Martin Landsky has now been living and breathing underground house and techno for almost three decades. Sure, when he first started out in the early eighties he was mainly playing to school friends, but dance music and DJing had already got him under their spell, and it’s been that way ever since. After experimenting with homemade mixtapes and breakdancing in local crews, house and techno arrived in his Hamburg hometown and he fell immediately in love. Soon graduating to playing ‘proper’ DJ sets in clubs around Germany, Martin was amongst the first to be playing these new electronic sounds and even had his own night at the legendary Front Club, where he became known for his fresh selections. Now, years later, there is barely a club or festival anywhere in the world that he hasn’t headlined.Largely inspired by black music, it wasn’t long before Martin began crafting his own productions and a debut release came in 1997 on MC Projects London. It was the start of what has turned out to be an illustrious production career that now takes in underground hits like ‘Bloodhound’ (which was remixed by Steve Bug and got re-released as a certified classic in 2009 on an esteemed Decks Records sub label) as well as the huge underground anthem that joined together DJs from all backgrounds, namely the ubiquitous ‘1000 Miles’ on Poker Flat. A key member of Steve Bug’s Poker Flat family, Martin also released his debut LP, In Between, on the same label in 2001. Other successes that define the slick, sleek and seductive house and tech fusions Martin serves up are ‘The Composer’, also on Poker Flat , ‘Morning Caffeine’ on Mobilee and many more besides. What’s more, as a remixer, Martin’s unique touches have been put on music by everyone from Booka Shade to John Tejada, Miss Kittin to Pan-Pot.“I like to experiment,” says the Berlin based Martin. “I don’t follow one style. I have no templates at all, but my music has to be deep and has to have balls.” Anyone who has danced to one of the man’s considered and coherent sets around the world will attest to that: they are compelling things that call up a diverse array of genres, not just the latest big hits, and importantly never lose sight of an essential groove.In the background to all this, Martin has also worked for Container Distribution and later for Word And Sound – one of the world’s largest distributers – since 1995, but has also been boss of his own label. Effortil Records (later renamed Intim Recordings) ran from 1998 until 2002 and was responsible for Phonique’s very first two releases as well as Marco Resmann’s debut and won plenty of acclaim with DJs and dancers alike. Now a proud part of the Upon.You family, Martin continues to work on new EPs and exciting collaborations and after so long in the game has a truly 360 degree understanding of dance music. It is for that reason that he is such a vital part of house and techno’s underground world.
LOYOTO – three syllables fused to a name that sounds strangely familiar but yet is a project on the rise and making its full on debut on Upon.You Records these days although the formative and creative duo behind this name is longtime established amongst connaisseurs of electronic music, both for individual solo works as well as for praised cooperations and conjunctional efforts with other artists.
So who is LOYOTO? It's the brainchild of both Berlin-based artists DJ Cle, ambassador of finest House Music since the late 80s, part of the legendary Märtini Brös. and backed by a string of solo releases and remixes on labels like Poker Flat Recordings or Local Talk, and Eva Be, originally rooted in Dub and Reggae, recording artist for Best Works and Best Seven as well as remixer for Sonar Kollektiv, Pulver Records and many others. Together they bring in their experiences from both sides of the spectrum, exploring dubby electronic spheres – and the miraculous beauty of the universe – in their corporate studio space This shared experience shows in the title track „Looking At The Starz“, a deep and organic TechHouse affair touched by floating Dub, featuring most beautiful bass motifs, levitating drones, reverberant chords and dream-inducing space vocals alongside a tender, slightly uplifting melody that makes dancers and groovers grin like a Cheshire cat. On the flip we'll find Upon.You-mastermind Marco Resmann on remix duties, dubbing out the vocals darkly and serving a 180° turn vibewise. His primetime-focused version of „Looking At The Starz“ is defined by a foundation of demandingly pounding drums and sharp hi-hats paving the way for a threatening, ever evolving and slightly metallic sounding sawtooth synth that warps alongside swirling signals gyrating like artificial insects finally guided to an ultimate climax by a intricately twisted little motif carving its way out from the depths of a thrilling breakdown.
Finally – at least when it comes to vinyl – there's „Black Holes“, a spaced out vision of Electronic Dub harking back to the roots of Dub in terms of serving a sparse, spatial and stripped down sonic experience as well as fusing these qualities with modern DubTechno and the ever embracing beauty of Ambient / Deep Listening Music whilst implanting essential knowledge about the nature of „Black Holes“ into our subconscious mind.“
Also individually available for all digital customers is the Instrumental Version of Marco Resmann's remix for „Looking In The Starz“ whilst the „Black Holes (Instrumental)“ is served as a digital bonus to those who're purchasing LOYOTO's debut as a complete bundle.
It's been three intense years now since the formerly Tel Aviv-based DJ, producer and Girl Scout-leader Magit Cacoon hooked up with the Upon.You-family back in 2012 after relocating herself to Berlin and making some serious waves on the cities and of course the European club circuit. Three exciting years in which the flawless amalgamation of stunning performance behind the decks, vibrant sense of melodic thrills and her enchanting personality has added invaluable moments of magic to innumerable club nights and festivals whilst the production and studio persona of Magit Cacoon continously panned out, creating a unique signature sound directly derived from her experience as an air miles collecting DJ.
Within a few years only she's come a long way from her 2011-released debut Voyage 34 on her own Girl Scout label via releases on Be As One Imprint and Whatpeopleplay to remix works for the UK outfit Porcupine Tree and a string of groundbreaking releases on Upon.You Records, that perfectly reflect on her specific musical vision that now fully unfolds on .Other Dimension, Magit Cacoon's first ever longplay album and a seductive, yet playful and surely spine thrilling statement of a matured and fully grown artistic mind.
Written and produced in collaboration with Oliver Deutschmann Magit Cacoon's album debut Other Dimension covers the whole spectrum of vibrant contemporary club music that, although closely bond to the framework of House, TechHouse, chromatic (Neo)Trance and related 4/4-based derivates, thinks way beyond pure dancefloor functionality. This universal approach and vision does not only show in the detailed and carefully crafted sound sculptures built within an electronic studio environment but shines even more in the use of Magit Cacoon's most natural and intimate instrument her own voice.
From the carefully crafted Ambient soundscapes of the epic intro tune Plant M to the overwhelming bass pleasure and cinematic melancholia of Crime (Who's Afraid Of Berlin) the journey goes, continues into the anthemic, late 80s Detroit reminiscing chord progression of Freedom Is Timeless that sees a nice little flirtation with Pop going on before the Love Express works dancefloors uncompromisingly, serving a hard, fevering, ever evolving track style to all creatures of the night.
Magit Cacoon is speeding things up with frolicking basslines and an uberly condensed atmosphere of No Compromise that provides relief through a few sparse, 'troity chords followed by the albums title track Other Dimension that once again proves her feel for long, epic build-ups and sweet, melancholia-struck melodies this time served on a slightly techier foundation that undoubtedly supports one of the most emotional anthems of 2015 and beyond.
Talking things techy the Ghetto Xberg even fuses huge string arrangements and bleepy Acid lines to a great effect whilst the subaquatic Bass excursion named Oddity Sound brings in Drexciyan qualities and vibes. More heavily trippin' bass pressure is found in Light that's despite its title – surprisingly flirting with darker, more threatening powers whilst working sweat-soaked crowds to the max and so is the powerful and well buzzing Summertime Space which is as primetime bond as its predecessor. Finally with Orion , the albums closing tune, things are coming full cycle again when slowly pounding low frequency sounds and calm Ambient soundscapes accomplish eachother nicely, perfectly rounding off the longplay debut of an extraordinary artist and a beloved member of the Upon.You tribe.
Always on the lookout for fresh and upcoming talent spring brings two new additions to the roster of our Upon.You Digital branch, setting out towards deep and well pumping shores whilst keeping dancefloors busy with their rolling, stripped down and yet melodious vision of quality electronic dance music.
We're talking the conjunctional force of Mario Da Ragnio & Jonathan Kaspar here which are collaborating for this digital single release, a collaboration in which the experienced producer Da Ragnio, backed by releases and remixes on labels like Aeon Audio, Takt Records, Caballero, Strictly Rhythm or Blu Fin, meets the Bonn-based DJ Jonathan Kaspar to a fruitful effect.
With „Tudeles“, the title track, the pair of producers is rolling out a warm, yet stripped down TechHouse tip able to fill up huge spaces with massive bass and reverbs as well as sparsely scattered, futuristic effects, a highly effective sci-fi motif and a super seductive, trance-inducing melodic synth line that's finally sending punters to late night rave heaven.
With their second interpretation of the title track, the so-called „Tudeles (Reprise Mix)“ Mario Da Ragnio & Jonathan Kaspar explore slightly darker realms, focusing on endless buildups and ecstatic sound progression, challenging large crowds and heaving floors to the max.
Coming up next is „Crawling“, an uncompromising, straightforward Minimal TechHouse tool sporting an ominous droning atmosphere, wobbly, ever evolving basslines and mysterious, slightly processed sermonizing vocal bits adding up a dash of extra spice to this rollercoaster journey of a track.
Finally the „Diaguita (Dub Mix)“ comes up with a livelier, more uplifting vibe in TechHouse, citing tribalistic drums, a surprising stop-and-go break as well as microchopped vocal bits for all those loving their Latin flavour right whilst shaking their hips and asses along with the groove.
It's been three intense years now since the formerly Tel Aviv-based DJ, producer and Girl Scout-leader Magit Cacoon hooked up with the Upon.You-family back in 2012 after relocating herself to Berlin. Within this period the charismatic performer served a string of groundbreaking releases on Upon.You Records that perfectly reflect on her musical vision now fully unfolding on her first album „Other Dimension“ which is a seductive, yet playful and surely spine tingling statement of a matured and fully grown artistic mind.
With „Love Express“ we're proud to unleash the first 12“ taken off this stunning longplayer, featuring two original album tracks alongside thrilling reworks surely about to work dancefloors right.
The original version of „Love Express“ works dancefloors uncompromisingly, serving a hard, fevering, ever evolving track style to all creatures of the night whilst Magit Cacoon's repetetive vocals and the tracks' tense overall atmosphere open large, reverberating spaces.
Remixed by Marius Maier a.k.a. Re.You, widely praised for his releases on labels like Mobilee, keinerechte or Moon Harbour, the title track „Love Express“ takes a slightly different direction whilst introducing tribalistic drum structures, dramatic breakdowns and a large bassline perfectly complementing the hypnotic approach of this great rework.
Flipping the wax Magit Cacoon's „No Compromise“ is speeding things up with frolicking basslines and an uberly condensed atmosphere that provides relief through a few sparse, 'troity chords – truly a fest for all lovers of more technoid TechHouse derivates.
The now Berlin-based US producer Kevin McHugh a.k.a. Ambivalent is taking care of „No Compromise“ remixwise, weighing in a straight and uncompromising Techno vision based upon a well-pounding drumset, spiralling midrange synths and trippy, melodic rearrangements for large concrete spaces and hypnotic primetime abuse. A killer remix for sure!
We all know that travelling the world is a great thing to. Every new trip leads to new impressions, experiences, sometimes new friends or sometimes even new releases. This is the story of the latest output on our Upon.You Digital branch cut short, as our man Marco Resmann met Floyd Lavine, the most recent addition to our roster, throughout a short visit to South Africa.
Down there Floyd Lavine is involved in the relatively fresh imprint Nomadiq Music which focuses exclusively on talented artists and producers hailing from South Africa, has previously released on labels like Dogmatik or Murmur and adds up perfectly to the Upon.You roster with his label debut, a four track showcase introducing his seductive latenight style to a wider audience.
Starting the journey with a collaborative affair we see Floyd Lavine & Behr teaming up for „It's Only Me“ , a deep, subaquatic tune sleepwalking the borders of Intelligent Techno and stripped down TechHouse with a futuristic twist, fusing short amiable melody bits and highly defined spatiality spreading out on top of a sparse foundation of dry percussive elements.
Progressing into „Nohme Ne“ Floyd Lavine delivers a fever'ish drumset, a damp ritual atmosphere and erratic basslines, all accompanied by hypnotic, slightly delusional vocals and carefully crafted early morning strings which, combined like this, perfectly depict the sheer beauty of a South African sunrise
With „On Blaxl“ we see Floyd Lavine serve a perfect definition of what one might want to pigeonhole as Deep TechHouse – a pumping organic affair sporting soft, dubbed out chords and chopped, enigmatic vocal bits which are keeping the latenight crowd moving like an all embracing heartbeat.
Finally the „Sleeper“ doesn't put us to sleep at all but gets us in the groove with a slowly building slice of MinimalHouse sporting loads of loveliness and detail with all the handclaps in the right place, warped vox and a simple but enthralling synth line that breaks down the meaning of 'melody' to its very essence for more intimate club settings and – once again – sexy latenight jams.
Talking the conjunctional studio joint of Martin Landsky and Marco Resmann entitled „Lava“, now released under their collaborational project Landsky & Resmann, this single is one that has been overdue for quite a while and for a reason. A reason and shared history that essentially helped to shape and add momentum to Marco Resmann's career at an early stage a good 13 years ago when he wasn't even known under his real name but used the artistic alias Phage DJ- and production-wise.
It was back in the early noughties when Marco Resmann sent out a demo to Martin Landsky and his former label Intim Recordings which he admired musically, got through and the tracks that were picked are now known in the history book of electronic music as „Volkspark E.P.“, his first ever single release that became the output number 009 on Intim Recordings back in 2002 and, if you will, the foundation on which Marco's production career was built.
Now, after all these years in which Martin Landsky became one of the mainstays in the Poker Flat Recordings-family after folding his own imprint whilst Marco Resmann built a huge reputation on the international DJ-circuit and co-founded Upon.You Records, they finally teamed up in the studio for „Lava“, a single piece as timeless and essential as it can get.
On the A-side we've got „Lava 1“ , a quite pumping and deep technoid piece that is fully aware of the seductive grooves only stripped down House music can provide. With carefully crafted build-ups, melancholia-driven strings and moody modulations this one's a true force on the dancefloor, using only very essential elements and razor sharp hi-hats to get a whole nation under a groove. Sexy as hell.
Flipping the wax we've got „Lava 2“ sporting a dry, wild pitch and Chicago-related feel whilst providing a quite track'ish attitude in the use of ever twisting background noises, a simple but catchy repetetive low frequency motif and on point filter abuse that's in for the thrill before the second synth line is adding additional momentum in reflecting and transposing the main motif to a new frequency level.
Finally the so-called „Lava Dub“ explores deeper realms of beautiful dancefloor melancholia based upon a super solid foundation of lush bassdrums and rich, dreamy string-arrangements accompanied by dubbed out vocal snippets and classy, vastly-coloured synths shining through every now and then, making „Lava Dub“ a perfect late night tune for House music lovers and more intimate dancefloors.
Here it is, the final chapter of our 2014 Upon.You-„Diary“ – a full on compilation based on the trusted and intransigent taste-buds of our long time friend and stalwart producer Gunnar Stiller who has been digging deep into the sonic layers of our universe for the fourth installment of the „Diary“-series on his mission to unearth shining House- / TechHouse – / TechWhatever-diamonds perfectly reflecting the Upon.You-sound of today… and tomorrow.
With the second part of our latest label compilation being released in mid-November we're now proud to present „Diary 4.2 A Vinyl Selection“ – a new 12“ vinyl single again featuring a sweet selection of four essential tracks taken from the vast richness that is to be found on „Diary No. 4 – Compiled By Gunnar Stiller“, a perfect sequel and a seductive treat for all wax addicts out there. With these tunes produced by the likes of Ruede Hagelstein, Marco Resmann, Gorge and the Beatamines we're sending special shouts to all vinyl loving DJ's, bringing them the second hand-picked „Diary“ selection of high quality electronic dancefloor cuts for heavy primetime workouts and late night abuse. We're opening the dance with „Nonnenrauschen“, Ruede Hagelstein's contribution to „Diary No. 4“. Uberly precise and built of only a few, very carefully placed elements that create the kind of magical, mystical vibe one longs for in the final hours of a long night out, the small hours in which a fever'ish instincts take over and all one is craving for is a massive bassline embracing each and everyone around. Epic? Epic.
More highly seductive sonic pleasure is coming from the vaults of Marco Resmann's studio space who is fully focusing on the hypnotizing effects of repetitive stabs accompanied by beautifully progressing melodies – a simple and effective formula that makes the summer „Sun“ rise over each and every floor when the stunning vocal break provides final relief and slightly balearic elements add a unique, calming yet levitating vibe to this track.
The man they call Gorge has been making some serious waves on the electronic music circuit within the past ten years and his „Diary“-contribution „In Sync“ is a sweet example for his remarkable ability to fuse an ever changing synth motif evolution with pure dancefloor pressure whilst garnishing things with Rave-reminiscing vocal bits and the very essence of how Trance-inducing electronic music can be. Play this one in huge, jam-packed spaces and you're about to see a crowd going bonkers within a few bars.
Serving the perfect closing track is theErfurt-based Pascal Eckardt a.k.a. Beatamines who is taking care of a beautiful sonic „Lotus“ flower built of frolicking, slightly Jazz-influenced percussion lines and a seductively meandering hook that makes each and every punter smile for a reason. One of these tunes that are able to turn an average party into the best night out ever.
After rockin' floors with his debut EP „Feel That Beat“ in April 2014 Pascal Hetzel now returns to our rough'n'raw underground sidekick UYX-Series with his new 12“ „Divisions“, serving two variations on the main track plus a massive rework by the infamous pairing Tuff City Kids, a well-rounded package that will be a vital contribution to loads and loads of fully loaded club nights throughout the the next months.
Entering technoid realms with the EP's opener „Divisions (Downstairs)“ Pascal Hetzel relies on a significant bassdrum punch and a simple but effective arrangement of dubbed out, subaquatic stabs to get crowds moving, adds up some some raw, unprocessed hi-hats, haunting sweeps, well-set filter movements and a great tribute to one of the classic oldskool rave masters – a high-octane tune for crowds already on fire.
The following „Divisions (Upstairs)“ keeps energy levels high as well, serving more punchy drums whilst focusing on a softened, more uplifting and positive feel when it comes to synth works and melody, bringing in a perfect p.a.r.t.y.-vibe for all those who love to balance on the thin line between TechHouse and classic stab-heavy House. There's no doubt that Mr. Pascal Hetzel is fusing the best of both worlds in this tune.
Flipping the wax we see the Tuff City Kids on remix duties. The collaborational studio force of Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer is bowing down to the intensity of early hardcore days when they're unleashing this jack-hammer of a rework – and it is a beast for sure. A serious amalgamation of a reverb-heavy foundation, oldskool sawtooth signals, dark and slightly filtered signature stabs and twisted breakbeat abuse is sending for horns, fog-machines, high-performance strobelights and huge laser attacks. Rave is back? Yes, indeed.
The year is 2014 and we're looking into the Upon.You-„Diary“ again of which the fourth and most recent chapter has been written by our long time friend and stalwart producer Gunnar Stiller who has been digging deep into the sonic layers of our universe to unearth shining House- / TechHouse – / TechWhatever-diamonds perfectly reflecting the Upon.You-sound of today …and tomorrow.
After the full-on digital release of our latest label compilation we're proud to present „Diary 4.1 A Vinyl Selection“ - a 12“ vinyl single featuring a sweet selection of four essential tracks taken from the vast richness that is to be found on „Diary No. 4 – Compiled By Gunnar Stiller“ .
With these tunes produced by the likes of Einzelkind, Daniel Stefanik, The Cheapers and Gunnar Stiller himself we're sending special shouts to all vinyl loving DJ's, bringing them a hand-picked selection of high quality electronic dancefloor cuts for heavy primetime workouts and late night abuse.
„Finding Love“ is the mission for Einzelkind of Pressure Traxx- and La Pena-fame and they're about to find it straight at the heart of the dancefloor, in the midst of the sweat-covered, ecstatic crowd happily floating along dark'ish basslines, ever repeating vocal bits and a sweet little, glockenspiel'esque melody playfully peaking through the heavy bass grooves every now and then.
Representing the Leipzig-scene is Daniel Stefanik who explores uptempo realms with the levitating string arrangements of „All God's People“ that might be filed under the flag of being angelic by some – or many. Masterly crafted and accompanied by precisely cut, slightly electroid sounding percussion works this one is a perfect example of how emotional things can get within electronic music – imagine a crowd loving this tune to bits when the first rays of sun hit a festival site again after a long night under the dark skies.
Following up is Gunnar Stiller with his „Diary“ contribution of the same name in which the man himself takes TechHouse to a quite techy, straightforward level with hi-hats as sharp as a knife and uberly thrilling, massive and quite surprising synth breakdown meant to set the roof on fire. Pure energy and a new definition of Rave.
The essence of the collaborational studio force of Fraenzen Texas and Ruede Hagelstein is bottled under their conjunctional moniker The Cheapers which has been part of the Upon.You-family from day dot. Focusing on more melodic, analogue sounding aspects of TechHouse with „Rosetta“ they're weighing in uplifting, playful melody works touched by organic melancholia, modernistic (Neo)Trance-elements and a tongue-in-cheek reminiscence of some infamous Swiss electronic music pioneers.