Zeitgeber is a project that sees Lucy and Speedy J exploring roots and limits. The duo have both indulged their experimental sides from time to time. Perhaps most notably Speedy J with his mid-’90s run on Novamute, and Lucy on his 2011 full-length for Stroboscopic Artefacts. But Zeitgeber is something more, with two artists pushing each other to go further. SA018 is a single that gives only a slight hint as to what is to come in the shape of a complete LP. ‘Body Out’ is floor-ready techno with a twist. The textures that lie beneath feel like they’re just as important (if not more), slithering and twittering away in constant dialogue with the just-slightly-off-the-grid beat. ‘Body In’ is the inverse of the A-side, a slow-moving chorus of indescribable ambience. As a precursor to the forthcoming album, it’s a perfect taster of the uncompromising sounds yet to be heard.
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Words: Todd L. Burns
“I dont usually dabble in the dark arts of P.R. but after hearing Le Carousel I set about running off copies and giving them to people I thought should hear it ( pretty much my entire address book )” Andrew Weatherall
“A blissed-out album of reflective songcraft, tinged with time-lapse psychedelia” DJ Magazine January 2013 “Have had the album on repeat, really feelin it… awesome work” Bicep“Fucking loved every seconds of it …….Loooooved it “ Laurent Garnier
Vincent I. Watson – ‘Serene’ – Pyramids on Mars 002
Genre : Ambient / Classical / Experimental / Electronica
Once in a while, something comes along that really grabs your attention…makes you take notice and after a time you grow to love it. Very rarely does something come along that you can call a Masterpiece. Lets start at the beginning.
Producer Vince Watson has been releasing very high quality dance music on a consistent basis for a long time. There has been quite a few classics amongst them, but circa late 2012 and ‘Serene’, the artists 8th studio album, presents itself like the opening sequence of a long awaited sci-fi movie.
It is the birth of a new species in this enigmatic versatile producers career, and one which announces the arrival of music for TV and film under his full name, Vincent I. Watson.
And so, to that opening sequence.
After 60 seconds of ‘Hidden Behind The Eyes’, you know your into something special. The emotional deep content that Vince is already acclaimed for is there from the start, but its on a new level of detail. ‘Placid’ smoothes things out nicely before the very powerful ‘Sagitaria’ hits like a wall of unleashed beauty. Stunning…’Re-contact’ then bends things into a new reality with some beautifully crafted dub style efx which bring a level of intensity and energy into the journey towards the next 3 tracks, which are jaw droppingly inspiring.
Title track ‘Serene’ is one of those tracks you could listen to for days..its such a powerful piece of music. ‘Out of Reach’ bridges the gap before what is the album’s crowning glory, ‘Celtic Beauty’. With its rising Violin’s and high-octane strings, its anthemic chords and synth lines opitimise the high standard of this album perfectly. ‘Continuum’ sets the tone nicely after such a dramatic burst before the remaining 2 tracks take us somewhat darker and deeper into outer space. ‘Abyss’ is not the kind of track you want to listen to on headphones alone..its more like entering a black hole than deep space, spine tingling stuff but worth the ticket alone….then we come to the final track, which is the only track on the album with any reference to a beat. ‘Open Your Eyes’…is the title suggesting its all been a dream?, or a journey during which you didnt want to see reality?
The album then ends with what can only be described as the moment when you wake up first thing in the morning and see for the first time..as the music rises and rises only to disappears in an instant..very cleverly done. Deafened by silence would be a nice metaphor to use.
Many will compare this work to the likes of Steve Reich, Philip Glass or even Hans Zimmer at times, which is no small credentials to gain, but there is also something elegantly modern and unique about the unavoidable journey it takes you on.
‘Serene’ is not only a highly impressive piece of contemporary electronic music, its also a very important one…as it confirms Watson to be one of the great modern composers/producers in electronic music today. Not many of his fellow DJ peers on the clubscene today could create something so organic yet so utterly gripping whilst managing to blend Piano’s and deep dark spaces into one powerful yet co-hesive story.
Many words will be used to describe this album – sometimes there are never enough superlatives, but Masterpiece is rarely so fitting as it is here..because that is exactly what ‘Serene’ is.
It is, in fact…a work of art.
1. Hidden Behind The Eyes
6. Out of Reach
7. Celtic Beauty
10. Open Your Eyes
Written, Produced and Conceived by Vincent I. Watson.
Recorded at Biocom 7.0, Amsterdam 2011-2012
Published by Westbury Music Ltd / Spherecom Music.
Cat No. POMCD002
Once Slam planted the flag for techno in Glasgow at the start of the ‘90s, the Scottish city’s musical destiny was changed forever. Fostering many a great talent with their Soma imprint, Lars Sandberg – aka Funk D’Void, aka Francois Dubois – remains one of the brightest that they have uncovered. Breaking through on the legendary duo’s label in 1995, he forged a sound that combined techno beats and percussion with soaring melodies and chords to scintillating effect. Continuing to impress with his own Outpost Recordings, this new double mix CD for the acclaimed Balance series sees this enduring talent follow on from his previous compilations for Cocoon and Soma.
“My inspiration for Balance 22 stems from listening to the “Back To Mine” compilation series of the previous decade” he reveals. “A particular memory was imprinted on me from a long car journey back from the beach with friends when we listened to one of the releases without speaking for two hours, completely lost in the whole magic of the day together.” In keeping with the timeless nature of that series and other inspiring mix CDs, he was keen both to clearly mark his own stamp on the compilation and to avoid disposability and transience in its content. “I didn’t want too many of the latest hottest tracks in the mix, so I basically made a selection of moments that have had the biggest impact on me and attempted to weave them into a cohesive structure that might connect on the same level that I had experienced them. Every track has been edited by me so I wasn’t held back by overlong arrangements built for the club, opting instead for the immediate impact that could still be attained as one body of work.”
Disc 1 gets down to serious business with no delay, Sandberg’s way with atmospherics and groove immediately brought to the fore in his remix of Hawkinson’s Introduction. This first set focuses squarely on the myriad flavours of techno and deeper house that permeate a typical Funk D’Void set, with melody served up in a subtle fashion amidst throbbing, inviting rhythms. It’s techno for the heart, head and soul as well as the body – the way its pioneers intended it. Indeed, nods to Detroit come early on through Monty Luke and Underground Resistance mainstays Los Hermanos, those gentle melodies soon building to the unbridled euphoria and old skool breaks of Chris Malinchak’s Razor. He plays with the listener’s emotion across the mix, weaving between dark and joyful, taking things deep with plodding analog basslines and an exclusive cut from rising name Arkist.
John Tejada’s re-rub of Soy Mustafa’s ‘Return Of The Annunaki’ tingles the spine before we head deeper into hypnotic territories courtesy of Moodymanc and Exercise One & Mathew Jonson. Out of the murky depths of the mid-section rise the splashy disco hi-hats and filtered loops of Sam Matters’ hazy Weight Off My Mind and some ethereal beauty from Chymera. Pezzner’s Only With Your Eyes injects some organic instrumentation as a contrast to the electronic textures of the rest of the disc, and Sandberg’s edit of Vince Watson’s A Very Different World brings those sumptuous melodies back to fore as we reach this first disc’s climate. Tony Lionni’s sublime Loving You guides us to a heady crescendo with its bold lead lines and chords, before our host finishes off with an exclusive rolling funk-fuelled remix of his classic Diabla by Ireland’s ever-impressive Psycatron.
The second disc of this stunning selection pulls at that glistening, euphoric thread that teases throughout the first disc and lets it run rampant over a beautiful selection of slo-mo, sun-licked tracks that make for a masterful sunset or sunrise set. Kolombo’s Waiting For sets the charmed Balearic vocals to work, with Italo synth bass and sensual arpeggios resplendent in Lee Webster’s Delve thereafter. We journey through the funk of Lovebirds’ Running Backwards and the sweeping atmospherics of Vince Watson’s epic Celtic Beauty before the tempo suddenly lurches into the prettiest of all dubstep on our DJ’s own exclusive edit of Joash’s Assassin. An exclusive Joris Voorn cut momentarily continues the pacier theme, before Sandberg slips into his Francois Dubois guise to take us into lush deep house territory.
Stunning synth work abounds in Rhythm Maker’s Alles Mainstream, with some Patrice Scott ambience then leading into vintage Rob Acid grit, and next bouncing disco in Soundstream’s Making Love. We have a brilliantly eclectic mix here, all the tracks united by a gentle seductiveness that refrains from ever overpowering. There’s room for some more low-slung bassline grooving as we reach the conclusion, Dennis DeSantis’ wonderfully subtle You Say providing a delectable parting shot which again underlines Funk D’Void’s love of tangible emotion in house and techno music.
Funk D’Void has clearly stamped his identity on the Balance series here, deftly displaying the two distinct ends of his musical spectrum of which he effortlessly finds the happy medium. “Making such a contribution to such a revered physical CD series I felt that I had to offer something that would transcend the constraints of some of the fickle, fashionable sounds of today’s electronic music scene and record something that would be hopefully still be as welcoming as seeing an old friend over the years upon repeated listens. If some of these sounds reach you in the way they have stayed with me, then my purpose in compiling them has been fulfilled.”
We hooked up with Mr Black to talk turkey and delve deep into the man machine that is Blackasteroid, He sites taking cues from artists such as Panasonic, Aphex Twin and Speedy J, as well as the more experimental, ambient and avant-garde nodes of techno, BlackAsteroid is a multi-referential project that will continue to evolve and redefine itself. ‘Black Acid’ is the forthcoming EP on Electric Deluxe… (more…)
Knowing all too well that two -or in this case three- heads are better than one, Electric Deluxe are proud to announce ‘Deception EP’, a new collaboration from Droid brothers Raíz and Jeff Derringer.
Though Raíz first appeared—on record—only a few years ago, for a decade now Vidal & Vangelis Vargas, together with Drumcell, have been flying the flag for the west coast techno community as Droid Behaviour—the much touted event collective and label based in LA. Initially operating as the live PA outfit Acid Circus, utilising a blend of hardware and digital programs the pair have long established themselves both as formidable performers and astute producers, with a characteristically dynamic and streamlined approach to sound design. Years of classical training and a rich bed of musical influences also inform the Raíz sound, which takes its cues from Detroit and the deeper side of techno. (more…)
‘RVMPD2′ sees the likes of Primal Scream, Miles Dyson,Basement Jaxx, Missy Elliot, Skrillex, Chemical Brothers, Thomas Bangalter, and Adele, respectfully torn to pieces by Elite Force, and cleverly stitched back together to form a unique dancefloor patchwork.
With such diverse names as Joss Stone, Etienne de Crecy, Freestylers, Nero, Benny Benassi, Flux Pavilion, Muse, and Daft Punk thrown into Elite Force’s brilliantly unforgiving blender, ‘RVMPD2′ is an electronic music album like no other.
You can now download the full album or each single as you wish CLICK HERE. The mix is coming very soon via pulse radio and then later via download from our website…
Streaming soundcloud previews:
Soundcloud whole EP link:
Rotterdam – Belfast EP part 1 is the result of two day studio session with Secret Cinema in Psycatron’s Belfast based studio. Two days of playing around with synths, recording everything that goes on and cutting and pasting it all into a big fat sounding project. The result was three absolutely banging tracks with a unique sound. Proper gems…
Two of those tracks can be found on Gem Records. The third will be released on Psycatron’s own Inflyte Records towards the end of June as Rotterdam – Belfast EP part 2. The introduction of another quality techno label to the scene is very welcome!
“Toy Soldiers” is best described as banging Detroit techno with lots of melody and lots of drive. The bright yet warm synths are a contrast to the heavy pumping kick and quirky sound effects. You’ve got to love this track’s uniqueness. “Nova-K” is more of a hypnotizing groove that features a mysterious sounding arpeggiator and a spacey soundscape over a funky rhythm and bassline. Both tracks are equipped with the tools to create some quality dance floor insanity. Buy on beatport or sample below (more…)
This 1993 Techno classic gets reworked by Green Velvet & Phil Kieran.
Vocals by Rev. Trotter of the southside of Chicago.
Interested in making something totally different from his Cajmere moniker and other stuff, Green Velvet created Relief as an offshoot to his Cajual records in 1993. The first Relief release was also his first Green Velvet production, 1993′s ‘Velvet Tracks’ which came from a name given to him by a girlfriend’s dad, emerged as the flamboyant, neon-haired electro punk.
Whetting appetites for Works—Brendon Moeller’s ninth studio album and his first full-length for Speedy J’s compound techno stable—Electric Deluxe present The ‘Wanderer EP’, with remixes from CLR’s Tommy Four Seven and Argentine vanguard Jonas Kopp.
Since relocating to New York from South Africa, Moeller has spent the last twenty years cultivating his dub techno legacy. As Beat Pharmacy and Echologist he has employed jazz, afrobeat and psychedelic semblances to redefine Basic Channel foundations, whilst producing a stockpile of records under his own name for labels like Echocord, Mule and Third Ear Recordings.
In 2009 Moeller launched Steadfast, which has continued to be a platform for his more diverse projects—including the deep house collaboration with Chicago-based Area, as Lightness, and his last Echologist album, Subterranean.
Today bass head extraordinaire, and perennial firefly favourite Elite Force announced and launched the much anticipated RVMPD2 Project. Little was known about what it would actually entail until the very last minute, when a website with a big fuck-off countdown reached it’s target and the project was born.
RVMPD2 is basically a peaktime excursion through Elite Force’s unique record bag taking in artists as diverse as Primal Scream, Skrillex, Chemical Brothers, Zoo Brazil, Thomas Bangalter, Basement Jaxx & even Adele. You’ll also find the likes of Flux Pavillion, Stanton Warriors, Doctor P, Umek, Muse and Nero, duelling for bass-space on this utterly infectious mix (sure to appear at a later date we think!).
We’ve had a sneak preview, and as with the first album these are all tracks of genuine top quality … so don’t snooze on it & get the first in the series now [Thomas Bangalter, Elite Force, Mord Fustang - Lick The Scratch] at
There’s also a wicked video that was released a few days prior to RVMPD2′s launch … check it out on Elite Force’s Youtube Channel : http://www.youtube.com/djeliteforce
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After an amazing year for Phil Kieran Recordings, and destroying the charts with series#01, Kieran is back with a new EP ‘light’ (more…)
Preview this release and listen to Bedrock tracks on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/bedrock_rec
1. Eterna 06:50
2. But Her Fly 05:24
(Bedrock Digital) Beddigi16
Release 23.01.12 (more…)
see album mini site here http://www.thepetebox.com/futureloops
If you thought Jet Project had disappeared into their own slipstream after a slew of recent killer remixes for the likes of Ramon Tapia, Bubba and club storming singles supported by everyone from Loco Dice to Marco Carola, no need to worry. They have actually been holed up in their studio hangar writing and recording their new long player for Snatch! which kicks off here by unleashing the funk-laced single www.snatchrecords.com. (more…)
THISISTECHNO – VCMG…
Depeche Mode co-founders Martin Gore and Vince Clarke (who quit the band in 1981, and went on to form Yaz/Yazoo and Erasure) have come together for a techno project under the name VCMG. In advance of a full-length next year, they’re releasing an EP called Spock on December 13 through the revitalised Mute inprint. The EP’s titular track, which will also appear on a the full-length, is here.
Riva Starr Fatboy Slim (feat. Beardyman) – Get Naked (Dub Mix) (download click here)
As the recession bites further into our nation’s livelihood here is a quick fashion tip from the experts…
Stop fighting against your clothes, break away from the tyranny of brands and free yourself from fashion fascism… And just do it.
GET NAKED!!!! (more…)
‘Rocket Science’ Ep features the lead track Rocket Science (Part One), with a bonus track ‘Church Organ Nightmare’ plus a special collaborative remix with Max Cooper.
Italian Pirupa is on a hot run of form… his last outing for Nick Curly’s Cecille was one of the most charted tracks of the month over on respected website Resident Advisor, so it’s no wonder he’s been snapped up for this new EP on Riva Starr’s Snatch following outings on Defected, Cècille, Viva Music, Saved
‘Money’ is warm, churning tech house at its best. There’s a muffled sense of euphoria in the synths and plenty of funk from start to finish. It’s a floor filling tune for sure, and so too is ‘Get My Love’ with its female vocal, slinky tech percussion and wobbling synth lines.
‘Break Mambo’ is a more broken beat, with thuddy kicks patting out a rhythm as crisp percussion jiggles about above. It’s unhinged, with some Snatch! Ready horns and instrumentation colouring the stop-start groove at the mid-point.
This is a well rounded package offering something for all sorts of dancefloors at all times of day. So too is it a another winning effort from the on form Pirupa… (more…)
Artist: Paul Woolford & Psycatron
Label: Hotflush Two
Cat number: HFT018
Format: 12” Vinyl, Digital
Release date: 24 Oct 2011
02. Stolen (Dub Mix)
03. Stolen (Dub Mix 2) [digital only]
Hotflush presents a special collaboration between two modern-day techno innovators: Paul Woolford and Psycatron. Both maintaining an influential discography on labels such as Planet E, Intimacy, Tresor, and Bedrock, they’ve come together to produce “Stolen”, a nine-minute techno excursion. Utilising relentless, throbbing percussion that sizzles over growling, acidic synthesis and carefully placed samples, it’s presented in three distinct versions, introducing filter-swept chords in the Dub Mix, and an even deeper submersion in the second Dub Mix that perfectly eclipses the raw temperament of the original. (more…)
Special Collector’s Limited Edition — Out 31st October
New Double A-Side Single
“The Right Thing (featuring Inyang Bassey)” & “After”
Out 12th December (more…)
“Like an indie hovercraft powered by amphetamine guitar- The Times
“Thrumming Krauty alt rock that knows the value of thrill” – NME
“Listening to Nottingham Swimming is like going on a kind of magical, out-of-this world adventure- Rock Sound
‘Neutron Wireless Crystal’ is to be the second single from Nottingham’s trailblazing five-piece Swimming, released on October 16 via Tummy Touch Records (Tom Vek, Groove Armada).
Swimming’s first single – ‘Sun in the Island’ – came out on New York’s influential EVR Records earlier this year. It received across-the board spot plays on Radio 1, and support from the likes of NME, The Fly and The Times. New single ‘Neutron Wireless Crystal’ picks up where its predecessor left off, but expands the band’s kaleidoscopic horizons once more. Named after the crystals used in early transistor radios “the first instruments of modern-mass-communication” this is a textured and imaginative blend of swirling synths, psychedelic rock, drum machines and intense, melodic pop. (more…)
After the huge success of “free yourself ” which sat comfortably in the top 10 on beatport for several weeks “michael jackson ” is the second installment from the mighty Green Velvet and Phil Kieran collaboration.
This time they take a new direction from the first release , “michael jackson ” from the outset with the name screams that these two experienced producers are here to play games with you and have a bit of fun.
Its influences stem from 80′s electro, disco, and chicago house and stay firmly on the dance floor tip. The production and ideas make it stand out to give an original, fresh new sound. Its already picking up big support, this is one for the real music fans and will be sure to shake down any dance floor across the planet.
check out the video here
Sample on beatport here