Wow, is it that time again already?! As 2015 draws to a close, it’s always been a tradition of mine to round up and share my favourite singles, albums, club tracks and films of the year gone by. So, without further ado, here we go, starting with my top ten singles. Enjoy
Just ahead of the release of my latest mix compilation I had a chat with the guys at Decoded Mag talking about Berlin, the album making process and the general quality of music being released today…
The release of Beyond Borders 2, sees you choose Berlin as the inspiration for this compilation, can you give us an insight into why you chose this particular city?
After ‘King Unique’ had chosen London as the first city in this new series earlier in the year I started to think of some of the other most influential destinations in Electronic Music. New York and Barcelona crossed my mind and then Chicago for it’s heritage, plus of course, Ibiza. But I’d just been back to Berlin for the first time in a few years and it reminded of just what a creative city it is and how much quality underground music continually comes out of there, so in the end, it was an obvious choice.
With regards to putting this together, how did you approach compiling the tracks and the order in which you sequence them in the mix?
I wanted to make sure that the album had a distinct Berlin flavour so made sure to include lots of artists and labels from the city. I think I’ve managed to do that. And there’s a good balance of new and familiar names. I also wanted to use some of the big tracks from my gig at Suicide Circus in the summer so the album had a particular time and place attached to it. Another thing I decided was that I wasn’t going to worry to much about everything having to be new and exclusive. There was a time when that was an important factor for me when doing a mix CD but one thing we’re not short of these days is a supply of new music! Plus, in a few months time when none of the music will be new anymore, it’s the quality and longevity that ultimately really counts. (more…)
My new mix compilation will be released through Armada on November 27th. It’s the second in the label’s City series following King Unique’s album from London earlier this year and is my first CD since the groundbreaking Selador Sessions Volume 1 which was funded through Kickstarter two years ago. I decided to make Berlin my city of choice and so have featured several tracks from producers, artists and labels who are based in the city. I also chose quite a few tracks that were highlights from my set at Suicide Circus back in August. Here’s the full tracklist…
Jaap Ligthart feat. Alice Rose ‘I Know Change’ (Nicolas Massayeff) [Selador]
2. Three Machines ‘Megalith’ [Sincopat]
3. Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons ‘Vermillion’ (&ME) [Crosstown Rebels]
Dave a huge welcome back to DMCWORLD…where on planet earth are you right now? I’m at home in the rather grey and drizzly rural Easy Midlands of England. Winter is starting to strengthen it’s grip How’s Ibiza Dan? Jealous, much!
The first piece of music you heard this morning after leaping out of bed? The new Mercury Rev album ‘The Light In You’. Beautiful stuff to ease you into the day.
Your most excellent year continues at pace, this time we are all over a release that Armada Music are really excited about too, your ‘Beyond Borders : Berlin’…a real underground journey from one of the most important dance music cities in the world. How and when did this project spring into life? King Unique did the first edition of this new compilation series earlier this year and as the outlets to do physical CD compilations have been shrinking, I was straight on the phone to Armada offering my services to do the next one 😉 Mix CDs have been a big part of my career over the last 25 years and it’s a tradition I’m keen to continue. Berlin sprang to mind as the obvious choice from which to base the album after I did a couple of gigs there over the summer and I wanted the album to give a flavour of a particular place rather than some generic set that could have come from anywhere. Nearly all of the music was either stuff i played at those gigs or is by producers and artists that are based in the city, so there’s a real connection there. (more…)
Roll up, roll up. Gather round people. It’s time for another first class delivery from your new favourite label 😉 Next up on Selador Recordings, we’re pleased to welcome Simon JOBE into our ever growing brood who comes armed with 3 lethal weapons that might just give meaning to the second amendment! You may already be familiar with JOBE through his previous releases for the likes of Akbal Music or Connaissueur Recordings but if not, don’t worry, just acquaint yourself with this EP by way of an introduction. Law Of Entropy kicks things off, setting the mood with it’s brooding low end, rising crescendos and captivating synth patterns. Executed with class. Fellow Northerner, Cristoph is first up on the re-rubs with yet another lesson in remix mastery as he carefully retains much of the original’s charm whilst turning the energy levels a couple of notches. A main room assignment. Next comes ‘Dissonant’, full of drama, swirling atmospherics and a breakdown that’s sure to cause it’s fair share mayhem. Take cover! Then it’s the turn of Hungarian housemaster, Snilloc who reinvents ‘Dissonant’ as a super stylish, specimen of chunky modern house music. Dirty bomb! And finally, the curtain call comes courtesy of ‘Critical Mass’, the most intense of the 3 originals, with it’s relentless arpeggios and snarling bass. Proficient, polished and on point. Basically, you’re looking down the barrel of 3 high grade original productions accompanied by a couple of on-target remixes. Another fine collection of ammunition for your arsenal.
My new remix for esteemed German producer Marc DePulse is out now on his own Jeahmon Records entitled ‘My Daily Keys’. His original was a beefy piano based house track which I tried to turn into a slightly glitchier tech houser by taking the original’s midi parts and changing the lead sounds. I’m really pleased with the result and very happy to get such lovely feedback from the likes of Marc Marzenit, Betoko, Denney, Darin Epsilon, CID Inc, Piemont & Raxon to name just a few. Hope you like it too
Whilst we really enjoy preparing remix packages for your delight & delectation here at Selador, even go as far as to say we get our kicks out of it, occasionally a collection of tracks comes along from a producer where we believe the spotlight should be focused solely on them.
We did it with Cristoph recently and Melokolektiv & Seff before him but now it’s a young Welshman by the name of Jody Barr that becomes part of that narrative.
We consider it our privilege to give Jody the platform from which to blossom and he debuts with 3 accomplished pieces that you’d assume to be the work of a more established producer.
From the raw Tech alpha male swagger of ‘Popes & Wizards’ through the rolling, stabby, classic dance floor destroyer that is ‘Heavy Fate’ to the dirty, tour de force Techno of ‘Pill Box Theatre’, Jody is a talent beyond his years and in our humble opinion, a future star. We think you’ll agree.