HAMZA / AUDIO UNITS / SPIRIT CATCHER / SATYA HINDUJA
Wind Horse Records / WHR022
With their backgrounds in mind, the meeting between Audio Units and Hamza is that of two Indian house heavy weights, if not royalty, and the results reflect this. Chez Guru gets its title from Ashriths nickname Guru and the french word for in the home of, basically a stamp for the place of the studio meeting. The vocals are also in French, which somehow always seems to lend an understated cool to any track, but when accompanied by slick productions such as these collaborators it becomes undeniably clear. The bass sounds are the foundation for Chez Guru, with two different levels responding to, and sometimes talking over, each other. The pads and key stabs are swirling, funky, and deep as ever except for wild, climatic moments perfectly paced throughout. Hand percussion finishes things off with a NY house style groove.
ALEX NIGGEMANN / QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT / CHYMERA / LEE JONES
Aeon / AEON009
AEON009 is expertly crafted by AEON labelboss and veritable wunderkind of the multi-faceted anologue electronic, German DJ and producer Alex Niggemann. As a firm believer that a collection of music should unravel and develop like the plot of a good book, this EP is an apt offering from the German maestro, who has recently seen (and is still seeing) underground chart success with his release 'Materium' on Poker Flat, as the likes of Sven Vath, Tale of Us and Mano le Tough continue to drop it to revering masses across the globe. Following successful releases on Poker Flat, Compost Black Label and Last Night On Earth to name a few, 'Abaton' carries on his chameleonic success. The title track highlights Niggemann's affinity with texture and genre- defying sound, as he mixes ethereal chords with stark ashen synths for a truly goose bump- inducing musical experience. First on remix duty is the outfit Quantum Entanglement, comprised of Lee Jones and Fink, who provide a somewhat mellow interpretation, leading into a satisfying deeper progression. Irish producer Chymera evokes an eery landscape with his rework of the track, with the tentative sound of synths juxtaposed with murkier sonic trails and a tiptoeing bassline. Niggemann rounds off the EP with 'Tripping Minds' - a maze of rhythmic curlicues that dance around melancholic pads and descend over a bassline that truly packs a punch, causing the listener to yearn for a dancefloor, or reminisce on a past moment of musical clarity that can only come from the most prolific of music. The fifth track is a Beatport exclusive in the form of a Lee Jones remix. This collection of intelligent, almost lugubrious sonic expression is a fitting display of how far Alex Niggemann, and indeed his AEON label have come; catapulting you into a darker, more aggressive and impressive world of musical capability.
Yoruba Grooves / Tip Tap Records // Castilla - La Mancha (ES)
Young DJ and producer born and living in a small town in the province of Toledo (Castilla -La Mancha, Spain). Attracted by electronic music from a young age, Alberto starts to perform their particular musical journey at 14 years old
Music becomes Alberto´s priority, so that it is able to acquire knowledge and technique very quickly. At 20 years old begins to develop a capability that will introduce into the scene: the production. True to his style, a style distinguished staff, Alberto started his career as a producer strengthening increasingly his essence that has not been ignored (or will ignore) by anyone who likes electronic music.
Gradually, the productions of Alberto Cicuéndez begin to have recognition in the electronic scene. So much so that artists such as Shlomi Aber, Rhadoo, Francesca Lombardo, Butch, Martin Eyerer, Los Suruba, Leon, Kaiserdisco, Nick Curly, Butane or Richie Hawtin
Thanks to music, Alberto has a musical career which, according to their professional achievements, has just taken off. Through their commitment, talent and love for music, it tends to achieve great goals
Coolsville // GER
In touch with music for more than 10 year`s … 2013 was time to fund coolsville my own little label … for the freedom to do what i want ….nice rollin Tech House
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 - Berlin (DE)
The New York and Moscow based DJ/Production partnership Monaque, made up of Alex
Monakhov and Serge Que are quickly establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with and
one of the hotly tipped names to watch.
Monaque are a production focused DJ and live act that showcase their musical diversity which has
seen their output cross genres from deep house to tech house and techno. Successfully crossing
these musical boundaries with a consistent level of quality music has had a profound impact on
their fan base with support coming thick and fast from everyone from the likes of Nic Fanculli. and
Christian Smith through to Laurent Garnier and Luciano.
2011 is set to be another busy year for Alex and Serge. Along with their residency at the Russian
underground venue Rise, Monaque will begin a their highly anticipated CD tour for the über cool
german label Get Physical along side label mates such as M.A.N.D.Y., Siopis, Audiofly, and Catz n
Dogz. The guys will be looking to showcase the product of their previous year in the studio which
includes remixes for M.A.N.D.Y & Bookashade , Robert Babicz , Siopis as well as more techno
based releases coming on Cologne based imprint Traum Schallplatten.
With 2010 seeing them tour across the globe playing in cities like Mexico City ,Tel Aviv, Buenos
Aires , Miami & NYC... its most likely they will be playing in a city close to you soon.
Yoruba Groove / Baile Musik // Paris (FR)
Illan Nicciani from the new generation of French producers. A passionate of music since a young age.
2012 was a turning point, he moves to Paris where he inserted the underground club scene. His sound evolved to a dark and serious Deep-Techno. Clubbing TV took notice of him and realised a piece about him.
He shares the stage with Monika Kruse & Oliver Huntemann at Amnezik Festival, plays with the Berliner scene at Stay Free Open Air.Playing in famous french clubs (Rex Club / Badaboum / Nuba / One Again Club, Antirouille..), Ibiza (Sankeys, Blue Marlin), Illan took the decision to make a South America Tour Dates during all the month of May from Argentina to Chile…!
In addition, one of his releases signed on Deep Tech Records “Crackle” reached #11 on Beatport Minimal. Breaking News on 29th July, ENTER (Richie Hawtin) chose the Illan’s track « Grab Down » for the aftermovie.
He signed (Vinyls & Digital) on important labels like Yoruba Grooves (UK), Baile Musik, Time Has Changed (FR), Deep Tach Records Brique Rouge (FR), Hermine Records (AR), Something Else (UK), Blend It (FR). He remixes Wally Lopez, Kolombo, Deep Mariano & Dirty Culture!
Melizma / Cadenza // Padova (ITA)
Italian-born Alex Picone’s passion for deep analogue-sounding grooves is all consuming. Ever since he was a teenager, his whole life has been devoted to feeling, sharing and shaping hip-rolling house and techno. And of course, it shows. Whether he’s laying it down at top Italian clubs like Flow or il Muretto, or blasting it out in Berlin where he’s now based, his ego-free approach to DJing attracts true underground party heads in droves.
Alex (aka Alessandro Picone) was born and grew up in Padova, where he started DJing in the mid-90s – when he was just 15 years old. His skills soon landed him regular slots at La Scala in Padova, and from there he began to organise his own house parties before bagging key residencies at Flow and il Muretto. Playing regularly at these clubs, alongside such international talents as Luciano, Richie Hawtin and Ricardo Villalobos, added a momentum to his musical evolution that later propelled him into the world of production.
It was in 2004 that Alex took his first steps as a producer, hooking up with Kay Sand (Francesco Sperotto) to form Chronic Flakes. Their funky-assed tracks quickly earned respect from the likes of Alex Neri, who released two Chronic Flakes’ records on Bustin’ Loose in 2005/6. Neri then unleashed Chronic Flakes’ tech-house extravaganza, the Omnadawn EP, complete with a remix by Guido Schneider, on Tenax Recordings – and included ‘Galicia’ from the EP on his 2008 il Muretto mix.
Alex was on a roll and after six years of living between Padova (in winter) and Ibiza (in summer) he finally adopted Berlin as his new home in late '08. Here he built on an existing relationship with a fellow Italian in Berlin: Lucretio, the label manager of Detroit’s Mixworks. Lucretio had already been mailing Alex’s output to the mastermind of the Mixworks network, Buzz Goree, which led Alex to release ‘Berlin Dub’ as a part of the Persistence EP, Mixworks’ debut release. He followed this up by returning to Mixworks as Chronic Flakes and nailing ‘Numalbix’, which came out on the Dance Tactics EP. 2008 also saw Alex put out his first full EP as a solo artist, Furby Floppy, on Luciano’s Cadenza Records. This won him nods from both peers and press, and ‘Floppy’ went on to feature on Luciano’s Fabric 41 mix, while the slow-burning ‘Berlin Dub’ was included on Âme’s Fabric 42.
Bringing a warmer, more human feeling to mixing than many of his contemporaries, Alex has now played at such clubs as the aptly named Underground in Ibiza and Fabric in London. Plus Cadenza showcases around Europe, from Cocoon Club and Watergate in Germany to the buzzing Black Sea Coast of Romania. He also felt firsthand the force of Underground Resistance when he visited the US to play a couple of sets in Detroit during Movement DEMF 2009. First at a Mixworks’ party, alongside Buzz Goree, Mike Servito and several other real deal DJs, then at an after-hours hosted by the irrepressible Seth Troxler.
2009 sees Alex continue to explore a subterranean landscape of beats through his groove-ridden Motherland EP on Bosconi Records. He also has a third release on Mixworks called ‘No Kiss’, which has already been supported by heavyweights like Luciano, Hawtin, Villalobos and Raresh. And he’s planning another EP, based around his new ‘Mon Amour’ track, complete with an exceptional remix from Chris Carrier. Then there’s another Chronic Flakes collaboration, this time for Mike Shannon’s Cynosure imprint. Not to mention fresh material born of his friendship with Argentinian adventurer Ernesto Ferreyra.
Music. Playing it, producing it, and making it happen for the true heads. This is the fuel that fires the passion of Picone. A life lived for, and through, music.
Cadenza rec / Cecille - Frankfurt
House - Techhouse
He cut his clubbing teeth on the Frankfurt scene dominated by the likes of Sven Vath, Dorian Paic, Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano, but the flourishing artist leaps all musical boundaries. His only guiding principle can be summed up in words of Chuck Roberts: House is a feeling!
Token Records // Copenhagen (DAN)
Troels Knudsen lives in Copenhagen, Denmark and has been immersed in music for most of his life. This focus has mostly been fixed on the club world. And he spent the last 10+ years producing, performing, engineering and dj'ing various electronic genres around Europe and beyond. This activity generated the excentric Pyro drum'n'bass moniker, house works as part of 2400 Operator on Underground Quality and the industrial tinged techno project Northern Structures on Sonic Groove.
After a few years of working in groups it was time to get back to solo work. In 2012 the Ctrls project was iniated with the release of the Interface EP on the new homebase Token Records. A remix of Ø/[Phase]'s Binary Opposition was the follow up, and by then Ctrls tracks had worked their way into the sets of some of the most notable techno djs across the world.
Troels continues to develop his fast paced and futuristic style, seeking out the various nuances of techno and the surrounding genres. Future plans for the project hold more Token Records output as well as dedication to engaged and detailed dj'ing.
La Rochelle (FR)
Moïse aka itrema was born in 1980 in La Rochelle, France. His passion for music started in the mid 90’s, and when french Hip Hop blasted national radio shows, he especially found in love with this energetic and raw beats coupled with funk and other 70’s samples from an unknown universe. At the age of 15, itrema recorded this hip hop radio shows and edited them by cutting and pasting the magnetic tapes in order to cut advertisements. He understood that if music has a feeling, some techniques provide to feel it at his best. Discovering a couple of year later, in 1998, vinyl equipment, and artists like Jeff Mills or Derrick May, he bought the infamous technics mk2 and practiced it intensively with his mentor Eric Paquet, supporting labels such as Ozone, F-Communications, Drumcode, Axis, Torema, Underground Resistance, Sonic Groove, Basic Channel etc.. La Rochelle is a good place to promote electronic music, itrema animated a radio show and performed in bars and clubs with Dj E-Rx, John Thomas, Jeff23, Fanox, Bebz, Alber Paderski, Franck-e, Reminiscence, and also in Nantes, Rennes, with Arno Gonzales, Popof, Dj-3000, Electric Rescue, Paul Nazca, Manu Le Malin, Chris Liberator to name a few. In 2008, Itrema became a techno producer. Focusing on writing music and sound design, he incorporated elements of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s influences with melodic grooves, deep chord synths, bleep sounds, associated with a melancholic touch. His first vinyl “ blow up this wall” produced by Fake records ( run by Ismaël and Cedric in Rennes, France ) was acclaimed by French national press ( Tsugi, Trax magazine ) and played by Laurent Garnier. Today, itrema runs his own imprints in digital and vinyl, looking further to gather artists.You can discover a mix on vinyl today on pcb more info :
Get Physical / Groove One Records // Miami (US)
George Morel is an accomplished and evolutionary DJ/Producer and has long earned his bona fides among deejays and fans in electronic dance music scene.
Morel has long earned the legend title and is considered a true global pioneer in the electronic dance music world. For Morel, it boils down to one thing, Morel’s Groove trademark understandably develop a niches and certain sounds that Morel is known for. Morel has crafted a unique style of originality years after year.
Morel is a multiple "Gold & Platinum" records producer, his long term dedication to the "Underground" has made him create timeless anthems.
He has a deep appreciation for music that fills the room and moves the soul. house music's past but engage fully with its future; his sets have energy, precision and soul.
IK7 / Tresor // (UK)