Ken Ishii Pairs Producing Techno With Brewing Craft Beer

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Ken Ishii is one of techno’s most unassuming and talented influencers. He’s an innovator whose contribution to the genre as a DJ and producer is far-reaching.

A student of the musical curriculum taught by Detroit’s techno godfathers in the ‘80s, Ishii is an artist in flux. He’s a gifted creator with a singular sound. In a world of fleeting trends and fads, the secret of his longevity is his creative focus and diligence.

Throughout his catalog of enduring singles, EPs and full-length albums (fun fact: Ishii composed the music for the opening ceremonies to the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan) issued since 1993, he’s fluidly explored a wide swath of styles — everything from funky, breakbeat-infused tracks to auspicious, ambient-bathed explorations.

Ishii closed out 2020 with “Bionic Jellyfish,” a crushing, no-nonsense single for Electropical Records. It’s tailor-made for whenever we can have raucous warehouse parties again. The enthralling release includes bristling remixes by Drunken Kong and Luca Morris & Mozzy Rekorder.

We spoke with the Tokyo-based techno titan shortly after the single’s release to discuss “Bionic Jellyfish” and his passion for brewing craft beer. Continue Reading

New York City House Music Icon Angel Moraes Has Died

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New York City DJ/producer/remixer Angel Moraes died suddenly yesterday, according to a post on his Facebook page. He was surrounded by family. The cause of death is not yet known.

Angel passed away yesterday abruptly. He passes away surrounded with the people that loved him unconditionaly. Chris,…

Posted by Angel Moraes on Sunday, February 28, 2021

The Brooklyn, NY-born Moraes rose to notoriety in the ’90s house scene. His 1993 track “Release Yourself” issued on his Hot N’ Spycy imprint earned him international attention.

Subsequent tribal-fueled tracks like “Heaven Knows,” Welcome To The Factory” (a track dedicated to Sound Factory resident Junior Vasquez) and “I Like It” cemented his status in the upper echelon of NYC house producers.

In 1998, Angel took his knowledge of creating sound systems and founded Montreal’s Stereo nightclub. In 2000, he released his acclaimed full-length album, Back From Stereo.

During his career, Angel remixed top-tier artists like Pet Shop Boys, k.d. lang, Roy Davis, Jr., Jaydee, and Funky Green Dogs.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Angel a few times. He was a soft-spoken man who was passionate about his music. He seemed to have dealt with many of life’s ups and downs in stride and there was also optimism in his voice. Angel also exuded the same positivity whenever I’d see him out at a club.

The last time I interviewed Angel was in 2017 for a year-end rewind feature. When asked about his lowlights of the year, he mused, “Dealing with what seemed to be an endless line of pieces of shit lying SOB’s.” His resolution was earnest: “The same as every year: To be a better version of myself.”

And let’s not forget that behind the decks, well, he was a demon who could turn out the most jaded dance floor.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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Mannix February 2021 Chart

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1. Mannix feat. Lee Wilson – Do It Right Now (Phonk D Remix) – Dafia Records
2. Reel People feat. Eric Roberson – Save A Lil Love (Terry Hunter Remix) – Reel People Music
3. Fred Everything – Here (Now) (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) – Lazy Days
4. Sgt Lick & John Course – Love Is (Soul Central Remix) – Vicious Recordings
5. HP Vince – Ibiza Sunset – Union Recordings
6. Dirtyelements & Drunkdrivers – Disco Ball – Samosa Records
7. DJ Spen & Michelle John – You Are My Friend – Quantize Recordings
8. C.Da.Afro – Reconstructed Groove – Tropical Disco Records
9. Rasmus Faber – All Of My Dreams (Seamus Haji Extended 80s Remix) – Big Love Music
10. Jasper Street Co. – You’re My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration (Dr Packer Dub) – Nervous Records

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Abco February 2021 Chart

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1. Abco & Micfreak – Higher (DJ Spen Remix) – Unquantize Recordings
2. Cinthie – Just Us (Original Mix) – Aus Music
3. Twinflame (US) & Rozegarden – All Night Love (Extended Mix) – INLOVE
4. Jess Bays – Love We Had – Good Company
5. Low Steppa feat. Stevie Neale – Like A Fool (Boiling Point Extended Mix) – Armada Deep
6. KC Lights – Girl (Original Mix) – Toolroom
7. Secondcity, Paul Woolford & Andrea Martin – All I Want (Original Mix) – Black Butter
8. John Summit & GUZ (NL) – Thin Line – D4 Dance
9. Crystal Waters, DJ Spen & Micfreak – Party People (MDFC Party Mix) – Quantize Recordings
10. Nick Garcia & Clavette – Foundations (Original Mix) – Simma Black

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