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[NovaFuture Blog Exclusive Mix]: Konkret plays Semantica

March 9, 2017
 

DJ:
Konkret

 

About the concept:
Here is the seventh instalment of our series “abc plays xyz”.

The idea behind it is to ask some DJs/mixing artists if they have an artist or label in mind that they love and would like to use for a mix.

So the approach of each mix is clear: the choosen DJ/mixing artist makes a selection of tracks produced by one artist (and her/his monikers) or released on a label (and its sublabels) and creates a nice mix from it.

Find links to all instalments at our overview. Here we have Konkret who mixed some Semantica stuff.

 

About Konkret:
Konkret is the alias of Berlin based DJ, Oliver Raunjak.

With moving in the German capital from Austria 4 years ago, he passionately started playing on vinyl, collected from the surrounded record shops of his neighborhood who helped to shape his sound.

Influenced by a nostalgia for old school techno, his DJ sets are described as futuristic and energetic, switching from sinister atmospheres to celestial landscapes.

 

About Semantica:
Techno/IDM label owned by Svreca

 

Listen & Download:
“Konkret plays Semantica” (download soon)

 

Konkret About His Choice:
Semantica has always been there, at the beginning and now. It’s a kind of partner which is travelling with me since I started getting deeper in this kind of sound.

The 5 Years Compilation Part 5, released in 2011 with collaborations between Karl O’Connor, Peter Sutton and Richard Harvey for example, was one of the first records I bought – huge inspiration.

I’m a huge fan of drones and jams which appear a lot in the releases on the label, for example Acronym, IORI or Varg, just to name a few.

With this style of sound, I somehow can reach a mesmerizing state of mind, it feels incredibly personal and helps me to shape my creativity.

Shouts to Svreca and the artists for creating such an authentic label.

 

Tracklist:
01. Skirt – Angracia
02. Xhin – Curtain Cloud
03. Acronym – The Sending
04. Von Grall – Yölsk
05. Wata Igarashi – Death Orange
06. Marco Shuttle – Solar Storm
07. Acronym – Mimers Brunn
08. Acronym – They Spoke to Me
09. IORI – Maya
10. Evigt Mörker – Magdalene Spell
11. Evigt Mörker – Apostat
12. IORI – Helix
13. Material Object – Shimmer II
14. Sstrom – Motorn
15. Etapp Kyle – Paradigm
16. Varg – No Knowledge of Sorrow And Regret

 

Websites:
Konkret
Semantica

 
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[NovaFuture Blog Exclusive Mix]: Lars Huismann plays PoleGroup

March 2, 2017
 

DJ:
Lars Huismann

 

About the concept:
Here is the seventh instalment of our series “abc plays xyz”.

The idea behind it is to ask some DJs/mixing artists if they have an artist or label in mind that they love and would like to use for a mix.

So the approach of each mix is clear: the choosen DJ/mixing artist makes a selection of tracks produced by one artist (and her/his monikers) or released on a label (and its sublabels) and creates a nice mix from it.

Find links to all instalments at our overview. Here we have Lars Huismann with a mix of PoleGroup tracks.

 

About Lars Huismann:
Lars was born in Berlin in 1987. His Career as a musician began very early. At 11 years young he started drumming in different bands. After a few years he founded his own bands, playing different styles from jazz, fusion and all the way to progressive metal. His orientation on complex drum grooves makes up his foundation, while still being able to keep an open mind in regards to different styles and the ability to put them together to create a new form of art.

At the age of 18 he discovered producing with software. Using these programs he was able to transfer his patterns and sequences from the drum set onto a drum computer. He has always had a natural yearning to tweek his recordings and productions, and shape them into unrecognisable elements of sound.

However, there was always a strong connection to more heavyweight electronic music. He discovered how great it is to listen and produce techno that basically wants to devour you from the inside out, vibrating your body with massive bass and some nasty hypnotic tribal rhythms.

In January 2015 he founded his own label, LHR, with the focus on deeply rooted warehouse techno. LHR001 started with a full length EP and release party in Tresor Berlin. Four beautifully cut tracks that takes you on a journey through different areas of techno. It is an obsession in hard drilling percussion, banging synth-elements, and drums that roll together to create a more complex groove-pattern. Lars will have plenty Releases for 2017, on Labels like ARTS, Animal Farm Records, Coicendence Records, etc.

 

About PoleGroup:
This year PoleGroup turn 5 years, a milestone which will be celebrated with a special limited box, anniversary edition, and several exclusive showcases.

The label, originally launched by Oscar Mulero in 2004 as Pole Recordings, was relaunched as a platform in 2010, including both the label & agency. For this new platform, Oscar Mulero, Exium, Reeko and Christian Wünsch decided to join forces to create this axis, made of a record label and booking agency to represent and expand worldwide the most advanced sounds of the peninsula.

During this five years of existence, more people have joined the group like Kwartz, Lewis Fautzi and Tripeo, as well as side projects from our original artists, making our flag international with quality as a standard.

Currently the label counts with 35 releases, including 4 full studio albums and a mix CD project only consisting of unreleased tracks.

To celebrate this 5 years milestone of the label & agency, the Spanish collective announces a special limited edition box which includes 5 vinyls of original tracks, remakes and remixes, carefully curated by the core members of PoleGroup Records. Besides that special art work will be included, slip mats and merchandise.

The artists that appear on the vinyls with originals releases, remakes or remixes are Architectural, Christian Wunsch, Tripeo, Developer, Exium, Jonas Kopp, Reeko, Kessell, Kwartz, Lewis Fautzi, Oscar Mulero, P.E.A.R.L., Perc, Reeko, Spora and Tensal .

Besides the 5YRS set box, this milestone will be celebrated with some very exclusive showcases in different european capital cities. Starting on august 29th in an iconic place for us as is Florida 135. More infos about this very soon .

(text taken from PoleGroup Blog)

 

Listen & Download:
“Lars Huismann plays Polegroup” (download soon)

 

Lars Huismann About His Choice:
Polegroup had a strong impact for my DJ-Sets. All tracks give a perfect atmospheric frame. They have a big choice of pure functional tracks focused on the groove such as Reeko;.But also alot of melodic / atmospheric tracks such as Exium and Oisel with alot of trippy synth-elements. Normally I play more stronger Dj-Sets, but i really appreciate to mix more minimal tracks. Less kickdrum, more bassline and focused on the synth/percussion.

The production-skills from all Polegroup-Artist is top notch. The label allways had a “modern”-techno Sound for me; even the old releases. As I discovered the Label years ago, it was completly different compare to the classic Detroit Techno sound.

 

Tracklist:
01. Oscar Mulero – Cave (TommyFourSeven Remix)
02. Ruptur3 – 1987
03. Christian Wünsch – Micro Anisms
04. Error Etica – TV Treated
05. Kwartz – Form And Void (Reeko Remix)
06. P.E.A.R.L. – Memoria (Oscar Mulero Remix)
07. Pfirter – Earth Rising
08. Christian Wünsch – Ionized
09. Exium – Nucleoid (Jonas_Kopp Remix)
10. Pulse One – Estrangements
11. YYYY – Sudden Burst Of Thought
12. Oisel – Radiazione
13. Reeko – 6 Sievert
14. Ben_Gibson- Devine Process
15. Developer – 1975 B
16. Francois X – Crisp
17. Unbalance – Rejected
18. Reeko- Empirical Science
19. Michel Lauriola – Transparent Eyes
20. Alderaan – Parallel Mind
21. Exium – Dronid (Tripeo Remix)

 

Websites:
Lars Huismann
PoleGroup

 
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[NovaFuture Blog Exclusive Mix]: Svar plays Sandwell District

February 21, 2017
 

DJ:
Svar

 

About the concept:
Here is the seventh instalment of our series “abc plays xyz”.

The idea behind it is to ask some DJs/mixing artists if they have an artist or label in mind that they love and would like to use for a mix.

So the approach of each mix is clear: the choosen DJ/mixing artist makes a selection of tracks produced by one artist (and her/his monikers) or released on a label (and its sublabels) and creates a nice mix from it.

Find links to all instalments at our overview. This time we have Svar with a mix of Sandwell District tracks.

 

About Svar:
It took some time but he got there: Growing up in the south of Germany in the small city of Ingolstadt and a couple of years in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Svar never had a special interest for music. It never really went beyond scratching the surface. But then as a teenager he finally discovered techno. He was immediately hooked! And so it began: He started to dig deeper and deeper and soon he knew he had to play himself, so he got 2 turntables and started mixing. Fast forward a couple of years: Now residing in Munich he has defined his sound: uncompromising, raw and gritty but also very atmospheric. When playing he tries to set a specific, mostly gloomy mood while at the same time being diverse in his style. He now holds a residency at the FRZMR event series at City Club Augsburg and regularly plays in Munichs best techno clubs.

 

About Sandwell District:
Sandwell District was a record label and multinational collective of techno DJs and producers that operated between 2002 and 2011. Their sound has been highly influential across the following generation of techno musicians, and has informed a major shift in world techno.[2] By the time the collective announced its “glorious death” in 2012 the American Billboard magazine could write that “Sandwell District’s influence on underground techno can hardly be overstated.”

Sandwell District was established as a record label in 2002 by Regis (Karl O’Connor) and Female (Peter Sutton) as an extension of their Downwards Records label, which had been instrumental in shaping techno’s Birmingham sound in the early 1990s.[5] The label was revived in 2004 and from 2005 increasingly incorporated the artistic input of the New York City-based Function (David Sumner) and the Los Angeles-based Silent Servant (Juan Mendez). Initially releasing records under their own identities, as the label’s success grew, it came to be seen increasingly as a collective entity, releasing tracks and albums anonymously partly in revolt against the increasingly celebrity-oriented DJ culture of the time, culminating in its 2010 collective album Feed Forward

(text taken from wikipedia)

 

Listen & Download:
“Svar plays Sandwell District” (download soon)

 

Svar About His Choice:
The decision which label to pick was a no brainer for me, Sandwell District being my absolute favorite techno label. I’m not even sure what fascinates me the most about it: the sound itself, the artworks or the concept as a whole. I guess it’s the complete package, everything about it feels consistent to me. I can say that it definitely influenced me like no other label around: the sound is gritty, raw and noisy but at the same time atmospheric, moody and sometimes very trippy. With this mix I tried to encapsulate all these aspects and to be as diverse as possible while still trying to sound somewhat homogeneous. I wanted to give a glimpse of what makes this label stand out for me. Some tracks that I mixed in there are among my all time favorites, others I don’t even play that often. Have fun listening!

 

Tracklist:
01. Female – (Live Extract)
02. Silent Servant – Untitled (Regis Edit)
03. CH-Signal Laboratories (8003 Lucerne) – Scale 2
04. Silent Servant – The Self
05. N/A – Untitled (C/H Signal Edit)
06. Sandwell District – Immolare (Silent Servant Version)
07. Sandwell District – Hunting Lodge
08. Vandross – Hurt Me, I’m Waiting (Female Mix)
09. Rrose – Shepherd’s Brine
10. Sandwell District – Immolare
11. Female – Avon 1 (James Ruskin Remix)
12. Kalon – Man Is The Superior Animal
13. Silent Servant – Discipline
14. Function – Variance IV (Regis Edit)
15. Function – Untitled
16. Silent Servant – Untitled
17. Silent Servant – Murder Murder
18. Sandwell District – Grey Cut Out (Version)
19. Silent Servant – Demonstration

 

Websites:
Svar
Sandwell District @ Discogs.com

 
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[NovaFuture Blog Exclusive Mix]: Danny Isola plays Ostgut Ton

February 7, 2017
 

DJ:
Danny Isola

 

About the concept:
Here is the sixth instalment of our series “abc plays xyz”.

The idea behind it is to ask some DJs/mixing artists if they have an artist or label in mind that they love and would like to use for a mix.

So the approach of each mix is clear: the choosen DJ/mixing artist makes a selection of tracks produced by one artist (and her/his monikers) or released on a label (and its sublabels) and creates a nice mix from it.

Find links to all instalments at our overview. This time we have Danny Isola with a mix of OTON tracks.

 

About Danny Isola:
Born and raised between Cologne and Frankfurt, Isola got his first set of turntables at the age of 13, beeing a huge fan of hip hop. Johannes Heils music got him into Techno about three years later and as he started to produce his own tracks, Danny was quick to know that this was more than just a hobby to him. countless hours were spent, creating music, digging for records and defiying a unique style. He played his first gigs locally before he moved to Berlin in late 2011, not able to identify with the possibilities back home. After deejaying in several bars, Isola became a Resident at the ‘Sankt Veit’-Partys playing regularly at both Grießmühle and Chalet. During these two years he was able to play besides Steve Rachmad, Peter van Hoesen, Derek Plaslaiko and lots of other experienced DJs. Thats where lots of experience was gained as it was an important residency, shaping his musical career and giving him the chance to play slots next to artists he admired. After the promoters split up and went separate ways, it was time to move on and to throw partys himself. Isola launched his own clubnight at Arena in late 2016, currently working on upcoming nights and releases on his Label Isolatracks.

 

About Ostgut Ton:
Ostgut Ton was launched at the end of 2005 as a label that would provide an artistic and social home to the Berghain and Panorama Bar resident Djs and producers. The interaction of club and label has been a very fruitful combination and the unique sound architecture of Berghain especially, has directly left a mark on productions by artists like Ben Klock, Marcel Fengler, Len Faki and Marcel Dettmann. The club serves as a permant linchpin for everyone involved, here all new tracks and records get their first test, the club is the reference. Over the last few years, this constellation brought forward a signature sound, which fortunately didn’t pick up on any recent trends dominating dance music. This sound can best be described as an utterly un-nostalgic take on techno, which has been produced with the experience of techno’s heyday during the 90s still in mind. Although the tempo has been slowed down, it still oozes with vitality.

With releases by Steffi, Nick Höppner, Prosumer & Murat Tepeli, Tama Sumo and MyMy the label also caters for the different shades of house music represented by all the Djs at Panorama Bar. Whether it’s a very personal take on Chicago’s oldschool sound as on Prosumer & Murat Tepeli’s debut album „Serenity“ or MyMy’s contemporary style tailor made for dancefloors, Ostgut Ton hardly knows stylistic boundaries, as long as the music meets the label’s quality standards. Shed’s albums „Shedding The Past“ and „The Traveller“ or Barker & Baumecker’s EPs „Candyflip“ and „A Murder Of Crows“ are excellent examples for Ostgut Ton’s open-mindedness, as these releases draw influences from techno, house, electronica and UK bass music in equal measures. With all sleeves designed by associated artists and friends, there’s a strong visual counterpart to the concept of the club and label.

On the ongoing mix CD series on Ostgut Ton the focus lies on capturing immediate, authentic moments. None of the mixes went thorugh digital post production, as it is the label’s opinion that nothing is more boring than flawless perfection. The early mix by Marcel Dettmann „Berghain 02“ won wide spread, critical acclaim, it contains unreleased material by artists like tobias., Norman Nodge and Shed. „Berghain 02“ was also voted „best compilation in 2008“ at Resident Advisor. The influential Resident Advisor website also voted Ostgut Ton „best label 2008“ and made Shed’s debut album „Shedding The Past“ on Ostgut Ton their favourite album of the year, in 2011 Steffi feat. Virginia’s „Yours“ was voted 6th best track of the year.

Ostgut Ton has managed to foster an idiosyncratic style with an uncompromising and coherent release policy and has become one of the most influential platforms for techno and house today.

In 2009 Ostgut Ton welcomed its first international artist: Luke Slater aka Planetary Assault Systems. After years of relative absence, Slater returned to form with his longplayer „Temporary Suspension“ which was followed by „The Messenger“ in 2011 where Slater came full circle, releasing one of his most rounded albums yet, not only did he stick to his tried and tested techno guns, but he also managed to update his sound for the 21st century.

In times of free podcasts and easily available mixes by almost any active Dj in this world, Ostgut Ton continued to refine its exclusive concept of its mix CD series, „Berghain 03“ by Len Faki, „Berghain 04“ by Ben Klock and „Berghain 05“ by Marcel Fengler all have been accompanied by 12“ releases containing the exclusive tracks from the CDs by some of techno’s most respected and promising artists, the same is true for the house mixes „Panorama Bar 02“ by Tama Sumo and „Panorama Bar 03“ by Prosumer.

Another mix CD released in 2010 „SUB:STANCE“ by Scuba reflects the sound of the SUB:STANCE night at Berghain where Dj and producer Scuba singelhandedly managed to establish dubstep as a force to be reckoned with in Berlin and beyond, artists like Sigha, Shackleton, Surgeon and Joy Orbison feature here.

Apart from always hugely anticipated debut albums by Ben Klock in 2009, Marcel Dettmann in 2010, Steffi in 2011 and tobias. also in 2011, the end of 2010 saw the very ambitious 7LP set „Fünf“ of all exclusive tracks by all of the Ostgut Ton related artists celebrating 5 years of the label, to create the tracks all the artists used an exclusive sound library recorded by Emika inside Berghain and Panorama Bar, where she found a unique sonic world independent of the music played when the clubs are open to the public.

(text taken from OTON’s facebook page)

 

Listen & Download:
“Danny Isola plays Ostgut Ton” (download soon)

 

Danny Isola About His Choice:
Ostgut Ton is a Label which managed to release some timeless music and very unique artworks. When you buy a Ostgut-Release, its really a piece of Art! The fusion of Detroit-Techno and Dubstep in some of the early releases made the Label so special to me. I fully started digging electronic music in 2004. As I’m from an Area close to Frankfurt am Main my biggest influences in the beginning where Labels like Datapunk, Kanzleramt and Cocoon.I used to hang with some older guys who showed me lots of 90s Techno and after three years of discovering and learning about club music I came across Ostgut Ton. I was hooked right away. The music on there was so deep and intense! The Releases had a clear 90s Reference but in a very fresh manner. When ”Shedding the past” by Shed was released in 2008, I was blown away and I still am when I listen to this album. It has a certain vibe that will last forever. You can listen to this album in 20 years and it won’t have lost any of its magic. It was this Album that made me want to see Berlin and go to Berghain. In the end it was the ignition for me to move here, thats why its so present in the mix.

 

Tracklist:
01. Marcel Dettmann – Stranger
02. Rolando – Filthy
03. Function – Against the Wall
04. Ben Klock – Napoleon Hill
05. Function – Modifier
06. Ben Klock – Subzero
07. Shed – That Beats Everything!
08. Norman Nodge – Native Rhythm Electric
09. Shed – Flat Axe
10. Samuli Kemppi – Vangel
11. Function – Incubation
12. Len Faki – BX3
13. Shed – Sweep Dreams
14. Function – Psychic Warfare
15. Shed – Another Wedged Chicken
16. Edit Select – Bauer
17. Newworldaquarium – Thousand Oaks

 

Websites:
Danny Isola
Ostgut Ton

 
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[NovaFuture Blog Exclusive Mix]: Reject & Valerio play ARTS

January 25, 2017
 

DJs:
Reject & Valerio

 

About the concept:
Here is the fifth instalment of our series “abc plays xyz”.

The idea behind it is to ask some DJs/mixing artists if they have an artist or label in mind that they love and would like to use for a mix.

So the approach of each mix is clear: the choosen DJ/mixing artist makes a selection of tracks produced by one artist (and her/his monikers) or released on a label (and its sublabels) and creates a nice mix from it.

Find links to all instalments at our overview. This time we have Reject & Valerio with a mix of Arts tracks.

 

About Reject & Valerio:
Reject aka Irregular Subject from Melfi (Italy) is more than fifteen years in constant musical evolution. In his younger years his music journey leads him trough black metal, death metal, gothic and metal trash to techno music.

These influences will be used to approach to electronic music in a dark shape. You can hear a dark and straight sound in his vinyl only DJ sets passing though techno, detroit techno and old school techno.

Valerio worked these years on his production and mix skills next to Reject. After collecting Hip Hop and Rap vinyls for many years, his music way was straight lead to his techno passion.

In his DJ sets you can hear raw ranging sounds from industrial to techno.

Both artists complement each other with their different influences. The production of Reject & Valerio promise pure techno going forward.

 

About Arts:
ARTS is an independent record label on 12″ established in 2013 based on Sonic dimensions. From the mind of Emmanuel.There are 4 Platforms (12″ Format, and Digital), Arts Ltd, Arts Collective, Arts Transparent and Arts Digital Series as well.

“Pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the art and cultural realm.”

 

Listen & Download:
“Reject & Valerio play Arts” (download soon)

 

Reject & Valerio About Their Choice:
We choose to play Arts because we like the constant evolution of sound of the label and the continuous search of nuances about the techno music.

 

Tracklist:
01. Roberto – Dreams of a Solo
02. Keith Carnal – Sword Play (Shlõmo Remix)
03. Cleric – Equinox
04. Keith Carnal – Indemnify
05. Emmanuel – Entroterra
06. Subjected – Thtswhtwnt
07. Dax J – Escape The System
08. Emmanuel – Installations
09. Subjected – King Behemoth
10. Judas – Disgrace IV
11. Dax J – The 5th Dimension (Echoplex Soleil Remix)
12. Roman Poncet – Afterglow (Psyk Remix)
13. I Hate Models – Daydream
14. Dax J – Skynet
15. Dax J – Apocalypse

 

Recommendations:
Denise Rabe’s EP “Penumbra” on Arts
Opål’s “Pilgrim EP” on Arts Digital
“Crashed System EP” by Reject & Valerio on Shape Of Void

 

Websites:
Reject
Valerio
Arts