Forthcoming releases: Rotkeller- Sublime EP (CH)- T.O.P. Competition

Rotkeller are coming from the cold Switzerland to warm our minds with their new EP both on luana and everest records.

The Sublime EP is another great skillfully crafted piece of edgy electronica. The pair know how to rock the darker side of the Swiss electronic music scene. The A side is straight down business the way Rotkeller know best! Walker starts as a dramatic stand out piece or bass music that some how refines itself as an upfront techno groove when the bass line steps into the next gear.

Sublime, which gave its name to the record, is more like a soundtrack of a suspense movie hiding surprising changes expressed by breaks and a district harmonica, unfolding the perfect audiovisual plot making us wait watch next with an epic end, the end of Sublime¡ dynamic loops like an industrial metamorphosis. Herr Vodmar – Call Of War from the previous EP is getting back with different faces and more remixes of it. Maybe the most upbeat tracks of the EP bringing the balance between darkness and light,adding to the dynamic contrast.

The Kelpe version chugs along nicely with twisted licks from the original and the fat analog bass while the Baumeister version gives you an end of set record to close a big night with.

Delete gets a face lift from their previous album,courtesy of Dave Eleanor, who elegantly controls the suspense of the boys gnarly hardware gear . Bitumer (Digitalis remix) rolls in some scattered jungle grooves with some warm vintage sci-fi undertones to stitch it all together.

This is a quality package and strictly limited release a dramatic bass music with hints of jungle and industrial attitudes. Strictly for lovers of the eccentric dark beauty in electronic music.

Listen and buy on: https://luanarecords.bandcamp.com/album/sublime-ep-12

T.O.P. TALE: We give for free to one of our TOP readers the unreleased yet Sublime EP. You just need to either like or comment the post about Sublime EP on Tales of Psychofonia blog or on our  facebook page and we will pick up a name out of the hat.  Saturday morning the winner will be announced. 

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T.O.P. Podcast series: Albert.O (ES)

Albert.O is a 100% house spirit.

Coming from the island we spent the last 3 years, Mallorca, he has a deep knowledge of house music in particular, chicago and old school stuff with a special love to acid house.
We have  listened to him several times playing on the island as he is running,  with another great dj known as Gondar , the best house and techno parties over there. They are Velvetine Colectivo.If you ever find yourself in Palma do not miss these guys’ parties.

Incredible spirit with the best of them in Summer with their Exposono festival in a rural rustic traditional Majorcan house. At exposono fest we saw Satore (Hizou deep rooted) and Alienata (BE) giving their best and making our night life on this island really special. Although the scene is quite silent and there is not too much eclectic stuff going around, these guys keep the standards really high! We deeply thank you for that.

Here we have a smooth journey from soul foul tunes to deeper chicago house.
Enjoy Albert.O in one his best mixes exclusively for T.O.P.

T.O.P. Interview: Mourad Sliti (Sweden)

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Mourad Sliti aka Dj Mourad is a producer and dj from Tunisia, based in Sweden, he started  djing  since mid80s.  Now he is coming back with a really  mature and high quality  EP under the title Tacotac, another work that is reflecting his broad knowledge and experience in music. An EP released on Minimal Soul Records, a strictly vinyl label.  

Straight after listening that record I contacted him without second thought as he is one of the artists we really appreciate always coming up with a surprise. 

Tacotac it has all the characteristics of what we consider timeless “diamond” with its deep, dynamic tunes and hardware sound, leaving us with a wonderful taste and a strong will to listen this music on the dance floor with proper sound system. The tunes either as a part of a concept or  as separate dynamic cuts are more than eclectic.

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Mourad has played with legendary  artists and djs , as Larry Heard, Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Alexi Delano, to name few. He has made a lot of remixes as  and numerous releases on labels such as Selekta recordings and Soul People Music. His influences from different kinds are obvious in almost each work of his.. hip hop, soul, jazz, detroit techno and house.. is all there in a great harmonic combination.

We are more than happy to get an interview from such a good artist, especially after reading all these incredible details about his musical experience and his philosophy about music with a quite spiritual way and depth.  We prefer to pass the word to him and let you enjoy  this  rich and marvellous interview.

 1. We need to express our sincere admiration to your work and to yourself, Mourad. You are deeply devoted to vinyl and to deep stuff, as we know from your productions and records. Tell us few things about how this story started. You are from Tunisia, how did you decide to move to Sweden? Which would be the most important moments for you during your career as producer and dj?

Thank you for your kind words, Vilma. It is my honor to have engaged such breadth of electronic music history. Moving to Sweden in 1991, after DJing in Tunisia for several years, allowed me to be on the front lines of the European electronic music scene. This coincided with the relationship with my son’s mother, who is Swedish.

The creative pace was fast and filled with an equal balance of rich creativity and crazy adventures. During that time, I met the two people that fueled my drive and passion, and remain as two of the most important people in my life, Christian Lappaleinen and Manuel Perez.

Chris is my soul brother and collaborator on the Chrismour Project. Then enter Manuel who became my son’s godfather. Those two are family to each other and both are brilliant DJs and producers.

As founding as Chris and Manuel have been in my journey, my story would be incomplete without mentioning Aaron Carl (d. 2010), who had been one of my closest mentors since 1995. It is with sacred respect I mention him here, but to continue would require a full interview to explain the artist and friend he was, and the family that was created in his wake. We knew each other’s truths, we knew each other’s dreams, and in his death, I knew who his true friends were. There were many tragedies in that tale, but more importantly, many lives that will forever be blessed and changed by the influence he had.

2. To be honest what made us reach you out was your new EP, Tacotac as we were impressed, needless to say is a brilliant work. How do you feel about it?  Can you share any special inspiration, moment regarding that? What does Tacotac mean?

 

What I feel about Tacotac ep is what I felt about all my releases, “It is done, let´s move to the next one”. For me, any record becomes part of the past as soon as contracts are signed. Once that is done, it doesn´t belong to me anymore as it becomes public and it´s gone to have a life of its own. It still surprises me how fresh and new the sound is to everyone that hears it, when I have been past connecting with it months, and sometimes years, prior to the release. It is a great reminder that each of our experiences is unique, valid, and happening in the right time for the individual. We are all on a different path.

As you noticed, there is a track with Aaron Carl on Tacotac. The proceeds will go to his widowed partner, Mel, who found the acapella track on AC’s computer after death. We believe it was initially recorded on his smart phone. When Mel asked me to work with the track, it was very difficult to hear AC’s voice. It was the first time I had heard anything from him, voice or music, since he had passed. It was all still too raw to emotionally digest. Working on that track was heavy, and very emotional, but also incredibly cathartic. After receiving Mel’s blessing on the track, we had to sit on it due to the heavy glut of illegal edits and remixes of AC’s work that were still being released. It’s hard to wonder why people abuse an already-tragic situation. In my opinion, loss is the one experience all humankind will assuredly share. A man that takes advantage of another’s loss is a man with no compassion.

Tacotac is French for “tac au tac” which means very fast or u can also say “tit for tat”.

*And no, I’m not talking about titties it is tit for tat. (A private joke between AC, Jason Jones, and myself. Move along. Nothing to see here.)

3. We would like to get a mini chart for the last month… just 5 records you really loved the last month?

Model 500 – Digital Solution – R&S

Rennie Foster – Floatilla – Ornaments

Cloud Master Weed – No revolution without violence – Soiree Rec

Aybee – The alchemy ep – Deepblak

Blaktony – The Rogue – Technorama Rec

4. Where can we see you spinning your records? Where is the best crowd for you? Where do you enjoy playing most?

You can find me spinning all over the world. Currently, I´m getting ready to head over to Toronto, Canada. The best crowd is definitely Japan but a second runner up would be all my gigs in Singapore. There is a little underground scene that can rival with any other scene here in Europe. Big shout out to my boys Brendon Pereira and Michael Chen.

5. How do you find the scene in Sweden?

Sweden is a unique place. We produce a lot of high-quality music, but other than a couple of places in Stockholm, the rest of the country is sleeping. There used to be a great scene and plenty of parties every weekend, and then suddenly, nothing. Of course, that didn´t stop us from being productive and offering the world our version of house and techno. In fact, it gave us more time to focus.

6. Taking into consideration your experience over time. How do you see the techno- house scene nowadays? Do you feel is anything missing?

The evolving culture of electronic music is bizarre. How can anyone explain quality that is measured with how many followers you have on SoundCloud or how many fans you have on facebook? When these are the criteria that promoters and clubbers use, rather than prioritizing the quality of their participant’s experience, I feel that I´ve stepped into the twilight zone.

There is no explanation for some PR-machined hotshot getting a year of bookings after only a month of DJing while genuinely talented and experienced individuals continue to sit on the sidelines watching this tasteless display. It shows no respect for the audience. It is the audience that spends their hard-earned money, and they deserve better. A dear friend of mine has a saying, “Your audience is only as smart or dumb as you tell them to be, and no one wants to be called a fucking idiot.” These continued grievances to our community and congregations are an insult, and a strong reason why I am happy where I am.

7. For the end, our special question. What record would you choose as the ideal tale of psychofonia.. the best therapy for a hard migraine either physical or mental..?

That is a difficult one but there is one I never stopped listening to for years, and I’m far from stopping, in the   near future.

Salif Keita – Ana na ming – Decca Rec

Thank you so much Mourad for this sharing!

Vilma for Tales of Psychofonia

Buy Tacotac EP on: http://www.redeyerecords.co.uk/www.redeyerecords.co.uk/vinyl/55106-

More about Mourad Sliti: https://soundcloud.com/djmourad

Our readers:Sam Hatzaras (CA)

Sam Hatzaras has sent to us a really nice selection of deep and ambient stuff  and this is how the new section of Tales of Psychofonia, Our readers started__

You can always contact and share with us music you consider fits to Tales of Psychofonia and we publish it. We are more than happy to make an interactive music family.

about Sam Hatzaras:

For the better part of a decade, I have been recording various styles of music for several indepedent labels. I am now and have always been an amateur. This is just a collection of tracks I’ve been listening to lately. Hopefully the tunes will resonate with the listeners. I decided to end the mix with a shameless self promotion. Buy my tapes. Yadda yadda. 

T.O.P. Interview: Carlos Nilmmns aka Ross McMillan (FR)

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1.First of all we would like to express our respect and support for your music production during many years on record labels such as Ornaments, Skylax and many others. A wide range of house, techno and ambient stuff always with quality as reflected on your last EP on Paris Metro Music. Well, how would you describe the result of this work and tell us few things about this collaboration.

Thank you for reaching out to me and for all those nice comments!

The “Carlos Nilmmns and Friends” project is a retrospect of some artists and labels who I have met along the Carlos Nilmmns production timeline. These are good people who have invited me into their world and music circles. These great people, over the years, have become dear friends to me. Come to think of it Aubrey’s original version of “Inner Feelings” was released on Ferox in the late 90s. This was a very special record for me. I remember listening to it on mixtapes going on road trips to illegal parties with friends. I never knew I would one day release my remix on limited vinyl or even have it on my label. It’s a bit like making a record with Davina and having Andrés remix it. These are artists who I have admired for a long long time.

2. Who is Carlos Nilmmns? And what about his friends?

Carlos Nilmmns is the project I started outside of my Solab band with Graham Wilson. I wanted to venture away from techno and explore other styles of music. Over the years, I have worked with and been remixed by many different artists across the dance music spectrum. I can’t really pick any particular artist but I love working with Niko Marks. He is a great artist based in Detroit, a true artist in the way he has mastered jazz music and soul. He has made records with Amp Fiddler, Mike Banks and also Eddie Fowkles. He has even played with Stevie Wonder! I also loved working with Davina Bussey – she is without a doubt the biggest artist I have worked with. She is very nice. Keter Darker has one of the best voices for my production. His writing skills and poetry is wonderful. He is honest in how he see’s the world and I want to share this with the world as much I can. Ka§par is another very talented guy, his DJ sets are amazing and he is like an oracle when it comes to music. Ian Elgey is more like my brother and I have shared some of the best musical experiences with him. We have made some great records together and has been a major influence in my music since the very beginning. I’ve played a few parties with Tom Joyce in Paris and he is the man who introduced me to my wife.

3. Where can we listen to your music? Any venues? Upcoming events?

My music is available everywhere! Best place to go for the latest news is hère :

http://carlosnilmmns.tumblr.com/”http://carlosnilmmns.tumblr.com/

All the major sites have my music uploaded. Most of the vinyl goes really quickly and the only place you can buy them now is discogs. Later this year I have more records coming on Circus Company and a few other labels that are yet to be revealed! Eventwise – I normally only play gigs that I get asked to play or invites through friends. I do enjoy playing in new cities and countries and meeting new people. I think for someone who has had many records released I should be out on the road more.

4.What would be the ideal place, situation and time of the day for you to make music? How do you perceive this creation?

My production styles are somewhat unpredictable. One day I could be writing jazz and the next I could be writing techno or even a classical piece. For me at least, I think environment, mood and time of day all come into play in the creative process. I used to write music at all times of the day. I would wake up and then start making music. But, as one gets older its better to to use time more efficiently – So its during the day from 9 till 3.   Im not a great fan of working with other people in the studio unless its one of my production partners. I much prefer to send parts and projects over the internet.

5.We always like to make this question, which record would you recommend as a proper tale of psychofonia?

Drexciya’s masterpiece – Under Sea Disturbances

Thank you Ross for this mini interview and our sincere support.

Vilma

Tales of Psychofonia

Forthcoming release: Carlos Nilmmns & Friends EP (Paris Metro Music, FR)

Today on T.O.P. we bring a special tale. The forthcoming EP, Carlos Nilmmns &  Friends on Paris Metro Music . A complete idea of  the sound of this label , a concept dressed up with quality deep music with jazzy attitude.

We are extremely  happy to share with you  this promo sample of  the last  EP of Paris Metro Music under the title Carlos Nilmmns & friends. Carlos Nilmmns a scottish producer based in France  (aka Solab Bookings) is the man behind the label and this EP is coming with collaboration with some really good producers and the result…voila!

On Tales of Psychofonia Interviews section you will be able to read how Carlos describes this work sharing with us some beautiful and interesting details about himself as artist.

Eclectic groove wrapped with  erotic raw loops and of course 100% vinyl.

“What it is” is definitely the sexiest track of this EP, proper hardware sound, with smooth detroit touches by Carlos Nillmmns and Keter Darker.

“Out of the bounds” a tune  by Tom Joyce is a slow house tune with fading vocals accompanying a progressively uplifting  rhythm.

“Its because of Detroit”  makes you dance to a nostalgic classy sound and bringing memories of the old good house scene.

“Inner feelings” ( the original track by Aubrey on Ferox late 90s), a soulful track  with its repetitive percussions under a more melancholic mood gives an elegant touch to the record with its mesmerising piano pads.

“Green Water”  a remix to a tune that originally belongs to Tomi Chair a japanese Dj and producer.  The Glasgow tease remix by Carlos  is coming as a wave from the past leading us  to an eternal dance with its spacey synth pads.

“Amor Desamado” the absolute deep sensation and Carlos Nilmmns, we ask you directly: What’s happening with you? feelings mixed with  this quality sound and music were the words stop and letting the groove to speak. A complete work and the …summer is here.

Classy and cheeky at the same time  like  “able to find”..

We share on Tales of Psychofonia  one of the tracks  with the authorisation of the label, to give you a taste for the EP , released at the end of April 2015, on Paris Metro Music.

https://soundcloud.com/ross-solab/carlos-nilmmns-ian-elgey-its/s-r3jMI?in=ross-solab/sets/paris-metro-music-france/s-r3jMI

Thank you Paris Metro Music!

More about Paris Metro Music on: http://www.parismetromusic.com

copyrights: Paris Metro Music

T.O.P. Podcast series: Phillip Stone (Smart bar, Chicago,US)

Phillip Stone is landing from Chicago to our rooms with his podcast for Tales of Psychofonia, an example of his taste and knowledge in music. He is sharing a great record selection with us via long, winding atmospheric house dj set.

Since his 15 years involved in the Midwsetern rave scene, he is now making a break from his actual tranquil family life with this 2 hours set spreading some groove.You will find him in the legendary Smart bar of Chicago as resident dj.

Playlist:

  • 1. Vakula ‘The Seance’ (Leleka)
    2. Dorisburg ‘Uncertainly’
    3. Aquarian Foundation ‘Dream Of The Red Chamber’ (Going Good)
    4. Dude Energy ‘Some Desire’ (Animals Dancing)
    5. Scott Grooves ‘808 Panther Version Dub Delay’
    6. Black Rascals ‘Blaze Theme Track’
    7. Andrade ‘Optimistic’ (Mixmode)
    8. Baaz ‘Your Wardrobe’ (Office)
    9. Melchior Productions Ltd. ‘Meditation 5’ (Perlon)
    10. Coffee Pot ‘Diagonal’ (Coffee Pot)
    11. Einzilkind ‘Unconditional Love’
    12. Barac ‘In Oglinda’
    13. John Jastszebski ‘Stretch’
    14. Melchior Productions ‘Out There’ (Perlon)
    15. Hashman Deejay ‘Sandfish’ (Future Times)
    16. Low Key ‘Try Me Baby’ (Dirty Daves Mix) Serious Grooves
    17. Ricardo Miranda ‘Altered Feel’ (Rawax)
    18. Crystal Maze ‘Orchedea Nera’
    19. Soulphiction ‘Ann Arbor’
    20. JTC ‘Escalator To Sorga’ (Bopside)
    21. Jack Jastszebski ‘Fevrier’ (Bass Culture)
    22. Jordan GCZ ‘Swingonoguitaro’ (Future Times)
    23. Levon Vincent ‘Launch Ramp To Tha Sky’ (Novel Sound)
    24. Jordan GCZ ‘Digitalis’ (Future Times)

    More about Phillip Stone: