Premiere: Sian drops a surprise ‘Raygun Gothic’

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A powerful, brooding record has been dominating the dance-floor as of late. Played out already by the likes of Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, and more, it shreds sound systems it’s played through with eerie, deep vocal edits and pulsating kicks enshrouded in layers of low-end sounds.

Octopus owner Sian has now been revealed as the composer of this rumbler, officially dubbed, “Raygun Gothic.” Its title is plenty fitting, given its sinister aura and ability to reap destruction on the dance-floor.

“Raygun Gothic” is the opener to the surprise EP by the same name, which Dancing Astronaut is pleased to announce will be released on August 21.

 

 

Pre-order here 

 

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Don’t miss these 5 underrated talents at Sonus

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Don’t miss these 5 underrated talents at Sonus

Sonus’ fifth birthday celebration commences on August 20 — less than a week away. The Time Warp-organized gathering looks to have many years ahead due to its impeccable curation and picturesque location on the Croatian island of Pag. All the stops have been pulled out for the lineup this year, including a surprise debut by Carl Cox and the return of other artists such as Maceo Plex, Richie Hawtin, and Adam Beyer.

While some of the underground’s most prolific names grab one’s attention, Sonus has also booked quite an array of avant-garde talent whose names might not normally make headlines. We’ve picked a small selection of five artists that fit this bill who are guaranteed to bring a whole new dimension to Sonus as its milestone edition unfolds.

Purchase Sonus tickets here

Feature Photo Credit: Kids Kut 

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Dorian Paic

Those familiar with Sven Väth’s Cocoon brand have most likely heard of Dorian Paic. The Frankfurt veteran is a regular at their parties, and has been a prime fixture in Germany’s underground scene since the 90s. Paic is expert at controlling his crowds, throwing together engaging house and techno sets that fit perfectly to whatever setting he plays in. He’ll be joining Väth once more at Sonus this year when the two colleagues take over the Movement-hosted stage on day five. This will be Paic’s 4th appearance at the festival.

 

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Julia Govor

Julia Govor’s story is nothing short of intriguing. Having started out as a singer for a Russian military band, Govor’s insatiable appetite for club-ready music led her to New York. Shortly thereafter, she was taken under Jeff Mills’ wing — the rest is history. In addition to being a beloved figure of the contemporary New York and Russian underground, Govor is also an accomplished producer. Her records have been signed to the likes of Get Physical and Second State, among others, further speaking to her grasp over the grittier side of electronica.

 

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SHDW & Obscure Shape

When Stuttgart natives SHDW and Obscure Shape unite, they become an unstoppable force. The two have run their From Another Mind parties since 2014, and have rapidly been building acclaim for their commanding techno sets and hypnotic productions. More recently, they’ve manifested their own label of the same name, with their third release attracting remixes from Tale Of Us & Mind Against, Shomo, Rødhåd, and more. It will be interesting to see what they’ll have in store during their daytime in slot at Sonus come August 24.

 

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Hito

Japan native Hito is known for her exquisite taste in sake and also for knowing her way around a set of vinyl decks. Cutting her teeth in the Berlin techno scene since 1999, Hito now has been working closely with Richie Hawtin as a beloved member of the ENTER. family since 2012. Her vinyl-only sets often include plenty of minimal, yet impactful cuts which keep her crowds fixated on her every move — a methodology she will most definitely be bringing along with her to Sonus this year.

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Vril

The ever-enigmatic Vril is just beginning to etch out his niche within the technosphere, and based on his accomplishments thus far, looks to be having a fruitful tenure ahead. He specializes in brooding, pounding techno that never fails at turning listeners’ brains into puddles while listening — his brilliance in this arena has since led to him working alongside plenty of prolific brands including Dystopian, and being invited to play Berghain a good many times. Fans will be in for a treat as they get to see him bring his live setup beachside.

 

 

 

Sharam delves deeper into the world of techno on latest ‘Melodi’

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Earlier this Summer Sharam announced that his four-part Collecti project was to return to his roots, drawing on “the darker realms of techno.” Keeping his word on part one, Sharam now presents the first offering off Collecti’s second part.

Leading the forthcoming four-piece mix is “Melodi,” a brooding euphoric cut, swelling in its vastly different juxtaposed production styles, bouncing between stripped back rises and falling in its bass-ridden breakdowns.

Part two of Collecti is out August 18 on Yoshitoshi with parts three and four out in September and October respectively.

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The Radar 96: Mixed by Fairchild en route to his Fortitude headlining slot

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The name “Fairchild” might have a familiar ring to it — this is because he’s worked under Kaskade’s mentorship the past couple years as flourishing talent on Arkade. Having captures his well-established boss’ attention with sultry deep house cuts, he first made waves on his new home label with a grooving, “I Just Want You.” Afterward, the Arizona native continued to explore the depths of dance music, entering into progressive territory with his debut EP, Touch The Sun.

Fairchild adds a refined, polished flavor to Arkade, putting out work that is not only consistent in its quality, but also showcasing his grasp of melodic manipulation and sonic arrangement. While Kaskade mans the main stage arena, Fairchild rules the underground aspect of the label, earning support from the likes of Guy J, Henry Saiz, and more.

The burgeoning producer is truly coming into his own, securing his first ever headlining slot in California with Fortitude, a premier promoter in LA that strives to bring high-caliber talent to the city. In celebration of his upcoming gig, scheduled for August 19, Fairchild has kindly put together an exclusive Radar mix packed with eight new original works of his, in addition to some other gems lighting up the progressive world as of late.

“Last time I was here, I had the honor of playing at the Hollywood Palladium alongside Kaskade for his Redux show. What an incredible evening to look back on. Very very excited to be back in LA, this time as the headliner for Purgatorio. I have so much new music I can’t wait to show off. You can hear some new ideas in this mix!” – Fairchild

 

Purchase tickets for Farichild’s Fortitude show here. 

 

 

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Matt Lange – All You Need to See (Original Mix)

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Matt Lange makes melodic techno sound easy. The LA-based producer has refined his sound over the past few years to a dexterous degree. The latest evidence of this is his new single, “All You Need to See.”

The song began as a remix to his track “Clever Girl” from his left-field, rock-inspired EP, Punish Me, before being repurposed by Lange into an effective dancefloor number. “It quickly became it’s own entity and soon was the opening track for all of my current gigs,” Lange says.

The track blends dark atmospherics, pummeling low end and an airy vocal hook to create an immersive soundscape. Part of what makes the song (and Lange’s sound in general) so compelling is his dual mastery of both melodic and rhythmic song structure. Lange’s arrangements are at once both harmonically interesting and infectiously hypnotic.

“All You Need” is out now on Matt Lange’s solo imprint, isorhythm.

Purchase and stream it here.

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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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Beyond the Booth 002: Louisahhh opens up on addiction, her love of horses and more

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Beyond the Booth is a feature dedicated to the hidden side of artists that exists outside electronic music— a side rarely discussed with those outside their immediate circle. We venture “beyond the booth,” so to speak, and dive into their deepest passions that tie into their unique personalities. After some self-introspection, each participant then returns to the booth, providing an exclusive mix for the Dancing Astronaut audience.

For years, Louisa Pillot has been a fixture in electro and techno around the world. Louisahhh first rose to international prominence on Brodinski’s recently-disbanded Bromance imprint, gaining a reputation for her gritty production style and haunting, sultry vocals. For the past two years, Pillot has stood at the helm of the RAAR record label, delivering a brazen, unapologetic melange of techno and punk rock alongside her co-founder and frequent collaborator, Maelstrom.

While Louisahhh’s résumé as a musician extends beyond the above accolades, her story outside of the industry is as rich as her contributions within it. Pillot is a dedicated environmentalist, feminist, and a remarkably talented writer; however, her most outspoken societal contribution of late is perhaps her advocacy for sobriety amid a field in which substance abuse can be difficult to eschew.

Louisahhh has been candid about her recovery from addiction, and offers her own experience as inspiration for any individuals facing the struggles that she once overcame, and continues to dominate. Now 11 years sober, Pillot favored a 12-step method in her journey away from her vices, and gives an open invitation for those seeking help: “Slide up in my DMs.”

Ahead of her performance at HARD Summer this weekend, Louisahhh speaks with us about recovery from addiction, maintaining balance, her love of horses, and the impact that sobriety has had on her approach to love. Additionally, the RAAR label-head has provided us with an exclusive mix for the second episode of Beyond the Booth.

Venture beyond the booth with Louisahhh below.

louisahhh 2016 photo credit marilyn clark

 

You’ve mentioned in the past that a 2006 intervention saved your life. Do you think you’d have been able to realize (and act upon) your need for sobriety without that experience?

I’m sure that that day would’ve come eventually, and probably with a swiftness as my options were really running out. I was spending my rent money on drugs, I was on academic probation from school, not showing up for an internship that I cared about or my job or friends, couldn’t stay faithful in my relationships, couldn’t recognize myself in the mirror. Everything was falling apart and I was unable stop the bone crushing juggernaut that was my addiction. The intervention just took away the resources I might have had (financial and emotional support of friends and family) that would allowed it to go on for as long as it did and gave me a really direct path into recovery.

For some people suffering from addiction, the notion of recovering through total sobriety can seem insurmountable due to its absolute, “all or nothing” nature. How did you overcome this fear and come to terms with the fact that sobriety was a necessity for you?

That’s the thing, right? If sobriety is a necessity, it’s all or nothing. If it’s not a necessity, it’s not. If I could handle drinking and using in moderation, believe you me, I would. My reality is that if I’m controlling, I’m not enjoying, and if I’m enjoying, I’m not controlling, so moderation is mostly frustrating and futile. This leaves me with two options: continue to grind my life to dust and shove it up my nose or become willing, based on desperation, to make a serious decision. Unfortunately mild discomfort won’t really motivate someone like me – I have to be really suffering in order to take action. The good news is that action brings freedom and serenity that’s much bigger and more beautiful than I could’ve imagined. I hope to plant this seed as a beacon for anyone struggling with that today.

Maintaining a clean lifestyle is arguably a greater challenge than becoming sober in the first place. What tactics have you used to ensure that you continue staying the course after 11 years?

You’re correct in that stopping is easy(ish) and staying stopped is the tricky part. I’ve needed a consistent program of action in the 12 steps in order to stay present in the gratitude of this life, this freedom, and to ensure that my experience with the suffering of addiction turns into my greatest asset in that it specifically qualifies me to help others that struggle with the same thing. It’s this goal of altruism, of constantly turning the internal compass from self obsessed fear (with or without drugs) to loving presence, that really gives my life meaning today. It might all be a cult, but it’s free and it saved my life, so I’m okay with that possibility.

How have your did your passion for horses initially develop, and to what extent would you say that it’s helped in your recovery?

I started riding when I was six and it was literally all I did or wanted to do until I discovered dance music. I was a working student at a barn in the Hudson Valley and rode and trained competitively through my early twenties (and continued to ride and show in recovery). It was my inability to show up for my horse (Jesse James, love of my young life) that kind of woke me up to the fact that the problem was more serious than I was admitting to myself. You see, humans are fallible. Friends, parents, boyfriends – everyone was disappointing somehow, I could point out their shortcomings if they tried to talk to me about addiction. My horse, on the other hand, was unconditional love and trust – to not be able to show up for him, to not be present when we were together, especially in the show ring – this was both dangerous and heartbreaking. He’s the reason I got sober in the first place. I wanted to be who he thought I was, but when I couldn’t choose him over drugs, it got scary.

I was touched by your tribute after Jesse passed away, wherein you wrote, “The heart heals quickly and also never.” Did you feel compelled to use again while struggling through the combined grief of loss and the disruption of your passion?

Bizarrely, the thought didn’t cross my mind. He was such a huge part of my journey in recovery that to use over that – the loss of a true friend from natural causes (he was 26, he colicked) – would’ve felt like sacrilege. The thing is: when I’m caught in Self, whether I’m using or not – it’s about me, my little plans and designs, how the world owes me a living, if things aren’t how I nee them to be, I suffer. In that mindset, it might have been an excellent reason to get high. However, having recovered (one day at a time), I can see the time we got to spend together for what it was: entirely a blessing. 16 years, most of which I was sober – I am so grateful that I got to be present for it. If I surrender my idea of what ‘should’ be (the things I love shouldn’t die), and live in what is (grief is an evolution of Love), all is copacetic.

What steps did you take to move past this difficult experience without falling back into old habits?

Unexpectedly, fell in love and made an album.

For most people, love is a vague, almost supernatural notion – one which is rarely discussed pragmatically. Can you elaborate on how you view love as a pedagogy?

What a segue! I am really a novice at this loving thing, but it’s been meaningful of late to see that instead of something to hunt ruthlessly in the world, something to ‘get’, perhaps love is a skill I can cultivate. Perhaps it is something that I can learn to work like a muscle, to be courageous and openhearted, even when I’m not receiving it in the way that I would like. Interpersonally in a romantic situation, this means not only being in a relationship to suck up love like a vampire, but hopefully for both parties to be constantly teaching each other how they like to be loved, and expressing love in a way the other can tolerate and receive it. The notion of ‘love’ therefore becomes a learning process, not a destination or a fixed totem. In my experience it requires a level of vulnerability that makes me want to throw up a lot of the time, but it’s also super magical and unexpected and uncanny.

How has this intellectual approach to love strengthened you as a sober individual?

I think maybe it’s the other way around. Sobriety has taught me how to really ‘love what is’ with a ferocity. It’s cute to say that when things are going my way, but when stuff gets disappointing or tragic (as life is wont to do), that’s kind of when the rubber hits the road. Over time, the measure of my sobriety is less based on ‘how many days without a drink’ and more how kind and loving can I be, today, no matter what?’. This doesn’t mean I’m not human, I’m still working on toning down ‘being an entitled dickhead in airports’, for instance, but it’s enabled a teachability, especially in relationship, that I wouldn’t have if I was constantly anesthetizing my experience with drugs.
Emotional intimacy is terrifying and uncomfortable on first examination – at least for me – but if I sit through that, that there is this thing on the other side that I didn’t know about, that’s feeling seen and accepted and understood and inspired and nourished, and like I am capable of giving those things to my partner, even in their humanness.

It goes without saying that substance abuse (and, for some, addiction) is inextricable from the music industry. What advice would you give to people who are heavily involved in the club/rave scene (be it professionally or as consumers), yet have issues with drugs that they feel unable to defeat?

If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, there is help available to you. I highly recommend 12 step programs as a way out. Slide up in my DMs if you want to talk about it.

You’ve been somewhat of a staple of HARD Summer over the years. What’s drawn you to be so involved with the festival, and what are you most excited about for this upcoming edition?

HARD is a really special thing for dance music in America and Gary Richards has consistently supported me and what I’m doing . After a decade, it really feels like a family affair, and I’m really excited to see so many old friends and get to meet people that I don’t know yet. I rarely plan sets, but for something like HARD I really want to bring my A-game, so my knives are gonna be super sharp – really excited to play new material for such a dedicated, educated, enthusiastic audience of fans and peers.

With two days remaining until her HARD Summer appearance this Sunday, August 6, Louisahhh gives the Dancing Astronaut audience a glimpse of her current tastes. Her Beyond the Booth set features selections from Skream, Boys Noize & Mr. Oizo’s Handbraekes project, Aphex Twin’s AFX moniker, and more.

Tickets for HARD Summer are available here.

Tracklist:

Louisahhh – Tonight (Cover/Bootleg)
Tom Jenkinson – Happy Little Wilberforce
The Horrorist – Take This Step (Lenny Dee Remix)
Louisahhh – ID
Parris Mitchell – Ghetto Booty
Jubilee and Burt Fox – Keys Wallet Phone
Feadz – Go On Girl
DJ Funeral – Shutterbug
Jlin – Malkina
Skream – Bang That (Club Edit)
Louisahhh – Super Bust (Bootleg)
Boys Noize – Midnight (Boys Noize & Mr. Oizo’s Handbraekes Remix)
LFO – Tied Up Electro
AFX – p-string
DJ Slugo – Freaky Ride
DJ Rashad & Gant-Man – Heaven Sent
GA Girlz – Heaven Sent
SYNC 24/MORPHOLOGY – Ragtop
Manu Le Malin & Nicollaps – ID
RP Boo – Off Da Hook
SHXCXCHCXSH – LTTLWLF
Yan Kaylen – Mirage X84

Featured image by Nachtschaduw. Artist headshot by Marilyn Clark.

Stream REZZ’s hypnotizing debut album, ‘Mass Manipulation’

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In a matter of a few years, Isabelle Rezazadeh has risen to top by not only cultivating her own brand of haunting, hypnotic bass music, but also by raising a loyal cult following. Over the past four weeks, REZZ has been steadily releasing the first four tracks (one of which we debuted here at DA) off her highly anticipated debut album, Mass Manipulation, out Friday, Aug. 4.

Mass Manipulation takes REZZ’s key production maneuverings, which draws on underground techno, hard house, and psychedelic bass, to soaring new levels. From the slick, aggressive bass lines of the Knodis-assisted track, “Premonition,” to the stabbing synth arpeggios of “Diluted Brains” and “Synesthesia,” to the ominous broken beat stylings of “Green Gusher,” the entire LP tells a cohesive story around the ideological forces that quietly guide our everyday lives. Rezazadeh herself elaborates on the album’s message,

Mass Manipulation’ is a commentary on how easily our minds can become manipulated by the things we consume in society. We consume heavily through the media, which, in turn, tries to curate our thoughts and dictate how we as humans are supposed to live and behave. This album plays off this idea and invites people to become hypnotized, allowing their brains to be manipulated by my music in the hope they might see things through a new perspective (perhaps an outer world viewpoint). One where everyone is free from the unrealistic expectations planet earth has drawn for them. A world of acceptance and hypnosis. @_@

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Beyond the Booth 001: Coyu goes to bat for the cat cause

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Beyond the Booth is a feature dedicated to the hidden side of artists that exists outside electronic music— a side rarely discussed with those outside their immediate circle. We venture “beyond the booth,” so to speak, and dive into their deepest passions that tie into their unique personalities. After some self-introspection, each participant then returns to the booth, providing an exclusive mix for the Dancing Astronaut audience.

Ivan Ramos, known by fans as Coyu and his colleagues as “The Big Cat,” has become a highly-respected figure of the underground since breaking through with heaters like “El Baile Alemán” with Edu Imbernon, “Mami Wata” alongside Uner, and more. His unrelenting passion for all things electronic led to him create his Suara in 2008, where its growth skyrocketed to the point where its releases are consistently charted by fellow artists and in polls by sites like Resident Advisor and more. The label is beloved by fans for both its caliber releases and its cat-centric artwork.

More recently, Coyu has taken Suara to the next level, setting up a physical merchandise shop in Barcelona that also hosts the occasional private event for things label-related. The new responsibility has hardly deterred the Spanish native, however, who continues to take his label deeper into the underground while also holding down a special residency each Sunday at the famed club Privilege in Ibiza.

What people might not know is who the man is under the surface of this burgeoning empire. One might be interested to find, in fact, that there is a deeper side to Coyu that is far more dedicated to felines than simply using them as album art. His girlfriend of over a decade happens to be a cat veterinarian, and together, they own the Suara Foundation. Their mission is to collaborate with local shelters and organizations to help find forever homes to cats in need, and in general to help give them a better life. The entire second story of his Barcelona Suara store is a dedicated “cat house” with eight cats currently occupying it — most of which happen to be named after famous DJs. Furthermore, he proudly owns several cats at home as well.

The way Coyu talks about this non-electronic passion is inspiring — compassion drips from his tone as he happily recounts how he came to name his current flock of foundation residents, his favorite things about the species, and the work his foundation does for their welfare. It mirrors the enthusiasm he displays when getting into detail about his known passion of electronica.

Without further ado, Dancing Astronaut takes Coyu “Beyond the Booth” and dives deep into his deep connection with the feline species, before returning back to the booth with an exclusive mix, recently recorded at Berlin’s Watergate club.

Venture beyond the booth with Coyu below.

Suara Coyu Barcelona

 

If you were a cat, what would your cat name be? You can’t say Coyu.

No, it’s Coyu! I’m the big cat. I have a name, and that’s Coyu.

You have a second favorite cat name?

 Yes, Coyu.

What is your favorite type of cat?

I would say Lion. I’m a Leo, so yeah!

What do you like most about cats?

I think cats are very independent. They’re almost like people! For example, let’s say you and I are really good friends, but maybe you hate someone I really like. Cats are the same way — they can be my best friend, but can hate my girlfriend for example. This actually happens a lot with one of my cats at home; she loves me a lot, but doesn’t care about the rest of humanity or the world. She only likes me and wants to stay with me all the time. If I’m in the studio, she’s in the studio. If I’m sleeping, then she’s sleeping, and when I’m not at home she’s sad and crying by the door. But she doesn’t have any connection with my girlfriend, or any other people! This is goes back precisely why I love cats and their independence; they’re not like dogs who just like everyone. I mean, I used to and still love dogs and all other animals. We even have a beagle at my mom’s place, but cats are my soulmates. They are really a reflection of who I am. And that’s why I love them so much.

How many cats do you live with at home currently?

At home we have four cats, and at the cat house we have seven. Through the foundation we have two more cats – one named Ellen, after Ellen Allien, and another named Digweed, who are in foster homes and waiting to be adopted. In total, that’s thirteen cats.

Do you have any favorites of the 13?

Ha – yeah! I usually have more of a connection with the female cats than the males. Right now for example, Bagheera is one of the cats we have here at home who’s not named after a DJ is super cool and friendly  —  she wants to be with you all the time and loves people. Not only me, but all people. Also Cassy, who is a three-legged cat, and Nina, who is shy and doesn’t usually like other people, but she likes me. Cassy and Nina are my favorites for sure. But I also love Maceo, who is the boss of the foundation. I love him as well! The cat that I mentioned before, Nincheta, is my favorite cat.

What about making music with samples made by your cats? Have you ever done that?

Not really, but I did make a tribute track for one of my cats who was deaf and passed away 1.5 years ago. I recorded it when he was alive. He was deaf, and I don’t know why, but he liked to be awake at night, and he cried almost every night for one or two years. So I made a track about that,  but I didn’t use samples of a scratch or purring or anything. Sometimes in my sets, however, I used to use cat meows in the introduction.

Going back to your foundation and your recently-opened store, what inspired the full transition to having a Suara store and full foundation for cats?

We started the Suara foundation in 2011, then the store came a little bit later. We just love cats; especially my girlfriend, who’s a feline veterinarian. One day we just decided to help some of the cats that were living near our place, and after a few months it became a more serious operation. We weren’t just feeding the cats — we were also neutering them, vaccinating them, and everything else. So, we started to collaborate with other shelters and cat associations, and then we decided to create a proper foundation. At the same time, we thought that we had a very good and creative designer, named Gaz, and opted to open the online store because he was already painting all the album art for the label. It was a good way to bring the art, fashion, and cats together. Then, three years later in 2016, we opened our first store in Barcelona. It’s a very nice store – the first floor is for fashion, music, and events, while the cat house is upstairs. I’m surrounded by seven cats as we speak – very normal! It was the natural move for us. We needed a proper place where we could have some cats here for people to see, and it would make it easier for people to adopt our cats. At the beginning, we only had the social media channels. Now, people can come and see the cats and bond/have fun with them, and if they fall in love with them, they can adopt them!

How do cats come to your foundation?

We have collaborations with cat shelters and veterinary associations, and also people like friends and family who know us, or fans, who contact us to share pictures of the cats that they find on the street. But mostly the cats in our foundation are cats from shelters and other places.

We noticed that you name a lot of your cats after DJs – how do you decide the name that goes with the cat?

Actually, I think it’s easier for our followers to learn the names of the cats if they’re named after DJs. But yeah – some of them are very happy having a cat with their name! Sometimes, I try to assign the right DJ name for the cats. Dixon [the cat] is a good example – he’s a very beautiful cat, super handsome. He’s quite shy and a bit mysterious, so I knew I needed to give him the name of a typical handsome, German tall guy. He was impressed!

So in short, yes — we try to find the right DJ name for every cat!

Do you use cats from your shelter as album art for the label as well?

Sometimes we use them! Or, sometimes our designer Gaz will see a beautiful cat and decide to paint him. But yeah – sometimes!

Final cat question: what is something you’d say to a non-cat person to make them want to “give cats a chance?”

Well, we do work in the foundation with standard people who don’t know about cats. We tell them that cats are cool and the perfect pet, in my opinion at least. Cats can be super friendly, and can be your best friend so for sure they’re great for being pets! I think the connection you can have with a cat is impossible to get with any other animal, or even some humans. Some of my cats are my best friends, and it’s hard to get that kind of connection with others. I suggest that anyone who doesn’t have a cat to adopt one – I’m sure they’ll be happy.

Onto some music things – let’s talk about Moby. Suara was one of the labels putting out a huge remix package for his work. How did you get involved in this project?

I’ve been doing Moby remixes for awhile. I did one remix in 2015 because Moby really liked one of my tracks. Then my management got in touch with Moby’s management, and we soon became one of the first labels to do remixes for him. It was very easy – we commissioned Victor Ruiz, Julian Jeweil, Oxia, and Reiner to do the remixes, releasing Reiner’s first and then the rest a few months later. Working with Moby is amazing because I’m a longtime fan of his – not only because he’s a great musician, but he’s also a really good guy in general. We’re actually currently working on a track that will be on my album that will be the second single (the first one comes out on August 14). I’m really happy to be working with someone like him!

Our interest is piqued! Is it going to be an ambient or a dance-floor track?

It’ll be a mix between classic Moby and my music, but definitely more on the electronica side. More for the car or at home, you know?

Sounds like it will be a fantastic listen. Now, going back to your album that you just mentioned, do you have a specific concept in mind?

It’s my first album, so it’s really important for me that I put together all my roots and emotions together so that people can understand who I am and where I come from. So it’s going to be a mix between dance music and at-home listening. I’m still working on it – it’s not quite at 100%, and I’m still deciding which tracks work best for it, but I’ve been working on it for five years and I finally decided to put it out. It’s a big job for me because this is my first album. I imagine the second one will be much easier. I don’t want it to turn out to be like a bunch of singles all together. For me, an album means something bigger and different than the status quo – a true mix of everything.

Speaking of eclectic and having a bit of everything, another thing we’ve noticed recently is that your label has been putting out different sounds that feel darker and even a little more progressive in nature compared to past releases. What has inspired you to go down that road?

Suara has been an eclectic label forever, but now I’m having an underground moment and I feel that Suara has to take a more underground path as well. To me, it’s very important nowadays  to show that my sound and the Suara sound are made of artistic, quality music. For example, when speaking of techn house, I got very bored of it because all the tech house songs coming out lately are very similar. It almost sounds like they were made by the same guy! I felt I needed to escape it, even though Suara was the best tech house label on Beatport at one point and now the sound is huge.

I’m not sure if we’re really going darker per se, but simply more underground. We have music coming from techno guys like Steve Rachmad and Truncate, but also more melodic guys like Fur Coat or Johannes Brecht. Then we have Booka Shade, who are more housey. Ultimately, I don’t care about styles; I just care about quality music. But right now I feel that tech house is turning into the new “EDM” in a way. Creativity is lacking now in that area. That’s why we decided to go back in a house and techno direction at Suara. We aren’t related to any specific style though.

Stream Coyu’s exclusive mix for Beyond the Booth below, recorded live from Watergate in Berlin.

EXCLUSIVE: Elrow teases compilation album with a Di Chiara Brothers original

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The elrow club concept that originated in Spain and has been spreading throughout Europe ever since, has one simple defining feature: all are welcome. Presenting a spectacular twist on the traditional club show, elrow is a real sensory explosion of sight and sound. Think mega-parties of Vegas with their full of bursts of light, confetti, and sound with none of the pressure. Now, insert trapeze artists soaring through the air, eclectic props and elaborate set design, and stilt walkers towering above you.

The club has become a hit in Barcelona and Ibiza, and now elrow’s residents, Toni Varga, de la Swing, Marc Maya, and George Privatti, have just announced their debut compilation, elrow Vol. 1. The album, released through Cr2, will be a sonic representation of the soundtrack that fuels their outrageously colorful parties.

To celebrate its release, the Cr2 studio has put out a fun and forward-thinking techno track that captures elrow’s experience and encapsulates the Ibiza dance music sound. “After Party” from Di Chiara Brothers embodies everything fans have come to love about the elrow brand, with a driving beat and a series of bright snares keeping the track fresh. Fans everywhere are already preparing