DJ Mirage | July 2017 Feature

DJ Mirage has been a long-time purveyor of Hip Hop. Starting back in 1983, his passion for the Electro Funk sound in particular, and that of Breakdance, Graffitti, and the overall vibe that encompassed the early B-Boy culture would see him eventually rise to becoming one of the masters of the sound, going on to release on labels such as Streetsounds; where he did the mastermixes for both Nu Electro Vol. 2 and 3.

Interview

Anthony Horton aka Blak Tony: From The Shadows Of Detroit's Inner City, To The Spotlight Of The World Stage

Detroit is a very special place. To many who have not been there, it's easy to fall for the typical news story about Detroit's decay and political issues. But what most of those people do not see, is the tenacity of it's people, and the unique approach to the arts in particular that have made Detroit an incubator if you will, of some of the most amazing music to influence the entire world.

Artist Highlight

Giuseppe Mereu

Italian composer and producer Giuseppe Mereu, an iconic figure with a unique story to tell about our music, rose to notoriety quickly after his debut release on Greek imprint Binalog Productions with "Human Robot", and followed by his first album "Elektrowelt"; a marvel of a record, showing exactly the kind of depth and vision that Giuseppe Mereu had for Electro Bas

Label Highlight

Over-X-Posure

There are great labels out there, many of them! But out of those, there are these certain ones that seem to bring in a very standout and unique approach that is captivating, enriching and mysterious at the same time. One of them is the infamous German imprint Over-X-Posure.

Gear Highlight

Korg Volca Kick

Korg continues to diversify its Volca series with the recent release of additions like the new digital sampler, as well as its new FM synthesizer, the "Volca FM". This time, the company introduces us to a tool that I personally find quite fascinating; even as the naysayers might complain of its odd simplicity and perhaps out-of-place approach. But let's talk about this, I can happily explain! 

 

Record Reviews

Exzakt - Feeling EP

Larry McCormick announced the end of his Electro project five years ago. But due to popular demand, Exzakt has returned this month for our greatest joy.

 

On command of the "Feeling EP", a five tracker in Exzakt's typical flavor but with a modern twist and unexpected vibes, the US artist offers a preview of his upcoming album "Evolved" to be released soon. 

 

Sigma Algebra - Corollary Two

Also known as Dg!, a veteran DJ with many years of services, Eduard Jiménez has made a name for himself under the no-nonsense Sigma Algebra moniker thanks to brilliant Electro productions on some of Spain's most regarded labels such as Urban Connections, Amper Clap Productions or Elektrodos Recordings over the last five years.

 

ATIX - Tunnel EP

Even as a newcomer to Bass Agenda Recordings, French artist ATIX still has a solid musical career with more than 18 years of good and faithful services to the electronic cause on labels such as Lot49, Mako Records, Crux Records, BNR Trax (Boysnoize) or his own Division Virtuel just to name but a few.

 

V/A - Electrobass Development Phase 2

Subsonic Device returns, this time with the second installment in its "Electrobass Development" vinyl series, bringing you a roster of artists that will make this one an absolute classic and one you simply cannot pass on! I for one am deeply honored to be the very first person to hear this record in test press form, and could not believe my eyes when I saw many of my all-time favorites on this 2x12".

/DL/MS/ - Rogue Intent

Here comes the debut of a hopefully long series of EP's on TRUST from Dan Lodig aka Lok44, and Martin Sovinz; better known as Dibek. Combining their versatile talents under their fresh yet enigmatic /DL/MS/ project, the two Austrians offer today four epic cuts half way between abstract Electro and much anticipating Techno. The result ventures into the darkest streets of a futuristic nocturne city in a dystopian future.

 

Cardboard And Computers - The Best Ones

New Zealand independent label and artistic studio "The Area", established in 1998, inaugurates the debut release with the Cardboard And Computers multimedia project.

 

As a collective of artists composed of guitarist Evan Short, Latin percussionist Tony Escapa, lead vocals Otis Frizzell, synth programmer Tom Ludvigson and mixer Mike Weston (accessorily the label owner), the band aims to provide experimentation and innovation in creative capability.

Alekay - Space Madness

Frajile Recordings returns, this time with a new title from strong up and comer Alekay, who delivers with "Space Madness", an ingenious Electro Bass single with vibes, beats and funk to spare! Includes a remix by James Wolfe in collaboration with Cloak as well, so you can imagine things are bound to get a bit wild here!

 

Kretz - Electronic Warriors EP

Following M3taN01a's release a month ago, Swedish Jonas Lund aka Kretz returns to Japanese AGD label; run by AE35, with a second EP of his trademark featuring three tracks ranging from pure Electro, to more Breaks styles.

 

Unité November - G.T.I.

Unité November delivers with "G.T.I.", a raw, unforgiving collection of tunes on 12" vinyl and digital, honoring in concept the world of sport automechanics, and in some ways what appears to be Kraftwerk's quirky and unique approach towards the world of Electronic Music and the different aspects of modern technological society. Songs like Autobahn and Trans Europe Express come to mind with this release and the tracks you'll find here.