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The reigning Swedish (albeit residing in Berlin) techhouse queen Johanna Knutsson has during a short time period gone from strength to strength with her own production work and also her involvement with the gentlemen techno warriors in Berlin label Klasse Recordings. During the last couple of months she has been working non-stop with fellow Berlin based producer Hans Berg and these efforts will be released in the form of an upcoming release on Fullbarr along with a remix of Shane Berry that’s being released February 18th on Thoughtless Music. She is also getting ready to start a new label with two friends.

Johanna has already established herself as one of the most interesting names in the current dance music scene, not to mention one of the hardest working – and we are proud to present this Discobelle exclusive promo mix that showcases her style and finesse, the mix contains a brand new track from her collaboration with Hans Berg and is packed with deep, pumping and soulful techhouse.

In two weeks time (friday January 26th to be exact) Brussels based DJ Slow will bring his Pelican Fly empire to Paris Social Club for the 1st edition of their residency, in order to prepare us for this extravaganza he put together a promo mix of serious vibes and bootyshaking greatness. The mix was done live at the Pelican Fly HQ AKA Duval house and it gives us a pretty good idea about what Pelican Fly is all about: mindboggling and forwardthinking club music.

More info about the party and a tracklist for the mix after the jump.

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Hot on the heels of “Turned On Volume 1”, the compilation arranged and curated by Neoteric that brought behemoth club talents Crookers, Brodinski, Radioclit, Nadastrom, Mikix The Cat, Schlachthofbronx, and Savage Skulls amongst others together on one titanic club compilation that was responsible for lots of spilled champagne, bad ideas, and full body jacking that leaves you waking up with bruises the morning after. Now we’re at it again with another compilation letting six new dancefloor behemoths loose onto the general public. This time Neoteric’s narrowed down the selection to pick out six tracks from up-and-comers around the world that will make you move in ways you didn’t know physics would allow.

Bird Peterson‘s “Space Wizards (Of Moon Zero)” sounds like a rave on New Year’s Eve 1999 at the second in a parallel universe where the Y2K virus was real and computers suddenly gained sentience and unleashed an Armageddon with enough syncopated percussion to make your eyeballs roll into the back of your head. There’s a subtlety to the rising and falling percussion blasts that becomes more appreciated on repeat listens, but it’s mostly the kind of track that will have the club stomping enough to trick people outside into thinking that there’s square dancing going on inside.

Poupon follows his fly remix of Meati & Meech’s “Bock” with a remix of “Space Wizards” that goes for a long, rising arc instead of a series of frantic buildups and releases. It’s a bubbling choir of pitch shifted grunts and mutters, while the beat climbs to Mount Fuji-esque heights and then proceeds to fling itself off the edge without any thought of a parachute. Think 6am, mixing bottles of Nyquil with vodka in a parking lot outside the club, and a hands-in-the-air club jam that oscillates between spacy vocals and brisk, no nonsense meaty percussion.

California based Mom & Dad weave some vocal house magic in “This Joint”, which swaggers comfortably around the excellent employment of its sample into a whooping hollering summer beach party jam of undeniably catchy magnitude, darting into the shadows at times but never straying too far from its hip-house roots.

If “This Joint” were a person, then Panton & Cyron B would’ve layed it under an operating table, jacked it up on black market morphine, and performed some cybernetic plastic surgery on it, morphing it into a underground deep tech-house assassin that bears only the slightest resemblence to the original product. Clashing drums and brooding percolating blips do their thing overtop a vocal sample that could’ve been recorded in the bowels of the seventh layer of hell. Deconstructing the vibrant party vibe of the original turns this one into something darker, but nonetheless just as likely to make you reach on the dancefloor.

Astronomar‘s contribution to Turned On Volume 2 takes the cake in terms of the track most likely to make you drop whatever you’re doing and go “what am I listening to?” The sound of an MS-DOS program committing suicide or a coffee pot exploding on the kitchen stove are two descriptors that try to describe it, but probably the closest I can come is to say that it’s an utterly unique piece of infectious hiccuping house music, employing a vocal sample that sounds like it’s taken from a schoolyard chant or ancient curse that will stay locked in the inner regions of your eardrums for months to come.

Hijack‘s jacking bouncy electro shuffle funk feels well suited to remixing this gem, and he drizzles a healthy layer of Chicago style house syrup on this one. Chunky drums, spliced vocals, and an effect that sounds like it’s adding an electric saw to the mixdown all round out this crystallized beat.

Get the EP at Beatport

Neoteric is a Berlin based, by way of Vancouver, DJ and producer that’s been known to unearth only the best in new talent. A long time subject on the Discobelle site, via his tracks, mixes, and the infamous “Mystery Mix” projects, it was only natural to extend this reach to Discobelle Records and find a proper home for these great tracks. For more on his efforts, head over to www.djneoteric.com.

Listen to a promo mix for the compilation from Mom & Dad, Neoteric, Astronmar & Bird Peterson.


And as a bonus we are giving away “This Joint”:

Mom & Dad – This Joint (direct link)

Fraudian Slip

Sep 22 2010

Summer has turned to autumn here in Sweden but thanks to the debut release on the Ghetto Bassquake label by A.J. Holmes & The Hackney Empire “Fraudian Slip” (full digital release on September 24th with a limited edition vinyl single to follow), we’re able to prolong it for just a little while. The sundrenched party track was produced by London based Swedish/French duo Radioclit and here we give you the first official remix from tribal guarachero hero Erick Rincon who absolutely smashes this one out of the park.

A.J. Holmes & The Hackney Empire (ft. Kastro) – Fraudian Slip (Erick Rincon Tribal Guarachero Remix) (drop.io)

BONUS: A bumping promo mixtape by A.J. Holmes

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Tracklist for the mixtape after the jump.

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Silverback Recordings is a small but exciting new label out of Belgium, the brainchild of the Ultravid and Voltron crews. They’ve just started to push their third release which is the absolutely smashing “Mirage EP” from hyped Los Angeles duo Nguzunguzu, the EP will be out October 11th. What we’ve heard from the EP so far showcases the continuation of their brand of hypnotic and beatfilled futuristic dance music that pits the more UK dance orientated sound with the more hip hop/r ‘n’ b influenced dance music coming out of the US. To celebrate the release, Nguzunguzu gives us an absolute frantic stunner of a promo mix.

Nguzunguzu – Mirage EP Promo Mix (drop.io)

BONUS: Teaser video.

UK label Hessle Audio will take over room three at Fabric tonight with performances from Ramadanman, Pangaea, Grindin’ member Ben UFO, Blawan and 2562. Room one sees the likes of Addison Groove, MJ Cole, Mackaveli and Cosmin TRG. Here’s a promo mix from Cosmin TRG to promote the shindig.

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Tracklist after the jump.

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Disco Kicks

Jun 7 2010

DJ Tuco has been running things down in Prague for a minute and now steps it up with the launch of record label Meanbucket Music (together with DJ Quime).

The inaugural release is set to drop July 5th and it’s his own housey scorcher of a track “Disco Kicks” which comes backed with a couple of choice remixes such as this one from baile funk legend DJ Edgar (who is on tour in Europe this summer). The release has alrady gained support from the likes of Solo, Malente, Kazey, DJ Donna Summer, DJ Beware, Motorpitch etc etc.

DJ Tuco – Disco Kicks (DJ Edgar Remix) (direct link)

PS. To top things off we have a promo mix done by the two label heads that solely consists of people from their roster.

Tuco & Quime – Mean Bucket Promo Mix (Mediafire)

Tracklist after the jump.

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