Author: Lex van Aken

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

Premiere: Precursor – Luminous [Lines]

Continuing on the path of his former release Antagonist, Precursor now presents a brand new EP called Holon on Malbetrieb’s label Lines. It features 3 original tracks and a remix by the renowned Love Over Entropy. “Holon” opens with an ominous humming that quickly turns into a dark kick pattern driven by a captivating bass rhythm. Slowly a mesmerizing melody takes the attention which further sets the mood for a sweaty dancefloor late at night. After the peak of the track, the music is far from over as the bass line takes you further and further into the depths of ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #274 by Hunter/Game

Balance is the key to Hunter/Game ’s music. It’s part of growing up in Milan – a sophisticated urban center for film, fashion and art, but whose inhabitants relish the contrast of spending reflective time in the nature that surrounds the city. Having been part of Milan’s techno scene since its first days, the duo of Emmanuele Nicosia and Martino Bertola now find themselves equally influenced by the city and by nature – making music that harnesses the urban propulsion of techno within an introspective, thoughtful take on melody. It started in 2010 with the “Just This” parties. Hunter/Game’s own ... Read more

Free Download: Zone+ – You (Original Mix)

A new deep and emotive musical talent is emerging from the middle east, Zone+. His sound consists of deep melodic grooves layered with hypnotic, emotional beats making the crowd move yet fly through his emotional soundscapes. The depth and levels of his music will take you on a journey from one world to the next. The Bahrain-born DJ/Producer found his musical direction while playing as a resident in Soundscapes Bahrain although his influence stems from a variety of genres of music and melodic sounds he grew up around. He is now based in Dubai but continues to be an integral ... Read more

Premiere: Sam Shure & Cioz – Kamala Bani [Stil vor Talent]

A natural for stirring melodies, Berlin-based Sam Shure channels his all-around manifold array of talents into his new EP, Mirage, taken from his forthcoming debut album Laconia. “Mirage is a collaboration with my father who plays the Oud lines in it. I had the main groove of the track ready in my Berlin studio and felt like it needed some acoustic element. Kamala Bani was the first collaboration with amazing producer Cioz. We had the most fun working together in the studio and really enjoyed making the track. The track Encanto is for sure a nighttime track with a mystical atmosphere. ... Read more

Premiere: Portland – Expectations (Cellini Remix) [PIAS]

Cellini is a Belgian techno young gun who now serves up more of his genre-blurring, immersive sounds. He takes you on a journey through the deepest parts of the techno spectrum and translates infinite-depth into audible sounds right from the off here. Spine-tingling releases filled with musical character and storytelling emotions. He is an artist who has risen above the crowd in quick time, has his own night at Belgian techno temple Fuse and played four times at Tomorrowland (of which one is hosting his own stage and the other opening the well-known Afterlife stage). He has played all over from Beirut to Amsterdam and also ... Read more

Premiere: Kieran Apter – For Those Who Dream Big [Sol Eterno]

UK-based Kieran Apter graces Berlin’s up and coming Sol Eterno label with a wistful two-tracker ‘For Those Who Dream Big’, which is lush and percussion savvy, melodic and simply feelgood. SOL008 draws strength of character from Edinburgh’s Tweak Resident DJ’s adept balancing of organic and electronic sound structures, as well as his ability to translate inspiration into music that moves and grooves. The title track on the A-side jaunts from earthy to intergalactic and Apter makes that okay – marrying vocal samples that are, literally, from out of space, with the grounding and mundane essence of House. To reimagine that ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #273 by BLANCAh

Born into this world with a love for all things creative, BLANCAh started her professional music career as a DJ at the turn of the millennium. Since then, her musical influences have quickly progressed, allowing her the opportunity to explore different sounds and refine her skills in the studio. Her work always depicts her sensitivity and versatility, which combines to create a unique essence and form of self-expression. BLANCAh has built a solid path in music production by delivering a continuum of highly acclaimed releases on some high profile labels. She defines her musical identity through melodic compositions, often featuring ... Read more

Premiere: Edu Imbernon & Los Suruba – Mehari (Fell Reis Remix) [Last Night On Earth]

Hailing from the city of Valencia, DJ / producer Edu Imbernon teams up with fellow Spaniards Los Suruba to deliver their brand new EP, ‘Balear’, forthcoming on Last Night On Earth with remixes from Hyenah and Fell Reis.  With a number of previous collaborations under their belt, the trio once again seamlessly combines emotive, melodic Techno sounds with spiritual undertones and tribal desert vibes. Hyenah and Fell Reis then offer their hand remixing EP title track ‘Balear’ and ‘Mahari’ respectively, to perfectly complete the package. The Brazilian producer Fell Reis, from whom we’re premiering his remix, has been playing more and more gigs around ... Read more

Premiere: Akiine – Once (BAILE Remix) [Color Station]

Color Station is proud of how this release came together, particularly because it features two of its resident artists from the label. The story behind it is great too, as “Once” is a single off of Akiine’s Red EP, which was released June 7th on Color Station. It was her first release she produced all on her own. BAILE (real name Reed Kackley) helped mix the EP and delivered this stunning remix. Akiine on her ‘Red EP’: “To me, Red means strength, creativity and believing in yourself. I can relate to that as this is my first EP that has been 100% ... Read more

Premiere: Fabio Vanore – Leaving The Comfort Zone [Incroyable]

Fabio Vanore returns to his home of Incroyable Music with the captivating ‘Voodoo Ray’ EP. Fabio is an Italian producer who now resides in Germany as part of the Incroyable Music family. It all began with him as a resident DJ for Tante Rike in Bonn, where he played alongside the likes of Dominik Eulberg, Kollektiv Turmstrasse and more. The last two years have seen a number of releases on his home of Incroyable Music, releasing a selection of original EPs alongside remixes of fellow Incroyable members, each contributing to the support of Maceo Plex and Joris Voorn. His ‘Ortygia’ EP ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #272 by Booka Shade

The Berlin-based duo consisting of Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier, aka Booka Shade, is undoubtedly one of the finest pioneering electronic music acts of the past two decades. With their beginnings in Frankfurt and their sights originally on synth-pop, the duo quickly gained a strong following. In 2002 Booka Shade formed the now legendary dance label Get Physical Music (together with M.A.N.D.Y., Thomas ‘DJ T.’ Koch and Peter Hayo), where they would have a platform for their own music. Three years later, in 2005, their EP’s ‘Mandarine EP’ and ‘Body Language’ (the latter co-produced with M.A.N.D.Y.), launched Booka Shade into ... Read more

Premiere: Drown – Mount Circeo [Just This]

Just This presents a trippy EP from Drown featuring remixes by Locked Groove and label regulars Hunter/Game. Drown‘s Mount Circeo EP is a spiraling dose of schizophrenic vocals and tense atmospherics. The title track is a somber march through an unnerving monologue and stripped back machinery, gradually building an alluring tension with little respite. For the remixes, Hunter/Game offers a rhythmic reshaping of the original, whilst Locked Groove lowers the framework into a murky, ominous sea of sustained dissonances and mutating acid. Mount Circeo EP is a dizzying package offering just the right doses of peculiarity and warmth. The Mount ... Read more

Premiere: Foreign Guest & Wewerka – Human Sequencer [Outcast Oddity]

Outcast Oddity is back with a new release. This time they welcome two new producers to the label: Foreign Guest and Wewerka, both sharing studio space at Blackheadstudios in Berlin. For their latest outcome, they combined forces and delivered their debut release ‘Human Sequencer’. ‘Model 1882’ is the second track followed by a remix from Nuno Dos Santos who delivered a hypnotic techno interpretation of ‘Human Sequencer’. Expect genre-bending peak time outside house available digitally and on 12’ vinyl. Foreign Guest, Wewerka – Human Sequencer EP [Outcast Oddity] Release date: 19th of July // Pre-order Foreign Guest Wewerka [soundcloud url=”https://soundcloud.com/deep-house-london/premiere-foreign-guest-wewerka-human-sequencer-outcast-oddity” ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #271 by Ditian

The enigmatic Ditian hailing from Argentina is making waves with his current releases gaining support from mainstays like Âme, Dixon, Tale of Us, Trikk, and Frankey & Sandrino. After his appearance in the last two Secret Weapons compilations of the renowned German label Innervisions, with the tracks ‘Far From Here’ and ‘Fine Day’, Ditian surprised and captured the ear of the global scene. His track ‘Paranoia’ recently released on Frankey and Sandrino‘s label, ‘Sum Over Histories‘ and with an upcoming 4 track EP on Exit Strategy to be released at the end of July, he shows that we have to keep ... Read more

Premiere: Matchy – Irreversible [Katermukke]

Katermukke’s newest release comes from Matchy and Kostakis, who share a split EP named ‘Conjunction Anto’. The combination of the four pieces behaves like the four elements of fire, air, earth, and water. The fierce ‘Conjunction’ resembles fire with its drive, the trance flavoured synths and the pinch of acid. Air is represented by ‘Irreversible’ as the slowly in and out fading sounds and effects feel loose like the wind. ‘Joyce Stick’ is such a pulsating and choppy piece that it hits your ears like a severe earthquake showing what energy earth can carry on. Finally, ‘Anto’ is left, which has ... Read more