Emerging Madrid-based Hugo producer Saval makes music for the dance floor under the Apollo’s Messengers moniker. Saval often works with Spanish production duo EKDK — brothers Enrique and David Kado — on collaborations fueled by their mutual love for deep melodies and compelling techno.
In April the trio presented their first collaborative effort entitled Changes EP for Alex Kaspersky and Sviatoslav Tvardovsky’s Kiev-based label Dear Deer Records, and there’s plenty more music on the way from these upstarts.
We recently connected with Saval and asked the up-and-comer to share five tracks he currently can’t live without. Continue Reading
In celebration of his upcoming Under Conditions EP out May 29 on Simina Grigoriu’s Kuukou Records, Berlin-based Italian DJ/producer Marco Barbiero (better known as Barbur and the boss of the Barbur Room podcast) steps up to deliver one hell of a Big Shot Guest Mix. His techy 10-track session boasts masterpieces from Soul Button, Bastian Lehnert, Layton Giordani and D-Unity as well as four (!) of his own gems. Grazie mille, Marco!
Related: Read Simina Grigoriu’s 5 tracks of the moment
He says of the mix, “I wanted to start a musical trip between some deep and darker sounds to arrive to more techno influences, increasing the BPM too.
“I’ve also included some promos from my forthcoming releases, such as the EP that will be out on the Berlin label Kuukou Records run by Simina Grigoriu, where there are remixes from two artists that I really respect, Alex Kennon (second track of the mix) and Parisian pioneer, Mr. Claude Monnet. Take a listen and enjoy the music!”
Big Shot Guest Mix 331: Barbur
- Soul Button – Master Of My Fate (Original Mix) – Steyoyoke
- Barbur – Under Conditions (Alex Kennon Remix) – Kuukou Records [PROMO]
- Bastian Lehnert – I Try (Original Mix) – Ametist Records
- Marco Grosso – El Vibe (Original Mix) – Antura Records
- Barbur – Manifesto (Original Mix) – PP Music [PROMO]
- Queemose – Mate (Dirty Dirty Acid Acid Mix) – Suena Hermosa
- Layton Giordani – Fire Eyes (Original Mix) – Drumcode
- Barbur – Arpeggio (Original Mix) – Kuukou Records [PROMO]
- D-Unity – No More (Original Mix) – Unity Records
- Barbur – Parallel Trasmissions (Original Mix) – Pumpz
Rome-based DJ/producer Gianni Rina, better known by his musical alias Kocleo, has been developing his brand of authoritative techno tracks for quite some time now, recording for the likes of labels including Audiomatique Recordings, Lyase Recordings and Morris Audio.
On Rina’s upcoming Choice EP – The Remixes for Integrity Records — the imprint founded by Singaporean DJ/producer Eddie Niguel — he puts his tracks on The Choice EP released in February in the capable hands of three talented peers. In the case of “Unity” he tapped fellow Rome pisan Whitesquare to blend textures, dynamics and grooves to create a striking interpretation.
We’re extremely pleased to world premiere Whitesquare’s oustanding remix. Get a first listen below and check the full release featuring remixes by Copy Paste Soul and Scan Mode on May 24.
British-born LA-based DJ/producer Mark Lewis, who has toured extensively with Paul Oakenfold and shared bills with DJ giants such as Carl Cox, made international headlines in August 2016 when he was arrested at a customs checkpoint at Incheon International Airport.
Lewis was charged with possession of a bottle filled with 3.78 liters of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), also known as the date rape drug. It was alleged that he smuggled GHB into South Korea on four separate occasions, from January to June of 2016. Lewis, who was holding down a residency at club Octagon in Seoul, denied the allegations. A YouCaring fundraising page was launched to raise money for Lewis’ legal defense.
After a storm of press the Grammy-nominated mixer was found guilty of drug smuggling in February. The Seoul Central District Court sentenced the 53-year-old DJ to a year in prison, suspended for two years. A Korean-American was fined 20 million won (about US $17,802) for buying and using the drugs. Continue Reading
Russian DJ/producer/musician Ivan Latyshev has recorded his share of wicked deep-house gems for a spate of top dance music labels including What’s In The Box, Large, Toolroom, King Street, and Spaghetti Monster. Separating him from the pack is his wealth of musical chops that enable him to take each production to a heady new level.
Picking up where he left off after he issued the My Youth EP on Steve Bug’s Dessous Recordings, the Barcelona-based Latyshev makes a triumphant return to the Hamburg/Berlin-based imprint this week with the Art of Flying EP.
We’re extremely pleased to world premiere the title track remixed by none other than Detroit techno legend Eddie “Flashin'” Fowlkes. The Motor City master injects his magic into Latyshev’s track with layers of smooth synth stabs and techy grooves punctuated with big drums. Listen below and check the full release on vinyl and Traxsource on May 19 (all other digital shops on June 2).
In January we introduced you to Rowan John Harrington, a DJ/producer who makes sweat-inducing techno and house under the Secondcity alias. Harrington broke through in a big way with his 2014 jam “I Wanna Feel,” which reached number-one and went gold in the UK. Since then he’s been steadily dropping bomb after bomb for labels like Saved, Suara, Toolroom and Lapus Music.
With his Music Is What Brings Us EP on Yousef’s Circus Recordings, he’s unleashed a pulsating, peak-time floor mover which we’re thrilled to world premiere.
Harrington says of the track, “This track was inspired by a lot of early house disco stuff, wanted to make something that sounded very sample-based and had that real funk and soul element you really got with a lot of early house music. This record means a lot to me and helps maybe show a little bit of where my inspirations when writing music come from.”