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.
Aeon / AEON008
'Black Drop Effects' is named after the Black Drop Effect, the dark bridge which appears to join two almost-touching bodies against bright light: famously, Venus becoming teardrop- shaped on its transit across the sun, just before it moves into the darkness of space. All four tracks on this EP from Italian-born producer Palese are named after scientific aspects of the planet Venus, confirming that industrial can most certainly still be intriguing. The EP surprises you with twists and turns, defying any stereotypical assumption of techno being all uniform monotony. Here, with each hi hat and rolling bassline, Palese weaves a multi-coloured fabric for the listener - great quality techno, the type that makes your nose tingle. Kicking off with 735K (the surface temperature of Venus), don't expect to be eased in gently, as this is a worthy cut with a tempo tough enough to shake the walls of Amnesia's Main Room. Next, fellow Italian duo Speaking Minds step in, revving up the original whilst creating a more melancholic soundscape, showcasing their penchant for melodic electronic. Transit of Venus is the epitome of deep, trippy and dancefloor-ready, steering the listener into murkier unknown waters, and preparing them for the heaviest track on the EP, 4.9, titled after the planet's brightness... and this is a hefty wedge of carnal techno that the rest of the EP has you panting for. Palese has achieved what every artist creating a new (planetary) body of work sets out to do - each track strong enough to stand (and in fact raise a dancefloor) on its own, but an EP that as a whole tells a story, shooting the listener into a delirious galactic techno trance.
Say What Records // London (UK)
Producer, DJ and all round nut job, Ettica combines House, Techno and his own flavour of Tech House, with precision and ingenuity. It’s all about dirty bass line grooves, chunky beats, massive build ups and detonating drops, fusing hard grimy beats with tribal Brazilian drums and twisted techno vibes. He not only manages to create an exciting balance of all but delivery is achieved with a spicy, hypnotic deepness.
Having been trained in classical guitar as a youngster, Ettica dropped it all for the bright lights and unfathomable lure of rave culture. Captivated by dance music, he started producing at the age of 14, pulling banging Drum‘n’Bass, Hardcore, Hardhouse and Breakbeat tunes out of the bag. At the ripe old age of 29 and in collaboration with Fiasco, lot49 and death proof recordings, Ettica has dusted off and polished up and is now producing some very unique music.
Infamous for mixing it all up, Ettica’s DJ sets are structured to the same rhythm as his writing; a jumbled assortment of everything from bass line electro, gritty techno and everything in between.
Mobilee Records / Poker Flat / Dessous Recordings - Berlin (DE)
An artist who has such talent, style and longevity is a rare creature nowadays... and Italo?German Vincenzo Ragone, known to the House world as Vincenzo, is indeed one of these special creatures! Hard to track down and often a man of the night, Ragone has been casting his deep and truly one?of?a?kind takes on House and Techno out into the ether for well over a decade. Vincenzo was a true child of the Acid House explosion, and one of an original cast of Hamburg based Djs and Producers, hanging out and collaborating with friends who would later become some of the trend setting icons of the present ? notably Poker Flat's future ringmaster Steve Bug offered him some crucial gigs at the revered 'Reduced' parties at Hamburg's 'Front' Club! From here on the star in the making went on to produce his first ever productions for the Raw Elements label, alongside Sandro Catallo in 1995, and then released his first ever solo tracks with the label in '97.
His production energies began to draw him further and further into this magical music, which knew no bounds, and in 1998 Vincenzo released his debut album, the classic '1?800?Vincenzo,' on none other than the newly blossoming Dessous Imprint to great International applause. Numerous solo and collaborative releases followed, notching up studio time in New York with Alexi Delano (aka A.D.N.Y), leading to the A.D.N.Y & Vincenzo project. Clearly picking up a heavy dose of those soulful, US House flavours that would never wash away... His year spent living in New York proved Vincenzo had real International appeal, and increased touring to play gigs in House Clubs stateside, as well as globally, confirmed this musical passion was meant to be.
His relationship with the funky yet stripped, Deep House movement continued through his enigmatic 'Strip Joint Grooves' series on Dessous, and also through further collaborations with San Francisco's Dj Rasoul, Nottingham's John Buckby aka Schmoov, Marc Schneider (aka Snider) and many, many more. Indeed his name and musical offerings continued to elevate and inspire, and recent releases and remixes on Dessous and Hamburg's LiebeDetail records suggested a more mature, techy sound had sprouted from the seasoned house?head's mixing desk. 2007's notable remix for the LiebeDetail offshoot label 'Spezial', a stunning re?think of a Move?D modern classic, 'Anne Will', won him notoriety for effortlessly transcending both the Deep House and Minimal Techno worlds.... creating a reduced beach party track that also had the power to deeply rock the clubs!
Vincenzo racked?up a serious amount of air miles over his long and busy career (and he continues to do so!) He has worked with some of the most important producers and labels within his field of expertise, yet he maintains a humble existence, not wanting to over ?play his part in the grand scheme of things. In fact, he shouldn't be so humble, as his records, both old and new, are consistently played and charted by a spectrum of Djs that most producers could only dream of... No surprise then that his most recent EP ?s for Pokerflat,Freerange and his own new imprint Teardrop picked up big support from steve bug,laurent garnier,josh wink,ian pooley and sasse.only to name a few: proof once more that this traditionally?underground impresario of House is here to stay, and continues to share his unique sound with the world
Mexico MEXIQUE (MEX)
Francisco de Tavira starts his career in 2001 after three active years gettin’ into the mexican electronic scene. In the beginning he was part of events where he listened to grand part of the international DJ’s,
Get Physical / Cocoon / Trapez - Amsterdam (NDE)
International DJ, music maker and founding spirit of Amsterdam imprint Intacto Records – Shinedoe's unique vision of electronic dance music, combined with her talent, dynamism and pioneering spirit have acted as a springboard, propelling her to the forefront of house and techno global club scenes.
Living in Amsterdam with strong Nigerian ties, Shinedoe's love of music and passion for dance provided the only fuel she needed to start experimenting with mixes in the early nineties. Her tremendous ability to create a personalised fusion of warm and funky sounds switching from warm Detroit techno to funky house to US garage ensured she was in popular demand as a DJ by the time she was nineteen.
In 2004 she created a dance bomb with the release of her first single 'Dillema' on 100% Pure. It became the 2004 summer anthem of the Cocoon club (Ibiza) loved by the likes of Richie Hawtin, Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth and Luciano.
In the same year she founded Amsterdam label Intacto Records together with Dylan Hermelijn (aka 2000 and One).
And her vision of electronic dance music now? Her latest album "No Boundaries" says it all.
MICROQLIMA / LE CABANON Toulouse (FR)
Tech House - House
During the lifetime of the Qosmiet Union the details of their space program were kept completely secret. The real identities of their sound and spaceqraft engineers were never revealed in their lifetimes.
Victor Petroï is one of the newcomers of house from Paris. Playing deep and raw house, he's all about sharing feelings during his sets.
CATWASH RECORDS / ADULT ONLY / GET PHYSICAL /SUPPLEMENTS FACT // Paris (FR)
Catwash are the production partnership of DJ W!LD and CHRIS CARRIER. Both producers have been performing very well lately on labels such as Get Physical, Crack & Speed, Brique Rouge, on DJ Wild's label, Catwash Records and on Chris's label , Adult Only.
Stalwart Records - Paris (FR)
House Music is a passion, a vocation we like to say, this is what has always driven DJ RORK since the late 80's when he heard his first electronic beats. World global DJ, remix master and label manager, he's one of the true pioneers in France to have lead the way bringing house music to the French scene. After more than 15 years, DJ RORK has kept his refined influence over the electronic music scene in France. His passion and understanding of quality house music lead him to regular bookings at famous worldwide venues, spreading and sharing widely deep and soulful vibes, always aiming at touching people's "Body, Heart & Soul".
1988: RORK attends the first rave parties in France where he gets to feel his first emotions through electronic music. Back then he becomes aware of the empowering and rising influence from DJ's over different music styles of the likes of garage, techno, house music... And that's what he loves... RORK then got his own turntables, worked his technique out and eventually started mixing at home. 1992: He works in a parisian record shop which allows him to dig into record crates listening to imports from Detroit, Chicago, New York... This was just the perfect way to get multiple influences and narrow its musical style as a DJ. 1993: For his very first gig in public, he spins for a crowd of 3,000 people at the New Year's Eve party at Palais des Papes in Avignon. The right next day some media create the buzz around the event raving about "an hysteric moment". This really means his debut as a professional DJ. 1994: He joins Radio FG, first radio station in France dedicated to underground house music, and hosts his own weekly residency mixing live from the FG studio. Years later, he still has his weekly show that finally became a most-recommended rendez-vous for versatile and fresh selected groove-lovers, broacasted every Monday from 1am to 2am. In 2000, french talented vocalist Lady Bird joined him.
*** DJ / Producer / Remixer ***
RORK likes to blend into his dynamic sets his eclectic influences coming from the roots of R&B, soul, funk, disco, deep house and house music. He strives to reach only one goal: move people's body & soul through the sensual and rhythmed melodies of his timeless refined music. His unique technique of mixing soulful grooves and vibes gave him the opportunity to play all over the world since 1993 in the most prestigious clubs in Paris (Rex Club, Queen, Djoon...), New York, London, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong-Kong, Bejing, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, the Caribbeans, Copenhagen, Köln, Geneva, Milan, Kuala Lumpur, Marrakech, Beirut, Praga, Zurich, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Soweto...
1998: He produces his first single on Serial Records "I Wanna See You Come Down" which quickly became a hit. He drew interest from french musician Demon Ritchie and vocalist Lady Bird who joined him to form the musical trio "Soldiers Of Twilight". Together they produced and released many records but 2 tracks "Believe" and "Drive On" hit high positions in the radio charts (Radio FG, BBC Radio One, Kiss FM...) and received big support from international DJ's in the likes of Osunlade, Kerri Chandler, Tony Humphries, Martin Solveig, Masters At Work, Danny Krivit, Pete Tong, Dennis Ferrer... As well they are some of the most requested tracks to appear on CD compilations. 2001: He mixes his first CD compilation on Distance Music's "French Sessions Vol. 6". 2002: The follow up comes with the CD mixed compilation project "Paris Calling", still on Distance Music. 2003: He is asked to produce some remixes such as Miguel Migs "The Night" on Naked Music. Remixing Cesaria Evora's "Sodade" on BMG gave him the opportunity to take part into Cesaria Evora remixed album project with Kerri Chandler, Carl Craig, François Kervorkian, Osunlade... 2004: Release of "After Dark Paris" on KinkySweet Music exclusively mixed for the USA. Sold out within a month on the shelves in New York and Miami! 2007: World acclaimed top French chefs the Pourcel brothers give him total freedom to create a new concept of CD compilation which comes out as "Sens / Repas Contemporain". 2008: After 2 remixes for new french pop sensation Christophe Willem on SONY/BMG, he actively collaborates with South Africans KentPhonik to release later his rework of "Hiya Kaya" which rised high interest at the Miami's WMC 2008 and intense support from Roger Sanchez, Osunlade, Frankie Feliciano, DJ Spinna, Jamie Lewis... That track is quickly requested and playlisted in all continent, staying number one on Traxsource chart for 10 weeks and eventually earned a Grammy Award in Portugal. 2009: RORK keeps on producing remixes for major house music labels and artists such as Purple Music, Women On Wax, Barcoda for Musol & Central Avenue, Pete Simpson & Natascha Watts, Kentphonik "Uthando" on Stalwart... 2010: Projects include new remixes and productions: 2010 - Deep Djoe feat. Veronica Larrenne "Sing 4 U Everyday" - DJ Rork Rework (Stalwart) / Salvatore Agrosi & Fast Vision Soul "Soul Fantastic" - DJ Rork Remix (United Music) / Jerk House Connection feat. Akram "Each & Everyday Day" - DJ Rork Shore Club Sunrise Mix (Defected/Antho) / El Prevost feat. Jannae "Choose You" - DJ Rork Remixes (Stalwart) - 2011: Diva Down Entertainment ft. Susu Bobien "Praise Always" DJ Rork Remix (GKF) - Franky Boissy ft. Akram " Mama Used To Say" DJ Rork Classic Mix & DJ Rork 1993 Mix (Antho Records).
*** Label Manager ***
2004: He creates his own music label « STALWART » with JCN (creator of the Agency Style) and Olivier Velay (former A&R for Distance Music). This label is set to be a reference for quality soulful and refined house music, incorporating the heritage of its roots while reaching out more people. Aaron Ross, Byron Stingily, DJ Fudge, Kentphonik, Michelle Weeks, Rocco, Casamena, DJ Meme are some of the artists that have released on STALWART.
House Music, Deep House, Soulful, Black Music...
IANVS71 / Foto Recordings // Naples (ITA)
Baptized and programmed in the notorious 80's in a Germany still
divided, soon arrives in Italy, to Naples, where he enjoys the artistic
fervor that animates those years.
An old Commodore 64 and a bass guitar become his most beloved
companions, who exploit them and bends them in front of his creative
impulse.He started writing his own pieces by self-taught bass player in
2007, has become a devoted son of the synth, begins his intense
relationship with the production.
He performs as a DJ while proposing his clear and precise selection
between Naples, Bologna Rome and Milan.
Author of several soundtracks for Antony Morato, Playboy and for a
movie, in 2011 overlooking the northern European nudisco scene
landscape and finally its first ep "The Basement Boutique Ep" under the
Dutch label Sleazy Beats Recordings.Keep for a whole week the first
place in sales of UK distributor Juno records and ranks among the 20
best albums of the year according to the list drawn up by the weekly
"The Village Voice" in New York.
Even with planned future releases Ooft! (Photo Recordings), the French
Sharivari Records and the Ibizan FVENTI.
Descending Order // Slovenia (SLO)
Real name Dennis Beganovich, jazz trombonist, keyboard player,composer-arranger,producer. A big Brasilian music lover, I went to skoolz all over the world(had fun),v ery much involved with electronic music, working a lot for different Dj's as Valentino Kanzyani with whom he wrote the famous hit LELIWA (I'd say yes), helping make remixes for many of them,s ideman musician for Slovenian pop star MAGNIFICO where he plays trombone, trumpet, euphonium tenor, keyboards and backing vocals. Currently he is running his own project (nu-jazz,bossa,lounge music) band AREIA. Writes music for short movies. Released for other artists on many big dance labels as earresistible musick, Yoshitoshi-(Dep Dish label), La factoria, Shinichi, Jesus Loved You, Universal Japan ,Sony Italy, Scenariomusic, CR2... played a lot in different salsa bands, pop bands. some of my tunes got on many compilations all over the world. One of the most successful tunes is also featured on Deep Dish mix cd -Toronto-global underground. Still working a lot in a jazz enviroment, writing-arranging for different groups....Currently focusing on a upcoming album F.O.A. together with ANEURIA and just joined the Colours in Music crew with an upcoming release. You can contact me for any recording or live gig with instruments or as a djset, or for telling you some fresh jokes....
(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.