Roman Flügel may be one of techno’s most prolific stars. The Frankfurt artist’s remix of Dark Sky’s ‘The Walker’ is his 10th remix in six months. But this makes it no less of an occasion.
Flügel’s take on ‘The Walker’ channels the loose melancholy of the original but injects it with a bubbling euphoria that threatens to erupt, but never quite does. Over the track’s seven minutes, ethereal voices climb over one another whilst synths gurgle in the background.
The track is a masterclass in managing dance floor tension and has been a staple of his sets of late.
‘The Walker’ is taken from the London-based duo’s new ‘Othona’ album, their second album released via Modeselektor’s Monkeytown Records.
As premiered by XLR8R, Indian DJ and Producer Lukan unveils his Lo-Fi Bootleg of Bonobo’s ‘Break Apart’.
Made solely using analog gear, Lukan weaves a tapestry of raw, electronic elements around the body of the original release. Transforming the skeleton of the once soft record, into a late night anthem, Lukan showcases his ability to tap into the darker side of electronic music.
The rest of 2017 will continue to see Lukan spearhead India towards a true and unmatched, underground sound, as well as see him release a wealth of original material. Embracing white label tracks, vinyl only releases and paying less attention to Beatport charts and mainstream productions, Lukan is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with.
Bufi breaks into Sincopat in a state of grace. The Mexican talent also known as Mateo González released his second album some weeks ago and now he arrives plenty of energy and creativity. His music is the result of a wide spectrum of influences, ranging from early Chicago acid house or Detroit techno, to nu-disco. Now Bufi presents his most carefully treated and detailed House Music into four mystical and brilliant tracks.
For this Remixed EP, we count on maestro Dave Dk who offers a hypnotic super classy re-treatment of ‘El House es tu idioma’. Tel-Aviv man Audio Junkies comes back home to Sincopat with an epic Siempre remix. Newcomer and Mexican talent TYU gives his best with an amazing version of Slowfall, and the own Bufi wanted to be present with a different and indie remix of this eclectic track.
Internationally renowned DJ and producer Yuksek has called upon some of the most exciting names across the electronic worlds to rework his acclaimed third album ‘Nous Horizon’. Titled ‘Nous Horizon pt.2 / Re-works & edits’ it features established and rising stars like Dimitri From Paris, Jacques Renault, Juveniles, Get a room!, The Mekanism, Synapson + more.
Listen to Dimitri From Paris’ remix
Listen to Jacques Renault’ remix
Yuksek also shares ‘Nous Horizon pt.2 / Re-works & edits’ DJ mix:
‘Nous Horizon’, Yuksek’s third album, came out last February to critical acclaim. It showed a new approach in his vision for electronic and pop writing. His new melodies are brighter than before; his beats and production more subtle but still convey a touch of hedonism in it’s most club-friendly sounds.
Yuksek has lined up an eclectic and surprising line-up for this reworked versions.
The record features remixes from long time friends Juveniles and Getaroom, the disco legend Dimitri From Paris, newcomers on the scene such as Destino and Ccolo ( Multi Culti ), french duet Synapson and techno rising star The Mekanism ( signed on Seth Troxler imprint ) and the coolest guy from brooklyn aka Jacques Renault.
Yuksek himself offers some alternative versions of the songs, live or edit versions making this album a real second chapter, not only a random remix package.
Bedrock Digital is set to celebrate its milestone 100th digital label single release in superb style with ‘Tracer’, the second single from Emerson, Digweed & Muir – a collaborative project of the highest order from three of the scene’s most respected creative mavericks, whose huge debut ‘Fanfare’ (Beddigi88) had fans everywhere begging for more. Enlisting Berlin’s inspirational Watergate resident Ruede Hagelstein on remix duty completes the perfect package to mark yet another Bedrock landmark.
“For me, personally, it’s such a privilege not only to be still working with John, who I consider to be one of the finest DJs ever to ply his craft, but also to work with Darren, who is one of THE most pivotal characters in UK house music and therefore the world, to whose records I remember dancing to deliriously numerous times, with everyone refusing to let the party end. And there’s the clue to the success of Bedrock – we do it because we love it!” – Nick Muir
Between them, John Digweed and Nick Muir, producers of the finest electronic dance music, have been involved in many pivotal moments in the world of club music over the years and have in many ways helped to define genres & push the boundaries further. Their partnership has been one of electronic music’s most fruitful pairings, creating a body of work that’s seen them become one of the world’s most highly regarded production duos. Joining forces with Detone boss Darren Emerson, who since his pioneering days with Underworld has remained at the forefront of the electronic scene across the last three decades for good reason, is a mission statement, showing that this illustrious trio are not resting on past laurels, but always developing themselves musically in exciting new directions.
Rather appropriately, in its original form ‘Tracer’ is an unmistakably heavyweight, pulsating, peak-time monster, loaded with menacing, fizzing, energetic, celebratory creative abandon. Meanwhile, Darren Emerson’s ‘Womb Mix’ develops ‘Tracer’ into an equally stunning, bombastic, stripped back, techno colossus, showcasing his supremely individualistic creative flair. In perfect juxtaposition to the trio’s versions, the dialled-back, low-slung, brooding throb of Ruede Hagelstein’s mesmerizing interpretation, bristling with unrivalled electronic detail, perfectly rounds what is an exceptional creative circle.
In this day and age to not only survive as an independent label, but to flourish and constantly evolve, bringing forward and developing new and exciting talent to stand equally alongside established household names, is something that should be applauded. The global respect and love that Bedrock has steadily gained through years of releasing quality dance music that rides the waves of trends and fashions is second to none. 2017 has already seen a steady flow of exceptional Bedrock releases and there is so much more to yet to come.
Emerson, Digweed & Muir – Tracer
2. Tracer (Ruede Hagelstein Remix)
3. Tracer (Darren Emerson Womb Mix)
(Bedrock) Beddigi100. Formats: Digital & 12” Vinyl (Beddigi100VIN)
Release Date: 19th June 2017
R&S presents a killer EP from Romania’s Ada Kaleh AKA Iulian Cuculea, which follows his stunning Alejandro Jodorowsky inspired debut LP “Dene descris” on his vinyl only imprint Ada Kaleh România.
Like many of the second wave of Romanian minimal producers, Iulian’s music combines propulsive hypnotic rhythms with rich, organic sounds that envelop the listener in an otherworldly atmosphere. “The creation process is a moment of temporary madness for me” Iulian explains, “I enjoy working with layers of sounds that intertwine and embrace like a lotus flower. Folding and unfolding.” Finding fans in the form of countrymen like Raresh, Petre Inspirescu, Rhadoo, Barac, Cezar, Priku and internationals like Ricardo Villalobos, Sonja Moonear, tINI, Prins Thomas, he’s also dropped critically acclaimed releases and/or remixes for UVAR, The Rabbit Hole, Third Wave Black, Supernature as well as his own Ada Kaleh România imprint.
Opener “Palatul de cleştar” (translated “The glass palace”, received a vinyl only release on his own label in 2014) sets the tone with a mesmeric rhythm track overlaid with a haunting clarinet part and spaced out synth gurgles that combine to enthralling effect. Apollo Records alumnus Laurine Frost supplies a trippy, blown out version that blackens the tone of the original into a work of quiet menace. On the flip “Devotare” (translated “Devotion”, also a vinyl only release on his own label in 2013) strikes a more strident tone, the grooves strut rather than purr – gauzy chord stabs weave between the beats and clunking percussion in a delicate yet complex interplay of elements.
Fellow Romanian Cosmin TRG supplies a remix which displays why he’s worthy of the hype – pushing the BPMs of the original, he creates an urgent, vigorous re-rub that maintains some of Iulian’s delicate instrumentation yet contrasts it with heavy, authoritative percussion.
07 July 2017 / R&S Records
01. Palatul De Clestar
02. Palatul De Clestar (Laurine Frost Remix)
04. Devotare (Cosmin TRG Remix) – digital only
The next release on Man Power’s Me Me Me features two emotive leftfield house cuts from DSC, the newly minted production alias of Desert Sound Colony, aka Liam Wachs, the man behind the newly launched Holding Hands record Label.
Wake up, is a sweetly melodic track of pulsing house, with Coming Round providing a pumping and muscular leftfield techno counterpoint.
On remix duties Man Power invites north east upstart Elliot Adamson to remix Wake Up, before his full length EP coming up next on the label. Hotly tipped by everyone from Jackmaster to Jamie Jones, Elliot is a superstar in the making, and relishes the opportunity to flex his more esoteric muscles with a slice of deconstructed electro that hints at the startling musical breadth, which the young producer is only beginning to reveal.
Coming Round is remixed by none other the legendary Rex The Dog, who is not only an artist who Man Power has huge admiration for, but also someone he is pleased to call a good friend. The trust between the two artists shines through, as “Rex” provides possibly one of the most unfettered dancefloor tracks of his career.
Release Date: 23/06/2017, Label: Me Me Me
Following monumental releases on both Rebellion and Crosstown Rebels, Serge Devant is back onboard the label to deliver one of his best to date. The immensely sensual Thinking Of You sees him team up once again with Damiano and Camille Safiya with invigorating remixes from heavy-weights Reboot and Art Department.
Serge Devant has been turning heads since the seminal Fearing Love feat. Camille Safiya dropped in 2015 on Emerald City, picking up the Best Music Video award at the 2016 Hollywood Independent Reel Film Festival. Serge reveals “it was so nice to have the same company back in the studio to work on more magic!” Thinking Of You breaths the air of summer with its blissfully smooth chords and deep hypnotic tones. He explains “this record took some time to finish; we recorded so many good vocal bits, it made it difficult to choose what to keep.” Serge also provides an electrifying Floor Cut for those later hours.
Frankfurt’s Reboot brings his flavour to the release with intricate percussion and deep underlying pads. Growing up in Sven Vath’s Omen Club, the talented musician now spearheads the ‘new sound of Frankfurt’ and has released on a wealth of labels like Conaisseur, Supplement Facts, Combi Int, Moon Harbour, Cadenza and Get Physical.
Welcomed back onto Crosstown Rebels, No.19 boss Jonny White aka Art Department delivers a raw, techno cut in his Modular Perspective remix, complemented by his Jaded Perspective mix which packs more swing but holds onto techno energy for the dancefloor. Jonny has seen almost unparalleled success in the world of dance music and continues to be at the forefront of the industry with a huge focus on his record labels and his in-demand label showcases that take the name of his vinyl only label, Social Experiment.