Windy City house DJ/producer Dan X has been in the mix since the late ‘90s. To date he’s released tracks on esteemed labels including Classic, Robsoul, Aroma and Doubledown. Plus, he’s served as half of two production duos, No Assembly Firm and Dirty Sole. Now making music under the alias System 5, he’s a partner in the new Bristol-Chicago Apollo Music Group startup along with Chitown’s DJ Heather and Bristol’s Lil’ Mark. System 5’s Reflection EP is the endeavor’s debut release, and we’re pleased to world premiere “Obsession” from the four-track effort. The classic-sounding house jam packs a tight, no-nonsense groove, crisp percussion and sublime synth stabs. Listen to the premiere below and check out the full EP on October 21.
Things aren’t always as they seem. That’s the learning we took away after watching the offbeat music video for rising Madrid producer Carreno is LB’s “Aesthetic Reflection.” The retro clip focuses on a suburban home where everything on the surface appears to be in order but isn’t. The kitchen cabinets don’t open properly, Stepford Wives robotically roam about and visions of a smoldering fire randomly appear. Watch the world premiere of the video below directed by Jason Poranski and explore Carreno is LB’s emotive Preface EP out now on hafendisko.
Cacao Trio is the musical union between Panamanian brothers K.E.E.N.E. and Guatemalan mixmaster Gonzo-Gonzo. On the Central American trio’s outstanding second outing, the upcoming From Ceiba To Leon EP, the triumvirate bring into being a pair of thrilling tech-house tracks. We’re pleased to world premiere “Tears & Rum,” a deep, murky roller coaster ride propelled by killer percussion across a composition brandishing thrilling twists and turns galore. Get a first listen to the track below and check out the EP featuring a remix by Tigerskin on October 17.
Time keeps on slipping into the future. It’s a fact that doesn’t sit well with Italian producer Michele Pinna. After conversations with his father about time (as well as galaxies and space), he channelled his angst into his Time Traveler nom de plume and subsequently conjured a bleak, compelling experimental techno soundscape that speaks to his fear of the unknown. It resulted in I’m Made of Stars, a striking full-length album out now on Pinna’s new label, Chronicles Diary. An eye-catching visual component evolved too through multiple collaborations with photographers, stylists and designers Nicolas Mazzei, Danila Tkachenko, Khourianbeer and Cinzia Araia. We’re pleased to world premiere “Alpha” from the album. It’s a meditative, foreboding and sonically raw statement — one in which Pinna’s paranoia is palpable but not suffocating. And be check out The Remixes Report I EP featuring interpretations of Pinna’s tracks crafted by Brian Sahnaji, Black Asteroid, Bas Mooy and DJ Hyperactive out October 14.