2019 Rewind: Alan Oldham

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How was 2019 for you?
Alan Oldham (a.k.a. DJ T-1000): Another great year in Berlin! Health is good, work is good.

Highlights?
Playing the main stage at Movement! Always fun to rock my hometown! Also getting to meet Charlotte De Witte, who I played with in Detroit. She’s a total sweetheart. And releasing my latest EP, Pure Sonik Youth.

Lowlights?
Finding out that Fold London closed soon after I got to play there back in the fall. There’s an online petition online to keep it open. Sign it if you can!

Song of the year?
Not a song, but a mix/live show. Richie Hawtin’s “CLOSE Combined” killed 2019. Sound and visuals. Game-changing. Inspiring. Expect to see copycat live/DJ hybrid setups and shows in 2020.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
Be less lazy, get back to making comics, try to save more money (it’s hard), and finally try to learn German!

Image by Eva Fredrichs

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Drop-E December 2019 Chart

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  1. SNTS – Bilateral Narrative (SNTS)
  2. Divide – Antares (Warm Up Recordings)
  3. Alex Oliver – Cult_III (Signal Rec)
  4. BILY – Boaster (Devotion Records)
  5. Cyb & Elisa Batti – VAVILOV (Kaiser Remix) (Immaterial.Archives)
  6. Random Sequence – Tone 1 (DRVMS LTD)
  7. DyAD – Depletion (KONFLKT)
  8. PWCCA – Constant Disorder (Signal)
  9. Planetary Assault Systems – Whip It Good (Ostgut Ton)
  10. Jörg Rodriguez – Otis (Illegal Alien Records)

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Premiere: Robin M – Hangdrum

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On his brand new two-tracker London-based producer Robin M embarks on a captivating rhythmic journey with a secret weapon – the hang drum, an instrument introduced by Swiss couple Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer in 2000.

We’re thrilled to world premiere the lead track “Hangdrum,” a masterpiece featuring stellar house grooves, big-bottom bass and a flowing cadence of beats.

Says Robin about the genesis of the track: “It was an amazing process making an authentic sounding hang drum work. Once discovering it was possible, the riff happened fast. I have a real love for the South African sound too. Straight away I knew where I wanted to take the record. For me the record has a lot of emotions at the same time as working in the clubs, and I hope people can hear that too.”

Hit the play button below to get a first listen, and pick up the track when it’s released on December 6.

Premiere: Ozgood feat. Sa’d Ali – No Couture

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As 2019 draws to a close Soul Clap Records is getting ready to unveil “No Couture,” a red-hot collaboration between Ozgood, of San Fran-based dance collective Afrolicious, and legendary DJ/producer/vocalist Sa’d “The Hourchild” Ali of Parliament-Funkadelic and FSQ. The release is bittersweet as it arrives after Ali, whose uncle is George Clinton, left this mortal coil in 2018.

Over a funky-ass house groove brimming with uptempo drums, deep keys and vibes galore, Ozgood brilliantly navigates the posthumous release around a heady mish-mash of Ali’s vocals and musings.

Seriously, it’s one of the most infectious jams we’ve heard in a while.

This lyric from “No Couture” sums up Ali’s musical integrity and essence: “If I never make another dollar but live with no regrets, I’ma die a happy man.”

Listen to the world premiere below, and pick up the release when it hits stores on December 6.

Rest in EFUNK, Sa’d.

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