The four day affair that was Dekmantel 2016 began on Thursday, 4 August, with a series of opening shows spanning through the spectrum of medium, presentation, and venue, each conveniently situated on the banks of Amsterdam’s IJ River. It all kicked off at the architectural marvel that is The Eye Film Institute, where a series of panels, talks, and screenings went down over the course of a full day’s schedule. From Rush Hour’s Antal speaking with Young Marco and Serge on the deep digging phenomenon and the reissue labels leading the way, to an engaging talk on inspiration vs practice that featured ... Read more
Futureboogie is a label that has its home in Bristol, one of England’s most exiting cities for cutting edge electronic music. The concept Futureboogie – as we know it now – started off as a club night in Bristol somewhere in the early nineties and transformed into a fruitful management and booking agency and a highly regarded record label. The current success of the Futureboogie crew stems from the experienced Dave Harvey and Steve Nickolls who boasted ten years of experience into the scene when setting up the label. Their first release dates back from 2011. Julio Bashmore set the ... Read more
Established in 2012 under the insignia of Manchester, Stem Records’ 7 releases so far have solidified their presence on today’s music scene by signing talented and well founded names like the intergalactic Legowelt, Nhar, Ultrasone, Ted Alexander or Life & Death’s Mind Against. Its owners are a duo from the Manchester area, Us & Them, that have developed a vision of a new psychedelic sound in today’s electronic music and so far their vision is right on track. As for their 8th installment, Stem Records brought on board one of their homegrown artists, Agents Of Time aka Andrea Di Ceglie, Fedele ... Read more
Ever since Innervisions dropped the ‘Gotham’ EP, one of 2013’s undisputed summer anthems, everyone wanted to know who this mystery man (or woman?) is that calls himself Ten Walls. Though his tunes have been supported by great DJs throughout the scene such as Maceo Plex and Tale of Us, the mastermind behind Ten Walls remains an enigma. We’ve sent one of our reporters on a quest a few months back, but he’s been missing ever since… Oh well, be who he may, let’s focus on the music, and talk about the upcoming EP ‘Walking With Elephants’, which is the first ... Read more
Rumors have started and Rumos has just hit the record shops at the end of last month. Established in 2014, the Guy Gerber’s second label follows his vision within a revolving circle of mystical and delusional sound with his first label Supplement Facts and his own Ibiza parties, Wisdom Of The Glove. The label’s first release is a firebomb, a representative collaboration between the label owner Guy Gerber and the Innervisions boss, Dixon. Adding up their release and residencies to this date, it’s safe to assume that they’re the most representative DJ/Producers to this date. Berghain, Space, Kazantip, Awakenings, Dekmantel, ... Read more
Soul Clap Records are notorious for releasing tracks with a lot of soul, love and passion. Each new release carries you back into a retro universe where everybody can connect with the disco era of the 70’s. For the house lovers bring back memories of Frankie Knuckles or New York’s Paradise Garage. They’ve been doing this successfully for the past two years and it was inevitable for them to burst out and drag along with them new names like, Nick Monaco, Navid Izadi & Baby Price. Their next project is the Swiss Genevan Heathen, who has come up with a ... Read more
Belgian label Eskimo Recordings turns up every year with records fluctuating between genres, not having a distinctive sound attached. That gives them the freedom to experiment, so their trademark doesn’t yet lie in specific sound, but in releasing prevailing material that is quite ear catching and tasteful. Standout artists within the label are Aeroplane, Drop Out Orchestra, Tiga, Hot Toddy, Satin Jackets and finally Eelke Kleijn. Eelke’s latest EP, Lovely Sweet Devine & A Tale of Two Lovers shows a different side of the Rotterdam-born artist. You can hear the full version of A Tale of Two Lovers here first! ... Read more
Italian DJ and production duo Karm and Matteo, also known as Tale of Us, are currently using Berlin as a base for their visionary musical quest. Combining house and techno with influences from pop, nu-disco or even rock music, they managed to create a unique sound which caught them the attention of Seth Troxler’s Visionquest, with whom they released their first EP. The rest is history. Thriving in the nesting ground for creativity that is Berlin, they recently teamed up with Vaal, an experimental producer who’s not afraid to think outside the box. Hell, he wouldn’t even know where the ... Read more
No.19 Music is at it again. After their release of Eric Volta’s game changing ‘Love Your Illusion EP’, they now have another significant cut coming out, that’s to be released Monday next week. We’re talking about ‘Sun Comes Up EP’ by the Canadian underground pioneers of Art Department. Art Department is the brainchild of Canadian techno/house legend Kenny Glasgow and No.19 label owner Jonny White. As individuals both Kenny and Jonny have released countless critically acclaimed records and are regarded internationally as two of the most forward thinking, revolutionary underground producers out of North America. Kenny’s credentials date back to ... Read more
The electronic all-rounder from Leipzig (GE) ‘Good Guy Mikesh’ just dropped his new ‘From Another World EP’ on Ellum Audio. This exciting EP consists of three original tracks which all exudes Mikesh’s characteristically gloomy, yet cordial vibe that also convinced label boss Maceo Plex to work with him. The EP kicks off with Maceo’s edit of ‘Place of Love’ which features Mikesh’s production partner and friend Filburt. The track begins with a steady semiquavers groove and a divine spherical synthesizer pattern that slowly winds itself round the groove like a creeper plant round its tree. After a break in the ... Read more
Rising star Ejeca is about to team up with Needwant again, this time for the release of his brand new Together EP. Together shows Ejeca in top form, satisfying our sonic souls with his signature, vocal driven blend of deephouse and garage. It has been hard not to take notice of Ejeca last year. He was topping the charts in the second half of 2012 with his sprawling hits ‘Descend’ and ‘Night Rays’. He released a range of productions on hot labels as 2020Vision, Lokee Musik, DeepWit Recordings and released multiple remixes on Sony. The Northern-Irishman’s career has pretty much ... Read more
I doubt if there are many more UK house producers that understand the current needs of house lovers more than EJECA. Being at the top of his game, his ''Life In Flux'' EP is another one of his masterpieces. Starting of on the A side with the adequately named ''Jump'' party starter, EJECA makes it clear that energizing the dancefloor is one of his key features. But where most would suspect the other tracks to be of the same level, EJECA surprises with his other three tracks which have surprisingly calm vibe. First off there's ''Purnsley'' (a word I looked ... Read more
Listening to ''Old Toy'' makes it clear that house is here to stay. The original is packed with energy and grooves like hell. The female chopped-up vocal might be considered a bit cheesy, but you can't deny it's catchiness. The original track clearly reaches to what I like to call a Hed-Kandi kind of sound: smooth, groovy, warm vocalistic music with a distinct sexy edge to it. The remix by Stefano Ritteri takes the vocal-chopping even further, creating a long and steady buildup kind of track which actually doesn't release at all.
The Canadian Amirali, part of the Crosstown Rebels crew, has managed to pull it off once more. 'Melancholia' is packed with the melodic deep and dark elegance sound this London-based producer has made himself known for with tracks such as 'Beautiful World' and 'Falling Down'. The name is chosen well, as the original track has an eerie, sad feeling over it. And even though one can argue about whether 'Melancholia' stands out in comparison to Amirali's previous club hits, it is clear that this track is destined to be played in underground venues all across the globe.