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deadmau5 Offers Free Download of “stuff i used to do” with 13 Unreleased Tracks

Today, Friday, February 24, and for one week only, deadmau5 has teamed up with WeTransfer for the release of stuff i used to do, a collection of sixteen previously unreleased tracks.

Download the first 13 tracks now, here. Beginning Friday, March 3 stuff i used to do will be available at all digital retailers, and will include three exclusive tracks.

The collection, which is also available to all via the WeTransfer homepage, comes as a celebration of deadmau5 as an independent artist that can choose to offer free music to his fans at will.

Tracklist:

Messages from nowhere
Digitol
Screen door
Squid
50 something cats
Charlie can’t dance
My opinion
HaxPigMeow
Obsidian
Long walk off a short pier
Support
Superlover
Creep (Alt. version)

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Marcel Dettmann Releases Free 2016 Edit of “Lattice”

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German techno producer Marcel Dettmann has given his 2008 classic “Lattice” track an updated edit this year, and has nowr eleased it for free to his fans via his official website.

The new version of “Lattice,” originally released on MDR04, is available for stream here. Just click here to download the MP3. This download will be available until January 3rd 2017.

Listen to the original below:

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CW:A Metrist

Free Download: CW/A ‘Disquieting’ (Metrist Remix)

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You may know CW/A as Italian producers Thomas Feriero and Francesco Leali, the minds behind Avatism, Clockwork and Opus 3000, as well as for their extensive release and remix list on labels such as Parachute, R&S, Decca and Vakant. In fact, they have been spearheading the work on Parachute in tandem with Life & Death chief DJ Tennis since 2013, all the while of course remaining prolific on the studio and on tour under their other aliases.

Last year they released their first full-length album, Words Unspoken, Acts Undone. Now, a special remix EP is being released on October 14th containing  two reworks of tracks from the album, courtesy of Parachute label-mate Metrist and Italian Workdiscs’ Simbiosi:

01. Disquieting (Metrist Remix)
02. Rainer Has No Shadow (Simbiosi Remix)

You can download the Metrist remix here via XLR8R.

CW/A are also on the cusp of releasing Ringleader. The duo drew inspiration from the current world concerns about mass surveillance and cyber spying, with Ringleader aiming to be “an audible interpretation of big data, ubiquitous connections and the acceptance of corporate and government spying.”

Out on December 16th, the album will contain the following original productions:

A1. BlatSting
2/A2. EligibleCandidate
3/A3. HiddenTemple
4/B1. ContainmentGrid
5/B2. 1212/DEHEX
6/B3. BPatrol

H/T: XLR8R

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Q&A & Global Vibe Radio: Jeff Derringer and Oktave’s 7 Year Anniversary

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Next week Chicago’s Oktave is celebrating 7 years at the forefront of the ever-changing landscape of techno. In an industry that sees clubs open and shut down in the span of a few short years, only a few venues and parties stand the test of time to remain open past the 5 year mark and beyond. The fact that Oktave has done so in a city with heavy focus on house music is but a testament to how well it has been curated over the years.

Oktave originally began in New York City, the child of producer, DJ and event organizer Jeff Derringer. After a year in the Big Apple Jeff moved the party to Chicago, ultimately finding his home at the iconic Smartbar.

Since then, Oktave has been featuring top-tier names in the world of techno, including DVS1, drumcell, Truncate, Perc, Regis, Function, Sigha, Chris Liebing, Slam and many, many more. As a DJ Jeff has allowed his music to speak for him, receiving invitations to play in the Netherlands, England, Georgia, Canada, France, at Movement Detroit, throughout the United States and perhaps most notably at the one and only Berghain in Berlin.

In fact, just a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to witness him play a peak time Sunday morning set at the infamous German club — one of the most unbelievable techno experiences of my life.

Jeff was kind enough to provide us with a one hour exclusive mix for Global Vibe Radio, following which we caught up to discuss Oktave’s milestone 7 Year Anniversary Party and his plans for the coming future.

Q: Seeing you play in Berghain a couple of weeks ago was something else. The energy, the crowd and the music altogether were unreal. Tell us a little about how it feels to be behind the decks there.

A: Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you could be there and experience it with me. Playing at Berghain is a privilege and a huge thrill. It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. Every time I play there it gets better. I’d say that this last time around was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had behind the DJ booth, period. The audience at Berghain is so educated and they’re willing to go on a ride with you, wherever you want to take them – in fact, that’s the reason they come. You really are free to do what you want, and the staff and techs there are top rate. The Ostgut staff are the most professional and pleasant people I’ve ever worked with in the music industry – they work really hard to make you feel comfortable and welcome in the club and in Berlin. Everything people say is true – as an artist working in techno, there is nothing else like it.

Q: Would you say you play differently there than elsewhere?

A: I’m not sure I’d say I play differently, but definitely more adventurous. Believe it or not, I’m less worried about mistakes at Berghain. The audience there is tolerant and, as I said, educated about techno. I feel free to take risks there, and play tracks I wouldn’t necessarily play elsewhere. The Berghain audience is ready for challenges, and they appreciate it. They don’t really want to hear the set you play at other clubs. They want your Berghain set.

Q: Next week you are celebrating 7 years of Oktave. What does this milestone mean for you as both a party-curator and DJ?

I definitely did not think Oktave would go for 7 years, that’s for sure. When I started it in New York, I had been playing gigs and working in the music business already for a long time, but not in the techno milieu. As far as techno and DJ events went, I really knew very little. So to see that it’s come as far as it has is pretty surreal.

Oktave is the place where I developed as a DJ and as a techno artist. No question, without it I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now. It has also allowed me to meet so many great artists I admire. Many of the opportunities I’ve had are a result of the relationships I made and nurtured through this project. It really did put me on the map.

I’ve been very fortunate to work with a lot of great people and clubs through the last 7 years. From National Underground in New York to Smartbar in Chicago and everywhere in between, I’ve been lucky to have the support of clubs and bookers who might not have taken a chance on me in other circumstances. I do not take that for granted.

Q: Can you tell us about your favorite Oktave night in these 7 years?

A: There have been a lot of awesome nights at Oktave, and it’s special when an emerging artist who wasn’t very well known in Chicago (or New York) has a great night and a great reception. It’s especially gratifying when I wasn’t expecting it. Several artists in this respect come to mind: Dasha Rush, Rrose, Paula Temple, Samuli Kemppi and Sigha come to mind here.

That said, the one show that really sticks out to me was something I did in New York back in 2011 – both Cio D’or and Traversable Wormhole played in our tiny little basement dungeon in New York, National Underground. Soon after this show they renovated the club and made it more DJ friendly, but at this show it was still a relative dump. We were using a discarded closet door as a DJ table, held up by cinder blocks. There was no air conditioning and bad ventilation, no lights – it was really, really raw. I liked that to a certain degree but I underestimated how popular the night had become, and how eager people were to see Cio and Adam. The place was ram packed to the point where it felt dangerous, and sweat was pouring from the walls. We had about 150 people crammed down there (capacity was under 100) and no one could move. I had to stand in front of the DJ booth for the entirety of Cio D’or’s set, because people kept bumping into the rickety booth and knocking her control vinyl. I was worried the whole rig would just collapse. It was nuts! But it was super intense, and the crowd was absolutely rocking. Adding to this memory is the fact that Resident Advisor happened to show up and review the event. They gave us a very positive write up, and I think that helped Oktave get to the next level.

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Q: You’ve decided to play all night long this time which I think is amazing. What was the reasoning behind this choice and what can the Smart Bar crowd expect?

A: Jason (the Smartbar talent buyer) approached me with the idea as we were trying to decide who to book for the show. Obviously, I jumped at the chance. I played for 6.5 hours in Montreal earlier this summer, so I’ve done something similar recently, and I’m ready to lay it down all night, for sure.

One of the reasons I really wanted to do this is that Chicago audiences generally only see me in an opening capacity. As the Oktave resident, I almost always open the show, and I play mellower tracks to set up the headliner. When I play in other cities or overseas, I play headlining sets, utilizing different types of tracks that deliver a higher energy than what I normally play in Chicago. I’m excited for the Chicago community to finally see and hear what I do in that light.

Q: Perhaps understandably Chicago is big on house music and, some would agree, lacks a little on the techno front. Why do you think that is?

A: So this is a very loaded question that could probably get me in trouble. I have a great respect for the history of Chicago’s house and techno scenes, and in the city responsible for the birth of house music, it’s definitely understandable that techno can take a back seat to the house community.

I continue, however, to be surprised at the relative lack of tolerance for new, diverse and modern sounds in Chicago. For a city that has such rich musical roots and history, it has always mystified me that the Chicago underground community is so infatuated by and tied to its past. At Smartbar, the majority of artists who sell out the club have been playing there for over 20 years. I’ve seen excellent, cutting edge, internationally successful DJs who are hugely popular all over the world tank at Smartbar. And I mean tank – 30, 40, 50 people in the room. This has not really improved through the years that I’ve been doing Oktave here. Excellent artists are oftentimes ignored in Chicago because there just isn’t the interest or the curiosity about new sounds. It’s a shame. There was a time where I thought I could change that. That time has passed.

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Q: What is your vision with Oktave in the coming years?

A: As my profile as an artist and a DJ continues to improve, Oktave sometimes has to take a back seat to my own needs and schedule. A lot of artists ask me why I continue to do it – I hear a lot of people say I should stop focusing on promoting other artists and work harder on promoting myself. I definitely feel that and I have moved to do less Oktave shows and focus more on my records, gigs etc.

I do plan, however, to continue doing Oktave events and to bring the type of techno I love to Chicago. My personal belief is that someone in my position has a civic responsibility to bring new music to the people in the city where I live. Despite the frustration and the limitations of living here, I still want Oktave to be at least a small part of the fabric of this community.

Q: One last question, is there an act you’ve always wanted to see play Oktave that you just haven’t been able to secure yet? Maybe we can let him know through here.

A: One good thing about having done this for 7 years, I can pretty much get to any artist, especially with Smartbar in the mix. Between the names ‘Smartbar’ and ‘Oktave,’ most techno DJs will at least answer my emails. Regardless, there are always artists who seem to slip through your fingers, or schedules just never work out, or there’s not enough money, or there are political slash immigration reasons they can’t come, that kind of thing. That list is currently headlined by: Surgeon, Shifted, James Ruskin, Blawan, and Voices From the Lake.

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Anthont Attalla

FREE DOWNLOAD: Anthony Attalla – “What Happened”

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In 2004 Harry “Choo Choo” Romero released What Happened, an EP on that came armed with a strong, dance floor-ready Dub remix of the same-title track by none other than Erick Morillo.

Featuring Jessica Eve on vocals, the same-title track “What Happened” was undeniably one of the hits of that year. Catchy and fast-packed, the minimal looped chunky track  was part of that signature sound that characterized the rising career of the one they called Choo Choo and his remixer for the occasion, Subliminal boss Erick Morillo.

Now, Incorrect Music chief Anthony Attalla has taken the track and given it a complete rework, the finished product already receiving major play by big-name DJs throughout the summer. While the catchy acapella remains,  Attalla’s power lays in the unmistakable and signature step and bounce he has added, as well as the sensual dreamlike melody that permeates the track before kicking back into full groove mode. The tech-heavy result is nothing short of fantastic: a dance floor-ready anthem that has been making people groove throughout summer in dance floors throughout the world.

You can now stream and download Anthony Attalla’s “What Happened” via the SoundCloud link below:

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Music Monday: Listen to the 12hr fabric Takeover of Rinse FM ft. Ricardo Villalobos, Marcel Dettmann, Nina Kraviz & More

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Start your week proper with an entire 12 hours of top-tier underground house and techno from some of the biggest names in the international touring circuit.

This past Saturday, 3rd of September, fabric London took over Rinse FM for 12 hours as part of the current #savefabric initiative to save the club from closure. The venue is facing an official review of its license by the local Islington Council and Metropolitan Police as a result of two overdose deaths that prompted local officials to close the club indefinitely pending the aforementioned incoming review. Recently, London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has weighed in with an official statement replying to the #savefabric petition that has been doing the rounds to urge him to intervene in ensuring the club isn’t permanently shut down.

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Download KiNK’s Latest EP for FREE!

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Who doesn’t like free music? Fans of Bulgarian producer KiNK can now enjoy his latest EP, recorded in Paris’s Red Bull Studios, for free.

The artist, known for his impressive live performances, is now the eight artist to put out a free EP produced at the Red Bull Studios, on the footsteps of producers such as Pépé Bradock, Tom Trago, Svengalisghost and Feadz.

“I made a conscious decision to limit myself,” he confides, “and to use only what I could find in the studio to compose and record. I only brought two of my very favorite machines with me: an Acidlab Drumatix to make beats with and a Leploop – which I always bring on tour with me anyway – to make all these weird noises. Among the many instruments that were on-site, I picked a Rhodes MK 1 piano, a Moog Voyager, an acoustic drum kit and a clutch of vintage analogue effects, like the Mu-Tron Bi-Phase.

The goal was simple: to compose, record and mix three track in five days. It was a very intense experience, the clock was ticking and I had to learn how to play instruments that were new to me. So in short I had to quickly bound out of my comfort zone, which did me a world of good. None of this would have been possible without Rachel Row, who sang and played a couple of piano chords, and the studio’s sound engineer Jérome Caron, who gave me quite a bit of help with the arrangements.”

The EP is some brilliant KiNK work, the ultimate result of a true and long improv session rather than strict programming. With “Naive” listeners experience jazz-tinged electro-pop nugget carried by Rachel Row’s voice, a regular collaborator of the Bulgarian artist. On the other hand, “French Affair” is a more club-ready and instrumental-filled house track, both combining for a strong EP that is pure KiNK classic.

The whole EP has been made available as a free download via SoundCloud below:

H/T: Red Bull Studios

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Download Free Deep Tech Grooves from the Fuse London Crew

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Low ceilings, seductive vibes, and deep rolling grooves –  These are a few things that come to mind when thinking about the iconic crew that is Fuse London. Over the years Fuse and their respective residents have been on a mission to deliver a sound and clubbing brand that is rivaled by few, and as we approach the end of 2015 it is safe to say they have accomplished this. From London to Ibiza, and many cities far and wide, Fuse has left their mark on the global dance circuit.

Fuse London has offered up an early holiday gift to their fans, with a signature deep tech and tech house release available for free download. Enzo Siragusa, seasoned raver and generally wizard of dance floor debauchery, is at the helm with his track Dungeons and Dragons. Per usual, there’s an emphasis on the low end and percussions, with melodic dub textures finding their way into the arrangement every so often. Fellow Fuse resident, Rich NxT, steps up with Nonot, a vibe setting track well suited for the early evening attendees on the dance floor. Splinter is the gift from Seb Zito, and it’s absolutely loaded with hypnotic textures, a heavily modulated bass, and body swaying percussions that sum up the Fuse vibe perfectly. The complimentary EP is rounded off with a ten minute journey of a track by none other than Archie Hamilton. Ebb and Flow does just that; elements coexisting and playing off each other in a fun lighthearted way give this deep tech workout considerable value for the dance floor.

Enjoy the free downloads courtesy of Fuse, and make sure to stay connected with the label moving into the New Year.

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Stream the Maceo Plex Essential Mix for 30 Days through the BBC

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“What I’d like for the listeners to gather from this Essential Mix is a closer look at all the musical soundscapes that inspire my own productions. As well as an intimate portrait of my roots stretching back to the early 90s when I began. Instead of playing all the newest unreleased hits, I’ve woven old and new music that I feel will grow on the listener the more they listen to it.” – Maceo Plex 

Maceo Plex’s Essential Mix recently aired on BBC Radio 1, with the mix fully embracing the ethos surrounding the established BBC mix series. Maceo Plex displays an excellent sense of selection throughout the essential mix, dropping many releases from his label, Ellum, a handful of white labels, as well as synthetic techno anthems like Voiski’s Wax Fashion and Wasp Factory by Rex the Dog.

As of November 7th, you can stream the Maceo Plex Essential Mix for 30 days on the BBC Radio 1 Website.

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Free Download: Hot Since 82 – Voices


“A cheeky free download for the summer sun.” That’s how Hot Since 82 describes his recent track Voices that he’s made available for free download via his Soundcloud.

Voices is the type of track that is sure to have crowds going wild. An infectious groove starts the track off with a very faint synth melody teasing it’s way into the spectrum, and halfway through the first break Hot Since 82 teases in the classic Voices Inside My Head sample from The Police. The rest of the arrangement is filled with appropriate moments of calm and a dynamic rhythm, and is done with a touch of class that Hot Since 82 knows so well.

Hot Since 82: Facebook | Soundcloud | Resident Advisor