Author: Lex van Aken

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

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=”” ... 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

Premiere: Gardens of God – Zero One [Sodai]

Starting his career at Maceo Plex’s Ellum, Gardens of God his second mainstay is his own ‘SODAI’ imprint.  ‘El Zero’ is his upcoming EP on SODAI with three originals cuts, where earlier in 2019 we’ve seen releases from Gardens of God on one of Maceo’s most recent labels ‘Ellum Black‘ with his ‘Ken‘ EP and his ‘Rau‘ EP on SODAI. As tension and seduction overlap in “Zero One”, the sound and the build-up is just enough to suck the listener in before the slight shift of style in “Zero Two”. The track gains the rhythmic flow of its own and grapples ... Read more

Premiere: 8Kays Feat. Tone Of Arc – Dance Alone [Eleatics Records]

With the 31st release at Eleatics, the label reveals another bright Ukrainian artist behind its creation; Ira aka 8Kays has come a long way, forming and progressing her sound into a distinctive fusion of heavy punctured bass leads, melodic chord progressions, and powerful vocals. 8Kays has formerly released on Sincopat, Jee Productions, Baroque, so we are happy to welcome her with a debut at Eleatics. Always versatile and unpredictable 8Kays has teamed up with American singer Tone Of Arc, whose vocals are perfectly describing the tight and grave mood of the rich instrumental. The track leaves a chance to catch ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #270 by Ae:ther

Born and raised in Rome, with German DNA and a diverse musical palette Ae:ther is an artist who has quickly established his pedigree as a formidable producer and selector through scintillating DJ sets and a batch of stunning releases. Now based in Berlin, the 29-year-old has returned to the motherland where he is steadily cultivating a reputation for haunting melodies and narcotic rhythms. With strong connections to Damian Lazarus at Crosstown Rebels and the Afterlife crew, Ae:ther has considerable industry support with his focus on delivering high-quality dance floor ready cuts that channel his love for ambient electronica and transmitting ... Read more

Premiere: Ivory – Pfauneinsel [microCastle]

microCastle begins the summer season by welcoming Ivory to the label for his debut EP. Based in Milan, Daniel Tagliaferri aka Ivory is an Italian producer, DJ, and guitarist who has enjoyed a rapid ascent through the electronic underground. His music found it’s way into the hands of Dixon, John Digweed, Lehar, Nick Warren, Tale of Us, and Trikk, by means of releasing on some of the world’s trendiest record labels, most notably Atlant Recordings, Azzur, Bedrock, Chapter 24, Isolate, MoBlack, and Kompakt. Now following his critically acclaimed ‘Hyper’ EP, Ivory presents his microCastle debut ‘No Scale Can Resize You’. ... Read more

Premiere: Budakid – No Strings Attached [Exploited]

Dutch youngster Budakid impressed with his debut release for Exploited a few months back in the form of ‘Adieu X’. Now he returns with two new tracks for Exploited, and a hot remix courtesy of Tensnake. Adieu X, a masterful slice of epic breakbeat with brooding undertones and a remix by Frankey & Sandrino. Backed with the glorious piano chillout cut ‘A Porcelain Heart’, it made for a very impressive debut. With releases elsewhere on All Day I Dream, Last Night On Earth and Get Physical, it’s clear that he is in high demand. His new EP ‘No Strings Attached’ ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #269 by Budakid

Kevin Huizing AKA Budakid is a Berlin-based music producer/DJ. Coming from a very musical family, it was only a matter of time before young Budakid started playing an instrument of his own. As a drummer in a drum ensemble, the soon-to-be producer/DJ got his first taste and wanted more. Having a good sense of rhythm helped him early on and not soon after he landed his first residency in one of Utrecht’s most popular clubs. Although he wasn’t of legal age, several clubs showed interest and delivered by measuring up to peers twice his age. But as it happens with ... Read more

Premiere: Delicate Features – Because I Want To [Freeride Millenium]

Freeride Millenium head to St Petersburg and the Delicate Features duo for another excellent EP that follows previous great outings on the label. Delicate Features is made up of singer Radmila Nikogosian and composer Pavel Astvatsaturian and they have consistently put out music that grabs the imagination. Labels like Not Not Fun as well as Freeride Millenium have released their sounds and ensured the pair grow ever more prominent in the scene with their superbly emotional music that draws on ambient, abstract and downtempo. Opening up the EP is ‘Brume’, a widescreen ambient masterpiece that has fluttering keys and gorgeous ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #269 by Palavas

The French duo Palavas aims to reconquer the prestigious title of “Queen of Mediterranean Beaches” of Palavas-les-Flots (FR) with their sunny electronic music.  Their first two Eps have been released by AZZUR recordings, their own label, and has gained the support of international artists such as Folamour, Hot Toddy, Gilles Peterson, Coeo, Phonica, and many others. Soundcloud Facebook [soundcloud url=”″ comments=”true” auto_play=”false” color=”8cd3f6″ width=”100%” height=”166″] Tracklist: Perdu – Savana Celia Cruz – Herencia Africana (Dj Jose Marquez Salsafrican Mix) Palavas – You Need Love (Palavas Edit) Telma houston – I Need Someone Tonight (Palavas edit) Daniel T & Duckcomb – ... Read more