Michael Mayer is the true definition of a taste-maker. His work as a producer, a DJ, and a curator via his label Kompakt, speaks for itself. Mayer’s recording career spans four albums, 23 EP’s, nearly 170 remixes and the legendary DJ mixes for fabric and Immer. ‘&’ is his third full-length, a passionate and personal album that speaks as broadly as his DJ sets – embracing his genre-busting love for music, rhythm and atmosphere – and the dancefloor in front of him.
‘&’ – the title says it all; Michael Mayer collaborated for every track on the album. The list of contributors is quite impressive, including Roman Flügel, Prins Thomas, Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, Ed Macfarlane of Friendly Fires among many others. Mayer is adamant that the collaborations came about because of a shared musical vision and personal connection rather an effort to stack the lineup. ““All of those involved are good friends of mine and not random choices selected from someTop 100 list,” he says. “These people mean a lot to me – and by that the music we produced together is heart driven and emotionally powered.”
An album highlight is ‘Und Da Stehen Fremde Menschen’, built around a vocal sample from a long lost East German band Stern Meissen. “I bought the record because I thought the cover was interesting. Then I heard this one line that fit perfectly to this idea of mine,” says Mayer. “Barnt was the only candidate to make this idea come to life. The trick was to bridge something that sounds sincere and deep with a delicate balance of craziness”. The outcome breathes a groovy spookiness, likened to the Giallo works of Dario Argento, where the borders between reality and fiction are not clear.
Perth based producer DeVante makes his return to Amsterdam’s Subjekt Recordings this month, delivering a brand new single release in the form of ‘Other Types Of Music’. It follows up his Mind of A Man EP, which dropped on the label in February. ‘Other Types Of Music’ offers a more energetic affair, excelling with a rhythmically impressive drum ensemble and a raw collection of aggressive synth sounds. You can check it out in full premiere only on When We Dip today!
In his beloved ‘Souldful techno’ Podcast good guy Gabriel Ananda plays the essence of deep and melodic electronic music. Plus from time to time he invites guest DJs for a mix. This time is Steve Slight – a Belgian DJ and Producer.
01. Aparde, Powel Prologue feat. Anne (Powel Remix)
02. David August – The Acid Ra (David August Remix)
Mr BerlinKreuzBergInstitut Himself in Beirut. Robosonic smashed it.
what they say:
“habibis intercontinental! we played a few hours right at the beach outside of Beirut, Lebanon for CU NXT SAT…this was the first gig we played together after ‘living apart together’ in L.A. and Berlin for more than 6 months…
we arrived on different planes on different days, didn’t have much time to talk, just quickly hugged, ate a ton of fish and agreed on smashing that lovely place for a couple of hours – everything on the fly. glad we taped it, because it captured the sound & journey of @robosonic in 2016.
everything feels new and different, but exciting. mutual gigs with both of us won’t happen so often as you can see. but we hope you guys keep it real with us, as we’ve been holding it down – against all odds…1L. C:”
Once upon a time there was a thing from another galaxy – Sonnensysteme landed on earth a thousand years ago and now it´s time to listen to what it wants to say! What we get is its very own interpretation of its world of music. A world to calm down. A world where everything is a bit slower as you knew it so far. A world where you can forget everything but the music in your head.
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This is what Desert Hearts Records has to say:
We’re extremely excited to release our very first Desert Hearts Records Family & Friends compilation. Alongside some of our favorite international DH veterans like Andreas Henneberg and Latmun, the compilation really highlights some of our best producer friends who’ve been the backbone of the Desert Hearts movement since the very beginning. These guys have been putting in work for years and this is their moment to shine. We’re so proud of every single artist on this comp and can’t wait for the world to hear what they can do. From slamming Tech House & Techno to spiritually influenced Deep House, these 12 tracks have it all. Every single song on here was made to crush the floor. We know it’s just a matter of time before you fall in love with our wonderful family & friends.