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Kurtz & Bomber – Work On Me EP (BEDDIGI26)(Preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2012 by dk

Having grabbed people’s attention with their debut, beautifully haunting, incredibly infectious, vocalized “Never Sleeping” – the opening track on CD2 of the current, critically acclaimed “Bedrock 14” compilation LP – Kurtz & Bomber return with the even more impressive “Work On Me EP”.
The wealth of artists involved for Bedrock 14 was truly amazing, with the 2012 label compilation capturing the essence of why electronic dance music is such an exciting prospect right now by showcasing amazing underground talent, both established and new. John Digweed’s ability to discover exciting new prospects is unrivalled and Kurtz & Bomber, a collaborative project of Troy Kurtz & Panic Bomber (Richard Haig) from the USA is a perfect example.

Here, Kurtz & Bomber show their immense potential once again, with the strutting tech bounce of “Work On Me”, the superbly lush vocalised “Such A Rush” (bringing back memories of Balearic legends The Beloved at their best) and the heart-warming, euphoric “Forever Forever”.

Once again, Bedrock raises the bar with a new duo that will surely be on many people’s radar from now on. In this day and age to not only survive as an independent label, but also to flourish and constantly evolve by introducing new talent and as well as pushing established artists to their creative best, is something that should be applauded.

Kurtz & Bomber
Work On Me EP

1.Work On Me 05:58
2.Such A Rush 07:36
3.Forever Forever 06:35
(Bedrock) BEDDIGI26
Release: 12.11.12

Further info:
www.bedrock.uk.net

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Electric Rescue – Dope – Digweed & Muir + Stephan Bodzin Remixes

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2012 by dk

The reception for Electric Rescue’s original version of Dope (BEDDIGI13), released at the tail end of 2011, was nothing short of exceptional. A huge tune in John Digweed’s sets for months before release, this Balearic techno monster combined the elegance of Detroit attitude with the groove of a big room tune, like no other. Underground and eclectic, it went overground in a big way!
Now, Bedrock brings you an absolutely superb remix package that is sure to cause an equally huge commotion. Electric Rescue revisits Dope and tweaks and twists the original into a brand new (and no less massive) anthem for summer 2012. On remix duty, John Digweed and Nick Muir show that they never rest on past laurels and are always developing their sound in an exciting direction, by producing a massive, low-slung, throbbing house interpretation. To round off the package in style, German master-producer Stephan Bodzin takes Dope on an exotic electro-techno journey that is pure autobahn driving material, the quality and authenticity of his re-production a testament to studio skills that can only come from years of dedicated time spent in the studio.
Few French electronic music artists combine experience, avant-gardism and guaranteed success on dance floors as Electric Rescue (aka Antoine Husson) does. With his reputation already flying high in France via his residency at the Rex Club (check out the superb Skryptöm parties) and also organising Play rave parties in Paris, his Dope is once again set to be incredibly popular worldwide.

ELECTRIC RESCUE
DOPE
1. Dope (Electric Rescue 2012 Mix)
2. Dope (John Digweed & Nick Muir Remix)
3. Dope (Stephan Bodzin Hope Remix)
(Bedrock) BEDDIGI13R
Release: 09.07.12
LISTEN HERE: http://soundcloud.com/bedrock_rec

Further info:
www.bedrock.uk.net

Stelios Vassiloudis – Reaching + Samuel L Sessions Remixes

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on January 27, 2012 by dk

From ambient soundscapes, downtempo vocal tracks and slo-mo house, through to deliciously deep house, tech-house and acid grooves, “It Is What It Is” is the supremely exciting debut artist album from Stelios Vassiloudis, out now on Bedrock. “Reaching” is house music that is deeply sophisticated, oozing spacious melodic beauty, ebbing and flowing with supreme ease. As with the whole album, it feels like a truly inspired journey to the heart, mind and soul of an extremely talented musician, producer and DJ.
These two new Stelios remixes of “Reaching” are bound to tickle your musical taste buds. The “Dub” is essentially a more club-friendly version of the album cut and stays quite true to the original’s elements and overall vibe while giving it some more momentum and dynamics. With his “Remix” Stelios has given himself more artistic licence to push the boundaries, giving “Reaching” an exciting, completely different twist.
I’ve been a huge fan of Samuel L Sessions’ productions for many years so I’m really excited to have him remix one of the tracks from my album. I had a good feeling that “Reaching” would be well suited to Samuel’s production style and I think the end result emphatically confirms it.” – Stelios Vassiloudis

Sweden’s Samuel Larsson (aka Samuel L Sessions) is a globally respected techno producer whose releases on Soma, Drumcode and Music Man (as well as his own SLS, Cycle, and Klip Klap labels) are stuff of legend for many of the world’s top DJs. Here, his superb “Deep” and “Jackin’” remixes of “Reaching” are concise, powerful and extremely hypnotic. This is music to make your dancefloor erupt with energy!
Stelios Vassiloudis
Reaching

(Bedrock) BEDSVR01
Release: 30.01.12
1. Stelios Vassiloudis Remix 11:17
2. Stelios Vassiloudis Dub 09:30
3. Samuel L Sessions Deep Remix 06:23
4. Samuel L Sessions Jackin’ Remix 06:23

Listen

Further info:
http://www.bedrock.uk.net

Guy J-Shining / 1000 Words

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2012 by dk


John Digweed’s Bedrock label kicks off 2012 with yet another superb release from one of the standout electronic artists in the world today. Guy J is at the forefront of a movement towards the melody-rich and emotionally charged roots of the house music spectrum. He’s a young, innovative producer, DJ and live act, whose infectious production talents resulted in his amazing 3CD artist album (1000 Words) being acclaimed as one of the musical highlights of 2011. Now, three of the album’s standout tracks have been remixed alongside a brand new track, to form the hottest package you could hope for to start the year in style.
“Shining” showcases the extraordinary talents of Guy J, from its beautifully subtle melodic intro, through a blossoming, journey-like arrangement with a highly emotive core, this is a masterful brand new track.
On “1000 Words” as the mood moves towards deep, throbbing intensity, with lights down low, “My Thought Of You” turns up the energy levels and gets a little twisted, as Guy J pushes emotion buttons, exploring the psyche of the dance, exploring possibilities, forging ahead into the future. Which is a perfect starting point for Octopus label boss and Bedrock artist, Sian, to begin his audio experimentation on remix duty.
Guy J
Shining / 1000 Words
Featuring Sian, Hybrid & Kassey Voorn Remixes

1. Guy J – Shining 08:08
2. Guy J – My Thought Of You (Sian’s Telepathic Mix) 07:28
3. Guy J & Miriam Vaga – Fly (Hybrid Soundsystem Remix) 09:25
4. Guy J – Azimuth (Kassey Voorn Remix) 08:08
(Bedrock Digital) BEDGJDIGI01
Release: 16/01/12

Listen HERE

Stelios Vassiloudis – It Is What It Is (Debut Bedrock Album )(Preview Album Minimix)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2011 by dk

 

Following the debut artist album by Marco Bailey, Guy J’s second artist album and releases from label owner John Digweed himself (in the form of the “Structures” and “Bedrock 12” mix compilations), Bedrock now proudly presents the debut artist album from rising Greek star Stelios Vassiloudis, titled “It Is What It Is”.

 “I had always tried to avoid making an album and it’s safe to say I had (and still have) various preconceptions and notions about the process of making an album and also about the qualities that determine whether it is successful and well-rounded. The electronic music genre is wrought with sub-par, hastily produced collections of singles strung together in LP format just as much as forward thinking artistic endeavours, so the prospect of making my own “statement” was (and is) always a very daunting prospect.” – Stelios Vassiloudis

 Presented over two discs, the album commences with a beautiful cinematic soundscape on CD1, whereas CD2 allows Stelios to showcase his club sound, which develops from laidback deep house grooves right through to a more intense techier acidic vibe. With all the tracks blended and mixed together into a continuous play format to create the optimum listening experience, this is a fantastic release showcasing top quality, forward-thinking music and once again showing why Bedrock is one of the leading labels in the global electronic scene.

 You may have already heard Stelios on Bedrock recently in his Wiretappeur guise (his collaboration with Florian Kruse and Nils Nurnberg) with the much-loved “Everybody Loves Ice Cream EP” whose deep house vibes and warm sounds are firm favourites of many acclaimed DJ’s. Now, it’s time for him to shine in his own right.

 “When I started work on this album a few years ago, I just wrote non-stop. For the first time in many years, I found myself enjoying the process of writing and arranging music again.”

 CD1 is a relaxing journey through lush melodic swells, down-tempo grooves, experimental beats, subtle guitars and ambient interludes. Inspired in parts by the originality of the likes of Boards Of Canada, David Holmes and Massive Attack, this superb collection of beautiful instrumental and vocal tracks explores the possibilities and creative freedom afforded when music moves beyond the confines of the dancefloor.

 

As CD1 builds towards a finale, keyboards and strings give way to the stripped-back, slo-mo house of “Sunrise On The Avenue” which then morphs into the analogue squelch of “Tie Me Up”, Stelios sets the stage perfectly for what is to come on CD2 as the dancefloor beckons. If you like deeply groovy, laid back, vocal and instrumental house music with enough depth and variety to warrant many, many repeat plays before anything like over familiarity or boredom sets in, you’re in for a treat. This is house music that is sophisticated, subtle, filled with hip-wiggling percussion, intensity, throbbing and ebbing and flowing through the mix with supreme ease. It is the mark of a truly creative producer that by the time the final acidic flourish of “Repetition” dies away, “It Is What It Is” feels like a truly inspired journey to the heart, mind and soul of Stelios Vassiloudis.

 “A big part of this new found enthusiasm and creativity led me to seeking out like-minded musicians and collaborators-people that could bolster or finesse some my ideas and complete my vision. The result of these experiments and the collaborations were some of the strongest, most well rounded compositions I had put together to date and ended up forming the core of the album.”

 The album is rich with the many vocal talents it hosts, with glorious contributions from Darren Murray (“I Burn Like”), Astrid Suryanto (“Walk Away” and “Feed”), Anna Maria X (“Tie Me Up” and “Isolation”) and Tomomi Ukomori (“Green In Blue”), all of which are exceptional in their own distinctive styles.

 “Darren and I started working together during the time he was doing vocals for Killahurtz and it didn’t take long for me to realize what an amazingly talented and inspired musician he is. He’s also tremendously underrated and not terribly prolific. However, we’ve worked together very happily over the years, often to great effect and his range and versatility made him the first and only choice when I was sourcing for male vocalists to sing on “I Burn Like”.”

 Astrid Suryanto has an established history of working with some of the great names in electronic music such as Todd Terry, King Britt, DJ Yellow and Morgan Page, as well as a plethora of top quality labels like Nervous, Plastic City and Armada, amongst many others. Her vocal contributions on “Walk Away” and “Feed” are two of the album’s highlights.

 

“I’ve always maintained that collaborations are tricky business. Especially when it comes to obtaining a good vocal performance that works in harmony with the music you’ve written. Generally speaking, vocalists either tend to have too much “vision” or not enough of it. Astrid is an accomplished, well-rounded songwriter as well as a first rate singer so working with her was ridiculously easy.”

 Based in Japan, Tomomi Ukomori has worked on critically acclaimed releases with key labels in that territory like Avex, Apt International and Green Parrot Recordings, collaborating with the likes of Mathias Kaden, Hernan Cattaneo, OMB and Hideo Kobyashi. Her vocals on “Blue In Green” take the track to another place entirely.

 “I met Tomomi years ago at a club I was playing at in Tokyo. After the gig, she gave me a CD of her (then) current material. I became an instant fan. From that night until today her exceptional song writing and talent have taken her far and she has created some very special pieces of music. It was a Mathias Kaden track that I heard her singing on that gave me the idea for a Japanese vocal on “Blue In Green”. I think the juxtaposition of a very deep/techy instrumental and Tomomi’s soft vocal tone make an interesting mix.”

 Anna Maria X is a name synonymous with the music scene in Greece, whether as a DJ or a producer/singer. Anna has been one of the main names in the electronic scene, being involved in clubs, radio and, of course, a whole host of releases with her studio partner, Gpal. Her vocals on “Tie Me Up” and “Isolation” will linger in your mind for a long time to come.

 “As far as spoken word vocalists go, Anna Maria is up there with the best of them. It’s no wonder she has a thriving side career as a voice-over specialist, the timbre of her voice is unmistakable. She knows electronic dance music. She knows what works and what doesn’t. These were the fastest and easiest vocals I recorded for the album.”

 In addition to the many original pieces of work on this album, Stelios has also teamed up with a couple of other like-minded producers. “The Z” is a collaboration with Berlin based Sasse, who releases music on his esteemed Mood Music label.

 “Our working relationship began a few years ago when we started swapping music and remixes for our 2 labels (his-Mood Music, mine-Dieb Audio). Since then we’ve become good friends, and worked together in various capacities, but hadn’t made a complete a track together. The opportunity came up when I started “The Z”. I had started developing the groove and main patterns but was lacking a fresh perspective, something to give it extra definition that would set it apart from your usual mid-set fodder. Sasse’s touch was just what it needed and he took my initial idea in a whole new direction!”

 John Dalagelis’ involvement with this album project (he co-engineered and co-produced the continuous mixes) resulted in him contributing his song writing and studio finesse to “Sunrise On The Avenue”, a DJ tool in essence, but something more sophisticated and not just a “functional” piece of music. John co-runs the uber-hip Dieb Audio imprint and has released music on a wide variety of labels over the years. 

 “John was there when I started being involved in this “scene”. He and his brother remixed my first 2 records. Through my (and their) early development as a producer and DJ we were very tight, always bouncing ideas off each other, going out to parties, discussing music and discovering new things along the way. As a studio engineer, John is one of the best I know. He’s mixed and mastered with the best and for the best. I knew I wanted his ears and his know-how when it came to putting the extra touches on the final mixes and the mixed version of the album. He ended up mastering it also.”

 All great albums have a secret story to tell when you scratch below the surface and “It Is What It Is” by Stelios Vassiloudis is a debut artist album that is more than a collection of great tracks. Across the two discs, it is a journey into the mind of a very talented musician, producer and DJ. If you are open to the emotions on display it will give you glimpses of his very heart and soul. It is an exceptionally exciting, bold and brave body of music that will stand the test of time beyond fickle trends and fashions.

 “I’ve spent a year refining, rewriting, expanding and polishing the album into the two disc form it has today. In keeping with the popular paradigm, this experience has made the journey far more poignant and resounding than the end destination and has made me a better writer/producer. I guess that’s what music has always been about for me-learning and evolving. A music professor at University once told me that: “the moment you start to feel complacent and accomplished, you’re finished”. My professor’s words and my unwavering desire to attain (some measure of) perfection would have probably inspired and self perpetuated an endless cycle of writing, rewriting, editing and tweaking until the end of time! But, all good things must come to an end. A line must be drawn. In this light, I think the album title is self-explanatory. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did making it? – Stelios Vassiloudis

 

Stelios Vassiloudis – It Is What It Is
(Bedrock) BEDSV01CD
Release 07/11/11

CD1
01. In Tandem
02. Entropy
03. Who You Are
04. I Burn Like
05. Reshape and Reform
06. Your Other Left
07. Clarity
08. Walk Away
09. The View From Here
10. The Highline
11. Sunrise On The Avenue
12. Tie Me Up

CD2
01. Small Hours
02. Green In Blue
03. Isolation
04. My Leaking Vein
05. Feed
06. Blister
07. Reaching
08. Nowhere
09. The Z
10. Toujours
11. Repetition

 Check Mixcloud   and Listen John Digweed presents Stelios Vassiloudis – It Is What It Is – Album Minimix CD1

 

Further info:

www.bedrock.uk.net  

http://www.discogs.com/artist/Stelios+Vassiloudis 

http://www.facebook.com/steliosvassiloudisofficial

Maxime Dangles -Modulation Ep (preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2011 by dk

Maxime Dangles has grown to be a key new artist in the French avant-garde electronic music community and is creating waves around the globe with his unabashed approach to proper club techno music. His track Santé (which translates as – Cheers!) is a highlight on John Digweed’s current Structures Two album, with its jittery tech-beats, joyous hypnotic melodic swing and well-timed hands-in-the-air moment. Maxime Dangles is an artist buzzing with creative intention and this new 4-Track Modulation Ep on Bedrock features yet more amazing music.
From the twisted spiraling climaxes of Astraktif, through the warped modulations of Cafetiere, to the soaring acidic energy of Dihaiz and the hook-ridden energy of Infinity, Maxime Dangles cannot fail to impress even the most tired of ears.
Born in 1985, Maxime discovered the world of nightclubbing at a very young age. He quickly became an excellent DJ but crucially also learnt how to create his own music. In 2004, he started to work on remixes and edits before developing his own musical imprint, which led to releasing tracks with the famous Kompakt label in 2006. Remixes of Scan X, Miss Kittin & The Hacker, Simian Mobile Disco, Royksopp, Moby etc have followed.
Maxime has recently developed a live show and his energy and passion are now making him rising star of the international electronic scene.

Maxime Dangles
Modulation Ep
1. Astraktif 

2. Cafetiere 

3. Dihaiz 

4. Infinity
(Bedrock Digital) Beddigi-10

Alan Fitzpatrick – Moon Palace (Beddigi11)(preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2011 by dk

Those of you with a good memory for a great tune will, no doubt, remember Alan Fitzpatrick’s Reflections (Bed82) from 2009 as an anthem of the highest order, and an ‘Essential New Tune’ for Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1. So, it’s an honour to have him back on Bedrock in 2011 with yet another monster single release – Moon Palace.

From the majestic drum-fuelled opening bars and the lush powerhouse hypnotic techno attitude as Moon Palace builds towards its first gorgeous crescendo, the sheer melodic beauty of Alan Fitzpatrick’s creativity sets this track head and shoulders above the rest. No remixes, no versions, just one stunning single track. Alan Fitzpatrick has created something very special indeed in Moon Palace.

The continued rise of Alan Fitzpatrick is the biggest story in UK techno right now. Having enjoyed a rapid ascent since his emergence as the new kid on the techno block in the latter half of 2009, Fitzpatrick now enjoys a status as a highly respected and in-demand producer. By releasing his debut album for Adam Beyer’s globally renowned Drumcode label, Alan became the first act to record an album on Drumcode since 2005.

The well-received ‘Shadows In The Dark’ long-player marked the culmination of a run of productions that have seen Fitzpatrick publicly name-checked as a one of the most exciting producers in techno by Adam Beyer, John Digweed, Dubfire, Carl Cox and Len Faki. Indeed, such has been Fitzpatrick’s dominance of the techno scene in the last eighteen months that his productions have regularly filled the top positions of Beatport’s techno Top 100 chart at the same time. Now, with his return to the Bedrock label, it’s time for Moon Palace to fly.

More Info: www.bedrock.org.uk / www.johndigweed.com