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Kraak & Smaak. Dutch House Trio Announces “Chrome Waves” LP out October 28th

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on October 4, 2013 by dk

Kraak & Smaak. Dutch House Trio Announces  Chrome WavesKraak & Smaak, a production trio hailing from Leiden, the Netherlands, turn their gaze skywards for their upcoming album Chrome Waves, out October 28th on Jalapeño Records. The production trio, consisting of Oscar de JongMark Kneppers and Wim Plug, inject slick, synthetic house music with a warm and sanguine disco feel. The album features collaborations with Dutch starJanne Schra, soul man John TurrellBen Westbeech and other standout guests – and upon listening it’s easy to see why the trio are favorites among house legends like Pete Tong. Kraak & Smaak’s ultra-glossy 11-track record takes you on a cosmic journey that straddles the perfect line between mellow and danceable – Chrome Waves will leave you feeling blissed-out, nostalgic and entertained throughout.


 1. The Future is Yours
2. How We Gonna Stop The Tme (Feat. Stee Downes)
3. Good For The City (Feat. Sam Duckworth)
4. The Upper Hand (Feat. Upper A)
5. Love Inflation (Feat. Janne Schra)
6. Your Body
7. Where You Been
8. F.A.M.E. (Feat. Retro Stefson)
9. Just Wanna Be Loved (Feat. Joi Cardwell)
10. Don’t Let People (Feat. Berenice Van Leer)
11. Back Again (Feat. John Turrell)

Kraak & Smaak will be performing live at Melkweg on October 16th as part of the official opening night of Amsterdam Dance Event showcasing new material from Chrome Waves with guest appearances from artists featured on the album for a memorable night of slinky beats and moonlight debauchery.

Soul Button feat. Stee Downes – In My Stride(Preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2013 by dk

soul buttonMultifaceted British imprint Underground Audio came out all guns blazing recently, with their debut release, Underground Fables Volume 1, proving they mean business. Their latest record comes courtesy of the equally fledgling Soul Button, with the German producer turning in the magnificent In My Stride alongside esteemed Irish vocalist Stee Downes.

Deep and colourful, the original’s lackadaisical flow and cosmic-sounding hues prove the perfect backdrop for Downes’ meandering, soul-enriched vocals. Delicate, playful and infused with a rich Balearic edge, it’s also a record that neatly coincides with the impending Ibiza season.

The record’s cosmopolitan edge is then cranked up a further gear courtesy of Romanian producer, Atapy. He handles the original in a vein that’s indicative of his own enhancing reputation, with an initially stripped-back feel bolstered by a series of clever chords and a sun-kissed bassline.

Habischmann leads the original to a more subtle place soon after, as he allows Downes’ striking vocals extra breathing space with his waif-like interpretation, before Sasch BBC & Caspar culminate proceedings with a percussion-laced, groove-soaked anthem that makes canny use of a rising underbelly of astute synths.

A soulful EP with something for everyone, In My Stride is sure to ignite dancefloors aplenty come summer time.

Soul Button feat. Stee Downes – In my Stride (Original Mix)
Soul Button feat. Stee Downes – In My Stride (Atapy Remix)
Soul Button feat. Stee Downes – In My Stride (Habischman Remix)
Soul Button feat. Stee Downes – In My Stride (Sasch BBC & Caspar Remix)

Mario Basanov – Journey,November 26th

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2012 by dk

– Mario Basanov is one of the main dance icons of Lithuania and gaining big status on the Worldwide circuit for his remixes, solo and coproductions

– ‘Changed’ single (with Vidis) was one of the biggest records of 2011 with close to a million hits on youtube, relicensed for 3 different labels and not leaving MTV Baltic Top 20 for 18 months  

– He won Producer of the Year in the Music Awards 2011 and is in demand from local pop stars for his production

– Consistent support from across musical styles counting fans from Gilles Peterson, Pete Tong,  Jazzanova, Atjazz, Laurent Garnier, Danny Daze, Soul Clap  

– His music has been released on Future Classic, Under The Shade and Needwant

 – ‘Journey’ features collaborations with his past vocalists Jazzu and Stee Downes plus his biggest tracks reworked into new versions.

Mario Basanov comes from a different angle to most dance music producers. He’s one of a handful from Lithuania to make waves globally and has over a decade of experience despite still being in his twenties.

But his versatility is what really sets him apart. His productions have a pop sheen to them sounding as if they’ve been touched by superstars. His‘Changed’ single from 2011 made with Vidis has almost a million views on YouTube and was relicensed to three different labels ( a prime example of his ability to turn dance music on its head and create long lasting hits in an usually disposable genre.

The Nile Rodgers of dance music, he is constantly approached by local pop heroes at home to produce their records. Perhaps it’s that he’s not afraid to make slow music, often less than 100bpm. Or perhaps it’s his adept use of vocals, taking classic voices such as Ernesto’s in ‘Changed’and embedding them with expansive melodies and crisp rhythmic arrangements.

In Basanov’s 16 track ‘Journey’ he exposes new and exclusive records featuring the vocalists that brought him to the limelight, such as Jazzutaking root in the elegant atmospheres of ‘Under Your Feet’ and Stee Downes who features on the more buoyant ‘Say What You Want’,shooting punches through the vocal lines and spinning magic within its synth basslines.

Basanov gathers many talented musicians for his long awaited polished full length, from the percussive master Rahjwanti for the graceful ‘Slip Away’to the feisty Miss Bee and sultry Athena Radford for the anthemic ‘Like A Child’.

These fresh offerings sit alongside revisits some of his biggest tracks to date with rare versions made especially for the album such as ‘We Are Child of Love’ and ‘Lonely Days’, the latter closing the album in epic style, parallel to a modern day Prince ballad.

His consistent and quality production techniques express a style that is both elegant yet enigmatic. His music sits as comfortably in the worlds of deep house, broken beat, nu jazz, disco, as well as the darker territory of acid and electro.

Label: Needwant
Cat no: NEEDCD009
Distribution: Above Board
Released: Monday November 26th, 2012


  1. Let It Go feat. Miss Bee (Album Version)
  2. Skywalker
  3. We Are Child Of Love feat. Minalga (Album Version)
  4. Alone In The Dark
  5. Closer
  6. Something About feat. Edwin Williamson
  7. Like A Child feat. Athena Radford
  8. Interlude A
  9. Say What Ya Want feat. Stee Downes
  10. Slip Away feat. Rahjwanti
  11. Under Your Feet feat. Jazzu
  12. High School
  13. Damn Girl
  14. Mes Souvenirs
  15. Interlude B
  16. Lonely Days (Album Version)

’Journey’ will be released on CD, digital and a special vinyl version that will include exclusive remakes for the vinyl release only. The CD version will include a second bonus disc of all his released singles to date. Basanov will be touring the album to every corner of the globe. In his debut album he walks the tightrope between the popular and the underground and makes the crossing with true finesse.

Tour Dates
19.10.2012 Stettin, Poland
20.10.2012 Riccione, Italy
25.10.2012 Berlin, Germany
27.10.2012 London, UK
31.10.2012 Pecq, Belgium
10.11.2012 Bolognia, Italy
16.11.2012 Thessaloniki, Greece
22.11.2012 Tbilisi, Georgia
07.12.2012 Bucharest, Romania
08.12.2012 Helsinki, Finland
13.12.2012 Guadalajra, Mexico
14.12.2012 Playa del Carmen, Mexico
15.12.2012 Mexico City, Mexico
22.12.2012 The Nest, London
31.12.2012 Barra Grande, Piaui, Brazil
03.01.2013 D Edge Sao paolo, Brasil
04.01.2013 Warung , Brasil
11.01.2013 Murmansk Russia
12.01.2013 Surgut , Russia

Download:Fur Coat ‘Mind Over Matter Promo Mix’ in Celebration of Debut Album Release

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2012 by dk

Last week, Sergio and Israel of Fur Coat released their debut album, Mind Over Matter, on Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels, and in celebration of the achievement, the lads from Venezuela are giving away a mix to the masses.(more)

Download the mix here

Fur Coat – Mind Over Matter


Kruse & Nuernberg – Let’s Call It A Day

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2012 by dk

Kruse & Nuernberg release their debut artist album through Lazy Days Recordingsin October.  ‘Let’s Call It A Day’ sees the Hamburg based pair – who have previously released on labels such as Noir Music, Liebe*Detail and their own Save Room Recordings – step outside their boundaries to present an eclectic journey through their musical influences, including Indie luminariesLittle Dragon, Metronomy and Pheonix. Live pianos and guitars meet their electronic world with finesse through 11 songs, moving through genres and tempos seamlessly in what Lazy Days’ boss Fred Everything has called “a classic dance album in the making”.

The album features singer Stee Downes, who collaborated on last year’s #1 ‘Want You In My Soul’ from Lovebirds, Nathalie Claude, who featured on Andre Lodemann’s ‘Searching’ and Japanese singer Miwaki. They also co-produced a piece with Florian Kruse’s brother, and deep house legend, Vincenzo (Dessous, Poker Flat).

Kruse & Nuernberg have been on the forefront of the revival of the Deep House scene in the past few years.  As remixers, they have put their magic touch to artists like Dennis Ferrer and Groove Armada as well as being remixed by legendary producers such as Tom Middleton and DJ Sneak. They are also part of the successful outfit ‘Wiretappeur’, who released on John Digweed’s Bedrock label.

The links between Kruse & Nuernberg and Fred Everything stretch back several years with each being a fan of the other’s work.  Their first release on Lazy Days came in May 2010 and they have now recorded three EPs for the label, including a recent collaboration with Fred.

1. Kruse & Nuernberg – Let’s Call It A Day (3:57)
2. Kruse & Nuernberg – For My Life feat. Stee Downes (4:29)
3. Kruse & Nuernberg – Elsewhere feat. Nathalie Claude (5:41)
4. Kruse & Nuernberg – Music Does The Talking feat. Vincenzo (7:16)
5. Kruse & Nuernberg – People Like Us (3:56)
6. Kruse & Nuernberg – Last Chance feat. Stee Downes (7:34)
7. Kruse & Nuernberg – Interacid (Interlude) (3:45)
8. Kruse & Nuernberg – Love Can’t Break You Down feat. Stee Downes (6:54)
9. Kruse & Nuernberg – Float feat. Nathalie Claude (5:40)
10. Kruse & Nuernberg – Leaves Falling feat. Nathalie Claude (5:19)
11. Kruse & Nuernberg – White Smoke feat. Miwaki (3:28)


Fur Coat-Mind Over Matter on Crosstown Rebels,September 17th

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

Fur Coat explore the power of thought in their first album for Crosstown Rebels ’Mind Over Matter’ after a steep climb into mainstream consciousness.

Fur Coat are about that space where darkness meets the groove. Their combination of live vocals and psychedelic synths create dance floor magic. The Venezuelan duo was spotted by Crosstown Rebels head Damian Lazarus little more than eight months ago, and they have since been on lockdown to complete their first studio album.

Bringing together some supreme guest vocalists such as Mel Blatt of All Saints fame, the young NYC star Rap Lisa, Big Bully known for his previous work with Jay Haze, Cari Golden, Argenis Brito and Stee Downes, the result is primed for taking charge of the dancefloor at the end of 2012.

Fur Coat plant the colour of their own continent – ‘Interlude’ takes a sample from the Venezuelan talking clock – while adding their own twist from their travels and supernatural experiences in mind-bending cuts such as ‘Spirit’ and the anthemic ‘You and I’ featuring Cari Golden.

“Mind Over Matter is a way of thinking that we have. We believe if you think what you want and you visualize it you can get it, and with the power of mind you can overcome any obstacle. Our inspiration is life itself, traveling, eating, knowing new places, new countries, meeting people, our girls (my girlfriend & israel wife), art, cultures.” Sergio Muñoz (Delete)

Fur Coat is the brainchild of Sergio Muñoz (Delete) and Israel Sunshine, two fresh producers from Venezuela. Their first single ‘Space Ballad’ feat. Argenis Brito featured a huge remix by Totally Extinct Enormous Dinosaurs and kept all eyes firmly focused on the duo.

The worlds of Sergio and Israel collided in 2004 in their hometown of Caracas but crunch time came in Barcelona, summer 2010 when the pair decided to develop their sound collectively. Intent on making something fresh and futuristic, they work with shades of the soul, funk and disco music they share as influences.

Combined with the omnipresence of Latin music growing up, a formative cocktail of Giorgio Moroder, Larry Levan and La Fania All Stars and Salsa Brava led to a vibrant musical philiosophy and powerful desire to work their magic on the dancefloor.

Label: Crosstown Rebels
Cat no: CRMCD019
Distribution: Above Board Distribution
Released: Monday September 17th, 2012


  1. Mind Over Matter (Intro)
  2. Those Days
  3. Pettit Pillow Feat. Rap Lisa
  4. She’s All Good Feat. Big Bully
  5. Falls Away Feat. Mel Blatt
  6. The Man Of The Hour
  7. Spirit
  8. Going Nowhere Feat. Stee Downes
  9. Change Resistance
  10. You And I Feat. Cari Golden
  11. Space Ballad Feat. Argenis Brito
  12. Understand What I Do Feat. Big Bully
  13. This Is The End

Tour Dates

June 23 – Katerholzig, Berlin
June 30 – Sankeys, Ibiza (with Craig Richards, Russ Yallop)
July 7 – RDZ, Guimares
July 9 – Calajunco Beach Club, Reggio Emilia
July 13 – Studio Martin, Bucharest
July 15 – Hakuna Matata Beach Club, Riccione
July 21 – Kontakt, Cadiz (with Lee Curtiss)
July 27 – Sun Goes Down Festival, Budapest (with Richy Ahmed, Robert James, Russ Yallop)
August 2 – Paradise @ DC10, Ibiza
August 5 – Tilt, Southend
August 10 – City Beach, Basel

Diesler – Tie Breakers

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2010 by dk

Diesler – Tie Breakers
(CD/Digital) Social Beats/Unique, 2010-06-04

Tracklisting :
01. Samba Magic (feat. Laura Vane)
02. Panther Sneer (feat. Double Yellow)
03. Deepest Cuba
04. South Side Morning (feat. Stee Downes)
05. Zebra Boogie (feat. Linda Bloemhard)
06. Pick Pocket (feat. Laura Vane)
07. Buzzin
08. Back to My Old Tricks (feat. Linda Bloemhard)
09. Chillin’ (feat. Caroline Ekström)
10. Change/Trust (feat. Stee Downes)

Diesler’s first release was Cotton Wool, part of Tru Thoughts Shapes One compilation: despite being written when he was only 20, the song still found its way onto Radio 1, a massive achievement for a debut track. This success was followed with the Ladies and Gentlemen Get Your Engines Ready EP in June 2004; a mixture of smooth, laid-back vibes and up tempo beats, from jazz and funk to latin rhythms, it showcased Dieslers globe-trotting sound, and magpie-like ear for the best samples, to devastating effect.

He followed that up with his debut album & double vinyl EP releases Diggin It Something Rotten in April 2005 and a calendar year later with Keepie Uppies, both of which are on the Tru Thoughts label. His 3rd album, The Rhythm Station, was released in October 2007 on Freestyle Records and a remixes compilation, ‘Tracks On The Rocks’ in 2009. He has just completed work on the next Diesler LP, Tie Breakers, which is due out on Unique / Socialbeats just about now in spring / summer 2010.

In addition to all his original work Diesler produced 2 songs for Tru Thoughts vocalist Kinny on her ‘Idle Forest Of Chit Chat’ LP and has worked on the soul project ‘Laura Vane & The Vipertones’ whose debut LP came out in August 2009 gaining support from Jonathan Ross, Mark Lemarr & Craig Charles (BBC Radio, UK).

With his 4th album Mr. Diesler, a truly unique musician and individual, has knocked out yet another killer LP that provides a 360 degree genre agenda – an overview of the 2010 nu-jazz scene encompassing hip-hop, funk, soul, house, broken beat, afro beat and electronica – The In Sound From Way Out! Don’t miss his regular show on that goes by the same name folks!

As a first proper 7inch single Unique will release ‘Reggae Magic’ – a stunning roots-reggae vocal version and DUB on the flipside derived from the original album track entitled ‘Samba Magic’ that was reworked and produced by french reggae aces Grant Phabao. Reggae Magic’s also featuring the wonderful vocals of singer Laura Vane with whom Diesler performs regularly as dj / soundsystem, completed numerous own productions & remixes and most recently co-wrote the successful album of Laura Vane & The Vipertones.

Soon to come is another 2nd single out on 12inch and cd with remixes of UK’s currently buzzin’ Warrior One outfit that takes ‘Samba Magic’ to a garage and somewhat dubstep grounds.