Dance music and mystery make for a pleasing combination — especially when the genre in question is techno. Pan-Pot were tapped to foster such a combination by the critically-acclaimed German show, Babylon Berlin, whose brooding plot is based around a series of detective novels by Volker Kutschner. The theme song, “Zu Asche, zu Staub,” has since been re-worked into a piece fit for the basement clubs in the city.
Pan-Pot’s reimagining opens with the ethereal piano progressions of the original, before diving deep into a hole of throbbing percussion and hypnotic synth beeps that, when paired with the resounding vocals of “Zu Asche, zu Staub,” results in a high-charged number that obliterates the dancefloor. This standard is one that fans have come to expect from Pan-Pot, who’ve long honed their sounds in and out of the club circuit and have proven their affinity for dark, driving productions.
To celebrate the package’s return from space, the pair have released a music video for the EP’s second track, “Do You.” The music video was created from the 360° footage of the package’s flight, showing the EP as it leaves the ground and sails for the heavens. As it ascends, viewers can observe the temperature, atmospheric pressure and altitude it travels. At the height of the song, the balloon camera offers stunning footage of the Earth from miles above its surface, showing breathtaking views from above the clouds. As the song draws to a close, the package descends back to Earth, where it lands in a field just as the Katie Boyle’s vocals drift off.
Reality Reach isn’t the only body of music that’s been sent into space. Over the years, Sent Into Space has worked with Metallica, Kelvin Jones, and Mystery Jets to present their music to fans in a unique way.
Anjunadeep darlings Eli & Fur crafted a dreamscape within their four-piece, Night Blooming Jasmine EP. It showcased their affinity for all things melodic and liquid. When the task came to choosing remixers for such a milestone EP, the girls chose carefully, breaking outside their usual confines to choose unique talent to bring into the fold.
Dosem was one such talent chosen to sign onto remixing duties, this time for the singe “Parfume.” The Spanish house wizard and Suara veteran takes the song down from the sunny skyscape it came from and onto the afterhours dancefloor, adding drive and a hint of darkness to the mix. “Parfume’s” ethereal vocals glimmer in this new foundation, allowing a bit of bliss to poke through despite what Dosem’s done on the low end.
“Parfume (Dosem Remix)” is out on September 14. Pre-order a copy here
The fall season approaches for 2018, which means that it’s time for Drumcode to release its annual A-sides compilation. In its seventh edition, Adam Beyer has gathered the usual array of longtime colleagues and inspiring newcomers to contribute a firestarter of their own to the collection. Many of the songs featured on the series throughout the past are often rinsed as IDs in the label boss’ sets throughout the year, making the compilation one that is continually high on followers’ radars.
Per usual, Drumcode powerplayers and Elevate owners Pig&Dan gladly accepted the request to donate a track to 2018’s A-sides. It comes in the form of “Pushing On,” a percussive number that fits their brooding aesthetic. It rumbles through a warpath of pungent kicks and bass until it reaches its soaring breakdown. While Pig&Dan bring some relief in the form of soaring synth melodies, they quickly pull a switch in tone to drag the listener right back down into the underworld with wild roars and a pulsating climax. “Pushing On” will be released on September 10, along with the rest of the A-sides compilation.
BLOND:ISH have spent years honing their craft in cutting edge house music by taking in the world around them and applying it to their musicality. Having caught a great deal of attention in recent years — including numerous releases on Get Physical, KATERMUKKE, and Kompakt — Vivie-ann and Anastasia are now ready to launch their very own imprint, ABACADABRA. The label gets its name from their party series, which has made waves in Tulum and other magnetic world sites.
They’ve rung in the launch of their label with a grooving inaugural single, “Circus.” BLOND:ISH to its core, the track balances delicate layers of drum patters with ethnocentric string play and airy synth sampling. It sweeps the mind to its desired spot — an extravagant circus of old, filled with chaos and grandeur. It does well in reaffirming the current BLOND:ISH aesthetic, while showcasing the delectable treats the girls likely have planned for future releases.
Eli Nissan‘s productions quite often serve as secret set weapons used by titans in the progressive and melodic realms. Look at labels like Guy Gerber‘s Rumours, Lost&Found, and Plattenbank, and Nissan’s name appears. He’s been coming more and more into the open as of late, setting into turbo drive in the studio while accepting increasing invitations to bring his brand of music abroad.
He’s an artist who is being heavily watched in the underground at the moment, and it’s time to shine a light on him through The Radar. Nissan kindly provided one hour’s worth of choice tunes that are finely weaved together into an enjoyably sentimental voyage. In it, he includes a fresh release from the enigmatic Cornucopia, upcoming gems from Guy Mantzur and Hermanez on Lost&Found, and more.
Two numbers from Nissan’s newest Late Romance EP — “Old Glory Late Romance” and “Aquarius” — also make an appearance on the mix. The multiflavored release was the third on EDGE, a promising new label arm from the Belgian promoter of the same name. Order a copy here.
Ten years in dance music might as well be an eternity. Celebrating a decade in the business is no small feat. Though, on the heels of Justice‘s third live album, (technically their fourth studio album), Woman Worldwide, there’s no denying the duo’s already-secured spot in the highest echelons of dance music ubiquity. Now, to celebrate their tenth anniversary, before moving to deliver another masterful imagining of their live show, the “Safe and Sound” producers have launched a new website — Justice TV — stocked with a trove of highlights from the French electro dons.
Tour through mesmerizing video content and nostalgic look backs at some of Justice’s brightest moments, navigating through fan-generated video clips, music videos, photos, and more. Fans can also discover “hidden” exclusive content, scoring Justice merchandise and tickets while perusing through the band’s storied career. There’s even a streaming link to watch A Cross The Universe in full buried somewhere in the sprawl of material found on the new site. Justice fans just hit the jackpot.
Last Night On Earth welcomes the return of Cristoph to its confines with a brand new three-tracker titled The Duel. Since his debut EP on the label — Eleven, in 2017 — the British talent has bolstered a heavy tour schedule with releases on Pryda Presents, Selador, and Bedrock. It’s clear by the labels who’ve signed this blossoming act that he is a clear power player underground, despite a relatively short tenure.
The Duel hits high gear with its middle track, “Revolver.” Much like the weapon it’s named after, the production fires shots of pounding bass into a lush, arpy landscape filled with cunning melodies that give off a foreboding tone. A brief respite is offered in the breakdown, but Cristoph makes it clear he’s out for murder by the time all elements are forged into “Revolver’s” climax. Listen with caution…
Pre-order a copy of ‘The Duel,’ due on August 24, here
Australia’s Kristin Velvet, co-head of the burgeoning dance label Arms & Legs, has reached across the globe to Chicago house music legend Felix Da Housecat for a collaborative two-track EP entitled Cats Love Velvet that’s already rumbling through club systems in the Windy City and beyond.
The EP’s lead track “Marshall & Pierre” was initially not even supposed to be about Chicago house innovators Marshall Jefferson & DJ Pierre. Velvet was curious to hear the story of how Felix met Pierre in his early studio days when Felix responded, “I don’t wanna sing about Pierre!” and instantly the hook to the track was born. Tough percussion and a slinky bassline start the track and set off an old school vibe before Felix’s distinct vocals lead the way for take off, as he namedrops Prince, Mike Dunn, and others while the track bubbles up and sways on the infectious chorus. It’s a tried and true Chicago formula that doesn’t attempt to do too much. The result is a super catchy and club ready collaborative history lesson from an up-and-comer and legend.
Over 20 million streams later, It was only fitting that David Guetta & Anne-Marie’s smash Pop EDM track “Don’t Leave Me Alone” got the remix treatment, and round 1 of the remixes are INCOMING!. Reworks of the original have been made by R3HAB, Sidney Samson, Tom Staar and Guetta himself. All have given their own