Author: Lex van Aken

Founder and musical curator of DHA.

Premiere: Landikhan – Interludio [LNDKHN]

Landikhan releases his debut album “Earth Chronicles” on the 24th of January on his own label: LNDKHN. “Por tu Amor… o no” is already available including a remix by Tolouse Low Trax, and “Niburu” was released December 8th with great success. If something characterizes the Spanish electronic artist Landikhan, it is his open mind and his extraordinary respect for music, no matter the style, nature or origin. Two skills that the producer has always put into his productions, as seen on his releases on Natura Sonoris and Balance Music. Now, it’s time to see Landikhan express all of this in his first album. ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #285 by Woo York

Since the start of their career in 2009, the Kiev-based duo Woo York has come a long way from being local heroes to becoming an internationally recognized live act with their own signature sound. They are constantly developing their live show, innovating with studio productions and widening their audience globally. 2012 was the year Woo York became integral members of the international techno community, releasing a set of strong EPs on legendary Glaswegian label Soma Records and Planet Rhythm, a veteran techno platform which they ended up curating for a few years afterwards. Woo York’s sound was never just plain ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #284 by WhoMadeWho

Almost two-decades into their extravagant career, the energy, fun, and celebratory nature of WhoMadeWho has expanded with time. Since getting together a few years after the turn of the new century, the Danish trio have come to mature beyond their dance-rock moniker from which they were originally associated with. While still maintaining their wild, colorful and flamboyant nature, WhoMadeWho have evolved to a point where their energy is channeled through their industrious and manic wild shows, which stand strongly connected to their finely composed, harmonic and singular records. From career defining performances at Roskilde, sell-out shows worldwide, in-demand hybrid- DJ ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #283 by Upercent

An unorthodox artist who has cultivated his own very particular sound, Upercent is Jose Moles Martinez. Born and raised in Valencia, Jose delivers powerful techno that is equal parts emotive and visceral, constructed with samples from a range of organic instruments and composed with inventive arrangements. Making music since the year 2000, he has a wealth of studio experience and DJ expertise inspired by the freeform nature of jazz, combined with the endless possibilities presented by electronic music. He channels two decades of experience into a deep understanding of groove, trippy atmospherics, melancholy moods, and sophisticated story-telling. Upercent’s singular vision ... Read more

Premiere: Naeiiv – Leaving Earth [SOL ETERNO]

Berlin’s Sol Eterno has landed some fierce dancefloor igniters since its inception in 2017 and has established a level of complexity, depth, and balance within their own style. Eterno X marks the tenth release for Sol Eterno and forms this first various artist release. A carefully curated compilation, empowered by ten exclusive titles, from artists that shaped the sound of Sol Eterno in the past two years. The young label led by Braunbeck and Hazel has brought a handful of new talented acts into the light and keeps on doing that, with some familiar faces like Daniel Bortz, Philipp Harms ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #282 by Jeremy Olander & MOLØ

To celebrate their joint collaboration on Vivrant called ‘Vanadis’, Jeremy Olander and MOLØ recorded this mix at the Vivrant HQ, especially for this occasion.   After being the first-ever young talent to be signed to Swedish mega star Eric Prydz’s Pryda Friends almost a decade ago, Jeremy Olander has gone on to release multiple EPs, singles, record a shortlisted BBC Essential Mix, and performing at iconic venues like Madison Square Garden in New York City, and Brixton Academy in London. Following his departure from the label in 2014 to pursue his own imprint and event series Vivrant, he released original music ... Read more

Premiere: Nico Sun – Budapest [Ararat Masis]

Ararat Masis, based in Zurich is a Sublabel of L.E.T – Les Enfants Terribles, and brings us Nico Sun’s Budapest including 3 remixes from the lovely Wareika, Kalabrese and Mushrooms Project. Nico Sun: ”Written in this drunk, sleepless night. Worshipping the winds from the east. A yearning, a whisper from the past. A feeling at times forgotten, called back when the wind is heard. Budapest, a synonym for the love of the inner city blues, the rubbish in the gutter, the beauty in the murky corners. A thought that crept up on me in a second, a part of my journey.” ... Read more

Premiere: Alican – No Such Thing [Isolate]

Following their epic V/A ‘Mutations’ EP earlier this year, Isolate return with their fifth release. Once again generous in size, once again highly explorative, once again gazing into the stars: this one goes deep… And it comes from the Istanbul-based co-founder Alican himself. The EP eases us in gently as ‘No Such Thing’ strikes a chord that tremors right through you. Dramatic and narrative, it touches on both prog and techno with strong melodic tendencies. It’s followed by ‘Rosybar’; a track that takes us down a much deeper, more experimental path as the hook is based on the off-beat and ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #281 by David Kochs

You might have heard of David Kochs already – but only if you like to listen to a particular genre of electronic music that sits in between rock-solid techno and a blast of golden tinsel. Taking his inspirations from musicians and bands as diverse as Gesaffelstein, Jacques Greene or Pional, David has achieved a unique musical style. Think of heavy techno as the underbelly, sizzling electro as the heart and leftfield pop-music as the soul. All of this is held together by his own musical vision. Sounds underground? Well, David is anything but mainstream – but he is about to ... Read more

Premiere: Maga & Nhii – Sirens of Space [Flying Circus]

A collaboration of like-minded artists and remixers makes for a brimming EP of transcendental house music on Maga & Nhii ’s debut for Flying Circus Recordings. The two upcoming producers, who have between them released music on Stil Vor Talent, The Gardens Of Babylon, Rebellion der Traumer and Kindisch, pair up across two tracks, and remix duties are ably handled by Tim Engelhart and Wild Dark. ‘Monogram’ is a breezy and seductively dynamic track, buoyed with huge waves of synths and cinematic sweeps, with a rolling rhythm that is simply irresistible. Wild Dark follows up their recent release for Supernature ... Read more

Premiere: JKP – Quiet Place [Byson]

London-based avant-garde House producer JKP has shared his double A-side single ‘Blue Sun/ Quiet Place’ on 15 November via Byson. JKP has seen support from CLASH Magazine, The 405 and Tonspion, as well as radio play by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and BBC introducing and shot to number 1 on Hype Machine with his edit of Dijon’s ‘Nico’s Red Truck’. He has been featured by popular Youtube channels CloudKid and Wanderlust and has played alongside the likes of DJ Zinc, Artwork and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. JKP started producing largely by accident. Frustrated with not achieving the right sound ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #280 by Kevin de Vries

Kevin de Vries is a young and upcoming producer, although it seems like he is in the game for quite some time already with all that has happened in such a short time period. Showing his very own trance-inspired techno sound in his first EP called “A Journey Through Life“, he gained support from some of the biggest players in the industry, like Tale Of Us, Adam Beyer, Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin and many others.  He since had releases on labels like Afterlife, Cocoon, and Drumcode. ”Kevin continues to lock down his reputation as one of Europe’s most promising techno ... Read more

Premiere: D-Nox & Beckers – Skylab [Selador]

Selador is delighted to announce the long-overdue return of D-Nox & Beckers with a doubleheader of seismic proportions. With more than a quarter-century of combined DJing and producing experience between them, D-Nox & Beckers have firmly entrenched themselves into the landscape of the electronic music community.   Lead track ’Skylab’ has already been a mainstay in the sets of many an A-lister with everyone from Tale Of Us to Hernan Cattaneo falling under its spell. A straight-up peak time bomb. Whilst the genre-busting ’Surrender’ has become an instant favourite, a gem of rare beauty that seductively bobs and weaves through an ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #279 by 8Kays

Iryna Shvydka, also known as 8Kays, has come a long way, forming and progressing her sound into a distinctive fusion of heavy punctured bass leads, twisted together with melodic chord progressions. She has released with labels such as Booka Shade’s Blaufield Music, Jerome Isma-ae’s Jee Productions, Eleatics Records, and Sincopat, and is only just getting started. Receiving the acknowledgment of her productions from the worldwide music influencers as Solomun, Tale Of Us, Booka Shade and Joris Voorn, 8Kays is on her way to leave a mark and share her musical gift with many. Still ably handling the balance between her melodic ... Read more

Premiere: Jonas Saalbach – Words Unspoken ft. Luna Semara [Radikon]

Radikon welcomes label co-founder Jonas Saalbach for its 7th release; ‘Makena’ – a foray into the unknown for a veteran producer – is delivered in a trilogy of formats as original, collaboration and remix with appearances by Luna Semara and Tony Casanova. With ‘Makena’, Jonas demonstrates an incessant ability to reinvent himself. Powerfully uplifting and energetic with intertwining staccato basslines and funky overtones, ‘Makena’ conjures images of carefree days in the sun. Shimmering strings artfully laden with pathos whisk the listener away, telling tales of endless possibility. Where ‘Makena’ is carefree, ‘Words Unspoken’ is moody and brooding. Luna Semara’s haunting ... Read more