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Melancholic house music isn’t something we post a lot of. London-based producer RUCKS specialised in just that however; a master of haunting, escapist house that can leave a listener blissfully engrossed from start to finish.

The producer’s latest track ‘Hard 2 Find’ has dropped as part of a free download series from newly-established underground imprint, SOSURE MUSIC and follows in the deeply grooving footsteps of the label’s debut EP ‘The Tunnel’ by Hollis Parker.

Tipped to release his sophomore LP later this year, Rucks has made a video bio (watch it here) about his production journey thus far, that features his forthcoming single ‘Find Somebody’. It’s melodic, intriguing and all sorts of wonderful, and a quick, welcome departure from the party-starting fist pumpers we usually post!

‘Find Someone’ is out on SoSure Music on November 10 with remixes from City Soul Project and Eric Kupper.

CTC. x

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Oh yes, A Week With is back! After taking a break from our popular interview format for a few months, CTC has relaunched our “DJ’s in their downtime” themed series for the month of September. If you’re new, A Week With explores what CTC”s favourite artists listen to during the week; a window in to what they play when they’re away from the decks!

We knew we’d need someone extra special to kick things off and we just couldn’t go past Berlin-based musicians and DJs, KRUSE & NUERNBERGKruse & Nuernberg first caught our attention back in 2012 with their stellar sophomore LP, ‘Let’s Call It A Day’ which is still on heavy rotation amongst the CTC family. After a slew of successful EP’s over the last 18 months, the duo have now dropped a new collaborative 2 tracker with fellow German beat maker, Teenage Mutants which is set for release on Oliver Koletzki’s new imprint, LIGHT MY FIRE.

We sat down with the boys to find out what makes them tick, all the way from Monday to Sunday, as we invite you to spend a week with Kruse & Nuernberg.

Monday Morning sounds like: Kruse & Nuernberg – Let’s Call It A Day

Our first (and only) album from 2012 has a musical concept, it describes the cycle of a day – That was actually the idea. ‘Let’s Call It A Day’ is the first tune on it and the right track to start the day with. It’s easy listening, smooth and not getting on your nerves. The track doesn’t want too much and nobody wants to be stressed by music on a Monday morning so let’s start gentle.

Wednesday Midday sounds like: Mount Kimbie – Break Well

It’s Wednesday and the week is halfway through. Not long and it’s time again to say ‘Thank god it’s Friday’! The song ‘Break Well’ is for 2 minutes and 36 seconds about silent pad sounds, nice synths and beautiful atmospheres which build up constantly. At 2 minutes and 36 seconds it breaks and the track is party. To build a bridge from the music to the week we’d describe it like this: The first half of the song is just like the first half of the week, time to recover, time to relax and the second part is to get ready for the weekend.

Friday Night sounds like: Solee – Ditzingen (Einmusik Remix)

This song doesn’t necessarily have Friday night written all over it but it could be the soundtrack for a weekend full of great weather, your best friends, a big festival, sleeping under the stars, drinking schnapps, bbq, smoking, etc… the good things in life! Check the drop at 4:15… it just works!

Sunday Afternoon sounds like: Nils Frahm – Tristana

The story continues… meanwhile the heat of the weekend turned into thunder storms but you are at home already with a beautiful person right next to you, the windows are open while you hang out on your couch watching the rain, listening to this…

Stream Kruse & Nuernberg’s new track below.

You can next catch the duo play at the last Audiwhore party of the summer at Suffolk Street Warehouse alongside Infinity Ink and Max Chapman, tickets here. 

CTC. x

KOKIRI | FLUX (FREE DOWNLOAD)

September 15, 2014

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‘Flux’ is the new track from up and coming deep house producer, KOKIRI.

Previously producing as Kev Williams, the talented youngster has remixed for the likes of Benga and Chase & Status, and is now creating boppy, bass-injected productions under his new Zelda-inspired (no, really) pseudonym, Kokiri. A fan of classic piano jams and 90’s nostalgia, ‘Flux’ sees the entirely self-taught producer, play with pitch-bent vocals and intermittent drum patterns to create an irresistibly catchy cut of 4/4 fire.

The best bit of all is that it’s on free download through the DEEP SOUNDS soundcloud, so be sure to snap it up! Look out for Kokiri’s brand new EP, dropping shortly on UK-based house imprint, LOVE & OTHER.

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WALKER & ROYCE know what they’re doing. The Brooklyn duo – consisting of Sam Walker & Gavin Royce – have been banging out quality techno and deep house for just on two years, attracting discerning fans as well as industry heavy weights including Sasha, Maceo Plex and Radio 1’s, Pete Tong.

The American double act have just dropped a new EP on Jaymo and Andy George’s imprint, Moda Black, called ‘Sister’ which is set to cement their bubbling future star status. It’s a slamming techno cut of epic proportions, spliced with shrill vocal clips and techy stabs; a certified set weapon for the very darkest depths of the dance floor!

We sat down with the boys for a quick chat this week, to find out some of their all time favourite tracks, for another instalment of our popular series, FIVE FOR THE FLOOR.

Dungeon Meat – The Fuck Off Track

Look the soundcloud clip says it all- “if you can’t take the Meat …. stay out of the Dungeon”

DJ Ali feat. Tim Fuller – You Don’t Know (Ruff Cut)

This is a track we’ve had on vinyl for years and the recent remixes that came out this year reminded us how good the original was, its resurged in our sets!

Doctor Dru – Proper Lane

We just love this track. It’s dark and groovy but it’s got a really good melody and just the right amount of emo!

Aaron Snapes – Panther

60% of the time… this track works every time

Mascara – Baja

We always try to work classics like this into our sets, especially late nite/early morning to lighten the mood

BUY THE WALKER & ROYCE ‘SISTER’ EP HERE

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Following the success of our Whiskey Pickle exclusive from Brothers In Arms, CTC is set to host another exclusive track this month, courtesy of rising 22 year old South African star, D.KNOW. The young producer has come up with his “Re.Know” concept, which takes house and techno hits and re-imagines them – rebuilding the tracks from scratch without the use of any additional samples.

Instead of the usual bio blerb, we grabbed the production young gun for a quick chat, to talk DJ names, influences and his African homeland.

Stream D.Know’s Re.Know of “Walking With Elephants” below and head to soundcloud for the download.

Charlotte: Hey, let’s start with the obvious! Why D.Know? D.Know: My first name is Dean – most of my friends call me Deano. So, phonetically ‘D.Know’ sounds the same. Not much more to it really.

How has electronic music culture influenced you up to this point? What other genres are you interested in? Electronic culture in general is something that I have been interested in for many years. My interest in Techno specifically is quite recent as a result of refining my tastes over the years.  As such, the music I play and make is informed by a whole history of music all the way from heavy metal, rock to trance and of course Techno and House. DJing and producing naturally became a means for me to express my current interests in the world of audio!

With such a range of influences, why did you eventually settle on techno? As mentioned, my musical history is vast. However, my interest in ‘electronic’ music specifically was spurred on by a need to find something similar to the bands I was listening to in my teens but with a ‘dance’ edge to it. So for example, as a youngster I became interested in IDM (guys like Venetian Snares, Squarepusher, Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus etc.) for its complexities and technical similarities to the bands I was listening to at the time. From there I found myself in the Psytrance scene which then, to jump a few years ahead, led to an interest in House and Techno (as pivotal musical, cultural and creative movements).

Any pet hates about the music scene in SA? And beyond? I generally don’t like to rant too much about these things! But to answer the question, the main thing that I feel needs a change in the SA music scene is its culture of the ‘clique’. All too often guys are being booked (often underpaid) for their relationships to the organisers rather than for their talents or innovativeness.

In my opinion, this only leads to the development of trends and fads that will stifle the progression on SA’s music scene and culture. I certainly think things are changing for the better though, so it’s definitely not all doom-and-gloom! Unfortunately, I can’t comment too much on the situation abroad because I haven’t experienced it first-hand (yet!).

Where are you releasing next? So far, I’ve had a free release premiered on Waxhole (of which more is to come!). Once the rest of the free releases from the Re.Know rpoject have hit the web, there will be some original mixes coming out on Do Work Records which I’m very excited about!

Thanks D.Know!

Find D.Know on FACEBOOK | TWITTER | SOUNDCLOUD 

Watch the original Ten Walls version here. 

CTC. x

 

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Thanks to our woefully short attention span, it’s rare we watch a video right to the end. So when we realised that we’d sat, entranced, for the full four and a half minutes of The 2 Bears new music video for ‘Not This Time’, we knew this was something special.

Filmed in the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club with the help of drag and party troupe Sink The Pink, it’s rustling up a whole heap of emotions right from our office chair!

CTC. x

GROOVE ARMADA | YOU GOT TO EP

September 8, 2014

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It’s no secret that since the late 90s GROOVE ARMADA has been dishing out a hefty platter of diverse sounds. Changing it up and grabbing our earholes once again, the big GA recently dropped their new track ‘You Got To’, on Jaymo and Andy George’s imprint MODA BLACK and it doesn’t disappoint.

It features a heavy bass line, a classic scratch sample and a solid serving of counter-culture in true Groove Armada style. The soothing downtempo genre of Groove Armada’s first great success ‘At the river’ couldn’t be farther from the hard-hitting house that they’ve been producing of late.

The newly released EP also features A REMIX BY THEO KOTTIS whose fresh blood brings a sprightlier mood to the track taking it from an end-of-the-night deep pumper to height-of-the-night status. Gone are the Dusky-like elements and the warm analogue bass line; to be replaced by undulating breakdowns leading down the rabbit hole and deep into euphoria.

Theo Kottis is rising fast under the Moda Black wing at the moment, first dropping off a guest mix on behalf of the imprint a couple of months ago, and now delivering this remix: he certainly proves himself here and will be one to watch.

We couldn’t mention Groove Armada without talking about this bad boy remix they’ve done of DREW HILL‘s ‘Talk To You’. The original Drew Hill track is a dreamy, deep collection of 808 beats with pure, spacious vocals. Groove Armada’s input brings you firmly out of spaceland and back into the present moment – something the duo seem to be good at.

Not only are the vocals less distant, but the Korg M1 Organ 2 keys function to ground the track. The rising celestial piano and the selection of breakdowns throughout give it some serious summertime anthem vibes without diving headfirst into tacky. Groove Armada reinvents themselves for a second time this year alone and effortlessly reminds us they’re still top of their game.

You can stream the brand new GA ‘Stairway Felony’ EP below.

CTC. x

 

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