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.
Gomma / SSHO / BBE // Paris (FR)
It was DJing that gave 36-year-old Dimitri his start more than a decade ago, when the European radio station CFM hired him to mix records on the air. Because of what he describes as a lack of dance remixers in France, his career in radio led to his being asked to rework tracks for various artists, among them Björk, New Order, and the Brand New Heavies. Along the way he was hired by chic fashion designers like Chanel, Gaultier, and Lagerfeld to put together soundtracks for runway shows and boutiques.
"What happened was that I started DJing and then there were more and more tools -- technical tools -- available to us DJs that would allow us to make more creative things and eventually to make our own music without actually knowing how to play a particular instrument. With the advent of samplers and other machines at a budget that made them accessible in the mid '80s, we started making our own tracks. I was also learning the process of how a track is constructed by doing remixes for people. Finally, I was able to produce my own tracks."
Sublime Records / 70 Drums / R&S Records // Tokyo (JPN)
One of the most innovative and experimental composers who have made a mark on the International dance scene. Ken Ishii started making his version techno at a time when Japan was not yet at the crossroads where all things techno came together.
Get Physical // Berlin (GER)
Be it as a DJ or as a producer, IOAKIM SAYZ wants to plant his tracks in the ears of every music enthusiast with a penchant for electronic music. As for the diversity of his music, it is almost limitless but always chosen carefully to inspire and thrill his audience.
Creativity through intuition, authenticity through down-to-earth beliefs, and effectiveness through quality are his maxims that run like a leitmotif through his productions as well as his DJ sets; Labels such as Get Physical, CusCus and Monkeeplatez are just the first to notice IOAKIM's potential. Expect a lot more to come in the future...
Backstage IOAKIM SAYZ is cautious and considerate, however, he is striving and consumed when performing music. He has a knack for choosing the right tune at the right time and loves to interact with the crowd as an expression of his passion for music and people.
Thus it is essential to experience him live to get a glimpse of this conglomeration of attitude and music, which - connected with IOAKIM SAYZ’ physical presence behind the decks - results in an explosive mixture, that should drive the groove with full force into the hips of every last listener. So, mouth shut, ears open, and down into happiness
Catwash / Dogmatik / District Raw / Turquoise Blue / Overall Music // Canarian (ES)
M.A.M. Label Boss from the forthcoming label DOWNHILL MUSIC.... with
artist signed like S-ampel. Jack Wickham, Alex Arnout, Yamen & EDA or
kames Barnsley....Dj and producer from Canary Islands; during the last
three years, M.A.M. has seen how his skill has grown, by his innate
talent for music, and his huge creativity on his sets, the fusion of
various styles, but all with underground seal. In 2010, M.A.M. starts
working as resident of Mirage Club with artist like Kasper or Michael
Melchner. 2011 has been specially positive; has played in Canarian big
festivals and clubs, with artists like Terence :Terry:, Martin Landsky,
Matthias Tanzmann, Tiefschwarz, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Luciano, Lee
Van Dowski, Marc Antona, Robert Dietz and more... As a producer, his
talent is undeniable, playing practically all kind of house and techno
styles, but with a personal seal, endorsed by his releases on important
labels, a, Apulia Records, Catwash, Dogmatik, District Raw, Back and
Forth, Overall Music, Lowpitch, Turquoise Blue, Pura Music etc....
Mobilee Records - Toronto (CAN)
Over the past 10 years, Toronto native Sean Miller has built a strong and vibrant DJ/Producer career. Through hard work, a passion for music and an unwavering dedication to his craft he has garnered wide international recognition from the music industry and clubbers alike.
Sean exploded on the scene in 2003 during his prestigious two year residency at the legendary Boa nightclub in Toronto. In 2005 Boa was renamed Sonic and under new leadership of house music guru David Morales, Sean remained the resident. That same year, Sean was in the spotlight once again as he solidified his position from a North American perspective as the official opening DJ on Steve Lawler's, Lights Out & Viva tours for North America.
Admired globally, Sean has played at some of the most renowned nightclubs and festivals in both North and South America, Europe and The Middle East, such as Global Gatherings, Creamfields Argentina and Peru, Ministry Of Sound in London, Space in Miami, Avalon in Los Angeles, Spirit & Pacha in New York, Red Light in Paris, La mania in Romania and Stereo in Montreal. To name a few..
Following his first release "Swells" on Chus and Ceballos' Stereo Productions in 2003, Sean's productions have found their way on some of the leading labels in dance music today; Steve Lawler's Harlem and Viva Music, Audiofly's Supernature, Nic Fanciulli's Saved Records, 2000andOne's Area Remote and various collaborations with renowned artists such as Lee Burridge.
At the forefront of a new generation of up and coming DJ/Producers, Sean Miller is spreading his unique sound of cutting edge house music to clubs all over the world.
My name is Tigran Sukiasyan. I am from Armenia. I've been working on the sphere of electronic music for 6 years.
After 1 year of learning I was already a resident DJ at Aftershock Republic (one of the largest clubs in Yerevan).
After my success I got a lot of invitations from a plenty of party-makers and radios in Yerevan. In 2009 I won the
first award as "The Best Hit DJ of armenia" from Geometria Yerevan.In 2011 I founded my own SmooveMusic Studio and
started composing, remixing and working on and on with great enthusiasm.We make our releases under the name of
SmooveMusic. Now we do compose music in such genres like deep and tech house. In December of 2012 we releases
our tracks (smoovemusic - Rush (original mix) , SmooveMusic - So much pain (original mix),
SmooveMusic - Msg From Hell.The mentioned tracks became very popular among Armenian lovers of electronic music.
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.
Get Physical / Area Remote / Bla Bla // El Cartel De Medellin (COL)
Jose M. & TacoMan is a project created in the middle of 2010 with the intention of doing a unique sound led to the dance floor defined as Funky Deep Tech.
His work together marked the difference in the industry and instantly their tracks achieve positions in Beatport tops and various specialty shops.
Their tracks are in the cases of legendary DJs like Richie Hawtin, Paco Osuna, Joris Voorn, Umek, Sebastien Leger, Popof, Dave Clarke, Mark Knight, René Amesz, Gel Abril, Tom Hades, Andrea Doria, John Acquaviva, Alex Celler, Audiojack, Mathias Kaden, Mendo, Kaiserdisco, Nic fanciulli, Jay Lumen etc
Recently signed to major labels as Get Physical, BlaBla, Material, Trapez etc having a large catalog on vinyl and digital format.
They have performed in countries such as Holland, Spain, Italy, Panama, and at home have monthly residency at the clubs Mansion and Wild Club Medellin city also miss some of the important festivals as UltraMar and Open Minds Festival.
This duo does not stop and this year we have many music surprises!
Soulful Club Paris (fr)
House - Deep House
DJOON is a restaurant - bar - club in Paris receive famous like Laurnt Garnier, Osunlade, Theo Parrish, Dixon, Moodymann
Safari Numerique / Serialism Records // Berlin (UK)
Onirik and Pablo Tarno, passionate music lovers, started spinning wax to gether in London, building a strong reputation for coherent and unexpected dj sets, showcasing their taste for minimalist / dub techno and chicago / detroit house with a soft spot for jazzy influences, performing together or individually in clubs and warehouse parties such as Fabric, ToiToi or Half Baked.
Now in Berlin, in less than a year these two have increasingly started to turn
heads and gain momentum while playing at the city’s hot spots in the likes of
CDV, Watergate, Tresor, Weekend Club, Renate, Prince Charles or Kater Holzig.
While Onirik is working as A&R for both Half Baked Records and Serialism
Records, having released his acclaimed “Broken EP” on the latter, in addition to a handful of appearances on Safari Numerique and Musik Kollektiv, Pablo has been busy finishing off is his long awaited EP “Back 2 the Roots” co produced with Anthony Constans on Serialism, which will be released in April.
Last but not least, the duo are starting their own imprint, Finest Hour, a platform for like minded individuals and friends, with a first release date planned in June.
Just Jack // Crosstown Rebels // Cocoon // Cadenza / Leeds (UK)
Gavin Herlihy's music has been a constant feature on underground house and techno's most iconic labels for the last few years. Starting 2012 with EPs on Crosstown Rebels, Culprit and Leftroom his discography is backed up by previous outings on scene leaders like Cocoon, Cadenza, Get Physical and Buzzin Fly. As comfortable writing sublime deep house as he is at crafting no-nonsense future techno, few artists have achieved such a broad base of label support as this enigmatic Irishman.
Now based in the UK's capital of house music, Leeds, Herlihy (pronounced Herl-I-hee) is an established feature on the global DJ circuit. He earned his place thanks to a two year stint learning his trade as an up-and-coming producer in Berlin at the end of the 2000s where he notched up gigs at the Panorama Bar, Watergate and Bar 25. In the last year his tracks have been championed by a diverse array of DJs from Seth Troxler and Ricardo Villalobos to Jamie Jones and Pete Tong. A split EP with Detroit legend Delano Smith in the Summer was supported by the house and techno elite while his deep and dark bomb 'With Me' added fire to his ever evolving relationship with hot UK label, Leftroom.
It's a long way from his debut single 'Machine Ate My Homework' in 2006, hailed by DJ Hell and Laurent Garnier as one of the tracks of the year. However, his roots in dance music lie much deeper than that. Herlihy's teenage years were spent lost in the experimental rock of bands like Sonic Youth, Rage Against The Machine and Fugazi before uncovering electronic music during an eye opening festival pilgrimage to England at the tender age of 14. During this pivotal trip he remembers in particular hearing early drum 'n' bass on a north London pirate radio station. "It sounded like the future being beamed down the radio waves," he says. "And I've been chasing it ever since."
The coming months will find Herlihy's career as a DJ and producer entering the next phase. With his EPs on Crosstown, Culprit and Leftroom creating an incendiary start to 2012 and more big releases in the pipeline his star is set to shine even brighter than ever.
Diynamic Music // Hamburg (GER)
dj phono has no fear of failing, for if he shall fail it will be with utter jubilation. he has nothing to loose, but is willing to risk
everything. this makes him uncomfortable and unpredictable for all those who dare nothing in life. one thought that never
troubles him during his morning toilet is: "impulsive menschen kennen keine grenzen".
even though being a member of the formation deichkind has evolved dj phono into a different person one should refrain
from confusing the two. neither does dj phono produce music for deichkind, nor does their repertoire appear in his dj set.
he is the brain behind the deichkind liveshow and the whole overriding concept hidden within the techno lunacy. right from
the off he has continuously and tirelessly attempted to force a gap between proletarian and sophisticated culture. he is a
hellbender and merciless critic of the band luring them towards the end of the branch.
dj phono and bon jovi have nothing in common. this is why phono composes music that he likes. “party is my profession”
is what he usually replies when being asked, why at 5 am in the morning he is still to be found at the pudel club - sober.
there is always something new to discover, no matter where you look.
this explains why he has turned his back on the usual “hau den lukas”-method and ignores expectations. he rather likes to
pick the bananas from the trees of slow mounting tensions, because dj phono is never bored on stage: yes, he will even
turn of his mobile phone off just to be alone with you.
categories and limitations are only to be vanquished. people often create strange convoluted sentences in an attempt to describe his music. someone once said very fittingly: “emotional-temporary-minimal-but-then-more-and-more-techno-with-
pop-appeal-thru-techhouse-suitable-for-dancing-taking-the-cake-techno-electro+surprise”. music associated with labels like
kompakt, get physical, dial, playhouse, smallville, systematic, dfa, environ, ibadan, border community, ostgut ton, pampa,
circus company, bpitch control and liebe detail. boring, dreary minimal-poppycock, is simply left out.
2011 he will start a new chapter.
dj phono will finally release his new album “welcome to wherever you’re not” on hamburg’s record label diynamic. the
release will be flanked with a supranormal liveperformance. LEDs, hydraulics, roboter, radio technology and projections
alternate the room. daft punk and etienne de crecy will be delighted. the concept comprises artists developing individual
visual concepts for each album song and implying the respective localities and contexts.
dj phono is also a member of the band extra (1978). in 1998 he was european-vice-scratch-champion and incidentally,
when he’s in the mood, he also produces and mixes music for others – former cooperation’s include artists such as erobi-
que, egoexpress, commercial breakup, international pony and die goldenen zitronen.
dj phono has no hobbies.