UYD016 Deneha “Way Of The Dragon” out now!

With  the 16th release of our Upon.You Digital offspring we're glad to introduce a new member of the Upon.You – Deneha.

Born and raised in Croatia, relocated to Switzerland at an early age and brought up on a mixed diet of Underground HipHop. Britcore and Techno – especially the last mentioned style had some heavy impact on him and remained a main focus for years, resulting in a series of releases on well acclaimed labels like Viva Music, Blufin and Yellow Tail.

But whilst the straight 4/4 still is his main focus Deneha turned his head towards all things  groovy throughout the past years and explored the sensations of House Music more recently. The result of these explorations are found on Deneha's „Way Of The Dragon EP“ on Upon.You Digital – a diverse showcase of his new musical vision built around frisky synths and deep, sexy subs.

The opening track „Myth Of Zu“ starts out on a slighty fever'ish, ritualistic drum foundation accompanied by deepest organic, sinewave basslines and mysterious, field recorded vocals drifting alongside tenderly floating melodies and playful, climaxing sawtooth drops building to prime effect. With gently caressing synth layers and seductive grooves the „Myth Of Zu“ keeps crowds in motion throughout extended latenight sessions and puts punters in a trance  for a reason.

With „Away“ Deneha serves a more floorward thinking tune that perfectly showcases his capabilities to set things off on the floor. Coming up with pumping, quite minimalistic House drums the tune lives up to the seductive promise made by expertly twisted vocal bits and trademark synth wizzardry before breaking off surprisingly into near silence introducing an extended break that finally provides relief when the magic 4/4 is taking command again and tension rises alongside moody melodies and a shady crimescene attitude.

Call it a name-induced cliche but „Orion“ reveals a more spaced out feel from the very start, amalgamating analogue jams with a proper amount of electronic Space Funk and shiny glitz. Positive, exciting and thrilling as things can get – a musical incarnation of gazillions of shooting stars popping up on the dancefloor.

Finally the title track „Way Of The Dragon“ is on a hypnotizing TechHouse tip with its melodic stabs and ever floating basslines setting the tone for a sweet journey into the night led by gnarly, ever changing midrange modulations, tripping synths and effectively altered vocal bits falling in place. The result is a moody, functional and well dosed primetime cut that's surely about to stand the test of time, yet telling tales of glorious nights out and heavy bubbling crowds of wowed night owls.

UY084 Gunnar Stiller “Whats´s Said Is Done” out now!

Back in 2009 the Berlin resident, producer and well-notorious DJ Gunnar Stiller first contributed to the Upon.You Sweet & Sour series with his „Cubicle EP“ which turned out to be the first link in an ongoing musical liaison of love. Gaining momentum ever since Gunnar Stiller has not only been collecting heaps of air miles whilst travelling all over the globe for his highly appreciated DJ sets but became a firm, stalwart member of the Upon.You family, continously shaping his musical vision and providing subtle, well effective dancefloor weapons with a sparse, techy twist. His new Upon.You outing „What's Said Is Done“ sees Gunnar Stiller at his very best, creating a razor sharp, timeless and Funk-induced TechHouse sound that's about to play an integral role in many DJs boxes within the next months.

Opening this brand new track triplet is „Way More“, a perfect example of Gunnar Stiller's well-balanced and masterly crafted TechHouse vision. Whilst microcut snippets of male vocals and a glitzy main motif pay homage to the tunes classic House roots we see a super solid TechHouse foundation keeping floors busy with only a few changes here and there. Effective breaks and lively dynamics are the key elements for „Way More“, providing 460 seconds of pure happyness.

Although named „Lazy Daze“ this tune's the right opposite of a lazy one. Providing pressure with its ever rolling bassline and straight up shakers, Mr. Stiller once again relies on sophisticated use of dynamics and adds expertly warped, low frequency synths reconnoitring a widely open stereo field, manipulating space and time perception with short echoes and a slightly tripping twist.

Finally „Double O“ sets out to explore the realms of pumping, straightforward, late night House music with an ever repeating, hypnotic three tone motif, detailed drum works and beauteous harmonies – a sweet and seductive fusion amalgamating free floating elegancy, amorous melodies and moony deepness. Falling in love on the dancefloor is an easy thing to do when the DJ's playing the „Double O“.

 

UYD015 Jacob Phono “Addiction” out now!

After successful collaborations with the likes of Tom Clark and Jens Bond on Steve Bug's Audiomatique Recordings, a compilation feature alongside Subb-An on Cocoon Recordings' „Dots And Pearls“compilation series and remixes for Kim Kemi and Terry Lee Brown Jr. in his portfolio Jacob Phono now touches down right in the centre of the Upon.You camp with his label debut.

Set for release in mid-summer, the Berlin-based Dane caters three fresh and original tracks plus a nice and sweet rework crafted by UK producer Dave Robertson a.k.a. Reset Robot who has been making serious noise on imprints as acclaimed as 100% Pure, Intacto and Truesoul throughout the past years.

With the main track „Accepted“ Jacob Phono drifts easily alongside reduced, partly skeletal pathways whilst slightly paying homage to the creators of DubTechno with sparse chords trailing away before seductive melodies, transformed vocal snippets and a huge – think capitals here -, melodic and nearly overwhelming bassline take over for a super organic ride through clubland.

Following up to this late night anthem Reset Robot is setting controls for his remix mission, taking his „Accepted“ relick straight to center of the dancefloor with merciless, pounding, straightforward drums and a well hypnotic attitude. Focusing on a few essential, very basic elements and dubbed out, off-beat chords this rework alters usual space-time-perception within seconds and brings out timeless minimalism at its very best. A seven minutes ride that could last forever.

With its warm and floating attitude, killer vocals and atmospheric strings in steady flux „Mission For Wine“ turns out to be the perfect track for the small hours or emotional sunset shows. BPM's at the slower end of the spectrum, a well-catchy groove and scintillating melodies are the ingredients of choice to lighten up all faces on the dancefloor within seconds and let bodies happily embrace the pulse of the acquainted, beloved bass drum.

Finally „Addiction“ rides on a similar train vibewise and provides nothing but uplifting happiness with a killer synth motif, warm and braided bassline and uberly seductive vocals that'll make this tune one of the most played open air anthems of this summer season. Addictive tune is addictive. Fact.

UY083 Marco Resmann “Five Twenty Seven” out now!

2014 has been a great year so far for Upon.You co-founder Marco Resmann so far with DJ-sets all over the place, a highly-praised rework for Vince Watson and a full-on solo EP on Steve Bug's Poker Flat both rocking crowds to critical acclaim whilst his very own label Upon.You is firing from all cylinders. Plus: there's a lucky bag of new and exciting things to come within the next months. This said it seems to be the perfect point in time to unveil „05:27“ – Mr. Resmann's new and upcoming 12“ on Upon.You featuring three tracks subtly dedicated to a loved one and aptly crafted to maximum effect. Things start on a clean, techy and well-hypnotic level with the sparse, skeletal opening tune „Spider Web“ which gives way to an ever evolving, steadily morphing sci-fi synth motif from the very start, continously creeping like lava on top of the tracks backbone built of dry bassdrums and quivering hihats steadily creating an ever growing tension with only a few iridiscent breaks providing ecstatic relief for heaving crowds on the floor. With „Time Factor“ Mr. Resmann even manages to increase dancefloor pressure by speeding up things and introducing a raw, bass heavy House feel that's reminiscent of the pounding, hollow club sound experience every punter knows – a tickling, thrilling, spine-tingling heartbeat, a steady boom boom boom percolating through every venues walls and doors, announcing a great night out that's only a few steps away. Combining this adrenaline rushing vibe with a dense, athmospheric feel and ever swelling, spiralling synth pieces contrasted by innocent, frolicking melodies is what makes „Time Factor“ a perfect late night jam for very special nightlife moments words cannot properly describe. Call it a future classic for those who know. Finally the title track „Five Twenty Seven“ kicks off with a rolling, slightly dark'ish and NYC-reminiscent drum structure for main rooms and goes down a deeper road with vibrant, ever active tones bouncing on and off each other resulting in abstract melodic patterns nicely complementing thrilling, melancholia driven chords and a deep, emotional bassline in a constant state of flux telling a beloved story that every creature of the night can surely relate to – a fairy tale of enchanted spots, legendary nights, life altering sets and a trip to the very core of the inner self, driven by instincts and the subliminal magic of tribal drums causing a ritual state of trance ever since the forefathers started to dance.

Upon.You vs. AEON // Off Week @ Blow Club Badalona on the 13th of June!

 

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Barcelona, Spain. Catalonia's capital, world famous for it's excessive and flourishing nightlife and home to one of the biggest and most important festivals in electronic music taking place each year in mid-June which transforms the city into the main hot spot to be at, not only due to the festival alone but also the legendary OFF WEEK attracting thousands and thousands of elecronic music lovers from all over the world.

We're proud to announce that – for the first time ever – the Berlin-based labels Upon.You and AEON are about to join forces to take part in this main event to present a their shared vision and understanding of House and TechHouse to an international audience.

With „Upon.You vs. AEON“ taking place @ Blow Club both labels are more than ready to present what's to be referred as a true landmark amongst the countless OFF WEEK events.

Weighing in the expertise of two of the main players in the House and TechHouse landscape throughout the last year the „Upon.You vs. AEON“ bill is a lineup extraordinaire that's not be missed by any clubber for way more than one reason.

Representing Upon.You, Berlin are six heavyweight acts which, alone, would make up a huge night out but „Upon.You vs. AEON“ is set out for things way bigger.

Marco Resmann needs no further introduction. Being one of the co-founders of Upon.You, 50% percent of the famous Luna City Express project, world travelling DJ and sought after producer and remixer backed with a release history on labels like Moon Harbour, Upon.You, Watergate Records, Poker Flat Recordings and many more the Berlin-based artist has become one of the top notch players within scene within recent.

The German Gunnar Stiller is a stalwart member of the Upon.You-family since his label debut back in 2009 and so is the now Berlin-based but New Zealand-born Emerson Todd who has contributed several 12“es to the Upon.You catalogue ever since 2010 with his latest spring 2014-released, high octane fueled „Flux EP“ recently making waves in venues and DJ-sets all over the globe.

Hailing from Amsterdam is Onno Van Velzen, better known as ONNO amongst clubbers and DJ's alike who has also played and essential role in shaping the Upon.You catalogue with singles like „Ghetto Talk“, „Hablando Loco“ or „Masterdam“ whilst Laic Castagnet a.k.a. Loquace and Magit Cacoon are representing a new generation of producers / DJs signed to the Upon.You stable.

Berlin's fresh and highly successful AEON imprint brings in six more heavies, representing the whole spectrum in sound to be found in the roster of the 2013-founded imprint.

With Alex Niggemann we see a main global player on the decks. The AEON mastermind and founder of Soulfooled has somewhat skyrocketed throughout the past years in terms of DJ'ing and production. With appearances from Australia to Dubai to the United States he is collecting air miles like stamps and unleashed a huge string of massive releases including his highly acclaimed album „Paranoid Funk“ on Steve Bug's Poker Flat Recordings. Looking out for a hard working man in electronic music? Alex Niggemann is just impersonating that.

Alongside the labels head honcho we see an international crew of friends gathering in Barcelona for this special occasion, ready to set the night on fire.

Representing Crotia and Denmark is Denis Horvat with a rich release and remix history on labels like Audiomatique Recordings, Upon.You, Suicide Robot many more whilst the Ireland-born and Berlin based Gavin Herlihy sets floor ablaze ever since his uber-anthem „Machines Ate My Homework“ was released via Moodmusic back in 2006. With releases on Crosstown Rebels, Cadenza, Cocoon, Kindisch and others he's responsible for a row of high quality bangers that are amongst the highlights in every DJ's box.

With Matthias Schober a.k.a. SHOW-B the AEON crew brings in the next well-established member of the international DJ club. A man for House and passion with a homebase in Munich's sweetest venue Bob Beaman, a bi-yearly residency in Seoul's club Mystik and a string of releases on Poker Flat and Compost Black Label for whom he also hosts the regular label radio show alongside Thomas Herb.

Furthermore entering the stage we have the South Italian House homeboy Francys who has catered the sophomore AEON release „Memories“ in mid-2013 as well as two singles on the Soulfooled offshoot Soulfooled Detailed and the Spanish Simon Garcia, renowned for providing nothing but quality on imprints like Compost Disco, Quartz Music, Poker Flat or Supplemental.

With an extraordinary line up like this both label crews are set and ready for this main event named „Upon.You vs. AEON“. Let's get ready to rumble!

UY082 Emerson Todd “Flux” out now!

It's always good to have your friends around and therefore the Upon.You-crew is glad to announce the return of a long time companion and family member for late spring. With his „Flux EP“ Emerson Todd makes his full-on return „In Time“ and as precise as a „Shadow Boxer“ – stuff for all the „Runaway“ kids crwoded on a dancefloor in „Flux“. With „In Time“ the New Zealand-rooted and Berlin-based DJ / producer sets things straight for pumping peaktime pressure. Dry and highly functional drums and shakers pave the pathways for a ClubTechno signal that surely pays homage to the once R&S released ultimate classic „Outlander“ spreading a raw, raving energy that even escalates when the bassline emulates the same motif in a slightly twisted way before an epic mid-track breakdown levitates every piece of matter within the speakers operating range. Huge. Following up is „Runaway“ with its quite unusual opening, breathing deepest Dub vibes and a feel for twisted Electronic Phonk before a straight 4/4 emerges and keeps club crowds in the groove with an on point TechHouse structure, lively hats and heaps of funky bass notes jamming along vox bits providing a kind of on-stage vibe that's rarely in electronic club music these days. Another well lively cut is the „Shadow Boxer“ with its decent percussions reminiscing of South American samba heat whilst the seductively vibrant, highly emotional bassline gives way for ardent chords and a hormone driven, high octane energy for late night jams. Coming to the point when it's just you and the music whilst the outer world appears as a distant and way blurred scheme this track is all you need to dance your ass of to. On remix duties this time is our man from Jena – producer Douglas Greed. Twisting and shaping „Shadow Boxer“ in his very own way his rework turns out to be a stripped down, pretty detailed cut, serving not only an additional, crackling vocal bit in the loop but also an overwhelmingly present bass figure which, alongside the decent string arrangements, proves to be built of nothing but epic beauty that is about to rule floors for months. But beware – there is some really tongue-in-cheek moment to be found in this recut as well. You better be ready.

UYX002 Pascal Hetzel “Feel That Beat” out now!

With the second serving in our underground sidekick UYX-series we're sending a warm welcome to a fresh young talent and the latest member of the Upon.You-family – Mr. Pascal Hetzel. Pascal already proved his production skills with his widely acknowledged remix for “My Space feat Hollis P Monroe & Overnite” by KiNK & Sierra Sam in 2013 and now fully debuts with his three track EP „Feel That Beat“ which is his first solo release ever and a forecast of what's to expect  from the young and aspiring producer / DJ regularly appearing at the decks of Berlin's famous Panorama Bar. The title track „Feel That Beat“ introduces Pascal Hetzel's love for all things jacking, focusing on raw, pretty unprocessed percussion elements, loads of highly effective filter action for all lovers of the wildpitch era  and wildly exhausted male vocals embracing the vibe of a top notch night out in a scattered, fragmented manner. „The Brute“ lives up to its very name with heavily pumping drum patterns and hi-hats as sharp as a knife causing an electric buzz on the dancefloor whilst seductively processed vocals and a simple but highly effective bass figure do some serious damage on the floor before distorted filters, LFO and high energy synth stabs provide the ultimate climax for a crowded dancefloor. Raw and brutal as House music can get and perfectly emulating the vibe and athmosphere of the scenes early days. We call it a killer cut. Finally We're rounding things off with „Something Happens“, a dark'ish and well hypnotic tune for all those loving their tracks to start really track'ish. Riding a totally stripped down vibe is what Pascal Hetzel is all about here before a nothing but truly epic break changes things rapidly. Classy strings and clubby stabs with an aura of polished chrome emerge surprisingly, recalling a proper ClubTechno feel that brings back the R-A-V-E to all dancefloors near you.

UY081 Denis Horvat “Heist” out now!

Denis Horvat is finally back on Upon.You with nothing less but a future classic. After serving his label debut on our Upon.You Sweet & Sour Series back in 2011 and following up with the 2013-released „The Crook“ on Upon.You Digital we're glad to see the Copenhagen-based producer creating his next sure shot with „Heist feat. Forrest“ – a damp, slightly fever'ish and kinda tribal flavored House affair catering all longing creatures of the night with deep, seductive and ever evolving basslines, decent build-ups and perfectly phrased synth tones accompanied by the fragile, uniquely executed vocals of Forrest who's adding a special, hormone-sweating late night sex drive to Denis Horvats flawless production skills. With „Seene“ the dancefloor magic continues whilst the Danish studio wizard is breaking up the straight 4-2-the-floor-pattern of the regular club night with the frolicking drum intro sequence that perfectly falls together with shaking brushes and scattered percussions bits building a dry killer pattern of seemingly South American heritage before the beloved 4/4 kicks in. And it's this kick, directly linked  to a massive bassline reminiscing of tfinest motor city moments and more scattered synth jams that provide nothing but a tense, uberly precise live feel working towards a climax never fully appearing. that turns „Seene“ into a perfect example of what might be filedunder the flag of contemporary TechnoJazz in the future. Furthermore we see longtime Upon.You-family member Onno bandy the tribalistic House feel of the „Heist feat. Forrest“ original for a highly functional, on-point TechHouse vibe brought to the floor via  his „Stripped 303 Remix“ that's about to please all primetime crowds with well-pumping drums and  lively 303 patterns which, once again, are carefully crafted for the next summer of love. You call it Acid? We call it a bomb.

UY080 Ruede Hagelstein “Minus” out now!

Winter is almost over but for the UY080 we decided to dip our label paint-brush deep into a potty filled with white. The painter is called Ruede Hagelstein and his work of art is simply called “Minus”. A track with the charm of a winter-landscape, fully accomplished, crystal clear and warming like an analogue heater. Wearing almost nothing and casted into a snow- white plate it will be a pleasure for all vinyl collectors.

Upon.You Label Night @ Watergate on the 28th of March!

As a great lift off for quite a bunch of great Berlin nights to come in 2014 the Upon.You crew sets up this years first full-on label showcase at the world famous Watergate Club, taking over the venue's so-called Water Floor for a wholenighter on March, 28th.

Introducing their recent vision of  House music in all its sweet variety as well as a freshly signed new member to the Upon.You family all performing acts are set and well ready for another extraordinary long night out filled with and fueled by pounding bass drums and warm, organic basslines specially treated for all dedicated clubbers.

The nights axis of goodness is formed by Upon.You-founder Marco Resmann and Ruede Hagelstein , stalwart member of the crew and essential part of the Berlin nightlife ever since. Whilst Marco Resmann recently has remixed Vince Watson's „Planet Funk“ for Steve Bug's very own Poker Flat Recordings label and is about to release his first solo 12“ EP on the same imprint in April, followed by another single on Upon.You in May, the one and only Ruede Hagelstein is about to enter the night with a  remarkable live set which will quite surely include his forthcoming one-sided single release „Minus“ which is set for release in the near future.

With Okain Upon.You introduces the latest signing to the labels roster. Samuel Thalmann, as the young Berlin-based Frenchie is better known as to his parents, has been making waves with a remarkable string of releases on labels like Tsuba Records, Quartz Music, Bpitch Control, Four:Twenty and remixes for the likes of Darren Emerson, Kaiserdisco, Steve Lawler and many more since 2007 and has released his Upon.You debut „Some Of My Tools“ in February. 

Finally we've got Gunnar Stiller rounding off this sweet quadruple serving. Being another well-established member of the German capital's nightlife circuit with innumerable DJ-sets and releases on Upon.You, Voltage Music and Clap Your Hands under his belt and a new single on Upon.You to come later in 2014 it's pretty that this man is about to cater nothing but pure, solid quality in House music when he's on the decks. 

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