Author: Lex van Aken

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

DHA FM Mix #428 By DJ Normal 4

DJ Normal 4, founding member and co-creator of ‘Aiwo rec.‘ was raised close to Düsseldorf in the Ruhr Area. A former strong and lively industrial conglomerate city, now a bygone and dead epicenter of German heavy Industry. Full of dusty factory skeletons and abandoned industrial complexes. Rave fantasies and being surrounded by this reality of geometric shadows, harsh skylines and lost dreams gave birth to his sound. One foot in the fields of the glorious summer of ‘92′ and one in the ‘no future 4 ever‘ sounds emanating from Düsseldorf via Amsterdam to London, Lyon to The Hague today. With ... Read more

Premiere: Dino Lenny – Tokyo (Damon Jee Remix) [Roam Recordings]

Italian producer Dino Lenny debuts on Roam Recordings with his ‘Tokyo’ EP including remixes from Black Mami and Damon Jee. Dino Lenny, the Fine Human Records label head who has been making music since the 90s. He’s remixed huge names like Missy Elliott and Timbaland and has been collaborating with everyone from Madonna to Wu-Tang Clan to Seth Troxler & Dixon. He has been named “A wizard of electronic music” by The Chemical Brothers, played live with Underworld, released music on the likes of Innervisions, Diynamic & Correspondant, and is currently signed to Ellum. For his debut release on Roam Recordings, Dino ... Read more

DHA FM Mix #427 By Tijana T

For close to 15 years, Tijana T has been a key part of Serbia’s music scene. Now a full-time DJ, Tijana T is overtaking on the inside fast lane to global stardom. Her mastery of an acid-dominant techno style with elements of breakbeat, house, electro, and synth-rock has turned ears all across the globe. This lethal dancefloor style has propelled her to become one of the busiest and most durable DJs on the tour circuit. Over 150 shows in over 60 countries in six continents since the start of 2017 tells its own story. Spinning coldwave at dawn in Antarctica? ... Read more

[Interview] Erol Alkan

Erol Alkan has lived many different guises so far; DJ, remixer, label founder, club promoter, radio host, and each with great success. Keen to keep moving forward, what, one might wonder, allows Alkan to remain such a vital figure in contemporary music, both in the DJ booth, in the studio and beyond. “We each have to find our own way inside of the demands we place upon ourselves, so I can’t really advise much apart from to trust your instinct (again), and if you feel you can’t give enough of yourself to something, then reassess.” Great to speak to you ... Read more

DHA FM Mix #426 By Sapphire Slows

Tokyo Netscape nightingale Sapphire Slows is a producer, DJ, and performer who is known for her own style inspired by left-field electronic, ghostly ambient, smoky dub, and extraordinary 80′s  pop sounds. She started producing and recording music in her bedroom in Spring 2011, mainly with vintage Casio keys and Ableton, after which this new young Tokyo gem-gleaner was discovered by LA-based underground label Not Not Fun & Tokyo-based Big Love. Her first proper full-length album ‘Allegoria’ released in 2013 was chosen as best album of the year by Crack Magazine (UK), Mike Paradinas (Planet Mu/UK), Japan Times (JP), and so on. ... Read more

DHA FM Mix #425 By Honey Soundsystem

Honey Soundsystem is a San Francisco based collective of three; Jacob Sperber, Jason Kendig, and Robert Yang. They came together inspired by pivotal gay underground parties and dance music history, which offered a take on dance music in direct opposition to what was blaring on mainstream club speakers. They bond over a shared love of timeless sounds, iconic imagery, the complete look, indulgent behavior, and most of all, attractive men. They are also known under their individual monikers: Jackie House, Jason Kendig, and Bezier. The boys dedicate their time and passion into archivist work, which resulted in unearthing the lost gay ... Read more

DHA FM Mix #424 By Philipp Gorbachev

Playing a wide range of instruments, Philipp Gorbachev is a flamboyant performer, who holds the mic, tunes the synth and beats the drum like no one else, would it be as a rave live/DJ act, full band frontman (Philipp Gorbachev & The Naked Man, DEKA with Obgon) or as label curator, highlighting new music from Russia via his PG TUNE imprint. With a move to Berlin before the internet golden age, Philipp Gorbachev’s friendship with Rebolledo and Matias Aguayo set the wheels in motion for a series of debut releases on Cómeme, studio and remix collaborations with Inga Mauer, Nina Kraviz, Daniel Maloso, ... Read more

Premiere: Johannes Albert – Hooligan [Frank Music]

Lichtenberg, the name of a district in East Berlin and Johannes Albert’s second LP, hints of EBM & New Wave crossing state-of-the-art house rhythms. Seeing the producer heading down a whole different path, Albert’s ten-piece music on ‘Lichtenberg’ surely has made the transition to more misty material. Sing-along synthesizer melodies however still play an important role.  The album embodies genre fluid styles that depict the motions of the Kiez. Ambient structures over New Wave rhythms via EBM to current rave revivals blend a sense of multidisciplinary art into one medium. After the welcoming vibes of  ‘Phony Emotions’, we wander into ... Read more

Premiere: Undo – Espacio Sideral (Curses XTC 4EVER N EVER MIX) [Roam Recordings]

Roam Recordings welcomes Barcelona artist Undo back to the fold with his superbly crafted and moving Bird Without Wings EP. The title track is a thoughtful and provocative work of blissful electronics complimented by the slightly darker 80s influenced Espacio Sideral. The EP is backed by two excellent remixes from Roam alumni Curses and Rigopolar. After his huge remix of Tronik Youth’s Tunnel of Hate, Rigopolar returns to give Bird Without Wings a mesmerizing shoe gazing remix perfect for melting into outer space. Rounding out the EP is the version we are showing you today as an exclusive from the ... Read more

DHA FM Mix #423 By Ata

How exactly Ata manages to fascinate when stoically spinning records for hours on end, mixing emotion and intention, guiding the crowd, is his secret. We may assume it is experience. And experienced he is in nearly all fields related to clubbing: as graphic artist, fashion designer, DJ, label manager and impressario. It all started rather humbly when he, still a boy, shared house with a GI who owned a vast collection of Kraftwerk, early Hip Hop and black dance music and who substantially widened his musical horizon. Frankfurt soon witnessed the fruits of that neighbourly education when Ata carried a ... Read more

Esther And Michelle On Their ‘Journey To Freedom’ (1/3)

From the moment you wake up until you go back to sleep you make choices that will impact tomorrow. What if we can make those decisions more consciously to provide a positive impact? That is a question Esther Gramsma and Michelle de Bruijn ask themselves running their projects.  Esther and Michelle take it as their responsibility to inspire people to make more conscious choices on a daily basis. Therefore, they started ‘Silent State’,  a visualization meditation in the midst of a festival giving you a moment of reflection and now in their project ‘Journey to Freedom’. We’ve had the pleasure ... Read more

Pearls & Diamonds

Pearls & Diamonds is a new feature where we list some of the most amazing tracks coming up, that are nowhere to be found online yet. Tracks that we’ve heard and know you would want to get your hands. Make sure to keep an eye on our SC as most of these will be premiered on our channel. Let the search begin. Curses – Gold & Silber feat. Perel (Chinaski Tech Noir Mix) Polo & Pan – Mexicali (Simple Simmetry remix) The Golden Filter – Talk Talk Talk (Cooper Saver Remix) [4GN3S] Zombies In Miami – Misterio De Verano [Correspondant] ... Read more