Artist: Dario D’Attis
Title: Bogaloo EP
Label: Lapsus Music
Catalogue Number: LPS194
Release Date: April 28th, 2017

Lapsus Music continues its relentless release schedule with their 16th release of the year already. Providing the tunes for the Italian label is Swiss Producer Dario D’Attis who doesn’t disappoint with his Bogaloo EP. Dario is no stranger to Lapsus Music, as this latest EP marks his 8th release on the label but it’s his first solo release with the Italian label. D’Attis has been spitting out quality music for many years with successful releases on Hive, Dftd, and Poker Flat Recordings; and this one is no different. As we have seen over the years, his classic New York and New Jersey house influence is on full display within this latest EP.

First up is the title track, “Bogaloo”. A house roller with flowing hi hats and lively elastic drums. Dario does a solid job in mixing in some great synth work and vocals that echo throughout. A real sharp tune that holds an abundance of great vibes.

The second of the two tracks is “Try Moon”. The tune is built with loopy layers that swing down low and grab the attention of the listener. The percussion is really smooth and clean while the overall groove is inventive. D’Attis uses a vocal sample throughout that almost acts like a layer of the drum line, an interesting and impressive aspect of the track. Another quality tune.

Both of these tracks are interesting and well done, creating a tight and tidy two track EP from Dario D’Attis. Lapsus Music comes through with another quality release to add to their already impressive resume.

You can preview and pre-order the EP HERE.

Artist (s): Various Artists
Title: Moon Harbour 100
Label: Moon Harbour
Catalogue Number: MHR100
Release Date: April 12th, 2017

Tracklist:
1). Matthias Tanzmann – Mahoney Baloney
2). Dan Drastic & Sven Tasnadi – Tastic
3). Luna City Express – Saturday
4). Daniel Stefanik – Resurrection

17 years after its creation in 2000, the Leipzig label has hit its 100th release and they have done it in style. André Quaas and Matthias Tanzmann’s label have actually put out roughly 150 EPs, albums and compilations but this 100th vinyl release is a special family affair for the label. Moon Harbour 100 features key artists Dan Drastic, Sven Tasnadi, Luna City Express, Daniel Stefanik and Matthias Tanzmann himself.

First up is the man who started it all, Matthias Tanzmann. “Mahoney Baloney” is 7 minutes of teasing tech house. Bubbly synth sounds percolate through the dry hollow drums while spoken word vocals add freakiness as it echoes throughout. The warm and rubbery bass ties everything together. Overall another bomb, something we have come to expect from the captain.

Label manager Dan Drastic and his usual sparring partner Sven Tasnadi come together once again for their joint effort, “Tastic”. A deep but cavernous track that features smooth vocals and warm colorful chords that sooth the soul. It is a playful and smartly incendiary track that constantly builds throughout and leaves us with another dance floor banger.

Label mainstays Luna City Express then offer their services for the third track, “Saturday”. A hard hitting track that features vamping synths, frazzled pads and discordant stabs that bring a real wavy feel to the rooted kick drums. A high energy cut that will definitely keep the crowd on its toes for its twisting duration.

The project concludes with the master of intricacy Daniel Stefanik’s “Resurrection”. Restless and bouncy killer drum loops and skewed chords fuel the track, while nicely coiled drums bring a real sense of house funk to the EP. You will be sure to get swept up in this fine tune.

With these 4 very different yet vital cuts, Moon Harbour encapsulates what has made the label so important over the last 100 releases. The German label has helped make the careers of many artists, discovered new talents and showcased underground heroes at the same time. Moon Harbour confirms that while they have grown up they are still young at heart.

Congratulations to Moon Harbour on their impressive milestone release. You can purchase the EP HERE and you can preview the project below.

 

The BPM Festival will enter the European market in 2017, following a 10 year spell in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. BPM will take place in Portugal, September 14 – 17 2017 on the beach resort of Praia da Rocha, Portimão in the countriy’s Algarve region.

The Algarve is an intimate setting, with white sand beaches and picturesque cliffs that will be the perfect back drop for one of the most celebrated festivals around the world. Early bird passes are available via the BPM Festival website.

Official line ups to follow.

Artist: DJ W!LD
Title: Techno City
Label: W
Released: April 3rd, 2017

Tracklist:
1). The Hike (Intro) [Digital Only]
2). Love On The Beat
3). Time To Say Goodbye [Digital Only]
4). Street Religion
5). Americana
6). Aimer et C’est Tout
7). Techno City
8) All Night
9). Talking With Hoffman
10). King Hit
11). Mon Cote Obscur (Outro) [Digital Only]

A staple in the Parisian underground scene and a Circoloco resident at DC10. The Dijon native is a veteran in the music industry and someone who has always remained true to his roots. DJ W!LD has been responsible for over 300 tracks on some of the most respected labels in the world, which lead him to the creation of his own imprint W in 2010. On W, W!LD has exercised an unrestricted artistic vision for his output on the label. This has culminated in his latest release Techno City, W!LD’s first album in over 2 years.

The Techno offering from the veteran DJ undertakes a feel of simplicity that is as refreshing as it is clinical. The album gets underway with the intro “The Hike”, which sets an eerie tone with the sounds of crickets on a dark summers night. Following this is “Love On The Beat”, which sets the pace from the very first kick drum and the swelling bassline smoothly flows into the third track, “Time To Say Goodbye”. Sharp drums and precise hi hat work carry this track as deft piano breaks flow throughout it.

Next up is “Street Religion”, a sweeping disco-synth tune with a very groovy vibe to it. This leads into 90’s inspired “Americana” which holds an old-school grimy atmosphere. This is followed up by “Aimer et C’est Tout”, another sharp and hard hitting techno track that features vocals and whirling synths throughout. The 7th track “Techno City” is a floor filling cinematic track and is most definitely one of the standouts on the project, it really jacks up the energy heading into the final few tracks.

The 8th track is “All Night”, which has a relaxed vibe despite the extremely sharp bass hits; it does well in providing some light relief before the next track “Talking With Hoffman”. This is an acid-tinged 5 AM roller that succeeds in dialing up the energy for the final track. This built up energy leads the listener to the climax of the album, and that is the undeniable club track “King Hit”. An Orchestra of snare rolls, emotive pads and striking vocal samples are the main components of what is truly a phenomenal track. The LP concludes with the outro “Mon Cote Obscur”.

Being both danceable and listen-able, DJ W!LD’s Techno City is a purposeful and coherent body of work. W!LD comes through with rich aesthetics and cutting edge production that has the ability to carry the listener through a wide range of hues and atmospheres. This web work of sounds and functional club tracks is a master class in the age old saying that “less is more”.

The Techno City LP is available now on a double vinyl. You can purchase Part 1 HERE which features “King Hit”, “Americana”, “All Night” and “Talking With Hoffman”. You can also purchase Part 2 HERE which features “Aimer et C’est Tout”, “Love On The Beat”, “Techno City” and “Street Religion”. The digital release will follow soon after and you can preview the LP below.

 

Respected producer and DJ Martin Buttrich is back with his hotly-anticipated new project ‘Collaborator Vol. 1’. Forthcoming on Martin’s own label Rhythm Assault, the 12-track body of original productions will tie together previous collaborations with exciting, new material.

A veritable roll call of electronic music royalty comes together to lend their talents to the collection. Mostly formed in Martin’s famed Barcelona studio, ‘Collaborator Vol. 1’ is the result of friends coming together to experiment and push each other’s creative boundaries.

Martin is the thread that ties this long list of guest artists together, and this is reflected in the sounds present throughout the LP. The individual styles of collaborators come together like the many shades of electronic music present in a Buttrich DJ set; from the fast-paced quirkiness of Luciano or the Martinez Brothers on ‘Animal’ and ‘9 Pound Hammer’, to the refined house of Guti and Konrad Black on ‘New Game’ and ‘Canyon’, through to the mature, darker atmosphere of ‘Messenger’ with Audiofly and ‘Nach Acht’ with Buttrich’s long term production and sparring partner Timo Maas.

Martin’s impeccable sense of mastering ensures the collection of tracks run smoothly alongside each other; his characteristic rich basslines, sense of melody and polished percussion easily recognisable throughout Collaborator Vol 1. 

A previously Grammy-Nominated artist, Martin has always stayed relatively behind the scenes whilst producing for high profile artists – Loco Dice, Depeche Mode and Kelis to name just a few. The release of Collaborator Vol 1 puts Martin at the forefront, whilst providing a statement on his influential position in the electronic music scene.

Tracklist:
1. DJ Tennis & Martin Buttrich – Perpetual
2. Ramon Tapia & Martin Buttrich – Evita
3. Timo Maas & Martin Buttrich – Nach Acht
4. Loco Dice & Martin Buttrich – Damn U Made It
5. Audiofly & Martin Buttrich – Messenger
6. Luciano, Kelli Ali & Martin Buttrich – Animal
7. The Martinez Brothers & Martin Buttrich – 9 Pound Hammer
8. Konrad Black & Martin Buttrich – Canyon
9. Davide Squillace, Matthias Tanzmann & Martin Buttrich – Persuade Me
10. Tiga & Martin Buttrich – Alpine Dub
11. Guti & Martin Buttrich – New Game
12. Matthew Jonson & Martin Buttrich – Synchronicity

Artist: Ben Pearce
Title: Ascension EP
Label: Different Recordings
Released: March 27th, 2017

Tracklist:
1). Intro
2). Transit
3). The Middle
4). Crescent

Last Monday, Ben Pearce released his first original EP since Pomelo which dropped on Moda Black a little over a year ago. The Manchester native comes through with his 4-track Ascension EP that was released on Different Recordings. This EP marks the first release of a 4-part concept series that will allude to Ben’s own life, career and experiences in the music industry. Each EP will carry its own meaning, but will each play a role in tying together Ben’s journey.

The Ascension EP comes across as a very inspired piece of work. The idea of millions of voices competing for attention in the social media age and therefore leading artists to feel lonely and intimidated was the overall inspiration for Ben’s third release on the Belgian label.

The project gets started with the “Intro”. This is a beat-less introduction to the concept EP. Filled with whispering voices and crescendoing synths, the “Intro” is a track that has a very soothing feel to it. A beautiful way to start the EP.

The next track “Transit” carries on that calming tone that was set in the introduction. A soft bassline and a slowly building soundscape of chords lead the way. The quick bass and percussion hits mixed with the slow moving chords create a nice contrast within the track that works out perfectly.

The third track is titled “The Middle”, which stands as the most hard-hitting of the 4 tracks. Fast paced arpeggios and a ominous bassline make this track a staple for the dance floor. Expect this to get its fair share of play at parties all over the world.

The EP closes with “Crescent”, a very uplifting way to conclude the project. Pearce comes through with gradually building layers of chords and synth melodies over a soft bassline. The track almost has an out of this world feel to it, coinciding with the cover art and title of the EP. “Crescent” is an immersive and cinematic closing to a stellar EP.

The wide range of moods and tempos throughout the EP’s 4-tracks are structured similarly to that of a short set. Overall, a well done and cohesive project to kick off the 4-part series. We can’t wait for the next three.

You can purchase the EP HERE and you can listen to the tracks below including a bonus version of “Crescent” which features vocals from Elias.

 

Artist: Lluis Ribalta
Title: Dulce Base Ep
Label: Gate Null Recordings
Catalogue Number: GNR080

Tracklist:
1). Dulce Base
2). Sentinel

The owner of the Music and Multimedia Association and AM+ is back with another hit EP. This most recent release from the versatile Spanish producer and LR Recordings boss dropped yesterday and take my word for it, it’s well worth the listen. Lluis Ribalta’s Dulce Base EP is his 5th release of the year. This also marks his return to Gate Null Recordings with his 1st solo release on the label since 2014; and his 9th release on the label in total. Lets get into the tracks!

The project kicks off with the title track “Dulce Base”. Sharp drums and precise hi hats set the tone. While subtle background sounds and whirling synths come into play, creating some perfect breakdowns and drops. The synth use in this track is eerie and extremely deep at times, giving the track a dark but intriguing feel. Another great piece of production from Lluis Ribalta.

The second and final track is “Sentinel”. Which features firm bass hits, frantic drums and a boom-bap rhythm. Ribalta uses altered piano sounds that grow with the track and eventually take it over. This chilling piano groove makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up, and once again Lluis succeeds in creating a very powerful and deep track with “Sentinel”.

Lluis Ribalta’s return to Gate Null showcases his darker side within a solid techno EP. Dark synth lines, subtle elements and detailed arrangements are the common themes that drive the project and as a result we receive another solid piece of work from the Spanish producer.

You can purchase the EP HERE and listen to the tracks below.

 

Artist (s): Various Artists
Title: Oh My Shake! Miami WMC 2017
Label: Shake Limited
Catalogue Number: SHKL04
Release Date: March 17th, 2017

Tracklist:
1). “Universal Language”- Antony PL & Paul S
2). “Our New Brother Life”- Alf & Gio
3). “Estereo”- Bassel Darwish
4). “Other Box”- Charlie Brown
5). “On The Floor”- Danny Nz
6). “Al Trapone”- Eyko
7). “Turning Point”- Federico Castilletti
8). ” Freedom Sound”- Felix Fiorentino
9). “Yage”- Flashers & Unai Amador
10). “Sensation”- Giacomo De Falco & Gianluca Rattalino
11). “Dalma”- Jay de Lys
12). “Dazed In Madness”- Jon Tsamis
13). “Groove & Bass”- Klover Haze
14). “She Is”- Lucas  Ferreyra
15). “All Right”- Marco C.
16). “Dark”- Niko Freij
17). “Like The Boss”- NILL Papa
18). “Mr President”- Nukem
19). “Groove E”- Paul Quzz & DEVV
20). “Martini”- Rhoowax
21). “Hey Too Late”- Roberto Surace
22). “Congaca”- Ruben Zurita
23). “Ipanema”- Saul Antolin
24). “It’s Back Now”- The Boombox
25). “Denoting Auch”- Unrazze

Shake Recordings’ sister imprint Shake Limited dropped its 25-track various artist album titled: Oh My Shake! Miami WMC 2017 last Friday. This marks the young labels 4th release since coming into existence in January of this year. This latest album is  jam packed with quality house, techno and tech house; something we have come to expect from Shake releases. This project features 25 original tracks from 29 very talented producers from across the world. Including the new hit track from Roberto Surace “Hey Too Late”, as well as originals from Bassel Darwish, Charlie Brown and Jay de Lys. Shake Limited’s tribute to the 2017 Miami WMC also features a fire original track from Toronto natives Paul Quzz and DEVV titled “Groove E”.

You can purchase the album HERE and feel free to have a listen to the project below

 

Artist: Juan Torrado
Title: Retrouvailles EP
Label: Klangwerk Records
Remixes: Jay de Lys & Deetech
Catalogue Number: KW017
Release Date: April 1st, 2017 (Exclusive release date) or April 15th, 2017 (Global release date)

Tracklist:
1). Retrouvailles
2). Retrouvailles ( Jay de Lys Remix)
3). Mangata
4). Mangata (Deetech Remix)

Klangwerk Records comes through with their 17th release and their 4th of 2017 to date. The Belgian label welcomes the Appetite Records boss Juan Torrado who does not disappoint. Retrouvailles features two original tracks with remixes from Jay de Lys and Deetech. This latest release sees the first original tracks from Torrado since his “Mr Blinder EP” in December.

The EP gets started with the title track “Retrouvailles”. Solid percussion hits set the groundwork, while timely synth hits go to work in the background. Torrado mixes in some strong chord strikes and deep vocals that make the track bang. Overall, a very powerful and well produced tech house track that will definitely be a popular one.

After this comes the Jay de Lys remix of “Retrouvailles”. The Argentinian producer puts together a track with a very different feel. The remix features harder hitting drums, sharp percussive hits and synths that flow easily in and out of the track. Overall a less powerful but more fast pace and precise track from the Expensive Records boss.

The third track is the second original from Juan Torrado called “Mangata”. Icy hi hats and hard hitting drums lead the groove. Whirling synths are mixed in throughout and they fill the background nicely, perfectly complimenting the groove. Another quality tech house track that will be sure to get people on their feet and dancing.

The project wraps up with the “Mangata” remix done by Deetech. The other half of Appetite Records has already had a hand in 18 releases in 2017, and by the time this drops that number will hit 22; top class work ethic. Deetech’s remix is a slowed down and darker version of the track. The whirling synths are familiar to the original version, but background chord hits and a vocal sounding sample help create a much darker atmosphere for the track.

Juan Torrado, Jay de Lys and Deetech serve up quality tech house hits that will be sure to get play worldwide. You can purchase the latest Klangwerk Records release on April 1st exclusively on Beatport. But for now, you can check out the preview of this EP below.

 

Welcome back to Sukoonland and what a special episode this one is. I had the opportunity to travel with my good friends and DJ’s, City Kid Soul to Montrea for Igloofest where they were performing on the main stage with Eats Everything on January 28.


Igloofest brings together thousands of electronic music fans for an epic winter festival in downtown Montreal. The festival takes place every weekend on Thursday to Sunday from January 12th – February 19th, creating an entertaining month in the city for house music.

We had a wicked entourage of a dozen friends make the trip to Montreal for the occasion. I also wanted to take the opportunity to explore the city even though we had 2 days but we did as much and saw as much as we could. I was very impressed with my visit, the food and artistic vibe of the city is unique.


We drove from Toronto bumping tunes on the way, and I booked a 2-storey loft in Old Montreal for the weekend, the space was gorgeous and spacious and I couldn’t believe my eyes when we talked in! The size of the loft paired with its location is a rare sight in Montreal.  The city has old cultural landmarks and looks a lot more like Europe when compared to the glass skyscrapers of Toronto.

Saturday was the highlight and it was non-stop entertainment from start to finish. We started the day with a crew breakfast at the Suite 701, where we found out it was open bar brunch for 30$. Seven mimosas later, we decided to hike up to Mount Royal for some city views. We got some scenic snowy Mount Royal views and a solid hour hike. Right after we set up the pre-drink and go ready for the main event, Igloofest!


We arrived at the venue early to set up and the minute I approached the main entrance, I was impressed. The layout, lights, ice sculptures and staff working was professionally organized and well prepared for the amount of people about to enjoy their night out. I was able to film with my GoPro and hang with Devin and Emma (City Kid Soul) during their set and throughout the night. Seeing the crowd from the DJ’s perspective is unbelievable. The sound system was designed really well and the crowd were truly into the music. Many of the festival attendants were dressed up in neon and fur coats. The party just kept getting bigger and bigger and the next two headliners brought an amazing vibe.

I can clearly see know how this festival attracts such amazing talent and fans year after year.
It was truly one of the most amazing experiences I have been too. I highly recommend everyone and anyone to take the time and go to Igloofest at least once to experience this world-renowned winter festival.