May 22, 2015
The much-loved Aussie DJ staple will be spinning across the UK, including exclusive sets for London via Birmingham promoters Shut The Front Door, Moda Black festival Lost Village, and our own CTC knees up at The Queen of Hoxton on 5th June.
Warm up for Lost Village (which kicks off later today) with an exclusive mix from Young Franco — it’s the kind of feel good, sunshine house music we’ve come to expect from the Brisbane-based maverick.
May 21, 2015
WORDS BY HOLMES PRICE.
How do you stand out in a summer full of festivals? Plonk yourself in the middle of a mysterious forest, lasso a luxurious lineup, keep the numbers at an exclusive low and the distinctiveness high and you’re stumbling somewhere towards Moda Black’s brand new experience Lost Village. Kicking off this Friday May 22nd in secluded woodland in Lincolnshire, Lost Village is “inspired by a fascination with old ruins and abandoned places” according to festival and label founders Jaymo and Andy George.
No strangers to throwing killer parties, this is the Moda crew’s first venture into a three-day event and with an epic lineup to match the surroundings, it’s got the potential to leapfrog copycats and place itself at the forefront of UK summer calendar. Headliners Four Tet, Jamie Jones and DJ Koze represent the variation found throughout the weekend with everything from festival regulars Annie Mac and Jackmaster providing a surefire selection to more tailored acts like Kölsch, Leon Vynehall and John Talabot mirroring the unique setting with their very personal style. Other highlights include the thunderous duo Dusky, classy club king Jonas Rathsman, disco don Greg Wilson and Greco-Roman fave Roosevelt – who’ll be taking their live show to the forest.
Limiting the tickets to 4,500, Moda have put their trust in both the public and their own musical instincts to deliver a line-up of established and exciting newcomers. Link it in with an atmospheric setting and the finest in food, drinks, exclusive styling booths and special surprise appearances and Lost Village might be the festival everyone is talking about this time next year. Make sure you’re part of the conversation – tickets are still available. See you in the woods.
Lost Village is on this Bank Holiday Weekend. Final tickets at lostvillagefestival.com
May 18, 2015
Recently released on Jonny White’s No.19 label, Lost In Time is the new project from UK dance music stalwart Ralph Lawson. Having done a great deal to shape the scene in his native Leeds (and beyond) over the last two decades, Lost In Time sees a continuation of the passion Lawson established for the collective approach with 2020 Soundsystem over ten years ago. The combined efforts of original production partner Carl Finlow, Italian artist & producer Tuccillo, and multi instrumentalist & vocalist Debukas, ‘Hold Over Me’ brings a classic sound and charges it with modern style.
The release’s five renderings open with the original vocal mix. One listen through will get your head bopping, with other parts likely to follow suit on repeat plays — this track’s hook is undeniable. Its smooth but lively bounce furthers Lost In Time’s claim to the sort of warm throwback sound that’s comfortable in a contemporary setting.
Recently reformed, 2020Vision’s version delves further into the track’s classic sensibilities with vintage FX stabs and a hi hat focused rhythm. A righteous breakdown section dominates Lawson’s Rise Up Dub, while the release is completed by instrumental and dub mixes from Tuccillo and Lawson.
Listen to the full EP here.
May 3, 2015
WORDS BY LEON CLARKSON
Year young record labels don’t often end up commanding much gravitas, do they? Impressive then that, so far, London based Modelmaker can and have, and are and will… continue to do so, we reckon.
This fine imprint comes from esteemed house duo (Dan) Berkson & (James) What (pictured throughout). An outlet for their own sublime take on underground house, as well as a platform to push who they want. MDL04 is the delectable remix package of their ‘Keep Up Appearances’ EP, which features revisions from Frank & Tony, Dana Ruh, Dorisburg, Alan Doe, and Parole (digital exclusive). Yep. Gravitas bar set.
Frank & Tony – AKA Francis Harris and Anthony Collins, no less – take hold of ‘Seraphim’, softening the percussion and frantic nature of the original resulting in a less hurried affair. Rising pads attract the focus on this revised journey, with alternating 16th hat patterns drawing the attention throughout. It’s a brilliant and haunting re-work.
Dana Ruh tackles ‘Worship’ (ft Qzen) with a thumping hat-centric remix, fusing delicate ambient sound, delayed and filtered stabs and lusty warehouse percussion. It’s rough in all the right ways and you’ll be hearing this at all discerning after-hours parties this summer, trust us.
Aniana stalwart, Dorisberg serves up a bass bruising re-take on ‘Feel Free’. The proudly wild percussion build with the aforementioned bass to tee up a glorious, and enchanting breakdown of euphoric proportions. A lovely cut to add on a mighty remix package, arguably topping that of the brilliant original.
Alan Doe’s remix is so boomingly good that we want to enter the loudest, but best sonically calibrated and worst lit room we can find and move uncontrollably until it stops. For anyone who likes their techno textured, engulfing, hypnotic, and under 128bpm then this is a lot of that.
For those opting for digital-only, you’ll be lucky enough to find yourselves presented with the Parole remix of ‘Feel Free’. It’s a tight construct of sub heavy beats and bass, and high percussion, with anxious pad-lines that enter and get lost in the mix. It’s a fine offering to round off the remix package, but vinyl lovers will miss out.
Berkson & What ‘Keep Up Appearances – Remixes’ via Modelmaker out now.
April 28, 2015
Chase the Compass has twisted up our normal guest mix this week, thanks to Australian DJ and producer, Husky. The label head of both Random Soul Recordings and Bobbin Head Music, Husky has been simmering down under for quite some time, with the expert selector just having embarked on a full US tour.
Over his career, he’s produced a mind blowing amount of remixes and releases with solid collaborations from the likes of Miguel Migs, Frankie Knuckles, Eric Kupper, Jay-J, Richard Earnshaw, Marc Evans, Chuck Love and Zenbi. Next, he steps up to the CTC Guest Mix, for a stellar hour of solid house grooves guaranteed to get you bumping.
1. W.H.A.T.A.M.I – I Feel Fire’ (Husky’s Bobbin Head Deluxe Mix) – Bobbin Head Music
2. Purple Disco Machine – Song For O – Kittball
A – Aaron Smith Feat Luvli – Dancin (Jj Flores & Steve Smooth Accapella) – Pool E Digital
3. Soul Divide – Catch The Light (Man Without A Clue Remix) – Amplified Records
4. Gary Tuohy – Nothing But Your Fool (Husky’s Bobbin Head Remix) – Deeptown Music
5. Random Soul – Stumble (RSR Deep Wash) – Random Soul Recordings
6. Miguel Migs – The Melody – Salted
7. Alex Herrera – You Know I Love Music – Fogbank
8. David Penn & Rober Gaez – Non Stop Rockin – Urbana Recordings
9. Jacob Bech – States – Large Music
10. Ross Couch – Sounds Underground – Body Music
11. Promonova Feat Sondrey – Match Our Love (Husky’s Bobbin Head Remix) – Bobbin Head Music
12. Fred Everything & JT Donaldson – Stop – Freerange
A – Chasing Kurt – From The Inside (Accapella) – Defected
13. Husky Feat Natalie Wood – Next To You – Bobbin Head Music
14. Frankie Knuckles Present Satoshi Tomiie – Tears (Rober Gaez Tribute Mix) – CDR
15. Fear Of Dawn Feat Boswell – If You Only Knew (Husky’s Bobbin Head Mix) – Onelove
16. Random Soul – Make You Feel It – Random Soul Recordings
April 23, 2015
There’s nothing we love more than kicking back and listening to our pal Frank McWeeny’s radio show, French Toast. An expert selector and superstar mixer, you can catch Frank spin all over the globe, including our residency at the Queen of Hoxton in London’s trendy Shoreditch.
In the meantime, be sure to catch up with the latest instalment of his stellar radio show, that features Brooklyn Bass blog head honcho Evan Michael on the line direct from NYC!
There’s also brand new bangers from Hauke Freer, Flex Cop, Jean Tonique, The Revenge, Dimitri From Paris and many more.
You’d be mad to miss it.
April 22, 2015
Marlon Hoffstadt is back. His new EP ‘Crumble’ — which he made with production pal, Racquet — is an emotive and deeply grooving cut, set for release on Dutch music-blog-cum-imprint, Deep House Amsterdam. With support from Ame, Sasha and Tensnake, ‘Crumble’ is backed up by two stellar remixes from Amsterdam local (via Canada) Poupon and German producer, Andre Lodemann.
We’ve always had a lot of love for Lodemann — this gem we blogged in 2012 is still a stunner! — so naturally our attention was pricked, as well as Hoffstadt’s work under his other well known moniker, Tender Games. On the brink of what might be Marlon Hoffstadt’s best EP yet, we thought it a good time to sit down with the producer, to talk top albums, Berlin nightlife and what’s next.
We’d like to start by asking about your association with Suol. How did that come about? About 3 years ago I met HRRSN and we worked on some tunes. We then decided that we should do an album together and ran into Chopstick & Johnjon, the A&R’s and owners of SUOL Music. Now I have my studio next to Chopstick’s and Johnjon’s and to the SUOL Office, and we are working on a few things together.
And Tender Games? What’s the idea there? As I said before, Tender Games is a project of HRRSN and me. We decided to start a new alias, because the music is quite different to what we are producing with our solo projects. Tender Games is funky, souly and a little bit poppy, but also everything we want it to be; sometimes its more housey sometimes more garage. We just do what we want and that’s the good thing about SUOL, they are open minded to everything!
How does working alone differ to working with HRRSN from a productivity perspective? Working with HRRSN means that he plays the piano to find a theme and that he writes the lyrics. As soon as he has found something we are trying to put that into a beat and a sound that fits us. When I’m working alone, I always know where to go, cause everything is just in my head. That doesn’t mean that it’s better working alone. For me, it makes it more fun working together. Also it’s just different, HRRSN brings many other genre influences into our productions. I grew up with house, he grew up with folk, R&B and garage.
What do you see as the future of your music? How has it changed since you first started producing? I can’t answer that. I don’t know what my future sound will be like. It changes so fluently as my knowledge grows so fast. There is so much more to learn and with all the new stuff I know, and also my attitude changes. But I guess it will always be a little bit poppy, because I think you need to have emotions in your songs!
The artwork on your DHA release is really striking. Do you think people pay as much attention to the art these days? Unfortunately not. I think the attention of customers for art, music and film is really short. All these medias have a short life. People are listening and watching to so many new projects every day that they forget about the stuff they heard or saw one week ago. This sounds sad, but I think thats one of the negative effects of the internet.
I gather Germany was hugely influential to you also? Where did you go clubbing when you were younger? Haha, I started clubbing when I was 15. Me and my friends went to clubs like “VCF” or others like this. I don’t know if they still exist, but back in the days it was great! If I would have experienced the Berlin nightlife so early I wouldn’t have started DJ’ing either. Berlin brought me to House!
“It’s not so much fun partying in clubs when I’m not DJ’ing there. I’m more into bars and some beers outside at a park or something like that.”
Do you still go clubbing or do you avoid clubs when you’re not playing these days? Uh, no! I try to avoid them as often as possible. Maybe when friends of mine are playing I’ll join them but for me it’s not so much fun partying in clubs when I’m not DJ’ing there. I’m more into bars and some beers outside at a park or something like that.
So what are your favourite places to play and dance in Berlin? When was the last time you were blown away by a DJ? KINK Live at Watergate: This was wicked! He played upstairs in the big room and I it was just incredible. He is such a talented producer and his live set is wicked. He interacts with the crowd and has so much fun, he always smiles when he plays. So nice!
So do you reckon the Internet is a good or bad thing for electronic music? Or maybe a bit of both? The internet has helped me alot to build this little hype that I’ve had with ‘Shake That’. I think Blogs and YouTube Channels became so important for musicians. Also Soundcloud and Spotify are very important. All these platforms, websites and services help musicians to gain their focus and traffic, but it also makes it available for everyone else, which leads to a massive spam. I think I receive about 30 to 40 promos a week. And thats just a short piece of what’s coming out, there is so much new music and I think this is just possible because of the internet.
You’ve got Andre Lodemann doing a remix on your latest. Have you been a fan of Andre’s for some time now? What did you think of his remix? We once played at a SUOL Showcase at Watergate, and besides his fantastic music he also is such a friendly guy and a super talented DJ. I really enjoyed his set there, so yes I’m digging all his work and it was a great honour to have him as a Remixer. PS: I love the drop after the big break… it’s a real club banger!
Aside from music, what do you get up to in your spare time? I’m a movies and series junkie. I have a big wall and a beamer in my room. I’ve watched so many series and movies over the last two years that it’s not possible to sum them up. But honestly there is not much spare time left. Besides working on Marlon Hoffstadt and Tender Games, I’m also starting a new label again. But more info very soon.
“From time to time, Berlin stresses me quite hard. Not that I don’t like it here, I think it’s one of the world’s best cities, but it’s very touristic these days.”
Where are you living right now? What’s it like? What are your favourite and least favourite things about the city? I’m still living in Berlin. I’m living close to my studio which is quite nice, and its not too far to the airport. But I guess it’s quite hectic here. From time to time, Berlin stresses me quite hard. Not that I dont like it here, I think its one of the worlds best cities, but its very touristic these days.
If you were stuck on a desert island and you could only bring 5 albums, what would they be? And why? Caribou ‘Our Love’, Jungle ‘Jungle’, Kendrick Lamar ‘Good kid, m.A.A.d city’, Kendrick Lamar ‘To Pin A Butterfly’, Mount Kimbie ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’