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.
KEVIN OVER / TAPESH
Get physical Music / GPM283
After featuring a new version of the popular 'NY Drive' on Get Physical's 'Body Language Volume 15' compilation by DJ T., teuton duo Tapesh and Kevin Over are back on Get Physical Music by way of their fresh new 'Secret Handshake EP'. The release features three ice-cold tracks that ooze street cool, all the way from its eponymous opening, Secret Handshake, with its bubbling rhythms and long, sweet buildup, to Junior Street's soulful vocals set against a chill, heavy backdrop, and on to U Brother, closing it all with hypnotic broken beats. Sprinkled with vinyl-popping accents and a couple of vocal nods to our soulful musical forefathers, Tapesh and Kevin Over's 'Secret Handshake EP' maintains that same NY feel that brought them to Get Physical Music in the first place.
Figure Spc / M_Rec // NL
Named by many as a source of inspiration, Jeroen Search embodies a clear and honest interpretation of techno. His tracks, while audibly open to new and exciting musical influences, always remain true to that typical, inimitable Search-sound. He has seen little to no need to completely reinvent himself at any stage as most, if not all, of his work communicates itself with great ease due to its truly timeless nature.
Starting out in 1993 under the DJ Groovehead alias with one of the first releases on X-Trax Records, Jeroen has so far put out his music on many respected labels such as Figure SPC, M_Rec LTD, Traut, Coincidence Records, and A&S, the latter he co-owns with friend and colleague Dimi Angélis. One of his personal highlights has been the ability to do two releases on Jeff Mills’ Axis/6277 label, one solo (New Reality EP) and one as Counterpart (The Martian Mystique).
Jeroen’s approach to music production is an unorthodox one; he records all his tracks in a single take and does all his editing live. Constantly pushing his creativity by trying to get the most out of a minimal setup Jeroen remains active in the studio and he now has new releases lined up on Sect, Affin and Gynoid Audio.
Jeroen Search live, which he debuted at Berghain in 2009, is more than just an excellent showcase of his work. It’s a journey through the vast landscape of techno, with an expert storyteller at the helm. When booked for a DJ-set, Jeroen always aims to show a unique and alternate side of himself as an artist; bringing along some gems that other DJ’s may have overlooked or under appreciated, a Search DJ-set is bound to be something special.
Intec Digital / Jesus Loved You // (SLO)
Throughout his youth, Tomy DeClerque witnessed at first hand the development of Slovenia's electronic dance scene. As techno artists such as Umek and Valentino Kanzyani found global recognition and the country's club scene thrived, it presented the perfect opportunity for a young DeClerque to ride the wave. His first foray into the world of production came alongside his long- time friend Zox. Together they had early successes with "My Desire" and "Music Makes Me Happy". The latter being licensed to a number of compilations, was also selected by Pete Tong as the Essential New Tune on his BBC radio show. DeClerque was to take a break from the hectic DJ and producer lifestyle. On his return, it was time to head out solo. His early work for Circle Music, Sprout and Jesus Loved You, brought him much attention and, over the past two years, he has rapidly built a strong following with his work for labels including Intec Digital, BluFin, 1605, Terminal M, Toolroom, Cr2 and more... As a young player, Tomy DeClerque has accomplished a lot. But he is determined to accomplish even more. "You'll hear a lot about me in the future" he promises.
Drumpoet Community // Zürich (SUI)
Ron Shiller is a member of Soultourist, together with his partner Tobi Foster the were at the forefront of a new movement, which was later known as Slow House. He also found the label Drumpoet Community together with Alex Dallas in 2006. He is a resident DJ at Zukunft in Zürich and is blessed with a truly great musical taste.
Poker Flat Recordings - Zurich (SUI)
Both children of the illustrious nightlife of trend capital Zurich, Adrian Flavor and Samy Jackson have made a name for themselves with their Rakete parties, held mostly at the übercool Hive club, as well as many other locations in and around Switzerland. They have played and rocked most clubs in their home country, as well as being booked to play throughout Europe. Whenever people talk about a DJ set from the two turntable wizards, they speak about the moment "it" happened. They have a talent to play music which inspires and leads electronic trends, rather than follows them. Added to this, they are famous for their love of the party - frequently being the last to leave the club. As dedicated music lovers and passionate entertainers, it was a natural progression for the duo to turn their appetite for music and endless parties into producing for themselves. Besides having recently mixed the compilation for the 5 years Hive Club Anniversary, their releases can be found on Stil vor Talent, Poker Flat and Hive Audio.
Just Jack // Bristol (UK)
It was a miss-spent youth, on the dancefloors of club’s such as Backtobasics and Sankeys which cemented Dan’s passion for proper house music and made him dream about one day being the other side of the turntables, playing the music he loved at some of the best clubs in the world.
After moving to Bristol, Dan set about making that dream a reality. He began the now infamous ‘Just Jack’ parties in 2006 and has played nearly every event for them to this date. Just Jack has since gained a reputation as a base for quality house and techno in the South West, playing host to the worlds most revered Dj’s and producers. House and techno Legends such as Carl Craig and Derrick Carter, and underground heroes like Steve Bug, Seth Troxler, and Jamie Jones, have all recently graced the Just Jack decks decks.
Dan’s passion, experience and skill behind the decks has certainly not gone un-noticed- His dream to play at the best club’s in the world has become a reality as he has notched up several appearances at BacktoBasics, Below, Louche, Cocoon and Circo Loco in the UK. The Garden and Hideout in Croatia, We Love... and Ugroove at Space in Ibiza and is a regular behind the decks at BuggedOut!
It is Dan’s spiritual home Just Jack where he is most in his element however, where he show’s his ability to command a dancefloor, playing extended sets around the worlds greatest dj’s to a sweat drenched crowd. His low slung sleazy, take on house music, the perfect sound track for late night disco destruction.
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
Signatune Records / Bass Culture // Paris (FR)
A headlining act among the young and promising producers/djs of Paris, John Jastszebski, who previously studied cinema, now draws inspiration from cinematographic culture to create heavy house and techno sounds.
Formerly a fan of hip-hop, a pioneer genre to disk jockeys of all sorts, John Jastszebski is now (and has been for the past ten years) mainly bound to all that is techno.
He primarily played in Bordeaux, where he resided before making way to Paris, where he quickly became resident dj at Le Tryptique (now Social Club), and for backstage parties in Batofar.
Beginning with 2011, he also often plays at the famous Rex Club. He is now recognized as one of the most talented djs, not only in Paris, but worldwide.
John has released several EP on labels like Phonogramme, Vinyl Kills MP3, Baile Musik, Splendi Lo-Fi, Subversaal Musik, Deso Records, and Res Lab.
His productions have received plenty of affirmation from established djs such as Luciano, Richie Hawtin, Agoria, D’Julz, Laurent Garnier & Redmond, to name a few.
Techsoul Records / Loco Records // Catania (ITA)
SPACE IBIZA - IBIZA (BRA)
ALEKSIA (SPACE IBIZA / GROOVE N SEXY IBIZA - BRA) Electronic music won Aleksia's heart at the turn of the millennium, and afterwards, this Brazilian girl turned her hobby into her profession.
PCB RADIO - ELECTRONIK CIRCUS - Montauban FRANCE (FR)
Born in 1977 in the south-west of France, Mervyn grew up along with the rhythm of electronic music and begins working at the turntable when he was 16.
Visionquest / Catwash Records / Crosstown Rebels / Berlin (USA)
Shaun Reeves is an enigmatic pioneer who’s trailblazing quest to export his unique brand of cosmic underground house and techno from his hometown of Detroit to Europe and beyond has brought him international acclaim. Alongside best friends Ryan Crosson, Lee Curtiss and Seth Troxler he has helped put a warm, esoteric spin on the city’s musical heritage taking it away from clinical minimalism, back towards warmer, more spiritual party music. Together they have formed Visionquest, a genre-busting four-piece DJ combo, live act, record label and forward-thinking school of thought.
Shaun grew up putting on parties in and around Detroit, starting off in small bars and attic spaces, booking the likes of Magda, Dan Bell and John Tejada to play for him. During this time he started drawing deep inspiration from the early Perlon records and listening to sets from its label boss Zip, in 2004 Shaun decided to make the bold move to Berlin closer to the source of this sound. Since his move to Berlin, Shaun Reeves has been enthralling audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with his own highly distinctive mixture of American house, both classic and contemporary, and the deepest, most cutting edge aspects of post-minimal techno and tech-house. In addition to playing in Berlin's celebrated Panorama Bar, Watergate, the legendary Beatstreet loft parties and holding his ‘Soul Shower’ summer residency at Club Der Visionaere, he has appeared at DC10 (Ibiza), Fabric (London), Robert Johnson (Frankfurt), Cityfox (Zurich), Sankeys (Manchester) and played for Wolf+Lamb at The Marcy Hotel (NYC).
The last few years have seen Shaun blossom in the studio, both on his own for New York’s Wolf+Lamb, as ‘The Royal We’ with Seth Troxler for Crosstown Rebels, alongside Guti and Miss Fitz for Wolf+Lamb and Raum…musik and most recently as Visionquest remixing Tracey Thorn (for Strange Feeling), doP & Seuil (for Eklo) and Paul Ritch & D’Julz (for Quartz Music).
When he’s not conjuring up bombs in the studio or trawling through record shops and the farthest reaches of the internet in search of forgotten gems and untapped jams, that sound decidedly fresh and exciting, Shaun remains committed to pushing all genres of dance music forward. His is music not just for the dance floor, but also for the body, soul…and brain. As the recent resurgence of interest in the border between house and techno makes all too clear, Shaun has always been one to set musical trends rather than follow them.
We Love Ibiza / Duty Free Recordings / React Records // London (UK)
Inspired by her teenage years at the legendary Haçienda in Manchester she got her decks age 17, and after practising for years in her bedroom, by her twenties, Lottie had established herself firmly on the European club circuit
After a move down to London in 1993 Lottie got her big break at Turnmills with a weekly residency. She went on to guest at all the most exciting and talked about underground clubs across the World and then a hugely popular essential mix on Radio 1 showed her unique talents and broke her into the next level of headline DJ's.
Lottie furthermore went on to win Sony Ericsson Musik magazine best new DJ award, the Dancestar Best breakthrough DJ award, then followed the infamous missdemeanours night and label with Caroline Prothero. Artists featured within this highly successful project and who Lottie played alongside included: Daft Punk, Josh Wink, Felix Da Housecat, Layo & Bushwacka and Stuart Price amongst other regular missdemeanour guests at their weekly residency at Central Londons AKA.
Lottie who is possibly the most iconic female DJ to date, has since graced the cover of magazines I-DJ, DMC Update, Time Out, Jockey Slut, Muzik and more, has presented on BBC's Radio 1, including hosting the world-renowned Friday Night Essential Selection show for Pete Tong. During the past decade Lottie has DJ'd at every main club and event worldwide - including Glastonbury, Space (Ibiza), Pacha (worldwide) Tenax in Florence, The Loft in Barcelona, Sirena, Brazil, Miami, Fabric and Matter in London, twice at her favourite festival Exit, the Balaton festival Hungary and many, many more.
With regards to production after working with Serge Santiago on "Symptons of You" and the French rave classic "It's Magic" she went on to produce as half of Dr. Strangelove (with Coburns Pete Martin) remixing AHuman,The Infadels and City Of Lights, 2010 brought Dr Stranglove's own releases "Photograph" and "Banshee" Both massive electronic-techno-monster-tracks were released on one fierce E.P on Gung-Ho! Recordings and was championed by the legendary Laurent Garnier, Justin Robertson and Groove Armada to name but a few .
Currently working in the studio on new material with West London Deep and also with Space resident (and one half of RetroGrade) Serge Santiago which will no doubt take to the DJ airways and leave everybody wanting more, and there is more...
Geisha is her new project/promotion with fellow DJ Suze Rosser. Starting in the Summer of 2010 in London and Ibiza Lottie will reside and showcase the rising talent of female DJ's alongside already established artists. Her passion for electronic music is stronger than ever...