Hippie Torrales Q&A

Posted: 24th March 2015 by gregfenton in Questions & Answers
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hippie1The legendary Zanzibar opened in August 1979. What was it like being a resident there and do you have a particular favourite memory of the club?

I was the opening jock of Zanzibar, so it was probably my most memorable night.

How did you first get into producing?  And can you remember what the studio’s you used at the time were like?

I first got into remixing, before producing and the studios were some of NY’s finest.

Turntable Orchestra’s ‘You’re Going To Miss Me’ is a favourite of many people to this day. What can you tell us about how the record was created?

In the summer of 1988 Joe Rodriguez of Music Village record shop, had just started up his new label Music Village records and asked me if I would do an original song for the label. I borrowed a keyboard and drum machine from my partner, Nelson “Butchie” Nieves, went to my house and started writing. First I did the drums, then the bass and finally the lyrics. That was the first song I wrote. I recorded it at Sensations Studios in Newark, NJ. My engineer and co-writer was Paul Scott.

Can you tell us about the idea behind your software development company Perfonix and how it’s progressing?

hippie2Perfonix grew out of my desire of making Crossover mixing (mixing with just the bass on the crossover up or the highs only) much cleaner. I created or discovered that style in NJ around 1976. It became my trademark. Later my students (David Camacho & Naeem Johnson) took it and spread it to other areas. I wanted to be able to cleanly mix with just the kick drum of a record or just the hi hats. I looked into doing it with vinyl and spent much time working it out. Realized it would take too much money to create new vinyl mastering machines and new turntable to read the format so I shelved the idea (that was 20 years ago). Then I started college about 3 years ago and realized I can do what I wanted much quicker with digital audio files. So I started experimenting and finally worked out a formula and player. Now we have a patent pending and working app.

How did you first people in touch with Radio: which DJ’s and shows first inspired you?

I did not listen to radio when I started DJing. My first experience was a club in Jersey City, NJ called El Central. It was my 8th grade graduation and they allowed us in for that special event. I heard continues music for the first time and it blew me away. I had to find how it was done. A friend of mine knew the Dj and told me I can take you to talk to him. So we went to the Dj booth and DJ Angel (RIP) showed me how it worked. I was hooked from that moment. After that my influences were Flamingo Joe, Richie Kazcor and Tom Savarese.

You currently do a weekly internet radio show on cyberjamz.com (Tuesday’s 10am till 1pm). What makes the show important for you, and why do you think Radio as a medium has lasted such a long time?

I do my show because it allows me to do two things. One, keep up with the new music I get and Two, it is a away of giving back to the club community.

What for you makes a great DJ? And how would you describe your style of playing music?

Great is a strong word. I think there are plenty of skilled and excellent Dj’s. What makes one standout to me is their skill and conscious awareness. By conscious awareness I mean that they influence younger people with their life style and words and choose to be a positive example to them.

Where can people get to hear you DJ next?

I usually put up where my next gig will be on my Facebook page. People can like my DJ Hippie Torrales page and keep up with all I do.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-Hippie-Torrales/251703774859445
https://twitter.com/HippieTorrales
https://www.facebook.com/perfonix
http://www.residentadvisor.net/profile/hippietorrales

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Single of the Week

Seth Troxler
Evangelion
Rumors Records

I just happened across this today, by possible accident, and so glad I did. For this is an outstanding production of ideas, sounds and sheer bravado. It’s uncompromising, includes some beautifully random classically-tuned piano along with not so delightfully twisted vocals, and simmers with ecstatic Acid tension painting a climatic, cinematic portrait that sits in a class all of its very own. Matt Jonson & Jesse Heartthrob provide the remix, with bouncy rhythms added to the equation, but for me its just relish in the Original version for now.

Release: March 30 on Vinyl, April 6 on Beatport Exclusive, April 20 Worldwide all stores

https://www.facebook.com/sethtroxlerofficial?fref=ts

Joeski
Erotic Sessions EP
Poker Flat Recordings

Joeski’s fabulous Acid infused XXX Part 1 kicks off this release with a deceptively uncomplicated arrangement, which in actual fact is brimming with creative tension amid a crisp clash of percussion accompanied by understated, brooding effects. Part 2, not surprisingly, continues to build the theme pushing the Acid lines, breathy vocals and caustic fx to the fore while in the process producing tantalising, hypnosis inducing Dance music. The excellent, Come On, finishes with more superb sound effects stretching out the stereo alongside more in the way of unrelenting drums.

Release: April 6
https://www.facebook.com/djjoeski73
http://www.pokerflat-recordings.com

Marlon Hoffstadt & Racquet
Crumble
DHA Records

If this is anything to go by then watch out for Deep House Amsterdam’s brand new DHA Records. The Original version comprises of melancholy, smoky vocals accompanied by fine bluesy guitar and captivating drums sounding both intriguing and compelling. Andre Lodemann’s remix then adds more energy and gritty Techno textures while stripping back the song, as Poupon takes it a step deeper with the more of the Originals’ ambience played out across tougher Dance beats and bass.

http://www.deephouseamsterdam.com

Ellen Allien
ALLIEN RMXS
Bpitch Control

Reimaging two of last year’s tracks from the Freak EP comes this latest release from the artists own Bpitch Control imprint. First up are AUX 88 who riff dark techno notation together with animalistic sound effects plus pulsating drum machines to sound heavy-duty yet infectious on Butterfly. Ejeca’s Acid version of Freak The Night does just that with trippy Acid sounds amid suitably electronic drums for your pleasure, as the Radio Slave remix transforms it all into something altogether more moody and atmospheric. The excellent LA Williams proceeds to turn it upside down again with pumping Chicago rhythms feeling energised and dangerous, with Radio Slave’s Acapella finishing off for good measure.

Buy: http://po.st/bpc313beatport
www.bpitchcontrol.de
www.facebook.com/EllenAllien

Todd Terry
Our House is Your House
Ministry Of Sound

Launching another Mix series for Ministry comes this rough retrospective of Todd Terry’s musical output. I can’t remember who coined the Todd Is God phrase but thankfully that was back in the sad old days of 90’s dance journalism. To put it basically though, Todd falls loosely into the pre and post Missing phase: the former representing those glorious Acid years from 1988 through to the tough Hard-House of the early 90’s and for me it’s that number of classics that are hard to beat – period. Try any of the Todd Terry Project productions and listen for yourself (including a couple of disappointing omissions from the T.T canon on this compilation below). The second CD has a selection of some of his current tracks and remixes, including three new tracks from Terry two of which are exclusive to the compilation: ‘Give Me A Reason’ feat. Robin S, and ‘Go Away’ featuring Martyna Baker. The shuffling rhythms espoused on his infamous Everything But The Girl remix is perhaps what he’s currently most celebrated for, and it’s maybe curious to note that those sounds are still contemporary in today’s climate? For a producer who helped define the landscape of House through the late 80’s and early 90’s (and for some beyond) is a big accolade for anyone to achieve. This compilation gives you the chance to sample that justification for yourself.

Release: March 30

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wAFF
Fat Gash EP
Hot Creations

waffSo ok, the title grabs your attention. But before you go getting all hot under the collar rest assured that the gash in question actually refers to the artist’s best friend (one Jey Kurmis). Back to the music and the title track is indeed an excellent combination of fiery drums, creative stereo effects, cool pulsating bass plus commanding vocals – an irrepressible production for sure. Next comes, Shabby which drives squelchy Acid bass into Detroit and comes up tasting of Berlin (via Leeds). While leaving the high energy rhythms of Connected to end this great release on a further high, ably assisted again by more captivating vocals, beats and bass.

Release: April 6

https://www.facebook.com/wAFFmusic
http://hotcreations.com

Urban Sound Lab.
Falling
Room Control Records

It’s not so often these days that the more traditional sounds of Soulful House (to use the clique) have anything new to say but these luscious harmonies are simply too hard to resist. Renn Washington supplies the honours with heartfelt abandon and does a first-rate rendition over some cool, shuffling Afro Beats for you to lose yourself in. The Dub is great too playing out the warm backing vocals over the punchy key driven rhythms, while an Alternative Mix adds provides another angle to it all.

Release:March 20

https://www.facebook.com/UrbanSoundLabmusic
https://www.facebook.com/roomcontrol

Sex Judas
Big Sex Thing EP
Marketing Music

Sex_Judas_-_Big_Sex_Thing_-_MLG023_cover-150Ejecting all sense of taste and decency (good) the wonderfully named Sex Judas sets the Disco balls spinning with this trip down into dancefloor ecstasy. Big Sex Thing is all about the feeling and this arrangement of 70’s punctuating synths and rolling bass set the scene perfectly for the baritone vocals to strut their stuff – you either love it, or you don’t I guess. Label head Tim Paris then supplies remix one with a darker infusion of Acid keys giving it all a moody, more contemporary edge, with the second remix from Arttu adding bouncier beats and further Acidic intensity to the equation. Next, Cocksucker Blues again detunes the vocals over fresher sounding twisted, synthesisers amid strains of rocky guitar to deliver another feverish production.

Release: April 6

http://mkgmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sex-Judas/207787179266274?sk=timeline

Ginger Johnson and His African Messengers
I Jool Omo
Freestyle Records

If you love rhythm, and who doesn’t, then you are going to fall in love with this. Life is great when it’s that simple. Historically an important figure with regards to the beginnings of The Notting Hill Carnival along with his own North London venue, Club Iroko. Plus, as an influence on Fela Kuti and having played with The Stones (performing live with them in 1969 at Hyde Park providing the percussion to ‘Sympathy For The Devil’) and Quincy Jones amongst many others. I Jool Omo feeds the percussive fire with a steady stream of sassy beats and life-affirming song, accompanied by horn blasts and raspy Latino flute lines all recorded in the late sixties. Talking Drum is the edgier of the two with less emphasis on harmony and more on banging those drums with horns and rocky guitar adding further tension.

Release: March 30

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Nacho Marco/ Roberto Rodriguez
That Smile/ Giving It All
Lazy Days Recordings

Celebrating ten years of almost anything these days is, of course, cause for celebration and this two track release continues with the second of the cumulative 10 by Ten series. Beginning with the aptly titled That Smile and Nacho Marco’s soulfully charged Acid grooves, which prove to be almost too hot to handle, this emotive seven plus minutes juxtaposes intense 303 attitudes alongside cool piano notes and feels refreshingly excellent. Next, Giving It All delivers deliciously wonky basslines amid undulating funkiness in the shape of effected keys and percussion, which increase energy levels as the production unfolds with the later introduction of vocals only fuelling the fire.

http://djnachomarco.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roberto-Rodriguez/6171688554?sk=timeline
https://www.facebook.com/fredeverything.lazydays

Nicuri
Orbital Chords
Growin Music

growinI get the sense that this isn’t so much good as great. Partly because it thinks outside of the box as something imagined on its own terms, not for cynicism. Three equally challenging pieces of music co-exist to form this debut release from (the mysterious) Growin Music starting out with the unpredictably beautiful Holding The Four Winds. Underscored by rough edged Techno beats it’s the swirling, soaring synthesisers that captivate the attention and feel little short of epic. Digital Crush, continues the theme again scoring high on atmosphere this time punctuated by drum hits and meandering percussion, leaving the excellent Walks On The Boulevard to finish on classy Deep House tones and a more traditionally executed arrangement of sounds.

Release: April

http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/nicuri

Marsupials & Marcus Raute
Together EP
Large Music

largeNaples based collective Marsupials and London’s Marcus Raute join minds to deliver four addictive slices of House for your pleasure via the always impressive Large Music imprint. The tough-edged title track takes centre stage with gritty beats and organ lines feeling increasingly intense as the addition of punchy stabs and vocal touches furnish the arrangement with all the necessary soul required. The Dub version then proceeds to strip it all back to basics revealing its deeper essence. Unless You Play picks up the pace next with brighter keys and sizzling hi-hats, while the 90’s inspired I Don’t Want You ends with yet more soulful vocals and biting organ hits feeling frisky and funky.

Release: March 30

https://www.facebook.com/MarcusRaute
https://www.facebook.com/marsupialsmusic
http://www.largemusicglobal.com
https://twitter.com/largemusic

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Terence :Terry: presents
Acid Heroes
La Vie En Rose

tAs a precursor to the forthcoming ‘House Couture’ compilation Terence :Terry: presents three dedications to the sound of Acid House which has so obviously generated a seismic impact on the DJ/ producer. The title track begings the journey by combining taught bass along with punchy machine drums and a voice recalling the 80’s heyday of House. Next, Cliché gets tougher with rolling basslines, insistent hi-hats and hypnotic vocals loops, leaving the gritty undulating funk of Testing The Water to complete this excellent release from the artists own La Vie En Rose.

http://lvrose.fr
http://www.deejay.de/LVR16_-_Terrence_terry_-_Acid_Heroes_Ep_-_Vinyl__175783

Tripmastaz
Ain’t Made 4 U
Yakazi

Pushing forward with their second release this fresh Barcelona imprint employs Tripmastaz trademark sounds for the follow-up. Typically unrelenting the title track soon captures your mind and body care off thumping beats and filtered excess that rapidly taps into your soul. Coupled with the occasional vocal this is both heavy and soulful enough to satisfy most, if not all. Remixes come from Christian Burkhardt & Andre Buljat who tweak the elements into a techier slant, and from HITCH who adds darker atmosphere’s to the arrangement. Second original, Live From The Basement unleashes more powerful beats and perky bass, while this time keeping you waiting across a tension busting seven (plus) minutes.

Release: March 16
http://tripmastaz.com
http://yakazi.net

Popescu & Santai
Charlie
Bikini Tracks

If hot beats and smoky rhythms inform your pleasure then this latest from Russian DJ and producer duo, Andrey Popescu & Alexander Santai is most definitely for you. Sparse notes and chords feel emotionally charged on their version leaving the relaxed voice-over plenty of space to breath. Italo Brutalo then supplies an excellent reworking with warmer instrumentation neatly complimenting the original. However, it’s the DJ Linus remix of Charlie that scores big-time by laying down the sort of irresistible grooves that qualify to shake you down along with the killer bass. That, plus an array of FX, sometimes voices and the occasional background atmosphere all combine to give this a deeply satisfying edge.

Release: March 15
https://www.facebook.com/Popescumusic
https://www.facebook.com/santaip

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Single of the Week

Monday Club
Blackout
VIVa MUSIC

VIVa115_artworkLuke May & Paul Sidoli aka the Monday Club are the perfect partnership to deliver what is essentially excellent Acid House with a vaguely contemporary twist – and that’s just fine by me. The title track obviously combines feverish Acid loops along with punchy drum machines and current production values that sequence fresh synthesisers lines together with the tried and tested. Luke Solomon then proceeds to extend the pleasure somewhat further across almost thirteen minutes of suitable craziness playing commanding Organ hits against shuffling percussion and gritty bass. Footprints is next with addictive vocals again riding the Acid intensity this time accompanied by moody pads and if anything feels even hotter than the title track. The deeper and sleazier Girls Jackin ends on immoral high with irresistible basslines plus adventurous vocals telling it like it is (or could be).

Release: March 16

https://www.facebook.com/VIVaMUSiCLabel
https://soundcloud.com/vivamusic

Larry Cadge
Attitude
Smiley Fingers

This great new release from Larry Cadge only gets better with the addition of the stunning animated video (see below). You can hear echoes of the timeless Manuel Gottsching plus Adeva in here as the excellent production delivers pounding beats amid more subtle touches lending the arrangement an enticing, hypnotic feel.

Buy https://pro.beatport.com/release/attitude/1468908

Monoplay
Trust Me
NOPASSPORT

3516-259979_600Another first rate release from this Moscow based label which again succeeds in blending a sense of individually alongside the most engaging music. First thing to be said of Trust Me is that it’s low-slung nature appeals very much to the horizontal with captivating drum rhythms combining with smoky, cool vocals producing an almost melancholy though tempting arrangement of words and sounds. Lost, is next and gets darker with moodier basslines plus background synth lines, leaving Fly to retain the tempo although this time adds more energy to the vocal that sits neatly alongside funky guitar licks.

Release: March 3 (Beatport)

http://nopassport.com

Pollyester
In My Boots (Remixes)
Disko B

DB172-Pollyester-Maxihülle-RZThis is GREAT. Not only because I loved the original’s Hi-Energy fun and cheeky words but because this new set of remixes simply develop and continue the theme. First and foremost is the WhateverWhatever Remix by Justin Strauss and Bryan Mette which delivers deliciously dark basslines, swirling synthesisers and heavy drums that set the vocal touches on fire on what is undoutbaly the standout version. Josh Druckman’s funky cowbell driven Outlier Inn Remix follows with a more playful groove that hits party central hard, as indeed does the self-explanatory Disco Edit of the original. Bartellow’s more up-tempo version ends.

Release: March 9

http://pollyester.net
http://wp.diskob.com

The original release.

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Single of the Week

Vince Watson
Eminesence EP
Yoruba

Eminesence 1500x1500Stunning release from the label sees Vince Watson’s opening track, A Moment With Lonnie surpass itself via an outstanding intro of gorgeous instrumental ambience that you just don’t want to stop. Eminesence, happens next with juicy House bass joined by funky percussion which soon expands itself into yet more blissful musicality, and then onto Calypso with its punchy vibes providing an alternative uplifting experience. Under The Skin completes the sequence with a tastefully jazzy inflected score that is round-about note perfect for the coming spring evenings.

Vinyl Release Date: 02-03-2015
Digital Release: 09-03-2015

https://www.facebook.com/vincewatsonmusic
http://yorubarecords.net

Shiba San
Planet Floor
DIRTYBIRD

Once you get past the deeply unsettling cover then this bass driven cut is a joy to behold. First up are the addictive, sizzling drums which are soon complimented by those compelling Chicago-style deep tones, plus the odd touch of vocal and slightly twisted keys for added extra measure. Show Me, Show Me, follows with even more unfeasibly big basslines which are this time accompanied by standout piano and pumping beats, along with a twisted breakdown that certainly reaches a peak. Either way, a completely first-rate experience.

Release: February 23
https://www.facebook.com/shiba.san

Mobilee Back To Back Vol. 9 – presented by Re.You

mobileeCompiling and celebrating their tenth year in existence the Berlin based label certainly has plenty to share in terms of both depth and excellence. Reshaped and remodeled by Re.You this two disc experience gives everything and more care off the sonically charged music contained with the first disc highlighting 2014. For me, if it was even Anja Schneider’s outstanding ‘Jimmy’ and Lee Van Dowski excellent ‘050504’ on a loop I’d be more than happy, but of course the label is about so much more with tracks from the likes of  Rodriguez Jr. and Ross Evans all feeling vital and contemporary. Re.You then comes into his own on the second disc by deconstructing and then re-imaging a handful of Mobilee’s back catalogue which are then reconstructed into two 30 minute mixes. Add to that excitement some brand new remixes along with hot Ninetoes collaboration, ‘Union’ and Volume 9 clearly makes for essential listening.

Release date: February 27

http://www.mobilee-records.de/
https://www.facebook.com/re.youmusic

Bravofox
Spyderman EP
Wiggle

Been around since Christmas (remember that) and having just been brought to my attention it would be amiss not to reignite your attention on this. Combining irresistible, dark smoky bass alongside Jamie Porteous’ teasing, breathy vocals which lend this great production a tantalising sheen on title track, Spyderman. Next comes the deeper, equally compelling Inside which plays meandering synth lines against sassy rhythms, and again feels lush and inviting. Next please.

Buy https://pro.beatport.com/release/spyderman-ep/1424492
https://www.facebook.com/bravofoxmusic

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Single of the Week

Maxxi Soundsystem
Medicine EP featuring Name One
Culprit

The ever excellent Culprit are once again on target with the labels 50th release from the equally first-rate Maxxi Soundsystem, and as per usual it’s his uniquely blended electronic funkiness that ignites all five senses on Medicine. The title tracks’ typically expanded bassline sucks you into another warmly produced; creatively enthralling production that sets them apart along with Name One’s commanding vocal lines. The empathetic Lone Raver follows with bubbling tension driven by the vocals, leaving Fading Thought to end it all with yet more lush, deep-ended bass plus smoky voices and rich pulsating electronics….

https://www.facebook.com/maxxisoundsystem
https://www.facebook.com/CulpritLA

Buy https://pro.beatport.com/release/medicine-ep-feat-name-one/1450437

Heizer
Fog EP
Soloman’s Forest Records

The second excellent release guaranteed to hit you hard this week is from the impressive Soloman’s Forest Records. Heizer supplies two excellent productions in the shape of The Fog plus Joshua with the former’s tempting rhythms feeling perfect night-time, played LOUD and the latter’s equally irresistible hypnotic arrangements sounding just as compelling. The EP’s title track is remixed by Lee Burton’s version which simmers with hot FX tension over taught grooves, while the second track gets made over via On.ket’s Secular Remix which adds twisted vocals to Techno rhythms and as you will hear leaves an indelible impression.

Release: March 2

https://www.facebook.com/SolomansForestRecords

John Bence
Disquiet EP
Other People

OP021_artworkWho wouldn’t like to be 19 and producing music of this calibre, which is just what – in the spirit of adventure/ defiance – Nicolas Jaar´s Other People achieves in releasing this startling assault on the senses from John Bence. Something reminds of something within this unsettling combination of orchestral instrumentation and dark layers of harmonious choir-like voices. It feels like the cinema with the picture missing, and perhaps the most telling indication of the music evoked is the image which adores the front cover.

Release: February 23

Sound clips available at https://other-people.net
https://www.facebook.com/bensemusic

Rosana Nun & J. Sanchez
Right Now EP
Malo Records

Feeling as abrupt at the title this rewardingly, moody production fuses dark undertones together with an emotive resonance which soon becomes addictive. Malo is based on Mallorca with a sound that touches upon a number a different bases and the moodier nature of the music is neatly revealed via the Dub of standout track Moments. The brisker Port then adds crunchy drums to more upbeat grooves raising the emotional content higher still. Listen below:

https://www.facebook.com/DjRosanaNun
http://malorecords.com

Moe Turk
Open Minded EP
Itom Records

Great new release from the Hungarian-based Itom Records which sees Moe Turk deliver heavy-duty percussion alongside deep organ and juicy bass for your pleasure. Christian Cardwell’s Piano Remix pushes the theme further with added vocal snippets filling out the rhythm plus cool piano chords warming up the emotions, leaving the Boo From Ill Cows Deep Down version to sequence punchier beats for the dancefloor along with perky hits of organ and piano doing likewise.

https://www.facebook.com/ItomRecordsOfficalPage

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diegoDiego Krause
Right About Now
Apollonia

Unison Wax main man debuts on the label with three equally quality productions that could just set the dancefloor on fire. The title track opens with crunchy drums but soon develops its emotions with tasteful keys complimenting the tough House rhythms perfectly.  Manitu, then adds more movement to the percussion to provide addictive listening, while Dreams completes the release with a combination of creative synths and more heavy-duty drums on the deepest but also possibly most compelling of the trio.

https://www.facebook.com/diegokrause
https://www.facebook.com/ApolloniaMusic

Sydney
Deeper Side To Life EP
Brise Records

Brise59-A bcExcellent new release from the ever impressive Brise with the title track from the EP sequencing sassy congo breaks together with warm, expanding chords and tech stabs alongside welcome human voices. A funky combination for sure, but also a deep and moody one with more than a twist of invention to the production. The Nightshift Remix then takes it up a gear with rolling bass adding heavier vibes to the darker elements of the original. Next, Serpente fuses break-beats with treated vocals and pulsating piano to again produce another imaginative arrangement of sounds. Label boss Helmut Dubnitzky provides a remix which adds fierce bass to a much moodier and excellent reworking.

Release: February

http://www.brise-records.com

Misfa Stereo
Something is Wrong
La Pitti Records

Two fresh new tracks from Neapolitan producer Pasquale Gargiulo aka Misfa Stereo go to make up this latest from La Pitti with the later F Is To Forget being the standout courtesy of the punchy beats and basslines adding tension to the organ punctuated grooves. The former, Something is Wrong feels less frantic with crisp snare hits and moody keys adding extra atmosphere. A remix comes care of Share Records’ Helder Teixeira who adds a more off kilter edge to the production via contrasting soulful vocals.

http://www.beatport.com/release/something-is-wrong/1451817

https://www.facebook.com/leftroom
http://www.lapittirecords.com

Armand Van Helden
Masterpiece
Ministry Of Sound

Expect the unexpected. So I don’t quite know why I was surprised to see that Van Helden’s three CD compilation for the Ministry series were titled: The Loft, Yacht Rock Don’t Stop, and Freestyle Forever. For obvious reasons it’s the first CD and its selection of House classics (I use the word advisedly) complete with Masters At Work, Earth People and Logic’s timely ‘The Warning’ that all provide reasons to acquaint yourself thoroughly with the mix. The Freestyle collection is then highlighted by the more obvious Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam ‘I Wonder If I Take You Home’ and Joyce Sims anthem ‘(You Are My) All And All’ and I guess it’s a pre-House sound you either love or not. And so to the Yacht Rock selection which, let’s face it, contains a number of breezy, uplifting classics (though also a fair share of cringe) despite the terrible genre name attached to them now. Consequently if Toto, Chicago, and The Doobie Brothers sound like your idea of heaven then you’re in luck…

Release: February 14
Pre Order here: http://smarturl.it/AVH_iTunes

One of Armand Van Helden’s 90’s classic records (not on the CD)

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Single of the Week

C’est Moi
This Song
Dessous Recordings

Alex Niggemann recording undercover as fresh alias C’est Moi hits the spot with this effortless combination of deep bass, shuffling beats and lush Detroit tones. When a song won’t satisfy the age tested addition of timely spoken words always suffices, which in this case adds that authentic human touch to the energised electronics. Dario D’Attis supplies the remix of This Song with rougher drums alongside a simpler arrangement of notes complimenting the voiceover nicely, leaving second track From A Bird’s Eye View to delve deeper with undulating keys and soulful vocals.

Release: February 2

www.alexniggemann.com
http://www.dessous-recordings.com

Superlounge
All On Me EP
Motek Music

Oliver Fritsche & Alex Bach aka Superlounge latest release for Motek is a blissful piece of music that no doubt stand the test of time. The words deep and moody apply here with the breathily spoken vocals only adding emotion to the equation; however the music is richly rewarding in its own right complimented by an excellent production of enticing, hypnotic sounds. A set of striking remixes come via Eric Volta’s sizzling electronics, Maher Daniel’s darker interpretation and from Hands Free & Kosmas progressive feeling tones.

Release: February 2

www.superlounge.info
https://www.facebook.com/MotekMusic

Hugo
Ultravogue EP
Gruuv

The EP’s title track is a provocative amalgamation of electronic sounds that all at once unnerves your sense of time and space via its clash of striking effects and creative rhythms. Thinking outside of the box results in an irresistible, if unsettling, listen from the producer and that theme is continued through to Pendulum featuring Heral, and again imaginative percussion keeps you guessing alongside an insistent vocal loop plus vibrating synths. Detlef then delivers a rough and tough remix that employs fierce hi-hats against unforgiving, pounding beats and bass for full dancefloor effect. To end the first-rate Metaloop adds a funkier sequence of plucked guitar and abrupt basslines completing the standout track on the EP for me with more a musical flair.

Release: February 2

https://www.facebook.com/gruuv

Trippy Soul
Paradox
Quanticman Records

Matusoiu Alexandru’s pseudo name gives the game away somewhat with spacey, far reaching rhythms feeling explorative and engaging as on the opening, certainly apt Cinema. The wordplay continues next with Paradox which again develops dark themes across moody electronics, as indeed does the proceeding Shamanism. The rhythmatic, Un Mit ends this captivating set of instrumentals which all succeed in their mission of creating intoxicating atmospheres and as such score high.

Release: January 31

https://www.facebook.com/quanticmanrecords
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Trippy-Soul/325463037464704?fref=ts

Jacob B
Breslau Cuts
Käse Kool

Brutal House Music, just the way we like it, sees Breslau-based producer Jacob B deliver three equally unrelenting tracks plus a remix from JMF. The self-explanatory ‘The Weapon’ kicks things off via heavy duty beats, cutting techno bass and a rave-era hoover stab that works surprisingly well. The aptly titled From The Underground follows with more harsh drums and staccato organ stabs on JMF’s addictive Fatty Rub, with the original version again hitting you with moody synths and classic House vocals. The Warehouse Stomp finishes with yet more uncompromising kicks alongside ‘muthafucker’ vocals just in case you were left in any doubt!

Release: February 7

https://www.facebook.com/Jacobbofficial
https://www.facebook.com/www.kaese.kool.de

Emika
‘Klavirni’
Emika Records

Taking a sideway step from Dance music production Emika has thankfully taken the time to share her keyboard skills with us. I say thankfully because this haunting selection of works is rather beautiful, in a melancholy sense, and also goes to prove that people who create Dance tracks can be real artists/ musicians too. The lone piano passages simply ooze with emotion and slightly remind me of the exquisite compositions of Erik Satie. That said, you can also hear modern motifs played but either it’s a definite pleasure to listen to. Try for yourself below – play loud or quiet.

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