The year is 2014. Nearly two years have passed since the release of our last full-on Upon.You label compilation and it's time to look into the Upon.You-„Diary“ again of which the fourth and most recent chapter is written by our long time friend and stalwart producer Gunnar Stiller who has not only stunned dancefloors lately with his July-released single „What's Said Is Done“ but dug 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. Regularly transmitting quality electronic music for nearly eight years now, with an overall count of more than 100 releases via Upon.You Records and its several subsidiaries, highly appreciated label nights and a tightly knit collective of artists collecting heaps of air miles on their neverending transboundary music mission the label has constantly grown into one of the main forces on the international TechHouse circuit and „Diary No. 4 – Compiled By Gunnar Stiller“ weighs in a whole lot of 24 tracks that are providing proof why the Upon.You label sound is stronger than ever these days. „Diary No. 4 – Compiled By Gunnar Stiller“ is released in two parts scheduled for October, 27th (Part 1) and November, 17th (Part 2) featuring only box fresh and exclusive tracks that have been crafted exclusively for this gathering of established Upon.You-artists, friends, former remixers and selected label recruits including artists like Marco Resmann, Gunnar Stiller, Alex Niggemann, The Cheapers, Einzelkind, Daniel Stefanik, Okain, Danny Serrano, ONNO, Metodi Hristov and many more.
Valencia calling. Straight from the offices of his very own Sincopat-label we see Marc Martinez Nadal a.k.a. AFFKT sending a first E.P. transmission to the heart of the Upon.You headquarters after providing serious dancefloor emissions on imprints like OFF, Mobilee, Suruba and even the legendary Skint label throughout the past years. And the new member of the Upon.You-family is truly ready to cater another distinct dancefloor statement with his „Two Faces E.P.“ which is including two original tracks plus remixes from his fellow Spaniard Piek as well as the Finnish producer and longtime Bpitch artist Kiki. Opening the dance with the original version of „Faceless“ Mr. Nadal turns his head into the dark zone straightaway whilst catering a fever'ish, hollow and well driving TechHouse tune sporting slightly electroid claps, a droning overall presence of tension and bass, haunting vocals plus alarmingly twisted synth eruptions and killer sirens created for maximum impact and primetime (ab)use. Still in the middle of darkness Piek takes over the controls and provides an astounding recut of the original „Faceless“. Whilst sticking close to the original vibe the man who is known to his parents as Nacho Gonzales adds new claps and lively, Chicago-referencing drum works in the percussive section as well as a huge, analogue low frequency bass attack that needs really massive spaces and proper rigs to display full force. A mental rave piece for sure.
The next one on remix duty is Kiki who's reworking „Twice“ here to a moody, ever spiralling effect. Built on a super solid, rolling bassline foundation and more whispering voices chords are climbing up to new energetic heights over and over again, nicely contrasted with toolish, tension-heavy bits telling tales of dangerous streets and shady backroom business before – after 4+ minutes – the mighty Jack drops by for a super-effective Acid delivery and demonstrates how one single, on point loop makes a huge difference. Finally the original version of „Twice“ leads TechHouse crowds into new early morning heights with sweetest strings, a slightly balearic, highly chromatic progressions, providing a weightless and at some points even (Neo)Trance-induced athmosphere for an emotional ride on the first beams of a rising Ibiza sun. Sonic beauty ftw.
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With „MP Scene“ the pair of producers open the set with a steadily pumping, muscular tune built around huge, embracing organic bass pulses, sharp, unprocessed impellent hi-hats, serious, slightly twisted Club Techno stabs and captivating strings from the upper end of the acoustic spectrum announcing the next big thrill lurking behind the next audible twist.
Progressing into the next tune „Set Me Back“ opens with large, pounding bass drums, clever shaker works and a big heap of ONNO's so called Gangsta Techno influence represented by tense vocal samples most obviously taken straight from the streets of the hood. Combining this roughneck attitude with lively, bubbling synth lines and dubbed out, echoing chords and some oldskool'ish cowbells the roof is surely on fire when „Set Me Back“ is hammering on a large P.A. system on a TechHouse floor near you.
Finally the „Tiebreaker“ brings on a straight forward feel of stripped down TechHouse with a foundation built of gravelly, analogue sounding bass tones and super solid, effervescent, LatinHouse-reminiscing breakbeat loops working things out to maximum effect percussionwise. All ONNO & Okain need to add is a fine icing of sparse, frosty and phantasmal synths which – due to their hypnotizing force – draw revelling punters right to the centre of the dancefloor in search of the ultimate thrill and a killer groove.
Next friday we'll serve you again an extraordinary edition of our regular labelnight at Watergate Club in Berlin. Together with our buddys from Serialism we'll uplifting this night to another state-of-the-art show of great musicians and an excellent crowd. From our side we are pleased to have on board a new born b2b team between frenchman Okain and ibiza based ONNO, both ready for some gangster grooves in the early morning. First time in this place we got supertalented labelmate Loquace, wellknown for his works on Upon.You and his own imprint Earlydub. Label honcho Marco Resmann and our sweet lady from Tel Aviv, Magit Cacoon, rounding off this special night perfectly!
Making waves since 2010 with a steady stream of releases on a wide range of labels including Impulsa Records, Ritual Records, Wasabi Recordings or Suara the Italian duo Fideles – better known as Danylo Aprile and Mario Roberti to thier parents – have finally touched down at Upon.You Digital, serving a great set of summer vibes that's accompanied by a sweet remix workout created by our man Loquace, head of his own Earlydub imprint and part of the Upon.You family since 2012 with two well acclaimed EP contributions to our back catalogue so far.
With the title track „What I Show To You“ the two Italian producers roll things out on top of a deep, fever'ish, seductive and sexually charged bassline that is a super solid foundation for tempting, pitch-altered vocal bits and a steady ride on slightly delayed sawtooth synths – a masterly crafted fusion of reduction and ultimate climax that brings out the best of both worlds.
Remixed by our french fellow Loquace we see the transformation of „What I Show You“ into a warm, gentle summer breeze perfectly fitting for long terrace sets and endless open air sessions. The rhythm is pumping, the vocal bits are psychedelicly twisted to a well tripping effect, sweet string layers set the tone and occasional, poignant guitar notes introduce a bit of a balearic feel to his rework.
Taking over bubbling late night crowds with the stripped down „Inside Me“ Fideles are fusing their love for dark and pumping, kinda Minimal House flavored structures with the occasional, far-flung rave stab reminiscing synth work here that caters coruscant moments of love and uplifting happiness to sweat-covered, shady dancefloors.
Finally „Green Eyes“ calls out for a more hypnotic vibe with its ever moving background synth swell, demanding hi-hats and deep, dark, whispering vocals implying that this HypnoTech rollercoaster ride is a never ending one. Next stop: Eternity. We'll reach our destination within 429 seconds.
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.
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“.
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.
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.
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!