Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Andy Vaz - Detroit In Me

Andy Vaz hails from Düsseldorf, Germany, the breeding ground of Kraftwerk. Since 1997, Andy manages and curates Background Recordings, internationally acclaimed as being one of the most instrumental labels to concentrate on what people refer to as: minimal techno.

Long before Minimal Techno turned into a genre, and subgenre after subgenre were invented, Andy has already been concentrating on providing a cultural conduit for more minimal electronic music, between Düsseldorf, San Francisco, Detroit, Montreal, Toronto, London, Chicago, South Africa, Monterrey, Perth and countless other cities around the world. Some of the most influential international musicians of the minimal electronic music movement had their works presented on his Background Imprint. Artists such as: Sutekh, Jan Jelinek, Todd Sines, Terrence Dixon, Jeff Milligan, Akufen, Submania, Dean DeCosta, Rhythm Maker, Kit Clayton, Ectomorph, Deadbeat, Baby Ford, Stewart Walker, Donnacha Costello, Geoff White, Smyglyssna, Portable, Antiguo Automata Mexicano, Oliver Hacke, Frivolous and many others have graced the Background stage. The Label has been a major force in the presentation of minimal techno, introducing and educating the world to the geographic variable influences that exist within the genre.

As the years have passed, house music and techno have fused, segregated, split and recombined in countless ways. Both techno and house have drawn influences from one another to create hybrids that have changed the face of music as we know it. Andy could not ignore his undeniable appreciation for the house movement and therefore, decided to start a second label in order to help facilitate the growing relationship between global deep house and minimal techno: "A touch of Class / ATC" was born.

In 2000, Andy Vaz has released his own material. At first he started his Sound Variation [---] series. A set of 10 conceptual releases where as the sound can be defined by the criteria of one's imagination constrained only by the definition of it being 4/4 based electronic music without following any clearly defined linear sound aesthetic or concept. All works simply defined by the criteria of re-use, recycling of same instrumentations, within the context of boundless compositional approaches.

Next to the series Andy Vaz also started putting out minimal techno dance material recently. Music, that is focused on the Groove and is based on his rich experiences as an internationally rewarded Live Act. Apart from having played countless clubs,festivals and venues, he’s done everything from the legendary “Liquid Room” in Tokyo to the Mutek Festival in Mexico. Andy has build up an excellent reputation as a crowd shaking and unique sounding live act. Known for extended two hour dance live-sets to more abstract listening performances Andy proves to be diverse and suitable in various musical contexts.

In March 2007 Vaz launched a new label called “YORE”, which will focus on the authentic old school Detroit & Chicago House Sound with original artists such as Detroit’s Rick Wade, Terrence Dixon, Todd Sines among others just to name a few, presenting a new platform for these artists as well as for himself, which will help spread his musical visions further to new audiences.



Monday, April 23, 2012

Ichisan - Magnetic Field

Ichisan is the moniker of Igor Skafar, a Slovenian photographer whose relationship with music began by playing the guitar in various bands, which later developed into a preference for electronic music. In 2008 he released his first solo international 12" on London's Airtight Recordings. 'Global Pillage' and 'Tips & Tricks' were very positively received and accumulated a number of favorable reviews, including a four star review from iDj magazine and praise from many illustrious names in the music industry such as Bjorn Torske, Pete Herbert, Prins Thomas and others... Ichisan has also contributed a track "Radar Pulse is Sent", to the Eskimo recordings compilation "Cosmic Balearic Beats Vol. 1" and it is released on Airtight recordings, Solardisco, Rare Wiri and Under The Shade/Jiscomusic; including a remix for the legendary band "Space", which was released on Nang records in November last year. Together with Ule Nakova he is working on a project named Ichisan&Nakova. Their first album Yugo Tempo is released on the Nang records.



Thursday, April 19, 2012

Moodymann - Pray 4 Love

Moodymann is the nom de disc of Detroit native Kenny Dixon, Jr. An iconoclast with a funkdafied hairdo, Moodymann has built up a devoted listenership over the past two decades with his unique, mutant productions. Often pitched between high-fidelity and infidelity, Moodymann tracks are for those moments when hitting the dancefloor feels the same as rustling the sheets. Purveyor of the label Mahogani Music, Moodymann now connects with Scion A/V to deliver Picture This, eight exclusive tracks of Motor City magic. Dig it!


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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Anton Zap - Love boat

Anton Zap was born in Moscow in 1979 . He studied Chinese for 7 years and then embarked on a 2 year sound engineering course . He started collecting wax from a very young age and in the mid 90’s he joined Moscow’s underground lounge group , Tetris , led by Vlad Lozinsky .

He was resident dj at one of Moscow’s leading clubs, Propaganda from 1997-2005 . He later started his own band,Papaztrio alongside Pavel Hotin and Yuriy Shulgin .

He hooked up with Edward Mckeithen aka Dj Jus Ed via myspace and that led to releases on Underground Quality which brought him to the attention of the record buyers , press and record shops alike.

This in turn led to releases on Dubby man’s Deep Explorer imprint as well as noted releases on Quintessentials . More releases are planned on the much loved Millions of Moments label as well as on danish imprint , Kontra Musik and a storming remix for an upcoming benjamin Brunn & workshop’s wunderkind , Even Tuell on Uzuri Recordings .

He made his dj debut outside of Russia @ Berlin’s revered dance institution , Panorama bar on the 17th January 2009 .



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Round Four feat. Tikiman - Find A Way

Round One To Round Five – 1993-99 Main Street Records

Label: Main Street Records – MSD-1
Format: CD, Compilation
Country: Germany
Released: 1999
Genre: Electronic
Style: Dub Techno, Dub, Deep House



Friday, April 13, 2012

Ron Trent feat. Robert Owens - Deep Down (Mr. Fingers Remix)

Ron Trent Feat. Robert Owens – Deep Down (Including Mr. Fingers Remix)

Label: Foliage Records – FOLIAGE021
Format: Vinyl, 12"
Country: Germany
Released: Feb 2012
Genre: Electronic
Style: Deep House

A1: Deep Down (Ron Trent Main Mix)
AA1: Deep Down (Mr. Fingers Remix)
Remix – Mr. Fingers

Pressed By – MPO

Artwork [Cover] – Paulo Arraiano

Co-producer – Jeremy Newall, Simbad
Executive Producer – Pete Henry

Mixed By – Ron Trent
Producer – Ron Trent
Producer [Additional Production] – Larry Heard (tracks: AA1)
Producer [Assisted Developments] – Bernard Badie (tracks: AA1)
Remix – Larry Heard (tracks: AA1)

Written-by [Lyrics] – Robert Owens, Ron Trent, Simbad



Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Marvin Belton - Bleed to be free

Marvin Belton is a native of Detroit, Michigan. Marvin’s association with the Wyandotte band PSYFUNK (1996 - Present) resulted in the release of two albums FRESH DEAD FISH (released 1997) and Psyfunk (released in 1999). While in Psyfunk, Marvin performed in many Detroit area musical venues, such as, THE MAJIC BAG(Ferndale MI), LILLIE’S and MOTOR LOUNGE(Hamtramck, MI), HOCKEY TOWN and TOWN PUMP, TESTFEST (Detroit), MEMPHIS SMOKE, FIFTH AVENUE, WOODY’S(Royal Oak, MI), ARTS, BEATS AND EATS(Pontiac, MI) and the 1997 TORONTO MUSIC CONFERENCE in CANADA, as well as, performing live on radio programs, such as THE MITCH ALBOM SHOW, THE JUDY ADAMS SHOW both on local Detroit station WDET. Psyfunk broke apart in 1999, but In 2007, Marvin united with members of Psyfunk to perform for A Concert for Noah to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The band still comes together once a year for this event.

In the fall of 2001, while at a party in WINDSOR, ONTARIO, MARVIN met SCOTT FERGUSON. Where the two enjoying a bottle of malted scotch whiskey and participated in a philosophical conversation about music and other matters. SCOTT invited MARVIN to come check out some of the music he was working on and planning to release on a new label he started called FERRISPARK Records. MARVIN agreed and met with SCOTT at his then studio, in HIGHLAND PARK, MI. It was during that visit, Marvin being a writer, as well as, a vocalist was enlisted to write and perform in with Scott Ferguson. Their first FERRISPARK published work was “BLEED TO BE FREE” and”FEELIN GOOD”. This EP labeled number 6 was released in 2003 to positive reviews. In fact, “BLEED TO BE FREE” which theme is about tolerance continues to gain worldwide attention and has been reviewed in magazines such as URB and over the net.

In 2003, Marvin lent his vocals label to DYNAMITE SOUL’s to “BACK IN THE MIDDLE”, which he sings with female vocalist MIYON BRYANT. “BACK IN THE MIDDLE” is written by MONICA LOCKETT, who goes under the name DJ GENESIS. MARVIN performed “BACK IN THE MIDDLE” with MYION BRYANT at 2003 DEMF TECHNO-FEST and in 2004 THE MOVEMENT in DETROIT.

In 2004, MARVIN worked with THEO PARRISH lending his voice to MR. PARRISH’S single on the SOUND SIGNATURE Label entitled “NATRALLY,” which is featured on his album “THE ROTATION ASSEMBLY.”

In 2005, FERRISPARK released FPR “ANY DAY NOW ” Ep.

Marvin toured Europe with Scott Ferguson to promote FERRISPARK RECORDS in 2007.

Summer of 2007, Deep Explorer a label out of Spain released Ep entitled “Deep Explorer 007” with artist ABOVE THE SMOKE featuring side a1 “SWEET IS THE LOVE” lyrics and vocals by Mr. Belton and a2 remix (of same title) by Ferrispark Records producer Mr. Scott Ferguson.

Spring of 2009, teams up with James Thomas and Vincent Halliburton to form JOY OF SOUND PRODUCTIONS. See the JOS website:

2009 Ferrispark Records re-issues FPR-006 “Bleed to Be Free”.

February 2010 Ferrispark releases FPR-027 “The Letter”.



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Glenn Underground - Pancake Jaz

Glenn Underground is the founding member of the Strictly Jaz Unit. He was raised on disco classics and freeform jazz in Chicago's Southside, the place where house music was born. Taking inspiration from Chicago's original pioneers, Larry Heard, Ron Hardy, Lil' Louis, and the like, Glenn has produced some of the most well respected deep house music of the past five years. His releases for Cajual, Prescription Guidance and Peacefrog have set the standard for sophisticated dance music. He is one of the few DJ's who can walk the line between deep jazz house, disco influenced house, and the kind of classics featured at the legendary parties of late 70's Chicago.



Tuesday, April 3, 2012

BOOF - Now She's Jumping

Boof – Joi Is Smiling
Label: Running Back – RB029
Format: Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Country: Germany
Released: 24 Oct 2011
Genre: Electronic
Style: House

Producer, Written-By, Arranged By – Maurice Fulton(Boof).

Aliases: Boof, Dr. Scratch, Eddie & The Eggs, Equal People, Javen Souls, Ladyvipb, Noize Boyz, The, Orphies, Sticky People, Stress.

Maurice Fulton is one of house music’s true originals, an eccentric ex-pat American (currently living in Melbourne) DJ and producer who never fails to surprise and delight his listeners. His first album since the leftfield Stories Of A Broken Heart And Recovering which he recorded as Ladyvipb (for Nuphonic) is an altogether more accessible and dancefloor friendly affair... Maurice Fulton has been round the block in more ways than one, not only did he have a hand in producing Gypsy Woman by Crystal Waters, one of the most successful house tunes of the early ‘90s; he is the darling of both the underground house and leftfield scenes with an enviable back catalogue, he also has a capacity for landing himself ‘in the soup’. Maurice is one of those hapless individuals to which trouble swarms like wasps to a honey pot. His most recent ‘situation’ saw him arrive home to find his record collection had been sold by his jealous girlfriend who, after discovering an unsolicited e-mail from a lady fan, suspected him of playing away from home. If it’s going to happen to someone, it’s going to happen to Maurice Fulton.