Q&A and Premiere: Chicago’s Vested To Release Emod’s “Videogame Warfare” EP

Keeping true and parallel to the musical vision of Vested as a Chicago-based music and event brand, Vested Recordings is the home of a range of forward-thinking electronic music sounds, ranging from deep to tech-house to progressive to techno to house, with the common thread being the timeless low-end prime-mover groove that proper progressive house has always championed.

Vested’s second outing offers a compelling contrast to the label’s first release, a two track EP by 17 year-old German “wonderkid” Emod that fuses techno grooves and percussion garnished with progressive house melodic elements and textures. Inspiring creative elements give each of the two tracks their own distinct themes and moods, and are great selections to play during a music-forward peak hour DJ set. The title track, “Videogame Warfare”, features clever use of NES videogame samples giving the track a retro flavor with killer energy, while “Ablaze” features a higher tempo and sounds reminiscent in tribute of classic techno, while both compelling the listener’s attention with a cutting edge sound of “now”.

Enjoy a premiere of the full EP and read on for an in-depth interview with DJ, producer, party curator and Vested label founder RJ Pickens.
 

 
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Premiere: Listen to Lexer’s Remix of Jan Blomqvist’s “Back In The Taxi”

Jan Blomqvist, born in the ’80s (not in Sweden), is a Berlin-based solo artist and band leader. It was he who invented concert techno, complete with dreamy vocals and simple beats., with his band BLOMQVIST. As a band member he is into dancy electro-pop, but as a solo artist, he plays club soul.

It is as a solo artist that we listen to him today. It’s been well over a year since Jan Blomqvist dropped debut album Remote Control, but its charm has far from faded. The critically acclaimed album proved one of the most elegant bodies of work to see release in early 2016 and that is exactly what Jan Blomqvist builds on as he releases its sixteen-track remix album: Remote Control (Remixed).

Today we are premiering Lexer‘s remix of “Back In The Taxi” in turn opts for a percussion-heavy and progressive take on ‘Back In The Taxi’, displaying the full extent of his innate talent and intuitive approach to music. That attitude helped him become a staple in and around the Berlin scene and shines through in his groove-plated remix as well.

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Q&A and Premiere: Circular Vector Patterns Releases “Be” EP on Darko Esser’s Wolfskuil Limited

After DJ Red’s successful “Raw Cacao” EP last year, that included a remix by the mighty Ricardo Villalobos, Darko Esser’s Wolfskuil Limited now presents a solid four-tracker from the Dutch newcomer Circular Vector Patterns.

“Be” inaugurates the A-Side with a mellow opening, gradually evolving to a more upbeat club pulse, a dynamic combination, followed on the B-Side by “Dawn”, a track which delivers rhythmic beats, balanced with a placid sensation. “Eclipse” reveals its mysterious morphing pads, reflecting the artist’s spaced-out facet & the EP’s digital bonus track, “Total Bliss” concludes this sonic exploration with a more settled groove, yet perfect to move any dance floor. A very promising debut from Circular Vector Patterns, who combines moody atmospheres & flowless production throughout the EP.

Enjoy the premiere of “Total Bliss” herein and read on for our brief chat with up-and-comer Circular Vector Patterns.

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Premiere: Z.I.P.P.O. and Kalean Combine as 3KZ for “Not From Here” EP on Balans Records

The Dutch label Balans Records returns with it’s twenty-first instalment to the series that have previously seen releases by Mike Parker, Drafted & ROD among others. This time Darko Esser’s imprint presents a collaboration between Z.I.P.P.O. and Kalean, under their 3KZ moniker.

Having previously released on Z.I.P.P.O’s Fides imprint, 3KZ now bring their powerful four tracker Not From Here on Balans Records. “Not From Here’ opens the EP with its flowing grooves & eerie pads to create a beautiful techno track followed by “Nature Of Motion” that offers an astral like immersion to the listener with its haunting melodic rhythms. On the flipside “Circles” & “Times” switch up the vibe in a more intense & playful mood, resulting in a finely balanced EP of atmospheric driving techno.

Enjoy the premiere of “Nature Of Motion” below:

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Q&A and Premiere: Agent Orange Releases “Overshadow” EP with Joey Beltram Remix

“Stay Young. Love Techno.”

That is the theme that perfectly represents the groovy, dark and hypnotic music of Agent Orange. Having cut his teeth during the legendary ’90s era raves and clubs in his native New York City, he has proven himself over the years as a pioneer and architect of modern day dance music. He’s spent the last 25-plus years pushing a sound that holds true to the raw unfiltered soul of his youth with a decidedly modern flair.

The New York based producer and DJ has had over 40 releases and tracks land the Beatport Techno Top 100 – two of which rose to #1 – for labels such as Tronic, Toolroom, Bitten, Nervous, Deeperfect, and Terminal M. His thumping hypnotic grooves have captivated the most discerning ears in the industry and led him to remix the legendary Carl Cox, who set off his 2015 Ibiza residency at Space with the Agent Orange track ‘No FAQs’ as the very first track of the season.

Today, he presents his latest release with an exclusive 6AM premiere and interview. “Overshadow” is a strong original track featuring a heavy tribal groove and carefully crafted synth lines. Hypnotic European Techno meets New York groove. The featured remix from Techno legend Joey Beltram is a really hype dance floor bomb. Big breakdowns with very mental use of the voices from the original which create lots of mesmerizing tension and killer drops!

You can catch Agent Orange playing these sound and witness his turntable wizardry on tour this summer in the following cities: New York, Philadelphia, Guatemala City, San Jose Costa Rica, Amsterdam, Barcelona and more to be added.

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Premiere: Listen to ‘Revenge’ from Ivory’s “Nocturnal” EP on DEPTH

For its second release, Depth gives voice to the rising Italian talent Daniel Tagliaferri aka Ivory who strikes again with a new amazingly crafted four-track EP.

Nocturnal is composed by 4 straight up rhythmical and yet subtly sophisticated compositions whose master ingredients are a compelling and percussive groove enhanced by artful waves of arpeggios and punctuated by dramatic and atmospheric breakdowns.

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Q&A and Global Vibe Radio 061 feat. Blank Code’s Anthony Jimenez

Anthony Jimenez got his start as a DJ back in 2003, gaining experience playing records spanning several genres before finding his niche in techno. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, the DJ and producer was drawn to the dark and cavernous sound of techno when he moved to Detroit, going on to become a mainstay at Blank Code‘s Scene parties.

Time Under Tension, his 2014 debut EP released on Blank Code, made waves in the international techno scene, receiving support and plays by the likes of Annie Hall, Brendon Moeller, Exium, DJ Hyperactive, Krenzlin, Pfirter and Rebekkah. A tastemaker in his own right, Anthonys own productions are a mirror representation of the hard word and tenacity he adopts in every studio session and DJ set. Driven by the raw and primal nature of techno, his DJ arrangements and original productions are characterized by broody and deep musical explorations peppered with hypnotic and rhythmic sonic experiences. His signature sound has made him a local favorite in a city that not only gave birth to techno, but continues to push the envelope for the genre’s future progress with a selection of top-tier talent in both the producer and DJ categories.

His skills have not gone unnoticed, landing Jimenez coveted spots alongside some of technos greatest names in the international touring circuit including Monoloc, Silent Servant, Dasha Rush, Regis. Perc, Adam X, Headless Horseman and Dustin Zahn just to name a few. In 2015 came what some describe as the coronation gig for any techno DJ in Detroit – a booking at Movement Electronic Music Festival among the world’s techno elite.
2016 saw Anthony release a new EP with Blank Code, welcoming the current year with gigs in Detroit, Colombia for an Official Movement Pre-Party, Minneapolis and a return to Movement Electronic Music Festival at the end of this month, where he is scheduled to play at the Underground Stage as well as at an afterparty at The Works on Saturday night.

His one-hour mix for Global Vibe Radio’s 61st episode is a live recording from his Minneapolis gig on April 22nd. Enjoy it below and read on for our interview with the man himself, who we chose as one of the undercards not to miss on this upcoming Movement’s stacked lineup.
 

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Premiere: Listen to Trent Cantrelle’s “What I Need” Off Of Forthcoming EP On Yoshitoshi

Los Angeles-based producer and DJ Trent Cantrelle is back on Sharam’s Yoshitoshi with a bold three-track EP.

This is Trent’s third outing on the imprint, a strong and impinging release that brilliantly showcases Trent’s eclectic production skills and dexterity in the studio. Scheduled for a May 19th release, Transmit That Style showcases Trent’s proclivity for crazy sound design and highly layered arrangements.

We are premiering “What I Need” off the EP, a track characterized by a strong and funky bass line, captivating sound effects and mesmerizing percussions. This is a classic Trent track, the type of sound that has made him a household name for underground electronic music fans throughout the world. Groovy, dazzling and enrapturing, “What I Need” is filled with throwback deep house elements that make it an instant dance floor favorite.

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Global Vibe Radio 060 feat. Yoshitoshi’s Wolf Story

The 60th episode of Global Vibe Radio comes courtesy of house duo and Yoshitoshi recording artists Wolf Story.

“There are many stories about wolves and hunters. From Little Red Riding Hood to the Chronicles of Narnia, one thing you can be sure of is that a wolf will never be too far from the action. Applying the mysticism of our canine friends to their musical output, Miami based duo Steve Sanx and Rico from Paris formed Wolf Story.” Data Transmission

Enjoy it via streaming below:

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Listen to 6AM’s Pioneers of Detroit Techno Playlist

As we all know the 1980s were a landmark era in the history electronic music. It was at the end of the decade that techno began to take form, soon becoming the popular genre that we know today.

All of this would not be possible if not for the pioneering efforts of artists that founded and produced techno in Detroit during those formative years. Detroit artists the likes of Juan Atkins, Eddie Fowlkes, Derrick May, Jeff Mills, Kevin Saunderson, Blake Baxter, Santonio Echols, and Will Thomas shaped the sound of techno as we know it, pretty much writing the manual for techno music.

On the eve of this year’s Movement Electronic Music Festival, and as a way of saluting the icons of Detroit techno, we are proud to present our latest Spotify Playlist featuring music produced by the Pioneers of Detroit Techno. Check out our selection and discover their music below:

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