Friday 31 October 2014

DJ Mix #355 - Plastik Funk


It’s time for a FUNK phenomena! For over two decades Rafael Ximenez and Mikio Gruschinske have each worked their way up the DJ Community and electronic music industry ladder. The duo met in 2002 at a club in Cologne, Germany where Gruschinske was a resident and Ximenez was booked as a guest. Shortly thereafter they realized their musical tastes and styles fit together and a brotherhood was born. Not long after they formed PLASTIK FUNK. The duo would go on to be known as quintessential music producers for some of dance music's more standout sounds; an updated version of Hip-House reinvented for the new EDM world.

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Thursday 9 October 2014

DJ Mix #354 - Saeed Younan

A world class globe-trotting DJ, a recording artist, a sought-after remix producer, and head of his own record label (Younan Music ), Saeed Younan has excelled as a true artist in the global dance scene. Without showing complacency, Saeed Younan does not cease to amaze, always looking to astound.

Recorded live at Light Nightclub in Las Vegas Saeed Younan is opening the night for Carl Cox with his very unique blend of groovy tunes and catchy vocals.

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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Solomun @ Loveland Festival, Amsterdam

One of our favorite deep house DJ/Producers is back on DT starring another spectacular episode that will surely get you on your feet. Get ready for an hour of deep and funky beats by the one and only Solomun from his stellar performance at Loveland festival!

The Diynamic label boss is known for his signature sunny and soulful beats but let’s not forget that he is a self-proclaimed risk-taker when it comes to experimenting with genres and styles and this performance is a clear example. Solomun treats us to a clever combination of techy tracks for the first part of the set before progressing into his accustomed warmer beats topped off with organic vocals. But clearly the highlight of the set for many came when he dropped Strong R.’s unofficial remix of the ever-popular Depeche Mode classic “Personal Jesus.”

One of the remarkable qualities of the popular German artist is his laid-back, down-to-earth personality with which he has established a strong connection with thousands of fans all over the world. Having achieved sudden and exceptional popularity after his first summer on the White Isle in 2012, Solomun continues to rack up success not only in his personal career, but also for his ubiquitous Diynamic label and 2DIY4 sub-label. Diynamic Outdoor, the label’s first day time weekly at Cova Santa Ibiza, just closed a successful first season last Thursday.

The warm reception from the audience says it all. Smiling faces prevailed across the dance floor from beginning to end and we even caught Maceo Plex pay respects to his German friend and colleague mid-set. And if you’re a fan, catch Solomun this Thursday and Friday back in his native Germany before heading back for another installment of his Sunday “Solomun+1” residency at Pacha, Ibiza.

But if you want a FULL taste of the “Do It Yourself” (DIY) flavor, make sure to get your tickets for the Diynamic Showcase (ADE Edition) in Amsterdam happening on Thursday, Oct. 16th.

In the words of Solomun: “Music is Moments” so press play and enjoy the present one. ;)

-Jess Rox

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Thursday 25 September 2014

Gabriel Ananda & Stefano Richetta @ Click at the Beach, Woodstock Bloemendaal

With sand between your toes, surrounded by palm trees and party people – you'd expect our latest episode of Dancetrippin to be brought to you from the sunny white isle of Ibiza. But from a prime beachside venue in the Netherlands, we bring you Gabriel Ananda, joined by the party promoter and talented DJ in his own right – Stefano Richetta – as they lay together an explosion of progressive beats from Click at the Beach, Woodstock.

Beginning our 50 minute journey with one of Gabriel's seemingly endless array of uplifting and distinct electronic synth lines, it sets the tone for a sleek and sexy musical atmosphere that follows. A fluid exploration of electronic sounds, from an accomplished and steadfast performer. Looking completely calm and collected as always, he controls and drives the party atmosphere with ease.

Like the eponymous festival name – sometimes when things work together, they just 'click' and that can certainly be said of this excellent set from Gabriel Ananda. You could lift this party up and drop it anywhere in the world and it would work just as well, which is a true testament to the great music on offer in this episode.

Seamlessly incorporating his live elements into a more conventional DJ set, the sun begins to set as he is joined by Stefano Richetta in the second half, for an impressive impromptu performance that continues effortlessly, as they work harmoniously together through neat connecting transitions, clean breakdowns and purposeful, progressive selections. The synchronous ebb and flow between the two artists let's the crowd really get into the groove. A wonderful diverse crowd, enthralled in the sound, and full of happy dancers, both old and young, as the two artists on stage bridge the gap perfectly between contemporary melodic sounds and Gabriel's well-documented minimalistic roots.

It would be unfair to pin a superbly talented producer like Gabriel Ananda purely to his 2006 mega hit 'Doppelwhipper' – a bleepy, stomping, anthem of a record, which was the soundtrack to the halcyon days of DC10 and an entire summer season in Ibiza, Berlin and beyond. It crystallised the fractured micro sounds that came to define the entire minimal techno era. But never to be defined as just a 'one-hit-wonder', Gabriel then went on to release his own music on quality labels such as Trapez, Treibstoff, 100% Pure and many more, as his sound has matured and blossomed into the kaleidoscope of forward thinking electronic music that we are lucky enough to be treated to in full frontal flow today.

Tune in and get ready to dance!

- Ethan McNamara

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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Karotte @ Loveland Festival, Amsterdam

Fresh from a summer touring schedule punctuated with huge festivals all around the globe, we join Karotte for the Loveland Festival, at Sloterpark in the heart of Amsterdam.

Over the years he has been a resident of essential clubs such as Harry Klein in Munich, and the Cocoon Club in Frankfurt, as well as becoming close friend and collaborator with fellow techno talent, Gregor Treshor, and the Break New Soil label family. With his trade first and foremost as a DJ, he certainly shows his experience and shines on this summer afternoon with a beautiful set of polished, cinematic techno in front of a jubilant Dutch crowd. Ebbing and flowing in the sunshine, he weaves his way between solid drum-driven workouts, to more sweeping melodic numbers with ease.

Well weighted, and full of glossy arpeggiated touches, he truly brings an element of class to the day's proceedings, with soaring buildups that lift the crowd higher and higher throughout, taking thousands of party-people to the next level.

Revelling in the occasion with a string of glistening techno cuts, and wickedly fun in his delivery, Karotte can be seen dancing just as much (if not more) than the giant, swelling crowd in front of him. As to be expected, they respond with jubilant faces and hands and fists raised high into the air. Highlights include a huge edit of 'Gadjo – Disco's Revenge' and closing out his set with the sensational 'Technasia – I Am Somebody' before handing things over to Dubfire who can be seen waiting in the wings. He leaves the whole crowd on fire, but not before pausing for a quick selfie with Mr. Ali Dubfire himself.

Ice lollies, super cool dancemoves, and a beautifully diverse mix of music and people... it could only be Loveland. Here's 60 minutes of great tunes to get your party started... wherever you are!

- Ethan McNamara

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