Premiere: Many Reasons – Obsessed

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With a resumé of tracks that run the gamut from minimal to house issued on top labels including Minus, Phobiq, Saved, SCI+TEC and MB Elektronics, Italian duo Many Reasons (a.k.a. MiniCoolBoyz) are about to take a monumental step forward in their career with the upcoming release of their with flawless Obsessed debut EP effort for Carl Cox’s Intec.

We’re thrilled to world premiere the title track from Michele and Raffaele’s latest and greatest release.

“Obsessed” is a moody, tough-as-nails banger that’s tailor-made for dimly lit rooms with Funktion-One systems. It’s a tense soundscape complete with a pounding kick drum, looped vocal, squiggly synths and cracking hi-hats. Pure class.

Get a first listen below to “Obsessed” and be sure to check out the full release on June 29.

Deepak Sharma June 2018 Chart

Deepak Sharma

  1. Yuuki Sakai – Di Go (Hidden Recordings)
  2. Fluxion – Tipping Point (Vibrant Music)
  3. Rhys Fulber – Limited Vision (Sonic Groove)
  4. DJ Spider – Struggles with Phantoms (Rekids)
  5. Shed – Sp Tool V1K3. (The Final Experiment)
  6. Blawan – Klade (Ternesc)
  7. Joton – Antioquia II (Odd Even)
  8. Gemini Voice Archive – Magnetic Investment (Soma Records)
  9. Juxta Position – Pestered (Figure)
  10. Seleccion Natural – Hox Genes (PoleGroup)

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish.

Remembering the Time I BBQ’d with Vinnie Paul & Hellyeah [Video]

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I just woke up to the awful news that Vinnie Paul, the legendary and highly influential metal drummer for Pantera, Damageplan and Hellyeah, passed away in Las Vegas. The cause of death has not yet been released. He was 54.

A statement posted on Pantera’s Facebook confirmed Vinnie’s passing: “Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away. Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time. The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.”

Eight years ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Vinnie and Hellyeah bandmates Chad Gray (Mudvayne), Greg Tribbett (Mudvayne), Tom Maxwell (Nothingface), and Bobzilla (Damageplan).

At the time I was running LimeWire’s music blog. I somehow convinced their publicist that it would be a good idea for the band to come to the company’s office in NYC’s SoHo, fire up the barbecue on the roof deck and chat about their just released second album, Stampede. The previous night I saw them tear the roof off Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.

I’ll never forget Hellyeah inadvertently disrupting an all-hands company meeting as they climbed the staircase to the roof with their entire road crew in tow. The memory of seeing heads swivel in unison in the band’s direction and hearing someone yell “Pantera’s here!” is etched in my mind.

As you’ll see in the videos below the band and crew had a blast, grilling, chilling and drinking beer just like they do back home in Texas. Vinnie knew his way around the grill and was prepping the release of a cook book, Drumming Up An Appetite with Vinnie Paul, which was released later in the year.

After the video shoot was over the band and crew hung on the roof. They soaked in the beautiful day before heading out on the road to their next gig.

Before they left I told Vinnie how much Pantera’s music meant to me and how much I admired his brother Dimebag Darrell, who was murdered on stage in 2004. Vinnie gave me a big hug and thanked me for the kind words.

I’m really grateful that I had the opportunity to spend time with Vinnie and his band.

The band cooking salt-and-pepper burgers and stuffed jalapenos.

Vinnie and Chad chatting about Stampede.

Here’s Vinnie talking about his book, Drumming Up An Appetite with Vinnie Paul.

Kompakt Preps ‘Total 18’ and 25th Anniversary Celebration

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Revered Cologne-based Kompakt Records will release the 18th installment of its Total compilation series on August 24.

The double-disc affair features a selection of tracks by label mainstays and new faces (see tracklist below), contributing new, known and lesser-heard tracks from the likes of Terranova, VermontRex The Dog, Gui Boratto and Marc Romboy.

The label plans to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a hometown bash on September 1.

Obligatory press release gush from Michael Mayer about the compendium:”Each track has a story to tell. Apart from the obvious big tunes, Total‘s also bear room for the sleeper hits, those tracks that were criminally overlooked. With a bunch of new exclusive contributions thrown in the mix there’s plenty to discover or rediscover. Kompakt’s annual yearbook seen through my eyes for your ears and pleasure.“

Tracklisting CD/Digital
CD 1
01 Jürgen Paape – Well, It´s Paape
02 Sonns – Tame feat. Beesh
03 Tom Demac & Real Lies – White Flowers
04 Aaron Ahrends – Eyes Closed
05/A2 Thomas/Mayer – So Mad
06 Terranova – Let It Fail feat. Sifa & Ivory
07 John Tejada – Detector
08 Anii – Korzenie
09 Vermont – Dschuna (Dixon Mix)
10 La Marine – Flash
11 Fahrland – Yesterday feat. MZ Sunday Luv
12 Lebsanft & Raquet – Signale
13 Jono Ma & Dreems – Can’t Stop My Dreaming (Of You)
14 Jörg Burger – Petra Kelly

CD 2
01/15 Rex The Dog – Crasher
02/16 Gui Boratto – Forgive Me
03/17 Christian Nielsen – Cycle
04/18 ANNA – Hidden Beauties
05/19 T.Raumschmiere – Augen Zu
06/20 Voigt & Voigt – Durch & Durch
07/21 Animal Print – The Last Night Of Laura Palmer
08/22 Kölsch – Left Eye Left
09/23 Enzo Elia & Musumeci – Gothic Safari
10/24 Marc Romboy – Galaxy In An Atom
11/25 Ghost Vision – Zuul Passage

Tracklisting 2xLP+DL
A1 Aaron Ahrends – Eyes Closed
A2 Thomas/Mayer – So Mad
B1 Geiger – Autobahn
B2 Jürgen Paape – Well, It´s Paape
C1 Christian Nielsen – Cycle
C2 Voigt & Voigt – Durch & Durch
D1 Jörg Burger – Petra Kelly
D2 Lebsanft & Raquet – Signale