Apollo’s Messengers 5 Tracks of the Moment

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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

Golf Clap Preview Movement Set, Talk US Tour

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As you read this Detroit house duo Golf Clap — Hugh Cleal and Bryan Jones — are in the throes of a 15-date U.S. tour. The cross-country trek, extending through summer (see tour dates below), finds them bringing their Motor City vibes to top clubs and festivals all over ‘Merica.

Just before they hit the road we connected with the Clap’s Bryan Jones. We asked Jones about their buzzy new track “Bout That” crafted with Eyes Everywhere set for release this month as part of Toolroom’s Ibiza album, upcoming plans for their Country Club Disco label, and the significance of playing Movement Festival in Detroit over Memorial Day Weekend. Continue Reading

DJ S.K.T 5 Tracks of the Moment

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London-based DJ/producer DJ S.K.T is laser focused on adding new wrinkles to the fabric of house, bass and UK garage. But from time to time he pays homage to dance music’s past by reimagining classic dance floor tracks.

Among his many musical exploits he’s reimagined Nightcrawlers’ 1992 dance floor classic “Push the Feeling On” in 2014 and his Up-Tempo Records recently released Richey Profond’s remix of Crystal Waters’ seminal 1991 crossover cut “Gypsy Woman.” He joined forces with NYC house icon Todd Terry on “Nite & Day,” an uptempo track just released on Armada Subjekt propelled by a generous sample of the same-named 1988 R&B classic by Al B. Sure!

Currently holding down a new weekly show on Kiss FM with several releases about to drop later this year, we asked S.K.T, who has manned the decks at Cream (Ibiza), We Are FSTVL, Sankeys Manchester, to share five brand-new tracks currently dominating his DJ sets. Continue Reading

Doorly 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Doorly continues to march to his own beat. Back in November we told you that the inimitable DJ/producer added label head to his resumé by launching Reptile Dysfunction, a new imprint and event series, serving as a platform for his “weirder and more leftfield productions” and emerging talent.

Since issuing the label’s debut effort, “Tonga Peak Times (Confuse Dem)” featuring vocals from The Streets’ Mike Skinner, Doorly dropped Brassphemy EP on Cajmere’s Cajual Records in March. In April Reptile Dysfunction presented EP1, a dynamic collabo between Doorly and El Prevost featuring a hot remix from Hot Creations label boss Lee Foss.

Currently halfway through a global DJ tour (see full tour dates at the bottom of this post), the one-named maestro took a few moments out of his international jaunt to tell us about five fresh heavy-hitters currently dominating his DJ sets. Continue Reading

Alexis Tyrel 5 Tracks of the Moment

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In March we premiered “Plant Deltagema Process” off Dutch DJ/producer/Lessismore boss Gideon Hommes‘ (a.k.a Alexis Tyrel) second full-length, Return To Planet Alpha, an album that was five years in the making.

He told us, “Return To Planet Alpha is sort of a time travel to me; it is about going back to the roots of the Lessismore label and maybe more. Unlike other albums I did on Kanzleramt, Sino (never released, for unknown reasons), Lessismore, Anticlub, and Minimalplus. This album is a more classical ‘techno’ album, which was created more than 10 years ago around the period of doing a Lessismore label Night at Ostgut Berghain. An interview with Ben Klock triggered me to record it at the end of last year.”

This week presents his In For A Penny In For A Pound EP featuring a collaboration with MBC called “Cocaïne By The Pound” and remix by German Duo Smash TV. A music lover with boundless passion for good tunes, Hommes shares five tracks he’s loving at the moment. Continue Reading

Gel Abril Introduces Closed Circuits [Video]

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Tel Aviv DJ/producer Gel Abril has built a global reputation by crafting flawless tech-house tracks for top-notch labels including Mobilee, Defected, Bedrock, Be As One, Moon Harbour and Ovum. He’s now taken his unbridled passion for music to the next level by launching Closed Circuits, a label dedicated to quality techno and house.

Related: Anja Schneider x Gel Abril: The Big Shot Interview

In this exclusive video interview shot by the man himself, Abril talks about his inspiration to launch the imprint and what we can expect in terms of upcoming releases.

“The idea was on my mind for a long time,” he says. “I’m really happy I managed to do it finally. It took me a while, but now I’m here. I really wanted to have a home for my music but other artists I really love and have respected over the years.”

Watch the full interview below and check out Closed Circuits’ debut release with Abril at the helm out now.