Sometimes the universe works in mysterious ways. In 2015 Alexander Aurel was enlisted by My Favourite Freaks to remix Danny Serrano’s “Rafting Rafting In Kayak.” Serrano was so pleased with the outcome that he asked Aurel if he’d like to collaborate.
After dropping “Pusher” on Leena/Mobilee last year, Aurel returns to the label with “Collapse,” a bristling cut he co-produced with Serrano. (The EP also boasts a solo track from each producer, respectively.)
With the release doing damage on the charts and plenty more irons in the fire, we asked Aurel about five producers who inspire him. Continue Reading
After sowing the seeds of his style in Manchester by way musical influence from Detroit, now London-based techno producer Lockyear made his debut last January on One Track Brain’s OTB Records with “Store Street” / “Katabatic Wind.” A year and two weeks later he returns to the label with his Wave Knowledge EP, a striking three-track effort boasting sinewy melodies and rhythms, deep bass and stripped-down grooves.
The release is worth your attention alone for the blissful “Taming the Elephant,” a 6am track that inspired us to dig out every record we own by The Beloved.
We tracked down the one-named phenom and asked him to share five current tracks he currently can’t live without. Here they are in no particular order. Continue Reading
Malta-born Jewel Kid (a.k.a. J.J. Mejlak) has made a name for himself via his Alleanza label, using the imprint as a platform to release music from like-minded technocrats Popof, Pig&Dan, Alex Bau, Enrico Sangiuliano, Luigi Madonna, and Mauro Picotto.
Embracing a tough, hard-sitting techno sound that isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo, he’s also released choice cuts on Suara, Soma, Tronic, Sleaze, and Break New Soil.
Fresh from issuing “Behind These Walls” b/w “Perimeters” on Gynoid in January, today he drops the Road Not Taken EP on Sleaze Records. Fortunately for us on this side of the pond is news that the Kid will touch down next month in the U.S. for a quickie two-date DJ trek.
Ahead of his brief stateside excursion, we checked in with Jewel Kid and asked him to share his five favorite tracks of the moment. Find them below listed in no particular order. Continue Reading
Currently riding high on the success of their 2016 debut album, Discipline, French electronic outfit Club Cheval are kicking off a short and sweet US DJ tour tonight at Q Nightclub in Seattle. From there, the quartet — Sam Tiba, Myd, Canbaster, and Panteros666 — play Schimanski in Brooklyn on February 16 and Sound-Bar in Chicago on February 17. We caught up with the guys before they went through customs and asked them to share five tracks currently rocking their world. Continue Reading
In lockstep with his burgeoning career as a globetrotting DJ/producer, Rey & Kjavik has been carefully cultivating his RKJVK label. Earlier this month he unveiled a remix package of “Baby City” on his imprint featuring interpretations by Of Norway, HRRSN and Uone.
The release, which arrives after issuing tracks on Compost, Nite Grooves and BY awake, sets the stage for his upcoming album, Rkadash, out in a few months on Katermukke.
As Rey & Kjavik puts the finishing touched on his full-length, we asked the Frankfurt mixmaster to share his five favorite tracks of the moment. Continue Reading
Here’s something to be happy about amid the nonstop glut of political turmoil: Dutch house duo Detroit Swindle (read their Big Shot interview with Mayer Hawthorne here) and their Heist Recordings label are headlining the imprint’s debut U.S. party at Halcyon nightclub — a killer club which opened last November in San Francisco — on Friday, February 3. The bill also features two stars from Heist’s impressive roster of talent, Nachtbraker and Adesse Versions.
On the eve of the gig at the Bay Area hotspot, we connected with Swindlers Lars Dale and Maarten Smeets and asked them to tell us about five fresh tracks that are currently rocking their world. Here they are listed in no particular order. Continue Reading