William B – Strobe (EP) // Out Now On Afterwave Records // Techno 

NYC’s William B debuts with Strobe, an ultra-dark 3-track techno EP that begs late night play. Functional rhythms flirt with experimental inclinations in a sprawling three track collection that makes for essential winter-time listening. Eponymous “Strobe” sets the tone with dark textures, while “Work” brings house-style vocal samples to hard-hitting techno rhythm, before “I Like It” sprawls to a six-minute crescendo. Equal parts a listening experience and vibrant, soulful techno for the discerning DJ. Out now on all platforms via Afterwave Records.

“The Strobe EP is about coming together and celebrating each others’ differences. In a world where there are many forces that pull us apart, Strobe is a sonic beacon of hope that can unite different walks of life together in a peaceful environment. No matter your age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or political views, Strobe is for you. The Strobe EP is sonic therapy for the soul and its house of worship is the dancefloor.

The Strobe EP was created with love using 808 and 909 drum machines, modular synthesizers, and original vocals from myself, my girlfriend and my dog Diamond. Techniques of additive, subtractive and granular synthesis were applied during the creation of the EP and can be heard throughout. All sounds were created with either hardware or a living being.”
– William B on the creation of the Strobe EP

Âme (Live), Monoloc (Live), Avalon Emerson & Luca Ballerini Complete Cosmo NYE Lineup

Returning for a second consecutive year following an incredible debut in 2016, Italy’s Cosmo NYE announces the second phase of its unbeatable techno-orientated lineup. 10,000 partygoers will have the chance to see international artists Âme (Live), Monoloc (Live), Avalon Emerson, Luca Ballerini as well as Chris Liebing, Joseph Capriati, Loco Dice, Nina Kraviz, Pan-Pot and Ilario Alicante.

Cosmo Festival will extend over New Years Eve and New Years Day, ending at 4am on January 2nd. Cosmo NYE ticket buyers will have access to four indoor rooms on New Year’s Eve and Cosmo NYD ticket buyers will have access to two rooms on New Year’s Day.

A huge addition to the Cosmo NYE line up is German artist Frank Wiedemann as Âme (Live). Frank’s ability to fuse together seemingly disparate influences is underpinned by his incredible talent and live set up. Recently taking the 4th spot in RA’s Top 40 Live Acts of 2016, Âme’s live set is one of the best in the business. Offering glimpses of the future of electronic music through a unique and meticulously crafted project, Âme’s show will be the perfect start to the New Year.

The second female act to grace Cosmo NYE, following the announcement of Nina Kraviz back in October, is the American-born, Berlin-based Avalon Emerson. With a critically acclaimed release on the Whities imprint earlier this year, her schedule has shown no sign of slowing. The crowd can expect a diverse and dreamlike expanse of abstract textures from this talented DJ.

Providing yet more improvised techno to the proceedings is Monoloc (Live), whose raw yet sleek take on live techno has earned him an impressive global following. Having just released his second album ‘The Untold Way’ on Rødhåd’s seminal Dystopian label, and with a release on Tale of Us’ Afterlife, Monoloc has had a huge 2016 and is looking to end the year with a bang.

Last but not least is Italian owner of Musical Metaphor, Luca Ballerini. Luca’s forthcoming appearance at Cosmo NYE comes off the back of a hugely successful year. A regular at DC-10’s legendary Circoloco party in Ibiza among other stand out shows, Luca has truly made his mark on 2016. With larger than life melodies and stadium-sized atmospheres, Luca will be bringing his A-game to Rome at the end of the year.

Tickets for Cosmo NYE & Cosmo NYD are now available from Resident Advisor & cosmofestival.com

Venues for NYE:

Salone Delle Fontane: (8 PM – 6 AM)
Spazio900: (8 PM – 6 AM)
Room26: (8 PM – 6 AM)
PlusRoom: (8 PM – 6 AM)

Venues for NYD:

Atlantico: (6AM – 12 PM)
Circolo degli Illuminati: (8PM – 4AM)

Skyler Gross – Ride or Die

KRAMES – Respect The Future // Techno

Brimming with rolling basslines and an affinity for classic analog production techniques, Krames’ Respect The Future EP, out today on Afterwave Records, is a cohesive must-hear for all discerning techno fans. Equally rooted in preserving tried-and-true techno sensibilities and exploring what lies ahead for the genre, Krames sets out a comprehensive thesis for the state of techno in 2016 that bursts at the seams with both personality and functional rhythms.

Lead + title track “Respect The Future” starts with plucky synths, rolling basslines, and haunting filter sweeps fill the air, breathing into “You Feel It,” which tears through the speakers with a relentless pulsing sub-bass and swirling snares. “Shades Of Acid” hearkens to the heyday of Acid House, 303s and techno structure forming a perfect marriage for dancefloor results. The final track, “Beggin,” is a 10-minute slow-burn complete with smoldering synths, pulsating sub, and a lyrical confession of ‘begging for your love,’ that culminates in a grand climax for the EP.

Respect The Future is available now on all streaming platforms + much more is on the way from Afterwave Records this winter — stay tuned!

SubSoul presents original EP ‘SubSoul & Friends Vol. 2’

YouTube curator, club brand and label dedicated to the most current sound of house, garage and bass music, SubSoul is at the forefront of the current sound of house. Following on from their two last acclaimed albums, both rated as iTunes UK’s Dance albums of the year, SubSoul comes back with the second installment of its EP series SubSoul & Friends, featuring cuts from the finest house acts like Icarus & Arle, Apres, Kideko, Sly One and US up & coming producer Dillon Nathaniel.

First on the series are Sly One x Kattison with High On You, a bass-driven track lead by a powerful, classic female vocal hook, which has received support from Monki and is another strong offering from the residents of Bristol’s most notorious weekly house & techno night, 5127. Next on the EP, hot prospect Dillon Nathaniel steps up with Cymatic, followed up by a deep house production from respected producers Apres x Kideko with Get The Funk. Last but not least, the final track comes courtesy of UK powerhouse Icarus and Arle with a huge hit, Close To You, that’s sure to conquer dancefloors worldwide.

The outstanding quality of the releases on this new volume of the SubSoul & Friends series, from both established acts Icarus, Kideko and Apres as well as up & comers Sly One and Dillon Nathaniel results in an amazing 4-track EP, which will delight fans across the broad spectrum of house and assert SubSoul’s position as one of the leading global tastemakers.

Matt Holliday takes us to the ‘Underworld’

Matt Holliday is back once again at Bonzai Progressive with another stunning slice entitled Underworld. These last few years have been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride for Matt, on top of moving to a new country, he found himself in great demand after a plethora of quality releases and taking the helm at JOOF Aura. 2016 has been a huge year after what has been described by many as a ‘killer set’ at the Luminosity Trance Gathering in Amsterdam, and the release of his long awaited studio album on Phase Of Life. It’s always great to see this guys work drop into the mailbox and we’ve no doubt we’ll be seeing lots more in the future. In the meantime check out this latest offering and don’t forget to tune in to Matt’s radioshow Ethnoscience alongside Manu Riga, the first Saturday of each month on Progressive Beats Radio.

Underworld could be considered as some of Matt’s deepest, darkest works. Right from the start we are drawn into a murky and moody sound that is steeped in glorious low end basses and sublime pads and FX. A fantastic ethnically charged vocal runs through the track delivering a chilling narrative given the tone of the voice. Quite a minimal piece with a lot of character and raw grooves that will definitely keep those late night sessions moving.

Belfast’s Louis Irvine is up on remix duties and this one also marks his Bonzai Progressive debut. Louis normally resides over on our Progress offshoot where he dishes out quality techno grooves, the latest of which – Alps EP – is performing very well indeed. As this is Louis’ first remix he set out to deliver a bad-ass mutha, and we think he’s done just that. After a bit of trial and error he found the path he wanted to take and decided to throw in the vocal which definitely takes things up a notch or two. He was thinking big on this one and he has certainly captured that big festival vibe which is sure to please many. The remix intros with thunderous kick drum that would be right at home at any festival and its massive sound system. Bright crispy hats cut through the low frequencies as hypnotic percussions start to fade up. The techno fuelled groove settles into its mesmeric state while some very cool vocals come through. An absolute stomper no doubt that will tear up any floor.

News – Johannes Brecht + Christian Prommer ‘Voix Grave’ via Diynamic

Multitalented musicians Johannes Brecht and Christian Prommer have collaborated on a release with a difference for respected Hamburg label Diynamic.

‘Voix Grave’ consists of an atmospheric classical composition from the pair, with an electronic version from each producer.

The original composition features echoing drums, plucked violins and an emotive cello. Whilst it may surprise those who associate Diynamic with its more dancefloor-ready releases, the classical inclusion is a testimony to the label’s forward-thinking approach.

Berlin-based Christian Prommer has a long history of fusing his jazz and classical roots with his love of techno and electronica, with a career spanning over two decades and taking in boundary-pushing projects like Drumlesson. As a producer, he’s previously released on the likes of !K7, Life and Death, Sonar Kollektiv and Buzzing Fly. Here, he makes his Diynamic debut with a version that perfectly fits within the label’s sound; a fast-paced beat underpins the plucked strings of the original, utilised like synths. Featuring the original’s mournful violin in the breakdown, the track builds to a dramatic peak.

Meanwhile, Diynamic member Johannes Brecht’s version has already proved to be a standout moment in label boss Solomun’s recent sets. Running at a full 10 minutes in length, Brecht utilises this time to build up to waves of climactic moments whilst peeling back layers to reveal the original composition’s melodies.

‘Voix Grave’ as a package is an innovative project, with both electronic versions accentuating the qualities of the original whilst providing genuinely club-appropriate takes on the record. It’s further evidence of Diynamic’s commitment to their creative vision, even as the label continues to expand to global proportions.

deadmau5 Launches pre-sale for ‘w:/2016album/’ with ‘Let Go’ featuring Grabbitz

On December 2, deadmau5, a leading figure in electronic music, will unleash his sixth studio album W:/2016ALBUM/ (pronounced as ‘w drive 2016 album’) as his first release as an independent artist via his own label mau5trap. Today, the pre-order officially launches with the release of “Let Go” featuring Grabbitz.

The album is a mix of material written over the last few years. “Let Go”– one of the album’s centerpiece selections–features moody atmospheric vocals from Grabbitz. After it was originally released as the instrumental “Silent Picture,” the indie vocalist/song-writer created a bootleg vocal for the track, renaming it “Blood For The Bloodgoat.” Today it stands revised as the album-worthy “Let Go.”

Elsewhere on W:/2016ALBUM/ is a myriad of deadmau5’s original electronic compositions including “Cat Thruster,” “2448” (written as the new anthem for Canadian hockey outfit, the Toronto Maple Leafs), the rising techno of the superb “Imaginary Friends”–inspired by deadmau5’s own love for gaming, specifically eSports–and the slow-building “No Problem,” a song whose quirky intro of bells and synths is reminiscent of Tom Waits’ “What’s He Building In There.”

That the album can go from atmospheric to techno to old-school synths is reflective of where deadmau5 is right now musically. “I’m starting to appreciate or at least come to grips with that it’s okay to just end the song and then do another one. I’m not a DJ, I’m not up there blending songs together in a harmonious way that aren’t mine, that create this seamless flow,” he says.

Diynamic Label Release – Johannes Brecht & Christian Prommer release ‘Voix Grave’

Multitalented musicians Johannes Brecht and Christian Prommer have collaborated on a release with a difference for respected Hamburg label Diynamic.

‘Voix Grave’ consists of an atmospheric classical composition from the pair, with an electronic version from each producer.

The original composition features echoing drums, plucked violins and an emotive cello. Whilst it may surprise those who associate Diynamic with its more dancefloor-ready releases, the classical inclusion is a testimony to the label’s forward-thinking approach.
Berlin-based Christian Prommer has a long history of fusing his jazz and classical roots with his love of techno and electronica, with a career spanning over two decades and taking in boundary-pushing projects like Drumlesson. As a producer, he’s previously released on the likes of !K7, Life and Death, Sonar Kollektiv and Buzzing Fly. Here, he makes his Diynamic debut with a version that perfectly fits within the label’s sound; a fast-paced beat underpins the plucked strings of the original, utilised like synths. Featuring the original’s mournful violin in the breakdown, the track builds to a dramatic peak.
Meanwhile, Diynamic member Johannes Brecht’s version has already proved to be a standout moment in label boss Solomun’s recent sets. Running at a full 10 minutes in length, Brecht utilises this time to build up to waves of climactic moments whilst peeling back layers to reveal the original composition’s melodies.
‘Voix Grave’ as a package is an innovative project, with both electronic versions accentuating the qualities of the original whilst providing genuinely club-appropriate takes on the record. It’s further evidence of Diynamic’s commitment to their creative vision, even as the label continues to expand to global proportions.

Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad (Enrico Sangiuliano Remix)