Let us take you to Barcelona, the city of counts. This warm and sexy atmosphere is the perfect environment for smooth and subtle beats to be played under the sun as Sonar Festival proves year after year. It should come as no surprise that one of the smoothest cats in the techno business resides here. As showcased in ‘Wood City’, Pablo Bolivar’s style is polished but strong; elegant yet driving; basic but never boring, as he knows exactly what is needed to create the right amount of tension. Those subs that have that little touch at the end, those little stabs and cymbals, that driving bass line and these added hi-hats halfway, all is in its place. A very dynamic builder of a track, uniquely balanced right in between that warehouse feeling and the atmosphere of a forest located festival. Maybe this explains the title?

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Artist: Pablo Bolivar
Title: Wood City
Label: Galaktika Records
Catalog#: GLK029
Releasdate: 2010-07-05

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Paul Jarvis: WEB

Let us take you to Barcelona, the city of counts. This warm and sexy atmosphere is the perfect environment for smooth and subtle beats to be played under the sun as Sonar Festival proves year after year. It should come as no surprise that one of the smoothest cats in the techno business resides here. As showcased in ‘Wood City’, Pablo Bolivar’s style is polished but strong; elegant yet driving; basic but never boring, as he knows exactly what is needed to create the right amount of tension. Those subs that have that little touch at the end, those little stabs and cymbals, that driving bass line and these added hi-hats halfway, all is in its place. A very dynamic builder of a track, uniquely balanced right in between that warehouse feeling and the atmosphere of a forest located festival. Maybe this explains the title?

‘Wood City’ is the A2 track on ‘Dynamo EP’ which was released on Galaktika records around the same time four years ago. Also noteworthy and almost as good as this one is the title track, an organ based tune with that same signature buildup but a bit more punch and spanish flavor. A release which back then established Count Bolivar’s position as frontrunner for the Barcelona techno scene even more. Lead the way Pablo! – GB.

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Like Aphex Twin has showed us in the past, a hectic raw electronic beat, coupled with some melancholic atmospheric melodies can have a weird effect on people. Perhaps Florian Kupfer’s ‘Lifetrax’ would be most fitting at the end of a nice melodic house set, even though it could also fit in the middle of a ghetto house track to provide some relief in an otherwise possibly aggressive mix.

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Artist: Florian Kupfer
Title: Lifetrax
Label: L.I.E.S.
Catalog#: LIES014.5
Releasdate: 25-04-2013

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Caroline Sada: WEB

 

Like Aphex Twin has showed us in the past, a hectic raw electronic beat, coupled with some melancholic atmospheric melodies can have a weird effect on people. Perhaps Florian Kupfer’s ‘Lifetrax’ would be most fitting at the end of a nice melodic house set, even though it could also fit in the middle of a ghetto house track to provide some relief in an otherwise possibly aggressive mix.

At any rate, you shouldn’t expect too many tracks on our channel that are around 135BPM like this one. Not unless they do a similarly great job of combining nervousness with melancholy, causing a frantic feeling of finality.

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When French producer Pepe Bradock released ‘Burning’ in 1999, could he have imagined the impact the track hidden on the B-side would have? Would he have had some kind of premonition that he just released one the most beloved deep tracks of the decade?

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Artist: Pépé Bradock
Title: Deep Burnt
Label: Kif
Catalog#: KIFSA08
Releasedate: 1999

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When French producer Pepe Bradock released ‘Burning’ in 1999, could he have imagined the impact the track hidden on the B-side would have? Would he have had some kind of premonition that he just released one the most beloved deep tracks of the decade?

‘Deep Burnt’ is special. How many 11 minute tracks can you name that seem to be over in just two? How many 11 minute tracks can you name that are so simplistically constructed, using only one sample and sparse other sounds, yet never get boring? There are probably a few out there (‘Pachanga Boys – Time’ comes to mind), but they are rare, and to stumble across one of them feels like a revelation every time.

So there you go, the perfect musical company for any Sunday. Be it sunny, drowsy, early morning or late at night, this is your soundtrack. Somehow, this track seems to float on the airwaves, as if it has no weight whatsoever. It’s light on the ears, never tiring. – FJ.

Florinsz Janvier
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Ready to get your weekend started? The usually oh so dreamy Genius of Time guys recently delivered an EP full of jams, of which this one just might happen to become one of the underground summer anthems of this year.

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Artist: Genius of Time
Title: Juno Jam
Label: Running Back
Catalog#: RB048
Releasedate: 2014-06-23

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Fabio RoseWEB

Ready to get your weekend started? The usually oh so dreamy Genius of Time guys recently delivered an EP full of jams, of which this one just might happen to become one of the underground summer anthems of this year.

‘Juno Jam’ has nothing to do with fruits boiled down to their bare essentials, after which they are blended with sugar and gelatine. It does make a nice metaphor though: using the Juno synthesizer to get the most out of a simple bleepy synth line, they only needed to spice it up with some drums, which happen to be very, very well executed.

We’ve seen so many people on Facebook trying to ID this track, so here it is. Have a great weekend! – FJ.

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Anyone familiar with the band Marbert Rocel – or maybe ‘musical artist collective’ is a more apt way to describe the Erfurt set – might have heard of Panthera Krause. He is the visual artist, producer and saxophone player for the jazzy electronic outfit. We only recently found out that Panthera Krause can hold his own as a solo producer as well. And then some.

His most recent outing is the EP called ‘Laika’ (out on Riot Van), a release filled with a collection of very diverse house compositions. From the deeply groovy ‘Isla’, via the heavily percussive ‘If’, all the way to the disco-infused ‘Dubček’, the common denominator for ‘Laika’ is well thought out electronic music.

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Artist: Panthera Krause
Title: Through My Mind
Label: Riot Van
Catalog#: RVN007
Releasdate: 2014-07-25

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 Sylwia Bartyzel: WEB

Anyone familiar with the band Marbert Rocel – or maybe ‘musical artist collective’ is a more apt way to describe the Erfurt set – might have heard of Panthera Krause. He is the visual artist, producer and saxophone player for the jazzy electronic outfit. We only recently found out that Panthera Krause can hold his own as a solo producer as well. And then some.

His most recent outing is the EP called ‘Laika’ (out on Riot Van), a release filled with a collection of very diverse house compositions. From the deeply groovy ‘Isla’, via the heavily percussive ‘If’, all the way to the disco-infused ‘Dubček’, the common denominator for ‘Laika’ is well thought out electronic music.

The track that appealed to us most though, is this one. ‘Through My Mind’ equally evokes the urge to dance as it does to muse and contemplate. Rarely do you hear a dance floor ready track that has this kind of emotional gauge. Panthera Krause waited until the final chord to leave room for a heartfelt smile.

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Dekmantel, besides being a DJ-collective and record label, can also be named as one of the most influential promoters in the Netherlands and possibly even Europe. Almost two weeks ago they hosted their second edition of Dekmantel Festival right outside the city of Amsterdam in the adjoining forest. Needless to say, we had a blast.

With the tagline ‘small festival, big names’ they facilitate fanatics with the top of the underground in leftfield electronic music. Ranging from Detroit techno by legends as Three Chairs and Jeff Mills to fresh UK sounds from the Hessle Audio crew and Jamie XX. Delivering quality deep house by the likes of Âme and Tale of Us to straight up Berlin techno provided by the Ostgut Ton family. And this is only a small portion of what the three day festival includes, besides these ‘obvious headliners’ you were able to find a selection of upcoming talents, cult heroes, old friends, true crate diggers, residents and everything in between.

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Artist: Joey Anderson
Title: Sorcery
Label: Dekmantel
Catalog#: DKMNTL017
Releasdate: 07-04-2014

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Marco Sama: WEB

Dekmantel, besides being a DJ-collective and record label, can also be named as one of the most influential promoters in the Netherlands and possibly even Europe. Almost two weeks ago they hosted their second edition of Dekmantel Festival right outside the city of Amsterdam in the adjoining forest. Needless to say, we had a blast.

With the tagline ‘small festival, big names’ they facilitate fanatics with the top of the underground in leftfield electronic music. Ranging from Detroit techno by legends as Three Chairs and Jeff Mills to fresh UK sounds from the Hessle Audio crew and Jamie XX. Delivering quality deep house by the likes of Âme and Tale of Us to straight up Berlin techno provided by the Ostgut Ton family. And this is only a small portion of what the three day festival includes, besides these ‘obvious headliners’ you were able to find a selection of upcoming talents, cult heroes, old friends, true crate diggers, residents and everything in between.

We were inspired every second by the open minded crowd, the high level of artists and the respect for the craft of making and spinning electronic music. Inspiring each other, trying new things and building bridges. These are artists, promoters and people that also give back to their scene, instead of only picking the fruits. These are gatherings that push electronic music forward, discovering the future while honoring its past.

To celebrate Dekmantel, their vision and the movement they’ve created we figured we’d feature a track of their lastest release: ‘After Forever’ by Joey Anderson Inimeg Records (who also played the festival ofcourse). ‘Sorcery’ musically expresses what Dekmantel Festival embodies: futuristic, yet old school. Danceable but of high quality.

Thank you guys. Keep doing what you’re doing.

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It was great to catch up with Chymera recently in Utrecht. He was there for Studio Stekker, a week-long get together of artists in preparation of the Stekker Festival. When visiting, we found him in the attic of the old Tivoli building, hidden away in a small makeshift studio with just him and a real life, full scale Minimoog. Not often getting the chance to work with such an iconic device, he found it a unique opportunity to get as much sounds as possible recorded in those few days. 

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Artist: Chymera
Title: Shadowdancer
Label: Break New Soil
Catalog#: BNS045
Releasdate: 08-04-2014

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Jonas Nilsson Lee: WEB

It was great to catch up with Chymera recently in Utrecht. He was there for Studio Stekker, a week-long get together of artists in preparation of the Stekker Festival. When visiting, we found him in the attic of the old Tivoli building, hidden away in a small makeshift studio with just him and a real life, full scale Minimoog. Not often getting the chance to work with such an iconic device, he found it a unique opportunity to get as much sounds as possible recorded in those few days. 

And we found it a unique chance as well. Taking place in the back of the room, watching him tweak knobs and finding sounds, fitting them to his signature driving grooves felt like watching a scientist at work. To use his own words: ‘’in the end, it’s just one guy with a heap of drums and arpeggios.’’ But it’s much more than that. It’s the passion in one’s eyes, fueling that drive to keep on going, tweaking those knobs and finding those sounds. It was inspiring to see. 

Shadowndancer is beautiful. No explanation needed.

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“Emperor Joseph II: My dear young man, don’t take it too hard. Your work is ingenious. It’s quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that’s all. Just cut a few and it will be perfect.

Mozart: Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?”

- quote from the movie ‘Amadeus’ (1984).

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Artist: Avatism & Mind Against
Title: Planetario
Label: Vakant
Catalog#: VACD06
Releasdate: 2013-10-28

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Christian Hebell: WEB

“Emperor Joseph II: My dear young man, don’t take it too hard. Your work is ingenious. It’s quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that’s all. Just cut a few and it will be perfect.

Mozart: Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?”

- quote from the movie ‘Amadeus’ (1984).

Both Avatism and Mind Against have distinct styles. Avatism is known for using loads of arpeggios and Mind Against is known more for using sparse synth notes that are echoed a lot. Paired together, they would have run the risk of having a cacophony of broken chords repeated into eternity, but they intelligently chose which scaled notes to repeat. Or as Emperor Joseph II would say, they cut the right notes, resulting in a perfectly composed hypnotic house track.

Planetario isn’t the first time Mind Against and Avatism have worked together. Both SEKOIA favorites collaborated to some extent on Mastodon (Mind Against remixed Avatism’s Original Mix). Hopefully this will not be the last time.

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Another analogue synth monster from Palms Trax and we love this one just as much as ‘Equation’, featured earlier on our channel. The aforementioned track is more of a late night club track, while this track probably fits better blazing from a bright red Suzuki Samurai at high volume. Provided off course that the top of the car is down and that it’s driving from Fort Lauderdale to Miami Beach during spring break.

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Artist: Palms Trax
Title: Lost Control
Label: Lobster Theremin
Catalog#: LTWHT001
Releasdate: 15-05-2014

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Another analogue synth monster from Palms Trax and we love this one just as much as ‘Equation’, featured earlier on our channel. The aforementioned track is more of a late night club track, while this track probably fits better blazing from a bright red Suzuki Samurai at high volume. Provided off course that the top of the car is down and that it’s driving from Fort Lauderdale to Miami Beach during spring break.

In the 80′s people probably thought that all music in the future would sound a lot like this track. Even though there’s a nostalgic tang associated with these synths, those people are proven right, because the sheer joy this particular sound brings to our ears is shown to be timeless and even seems a bit futuristic to modern ears. Thank you Palms Trax.

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Space Dimension Controller’s biography on Resident Advisor simply says “Back through time with a mission of groove”. Refreshing if you ask us, since it explains more about his music than a page-long biography starting with the statement that he started playing the flute at 5 years old.

Simplistic creativity is what SDC is all about. All he needs is a simple drum part and a repetitive synth line that distorts and deforms throughout the track, creating a house track that has a song-like quality, even though it follows ‘dance-conventions’ rather than ‘pop-conventions’. Supplemented with some sound effects here and there, it’s the perfect track to enjoy a Sunday sunset.

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Artist: Space Dimension Controller
Title: Down In Sector H
Label: Clone Royal Oak
Catalog#: Royal022
Releasdate: 06-2014

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Killian Schönberger: WEB

Space Dimension Controller’s biography on Resident Advisor simply says “Back through time with a mission of groove”. Refreshing if you ask us, since it explains more about his music than a page-long biography starting with the statement that he started playing the flute at 5 years old.

Simplistic creativity is what SDC is all about. All he needs is a simple drum part and a repetitive synth line that distorts and deforms throughout the track, creating a house track that has a song-like quality, even though it follows ‘dance-conventions’ rather than ‘pop-conventions’. Supplemented with some sound effects here and there, it’s the perfect track to enjoy a Sunday sunset.

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