DJ Tennis and his Life & Death imprint have been an enduring theme in my construct of intentional and moving music for the past few years now. The vision he seems to put forth in both the aesthetic of the sound and presence of the label is something I deeply admire. My most fond memories of recent with regard to musical performances have been in the company of Life & Death artists. Tennis’s set at the Need You party in January 2012 remains one of the most magnificently salient memories I have, and when I heard he will be passing through LA this Sunday I was immediately elated. To top things off, I just received news he will be releasing a double EP mid-April.
“DJ Tennis will release a double EP in April called Local…Local will come out on DJ Tennis’s Life And Death imprint, and it’ll be the first double EP for the artist—real name Manfredi Romano—as well as the label. Described in a press release as a “musical diary,” its six original tracks see Romano, who’s taken on an increasingly busy gigging schedule over the past couple years, drawing inspiration from six different locales: Williamsburg, New York; Kreuzberg, Berlin (where his studio is located); Milan; South Beach, Miami; Hackney, London; and Palermo, Sicily. He’s provided his own vocals as well as bass and guitar work, and first track “Love Child” features an appearance from The Rapture’s Luke Jenner. A remix from US producer North Lake completes the package. It’ll be made available on double vinyl and as a digital release, with each version apparently “slightly different” from the other.”
01. Love Child featuring Luke Jenner
02. Floating Boy/Self Portrait
03. You Closed My Eyes
06. Ah Isobel
07. Anatomy (North Lake Remix)
Ten walls have returned fresh off the hype of their ‘Gotham’ EP released on Innervisions earlier this year that took the summertime by storm and reached anthemic status, being rinsed and praised by countless DJ’s across the globe – with good reason, too. As the mysterious moniker pushes his sound further, striving to maintain a concept in which “the focus is moved away from the personality of the artist so that the music can more directly speak for itself”, I can only hope that the execution of his productions are maintained. Some of the most emotive and powerful house music being released right now; music actually deserving of the “deep” descriptor being so frivolously tossed around the house/techno scene over the past year. Take a listen below, I hope you enjoy.
Release Date: Digital – November 4th / Vinyl – December 9th
EZ everyone. I’ve got a deep-tech release that has been circulating through my monitors the past couple of weeks. Jamie Ward, who heads up Act Natural Records, has built four tracks for the underground imprint, Kote Records based out of London. Having spent the last couple years curating the releases for Act Natural – signing artists East End Dubs, DJ W!ld, and Chris Lattner among others, Jamie has developed an ear for excellence when it comes to stripped-back, quality deep-tech sounds. Bringing his impeccable palette and production quality to Kote, Jamie lays down a collection of spacious and dark constructions, fueling any dancefloor into early morning hours. Ward joins the Kote roster alongside John Monkman, Sek, and Philip Ort, furthering the label’s reputation of cutting-edge music. Have a listen below.
East End Dubs has been one of the most exciting producers for me to watch over the past year. The man’s amazing production skill shines through every track he puts out, as I’m sure the same goes for the arsenal of beats he keeps exclusively for his live performances. While there is nothing new about deep/tech house or techno, there is a freshness within in his sound that permeates through a combination of spacious textures, amazingly concise drum construction, and simple yet brooding sub-bass engineering. His elusiveness is also another factor that surrounds his sound with enigma and curiosity. He steers clear of the bullsh*t, and does nothing but put out tune after tune alongside his touring schedule. After releasing exclusively within his self-titled imprint for close to a year, he garnered his first release solo release with Kote Records in December of 2012, and has since released a EP’s on Act Natural Records and Metroline Ltd. His beat ‘Argo’ off the Metroline release has seen copious amounts of support from the likes of scene don DJ W!ld among many others.
The release I’m highlighting today is another four-track EP set to release on his East End Dubs imprint (vinyl only) at the end of September. ‘Brooklyn’ is a tune I’ve been after since hearing it in one of his monthly mixes, and I’m ecstatic that I will finally own it soon. Take a listen below and go give this badman some support by liking his pages. Also, if you like what you here be sure to follow his Soundcloud as his monthly mixes are a great way to receive previews of his forthcoming sounds ;).
The four-track EP has been produced under the name Trade, and will see release next month on the imprint that Blawan, real name Jamie Roberts, runs with Pariah.
Surgeon (AKA Anthony Child) has long championed the work of Blawan and other members of the current crop of UK techno producers. For Roberts it’s the latest in a growing number of collaborations; the South Yorkshireman already produces music under various guises with Pariah and the Analogue Cops. You can hear a preview of the record on Child’s Soundcloud page.”
A1 Half Nelson
A2 Positive Neckline
AA1 Touch This Skin
AA2 I Notice You All
Works The Long Nights will release Trade’s SHEWORKS005 EP on February 5th, 2013.