Author: Lex van Aken

Founder and musical curator of DHA.

Premiere: Noraj Cue – Le Visionaire [Happy Camper Records]

Noraj Cue returns home to Happy Camper Records to introduce his latest musical adventure ‘Inner Glitch’, a fantastic full-length album series. It comes as an emblematic sampler on vinyl followed by a trilogy of digital releases. The Dutch artist likes organic sounds filled with real world dust and compelling grooves. He explores every corner of the house realm and always makes musical stories that keep you locked. Constantly tinkering with drum and synth, Noraj Cue has applied his unique talent for experimentation to one studio and one album. And in a career that spans 15 years, his creative touch has ... Read more

Premiere: Pupkulies & Rebecca – Fou De Toi (Parallells Remix)

The acclaimed Parallells duo is back with a remix of Pupkulies & Rebecca’s  “Fou de Toi”.  It arrives on all platforms on their own Klassified label and is set to win them another new legion of fans around the world.  Parallells are Thomas and Julien de Bie, formally trained jazz musicians who take that into their own multi-genre tracks, always with a melodic and emotive edge. They are both DJs and a live act who have performed a full live set with Gnawa Musicians at Moga Festival, and have played Robot Heart and Mayan Warrior Art cars at Burning Man. ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #288 by Nico Morano

After successfully having premiered Nico Morano’s Sincopat release ‘Merci Paris (Biesmans Remix)’ 2 weeks ago, it is now time to hear the full musical spectrum from Belgian pride Nico Morano in the form of this exclusive mix. In 2019 the Belgian DJ/producer started working his way up via releases on Katermukke, Days Like Nights, Hive Audio & his own label Atmosphere Records. He also curates stages on Tomorrowland & Paradise City Festival, so you might have bumped into his name somewhere, somehow. 2020 started already off nicely with releases on Récits de Mars, Sincopat and Ontourage Music. With only 3 ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #287 by Kadosh

It took Kadosh 3 years to break out of Tel Aviv and onto the global stage with releases on Watergate, Innervisions, and more. Having learned piano since he was just 12, and diving headfirst into the world of hip hop and soul, he turned music into an essential driving force in his life. But it was House music that took him into that next phase, where he could channel his talents towards. And now, Kadosh has cemented a reputation as a gifted producer with releases on a range of highly respected labels like Innervisions, Watergate Records, Aeon, Upon.You, MicroCastle, Connected ... Read more

Premiere: Braunbeck – Montornes [Sol Eterno]

Co-founder Braunbeck ushers his and Hazel’s two-year-old Sol Eterno into the new decade with a forceful, mood-setting three-tracker that elaborates on the young label’s prolific catalog and definitive sound as made known, and clear, by its latest various artist compilation at the end of 2019.  The Berlin-based label has thrived on the melodrama of duality and interdependence of contrast, light versus dark, coarse against tender, and Braunbeck feeds on just that, and yet takes these elements further, circling back home in true solar fashion. The title track Montornes, an 8:15 minute intrusion of light and a whiff of dawn, the ... Read more

Premiere: Alma Negra – Manta [Alma Negra Records]

Basel’s Alma Negra return to their eponymous label for the first time since summer 2019’s Alma Negra Remixed EP, with a dancefloor-focused collection of three brand new club-ready productions. The driving and Tsavo opens the EP with dynamic layered percussion and a classic house hook. Title track Manta is a journey into deeper waters, floating and drifting into late hours selections, while the closer Sega Dub find the native Sega rhythm of Mauritius meets modular dub techno. Today we are premiering Alma Negra’s soothing ‘Manta’. Alma Negra – Manta EP [Alma Negra Records] 1. Tsavo 2. Manta 3. Sega Dub ... Read more

Premiere: MULYA – Whisperer [TAU]

Hungarian artist MULYA joins the TAU family for his debut outing with the ‘Highlife’ EP. A relative newcomer to the scene, he made quite a splash with his first ever release ‘Marvin’, which dropped on MoBlack in 2017. Since then he’s maintained the standards set by that first release, with a consistent flow of new music on labels like Sum Over Histories and Multinotes. Now he steps up for TAU with four fresh new cuts. The title track gets MULYA’s debut EP rolling… ‘Highlife’ eases us in with a smooth, considered intro gradually building the tension. It’s emotive, dour and ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #286 by Sam Goku

Sam Goku, the newest addition to the Atomnation label, offers a fresh new take on dance music which he showcases in his new EP and this mix for us.  It seems like every time that dancers and listeners start craving for a new challenge, a new inspiration, there is an artist not only providing that but furthermore questioning what we think we know about club sound. It’s always a satisfying experience when an artist manages to actually create a modern sound by implementing what makes electronic music so dearly appreciated amongst enthusiasts: repetition, blended noises and just a pinch of ... Read more

Premiere: Mark Höffen – Black [Sinners]

Mark Höffen returns to SINNERS and opens 2020 with his ‘Black’ EP this February. Marseille-based Mark Höffen has become an emerging talent since arriving on the music scene in 2016 and signing to Parisian label – Sweet Melodic. His varied blend of melodic techno, jazz, electronica and house soon led to releases on the likes of Sweet Musique, Click and Mimesis, with ongoing support from Oliver Huntemann, Sam Paganini and Joseph Capriati to name just a few. He now returns to SINNERS following his ‘Orwhat’ release on the label last year and his appearance at their sold out ADE showcase, ... Read more

Premiere: Jeremy Olander – Nattuggla [Vivrant]

After being the first-ever young talent to be signed to Eric Prydz’s Pryda Friends almost a decade ago, the Swedish DJ, producer, and label head, Jeremy Olander has become one of the most appreciated and highly regarded artists in melodic house and techno. In the start of his career, Olander went on to release multiple EPs, singles, remixes, record a shortlisted BBC Essential Mix, and performed at iconic venues like Madison Square Garden in New York City, Brixton Academy in London. Following his departure from Prydz’s label in 2014 to pursue his own imprint and event series Vivrant, he released ... Read more

Premiere: Landikhan – Interludio [LNDKHN]

Landikhan releases his debut album “Earth Chronicles” on the 24th of January on his own label: LNDKHN. “Por tu Amor… o no” is already available including a remix by Tolouse Low Trax, and “Niburu” was released December 8th with great success. If something characterizes the Spanish electronic artist Landikhan, it is his open mind and his extraordinary respect for music, no matter the style, nature or origin. Two skills that the producer has always put into his productions, as seen on his releases on Natura Sonoris and Balance Music. Now, it’s time to see Landikhan express all of this in his first album. ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #285 by Woo York

Since the start of their career in 2009, the Kiev-based duo Woo York has come a long way from being local heroes to becoming an internationally recognized live act with their own signature sound. They are constantly developing their live show, innovating with studio productions and widening their audience globally. 2012 was the year Woo York became integral members of the international techno community, releasing a set of strong EPs on legendary Glaswegian label Soma Records and Planet Rhythm, a veteran techno platform which they ended up curating for a few years afterwards. Woo York’s sound was never just plain ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #284 by WhoMadeWho

Almost two-decades into their extravagant career, the energy, fun, and celebratory nature of WhoMadeWho has expanded with time. Since getting together a few years after the turn of the new century, the Danish trio have come to mature beyond their dance-rock moniker from which they were originally associated with. While still maintaining their wild, colorful and flamboyant nature, WhoMadeWho have evolved to a point where their energy is channeled through their industrious and manic wild shows, which stand strongly connected to their finely composed, harmonic and singular records. From career defining performances at Roskilde, sell-out shows worldwide, in-demand hybrid- DJ ... Read more

DHA AM Mix #283 by Upercent

An unorthodox artist who has cultivated his own very particular sound, Upercent is Jose Moles Martinez. Born and raised in Valencia, Jose delivers powerful techno that is equal parts emotive and visceral, constructed with samples from a range of organic instruments and composed with inventive arrangements. Making music since the year 2000, he has a wealth of studio experience and DJ expertise inspired by the freeform nature of jazz, combined with the endless possibilities presented by electronic music. He channels two decades of experience into a deep understanding of groove, trippy atmospherics, melancholy moods, and sophisticated story-telling. Upercent’s singular vision ... Read more

Premiere: Naeiiv – Leaving Earth [SOL ETERNO]

Berlin’s Sol Eterno has landed some fierce dancefloor igniters since its inception in 2017 and has established a level of complexity, depth, and balance within their own style. Eterno X marks the tenth release for Sol Eterno and forms this first various artist release. A carefully curated compilation, empowered by ten exclusive titles, from artists that shaped the sound of Sol Eterno in the past two years. The young label led by Braunbeck and Hazel has brought a handful of new talented acts into the light and keeps on doing that, with some familiar faces like Daniel Bortz, Philipp Harms ... Read more