With life over the last few weeks being topsy turvy to say the least, while we have been holding our own with both reviews & preview (weekendrts have taken a back step. But with there being a relentless amount of new music out there, we thought we would get back into gear with not one, but two D.M. Does The News posts, this one concentrating on European based talents and their latest compilations & tracks or simply just news on forthcoming gigs. So, sit back as we run through a select choice of D.J.’s & their work, giving the all important links to spectacular new sounds.
Right, let’s get going with this mini tour around Europe and what better place to start than in Italy, well Milan to be precise, the home town base for the now global D.J. star that is Danny Verde. Having tracked his career from as far back as 2007, we cannot stress enough how pleased we are that, in this short time, he has gained the following & reputation he has, hardly a week going by when he is not jetting off somewhere to play. However, the foundations for Danny’s popularity are planted firmly in the recording studio and with tracks like “Pushin To the Top”, “Express Yourself” & “Let Me See Your Underwear” just three out of a whole host of smash hits that regularly make D.J. sets across the world.
And, when he is home, hardly a day goes by without something coming out of the now famed Holab studio, latest work in progress productions including a remix of Pagano & Parmour’s “The Reflex” as well as 2010 remixes of “Pushin To the Top”. However, two tracks hot off the press are available now, first Katy Perry’s new single “Peacock” which Danny has remixed with Hector Fonseca, out at http://soundcloud.com/hector-fonseca-music/peacock-hector-fonseca-danny-verde-remix while Mr Verde’s own re-work of Blake Lewis’s “Wait Till Dawn” looks set to be huge this winter, versions of which you can grab now at http://itunes.apple.com/it/album/till-we-see-the-sun-remixes-ep/id388254732. But we are perhaps nearly most excited about his new podcast “Escape From Paradise” which is an absolute corker & in our view, his best yet. So, as Danny aptly puts it, “…are you ready to escape?, if so download it here…” here being http://dannyverde.podomatic.com/. So, being “nearly” most excited surely means something else is coming & yes it is, as we will be with the man himself at Salvation in Berlin in just 6 days, so simply cannot wait.
Right, talking of Berlin, our next shout goes to a talent that has been basing himself there for a while now, although he still manages to pop back to London every now & then, recent trips including gigs at Beyond & more latterly at As One for the August Bank Holiday. Eduardo De La Torre never fails to impress his audiences when he is here & had the Mirrorarch well & truly rocking within minutes of starting his set back on 29th August and marked the occasion by laying down a specially commissioned mix for the occasion. We covered this in our review of the party but cannot resist sharing the link with you again, which is http://soundcloud.com/dj-edu-de-la-torre/as-one-london-bank-holliday-especial-mixed-by-dj-edu-de-la-torre and a mix well worth adding to your collection.
Back in Berlin and life is extremely hectic for Edu, his weekly residency at the Connection club going extremely well, as is his new radio show which goes out every Monday at 8 p.m. local time, the show an on-line based broadcast, which you can tune into via http://embededexposureteam.webs.com/, while studio works continue un-abated with a number of projects in the pipeline which we can’t wait to spill the beans on. However, we can let you know now about an amazing new track called “I Will Stand”, evoking Edu’s incredibly uplifting yet electro/progressive tendencies, which is destined for greatness we are sure. So, check it out now via direct link http://soundcloud.com/dj-edu-de-la-torre/i-will-stand-for-the-nation-balearic-mix-dj-edu-de-la-torre-no_scene-dj-sai-aka-simongad and if you are in Berlin this weekend, come down to Salvation where Mr De La Torre will be playing alongside Danny & Nick Tcherniak (we can’t wait).
Just quickly while still on the German theme, a D.J. talent that seems to jet back & forth to London more than we have hot dinners is super Swede D’Johnny who is, as we speak, recovering from the massive R.A.W. 4th birthday party at Orange, when he performed a special 3 hour back-to-back set with R.A.W. original David Jimenez. Mind you, it seems that this hugely talented young man is set to become part of the furniture at R.A.W., but also is very much an afterhours expert here in the capital, playing regularly for A:M, Later &, of course, Beyond. But, if, like us, you missed him at R.A.W. this morning, then why not grab a slice of D’Johnny in action through his latest “live” podcast (all cleverly captured straight from his Mac) at http://djohnny.podomatic.com/entry/2010-09-29T12_08_22-07_00 or even his more recent Beyond main room set & his back-to-back performance with David Jimenez in The Chapel room, at http://djohnny.podomatic.com/ which you should grab now while you can.
Right our Euro whizz now switches to Belgium, where the cute & cuddly Andrei Stan is based, but like both Edu & Johnny is making it across to London with increasing regularity of late. Now, we first got to hear this talent play back in March for new club launch Matador & since then he has been firmly on our radar. However, with trips to Beyond’s “Super Size” party in August, when he nailed it in The Chapel Room and then at A;M’s re-launch just three weeks ago, when he stole the main room show, it is clear the young Mr Stan is finding fabulous favour with the notoriously fussy yet musically informed London crowd. So, the good news is that he will be back at the end of the month, featuring large in A:M’s Halloween special “Asylum”, followed by a slot next to the mighty David Penn at the event “Vauxhall Chainsaw Massacre” at Colosseum (we preferred the title “Nightmare at Nine Elms St).
Back home & Andrei plays regularly for massive club La Demence, who will be celebrating their anniversary this coming weekend, Andrei thick in the action, while he also has gigs right across Brussels to keep his life very hectic. However, he does also dive into the studio every now & then, laying down recordings for his own use, but occasionally for wider release, whenever he can putting out a full compilation for each month. So, if you haven’t heard this young man play yet, then you can do no wrong by checking out his full length mixes available at http://djandrei1.net/mixes and see exactly why he has gained so much popularity here in London as well as back in Belgium.
Now, before we hop over the border into France, we just wanted to mention rising star Ruben Winters, who, like Andrei, has been on our radar for a while. With a recent lack of regular posts, the planned focus on Ruben has escaped us, although he will be getting our full attention when our beloved focus posts return. However, just as a little taster, why not check out his latest recording from his set at Antwerp club “Red & Blue, where he plays regularly, which you can check out at http://soundcloud.com/d-jayme/red-n-blue-october-02 & don’t get all confused about the name, as all will become clear in our focus.
Right to France and to Parisian Leomeo Carandang whom we sadly missed when we made it across in September, although will be diarising another visit very soon. Currently, this enchanting Frenchman is on a semi worldwide tour, having taken in New York for just under two weeks & is now in Montreal, this being followed by a return trip to his beloved Thailand, where he spent a few years much earlier in his career & life. But it is fair to say, there his hardly anywhere in the world where Leo has not laid his musical hat, we always being thrilled when he makes it to London, recent visits including for Alex Erfan’s massive LGDF gathering & then Lovechild’s “Hot Tropicana”. But trips to Italy, Germany & Spain litter his exhausting schedule, although we can’t wait to see him back in the capital in December for another pre Christmas meet at Lovechild.
So, with all this touring on his plate, we would forgive him for not getting into the recording studio that often, but nothing of it, as his list of compilations & track releases is nearly as frenzied as his globetrotting, his appearance at Cafe Ole in Spain creating a magnificent mix which is out at direct link http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo/cafe-ole-space-ibiza-by-dj-leomeo while a subsequent track of his called “Give me Love”, featuring vocals from Diva Avari has been given the remix treatment by artists including Javier Medina, Pagano & Aurel Devil, although the original is our favourite, which has Leomeo’s style written all over it which you can check out at http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo/leomeo-feat-diva-avari-give-me-love-original-mix. Then there is his own remixing talents displayed with a remix of DJ Rony’s record “Colour Of Love”, not to mention a full on compilation very much hot off the press & compiled in reflection of Leo’s time in New York, which, along with over four pages of stunning sounds, you can add to your collection via http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo.
Now, a further hop across a European border from France finds us in Spain & Barcelona, which is undoubtedly our favourite city (after Cape Town of course), even beating London & now Paris to the accolade. And, being a hotbed of clubs, music & particularly D.J.’s, there are many we could focus on. However, the choice is a simple one for us as Javier Medina continues to rise to the top of the pile, his career gaining momentum by the month, residencies in his home town including D-Boy, Devotion (his favourite) & WE, while involvement in the recent Circuit Festival was a given, Javier also popping across into France & Germany for gigs, X-treme in Cologne. Plus a recent networking visit to Paris allowed us to catch up with this charismatic Catalonian back at the end of September & we are looking forward to a further rendezvous in November here in London & then when we re-connect with Barcelona at the beginning of December.
Gigs aside, Javier has been very busy in the recording studio and has some exciting new projects in the pipeline, although like Edu’s, we have been sworn to secrecy so can’t say much more at the moment. However, what we can mention is his superb remix of Groove Armada’s “I Won’t Kneel” out via http://soundcloud.com/javier-medina/iwontkneelremix as well as a re-work of fellow Barca D.J. Ivan Gomez’s track “Sex” which was released just last week, but is already making waves, Javier’s version out at http://soundcloud.com/javier-medina/ivan-gomez-sex-javier-medina-afterauers-remix. But, these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to releases, so we will keep you posted on news as soon as we can spill, not to mention exciting prospects on the club brand front. However, in the meantime, you should also check out his incredible compilation “Barcelona To London”, which has already made out top five for the year and is a must for your collection, the direct link being http://soundcloud.com/javier-medina/frombarcelonatolondon.
Well, we have well & truly run out of space in this, our second DM Does The News post, so mentions for Ivan Gomez, Nacho Chapado & Guarbear Recordings will have to wait. But we must just round off by saying that a new(ish) record looks like replacing “Release Me” as our anthem for the year and was brought to our attention when researching Brazilian club, The Week, but has since made it to the dancefloors of Fire & Area. “Happiness” had particular poignancy when Steve Pitron played it at Beyond “Tokyo” and with Mikey D featuring it on his compilation “Lose Control” & Phil Marriot lauding it on Gaydar Radio, the track is surely destined for massive exposure. With a number of remix versions already out, we guess our favourite is Dave Aude’s version at http://youtube.com/watch?v=JyfoKPzLJc0, although the one on Mikey’s mix is pretty good too, so we are keeping our eyes & ears peeled for more.
O.K., enough is enough, time is well & truly up, leaving us to simply say “sit back, turn up the volume, select those sounds & let them play, as music is the answer”. (DISCO MATT)