- Padre Ft Jova | Chasing Mirrors (Christian Löffler Remix) – Gorgeous & dreamy. We love the chopped vocals
- Jekyll | The Gardener (Original Mix) – Minimalistic electronica with a bouncy bass
- Butler & Bontan ft. Vula | Live My Life – Dance floor filler, real house banger with sassy vocals n’all. BOOM.
- Irregular Expression | Philip Glass – Delicate piano & soft beats – smooth
- Plastikman | Ask Yourself (Angelo Lomelo Remix) – Warping, thudding techno sounds
- Roland Klinkenberg | Musicalife – Atmospheric, echoing sounds – this one has a lot of depth
- Nicole Moudaber | Her Dub Material – Deep & dubby from this techno queen
- Sasha | Ether – Sasha adds another dance floor filler to his catalogue of many
- Hayden James | Something About You – Feel good house vibes ooze from this summery track
- Akase | Rust – Midland’s alter ego and a step away from his bassy club sound
- Rob Etherson | The Z List – Acid vibes!. This one is MASSIVE!
- Spartaque | Molly Hates This – Serious techno sounds from this track. Phwoar.
MOBILEE is a label that continues to push the boundaries and the latest volume in their Back to Back compilation series does just that. The 9th volume comprises two 30-minute sessions with 18 tracks from the Mobilee back catalogue deconstructed, rebuilt & mixed by label talent RE.YOU and there’s also a ‘Best Of’ mix, showcasing the imprint’s 2014 releases. It certainly makes for excellent listening – especially if you are Mobilee fan girls like us.
Re.You has been touring Europe with some of the Mobilee crew to showcase the latest Back to Back release. He’s finishing things up in London this Friday 28.03 @ The Egg, bringing along Ninetoes, Sebo K, And.Id, Igor Vicente, Miss Jools.
We caught up with Re.You to chat about the compilation and the current Back to Back European tour…
You’re going to be travelling over Europe in the next few weeks to promote the forthcoming mobilee Back to Back Vol 9 compilation you’ve curated. We wish we could tag along as the line ups that are in store look pretty exciting, especially as support comes the Mobilee crew – Anja Schneider, Sebo K, Rodriguez Jr and Lee Van Dowski to name a few. Have you played with all of these guys before? Is there any city or club in particular that you’re extra excited to play?
Of course I play quite often alongside these guys. We’re doing at least one or two mobilee showcases every month with different artists. Sometimes we all play together which means a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to all the shows but of course the gig at Watergate Club will be special as it’s my hometown and all of my friends can join for this tour stop. For the last stop at the Egg I invited Ninetoes as special guest, so this one will be a highlight as well.
The tour ends in London at The Egg. We’re pretty honoured that you’re closing things off on our home turf – it’s going to go off with a bang that’s for sure! Is London a city you enjoy playing? How do you think it compares to the scene in Berlin or Paris?
London is really great. I like the creativity and the energy of this city. I booked my flight back to Berlin a day later to enjoy the city. So that’s how much I love it there. Normally I go straight home on Sundays after a long weekend. I love the vibes on Sunday in London, when all the daytime things are going on. But honestly Berlin is still the strongest of the above named in my opinion – however Paris and London are growing very quick – I just played in Paris and it was an amazing night at Showcase club. It’s good to see that the capitals are open to our music.
It’s fair to say you’re going to be travelling a fair bit over the next few weeks! What are your survival tricks when you’re on tour – do you have any rituals or a routine you like to follow when packing in so many gigs? Any strange rider requests (or do any of the other mobilee crew have any??)?
I always try to sleep a bit before the gig to gain some energy. When you travel all day and almost have no sleep it’s good to have some hours in the hotel. But honestly I don’t have a real ritual… Not yet I guess 🙂
We’re big mobilee fans, so the compilation is music to our ears. One half is a mobilee best of compilation and in the other half you’ve stripped down 18 tunes from the mobilee back catalog and turned them into two creative jams. What was your thought process in selecting these tracks – were you looking for specific individual elements? You must have had a few samples in mind before you even started sifting through the back catalogue?
We had a very special USB stick for mobilee’s 100th release with every single track on it, which helped me to make my selection. I roughly knew which tracks from which artist I wanted to use. I decided to ask every artist for one or two parts of their work. Then I started to create two 30 minutes tracks and integrate the different parts. It was difficult to get everything I wanted because some of it spanned back 10 years, and of course some people aren’t that well organised! But in the end I got 90 percent of what I asked for. I started with my own production – all the drumming – and then for example I added in the vocal, listened to it for hours over and over and finally formed it into a track – everything flowed.
We love music and we love cats. Probably in equal measures. Do you have any pets? We reckon they’d have a great music taste 😉
I don’t have a pet! Actually we had a cat in our mobilee office where also my studio can be found. That cat actually bit every man who came there, so if you went to the bathroom or kitchen she was waiting for you and ready for an attack! In the meantime we found a new home at a family outside Berlin and she’s happy there.
And finally, the one question that everybody gets asked – if you were a techno kitten for the day what would you get up to?
I would do risky and epic jumps all day…
The London Electronic Arts Festival (LEAF) is taking place this Friday 6th March and Saturday 7th March. Saturday is LEAF club – a showcase of some of the biggest names in techno & house playing across three rooms at London’s Tobacco Dock. It’s a day time rave (everybody loves a day party!) and features massive names such as Tale Of Us, Sasha, Chris Liebing, Anja Schneider and Pan-Pot. Oh yeah.
We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for LEAF club and it’s real simple to win them – just head over to our facebook page and comment on the LEAF picture tagging the name of the mate you would take. Simples. We’ll pick the winner from random and announce 5pm Friday. Good luck!
More details & tickets to LEAF club HERE.
We’ve teamed up with our buddies over at LWE to give you a chance of winning a pair of tickets to THREE of their forthcoming events. Not one. Not two. But three. Aren’t we nice?
The tickets up for grabs are to the following events:
28th February – Mixed Series | FCL, Kidnap Kid, Zoo Look
6th March – LEAF Club | Tale of Us, Sasha, Pan-Pot, Anja Schneider (and more)
28th March – Mixed Series | XXY, Trus’me, Pional
The events include two from LWE’s Mixed Series – a showcase of artists that represent the evolving and eclectic sound of house music with an event on the last weekends of February and March. And, one making up part of the London Electronic Arts Festival (LEAF) at London’s Tobacco Dock, where LWE are throwing a huge 3-arena day party with one badass techno line up.
We’re super excited to be able to offer you a chance to win tickets to these events. This week the tickets up for grabs are for the Mixed Series with FCL, Kidnap Kid and Zoo Look. To be in with a chance of winning you just need to head over to our FACEBOOK PAGE, give us a like (if you haven’t already), and leave a comment on the LWE competition photo tagging the mate you would take. Simples.
We’ll announce the winner from random on Friday 27th February at noon and the winner will two free guestlist spots! Nice.
Good luck x
If you’re not feeling lucky and you would much rather get your tickets now then follow the links above to the event pages! Next week we will open up the competition to the LEAF Club party…! Watch this space.
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)
It’s a TTK first as we invite one of our favourite underground house producers back for another Kittencast and the first mix of 2015. Space Jump Salute last took to the decks for us in 2013 with Kittencast 0813 which proved to be one of the most popular mixes of the series and now he’s back with one more. We caught up with the Birmingham boy to find out what he’s been up to…
Hey SJS, it’s been over 18 months since you last did a mix for us – what’s happened since then?
A lot has happened in the past 18 months. Ive had a number of releases and done remix work for the likes of Mike Mago and DCUP as well as working on a bucket load of new music that I am very excited about.
Rumours are that you have a forthcoming release on the massive Black Butter Records label – tell us more!! Any details on any other tracks in the pipeline?
Yes I have an original track coming out with Black Butter through there next compilation and I can’t WAIT for you all to hear it! I also have a few tracks coming out on a number of amazing labels such as Mike Mago’s Bmkltsch Rcrds but thats all I can say at the moment. Very exciting stuff coming up!
This Kittencast is certainly a fun party mix with a bassy house vibe and includes some modern classics (including a Julio Bashmore favourite) – what made you dust off these tracks for the mix ?
Well I wanted to have a mix that included some new tracks Ive been playing out that are pushing the House scene in new directions but I just can’t get enough of some good old classic house tracks that always kick it up a notch.
You were busy last year playing in venues all over the country – what stood out as your favourite gig of 2014? And if you could pick to play any club or festival where would it be?
Yes I was traveling around quite a lot last year, played some amazing shows and performed for some amazing crowds. I would have to say my favourite one though would have to be Global Gathering, that atmosphere was just ecstatic and I was able to rub shoulders with some artists I have always looked up to.
I think I would love to perform at the Nest In London again, when that place is full the vibe is just crazy!
Are you planning on playing live much this year? Where can we catch you?
This year I will be mainly focusing on my DJing with some live shows dotted about. Ill be updating my tour dates soon so keep posted on my facebook page!
And finally if you were a techno kitten for the day what would you get up to?
I think I would have to just chill out and have my fur stroked to get over the crazy night of dancing to techno music all night long!
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Act Yo Age & Chux – Body
Ben Pearce – What I Might Do (Karma Kid Remix)
Shadow Child – Steak Fingers (medium-rare)
AlunaGeorge – Your Drums, Your Love (Duke Dumont Remix)
Amtrac – Those Days / The Scheme
Julio Bashmore – Au Seve
Mediate – Everytime (Youan Remix)
Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me (Gorgon City Remix)
Dusky – Yoohoo
Karma Kid, Friend Within & Yasmin – Feeling (So Special)
UMEK, Mike Vale – All I Want (Dosem Remix)
Little by Little – Bang The Box
Marlon Hoffstadt, Dansson – Shake That (Shadow Child Remix)
Mike Mago – The Show
Real Connoisseur – Nobodys Fool
KRONO feat. VanJess – Redlight (Marlon Hoffstadt Remix)
Hercules & Love Affair – Do You Feel The Same? (Purple Disco Machine Remix)
Etienne De Crecy – You (Todd Edwards Remix)
Alex Adair – Make Me Feel Better (Klingande Remix)
We love music. You love music. Here’s some music…
Citizenn | Jaded – one deep, bassy and downright sexy serving of house
Boards Of Canada – New Seeds (Deepdrive Remix) – uplifting, melodic electronica that will lift your spirit
CamelPhat feat. A*M*E | Paradigm (Original) – a vocal focussed, energetic house cut – use as a caffeine substitute
Julio Bashmore | Kong – Mr B is back with a warm and fuzzy track featuring the soulful vocals of Bixby
Garden City Movement | My Only Love by The Vinyl Factory – wonderful sounds from GCM once again, so dreamy
Drumcell | Departing Comfort (Planetary Assault System Remix) – a little taste of this driving techno track
PAJI | The Old Gods – melancholic, melodic techno – lovely stuff
Jon Rundell | Freak Out – pumping tech vibes with a catchy vocal sample
Citizenn | BE – another sexy house anthem from Citizenn – so good we featured him twice
Right Away Great Captain | Love Come Save Me (Daniele Di Martino Remix) – bliss electronic sounds from DdM <3
Another year, another ‘best of’ list. We’ve picked out a selection of the tracks we’ve been hammering in 2014. Stream them below in no particular order. Happy new year y’all xxx
- Marc Marzenit | Perron (Original Mix)
- Rone | Parade (Dominik Eulberg Remix)
- Maceo Plex | Conjure Drama
- Trus’me | I Want You (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix)
- Akkord – Typeface / Greyscale (Vatican Shadow’s The World Is Complete)
- Ejeca | Contemplation
- Sailor & I | Turn Around (Âme Remix)
- Ray Okpara | Chi This Wonder Up (Rodriguez Jr. Remix)
- Oberst & Buchner feat. Mimu | Doves (rampue Remix)
- Stephan Bodzin & Marc Romboy | Kerberos
- Laurent Garnier | ENCHANTe (Original Mix)
- Booka Shade | Line of Fire (Booka’s Club Mix)
- Alexander Koning feat. Rona ray | Our Love Was Everything (Tim Engelhardt Remix)
- Wilfred Giroux | Stronger (Extended Mix)
- Not Donno | Say You Won’t Ever (Deetron T-Line Remix)
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
Off his release from AUS Records, Britain’s Gerry Read returns to his home Fourth Wave with a new 12”, ‘Socialize’ and ‘Charcoal.’ The record is a more cohesive affair than his prior releases, while still holding the dusty and sporadic appeal of earlier tracks.
The first cut ‘Charcoal’ is a driving drum-track, with stark atmospheres dancing around offset hi-hats. The synth work holds no melodic content, with the exception of a couple pads and a morphing vocal sample. The track is modular in its execution. Read mechanically swirls his smorgasbord of elements in a stew of modulation.
‘Socialize’ the B-Side track complements the textures of the first track nicely. It holds a more straightforward future-classic vibe with a chunky 303-bassline and simplified rhythm progression. The track dives into a deep chord bath drenched in hollow reverb.
Though Read didn’t re-invent the wheel with this release, the track construction and imaginative textures made for an enjoyable listen. The record would also make for a great addition to any dj’s tool box.
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