Alex Ferrer (Deeplomatic Recordings) Q&A

Welcome to Magazine Sixty, Alex. What your feelings are on the current state of streaming, downloads and how the future looks for the record industry?

Streaming is a reality for record labels, I think the way to stay relevant is to diversify the brand.

What inspired you to set up the label in the first place? And can you tell us about what the name means for you?

I used to be a former Spanish diplomat and I was travelling and exchanging ideas and points of view with many interesting people. I decided to change the bureaucrats for legendary house producers and immerse myself in the music world.

The label name is a wordplay tributing to my former career as a diplomat.

You currently have a roaster of over 300 artists, which is obviously impressive. What do you think attracts so many artists to releasing music with you?

Deeplomatic was born with the idea of unifying the best house music artists into one label. I think the reason why so many artists want to release music with us is the quality and sound of the tracks that we release.

https://soundcloud.com/deeplomaticrec/sets/deeplomatic-dpl100

How would you describe the process of A&R? What do you look for when signing music – is an artist’s profile an important factor?

The main factor for us is quality and style because we want that fits in with the current releases, obviously, the artist’s profile is an important factor that we take into consideration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWsXVEbCPEc

What are your thoughts on creativity within electronic music currently? And how do you feel about the emphasis on nostalgia?

My favourite style of music and where I take inspiration from is disco and funky, so the style of music that I lean forward to now is space disco, combining all of my old favourites with new interesting beats.

https://soundcloud.com/ibizaglobalradio/alex-ferrer-deeplomatic-recordings-nov18?in=alexferrermusic/sets/mixes

How did you first get into Dance Music? And which clubs/ DJ’s initially inspired you?

I bought a pair of second-hand 1200 Technics Turntables when I was 13, didn’t know much about what I was doing at the time, all I wanted was to experiment with music somehow…

Rick Wade, Terrence Parker, Gene Hunt and Jesse Saunders were some of the first DJs that inspired me because they were some of the original creators of house music, and for that reason they were the first artists that we wanted to release music with on Deeplomatic.

Outside of music who/ what influences most?

I like to travel to strange and remote locations, and I’m also a technology freak.

And finally. Can you tell us about the first releases for 2020, and your plans for label moving forwards?

We are currently working on another compilation album collaborating with stalwart artists in the house music scene, so keep an eye out on that.

https://www.deeplomatic.com
https://www.facebook.com/alexferrermusic
https://www.instagram.com/alexferrermusic

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MIL013-AOli Furness
Weather Underground
Music Is Love Records

For their thirteenth release it’s the turn of Music Is Love Records label head Oli Furness and to say that this doesn’t pull any punches is pretty much a serious understatement. ‘Crash Gorgon’ is up first with a series of up-tempo brutal, pulverising kick drums that require your undivided attention but are then creatively contrasted by sweeter chords and soulful vocals. This is a first rate arrangement of tribal beats, crashes, lifts and drops that certainly keeps the excitement levels peaked at all times. The Bodyjack Remix then injects funky breaks and 90’s styled gritty synth lines into their excellent reworking which proves to be just as addictive. ‘Big Booty Girls’ continues with unrelenting, dirty House/ Techno grooves, while ‘.64’ changes tack via solid Electro drums and a speedy cut-up of an eighties classic.

Release: November 9

http://www.juno.co.uk/products/oli-furness-weather-underground/590939-01/
https://www.facebook.com/OliFurness
https://www.facebook.com/musicisloverecords/

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Terrence Parker/ Melodymann/ No Shit Like Deep
2Y
Melodymathics

Kicking off number five from the label is this killer production from Detroit’s Terrence Parker. Indeed, ‘Heart break’ just about sums up the reasons I got into House Music in the first place, and if like me it plays out in rich, life-affirming rhythms that make sense of it all then it doesn’t get that much better. Piano is the name of the game with insistent hi-hats and beats driving it all forward like nothing much else matters. Next up is label boss Melodymann who delivers two equally hot slices of music.  First is the steamy, ‘Lowfunk’ which takes it down deep via smooth chords, cutting Stabs alongside suitably smoky vocals offset by fiery snares, then ‘What Are You Gonna Do’ picks up the pace with punchy bass and a classic voice. To end is the sassy, easy tempo grooves of ‘Ambassador of Love’ by No Shit Like Deep who sequence Disco inflected tastiness together with infectious low-slung beats.

http://www.melodymathics.com
www.terrenceparkermusic.com
www.facebook.com/TheMelodymann
www.facebook.com/noshitlikedeep

https://soundcloud.com/melodymathics/mm-ltd-005-terrence-parker-no-shit-like-deep-melodymann-double-10-release

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Reviews: 157

Returning after a summer break Magazine Sixty reappears refreshed to bring you the hottest, slightly wired, music to devour all at your own leisure…

Single of the Week

Thunda 1500x1500Honey Dijon and Tim K featuring John Mendlesohn
Thunda
Classic Music Company

Again taking its cue from the past and reigniting your love for those timely House sounds around the turn of the nineties, Thunda never the less keeps the spotlight firmly focused on the future too.  Fuelled by a hypnotic combination of deep beats and bass this charmingly also features improvised Flute and an array of commanding keys and chords that all weave their certain magic across John Mendlesohn’s rather tasty vocal delivery. Two great remixes compliment the original firstly from HNNY who drop the tempo for a different feel, and from Terrence Parker who conversely injects a rise in energy via Detroit stabs inevitably intensifying it all.

Release: October 12
http://theclassicmusiccompany.com
https://soundcloud.com/classic-music-company/sets/honey-dijon-tim-k-featuring-john-mendlesohn-thunda-edits

Patrick Kunkel & 212fahrenheit
Never Down EP
Blend It Records

Fancy that. The first record in my mailbox today and it’s a gem. The third release from the label sees Patrick Kunkel & 212fahrenheit deliver succinct yet exciting sounds that all at once feel funky, emotive and come with a pronounced sting in the tail. Slashes of snare punctuate the rhythm while haunting voices colour the arrangement alongside cool basslines and cutting synth lines on the captivating title track remixed superbly by Danny Serrano. The Original version itself features the expanded vocal amidst meandering sounds that again command your focus. Next, Frivolo has rougher bass and a sense of fresh musical flair that makes this also well worth your attention. An excellent remix appears from M.in whose pulverising low end makes for impressive noise with the electronics getting progressively fizzier.

https://soundcloud.com/blend-it-records/sets/blend103-never-down-ep

Man With No Shadow
Urge EP
ALiVE Recordings

ALiVE_075Three kicking tracks go to make up this latest from the mysterious Man With No Shadow. It’s good you get the nod to the past’s influence without trying to simply replay it by adding your own expression into the equation. And that’s just what the opening Urge does and does so in some style. Pounding beats, soaring vocal delays shooting around the stereo and shimmering tension building arpeggio’s do all the rest on this commanding, fiery arrangement of contemporary House Music. The likewise Money Talks follows on with the tough rhythms aided this time by signature stabs accompanied by taught held-string lines that cumulate into a chime led frenzy. The first rate tribal infused Tom Ross ends with a scorching flurry of heavy Toms and darker pulses that again capture their essence perfectly.

Release: November 2
https://www.facebook.com/manwithnoshadowofficial
http://www.aliverecordings.com

Kalyde ft. Youth
Good Life
Skint Records

RS1311.inddDaring to be different and featuring the cutting melodies of Youth proclaiming the record’s title loud and proud the original mix of Good Life deceptively greets you with gritty kick drums and a dark wash of atmospheric synthesizer. And then dances intriguingly in-between Soulful and Techno with a deliberate ease that retains a sense of musicality coupled with a blaze of sheer dancefloor attitude on this stunning production. South London Ordnance Remix then dispense with any melodic niceties to deliver a more driving take, leaving final track Last Seven to twist touches of vocal over further unrelenting electronics.

Release: October 23
http://www.skintentertainment.com

 

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