Hypnotic Vocals, ethereal pads, and the smooth rush of deep grooves and with it an entirely new wave of retro-futuristic house music. At the forefront is Bangkok-based DJ/producer Sunju Hargun, aka Moodwax. A fresh face on the scene, he specializes … Continue reading →
“We are back again for another installment of electronic dancefloor weaponry from RW HQ! Always searching for freshness we have a combination of 2 artists to (excuse the promo cliche!) seriously watch out for… We are excited to have on board … Continue reading →
“Desaturating classic West Coast hip-hop tropes and chemically altering them for UV and laser lit club play, Sishi Rosch’s ‘Killa Booty EP’ is straight (house) gangster”. – Joe Roberts (DJ Mag) Get ready for another aural onslaught from the infallible … Continue reading →
James Zabiela’s debut release on his long-awaited label is announced. ‘The Healing’ is released on December 10th with the strongest of remix packages. The legendary and much loved Hot Chip lead the way with Midland, Gang Colours and Club Root … Continue reading →
“Despite the shiny new imprint, Easier to Hide just seems like four more Maya jams at first glance: sexy and practically bursting with sly melody. The sound palette is certainly familiar. But more than anything, I Am Me’s maiden voyage … Continue reading →
Matt Tolfrey is a fixture of modern house music that can feel a definite sense of pride over his achievements. Once a young upstart who was championed by DJs as diverse as Craig Richards and Pete Tong, he’s now a … Continue reading →
Boston beat boi Tanner Ross is finally back, with another embodiment of his signature take on future EFUNK. Ranging from creamy nostalgic R&B featuring PillowTalk, Slow Hands and Jesse Rennix to tripped out weirdness in collaboration with Lonely C and … Continue reading →
Hypnotic Vocals, ethereal pads, and the smooth rush of deep grooves and with it an entirely new wave of retro-futuristic house music. At the forefront is Bangkok-based DJ/producer Sunju Hargun, aka Moodwax.
A fresh face on the scene, he specializes in an unabashedly nostalgic sound that creatively appropriates aspects of UK Head luminaries like Jimpster and Shur i Kan. while staying true to the computer-driven aesthetic of the present.
Growing up with a somewhat “unconventional” musical background in his parental influences than most uber-cool house producers these days would admit, Moodwax somehow happened upon kindred spirits offering a sound alien to his own influences in the form of electronic music producers, an insatiable fascination from an early age which he confesses still holds the same childlike allure and intrigue now as it did back then.
What started with some Personal bootlegs online for free led to gaining some very positive exposure for Moodwax,and from then has seen original Releases on Innocent Music, Electronique Digital and Malfunktion Deep After the success for his recent “Wish or Love EP”, Caught Massive Attention from Toolroom Owner “Mark Knight” which received air play on the Toolroom Podcast show and made it to “Killer Cut selection a week after.Followed up to a Guest Mix from Moodwax on the Toolroom Radio end of December 2012, Making 2013 look Promising for the Bangkok based DJ/Producer.
With evocative and emotive productions showcasing a stripped back, classic feel, Moodwax’s sounds are a throwback to the lost generation of smoother groove-makers. His DJ charts and sets also showcase a wide and all-encompassing appreciation for all things electronic; the archetypal producer/DJ. The man himself prefers not to be bogged down in the constantly sinking marsh of pigeon-holing and sub-genres which are polluting the contemporary electronic music industry; make no mistake about it this is unashamedly soulful, infectious House music in it’s most purest form.
Nic Fanculli’s new podcast. He is going to be hitting our shores (Perth, OZ) this Sunday and i will be providing local support with the rest of the Habitat crew. If you in and around Perth, drop for a mad garden style party with the Habitat crew and the main man himself.
Technomads is the DJ-duo formed by our good mates, Rishi Sippy and Aashish Gupta. Based in Bangalore (India), the two individual artists, with 5 years of age setting them apart, have varied musical tastes and preferences and joined forces upon realizing that Techno, and the like, is what they could share and take to their audience.
They have been partners in crime since they first played a combined set at The Big Mushroom Cloud festival in Bangalore 2010 and have rocked dance floors all across the city ever since. Having entertained dance music fans with their high energy, no nonsense sets at clubs such as Pebble, Amnesia, Sutra, BlueWaves, the Love Shack and O-Bar just to name a few, the duo is currently working on producing their own music along with other upcoming artists in the city.
They have also played warm-up sets for international artists such as Umek, Infected Mushroom, Shpongle, Daniel Kandi, Kindzadza and Ma Faiza.
Coming from the Republic of Belarus, (landlocked country in Eastern Europe, bordered clockwise by the coldest landscapes from Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest), Vlad Dautin known as Light Breath, is professional musican and Dj with a great future. In the last 2 years having being in the music scene, Light Breath has released a wide list of massive tracks on different record labels around the world, including imprints from Brazil, Spain, USA and Germany. In the near time Light Breath will be working on his album for release around Spring break 2013, besides there will be a weight of other releases. Actually he cooperates with different artists, playing live-sets and dj-sets at the well known clubs and events in the finest Belarus electronic music scene.
A must watch documentary to find out the roots of the “Detroit Sound”
“HIGH TECH SOUL is the first documentary to tackle the deep roots of techno music alongside the cultural history of Detroit, its birthplace. From the race riots of 1967 to the underground party scene of the late 1980s, Detroit’s economic downturn didn’t stop the invention of a new kind of music that brought international attention to its producers and their hometown.
Featuring in-depth interviews with many of the world’s best exponents of the artform, High Tech Soul focuses on the creators of the genre — Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson — and looks at the relationships and personal struggles behind the music. Artists like Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Eddie Fowlkes and a host of others explain why techno, with its abrasive tones and resonating basslines, could not have come from anywhere but Detroit”.
Congrats are in order for co-head of Hot Creations, JAMIE JONES, for topping RA’s poll. Known to be the ‘chillest bro in dance music’, he and his label have been on fire this past year and its a well deserved accolade. Take a bow Mr. Jones.
RA on Jones: “Jones was billed at 142 gigs in 2011, which means he nearly averaged a set every second day. Couple this with a lauded fabric CD, a whole host of remixes and the expert co-curation of a label that came to define the sound of clubland in 2011, and you’re left with a simple equation. The hottest tracks + the most gigs = the #1 DJ of 2011.”
In Plain Sight is Lucas Ledford, Ezekiel and Nomad in the Dark. Three mates that got into the scene over 10 years ago. Playing all throughout the southeast United States. Started writing music together in the fall of 08. And here they are now.
Groj grew up in Sydney, Australia and the capital of the French Alps, Grenoble. He currently resides in Montreal, his birthplace, where he studied Psychology and Electro- Acoustics. His music connects graceful gestures with organic imagery and a rumbling minimalist cadence. His obsession with highly defined sounds and cunning narratives makes his music crafty and immersive, allowing for tension and release to coil in imaginative ways. His DJ and live performances are both wild and sensual, merging thick and bizarre minimalisms with elegant, velvet melodies. Continue reading →
If there is one thing you can’t blame Ashwin Baburao and Ashrith Baburao – alias Audio Units – it’s a lack of imagination. At 27 and 19 respectively, the duo already have years worth of creative experimenting behind them. However, it was only last year that their musical passion culminated into the electronic vibes of ‘Audio Units’ creating a sound that melts their influences of House, Techno, Psy Trance with new inspirations that come every ticking minute.
The last 18 months have been witness to a revolution in the deeper side of electronic dance music. With the deeper areas of house, techno and minimal gaining a stronger foothold on dance music than ever before, talented artists within these genres are finally getting the credit and acclaim they deserve, none more-so than Pawas Gupta.
Born and raised to a classical musician in India, early on, Pawas seemed destined for a career in music. Having started out playing the tabla (Indian drums) alongside his father in concerts, Pawas musical prowess was evident for the connoisseurs of music. Soon enough he spread his wings and evolved in his domain, in teaching himself to play numerous other instruments including percussion, bass guitar and keyboards.
Every so often, a group comes along which shakes the entire dance scene from its very roots with a style so unique, and a sound so intoxicating, that it influences scores of imitators, and inspires a new generation of producers. Pleasurekraft is exactly such a group.
The brainchild of Kaveh Soroush and Kalle Ronngardh, Pleasurekraft was born in the summer of 2009. Having had their very first track played by Pete Tong on his Essential Selection, and then doing remixes for Chymera, and John Acquaviva’s Definitive imprint, Pleasurekraft became a new name to keep an eye on.
Fast forward to the spring of 2010, and the year’s biggest smash hit, Pleasurekraft’s ”Tarantula” was released. Being hailed by everyone as the year’s biggest track, the critics and fans are already hailing pleasurekraft as the year’s most original tech house act. On the heels of “Tarantula”, Pleasurekraft are working harder than ever. While dance music trends come and go, those who stick to a singular vision and belief in the music they consistently produce are always left standing when the fads have long gone. Pleasurekraft is exactly such a group.
They will be making their debut appearance in Australia and will be playing alongside Hernan Cattaneo, DJ PP and Evil Nine in Perth for the Big City Nights Festival (27/10/2011 @ Shape Bar). We got up close with Kaveh and spoke to him about what Pleasurekraft is all about and also about their upcoming tour down under.
This is going to a Toolroom special as Mark Knight host his recent collaborator, Manuel De La Mare, & Alex Kenji as they go back 2 back at the Amsterdam Dance Event. Need a preview of things to come? Check out the video below of their B2B at Space Ibiza last August.
When & Where? This Thursday 20 October at Club Escape Amsterdam for a Toolroom Knight Party!
Q: Who is Pleasurekraft??
A: Kaveh & Kalle’s baby (immaculately conceived of course)
Q: What is Pleasurekraft??
A: A simultaneously visceral and cerebral experience induced only by the seductive, deep, groove heavy, underground techno inspired music that you hear the kids listening to .. – Common side effects include: unrelenting head bobbing giving way to complete surrender to physical movement commonly referred to as ‘dancing’.
Q: Where is Pleasurekraft??
A: In your CD/tape deck/vinyl/mp3/neighborhood Club/Lounge – anywhere where organically inspired synthetic music lurks, ready to jump in your skin and make you move! However, the most concentrated “red spots” have appeared to be in 2 distinct locations – Stockholm, Sweden, and Miami, Florida.
Q: When is Pleasurekraft??
A: Since the dawn of man, to the future of our future of our future…..
Q: Why is Pleasurekraft??
A: Because we are hedonists and when the groove captures you – all you can do is surrender with pleasure.
More questions will be answered when we speak up close with Kalle and Kaveh about their immaculately conceived baby and their upcoming Australia Tour. If you wanna ask them something then drop a line in the comments.