Lean Trax Volume 1. Tests The Boundaries of Techno and Hip-Hop By Creating Dance Floor Urban Techno

Re-imagining. Blending. Testing. Innovating. VRV‘s latest outing does all that, and more,  with its latest tape release.

Continuing to push the boundaries of diversity, the Los Angeles techno label veers off into somewhat uncharted territory thanks to a five-track release available for free listening and downloading via the label’s Bandcamp page and soon to be available via tape also.

Lean Trax is the alter-ego of a well-known techno act from the urban techno warehouse scene that has put Los Angeles on the map for well over a decade. Volume 1 fulfills the artist’s need for urban techno edits ready for the dance floor, keeping techno as a root genre and blending with it the adverse energy of hip-hop to produce enthralling and captivating results that have so far been mostly unexplored.

 

While Lean Trax isn’t the first act to look at both techno and hip-hop as interesting ingredients for a new musical concoction, see Sian’s latest album or Heroes x Villains for example, Volume 1 takes some of hip-hop and rap’s most known tracks and reimagines them their swagger and bravado within a techno context, all songs manipulated and assembled by Lean Trax but containing elements of their originals.

 

From “Percocet” to “Jumpman” and from “Drippin” to “Not Nice, without forgetting “Like Dat,” Lean Trax’s Volume 1 is a release that provides new weapons for any techno DJ’s arsenal, allowing for artists to go in directions they couldn’t before.

 

Track Listing:

1. Percocet
2. Jumpman
3. Drippin
4. Not Nice
5. Not Nice (Soca Mix)
6. Like Dat

Stream all the tracks and download through VRV’s Bandcamp page

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Premiere and FREE Download: Listen to Cabrillo’s “Soul Box” out on LAMP

Reworked, Re-rubbed, Remixed, Reimagined. Spectrums is a new compilation series from LAMP focusing on artists who are re-envisioning some of their favorite songs while pushing the boundaries of their creativity.Periodically, LAMP will select tracks that span multiple genres across the spectrum of electronically produced music and showcase them in this compilation series.

Today we are premiering Cabrillo’s “Soul Box” from the compilation release, which we are also giving away with a FREE Download available here.


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Premiere: Listen to AERZ’s Remix of “Epigrafico” by Fresh Poison

Fledgling German label, Hike Recordings continue to put their stamp on the global Techno map with a potent debut release from upcoming Italian duo Fresh Poison. “Laconico” is bound by a hypnotic, bubbling groove that’s laced with haunting synth stabs and perpetual arpeggios. It also comes with a sublime remix from Carrying Ghosts, who turns up the tension, injecting menacing beats and electronica for the darker floors. “Epigrafico” is teased with ethereal synth washes and obscure melodies, all underpinned by minimal beats and a low slung bass current. A

Also on remix duties, Hike Recordings boss AERZ delivers a powerful driving hi-hat led groove, armed with aggressive synth attacks and ethereal electronica. We present this one to you exclusively today ahead of the EP’s release this coming Friday, September 15th.

Track listing:

1 Laconico (Original Mix)

2 Laconico (Carrying Ghosts Remix)

3 Epigrafico (Original Mix)

4 Epigrafico (AERZ Remix)

 

Laconico will be released on Beatport Exclusive on September 15th / Full release September 29th 2017.

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Premiere: Listen to Acumen’s “Distance Fatale” on EIN2

EIN2 is the sister label of Einmusika Recordings and they keep up the pressure with their latest release, a new EP from French producer and scene veteran Acumen. The Time Has Changed boss releases music on labels like Non Stop and always layers in real emotion to his house grooves.

“Innocent Flower” goes first here and is a broody track with pained bass and poignant melodies riding up and down the scale. Glassy tinkles and clever filters all help add to the dreamy and escapist feel of the groove. “Grand Ma” then keeps you on your toes with a lively tech number that has poised chords that never resolve. It is an edgy track with big drums and drama in the synths and again is likely to stand out in any set. “Distance Fatale” is a house number with synths that are epic and well sculpted. They are filled with a sense of loss and as the beats roll on below they get you in a trance.

Purchase Acumen’s Innocent Flower EP via Beatport and enjoy an exclusive streaming premiere of “Distance Fatale” below.

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Premiere: Listen to Deepchild’s Dub Techno Track “Luminous” out on Seppuku

Australian producer, DJ, designer and teacher Rick Bull, best known by his artist name Deepchild, has been one of the Antipodes’ best regarded electronic music exports for two decades.

With club, broadcast, composition and critical-discourse experience, Bull’s investment in electronic music is deeply rooted. The formerly Berlin-based artist made his debut at the city’s legendary Berghain club in 2007 and he has toured internationally and extensively since then. Fortified by an expansive catalogue of releases and remixes on labels like Get Physical Music, BBE, Sleaze, Leisure System and Future Classic, Deepchild is also one half of the Juno Award nominated duo, Concubine.

“Luminous (Pt.1)” forms the first part of an ongoing audio scrapbook, meditating on the life of a father being both unmade and reborn by the slow creep of Alzheimer’s disease. Today we premiere the title track from the release, which is available on Seppüku’s Bandcamp, and present you some words from Deepchild himself:

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Premiere: Listen to Viels’ “Loneliness” out on Ascetic Limited

Los Angeles imprint Ascetic Limited is back with its second VA, available on wax since August 1st, and coming out digitally on September 17th.

Brooklyn, New York based and founder of Feed The Raver, Craft begins the record with a deep and emotional track, titled “Time Will Tell”. A man that needs little introduction, from M_REC, Wrong Assessment provides us “Golconda”, a groovy track with a funky lead, but dark mysterious vibe.

On the B Side, Argentinian Joaquin Ruiz brings big raw drum sounds with his heavy hitting, yet hypnotic tune, “Rituals”. With a recent release on Materia, Italy based Viels ends the record with “Loneliness”, a massive tune consisting of his signature complex sound which we are premiering for you exclusively today.


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Premiere: Listen to Armitage’s “Distortion Sex And Techno” from Ballroom Gems Vol. II

Representing the sound of the Berlin underground in it’s purest form, Ballroom Records has become a force to be reckoned with in the last year and is set to propel the collective even further into the consciousness of techno enthusiasts worldwide. The next Secret Ballroom Gems Vol. II is set to be the next milestone on this journey. With 8 fantastic original tracks by label bosses Kaiser Souzai as well as Ballroom’s finest Ben Champell, AlBird, Dan Buri, Del Horno and new talents like Armitage, Paradoks, Carlos Perez and Paul Feris, it’s the finest showcase of the unique sound released on Ballroom Records.

Pre-order Secret Ballroom Gems Vol. II via Beatport and enjoy the exclusive premiere of Armitage’s “Distortion Sex And Techno” via the SoundCloud player below.

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Premiere: Listen to Luuk Van Dijk’s “Together” from Forthcoming “Seduction” EP on Roush Label

21 year-old Dutch producer Luuk van Dijk returns with his third release on Roush Label entitled “Seduction”. The former Kunstbende DJ-contest winner possesses an “old soul” being able to blend nostalgic styles and sounds with contemporary elements, showing his versatility as a DJ and a producer. This hypnotic, freewheeling release from Luuk embodies tech house in its purest form. The added synth element gives a cerebral feeling and is accompanied by pulsating kicks that at the same time make you “rock your body,” literally.

Today we are premiering “Together” from the forthcoming EP, which is coming out on September 18th.

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Q&A: Jon Rundell Explains Why He Switched To Free Streaming to Democratize Music Sharing

Jon Rundell‘s new release “Poetry” marks a controversial new direction for the British producer, DJ and label owner, as he seeks to challenging the status quo by giving away his music and the individual parts to them for free.

The moves is complete counter-current to the way the industry has been operating for years. Rundell has decided enough is enough. Increasingly frustrated with the underground music industry’s general resistance to change across the board, he’s decided to ditch the traditional DJ-only focused way of releasing music for multi-platform streaming, ensuring free to listen (in both senses) access to his tracks and even encouraging remixing in fans’ bedrooms across the world by releasing individual parts to this new track.

How? Rundell has decided to revive his own ETCH label to release a brand new single entitle “Poetry,” the first of a series that will see the label churn out tracks that will go straight to Soundcloud, Spotify and Youtube. Each track will be available for free download on SoundCloud, with its parts also available for download to make it easier for aspiring & professional producers to remix it or do whatever they want with them. Eventually, Rundell plans to keep an eye open for anything that may stand out to him from the result of his project and, if appropriate, release it in the same way on the label.

Rundell has been around for years, and this is in a way how he has decided to give back to the younger demographic of dance music fans that he knows have been coming out to party and dance to his music.

6AM caught up with the producer to get more details about the project and how it came about.

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Premiere: Listen to Pablo Nouvelle & Favela Collaborate for “I Want For Nothing” on Armada

Chock-full of enchanting textures, ethereal vocals and sublime rhythms, “‘I Want For Nothing”’ is the first single of Pablo Nouvelle‘s forthcoming album on Armada Music.

Made in collaboration with Favela and laced with subtle guitar tones, this cut is as hypnotic as music can get.

Stream it for the first time below:

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