Dave Seaman & Funkagenda ‘Naughty Forest’ Out now on Selador Recordings

naughty forest_2If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a big surprise. Selador Recordings tenth instalment comes from the label’s co- owner Dave Seaman alongside sometime collaborator Funkagenda, intriguingly titled Naughty Forest and featuring remixes from two heavyweights of electronic dance music, Dapayk and Nicolas Masseyeff.

It’s another big release for Selador which further cements it’s growing reputation as one of the hottest new labels on the block and after sneaking a preview of their upcoming release schedule, it’s only a sign of things to come.

The Original mix has been a weapon in Seaman’s sets for several months now. A brooding melodic techno workout that captures his progressive roots but places them in a thoroughly contemporary setting. Driven by infectious percussive loops and topped off with ethereal vocal hits, it really hits it’s stride in the second half when the growling Moog bass takes hold. It’s a big one and no mistake. Tried and tested.

Niklas Wogt, aka Dapayk is first up on remix duty and he heads into deeper, darker territory to devastating effect. Centered around a relentless chugger of a groove, it tinkers with the original’s lead Reaktor riff teasing it in and out of the mix with aplomb. Smart, stylish and a little wonky, this is one for the heads.

And to complete this amazing package, Nicolas Masseyeff weighs in with another mix of sophisticated beauty. Unerringly restrained, almost regal and yet with menacingly eerie undertones, the breakdown creeps up on you slowly unfolding into the grooviest of bass lines. Sheer class.

And there you have it. Selador number ten. Incoming. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Enjoy!

Get yours here now…

http://www.beatport.com/release/naughty-forest/1250957

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My interview with DMC World magazine

Hey Dave welcome back to DMCWORLD, where on planet earth are you today?
Hello. Thanks. Always a pleasure, never a chore :-) I’m at home. Just got back from DJing in Seoul and Manila this weekend so I’m just unpacking, doing the washing, getting ready to do the school run, etc. It’s not all glamour you know!

Right let’s get into it, a brand new tune ‘Naughty Forest’ you have created with Funkagenda that already has the likes of Pig & Dan, Nic Fanciulli and Stephan Bodzin jumping through hoops over. Talk us through the track…
It began as an idea after Adam (Funkagenda) and I did a gig together a couple of years ago in Jordan. He’d mentioned the idea of using the vocal sample before so as we DJ’ed together we talked about what we liked about certain parts of some of the tracks we were playing. So when he got on the flight home, he threw together some of those ideas in a rough demo. Then we tried to get together a few times to work on it but never seemed to be able to get our diaries to align so in the end he sent me all the parts and I did my own version which is what has just come out.

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There’s also two remixes sending us deeper courtesy of Dapayk and Nicolas Masseyeff, why were these two excellent producers picked for rework duties?

Because I’m huge fans of both. Plain and simple. I’d been wanting them to do something for me and my label Selador for a while but this was the one I thought that they could really get their teeth into. Luckliy, they agreed and did fantastic jobs, both of them.

2013 saw you release the beautiful ‘The Holy Ghost’ track on US based Tulipa Recordings. This year you have opened the door for budding producers from around the world to remix the tune with the winner’s mix being included in the summer remix package alongside D-Nox & Beckers and Dousk.

http://www.djdaveseaman.com/tulipa-recordings-presents-dave-seaman-the-holy-ghost-remix-competition/
It’s another great idea…even if people entering do have to purchase the track before getting to grips with their mix – who has the job of choosing the winner and whose initial idea was it?
The idea came from Tulipa. It’s not a new idea but I think it’s a great way for new producers to get noticed. And I always remember that I got my big break in the industry through a competition so it’s nice to give others an similar opportunity. I’m going to be listening to all the entries myself and choose the winner. Looking forward to hearing them.

It has been a year since you released your mix album on Kickstarter, you were ahead of the game yet again as other producers have followed suit releasing music through this pledging avenue…DMCWORLD Champion QBert being the latest big name to bring something out. So now that the dust has settled what are your thoughts on the whole experience. Is it something you would do again?
It was an exciting adventure as most journeys into the unknown are. Treading new ground and being out of my comfort zone breathed new life into a process I’ve done dozens of times before. I’d certainly do it again and can see it becoming a much more common way of artists making their projects happen. With the advent of social media, that direct line between the artist and their audience opens up hinge possibilities that just weren’t possible before through traditional methods.
It’s the future. Garlic bread is so last year ;-)

What was the killer track you had to remove from the album lastminute.com as it was too early for the label and their release plans?
It was the Dixon remix of Mano Le Tough’s ‘Everything You”ve Done Before’. One of my favourite tracks from last year that also dovetailed perfectly with the two tracks either side of it. The label, Permanent Vacation, thought it was too early for them to agree for it to go on the album as they hadn’t even set a release date and plead with them as I might, I couldn’t twist their arm. Ironically, just after I’d finished the album, they changed their minds and brought their release forward but it was too late. It actually came out the same week as my album! Gutted.

What is coming out next from your label Selador Recordings…
After ‘Naughty Forest’ we will have a Selador Showcase, a selection of ten tracks from various artists and will musically range from deeper stuff of Samu.l to more peak time stuff from Marc Marzenit. It’s basically like a full DJ set of music in one collection! Also on the label in the future will be another track from myself, a new release from the labels’ co owner Steve Parry and new EP’s from Robert Babicz and AFFKT.
It’s going to be a big year for the label.

Okay, the name Selador. Has it reference to a psychoanalyst in Frank Herbert’s ‘The Santaroga Barrier’, the Portuguese for ‘sealer’ or is it a plain old spelling mistake and it should have said Cellar Door???
Ha! Yes it’s derived from Cellar Door. Taken from the film Donnie Darko where Drew Barrymore’s character talks about how it is the most beautiful sounding combination of words in the English language. It seemed fitting as we believe we are in the business of beautiful sounds :-)

I hear you had a great time at the basketball in America watching Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls. Now come on Garforth lad, was it as good as watching a classic West Yorkshire derby between Leeds and Huddersfield Town?
Ha! Nothing beats the 5-1 thrashing of Huddersfield at Elland Road recently. Especially as we were 1-0 down to start with. I took my young boys to that one. Unfortunately I laos took them a few weeks later when we lost 5-1 to Bolton. You win some, you lose some. But I have to admit Leeds United to learn a thing or two about the razzmatazz of the NBA. It was all going off, the fireworks, the dancing girls, the DJ hyping the crowd. I tell you one thing that I boy from Leeds couldn’t get his head around though… £50 a head for the half time buffet!!! Give me a pint and a pie for £6 anytime!!

If someone ever opened up a dance music museum there would be one definite piece of memorabilia in there, something you found in a dusty cardboard box in your loft; your notepad containing your Kylie Minogue ‘Confide In Me’ lyrics. Can you recall that time writing those words which millions around the world now know and love, how long did that song in particular take to write…and what are you going to do with the notepad?
I do remember writing them yes. That song came together so quickly. Steve and I threw together a backing track in a couple of hours one afternoon and that evening I went home and wrote the lyrics. The next day Kylie came in and recorded it and that original demo vocal is pretty much what was released. Creativity is always best when it just flows out of you without having to think or work too hard. As for what I’m going to do with the original hand written lyrics? I’ll probably frame them and stick it up in the loo for a little contemplative reading whilst sitting on the throne :-)

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I loved something you said last year when discussing dance music’s biggest problem at the moment is that too much music is being made with no filter system; “Imagine if everyone who thought they could cook were allowed to put their product on the shelves of a supermarket. It would take you a week just to get past the cereals!” So what is the solution?

There isn’t an easy one. Unless the digital sites start being more selective about what tracks they take on, which goes against the whole Chris Anderson ‘Long Tail’ model of digital retail. But I think if some online platforms began to specialise and became known for specific genres they probably would have great success doing so. Beatport are bringing in new rules where you have to submit how many Facebook likes, Twitter followers, mailing list numbers, etc you have. And you have to have a certain number to have your track accepted for sale on Beatport. Which is all well and good in theory. But we all know that those numbers are easy to manipulate. I think it just encourages people to buy “likes”. So it’s not necessarily a way to keep quality standards high.

You were one of the first British DJs to start touring the world, god only knows how many air miles you have young man. Whenever you ask a DJ what the worse part of his job is they always say the traveling, the airports, the crap flights, the waiting around…sure only a small price to pay for such an incredible job, but being on tour 52 weeks a year does take a lot of dedication. How do you get through this part of your job?
It makes me laugh when I hear DJs complaining about the traveling part of their job. It’s actually one of my favourite bits. Of course it can be frustrating if you get delayed or whatever but there’s nothing you can do about it so it’s pointless getting too stressed. As for the flying time, airport lounges, etc That’s all “me” time. I can catch up on music, movies, magazines, emails, whatever. I don’t get the concept of “waiting around”. Christ, you can even make music on the go now so I don’t get what it is that’s so bad about that aspect of the job. I just think people need to adjust their mindsets a little. Enjoy it all.

What is the current Top 10 you are spinning…
Conveniently you can see that on Beatport ;)
http://www.beatport.com/charts/dave-seamans-spring-selection-part-two/262059

Who are some of the producers around the world you are giving high fives to at the moment?
There’s loads of people making great music right now. Hot Since 82, Dixon, Sante, Solomun, Butch, Maceo Plex, Robert Babicz, Affkt, Wehbba. I could go on and on.

It’s WMC time yet again in Miami, we’ve already seen an excellent BPM down in Mexico and Pete Tong’s IMS over in Ibiza is shaping up nicely again in May. You will be one of the key speakers at the Brighton Music Conference in a few weeks, at last the UK has something to shout about conference wise. Do you think the UK’s record industry is ready for an event of this calibre just yet – is it getting enough support? We are slowly but surely putting our flag in the sand again as a nation…
Yeah, I find it strange that it hasn’t been done before to be honest. But fair play to John Fleming and his team for taking the leap and making it happen. I’m looking forward to being a part of the first Brighton Conference. It looks to be shaping up nicely. After the collapse of UK clubland post millennium and the shift of power to Berlin as the clubbing epicentre of the World, it seems to have taken a little while for the Uk to find our feet again. But as we talked about earlier, the green shoots of recovery seem to be springing up all over now. You can keep a good man down for long.

The UK club scene too is having a renaissance with towns all over the country finally having notable nights. Where have some of the stand out gigs been for you these past few months?
It’s true. There really are lots of new nights springing up everywhere. I’ve done more UK gigs in the last year than I had in the previous decade! The Rhumba Festival of House in Dundee last October was amazing playing alongside Hot Chip and Derrick Carter. We also did our first Selador party at the Williamson Tunnels in Liverpool which sold out. As did the Tangled gig in Manchester and the Shine show in Leeds. It really does feel like the start of the next big wave in UK clubland which should please all the DJs who moan about airports! ;-)

Where are some of the gigs in your diary around the world you are really looking forward to this summer?
It’s just a little too early to announce a couple of major things I’m going to be doing but let’s just say I won’t be doing Glastonbury this year. I’ve done the last five so felt it was time to take a year off and do a couple of the other UK festivals instead. So watch this space on that. Same goes for Ibiza. I’m just in the process of confirming my Ibiza plans. Should have news in the next couple of weeks. Apart from that, I always enjoy going to South America. I’ll be in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Mexico over the coming months. Israel was amazing last summer too. So looking forward to going there again. I played to over 30,000 people on the beach just outside Tel Aviv for the legendary Cat & Dog. Incredible!

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And finally, what are the next studio plans for Dave Seaman…?
I’ve just finished a couple of new tracks. One I’ve signed to the New York label, Sullivan Room entitled ‘Distraction Tactics’ and a second called ‘Justified Replacement Of Lulu’ is going to come out on Selador. I’ve also been doing some songwriting again which will come out under a different alias. It’s more downtempo electronica in the vein of Banks and Lorde. And then there’s also a Pet Shop Boys remix due to happen which I’m very excited about. They were the first artists we ever remixed as Brothers in Rhythm so it’s all gone full circle.

http://www.dmcworld.net/features/entry/features/dave-seaman-4

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Dave Seaman & One Million Toys ‘Everything Comes In Threes’ Out Now

TULIPA066After what seems an eternity since it’s completion at the end of the summer last year, I’m very happy to say my collaboration with Israeli producer, Sagy Amir, aka One Million Toys, is now finally out on the fine St. Louis based imprint, Tulipa Recordings. Following on from my Holy Ghost release for the label last year, this picks up where that left off in funky deep house territory which has already caught the ear of Maceo Plex, Stacey Pullen and Danny Tenaglia amongst others. I’m also very pleased to say that stepping up to the plate on remixing duties this time are two of my favourite producers, Roland M. Dill and Arjun Vagale who offer completely different takes on the original in their own inimitable styles. Roland heads into dark throbbing techno territory for his fantastic interpretation whilst India’s rising star Arjun weighs in with a progressive techno epic quite unlike anything he’s done before. Expect the unexpected. All in all, I’m super happy with this one. Hope you enjoy it too.

http://www.beatport.com/release/everything-comes-in-threes/1256088

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Tulipa Recordings presents Dave Seaman The Holy Ghost Remix Competition

TULIPA054-1In early 2013 Dave Seaman released an amazing single on the United States-based label Tulipa Recordings which made a big impact on the global electronic music scene with DJ support from the every one from of Seth Troxler to Florain Meindl and Nick Warren to Lee Curtiss. Showcasing the DJ legend’s sophisticated style of fusing hypnotic grooves with memorable melodies, Dave raised the bar yet again to mark another pinnacle in his long career. Continuing this momentum, the master returns with The Holy Ghost Remix Competition and now you too can become a part of the story.

The winner will have their remix released on Tulipa Recordings this summer alongside mixes from heavyweights D-Nox & Beckers and Dousk. The rules are simple but must be followed exactly to be considered in the competition.

1. Go to www.beatport.com/track/the-holy-g…inal-mix/4413467 and purchase your own copy of Dave Seaman – The Holy Ghost (Original Mix).

2. Go to www.tuliparecordings.com and download the stems.

3. Create your fantastic remix using the samples provided; do not use any copyrighted material in your mix.

4. Have fun, fun, and more fun crafting your masterpiece.

5. Upload your remix to soundcloud.com/groups/dave-seaman-the-holy-ghost-remix-competition/tracks WITH THE DOWNLOAD ENABLER TURNED OFF but set to public. Any entries that have the download function enabled will automatically be disqualified.

All entries must be submitted by April 4th, 2014 at 11:59 PM United States Central Time Zone.

ALL 5 STEPS MUST BE COMPLETED TO BE QUALIFIED. This will be verified before the winner is chosen. Dave Seaman and Summer (Brendon Collins) will together chose their favorites and then narrow the selection down to one lucky finalist.

Good luck :)

-Tulipa Recordings

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‘Flatter To Deceive’ Out Now on Great Stuff

online_1400x1400_gsr_210_SEAMAN_NEWMy debut for long running German label Great Stuff entitled ‘Flatter To Deceive’ is now available in all fine digital retail emporiums with rising star, Seff on remix duties. The original is a tough slab of rolling tech house with African undertones and a roof raising drop while Seff takes a slightly sparser, housier route which is bound to please his growing legion of fans including Hot Since 82 and Mark Knight. If you’ve managed to catch me at any of my gigs over the last few month’s chances are you’ll have heard me play this. It’s the one with the jungle noises! Enjoy ;-)

http://www.beatport.com/release/flatter-to-deceive/1238374

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – February 2014

Listen again to the February edition of my Radio Therapy show which premieres on the third Tuesday of every month exclusively on Friskyradio.com

Playlist as follows..
1. Flowers Sea Creatures ‘So Far The Star’ [My Favourite Robot]
2. Rui Da Silva ‘Feeling You’ (Beats 5)[Kismet]
3. Dave Seaman & Funkagenda ‘Naughty Forest’ (Nicolas Masseyeff) [Selador]
4. Darlyn Vlys ‘Floor 122′ (Sante & Sidney Charles) [Avotre]
5. Murr & Rosina ‘Dive Into The Deepest’ (Maceo Plex) [Thoughtless]
6. Marc Romboy ‘Stella’ [Systematic]
7. Hot Since 82 ‘Planes & Trains’ (WaFF)[Suara]
8. Dave Seaman ‘Flatter To Deceive’ [Great Stuff]
9. Karol XVII & MB Valence [Suara]
10. Dubspeeka ‘Alone’ (Joel Mull) [Waveform]
11. Butch ‘Std’ [Cecile]
12. Paul Rutherford ‘Get Real’ (Robert Babicz Dub) [Selador]

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Selador Reloads Volume 1 – Out Now

reloads_5bIt’s hard to believe that it’s only 12 months ago since we started work on the launch of Selador. Our first release, ‘Restless Dreams’ by Samu.l didn’t actually come out until mid April and we only have 8 releases under our belt since, but somehow it already feels like we’ve been doing this since forever.

So for release number nine, we decided it was a good time to take stock and clear the decks as it were.

Selador Reloads (see what we did there?) will be an occasional series of remixes from our back catalogue. These are not remixes that didn’t make it onto the respective releases because they weren’t good enough. Far from it. Mostly they were done after the event by special request of the remixers themselves. Robert Babicz thunderous reworking of Paul Rutherford’s ‘Get Real’ being a good case in point. When Robert got the promo of our release of the acid house classic with remixes by Darren Emerson, Just Be Bushwacka & Pete Gooding, he declared his love of the track, one of his all time favourites he said, and could he have a go at remixing it too? Well, does a bear do his proverbial business in the woods?! The result is what is known in clubland as an “absolute bomb”. Already a weapon of choice for John Digweed, Christian Smith & Josh Wink, Robert nails it with a heavy as kick drum & bass combination powering proceedings that is simultaneously respectful to the original whilst giving the whole thing a definite 2014 flavour. There are also Vocal & Dub versions from which to choose :-)

Coming up fast in Robert’s slipstream on this EP, is a new remix of Kucna Muzika’s ‘Feel It’. A popular track from our ADE Collection, this Serbian production duo’s debut gets a reworking from one of Selador’s new guys on the block, Seff. And what a fine job he does too. A groovily infectious houser that still revolves around the original’s bass and vocal hooks but gives the whole thing a much rawer feel. It’s not a major overhaul. It’s much more subtle than that. But it definitely does the trick. Hear for yourself and you’ll get what we mean.

Next up is the Thomas Tuft reworking of what was our third release, ‘Marionette’ by Rychard. Thomas is a king amongst men on the Slo Motion scene which he ably exhibits with this epic take that combines so many different flavours into one big melting pot of chunky nu disco. Floyd-esque guitar licks, soaring string swells, toms and cowbells-a-plenty, you name it, it’s all in there. Such an inventive arrangement, yet still with both feet firmly on the dance floor. We like this a lot and we think you will too.

And last but by no means least, wrapping up proceedings, we have the wonderful Of Norway boys interpretation of Robert Babicz’s own ‘Rosegarden’, another track lifted from last year’s ADE Sampler. Of Noway had been on our hit list of remixers for sometime but were all tied up recording their new album for Connoisseur but as soon as they wrapped that up, they were true to their word and were on our phone primed and ready for duty. It was most definitely worth the wait. They deliver a wonderfully organic interpretation that oozes class from every orifice. A real gem.

And there you have it, Selador Reloads. Another top drawer collection. As a wise man once said, “You don’t know where you’re at, ’til you know where you’ve been”. Word!  x

Get your copy here… http://www.beatport.com/release/selador-reloads/1232788

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – January 2014

Listen again and download my latest Radio Therapy show which premieres on the third Tuesday of every month on friskyradio.com Enjoy!

Tracklist as follows..

1. The Black 80s ‘Move On’ (Kollektiv Turmstrasse)[Freerange]

2. Shapeshifters ‘Happy’ (Pete Gooding)[Nocturnal Groove]

3. Holy Ghost! ‘OK’ (A Jus Ted) [DFA]

4. Rob Hes & Steve Slight ‘Focusing’ (Gabriel Ananda) [Selador]

5. Sebastien Leger ‘Tinkle’ [1605]

6. Shall Ocin ‘Forgive Me’ (Edu Imbernon) [Culprit]

7. Marcus Worgull & Peter Pardeike ‘Blythe’ [Innervisons]

8. AFFKT feat. Forrest ‘Now’ (Shall Ocin) [Tenampa]

9. Royksopp feat. Susanne Sundfor ‘Running To The Sea’ (Pachanga Boys) [Dog Triumph]

10. Christoph ‘Big H’ [Nordic Trax]

11. Christian Smith & Wehbba ‘Third Floor’ [Tronic]

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Rob Hes & Steve Slight ‘Focusing/Mankind’ out now on Selador

rob hes_2Next up from Selador Recordings, we are excited to present a double header from the two of techno’s new leading lights, Rob Hes & Steve Slight. With recent releases under their belts on the likes of Oliver Huntemann’s Ideal imprint, Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat & Stephan Bodzin’s Herzblut too, the prolific duo have delivered what we consider to be their best work yet in the form of ‘Focusing’ & ‘Mankind’.

Both big dance floor weapons in their own right, ‘Focusing’ also comes with massive remixes from both Gabriel Ananda and Selador’s own Steve Parry and judging by the huge swell of support from everyone from Jamie Jones to Tensnake, Pig & Dan to Guy J and DJ Chus to M.A.N.D.Y, this could end up being one of our biggest releases to date. Grab it while it’s hot people :-)

 http://www.beatport.com/release/focusing/1220471

PS. Must also say a huge THANKS again to Spike Dennis for once again providing the distinctive artwork on this release. It’s all about the unicorn porn don’t you know! You can see more of Spike’s splendidly idiosyncratic works at spikeworld.co.uk or follow him on Twitter @Spike_Dennis

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SEFF ‘Freestyle Fanatic EP’ Out now on Selador

SEFF_v2For the seventh release on our burgeoning Selador Recordings label we are pleased to welcome SEFF into the fold with a wonderful 3 track EP of big booming underground House music. SEFF aka Joe Saunders has been making quite a name for himself over the last year with releases on Steve Lawler’s Viva Music and his own Mindmaze Music imprint and his first full release for Selador has had no shortage of takers either. The likes Hot Since 82, Groove Armada, Cevin Fischer, Betoko, AFFKT and Kolombo have all pledged their support with all 3 tracks finding their way into the sets of the elite. The lead track ‘Freestyle Fantastic’ sets the bar high with it’s growling dirty synths and “On and on and on” vocal refrain, whilst ‘Listen’ goes deeper and darker and ‘Lost In The Underground’ heads into slightly wonkier territory. Quite simply, if raw underground house sounds are your bag then we’re sure you’ll find something to whet your whistle here. Without doubt, the boy Seff has a big, bright future.

 

http://www.beatport.com/release/freestyle-fanatic-ep/1211683

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