Radio Therapy Broadcast – October 2017

Listen again to Dave’s latest Radio Therapy Broadcast which premieres on the third Tuesday of every month and then syndicates to over 80 stations worldwide. This month featuring the likes of Stephan Bodzin, Gorge, Marc Romboy, Tale Of Us, Andhim & H.O.S.H. Turn it up!

Tracklist as follows…

1. Trikk ‘Mandole’ [Innervisions]

2. Andhim ‘Huso’ [Superfriends]

3. Reeveeze ‘On & On’ [Something Different Again]

4. Tapesh & Mr J ‘Camino’ [Mobilee]

5. CJ Jeff ‘Paper Cut’ [8 Bit]

6. Metrika ’Si Te Vas’ (Zombies In Miami) [Platino]

7. Luke Brancaccio & Simon Berry ‘Oblivion’ [(H.O.S.H) Bedrock]

8. Gorge ‘Ajala’ [Knee Deep In Sound]

9. Dave Seaman ‘Control Freak’ [Selador]

10. Gabriel Moraes ‘Ankora’ (Art In Motion) [Plano B]

11. Giorgia Angiulli ‘Around Your Space’ (Marc Romboy) [Systematic]

12. Tale Of Us & Vaal ‘Monument’ (Stephan Bodzin) [Afterlife]

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It was 30 years ago today!

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                       Photo: Me with legendary journalist James Hamilton, circa 1987

I have to confess, it was a bit of a shock when I realised it’s exactly 30 years ago today that I started my career in the music industry. I had abandoned a promising career in advertising to take up the position of head tea boy at DMC (Disco Mix Club) in the ‘big smoke’ of London and have never really looked back since. In-at-the-deep-end was exactly where I wanted to be. Within 6 months I found myself in the Editor’s seat at DMC’s then fledgling, subscription-only DJ publication, Mixmag and the rest as they say, is history.

Of course, things were very different back then but I couldn’t have timed it any better. 1987 was the year that DJs suddenly became seen in a very different light as technology opened up boundless new opportunities and the likes of M/A/R/R/S, S.Express, Coldcut and Bomb The Bass gatecrashed the pop charts on a insurgent scale. Change was in the air but little did we know the extent of it.

I think like most UK Youth Culture moments before it (Mods & Rockers, Punk, Northern Soul, New Romanticism, etc) we all saw Acid House as a scene that had a shelf life of a few years but here we all are, 30 years later, with the Electronic Music Scene arguably healthier than it’s ever been. It’s now a multi-million pound global industry supporting all manner of ancillary services with many, many more DJs, artists, labels and outlets than ever before. Of course, that overwhelming level of choice brings it’s own downsides but I think there’s sometimes a tendency to look back at those early days through rose tinted spectacles. People easily forget what it was like to have such limited access to the music. Outside of London, I was restricted to a couple of hours per week of dance music on the radio and a single column of information courtesy of James Hamilton’s weekly round-up in Record Mirror Magazine. So be thankful for what you’ve got and careful what you wish for. As the saying goes, people that say things are not as good as they used to be are generally not as good as they used to be.

I feel blessed to have lived through the end-of-analogue/birth-of-digital era and am never more excited than by the hear-and-now and what the future holds. Upwards on onwards. The adventure continues..

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – September 2017

Listen again to Dave’s legendary Radio Therapy Broadcast this month featuring the likes of Four Tet, Dense & Pika, Victor Ruiz, Guy Gerber & Nic Fanciulli. Hashtag the good stuff! 😉

1. Four Tet ‘Planet’ [Text]

2. Toto Chiavetta ’Survival’ [Innervisions]

3. German Brigante ‘Modulations’ [Get Physical]

4. Nic Fanciulli & Guy Gerber ‘The Perfect Crime’ [Saved]

5. Toto Chiavetta ‘Analogue Suite’  [Innervisions]

6. Hyenah feat. B’utiza ‘Usuthu’ (Drums dub) [Freerange]

7. Patrice Baumel ’Sorcery’ [Kompakt]

8. Dense & Pika ’Suki’ [Drumcode]

9. Acumen ‘Grand Ma’ [Einmusika]

10. Loco & Jam & Frankyeffe ’Splitting Minds’ [Yoshi Toshi]

11. Der Dritte Raum ‘Polarised Echo’ [Harthouse]

12. Victor Ruiz ‘Dying Of The Light’ [Suara]

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – August 2017

Listen again to the 7th anniversary edition of Radio Therapy Broadcasting this month with a special birthday show. Episode 85 no less! We like to think we’re getting the hang of it now and hope this show is testament to that. Wall to wall good stuff, top to bottom. Enjoy :-)

Tracklist as follows..

1. Dave Seaman ‘Voodoo Disarray’ (Johannes Brecht) [Selador]

2. Wally Lopez ‘Sphera’ [Selador]

3. Jonathan Kaspar ‘Khaya’ [Objectivity]

4. Florian Kruse feat. Lazarusman ‘Proof Of Life’ (Paul Ursin) [Selador]

5. Affkt ‘Cliff’ (Martinet) [Selador]

6. Mongo ‘Otherside’ [High Tide]

7. Sasha ‘Trigonometry’ (La Fleur) [Watergate]

8. Fur Coat ‘Pulse Width’ [Oddity]

9. Uner ‘Skylon’ [Solar Distance]

10. Flowers & Sea Creatures ‘Color The Rain’ (Stereocalypse) [Atlant]

11.  Andhim ‘Donner’ [Superfriends]

12. Fort Romeau ‘C.E.M’  [Fort Romeau]

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Affkt ‘Sunday Ghost’ EP Out Now On Selador

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Marc Nadal Martinez, aka Affkt (the k is silent by the way), has played a starring role in the Selador story since his debut back in 2014 with several of his tracks and remixes carving their way into the label’s lexicon.

And now the Spaniard returns with another blockbuster in the form of ’Sunday Ghost’, a wonderfully eccentric ride through the outer reaches of electronic galaxy. A spaced oddity that growls and sparkles in equal measures and shows the prolific Sincopat boss at the peak of his imaginative powers.

Remix duties fall to Selador boss Dave Seaman who picks up where he left off on his last remix for Affkt earlier this year, the sublime ‘Between Us’, with another stunner.

Plus there’s an extra special bonus remix too as Huxley dons his Martinet alter ego to deliver a superb rework of Affkt’s contribution to the recent Selador Showcase compilation ‘Cliff’.

Miss this collection of beauties at your peril people.

Team Selador

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http://classic.beatport.com/release/sunday-ghost/2068106

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My Interview with Change Underground

Read my recent interview with Change Underground talking all things Selador, my go-to favourite labels and up and coming producers and the return to vogue of Progressive House..

Hi Dave, it’s good to have you back on C-U again. Last time we spoke was in 2013 believe it or not when you were doing a crowd funder for your mix CD https://change-underground.com/dave-seaman/ – would you ever do something like that again? 

Never say never but I don’t have any plans to do it again at the moment. It was a great experience. A really unique project that took me out of my comfort zone and led to lots of fantastic gigs and to me meeting lots of great people. The only real downside for me was the amount of time I needed to invest in it. It really took over my life for the good part of a year and that prevented me from doing lots of other things properly over that period so if I were to do it again, I’d have to make sure I had the decks cleared (no pun intended) for a while.

You were forming your label with Selador with Steve Parry at the time, which has become one of our favourite labels. If fact, we’ve not heard a bad release from you guys for a long time. We interviewed AFFKT recently, who you’ve been working with a long time and feel he’s really begun to find his sound of late. You’ve also got artists like Quivver on the roster who always seem to deliver amazing tracks for Selador. We’ve seen you and Steve seem to be doing a lot more Selador gigs these days. Can you share with us the ethos behind the Selador brand and where you’re looking to take it?  

We really just stick to the simple principle that if we both like it and we’d both play it, then it’s a Selador track. We’ve tried not to get stuck in one niche genre as we both like and play lots of different styles of electronic house, hence the fact we’ve had everyone from Victor Ruiz, Reset Robot and Dubspeeka to Gorge, Tim Engelhardt and Ruede Hagelstein on the label. It could be deep-as-you-like house or peak time Techno, it all falls under the Selador umbrella for us. And that all-inclusive family feeling is one which we intend to build on when it comes to future events. We’d like to do Techno nights or Progressive nights or Deep House nights or even better, have it all on the same night!

Can you tell us some of the stuff you’ve got coming up that we should looking forward to?

We’ve just released an EP by Greek Producer Stelios Vassiloudis. Next up is an EP by Frenchman Acumen, then it’s to Spain for a release by Affkt and then to Germany for a Florian Kruse EP. We’re also going to be doing more label nights at Watergate in Berlin which we’re very excited about after the last one was such a big sucess. So as you can see, we are an anti-Brexit label! haha

Last time we spoke, we talked about Global Underground – who are back with a vengeance.  John Digweed previously said if “they had used the money to pay their bills instead of on speed boats and entertaining, they might have had a longer working relationships with people” so he had no plans to work with them again.  You also mentioned in your interview that GU wouldn’t be the same today and you’ve got to keep moving forward.  Obviously times change Dave but do you still hold the same opinion?

It’s good to have GU back. It’s a strong brand that so many people around the world grew up on. Obviously times are very different from in GU’s heyday when they could sell thousands and thousands of CDs, but I still think there’s a role for them to play in today’s scene. Well packaged special edition ‘physical’ albums are still highly desirable to collectors and avid music fans. Digital mixes are just too disposable for many of us. There’s no emotional attachment to a computer file. So I think there’s definitely a market for new GU ‘city’ compilations and there’s certainly plenty of DJs for them to choose from who I’m sure would be honoured to be party of such a prestigious series. Let’s see how things pan out but I’m optimistic for their future.

Progressive house has been reborn and although we know it never went away, the sound is being championed by a lot more artists across the world.  Nick Warren said even techno DJs are playing it but nobody is calling it progressive. We’re receiving promos from labels all over the world, who to are pushing the progressive sound, but have no understanding of its origins. If you look at artists like Solomun, Kolsch and Dixon – these guys are playing progressive and are massive on the global stage. But as these guys are relative newcomers in comparison, to guys like you, Nick and Hernan, do you think it’s fair that you guys are not being recognized as the true pioneers and leaders of the new progressive scene?  Or would you class the scene that you’re a part of now as the real underground and the one that’s emerged is part of the corporate institution, that Funk D’Void spoke about recently? 

We all know Progressive House never really went away. It was Beatport’s decision to allow lots of cheesy EDM producers to hijack the genre that tainted the name and so real Progressive House had to masquerade as Techno or Deep House or Tech House for several years. But as is the circular nature of fashion, things come round again and it does seem like Progressive is making a bit of a comeback, thanks in large part to Beatport creating a new ‘Big Room’ section for all that commercial music which has allowed the more underground Progressive to rightfully reclaim it’s own genre. Of course the guys that you mentioned play a lot of music that I would consider Progressive House but I’m not sure I would consider what they do to be any less authentic than the original Progressive pioneers. They are just the new generation and the game has changed. In fact, the world has changed. You see it in all walks of life. Look at the top tennis players who all now have a manager, a coach, a fitness coach, a nutritionist, a masseur, a publicist, etc, etc. If you have a skill that can be turned into a brand and can assemble a great team around you then you can achieve bigger things. Can that be seen as being part of a corporate institution? Maybe so. But I wouldn’t question any of those guys’ passion or commitment to what they do. I think they deserve all the plaudits they receive. It’s just Progressive 2.0. Rebooted for the digital era.

Which one of your productions would you say you’re most proud of recently and why?  

I was really happy with my ‘Voodoo Disarray’ track and also the remix I did for Affkt of ‘Between Us’ earlier this year. In both cases I was trying to make distinctive dance floor weapons that retained a certain understated quality and like to think I achieved that. There’s actually a remix EP of ‘Voodoo’ on the horizon with contributions from Johannes Brecht, Drunken Kong & And.Id on Selador which I’m very excited about.

You’ve got a new remix coming out on Brent’s Pro B-Tech label soon which we premiered. 

Yes, thank you for that. I did that remix at the beginning of the year and so am happy that’s it’s finally coming out next week. I know it was one of Pro B Tech’s highest performing tracks on it’s original release and there were some lovely parts that leant themselves to a very warm melodic interpretation, so was happy to get involved. Really pleased with this one. Hope your readers like it too.

As you know, C-U is a platform that supports and showcases new talent.  Could you share with us a couple of emerging artists that people should keep their eye on? 

EdOne, Kotelett & Zadak, Drunken Kong, Clavis, Jody Barr. Too many to mention.

So we can get a flavor of what you’re playing right now, can you tell us your other go to labels right? Diynamic, Watergate, Freerange, Terminal M, Innervisions, Kompakt. Again, I could go on and on. There are so many great labels around.

Do you have any plans to release another album and what’s coming up tour wise next? 

I’ve done new remixes for Affkt and Jozif coming soon and have also started a couple of collaborations with two very cool artists. Plus, unbelievably, it’s going to be Selador’s 5th birthday next year so we are already gearing up for a big celebration around that milestone. Lots of exciting things are afoot. Watch this space.

Thanks for chatting to us Dave. 

My pleasure :-)

https://change-underground.com/dave-seaman-on-progressive-house-2-0/

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My Favourite songs of 2016

It’s that time again. Time to reflect on another fantastic 12 months of music. As has now become customary, I will spilt my year-end Top 10s up into Best Singles, Best Albums & Best Club Cuts and if I get chance, films too. So with no further ado, here are my Top 10 singles of 2016. Enjoy :-)

10. Coldcut ft. Roots Manuva ‘Only Heaven’

9. Wild Beasts ‘Get My Bang’

8. Massive Attack ft, Hope Sandoval ‘The Spolis’

7. NZCA Lines ‘Two Hearts’

6.Cassius  ft. Cat Power & Mike D ’Action’

5. Joan As Policewoman & Lazor Davis ‘Broke Me In Two’

4. James Blake ‘Radio Silence’

3. David Bowie I Can’t Give Everything Away

2. DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels ‘Nobody Speak’

1. Underworld ‘If Rah’

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My set from Burning Man Festival, August 2016

Very early morning on the last day of August this year, after the sunrise, I DJ’ed at the alternate universe that is Burning Man Festival, following on from an epic set by my good friend Hernan Cattaneo. One of my highlights of 2016, here is that set. It’s a spiritual thing! Enjoy the ride :-)

1. King Britt pres. Obafunke ‘Uzoamaka’ (SBTH Remix) [Lossless]

2. Eagles & Butterflies ‘Experiment C’ [Life Imitating Art]

3. Life & Bazaar ‘Samson’ [Saved]

4. Affkt ‘Between Us’ (Dave Seaman) [Sincopat]

5. Reset Robot ’Stadel Lion’ [Moan]

6. Dave Seaman ‘Voodoo (Demo)’ [Selador]

7. Dee Montero ‘Fugazi’ [Selador]

8. Dave Seaman ‘Nightfalls’ (Chymera) [Selador]

9. Andre Lodemann ‘Last Exit’ [Freerange]

10. Underworld ‘Ova Nova’ (Pig & Dan) [Astralwerks]

11. &ME ‘Cape Coast’ [Keinemusik]

12. Habischman ‘Moan’ [Knee Deep In Sound]

13. Dee Montero ‘Solace’ [Selador]

14. Dennis Ferrer & Ben Westbeech ‘Right Thing’ [Defected]

15. Oxia & Nicolas Masseyeff ‘Connivence’ [Diversions]

16. Dee Montero ‘Vedra’ [Knee Deep In Sound]

17. Ian Pooley ‘What’s Your Number’ (Show B) [Pooled]

18. Kollektiv Turmstrasse ‘Jupiter Sunrise’ [Diynamic]

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – November 2016

The penultimate edition of Radio Therapy for 2016 featuring Dusky, Pirupa, Jozif, Quivver & Skream to name but a few. Enjoy 😉

Tracklist as follows…

1. Jadele ‘Guilty Pleasure’ (Kotelett & Zadak) [Circle Music]

2. Athea ‘Capoeira’ [Knee Deep In Sound]

3. Justin Massei ’Sideways Eight’ [Selador]

4. Raw District ‘Monday Mood’ [Selador]

5. Quivver ‘Lights Down (Part 1)’ [Selador]

6. Jozif ‘Volcano’ [Desert Hearts]

7. Niko Schwind & Lil Magdalene ‘Over The Trees’ (Oliver Koletzki) [Stil Vor Talent]

8. Several Definitions & Marc DePulse ’Sharks’ [Suara]

9. Pirupa ’Sunday Morning’ (Skream) [Non Stop]

10. Joal feat. Piermaria Chaps ‘The Magician’ (Steve Parry) [Selador]

11. Dusky feat. Solomon Grey ‘Long Wait’ [(Patrice Baumel) [17 Steps]

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