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Basti Grub -Primavera

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

RELEASE DATE:2012-10-09

Primavera”: blossoming in the cosy home studio set somewhere in the idyllic hilly landscape near Frankfurt, this second long player released on Basti Grub´s very own imprint Hoehenregler is his spiritual homecoming. A musical renaissance flow(er)ing on the fertile ground of Basti Grub´s imagination, “Primavera” invites to step into the magical, introverted world of mantralike techhouse… and guides the listener atmospherically through nine handcrafted mind- and bodymoving gems jammed with exhuberance, life, imagination, instruments and vocals.

Tracks like “Holding On” and “La Paz fluctuate in a different rhythm, colors and perception shift and set the pace for beloved jungle house party moments: recorded somewhere between Kenya and Chile, sounds, voices, drums and instruments were meticulously collected and polished to play a very special role somewhere on this homogeneous journey. Befriended artists like Andres Zarzuela and Daria who has worked with Basti Grub on quite a few occasions, turn singers and, with their voices and songs, add on to the special vibe of the album. Basti Grub loves to dabble with out-of-boundary sounds, styles and rhythms, rare track titles and surprising combinations, making the exotic sound domestic and the domestic cool.

His forthright, joyful attempts to take the seriousness out of the contemporary music scene do not stop him from sounding seriously solid, creating multi-facetted tracks that do not seek to be fashionable but reflect deep playfulness and sincere personal pursuit of expression in a contemporary manner. Celebrating the exhuberance of sound from different parts of the planet, he gathers what catches his ear – the freaky afterhour conversation about pizza in “Journey” being the best example – and weaves everything into a quirky yet calming stream of perception. The full-grown musician is led by passion and personal taste: Swing, reggae and an aching desire to be able to speak and understand Spanish are some of the vital ingredients of Basti´s music. The exotic producer found recognition for his releases on his own imprint Höhenregler as well as hot beds like Desolat, Cocoon, Movida, Suara Records, Compost, International Freakshow, Style Rockets, Dame Music, etc, as well as revolting the scene with his first album “Dschungelorchester”. With “Primavera”, Basti Grub stirs up the outdoor/ afternoon club fauna in love with eclecticism and novelty sound once more.


Jamie Jones -Tracks From The Crypt

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2012 by dk

Jamie Jones rise to the top has been a steady climb. The young Welshman was always respected from fellow peers and artists through early releases on Freak n’Chic, Cocoon, Get Physical and a debut artist album on Crosstown Rebels, but now is deeply admired as the best in the game.

In ‘Tracks From The Crypt’ Jamie finally sets some of the best-loved dancefloor bombs of the past five years loose from the vaults of his infamous studio. Tracks such as the bouncing infectious grooves of ‘Somewhere’, ‘Paradise’ and ‘Frequencies’ are infamous from Jamie’s live recordings, and others such as the electro-clash influenced ‘City At Night’, ‘Mari 2d Underground’ a future dancefloor anthem and ‘Tonight In Tokyo’ featuring Luca C are as yet unheard and offer a glimpse of the future. Closing with the leisurely pace of ‘The Lows’, Jamie shows he can stretch the capabilities of house music and has formulated his own new breed.

Jamie explains: “This is a collection of my favourite unreleased secret weapons from the last 5 years plus some brand new tunes that I´m hammering on the dancefloor right now. Looking back in the vaults, I found some killers that people have been trying to get their hands on for ages and decided to make my second album a combination of these.”

Label: Crosstown Rebels
Cat no: CRMCD018
Distribution: Above Board Distribution
Released: Monday June 25th, 2012


  1. Somewhere
  2. City At Night featuring Surveillance Party
  3. Tonight In Tokyo featuring Luca C
  4. Special Effect
  5. Mari 2D Underground
  6. Our Time In Liberty featuring Art Department
  7. Stems From Hackney
  8. Frequencies
  9. Over Each Other featuring Livia Giammaria
  10. Paradise
  11. Havana Good Time
  12. The Lows

Mari 2d Underground [Clip] 

The past few years have seen Jamie launch his own pioneering label and brand, Hot Creations and production outfit Hot Natured, forging his own path with a highly original sound as both a solo artist, and with various collaborations. His remixes of Azari III and Green Velvet were among the biggest tracks of 2011 and he has the rare ability to appeal to many diverse styles of electronic music, championed by Pete TongAnnie Macas well as Gilles Peterson.

Named Best Deep House DJ and remix of 2011 in DJ Awards IbizaBest DJand remix by DJ Mag UK and Best DJ from Mixmag UK as well as Resident AdvisoNo 1 DJ of the year, Jamie Jones and his label Hot Creations are amongst the biggest names in dance music right now. Imitated the world over they got there by infusing a new originality into a tiring style of dance music – injecting energy through basslines and spirit through vocals and samples.


May 16 Showcase, Paris
May 18 – 24 USA
May 25 Life Festival, Detroit
May 26 – 28 Detroit
June 1 Rock In Rio, Lisbon
June 3 Love Saves The Day, Bristol
June 8 Serendipity, Foligno
June 9 Il Muretto, Jesolo
June 28-30 Hideout, Croatia

Bristol In:Motion Announce Full Line-Ups 2011

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Line Up

Featuring Jamie XX, Jamie Woon live, Toddla T, Henrik Schwarz, Jamie Jones, Calvin Harris, Danny Byrd, Joker, Soul Clap, Annie Mac, Rusko

Plus brands Cocoon, Hospitality, BLOC, Bugged Out & many more


  • Date:Fri 07th Oct – Sat 10th Dec, 2011
  • Time:10pm -6am
  • Location:Motion Skate Park, 74 Avon Street, Bristol
  • Price: Various


The start of the UK party season this year is led by Bristol’s pioneering party starters In:Motion. A series of incredible events striking hot on the heels of last year’s triumphant first season, which tore a hole in the skate park come club Motion, spread across five rooms indoors and out. 2011 brings artists from all musical persuasions capturing everyone from the heroes of the scene to the rising stars and bringing all manner of brands from the electronic music community together to embrace all dimensions of the underground dance movement.

The peerless Hessle Audio make their debut for the In:Motion series on 15th October, standing head and shoulders above the rest with performances from Jamie XX and Jamie Woon. Jamie XX’s movements out of his band, The XX to DJ and remix artist have been well received with heavyweights such as Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Florence and The Machine, and Canadian rap giant Drake. Jamie also released one of the anthems of the summer on NMBRs in the form of ‘Far Nearer’. Since Jamie Woon came onto the scene everyone has been scrabbling for the opportunity to see him live. His album debut ‘Mirror Writing’ saw him strike a terrific balance between convention and subversion, producing dubstep infused commercial tracks, alongside equally enigmatic and enchanting productions. Both of these artists are a rare sight in a club setting, but Bristol In:Motion’s festival atmosphere found within numerous intimate and vast spaces is an apt fit for these two sonic masters.

Bugged Out return for 2011 on the opening weekend on October 8th, bringing Jamie Jones, now a household name for a new generation of house and techno fans through his Hot Natured guise and Hot Creations label. It will have already been an amazing week for L-Vis 1990 & the Neon Dream who will have just released their staggering new album ‘Neon Dreams’ which features Para One, Teki Latex and Julio Bashmore. L-Vis 1990 (aka James Connolly) a London-based DJ and producer co-founded the groundbreaking Night Slugs imprint with Bok Bok. Also kicking things off in the first week is Fake Blood aka Theo Keating aka Touché. Under his many aliases, the man like Keating has produced some classics over the years remixing the likes of Underworld, Hot Chip & UNKLE. He’s become somewhat of a Bugged Out! family member and will bring his bass heavy bangers to the floor.  

Sharing the bill on opening weekend are firm friends and In:Motion family favourites Hospitality, who bring Danny Byrd, High Contrast and MJ Cole amongst others. Bringing together bass heavy music, an electrifying atmosphere and second to none production, Hospitality have grown into true titans of the scene, consistently bringing the best in show-stopping DJs from the constantly evolving drum & bass scene to a hugely faithful crowd. This summer they represented at the Parklife festival, ripped apart their own stage at Lovebox and set things alight at Global Gathering. D&B is back in Bristol, its spiritual home.

Sven Vath’s Cocoon, are to techno what light is to fire. They continue to touch thousands of people across every continent with their inimitable brand and unfaltering show. This December they will bring it to Bristol for the first time. The now iconic Tiefschwarz headline the show, exemplifying their playful talents for putting everything from electro to tech-house and slithering minimal under the scope and turning out consistently compelling sets.

Bristol’s own Just Jack bring Soul Clap on the 29th October to headline their highly acclaimed Halloween party The Gunpowder Plot which will be complete with circus acts and fireworks. The trend-setting American East coast duo leapt to fame through their relationship to the esteemed Wolf + Lamb family. This year saw them bridge new levels of notoriety through their special DJ Kicks album.

Moving back a little to November and BBC Radio 1’s Toddla T will make the crossing from Sheffield counties to blow the roof of Motion once again. Toddla T has firmly established himself in the last few years with production and heavyweight remixes for the likes of Roots Manuva, Hot Chip, Gorillaz and Tinchy Stryder and more, plus a DJ rep so strong that it bagged him a regular Radio 1 show.

Festival brands BLOC will join heavyweights Run and Bristol favourites Futureboogie, who bring the infamous Henrik Schwarz, ensuring there is something for every musical taste on show.

Add to that the incredible production team and a venue that verges on festival status with five rooms of varying calibre, and In:Motion’s second year is set to be bigger and better than anything else on the radar. 2011 sees improved sound engineering and facilities such as food court and photo booth.

Friday 7th October – Hospitality with Danny Byrd, High Contrast, Camo and Crooked, Netsky, Cyantific, MJ Cole, Dream, Mele, Tomb Crew,  Kito, Loadstar

Saturday 8th October – BuggedOut! with Fake Blood, L-vis 1990 & the Neon Dream, Boy-8-bit, Heidi, Jamie Jones, Bowski, Pariah, Waifs & Strays, Untold         

Friday 14th October – Shit the BED!  Caspa, Dark Sky, Ms Dynamite, Redlight         

Saturday 15th OctoberHessle Audio  Jamie XX, Pearson Sound, Jamie Woon – live

Friday 21st OctoberBlowpop  DJ Yoda, Plump DJ’s, Krafty Kuts

Saturday 22nd October  FWD//Rinse  Zinc, Ez, Plastician, Roska    

Friday 28th OctoberTokyo Dub  Radical Guru, Jahtari & Soom T    

 Saturday 29th OctoberJust Jack Halloween Party  Soul Clap, Tale of Us, Shaun Reeves, Midland  

Friday 4th NovemberAnnie Mac Presents…

Saturday 5th NovemberGunpowder Plot Bonfire Night Party  Smerins,  Gentlemen’s Dub Club, Babyhead    

Friday 11th NovemberRun   Rusko, Andy C, Grooverider, Scratch Perverts  

Saturday 12th NovemberField Day Night  Erol Alkan, Hudson Mowhawke 

Friday 18th NovemberAll Gone…with Pete Tong, Calvin Harris, Cadenza Showcase    

Friday 25th November – BLOC  Joker, Martyn, James Holden, Nathan Fake    

Saturday 26th NovemberFutureboogie  Henrik Schwarz, Julio Bashmore, Maya Jane-Coles, Bonobo

Friday 2nd DecemberHardcore Heaven  Darren Styles, Gammer, Evil Activities    

Saturday 3rd DecemberShit the BED  Skream, Jack Beats – live, Arab Musik    

Friday 9th December – Beardyman, Stanton Warriors, Tayo

Saturday 10th DecemberCocoon Tiefschwarz, Dyed Soundorom, Oner Ozer   

 The full line-ups can now be viewed on

Martin Dawson – Sunday Smoking

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2011 by dk

Moodmusic are proud to present the debut LP from Martin Dawson ‘Sunday Smoking’. Having just started releasing under his own name in 2010, ‘Sunday Smoking’ is the release that develops the growing relationship between Martin and Sasse’s Moodmusic label and it takes you through slow melancholic moments to deep, warm sounds with a house and techno mentality.
Martin released his first album ‘Chapters’ as King Roc in 2009 with critical acclaim and the success of this was highlighted with the nomination for best producer in DJ mag. Also known as one half of Two Armadillos, you can hear the influence working with Giles has had on Martin’s studio work and by the time this LP drops it will have seen a 12 month period with Martin releasing with some the most respected underground labels such as Cocoon, Get Physical, Crosstown Rebels, 2020vision, Kling Klong, Off and of course Moodmusic.

EMN:Another 1 Deep Melodic Chapter ‘Sunday Smoking’ from Martin Dawson
Sunday Smoking, title track,Club Hit!

Phil Kieran [cocoon] ‘SHH’ remix Ep +Free Download

Posted in Electronic, Techno with tags , , , , , , , on March 19, 2010 by dk

With a well-earned remix refill, Cocoon Recordings is taking a bow before the Belfast-born DJ and producer Phil Kieran, whose “Shh” album from last year, like rarely another album release, was able to prove how fresh, futuristic and complex the modern Techno can sound. The record starts with the Berlin-based duo Pan-Pot, who have had releases on Ware, Mobilée, SCI+TEC and Sender, and turns “Blood of Barcelona” into a subsonic work horse that sends shivers down the spine fans of reductionist Techhouse á la Dubfire and Radio Slave. Also the Dutch newcomer talent Egbert van der Gugten ennobles his remix with a comparably hypnotic bass line, but lets his track drift into the sunrise with Dub elements and a choir layer so beautifully that you indeed wish for an endless loop here. The same track is reworked by Patrick Kunkel – Cocoon’s head of digital distribution – over nine and a half cliff-hanging minutes somewhere between harmonic ostinato sounds and pumping Techdub Guy-Gerber-style. “Playing With Shadows” has been remixed by Kevin Gorman and Ingo Boss deals with “Blood Of Barcelona”, just as Pan-Pot. The sextet is completed by Matador’s digital-exclusive remix of “Dirt”, a track with distorted cellar noises and an unmistakable plucked bass, that is always carried by an organic warmth, in spite of all surprising noises and sounds. That’s how versatile Techno can be in 2010.

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