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.
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.
Que Tal Records // Bucharest (ROU)
A likely young dj for the sounds of minimal-tech-house, newcomer ALEX from Bacau, Romania has quickly made a name for himself with his music. Take a listen to him, and you'll find that his original hometown has obviously had a great effect on his sound. Taking the hypnotic qualities of techno and adding the swing of classic house. Alex fell in love with electronic music in the lately '90s whilst clubbing at Zebra (Bacau) and Session (Bucharest) party’s, and it was his experiences there that convinced him to start his own career as dj. “I fell in love with house music , hearing Junior Vasquez, Danny Tenaglia and Raresh” says Alex.
He played in clubs like TBA (London/UK), PsychoSocial (Brighton,UK), Playmoon Warehouse (London/UK), Mansarda (Bucharest, Romania).
Stepping behind the decks and into the studios was a natural progression for one so dedicated to the cause, and success will swiftly follow.
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!
Heidi Mari is Berlin based underground dj from Helsinki, Finland.
Moon Harbour - Berlin (DE)
Ekkohaus started his musical journey quite early, teaching himself drums, studying vibraphone and marimba,
and finally getting his degree in Music and Multimedia Technology. He has been producing various forms of
electronic music since the mid nineties and has been helplessly influenced by many artists and musical
styles as he lived in a twirling London (2001-2008) and then moved to Berlin where he continues to live and
work until now.
He started releasing his music in 2005, after having been introduced to a small and talented crew of music
lovers in London (in a Curtain Road basement). Since then he has worked and collaborated with quality
dance music labels such as Moon Harbour, Cargo Edition, Circus Company, 2020 Vision, Morris Audio,
Mule, Safari, Liebe Detail, Brut, Kolour, Tsuba, Eklo, Multi Vitamins, Fear of Flying, Huddtraxx, Suara,
Ekkohaus has been performing as a live act since 2005, using a mix of hardware and software and a wide
open sound palette. He has also been djing (vinyls and cd's) since 2001, after getting a residency at the
legendary Hobo in Southern Greece. Since then he has performed in famous clubs like Fabric, Lokee, Egg,
Cargo, djs can dance (London), Panoramabar, Watergate, Arena, Tresor (Berlin), Cocoon (Frankfurt), Space
(Ibiza), Rex, Batofar, Harry Klein, Studio 80, Hive, Baalsaal, Cityfox, and many other, less known but equally
important parties ...
His sound is built around powerful and manipulating vocals, big bass, shuffly beats, frenzied hats, all in a fine
mix between house and techno, and wrapped up with subtle political messages ...
Get Physical / Transmat / Upon You // Tel Aviv (ISR)
Deep'a & Biri, are among the most promising talents emerging from the electronic scene of Tel Aviv.Israel .
Lately they have been releasing tracks on top labels like:
Transmat Detroit / Kindisch (Get Physical Music) / Upon You / Trapez Ltd / Rotary Cocktail / Material Series / We Love (Space Ibiza)
Most of the tracks are getting played all over by some of the top artist of techno & house music .
Deep'a (29) is a key figure in Tel Aviv’s night life both as a dj and as a A&R For Tel Aviv's Cutting Edge Club Barzilay (RIP) and nowadays
For the Block Club.
In the past few years he played alongside dj's like: Derrick May,Dj Hell
Jeff Mills, Juan Atkins, Modeselektor, Apparat, Ame, Dixon, Swayzak, Paul Kalkbrenner, Shonky, Kenny Larkin, Ivan Smagghe, Robert Hood, Len Faki ,Ben Klock to name a few.
Itai Biri is a young (21) producer from the city of Jerusalem. Itai started his journey into electronic music at the early age of 14, and after a few years later the kid already holds an impressive producing & dj skills with a wide range between loopy techno till Chicago and Detroit classic deep house.
With their tracks currently being played and charted by some of the scene's most respected DJs, the industry is taking notice of Biri & Deepa's talent;
the young Israeli artists are on their way to establish themselves as one of the main producers coming from the turbulent Israeli scene
OVERdrive // Toulouse (FR)
Passion for electronic music came while Dadou was traveling around the world. Tahiti where he feds himself with reggae, rock and psyché, Morocco at the famous Transahara Festival with Trance music and finally in Spain where he mets Yoan L Mit who is Rachdingue Surrealist resident dj. Techno became his style of predilection at this time.Influenced by artists like MINILOGUE, IAN O'DONOVAN, RODRIGUEZ Jr, APPARAT or even DEPECHE MODE, Dadou decides to try himself at deejaying in late 2012. A few month later, he won OVERdrive DJ Contest and gets the chance to produce himself in a big venue like INOX ELECTRONIC CLUB and shares the decks with SEUIL and OVERdrive resident djs. The feeling was so good that he was invited to join OVERdrive DJ Crew as well as a volunteer of the team. Dadou had the chance to play in clubs like Le coup d'Etat (Tlse), Kost After Club ( Tlse ) , Beaucoup Bar ( Tlse) , INOX CLUB ( Tlse) , TERRAZZA ( Tlse ) and The famous Rachdingue ( Spain ) for his 45th Birthday . He played alongside artists like Rodriguez Junior , Roberto Capuano , Gabriel D'or & Bordoy , FLEX , Vincenzo .. His Vision of music oscillates between Techno , Progressive & Melodic universe with Captivating strings , mystic atmospheres , strong and groovy rythms .
Soma / Resopal // Barcelos (POR)
Lewis Fautzi / Nuklear Default , real name Luis Gonçalves, was born in 1991 in Barcelos, Portugal!Founder of Konstrukt Records, known for his unique groove who is impossible to be ignored by anyone at the dancefloor.
Luis´s life it´s in his studio. He almost sleeps there as tracks grow like mushrooms all the time, he is full of ideas , influences and with a big will to create , innovate and make his own mark on the electronic music.
He started quite young djing and producing, released in label´s as Konstrukt ( his own label ) , Resopal Schallware, Labrynth, Soma Records, Slap Jaxx, Spark Musik, Phobiq, Soniculture, Monocline among others…
He has been on the lab this last years listening to the finest techno all around the world from the 90´s to nowadays and taking his notes so after he can make his own interpretation of it. The dance scene at Portugal , specially in the north of Portugal was his motivation and kick off for the next step so he could get in to it and understand the real meaning of Techno or Electronic music.
He grown close to one of the most important clubs at Portugal in the end of the 90´s and early 2000, Vaticano Club, and for sure that was the click for Lewis to start looking at dance music in a different way because Vaticano was doing all the main underground artists on that time and kept doing them till 2004/5.
Result of his constant evolution and search for his unique sounds he recently started a new alter ego , Nuklear Default. An hypnotic live show where techno goes deep, dark and industrial responsible for an amazing electronic experience.
Melizma / Cocoon / Playhouse // Frankfurt (GER)
Julien Bracht is a rising star of Europe’s live electronic music scene. A talented producer and an extraordinary live act, Bracht first discovered rhythms at the age of six when he started playing drums. By 16, inspired by French electro artists like Daft Punk and Justice, Bracht began experimenting with music production and fully committed himself to music by studying audio engineering at Frankfurt’s SAE Institute.
Whilst in Frankfurt, Bracht fell in with the right crowd, and ended up becoming a part of the city’s burgeoning DJ and club scene. Soon after he was performing live at Frankfurt’s legendary Funky People parties, and by 2010, Bracht had released his first cut ‘My Pussy’ featuring Martyné.
A year later, Bracht dropped his first EP ‘Down Under’ on AMA Recordings, which featured a Damian Schwartz Remix. The EP was picked up by various big name DJs and was played all over the world.
Since then Bracht’s productions have slowly picked up momentum. Releases on respected labels like Playhouse, Cecille, and Raum…Musik has built him a growing fanbase which includes a large number of credible DJ supporters like Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, Loco Dice, Matthias Tanzmann, Cassy, Arpiar, Reboot, Sascha Dive, Jay Haze, Nick Curly, Tobi Neumann, and many more.
In 2011 Bracht took a big step and developed his own unique live setup. The acoustic drum installation allows Bracht to use his drumming skills from his youth, and create a distinct atmosphere as he plays his own productions. Every performance is different. Whilst the roots of his live shows are his own tracks, Bracht improvises when it comes to the drums and percussion, and the result is a fluid, raw, and free-spirited approach to club music.
OVERdrive // Toulouse (FR)
DJ and producer since 1997 under different pseudonyms, Digital Agreement is the author of many Ep´s, especially under the label Selectronic Records, featuring other artists such as Agoria or Antony (one of the famous residents of the Rex club in Paris).
After his long experience in electronic music, it is finally with Minimal Techno and Tech-House music that Digital Agreement identifies himself more.
Insatiable activist of the French scene, he joined recently the collective "OVERdrive Events" from Toulouse with whom he organizes many events and live acts of quality with dj's such as: Carlo Lio, Paul Ritch, Chris Liebing, Kollektiv Turmstrasse or Adam Beyer...
He played at many clubs and events along with several international artists as: Chris Liebing, Popof, Stanny Franssen, Citizen kain, Redhead, Miss Kittin & The Hacker, and many more...
Digital Agreement will play soon alongside Stephan Bodzin, Maetrik and Oliver Huntemann in the "INOX Electronic Festival", the most important French meeting of electronic music in 2012.
Descending Order -Ibiza (ES)
Self-taught musician (keyboards & caisa drum), Dj and Producer, Cristian Viviano (born in Palermo in 1987), can definitely be qualified as a polyhedric and inspired artist. Listening to his sets, which are involving and full of positive vibes, it is impossible not to notice the strong sense of empathy he feels with the audience.
His passion for music was born in the streets under the influence of funky culture. His personal discovery of musical technology led him towards a strongly tribal influenced, techno and deep house rhythm, which he achieves by using sequencers, synthesizers and drum machines. From 2000 to 2006 he was dj resident of the Religion, playing with artists as Little Louie Vega, Kenny Dope Gonzalez, Frankie Knuckels, Timo Maas & others important names of the international house music scene. Since 2000, Cristian has played in many well known clubs and parties around Italy and Europe such as: Peter Pan, Fluid, Le Plaisir, in Europe as Public Life, Egg in London, Pacha Ibiza, Vanilla Ninja club in Moscow. His style, characterized by continuous research, is evident in his many releases. From "A Vucciria" on Mazoom Lab, "Sicilian Pride" on Climatic Sound (productions that honors his Sicilian roots), to "Fatima's bed" on Cocolino, the constant evolution of his style can be seen clearly. Viviano also stands out for his remixes such as "Let Go" by Paul Van Dyk (Vandit) and "Green Girl FNK" by Evans & Waterfall (Tenax Recordings). In 2009, he was awarded the "Trend Award" Top Italian Dj Young. In this years, he began cooperating with well known labels such as Climatic Sound, Fventi, Isgud, Cocolino, Tenax. His work is supported by artists such as Laurent Garnier, Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Sis, Danny Tenaglia, Matthias Tanzmann, Marco Carola and many others...
In summer 2011 Cristian has been the creator of the Pleiadians Ibiza movement, promoting events in various locations, hosting in his consolle artists like: Raresh, SIS, Cezar, Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundroom, Seuil, Piticu & many more.
Currently, Cristian is working on the creation of his new project, Descending Order aimed at spreading the importance and power of love, creativity and the respect to the life's order as core values of life. Also he is a member of COCOLINO project created by SIS. They started collaborating in Ibiza after finding common points of view based on respect of good music.
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.
GET PHYSICAL / Morris Audio / Hi Freaks / Kindisch / Keno Records / Berlin / Germany
David Keno / Morris Audio / Hi Freaks / Kindisch / Keno Records / Berlin / Germany
Swiss born David Keno began his musical life learning classical instruments such as guitar and drums when he was 12. After playing in various rock bands he discovered his love of electronic music. He bought a drum machine and an old Korg synthesizer and started to experiment. Over the next few years he developed his skills and eventually the guys from the Pocketgame label loved his melodic productions so much that they signed him for his first release: Vernis - Bubble Bath EP which came with a fantastic Trentemoeller remix.
From there his career took off. He has released on labels such as I220, Zenit, Meerestief, Karateklub, ELP and provided remixes for Samuel L. Session, G-Man, da Fresh, Robert Drewek, Hugg&Pepp, DK8 and even 80ies heroes Trans-X who wanted a remix for their "living on video" that came out on ZYX Music.
The next step in his career was to launch his own label and in January 2007 Keno Records 01 was released with huge success. "Liquid" went on to be found in the playlists of many DJs.
In David Keno's DJ sets or also as a Livect his musical range goes from minimal techno to house. Very floor-oriented but often with a certain melodic touch. Maybe these are his roots from the 80ies shining through.