Justin Massei ‘Nothing Can Hide’ EP out now on selador recordings

justin_massei packshotFollowing on from  Selador Recordings debut at the legendary Watergate Club in Berlin, we deliver an EP from one of the DJs who appeared on the bill that night, the burgeoning talent that is Justin Massei.

Justin has already appeared twice on the label with contributions on both of our Showcase Compilations but now here he is in all his fully fledged glory with an EP that truly puts his flag in the sand.

Originally hailing from the US but now residing in Berlin, Mr Massei makes a strong statement of intent with a couple of raw tech house missives built specifically for those hallowed Berlin dance floors.

The lead track is an intense affair, all brooding beats and fervent swagger. Deep, dark and dirty. As is the other original production on offer, ‘The Creator’. Again, it’s all about the bottom end. Pure, undiluted dark energy.

Remixes this time around come from label boss Dave Seaman who turns in a large slab of peak time Techno. The driving bass and rattling percussion power this interpretation, punctuated by some wonky arp work that surges and cascades through the breakdowns. Big room business.

And completing the package, a producer who has lit up 2015 so far with an impressive glut of releases for the likes of Noir, Suara, Material and Go Deeva… Third Son. The Welsh wizard retains all the original’s authentic passion but adds a pulsating bassline to proceedings to provide a fuller production. Formidable stuff.

A dispatch from the darkside then. Prepare to be corrupted.

Selador Recordings – Intergalactic! x



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Radio Therapy Broadcast – April 2015

Listen again to my latest radio show which premieres on the third Tuesday of every month exclusively on friskyradio.com and then syndicates to over 80 other stations worldwide. Nothing but the good stuff. Enjoy ;-)

Tracklist as follows..

1. Dave Seaman ‘Private Education’ [Suara]

2. Third Son ‘Gauze’ [Go Deeva]

3. Yousef ‘ The Courtship’ [B Pitch Control]

4. Guy Mantzur & Roy Rosenfeld ‘Epkia’ [Kompakt]

5. Dave Seaman ‘Strobelight Symphony’ [Noir]

6. Jaap Ligthart feat. Alice Rose ‘I Know Change’ (SHOW-B) [Selador]

7. Anna ‘Distractions’ [Tiles]

8. KiNK ‘Cloud Generator’ [Running Back]

9. Kolsch ‘Der Die Das’ [Kompakt]

10. Leftfield ‘Universal Everything’ [Infectious]

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My recent Interview with Decoded Magazine

Hi Dave, I think the last time we talked was that frantic text conversation when I wrote the “What Is Prog?” article! How’s things?
Very good thank you. I’m in the middle of a very busy period of releases for both myself and my label Selador. It’s been a great 2015 so far and only looks like getting better from here on. I’m on a roll :-)

So you’re headlining Hush Hush soon at Leeds Warehouse. Must be great to get to play to a home crowd, how often d’you get to do it these days?
I only get back to play in Leeds every 18 months or so and the last two times have been for Classics events, the Renaissance 20th anniversary and one of the excellent Shine parties so I’m really happy this time to be back playing a current set. There’s so much great new music around at the moment and I love The Warehouse. It’s where I first went clubbing when I was a teenager many moons ago and it’s still rocking to this day. A proper UK clubbing institution. It’s also Record Store day on the 18th so I’ll be getting up early to visit my old vinyl haunts, Crash and Jumbo to show some support. Shame Leeds United are not playing at home which would have pretty much made it the perfect day back home.

Any hints as to what you’ll play on the night?
Not yet. At the risk of sounding like a cliched footballer, I try to take one game at a time. I’m currently prepping for The Rhumba Club’s 24th Birthday in Perth, Scotland this Saturday with Slam & Graeme Park and once I’ve licked my wounds after that, I’ll start to think about Leeds.

Our own Ian Dillon has the auspicious task of taking over from you on the night – any words of advice for him?
Ha! Just tell him to come do his thing. No pressure. I promise not to drop the baton on the handover! And hopefully by that point he’ll be clear to take the glory down the home straight all the way to the finish line ;-)

Your new label Selador Recordings is going well. Can you tell us about what’s up coming?
We’ve got so much amazing music lined up, it’s crazy. The next release by Jaap Ligthart and Alice Rose is getting major support with Maceo Plex, Ame, Mano Le Tough, Solomon, Dixon and Sasha all supporting it. It’s shaping up to be our biggest release yet. Then we’ve got releases and remixes from Joal, Third Son, Nicolas Massayeff, Supernova, Marc De Pulse, Petar Dundov, Justin Massei, Robert Babicz, Gorge and Villanova all in the works and both myself and my co owner of the label Steve Parry will have our own releases soon too. It’s going to be a busy summer.

We’ve heard that Selador are doing a party at Watergate in Berlin soon. Tell us about that? Have you played in Berlin before? What’s your take on the scene over there?
Yes, we’re so excited about this one. Obviously Watergate is widely regarded to be one of the best clubs in the world so for us as a label it’s quite a coup to be able to do a label night there. Steve & I will be joined by Piemont and Justin Massei on the night for what will be my first time back in Berlin for over a decade. Obviously things have changed since the last time I was there when I did the Love Parade. It seems to be pretty much the World capital for Electronic Music these days. So many amazing artists, labels and clubs operate from there, I think there’s possibly only Ibiza that can claim to have a bigger influence right now and that’s only for 3 months of the year!

Selador isn’t your first label is it? Can you tell us about Stress and Audio Therapy – both very different beasts but focused on quality music?
Yes, Stress was a label of the nineties and Therapy very much of the noughties. They were both of their time but kind of ran their course as the label game shifted business models. I was kind of glad when Audio Therapy was laid to rest. It felt like a weight off my shoulders. But it wasn’t too long before I realised how much I missed running a label and so Selador was born. It really is a labour of love. It takes a lot of time, effort and dedication for virtually no financial benefits but I just love the process. It’s very rewarding in many other ways and wealth shouldn’t be measured solely in monetary terms.

Alongside you at Selador is the irrepressible Steve Parry. How did you guys meet?
We met way back in the late 80s at Fallows Nightclub in Liverpool when I was working for Mixmag and Steve was pestering the resident DJ for a warm up slot. He’s still as enthusiastic to this day. The quintessential trainspotter! haha Seriously though, I couldn’t ask for a better label partner. We both have other business and families to take care of so we try to work around each other’s time constraints and most importantly we share very similar but not identical tastes in music. I think we’ve only disagreed once on signing a particular track. Not bad for the first 25 releases.

Steve of course was a Cream resident. I wrote a article recently about the decline of the resident in clubland and the value they have to brand stability and growth. As a veteran of the scene, are there changes you’ve noticed which annoy you?
Yeah, the general way music has become so disposable. Easy come, easy go, onto the next thing. Nothing seems to carry any value anymore. Since the decline of physical formats, attachment to music isn’t the same as it once was. A computer file carries no emotional bond like vinyl did or even CDs to a degree. You can’t have a flick through someone’s hardrive like you could through their record collection. But I truly believe they’ll be swing back towards collecting physical music again. Where else is the to go once you can have any track ever made at your fingertips within a couple of seconds which is pretty much where we’ve got to. The digital road comes to a dead end when you literally can’t get any harder better faster stronger.

With Miami Music Conference just gone and IMS just around the corner, do you find these industry gatherings as useful as they once were?
They are still important but not so much as they once were. The world is much smaller now and much more connected via the magical medium of linked computers. But you still can’t quite beat the human experience of meeting someone face to face and having a meeting, lunch or night out together. More things get done in person than by email or Skype.

We hear that you have some exciting releases coming up with some very switched on labels, including Suara, Noir and Hive Audio. Can you give us some details?
Yes, the first of those is a two tracker (‘Dance In Tongues’ & ‘Strobelight Symphony’) on Noir due out at the end of April. Then I’ve got a track called ‘Private Education’ on Suara’s next big Kitties Wanna Dance compilation scheduled for mid May and finally a single on Hive Audio with a Dario D’Attis mix entitled ‘Gumball’ out on May 25th. There’ll be lots more coming after this flurry of activity too. Like I said before, I’m on a roll ;-)

If I may, can we skip back to the deep and distance past? I’d like to ask you about the legendary John Debo couch tour of 1992! You and Guy Ornadel were great friends and he had arranged a tour for John in the UK. John tells me that the trip changed the direction of everything he did from then on…
Ha! That is a long time ago. Yes, I think that visit to the UK made a big impression on young Mr Debo. He had the dubious honour of sleeping on my couch for a couple of weeks and he found himself in the eye of the storm. Things were very exciting in the UK back then. We were still relatively in the formulative years of acid house. Making the rules up as we went along. It changed a lot of people’s lives forever.

Difficult question I know, but do you have a favourite place to tour?
Not that difficult really..
1. Australia
2. Japan
3. South America

Many of your older tours were with Global Underground. Your sound back then was, shall we say, ‘trancier’ than now. As your tastes have changed do you find you still get fans who ask for music you don’t play anymore? How do you deal with them?
I do get asked to play tracks from back then but I don’t really carry any of that music with me anymore so I can’t play it if I ain’t got it ;-) And I’ve never really been one for nostalgia. I try to live in the present and look to the future. I do realise that for a lot of people they were magical times, they were for me too, but those tracks were of their time and sound very retro to me now. They were all so fast as well. Comically fast when I listen back to them now. It all went a bit Benny Hill in the tempo department for a while back there. I’d have to be playing everything at minus ten to fit with what I’m doing now.

Chatting with King Unique recently, he told me about the process he went through putting his Beyond Borders CD together. Now you’ve done over 20 compilations, so do you still find compiling a mix CD as painstaking as you first did, or have you found your stride now?
Ha! No, not really. Every one is different. Certain ones have been easy by comparison to others which have driven to the very edge of insanity. I don’t think anyone can truly appreciate the patience, perseverance and hard work that goes into one until you’ve been through the process. Anyone can put a set together. Especially these days. But not everyone can create a really good mix CD. Not if you’re doing it properly anyway ;-)

Social media has now become such a vital part of the DJs toolbox that some of the bigger names employ a team of marketeers to post for them to manage their brand. Is this something you would want to do, or do you feel the personal touch is more important for fan retention?
I do all my own social media. It’s time consuming and a pain in the arse at times but nobody can represent you better than yourself and although I try to keep up with everybody’s questions and comments as much as possible, I try not to let it take over my life. I used to be addicted. There was a time when I felt anxious if I hadn’t read all the posts on my timeline and Twitter feed. But now I just dip in and out whenever I have a little free time. It’s important but it’s not that important.

Having been in the game for over 25 years, do you now look towards an end point? Will you ever feel the time is right to hang up the headphones for good?
To be honest, I can’t see any light at the end of the tunnel just yet. It’s all still very dark and noisy. Just the way I like it ;-)


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Radio Therapy Broadcast – March 2015

Listen again to the March edition of my Radio Therapy show which premieres on the third Tuesday of every month exclusively on Friskyradio.com and then syndicates to over 80 more stations worldwide. One hour of the finest. Nothing but the good stuff.  Enjoy! ;-)

Tracklist as follows…

1. Dave Seaman ‘Dance In Tongues’ [Noir]

2. Dave Seaman ‘Sparkle Motion’ [(Piemont) Tulipa]

3. Nick Warren & Guy Mantzur ‘Sad Robot’ [Bedrock]

4. Terranova ‘Tourette’ (David Mayer) [Kompakt]

5. Kevin Over ‘Retrovision’ [Noir]

6. Vermont ‘Ubersprung’ (Mano Le Tough) [Kompakt]

7. Cristoph ‘Nause’ [Noir]

8. Skream ‘Still Lemonade’ [Crosstown Rebels]

9. Dave Seaman ‘Sparkle Motion’ [Tulipa]

10. Sasha ‘Vapourspace’ [LNOE]

11. Stephan Hinz & Clint Stewart ‘Shimmer’ [Second State]


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My new single ‘Sparkle Motion’ Out now on Tulipa Recordings


My new single for ‘Sparkle Motion’ is now available on Tulipa Recordings, my third release for the label after ‘The Holy Ghost’ and ‘Everything Comes In Threes’ in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

This track was born out of the same studio sessions as my recent release for Sudbeat, ‘Right Side Of Wrong’ and is kind of like the tougher, more techno influenced big brother piece.

Completing the package are two superb remixes from esteemed German house duo Piemont and Ukrainian Techno legend, Spartaque who both deliver in their own inimitable and distinctive styles. Grab it while it’s hot ;-)


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Radio Therapy Broadcast – February 2015

Listen again to the February edition of my Radio Therapy show which premieres exclusively on the third Tuesday of every month on friskyradio.com. Nothing but the good stuff here. Spread the word :-)

Tracklist as follows..

1. Jaap Ligthart ‘ I Know Change (Him Self Her) [Selador]

2. M.A.N.D.Y ‘Gizmo’ [Get Physical]

3. Andrea Arcangeli & Pakkio Sans ‘We Oppose It’ [Selador]

4. Marc Romboy ‘Elgur’ [Systematic]

5. James Gill ‘Solarium’ [Sudbeat]

6. Habischman ‘Defences (Sascha Braemar) [Underground Audio]

7. Dave Angel ‘A Revelation’ [Crosstown Rebels]

8. Dahu ‘North’ [Steyoyoke]

9. Andhim ‘Spayce’ [Get Physical]

10. Dave Seaman ‘Lily Of The Valley’ [Hive Audio]

11. Mind Against & Locked Groove ‘Elysium’ [Hot Flush]

12. Coldplay ‘Midnight’ (Jon Hopkins) [FFRR]


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My new single ‘Right Side Of Wrong’ Out Now On Sudbeat

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 ;-)


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Radio Therapy Broadcast – January 2015

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]


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Radio Therapy Broadcast – December 2014

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]



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