Fresh From Releasing his ‘​Blitzbahn’​ LP, Oliver Schories Selects His 5 Tech-House Tracks of the Moment

Oliver Schories

After presenting the Fakir EP in November, prolific German DJ/producer Oliver Schories released his fifth artist album, Blitzbahn, on his SOSO label earlier this month.

Picking up where he left off with 2016’s Relatively Definitely, the 13-track long-player finds Schories taking his talent for producing emotive house and techno to the next level. His basslines are deep, vibes are smooth, and the smoldering, understated grooves are truly something to behold.

Ahead of his upcoming live set at The Cityfox Experience at Avant Gardner on April 14 in New York City with Âme, Tiga, Mathias Kaden, Ruede Hagelstein (live), Tim Engelhardt (live), Christian Voldstad and bilaliwood, Schories shares current tracks that are rocking his world. Continue Reading

Christian Smith Talks Ultra Music Fest & Movement, New Music & Why He’s Having a Blast Touring & Playing Techno in America

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Christian Smith is an artist who’s always on the go. The mastermind behind Tronic Records and its Tronic Nights party, he’s been especially ever since he released his Synergy album in the fall, a collaborative album he produced on the road in studios in New York, Brazil, Tokyo, Germany, and Barcelona.

Fresh from issuing the Count Zero EP (Part 1) with NYC technocrat and frequent production partner John Selway, Smith is headed to America to play a whirlwind set of DJ gigs — four in three days, to be exact. We caught up with Smith to get the lowdown on his upcoming sets, forthcoming new music on Tronic (which includes a Synergy remix album), as well as which US-based artists and labels he has his eye on. Continue Reading

Tip: Tom Middleton’s ‘Sleep Better’ is the Natural Secret to a World-Class Night’s Sleep

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Globetrotting DJ/producer/sound designer Tom Middleton has been burning the creative candle at both ends since the late ’80s in Cornwall, England. At the start of his production career he struck up a friendship with a then unknown chap named Richard D. James, whose Aphex Twin project was just getting off the ground. Not too long after Middleton had found his groove, creating genre-defining music with Mark Pritchard in Global Communication. (The duo’s 1994 album, 76:14, is a benchmark of excellence in the field.)

Middleton’s lengthy discography is truly something to behold — countless productions, remixes and a spate of brilliant mix CDs spanning ambient, deep house and downtempo. (2002’s sprawling three-disc opus The Sound Of The Cosmos is as sublime a mix collection as they come.) Factor in a variety of work as a sound designer, sample pack producer and that equals a busy man.

More recently, Middleton has come to learn and better understand the science of sleep, which invigorates the mind, body and soul, reduces stress, energizes, calms and plays an important role in overall wellbeing. If you don’t get enough of it on a consistent basis — a challenge for many of us in our always-on culture — then serious health problems may develop.

The cost of sleep deprivation in the US costs 1.2 million lost working days a year, costing $411bn or 2.28 percent of GDP. Middleton says if we could get just one more hour of quality sleep to make up to 7 hours plus, it would add £24bn back to the UK economy.

Middleton trained to become a sleep coach, learning about sleep architecture, sleep health and hygiene. Before long his two passions converged. It led to Sleep Better (Universal Music), an album of soundscapes designed to help inspire relaxation before bedtime. The tracks he created slow respiration with the goal of reducing blood pressure and stress levels, with the goal of activating the relaxation mechanism.

On the eve of the album’s release on World Sleep Day, Middleton recalls how he became interested in sleep science and why Sleep Better could be the important project of his career. Continue Reading

Dr.Nojoke 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Frank Bogdanowitz is a musician, producer, and performer based in Berlin. Working under the Dr.Nojoke moniker, Bogdanowitz espouses a taut minimal techno sound. What differentiates his releases on Sleep is Commercial, Concrete, and Destroy All Monsters lies in how he integrates field recordings and homemade sounds into his left-of-center ethos.

Bogdanowitz is prolific: In February he presented the Mental Health Hotline EP (Destroy All Monsters) and just dropped the zero.one EP on his vinyl-only CLIKNO imprint. In addition to prepping a follow-up EP titled zero.two will be released in June, he plans to introduce a new vinyl series, which will appear wrapped up in a silver metal-foil containing a 180g black vinyl and an insert containing an art-print and a text essay or poem.

We caught up with the good doctor and asked him to share five tracks currently in heavy rotation. Continue Reading