Jonas Rathsman unveils ‘X Series: Vol 1’, the second release on newly conceived label ELEMENTS. The double A-side features collaborations with prominent tastemaker Joseph Ashworth and Swedish newcomer Axelles.
A dark and mysterious tech house cut, first track ‘Esme’ is laced with acidic undertones and understated yet hard-hitting kicks and snares. It’s an eclectic mix of sounds sourced from both Ashworth’s locale of London and Rathsman’s native Sweden. ‘Glänta’ sees Rathsman welcome fellow Swede Axelles into the fold for his debut release exclusively on ELEMENTS. The pair strike a moody stance in the opening ventures of this effort, before breaking out into a wobbly, industrial bassline.
Through ELEMENTS’ X Series, Rathsman will pull together some of electronic music’s most exciting new talent to collaborate alongside him, fans can expect to see more from the collaborative series later in the year. The label takes its roots from Rathsman’s bi-monthly ELEMENTS mix series; an extensive and in-depth journey through his influences and interests fuelled by his connection with the natural word. These same values can be found in the newly-formed imprint, which has a penchant for seeking the upmost quality across the house music and electronic spectrum.
To launch the project, Rathsman is hosting a run of ‘Day & Night’ club events, which will feature the likes of the aforementioned Joseph Ashworth, Butch and The 2 Bears at some of East London’s most talked about spaces.
Prolific underground producer Jonas Rathsman unveils the Within Borders EP via ELEMENTS, his brand new imprint. Brooding basslines and atmospheric synths glide between ‘Within Borders’ and ‘Skymning’ in glorious cohesion as the final track ‘101 Secrets’ shows a new side to the producer – experimenting with a tribal vocal to create jungle soundscape.
A development of Rathsman’s impressive mix series, the name ELEMENTS is born from his connection with the natural world in his beloved homeland of Sweden. Introduced as a bi-montly mix showcasing new and exclusive music, over one-year-on the ELEMENTS mix series is growing into hosting events, including a Summer day and night series in London, and now a label.
Speaking on the new label, Rathsman says:
“It’s been one year since the first ELEMENTS episode was released, and even from the first one people were asking me if they could release on the label! The connection I have built with both new and established artists has been really amazing, and I feel privileged that they have put their trust in me to feature their music. The label is a natural development and we have some amazing releases lined up!”
The mix series had been the trusted starting point for releases from artists such as Bicep, Booka Shade, Rodriguez Jr, Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons and Axel Boman – an impressive lineup indicative of what’s to come for this exciting new label.
This summer, Rathsman also brings his esteemed ELEMENTS Series to London for four-weeks of curated day and night parties across the Saturday’s of July. Calling at the capital’s hottest day spots, the series will also include a boat party on the Thames and closing each evening out at The Nest. Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/club.aspx?id=36034
Within Borders is out now.
This November 22nd, 2016, to celebrate the release of their much-anticipated Movements 10 LP (out via Blaufiled M10 on October 14th), Booka Shade will bring their captivating show with unique innovative visuals, pioneering lighting design and full live instrumentation to the Southbank Centre’s* Royal Festival Hall. Debuted at Sonar Festival in Barcelona this June, the brand-new, never-before-seen live production of MOVEMENTS 10 has made its way around some of Europe’s biggest festivals and venues including Beat Herder Festival, Zurich Open Air and SW4. With stops to come at Heimathafen, Berlin and Metropolis Festival, Dublin, the Royal Festival Hall appearance and UK headline show debut promises to be their best yet, as the excitement and momentum around this re-issue crescendos in a breathtaking and emotive performance.
“We´re absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to present the MOVEMENTS 10 show at the Royal Festival Hall London. Playing at this highly prestigious venue will certainly be a highlight of the year! We’re only doing a very limited number of MOVEMENTS 10 concept shows worldwide which include completely new visuals and immersive lighting, and Royal Festival Hall is the one and only M10 headline show we will do in the UK after the festival season. It’s going to be a very special night.”
Similarly to Hunter/Game, offering a reprise of “In White Rooms” you’ll find Jonas Rathsman, who’s honest and powerful interpretation of the original track is, at the very least, moving. Multiple layers of synths build up texture throughout, letting the original melody peak through the surface only momentarily.
Movements 10 which features a 2016 re-master of the original album and 10 exclusive remixes from Nils Frahm, Jonas Rathsman, Deetron, Eats Everything, Dennis Ferrer, Patrick Topping, M.A.N.D.Y, Andhim, Hunter/Game and Chi Thanh on a 2CD LP is out 14, October 2016 via Blaufield M10 – https://bookashade.lnk.to/BSM10
Limited edition deluxe 3LP boxsets will be made available which include 3 x 12” vinyl, a bonus fold-out poster, vinyl-only remixes and an exclusive download card including unreleased content.
Jonas Rathsman announces his latest offering with cutting-edge innovators Crosstown Rebels. ‘Complex’ featuring Josef Salvat is released on 10th June 2016.
This is a tech-blues odyysesy, an introverts primal scream, where complex emotions and urges are vented and perfectly complemented by Rathsman’s explorations into the dark corners of electronic music. Enjoy the journey. With the release only in the hands of a select few tastemaker DJs, ‘Complex’ has been making waves at the recent Miami Winter Music Conference, “receiving hands in the air welcomes and even a sit down ovation” according to label boss Damian Lazarus. ‘Complex’ is set to be the first underground anthem of 2016.
The release comes with two carefully chosen remixes. First up is Swiss techno stalwart Deetron, who steers the song into percussive acid oblivion while Serge Devant offers up his deep house expertise for a dramatic and driving offbeat cut.
With his instantly recognisable sound, Jonas has found praise the world over for his keen ear and transcendent sets, which have captivated listeners on both the international club and festival scenes.
Following his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, Rathsman continues to showcase his technical capabilities and impressive track selection with his bi-monthly mix series ‘ELEMENTS’, now on its fourth instalment.
Diynamic’s ‘Four To The Floor’ series now hits installment number six in fine style. Behind each of the four tracks are a crack selection of artists old and new, all of whom are making their debut on the label run so famously by Solomun.
After marking 2015 with a stand out debut Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1, our final offering is from exciting newcomer Jonas Rathsman with ‘Cobalt’ — a slick and propulsive track with staccato bass, driving beats and lots of turbulent late night synths that really get your attention.
After a string of exciting remixes for London Grammar, Tensnake and Duke Dumont, Jonas Rathsman returns with another stunning remake – this time for Canadian sensation Francesco Yates. Following up from his summer release ‘Skepparkrans’ on French Express, Jonas’ remix of ‘Call’ perfectly shapes Francesco’s lush vocal into a deeper and more sultry club affair, making it a dancefloor dream for DJs and fans alike. Out Now on Atlantic Records.
Jonas was recently certified a ‘Future Star’ by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1 and has spent the summer touring with the likes of Duke Dumont and Disclosure in Ibiza. You can catch Jonas Rathsman on tour in the US this week:
09.25.14: Verboten, New York
09.26.14: Sweet Shop @ Good Life, Boston
09.27.14: Primary, Chicago
09.29.14: TomorrowWorld, Chattahoochee, GA
Gothenburg based producer Jonas Rathsman follows up from the hugely successful ‘Hope I’m Wrong’ with ‘Skepparkrans’, a track that has been gaining some serious dance-floor credence since he closed his Boiler Room LA set with it nearly twelve months ago. After countless requests for its release, this dancefloor bomb is finally available via French Express.
Jonas is fast becoming a name synonymous with credible feel-good house music and ‘Skepparkrans’, meaning ‘full beard’ in Swedish, continues in that vein. Layered pads and some dainty vocal work set the tone, with the track building up to a classic 90’s house inspired drop. Jonas has developed a knack for working in multiple musical elements to devastating effect, and nowhere is that more prevalent than at ‘Skepparkans’ peak; a euphoric rush of rhythm and melody delivered in his trademark fun loving style.