‘Justified Replacement Of Lulu’ Out Now on Selador Recordings

SEL_018 PackshotAnd so, Selador hits 18 and comes of age with what is probably our biggest release to date. Originally released as part of the label’s Showcase compilation earlier this year, Dave Seaman’s wonderfully titled ‘Justified Replacement Of Lulu’ now gets a fully fledged release complete with a bumper package of remixes. Well, it would be rude not to, right?

The Original mix has already had some illustrious supporters, namely Hot Since 82, Edu Imbernon and Hernan Cattaneo who’ve championed it above and beyond the call of duty. Riding in all guns blazing atop a seductive, self serving bass line, the memorable ‘I Dream Of Home’ vocal refrain lingers long in the memory distinguishing itself from the plentiful deep house wannabes. It’s a modern day anthem and no mistake.

First in line on remix duty is one of this year’s breakthrough big shots, Cristoph, who’s fast becoming the go to remixer when you want the job doing right. Already a huge fan of the original, the big Geordie has captured all that was good about the track in the first place and subtly added his own distinct flavour. So tough and chunky, it could do the truffle shuffle.

Next up is the irrepressible Joeski who’s been having quite a resurgence this year, consistently gracing the higher echelons of the major Tech House charts with his exalted presence. All hard hitting deep beats that will knock you down in one and ask questions later, this is just the kind of self assured take you’d expect from a master of his sound. Wannabes take note, this is how it’s done.

Raxon then takes up the challenge with another classy reworking. The Dubai based producer who’s recently been illuminating such labels as Noir, Tronic and Culprit  with his particular brand of hypnotic Tech House sinks his teeth into the job and leaves his unmistakable mark. Uncompromising, detailed and precise, this does the necessary damage every time, no fuss, no bother.

And finally, step forward Mr Marc Marzenit to capably round things up in his own inimitable way delivering a melodic peak time workout that brings a welcome Techno slant to proceedings. The Spanish producer has been a long time favourite of our humble little label, and somehow we doubt this will be the last you’ll here from him via this portal. Always a honour to have him on our team.

And that’s it. No need to say anymore. Infact, there wasn’t really any need for any of the above if we’re honest. The music really does speak for itself on this occasion. Sorry about that ;-)

Selador Recordings. Loud and proud x

http://www.beatport.com/release/justified-replacement-of-lulu/1411469

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Affkt ‘Moix/Lagarde’ Out now on Selador Recordings

SEL017 Affkt PackshotAnd so the plot thickens as chapter seventeen in the ever gripping Selador story is ready for dispatch. Never being ones to shy away from the heart of the action, the Selador A&R department are proud to present an EP from a Spanish producer who’s been making tsunami size waves on the scene in the last 12 months with his distinctive brand of melodic tech house for labels such as Suara, Cecile & Get Physical.

Enter stage left.. AFFKT (the k is silent) who comes armed with two electronic battle weapons guaranteed to leave a trail of destruction behind them whenever they’re deployed. We’re just thanking our lucky stars that he’s on our side!

First up, it’s the mighty ‘Moix’. A main room tech house/techno hybrid bound together by a symphony of growling synths and interspersing swirling melodies. All with bells on. Literally! It’s tracks like these that remind us why we wanted to run a label in the first place.

‘Lagarde’ is an altogether darker affair. A lean, mean, heads down machine of a track that’s sure to ruffle a few feathers whenever your dance floor requires. That’s guaranteed or your money back.  Rumours that this is in fact a dance floor tribute to Christine of the IMF however, were unconfirmed at time of going to press ;-)

First of the remixes comes from Selador favourite Robert Babicz as he takes on ‘Moix’. To say he cut it fine on making the deadline here would be to understate things somewhat but boy, did he deliver in the end. In fact we’d go as far as to say this is one of his best remixes ever. Big, bouncy and uplifting. Babicz style.

And the final name on the team sheet is one Jihed Monser, aka HearThuG, a Tunisian producer who’s consistently impressed with his deep, dark offerings over the last couple of years. So much so, we invited him to join the every growing Selador clan by remixing ‘Lagarde’. Needless to say, we’re overjoyed to have him on board.

Another proud release then from your new favourite label. And believe us, there’s plenty more with this came from. Consider yourselves warned.

Selador Recordings- Since forever. x

http://www.beatport.com/release/moix-lagarde/1407143

 

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Jimmy Van M, Luxor T & 3LIAS ‘Da Goom’ Out now on Selador Recordings

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And they just keep on coming. One Selador bomb release follows another. For SEL016, as it’s affectionately known behind the scenes, we present a new production team comprising of three very talented individuals.

Many of you will already be familiar with the one they call Jimmy Van M, an esteemed DJ and producer of note for many years with a plethora of releases to his name for such luminaries as Bedrock & the Balance Series.

The second component of this formidable trio is Luxor T, a Buenos Aires based producer who’s been steadily carving out a reputation for himself through his releases on the likes of Bedrock & Parquet Recordings and remixes for Guy J & Marco Bailey to name just two.

And the final piece of the production jigsaw is Elias Merheb under his 3lias alias. (See what we did there?) Elias is another ‘one to watch’ having learned his trade and crafted his art as resident DJ at one of the Middle East’s most renowned clubs, the legendary BO18 in Beirut, Lebanon.

Together they bring us ‘Da Goom’.  A room shaking slab of high grade Techno presented in two variations, both equally deadly in their own right. The ‘Original Mix’ is pure futuristic mayhem. Death Star Techno for androids on acid. Main room madness that’s set to destroy.

It’s little sister ‘The Dub’ plays the supporting role to a proverbial tee. Altogether subtler, the guys plough a a less frantic course with housier undertones but still plenty of techno flavouring. It’s one of those genre blurring beauties that give us such a headache when choosing Beatport categories. Some tracks just don’t like being pigeonholed.

The first of three big remixes comes courtesy of Mr Arjun Vagale. Hot on the heels of his recent releases for Tronic & Herzblut, India’s leading Techno exponent has gone as far as to suggest that this his favourite remix he’s ever done and who are we to argue? A perfectly on point piece of work.

Next up Selador homeboy Seff turns in another speaker busting serving of authentic acid house. Fresh and raw like good sushi but with a nod and a wink to the halcyon days of the late 80s, this is Seff doing what Seff does best and we that’s why we love him.

And finally, the label’s very own Steve Parry delivers on his promise of not leaving it another 5 years between remixes as he comes all guns blazing with the peak time goodness. A relentless tech house workout to leave you breathless. Look out.

And that about sums it all up. I think we’ve said our piece. What’s your story?

Selador crew

x

http://www.beatport.com/release/da-goom/1390407

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Robert Babicz ‘One Day We’ll All Be Happy’ EP – Out Now On Selador Recordings

babicz 2For episode fifteen in the ever snowballing Selador adventure we are very happy to welcome back to the fold, the one, the only Sir Robert of Babicz.

Having played such a central role in the label’s development over the last 12 months by blessing us with one of our best sellers in the exquisite ‘Rosegarden’ and delivering one of our finest remixes with his interpretation of Paul Rutherford’s ‘Get Real’, Robert now returns with 4 brand new original tracks that showcase the wide range of his masterful sound.

For our money, the lead track of this EP, the majestic  ‘One Day We’ll All Be Happy’ is one of Robert’s best for some time. Centered around one simple yet so devastatingly effective riff that rolls and rolls, round and round, working it’s way effortlessly into your subconscious. A monster by anyone’s standards!

Then its time to ramp up the intensity as Robert dons his 303 cap for some throbbing acid in the form of the aptly titled ‘Massive’. Already road tested heavily on his tour dates, this is the one that sends the dance floor into a real frenzy. Get ready for the breakdown people. Next up it’s time to get dark and dirty with another bad boy that goes under the name of ‘Turn Around My Friend’. Relentlessly rough ‘n ready and uncompromisingly bass heavy, one for the gold toof brigade innit!

And last but by no means least, we find Robert in lighter mood for the elegantly lilting sound of ‘Tonefabrik’. Bursting with balmy balearic flavours yet restrained, self assured and composed. A slice of serenity.

And there you have it. We’ll always remember meeting Robert for the first time on a car journey on our way to the same gig in deepest Turkey and when the driver asked what stye of music he played he simply replied, Babicz style!  Say no more.

Selador Recordings – Purveyors of the finest underground house and techno since forever!

x

 

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Melokolektiv ‘Polaroid EP’ Out Now On Selador Recordings

Melokolektiv SEL014 packshotYou lucky people! The next dispatch from Selador HQ is here and this time comes courtesy of highly regarded French production duo, Melokolektiv. Following recent releases for such respected labels as Crosstown Rebels & Get Physical, Selador are now proud to present a lovingly crafted 4 track EP of class and quality that effortlessly straddles the genres and cements their ever growing reputation as one of the foremost leaders of the new school.

First out of the blocks is the sinister ‘Polaroid’ with it’s hypnotising lead line all drugged up to the eyeballs and basking in raw simplicity. Don’t believe Girls Aloud, this is what the real sound of the underground sounds like! ;-)

The baton then gets passed to ‘Left Out’ for a brooding slice intense darkness that will no doubt  bring the likes of Berghain to it’s knees and have trainspotters everywhere wetting their knickers. Shazam that people!

‘Safari’ is next to step up continuing with the off-kilter drugged up vibes. Opening with layers emotive pads before unfolding into a killer mood setting groove. A stall setting intro track if ever there was one.

And finally bringing home the bacon on the final straight, it’s the moody menace of ‘Oxygen’ with it’s eerie synth beds and seductive bass line that rides on a housier vibe all the way to the finish line taking both tape and glory.

In conclusion, the Selador soundbite department says… A medal winning EP guaranteed to put you on the podium!

Though management prefer.. Dark, deep & dirty. Just the way we we like it ;-)

Over & Out.

The Selador crew

x

http://www.beatport.com/release/polaroid-ep/1357710

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Chaty, Tamez, Gabriel I ‘My Escape’ EP Out Now on Selador Recordings

sel_013Coming straight off the back of their Selador debut on the recent Showcase Compilation with their track ‘Armanus’, Mexican production team Chaty, Tamez & Gabriel I return with their first fully fledged single release for the label, the ‘My Escape’ EP.

Something of a sister piece to ‘Armanus’, the title track is a slice of brooding modern electronic house, full of eastern promise and melancholic textures. With it’s distinctive lead Virus synth and Turkish flavoured inflections, it feels like the love child of a Dixon DJ set back to back with Sasha. Yes, that good!

It also comes with two remixes. The first, a big room monster from Selador head honcho Dave Seaman who utilises the original’s the lead riff to great effect whilst adding some driving, hypnotic, wonky percussion and a vocal sample so disguised you’ll never guess it in a million years. Huge!

Next up is fellow Mexicans, Climbers who head into deeper territory for their interpretation. Losing none of the original’s drama, they darken the mood further with a cool and confident workout that radiates with sophistication. A sultry seductive beauty if ever there was one.

And wait, there’s more! Adding even more weight to an already hefty package, one of our favourite Berliners, Joal joins the party with a brand new remix of the the trio’s aforementioned Selador debut track, ‘Armanus’. Also taking the deeper route, Joal works his magic with flurries of surging arpeggio adding intensity to the ethereal eastern flavours over a relentlessly solid groove. Ace.

On top of all this there’s even a bonus track too and not just any old token thing that the guys found lying about on their hardrive. ‘Honest Perversion’ could easily have been a single in it’s own right. Yet another expertly crafted piece of electronic dance that is as beautiful as it is deadly. Do not miss.

And there you have it, the My Escape EP. From us to you with love. You’re welcome ;-)

http://www.beatport.com/release/my-escape-ep/1333286

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Selador Debuts In Ibiza

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Selador Recordings, the record label set up in 2013 by Dave Seaman & Steve Parry is proud to announce it’s very first party on the island of Ibiza, the world’s premiere clubbing destination. The soiree will take place at the legendary Pikes Hotel, now home to Ibiza Rocks House.

After making a huge impact in it’s first 12 months with releases featuring the likes of Robert Babicz, Just Be, Him_Self_Her, Samu.l, Affkt, Wehbba, Piemont, Gabriel Ananda, Nicolas Masseyeff, Rob Hes, Shall Ocin & many more, the UK based label will bring it’s special brand of electronic house music to the island for two exclusive gigs on June 27th and then again on October 3rd during the closing party week.

“Pikes Hotel has been the scene of many an amazing party over the years stretching back to the legendary gatherings of the likes of Freddie Mercury and Grace Jones in the 80s so we’re very proud and privileged to become part of it’s esteemed history”, said Seaman, “It’s an Ibizan institution. Plain and simple. We’re all very excited”.

Joining Dave on June 27th will be another Ibizan institution, Cafe Mambo resident Pete Gooding, along with the label’s hot new Serbian production team, Kucna Muzika. Whilst on October 3rd, both Dave and Steve will be flanked another of the labels’ rising stars, Seff whose recent production work has attracted a growing legion of fans including Hot Since 82 & Mark Knight.

Entrance to the parties will be by guest list only. For guest list requests please contact info@seladorrecordings.com or for further information events@ibizarockshouse.com or call +34 971342222

See you on the dance floor!

 

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My new single ‘Justified Replacement Of Lulu’ Out Now On Selador Recordings

Selador Showcase 1 Pack shotMy latest single entitled ‘Justified Replacement Of Lulu’ (with a nod and a wink to the mighty KLF) is now released on Selador Recordings. It actually started life as a remix but as the title suggests, the original parts got replaced and consequently turned into something much better, even if I do say so myself! Hot Since 82, Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, Edu Imbernon and Maceo Plex all seem to agree. Hope you do too. Get your copy here…

http://www.beatport.com/track/justified-replacement-of-lulu-original-mix/5335218

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Selador Showcase Compilation – ‘The First Edition’ Out Now

Selador Showcase 1 Pack shotSomeone once said “build it and they will come”. And they did. From far and wide. From Berlin to Barcelona, Portland to Paris, Montreal to Mexico and more besides. The inaugural Selador Showcase compilation is a truly international affair. Testament to the ever growing reach that the global community that is electronic dance music now has.

The next collection for Selador Recordings features almost 90 minutes of music that not only showcases some of the brightest talent from across the planet but also illustrates the full gamut of the Selador sound. A full Selador DJ set in action. From the minimal and deeper to the fuller and tougher calling at all points in-between.

Featuring new and exclusive tracks from Marc Marzenit, Brett Jacobs, Melokolektiv feat. Alessio Pagliaroli, Robbie Akbal, Dee Montero, Rychard, Luke Mandala, Justin Massei, Kucna Muzika feat. I-Fan, Santosh Khan, Chaty, Tamez & Gabriel I alongside label co-owner Dave Seaman, this is one not to be missed.

Selador Recordings… All killer, no filler! ;-)

Over & out.

x

http://www.beatport.com/release/the-selador-showcase-first-edtion/1283021

 

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My interview with Lost & Found

Here’s a transcript of my interview with the Lost and Found website from earlier this month…

So much has changed since the early days of House. Going from an underground movement to gaining global recognition and acceptance. What are your thoughts on the current state of dance music and prediction for it’s future? 

I think it’s come full circle now. A lot of the music that some of the new younger producers are making reminds me of late 80s early Chicago House music. Acid is back in vogue, the tempos are slower and there’s definitely a strong DIY ethic going on again. A lot of small new nights are cropping up. Especially in the UK. The underground had to start a fresh after the scene became so commercial in the 90s and then the EDM movement took over across the world but the circular nature of fashion means that the bubble will burst and people will look to the underground again for what’s next. You can already see the deeper house stuff starting to penetrate the UK chart. The likes of Disclosure, Ben Pearce, Breach, etc. What goes around comes around as they say.

You’ve released close to 30 DJ mixed compilations to date and it could be said that you’ve mastered the art of the DJ mixed CD. What goes into track selection for a timeless mix?

Ha! A lot of care and attention to detail. I really put my heart and soul into these mix compilations. I spend weeks crafting them in the hope that they’ll stand out from your DJ regular sets which are two a penny these days online. I don’t think you can guarantee a mix will be timeless. Some stand the test of time better than others. Some of the old GU albums now sound so fast to me now but that was how it was back then.

You were one of the featured DJs on what was possibly the first, legal, commercially available mix CD – Mixmag Live Vol.1. More recently you’ve made history with The Selador Sessions mix being the first crowd-funded compilation. Can you tell us about the process involved in raising funds for the mix.

It was an fantastic experience. One that I hope to do again one day. When you do something for the first time there’s always an added edge of nervous excitement and it really took over my life for a few months. First of all, the 30 day fundraising period (which is the rules of the crowd funding platform I chose to use, Kickstarter) is a 24/7 commitment because you really have to get the word out as far and wide as possible and be there to answer everybody’s questions on a daily basis. I don’t think you can just put out a press release and hope that everyone just comes to you. You really have to sell the idea. Especially as this was the first time a DJ had done a crowd funded compilation. And then once the album had been done you still have to deliver on all the pledges. Everything from private parties, to DJ lessons and VIP nights out. These were all things I offered in return for certain levels of contributions that I needed to deliver. It was a big undertaking and one I couldn’t have done without my agent Sara who’s idea it was in the first place and who took care of all the logistics. Thank you Sara.

Mixmag has been instrumental in spreading the gospel of dance music around the world. You’re credited with turning the initial DMC mailout into a fully fledged magazine. What were some of the highlights of your time as editor?

It was such a glorious time in the development of dance music culture. The halcyon days. And to be in the eye of the storm was a privilege I will treasure forever. Back then all everybody wanted was for dance music to be taken seriously. It was very hard to get dance music played on the radio and rock and pop very much ruled the roost. But if you were going out to clubs regularly as I was, you knew it was the beginnings of a cultural revolution and the likes of MARRS, S.Express & Bomb The Bass were more than just the novelty hits they were being treated as by big record companies. They really couldn’t get their heads around the facelessness of dance music. How DJs were making hit records in their bedrooms when they could’t even play conventional instruments. It was a passing fad they said. Of course, the rest is history. Dance music took over the world and broke down more barriers and boundaries than even rock music before it. I enjoyed every minute of my time at Mixmag but actually taking it from a subscription only publication to the news stands was the pinnacle.

You’ve recently launched Selador. What is your vision for the brand? Which artists have delivered tracks on the label thus far and who can we expect to see releasing on the imprint?

I set the label up with my long time friend Steve Parry as we have similar musical inclinations and vision for the label. We wanted to show our diverse tastes off and not get stuck in one niche sub genre of electronic music so we’ve released everything from the minimal deep house of Samu.l’s ‘Restless Dreams’ to the full on Techno stomper of Robert Babicz’s remix of Paul Rutherford’s ‘Get Real’ and everything in between. We’ve also had releases from Piemont , Rob Hes and Seff with more planned from Affkt, Babicz & Marc Marzenit. All killers, no fillers! It’s going to be a big year for Selador ;-)

You played an amazing set in Cape Town a few years ago and celebrated a birthday on the night =) when will you back for another performance? Possibly a Selador showcase?

We’ve been working on that recently actually. There’s been one or two enquirers from South African promoters so fingers crossed it actually happens. It’s been such a long time since that infamous GU night. I remember it well. Largely because there was a bomb scare and everybody was made to leave the club. As it was my birthday everyone sang happy birthday to me in the car park and then we were let back in and carried on with the night. It was suspected that it was a rival promoter that had started the bomb scare but it really backfired on them as the intensity of the night only went up several levels after the hoax. A night to remember indeed.

What can we expect from Dave Seaman in the near future? Any forthcoming release info you’d like to share?

I’ve just released 3 tracks in the last few weeks. ‘Flatter To Deceive’ on Great Stuff, ‘Everything Comes In Threes’ on Tulipa and ‘Naughty Forest’ on Selador. But there are another two done and ready for release already. One called ‘Distraction Tactics’ is going to come out on New York label, Sullivan Room and another for Selador called ‘Justified Replacement Of Lulu’ which will come out initially on our Selador Showcase compilation in April but then will have a full release with remixes later in the year.

There’s also going to be a Remix EP for Tulipa in the summer featuring remixes of my stuff by Dousk and D Nox & Beckers. You can also be a part of that as the label have launched a remix competition where the winner will be their remix released on the EP. Find all the details here…

https://soundcloud.com/tuliparecordings/sets/dave-seaman-the-holy-ghost-competition

You’ve been a DJ and actively involved in the Music business for over 25 years. What inspires you and helps you remain committed to a rapidly evolving industry?

It’s a cliche but it’s the music is that drives me on. There’s nothing like hearing a fantastic new track to get you inspired and those creative juices flowing. If that feeling ever leaves me then that will be the time to hang up my headphones but I can’t see it to be honest. Dance music is in my bones :-)

http://thelostandfound.co.za/dave-seaman/

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