Barely into his 30s, ZDS - aka London DJ and producer Nat Self - may not yet have the weathered features of a house music elder statesman but his musical CV already reads that way.
Leading light in, and most successful export of, East London's post-millennial club scene, check. Resident of Panorama Bar when it was just a twinkle in most techno tourist's eyes, check. Collaborator with Chicago booty bass don DJ Funk and UK soul legend Omar on last year's rocking debut album 'Brains' (released by Made to Play), check. Festival slots everywhere from LA’s HARD Summer to Ukraine super festival Kazantip, check, check, check.
It's no puzzle then why Classic Records, brainchild of definite house elder statesmen Luke Solomon and Derrick Carter, chose him to mix and re-edit their back catalogue for the bumping jackathon that was 'Classic Through the Eyes of: Zombie Disco Squad' (Nat's previous moniker) released to critical acclaim earlier this year.
With huge recent hits for the likes of Suara and Hive Audio, ZDS now returns to dirtybird, the San Fran crew he's repped for since 2009. Slipping effortlessly from the wonked out ‘Hands’ to the low and dirty ‘Drop’, via the Teutonic techno train of ‘Bang Ze Box’, ZDS isn't just ticking all the right boxes… he's banging them too.
Tony Rodriguez is Brothers’ Vibe, a very real connection between the halcyon house days of years gone by and the present day scene. Given that his father was a record collector, it’s no reason young Tony also began gathering as much vinyl as he could from a young age. I meant that by ten years old he was already spinning and, by that stage, a life in music was always going to happen.
Spending his younger days working in record stores, reporting for Billboard, assisting in the running of record pools and clubbing as often as he could, the gigs soon came along at intimate venues like Studio 54, The Garage, Club 4D and The NY Palladium amongst others. Now years later, he is just as at home in the most influential clubs of the day, including Ushuaia in Ibiza, Mint Club in Leeds and Harry Klein in Berlin.
Given his enduring submersion in the music world, by 1994 Tony began a new project under a new guise. Brothers' Vibe was born. It is a moniker which has seen Rodriguez explored deeply rooted house with Latin flavours, tribal tendencies and a whole lot more on labels like Jersey Underground, Freerange, Deep Vibes and countless more: EPs like his Bang The Drum series, and tracks like ‘El Baile’, ‘Feelin’ House’ and ‘Revolution’ are all testament to Rodriguez’s breadth and depth of house understanding.
“Anytime I decide to get crackin’ on studio work, I tend to listen to music (all styles) for about 4-5 hours before I actually put down the first beat” offers Tony intriguingly. “I usually clean around the studio as well. I guess you can call it ‘my inspiration time’. I would say 70% of the time I lay beats down first. It all depends on the feel I come up with as to where it’s all going. After this, I start going through sounds. This sound searching is my favorite process. It’s amazing how the vibe manifests as each sound is layered!”
Given that he has taken time out from production, 2013 will see Brothers Vibe back with a bang. “Because of the lapse in making and releasing music, I have a new found appreciation for what I do. DEF looking forward to getting busy again” he exclaims. Said new projects include a remix for Marcin Cubala’s Your Mama’s Friend, a classy contribution to the forthcoming youAND:THEMACHINES album as well as plenty more EPs on the Mixx family of labels and a full length album due November 2013. An important voice in the global house conversation, Brothers’ Vibe still has lots to say for himself and more than skills to do so in ever original ways.
In Curitiba, Brazil, the days are warm, and the nights are long. On the streets of this town, boys become men, and souls are both lost and found. No one knows this better than the artist known as HNQO. As a famed breakdancer in his youth, he went in search of himself, with little more than a dream and the voices of Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash to guide him.
Before long, he was dexterously layering hi hats onto groovy house beats, and chopping hip-hop vocals with a soft but menacing touch. His music takes hold of you from collar to knee, with cheeky hooks and infectious rhythms. More than a musician, HNQO is an interpreter of the past, fusing elements of hip hop, jazz, and other genres into his very own style of deep house grooves.
Today HNQO (or Henrique as he is known to friends) is one of the fastest rising young stars in the deep house and indie dance scene. Years of hard work are already behind this young musician, who got his start throwing parties in Curitiba. Young people in search of new musical horizons flocked to these gatherings, and eventually some of dance music’s hottest acts found themselves sharing the decks with this ever present, ever humble artist.
Thanks to these successes, HNQO was discovered by the inimitable Russ Yallop, and his tracks are forthcoming on Hot Creations amongst other labels. Additionally, HNQO’s own imprint, Playperview, is seeing international success. Why? Because the energy and infectious joy of this young talent permeates everything he does, from his buoyant productions, full of underground and dancefloor appeal, to his bass shaking live sets.
HNQO brings funk, soul, and a full dose of realness to his musical prowess. With standout EPs behind him and a slew of hits yet to come, he stands ready to embrace the world.
1. Steve Miller Band - Space Intro
2. Sam Flax - Fire Dosen't Burn Itself
3. Tanner Ross - Frequent Flyer feat Jules Born
4. Joy - I Need Your Love
5. Andy Ash - Freak
6. Runaway - Indoor Pool (Slow Hands Half Full Remix)
7. Bonar Bradberry - You Were Away (Space Ranger Hypno Remix)
8. Nite Time - Teddy's Jam
9. Fantastic Man - It's Essential
10. The White Lamp - It's You
11. Andrés - Drama Around The Corner
12. Rampa - Look Out feat Overnight
13. Good Guy Mikesh, Filburt - No Other feat The Drifter (Dirt Crew Remix)
14. Penner & Muder - Presence Of Another Man (Round Table Knights Remix)
15. Pollyester - Concierge d'Amour (Rory Philips Remix)
16. Round Table Knights - On Fire
These days, it's rare to find talented producers who are also world class DJs. Often a Beatport No.1 can result in an artist getting booked for gigs they're not quite ready for. But for Round Table Knights, there's no such problem. Starting their love affair with turntablism over a decade ago, Biru Bee and Marc Hofweber honed their skills cutting and scratching together hip hop, jazz and early electro.
An infatuation with house music followed: it was the one genre they felt they could handle their diverse tastes. And so with the help of producer and friend Benfay, they started to release high-caliber 4/4 infused with a huge range of influences. The tracks became essential tunes in the record bags of the globe's best house DJs (their Coma Cat remix was voted the Essential Tune of 2010 by Pete Tong) and led to years of gigs at the world's best clubs and festivals: Panorama Bar, Sonar, Igloofest, Creamfields...you know the score.
Original, musical, cheeky jackin' house music made by producers who know how to DJ properly? All qualities championed by Made To Play Records, a label that subsequently released their debut album 'Say What?!' and a series of unmissable EPs.
In 2011, the duo won the Swiss Nightlife Award for the Best Electronica DJs category. A great accolade indeed, but it's the thousands of worldwide fans getting down to their unique sound that's proof of how Biru Bee and Marc are the act to book if you want your club night to be in safe hands.
Now as part of one of house music's most exciting labels and their very own Club Bonsoir and with the total package when it comes to both DJ and production skills, the stage is set for Round Table Knights to take their rightful place at the head of the house scene.
Edu Imbernon is a great example of how a young artist can quickly reach the top in the electronic scene… it’s his talent as producer and DJ that’s got him there.After the worldwide hit “El baile alemán” (Liebe Detail, 2009) produced along his friend Coyu and appointed "Best Underground Track of the Year" by Beatport , several tracks for lauded labels like Get Physical, Young Turks, Skint, Stil vor Talent, Cr2, Noir Music, Trapez, Great Stuff, Diynamic and his own label Eklektisch.
His quality as a producer and his ability to add a nu-disco tint to the dancefloor edge of his tracks have led him to remix bands such as The XX showcasing this homogenous blend of electronica, house and indie. Succesful remixes for Maya Jane Coles and X-Press 2 also ensued. The emergence of Edu Imbernon on the dance scene couldn't go by unnoticed by the specialised press which has acknowledged his artistic quality by awarding him several prizes: Best New Producer 2010 and Best Track 2010 and 2011 at the Spanish Dance Music awards, and also named an up-and-coming star by Beatport in 2010.
His aim is to make music that can be felt, full of energy which will connect with his audiences. "This is the only way that people will remember your music, trying to make them feel something special and making them dance” says this young artist who's already played on 4 continents….
Frederic Möring-Sack and Christian Jonquieres have been releasing music under a number of guises on their own labels, Suchtreflex and Plumbum since 2007. Their work as Piemont, has won them a huge fanbase, headed by many of the DJ world's leading lights
With a musical background that has encompassed Hip-Hop and song composition, via Skate-Punk and Metal. It is quite a surprise to experience the deep and often dulcet tones of Piemont's modern productions.
Their beat ridden tracks do include a certain kind of magic in terms of abstract funkiness and soul which has been growing on people ever after they have listened to their tracks for the first time.
Many of their tracks have developed into evergreens, being played out for months and months. Now Piemont is no more a upcoming force in the scene but an established member of the top league of German producers with an international profile.
"Carbonat" and "Black Smoker" have been major hits but also "Plumbum" or „Purist“ has evolved on a premium track. With their acclaimed debut album on MBF, "Strange World Beyond", Piemont have for the first time explored also deeper moments in their music.
The second album "Sand Hills" was released on their own imprint Suchtreflex. The upcoming single "Viewstar" incl. Sian and DJ Madskillz remixes out 7th of Sept. 2012 on Terminal M!
Kruse & Nuernberg
Hamburg / Germany based DJ and producer duo Kruse & Nuernberg have created some of the most interesting deep house around in the past few years, with early highlights including their 'Lovers 'n Fighters' EP on Noir Music or their remix on Om Records for Groove Armada and only recently their EP on Liebe*Detail 'Daze Without You' EP with a great success on Resident Advisor and Beatport just to name a few...
With their straight forward, modern approach to house music they caught the attention of some of todays most important underground labels; Lazy Days, Systematic, Mood Music, Rejected, NRK Music, Liebe*Detail, King Street and Kolour Recordings, etc who have all invested in K&N with enough remixes and original productions.
We are brothers and that's why we know each other well.
Hailing from Halle, the two Monkey Safari gents are real Nightlife addicts and indeed lovers of club culture. As owners of the legendary Charles Bronson club and purveyors of labels like What!What! Records (since 2008) & Mambo (since 2011), they truly are ambassadors of house and techno in their hometown.
Happy, silly and fun sounds are the result of their creativity. Their music is tropically flavoured, crossed with an electric spark, ideal for drunken nights out, falling off heels and losing half of your drink to the dance floor. As a DJ team they merrily merge different music genres and styles from all over the globe: sometimes soft and melodic, sometimes deep and conscious, at others down and dirty, but one thing is sure, the mood is always happy.
Warning: The wave their riding is high grade and infectious, this is some serious monkey business!
H2, a dj/producing duo from Manchester, are fast becoming one of the biggest upcoming acts in the UK today. Having recently been signed up by "Cecille Records" & "Get Physical Music" H2's popularity is soaring with the masses. Their latest 8 track EP release on "Cecille Records" is flourishing in the vinyl & digital download sites around the globe,
"Firstly signed to Popof's uber cool "Form", they establishing themselves on an international level for their upbeat, raw house and techno music. The boys formed their partnership back in 2003 & in that time have worked with some of the industries most respected artists. Having already notched up remixes for Popof & Julian Jeweil (both Cocoon), Morcheeba & a remix of Kim English's "Nitelife" their work in the studio is getting the recognition they've been working towards for the last 8 years.
Former Sankeys residents and now the guys that run "Limbo, in their hometown", H2 are climbing their way to the top.
They've already gained huge support from the likes of Maceo Plex, Edu Imbernon, Nick Curly, Huxley, Anthea & Celler, Russ Yallop, M'In, Leon & many many more.
Chart success is fast becoming a regular occurrence for the UK based artists & their reputation on the dj circuit is fastly gaining them some well deserved accolades.
The DJ and production team Adana Twins are not only rocking their hood at BAALSAAL, Hamburg, but have also cheered up the crowds throughout Germany and Europe with their deep and adrenalizing house sets. The duo consisting of Take it Easy, the energizer, and Freezo, the straight and fluffy guy, was brought together by the power of good Turkish food and the love of grooving house music and have so far released on labels like Balsaal and Exploited.
Their most recent release, the sultry house sound of the Everday EP, is sitting pretty atop RA’s most charted list and up coming gigs will take the duo to SpringFest, Austria, We Call It Deep Festival as well as clubs in Munich, Hamburg, London and Malta.