ANJA SCHNEIDER | CIRCLE CULTURE (MOBILEE)

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‘Circle Culture’ is ANJA SCHNEIDER’S first release of 2015 and it’s a beaut! Title track ‘Circle Culture’ builds tension slowly, teasing us with hypnotic beats and tinkling melodies. Anja makes full use of the slow build, working in a lengthy atmospheric moment before a subtly mesmerising drop. It’s blissful and full of ethereal energy with a touch of the signature Schneider bounce. The remix comes from Konstantin Sibold & Leif Muller. The pair take it to a darker place, with trippy twisted vocal samples, heightened tension and a grittier, pacier sound for the dancefloor. ‘The Squaring’, a second original track from Anja, is a smouldering blend of breakbeats and techno. Again she uses drawn out tension to build a heightened exotic atmosphere; the track is raw and dubby and a little bit dangerous. A sensual and emotive EP from one of our favourite techno artists.

out now | but it here

ALAN FITZPATRICK | U SAID U (DRUMCODE)

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ALAN FITZPATRICK is back with a pretty mega 3-track release – it’s bomb heavy! ‘Love Siren’ is deep and steamy with powerful builds and drops; definitely a dance floor winner. ‘U Said U’ is my fave from the release. Celestial vocals hum over a meaty bass line providing a great contrast of sounds. It’s sleazy and pretty at the same time and the pumping beats are killer. Wrapping it up ‘Rumours’ sure ain’t no filler track, it’s filled with a lush crescendoing melody that builds tension and drama for a great emotive dance floor workout. Strong sounds from the DRUMCODE star!

out now | buy it here

GERTIE | SEMPER (NATURAL RHYTHM)

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Our favourite techno heads GERTIE have got an EP out and it’s a smasher. Four tracks; two originals, two remixes. Title track ‘Semper’ is energetic dancefloor techno true to the duo’s style; vocal samples add soul and they nail it with the tantalising builds. JON GURD gives the track a remix delivering a chunkier more progressive version. Original track deux ‘Bowden’ is bouncy, upbeat techno that you can really throw some shapes to. The remix for this one comes from HORATIO who takes it to darker, deeper places. Luvin’ it.

out now | buy here

CHAPTER 24 | FIRST EDITIONS (ED001) LP

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ED001 marks the start of what we hope will be a growing series of compilations from melodic house and techno label CHAPTER 24.  Their First Editions LP was released yesterday, a special remix compilation that features six edits of some of the labels first and finest releases.

Kicking things off is the Melokolektiv (Crosstown Rebels, OFF) remix of Quartz’s ‘Crystals’ – a driving, melodic track with emotive builds and plenty of dance floor energy.  The euphoric, uplifting sounds of the Sam Pauli & Paul Nolan edition of Danny Oliveira’s Stargazer is next up –our fave track from the compilation.  Marten Sundberg’s edit of ‘The Owl’ is raw with dark synths and tense layers whereas things get deep in Framewerk’s edit of KatrinKa’s ‘Echo Gnomic’.   The penultimate closing track, Darien J’s rework of ‘Start Over’ is a brilliantly energetic and feel good track with one hell of a catchy melody.  Finally, the compilation closes of with another edit of ‘Echo Gnomic’, this time by Berlin based AFFECT!, a slow, unwinding piece with a dreamy, ethereal feel to it – a perfect closing track.

We’re in love with this compilation and we’re in love with Chapter 24.  They’re building a brand around a sound that’s gathering some serious momentum in the underground scene.  Be sure to follow them on SOUNDCLOUD for their latest releases and melodic goodness.

You can buy ED001 – First Editions on BEATPORT and the guys are also throwing their next Gather Round party on Saturday 12th September at Blackall Studios which will be headlined by Jonas Saalbach (live) – playing his first London show – and supported by Melokoletiv and the Chapter 24 crew which includes Paul Nolan, KatrinKa and Sam Pauli.  Tickets are on RA HERE.

We’re also really excited as KartinKa is the lined up to produce our next Kittencast…. keep an eye out for that one coming early August.

GROOVE ARMADA | LITTLE BLACK BOOK (MODA)

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GROOVE ARMADA are an institution. They’ve evolved, adapted and their music spans decades. They were even the first act to get Nicola into electronic music. Not many acts can make such bold claims.

Fans of the duo will rejoice in news that they have just pulled together a brand new album for Jaymo and Andy George’s MODA BLACK imprint – their Little Black Book. It’s a musical melting pot– part compilation, part album and part remix album, featuring eight brand spankin’ new GA tracks and ten exclusive remixes.

If you register on the MODA BLACK WEBSITE you can get your hands on a free download of their new track ‘Get on the Floor’ which features the sublime vocals of Cari Golden (if you recognise the name, you’re probably thinking of THIS). The duo even threw a free party last night with the Moda boys to celebrate the launch and we headed down (who doesn’t love a bit of Thursday dancing?).

Check out the promo vid below and make sure you sign up on Moda’s website!

 

JAMES LE ROUX | GOING IT ALONE (IGLOO RECORDS)

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I want to give a shout out to an album that came out last month that I’ve been super enjoying. ‘Going It Alone’ is the debut album from UK artist JAMES LE ROUX. It’s melodic house neatly produced with lush layers of trippy sounds, beautifully composed builds and just a proper real nice quality to them; something a bit other-worldly like we’re all having a rave in the jungle in Avatar.

Track 4 ‘Going Alone’ is the biggie on here; dreamy melodies with emotive percussion and a perfect groove. I’m also a big lover of ‘Anybody From Everybody’. This lad has got something special!

buy it here on beatport | stream below

TRACKS WE’RE DIGGIN’ 2DAY (BUMPER EDITION) | 21.5.15

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Tune after tune after tune in this bumper playlist…

        1. Padre Ft Jova | Chasing Mirrors (Christian Löffler Remix) – Gorgeous & dreamy. We love the chopped vocals
        2. Jekyll | The Gardener (Original Mix) – Minimalistic electronica with a bouncy bass
        3. Butler & Bontan ft. Vula | Live My Life – Dance floor filler, real house banger with sassy vocals n’all. BOOM.
        4. Irregular Expression | Philip Glass – Delicate piano & soft beats – smooth
        5. Plastikman | Ask Yourself (Angelo Lomelo Remix) – Warping, thudding techno sounds
        6. Roland Klinkenberg | Musicalife – Atmospheric, echoing sounds – this one has a lot of depth
        7. Nicole Moudaber | Her Dub Material – Deep & dubby from this techno queen
        8. Sasha | Ether – Sasha adds another dance floor filler to his catalogue of many
        9. Hayden James | Something About You – Feel good house vibes ooze from this summery track
        10. Akase | Rust – Midland’s alter ego and a step away from his bassy club sound
        11. Rob Etherson | The Z List – Acid vibes!.  This one is MASSIVE!
        12. Spartaque | Molly Hates This – Serious techno sounds from this track. Phwoar.

CRAZY P | WALK DANCE TALK SING (WALK DON’T WALK / !K7)

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I’m a long-time lover of CRAZY P. Their hazy disco-house sound is fun, likeable and distinctive, and, their gig at Koko, Camden in 2012 was the first gig that Leigh and I went to together and a beautiful friendship blossomed (not romance in case anyone was wondering!). Their new album ‘Walk Dance Talk Sing’ delivers 11 solid Crazy P tracks – there’s not a dud on here. Their funk, soul and rock infused blend of house remains intact but there’s a distinctly more romantic and dreamy vibe.

The 5-piece band, fronted by glamorous babe Danielle Moore, has now had twenty years’ experience of making music and working crowds. With the ‘funk sound’ now having a moment in the mainstream, 2015 could be a big year for the band who are now comfortable in their own skin but also unafraid to try new things. They perform a bloody excellent live show too!

Highlights from the album include; ‘Cruel Mistress’ an emotive and melodic house belter, ‘Something More’ blue-sy with knock-out vocals, ‘Walk Dance Talk Sing’ for sassy attitude and ‘Hear My song’ sweet and bouncy disco funk.

With a Crazy P album you can stick it on ten years after it was released and it will get everyone shimmying and not sound dated. I have rinsed Crazy P albums by the pool, at house parties, on my headphones and on dreary Monday mornings to give me a boost. I think they’re ace. ‘Walk Dance Talk Sing’ is another great addition to their already extensive discography. Add it to your collection and dance in the magical disco dust sprinkles!

Walk Dance Talk Sing is out now | buy it here and stream the snippets below

EINMUSIK | I.D.C (EINMUSIKA)

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We love melodic electronica.  It’s for that reason that we love Berlin imprint EINMUSIKA. They consistently deliver the musical goods and this, their latest release, will set your endorphins free.

Titled I.D.C., the nine track LP is the 4th album from founding father EINMUSIK and its packed with more emotive electronica than you can shake a stick at. The album builds with momentum with an overarching, deep-minimalistic sound that’s echoed by other labels such as STEYOYOKE. My pick of the album has to be ‘Sleep Talk’ – a pulsing track with oscillating synths that’s laced with the soft vocals of Valentine. The strings and driving bass line of ‘Dawn’ makes this an uplifting, feel good track – something that Kolsch fans would really enjoy. ‘You’ is a collaboration with Jonas Saalbach and brings a melancholic feel to the album with minor chords and atmospheric sounds. The penultimate closing tack ‘Parthey’ features piano jams and bouncy bass which brings an unexpected house vibe to the album but sets up the energetic closing track ‘Symmetry’ nicely.

I.D.C is released on 29th May on EINMUSIKA.

FREEBIE FRIDAY | ANDREA FIORITO – TESCHNO

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We have a special Freebie Friday download today… ‘teschno’ comes from Andrea Fiorito on the back of his latest album release. And no, that’s not a typo.  It’s a beast of a techno track – one we’re sure you’re going to love.  We managed to catch up with Andrea to ask him a few questions about the release and his recent album ‘Voodoo Grooves’…

Hey Andrea, your album recently landed on Mike Shannon’s CYNOSURE imprint… we understand you recorded it in a studio that once belonged to your grandfather in Italy surrounded by 200 year old furniture – can you tell us more about that and how important those surroundings were for you in this album making process?

Hello. Well, I am a person who loves art in general, and my grandfather was a very passionate art collector. I think i have to thank him and my grandma because just coming here visiting i learned to love beauty and art. To find myself here with my new family now it’s like a kind of dreamy experience “weird and cool in the meantime”. Of course I felt a special energy while recording the album!

One of your tracks, People in Da House Jam, features a sample from Beat International’s track ‘Dub Be Good To Me’ – a classic and a sample that everyone must recognise. What was it about this track that made you want to sample it for your album?

I simply love that tune and i used it as it was in the 90’s at the times of Todd “the God” Terry or DJ Sneak. I wanted to make my little tribute to the old school New York house!

We’re hosting a free download of a track you produced ‘teschno’ – it is exactly that! We love it. How come this didn’t make the album?

Well to be honest I decided to add another extra tune just for fun. Also the title ‘Teschno’ is funny because Germans use to call teschno the today’s techno,vlet’s say slower and deeper…It’s funny to make tunes just for fun isn’t it? Anyway, that track hasn’t quite go the same feeling as the other tracks of the album…………But I will release that track on vinyl soon!

And finally, the question we ask everybody, if you were a techno kitten for a day what would you get up to?

Good question. I think I would love to sit in front of a sub woofer to get massaged from the bass and feel my body shiver!

Cheers Andrea.
As always, if you like what you hear then be sure to give Andrea some social media love on SOUNDCLOUD & FACEBOOK and you can buy Voodoo Grooves HERE.