Premiere: Renato (DE) – This Way

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From big dreams come amazing things. Back in 2004 venerable German DJ/producer Steve Bug launched Audiomatique as a platform to showcase up-and-coming house and techno production talent. He’s used the label to shine the spotlight on a litany of producers, including Trentemøller, Adultnapper, Gui Boratto, Alexi Delano, Joel Mull and Wehbba.

This week the imprint celebrates its 80th release by way of a standout two-track release from enigmatic mixmaster Renato Rodriguez — a.k.a. Renato (DE) — who delivers a pair of high-quality tech-house scorchers.

We’re extremely pleased to world premiere “This Way” from the Berlin-based artist’s upcoming affair. It’s a hard-hitting jaunt complete with taut percussion, sinewy synths and evocative melodies.

Get a first listen below and pick up the full release on November 24.

Kudos: Resident Advisor Ends Annual RA Poll

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Are award necessary? Not in many people’s view, because they often don’t reflect reality. Art is subjective and just because more people vote for x than y doesn’t make it artistically better. Lastly, who gives a fuck?

Seems like the team at Resident Advisor have been thinking this very issue for some time. Today the site announced it had ended its wildly popular annual RA Poll.

Initially launched in 2006 as a way for the website’s contributors to rank the year’s best DJ talent, RA opened voting to include readers in 2008.

But the innocence of a poll was overshadowed by artists seeking to raise their professional profile. In the same way DJs rather shamefully campaign to get fans to cast votes on their behalf for the annual DJ Mag Top 100 poll, the same electioneering became an annual occurrence for RA’s poll.

RA’s editors addressed the issue in a thoughtful post:

“What began as a lighthearted way to praise our favourite artists and toast the year gone by had become something of more serious consequence: an industry index influencing many different parts of club culture, from event lineups to artist fees to the atmosphere of the scene in general (especially at this time of year). Over time, it became our most-read piece of content.

“This added responsibility has caused us to reflect on the polls, and to consider whether they are still aligned with our mission and the best interests of the scene. After a great deal of what you might call “soul-searching”—or more specifically, discussion, both internally and with other members of the electronic music community—we decided they are not….

“On a more basic level, we decided that we don’t want to rank artists in this way. On reflection, to put artists in a list in descending order of perceived quality does a disservice to them, even the ones at the top, and creates an atmosphere of self-interested competition. For this reason, we’ll also be stopping the staff-voted, numerically-ordered polls—that is, top labels, top tracks, top albums and top mixes / compilations / podcasts.”

Big Shot has never felt the need to rank artists for all the reasons mentioned above, despite the trove of traffic and potential financial rewards it could bring. Kudos to the RA team for putting the integrity of their publication ahead of page views.

Bill Brewster Recalls His NYC Stint Living (and Record Collecting) in the ’90s

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I first met Bill Brewster in 1996 when DMC hired me to serve as the founding Editor of Mixmag USA. The monthly magazine morphed out of Mixmag Update USA and later became Mixer magazine after DMC sold Mixmag was sold to EMAP.

Bill, who was running DMC’s office, was returning home to England. While dance music was blossoming in clubs and rave-music hotbeds around the world, Bill, who later went on to co-write a selection of books with Frank Broughton including How to DJ (Properly): The Art and Science of Playing Records, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life and The Record Players: The story of dance music told by history’s greatest DJs, found himself at the epicenter of New York City’s vibrant club scene that was rife with stellar parties, a bevy of DJ/producers, labels galore and amazing record shopping.

Having just released Bill Brewster presents Tribal Rites (Eskimo Recordings), a massive 41-track compilation featuring nuggets from Chicken Lips, Swag, Maurizio and Larry Heard, we connected with Bill about how living for a spell in the Big Apple made an indelible mark on his musical psyche. Continue Reading

Andre Salmon 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Ecuador DJ/producer/engineer Andre Salmon is widely known in his country’s club music scene. The proprietor of four labels — Anima Somnis, Maniacs, Ouch! and Sagmen — he’s been gaining international attention by way of his top releases on Suara, VIVa Music, Get Physical, Leftroom, Repopulate Mars and HOTTRAX.

This month Salmon will present Daddy’s Little Girl, a smashing three-track EP for Mar-T’s Wow! Recordings. It’s available exclusively via Beatport on November 20 and everywhere else two weeks later.

Ahead of his new release we connected with Salmon and asked him to give us the lowdown on five tracks currently dominating his DJ sets Continue Reading

Premiere: Tundran – “All The Love” (Jacob Tillberg Remix)

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This month Swedish indie-pop twosome Tundran dropped their seven-track Morning Moon EP on PRMD Music to a bit of fanfare on the interweb. The duo — Jakob and Felix — draw influenc from disco to’80s electro-pop.

The pair put “All The Love” in the hands of Stockholm-based electro-house producer Jacob Tillberg, which we’re pleased to world premiere. On his blindly good remix, Tillberg embellishes the cut with sleek sounds while maintaining the original’s vibe.

Says Tillberg of his re-rub: “I wanted to make something different and beautiful but still something that works on the dance floor. I think the remix speaks to a broad audience with a mix between future house and some jungle sounding elements. You can both chill out to it and party to it.”

Get a first listen to the remix below by hitting the play button.

Einmusik 5 Tracks of the Moment

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German DJ/producer Samuel Kindermann (a.k.a. Einmusik) has embraced an inclusive musical stance ever since he began cajoling dance floors in the booth and hand-crafting music that gives clubbers something for their mind, body and soul.

To wit, his signature has continually evolved by incorporating elements of deep, techy house, melodic electronica and shards of techno into a heart-warming sound.

His eclectic, forward-thinking ethos is embedded on each track found on his recently released album, Serenade, released on his Berlin-based Einmusika Recordings. Divided into two sections — Movement 1 and Movement 2 — Kindermann hones a breathtaking, heart-warming expedition that touches the face of the cosmos.

As Kindermann winds down another artistically productive year, he shares five tracks currently dominating his DJ sets. Continue Reading