Andre Salmon 5 Tracks of the Moment

Andre Salmon

Ecuador DJ/producer/engineer Andre Salmon is widely known in his country’s club music scene. The proprietor of four labels — Anima Somnis, Maniacs, Ouch! and Sagmen — he’s been gaining international attention by way of his top releases on Suara, VIVa Music, Get Physical, Leftroom, Repopulate Mars and Hot Creations.

This month Salmon will present Daddy’s Little Girl, a smashing three-track EP for Mar-T’s Wow! Recordings. It’s available exclusively via Beatport on November 20 and everywhere else two weeks later.

Ahead of his new release we connected with Salmon and asked him to give us the lowdown on five tracks currently dominating his DJ sets Continue Reading

Einmusik 5 Tracks of the Moment

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German DJ/producer Samuel Kindermann (a.k.a. Einmusik) has embraced an inclusive musical stance ever since he began cajoling dance floors in the booth and hand-crafting music that gives clubbers something for their mind, body and soul.

To wit, his signature has continually evolved by incorporating elements of deep, techy house, melodic electronica and shards of techno into a heart-warming sound.

His eclectic, forward-thinking ethos is embedded on each track found on his recently released album, Serenade, released on his Berlin-based Einmusika Recordings. Divided into two sections — Movement 1 and Movement 2 — Kindermann hones a breathtaking, heart-warming expedition that touches the face of the cosmos.

As Kindermann winds down another artistically productive year, he shares five tracks currently dominating his DJ sets. Continue Reading

The Orb’s Dr. Alex Paterson Shares Favorite Pop Ambient Tracks

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As temperatures cool and the year begins to wind down, few things delight electronic music fans around the world as much as the annual edition of Kompakt’s Pop Ambient compilation. Established in 2001, the end-of-year series is awash with enthralling ambient, electronic and minimal productions.

Pop Ambient 2018 (which you can pre-order here) was curated by label co-owner and producer extraordinaire Wolfgang Voigt. It features choice selections from a wealth of wildly talented up-and-coming and established artists including The Orb, Kenneth James Gibson, T.Raumschmiere, Kaito, Jens-Uwe Beyer, Würden, Pfeiffer, Yui Onodera, Mikkel Metal, Chuck Johnson, Triola and Fresco.

Ahead of the compendium’s release on November 17, Dr. Alex Paterson of the aforementioned Orb exclusively shares his all-time favorite Pop Ambient tracks. Continue Reading

5 California Indie Artists to Watch, According to Kauf

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You’ve got to admire the creative moxie that fuels Los Angeles-based producer/vocalist/musician Ronald Kaufman (a.k.a Kauf). In 2011 he self-released his first single, “Relocate” b/w “When You’re Out,” which eventually caught the ear of Dan Whitford of Cut Copy. Whitford later released the tracks as the As Much Again EP on his own Cutters Records to lots of fanfare.

A little over six years later Kaufman has released his gallant debut album, Regrowth. The full-length, which is out now on One Half Records, is awash with delicate synth-driven grooves, tender lyrics and infectious vocals. Sometimes he’s happy. Sometimes he’s sad. Sometimes he’s just watching the world go by. In the end Kaufman delivers an album that’s realer than real.

Fresh from releasing the gorgeous Thomas Taugher-directed video for “Limestone” featuring Joseph August and Maiah Manser, we asked the Angelino to wax poetic about his favorite California artists. Continue Reading

Mefjus 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Austrian tech titan Martin Schober (a.k.a. Mefjus) has taken the drum ‘n’ bass world by storm since he gravitated in 2009 from engineering machines designed to replace human workers to causing mayhem on dance floors.

Known for crafting brutal, breakbeat laden anthems for top labels like Critical, Neosignal, Vision, Virus, Ram, Hospital, Eat Brain, Blackout and Shogun Audio, Schober zigs when other producers zag. His array of collaborations and exploits have led him to helm FABRICLIVE 95. Due out on November 17, the sprawling 39-track album/DJ mix is overflowing with full-on bangers from Schober as well as brilliant collaborations with kindred spirits including Noisia, Kasra, Phace, Misanthrop and Camo & Krooked.

Ahead of FABRICLIVE 95‘s release and launch party at fabric on November 24 featuring the Room 1 Critical Sound takeover with Mefjus joined by a very special guest (TBA), Emperor, Kasra B2B Enei, Sam Binga B2B Chimpo, Foreign Concept B2B Halogenix, and Hyroglifics, we connected with the d’n’b master and asked him to school us on five tracks dominating his DJ sets. Continue Reading

Inspiration: DJ Rae

DJ Rae

Rae Hall (a.k.a. DJ Rae) is a London-based multi-hyphenate. She DJs, produces and is blessed with the voice of a diva. Her discography including appearing on tracks with like-minded artists such as Sandy Rivera, DJ S.K.T, and Lupe Fuentes for releases on Defected, Hacienda, Azuli, Atlantic, Toolroom, Sony, Ultra, Spinnin and Armada.

In addition to her work making dance floors sweat (fun fact: Rae was the first DJ and singer to perform at Ushuaia Ibiza for Defected), she is currently performing as guest vocalist for the Hacienda Classical tour and has rocked The Royal Albert Hall and on The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival.

Always looking for ways to up her musical ante, Hall recently launched her own label, Rated, and dropped two red-hot jams, “My Soul” and “Surrender.”

We checked in with the sensation about five artists — listed below in no particular order — who’ve influenced her music.

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