Over the years, Philly-based producer and street-bass proponent Starkey has been always been at the forefront of hip-hop-rooted electronic music, with releases across an array of top-notch labels—Ninja Tune, Planet Mu, and Trouble & Bass to name a few—to his name and a pair of well-regarded imprints—Seclusiasis and Slit Jockey—currently under his watch. Considering the man’s steady stream of output and respected talents as a DJ, we figured it was time to check in with the veteran beatsmith to see what tunes he’s been using to fill dancefloors lately. Starkey was kind enough to share with us a handful of his most essential cuts and favorite tracks for blending. Take a look at his full list of Weekend Weapons below.
German producer SIS (aka Burak Sar) has maintained a rather laid-back release schedule for his own Cocolino label over the past couple years, but with his new LP, Confidance, he really comes out swinging. Flourishes of his Turkish heritage are reflected in Confidance‘s nine tech-house grooves, but it’s the snaking beats and rhythms that propel each track forward. Of course, SIS does his fair share of propelling dancefloors forward every weekend as well, so, on the occasion of his new album, we got him to turn us on to a few tracks he’s caning at clubs. Check them out.
Over the last eight years of its existence, Anja Schneider’s Mobilee label has made a habit of introducing some of dance music’s great tech- and deep-house talents to the world. Rodriguez Jr. is one of those artists, and it’s been non-stop for him since releasing his first LP on the label just a couple years back. Most recently, Schneider tapped him to assemble Mobilee’s seventh Back to Back compilation. “I had to propose something new, developing the initial concept, while pushing the label talents upfront,” Rodriguez Jr told us. “The result is a hybrid concept including two different parts: the ﬁrst one is the usual compilation, showcasing my favorite tracks from Mobilee in 2012, and the second is an original album that I produced using samples, loops, beats, and material from all the Mobilee in-house acts… [It's] like a global jam session.” Check out the album here, and see what he’s got in his crates for the weekend below.
While we recently sung her praises in our Artists To Watch series, in all honesty, Berliner Dana Ruh has been going strong for nearly a decade now. On top of running the awesome Brouqade label, Ruh has dropped some deep and minimal gems for Cocoon, Buzzin’ Fly, and plenty of others. With her brand-new “Like a River” release with Anthea just out, we felt it was high time we took a look into her crates to she what she blows out at the weekend.
Brixton-by-way-of-Nottingham producer Citizen can bash out deep house with the best of them, so much so that he’s become something of an up-and-coming star on legend Kerri Chandler’s MadTech label, which released last year’s Deep End EP and just put out his remix of Waze & Oddysey’s “Be Right There.” More recently, though, Citizen dropped his latest EP, Trax, on the newish Love Fever label, which finds him going deeper still. See how deep he goes in his sets with his choice Weekend Weapons below.
With last week’s release of “Redux,” Dutch brothers Victor and Stephan Leicher (aka DubVision) return to the fray and unleash another progressive-house hammer of a tune. But what do they keep in their stacks for all-out club assaults from other big-time players? Read on in today’s Weekend Weapons installment to find out.
A fast-rising Damian Lazarus protege, Subb-an has become a deep-house staple, having releases on labels like Cocoon, Spectral Sound, Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels, and now Visionquest. In fact, when Lazarus recently announced that he would embark on a 10-year anniversary Crosstown Rebels tour, entitled Rebel Rave, the 24-year-old Berliner known to friends as Ashique Subhan was made an integral part it.
To coincide with the tour, Subb-an will release the third installment of the Rebel Rave series on March 19, right after he puts out his first EP on Visionquest, Rain, on March 11. Although the next few months are sure to be busy ones for him, he took a moment to tell us about what tracks he feels light up a dancefloor.
Swedish electro-house duo Taped Rai recently made a splash with their debut single “Just One Last Time,” featuring the one and only David Guetta. Members Tom Liljegren and Alexander Ryberg sent an idea for the song to Guetta, and he liked it so much he flew them immediately to Ibiza to finish the track together, which went on to receive a huge amount of support and top the Beatport charts. Naturally, they’re ready to capitalize on the momentum in 2013, so we took a moment to hear about some of the tracks they’ve been playing in their sets.
Brighton’s Alam Myson started creeping on the scene around 2008 with his futuristic dubstep releases on the Planet Mu label. Having spearheaded his own imprint, Atom River over the past few years Alan recently returned back to Mike Paradinas’ infamous imprint for his recent album project ‘Nebula Dance’ late last year.
This week see’s the release of Ital Tek’s latest EP on Civil Music. A hybrid of modern bass music that features Alan’s trademark harmonious dubstep whilst merging elements of modern day trap and juke influences. We caught up with the busy DJ to see what’s currently in his record bag.
Ever the experimenter, British techno producer Max Cooper recently got together with Canadian art rockers Braids to make some glitchy, high-brow compositions that they’ve collectively titled Conditions One. The fruits of their labor remain beat-oriented, but naturally veer into abstract territory at times, homing in on the fibers of their digital existent (which you can currently deconstruct and remix as part of our Play contest for their track “Pleasures”).
Flipping the script a little bit, rather than get the techno-obsessed Cooper to chime in, we enlisted Braids guitarist Raphaelle Standell-Preston to tell us what fills his weekend record crate.