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

Dadeabass Recordings

Short-lived, yet highly influential imprint Dadeabass Recordings; based in Miami, Florida, came about in 2007 while in the midst of a strong resurgence of Electro Bass and Funk music. Founded by Nick Riesco (Teknik), along with his fellow band of brothers DJ Emil and Mr.

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

Luxus Varta - Aquamarine Puzzle

September will see the exciting return of Luxus Varta!! After Solar One Music, Killekill and Intramuros Records, the French don pins Shipwrec to his hunting table.

 

With "Aquamarine Puzzle", real name Emeric Di Paolo delivers six utterly complex Electro cuts of his trademark characterized by Drexcyian inspired melodies and organic Electro beats. The result is a mind blowing EP and an absolute must have 12".

 

Retrograde Youth - We're Not Human Anymore EP

With more than 20 releases of high quality since 2013, Rotterdam based Pinkman and its Broken Dreams white sublabel, have made a solid reputation of purveyors of refined Electronic Music. Run by Marsman, the Netherlands imprint can argue of being an eclectic platform of music and a talent searcher.

Dark Prophet - Teleportation Non Stop

Hailing from Liege, Dark Prophet made his first appearance on the electronic scene in 2012 with his debut EP "LHC disorder", followed by a complete album, "Spaceship One", a few months later on Battery Park Studio.

 

This year, the Belgium synthesizer player makes a remarkable follow up to his first LP, on Croatian prime label Crobot Muzik run by N-Ter and Dj Xed.

 

Formshift - Disorder

If you like your Electro harsh and cold, let's rush on this insane new release from the Bass Agenda Recordings catalog!

 

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.