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Balancing: The Diary Of My Important Mixtape

– James Zabiela When the idea of making a ‘Balance CD proper’ was suggested to me I was filled with dread. I was of course excited and grateful to be given the amazing opportunity, but I immediately felt this enormous pressure that it needed to be something special. It had been so long since I’d put anything out that I was pretty daunted by the prospect, especially given some of the mixes Balance have been responsible for putting out, many of them considered classics. Still, at least I would have plenty time to make it, with a deadline that seemed ... Read more

Premiere: Alex Niggemann – Hurricane Feat. The Shadow Self (Deetron Dub)

Following up last October’s stunning “Balance Presents…” compilation, AEON label boss Alex Niggemann returns to Balance Music with a fresh EP, ‘Hurricane’. Also showcasing the beginning of a new chapter for his melancholic-pop- driven alter ego The Shadow Self, the EP also features a new original ‘Silhouettes & Sparks’, plus remixes from Deetron & Denis Horvat. Today, we exclusively premiere Deetron’s Dub of ‘Hurricane’. ‘Hurricane’ is available 3 February on Balance Music Soundcloud – Alex Niggemann Artist Page – Alex Niggemann Soundcloud – Deetron Artist Page – Deetron [soundcloud url=”https://soundcloud.com/deep-house-amsterdam/premiere-alex-niggemann-hurricane-feat-the-shadow-self-deetron-dub” comments=”true” auto_play=”false” color=”E40045″ width=”100%” height=”166″]

Premiere: Few Nolder – Balance (Original Mix)

Gets you unexpectedly – is the best way to describe ‘Balance’, coming from the Lithuanian talent Few Nolder. This track that astounds with a masterful meltdown of basslines, but mostly that sneaky excellent break, and to our view, is very likely to go down straight into those peak-of-the-night moments. It certainly rounds up this year with an explosive finishing. Producing music for over a decade, Few Nolder has been steadily growing his international recognition, releasing on Planet MU, Ghostly International, Connaisseur Recordings and Needwant Recordings. However even closely following the development of his sound, it is obvious ‘Balance’ sounds like nothing he has been done before and could have easily landed on any major ... Read more

Alex Niggemann Talks Balance Compilation

Rarely we get to know the full thought process of an artist putting up his musical story in one rounded piece. The prestigious Balance series, championing the most unique talents of the underground house and techno heroes, is now joined by the talented German producer Alex Niggemann. Here, to carry us through the journey of putting up his emotive, misty, and deep compilation of grooves, is Alex himself: “At DJ’s sets you create a mood fitting to a certain venue and crowd. You make sure music, people and place are creating one united vibe. With a mixtape you don’t really know where, in ... Read more

Balance Series Returns With Darius Syrossian’ Do Not Sleep Mix

Balance Music returns, with an appearance from UK ‘spinner’ Darius Syrossian who creates a double-disc ‘Do Not Sleep’ special. Darius Syrossian first emerged into the electronic scene by working in record shops and working the circuit across his native North England for years. He went on locking in a run of releases on scene-leading labels such as Area Remote, OFF Recordings, VIVa Music and Hot Creations, firmly established him as one of the hottest properties around. Fast-forward to 2016 and he’s a Space Ibiza resident, hosting his Do Not Sleep label and party on Sundays. Originally known for his more masculine approach to his sets, Syrossian deftly displays the full gamut ... Read more

Interview: Stacey Pullen

An innovator from the second wave of Detroit techno, Stacey Pullen grew up under the mentorship of Detroit’s legendary three: Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson. A skillful producer who values quality over quantity, Pullen made his name via collaborations with Chez Damier and Kevin Saunderson before setting about crafting his own style that bridged the gap between house and techno and led to 2001’s artist album ‘Todayisthetomorrowyouwerepromisedyesterday’. As a DJ, he has spent more than two decades playing everywhere from intimate sweatboxes to the biggest festivals, and was an early guest in the hallowed DJ-KiCKS and fabric. Stacey ... Read more

Deep House Essentials: Ron Trent

Chicago’s son Ron Trent was born for music. He became a DJ in his early teens and released his first track while he was still in high school. That premier of nearly fourteen minutes long was Altered States, a classic, rough-housing piece of brilliance that can still be played today and make a crowd go mad. Shortly after school he set up his first label, Prescription Records, which he ran together with Chez Damier. Together with its sister label Balance, Prescription is widely regarded as one of the most influential deep house imprints, introducing legends like Moodymann, Luke Solomon Anthony Nicholson, Rob Mello and ... Read more