Berlin via Sydney DJ/producer Rick Bull has earned a legion of fans for his brilliant exploits as Deepchild on labels like Get Physical, Face II Face, Thoughtless, and Trapez. Since 2014 he’s attained the highest of professional highs, including playing Berghain/Panorama Bar last in 2015 as Concubine with Noah Pred where he “felt both honored, elated and strangely disconnected afterwards – hovering 6 feet behind my body.”
A breakup, losing friends, crisscrossing around the world on tour and a new relationship led him to dive into new musical waters. He surfaced as Acharné, a stark, minimal/ambient project espousing gorgeous, emotionally vulnerable music intended to help him make sense of so many changes in his life.
Today Bull releases Archarné’s full-length debut, Innocence And Suburbia. He says, “It’s the rawest collection, sonically, I’ve produced in decades – reading more like a curious live-performance than a unified thesis. There are so many of these little sonic ‘fragments’ hidden in hard-drives, and here are some which felt adequate to share for now.
“It’s an offering to those I love in cities which have meant to much to me. To those who have taken me in. It’s a requiem of sorts too, and a celebration of strange new things to come. A farewell, a ‘thank you so’, and pause of drink in the wonder and ferocity of change.”
Here’s the world premiere of an exclusive mixed version of the album which Bull put together. Hit the play button and enjoy.
Lebanese duo 3LIAS and Ali Ajami are DJ/producers with impeccable musical resumes: Elias “3LIAS” Merheb is a resident at Beirut’s iconic B018 club, while Ali Ajami is currently a resident at überhaus (The Gärten). Last fall they made a lot of noise courtesy of their “Bring It Back” released on John Digweed’s Bedrock Records.
On April 10 the twosome’s new gem, “Audio Culture,” will be released on John Debo’s Mindwarp Records. All killer and no filler boasting wah-wah guitar, tight basslines and analog synths, the release is Mindwarp’s first since taking an 18-month respite.
Ahead of the release we’re thrilled to world premiere Pete Moss’ re-rub that takes the track into an even smoother, more soulful direction. Following allong the lines of the magic he’s made during a career crafting tracks for Ovum Recordings, Recline and Dessous, Moss goes subterranean deep, stripping the cut down down to the core and bathing it with his trademark brand of Philadelphia deepness.
Get an exclusive first listen below.
Tokyo-based deep-house doyen Iori Wakasa has been making waves in recent years, DJing all over the world and releasing gorgeous cuts on labels such as Saw Recordings, Get Physical, Highgrade and WirSindEins. Tomorrow Steve Bug’s Dessous Recordings will present Wakasa’s stunning Give Me Yourself EP, a four-tracker of mindfully crafted subterranean excursions.
In honor of the EP’s release Wakasa put together a wondrous 16-track vinyl-only DJ mix featuring tasty nuggets from kindred spirits including Snad, Nu Zau, Monsieur Blue, Chris Career and Voiski. About halfway into the set Wakasa cleverly drops “Give Me,” a jittery sample track you’ll want to rewind and listen to a few dozen times.
Hit the play button below and let Wakasa be your tour guide on a memorable journey.
Iori Wakasa Vinyl-Only Mix Track List
- Snad – Excerptz – Smallville
- Yate – Beautiful People – Propaganda Records
- Nu Zau – 112 – Mulen
- Unknown – Something Else – Digwah
- Tagir Sadyrbaev, Alexey Orlov – LF – Slowdance
- Monsieur Blue – Track 1 – Monsieur Blue
- DJ Jes – Difficult – Tardis Records
- Iori Wakasa – Give Me – Dessous Recordings
- Chris Career – Pink Planet – Slapfunk
- Andomat3000 – Fuer Erdmann – Kriemhilds Nachtkuss
- Nastia – Miy Kolir – Park & Ride
- Herck – Splendorious – Razom
- Unknown – A1 – Owl
- Voiski – Let Down Disco – Sheik ‘n’ Beik
- Tim Toh – Endlessly – City Fly
- Janeret – Nightfall – Rora
A few months ago we chatted with Alex and Stef of London-based Tough Love, a duo whose musical point of view is informed by R&B, garage and ’90s house. At the time they had just dropped “Hold On,” a buzzy deep-house collaboration with Big Apple house icon Roger Sanchez and legendary Culture Club frontman Boy George, on their rising Get Twisted label. Cut to the first quarter of 2017 and Get Twisted continue to dominate dance floors the world over thanks to their impeccable ears.
Not ones to rest on their laurels, Alex and Stef have signed another track from noteworthy Dutch duo Hardsoul called “Weightless,” and we’re extremely pleased to world premiere UK producer Tom Bull’s remix of said tune featuring vocals from the chanteuse Raphaella.
On Bull’s interpretation he crafts a smoldering backdrop that ebbs and flows, warping Raphaella’s vocals and taking her voice into an even more dramatic direction.
Hit the play button below, and pick up the full release out now.
After issuing his well-received Once You Were Fire debut EP in 2015, Los Angeles-based multi-hyphenate Dylan Willoughby takes his Lost in Stars project to the next level with a self-titled full-length album. On the release Willoughby unites his skills as a composer, poet, and producer. The result is a transformative affair brandishing woozy jams, euphoric ballads and deliciously glitchy tracks.
Adding color to the album are Willoughby’s coterie of musical collaborators Kid Moxie, Alysa Lobo and Darren Burgos, all of whom bring something quite special to the table.
We’re pleased to world premiere LIS’ debut due out March 31. Listen below and enjoy.
On April 3 up-and-coming DJ/producer NELA will present “Face It,” a sleek tech-house offering for the top-notch Brussels-based Electronical Reeds imprint. Hailing from Tel Aviv and currently living and working in Berlin, the track is a reflection of her musical maturity as an artist.
We’re extremely pleased to world premiere O.D.Math’s expansive mix of NELA’s latest and greatest. Over the course of nine glorious minutes the Electronical Reeds regular reinterprets the track from the ground up, stripping it down to the bare essentials and building it up again with vocal samples, urgent bass and dark synths. Trust us when we say it’s quite the musical journey.
Hit the play button below and enjoy.