Poker Flat Recordings / OFF Recordings // Berlin (GER)
Daniel Dexter is a producer, DJ and labelowner. He’s been living in Berlin for a few years now and one can call him a jack-of-all-trades. He releases on Steve Bug’s label Poker Flat Recordings as well as Semester Musik and Andre Crom’s OFF Recordings.
His love is devoted to reduced House, Chicago House and Detroit Techno.
Nevertheless, he doesn’t really care about genre-boundaries. His DJ Sets promise euphoria, style and attitude. They live on the mixture of abstract melodies that are carried through danceable rhythms and percussive grooves. Daniel Dexter knows his way around music. He knows his job as a DJ. He owns a filed mixing-technique and an exclusive mixture of records. However, he’s also a party animal.
But who the hell is that guy?
In the beginning Daniel was into Punk music but then got fascinated by the new electronic music. The machine like sound from acts like Kraftwerk is what fascinated him so.
As young as the age of sixteen he bought his first DJ equipment. Looking for the underground in the Bavarian province he found it at illegal parties at factorials and empty buildings in his hometown Ingolstadt. The sets as a resident DJ were often longer than 7hours and the clubs were all wrecked and not even the drinks were on the house. Nevertheless, the enthusiasm was so high; he started to produce his own tracks. Just after the millennium he was torn to Berlin as something was happening right there and the sound he liked so much was just there. Through the first record releases he was very often booked as a main act. Because of his engagements he saw cities such as New York, Istanbul, London, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Tijuana or Helsinki. His music is nowadays found in the record bags of famous DJ’s such as Erol Alkan, Laurent Garnier, Kevin Saunderson, Steve Bug, Tiefschwarz, Modeselektor, Jesse Rose, Sis, Nick Curly, Gorge and A-Trak.
DEEP MIX MOSCOW / PROPAGANDA CLUB // Moscou (RU)
Dmitry Pushkarev known under nickname Izhevski is a Moscow based dj.
Signatune Records / Bass Culture // Paris (FR)
A headlining act among the young and promising producers/djs of Paris, John Jastszebski, who previously studied cinema, now draws inspiration from cinematographic culture to create heavy house and techno sounds.
Formerly a fan of hip-hop, a pioneer genre to disk jockeys of all sorts, John Jastszebski is now (and has been for the past ten years) mainly bound to all that is techno.
He primarily played in Bordeaux, where he resided before making way to Paris, where he quickly became resident dj at Le Tryptique (now Social Club), and for backstage parties in Batofar.
Beginning with 2011, he also often plays at the famous Rex Club. He is now recognized as one of the most talented djs, not only in Paris, but worldwide.
John has released several EP on labels like Phonogramme, Vinyl Kills MP3, Baile Musik, Splendi Lo-Fi, Subversaal Musik, Deso Records, and Res Lab.
His productions have received plenty of affirmation from established djs such as Luciano, Richie Hawtin, Agoria, D’Julz, Laurent Garnier & Redmond, to name a few.
Techsoul Records / I Records // Sanfrancisco (US)
Decay Records // London (ITA)
Ingrained into London's underground clubbing scene some years now, Italian Davide Zeta has truly become a force to be reckoned with.
Four years ago, Davide joined forces to operate under the alias DZeta N' Basile. The duo have managed to carve a name for themselves amongst the underground elite with their very own strain of stripped back, authentic deep house. Already a favourite in the capital, regularly impressing at the London's premier clubs including Fabric, Ministry and The Egg, the guys have also seen their skills behind the decks generating much more demand further afield, as their reputation justifiably expands throughout Europe.
Aside from their time spent behind the turntables, throughout 2012 and 2013 DZNB found themselves in a prolific mood production-wise. Having hit the big time when they were asked to remix Robert Owens’ ‘I’ll Be Your Friend’ as part of a package of remixes by the world’s hottest producers, including Jamie Jones, Soul Clap and Gadi Mizrahi, Matt Tolfrey and Inxec, Dyed Soundorom, and Jay Tripwire, their remake was a huge hit all summer and enjoyed global recognition on the dance floor.
Further successful releases followed, on the likes of Wiggle, Nite Grooves, 1Trax and Luna Records, with DZNB’s former alias consistently rocketing to the top of the Beatport charts. Composing both singles and remixes alongside the likes of Nina Kraviz, Burnski, Alex Jones, Silicon Soul and Nicole Moudaber, Robert Owens, Chris Lattner, Huxley, and Franky Flowerz, to name but a few, the guys reached a new height when they were called on remix duty of 'Bar A Thyme', a track originally produced in 1995 by House Legend Kerri Chandler on Nite Grooves Records.
Further to such an accolade, Davide has since established his own label imprint, ‘Decay Records’ which will undoubtedly further cement their reputation amongst some of London’s most revered underground electronic musicians.
With 2014 now well underway and with a backlog of strong releases set to drop on some equally impressive imprints throughout the year, including Act Natural, Roush and Tuquoise Blue Recordings, it’s fair to say that the very best is still to come, from one of London’s most established pairings.
In the meantime, let’s sit back and listen to this solo mix by Davide Zeta!
Melizma / Cigarra Fm // Santiago De Chile (CHL)
Like a music revelation full of deep hypnotic & grooving sounds, that makes you floating dance,
after five years of musical journey, zapping thru rhythms and music trends from all over,
JAKCO reaches a different sound, rising the soul and shaking the body.
This incredible new talented Chilean guy, under his collective www.Cigarra.fm
had played in many Chilean, South American & Europe festivals and Clubs.
Has a producer/dj JAKCO gives a refresh.
Abstract & sensual, deep beats are mixed with thechno & minimal drops,
this unique style makes him share stages & music with some of the greatest performers of the
world like: a result of good party and a delicious sound trip.
Como una revelación musical llena de sonidos hipnóticos, profundos y fiesteros
Jakco hace bailar flotando y comprueba que después de años degustado
varios ritmos y tendencias musicales de todas partes, logró un sonar diferente
que levanta el alma y lo confirman como un nuevo talento de la escena
Actualmente es parte del colectivo musical chileno Cigarra.fm además de
presentarse en una buena cantidad de clubes y festivales chilenos,
sudamericanos y europeos.
Como dj y productor va marcando una huella refrescante, bailando con lo
abstracto del beat sensual mezclado con toques techno, deep, junto a algunas gotas minimal.
La misma esencia que lo ha hecho compartir escenarios y
máquinas con lo mejor de la escena nacional, más grandes figuras
Just Jack / Catapult Records // Cardiff (UK)
The Organ Grinder has been hiding in the musical shadows for some time, all the way back to 1995.
With jungle music at its peak and the airwaves alive with pirate radio stations The Organ Grinder aka Cayne Ramos started his musical education, and that’s what you’ll hear in his music production and DJ sets; a deep understanding of musical heritage and more importantly an understanding of what people want to hear on the dance floor. Anyone who fell for the sound of garage music between 1999 and 2005 may have already enjoyed a night out with Cayne as he took to the stage as MC Chico hosting for distinguished acts such as Tuff Jam, Mike Ruff Cut Lloyd, EZ and Dream Team.
It was in 2006 Cayne that put down the mic and turned his hand to DJing hosting a regular UK funky night pushing the emerging sounds from that scene in The South West. Fast forward to 2010 and Cayne has his first celebrated release ‘Something New’ on Doc Daneeka's Ten Thousand Yen imprint as one half of production duo Didz and Chico. From this point in time Cayne makes the decision to go solo in his production work and launches himself as The Organ Grinder. His first solo release ‘Obsession/New Age People’ was released on Cardiff’s Catapult Records and gained him huge kudos points with an international DJ fraternity with plays from Move D, Ryan Elliot, Steffi and Jackmaster. He quickly followed up with a second release on Catapult Records the anthemic ”I Don’t Love You” featuring the vocal talent of Jessy Allen who also features prolifically on the recent High Contrast album ”The Agony and the Ecstasy”. These releases brought some serious attention to The Organ Grinder and he was soon invited to play his carreer highlight gig at Berlin's Panorama Bar. He currently has a collaborative release out on Addison Groove’s newly launched Lost in Translation imprint this time with Chesus of CRST titled ‘Audio Porn’.and has just released an ep on "Gerd's" 4lux label titled "Enoonmai"
Teknologik // Genève (FR)
Born at Dunkerque in the North of France, Romano Rapeso has established itself in the landscape of the Swiss electronic music from his arrival in 2005. It provides with energy and talent, a groovy techno sound, boosted by supercharged and hypnotic rhythms.
An experimental style able to seduce bolder ears to enthuse audiences more dilettantes. The release of "Magic Square" in 2009, Palm Beach records (Belgian label) propels him a little more on the electronic scene.
A step that makes him decide to form his own label "teknologik" which allows him to mix, to meet other artists with whom he shares musical affinities, and to share a intense musical moment with his public. Romano has quickly got the chance to get surrounded by internationally renowned DJs while his Teknologik events, as Marc Houle, Chris Tietjen, Gaiser, Marco Carola, Paco osuna, fabrizio Maurizi, hobo, Barem ect ..
Get Physical, Toolroom, Rebirth, Copenhagen (DNK)
used to be two and now it's one. Norwegian DJ & producer Mikkas is flying the
Djuma Soundsystem flag solo these days. The spirit of production and DJ style
remains the same. That trademark of warm beats and melodies is alive and well both
in the studio and on the road. The sound is between tech house, house, disco, and
techno, with a lot of personality and humanity involved. This is music, and not just
grooves! It's catchy, but still underground and it can entertain a festival going mad, as
well as an intimate club.
Djuma Soundsystem had a major radio and club hit with "Les Djinns" (the single
biggest selling track on beatport.com) and has proved to be much more than a one
off, with releases like "This sound", "Atilla", "Small fries", "Zillion lights", "Bipolar",
"Blizzard" and "Stoli", on well known indie labels, like Get Physical, Rebirth, Soundz,
IO and Tool Room. They have been remixed by Uner, Tiger Stripes, Trentemøller,
Martinez & Moby, to name but a few and Djuma Soundsystems music has been
charted and supported by all the major tech house DJ's.
As Djuma Soundsystem, Mikkas has toured the world many times and played some
of the best venues and crowds out there, clubs like The End (London), Space (Ibiza),
Zouk SG (Singapore), Blue Frog (Mumbai), Kazantip (Ukraine), Villa (Oslo), Hardpop
(Juarez), Nevermind (Sydney), Cielo (NYC), Stadium (Jakarta), Space (Miami),
Watergate (Berlin), Kristal (Bucharest), or festivals like Fusion (Germany), Roskilde
(Denmark), Reworks (Greece), Universo Paralello (Brazil), Hove (Norway), Free Fat
Festival (Ukraina), Exit (Serbia), and the biggest gig of all - playing the last hour
counting down to midnight at Baha beach in Rio on new years eve 2009, - in front of
close to a million people!
... there's plenty gold left in the Djuma vault, and new tracks on the way!
Les Singes Batteurs // La Rochelle (FR)
BADLY, active member and co-founder of "les singes batteurs"is on the basis an enthusiast of drawing. Having skinned saveral festivals and parties where the undeground eledtronic music is the queen, he decided to add, a new rope to his bow and dedicate itself to the mix. He finds his inspiration trough both styles, distinct and common, house and techno to create during his set an atmosphere between shade and light
Diynamic // Hamburg (GER)
There are solid record labels and then there are recognisable musical
collectives, brotherhoods who work together for the furtherment of
electronic music. One such crew is based proudly in Hamburg; goes by
the name of Diynamic and owes a large part of its success to German
born Holger Behn aka H.O.S.H.
First and foremost, H.O.S.H. considers himself to be a DJ, someone who
prises the art of mixing records and sequencing journeys - preferably
long ones - over anything else. Ask any of the people who have been
lost in one of his residencies at the likes of Watergate, Studio 80,
Warung or EGO in Hamburg over the last few years, and they are
unlikely to disagree.
The usual biographical tales of teenage years being spent having music
lessons do not apply here: H.O.S.H. got into production simply because
he wanted to know how the records he was playing week in, week out
(by now in Europe, Australia, Asia or either of the Americas) were put
together. Once he mastered that, there was no looking back…. Says
H.O.S.H. “When it comes to producing, making music for me is like
cooking - the meal/track gets better the more love you put in.”
Since 2006, H.O.S.H. has been an integral cog in the Diynamic wheel
(alongside sometime flat mate and label boss Solomun and frequent
collaborator Stimming) and, as a result, has helped steer house music
into unchartered waters.
His productions and remixes to date - for labels like Kindisch, Get
Physical, Supernature, Freerange, Strictly Rhythm, Tsuba and more -
have blended house, dub, minimal, classical instruments and world
music influences with a recognisable deftness and engaging restraint.