Wednesday 1 July 2015

Anja Schneider @ Mobilee Showcase (OFF Sonar)

"Dance Under The Blue Moon" - the name of Anja Schneider's long running Germany based radio show seemed quite a fitting title for an night of dancing under the open skies, poolside in Barcelona for this year's FACT Music Mobilee Label Showcase, with the label head herself closing out the evenings proceedings.

Mobilee records was launched in 2005 and quickly established itself as one of the brightest new stars in Berlin's glittering galaxy of electronic music labels, producers and DJs. Founded and owned by Anja Schneider and Ralf Kollmann, they present their very own unique spin on groovy house and techno with a solid stable of artists such as Sebo K, Lee Van Dowski, Re.You, Rodriguez Jr and many more that carve out out their kaleidoscopic sound of late night, effective dance music.

By bucking the trend of cliched German minimalism and breaking out of the stifling genre tactics that left many labels at the same time falling by the wayside, Mobilee continue to deliver a choice range of colourful and engaging tracks. Records that are tough yet bright, dark yet catchy. Which may sound like an oxymoron, but Anja Schneider has mastered her trade, managing to bridge gaps and find a style and scope of electronic music often untouched.

During a jam-packed seven days of events at the now famous OFF Sonar week, that occur dotted through the city of Barcelona around the dates of the official Sonar Festival, it can be hard to stand out amongst the crowd. (We counted no less than 12 parties with international headline DJs on certain nights.) But with bags full of hot tech-house tracks and bags of infectious energy, she gets the glamourous European crowd at the FACT Pool Party really moving. Drawing in strands from all areas of modern electronic music with a refreshing take on the tried and test 4/4 techno template.

Looking a vision of control, Anja works through the gears, and builds the evening to an exhilarating climax, leaving plenty of happy, dancing faces out on the floor.

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Ethan McNamara

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Friday 26 June 2015

ROD @ 909 Festival

Prepare yourself for an hour of proper Techno mayhem! And yes, that's Techno with a capital "T".

Our latest episode stars none other than Dutch DJ/Producer ROD from his appearance at 909 Festival at Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest).

Known to many as Benny Rodrigues, ROD is the techno alias of the Rotterdam native. Over the years, this alias has allowed him to experiment with old and new styles of techno. In an effort to get away from the "modern techno sound" that permeates the world of underground dance music these days, ROD has made it a point to return to the roots by seamlessly and creatively weaving in some Detroit techno classics into his mixes.

And although ROD is equally known for his unique styles under both aliases, he recently told Ben Sims in an Artist to Artist interview for British website, that "[he] consider[s] ROD to be much more than strictly loopy minimal techno, as [he] draw[s] lots of inspiration from the old school Detroit and Chicago House sound which in a way connects many dots to [his] Benny Rodrigues side."

Between his two aliases, the DJ has recently managed to pack in up to an impressive six gigs in one weekend. On this occasion he graced the stage at 909 Festival with all the personality, groove and technical prowess that characterizes him, while wowing the ecstatic crowd as night fell over Amsterdamse Bos.

With hypnotic and at times, acid selections, the crowd danced the sun down as lights and flags appeared over the dance floor while others enjoyed the beats cruising down the river.

As the set progressed and the audience became more entranced by ROD's set, sparklers light up the dance floor as the set peaked and culminated to a remix of the 1992 Dutch Hard House classic "The Ultimate Seduction."

We hope you're ready to turn up!

-Jess Rox

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Wednesday 24 June 2015

Livemix #376 Reinier Zonneveld

Reinier Zonneveld, known as a live-act as well as a DJ and producer from the Netherlands, is ready to take over the world with his unique view on techno. He is currently signed on leading labels in the industry like Minus, Tronic, Traum Schallplatten, MBF, Trapez and Deeperfect.

Zonneveld is just as comfortable with producing electronic music as with composing classical music. These orchestral skills shine through in his productions. With this very versatile and talented aspect of producing music, he doesn’t get stuck in boundaries of one specific genre. From Ambient to melodic Techno and from Minimal to warehouse pounding Techno. It's all in the mastermind and catalogue of Reinier Zonneveld.

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Wednesday 17 June 2015

Livemix #375 N'To

70s rock, 30s swing, hiphop, triphop, pop, jazz, soul, classical music are as many shades N’to can use to colour his tracks. However it is through electronic music that he expresses and fulfills himself completely. He creates a distinctive, pure and "pointilliste" sound that already makes him a key player on the French techno market. He works every inch of his generous rhythmic, he deconstructs the sounds, betrays our habits and yet those melodies of his go straight to the point and far beyond our expectations.

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Saturday 13 June 2015

Solomun @ Diynamic Festival

Dynamic: “characterized by constant change, activity, or progress.”

And what better way to describe the ever evolving sounds of Diynamic label head honcho, Solomun. A DJ who is always pushing forward, and delivers spine-tingling sets that make him one of the most popular and in-demand DJs in the world.

His label, founded in 2006, that has nurtured sensational artists such as Stimming, David August and Adriatique, is still at the forefront of sleek and sexual deep house. Tonight, as the sun dips over Amsterdam, Solomun shows a glimpse into his newfound affinity for darker, richer sounds.

Not even some pretty inclement looking weather could spoil the party, as the Diynamic boss lays down simmering slices of tough yet polished deep and tech house, working in Nicole Moudaber's heart-stopping edit of 'Alcatraz – Giv Me Luv' early on to full effect. It's refreshing and exciting to see an artist not being held back by the sound that made them famous, and exploring new and exciting areas, with a receptive and adoring legion of fans in front of him, willing to go on that journey.

As well as being calm, composed and full of concentration (as he always is), Solomun – real name Mladen Solomun – looks like a man who has taken stock, and understands and thrives on the gravitas and responsibility that his top tier superstar DJ status now holds, with successive seasons on the White Isle that seem to have coloured his record collection somewhat, replacing some of the more frivolous selections with stronger, Ibiza-tinged tech house.

Moving into more melodic sounds as the night draws to a close, with flags and flares in full swing from the crowd, his steely mixing style and inimitable knack for timing a vocal or a breakdown just when the crowd needs it is a 60 minute masterclass for any aspiring DJ, and proves just why he is one of the best, and continues to be at the top of his game at the moment.

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Ethan McNamara

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