JONAS SAALBACH & SAMUEL FACH | GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE EP

great minds think alike EP

Germany’s underyourskin records continue to impress with another strong release from Jonas Saalbach and Samuel Fach. The title track is an emotive, beautifully crafted deep house tune full of wonderfully moody percussion and dark twinkling melodies that create a magical but mean atmosphere. It gets three equally compelling remix outings from Krink, Yapacc and Thomas Atzmann. The second original track on the release ‘Sometimes’ continues the seductive vibe with delicately layered sounds and more enticing melodies. Digital exclusive ‘Scottish Spaceships’ see’s the pair do euphoric warmth with sweet sounds that make you want to sway with your eyes closed. This EP is excellent; beautiful sounds all round.

coming soon on underyourskinrecords

TESSELA – ROUGH 2 | EP REVIEW

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Tessela is back with another EP for R&S records and this edition doesn’t disappoint. The three track record brings the expected punch and energy the british technician is known for, with an added tinge of grime (not the genre) and dirt. The album brings in many of the tropes of british bass music, including the amen break of Jungle, 2-step swing, Croydon style basslines of Dubstep, and the spontaneity and textuality of techno.

‘Rough 2′ opens the release up in classic style – a frenetic batacuda style drum announces the track before giving way to unhinged re-pitched synth chords and swirling filter blasts. On the flip ‘Butchwax’ provides a muscular drum track and crunched-up stuttering stabs of funk, whilst the twisted ‘C’mon Let’s Slow Dance’ sees Russell going further and deeper then ever before with a semi-beatless hallucinogenic laser light show that really pushes the boundaries of his sound to breaking point.

The record is as great as a DJ tool and something to listen to at home. If you’re into the left-field end of electronic music or looking for something to expand your idea of what can be possible in dance-floor oriented music, I highly recommend taking a listen. The record drops July 21st with both a physical and digital distribution via R&S Records.

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words | Cassidy

RHYE | OPEN (SHAM AN REMIX)

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Sham An, the newest talent from France, has remixed Rhye’s ‘Open’ and offered it to the world for free. There have been a fair few remixes of this track including from the likes of SOHN, Bondax and Ryan Hemsworth, but this newbies re-working stands out the most for me. The intro has a haunting atmosphere but once it kicks in you are overcome with a warm ambient vibe and soft looping vocals.

words | Katie

CEREMONY FESTIVAL | PREVIEW

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In just over two months time Found Series will launch another festival – Ceremony.

This spin off from the successful Found brand is bringing some exciting stages and talented artists to North London; Magna Carta, Egg London, Urban Nerds, 51st State and, of course, a Ceremony stage are all confirmed with a secret sixth stage to be announced soon. All with the premise to bring together the past, present and future house and techno stars.

If the previous Found festivals are anything to go by (read our recent review here) then we are certainly in for a treat. With a line up that includes Claptone, Adana Twins, Kidnap Kid, Flashmob, Droog, Chasing Kurt, Lil Louis Inner City, DJ Sneak, Todd Terry, Kevin Saunderson, Nick Curly b2b Simon Baker, DJ W!LD, Fur Coat, Jordan Peak, Citizen, Krankbrother and The Menendez Brothers PLUS that secret stage and other line up announcements, this festival is looking mighty fine.

Found have gone all scientific on us, branding the festival along the lines of the periodic table by shortening the stages to two letter elemental forms with Cr, 5s, Un, Mc and Eg for the stages. I wonder if this means there’ll be interactive science exhibits or maybe even some dissections of EDM DJs? Probably not.

We are super excited for this new instalment from Found. The attention to detail and level of production that goes into their festivals is impressive and we just know that Ceremony is going to follow suit. Of course, there is an after party to go with it too…more details to come soon.

Ceremony Festival takes place at London’s Finsbury Park Saturday 13th September 11am-1opm

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DROOG | INTERVIEW

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Repping LA-based-tripple-act Droog and fresh off the back of his performance at Summer Solstice Festival in Iceland, Justin (the one with the pink whiskers) answers a few of our Qs…

Hey Justin! You just played Summer Solstice festival in Iceland….it looked unbelievably amazing. Had you been to Iceland before?

I’ve been to Iceland a few times, love it there – most recently (before Summer Solstice) two years ago playing the Besta Útihátíðin festival (yeah, I had to look that up) and the now defunct, Factory.

The Hot Spring Valley looks like a perfect and unusual raving venue. Did you jump in?

Like Prince said, “You have to purify yourself in Lake Minnetonka” – so yes

The line-up is HUGE! Who did you hang around to catch?

The set time is right after Rob da Bank, love his eclectic style; Woodkid played an impressive live show; of course, Kerri Chandler; and the Rebel Rave crew never disappoint.

Which tracks will be making dance floors go wild this summer?

Is it too much to say the next Culprit (our label) release? It’s easy being a company man with Edu Imbernon’s ‘Fade It All Out’ doing the damage it does.

What does the rest of the summer hold in store for Droog?

Next few weeks stay busy with San Francisco, San Diego, a mountain top in Colorado and we’re bringing the Apollonia fellas to LA in July.

And finally, the one we ask everyone, what would you do as techno kittens for the day?

The missus has a cat, I’m a dog person.  I don’t understand cats at all, but hers is a real sweetheart when she’s not being a dick. I guess I’d be like that but with techno.

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KITTBALL KONSPIRACY VOL.8 | COMPETITION

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In exactly one weeks time label Kittball will see the release of the eighth instalment of their popular compilation series Kittball Konspiracy. The collection showcases the best music on offer from the Kittball family with names like Fat Sushi, Ikaro and Julian Thomas. This edition has a nu-disco come deep tech sound. We’re especially enjoying the warping warmth of ‘Bodyloop’ from label owner Juliet Sikora & Flo Mrzdk, tech-meets-disco from Ikaro with ‘waxwing’ and Cory Gibbons’ deep spinner ‘gravity’.

WIN ONE OF THREE DIGITAL COPIES!

The lovely people at Kittball are giving TTK readers the chance to win one of three digital copies…the first three people to leave a comment on this post (click on ‘leave a comment’ up to the left) will grab it – it’s that easy. We’ll message the winners and send over the digital copies next Tuesday 15th July.

Kittball Konspiracy Vol.8 is out Tuesday 15th July – preview the release below

GUTI | ROMPECORAZONES (DEFECTED)

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The long wait for Argentine man of the moment, Guti’s, new album ‘Rompecorazones’ is finally over. Never knowing quite what to expect next from such a wonderfully diverse artist I was pretty open minded when first listening. Guti is renowned for his relationship with his piano and this album has a really fresh feel to it with a gentle yet far from subtle classic vibe throughout.

The title of the album translates as ‘heart-breaker’ and Guti has based this album on the move he made from South America to Europe five years ago. The album speaks from the heart which is apparent in the dramatic yet calming tone. Released on Guti’s own label Rompe Corazones, ‘Rompecorazones’ also features close friend of Guti, Miguel de Ipola. For me it’s really impressive to hear that most of the tracks were recorded first time around, something that just makes me love both Guti and this album even more.

The title of the second track ‘Bedtime Stories’ is a fairly accurate description of how this album can be perceived. I can however assure you that having listened morning, noon and night, never once did this album send me to sleep; the intrigue is far too overwhelming for that to happen, each song is like a new chapter of what is a beautiful story. ‘La Salida’ and ‘Desidia’ (the final track) stand out for me – however, I couldn’t pick an absolute favourite.

I can’t recommend this album highly enough. It would appeal to any music lover, whatever genre your preference. Love and respect to Guti. I cannot wait for his next piece of magical, mysterious and creative work.

out now on Defected – buy it here

words | Max

SEB WILDBLOOD | COME INTO MY HOUSE EP (CHURCH)

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We’ve been lucky enough to get  a cheeky listen to the forthcoming Seb Wildblood EP and it’s quite something. Set for release August 11th via Church, ‘Come Into My House’ also offers bang for your buck with six tracks included.

Church are certainly building the anticipation around this release by offering just a couple of soundcloud streams from the EP; the first track, ‘Warm’, comes via a Mixmag premiere and is a gentle house cut with delicate percussive elements, soft melodic tones and atmospheric synths as well as some really dreamy vocals.

The second offering comes via the Church soundcloud. ‘Hunney’ is an uplifting house track with a bouncy bass melody at its heart. With some nice percussive claps the track also has a bit of a classic feel to it.

Having listened to the rest of the EP we can tell you it is well worth the wait. In particular we have fallen in love with the title track of this release, ‘Come Into My House’, but we shan’t say any more.  This EP is well suited to the Church imprint, a label which continues to deliver top notch underground house music.

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=^..^= Tracklist =^..^=
A1/ Hunney
A2/ Come Into My House
A3/ Hunney (Edmondson Remix)
B1/ Warm
B2/ Warm (Apes Remix)
B3/ Come Into My House (Kommune1 Remix)