Author: Jack Roland

is an Amsterdam-based writer, event producer and musician. When he's not pondering over our times' political turmoils, you can find him spinning east and west-coast bangers around the Docklands of Amsterdam.

Figure SPC: The Inside Story With Jeroen and Len

In early July, Jeroen Search was enlisted to close the final chapter of Len Faki’s Figure SPC, the long-running techno label with releases catalogued from A-Z. Spanning output over a period of nearly 7 years, Figure SPC has carved a new shape in Techno with its distinct approach to curation and the sheer depth of each artist’s musical input. A common misconception in Techno is the notion that it emanates specifically from club experiences, and that it can be solely understood in the club realm. However, Len Faki and his legion of artists have a much more unique and organic approach to ... Read more

Social Festival Podcast + Interview By Joey Daniel

Arriving in time for the due season of Social Festival, Rotterdam born/Amsterdam-resident Joey Daniel hits up a Music On-recorded podcast showcasing his low-end dubby tech spectrum of dance music. Joey Daniel was well known in his native Holland for his classic 300MPH party series at Toffler – an event which saw curated artists as big as Loco Dice but now is making big waves internationally, where he has made appearances at the likes off Awakenings, Time Warp Holland, Mysteryland, Sonus, Welcome To The Future, Pollerwiesen Festival, Extrema Outdoor Belgium, and many more. He’s performed at the renowned BPM Festival in Mexico, struck out the lights at Berlin’s ... Read more

Minimal Effort Podcast By Human Resources

Providing an exclusive mixtape is Human Resources, the deep house duo based in Los Angeles. Well-known for their parties in the Middle East and California’s West Coast, Cyril Bitar and Ahmed Elwan connected shortly after moving to Los Angeles in early 2014. Upon then, they joined forces under the profile, Human Resources. HR is widely known for leading the forefront of LA’s biggest Halloween and NYE event series, Minimal Effort. In 2016, they plan to make their production debut and release their highly esteemed EP adhering to the guidelines set forth by their predecessors earning them respect without delay. Download Soundcloud ... Read more

Premiere: Doob & Armie – Flutter (System of Survival Deconstruction Mix)

The newly formed Clock Poets imprint takes its first steps, with a playful EP from Doob & Armie and standout remixes from Guido Schneider & System of Survival. Opening the record is Doob & Armie with the track Flutter. This four to the floor track is armed with a quirky charm, while an eerie and off kilt backdrop creates the abstract space in which this track dances. Premiering on DHA is System of Survival – who deliver the 4th and final track on the newest EP from Clock Poets. Their take on the original Flutter has a more intergalactic feel – composed of broken beats ... Read more

Mix #221 By Serge Devant

Supported by Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Damian Lazarus, and Hot Since 82 – Crosstown Rebels star and DJ/producer Serge Devant provides an exclusive mixtape. Heavily influenced by the ’90s, the music of Serge Devant recalls a time when artists like the Prodigy, Underworld, and Carl Cox ruled the dancefloor. During the 1990s, the Russian native and Music School of Saint Petersburg graduate was living in New York City, hanging out at the legendary Twilo club, falling in love with music, and deciding that DJing was his future. Releasing off the acclaimed label Crosstown Rebels, his latest ‘Always On My Mind‘ EP made waves. Alongside his ... Read more

Premiere: Sailor & I x Eekkoo – LETTERS (Lower Case) (Doctor Dru Remix)

Based in Hamburg, Doctor Dru hits up a remix of Sailor & I x Eekkoo, receiving strong support from Sasha, Hernan Cattaneo, Adriatique, Solomun, Jon Monkmon, Nick Warren, and many more. Alongside his multi-layered history DJing, Doctor Dru works as a drummer, runs his own label, collaborates with other acts such as Adana Twins, and of course, produces his own emotive, wistful signature tracks – such as his release off Exploited’s ‘Black Jukebox 03’ compilation. He’s hit up other remixes on OFF, JEUDI Records and Stil vor Talent, and followed those up with his “Proper Lane” EP and a timeless remix of Claptone’s huge hit “No Eyes”. In terms of ... Read more

The Social Festival Podcast By Sailor & I

For his upcoming performance at Social Festival – Sailor & I provides an exclusive podcast of sorts to showcase his eclectic style across the electronica spectrum. Based in Stockholm, Alexander Sjodin aka Sailor & I has moved full speed ahead ever since his breakthrough single “Tough Love”. Three years since the low-key SoundCloud leak, Sjodin landed a spot on labels such as Life and Death and Black Butter Records. He’s a producer originating from a hefty background of jazz, rock, classical, and punk – picking up most of his skill via his family’s piano or picking up a guitar. In terms of performances, you can catch him ... Read more

Preview: Dockyard Festival 2016

Making a return to 2016 during ADE week on October 22nd is Dockyard Festival. The 12 hour long-festival marries Dutch industrial heritage with contemporary ADE partying, all going down at the abandoned shipyard setting of NDSM Werf. The line up this year features returning favourites and new names from the worlds of deep house, tech house and techno – which includes Art Department and Christian Wünsch, Paco Osuna and Gaiser, Paul Ritch and Dubfire, Monika Kruse and Marco Bailey, The Advent & Industrialyzer, Johannes Heil and the cult favourites RPR Soundsystem, [a:apia:r], Oscar Mulero, Jonas Kopp b2b Pfirter and many more. It is taking ... Read more

Premiere: The Element – Morphius (Original Mix)

Maltese X-Man The Element lands on Engrave Ltd with a release that includes remixes from the Italian duo VII Circle and Sicilian DJ/Producer Musumeci. The original mix is dominated by an obscure pulsating beat and brass combo, culminating into a dramatic break just in time to breath before the final ride. Andrea Vallisneri and Andrea Casari under their VII Circle moniker turns Morphius into an even darker and more hypnotic atmosphere giving back a deeper perspective of the main hook. Finally Musumeci pushes things towards more progressive and melodic territories adding a hell of an arpeggio he found behind the texture ... Read more

Premiere: Inbetween Worlds – Fata Morgana (Original Mix)

The Amsterdam-based collective Inbetween Worlds present their track off the 2nd Volume of Ed Ed’s Eclectic compilation series on Moodmusic Records. Involved in the Inbetween Worlds collective is Apotheque, Bold Moves, The Wolf Upstairs and Kimou – a group of friends who all share a passion for music. The intention of the project largely circles around the vision shared by the group, which exclaims that ‘imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were – but without it we go nowhere.’ On August 6th, the group will all be performing together at Dagdromen Festival. Their performance will take place in a bedouin tent that is titled – Fata ... Read more

Interview: N’to

N’to’s love affair with music began during his early childhood in his hometown of Marseille, France. Influenced by minimal and techno artists such as James Holden, Extrawelt and Stephan Bodzin, as well as 70s rock, 30s swing, hiphop, triphop, pop, jazz, soul, classical music, the many shades of N’to’s electronic music are instantely recognisable through smooth melodies and efficient rhythms. Having been featured on DHA before, N’to now gets us all ready for 3 September’s Pleinvrees Festival where he will bring his analog and electronic border blurring performance, N’to (live). Here, the talented Frenchman dishes on Marseille hot spots, goes ... Read more

12 Changes In Electronic Music Since Pokémon Go

Ever since Pokémon Go made its international debut, the streets have been littered with overly-excited 40 year old man-children and friendly creatures known as… Pokémon. It’s a distraction – pulling us away from our enjoyment of electronic music. Here are 12 dramatic changes that have occurred ever since its creation. 12) YOU MUST OBEY Everyone loves Pokémon – and so should you. 11) EVERYONE FORGOT ABOUT TEN WALLS For now… 10) THERE’S A NEW COMPETITOR IN TOWN Music has forever been a meeting ground for everyone to have fun and love one another. Who needs love when you can catch mother fucking Zubat in ... Read more

Premiere: Fango – Cortex (Original Mix)

Fango’s got another body defying ‘Viscera 2/3‘ EP via Degustibus Music. After the first chapter through the interior organs, he turns his attention to a sliced up, deranged take on the cortex of the central nervous system. With that said, here comes Cerebellum, Nervum and Cortex, three delicate operations of surgery on the inner workings of Fango’s head. His previous release ‘Rectum’ on Viscera 1/3 received strong support from artists such as Laurent Garnier, Dixon, Mano Le Tough, Tale of Us, Solomun, and Gilles Peterson – and was a huge summer hit. The second round of his three part release conceives on the physicality of music – ... Read more

Premiere: Human Machine – The Mule (Original Mix)

Premiering on DHA is Human Machine, a musical project composed of four Sicilian DJs and friends: Musumeci, Sisio, Simeone and Pavi. Mixing their 4 different musical roots and skills into one new identity, the Sicilian combo have a simple rule: make danceable music. After their debut 12″ ‘Black Mechanism‘ on Engrave Ltd put them on the map, Human Machine made an appearance on Connaisseur Recordings with the strong 146 EP still hot in Ibiza and in the most influential DJs’ sets. This time around Human Machine’s latest EP will be released by the Berlin-based label Exit Strategy, already receiving full support by Ame, Dixon, Solomun and Adriatique. Available 22 ... Read more

Premiere: OFF feat. Sven Väth – Electrica Salsa (Henrik Schwarz Dub)

Oh boi. The impeccable Henrik Schwarz redubs Sven Väth’s classic ‘Electrica Salsa’ – a truly remarkable feat. The track was first released back in 1986, when Sven (at the age of 21) was a member of Frankfurt project OFF, alongside Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti. ‘Electrica Salsa (Baba Baba)’ changed the face of electronic music in European pop culture, achieving top three success in France, Austria and Germany at a time when dance music was still regarded as an underground movement from Detroit and Chicago. Fast forward 30 years later, Sven enlisted Henrik Schwarz and Roman Flügel to provide remixes of the track. ... Read more