In this episode I present a mix of Deep House Music that explores the sounds of Eastern Europe and Russia, and then we head to Chicago from whence DJ Wambat launches his Adventures in Space.
005 Deep House Music & DJ Wambat’s Adventures In Space
Table Of Contents
The EDM Hour: Deep House Music, Etc.
Set 1: Deep House Music, Indie Dance/Nu Disco, House, and Electronica
005 EDM Hour Set 1
|Run of Sevens||Ben Hoo||Kollektiv Traumwelt, Vol. 13||City Life||Deep House||08:12|
|Feelin' Good||Anton Ishutin & Denis Agamirov||Feelin' Good||Grusha Music||Indie Dance/Nu Disco||07:08|
|Phoenix (Johannes Brecht Remix)||Solee & Johannes Brecht||Phoenix Remixes||Parquet Recordings||Deep House||09:28|
|Natural Flavor||Deephope||Deep Magic Waters, Vol. 9||City Life||House||07:09|
|Spark (Remood Remix)||Douglas Greed & Remood||Spark/Noisy||Freude Am Tanzen Recordings||Electronica||08:15|
1. “Run of Sevens” by Ben Hoo from Kollektiv Traumwelt Vol. 13 on City Life.
How many young producers could say they’d remixed Fever Ray, Moby, M.A.N.D.Y & Booka Shade and Tiga before even releasing a solo single? It’s fair to say that Ben Hoo’s rise to prominence has been far from typical. After all, it takes true creative flair to carve out a career solely by interpreting the work of others—and London’s Ben Hoo has done just that. His two subsequent EPs, ‘Marea’ and ‘Modal’ for Get Physical sub-label Kindisch, showed his enormous potential as a solo artist, while a further artist compilation, ‘Collected’, for the imprint has established Hoo’s place among electronic music’s most promising new talents.
If there has been a theme running throughout London producer Ben Hoo’s career to date, it’s that he’s never wedded himself to a single style. Techno and house inform his recorded music as much as down-tempo and contemporary classical. Ben is drawn towards sound manipulation and design. His approach is steeped in audio reconfiguration, which he offsets by creating his own rich synthetic tones.
The most substantial example of Ben Hoo’s sonic explorations to date arrived with the album ‘Collected’. The body of work is a true testament to Hoo’s extensive musical ability and diversity, exploring techno, deep and tech house, sophisticated electronica and contemporary classical. “‘Collected’ was not intended as a traditional album,” says Ben. “I wanted each track to stand alone with its own sounds and own story. They were made from vastly different inspirations and a lot of experimentations in modifying audio.”
Ben Hoo’s diversity as a producer is mirrored in his role as a DJ, where you’re just as likely to hear him playing deep, dark house and techno to Berlin crowds as well as providing the soundtrack to sunsets in Ibiza.
Ben Hoo has 2 radio shows on Ibiza Sonica, “Ben Hoo’s Still Frame”, a daytime downtempo show, and “We Are Night People” an evening show, representing Hoo’s darker side. Both shows are broadcast globally on www.ibizasonica.com.
“Ben Hoo effortlessly traverses the boundaries between very well produced, sophisticated sounhttps://soundcloud.com/ben-hooding electronica and deep, warm, atmospheric techno…”
– Tilllate Magazine
2. “Feelin’ Good” by Anton Ishutin & Denis Agamirov from Feelin’ Good on Grusha Music.
General Director & Resident of Moscow based label “Grusha Music”. DJ, musician and showman. Residend: Barbados, Skazka, La Barge, Vinograd clubs. General Director “RWM Media” production centre. Conducting radio stations “Megapolis FM Moscow 89,5”.
3. “Phoenix (Johannes Brecht Remix)” by Solee from Phoenix (Remixes) on Parquet Recordings.
Normen Flaskamp aka “Solee” of Stuttgart / Germany
normen flaskamp began producing back in 1999 and was releasing records under various guises on different labels soon after – but it was in 2006 that his „solee“ alias was born, propelling him to new heights in the house and techno realm.
in the same year he decided to take the reins into his own hands and set up his own record-label „parquet recordings„ to disseminate his distinctive take on melodic techno, tech & deep house. since then, the label has amassed over 80 releases in 6 years across its main and ltd labels, as well as several albums and compilations and showing a real depth to its artist roster.
aside from his own revered imprint, solee’s productions have graced some of the best-known underground record-labels in the world: noir music, get physical music / poesie, john digweed´s „bedrock“, renaissance uk, sharam´s „yoshitoshi recordings“, danny howell´s „dig deeper“, kingstreet sounds, hernan catteno´s „sudbeat“ or silicon soul´s label „darkroom dubs“, only to name a few.
his tracks have appeared on some of the foremost compilations in dance music, released by names like global underground, balance series, defected, ministry of sound and also for his remix work, on tracks from artists like wankelmut, gui boratto, nick warren, dave seaman, oliver schories or aka aka & thalstroem, solee has picked acclaimed support over the last years from many international djs, radio stations & magazines.
his dj career began in the early 90ies but was put on hold when he started to get into the complex world of production. upon his return in 2008 – following several major booking requests – it was soon clear that he was a hugely able, intuitive and skilled selector. having djed across europe, he’s been able to communicate his labels accessible sound and ethos to crowds in many different countries. since 2013 he is focus more & more on his live-sets to perform his own productions on stage.
A classically trained and professional musician roughs up the electronic music scene…
There are bustling talents and there are reclusive virtuoso – Johannes Brecht undoubtedly fits in both categories. As a studio and live musician for many German major artists, Brecht was able to build a reputation as a talented newcomer in recent years. A whiz who acted mostly in the background – this is where Brecht felt most comfortable so far. Therefore, it makes little sense to pigeonhole the man from Stuttgart in only one genre. Let’s try it another way: If Johannes Brecht would be a book, the title could be:
A classically trained and professional musician roughs up the electronic music scene. As musical director of the Henrik Schwarz band, Brecht was responsible for all orchestral arrangements of his „Instruments“ project that sparked huge enthusiasm in Tokyo and Berlin as part of the Red Bull Music Academy. As Henrik Schwarz heard the first production of his band member, he decided to reactivate his label Sunday Music in January 2013 to release Brecht’s „Holla EP“. Unsurprisingly, very early Schwarz noticed Brecht’s virtuoso skills that have already been placed in Brecht childhood by a family of musicians. What sounds like the usual story; Brecht’s previous development offers a colorful kaleidoscope of many-sided talents. At the age of five he took lessons for classical piano, later he developed a passion for jazz music, which he channeled through his support in various bands as well as the construction of its first home studios. Logical step: study of jazz / pop and double bass and electronic bass guitar at the music college in Stuttgart, who hired him later as a sound engineer.
After a few orchestra tours through Europe and Asia, Brecht developed his interest in popular music studio technologies and his enjoyment of club and electronic music. But blunt dancefloor material is not his claim; his productions are have this melodic, deep and sometimes hymnic character. Although Brecht took his first steps into the light of attention in 2013, his latest projects exemplifies his quality as a producer. In addition to remixes for labels such as Strictly Rhythm, Sonar Kollektiv, Aeon audio or Something Happen Somewhere it is especially “Holla EP” on Henrik Schwarz’ Sunday Music, which legitimate his rising status. Even the single “Freedom Walks” on the Japanese label Mule Musique is convincing with a goose bumps creating feeling – the joint track with the singer/songwriter Fetsum became a highlight at this year’s Mule summer tour. And at end of November, Brecht appears with his “What ‘s About EP” on Steve Bug’s Poker Flat Recordings – a groove monster for house lovers.
Johannes Brecht stands for something what you can call the sound of the future. He is a bustling talent, a musician, a multi-instrumentalist and an exciting producer – a potent newcomer with a feel-good vision.
4. “Natural Flavor” by Deephope from Deep Magic Waters, Vol. 9 on City Life.
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