Solomun's iconic Diynamic imprint is getting a hot start to the year with an ominous deep house release by Dutch product Karmon. The label's 'Picture:' series is a document in time, showcasing an artist's current creative output in order to allow the listener to visualise and understand the artist at a certain moment. It is not an album format, but far more than merely an EP. 'Picture:' is various dancefloor-oriented facettes of one producer, shaping the imagery that ultimately results in the listeners mind.
Karmon embodies the series in five melodic underground anthems all set-worthy in their own right. No stranger to the label, he's been releasing with the DIY crew for half of a decade. Evolving with the trends while paving his own style, Karmon's techy take on underground melodies reflect's the boss' original sound of intricate techno. Karmon's steady stream of podcasts and live sets prove that he knows how to keep the floor moving, this EP is solid evidence. Unique in each track, his Picture: series takes a look at a club-ready artist with an exciting sound.
Tale + Tone's Latest from Lost Desert is Another Playa House Dream
Lee Burridge and Hoj launched Tale + Tone this Summer with a six-part vinyl release. After giving the early exclusive to wax heard, the crew is following up with staggered digital releases, unveiling the new label to the web with a slew of stellar B-sides. Packed with 'music Lee and Joj would play in a back-to-back set', the A&R for this label deliver demo's straight from their crate. The latest digital release is an instant underground anthem from Lost Desert & Amari featuring vox by Adomas.
Reflecting the sister/parent label All Day I Dream, Tale and Tone's first releases boast subdued house frames with an impactful bass foundation. 'Hunter' is no different as Lost Desert & Amari paint a refined picture of dancefloor-ready electronic without the overkill. Intertwined percussion meets passionate vocal hooks for a well thought out chorus led by kicks and hi-hats. Proven to be a mover on the dusty stages of Black Rock City, this tune is a worthy anthem to the end of Summer.
The title track is joined by a distantly lush companion, 'Innercity Playground', featuring the collaborative efforts of Mike Tohr. With introspective pads and delicate percussion, Lost Desert and Mike Tohr create a stunning juxtaposition to Hunter, further pushing the House sound that the Tale and Tone Crew is becoming known for.
As Belgian producer Lost Desert continues to make his mark on the blossoming movement sparked by Lee Burridge, his stop on Tale + Tone is just another step in his growing catalog. Watch out for Lost Desert and the ADID crew on their global tour.
Red Axes Release 'Kalacol' ahead of Massive Life and Death Showcase
The label that never seems to slow down, Life and Death proves timeless in 2017 with a steady stream of records each a unique sound and independent crate essential. The latest comes from Israeli genre-defying duo Red Axes to welcome in the winter season. Their arrival to the label feels like perfect timing following a recent album on their own Garzen Records as well as a tune Tennis' Dj Kicks. As Life and Death sign off the summer season with a two-part wax EP, it's another one for the books.
Red Axes have been moving the thriving Tel Aviv scene years with an eclectic blend of unique compositions sprinkled with a few driving techno cuts. After a slew of originals and scattered big reworks, they broke into 2015 with releases on Hivern Discs and Crosstown Rebels. Success through persistence and diversity, the duo has developed their own alt-rock label Garzen Records while at the same landing on many of the top electronic imprints. With tunes made for listening and others made for dancing, this project is born from the art of music production rather than a DJ focus. Title track Kalacol is evidence of Red Axes ability to deliver dancefloor heat.
Red Axes the whole team head to Amsterdam next month for another session that which partially defines the integrity of ADE itself. Label boss man and Italian underground house don DJ Tennis will be joined by Awanto 3, Gerd Janson, Honey Soundsystem, Jackmaster, Jennifer Cardini, Lucy, Leon Vynehall, Marvin & Guy, Margot, Red Axes and The/Das amongst more exciting names. Buy tickets to the party here.
On Repeat: Florian Kruse and Hendrik Burkhard Present 'The Ground'
There are super groups that wear masks and there are those that make waves. The Ground is the latest German export that sets out to change the way we approach to dance music. If the debut tune 'Homeless Hearts' is any indication of the project's intricately analog take on vocal dance; these guys are heading to the top. Taking after a short list of live dance acts such as Howling and Bob Moses, this reinvention of the band ushers in a new age of live recording.
Hidden as a cut and dry dance track, the introduction is a rewarding entrance to this pop-esque underground single. Before introducing Hendrik Burkhard's powerful presence in the group, the duo Florian Kruse showcase tech experience and seamlessly balanced production. Leading elegantly toward an energetic and funky chorus, this jive is sweat meets sing along.
As just the start of their story, this permanent fixture is coming in hot with plans for an album in action. As the EP teases a full feature story, The Ground defines their footing as an alternative approach to electronica. Somewhere between shuttering staging of live indie rock to after-hours DJ sets, this act is for the modern musician. Keep your ear to The Ground.
Lossless and Something Happening Somewhere Have Teamed Up For A King Britt Reissue
Mix two of Europe's most exciting vinyl imprints and what do you get? It happened, it's unique, and it may just be a peek into the future. Uzoamaka is an original track by King Britt from 2002, that still remains as fresh and uplifting as it was 15 years ago. This powerful reissue is the second installment in a partnership between Berlin staple Lossless and Nuno Dos Santos' Dutch label Something Happening Somewhere. After giving the original a new master (pulled straight from old wax), the labels tapped some of their own crew to make their own edits to the record.
Legendary King Britt is in a class of his own, the record skirts house while boasting a refreshing tribal vibe. Known for going outside of the boundaries while exploring electronic production, King has progressed house music as a DJ, live act, and label influence. Dubbed by the label as an 'ode to the ritual of dance music in its purest form', the original record makes an impact that goes deeper than the primitive drumline. Vocals by ObaFunke tell a story of music, life, and strength.
The three-track bundle gets very interesting on the b-sides. Dixon, the Innervisions boss and close friend of Lossless, took a buzzworth edit you won't want to miss. Lacing the tune for a modern dancefloor, this update highlights the chorus and brings the melody up for late night anthem that will breathe life and midnight empowerment to any club. Nuno Dos Santos takes the last part with a percussive remix accentuating the force behind this catchy verse.
If you're going to buy one vinyl this week/month/year, this should probably be the one. A harmony of past, present, and future, this stellar collaboration is exactly how electronic music should be. A melting pop of genres, sounds, and cultures, Uzoamaka pays homage to house.
Frankey & Sandrino Newest Record is Subtle Techno with an Industrial Spine
Frankey & Sandrino are a duo so embedded in the Berlin scene that a single spin of their sound is a brief look at the past, present, and future of techno as a whole. Swinging with the biggest names in techno, these two producers have found themselves on more than one of today's most influential labels. Known for a down-tempo style of restrained techno, their intricacy through analog goes much deeper than most.
Landing as the third installment on their Sum Over Histories label, this German act is setting the stage for yet another local label to make a massive impact on the future of techno. The uniquely-percussive title track 'Virgo' sets an intricate pace and warm drumline before introducing cosmic leads. Solid cadence and a subtle sub-tracks tie the record into a neat club-ready package. B-side 'Solaris' blends acid techno with production prowess in a live-ready tune that reflects Nina Kraviz's rave warehouse vibe. Interwoven melodies and short builds make this backside journey a catchy set warmer.
Keep watch as SOH003 hits the racks on 12" sometime this week. Make sure to hit follow as Sum Over Histories begins their journey as an influential imprint of forward-thinking underground sounds.
Maceo Plex Returns with a Transcendent Techno Record on Ellum
Maceo's latest just hit the racks at Kompakt and we can't get past this record. Boldly titled 'Tesseract' this analog interpretation of techno is scientific in nature but spiritual in delivery. Dubbed by the label as 'urban soundscape and slow-burning, post-industrial drama', this release is sci-fi meeting underground art in the best possible way. Once again proving his spot well ahead of the curve, this Miami producer never fails to impress.
Returning to his own Ellum label, the Tesseract 12" comes just ahead of Maceo's ambient-esque album on Lone Romantic. Greeted with a romantic reminiscence of a lighter time, stark reality is quickly introduced by way of ominous strung leads and flat yet punctual percussion line. This A-side which names the EP is a foreboding take on future techno. Tapping Swayzak for the backside, the two deliver a tech-heavy cut of cymbal-laden industrial techno. Finishes with a warm build to complete it's duties as secondary.
Overall the Tesseract earns the description of tough swing for swing. Unafraid to cross the boundaries of festival-ready foundations, Maceo's unapologetic take on underground house is a force to be reconded within Ellum and beyond. If you like this and find yourself wanting more, check the digital copy of his album Solar available now.
Life & Death's Next Record Is a Magical Journey Through Funky Techno
Tennis' Life & Death Records has done its fair share of shaping modern techno. From breaking super duo Tale of Us to changing the way Miami looks at dance music, Manfredi and a small team defined the future of widespread underground sounds. Boasting a solid listing of 30 releases under the LAD cat, the globally-renowned label is just getting started. This latest by newcomers Marvin & Guy mark the Italian's debut on the local legend's label.
Italo Deviance’s Marcello Giordani and Alessandro Parlatore are known for their crate-digging tastes of the mid 90's. Their roots in classic Italian techno go so deep that Tennis himself has a label 'Life of Marvin' which pays homage to the local Tuscan techno movement. Blending classic bass sounds, consistent percussive beat, and attractive vocal verse, 'Superior Conjunction' is a big room sound with a small town feel. A shining example of LAD's quality over quantity rule, we're stoked to see these local homies joining the team with this record.
Available June 16th
A1. Superior Conjunction
B1. The Train Of Fantastic feat. Fantastic Twins
Digital exclusive: The Train Of Fantastic feat. Fantastic Twins (Fantastic Twins One More Ride)
Exercise One Get Busy with Hardware for their New Record on Palinoia
Berlin's Exercise One are no stranger to jacking techno cuts. Cutting their teeth on a wide range of influential labels, the duo is landing on Eric Cloutier's Palinoia Records. Cataloged as the second release on the label, Cloutier channels his roots in Detroit for a classic take on ground-shaking techno. Eric' emerging wax imprint is a testament to those who pioneered the genre and an enlistment for those who aim to shepherd underground music into the future.
This driving 12" is a prime example of analog innovation at it's finest. The final press comes as a result of refined live sessions recorded from straight from machine to tape. An indication of expertise with the tools of the trade, Marco Freivogel & Ingo Gansera are much more than electronic button pushers. A-side tracks 'Heptagon' and 'Prism' fill the room with walls of sound and heavy kicks, whereas the flipside's 'Nitrogen' and 'Thirty Four' offer a more rhythmic funk. Diverse and deep, this record swings above its weight.
Though Exercise One are no strangers to the scene, this record signals their return to the studio after almost a year of silence. Blending acid tones with pulsing percussion, these two producers spin ahead of the curve in a familiar warehouse trend. Keep watch for Exercise One leading techno in motion on a dancefloor near you.