So ok, a brand new label launched onto the world by Javi Bora. And it’s called Too Many Rules, which in my book sounds about the perfect estimation. The music, as the title indicates, provides sizzling, edgy House Music. The kind you want served up just at the right moment. The kind to get lost in. The excellent, Chicago begins by sequencing a Disco past, yet mangles it all up in the blend, with forceful drums plus chugging basslines informing a positive future. Huxley is on hand to reconstruct the intention, dropping much of the disco while adding a bit more tech, bar the drop which stabs right where it hurts. The title track, RAW then rolls out hot basslines alongside frisky, nervy drums which enviably climax out of all proportion. This time it’s Davina Moss who delivers a techier take and once again delivers a fevered set of rhythms to ignite the dancefloor.
Seeking instant gratification? You’ve come to the right place. Tibi Dabo’s brilliant new release for Rebellion gets under your skin right from the very moment it begins. There’s something in the way those twisted, synthesized notes weave their way around the electronic pulses, which glue themselves together to the words kick and drum, that instantly reward the senses. And furthermore the way the arrangement dips and dives into different corners as disco hi-hats fight for recognition against the illuminating array of ideas plus diverse sounds on offer. Next, is the rather sublime No Mantra featuring amongst its many attributes a finely tuned piano sitting alongside a taught bass and words that feel like they’re telling you something good. Excellent.
Release: August 3
The enviable warmth of emotion that greets you upon hearing the title track to this latest release from Moodymanc’s alternative guise is sheer delight. The sequence of heart wrenching, cinematic styled strings and delicate percussion are then defiantly toppled by cavernous, rumbling double-bass and plucked nirvana, amid the biting sizzle of rough and ready hi-hats. The Club Mix sees a tougher approach via the addition of a truly thumping kick drum while all the jazzy goodness remains proudly resolute. Next comes a re-visit to JCub’s excellent Mestizo and a remix care of Tony Lionni who takes things in a suitably deeper direction accompanied by breezy horn blasts, as the air of hot keys and summer days inform the rest. And as a digital bonus you’re also treaded to a final version of Evans Above in the shape of a Club Dub which does exactly that. More beautiful strings and more tinkling keys please. Thank you.
Never mind tweet tweet this collection of nature inspired numbers all hit base beginning with the thought-provoking Natural Playground setting the scene. In ways it’s a curious blend of child-like chatter, buzzing, humming creatures offset by deft piano, rumbling low-end theory and pulsating percussion alongside the charming notes emanating from a jazzy, breathy Saxophone. The oozing waves of emotional rollercoasters via Glade Hollow roll on next as more punchy percussion underlies warm, evocative voices and compelling ambient atmospheres. While, Moonlight Sanctuary again feeds your imagination with sights and sounds as the brisk drums and poignant, undulating keys of the title track end with rolling rhythms and an invitation to do as you please – though possibly horizontally. All are first rate productions which make a most pleasant change to the clatter of trying too hard music.
Release: August 17
Forming a part of Juha Puuperä and his sonic output I want to use the word music to describe this yet can’t seem to grasp it. In many ways this informs more of an experience, albeit a startling one, which journeys into terrains of sound. Unsettling, Brutal, Unforgiving. But rewarding, thought-provoking escapism that will thrust you forward into somewhere else entirely. Perhaps even into a different reality, it’s that powerful. Please don’t expect gentle, wistful melodies or reaching to be a star Tech. This runs much deeper than that. God knows where, upon completion, it will all end up? Although there are moments which dissolve into light relief, you just need to know where to look. Listen below. The feeling might never leave you.
Release: Limited-edition cassette + digital on July 31.
Hello and welcome to Magazine Sixty, Luuk. You recently celebrated your 22nd birthday at Shelter in Amsterdam. How did it all go? And can you tell us about your connection to the City and to the Club?
Thank you for having me. Well, that was quite a night haha, for me it was such an important night, because I made my debut at the club in December ‘17 with Denis Sulta and I couldn’t believe they offered me to program a night in their massive club at my birthday. For me it’s one of the best clubs on Dutch territory, wicked sound system and party vibes all night long. I invited one of my all-time faves Subb-An B2B Adam Shelton so that was already one of the best gifts I could ever ask for my birthday. Julian Alexander for the warm up, Ash & Adam on peak and me on the closing duties, dancing till the early morning with all my friends and the best crowd. Moving to Amsterdam was a good move, I’ve met the most kind people, got to see the best dj’s play and all that just within 20 mins cycling tops. That’s why this city is so amazing, nightlife=Amsterdam.
You played WOMB in Japan back in May. How do you approach DJ’ing in a different part of the world? Do you believe music is a universal language, or do certain countries (or even cities) have particular nuances?
That was one epic night, I could play everything I wanted and people went nuts. Just what you want and need as a DJ. In Holland you can notice that every city likes something else. For example in Utrecht people dig the more underground groovy house sound a lot and in Rotterdam the crowd loves a bit more techy vibes. In Amsterdam it just depends on the night and club. That’s what I love about DJ’ing, every set is different and 80% of the time you don’t know what to expect. When I’m playing an all-nighter you will hear me playing groovy minimalistic vibes for the first couple of hours, then it’s just House & Tech House, then I could get a little bit more melodic and if I feel like, you could hear me playing techno for the last 1 or 2 hours. I think it’s really important every city, country is different. It keeps DJ’s fresh and sharp.
Your sets encompass a diverse range of sounds. Which artists have been the most important influence to your style? Are there any musicians or artists outside of the world of electronic music which have also informed you?
I’m into a lot of different music, mainly electronic music of course but if I’m listening to music myself you can find me hearing a lot of Hiphop, Disco, Jazz, Funk you name it. The most important thing for me that the music has soul in it or if it makes me just ‘jack my body’ I’m more than okay with it haha. DJ’s who I look up to the most are Jamie Jones, Kerri Chandler, Apollonia and The Martinez Brothers. Musicians who I inspire me are Kendrick Lamar, Biggie Smalls, Billy Cobham and Jamiroquai. As long as it’s good music I’ll love it.
How would you say that your generation of DJ’s and the Clubbers you play to have differed from the previous? Are things the same but different, or have they evolved into something else?
I think this question isn’t relevant to me because I’m just 22 years old and only 5/6 years in the scene now, of course I’ve seen footage about raves from back in the days but I never experienced those in real life. I guess with music it’s just a cycle, every 15 years or so the sound changes back to its roots. I always look back to tracks from 10/20 years ago, I just absolutely love the oldskool sound.
You run your own night PUUR, in Hiversum. Tell us about the philosophy behind the night?
2 years ago a very good friend of mine came to me with the idea to throw parties in my hometown Hilversum. We wanted to give something back to the dance scene in Hilversum because there was no underground scene at all. The concept was a full on experience, theme based. So one edition you were at a supermarket, the next time you were in a car garage. I headlined and I invited local talents and sometimes bigger artists. After doing 12 editions in 3 different cities we thought it was a wrap, we decided to throw one more party and we’ve put all our last money in it, it was one hell of a emotional night but damn it was epic haha. Now it’s just time for something new 😉
Do you ever think watching DJ’s on the internet will ever replace Clubbing?
Never really thought about this to be honest, but I’m sure it will never replace the real deal. Of course it happens a lot now, you see livestreams everywhere and it’s a great way promoting your event or just for fun. Also it’s a cool way to educate kids with good music (depends on which stream of course haha) and see dj’s play although they can’t go to clubs because of their age. But nothing compares to a good dj bringing energy to an ill-lighted club with a massive sound system.
And finally. Please share with us your future plans for yourself both as a Producer and DJ?
Things are going next level now and this summer is looking so good! Playing festivals like Awakenings, Welcome To The Future, Mysteryland, STRAF_WERK and a lot of the top 20 festivals in Holland. Also there’s a lot of new music coming out, which I’m really happy about.
Luuk van Dijk’s Parallax EP (featuring a remix by DJ Skull) is out 20th July via Hot Creations. You can listen/pre-order the EP here
Warning: the message contained here feels somewhere between an exalted prayer and an explosive revolutionary tract. Either way you’ll love the brilliant, stunning intent. Afterall, Attitude is most welcome in these days of safe, boring box ticking. So it’s not surprising to say that the music smoulders, sounding dark and heavy, as the voices proudly proclaim the testament. This most definitely is, in a word of three syllables, excellent. There’s nothing much else to say. Listen to the record.
Release: July 20
I’ve always loved Lisa Shaw’s voice since her Naked Music days, as I’m sure you have too. Consequently this Summerchill remix by Mannix of the more recent 2016 number pulls on the heartstrings, tearing worlds apart, creating a sense of urgency that contrasts perfectly with the music’s beautiful, breezy warmth. You could mention the letters R&B (plus that kind of tempo) but why restrict such a gorgeous piece of music (and song) by a label. The strings are of the calibre of Burt Bacharach, the keys are simply sublime, while the voice is soulfully exquisite in ways that you almost forget about when listening to so much of today’s voice-less electronic output. The only downside is that there are only four minutes of this ecstasy.
Release: July 16 on Traxsource promo. Full release July 30.
The third retrospective set of remixes by Freerange co-head Jamie Odell (aka Jimpster) further completes the outstanding breadth of his output covering the years 2008 to 2017. There is a timeless quality to the music here which only goes to reinforce its strength and consequently the innate power of House Music, although there are certain keynote signatures which the artist employs setting both his own standards and distinctive flavours. While obviously taking cues from America there are determined UK and European hints to it all via the keys, beats and playfulness. And it is this distinction which enables the music stand out from the rest. Fair to say that there’s not a shallow moment contained across the entire selection from the techier movements of Kasper Bjørke – Alcatraz, through to the tougher version of Josh Wink’s excellent – Jus Right, and certainly not forgetting his outstanding rework of Andre Lodemann – Where Are You Now, to highlight but just a few. Proving that music does not exist in decimals in-between numbers and robustly works, or not, as decibels on its own merits this latest compilation arrives primed and ready for the seasons determined heat. The package also contains a continuous mix by the artist himself, so there is really no excuse not to…
Release: July 13
Sometimes, occasionally a record ignites your heart within the first few seconds it plays. Other times it can take repeated listens to fully grasp the idea being conveyed. So I guess it’s that purely emotional point that strikes the right chord here. A Says Hello sets the scene with chiming keys which lift your expectation as the tastefully crafted Kick Drum and rubbery bassline drop into the equation, and from there on in it is pure delight. Cool But So… follows with a Jazzier intention soaring in amongst the shuffling, notable drums with Chaos In The CBD remixing, injecting a more furious energy into its summer grooves. Finally, the poignant thought provoking sequences of Below The Underdog complete this great release of sounds and emotive quality.