CHAPTER 24’s Marcus and Sam’s taste in tunes is spot on. For this selection it’s like they read our minds and knew the tracks we’d been rinsing this month…in fact ‘Sam, Marcus, how have you done that? What else do you know…?’ Hmmm.
Petar Dundov – Before It All Ends [Music Man]
Marcus: My pick from Petar’s new album, ‘At The Turn Of Equilibrium’. Cosmic and organic, melancholic and euphoric in equal measure, with a killer groove and beautiful melodic flourishes. Dundov proves once again that he is the master.
Malbetrieb – Meun [Chapter 24]
Sam: We met Niels at ADE last year; he was playing at the SoHaSo showcase at a cool little bar in the centre of Amsterdam. He said he’d send us some demos when he got home that night and sure enough they arrived in our inbox just a few hours later. Meun was the first track we heard and it blew us away with its expressive white noise rhythm and dramatic sound design.
Mark Slee – Nocturne Belle (Tim Green Remix) [Manjumasi]
Marcus: Taken from the first release on Atish and Mark Slee’s Manjumasi imprint, Tim Green turns the title track into a trippy, groovy melodic number with dark stabs and soaring pads.
Nandu – Glömde feat. Tyra (Love Over Entropy Remix) [OFF Recordings]
Sam: Love Over Entropy has been ruling things since his debut appearance on Something Happening Somewhere last year, which included a Dixon retouch of his track Tonii. This is another beauty from LOE, on remix duties for Copenhagen artist Nandu.
Gundelach – Fjernsynet (Fur Coat Remix) [Cosmos Music]
Alex Niggemann – Siyawa [Last Night On Earth]
Sam: Last Night On Earth continue to fly the flag for melodic house and techno in the UK, and they’ve drafted in one of the biggest in the game here, Alex Niggemann. Siyawa offers some epic, peak time shenanigans. This sounds really great on big soundsystems.
Timujin – Bitter Earth (Remix) [Free Download]
Marcus: A Burning Man regular and one of the key players behind the White Ocean camp, we’ve been following Timujin’s excellent monthly mixes for a while now. You can just imagine that this remix, sampled from a beautiful original song called ‘On the Nature of Daylight’ by Max Richter, would be a perfect close to a sunrise set on the playa. Even better, it’s a free download on his Soundcloud page!
PS. Chapter 24 and Electric Dodo are hosting a party this weekend at The Pickle Factory featuring Miss Melera’s first ever UK appearance | more info here
Welcome to another ‘The People Behind the Scene’. We are really excited to chat to Christian Legno AKA SOUL BUTTON, DJ, Producer and owner of label STEYOYOKE. Steyoyoke consistently delivers gorgeous ethereal techno and has seen amazing success in the past few years growing to be one of the leading labels on the melodic techno scene. Read on and find out what it takes to make the magic happen…
What is the role of a Label owner?
Organising and scheduling are the most important functions, especially because you get to coordinate and communicate with many people every day; between artists, promoters, distributors, agents, managers, employees, competitors and of course, all of the followers (who are the best). It’s a lot of work because there really is no specific role. I can mention a quick list of various daily tasks: consult with artists, listen to music, plan the release schedule, send music to the distributor, promote the label, artists, gigs and music, send promos to the radio, magazines, dj friends and blogs, update the websites, manage all the social media, upload to YouTube, promote the releases when they are out … and … organising the merchandise, the new products in the shop, book the artists of the label, manage their careers … well, I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting lots of other tasks 🙂
What is the role of a DJ and producer?
Clearing your mind empty of all the bullshits of this world and use the creativity as weapon for creating “bombs” 🙂 I do listen lots of music every day because the most important thing is to follow how the sound keeps evolving. Also, I try to always be up to date with all of the new tools, like new plugins, techniques, software and gear. I spend hours and hours, days and days, weeks and weeks in my studio. I don’t care if I don’t see my friends; they know I’m locked in the studio and I don’t go out with them because I’m making something that makes people happy and dancing … and that’s why they still love me.
Tell us about your typical day?
Typically, I wake up at 9am and I go straight to the Steyoyoke office where I meet my lovely collaborators Susi and Simon, we drink coffee, we joke a bit and then we start our chaotic day. There are no simple working days, there is always something crazy happening. Around 6-7pm I leave to go back home, I eat something and then I start producing or DJing or record a podcast. Sometimes if I’m too tired from the office work and not really feeling super creative, I take care of my social network pages … sometimes I don’t sleep until the next day; Susi and Simon will already know why I didn’t get to the office early!
How did you get your job?
I created my job and … believe me .. it was a very hard and long process. I started to make music when I was 17, now I’m 39. I stopped producing music for 3-4 years when I was living in London because I wanted to better understand the music industry. After I learned about how many challenges face the music business, I decided to come back to production and I started to think about starting my own project.
The reason why I do music business? …even though I don’t necessarily love the industry after what I learned (I wanted you to ask me this question so I asked myself, LOL). Music is pure art, and the music business treats it as product instead. This is what I don’t really like, so this is what I will never accept for my projects. The only way to control it is to avoid connections with agents, managers etc… And this is what Steyoyoke is. We don’t have any connections with anybody. Yes, we have been open to the idea in the past, but in order to keep things organic we no longer have any connections with anybody. I still believe in music as beauty and wonder, and prefer not to accept the concept of making agents rich from exploiting my art.
What’s the best part of your job?
For sure it’s the performance piece, when you get go to play in front of thousands of people. The energy and adrenaline that the crowd shares with you is something that is just impossible to describe. When you play your own tunes and you notice that people know them… When you start to play and there’s this excitement in the crowd because the headliner is starting.. and you notice them all prepare themselves to give their best on the dance floor.
And … of course when you see your own, or your friends releases climbing the chart on Beatport…
Also, when Sasha plays your tune in the Essential Mix 🙂
And the worst…?
The worst ?? uffff … I do not like to deal with people who are not able to use their brain. I prefer to not go further.
What has been the highlight of your career to date?
For sure my label Steyoyoke. It’s not just a label, it’s my child, my work and my life. I put so much energy in this project, every second of my life. I never forget “her”, not even for one instant. People who know Steyoyoke definitely feel it.
Any tips for aspiring label owners?
There are millions of labels around the world. Only a few have a strong concept and character. If you want to start your own label, don’t think that it only means releasing music and sending it to the distributor and then wait for the release date. Create something that distinguishes your label from the others. It can be a strong artistic concept, it can be a very specific music style, it can be consistent quality music. It can be whatever, but you need a concept for sure. And .. you have to do it with your heart and with passion, otherwise you will fail after a couple of years max.
Any tips for aspiring DJ/producers?
I could say the same things like … put your heart into it, express your soul and translate what’s “deep inside” in notes … but I feel like I want to say another thing … be original … don’t copy. The music, in this very strange transitional period of the story of dance music, is all far too similar. When a good producer makes something that becomes popular, then millions of small producers try to do the same. Now everyone is trying to copy Stefan Bodzin, two years ago was Tale Of Us. You have no idea how many demos I receive, with the producers writing: “I have made this song, especially with the sound of Steyoyoke .. but I can do so many different styles” … WHAT ??? That’s so sad. It means that they made their music with another goal, that is to be released and not to show their own art … and what is exactly their signature if they can do so many different styles?
And .. I want to add something important. We lost the concept of the “MESSAGE” in the music. Ok, of course we do Dance Music and very often there are no lyrics, making it hard to deliver a message, like the way it used to be 10-15 years ago. I understand this point, but let’s not forget that make music means to share a message to people. This is important .. very important.
Qualifications: Degree in Electronic Engineer. Sound Engineer.
Today’s selection dances from jazz to melodic and progressive to soul, there’s a killer remix and other-worldly electronica. There are a few big techno tunes too of course, we wouldn’t leave you hanging. Delve in and discover.
- Seb Wildblood | Seal of Approval – whimsical, heavenly, jazz-laced loveliness
- Jamie Jones Feat. Hero Twins | Land Of The Giants – indie-vocals and twinkly beats
- Sekuoia | Someone’s Problem – get your bounce on
- Tim Green | Only Time Remains – great progressive builds
- Ricardo Villalobos | Easy Lee ( Dashdot & Do Santos Remake ) – a new take on an old classic
- Roland Black | VOID – frantic and frenzied
- GNTN & Luca Secco | Solar– swallows you up
- Oyinda | Flatline – heart and soul
- RYD | Simple Place To Be – ethereal and gentle
- Leo Abrahams | Steal Time (Brian Eno & Leo Abrahams Remix) – magical
There’s a new podcast series in town and it’s one to get very excited about. Profound Sounds is JOSH WINK’S gift to the internet. An hour of techno published on soundcloud on the last Friday of every month. The mixes will be 100% recorded live from Wink’s DJ sets around planet earth. We just stuck our lobes around Episode 1 and as you’d expect from Mr Wink it’s a hypnotic ride encompassing the many sounds of techno from dark to deep and acid to ambient. There are some seriously badass tunes in this mix, including beats from Green Velvet, &Me and Rodreiguez Jr vs Marc Romboy. If this is a taster of what’s to come then this is going to be a monthly highlight for us!
Stream Episode 1 below and here’s a bit more from Winky:
“Profound Sounds is a continuation of my mix series which blossomed into my weekly mix show on SiriusXM. I try to keep an open mind when heading into my sets, so you can expect a diverse mix of sounds from techno to house and more. Once a month I will choose a set that I have selected from my various live performances around the world and and present to you as a Profound Sounds podcast. Come along with me on the journey.” – Josh Wink
We’re long-time lovers of Eastern Electrics festival, having been rather a few times. The festival brings together a choice mix of techno and house acts and always has a decidedly fun vibe. For 2016 the festival makes camp at new venue Hatfield House (25mins by train from London) and will host skreaming rave tents, the always grooving switchyard, a grime-laced forest, an Electric City full of tropical surprises, a VIP island paradise and the intimate EE pub. Music aside there will be fairground rides, dancers, food vans, mysterious woodland areas and more.
This year’s line-up is varied featuring heavy hitting house names to masters of garage, grime and bass. Take a look…
Main Stage: Seth Troxler * Martinez Brothers * Eats Everything * Hot Since 82 * Richy Ahmed * Darius Syrossian * Colin Chiddle
Skreamizm: Skream * Citizenn * Derrick Carter * Grain (Special Guest) * Waifs and Strays Groove Armada: Groove Armada * Waze and Odyssey * Kolsch * Breach * Felix Dickinson
Viva Warriors : Steve Lawler * Cassy * wAFF * Denney * Detlef * Ceri
Do Not Sleep : Darius Syrossian * Nick Curly * Matthias Tanzmann * Huxley * Bones * Kydus
Black Butter Records : Shy FX * Oneman * Monki * Mele * Bodhi * NVOY * Syv
Star of EE Pub : DJ S.K.T * MJ Cole * Spoony * Artful Dodger * Sam Supplier
Ibiza Rocks House Presents Pikes VIP Village : Tom Findlay * Andy Cato * Severino * Doorly Does Disco * Guy Williams * Bones * Grainger * Special guests TBA
Tickets are pretty damn reasonable at £39.95 and there’s also a £10 payment scheme to help you out til pay day. If you want to take a trip down the rabbit hole into The Pikes VIP Wonderland tickets are £50/£59.95. It’s going to be a good ‘un!
Fabric mixes make up a decent corner of my music collection. The sign of a really good one is when you can stick it on five or ten years later and it still sounds exciting, inventive and importantly makes you want to move. I have a feeling ALAN FITZPATRICK’S fabric 87 is going to fall into that category. The 23-track selection is predominantly the type of chunky techno you’d hear from Alan in fabric’s room 2. Energetic, full of groove and expertly crafted to get the crowd in a frenzy. Recorded in one take the 76-minute musical experience contains lots of stuff you won’t have heard anywhere else before…
“I really wanted to deliver a mix that had a timeless quality about it and that contained tracks that people were not very familiar with already. Crucial to achieving this was the special edits that feature in the mix, as well as the exclusive and unreleased material that I was able to include which I hope everyone enjoys listening to.” – Alan Fitzpatrick
What I love most is the way you can be thrusting your hips about to this mix then a deliciously emotive melody will weave in and you’ll be floating and swaying about. Alan certainly delivers a techno mix that will please the beard strokers and the fist pumpers alike. A worthy addition to the fabric hall of fame.
Ever wondered what it’s like to be the Deputy Editor at one of the best dance music mags on the planet? For the third installment of our ‘The People Behind the Scene’ feature we chat with Erin Sharoni and find out all about her awesome working life…it’s a good ‘un!! Read on…
What is the role of a Deputy Editor?
Write. Edit. Rinse. Repeat. More specifically: I report to the Editor, Sarah Polonsky — one of my favorite people on the planet. We vet pitches, listen to and look for great music and stories, assign features, write plenty ourselves, edit content, and put together a damn fine magazine every single month. Ta-da!
Tell us about your typical day?
Wake up. Hit snooze three times and curse poor bedtime choices. Roll over. Look at phone. Find 103473562462 emails because everyone east of the Atlantic has been awake for 5-8 hours longer than you have. Shower. Walk dog. Eye emails warily again. Make coffee. Drink 3 cups. Continue to curse poor bedtime choices. Stop cursing when you open a promo from some unknown Berliner that delights your senses. Realize that in addition to a full-time day job, you have three features to write, two Skype artist interviews waiting, and an entire magazine to sub-edit. In 72 hours. Anxiously consume more coffee. Send 500 emails. Curse Apple’s shit autocorrect. Replay the Berliner’s techno promo and shuffle in desk chair. Disregard dog’s skeptical glance. Repeat.
How did you get your job?
Well, that’s quite a story. But here’s the shortest version: In a time not so long ago not so far away, I was a sports television presenter. My obsession with Arsenal FC is only surpassed by my obsession with the New York Rangers. Through this team allegiance, I met a number of like-minded New Yorkers who also worked in media, one of whom is a man called Chaim Haas. Chaim’s cousin, Andrew Rauner, is the Photo Director for DJ Mag USA. Chaim heard through Andrew that the editor of the magazine was looking for a new writer, and he knew that in addition to TV presenting, I wielded the mighty pen. He also knew of my lifelong love affair with dance music and the fact that I was a DJ. Cha-ching.
So, Chaim introduced me to one of the universe’s most dazzling life forms – Sarah Polonsky, editor of DJ Mag USA. I sent Sarah a few writing samples, along with what was probably some sarcastic, late-night appraisal of the state of our world, and quickly realized she was a long lost sister. Not literally. But we do share the same middle name.
Anyway, enter another character: Justin Kleinfeld, PR man for Tiësto, NERVO, Oakenfold, Digweed, Loco Dice and others. Justin is also a diehard NY Rangers fan and I knew him through that. His clients, the NERVO twins, were slated to be on the cover of DJ Mag USA and the story needed a writer. Justin suggested me. Sarah, bless her foresight, agreed. And thus, my very first assignment was born — a cover story for NERVO. No pressure.
You don’t need details to figure out the rest: everyone read happily ever after and a few issues worth of writing later, I accepted one of the most awesome positions I’ve ever held. Fuck a glass slipper. Take techno and a pen.
What’s the best part of your job?
The music! The story! The people! Okay, let’s break it down.
The Music: Much as we might moan over email inboxes that look like nuclear explosions, most of that mess is because we’re fortunate enough to be bombarded with piles of unreleased music in which there are absolute gems to be discovered. Including gems from genres I’d never think I would enjoy. Plus, getting to call late-night raving “work” isn’t too bad.
The Story: I’ve always been a storyteller. As a visual artist; as a writer; as an actor; as a musician. The best art tells a story in a way that makes people feel something. In a way that moves them enough to want more. That’s a challenge and it’s also a wonderful journey.
The People: Getting to connect with so many incredible souls from across the world — artists, managers, publicists, agents, A&R, promoters, other writers — is priceless. Nothing can describe my deep appreciation for that. And I’m a word-woman, so that’s saying something.
And the worst…?
Deadline deadline deadline deadline deadline [breathes], deadline deadline deadline.
What has been the highlight of your career to date?
That’s nearly impossible to answer and now you’re going to make me abandon my normal sarcasm and get soft. Fine. I’d say this job itself has been a highlight of my lifelong journey through music.
Music has been a part of my life since I was a toddler surrounded by shelves of vinyl in our living room. All of my fondest memories revolve around music – jazz clubs with my dad growing up in NYC, concerts with my mom, Middle Eastern songs with my grandparents; playing clarinet and later in college, singing opera; DJing and dancing my way through the late ‘90s at warehouse raves when they were ACTUALLY in warehouses and we wore horrible pants.
Dance music is everything to me. To be in a position to share the best of it with the world is a gift. I’m so appreciative.
Any tips for aspiring editors/writers?
See my answer to “Qualifications”. But honestly, the only tip that really matters is this: You have to be in love with what you’re doing. Like relationships, there are moments of discontent but if it’s real love, you can always come back to the core of what makes you care about it in the first place. That holds true for any endeavor in life. Don’t love it? Don’t do it.
Be a damn fine writer. Be passionate. Be critical. Be willing to “kill your babies” (thank Stephen King’s On Writing for that one). Know the music, know the scene. Keep an open mind, always. Even when it’s commercial. And don’t confuse “your” for “you’re” or “then” for “than” or succumb to the ultimate sin, “would of” for “would’ve.”
Oh dear. Word count is at 1,009. I’ve written too much, haven’t I? SO MUCH FOR EDITING.
– We enjoyed reading every 1,009 of them! Thanks so much Erin.
Check out Erin being a babe and schmoozing with the stars below (from top to bottom):
with Carl Cox & DJ Mag USA Editor Sarah Polonsky at EDC Vegas
being a dancing queen
arrival at the Berlin airport to play my first gig in Germany
with Danny Daze at Ushuaïa Ibiza
with Mark Knight in Miami
with NERVO at SLS Las Vegas
with MJC in Miami
with David Beckham because let’s face it, this is the highlight of my decade
A right nice beefy playlist to make you sway, groove and pump. Hit play and feel good immediately.
- Lil Silva | Lines (George FitzGerald Remix) – guaranteed feel good
- CamelPhat | Chloe’s Theme – big, warm and ready for you
- SevenDoors | Balaena – builds and builds and keeps you wanting more
- GoldFFinch | Shape – saucy melody
- Nato Medrado | Lost In Never Land – fly into space. bye.
- Roman Flügel | 9 Years (DJ Koze Remix) – trademark ooziness from Koze
- GoldFFinch | Poliferation – anticipation (in a good way)
- GAIST | Trigger – groove to this
- Marco Faraone | Climax – Takes you higher
- Ramiro Lopez | Botannical – loads of welly
- Russell Small Ft DNO & Vincent M | Listen (Jon Rundell Remix ) – techno done smooth
- Peter Gibney | Turn To Plastic– step into the dark
- Alex Ferreira | Naturaleza (Ambassadeurs Remix) – sway to this
- Kidnap Kid | Moments Ft Leo Stannard (Finnebassen Remix) – what a pleasure
PATRICK TOPPING is on fire. His latest offering, a 3-track EP on Lee Foss’s label REPOPULATE MARS, contains three dancefloor biggies. Title track ‘Baddie’ is a riot! It’s energetic and sassy. Topping expertly layers effects, from exotic melodies to bird-like squawks, over a bassline bouncier than my booty while shaking it to this track. Throw in some subtle vocals and builds- there’s lots going on and it’s really working. A truly unique track.
‘Majestic’ is a right little teaser, flitting between a delicate twinkling melody and a crunchy bassline. Eight minutes of titillation; this is the kind of tune that will have the crowd swaying together in a sweating mass hanging on the DJs every move.
‘Captivate’ wraps up this tasty trio with rumbling sounds and ethereal vocals delivering a trippy warped vibe. Seriously on form Mr Topping!
‘Baddie EP’ by Patrick Topping is realised on 22 April on Repopulate Mars
We are really excited to bring you a deep and dark Kittencast from duo Gradual. Hailing from Warsaw and now based in Berlin, Michal and Lee make the sort of driving, energetic techno you’d hear within the pulsating walls of Berghain. You won’t be able to resist the odd fist pump whilst listening to this mix. Turn it up loud and enjoy whilst Michal and Lee talk us through their track selection…
1. Rituals – Dino Sabatini (Shaman´s Paths) – PROLOGUE 2012
This record takes influence from ethnic music, linking techno to its roots. Connecting us with ourselves and with ghosts, mixing the past, the present and the future in one – spiritual techno.
2. Oblivion – Boston 168 – ODD EVEN 2016
This track produced by Italian duo has a nice acid techno vibe with dark nostalgic trance-like moments. It’s a very soft track considering their other works. It’s a feeling of the dawn when the sky is getting pinkish-blue in colour – yeah a kind of romantic touch.
3. SCFLS-12 (Original Mix) – Spherical Coordinates – TOKEN 2013
It’s time for 3D massive and spacey techno made by the duo Oscar Mulero & Christian Wünsch. A big lead by tweaking synth and it’s like being in some computer game flying between the moving walls.
4. Ambiguity – Sciahri – BLACK OPAL 2016
Intriguing layers of beats and synths, a suspension of emotion. Totally fresh release taken from EP ‘Behind The Line’. It’s all about good minimal techno.
5. Politics of Dying -Sigha – Our Circula Sound 2011
Nice bass makes this track rhythmic and energetic. A great balance between noises, beats and the groove. A very bright energy and a pure and happy dance track.
6. Re Televised Heiko Laux -Missle 37 – 1998
It is old school techno but does not sound like that – still good in a mix. It has very modern juicy sound. You can hear very ingenious ideas in it; it’s fun to listen to and it reminds me my first techno parties at Tresor.
7. Control -Shifted – Mote-Evolver 2011
A balanced and perfectly done techno track by one of the most interesting techno producers from Berlin. A usage of textures of sound with a strong rhythmic bass, altogether make a slow and unstoppable force. The breath of a dub techno.
8. Wir leben für die Nachts – Dax J – MONNOM BLACK 009 -2016
This track is a kind of dance-floor killer. Strong and powerful Berghain style made by British Berlin based dj/producer. Simplicity is very effective here; it’s catchy and has this atmospheric moment when the lead takes over the space.
9. Transients – Truncate – 2012
LA producer Truncate give us a deep and minimal track. Good to fly freely. It will keep you alive on the dancefloor and lead you to the next track.
10. Permanent Condition – Adriana Lopez – SEMANTICA 2014
There are not so many female techno producers who make music like this. Adrianna makes strong rhythmic techno with a good vibe. Electric dark princess and tough woman – good work. Exercises in self-control.
11. Fixed Fraction (Original Mix) – Christian Wünsch – POLE GROUP 2014
The last track from his LP ‘Internal Conversion’. Spacey and dark. An amazing producer who gives us a masterclass in building a spectrum of sound, full of warm pulsars.
12. Cavity – Rrose – EAUX 2012
A strange but addictive acid track. A psychoactive experience for the end of the set. Occult-like energy; intensive and aslant things are going on inside. A bit dangerous.
STREAM. DOWNLOAD. ENJOY.