Archive for June, 2010

Its So Simple

June 18, 2010

For this week’s exciting instalment, I’m going to be taking a little look at the rise and rise of Londoner Jesse Rose. The boss of labels Front Room and Made to Play is responsible for some of the better dance music of the last few years, either producing it himself or helping it land on our desks via his imprints.

Although he has only really become what you could describe as “famous” (in dance music terms) in the last few years, Rose has been putting music out for some consderable time. Front Room started printing records in 2000, with its debut release coming from Trevor Loveys in the shape of “My Land”. It wasn’t until the 6th release, and 2003, that Rose made his production debut on the label, with the “Tell Me (Now)” EP.

It was then another couple of years before his next release, which came on Dave Taylor’s Dubsided, and featured the brilliant tracks A-Sided and Black Coffee in its 4 tracks

Considering the pace at which dance music tends to evolve, both sound remarkably fresh today. And Black Coffee hints at a theme his tweets often reference – a work/party ethic that leads to a definite absence of sleep from his schedule a lot of the time!

Although Front Room have put out some great music, Made to Play is the label that has become synonymous with Rose. With its first release in 2005, from Rose together with the prolific Loveys again, they set out on a path to becoming one of the best sources of quality house music in the world. Based out of Berlin, on its roster are without doubt some of the finest producers in dance music; Riva Starr, Zombie Disco Squad, Oliver $, Idiotproof and Round Table Knights are all very closely tied in with the label, as well as artists from Renaissance Man to Jan Driver and more having releases on there.

One of the more dubious honours for Rose is his association with the term “fidget”. Generally thought to have evolved from himself, Switch and Herve, it has moved from its roots as a funky, quirky form of house to become a rather bizarre caricature of itself in the main. I still maintain that Rose at his best make what I consider to be fidget, Solo has coined the term “Midget” (as in minimal fidget), but ultimately genre terms aren’t important when you are making tracks as good as this…

Jesse Rose – Its So

As for Rose himself, 2009 was a huge time – it was when he made his debut on the Essential mix with a fantastic 2 hours for the first EM of the year (as well as being a label boss and fantastic producer, Rose is also an extremely gifted DJ), and subsequently went on to put out his debut album, “What Do You Do If You Don’t?” on Dubsided. Both were very warmly received, and shot Rose into many people’s consciousness. “Well Now” and “Touch My Horn” became hugely popular tracks in the clubs, as much for their difference from the norms of house music as their outright quality.

Jesse Rose – Well Now

Jesse Rose – Touch My Horn

His latest release, Sleepless (Night Two) (see what I mean about the insomnia references!), is yet another slice of brilliant house – at once dreamy, danceable, original and interesting. He cleverly chops up vocals from Marvin Gaye’s “Whats Goin’ On” to create the wonderful “You Know It”, a fantastically blissed out downtempo house track.

Jesse Rose – You Know It

And as hinted at in the latter stages of his Essential Mix, Rose maintains an interest in the London bass/electro sound, having over the years worked with many of its big guns, such as Sinden & Herve, and usually helping bring out some of their better work with his Midas touch!

Jesse Rose & Action Man (aka Herve) – Take It To The Club

There are no signs of Rose slowing down his prodigious output either as producer, DJ, label head or general all-round dance music pathfinder. Made To Play maintain an extremely popular residency at the legendary Panorama Bar in his adopted city of Berlin, while Rose himself travels the length and breadth of the globe to spread his musical word. If you get the opportunity to catch him, I highly recommend it, and if you enjoy the music in this post, please go out and buy some, labels like this need our support to thrive in the difficult world music faces these days.




June 11, 2010

Apparat, or Sascha Ring as he is known to his family and friends, is a german born electronic musician and producer. If you have not heard of his name and you enjoy listening to music, then this post is very relevant to your interests! There is a wealth of information about Sascha scattered all over the internet, a quick google search will introduce you to how amazing he is and how fantastic his music has become. So much in fact that it’s bewildering to know where to start. For me it started with a magnificent pairing known as Moderat. The brainchild and combination of Apparat and Modeselektor. I know for those of who you know and adore Apparat would not have started here, but for me stumbling on Moderat’s album was something very special. And all it took was for one track to have me hooked. Addicted. Obsessed. See if it has the same effect on you ๐Ÿ™‚

After putting the headphones down after a month of constant listening, I decided that this wasn’t enough. Wallet full I went out on a shear Apparat binge, buying everything I could with his name on it. There’s so much music in his back catalogue that is unbelievable amazing. The composition, the glitch beats right down to the earthly soft sounding synths. It’s a wonderful experience to behold, and that is not an exaggeration! With that in mind I dare you to start to listen. Find a starting point of your own and explore the world of Sascha Ring ๐Ÿ™‚ It is one amazing musical adventure that I guarantee you will enjoy. Mine ended somewhere around his album Walls ๐Ÿ™‚ with the amazing track Fractales Pt 1. If you need somewhere to start, I suggest you start here:

Apparat – Fractales Pt 1 [mediafire]

Until next month ๐Ÿ™‚


Sugarland Records

June 4, 2010

Sugarland Records is one of my favourite labels for house music. Unfortunately it’s now defunct, but it was brilliant while it lasted! Started by German DJ and producer Ben Delay in the spring of 2002, Sugarland saw releases from the likes of Patrick Alavi, Dave Armstrong and Mike 303 before shutting down in 2006. The label also spawned 5 sublabels; Poolboy, Teleplanet, Techtone, Gelรฉe Royale and Culptia.

Today, I’ll be sharing a few of my favourites from the label. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mike 303 – Sunshine (Ben Delay’s Sugarland Remix)
Patrick Alavi presents Basstard Slayerz – Goldbass
The Adjuster & The End – Movieboxxed
Dave Armstrong – Makin’ Me Hot
Ben Delay – Find Yourself

Most of Sugarland Records’ output is on iTunes and Beatport, so if you like these, I suggest you head over there and download the lot if you want it in high quality!

Till next month,

AY! x