JONAS WOEHL | STOCKHOLM (LENIENT TALES)

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This release has already been out for a few months but I regret missing the opportunity to give it a write up. The whole Christmas period just got out of hand – too much festive cheer and it managed to slip to the bottom of my inbox. Anyway, excuses aside, what my revisit to this track should tell you is that it is one hefty release not be missed.

‘Stockholm’ is the second track of JONAS WHOEL’s ‘White Sheets’ album and released as as 2 piece EP with an remix from Atlantik.  It’s a dark and driving techno track laced with hats, claps and subtle bass elements which become more frequent after a gentle drop.  Atlantik has upped the tempo and developed the track into a melodic cut with pulsating electronic synths and bouncing chords.  It has something of a Jon Hopkins ‘Open Eye Signal’ feel to it.  A cracking release.

Stockholm EP is out now released on LENIENT TALES.

ARTHUR OSKAN | LOVEBUG (CITY FOX)

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This track is stunning – oozing with warm melodic goodness it gives you a right big euphoric hug.  The latest release from ARTHUR OSKAN on CITY FOX is 2-piece EP but this track with its delicate melodic elements and thumping bass line is my favourite and will pick you right up.  It’s just a shame this clip isn’t long enough!

(you can grab the full release on Beatport though)

TWELVE MINDS | THE OWL EP (CHAPTER 24 RECORDS)

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Exciting new imprint CHAPTER 24 (we told you about them here in December) has dropped its first release, ‘The Owl’, a 4 track EP from London producer TWELVE MINDS, with remixes from KatrinKa and label boss Sam Pauli. The tracks are of the deep, dark, melodic techno and house ilk that we love so much here on TTK. Emotive melodies and broody beats will fill your ears with warm ripples of sound.

Title track ‘The Owl’ features minimal percussion and a creamy build that erupts into sun-drenched horns for a ‘coming up in the morning’ kinda feel. Too lush for words. The bass on ‘Rhino’ kicks in with a warm thump dripping in the kind of emotion that makes a dancefloor swell and groove. ‘Where Did You’ gets a remix treatment from two artists. Russian-born but London-based KatrinKa’s take is sultry and seductive and Sam Pauli’s version is euphoric and infectious.

An awfully strong first outing for a label we can’t wait to hear more from.

M.A.N.D.Y. | GIZMO (GET PHYSICAL)

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M.A.N.D.Y. has a new EP out. Title track ‘Gizmo’ is a freaky, thrusting production filled with oscillating twinkles and cosmic beeps. It’s got a sleazy groove that works into a slow subdued build made for twisting some shapes to. It’s definitely got some of the duo’s signature melodic-tech sound about it.

Flip side ‘Montagsmachine’ is hypnotic and driving with minimal stabs of vocal samples and percussion. It’s a subtle track that keeps you guessing by switching it up and not doing what you might expect it to.

out now on beatport | released on iTunes 30 January 

ELLIOT ADAMSON | TRANSATLANTIC EP (TROUPE)

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ELLIOT ADAMSON is a 19 year old producer and DJ from Newcastle who lives in London. You may recall seeing his name pop up on TTK as we’ve featured his tracks quite a few times now. He now has his first release out with London label TROUPE RECORDS and it’s a cracking EP titled ‘Transatlantic’.

Up first ‘Montpellier’ is a deep, groaning techno cut that makes a big impact on the dancefloor. Textured percussion dances with drums and industrial synths. Haunting sirens kick in half-way through to add extra drama as the track builds; well placed touch.

Detroit’ takes influence from the origins of house music with skipping drums and nice loose percussion. The raw vocal sample sits nicely with the stripped back feel of the track and there’s loads of kick to get you shaking. A great homage to the classic underground house sound.

Fellow Geordies MOONLIT VISION work a remix on ‘Detroit’ stripping it back further for a dark, minimal feel, perfect for trippy moments in dark corners of clubs.

Elliot’s tracks have already been played by the likes of Levon Vincent, Laurent Garnier, Kidnap Kid and Roska, and this EP’s only going to get him more attention from big names. One to watch for 2015. Go boi!

EINMUSIK | SYSTEM EP (EINMUSIKA)

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EINMUSIK‘s latest offering is a two track EP filled with all the melodic lushness you’d expect from the German producer and DJ. ‘System’ is moody and mysterious with searing synth-lines and a trance-like vibe. There are lots of spine-tingly drama-heavy moments as the track culminates into an epic build. ‘Voyage’ pairs nicely with ‘System’ echoing the melody with a little bit more punch and a rumbling deeper vibe.

Einmusik is brilliant at completely drawing you in until you’re utterly lost in a melody hanging in to every beat. If you’re a fan of emotive melodic house of the Kolsch ilk, you’ll be all over this. Pretty gawgeous.

out 19 January on EINMUSIKA RECORDINGS

EGGO | LOWLANDS EP (A-TRACTION)

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French techno and electronic music label, A-TRACTION, marks it’s 30th release with an EP from rising talent EGGO.

It kicks off with ‘Girona’, an ethereal and haunting slice of broken beat electronica. Hypnotic and darkly melodic the track draws you into another world. Next up, ‘Delta’, sounds stripped back at first but quickly builds into intense synth lines which give it an underlying trace-like quality; it’s the kind of track that feels like it’s building you up for something.

‘Strobes’, the punchiest dancefloor hitter on the EP, is a big techno track with a rumbling bass and bouncing melodies. There are some lovely moments of downtime when the melodies sweeten and the bass softens before the track kicks back into some epic builds. Title track ‘Lowlands’ is a gorgeous soundscape full of texture and feeling; it’s totally equisite. Techno producer SHEKON gives the track a chunkier workout which develops into an uplifting magical groove.

Eggo’s productions have a gorgeous attention to detail which leaves them dripping with atmosphere and raw with emotion. This is a stunning EP which showcases the French producer’s ability to produce eclectic electronica with the power to move a dancefloor. J’adore.

out now | buy it here

ANJA SCHNEIDER | JIMMY (MOBILEE)

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It’s been a great year for Anja and her mobilee crew. There were roof-top parties, Ibiza pool parties, a spot on RA’s Top 100 DJs list, that amazing BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and, of course, some great reviews on the techno kittens! She was our highlight at Found Festival this summer and (as you probably know) we love her here at TK HQ!

Anja is rounding off 2014 in style with a new EP ‘Jimmy’. It’s a bit of a step away from her usual sound and the risk has paid off. Title track ‘Jimmy’ is filled with warm Balearic vibes, percussion to get you shaking and a hazy melody that has a lovely dreamlike feel to it. Flip side ‘Love Tube Thinking’ sees Anja re-introduce a vocalist to the fore and go down a more soulful, acid house route. It has a great emotive build that grooves-away and gives you tingles in all the right places! A super special EP. We can’t wait to see what our fave babe has in store for us for 2015!

KRY WOLF | ORBIT (MADTECH RECORDS)

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Duo KRY WOLF serve up some lip-smackingly good house music. As you’d expect from a MADTECH RECORDS release it’s got a warm, rich sound that nods to classic house with a little extra oomph. A deep melody, warbling vocals and horn-like percussion make title track ‘Orbit’ a dancefloor belter. ‘Church Road Shuffle’ follows up with a dirty-ass vibe and enough stylish shuffle to get your feet moving. The SOUTH ROYSTON remix of ‘Orbit’ strips things back yet beefs up the builds. A tidy release.

out now | buy here

MEDIATE | EVERYTIME (LOVE & OTHER)

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MEDIATE are a young Manchester-based production duo consisting of vocalist Suzy Alexander and producer Ant Hickman. They have recently dropped their latest single ‘Everyime’ on LOVE & OTHER which follows on from their deubt EP’ Harder’ which was released on JET JAM earlier this year.

You may have seen the duo on the bill for venues such as Ibiza Rocks, Unkown festival in Croatia and just earlier this month at The Warehouse Project in Manchester. Their production is vocal focussed, feel good house with a warm garage vibe – something we’re certainly enjoying here at TTK! We caught up with the pair to find out more about Mediate…

Hey Mediate, you’ve released your latest single ‘Everytime’ on Love & Other which has already had huge support from the likes of Rob Da Bank, B. Traits and Reset Safari, congratulations!    Can you tell us what you’ve got lined up next or is it all hush hush?

We’ve got a release or two in the pipeline as well as some gigs. Other than that we’re just in the studio working on new material, remixes and putting together a live show.

You played Gorgon City’s Warehouse Project earlier this month with Kidnap Kid, Redlight and Bondax.  You guys hail from Manchester too so it must have been a huge honour to be playing at the famous Store Street venue?!

Playing at Warehouse Project was a dream come true. Coming from Manchester it’s the venue that everyone wants to perform at and it is always amazing to be in front of a home crowd. The lineup was pretty amazing! We’re very grateful to the Gorgon City boys for having us down and are looking forward to supporting them again in Leeds on 29th November at Canal Mills.

Surely you’ve been to your fair share of WHP parties over the years?

Yes! We know that they were great, from what we can remember anyway… When we heard it was moving back to Store Street this year  we were over the moon!

So where did you guys meet and how did you decide to make music together? How does the production process go – is it always a smooth one?

We grew up together, our parents live two doors down from each other! The music thing came when we were about 14/15 when we performed Drops of Jupiter by Train at a school assembly. Mediate grew from the branches of a previous project that we were involved in. Our sound represents and reflects our full range of musical tastes. As for production process, it’s very collaborative. We piece vocals and beats together and we have a very honest relationship.

You must spend a lot of time together in the studio and behind the decks – do either of you have any funny or annoying habits?

Mutually we sometimes get delirious in the studio sometimes and start talking like we’re MC’s…  Bound for the bound bound, for the reload….

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

We would love to roll around in some cat nip for the day…

You can catch Mediate playing alongside Gorgon City on 29th November at Canal Mills (Sold Out)
‘Everytime’ is out now on Love & Other |
buy it here