Thursday, 26 November 2009

Alexkid & Rodriguez Jr collaboration for NRK

Frenchmen Alexkid and Rodriguez Jnr, both respected producers in their own right, have collaborated on a new release for NRK, to be released early in 2010.

Rodriguez Jr is also one half of the hugely successful The Youngsters, who graced such leading labels as F Communications, Ovum, 2020 Vision and Soma Recordings. Meanwhile Alexkid is no stranger to the world of electronic dance, having a well respected CV that includes recordings and remixes for F Communications, Rekids, Get Physical and Luciano’s Cadenza Split Composition label. Alexkid also recently remixed Spencer Parker’s “You Got Me” for NRK.

The duo collaborate on two tracks, “Jeri Call” and “Le Doight Africain”, with the latter getting the remix treatment from rising stars Bearweasel (AKA Dean Mushin & Louisa Page). “Jeri Call” is a simple yet powerful tribal beats driven track that ushers in some haunting horn-like sounds, not for the faint hearted! At the other end of the spectrum, “Le Doight Africain”is a delicate and minimal percussive moodpiece, with tropical vibes aplenty. Bearweasel bulk up this cut on their remix, retaining the relaxed pace of the original, but with a more solid house beat and some playful programming.

“Jeri Call”/”Le Doight Africain” gets a release on 12” vinyl and digital in January 2010.

Jeri Call (Original Mix)
Le Doight Africain (Bearweasel Linear Dub)
Alexkid remix of Spencer Parker’s “You Got Me”

Monday, 23 November 2009

Kruse & Nuernberg "Blunder EP" coming soon on NRK

German duo, Florian Kruse and Nils Nuernberg, have had a rather busy 2009, releasing and remixing on labels such as Moodmusic, Dark Energy, Global Underground, and remixing Scope’s most recent NRK single “This Rhythm”, a remix that held top ten position in the Beatport deep house chart for over 6 weeks.

And now a full EP for NRK Music, with three solid deep/techy club tracks to get your ears round. “Blunder” is a bouncy, jackin cut, with an almost Teutonic techno breakdown.

“All that Djass” is an all together more funky affair, produced in Hamburg but with almost a classic Chicago house vibe, cut up vocal snips coming across like a Derrick Carter production from yesteryear, and some deep Rhodes keys to drive the track along.

Finally, “Mirror Ball” wraps up this solid EP with a distinct French house flavour, some nice filtering and a heavy backbeat, with a subtle D.I.S.C.O vibe stamped all over it.

Kruse & Nuernber's "Blunder EP" will get a 12" vinyl release on 7th December, with a Beatport digital release to follow on 21st December.

Listen to "Blunder"

Listen to "All That Djass"
Kruse & Nuernberg's Myspace

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

David Alvarado returns to the fold

David Alvarado, the LA based house veteran, makes a welcome return to the music scene this month with a remix of Kris Wadsworth's "Direct". Alvarado has been a long time associate of NRK Music, and released the ultra deep mini album, "Transiguration" on the label back in 2004.

David has been a consistent favourite on the house scene since his early productions for Strictly Rhythm, Groove On, Yoshi Toshi and Ovum in the 90s, as well as productions for legendary labels such as Peacefrog, Guidance and Plastic City. Recent years has seen David taking a back seat from the wheels of music production, but it is hoped that his remix here for NRK will spark the flames of musicality for more productions to come out over the next year.

His remix of Kris Wadsworth's "Direct" is in classic Alvarado style, heavy tribal beats, dubby reverberations, trippy deepness, and dense and engaging production. His remix is already picking up support from the likes of Dixon,Rocky (X-Press 2), Paul Woolford and Jay Tripwire.

Wadsworth's new EP comprises two tracks, "Direct" and "Full Body", both treading similar paths of stripped back, raw house tracks. Bleepy yet with plenty of deepness, it's refreshing to see a producer out there not following suit, but producing an individual sound. Certainly these tracks are intended for those who like their house deeper than the black hole!

The package is completed by a remix from NRK's Nick Harris, who neatly moulds "Full Body" into a more club firendlier version, utilizing some of the original's chords and bleeps and turning out a solid, hypnotic rework.

Kris Wadsworth "Direct"/"Full Body" is released on 30th November as a digital EP, with the vinyl release concentrating on Alvarado's remix of "Direct" and the original Wadsworth version.

Direct (David Alvarado Remix)
Direct (Original Mix)
Full Body (Original Mix)
Full Body (Nick Harris Remix)

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

David Durango's "In The Last Orient" EP out this week

David Durango, the Swiss based DJ/producer who has been making some rather tasty deep house sounds for the likes of Poker Flat, Dessous, Perspectiv and Resopal , releases a new EP on NRK this month.

Two tracks from David; "In The Last Orient" is a solid, boompety house cut, with a distinct far Eastern flavour with its vocal sample and instrumentation, this cut has a great groove with a nice seductive feel, whilst "Calle Azul" intricately builds into a great tech-funk workout. Remixes of these two great tracks come courtesy of Tony Lionni, and NRK's own Nick Harris. Tony Lionni is hotly tipped right now, what with recent releases on Ostgut Ton (his "Found A Place" cut being absolutley huge over the last few months), Mule and Wave, as well as forthcoming material for Freerange. Lionni's remix of "In The Last Orient" is deepness personified, with some cracking drums and warm production. Nick Harris also goes deeper with his remix of "Calle Azul", with a dubby and reverberating version.

Out this week on Beatport, and 12" vinyl, Durango's EP has been picking up some great support from many of the scene's movers and shakers.

Ripperton - David is on top form, this EP looks like an heavy weapon. The Nick Harris remix is dope!
Lars (Funk F’Void) - Love the Tony Lionni mix, fantastic deepness
Peter Kruder (Kruder & Dorfmeister) - Looove “In The Last Orient” Original. Great tune. Will play this.
Alex Niggeman (8-bit/2020 Vision) - Really nice EP. Support!
Dylan Hermelijn (2000 and One) - love the original and the Nick Harris rmx
Mazi (Audio Soul Project) - Original is fat and chunky - tight musically and that reverb orgy in the middle don't hurt either.
Bushwacka! – “In The last Orient” is my fav...
H.O.S.H. (Diynamic) - into the Nick Harris remix. cool starting stuff. first track is cool also.
Nic Fanciulli - Great release !
Danny Ward (Moodymanc) - Very beautiful lush sounding tracks....really dig em...
Dave Ellesmere (Rekids) - nice Lionni rmx again and the other that works for me is Nick Harris rmx ... cool release
Matthias Voght (Motorcitysoul) - NRK on fire... amazing release again, Tony Lionni remix is outstanding!
Yannick Labbe (Innervisions) – “In The Last Orient” is my pick here. verrrry good!
Willie Graff (Liebe/Drumpoet) - Enjoying the Toni Lionni remix!
Chris Duckenfield (Swag) – great package, all playable
Jimpster (Freerange) – Really love the original mixes here, both are fresh sounding and keep the floor nicely
Alex Flitsch (Connaissuer) – Brilliant, “In The Last Orient” (Original) and Tony’s remix for me!
Chris Lattner (Moon Harbour) – House with a feeling! Great EP from NRK
Diesel (X-Press 2) – Love “In The Last Orient”
Kevin Griffiths (Tsuba) – Nice package of mixes, Nick Harris is the best here
Milton Jackson (Freerange) – Tony Lionni remix is really nice as is the Nick Harris mix
C-Rock (Motorcitysoul) – Nick Harris remix for me, nice, deep and moody but kicking at the same time
Nils Nurenberg (8-Bit) – Awesome release
Burnski (Poker Flat) – Awesome, love it
Brendon Moeller (Wave) – “Calle Azul” tickles my fancy, Tony Lionni mix is hot too!

Purchase from Beatport

In The Last Orient (Original Mix)
In The Last Orient (Tony Lionni Remix)
Calle Azul (Original Mix)
Calle Azul (Nick Harris Remix)