Jay Shepeard‘s second album, Seeing Sound, will come out in late October.
The album marks the 20th release on Shepheard’s label, Retrofit, and arrives 18 months on from his debut LP, Home & Garden. While that album catered to home listeners, this time he’s focusing purely on the club.
Shepheard says: “I wanted to take the extended creative process that an album offers and apply it to a two part vinyl club release—the aim; a collection of ‘go to’ club tracks to be released in one hit, simultaneously working together as a whole and functioning as stand out club tools in their own right.”
The producer has been tweaking the material for more than a year, testing the tunes out during an extended tour in 2013 and 2014. Seeing Sound will see release digitally and as two separate vinyl 12-inches—Part 1 and 2. A launch party will take place in Berlin, though full details are yet to be announced.
You can listen to album track “Dance Language” here
A1 Spring Up
A2 Ohm I
B1 Mover Friendly
B2 Beam Splitter
C1 One Day City
C2 Dance Language
D1 Sweep D’Amore
D2 Night Bells
Retrofit will release Seeing Sound in late October 2014.
With a steady stream of house, disco and techno releases starting back in 2007 Jay Shepheard is now established as a well recognised staple of the genres.
As well as his studio work Jay is well known for his talent both behind the decks and as a live artist performing through Ableton, touring consistently these past 6 years throughout Europe, Australia, US and Asia and playing at many of the worlds most respected venues including Fabric London, Panorama Bar Berlin and secretsundaze @ Sonar, Barcelona to mention a few.
He has mixed the 57th podcast for Future disco Radio which represents this talent
A recent mix from Damiano Von Erckert as he takes over for another fine selection of classic house. The ava record label owner touches on some classic house from Marshall Jefferson, 2 Young Brothers and Mood II Swing, plus some of his own unreleased tracks.
He says; “My Solid Steel mix is kind a like a ‘best of’ collection of tracks I have been playing in my DJ shows the last few months. A lot of the club music in here also hold memories and experiences I’ve made in the last couple of years, so it’s very personal for me. Some of it was inspiration for my own productions as well. The mix should get you in the right mood to go to a party or just have a good time at your place or work space, I hope you’re gonna enjoy it and don’t forget to support good music!”
1. KB Project – Nothing can stop you – Elevate
2. Young Brothers – C’mon N Shake Yer Butts (Tyree’s Deep Mix) – D.J. International Records
3. Daft Punk – Phoenix – Virgin
4. Mood II Swing featuring John Ciafone – Ohh – Groove On
5. MD X-Spress – God Made Me Phunky (Original Mix) – Nite Stuff
6. Omar S – Thank U 4 Letting Me Be Myself – FXHE
7. Marshall Jefferson Presents The Dancing Flutes – Do The House – Underground
8. Golden Teacher – Silver Chalice – Optimo
9. Damiano von Erckert – Unreleased
10. Damiano von Erckert – Unreleased
11. Pal Joey – Hot Music – Loop D’ Loop
12. Moodymann – Don’t You Want My Love (Original Mix) – KDJ Records
13. DJ Vas – One Love – EDR
A Chicago native with already a decade of DJ/producer experience behind her, Kate Simko‘s move to London represented the opportunity to develop the other side of her musical identity. While she’s versed in the rich heritage of her home city’s underground sounds, she also has a background in classical piano and jazz; inseparable from her work as an electronic producer.
Her main creative project for exploring this is the London Electronic Orchestra. Formed from the resources she’s been able to draw on at the Royal College of Music, as well as a cast of live players, they’ve already performed their first show at London’s National Gallery.
Data Transmission caught her on the phone before the show, to find out more about what she’s got planned.
We have a new mix for you recorded by Bradley Zero live from the Warm x Rhythm Section Session on 26.07.2014
When not playing to his home crowd in Peckham or sharing new music with the world through the Boiler Room, Bradley hosts a monthly flagship show, ‘Rhythm Section Radio’ on NTS Radio which boasts one of the largest audiences of the station with a worldwide following from Michigan to Melbourne and plenty in between.
Wilson records is back with a brand spanking new, special printed-screen edition celebrating label head, Fabio Monesi‘s first solo EP. The succession of the label and Fabio’s sound has been ever so apparent.
Entitled “The deeper side of London E.P”, A manifestation into something much more darker and refined, something represented crystal clear in the riveting rhythms of the A side with ‘Gotta Blaser’ & ‘Djago’. On the flip, the B side is a declaration of love, if you will, to the mother of it all, Chicago’s house music.
We can’t wait for this one to drop. Check out the preview here
French DJ/Producer/Label Owner Franck Roger has given an interview for DJ Mag in their July issue.
The Frenchman talks about his inspirations growing up, his favourite record shops in Paris, and the idea behind his own labels, Real Tone Records and Home Invasion Records.
Have a read of the full interview below:
The first time he heard ‘Promised Land’ by Joe Smooth, says 38-year-old French DJ/producer Franck Roger, he was desperate to find out everything he could about house music. Back then, when that record came out, he
was too young to get into the Paris nightclubs that played the tune. So, instead, he fuelled his desire for the 4/4-driven tracks from Chicago and the US that he heard on Radio FG — played by the likes of DJ Gregory and DJ Deep — by going record shopping.
Now, he says, he still lives in Paris and still buys up to 15 bits of vinyl a week. But these days, he’s the one making the house tunes that get played in clubs: ‘Who Knows The Truth’, ‘No More Believe’ and ‘After All’, to name a few. Since he released his first tune in 1999 (a co-produced house track called ‘Tamashi’, inspired by the sounds of Kerri Chandler and Blaze) his production sound has sat somewhere between soulful garage and deep house. With his co-owned Real Tone Records, and new label Home Invasion, Franck’s been busy since then, carving out a niche all of his own — and because so many people are into his productions, he’s getting booked to play gigs all over the world. On his home turf, he’s currently got a residency at Badaboum in Paris. With two albums already under his belt, Franck’s in no hurry to record a third. Instead he’s busy working on a string of singles and remixes. Just don’t call them French house…
What made you start Real Tone records?
“Me and Lionel met at Betino’s Records, a shop in Paris where I worked for four years. During that time I started to release my own music on Straight Up Records. Lionel was a customer at Betinos and we became friends and discovered we had the same taste in music. Eventually we decided to start Real Tone, at first to release our own music, then we opened the label to many famous producers and remixers.”
Things seemed to really change for you when you released ‘No More Believe’. Can you describe what happened after that came out?
“This song opened me up to the US market, I think because I produced it in a similar way to how MAW used to make music — with a strong vocalist, French but with a gospel and R&B-style background, and a killer keyboardist. It came out on Kenlou (MAW’s label), which was an amazing feat for me. I think I might have been the first French guy to sign a tune to their label and, after that, I seemed to get a lot more DJ gigs too.”
What productions are you working on at the moment and what are they like?
“They are more modern I think, even if I still have an old school way of making my music — with analogue kit and just the way I work. I try to put different influences — from deep, to techno music — in all my tunes. I don’t like to be in a box: keeping the same drum kit, same synths, the same sound generally. When I make music I want to have the freedom to go anywhere I want to go.”
Tell me about Home Invasion, your new label project?
“Home Invasion is a vinyl-only label. It’s a label made for curious, passionate people who will go in a record shop and spend time trying to find something new that will make their next gig different from other DJs, that are playing the same top 50 tunes. Home Invasion has the same music ethics of Real Tone, but it’s for a more underground market.”
You love playing with vinyl still and I know you buy lots of records. Where do you go record shopping?
“For technical reasons I don’t play vinyl when I travel because DJ booths these days just aren’t set up for it. Clubs today are made for digital music. But I still buy vinyl. I go record shopping twice a week to Synkrophone. I buy at least 15 new records a week, then put them all into Logic and burn them onto CD after that. CDs are easier to play when you’re DJing. Playing on CD means I can loop parts that I want — using the CDJs.”
I’ve heard you’re anti-Serato. Why is that?
“I’m not exactly anti-Serato. It’s a cool program and I used to use it to DJ in clubs when it first came out. I think it’s good to use at home for doing podcasts, or when you run a radio station, say, because it gives you access really quick to anything you have in mind. My problem with Serato started when I was playing in a club one night and it crashed during a set. I’d had problems connecting it before I got on the decks and it ended up being a real mess because I was playing at peak-time. That’s why, now, I prefer to play with CDs. I feel like I can see more clearly what I’m going to play and I don’t spend half of the night staring at a screen. I think when you DJ using CDs — or vinyl — you connect with the crowd more. You can look at them and they love to look at you. There’s more of a connection that way.”
What do you think makes a good DJ?
“A good DJ really believes in what they play. A good DJ knows all the tunes they play really well — every single track. And a good DJ will dance and connect with the crowd.”
DJs apart, which dance music artist has been the single greatest influence on you musically?
“If we talk about house music, Jovonn is the producer that really influenced my music when I started to produce. It was something about the energy of his music. I also love Blaze, Ron Trent and Joe Claussell. But the list is long.”
Your parents were into disco when you were younger — what songs do you remember hearing and what did you like about them?
“My parents loved Quincy Jones tunes and they loved pop music too, like Michael Jackson. They also loved disco — music on Prelude — and some funk and jazz. At the weekend they’d go to clubs and sometimes they’d take me with them. I remember they’d sit me on a high chair and I’d be playing pinball. I remember watching my parents dancing — I was only about 10-years-old. I was allowed in because my parents knew the DJs. It was mostly disco and new-wave music, and it really had an effect on me.”
You started DJing in 1997. What made you first take to the decks and what did you play?
“I started playing house music from New Jersey and Chicago and I’d spend hours in my bedroom, practicing with the few records I’d collected. Ever since going to clubs with my mum and dad, I’d wanted to be a DJ. I just loved the energy that a DJ got in a club. The DJ has the power to unify people and make them smile. It’s all about creating emotions through the music, using a huge soundsystem. It’s like a ceremony.”
France has a strong legacy for house music with Daft Punk, Cassius, Laurent Garnier and even Bob Sinclar and now, on a more EDM tip, David Guetta. How much has this legacy affected the way you make and play music?
“Laurent Garnier is the one that I was listening to when I was 17. I was never into Daft Punk or Cassius, even though I respect what they do. My house music background was definitely US house — from NYC to Chicago and Detroit — and Laurent Garnier was the only French DJ who played the house music I liked in the 1990s. He played from techno through to house in a very clever way — that really inspired me.”