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Alex Dimou – Tot EP


Almost one year on from his last release on the label, Athens based Alex Dimou releases a stellar EP for Rebellion showcasing his wide musical range over three tracks.

The ultra depths of piano driven lead track Tot, the wobbly, twisted rhythms of Define and the tech-house slam poetry of Constellation all showcase the many sides of Alex Dimou. His debut release for the label, This Time, featured Namibian singer Black Soda, which inspired a new collaboration. Constellation was the outcome, which features South African slam poet Lazarusman, well known for his work with Stimming, DJ.T and Djuma Soundsystem.

“I’ve been working on this EP for the past year. ‘Tot’ is one of my favourite tracks, where I’ve tried to blend my routes with newest influences. ‘Constellation’ came together almost a year ago, it’s a collaboration with Lazarusman, an artist I’ve always admired. ‘Define’ was made in Paris. During my live performance in a club, I realised that I needed a track with a vocoder vocal so I started working on it as soon as I went back to the hotel.” – Alex Dimou

Anyone who has heard Alex Dimou’s impressive live-set will recognise these tracks that will now finally be released on on Rebellion. Other releases can be found on the likes of Get Physical, Audiomatique Recordings and Kindisch.

Be Svendsen – Twilight in Tankwa


Be Svendsen gets set to release the enchanting Twilight in Tankwa on Rebellion following his successful remix of NU’s Man O To on sister label Crosstown Rebels. Remix treatment comes courtesy of Berlin native Nico Stojan.

Twilight in Tankwa is a mystical and musical journey that Be Svendsen explains “is the result of decades long intimate relationship with outdoor rhythmic dance experience. The foundation of the track is rooted in a synth hook from the early 50’s. The vocal, inspired by a barbershop quartet, work to give it the character of a true desert hymn.”

The remix comes from Nico Stojan who twists a fresh melody into the original over driving undertones. Having honed his musical style as resident at the infamous Bar25 in Berlin, he has also released on labels like Highgrade, Connaisseur and Upon You records.

Equally alluring, second original track Scarecrow was brought about by AYAWAKE who wrote and recorded the vocals. He generously passed on to Be who honored it as the crown work of his cowboy-tech-tribute to the Ennio Morricone soundtracks of the late 60’s.

Be Svendsen aka Lasse Bruhn Svendsen broke through into the international scene in 2014 with a series of productions and enchanting live performances at some of the most avant garde places to play on the earth, such as BOOM festival, Fusion, Burning Man, Symbiosis, Rainbow Serpent and AfrikaBurn.

Be Svendsen – Twilight in Tankwa
Be Svendsen – Twilight in Tankwa (Nico Stojan Remix)
Be Svendsen & AYAWAKE – Scarecrow

Alex Dimou feat. Black Soda – This Time EP

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Alex Dimou teams up with Black Soda, a multi-platform artist based in Cape Town to produce the mesmerising ‘This Time’, set with two dOP remixes for Crosstown Rebels’s Rebellion (Release Date: 11/03/2016).

South Africa’s Black Soda works in photography, writes, sings, produces and performs her music live, both as a solo artist and in various groups. “I met Black Soda almost a year ago through our mutual friend, Echonomist,’ explains Dimou, ‘It was probably the easiest collaboration I have ever done as she is a pure talent.” Her voice elevates ‘This Time’ from club weapon to raw ammunition for the highest peaks of the nights.

Notorious French trio dOP bring a delicate sensuality to their ‘Early remix’, while the ‘late dub’ sparks with an other-worldly, futuristic aura. Their infamous live show catapulted them to the mainstream and saw them return to the year end charts in the likes of Resident Advisor and Groove, but dOP first cemented their reputation as producers taking their own distinct vision to dance music.

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Familiar for releases and albums on Get Physical, Klik and Audiomatique Recordings, Alex Dimou is followed for his stand out live acts and DJ sets. His first contribution to Damian Lazarus’s Rebellion introduces a stunning partnership and more than one promising talent.

David Pher – Right Here / Overpowering Space


Continuing a string of impressive releases, Crosstown Rebels off-shoot label Rebellion welcomes Berlin based David Pher to the imprint with the double hitter ‘Right Here’.

“I was speaking to Damian about a release, so I decided to make something that was Crosstown/Rebellion through and through. I found this amazing spoken word poet called Chronfused and everything just clicked.” – David Pher

On the A-side ‘Right Here’ showcases David’s ability to produce dark grooves perfect for the dance floor and particularly the after party with twisted vocals and chugging yet sultry beats.

On the B-side, ‘Overpowering Space’ grabs you with a bouncing bassline and melodic bell chimes, using percussion and eerie vocals to full effect.

o+ Growing up close to Frankfurt, David Pher discovered his passion for electronic music in Ibiza, which soon led him to move to Berlin after studying Popular Music and Media. His first EP was released in 2008 – ‘Harare’ quickly becoming a big hit.

o+o From 2009 to 2013, David was part of Steve Lawler’s Viva Music family, playing numerous parties worldwide, honing his impressive DJ skills and playing alongside some great artists. His releases can be found on the likes of Ministry Of Sound, Tsuba, Gruuv, Viva Music, Harthouse and many more. This next venture on Rebellion sees David at his best and sets the way for more to come.

Squire feat. Forrest – City Cemetery / Midnight Gardens


Squire debuts on Crosstown Rebels off-shoot Rebellion with ‘City Cemetery / Midnight Gardens’ featuring Forrest.

Without a doubt, Damian Lazarus has become my mentor and greatly motivates me to work. This was an unexpected release and both tracks came from one visit to the studio. I feel very proud of this Forrest collaboration and we are already planning a new collab together. The best is yet to come.” Squire on City Cemetery / Midnight Gardens

First up ‘City Cemetery’ takes a slow pace and plays with subtle flavours resulting in a stripped back chic record, complete with a dub version on the flip. While ‘Midnight Garden’ is a spooky club weapon laying delicate vocal whispers over epic and futuristic soundscapes. Released on February 23rd 2015.

Squire is a mysterious new artist born in Barcelona and now living in London. He can regularly be heard playing deep and experimental music on Ibiza Global Radio and will make his debut dj performance for Crosstown at the 10th anniversary of Get Lost Miami on Saturday March 28. His passion for electronic music was born at an early age in his homeland of Spain and by age 22, Jaime AKA Squire was performing in clubs such as Space and Amnesia Ibiza and making promising productions stirring the music markets in the subsequent years on Get Physical, MetroDance, Suruba & Nurvous.

DAVI – The Gates Of Babylon EP


Back on board Crosstown Rebel off­-shoot Rebellion since his massive ‘Two Suns In The Sky EP’ was released on the label late last year, LA based producer DAVI returns to deliver ‘The Gates of Babylon’. Never restricted by the boundaries of genre, the title track is highly mystifying as it resonates a distinct middle eastern tone through the infectious melody and layered atmosphere. The release also features the stunning ‘Eclipse’ which follows suit taking you on a deep melodic journey, filled with warm tones, vibrant strings and a solid bassline. Stream below; get it here.