Author: Lex van Aken

Founder and musical curator of DHA.

DHA FM Mix #460 by Local Suicide

The history of the DJ & producer duo and couple Local Suicide stretches back over a decade to the year 2009. Since they’ve met, Brax Moody and Vamparela have collaborated together on various projects, all culminating in the conception of Local Suicide in Berlin. Local Suicide’s distinctive sound is an energetic fusion of new wave, slow techno, post disco and acid house that they themselves have given the name technodisco, while Beatport declared them as one of the key figures in the uprising dark disco scene. Their propulsive grooves have recently been woven into releases with the likes of influential artists such ... Read more

Premiere: Los Suruba – En Las Dalias (Santiago Garcia Interpretation Mix) [Nazca]

We are living strange, particular times and, as we go through it all, music is still our best ally. The Nazcas, the ones that live through art and beauty, and the Viracochas, beings from a distant world that blend and solidarize with us, know this. They´ve come once more to inspire the artists at Nazca Records to write history through electronic beats. This next release is a reflection of our current days. The world on lock-down has pushed our characters and artists to move forward and define their destiny. Through hard work, Los Suruba have managed to put together a ... Read more

Premiere: Rotciv – Number Of Names [Freeride Millenium]

Hot on the heels of their proud new charity project and first ever compilation ‘Freeride Millenium presents Queer Base’, the label returns with an evocative EP from Brazilian artist Rotciv, also appearing on vinyl in collaboration with Pauls Musique. DJing since 1996 and Berlin based since 2010, Rotciv has been playing places like the acclaimed Panorama Bar, Frankfurt’s legendary Robert Johnson club, and the Cocktail D’Amore parties for many years. He runs Mister Mistery, a label focused on house music, while also releasing himself on Luv Shack, Unterton (Ostgut Ton) Skylax and many more. All this comes alongside his The ... Read more

Sebastian Mullaert with musicians of the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich – No Words for a Beautiful World

Sebastian Mullaert releases ‘No Words For A Beautiful World’ from his upcoming album ‘Natthall’ Electronic music producer and classically trained violinist, Sebastian Mullaert broke into the house and techno scene in the mid-nineties winning international acclaim with his work as a producer and live performer. Sebastian’s upcoming album, Natthall, in collaboration with musicians of the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, sees Mullaert returning to his roots as a classical musician but this time approached from the perspective of an electronic artist. The album seamlessly and intricately weaves the threads of electronic and classical music from composition down to execution. Natthall will be ... Read more

Premiere: Kezokichi – Ess Tie (Freudenthal Remix) [Blindetonation]

Tokyo’s Kezokichi steps up with a new package on his own Blindetonation label that comes boosted by superb remixes from Freudenthal and Arthur Johnson. During his time in London, Kezokichi made a big impression with slick sets at his own “Back To Back” events held in the hippest quarters of the capital. He built up a cult following for his fresh take on dark disco and his label has now become a real bastion for such sounds from key artists all over the world. His own studio sound is at the vanguard of this scene and now he leads from ... Read more

Premiere: Nico Morano Feat. GinGin – Believe [Ontourage]

Nico Morano pushes onward with the second release on his OnTourage imprint: ‘Believe’ (Feat. GinGin) A few months after firing up his Ontourage label with debut release ‘Blackout’, Nico Morano is stepping up to drop another grade A record on his imprint. Featuring GinGin on vocals, ‘Believe’ underscores the global appeal of the Belgian house mainstay’s trademark sound whilst simultaneously paving the way for a special Early Morning remix from Nandu to follow soon after. For this second single release on his Ontourage imprint, label boss Nico Morano conjured up a rich and wondrous soundscape. From the warm chords to ... Read more

DHA FM Mix #459 by David Jackson

David Jackson, only 20 years old, is without a doubt one of the most exciting new talents the German electronic music scene has to offer. The brilliant producer from Heidelberg has already reached such high levels that many of his older colleagues required years to get to. Already at the tender age of 14, the young prodigy took the scene by storm with his productions. His unfailing skills and the unique energy of his tracks & DJ sets only give a glimpse of why David is being praised as one of the hottest emerging international talents right now – hard ... Read more

Premiere: Nandu – Horisont [TAU]

Over the last couple of years, Nandu has made quite an impact, dropping several releases both with Innervisions on their Secret Weapons compilations, his massive cut ‘Child Of A Child’ leveled dance floors across the world last year, and now he’s landed on TAU with four new cuts fresh from his lab. Kicking off with ‘Horisont’, a bumpin’ cut with dense kicks and an energy-fueled main melody which bounces around the mid-range. Shimmering synths complement the riff, transporting us from our mortal bodies into another vibrational dimension. This is the one we’re premiering with you today. Then we have ‘Outlined’, ... Read more

Premiere: Delhia de France reworks Robot Koch’s track “All Forms are Unstable”

Robot Koch’s latest album, The Next Billion Years, is as musically as it is philosophically ambitious. Inspired by a mysterious recording the German producer serendipitously came across of the 20th century French explorer, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the album imagines and gives sounds to a far distant future, “When I first heard the recording I was really blown away by its long term vision. When we think about the future we usually think about our own lifetime or the one of our children, but who really thinks a thousand or a million years into the future? Or even better, a billion years?” ... Read more

Premiere: Roman Flügel remixes Christian Löffler’s “Bergen”

In March this year, Christian Löffler released Lys, an album recorded and compiled in the serenity of his home studio. Christian now invites German electro veteran, Roman Flügel to add his own colours to Lys’ track Bergen. While produced within four walls, Lys’ grounding comes from what lies beyond them: light. What unifies these songs is the process behind them. Waking up early, Löffler would head for a run in the nearby woodlands before settling in his studio. He’d cast his mind back to the early morning and reflect on how the light had changed, marking the passing of time during ... Read more

Premiere: 8Kays – Berlin [Blaufield]

8Kays returns to Booka Shade’s Blaufield Music imprint to deliver her second EP on the label, called ‘Rolling’, including Berlin, which we are premiering today.  Kyiv-based DJ and producer Iryna Shvydka, aka 8Kays, has emerged to become a key rising name of note over the past two years, with releases via the likes of Sincopat, Disco Halal, Eleatics and her own 8Music imprint, whilst also featuring as a regular member of the Blaufield Music family. Having recently returned to the label to remix label founders Booka Shade and Eli & Fur’s ‘To The Sea’, and following on from her stand ... Read more

Premiere: Daniel Monaco – Middle Fist [Slow Motion]

Slow Motion is back with ‘Italian Synth Planetarium’, the ultimate mammoth dance compilation featuring three volumes of heterogeneous night anthems, including Daniel Monaco. Deriving from the on-going Italian Dance Wave series, this compilation showcases the best Italian electronic artists from around the world. The unmissable grooves weave through the best of the Slow Motion roster including eight debut artists. This massive release will be distributed digitally plus a cassette with a megamix of the tracks provided by maestros Franz Scala and Fabrizio Mammarella. All proceeds from the release will be split between the wonderful artists on the compilation, who have faced a rough ... Read more

DHA FM Mix #458 by Tunnelvisions

With an unmistakable ear for imaginative melodic themes and entrancing rhythms, Tunnelvisions hits the sweet spot by seamlessly fusing worldly influences with analog synthesizers. Built upon Emiel’s formative house and techno beginnings and Raynor’s early encounters with synth-pop and songwriting, the duo has created a unique musical composition that travels both from the dance floor to the living room. A couple of years down the line, standout releases like ‘Guava’, ‘Channel Tropico’ and ‘The Celestial Ritual’ (with accompanying remix package), not only gained wide-spread acclaim from music aficionados and tastemakers alike but highlight Tunnelvisions’ constant quest to push boundaries and ... Read more

DHA FM Mix #457 by Phred Noir

Phred Noir is the co-founder of La dame Noir (Bar, Club, Label), art director & DJ based in Marseille, South of France. Phred Noir has been producing tracks with Amevicious under “La dame Noir” name for different labels (Meant, Factor City, Blindetonation, LdN Rds). He is also been releasing records on “My Favorite Robot” as Slow Porn alongside Remain from Meant Records. From Balearic Disco to Slow Techno via Dark Disco, from the seaside to the latest dance floor, Phred Noir likes to play between 100 & 120 BPM and feels even better right in the middle. He is known ... Read more

Premiere: MULYA – Espinosa [microcastle]

microcastle’s second offering of 2020 welcomes MULYA to the label for his debut EP ‘Chrome Extra’. The Hungarian artist first came to our attention in 2017 with an EP for MoBlack Records. Stylistically fresh and well received by his contemporaries and tastemakers alike, it set the course for what has been a three-year creative swell. With a keen emphasis on rhythm and harmony, the Budapest resident crafts memorable electronic music which sits comfortably in a wide range of inventive spaces, while being favored by trendsetters such as Âme, BOg, Denis Horvat, Dixon, Fideles, Frankey & Sandrino, Glowal, Innellea, Lehar and ... Read more