Premiere: Nela – Face It (O.D. Math Remix)

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On April 3 up-and-coming DJ/producer Nela will present “Face It,” a sleek tech-house offering for the top-notch Brussels-based Electronical Reeds imprint. Hailing from Tel Aviv and currently living and working in Berlin, the track is a reflection of her musical maturity as an artist.

We’re extremely pleased to world premiere O.D. Math’s expansive mix of Nela’s latest and greatest. Over the course of nine glorious minutes the Electonical Reeds regular reinterprets the track from the ground up, stripping it down to the bare essentials and building it up again with vocal samples, urgent bass and dark synths. Trust us when we say it’s quite the musical journey.

Hit the play button below and enjoy.

Soma25 Vinyl Box Set is For Techno Fans Only

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Soma Records, the revered techno imprint helmed by Glaswegian DJ/production duo Slam, announced plans at the beginning of the year to issue Soma25, a compilation marking the imprint’s 25th anniversary. Soma enlisted the talents of techno legends Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, Josh WinkSteve Bicknell, Andrew Weatherall (appearing as Woodleigh Research Facility), Blawan, Funk D’Void and Adam Beyer to conjure original productions as well as rising stars Kobosil, VRIL, Deepchord and Jonas Kopp to remix cuts from their vast catalog of material.

The 5×12″ box set edition of Soma25 designed by Scottish artist Kyle Irvine, featuring exclusive Soma 25 logo stickers, a poster and illustrated vinyl sleeves, will be released April 14.

Last week we finally got a chance to listen to the release, and we can report that it’s everything we hoped it would be. Look for an upcoming review but in the meantime feel free to drool over the track listing below.

Soma25 Vinyl Box Set Track Listing

A1. Robert Hood – The Bond We Formed
A2. Jeff Mills – A Tale From the Parallel Universe
B1. Daft Punk – Drive (Slam Modular Interpretation)
B2. Adam Beyer – Just Things
C1. Blawan – Clipper
C2. The Woodleigh Research Facility – S.O.M.A 25
D. Josh Wink – Synodic Period
E1. Slam – Stepback (Jonas Kopp Remix)
E2. Slam – Visions (Kobosil Remix)
F. Percy X – X Track (Vril Remix 2)
G1. Slam – Tempest
G2. Steve Bicknell – Mind Cycles
H. Funk D’Void – 808 Planet
I. Joe Stawarz – Cry (Deepchord Remix)
J. Joe Stawarz – Beebear. (Deepchord Remix)

Kevin Knapp 5 Tracks of the Moment

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US born DJ/producer/vocalist Kevin Knapp is a triple threat whose presence on the global house music scene has been steadily growing over the past few years. Releasing choice tracks and collaborations on labels including Hot Creations, Dirtybird, OFF, Leftroom and ViVA Music, he’s built his rep for a hard-hitting, floor-filling sound that bridges the gap between old and new school.

Just before Miami Music Week kicked into high gear Knapp made his debut on Crosstown Rebels’ sub label Rebellion courtesy of Find Me EP. It’s a fiery four-tracker packed with a zillion volts of energy as well as beats and bass for days.

We asked the Berlin resident to share five tracks currently in heavy rotation, and he was more than happy to comply.

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Gavin Hardkiss Launches PledgeMusic Drive To Fund 5th Hawke LP

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Bay Area DJ/producer Gavin Hardkiss has launched a PledgeMusic campaign to market his upcoming Hawke album, Love In Stars, together with the previous four albums.

According to Hardkiss, the album won’t be available on major digital music outlets. In a missive he wrote, “I have zero interest in releasing this music through iTunes, Pandora or Spotify. It’s only available through PledgeMusic, on vinyl, and on gold USB drives that I’ve hidden around the Bay Area. The first clue to finding the gold USBs is hidden in Hardkiss vinyl records at select record stores. Bartenders at a few venues have the clue too. A Google map with the first clues will be released on 4/1.”

Those who wish to support the release can do so by choosing from a handful of bundles, offering a choice of cool swag including T-shirts, vinyl, slipmats and hats.

A project Hardkiss says has always been album-driven, he is also looking to engage collaborators to be part of the endeavor. That’s why he will be releasing stems of the next Hawke single “Blood is Thicker Than Water,” inviting remixers to reimagine his track for potential release on Hardkiss Music.

Hardkiss succinctly explains his hopes and dreams for Love In Stars in the video below.

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Matthias Tanzmann 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Moon Harbour boss Matthias Tanzmann, who’s still riding high on the success of his acclaimed 2016 album Momentum, has had a busy first quarter of 2017.

Among his numerous DJ and production exploits, he hit the road in February with pals Martin Buttrich and Davide Squillace on their Better Lost Than Stupid tour.

Last week he touched down in Miami to DJ at Resistance at Ultra Music Festival (watch his set here) and a showcase at Heart Nightclub along with Buttrich, D’Julz and Mathias Kaden.

On top of all that Moon Harbour will release its 100th release, by way of Danish house duo Anëk’s Rebellion EP, on April 19, featuring Matthias Tanzmann, Luna City Express and more.

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Premiere: Denis Rodd – Crisalida

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Berlin-based producer Denis Rodd is exploring the axis where house and techno meet. He’s about to add to the musical conversation with his stunning Embryo EP due out April 7 on his Cochlea Music label. The EP is a deep, cinematic offering of meditative tech-house with elegant dollops of funk, funk and more funk.

We’re extremely pleased to world premiere opening cut “Crisalida,” a smoldering production informed by analog synths and head-nodding groove. Read on to learn how Rodd came to realize the track, and hit the play button below.

I did all the drums in the drum machine Analog Rytm. It’s great to tweak very deep and to have all the control of every beat and how to arrange them together, from kick drum until hi-hats. The idea is always to do funky and groovy drums, as I understand that funky is at the roots of the dance music and great to dance to.

Then I recorded everything in the box with Ableton Live, and I added a bassline which fits with the drums. Many of the sounds are samples or loops which I edited later to have its own character and to make them fit in the track, rhythmically and musically. I also used the analog synth Analog 4 connected to my master keyboard to play it by myself instead of triggering or sequencing it and again recorded in the box.

Of course I use classical effects (reverb, delays, and so on), but one I really like is the NI Molekular, which is a modular multi-effects unit, perfect to get this kind of happy accidents by making music and which helped to me to get this musical breaks in the track.