Waze & Odyssey came together in 2011 because of a shared love for house music. Now the duo is taking the world by storm showcasing their ability to bring the past to life and keep it relevant in an era of ever-changing musical demand. Having performed at some of the world’s most influential club spaces including Panorama Bar, Fabric, Warehouse Project, Chibuku, Monarch, and Arma 17 to name a few, Waze & Odyssey bring a fun and lighthearted sound to dance music. Read more
Deep house master Kerri “Kaoz” Chandler is in the swing of things with a shiny new set of remixes for Lupe Fuentes’ fire track 1000 Watts. The track comes in two versions, a vocal mix and a dub mix, each with a distinct level of Kerri Chandler’s signature deepness. The release comes courtesy of In The Loop Recordings, headed by Lupe Fuentes herself. Read more
Kanye West introduced his 7th solo album The Life of Pablo yesterday through an elaborate joined fashion and album launch party at Madison Square Garden, which saw a surprise appearance from Naomi Campbell and black power salutes from his models.
In related news, electronica super-talent Nicolas Jaar has remixed Kanye’s “Blood On The Leaves” – a track on the 2013 album Yeezus. The remix was part of a soundtrack commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for a short-film about iconic artist Barbara Kruger, titled Picturing Barbara Kruger, and directed by Pippa Bianco.
Picturing Barbara Kruger premiered to the public during 2015’s SXSW after being commissioned the year before and shown at the 2014 ART+FILM Gala.
You can listen to the remix on Vimeo.
Listen to “Blood on the Leaves” by Kanye West:
Detroit techno producer Robert Hood is releasing a new LP under the alias Floorplan. Entitled Victorious, the album was produced together with his daughter Lyric Hood.
Hood began producing under the alter-ego in the late 90s, a means to release productions that were funkier and melodic than the straight techno his fans had been accustomed to. Although the project died down for a a few years, it was revived with a string of EP releases that began in 2010 and culminated with 2013’s Paradise album release.
From this point forward, Hood has announced that Floorplan will remain a duo project. He will continue producing techno solo and is set to release a new album and three EPs through Dekmantel soon. His daughter Lyric has been known to DJ with him, most recently during a Boiler Room performance last fall and at on as big a stage as Movement Detroit in 2014. She co-produced several of the tracks on Victorious, set to be released in full on June 10th through Hood’s own M-Plant label.
We’ve heard the Windows Start Up jingle slowed down 4,000%. This week, we have the listening pleasure of the Jurassic Park theme – cult film that all the 80s and 90s kids practically grew up with. Steven Spielberg’s massive blockbuster Jurassic Park came out in 1993, and the movie is a classic sci-fi take on dinosaurs and science gone wrong. Who can forget the movie’s memorable Jeep chases and mind-blowing CG rendering at the time? Read more
“I really wanted to deliver a mix that had a timeless quality about it and that contained tracks that people were not very familiar with already. Crucial to achieving this was the special edits that feature in the mix, as well as the exclusive and unreleased material that I was able to include which I hope everyone enjoys listening to.” – Alan Fitzpatrick
Alan Fitzpatrick dominates in the era of techno, and it comes as no surprise that Fabric Records has invited him to mix fabric 87. Alan Fitzpatrick has been a part of Adam Beyer’s Drumcode family since his debut album release in 2005 and continues to rise through consistent hard work and quality releases. Read more
Selected from Underworld’s upcoming album Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future, DJ Koze’s remix of “I Exhale” is nothing short of weird and funky in signature thumping DJ Koze style. The track is the first single taken from the new album, which will be released on March 18 amidst Underworld’s international tour across Europe, the US, and Japan this year. Read more
Prolific German producer Stephan Bodzin has been an influential part in shaping the global techno scene since establishing his label Hertzblut in 2006. Now ten years later, BBC Radio 1 invites Stephan for the latest Essential Mix with the techno producer from Bremen. Read more
Rony Seikaly is no stranger to Yoshitoshi, having released his upbeat single “Holdin’ On” and its techy B-side “Faces” on the imprint last year. What “Sword” confirms, however, is both Seikaly’s music production acumen and his well-deserved place in today’s house music scene.
This two-track EP, exclusively premiered through 6AM, has everything it should have. The bass is decidedly heavy, yet both tracks remain relentlessly melodic and easy on the ear. “The Sword” is tribal in nature and packed-full of groove, a perfect track for the early hours of the morning. “All Of A Sudden” completes the EP perfectly, following suit with interlaced chords and a heavyweight kick over elegant percussions.
Make no mistake, Seikaly’s strength and experience as both a producer and DJ have been paying off, as his recent billing alongside Music On chief Marco Carola prove. “Sword” is the ultimate testament to that, delivering the ideal dance floor selection for any DJ looking to get a crowd dancing into sunrise.
The digital release is available for purchase on Beatport and for your listening pleasure below:
Belgium’s Ramon Tapia makes his return to Anthony Attalla‘s Incorrect Music imprint with “Dust” and “Pom Granade”, two tech-house tracks that highlight the producer’s propensity for hard-grooving yet sultry drum lines. This 6AM exclusive premiere EP also includes two strong remixes of “Pom Granade” by Leftwing & Kody and Rich Wakley.
With “Dust”, Tapia hits the ground running right from the start, laying down fast-paced drum lines accompanied by an unmistakeable bounce. At 2:04 the track picks up as it introduces a series of machine-like horns that build up to a dark crescendo. “Dust” highlights Tapia’s signature groove in what is certainly a dance floor-ready track.
“Pom Granade”, in comparison, is definitely as slower yet well-balanced affair. The track is characterized by a repeated vocal snippet, as the listener is told “I am addicted to you” by a broken mechanical voice that begins as male and morphs mid-sentence. The choppy vocals are surrounded by a variety of sparse, spatial and soft sounds, giving the piece a more minimalistic feel than “Dust”. Leftwing & Kody almost strip “Pom Granade” with their work, the male influence gone as the vocals remain high-pitched and become the true focus of the track as they repeat and echo. Rich Wakley’s remix, on the other hand, gives the track a bigger sound as the vocals become entirely masculine, more pronounced and a the tracks assumes a heavier bounce throughout.
The beauty of the EP, with its remixes, lies in its versatility. While both originals are perfect tracks to deploy on any dance floor if you’re looking for extra groove, each remix adds another layer of depth depending on the setting and direction of performance. It’s a safe bet to assume we will be hearing plenty of of this release pool-side during next month’s Miami Music Week.
The tracks are available for purchase on Beatport and for your listening pleasure below.