There is something special about the structure of this track. It starts out with a simple motif, repeated over time and adding elements. So far, it’s just basic minimal house. Audiodox taking his sweet time to set up a climax around the halfway point of the track.

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Artist: Audiodox
Title: Breathing
Label: Mare Records
Catalog#: 10021978
Releasedate: 2010-12-05

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There is something special about the structure of this track. It starts out with a simple motif, repeated over time and adding elements. So far, it’s just basic minimal house. Audiodox taking his sweet time to set up a climax around the halfway point of the track.

By deforming his foundation in the two minutes leading up to the peak, he is able to achieve a certain hypnotic groove, which eventually makes the foundation obsolete. It’s as if he built a house, started with the foundation, finished the house and then decided to remove the foundation. And somehow that house doesn’t collapse, and it functions as an air castle.

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Cosmin TRG’s remarkable style of production and DJ-ing is impossible to describe in less than 20 words, so we became curious about his inspirations. That’s why we invited him to write this new installment of Around the Clock. He wrote it himself and as a starting point he chose a Friday, where he stands up early and makes his way to a gig, let’s say in the Netherlands. Well, as it so happens, a week from Friday Cosmin TRG will be performing at Contra (alongside Space Dimension Controller, CW/A, Florinsz Janvier, Some Chemistry and Nino & Frankie). Let’s look at how he is planning to spend his day and check out some of the best IDM, ambient and techno music you will ever hear. He even reveals his favorite Dutch beer.

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Artist: Cosmin TRG
Based: Berlin (DE)
Labels: Rush Hour, 50 Weapons, Bpitch Control, Ninja Tune, Fizic and more.

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Cosmin TRG’s remarkable style of production and DJ-ing is impossible to describe in less than 20 words, so we became curious about his inspirations. That’s why we invited him to write this new installment of Around the Clock. He wrote it himself and as a starting point he chose a Friday, where he stands up early and makes his way to a gig, let’s say in the Netherlands. Well, as it so happens, a week from Friday Cosmin TRG will be performing at Contra (alongside Space Dimension Controller, CW/A, Florinsz Janvier, Some Chemistry and Nino & Frankie). Let’s look at how he is planning to spend his day and check out some of the best IDM, ambient and techno music you will ever hear. He even reveals his favorite Dutch beer.

08:00: Gescom – Viral Revival (Autechre Remix)

Let us pretend it’s a Friday. Chances are my day will start in Berlin and finish somewhere in another country (let’s say, the Netherlands). It is of paramount importance to me that my day starts early so I can plan, prepare and put things in perspective. Obviously it doesn’t happen very often: I sleep in, waste time on the internet and then rush to the airport in panic. However, should my day start at 8AM, it would take the dopest beat and the most beautiful melody to push things into gear, and this Autechre track does that every time. It is not of this world. And at dawn, this track brings light.

12:00: Eric Holm – Stave

It’s winter and it’s Berlin so it’s pretty much still dark at noon so the lights are on in my house – it’s a bizarre arctic mood and what better way to fuel this than Eric Holm’s work. His album is one of the standouts for me this year. Eric went to Andøya, an island 300km from the Arctic circle, and recorded the movements of a military telegraph pole – then used the recordings to construct his album. The result is an eerie rhythmical discourse of astonishing detail. The video accompanying Stave is also very lush.

18:00: Basic Channel – Lyot Rmx

By this time I’m gearing up to fly to the Netherlands (let’s say) – which is a really short and easy flight from Berlin, but any airport is bound to yank me out of my comfort zone so I need something to sooth my nerves (I’m not a big fan of airport crowds). This classic Basic Channel track is where I find solace.

20:00: Tons of Tones – The Meaning of Life

8PM is usually a tricky time for me, I’m either really pumped and looking forward to the night’s proceedings, or in that sort of lethargic state when you have to do something really radical to get back into the groove. I find that this Steve Rachmad’s tune and a nice hoppy Brouwerij’t IJ IPA will do the trick. After all, these 2 are some of the best things to have come out of the Netherlands (red. Cosmin TRG doesn’t have to explain to us how amazing Brouwerij ‘t IJ is. It’s one of our favorite beers).

02:00: Black Noise – Nature of the Beast (Black Noise Mix)

I like dropping a lot of classic techno in my sets, and this is one of the tracks that I’m very fond of. It hasn’t lost its edge in the 17 years since it was pressed to wax. To think that a track is almost as old as some of your audience is an interesting thought. To think that I’m almost twice that age is a slightly darker thought.

06:00: Alvo Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Noon

Mornings after shows are a tough one for me, as I’m a very light sleeper and if the sun’s out, there’s an automated switch in my brain that flicks on and keeps me wide awake. I usually need something that’s melodic but not too kitschy to drain out the post-gig sonic debris and calm me down. I love Raster Noton music and it would be really wrong to say it puts me to sleep (because more often than not I just lie there thinking about how this music is produced). It echoes my messed up circadian rhythm, but also puts it back into some form of order. It’s my Zeitgeber.

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Balcony Life, a title that says so little, while it could mean so much at the same time. It is safe to say we all picture sunny weather and a beautiful view immediately, for instance watching over the ocean or a busy boulevard with pretty people.

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Artist: Maricopa
Title: Balcony Life
Label: Back To The Balearics
Catalog#: BTTB003
Releasedate: 2014-04-21

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Balcony Life, a title that says so little, while it could mean so much at the same time. It is safe to say we all picture sunny weather and a beautiful view immediately, for instance watching over the ocean or a busy boulevard with pretty people.

Maricopa probably envisioned the same if we listen to the track. The main melody is so light – perhaps careless even – and the background really does sound like there are people enjoying themselves in a far away place down below. Yes, Balcony life is easy life. Wonderful isn’t it, how a simple title and a composition of sounds and atmosphere can create such a strong image.

Both “Pastel Love EP” part 1 and 2 have brilliant tracks like this one with a similar feel to it. Our advice is to check them out on any given bad day, it would turn it around completely.

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When the end of the year approaches and dark hours get longer, the reign of Recondite grows. During this ominous period his music is like the soundtrack of Requiem For A Dream: cold, ruthless and best admired during the dark, damp anecdotes of meteorology.

Mind Against, hailing from their Life And Death fortress, work all year round to maintain their regimen. With quality tunes that keep the middle between dance floor violence and living room art, the Italian, Berlin-based, duo remains at the forefront of deep house worldwide.

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Artist: Mind Against
Title: Strange Days (Recondite Remix)
Label: Life And Death
Catalog#: LAD019
Releasedate: 16-12-2014

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When the end of the year approaches and dark hours get longer, the reign of Recondite grows. During this ominous period his music is like the soundtrack of Requiem For A Dream: cold, ruthless and best admired during the dark, damp anecdotes of meteorology.

Mind Against, hailing from their Life And Death fortress, work all year round to maintain their regimen. With quality tunes that keep the middle between dance floor violence and living room art, the Italian, Berlin-based, duo remains at the forefront of deep house worldwide.


Having just been named best live act of 2014 by Resident Advisor, having Recondite remixing your release is the best way to make sure you get something special. And yes, he’s delivered. A bit more full than his own stripped down productions, which is very nice for a change.

Exciting times are ahead. A new era dawns. Winter is coming. 

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Christmas time is coming up and what’s better than burning all those family dinner calories at a party in the night following Boxing Day? You will be hard pressed to find a better night out on December 26th than Contra in the Ferro Dome in Rotterdam. Besides being the first organization to host a party at the phenomenal industrial gasometer, they’re showing some muscle by programming some exciting artists in Boddika, CW/A (yes, that’s Clockwork and Avatism), Cosmin TRG, Boris Werner, Contra residents Nino & Frankie, our own Florinsz Janvier and good friend Some Chemistry and of course Space Dimension Controller.

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Artist: Space Dimension Controller
Title: Monodynamic
Label: Clone Royal Oak
Catalog#: Royal022
Releasedate: 02-06-2014

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Christmas time is coming up and what’s better than burning all those family dinner calories at a party in the night following Boxing Day? You will be hard pressed to find a better night out on December 26th than Contra in the Ferro Dome in Rotterdam. Besides being the first organization to host a party at the phenomenal industrial gasometer, they’re showing some muscle by programming some exciting artists in Boddika, CW/A (yes, that’s Clockwork and Avatism), Cosmin TRG, Boris Werner, Contra residents Nino & Frankie, our own Florinsz Janvier and good friend Some Chemistry and of course Space Dimension Controller.

When gearing up for Contra, we rediscovered his Correlation #2 EP (out on Clone’s sublabel Grey Oak). We’ve already shared ‘Down In Sector H’ with you, a track we deemed more fit for a Sunday sunset. This one should work better in clubs, which is why we decided to also share this one. It should fill you with as much anticipatory pleasure as we are feeling when looking forward to Contra.

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This track has been charted by lots and lots of artists and we can fully understand why. As we heard this track for the first time, in a house-set by DVS1 last summer, we weren’t alone in totally enjoying our asses off. I guess you might have heard the song before, we think many of you have. So let us take this moment and reminisce about the past summer one last time this year, before turning to 2015.

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Artist: Johannes Volk
Title: Glare
Label: Tief Music
Catalog#: TIEF003
Releasedate: 2014-02-03

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This track has been charted by lots and lots of artists and we can fully understand why. As we heard this track for the first time, in a house-set by DVS1 last summer, we weren’t alone in totally enjoying our asses off. I guess you might have heard the song before, we think many of you have. So let us take this moment and reminisce about the past summer one last time this year, before turning to 2015.

Johannes Volk – the German DJ, producer and label owner of Exploration Records – might have made a modern classic with ‘Glare’. Certainly the elements of classic house make this track a timeless one, and it will surely return to the clubs and festivals for summers to come.

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Mano’s remix of Sasse’s ‘On My Mind’ can perhaps best be described as a hybrid of every genre that is relevant at this moment. The intro with the reverbed cricket-like pad drum and synth pattern evokes associations with Ostgut Ton records, the delayed, flangey, elongated bass line that kicks in after roughly one minute is a staple of many deep house records nowadays, the off beat hi hat coupled with sporadic funky claps is off course a staple of every tech house track and lastly those synth breaks (check around 3 minutes into the track) are reminiscent of a more emotional psychedelic brand of house.

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Artist: Sasse
Title: On My Mind (Mano Le Tough Remix)
Label: Mood Music
Catalog#: MOOD099
Releasedate: 2011-03-23

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Mano’s remix of Sasse’s ‘On My Mind’ can perhaps best be described as a hybrid of every genre that is relevant at this moment. The intro with the reverbed cricket-like pad drum and synth pattern evokes associations with Ostgut Ton records, the delayed, flangey, elongated bass line that kicks in after roughly one minute is a staple of many deep house records nowadays, the off beat hi hat coupled with sporadic funky claps is off course a staple of every tech house track and lastly those synth breaks (check around 3 minutes into the track) are reminiscent of a more emotional psychedelic brand of house.

All of this is symbolic for Mano Le Tough as a producer and a DJ. Combining styles that are seemingly unfit to go together into a set that tells a logical story, yet always with a certain feeling for funk and groove. Magic.

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This coming Saturday our beloved resident Florinsz Janvier will be playing the legendary Time Warp event in our hometown of Utrecht (NL). Playing alongside respected names like DJ Tennis, Maceo Plex, Nuno Dos Santos, Adriatique, Henrik Schwarz, Job Jobse, Maya Jane Coles and ocourse Opa Väth.

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Artist: Florinsz Janvier
Label: SEKOIA
Based: Utrecht (NL)

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This coming Saturday our beloved resident Florinsz Janvier will be playing the legendary Time Warp event in our hometown of Utrecht (NL). Playing alongside respected names like DJ Tennis, Maceo Plex, Nuno Dos Santos, Adriatique, Henrik Schwarz, Job Jobse, Maya Jane Coles and ocourse Opa Väth.

For this occasion FJ made an exclusive podcast, showcasing his signature sound which has also shaped SEKOIA for such a long time. Pampering your eardrums while maintaining dancefloor vibes. Perfect material to get your blood pumping for the upcoming weekend.

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Dwig – or Die Wiese im Garten, which translates to ‘the meadow in the garden’ – is a local composer of electronic music from Berlin. He’s known for his trippy works, and is often associated with festivals and clubs like Fusion and Ritter Butzke. This should reveal a lot about his brand of music: a psychedelic kind of house, laden with mysterious melodies and curious samples.

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Artist: Dwig
Title: Night Time Is The Right Time
Label: Giegling
Catalog#: GIGL04
Releasedate: 2009

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Dwig – or Die Wiese im Garten, which translates to ‘the meadow in the garden’ – is a local composer of electronic music from Berlin. He’s known for his trippy works, and is often associated with festivals and clubs like Fusion and Ritter Butzke. This should reveal a lot about his brand of music: a psychedelic kind of house, laden with mysterious melodies and curious samples.

The same goes for this track: a dark and melodic composition, with hints of dubstep (the good kind). However, that’s not what pulled us in. You should listen to this track all the way to the end, without skipping a beat. Somewhere deep into the track, the narrative changes. We won’t tell you at what time stamp, but after a male vocal proclaiming “Night Time Is the Right Time” the track takes a rather unexpected yet pleasant turn. Something we haven’t seen much before, and something that works brilliantly, especially the first time you hear it.

We hope you’re encouraged to listen to find out what that is, without skipping through the track. Take your time and we’re positive you will not be disappointed.

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If anything, ‘Isbjorn’ by Akzidenz Grotesk is heavily inspired by the post-communist Eastern European techno music that came out in heaps in the early nineties. For the longest time, whenever the term ‘techno’ was mentioned in the US, this is the kind of music that was thought of. Simple arpeggio melodies, with a harsh four to the floor beat. That’s why this sound became a kind of pastiche of itself.

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Artist: Akzidenz Grotezk
Title: Isbjorn
Label: Mental Groove Records
Catalog#: MGDA016
Releasedate: 2010-10-25

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If anything, ‘Isbjorn’ by Akzidenz Grotesk is heavily inspired by the post-communist Eastern European techno music that came out in heaps in the early nineties. For the longest time, whenever the term ‘techno’ was mentioned in the US, this is the kind of music that was thought of. Simple arpeggio melodies, with a harsh four to the floor beat. That’s why this sound became a kind of pastiche of itself.

Nowadays we’ve noticed there’s a resurgence of this kind of techno though, since it’s perfectly fit for those peak time moments. It has become synonymous with ravey parties and somewhere in our subconsciousness we’re able to detract the negative connotations and see this kind of techno for what it really is: super easy party music that is very much fun.

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