Listen again to the February edition of Dave’s Top 10 Radio Therapy Show featuring music from Marc Romboy, Habischman, Supernova, Ben Pearce, Hunter Game, Alex Niggemann, Re.You, D Nox & Beckers and much more besides.
Following his superb remix on Quivver’s ‘Wait For You’ for Selador last summer, Iman Habibi aka Habischman makes his fully fledged artist debut on Dave Seaman & Steve Parry’s imprint with a four track Extended Player fit for a king.
The Iranian born Berlin resident has been making some tidal sized waves recently with releases on the likes of Moda Black, Noir Music, Steyoyoke & Booka Shade’s Blaufield and in our humble, if slightly biased opinion, this release is positively tsunami-esque.
From the irresistible depth of the title track to the pulsating dramatics of ‘All I Dream’ and the shimmering zeitgeist house of ‘Skin’ to the seductive bounce of ‘Dub Rumors’, we are ticking ticking boxes, left, right & centre here. All bases covered. Home run.
Team Selador – Pitch perfect
Listen again to the first Radio Therapy of 2016 which first aired on Frisky Radio on January 19th. 60 more minutes of the good stuff. Just the way we like it
Tracklist as follows..
1. Innellea ‘Galagant’ [Steyoyoke]
2. Chicola ‘Her Song’ [Sudbeat]
3. Chus & Ceballos feat. Astrid Suryanto ‘All I Want’ (Henry Saiz & Marc Marzenit) [Stereo]
4. Bastian Bux ‘Screenshot’ [Suara]
5. Beth Lydi ‘Jump The Couch’ (Adrian Hour) [SNOE]
6. Honor ‘Never Off’ (Hot Since 82)
7. Stephan Bodzin ‘IX’ (Marc Romboy) [Herzblut]
8. Miss Melera ‘Magenta’ (Dave Seaman) [Chapter 24]
9. Problem Makers ‘Gaia’ (Pete Oak) [Univack]
10. Definition & Artbat ‘Saltation’ [Definition]
11. Tom Peters ‘Restless’ [Selador]
12. Marc Marzenit ‘9909LA’ [Tronic]
Hello again and a huge Seladorian sized Happy New Year to one and all. After what was a momentous 2015 for us here at Selador Towers, we’re now primed and ready to make this year even bigger and better. Here to prove it, starting as we mean to go on, is our first release of 2016.
As regular receivers of our music you should already be familiar with the Forgone Conclusion EP by label fave, Cristoph which we released last summer and you may also remember that somewhat unusually for us, the release came with no remixes. Well, we thought it was about time we put that right. And so, in all it’s remixed glory, here is the Forgone Conclusion EP – Part Two.
First up a producer that has been making plenty of noise recently with his releases on the likes of Suara & Noir, the one and only, Kiko. The Frenchman tackles the lead track in his own inimitable signature style, overflowing with zest and prime time intensity. The sound of a man at the top of his game.
Next our very own Dave Seaman returns a favour after Cristoph remixed Dave’s ’Naughty Forest’ release a little over a year ago and our head honcho does us proud on ‘Digging In’. Main room melodics with just a touch of wonk, it’s a belter and no mistake.
Then, it’s the turn of Kevin Over on ‘Moments’ who throws off the shackles of his trademark basement house sound and dons his alternative cap to embark on a journey of dark acidic retro flavoured electronica. Heads down for some proper left of centre gear.
And finally, fashionably late to the party, we welcome Lonya. The resident DJ of the the legendary Cat & Dog club in Tel Aviv gives his deep atmospheric Techno take on ‘Time For Change’. A brooding slab of darkness for those late night floors.
So there you have it, Cristoph and friends, prepared in 4 very different flavours to suit every palate. Tasty business, whichever way you slice it.
Selador Recordings – yum-yum!
My remix for Dutch Techno producer Miss Melera is out now on the fine and flourishing UK label, Chapter 24 Records. It’s called ‘Magenta’ in reality, but it’s anything but bright and lurid! More dark and a tad disturbing. Just like the video infact. Hope you like it
I recently took part in a round table discussion about the current state of play in the electronic music industry with such other luminaries as Paul Oakenfold, Claude Von Stroke, Sander Kleinenberg and more. Here’s how it went down>>
Where do you see the most innovation coming from right now within the music industry (i.e. technology, music, fan experience, nightclubs, behind the scenes, etc.) and how, if at all, are you taking advantage of what’s happening? Or do you feel the music industry is failing to innovate as a whole?
Most of the innovation these days seems to be coming from finding ways to stay alive! Needs must! With revenue from sales at an extreme low, making a living as an artist now is about so much more than just making music. Marketing yourself, relationships and interacting with your audience in this transitional digital age have become vital for survival, and of course, there’s always new ways of doing that. Things like Jukely and I’m In are changing the ways fans attend concerts and there’s also a new platform called Bookya where artists and promoters can connect which looks really interesting. Infact, it seems like there’s a new “social/communication” start-up offering itself as the solution to all our problems every time I turn my computer on!
But I think with everyone seemingly so time poor these days, we’re finding it hard to find to cut through all the “noise” and so we’re not moving forward as quickly as we could be. It’s hard to know where to invest your time and energy. I did a Kickstarter project a couple of years ago which was the first DJ Mix compilation to be funded through that method and I’m honestly surprised more electronic artists have not embraced crowd funding. It really is a new frontier in getting your music to your audience. Cutting out the middle man is a powerful development for sure.
Meanwhile, the record industry at large is being dragged kicking and screaming into the future with most of their eggs in the streaming basket which never seems to have the artists interest at heart. I actually think we’re on the verge of a swing back to physical product with vinyl sales on the increase and the fact that we’ve now pretty much come to the end of the road in terms of convenience, speed and quantity, which is what the digital dream has been sold upon. It’s already happening in the book industry so I don’t see why that trend shouldn’t extend to music.
And then of course, there’s always new developments in music production. In fact, the hardware/software/production tools/sample packs business is one of the few serious growth areas within the wider music industry. More people are making music now then ever, which in many ways is becoming it’s downfall. We’ve got to get back to quality over quantity. Chris Anderson’s Long Tail model doesn’t work so well for the creative arts. The whole scene is in danger of eating itself.
Having said all that, Ableton Push looks particularly tasty 😉
With the upcoming US presidential elections, and given all that is happening across the globe, do you feel there’s a place for politics in dance music? Should this culture embrace its subversive roots or simply be a vehicle for escapism?
Dance music has always been about escapism and aspiration. On the dance floor, feeling free, forgetting all your problems, dreaming of better days and other such cliches. I really don’t think people want to be too bothered with politics in such an environment. Who wants to be reminded about politics when you’re supposed to be having fun? A field where such blithering idiots as Donald Trump are allowed to operate? Dance music should be about celebrating life, not losing the will to live!
How would you characterise the current dance music movement?
It has many different strands now. It’s long surpassed being a cult fashion movement such as Punk or New Romanticism. It’s transcended that. It’s very much a cultural movement on a par with Rock & Roll, constantly evolving and here to stay. But overall, I don’t think it’s doing anything particularly groundbreaking going on at the moment. A lot of music right now is a bit Emperors New Clothes. Previous ideas repackaged for a new generation. There are always a few exceptions to the rule of course but it’s getting harder to find them amongst the sheer volume of tracks released every week. Having said that, the underground is always more innovative than the overground so it’s nice to see a general shift back towards more refined ‘deeper’ sounds away from the crash, bang wallop, domination of EDM of the last few years. Music always moves in circles. As a general rule of thumb, what’s hot today tends to be be cold tomorrow. It’s the circular nature of fashion.
Have you learned any valuable lessons this past year and how, if at all, are they helping you shape your outlook/approach for 2016?
There’s no room for complacency. There’s a lot of people now fighting for the same space. It’s becoming a bit of a rat race to be honest which can leave a bitter taste at times but there’s nothing for it, other than stepping up to the plate and fighting your corner. Play to your strengths. Don’t try to do everything at once, otherwise you end up spreading yourself to thin and becoming a Mr 20%.
Concerning sounds and trends, where would you like to take dance music in the near future?
I’d like things to be a bit more open minded and a little less formulaic. When producers try to do something a little bit different if should be celebrated rather than derided. But generally it’s nice to see a lot more melody and vocals back around again. It was all a bit barren in that department a few years ago. It would also be nice to see a little less snobbery and a bit more camaraderie within the whole scene but alas, with the aforementioned rat race gathering pace, separating yourself from the pack is becoming more of a necessity and besides, it really is a money driven business now, at least at the top level anyway, so that’s probably an ideologic step too far.
Listen again to my final Radio Therapy show of the year which premiered exclusively on Frisky Radio on December 17th and then syndicated to over 80 more stations worldwide. It’s a hot one. Turn it up! 😉
1. Mihai Popoviciu ‘The Swindle’ [Poker Flat]
2. Tom Peters ‘Two Of Us’ [Selador]
3. Stereo MCs & Terranova ‘Deeper’ [Connected]
4. Glenn Morrison ‘Bumblebee’ (Dave Seaman) [Morrison]
5. Luciano Feat. Jaw ‘7 Direction(s)’ (Dennis Ferrer) [Cadenza]
6. Dave Seaman ‘Do Geese See God’ [Unsigned]
7. Animal Picnic ‘Kraftika’[Steyoyoke]
8. Miss Melera ‘Magenta’ (Dave Seaman) [Chapter 24]
9. Bedrock ‘Emerald’ (BOg) [Bedrock]
10. The Temper Trap ‘Sweet Disposition’ (Undercatt) [Diynamic]
11. Foals ‘ Give It All’ (Chris Woodward) [Transgressive]
And finally, completing my annual end of year round up, here’s my favourite fifteen Films & TV of 2015. All that remains is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy. See you in 2016
13. The Jinx
12. Inside Out
11. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
10. 99 Homes
9. Ex Machina
8. Love & Mercy
4. Mad Max: Fury Road
1. This Is England ’90
Continuing my end of year round up of the best of 2015, here’s my favourite albums of the last twelve months…
1. Leftfield ‘Alternative Light Source’
2. Jamie XX ‘In Colour’
3. Petite Noir ‘La Vie Est Belle’
4. Foals ‘What Went Down’
5. !!! ‘As If’
6. New Order ‘Music Complete’
7. Ghost Poet ’Shedding Skin’
8. Florence & The Machine ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’
9. Stephan Bodzin ‘Powers Of Ten’
10. Maribou State ‘Portraits’