The Toronto techno duo the Hermans has really taken off in the past year with releases on UK imprint Extended Play, NYC’s Subtrak and our very own 530Techno. Hermans’ members Max the Fax and Dick Diamonds have also been active as solo artists with work for Thoughtless Music, Zoo:Technique, and Runnin Wild with more releases on the way. They are also founders of the popular blog: thedeepnorth.ca, as well as Late & Deep Events, and even manage to find a little time to DJ. We are excited to bring these busy cats to the series with this exclusive mix! - Sean-Michael Yoder
// Tracklisting //
Dirt Urchins (Original Mix) – Hermans
Riyadh (original Mix) – Deepchild
Sample Di Poison – Lady Blacktronika
Mindstorm – Basic Soul Unit
Octopus – James T Cotton
The Curiosity Box – Greyhawk
RazKaz – Marcel Fengler
Trance Me Up (I Wanna Go Higher) (Skudge Remix) – Achterbahn D’amour
Sfs – Tuff City Kids
Boontown – BOOK
Heatstroke – Sean Roman & Dick Diamonds
Equilibrium – Hot Natured
Blonde On Blonde – West Norwood Cassette Library
Energy Flash (Dean Newton & Huggy Mix) – Joey Beltram
Flexibility – Miss Kitten & The Hacker
Lost Battlleships (re edit) – Siopis
El Duelo (Joyce Muniz Dejando Remix) – Maurice Aymard feat. Yetta
RDMN – Psyk
Piano Houze – The MD Connection
Untitled 2 – Midland & Pariah
Whew! – The Bucket Heads
Tears Of Joy – Felix Da Housecat
We often turn to Mexico for CONDUIT episodes, the country is a huge hot bed for new sounds and styles, sort of the way the US independent music scene used to be, alive and vital. Mild Bang has created some classics for respected labels like Blaq and Thoughtless Music, but his recent collaboration “Toi et Moi” on Loco Records has to be one of the hottest tracks we heard all last year. - Sean-Michael Yoder
// Tracklisting //
Macromism – Le bal masque (original mix) Monique Speciale
Alexander Fog & Alberto Drago – Solstice (Miguel Katas & Andrew50 Remix) DARKSTAR
Carlo Astuti – Purple Room (Original Mix) Riff Raff
Medu – Night to beat (SLZ Remix) tip tap records
Arthur Oskan – Fat Mobile (original mix) thoughtless music
nikola gala – i was so wrong feat. sylwia van deer wonderland (original mix) Plastic City
Karol XVII & MB Valence feat. Robert Owens – Gone Too Far (Milton Jackson Remix) Loco Records
Matt Masters – White Walls (Original Mix) Loco Records
Mobius Strum plus Light IDR & Zeque – Tamalitzio (Buddie Magik & Alastair Gillott Remix) infraDigrecords
Mild Bang – She Wants Me (Original Mix) infraDigrecords
Zeque – Get The Blue Thru The Red (Original Mix) Loco Records
Desos – Cansolo (original mix) Look Ahead Records
Qmusse – Jazz Is Everything (Original Mix) Loco Records
Smak – Fifth Limb (Safeword_Remix) Riff Raff
// Bio //
Christopher Velasco aka Mild Bang (http://www.myspace.com/cyborgdesign) Starts his career in the year 2000 engaging in projects with a experimental character. Using digital resources and classical instruments for the creation of new and versatile styles. Presenting his first live acts in fashion runways like the WTC digital fashion show in Mexico City as well as in chillout scenarios in outdoor parties. In 2005 his work takes on techno and house genres showing a definitive evolution in his style. He participates in first class events in and out of Mexico City sharing stage with outstanding artist like Minilogue, Pots, Jacek Sienkiewicz, Yapacc, Barrilette, Guy Gerber, Ryan Crosson, Inxec, Veintengruber, Seth Troxler, Format:b among others. His work has had excellent welcome among the public and labels around the world have put his tracks in the top 100 downloads in BeatPort. He edits his tracks in labels like Love Hertz, Substudio Records, Drag Music, Packed Music, Piso Records, Proton Ltd, Blaq Records, Miniatura Records, Pantamuzik, InfraDigrecords, among others. His music is constantly put to the test and receives great feedback from known artist like Phonogenic, Da Funk, Jay Tripwire, Anderson Noise, Deepchild, Gamica, Tomcraft, Tim Green, Someone Else, Monodub.
Selen Parman calls Antwerp her home and handles the A+R for the Amsterdam based label Team Records, home of producer Philogresz. Her tastes for dark, late night funk has made an impact on us and after listening to numerous mixes for other podcast series we finally gave her a call and got her onboard. - Sean-Michael Yoder
// Tracklisting //
Mark Henning – Stacked [UPON YOU RECORDS]
Huxley & Russo – Reality Check [LEFT ROOM LIMITED]
Stefano Libelle – Tall Bold Slugger [8BIT]
Dexter Kane – 9th March [AKBAL MUSIC]
Jeremy P Caulfield and Seph – Vanitas [DUMB UNIT]
Mathew Jonson – Cold Blooded [CROSSTOWN REBELS]
Pele – Ces’t La Vie [UPON YOU RECORDS]
Marc Miroir – Black Amber (Mihai Popoviciu) [BONDAGE MUSIC]
Stefano Libelle –We need to Stop [8BIT]
Rifraf – Down from Heaven [UPON YOU RECORDS]
Agaric and Walker Barnard – Chase S Dream (Pherox Rework) [DUMB UNIT]
Beckers & D‐Nox – Castor (Hermanez Remix) [TRONIC]
M.A.N.D.Y & Adultnapper – 201 (Ben Hoo Remix) [KINDISCH]
// Bio //
Selen Parman is a Turkish ex-pat who recently moved to Europe from Australia. Her interest in DJing started (like so most DJs) at very early age. Her journey since has seen her DJ at the Club Crystal stage located by the amazing Bosphorus in Istanbul in 2005 where she has played alongside international names like Terry Francis, Asad Rizvi, Lee Burridge, Hipp-E and more. In 2006 she secured a residency at Café Del Mar (Bodrum, TR) Selen has played guest spots at parties such as Lost Baggage, We Love Sounds After Party, Chinese Laundry, Thank Techno Itʼs Friday, Monkey Tennis, Church of Techno and Spice since moving to Sydney and has spent the last year refining her sound and honing her craft. She is a lover of all house and techno, from deep and warm to crunchy and dark. She supported Luca Bachetti, James Talk , Ellen Alien , Gaiser , Emerson Todd on same club nights. to crunchy and dark. More recently she has been running TEAM Records.
Emerging producer Wirik is a new voice worth reckoning with. He doesn’t make much dance floor music, preferring to skirt the edges with ballsy composition that do not fit neatly in to specific categories. The Canadian, by way of Mexico, offers a wide spectrum of ambient, downtempo, and experimental visions along with high quality dub techno and electro cuts with production partner Ivan Dbri that we find impossible to resist. Look for an upcoming release from that duo on our podcast partner, 530Techno‘s imprint. - Sean-Michael Yoder
// Bio //
Born in Mexico City. He began his studies as a musician and jazz guitar classified. His biggest influences has been Paco de Lucia, Victor Wooten and Ozric Tentacles. He is tired of working on projects with people who were not really committed and did not feel the same passion for this art , in the UK was where he really understood how it could combine the sound of guitar. In Canada , with a group of Mexican electronic musicians , had the opportunity to perfect this project in early 2010. He was also invited and decided to collaborate with this friend Ivan DBri and this duo project.
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
// Bio //
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.
It’s quite exciting to have the legendary Los Angeles producer/DJ John Tejada drop a mix for our series. It’s one he made exclusively for us that focuses entirely on his Palette imprint. Any Californian worth his weight in salt and of a discerning ear will tell you how much of an influence this guy’s music has had on their own. One of my favorite things about this series has been that guys even older than me are still going strong with their passion and devotion to the craft, and Tejada is a founding influence out West who has been going strong since the days of KDAY on the AM down in the Basin. My own connection to him stretches the divide between my days as a hawker of digital music with those of my vinyl selling days, but it stretches even further back to my days of living in Hollywood. Back in those days there was lots of obnoxious trance as well as hardcore, which I fully enjoyed, but Tejada was always that one guy who showed the promise of unmitigated techno and even the joys of well done drum & bass. I didn’t know him then (and barely know him now), but thought he still might be around later down the road. One reason is that he’s never wavered, nor has his label, in constancy of purpose. You can also hear that quality on Tejada’s recent remix of Deepak Sharma & Dieter Krause’s “Wolkenreise” and also on his recently announced album for Kompakt due out this summer. In the meantime, this guy ain’t goin’ nowhere and should continue be an influence for years to come. Without further ado, we give you John Tejada. - Sean-Michael Yoder
For the next installments of The CONDUIT, we head down the I-5 South, over the Grapevine into the Los Angeles Basin, a second home to me and still a spot for great music of all stripes.
Fwd.dj has to be the electronic music publication I read the most, and not because it’s the most wide spanning in coverage, but because it speaks in a familiar voice. These guys are Californians, like me, seeing the world of techno through a keen West Coast eye. I met Sam Allman, the mag’s content editor, during the promotion of Jay Haze’s album and found him to be a sensible guy with a keen sense of how music and criticism work. Then I started listening to his mixes on Soundcloud and realized he also has a good ear for tracks and how to program them. It was only natural to approach him for a mix for The CONDUIT and now we proudly present it you. - Sean-Michael Yoder
// Tracklisting //
Hironori Takahashi – Outgass (nAX_Acid Edit)
Resoe – Minus & Plus (Sigha Remix)
Jobody – Same Same (Truss Remix)
Museum – Buried at Sea
Tr nch & IORI – Barreleye
Shackleton – Deadman
Om Unit – Prawn Cocktail
Blawan – Lavender
Lucy – Lav (Peter Van Hoesen Remix)
G-Man – Sparticus
Traversable Wormhole – Relativistic Time Dilation (Kevin Gorman Remix)
George FitzGerald – Don’t You (SCB Edit)
Forward Strategy Group – Inside the Shadows (Dadub Metropolis Remix)
Lucy – Bein (James Ruskin Remix)
Pointbender is new to us, although he’s been around for sometime as part of the combo Grey. Introduced to us by David Collado of Musical Missionary, the Austin based producer makes some of the most amazing tracks we’ve heard in some time. He’s got quite a techy background and it shows in his productions. In addition, he runs the on-point Harmonious Discord label and a bi-monthly internet radio sjow called Discordian Dreaming. We’re excited that he took the time to drop an exclusive mix for The CONDUIT series. - Sean-Michael Yoder
// Tracklisting //
1. Maya Jane Coles – Dont Tell ME [Realtone]
2. Male Madame – Variation (Noah Pred Mix) [Fade Records]
3. Molecule – Recordar a los Muertos [Harmonious Discord]
4. Greenville Massive – Lost [Soul Sheep Music]
5. Youandewan – The Blue Room [Minimal People]
6. Maceo Plex- Your Style [Crosstown Rebels]
7. Spirit Catcher – Sedona [Systematic]
8. Russo – Fuck My MPC [Full Bar Digital]
9. Jeff Bennet – Never Forget [Thoughtless]
10. Molecule – All Things Go in Cycles [Harmonious Discord/Dub Research]
// Bio //
Along the outliers of unexplored cerebral boundaries resides the sonic offerings of Grey Music member and Harmonious Discord label front man Sean Anderson aka PointBender. A project focused on thought bending synthetic manipulations and heady melody construction, the PointBender moniker provided Sean an avenue to explore a highly creative fusion of song creation and live performance. After many successful live performances the pieces began to gain a momentum of their own and were later released as projects on labels like Thoughtless, Musical Missionary, and Harmonious Discord.
Before the PointBender project began Sean was half of a production duo with a notable ten year catalog of releases. Grey (later re-named Grey Music Project) first appeared on record shelves in 2001 with their debut release on Chicago based music staple Guidance. The quick submersion of the two into the EDM spotlight paved the path for a discography of back-pocket selections on labels like Fair Park, Blunted Funk, Nightshade, and many on their own imprint.
A move to Austin Texas meant the two would produce less music together and more via their solo avenues. Shortly after the PointBender project premiered it showcased a noticeable abstraction from the earlier Grey material. The solo endeavor was messier at times, stranger a majority of the time, and indisputably compelling all the time. This crayon squiggle all over the audible construction paper was embodied by the first full length featured on Harmonious Discord called “Sifting through Circuits”. Despite his concentrated efforts to become rich and famous and completely sell out Sean will most likely continue to deliver norm shattering niche releases on some of the industries silent monsters.
As a DJ, Sean has been a presence in the Texas Electronic Music scene for over 14 years. He has played a vast list of venues from festivals to dive bars all over the US and select cities in Europe and Canada. For a 12 year catalog of mixes simply visit his archive at http://www.hdrecordings.com/mix-archive.
Sean has also partnered with many companies in the digital music creation sector with handcrafted loops featured on Samplebase’s 4th Floor Sample CD and was part of the development and design of the Open Labs DBeat. Currently Sean is sponsored by Livid Instruments and is a licensed Ableton and Apple Logic Instructor.
New York City’s Deepak Sharma has to be one of the hardest working guys I know, he’s a promoter, label owner, DJ, and producer. His releases with partner Dieter Krause on their Hidden Recordings label have to be some of the most consistently on point in the North American techno scene. Sharma hopes to take things beyond that point, becoming an established international artist, leading quite possibly to a day when we’ll say “We remember when he was just getting started…”. But in the meantime, the guy continues to be the ever toiling underdog. His latest release on Hidden – “Wolkenreise” – is garnering rave reviews and we were able to secure a DJ mix from him in celebration of it. - Sean-Michael Yoder
// Bio //
Deepak Sharma with partner Dieter Krause, and is one of the world’s fastest rising and growing techno labels in the world. Since 2006 Hidden Recordings has provided a wide range of techno to hundreds of DJs and fans. The label’s sound ranges from deep techno to atmospheric chill-out with quirky, groovy bass lines and has been played in big room gigs, festivals, to smaller lounges and early morning terraces.
The press has taken notice of the duo’s rising popularity, with AOL Music’s Spinner.com comparing their sound and style to minimal techno giants Lusine, Superpitcher and Booka Shade. In addition the duo has been reviewed in prominent magazines such as XLR8R, DJ Times, Time Out New York, MixMag (UK), Trax (France) and Raveline (Germany), licensed music to UK label Four-Twenty for their Music02 mix compilation and peaked as high as #3 on the Balance Record Pool Top 50 Chart. Global recognition continues to mount as their tracks have reached Top 20 downloads on Germany’s Kompakt-MP3, and Top 10 downloads on HRFQ in Japan. In 2007, Deepak and Dieter beat out established publishing groups and produced music for Singapore’s Ogilvy & Mather advertising agency and their client, Heineken Global.