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.
IANVS71 / Gloss Club // Milan (ITA)
He's the "it" dj for to say: the one that knows what to do everywhere.
His sound full of groove and warmth has always been influenced by house music, his first but
never forgotten love. Clay started to buy, collect and then play records inspired by the most
notorious of the 90's from New York, Chicago and Detroit in his magical, grunge attic! Within a
short time he began to play at private parties and then progressed up to the best clubs of that
time, such as The Base, Fluid, Pulp, De Sade, Echoes and many others.. In 2005 he started to work
with Gloss Club, which enabled him to play with underground artists like Boris Werner, Art
Department, Solomun, Margaret Dygas, Ilario Alicante, Jimpster, Droog, Bill Patrick, Laura Jones,
Memoryman, Dana Ruh and many others.
In 2011 he became the official dj at the Club Tipic where he shared the dj set with Dennis Ferrer,
Miss Kittin, Josh Wink, Satoshi Tomiie, System of Survival, ecc and he regularly opened for for the
Regarding productions, after a release with Francesco Leali (one half of Clockwork) he barricaded
himself in the recording studio, overusing Logic , which would push his music project further.
With some finished tracks we can foresee that 2012 will bring his music efforts to life.
Enzo was born in 1990 in the French Alpes. Thanks to his dad, he discovered little by little music, especially Jazz and Blues with artist such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Sonny Boy Williamson…For him, Jazz is the basis of all kind of music. At first, Enzo was a Rap Underground lover but at the age of 16 he discovered what was House music when he bought his first records from Defected In The House Label.
He found really interesting the fact that he could find some jazzy touch in House music but also the mix with percussions and beats.
In 2009, his point of view of House music knew a turning point when Enzo heard for the first time a mix of Nima Gorji. This was exactly what he was looking for. He started then to follow Nima’s style, discovering this underground atmosphere.
Everything came into real in the Summer 2011, when Enzo worked hard to pay his first CD players and mixer. He set up in his house a small area where he could play and record his first mix.
Lola Ed // Paris (FR)
A club kid in Paris in the early 00s and inspired by great artists of the time Dan Ghenacia, Ivan Smagghe, Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano, Djebali was ultimately drawn into life, first gracing the decks of a club in 2001. Since then he has evolved into an accomplished house producer, launching his self-titled imprint in 2011 and making his Circoloco debut on the Terrace at DC10 Ibiza.
Developing a taste for deep and groovy house, Djebali cut his teeth at some of the finest hangouts in Paris, making numerous appearances at Rex Club and holding a residency at Freak n’Chic’s Batofar parties between 2008 and 2010. Further afield, Djebali has brought his bounce and charisma to the likes of (how do u say dead) Bar25, Space Red Box Ibiza, KamaKama, Harry klein Vertigo Costa Rica, Gipsy Moscow, alongside influential names including Seth Troxler, Tania Vulcano, Visionquest and Christian Burkhardt.
On the production front, Djebali caught the attention of none other than Jay Haze. Totally charmed by Djebali’s warm and fluid style, his first EP ‘Fanfare’ was released on Jay’s label Tuning Spork in 2008. Releases on Freak n’Chic followed, the inaugural label of quality Parisian house talent, delivering his 4 track ‘LAX EP’ to wide critical acclaim. With ‘Sorry, I Missed The Sky’, Djebali further cemented his signature smooth, organic house sound.
2011 saw the launch of ( djebali ), a limited vinyl series of only his music, produced, arranged and mixed exclusively on analogue gears. The first two releases received support from the likes of Jimpster, Burnski, Kate Simko and Sebo K, while the third release, comprising of two deeply hypnotic tracks, is just about to drop. On the remix front, with noteworthy labels like Monique Musique and Nordik Net already under his belt, Djebali has a number of forthcoming releases on Turquoise Blue and Limonada, as well as a rework for Inland Knights on Homecoming Music.
2012 looks set then to be another exciting year for Djebali, and what better way to kick things off than New Year’s Day with Circoloco, as he heads to Ibiza to rock DC10 once again.
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.
Moon Harbour / Noir Music / Great Stuff // Prishtina Kosovo
Few Djs or producers inspire an entire genre with their style alone. Sabb (Sabri Kastrati), has single handedly done such that. Hailing from the capitol of Kosovo, Prishtina, his Deep-Techy-Tribal-Hypnotic grooves have made him an important player in the electronic music scene over the last two years. You can find many of Sabb's releases on some of the most respected and major underground electronic labels such as Audiomatique Recordings, Noir Music, Great Stuff Recordings, Defected, Toolroom Records, Cr2, Definitive, MBF, Connaisseur, Stealth Rec, Monique Musique, Nervous just to name a few.
Just within the last few months Sabb has been very busy remixing artists like Pleasurekraft,Wally Lopez,Chris Lake, Carlo Lio, Saeed Younan, Wehbba, Gary Beck, Supernova and Hector Couto among others. Only a year after beginning his production carreer,, Sabb's first record release, "Dead Corps", landed immediately on top 100 beatport charts and was released on his own label, SK Supreme Records. So did his last 2 Original Releases "Nasty Girl" Released on Great Stuff Recordings jumped to #8 on Tech House Charts and his "Cowbell Talk" released on his own imprint SK Supreme Records reached #32 and had several plays by Tanzmann&Squillace,Carola,Luciano,Wally Lopez and many more. He's also peaked twice at #2 on the beatport Deep House Charts with "Sax On Wax" and his Summer of 2010 hit, "Ballkanika". The "Ballkanika" release also featured a remix by Mendo (which peaked at #3 on Beatport Tech House Charts) and has been licensed for Toolroom Knights mixed by Mark Knight.
Wether in a beach party in the United States or in a nightclub in Europe, Sabb's versatile DJ sets are fueled by the spontaneous and subtle nuances of the venue and crowd.
appearances (just to name some):
Cielo ( New York - USA ),
Nikki Beach ( Miami - USA )
Avalon ( Hollywood/Los Angelos - USA )
Danny Tenaglia & Friends durin WMC at Surfcomber ( Miami - USA )
Electric Pickle ( Miami - USA )
Lima ( Washington - USA )
Vision ( Naples - USA )
Senso ( Orlando - USA )
Mood Club ( Strasbourg - France)
Nordstern ( Basel - Swiss )
Music Please (Brussels Belgium )
Stairs Club ( Zurich - Swiss )
Colosseum ( Skopje - Macedonia )
Little Buddha ( Amsterdam - Netherlands)
Grajski Raj ( Ljubljana - Slovenia )
Spray Club ( Prishtina - Kosovo )
Zone Club ( Prishtina - Kosovo )
and many more..
RARE MOVEMENT - Geneve - Switerland (CHE)
RARE MOVEMENT (DJ Madfunk & Pierre C) is the association of 2 friends/artists both, opened to a vast range of music and passionate for "Black Music".
Fantastic Friends Rec / One Records (US)
Originally hailing from Manila, Philippines and now firmly rooted in San Francisco, Martin Aquino is an exciting new name on the scene who is making waves with his underground, deep tech-house sound. It was in Manila, as a teenager, that Martin first encountered house music and developed his love for the genre. By the age of 17, Martin was regularly playing at renowned venues within the cities of Makati and Manila.??Martin soon found himself traveling back-and-forth between Manila and San Francisco. It was on the US west coast that he became familiar and fascinated with the bay area’s brand of deep house. Martin’s sound evolved to include this influence which he brought back to the Philippines through his in-demand DJ sets. Soon Martin made the plunge and relocated to San Francisco where he could play, produce, and thrive in the heart of its world famous dance music scene.??Martin’s obsession with the music and his sound naturally led to music production. Since 2011, he’s already recorded well-received singles for labels like Resopal Schallware, One Records, and District Raw. Martin’s production, while riding the border between house and techno, keeps a leg deep in the sound of the underground. He strives for music that is organic and eclectic while still rawly effective in the nightclub.
Transmit Recordings / Pacha Nyc // New York (US)
You can hear it in his music: The countless nights of dance floor devastation, the appreciation for the heritage of dance music, the aggressive desire to innovate and do something new. Listen to “Foul Beats,” one of Boris’s first tracks for revered techno label SCI+TECH, and it’s all right there.
There are overnight sensations, and then there’s Boris. Baptized in the booths of New York City, the Russian native learned the craft of DJ-ing in front of the most demanding crowds in the world, developing a deep sense of what moves a packed floor in a moment, an hour, or a full night-to-morning extended session. From TKYEAR to today, he’s been a resident at every major New York nightclub (including Pacha, Crobar, and Roxy), and received award nominations for his service (Club World Awards, America’s Best DJ), not to mention the adoration of dedicated fans: His “BELIEVE” brand is based on their faith in him. He’s also released several compilations on local label Nervous; timeless capsules of the sounds of the city. (He’s set to release a new album on Nervous this March.)
But New York is just the beginning of the story. Boris is a resident at Space (Miami), a regular at BPM Festival (Mexico) and Wet Republic (Las Vegas), and has brought his particular set of skills to Japan, Korea, and Ibiza. His annual pool party Get Wet is a staple of Miami Music Week.
Now, Boris is parlaying all that international intelligence into new productions that represent a fresh musical direction. New Generation, his aptly named debut EP on SCI+TECH (the venerable underground label of legendary artist Dubfire), is deep techno with an energetic BPM: One cut of undeniable funk (“Generate”) and one of undeniable filth (“Foul Beats”), each meant to take the night to the next level. It follows up “Give Yourself” on Roger Sanchez’s Stealth, an electro-house nugget with a walloping kick drum and epic double breakdown. These are the first in a stream of new work melding harder tech sounds with dance floor dynamics.
Get Physical / Kompakt / Turbo // Los Angeles (DEN)
Tomas have played drums since he was 10 years old, but at some point in his late teens he bought a recordplayer, an Atari and an Akai mono-sampler. He slowly started djing and producing housemusic. Since then (late 90’s) he have been doing loads of club oriented music, both alone and together with different partners and on different labels. After some years in the electronic clubscene the live music was slowly catching in on him again, and he startet Whomadewho with two fellow danes, where he plays drums and produce.
For ‘Tomboy’ / Tomas Barfod the kickstart came with the acid / disco 12” series on Gomma records, shortly afterwards came releases on Get Physical, Kitsune and Turbo, where ‘Samba’ and ‘I.K. Guitar’ became clubbangers. Tomboy also is a much requested remixer and have done remixes of such diverse artists as Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, Gorillaz, Lance de Sardi, Digitalism, Telex, Chromeo, Asia Argento just to name a few. As a dj he played legendary clubs like Fabric (London), Panorama Bar (Berlin), Weekend (Berlin), Bar 25 (Berlin), Goa (Roma), Magazini Genarali (Milan), Razzmatazz (Barcelona), Lux (Portugal), Social Club (Paris).
Tomas has been involved in many different constalations. The most important is Whomadewho, who have released two albums and have been touring the whole world from New York to Sydney and been playing the most significant clubs and festivals like Sonar, Glastonbury, Melt and 10 days off. Old friend Kasper Bjørke has also been important with their project Filur. With Fredski (Tartelet label partner) Tomas recently did two ep’s on Get Physical and the track ‘Swan Lake’ made it to the records bag of all important house djs and climed to number 7 at the main Beatport chart....search youtube for ‘Barfod’ and ‘Swan lake’ and you will see. In addition Tomas has been working with many danish acts from upcoming indietronica band Giana Factory to Punk legend Steen Jørgensen and majorleague producer Anders Trentemøller with whom Tomas produced the classic ‘Copenhagen’. Recently he produced ‘Bubububadub’ together with MHM 1, the track (which actually feature vocals by Whomadewho) made it to Loco Dice’s ‘The Lab’ complilation and in Ricardo Villalobos’ recordbag.
As the head of bookings of Copenhagen Distortion Barfod has been taking part in developing the festival into one of Scandinavias most important contemporary festivals. In 2008 Barfod also founded the Label tartelet with fellow dane Fredski - Tartelet is known for their hand-drawn ‘anti-Versace’ artwork and many quality releases from producers like Waraika, Claude Von Stroke, Ink & Needle, Mhm 1 and offcause Tomas himself. German magazine De:Bug wrote that Tartelet is one of 2009’s most important labels and a very diverse pool of djs are supporting - from Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano and Richie Hawtin to Erol Alkan, Duke Dumont and Brodinski.
Just Jack / Hot Creations / 2020 Vision // London (UK)
From ‘Autumn Days’ to tides of change, spring 2011 marks a season of renewal for Burnski. This exciting young man from the north-east coast of England has come a long way since he first stepped into the spotlight, and the coming months look set to bring another round of developments.
With one of the biggest selling releases in the history of 2020 Vision, Burnski was hailed as a prodigy upon first surfacing in the mid 00's. Since then, he has cemented a solid reputation as an artist erring on the deeper side of the dancefloor, releasing consistently excellent music on labels such as Poker Flat, Morris/Audio, Trapez, Dessous and Hot Creations – his release ‘Malibu’ for the latter being one of the standout tunes of 2010’s Ibiza season, finding its way into Mixmag’s end of year Top 100 tracks, Soul Clap’s ‘Social Experiment’ compilation for Number 19 Music, and Heidi’s Radio 1 show.
A three week DJ tour in South America was the catalyst for changes both musical and personal in 2011. Inspired by new landscapes and sounds, Burnski has found a new energy and put it to good use in the studio, with a slew of new music on the way. ‘Sometimes Takes Longer’ is a 3-track EP which is scheduled for May release, courtesy of his old friends at Dessous. Prior to this he also adds a new association to his discography with the arrival of ‘Tropical Nights’, via the hotly tipped Real Tone label.
Furthermore, two compelling remixes round off act one this year – one for nu-school Detroit artist Kris Wadsworth, on the emerging One Records; and secondly for the legendary Robert Owens, courtesy of Back to Basics, the musical arm of the much-loved Leeds club night, where he holds a DJ residency.
A steadfast vinyl advocate and always armed with a bag of fresh music, Burnski’s DJ sets are intuitive and versatile, swinging between disco, deep house and Detroit tipped techno, his sets fulfil both the hedonistic and more focused minds in any crowd, and recently won him a nomiation in the ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ category in DJ Mag’s recent round of awards.
His style is now familiar at some of the most established clubs in Europe such as Fabric in London, Watergate in Berlin and The Loft in Barcelona, as well as further afield on the rooftops of Beirut, beaches of Melbourne and warehouses of New York and San Francisco – these just some of the places to benefit from his deep and groove led style.
OVERdrive / Scander Records // Toulouse (FR)
Luca Bariani starts deejaying and discovers electronic music at the age of sixteen.
With his techno style, gigs goes in many clubs of Toulouse, it's also the chance to share the decks with great artists like Mirko Loko, Alex Millan, Spirit Catcher, Kyzen, Sync Therapy, Traumer, SLZ, Nicolas Cuer, Worakls, Nhar, Jules & Moss, SCAN X ...
He joins the OVERdrive Events crew as a resident dj.
In 2K13, Luca Bariani works in collaboration with Killian Bartok. Together, they produce Soul of Stone EP on Scander records. New tracks are coming up in 2K13 like Magnitude and Lithium 5 on a project with Killian Bartok and Kristina K.
PoleGroup Recordings / Planet Rhythm // Oviedo (ES)
The biggest challenge a musician or producer of any musical type or style has to face, whether they like it or not, is to see whether their work can create a path that other artists will follow or lay the foundation for the work of other artists. Juan Rico, the Asturian known within the scene as REEKO, is well aware of this.
Born in Oviedo (Asturias) in 1981, Reeko is a dj who has rapidly attained the recognition other artists have taken a long time to gain. In his case it’s not been a matter of chance or coincidence, but the result of his innate and incredible capacity to be prolific, alongside his obsession for perfection. He marks is his birth as a dj about 1997, but it wasn’t until his first release in 2002 under the Swedish label Emergence that he became known professionally.
There is no need to name all the aliases that Juan Rico has used to release the diverse artistic sensations which flow from him, but these are characteristic which define his personality and are a part of REEKO himself. Producing and performing under different names allows him to concentrate fully on each individual event by devoting himself completely to an idea or style to which he is totally faithful, putting aside for a moment sounds and influences that don’t belong in the particular character which he is mutating into at the time.
The result is a knock out. Under the name of REEKO he has released huge techno productions which have charted and been played by the best djs in the world, right from the first tracks and EPs for labels as reputable as Theory, Main out, Integrale Muzique, Deafmosaic, Inceptive, Rxxistance, Trece Records, Symbolism, Planet Rhythm, Warm up or Palicavonzvreca.
Reeko created Mental Disorder, his “pathological” label/laboratory, in 2003 under which he has released 12 works of ever increasing quality. The latest (The Day After, 2010) received a wonderfully warm welcome as one of the best releases in Hispanic Techno of the year. Artists such as Gennaro le fosse, Pacou, Oscar Mulero have collaborated with his very personal label.
Next came the label Evidence in 2005, where he opens up to his passion for the darkest and sickest part of the human mind. He looks deep within the human psyche where most of us would never go or dare explore. That is where the laconic, aggressive and totally sweeping sound that characterises him stems from. Reputable artists who have published with Evidence are Function, Paul Bailey and Trolley Route, to name a few.
He has received great praise for his collaborations with the Humano project and the Belgian label MusicMan, home of the purest of European techno. During this last decade, his most outstanding performances have been in Awakenings and Monegros 2005, Aquasella, Tresor and his Brazil tour of 2008.
The story so far reaches a climax when Reeko joins the cream of techno: the PoleGroup, formed in 2008. On the frontline of this group is Oscar Mulero, indisputable leader of the darkest Iberian techno, joined by the Asturian duo Exium and the surprising and experienced Christian Wünsch. The most recent addition to this team is Architectural, someone who will give us lots and lots to talk about.
Reeko finds himself, unexpectedly but deservedly, among the elite of Hispanic techno.