With releases running the gamut of four-to-the-floor dance music, and an upcoming tour spanning every corner of the globe, London’s Owen Howells continues to make waves in the underground scene. From DJ, to producer, to label owner of Shades, Howells has put in the hours, and is rightly reaping the benefits of his contributions to the electronic music community. Prepping for his first gig in Sydney tomorrow, March 29, Howells took some time to hip us to a few of the surefire heaters you’ll be grooving to at one of his upcoming shows.
If you were an early dubstep adopter, you may recall Dean J. Grenier’s productions under the moniker DJG. More than five years later (what seems like an eternity in electronic music), the Los Angeles-based producer/DJ has evolved from those bassy beginnings with a much more experimental and melodic aesthetic. Last year Grenier released his Voids LP, a masterpiece of an album that inaugurated the launch of his Kinky Beggar label. Today we check in with him to see what he’s playing out this weekend.
Since joining forces in 2006, Cologne, Germany’s Lissat & Voltaxx (aka Jens Lissat and Marco Wolters) have released a string of chart-topping club hits and remixes for notable labels like Toolroom, Great Stuff, 303Lovers, Stealth, and Spinnin. Out on the road, they’ve brought their signature mix of house, tech house, and progressive to the globe’s hottest clubs and festivals while touring across Asia, South America, Africa, and Europe. Drafted for the first release of a brand-new label venture, the duo deliver a trademark house cut for SK2 Recordings. To mark the imprint’s launch, Lissat & Voltaxx took time out of their busy touring schedule to give us a selection of their favorite current tracks.
Jesse Rose sure loves the number 12. Last year, the notable UK DJ/producer completed a 12-part series which saw him issue a new release on the 12th of every month, appropriately deeming the endeavor the 12×12 series. Now, Rose has re-evaluated, re-edited, re-arranged, re-mixed, and re-mastered parts of each of those releases for the his forthcoming The Whole 12 Inches LP, which is set to drop via the man’s own Play It Down label on February—you guessed it—12. Before his album hits though, we enlisted the veteran selector to hip us to a handful of tracks that have been working in his sets as of late, essentially helping us pad our own libraries while also giving us just a taste of what’s to come on Rose’s next full-length effort.
Spanish producer and DJ Coyu (aka Ivan Ramos) has two lifelong passions: dance music and cats. So it’s only natural that he’s combined these two pursuits in his Barcelona-based tech-house label Suara. Recently, he’s been super-productive, adding his own signature house style to Fatboy Slim’s “Right Here Right Now” alongside releasing original material on notable labels like Noir, Tronic, and Get Physical, among others. We asked this self-proclaimed feline fanatic about his top movers of the moment and here’s what he come up with.
If you want something done right, do it yourself. From their early punk-rock roots to their commercial dance breakthrough in 2004 with “Straight Ahead“ featuring new wave legend Chrissie Hynde, German house duo Tube & Berger have always lived by this simple DIY mantra and charted their own course. Now, they’re reaping the rewards of believing in themselves by touring the world’s best clubs, recording for notable labels like 100% Pure, Suara, and Defected, and running their own Kittball imprint alongside longtime confidant Juliet Sikora.
Recently, while gigging Down Under in Melbourne, Australia, T&B (aka Arndt Roerig and Marko Vidovic) took time out to recap their favorite tracks of 2013: “We had many special moments with these tracks this year and we wanted to share these wonderful memories with you,” they say.
Long known as top producers in the trance scene, and two-thirds of the legendary dance act Fragma, Dirk and Marco Duderstadt continue to build some of the most euphoric peak-hour productions in the world. Now, as Inpetto, the brothers Duderstadt have their attention squarely focused on their more melodic house sound.
Born and raised in Aalborg, Denmark, Noir’s René Kristensen, 37, has risen through the ranks to become one of his country’s most recognizable house-music exports. Since his 2005 debut, he’s released quality music like his latest deep-house single, “Lost Again,” on a whole host of well-respected labels including Get Physical, Defected, Toolroom, and, of course, his own Noir Music insignia. It’s a label that most notably helped to discover and develop Hot Since 82’s talented man-of-the-moment Daley Padley. We spoke with this Danish house tastemaker to find out his current top selections including Gui Boratto, Mathew Jonson, and Camea.
8Bit Records head Nick Curly returned to his own imprint with the Multiply EP late last month, and it finds the veteran DJ/producer laying into three percussion-heavy, funk-laced house rollers. To coincide with its release, Curly has offered us a peek at the six most reliable tracks the Mannheim-based jock currently keeps in his arsenal. Deftly running the line between deep and tech house, his picks offer some clues as to how the time-tested selector continues to win over dancefloors.
With his debut artist album Face to Face just out on Serialism, we tapped veteran DJ/producer and Cadenza label co-chair (alongside Luciano) Phillipe Quenum to give us a taste of what the techno mainstay currently holds dear in his crates. Certainly taking the task with the utmost seriousness, Quenum returned our request with six carefully picked tunes that greatly enhance the depths of his sets. “The tracks I’ve chosen… add color and emotion to my set,” he explains. “They’re melodic, and perhaps a bit on the softer side, but these are very important tracks for my sets.” After giving them each a listen, it’ll be easy to hear why.