James Barnsley (Vessel Records)

10658986_1065127926850255_1556834514836240603_oYou recently played at the Made In Leeds festival. Tell us about how you became involved with that and how your set went?

Yes, Made in Leeds is a fairly new festival in Leeds which has arenas hosted by some of leads longest running club nights. Being a Back to Basics resident I have played the last two and played there for the last and both times its had a great crowd in our tent and its always gone right off.

https://soundcloud.com/james-barnsley/back-to-basics-at-made-in?in=james-barnsley/sets/dj-mixes-and-podcasts

vesselYou have just set up your own label Vessel Records. What’s the idea behind the name and how have you found the process of setting up a label in 2015?

The label name is a story in itself so to summarise it came about back at my house after the Back to Basics 23rd birthday, the name refers to a kayak me and my label partner Owen bought so I’ll leave it there for now if thats OK ha. The process has been frustrating in the main though thats due to the level of detail we’re putting into it to get it right from the off. We’ve got some great original work in production current and in the pipeline so its really starting to gather momentum.

Your new release for the label: In The Woods EP features two new tracks. Can you talk us through how you produced one of them?

Both tracks are made using analogue machines. Both have really hooky bass lines. ‘Dinadon’ using a 303 the track ‘Colorado’ which i made with Scan Mode was a really enjoyable collaboration and the Bass line was actually recorded by Scans girlfriend on an Old Korg Prophesy which sounds amazing in the club.

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Where did you learn about production? And can you tell us about your favourite pieces of software/ hardware?

I learnt about music production thru trial and error I guess. I think it comes down to my experience as a DJ knowing what I want or need for my sets in the clubs and playing with different ideas and sounds. I have worked with some really good producers in the past and always pick up something new when I’m in the studio with them. My favourite piece of hard ware is my Roland TR-909 which I bought from techno legend Dave Angel. Its beats!

jamesWhat are your plans for expanding the label?

With Vessel I plan to do a solid bunch of releases over the next twelve months and currently in talks with a few promoters about our Vessel label parties which I am very excited about.

Who are your main influences both inside and outside of Dance Music?

Inside Dance music I have quite a few influences, its not always particularly about the music they play but about their attitude towards doing what they do and how they do it and doing what is true to them and going with it. Outside dance music I am also a very keen snowboarder and have big respect for the likes of Jeramy Jones and Travic Rice who really push the limits of human kind and take things to the next level. My Grandad Barnsley who we sadly lost to cancer last year is also still a massive influence to me.

How would you describe your time as a resident at Back To Basic’s and the influence that the club still holds?

My time as a Basics resident has been fantastic. Playing to the crowed is always a pleasure and really gives me a great platform to experiment with new tracks.

Where can people hear you play next?

We are hoping to announce our first Vessel parties very soon so stay tuned.

http://vessel-records.com

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Psychemagik feat. Renegade
Black Noir Schwarz
Crosstown Rebels

CRM_121_LabelADon’t quite know why it took me a second listen but in love with this now. Psychemagik are producer’s you clearly pay attention too while having set the world alight with their diverse approach to music making that always keeps you second guessing. In this instance devilish House beats and delicious rumbling Bass feel all the more addictive care off an invigorating arrangement of punchy vocal edits and off the wall effects. Remixes come care of Tensnake who gives it a more sinister twist and the excellent Minéo who then adds a creative, funky groove to the title.

release: March 10

http://www.psychemagik.com
www.crosstownrebels.com

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System2
Smoke & Mirrors EP
System2

Debuting on their brand new label Manchester’s System 2 give House Music a definite twist with the inclusion of funky breaks à la James Brown style. That and the cutting horn stabs lend it all a distinctive funkiness which oozes 70’s grittiness that’s so hard to capture authentically. Pounding and relentless this sits neatly between House and Hip-Hop as vocal snippets tease you into defying the possible distinctions. Hanfry Martinez then stokes the tension further via his remix that gives the breaks and bass a crisper edge feeling all the more vital for it. Nobodies Freakin, plays with those same influences on another original production that you can’t help but move to, leaving Body to end with a more challenging groove befitting of the EP’s serious intent.

release: mid March

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https://soundcloud.com/system2-1/sets/system2-001

Various Artists
Future Disco Vol. 7 – ‘Til The Lights Come Up

Number seven in the series continues with the concept that in ways sums up the place where everyone seeks to be: Future Disco. And opening with Sonny Fodera feat. Cajmere super sassy ‘You’re The One’ is a hard act to follow but the one thing this compilation isn’t short on and that’s flair as Sean Brosnan’s mix traverse’s the highlife. For me the moodier moments are all the more intriguing such as the Psychemagik remix of Mirror People ‘Kaleidoscope’ but then the irresistible funk from the likes of  Benoit & Sergio’s ‘Shake Shake’ comes a pretty close second. For some reason this compilation seems more diverse than the previous with happy peak-time tracks easily offset by a wider selection of styles, leaving the haunting tones of Tale Of Us & Clockwork ‘Lost Keys’ to end on an amazing low note.

release: February 24

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Weisz²
El Vagabundo feat. Pablo J
Luv Lite

This stunning production contains everything I love about nightclubs. From the Latin inspired percussion to the Flamenco styled guitar coupled with deep basslines these 9 minutes of sheer Balearic pleasure are a joy from start to finish. Scan Mode Sound Sistema Dub follows by stripping down to essentials on what is another equally irresistible take. Two versions from Portugal’s Jepe then follow and finish, although it’s hard to choose between the weirdness of the Intercontinental Planetary mix or the House rhythms of the Red Sand Mix. Sunshine music.

release: March 10

http://www.luvliterecordings.com

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