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Alex Ryuk is a master of all things deep, dark and deliciously funky. The German DJ and producer joins us on the CTC guest mix this week, for a thick and creamy slice of deep dulcet house, featuring cuts from Huxley, Jonas Rathsman, Stimming and more. After winning the Carl Cox fronted ‘The Revolution Recruits’ in 2012, Alex has been steadily on the up, playing in Ibiza as well as an ongoing residency in his hometown.

Inspired by artists like Daft Punk and Arman van Helden, we know you’re going to love ALEX RYUK‘s unique blend of warm and groovy beats, bring on the weekend!

You know the drill, stream it below from Soundcloud or LIKE the CHASE THE COMPASS FACEBOOK page to get the mix for free.

TRACKLIST

1. Audio Units – Chicago Shuffle
2. Jonas Rathsman – Skepparkrans
3. Alex Ryuk – Open
4. Huxley ft. S-Man – Callin
5. Emanuel Satie – All The Lights
6. Sabb, S-Man – Hot
7. Christoph – On The Inside
8. Kevin Knapp – Bob Dewitt
9. Stimming – Melodica

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CTC STAFF ROOM | TOP CUTS

October 22, 2014

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The CTC family have put their heads together to bring you their top tunes of the week.

*Image not representative of actual staff.

JAMIE FERGUSON@JFergie22

Nora En Pure – True

I am going for NORA EN PURE‘s track ‘True’. This just screams funk and groove and has all of the elements to become a mainstay in mix tapes around the world. Check out the Chase The Compass ADE special mix by Amsterdam’s THE HIM to hear it more!

CHRIS SALTER – @Chris_Salter

Wayward – Baile

London boys WAYWARD are having an amazing year. Their piano driven house number ‘Belize’ may have caught people’s attention, but its the first track from their beautiful ‘Ugestu’ EP that gets my nod . ‘Baile’ showcases the duo’s Balearic and soulful side and really sets them apart. Bonobo would be proud of this one.

GIACO BRIDGETT@joeyremote

Weiss – I Believe

You’ll be hearing a lot more from this bearded wonder in the coming months. One of the faces of Toolroom’s #reset relaunch, ‘I Believe’ bulges with bass, balls and a unique sound that is becoming a signature of WEISS‘s take-no-prisoners production style. Catch him at Fire in London for the Toolroom Live 01 launch next month!

CHARLOTTE CIJFFERS@ccijffers

Hobo – Incise

When I find a track that I really, really like, I have a habit of becoming completely obsessed with it. I’ll listen to it on repeat pretty much everywhere I go, over and over again, ad nauseam. This is one of those. A favourite of MACEO PLEX and Richie Hawtin, the pitch bend at the 2:47 mark makes me melt. A tech house triumph.

WILDCARD

I’lls – Fifty Phipht

If you’re in the mood for something slightly more chilled, there’s truly nothing better than this mind-blowing new track from Melbourne future stars, I’LLS. You heard them here first.

More from the CTC staff room coming soon!

CTC. x

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Canadian DJ and producer NOAH PRED has a knowledge of techno that is truly mind boggling. Following a move to Berlin in the mid-naughties, Pred’s THOUGHTLESS MUSIC imprint has gone from strength to strength, having just marked their 100th release with a fifty-track compilation from the label-head himself, entitled ‘ERA TWO’. Here, he shares with CTC five of his favourite flashback tracks from the glory days of 90’s techno, for our debut instalment of ‘Flashbacks 101: Remembering Music That Was Actually Good’.

NP: I was deeply influenced by techno in the late-nineties. A new generation of Scandinavian, Dutch and British producers had been inspired by Detroit and took that inspiration down a path all their own. It was still very much a decidedly underground sound: there were very few rules, a certain abstract soulfulness was encouraged, and every record meant something. Here’s a few treasures from that golden era.

1. Thomas Krome – Burning Chrome – Loop

Thomas Krome was part of the first wave of Swedish techno producers, and this was one of the tracks that got me hooked on techno. Relentlessly bouncing low end, tight high-hats, clever drum edits, and that huge chord sound: wait for the drop after the breakdown – I’d never heard a single chord sample worked quite so exquisitely.

Minimalistic without becoming a caricature of minimalism, each carefully chosen element was absolutely essential to the structure of the track and demanded to be worked to the limits of its potential.

2. Ignacio – Organa – Musicman

Another exercise in less-is-more, this early Steve Rachmad side project explores the fine balance between hypnosis and cogent narrative that defined so many records of that time. Distilling Detroit with dexterity, he works a one-bar synth pattern into a lather with simple filter and delay modulations, employing no drums but a solitary 4/4 kick until just before the halfway mark. The subtly effervescent breakdown takes me right back to the rapturous warehouse parties of the day.

3. UK Gold – Agent Wood – Primevil

There were all too many records making the rounds back then propelled by fairly bland conga patterns, African chants, and other misappropriated “tribal” signifiers – most of which I avoided. This seminal record on Primevil merged the latin-influenced drum programming of the time with glistening bells and an eerily mystical vocal that conjures delightfully unhinged images of bacchanalian transgression while retaining a soulful impulse that gives it a sense of true depth.

4. Cari Lekebusch – Reverted – Hybrid

Still going strong today, Lekebusch is one of those producers who made his name with an uncompromisingly distinctive sound – his diverse side projects and aliases should be an inspiration to anyone making records.

This release is probably most famous for the “Stop fighting, start uniting” vocal sample on the A-side – somewhat of an underground anthem at the time – but the B-side utilizes the same sharpened guitar chord samples in service of a propulsive, dystopian dub techno vision that’s as compelling as it is infectious. Anyone who wants to hear an innovator at work should explore Cari’s discography from back then onward.

5. Oliver Ho – Seduced – Meta

I played a few cuts from this double-pack quite a lot when it came out – primarily this one and the Miles Davis-influenced “Moonlight”, which I was a bit sad I couldn’t find a video for.

Jazz-influenced house music was old news and already played out back then, but cleverly merging overt jazz influences and samples with harder-edged techno was new territory at the time and remains largely unexplored even today. The dizzying vocal sample editing on this track effectively embodies the pleasantly disorienting experience of a dark warehouse swirling in exhilarating abandon.

BONUS

Joel Mull – Infected (A2) – Inside

Another luminary of the Stockholm scene, Mull’s heady blend of rumbling subs, dubby stabs, skittering percussion, and hazy doo-wop samples was a revelation, emblematic of how few boundaries existed for creative producers at the time.

Careful attention should also be paid to the dynamic arrangement, never losing interest while the mutant bass line ebbs and tugs beneath it all. A timeless late night classic.

Purchase ERA TWO here. 

CTC. x

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WORDS BY IAN FLEMING

When RENATO RATIER picks his remixers, he tends to do so in a meticulous and exacting manner, intent on selecting only the finest of the electronic music crop. Of course, that’s no bad thing, especially when the cast he assembles is as quality-laden as the one he’s chosen for the second round of remixes of his Black Belt project. Simply titled Black Belt Volume 2, the latest from his D-EDGE label sees the likes of Laura Jones, Anderson Noise and Mike Shannon offer up remixes – supplying something for almost every school of house and techno lover.

Speaking of LAURA JONES, her remix of ‘Guixestar’ isn’t just one of the finest moments on this heavyset EP, but it’s also the first out of the traps. Tech-house with a vehemently underground edge, it’s clean, refined and sure to proverbially decimate any dancefloor its let loose on. The highlights are numerous from here to the finish line. Dutchman BORIS WERNER goes all hypnotic on his take on the title track, Phil Kieran delivers a beautiful piano-led effort on the wonderfully named ‘Jamaicanese’ and M.A.N.D.Y remind us just why they’re so highly regarded during their interpretation of ‘2 Bulls’. All this and we’re only at the half way mark!

The second half is just as enticing. Cynosure man Mike Shannon goes all emotive on the cheeky little number that is ‘Tea Time’, while KATE SIMKO reminds us of her well rounded and thought out musical prowess on ‘Kozaboa’, arguably one of the album’s more introspective and charming remixes. Ryan Crosson’s voyage through the cosmos on ‘Red Light’ is a real off-kilter gem and Nuno Dos Santos of Trouw fame comes up trumps with his spirited take on ‘Miss Stereo’.

With something for all house and techno persuasions, Ratier has again proved that he’s just as adept at A&Ring as he is a production force. Viva Brazil!

CTC. x

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Influenced by jazz, downbeat, disco and funk, RAMIRO LOPEZ isn’t your average techno innovator. Flirting with house and techno since 2006, Lopez has released on a tapas of respected labels – from Monika Kruse’s TERMINAL M to Solomun’s Dynamic – evolving and reinventing himself along the way.

Originally hailing from Toledo, Spain, Lopez has just released a brilliant new EP on Carl Cox’s INTEC DIGITAL called ‘Backtrip’ which is hard and dense in the very best sense – it’s bound to make your eyes water! CTC got the chance to sit down with Ramiro this week to quiz him on some of his favourite tracks, for another dose of CTC’s Five for the Floor.

1. Audion – Mouth to Mouth – Spectral Sound

I remember ​this track drove me crazy the first time I listened to it.  It​’s ​been ​in my bag since then.

2. Joey Beltram – Slice 2010 (Carl Cox remix) – Bush Records

​We’ve​ got a winner here. Whenever I wanna turn the floor upside-down I play this. Great final touch for a set.

​3. Angel Alanis – Do you like the way you feel when you shake? – A Squared Muzik

A ​classic from Angel. Amazing groove. I played ​it ​a lot year​s​ ago and I​ have​started to play​ it​ again recently.

4. Bart Skils – Shadowpoint – Drumcode

​It was only released a few months​ ago​ but I​’​m playing it almost every set. Fat techno groove, just the way I like it.  Massive tool for me.

5. Theo Parrish – Falling Up (Carl Craig remix) – Third Ear Recordings

Was one of the first vinyls I ever bought. Carl is a master of remixing and this is one of my ​favourites​. Classy.

Stream the Backtrip EP below.

CTC. x

RYAN-CROSSON

WORDS BY LEON CLARKSON

The Bricolage EP marks Visionquest’s 45th release, delivered by the unfaltering, and 1/3 Visionquest’er, RYAN CROSSON – only his second solo effort since the label’s conception back in 2011. His productions always manage to bridge the line between traditional and leftfield, and can to cite the likes of M-nus, Soma, Wolf+Lamb and Supplement Facts as only a handful of labels who have requested his dancefloor-focused expertise.

‘Bricolage’ see’s two solo tracks take on very different paths, with the third, a joint effort between him and frequent VISIONQUEST collaborator Cesar Merveille ramp up the levels to indescribable amounts.

‘Spoons’ begins by doing a mighty fine ‘Thriller’ impression, which thankfully subsides to become propped up by a funky, bubbling bass rhythm, effected keys and tight hats. This ones a builder and also probably the funkiest side of Ryan we’ve heard in a while too (see album ‘DRM’ part 1 and 2), but keeps enough tech sensibilities to keep things on track. A solid roller, but not pick of the bunch.

‘Close To Danger’ picks up the energy levels with a pounding synth-laden, proggy soundscape, perfect for debauched peak time rug cutting sessions. Again, expert attention is applied to the hat-work, percussive parts compliment a solid low-end and a thumping, tight kick and shuddering bass line provide the foundations. He delivers a perfect slice big-room tech-house here.

It’s no secret that when Cesar Merveille joins either individual members of, or Visionquest as a group, only good things can happen (if you weren’t aware then now you are. You have been warned). ‘Club Chimes’ is that wild, groovy and face contorting type of tech-house that makes ceilings drip sweat and windows shudder in fear. The pair delivers a mesmarisingly deep build-and-drop number. It’s simple and incredible effective, teases you in all the right places and leaves you hanging out to dry, all within the space of 7m30s.

The Bricolage EP is certified wizardry. Do not let this pass you by!

CTC. x

A WEEK WITH | SEEKAE

October 10, 2014

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SEEKAE need no introduction. The Australian trio are on fire at present, currently on a world tour promoting their outstanding new LP, The Worry. After picking up a lofty 4.5/5 on Resident Advisor as well as a slew of other accolades, the boys are set to hit London this month, a gig for which, we truly can’t wait! We caught up with the very witty and affable John Hassell from Seekae earlier this week for a chat about some of his all time favourite tunes, for another edition of CTC’s interview series, A Week With.

Monday Morning Sounds Like: Don’t Stop Me House Now – Queen

What a terrible day. Normally, this is spent at Costa Coffee, drinking frappuccino after frappuccino and lamenting the weekend passed. A few rotations of ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ and I’m out on the street, full throttle, strutting like one of the Gallaghers to the next Costa. This process repeats itself until nightfall.

Tuesday, Wednesday Afternoon Sounds Like: Thuggin – Freddie Gibbs

By this point of the week, it’s time to take those sweaty hands off the Microkorg, and say ‘what would life be like if I was a rap star, telling people what I really think about certain situations’. Cue Freddie Gibbs. The mid-week pep-talk you need to make filing tax returns that little bit more fun.

Thursday Night Sounds Like: Philip Glass – Floe

After a Skype talk with Mum and Dad further discussing my tax return, it’s time to take things to the next level. Since I’m already thinking figures, equations, tax brackets, I want to remain in that abstract realm and have something beautiful come out of it. Look no further than Philip Glass. Lovely poly rhythms and croaking woodwind. The weekend is just round the corner.

Friday Night/Saturday Morning Sounds Like: John Williams – True Blue

It’s that time again, and after a shandy at the Prince Albert, this goes straight on the iPod shuffle. Someone tried to convince me once that Australiana and Gabba could never work. Well I’m sorry mate, but Twizel Street Thumpers are the remedy for your clearly diseased brain. Notice the clever, yet infrequent use of delay on key phrases, along with tasteful pitch shifting throughout the chorus.

Sunday Morning Sounds Like: Sonic Youth – Disconnection Notice

Put your feet up, finish that half-full Red Stripe from last night, and enjoy Thurston Moore’s straightforward lyrics about receiving a disconnection notice. It all helps to calm the nerves.

CTC. x

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