The slat blinds in Berlin's Panorama Bar are part of the VJ’s equipment, and when the mood is right (usually around Sunday afternoon), he opens them up to allow slices of sunshine to penetrate the smoky club air. It doesn’t happen all too often, remaining something special amongst hours of darkness. But as Ruede played the first version of “Shades” in his last P-Bar set, it seemed to happen just for him, as if he had written this track’s distinct break especially for this moment: everyone was mesmerized. Re.You & Rampa in the RMX for “Shades” are also no strangers to such euphoria, and as Ruede recently lent them his voice, they return the favor by building a robust, custom-made bass mobile for the A2. Then, on the B-side, Ruede’s fellow band members from The Noblettes make an appearance. As with “Shades”, the focal point is also the big break, only this one has nothing to do with techno – it’s more of an indie-house ballad with dance ambition.
We welcome our new Upon.You crew member Sierra Sam! He will release his first record on Upon.You in April and has delivered us a nice podcast. The mix includes his favourite tracks as well as some of his new productions.
Upon.You's next release steps out of Europe and into the Americas with a timeless EP from Brooklyn natives Tim Xavier and Camea. Tim, a passionate producer and co-owner of Manmade Mastering in Berlin, has teamed up in full force with Camea for this stunning work, who is the owner of one of America's most successful techno labels: Clink Recordings. Camea has driven herself onto international stage in recent years and is touring around the world as a successful djane. The A side, “Brooklyn Sunset 1989″, is an emotionally charged piece stemming from vintage 80s melodies and broken drum patterns, epically beautiful and romantic. In contrast, the B side features “Man vs. Universe”, a dance floor driver that uses Tim's powerful percussive techniques to achieve an energetic crate essential. The duo takes things down for the last two installments, “Diamonds” hitting the groovy a.m. spot. Finally, the digital exclusive track, “Juniper”, completes the EP with Camea and Tim's signature alien stripped-down house; resinating somewhere between Brooklyn and the Milky Way.
Here at Upon You, it’s not like we ever have to come up with an excuse to party. But for our latest label night at the monolothic Panorama Bar, we have an especially good reason: our fifth anniversary is approaching fast! And the DJs we have lined up, both established and newer, are a reflection of the diverse talent we’ve worked with over the years.
Headlining the night are longtime affiliates The Cheapers, also known as Ruede Hagelstein & Fraenzen Texas who have released a stack of EPs with us over the years. Mr. Hagelstein has also made the rounds as a solo act and late last year took a complete 180 with his debut full-length on Tiefschwarz’s Souvenir label, experimenting with downtempo and jazzy sounds. His upcoming Shades EP for Upon You will return to the techno/house sounds he’s known for, the kind you can expect to hear in his set together with Mr. Texas. Re-UP is another key duo from our team, joining us from Venice on this special night, following last year’s Upon You EP with new material coming up on Supplement Facts, Dissonant and Little Helpers. Also present will be N!co Stojan, who, after some collaborations over the last couple years, issued his first solo 12” with us in December, the sleek and elegant Callejera EP. Finally, Copenhagen’s Mathias Mesteno rounds out the lineup, likely to drop the fresh tracks he’s prepared Tartelet and Upon You as well as his remix appearing on the last ever LoMidHigh release. We, meanwhile, have no plans to stop, so come help us fill the floor with beats, sweat and optimistic vibes!
Marcus Meinhardt´s new record is there and with it a hole rig of remixes. “Checkpot”has become a typical Meinhardt that twirls with a cool funkyness and mysterious melodies through the dancers brain. The producer and DJ Okain which is known especially through his releases on Tsuba Rec. is taking the theme by the fuze and is relighting the dancefloor with his bass accelerator. Our Upon You approved colleague Pele also likes to play with fire and got together with the artist Findling for his remix. They turn the wind towards the morning and let the flames turn into a trip-dub direction. Similar does the Upon You artist Echonomist who stears the digital bonus track with a heating value of glowing soundscapes as usual.
A longtime fixture of Berlin's club scene, Upon.You´s Marco Resmann has had his hand in a number of different projects over the years: formerly Anja Schneider's producer and the third member of Pan-Pot, half of the duo Luna City Express, head of Upon.You and solo producer under his own name or as Phage. He's also a resident DJ at Watergate, which makes him a natural choice for the riverside club's tenth mix CD. Resmann is heavy on '00s minimal and tech house, with cuts from Ricardo Villalobos, Soulphiction and Heartz 4 (AKA Daze Maxim), and stays quite busy in the mix, working with up to three tracks at a time. Some exclusives are included as well, including Marco's recent collaborations with Mike Shannon and Kiki.
01. Marco Resmann – Hello Watergate (Intro)
02. SoulPhiction – I've Got A Feelin' / Minilogue – Orglar / Douglas Greed feat. Delhia de France – Sense (Exclusive A Cappella)
03. Ricardo Villalobos – 808 The Bass Queen
04. Heartz 4 – Intimacy Girl
05. Serafin – Starship Discothèque
06. Digitaline feat. Tigerlily – Say So
07. Håkan Lidbo – Televinken / Sierra Sam feat. Abel – Around You
08. André Lodemann – Where Are You Now / Left – Please Don't Come Alone
09. Darabi – Top Drop (Roman Flügel Rmx)
10. Jichael Mackson – GTI (Zimbabwe Mix) / Luna City Express feat. Roland Clark – The Next Level (Exclusive Breakapella)
11. Samu.l – Balance / Elon – Clap Back
12. Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Heimat (Robag's Turmkolle Rekksmow)
13. Anonym – Go Deeper (Kenny Larkin Remix)
14. Death On The Balcony – We Are Time And Space (Robert James Remix)
15. Alessio Mereu – Epidemy (Pär Grindvik Great Deep Love Rework) / Marco Resmann – Little B-Boy
16. App – All I Can Think About / Marco Resmann feat. Soucie Six – This Song (Exclusive Chordapella)
17. Afrilounge – MayaXpression / Marco Resmann feat. Mz Sunday Luv – I Will Love (Exclusive Synthapella) / Phil Weeks – All Day Every Day (A Cappella)
18. Deetron – Collide
19. Marco Resmann & Mike Shannon – The Road To Guaruja
20. Marco Resmann & Kiki feat. Cari Golden – Begging For The Heat
21. Roberto Rodriguez – I Keep Thinking Of You
22. Guillaume & The Coutu Dumont – Ubiquitous Gaze (Stringapella)
23. Marco Resmann – Goodbye Watergate (Outro)
Nico Stojans last release on Upon You was a collaboration with The Cheapers. Before that, he had his debut on UY together with Pele. Now, the former hip- hop producer, took the streets of Spain all by himself and brought back an endotherm tech-house breeze to blow-dry our backstock catalogue and in wich we can preserve our summer memories in- for the cold days ahead. Not only wants the namegiving A1 of the UY054 to dancingly dig itself into the sand-beach… eaven the B1 Ttitle Quiet Now is wearing bikini-fashion. For those who like to withdrawel in the winter into steaming halls will be gratified by the remix from Hector. The born Mexican which found his way through London into Berlin is turning the focal point from Quit Now into the direction main stage and lets the base drop. For the digital delights in life: Nicos track Dusty Fingers is ready to be downloaded- also a consequent techno-remix from Meyerdierks.
We welcome Marcus Gehring as latest artist to join the Upon.You Label Gang! Marcus is one of Amsterdam´s most talented newcomers and well known for his recent projects together with ONNO. His current remix of Gunnar Stiller´s “Way To Wollongong” is still on fire and got big attention from many big names in the business. We are happy to have him on board and looking forward to his upcoming work in further future.
Check out his new podcast for Upon.You!
Here comes the already promised vinyl-extraction of the already released Upon You Diary No.2 Compilation, on which you can find the UY- clan members and artists around the label. The four most popular titles of the cd were pored on vinyl. On A1 a collaboration of Douglas Green and Delhia de France, who lost gallons of love about their song “Sense”. Mark Henning has also formed a passioned tech-house-mover with his track “Stacked”, which complies his cool style. The B- side has an opener from our number one Dutchman Onno, who got together with our youngest member Marcus Gehring to produce the title “Elephant In The Room”. Of course Marcus Meinhardt, who was responsible for the survey of the tracks cant be left a side. His contribution to this product carries the name “Splash” and is an example for Marcus Meinhardts driving tech-house-sound.