When Arnd Reichow (Drumcomplex) met Misstress Barabra in Australia at the beginning of 2016, the seeds of a musical collaboration were sown between the two techno heavyweights. While Arnd was finalizing tracks for his Perfection Is In Imperfection full-length out October 7 on Complexed Records — the album is inspired by the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, meaning an appreciation and acceptance of our imperfect world — he sent Barbara a track that eventually became “If You Can’t Be Mine” and asked if she’d like to lend her voice to it. “There was no special inspiration when I started working on that track,” says Arnd, who has released tracks on Intec, Bush Records, MB Electronics and KMS. “I was playing with the synth and created that hookline. I added only a few elements and reduced it to a more minimal set up at that time.” Barbara picks up the story: “I immediately thought it was something that needed to be simple and mostly worked with effects and chops of vocals. I wrote simple lyrics that still have a strong meaning, If you can’t be mine, why would I be yours? and played around with both sentences in the track. I had a lot of fun! We are both happy with the result and I enjoy playing this track a lot when I tour.”
We’re extremely pleased to world premiere the music video for the bristling take-no-prisoners cut starring Arnd and Barbara. It boasts eye-catching digital effects and geometric shapes that’ll make those of a certain age recall the classic video game Asteroids. “Barbara and me are really happy with the result and looking forward to the release,” beams Arnd. Catch Drumcomplex, along with Misstress Barbara, Kevin De Vries and Tiger Stripes, on October 8 at the record release party in Berlin at Magdalena Club.
San Francisco-based Ozgood has been championing a panoply of musical styles for years as a DJ/producer/remixer and co-founder of the Afrolicious party and collective. During his DJ sets he navigates his dance floor through an eclectic mix of disco, funk, Latin and more. With original productions and remixes to his credit on Six Degrees Records and Akwaaba Records, this summer Ozgood unveiled “No Water No Life,” an infectious Afro-house collaboration with Yacouba Diarra. The track has now been put in the talented hands of legendary underground NYC house music stalwart DJ Romain. The Metro Trax label boss takes the jam into an even deeper direction, effortlessly juxtaposing his signature sound with the acoustic strings of Diarra’s n’goni (African harp). Listen to the world premiere below and be sure to pick up the remix when it’s released on September 30 on Mixto Music. If you’re in NYC on October 1, stop by the Metafunk! party at Studio 151 featuring Ozgood, Aaron DRM (Bastard Jazz) and FSQ (Soul Clap Records) on the decks.
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Hedonism Music finish another season on the White Isle with Ibiza Essentials Vol. 3, a hot release featuring tracks and remixes by Breky, Stu Patrics and label boss Simion. In advance of the release on September 30, we’re pleased to world premiere the Original Mix of Stu Patrics’ sultry deep house jam “Felina” featuring sublime vocals by Berlin-based singer/songwriter/producer Sean Bradford. Over the course of seven minutes Patrics crafts a smoldering groove that allows Bradford to lay down a dramatic and wonderfully emotive performance, ending the season on memorable note.
- Demarkus Lewis – “Electric Wiggle” (Manyoma Records)
- Santos – “We Met Before” (Karlovak)
- House of Praise – “Colours” (Deeplife Records)
- Jesse Perez – “Learn How To Spin” (I’m a House Gangster)
- Harold Heath – “This Is Us” (Funkfield Recordings)
- ITO-G & Sugarmaster – “Awerrichie” (Komunale Music)
- Rescue – “So High” (Club Session)
- Junior Jack – “Thrill Me” (Cr2 Records)
- Lazy Jay – Honk My Horn (Musicheads Electro)
- DJ Dan – “No Stoppin’ Us” (Mike Balance Edit) (InStereo Recordings)
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Brooklyn-based post rock outfit Infinity Shred use synthesizers to realize their soothing, highly transformative sound that traipses along the border of melancholy and euphoria. After the release of their well-received 2013 debut Sanctuary on OK Go’s Parachute Recordings, founding members Nate Ritholz and Damon Hardjowirogo enlisted drummer Clara Warner and created the group’s majestic follow-up, Long Distance, due out on October 14. We’re thrilled to world premiere “Datadealer” from their upcoming album, a shimmering track with gradual builds and massive crescendos that, like many of their songs, oozes an addictive bittersweet quality that we can’t get enough of. And while you’re at it, fire up the Makeup and Vanityset remix for good measure.
With summer now in his rear view, OFF Recordings boss Andre Crom is getting ready to release the Destiny EP, an unrelenting and wonderfully dark three-tracker. A label owner with a keen sense of A&R, Crom put the title track in the hands of up-and-coming, acid-obsessed Netherlands-based producer TRACE7000 (a.k.a. Ferdous Dehzad), which we’re thrilled to world premiere. TRACE7000, who is signed to Tiga’s Turbo Recordings, presents a striking manifesto over the span of his six-minute interpretation. Over the trajectory of the remix, he embellishes “Destiny” with meandering synths and percussion galore. Check the premiere below and look for the full release on October 3.