As 2008 nears it's conclusion, Renaissance continues it's strong line-up of releases over the last several months, announcing the upcoming release of the 11th chapter in it's acclaimed Masters Series. Once again they invite Satoshi Tomiie to helm the project, marking his third compilation for the label, following on from a previous Masters album and the well received inaugural 3D compilation. The album features an array of fine cuts, from artists that include Shur-I-Kan, Marc Romboy, Layo & Bushwacka and a new original production from Satoshi himself under the name of Mes, and will be released in early November.
Hot on the heels of a succesful 10th anniversary party at Matter and with the release of the Bedrock 10 : Past Present And Future co-inciding with this landmark, to wrap up our extensive coverage of the anniversary, we are proud to present a new interview with the founder of Bedrock himself, John Digweed. In this exclusive feature he talks about the 10th anniversary party and the inspiration behind the album, the changes he has seen occur throughout, the highs and lows of the past decade and much more more..
While we have to wait until early 2009 for the 14th installement of the main Balance series, helmed by Joris Voorn, those Australians at EQ, never ones to idle prepare to unleash the latest chapter of their Electric project. After Ben Korbel promptly put together the previous incarnation, the label turned to DJ Agent 86, whos fusion of hip-hop, house, techno rock, electro, breaks and everything in between inside and outside the box on the circuits of Adelaide and Melbourne is now about to be showcased on a global scale as Balance Presents : Electric_04.
As our Bedock 10 multi part artist feature reaches it's conclusion, Tom Middleton offers his thoughts on the 10th anniversary album and club night, his impressions of the Matter venue and reveals some some background information on his reinterpretation of Bedrock's 'Forge', in addition to news of his upcoming projects, including a brand new mix compilation of his very own and some new Lifetracks compositions.
Rotterdam based producer and DJ Esther Roozendaal, better known under the alias of Estroe has established an impressive presence on the international circuit, playing to crowds at many of the key festivals such as Dance Valley in her native Netherlands, as well as the highly regarded Movement festival in Detroit.
As a producer, she's appeared on several labels that include Mezzotinto, Earth Audio and most notably Connaisseur Recordings, where she has become one of the main artists on the label's family of artists. Having been invited by John Digweed to update the classic 'Imagine' by Fortunato & Montresor for the Bedrock 10 : Past Present And Future album, we found out a bit more about her updated version of the track, and about her busy schedule co-running the label EevoNext and working on her own album project.
Nick Muir, alongside John Digweed is responsible for many classic tracks the duo have created, both under the pseudonym of Bedrock and also as themselves. Be it 'Heaven Scent', the Bedrock imprint's first ever release, their earlier output such as 'Set In Stone' or 'For What You Dream Of', or the more recent material such as 'Emerald' and 'Santiago', Nick Muir has been an instrumental part in shaping the direction and sound of the label, inspiring many of the artists that have since graced the catalogue of the imprint. With a forthcoming single on the horizon and a brand new remix of the duo's 'Beautiful Strange' featured on the Bedrock 10 album, we take time to speak to one of the most inspirational names to be a part of this landmark project.
As our Bedrock 10 feature continues, we turn to one of Australia's most respected names, Jamie Stevens. As part of Infusion he has wowed crowds worldwide with the band's high energy live shows and in recent months he's become highly regarded as a solo producer and remixer in his own right. His remix of John Digweed's 'Warung Beach' is already causing a stir ahead of it's release on the Bedrock 10 compilation, and Jamie takes time out to tell us about this, his thoughts on the new venue Matter and also about a new Infusion album and single in this latest installment.
Alan Fitzpatrick is one of the latest talents to emerge from Southampton within the UK, with his releases on his own 8 Sided Dice label finding remarkable support from many of the top DJs, and also radio support from Pete Tong. His remix of Misstress Barbara's 'K10' has had many music fans anticipating it's release since it was featured on John Digweed's most recent Essential Mix.
Now forthcoming as part of the 'Bedrock 10 : Past, Present And Future' album, we take time out to speak to Alan in Part Six in our series of features about the remix, his label and various other bits and pieces.
Danny Howells has been one of the longest affiliated individuals to Bedrock, emerging from the same native Hastings as John Digweed and being responsible for warming up many of the legendary Bedrock nights. Now as the 10th anniversary looms, he returns to contribute an updated version of one of the label's first releases, his own 'Repercussion' under the Science Department alias for the Bedrock 10 album. Danny drops by to share his thoughts on the past 10 years of Bedrock, the nights, the label and talks about his touring plans, the recent release of his new compilation and the pending launch of his very own record label.
Our extensive Bedrock 10 coverage continues with the fourth part of our expansive feature. Having already heard from some of the contributors to the Bedrock 10 album project, we now turn to new production act M.O.D.E who were tasked with remixing the track that is quintessentally the track that defines Bedrock, none other than 'Heaven Scent'.
We find out how they dealt with the pressures of reworking one of the dance scene's classic tracks and also what the future holds, including details of their label and forthcoming original productions.
Hot on the heels of our features with Jim Rivers and Kazell to celebrate the upcoming Bedrock 10th anniversary party and album release, we present the third in a multi-part series of features to celebrate this achievement, with the UKs James Talk dropping by to offer his thoughts on the new venue Matter, to tell us about his upcoming collaborative projects and his contribution to the Bedrock 10 album project.
With the 10th anniversary of Bedrocks parties in London looming (being celebrated with an event at new venue Matter), and the upcoming release of Bedrock 10 : Past Present And Future, we are proud to present the second in a multi-part series of features to celebrate the labels anniversary. Having supported John Digweed and Sasha on their Spring Club Tour earlier this year, Kazell has more than proven his status as one of the top DJs in America and is currently working on a film soundtrack for a movie called Rolling as well as several other projects, including a remix for the 10th anniversary album. Read on to find out what he had to say.
With the 10th anniversary of Bedrock's parties in London looming (being celebrated with an event at new venue Matter), and the upcoming release of 'Bedrock 10 : Past Present And Future', we are proud to present the first in a multi-part series of features to celebrate the label's anniversary. To kick things off, Bristol's Jim Rivers, on the heels of the release of his 'Empathy EP' on the label talks about his working relationship with Bedrock, his own career and much more. Watch out for Part Two soon..
Warung Beach Club in Brazil has long been heralded as one of the top clubs in the world by many of the DJs that have graced the decks there and now the club teams up with Hope Recordings for a brand new series that is set to showcase some of the hottest DJs and acts who grace the decks at the club, starting with the dutch duo 16 Bit Lolitas, Peter Kriek and Ariaan Olieroock who present a double disc mix compilation that fuses together both DJ mix and artist album into one versatile package.
With 2007's inaugural volume of 'Chaos Restored' going on to become one of the compilations of the year, it was only a matter of time before San Francisco's Justin Martin returned to Buzzin Fly to deliver a follow up, and now as we head into the autumn, he's back with the aptly titled 'Chaos Restored 2'. another hour plus excursion through the eyes and ears of this talented DJ and producer, including his much sought after remix of Radiohead's 'Nude'.
Mark Musselman and JD 'Jondi' Moyer are set to return with their sophomore album as Momu entitled 'Momentum' on Looq Records. Following on from 2006's self titled debut, the new album features the new single 'Window' (featuring the vocals of Alysoun Quinby, who was the vocalist on the highly successful Momu track 'The Dive). and showcasing a more organic electronic sound that sees the duo expand way beyond the boundaries of their previous album, with use of live instrumentation and experimental and mathematical inspired themes, with the album due for release in November.
Picking up where 2007's 'Resensed Part One' left off, Plastic City and The Timewriter present another collection of remixes and interpretations taken from the The Timewriter's extensive catalogue that spans the last decade. A compilation that spans numerous genres and styles, bringing together such names as Milton Jackson, Terry Lee Brown Junior, Francois DuBois and Moodmusic's Sasse, and due very soon.
Matt Rowan is one of the latest in a long line of talents to emerge from the Australian underground scene. Be it his own productions, occasional collaborations with fellow countryman Jaytech or his remix work for artists such as Dousk, he has earned the support of many DJs and music fans alike, and now is set to release his debut artist album 'I Play This' on Baroque Records at the end of the month.
Global Underground continue their worldwide DJ series with the latest mix to come from label mainstay Nick Warren. Following on from last year's Paris album, Nick returns to Global Underground with 'GU035: Lima', an album that captures the sound and ambience of the former Incan city, with a totally exclusive tracklist that includes tracks and remixes from Paul Rogers, Michael Burns, Alex Dolby, Perc, and the much accoladed Robert Babicz remix of recent Way Out West single 'Spaceman', with the album due for release in October.
A follow up to Sasha's inaugural Involver compilation has been a matter of speculation, rumour and anticipation almost since the first album in this unique series was released back in 2004. Now the wait is over, as Sasha presents the aptly titled 'Invol2ver', continuing his relationship with Global Underground and this time around reworking material from a diverse range of artists that include Apparat, Thom Yorke and Ladytron, in addition to a collabations with American folk singer Ray LaMontagne.
Danny Howells is back after a three year hiatus from the mix CD arena, proudly resurrecting the legendary 'Renaissance : Mix Collection' series in his own inimitable fashion...
Matthias Vogt and Christian Rindermann have enjoyed a long standing relationship with Will Saul, having released several singles on Aus Music back in 2007, and now present their sophomore artist album 'Technique' on the consistantly excellent Simple imprint. Featuring both previous singles, in addition to current single 'Change You', and hot on the heels of remixes for labels such as Diynamic, Motorcitysoul have put together an album full of organic beats, melodies and harmonies, with genuine warmth and soul throughout. Due for release in October, all the information on this great album can be found right here.
Following last years number 1, Grammy award winning album We Are The Night, The Chemical Brothers return with Brotherhood a best of collection with a kick and a twist, set for release on 1st September 2008.
I have been a long time fan of the Chemical Brothers and I am very excited by the fact that disk 2 contains 1 - 10 of their musical experiments, the Electronic Battle Weapons. Further, disk one brings 2 brand new tracks, 'Midnight Madness' and 'Keep My Composure'
We wanted machines to sound as if they were sweaty, deranged and wild; things people associate with rock music - Tom Rowlands, The Chemical Brothers
John Digweed's Bedrock imprint returned earlier this year with a superb AA offering from fast rising Israel producer Guy Judah, who's production and remix work over the last few months has made him a DJ favourite, with pretty much his entire body of singles, remixes and collabations all receiving widespread critical acclaim and support. Little did anyone know that he was carefully piecing together his debut artist album 'Esperanza', which is due to be released on Bedrock in September, and we have all the information on this must have album right here.
I had a chance to sit down with Sasha and John Digweed this past April during the early portion of their US Spring Tour which kicked off during WMC. They gave us some insight into Involver 2, upcoming releases on Bedrock, their hectic touring plans for the year, and much more.
After the success of the first This Is Audio Therapy Digital release mixed by the Presslaboys it was only going to be a matter of time before Audio Therapy decided to do it again and this time with the second instalment, Dubfunk mixes it.
For the past 15 years, John Graham has been at the forefront of the dance music genre. Perhaps you’ll know him better through his numerous alter ego’s including Quivver, Space Manoeuvres, Stoneproof, Skanna, and Tilt, as each of these projects produced numerous hit singles and had a heavy hand in shaping the global dance music scene. Now, fresh off a recent move from his native UK to Los Angeles, Graham resurfaces on July 29 with his monstrous debut Quivver album, Dirty Nails And Vapour Trails.
With plenty of hype brewing regarding his upcoming GU installment, Nick Warren offers his remarks concerning an extremely active 2008 with him and the Way Out West project.
Dave Seaman - Gobbledygook
Audio Therapy's head honcho Dave Seaman has been producing music for nearly 20 years. First it was under the Brothers In Rhythm and Brothers Love Dubs aliases with Steve Anderson and then Alan 'Loafer' Bremner. More recently, it was as Group Therapy with Chad Jackson and Stel. But now finally, he's succumbed to making a track under his own name, entitled 'Gobbledygook'.
"I wanted to go back to the original way DJs made records", said Dave. "Like when we made 'Such A Good Feeling' and 'The Mighty Ming'. It was all based around samples rather than the soft synth and plug ins world we seem to live in today. I spent hours sourcing from the strangest of places. There's everything from Native American Indians and Bulgarian choirs to Argentinian dance troupes and exotic birds".
The result is an eastern influenced techy tribal affair with nods to the old school but still with it's feet firmly on contemporary dancefloors. There are also remixes to follow in June from Funkagenda and Jori Hulkkonen, broadening the package's appeal and diveristy further.
Following on from the 2006 artist album 'I Choose Noise', Hybrid return with a double CD mix compilation entitled 'Soundsystem', marking their first album release on new home label Hope Recordings. Drawing upon the sound upon which their roots were forged, Mike Truman and Chris Healings intersperse elements of some of their favourite soundtrack score pieces throughout, some of which they contributed to themselves, whilst also showcasing some of the latest self produced material and also that of occasional collaborator Charlotte James. Watch out for it's release this June.
Following on from his well received second mix for the PS Mix series, Justin Steel returns with a fresh third edition that covers a section of the differing layers of dance music available today. Where the previous installments were a single mix, this time round, for your listening pleasure, Justin as split Part 3 into two one hour mixes.
With the release of Balance 013 on EQ Recordings mixed by SOS, Desyn, Omid & Demi have a busy 2008 ahead of them. We were able to catch with them in Miami during Winter Music Conference 2008 to talk about how they came together, their upcoming Balance compilation, and the rest of their plans for the year.
With the release of the 'As Long As The Moment Exists' remix package looming on the horizon, Chris Fortier sits down with PS in order to provide his thoughts on his album, as well as reflections on his previous releases, and much much more.
A DJ for more than ten years, Dale has played with many of the world’s finest at infamous club nights such as Slinky, Renaissance, and The Gallery. Dale’s music has received praise from the music press (M8, Mixmag, DJ Mag etc.) and landed him several spots on MTV, as well as various radio stations around the world.
On the production front, last year saw the release of Dale’s biggest track to date “Leftorium” (in collaboration with Anil Chawla) on Global Underground. The track featured on GU Afterhours III, and not only reached the top 5 of the Beatport best sellers of 2007, but remained in the top 100 for more than four months.
Further tracks such as “Makes Me Feel” (as featured on Nic Fanciulli’s Renaissance) and “Disco Stew” have become dancefloor favourites with support from the likes of John Digweed and Max Graham, and last year’s “The More I Know” found a home in the record boxes of Sasha and Nick Warren amongst many others.
Progressive-Sounds got a chance to sit down with Dale, and here is what he had to say.
In addition to the interview, Dale is sharing his awesome remix of BT's "Remember" here
[PS] Exclusive Premier: Dale Anderson's Spring Podcast
Progressive-Sounds presents to you, Dale Anderson's Spring 2008 promo. Enjoy!
Also, Dale has been nominated in the 2008 Beatport Awards in two categories - Best Deep House Artist 2007 and Best Single 2007. If you like his mix, show your love at BeatPortal Music Award Nominees
- The Curse - Voodeux - Mothership Records
- Wear Your Scars Like Medals - Sian - Aus Music
- Difuse - Gurtz - Liga Elektronika
- Nobutyeahbutno - Extrawelt - Kompass Musik
- Termal Eyes - Joseph Capriati/Abnormal - Splitsound Records
- I'm Stressed - Presslab Boys - Angry Monkey Productions
- Ebona - Splashfunk (Luke & Dan mix) - SFR Recording
- Deliverance - Pig & Dan - NRK
- Plumbi - Marascia/Dusty Kid - Boxer Recordings
- Pucklebop - Chris Liebing - CLR
After the successful outings throughout 2006 and 2007 of Audio Therapy's unmixed seasonal CD series we present news of the latest instalment, the Spring/Summer 2008 CD.
A collection of exclusively signed tracks from some of the hottest names on the scene and left unmixed to showcase the quality of the productions in all their glory. This latest release features music from the more established names of Tiger Stripes, Popof, Tom Neville, Montero and Eelke Kleijn alongside the upcoming names of MOS, Danny Dove, Lukasewich and Hipp-e's new guise Mizfitz.
Alongside all of these great names sits an exclusive track from Jim Rivers whose profile has been rising fast with a set of top quality releases on illustrious labels like CR2, Pryda, Saw, Renaissance and Global Underground to name but a few. Jim also mixed all of the tracks together to provide an excellent bonus mixed CD version.
There will also be a limited run of 12" Vinyl as well as a full digital release.
Hope CD073 Hybrid Soundsystem 01 June 23rd
Hope 075 Way Out West Spaceman Aug 25th
Morgan Page is no stranger to Progressive-Sounds.com. Back in July I posted a link on our Listen page, showcasing his materials on the web.
I have been a long time fan of most of his work. He has a well polished, forward thinking sound. Anyway, Morgan Page's 'Elevate' released yesterday and to help promote it, Progressive-Sounds was given the exclusive premier of Morgan's latest podcast - 'Bandas De Musica.' This mix stands on its own.
While you are listening, check out Morgan Page's track by track of Elevate FIXED
UPDATED March 28
- Morgan Page vs. lifelife -"So Electric/The Longest Road" [White}
- Utah Saints - "Something Good" (Ian Carey Remix) [Ministry of Sound]
- Dirty South - "The End" [Vicious Grooves]
- The Aston Shuffle "For Everyone" (Stupid Fresh Remix) [Hussle Recordings]
- Emjae - "Can You Handle It? [Brandnewvibe Recordings]
- Bart Van Wissen - "Contraband" [Groovecollection]
- Arno Cost & Norman Doray - "Apocalypse" (Sebastien Leger REmix) [Cr2}
- Sia - "The Girl You Lost To Cocaine" (Sander Van Doorn Remix) [Doorn]
- Pig & Dan - "Sly Detector" [Cocoon]
- Marcin Czubala - "IAm You" [Mobilee]
- John Dahlback - "Years From Now" [Pickadoll]
- Cirez D - "Teaser" (Deadmau5 Remix) [Mouseville]
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The Winter Music Conference 2008 has officially begun as of Tuesday March 25 and with that begins one of the most exciting weeks of the year for electronic music fans and industry alike. WMC is one of the focal points of the yearly dance music calendar, bringing together DJs, producers, labels, promoters, and everyone else in between for one week of intense partying and possibly a little business and networking too.
This year Progressive-Sounds is sending one of its own to the front-lines in Miami to cover the cutting edge of dance music at its finest. This is a week when every DJ strives to be in top form as all the influential ears of the industry are listening, which means trying to stand out from the rest is a true challenge, even for seasoned veterans.
Scott Hardkiss debut full-length album "Technicolor Dreamer"
Due to overwhelming response from the ultra limited edition advance cd release last summer, scott's newly-expanded debut full-length album will see full international release this spring on his new independent label, god within:
a technicolor collection of zeros and ones, 60-minutes in length and 11 songs in number, a series of code genetically designed, souped-up and action-packed to enhance every waking activity and moment. children will sigh, women will swoon, and grown men will weep-- the streets will rejoice with long-forgotten dance celebrations where every color & creed in the spectrum and then some will be invited to come shake their booty 'til the break of dawn and forever afterwards, for it is YOU who are the star. the revolution will begin, a great, glorious wave of transformation which will sweep across the land causing all to shout out with abandon and glee:
"let us now celebrate, for we have had enough."
High Note Records deliver the first instalment of their international DJ mix CDs, this time brought to you by Australian superstar DJ Anthony Pappa. This CD is packed with exclusive tracks and mixes from a broad range of some of the most talented producers out there at the moment. Featuring the likes of Dubfire, Stel, Jamie Stevens and Ovum’s Darko Esser, the album also features an exclusive production from Pappa himself, his first in quite a while.
Anthony scoured the globe for music to meet his high expectation with this CD. The result is an album that captures the sound of now, courtesy of the world’s freshest and most innovative artists. The album is a journey through techno, progressive house and house, all sonic quality of the highest order. Whatever your musical leaning, there will be something on here for you…
The launch of Sasha’s emFire label was undoubtedly one of the main talking points during the last half of 2007. Four original tracks were released and the discussion raged: which was best or least favourite be it at home or in a club? Was Mongoose really Sasha? And, of course, who killed Sparky? Now the debate is set to continue as Sasha releases ‘The emFire Collection’.
Lot49 returns with the third instalment of it’s much lauded ‘presents..’ compilation series, this time enlisting the indomitable talents of the legendary, Lee Coombs.
Coombs has been one of the forces that helped shape the sound of Breakbeat and later Tech Funk, whilst bringing a multitude of other influences to his production and DJ sets. His ability to draw on breaks, house, techno, electro and acid is what set him apart from the masses and landed him a record deal back in 1998 with the then up and coming Finger Lickin’ label.
Since it's launch Transitions has become one of - if not - the most anticipated releases in the compilation calendar; over the past two years its single disc, twice-yearly format has provided dance music fans a regular, contemporary snapshot of John. Now the first chapter in the Transitions' series reaches its conclusion with the highly anticipated fourth volume.
This Spring 2008, America will witness the legacy that is Sasha and John Digweed as they launch their Sasha and John Digweed Spring Club Tour 2008 at the Winter Music Conference on Thursday, March 27th at Mansion. This is the first time that Sasha and John Digweed are touring North America extensively in six years taking them thru 21 cities landing at Coachella on Saturday April 26th where the duo will be headlining the Dance tent.
Suburban - Parallel Addiction
Mark Martini and Aaron Beck Schachter are the production duo Suburban. Mark is an established producer with releases on Tao Recordings and Source of Gravity. He runs his own label – Dubcoast Records . Aaron is a producer and recognized DJ, with residencies in clubs from North Carolina to San Francisco. After meeting in California, the pair produced a string of singles and remixes. Now Suburban plans to release their first full-length album, Parallel Addiction, in early 2008. The album is a mix of ambient, trip-hop, breaks, and progressive tracks with a melodic overtone. It also includes two tracks featuring newcomer Deedra Wong on vocals. Please visit www.myspace.com/suburbanhouse for additional information.
DJ/Producer MORGAN PAGE has signed with Nettwerk Records to release his debut album ELEVATE on March 25.th. The unique record is a hybrid of remixes and original songs, a 12-song collection that seamlessly weaves the highlights of Page’s prolific production career with his own organic, melody driven tunes.
Space Manoeuvres - Octobot
The Space Manoeuvres project turns in Part 8 of its deep space progressive mission. John "Quivver" Graham is a master of the genre and as usual he doesn't dissappoint. Deep progressive beats, moody and spacey keys and the odd intergalactic sample thrown in for good measure. Rising Canadian star Toby Emerson delivers a melodic progressive re-rub on the flip complete with oscillating riffs and melodic chordal movements. UK based Tech - Proggers D Dub fresh from their hit on the Northern Exposure label Phoenix - "Rise Up" complete the package with some deep tech prog beats.
With a release date set for February 25th under Lost Language Label, the Octobot EP has already seen its share of significantly positive responses, with endorsement from the likes of Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, and Greg Benz to name a few.
For the last month Desyn Masiello, Demi and Omid 16B have been locked in the studio working feverishly on thier highly anticipated Balance 13 Compilation for EQ Recordings. They have gathered a full spectrum of superb music by pop artists such as Bryan Ferry, The Cure, and Cocteau Twins, to the more underground house sounds of Spirit Catcher and Inner City, without forgetting electronic legends LFO and AFX.
The boys have cleverly edited, remixed, and manipulated almost each and every song to fit into place with thier unique and interesting style over the course of three cds.
Almost 7 years after the first beat was broadcast, friskyRadio has grown into a global Internet Radio powerhouse that is home to over 200 resident DJs from all over the world ranging from emerging talent to industry veterans broadcasting to over 126 countries and thousands of listeners every day…friskyRecords will continue the journey in bringing you the best that electronic music has to offer.
Fans of Jody from Way out West are in for a treat this month as one of Proton's most beloved shows is all new with 2 fresh mixes. Both mixes feature new remixes from his studio... making this episode one not to be missed by any means.
Don't miss the brand new Way Out West single "Spaceman" at the end of the first hour and Jody's remix of "Metaverse" by Orkidea and "Cortina" by Coalesced.
Way Out There is now playing On Demand. Tune in from the beginning of either mix and enjoy the stream at 192kbps.
If you’ve been anywhere near an electronic music event in the past few years, the likelihood is that at least one point during the evening you will have been moving to the hypnotic sounds of James Talk. Born and bred in Southampton, James’s reputation has been forged on endless days in the studio perfecting his unique sound of funky tech and acid house, and spellbinding performances at some of the biggest clubs on the planet. He counts the likes of Pete Tong, Nic Fanciulli and James Zabiela amongst his biggest fans and supporters.
Now as we approach the WMC, James delivers his long awaited debut artist album entitled ‘Walky Talky’, a super smart 10 track snapshot of where he is today musically. With a pinch of house, some tech house meanderings, acid licks galore and as always plenty of funk, James has perfectly managed to fit his sound in a nutshell.
Released digitally through Beatport.com on 25/02/2008 and subsequently across iTUNES, Dj Download, Napster and all other platforms worldwide on 17/03/2008, the album features brand new and exclusive music from James including vocal collaborations with the talented Yota and Liz Melody.
Junkie XL Leads into March 11 Release of 'Booming Back at You' on Artwerk Music With Two Exlcusive Beatport EPs
As the one man band known as JUNKIE XL gears up for the March 11 release of his fifth studio album Booming Back At You, he will release two exclusive EP’s for Beatport with Beating Back At You Vol 1 and Vol 2. The two EP’s—both set for release February 26—each feature a brand new track exclusive only to Beatport and a cut from Booming Back At You.
The more progressive Beating Back At You Vol 1 will feature the new song "Roux" and a dub remix of "Not Enough" featuring Willoughby and Nicole Morier of Electrocute from the album. Beating Back At You Vol 2 is more techno with versions of "Prevent Confusion" for Beatport and "Zage" from Booming Back At You.
Around the same time, Artwerk Music will also issue the album’s second single, "Cities In Dust," a high-voltage Siouxsie and the Banshees cover. Details will be unveiled at a later date. The song follows the international club smash "More" (also featuring vocals by Lauren Rockit) which Playboy magazine tapped in their February issue ‘Hot Tunes’ list, "A return to form: banging electro and a girl shouting ‘F@@@ More.’"
Leading up to the release of Booming Back At You, Junkie XL is confirmed for three high-profile appearances: SXSW at Vice Friday, March 14, the ULTRA Music Festival on Friday, March 28 and the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Saturday, April 26. A national tour is being planned for the months of April and May, for which details will be announced soon.
Chris Fortier - As the Moment Exists
Following on the release of Chris Fortier's milestone debut debut artist album, As Long as the Moment Exists, is an extensive slew of fresh remixes hailing from a spectrum of talent and style that is anything but limited in scope.
"It's a big project, with over 15 artists working on mixes, and we're expecting it to make more than just a ripple or two," says Fortier. "There is a good number of great remixes to be included, all coming from some of my favorite producers and all-time heroes; some of the 'who's who' of underground music, and some future heroes, too."
While undoubtedly a laborious undertaking, the As Long As the Moment Exists remix package is but one of a variety of tasks Fortier has been devoted to throughout the past several months, and also marks the earliest portion of what promises to be thoroughly busy year of production and project output.
"I have been crazy busy with studio work, and happy that the bulk of it is finally coming out this year"
With the first EP's from the remix project set for release in March, along with several additional releases folowing afterwards, Fortier remarks with optimism concerning the remix packages' potential to further contribute to the success of his debut artist album achievement. "I am proud to re-invigorate my debut artist album with new, fresh interpretations by some of the coolest producers around."
More details to follow as they become available.
In 2002 Real World brought together the contemporary American soundtrack composer and the UK's DJ superstar Sasha. With the additional presence of some outstanding international performers - from Kenya's Ayub Ogada, Geoffrey Oryema from Uganda, B'net Houriyat - the traditional woman's group from the Moroccan deserts, Hukwe Zawose from Tanzania and Pakistan's Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali group - this unique collaboration created some of the most memorable tracks ever to have come out of Real World.
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Mention Dave Seaman and thoughts of a Renaissance album are invariably never that far behind, so it’s fitting the most ‘capped’ player return to handle the honours for the 10th volume in the prestigious Masters Series.
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If you’ve been keeping an eye on the tracks and remixes that have been topping the charts and radio plays for the last few years, you will surely have seen Austin Leeds' name before. He has had numerous songs in the Beatport Top 10, including 3 # 1 top downloads. Paul Van Dyk named Austin Leeds and his production partner Nick Terranova as his producers of the year for 2007 recently, an din March last year Austin joined AM Only, the worlds premier booking Agency. So you could say that this highly talented DJ/Producer is going places. With a world tour being lined up after the album launch at Miami WMC, you’ll be hearing a lot more from Austin Leeds throughout 2008.
The Presslaboys (or Luigi Gori and Omar Neri as their mothers call them) have been making high quality state-of-the-art dance music for ten years now. Based out of Arezzo, Italy, their reputation has been spreading like wild fire around the globe after celebrated releases on such esteemed labels as Steve Lawler's Viva Music, Satoshi Tomiie and Hector Romero's SAW Records and Damon Lazarus's Crosstown Rebels.
The boys are not new to Audio Therapy either. Their 'Trombatores' track was one of the highlights of our Italian Across Borders compilation and the sublime 'Come back to Brazil' featured on Dave Seaman's mix CD, Therapy Sessions Volume 4.
And so, it was on one rainy monday afternoon here at Therapy Towers that we were struck by an idea (It does happen every now and then!). As the boys had just delivered the wonderful 3 track Fluid EP as our latest Audio Therapy digital only release, we thought let's get them to put together an exclusive digital only DJ mix of the Audio Therapy catalogue. Et Voila......Boom, here it is! Presslaboys - This Is Audio Therapy' [Audio Therapy]
- Presslaboys – Sedicieventinove
- Niki B & Christian EFFE - Tonight - Magik Johnson Remix
- The Delta Sierra Clinic - Riding Armadillos - Original
- Federico Epis - Brasilia - AMB Remix
- Presslaboys - Re-mind
- Niki B & Christian EFFE - Tonight - Warm Dub
- AMB - Seka - Original
- The Delta Sierra Clinic - Riding Armadillos - Paolo Mojo mix
- Federico Epis - Brasilia - Robytek Remix
- Niki B & Christian EFFE - Tonight - Rhythm 'N' Bass Mix
- AMB - Seka - Federico Epis Remix
- Presslaboys – Ultimate
Steve Porter Launches his Record Label
Steve Porter’s PH Recordings launches in 2008 with the aim of setting a new standard of quality for dance music. PH will focus on introducing new artists from Steve’s Boston (USA) crew and other emerging global acts and of course will be an outlet for Steve’s own productions.
Throughout the year the label will be servicing a rigorous schedule of single releases, compilations and artist albums. As Steve Porter says, “Our goal is to focus on putting out quality product while keeping the music fresh and exciting.” PH Recordings will also aim to spotlight the American scene of which Steve and his counterparts such as Eli Wilkie, Island 9, Chris Micali, Emjae are working to showcase.
The first release will be one Steve Porter’s own highly acclaimed productions – “Pixy Stixx” - and it features remixes from the likes of Chris Fortier, Island 9, Hoska and many others. For a sneak preview you can check some of the mixes here: http://www.myspace.com/phrecordings].
PH Recordings will also focus on label nights, residencies and parties of which will kick-off with the first PH label party in Miami during the Winter Music Conference.
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Sultan launches Harem Records
Sultan and Ned Shepard are pleased to announce the launch of their new label Harem Records, with the much anticipated first release "Eye Spy" available January 29th exclusively on Beatport with remixes by Gold Ryan, Matthew Dekay and Patch Park.
The newest release from the wonderful Fabric crew is a groovy, weird and warbly tech house masterpiece by M.A.N.D.Y. Having firmly established themselves as household names across the world with thier label Get Physical and thier productions and remixes caned by everyone, they release a delicious slice of what they do on the floor. From the moment Fabric 38 starts we know we're in for something special. We dive into a swirling mixture of cool techy stabs, mental vocals, and headbobbing beats as they move effortlessly through 25 tracks. With highlights from Dubfire, Gui Boratto, Booka Shade and none other than Yello, this is a warm and welcoming mix that is sure to please your mum.
Paul Oakenfold's Electronic Imprint Perfecto Records Launches Digital Releases in 2008
Early in 2008 Perfecto Records, home to some of the most widely recognized DJs & producers across the globe, will launch a long-anticipated digital side to the label. Paul Oakenfold’s electronic imprint has teamed up with digital distributor INGROOVES and has plans to release an arsenal of massive tunes when the venture kicks off in February. "I’m really excited to have this new face to the label which is going to open the door for a lot of upcoming, talented artists and producers," says Oakenfold. "It feels like we’ve had so much great music locked away for a while and now we have the chance to unleash it."
Amongst the first of the tracks that the label intends to turn loose is a storming remix of Belfast rock band Leya’s "On All My Sundays" by Liam Shachar and Adam White’s remix of a dance floor monster from UK producer Nat Monday titled "Break & Fall."
Also look out for one of Greece’s fastest emerging talents Robert Vadney as he delivers an electro-infused take on the rock hit "Sledgehammer" and Jeckyll & Hyde’s "Frozen Flame," a ‘jumpstyle’ record that has been tearing up the charts in The Netherlands and spreading quickly across Europe. Both tracks will be packaged with a set of underground remixes that are sure to please.
JUSTIN STEEL, VOLUME 2
Following on from his inaugural mix for Progressive-Sounds, Justin Steel returns with his second instalment in his PS Mix series offering up a seamless collection of the latest tunes that are finding his favour.
Where the last mix was on a dark and twisted sound scape, this latest one takes on a lighter feel beginning with some trippy, spacey sounds then gradually moving onto some proper dance floor beats that will soon have you dancing around in circles. So kick back and enjoy this latest offering from our site resident, Justin Steel.
- Handycraft 'Blast' (Patrick Chardronnet Mix) BOXER RECORDINGS
- Minilogue 'Star Command' TRAUM
- Agent Toga 'Waterhouse' (Satoshi Tomiie Mix) BRIQUE ROUGE
- John Waynes 'Retouch' (Alex Parsons Mix) BRIQUE ROUGE
- The Droyds 'All I Ever Wanted' (Dusty Kid Needs Some Love Mix) REBIRTH
- Namito & Eyerer 'Quipa' GREAT STUFF
- Jim Rivers 'Blackbox' (Spektre Mix) GLOBAL UNDERGROUND
- Reshuffle 'Hedonism' SUPPLEMENT FACTS
- Pig & Dan 'Imagine' COCOON RECORDINGS
- Phoenix 'Rise Up' (D Dub Mix) NORTHERN EXPOSURE RECORDINGS
- Chymera 'A Question' NRK
You can purchase many of these fine tracks at Beatport
We're a tight-knit group of music fanatics here at Progressive-Sounds. We take pride and pleasure in the work we do on this site.
To give you some insight into Progressive-Sounds, Antonella has contributed this excellent piece about the state of today's electronic music scene. We hope this will be the first of many entries from our staff. Enjoy.
Steve Lawler's Viva residencies have been incredibly popular, and have been running in various locations around the world for several years. Be it his sunday sessions at Space in Ibiza, or The End in London, Lawler's sets have become well regarded for featuring a diverse range of music. 'Viva London' is the first in a new series of compilations from Renaissance, bringing the vibe of a Viva night direct to your ears.
Hybrid could be considered stalwarts of the progressive music scene, with their music having transcended the past decade, with three artist albums, 'Wide Angle', 'Morning Sci-Fi' and 'I Choose Noise' all well received by an ardent and devoted fanbase, each album spawning several classic tracks. Now Distinctive Records have taken those best tracks and enlisted the services of such names as Deadmau5, Serge Santiago, Group Therapy, Deadset (formerly Cass & Mangan), The Orb and The Cinematic Orchestra to provide their own versions of these tracks. Collectively they form a collection aptly titled 'Re_Mixed', which will be released at the end of October.
Global Underground continues to move through it's 2007 release schedule with the forthcoming release of the 33rd main series album, with Layo and Bushwacka heading to Rio. Following on from Adam Freeland's debut on the label, the Global Underground brands continues to expand and diversify away from its typically progressive roots, with Rio due for release mid October.
Following on from his well received 'Balance 10', Jimmy Van M returns to the fray with an incremental follow up titled 'Balance 10.1'. Picking up where the last album left off, this latest release on EQ Recordings showcases the more uptempo side of Jimmy Van M's sound that many who are fans of his intelligently programmed grooves and beats will be more than happy with, with tracks from Unkle, Stephen Bodzin and many more included upon it's release in October.
Justin Martin first made his debut on Buzzin Fly back in 2003 with the superb single 'The Sad Piano', which was revisited with earlier this year with a new version by Jimpster. Since then hes become one of the hottest house producers and a highly competent DJ to boot. With a recent slew of new productions (including his latest for Buzzin Fly entitled 'Nightowl'), Justin now delivers his debut mix compilation, the aptly titled 'Chaos Restored'
The Therapy Sessions compilations have steadily become the crown jewel of the Audio Therapy brand's various album series, and now on it's fourth installment, the album sees Dave Seaman himself present over two hours of music as a celebration of having reached 20 years in the music industry. The album features a who's who of talent, from Trentemoller to Gui Boratto as well as Pryda and the mysterious Vincent Vega, and will be released early in October.
Following on from previous volumes by Jimmy Van M and Luke Fair, the Balance series now reaches its 12th volume with a triple CD mix from Lee Burridge. In between touring the world (which he continues to in support of this album), Lee has also set up his own label Almost Anonymous, but now shows why he is regarded as one of the best underground DJs with this diverse and eclectic mix.
There's a stigma often attached to people who've been involved in dance music for a long time in that after a number of years they become quite jaded and rarely get excited about the music and clubs or, for the most part, the DJs associated with it. As someone who's been involved in this erratic scene, primarily as a reviewer, I've been more then guilty of this attitude at some point in time, sometimes without even realising it. As the years have gone by, ve become less and less dazzled by the concept of the "DJ" and the whole idea of the DJ being a God is well and truly over for me. You lot are human, just like me. So reaching the stage where I think I've heard all the DJs I need to hear therefore I've heard it all before, you would think that there was nothing left to surprise me. Well, I couldn't be more wrong.
Sasha is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new label. Titled Emfire, the imprint will be an exclusive outlet for his own material, which has been co-produced with his renowned collective – Charlie May, Duncan Forbes and Barry Jamieson, aka COMA, a pseudonym that also provides the title for the first release. "It's been exciting getting back in the studio again after a hiatus. I am looking forward to using this new imprint as a vehicle to release my own music as well as signing great forward thinking music from other producers."
The label will focus on digital and vinyl and feature a strong, continuous graphic foundation; running from release to release, a colour-coded, graded spectrum will marry to a numeric sequence. Insect, best known for their recent work with Banksy, are handling the art direction, "We want it to be simple, beautiful and collectable, particularly in terms of the vinyl," expands Sasha.
True to his word, 3 forthcoming Sasha tracks will be released as a limited, one-sided 'etched' 12" and across all good digital servers on a monthly basis, starting with the aforementioned 'Coma' in October. Stay tuned to djsasha.com or emfiremusic.com for further information.
Following on from the success of the Sci Fi Hi Fi compilation series which has seen great albums come from Ewan Pearson, Luciano and Alex Smoke, Scotland's Soma Records now ventures in a different direction, with a new spin off series dedicated to the most uncanny organic music. Prior to the upcoming new Two Lone Swordsmen artist album, the legendary Andrew Weatherall kicks off this new series in grand fashion, with an album that draws in material from T Rex and Killing Joke plus many many more.
The Renaissance brand has gone from strength to strength so far this year, with a string of well received compilations from Hernan Cattaneo, Sander Kleinenberg and John Digweed, who's upcoming Transitions Volume 3 is already much anticipated. In addition to the launch of their digital mix series which was launched with Paolo Mojo kicking things off, their 50th single release from Pete Tong, the label now reaches another accolade as it looks to Israeli producer Shlomi Aber for it's debut artist long player release, as he presents his debut album 'State Of No One'.
Due to an unprecedented demand this summer’s South West Four London, has now completely SOLD OUT, with only tickets to the official After Party at Brixton Academy now remaining.
Heading up the after party bill will be Paul Van Dyk celebrating the launch of his fifth artist album ‘In Between’, Records alongside Radio 1’s rogue DJ Judge Jules, whilst in the foyer SOS and the Stanton Warriors take to the decks, with many more acts and further arenas. For more details check out the South West Four website.
Meanwhile, tickets are fast selling out for this year’s Cardiff event, where Paul Van Dyk once again headlines the main arena, along with Sasha, the Plump DJs, Pete Tong and Eric Prydz, whilst the other arenas sees Time Flies and Fire It Up host an arena that features some of the best names in hard dance such as Eddie Halliwell and Marco V, with the event rounded off by the biggest drum n bass tent ever, where Goldie, Fabio & Grooverider, and LTJ Bukem and Andy C will keep the purists happy with some of the heaviest beats Cardiff has ever heard. More details of the full event can be found by checking out the South West Four Cardiff website, and remaining tickets to these events are selling out fast so make sure to get yours today!
Renaissance now enters the digital domain with the launch of its digital compilation series, with fast rising DJ Paolo Mojo spearheading the launch. With the impending launch of his label Oosh, Renaissance Digital 01 features several tracsk from the label, including his much anticipated collaboration with Jim Rivers.
Marking its 10th anniversary, Jordan and Kirkland have reassessed and readdressed the long-player that started it all with VEGAS (DELUXE EDITION), which will be released via Geffen/UMe on September 18.
For those weary of purchasing 'Vegas' again, this Deluxe Edition is quite a bit different. The first disk offers a fresh mastering of the original 10 tracks, while the second CD highlights a selection of rare and live recordings plus new mixes of classic 'Vegas' tracks from remixers such as MSTRKRFT, Hyper, Sta, Deadmau5, Koma & Bones, and many more.
Following on from Yoshitoshi's excursion to Ibiza with Behrouz, the label now turns to one of its most acclaimed producers and DJs for the next volume in it's mix series. Sultan needs no introduction, his many EPs and collaborative projects with Tone Depth having been staples in the DJ boxes of many top jocks and music lovers alike. A DJ closely linked with the famous Stereo nightclub in Montreal, Yoshitoshi are proud to announce the forthcoming release of Yoshitoshi : Montreal, mixed by Sultan himself.
Exclusive Trafik Podcast
Ahead of the release of their second artist album 'Club Trafikana', Trafik have taken time to put together a 30 minute micromix featuring some of the new original and material featured on the album, exclusively for the readers here at Progressive-Sounds. The album is due for release in early August, but for now enjoy this advance preview.
- Cut Your Teeth
- Smoke (Spector's Monoxide Remix)
- Smoke (Dark Globe's Angel Of The North Mix)
- Dum Dum
- Far Away (Original)
- Far Away (Dousk Remix)
- Salt In NYC
- Find Me
- Neoteric Suite
Sander Kleinenberg and Renaissance return to present the first musical instalment of his ‘This Is’ moniker.
Sander Kleinenberg is a man who needs little introduction, between his many roles as DJ, label boss and producer he also finds time to host parties under his ‘This Is…’ moniker. With residencies ranging from his native Amsterdam via Paris, Ibiza and Miami, and alongside countless individual and headline appearances, Kleinenberg has delivered his unique musical vision to the world.
Having traversed the world over the last few years, including a previous six destinations for the Global Underground series, Nick Warren returns in February 2007 with his latest excursion, his seventh for the label and the 30th in it's long running series, touching down in Paris for a 2-disc set based on his set at the Mix Club in Paris back in mid-October this year. Once again, Nick shows his love of downtempo on the first disc, whilst the second is a more uptempo club disc in a similar vein to his last Global Underground album 'Shanghai'. The first of several Global Underground albums planned for 2007, 'GU030: Paris' is a landmark for the label that only it's longest serving DJ could celebrate, and this latest album will no doubt be well received by Nick Warren and Global Underground fans alike.
John Digweed's inaugural 'Transitions' compilation for Renaissance has been one of the best selling albums and indeed one of the standout releases of 2006. The start of an ongoing series and partnership with the well respected and long running Renaissance brand proved to be a pivotal move for John Digweed, and the last few months have seen him systematically making his way across the globe DJing. Not one to rest on his laurels, he's set to kick off Renaissance's new year and his own with the launch of the eagerly anticipated 'Transitions 2'.
As one year ends, another begins, and as 2007 looms around the corner, so does the latest volume in Global Underground's acclaimed series 'Afterhours'. Originally introduced in 2002, this post club, late night series of compilations is without a doubt the most diverse and eclectic of all that are released via the Global Underground brand. With new albums from Sasha and Nick Warren, plus new artist albums from Trafik amongst others, 'Afterhours 3' will kick off 2007 in fine style when it is released in late January.
As trends change and the way in which we purchase and own music does, so do the formats. Whilst dance music has traditionally been a 12" format, the advent of digital distribution has meant that in some ways, buying each mix of every track one wishes to own can prove costly. It's with this in mind that Critical Rhythm has decided to launch the 'Singular' series, a new monthly double cd package featuring tracks and remixes from its roster of record labels.
February 17th 2007 sees the start of a two week club tour across Cape Town, featuring DJs such as Steve Bug, James Zabiela and Lee Burridge, with parties hosted by such well known brands as Renaissance, Global Underground and Defected to name but a few. Ahead of the the tour, the launch party for the event is on Thusrday November 9th 2006, where full details of the tour will be announced, in addition to sets from Clive Henry, Cass and a special guest to be announced on the night, with one lucky person set to win an all expenses paid trip to take part in the tour. For more details on the launch party and the tour, check out www.GBclubland.com.
Bassline breaks trio and Annie Nightingale favourites Aquasky have had a busy 2006, with their 10th anniversary artist album 'Teamplayers' released earlier in the year and their recently relaunched website up and running over at www.aquasky.co.uk. Now their return with the follow up to 2005's 'Breakbeat Bass', aplty titled 'Breakbeat Bass 2'. Showcasing some of the label's gems and showcasing the new sound and direction of the label, this mid price compilation is in shops now.
In the half decade that has passed since Jimmy Van M's 'Compiled & Mixed' album was released on Bedrock in 2001, much has changed. Many DJs now play music from CD rather than vinyl and buy it on the internet than from a record store, but if there's one constant that's remained, it's the anticipation over the last five years for a new compilation from one of the pioneers of dance music within America. With the arrival of 'Balance 010', Jimmy presents a triple disc set of music that traverses not only the last half decade, but the decade before that, and the one before that, embodying and presenting music that spans his career and that has helped define him as a DJ. In the midst of a five month worldwide tour to promote the album, Jimmy takes time to tell us more about the album, his return to the studio and production work and much much more.
45:33: Nike+ Original Run is a continuous 45-minute-and-33-second body of music that reflects the arc a runner experiences during a run. Commissioned by Nike, this is the second in the “Nike+ Original Run” series following the recent release of The Crystal Method’s Drive: Nike+ Original Run. The Nike Sport Music original recordings, along with the Nike+ Coaching Mixes featuring today’s hottest music with voiceover instruction from Nike coaches and fitness trainers such as Alberto Salazar and Jay Blahnik, presents the world and its technologically savvy, trendsetting individuals with an innovative tool to enhance their daily lives.
Not just for runners, fans of Murphy and his multifarious identities (LCD Soundsystem, producer/engineer, DFA label-head and international DJ) will find this a must-have recording for their collections.
Mr Spin takes time out of a busy Semester to bring us the latest Spincast. Featured are new tracks from Apparat and Steiger, the latest improvisation to come from Wagon Repair's Cobblestone Jazz outfit and a new offering from Agoria, lifted from his new album 'The Green Armchair' which Mr Spin has reviewed in depth for those who wish to check it out.
- Apparat - Lost All The Shit In Tel Aviv (Live Version) [Shitkatapult]
- Agoria - Europa [Different]
- Steiger - Pixelbird [Jukebox In The Sky]
- Cobblestone Jazz - India In Me (Mix 1) [Wagon Repair]
Chris Lake is not a name that many people may be aware of, but hes already caused a stir with djs such as Seb Fontaine who was a fan of his bootleg 'Elements Of Der Scheiber' and his second white label, a remix of Leftfield's Phat Planet caused a frenzy amongst labels and djs alike, with many labels trying to sign it. Since then Chris has gone on to develop some original material which will be showcased on the new Hooj offshoot, Safety In Numbers and is currently working on remixes of Sia's Drink To Get Drunk and the Hooj classic Space Manouevres - Stage One. We decided to find out a bit more about this promising up and coming youngster who is destined for great things in 2002.
From the "Sanctuary" of the Channel Islands comes a producer that has been turning heads since the early days of his youth, a man responsible for some of the greatest electronic music of the past 10 years, with releases on both Whoop!, Renaissance and Stress to name but a few labels. He's perhaps better known with others at his side, be it with Stuart King as Sunday Club, Paul Mack as Human Movement (along with the lovely Sophie Moleta as vocalist) and also as one of the driving forces behind some of Jimmy Van M's solo material such as Sanctuary and Love Like Sleep. After travelling down into the dungeon of the disused fort that is Sanctuary Studios we found out a bit more about this inspirational studio wizard, his acclaimed studio and production plans for the future.
The next installment in the Bedrock series has been officially announced complete with tracklist. Judging from the off the hook track selection and the chosen DJ, Chris Fortier, Bedrock will continue the legacy of pushing the next thing forward. Progressive-Sounds if you will.
DJ Mac C, Sound Factory resident and regular guest at Danny Tenaglia's legendary Be Yourself night at Vinyl, NYC has been a regular on the club circuit for over 10 years. With fellow NYC dj and underground producer Ali Geramian, they are the Low End Specialists, and with a growing number of DJs such as Deep Dish and John Digweed showing their support and friends like the excellent Omid 16B, this talented outfit will be one you hear a lot more of in 2002.
Steve Porter is a well respected remixer, dj and producer, having worked with the likes of John Debo, Chris Fortier and Quivver and remixed artists such as Sunkissed, Ballroom and Sandra Collins, We managed to catch up with him for a quick chat.
Set up to cover breakbeats and electro output with dancefloor sensibilities, Akademia is the brainchild of Choo Choo label owners Mara and breakbeat upstart DJ Filth.
Jondi & Spesh, the duo behind “Creep Phase”, “We Are Connected” and “The Sway” have much in store for the year 2002 including a highly anticipated release on Bedrock’s Black label. Find out about their cover/remix of Opus III’s “It’s a Fine Day”, a second installment from JSJ with Jerry Bonham, and what to expect from their label Looq.
Andrew Byrne, perhaps better known to many as Hellpass has been producing for many years and is also known for his penchant for cheeky remixes of classic tracks such as Orbital's Chime and The Orb's Little Fluffy Clouds. He has been championed by the likes of Dave Seaman and more recently has created a stunning rework of the classic track 'Orcana' by Void which has been hammered by John Digweed in recent weeks. We found out what this excellent producer has planned for 2002, both in the studio and on his label, also called Hellpass.
Following on from the success of Sean Quinn and Kasey Taylor Balance releases, EQ have selected Bill Hamel as the first international DJ to continue the series theme of quality underground compilation mixes.
The Deepsky contest is over. Thank you to all who participated. After sorting all of the entries with the correct answers and randomly choosing from those we have a winner. Congratulations to Smoovy6@... who will soon be receiving a Deepsky prize package.
Yunus Guvenen, perhaps better known as Yunus or Mavi first made waves with his track Nefes on Fire Recordings. Since then he has gone on to create unique house cuts for the US label Regress (formerly Twilo Recordings) and has now signed to Silver Planet for more dancefloor orientated material. He's loved by everyone from Deep Dish to Nick Warren and John Digweed and with other little secret projects going on, we find out why this guy is set to be big in 2002.
Alistair Wells, perhaps better known as Silver Planet/Easyaccess's latest artist Perc, as well as some other projects you can find out for yourself, has made impact on the two aforementioned London labels and has been massively championed by James Holden amongst others. We find out what 2002 has in store for this promising new artist and his forthcoming works.
Rated by John Digweed as one of the leading progressive DJs on the American circuit, and as part of acclaimed production outfit Fade, Chris Fortier has been making a name for himself over the years and now has been given the chance to showcase his talents on the latest in the Bedrock album series. Before he embarks on a tour across the US and UK to promote the album we had chance to talk to him
Benoit Franquet's life has been based around music. From as young as 5 he learnt to play guitar and the trumpet and very soon ended up in a symphony orchestra. As the years went on his attention became drawn to electronic music and soon he met up with Cedric Piner (better known as CP), an up and coming Belgian DJ. Together as Pole Folder & CP they have delivered such acclaimed productions as Waxxx and Apollo Vibes. We got Benoit to talk to us about his background and his future plans.
It isn't the usual aim of Progressive-Sounds to promote events or tours, but we had to make an exception for this one. Read all about this tour and try to make it at all costs. Also, check out the video footage of the fall tour.
Sean Cusick and Three, better known as Second Hand Satellites, are set to release a few gems this year including a remix set of their acclaimed 'Multiple Mirrors EP' and their own remix of Bedrock's 'Forge'. Read what else they have in store for 2002, and why Sean says Three and Jimmy Van M are both sissies.
Here is what you can expect from Global Underground 22.
We are running a contest. Just follow the link above, answer a few questions, and be entered to win one of three copies of Timo Maas' debut full lenght, 'LOUD'.
With James Holden's Solstice currently finding favour in DJ boxes the world over, and new signings Perc and Yunus launching excellent debut releases, it's quite appropriate that we feature two of the smallest, underground independent labels in the UK. We present Silver Planet and Easyaccess.
We revealed the tracklist first, so now we bring you the first review of the latest in the Balance series from Australian label EQ, mixed by the Sunkissed boss himself, Bill Hamel.
With his first cd for the Essential US label now on shelves and a series of DJ sets currently ongoing, we caught up with the Flying Dutchman, Sander Kleinenberg. Whilst Sander was in Mexico we asked him about his future plans, his eagerly anticipated Four Seasons EP Part 3, some interesting remix proposals he's received and much more. Check out the interview here.
Parks & Wilson Mix CD @ Trust The DJ
Parks & Wilson are releasing a collection of deep, smooth and metallic progressive tracks on May 20. Features tracks by Oko Tek, Noble & Thomas and Parks & Wilson's own remix of Lazonby's Wave Speech. Check it out.
Not many DJs can say they have worked with artists such as New Order, Seal, Kylie Minogue, the Brand New Heavies and David Bowie, but as half of Brothers In Rhythm with Steve Anderson, Dave Seaman has earned a repuation helping these artists to cross over into the dance music world. In between hobknobbing with the stars, Dave has played sets all over the world and recently played at the Good Shed, Melbourne on which the 22nd in the Global Underground series was based. We spoke to Dave about the album, forthcoming Brothers In Rhythm projects and his own record label. Read the interview here.
Just a reminder to you all out there that we are running a contest for Timo Maas' debut 'Loud'. Enter to win soon, contest ends on April 25.
It's not often that being an I.T. student you can say that the likes of James Zabiela, Sasha, and Shmuel Flash play your tracks or that you had some helpful advice from such people as the legendary Andy Page, but Dan Goodall, a Southampton, UK boy like James Zabiela is someone who can. Already he has three tracks out of the first handful he has produced signed to Niche and Fracas and you can expect to hear his name a lot more as this year progresses
As the Delta Heavy Tour rolls across America like a runaway train, word of a new John Digweed cd has been gathering people's attention. Well the wait is over as we present to you the 100% confirmed facts. Check out all the details of John Digweed's MMII mix cd here.
Jimmy Van M, second in line behind John Digweed to mix the Bedrock series, has been an instrumental figure in electronic music’s continued growth and popularity in North America. Once again pushing the nation forward, he has given birth to the Delta Heavy tour that is sweeping the nation. Read the interview to hear his thoughts on the tour.
As part of Odessi with Parks and Wilson, Leama ensured that Moments In Space became regarded as one of Baroque's finest moments to date. With his original productions Fabricate and Melodica also held in regard, the latter just having been re-released on Platipus, we caught up with Leama to find out about his DJing, his work with Andy Moor and more..
Stay tuned as Progressive-Sounds will soon be sharing our Delta Heavy experiences with you.
Gabriel and Dresden have been hard at work remixing New Order, Way Out West, Beber & Tamera and Paul Oakenfold. As a duo with such diverse backgrounds (DAVE: DJ, journalist, A&R, radio music director; JOSH: mastering engineer for Disney's "Aladdin" soundtrack, sound designer for Oddworld video games and co-founder of MixmanÔ Technologies remixing software) it is no surprise that combining their efforts they come up with great sounds. Come in and read what they had to say to us.
Akademia Show on Groovetech
Steve Gerrard and DJ Filth (Choo Choo's Dean Mushin) will be launching Choo Choo's new breaks label, AKADEMIA, with a 2 hour show on here
Guy Gerber started off with a band called Coco Beat, who played at many of Israel's clubs. Upon meeting Haoman 17 resident DJ Sahar Z a friendship was formed, and together this duo have gone on to produce several tracks, the most well known being the Portishead sampling Kenny's Back. We caught up with this duo to find out a bit more about them and their very different backgrounds.
Spiral Scratch, aka UK born Simon Mather has had a very varied set of influences during the course of his life. From punk to jazz funk, he then happened to come across dance music which intersted him so much he spent many years embracing sounds and technologies. He was finally picked up by Whoop! Records where his debut release Something Else was released. Already he is working on a follow up and getting approached by other labels, so we decied to find out a bit more about this up and coming talent.
We have updated our Bedrock 3 feature to include the tracklist for the vinyl release of this top notch compilation. Get 12 tracks spread across 4 vinyls to try to match your mixing skills against Chris Fortier's.
Whoop! Records were founded way back in 1994 by dj's Joel Xavier & Andy Lekker as a creative output for their music. Drawing inspiration from the now defunct Om & Guerilla sound, Whoop! has expanded from the early seminal successesful releases from artists such as Dum Dum, Spanish Fly and Brutal Deluxe to the superb and ever increasing roster of original artists today such as Tarrentella, Redanka, Mike Monday, Spiral Scratch, Dominion and more.
Kinky Vinyl is the new funky brother of Whoop! Records that launched in April 2002 with Guy Gerber's Flammer. Future releases will see Marshall Jefferson on the label, along with a track those in the know are already ranting about called 'Annabel' by Dzamb. Watch out for the rather kinky pvc sleeved cuts near you soon. Check out our review of the first release which is now online
Dave Gardner, floating resident at Leeds club Union has worked with many of the best up and coming producers, such as Redanka (Andy Holt), Blackwatch (Michael Thomas), and Andy Moor. With the track 'Control' currently blowing up on Prolekul, and forthcoming releases on Whoop!, Yoshitoshi and Pitch Black, we caught up with Dave for a chat.
If the release of John Digweed's latest mix cd 'MMII' wasn't exciting enough, DJs around the world can now look forward to a vinyl version. A tripple vinyl release of all but two of the tracks Diggers used on his compilation will accompany the cd. Click the link above to see the updated tracklist.
As part of Highland, Mark Discrito and fellow colleages Marc Edwards and Mark's brother, Paul have played at many of Australia's big festvials, such as Two Tribes and The Advent Jam Festival. As well as this they have done productions such as Forsaken and the much sought after 'No Way Out', as well as remixes for the likes of Ocean Wave and Jan Johnston. These productions and remixes have found their way into the boxes and onto the compilations of DJs such as Dave Seaman and Paul Oakenfold. Having recently mixed Vapourised Volume 3 with Andy Jarrod, we caught up with Mark to find out Highland's plans for the coming months.
Cedric Pinet is one of Belgium's top progressive DJs, and has already caused a stir with many people as a result of the material he's worked on with fellow Belgian Benoit Franquet, better known as Pole Folder. With the duo due to appear at various cities and festivals across the world in the coming months, we caught up with CP to find out a bit more about his background, his plans for the coming months and his work with Pole Folder.
Lee Spicknell and Chris Sylvester hail from Nottingham, UK and as the production / dj duo, Sound Alliance have already been making a name for themselves as of late, with some of their tracks finding their way onto James Zabiela's forthcoming CD, entitled GTDJ, and their track 'From Home' being recently signed to Distinctive. We caught up with this promising up and coming pair of youngsters to find out a bit more about them.
Gene Carbonell recently did a guest appearence on Progressive-Sounds resident Groovetech Girl, Chloe Harris's weekly 'Further' show on Groovetech. She managed to get him to answer a few questions regarding the new Choo Choo US booking agency, his current and future production work and a little bit about himself. Check out the brief interview here.
Arno Asmus has been working in the design business for the last decade, occasionally making forays into the realm of production, before fully exploring this during 1998 and making a real name for himself under the guise of Revolt. Fast forward four years and he's had releases on Bedrock, with forthcoming material on Bliss, Addictive and Enter Music to name but a few. We caught up with the man from Rotterdam
Dean Mushin, known to some as the Choo Choo Monkey, and label manager of new Choo Choo offshoot breakbeat label Akademia Recordings is one of the fast rising breaks djs and producers under his DJ Filth guise, and with both Choo Choo and Akademia set to release some quality material over the summer we caught up with him for a chat about his career and the labels.
Andy Holt hails from the Midlands, UK and has produced tracks under the guises Osiris (with Nigel Dawson), Nerva (with Dave Gardner) and Tarrentella (with Chris Bourne). On his own he has his Redanka project under which he has just released Out Of The Dark. We found out a bit more about his productions, the label he runs with Chris, RIP Records and their Cable Chamber studio complex
For those of you who may not know, Sasha has posted a press release on his site (follow the link above) for his much anticipated LP, 'Airdrawndagger'.
"Recording this album is the hardest thing I've ever done," says Sasha. "The people I've worked with, like Tom from Junkie XL and Charlie May, I feel like my learning curve has gone through the roof. I feel as if I've been at university for the last year! I'm a bit of a perfectionist, but it has been worth all the time."
Earth Deuley first made an impact on the scene in 2001 with the release 'Dark Corner' on the Low Pressings imprint. Since then he has gone on to produce several other tracks, including a follow up release for Low Pressings, in addition to some for the labels Hellpass, Addictive and Tango. Hailing from Macon, GA we decided to find out a bit more about this fast up and coming producer.
Trey Smith hails from Macon, GA and along with fellow native Earth Deuley has quickly made an impact with his tracks Collection Of Singles and Subhuman, the latter of which has already enjoyed plays from John Digweed, Andy Jarrod, Steve Parry and Hernan Cattaneo to name but a few. We find out what living in Macon is like, an insight into his musical influences and much more as you will see.
Steve Lawler has slowly climbed the dj ladder, from running parties under UK motorways, to parties at Space, Ibiza and the Midweek Session at Code, Birmingham. In addition to productions like Andante and Rise In and remixes for the likes of BT, he has produced albums such as the Dark Drums series, and one for Global Underground's Nu Breed series. Now he gets the chance to take things to another level with the new conceptual series from Boxed, Lights Out. We found out what its all about and what he's been upto recently
Gwill Morris, best friend of James Holden, doctor and fellow Silver Planet artist has been quiet in the last few months, concentrating on his medical career, but now he's back making music and what a return he has made. The single Take Me Down under the guise of Main Element has already been played by Sasha and Digweed on the Delta Heavy tour and the man has much more under wraps to unleash on us over the coming months. Find out what he's been up to and what he has planned by reading the interview
The wait is over. The hype has reached fever pitch. It's finally coming, and no force of nature, no act of god or natural disaster can stop it. Sasha finally delivers his longly anticipated debut longplayer, Airdrawndagger, and we proudly present to you the FIRST review online.
Evolution, renowned UK production duo, best known for their innovative remixes that have included Digweed's "Heaven Scent" and BT's "Dreaming", are scheduled to release Unnatural Selection on Sept. 17
Chris Gainer is the man you hear little about when it comes to the name Sumsonic. With the other guys of the trio, Mark O Brien (Darko) and Paul Rogers producing in a solo capacity and collectively as Sleepfreaks, Chris sometimes gets forgotten about. However, this man is probably the hardest working of the trio. While DJing, and running a syndicated radio show, Chris runs the labels Sumsonic and Mechanism, he is a+r'ing new material and is producing with the guys as Seconds Out and Darko Vs Gainer. We decided to find out a bit more about this mystery man and what he has planned for the labels and his career in the coming months.
Recently remixing Suzanne Palmer's latest 'Show Me', Roman S. is gaining the attention of a lot of the top house producers including Omid (16 B) and Danny Tenaglia. Read what he had to say to us about his upcomming projects.
James Zabiela first made a name for himself winning the Muzik Bedroom Bedlam award and gaining the attention of Sasha and Lee Burridge which his unique style of DJing. Since then he has gone on to play all over the world, do mixes for John Digweed's KissFM and Radio 1's Essential Mix as well as remixed Royksopp's Remind Me for Wall Of Sound. In addition to this he has a twice monthly show, 'Excession' on Groovetech and has recently mixed the first volume in their new mix cd series entitled 'GTDJ001'. He is soon to embark on a tour of the US supporting Sasha to promote 'Airdrawndagger'. We caught up with James as he returned from the opening weekend of Space in Ibiza to find out what he's got up his sleeve for the coming months
Sasha Remix Contest : coming soon on Kinetic Records. Win a Mac G4, iPods, your remix released on Kinetic, and other cool prizes.
We do not have any further information, but you will know when we do.
In association with Nettwerk records, Progressive-Sounds is running another contest to give away five copies of the latest Whoop! Compilation : Progressive Development mixed by Nigel Dawson
Choo Choo Records artists Mara deliver arguably their finest work to date, 'Turning It On'.
Progressive-Sounds has 3 exclusive to internet tracks to promote the upcomming 'Signs' motion picture. Check em out.
Remix Sasha's Wavy Gravy
Power up your remix tools because samples have been unleashed. 11 Samples ranging from "wavy chorus" to "kick & hats 1&2" allow you the chance to get your self recognized by the masters. The deadline is October 31. Time is running out.
Yep, that's right. Answer three questions for a chance to win one of three signed copies of Mara's latest offering 'Turning It On' which is destined to take over Ibiza this summer, can be in your hands. Contest ends September 1st. Also, if you havent entered yet, our Progressive Development contest is over August 12th, so there is still time to enter.
Touted as the soundtrack to the dance generation, Orbital's greatest hits 'Work' was not their only release this year. They have specially composed a track called "Technologiskie Park" for the new spy thriller action film "XXX". The Hartnoll brothers also make a cameo appearance in the film. Follow the link for sound samples.
Sasha & Digweed together again
Sasha will mixing it up as the guest DJ this Friday night (August 2nd) on John's infamous KISS100 mix show. Read more about Sasha at his web site which is now live.
Check out the latest Nu Breed review.
We are aware the site is in need of repairs. We got almost a whole year out of this design, and the wear and tear is starting to show. Check back on the 8th after we send the cleaning crew through. We may even reward your patience with a special feature or two.
Our very own Chloé has put together a very special show this evening, dedicated to the site itself. Tune in to hear some of the current and future anthems today, in addition to a few surprises. Make sure you dont miss out as Chloé progresses 'Further'
Here it is, hope you like it
Shmuel Flash, 1/3 of Israel's Flash Brothers has fast been making a name for himself in his own right, be it under the alias Deep Amok or his own name. With remixes for the likes of Selfish Recordings and many other labels and his solo single 'Chilling Moments' causing a stir all over the place. We caught up with Shmuel during one of those very moments to find out what he has up his sleeve for the coming months.
Win the T-Shirt right off of Sasha's back!! Well, not really, but you can still win a very cool Sasha t-shirt. The above pic is not what it looks like, but you can click HERE to see the men's and women's versions. So what are you waiting for, get in there and answer 3 easy questions and enter to win.
Michael Simone, a singer, songwriter, composer and diverse artist perhaps is most well known for his single 'Drums For Better Daze' which was released to great acclaim on Hooj Choons. More recently the melancholic track 'Come Back To Me' has been finding it's way into the sets of Sasha and John Digweed, but as you'll discover, that's just the tip of the iceberg as far as this talented man is concerned.
Progressive-Sounds has landed two more tracks for you to listen to. Like the first three, these track were inspired by the movie 'Signs' and are exclusive to the internet. Check em out. My personal favorite is still Photek's, but these two are great!
Coinciding with their 30th release, Sheffield-based housers, Choo Choo
Records, have ditched their old image and plumped for a brand new look,
website and have even washed themselves.
A limited edition of the self titled lp by Conjure one features a Hybrid remix of 'Tears from the Moon', the Sinead O'Connor collaboration. Additional remixers include Max Graham, Ian Van Dahl and Robbie Rivera.
While Suzanne Palmer’s voice may be new to some, over the years she has built up a strong singing career, spanning from jazz to hard house and beyond. She continues to expand the boundaries, always seeking out projects that will convey her most inner thoughts and emotions. With the release of three new tracks throughout the past year, which include “Hide U,” “Show Me” and DJ Tiesto’s “643 (Love’s On Fire),” Suzanne continues to burn up the turntables and dancefloors throughout the world. Read about her “journey through the music” over the years and her own interpretation of it.
I just wanted to inform you that Sasha will be chatting with fans 9PM ET on Tuesday Aug 20th.
Mark Venneri started off his career at underground warehouse parties in Philadelphia back in the early 90s. Since then he has gone on to develop both as a dj and more recently embarked on his Madoka project. Already DJs like Sasha and Digweed to name but a few have supported this man's output with tracks like Dive and Mass finding plays on the Delta Heavy tour. We found out what the man who 'always thinks slightly forward' has planned for the coming months
We have added yet another interpretation to the movie 'Signs' inspired tracks collection. This exclusive offering is by Lovesky. Check it out.
Three years after 'Beaucoup Fish" and two years after the release of their award -winning DVD 'Everything Everything,' the fourth Underworld album has arrived.
After growing up together, Charlie May and Duncan Forbes became not only lifelong friends, but the amazing production talent known as Spooky. In addition to the much acclaimed and still sought after album 'Garguantuan', Spooky delivered many top productions in the early 90's such as 'Little Bullet' and 'Persuasion'.
Later, going their separate ways, Charlie went on to work with Peter Gabriel, William Orbit and Sasha whilst Duncan worked with Laurent Webb as Animated and Blondini Gang. Now the duo are back together, delivering the first new Spooky single in several years, 'Belong'. This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what other new material they have in the pipeline and the goals that they seek to achieve.
Read on to find out more.
Following on from their recent single 'Watching You', Saeed and Palash have joined the Excession roster, as well signed to Distinctive for an artist album project. In addition to this, they have plans underway to further diversify their Addictive imprint, plus many other things on the horizon. We caught up with them to find out more.
Yoshitoshi are soon to release the much anticipated mixed compilation In House We Trust 2: Mixed by Behrouz and MV (Envy). Check out the scoop here.
As the Future Sound Of London, Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans etched a template for outstanding music in the early 90s with ‘Accelerator’ and the acclaimed ‘ISDN’ and it’s live show experience. As the years went on, they both became unsure about where they were heading and as Garry fell ill due to mercury poisoning their legacy was laid to rest. After several years of rediscovery and healing, the duo have reunited and return to the old Amorphous Androgynous alias to deliver a new album, The Isness. Read on to find out about what the duo have been up to over the past few years, information about the album, and what they have planned for the future.
Check out the tracklisting here.
West Coast house superstar's will be releasing a exclusive double CD mixed by Hipp-e and Halo on EQ Recordings, namely "Destination: Australia mixed by H-Foundation"
Kevin Swain and David Snell are probably two of the busiest producers around. With projects spanning 20 different aliases, they have released many releases via Plastic Fantastic over the years. More recently they've been in the studio working with Bill Hamel and are hard at work on an album under their new Mash Up project. In addition to this they plan to launch a record label in the near future. Read on to find out more about their plans.
Jesse Houk originally hails from Amsterdam but has quickly made New York his natural habitat in recent years. As The Scumfrog, he has taken influences from both countries to create a very unique sound that has seen his profile skyrocket in recent months. With remixes for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Steve Lawler and IIO in addition to studio projects with the likes of Kristine W and Crystal Waters, his career looks set to leap even further. Read on to find out more about this fast rising talent.
Bert and Maarten Wilmaers first hit the progressive scene with their much accoladed remix of Minimalistix's epic Struggle For Pleasure which gained support from djs right across the board. Since then they have gone on to produce many tracks, including Sunshine with Tomaz and their own tracks Beside You and The One Who Got Caught, which are already gaining support from John Digweed and Sander Kleinenberg respectively. Additionally they have completed remixes for Ashtrax, Vek, Whatever Girl and Bedrock in recent months. Check out the full interview for more info about this duo's past present and future.
Loafer aka studio engineer Alan Bremner made a major impact with his track Travelogue on Hope Recordings. However this wasn't his first foray into the music scene. He has worked with Anthony Pappa as Freefall, with Anthony and Barry Gilbey as Three Monkeys and also works with the Brothers In Rhythm team of Dave Seaman and Steve Anderson. He's also assisted in the compilation and mixing of many big selling mix cds and is part of the Therapy Music team which looks after a DJ agency and the label 'Audiotherapy'. Find out a bit more about this man by checking out this interview
Fade Records gets a new look
Fade Records has completely redesigned their website and label art. The upcoming Steve Porter release will mark the launch of the label's new artwork, so stay tuned and be on the lookout! The new site is complete with mix sets from Chris Fortier and Steve Porter.
Three contests have finished over the past two weeks. Emails have been sent out to our winners. We have new contests coming very soon, so be sure to try again if you werent lucky this time around.
We have just received a bit of news regarding BT's new album that is soon to release on Nettwerk Records. Read on.
Demi is one of those rare talents who is forever pushing himself further. Having set up his Deeper Substance night with former partner Sian and now enjoying hosting a new night entitled Substantially Deeper things just seem to be heading upwards and onwards. Add to this radio shows for Proton Radio and Cued Up and a well deserved placing in the finals of Cream's Search For A Resident 2003 competition and pretty soon you will hear a lot more of his name as his profile rises even further. Read this interview to find out a bit more about him.
Roger Watson and Tony Thomas have a long and varied career in music. Between them they have released material on over 20 labels and have brought out some of the most influential music in many genres in recent years. As Red Moon they have put out tracks like Esther The Whore on Eukatech and have just released their debut album Lucky on Surround Sounds. Check out this interview with Tony Thomas for more information about the Red Moon project.
John Graham intially started out in rock bands and making Drum and Bass as Skanna. As he became more involved in dance music he developed his Quivver project in addition to working with Parks and Wilson as Tilt. Since parting ways with them to work on his solo album, John has remained pretty much out of the spotlight aside from his DJ commitments. Now he has returned with the single Boz Boz as Quivver and a new Space Manoeuvres single is due out soon. John reveals a lot more info in the interview, so read on.
John Digweed Online
www.johndigweed.com is now live on-line. Features John's biography, discography, up to the minute tour information and full tracklistings for his infamous KISS 100 radio show. This is stated to be the first version of the site and streaming media is set to feature in Version 2.
Bedroom Bedlam winner and Dirty resident Steve Gerrard has gone from strength to strength as a dj, and it was only a matter of time before he delved into the realm of production. With long time friend and studio whizz Russell Pearce they formed Wrecked Angle and another project as Filta. We decided to find out a bit more about their plans. Read on for more information.
Noel Sanger has been busy towards the end of 2002 with many releases heading your way. Future releases include Bardo Thötröl / Towards The One releasing on Music Now and a remix of Jan Johnston's Flesh on Perfecto and for even more original Noel material, Nettwerk is releasing his latest mix set "Summerbreeze2" Check out the information on that mix set from the link above.
EQ look back to Australian talent for the 4th release in the Balance series after the internationally successful release by American DJ Bill Hamel.
Progressive-Sounds is proud to announce a new feature, Sound Bytes. On a regular basis, DJ Chloé will be mixing up a few of our most recently received tracks so you can hear them when we do. This week, Chloe mixes it up with 4 choice tracks from our record bins.
James Lavelle has forged many fans via his Unkle project in addition to his Mo Wax imprint, and his dj sets at Fabric and indeed his mix cd for their label have furthered his reputation more. As the latest DJ to join the Global Underground roster, his career looks set to soar to even greater heights. We found out a bit more about how he feels about joining a roster that includes Sasha, John Digweed and Danny Tenaglia, plus got to find out lots of other things. Read on.
It's been a busy few weeks at Global Underground. Not only have they just released the 23rd volume in their acclaimed series, they have relaunched their vinyl labels Quad and Coded with releases from Bluefish and Pako and Frederik respectively. As an added bonus they have put out their first foray into the world of downtempo with the Electric Calm cd. Check out the links below for reviews of all these great releases.
Jerry Bonham has made a name for himself as resident at 1015, Circus and Vision as well as clocking up the frequent flyer miles all over the US and further afield. As a producer both in a solo capacity and with Jondi and Spesh he has had material released on Bedrock, Renaissance and most recently his single, Seventh Seal was released on SAW Recordings. We managed to catch up with him for a bit of a chat about his future plans.
Roland Bass and Luke Warm are the alter egos of Kelvin Andrews and Danny Spencer, two djs and producers who have been making a name for themselves over the years as Sound 5 and Sure Is Pure, holding down residences and gigs at clubs like The Bomb and Fabric. As Soul Mekanik they have found a project that has brought them one accolade after another, so we decided to find out a bit more about them and dragged 'Roland' away from the studio for a chat.
The progressive pioneers known as Fluke have been making music since 1988, delivering albums such as the inaugrual Techno Rose Of Blighty through three further albums ending in 1997's Risotto. Over these years they enjoyed success with singles and tracks such as Atom Bomb, Bullet, and Absurd. Over the course of that decade, they managed to stay one step ahead, embracing and pushing new sounds and even delivering a breathtaking live show experience. After some time out of the spotlight and following on from the Progressive History X retrospective, Fluke return, with a new album, live concept and much more. Fluke frontman Jon Fugler was kind enough to spare some time to speak to us. Read on..
Following in the footsteps of great Canadian producers such as Max Graham, Richie Hawtin and Luke Fair, Martin Villeneuve is making great progress in the dance community. After getting his tracks played on the Global Underground and Transport series mix sets, Martin continues his high profile by mixing 1/2 of the In House We Trust 2 series. Read on to find out more about his future.
To celebrate our interview with MV and the review of Yoshitoshi's "In House We Trust 2", Progressive-Sounds is running a contest with the help of Yoshitoshi. The booty? Signed copies of the mix cd.
Josh Collins hails from Chicago and has etched a name for himself as a producer who constantly puts out groundbreaking music. Having put out his first release in 1997 and having released material on 13+ labels since his career has gone from strength to strength. Aside from collaborations with Jason Dunne (of PB&J) and Chris Lake, he's recently remixed artists such as The Flash Brothers and Rachel Starr. We decided to find out a bit more about this hard working talent. Read on to find out more...
Audiotherapy will be relaunching with an introductory label sampler entitled "My Idea of House." Read More..
You heard right, the winner of this contest will receive the following CDs: BT - Ima, BT - ESCM, BT - Movement in Still Life, BT - Rare & Remixed, BT - Ten Years in the Life
More BT news:
BT has been doing paintings (little known fact that he was accepted to Rhode Island School of Design) but opted for the life of a musician at Berkley instead. Some of the mixed media paintings (involving photographs and dadaist cut and paste style collages mixed with oil and acrylic paints) will be featured in the artwork of the next album. He's been working on a piece of art for every song on the album
Paul Kane and Paul Pringle, the men behind Desert have released a mix cd riddled with unreleased material which includes artists such as Jamez, Oscar G, and Kolaborators to name just a few. An additional bonus CD accompanies the mix including forthcoming Future Groove releases. Read all about it.
Grayarea are Chi-town trio Nosmo, Ruin and McRae, three very unique personalities who came together via Nosmo meeting Chi-town boy McRae at Seattle University. From there the duo ended up in Chicago, dragging in Ruin along the way to share a combined house/studio where they have crafted some seriously unique music. Taking influences from McRae's indie-rock background, as well as a shared love of industrial music and everything inbetween, the trio have already been supported by DJs from Sasha to Max Graham and now signed to Hope/Polyester look set to take on the world head to head. Find out more about the trio by reading this interview with them..
Red Jerry is the head honcho of Hooj and it's offshoot labels, a shrewd businessman, a talented dj and producer who has put his hand to many successful ventures over the years. His productions have ranged from the uplifting vibes of Katcha to the deep house influenced beats of his latest venture RJ Project. We found out a bit more about the Hooj kingpin, his background and plans in respect to his labels.
Nick Muir is a studio wizard , engineer and producer of the highest standard. As part of Bedrock alongside John Digweed he has been responsible for remixes of Charka, Evolution, Shmuel Flash and many other artists, as well as classic productions such as For What You Dream Of and Heaven Scent. They have just unleashed the sublime melodic opus that is Emerald upon the music scene. However, he also shines in a solo capacity, having remixed Tom Mangan's Chutney and Archive's Numb recently, and previously having released Dark Blue under the guise of Cabala. Currently Nick and John have ventured into the world of soundtrack production, so we decided to find out a bit more about this and much more. Read on..
Bedrock is delivering one great release after another from the likes of Holmes Ives, Shmuel Flash, Steve Lawler and many others. In addition to that, they are set to release Bedrock's own 'Emerald.' Click here for easy access to the latest Bedrock reviews.
The Summerbreeze 2 review is in. To celebrate, there is a contest giving you a chance to win a copy. Check it out.
"Deep and dark, clean and effective, sinister productions with a true emotional feel that comes directly from the heart." That is what DJ San looks for in music. That is what is in San's music. San and partner Roland K's productions as San Project are receiving massive support. Read this interview and find out what releases to expect.
Harry Lemon has made a name for himself over the years, thanks largely to superb remixes for the likes of Greed, Arrakis and Main Element to name but a few. His Inner Sanctuary Sessions EPs have ensured at least one track he has put his hand to has found it's way into the record boxes of top level and bedroom djs alike. His Inner Santctuary Sessions mix cd, a double cd of his best original productions and remixes is due out shortly and to tie in with this, his official website has been launched. Check it by clicking the link.
Inversus Records stands proud with releases such as Lorient's "Salvation" and Rock's "Resistance". Label owner Sandy Fox is expanding his grasp on the dance community launching a sub-label, Inversus Limited. Read what he as to say about that here.
Austin Leeds and the creative talents of Origin have recently formed Rock. Their first release on Inversus, "Resistance" is doing massive damage around the globe. Before that, Austin teemed with Accorsi and Chable as 21st Century Fux. Read this interview to learn about future Rock and 21st Century Fux productions. Read this interview to find out about his new label. Read this interview to know what we know.
Recorded during ESCM (1996) an album track that, well never made it on the album because CD's are too short. The vocals are from Bt's friend Che Malcolm and Bt himself. They were recorded in Maryland in winter....right after he recorded TH Culhane on Firewater !
Note: Download will only be available until 11/14 so GET IT NOW
Chloe strikes again
Another week, another Sound Bytes. This week, Chloe drops a mellow 4/4 set with smooth grooves. Listen to this.
Global Underground embark on yet another new direction with the release of their 'Afterhours' compilation. Check out the feature and read the review.
Mark Wheawill is perhaps not a name that you will notice regularly in charts or dj playlists, but you can probably guarantee he's had a hand in at least one track in the boxes of most of the big jocks. As a producer, vocalist and studio engineer he has worked on tracks as part of Source Of Gravity, Evenflow, Bravemusic and several other guises and has recently worked with Parks and Wilson on a Tilt project. To find out more about that and the rest of what's happening in the world of Mark Wheawill check out this interview.
Herbert Berkley, the latest talent to emerge from the Great State Of Texas has fast shaken the scene to it's foundations, with his debut release for Fade, 'Rebuilding 12' not even officially in stores yet, but already he has further material to come on Niche, Music Is Freedom and several other labels, in addition to involvement in many new and exciting ventures, including his own innovative Cure Recordings imprint which is set to launch next year. A man with a big heart and a lot to say, so without further ado, here's Smight.
Phil K is one of the top DJs within Australia and is fast making an impact on the world scene as well. As a producer he is involved with the projects Dark Alley, Lo-Step and the Hi-Fi Bugs, amongst others. A DJ who will do remixes live in order to ensure his set remains fresh and innovative and after recently mixing EQ's Balance 004 compilation he is no doubt set for even greater things. We decided to find out a bit more about the creation of the album and lots of other things. Read on to find out more.
To help promote their full length release on Nettwerk records, FC Kahunna have mixed up 60 minutes for you to check out. It's a great listen that reflects their eclectic style and savvy tastes including tracks from Radiohead, Primal Scream and a few of their own original productions. Check it out.
Steve Parry is the progressive buyer at 3Beat in Liverpool. A man who helps many of the top and upcoming DJs across the world obtain brand new records for their boxes, but he's also a hard working DJ with a weekly radio show, gigs all over the world and has played at clubs including Bedrock in the past few years. His debut single 'Jawa' was released on Fluid Recordings earlier this year, and recently he has started a new night in Liverpool called 'Aztec' as resident alongside James Zabiela. So without futher ado we present an insight into the world of Steve Parry. Enjoy.
As part of Gabriel and Dresden with DJ Dave Dresden, Josh Garbriel has remixed artists ranging from Way Out West and Grayarea to New Order, and they have just released their debut original production, 'Lament'. In addition to this he is also part of Andain and has just recently unleashed his debut solo single onto an unexpecting world in the shape of 'Wave 3'. It doesn't take rocket science to work out Josh is a busy man, so we decided to find out a bit more about him and the projects he's working on.
Shem McCauley has been working in the dance scene for over a decade now, first as Ramp with Simon Rogers, before channelling his energies into Slacker. Widely accoladed for remixes of artists including Bedrock and Breeder, in addition to originals such as 'Scared', 'Your Face' and more recently 'Looky Thing', Slacker continues to make music that is still getting people's attention to this day, having also been responsible for the massive 'Walls Of Jericho' by Head Honcho. Having recently remixed Moby and with plans for further material on his label, Jukebox In The Sky, we had chat with Shem about the past, the present, and future of Slacker.
Once a month, Progressive Sounds invites you to take a ride in Bill Hamel's Escalade to enjoy the music that's influencing his world. This segment, entitled "Extended Play," takes us inside Hamel's CD changer to find that one disc that gets more play than all the rest. Old or new, techno or jazz, this is the music that's shaping Hamel work. Join him for a spin.
With the release of 'Dust' now imminent, we thought it was high time we brought you up to date with all the happenings that come out of '80Hz' in Belgium. Check out our Pole Folder & CP update for an insight into what to expect in the coming months.
Scott Hardkiss was an early pioneer of original sounds in the United States and had a huge influence over many artists productions. On his Hardkiss label, Scott has produced classics such as "The Phoenix" and "Raincry" and also released the infamous compilation "Delusions of Grandeur" which remains a staple in collections around the world. Read this interview to find out what is coming up for God Within and why his "Rocket Man" remix never saw a proper release.
Rumours have been bouncing around about Nick Warren's forthcoming 'Reykjavik' album, the 24th in the Global Underground series. Here's some info to whet your appetite.
Release Records is proud to announce their second competition & last one of the year. The competition is to remix their latest signing, Medway 'Trauma.' This is his latest follow up to 'My Release.' For contest rules and samples, click the link above. The first place winner will recieve his/her remix on the B-side of the promotional & finished copies
Michael Burns is one of a growing nu breed of producer. One that starts at a very young age and creates music without the need for a traditional studio, opting for a software based environment that is becoming more and more predominent in this dag and age. His music as Blue Haze speaks volumes of the results, the melancholic melody within his music showcasing a sound quite different to a lot of conventional progressive house music, drawing elements from both downtempo and electronic influences.. Already his track 'Greedy Planet' has been enjoying roadtesting in the sets of Sander Kleinenberg and several other DJs, and now we give you some insight into this promising young star, one of many attempting to stand out in '03 who you will come to hear of over the next few weeks. Read on..
Jamie Stevens, Manuel Sharrad and Frank Xavier. collectively known as Infusion have had an oustanding year with a tour that has seem them travel practically all across the global showcasing their superb live show. Additionally they have made sure their music has found it's way into many a dj box with remixes for artists such as Mangotrasher, Sshh and Main Element. Junkie XL's remix of their most popular track 'Legacy' is also due for release in the new year, and Jamie updated us on what the next year holds for Infusion.
Gwill Morris is currently on tour in Australia, following the release of his Main Element single 'Take Me Down' on Silver Planet. We caught up with Gwill for a quick update about what he's been upto and to find out a bit more about his recently launched website and plans for the new year.
Planet Noise. A planet on the far edge of the universe where animated DJs and musicians live with one purpose, to create sound. It was some time ago that three individuals travelled varied paths before arriving on the planet. Those three individuals, Noa, Arta and Igor have since been known as Bermuda Triangle. It was when their track 'Mooger Fooger' found it's way into the hands of intergalactic superstar DJ John Digweed who featured it on his 'MMII' album, that life on the planet changed forever. The Noisian race has much in common with Planet Earth, that of the love of music that emits from the darkness of dancefloors across the universe. Now as Bermuda Triangle lead the Noisian race with an EP to further strength the intergalatic links, it looks like the year MMIII will start a whole new adventure and travels for the people of the Planet Noise.
Shelley Harland is one of those rare talents you happen upon by chance. You could be walking along past a bar or music hall, or turn up to see the latest and greatest act at a local venue only to be blown away by the support act. But calling Harland a support act would be wrong, because she is far more. A singer and songwriter with a voice that will melt your mind and soothe your soul, and a major electronic influence to her unique sound that inspired her to programme her own tracks. Through sheer guts, determination and hard work, as well as several low key live shows, the hard work has all paid off as Harland's debut album 'Salt Box Lane' is set to be released on Chrysalis next year and with word of her amazing voice reaching the far corners of the globe, several of the top names in the progressive music scene have enlisted her services, ensuring her voice makes it's way to a dancefloor near you soon.
Luke Chable is one of the hardest working producers around today. Between himself, Ivan Gough and Phil K, they are responsible for some of the hottest sounds to emerge out of Australia and into the world dance music scene via various projects including Dark Alley, Digital Mind Control and Lo-Step. In a solo capacity he has produced many top level remixes and productions and recently has really come into his own as one of the 'the producers' of the moment. We decided to dig a little deeper and find out more about this amazing young talent.
Jesse Skeens has been in the dance music scene for the last decade or so, starting off in Florida, honing his production skills as Medway, creating music that has subsequently been supported right across the board, with Sasha and Digweed being two of his many fans. Having released numerous singles for Hooj he is now preparing to release his latest single 'Trauma'. We decided to find out a bit more about the remix competition surrounding the track, his collaborations with Sean Cusick and others and his views of the state of the industry today, and he quite happily spoke freely about it all to us. Read on to find out what he had to say.
Recently voted as one of Mixer magazine's top Movers and Shakers, Omid (16B) has reinforced his status as a heavy weight producer. His latest LP released on Hooj Choons titled 'How To Live 100 Years' has met with great response around the world with his unique deep, sexy grooves. Read what he had to say to us regarding the singles and tour that the future holds in support of the album and what he looks for in a remixer.
With the new year looming Bedrock unveil the first of many plans they have for 2003 and beyond with the launch of the new imprint, Bedrock Breaks. Building on the legacy of the breaks room at Heaven and aiming to showcase the finest in underground breakbeat music over the coming months, with the first release being 'Locked On' by Nuddles, due out in late January 2003. Read on to find out more.
2002 has been quite a year for Sean Cusick, with some outstanding production work and collaborative work with Medway also gaining support far and wide. His dj sets have continued to amaze and educate anyone lucky to have seen him play out. With further studio work forthcoming and the releases of the remixes of Sean and DJ Three's track 'Orbit' as Second Hand Satellites, 2003 already looks set to be another stellar year for this outstanding producer and dj. We managed to get his thoughts on remix contests, female djs, the government and much much more. Read on for yet more of Sean Cusick's wise words.
Hellpass Records is offering up 8 records from their back catalogue. It is a collectors dream. Click through to see what you are playing for
Curtis and Leaha Fallis are a production outfit from Texas called 'Burufunk', and are the latest talents to leap from the Great State into the world dance scene with their own unique sound they call 'Deep/Progressive/Technology'. With support for their material already coming from Deepsky, Nick Warren, Hybrid, Dave Seaman, Sasha and BT, and with forthcoming productions and remixes coming on Navigation Records and Audiotherapy, it looks like Texas has spawned yet more great artists that look set to make an impact well into 2003 and beyond. Find out more about them by reading this interview.
This month, Bill Hamel reviews Jack Johnson’s CD, “Brushfire Fairytales” which he says is very rejuvenating, uplifting and inspiring music. Read the full review.
Sekander Raisani and Frederik Borgesius first developed their love for house music during their teenage years of the 80s before embarking on production work and dj gigs as Pako and Frederik in the early 90s. Since then they have gone one to produce many quality original tracks and remixes, as well as running their own imprint Majestic Music. 2003 will see the release of the debut Pako and Frederik artist album so we felt it was high time we found out a bit more about this duo. Read on..
Dave Robertson is yet another promising new producer to emerge from Southampton in the UK. His productions range from tech house grooves to old skool house, taking in everything that falls between. Already his work has gained attention from Sasha and James Zabiela and remix work is coming this young 20 year old's way before he's even had his first release out, which is forthcoming on James Zabiela's Hearing Aid imprint. In the meantime find out a bit more about Dave by reading this interview.
Adam Spears is like many young teenagers in today's world, full of ideas and wanting to let their voice be heard. In Adam's case, his music is his voice, and by total surprise he has seen music he created reach heights he never imagined, with John Digweed supporting his track 'Crayons' and Nick Warren even snapping the track up for his highly anticipated Global Underground 024 album. Maybe the old saying of 'when you wish upon a star..' is true. But you can bet that Starkid's career is one you will hear a lot more of sooner, rather than later.
Following on from the massive debut Bedrock Breaks album in 2002 and his seminal Y3K offerings, Hyper returns taking things to a new level with the next in the Bedrock Breaks Compiled & Mixed series, 'Bedrock Breaks: Fractured'.
Greed is Swiss producer Tobi Wirz. Responsible for tracks such as 'Promises' and 'Strange World' with vocalist Lesley and recent collaborations with Blackwatch (Gentle Rain) and Van Bellen (City Lights) having seen his profile rise even further, Tobi runs the record label SOG Records and has involvement with a band project too. Read on to find out more about Tobi, his work and his record label.
Fans of Delerium can download various vocal and instrumental tracks (as well as an MP3 of the original song) from "After All," the first single from Delerium's forthcoming release "Chimera" (release date: May 20, 2003) as part of a remix contest beginning Jan. 17th that will afford the winning remixer a spot on the commercial release of "Chimera.
Momu have been blazing a sonic trail with their recent releases and remixes. With the Momu remix of Cass' "Mind Rewind" riding high in the charts, Bedrock signed "Sunsicle" kicking off the latest Bedrock Breaks comp, and their original "The Dive" being picked up on Nick Warren's yet to be released Global Underground, Momu are drawing many listeners in to their unique blend of melodic atmospheric breaks. Find out what Jondi and Mark are all about in our interview with them.
Fischerspooner's #1 will be released in the U.S. on February 25th with a new Junkie XL remix of "Emerge" and an updated 2003 version of the track's stunning video. We have links to the Junkie XL remix audio, listen now.
John Morgan and Kiki Stewardson hail from Canada, and form the production outfit known as Powerplant. With releases including 'Angel' and 'With Or Without You' they have already proved they can create music for the dancefloor just as well as they can within the confines of video game based music for Electronic Arts in Vancouver. In addition to this they have their hands in a number of other ventures, as well as many things planned for 2003. Read on to find out more..
Ivan Gough has been involved with dance music for almost 20 years now, first tweaking knobs and spinning turntables in 1984 before adding production to his abilities in 1989. Since then he has pushed his career forward with many productions with people like Phil K, Andy Page, Gab Oliver and Luke Chable. He is one of the key figures who has helped pushed the Australian scene into the world spotlight and here we present a unique insight of this pillar of the Australian dance scene.
Andy Moor is a young producer based deep in the Midlands within the UK, who has been producing bands and artists since the age of 15. Since then he has become part of the Baroque family of artists, co-producing and engineering tracks with some of the other artists linked with the label. In addition to this he has seen his dj commitments take him overseas to Europe and beyond, and his production work continues to go from strength to strength. Read on to find out more about what he has up his sleeve in the coming months and much more..
Sabatage Systems now online
The website for Cass's new label Sabotage Systems is now online, featuring comprehensive track listings, discography’s, downloads, mp3’s, press information, artwork downloads, news and related info on Cass and other Sabotage artists. The site also contains information about the forthcoming compilation '8' as well.
Following a brief studio encounter in Philadelphia between Tigerhook's Randall Jones, Philip Charles and Mara which resulted in the framework for a track titled 'Air You Breathe' the Choo Choo bosses have seized the opportunity to team Mara again with in-demand DJ and producer Randall Jones.
Even before the work has started the result is already being tipped to feature on the forthcoming and much anticipated Mara album, 'If you only knew' set for release in June on Choo Choo records.
Label boss Sara Whittaker-Gilbey said, 'When we started to discuss getting back into the studio again with Randall both Barry and I were really excited. Randall is so enthusiastic and clued-up I'm certain we'll come out with something really special'.
Rui Da Silve first started out making records with DJ Vibe as part of the Underground Sound Of Lisbon. 'So Get Up' is the most popular of their works, but in a solo capacity Rui was to create a track that pushed the envelope far beyond anyone's expectations at the time. That track was 'Touch Me', and in a lot of ways it set the path for a lot of copycats that followed. However, Rui was not put off by this and has been working on his artist album and the new single currently finding it's way onto dancefloors entitled 'Feel The Love'. Read on to find out Rui's thoughts on the events of the past 10 years and also his thoughts and goals for the future.
Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the seven astronauts who were lost in the Columbia space shuttle tragedy.
Ian Ossia is one of those djs who stays out of the spotlight but still wows audiences wherever he plays, be it the UK, Australia or further afield. For many years he has had strong ties to Renaissance and these days can be found spinning on a regular basis at The Cross in London. He has also been busy in the studio, working on material to follow on from his recent release 'La Fee', which he produced with production partner Joel Einhorn. Read on to find out more about Ian's past and his plans for 2003.
After a success 2003, Source of Gravity are continuing their assault on the progressive world with some fine releases and a strong DJing schedule.
"2002 was a good year for us despite the problems for the industry. We definitely improved our profile a great deal. This year we hope to take things further, and everything is in the pipeline to do so."
Petter Nordkvist is 18 years old and hails from Stockholm in Sweden. He has been producing for the last three years, experimenting with sounds and styles in order to develop his skills further. With his debut single 'These Days' already gaining support from James Holden, John Digweed and many more, it seems that his career has had a springboard start into the future, but watch out because this boy has many more tracks to suit all persuasions currently waiting to be discovered. We present a brief insight into the world of Petter. Read on..
Shane Ehlers and Jeff Belfi are two NYC based producers collectively known as BlueRoomProject, who have recently started to gain attention with their blend of progressive, tech house, breaks and everything else inbetween, complete with a unique warm organic sound that they have shaped into their own. One of their first tracks 'Aperitif', has already been signed to Cass's forthcoming compilation '8' with the duo subsequently joining his Sabotage roster. The boys however have much more to offer, as you will find out. Read on..
Hernan Cattaneo is fast becoming one of the most popular Argentinians since Diego Maradonna. However, his hand of god controls the decks with his dj skills being widely accoladed across the globe. Alongside production partner Martin Garcia he has produced several singles for Paul Oakenfold's Perfecto imprint and has recently been in the studio with Cass and Tom Mangan. Read on to find out more about Hernan in this interview.
Tayo steps up to the plate to mix the first in a new series of compilations showcasing the finest artists from his MOB family of signings. MOB Deep Volume 1 showcases some of the past, present and future MOB hits that Tayo is putting out on the breaks scene. This album isn't just another label showcase. It's an insight as to where MOB started, where it is, and where it's going, as it tightens it's hold on the breakbeat scene, developing and nuturing new and established talent.
In 2003, Futureshock return with one of the most eagerly awaited debut albums of the year. The Phantom Theory LP extends the musical sweep of Futureshock with the battle cry of "expect the unexpected". Hip house joints, sit alongside downtempo delights and the same production genius that has set Futureshock on their celebrated march through the nocturnal underground. It's a stunning debut album.
Enter to win a trip to see Casey, Warren and the rest of the Fischerspooner crew performing live in Miami, FL. Prize includes roundtrip airfare and hotel accomodations for two. NOTE: This is not a Progressive-Sounds sponsored contest.
A thousand faces, a thousand places, one unique sound.
Sit back, relax, and embark with us on Paul van Dyk¹s Global journey.
After the initial success of his debut single 'Bad Girl' on Climax Recordings, producer and dj Paul Lancaster hasn't been idle, having gone on to produce several more tracks, the most recent of which, 'Don't Stop Burning' has been picked up by Cass for his Sabotage imprint and '8' compilation. This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what Paul's future holds for him so read more about him here..
As 2003 started, the future for Global Underground did not look good as Administrators were appointed and the company's future fell into debate and rumour on message boards and websites across the globe, with the release of Nick Warren's GU024 caught up in all the issues. However news has come today courtesy of GU themselves to tell us exactly what is happening. Read on:
Ben Camp has been quite successful with his "Timewreck" release on Fade and "Burning" on Inversus. I am still very into the sounds of "Syndrome" which appeared on Noel's mixset for Nettwerk and "Emergence" has yet to emerge on Sabatoge. Now, Ben and label mate Patrick Turner have just launched Movim Records. Read the interview to find out what Ben has in store for the future.
Guy Hatfield has made a name for himself over the years via DJ sets at the likes of Bedrock and Twister, being one of the early stars on Distinctive's Y3K + Y4K series, before moving on to develop his own Kilowatt Recordings imprint which has recently come into it's own. In addition to this he has recently mixed 'Fractured', his second mix cd for Bedrock Breaks, and has forthcoming singles on Acetate Ltd and 420 Recordings to watch out for, and even still this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we can expect from Hyper in 2003. Read on to find out more..
Quality not Quantity? Yoshitoshi Recordings disagrees. The world-renowned dance music record label has bucked this widely held view in favor of its own strategy for exposing fans to the best dance music has to offer… Quality in Quantity. Read on...
Joshua Ryan is a name many will know thanks to the track 'Pistolwhip', but that is merely just one side to Joshua many talents, with his feet stuck firmly into many different and exciting projects. He's just released his debut album 'By Design' and has a forthcoming single on Fluid, and he still manages to find time to dj as well. Prepare to be pistolwhipped. Read on..
Matthew Dekay is one of the latest talents to emerge out of the Dutch music scene and onto the world scene, with both his djing talents and production work gaining accolades right across the board from DJs such as Sander Kleinenberg, Danny Howells, Harry Lemon and Chris Fortier, with his production work being heavily supported by Sander on his mix compilations. His track 'Passion' paved the way for the 'Beautiful Monday EP' which was just released. Watch out for further track and projects from this talented youngster soon, which you can read about in this interview.
Chris Scott and Anton Fielding are but two players in a group of househeads that has in various combinations produced such acts as Lexicon Avenue, Little Green Men, and many other acclaimed outfits, alongside Mark Armstrong and Scott Bradford. Together as Echomen however, they seem to be unstoppable, with one superb track after another hitting the shelves, including 'Substance', 'Truth' and most recently 'Perpetual', featuring the vocals of occasional vocalist Cheb. We caught up with them for a bit of a chat, and a taster of further adventures in house over the coming months. Read on to find out more..
Matthew Roberts and Matt 'Watkins' Thomas burst onto the scene as King Unique back in 2001, having previously worked on and off together. No sooner had they put out releases on Defected and Junior, than remix offers came in left, right and centre. Somewhere along the way came an anthem called 'Dirty', before the long road to the forthcoming 'Love Handles' LP started with the singles 'Sugarhigh' and the recent 'Lighters / Music Please'. Throw in decks n fx sets all over the place and a glut of side projects and there is a lot to read about, so get to it...
Jonathan Lisle has been collecting house music since the late '80s, having been inspired by the early acid house, before moving onto the true progressive house of the early 1990s and subsequently onto breaks as well. Inspired by the likes of FSOL, Banco De Gaia and DJs including Sasha and John Digweed, Jonathan has developed his dj skills over the years into a style far away from many other djs currently on the circuit. Since getting one of his early mixes onto John Digweed's KissFM show in May 2001, he has not looked back and has played in venues both sides of the Atlantic and done much more in the past 18 months. Read on to find out more about Jonathan Lise - the past, the present and the future.
Phil Dockerty and Alex Tepper first made a name for themselves in the music scene back in 2000, with remixes for artists such as Underworld, Moby and The Chemical Brothers amongst many others. From there they showcased their live decks n fx shows at venues such as Bedrock and Bugged Out!, backing this up with productions including 'The Question', 'Frequency' and the massive 'Sparc'. Having been locked way creating their debut album 'Phantom Theory', the duo now return, with a new live show experience to deliver to the masses in support of the new album, and have plans to take their Fuju imprint even further. Read on to find out more..
From the early days alongside Pete Martin as Cass and Slide, Cass Cutbush has been a name on many people's lips. Backed by the legacy of the imprint that was Fire Recordings, and productions including 'Perception' and 'Opera', Cass and Slide became major players in the scene, culminating with the album 'Burning The Candle At Both Ends'. Since then Cass has gone on to set up the new Sabotage imprint, and continues to clock up the air miles djing as well as finding time to put together the forthcoming '8' compilation and start work on his solo artist album. We caught up with Cass to find out what has been happening since we last spoke to him, and what he has planned for the coming months. Read on..
Randall Jones is currently one of the busiest producers due to the amount of varied projects he has either recently completed, or is currently working on. Many people know him for his outstanding contributions to house music as part of the Tigerhook Corporation, but that is merely the surface when you look at his extensive back catalogue of work. He has worked with the excellent Phillip Charles on many occasions and has a project ongoing with the legendary Mark Bell as Blakhook, in addition to numerous collborations. He is also fast becoming a hot commodity on the dj circuit, and is regularly asked over to the UK to play at Bedrock alongside John Digweed. We dig deeper to find out about his influences, his various works and just what involves 'being Randall Jones'. Check out this unique insight into one of the Tigerhook's leading players.
Tom Mangan started out as a scratch dj for Degrassi and a studio engineer for Cass, but has since moved into production in his own right. Be it the single 'Chutney' which was supported heavily by John Digweed, or the forthcoming 'Hubbub', a track he produced with Cass and Hernan Cattaneo, Tom has just started to show what he is capable of in the studio. The coming months have much in store for Mr Mangan, so read on to find out more..
The FBI's newest project? Not quite. Agent 001 ventures forth from Boston, with DJ Eli Wilkie teaming up with fellow native Steve Porter, who needs no introduction. The result. Fresh sounds that will grab you by the soul and make you dance. It's as simple as that. There's no classified information behind what these two bring together in the studio, other than their investigations into sound rock dancefloors and will soon secretly work their way into all your minds like a contagious disease. There's no need to call Mulder and Scully though, just read on to find out what the cause is.
Phil Thompson has earned a name for himself as the warm up DJ at Bedrock over the past two years. Additionally, he has released material which has gained support from djs right across the board, yet Phil admits he's still at the early stages of learning production. His dj commitments have recently seen him play overseas and he's just collaborated with Randall Jones on a new track. Read on to find out more about Moonface, his past influences, his future plans and much more..
Electrofly Records is a new beats and breaks label set up by Keith Mcdonnell. Based in the Midlands, UK, the label is due to launch soon with it's first release 'Will U Ever Come Around' by Shiloh. We decided to find out what Keith's ideas for the label are and what can be expected over the coming months. In addition to this we have teamed up with him to offer you the chance to win a very exciting competition. Read on to find out more about Electrofly...
A release date has been set for the first single from BT's new album 'Emotional Technology'. The track 'Somnambulist' comes complete with remixes from Junkie XL, Burufunk and Sander Kleinenberg and will be a North Americian only release on May 20th. We have teamed up with Nettwerk to offer five people the chance to win a Test Pressing ahead of it's release so check out this feature to find out more.
The duo of Kasey Taylor and Sean Quinn have enjoyed considerable success over the years. As djs they have seen their international profiles grow, both having volumes of EG Grey's Balance mix series to their credit as well. As producers they have worked on various projects, but 'Our House' is perhaps their most accoladed to date. What started with the single 'Soliton Wave' has now developed into a full album, due for release soon, showing a versatility and depth to their talents that has grown over the years. We spoke to them both about the creation of the album, their plans for the future and much more. Read on..
The contest is on! Our promotional copies of BT's Somnambulist have arrived earlier than originally thought. So, we're moving the contest deadline forward to Friday, April 25. Now the winners will have more time to enjoy their prizes before the official release date. Good Luck!
U&K, or Uke and Kimik to give them their proper names are a pair of djs and producers from Tampere, Finland, who have captured the attention of many with their remix of Sasha's 'Wavy Gravy' which was recently released as the official b-side to the single 'Artificial Heart'. However this is merely the tip of the iceberg as the duo have a number of original productions and remixes to follow in the coming months, as well as still pushing their djing back home with the highly successful night 'Miau!' allowing them to showcase their talents. We spoke to them about that and how they feel about being sprung into the spotlight suddenly, amongst other things, and here's what they had to say..
Andy Pitman and Simon Huxtable are two producers who have forged a reputation for making deep atmospheric music deep within the heart of Devon, UK. As the Deep Space Organisms they have caught the attention of many djs including John Digweed with their fusion of deep atmopsherics sounds, tribal rhythms and even dnb via projects such as Aural Imbalance. With lots of new material to appear in the coming months we decided it was high time to find out a bit more about this mysterious duo. Here are our findings..
In the world of dance music, very few can deny Yoshitoshi its place at the forefront of the global dance music scene. Soon, this vaunted record label will celebrate its 100th vinyl record release. In a world where artists, styles, and record labels come and go, 100 releases in a single catalog is an exciting milestone and something truly worth celebrating.
Avid observers will have noticed a new name on our review team over the past few days, and we are pleased to announce a new addition to our team. Nick Bower will be bringing an insight to the world of breaks and much more and we are excited to welcome him to the team, where he will provide some of the latest reviews and features, when he's not out lurking at one of London's many excellent breakbeat nights. There are many further changes planned for the coming months so keep checking back.
On Monday, June 09, Meat Katie will be releasing K-Hole on Saw Recordings. To help promote that blazing chunky single, Meat Katie has lended us a guest review. Find out what tunes have Mr. Katie is grooving by following the link above.
World-renowned dance music label Yoshitoshi Recordings is pleased to announce the next installment in their In House We Trust series. In House We Trust 3: Mixed by Luke Fair and Desyn Masiello is set to arrive on the heels of the highly successful In House We Trust 2
We would just like to announce that the BT - Somnambulist and Electrofly Records contests have ended. We are in the process of sorting out the correct entries and choosing the winners. The winners will be notified by e-mail no later than Thursday May 1st. Thanks for entering.
Hybrid returned to the live stage in the UK after over two years absence at Fabric on April 4th. Having spent much of the time djing across the globe and working on the forthcoming 'Morning Sci Fi' album, Mike Truman and Chris Healings took to the stage once more, introducing their new vocalist Adam Taylor to the public for the first time. Our man about London, Nick Bower was in attendance, and here is his report on what went down..
Simon Rogers has been responsible for music which spans areas and genres right throughtout the music industry, working with UK band 'The Lightning Seeds', assisting with the production of many of their greatest tracks. In addition to this he has made a major impact on the dance music scene over the years with projects including Lautrec, Leuroj and most recently Steiger, as well as once forming part of the legendary RAMP and Slacker projects. These days he is developing Steiger to the next level, both in terms of production and in the live arena, as well as scoring incidental music for tv and film. We took some time to delve into his world for an insight into his background, his future plans and much more. Read on for one of our best interviews yet..
Following on from his 2002 mix cd for Paul Oakenfold's Perfecto Presents series entitled 'People', D:FUSE is back with the follow up, 'PEOPLE_2' on System Recordings. Having developed his sound much over the past months thanks to djing and touring extensively, PEOPLE_2 sees D:FUSE mix two uniquely individual discs which draw on downtempo and uptempo rhythms. Read on to find out more information.
Tiesto' DJ-mixed CD Nyana is a culmination of all his efforts to date. Nyana features Tiesto’s signature track listing, previously unreleased original material plus remixes of chart-topping artists like Conjure One, Junkie XL and multiple worldwide exclusives from Gabriel & Dresden projects Motorcycle and Andain. Enter to win today.
Having already featured at #2 in the Buzz charts and #4 in the Coolcuts in the week of it's release on TP, 'Everybody' has gone on to kick up a lovely storm; and as we approach the summer, things hot up, and Ibiza et al beckons: 'Everybody' looks set to be one of the summers hottest tunes!
D:FUSE's 2003 has seen him go from strength to strength and we aren't even halfway through the year yet. The track 'Everything With You, taken from his forthcoming artist album and featuring Jes on vocals has already received huge support worldwide, and with his 'People_2' cd set for release soon, things can only get better. Read on to find out more about what D:FUSE has been upto, and what he has planned for the future, amongst other things.
With the Matrix sequel set to hit theaters tonight, and the third film in the trilogy to release later this year, many have dubbed 2003 to be the year of the Matrix. This title will be further strengthened with the release of the Animatrix DVD on June 3rd. Additionally, a soundtrack to this groundbreaking collection featuring tracks from Junkie XL, Layo & Bushwacka, and Photek among others will release at the time of the DVD. Click above to read more...
Tim Fretwell started off his production career via experimenting on an early version of Cubase on the old Commodore Amiga platform. This was enough to spark his interest, and encourage him to develop his own studio and productions.. With his early works earning him a long term deal with Newcastle based Climax Recordings, the first stepping stone in his career was made, and since then it has gone from strength to strength. With remixes of Pole Folder & CP's 'Dust' and the forthcoming Bedrock single 'Forge' to his credit, in addition to 'Ember' for new label Electrofly, as well as other material for Climax in the pipeline, it looks as if there will be no stopping Fretwell this year. Read this interview to find out more about how he came to where he is, and where he intends to go..
So now you can listen to the show when you want kicking off with Friday's show, featuring a special guest mix by Steiger. He will also be archiving the shows so your favourite mixes will be available at the click of a button.
Look out for some more of the set recorded at Centro Fly in New York which is going to be available to stream on the site very soon due to massive demand.
Scheduled for release in July 2003, James Zabiela teams up with the occasional providers of half decent house Hooj to deliver a 2CD compilation that showcases his unique abilities to the max. Mixed 100% live, 'Sound In Motion' is a unique snapshot of what James can offer, and with a residency at Space in Ibiza being one of many projects he is involved with over the coming months, you can sample exactly what the fuss is about right here
Following on from the success of the free download of the track
'Music Revolution' (now fully released on Positiva Records), The
Scumfrog delivers another cut for your listening pleasure.
Here's what he had to say:
'As time keeps changing in the world of music, you will be able to download
more and more of my music for free through my site. Right now, The
Scumfrog.com and Atlantic Records are proud to present the remix of the new
Lucy Woodward single "Blindsided", taken from her album "While You Can".
Lucy and The Scumfrog teamed up for a couple of projects in the past and
they will also collaborate on the upcoming Scumfrog album'
To download the track, visit The Scumfrog's website at
http://www.thescumfrog.com/ and click on the download link.
Three years after the release of the inaugural Colours album, Circulation return with another collection of unique colour coded cuts (and some flavoured this time too...). Check out the scoop on what 'Colours Two' has to offer here..
On his new Perfecto Presents… double mix CD, Seb continues this trailblazing philosophy by showcasing the talents of many up and coming producers that are pushing the sound of "big-room" tunes forward.
Chris Healings and Mike Truman follow up their 1998 debut 'Wide Angle' with the next chapter in the Hybrid story. 'Morning Sci Fi' is released on July 21st 2003 in the UK, and features artists such as Kirsty Hawkshaw and John Creamer, alongside guest appearances from legendary New Order bassist Peter Hook and St Petersburg's Hermiage String Orchestra. It also marks the introduction of new members Adam Taylor and Alex Madge to the group. Read this feature to get the lowdown on the album, and to check out our own review.
Jono Fernandez is yet another member of the Australian nu-breed, alongside such names as Luke Chable and Kristo Beyrouthy. Cutting his teeth in the Zero Tolerance studios in Melbourne, he has since gone on to release singles on Zero Tolerance and Electrofly with many more to come. As his reputation grows on the worldwide platform, we decided to find out a bit more about him. Read on..
Progressive-Sounds is back with Animatrix news. Check the link for a sampling of the soundtrack to the Animatrix. The Animatrix is a collection of nine original short films conceived by the Wachowski Brothers, the creators of The Matrix trilogy. The soundtrack features such artists as Junkie XL, Tech Itch, and Meatbeat Manifesto. The link is waiting for you...are you blue or red on this?
Rouzbeh Delavari is another new young producer to recently have emerged from Sweden, with releases on Distraekt and Deep Records both receiving rave reviews and support. With the release of his latest single 'About You' on Deep Records, we put a few questions to him to find out more about his background, his future projects and more.
ILS is set to release his Marine Parade debut in the US this July on Marine Parade/MyUtopia. This young and incredibly talented producer has been making music for almost a decade and is now posed to take the US by storm with his new CD Soul Trader. Released last year in the UK to a flurry of critical acclaim, the young Londoner is bringing his fresh sound of nu-skool breaks to the states. Click the link to read more
The Y4K series is without a doubt one of the most respected compilation series on the market, with each release being eagerly anticipated by both the breaks purists and music lovers alike. With the spawning of successful parties and club nights, it's legacy continues to grow, and now Ils steps up for the latest album. Read on to find out more about what to expect as we shift to the Next Level.
Click for your chance to win a copy of the Animatrix DVD. The Animatrix is a collection of nine original short films conceived by the Wachowski Brothers, the creators of The Matrix trilogy. Inspired by the visionary action and innovative storytelling that power the trilogy, this spectacularly visual short film series delves deeper into the mind-bending world of The Matrix and the characters who inhabit it.
Progressive pioneers Fluke are set to return this summer with their fifth studio album 'Puppy'. To celebrate, we have put together this feature featuring information on the new album, the history of Fluke, and a track by track synopsis of the new album by Jon Fugler himself. Check out this feature for the lowdown.
Confi-Dance is a new label set up by Label Manager Phil Davy and his colleagues at the web-based record store of the same name. Aiming to promote good quality music from right across the musical spectrum, the label got off to great start with the excellent 'Greedy Planet' by new talent Blue Haze. With many other releases planned for the coming months, we decided to find out more about the label's plans. Read on..
As electronic music grows globally, more prominence and focus has been placed upon the dance music scene. It's thanks to this in part that the time has come for Balance Promote to enter into a joint venture with Marsha Vlasic of MVO to become 'The Collective'. Effective as from today, click the link to find out what this means for Balance Promote from now on.
Aidan Lavelle is perhaps one of the most well rounded young producers today. Classically trained in piano, and hooked on keyboards and synthesisers from the age of 8, Aidan soon found himself building a studio and learning the techniques that come with it. The youngest of 3 brothers, the others being Henry and James (the man from Unkle), it was only a matter of time before he wanted to make his own unique mark in the music scene, and with two EPs under the name of Mode he did just that. Now he is set to launch his new label Algorhythm Records, alongside a new project called Vector13. Indeed, you will have heard the first single 'Rise' in the sets of Hybrid, Sasha and Nick Warren over the last few months. This however is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this young man's capabilities, as you will find out as you read on..
Canada has been a hotbed of talent in recent months, with producers like Luke Fair and Sultan dominating playlists and charts right across the globe, something that brothers Justin and Colin Moreh have suddenly become quickly familar with. Their debut single as Shiloh, 'Will U Ever Come Around' dropped out of nowhere, kicking off the new Electrofly label with devastating impact. With an album almost completed and multiple singles ready to assault the global dance scene over the coming months, here's all you need to know about Shiloh.
Global Underground continue to expand with the introduction of their new series '24:7'. Aiming to highlight how each dj in the series is addicted to and influenced by music 24 hours, 7 days a week, it's a unique concept that is started off by a dj who lives his life through music perhaps more than others. That man is none other than Danny Howells.
Hisham Samawi is part of the Native Theory dj collective currently making a mark all over the US and beyond. With gigs at almost all of New York's top nightspots, Hisham has played alongside djs such as Paolo Mojo and Phil K. As a producer, his talent was brought to people's attention with his remix of Placebo's 'Passive Aggressive', which has led to him remixing the classic 'Compass Error' by Atlas, as well as putting his hand to several original tracks which have already gained support from Danny Howells, Lee Burridge and Jonathan Lisle to name but a few. Proof if anything that Hisham has already found his own niche, within which he can only scale to greater heights over the coming months.
Mara (aka Barry Gilbey and Sara Whittaker-Gilbey) have emerged as one of Sheffield¹s brightest musical hopes. The pair have spent the last year working away on new material for their debut artist album, 'If You Only Knew', which is set to be released on September 15th on Choo Choo Records. From atmospheric down-tempo beats, to hi-octane breaks workouts and thumping dub-influenced electronica - 'If You Only Knew¹ is an accomplished body of work that¹s set to put Mara firmly on the map. The album is preceded by the eagerly awaited single, 'Turning It On', which is out on August 25th and comes with remixes from Rennie Pilgrem and the Low End Specialists.
Critical Rhythm are pleased to announce that John 'Quivver' Graham's label Boz Boz Recordings is the latest addition to their label roster. Following on from the previous releases 'Twist and Shout 2002' and 'Daylight', this partnership will be kicked off in August with the eagerly anticipated release of John Graham and Steve Porter's 'Two Days On Lansdowne' which will be backed with the track '3 Days On 35th'. We can also exclusively reveal here on Progressive-Sounds that the release to follow will be 'Darkside' by Chris Domingo, with another huge remix from Thomas Penton. Keep your eyes peeled to this site, and watch our Boz Boz Recordings release schedule for the latest developments.
BT's 'Emotional Technology' has been some time coming, but the wait is almost over as on August 5th it lands on shelves stateside. However, we are giving x of you the chance to win a copy by entering our contest. All you have to do is answer the simple questions and a copy may end up winging it's way to you, and for those of you overseas, this is an easy way of getting your hands on a copy as there are currently no plans for a release in Europe or further afield.
'Everybody' marks a return for Brancaccio and Aisher after they faded out of the spotlight for a while. Whilst creating mixed reaction amongst djs and vinyl lovers, the single marks the start of a long term plan in collaboration with Bedrock. We spoke with Luke and Bruce about what this means, ahead of the one sided Tom Mangan remix of the track that is due to be released shortly.
'Electric Calm' was a surprise release from Global Underground last year, finding it's way into the hearts of downtempo lovers, and subsequently into many a hi-fi and car as the perfect listening companion post-clubbing or after a long day at the office. Such was the response that a second volume is now ready to follow. For the low down, read on..
New York, NY - Rockstar Games announces the third annual ROCKSTAR GAMES UPLOAD online media awards. One method of entry is with a DJ Mix Set. It must be between 30 and 60 minutes in length. Cash prize: $2,500.
Mark Pember aka Meat Katie has long been a fixture on the break-beat scene as both a DJ and producer. In the last few years his unique brand of tech-funk that takes influence from tech & tribal house, techno & electro merged with his trademark breakbeat roll, has really kicked off, with both house and breaks DJs sighting him as one of the most consistent players out there. His exclusive mix album for Australia's EQ Recordings is set for release on the 25th of August.
After months of delays, waits and rumour, Sander Kleinenberg's third and final part in the Four Seasons series is forthcoming, at the same time launching his brand new label, Little Mountain Recordings. We have all the details here, so read on for more info.
Having stormed onto the scene with the singles 'Welcome' and 'Food For Thought' on Zero Tolerance, NuBreed quickly caused a stir with those in the know who were keeping an eye on the growing Australian dance scene. With several EPs and singles that followed, coupled with an explosive live act, their reputation grew and grew and now the time has come for them to unleash their debut artist album 'The Original', which brings together some of the classics with many new tracks, and looks set to catapult them to another level upon it's release. Get the lowdown on what you can expect from the album and it's accompanying EPs here.
With the growing attention around the label, and increasing dj commitments for both Olly and Chris Sterio, we managed to nail Chris Sterio down for a chat about what he's been upto, what his plans are for the future, as well as what is happening in the world of Gravitation Records and Source Of Gravity. Read on for the lowdown..
Yet another of the growing number of producers to come out of Chicago, Naveen G initially came to light with his production work as Samsara on Yoshitoshi several months ago. Since then he has gone on to develop his productions further, taking in many different styles and sounds, blending dark rhythms with light melodies as you can hear on his and Pat Foosheen's Proton Radio show 'Darker Shades'. His latest work, 'Keeper Of 5' is the debut release for Jonathan Lisle's M Theory label, and without a doubt will turn many people on to this guy's talent. In the meantime, read about him here.
By now, it would be hard to have missed the words of Bill Hicks invading dancefloors worldwide, as Freeland's 'We Want Your Soul' has, to use a cliche, blown up massively. However, this is but one of the choice cuts that Freeland have put together, and finally after an extended wait, the album 'Now And Them' is due to be released soon. We have all the information here, so be sure to check out this feature for the lowdown.
To celebrate the launch of Nu Republic, we have teamed up with the label to offer you the chance to sample the label's output first hand as part of this exclusive contest. For the lucky winner of the contest, they will receive a year's subscription to the label's promo mailing list, whilst 5 runners-up will each receive a copy of Randall Jones and Phillip Charles' excellent single 'Dedicated To Change / Cold Dark Stars'.
After months of rumour and anticipation, Nu Republic is set to launch soon, kicking off with what could best be described as 'a phat little two tracker' from Phillip Charles and Randall Jones. The label aims to showcase a diverse range of styles and sounds from across the globe, whilst highlighting some of the finest upcoming and establshed talent. We took time out to speak with the label's owner Will Murgatroyd to find out more about the label, and we have also got him to offer you some material first hand so you can see what the label is all about for yourself by entering our exclusive contest. Read on..
In light of recent events, with labels like Kismet opting to go the digital download route, and ITunes sales exceeding all expectations, Hooj have now added a download section to their site where you can download new material, alongside exclusive unreleased mixes and back catalogue gems, plus albums and singles from a range of other labels, all for a nominal flat rate fee per track. Is this the shape of things to come? Time will tell..
"One Day Deep," is a breath of fresh air, presenting a new sound that defies categorization. CHR, Dance, Urban, Smooth Jazz and Adult Alternative radio programmers and club mixers are all poised to play Praful, the new musical phenomenon from Europe. Enter today for a chance to win the CD and a sweatshirt
The Forth return with the second installment in the Electric Calm series, showcasing some of the finest music set to drop on the label Global Underground Music in the the future. To celebrate both the launch of the album, and the development of John Elliott and Andrew Archer's 'Trafik' project, we have three copies of Electric Calm V.2 to give away, but hurry, as this contest will only run for a short time.
With the release of the 'Invasion EP', we decided to look further into the ideas and influences behind the EP, but not stopping there we found out exactly what Yunus Guvenen thinks of his home country of Turkey, his fellow peers and the music industry in general. Join us as we go 'Behind The Music'...
Force Mass Motion and Dylan Rhymes need no introduction, but when these two got together in the studio, the results quickly made their way into the record boxes of both breaks and progressive djs alike, and having spent the last few months developing their debut album as Silencer, the duo have much more planned, as you can find out by reading this interview. Check it out..
A master DJ with over 10 years experience, Kazell has taken his skills from the dancefloor and incorporated his production wizardry into his stunning debut compilation. This expansive 17-track mix includes original productions, re-edits and remixes of some of the industry's most respected producers, as well as cutting-edge underground gems.
For the fifth installment of the Balance cd mix series, EQ have selected James Holden to put together the album, and the result is a double cd that brings not only a diverse and fresh approach to the series, but highlights some of the finest up and coming talent alongside some quality material that many people have overlooked. For all the details on the album, check out this feature.
Richie Hawtin’s first album in five years under the revered Plastikman alias marks another unpredictable artistic leap and an unprecedented move towards the personal for one of second-wave techno’s most celebrated auteurs. The music – remote, hallucinatory and disorientingly Cubist, although not without the occasional, inviting wiggle – is as enigmatic as anything in Hawtin’s eclectic canon, continuing the uneasy voyage into the outer limits of mutant acid house Plastikman first began a decade ago with the seminal Sheet One. But it’s also the most accurate channeling of the sounds rattling around inside his head Hawtin has achieved to date.
There have been several cheap imitations since its inception a decade ago, but the DJmag Top 100 DJs poll is the original - and still the most widely respected census in the dance music world. Used everywhere to determine a DJ’s current popularity and visibility, the results are rigorously scanned far and wide by dance music fans everywhere, and it’s nearly time to get voting
Log onto www.djmag.com and click onto the Top 100 DJs icon. Then simply list your top five jocks in order of preference.
For further details of how to vote check out the next issue of DJmag on sale 22nd August 2003
Whether you¹ve been shaking your ass every month down at Harlem Nights at The End, waving your hands in the air every Sunday at Space, or catching him at any one of the year¹s biggest festivals you will undoubtedly have a treasured Steve Lawler moment from 2003. The man has maintained two of clubland¹s most coveted residencies as well as touring the world with his inimitable sexy vibe. And now, direct to your living room, Global Underground delivers a taste of this magic to your stereo with the idiosyncratic Lights Out 2.
As a special offer to Mara fans around the world, Choo Choo Records have made it possible to pre-order the Album “If you only knew” directly from their website.
People who order on line will receive the album approx one week before it hits the shops. It’s also possible to order the album vinyl and both disks of Turning it on (The duo’s first single from the album) and the limited Album Samplers. These last 2 items are available now weeks before their official release dates. As one last offer to their fans around the world however they are offering all this with no shipping charges regardless of where they are based.
Sara Whittaker-Gilbey from Mara said “It was really important to us to be able to offer something back to people, our supporters around the world have been fantastic to us and we wanted to make sure they could get the album as cheaply as possible”
With years of experience and a wealth of knowledge, a handful of talent has banded together to bring you the sound of the next generation of Djs, artists and producers to the world. Elektrosila was established out of a desire to let the talented "underdog" be heard.
Future Groove have pulled out all the stops here with a unique and exciting collaboration between two very different Liverpudlian entities. Dance duo Desert join forces with Cast¹s John Power to deliver an infectious and fresh dance track that is both bass heavy and melodic. Also included are remixes by Blakkat and Brancaccio & Aisher.
Tao Recordings is the brainchild of accomplished DJ / producer Martin Villeneuve whose releases for Yoshitoshi / Shinichi as Envy have rocked dance floors worldwide as well as receiving incredible exposure on the Global Underground series via Deep Dish's legendary Moscow compilation. His releases on Addictive and SAW under his MV moniker have also reached critical acclaim receiving placements on multiple compilations from the likes of Anthony Pappa, Creamer and K and Ralphie Rosario.
Dealing with the autumnal issues of decay and the passing of time, Out Of Season is an intimate musical portrait steeped in stark melancholy, wistful melodies and passionate grit. BETH GIBBONS (the inimitable voice of Portishead) and RUSTIN MAN (bassist of Talk Talk) have undoubtedly delivered an assured, exquisite and evocative masterwork.
Independent label Tino Corp. will release Meat Beat Manifesto's Storm the Studio R.M.X.S album on September 23, 2003. Meat Beat Manifesto's now classic first album, Storm the Studio was initially released in 1989. Here, it has been remixed and "re-animated" by a diverse and highly respected group of artists/producers in the spirit of the original record's core amalgam of hip hop, dub, electronic sounds and hard beats.
Sander Kleinenberg is set to release a new compilation in partnership with Renaissance based around the concept of his excellent 'Everybody' parties. Due for release in October, we bring you the inside info on what this new cd is all about. Read on to find out more..
Hybrid's Morning Sci Fi is here..
Hybrid's second album 'Morning Sci Fi' has been released in the UK today with an accompanying bonus DVD featuring interviews and live footage. The US release will follow on October 14th. To celebrate this, Hybrid have finally got their website online, with exclusive mp3 downloads, and a forthcoming extensive discography of remixes and productions to follow soon. Be sure to check it out.
Ever since it appeared on Dave Seaman's Global Underground Cape Town cd, as well as in the sets of Paul Oakenfold, many have been anticipating the release of Highland's 'No Way Out'. After a long wait, changing of labels and other industry red tape, the track is finally due for release, and the package has been updated to ensure that there's something for everyone. Read on for the lowdown..
Pako and Frederik are one of Holland's top production outfits, with singles having graced labels such as Bedrock and Coded, as well as their own Majestic Music imprint. Now comes their debut artist album 'Atlantic Breakers' which is set to launch the new Global Underground Music imprint in grand fashion. Find out what you can expect to sample from this disc and it's first single in this feature.
A new dawn for Global Underground is about to occur, not only with a new website on the horizon, but the launch of a new singles and albums imprint for artists - to be called GU Music. After many years of successfully taking the compilations market by storm and creating a much copied formula that has propelled DJ's to a new level, label boss Andy Horsfield has decided to take Global Underground one step further. Read on for more information on what this entails.
'Mooger Fooger' introduced Bermuda Triangle to the peers of the music scene after it's inclusion on John Digweed's 'MMII' cd. Since then, the trio of Noa, Arta and Igor have been putting together their debut album which is now due for release. Check out this feature for the lowdown.
Phillip Charles is probably one of the most schooled veterans of the music scene, even though it's only recently many people have come to hear of him. For the past 20 years he has been developing his skills, with work alongside everyone from Josh Wink, King Britt, Mark Bell and many more to his credit. He has remixed Miles Davis and Macy Gray and his work alongside people like Sean Cusick and Randall Jones speaks for itself. He is a major part of Philly's Tigerhook Corporation, and here is an insight into what many consider to be one of the top producers today. Check out this exclusive interview for the lowdown.
To celebrate the launch of M Theory, we have teamed up with the label to offer you the chance to sample the label's output first hand. For the lucky winner of the contest, they will receive a year's subscription to the label's promo mailing list, whilst 5 runners-up will each receive a copy the latest M Theory release.
M Theory is a new label set up by Jon Lisle. Aiming to increase awareness of an area of breakbeat and 4/4 that is sometimes overlooked, Jon has assembled a fine stable of both established and upcoming talent with plans to really develop the label into something fresh and at the same time helping new stars to the scene develop their skills further. With an a+r position for Bedrock one of his jobs, this label will compliment that nicely, bringing more quality releases to the shelves. We spoke to Jon about the idea behind the label and it's plans and goals for the coming months, and this features contains everything you currently need to know about this promising new label.
With 2 years of vinyl only singles 21 in total, SAW.RECORDINGS is releasing their first DJ Mix album. It is a selection of requested saw singles with a few sprinkles of unreleased flavor by Echomen and Blue Haze, to start with. Satoshi Tomiie and Hector Romero mix the collaboration. The album includes such notable SAW singles from Producer/DJ's Meat Katie, Lexicon Avenue, Stephan K, Tomiie, and so many others. A tour for both Romero and Tomiie is in the planning stages to promote Undulation.
Last week on Progressive-Sounds, we announced SAW's mix series, Undulation. The bit was brief and due to the overwhelming demand for more information, we went directly to the DJs themselves. Read our interview with Hector Romero and Satoshi Tomiie to get the inside scoop.
Ever since they started making their first singles out of the Bomb Shelter, their congested home studio in Los Angeles, California, the members of The Crystal Method have held strong as forerunners of the electronic music revolution in America. Now the duo's latest album, Legion of Boom, takes dance music to places it never knew existed.
To celebrate the launch of the Tao Records Website, they proudly offering for a limited time the free download of the original unreleased mix of BlueTonicWorld’s “A Wondrous Night”. Grab it in their music download section.
Coming up next on Tao:
To celebrate the long anticipated release of Highland's No Way Out we have teamed up with Vapour Recordings and 3BLM to offer one lucky person the chance to win a year on Vapour's promo mailing list. Not only that, but five lucky runners up will each receive both discs of Highland No Way Out. All you have to do is answer these three simple questions.
3Beat are proud to announce a new addition to it's family, with the launch of the new label 3 Beat Breaks. The brainchild of 3BLM's Mike Miller and breaks buyer for the shop Adam Helliwell, the label aims to focus on some of the lush melodic based tracks that are emerging from all corners of the globe, as well as traditional dancefloor friendly breaks and beats. The debut release, an update of Chakra's 1996 classic 'I Am' features two diverse breakbeat mixes from Wrecked Angle and Kasey Taylor and exemplifies exactly what the label is all about. Stay tuned for more on 3 Beat Breaks in the coming weeks, first on Progressive-Sounds.
Trafik is the new project from Andrew Archer and John Elliott. Known for their involvement in Global Underground's in house production outfit 'The Forth', this new project sees them build on previous foundations laid, aiming to expand further and beyond the progressive music scene with an artist album and studio development just part of their plans. For more information on what the future holds for these two individuals, check out this interview.
Nathan Fake is the latest artist to join James Holden's Border Community. His track 'Outhouse' was featured on the recent Balance 005 compilation, becoming one of the standout tracks of the double cd mix. Support for the track has come from many corners of the music scene, with Nathan's blend of abstract beats and melodies proving to be a winner. A mere 20 years of age, Nathan has much more to offer, as this interview shows.
The duo of Ned Shepard and Marcus Bacalis are newcomers to the scene, but have already made an impact as Digital Witchcraft. Their productions have received support from such names as Jonathan Lisle, Way Out West and many others. Their debut release 'The Snowday EP' was recently released on Institution Breaks, with forthcoming singles and remixes on Opek Music just some of the highlights to look forward to over the coming months. Many people have been asking about the guys behind the project, so here is an exclusive first interview with Ned and Marcus. Enjoy!
After much speculation and requesting that Sasha be given another Global Underground album, the good news is that the man like is back on the label, but this time things aren't quite the same. Rather than travel the globe, mixing another volume of the hugely regarded brand, Sasha has instead entered into a partnership to create a new series of conceptual albums. Read on for more info.
Since it's launch in 1999, Bedrock Records has constantly pushed the boundaries of progressive house, showcasing some of the finest material from some of the scene's leading artists, producers and DJs, whilst at the same time nurturing and developing new and upcoming talent, helping in the scene's development over the years. Now almost five years on, the label reaches it's 50th landmark release and to celebrate has put together a special collector's release. For more information check out this feature, where we are first to reveal what promises to be something special indeed.
Randall Jones is perhaps one of the scene's most colourful characters, known for being a bit of a practical joker and always having a few words to say, but aside from that his work as a solo artist and as part of the Tigerhook collective has helped him to gain recognition, not to mention his excellent dj skills. With the release of the landmark 'Pathwork EP' on Bedrock, we dug a little deep and found out about some of his influences as well as the idea behind this new project. Join us as we once again go 'Behind The Music'.
In anticipation of The Crystal Method's latest LP "The Legion of Boom," Progressive-Sounds has teamed up with V2 Records to run a contest. The contest gives you a chance to win the first single from the LP, "Born Too Slow" as well as a copy of Need for Speed for the Playstation 2. Only 1 prize will be awarded. Good Luck
Mert Tucel is yet another of Turkey's homegrown production talents, who's blend of tribal and house has earned him accolades from some of his peers, both at home in Turkey, and from others on the international circuit such as Omid 16B and DJ Vibe. With projects on Choo Choo and most recently Baroque to his credit, as well as remixes for Kaos and Distraekt, Mert's profile is on the rise, and here we find out a little bit more about him.
Orlando, Florida-based producers BILL HAMEL & BARRY JAMIESON received their first Grammy Award nomination last Thursday, December 4 for Best Remixed Recording (non-classical) for their remix of Seal’s hit single “Get It Together.” Released earlier this year by Warner Brothers Records, HAMEL’s version of the song served as a pivotal tool, crossing it on to club dance floors and into the DJ sets of such heavy hitters Deep Dish, KCRW’s Jason Bentley and Pete Tong. HAMEL also remixed Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River” which peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Maxi-Single Sales chart and #2 on the Dance Club Play chart.
Fade Records is the latest label to embrace the movement of offering their catalogue in digital form for download online. For a small fee of $1.49 per track, you can download the back catalogue, as well as unreleased mixes as some of the release. Check out the Fade website for more information on what's on offer.
Delerium's latest single 'Truly' is due in stores February 10th. Here is your chance to get a white label copy days before that. We are picking two winners and each will recieve the white label double pack featuring remixes from Infusion, Brother Brown The Wise Buddah and Signum.
This New Year's Eve 2004, AVALON celebrates its rise to clubbing helm by bringing in the best DJs in the world. The legendary SASHA & JOHN DIGWEED will be reunited via simulcast audio & video from Avalon New York to Avalon Hollywood. At Avalon Boston, trancemeister FERRY CORSTEN rings in the New Year on a high energy note and energizing beats to recharge the clubbing spirit.
It's been a long time since the last Renaissance Masters compilation by Danny Howells and Nick Warren was released back in 2001, but now the series is set to continue early in 2004 as Hernan Cattaneo makes his Renaissance debut. For more information and the tracklist of this anticipated album, check out this feature.
Following on from our announcement regarding Bedrock 50 several weeks ago, we now bring you a discussion between each of the remixers involved in the project. Yunus Guvenen, Grayarea, Saints and Sinners, and the Low End Specialists all talk about their respective remixes, the Bedrock brand, and their plans for 2004, with many interesting comments indeed. But we won't tell you much more here, so read on to find out more...
Rowan Blades' main claim to fame is his part in the infamous production outfit known as Breeder alongside Simon Noble. However, whilst this duo were to go down in dance music history with their many hits such as 'The Chain', 'Twilo Thunder' and 'NYFM', there is lot more to Rowan Blades than that. A talented dj, Rowan has been notching up the air miles with gigs across Europe and overseas, and has spent the last few months back in the studio working on new projects. With a storied background to his career, and many exciting things planned for the future, we are proud to present this in-depth interview for your enjoyment.
Over 30 releases have passed since Baroque Records launched in the year 2000, with some of the biggest names in the underground scene having provided tracks or remixes for this solid imprint. 'In Session' is a retrospective of some of those classics, Disc One mixed by label manager Keith McDonnell and Disc Two featuring unmixed full length mixes of some of the best tracks on the label. Check out this feature for more details.
After the big success of Momu's latest single "Bring It On Back" they would like to thank everyone who supported them. To show their high appreciation they are giving everybody the chance to produce a remix for the next Momu single Aduro. The best submitted remix will be released on Spundae Records and awarded with a grand prize! The 10 runners up will be posted on their website with their bios and awarded prizes.
As we enter 2004, Sunkissed Records looks set to grow even further. In 2003, Bill Hamel's career rose with production work alongside Barry Jamieson and BT and remixes for artists such as Seal and Justin Timberlake. Now his labels become 3 as the Fluid Sessions label joins the Sunkissed family, with a new website ready to take the brand further next year. For more information on Sunkissed's current and future developments, check out this feature.
To start off 2004 and to celebrate the launch of the 3Beat Breaks label we are proud to present to you this exclusive contest. The winner will be included on the label's promo list for a year, with some great releases forthcoming from Momu, Fretwell and more. The 1st runner up will receive a copy of Moshic's 'Myth Of Osiris EP' and a tshirt and the 2nd runner up a copy of the EP. Get entering!
3Beat Breaks is the latest addition to the burdgeoning 3Beat brand. Opting not to focus on any particular breakbeat sound, the label will play host to some of progressive scene's familar names such as Moshic and Kasey Taylor, but in a style you have never heard from them before. The label will offer a unique platform for music from various backgrounds, whilst being in touch with the current sound of now. For more about the label's background and direction, check out this feature, and whilst you're at it, enter the contest..
With the impending release of Baroque's 'In Session' CD, we took some time out to ask label manager Keith McDonnell more about the concept of the album, his thoughts on the growth of the digital download market and the plans for 2004 on both Baroque and Method. Read on for the lowdown..
Baroque launch their In Session series with a retrospective mix from Innate. In light of this landmark development in the label's life, we have an exclusive contest for you. The first prize is a copy of the CD with a year on Baroque's promo list, with the 2nd also getting a promo list subscription, with the third and final being able to look forward to a pack of promos containing some of the label's upcoming releases. Don't delay.. enter today!
It's been many, many months since the release of John Digweed's 'MMII' compilation, but now he returns to the label, compiling one disc of the forthcoming label retrospective Layered Sounds. John's disc is a downbeat journey through some of the label's back catalogue, whilst Moonface delivers an upbeat club mix of material on Disc Two. For more information about this album, check out this feature.
The sound is reminiscent of ‘Safe from Harm’ without being too obviously similar. Collaborators Andy Morris and Stuart Chrichton have created another dancefloor monster with all the ingredients to be as timeless and memorable as the first Narcotic Thrust smash.
As we head into new year, details of emerged of the latest Global Underground album. The 26th edition of the series sees James Lavelle return to the label. The Destination: Romania. Check out this feature for the lowdown on that to expect upon it's release.
Currently only available on CDR from Nettwerk Records, Erin Mckeown and Trifactor combine to deliver the promotional piece "Cosmopolitans." It showcases Ms. Mckeown's wonderful diversity and freshness while at the same time fronts Trifactor's incredible remix abilities.
Alistair Douglas and Rhys Evans are the exciting London based live music duo known as The MFA. They have already gained recognition from those in the know with their unqiue live show experience and now with singles such as 'The Difference It Makes' and 'Two Billion Year Journey' on the verge of being released, their sound and prouductions are about to hit a much wider market. We took some time out to find out what the The MFA are all about. Read on..
Since it's launch back in 1999, Inversus Records has become one of the US's leading labels, with an artist roster and back catalogue that is second to none. The brand has also spread it's wings, sprouting a highly popular label management art which is set to grown even further in 2004. To celebrate the label's history to date, Jerry Bonham has mixed the first ever Inversus compilation, 'Vers 1'. Check out this feature for the details, and watch out for exclusive interviews with label owner Sandy Fox and DJ Jerry Bonham over the coming weeks.
On New Years Eve we sent two reporters to each of US's coasts to catch the spectacular event thrown by club Avalon. Here is their report.
Bedrock have relaunched their website, now not only presenting details of their monthly parties, but also the record label and it's artists. The site also has an online shop where you can buy all the latest 12" and CD releases, merchandise and for the first time the whole catalogue is available as MP3 Digital Downloads in bitrates that vary from lo to hi quality depending on your requirements. All this and more can be found out by checking out the new site.
Beatport: Porting Music To A Whole New Level
Having launched in January, Beatport is one of the latest sites that offer material previously only available on vinyl in a digital format so that music lovers and cd-djs alike can now enjoy them. Founded by Jonas Tempel and Bad Boy Bill, the website aims to make music as accessible to a global audience as if it were your local record store, whilst providing the material in a number of different formats in an attempt to suit all needs.
Already labels like Shaboom Records and End Recordings to name but a few are supporting the service and with forthcoming labels including Automatic, Electrofly and Baroque, this looks set to grow rapidly.
2004 looks set to be the year Renaissance return with a vengeance. After Sander Kleinenberg's 'Everybody' compilation reintroduced the brand at the end of last year, we have already been treated to a new 'Masters Series' volume from Hernan Cattaneo, and now details of yet another project, 'The Therapy Sessions', mixed by Dave Seaman and Phil K has come to light. For the full details, including tracklist, check out this feature.
Producer Ossama Al Sarraf is one of the hottest names to rise out of the Canadian scene in the past two years. As Sultan, he is responsible for such acclaimed projects as the 'Isabella EP' on Shinichi, as well as many great tracks alongside Tone Depth and as Jiva with Digital Witchcraft's Ned Shephard. A versatile musician, he is constantly redifining the rules with his own unique productions. Check out this in-depth interview for all you need to know, and what you can look forward to.
Goktug Citci is one of the many names to emerge out of the Turkish music scene in the past few years. As part of a movement that includes Yunus Guvenen, Muzo B, Barish Tucker and many more, Subsky as he is more well known has been slowly developing his style and sound, and in the past year or so, has captured the attention of DJs and music lovers alike the world over. Here we offer you an insight into the mind of one of Turkey's newest stars. Read on for the lowdown.
Bedroom Bedlam winner Steve Gerrard will finally release a long deserved and much anticipated compilation later this year. Entitled 'Thinking Out Loud', the 2CD mix will feature Steve's own unique style of breakbeat on the first disc, with the second covering the other various styles of music you would hear in one of his dj sets.
When we we asked Steve about the album he said "I've got some great exclusives already lined up, but aim to put together a compilation that reflects my style as a dj, moving from breaks through to the more melodic and funky progressive tracks, as well as anything else that you would hear me play out". With his profile growing, with regular slots at clubs like Bedrock and gigs in places as far apart as Russia, Australia and the US, not to mention an accoladed production career alongside Russell Pearce as Wrecked Angle, it looks as though 2004 will be a great year for Steve, and more details on this project will follow shortly.
New York duo Christoper Ruskis (Chris) and Wen-Kai Ying (Kai) have emerged out of nowhere to take their home city and the world by storm with their infectious dj sets and house tracks. Having remixed Aphasia's 'Acapulco', the final release on the now defunct Hooj, the duo's production career exploded and with remixes and original material having been released on Yoshitoshi's family of labels, they are establishing their own mark on the music scene rapidly. With a big year ahead, we caught up with the dynamic duo and put a few questions to them. Check out what they have to say for themselves.
EDM Digital is a new digital download site that aims to give artists the chance to sell their material direct to the public, as well as offering tracks from some of the leading underground music labels across the globe.
Material is available in a variety of formats, including Lo and Hi quality MP3 as well as the loseless audio format FLAC. Already such labels as the Institution family, and others such as, Tao, CP Recordings and Source Of Gravity have material on offer, with many unsigned tracks available too, so be sure to check this revolutionary new portal out as soon as possible.
After a series of acclaimed mix albums for Y3K and Bedrock, as well as recent remix work for heavy hitters such as Pink, Paul Van Dyk, & Sarah McLachlan, UK breakbeat pioneer Hyper readies himself for the release of the next smashing Hyper mix compilation, Wired.
With the label's first compilation 'Vers 1' mixed by Jerry Bonham now on store shelves, we caught up with label owner Sandy Fox who has a few interesting things to reveal about the story behind the brand, and it's future plans. Check out this intervew for the lowdown.
With Jerry Bonham's return to the forefront of the scene with the 'Vers 1' compilation, it was high time we caught up with this well respected US dj and producer, and managed to get him to answer a few questions about the compilation and his production career in the process. Read on to find out just what Jerry has been upto over the last few months, and what you can look forward to hearing.
For several months speculation has been growing about the mysterious 'Secret Planet' compilation that Silver Planet have been putting together, but now the details have been revealed, with the compilation also introducing the new offshoot label of the same name. For the information on what the project is all about, check out this feature.
Grayarea are back with a brand new single, but this time you'll have to be fast. 'Gravity' is the new limited edition single on Hope Recordings, featuring the vocals of Chicago indie band Life At Sea vocalist Erik Shephard. The vinyl featured the original mix which will not be released anywhere else, along with a numbered mini poster with photography by Kathleen Gardner, in addition to a Grayarea sticker for your own photographic shenanigans. There are only 1000 copies of the vinyl, and they are only available online and can be purchased from either Hope Recordings or Primal Records, but hurry, because once they're gone, they're gone, and if after reading our Review you are still undecided, you can check it out here..
This past weekend Chloe's talent was paid tribute to by none other than John Digweed who invited her to be a guest on his Kiss FM show. Her mix has already received huge response beyond her expectations, but is further evidence of Chloe's growing career, both as a DJ and producer, and marks the start of many exciting things over the coming months. Please read on to find out more about how Chloe came to be where she is today, with our own personal tribute to one of our most important team members.
Due to unprecedented demand, Sumsonic have announced that they are to bring forward the release of the Invisible Inc 'Stars' remix 12". For the details. Check out this feature.
With Hyper having mixed and compiled the last two volumes in the Bedrock Breaks compilation series, the next volume sees one of the break scene's most well known producers and DJs step up to the plate as Meat Katie put together two discs of classic and forthcoming material that looks set to take his sound and style to a wider audience. For the full tracklist and more details, check out our feature.
Electric Music People is the new label founded by Evolution's Jon Sutton. With a storied career than stems back over the last decade, we were more than a little curious about this project, so managed to pin Jon down for a few minutes to find out more. Here's the lowdown
Interrupted by a phone call from Brians management during a long studio session working on their upcoming remix of Dino Lennys I Feel Stereo, Barry Gilbey and Sara Whittaker-Gilbey of Mara were told that Brian wanted to work with them as he had been following their music for some time.
Of the collaboration, Sara Whittaker-Gilbey said, its really exciting to be working with such a good producer, particularly as were really happy with what were doing at the moment and its wicked that someone has actually noticed!.
Brian spent four days working with the duo in their Devils Kitchen studio in Sheffield but during the sessions Brians studio in LA was broken into and his album material was stolen along with a large amount of studio equipment.
No details of the track are available, and the Choo Choo camp are remaining tight lipped about it, other than when asked Barry Gilbey stated that its a break beat track and that the shit with Brians studio made things really hard for him during the week, I just hope it gets sorted for him.
Keep an eye on choochoo-records.com for further information on the track.
PB & J, aka Paul Determan, Ben Gorske and Jason Dunne may not be familar names to you, but you have most probably have heard one of their tracks in recent months, producing also as Nebulus and Marscruiser, and under all 3 aliases have had tracks featured on Renaisssance Revelation and Cass's Prologue. Their single 'The Way' featuring Hannah Dorsey has just been released, so we decided to find out what this promising trio have planned for the coming months amongst other things.
Harry Lemon, acclaimed producer, remixer and DJ has seen his star rise in recent months, thanks to his excellent Inner Sanctuary Sessions EPs. With a guest mix for Ministry Of Sound under his belt and an exclusive mix for John Digweed's KissFM show to be broadcast tonight, as well as a forthcoming mix album and single, Lose Control' on Bedrock, he will definately be someone you hear a lot more of in 2002. We caught up with him to find out what his plans are.
New release schedules for Source of Gravity & Gravitation Records. Check the schedules here
Founded in 1996 by Bill Hamel - Sunkissed Records has become America's leading Progressive-House label. Teknology Recordings was founded as a sister label to Sunkissed in 1999 to cater for the 'Techy/Dubby' side of Progressive-House. With many exciting new projects planned for 2002, including collaborations and remixes from Swain and Snell and Evolution, we present the first of many label features, kicked off in fine style by these two top US labels.
To kick off Deepsky's newest full length release 'In Silico', Progressive-Sounds is running it's first ever contest to allow one of our lucky readers the chance to walk away with Deepsky's first 12" Single from the album, 'Jareth's Church'. listen
Following in the footsteps of the groundbreaking 'Balance 005' by James Holden was never going to be an easy task, but if any man has the tools to do the job it's Anthony Pappa. Having a wide and varied career that has seen him play all around the world, in addition to being the figure that launched Global Underground's Nubreed series, Anthony has already proven his worth, but since the release of his 2002 compilation 'Resolution' on React Music, he's slowly dropped off the radar, but now returns at the helm of the latest compilation in EQ's Balance series. For more informtion about the album, check out this feature.
To celebrate the release of Inversus Records first compilation 'Vers 1', mixed by Jerry Bonham we have 5 prize packs each with a version of Vers 1 on cd & vinly to give away. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is answer these three simple questions. Contest closes on May 5th and winners will be notified by email. Get entering and good luck.
After months of speculation and a few delays, details of Silver Planet's forthcoming 50th release have finally been confirmed, and we can reveal them here to you, so check out this feature to find out the names who have paid homage to some of the label's back catalogue classics.
The duo of Damon Fonooni and Brett Abramson are two of Atlanta's finest talents, both playing a vital part in the development of the scene there with their unique dj sets in addition to their production careers as Habersham & Numinous. Over the past few months they have really made an impact with their various projects, and have set up their own label Blueprint Recordings. With much to know about these two, we took time out to dig and this in-depth interview is the result. Enjoy!
Within Records is a small label from deep down south in Devon, UK. Having championed the deep and atmospheric electronic sounds that are created by the likes of Aural Imbalance and Deep Space Organisms for the last few years, the label has recently released it's first compilation 'Intuition'. With major plans for the coming months, including the launch of the new label 'WithinEXP', label manager Ste took some time out to discuss a few things with us, which you can read by checking out this feature.
To celebrate the release of Within Records 'Intuition EP' and cd release, we have a copy of each to give away to three lucky winners. All you have to do is answer these three questions to be in with a chance of winning. The contest ends on April 26th and the winners will be notified by email. Good luck!
The doctors of house, Danny Howells & Dick Trevor emerge from the Science Department with a new single which once again sees them team up with Erire. 'Dusk Till Dawn' is a smooth disco house cut that has already been going down a storm on dancefloors over the past few months and is the duo's long anticipated follow up to 'Kinky Funk'. Here's the lowdown on the release.
Over the last few months, Paolo Mojo has been developing his skills as a producer, and it's paid off in a big way with singles on Sabotage and his own Music In Freedom label already under his belt, not to mention numerous remixes and a rather cheeky bootleg of BT's 'Fibonacci Sequence' getting heavy support from none than Pete Tong as of late. With a lot of projects going on, we caught up with the Mojo for the lowdown.
Perhaps one of the most anticipated labels of the last few months, Nu Republic has not been without it's problems. Having fallen victim to the Prime Distribution closure just before it was due to get off the starting blocks, the label is now ready to stamp it's mark on the scene, and what better way to do it than with Steve Porter's much sought after 'Vodka Cranberries' as the first release. We caught up with label owner Will Murgatroyd to find out more about the label's development, launch and future plans, so read this interview for the exclusive lowdown on the movement of the Nu Republic.
Petter is one of the most exciting and forward thinking artists to emerge in the last year, with his production and remix work always pushing the boundaries. It was only a matter of time before he got the chance to fulfil his potential with a project that highlights exactly what he is about thanks to James Holden's Border Community, that chance has come with the 'Six Songs EP'. One of the most talked and anticipated releases of the moment, here are the details of this groundbreaking EP that is due for release shortly.
With the demise of Hooj several months ago, it's online store hooj.com continued to fly the flag, but all good things must come to an end, and all great things must evolve. That is why its goodbye hooj.com and hello city16.com. Now expanded to not only feature the latest promos and releases, the site has been vastly increased in terms of the music it covers, as well as allowing you to buy thelatest DVDs, albums, books and tshirts as well as many other things. It's the end of a revolution, but the beginning of an evolution, something we here at Progressive-Sounds know all about..
'Rumble Fish' is without a doubt one of the tracks that defined the Bedrock sound over the past few years. The man behind the track, Tony Papadopoulos (aka Tone Depth) has since gone on to work with Sultan and form one of the finest production duos to emerge in the past few years. With many projects involving Tone Depth currently making a dent on the scene, we decided it was high time to find out a little bit more about this talented individual, and our findings are presented here in this exclusive interview.
Scent Records was founded by 3 friends who met in the Dutch Dancescene years ago and the first release on the label will be from the brothers Zagros & Pacific - "The Grand". "The Grand" is remixed by Harry Lemon and is already causing a stir. Read this feature to find out more.
Electronic music producers Jondi & Spesh are set to release their third artist album entitled The Answer on Spundae Records on June 22, 2004. The Answer marks the label's first artist album. Label head Torsten Jurk explains, "Jondi & Spesh are what we were always hoping for - homegrown talent, which has an impact on the international music scene. Their album is just AMAZING!"
After emerging from Winter Music Conference 2003 with URB magazine’s Best New Tune - Dirty Gringos "Cowbell" - HISHAM SAMAWI is set to release two new original tracks (July 2004). Both tracks on the debut release of NYC-based NATIVE THEORY record label are already slated for inclusion on James Zabiela’s Renaissance: Alive album due out this summer on System Recordings/Renaissance UK.
Ever since Sasha's return to Global Underground was announced, there has been much speculation and anticipation about the project known as 'Involver'. Now the details have been announced, and we have the tracklist, dj dates and everything there currently is to know about this major project. Read on for the lowdown.
Following on from his debut single 'Outhouse' which was released late in 2003, Nathan Fake returns with a collection of tracks on the 'Watlington Street EP', his first doublepack release, featuring a range of diverse tracks that have been turning heads and getting spotters frothing at the mouth over the last few months. We have the details about the EP, so read on to find out more.
The latest single from Bedrock's Nick Muir under his solo Cabala guise marks the debut of Michelle Chivers. A singer and songwriter whose talents are no stranger to regulars of Southampton's infamous High Tide boat parties, Michelle is now in demand with many of the scene's key players such as Paolo Mojo and Pole Folder who are lining up to work with her. To find out more about how she came to be, where she is and what potential projects lie on the table, we took some time out to find out about the woman behind the voice. Read what we found here.
You've read the feature and no doubt have heard the hype. Well, here's your chance to get intimate with 'Involver' as we have three copies of the album to give away thanks to the people at Global Underground. All you need to do is answer these three questions, so enter without delay and get 'involved..'
As one half of Bedrock, Nick Muir is known across the globe, but his work as a solo producer may not be familar to some. As Cabala, he has produced two singles, 'Dark Blue' and 'Vision Of U', and is furthering this side of his career in addition to taking the Bedrock project in a more experimental direction with John Digweed. For more info about this and the other projects he's been working, check out this exclusive interview.
UK DJ/producer James Zabiela has begun the revolution on his new double-disc release, ALiVE - due out August 10, 2004 on Renaissance/System Recordings. Mixed live with three CDJ1000 MKIIs, a DJM600 mixer and an EFX500 effector unit, James is setting the standards that others will ultimately have to follow. The technologically-advanced approach to the mixing of this release is furthered by the CD’s 7-page liner notes, which give a technical breakdown of every track, every loop, every effect, and every “Eureka!” that went into forming this new release. The notes are even replete with tips and advice, and give very specific detail for any bedroom DJ or producer looking to learn from a master.
This summer sees the long overdue release of Forensic Records debut compilation cd. Forensic Science: Exhibit A has been compiled and mixed by label artists and co-owners Lexicon Avenue, the trio of Chris Scott, Mark Armstrong and Shindig's Scott Bradford.
With the pending release of Jondi & Spesh's latest artist album 'The Answer' the west coast boys have taken some time out to give us an exclusive track by track summary of its creation. It's a unique insight into the ideas and directions of 'The Answer' from the minds of its creators.
After the initial announcement at Winter Music Conference, this week we finally see the long awaited release. Their new, original track “Aimless Dame” was signed to BEDROCK by JOHN DIGWEED himself after listening to a CDR in his NYC hotel room’s CD player whilst in town for a gig. The 12” release has now been packaged into a double vinyl pack to include dub versions by Astro&Glyde and Tigerhook Corporation’s Randall Jones. The original mix takes on a life of its own with pulsing, gritty New York heat, just as summer begins to take hold. The dark, melodic hook gears up to seduce people onto dance floors worldwide with edgy vocal courtesy of NYC punk rock royalty Queen V. On the flip side, a brilliant deep house track given fantastic and techy twists by Randall Jones.
Having been locked away in his studio 80Hz working on his debut album for Bedrock Records, it's been several months single we've been treated to a single from Pole Folder, but the wait is now over. 'Protected' is a collaborative project between himself and fellow Belgian Sandra Ferretti, an ethereal full vocal track that has already become a classic at Belgium's famous La Rocca nightclub, and comes with mixes from Madoka, Fretwell and M.A.S. Collective. For the low down on this exciting new single, check out this feature.
Three years on from their second album 'Intensify', Way Out West are set to return with their new album 'Dont Look Now'. During that time, the outfit has evolved from the two piece that consists of Nick Warren & Jody Wisternoff to include a new vocalist called Omi. With several of the tracks such as 'Apollo' and 'Killa' already getting major play from the DJs such as Sasha, we bring you the first news on this eagerly anticipated longplayer, kicking off a whole host of 'Dont Look Now' related coverage over the coming weeks here on Progressive-Sounds. For the lowdown on the tracklist, release date and information on what will be the first single, check out this exclusive feature.
"This summer D:FUSE is embarking on his "Prelude to Begin Tour," to promote
the Fall release of his artist album "Begin." " Prelude to Begin," is a 6 song EP of all original music released exclusively on iTunes June 1st (CD's will be available July 1st on djdfuse.com). The EP features mixes and songs that will not be on "BEGIN." "This album has been over two years in the making," D says. "It's allowed me to get back into song writing. I've been a lyricist all of my life, and Begin is about moving away from instrumental tracks and moving more into heart-felt emotion through words."
To celebrate the release of the Secret Planet compilation, the launch of the new label of the same name, and Silver Planet's 50th anniversy release, we have teamed up with the label to bring you a very special and exclusive contest. We have five packages to give away featuring a copy of the Secret Planet compilation and all three vinyl samplers, in addition to a Silver Planet tshirt. The first person to be drawn will also win the entire Silver Planet 12" back catalogue, making this one massive contest that you don't want to miss out on entering.
With the pending release of the first in their compilation series 'Thinking Out Loud' mixed by Steve Gerrard and with a string of high profile releases by Shmuel Flash, Blue Haze and Shiloh amongst their recent output, Nascent Recordings have rapidly become one of the most popular labels of recent months, and with many developments ongoing with the label, we decided it was high time we featured them here on Progressive-Sounds. So we did, and here is what label manager Neil Evans has to say for himself.
Balance Record Pool and Stanton are hosting its first bedroom DJ contest. First prize is a Final Scratch System and your DJ set broadcast on the Balance Record Pool Radio Show! 2nd prize gets a vinyl pack and your set broadcasted on the Balance Record Pool Radio Show; honorable mentions will be awarded vinyl packs from some of our favorite labels. For more details on how to enter, check out this
From the lonestar state of Texas comes Derek Howell. Having been involved in the music scene for a mere two years, this young producer has really been making inroads to becoming a major player in 2004. Be it his solo career, which kicked off on EDM Digital in the past few months and now seems him on labels such as Fade and Bedrock, or his collaborations with fellow Texan Peter Martin as Pinkbox Special and The Alley Qats, Derek's name is one on the lips of many of the scene's key players right now, and here's our indepth interview with this young star.
Charlotte based duo Gordon Carpenter & Sean McClellan have recently emerged with their KVK project, having spent the last few months conducting audio experiments at their Camp Remote compound . With their debut single for John Digweed's Bedrock Breaks imprint, 'Reality Theory' now on store shelves, and remixes of artists such as Orchid, Jacob Todd and Hellpass all forthcoming, in addition to many other projects, you can be sure to hear a lot more of these two guys in the coming months, but for now, here's an interview we did recently with them so you can find out more about them. Enjoy!
Having been at the forefront of the dance music industry for the last six years, Bedrock Records is once again set to take their label forward with the launch of a new compilation series entitled 'OS'. The 'Original Series' will feature some of the best up and coming talent in the world today and the first compilation will be by Alternative Route head honcho Desyn Masiello. For more information about this project. Check out this feature.
'As the revolution ends, the evolution begins..'. An apt quote indeed with the major changes currently ongoing within the music industry with the advent of legal digital downloads becoming a commonplace thing, with companies like Beatport, EDM Digital, Release Records and City16 all offering their own services. Now 3Beat has expanded it's operations and launched it's own platform where you can buy all the latest 3BLM releases, which include tracks on labels such as Border Community, Looq, Deep Records and many many more. We took some time out and spoke to Andy Jarrod, the man who runs the label management group and largely responsible for the parent company's foray into the digital world, about what we can expecf from the service, its plans for expansion and much more in this exclusive feature. Read on for the lowdown.
Baroque Records recently reached it's 40th release, with Ryukyu Underground's 'Seragaki' giving the label yet another landmark. With many other things going on with the label, with the development of a new online store and the label (and it's sister label Method) now being part of the Critical Rhythm label group, we caught up with the now sole owner and label manager Keith Mcdonnell for the lowdown on what's changed and what this means for the future of label. Read this exclusive feature to find out more.
Having recently completed their last ever gig at the 2004 Glastonbury Festival, Orbital are due to release their last ever album 'The Blue Album'. Said to be a return to form after the mixed reaction to their last long player 'The Altogether', this is Orbital's last curtain call that Stateside fans won't want to miss. For the tracklist and information on the album, here's the press release for your reading pleasure.
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After a short period of inactivity, Minimal Records sister label Dirty Blue Records has found a new home for distribution on the shores of Holland with Astral Music. Astral will handle exclusive worldwide distribution for all future Dirty Blue releases, starting with the new EP by Jack Addict, featuring the tracks 'Robotic' and 'Frisc'. Future releases will come from Ty Tek, Bettle Bug with remixes provided by Rhythm Code, Nathan Fake and more. Things are certainly looking up for the label.
On July 30th, the music scene was shocked to hear of the untimely passing of one if it's youngest stars as Adam Spears tragically passed away after being involved in an automobile accident, later passing away at the hospital in his home town of Nacogdoches, Texas. Some of us here at Progressive-Sounds had the priviledge to talk with him on almost a daily basis, so we thought it only fitting that we pay tribute to our young friend with this special feature. Please take time to read this as we pay our respects to the Starkid.
Steve Gerrard's ascension as a DJ has been unparalled, and now he's set to headline the first in a new compilation series called 'Thinking Out Loud' for Nascent Recordings. The album reflects the next step in Steve's career, and we have the full details here for you first, so check out this feature for the lowdown on this exciting project.
Tilt are one of the scene's longest standing outfits, having been involved in it's progression at all of it's key points over the last decade, and after some time out of the spotlight, they have regrouped and are back with a new face and a recently completed album called 'Explorer' ready for us to enjoy when it's released in the near future. The group's Mick Park was eager to give us the scoop on what's been happening, and it's all here in this exclusive interview.
Following on from the previous compilations by James Holden and The Flash Brothers comes the latest in Silver Planet's compilation series 'Fear Of A Silver Planet', which sees the label's latest star Chris Salt encapsulate the sound of Silver Planet into this double cd mix known simply as 'Fear 3'. Due for release in October, we have the details here for you, so check out this feature for more information about the cd, including the full tracklist.
Desyn Masiello is a DJ who's following has grown largely by word of mouth. By applying his skills to what he believes in, he captured the attention of many of his peers, including Sander Kleinenberg, Deep Dish and Danny Howells, all of whom have at one time or another touted him as one to watch. This support has also been echoed by those fans who've happened to come across him, be it at a club, or by hearing one of his many sets. This, in addition to playing a pivotal role in two labels he has an owning interest in, Alternative Route and Sex On Wax has ensured Desyn has kept his finger on the pulse, keeping track on what's cool and new in the underground scene. It's this awareness and forward thinking attitude that sees him become the DJ that spearheads the new Bedrock compilation series Original Series, mixing the first compilation. With this prestigious accolade bringing him firmly into the spotlight, we took time to speak to him about the world according to Desyn Masiello. Read on..
It's been speculated about and anticipated pretty much since the series begun, but finally Hybrid have stepped up the plate with their own Y4K compilation. Featuring new and exclusive tracks from Mike Truman and Chris Healings themselves, in addition to material from Luke Chable, Andy Page, Orbital and Future Sound Of London, this looks set to be the biggest volume of this acclaimed series yet, and we have all the details right here for you.
Dave Seaman - The producer. The DJ. The A&R. The man who brings commercial artists to the dancefloor as part of Brothers In Rhythm, and now looks set to reinvent himself yet again as part of the Group Therapy project. With the recent release of the first single 'My Own Worst Enemy', we took time out to speak with Dave about his methods of Therapy, and much much more. Read on...
Following on from the self titled debut which spawned the massive single 'Days Go By', Dirty Vegas are set to return with their second album 'One' in October. A new single from the album entitled 'Walk Into The Sun' is already finding it's way onto the radio and into dj sets thanks to remixes from King Unique, and with Dirty Vegas due to get back on the road in support of the album, you can bet you'll be hearing a lot of 'One' in the coming weeks and months.
Following a string of singles for Tayo's MOB Records imprint, Italian breaks friend Santos is set to release his second artist album 'Abrasive'. A double disc of new and old material, in addition to all the aforementioned singles, this is a unique insight into one of the most well respected producers in the breaks scene. All the info on Santos and the album can be found in this feature, so be sure to check it out.
Within: Moving Sounds Within The Online World
Movement In Sound is a new online store dedicated to the material on Within Records, Deep Space Recordings and Cadence Recordings. Home to such artists as the Deep Space Organisms and Aural Imbalance, the store has been eagerly anticipated but now you can get all the latest sounds from deep down south from anywhere in the world. To celebrate the launch of the site, our very own Chloe Harris has invited them to be guests on her B-Sides show on Proton Radio next Monday (13th September 2004), where Aural Imbalance will be playing the 'Intuition' mix, with a contest and prizes to be launched during the show as well. Be sure to check it out.
Having released a slew of critically acclaimed albums from the likes of James Zabiela and Hernan Cattaneo, in addition to running successful parties at Pacha in Ibiza, and events like this summer's 'Wild In The Country', Renaissance have had an impressive year thus far and show no signs of fatigue as the launch of Sander Kleinenberg's follow up to last year's 'This Is Everybody' looms around the corner. All the details on this eagerly anticipated release can be found right here.
It's been six years since Bedrock first hosted one of their infamous parties at London's Heaven nightclub, and after a year that has given us the Bedrock University tour and John Digweed's Endless Summer tour, comes only the second Bedrock party of the year on October 7th to celebrate the night's legacy in style. With previous parties playing host to quite frankly the crème de la crème of talent from around the world, this lineup ibrings together some of the very best in current and future talent, including our very own Chloe Harris, under one roof, so be sure to check out this feature for a look at the full lineup of what promises to be a stellar event.
From Newcastle in England come Trafik. The duo of Andrew Archer and John Elliott have already given us two great singles in the shape of 'Your Light' and 'Echoes' and are now set to follow this with the release of their debut album 'Bullet'. This eagerly anticipated album is the second artist album to be released on the new GU Music label and we have all the details for you right here in this exclusive feature.
New John Digweed Website - Online!
After many months of waiting, John Digweed's new website is online. Featuring all the latest news and updates on what's happening in his hectic career, the site will also feature charts, downloads and an extensive radio show section that not only covers his ongoing Kiss FM shows, but also the classic JJJ Northern Exposure broadcasts and his old Essential Mixes, all of which will be added in the coming weeks. With John Digweed also nominated for Best Dance Artist in the 2004 Digital Music Awards, be sure to cast your vote and support him and his new site.
On Sony's Acid Planet site, there is a remix contest using Holmes Ives' 'Where You Are' from his latest Tetrasoma LP. In addition to a PCDL FX Dual Audio Player and lots of other goodies, the winning remix will be shopped as the official B-side remix for the single. Check out the details and enter today.
After parting ways with their previous label, UNKLE are the latest addition to Global Underground's expanding artist roster, As such, their second album 'Never Never Land' is set to see a full worldwide release, being re-released in the UK and made available properly in the US for the first time, and we have all the details here for you on the new material and remixes this Limited Edition package will include, in addition to news on a brand new single from UNKLE, and its all right here in this feature.
2004 has already been the biggest year in James Zabiela's career. With an increasing amount of gigs right the way across the globe, his fanbase has grown rapidly, with many speculating he will even break into the Top 10 of DJ Magazine's TOP 100 this year. In addition to this, his compilation 'ALiVE' (his third in as many years) was released to widespread acclaim in the summer, and he's recently become one of only a handful of DJs to include Pioneer's new DVJ-X1 into his sets. As animated as ever, James took time to spoke to us about the last few months, technology, his travels, and even The Daleks and Darth Vader. Here's what he had to say..
With Deep Records recently reaching it's landmark 20th release, we thought it was time to sit down and share a few words with the man behind this brilliant label. In it's four year history it has become one of the most consistent labels in the scene, and who better to talk us through that time period than none other than the label owner himself Peter Van Hal. In this first part of our exclusive feature 'Into The Deep', he talks us through the first ten releases that shaped the label's legacy, giving us an insight into how the ideas and direction of the label have evolved over the years, with the second part to follow in the next few days.
After over a year of hosting 'The Sound' on Proton Radio, Lance inaugurates the station's mix compilation series with a 2CD release shocasing a repertoire of tracks submitted by various artists to support the radio station. This latest venture from the station will be available to purchase online from some of the leading online stores and digital download portals when it is released soon. For more information, including the tracklist, check out this feature and find out how you can support one of the Internet's leading online radio stations.
Having wowed fans across the world with their energetic and inspiring live shows, in addition to an impressive discography of massive dancefloor tracks and remixes on various labels, Infusion are now set to launch their own record label, Polaroid Recordings in association with 3 Beat Label Management. The first release, Infusion's 'Better World' is due for release soon, and we have all this info and more right here for you.
With Deep Records recently reaching it's landmark 20th release, we thought it was time to sit down and share a few words with the man behind this brilliant label. In it's four year history it has become one of the most consistent labels in the scene, and who better to talk us through that time period than none other than the label owner himself Peter Van Hal. In part two of our exclusive feature 'Into The Deep', Peter talks us through releases 11-20, talking about the gambles he took in order to push the label forward and indicates what w might expect in the future, concluding our insight into this incredible label.
Eagerly anticipated for some time, The Deluxe Edition re-release of Sasha & John Digweed's inaugural Renaissamce Mix Collection replicates the multi-surfaced, fold-out, triple-cd packaging of the original, but with updated imagery. The tracing-paper slipcase of the original has been replaced with a more robust, clear, flexible plastic cover, and is due for release in the UK on November 15th and the US on December 1st.
The Limited Edition Format includes a beautiful book that's 430mm long and 140mm high. It has additional artwork to the deluxe release and 40 pages that include new sleeve notes, new interviews and photos of Sasha and John along with original sleeve images and info on every track on the album and will release on November 29th in the UK and December 10th in the US.
In 1999, Mixmag voted Renaissance "The Mix Collection" the #1 mix CD of all time, stating, "For many, it was the first mix compilation they bought and, for us, it remains the best." Even 10 years after its initial release, Britain's IDJ magazine charted the collection #17 on its 50 Greatest Albums of all time (July 2004).
The new anniversary set will build upon these accolades featuring revamped artwork courtesy of New York illustrator Vault 49 and updated sound via re-mastering by the architects themselves, Sasha and John Digweed, using modern applications that weren't available 10 years ago for a clearer sound.
Amidst the wave of fresh talent that has been emerging out of Greece in the last few months, producer Stelios Vassiloudis has made quite a name for himself, having already presented us with several releases, the massive 'Particle' on Audiotherapy of particular note. Without a doubt he's someone we tip as one to watch in 2005, with a new two track single on Audiotherapy to be followed by 'Wooden Swordz', his collaboration with DJ Viton due out in January 2005. This in addition to the range of high profile remixes he's currently working will catapult him into the big leagues, so without further ado, we present you with this exclusive interview with one of the scene's most exciting new faces.
With the widely acclaimed Fabric series now reaching it's landmark 20th release, a man who is no stranger to any of us steps up to the plate. Having wowed the crowds with his extended sets at the club in the last few months John Digweed makes his debut in the series, with the single CD album due for release in January 2005. With the series focusing on cutting edge sounds and artists, you'll get to hear a whole different side to John Digweed, and we have all the details on this eagerly anticipated release right here for you.
Bedrock is without a doubt a brand that stands tall throught the music scene, having done much to push things forward since it's inception several years ago. With a new chapter in it's history dawning we are priviledged to have both label manager Nick Bates and the man himself John Digweed to answer a few questions, about the brand's foundations, and it's new directions and horizons that lie ahead.
To help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the seminal classic compilation "Rennaisance 'The Mix Collection' - mixed by Sasha and John Digweed", GU[MUSIC] are releasing a key track from this album, "VFR - Tranceillusion" and would like to give up and coming producers the unique opportunity to remix the track for a full release through GU [MUSIC], Global Underground's artist label.
This is your chance to remix one of Sasha and Digweed's favourite tracks and get your production out through one of the worlds best electronic record labels. For more information, click on the link above.
From Atlanta comes Politik Records, the latest addition to 3 Beat Label Management's burdgeoning roster of independent labels from around the globe. Founded by Dan Mizrahi, the label aims to bring some of the finest up and coming talent to the forefront of the scene, with the focus being firmly on music that takes things in a fresh and inspiring direction, but rather than us tell you all about that, we've got Dan The Man to do it himself and give us an introduction to the label.
Emerging from UNKLE's highly acclaimed album 'Never Never Land', enigmatic new single 'Reign' has already seen a UK release with mixes by Way Out West, False Prophet and Evil Nine amongst others, and now gets an EXCLUSIVE US release in the form of a new set of exceptionally eclectic remixes from some of America's most innovative and respected producers.
While all of the remixes utilize Ian Brown’s chilling vocal, each gives the track its own unique twist. Whether it's the syncopated Def Jux swagger of the RJD2 mix and DJ Three's THREE A.M acid-tech-house romp on the first 12", or Metro Area's Morgan Geist with a disco-funk slow burner or the Francois K protege Beat Pharmacy with a bubbly, dubby bin-shaker on the second 12" and you have a pair of vinyls that will be on every discerning DJs decks for some time to come, and adding even more variety to the range of mixes that exist for this landmark track.
Back at the start of year, Michelle Chivers emerged from nowhere as the vocalist on Nick Muir's latest Cabala single 'Vision Of U' and since then has gone on to become one of the most exciting up and coming stars of 2004, having since collaborated with Canadian duo Shiloh, New York's BlueRoomProject and several others. Keeping track of each new development in her career has now been made easier with the launch of her own website, featuring information and previews of some of her past and present projects, with full details of her background, guest mixes, and a whole lot more so be sure to check it out.
"In Deep Space... Abandoned". Who can forget the classic 'Stage One', the first of several tracks that have since emerged from John Graham's Space Manoeuvres project, and that will now be featured on a forthcoming mini album, scheduled for release in March 2005, 'Oid' will feature all the Space Manoeuvres tracks to date, plus a collection of new material, and in addition to this, a new remix 12" of 'Stage One' will also be released, and you can vote which of the unreleased mixes will be featured on the new Space Manoeuvres website where you will find a full discography, information on the album and more.
With John Digweed recently deliveirng the 20th installment in the Fabric series, it's now the turn of Joe Ransom to bring us the latest in the excellent FABRICLIVE series. A DJ who has supported the likes of Basement Jaxx and The Plump DJs and a key player of the FABRICLIVE nights, the 20th album marks Joe's debut into the world of mix albums, and of the usual high quality that you would expect from the Fabric brand, and all the information on this forthcoming album is right here for you.
On January 15th, all the funds raised via sales on the online store Audio Jelly will be donated to the Tsunami Earthquake Fund. This terrible tradegy that occured just over a week ago is still very fresh in all our minds, and the Internet has played a role in bringing many people affected by this events together in some way. It is due to this that Audio Jelly has decided to donate its proceeds, and as many other stores sign up to do the same, we will keep you posted on how you can help support the appeal.
In light of recent events in the Indian Ocean, many online music stores are donating their proceeds to the Disaster Appeal to help those affected by the tsunamis that created massive destruction, and the latest to do so are Baroque Records and the Critical Rhythm label management group.
All sales generated on their onlne store between the 1st and 16th of January will be donated to the appeal on Monday January 17th, so please pledge your support if possible.
Steve Porter's debut artist album has been eagerly anticipated for some time now, and in the past few months we've been fed some of his original work in EP form. Now as we enter 2005, the album 'Homegrown' appears, due for release shortly.
Available to download or to own on CD, 'Homegrown' is a must for fans of Steve's work everywhere, featuring not only all the tracks from both EPs of the same name, but the singles 'Definite Form' and 'Vodka Cranberries', in addition to some material exclusive to the album. All the details about the album, and the digital music stores where it will be available are right here in this feature for your reading pleasure.
Following on from Lanch Cashion's 'The Sound' which was released towards the end of 2004, our very own Chloe Harris is set to mix the second album in the Proton Radio compilation series. All the relevant details can be found by clicking the link to the Proton Radio site, and the final cut off for submissions is January 17th 2005.
Chloe will also be in Europe through February and early March and is currently available for bookings, with a return trip planned in the summer. If you wish to book her to play in support of the compilation in Europe (or anywhere else for that matter), have any queries about the compilation or just wish to contact her directly, you can do so by using the details here.
As another year begins, the Y4K series continues. Distinctive's long standing series has already played host to basically the creme de la creme of breakbeat talent from around the world, with such names as Tayo, Hybrid and most recently Soul Of Man all putting their names to albums in the series.
Now Australia's Phil K joins the series, a man who has been a champion of the breakbeat sound down under for many, many years and in the past two years has really come into his own, and with compilations for Balance and Renaissance already to his credit, this Y4K looks set to take Phil to the next level.
Following it's launch back in September 2004 with Desyn Masiello at the helm, Bedrock's Original Series now reaches it's second chapter with Jonathan Lisle stepping up to take the series forward.
Steadily climbing the ranks over the past three years, Jonathan has become one of the most popular nu breed DJs right across the globe, his love for quality music a predominant factor at all times. OS_02 is his debut compilation, an 80 minute journey that features some of his favourite classics and exclusives, carefully placed together to create what looks set to be another exceptional volume of the Original Series.
After a highly successful 2004 which saw the release of his first compilation for Renaissance and being ranked #6 in DJ Magazine's annual Top 100, Hernan Cattaneo kicks of 2005 with his second volume for the Renaissance Masters Series.
With the first receiving widespread acclaim at the start of last year, this second edition promises to be equally as impressive, and if you want the details of what Hernan has put together for Renaissance's first release of 2005 hey are right here for you to check out.
With recent singles 'The World Doesn't Know' and 'Twelve' highlighting the fact Tilt had returned to the scene after a period of inactivity. Now as another year get underway, we will finally get to hear the much anticipated artist album, 'Explorer' with all the details of it's content right here in this exclusive news feature.
With the first 'Afterhours' compilation achieving cult status amongst the post clubbing community, Global Underground are now set to return with the next in the series. Compiled and mixed by Global's own Andrew Archer & John Elliott, the album is a double cd of some of the most obscure and often overlooked tracks, and comes backed with a bonus DVD of video footage. For more information on this project and it's contents, check out our preview feature right now.
The Fabric series continues to go from strength to strength, and following on from John Digweed's debut for the series, comes a mix from Fabric resident DJ Heather. A well respected DJ and producer from Chicago, Heather is one of the leading females to get behind the decks, and this compilation promises to be one of the finest in the series, capturing the energy of her well received sets at Fabric perfectly.
Also, with a series of productions on labels such as 20:20 Vision and Aroma, Heather is set to launch her own label Blackcherry Recordings and has more of her own productions to come, so all in all 2005 looks set to be her finest year to date.
Automatic Records, after several years and just over 50 releases are calling it a day. In a statement released by the label, they had this to say:
"After much deliberation & soul searching we have decided to shut the label down to allow us to pursue other paths in life. Our back catalogue will remain available to buy, in traditional & digital format, through the store on this site. Thanks very much to all the artists whose music we've released & to everyone who has bought our records & supported us over the last 8.5 years. It's been quite some journey. Regards & Respect!!" - Glenn & Russel
Steve Porter, pioneer of the sound people are calling 'Porterhouse', an excellent DJ and producer and indeed artist has steadily climbed the mountain to become one of the finest talents in not only the US but across the world. With his debut album 'Homegrown' due out very shortly on CD and via digital download from Beatport, Itunes and many other major digital music outlets, we took some time to chat about the album, Porterhouse, and a whole lot more.
With a reputation forged by the acclaimed singles 'Apollo Vibes' and 'Dust', Pole Folder's debut album has been eagerly anticipated for many, many months. Over two years have passed since Pole Folder's long term commitment to Bedrock was first announced, and now 'Zero Gold' is a realisation of this, being not only Bedrock's first ever artist album, but one that gives an insight into the creative mind one of of the scene's finest musicians of the last few years.
A broad soundscape of music with feeling; downbeat building records, driving, urgent breaking tracks, guest vocals and mind blowing cinematic scale and production compromise an album that is likely to become a future classic.
John Digweed is a DJ who has constantly redefined the way we regard music, and is known for daring to push the envelope and deliver the unexpected. Its this uninhibited passion and creativity that has helped him to maintain his standing within the dance music scene. His radio shows are but a mere indication of this depth, and his recent compilation for Fabric or indeed his much vaunted sets for the club are perhaps the best example.
However, Choice is something different. A compilation that in essence captures John Digweed's life story to date, and for the first time ever gives some real insight into the musical mind of the man behind the music.
Hernan Cattaneo's rise to prominence in 2004 was nothing short of remarkable. With a year kicked off by his debut Renaissance cd, constant touring and obtaining the #6 slot in DJ Magazine's 2004 Top 100 poll, Hernan's career has finally reached the heights it has deserved to. Not one to rest on his laurels, he's already kicking off the new year with a second mix compilation for Renaissance, and as this exclusive interview shows, that is merely the tip of the iceberg.
Having previously compiled for Global Underground's 24-7 and Nubreed series', Danny Howells makes his proper Global Underground debut with Miami, the 27th album in the series.
Having made his mark there over the past few years with his widely acclaimed parties at BED, Miami was the obvious choice when it came to choosing a location for the album, and promises to be one of the best volumes in the series yet, with a extensive tour planned in support. To find out what Danny has to say about the album, Miami, and to get all the information, check out this feature on what is one of many exciting projects Global Underground have planned for 2005.
Meat Katie is without a doubt one of the most well respected and highly regarded figures within the breakbeat scene, having released several artist albums and collaborated with practically all the key players at one stage or another, and is currently hard at work on yet another extended artist album project.
No stranger to the crowds at Fabric, Meat Katie becomes the latest figure to appear on the acclaimed Fabriclive series, with a compilation that brings together new tracks from the likes of Lee Coombs, Atomic Hooligan and Force Mass Motion, exclusives from his own Lot 49 imprint, acapellas and the odd classic and continuing what looks set to be the biggest year yet for both club and label.
Regarded as one of THE definitive producers of the past few years, Francois Chabloz has never failed to surpass expectation, with early material on his own Imago imprint and Yoshitoshi receiving critical acclaim. Since then, he's made SAW Recordings his home, and following on from the singles 'My Memory' and 'Closer To Me', he now presents his debut artist album, 'Dubs, Edits & Whiskey-Coke'.
Last year's inaugural 'Renaissance Presents: Therapy Sessions' compilation saw Dave Seaman supported by the machine operator himself Phil K, and this year it's the turn of Australian whizzkid and uber producer Luke Chable to step up to the plate, continuing Seaman's love affair with the Australian scene at the same time.
For the lowdown on where both of these individuals are at, and more information on the album including tracklist and exclusive comments from both Dave and Luke, check out our preview feature.
Grammy-winning remixers Deep Dish have signed a four-record deal with Thrive Music that will commence in March with the duo's second artist album.
The album is the successor to 1998's "Junk Science," which was released in the U.S. on deConstruction/Arista Records. It included the Everything but the Girl collaboration "The Future Of The Future (Stay Gold)," which reached the top of Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
Riding on the wave of buzz from their recent Grammy nomination, The Crystal Method will release their new mix album "Community Service II" April 5 on ULTRA Records/3 AM. Exclusive remixes by The Crystal Method of songs by The Doors ("Roadhouse Blues"), New Order ("Bizarre Love Triangle") and Smashing Pumpkins ("1979") are all part of the mix. Click through to see the full tracklist.
Hailed as the platform's answer to Sony's Gran Turismo racing similation games, Forza Motorsport is one of Microsoft's key 2005 titles for it's XBOX games system and Junkie XL has been enlisted to put his hand to the soundtrack of this eagerly anticipated title, and features no less than 56 pieces of original music written and produced by Junkie XL. The in-game score is rumored to have been heavily influenced by '70s "dark guitar" rock. To this end Holkenberg enlisted the talents of both Fireball Ministry's James A. Rota and former Machinehead/Soulfly axe-slinger Logan Mader who is also responesible for the instrumental music in the game with production partner Lucas Banker.
Following one from Steve Gerrard's well received debut last year, Ashley Casselle has been confirmed as the next DJ to appear in the 'Thinking Out Loud' series. With his past compilations 'Response' for Automatic Records and 'Deviations' for Deviant Records both held in high regard even today, anticipation for this compilation is already high, ahead of its release towards the middle of the year.
In addition to this, his Ashtrax project alongside James Christopher and vocalist Ben Lost has recently been signed to Global Underground, with a 3-track EP entitled 'Bad Red' to be released in April ahead of the much anticipated album later in the year. Joining such artists as Pako & Frederik, Trafik and LoStep on one of the world's most respected labels is further testament to Ashley's standing in the scene, and 2005 looks to be his biggest year yet.
With such names as Phil K, James Holden and Anthony Pappa having contributed mixes to EQ's Balance series, they now look across the Atlantic to Chris Fortier to become the latest DJ to present a compilation. Now on it's seventh volume, Chris has put together a triple CD mix that will suprise even the longest standing Fortier fan.
Having compiled and mixed several albums in the past that, it can be said that Chris is not afraid to take risks and push the envelope when given the chance to do so, as was evident on his contribution to Bedrock's 'Compiled & Mixed' series and this album once again sees him go that extra mile to create something individual.
As a label constantly striving to be at the forefront of the scene, Dave Seaman's Audio Therapy label continues to push the boundaries, and with the launch of the forthcoming album series 'Across Borders' are set to break them down even further. Aiming to place the spotlight on artists from the various regions and countries of the world, 'Across Borders' is a further example of Seaman's global commitment as one of the world's busiest globetrotting DJs.
Also on the horizon is the new off shoot label 'Therapy Music' which will allow Dave and co to sign and develop new artists as well as one off singles, and all the information on both of these projects can be found right here.
With last year's inaugural 'In Session' compilation one of the better received label retrospectives of 2004, Baroque have comissioned a follow-up which has been compiled and mixed by Andy Moor. As part of Tilt and Leama and Moor and indeed as as solid producer and DJ in his own right, Andy's career has soared in the past few months, and looks set to continue to do so this year.
Once again the first cd is a mix of some of the best tracks of the last few months on the Baroque labels plus some forthcoming exclusives and the second cd is an unmixed selection of further tracks by some of the scene's key artists and remixers. For the full lowdown, check out this feature.
Pole Folder's debut album 'Zero Gold' is perhaps one of the most anticipated artist releases of the past few months, with many waiting to see what this enigmatic Belgian producer had created, following on from a line of stellar single releases for the Bedrock imprint. As the first person to release an artist album on the label, Pole Folder has strived to produce an album that transcends both the traditional club sound that the label is more commonly associated with and at the same time, but at the same time exploring further boundaries. You may have already seen the video documentary, but here we have here exclusively, Zero Gold, track by track, in the words of Pole Folder himself.
Already a stalwart of the breaks scene with his prior albums, the 2001 release 'Idiots Behind The Wheel' and the acclaimed 2002 follow up 'Soul Trader', Ils now returns with his third artist album, and also marking his first for new home label Distinctive Records.
Anticipated for some time now, the album features a variety of guest vocalists and superb tracks like 'Feed The Addiction', and ahead of a pending review in the next few days, we have the low down and background information for 'Bohemia' that you can digest in the meantime.
Since it's launch in September, Bedrock's Original Series has strived to place the spotlight on those individuals who are redefining the face of dance music as we know it, be it through their production work, remixes, by the technology they use, or quite simply the way they perceive music and it's future in general.
Luke Fair's career as a producer needs no introduction, with a diverse range of tracks and remixes on every label from SAW Recordings to Yoshitoshi and last but by no means least, Bedrock. As an artist for the label, he recently produced a stellar 4 track EP, and now steps up to the plate with the third compilation in the Original Series. A review of the album and an interview with Luke will follow in the next days, but for now, check out the details on this latest volume in Bedrock's pioneering series.
Having embraced the groundbreaking Ableton Live technology several months ago, Sasha's career has been revolutionised, a transition that started with the remix album project 'Involver'. Since then he has intergrated the software into his live gigs, with the aid of a custom built one of a kind controller he calls 'The Maven' allowing him manipulate, edit, and remix tracks on the fly to create a totally unique experience at each and every gig. This has been showcased via his Fundacion nights in New York and Los Angeles, and also via his regular appearances at London's Fabric, and his latest CD for the Global Underground takes us right to the heart of the dancefloor and gives us a first hand insight into the Fundacion experience. For the details on this forthcoming album, including comments from Sasha, check out this preview, with a review to follow shortly ahead of it's release in mid June.
Continuing his support for the multitude of talent that exists around the world, globe trotting DJ Dave Seaman is set to launch a new compilation series that aims to focus on these individuals and their home countries. First up in the series is Greece, home of the 2004 Olympics, and also home to some of the brightest new stars including Kosmas Epsilon, Nikola Gala and Stel & Good Newz. All the details on this new venture, including comments from Dave and news about a forthcoming tour are here for your reading pleasure.
Building on the foundations put in place by the internationally acclaimed 'Balance' series, EQ are now set to launch a new offshoot series entitled 'Electric', which aims to continue the label's commitment to deliver cutting edge underground music, focusing on some of the future stars of the music scene, and some of the best up and coming talent from Australia.
Holding residencies at some of Melbourne's most well respected nights such as Sunny, and with a DJ career that spans over a decade, Keitel's interest in selecting some of the most interesting and unobvious music rather than trying to be a superstar makes him a natural choice to spearhead this new series, and we have all the details on the inaugural compilation in this new series right here for you, in addition to some background information one one of Australia's best resident DJs.
With a partnership that rivals the best comedy duos and pairings of the last few years, Cass and Paolo Mojo finally bring their Heretic project to the dance with the pending release of '1.0'. An album of sounds that covers a wide of genres and styles, but is just two guys having fun at what they do best. We've got the feature and the review for you here right now, and be sure to check back in the next few days as these two will be on hand to shoot the shit with some random business.
House music legends and brothers Danny Spencer and Kelvin Andrews, two figures with a long and storied career that stems back over fifteen years have finally completed their eagerly anticipated debut as Soul Mekanik entitled 'Eighty One'.
As one might expect, its an album that passes a nod to many influences and styles, and one that fans of their earlier EPs and remixes will also undoubtedly come to embrace. Full details of the album are available here for now, with a full review and exclusive interview with Kelvin and Danny to follow shortly.
Continuing to prove he is at the forefront of DJing, embracing and aiding in the development of new technology and hardware, James Zabiela is set to release his second compilation for Renaisssance following on from the well received 2004 album 'ALiVE'.
'Utilities' sees James devote one disc to the much publicised Ableton technology, with the second disc taking the live approach championed on his previous compilation, utilising 3 CD decks, samplers and EFX units, with James once again pushing the boundaries beyond the conventional DJ methods in an effort to highlight what can be achieved in this day and age. In addition to this, the album contains two of James' debut productions taken from the recently released EP of the same name, once again drawing attention to the burdgeoning career of this young, creative star.
Hot on the heels of the recently released 'ES' compilation, Satoshi Tomiie has already put his hand to the follow-up, 'ES-B'. Whereas 'ES' focused on the dark club sounds that Satoshi has championed for the last few years, 'ES-B' is a showcase of the deeper, more soulful and funky sounds that in some cases pass a nod way back to the early roots of Satoshi's career.
With the past few years having seen him launch the highly successful label SAW Recordings, create a stunning artist album in the form of 'Full Lick', in addition to mixing a Global Underground Nu Breed compilation and a label retrospective 'Undulation 1', 'ES-B' could be one of the essential soundtracks for the summer of 2005 that fans of his Cafe Mambo sets and music lovers in general will enjoy.
Holmes Ives of Memnon, Oko Tek & Jette Ives has teamed with New Zealand Native Sophie Moleta to deliver a lush collection of beautiful soundscapes on ‘Untie Me.’ The LP was released on Ova Records in June however I am only getting my listen today. I have always been a huge fan of Ives work and no surprise, ‘Untie Me’ is stunning. Click through for a bit of the back story on this LP and watch for a review of the LP shortly.
After the seminal GU024 Reykjavik mix, Nick returns to GU with a phenomenal genre-spanning selection.
Shanghai showcases an eclectic edge to Nick Warren's sound, taking influences from ambient, house, classic Warren breaks, techno, progressive and even a touch of classic acid house !
The follow-up to the original label compilation, Layered Sounds 2 provides a glimpse into the impressive international talent dwelling under the Bedrock name, spread over two unique discs, one focusing on the downtempo side of the Bedrock label, and the other on it's more traditional club sound. The album's John Digweed has been a busy man recently, working simultaneously as DJ, promoter, and producer.
In addition to having brought us the new 'Original Series' compilations and the first artist album from Pole Folder, Digweed and production partner Nick Muir have been hard at work on the new Bedrock single due out early Autumn, and this new Layered Sounds album is just the first of several album projects yet to come from the Bedrock label.
Renaissance are delighted to announce a brand new album series – 'Frontiers', a 2CD compilation that pits two DJs head to head with a unique, geographical twist with both heralding from different countries. The concept breathes a welcome air of originality into the compilation market, providing the perfect platform to showcase DJs, artists, countries and the ever-expanding global world of dance music, with the first volume in the series fronted by the UK's own Yousef and acclaimed US DJ Behrouz.
With Yousef compared to such greats as Derrick Carter and Sneak, and San Francisco based Behrouz earning praise from the likes of Danny Tenaglia and Deep Dish, this new compilation has all the hallmarks of another winner for the Renaissance brand.
With recent volumes in the Y4K series from Hybrid, Phil K, and Ali B cementing it's status at the forefront of the breakbeat scene, the time has come for Distinctive Records to bring breakbeat's hottest property, Evil Nine, into the fold.
Building on the foundations set in place by well received artist album 'You Can Be Special Too' and remixes for artists such as Alex Dolby and Infusion, Evil Nine's 'Y4K' takes their punk rock attitude and injects it into an album that promises to be one of the most diverse and exciting in the Y4K series yet.
Chris Salt first came onto the dance scene in early 2004 with the single 'Dub Sonar' on Silver Planet. This was subsequently followed up by 'Atmospheric Graffiti' and remixes for such artists as the Flash Brothers and Vector 13, in addition to a range of DJ dates across the globe. With his debut compilation 'Fear 3' having bookended a terrific debut year, Chris is now set to release a new compilation for Kickin Records. The details on the 'Future House' project are all right here..
Greetings music fans. Today we are introducing a new weekly feature to help fill out your week with progressive music. Alongside Chloe’s Thursday releases of SoundBytes, Progressive-Sounds will now offer a podcast which will release every Tuesday. Our podcast will be hosted by our newest member Jason, aka __Spin Division. He will pack as much newly reviewed music into 15 minutes as he can along with a brief review of each piece. This should satisfy all of you who would like to hear a bit the music we are reviewing. We are keeping the file small and short for now to see how bandwidth is affected. Give us feedback on how you like this new feature and let us know if you have any problems with it. And as always, if you like what we do, support the site by visiting our sponsor and Google links. Every click thru helps.
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Don't let the title fool you. It's not the type of music you would listen to while taking a romantic stroll through the park at night with your beloved, holding hands, watching the stars glittering above. This is an intense, gritty, uncompromising hybrid of breakbeat and techno that seems more suited for the soundtrack of a high-speed police chase through the shadowy backstreets of Los Angeles. John Kelley, the legendary pioneer of West Coast breakbeat, has returned to the scene with his debut artist album "A Night in the Park".
On Tuesday we launched __SpinCast. Today we launch SoundLog. I'll let it speak for itself.
B_Rock is a new label set to launch in September with the release of 'Last Ghost In Town', the debut single to be taken from the Suicide Sports Club album 'Electric Mistress'. 'Last Ghost' soundtracks the Club's report on the small matter of the good time girl who refuses to admit the party is over, the single's narcoleptic atmospherics and buzzsaw guitar an introduction of what to expect from the full album which appears in October.
With the A&R behind this exciting project and label being none other than John Digweed, the calibre speaks for itself, and over the course of the coming days and weeks we will have much more news on this new label here first, with comments from all the involved parties.
The past 18 months has seen the career of John Digweed progress at a startling rate. With a string of highly successful tours throughout 2004, appearances and a compilation for the prestigious Fabric brand and the latest DJ to feature in the acclaimed 'Choice' retrospective series, we've had more opportunity than ever be awed by Digweed's mixing skills, but this is merely the tip of the iceberg. With the Bedrock labels consistenly growing with exciting releases and projects such as the Original Series and Layered Sounds, not to mention his expansive production career with Nick Muir, and we felt it was high time we got the man himself to tell us about his experiences of the last few months, and where he feels things are heading, in this exclusive interview.
Maris Music is one of the latest additions to the 3 Beat Label Management family of labels. Building on the foundations of such past successes as the 3Beat Music Ltd imprint and the more recent 3Beat Breaks, Maris Music has already presented us with releases from Rouzbeh Delavari, Lonestar and Underground Movement and as our discography page shows, there is much more to come. Expect reviews of the releases thus far and further information on the label and it's forthcoming projects very shortly.
On October 4, Star 69 Records will release Oscar G’s long awaited new mix compilation, Made In Miami. Look no further than the title of this CD to understand what Oscar G. is all about. He was born and bred in Miami; he is one of the architects of much talked about “Miami sound;” and he is one-half (along with partner Ralph Falcon) of Miami’s super award-winning production / remix team MURK. Oscar G. was indeed made in Miami and this CD is a window into his world. The compilation includes productons and remixes from Steve Lawler, Basement Jaxx, Peace Divison, Blaze, and Lee Coombs.
With a residency at Space one of his latest achievements, forthcoming remixes for Soul Mekanik and Tiefschwarz under his Buick Project collaboration with Andy Chatterley, and a solo EP of original productions all on the horizon, Nic Fanciulli continues to be one of the busiest DJs and producers at the moment, and never one to rest on his laurels, he now becomes the latest DJ to join the Renaissance roster with his first compilation for the label.
Scheduled for release in September, the album is another impressive achievement for Nic, who's profile continues to soar. All the information on the album, including full tracklist can be found right here in our news feature.
'Hallucienda' is the the new mix CD from noted New York-based producer and DJ, Three, and is the culmination of both the last three years work into the Hallucination Limited record label and the last 11 years of being involved with Hallucination Records.
The album is Hallucination's first 'official' mix cd and captures the genre bending diversity of both Three's sets and the output of his 'Limited' label, featuring some exclusive and unreleased tracks from the label. Our news feature gives you the full tracklist, and comments from Three on this upcoming compilation.
After years of working in music as part of Frontline Assembly and Delerium, Rhys Fulber is now ready to release his second solo album as Conjure One. 'Extraordinary Ways' is the follow up to the 2002 self titled debut 'Conjure One', coming after Fulber's return to his previous projects in 2003. The album features guest appearances from Nick Holmes, Poe and Chemda and will be released in North America on August 30 via Nettwerk America.
Steve Lawler is a man on the move. The king of Space, the lord of the dark drums, this Birmingham-born, Ibiza-based DJ and producer has had an incredible summer, launching the successful new night Thursdays At Space (alongside Sasha), getting in with the Hollywood set through his haunting remix of 'The Conjure' from the film The Skeleton Key, producing a massive old-skool Ibiza tune that has taken the crowds fondly back to 1992 with 'That Sound' and now, to top it all, presenting another stunning double CD whammy to add to his 'Lights Out' series on Global Underground.
'Lights Out 3' soundtracks the sound of now for Steve Lawler, from the Afterhours through to the tough driving house sets, and limited edition versions of the album will feature an exclusive Harlem Records third disc. For the full low down on this upcoming album, all the details can be found right here in this news feature.
Audio Therapy is five years old already and by way of celebration head honcho Dave Seaman has mixed together a compilation of exclusive new material and unreleased nuggets from the labels archives.
Featuring tracks and remixes from Kosmas Epsilon, Stel, Hybrid, Trafik, Highland and many others, 'This Is Audiotherapy' follows on from 'Across Borders : Greece' as the label's second album project, and once again the label shows commitment to the growing number of CD-DJs in addition to the vinyl purists with full unmixed tracks on the second cd and the accompanying vinyl samplers. For now, check out the details on this upcoming album, and watch out for a Dave Seaman interview and Audiotherapy label feature during September.
In the midst of touring in support of his recent Global Underground Shanghai CD, Nick Warren took time to speak to us about festivals, remix projects, recording for the next Way Out West album, and much much more. Check out what Nick has to say, including some insightful comments about the dance scene in general.
The Balance series continues to evolve and always has the ability to deliver elements of surprise and intrigue, and Desyn Masiello's 'Balance 008' is no exception. A DJ, A+R and owner of several high quality labels, Desyn has steadily built his way to the upper echelons of the international circuit, and building on the foundations laid by his critically acclaimed 'Original Series' compilation for Bedrock, 'Balance 008' showcases Desyn Masiello at his very best.
In addition to this, Desyn will be appearing on John Digweed's Kiss FM show in October, and embarking on a worldwide tour in support of the album which takes him through the UK, Europe, and onto the Far East and Asia, with a string of US dates and a South American excursion in early 2006. The full details on this eagerly anticipated album are right here, and watch out for a new Desyn Masiello interview very soon.
For PEOPLE_3, D:FUSE is taking the live DJ concept to a whole new level. This new 2xCD PEOPLE_3 continues the concept of "both sides of the picture" with Disc 1 ‘People_Clubbing’ (Live in San Francisco): the club mix was recorded live in San Francisco @ Club Mighty on July 29, 2005 featuring D:FUSE’s new live show with a full percussion set up, including his signature mix of Electronic Congas, Bongos, Tablas, and Timbales - as well as adding Tom Tom drums, Cymbals and live filter effects. The live show also included LA-based DJ/Producer Mike Hiratzka on guitar, bass, and keyboards and Austin’s MC Flint on vocals. On the flip side, Disc 2 ‘People_Chilling’ (Live in Austin): a chill-out mix recorded live in Austin, TX at the Lift Room, providing the perfect atmospheric pre-party or after-party soundtrack.
Volume 7 is here, and with its launch I want to inform you all of this link http://progressivesounds.libsyn.com/. This is currently the host of __Spincast and allows streaming and direct downloads of this great feature. So for those of you who have not looked into podcasting just yet, here is your alternative.
Tracks this week are
Bristol producer Paul Crossman's career has always revolved around the breakbeat sound. Some might even say he was born a breaks freak. This is supported by the high regard in which his music is held amongst his peers in the breaks scene, with contributions to labels such as TCR and Kilowatt over the past few years all meeting critical acclaim. Having recently become the latest artist to join Distinctive's ever growing roster, he is now set to present his eagerly anticipated debut album 'Midi Style'.
In addition to the well known track 'The Westerner' the album features guest appearences from fellow Bristolians and friends MC Jakes, Miss Byrony Blue and MC Chickaboo. Further details can be found out by checking out this news preview on what looks to be yet another feather in the cap of the Distinctive label whom so far have had a tremendous 2005.
Suicide Sports Club is about living on the edge, pushing things to the limit and throwing caution to the wind, and thats exactly what Luke Brancaccio and Bruce Aisher hope to achieve with the forthcoming release of their debut artist album 'Electric Mistress'. Featuring the recent single 'Last Ghost In Town', in addition to guest appearances from Saffron and Sarah Jay amongst others, the album is the first to appear on John Digweed's new B_Rock label and all the details about the album and label are right here.
Kirsty Hawkshaw is a hugely talented singer/songwriter. Her background in early dance culture, and her work with electronic pioneers such as Hybrid, Swayzak, Ikon, Global Communication, Pole Folder, Tiesto, Orbital, Spooky and many more, has repeatedly assured her a place in an ever-changing zeitgeist. 'Meta-Message' is an album that highlights some of this work, and at the same time showcases Kirsty's music as an artist in her own right. Full details are right here, so what are you waiting for?
Following on from 2004's 'Fear 3', Chris Salt has been busy djing and working on his debut artist album forthcoming on Silver Planet, but he's also found time to mix the 'Future House' compilation for Kickin Records. With the mix now on the shelves, we took time to speak to young Mr Salt about the album and his upcoming projects.
Sander Kleinenberg and Lee Burridge, each well renowned as well as internationally respected DJs, team up for this musical journey into the future in third installment of the Everybody! series. 'This Is Everybody On Tour' is not just a musical diary of but also the real life journey of 2 top DJs and producers. A journey consisting of bumpy roads, dirty hotel rooms, a broken tourbus, bad weather and unreadable maps, and some of the best music around at the moment.
Both DJs have had tremendous careers to date, with compilations on Global Underground, Fabric and Renaissance amongst their collective discographies. 'This Is Everybody On Tour' is the first album to to be released on Sander Kleinenberg's Little Mountain label. For more information on this latest release, including press release and tracklist, check out our feature.
As one of the most accoladed producers of the last two years or so, Matthew Dekay is a name that is now familar to many. Be it such tracks as 'Higher Thoughts' or 'Space Mountain Tablet', the forthcoming 'Timeless' or 'Digifruitella' or countless remixes and the odd cheeky bootleg and it's safe to say you've probably heard at least one of his tracks at some point in recent history.
As a DJ he's steadily made his way around the world and several months back earned himself a spot on Radio 1's Essential Mix, where his combination of house rhythms and trance melodies won over many, and since then he's developed and finetuned his sound even further. Now as we get closer to the end of 2005, Matthew Dekay is about to release his debut mix compilation 'Trousy', and we have all the details right here for you to check out.
As THE CRYSTAL METHOD, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland have been fixtures on the electronic music scene for more than 10 years. Over the course of three studio albums and two mix records, including the groundbreaking debut Vegas, the band has cemented its reputation through successful collaborations with rock heavyweights and years of touring, both as a live act and as DJs. After over a decade in the music business, THE CRYSTAL METHOD have scored their first feature film, London. The original motion picture soundtrack for the film is due out January 24, 2006 as the first release from the band’s Tiny E Records.
Slacker's Jukebox In The Sky website has prided itself on featuring some of the best up and coming DJs from around the globe with an exclusive interview and mix each month. Previously such names such as Natalia Data, Neil Quigley, Ricky Ryan and Andy Newland have been featured, and now includes a mixset and interview from our own Chloe Harris. To read the interview and check out the mix, head on over to the Jukebox site without haste.
As for the label itself, Steiger's 'Cha Cha' should be winging it's way to store shelves by the time you read this, with remixes from Paolo Mojo and Slacker himself. This will be followed by the Slacker AA 'Free Man / Memory Man' and as we enter 2006, Shem and Simon Rogers reunite for an EP as Skystate entitled 'The Soundflowers EP', filling up the Jukebox quite nicely for the rest of the year.
As one of the most accoladed musicians on the international dance scene, Yiannis Douskos has been one of several Greek producers leading the way from their homeland and into the world's clubs. With a string of well received remixes to his credit, and EPs for Bedrock and Vapour Recordings under his belt, he has finally completed his much anticipated debut artist album 'D.I.Y.' for Klik Records, and we are proud to present all the related information about this latest album project for you in this news feature.
With Klik Records having already presented us with superb albums from Acropod and ION's 'No Camera' most recently, Dousk's 'D.I.Y.' looks set to continue a fine run of artist led projects for the Greek label.
From her early work with Opus III, through to her own personal opus in the form of 'On Ultimate Things', not to mention her collaborative work with everyone from Swayzak and Global Communation, to BT, Hybrid, Way Out West and Pole Folder and it's safe to say the past decade and more has been a storied time in the life of Kirsty Hawkshaw. With her retrospective album 'Meta-Message' recently released on Nettwerk, we took some time to sit down and have a chat about her music, her life, and much more as you'll see for yourselves.
With releases on Nordic Trax, Saw Recordings and Bedrock already forming part of his discography, and a forthcoming release on James Zabiela and Paul Sidoli's Hearing Aid label, Morgan Page is no stranger to many, and now makes personal history by self-releasing 'Cease And Desist'. The album features 100% unauthorized house music versions of popular tracks from artists including David Bowie, Esthero, Sam Phillips, The Kills, and Wax Poetic feat. Norah Jones, and many other artists, as Morgan's production expertise shines throughout, with each mix taking the original in a new direction: melting genres and blurring the lines between mainstream and underground appeal. Coupled with the forthcoming release of 'Landline', a favourite of James Zabiela and Sasha, the end of 2005 and the start of 2006 looks set to be big for this talented house producer.
Canadian producer Justin Humber has been steadily making in-roads to the forefront of the progressive scene in the last few months, with his digital label Pacific Front Recordings that he co-runs with friend and fellow producer Davin Greenwell amongst the top sellers on such sites as Beatport. With over 10 releases in the label's discography already, including remixes from some of the scene's finest, Justin has always been able to showcase his own work as Formulate. With all this in mind, we took time out to speak with him about his production work, the label and much much more.
Following on from 2000's 'Pieces In A Modern Style' and production work for U2 and Finley Quaye, William Orbit is set to release his new album 'Hello Waveforms' on Sanctuary Records. His first album of original work for many years, 'Hello Waveforms' will undoubtely further his reputation as one of the seminal greats in the dance music scene when it's released on February 6th 2006 in the UK and the 7th in the US. For more info, including tracklist, check out our news feature.
Renaissance have been known for producing quality albums for well over the past decade, with each series they have introduced being held in high regard. From the early days and the inaugural 'Mix Collection' series through to the introduction of the 'Masters' series at the turn of the millennium, the label has continously proven it's legacy. With the recent launch of the Frontiers series comes the annoucement of another new series to launch in early 2006.
'3D' is a triple cd compilation that focuses on three different sides of the featured DJ. CD1 is the 'Club Disc, whilst CD2 is the 'Studio Disc', a collection of tracks, remixes and exclusive edits, with CD3 being the 'Home Disc', a selection of home listening choices from the DJ away from the decks. Satoshi Tomiie is the first DJ to take the helm of the series, and all the information on this forthcoming opus is right here.
Jase Catherine, Michael Walburgh and Danny 'DB' Bonnici are without doubt one of the major forces that have pushed the music of Australian breaks scene onto the worldwide stage. Their 2004 album 'The Original' was released to critical acclaim and now build upon the foundations laid by that album by becoming the latest artists to compile a mix for Distinctive's excellent 'Y4K' series.
Following in the footsteps of such names as Ali B, Hybrid, Evil Nine and fellow Australian Phil K, Nubreed's contribution to the series will be released in February, featuring material from Lusine, Son Of The Electric Ghost, Andy Page, Toksin and many many more, drawing from downtempo and reggae influences and also featuring some new material from the boys themselves. Further details, including tracklist are right here for you.
Recall Records is pleased to announce the highly anticipated North American release of Grand National’s Kicking The National Habit. Released on February 21, 2006, the North American package will feature seven bonus tracks not available on the original UK release, including remixes by Sasha and The Glimmers. Also added is a bonus video for “Drink To Moving On,” directed by Ramon & Pedro.
Joining the team
We are pleased to announce the newest members of the Progressive-Sounds team: Mark Holloway, ,Nick Williams, Brandon Wade, Colin C. Allrich
It was a very difficult job to select only four reviewers from the many quality applications we received. Thank you to everyone who entered.
2006 will bring much change to the site, and this expansion of the team is the first step towards the next chapter in the site's life. Keep checking back for further developments.
The ACIDplanet® world of music and Experimental Division Nashville team up again to bring you the latest in electronica - this time it's Jette-Ives on Ova Records, who had a recent hit with their cover of "Eleanor Rigby." This ACIDplanet contest offers "In the Presence of" for remixing, from their forthcoming album In the Deep, scheduled to drop January 2006.
With the summer's 'Viva' night in Ibiza behind him, the recently released 'Lights Out 3' out now through Global Underground and the recent closure of his Harlem labels to focus on a single new digital only label entitled Viva Recordings, the past six months alone have been a rather eventful time for Steve Lawler, and as such we caught up with him for a chat about his year in general and what lies ahead.
A slightly festive and European excursion for the penultimate Spincast of 2005 as Mr Spin showcases Nathan Fake's 'Silent Night', in addition to a new remix of his single 'The Sky Was Pink' by Out Of Orbit main man Martinez. Trentemoller makes an appear with his latest remix, this time of the latest single from Royksopp and finally, we have Joel Armstrong's second single 'Park Street' to round things off nicely.
It's undoubtedly the original and best "influences" series, and having showcased 22 of the best and most revered artists - from Groove Armada, Underworld, to New Order and most recently Roots Manuva - the Back To Mine series returns with Prodigy mainman and chemical beats impresario – Liam Howlett. Featuring an exclusive track from The Prodigy themselves, in addition to selections from Meat Beat Manifesto, Public Enemy and even Dolly Parton, it's further evidence that these albums are amongst the most varied and eclectic out there. Want more details? Look no further..
The Delta Heavy tour was perhaps one of the most important things to happen to the American dance scene as it really pushed underground music to a level not seen on that side of the Atlantic previously. The tour took Sasha & John Digweed right across the US, and is still held in high regard even today.
Now finally, a DVD documentary is due to be released, taking you behind the scenes of this legendary tour, including footage, tracks and backstage interviews and much much more.
"This DVD takes you from the middle of the dancefloor to backstage and into the world of Sasha and myself on a 9 week DJ tour across America on a scale that had not been done before and has not been recreated since - this really captures every aspect of a DJs life and then some!" – John Digweed
Following on from his Bedrock OS02 compilation earlier this year, Jonathan Lisle is set to mix a two disc compilation for Critical Rhythm due for release early in 2006. As such, he is currently sourcing material for possible inclusion. If anyone wants to submit material, be it breaks, progressive, electro or techno, they can do so by sending to the following address by the end of December.
Jonathan Lisle CD
297 Haggerston Road
With 2005 having been one of the best years of Danny Howells career, it looks like 2006 may well be another if the impending release of his latest compilation project is anything to go by.
Following in the footsteps of such names as John Digweed, Danny Tenaglia and Jeff Mills, he has compiled two discs of his favourite tracks for Azuil's acclaimed 'Choice' series. As a DJ who's not afraid to embrace music in all it's forms, this album is not to be missed, and all the details on this forthcoming release due in January and comments about the album from Danny himself can be found right here.
In February 2006, Global Underground return with the third installment of their much loved and revered 'Electric Calm' series. Featuring a wider range of artists than it's previous volumes, the album features many exclusive tracks from names such as Derek Howell, Trafik, Pako & Frederik and many more and promises to be the most complete chapter in the series yet. 'Electric Calm 3' kicks off 2006 for Global Underground, with artist albums from Lo-Step and The Remote to follow later in the year, and no doubt there'll be plenty more to follow.
Loöq Records is proud to present the debut album from groundbreaking electronic breakbeat artists, Momu. Coming on the heels of a string of successful singles that began in 2000. The album, a combination of these hugely praised singles and unreleased material, has been much anticipated by fans of the duo who include some of the worlds top DJs such as John Digweed, Adam Freeland, Jonathan Lisle, Hernan Catteneo, and many more. This self titled debut is only the third artist album to be released on Looq since it's inception, and will no doubt be an essential album for those who have followed the duo's work for the past six years when it is released in March.
Southampton's James Talk has come into his own in the past year or so, with a series of singles on Nic Fanciulli's Saved Records earning him recognition from some of the scene's key shakers and movers. This has led to remixes for labels ranging from CR2 to Little Mountain and also Pacha Records where he collaborated with Pete Tong on what promises to be the first of several projects. As we enter 2006, he's due to launch his own label Spoken Recordings and has secured spot as resident at King Unique's new 'Curfew Time' night at Turnmills, but will also release his first mix compilation as he compiles and mixed the second volume in the 'Thinking Out Loud' series. The album will be released in March and will feature tracks from Acid Hooligan, Hernan Cerbello, Justin Martin and James himself amongst others. More info to follow soon.
Nathan Fake is set to return to Border Community with his long awaited debut album, 'Drowning In A Sea Of Love'. Since his debut in 2003 with the track 'Outhouse', Nathan has become one of the most respected and in demand young producer in the electronic scene with releases on labels such as Traum and Electrochoc, in addition to Saw Recordings highlighting the recognition he gets from DJs right across the board, and with the release of the album in March, is likely to show just why many are already hailing him as one of the producers to watch in 2006.
Spincast launched in 2005 and has become one of the site's most popular components. Spincast 20 sees the spotlight handed over to Rachael Starr for the first guest edition, who showcases some of her current and forthcoming projects, as well as providing some exclusive comments. With further guests and labels showcases planned for 2006 and beyond, be sure to subscribe for your weekly fix of what's hot and what's new.
James Holden's DJ sets are almost a mirror image of not only the diverse remixes and beautiful music he makes, but also reflect the flowing groove and unclassable depths to the different elements that his productions encompass. His 2003 'Balance 005' compilation is still held in high regard, and a new compilation from James has been eagerly anticipated ever since.
A technological evolution from that aforementioned album, 'At The Controls' sees James bring together two CDs of music that he loves, incorporating elements of psy trance, 70s krautrock in addition to new material from himself and the Border COmmunity family. With an EP of original work also set for release later in the year, and remixes of artists that include Black Strobe and Depeche Mode, 'At The Controls' kicks off a big year for James and will be released in March on Resist Music.
Following Balance 008, the critically-acclaimed "compilation of the year" (M8, 2005) mixed by that other vanguard of neo-house Desyn Masiello, Paolo Mojo is set to deliver a genre-defying, funk-infected double CD mix of booty-shaking house, jittery techno, and every wicked groove in between with some classics thrown in for good measure, that turns traditional mix CDs on their head and gives the word "progressive" a whole new meaning. Paolo Mojo's sound might be difficult to pin down, but this broad, innovative approach to his craft is making him a name on everyone's lips in 2005. His style incorporates elements of house, funk, techno, breaks, electro, disco and acid. He says "I've never understood this 'genre' bollocks. To me the best DJs always select the best bits from a wide range of sounds and put them together in a way that just makes sense to people.". Balance 009 will be released on April 11th 2006 in Australia and April 24th in the rest of the world. More information to follow on this latest volume in the Balance series soon.
2006 sees Renaissance welcome the return of Dave Seaman to its flagship compilation series, ‘Masters Series’. Taking the reins from Hernan Cattaneo, this much-anticipated release strengthens the Renaissance reputation of choosing leaders of the scene to showcase the key sounds coming from the world of house music. Featuring tracks and remixes from Sasha, Thievery Corporation Feat. David Byrne, Bedrock, Phonique Feat. Erlend Oye, Buick Project, King Unique, Luke Dzierzek, Charlie May, Dave Seaman's Group Therapy and many more, the album is released on March 13th 2006.
The Critical Rhythm label group has steadily grown over the last few years, to the point where the company now has it's own website and online store and will soon launch its own series of albums and compilations. Headed up by managing director Keith McDonnell, the group includes labels such as Baroque, Quivver's Boz Boz, Nascent Recordings and many more, some of which are new to the roster for 2006. With change in mind, we spoke with Keith to get an update on all of their recent events, and what to expect from them in 2006. All of that information is right here in this exclusive feature.
Paul Oakenfold is set to return with the follow up to his 2002 album 'Bunkka'. Having spent the last few years producing original compositions for the advertising campaigns of Motorola, Toyota and Saab amongst, he's found time to put together his new album 'A Lively Mind'. Much like 'Bunkka' the album features a wide range of varied vocalists, with surprise inclusions such as Brittany Murphy being featured alongside such established names as Grandmaster Flash and Pharrell Williams. In addition to this he will be remixing the upcoming Madonna single 'Sorry' and has a number of film score projects in the works, ensuring the album kicks off what promises to be his biggest year yet.
Steve Porter is set to release his first-ever mix compilation 'Porterhouse' with 26 tracks melded together on 1xCD in his signature genre-defying, pulsating, energetic Porterhouse style. The album merges his DJing and production style with 9 of his own original tracks further blurring the distinction between DJ and producer into one compelling artist to watch. The album features tracks from Eli Wilkie, Emjae, and Chris Reavey, as well as emerging artists Bons, Hush, Musky, Aaryn Blain, Chris Micali, Jonathan Hart, and the Island 9 crew, and four of Steve's original tracks will also be released to accompany the album upon its release in late February in the US and on April 18th in the UK.
Layo & Bushwacka are set to return with their new album 'Feels Closer' in March on their new label Olmeto Records. Featuring collaborations with Green Velvet, Groove Armada's Tim Hutton and the vocals of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, the album builds on the foundations set by their previous work. 'Feels Closer' however will showcase a more diverse and cohesive set of music than either of their previous LPs.
With plenty of releases lined up for the new label and their first single 'Life2Live' already receiving widespread support, 2006 looks set to be a promising year for two of London's favourite sons. We have all the information on the album right here.
Spincast 021 sees our own Nick Williams take the helm with a collection of cuts from across the world. Starting with Dousk's 'Robot', taken from the album 'DIY' on Klik Records, Nick proceeds to introduce some of the recent works from Dave Robertson, Jay Tripwire and man of the moment Martinez, finishing up with an excellent track by Voltique on the much vaunted Get Physical label.
- Dousk - Robot (Album Version) [Klik]
- Jay Tripwire - Masterbeater [Utensil Records]
- Martinez - Snorkel Safari [Out of Orbit]
- Dave Robertson - Long Night [Sequential]
- Voltique - Wah Wah Wah [Get Physical]
With his Fundacion residency blazing, and the successful release of the Delta Heavy DVD, we took some time to put a few questions to Sasha. We ask him to speak to the impact technology is having in his production and the music scene in general and to talk about his experience with the Delta Heavy tour. In addition, we cover a series of other subjects ranging from Jose Gonzalez to Sasha’s forthcoming project for Global Underground later this year.
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Updated: Paul McCorry updates us on Sasha's pick from his interview. It is Paul Kalkbrenner's "Ta-Tu-Tata" on BPitch Control. Thanks Paul.
The long anticipated debut album from The Future Funk Squad is due to be released in April on Default Records. Fronted by Glen Nicholls, this group of individuals that include Tamra, MC Mojo and Kirsty Hawkshaw has been tearing up the live circuit for some time, and the album 'Audio Damage' looks set to be a must for any disconcerting breaks fan.
John Digweed’s relationship with Renaissance has been one of the longest and most distinguished in dance music. Having being reaffirmed following the 10th anniversary re-release of the eponymous album with Sasha, 'Mix Collection: Volume One', John Digweed returns with ‘Transitions,’ his latest mix compilation with Renaissance.
Following on from 2002's 'Radio JXL' album, producer Tom 'Junkie XL' Holkenborg is set to release his new album 'Today' in April. Recorded just after his relocation from Amsterdam to LA. The title track was already featured in the video game 'Burnout Revenge' which was released at the end of 2005, and 'Today' looks to be yet another major step forward in the career of one of the scene's most energetic and dynamic producers. The title track will also be the first single, accompanied by a video produced by advertising agency director Glenn Cole whom Holkenborg previously collaborated with on for the Nike World Cup commercial that resulted in the his much accolated remix of the Elvis classic 'A Little Less Conversation'
After the huge success of ‘Across Borders – Greece’ and the more recent ‘This Is Audio Therapy’, Audio Therapy are to return with an unmixed compilation full of exclusive remixes and tracks, the ‘Audio Therapy Spring / Summer 2006 Edition'. Featuring exclusive tracks and remixes from Group Therapy, Bedrock, Lexicon Avenue, Andy Page and many more, the album continues the label's idea of providing unmixed and exclusive material to music lovers and DJs alike, and showcases versions of upcoming releases that will only be contained on this album.
Paolo Mojo's career has skyrocketed over the past year or two, and now is set to take yet another step forward with the upcoming release of 'Balance 009', the latest in EQ Grey's acclaimed compilation series. With previous volumes featuring the likes of Desyn Masiello, Phil K, James Holden and others, Paolo's album looks set to be one of the best yet. Featuring tracks and remixes from Michael Mayer, Sebastian Tellier, Underground Resistance, Robert Owens, Funk D'Void, Der Dritte Raum, Nic Fanciulli, Nathan Fake, Petter, Deee-Lite and many more, the album will be released on April 10th in Australia, with the UK/Europe release on April 24th to be closely followed by the US on the 25th.
In their 10 years spent producing together, Dave Wallace, Brent Newitt and Keiron Bailey have notched up seven artist albums and numerous singles. Their releases span labels such as seminal electronic imprints Moving Shadow and R&S through to major labels Polydor and underground breaks label Botchit and Scarper. Ten years on, what initially started as a collaboration, sees the guys pushing the envelope to the limit. Aquasky will also be embarking on a 'Teamplayers' tour, details of which can be found at their website - http://www.aquaksky.co.uk/
Phil K and Luke Chable, together known as Lostep, are set to release an electrifying album on GU:Music. ‘Because We Can’ is a phenomenal collection of sounds. It starts with a few dreamy experimental tracks to melt your mind into, before it develops into some heavy duty mechanical breaks, bursting with bass and funk in all the right places. The amazing talent of these two together in the studio will cause havoc on your mind and your feet, and will show you what kind of musical force they are. Be prepared for the onslaught, Lostep have landed and will be here for quite some time.
Spincast now gets back on track with a showcase of work from BlueRoomProject's Jeff Belfi. Featuring exclusive versions, reworks, edits and effects, this mix will bring you up to speed on what he's been upto over the last few months, including a preview of some of his upcoming works. Enjoy!
A name you simply can't ignore in the scene at the moment is Andrew Kelly. His music is constantly expanding the frontiers of conventional electronic music, and spans over many sub-genres of the category. As his work finally begins to receive the recognition it truly deserves, we thought we'd take a moment to delve a bit deeper into Andrew's world, exploring the inspirations of some of his work, and his thoughts on current issues in the scene.
With their 'In Session' series having brought to us albums from Innate and Andy Moor, Baroque now unveil their new 'Residency' compilation series. With the focus to be on some of the world's best up and coming and established club residents, the series kicks off with Godskitchen's own Jon O Bir.
Various Artists - Global Underground: GU10
It’s been a rollercoaster ten years spent on the frontiers of international dance music. And on the way a series of international parties have been staged in some of the most unusual locations on Earth – beside the Great Wall of China, by the Pyramids in Egypt; in Kazakhstan. The parties, the label and of course the compilation series is Global Underground, and to celebrate the brand's 10th anniversary comes the new album, 'GU10'
The album will be available in standard 3CD, limited edition 4CD with bonus GU Music 10 disc and also 3x12" vinyl pack, making this a must for any collector, music lover or Global Underground fan alike.
With his new 'Transitions' cd due to hit the stores in the next few days, John Digweed is gearing up to start his dj tour in support of the compilation. The first leg of the tour sees him head to North America, with our own Chloé Harris joining him on selected dates throughout the month of June.
For for the full list of John Digweed's tour dates throughout June, click here
With a radio show, podcasts and club nights under the 'Transitions' banner, John Digweed now returns to the label he started out on, Renaissance to bring a new compilation series to us. 'Transitions' is a single disc mix, of which two volumes will be released each year.
The Renaissance '3D' series kicked off earlier this year with Satosh Tomiie at the helm. The triple disc concept covering not only the live and studio aspect of the compiler's career, but also their home listening influences gave us a deeper insight into the musical background and history of Satoshi Tomiie than ever before, and if you're talking about musical history and storied backgrounds, then Faithless without a doubt spring straight to mind. With a career spanning way back into the early 90s and prior collectively, Faithless are one of THE biggest acts in dance music, and the '3D' album will no doubt be a must for any music lover or fan who's grown up with their music over the last few years.
After a short hiatus, the Spincast returns, featuring a selection of new material that may well have slipped under the radar of menu. Habersham's interpretation of the the second release from Jacob Todd's Emote imprint is present, as is Mr Spin's own 'Stripped Beauty Mix' of fellow [PS] contributor Colin C's track as Deeptone, 'Yours To Keep'. Add in remixes from Faskil and Christopher Lobsinger, who's interpretation of Jaytech's 'Genesis' kicks off the new label Rapid Response Recordings, and we can now present yet another mini mix for you.
- Black Star & Frost - Don't Curse The Sun (Faskil's Vocal Remix) [CDR]
- Jacob Todd & Jordan Nafie - Ariadne's Thread (Habersham Remix) [Emote]
- Deeptone - Yours To Keep (Jason Calvert's Stripped Beauty Remix) [DGM]
- Jaytech - Genesis (Christopher Lobsinger Remix) [Rapid Response]
The duo of Luke Chable and Phil K have been on a relentless tour, promoting their debut Lostep album 'Because We Can', the latest artist album to emerge on Global Underground's Music imprint. On the back of an appearance in New York, we managed to sit them down and hold their attention for long enough to get a few words out of them about the tour, the album, digital music, and much more...
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Do you have what it takes to promote like the best of them? What are you willing to do to prove it? Made Events are looking for electronic music's most creative, enthusiastic fans, who have what it takes to promote one of the most exciting dance events of the summer; PvD in Central Park! Win the Grand Prize and get an all expense paid trip for you and a friend to New York City for both Central Park events!
The Thinking Out Loud compilation series was first launched by Steve Gerrard back in 2004, and now two years later the second album in the series comes from rising DJ and producer James Talk. As a producer, he has collaborated with Audiofly and Pete Tong, in addition to remixing for labels such as Kilowatt and Adrift, and with his DJ commitments increasing, including a residency at King Unique's Curfew Time night, a mix compilation was the natural progression, and thanks to Nascent Recordings this pinnacle shall now be reached, adding another accolade to his ever increasing career CV.
Tennessee producer Terry Grant first made his debut in 2005 with 'I'll Kill You' on Bedrock Records, and since then has continued to develop his skills with releases on Deep Records and Fiberline Audio, in addition to a second single on Bedrock entitled 'Komputers Are The Devil'. A budding musician, DJ and music lover, he's one of many new producers pushing things forward at the moment, and on the back of the recent release of his latest Bedrock release, we managed to get him to answer a few questions for us.
Hope Recordings will be 8 years old shortly, and after a brief hiatus recently relaunched with Nick Warren at the helm as head of A+R. With that in mind, we caught up with label manager Leon Alexander to talk about the past, present future of the label.
Following on from the recent 'Spring / Summer 2006 Edition Sampler', Audio Therapy are set to bring us the second installment in their Across Borders series. The first album, released back in 2005 placed the spotlight on artists from Greece, and the new album sees Dave Seaman and company travel to the Netherlands, where they showcase some of the best material from some of the country's top up and coming and established producers.
The past two years have been a prolific time in John Graham's career. In 2005 he featured prominently on Planet Funk's second album 'The Illogical Consequence', and also toured live with the band, including a gig at the landmark Live 8 event that took place in Rome.
So far this year, hes co-wrote and collaborated with Hybrid on two tracks for their upcoming 3rd album 'I Choose Noise, collaborated with the Audio Magnetics (Bill Hamel & Barry Jamieson) on a track, in addition to working on his long anticipated artist album and several remixes. However, whilst all that is to come, in the meantime there's his new mix compilation 'Controlled Substance' to look forward to.
Hit up the new Sport Music section of Apple iTunes Music Store this Wednesday for the unveiling of TCM's newest, download only record. Titled Drive Nike + Original Run, the album features all new music composed by The Crystal Method to guide athletes through a 45-minute run, from warm-up through cool down. Drive, created exclusively for Nike and iTunes, will have the distinction of being the band's first workout inspired album. Click here and here for more info on the Nike + project, and check out the full Drive tracklisting.
After a brief hiatus, Mr Spin returns with the latest installment in our Spincast series. This time around he's picked a few of his current favourites from the excellent M-nus label, plus the latest Kompakt Pop offering from Gui Boratto for everyone to sample. Be sure to check it out.
- Troy Pierce - 25 Bitches [M-nus]
- Wink - Have To Get Back [M-nus]
- Magda - Staring Contest [M-nus]
- My My - Brown Lily [Playhouse]
- Pheek - Triste Satellite [Toys For Boys]
- Gui Boratto - Like You (Supermayer Mix) [Kompakt Pop]
The South West Four festival returns for 2006, this time in a two date extravaganza spread over the August bank holiday weekend in London and Cardiff as part of the Metro Weekender. The London event has been a stalwart of the dance festival calender over the past few years, and now with names such as Carl Cox & Friends, John Digweed, Paolo Mojo, Desyn Masiello, James Zabiela, Danny Howells, Hybrid(Live) and much much more.. this years's event looks set to be the biggest yet. For more details check out our overview of both events.
Who are Dark Globe? That is the question some may ask, though some of you long time breaks purists may recall them for 'Mondo Scurro', whilst others may recall the breathtaking 'Break My World' (due to be re-released soon as lead single from this artist album), but to bring everyone else up to speed, Dark Globe, the duo of Pete Diggens and Matt Frost are the latest artists to join GU Music's growing roster of artists, with their long awaited artist album 'Nostalgia For The Future' due for release in September. All the details you need to know about them, the album and much more can be found right here, so read on.
2 Bit Pie is the new project from Jon Fugler and Mike Bryant (of the legendary electronic outfit Fluke) and production genius Andy Gray, in addition to a range of contributors that include Jan Burton from Syntax. Whilst tracks like 'Nobody Never' and 'Here I Come' may already be familar to some, the album draws on a much wider range of collaborators and influences, which long standing fans of Fugler and company, Andy Gray and music fans in general should make a note to check out.
The Remote, the collaborative project of Ashley Casselle, Asad Rizvi and vocalist Ben Lost debuted on GU Music earlier in the year with their AA single 'She's Going Out Tonight / Please Change Your Mind', and now bring to us their debut artist album 'Too Low To Miss'. Featuring the aforementioned tracks, plus a whole range of others, The Remote's album will undoubtedly change people's perception of the sound of the Global Underground, as the label shifts into a more artist centric direction.
With the re-release of the epic 'Break My World', and the pending release of their long anticipated debut album 'Nostalgia For The Future', we caught up with GU Music's newest signings Dak Globe to discuss the album, and map out the route from their beginnings in the early 90s through to present day, taking in their views of their dealings with Island Records, thoughts on the state of the breakbeat scene, and much much more.
House music’s favourite Dutchman is back after a short break that he was forced to take after suffering from exhaustion, and is once again rocking the world’s finest dancefloors with his big bold exciting sound that he’s been showcasing over the last couple of years. Gone are the deep lush subtleties of his old cuts like "My Lexicon", replaced with huge f#ck-off riffs, dirty electro synths, and more of a "party" vibe so to speak. Ahead of his appearance at the upcoming South West Four Festival on August 26th in London, we caught up with him for this exclusive interview.
2005 saw the creation of EQ's 'Electric' series, with Australian local Gavin Keitel talking the helm. As an offshoot from the label's highly successful Balance series, 'Electric_01' surprised many and came to be held in high regard as one of the favourite titles of the year for some, not just in Australia, but across the globe. Now one year on, and the label are set to bring the second volume in the series to us, as the dirty house dons King Unique join Australian legends Nubreed.
Anders Trentemøller has the taken the underground scene by storm over the last few months with such incredible tracks as 'Beta Boy', 'Polar Shift' and 'Sunstroke', not to mention his remixes of artists ranging from The Knife and Yoshimoto through to the Pet Shop Boys. He's become one of the leading producers in a considerably short space of time, and now is due to release his debut artist album 'The Last Resort' on Poker Flat. Due for release in October, and preceded by lead single 'Always Something Better', this is one to mark on the calender as it is definitely not to be missed.
After such albums as 'Ima', 'ESCM', 'Movement In Still Life' and 'Emotional Technology', producer, musician and computer Brian Transeau is set to release his most expansive project yet. 'This Binary Universe' is a unique two-disc set that is part record, part short film series, composed in 5.1 channel surround sound, with animations provided by some of today's finest computer artists and animators, thus unifying the two genres for which BT is most well known: electronic music and film scoring.
2006 has been a busy year for John Digweed, and there are no signs that he's about to stop just yet. In just the summer alone, he released the first in his Transitions compilation series, did a mini tour of America and has been playing on the festival circuit everywhere from the UK through to Bucharest, with further gigs to come in America and Australia later in the year. In between he still manages to juggle running a record label, putting together a weekly radio show and a whole range of other projects. Just how does he do it? Find out in our latest interview.
Following on from the first two volumes released on Renaissance over the past two years, Dave Seaman's 'Therapy Sessions' series now heads home to Audio Therapy, where this time around he's joined by some proper homegrown UK talent - the connaisseurs of house themselves, Lexicon Avenue. With past volumes having featured Phil K and Luke Chable, 'Therapy Sessions Volume III' looks set to be the finest in the series yet, with a who's who of current and future talent represented across both discs, and all the info you need is right here.
Three years after Emotional Technology, Brian Transeau (better known as BT) is busier than ever. Set to tour under the release of his latest album 'This Binary Universe', he's also knee deep in two movie scores, three additional album projects and the launch of Sonic Architecture, a company set to release a wave of plugins hand-coded by BT himself. [PS] Progressive-Sounds catches up with the man to talk about his music and how life has changed since becoming a father.
It's been almost 3 years since Hybrid released their second album 'Morning Sci-Fi'. Since then they've made the transgression from producers into score composers, contributing to the scores of such films as Man On Fire, Domino and Kingdom Of Heaven with Harry Gregson-Williams, in addition to their first full score for the upcoming film Catacombs, and now they are set to release their third artist album, the cinematically epic 'I Choose Noise'.
Since his debut on the label back in 1999, Paul Kalkbrenner has become one of the main and most successful artists on the BPitch Control label with a steady run of highly regarded and well received singles and CD projects over the last few years. Earlier this year the single 'Gebrünn Gebrünn' received heavyweight support from right across the DJ spectrum, with support coming from James Holden amongst others, and now Paul is set to unveil his latest CD concept, 'Reworks'.
Following on from the inaugural 'At The Controls' compilation which was mixed and compiled by James Holden at the start of 2006, the next volume in this new series from Resist Music ventures across to Berlin, Germany, where the duo of Patrick Bodmer & Philipp Jung co-run the highly successful Get Physical imprint with friends and fellow musicians Booka Shade and DJ T. Whilst the duo's work as M.A.N.D.Y needs no introduction, their 'At The Controls' mix looks set to be one of their best yet.
Balance celebrates its milestone tenth release with Jimmy Van M's epic three-disc journey through two decades of electronic music, where legends like Brian Eno, Bill Laswell, Depeche Mode, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada and Thievery Corporation cosy up alongside today's finest dance artists including Michael Mayer, Ellen Allien, LCD Soundsystem, Trentemøller, Booka Shade and Oliver Lieb. With names previously featured including James Holden, Chris Fortier, Phil K and Desyn Masiello amongst others, Balance has become one of the most popular compilation brands, and this landmark release looks set to reflect that perfectly.
After a brief hiatus, the Spincast returns once more. This week, we have a very special guest mix, as Canadian recording artists Sissy, one of the latest signings to Global Undergroud's GU Music imprint, present a condensed version of their debut album 'All Under' for you to enjoy. Be sure to watch out for upcoming single 'So Long', which features remixes from Mashtronic and Andrew Kelly.
Berlin production ouftit My My have been turning heads and gaining a very respectable following over the last year or so with a series of well received EPs, most recently on Will Saul and Sideshow's new label Aus Music with the 'Butterflies & Zebras EP'. Their production work and live shows have both been praised for their versatility and uniqueness, so it comes as little suprise that on the heels of their first few EPs, they are soon to deliver their debut album 'Songs For The Gentle' on Playhouse.
Audiofly are without a doubt one of the hottest production outfits at the moment. With numerous productions, remixes and collaborations to their credit, their music is some of the most far reaching and all encompassing creative output, with releases under their various guises on a string of labels which range from Low Pressings and Deleted Records, through to Sixty Four, Moodmusic, Maschine and SAW Recordings. It's on SAW that they now reappear, set to make their compilation debut with 'Undulation 2', the follow up to the inaugural volume of this SAW Recordings album series by Satoshi Tomiie & Hector Romero.
2006 has been a great year for Soma Records that has not only seen new artist albums come from Silicone Soul and Alex Smoke, but has also brought the advent of the label's 'Sci Fi Hi Fi' mix compilation series. Earlier in the year, Ewan Pearson kicked off the series in fine fashion, whilst the ever popular Luciano's volume was for many one of the highlights of the summer months, and now Soma is proud to present 'Volume Three', mixed and compiled by Alex Smoke.
Three years after forming the Border Community label and launching the label with his highly successful single 'A Break In The Clouds', James Holden now returns to the fold with a collection of tracks entitled 'The Idiots Are Winning'. In a year that has seen releases come from Petter, Lazy Fat People and an artist album from Nathan Fake, 2006 has unquestionably been the label's biggest yet, and 'The Idiots Are Winning' will be the perfect bookend to the year for Holden and Border Commmunity fans alike.
Charlie May Vs Sasha - "Seal Clubbing"
The new single 'Seal Clubbing' created by Spooky's Charlie May and Sasha first began life as a comission for the popular American forensic TV series CSI, but after finding it's way into the hands of Dave Seaman who included it on his "Masters Series" compilation, people began demanding it's release. Now Renaissance Recordings are proud to present this much sought after track with remixes from James Zabiela and Tolfrey & Sylvester. All three mixes will be available digitally from October 23rd via DJ Download, with the original and James Zabiela mix also available on vinyl from November 6th.
After a 3 year hiatus, legendardy label Hooj Choons has announced plans for a full scale return in March 2007. Ahead of it's "first" release proper will come a series of digital only releases. Remixes of Medway's 'Resurrection' and 'Baseline Track' and also Katcha's 'Touched By God' are available from Beatport right now, with remixes of 16B's classic 'Escape (Driving To Heaven)' and Datar's 'U' to follow by the end of October. What else to expect is anyone's guess - but one thing is certain - the stickman lives again!
Earlier this year came the second in the 'Thinking Out Loud' compilation series from up and coming DJ and producer James Talk. Hailing from Southampton, he's steadily making a name for himself with an ever growing DJ schedule including a residency at King Unique's 'Curfew' night at Turnmills. In addition to this, James has been collaborating in the studio with such names as Dave Robertson, Pete Tong and hot London production outfit Audiofly. James has recently launched his own record label Spoken Recordings and is currently hard at work on his debut artist album, due for release in early 2007. Talk is the name.. and very much his nature as this interview proves.
2006 has been a busy year for the Audio Therapy label. In addition to the continuation of their ongoing 'Therapy Sessions' compilation series, plus the second edition in their well received 'Across Borders' project, this year saw the launch of the Audio Therapy sampler - with the Spring/Summer Edition having highlighted some of the label's best releases from the first half of the year. As summer now becomes Autumn, Audio Therapy now present the Autumn/Winter Edition to take us through to the end of 2006 and beyond.
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Sharing the same name as his much accoladed club nights, Danny Howells will soon launch his new imprint Dig Deeper which will serve as an outlet for his original productions, several of which featured on his 2008 Mix Collection for Renaissance. First up will be the 13 minute epic that is 'September', complete with a Future Beat Alliance remix, with the second release in March the much anticipated 'Right Off' with a reinterpretation by Faze Action.
EQ's acclaimed Balance series returns early in 2009 with it's 14th volume, with the label taking a turn in direction and enlisting none other than Joris Voorn to compile and mix the album. More information to follow as soon as it is available.
Aquilia's 'Dreamstate', one of the standout tracks on Sasha's Global Underground : Ibiza album is due to be re-released in November on the recently launched Northern Exposure imprint. Alongside the original and LSG versions comes a stellar new remix from Grafiti.
As work continues on their 4th artist album, Hybrid are also contributing to the Harry Gregson-Williams scored movie 'Wolverine', a spin off prequel of the X-Men series of movies which once again features Hugh Jackman as the adamantium clawed mutant. The movie is set for release in the late spring / early summer of 2009.
Global Underground continues it's worldwide travels over the coming months, with forthcoming albums to be mixed by Eric Prydz in Stockholm, and a new mix from Darren Emerson early in 2009.