VOYAGE DIRECT : FIRST MISSION SAMPLER 1
Voyage Direct / VD 22LP1
Voyage Direct's message comes through loud and clear on the label's first compilation, a collection that takes in both unreleased tracks and a hand-picked selection of classics from the imprint's first five years..
TIM PARIS / ARTTU / SEX JUDAS / RICKY
Marketing Music / MKG23
big with: Matt Walsh, Jef K, Kolombo, Cosmo Vitelli, Joakim, Luke Solomun, Morpheus, Slam, Alexkid, Anthony Collins,... Meet Sex Judas (Sex to his mother). A sexual vigilante and underground musical entrepreneur working in tandem with his trusted sidekick Ricky since the dawn of time (or the death of Jesus). Myth has it that after the infamous >kiss<, Judas was damned to live on earth for eternity. He decided to make the best of it and delved head first into his true passion, music. Known as a motherfucker on the >Uggav< since his early teens, he emerged in the underground sounds of Judea and never looked back. Judas & Ricky state they are on a mission to play music that reflects the real life, in all its horny, absurd, joyous and yes sometimes evil ways…with emphasis on the bass of course! So what you now hold in your hands is the glorious first vinyl offering from Sex Judas and Ricky >Sex according to Judas< telling the story as it is, blending the old school sounds of Chicago with a modern day longing for bass and ass, with a steaming sex toy edit by Tim from Paris to go.
Transmat // Detroit (US)
Stacey Pullen is an innovator from the second wave of Detroit techno; he grew up under the mentorship of Detroit's legendary three: Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson. Still continuing to produce his characteristic atmosphere laden electronic sound, Stacey Pullen compounds his reputation as a producer with that of being one of the world's most in demand DJs. Above all, from his earliest attempts to the current day Stacey Pullen has stayed true to his one goal: to become and to always be an Innovator.
In the early days, through legenday Detroit club “The Music Institute”, Stacey quickly got to know the leading lights of Detroit's underground: Alton Miller, Chez Damier, Derrick May, and Jay Denham who influenced and taught him strongly.
A couple of years later, in 1992, Derrick suggested that a good way to develop his skills would be for Stacey to do some remix work with Kevin Saunderson. Stacey began to work on remixes including one for Karen White ?'The Way I Feel About You', for Prodigy and KMS – just to name a few. Thus Stacey truly became part of the Transmat / Metroplex / KMS team.
After touring Europe with Derrick May all of 1993, Stacey moved back to Detroit, ready to establish himself and start his own label. Throughout 1994 he commuted between Europe and the USA, finishing the Silent Phase album on R & S. Releases like 'The Sphinx' as Bango and the first Silent Phase album on Transmat followed as well as a couple of releases on Plink Plonk by the alias 'Kosmik Messenger' and 'Eye to Eye and 'Flash' ? both released in 1995.
In 1998 Stacey was invited to produce his very first major label release on Virgin Records, and at the same time opened the label he had wanted to start for about three years, 'BlackFlag'.
Its debut release, Black Odyssey‘s „Sweat“, was considered a future classic. The pseudonym under which Stacey recorded also dropped the labels second release „Stand“. Both found great success and went on to be licensed to a number of compilation albums, including Stacey‘s „Fabric 14“ mix compilation.
Around that time, Stacey took a break from recording and spent the next years concentrating mainly on furthering his own musical education and Djing.
2011 sees Stacey still on the road, bringing his signature eclecticism to some lucky parts of the planet. As a result, every set becomes more personalized, more unique, a window into Stacey's musical passions. With Black Flag resurrected, 2010’s hit "Alive" is now followed up by "Get Up" in April 2011.
„I wanted to create a clean palette of ‚beats‘ music. Programming it to deliver a serious groove that would keep on coming, progressing and leaving you wanting more.“ Yes, please."
Downwards / Horizontal Ground // Berlin (UK)
Samuel Kerridge has quickly made a name for himself, responsible for one of 2012's most remarkable and self assured debuts 'Auris Interna' on the ultra-picky Horizontal Ground. This didn't go unnoticed by Downwards label boss Karl O'Connor, and Samuel followed with two more critically acclaimed EP's.
Kerridge has found a perfect home for his highly original productions of unfettered sonic exploration, re-defining the relationship between rhythm and sound design with decimating kick drums and feedback, and unearthly amounts of distortion until you're left with a dripping, toxic style of techno.
It’s not from Detroit, but it’s more about where Kerridge is at – creating seductive, darkly soulful music.
Not afraid to question people's perceptions of clubbing, he Co-founded the Contort events in Berlin, not only as an outlet for his own artistic vision, but to bring back a level of creativity and magic to a stale club scene.
With compilations, remixes, and an album all due out before 2013 closes, the future is extremely bright for this artist.
OVERdrive // Toulouse (FR)
Macha is a young twenty years old DJ.
She was always attracted by electronic music, and its very naturally that she starts dejaying by sharing the decks with L'Appache.
Attracted by deep and tech house sounds, she played many gigs in White Club (Tlse), Minimal (Bordeaux), L'Ambassade, LAB (Paris), Sushi Roof Top Afterwork Party That was also the occasion to play with artists like Scan X, Elize, Miska, L'Appache, Luca Bariani, GreenTecker, Isys...
To be continued...
We Love Ibiza / Kill The Dj / Fabric records // London (FR)
France's most wanted radio host and selector, Ivan Smagghe stands at the crossroads between glamorous parisian hype and musical integrity.
His genre defying/defining production work originally in Black Strobe and now in It’s A Fine Line (who have recently finished Battant's second LP, As I Ride with No Horse) has connected him to and garnered the praise of (amongst others) James Murphy, Trevor Jackson, Ata, Optimo and the aforementioned Weatherall. All fellow crusaders in the fight to prove that electronic music can be so much more than a one dimensional soundtrack for a night on the lash.
The success of his musical blog 'a few things from Ivan Smagghe' has generated a compilation series of edits for Paris uber-fashion store Colette. The first volume sold out in a couple of weeks. His project with Tim Paris, It's A Fine Line, has already put out numerous remixes (from Superpitcher to the XX) and releases that can't be pigeonholed (electro rockabilly on Kompakt to italo rickety disco on Marketing Music). Their new studio is now fully set for original music, remixes and production. Expect a lot more from them in 2012.
Aside from his A&R role for now 10 years old label Kill The DJ (who have released the first EP of RMVN, Ivan’s project with Roman Flugel), Ivan has also started solo work (a noted remix for Parisian label Meant) as well as more planned collaborations with musical friends (Ewan Pearson and Tiga being first on the list).
You can catch Ivan subverting the masses on any given weekend, all around the world.
Go to http://afewthingsfromivansmagghe.blogspot.com/ for more info, thoughts, and edits.
Mobilee Records - Oslo - Berlin (DE)
Percussions, drifty hypnotic beats, a touch of soul and marvellously deep.........house is a feeling and Ray Okpara has his finger firmly on the pulse, leading the way. Whilst his own roots are in Nigeria, it is actually Mannheim, Germany that Ray has helped put on the electronic music map, with a string of stellar productions on hot labels like Cécille, Oslo, Get Physical and Area Remote and an indomitable DJ style that has seen him rock out the world’s great modern clubbing arenas.
With Ray’s distinctive style, it’s no surprise to learn that his early influences were hip-hop, funk and soul before the nightlife escapades of he and long-time friend Johnny D truly awoke his strong interest in electronic music. Impressed by the many different genres, the first attempt on the turntables was actually using Johnny's UK Garage Records. But the passion was sparked and Ray and Johnny began their own party, RAJO, which was hugely popular throughout the Rhein Necker Delta.
Another friend, Nick Curly, joined RAJO in 2001 and 'The Loft’ residency began in Mannheim, where the first seeds of something monumental were unwittingly being sown. The Mannheim influence, and the time Ray has spent living there, is tangible; during these years the technical elements of Ray’s sets developed and the groove began to take shape, thankfully encompassing all the early influences like soul and funk.
Berlin was calling in 2005 and beginning 4 years living in the city, Ray really started to blossom musically. The heralded DJ performances were soon accompanied by productions, such as remixes for Johnny D on Oslo and 8-bit or the Italoboyz on Get Physical. His first EP, ‘Fumnaya’ on Lomidhigh Lmtd and releases like ‘Frozen on Yellow Ice’ (Arearemote) and ‘Loving Moonbauh’ (Drumpoet Community) were instrumental in Mannheim’s explosion in 2008.
On returning to Mannheim in 2009, his Brothers EP (Oslo) was a permanent fixture in clubs across the world in in the first half of the year and is one of the 2009’s most charted tracks on Resident Advisor. On the brink of beginning his live act in 2010, two further EPs, ‘Brainows’ on Soweso and ‘Tru Crowd’ back on Area Remote put Ray Okpara on the front foot going into a new decade of continued house grooves and more good times.
A crowd teaser and crowd pleaser, constantly rocking it with music to make you smile and lose yourself in the moment, Ray Okpara is coming to get you and there is no hiding place.
Cecille Records / Nervous Records // Manchester (UK)
H2, a dj/producing duo from Manchester, are fast becoming one of the biggest upcoming acts in the UK today. Having recently been signed up by "Cecille Records" & "Nervous Records" H2's popularity is soaring with the masses....
"Firstyl signed to Popof's uber cool "Form", they establishing themselves on an international level for their upbeat, raw house and techno music. The boys formed their partnership back in 2003 & in that time have worked with some of the industries most respected artists. Having already notched up remixes for Popof & Julian Jeweil (both Cocoon), their work in the studio is getting the recognition they've been working towards for the last 8 years.
Former Sankeys residents and now the guys that run "Limbo, in their hometown", H2 are climbing their way to the top.
They've already gained huge support from the likes of Maceo Plex, Edu Imbernon, Anthea & Celler, M'In, Leon & many many more.
Chart success is fast becoming a regular occurrence for the UK based artists & their reputation on the dj circuit is fastly gaining them some well deserved accolades.
Just Jack / One Records // Manchester (UK)
"An avid record collector and long-time resident for the seminal ‘For No Reason’ parties in the former rave mecca of Preston, Lancashire (North of Manchester), Seelie has been carving away a solid reputation of one of the best resident DJs in the UK, though it is with his own productions that he is really starting to cause quite a stir with ONE Records snapping up the amazing ‘Soulocation’ for his first solo release. Although still young at the age of 25, Seelie’s musical taste and style befits someone a lot older and when getting down to his distinctive house sounds you’d think you were listening to some old jock from the US. With a keen interest in deep house and house music from across the last three decades, Seelie is an amazingly skilled and technical DJ who manages to blend all ages of house effortlessly, with a purpose, making him stand head and shoulders above most upcoming and established DJs today, selecting the juciest house cuts and those tunes that make you run up to the booth for a track ID.
Having DJ’ed with the likes of Chez Damier, Argy, Prosumer, Adam Shelton, and Tristan Da Cunha on a regular basis, Seelie’s inspired new productions and DJ Sets have caught the ears of some of the best house labels and parties around with his sound having a definite nod to the bumpin' and raw sounds of New York and refined beauty of Detroit. Seelie's music and DJing captivates anyone with a feel for the groove and tickles the taste buds of any discerning house head. His house purist attitude shines through and his talent sets him apart from his peers, so keep a close ear to the ground and come into Seelie’s HOUSE!"
Melizma / Channel Zoo / All Inn Black // (ROU)
With a background originating in Hip-Hop, Funk E started establishing himself within the underground electronic music scene in his native Romania, where he had many residencies since 2003. Funk E’s future really began to take shape in 2008 when he secured a residency at the most musically forward-thinking party in Ibiza, The Zoo Project, where he played week in and week out every summer to thousands of party-goers. Playing regularly throughout the summer gave Funk E the chance to get his sound known to a truly International crowd whilst gaining himself a reputation for his fierce, groovy and energetic beats.
A respected producer as well as DJ, Funk E likes to keep things simple when it comes to music. He quite simply loves what he does and is inspired the most by the people around him. He has a raw passion and dedication for his craft, and has garnered respect from some of the biggest names in House and Techno, with his popularity growing after consistently strong releases on international labels such as Raum…Muzik, Channel Zoo, Kurbits, Desolat, The Double R, and All Inn.
TNG / 1605 / Alchemy // Pula (CRO)
Unique was born in Pula (Croatia). After discovering electronic music, he delved deeply into the clubbing scene and began to further his passion for the electronic music as the nightlife became an instilled part of his lifestyle. He started listening to progressive & trance music quite early, but soon he also experienced other styles. Tech House music turned out to attract the most of his attention. Over time his sound has grown a lot and his style is mixture of tech house, techno and minimal.
He was quickly discovered and was offered slots at several top clubs such is the famous Ambasada Gavioli and in awesome places like Barcelona, Ibiza, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Rovinj, Ljubljana supported and sharing the dancefloors with legends like Dubfire, James Zabiela, Erick Morillo, Umek, Nick Warren, Carlo Lio, Kaiserdisco, Monika Kruse, ,Lucca, Davide Squillace, Hernan Cattaneo, Desyn Masiello, Seb Fontaine, Smokin' Jo, Luca Bacchetti, Valentino Kanzyani, Marko Nastic, Nima Gorji, Dejan Milicevic, Terry Francis, Toni Rios and many others... 2010 had been a great year for this new talent, Unique played at some of the best events and festivals during the summer such is Kanegra Beach Festival.
Nowadays he's very appreciated for his particular style and for his versatility.
Unique's biggest release is on Umek's label 1605 with his buddy Adoo, He also have releases on Mauro Picotto's label Alchemy, Jewel Kid's Alleanza Records, Monique Musique, Moan Recordings...and he collaborated with Marko Nastic where he released on Reisei Records & Soulman Music...Soon he will release on Phunx Traxx of Phunk Investigation & Natura Viva...
His tracks are supported and played by the best djs in the world such as Marco Carola, Dubfire, Richie Hawtin, Umek, Paco Osuna, Carlo Lio, Mark Knight, DJ Chus, Sian, Karotte, Slam, Marco Bailey and many others...
Be ready for other new releases coming out soon!
We are working on our line up for this year , like in a 2 weeks we will have all line up done.
For now the names are (but there are not confirmed) : Dave Clark, Carlo Lio, Marco Mailey, Joseph Capriati , Dejan MIlicevic, Tomy Declerque, Unique, Miss Sunshine and many more.
Systematic Recordings / Diynamic Music // FR
French dj / producteur of techno music..
Runtomorrow / Signature // Pau FRANCE (FR)
In his productions or during his gigs, his tones and mixes have only a single objective: to take us very gradually on his hypnotic, stretchable and sensual universe without ever denying the fundamental of the "groove".
Even if his influences are more House, or more Disco Feivo likes playing with the styles, varying the pleasures...
His objective : " let us with no other choice than dance when he's on decks "
8bit / Cyclic Records / Highgrade Records // Nurenberg (GER)
When Markus Homm started going to his first House parties, the likes of Beatport and Myspace hadn’t even been thought of. Born in 1980, Marcus was 15 years old when he became infected with electro music and subse- quently got his hands on a turntable. He then began to seek out the latest releases at the record store and also by asking local DJ’s the identity of the tracks that had kept him dancing late into the night. Markus Homm was born in Romania, and now lives in Nurenberg. Eventually the second turntable made it into the equation and he started to mix records. His first gig came at age 21 and proved to be the first of very many.
In 2000 Markus returned to his former homeland. In Romania he played several gigs and met his current production partner and friend Mihai Popoviciu. Impressed by the quickly developing club scene in Romania he opened a record store with fellow local DJ’s in Sibiu. It is not only his passion for techno music that has taken him to places far and wide. Since he was 18 years old, Markus has been traveling as a professional dancer to tournaments all over the world. Learning Latin American dance has definitely influenced his sense of rhythm and his training has taught him the intricate design and implementation of many forms of music. In 2006, Homm’s professional career took him to Moscow, and it was there that he started to produce music. Working sometimes alone and sometimes with partner Mihai Popoviciu, he formulated his own unique style of dance music, ranging from Deep House to Tech House. Markus Homm’s music is in a constant state of development, always searching for, and finding the most compelling groove. This diverse musical direction has led Homm & Popoviciu to successful releases with various labels, including their home label Highgrade Records, and Diynamic Music. In 2009 they had a widely acknowledged summer hit with “Bis Co”. Markus Homm has also released a string of solo tracks and remixes which have gained notable success and positive feedback. Markus Homm has earned himself a solid position in the international Techno scene. Legendary Berlin clubs like Panorama Bar, Watergate and Tre- sor, or international destinations and venues in Zurich, Bucharest, Mexico, Madrid, Tokyo and Hong Kong are his regular playrooms. But despite all the fun of the last few years, Markus Homm has continued to push his musical development. The Highgrade Disharmonic Orchestra is his latest Live project, alongside label colleagues Tom Clark, Todd Bodine, Dale und Daniel Dreier. The group made an amazing debut in the summer of 2010 at Watergate. And so it goes on. Producer and DJ Markus Homm moves consistently forward and continues his playful exploration of the tensions between music and body, while working on his own unique and very special musical success story.