Vernon Bara – Solar Dust – Tenampa Recordings

Raw District aka the artist originally known as Vernon Bara delivers two equally fiery cuts for this outing on the very fine Tenampa. Opening with the explosive temptation of Material World which sequences an array of dazzling, shimmering arpeggios into a positive frenzy of expectation it becomes easy to be excited by this captivating production of ideas and ideals. Supported by the throb of deep bass plus pounding drums all of which are hardwired via robust intent this suggests just as much as it excites. The more introspective and smouldering Solar Dust follows with a wave of pulsating synth lines, amid tough tribal punctuation and even a touch of free jazz, signalling a return to a more uncomplicated, minimal source of notation.

Release: November 20


Gabriel I (Tenampa Recordings)

Hello Gabriel and welcome to Magazine Sixty. Your label Tenampa Recordings has just released Dean Demanuele’s Tabula Rasa EP – which we had the honour of premiering recently. Tell us the story of how you came to sign the record?

Hey Greg, thank you.

Been a fan of Dean’s music since way back and got the opportunity to work with him a couple of years ago. We’ve released one of his EP’s (Blumen) back in 2015. Since then, we have been speaking regularly and have become friends. Thus far (with his latest Tabula Rasa EP) we’ve released 3 of his excellent EP’s. So we can proudly say Dean is part of the Tenampa family.

What are the plus and minus points of running a record label in 2017? And how do you predict things will go into the future for labels and generating revenue with the popularity of streaming etc?

The future of the music industry is obviously going towards the streaming platforms such as Spotify and Youtube. How will this turn out for Dj’s, not sure, yet…

As far as the plus points of running a label… For me, is having access to lots of quality music and to be able to work with artists that I admire. Not sure if there’s a minus… may be only to have to deal with a ton of mail!

What do you look for when signing a record?

It’s very simple, if I like it, I’ll sign it. We don’t necessary look for a specific genre on the label. The way I like the music to sound is deep, hypnotic and dark, if it has any of these 3 elements and I like it, I will sign it.

Tell us about your radio show for Proton Radio. How important is it as a way of communicating with people?

Well, I grew up listening to Proton Radio, so I hope my music thru this website can inspire people like I was.

Who designs the fabulous artwork for the sleeves and for the website?

This is done by one of my best friends from my home town and amazing artist: Xavier Fajardo. He’s the art director of Tenampa since day one and responsible for part of the success of the label.

Who designs the fabulous artwork for the sleeves and for the website?
This is done by one of my best friends from my home town and amazing artist: Xavier Fajardo. He’s the art director of Tenampa since day one and responsible for part of the success of the label.

How would you describe your studio set-up? What is your favourite piece of software/ hardware?

The piece of hardware that I like to use the most is my small Moog Minitaur for bass lines. It’s very easy to use, just select a preset, tweak it a bit and that’s it, sounding big and solid.

Who are your main influences, both within and outside of Electronic music?

My dad used to listen to Pink Floyd so I pretty much grew up listening to that kind of sound. Really like music to be progressive and soulful.

On the Electronic music side, my influences at first were the local Dj’s from my home town in Juarez, MX. To whom I used to listen until late time on the radio when I was 11/12. After that my biggest influence as a Dj has been John Digweed. I learned how to sequence and program my sets by listening to him.

What are your plans for 2017 and into beyond?

Plans for this year are a tour on Europe in July. Playing on Amsterdam, Berlin, Greece and Italy thus far. More dates to be confirmed…

And another tour by late 2017 on Asia. Also have music coming up on my label Tenampa with a Remix by Kiki. And also doing a Remix for Kling Klong Records so stay tuned for that 😉


Premier: Dean Demanuele – On The Rocks – Tenampa Recordings

Magazine Sixty are excited to premier this brand new release from Tenampa Recordings by the most talented Dean Demanuele who returns to the label with this atmospheric and very wonderful production. Due out on April 17 alongside another two tracks: Tabula Rasa & Power, which take it from me are just as hot!

Early support from: Hernan Cattaneo, Joris Voorn, Re.You among others.




Making her debut on TENAMPA the producer delivers two definitively smoky tracks prompting  the airwaves to ignite. Kicking off with the intriguing layout of bumpy beats, deep bass and probing tension generated by Ilussions In My Eyes. The release then explores more introspective territory via the excellent second number, Memoryman. Fuelled by an array of taught drum machines, cutting voice like sound effects along with moody, undulating atmospheres this at times subtle production reveals itself in layers of imagination leaving you fully tuned in.

Release: January 23



daviYour excellent new EP: Metanoia is for Tenampa Recordings. It has taken quite a long time for the title track to be released. Can you tell us about the history of the track?

I wrote it during the same time as Two Suns In The sky. But because it was not part of the EP I never tried signing it as a single. That’s why it took so long to get it released.

It has a very cosmopolitan feel. Can you talk us through how you produced it, and where the inspiration came from?

I was experimenting with middle eastern sounds a lot two years ago. I made a ton of records but not all of them were that interesting. I think Metanoia is special because I mixed Armenian and Middle Eastern instruments and harmonies together;

Are Festivals still ‘underground’ – what does the word mean to you in 2015?

Yes I believe they are. I personally have had very fun and inspiring experiences at festivals. But of course depends which festival. For example BPM is as underground as it can get. I believe the word Underground still remains the same as it always did for me. For me it always meant the opposite of pop music. And I think it still does.

dvi sitYou recently played at Do Not Sit On The Furniture on Miami beach. Sounds like a special night. Please tell us some more about it?

I played there last month and it is my 3rd time there. It is Behrouz’s club that he has built with a specific vision. It is a small and intimate spot that has a very nice vibe. He has established a special sound there by inviting djs that like to play more mellow and take their time building their sets within 4-5 hours. Not your usual banging club which I respect.

What are your thoughts on music being ‘free’? You made some interesting comments on a recent article by Roger Waters and I wondered what you thought the solution could be (if any?)

I had an idea two years ago to start my own label and release everything for free download. It was a good idea at the time but I am glad that I didn’t go forward with it because now it really makes no sense. Music producers spend 10 hours a day in the studio to reach their goals. If we are to give away our creation for free, not only we will not be able to survive in this world by being a musician but also we will not have motivation nor the music will have any value.

davi 3Can you tell us about some of your influences both from Dance music and outside of it?

I have been very busy with dance music that I am afraid I do not have any influences outside of it at the moment. But one of my dreams is to have an Apparat type of a band. Just need to find the right musicians that have the same taste as I do.

What are your forthcoming plans for Production and Dj’ing?

The plan is always the same, Keep making as much music as possible and experiment with new sounds and of course be able to play lot of gigs which is not that easy. Last year i managed to release only 2 EPs because of being away from the studio while traveling. This year i am trying to balance it out and so far so good.


Reviews: 154

MARINI’S on 57 – Sunset Hours Volume Two
Compiled by Chris Coco & Afterlife
Secret Life

I probably end up at this time every year thinking wouldn’t it be nice to have a selection of super chilled, emotionally charged music with just the right amount of uplifting melancholy. And low and behold here we are. Of course, that would be to encourage a disservice to this all year round quality music that doesn’t need sunshine, or the sea, to exist (MARINI’S is a bar, restaurant and lounge in Malaysia, located on the 57th floor of a skyscraper!). Plus, you would be hard pushed to find two better examples of the genre than long time advocates Chris Coco & Afterlife aka Steve Miller. For me Christian Prommer’s gorgeous, jazzy ‘Can You Feel It’ is about as cool as it gets, and is followed by the inevitable acoustic guitar of Micko Roche’s lovely Baltimore. And so each track occupies its own special place, indeed there is no filler here, no fluffy ambience with each piece of music containing its own bite – relaxation isn’t always an option as moods darken too at times. Special mention too for Jose Padilla’s sublime Mojame and Coppé’s crazy, surreal cover version of Fly Me To The Mooooooon which finishes.

Release: Digital 8th June / CD July 2015

Metanoia EP
Tenampa Recordings

DAVI once again pulls it out of the bag conjuring up another first rate forward-thinking production. And luckily for us this one hits the summer button head on. Metanoia, comes drenched in rich atmosphere with swirling pads and chiming guitar lines feeling suitably breezy and intense across heavy beats plus brooding bass – music to get lost in for sure. Next, Ordinary Nightmares lays down a series of blistering FX together with edgy synth hits, while the addictive, commanding basslines of Illusion completes this cosmopolitan blend of sights and sounds perfectly. Excellent.

Release: July 6



Purple Disco Machine
My House
Off Recordings

Already released, but because this is so good I just had to make sure that you where pointed in the right direction. Part of the reason why My House works quite so well is obviously the summer weather, and this clearly has sunshine blazing all over it. Besides which I’m a sucker for this type of Balearic infused groove, especially when it samples such a sassy sixties guitar lick into the bargain. All of that plus the impassioned bluesy vocals which alongside some seriously crunchy drums conjure up all sorts of hard to resist images. The second track on the release if from Liverpool’s James Silk who’s These Sheets blends boogie rhythms over snappy House drums continuing the summer theme nicely.


The Casa Project ft. Natalie Mac
Holdin On
Mad Hatter White

madNext on Mad Hatter’s list is this killer release from The Casa Project. I’m torn between the Dub and even listening to any of the other versions simply because the sounds involved provide one of the most distinctive productions so far this summer. It’s all sparkling Techno notation backed up by powerful, edgy drums yet this also includes piano chords which lend it all an almost soulful quality within its muscular arrangement. The Original mix contains the vocal which works well too but in the end it’s simply a matter of preference. Second track, Deep Groove is self-explanatory and again exudes a similar charm to the title with taught rhythms and inventive electronics sounding off.


Jamin Hernandez
I Am Real EP
Tenampa Recordings

jamGreat release from Mexican label Tenampa and an imaginative production from Jamin Hernandez. What’s so good about Release Me is that it takes the atmosphere Nu Groove etc used to create with deliciously moody pads and has transported those emotions forward into 2013 via crisp percussion and techy bass, which for some reason sounds particularly hypnotic here – the sequence of invigorating vocals helps too. The title track again immediately grabs your attention with its intro of sinister synths which are then cleverly offset by warm chords and beautiful harmonies – a second first-rate track from this equally impressive EP. The remix comes from German Brigante who adds wonky stabs to the equation alongside tougher drums. Running From Love, then completes with more soulful sounding vocals over yet funkier rhythms perfect for those deeper moments.

release: August 19


Terry Hunter
The Sound Of Bang. Chicago’s #1 House Music Ritual
BBE Records

The clue, as they say, is very much in this albums title. And true to form this effortless mix by Chicago legend Terry Hunter ticks every box when it comes to House of the more soulful variety. Indeed this music is perfect for weather right now with its blissful rhythms and soaring vocals galore. Check: Avery Sunshine, Tiger Wilson and Kenny Bodien amongst many others for testament to that fact, while the producers involved range from Timmy Regisford to DJ Spen, and of course Hunter himself – so you know you’re in safe company. The mix represents the sounds of his Sunday club night: Bang. So if you happen to be in the area…