Collectively the trio of Rob Chadwick, Brett Sinclair and Johnny Cade have over 10 years of experience in the illustrious field of electronic music. From producing to label ownership the group have experienced the plethora of options the industry has provided.
Rob Chadwick is the proud owner of Breakoutaudio label with Darius Syrossian whilst Johnny has been making waves with releases on the likes of infamous British imprints 2020 Vision and Leftroom alongside taking the stage at various festivals throughout Europe. Brett Sinclair has since been progressing his sound from House through to Techno with releases last year on Made Fresh Daily and Intuitio Records amongst sets throughout the country, Ibiza and most recently across the water, with a recent move to Australia to work on the international side of Catch.
With that said, Catch was brought together after a productive week at Sonar last summer. Serious inspiration comes from those beloved German imprints of the nighties and early naughties married with the respect and dignified approach that’s widespread in the UK market.
Adding to the collective history arrives the first EP, three tracks that hold an outlook on the current climate with house and techno and splashes of structure within the releases opt for a strong outlook of what is to come in the future. Doubting Thomas will be leading the way with his EP release to kick start the launch of the label, a solid indication that the guys behind Catch are set to really focus on the refined art of electronic music, especially if Doubting Thomas’ release is anything like his “Bend The Pitch”. Intelligent and deeply emotive music.
An imprint for sensual, hypnotic house music and deeply textured techno…
Having become one of the most sophisticated and emotive producers in electronic music over the last decade, Guy J will now launch his own label on 23 July 2012. This exciting new platform will allow him to release not only his own critically lauded, sensual, hypnotic take on house music, deeply textured techno and wondrous ambient material, but also give him the freedom to sign and nurture new talent and hidden gems from established artists.
Berlin Music Days or BerMuDa, has been the festival on everyone minds the last few weeks and anyone who has been in the German capital this week would have been touched by the festival in one way, shape or form. The festival itself had a successful start in 2009, created by the originators of the worldwide renowned Watergate Club. Steffen Hack, Ulrich Wombacher and Niklas Eichstädt thought it was time to establish an authentic festival for electronic music, which originated from Berlin’s clubs. With 40 different locations, over 100 DJs and a stack of daily events all part of the BerMuDa festival, you can start to understand how it would have touched many people.
A notable factor in the countless number of events happening through-out the capital has been the amount of record labels taking over numerous locations to hold their own events. Watergate in particular was overrun almost every day of the week by Souvenir, Bpitch, Mobillee and Moon Habour, boasting line ups that would blow your ears off; Tiefschwarz, Ellen Allien, Kiki, Anja Schneider, Matthias Tanzmann, Miss Jools, Chloé and Thomas Muller. But there was clearly one label, on one night, that was going to make a huge imprint on the week of events. With a line-up of M.A.N.D.Y., Tim Green, Alexkid, Javier Logares, Siopis, Jona, David Keno and of course Smash TV performing a special live show, which Kai (one half of Smash TV) later said “was probably one of our best live performances so far”, the Get Physical label night at Watergate was leaving no doubts as to, which event was gleaming with potential.
Through a long standing partnership that lasted nearly 10 years with DJ T and Book Shade, M.A.N.D.Y. have carved a unique niche in electronic music by consistently selecting productions for their Get Physical label that induce their audience into a frenzy. The Get Physical label has been a predominant influence on the music scene in terms of the caliber of music, artists and parties it has unleashed on to the scene. And with M.A.N.D.Y., Booka Shade and DJ T all becoming so successful in what they do as DJs, producers and live performers, you could almost say that Get Physical held the title of having one of the most profound artists lists any label would dream of. Speaking with Patrick (one half of M.A.N.D.Y.) at Watergate, he explained whether each member of this dream team contributed in different ways to the success of the label… “Yeah, you could say like sound-wise, in the sound direction, we each had our own, but also in other aspects of running the label, I think we each brought something very special and important to Get Physical”. You could say that each one has been vital in the success of the label, Philipp’s charm and savy, Patrick’s allusive artistry, DJ T’s entrepreneurial sense and Book Shade’s collaborative genius. All this combining to form a masterful team that pushed the boundaries of dance music. But one does have to ask the question, that although three successful artists names leading the way may be a dream, how can a label work so in sync and successfully when those three successful names, or five individuals, are all at the helm?… “You know, we have this long standing friendship of over 15 years that transformed into a label. It wasn’t only from the outside, but also a real inner circle, free feeling vibe and emotions”, Patrick explained. A friendship that was clearly founded on and shared the same ideas and passion for the music they all love and have come to disburse on to the hundreds of thousands of fans around the world.
The beginning of this year unfortunately saw DJ T and Booka Shade leaving the label… “After nearly 10 years of working together, DJ T and Booka Shade left around the beginning of this year but for good reasons you know. Like Booka Shade, with this crazy artist career, didn’t really have time to focus on the label. There’s a lot of work involved. It’s not all just about sales, it’s not about making money, you’re actually happy if you don’t lose money… but there’s a lot of effort and dedication involved. And they felt that it wasn’t worth continuing to run the label. Thomas really got into a lot of A&R in the last few years and he’s really happy doing what he’s doing now and focusing more on his career. And Book Shade as well are happy to be focusing more on their career”.
M.A.N.D.Y. have been faced with not only a busy touring schedule this year but also with the running of the label, surprisingly enough they seem to be keeping the Get Physical label alive as ever; having over 20 releases so far this year plus the “Full Body Workout Volume 7″, not to meantion M.A.N.D.Y. still finding the time to put together “Body Language Volume 10″. Even though Booka Shade and DJ T many no longer be at the label, M.A.N.D.Y. have still retained a strong caliber of artists releasing on Get Physical. DJ T himself often releasing, along with Audiofly, Martin Dawson, Catz N’ Dogz, Mr C, SIS, Smash TV and Siopis.
M.A.N.D.Y. also seem to have an amazing view on music, their interaction with people is truly remarkable, transmitting their love and energy for the music to the people, not only through the their mixing, through their music, or through their actions and expressions behind the console, but also in the way they speak about the music.
A great example of their dedication and love to the music, would be when asking Patrick about his recent appearance at Bedlam, London, he explained…“I already played at the Bedlam party in Kent a couple years before, which was really good and it was a nice surprised to know that Tim had taken his night to London. I had heard so many good things about the first Bedlam in London at the beginning of the year. So when I had a last minute gig cancellation I agreed to play as a favour to Tim Green and his Bedlam night… and It was amazing, It was totally great. It was this warehouse in London and it had never been used before in the middle of nowhere. We came in and it was a bit like Panorama Bar, great audience with a proper club culture like Bedlam had already been there for years.”
Now, getting back to the Get Physical label party at Watergate on 02 Nov… It makes you wonder that with an intense tour schedule for M.A.N.D.Y. and keeping the Get Physical label alive, it does make you question whether all this has an effect on their DJing performance and the Get Physical party in question…
The answer is very simple… M.A.N.D.Y. alone played some of the most infectious body moving music around that was seamlessly blending together in that unrivaled M.A.N.D.Y. style. And considering this was a Wednesday night, Get Physical and all its artists provided Watergate and its perfectly energised crowd with a ‘full body workout’.
Special Thanks to Corey @ Professional Rockstars, Markus and of course Patrick.
Having been one of the jewel’s in Mobilee’s crown for a while now, revered DJ and producer Marcin Czubala is finally stepping out on his own: This month will see the Polish producer launch his own new label, Your Mama’s Friend, with three of his own productions backed by a KRL remix.
“Our sound will definitely focus on new forms of house,” says Marcin. “We are taking a lot of influence from the UK scene right now, and are sort of merging bass and post dubstep into 4/4 at this early stage. There will be much more than this, though, as we are not going to limit ourselves. We just want the music to be innovative.”
As well as aiming to deliver fresh electronic sounds, the label will also place great worth in the overall artistic value of the product, with great artwork and all important vinyl pressings a key concern for Marcin… “We are working exclusively with the legendary Dubplate & Mastering in Berlin to deliver the best quality records possible.”
The first three releases will come exclusively from Polish artists, as Marcin is keen to show off a developing Polish scene to the world. In time though, the scope of the imprint will not be limited. “For me music has no boundaries, it’s multicultural and international and we will keep it like this.”
001- Marcin Czubala – “Forever Young EP” (incl. KRL Remix) – October 2011
002- Viadrina – “Shining” (incl. jozif, Coat Of Arms and Mr Statik Remixes) – November 2011
003- Chmara Winter – “Szajba” (incl. Gregorythm remix) – December 2011
Hercules & Love Affair member brings back some much loved sounds in a modern setting with his MR INTL label…
Andy Butler seems to be on a mission to bring back some of those much loved sounds of the past with his label MR INTL. Having been launched at the end of last summer with the Butler & Kendig release, “And I’m (So In Love WithYou)”, it has continued to followed this path of some extraordinary groundbreaking music. Boasting a unique sound that many seem to be attempting to replicate but very few succeed in making an impact. It’s a sound that draws on the old influential analogue electronic sounds of the 80′s and early 90′s. But if we take this Butler & Kindig release, one which Andy himself believes is a prime example of what MR INTL is all about, then we can honestly say that the label is going to be hitting the nail on the head. That release alone seems to forge some amazing and creative, yet not so typical sounds, ones which you can clearly feel where the influence is coming from, but you are unable to predict exactly where its cool deep groove and slick transitions are going to take you.
Butler & Kendig – And I’m (So In Love With You)
The label has continued with similar releases, like Kim Ann Foxman’s laidback masterpiece, “Creature” or her deep funky “What You Need”. And now MR INTL releases a sublime one by Shaun J Wright… “Forever More”. The original mix has a remarkable feel of just creeping forwards in a mysterious manner, whilst some electronic jitters constantly try to escape, yet purposely failing so as to hold the suspense. And the vocal to this track just tops it off beautifully.
This release is accompanied by two redefining remixes, which both transform the pace and movement, only in very different ways. The “Aérea Negrot Remix” succeeds in pushing the pace further forwards than the original, adding a smooth rhythmical xylophone sound that blends well with an equally effective bass. There is a great progression to this mix as the gradual introduction of acid helps raise the mix further along with some well engineered LFO lead, filter work on some rather simple pads, building and building the mix to then simply ease things back down again.
The “Mastertape Remix” on the other hand leads with a deep bulging bass that has a slight acid edge to it covered with that magical vocal. And that’s about it… But the sheer consequences of such a simple mix is astounding. The mix is literally bulging with style and an unbelievably deep cool groove that even those “stand still at the bar with your drink in your hand human statues” will submit to a little body wiggling. This is one that will likely be dominating dance floors at 5am.
Shaun J Wright – Forever More
With such class music coming out of MR INTL we thought we’d hear from Andy himself about where things are coming from at the moment and where they’re going…
Tell us about the whole concept of MR INTL and how it came about?
“I just wanted to hear the sophisticated, deep elegant sound of deep house in the clubs again, had some friends that wanted to make it, and created an outlet for it. “
Artists featuring on the label seem to be Hercules & Love Affair members, is there any particular reason and can we expect to see any other artists joining the bill?
“Already we have remixers from outside, Wolfram did a single (not a part of Hercules), as is Jason Kendig from the Butler/Kendig collaboration. Yes many new faces in the future. “
What can we expect from MR INTL in the near future?
“A Kim Ann Foxman album, a Wolfram and Haddaway track(!), some stuff from some great guys in Tel Aviv.”
If anyone isn’t clear on what to expect from MR INTL, what one release would you recommend them to listen to, that you would say sums up MR INTL?
“Butler & Kendig – And I’m (So In Love With You)”
Genetikal Twins provide a taste of what music is for them and their label with the latest G-Sounds mix…
Hailing from the Italian city of Ancona, Genetikal Twins have put into action their plan to bring forth cool grooving music from some of the freshest and most creative artists the music scene has seen. In order to execute such a plan they have recently launched their own digital imprint, Indepth MusicRec, which has already released a the inspiration “Need To Go EP” by Highgrade and 8bit producer, Manuel ‘de’ Lorenzi along with Giammaria. An EP that rightly so, gained support from the likes of Matthias Tanzmann, Robert Dietz, Terry Francis, Adam Shelton, Raymundo Rodriguez, Nic Fancuilli, Danny Howells, Neil Quigley and numerous others.
Manuel ‘de’ Lorenzi & Giammaria – Need To Go
Manuel ‘de’ Lorenzi & Giammaria- R.I.P.
When we asked Genetikal Twins what made them start up Indepth MusicRec, they explained that… “because we love music in all its form, we love make it, experiment with new sounds and release our emotions in music; and then for the same reason we started to produce, also because living far from the biggest music centers like Berlin, London or Rome is difficult to be noted, build relationships and grow as DJs. To manage a label is not easy, but it allows us to find the music we like, that combines with our own music, to create a family that make us grow together and influencing each others music…”
And in terms of the ethos and aim of their family, they told us that… “Indepth Music Rec concrete the vision that we have of the musical world. Indepth will affirm its own idea of house-music, proposing an unique and identifiable style. Promoting and seeking new talented artists will be the mission of our newborn label… like H.Hiene said: “When words leave off, music begins”…”
And now, Indepth MusicRec’s latest release, is one by Genetikal Twins themselves, the “Vorticism EP”, which has been picking up support from Steve Bug, Chris Lattner, Danny Howells, Raymundo Rodriguez Nic Fanciulli, Onno, Florian Kruse and Mark Fanciulli. The main track to this EP, “Blast” is characterised by a tech house groove with percussive elements from the immortal Roland 909 with a deep bass and vocal hooks that drive the track while the hypnotic synth in the break gives its a darker edge. Yet on “Semp”, the soft synths and sophisticated melodies have been custom-made to spin the soul of the dancefloor up in the air.
The “Vorticism EP” also features two fine fluid reworks of “Blast” by the superb German trio Afrilounge. The impeccable groove of both versions is designed for the modern dance-floor. The huge, old style synths in their “Acidhouse Remix” immediately take you back to the 90′s, while the “Deep Dub Remix” runs with an infectious deep groove.
Genetikal Twins – Blast (Afrilounge Deep Dub Remix)
So now what do they have planned for the future?… “The first two EPs have been greatly accepted by the public and famous DJs and for future EPs we hope that we will have the same appreciation. We believe a lot in our family and the well-know producers that we have collaborated with, from Markus Homm to Afrilounge, Zeque and Mobius Strum, who have allowed us to bring the musical level to a very high standard. Stay connected because this summer and autumn will be really hot!…”
It may still be early days for Indepth MusicRec, but taking into consideration that the label already has two releases under their belt that can be summarised as “pukka music” (defenition of pukka: means ‘authentic’ or ‘first-rate’.), alongside the fact that they have secured a release from Manuel ‘de’ Lorenzi and Giammaria, as well as superb remixes by Afrilounge, it’s undeniable that Indepth has got itself off to an impressive start. And by the determination and emphusiasm of label boss’, Genetikal Twins are most likely to take the label to bigger and better heights.
Genetikal Twins have been so kind as to give us a taste of what their music is all about with their mix for the G-Sounds podcast. Their mix gives an insight into what kind of sound they are striving towards with not just their DJing and producing, but also the music being released from Indepth.
Circular Sound Recordings is set to push new boundaries with Barry Jamieson’s caliber of music…
Barry Jamieson is a name that not so many may be familiar with but would have surely inadvertently come across some of his work. He’s been on the music scene for over two decades, which has seen him working on remixes for Madonna, New Order, Depeche Mode, UNKLE and Seal, to which he was co-nominated for a Grammy. But his experience doesn’t just lie with mainstream artists, as he also worked on remixes for the likes of BT, Bedrock, and Breeder. But of recent, he has spent the last 8 years working alongside Sasha and Charlie May, recording and mixing, especially on the two ground breaking albums by Sasha; Involver and Involver 2. His work with Sasha has seen him working on remixes for The Doves, Damian Lazarus, Little Boots and Hybrid. Not to mention that he was co-owner of Fluid Recordings and one half of Evolution.
Now has come the moment where it seems Barry has harnessed all of his great experience and knowledge to focus on his new imprint, Circular Sound Recordings. Although CSR may seem for the time being to be an output of Barry’s own material, it has the vision and scope to introduce genre spanning music from an array of producers of a similar caliber as it focus’ on depth and quality.
Having only been launched at the end of 2010, CSR already has numerous releases to its name by Barry himself. The first release ‘Deckstomper’ sets the bench mark of the label, and it sure sets it high. With its pulsating bass giving it a funky groove, the track chugs along with a real open ambience to it, before it breaks into a stronger analog feel with big sounds.
Release number two, ‘The Sound’ has a more laid back pass to it with a real dark analog feel that falls into what can only be described as a real crazy breakdown. Before it drops back into the beat with this crazy arpeggiated synth.
Third release, ‘Lost In Brooklyn’ has a slightly deep, driving feel which seems to magically breath as it floats along, gently rising. This track is a serious piece of work, but doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously, allowing the you to just drift with the groove. This track is great for building the atmosphere. Its ‘Naked 303 Mix’ is exactly what it says it is, oozing a very retro acid sound, this is enough to get anyone’s head exploding.
And Barry doesn’t seem to be easing up just yet as he released in the CSR newsletter that he has “been working on a track this past week that’s definitely got an emotional edge to it. It’s quite a melodic track so far. Lots of Jupiter 6 and MS20 analogue noodleness all over it, and a good bit of analogue distortion.”
With such great music coming from Barry, CSR looks set to take electronic music forward with experience and reputation.
Barry Jamieson – Deckstomper (Original Mix)
Barry Jamieson – The Sound (Original Mix)
Barry Jamieson – Lost In Brooklyn (We Are Melting Mix)