Roni Iron – Antalya EP (incl. Harri Agnel Remix)

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Greek producer and DJ Michaleas Panagiotis, aka Roni Iron, has just released his new EP via Hotworx Recordings. “Antalya EP” includes two new tracks and a remix from Harri Agnel. Atmospherical and dance sounds on downtempo rhythms combining vocals from East and the beloved to all Armenian Duduk.

Another beautiful fusion from different worlds and traditions that only music can offer with such strong feelings! Get it here.

Roni Iron was born in Athens in 1981 and today he lives permanently in Nafplio. After 20 years in the industry, he is now considered one of the leading music producers in the Electronica / Lounge / Uptempo / House scene. To date, Roni Iron has worked with great names such as James Lavelle, Deep Dish, Infected Mushroom and others.

Hotworx was created in 2017 and based in Heraklion in Crete, Greece. Purpose of the label and its future releases is exclusively and only electronic music with ethnic features.

Video: Farah – The Only Ones

New video for Farah’s The Only Ones on Italians Do It Better.

Christian Löffler – Like Water feat. Mohna

Today, German electronic producer and visual artist Christian Löffler announces the release of his new LP “Graal (Prologue)” out 4/5 on Ki-Records and shares the first single “Like Water (feat Mohna)”.

“Like Water” was created while sound checking at the Elbphilharmonie. Mohna (the vocalist) was improvising and singing different melodies while playing piano. We played this track often with the ensemble, but never recorded it. The finished piece has completely changed from its initial acoustic version.” says Christian.

“Like Water” is chilling and spectral electronica, with Mohna’s crystallizing mellow voice taking us into the comfort of solitary metaphysical wandering. Löffler transforms the organic and serendipitous original version, performed in a traditional setting with classical instruments, into ambient electronic catharsis. The process allows him to build a sphere of unbridled emotions and spur an intimate romantic dialogue with listeners. Christian draws from his artistic contemplation, a sight inherently in motion, to seize feelings and movements in their active or static form, whether they be pure or conceptualized.

Created on the road (Löffler likens it to a travel diary), “Graal (Prologue)” oscillates between melancholic ambient minimal, euphoric neo-classical techno and downtempo psychedelic, and is a reflection of Christian’s frustration of not having the mental space at the time to create music, solely focusing on visual art instead – painting, drawing. Therefore the music unfolds like a painting, it is first an imagined aesthetic and not a question of possibilities. Drawing from his art gave him the freedom to create without restraints, and to “turn off my brain a bit, especially thoughts about what is possible or not”, he explains

“Graal (Prologue)” is a prelude to a second companion album to be released before the end of the year. With two distinctive parts and approaches, both records will have an organic dichotomy – while “Graal” was created on the road, the follow up will be a classic studio album, created in his home recording space and it will come illustrated with paintings. The record is named after the town he calls home – a windswept yet picturesque German outpost on the Baltic coast – and the rugged beauty and wonder of the area’s famed landscapes shines through the whole record. It comes illustrated with a series of Löffler’s hand drawn sketches, stark, monochromatic line drawings of people and places.
“Graal (Prologue)” follows two well-received LP’s, “Mare” (2016) and “A Forest” (2012), both released on Ki-Records.

More US tour dates to be announced.

Marc Romboy – Moonface/Zukunft Remixes

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Marc Romboy’s masterful EP Moonface/Zukunft is given the remix treatment from some of the scene’s most credible and sort after producers. John Digweed & Nick Muir, Mathame, Third Son and Jonathan Kaspar all provide their own version.

John Digweed & Nick Muir are the first to step up with their mind-bending and progressive take on Moonface. The pair manage to retain the otherworldly vibe of the original, whilst adding elements that create an intense and driving number. Mathame, the project of brothers Amedeo and Matteo Giovanelli, take the track deeper, constructing a euphoric, trance-influenced number glistening with euphoria. Next to get the rework treatment is Zukunft. Third Son’s Rave Mix is precisely that. A perfectly executed rave track reminiscent of the acid house era. Resident of the famed Gewölbe club Jonathan Kaspar’s interpretation incorporates a pacing beat, conjuring up an intense atmosphere, bringing the package full circle.

A name synonymous with quality and one that remains relevant today, Marc Romboy has an illustrious musical career under his belt. He’s released on some of the industry’s most refined labels including Gruuv, Ovum and 20/20 Vision. His own label, Systematic Recordings, started in 2004 and has become hugely influential in the industry, signing music from big names including Booka Shade and Stephan Bodzin.

Below, you can stream the original singles:

release date: February 15th, 2019
label: Systematic Recordings

Video: Janus Rasmussen – Green Wine

Here’s the video for Janus Rasmussen’s (from Kiasmos) debut single “Green Wine”.
It’s directed by the talented HEIDRIK and depicts the Faroese folk tale of “kópakonan”, the seal woman.

Locked Groove – Sunset Service LP

Following a string of EPs on his own eponymous imprint, Locked Groove presents his debut album – Sunset Service – due March 2019 on Hotflush. Employing strands from multiple influences that inform his diverse musical output, he applies a contemporary lens to fragments of EBM, New Beat, trance, rave and techno.

Since debuting with his first EP on Hotflush back in 2012, Locked Groove has delved into various genres to inform his constantly evolving sound. Drawing on an acute melodic ear developed whilst training as a classical pianist, all of his productions are underscored by an inherent sense of musicality. Using a diverse range of influences, he translates their sentiments into hybrid dance floor constructions that look primarily towards the 90s rave culture of Belgium, with a subtle nod to the UK.

Written over a one year period with combination of analog and digital equipment at his Berlin studio, Sunset Service documents the synthesis of a carefully studied musical background into one coherent body of work. Across twelve tracks, Locked Groove forges cathartic build-ups with intricate pads and floating melodies, re-purposing references – both subtle and overt – from the musical subcultures of his Belgian homeland. But although there is a strong connection to the past, these allusions are carefully moulded into a singular, forward-thinking sound.

Following on from the acclaimed EP series of 2018, the album hosts a few recognisable tracks, like the subaquatic euphoria of ‘From Beyond’ and the syncopated rhythmic swirl of ‘Zillion’. The rest consists entirely of unheard material. The chugging, slowed down percussion of classic Belgian New Beat is fused with ecstatic rave chords and sweltering acid. Elsewhere, angular drum patterns are interwoven with ethereal trance progressions and piercing vocal stabs. Two vocal features come in the form of glistening rave opener ‘Pudding’, a collaboration with New York based creative director Nate Brown and ‘Eden’, a disorienting acid trip featuring the voice of a close friend’s daughter, stella, who, during the 2018 World Cup decided to show her support by sending a Whatsapp voice note saying ‘I’m for Belgium’ – re-contextualised here to add a final nod to Locked Groove’s most inherent musical influences.

Sunset Service is the amalgamation of a diverse and closely studied musical past, incorporating influences that are dear to the artist, whilst retaining a focus on the singularity of his own unique aesthetic.

Artwork for Sunset Service was conceptualised and produced by Belgian graphic designer Paul Boudens.

08 March 2019 / Hotflush Recordings
01. Pudding ft. Nate Brown
02. Do Not Freak
03. From Beyond
04. Out Of Orbit
05. Zillion
06. Soma
07. Oscillate
08. Swimming Upstream
09. Round And Round
10. Sunset Over Coku Tau 4
11. Whistle
12. Eden ft. Stella

Madou – Odo Island

Belgian duo Madou are back with ‘Odo Island’, their first single for East London’s NeedWant label (sometime home to the likes of Kiwi, Ejeca, Maxxi Soundsystem and many more). Fusing together shuffling, syncopated rhythms, cavernous bass and trance like synths that all build up to a euphoric climax, ‘Odo Island’ once more lives up to Madou’s maxim of “no genres, no expectations, no strings attached”.

Making their debut in 2017 on Skrillex’s NEST imprint in 2017 with the infectious ‘Nowhere Else’ (one million streams on Spotify alone), Madou quickly found themselves tipped by the likes of Clash, Thump and Dancing Astronaut and supported by DJs ranging from Gilles Peterson and The Magician to DJ Target and Anna Lunoe.

Setting up their own label, Madou would go on to release the eclectic ‘Changing EP’ and single ‘About Tomorrow’ that saw them earn comparisons to the producers like Four Tet, Pional and Jamie xx. With several more releases already lined up for 2019, ‘Odo Island’ is just the start of what is set to be a busy 12 months for the Belgian and sure to cement their position as one of electronic music’s most exciting new acts.

Christos Papadogias – Sunday EP

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For this 62th release Famille Electro Records welcomes Christos Papadogias. His favourite sounds are Tech and Afro House rythms. Indeed, he has always loved his live performances in this kind of music . So he produces 2 tracks on that way for a pumping EP. “Sunday” is fresh, groovy with catchy base lines and atmospheric synthline. A high-energy track with an engaging vocal aspect. Code 4 is a Fast- paced, shuffled rhythm meets a fabulous huge pulsating sub-bass and hypnotics vocals for a punchy, uptempo end product.

To make the Ep even more robust joshua Puerta offers a stunning remix of Sunday. A rolling, tribal-infused track with an emphasis on its delightful percussive components with a focus on the big low-end frequencies and use of a hooky vocal line that adds an element of hypnotism to the track.

RELEASE DATE: 24/02/2019 – SPOTIFY RELEASE DATE 10/03/2019

Paul Anthonee – Soldier’s Heart EP

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Antonis Pavlidis is the man behind Paul Anthonee moniker; born in Nicosia, Cyprus and located in Greece, Paul Anthonee quickly established his name in the local scene regarding his quality & skills as a DJ, Radio & Music Producer!

As a DJ, he’s been a main feature in line ups of major festivals & main events such as REWORKS, Reborn Festival, Gathering Mountain Fest, ao.. as well as in top inhouse venues around Greece & Cyprus. Besides that, Paul Antonee has established a great rep as a radio producer as part of Extreme Radio (Gr) and airplays on Ibiza Global Radio, and other stations around Europe, while currently he’s been announced as a proud member of the premiere electronic music radio of his city-base, Fly 104 (Thessaloniki) being on air Mon-Fri 5-7pm!

After last releases on famous Suara by Ivan Ramos Coyu Paul return on Be Free Recordings with an ep full of energy that will overwhelm you at first listening.

To make even more beautiful the whole ep thinks Coeus already known for his tracks played by Tale Of Us, Black Coffee, Trikk, Petar Dundov and Pete Tong

Video: UNKLE – The Other Side feat. Tom Smith

Taken from the upcoming new album ‘The Road: Part II / Lost Highway’, available to pre-order now: https://ffm.to/theroadptii.