Matthew Dear - Headcage (Released on Ghostly Jan 17, 2012)
Looking ahead to 2012, Matthew Dear has announced two new records, Headcage and Beams. Headcage is a collaborative EP that sees Dear working alongside Fever Ray producers Van Rivers and the Subliminal Kid, and The Drums’ frontman Jonathan Pierce, while Beams is the full-length follow up to Dear’s acclaimed last album, Black City.
Joy Orbison, one of the best house/bass producers in the UK announces this week that he is launching a record label with Will Bankhead, in-house designer for London label and record shop Honest Jon’s. Hinge Finger is the new label and and in typical Joy Orbison style there is very little info to go on and it is all mysterious. However, they did share this brand new mix, the hour long DJ set by Joy Orbison himself suggests Hinge Finger holds a soft-spot for deep house with his trademark mix of delicacy and swagger.
Virginia (Ostgut Ton) - Fabric Mix - December 2011
The multi-talented DJ, Singer, Songwriter and Producer, Virginia has been deeply involved in electronic music for over a decade. Inspired by the warm and analog tracks of the 80s and 90s, her DJ sets combine this sound with modern records in an exciting fusion, layered with spontaneous live vocals adding a unique third dimension. With a careful mixture of peaks and also moments of reduction, she commands attention in her hybrid DJ / Live performances. This year saw her siren song vocals feature on Steffi’s acclaimed album ‘Yours and Mine’ (harked as one of the stand out tracks of the year, Virginia’s vocal hook was made to set hearts alight). Sensual and sultry, her voice has a strength that stands out in house music with a timeless quality that is never over done and thats typical of the style of classic house music that make up her DJ sets and characterise her production.
Kompakt is constantly great in everything they do! The whole idea behind this set is original and awesome, from the mix itself to the concept of the party and releasing of these sets. A lot of ideas here that ring true to the Parkdale Beach Party philosophy, “instead of going over last year’s top by putting at least half a dozen artists on some massive stage, we took it down an octave and opted for a true underground experience at Cologne’s late Halle Deutz-Air. The intimate, low-key atmosphere, that this legendary location always perpetuated, proved to be the perfect accompaniment to the lush DJ set played by Michael Mayer, the de facto only artist booked for that night. In over 12 hours of playtime, Kompakt’s main maestro didn’t just go through the motions, but orchestrated a highly diversified array of electronic bliss, sending his listeners on a trip” Kompakt
Michael Mayer’s patients and commitment to his narrative as a DJ is unbelievable, his steady slow build is epic! This set here is part 3 and he is just starting to take it up a level, but not too much, he is still building. Check the link below and check out part 1 and 2 for a very lush and atmospheric journey. And stay tuned as Kompakt presents “you this exceptional piece of work in its entirety, divided in three parts (comprised of four individual streams respectively) and released on Kompakt’s Soundcloud as part of our Advent Calendar. Every sunday up to christmas, you’ll get one third of the whole set.” Kompakt
Leonard Perret aka Le Loup may still only be in his early 20s but there is plenty to prove he’s a front runner in the current crop of young Parisian talent currently sweeping the globe. With his warm, funk inspired, groove-led productions with shades of Detroit techno and jazz plus his love of hip-hop and years exploring all facets of house music during his degree in sound engineering. Le Loup recently started his own label Hold Youth with fellow Parisian and close friend Seuil. “We have two different backgrounds in music, he comes from minimal wave, he’s a big fan of Ricardo Villalobos and me it was more soul and hip hop. But we have really similar tastes in every kind of music, so we decided to mix it and see what happened. We started Hold Youth to release our music, but all kinds of music… from hip hop to house to techno. Music we can play in clubs or listen to at home…” Le Loup