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Saeed Younan Discusses His New “Annihilate” EP, His Relationship With Carl Cox and the War in Iraq He Fled

Saeed Younan is one of the United States’ top acts, a DJ and producer that enjoys prolific tour and release schedules alike with tracks out on Incorrect Music, VIVa Music, Suara, his own Younan Music, and of course Carl Cox’s iconic Intec label, a brand with which he has been associated for a couple of years now.

Based in the nation’s capital of Washington D.C., Saeed is a popular headliner with gigs around the world, from Ibiza to Tokyo and countless countries in between, where he delivers high-energy performances that marry tribal sounds with techy synth work and alluring vocal hooks.

Saeed returns to Cox’s Intec for his upcoming release, having debuted on the imprint back in 2015. His Annihilate EP begins with the title track, a bassline-heavy affair carried over by a rolling groove that leads to a crescendo of hi-hats and ultimately the vocals that give the track its name. The second track that completes the package, “Pimp Slap,” is more along Saeed’s famed sound, filled with synth sounds and captivating vocal snippets.

The EP is available for purchase on Beatport and streaming via SoundCloud below. Read on for our interview with Saeed, where we discuss the release, his relationship with Carl Cox, the war in Iraq he fled to come to the States and plenty more.

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Q&A and Premiere: Arseniu Releases “Just Me” EP On Pool House Black

Romanian producer and DJ Marius Popa, artist name Arseniu, is known for his deep fusions of techno, able to blend the minimalistic sounds of his home country with deeper fusions of deep tech and dub.

His latest release comes in the form of a two-track EP entitled Just Me being released on Pool House Black, a sub-label of Chicago’s Pool House that focuses on the darker techno sounds to come out of the imprint. The title track is a 14-plus minute minimal deep tech affair, driven by a drum loop, intermittent drawn-out noises and sparse vocals. The second original in the release, “Soul,” is a deeper 9-minute production filled almost entirely by percussions and a reinvigorating, soulful chord. You can pre-order the EP, scheduled for release on March 13th, via Beatport.

On top of premiering the EP exclusively, which you can listen to below, 6AM had a talk with Arseniu, to discover more of his roots and approach to music production:

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Alexis Tyrel Premieres Track Off Forthcoming “Return To Planet Alpha” EP

 

Lessismore record label, founded in 2003 by the Dutch DJ and producer Alexis Tyrel together with MBC, has been home for mostly his own releases under all his monikers and ‘various artist’ compilations.

Return To Planet Alpha continues in this tradition, being a second long-player of Alexis Tyrel after his debut Newtradition from 2011. Return To Planet Alpha is a collection of elegant techno tracks which instead of following the now so popular dark and destructive path focuses on daily moods and airy atmosphere, which is closer to open air and lounge than to sweaty pits of contemporary rave. But that doesn’t mean that the twelve tracks are just indistinctive background music.

For one thing, Tyrel is a master of slick and tight beat foundations of kick drums and bass, often smoothed out with cool synth pads, onto which he layers all kinds of rhythmical chains, subtle melodic ideas and sounds ranging from vintage synths and industrial bits to organic textures and even field recordings. Another distinctive feature of Alexis Tyrel (and his alter ego Gideon, which appears as a remixer on the LP) is diversity and playfulness. The sound environment of the LP, which is obvious from the album and track titles, inclines to a space theme, mainly thanks to the synthesizers recalling the 1980s. But instead of just recreating that.

We are honored to be premiering “Right Side Of The Sun” off of the forthcoming EP, and to have had the time to chat with Alexis ahead of the release. The twelve-track LP Return To Planet Alpha will be released March 17th on digital and vinyl via Lessismore and available for purchase here.

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Q&A and EP Premiere: Kane Michael Releases 002 on Lights/Out Recordings

 

Kane Michael is a Southern California producer, DJ, host of the Lights/Out Selection, and label owner of Lights/Out Recordings. He focuses on blending the genres and influences that he holds dear to his heart, creating a mix of dark, psychedelic futuristic techno and aggressive progressive.

His second EP outing on LOR is composed of three original tracks, now available for purchase via Bandcamp and premiered exclusively by 6AM on SoundCloud.

We had the chance to talk to Kane as he releases LOR002 to discuss his upbringing in SoCal’s rave scene, the plans with his recently-started label and more.

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Q&A: Phoenix’s G-House Producer Bijou Opens Up About His Career

 

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Ben Dorman, known to most as Bijou, has been the leader of the G-House movement in Phoenix and is currently on a 15-stop United States tour titled after his hit single, “Guru”. Coming off of a big year in 2016, he looks forward to expanding on the already impressive impact that he has left on the growing dance music scene in his hometown of Phoenix, as well as reaching new fans across the United States and beyond.

With releases on Night Bass, Fool’s Gold, and Prep School Recordings, as well as a hit collaboration with Dr. Fresch, “Hello,” which has received support from AC Slater, Destructo, Don Diablo, Drezo, Malaa, Party Favor, and Wax Motif, Bijou is one of the up-and-coming artists that is doing big things with regards to introducing layers of musical depth to fans of more mainstream dance music sounds.

6AM had the chance to sit down with Bijou in Hollywood as he prepared for his Los Angeles stop of the tour at Avalon.

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Q&A and Global Vibe Radio Episode 045 feat. J. Worra

 

The 45th edition of 6AM’s Global Vibe Radio comes courtesy of Jamie Sitter aka J. Worra, a Chicago born-and-bred producer and DJ that now calls Los Angeles home.

J.Worra has had tracks come out on labels such as Perfect Driver, Sweat It Out!, Sleazy G and Audiophile XXL, while her track “Baby’s Corner” made the cut for Golf Clap’s massive Country Club Disco compilation. In September of 2016 DJ Mag recognized her as a bubbling act to keep an eye (and ear) out for in 2017.

Enjoy her one-hour mix for 6AM and check out our interview with her below:

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Q&A: Discovering Stephan Hinz

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A prolific producer for over a decade, Stephan Hinz is entering 2017 with a bang by introducing his fans to his brand new Off Numbers EP. Out on Carl Cox’s Intec DigitalOff Numbers follows on Stephan’s hugely successful previous releases on labels such as MOOD and Second State.

Out on the 27th of January, the EP comes in the form of two originals, both centered around heavy basslines and growing, frenzied crescendos. The title track is tenebrous, its hard-hitting drums a throbbing and threatening proposition that is augmented by a repeated melody. On the other hand, “Shaded” focuses far more on its bassline, interrupted by eerie percussions and metallic noises.

6AM caught up with Stephan ahead of the release:

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Martin Eyerer and Ackermann Deliver Second State’s First EP Release of 2017

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Pan-Pot’s Second State imprint has announced its first release of 2017, a two-track EP entitled House To Techno which comes courtesy of Martin Eyerer and Ackermann.

It is no mistake that Martin, who founded Riverside Studio Berlin with Pan-Pot, and Ackermann have gone down a techier route than their usual work, as the title track and EP names so aptly suggest. “From House 2 Techno” adopts catching vocals and a classic Detroit sound coupled with hi-hats and a rapturous build-up, while “Inside” focuses more on percussions to deliver a track that is more suitable for bigger rooms than its darker counterpart.

Listen to “Inside” exclusively via 6AM below, as we catch up with both Martin and Achermann ahead of the digital release scheduled for January 20th.

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Q&A and Global Vibe Radio Episode 044 feat. Jason Patrick

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The 44th edition of 6AM’s Global Vibe Radio comes courtesy of Jason Patrick. Born and raised in Detroit, Jason now lives in Chicago where he holds a residency at Spybar, one of the most respected underground dance music venues in both the city and North America. Jason has shared the stage with underground dance music heavyweights from around the world, including Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Danny Tenaglia Adam Beyer, Len Faki, Joseph Capriati and Rødhåd, all the while playing gigs in Miami, Detroit, San Francisco, Resolute and Blkmarket Membership in New York City, as well as Tresor and Chalet in Berlin.

Jason is also the founder of Klectik Records, a label he began in 2007 that is soon to feature its 26th release in the form of a three-track EP by Milwaukee-based Construct, which 6AM will be premiering exclusively next Monday. Both Construct an Jason will also be performing at Spybar on Friday January 27th — a Klectik-hosted night that promises to deliver a wide spectrum of solid techno from open-to-close.

6AM caught up with Jason in occasion of his one-hour mix for Global Vibe Radio, the recent Klectik shows and the upcoming release from Construct.

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Q&A: Adam Port Celebrates 3 Years of Clinic Wednesdays in Los Angeles

 

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Tomorrow night Underrated Presents’ Clinic Wednesdays party series celebrates three years of operation, a great achievement for any brand and more so for one with operations mid-week on Wednesday nights.

Hosted at Hollywood’s Couture, nights at Clinic Wednesdays focus on music quality by providing guest acts of international stature in an intimate no-frills setting. In 2016 alone, the brand was responsible for bringing celebrated acts the likes of Randall M, Julia Govor, Hobo, Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson, Fort Romeau, DJ Three and Hector just to name a few.

To ring in their third year of activity, Clinic Wednesdays have invited none other than Keinemusik head-honcho Adam Port as the special guest for the night, with support from Human Resources and Dahlia. You can purchase tickets here.

6AM caught up with Adam as he landed in Los Angeles for the gig:

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