Brand new imprint Happy Camper Records (founded by Britta Arnold, unders and Noraj Cue) drops new single “Time To Waste” (pre-order here) courtesy of Bar25 legend, KaterBlau resident and Berlin mainstay Jake The Rapper. The American-born singer/dj/producer has been in Germany long enough now to understand the art of making an “Ohrwurm” (=earworm) – “Time To Waste” is one of those tunes that keeps resonating inside your head long after you’ve heard it. With its thumping beat, catchy vocals and roaring synthline, it’s bound to set any dancefloor ablaze.
Although many believe “Time To Waste” is a love song, Jake actually wrote it for his friends:
“I was at Kater one morning, getting tired of the cyclicality of raving, thinking I really ought to go home and kiss my wife, take care of my kids, get some sleep, get my life together and get some music done. Some friends wanted me to stay and keep dancing. I was like: ‘If I had any time to waste, I’d waste it with you. But I don’t so… Bye!'”
As is the custom in the Happy Camper family, a string of befriended producers have provided their own interpretations to the original track.
The stunning remix from acclaimed French outfit dOP that we here at Discobelle can exclusively premiere settles for no less than a mesmerizing synth combined with acid bleeps and an absolutely relentless and stomping bassline.
German duo Piemont consists of long-time friends Frederic and Chris, the pair first decided to make music
together back in 2007 and, since then, they have gone on to establish themselves in the techno scene with releases on acclaimed labels such as Monaberry, Lapsus Music, Glasgow Underground, Exploited, Definition Music and Toolroom.
Piemont’s sound can best be described as organic techno with a preference for ambient sounds, melodic lushness and abstract electronica.
Their new EP “Caress” will be released on their own imprint Moonless Air on Friday, March 2nd and we’ve got the premiere of the B-side track “Endless Sea” which is a rolling tech-house stomper complete with intricate percussion and eerie vocals.
We at Discobelle can premiere her fantastic sounding and exclusive podcast/mix (her first in almost 4 years, the mix was recorded during Esperantos label night at Stockholm club Under Bron earlier this year) for the Under Bron podcast series.
We were also able to briefly chat with Nadja:
Hi Nadja, first off can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a half-Finnish, half-Tunisian social genius who was born into this world to make it a better place to live. I love being around people and try to work it as much as I simply can. Besides that I’m currently employed at Universal Music Publishing where I work with synchronization, which means we’re placing music in the world of films, TV-series, documentaries and advertisement.
– You co-founded the agency Esperanto Music, could you indulge us on the background story of the agency?
We needed a union-like head quarter for young local talents to help them become better DJ’s and musicians without having to force them to hustle their way into the business. Me and Johanna (Schneider) are their helping hands, we provide guidance with the industry.
No but seriously, we basically help them with everything from invoices and contracts to gigs and pep talks.
One thing that Kornél Kovács taught me was to always demand a decent salary. Partly because of your own personal value, but also because the industry needs to wake up and realize that DJ’ing is an occupation and people do deserve to get paid. As a DJ you tend to give so much of yourself to the people in the room, and most of the times you get out from there totally exhausted. Happy, but exhausted. It’s tough.
– We know that this is your first mix in 3-4 years, how come you had a hiatus from doing mixes, just busy with other projects or a conscious decision?
I really don’t like to be in the center of attention. I prefer posting and sharing music from other artists and DJ’s. Recording a mix helps me to promote myself and the music that I love so much. It’s a part of my soul. But I prefer working with music from ”behind the scenes” or live in a room with a nice atmosphere.
– Please tell us a little about the mix?
I started to dig after those gems that’s been with me the past year but it ended up very spontaneous and basically follows the dance floor from where this was recorded. Live from Under Bron in Stockholm where I played before Bella Sarris and Per Hammar.
– Future plans?
My plan is to continue being a DJ as long as people want me here. I’ll probably never fight for it more than necessary. Meanwhile, I will always try to contribute to make Stockholm a better city – both in the music context and outside of it.
US producer/dj Artem was born and raised in Michigan where he was immersed in the techno scene in Detroit before moving to Brooklyn and then to Los Angeles.
On his debut EP offering “Body of Work” which is released today via forward-thinking hybrid label Trax Couture he has put together 5 astonishing tracks that draws you in and don’t let go. The tracks are all filled with the hypnotizing voice of a crooner interpolating against a sound that’s both tender, yearning love songs (you can even hear the twang of a country guitar in the background on one of the tracks) and choppy club numbers.
PS. Check out his Valentines Day Special together with Leo Diamond on NTS Radio later today.