The global dance music scene is reeling from the news that DJ/producer Marcus Kaye, who crafted drum ‘n’ bass tracks as Marcus Intalex and house/techno under his Trevino moniker, passed away yesterday in Manchester, England.
The cause of death is not yet known at this time.
In addition to producing a mountain of classic tracks and remixes, he was founder of the Soul:R, Revolve:R, and Birdie recording labels.
Kaye’s illustrious career began in 1991. Originally a house DJ, he entered the world of drum ‘n’ bass during its infancy in the early ’90s. He went on to help pioneer intelligent drum ‘n’ bass, a style that blended atmospheric sounds, and was one of the first artists signed to Hospital Records. Years later, he adopted his Trevino alias to serve as the moniker for his incredible techno and house sets and productions. In 2016, he released a full-length Trevino album, Front, on Hotflush.
Before he retweet MC DRS’ thoughts on the recent terrorist attack in Manchester. It matched Kaye’s character to a tee: “Be safe this weekend people. Share moments with loved ones and total strangers. It’s the things we do in times of great loss that define us.”
More as this story develops.
Last November Paul Hazendonk’s Manual Music celebrated its 200th release courtesy of the Dutch master’s three-track Sanction EP (which incidentally featured sublime remixes by Hernan Cattaneo and Martin Garcia). Though Hazendonk’s imprint has attained an incredible milestone, he’s refused to rest on his laurels. In fact, he’s doubled down on releasing top-quality tracks that epitomize the label’s deep, highly melodic ethos.
In keeping with Hazendonk’s ongoing efforts to shine the spotlight on rising talent, next month Manual Music will present Alessandro Diga’s majestic debut album, Figments Of My Imagination. On the spectacular full-length Diga, who also hails from Holland, crafts a bespoke selection of glistening cuts full of warm bass, fluid drums and cascading melodies.
We’re pleased to world premiere “The Peaks” from the upcoming LP. Get a first listen to the track below and be on the lookout for limited-edition CD copies of the album being pressed for release.
You Are Istanbul #1, an upcoming compilation from Istanbul-based High Above The Ground featuring contributions from Koray T, Eren Erdol, and Gadi Mitrani, shines the spotlight on underground dance-music producers from Turkey’s capital. Though the country has been in the news for not the best of reasons as of late, the collection educates us on a contingent of hard-working producers who are innovating and doing their share to add new wrinkles to the fabric of dance music.
We’re pleased to world premiere Coşkun Akmeriç’s collaboration with electronic/jazz trio Soyut Boyut called “Slow Burning.” The track is a delirious slice of techy, offbeat and hypnotic manna that left us wanting to hear more after each listen.
Says Coşkun of the collaboration: “I feel that this is the track that brings together all the weird sounds and abstract noises in my head. This one is and will always be a special for me.”
Listen below to the aptly-titled “Slow Burning” and explore the full release on June 13.
Mustachioed Milan mixmaster Christian Vlad recently teamed up with Chicago-based vocalist Andrea Love to forge the rousing piano-house cut “Elevation.” Released on Get Twisted — the unstoppable house imprint helmed by London-based DJ/producer duo Alex and Stef of Tough Love — their collaboration is one of the feel-good dance floor jams of the year.
Vlad has been deep in the mix since the mid-’90s, DJing, touring in Switzerland and Spain and holding down residencies in Italy. Back in 2010 he made his debut with a co-production with Simon De Jano called “Zebra” in 2010. He’s been slowly and carefully crafting his style, opting to take a less is more approach. But with this heater is getting lots of love from the likes of UMEK, MAKJ, EDX, Jus Jack, Simon De Jano & Madwill, and Federico Scavo, we’re hoping for a follow-up release sooner than later.
Below Vlad takes a few moments out of his day to wax poetic about fresh tracks currently dominating his DJ sets. Continue Reading
Founded in 1989 in New York City by businessman Mark Finkelstein and A&R wizard Gladys Pizarro, Strictly Rhythm has been at the forefront of the house music revolution since day one. During its golden era the label reflected the sound of the Big Apple, releasing a seemingly nonstop flurry of groundbreaking tracks by Masters at Work, Todd Terry, Barbara Tucker, Roger Sanchez and Armand Van Helden.
The label enjoyed incredible highs with Josh Wink’s “Higher State of Consciousness,” Planet Soul‘s “Set U Free,” Reel 2 Real’s “I Like To Move It” and Wamdue Project’s “King Of My Castle” to name a few. Subsequently there were terrible lows when the label went dormant from 2002 to 2006 after a joint venture with Warner Music went bust.
Fortunately Strictly Rhythm reclaimed its stride again and is firing on all cylinders, embracing its legacy while forging new ground.
At the end of April the now London-based label issued its 900th release in the form of Kenny Dope and Roland Clark‘s banger “Talk Dirty.” Label manager/journalist Phil Cheeseman talks about how they decided upon the milestone release as well as the label’s plan for the future. Continue Reading
Emerging Madrid-based producer Hugo Saval makes music for the dance floor under the Apollo’s Messengers moniker. Saval often works with Spanish production duo EKDK — brothers Enrique and David Kado — on collaborations fueled by their mutual love for deep melodies and compelling techno.
In April the trio presented their first collaborative effort entitled Changes EP for Alex Kaspersky and Sviatoslav Tvardovsky’s Kiev-based label Dear Deer Records, and there’s plenty more music on the way from these upstarts.
We recently connected with Saval and asked the up-and-comer to share five tracks he currently can’t live without. Continue Reading