Groove Squared 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Paco Terio (a.k.a. Groove Squared, a.k.a. Diggler Smith) is a talented Italian DJ/ producer whose energetic deep-house signature exudes emotion at the intersection of euphoria and melancholy. His experience performing live is the secret sauce to his productions.

With releases on Trapez, Engrave and Gravity Groove, Terio has linked up with Italian label/DJ crew/radio show Soundzrise to release his Use-less EP feat. TDR. On the remix tip, he tapped few pisans SIS and Lollino for their respective remix touch.

Ahead of the EP’s release on January 22, we caught up with Terio and asked him to enlighten us on five of his favorite tracks of the moment. Continue Reading

2018 Rewind: Mattias Fridell

Mattias Fridell

How was 2018 for you?

Mattias Fridell: I have to say it was a pretty interesting year in many ways. Mostly in a positive way.

Highlights?

Two new projects I’m involved in. One being Destroyka, which is a collaboration with Alexander Johansson (who also established the idea and myself). We’ve been working together creating music for 20 years by now and it was time to make a full-scale program with a new idea over a lengthy course of time instead of a track every now and then. It’s a concept-based affair, involving music, art and dysfunctional poems. We worked on it since summer 2017. In March 2018 we launched it and kept us very busy since.

Second, I’m part of the techno online community Subsekt [for] a long time and during 2018 it also became a label. Completely run by its passionate members, releasing the members’ music as well as doing absolutely everything else that needs to be done together. Everything is being discussed, reasoned and decided together. Involvement and inclusion! Enthusiasm. It’s a mighty fine thing. No doubt it can be seen as a natural reaction to what’s happening within the scene today. Commercialism.

Too much ego, fake fame and quick results and too little focus on what really matters. The Subsekt label makes a thing of supporting and developing talent and release music from those who never released music earlier for example.

Lowlights?

Everything that is negative with the world — its inhabitants. It really appears the world is more polarized. The humanity advancement is dragged down in many aspects. On a more personal level, when the few ones close to me are in trouble, being ill or doesn’t feel well in any way. I also had to let the vet euthanize two of my cats last year. That was definitely a lowlight.

Song of the year?

It’s always very tough to just nominate one track to be the one stand out tune of the year. When it comes to techno I’ll go with a very basic, purist track to keep things simple for myself: “Kick It (Them)” by Dold on Arsenik Records.

“Kick It (Them)” by Dold

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

Never been a fan of dull traditions rooted in religion like New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps it works for some but, honestly, all I can see if that it is just another thing to subdue people in the end. A resolve to change something about you can be done at any time.

@MattiasFridell

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2018 Rewind: Jesse Saunders

Jesse Saunders

How was 2018 for you?

Jesse Saunders: 2018 was an amazing year for me. Lots of great things developed, lots of amazing things happened and our Chosen Few House Music festival was bigger than ever!

Highlights?

🔥2018 started off in a big way with my annual birthday tour. This year it was bigger than ever hitting 12 cities in the month of March.

🔥Then the BBC TV series Can You Feel it which I feel is the most comprehensive historical piece on house music was a monumental success featuring myself.

🔥My release Kaleidoscope hit the top 10 across the board on iTunes, Spotify, Traxsource and Beatport.

🔥I received another pioneering award from the city of Chicago’s DiVinci Manor landmark foundation.

🔥But the biggest highlight of 2018 was being an associate producer for the I love The 90s show, which was the first hip-hop residency on the Las Vegas strip.

Lowlights?

The troubled soul Avicii’s death.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

2019 brings the 35th anniversary of house music as we know it today with the release of “On & On.” January 20, 1984 was the date that this journey of house music began. My resolution for 2019 is to bring as many celebrations to as many people around the world so they can share in the joy and happiness that house music brings! I’m proud to bring forth the 35th anniversary remixes featuring DeMarcus Lewis (No Way Back remix), Stacy Kidd, Matthew Brian (Dark remix), VeeV from Canada (Revolving remix) and Jerome Baker and myself with the Originator remix. I want to everyone who house music has infected to being a part of history in the making.

@JesseSaunders

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2018 Rewind: Dedric Moore (Monta At Odds)

Monta At Odds

How was 2018 for you?

Dedric Moore: 2018 was a great year musically. After four years of working on our album, Argentum Dreams, it finally came together. So many different versions of the album came and went so it was nice to settle on the song list and work the mixes into a cohesive unit. Partnering with 8D Industries was a great motivation to get things done and present the release in a professional manner.

Highlights?

Having Andrew Weatherall spin our tracks on his radio show and give the album high praise did it for me. For Delaney it was having his early inspiration/hero Laurent Garnier comment that he loved the album. Collectively, holding the vinyl in your hand and then giving it a spin always sends nervous chills down our spines.

Lowlights?

I had health issues that date back to almost two years ago. After a ruined vacation in Colorado with a crazy ride through the mountains in the back of an ambulance and the tech repeating that heart surgery is an easy procedure — but stay calm, heart was fine. I did have surgery in August and I am finally feeling normal. Delaney has been working on a couple business projects that are fantastic opportunities but he won’t be able to perform live shows with the band. He brings that magical chaos that pushes our extended sonic exploration into the atmosphere when we cut loose. He jokes that the band sounds tighter without him.

Song of the year?  

“Discogedanken” by Klaus Johann Grobe

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

First off is trying to enjoy the moment and really have some fun with music. It’s tough sometimes to keep up with the biz side of music and you forget to just enjoy playing and making music. I never want to feel like it is a job. Music is a magical thing that comes out of your imagination. Music is an aural dream that makes its way to your fingers, feet, and vocal chords and bounces out into your vision of what music is. Delaney wants to have the follow-up EP or album finished by the end of the year. I’d be thrilled for that to happen. Another facet of enjoying the music is that I’d like to play some festivals this year. With eight band members on stage it can be tough to work out logistics to actually go to a different city and perform. It’s been over three years since we played live so that is both frightening and exhilarating.

@MontaAtOdds

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