Vince Watson 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Vince Watson never met a style of electronic music he didn’t like.

Over the course of a prolific career that began in the late ’80s, the Glaswegian, who lives in Amsterdam, has journeyed well beyond producing quixotic house and techno. To date, he’s explored acid house, ambient, downtempo, electronica, broken beat, neoclassical and too many more styles to mention. Along the way he’s issued an astounding 200+ releases for a spate of top labels including Tresor, Planet E, Poker Flat, Ovum, and Bedrock.

In June, Watson released his ninth full-length album, Via, on his Everysoul label. It’s a majestic 12-track affair featuring the rollicking synth-driven track “Bon Voyage” to the chilled deep-house bliss of “Towards the Light.”

Ahead of the full-length’s vinyl release on September 21, and two Via remix projects in the pipeline, we asked Watson about tracks he’s currently obsessed with. And if you’re wondering about his next big project, Watson recently revealed the excellent news that he’s already completed his next album due out in 2019.  Continue Reading

Premiere: Listen to an Exclusive Full Stream of CJ Jeff’s So Far From Home (Sharam Edit)

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Dance music journeyman CJ Jeff has been making dance floors sweat for nearly two decades, from behind the boards and DJ booth.

The Greek DJ/producer, who runs Rhythmetic Records and has recently released tracks on 8Bit, Objektivity, and Kling Klong, makes a strong return to Yoshitoshi with his new scorcher “So Far From Home.”

Influenced by artists including Massive Attack, Pink Floyd and Danny Tenaglia, the veteran’s new effort is a melodic peak-hour vocal stormer of the highest order.

We’re thrilled to world premiere Yoshitoshi label boss Sharams immaculate edit of CJ’s latest and greatest. (It’s your the only opportunity to listen to the track in its entirety.) Hit the play button below and crank it to eleven.

Download: Alejandro R’s Uplifting Cosmic House Cut ‘Simaris’ (Original Mix)

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Up-and-coming South American progressive house producer Alejandro R (a.k.a. Alejandro Rojas) began his career crafting songs for the dance floor and self-releasing them. Soon after, he graduated to releasing on labels including Onward Recordings, OLD SQL and Pro B Tech.

With a growing discography and uplifting sound, the Argentinian will release his Deep Exchange EP via Pangea Recordings on July 10.

His four-track affair features two original productions (“Deep Exchange” and “Slowly Disappear”) and remixes from Zed White and Rob Benninger.

We’re thrilled to world premiere “Simaris,” a cosmic prog-house non-EP cut that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Even better? It’s yours to download free below. Enjoy.

Moog Music Says Chinese Tariffs Could Force Layoffs & Possible Overseas Relocation

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Employee-owned Asheville, NC-based instrument manufacturer Moog Music says the 25 percent tariff on Chinese circuit boards and associated components taking effect on July 6, 2018 will bring havoc to its business.

In an urgent appeal sent to its customer base, which was issued after American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson announced it was considering moving some of its production outside of the U.S. to avoid tariffs, the famed synth manufacturer founded in 1967 by inventor and engineer Robert Moog, predicted that the tariff could forever change their business.

“Tariffs will immediately and drastically increase the cost of building our instruments, and have the very real potential of forcing us to lay off workers and could (in a worst case scenario) require us to move some, if not all, of our manufacturing overseas.”

Related: We Took the Moog Factory Tour And It Was Awesome

While the tariff looks like a done deal, Moog Music is asking supporters to send a letter of support to four North Carolina politicians (see below).

Dear (Congressman or Representative):

I am writing you on behalf of Moog Music, a company of 100 employee-owners, based in Asheville, North Carolina. I am urgently contacting you about the recently announced 25% tariff on Chinese goods.

In case you are not familiar with Moog, they manufacture the world’s leading analog synthesizers used by artists including but not limited to Michael Jackson,The Beatles, Radiohead, Stevie Wonder and many others.

Roughly half of the circuit boards and associated components for Moog’s instruments come from China. This tariff would significantly limit their ability to manufacture synthesizers, and could put many of their employee-owners out of a job.

As an employee-owned company with a 60-year legacy in American manufacturing, Moog constantly strives to keep a balance between domestically- and internationally-sourced parts, so that they can continue employing people from their local community in Asheville, North Carolina.

Moog sources circuit boards from US suppliers whenever possible, paying up to 30% over the price of the same circuit boards made overseas. However, whether they buy circuit boards in the US or overseas, the majority of the raw components still come from China. Therefore, Moog will be unable to avoid this substantial cost increase because of the tariffs.

These tariffs will immediately and drastically increase the cost of building Moog instruments, forcing them to lay off American workers and will require Moog to move some, if not all, of their manufacturing overseas.

I do not want to see the end of Moog’s 60-year legacy in American manufacturing. I do not want their employee-owners left without jobs. I want American workers to continue have the opportunity to support their families and their community.

I implore you to convince the President that these Chinese tariffs cause serious damage to American workers like those at Moog and to rescind them immediately.

Thank you,

(Your Name)

North Carolina Congressional Representatives:

Mark Meadows
1024 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6401

Patrick McHenry
160 Midland Avenue
Black Mountain, NC 28711
(828) 669-0600

North Carolina Senators:

Richard Burr
151 Patton Avenue
Suite 204
Asheville, NC 28801
https://www.burr.senate.gov/contact/email – Choose topic “TRADE”
(828) 350-2437

Thom Tillis
185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
https://www.tillis.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-me – Choose topic “TRADE”
(202) 224-6342

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