Reviews/Previews

HOT WAX - Tools & Tips (April 2017)

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These bits do the business, all out in the past fortnight unless stated otherwise:

 

 

 

Suolo - Chionophile EP / Aforisme AFRV001

https://www.decks.de/t/suolo-chionophile_ep/c8w-if

Suolo needs no introduction and, with this EP, his statement is that the Moldavian scene has something very smooth to offer. Working with dedication on his 'character' records and being a leader in the zone these two tracks reconfirms his dedication to the after-hours rhythms and clarity of sound. A sense of dreaming while awake is triggered.

 

 

 

Crihan - Grosso Mondo EP / truelovesounds TLSV003

https://www.decks.de/t/crihan-grosso_modo_ep/c93-fv
Nasty snares, sharp hats and round bass, this might be something of what Crihan does best. He knows best what to use and how to deliver, inspired by the Romanian underground scene where he recently is very active, this EP is great for putting you in the mood to get dressed and to not miss anything. These two beauties stand erect and surely put a smile on your face. On mine does.

 

 

 

Cristi Cons - Perceptual EP / Meander Meander021

https://www.decks.de/t/cristi_cons-perceptual_ep/c93-lz
Crsti Cons returns on Meander with a new solo EP, a release that, kind of, reminds us about Anatrack and his SIT sound. This time his music is spatial and terrestrial in the same time, keep us in the middle, exactly where we like to be. His 'perception' is 'mutual' about about 'aural' and 'celestial' states of being. Keeps your mind grounded with the right beats and percussions.

 

 

 

Nami - Hip Pocket EP / Nami NAMI006

https://www.decks.de/t/nami-hip_pocket/c9g-da
Nami, on his personal imprint, just releases the moods he is in day by day or just the important feelings that need to be shared. With a great funk powder, aggressive beats and alienated sounds, there is no chance... the party has surely started. It gets your shoes moving and you don't know why, your mind is hooked and your soul smiles. Nami is not afraid to play around and he does it well in 'Radio Delta'.

 

 

 

YYY - YYY606 EP / YYY Series YYY060

 https://www.decks.de/t/yyy-yyy606/c98-j7

Purely underground and unknow, this is all about the rhythm and sound. Yoyaku studio delivers again, on the YYY series, two very tight tracks from the French scene. Fur sure these are great weapons to revive your sets and your house, so just lose yourself into the sound.

 

 

Symbol - Symbol 003 EP // Symbol SMB003

https://www.decks.de/t/symbol-symbol_003/c7o-gl

This might be something else. This might be on a different note, but we love and cherish this kind of tunes to get ourself out of everyday sound. Full of fractal sounds, natural recorded atmospheres and voices, Symbol releases are meant to shaken our perception about what's possible and come as an inspiration for many of us looking for the perfect sound.

 

By Dan Primaru

 

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MEOKO Preview: Raving Iran

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On Thursday 27 AprilUnleash is honored and excited to announce the screening of RAVING IRAN at Village Underground, a documentary that lifts the lid on Tehran’s underground electronic music scene and follows the life of DJ’s Anoosh and Arash aka Blade & Beard.

Anoosh and Arash started organizing “Burning man” styled raves together in Iran back in 2008. These parties were located in the middle of the desert 1000km away from Tehran and were of course illegal and very risky to put together. Finding trustworthy people at the time to help, managing the parties, from location to equipment was near to impossible. The duo was always aware of the dangers these activities brought with them and they had to stay as far away as possible from the radical police forces. Watch the trailer here.

Organizing a party in Iran is a crime, and is punished by law. Both Anoosh and Arash have been arrested several times and almost beaten to death by the police, however even this did not stop them to follow their passion for music.

 

 

 

The parties eventually started attracting tourists and also the director of the “Raving Iran” documentary, Susanne Regina Meures, who followed the parties and the life of Blade & Beard closely and with extreme compassion.

In 2013 Anoosh and Arash were invited to travel to Switzerland and perform at the Street parade after which they decided to stay in Switzerland and seek asylum for the sake of a better life.

Fast forward to today, and the pair is on the merge of a long and fruitful career, starting their own label in April 2017 and showcasing some of the best young talents around. 

To know more about this extraordinary story, we invite you to purchase a ticket via the resident advisor link here. All profits from this event will go to the charities listen below. You will have the possibility to donate different amounts via RA or you can donate directly supporting the cause via the Just Giving link also below. Moreover, you can follow to facebook event to keep up to date.

 

This is a CHARITY event and all proceeds will go to:

1. Amnesty International's #freeartists campaign

2. Crisis - the national charity for homeless people

 

PROGRAMME

19:00 - 21:00 Welcome Drinks

21:00 - 22:30 Screening of Raving Iran

22:30 - 23:00 Q&A with Blade&Beard

23:00 - 02:00 DJ set from Blade&Beard (UK Debut)

 

 

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Motion & Nightowl’s Techno Takeover

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Over the weekend, techno fans experienced a night of uncompromisingly high-quality music, courtesy of Nightowl. Motion’s main room became an intimate space filled with galvanised lasers and futuristic rhythms.

 

Desolat label boss Loco Dice headlined the night, bringing his unique cinematic flair to his carefully cultivated distinct sound. Cloaking the audience in clouds of smoke and pulsating lights, he blasted his hip-hop influenced sensory tunes ahead of his eagerly anticipated performance at Sonus this summer.

 

 

 

The night was also monumental in the sense that it was Fuse figurehead Enzo Siragusa’s Bristol debut. A long-time coming, the legendary underground DJ showcased some supremely minimal, dynamic sound. Drawing in a new crowd of Fuse fanatics.

 

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They were also joined by the ever-eclectic B.Traits. Stepping away from the Radio 1 booth, she surprised a sceptical audience by playing some highly skilled, authentic techno. Proving that she can seamlessly move between commercial and underground sounds.

 

 

 

There were also performances from one of then Netherland’s most exciting talents, William Djoko, ‘Simple’ resident Em Williams, Jake Hodgkinson, Ttandom and Iggs & Biles rounded everything off.

 

All in all, the night was an intimate gathering for Bristol’s die-hard techno fans to experience some cutting-edge music from a carefully chosen handful of artists.

 

 

Words by Georgia Evans

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Exclusive Announcement: AFAR 1st Bday w/ Nu Zau, Suciu and more

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On the 31st March, Club Reina will be taken over by some of the finest artists in the underground scene. Celebrating their first year in style, with Nu Zau, Suciu, Rawness, Razvan Stefan, Ma'man, Valentin and Slavi.

After their shows at Hoxton FM hosting DJs with the likes of Julia Govor, Faster, VincentIulian and LIZZ, numerous parties and cumulating a cult following, these underground innovators are celebrating a year of incredible memories.  The crew has curated parties that celebrate the best of minimal techno and micro house, driven to create the atmosphere of a big house party with good music and diversity. 

 

 

Bucharest’s pioneering producer Nu Zau will join the AFAR crew, inspired by Ricardo Villalobos and Rhadoo, his dark, percussive and experimental sound is unlike any other in the underground scene.  In time a new label vinyl project is created by the name of Uvar, which he co-runs with fellow romanian Sepp.

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Suciu stands out from the crowd with his charming groove-led productions and haunting atmospherics, a juxtaposition that only works in his favour. A lover of house, jazz, rap and rock- he blends together multiple styles with finesse. The end result is something dark, complex and compelling.  

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Rawness will be bringing his signature dark melodies and heavy grooves. The Dubgeneration star’s futuristic releases are sure to incite electric impulses in the crowd, expect to hear heavy basslines, warped vocals and pure underground vibes. 

FriendsFromAfar have also called in Razvan Stefan, Ma'man, Valentin and Slavi, who will take over Club Reina at 10pm on the 31st March.  This passionate get-together is sure to be a celebration of sound and the people who have made the movement such a success.

 

Facebook Event: Friends From Afar 1 YEAR Anniversary Party! 

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HOT WAX - Tools & Tips [March 2017]

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1) Mr. G - Breed 02 | Breed - BREED02RP (repress)

March01

The term 'legend' is often banded around willy nilly in the dance music realm, but Mr. G, aka Colin McBean, is one of the few who can rightfully lay claim to this accolade. Mr. G on Kris Wadsworth’s very own label Breed. There can’t be a better mix! Superb jacking and grooving Mr. G style. Timeless classic jams repressed.

Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/mr_g-breed_02/c94-4b

 

2) Mandar - Mandar Album LP | Oscillat Music - OSC10

MArch02

The ever-essential deep house super group Mandar make the leap to an album in fine style after a few years of unbeatable EPs on their own Oscillat Music label and elsewhere. The grooves bump just right, the moods unfurl like toffee-flavoured smoke and with these 12 jams Mandar prove once again why they're at the top of the deep house game.

Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/mandar-mandar-album/630746-01/

 

3) Jakob Seidensticker, Snad & Boronas - Too Late | Abartik - ABATSS001

MArch03     

The all-new Trés Chic series from Abartik will make your hair super fluffy. The fabulous trio Jakob Seidensticker, Snad & Boronas deliver an intimate EP loaded with deep, hypnotic, dark grooves. Vinyl Only, Hand stamped and 180 gramm.

Audio Link: http://de.juno.co.uk/products/jakob-seidensticker-boronas-snad-too-late-ep/640440-01/

 

4) Arapu - Connection | Pressure Traxx - PTX017

March04 

The long awaited 12 inch by Arapu is here. Two prime cuts that easily connect your mind your body and your soul. Pressure Traxx welcomes Sunwaves regular and highly respected producer Arapu to the squad.

 Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/arapu-connection_ep/c98-4w

 

5) Giammarco Orsini - Game Of Change | Partisan - PTN003

March05

Giammarco Orsini’s Game of Chance EP makes for such potent material on the dancefloor. This is refined and reduced dance music that radiates warmth and champions groove, subtly preaching positivity in the most elegant of ways.

Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/giammarco_orsini-game_of_chance/c9a-0y

 

6) DFX - Move Your Body (Howl Ensemble Remix) | DFXRMX

March06

One Sided 12” that you probably heard already on the dance floor, very limited release, hand stamped. Peace, unity, love and happiness, with respect to the master DFX.

Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/dfx-move_your_body/c91-to

 

7) Various Artists - Past | Brouqade - BQD040.1

March07

 

BQD040.1 is a collection of remixes the label released during its early years. Back then, the label intended to back up every release with a remix. All of these remixes meant something special to the label, and now they’re all here for you to enjoy on one record.

Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/various_artists-past/c94-sc

 

8) Archie Hamilton - Driven | Fuse London - FUSE026

March08

Moscow Records boss Archie Hamilton is a long time friend of the FUSE London family, having previously contributed to a number of releases. Driven To Distraction, though, is his first FUSE outing since 2015. A solid EP containing tracks tailor-made for different dancefloor situations.

Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/archie-hamilton-driven-ep/640258-01/

 

9) Ricardo Villalobos / Max Loderbauer / Prevelist - Meet Tshetsha Boys | Honest Jon’s - HJP59 (repress)

March09

Another edition of the Honest Jon's Shangaan Electro remix project arrives with suitably illuminating results as Villalobos & Max Loderbauer and Peverelist tackle the Tshetsha Boys. Gradually snippets of Tshetsha Boys melodies emerge and meld the Peverelist rhythms which gain some energising impetus when those hats lock in.

Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/ricardo-villalobos-max-loderbauer-meet-tshetsha-boys/435853-01/

 

10) Ion Ludwig - For Real We Are Not For You | Toi. Toi. Musik - TT04

MArch10

Following his release on Perlon as Alter Mahnn, collective member Ion Ludwig signs Toi.Toi’s 4th release. The EP brings two tracks carefully chosen and crafted. Rather than having the dance floor as a drive they are rather more mind driven, a very mature EP.

Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/ion_ludwig-for_real_we_are_not_for_you_ep/c98-rt

 

11) MAU - Love Soundtrack | Move & Understand - MAU003

March11

The mystical label Move & Understand returns with another eclectic vinyl only release. Their third release comes again from label chief Mau. who delivers a very versatile solo EP .

Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/mau-love-soundtrack/642246-01/

 

12) Aline Brooklyn - Aline Brooklyn 002 | Aline Brooklyn US - ALN002

March12

This second label release, which arrives with no information about the producers behind it, is as strong as its 2016 predecessor. It's a pretty varied affair, too, with spacey chords, intergalactic effects electro-influenced drums and a triumphant stroll into dubbed-out tech-house territories.

Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/aline-brooklyn-002/641792-01/

 

13) Ashac - The Occult LP | Æternum Music - AEM009 MArch13

For their ninth release, Æternum present Ashac, a young and talented French artist. Discover Ashac’s vision on music through his Debut LP “Occult”.

Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/ashac-the_occult_lp/c9a-13

 

14) Sofa Talk - Echoes From The Souther Place | Anma - ANMA004

March14

For ANMA’s fourth release Sofa Talk has supplied two cuts of his signature futuristic laid back machine funk, channeling chunky Juno keys, percussive rhythms and sweet flutters on the Rhodes. Lovingly pressed on 180g vinyl with crafty looking hand labelled and stamped covers.

Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/sofa-talk-echoes-from-the-southern-place/635321-01/

 

15) No Moon - Pretty Fly For A Lo Fi | Echo Vortex - EV001

March15

Mancunian electronic explorer Fred Shepherd once again dons the No Moon alias, this time for a quartet of distorted, redlined machine jams on Echo Vortex. Razor-sharp acid lines and hustling electro rhythms all the way.

Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/no-moon-pretty-fly-for-a-lo/633634-01/

 

Written by Denny Kem.

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