Making their debut on Eskimo Recordings this March, Berlin producers Franz Matthews& Local Suicide’s ‘Meditation / Tutan Jamon’ was a heady brew of psychedelic disco that joined the dots between the German capital and the sun soaked souks of North Africa.
Hailed as “propulsive and zen” by Resident Advisor and championed by DJs including Dj T, Red Axes, Perel & Acid Washed, the tracks have now been giving a fresh rub, with Eskimo going one better even than the genie from the Arabian Nights and fulfilling 4 wishes summoning up remixes from Manfredas, Chaim, NTEIBINT and The Oddness.
First out of the trap is Lithuanian producer Manfredas. Having made a name for himself with releases on labels like Les Disques de la Mort, Multi Culti and I’m A Cliché, Manfredas turns in a head spinning remix of Tutan Jamon, teasing out and extending the track in a masterclass of delayed gratification that eventually dissolves into acidic bleeps and drones.
Tel Aviv’s Chaim remix of Tutan Jamonmeanwhile sees the sometime Bpitch Control and Disco Halal producer up the tempo whilst losing none of the original’s exotic vibe. In his hands the track becomes a propulsive nu-disco number perfect for late summer parties under the stars.
Eskimo stalwart NTEIBINT is up next with his reinterpretation of Meditation. Once again the Greek producer goes to show just why the label has him on speed dial, delivering a stunning remix with Vamparela’s vocals and a hypnotic bass line combining to mesmerising effect.
Finally fresh from remixing Satin Jackets Australian rising star The Oddness returns to Eskimo with his own spaced out take on Meditation. Keeping the tempo slow and low the Melbourne producer unravels the track, pulling apart its constituent parts and allowing them all to float free.
Culprit’s midsummer release has a distinct Israeli flavor. The Los Angeles-based imprint is pleased to welcome the terrifically talented Chaim and, on remixes, Red Axes and Shahar & Motum. Together they have crafted a 4-track EP of distinct style and top-level artistry.
Tel Aviv-born, New York-based Chaim Avital aka Chaim, is a familiar name on the global dance music circuit. Spawned by the scene that also brought the likes of Guy Gerber, Gel Abril, Shlomi Aber and Guy J.to prominence, Chaim has been a recording artist for nearly a decade. It was through his close friend and cohort Guy Gerber’s Supplement Facts label that Chaim first made his mark. Since then, the likes of BPitch Control, Visionquest and Rumors have all clamored for his music.
The title track deftly combines Chaim’s knack for bass-heavy, classic House-inspired grooves with a very modern production technique. The rolling analogue bassline hook truly sets the track apart. ‘Members’ is the deeper, hypnotic counterpart with a perfectly-selected vocal snippet and a low-slung sensuous groove.
Fellow Israelis, Red Axes, are one of the talked about acts right now. A string of hot releases for the likes of Crosstown Rebels, Hivern Discs and Permanent Vacation have made their patented tech-disco style hugely in-demand. Their slow-burn of a remix has an off-kilter leftfield charm and unique personality.
Remixing ‘Members’ are fresh-faced duo of young producers Motum and Shahar. The pair shares Chaim’s place of birth and their current base of New York City. They deliver a spare and moody version, with a subtle hint of melody and vocal – perfect for the early morning dancefloors.
Nineties (Red Axes Remix)
Members (Shahar & Motum Remix)
The latest remix package of Art Department’s Natural Selection album, sees production heavyweights DJ Tennis and Chaim rework the sublime ‘Walls’…
The start of 2015 has become a momentous time for Art Department with Kenny Glasgow recently departing to focus on solo projects and Jonny White stepping up to take on the AD mantle alone, kicking off with a brand new compilation album for fabric.
Exciting new directions for both parties sit against the backdrop of the still very much active sophomore Art Department album, Natural Selection, which saw the duo pick up plaudits from the likes of Rolling Stone, Mixmag & Clash Music to name but a few. Key tracks from the LP have been handed to some of the hottest producers around, the results of which are being released on No.19 through 2015.
Hot on the heels of the recent Guy Gerber and &ME remixes, comes this latest mix package. It kicks off with Berlin based, Italian production heavyweight and Life & Death records boss DJ Tennis at the controls. He strips back ‘Walls’ to its component parts and reimagines it as a stirring and emotive slice of underground house music that marries broken percussion, filtered arpeggios and moving pads to great effect. Defying any real genre classification this is simply superb electronic music and climaxes with a two minute beatless outro that is nothing short of spine tingling.
The second of the two mixes comes courtesy of Tel Aviv, techno stalwart Chaim who wraps up the record in a warm cocoon of hypnotic drums and synths, and peppers it with tight edits of Kenny’s distinctive vocals. A perfectly deep, late night offering for any discerning dancefloor, the mix shows why this producer has been so vital to labels like Bpitch Control, Visionquest & Supplement Facts over the years.
This is another standout remix selection that does justice to the Art Department’s Natural Selection and is not to be missed. Stream the original track below.
01 Walls (DJ Tennis remix)
02 Wallls (Chaim remix)
Having made his label debut for ‘Blue Shadow’, as well as delivering its inaugural podcast, ‘Since I Met You’, fellow Israeli DJ and producer Chaim returns to Guy Gerber’s RUMORS imprint to present his follow-up EP, ‘Cant Wait To C U’.
Scheduled for release on June 1st, ‘Cant Wait To C U’ caps an impressive year for Guy’s hybrid label-party concept. Launched in the spring of 2014, RUMORS has quickly become renowned for its discerning approach to the electronic music scene that focuses on providing quality house music built around creativity and exploration – which recently saw Seth Troxler welcomed to the label for ‘Evangelion’.
Maintaining RUMORS’ taste for deep and almost spiritual techno, Chaim’s latest EP not only encompasses the label’s intriguing release policy but also demonstrates Chaim and Guy’s long-standing production partnership. Having produced 8 remixes together, ‘Can’t Wait To C U’ follows a similar blueprint to the pairs previous outputs and sees its title track fuse together down-tempo beats with a soulful vocal hook. The aptly named B-side, ‘Cosmology’, proceeds with an atmospheric and near-mesmeric approach thats followed by closing track ‘Escape Velocity’ – rounding off as a sonic and inspired set of tracks that lays the foundations for another exciting year for the RUMORS collective.
A1 Can’t Wait To C U
B2 Escape Velocity