My new single ‘Right Side Of Wrong’ is now out on Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat label. It’s my second release for the imprint following 2012′s collaboration with Guy Mantzur, ‘K9′ and is already receiving a warm reception from the likes of Sasha, Affkt, D Nox, Raxon and Guy J. The package also comes with a beautiful, emotive remix from the aforementioned Mr Mantzur alongside his fellow Cat & Dog Club resident DJ, Lonya and big thanks also to Pedrag Iv for the accompanying video. Although, I would like to take this opportunity to say, I accept no responsibility for any psychological disturbance it may cause. It’s a little dark and unsettling. You’ve been warned! Sweet dreams ;-)
Listen again to the January edition of my Radio Therapy show which premieres on the third Tuesday of every month exclusively on Frisky Radio and then syndicates to over 80 stations worldwide. Nothing but the good stuff. Spread the word
Tracklist as follows…
1. Sandro Beninati & Seeward ‘Let The Night’ (Channel X) [Ton Liebt Klang]
2. Der Effekt feat. Mehrklang ‘Reloaded’ [Circle]
3. Cuartero & waFF ‘Break A Sweat’ (Patrick Topping) [Moon Harbour]
4. Actor One ‘Stealth’ (Cristoph) [Noir]
5. Aki Bergen ‘Serpentine’ [Steyoyoke]
6. Dave Seaman ‘Right Side Of Wrong’ [Sudbeat]
7. Pentatones ‘Karma Game’ (Steve Bug) [Poker Flat]
8. Dole & Kom ‘Salto Mortale’ [3000Grad]
9. Robert Babicz ‘One Day We’ll All Be Happy’ (Affkt) [Selador]
10. Lee Van Dowski ‘Lee’s Mobile’ [Mobilee]
11. Gabriel Ananda & Maceo Plex ‘Solitary Daze’ [Ellum]
So a big hello to 2015 then. We’ve been expecting you. And here at Selador Towers we couldn’t be more excited by the twelve months ahead. Our phasers are set to stun and destroy and no dancefloor is safe in our quest for world domination. Mwuhahahaha! Of course we’re the first to admit we are nothing without our army of producers and remixers out there on the frontline and spearheading the attack this year we’re honoured to be joined by Mexican production duo, Climbers. The Down Under EP not only features two lethal original tracks but they’re also aided and abetted by the immeasurable talents of Rob Hes, HearThuG & Darlyn Vlys and Paul Nolan on remix duties who between them cover all bases from Techno to chill out with a bit of deep & dark trippy tech thrown in for good measure. It’s a cast to die for people. Lock and load… Fire!
Listen again to my latest Radio Therapy Show which premieres on the third Tuesday of every month exclusively on friskyradio.com and then syndicates to over 70 other stations worldwide. Spread the word. Nothing but the good stuff here..
Tracklist as follows..
1. Breach & Cinnaman ‘Liberty’ (Seaman Edit) [Naked Naked]
2. Him Self Her ‘Don’t Fail Me Now’ (Sonny Fodera) [Suara]
3. Trentemoller ‘Always Something Better’ (DJ Tennis & Mind Against) [Poker Flat]
4. Sonic Future ‘Regrets’ [Go Deeva]
5. Villanova ‘Roomba Rose’ [MFRR]
6. Noir & HRRSN ‘My Fault’ (Manuel Tur) [Noir]
7. Alex Niggemann ‘Sorrow’ (Deetron)[Watergate]
8. Chelsea Wolfe & Maceo Plex ‘The Warden’ [Sargent House]
9. Marc Marzenit ‘Death Espiral’ [Natura Sonoris]
10. Royksopp ‘Sordid Affair’ (Maceo Plex)[ Dog Triumph]
11. Rodriguez ‘Sugarman’ (Goldfish) [Unofficial]
As 2014 draws to a close and we look back on what has been a fantastic year for us here at Selador, we’d like to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has played their part in such a successful 12 months that went far and beyond what we could ever have hoped to achieve.
To wrap things up we’d like to finish the year on our second Reloads EP, the occasional series where we invite some of our roster of producers to get to grips with a few highlights from our back catalogue and boy did they step up to the plate.
Leading by example is Kucna Muzika with their remix of Piemont’s ‘So What’ which was part of our fifth release way back during the summer of 2013. It’s a chunky motha of a mix that has already had plenty of supporters amongst the lucky few to have it upfront. Main room Tech House at it’s finest.
Next up is Snilloc with his interpretation of our very first release, Samu.l’s ‘Restless Dreams’. Keeping things deep but embellishing on the original’s hypnotic appeal, the up and coming Hungarian producer gives this modern classic a new lease of life, not a moment too soon.
Time for another visit to the ‘Naughty Forest’ next as Beaumont Stanford & Matt Davis take on our very own Dave Seaman’s collaboration with Mr Funkagenda. And this little beauty has balls! Centered around a monster bass, the vocal and melodies then weave some black magic between them that would leave Dynamo dumfounded!
And finally, we’ve got not one, but two new versions of Dee Montero’s ‘Fade Into Noir’, one of the standout tracks from our first Showcase compilation earlier this year. Dimitri Nakov is the one on remix duty here, delivering both a groove driven punchy dub and a more subtle, stripped back variation showcasing a little more of Aya’s dreamy vocal. Take your pick, the choice is yours.
Until next time then, we’d like to wish your all a very Merry Xmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for your continued support and we promise that next year is set to be even bigger and better.
Selador Seasonal Greetings to one and all… with bells on.
10. Indiana ‘Solo Dancing’
9. Alt J ‘Hunger Of The Pine’
8. Lana Del Rey ‘West Coast’
7. Perfume Genius ‘Queen’
6. Royal Blood ‘Ten Tonne Skeleton’
5. Little Dragon ‘Klapp Klapp’
4. Caribou ‘Can’t Do Without You’
3. Lulu James ‘Beautiful People’
2. Jungle ‘Busy Earnin’
1. Kyla La Grange ‘Cut Your Teeth’
It’s that time of year again already. Time to look back over the last 12 months and choose my music and movie highlights. Best singles, albums and films all to follow but to start us off, here’s my Top 10 club favourites of 2014…
10. Marc Romboy ‘Hypernova’ [Systematic]
9. Raw District feat. Ellipsis ‘Ragged Star’ (Josh Wink mix) [Crosstown Rebels]
8. Laurent Garnier ‘Enchanted’ [Hyper Colour]
7. Gus Gus ‘Crossfade’ [Kompakt]
6. Daughter ‘Love’ (George Thompson & Acid Rockers mix) [4AD]
5. Royksopp ‘Sordid Affair’ [Dog Triumph]
4. Patrick Topping ‘Forget’ [Hot Creations]
3. Mind Against ‘Several Times’ [Life & Death]
2. Joy Wellboy ‘Before The Sunrise’ (Dixon Mix) [B Pitch Control]
1. Sailor & I ‘Turn Around’ (Amé mix) [Life & Death]
A link to my recent interview with Zone Magazine in the UK.
After being in the scene for some time, how do you keep your music fresh and your enthusiasm still alive?
The music really takes care of itself. There’s literally thousands of new tracks being released every week so it’s not hard to continually keep your record box fresh, or USB stick as it is these days. And accordingly, the enthusiasm to keep playing naturally follows that. It’s one of the great things about the electronic music scene that things are continuously evolving so you never get chance to get bored. Just having a few new hot tracks ready to play for the weekend still gives me the same buzz as it did 20+ years ago. If that ever leaves me then it will be time to call it a day but I can’t ever imagine that happening to be honest.
Tell us a bit about Selador Recordings, any news that we should know about?
Selador is a new label I set up with my long time friend Steve Parry last year and we couldn’t be happier with the progress we’ve made. We’ve just released EPs by Robert Babicz & Affkt with my new single featuring remixes by Cristoph, Joeski, Raxon & Marc Marzenit up next. So as you can see, we’ve already become an outlet for a lot of the scene’s top producers which is no mean feat after only 18 months in business. We’ve got stacks more exciting releases lined up too plus we’ll be starting to do more of our own Selador parties in 2015. It really is going better than we could ever have hoped.
You’ve been touring a lot this year, what’s been the highlights for you?
Burning Man was the stand out this year for me. It was my first time and it really blew me away. It’s like nothing else I’ve ever been to and was very inspiring. Like a rave on the set of a Star Wars meets a Mad Max movie all curated by Salvador Dali. Just bonkers. I can’t wait for next year.
What and who are your major musical influences?
Oh God, where to start? First of all I really got into the mod revival at the end of the 70s so The Jam and the whole 2 Tone scene were my first real obsessions. Then that turned into New Order, Depeche Mode, The Human League and that whole synthesiser movement in the early 80s. Then I got into breakdancing so the original electro scene that came with that and that was what really introduced me to dance music. By the time house music arrived in 1986 I was already into DJing in a big way and the rest as they say is history.
What releases can we expect from you in the near future?
As mentioned before my next single will be coming on Selador in December. It’s called ‘Justified Replacement Of Lulu’. Then after that I’ve got more releases coming on Noir, Sudbeat, Sullivan Room and Tulipa early in 2015. I’ve done quite a bit studio wise this year and that’s something I plan to continue with.
What do you do for fun when not on tour?
Family, films and football kind of take care of any free time I have. Although as a Leeds United fan I’m not sure you could call that fun! haha
Your social media pages are very active with info on gigs etc, do you think this is essential to gain support from your fans?
Definitely, we’re in a new era of artist/fan relations. There is a direct rapport there that can do things that would’ve seemed impossible only a few years ago. I did the first ever crowd funded DJmix compilation last year through my online media platforms. An album for the fans funded directly by the fans. That’s a hell of a development to be able to do something like that without the need for any kind of record company middle man. And of course, when it comes to gigs, it’s the easiest way to let people know you’re coming to their area. I just hope not too many more platforms spring up as I’ll end up spending all day just keeping my social media up to date!
Lastly, which track has been rocking the dancefloor the most recently?
I love Laurent Garnier’s ‘Enchanted’ on Hyper colour. He’s managed to make a tracks that sounds old school and new school at the same time. Also Josh Wink’s remix of Raw District is amazing too. Two big big tunes for me over the last couple of months.