With its 24th release our digital imprint Upon.You Digital welcomes a new member, which has been gaining more and more attention throughout the past four or five years. Originally hailing from Hamburg and now based in Berlin Frag Maddin's tunes have been released on labels like Jeudi Records, URSL and Area Remote as well as some others this upcoming artist now finally finished „Hat's N Drive“ - his four track label debut on Upon.You Digital.
Balancing right on the thin line between TechHouse and more technoid musings the opener „Close Windows“ sets things straight for the pumped crowd. Muscular drums, sharp closed hi-hats and thrilling percussive elements meet tripped out minimalism and sparse, dangerous synths suitable for the darkest hours of the night
With the title track „Hat's N Drive“ we see Frag Maddin revealing his love for tripping, yet forceful drums, ecstatic vocal samples, super functional echo wizzardry and uplifting, oldskool-reminiscing stabs – a recipe created to cause havoc on the dancefloor for a reason. Where's the whistle crew?
The journey continues with „Sticker“, another stripped down killer tune that fuses brutal, minimalistic House grooves, low-end sickness, gooey Acid lines and extremely twisted, heavily warped melodic synths hooks for the peak time. A tune that surely makes a difference hammered through a properly set up P.A. rig.
Finally „Psycho Chiller“ caters the needs for super dry percussion settings fused with spine-tingling strings, danger-inducing bass notes and psyched out, crystalline melodies – a tribute to the jackin' zone with classic, uber-seductive male vocals serving a genuine ChiTown feel for those who know. Not a chiller but a killer.
We're sending a warm welcome to Luca Agnelli, the newest addition to the Upon.You-family, ever active producer and co-founder of the Italian imprint Etruria Beat. Mr. Agnelli has been making waves in the electronic music scene since 2006 with a string of releases and remixes on labels like Truesoul, Get Digital Music, Desolat or Moan Recordings and is now setting floors on fire with his first ever EP on Upon.You Records – „Solaris“.
Opening with the title track, the massive „Solaris“ introduces Luca Agnelli's trademark style to the worlds dancefloors – a perfect fusion of dark'ish, reverb heavy underground Techno, echo'ing chords and beautiful, abstract melodies combining motor city melancholia, the immortal wizzardry of early synth masters and the everlasting fascination of spiralling Acid lines. Epic!With „Over The Sky“ we stay on a pumping Techno vibe whilst floating along on a nicely rolling bassline foundation and super sweet, uplifting melodies telling tales of genuine innocence and sparkling pulchritude – a masterpiece for everlasting sunrise sessions.
Finally „Level 1“ takes us on a technoid, bass-induced, late night rollercoaster ride sporting deep and 'troity abstractions as well as lovely, well-fragile crystalline sound fountains for those who know – get ready for the next wave of ItaloDetroit!
With the new „Leo Dance EP“ released on our rough'n'raw underground whitelabel sidekick UYX Series an old friend returns – the man his friends and parents know as Farid Boudinar whilst all lovers of quality electronic music between House and Techno are more familiar with his F.E.X. moniker. On the circuit for about 15 years now and backed by numerous releases on labels like Dessous Recordings, Brique Rouge, Systematic and many more our French fellow, who was also responsible for the very first UYX Series release back in 2013, unveils the more technoid side of his work, pleasing punters and DJ's alike with a purist attitude and delightful functionality.
Opening with „Leo Dance“ we see hard hitting snare rolls, fast-paced drums and brooding, big room basslines going hand in hand with deep, yet uplifting synth works ready for lift off whilst slo-mo alien noises add a bit of a mystical, haunted athmosphere. Spine tingling peaktime pressure!
On the flipside „Overdeus“ provides a more dry and stripped-down feel when minimalistic TechHouse meets a decent, ever busy and evolving main motif that's building up in waves providing constant change and excitement through a beautiful sequential arrangement of climax after climax after climax.
Finally „Puretec“ enters darker, sci-fi influenced realms, keeping Techno floors in motion with a stone cold attitude, undulating strings and a perfectly crafted, uberly functional synth sequence that pays homage to the masters of Detroit Techno – a perfect tune for concrete underground basement venues immersed in fog and strobelights.
It's been six years since the Amsterdam-based DJ & producer Onno Van Elzen – better known as ONNO – made his first mark on Upon.You Digital with his „Masterdam“ single, followed by a string of high quality releases on Upon.You Records in subsequent years. Now ONNO is back with his latest masterpiece, embracing the heat of the night with the forthcoming single release „Some Mo“.
Talking the heat of the night it's the title track which is getting things straight from the very start with a steamy, hefty drumset and well-familiar, uber-ecstatic vocal samples, accompanied by percussive, mechanical sweeps – a raw, stripped down fusion combining the very best elements of House and TechHouse to a fever'ish, pumping effect.
Following up on remix duties is a man that needs no further introduction, a true stallion and ever active figure within the German scene since the late 90s. Martin Landsky takes over controls for his version of „Some Mo“ and takes the tune to a next level by adding killer stabs and signals whilst serving highly dynamic build-ups and a general energy overdose for hyped peaktime crowds.
With „Stabbing Sally“ ONNO digs a little deeper, bringing in floating, levitating and ever evolving athmospheres on top of muscular drums before an obscured vocal breakdown and techy, dubbed out stabs add up to a timeless, ever functional recipe fusing ingredients cof ontemporary TechHouse and classic DubTechno elements for all lovers of quality electronic music.
Welcome back to our newest edition of our beloved Upon.You Digital branch where another fresh face makes its Upon.You label debut these days – a face fresh to our ever expanding roster but not a newcomer to the scene at all. We're talking the Switzerland-based DJ Le Roi here who has left his mark with productions on labels like Objektivity, Get Physical, Compost Black Label or Deeptown Music in the past eight years and now is setting out to rock floors worldwide with his forthcoming digital single „You Don't Know“. With the title track „You Don't Know“ DJ Le Roi fuses super seductive TechHouse and most uplifting House vibes to a maximum ecstatic effect when multilayered, soulful female vocals meet killer stabs, glitzy synths melodies and thrilling, progressive bass sweeps, sending all punters' hands high up in the sky. High energy, anyone? Following up is „Muuvin'“, another powerful TechHouse-affair exploring more sketchy and dangerous nightlife territories definied by growling, fever'ish basslines, tribal'esque chants and a spine-tingling main motif that's accompanied by more gooey, slowly morphing sub warps as well as functional, slighly oldskool reminiscing snare rolls for those who know. Finally Chris Wood & Meat come up with their „Muuvin And Groovin Remix“ which takes things to a techier level with razor sharp hi-hats, bouncy metallic modulations and a rolling Munich Disco-style bassline perfectly complementing the tunes epic string coating and on point, trance-inducing synth works for a levitating dancefloor feel.
It's been about a little more than a year since Copenhagen-based producer Denis Horvat released his sophomore single „Heist“ via Upon.You and now it's time for the talented and ever busy Dane to make a 2015 comeback to the family with „Strange Nation“, his latest digital single release. With the title track „Strange Nation“ the Danish producer starts things with pounding, reverberating big room drums and a lot of punch, before spaced out, corresponding yet slightly off-kilter synth lines start floating through a multidimensional universe, accompanied by seductive, dub'ish chords and a melancholia-induced low end. A deep, sonic double helix of a kind and a mesmerizing journey that could go on forever. The remix version of the title track is crafted by the Munich-based SHOW-B , backed by releases on labels like Poker Flat Recordings or Compost Records, and unveils an edgier, techier side of „Strange Nation“, bringing in dangerously warped subs and a more abstract, slightly 'troity touch to the carefully altered melody sequence. Prime time power detected here. Also on the musical menu is the SHOW-B Dub of „Strange Nation“, a variation as intense and as powerful as TechHouse can ever get and a sureshot on the dancefloor for a reason. With „Purple Fiction“ Denis Horvat enters tropical realms with loads of shaker action, additional ultra-compressed bassdrum punches and ecstatic vocal snippets living up to the plead for total ecstasy on the dancefloor and the energy provided by steaming hot sawtooth synth sweeps, morphing and meandering all over the bass side of the sonic spectrum for ultimate pleasure purposes. Finally the Sub37 Edit of „Purple Fiction“ keeps up with the tropical shaker vibes of the original cut but comes up with a slightly distorted synth line morphing back and forth from low end distortion crescendoes to clearly Acid-reminiscing segments building up vigorously for maximum dancefloor peaks that this track is about to cause for sure.
Welcome back, Okain! After his digital label debut „Some Of My Tools“ and his praised collaboration with ONNO resulting in their conjunctional „Triple O“ EP Samuel Thalmann a.k.a. Okain is about to unleash four brand new tunes on his forthcoming Upon.You-single „Coma“.
With the title track „Coma“ our French friend masterly crafts an enthrallingly bouncy mother of a tune walking the fine line between House and TechHouse, serving swirling Hi-NRG synth modulations and super ecstatic vocal bits for those who like to get into the groove. This track is prime time heaven for all clubbers out there.
Following up is „Karma“, a tune again well-balanced between the House and TechHouse side of things but clearly focusing on the deeper end of the spectrum. Spatial effects and mellow, slightly dubbed out chords meet muscular drums, dreamy, balearic sample work as well as scenic string arrangements all serving perfectly for latenight sets and epic transitions between night and dawn.
Opening the „Silver Door“ Okain's sonic journey leads him straight into the jackin' zone. A Chitown-reminiscing phonk, stripped down production and an almighty Acid-line are the weapons of choice to hype the crowd right before floating synths really mark the point when things are about to get intense. Timeless as timeless can get and a future classic for sure.
Finally with „Untitled Three“ things are getting a little techy for a reason. Banging drums, razorblade hi-hats and woodwork percussions are setting the pace for the ultimate seduction brought to you by Yello'esque male vocal bits, more Chicago referring basslines and on point chords reverberating and bouncing off each other into spiralling eternity.
On Friday, Beatport will stream our Upon.You Showcase with Magit Cacoon, Marco Resmann and Okain, live from Prince Charles Club in Berlin! The Show goes from 8-11pm. If you are in Berlin, feel free to join us for a drink at Prince Charles, the entry is free for you!
Always on the lookout for fresh and upcoming talent as well as open for new and previously unheard visions of electronic club music the Upon.You family welcomes the Ibiza-based producer Davina Moss to the roster – also known to the island's party crew under her DJ alias Davina D. Teaming up with the Parisian violin player Louky Louki for her label debut she amalgamates organic violin melancholia with a pumping, late night sex-drive and a funky as fuck bassline that brings nothing but pure delight for all beautiful party people grooving along to the decent sonic temptation of the „14 Weeks“ original. Up on remix duty is the Italian / Argentinean pairing of Alex Neri & Federico Grazzini which are catering an enthralling start with an amazing intro sequence leading into a spiralling uptempo TechHouse ride. Rolling basslines, a luscious big room attitude and the floating beauty of the unique main motif turns their remix version into a compulsory primetime choice. Furthermore we have the longtime conjunctional force of Marco Resmann and Norman Weber a.k.a. Luna City Express teaming up for a well-glitzy rework of „14 Weeks“ that's about to set floors in motion with a neverending stream of joyful vibes, on point drumrolls, deep chords and spaced out echo works alongside Louky Louki's epic violin. Pure energy for ecstatic dancefloor workouts.
Back to Alex Neri & Federico Grazzini again with their second serving – their so-called 'Dub' vision of „14 Weeks“. Techier and – as the name might suggest – also significantly stripped down the team focuses on the very basics with this one. Super deep subs, slighty hollow snare drums and shiny, reverberating synths are the main ingredients until perfectly acquainted stabs rev up all engines and the main break primes all punters for an ultimate lift-off.
For the final, laid back version of „14 Weeks“ Luna City Express are leaving the straight 4/4 path behind in favor of their 'Downbeat Mix' that fully lives up to its name with dope Broken Beats, dubbed out vibe and cinematic feel – a sweet, chill exploration of balearic terrace moods or soundtrack to amazing animations of deep space photography. Don't call it 'lounge', though.
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.