We bounce back down to SoCal to check in with L.A. DJ and producer Jonra, founder of the decade old Designforms label. The guy has remained on point all these years because he’s got excellent taste in music and puts out releases that have some character and depth. He’s also worked with one of our favorite producers – Lucas Rodenbush AKA E.B.E. and makes excellent downtempo tracks under the guise The Storytellerz. Here he shows us what his label is all about – rich tech-house that is actually both and reflects the seasonless, permanent summer vibe of the City of Angeles with references to surfing and other distinct elements of Southern California life that we simply cannot get enough of. - Sean-Michael Yoder
// Bio //
Jonra is a long-time visionary of the Los Angeles electronic music scene. He has collected records for a better part of his life and draws from such pioneering influences as Kraftwerk, Yaz and Level 42. Since 1990, he has been a persistent fixture in the LA underground, having experienced such legendary SoCal events as Flammable Liquid, Fresh Produce and Citrus Sonic parties, and has also been host to several of his own parties, booking such influential talent as Mark Grant, John Tejada, Mike Clark, Carl Craig, Dan Bell, Titonton Duvante, and Dan Curtin amongst others. Jonra continues to develop Designforms, pushing ahead a forward thinking sound that asks the questions.
Hamza is the owner of a label we recently discovered and think very highly of – Wind Horse Records. The label is based in India and captures the diversity of the huge country quite well, in our opinion Yungchen Llamo & Hamza’s Wind Horse Rising record may be the first bonafide house music classic from Central Asia. Hamza recently took the Wind Horse roster on a mini tour of Europe and he plans to make his way to the States this fall for a solo DJ tour. We excited to showcase Hamza and Wind Horse’s music on CONDUIT 24, the sound can best be described as a fusion of modern house music with Portuguese and Afro-Cuban elements and one that carves its own unique path. - Sean-Michael Yoder
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Hailing from New Delhi, Hamza has attained a reputation as a pioneer of the house scene in India and one of the more innovative and exciting up-and-coming producers today. Hamza’s diverse international sound is influenced from his strong musical background as well as growing up in India and traveling the world, living in Paris, Boston, and New York. Exposure to renowned house DJs such as Terry Francis, Dave Mothersole, DJ Heather, and Danny Teneglia inspired Hamza to create his own electronic dance productions. Soon he found a unique style of house music combining deep, tribal, and funky sounds with strong world music influences.
At the age of 27 Hamza has already worked with some of the biggest names in world music. These artists include Punjabi icon Jasbir Jassi and David Hykes, the only western vocalist specializing in sacred Mongolian chants. Besides these artists, Hamza has also worked with Taz from Stereo Nation, the largest selling Indian pop fusion act ever.
To further nourish this growing production repertoire, Hamza has set up his own label Wind Horse Records. While in New York, Hamza did his Masters in Music Business at New York University, which gave him a very strong foundation and insight into how to creatively promote his own music. Wind Horse Records, the first Indian house music label, is a major part of that vision. Hamza has recently launched the label with his own Sufi Soul EP, containing three original world music influenced house music jewels. The Sufi Soul EP’s vibrant, tribal sound earned the notice and accolades of many new fans including Dubfire (Deep Dish), Peter Kruder (Kruder &amp;amp;amp;amp; Dorfmeister), Richie Hawtin, Quentin Harris, and Tom Findlay (Groove Armada).
Hamza is also a top notch DJ, bringing his fresh sound to dancefloors from New York to Portugal, Boston to Hyderabad, Paris to Pune. His sets typically start with his signature deep house sound, heavily influenced by Latin/Afro/World flavors, before developing into powerful tribal and electro-progressive influenced beats perfect for the peak time. Hamza’s unmistakable style, combined with many of his own productions, create memorable DJ sets that turn many clubbers into instant fans and followers.
Currently Hamza is working on expanding his base in New Delhi to include regular stays in Europe and North America to allow for global partnerships and yearly DJ tours in different parts of the world. His vision is unstoppable, as Hamza has recently formed two different live acts with two different percussionists: Jasu Khan, a famous Rajasthani percussionist, and Manu Idhra, a Portuguese master of dance music percussion. As for Wind Horse Records, an EP recorded with David Hykes is imminent, and future releases feature fantastic world music artists such as Yungchen LLamo of Real World Records and female Indian classical maestro Sunanda Sharma. Wind Horse will also be including remixes from highly regarded producers from the west like Asad Rizvi and Namito.
Hamza has established himself as one to keep a close eye on in the house music scene. With his impressive list of past and upcoming projects as well as fiery worldwide DJ performances Hamza is quickly becoming an important and influential talent in his own right. Through Wind Horse Records and his inventive east-west fusions Hamza is working to bring the world closer to his listeners, one beat at a time.
Briski does the Re:Body parties in San Francisco along with Nolan Haener and is really bringing the mid-tempo, disco influenced sound back to the SF underground – right where it belongs. These guys even had Art Department out our way long before the album blew up and the duo became ART DEPARTMENT and that’s what put Briski on our radar. This guy represents the kind of laidback, low key, in-the-know kinda musical vibe that we’ve come to love and respect in our fellow Northern Californians and here he offers us a sweet, funky mix to kick the summer off in fine style. - Sean-Michael Yoder
// Tracklisting //
00-Sf Muni Sound Byte
01-01-In Flagranti-Worse for Wear-Codek
03-Azari & III-Hungry for the Power(Art Department Remix)-Turbo
04-T Bone-Black Heart(Duckbeats Remix)-Extended Play
06-Richy Ahmed-Suck It-Hot Waves
07-Kris Wadswirth-Mainline(Jimmy Edgar Remix)-Hypercolour
08-Valerie Pacella & Mild Bang-Toi Et Moi-Loco
09-Lnk-Secret Point-Poker Dust
10-Guti & Ryan Crosson-No Problems-Desolat
11-Hot Natured-Nino Brown-Hot Waves
12-KiloWatts-The Ringing Spheres-Thoughtless
13-WhoMadeWho-Every Minute ALone(Michael Meyer Remix)-Life and Death
15-Cosmic JD-Hollographic Lust-Anusual
// Bio //
Briski is that short tan kid you’ve seen around your town cutting a rug, djing parties, and promoting undergrounds. Whether it be in Leeds/London England , Dallas Texas, Miami Florida, or San Francisco, he strives to inspire and be inspired by the surrounding underground music scene. He has since reconnected to his original roots in San Francisco, where he now resides and involves himself in the same activities, now at new levels. With his nu classic taste in House/Techno/Disco, he has been a resident within Rythmatik; an ongoing House party thrown in SF, Miami and Seattle, and has moved on to his new creation Re:body, a SF based underground extravaganza. He also threw an eclectic b-side warehouse party called VHS(with guest Paul T) but nowadays has mainly been involved in the new project, Re:body(with last guests being Linkwood & Art Department). The energy and fresh vibe he brings to the turntables has brought him in front of crowds at numerous parties in Dallas( playing with the Cosmic Cocks, Maetrik, Egyptian Lover and Doc Martin), the Bay Area(playing with the Djs like Jeno, Sammy D, Conor, Solar) and at more undergrounds soon to be coming. He would agree that “hype is whatever”, so just let the vibe speak for itself.