This installment of Around the Clock features the headliner of the first edition of Scala: our new semi regular club concept that will be organized once every so often in EKKO or TivoliVredenburg (Utrecht). Dave DK is a perfect fit for EKKO, since his atmospheric brand of house fits perfectly with the intimate vibe of such a historic place in Utrecht. Read all about what he listens to in his off time, to get inspired to make his special kind of music.

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Artist: Dave DK
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This installment of Around the Clock features the headliner of the first edition of Scala: our new semi regular club concept that will be organized once every so often in EKKO or TivoliVredenburg (Utrecht). Dave DK is a perfect fit for EKKO, since his atmospheric brand of house fits perfectly with the intimate vibe of such a historic place in Utrecht. Read all about what he listens to in his off time, to get inspired to make his special kind of music.

“I don’t really have a daily routine when it comes to listening to music. It all depends on my general feeling, if I’m in the mood for music or not too much. There are days full of listening sessions, especially when I’m doing some office work or have the time to check out new stuff looking for ideas to get inspired. I would like to focus on this kind of day in-between studio time.”

10:00: Bat For Lashes – A Wall

“I’m not a morning person at all, only sometimes when it’s inevitable. To kick the day off I love to listen to a nice pop production. Natasha Khan is one my favourite singer songwriters, I’m also very much in love with her voice. Her choruses convey such a happy energy that the day just can turn into a good one.”

14:00: Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

“After some e-mailing mania here comes another artist that inspires me since quite a while now. Dan Snaith aka Caribou surprises me with every album again as he always turns into a new thematic direction with every escapade. I’m a fan of his new album “Our Love”, the song “Can’t Do Without You” is probably one of my favourites this year. Lush production melts hypnotic melodies with glamorous vocal design at it’s best.”

18:00: Lusine – Forks

“Time to do some sports, my preferred city action is biking. I don’t usually listen to music when I’m doing sports, if I would, Jeff McIlwain could easily deliver the soundtrack for it. I love his sound design and feeling for details and harmonies.”

22:00: Apparat – Song Of Los

“Time for an all-time favourite and ambassador for great emotions Sascha Ring. His compositions combined with his discreet vocals are timeless pieces of music that are one of a kind. I can listen to his music anytime anywhere I am in this world and never get bored as he woves feelings of happiness and melancholy at the same time to an high extent.”

02:00: Bibio – Mind Bokeh

“Time to sleep. Can be earlier or later, depending on my rhythm at the time. It’s difficult to choose one artist as there a lots of great ones that I’m following. One of them is Bibio. I’ve always been into ambient music. This piece comes from his 2011 album “Mind Bokeh”. Pure rich and organic bliss. Absolutely timeless from my point of view, I can listen to this loopy atmosphere for hours.”

Don’t miss out on Dave DK playing in EKKO next Friday and be sure to buy your tickets right here.

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When interviewing Cinnaman, we dared to ask the most obvious and possibly obnoxious question of them all: “What would Cinnaman have done, had he not been successful as a DJ.” Of course, there’s no sense in asking those ‘what if’-questions, since any answer might be possible. In a universe where things didn’t happen as they happened in real life, literally anything could have happened.

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Artist: Cinnaman
Label: Trouw
Based: Amsterdam (NL)

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When interviewing Cinnaman, we dared to ask the most obvious and possibly obnoxious question of them all: “What would Cinnaman have done, had he not been successful as a DJ.” Of course, there’s no sense in asking those ‘what if’-questions, since any answer might be possible. In a universe where things didn’t happen as they happened in real life, literally anything could have happened.

So he could have answered that question in any way he would have liked at that moment. He could have said that he would have become the prime minister of The Netherlands or a pastry chef in Paris. And it wouldn’t have mattered, since those things didn’t happen anyway.

Yet, the way he answered the question was striking. He said he couldn’t imagine anything else than what he is doing now, because he had never considered doing anything else and to him this comes naturally. So while any answer could have been possible, he stated that no other path would have happened in a parallel universe, since this is what he is supposed to be doing.

We asked him a whole lot more and we will post that interview on our website later next week. In the meantime, get your ADE juices flowing for the fourth day and gear up with this magnificent mix by Cinnaman. Enjoy! – C.

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Write this bet down: seeing his streak of releases this summer, it wouldn’t surprise us at all to see this Lithuanian producer take off big time somewhere this next winter or shortly after. With ‘Chall’ already being played out by the big players within this specific subgenre (Tale of Us, Mind Against, you name them), we havent even mentioned his track ‘If’ or his various remixes, he’s put out recently. The man is doing well.

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Artist: Few Nolder
Title: Chall
Label: Boso
Catalog#: BOSO002D
Releasedate: 2014-06-29

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Write this bet down: seeing his streak of releases this summer, it wouldn’t surprise us at all to see this Lithuanian producer take off big time somewhere this next winter or shortly after. With ‘Chall’ already being played out by the big players within this specific subgenre (Tale of Us, Mind Against, you name them), we havent even mentioned his track ‘If’ or his various remixes, he’s put out recently. The man is doing well.

And so is BOSO, the label on which this unit was introduced. Looking at it’s discography which is compromised of Few Nolder, Gardens of God and Ten Walls, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the big man behind the label is Mario Basanov himself. The tracks he’s been producing recently as Ten Walls might not be the most original or inspired, but clearly he’s able to spot talent when he sees it.

‘Chall’ fits right in with that eastern european sound, which has become such a staple in recent years: dark, simple and sturdy grooves, layered with chanting synths and sharp percussion. And we like it. We really do.

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Mysterious artists are always an amazing find and we can not remember ever hearing a more mysterious name than SHXCXCHCXSH (we actually still need to copy and paste that, even after following them for a while). All we know about them is that they’re two Swedes, heavily supported by a lot of interesting names in electronic music.

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Artist: Shxcxchcxsh
Title: Monolithic Conclusion
Label: Avian
Catalog#: AVNLP0002
Releasedate: 2014-09-09

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Mysterious artists are always an amazing find and we can not remember ever hearing a more mysterious name than SHXCXCHCXSH (we actually still need to copy and paste that, even after following them for a while). All we know about them is that they’re two Swedes, heavily supported by a lot of interesting names in electronic music.

More and more we are wondering where the name comes from. As an artists’ name often reflects the identity of his music, it is hard not to. It could just be a random order of characters, but it very well may be a phonetical notation of a series of distorted kicks, hi hats and other percussion. Listening to their productions makes the latter sound the most logical. By creating walls of sound, in which each and every element is still perfectly distinguishable, ‘random’ does not feel like an apt description at all.

Sometimes anonimity makes music faceless, but not here. Their latest album on Shifted’s excellent Avian Imprint, ‘Linear S Decoded’ is a journey into all area’s of experimental techno. The unique approach to music and music production in general, however, do not reflect their somewhat traditional use of the format ‘album’, even though it is very well used. After building up to a dark and tough atmosphere for most of the track list, the conclusion is lighter and quite refreshing. For this reason we decided to feature the end of this musical journey instead of the beginning, because, for once, knowing how something is going to end, does not mean you know what you will find along the way.

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In our hometown of Utrecht, this track’s title probably calls up associations with an infamous student discotheque in the center of town. We can imagine though that Dave DK is rather referring to the Sydney suburb or the aboriginal word for ‘place of plenty’ or ‘young black kangaroo’ (thanks Wikipedia), which makes sense given the nature of this track.

Everything about this track invokes dromomania, or an uncontrollable urge to travel. From the distant synth lines that savor of a filmic landscape, to the nondescript animal noises that feel exotic yet familiar. As if you’re living in an advertisement for trips to Australia or South America.

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Artist: Dave DK
Title: Woolloomooloo
Label: Pampa Records
Catalog#: PAMPA020
Releasedate: 2014-02-17

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In our hometown of Utrecht, this track’s title probably calls up associations with an infamous student discotheque in the center of town. We can imagine though that Dave DK is rather referring to the Sydney suburb or the aboriginal word for ‘place of plenty’ or ‘young black kangaroo’ (thanks Wikipedia), which makes sense given the nature of this track.

Everything about this track invokes dromomania, or an uncontrollable urge to travel. From the distant synth lines that savor of a filmic landscape, to the nondescript animal noises that feel exotic yet familiar. As if you’re living in an advertisement for trips to Australia or South America.

Luckily you don’t have to travel that far to get a hold of this guy. He’ll be visiting our clubnight Scala on the 24th of October in Poppodium EKKO in our hometown of Utrecht. Feel free to join us.

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Welcome back dear listeners. Yesterday we talked about how important it is to realize that the state of the used ingredients should not be a factor which should prevent someone from making fantastic sandwiches. Yes that’s a reference to the well known DGP track; been wanting to use that for some time now. Yesterday’s analogy makes sense all of a sudden now doesn’t it? But to the point; we were discussing the Black Mambo EP by Sigward, and how it sounds interesting by using various elements such as a ‘human feel’ (for instance by not, or hardly, quantizing drum sounds), but also an amount of unpredictability. It seems to us that the music was created from a sort of artistic freedom, or simply put; ‘make what you feel without doing concessions’ music. And we enjoy this way of creating music; it might tell us something interesting about the creator. Then again maybe it doesn’t, but the fun thing is; we won’t know for sure and we can interpret the music the way we feel suits it best. But what we do know is this; the composing artist, and also the label, stand firmly by the artist’s work.

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Artist: Sigward
Title: Black Mambo (Simon Garcia Remix)
Label: Something Happening Somewhere
Catalog#: SOHASO004
Releasedate: 2014-09-15

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Welcome back dear listeners. Yesterday we talked about how important it is to realize that the state of the used ingredients should not be a factor which should prevent someone from making fantastic sandwiches. Yes that’s a reference to the well known DGP track; been wanting to use that for some time now. Yesterday’s analogy makes sense all of a sudden now doesn’t it? But to the point; we were discussing the Black Mambo EP by Sigward, and how it sounds interesting by using various elements such as a ‘human feel’ (for instance by not, or hardly, quantizing drum sounds), but also an amount of unpredictability. It seems to us that the music was created from a sort of artistic freedom, or simply put; ‘make what you feel without doing concessions’ music. And we enjoy this way of creating music; it might tell us something interesting about the creator. Then again maybe it doesn’t, but the fun thing is; we won’t know for sure and we can interpret the music the way we feel suits it best. But what we do know is this; the composing artist, and also the label, stand firmly by the artist’s work.

We like the romanticized idea of music being put out by labels solely because they believe more people should get to know the artist. That does not mean that artists or labels aren’t allowed to make a living from music, but it’s nice to know the main focus lies with music and creativity. Because it leads to far more interesting listening material. The Simon Garcia remix of Black Mambo is the energetic counterpart of the original. Where Black Mambo has a slow paced, but hard hittng steady drive at 110 BPM; the Garcia remix is much more volatile and ‘hasty’. Although not a 4×4 beat, the tempo is much faster, and it also has 16th note hi-hats that give the track speed and a feeling of being restless in a way. Acid synth arpeggio’s that move about in the stereo field add to it a feeling of suspense, the ominous distorted vocal takes care of a finishing touch that leaves this listener a little unsettled. The built up tensions screams for a release, but when the track is finished, you’re still left with a feeling of things being left unsaid.

Sigward is a Dutch producer from The Hague and we are glad that in this day in age, with electronic music being a multi billion dollar industry, there’s people like Nuno dos Santos who believe in releasing music not for the masses, but for anyone who might be interested. Irregardless the outcome in terms of ‘commercial succes’.

P.S. The EP features a digitally released bonus track called ‘MX86′. Our colleagues at XLR8R did a feature on that so be sure to check out the track; it’s there for you to download at will.

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Being someone who on average, for quite some years now too, listens to a couple hours of electronic music a day, one can’t help but feel that there is a certain limit to what we can create musically, without repeating stuff from the past. If we think about it, genres like house or techno, although sometimes dubbed ‘modern’ or ‘young’, have actually been around for about 30 years now. In that sense one could argue that the genres have existed long enough for them to reach a certain level of maturity. That idea is supported by observing that even though the attached cultural scene is as vibrant, moving and relevant as it ever was, musically there haven’t been ground breaking developments in terms of styles, sounds or genres. To therefore conclude that everything has probably been done makes sense, but maybe it’s a bit depressing too.

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Artist: Sigward
Title: Black Mambo
Label: Something Happening Somewhere
Catalog#: SOHASO004
Releasedate: 2014-09-15

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Being someone who on average, for quite some years now too, listens to a couple hours of electronic music a day, one can’t help but feel that there is a certain limit to what we can create musically, without repeating stuff from the past. If we think about it, genres like house or techno, although sometimes dubbed ‘modern’ or ‘young’, have actually been around for about 30 years now. In that sense one could argue that the genres have existed long enough for them to reach a certain level of maturity. That idea is supported by observing that even though the attached cultural scene is as vibrant, moving and relevant as it ever was, musically there haven’t been ground breaking developments in terms of styles, sounds or genres. To therefore conclude that everything has probably been done makes sense, but maybe it’s a bit depressing too.

And that’s why we’re so happy with this Black Mambo EP out on Nuno dos Santos’ label Something Happening Somewhere (SoHaSo). Because to us, this whole EP is the embodiment of the idea that if a master chef makes you a tuna sandwich, even though you’ve probably eaten one a bunch of times before, you’re going to taste the difference. And if you like food, you’re going to love it, and it will inspire you to maybe try out other sandwiches as well. Or you might start making them yourself. The analogy is a bit uninspired we admit; but the basic concept of an artist with be it talent, skills or good taste, that is able to create music that surprises and excites electronic music ‘veterans’, well that speaks for itself. It’s both surprising and comforting that we can still feel so much when listening to a piece of music. It goes to show that even if you’re quite familiar with the ingredients, it takes a true artist to give you the feeling you’re listening to something different.

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It’s always tricky to compare one hero to a group of others, but somewhere, somehow, Wilkie reminds us a lot of Kraftwerk. Of course there’s the obvious comparisons that are concerned with sounds. It’s a dark synth-track with a steady bassline and some sparse higher pitched synth lines and it wouldn’t be hard to imagine a robotic voice muttering something like ‘adorable android’ or anything similar.

Some aspects of this track however do not sound like Kraftwerk in any way and it’s there that Roman Flügel reminds us most of the German pioneers. He’s in some way able to create new, unheard sounds out of machines that have been existing for more than 30 years now. That’s what Kraftwerk did in their time, and that’s what Roman Flügel is still doing today.

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Artist: Roman Flügel
Title: Wilkie
Label: Dial Records
Catalog#: DIALCD31
Releasedate: 2014-09-01

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It’s always tricky to compare one hero to a group of others, but somewhere, somehow, Wilkie reminds us a lot of Kraftwerk. Of course there’s the obvious comparisons that are concerned with sounds. It’s a dark synth-track with a steady bassline and some sparse higher pitched synth lines and it wouldn’t be hard to imagine a robotic voice muttering something like ‘adorable android’ or anything similar.

Some aspects of this track however do not sound like Kraftwerk in any way and it’s there that Roman Flügel reminds us most of the German pioneers. He’s in some way able to create new, unheard sounds out of machines that have been existing for more than 30 years now. That’s what Kraftwerk did in their time, and that’s what Roman Flügel is still doing today.

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It’s perhaps common knowledge that nearly everyone in Germany involved with house and techno moved to Berlin in the early 90s, to settle in a rebuilding city. Not Michael Mayer, who grew up in the German Schwarzwald. There, he received his first shot at DJ-ing at discotheque Drops from Alex F, a local DJ and light technician. “The club had been closed for a while when I visited the area with my wife recently. I went to show her the place where it was located and exactly at that time we coincidentally witnessed the demolition of the building. My wife didn’t have any personal ties to it, but she said she was able to envision the ghosts of all the people who danced there.”

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Artist: Michael Mayer
Label: Kompakt
Based: Cologne (DE)
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It’s perhaps common knowledge that nearly everyone in Germany involved with house and techno moved to Berlin in the early 90s, to settle in a rebuilding city. Not Michael Mayer, who grew up in the German Schwarzwald. There, he received his first shot at DJ-ing at discotheque Drops from Alex F, a local DJ and light technician. “The club had been closed for a while when I visited the area with my wife recently. I went to show her the place where it was located and exactly at that time we coincidentally witnessed the demolition of the building. My wife didn’t have any personal ties to it, but she said she was able to envision the ghosts of all the people who danced there.”

When all of Mayer’s friends and colleagues began their migration to Berlin, he and Tobias Thomas decided to move to Cologne. There, they started the label Kompakt in 1993. Fast-forward to 21 years later and we see that Kompakt has become one of the biggest and leading record labels in the world, with a distribution branch that covers roughly 50 significant independent labels: from the Dutch Something Happening Somewhere, via the rapidly growing Life and Death, all the way to Berlin mainstay Ostgut Ton.

Michael Mayer as an artist

In the meantime, Mayer hasn’t failed to perform as an artist either, releasing two albums, tens of singles and over 140 remixes to his own name (that’s excluding his various aliases). “Keeping a fixed structure is instrumental to me. At weekends I fly all over the world to play, on Monday I have my day off to spend time with my family, on Tuesday through Thursday I work long days at the office and on Friday I get my records together and take my time to say goodbye to my family again. It’s hard work, but because of my routine, I have gotten used to it.”

What stands out is the large number of remixes that Michael Mayer has done. “Because of that routine I don’t have much time to work on my own music. I prefer to make my own music without any distractions, and from start to finish and I don’t get the chance to do that very often. When I’m doing remixes, is easier to let it rest for a certain period of time and pick it up after a while.”

Thus Michael Mayer recently released three remixes within a short period of time. He has made adaptations for GusGus (‘Crossfade’), Zoot Woman (‘Don’t Tear Yourself Apart’) and Gui Boratto (‘Joker’). “I like doing remixes for bands more, because it’s easier to give my own touch to the songs. For instance, ‘Don’t Tear Yourself Apart’ is a beautiful song, but at 145BPM there’s nothing I can do with it in my DJ-sets. I wanted to make sure that I could play it myself.”

Remixing Gui Boratto’s tracks has become something of a tradition for Michael Mayer. “I’ve done remixes for tracks of every album he released with us up to this point. In the case of ‘Joker’ I had associations of old Belgian techno, like for instance D-Shake. I wanted to focus on that element of the track, without the trance-y side of early 90’s Belgian techno.

DGTL Presents Kompakt at ADE

This year, Kompakt will be represented at Amsterdam Dance Event once again on the 18th of October at the Scheepsbouwloods on the NDSM shipyard (with Gui Boratto, Kölsch and Michael Mayer himself, amongst others). “ADE has made huge steps the last few years and it has become the largest dance event in the world. I never really liked Miami and Sonar used to be important, but a lot has changed recently. The advantages of ADE are that it’s well-organized and perfectly timed. It’s a short while after the main season, when everybody is gearing up for next year. And you have to come back every year, because everybody you work with is there. That’s what makes it so much fun, you get to finally see those people in person that you email with daily.

Kompakt is teaming up with DGTL once again this year. “We’ve worked together for quite a few times no and I’ve played some DJ-sets for them as well. They’re very nice and professional people. Perhaps the best development at ADE is that it’s held at the large capacity, yet very intimate locations. I’ve heard that there are 5 festivals a week in Amsterdam (and it’s not even that big of a city), which goes to show that it truly is the epicentre for dance music worldwide.

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It’s one of the big honours you can get as an artist: remixing a legend. Opportunities like these don’t cross the artist’s way very often, and present an immense challenge as living up to the expectations can be hard in these cases. Nonetheless, Chymera decided to seize the moment and give Moby’s most recent release ‘The Last Day’ a makeover.

And what a makeover it is. There’s actually not much left of the original in Chymera’s remix, especially not in the Dub version we’re sharing here (which we’re the first to!), but somehow the original spirit of the track has been preserved. In terms of tempo and composition, the remix reminds a bit of good old ‘Caprica Burning’. This is a deeper, slower side of the Irish producer we’re seeing here, less of the pumping, driving arp fuelled beasts we’ve become used to. It’s great to hear how far his talent reaches beyond those grooves, kneading this original in something very deep and subtle.

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Artist: Moby
Title: The Last Day (Chymera Dub Remix)
Label: Little Idiot
Catalog#: IDIOT029BP
Releasedate: 2014-08-18

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It’s one of the big honours you can get as an artist: remixing a legend. Opportunities like these don’t cross the artist’s way very often, and present an immense challenge as living up to the expectations can be hard in these cases. Nonetheless, Chymera decided to seize the moment and give Moby’s most recent release ‘The Last Day’ a makeover.

And what a makeover it is. There’s actually not much left of the original in Chymera’s remix, especially not in the Dub version we’re sharing here (which we’re the first to!), but somehow the original spirit of the track has been preserved. In terms of tempo and composition, the remix reminds a bit of good old ‘Caprica Burning’. This is a deeper, slower side of the Irish producer we’re seeing here, less of the pumping, driving arp fuelled beasts we’ve become used to. It’s great to hear how far his talent reaches beyond those grooves, kneading this original in something very deep and subtle.

With it’s almost heavenly pads and subtle ad-libs, ‘The Last Day’ is a stark reminder of the skill Chymera possesses, which in part fuels our longing to October 16th, where he’ll be playing with us during Amsterdam Dance Event. Other guests are Laurent Garnier, Recondite, Tsepo and many others. Join us!

Florinsz Janvier
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