Justin Strauss shares his take on NYC singer Amy Douglas’ track “Never Saw It Coming.” The original limited release 12” was co-written and produced by Tim Wagner of 33Hz, with two remixes by Sheffield artist Crooked Man. With a five-octave range and a diverse background in performance, ranging from rock to soul to jazz, Douglas’ voice is the heart of the song, lending heightened drama to the steady mechanical funk of Wagner’s production.
Though this is Douglas’ first release on the label, she is no stranger to the DFA roster. She is the voice behind “Happiness,” the epic closing track on Crooked Man’s self-titled 2016 LP, and also appears on Crooked Man’s 2018 album Crooked House. Amy also works with Juan Maclean as one half of Peach Melba, who have released singles on both DFA and Defected / Classic. Most recently, she co-wrote and sung the Horse Meat Disco single, “Let’s Go Dancing.”
Legendary NYC DJ Justin Strauss is a staple of the scene and one half of production duos Whatever/Whatever and a/jus/ted. A longtime friend of DFA, his career as a go-to remixer spans decades, and he has remixed artists as diverse as Blood Orange, Ryuichi Sakamoto, 808 State, Franz Ferdinand, and Depeche Mode. This is his fifth remix for the label.
British trip-hop pioneers Morcheeba are sharing a new remix courtesy of London based electronic artist and producer Kelpe.
The Kelpe remix of ‘Free Of Debris’ – an interlude of sorts on Morcheeba’s 2018 album ‘Blaze Away’, is a sumptuous, slow-burning electronic beauty. Pairing soft synth pads and lilting keyboard runs, with deep rumbling electronic bass notes – Skye Edwards’ vocals compliment the instrumentation beautifully – to create something not wildly dissimilar from the original track, yet something wonderfully enjoyable and fresh.
Speaking on his work on the remix, Kelpe (real name: Kel McKeown) said: “Working from a stripped back original song of around one minute length, this was a really fun remix to work on as I felt I could add quite a bit of my own sound to it, expanding on it without making it sound too cluttered. I replaced the main guitar hook with my own synth sounds which replicated the original melody, then added in some programmed beats and the fender rhodes sound from the original, then further layers of my synths and vocals with a different effect treatment. My approach to this remix was quite simplistic but I was happy with how it turned out as I felt that even though a lot of the sounds on it were new ones that I had recorded in myself it didn’t deviate from the actual original tune too much.”
Morcheeba’s 2018 album ‘Blaze Away’ is out now.
Legendary UK producer Paul Woolford has worked his remix magic on Samm Henshaw’s feel-good hit ‘Church’. Transforming the record with a range of retro-sounding 90’s synths, and early Balearic tones, Paul’s spacious effects are perfectly layered below Samm’s captivating vocals.
The original ‘Church’ track is a rhythmic release packed with strong gospel elements and a vibrant melody, which showcases Samm’s penchant for the upbeat, fusing soul-led hooks with his highly personable characteristics.
Adding a slick dancefloor feel via his vintage chord patterns, Paul Woolford’s remix of ‘Church’ is out now!
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.
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
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
Klasse Wrecks chief rocker Luca Lozano underlines his respect for the originators of downtempo IDM with a remix of ‘Villager’, an overlooked EP track by UK producer The Horn from 1996.
Fledgling electronic live act UNDERHER have released their third official EP, ‘Mercy’. Due for release on their own imprint IAMHER, the package includes two original UNDERHER tracks, ‘Mercy’ and ‘Strung’, plus remixes from French production duo The Dualz, Greek Hotworkz label boss Harri Agnel, upcoming Austrian producer dörfler, and New Yorker Allies For Everyone.
Earlier in 2018, leftfield electronic DJ / producer Henri debuted on Anjuna Deep with her single “Hiding,” followed by the release of her melodic deep house single “Last Dance,” feat. Imogen Rose. Sofi Tukker’s remix of “Last Dance” came out just before Christmas and so it seems fitting that they should end 2018 with this brooding, cinematic take on Sofi Tukker’s “Benadryl,” the final remix package from their Grammy-nominated album “Treehouse.”
Using snippets of Sophie’s ethereal vocal to punctuate the track, Henri’s remix is driven by a huge brassy bassline, deep melodies and a dark, atmospheric intro, tantalizing its listeners so that by the time all the components culminate and the crescendoing string arrangement comes sweeping in, the remix delivers everything you could possibly hope for.