Author: Lex van Aken

Playing records as Kimou, musical curator and founder of DHA.

DHA FM Mix #448 by Rigopolar

The now US-based Rigopolar is a cosmic explorer and space sound aficionado with credits on the likes of Tom Tom Disco dating back five or so years. His mix of disco and techno has taken him to gigs around the world, podcasts for Soma and remixes on the likes of Beat is Murder. His most recent affair is on leading Mexican label Duro, where Rigopolar is welcomed for four of his fantastically expansive and expressive disco tunes. Brilliant opener ‘Black Mantis’ is a spooky cut with a mysterious lead that takes you into a mystic forest. The drums move things ... Read more

Premiere: Roe Deers – Lazer In The Jungle [Playground Records]

Playground Records launches its first vinyl reference and for this brings a selection of top-level artists. In charge of the 3 originals, we have the Lithuanian Roe Deers joining the family. The EP includes 4 originals from Roe Deers, each also featuring a remix. The remixes on the vinyl release come from Sascha Funke, Zombies In Miami, and Niv Ast. As a cherry on the cake, the release comes with 2 digital exclusives, one original and its remix from Martin Noise. The track we choose to premiere today is called ‘Lazer in the Jungle’. It starts mysteriously, slowly building towards its ... Read more

DHA FM Mix #447 by Philou Louzolo

Philou Louzolo is a DJ and producer hailing for his audience to perceive traditional African music within the realm of a more obscure, sci-fi and techno indwelled electronic music experience, fast-forwarding its ancestral prospects into the future.  Philou’s coming of age is defined by the forces of musical and cultural diversity, living in worlds seemingly estranged from one another. As an adopted black kid, Philou grew up with the loving care of his adoptive Dutch grandparents. His grandfather taught him to listen to jazz and classical music from a very young age, provoking a surge of curiosity about his own ... Read more

Premiere: DJ Rocca – Uros (I:Cube Remix) [Roam Recordings]

DJ Rocca returns to Roam Recordings with two new originals backed by an all star set of remixers, including I:Cube and The Emperor Machine. The title track ‘Slide to Unlock’ is a pretty tune that builds a swirling arpeggio under a beautiful electronic melody. In contrast, ‘Uros’ is a huge gritty track with attitude. Up first on remix support is the legendary I:Cube who takes ‘Uros’ into hypnotic ethereal territory in a perfectly woven masterpiece. Rounding out the EP is another legend, The Emperor Machine, who twists ‘Slide to Unlock’ into a beautiful electronic disco version full of bounce and ... Read more

Roland to Renew Its Groovebox Line With Two New Successors to the MC-808

More than a decade after the release of its last groovebox, industry leader Roland revives its MC line with not one but two new models—the MC-707 and the MC-101. The all-in-one production boxes are set for commercial release at a later date this month. Stand-alone Production Box in Two Sizes The Roland MC-707 will feature “everything you need to create a song or perform a live set without a computer” according to the company’s website. The company promises a “fun and friendly” device that offers customizability and quality performance. One of the great advantages of the MC-707 is that it ... Read more

Premiere: Premiere: Kino Todo – 9AM [Blue Shadow]

Blue Shadow Records build on the success of their first two releases with a fantastic third, this time from vital new talent Kino Todo, with an edit from acclaimed Israeli duo Red Axes. Tel Aviv based artist Kino Todo is very much an exciting up-and-comer who is making moves fast. He has associations with Red Axes’s Garzen Records – both through his releases and his recordings for their radio show – and this new EP is a great window into his wonderfully weird world. Kino Todo on his collaboration with Tesfit Asgodom: “I met Tesfit in February 2019, he is ... Read more

DHA FM Mix #446 by Jas Shaw

In early 2018, Jas Shaw, one half of electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco, was diagnosed with a rare, health condition – AL amyloidosis – a disorder of bone marrow cells. Having just completed SMD’s 7th studio album, Murmurations, and with a special show at the Barbican with the Deep Throat Choir scheduled for April and the album due out in May, things were thrown into confusion. At the time, no one, including Shaw, knew how the treatment and prognosis would pan out. Jas had to start chemotherapy treatment almost immediately, which meant canceling SMD’s live touring. The duo decided to go ... Read more

Premiere: Discuji – Ephemeral Doubt [Better On Foot]

Jairasol, the new full-length album from Discuji, is a spatially aware and conscientious dance floor statement that bridges soulful and minimal influences in house and techno music. Dj/Producer Discuji is head of Better on Foot records, a label he created to serve as an outlet for emerging Baltimore artists. You might know him as the original producer behind Life on Planets, just one of many collaborations he launched through the independent label. This new solo full length ‘Jairasol’ is made up entirely of excerpts from a DJ set that Discuji performed at an underground warehouse party in July during Artscape, ... Read more

Interview: Colyn

Colyn may seem to be a mysterious talent who came out of nowhere, but he has put in the hard hours to get where he is today. Despite his young age of 25, he already has 9 years of music production behind his name. We sat down with him to unravel Colyn’s tale. His initial breakthrough came when the popular duo ‘Tale of Us‘ picked up on his sound and started playing out his music regularly. With ‘Amor‘ getting signed to their successful imprint and event concept ‘Afterlife‘, he started to turn heads. The record got heavily supported by other ... Read more

DHA FM Mix #445 by Mairo Nawaz

Mairo Nawaz certainly is that new breed of young, talented and up-and-coming DJ from Amsterdam. Growing up listening to his mother’s reggae and grandmother’s Soul and Jazz music, he started drumming at the age of ten and showed musical talents at an early age. It wasn’t before long or Mairo Nawaz immersed himself in Hip-Hop and R&B in his teens, but never felt like an old archeologist when he dusted off his family’s old record collections and tried to find a correlation with the modern electronic music of today. He brought this enthusiasm to connect the olden and modern dots ... Read more

In Conversation: Tee Mango & Amp Fiddler

UK producer, and the man behind cult clothing brand Millionhands, Tee Mango returns this summer with his latest long-player,  ’50 Songs’. This album is perhaps his most personal to date, seeing him delve deep into soulful territory, helped along in no small way by the contributions of Detroit’s Amp Fiddler. Amp Fiddler has a discography that takes in work with Prince, George Clinton, Moodymann and many more besides and makes his mark here on lead single ‘Feels Like Whatever’. Tee and Amp took time out to get ‘In Conversation’ for us and shed a little light on their working process ... Read more

DHA FM Mix #444 by Sascha Funke

Ever since his first exposure to euro-dance pop as a twelve-year-old kid, Berlin native Sascha Funke followed the siren call of electronic music, carving out his own spot at the forefront of leading-edge dance music. A seasoned hunter constantly digging for epic melodies, kicking beats or top-tier records to grace both his studio output and DJ sets, he specializes in deep, sweeping sounds – but always favored sitting on the fence when it came to the occasional shootout between genre trenches. A well-known purveyor of allusive, pop-infused minimalism, Funke successfully combines the straightforward and the uncanny, all wrapped up in ... Read more

Premiere: Javier Busto – Dosis ft. Mufti (Jason Peters Remix) [Roam Recordings]

Jason Peters (formerly known as JP Soul) is a veteran dj/producer from San Francisco most known for his energetic and creative DJ sets, his prolific streak of unique productions, and his widely acclaimed record label Roam Recordings. For which he now delivered a remix for Javier Busto’s Dosis feat. Mufti. Spanish producer, Logic Records label boss, and Roam Recordings alumni Javier Busto teams up with Mufti aka Bernardo Barrera (½ of Los Fugazzi) to deliver the Dosis EP backed by remixes from Azaria and Jason Peters, which is the one we’re premiering today. The release comes with two original versions ... Read more

Premiere: Jas Shaw – When The Whip Descends [Delicacies]

Simian Mobile Disco’s Jas Shaw is releasing a new album of over twenty tracks of unreleased solo material. Shaw will be sharing two new tracks every two weeks leading up to its drop on September 27th. This 25 track body of work called “The Exquisite Cops”- sees the light of day via SMD’s Delicacies label Jas Shaw on the chemistry of the two records ‘When The Whip Descends’ and ‘Repeat Until There Is No More Other’: ”There’s a quote about random things seeming to synchronize when placed with a clear drum pattern, I forget the phrasing and who it is, let’s ... Read more

DHA FM Mix #443 by Marlon Hoffstadt

Marlon Hoffstadt, born and raised in Berlin is the DJ and producer responsible for the phone free Savour The Moment events, and the own in-house PR agency. Since his first outcomes back in 2011 he evolved his sound both as a DJ and producer. In the meantime, he started three labels of which he still runs his Midnight Themes imprint, on which he releases only his own music. If you have not heard of him through his several releases on HOT HAUS, Rawax and Ransom Note or his Wilde Renate residency, you should definitely check out his music and sets. ... Read more