Author: Lex van Aken

Founder and musical curator of DHA.

Premiere: Aalson – Serene [Sinners]

Right when summer is slowly coming to an end and the nights are getting longer again, SINNERS unleashes yet another monstrous Aalson two-tracker entitled “Serene”. Aalson has used this year’s lockdown and the time off from touring to focus wholly on his productions. The Frenchman has been honing his craft wisely and is now presenting us with two mesmerising, prime time dancefloor compositions. The title track Serene has is an atmospheric alluring techno tune with swirling pads. It features a thick, rolling groove and energetic acid drenched low frequencies. Glistening chords located atop moody synth layers complete the track. Next ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #293 by Ryan Murgatroyd

South African DJ/Producer Ryan Murgatroyd has been around for a while now and has seen multiple successes throughout his career. With an ‘Essential New Tune’ already awarded in 2004 and releases with Defected and Toolroom, he is no stranger in the music scene. All things considered, it’s been a pretty incredible twelve months for Ryan Murgatroyd and his Swoon Recordings imprint. Established in June 2019 as an outlet to champion burgeoning South African talent and push the boundaries of traditional club music with its deep and soulful sonic leanings, Swoon has since forged itself a reputation as one of the ... Read more

Premiere: Jordan Gill – Footsteps [ICONYC]

ICONYC is delighted to announce the latest installment of their ICONYC Essentials compilation series including Jordan Gill’s ‘Footsteps’. The 4th edition kicks off with 24 exclusive progressive house, melodic house & techno, and deep house tracks from some of the world’s most exciting new and established artists. Themed around the different hours of the night, selected and mixed to perfection. Today we premiere the melancholic ‘Footsteps’ by Jordan Gill. He previously released on labels such as Dear Deer, Trippy Code, and Capital Heaven thus far with two of them hitting the Top 10 Progressive House Releases Chart on Beatport. Jordan’s ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #292 by MULYA

Progressive mastermind MULYA already had a serious basis for compositions as a child, with a father as an opera conductor. Piano and solfeggio lessons formed MULYA’s life until his early adulthood. Blown by the wind of the progressive house movement MULYA dug deep into harmonies and melodies around the late 2000s. With his flow of rolling synth lines and complex productions, he released his first EP ”Marvin” on MoBlack Records. The tune was picked up by a wide range of A-list artists from different genres and created a nice wave through the summer of 2017. The promising start was followed ... Read more

Premiere: The Advocate – Obscurity [Timeless Moment]

The Advocate debuts on Timeless Moment with his two tracks ‘Cosmic Night’ and ‘Obscurity’ including a remix by Tone Depth. Hailing from Ukraine, The Advocate brings two powerful tracks that mix elements of Techno, Trance, and Progressive in perfect fashion. ‘Cosmic Night’ and ‘Obscurity’ shine through its dark atmospheres, groovy rolling basslines, shiny plucks, beautiful melodic arps, and the amazing percussion work. Both tracks have made into the live sets of the likes of Tale of Us and Undercatt during the last summer season, making strong and sound impacts on dance floors worldwide. On the remix duty for ‘Cosmic Night,’ ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #291 by VNTM

VNTM is a techno live act hailing from the suburbs of Amsterdam. The sound of VNTM is a blend between modern-day techno and contemporary progressive melodies. By the use of haunting chords, mysterious strings, and dark basses VNTM tries to take the listeners on a journey through his mind and aims to visualize a unique storyline during every performance. Dark, yet uplifting, mysterious, and elusive are all terms that come to mind when exploring the sound of the young dutchman. He entered the scene with quality releases ‘Messages’, ‘Analog’, and ‘Time Traveler’. His production ‘Pinnacle’ was released on Oliver Koletzki’s ... Read more

Premiere: Ali Farahani – Light On The Road [Gardens of Babylon]

The Gardens of Babylon is set to release the second VA compilation ‘The Monastery’ in celebration of its eponymous yearly festival experience on 17 July 2021. For this edition, the Amsterdam-based, yet globe-trotting spiritual clubbing experience welcomes contributions from Amine K, Gorje Hewek, Maga, Madmotormiquel, Noraj Cue & unders, Parallells, VANDER, and more across its 17 tracks. After the 2019 launch of The Gardens of Babylon’s record label, we find ourselves in a very different world. Last year’s compilation was a musical snapshot of a physical festival experience with contributions coming from those who were there. This year, the compilation ... Read more

Premiere: Ryan Murgatroyd ft. Sobantwana – Wooma [Swoon Recordings]

Ryan Murgatroyd celebrates Swoon Recordings’ first birthday with stunning new EP ‘Wooma’.   All things considered, it’s been a pretty incredible twelve months for Ryan Murgatroyd and the Swoon Recordings crew. Established in June 2019 as an outlet to champion South African talent and push the boundaries of traditional club music with its deep and soulful sonic leanings, Swoon has since forged itself a remarkable reputation as one of the most exciting, forward-thinking labels on the electronic music circuit. With a truly impressive catalogue of critically-acclaimed, internationally-lauded releases from some of South Africa’s brightest talents clocked in just one year, ... Read more

Premiere: Rome in Reverse feat. SunGlitters – Coralline [Telavivi Records]

Noteworthy Avant-garde dance music producer and sound-designer, Rome in Reverse has announced her new single ‘Coralline ft. Sun Glitters’, which will be released on the 10th of July. Sun Glitters has an impressive resume behind him, having been featured in tastemaker publications such as Pitchfork, Dazed and Confused, The Fader, EARMILK, BBC Music and xlr8r to name a few. The producer has created official remixes for Purity Ring, Slow Magic, Blue Foundation as well as numerous others, and has appeared in live support for the likes of Moderat, Son Lux and Gold Panda. Sun Glitters has also been featured on ... Read more

Premiere: Innellea – Isildur

Prospective Vision, or the so-called ‘The lost tapes of Innellea’, is a compilation of tracks that he played in his live sets and never got the chance to release. On July 3rd this release saw the light of the day. ”Complete the past to initiate the future.” After Innellea played most of the tracks of the compilation in live sets and podcasts, people have asked for them a lot. “We live in a world dominated by a fast pace. The ability to access anything, anywhere, at any time leads to an enormously short survival time – even for releases in ... Read more

Premiere: Jordan Gill – Dispute [Capital Heaven]

Jordan Gill premieres his debut EP with Capital Heaven releasing two dark progressive house tracks with a focus on synth leads that provide explosive energy to the dance floor. Hailing from Vancouver, Jordan Gill released music on ICONYC, Dear Deer Music, Capital Heaven, Typ3 Records, and a scheduled release on Trippy Code in the coming months. His tracks have received notable support from the likes of Cristoph and Chus & Ceballos among others. Following his successful ‘Break’ EP with Dear Deer Music, this release will surely match the standard of his heavy and driving progressive sound. Today we are happy ... Read more

Premiere: Joris Voorn – Ryo (Mees Salomé Remix) [Spectrum/BMG]

Joris Voorn ​enlists the studio talents of Canadian studio wizard ​Tone Depth ​and rising Dutch star ​Mees Salomé​ to rework two key tracks released on his ‘\\\\ [Four]’ LP late last year. Voorn’s fourth album saw the Dutch supremo utilise the ‘90s as his theme and source of inspiration. From dancefloor weapons to lush laid back experimentations, the album is held together by his passion for timeless melody and groove. After debuting on Filth On Acid with his breakout EP ‘Equivalence’ Mees Salomé has gone on to sign with Weiter, Days Like Nights, Green, and Ton Töpferei. His event brand, ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #290 by Adam Ten

Adam Ten is a DJ, Producer from Tel-Aviv, playing on a regular basis at clubs like The Block, Breakfast Club, The Bootleg Club, Alphabet, and Forum Club. His international career is getting stronger with performances in LA, New York, Milano, Cape Town, Mykonos, Barcelona, Rome, Berlin, Munich, and Tulum. As a producer, Adam’s music is getting wide support from Âme, Damian Lazarus, Dixon, DJ Tennis, Black Coffee, Mind Against, Solomun, Adriatique, and many others, with releases on Upon.You, Selador, Multinotes, Asymmetric, and some future releases coming soon on Disco Halal, Blindfold Recording & Crosstown Rebels. As a DJ, He’s prone ... Read more

Premiere: Mark Tarmonea, Yannek Maunz, Brascon, Johanson – Hollow [Bull In A China Shop]

Mark Tarmonea is back on his own label Bull In A China Shop with ‘Hollow’. He has teamed up with his Berlin colleagues Yannek Maunz, Brascon, and vocalist Johanson, with whom he already worked on his previous EP ‘The Tribe’ (Einmusika). The track was written and produced by the four artists in the winter of 2019.  Mark Tarmonea is a DJ/producer, live vocal electronic act, and label owner. Born as the son of a musician and a painter, he began to write his first songs at the age of just seven years. Later on, he studied music and traveled around ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #289 by Andre Lodemann

André Lodemann has been a DJ for more than 20 years and is admired by acts like Laurent Garnier, Adriatique, and Jimpster to name a few. He played legendary clubs like Panorama Bar and Trouw Amsterdam and we all know his legendary track ‘Where Are You now’, one of the tracks that got me personally excited about electronic music.  In 2001 he started to produce music releasing 12-inches and remixes on Moods n Grooves, Simple Records, G-Stone, Room with a View, Z Records, Freerange, Buzzinfly, DFTD amongst others. His tunes ‘Where are you now?’ and ‘The Light’ became hugely popular ... Read more