Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Sophistication and Spirit in ‘Ghetto Gong’ by Chynaman feat. Kususa


All the way from South Africa, dynamic house producer, Chynaman has premiered his new smasher ‘Ghetto Gong’ with Madorasindahouse Youtube channel. Set for official release via Chynaman house productions on 15 March.

This is the perfect example of a slow buildup. It’s the kind of track where the additional elements come in so effortlessly that you don’t even consciously register it until your whole body is moving and you have no idea how you even got up onto your feet. 

Listen to 'Ghetto Gong' here.



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Monday, 11 March 2019

Janus Rasmussen Releases Stunning New Song ‘Lilla’


Janus Rasmussen of Kiasmos fame, is currently trying his hand at solo production and has shared the second track from his upcoming album Vín which is set for release on the 29th of March via Christian Löffler’s Ki Records. ‘Lilla’ (meaning purple in Faroese) follows his debut single ‘Green Wine.’

Growing up, music was an important creative outlet for Rasmussen. He and his friends would regularly come together to play music in their free time, using extremely primitive software on computers that were constantly crashing. Even though this process would seem frustrating, Janus Rasmussen explains that “it's amazing how stubborn you are as a kid, nothing will stop you from doing what you love.”

Currently based in Reykjavík, Iceland, Rasmussen has been hard at work creating the new album. Drawing influence from the work of acts such as Radiohead, Aphex Twin and Leonard Cohen, he says of the process “I often work really quickly and I tend to be drawn to really strange ideas. I have this kind of obsession with finding something that really should not work and make it work. It’s very satisfying. 'Lilla' means purple in Faroese and it also happens to be my favourite colour. I thought the song sounded very 'Lilla'
and the name just kind of stuck to it. It’s such a lighthearted song and that connection simply felt natural.”

Listen to 'Lilla' here.


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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Catching up with Ralph Session ahead of 'A Touch Of Class' EP


DJ and producer Ralph Session strives to explore elements from funky, deep, techy and soulful sides of House. The head of Half Assed Records will be releasing his EP A Touch Of Class on March 22nd, following the two-part Boogie Down EP which has had support from the likes of The Black Madonna, Luke Solomon & Jimpster, and builds on the warm, authentic, soul-tinged house and disco sounds he serves up.

A certified Audio Engineer, Session started out as a Bboy/House dancer turned producer/Dj and has been producing in the New York house scene since 2010.  His DJ sets drip with deep soulful underground disco vibes, and his rich music knowledge has been gleaned from an upbringing in New York's diverse music scene. He has released cuts for BlackSoul, Emby and Jump Recordings, amongst others, and has shared the decks with some of the house scene greats like Mr V, Jon Cutler, Dj Romain and Son of Sound.

We caught up with him  to pick his brain ahead of the release of A Touch Of Class...

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
I would say it has more of a classic vibe to it. But the classic stuff has so many shades to it like funky, deep, soulful, disco. So my productions tend to flow between those shades while updating that sound for the next generation.

How did it all start for you?
My boy Logic introduced me to house music way back in 2003. 2008 I started messing around with production. I used Sony Acid to see if I could translate what was in my head to reality. After a year I proved to myself I wanted to grow and create more so I invested in some gear. Worked it every day and then decided to step it up and sign up to SAE NY in 2009.
Ten years later I have been learning and growing in my engineering and production skills. These last four releases on Half Assed Records I think exemplify that growth.

What three albums would you say influenced your sound the most?
I can never answer these, so I’ll just say the Nuyorican Soul album, Strictly Rhythm (Label) and living in New York.

Are there any key pieces of equipment that you can't live without?
Well, my Maschine Studio has been an amazing piece that has changed my workflow. But I would say my Dynaudio Bm5a Monitors. Had them since ’08 and they still bang.

What are some of your key influences in your music? Whether it be the sound created by others, imagery, films or any kind of art form.
M.A.W., Kerri, Ibadan, New York, Disco, Hip Hop, City lights at night. Basically, there are many things any creative can get inspiration from. It’s just about being around a studio when it hits or else you might lose that valuable time of feeling inspired.

What is one sub-genre you think doesn't get the attention it deserves?
Isn’t it all about sub-genres nowadays though? Seems like things can’t be just house anymore.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?
Can I put myself lol?

What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a performer? As an attendee?
The night I played Tony Touch's Funkbox Party at Cielo. It was my first time playing Cielo and it was a reunion with great friends at the same time. The fact that it closed soon after makes it more memorable because little did I know that it was my last time there forever. It serves as a great last memory of a place that changed my life and New York’s.

What is your favorite venue of all times?
Shelter when it was on 39th. Or Cielo/Output

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
I have a single coming out that is a tribute to Masters At Work called "A Nod To M.A.W." They are my absolute favorite producers. I came across a sound that reminded me of a song so I did my own flip on it. I recruited MoodyManc and GarcyNoise for the remixes and they sound so good. Shooting for a early summer release date on my label Half Assed Records.

Famous last words?
"You only live once. Enjoy that shit."


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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Christian Löffler Releases New Hauntingly Beautiful Single ‘Like Water’


From the seaside town of Graal-Muritz, Germany, deep-house producer Christian Löffler has turned to inspiration from his hometown and childhood experiences to bring forth his first single ‘Like Water’ on 8 February, preceding the release of new album Graal (Prologue) set for 5 April under Ki Records. The song features Mohna on vocals in not their first collaboration, but what does feel like a spiritually destined one.

When you see the track title ‘Like Water’, knowing the power and history of the words, it’s easy to make assumptions about what that song should sound like, where it should take you and what you should learn from it. Connectivity to the elements, becoming one with nature around you until you can no longer tell where one stops and the other begins.
Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water... You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” - Bruce Lee.
It’s strange to think that a purely electronic song could accomplish this kind of connection to the elements, as it is essentially a manufactured artform. It seems almost perfect that the one to attempt such a feat would be a man who not only has a clear ability for the electronic genre, but also an awe-inspiring talent for the more natural medium of paint and sketch. Christian Löffler has by keeping the musical elements minimalistic, given breath to such deeper possibility. With whispering synth sounds, creating an image of a dark still lake; The bass seems to represent the fear one would experience if floating out on such a body of water, while the calming ripples created by the soft voice of Mohna acts as your reassuring guide, telling you not to fight but rather to invite it in. We are all made of water afterall. 

To further push this sentiment, the music video released on 14 February, features a deep focus on the natural art medium of paint to create moving images, not to tell a story but rather to evoke emotion as well as the music does. It’s clear that Löffler is not one or the other but rather both. His focus on visual art in collaboration with audio speaks to the soul of those who don’t just listen to music but visualize it too. Let it not just move you but embody you… like water.


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Thursday, 7 February 2019

Toronto's Nathan Barato premieres 'Hood Damage'



With his roots in the Toronto after-hours circuit and a profile that has since seen him smash premiere international platforms across the globe, Nathan Barato’s carved out a reputation as not only one of the most playable producers in dance music, but amongst its most prolific DJs as well. 

In other words, Nathan Barato isn’t just the guy being invited to play all the big parties, he’s the guy everyone else on the bill is spinning too. Whether it was Marco Carola first rinsing Nathan’s 2012 hit “Hard Werq” to worldwide audiences just months before asking him to join the Music On roster, or Jamie Jones deeming Nathan a new star at the Hot Creations camp while making this year’s ‘Wobble Talk’ EP a mainstay in his superstar sets… the T.O. native has skyrocketed to international prominence as a well-respected and sought after name. 

Many credit Nathan’s success to his genre diversity. His eclectic sound infuses many styles and has been recognized as one where the likes of 90's garage get sampled against the backdrop of funky techno. As a result, Nathan’s music is being released on some of the most prestigious imprints in the industry, including the aforementioned Hot Creations and spinoff Hottrax, as well as Rekids, Cajual, Saved Records, MOOD, and of course, his very own Roots And Wings label. 

As Nathan Barato keeps on turning industry eyes and ears in his direction, he continues to get booked at some of the most vaunted events and clubs around the world, from festivals like BPM (Playa Del Carmen, Mexico), Ultra (Miami, USA), and We Are (London, UK), to venues that include Womb (Tokyo, Japan), Fabric (London, UK), WHP (Manchester, UK), Stereo (Montreal, Canada), Coda (Toronto, Canada), Output (New York, USA), Sound (Los Angeles, USA), Club Space (Miami, USA), Barn (Modena, Italy), DC10 (Ibiza, Spain), Amnesia (Ibiza, Spain), and more.

"‘Hood Damage’ is another sublime house cut from Nathan Barato. Crackling with barely resolved tension it fizzes along on its pounding 4/4 rhythm, before clattering percussion and whirling synths take it to another level entirely. A devastating house cut, and one that continues a solid run of form for both label and artists" says Data Transmission where the track premiered.



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Thursday, 31 January 2019

Creamfields UK unleash first wave of acts for 2019 edition


Having already secured exclusives with some of the biggest names in electronic music, Creamfields continues to lead the charge on line up announcements as they unleash the first wave of acts for this year’s festival in what is shaping up to be one of the most unmissable shows of the year.

Artists just announced for the 2019 edition in alphabetical order include Above & Beyond, Alan Fitzpatrick, Amelie Lens, Andy C, Annie Mac, Ben Nicky, Bicep (DJ Set), The Black Madonna, Brennan Heart, Camelphat, Carl Cox, Chase & Status (DJ Set), Crucast (Skepsis, Darkzy, TS7, Bru-C, Mr Virgo, Lazcru & Window Kid), Denis Sulta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Enrico Sangiuliano, Faithless (DJ Set), Fisher, Gareth Emery, Gorgon City, Hannah Wants, Headhunterz, Helena Hauff, Hot Since 82, Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Kölsch, Len Faki, Marco Carola, Martin Garrix, MK, Nicole Moudaber, Oliver Heldens, Pan-Pot, Patrick Topping, Paul van Dyk, Pete Tong, Solardo, Tchami, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet and Wilkinson (DJ Set) and this is just the first wave of acts, with many more big name artists and exclusives still to be announced.

This latest drop of talent follows a series of tantalising headline announcements over the last few months bringing exclusive performances from the likes of deadmau5,  Adam Beyer,  Cirez D,  The Chemical Brothers (Live) and the highly anticipated return of Swedish House Mafia who have chosen Creamfields as their only UK show this year.

Creamfields is one of the world’s undisputed go to music festivals, a right of passage for any electronic music fan and with over 300 acts expected to perform across the four day show and a series of all new stage structures yet to be unveiled, August can’t come quick enough!

*Photo Credit: AnthonyMooney

Creamfields returns to Daresbury, Cheshire, UK on Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th August Bank Holiday Weekend 2019.   Tickets on sale now.


For more info go to www.creamfields.com / www.facebook.com/officialcreamfields / @Creamfields


TICKETS

www.ticketmaster.co.uk / Tel: 0844 847 2448 (inc Deposit Tickets / Dreamfields accommodation)

www.skiddle.com / Tel:  03333 01 01 01

www.ticketline.co.uk / Tel: 0844 888 4401

www.festicket.com

www.residentadvisor.net/events/1166137

www.biggreencoach.co.uk/creamfields / Tel: 08443 245 666

www.seetickets.com / Tel: 0871 220 0260

www.tickets-scotland.co.uk / Tel: 0141 204 5151

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Manuel Tur and Peer Kusiv Rework Chantitown’s ‘Cause And The Cure’

British singer-songwriter and producer Chantitown originally released her debut EP Cause And The Cure independently. She now unveils her  sterling remix package, The Cause And The Cure Remixes, with reworkings by producers Manuel Tur and Peer Kusiv. 

Overall, The Cause And The Cure Remixes retains the charm of the original track, and never loses sight of what made it great in the first place - Chantitown’s exceptional vocals. However, the input from the two remixers has successfully brought a brand new angle to the original offering.


28-year old deep-house producer Peer Kusiv turns the track towards the summer, with a deep-house feel that echoes beach parties and cocktails. Hailing from the German port city of Kiel, Kusiv has seen support from noteworthy publications like Dancing Astronaut, VICE’s music channel Thump and EarmilkManuel Tur goes on to place the spotlight on Chantitown’s exceptional vocals and then builds the piece up with a host of eclectic dub-infused drum sounds and synth-notes, drawing listeners in with a driving bass-drum.


Cause and the Cure Remixes” EP Tracklist: 

01 Cause and the Cure (Manuel Tur Vocal)
02 Cause and the Cure (Manuel Tur Dub)
03 Cause and the Cure (Peer Kusiv Clubmix)
04 Cause and the Cure (Peer Kusiv Extended)
05 Cause and the Cure (Peer Kusiv Radio Edit)
06 Cause and the Cure (Peer Kusiv Deep Remix)


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