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.
After a “few hiccups the last couple of months” the first installment will now receive a December 14 release.
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)
- Darren Emerson – Scratcher (Original Mix)*
- Sinisa Tamamovic – Acid Trip
- Darren Emerson & Sian – Creepin
- Darren Emerson – Stop It (Original Mix)*
- Saytek – Marimba (live)
- G Flame – Turmoil (Original_Mix)
- Linear B – Catching Comets
- Jon Cowan – I’m Back
- Thomas Angstrom – Detoned (Original Mix)
- Darren Emerson – Daschine (Acid Mix)
- Darren Emerson – Birdcage
After presenting their acclaimed Juno-nominated full-length debut in 2016 and subsequent Kingfisher EP, Concubine, a collaborative project comprised of Thoughtless label boss Noah Pred and Rick Bull (a.k.a. Deepchild), have outdone themselves with their new full-length, 2018.
The pair met at a studio in Berlin earlier in the year and reflected on the treacherous path the world is slowly going down. Together, they channeled their collective angst into an elegant pastiche of dub techno and electro-driven soundscapes. The result is a cosmic work of sheer sonic beauty.
Ahead of 2018‘s release on November 15, we’re pleased to world premiere the music video of the album’s closing track “Decenter” directed by Pred.
“Steeped in the familiar hypnogogia of post-rave Berlin, ‘Decenter’ was the first tune started in Concubine’s latest album sessions,” Pred tells us. “It closes the record with quirky but euphoric Juno leads and a titular nod to rhizomatic influences, alluding to recent fascinations with decentralized exchange (and perhaps even consciousness).”
Tantsui is a Moscow-based producer/live electronic project helmed by Ramzes Akhmetov. With releases on Kindisch, Crosstown Rebels and Get Physical — as well as a crossover hit in the form of 2013’s “Beautiful Day” — Akhmetov released Tantsui’s wonderful debut album, Unbound, on NOPASSPORT in October.
The 10-track release is awash with inspired downtempo grooves that soar above a backdrop of woozy deep house and chunky beats. The music is earnest and the lyrics are often pensive and somber.
Below Akhmetov shares his five favorite tracks of the moment, most of which deviate far from typical dance floor fodder you’d expect him to choose. Continue Reading
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