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Music Review: Émoi - Story Telling EP [Émoi 001]

Emoi is the brand new and independent label founded by MJOG. The imprint is about to reveal its first EP, which comes under the name of “Story Telling" EP, delivering both introspection and groove moments for the audiophiles all around the world. ÉMOI-001 delicately balances between minimal and deep house, with tinted percussions, dub atmospheres, dreamy digitalized synths, while still keeping a dancefloor-oriented groove. The A-side offers two lovely fresh cuts, while on the flip, Sunrise's very own Jay Bliss serves up a soothing remix that perfectly fits with the whole emotional idea behind the label. Lastly, B2 closes the EP with a tropical and spiced dancefloor roller.

 

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Label-head MJOG has landed on labels like DaydreamUkiyo MusicRecordeep and STAMP Records over the last couple of years, and now he has finally decided to create a new own platform to share his dreamy vision of music. Émoi aims to display a wide range of human emotion, from euphoria to melancholy, moving from sensuality or excitement and joy, to love and other feelings, variating from release to release. Driving inspiration of daily thoughts and experiences that resonate with people, sometimes echoing dancing by the beach in intimacy and sometimes evoking the adrenaline and rush of a hot summer nightclub.

 

 

 

Opener “1pm Breakfast Time” is a tight bit of drum programming that gets you in a funk. The micro synths and deft chords are warm, deep and infectious. This first track sets the mood with a funky glitch groove and a vocal sample that develops forward and drives your feet second by second. “The Story Behind My Pain (dear C)” is another slick house tune with a tight rhythm and electrifying chords that pulls you deep into its core. Thus, Jay Bliss provides a dreamy rework of the former track, adding balmy pads and late-night romance feels. Last, but definitely not least, we have "Find Me¨ which closures the EP with a dubby, cavernous house cut that is gorgeously detailed with sci-fi pads and a distorted yet romantic Ibero-american vocal sample that makes for the perfect dancefloor experience. The boss himself says, "We aim to convey the idea that you need to get out of your comfort zone and cause the heart to flutter" and we couldn’t agree more. This is a fine start to what will be the new label’s going into 2020 and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

Words by Daniel Ordonez and Francesco Quieti

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Music Review: Various Artists - Body Movement 002

London-based veteran Robert James is about to drop the 2nd chapter on his own newborn label Body Movement. Despite being not very active in the studio during the last years, the man has never lost interesting in music, collaborating and directing the big Paradise brand, which has seen him participate since the beginning. The label's name is inspired by one of his first tunes, and now, 10 years later since its release, he's about to open his own one, drawing to all the precious influences collected over the years.

 

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After a solid first EP by Robert himself last year, the label is ready to unleash another beast-wax which contains 4 original pieces by Robert James & Jack Michael, LVCA & Sidd, Frazer Campbell and North Phase.

 

Kickin' off with "B2A", head-honcho James join forces with fellow-Londoner and 2-steps specialist Jack Michael (INSTINCT, Dansu Discs) for an electro-inspired piece, with an unrestrainable and rough bassline which is magnificently balanced in the break by some lush female whispers and deep house strings.

 

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Then is "Chroma" by the collaborative project between LVCA (a familiar face for the DC10-heads) and Sidd. Together, they're running Dacha an Ibiza-based shop and record label and for their debut release, they've provided an housy dancefloor roller with catchy synths and smart arpeggiator lines which bring us back immediately to the early 90's Italian-house days. The wavy bassline is glued with a sick acid line and creates the perfect scenario for the delicate analogue groove patterns to shine.

 

Up next, "One Armed Bandit" by garage maestro Frazer Campbell perfectly showcase his ability on crafting freaky late-night cuts with seriously warped synths and naughty basslines, all enclosed into a massive 136 bpm anthem.

 

Closing the EP is "Zone 1", which also sanctions the debut of North Phase, a collaborative project between long-time friends Rober James and Burnski. The pair, 10 years later their hit "Malibu" on Hot Creations, decided to join forces again and "Zone 1" is the result: a hard and direct 909 drum section stands out above cinematic atmospheres, epic pads and rumbling basslines, wisely alternating 4/4 floor beats to breakbeat moments.

 

 

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti

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Mihai Popoviciu: Underground Survival Kit

Deep house maestro Mihai Popoviciu shares his first sample pack on Samplestate

 

Every artist has a signature and deep-house maestro Mihai Popoviciu is no exception! For over a decade the ever consistent Romanian producer and DJ has built a body of work characterised by deep grooves, crisp precision, and irresistible energy. Mihai’s prolific production schedule has seen him regularly releasing on labels such aBondage MusicPoker FlatBedrockDessous and also his own label Cyclic which he established in 2012.

 

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This calm determination became Mihai's trademark as his career blossomed from production to DJing. After honing his skills in the studio he learned to DJ and began drawing attention in Romania and across Europe. Playing international gigs was a big move for someone who grew up only seeing clubs on TV but Mihai stepped up with professional aplomb. His CV now includes the best clubs in Europe and around the world, from Berghain and Watergate in Berlin; to London's Fabric and The Egg; to D-Edge, Sao Paulo; DC-10, Ibiza; and more!

 

 

Mihai's ambition with every track and every DJ set is to transmit the joy and energy that fuels his dream. "It feels great to see people dancing, smiling, having a good time. No matter what I do, that's the main thing."    

 

This pack lets you into Mihai’s signature sound, with each sample carefully crafted with the attention to detail you hear in every one of his own productions. Track ready drum loops split into Full, No Kick and Top loop varieties. Music loops include sophisticated chord and bass loops. Also an exceptionally very well rounded resource of one-shot samples that includes Bass, FX, Pads. Drum Hits as well as all major sampler instruments being represented.

 

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As always its Samplestate's philosophy is to bring you forward-thinking and inspiring artists, delivering unique high-quality sample packs that can provide endless inspiration for your own music.

This pack comes in three main formats, Ableton, Apple or standard Wav as well as Music Loops, Drum Loops and One-Shots and Sampler formats only.

 

Ableton Pack - Complete with pre-made Drum Racks, Instrument racks and macros.

Apple Loops Pack - Includes Apple Loop aif files with pre-analysed and tagged drum and music loops. 

Wav Pack - Standard wav pack, if in doubt then select this one. Contains standard wav files and is suitable for any DAW system.

In all 3 versions, you will also receive 3rd party sampler instruments as well as all the other content in the other formats such as REX2.

 

Product Details:

• 22 Full Drum Loops
• 68 Drum Loops (Without Kicks)
• 34 Top Loops
• 34 Bass Loops
• 29 Chord Loops
• 25 Bass One-Shots
• 136 Drum One-Shots
• 14 FX One-Shots
• 25 Pad One-Shots
• 55 EXS Patches
• 55 Halion Patches
• 55 Kontakt Patches
• 55 NNXT
• 100% Royalty-Free
 

Get your hands on Mihai's sample pack right here!

 
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Words by Dom Fletcher
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Top-notch groovers Guti & Djebali release "Almost Finished" LP

Exactly 1 year ago, Guti and Djebali met in the French capital. After the initial greetings, the pair decided to spend some in the studio. And what was supposed to be a without-expectations jam between two long-time friends ended in an intense four-day session: that's how "Almost Finished" LP album was born. During those days, Guti and Djebali worked on six tracks, which were successfully played and roadtested till the end of the summer season, where the pair, after having received many positive feedbacks from all over the world, decided to arrange a second session to complete the album.

 

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Artwork by Misterpiro - Buy "Almost FInished" LP on Beatport

 

The final result is an elaborate dancefloor-oriented album made of 13 tracks (12 + 1 digital bonus), The styles of both the producers garner special appreciation; blended together into a groovy and hypnotic compelling mood. Listening to the whole work, it can be noted an incessant look to the 4/4 groove, sometimes dark and moody ("Today's Vibe"), sometimes funky ("A Night In Tunisia") and sometimes purely designed for melting the crowd.

 

In every Almost-Finished-piece emerge the harsh Guti's approach on the drums which is softened by the gentle French-touch, in effect, of Parisian Djebali. Among all the tracks stand out "Pillow Fight Me", characterized by the typical Guti's obsessive vocal tricks (do you remember Her House and Judge Me?), the powerful "Then I Am Free" with its mighty house vocal, and "Isabela", where the pair give life to a moody roller with a catchy and mesmerizing synth line that flows underneath an overpowering tech-house groove.

 

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We're going to share with you some quotes of our personal favourite tracks straight from the minds behind the album. If you want to know more about the gear used and how the track came to their mind we got your covered... Let's get it started! 

 

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#1 - Almost Finished

Funny thing, there’s a sound that you could mistake for a cicada which is actually a basic hi-hat, we ran it through the Eventide Effect H3000 and Orville to get that sound! 

 

#3 - A Night In Tunisia

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker or Ella Fitzgerald… they all made a song with the same title: ‘A Night in Tunisia’! It’s a kind of tribute to all of them, bringing that soul and funk vibe to our track. On top of that, my father (Djebali) is from Tunisia so, it makes sense!

 

#4 - Recreational Drugs

We used the Roland SH-101 on almost every track, combined with the SH-09 to write the bassline. It goes so deep, you can feel it in your body!

 

#5 - Pillow Fight Me

Guti is the master at finding vocal hooks! Almost all the drums come from the TR808 clone (8raw8) and the original TR909. The synth line is thanks to the Moog Voyager.

 

 

 

#8 - La Brava

It’s a trippy song this one. We made it after a long night in the studio when emotion was at a climax. There is a second version of this track, on the vinyl version of the LP.

 

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 #10 - Isabella 

Isabella is the name of a friend that passed last year. It was our attempt to say goodbye with a nice song.

 

#11 - La Belle Harmonie

Basically, this track is centred on the chords, so we built everything around these three notes! We added hypnotic synths to support the chords and then it was all about finding the right bassline and the drums. It all came together in the end.

 

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The album will be available on all the digital stores and streaming platforms from April 10th and will be later released on vinyl later this year. In the meanwhile, don't forget to follow them on their social pages! More Guti: Facebook and Soundcloud | More Djebali: Facebook and Soundcloud

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti

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Italian gringos of Triptease debuts on Visionquest with "Mescaleros" LP

The legendary Visionquest proudly welcomes Italy's gringos Triptease with their debut "Mescaleros" LP. After more than 2 years since Cerulean LP dropped by head-honcho Ryan Crosson and Cesar Merveille, it's time for a new album on the mighty US label. The entitled "Mescaleros" LP comes from a curious and unconventional collective of friends who are better known as Triptease.

 

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The project, which initially only included Topper, Jacopo and Francesco, now also welcomes frequent collaborator and studio partner Hugo in its ranks. Together they came up with the idea of Mescaleros, a cutting-edge experiment with different performers joining into the live improv jam of the likes of Ambiq, Ion Ludwig, Daniele Papini (with whom Topper runs the successful Sleep Is Commercial brand) and Greg Paulus among others.

 

They've performed in iconic venues such as Club der Visionaere and Hoppetosse in Berlin, Fuse Club in Brussels, Studio 338 and Red Gallery in London etc etc.) and delivered hours (up to 17!) of powerful beats and sparkling musical ideas.

 

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Despite the relentless work, mostly done in their Pausenraum Studio, "Mescaleros" EP states only the third release as Triptease and follows two EPs on the homonymous label. The album consists of 8 tracks in the vinyl version, to which are added 3 digital extra tracks in the digital version. Within these jam sessions, the guys indulge themselves from heads-down techno/minimal tunes where the 4/4 beat is the master, to lighter electronic music pieces with a series of musical contaminations difficult to quantify. It's also pretty hard to catalogue this entire work in just one genre especially because four minds have taken part in the project, each one carrying its own background and his studio - or should we say "jam-session" - skills. In fact, most of the tracks are cut from long jams that contain a mixture of some prepared material and a hefty amount of total free form improvisation using midi and electric guitars (Hugo and Francesco), modular synthesizers and drum machines (Topper), synthesizers and samplers (Jacopo) and a vast array of eFX pedals they create a soundscape completely fresh while retaining the signature sound of the city they call home. 

 

The album results to be, in its entirety, the natural output of a consolidated work-flow to which is added an undeniable synergy between the members, consolidated by a true and sincere friendship from which it is impossible not to get carried away over the whole LP duration.

 

 

 

Mescaleros is, in their words, "a concept we like to use to indicate an approach to making music and art in general, inspired by spaghetti western esthetics and 60’s lysergic emancipation put through the lens of modern technology and science fiction. We translate that approach into long improvisational jams where we try to feel the music as something alive that can and must change from time to time and also within the same performance."

 

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We've decided to premiere B1's Tony Little Something, which slowly takes shape with fat and deep breakbeat rhythms, sinister atmospheres and warm wavy bassline. Some vocal chops give an extra dose of groove till the first break, where an analogue synth makes his appearance, gently carrying the track till the end.

 

 

 

Triptease - Mescaleros LP [VQLP009] is now available on vinyl and digital, don't forget to buy your copy!

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti

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