Moon Harbour / MHR067
Almost a year on from his well-received Crazy EP on Moon Harbour, Philip Bader is back with his third outing on the label. This time he offers up Edge of Space, which features three new tracks that prove the producer of ten years experience is still somehow improving with every release. The title track 'Edge of Space' opens the account with an immediately dancey track that is rooted in deep, looping drums. A nimble and supple bassline props the whole thing up as icy hi hats cut through the groove and vocal stabs yelp out at funk inducing intervals. Subtle drum fills bring tension but the swinging groove is never far away and will ensure dancefloors stay locked on from start to finish as that vocal and bassline continue to wrap around each other in inciting ways. On the flip side of this essential vinyl release is 'Still Rise', a collaboration with Highgrade regular and venerated tech talent Daniel Dreier. This one is more fractured and trippy thanks to the squiggling synth line that scurries about in techy drums and silvery percussion. Probing bass surges come in from below and filtered vocals rain down from above and bring with them a sense of late night freakiness. Finally, 'Houserism' gets dark and devilish thanks to the howling, shadowy bassline that runs underneath the whole thing. The atmosphere is one from deep outer space and very real tension builds throughout, keeping you engaged both with head and heel. Once again this is crisp, expertly produced dancing music from Philip Bader that tells a slightly different story with each track. Everyone is as compelling as the next, though, and as such you are sure to be happy to get lost in them on the right dancefloors in the coming months.
HANFRY MARTINEZ / DAN GHENACIA
La Vie En Rose / LVR11
Fresh from previous releases on Get Physical Music and Unike Muzik. La Vie En Roses eleventh release is courtesy of Hanfry Martinez. The eHasta Luego Primo EP is his sophomore release for the label and it features as a strong benchmark displaying Martinezs penchant for the underground electronic music scene, supplying us with a style that glides somewhere between the cornerstones of house and techno. The release begins in a deceptively playful fashion with its title track eHasta Luego Primo. As subtle percussion sweeps the mix into a flurry of refined melodic rhythms. The track begins to gradually feel its way into the cinematic and unnerving vocal sample. Next up we have a remix from Dan Ghenacia who spent the majority of 2013 smashing it as part of the French trio Apollonia. Ghenaicas remix is a different kind of animal to the original, using its key elements to form a rich dense cover over a bed frenzied percussion. The remix re-tailors the foundations of the track and cements its roots firmly on the dance floor. As a second original offering to the release Martinez closes the EP with eMi Pichi. An energetic bass driven affair that Favours an off-set vocal arrangement against a series of rhythmical patterns that tie this cinematic cut together paying tribute to the hypnotic groove thates kept throughout.
FEDERICO LOCCHI / DAVID KENO / FREAKME / DENIS HORVAT
Noir Music / NMW048
This year we have 2 brand new series on Noir Music. You already know the RMX series from the previous release. This one is called TRX and what you see is what you get. These are 4 tracks aimed for the dancefloors around the globe and volume one in the series serves a dish of 4 melodic groovers. The tracks have been carefully picked out, dancefloor tested and put together to make a complete, well rounded and high quality package.
Cadenza lab / CAL020
Promising Frankfurt producer, Bassel Heider, releases his debut EP this March on Cadenza Lab. The Danse Macabre EP features four classy cuts from Bassel, all highly detailed yet subtle tracks, designed for the more discerning dancefloor. Lead track Danse Macabre is typical of Bassels sound approach, an understated and moody groove underpins the dark funk and shuffling percussion, its vocal sample persistent and hypnotizing Trans has jazzy undertones to its discordant arrangement, but stays decidedly brooding and melody free, its sticky, mechanical drum workout and dense production sounding quite other-worldly. Four Varieties shares much in common with the early Cadenza sound, a real experimentation of samples and intricate drum patterns creating a superb mood piece, whilst the closing track Ambience A provides some nice ethereal moments with its lazy and jazzy keys and big sweeping pads. Lovely stuff. A highly accomplished debut from Bassel, and were sure to hear much more from him in the near future.
STEFAN MINT / SASSE
Dantze / DTZ043BP
Stefan Mint is giving his debut on dantze with two outstanding tech House and Deep House tunes. This constant groove and the random crazy melodies bring you the right feeling to freak out on the dancefloor. Sasse shows up with his definition of a deep groover.
ADOLPHO & FRANKY / SIERRA SAM / EMPRO
Fantastic Friends Recordings / FFR009
Adolpho and Franky, Elektronik Bomb Original A truly unique old school techno track, which sounds like nothing else, Original Elektronic Bomb is built on the foundations of a solid and swinging groove. At the same time it is truly atmospheric and takes you to an eerie and dark place, where vocals arise out of nowhere as if from the past and reminiscent of a world war movie, where the sound of low flying airplanes soaring over a bare no man's land, will in still an uneasy and eerie feeling of panic into anyone who listens it. Adolpho & Franky Go Forth Original THE Track!!!! This one has its finger right on the pulse : A perfectly constructed rhythm section, a well-adjusted break, as if these guys know exactly how to crush any dance floor they are exposed to. This track is the work of true "master craftsmen" and we recommend you check it out very quickly... first with your ears... Then with your eyes by searching the world wide web for a tender little video clip Sierra Sam Elektronik BomB Remix We needed it and we are holding it high, the track that's all for the after party, or maybe just for the smart one who will know exactly when to place it ; this track is a screamer. Extraordinary production from Sierra Sam, who needs no more introduction.... Empro go Forth, Remix: A ticking time bomb, elaborated by Berlin's very own "Empro", this track has a rhythm section that will remind the more "mature" audience of the incredible beat in Moby's Go, accompanying the brilliant music on David Lynch's Twin Peaks... This remix of "Empro Go Forth" is a true show stopper, one that will literally blow the dance-floor into smithereens.
VOODOO CORPORATION / OMID 16B / ALEX GEORGE
Alola Records / ALD023
Voodoo Corporation are back on Alola Records with suitably off-kilter re-imagining of a famous vocal, low-slung and driving... label boss Omid 16B and Alex George push the track to a deeper, more hypnotic level and as a little something special, round out the release with a stripped back Bonus Beats mix, perfect for late nights/early mornings
Soma Records / SOMA397D
Ukrainian based duo Woo York mark their second releason on Soma with yet more deep, dark underground vibes on the Smoke Signal EP. After the huge success generated from Ancient Light earlier last year it seemed natural to keep up with the duos output and once again the pair have deliver two perfectly warped Techno bombs. Title track Smoke Signal is a deep, evolving monster growing from resonating sub bass and cleverly crafted percussion. Woo York strip things back for this one as dark, brooding synths ping through stuttered and looping beats. A perfect dance floor tool. Cold Welding drops next, building from the depths out a hollowed out, distorted core leading slowly into a fierce, kicking loop. More stripped percussion keep the track flowing as ethereal atmospheres ebbs out in the background giving this track a much deeper edge than you would think. Woo York have crafted two excellent Techno tools, born from their amazing live sets. With even more material on the way from them they are fast becoming core artists of an ever-evolving Soma.
TRANCESETTERS / RAY OKPARA / MOBIUS STRUM / DIMITRI ANDREAS / JAMEZ / PLECTRIC
Kling Klong / KLING087
One of the genre defining techno classics is back with new fresh remixes. Originally released in 1996 on the legendary dutch label Touch it became a worldwide reference production and huge clubhit. We are very proud about the chance to work with this track and fantastic remixers Ray Okpara & Mobius Sturm, Dimitri Andreas and Jamez as one half of the original project with his mate Plectric.
Tronic / TR134
Wehbba lands on Tronic on his own this time, with some heavy-hitting, juicy numbers oozing low-end goodness and rocksteady impact. The title track comes down thumping with intricately programmed drums and subtly shuffling hats when -out of nowhere- a snippet of a funked-out mega riff jumps out and re-assesses the situation. Manic rises ensue and the happily plodding bassline keeps everything intact. On "Tyrant" the locked-down sub bass comes into center stage with playful percussion tricks being employed over the top. Repetitive synth worms make their way to our brains while a mangled vocal sample offers a more austere tone only heightened by otherworldly chords. Despot's interpretation focuses on the mechanical elements and riff, to which he adds huge synths stabs and a good dose of tense atmospherics.
FALSE IMAGE / DEREK MARIN
Get Physical Music / GPM260
We welcome False Image to Get Physical once again with a heavy electronic vibe and a beautifully tactile aesthetic. The title track is a deep number with a gritty edge. Sequences, pads and chords, all the ingredients for a late night jam. 'Groundwater' takes the torch from there and turns things down a bit in the beginning, slowly building itself up with its crescendo synths and its straight-house percussion. Derek Marins remix of 'Phantom Bliss' ends the EP on a great note, with a calmer version of the track with soothing chords and light percussion until the break. Then the dirt comes in, taking things to a whole new level.
ROBERT OWENS / ROY DAVIS JR. / LUKE SOLOMON / DJ SKULL / ANDY ROBERTS / JAMES BLAKSTAR JOHN
Mile end records / MILE242
Mile End Records is excited to present to you our latest release -from 2 legends of house music- Roy Davis jr. - "Slide feat. Robert Owens". Slide is the first single off of Roy's upcoming full length album on Mile End Records,"Destroy and Rebuild" out world wide later this year o. Roy has been playings to house music lovers around the world and releasing house classics for years all the time still bringing a fresh, unique, deep and soulful sound to his productions and sets! Roy teams up with the one and only Robert Owens who provides vocals to this instant classic. The package includes big time remixes by Luke Solomon, Dj Skull, Andy Roberts and James 'Blakstar' John.
CHRONOPHONE feat. MIKE ANDERSON
Houseworx / HW012
Brill hypnotic House Monster , plus Unbroken Dub Remix !!
For its first release of 2014, Sammy Dees Ultrastretch label has called upon Monsieur Georget. Youre forgiven if the name is unfamiliar. His bio offers few clues—he likes his bicycle, vin rouge and analog hardware, the latter of which was apparent on his recent debut for Le Loup and Seuils Hold Youth label. Bold and auspicious, the EP may have left you wondering if it was something more than a first record. And as it turns out, Monsieur Georget is none other than Chris Carrier, the long-active French purveyor of hypnotically minimal house.Luckily we werent left waiting for very long for more material from Carriers new alias. His second release, Le Vicieu / Colle de la Bonette, shows that Monsieur Georget and Monsieur Dee share an affinity for pared down, wonderfully elastic club tracks. Like Carriers best work, the compositions themselves are minimalist, but their hardware-based sound pallet ensures theres plenty of meat on the bones. A-side Le Vicieu is a subtly melodic shuffler, where deep bass growls at the core of an expansive drum set and whispers suffuse the negative space with mystery. On the flipside, Colle de la Bonette takes the sound someplace stranger and more psychedelic. Whatever weird place were whisked off to, though, its every bit as funky, with brittle drums undulating to the kicks deliciously irregular throb. >Monsieur Georget< might be a brand-new name, but we’re willing to wager you ll quickly get to know these rollers well.
NICCOLO CUPO / EIGER NORDWAND
Panta Rhei / Pars001
Crosstown Rebels / CRM122
Ex Audio Bully Tom Dinsdale aka Mine o has been buried away in the studio for the past couple of years working on music for his new solo project. With his latest release Turn Out The Lights flying high on Hot Creations, Mineo arrives on Crosstown Rebels and turns in a totally fresh take on Black Noir Schwarz, revelling in a Pfunk style groove and filtered vox
Goldmin Music / gmnv004
Willie Griffins Boo Williams alias returns to Goldmin Music for the labels most recent release. A vinyl affair, the Living Waters EP sees the Chicago native at his very best, as he combines his customary, old-school, rough-and-ready approach with a newfound approach. The end result is an EP that brilliantly encapsulates all that is great about the label and the artist - as they look to the future but also nod approvingly in the direction of the past.
DOWNTOWN PARTY NETWORK
Dirt Crew / DIRT077
We are very pleased to have the Lithuanian Space Disco Masters “Downtown Party Network” doing a very special 10” release on Dirt Crew. Mostly known for their brilliant releases on “Best Kept Secret” and “Silence Music” the Vilnius based Saulty and Bradka have proven over the years to be experts in producing haunted Electro and Disco influenced Deep House tracks.
The A-side track “In The Air” is a glorious ecstatic dance floor burner with it’s fragile female vocal sample and funky bass line it takes us right back to some of the best early nineties House moments.
The B-side features the darker and more electroide “Call On Me” that could easily be taken from a mid 80’s cosmic album. It has this laid back Italo groove and long stretching pads and chords that just put you under a spell. The reverbs and space like bendings in this track are very haunting. The bass is groovy and funky, a real new funk electro track.
Hope you enjoy playing these two jams out as much as we do!
Unknown Deetroit / UDR111
he followup to the hugely successful CATCHIN THAT GROOVE. 90s STRICTLY RHYTHM-styled grooves referencing MK, RON TRENT & LARRY HEARD with a twist of acid. 4 tracks from UNKNOWN DEETROIT pushes the sound nicely between house and techno with a certain deepness throughout. Hand stamped whites
oruba Records is honored to bring to you the incomparable Lady Alma. Coming from the roots of that Philly soul sound, quickly became synonymous with House Music. Her powerful voice and empowering lyrics lifts generations to fully understand self worth and self-love. Osunlade is a force within the foundation of house music. Born at the intersection of funk, jazz, blues and rock n roll, he injected new sounds into house with his pristine production and respect for the harmonizing roots of all music. These two dynamic souls join forces in an explosive song, “It's House Music”
'It's House Music' takes us back to a time when one would stand in the alley of the warehouse district in sub zero weather to hear the latest grooves of the night. Dancing till dawn emerging only for breakfast and a bed. 'Its House Music' will have you dancing all night long with it's infectious hook and anthem to house music itself
Osunlade gives us 'its House Music' the 'Feel it Mix' transporting the listener straight to the gospel roots of soul music. This iconic St. Louis sound incorporates layers of funky bass lines, Sunday morning hand claps and the good ole' church organ. Proving that indeed house is spiritual thing on the dance floor. Lady Alma's soul stirring powerhouse vocal perfectly marries the mood and movement of this multidimensional sonic offering. This mix will have the world passing the plate from the dance floors of Chicago, Detroit. New York and Philly to shores of Cape Town and Nigeria. 'It's House Music' is simply a song that moves the body and connects souls to the diasporic journey of music.
ONNO / LOQUACE
REMIXE JESSE ROSE & PLAYMODE
Herald started early in production, developing his style and creative work samples of Funk which led him to find his favorite: ELECTRO. Since then, Herald has been producing amazing tracks and compilations Featuring four tracks to get you into the party mood, Herald's "House of Love" on Laboratory Records will make you fall in love with Tech House all over again! Mixing up passion, fun and dance the Tech House beat with "House of Love EP" by Herald on Laboratory Records is sure to be a hit !
KERRI CHANDLER / DELANO SMITH
VQSE002 / VISIONQUEST
RICOSHEI / DAVE DK
PAMPA020 / PAMPA
Our first release of 2014 is a split 12 featuring a newcomer act and a veteran name, both new to the Pampa circle, and both of whom manage to adhere to our sound while at the same time widening it. Ricoshëi is Nikko Gibler and Jake Patrick, based out of Hitland Studios in Los Angeles. "Perfect Like You" is one more pop-tinged numbers to appear on our label, with breathy vocals yearning for the next best thing, sublimated by the ambient tendencies glowing in the tracks atmosphere. For all their rampant, nerdy analog fetishization, the duo still knows that emotionnot fancy gearis the key to connecting with listeners. Hardcore Pampa followers might recognize this one, as DJ Koze previewed it late last year in his XLR8R podcast, and now you, too, have the opportunity to snuggle up with your very own copy. This is the kind of song that makes you want to close your eyes, not to sleep, but to abandon perception to your ears alone fuelling your hearts imagination. The flipside is a new cut from Berlin-based DJ/producer Dave DK, short for his real name, David Krasemann, which sounds a bit like crazy man. And those already familiar with his work know hes got a bit of that madness-bordering-on-genius thing going on. OK, maybe thats an overstatement, but Woolloomooloo speaks for itself. Just have a listen and submerge yourself into this majestic cyborg aquarium of a track, and within moments youll feel the hypnotic, euphoric, nostalgic and anti-ageing qualities. Side effects may include dizziness. (But probably only if you are standing on the vinyl while its spinning.) What a start into 2014!!
SHAUN J. WRIGHT / ALINKA
Classic Music Company
MARC ROMBOY / BAJKA / TEVO HOWARD
Systematic boss Marc Romboy debuts on Rebirth with 'Reciprocity', a stunning track featuring the beautiful vocals from Bajka.Working in electronic club music for over two decades, Romboy has co-founded and built internationally respected dance-music labels and projects, never tiring of coming up with fresh and innovative ideas to push the limits of electronic sounds. In 1994, Romboy founded his first label Le Petit Prince that quickly became one of Germanys most popular underground outputs, and in 2004 started his second label, Systematic Recordings. The first release 'Every Day In My Life', has been co-produced by Booka Shade, has been followed by music from artists like Robert Babicz, Stephan Bodzin, Steve Lawler and Dusty Kid, and EPs from Robert Owens, Blake Baxter, Chelonis R. Jones, Gui Boratto, Spirit Catcher and Phonique. Consequentially Romboy also released his artist albums Gemini and 'Contrast' on the label to great critical acclaim. 'Reciprocity' is an hypnotic and atmospheric track with the distinctive Romboy's drum beats, a great use of synths, pads that give an intense moodand the beautiful vocals from Bajka. Born in India and currently living in Berlin, Bajka is vocalist, lyricist, songwriter and a poet. A unique voice, bubbling, sensual, and soulful , Bajka has been recording and releasing music for almost 15 years, collaborating with artists like Bonobo for Ninja Tune, Beanfield and Ben Mono for Compost and Radio Citizen for Ubiquity records. The package includes also a great version from Chicago master Tevo Howard, back on Rebirth with his trademark warm deep acid vibeand an exclusive to vinyl Reprise version. Something very special for our ears !
MIHALIS SAFRAS / THE GLITZ / MINOTA
Here we go with another great new entry in the Lapsus Music family! We are happy to welcome Greece house master and Material owner Mihalis Safras with his first solo EP on the label. Crouton is a strong Old School & Garage vibe track supported by a groovy tech house beat and super dubby bass line. On the remix duties we welcome The Glitz that have turned the track into a more dark & straight tech house vibe while Minota went directly into a dubby house mix. Enjoy the music!
PHIL WEEKS / LADYBIRD
Phil Weeks teams up with Soldiers Of Twilight vocalist Ladybird on his new track Natural High, a deep and soulful house track laden with warm chords and Weeks trademark MPC beats. Released on vinyl and digital formats through Robsoul Recordings on 14th February, the single comes with three alternate versions the Unplugged version removes the beats and bass providing a tool on which Ladybirds vocals shine, the Baby Dub takes things into heads down territory, and the Higher Mix reintroduced the vocal. View the video of Phil Weeks and Ladybird performing Natural High in the studio:
MICHAEL GRACIOPPO feat. WAYNE TENNANT
RECONDITE / TALE OF US & VAAL
FRANCISCO ALLENDES / D.DIGGLER
Andes Digital Music
After three years of silence, the first Chilean electronic vynil label founded by Marcelo Rosselot & Francisco Allendes, makes its comeback screaming out loud with the Camel EP, including a D.Diggler remix.
REMIX BY SOMEONE ELSE
JULIAN GANZER / ERIC D. CLARK
Get Physical Music
Our friend and colleague Julian Ganzer finally makes his EP debut on Get Physical with 'Instant Belief'. We've heard what he can do before featured on a few past compilations with some pretty big tracks and with productions for artists like M.A.N.D.Y., DJ Hell and DJ T. - but now he's got his very own 2-track club-invader. The title track blends the best of tech & deep house with chords and plucks to create a very melodic late night must-have. It's a slow and steady climb, and when you reach the peak you'll know it from the smile that crept up on you. 'Besides' opens with a gritty feel and quickly comes to a boil with help from Eric D. Clark narrating the journey. Riding on a similar wave as 'Instant Belief', the track pulls itself back a bit and opts for less synth and more percussion than its EP brother, creating a bit more of a driven energy.
N.A.D. (New Age Dance)
Essential 1990 UK Techno/Electronics album, repressed in it's full 2LP glory, plus the additional unreleased track 'Infititesimal'. Also including is the track 'Distant Drummer' which was released as a 12" back in the day.... TIP!
Sometimes, through a combination of misfortune and bad timing, a fine record will go largely unnoticed on its original release. If it’s good enough, though, it will be rediscovered and reappraised through the hard work of record collectors. N.A.D’s The Dawn of a New Age, an unheralded British deep house classic, is one such example.
Originally released by Tony Thorpe’s short-lived house label BPM Records in 1990, The Dawn of a New Age was on sale for little more than a week before it vanished from record store shelves, the victim of Rough Trade Distribution’s demise. BPM folded shortly after, consigning N.A.D’s first and only album to the annals of history as a little known and little-heard obscurity.
The misfortune that beset the project arguably denied listeners more material from its hitherto unheralded creator, an English producer called Mustafa Ali. Before recording The Dawn of a New Age, he had created an early UK house classic, 1988’s “Close Jack Encounter”, as L.E Bass. Thorpe saw potential in Ali, and included his “Distant Drums” – now regarded as one of the first examples of British deep house of the period – on his House Factor compilation.
Thorpe then had another idea. He asked Ali if he fancied recording an entire album in a week. Ali agreed, offering to record a concept album inspired by two of his greatest passions: science fiction and his Islamic faith. The producer was as good as his word, and produced the stunning The Dawn of a New Age, full of audible references to both, in seven days.
24 years after it was created, N.A.D’s forgotten debut album has become something of a ‘must-have’ for electronic music collectors. Mint copies fetch upwards of £60 (70 Euros) on the second hand market. Now, a whole new generation of house music lovers will get a chance to explore its intoxicating blend of melodic deepness and electronic futurism, thanks to a timely reissue on Rush Hour.
Unlike much similar material of the period, The Dawn of a New Age still sounds fresh, futuristic and far-sighted. At times, it sounds like a British take on the Burrell Brothers, Larry Heard or L.B.Bad; at others, it could be an unlikely collaboration between The Black Dog (then impressing with their Virtual and Age of Slack 12” releases) and Ben Cormac (Dream 2 Science, Cozmic, Newcleus). It is arguably one of British electronic music’s best-kept secrets – until now, at least.
There’s exciting news for fans of Ali’s particular brand of far-sighted electronica, too. He’s now back in the studio for the first time in 14 years, and plans to release a new N.A.D EP later this year on Tony Thorpe’s Studio Rockers label.
(Laurent) Garnier pays tribute to early and classic Chicago house with the follow-up to his 2012 single, 'Jacques In The Box'. He finds good company with Jerome Derradji's Still Music, whose recent archival collections such as 'Kill Yourself Dancing' and 'Bang The Box' shed light on the roots of the sound he's now exploring. All three cuts are built for the party, 'Bang (The Underground doesn't stop)' featuring infectious call-and-response vocal over syncopated chords and swing groove, whereas 'Boom (Chakolak)' guns for the Dance Mania sound with raw palette of drums and stabs augmented by posher pads in the later stages, and 'Beat (Da Boxx)' shakes down a deeper, hypnotic bumpty house sound.
ROBERT BABICZ / RIPPERTON / WEHBBA
THE BLACK 80S
FLORAL FAUNA / KEVIN YOST
Better on foot
BOF014Floral Fauna - Fauve - Better on Foot (BOF014) Visions Written and produced by Floral Fauna. Keys, Bass: Rob Fontana. Lead Vocals, Guitar: Ony. Backup vocals: Jennifer Schimpf. Mastered by Phonogenic Audio in Helsinki. Visions (Kevin Yost Remix) Remix and additional production by Kevin Yost. Lift it Written and produced by Floral Fauna. Keys: Rob Fontana. Lead Vocals: Ony. Mastered by Phonogenic Audio in Helsinki. Mysteries Written and produced by Floral Fauna. Lead vocals, Guitar: Ony. Keys: Rob Fontana. Mastered by District Sound in Washington, DC. Artwork by Katy Hirschfeld (Austin, Texas)
This is the first in a series of many coming from Noir Music. The series is called RMX and its basically back catalogue tracks in new clothes done by some of our favourite producers. Number one in the series contain 4 superb remixes by NiCe7, Nicolas Masseyeff, The Glitz and Lee Van Dowski & Dean Demanuele. This remix EP leans toward the techier side of house as the remixers show their floor functional excellence and high quality production skills.
MARION MIJATOVIC / UNIQUE (CRO)
We continue to bring you most powerful and amazing tech-house and techno releases from our label. We would like to feature another young talented & upcoming artist from Croatia, Mario Mijatovic. His tracks has been playlisted by many big name arists and producers. The Performance is a must have EP for all techno and tech-house lovers. 2 original versions plus cracking remix from Unique (CRO) will blow your mind. Take a break and enjoy the Performance from Mario!
Fast rising star and favourite in the Hot Creations camp, Patrick Topping is back with another outstanding release after his highly successful debut EP was released on HotTrax earlier this year, followed soon after by the even more successful Any Amounts EP on Hot Creations. Knowing exactly how to work a crowd and making a name for himselfwith his extremely infectious basslines he delivers another release filled with dancefloorbombs. Melodic keys, trippy FX, intricate percussions and high energy build ups thatturn into powerful drops make these three essential DJ weapons that are certain todominate the dancefloor at peak time.
ENSEMBLE DU VERRE
Ensemble Du Verre (E.D.V.) was founded by the composer, producer and musician Sonke Duwer in 2003. Since then, a number of albums and EPs did see the light of day, including a CD of the Year of Art Online and the Prize of German Record Critics in 2008. Musical independence, diversity and stylistic boundlessness are basic elements in Ensemble Du Verre's music. Jazz, Dubstep, House and Breakbeat merge and create the unique E.D.V. sound, like on the new album "The Light Gets In", which perfectly represents personal expression and creative potential of producer and multi-instrumentalist Sonke Duwer. He is a thoroughbred musician with a lot of live experience. Ensemble Du Verre starting their Tour in winter 2013/14. "The Light Gets In" is a homogeneous collection of songs, performed by the debut singer Shirin Al- Mousa. She sings on all of the 11 songs, as well as she wrote the imaginative and often ambiguous lyrics. Her multifaceted vocals bring the jazz and soul into their music, giving it an intimate warmth and beauty. Her impressive vocal flexibility adds a very special touch in the predominantly downtempo songs. Pulsing, electronic soundclouds, fat beats and bass, spiritual music of the 70's and Fender Rhodes creating a new path in the musical landscape of today. Deep roots in jazz as well as the background in Djing are evident at any time. Also essential are great melodic diversities that never bore the listener at any time of the album. Ensemble Du Verre history: First step was the album Facing, Transparent, released in 2004. The sound was already marked with cross- stylistics and electronic influences. E.D.V. played a lot of concerts and in May 2004 they started to perform as the support band for Bugge Wesseltoft. In the following year "Sing Me Something" was released. International stars like Sidsel Endresen, Ursula Rucker and Torun Eriksen contributed their voices to the album. "Sing Me Something" was nominated for album of the year 2005 at Art Online. In 2008 Sonke Duwer founded his own label Battery. "Sanctuary For Animals" was released in the same year. That album won the Price of German Record Critics. Ursula Rucker collaborated as well. For Duwer she wrote and produced the song "Uh, Uh," on her album "Ma 'At Mama". In return to this the poetry icon of Philadelphia sang "Just Another Sunday Morning". A video for this song was produced as well. The music on "Sanctuary For Animals" is like film music, with a mix of jazz, and electronica samples. Also in 2008 they released "Remixed. Six new in vinyl cutted constitutions, all tracks taken from "Sanctuary For Animals". All works are contemporary club music, including arrangements by Volker Meitz (Sonar Kollektiv Orchestra) and Stefan Rogall (eg nylon). In 2010 the sampler album "Versions, Vibes & Remixes" was released. You can hear ten songs, mostly reworkings of older tracks. Sonke Duwer played almost all instruments like Fender Rhodes, drums, percussion and bass by himself. The beginning of this CD-Series made Energy Du Verre (a beat -oriented offshoot of Ensemble Du Verre) in 2009. Recently in October 2011 the fifth album of Ensemble Du Verre was released: "The Contemporary Cowboy". This album was a manifestation of Duwer s sound. In autumn 2010 "The Contemporary Cowboy" was the CD of the week of german TV station NDR. If you tag this album "The Light Gets In", you get an opulent collection of terms: Spiritual Jazz / Alice Coltrane / Soul / Avant -Garde / Vocals / Electronic Beats / Hip Hop / Esotericism / Clouds / Downtempo / Free Jazz / Grime / poly - Rhythms Drum / Bass / House / African Soul / and many more... Ensemble Du Verrre Live Cast: Schirin Al-Mousa - Vocals Oliver Sonntag - Drums Sonke Duwe
UNER / NEGRA / LAZARUSMAN / PIEK / KAFELE BANDELE
UNER is a solid asset in todays international music scene. There is no secret to his rising star: perseverance, responsibility and passion together with his own personal perception of music. All of this is distilled into his long-awaited debut album: TUNE432, released by a label that for the last four years has beentightly bound to his career as a producer, Diynamic Music. It has taken one year for TUNE432 to take shape, working while travelling, producing day and night. It arrives after 2013, a magnificent year in UNERs life as DJ and producer with more than one hundred gigs across Europe, an outstanding Ibiza season and his first official US tour. The end result is spectacular. A 13-track album where acoustic instruments and analogue sounds abound, with UNER making the most of his classical training to offer us a more emotional than dance side to club music based on tuning all instruments to 432 Hz to offer a deep yet sweet tone. The album kicks off with Let Me Introduce Him, which gets us started with a play of organic elements that lead to the different piano layers in Surfering. He finds inspiration in the Basque land to compose Laderas del Sollube, making us vibrate with the distorted bass in Vallen Hallen and the outstanding performances of his collaborating artists: Peik, LazarusMan, Kafele Bandele and Negra. TUNE432 is a harmonious journey filled with emotion and creativity, where organic and analogue sounds, a love of melody and harmony and UNERs own particular sound are expressed on a higher plane than weve been accustomed to in his EPs, surprising us with an album that is undoubtedly his most important release to date. UNER makes a strong start to 2014 and this album is another decided step forward in his glittering career, taking musical nuance and expression to the limit!
ANDREA OLIVA / DJ LE ROI
Phil kieran recordings
Inspired by the dawn of personal computing back in the 1980's when 8-bit video games first appeared in our homes on machines like the Atari, Spectrum ZX or even Phil's own first computer - the Commodore Vic20. 'Computer Games' tips a nod back with it's eerily addictive end-of-level hook and abstract stabs combining to create a piece further influenced by the likes of Kraftwerk and Yello. 'Six Trak' is titled in honor of the legendary Sequential Circuits 'Six Trak' analogue-synth from the same era, which has recently taken up residence in PKR Studios. Composed entirely from 'Six Trak' sounds (apart from the drums) and recorded live on the fly with no sequencing, 'Six Trak' is a lesson how timeless simplicity never goes out of fashion. Keep an eye out for the PKR Series 2 Compilation landing in your inboxes soon with mixes from Chloe, Justin Robertson, Harvard Bass and many more.