Author: Jack Roland

is an Amsterdam-based writer, event producer and musician. When he's not pondering over our times' political turmoils, you can find him spinning east and west-coast bangers around the Docklands of Amsterdam.

Mix #100 By DJ S.K.T

Producer, DJ, and Up-Tempo Records label manager DJ S.K.T provides a bouncy hi-hat-enthused bass house mix featuring various artists around the UK scene. Being the man behind his huge 2015 ‘Take Me Away’ track, DJ S.K.T keeps busy with a new weekly residency on Kiss FM, which is greatly supported by other tastemakers such as Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Danny Howard, Mistajam, DJ Target, MK, Roger Sanchez, Amine Edge & Dance and Idris Elba. On top of that, his latest single ‘All I Wanna Do’ (which featured the London-based singer Taet), has paved its way across the UK garage scene. Outside of the studio, DJ S.K.T ... Read more

Premiere: Degrees of Freedom – Without You (Kosheen Remix)

Premiering on DHA is the Bristol-based trip-hop, DnB group Kosheen, who showcase their remix of multi-genre fusion band Degrees of Freedom – which is composed of singer Kyo (Isha Campbell) and producer Break (Charlie Bierman). Setup as a trio between Welsh singer-songwriter Sian Evans, Markee Ledge, and Darren Decoder – Kosheen released multiple albums with the latest being signed by Universal and Sony. They’ve been around since the 90s and are famous for their classic ‘Hide You’ drum and bass release in the early ’00s. For this release, Kosheen bring a Garage-techno vibe with a mix of a classic old-skool bass line, big club sound, dubby snare ... Read more

Premiere: Paul C & Paolo Martini – Hot Line (Original Mix)

With a combined career that spans 40 years in the business, Paul C & Paolo Martini are 2 of the hottest Italian producers in the game. As part of Bini & Martini, Paolo Martini was without doubt one of the most prolific house producers at the turn of the century, touring the globe and lending their remix talents to major dance labels like Defected, Strictly Rhythm, AM:PM, Twisted, Universal and many of the worlds biggest pop acts such Jamiroquai, Kylie Minogue, Terence Trent D’Arby, Murk, Armand Van Helden and many many more. Paul C has honed his production skills since ... Read more

Mix #098 By Montel

Making his waves in the house and techno field is UK based Montel, who provides an exclusive mixtape of tunes. Alongside his mixing as a DJ, Montel’s productions have featured on esteemed House labels such as Knee Deep In Sound, Stereo Productions, Lost, Madtech, Avotre, Lapsus and Resonance. His releases have been championed by top flight DJs such as Richy Ahmed, Sidney Charles, Hot Since 82, Hector Couto, Sante, wAFF and many more. More recently though, Montel’s techno output has seen him step up to a new level. One of his best selling tracks ‘At Night’, has been a main stay in ... Read more

Premiere: Solemn Eye – Dusky Cloud (Original Mix)

Hailing from Belgium, Solemn Eye’s musical realm is focused on creating a state of mind where time and space are overruled by the emotional value of sound. Spinning on the decks since the age of 16, he’s had the opportunity to perform at well-known venues around Belgium. He keeps busy with his productions, performances as well as acting as the co-founder & member of Throb Circle. His sound is characterized as a dark odyssey, with strong influences in rock and the sound of artists like Agoria, Damian Lazarus and Âme. “Melodrama” is available 17 June on Steyoyoke Digital Artist PageSoundcloud [soundcloud url=”” ... Read more

Premiere: Henry Rodrick – Into The Sunshine (Jacques Renault Edit)

Famed for his reworks and edits, Jacques Renault brings a release off Swedish label Local Talk, run by close friends Mad Mats and Tooli. Based in Brooklyn, Jacques is a globetrotting DJ who also runs the roving Let’s Play House party night and label. Along with regular releases on his own imprint, Jacques boasts music on other scene leading labels such as Endless Flight, DFA Records, Rekids, Permanent Vacation and Defected. His induction into Local Talk’s family of artists may nearly break his already exhaustible release CV. Local Talk is a Swedish label globally known as a trusted source of timeless House music with ... Read more

Mix #097 By OCH

Emerging from the early heydays of the UK acid house and rave scene, OCH’s distinctive, dark-escapist atmosphere and contemporary Detroit techno sets never fail to impress. OCH is a British born Stockholm-based DJ, producer. He has released on Baby Ford’s Trelik, Bass Culture, and his own Autoreply imprint, which has received underground acclaim from those such as Jerome Sydenham, Claro Intelecto, Ed Davenport, Dan Curtin, Mark Broom and Agaric. Known as an equally in-demand remix artist, OCH has graced labels such as Visionquest, Bass Culture and Hold Youth, alongside boutique imprints like Minimood Extra and Movida. He released his first music on Systematic in 2012, with ... Read more

Premiere: Kalyde – Keep Me Hanging (Original Mix)

Detroit raised, Bristol-based Kalyde drops an EP packed with club-ready house bangers, alongside No Idea’s Original (NIO) founder Huxley with a remix. Known for his releases on Avotre and Skint, Kalyde has escalated in the scene ever since his debut release late 2014. His arrival on NIO marks the label’s fourth release, with him joining a burgeoning roster which spans Pierre Codarin, Sage Caswell, J.Phlip and Huxley. For today’s premiere, Kalyde presents a twisted production layered with overdubs of distortion, arpeggiating synthesizers, and a mesmerizing male vocal – all in all painting the vibe – ‘Keep Me Hanging’. ‘Keep Me Hanging EP’ drops on No Idea’s Original June 10th. ... Read more

Mix #096 By Ian Blevins

Acting as a key resident at Space Ibiza’s ‘We Love’ Party for over 8 years, British DJ and producer Ian Blevins puts together a variety of soul, disco, and classic house and techno in an exclusive mix. Since the crate-digging days from his youth, he’s drawn inspiration from Theo Parrish to Roger Sanchez and Larry Heard and DJ Spinna, hence providing the stature and gravitas he holds today. He has released on a number of illustrious and indie labels worldwide, anything from Droog’s Culprit imprint to Bristol-based Futureboogie, Rome & Tel-Aviv-based Lyase, Colour Series, vinyl-only Blind Jacks Journey, ESP Institute, and Audio Parallax. See also: Premiere: Bradberry and Blevins – ... Read more

Premiere: Third Son – Genus (Original Mix)

Up next is the London-based DJ & producer Third Son, who unleashes a conceptually focused release off his new concept label – Polymath. His Polymath concept will ask different artists to create tracks inspired by their perception of a singular theme. The flagship release includes tracks from Einmusik, Pete Oak, and Third Son himself. All 3 tracks are malleable for the dance floor, yet dive into unknown territory. Having released on labels such as Noir Music, Stil Vor Talent, and Sincopat, his next release Genus is yet another display of both his musical and production dexterity. See also: Premiere: Bellville & Fabio Montana – Time ... Read more

Interview: Alex Esser (Founder – HMWL)

As the music industry tries to pace with modern world digital sales, one label is taking a deep breath and trying something different – House Music With Love. HMWL is a Swedish outlet that houses a series of techno-inspired sub-labels. Taking on an interesting approach, they are prospecting in the field of ‘providing sales-figure support’ for artists. Similar to Soundcloud, everyone who releases on the label receives their own personal login that allows them to easily track each stream and download generated by their tracks. The back end offers a further breakdown of territory and services and this is the first offering of its kind, as far as ... Read more

New Legislation Announced To Protect UK Venues

New legislation protecting existing music venues from residential developments will come into effect in the UK April 6th. Local planning authorities will now have to consider the noise impacts on residential developments located next to music venues.  Previously, if an office building near a music venue was transformed into a residential building, the new residents who complained could have an impact on the venue’s future. According to the statement created by the Music Venue Trust – the new legislation says, “developers are now required to seek approval on noise complaints when office buildings are converted into residential properties.” Quite simply – if a music venue is nearby, you can’t change offices ... Read more