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Having enjoyed a breathlessly successful 2015, there can be no doubting Alan Fitzpatrick’s position as one of the most influential electronic artists of the moment. Pumped up by yet another series of head-turning productions over the previous twelve months, the Englishman’s profile continues to transition rapidly from the techno underground towards the electronic music main stage , attracting significant attention from BBC Radio 1, Mixmag and Resident Advisor and elevating Fitzpatrick to the position of global headliner. A status supported by the release of Fitzpatrick’s Fabric 87 mix compilation in April 2016 and the accompanying 25-date tour that will roll out across Europe before touching down in North and South America.
Already a universally respected and in-demand producer, Fitzpatrick has succeeded in carving out his own musical niche within the ever-expanding genre of techno, earning him the reputation of a seemingly unstoppable source of hit music. Tracks such as ‘Love Siren’, ‘Truant’, ‘Skeksis, ‘For An Endless Night’, ‘Always Something For Nothing’ and ‘Reflections’ (a BBC Radio 1 Essential New Tune) have all topped sales charts since 2009, drawing high praise from peers and tastemakers across genre divides for the vibrancy, originality and inventiveness that has come to characterise Alan Fitzpatrick’s music. Whether he is adding diva vocals to cavernous beat workouts, fusing emotive chord sequences with trademark heavy-funk grooves, blending jungle beats and hardcore bass lines with barnstorming techno dynamics, or conjuring up sumptuous low-slung soundscapes; Alan Fitzpatrick knows how to move your mind, body and soul by delivering tracks that stand out from the norm.
As if this impressive succession of high impact, floor-filling bombs was not enough to sustain the best-selling Drumcode artist, a new sound has emerged from Fitzpatrick’s sonic palette; broader in its range and rooted in experiments with more soulful or deeper influences from across electronica, breakbeat, dub and house. Despite spreading his musical wings, Fitzpatrick’s magic touch remains with this latest departure producing some of his biggest hits to date in the form of stand-out releases for B-Pitch Control, Hotflush Recordings and Hypercolour, plus remixes for Roisin Murphy, Leftfield and Pan-Pot and not forgetting his remix of Trus’Me ‘I Want You’, a huge Ibiza anthem and a unanimously popular choice for DJs spanning the club spectrum through the latter half of 2014. All of which further reinforces the necessity for observers of all things techno to recalculate what it is that they can expect from an Alan Fitzpatrick record.
The same intuitive sense that Fitzpatrick possesses in the studio is also evident when he steps into the DJ booth. A regular guest at a long list of high profile clubs across the globe and an alumnus of the coveted BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, Fitzpatrick has a global profile. Fans from all over the world are attracted to the energy of Fitzpatrick’s trademark tough, hooky grooves and incendiary beats molded together with cerebral moments of emotive melody, the man from Southampton can be found headlining events across Europe, North America, Asia and South America, clocking up well over 100 performances in 2015, including 30 festivals and a busy Ibiza season playing for Carl Cox @ Space and Tribal Sessions @ Sankeys.
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Hailing originally from Venezuela, and now based in Barcelona, Fur Coat’s story is one of passion for techno and electronic music. It’s a tale of deep, dark driven beats and rolling grooves that both encapsulates the mind and moves the feet. It was this love of music that by chance in 2004 brought Sergio Munoz and Israel Sunshine together and led to a musical intertwining which would drape itself royally over the shoulders of the music industry. This is the story of Fur Coat…
In 2010 Crosstown Rebels founder Damian Lazarus unearthed Fur Coat and promptly signed and released their debut EP “Space Ballad”. However It would be their release ‘ You and I’ featuring vocals from Cari Golden in 2012 that would put the name Fur Coat on the tongue of weekend warriors across the globe. ‘ You and I’ became a global anthem and added fuel to the Fur Coat fire that was already blazing bright. Their debut album ‘Mind Over Matter’ quickly followed and was a smooth blend of club bombs and downtempo grooves that received rave reviews. As a result the guys found themselves racking up the airmiles and rocking the dance floors of the most prestigious clubs in the world on a weekly basis. Their longstanding friendship and musical kinship came into its own when in the DJ booth, seeing them able to piece together breaking sets and wowing crowds at clubs such as DC10 in Ibiza, Watergate in Berlin, The Warehouse Project in Manchester, Rex Club in Paris, Fabric in London, Verboten in New York, Warung Beach in Brazil and many more.
April 2014 saw another landmark as the guys released their first original material since Mind Over Matter. ‘Theres No Time EP’ came out on the much hyped Hot Creations imprint from Jamie Jones & Lee Foss, followed quickly by ‘The Right Move EP’ for Ellen Allien’s legendary Berlin imprint Bpitch Control, which featured the vocal talents of Jaw from DOP, again cementing Fur Coat’ s name at the top of the industry. September 2014 saw the duo’s much anticipated return to Crosstown Rebels with the killer ‘U-Turn EP’ and its eponym lead track adding a new global dance anthem under their belt. On top of another year of intense touring, it led them to enter the prestigious RA Top 100 Poll straight into the 66th position.
When most of the other acts would have stuck with the same tested recipe for success, 2015 was a year of change as they evolved their production prowess towards a darker techno sound, delivering bombs that both implode and mesmerise the dance floor at peak-time. This change didn’t go unnoticed, coming with reworks request for Stephan Bodzin (Systematic Recordings), Ruede Hagelstein (Watergate) and GoldFFinch (Turbo) all of which broke into Beatport’s top 10 techno charts. Their dexterous skills were promptly picked for the infamous Balance mix compilation series and for the highly respected Essential Mix on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show. On the production side, industry legend Sasha released their ‘Katarsis’ EP on his revered label Last Night On Earth describing their productions as “great dancefloor records […], the perfect records for the middle of the set that can really take the roof off the club”.
2016 is set to be another excellent year for Fur Coat with new releases on Watergate Records, their awaited return on Crosstown Rebels and upcoming remixes for Edu Imbernon, Nicole Moudaber and Matador. Add on top an endless touring schedule and it’s not hard to see why Fur Coat’s rise shows no sign of stopping.
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Back in the mid-90s, Marco Resmann took his first stumbling baby steps behind his two Technics decks and DJ mixer. The maelstrom of techno and house had already taken hold of Marco, first from tapes and radio, and then in clubs and the famous annual Loveparade. His hometown Berlin – the whole of Germany, actually – was in a state of anticipation, and he was happily right in the midst of it. There was so much to discover: every centimeter of this new magical, musical universe had to be uncovered, measured and tried out. The first drum machines and synths, the first self-produced tracks, the first parties – everything was intense and new. The world was set on fast-forward with the bass drum as its constant pulse, laying the foundation for Marco’s professional career. Whether as a DJ or producer, he was constantly gathering knowledge and refining his skills, never following a master plan, but rather simply following his passion and personal convictions. Chuck Roberts once proclaimed, “House is a feeling,” the meaning of which was certainly not lost on Marco: it changed his way of thinking, and house music would become the soundtrack of his life.
One of Marco’s earlier projects stemmed from a chance meeting at a New Year’s Eve party into the new millennium, where he first met Norman Weber. They quickly realized that they were on the same wavelength, with the same songs putting sparkles in their eyes and inspiration in their minds. They began to DJ together and spent many long, sleepless nights in the studio until the fruit of their partnership had a name: Luna City Express. By 2005 Marco had gained enough momentum to turn his passion for music into a professional career. The duo formed an alliance with Moon Harbour Recordings, becoming a flagship act of the label, releasing a number of EPs over the years. It was around this time when Marco also brought a new project to life: Pan-Pot with Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix. The trio’s work brought minimal techno into trippier directions, catching the attention of Anja Schneider who soon signed them to Mobilee – her newly formed label now had a main act! Aside from these projects, Marco also produced under the alias Phage, first releasing on Martin Landsky’s label Intim. Under this name he would often collaborate with Daniel Dreier, and the pair released a series of successful productions with Highgrade Records, Klang Eletronik and Sender. By the end of 2006, Marco’s rising profile earned him a residency at famed Berlin club Watergate, where he continues to play regularly, leading to his own installment in their famed mix CD series.
When Marco Resmann really brought things into focus, though, was 2007, the year he founded Upon You Records with Hawks Grunert (with whom he runs the company to this day) and Marcus Meinhardt (who left the unit to launch his own label). Their new platform allowed him to concentrate on his solo career as he shed away his alias in favor of his birth name. He also decided to discontinue collaborative work, with one exception: the longstanding venture Luna City Express, which is still going strong after Hello From Planet Earth, the 2009 debut full-length marking ten years since their formation (as well as an outward approach to different musical styles).
Meanwhile, Upon You continues after five years, with over 60 releases from artists like Ruede Hagelstein, ONNO, Emerson Todd, Gunnar Stiller, Re-UP and of course label head Marco himself. Mr. Resmann and his co-enterprise have advanced to become a major part of the international club scene, and even brighter moments are sure to come…
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Woo York (Live)
Woo York are techno’s men on the mission. Since the start of their career back in 2009, the Kiev-based duo has come a long way from being Ukraine capital’s local heroes to becoming an internationally recognized live act with their own signature sound. And it is right now when they’re making a step forward by constantly widening their audience globally.
2012 was the year Woo York became integral members of international techno community, releasing a set of strong EPs on legendary Glaswegian label Soma Records and Planet Rhythm, a veteran techno platform they ended up managing and curating for a few years afterwards. Woo York’s sound wasn’t just plain four-to-the-floor techno, it was the melodic side of their music that has made them the act you had occasionally come across with during recent years.
Arguably the biggest milestone in Woo York’s career so far is their appearance on Life And Death in early 2015. Since their debut EP ‘The Valley Of Songs’ hit the stores, the duo has become closely associated with the globally renowned label rub by Tale Of Us and – naturally – has taken part in a number of Life And Death showcases around the world, including but not limited to gigs in Dubai, Barcelona, Offenbach’s Robert Johnson, Sonus Festival, ADE, Ibiza’s DC-10 et al. Not to mention their already impressive gig portfolio consisting of shows at Berghain, Tresor, Corsica Studios, Razzmatazz and other major venues all across Europe.
Performance-wise Woo York are known for their live set first and foremost. Either dancefloor-oriented or experimental, it represents a highly improvisational piece of music with strong hardware background. On the other hand, you just can’t pigeonhole it into either surface alone: Woo York bring the energy associated with techno to the very ‘leftfield’ shows and effortlessly incorporate avant garde elements into club setting. Diversity is the key.
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Born in Bonn, Germany, 1984, Andre has been obsessed with music since an early age. By the time he was 12, he was experimenting on his first mixer and a Dennon, mainly mixing hip-hop & rap while living in the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. At the age of 15 he was introduced to electronic music through attending and assisting in the organization of many underground House and Techno parties in the Dominican Republic (Caribbean).
Needless to say, he was immediately captured by the sound and vibe of these events. At age of 17 he was spinning Techno and Tech-House, influenced by the sounds of Chicago and Detroit, Phoenix G, Plus 8 Records and KMS. Experiencing the drive and raw energy of the likes of Derrick May, Jeff Mills and Richie Hawtin had a massive impact on him and set his course as a DJ.
As he began to define his own sound, he took influences from Detroit’s atmospherics, Berlin’s clinical precision and Chicago’s raw energy. At this time he was playing in local clubs on North Coast of the Dominican Republic. At 18, he moved back to Germany, intent on developing his individual sound and build his DJing career. Carving out his sound and constantly fine tuning it he has arrived at a smooth blend of House and Techno. It all began to come together in 2004, when he moved to Barcelona to study Electronic Music Production
Andre Buljat is ever absorbing the sounds, energy and vibrant atmosphere of his home city, readying himself for maximum output. He is poised to release his unique House and Techno sounds on wax, ever refining his style and always looking to take things to the next level. Currently he is working on new releases.
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Hernan’s first contacts with music production coming from the vital influence from the environment of their fellow musicians and their recording studios in their teens on the 90’s; from where he began to look in the musical production before deejaying.
Starting 2016 with strong releases on Serialism and Yakazi labels,
his particular exquisite taste as music selector and his stylistic versatility as dj, placed him as a one of the talents capable of driving dancefloors at whim, with an infallible technique; and with a wise vision cooked right between undergound sonorities from house and techno.
Originary from Buenos Aires (Argentina) , based in Barcelona (Spain) since 2001, Hernán Herrera get well recognized in the industry from 2010, from his own project FACT, believing in the powerful socializing element of music and thanks to that changing people’s moods and strengthen reasons for being here even more.
As a tireless madman of music, he lives exploring new trends and tracking the origins and progress of various musicals, sharing the dj booth with international wellknown names, touring several major clubs all over the world.
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Himan was born in Lisbon, Portugal. His passion for electronic music began in 2002. His unique take on house music stems from his love of dizzying rhythms and hypnotic flourishes of melody. Above all, his main goal is to get people dancing, smiling and generally having the time of their lives. This Portuguese producer has made some serious inroads in the international dance music scene, with his work being played by some of the biggest names in the business such as Laurent Garnier, Josh Wink, Âme, Ian Pooley, Joris Voorn, John Digweed, Deetron and Carl Cox. He has had his music remixed by Tiefschwarz, Patrick Chardronett, Brendon Moeller, Samuel L.Session, and Basic Soul Unit.
His first taste of success came with the release of “The Himan Experience” in 2009 on Swedish label Kant Recordings, whose “The Sky Above Me”, hit the top of the digital charts.
One of the highest points of his budding career was signing to Connaisseur Recordings, where he had the pleasure of remixing Mutant Clan (Timo Mass & Santos) and Brendon Moeller.
In October 2010 he signed a track to Galaktika Records, called “Inside You”, which was included in a compilation to celebrate the label’s fifth anniversary, alongside names such as Maetrik aka Maceo Plex, Iron Curtis and Chopstick, among others, however it was Himan’s track that caught people’s attention and it became the release’s biggest seller, once again hitting the top of the charts.
In 2012 he released music on two of the world’s biggest dance music labels, Cocoon Recordings and Freerange Records. Sven Vath’s label selected one of his tracks for a compilation CD mixed by Joris Voorn, while Freerange Records released a various artists EP on vinyl, where Himan was paired with Milton Jackson and Jimpster. The beautiful “Empty Pocket” from that release was supported by names like Âme and Ian Pooley.
In 2014 he released a 12” for a NYC based label called Resolute, with a Tiefschwarz remix on the flip side, which gave him a serious boost in notoriety.
He also released “Rocket Science” on AMAM, in collaboration with his friend Pedro Aguiar, which was charted by Osunlade and hit the Beatport Tech House Top 20.
His hypnotic melodies, irresistible groove and the transparency he puts into every track, have earned him the attention and interest of those with their ear to the ground.
In Portugal he plays in the countries’ best clubs. He also frequently plays all over Europe (UK, Germany, Spain, Croatia etc) continually challenging crowds with his intense live act and passionate DJ sets.
Last but not least, Himan runs Release Sustain Recordings, a label that is starting to make some serious waves. The east london label already has three sold out vinyl releases. The last one was a huge success and one of the tracks was included on the latest “Get Lost” compilation by Crosstown Rebels, curated by fabric resident Craig Richards, and hailed by Seth Troxler as the best compilation of the year. In other Release Sustain news, the mighty Art Department have chosen Fred P´s Remix of Brooks Mosher’s “Get Ready” for inclusion on a fabric compilation.
For the future, Himan has a host of new releases planned and his re-vamped live act is something you will most definitely not want to miss.
Taking sonic cues from DJ’s and musicians such as James Holden, Andrew Weatherall, Michael Mayer, Apparat, Luke Abbott, Nathan Fake, or Fairmont, the first records he heard from Kompakt and Border Community were all the impulse he needed to move back to his hometown to pursue a degree in sound engineering. While there, he was fortunate enough to land a few prestigious gigs warming up for DJ’s such as Mobilee’s Dan Curtin, Serge Santiago or Timo Garcia.
Since returning to Portugal in early 2009, he has shared DJ booths with a lot of the artists who inspired him at the first place like Nathan Fake, Extrawelt, Luke Vibert, Jon Hopkins, Mark Henning, or Applescal. He has played in all of Portugal’s best clubs including Lux, Gare and Musicbox and at festivals such as Neopop, Festival Forte, the world renowned BOOM FESTIVAL, RitterButzke in Berlin, and Vlla in Amsterdam
As a producer he has released music on the berlin-based Aromamusic among others. In 2013 he founded Two Dots Recordings a label/collective based in Lisbon and Stockholm with longtime friend Thomm (Paperweight). His first track for the label, “Omission” was later picked up by Fever, who have put out music by Max Cooper, Gabriel Ananda, Applescal, Wesley Matsell and Avus, among many others.
He kicked off 2014 with an invitation from the Red Bull Music Academy to play at the second edition of Boiler Room in Lisbon. The reaction to his performance was overwhelmingly positive with many people declaring his set as the best of the evening. A host of invitations followed including Rock In Rio, a return to the Boom Festival, Festival Forte, the closing set at Outjazz, and he rounded out the year with a well received gig in Amsterdam.
In January of 2015 he was asked to return to the Boiler Room where he played an explosive set with good friend and frequent studio collaborator, SwitchSt(d)ance, followed by a memorable evening at Lux. To round off the month he played at Musicbox with Ninja Tune mainstay Falty DL. The combination of powerful percussive elements, hypnotic melodies and an eclectic and often surprising musical selection, make Twofold one of Portugal’s most interesting underground artists.
As a DJ, his style is ultimately based in house music, however a few techno tunes are always present in his sets. His technique is based around an expert balance of melodies, fluid bass lines, big beats and free flowing grooves, a winning combination that sees Trigger win over new fans every time he plays.
Over the years he has shared the DJ booth with some of the world’s finest purveyors of electronic music such as Adam Beyer, Booka Shade, Chris Liebing, Dave Clarke, Anja Schneider, Matador, Steve Bug and countless others.
Constantly on the lookout for up and coming talent, you can always expect ground breaking, eclectic and innovative music from Trigger whether through his selection of international headliners at an LX Music event or behind the decks.
At the age of 14 he put together his first Emo Core band. In 2002, almost by accident, he slowly started delving into electronic music through working at Valentim de Carvalho, a record shop where he had access to a whole new world. This blossoming interest gradually became an obsession, which led to him learning how to mix and ultimately to becoming one of Portu gal’s most prolific producers.
In 2007 Filipe joined forces with another like-minded Lisbon producer, Manuel Calapez, under the name “Internal Sync”. Together they helped put Portuguese techno on the map releasing music on labels such as Anthony Rother’s DATAPUNK, FORTEK and KLANG-GYM- NASTIK the latter even licensed one of their tracks for release on a Ministry of Sound compilation. The duo played all over Portugal and Europe, ultimately ending the collaboration amicably, citing creative differences. In 2009 he started working on his own solo material as JACKSPOT. His deep, techy grooves found their way to labels such as HIGHGRADE, INTERNATIONAL FREAK- SHOW and his home base, BRISE. He also worked on a collaboration with his cousin HIMAN, the fruits of which where released on Florian Meindl’s FLASH.
Shortly thereafter, Jackspot kicked off a new project called “Cisco Cisco” with his close friend Julio Maciel. Their music was released on APERSONAL and licensed to GET PHYSICAL and DEFECTED.
At the time of writing, JACKSPOT is hard at work with his different projects to which he is considering adding a new one that will bridge the gap between the dance floor precision of techno and the warm, inviting grooves of house, called “Kind of People”. If the past is any indication, it’s going to be a winner.Online through RESIDENT ADVISOR
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