After providing a podcast, starring in one of our Inner Circle episodes and remixing SEKOIA’s Florinsz Janvier, Some Chemistry is back! Releasing ‘Brick Factory’ as part of a compilation curated by the Amsterdam artists from Morgen.am, the Dutch, Frisian, Bolivian artist is taking it slow again.

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Artist: Some Chemistry
Title: Brick Factory
Label: Morgen.am
Catalog#: MRG001
Releasedate: 2014-10-19

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After providing a podcast, starring in one of our Inner Circle episodes and remixing SEKOIA’s Florinsz Janvier, Some Chemistry is back! Releasing ‘Brick Factory’ as part of a compilation curated by the Amsterdam artists from Morgen.am, the Dutch, Frisian, Bolivian artist is taking it slow again.

‘Brick Factory’ is a dubbed out journey guided by a female shaman, through a landscape of bells, kalimbas, drones and… bricks? Yes, the title remains a mystery to us as well but that doesn’t deduct anything from the sheer pleasure we’ve had in the last 7,5 minutes of listening. Do yourself a favour: press that play button, and why don’t you start making some bricks while you’re at it?

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We all have that one friend. We all do. Don’t you? Maybe you’ve got more. Actually we do. Friends in a group are great, but sometimes an individual stands out for certain moments.

Do you remember that time, that the whole group bailed on the event you were supposed to attend? You were looking forward to it for so long and one of your favourite dj’s is playing. It can’t be that you’re missing this because everybody is “feeling a bit under the weather”, has a birthday “this weekend” or is hitting the bed early tonight. But there’s always this friend, who steps up and says, “you know what, we’ll go together, just the two of us”.

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Artist: Steffi
Title: Fine Friend
Label: Ostgut Ton
Catalog#: OSTGUTCD032
Releasedate: 2014-11-24

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We all have that one friend. We all do. Don’t you? Maybe you’ve got more. Actually we do. Friends in a group are great, but sometimes an individual stands out for certain moments.

Do you remember that time, that the whole group bailed on the event you were supposed to attend? You were looking forward to it for so long and one of your favourite dj’s is playing. It can’t be that you’re missing this because everybody is “feeling a bit under the weather”, has a birthday “this weekend” or is hitting the bed early tonight. But there’s always this friend, who steps up and says, “you know what, we’ll go together, just the two of us”.

These evenings, these nights, these late mornings, the two of you, dancing, enjoying, an incidental hug. And later on, the shared walk of shame to the train station. These are nights to remember, just having a party with one, best friend. Together alone. This song applies to him or her.

It’s a cut from Panorama Bar resident Steffi’s new album ‘Power of Anonimity’, out now on Ostgut Ton. Combining elektro, IDM, house and krautrock, Steffi aimed to infuse all her influences from over 20 years of experience into one record. In her own words: “I wanted to make an album that I, as a DJ, would like to carry in my record bag.” It was released today and you should go check it out. Right now.

Oh and to our friends in Utrecht: Steffi is playing the Pandora all night (back to back with Tama Sumo) at TivoliVredenburg next Friday. We will all be there.

Tom Stigter
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All music can invoke certain associations. From the concrete ones, that stimulate senses and memory, to the more abstract ones that are linked to the four traditional elements: fire, water, earth and wind. These associations are not limited to one genre. Even the most diverse music can call up the same associations from person to person.

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Artist: Tin Man
Title: No new Violence (Vox Version)
Label: Acid Test
Catalog#: ATLP04
Releasedate: 2014-09-22

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All music can invoke certain associations. From the concrete ones, that stimulate senses and memory, to the more abstract ones that are linked to the four traditional elements: fire, water, earth and wind. These associations are not limited to one genre. Even the most diverse music can call up the same associations from person to person.

‘No New Violence’ by Tin Man is a prime example of a track that identifies itself easily with water. The reverbed hi hats sound like ticks from a submarine in a deep blue see. The synths move through that water like dolphins, kept company by a diver in the form of Tin Man’s vocals.

Tin Man is an acid lover and has the ability to use his beloved acid sounds in a subtle way in his deeper productions. Although the lyrics stay unintelligible, with his voice he must proclaiming his view on no more violence. How could anybody get aggressive by listening to music like this?

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The three members of My Favorite Robot started their activities (running a label and being an electronic music trio) with a shared mission: Ignore the norm and broaden the definition of electronic music in order to deliver it to as many music lovers as possible. “We try to blur the boundaries between ‘songs’ and typical dance floor music. All three of us are children of the 70s and 80s and we want our music to be a representation of our respective influences. We grew up listening to ‘songs’ rather than ‘tracks’ and we want that quality to resound in the music we make and release.”

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Artist: My Favorite Robot
Based: Canada
Label: My Favorite Robot
Podcast #029

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The three members of My Favorite Robot started their activities (running a label and being an electronic music trio) with a shared mission: Ignore the norm and broaden the definition of electronic music in order to deliver it to as many music lovers as possible. “We try to blur the boundaries between ‘songs’ and typical dance floor music. All three of us are children of the 70s and 80s and we want our music to be a representation of our respective influences. We grew up listening to ‘songs’ rather than ‘tracks’ and we want that quality to resound in the music we make and release.”

Strikingly, MFR started out as a duo (formed by Jared Simms and Voytek Korab), and the third member (James Teej) didn’t join the group until five years later. “Voytek and Jared started the project in Montreal and at one point Jared moved to Toronto. There, he encountered James and there was this instant connection. Initially, James just released his solo records on MFR Records, but later on he became involved in the day-to-day business of the label as well. Quickly, we started collaborating in the studio on a frequent basis, because James has a wealth of technical knowledge and skills. So eventually all of the lines were blurred and it was a matter of course that he would become a full member of My Favorite Robot.”

CHANGE IN DYNAMICS

This development entailed a change of dynamics: “But because strongly share the same vision, that doesn’t matter all that much. We do differ in tastes, but we respect each other in that area. And when it comes to concrete activities for My Favorite Robot, everyone does their part. We know where our individual strengths are, so we let every person do their own specific tasks. For instance: Jared is more involved with the day-to-day works of the record label, James keeps busy with the technical studio stuff that we all understand, but he has a quicker way of doing things and Voytek is the main vocalist of the bunch, who also contributes in songwriting. This breakdown isn’t strict at all, and every person jumps in when necessary. We maintain a strong do it yourself mentality. 20 years ago, everyone in the music industry had a specific specialty, but nowadays you have to know a little bit about all fields of work.

We currently don’t even live in the same city anymore. Voytek still lives in Montreal, I live in Toronto and James has moved to Guayaquil, Ecuador. With the way technology has developed, that’s easily manageable. We keep each other up to date through email and Skype and we plan in studio time regularly.”

FROM CLUB TO LIVE

The addition of James Teej opened up a realm of possibilities. Previously, Korab and Simms only did DJ sets as a duo, but with James, the possibilities of a live set opened up. “As soon as James joined us, we started transforming into a live concept. It took us a while, because that transformation takes a different approach when it comes to the creation of music. We wanted to have a solid collection of material before performing live, which turned out to be our album (‘Atomic Age’, 2013). The album is more song-based, which is better suited for live performances. Besides that, we still make club music and do DJ sets as My Favorite Robot, but those DJ sets are done with a maximum of two people, because three DJ’s would make a DJ set confusing for us and for the audience.”

My Favorite Robot tries to maintain the spontaneity of their DJ sets in their live performances, in accordance to their mission that we mentioned before: “When we were rehearsing for our first live shows, Voytek suddenly started a spontaneous jam of Alice in Chain songs. Jared and James were completely surprised and thus decided to keep that in our live set.”

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“We’re taking our time with this podcast. It’s a chance for us to show all of our diversity and give an impression of our tastes at this moment. We’re really taking it step by step, adding song after song and working on it for a longer period of time. That way, we’re not forgetting songs and we can really dig into our record bags.”

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Haunt is ambiguous in what you should really feel. That ambiguity is often a major strength in many tracks, keeping a balance between happy and melancholic and in that way never overdoing it. A kind of hopeful or tense feeling perhaps if you really want to put it into words. Haunt doesn’t really give away its true colors until it builds towards the climax at 2:49 in which it takes a more hasty pace, as if you finally start running from something or someone that has always been walking behind you in the park late at night. With that little added touch of guitar, the track gains momentum while at the same time it gets a more organic feeling. A true late night dreamer.

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Artist: Rival Consoles
Title: Haunt
Label: Erased Tapes
Catalog#: ERATP059DL
Releasedate: 2014-09-15

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Haunt is ambiguous in what you should really feel. That ambiguity is often a major strength in many tracks, keeping a balance between happy and melancholic and in that way never overdoing it. A kind of hopeful or tense feeling perhaps if you really want to put it into words. Haunt doesn’t really give away its true colors until it builds towards the climax at 2:49 in which it takes a more hasty pace, as if you finally start running from something or someone that has always been walking behind you in the park late at night. With that little added touch of guitar, the track gains momentum while at the same time it gets a more organic feeling. A true late night dreamer.

Rival Consoles released ‘Sonne’ two months ago on one of our favorite labels: Erased Tapes. Check out the full release, for it is truly a diverse masterpiece.

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The name Dhafer Youssef keeps popping up more and more around us. We start to wonder whether he is just now starting to buzz in our circles, or if we’ve just failed to notice him before. For instance, Nuno dos Santos mentioned him as one of his inspirations in our recent Around the Clock item and now Olaf Stuut created a remix for his song ‘Sura’.

There’s something about Arabic music that has a mysterious feeling of melancholic mystery, in a psychedelic and vivacious manner. Coupling that with a shuffled house beat, and a steady yet irregular bass line makes for an interesting combination. It makes us curious to find out what kind of effect this has on a dance floor. It could be quite unsettling, yet the natural groove could result in a comforting ambiance. Whoever finds the right moment to drop a track like this could discover a plethora of possibilities in a club setting.

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They call it surfer house, and it’s easy to imagine why. There is a certain lightness that’s not easy to effect when using analog instruments. It’s as if the notes that are used are out the floating in the air, hitting your ear drum irregularly and coincidentally, instead of them being forced into the side of your head.

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Artist: Trackman Lafonte & Bon Qui Qui
Title: Fascinating Facts
Label: Creme Organization
Catalog#: CREME1256
Releasedate: 2012-04-23

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They call it surfer house, and it’s easy to imagine why. There is a certain lightness that’s not easy to effect when using analog instruments. It’s as if the notes that are used are out the floating in the air, hitting your ear drum irregularly and coincidentally, instead of them being forced into the side of your head.

It’s impossible to keep track of every Legowelt alias out there, but this joint project with Xosar is one we’ll certainly keep an eye on. We’re praying that he will one day go the Roman Flügel way and decides to forego all aliases. Let’s be honest: Danny Wolfers still has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

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Girls, hold on to you Panama hats, because this is going to be one intense ride. What starts out as a very threadbare track with some minimal synth elements all of a sudden deepens around the 1:25-mark. As if you’re in the movie theatre, watching a movie in 3D without the glasses for the first thirty minutes before finally putting them on.

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Artist: C.A.R.
Title: Idle Eyes (Roman Flügel Remix)
Label: Kill the DJ
Catalog#: 64567
Releasedate: 2014-09-29

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Girls, hold on to you Panama hats, because this is going to be one intense ride. What starts out as a very threadbare track with some minimal synth elements all of a sudden deepens around the 1:25-mark. As if you’re in the movie theatre, watching a movie in 3D without the glasses for the first thirty minutes before finally putting them on.

In essence, the track is quite simple. The way that it’s put together with minimal elements, gaining maximum effect, is a testament of Roman Flügel’s genius. This is bittersweet, since we feel that this could be his masterpiece, leaving no room for improvement. This is a composition that belongs to life’s top moments, like the first time you see a sunrise at Melt Festival or receiving an assenting response to your marriage proposal.

We’ll just go out and say it: this is a modern day Bolero that would make Ravel return to the drawing table.

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Do you know that feeling when you are already late, you’re about to leave and you need to pee? After that, you REALLY need to leave in a hurry because.. well, you already needed to leave right before peeing. And right at that moment you find out you have no clue where your keys are. That feeling of utter chaos and self-loathing because you’re that idiot who never puts his keys in a standardized place.

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Artist: Clockwork & Tale Of Us
Title: Lost Keys
Label: Life And Death
Catalog#: LAD009CD
Releasedate: 2013-04-15

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Do you know that feeling when you are already late, you’re about to leave and you need to pee? After that, you REALLY need to leave in a hurry because.. well, you already needed to leave right before peeing. And right at that moment you find out you have no clue where your keys are. That feeling of utter chaos and self-loathing because you’re that idiot who never puts his keys in a standardized place.

Well, this track definitely does not describe that feeling, it’s actually quite the opposite: a beautiful and soothing track. Slowly evolving pads, subtile bassline and, well… the sound of ringing keys. This calming, yet interesting piece of work is probably the last soundtrack that would be playing in our heads when we’ve lost our keys. But if it would, yours truly would be very happy to be such chaotic guy.

Guido de Beer
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This track is far from new, but it seems to gain popularity in the form of waves rolling towards the beach, but then leaving gradually. The recent wave, thanks to Jackmaster who over the years has kept playing the track here and there in his sets, happened end of last September. Jackmaster dubs it ‘the tune of the week/month/year and the history of the universe’. But because this track keeps popping up every couple of years, it’s not a track everybody has already heard. It’s kind of a classic, but then again it’s also something many people haven’t heard yet. So we decided to share it.

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Artist: Fatima Yamaha
Title: What’s A Girl To Do
Label: D1 Recordings
Catalog#: DONE061
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This track is far from new, but it seems to gain popularity in the form of waves rolling towards the beach, but then leaving gradually. The recent wave, thanks to Jackmaster who over the years has kept playing the track here and there in his sets, happened end of last September. Jackmaster dubs it ‘the tune of the week/month/year and the history of the universe’. But because this track keeps popping up every couple of years, it’s not a track everybody has already heard. It’s kind of a classic, but then again it’s also something many people haven’t heard yet. So we decided to share it.

Music sometimes has the ability to trigger a feeling of recognition, or sometimes it even brings back very specific memories. It kinda feels like coming home to a place where you’ve lived for many years. It feels like looking at old photographs of your childhood. Or meeting up with that one friend you haven’t seen in years, but you guys still connect the same way you always did. When it happens you get warm fuzzy feelings and of course the dumb grin on your face that can be roughly translated to ‘remember that moment when the thing happened, that was so awesome’.

‘What’s a Girl To Do’ did this to a couple of us for some reason. Therefore we feel like maybe we’ve heard this tune before and to be even more precise; we think we heard it when we were young. It feels so familiar we can’t help but think it was a soundtrack to some kids movie we liked. Or maybe because of the instruments used, and the repetitive melody, it’s reminiscent of the 16-bit video games that we played back then. However, Fatima Yamaha, pseudonym of Bas Bron – Dutch producer of the infamous Dutch rap formation ‘De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig’ and the guy behind ‘Bastian – You’ve Got My Love’ – created this beautiful piece of tranquility in 2004. So did the producer base this track on an existing soundtrack from our youth? Or are our minds just playing tricks on us and have we never heard this tune at the age that this track reminds of us so much? Could it be that because a track reminds you of a period in your life, that your brain automatically connects the track to certain memories you already have? It definitely leaves us wondering which part of our associative memories is actually true, and which part might be created by music. But if you feel what we feel when you hear this track, you’re going to have it on repeat for about an hour the first time you listen to it. – DW. & R.

P.S. The entire Fatima Yamaha album is available to download for free here;

http://www.d1.ie/music.php?intLabelID=1&intReleaseID=87

Dennis Williams
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