo, he is an active member of the local electronic scene, playing live in both Dj and Live P.A. format. After releasing some tracks as a guest and being part of the labels events since almost its inception, Marcos Coya is Ouzo´s (uy) latest addition to its artist’s roster, joined by artists such as Monoblock, Z@p.
At the moment Marcos Coya is part of Melisma Records. Marcos has Shared the booth with artist such as: Guillaume Coutu Dumont, Guido Schneider, Franco Cinelli, DJ T, Deejason a.k.a. Sr Replicante, Jorge Savoretti, Lucas Mari, Bruno Monteverde, Monoblock, Jonas Kopp, and with the best local artists such as: Z@P, Mateo, Matias Muten, Edunetto, Paco aka Bardo, dj Koolt, Federico Lijtmaer, Omar Chibaro.

1 rating

SHENODA

Just Jack // London (UK)

Shenoda continues to go from strength to strength creating his own sound and establishing himself as prominent DJ and producer within the new wave of British underground talents. Not one to conform to current trends his trademark style of deep, dubby basslines set within an infectious and solid groove have established him as an artist existing very much within his own right.

Shenoda's close affiliation with the Hypercolour crew saw him release his Shot's EP. in mid 2011. This EP. which demonstrated his unique sound throughout was supported by the likes of Martyn, Konrad Black, Mosca, Deetron and was hammered in Ibiza throughout the summer season. With a string of previous releases on Hypercolour, Connaissour and 1Trax Shenoda continues to calve a very bright future as a one to watch. With a fastly filling gig schedule of performances at various clubs across Europe this have taken Shenoda to in 2011 make his Fabric Room 1 debut.

With forthcoming releases and remixes on Hypercolour, Fear of Flying, 1Trax, and Save You and with further collaborations with Hypercolour's Alex Jones in the pipeline, Shenoda continues to be an artist to keep a close eye on.

5 rating

JAMES JOHNSTON

Just Jack / City Fly Rec / Black Key Rec // Glasgow (UK)

James Johnston has a real passion for deep house and the classic house sound and is now one of the most exciting producers at the forefront of the current underground house scene. As well as releasing music on many respected labels he also co-runs No Matter What with fellow house head Alex Agore; a label which has quickly become buy on sight with the last two releases both hitting the NO.1 spot in the Juno house chart.
James also DJs around the world and his sets are an education in how house should sound and be played, showcasing his ability in joining the dots between the classic sounds that are synonymous with Detroit Techno, Chicago House and New Jersey Garage, fusing a cross-pollination of sounds complete with an ear open to the future...

Flashback to the late 80s/early 90s and this is where James’ love affair with house began - peaking in 93/94 where every Saturday night involved a mandatory session at Glasgow’s iconic house & techno pantheon Sub Club. However, it wasn’t long before James was distracted by the emergence of other exciting and innovative genres... The next 15 years were spent experimenting in a myriad of styles – concocting an alchemy of sounds resulting in a hazy blur of techno, drum n bass, experimental electronics, improv, avant karaoke, noise and electro-rock! Fast-forward to 2009 and after exhausting countless genres his musical voyage has transported him back to the house temple, rekindling his love for the timeless genre and laying the foundations for his revival in deep house...

His debut track ‘She’s Gone’ – featuring a sample from the classic Bill Withers track ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ – was an instant hit on Soundcloud and received such a high volume of positive feedback it reached No.1 in Soundcloud’s ‘Most Popular Deep House Tracks Of All Time’ chart – not bad for his first deep house track... This didn’t go unnoticed and influential Detroit house label Kolour Recordings snapped up the track immediately and gave him licence to produce tracks for their off-shoot ‘Undertones’. The result was the ‘Honesty EP’, and James hasn’t looked back since...

His next two releases – the ‘Missed The Party EP’ and ‘Feeling Good In The Dark EP’ – were released by Gerd’s ubiquitous Dutch label 4Lux, with the latter EP selling out within 2 weeks – who said vinyl was dead? The track ‘Slow Dance & Romance’ also appeared on Hed Kandi’s ‘Beach Sessions’ CD – showing James’ commercial appeal yet simultaneously catering to ‘the heads’.

With a triptych of EP’s now released to great acclaim, James was asked to supply tracks and remixes to respected labels including Berlin’s ‘Dikso’ imprint and City Fly’s debut ‘Visions EP’. His track ‘Move Forward’ from the latter was included on Harley & Muscle’s ‘Addicted To House 10’ compilation mix – emphasising James’ versatile appeal. Within a few months James’ next release was on the horizon – a split EP with Deep Space Orchestra which was released by Boogie Originals and again showcased James’ varying flavour in the house/disco palette...

Last autumn witnessed the release of two further EPs – the ‘A New Day Begins’ EP on Fine Art Recordings which in the words of Dutch behemoth Clone was “A masterclass in deep yet uplifting house music” and an EP on Under The Shade which featured three heavy-hitting slower house jams complete with a killer remix from Andy Ash. James also contributed a remix to fellow kindred spirits City Fly for their second release – the ‘CSA EP’ by MCDE’s partners in crime Creative Swing Alliance.

With releases of this calibre it is no surprise that James receives consistent support from some of the finest purveyors in the house spectrum including Alex Agore, Anton Zap, Bryan Agent Pepper, Cottam, Delano Smith, Deymare, Ethyl, Fabio Monesi, Glenn Underground, Jeremy Undergroundparis (MLIU), Jimpster, Kastil, Milton Jackson, Moodymanc, Orlando B, Pablo Valentino, Rick Wade, Roberto Rodriguez, Samaan, Scope, Shane Linehan, Shur-I-Kan, The Revenge, Tomska, Washerman and a whole host of others...

Not content with releasing tracks on other people’s labels, James has co-founded the ‘No Matter What’ label with fellow house producer du jour Alex Agore. The label’s debut release was an instant hit, with James’ track for the release ‘I Know It’s Not Time’ gate-crashing the top 10 of the most charted tracks by other DJ’s on Resident Advisor for May 2011. Their second release on the label, Alex Agore's Stay Together EP sold out within a week and was quickly repressed and their last two releases both went straight to NO.1 in the Juno House Chart. Already a ‘buy on sight’ label...

Though 2011 was a busy and productive year 2012 is also proving to be a nexus of activity…As well as already remixing the mighty Robert Owens, Deymare and more James has further EPs and tracks coming out on labels such as Wilson, No Matter What, Brothers' Vibe's Mixx label, Artful Division (a split EP with Ethyl), Black Keys, and Throwing Shapes– not to mention a plethora of remixes. James will also be jet-setting around the globe with an increasingly busy DJ schedule.

Speaking of DJing James’ sets are an education in how house should sound and be played, showcasing his ability in joining the dots between the classic sounds that are synonymous with Detroit Techno, Chicago House and New Jersey Garage – fusing a cross-pollination of sounds complete with an ear open to the future. Add a splash of disco, unveiling of promos and a stash of secret weapons and you’ve got the perfect nocturnal jam whether you’re the discernible purist or hardcore dancer...

4 rating

NIMA GORJI

(Welt recordings / Cecille Numbers / Tsuba / Off recordings - Ibiza )

Nima Gorji (Welt Recordings owner), born in Iran but grown up in Denmark from the age of 13, needs no introduction to people who know the underground house scene.

34 rating

JAMES ZABIELA

We Love Ibiza / Bedrock Rec / Renaissance // Southampton (UK)

Its a good job vinyl is his only addiction. Still only 22, James Zabiela was introduced to the world of acid house through his father who worked in a local record shop and would come home laden with armfuls of early house and techno. The year?1992. A time of innovation, invention and an endless stream of Guerilla releases. James was hooked instantly. Like father like son? The phrase could've been coined for Zabiela's career. " I was only 12 years old but I can still hear the thumping through my bedroom floor!" smiles James, who for now has purposefully avoided the lure of London by remaining in Southampton. My Dad would come home with armfuls of acid house tracks at the weekends, he recalls. It wasn't until I was 15 years of age, when I was to work in the same record shop, that tracks such as Joey Beltram's 'Energy Flash' & 'LFO' made sense to me. As soon as they did I was hooked. It wasn't long until he was offered a job at the shop as a vinyl buyer.

An understanding of Renaissance and Northern Exposure would soon follow, as would spinning in local haunts. At the time it was just a fun thing to do, he nods. It still is and that's what's important but I do take what I do seriously as well. As far as being inspired by other artists, Sasha and Digweed were the first to open my eyes to a new sound. Lee Burridge & Craig Richards had a similar impact a couple of years ago. I like to be inspired by hearing new music and DJs.

Of course, it was full-on vinyl addiction from then on in. Through the shop, James was introduced to various promoters and went on to play for local clubs including Menage a Trois and the infamous High Tide boat parties. But James was interested in a more diverse sound than trance with a capital 'T' and found it hard to play his breakbeat-flavoured beats to local crowds, so as 'a way in' decided to enter Muzik Magazines prestigious Bedroom Bedlam competition - and won. Music has always been a passion ever since I can remember. I never decided. When I was in my last year at school I discovered mixing & DJing and it was just a hobbie then but also potentially something that I could apply my passion for music to & have some practical use career wise. I never dreamt it would go this far.

That success was a great boost to his confidence and inspired him into working harder to promote his DJing career. Going out to more & more events, he started handing out those trusty mixtapes he'd done. While at Bedrock in London James met Lee Burridge, a key influence - who took the time to listen to the tape. He too was hooked. "His style is diverse, interesting & he's technically skilled, said Burridge. Blurring the line between house and breakbeat, he encapsulates all the skills that a new DJ should bring to the job." Lee invited James to play at his own Breaks night along with DJ Hyper & Craig Richards at Bar Atlantis. Since then James has played there every month. Word was undoubtedly spreading.

Inevitably James was DJing in London more than ever with gigs at the Laundry and at Muzik parties alongside the likes of Justin Robertson, Hybrid and Danny Tenaglia. Even Diggers took the time to call him up, offering James a slot at Bedrock. And he's been asked back on several occasions since as well as DJing for the Daliparade in Istanbul. Could things really get any better? They could. Just as James' feet were about to float back to earth, the phone call of his career came out of nowhere. Thanks to a gentle prod from Lee Burridge, one of his mix tapes was heard by a certain superstar DJ called Sasha, another of James' musical heroes. Within the month, mid-December in fact, James was offered a place on Sasha's team at Excession, joining a roster that includes Lee himself, Steve Lawler and Sander Kleinenberg. The best Christmas present ever, said James at the time. And Ibiza was just a plane ride away.

On August 12th 2001, James flew out from Heathrow to play the gig of his career thus far - spinning before Sasha at the most important date in the clubs annual history, James joined Lawler and Morillo for a career-defining gig inside at Space. And this was on the clubs twelfth birthday, no less. It's a mad place, and a brilliant place to play mainly because people from all over the world are there on their holidays to party & relax. There's no other crowd like it. It's like the best clubs from all over the world all in one place. Space was the most uplifting experience I've ever had as a DJ. Amazing. He says amazing a lot by the way. But its impossible to underestimate the significance of Ibiza for Zabiela. Riotously energetic, that peak-season gig sealed his fast-ascending reputation for good. Impressed by his fast moves, Steve Lawler came and shook his hand moments after the gig. These things just dont happen every day.

So how come things have moved so damn fast? The answer, of course, lies in the performance. Fusing the latest breakbeat slates into dark swathes of way-deep tech-house, the key to Zabielas sound is a heady mix of bump-laden melodies and subtle, soul-stirring chord changes. Avoiding the relentless assault of the four/four beat he dips into every wayward sound that surrounds it instead. Nathan Coles, Rocket and Terry Lee Brown Junior are just three of his favourite producers this week. Its all about avoiding the perfect beat, ysee. I hate to pigeon-hole myself, he says. I play a mixture of all styles which I believe is a style in itself. I like to go smoothly from one style to another. Why put boundaries on yourself? A typical set varys depending on the slot I'm given but if was to play the whole night I'd go from deep house to techno and breakbeat. It's important to entertain as well as educate.

And the future? Well, I wouldn't like to say, but a record label & more production for me as well as a monthly residency in London. But I'm just really glad to be doing what I'm doing. Last year was easily the best year of my life. DJing all over the world, in the best clubs to the best crowds, giving me the chance push boundaries & experiment as a DJ. I just want to keep on doing that. Romania, Israel and several appearances on Radio One all attest to his skills behind the decks. Mute Records commisioned him to remix Depeche Mode for the masses - a track so good that Sasha made it his essential release when interviewed on Radio One earlier this year, and you can expect to hear Zabielas own Essential Mix across the airwaves in March.

Watching James spin at Heaven for Muziks Christmas party with Bedrock at the tail-end of 2001, its easy to forget that such quick-fire mixing should be coming from someone at the peak of their career. Favouring bluesy tech-house and the sax-laden melodrama of Chocolate City (Deep Dish, natch), James displays a depth and understanding that can only come with experience - and this is only the beginning. The bright lights of America must surely be only around the corner. Two years ago I was working as a graphic designer and DJing part-time locally. It was tough going to work after 3 hours sleep! Hes not forgotten his roots. I remember my first gig at Bedrock: I went straight to work after driving back to Southampton where I still live... I'm sure the boss was suspicious! But compared to two years ago? To say my life has been turned upside down in the best possible way would be an understatement. I guess Im just a complete musical, mixing junkie.

Which is pretty much where we came in. If only everything in life was as simple as this...
6 rating

VAUTOUR

Butane rec Carcassonne (FR)

Birds fly better with two wings. Vautour ("vulture") is the new project of DJ Janoz and VJ David Brunner, two veterans of the French electronic music scene. Since 1995, these two night birds have played in famous clubs, festivals and collaborated with major artists in France and abroad... In the last ten years they've worked on several small scale projects, getting to know each other. David Brunner's mystical and mysterious images combine perfectly with Janoz's tracks and selections. The latter's music is informed by the joy and the invisible mystery which emanates from the dancefloor. Janoz's mixes often contain artists from labels such as Kill the DJ, Karat, MyFavorite Robot, Warp, Ostgut ton, Chloë , Ivan Smagghe, Eckhochord, Ghosthly, Perlon ....

In a complex world, birds of prey are always around. The vulture is a bird of prey which feeds chiefly on carrion and this explains its crucial ecological function regarding other animals and human beings. This informs dj janoz new project based on dead and decaying techno tracks which are remade in a spectacular ecological and electronic upheaval for all species around the world. Have a nice meal!"
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Vautour present : " It's Time "

 

First Wednesday of Each Month 2 hour dj mix 10pm - 12pm

13 rating


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