Author: Steve Rickinson

Steve is Editor in Chief of DHA and does some other things too

[Playlist] Elon On KiNK & Co.

Collaboration can be a tricky game. Egos can get hurt and musical differences are pretty much par for the course. But when they hit the sweet spot, it can open up whole new avenues, especially to producers who might not have worked in tandem with someone else previously. Elon’s The Nest EP is very much indicative of a release where the producers all emerge with serious credit. The four-track vinyl offering – the 10th release on Elon’s Resolute imprint – sees the NYC-based producer join forces with none other than KiNK, Alexi Delano and Mass Prod. A diverse cast of ... Read more

Interview: Melé

From age 13, Melé’s interest in electronic music has resulted in euphoric, high-octane dance music inspired by his love of Brazilian beats, trans-atlantic hip hop and classic house music. In 2015, his tribal anthem ‘Ambience’ kick started his status as one of the new names to watch, which ultimately garnered support from the likes of Eats Everything, Patrick Topping, Tiga, Jackmaster, Annie Mac, Pete Tong, and Disclosure. Now, with a new release, “Atlantic” on edible, a regular mix series, Manor Rhythms, and a new Liverpool residency, Melé is a name rapidly on the ascent at home and around the world. ... Read more

5 Reasons Why: The Social Festival

Nic Fanciulli’s The Social Festival returns to Maidstone for their landmark fifth edition over two days, 29-30 September. With a who’s who lineup and selection of top flight brand partners on hand, we’ve put together 5 of the top reasons you should check out the festival’s 5th anniversary edition. What are some of your reasons you’re looking forward to The Social? #1. It’s the 5th Anniversary As we all know, longevity is no small feet in the what have you don for me lately world, but 5 years in and The Social Festival seems to only be getting started. With ... Read more

Interview: Michael Klein

Michael Klein’s unique sound is defined by percussive and rhythmic groove. Once from Frankfurt, trained on the sounds of Cocoon and Robert Johnson, Michael Klein has since made the way to Berlin where he reinvented his sound driven by the strong influences of Berlin and his residency at the legendary underground club Stattbad. Since, his productions have been supported by the likes of Dubfire, Laurent Garnier, Chris Liebing. Speedy J, Danny Tenaglia, Drumcell, Carlo Lio, also becoming one of the premiere members of Pan-Pot‘s Second State family. See also: DHL Mix #125 By Michael Klein This month, Michael Klein returns ... Read more

[Playlist] Pablo Bolivar’s Musical Autobiography

Having just released the superb ‘All Clear’ EP on Culprit, Pablo Bolivar has put together a selection of tracks that have built him into the musician and producer he is today, check out what he had to say below. In this playlist I’ve selected tracks that marked my life, tracks that influenced my actual style, tracks that each time I listen to, it makes me recall a part of my life, and they never gets old for me. I am very grateful to have the possibility of being working or in contact with most of these artists, my heroes. Of ... Read more

Party Report: Deep South Music & Arts Festival, 9-10th September, Tunbridge Wells

South London party starters, SUMBIT teamed up with Brighton music heads Disco Deviance to put on what was to be an extension of their biggest party to date. In 2016 they took over a Mansion, hosting the likes of Andy Blake and Mr Ties. Capped at just 450 people, this time they took their loyal crowd to a hearty woodland in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. A few last-minute complications let to a location change and the team were under pressure to build the site up from scratch in half the time they had anticipated, which was no easy task. The line-up ... Read more

[Playlist] Cinthie’s Vital Vinyl

A well-known figure in the Berlin’s house scene, Cinthie is the creative mind behind the Beste Modus and Unison Wax record labels. As such, Cinthie is a true leader of the underground house scene who also runs a studio complex in Berlin, and so is very much at the heart of the house conversation. On 16 September, Cinthie joins Adana Twins and Matthias Meyer in London celebrating 15 years of Watergate ahead of her Watergate Records Kerri Chandler remix – ‘Checkmate’ – on 25th of the month. Here, Cinthie explains the 5 (vinyl) records that will DEFINITELY be on her ... Read more

DHL Mix #168 By Drunken Kong

With a focus on Techno experimentation, Japan’s Drunken Kong create uplifting dance music. Consistently active in the Tokyo scene at the likes of Ageha and Air, it is Drunken Kong’s Womb concept INTENTION that has seen the duo invite some of the International scene’s best Techno representatives to the Japanese capital. As Producers, their music has been heard on Tronic, Loose Records, !Organism, Unity Records, Beat Records, and esteemed local imprints like Plus Records. With their powerful style and charisma, Drunken Kong are able to consistently amuse audiences and keep dancefloors going while expanding their ideas and skills to the ... Read more

Interview: Butch

A veteran of Moon Harbour, Visionquest, Hot Creations, Desolat, Watergate, Rekids and others, Berlin’s Butch is not a man interested in a single musical community. Despite this impressive (snapshot of a) discography, Butch maintains himself to be DJ than Producer, which has led him as far as US, Korea, Spain, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and the UK. His constant drive to deliver on the dancefloor, having recently launched a Watergate residency – Down The Rabbit Hole. Next month, 29-30 September, Butch will also join festivities at the fifth annual The Social Festival, where he will join The Meadow stage on ... Read more

DHL Mix #162 By Few Nolder

For the past decade, Few Nolder he has released EPs on SODAI and Connoisseur, and an LP on cult label Planet Mu. The talented Lithuanian’s route to the world of House and Techno isn’t a linear one. Having worked with operatic music, composers and several live music projects over the past few years, he now finds himself comfortably on the international stage at clubs and festival’s worldwide. With a new EP on Needwant, ‘Porcelain’ out now (featuring Octo Octa remix), Few Nolder delivers this exclusive mix. Also, we caught up with the artist to discuss his process behind the creation ... Read more

[Playlist] Francisco Allendes’ Sound Definers

Chilean Ibiza-based producer and DJ Francisco Allendes has been steadily carving out a name for himself over the past decade With releases on Desolat, Cadenza, ViVa MUSiC and Kaluki Musik, Francisco is able to provide a welcome return to here following his ‘House Train’ record as featured on the labels ‘Smoke Signals Vol.1’. Now, Francisco Allendes has just released his ‘Tirana’ EP via Kaluki Musik, which comes with a remix from Matt Tolfrey, and also preps his appearance at Eastern Electrics vs Do Not Sleep afterparty at The Coronet alongside Darius Syrossian b2b Richy Ahmed and a very special (secret) ... Read more

DHL Mix #162 By David Keno

David Keno is a Swiss artist who has been involved with music from the age of 12. Ever since his he bought a drum machine and an old Korg synthesizer, his love for electronic music knew no bounds. David has released on the likes of Pocketgame, I220, Zenit, Meerestief, Karateklub, and ELP, while providing remixes for Samuel L. Session, G-Man, da Fresh, Robert Drewek, Hugg&Pepp, DK8 and even 80’s heroes Trans-X. Now, the Keno Records boss, drops our 162nd mixtape, which is one that goes from minimal Techno to House. Very floor-oriented but often with a certain melodic touch. Tracklist ... Read more

[Playlist] Alexis Raphael’s Eastern Electric Influences

Once one of London’s new breed of electronic music figures, Alexis Raphael has since carved out a distinct name and sound for himself. By way of releases on the likes of Relief, Of Unsound Mind, Snatch Recordings, and YouAreWe, Alexis continues going from strength to strength, coming a long ay from his pirate radio days of the late 90s/early 00s. This summer, with a sew of dates everywhere from Amsterdam to London to Ibiza, Alexis is also set to take on the main stage at London’s Eastern Electrics. On 5 August, he will be handling Main Stage duties alongside the ... Read more

In Conversation: Fur Coat & Slam

Just two weeks ago, Fur Coat launched their Oddity imprint aimed towards a darker, tripped-out Techno. The label launched with ‘Genesis,’ a four tracker that also features an exclusive remix from Glasgow’s Slam. The label has already received prominent support from the likes of Tale of Us and Mind Against, while its vinyl-only ‘Sustain’ has been a worldwide dancefloor bomb since its introudtcion. Here, we got Fur Coat (bold) and Slam (italic) together to go “In Conversation” on their relationship, the release, and all things Techno! “Leaning more towards techno, that can be mental and melodic, without forgetting on the ... Read more

[Playlist] Seminal Lost Records From Its Core Fam

Lost Records founders Leftwing & Kody call in two of the label’s key artists, Resonance Records boss Max Chapman and Solid Grooves Records co-founder PAWSA, to join them for its 50th release. Since debuting in 2012, the UK duo quickly rose the House and Techno ranks with their distinct breed of dancefloor focused cuts. One year later they launched Lost Records, kick-starting the discography with a release by Darius Syrossian. Reflecting on four years, Lost Records has now hosted artists such as Solardo, Josh Butler, Latmun, Wade, Jey Kurmis, Cera Alba, and many more. Meanwhile, Leftwing & Kody themselves have ... Read more