Thursday, October 31, 2013

Rex Club '25 Years': Apollonia aka Dyed Soundorom, Shonky, Dan Ghenacia at Rex Club

Stream footage of Christian Burkhardt's set from Cocoon, Amnesia

Dan Ghenacia - Ometeo EP (Apollonia)

Label: Apollonia 
Artist: Dan Ghenacia 
Cat# APO011 

Distribution: Syncrophone 
Vinyl Released: December 2013 

1. Dan Ghenacia – Ometeo (Original Mix) 
2. Dan Ghenacia – Ometeo (DyedSoundorom Remix) 

As Apollonia surpasses it’s 10th release and you take a breath to look back on the first two years of the label’s meteoric life, there’s no denying the unstoppable Parisian-born imprint is going from strength to strength. Having just repressed ‘Need Ur Love’, the Callisto classic that is an influential memory from Apollonia’s roots, Dan Ghenacia brings us up to the present day with the forthcoming EP. 

Having spent the summer season in the musical hub of Ibiza, Ghenacia’s heightened creativity lead him to turn his hand once again to production. Finishing the track just in time for Dyed Soundorom’s birthday, his beats brother took the liberty of testing out the track during his annual celebratory marathon set. ‘Ometeo’ featured no less than four times throughout the Ibizian all day/all night proceedings and immediately became a firm favourite of Soundorom. So much so that he insisted on its release on Apollonia, and added a personal remix of his own. 

Now spending more and more time in Berlin, home to two-thirds of the trio and to work together on an LP, there’s a definite shift in the sound nodding to something a little darker, a little weirder. ‘Ometeo’ asserts itself with a strong paced clap, accompanied by low pitched electronic rippling and intergalactic robotic voices. Slowly and subtly building up, it moves through human chatterings, insect callings and more, until at its most dynamic moment enter the hip-shaking maracas! 

Remix master Soundorom gives the late night joint a total overhaul to produce a peak time dancefloor bomb. Introducing a driving kick to pick up the energy, the warm, deep synths remind us of the typical Apollonia sound, as do the sexy, primarily female vocals which reoccur throughout the piece. Together a two track package that will without a doubt propel the French trio even further into the stratosphere.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Oliver Huntemann presents 5ünf – Five Years Ideal Audio compilation and tour


Oliver Huntemann presents 5ünf – Five Years Ideal Audio compilation and tour

Released: December, 2013

Label: Ideal Audio

It is now five proud years since Oliver Huntemann, together with his long-term business partner Jan Langer, founded Ideal Audio. To celebrate the occasion, the label is heading out on a worldwide tour from September onwards, and is releasing a double CD compilation of brand-new exclusive material alongside the most memorable classics from the label’s roster.

Since 2008 and release 001 from Oliver Huntemann & Dubfire, the label has grown into one of the foremost techno outlets in the world, with a wide and deep fan base across the globe. Ideal Audio has also spawned countless label parties, fruitful collaborations and many EP, LP and mix compilation releases from plenty of exciting talents.

“Here we are, five years richer in experience and still as loud as ever,” says Oliver on the anniversary. “Some new and promising acts in the form of dubspeeka from Bristol, Remain & Electric Rescue from Paris, and Soel & Jonni Darkko from Rome have recently joined the ranks, breathing new life into Ideal. For me personally, it is still a great pleasure to work on and with electronic music and the crazy party circus every day. I look forward to the next five years!”

The worldwide 5ünf Tour, running from September 2013 until March 2014, features key label associates Oliver Huntemann, André Winter, dubspeeka, Joran Van Pol, Remain & Electric Rescue, Andreas Henneberg, The Glitz and more, details will be announced in the coming days.

And so to the 5ünf compilation: Across two discs and 25 tracks it showcases the Ideal Audio style, which in the past has been described as "dark, hypnotic and powerful..." The compilation spans the last five years – with new and exclusive cuts on disc 1, and classics on disc 2 - and proves that Oliver and Jan have done a great job evolving the label whilst always staying true to their roots in exciting techno. A fine retrospective at the same time as being focussed on the next five years, the 5ünf Tour and Compilation prove Ideal Audio to be one of the most assured labels of our time.

Tracklisting – Oliver Huntemann presents 5ünf – Five Years Ideal Audio

CD1: Future

1: Oliver Huntemann – High5
2: Joran van Pol – Contraction
3: dubspeeka – Nepal
4: Extrawelt – Tangle Again
5: Hatzler – Contagious
6: André Winter – Congrats
7. Andreas Henneberg – Bansir
8: The Glitz – Sherry
9: Remain & Electric Rescue – Haters
10: André Winter & Hatzler – Kvadrat
11: Soel & Jonni Darkko – Lost in Space
12: Avatism & Jeremy P. Caulfield – Vancouver (digital only)

CD2: Past (Mixed by André Winter)

1: Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann - Rikarda
2: André Winter – Dogma (Pan-Pot Remix)
3: Extrawelt – Never Ever Disko Tricks
4. Sebrok & Tassilo – Fairchild
5. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann - Dios
6: Andreas Henneberg – Tenses
7. Remain & Electric Rescue – Erma (Marc House Remix)
8: Oliver Huntemann & Dubfire – Aire
9: The Glitz – Last Panther (Mihalis Safras Remix)
10: Sebastian Radlmeier – Is It Me or Is It You? (Carlo Lio Remix)
11: Sebrok – Lincoln Road
12: André Winter – Blackmail
13. Oliver Huntemann – Melbourne

Tour dates (all featuring Oliver Huntemann)

Thursday 27 September – BOSTON, USA @ Machine
Friday 28 September – MEXICO CITY, MEXICO @ DC310
Saturday 29 September – QUERETARO, MEXICO @ Qui Club 
Friday 5 October – EL PASO, TEXAS, USA @ The Network 
Saturday 6 October – CHICAGO, USA @ Sound Bar 
Wednesday 16 October – AMSTERDAM, NL @ Studio 80 Warehouse 
Friday, 18 October - LONDON, UK @ Pacha
Friday 25 October – ST PETERSBURG, RUS @ Zhal Ozhidaniya
Thursday 31 October – PARIS, FRA @ Rex Club 
Saturday 9 November – ISTANBUL, TURKEY @ Indigo
Saturday 16 November – HAMBURG, GER @ Uebel & Gefährlich plus guests featuring dubspeeka & Joran van Pol
Saturday 23 November – LYON, FRA @ Ninkasi Kao 
Friday 29 November – KÖLN, GER @ Bootshaus 
Friday 6 December – OLDENBURG, GER @ Metro 
Saturday 7 December – LANDSHUT, GER @ Knast 
Tuesday December 31, 2013  - ANTWERPEN, BEL @ Central Station 

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Cristoph - Shelter EP (Underground Audio)

Cristoph ‘Shelter’ EP
1: Shelter
2: Purvy
3: Tell Me
4: Move On

Release: November 18 2013
Label: Underground Audio

On the back of a stunning EP for Defected’s sister label DFTD, emerging UK artist Cristoph takes it up a notch with his ‘Shelter’ EP, the double-thick 4-tracker prime and ready to smack the dancefloor right between the eyes.
London, Bristol and Manchester may be famed for their iconic dance scenes, but the UK’s north-east continues to be a hotbed for unearthing exciting electronic music talent.  

One artist adding to the vibrant growing scene around the Tyneside, in Cristoph. Although active in his native Newcastle and beyond, with key gigs in iconic Geordie hotspots such as Digital and Loop, including a support slot alongside Waze & Odyssey that still gets spoken about till this day, it’s his slowly growing arsenal of heavy-hitting house cuts, that’s causing a torrent of support from the industry’s most respected artists.

Just released on hyped sub-label of Defected DFTD (that recently issued cuts from Guti, among others) his ‘Guffaz’ EP has been causing a stir across dancefloor in Ibiza and beyond, with early support from Steve Lawler, who’s been smashing it at his VIVa Warrios residency at Sankeys Ibiza, along with Hot Since 82, Catz ‘N Dogs and highly rated rising stars Dale Howard, DeMarzo and Him_Self_Her.

His versatility as a producer also bore a remix of hip hop outfit Big Beat Bronson’s ‘New Me’ which B-Traits picked up and played on her BBC Radio 1 show, proving Cristoph’s skills extend beyond club-moving beats.

His piece-de-la-resistance however, is his latest EP ‘Shelter’ due for release on Underground Audio, the home label of the likes of the hugely touted Finnebassen and recent BBC Radio 1 ‘Future Star’ DeMarzo.

The four-track collection oozes class rarely seen from an artist so fresh on the scene. The title track ‘Shelter’ hits hard with thudding kicks and bass that build towards a heavy drum workout interchanged with dynamic vocal and synth drops that keep the energy flowing throughout, before steamrolling towards a pumping finish.
‘Purvy’ is driven by lashing of low-slung bass, yearning vocals and funky claps and takes the EP in an undeniable groove-smacked ‘90s house direction with delightful, grin-inducing results.

‘Tell Me’ is the most intricate of the quartet; deep with understated tribal undertones, it shines of Cristoph’s versatility as a producer, as rolling murky sonics percolate underneath layers of bass and whispered vox, which drop into a melody-laded tech house workout more intent on building atmosphere than busting any dancefloor bollocks.

The EP is rounded out by ‘Move on’, a cut that will have you swaying uncontrollably from foot-to-foot with its funky-as-hell bassline, persistent drums and cleverly programmed creeping synth melody that builds to a club-smashing crescendo as the track does exactly what it promises on tin. Outstanding.

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Heiko Laux - Lucho EP (Ovum Recordings)

Press Release
‘Lucho Part 1 & 2’ EP by Heiko Laux & Alexander Lukat
Release date: 28/10/13
Ovum Recordings

1 – Lucho Part 1
2 – Lucho Part 2

Without pausing for breath, Heiko follows up last week’s ‘Canis Major’ EP with another double whammy, this time alongside Alexander Lukat.

In Part 1, Laux and Lukat expertly cultivate a dank aura of
seismic dread, dominated by a thunderous low-end which thrums beneath the surface like a beast from the deep. A dense latticework of hi-hats and backbeats whir and converge amongst each other, whilst pressure valves burst and hiss in the background.

Part 2 flips the vibe on its head and invokes the ghost of rave to create a punishing techno workout that bristles with spectral hoover-like salvos, and an ongoing volley of classic chord stabs.

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