Best Albums of 2013

Unbelievably, it’s that time again, here’s my customary end of year charts. 2013 seemed to pass in a flash but not without plenty of memorable moments. Here’s a few of my favourites starting with the best albums of the year. You probably know quite a few of them already but if you don’t they all come highly recommended. It’s good to share ;-) Merry Xmas a happy New Year to you all. Dave

1. Foals ‘Holy Fire’

2. Arcade Fire ‘Reflektor’

3. The National Trouble Will Find Me’

4. Arctic Monkeys ‘AM’

5. Cloud Boat ‘Book Of Hours’

6. !!! ‘Thr!!!er

7. Moderat ‘II’

8. Jon Hopkins ‘Immunity’

9. London Grammar ‘If You Want’

10. Daughter ‘If You Leave’

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World Radio Premiere of Selador Sessions mix

Dave Seaman’s critically acclaimed Selador Sessions Volume 1 compilation is to get its world radio premiere on Tuesday 17th December exclusively on Friskyradio.com The mix hasn’t been on sale anywhere and was only available to backers of Dave’s kickstarter campaign earlier in the year but now finally this is a chance to hear it if you missed out.

“I’ve had a lot people asking where they can buy it but it’s not been on sale. That was the point.”said Dave “to keep it limited edition and exclusive. But although they still can’t buy the album, we thought a chance for people to at least hear what they missed might spur them on to get involved next time I get around to doing another crowd funded album. Hint hint” ;-)

So, Tuesday 17th December straight after Dave’s regular Radio Therapy show at 9pm. It’s a one off deal. Don’t miss it.

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – November 2013

Listen again to last month’s Radio Therapy show which premieres the third Tuesday of every month exclusively on Friskyradio.com Enjoy :-)

Tracklist as follows..

1. The Das ‘Keep This’ (Tale Of Us) [Life & Death]

2. Christian Prommer  ‘Sarabande’ (Christian Loeffler) [Musica Autonomica]

3. Boghosian ‘La Palabra’ [DFTD]

4. Him Self Her  feat. Kieran Fowkes ‘Gone Too Long’ (Yousef Circus rework) [Crosstown Rebels]

5. Mr Morek  ’418′ (Gabriel Ananda) [Highway]

6. Ten Walls ‘Requiem’ [Life & Death]

7. Stelios Vassiloudis & Sasse ‘Options And Futures’ [Audiomatique]

8. Klartraum ‘Something Wrong’ (Of Norway) [Lucidflow]

9. Mauro Picotto & Ricardo Ferri ‘Don’t Wake Him’ [Cocoon]

10. Han Haak ‘Bloodlust’ [Selador]

11. Hot Since 82 Vs. Joe T Vanelli ‘The End’ [Moda]

12. Tiga Vs. Audion ‘Let’s Go Dancing’ (Solomun) [Turbo]

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – October 2013

Listen again and download my latest radio show which premieres every third Tuesday of the month at frisky.fm

Spread the word. Enjoy! :-)

Tracklist as follows..

1. John Digweed & Nick Muir Vs. Jozif  ‘Groove Del Velrano’ [Bedrock]

2. Booka Shade ‘Love Inc’ [Blaufield]

3. Kucna Muzika ‘Feel It’ [Selador]

4. Chris Fortier ‘Music Makes The Body’ [Selador]

5. Rob Hes & Steve Slight ‘Focusing’ [Selador]

6. Deetron Feat. Ben Westbeech ‘Rhythm’ (Instrumental) [Music man]

7. Lulu James ‘Closer’ (Seduce & Destroy dub) [Black Butter]

8. Adam Beyer & Ida Engberg ‘You Know’ [Truesoul]

9. Ruttenbergs ‘Heating’ [Parquet]

10. Oliver Huntemann ‘Schatten’ [Ideal]

11. Agoria ‘Scala’ [Innervisions]

12. Solomun Grey ‘Gen V’ [Black Butter]

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My latest Top Ten for Beatport

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1. Coyu & Edu Imbernon ‘The Storm’ (Daniel Dexter mix) [Suara]

2. Dave Seaman & Guy Mantzur ‘Feline’ [Playmobil]

3. Maceo Plex, Maars & Florence Bird ‘Going Back’ (Dub) [Ellum]

4. Chris Fortier ‘Music Makes The Body’ [Selador]

5. Sidney Charles ‘Morning Glory’ [8 Bit]

6. Booka Shade ‘Love Inc’ (Butch mix) [Blaufield]

7. Robert Babicz ‘Rosegarden’ [Selador]

8. Piemont ‘Been Around’ [Selador]

9. Sante ‘Need This’ [Objektivity]

10. Seff ‘Visions’ [Selador]

http://www.beatport.com/charts/dave-seamans-halloween-monsters/225080

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My recent interview with colorising.com

1. Before house music landed in the UK, you were spinning various records of multiple genres. Do you remember the very first house record that you heard and what were your immediate thoughts on it? Did you know right away that you had to be a part of this new, emerging sound?
I do remember yes. I’d been into the Electro and Soul scenes for quite a while by then so was following James Hamilton’s dance music pages in Record Mirror religiously so I knew of this new “House Music” that was coming from Chicago but it wasn’t until I was at Roof Top Gardens/ Casanovas in Wakefield one weekend that I heard Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley’s ‘Jack Your Body for the first time. It blew my mind. It was so different to anything else that it really stood out and I immediately went off to search for more. Marshall Jefferson’s ‘Move Your Body’, JM Silk’s ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’ and The House Master Boyz ‘House Nation’ all arrived at around the same time. It was pretty obvious that this was the start of something exciting. I couldn’t get enough.

2. You were also attending many of the early raves during the house explosion. Those parties were quite cavalier in a sense. Part of the excitement was trying to determine the location and playing this “cat and mouse” game. How would you contrast those early raves to the festivals that are happening today?
The early Rave scene was subversive and underground. It was completely new and because of the illegality of the parties had an element of danger. Festivals nowadays are very much a part of the fabric of modern day culture. There’s nothing subversive about them. Latitude (or Latte-tude as it gets called) is particularly family friendly and as middle class as it gets. There’s a great book I can recommend about the Acid House explosion by Matthew Colin called Altered States. It really gives you a great insight to the madness of those halcyon days.

3. Many people know about the infamous Mixmag competition that you won when you were DJing early on, but what initially led you to becoming the editor at the magazine?
I was initially just doing reviews for Mixmag and maybe the odd interview but when the then Editor left hastily I was catapulted into the deep end. I ended up covering for him whilst a replacement was found but after managing to pull two issues together myself the powers that be just said, we’ve not found anybody that we’d rather do it than you so you might as well carry on. I had gotten my English O level but really had no journalistic experience so it was sheer enthusiasm and passion that got me through. I was living and breathing the scene though and I was very much right time, right place. Right in the eye of the storm as it were. As I arrived at Mixmag- M/A/R/R/S, S Express, Coldcut and Bomb The Bass had all just hit the top of the pop charts. DJ Culture as we know it had just begun.

4. With the advent of technology, music has become extremely accessible and the lines of genre are increasingly getting blurred. As an industry expert who has been in key positions such as DJ, producer, editor and label boss, do you think music is still at a healthy point creatively?
Undoubtedly. There is always fantastic, creative music being made but with so much music being made and as you say with almost everything being instantly available to everyone, it’s not as valued as it used to be. MP3s are such a disposable medium. So cheap and replaceable, they have no real worth. And so in that sense it’s not healthy. Cheap and disposable is not good. The real problem though is quantity over quality. There’s just too much music being made with no filter system in place like record companies used to provide in the past. 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!

5. I have read that growing up you constantly listened to the radio. Going back to the topic of technology, people have gone on to use the medium of the internet to produce their own shows and podcasts. On one hand, it’s liberating to have the ability to broadcast music, however, does this slowly eliminate the idea of the taste maker, similar to what we used to have on radio?
To a certain extent. You could argue it takes the power out of the hands of a few and spreads it around a bit more but at the end of the day you’re only a tastemaker if you have an audience and the people with real influence still have a lot more listeners than your average podcast.

6.From working at Mixmag to producing Top 20 hits such as Brothers in Rhythm’s “Such a Good Feeling”, on down to working with acts like the Pet Shop Boys and David Bowie, you have had a continual train of success. Are there ever times when you have had to step back and really take it all in?
Ha! Not really. I’ve always been all about the present and immediate future. Maybe one day I’ll get round to writing it all down though. I probably do have a pretty good story to tell :-)

7. More claims to fame are your labels Stress Records and Audio Therapy, which included releases by a slew of top acts in the scene. You now run Selador Recordings with Steve Parry. What prompted you to start a new label?
It’s all Steve’s fault. I blame him! hahaha. It was following a conversation we had where he expressed a long time ambition to run a label that got me thinking. I had been out of the game for a couple of years after Audio Therapy and didn’t realise how much I’d missed it until we spoke further about the idea of Selador and that buzz very quickly returned. It’s a labour of love. It’s not really profitable in monetary terms but you get so much out of it in other ways and I just love the process. It’s a great way to collaborate with like minded artists and put your flag in the sand.

8.You have the new “Selador Sessions Vol. 1” mix compilation out right now which was funded by the people through Kickstarter. I think this speaks volumes in terms of the support from those who love house music. Do you envision this process to soon be the wave of the future for releases?
I hope so and can’t see any reason why not. It’s a fascinating development and actually more of a throwback to the way things used to get done before capitalism took over the world. This idea of a communal project. And now with the advance of social media it’s so much easier for artists to be able to get together with their audience to make creative projects happen. It’s a win win situation really.

9.Finally, what projects are coming down the pipeline at Selador?
Our next release is a compilation to coincide with the Amsterdam Dance Event this month which features a lot of the artists that have already featured on the label and a few more besides. Then there’ll be a new single from myself together with Funkagenda called ‘Naughty Forest’ which has been a staple in my sets for the last few months and also features on Selador Sessions Volume 1. And then who knows, there’s even talk that Mr Parry will be getting back into the studio although I’ll believe it when I see it! :-)

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – September 2013

Listen again to the September edition of my Radio Therapy show which premieres exclusively on friskradio.com on the third Tuesday of every month. Tune in. Spread the word. Enjoy! :-)

Tracklist as follows..

1. Dominik Eulberg ‘Schokoladen Fruchtzwerg’ [Traum]

2. Dubspeeka ‘Time’ [Darkroom Dubs]

3. Mano Le Tough ‘Everything You’ve Done Before’ (Dixon) [Permanent Vacation]

4. Joris Voorn ‘Ringo Rework’ [Green]

5. Piemont ‘Give It Up’ [Selador]

6. Dusky ‘Careless’ [AUS]

7. Dave Seaman & John 00 Fleming ‘Unexpected Item In The Packing Area’ [Pro B Tech]

8. Dave Seaman & Funkagenda ‘Naughty Forest’ [Selador]

9. WaFF ‘Puke It Up’ [Hot Trax]

10. Rob Hes ‘Sector Twelve’ [Sudbeat]

11. Mano Le Tough ‘Primitive People’ (Tale Of Us) [Permanent Vacation]

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Dave Seaman & Guy Mantzur ‘Feline’ Out now on Playmobil

playmobil037I’m very pleased to say my new collaboration with Tel Aviv DJ & Producer Guy Mantzur entitled ‘Feline’ is finally out for you to purchase through Mihalis Safras’ esteemed Playmobil imprint. The follow up to last year’s ‘K9′, this has been a weapon in my sets for the whole summer period. And as if that isn’t recommendation enough, it now comes with a stomping remix from Mihalis himself to complete a top notch package. So don’t delay, get yours, right here…

http://www.beatport.com/release/feline/1086989

 

 

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My interview with Skiddle.com

So you made history recently with the first ever crowd-funded mix compilation, congratulations. Why did you decide to do this and do you see the future of mixes heading this way?


I just wanted to do something different to be honest. I’d done almost 30 mix compilations through traditional channels with the likes of Global Underground & Renaissance and doing another one of those felt a bit “same old, same old”. Taking the Kickstarter option was a out of my comfort zone, a bit of a risk and sometimes you have to do that just to feel alive. And yes I firmly believe that this is going to become an increasingly popular way in which artists and their audiences make things happen. Cutting out the middle man and opening up a direct line of communication between fans and artists can lead to all sorts of interesting possibilities.

We also hear the compilation is now finished and you have started doing the more interesting pledges, such as DJ lessons and private parties. What is the mix like and how much fun have the latter been?

I’m really pleased with the mix. The track list is like a who’s who of everyone who’s hot right now on the underground electronic house scene. It goes from floaty and melodic through tough tech and deep techno to anthemic melancholic stuff. A real cross section of flavours. It’s probably the most mature mix I’ve ever done. And all the parties and DJ lessons thus far have been really good fun. The most random was at the recent Leeds festival where I was part of a competition prize. People had no idea what they were letting themselves in for when they entered so consequently I had some winners who had never see a DJ set up before. Was all good fun though.
The compilation is part of the label Selador, how has that gone for you so far? What’s coming up on the label in the future?

We’ve got off to a flying start. Very happy with how it’s gone so far. The first release by Samu.l reached the higher echelons of Beatport’s Deep House chart and our latest release, the new mixes of paul Rutherford’s Get Real classic have had some of the best feedback across the board i’ve ever seen. It’s all been really positive. Running a label these days is certainly not easy but all this support has given us a real sense of purpose. We’ve got lots more in store for sure including a new EP from one of my favourite production duos right now Piemont, a bumper sampler compilation for ADE and my own new single which is a collaboration with Funkagenda.
So you’re playing a classics set at your hometown of Leeds, looking forward to it? We were there for a similar one at Renaissance in april last year and loved it, how much do you enjoy these occasional trips through memory lane?

 

I can do one or two a year and keep them enjoyable. I think anymore than that and the shine would wear off very quickly. But every once in a while it’s fun to do a bit of crate digging and wheel out some old faves. Especially stuff from the late 80s and early 90s at the moment which all sounds very current again. Things really do round and round in circles.
What other gigs are you looking forward to in the next few weeks?

I’ve got a festival in Moscow and a return to Lithuania where I did my last Global underground CD next. And then as you mentioned I’m in Leeds and then I’m really looking forward to playing alongside Hot Chip, Derrick Carter, DJ Yoda and the likes at the Rhumba Club Festival of house in Dundee in October. That’s always been one of my favourite nights in the UK and they’ve really outdone themselves on the line up this time. That’s definitely gonna be one of my autumn highlights.

 

What music has excited you then this summer?

There’s always so much great music around. It’s so hard to keep on top of it all. My favourite dance track recently has been Yousef & The Angel’s ‘Float Away’ Such a beautiful track. A future classic for sure. I’m also loving what Dixon and Hot Since 82 and Maceo Plex are doing right now. All those boys are on fire. And then outside of dance music, I can’t get enough of the Arctic Monkeys single, Do I Wanna Know? The new Arcade Fire track ‘Reflektor’ is ace too produced by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy.

And what else is coming up for Dave Seaman?

My next three releases are all collaborations. the first is already out on Pro B Tech which is together with John 00 Fleming called ‘Unexpected item In The Packing Area’ with remixes from Dubspeeka and Hernan Cattaneo & Martin Garcia. Then there’s a track called ‘Feline’ which I did with Guy Mantzur which is coming out on Mihalis Safras’s Playmobil label with a remix from Mihalis himself. And the finally there’s the thing I mentioned before for Selador with Funakgenda. I’m also working on a couple of remixes for a couple of big artists so watch this space ;-)

http://www.skiddle.com/news/all/Dave-Seaman-Interview-Theres-always-so-much-great-music-around/18770/

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