Fans of deep, melodic electronica and cinematic progressive house rejoice. Rotterdam-based DJ/producer/composer Eelke Kleijn has just released his third full-length album, Moments of Clarity, via his own imprint DAYS like NIGHTS imprint/event series.
Picking up where he left off on 2010’s Untold Stories (Manual Music), Kleijn’s latest long-player is a testament to his musical maturation. A classically trained pianist who has cast a musical net that extends to doing sound design work to movie scores for Hollywood, Moments of Clarity could be his most organic work to date.
Ahead of upcoming gigs in Turkey, Sweden, Indonesia and Argentina, the Dutch master shares his favorite tracks of the moment. Continue Reading →
For issue 27 of our print edition published in the spring of 2009, I met up with Depeche Mode in NYC. The trio was assembled to promote their latest album, Sounds of the Universe. The full-length featured a slew of singles including “Wrong,” “Peace” and “Perfect” and received a positive reception from critics. Here’s my conversation with Andrew Fletcher and Martin Gore about producing their twelfth album, sobriety, choosing a set list and the unexpected benefits of Dave Gahan’s solo career.
If you think that veteran electronic act Depeche Mode are a bunch of Debbie Downers, think again. Sitting in a swank New York hotel room with Andrew Fletcher and Martin Gore (singer Dave Gahan is on his mobile taking care of some business in the lobby) a few weeks before the release of Sounds of the Universe, the Mode say the public perception about them is sometimes a bit off.
“In our own country, England, we’ve always been known as sort of gloomy and doomy,” says Andrew Fletcher. “A lot of DJs used to play up on that especially on our single ‘Enjoy the Silence.’ [Sings a scary melody] WOOOO-HHH-HAAAAA.” Continue Reading →
For the latest Big Shot Guest Mix we tapped London-based Roberto Sodano (a.k.a. Audioglider) to sculpt a spectacular session brimming with lush, warm electronica and progressive house. The glistening, atmospheric 10-track session, which features a pair of his own gorgeous cuts as well as tracks and mixes by Drew Miller, RafaEL and Francesco Pico, arrives after the release of James Zabiela‘s remix of his “Chemtrails” single on Pangea.
Sodano had this to say about the stunning mix:
“I’ve put this mix together to reflect the sounds that are really doing it for me at the moment as well as sneaking in some of my own tracks and remixes I’ve done recently. I love big melodies that seep into your brain without the cheese. And a syncopated drum and bass combo. It’s gotta have some swing and swagger. I’m also a big fan of Scandinavian pop artist Sigrid and included a cheeky unofficial remix I did at the start. Off to see her tonite at the Brixton Academy so see ya later.”
Hit the play button below and ease into a rapturous aural experience.
Earlier this year UK house/techno journeyman Darren Emerson, who has been busy touring with 3D partners Danny Howells and Dave Seaman, announced the launch of Evolve, a new quarterly mix compilation series. What’s special about Evolve is that each edition will be comprised solely of tracks from his Detone label.
The track listing features a slew of Emerson’s own productions — “Bub” (originally released on Selador), “Creepin” with Sian and a pair of exclusive new cuts, “Stop It” and “Scratcher” — as well as contributions from Hansgod, John Tejada, Saytek, Linear B, Jon Cowan, Thomas Angstrom, Copy Paste Soul, Sinisa Tamamovic and others. We’ve listened to an advance promo and can attest that Emerson has indeed raised the bar to a staggering new height.
Obligatory press release hush from Emerson about Evolve: “I wanted the first edition of ‘Evolve’ to highlight my evolution as an artist, so it includes bits that I’ve done a few years ago and some stuff that’s come out recently, plus some brand new exclusives. Naturally as things change in our life we are EVOLVING, so this project will represent my journey as an artist and a label owner.”
Evolve Track Listing
Darren Emerson – Evolve (DJ Mix)
Darren Emerson – Bub
Hansgod – Scale (Original Mix)
John Tejada – Shapeshifter
Copy Paste Soul – State Of Mind (Original Mix)
Darren Emerson & Jamie McHugh – Dark Matter (Kingpin Cartel Remix)