- Jamie XX | SeeSaw (Feat. Romy) (Nic Fanciulli Remix) – uplifting goodness
- Night Talk | Diffractions – bouncy, minimal, bass
- TrockenSaft | Believe (Soul Button Remix) – dark and melodic
- Pig&Dan | Mexico – banger
- Drewxhill | Bullets (Alan Fitzpatrick’s Lights Up Remix) – unexpected from Mr FitzP
- Oliver Huntemann | Magnet (Victor Ruiz Remix) – seriously hefty techno
- Customer | Thirteen – warm, gorgeous melodic sounds
- Night Talk | Chimaera – a dance floor filler
- Ron Schatte & Flo.Von | Parkplaza (Gunnar Stiller Remix) – loose yourself
- Many Reasons | Connect – takes you higher and higher
We’re back with another installment of Seven Stories from the guys at CHAPTER 24 RECORDS. You know the drill by now – Sam & Marcus pick out their top tunes of the month to share with you. As always, there are some real beauties in there. These guys never cease to impress with their exquisite taste; we know you’re going to love this months installment. Enjoy!
Solee – Ten [Parquet]
Sam: An absolutely huge tech track to kick things off this month. Truly epic and befitting of the ten year celebration of Parquet as a label from their boss Solee. Here’s to another ten.
Trikk – Proto Rhyt (Black Version) [Lossless]
Marcus: I first heard Âme play this massive banger at their all night long session at Oval Space in February and have been eagerly awaiting its release since then. Out on vinyl and digital early next month on the Berlin-based Lossless.
DJ Tennis – Divisions (Roman Flugel Remix) [Life And Death]
Sam: DJ Tennis is a hero of mine and Roman Flugel gets things just right on this one. Slow, synth heavy electronica with that trademark Tennis vocal, reminiscent of classic Depeche Mode.
Anton Dhouran – A Kind Of Light [Chapter 24]
Marcus: Anton is a young French producer based in Paris. His big break was with a release on Diynamic and we have been delighted to work with him since. He’s planning an album with us in the new year and this track, out on our recent Overcoming The Monster compilation, is a taste of what to expect.
Marc Romboy – Counting Comets (Ruede Hagelstein Remix) [Bedrock]
Sam: This track nearly knocked me for six when I first heard it. Drifty, cosmic, epic – it’s a perfect late night/sunrise piece of music. Patrice Bäumel dropped it as part of his recent standout set for our friends We Concur at The Steelyard. Great to hear these melodic vibes played to a big crowd.
Ryan Davis – Brun (Luca Bacchetti Endless Remix) [Anjunadeep]
Marcus: Another fantastic outing for us recently in London was All Day I Dream and it was nice to have the team back together with label co-founder Paul Nolan flying in from LA. Gorje Hewek and Izhevski included this unreleased Luca Bacchetti remix of Ryan Davis in their promo mix for the event – a dreamy downtempo beaut which really captures the special vibe of the day.
Pax – Reign (KatrinKa Remix) [Dialtone]
Sam: KatrinKa was almost the first artist we ever signed to Chapter 24, and we have worked together and become close friends ever since. Her productions are invariably great. Here she combines a big bass groove with some dark stabs and an emotional breakdown for a dancefloor bomb.
Chapter 24’s next release is coming very soon from Malbetrieb – his debut EP on the imprint. You can listen to it here on Soundcloud – it’s a corker of a release. Also, if you want some more Chapter 24 in your life, their next event in association with Electric Dodo is taking place 4th June at The Pickle Factory with Miss Melera, Sam Pauli, Mas Black, Alexi Merlo and Girish. Tickets here.
London based NEEDWANT have established themselves as a forward thinking label with some quality releases since their inception in 2009. They’re home to artists such as Kiwi, Maxxi Soundsystem, Ejeca and Ashworth (with his stunning debut album ‘Grain’ last year). Their latest release comes from Lithuanian artist FEW NOLDER, making his Needwant debut with his ‘One’ EP.
The title track ‘One’ kicks things off and brings with it a euphoric but melancholic sound with pulsating chords and sweeping bass; ‘Wisher’ is laced with metallic percussion, energetic kicks and one hell of a catchy bass line at its heart; ‘Seven’ is a hefty, club focused track with punchy melodic elements and a number of well placed breakdowns to create serious dance floor energy. There’s also a delicate remix of ‘One’ included from Karl Friedrich who brings a lighter, ethereal feel to the track whilst retaining the heart of the original.
Needwant have done it again with another wonderful debut release. We’ll be sure to keep our ears out for the next installment from Few Nolder.
Few Nolder – One EP is out now on Needwant (stream below)
Its only a week to go until our fifth birthday party with Villette, GNTN, Benwaa and Krauss. We’re super excited and can’t wait to celebrate with you all. In the run up to the event we’d like to introduce you to each of the acts who are set to make this a really special night – you may have seen our post earlier this week introducing TTK’s resident DJ, Krauss.
Next up is GNTN, an techno double act that we have championed for a little while now. The boys have produced some quality techno tracks, curated some banging mixes (including Kittencast 0615) and have launched their recent radio show ‘Blindfolded’. We caught up with the boys (Jan & Marcel) to find out what they’ve been up to and to chat about our party…
1. Hi GNTN, tell us a bit about your DJing style and sound – what can we expect from you at our 5th birthday party?
Over the last time our sound was more and more defined as a really moving dark techno sound. We are really looking forward to bring this sound to London for the very first time.
2. We’re celebrating 5 years of blogging and amazing music. What has been your musical journey over the past 5 years?
Over the last 5 years we gained more and more inspirations and influences from different sources.
Back then we didn’t even listend to techno music at all haha. But really happy where our sound goes at the moment.
3. Are you a regular on the London underground scene? If yes, what do you enjoy/not enjoy about it?
We are flying over from Germany, so we are really excited what people in London are up to.
4. What does the rest of 2016 hold in store for you?
Currently we are producing more and more music which will come out this year. Further we have launched our own podcast series „Blindfolded“ in which we want to share live sets of us and sets from other djs as well.
Beneath that we have a strong schedule of gigs these months. Really excited how 2016 will be.
5. Now stroke our ego a little please – what do you love about The Techno Kittens?
We really like the way you bring music to the people. Looking forward to meet you for the first time in March!
Thanks guys. Check out their latest episode of Blindfolded below…
And so another chapter begins as winter has almost passed and we welcome another fantastic playlist of tracks curated by the Chapter 24 Records crew.
Having recently celebrated their first birthday, the label continues grow from strength to strength having already had a number of releases in 2016 (including their first vinyl release), announced their addition to the lineup at Noisly Festival, published a solid mix from industry veteran Dave Seaman and have had the mighty Solomon play out their releases across festivals around the world.
So read on, listen, and immerse yourself in the latest edition of Seven Stories…
Cubicolor – Falling (Robag’s Uppa Baash Remix)
Robag Wruhme brings his trademark wonky bottom-end frequencies to this remix for hotly-tipped Dutch newcomer Cubicolor, with beautiful vocals from Tim Digby-Bell of London-based experimental indie band Duologue. This is out now on Edu Imbernon’s impressive Fayer imprint.
Daso & Pawas – No Lead (Chymera Remix)
We saw Matthias Meyer and Patlac play an extended B2B slot for Warm Up at The Steelyard a few weeks ago. They played a mind-bending set, and this track from Alex Niggemann’s Soulfooled label was one of our highlights.
Reset Robot – The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Portsmouth-based Reset Robot has been impressing us lately with his productions and this B-side from his Rebellion EP on Truesoul is one of his best. A deep, melancholic techno cut, it uses choir samples, sustained pads and strings, gracefully intertwined with dissonant synths over a booming kick drum. Perfect for the end of the night.
Kris Davis – Petroleum
Some tracks have that air of being a timeless classic from the very first few bars, and this is one of them. Effortless brilliance from another of Portsmouth’s sons on Connaisseur.
Jamie XX – Stranger In A Room (Framewerk Rewerk)
This, from our friends Alec and Darren aka Framewerk, is a bit of a secret weapon. They have retained the amazing vocal and worked it into a peak time track. Best of all it’s available as a free download…grab it now while you can!
Jonas Saalbach – Boorka
One of those tracks that just gets better and better with time, it’s absolutely huge and guaranteed to deliver impact on the dancefloor. Eastern strings melding with a huge bassline, we were lucky to see Jonas drop it as part of his live set in Berlin last weekend, where it certainly did the business.
Sam Pauli & Paul Nolan feat. Reiver – Atoms
This track was inspired by a secret party with Steyoyoke’s Soul Button in London some time ago, when we were just discovering these new melodic sounds. It’s the sound of hope and excitement, really…topped off with a vocal by close friend and label artist Reiver. A big hit in live sets and podcasts since then, we are finally releasing it this Friday including a wonderful Edition by Miyagi, who plays for us at The Pickle Factory on 5th March – tickets here.
If I had to pick my favourite label of the moment it would have to be Maceo Plex’s ELLUM imprint. It has been delivering the proverbial musical goods for quite some time now with solid releases from Agoria, Gardens of God and now, with their debut release, AGENTS OF TIME.
The Italian trio have been making music since 2013 with numerous track & EP releases (including a very tasty remix of Stepha Bodzin’s ‘Zulu’) and a debut album on Stem Recordings. Their sound has travelled to over 20 countries through a live tour and they have gained the support of techno heavy weights such as Dixon, Agoria, Tiga and of course Maceo Plex. It’s fair to say that they are on fire.
Their two track ‘Magma’ EP adds to the ever growing catalogue of innovative and powerful releases on Ellum; ‘Magma’ brings dark tones, stabs of wet bass and punchy percussive elements; ‘Obsidian’ has a clever and mesmerising melodic motif at its heart along with crisp hi hats and scattered claps that drive you through with a resonant bass line.
Another stellar release for both Ellum and Agents of Time – It’s one that I’ve been hammering and one that I’m sure will be heard on many dance floors across the globe.
You can catch Agents of Time along with the rest of the Ellum crew (including Maceo Plex, Agoria and Gardens of God) at Fabric on 24/3 – more info & tickets here.
AGENTS OF TIME – MAGMA EP IS RELEASED ON ELLUM 16.2.16
It’s official – we’re old. Five years old in fact. And to celebrate we’re throwing a free party – come join us for techno, birthday cake and good times.
We’ll be celebrating in style as we have a super tasty line up in store from 8pm – Villette, GNTN, Benwaa and TTK’s resident Krauss will all be playing techno tunes until we close at 2am.
Villette is a London based techno producer and DJ with releases on Injazero Records and who is soon to play alongside the legendary Christian Löffler at Indigo, Istanbul. She also produced this cracking Kittencast for us last year.
GNTN are a techno double act who are flying over from Germany to party with us. The boys have pushed out some top quality techno cuts on Eisenwaren Music & Hotfingers Records and they’re guaranteed to get the party going with their energetic style. They too produced a banging mix for us – Kittencast 06.15.
Benwaa is the founder of Gibbon Records and a talented DJ and producer in his own right. Benwaa will be bringing a deep, melodic sound to the night.
Krauss is The Techno Kittens resident DJ. Expect warm melodies and hefty techno tunes to close. You can check out his latest mix below.
We’re taking over the basement of a secret East London venue on Friday 18 March – make sure you’re attending our Facebook event to find out the location a few days before the event.
We’re excited to party with you x
I’m absolutely loving this release from NOTIZE; each track is wonderfully uplifting and delicately composed to give you a big musical hug. The three track EP is set for release on EIN2, the Sister label of Einmusika Records, a label well known and respected for its deep and melodic techno cuts.
Kicking things off is ‘Persue’, a track that begins with warm chord stabs and light percussion building with raw saws and melodic notes to deliver one heck of a punchy drop. ‘Escape’ flows with etherial charm and soft tones whilst also offering moments of building energy. ‘Night Shift’ is where it gets deeper and darker with chopped vocals and warbling synths.
Notize – Escape & Persue EP is released on EIN2 26th January.
We kick off 2016 with a bang as we invite COPILCO to the decks for the first Kittencast of the year.
This year the focus is on new artists. With a characteristic style of atmospheric deep techno blended with elements of electronica and IDM, Copilico is the perfect choice to kick off our 2016 series. We’re doing things a little differently this year as we’ll be asking the artists to explain their track listing, giving them a chance to share their experiences and stories surrounding each selection and giving you greater insight into their style.
Copilco shares his name with an area of Mexico City, the place in which he was living when he began to produce electronic music. Now based in Germany, Copilco spends his time in the studio and signed his first EP ‘Abyss’ to Berlin imprint New Port Records in 2015. Copilco’s Kittencast delivers one hour of hefty techno cuts, so listen and read on as Copilco gives you the inside scoop on our first Kittencast of the year.
=^..^= TRACKLISTING =^..^=
1. Etapp Kyle – Lotos (Original Mix)
Opening a set is always tricky. The first track sets the overall atmosphere and Etapp Kyle is my not-so-secret weapon of choice. Haunting, deep, bass-heavy with some really interesting, evolving synth-lines.
2. Several Definitions – Intro (Original Mix)
Though I’m really into deep & dark sounds, I always bring in an element of euphoria. This track is a perfect example of catchy, uplifting vibes that still fit into a deep techno set.
3. M.A.N.D.Y. – Gizmo (Original Mix)
Now let’s get physical 😉 I don’t know how they do it but somehow M.A.N.D.Y. can do a really weird rhythmic track that you just can’t get out of your head for days.
4.Ranacat – In My High feat. Itsa (Dean Demanuele Remix)
I discovered Dean Demanuele through a radio show, hosted by Einmusik. Dean provided a guest mix with only original tracks and this hypnotic beat caught my attention. Yet I mainly use it as a transition or background track for live-remixing.
5. Petar Dundov – Synchrotronic (Original Mix)
If there’s a master in terms of song structure and arragement then it’s Petar Dundov. What I particularily like about this song is its playful approach. It just feels dense & light at the same time.
6. Alan Fitzpatrick – The Tetra (Original Mix)
This might be the most annoying clap sound in the universe. But it just always cuts through and lifts up the whole set. When the beautiful melody kicks in, it blows you into a new dimension.
7. Dense & Pika – TEX (Original Mix)
I’m a big fan of contrast. So after a melodic tune you will often hear something rough and dirty in my sets. Dense & Pika managed to create one of the most original-sounding tunes ever. Yet it somehow integrates seamlessly in almost every mix.
8. Acronym – 16 Cygni (Original Mix)
This Stockholm-based producer is one of my all-time favorites when it comes to deep techno with a haunting, ghostly atmosphere. 16 Cygni almost gives me shivers when I drop it in a dark club.
9. Recondite – Cleric (Original Mix)
To me, this guy is one of the most talented producers ever. I picked Cleric because it’s really different from his recent releases (which I love as well). This track shows that he’s capable of producing a wide range of electronic music. It’s all about attitude rather than genre.
10. Pangaea – Pob (Original Mix)
This one’s really refreshing. Pangaea manages to stick out of the mass by using original, glitchy sounds that come out of the speakers and hit you in the guts.
11. Thomas P. Heckmann – Welt in Scherben II-1 (Sven Schaller Remix)
The whole “Welt in Scherben” approach is unbelievable. What a great concept! If you listen to this track, you’ll understand why techno is a rather timeless (yet futuristic) musical statement. The Sven Schaller remix is a true peak-time blessing.
12. Terrence Dixon – Return Of The Speaker People (Kausto’s Sudden Aphasia Mix)
The day aliens land on earth, I will be welcoming them with exactly this song. ‘Nuff said.
13. Zenker Brothers – Phing (Original Mix)
I’m from Munich, Germany, which is also the Zenker Brothers’ homebase. Their label Ilian Tape is currently redefing and shaping breakbeat-techno. To me, this track is among the best they’ve released so far.
The first wave of acts for one of Germany’s premier electronic festivals, Melt!, have just been announced for their 2016 installment. Situated in the Ferropolis peninsular in the heart of an old coal mining site (complete with industrial architecture, cranes and excavators) and jutting out onto a tranquil lake, the venue for this festival is pretty unique.
The non-stop 72 hour party will take place 15-17th July 20016 and play host to an array of top acts such as Maceo Plex, Ben Klock, Jamie XX, DJ Koze, Solomun, Disclosure, Kollektiv Turmstrass, andhim, Mano Le Tough and Oliver Koletzki . Modeselektor will also be curating a special ‘Melt!Selektor stage’ so keep an eye our for that and as a festival known for bringing a multitude of genres together, acts that straddle the electronica genre such as Jamie Woon and M83 are also set to play as are Two Door Cinema Club.
Tickets are already on sale but if you nab ’em before Christmas you’ll get free entry to the pre-party on Thursday 14th July 2016! There are also tickets available for their infamous MiXery Melt! Train which will transport you to and from the festival across journey with DJs and a fully loaded bar! Where do we sign up?
So if you fancy partying to what’s already a stellar line-up in of the most surreal spaces in Europe we recommend you come along!