WHYT NOYZ – Heart Strings EP

WHYT NOYZ has been a favorite of ours ever since we first heard ‘Closure’ played last summer in Adam Beyer’s B2B set with Ida Engberg during week 6 of Richie Hawtin’s Enter parties. Recently we heard the UK duo of David and Duncan would be splitting up, and David would continue producing under the WHYT NOYZ moniker. When groups undergo changes like this, it always requires a collective pause as we wait to see if or how things change. We were therefore beyond excited to receive the promos for David’s first solo EP, luckily supported and released on Richie’s own label M-nus. The aptly named ‘Heart Strings’ EP contains four tracks – the title track, ‘Bounc3’, ‘Fairground,’ and ‘Elastic.’

Opening with ‘Heart Strings,’ we are treated to a surprisingly upbeat melody with string plucks and a subtle rolling bassline.

‘Bounc3’ is a much more techy offering that is a perfect choice for those summer minimal parties.

‘Fairground’ is more neurotic, with a slow yet addictive build that is perfect to pick up the pace of any set.

Finally, ‘Elastic’ closes things out with the darkest pick with vocal samples and what we can only describe as the sound of bubbles in a digital world. This is our clear favorite, though ‘Bounc3’ is a close second.

All four tracks are worth a listen and likely inclusion in a warmup set.

Out NOW on M-nus!

Diynamic Music Four to the Floor Vol 04

Continuing with Diynamic Music’s ‘Four to the Floor’ compilation series, previews are now up for volume 4, the final of the series! This set of four tracks includes contributions from Malandra Jr., Handshake, Zaki, and Martin Kremser. This final set of tracks is the darkest yet, and highlights the important place minimal has assumed over the past few months.

‘Infinity’ by Italian born, Berlin based producer Malandra Jr. starts Volume 4 off with an incredibly compelling, dark and melodic piece. Reminiscent of something we would expect to hear at one of Richie Hawtin’s Enter parties, or signed to his label Minus, ‘Infinity’ is a nice departure for Diynamic. Subtle percussion, and varied synths characterize this one, making it our favorite track out of all 16.

Next up is ‘Gravity,’ a nearly 9 minute long masterpiece delivered by relatively unknown producer Handshake. ‘Gravity’ is fast-paced with a dark vibe created by a distinctive synth-based melody.

Zaki is no stranger to us as the London based producer previously featured on a Suara compilation this past August, alongside Saison with their collaboration ‘Give Me Light.’ ‘Heart Never Lies’ is a much more traditional deep house track, shining bright with its deep, low synth stabs and relatively uplifting percussion.

Closing things out is Martin Kremser with ‘Curious,’ a heavily string dependent piece that really reflects a strong Austrian sound. ‘Curious’ is a touching track that culminates all 16 productions in this series, and provides a strong ending for the label’s 16 newcomers. Our friends at THUMP scored an exclusive interview with this hardworking producer, so be sure to check it out here.

Out now on Diynamic music. Grab it here!
Be sure to check out our reviews of Volumes One, Two, and Three.

Anja Schneider – Jimmy EP


2014 was an incredible year for electronic music, and as the year winds to a close, we have one more release we are excited to share. Enter Berlin based Anja Schneider, head of Mobilee records (remember that awesome Maya Jane Coles release?), and provider of one of our favorite essential mixes of the year. She’s been teasing us with this two tracker since July when it surfaced on her mix for John Digweed’s Transitions podcast, and now it finally gets a release. ‘Jimmy’ blew us away with its calming synth stabs and light rhythmic percussion. We are really excited to finally get our hands on this one.

On the flip is ‘Love Tube Thinking,’ a previously unheard acid house cut that provides a unique balance with spine-tingling vocals of Patrick Heym. Patrick’s vocals really make the track, and props to Anja for assembling this one. The track as a whole rounds out nicely and will be a great addition to our sets.

Both tracks are out now on Mobilee Records.

Adam Beyer – You’re The Same EP

Adam Beyer is a man who wears many hats, and one of those lesser known hats is running the label TrueSoul.
Past releases on Truesoul include Nick Curly, Reset Robot, Dubspeeka, and Maetrik; but now it’s Adam’s turn. Originally speculated to be released on Drumcode, Adam’s newest EP ‘You’re The Same’ now finds itself with a winter release on TrueSoul. The EP is fitting of Adam’s progression with his extended summer sets, taking on a housier and often deeper feel. The three track EP contains ‘You’re The Same,’ long awaited ‘Valium & LFOs,’ and ‘The Nature of Keys.’

Starting things off with the title track, ‘You’re The Same’ is a dancey little number. Distorted vocal snippets, sweeps, and a light house/tech house beat come together to get us ready for what’s next..

‘Vallium & LFOs’ is one of those tracks that has been playtested so much and for so long that we are pumped to finally get our hands on. By our count, this track first appeared in Adam’s Drumcode Radio podcast episode 183. After not hearing it for so many months, we weren’t quite sure what was happening with it. This production is darker than the other two, and features an awesomely distinctive vocal loop. Making regular appearances in the summer sets of Richie Hawtin’s Enter parties, this one is another sign that Adam can proficiently make so many types of sound.

Surprisingly, ‘The Nature of Keys’ is our favorite pick from this EP. The clear yet not overwhelming tech house beat is perfect for dark night dance floor shuffling. We appreciate the injection of a vocal sample, as it helps to break up the potentially repetitive bassline drone. Finally, the title aptly alerts listeners to the fact that synth stabs round out the melody.

Out now on Truesoul!

Diynamic Four to the Floor Vol 01

A few days ago a nice email from our friends over at Solomun and Adriano Trolio’s Diynamic label dropped into our promo box, announcing that they would be releasing a 4X4 (four tracks, four installments) compilation featuring some of the newest talent that the labelmates are excited about. We found the name particularly fitting too, as its a reference to the roots of it all and demonstrates a strong commitment to quality. The first installment features music from Night Talk, Roberto Calzetta & Twin Soul, Rafael Cerato and esteble.

Up first are Swiss producers Night Talk aka long-time friends Remo and Lukas with ‘Mind Games.’ The track is a strong tech offering with a killer bass stab and great synth lines. It has been an essential piece of Solomun’s sets for the past few months and should be recognizable to some.

Next is the collaborative work of Roberto Calzetta & Twin Soul, two young ambitious guys from the south of the Netherlands that have been working together since 2008. “We had a studio session on a Sunday afternoon in April, and we must say we were blessed with the inspiration that day. The whole track appeared pretty fast and spontaneous. That’s why we called the track “Bliss.” It took us three or four sessions to produce the complete track.” We’d describe the track’s percussion, lush synths and romantic vibes as a mid tempo deep house affair.

Next is Frenchman Rafael Cerato (having past releases on Nurvous and Toolroom) who brings ‘Constellation.’ This one transports you into a far away place, with moody vibes and hard hitting, distinctive percussion.

Closing out the first EP is esteble with ‘Marlborough Sounds.’ It’s a full, melodic and well structured production defined by thoughtful strings, vibrant chords and eastern drums coming together for a song that is clearly Diynamic.

Out now on Diynamic!

Be sure check out our reviews of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th pieces. Grab it here!

Diynamic Four to the Floor Vol 02

We managed to get our hands on the second installment of Diynamic’s ‘Four to the Floor’ four part series. We’ve heard bits and pieces of these tracks scattered throughout the label’s streamed shows and podcasts. Championed by the boss himself Solomun, each part of the series features four tracks from up and coming producers who are new to the Diynamic label camp. The premise is straightforward and well-accepted: to release music that returns to the house roots, making for perfect dancefloor tracks.

On volume two we find ourselves with four contributions from Undercatt, Denite & The Liquid Mirror, Anton Dhouran, and BLOT!.First up from Italian newcomers, with the first release ever for Luca Luperini & Elia Crecchi, is ‘Golden Area.’ The only techno sounding production from volume 2, ‘Golden Area’ really highlights the potential of this duo. A strong bassline backs an oscillating and gnarly synth makes this one the most danceable yet. Check out their guestmix for this November’s edition of the Diynamic podcast.

Next we have the hand-picked ‘Together,’ a collaboration between one of our favorite underrated producers Denite and The Liquid Mirror. This is not the first time these two have worked together, as they previously released on Third Ear with ‘Moonlight.’ Their offering is a well-disguised tech house piece with spacy pads, subtle percussion, and wonky synths that bounce along nicely.

‘Mirage’ is next from French youngster Anton Dhouran. Only 20 years old, ‘Mirage’ is one of the most emotional productions from the whole compilation, featuring a blissful melody and fantastic guitar line. As Anton describes, “I wanted to make a track by including the guitar again, so I reworked a melody that I had composed some time ago and adapted it to 115 bpm.” We wish we could have had this one during the summer season to perfectly close out a set!

‘Empire Waste’ is a true downtempo song from BLOT!, someone we’ve never heard of before. BLOT stands for Basic Love Of Things, and is a electronic music project based out of New Delhi. We’d almost argue that this one doesn’t fit with the rest of comp, but the full lyrics and droning synth caught our attention and soon convinced us otherwise. We’ve heard their live performances are quite an experience, so if you’ve had the chance to check them out, be sure to let us know!

Be sure check out our reviews of the 1st, 3rd, and 4th pieces.

Diynamic’s Four to the Floor Vol 02 is out now. Grab it here!