In the Netherlands, Cinnaman is regarded as one of the bright young DJ-talents. As a selector he has been known to be on the forefront of new developments in every thinkable genre of house music culminating in his regular and long-running club night Colors in TrouwAmsterdam. Although we’ve been a fan of him for quite some time now, we hadn’t considered to invite him for our podcast series until we saw a deeper side of him when he did an all nighter in De Verdieping, the second room at Colors during Amsterdam Dance Event in 2013. We came to see Julio Bashmore and Kowton, yet we spent all night with Cinnaman during his 6-hour journey in Trouw’s infamous second room.

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Artist: Roman Flügel
Based: Netherlands
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In the Netherlands, Cinnaman is regarded as one of the bright young DJ-talents. As a selector he has been known to be on the forefront of new developments in every thinkable genre of house music culminating in his regular and long-running club night Colors in TrouwAmsterdam. Although we’ve been a fan of him for quite some time now, we hadn’t considered to invite him for our podcast series until we saw a deeper side of him when he did an all nighter in De Verdieping, the second room at Colors during Amsterdam Dance Event in 2013. We came to see Julio Bashmore and Kowton, yet we spent all night with Cinnaman during his 6-hour journey in Trouw’s infamous second room.

“Yes, that was a fun night. Trouw has become kind of my second home and all the people working and playing there feel like one big family that I have become a part of. With Trouw closing in Januari, it’s kind of like we’ve all grown up and leaving our parents’ home. Still, I think we will keep that family bond and move to different places across Amsterdam or across the country.”

With Trouw closing, everyone is wondering what will be the next great club in Amsterdam that everybody will frequent in the future. “Well the thing is, you see all these new initiatives and that of course is great in itself, as long as they don’t try to be ‘the next Trouw’. The beauty about Trouw is that it was a stamp on a certain generation, just like Club 11, RoXY and iT were for previous generations. Although I’ve been to Club 11, I never had that special connection with it like I have with Trouw. It’s now up to the next generation to build something that is tailored to them. It has to grow naturally, just like Trouw did. It’s not like Trouw was the great club it is now directly after Club 11 closed. It had to evolve into what it is now and the same goes for the next club that is going the be the next great thing.”

The end of Trouw also means uncertainty for Cinnaman’s club night Colors. “We [Cinnaman and his Colors-partners Volcmar Lammers and Lukas Nieuwenhuijsen] are still contemplating Colors’ future, but personally I think maybe the end of Trouw will also be a nice ending for Colors. It really belonged to that place and if we decide to continue throwing parties, I think it should be something entirely new, in a new place.”

In the past, we have featured one of Cinnaman’s productions: a collaboration with Tom Trago [as Yuro & Trago; Cinnaman’s given namen is Yuri Boselie]. Apart from that, there are not a whole lot of Cinnaman productions out there. We wondered why. “I actually spend a lot of time in the studio. I’m too big of a perfectionist to release more music though. To me it’s just a way to keep myself entertained. Some people play video games, I like to fiddle around in a studio. Sometimes a friend comes over like Tom and then we decide to just release it for the hell of it, but mostly it’s for myself.”

That perfectionist approach also shines throught when Cinnaman is making a podcast. “I’m never satisfied. I spent a lot of time on this one as well. Making a podcast is totally different from playing in a club. There’s no crowd energy when you’re making a podcast at home, you’re just playing music for your blank wall. That makes me insecure. I’d rather just get an instant reaction to the music I’m playing.”

One time he even got quite an unusual reaction from a guest. “There was this time a guy came up to me and asked if I wanted to play at his wedding. I was like “Yeah, hit me up, we should definitely do that, I’ll even do it for free!” I was totally looking forward to that. Playing some old disco and 80’s set full of hits and obscure records that I have collected over the years. I think he got scared from my reaction or thought that I was sarcastic. Long story short, I haven’t heard from him ever again. Still, I hope he’s happily married now.”

By this point in our conversation, we started to get the impression that Cinnaman never considered to do any other thing than making music, so we dared to ask the most cliché question thinkable: What would he be doing if he weren’t making music? “To be honest, I’ve never even considered such a scenario. The only thing I’ve known is making music and that’s what I’ve been doing my entire life. There was never a plan B, because it just always was this way and luckily I haven’t had to worry about doing anything else.”

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A new recording for our ‘Live at SEKOIA’-series. We could give you an extensive lecture about Tsepo, the mix or the event but let’s just quote the man himself for this one:

“Thursday we had a fun party in a warehouse, we had djs like dennis, florinsz, some afro and a guy from ireland. We had great fun. Ok. Bye.”

Fair enough.

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

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A new recording for our ‘Live at SEKOIA’-series. We could give you an extensive lecture about Tsepo, the mix or the event but let’s just quote the man himself for this one:

“Thursday we had a fun party in a warehouse, we had djs like dennis, florinsz, some afro and a guy from ireland. We had great fun. Ok. Bye.”

Fair enough.

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This Marley Carroll remix of Little People’s ‘Aldgate Patterns’ is the reciprocal service of their nice little swap deal. Both producers are know for their wide range of influences, so the arrangement was bound to result in some interesting pieces of music. Their similarities blend well: working from a viewpoint that triest to make electronic music sound as organic as possible.

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Artist: Little People
Title: Aldgate Patterns (Marley Carroll Remix)
Label: NA
Catalog#: NA
Releasedate: 06-06-2014

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This Marley Carroll remix of Little People’s ‘Aldgate Patterns’ is the reciprocal service of their nice little swap deal. Both producers are know for their wide range of influences, so the arrangement was bound to result in some interesting pieces of music. Their similarities blend well: working from a viewpoint that triest to make electronic music sound as organic as possible.

This remix of ‘Aldgate Patterns’ is particularly interesting though, because the base is not very complicated. The structure follows some basic pop conventions that we’ve heard before. From a production viewpoint though, there are some nice, fresh techniques. First of all, the percussions start out quite off beat and slightly turn to a more 4×4-like pattern. The transition is done quite seamlessly and you almost don’t notice it.

Furthermore, Marley Carroll has used the samples in almost a J. Dilla-like fashion, only to build on them for the synth melody later on in the track. That is an original way of remixing a record, respecting the original, while at the same time giving a unique touch to it.

The track was made available as a free download on XLR8R, and we would like to urge you to go check it out, as well as the incipient part of their collaboration called ‘First Thought Best Thought’.

Cédric
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“Nothing else could love me, not even… especially not me. Or is that just a lie the Dark Passenger tells me?”, a deep and calm voice speaks to you. It’s almost enchanting really, the combination of the dialog covered in dark waves of synths and a pounding distinguished drum. It’s beautifully dark.

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Artist: Spoiled Drama
Title: The Dark Passenger
Label: Nous Disques
Catalog#: us004
Releasedate: 21-03-2014

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“Nothing else could love me, not even… especially not me. Or is that just a lie the Dark Passenger tells me?”, a deep and calm voice speaks to you. It’s almost enchanting really, the combination of the dialog covered in dark waves of synths and a pounding distinguished drum. It’s beautifully dark.

Maybe some fans may have noticed, the heartfelt monologue in this track is tv-series’ Dexter’s (episode: An inconvenient Lie). Although it’s a bit dark, the track breathes the same charisma as the character on the TV show. Along with the calm voice, the synths feel like a blanket, you won’t be the first-one dreaming away while listening to it. But right there, when you’re leaning backwards, travelling or just listening, you’re in for a suprise. The track changes: “Acid” he says and the composition follows.

‘Dark Passenger’ is a cut from Berlin producer Spoiled Drama’s release on Athens-based label Nous. The rest of the EP features the same kind of dark, charismatic sounds, fitting to the turn of seasons. Be sure to check out the rest as well.

Tom Stigter
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In a large part of the world, the last weekend of October is used to revert back from Daylight Saving Time, resulting in a bonus hour on this Sunday. We used this extra hour for some well-deserved shut-eye after quite a wild weekend.

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Artist: Keith Worthy
Title: The Aesthetic Track
Label: Aesthetic Audio
Catalog#: AES#019
Releasedate: Unknown

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In a large part of the world, the last weekend of October is used to revert back from Daylight Saving Time, resulting in a bonus hour on this Sunday. We used this extra hour for some well-deserved shut-eye after quite a wild weekend.
As you know we celebrated the first edition of our new club night Scala in EKKO last Friday and it exceeded our own expectations. We hope that the people that turned up enjoyed the evening as much as we did, and we would like to welcome you back at our next edition somewhere in early 2015. Special thanks go out to Romyn for warming up the crowd with his unique brand of house music, to Dennis Williams for playing without compromises, resulting in one of his best sets yet, to Dave DK for being a great guest and even extending his set by playing back to back with our own Florinsz Janvier, to Florinsz Janvier himself for closing down a more than memorable evening by keeping those die hards dancing and to Jeisson Drenth for providing visual support on two screens, setting a perfect atmosphere during the entire evening.

Reverting back from DST comes with a great disadvantage though. It’s the unofficial start of winter and a long farewell to sunlight. That is why today, we are featuring The Aesthetic Track by Keith Worthy. The track features two main motifs: one bright and sunny, the other one darker and colder. In the end the darker motif prevails, symbolic for the six months of darkness that we’re going to have. But on a more positive note, now it’s really time for the club season to properly begin.

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So did you know Dave DK has been baking beats for almost 20 years? Did you know he was resident for Panoramabar? And resident at Tresor? Did you know he’s released 2 albums? Did you know that he’s a steady client for Moodymann’s Moodmusic, Kompakt and Pampa?

You probably didn’t, just like us. But somehow, all this doesn’t seem that surprising after hearing the music he’s making these days. You can hear decades of experiences, crazy moments on dance floors and long nights that seem to have no end if you just listen closely enough. It’s a kind of layered life story, hidden between every note of every track. It’s what makes it easy to separate the experienced from the newcomer.

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Artist: Dave DK
Title: Palmaille
Label: Kompakt
Catalog#: KOMPAKT277
Releasedate: 2013-08-12

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So did you know Dave DK has been baking beats for almost 20 years? Did you know he was resident for Panoramabar? And resident at Tresor? Did you know he’s released 2 albums? Did you know that he’s a steady client for Moodymann’s Moodmusic, Kompakt and Pampa?

You probably didn’t, just like us. But somehow, all this doesn’t seem that surprising after hearing the music he’s making these days. You can hear decades of experiences, crazy moments on dance floors and long nights that seem to have no end if you just listen closely enough. It’s a kind of layered life story, hidden between every note of every track. It’s what makes it easy to separate the experienced from the newcomer.

We’re totally excited for tonight, for which we were able to get Dave over to our homebase in Utrecht, for a night with him and our beloved residents. In the most cosy club in town, we’re stuffing a small room with great people, awesome sound and music that’ll make you dance ’till the sweat drips off the walls. See you tonight.

Florinsz Janvier
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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.

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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.

Florinsz Janvier
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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.

Thom East
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