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.
We Love Ibiza / 2020vision / 2020Soundsystem // Leeds (UK)
Ralph Lawson has played a pioneering role in electronic underground dance music for the past two decades. Lawson is widely regarded as being one the very best House DJs in the world. He currently holds residencies at Back To Basics Leeds, We Love Space Ibiza and Barcelona’s The Loft as well as regular appearances at Berlin’s Watergate and London’s Fabric. Bill Brewster (“Last Night a DJ Saved My Life”) described Ralph as undoubtedly one of “the UK’s best-kept secrets”, for those who have yet to hear his sound. He was recently nominated for ‘Best British DJ” along with 2020 Vision for ‘Best label’ in 2009 by DJ magazine and has won five major awards for during his residency at Back To Basics since it’s inception in 1991. He is a founder member of the highly acclaimed band 2020Soundsystem as well as running 2020Vision recordings and hosting a weekly 2020mix on Ibiza Sonica radio.
Ralph Lawson and his 2020 Vision Recordings have created a vibrant trail of releases, making it one of the best-loved and most respected imprints the industry has ever seen. 2020 almost single handily put Leeds on the house music map and kick started the scene there. Genre crafting Wulf n Bear’s – “Raptures of the Deep” is now widely regarded as one of the very first tech-house records. The label has been influential in many pioneering diverse scenes – from deep house to nu disco. As long standing resident of his beloved Back To Basics club, his colourful and versatile DJ sets are constructed like electronic jigsaw pieces left for the imagination to decipher. His name is even to be proudly etched into the record books as he enters his 19th year leading the Leeds establishment as the longest running weekly House Music night in the world.
Originally hailing from London Ralph picked up on the early New York transatlantic influence that swept the floors of the capital’s clubs in the mid-eighties. In 1988 as Acid House exploded Lawson moved North to Leeds where he discovered clubs like the Warehouse that were also playing a mix of New York Hip Hop and Chicago House. Saturday night was sound-tracked by Nightmares On Wax , long before they had found fame and fortune, DJ E.A.S.E was busting their first hit ‘Dextrous’ from acetate just as Ralph entered the hallowed doors. Greatly inspired by these nights Ralph went on to produce some early mix-tapes consisting largely of Nu-Groove, Big Beat, Dance Mania and DJ International records which landed him warm up spots at the club night “Joy” and led to a meeting with live act LFO. Ralph quickly found himself at the centre of a thirsty new scene that was rapidly expanding, not only in Leeds but unfolding throughout the rest of the UK.
His legendary pairing with the hedonistic Dave Beer came through mutual friend and Back to Basics co-founder, Alistair Cooke. Alistair had grown disillusioned with the rave scene and wanted to create a club that catered for the more discerning clubber. So on Saturday November 23rd 1991, Back to Basics opened its doors at The Music Factory - Leeds. The very first record; Marshall Jefferson presents The Truth – “ Open Your Eyes” was played by Ralph Lawson.
Almost as soon as the needle touched the dusty record the tracks apt title practically spoke for itself as attendances doubled weekly until nearly 2000 people were clambering to get in. This led to the club winning Best Dance Club no less than five times. Lawson became musical director at Back To Basic’s and impressively helped pull off the first ever gigs in the UK for Daft Punk, Danny Tenaglia, Derrick Carter and Francois K, as well as many others.
Ralph’s fame as a DJ spread from his Basics residency and guest appearances at the legendary Hacienda, Sub Club, Flying and Full Circle in the UK quickly followed as well as his debut musical excursions around Europe and the USA. Ralph began a residency at The Moog club in Barcelona and played at Ku, Space and Amnesia in Ibiza from the early nineties. As the 90s near an end Lawson was influential in bringing the nu wave of French artists into vogue, signing the young Ivan Smaghhe for his first ever release and D’Julz followed soon after. He was invited to mix a CD with Dan Ghenacia for the infamous after-hour boat parties, ‘Kwality at Batofar’, which is still heralded as a classic mix from the pair.
Collaborations at the infamous Farmhouse Studio’s created by Ralph and studio partner Carl Finlow resulted in a run of hugely successful projects, including a series of releases with veteran Chicago producer and purveyor of deep house, Chez Damier under the “Chuggles” name.
Work begun in earnest at 2020 HQ as Lawson and Finlow built up a healthy catalogue of mixes including work for Fat Boy Slim, Josh Wink, Felix da Housecat, Swag and many others; but it was their work with Blaze that has really stood the test of time.
Their first project with the classic New York based Blaze was ‘Lovelee Dae’ on German Playhouse Records. This track went on to become a bona-fide all time classic (as listed in the all time Top 100 classics on Beatport). To date this remix has sold over 20,000 copies and is still heavily supported from Ibiza to Berlin - Luciano used to play it like clockwork every Monday at DC10 in the summer of 2008 at a special time in the evening, while Villalobos recently dropped it to 5000 people at Cocoon in the Park 2010. The pair’s reputation steadily grew after ‘Lovelee Dae’ and they recorded outside the home stable for imprints Prescription Underground, Classic, Playhouse, Soma, Loaded, Estereo, Moody, Pagan and Tribal. In 2000 Finlow departed for love in Paris and the pair’s epic reign came tom an end. Lawson concentrated on his DJ work but it wasn’t long before the production bug took hold again.
In 2002 the idea to form a live electronic act grew steadily. Ralph together with label artist and session drummer Dubble D hatched new plans to form a act that could play on the biggest stages the world had to offer. Amalgamating live drumming with DJ sets, the pairs Fat City debut mix marked the start of a Soundsystem experimenting in new ways to perform live. In 2003 Lawson received a demo from Argentineans’ Silver City called ‘1969’ which not only stood out from the rest but was obviously crafted by real musicians. It turned out that Fernando Pulichino and Julian Sanza were indeed accomplished Bass and Keyboard players and fitted perfectly into the line up for the outfit. Sharply recruited, the new 2020Soundsystem project quickly appeared at clubs such as Bugged Out! Basics, The Sub Club and Fabric among many others timed, perfectly with the release of their first EP “All Systems Go”.
Sessions and performances at festivals such as Exit, Creamfields Argentina, Homelands, Global Gathering, Sonar, T In The Park and Rockness cemented their worldwide reputation as a dynamic and exciting live act. Within two short years the fledgling act found itself playing to audiences of 25,000 on several occasions.
2020 Soundsystem’s debut 2006 long player “No Order” illustrated the live show and included a bonus disc recorded ‘Live at Sonar’. Collaborations with vocalist Diane Charlemagne and NYC band The Glass highlighted how far the band had progressed as song - writers on the flip. ‘No Order’ went on to become a pioneering work in America for the emerging live electronic scene there. The response in the States was as phenomenal as it was unexpected and the guys became the hot ticket at virtually every major festival there in 2007. Again playing to huge crowds of 10,000 plus people.
The 2020Soundsystem cemented their reputation in late 2009 with the release of their second album ‘Falling’ which warned them 5 star reviews in every influential music publication and a new wave of touring across Europe in 2010 including debut appearances at The Big Chill, Croatia Garden Festival and the first ever appearance of a full live band on the terrace at We Love Space.
Lawson’s DJ world did not stop during the Soundsystem years at all but increased as did his profile through the band’s success. In 2007 he was asked to mix fabric33 for the celebrated series, which saw yet again 5 star reviews and ended up in many compilations of the year. A year of DJ touring filled 2008 while the Soundsystem recorded for their 2009 ‘Falling’ release.
So into 2010 we have the current 2020sound encapsulated onto compact disc once more as Lawson mixes this summers We Love CD featuring exclusively 2020Vision material. Mostly fresh and new but with a few classic moments thrown in such as the remix of ‘Blaze – Lovelee Dae’, which sounds as good today as it did in 1996. With so many of the world’s heavy weight DJs playing their musical respect to 2020Vision it is about time that more people heard it from the horses mouth.
Ralphs Lawson’s authentic take on house music has always had the energetic qualities found in techno yet is never far away from the funk of House music mixed with warm analogue synths and live drums. This unique brew is presented in legendary long sets by technical skills that have been sponsored by Allen and Heath, Native Instruments and Ableton. The 2020 Vision leader’s electronic cutting-edge sound manages to hypnotically demand everybody's attention. Always forward thinking, Ralph doesn’t close himself off to anything, he looks around and somehow manages to unify his influences into a cohesive set. He continually brings a European sensibility to the American roots of house music.
Youth Invasion - Bucharest (RO)
One of the most prominent rising talents in the hotbed of electronic music that is Romania, Derek is the 17 year old secret weapon recently signed to the new Youth Invasion Muzik agency and record label collective, who is already set on a course for great heights. An impassioned electronic music aficionado all his life, he was DJing as a young teenager and absorbing styles and sounds that have lead to his own undefinable and genre-crossing blend of DJing and music production, citing Ricardo Villalobos, [ar:pia:r] ,Cassy and Zip as key influences.
A regular at gigs across his native Romania and especially in his hometown of Bucharest, Derek made successful initial steps to his international DJ career in 2011 by taking gigs at Underground and radio time with Ibiza Global Radio, before most notably experiencing DC10 as guest DJ for Tania Vulcano's heralded Pandemonium event. Always busy in the studio, bombs are being prepared as we speak. Get Ready!!
Fantastic Friends Rec / La Ruche // Lausanne (SUI)
We all know Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, ?we have all heard of Rémus et Romulus.??Yes, Adolfo and Franky, they too are a two-person team, ?but let us never compare them to those who we already know. Their alliance is down to a point, ?a little point very much resemblant to that of Eros and Psyché.??This union gives life to something uncomparable, ?something that is both wonderful and devine at the sme time.?Because from our union an orphéon célesta is born, from which the rumors spreads so fast ?that all the surrounding stages are abandoned, the temples of music are emptied, ?and people from all over gather to witness and listen to this metaphysique duetto.??They are not real beaings nor real creatures. They simply just are! You will see ..
Just Jack / Hypercolour // Bristol (UK)
Created in 2008, Zumo are Si O'Connor and Phil Kallitsakis. Zumo have a thriving appetite for electronic music with influences spanning from the underground genres. Their productions are rapidly becoming a sought after sound, having released on renowned labels Hypercolour/Losing Suki, Save You Records, Flumo Records and Landed.
Zumo's first 12” cut on the Hypercolour imprint with their ‘Warped Warehouse Remix’ of Frankie Flowers’ ‘It’s Funk, It’s House’ with big support from London to Berlin. Following this, Zumo saw their debut release with Spanish Label Flumo Recordings with their ‘Organic EP’, supported by many DJ’s and artists including; Luciano, Matthew Dear and Panorama Bar’s Margaret Dygas.
2011 saw Zumo released their ‘Flirt EP’ through Hypercolours sister label ‘Losing Suki’. Flirt was described as simple but a highly effective house riddim. Skanking on nicely with swagger at lo-tempo, appealing to both house and disco heads a-like. As well as a string of fresh EP's Zumo’s productions have seen remixes from the likes of Chris Lattner, Chris Carrier, Deepgrove, Tom Demac and Alex Jones.
The Warehouse dwellers were back in early 2012 with 4 slabs of chunky, well-greased house bits... Their Enigma EP has already gained huge support from many dj's from around the world... Shortly following this, the guys released their third EP with Spanish house guru's Flumo Records. Expect more to follow throughout 2012...
Zumo's DJ sets are all about wide-ranging fun adept to any time of the night. Their style features ingredients and influences bridging between genres and tempo. Not unlike their production, Zumo set fourth to be different, creative and represent their own sound...
Get Physical / Freshin Records // Lyon (FR)
Anton X has a glint in his eye. A sparkle. And if you look more closely, you can even see a star. A bright star with electronic vibrations. A rising star that shines when he mixes.
In 1993, when only 14 and attending his first ever rave party in the French city of Lyons, this young man was bowled over by the electronic musical wave that has changed his life. He quickly began to scour parties, clinching his first residency at the tender age of 16.
Loathe to compromise and keen to retain his freedom, in 1999 Anton X decided to create Millennium Sound with a group of friends. It was a way of being able to work as a DJ with no constraints.
In the same year, he won the Gladiator DJ Contest organised by Independance Records. And in 2002, the jury of the DMC/Pioneer Electronic DJ of the Year Contest selected him as one of the top 25 Electro DJ’s.
But at the start of the third millennium, being a good DJ is not enough. So Anton X tried his hand at producing and was immediately smitten with this new universe.
2004 saw the release of his first opus, Travel EP, with UMF records. He also entered the UK’s Massive Buzz DJ Chart, and was extensively play-listed, particularly by Laurent Garnier, BBC Radio 1… and many more. The track Cancún was also licensed by the well-known London label, the Ministry of Sound.
In 2006, the release of Lowis EP on the best-selling Recycled Loops label confirmed his potential. According to Valentino Kanzyani or Carl Cox, his maxi, complete with Electro strains of the 80s, is “an instant hit made for the dance floors”.
In November 2007, Anton X is offering us new electronic flavours in its last EP, « Slow Food EP» (UMF/DISCOGRAPH)... to devour without moderation!
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Anton X plays with all the nuances of the musical spectrum spanned by his technophile galaxy. Minimal, Detroit, Electro, Techno… can all describe his sets. He likes to break free from the constrains of style barrier, preferring to trust his instinct rather than simply follow fashion. His sounds are eclectic and powerful, freeing minds as he generously mixes.
His language is a universal language everyone can understand : the language of the senses.
Anton X is no fleeting shooting star; he is a smiling ray of sun, capable of lighting up everyone he touches : Rex Club (Paris), Zouk (Kuala Lumpur), Parking (Montreal), Rachdingue (Spain), Universal Dog (Germany), Mad (Switzerland), Fleda (Checz Republic), Papillon Club (Indonesia), Marines Club (Thailand), Free Bass (Mauritius), Le Bus (Madagascar), H2O club (Belgium)...
Reference magazines like TRAX and Only for DJ’s are in no doubt, regarding this talented young DJ and producer as the new revelation from Lyons. He has yet to reach his zenith but has already earned his place in the firmament. So get ready for a dazzling musical voyage - you will be sailing under a very lucky star.
100% Pure / Area Remote / Rejected // Amsterdam (NL)
While Amsterdam is rising to fame as a hotbed for young techno talent, one of its greatest new ambassadors is gaining grounds accordingly. Not only has Kabale und Liebe – amongst other smashing releases – produced one of the greatest clubhits of the decade. He is currently sweeping dancefloors across Europe with his compelling live and dj performances. Blending the old with the new and the minimalistic with the soulful, Kabale und Liebe has created a sound that appeals to technofreaks and househeads alike, his growing popularity marking a new era of approach between the two scenes.
Kabale und Liebe – or Liron van Daalen, as his parents dubbed him – is exemplary of a new school generation, that studied electronic music and production techniques since early childhood, reaching musical adolescence in their teens. At the tender age of twelve, Kabale und Liebe already dreamed of being a professional dj, spending most of his time and all of his allowance on gear and vinyl. During his teens, he played frequently at clubs across the Netherlands. When he debuted as a producer at age twenty-three, he already had the experience and the record collection of a seasoned jock, and a musical taste as ripe as a piece of old Dutch cheese.
Only a year after his first releases on Meerestief and Archipel, Kabale und Liebe had his first big hit with Mumbling Yeah. It shot up the charts in 2007. Resident Advisor even voted Mumbling Yeah ‘track of the year’. That same year Kabale und Liebe joined forces with Quazar, Lauhaus, Boris Werner, Julien Chaptal and David Labeij to bring Amsterdam 661, a super group live formation made up of Holland's finest, bringing a unique and captivating live jam session on six machines, but with only one aim: to thoroughly rock the crowd. In the meantime, Amsterdam 661 has rocked some of the best dancefloors in Europe. As for Kabale und Liebe, his feel for the dancefloor has kept him internationally in demand as a live-act and a dj.
Since 2007 Kabale und Liebe has found himself amidst a whirlwind of international media attention, festival bookings and remix requests. Signed to Remote Area and 100 % Pure, he became the bright new star of Amsterdam’s thriving New School scene. Quite the pressure for a guy in his mid twenties. But he has kept his head straight and proven to be much more than just a one-hit wonder. Tracks like Makake (2008), Miami Nice (2008), and his latest, Hotpants (2009), all show a profound mastery of the studio, a deep understanding of the dancefloor and a knack for catchy tunes. Not to mention the growing list of ace remixes for labels like Strictly Rhythm, Rush Hour, Great Stuff and Tenax Recordings.
To further express their musical vision, Kabale und Liebe and fellow-New Schooler Lauhaus decided to set up Soweso. The label is meant to cater for upcoming artists in the rapidly growing house-techno crossover scene. Local talents like Makam and Tom Ruijg as well as established names as Chris Carrier, Ray Okpara and DJ Wild are already signed, with the label bosses providing the occasional remix. “It’s not so much about pushing ourselves forward,” Kabale explains. “Our main objective is to support the music we believe in, and to add something substantial to the world of electronic music.” Something Kabale und Liebe has been doing quite convincingly for the last three years and will continue doing for as long as he can help it.
WE PLAY HOUSE RECORDINGS - BELGIUM (BE)
House - Deep House
Red D come from Belgian. He started listening to new beat and Belgian rave anthems around 1989 and slowly discovered the good stuff.
Butane / Perfekt Groove // Carcassonne (FR)
As one of the most influent protagonists of the electronic music scene in the south west of France,Dee Janoz started in 88 organizing early Raves and club nights. Soon after his parties turned into high quality music events and house/techno music has become his trademark from 92. As a dj ,he injected Nu disco ,Acid ,House & Techno into his groovy energetic sets which has led him to appear alongside notorious Dj's such as
Laurent Garnier,Deep,Chloé,Jennifer Cardini ,Ivan Smagghe,Jef K,Manuel Perez, Gilb'r ,Guy Gerber,Barem,Alex & Laetitia,Silicone Soul,Sei A,Pilooski,Dan Ghenacia,Kiko ,Alex & Laetitia,Tim Paris, Raph Dumas, Optimo to mention a few... Dee Janoz has played venues like Le Pulp (PAris) Villa Rouge (Montpellier) Rachdingue (Spain)Bar àVins (Carcassonne) Le Bikini (Toulouse). He also plays events for fashion companies, when not consulting for several festivals and clubs. The eclectic selection of Dee Janoz sets was put together based on his current musical influences from UK, NY,US,Germany and of course France.
GREAT STUFF - Munich ALLEMAGNE (DE)
Markud getting to the core of things very quickly, it's easy to sum up the existence of Munich born and rai- sed DJ and Producer Markus Mehta: "It's all about music”.
Osmosis Audio / Tip Tap Records / Showreel Records // Ibiza (ES)