Digging Deeper with ANOTR

From the early career stages in an Amsterdam attic studio to being called a breath of fresh air, producers to watch, and future superstar DJs, the importance of commitment and patience is once again underlined by the prime example presented right before your eyes: ANOTR.

Consisting of 21 year olds Jesse van der Heijden and Oguzhan Guney, ANOTR are the house-meets-tech-house revelations of their time. After hours and hours of hard work and tweaks to reach undisputed perfection, the first eye-opening works of the Amsterdam based sparked the interest of record label Armada Music, subsequently leading to the release of summer anthem͚ Strobe͛ on Defected records breakout label DFTD in early October 2015.

Despite their tender age, ANOTR have played on summer festival hotspot Ibiza, rewarded their fans with multiple DJ performances during Europe͛s main dance music conference Amsterdam Dance Event, and graced plenty more internationally acclaimed clubs, venues, and festivals with their distinctive sound, and unmatched, on-stage energy.


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Win 2 Tickets to Avalon Presents: Hernan Cattaneo b2b Nick Warren Open to Close

Underground house masterminds Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren will be performing an open to close set on December 9th at the AVALON in Hollywood. Known for their melodic and hypnotic house grooves, Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren have established themselves as household names in the international club scenes.

As the head of Sudbeat Music and the guru of the emerging South American house music scene, Hernan Cattaneo has become a renowned DJ back when he released a mix on the classic Renaissance Masters mix series in 2004 alongside legends John Digweed and Sasha as well as having a place for a decade on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 poll. Aside from spinning at acclaimed nightclubs in Europe, Cattaneo has also seen himself behind the decks at international festivals performing for massive crowds.

Joining Hernan is Bristol’s Nick Warren, whose reputation as a DJ and A&R frontman for Hope Recording has made him a staple in the house music scene. Playing across the globe at extravagant night clubs almost every weekend and being the second half of acclaimed duo Way Out West, Warren is one of the hardest working and genre-defining producers in the game. His latest collaboration track with Israeli producer Guy Mantzur titled “Sad Robot” has received airplay and critical support from BBC6 and reached no. 4 on Beatport Techno chart.

Tickets to join Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren at AVALON on December 9th can be found here

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Premiere: Listen to Bosconi Soundsystem’s Spacey “Serotonin” Out On Bosconi Records

Months after their debut release, Bosconi Soundsystem is back with another killer package. The Italian production trio, consisting of Rufus, Mass Prod and Bosconi Records boss Fabio Della Torre, perk up here with Unrequested States of Bliss, a 2 x 12″ offering that’s packed from start to finish with spectacular dancefloor-ready cuts.

The action kicks off with “Serotonin”, a driving tech house jam that’s full of driving, spacey atmospheric overtones.

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There’s Still A Chance: California’s 4am Last Call Legislation Effort Is Still Alive

In 2016, California State Senator Scott Wiener introduced the LOCAL Act up in Sacramento, with the aim of giving local communities the ability (and choice) to regulate when establishments such as bars and restaurants would close, possibly upping the last call timing from 2am to 4am. Ultimately the bill failed to make it out of committee, although it received a lot of support and media attention before it was ultimately turned down.

But Wiener’s battle isn’t over just yet. He has now introduced the idea of a scaled-back “pilot” program version of the original LOCAL Act with the intention of focusing on a few statewide municipalities to gauge consumer interest and iron out any issues as they arise. And, as it goes, three of those chosen locations are in Southern California.

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Reggie Watts and John Tejada Team Up As Wajatta

Comedian and musician Reggie Watts and producer John Tejada have joined forces to form a new electronic/dance music group to be called Wajatta.
Wajatta, as the name suggests (a mash-up of Watts and Tejada), represents the collaboration of Reggie Watts and John Tejada’s inherent musical abilities. Having grown up with similar musical influences, the two draw from their love of urban electronic music. Best described as electronic dance, the new music has roots in Detroit techno, Chicago house, ’70s funk and New York hip hop. Tejada’s deep and melodic productions make a perfect backing for Watt’s wide vocal-range and live looping skills.

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Q&A: Bristol Duo Apexape Talk Ahead of What’s Up EP on Nothing Else Matters

 Apexape are an immensely talented DJ and production duo on the rise. With inspiration taken from Bristol’s thriving drum and bass, house and hip-hop scenes, they’ve forged and created a unique sound that blends their influences for fast paced and evocative DJ sets packing a real punch.

With support from the likes of Eats Everything, Camelphat, Rudimental and Disclosure, Apexape have gone on to play mammoth festivals including Glastonbury, Festival No.6, Budafest, Beatherder and Bestival during the warmer summer months, and Snowbombing in the winter.

Following a break-through 2016 year, Apexape have continued on their quest to introduce more and more ears to their brand of electronic music, working hard in the studio on a series of remixes for a whole host of artists from Emeli Sande to Offaiah, and their own productions on labels such as Eton Messy, Nothing Else matters and the legendary Strictly Rhythm.

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Premiere: Listen to Talal’s “Dark To Light” From Android Dream Release on Frequenza Records

2017 has seen UK artist Talal carve out a unique sonic space. Coming courtesy of King Street Sounds, ‘Control’ was a summer hit earning support from Maceo Plex, Adriatique and Solomun. The warm months also saw Talal headlining Cream Amnesia in Ibiza alongside Ferry Corsten and Paul Van Dyk, then subsequently showcasing his skills at La Torre alongside Rob Da Bank. Now embarking on his next musical endeavor Talal joins Frequenza Records.

Run by Nihil Young the Italian imprint has been a home to Maceo Pex and Ramon Tapia. Making his much anticipated debut on the label Talal presents his artist showcase ‘Android Dream’. Stylistically diverse, the seven track journey draws inspiration from the 1980’s yet sits comfortably in the present. Warm, vintage design profiles and a character rich sound highlight the collection which is sure to be a delight for even the most discerning electronic music aficionados.

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Premiere: Listen to Atjazz’s Remix of “The Believe” by Genetic Funk Ft. Mr V

Genetic Funk and Mr V’s ‘The Believe” spoken word groover of 2016 get’s a sublime make-over from the mighty Atjazz. Injecting some raw beat science, teased with abstract jazzy key hooks and celestial , Atjazz cultivates a hypnotic ambience to accompany V’s positive message… “Believe”!

Atjazz has carved a huge name for himself globally with his distinctive quality musical output through his own record label Atjazz Record Company and through other labels including Yoruba Records, R2 Records, Lazy Days Recordings, Local Talk and Miso Records, among others.

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Jeff Derringer Looks Ahead After Battling Cancer

The last time we interviewed Chicago-based producer, DJ, and Oktave boss Jeff Derringer was in September of 2016. A lot has happened in the world, and with Jeff personally, since that time. He played fantastic gigs at Bassiani in Georgia and Berghain in Berlin, and we even had the pleasure of hosting him in Los Angeles for one of our WORK events.

This past summer, however, Jeff was forced to take a break from performing to fight a relapse of cancer. This meant undergoing major surgery to remove the tumor and lymph nodes in his neck, as well as post-surgery chemo and Proton Theraphy. When he announced the unfortunate news on social media, Jeff made a promise to himself, “I’ve beaten this dreadful disease once before and I fully intend on doing so again.” Needless to say, he fought hard and kept his word following several harsh months that required him to take a step back from touring and his involvement with Chicago’s techno scene as a Smartbar resident and head of Oktave.

The great news is that Jeff is back behind the booth and ready to tour once more. Not only that, but he took what was undoubtedly an unfortunate situation and made the most of it, using the down-time at his disposal to produce music and launch Oktave Records, a goal of his that he had had for quite some time now. The label debuted with Jeff’s very own Control EP, featuring three originals from the man himself, and also kicked off a podcast mix series that has so far hosted quality techno the likes of Iori, Altstadt Echo and Annie Hall.

In light of all of this we decided that it was time to sit down with Jeff newly and go through everything that has happened in the second half of 2017, as well as to look ahead to the future that is now surely ahead of him!

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Perc Talks To Rave Curious the Morning After COMPOUND 2017

Think we got some well-deserved rest after COMPOUND 2017 closed its doors at 7am? Think again!

We rolled with Perc to the Rave Curious podcast, where he sat down for an interesting conversation about his secret to surviving in the tough world of techno—from loosing records in distributor liquidations (three times in 13 years) to playing packed clubs one weekend and half empty rooms the next.