Premiere: Ovend – Nuits Fauves

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France has a vibrant electronic scene, known for its pioneering artists that have breathed fresh life into techno, electro, and house. That said, hearing of softer, more melodic sounds rising out of the country is rarer, and often over-looked.

Enter Ovend, a promising new talent who’s already been tapped by Tale Of Us for a collaboration as of his third release. His abilities in track production speak for themselves, as do his influences in classic trance and contemporary techno, with each of his tracks thus far leading the listener on an immersive journey.

His latest “Nuits Fauves” lands once more on Afterlife, this time on the latest Realm Of Consciousness compilation. It’s hauntingly captivating, caressing the listener with contrasting elements of stark melodies and warm instrumentation. A trancey breakdown ties the piece together, bearing resemblance to earlier days of the genre while promoting a soaring sentiment before the track reassembles itself for a nuanced second half.


Pre-order a copy of ‘Realm Of Consciousness Pt. III’ here

Solomun, Dixon, The Black Madonna, and Tale Of Us tease a special collaboration

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Four legends have began teasing at a summer collaboration that is sure to cause a stir among the house and tech realm. Solomun, Dixon, The Black Madonna, and Tale Of Us all posted a mysterious promo poster on their respective social media pages, with not much information other than “summer 2018” and “Los Santos.” The background of the flyer is vivid and surreal.

As any video game fan might guess, “Los Santos” indeed appears to indicate the Grand Theft Auto town of the same name. The make-believe city was modeled after Los Angeles. One can easily deduce from here that each of the collaborators will be assisting with the newest GTA iteration’s soundtrack. Past electronic artists playing a cameo in the video game include FlyLo and Soulwax.

Fans of the DJs have also commented in hopes of confirmation that these four will perform, or collaborate together somehow in reality. with many nudging the group to play together in the city that inspired Los Santos.

H/T: Resident Advisor

Time Warp unveils massive lineup for 2018

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German techno gathering Time Warp released their lineup ahead of the festival’s 2018 edition. Since 1994, Time Warp has solidified itself as Germany’s premiere underground gathering, and has since become a globally recognized event. Featuring artists like Speedy JSven Väth, and Richie Hawtin over the years, the festival is known for pushing the envelope with stellar underground programming.

2018 will feature a diverse plethora of artists — both legends and rising players — such as Nina Kraviz, Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth, Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, Dixon, Seth Troxler, Ben Klock, and Tale of Us. 2018 is set to be a massive year for the Mannheim festival.

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Tale of Us release Fabric 97 mix

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Italian techno stalwarts Tale of Us — Armine Conte and Matteo Milleri — officially released their long anticipated mix for London’s seminal Fabric Nightclub. With duo’s roots in Fabric dating back to the most nascent stage of their career, they were an obvious act to chart for the mix series.

“Our techno sound has a certain amount of melody and melancholy” explain the group. “The music we produce and play will always have this. We just like a bit of drama.”

The aforementioned drama has garnered Tale of Us the praise of techno critics and fanatics alike and, at a point of culmination in their storied career as artists, the mix at hand serves as a finale of sorts. The moody, theatric compilation features the expansive soundscapes of Patrice Bäumel, DJ Koze, Fur CoatAdriatique, and Tale of Us themselves, only to name a few.

Tale of Us will be celebrating the launch at a daytime party on Sunday 25th February, with an extended, all-day-long set.

The official mix is available to buy here.

Tracklist:
1.          Tom Flynn – Cup Of Joe [Mix Exclusive]
2.          Recondite – Saudade [Afterlife]
3.          Trikk – Metala [Mix Exclusive]
4.          Agents Of Time – Ness [Mix Exclusive]
5.          Mind Against & Aether – Covenant [Mix Exclusive]
6.          Pisetzky – Bakwas [Mix Exclusive]
7.          Efdemin – There Will Be Singing (DJ Koze Remix) [Dial]
8.          Reference – Ghetto Nebula [200 Records]
9.          Marino Canal – Faint Light [Mix Exclusive]
10.       Fideles – Resonant [Mix Exclusive]
11.       Patrice Bäumel – The Hatchet [Afterlife]
12.       Mathame – Lifetime [Mix Exclusive]
13.       Denis Horvat – 4th Wall [Mix Exclusive]
14.       Brian Cid – Plot Thickens [Mix Exclusive]
15.       Fur Coat – Squared Minds [Mix Exclusive]
16.       Adana Twins – Sequence 01 [Afterlife]
17.       Soulholic & 7Options – Memorial Day [MoBlack]
18.       Kevin De Vries – Path To Immortality [Mix Exclusive]
19.       Tale Of Us – Error Error [Mix Exclusive]
20.       Adriatique – Ray [Afterlife]

Tale Of Us release new track ‘Error Error’ ahead of fabric 97 mix

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Tale Of Us has revealed their rousing new track “Error Error,” ahead of its official release on the duo’s fabric 97 compilation. An ace representation of the duo’s paradigmatic marriage of melody and melancholy, “Error Error” cements the pensive virtuosos’ stirring brand of techno, in both harrowing synths and an awakening baseline.

fabric 97 will see that the Italian vanguards continue to build on their mushrooming reputation in its 13 exclusive tracks. Both Afterlife label regulars and up-and-coming acts will be featured in the promising showcase that Tale Of Us will bring on the compilation.

fabric 97 is out Feb. 16. Pre-order it here.

45 artists have been revealed as part of Sonus Festival’s 2018 lineup

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As part of Sonus Festival‘s Phase One lineup, the Pag Island, Croatia beachside affair has revealed 45 names for its 2018 edition. Among the festival’s rising stars include Charlotte de Witte, Binh, Peggy Gou and Amelie Lens, while veterans Adam Beyer, Dixon, Maceo Plex, and Richie Hawtin are set to return to the fest’s scintillating beaches.

Sonus Festival’s sixth event will take place August 19–23, and offers attendees a range of activities including water sports and boat parties. Best known as one of the summer season’s top destinations, Sonus pairs unrivaled talent with a stunning, five-day programming specially curated with the house and techno music fan in mind.

Stay tuned to Dancing Astronaut as Sonus Festival unveils its second phase lineup in the coming months.

Photo courtesy of Elephant Studio. 
Learn more about Sonus Festival and purchase tickets here.

Tale Of Us to mix fabric 97

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Following the recent release of their Endless remix package, the beloved techno titans Tale Of Us are set to mix fabric 97 — out February 16, 2018.

Carmine Conte and Matteo Milleri rose in the techno reigns with their early sets in the club, making Tale Of Us a natural choice of the seminal mix series.

Near half of the tracks on the new mix are exclusive to the compilation, which is set to include unreleased tracks from Afterlife label regulars and upcoming acts. Tale Of Us’ fabric 97 mix promises to be an emotive showcase dictating the duo’s rise. An exclusive from the two will also be served up near the mix’s end, entitled “Error Error.”

Having a keen knack for the synthesis of brooding and blistering techno, fabric 97 will undoubtedly be a fluid tale of the two simultaneously cementing their reputation and hinting the best is yet to come.

Tracklist:
1. Tom Flynn – Cup Of Joe
2. Recondite – Saudade
3. Trikk – Metala
4. Agents Of Time – Ness
5. Mind Against & Aether – Covenant
6. Pisetzky – Bawas
7. Efdemin – There Will Be Singing (DJ Koze Remix)
8. Reference – Ghetto Nebula
9. Mario Canal – Faint Light
10. Fideles – Resonant
11. Patrice Bäumel – The Hatchet
12. Mathame – Lifetime
13. Denis Horvat – 4th Wall
14. Brian Cid – Plot Thickens
15. Fur Coat – Spiral
16. Adana Twins – Sequenze 01
17. Soulholic & 7Options – Memorial Day
18. Kevin De Vries – Path To Immortality
19. Tale Of Us – Error Error
20. Adriatique – Ray

fabric will release fabric 97 on February 16, 2018.

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Premiere: Fideles sign onto Afterlife & show off creative restraint with ‘Hadar’

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Italy is having an unprecedented musical moment within the underground. The Southern European nation — led by Tale Of Us, DJ Tennis and others — has become a hub for avant-garde, melodic house & techno, with the rest of the world ravenously consuming the sounds born from the region.

Fideles are yet another Italian outfit on the rise, and they’ve already begun carving out their niche within the melodic tech sphere. Inching their way into it in 2010, they’ve since had the pleasure of releasing on Josh Wink’s Ovum, Innervisions, and other reputable imprints. Their next milestone comes in the form of a release on fellow Italian imprint Afterlife, where bosses Tale Of Us have recognized their skill through signing a five-track Impressum EP.

“Hadar” is the second piece on the record’s A-side, and it does well in showing off Fideles’ nuanced approach to impactful song production. While lacking in over-the-top elements, “Hadar” unfolds in a positively entrancing way, easing the listener into its flow with haunting, windy samples in the background that line subdued kicks and an arpeggiated hook that creates a sense of unease in the mind. In forging such a brooding, hypnotizing composition, they fit themselves seamlessly into the Afterlife aesthetic while also showing off their own artistic chops as a duo.

The aforementioned record has already been well-received on the club circuit.  They sent it to Tale Of Us in hopes of it being played out to in their sets, then, according to them, “After 2 weeks we saw a video of the guys playing ‘Hadar’ and crowd going crazy in return.” It was so well-received by fans, who “increasingly commented asking for the ‘Track ID,’” that their entire EP was soon signed onto Afterlife as its eighth output.

Impressum will be available on digital and vinyl shelves beginning on October 27.

 

 

Pre-order the ‘Impressum’ EP here

 

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A day-by-day look at Sonus’ magic [Festival Review]

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A day-by-day look at Sonus’ magic (Festival Review)

Sonus has become an underground jewel of sorts of the Croatian festival scene within just five years of operation. This notion was evidenced physically by the thousands of partygoers flooded into the surrounding town of Novalja as the festival commenced its milestone fifth anniversary celebrations at the nearby Zrce Beach.

Over its tenure, Sonus’ following has grown immensely, with new attendance records broken each year. This just-past edition saw a record broken in terms of nationalities making the pilgrimage to their techno paradise — a record 65 in total. Of course, the continual success of the festival is hardly a surprise; organized largely in part by Time Warp, it has a proven track record of providing a premier dance music experience to its guests whose artistic caliber is matched by the natural beauty that can be seen by the festival’s beachside clubs.

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Fans once again had their promises of a magical, underground dance-oriented getaway fulfilled in spades with Sonus’ arrival on August 20. Organizers worked hard to curate a well-rounded lineup which combined plenty of prolific names with those that are lesser-known. Regardless of stature, each of the 70+ artists brought their A-game to the table, making for an unforgettable five days of non-stop house & techno.

The task of naming a few select acts above the rest was daunting to say the least, but alas, the time has come to Dancing Astronaut top sets of Sonus 2017.

 

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Day 1: Len Faki ushers in the first Sonus sunset

Kalypso and Papaya, two of Sonus’ clubs, were populated by sets fit for the daytime hours. Len Faki, however, opted to bring a slice of Berghain to Aquarius, inundating the open air club with raunchy, driving techno right from the start of his 6pm slot. By the time the sun began turning its golden sunset hue, the packed dance-floor was primed for darkness to take over as the Berliner continued his onslaught of pungent kicks set at tempos upwards of 130 BPM. While his set ended just when the night began, the amount of energy generated within provided a healthy kick-start to the rest of the week.

 

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Maceo Plex closes out Day 1 with a dose of heavy feels

It’s about six in the morning, and the night sky is just beginning to give way to the morning light. As the brightening continues creeping into existence, those filling Kalypso are being swept away by Morrissey’s bellowing vocals and the following lyrics: “I am the sun, and the air.”

The orchestrator of such a breathtaking moment is none other than Maceo Plex himself, who also happened to pen a remix around The Smiths song whose lyrics were just mentioned. Of course, the path to get to there was wrought with twists and turns — fans were taken from the most sinister soundscapes into the sentimental light, through the ages with classics, and everything in between.

 

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Day 2: Monika Kruse brings joy to Kalypso with her infectious energy

Monika Kruse is class woman whose love for electronica is palpable with each show. Having been around the block plenty of times, her intuition and ability to feed off of her crowds make her an ideal lineup staple for anytime of the day. This time, Kruse was tasked with bringing Kalyspo into the evening hours on Day 2. She rose nicely to the occasion, starting off soft and inserting plenty of grooving melodies into the mix before taking a turn in a harder direction as twilight hit. Her relentless smile and joyful energy radiated out of her the entirety of her set, which in turn kept her crowd in a state of entranced bliss that was lovely to watch.

 

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Tale of Us ring in an enchanting Day 2 sunrise

The sunrise and Tale Of Us are an idyllic pairing. Sonus picked up on this of course, scheduling the Italian duo to set the morning tone as Day 2 came to an end. They blessed a filled Aquarius with an ethereal, yet intense set that kept their viewers anchored to the dance-floor. Moreover, sense of time felt skewed as Tale Of Us brought them on an introspective journey catalyzed by haunting melodies, well-placed vocals, and thundering kicks that carried the momentum through to the end. High expectations for a magical sunrise were met when Matteo & Carmine opted to wield their touching edit of Hans Zimmer’s “Time” — the move had fans basking in every moment as moving string melodies swept over them to the tune of rosy skies.

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Day 3: Pan-Pot wreck their early-morning set in the best of ways

German duo Pan-Pot were among the few who performed twice throughout Sonus’ tenure, allowing fans to see the full spectrum of their artistry and their skills of playing to their setting come into play. After rocking the Papaya club with a more light-hearted techno set at sunset on Day 2, they came back for a 1am jaunt at Kalypso on Day 3 and reaped complete destruction. A time where they went below 128 bpm was hard to find, as the black tee shirt-clad partners pummeled the crowd with post-apocalyptic techno. Their set was a veritable marathon that shot energy levels right back up to where they were twelve hours prior when festivities began. Photo Credit: Felix Hohagen

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Day 4: Adriatique take Aquarius to space

Adriatique took over Aquarius at 2am on Day 4, promptly steering the club in a brooding direction with cerebral sound design and artful arrangement. The Adrians weaved together an awe-inspiring mélange of their own works and others whose futuristic aura made attendees feel as though they were traveling through space. One particularly powerful moment was when they brought out their remix of Tale Of Us’ “Monument” — Vaal’s haunting vocals encapsulated the floor, and time felt almost as if it had stopped. Adriatique’s late night offerings fit right into the dimmed island surroundings, and gave way nicely into Âme’s early-morning ride.

 

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Day 5: SHDW & Obscure Shape jolt Sonus’ final day into action

SHDW & Obscure Shape make an unstoppable team, as evidenced by their swift rise to prominence in the underground ranks. Sonus gave them a chance to bring their skills out of the warehouse and into the open air, but of course, they never once forgot their roots. Though they began slowly, they subtly inched into a round of relentless, thumping techno that shook the dance-floor and bent the audience to their will early on. Their closing was thunderous as ever, with the Another Mind owners playing a series of favorites from their burgeoning label such as the Konstantin Sibold remix of “Gesang Der Toten Dinge,” and “Die Weiße Rose.”

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Sven Väth exudes magnetic force at Sonus’ final sunset

People call Sven Väth “Papa Sven” for a reason. The longtime icon exudes a warm, fatherly energy that electronic fans are drawn to like moths to a flame. His presence demanded an extended hour at the Papaya club, and he made sure to provide fans with an unforgettable performance that transgressed genres and generations of dance music. That said, despite being all over the map musically, each impeccable track selection was pieced together into a wildly cohesive and seamless vinyl set — only natural, coming from someone who’s been at the forefront of electronic for three decades.

After taking viewers on a four hour journey which went from smooth house in the day, to haunting twilight melodies, to pounding techno at nightfall, Väth closed with David August’s sentimental cut “Epikur.” Everyone had funneled into his set by this time, including many other DJ peers, and the room thundered in glowing applause as lifelong memories were made at that very moment.

 

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Tale Of Us & Vaal – The Hangar (Original Mix)

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It seems preposterous – almost unbelievable, even – that hardly more than a year has passed since Tale Of Us launched their Afterlife record label. Over the course of a mere 14 months, Carmine Conte and Matteo Milleri have built an imprint which seems on track to rival the impact of giants like Diynamic and Drumcode, thanks to their apparent “quality over quantity” approach.

To ring in August, the Italian duo have put forth a particularly momentous piece with “The Hangar,” a track produced with frequent collaborator Vaal. The single, which pairs the artists’ propensities for mystifying techno with harder-edged industrial leads, is astonishingly only the sixth release in the Afterlife canon. “The Hangar” also hits two label milestones, acting as its inaugural standalone single and marking the first time that Tale Of Us have released their own music on the imprint outside of compilations.

Ultimately, this new single shows off a more energetic side to the refined producers involved and breeds further excitement for what’s to come from Afterlife in the coming months.

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