Last month Lane 8 (a.k.a. Daniel Goldstein) released his superb debut album, Rise, on Anjunadeep. Included on our list of essential albums of July, the “rousing, deeply emotional” affair as we described it features oodles of deep, warm bass and a tad of glitch, setting the framework for standout collaborations with Lulu James, Patrick Baker, Solomon Grey and Matthew Dear.
With a slew of festival dates (Coachella, Bestival) under his belt and an upcoming U.S. tour in the fall on the horizon, we asked Goldstein to share his thoughts on five songs currently rocking his world.
Lane 8 plays Ilesoniq Festival in Montreal on August 14, Belsonic in Belfast on August 22 and Sun City Music Festival in El Paso, Texas on September 5. Continue Reading
London bred DJ/producer John Graham has been delighting fellow DJs and clubbers alike since the early ’90s, consistently delivering choice productions and remixes under his Quivver alias. This month the L.A.-based maestro offered up his old-school flavored Takin’ Over EP for John Digweed’s Bedrock Records. Each of the three tracks finds Graham pairing warm basslines with deep, chilled grooves for maximum effect. The EP arrives only a few weeks after the release of Cold Sun, a rock/electronic album he issued via Distinctive, at the end of June. Ahead of a busy September, which will find him traipsing to clubs all across America, Graham schools us on five tracks he’s living for right now.
Quivver’s Takin’ Over EP is out now on Bedrock. The next edition of Graham’s Controlled Substance airs August 17, 2015 on Frisky Radio. Continue Reading
In the 1995 classic film The Usual Suspects, Keyser Söze is described as a devious, elusive and ruthless crime lord. The name now steeped in pop culture, Berlin duo Kaiser Souzai draw from the character’s elusiveness and are shaping their dance floor sound on their own terms. Currently turning heads by way of their epic 8-minute opus “1981” and 12-minute “1976” the pair, who have released tracks on Trapez, Go Deeva, Sublimnal and Kinetika, are pushing their techy house pedigree in an interesting direction. We asked the guys to share their five favorite tracks of the moment, and they naturally came through with a twist.
“They’re not necessarily the most famous tracks, some really flew under the radar and deserved to be mega hits, others are fresh and some are old, but still in our sets on and off.” Continue Reading
Antwerp-based technocrat Ramon Tapia likes to keep his followers guessing about his next move. Having worked with esteemed labels such as Strictly Rhythm, Turbo, Remote Area, Intacto, Gem, Great Stuff and Say What?, his sound grows bigger and bolder with each new release.
Though his feet are firmly rooted in techno, Tapia’s True Definition EP, which was released this week on DJ Sneak‘s I’m A House Gangster imprint, flaunts his flair for crafting house bangers and reflects his talent and vision as an artist. So when we checked in with Tapia and asked him to share five of his current favorite releases, we weren’t surprised when he offered up a truly diverse selection of tunes. Continue Reading
Always ones to push the musical envelope and keep their fans guessing about their next move, Hamburg’s Digitalism — Jens “Jence” Moelle and İsmail “Isi” Tüfekçi — said hello to summer in a big way this month with their new single “Roller.” Mixed by Matt Wiggins at Paul Epworth’s Church Studios, the ferocious electro-charged track will get even the most jaded clubber amped up on the dance floor.
Ahead of a busy summer filled with DJ dates and an appearance at Lollapalooza Berlin in September where they will unveil their new live show, we caught up with the guys and asked them to talk up five of their favorite songs of the moment. Continue Reading
Ten years ago dance floor demons Kris Menace and Lifelike teamed up for “Discopolis,” a sultry, synthy Ibiza anthem issued on Vulture Music. The song was later licensed by Defected and re-imagined by various remixers. For the curious, there’s an accompanying must-see music video starring model Lily Tenue directed by Seb Janiak.
The duo is back a decade later in a big way with “Ready 4 Love,” a brilliant new collaboration out June 15 on Computer Science. Like its predecessor, “Ready 4 Love” finds them doubling down on the post-Moroder sound they forged on their debut track, taking it to an even cooler further.
On the eve of the release of “Ready 4 Love,” we asked both gentlemen to talk up five tunes that are currently rocking their world. Continue Reading