Every month, dozens of amazing releases reach our ears, charming them with soul and fire. We wanted to share with you five LPs/EPs and five tracks which genuinely caught our attention, and flattered our sensibility with their passionate vibes. Here’s to January 2019!
ALBUMS RELEASED THIS MONTH:
CROATIAN AMOR — Isa [Experimental, Industrial — Denmark]
The new record from Croatian Amor is full of light and air, with minimal club tracks and bangers all along. The many shades and moods give a majestic dimension to his deeply experimental project. It is full of figurative speeches, alien voices and oceanic silences, culminating in a spectacular narrative. Loke Rahbek knows how to tell stories, and deconstructs pop music with a stunning industrial approach.
JORGE VELEZ — Roman Birds [Ambient — USA]
On his latest release, Jorge Velez was inspired by the deadly volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the City of Pompeii. The New York producer showcases his inner talent for buoyant ambient tracks and late-night club marvels in only five songs. The results here are highly tangible, and appear to reflect a thrilling dive into History. The outcome is startling and abstract, just like the lava sensation it evokes relentlessly.
KELMAN DURAN — 13th Month [Hip-Hop, Experimental — Dominican Republic]
Kelman Duran was transformed by his time spent on the Pine Ridge Reservation with the Lakota Indian tribe in South Dakota, USA. Far from his dancefloor roots and the sunny days of “6 de la Mañana”, the Dominican producer just released his most devastating release yet. The dense compositions of 13th Month resonate in a percussion mayhem lead by an actual purpose. They sound complex, textured and haunting, but still danceable thanks to a high dose of hip-hop, dembow and reggaeton. Full of depth, and truth.
TORO Y MOI — Outer Space [Chillwave, Nu Disco — USA]
Chez Bear is finally back with Outer Space, giving a funky new direction to his 360° artistic work. The songwriter (and mastermind) has been collaborating with indie musical acts ABRA, WET and Instupendo to make his new record forwardly pop, but still highly creative. Outer Space is an ode to technology and computers as the modern tools and instruments of contemporary composition. His nu disco galaxy is undoubtedly rooted in the present, taking his perpetual experiment to a myriad of new places.
ULTRAMARINE — Signals Into Space [Balearic, Downtempo — UK]
The acclaimed duo just released their splendid 7th studio album. This one is distinctly lengthy and ambitious, but remains accessible thanks to the luxuriance of its collaborations. Mastered by Noel Summerville, Signals Into Space features saxophone, vibraphone and vocoder, constantly restoring its balance through improvised songwriting. The whole listening experience is rewarding but also subtle, with an epic sense of groove all the way.
SONGS DISCOVERED THIS MONTH:
BOB MOSES — Enough to Believe (Jamie Jones Remix) [Deep House, Progressive]
If you feel like enjoying the sun and picking flowers from the garden, you should dive into this fantastic deep and progressive house remix from Jamie Jones. It makes the great Bob Moses single so delightful and easy to listen to, giving it real radiance. Its elegant minimal house touch truly shines through simplicity and positivity. Put your headphones on and appreciate, since everything is in its right place on this.
If you’re looking for a crowd-pleaser, here’s your monthly dose. Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club frontman) did such a feel-good rework of his friend’s song it just infuses continuous joy all along the track. This magic collaboration is an eccentric and brillant gem, easily as frisky as the original song from the multi-instrumentalist’s debut album. Infinitely hitting the replay button on this one.
CRi — Me and My Friends (CRi Remix) [Chill House, Downtempo]
Few artists dare remixing their own tracks in official releases like the Montreal-based producer CRi does. The icy vocals from Sophia Bel are reworked here, and turn the original downtempo tune into a luminous chilled out house remix. Uptempo it is, with an irresistible groove delivering immediate pleasure. You will love to stomp your feet to this wild bea(s)t.
SCULPTINGPOWER —Explorer [Tropical, Experimental]
Far too few listens for this cheerful fest of jungle beats, full of peaceful bird chips and running water gimmicks. Explorer feels like flowing through a vintage video game filled with magnetism and splendour. It is playful and glorious, but also smooth and awkwardly unique. A whole new world to delve into, eyes closed and ears wide open.
SUNROM — Yellow [Deep House, Slow House]
Adventure is around the corner with this slow house marvel from Sunrom. Yellow sounds like the best from David August. It recalls a desert land with chill deep vibes, making the track a real trip under sunny skies of happiness. It is greatly exotic, full of love, with nothing to fear. Just like the best summers of our lives.
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Currently ranked as one of the 100 most listened musical artists on Spotify (over 18 million monthly listeners), the British-Norwegian EDM producer Alan Walker released his first LP – “Different World” – in December 2018. You might have heard his irresistible dance floor anthems, such as “Faded” (composed at a mere 18), “Alone” and “All Falls Down”. Inspired by illustrious producers such as K-391 and Ahrix, and by the grandeur of the OST legend Hans Zimmer, Alan Walker played at world-class festivals, including Coachella and Lollapalooza, in addition to main stage performances atTomorrowland andUltra Miami.
Alan Walker, as a judge in the Chinese EDM show, “Rave Now”, is determined to discover and coach the most promising producers throughout the competition. alongside with Lay Zhang (member of EXO), Laure Shang (electronic pop starlet), and Wowkie Zhang (Chinese actor & singe. The program is produced by the Chinese streaming conglomerate Tencent Penguin Pictures and Star Media Entertainment.
Really honored to be one of the judges on the brand new Chinese EDM show – «Rave Now» with my brother @LAY_zhang_ ! I can’t wait to check out the great producers hiding in one of the most exciting music markets at the moment 🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/kGH595J5g0
Alan Walker felt the huge potential of the EDM scene, currently seducing the whole music industry in China. Emerging talents will soon be taking over local festivals and reaching international horizon in the next few years. Indeed, electronic music is gaining interest on platforms such as social media, radio stations, live events, and TV programs like “The Remix”. The scene is full of amazing talents such asChace, Tsunano, as well as two producers named by DJ MAG in their2018 Top-100 list:Carta (#73) andDJ L (#84).
“Rave Now” showcases a whole new generation of electronic music talents coming from various countries (70 teams overall from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau, Canada and Singapore). It already had its big revelation withJasmine Sokko, Singapore’s rising singer-producer who won over the judges with her futuristic style and the track “#0000FF”. Her song even stood among the 25 top videos on Weibo on the month of its release. This way, “Rave Now” set Chinese social media on fire.
Check one of her amazing live performance here:
The winner will have the honour of performing at Tomorrowland 2019. One first step before spreading its tunes to new festivals and crowds, such as in America and Europe. There, young Asian producers will find millions of new ears to conquer, constantly waiting for new phenomenons.
There’s no doubt Alan Walker might be the perfect artist to turn this trend into a revolution. This might be the start of something big for the music world as a whole.
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Ocean Lam is the Music Director at Social Room, producer at Typhoon8 Records, as well as the founder of Hong Kong-based promoter and party series Hypnotic, celebrating its 5th anniversary this month. As one of the iconic leaders of Hong Kong’s vivid electronic music scene -often contributing to podcast/mixset series like Bloop., Deepicnic, Epizode, Localize- Ocean will be back to celebrate her own birthday and Hypnotic’s in her second home.
For the occasion, she will bring the incredible Berlin-based producer and storyteller Inland (supporting his album “An Invitation to Disappear” from the label A-Ton/Ostgut Ton) for a very special and intense performance on January 26, 2019. Pure, heartfelt and moody: this show is not to be missed! Discover why below, share the love and get your tickets right now!
ES: 2018 just came to end, delivering an impressive collection of outstanding releases, sensational festivals and unforgettable club shows, in Hong Kong and beyond. If you only had to recount some as the best of 2018 feature, which ones would you pick? OL: Epizode Festival was an incredible experience! As for club nights, I would say Hypnotic: Spacetravel at Social Room.
ES: You’ve played some of the most remarkable venues around the globe, from Barcelona’s MOOG to Seoul’s Faust, Manila’s Time or even Berlin’s Ipse, gaining considerable practice and recognition. How did these shows abroad impact the way you’ve apprehended and managed your live sets as a performer? What do you prefer between playing fests such as Wonderfruit or Quest + Epizode, and headlining smaller venues? OL: Playing other countries has always embodied some challenges and surprises at the same time! I love the feeling of playing for a crowd that I don’t really know, and I just feel happy when I see them starting to smile, dance and connect with me for a few hours, it means the world to me. And I’m really grateful for those clubs who believe in me and let me play there, I would say 95% of these shows are great and super fun.
Listen to her Guest Mixes here:
ES: As the founder of Hypnotic, Typhoon8 Records producer, and Music Director at Social Room here in Hong Kong, what would you say is your main purpose towards the local scene? How would you describe the current state of electronic music here (DJs, audience, venues, etc.)? OL: We just keep doing what we always do: play music we like, bring artists and music we like to Hong Kong, for those who want to enjoy a peaceful night with nice music, jokes, dance with us and get lost for few hours and meet some like-minded and passionate people. There has been a lot of good DJs, club nights, festivals in the last couple years, it’s going good! We just need a lot more people to enjoy the music we like together and support, not just people following the hype and big names for going out. Follow your ears, as there are many good events with great music that are waiting for you to discover here.
ES: How was your experience at the sensational winter holiday adventure, the Epizode Festival in Vietnam this year? Did you catch any artist you love as a fan or a friend there? Would you recommend the experience to our readers? OL: This was my second time playing for Epizode, and it’s just getting better and better in terms of line up, set up, vibes and the way they collaborate with regional artists, promoters, clubs to connect the West and the East for 11 days on this beautiful island. I met many new friends and team members. So much fun, love and magical things happened! My set on New Year’s Day was truly amazing, with a crowd really enjoying the music, dancing so much together… I will never forget this moment. Advice to those who never experienced it: you should try Epizode 4 this year! I also want to say a big thank you to Epizode for everything. I’m really looking forward to the next one, and hope I can keep playing for them.
ES: Inland kicked off his album tour with a Berghain show, supporting his latest record released on A-Ton -which is a sub label of Ostgut Ton- and is now touring the world. How do you feel about hosting him and the amazing visual artist Julian Charrière in Hong Kong on this very special occasion? OL: When I starting Djing, we were still in the MySpace era. I started to connect with some artists I like, and Ed Davenport -aka Inland- was one of them. He gave me some good advice on finding good music and labels when we didn’t even know each other. I still remember this very well, even if it was just one or two times messaging at that moment. I finally got the chance to invite him to HK to say thank you in person, and on top of that it’s his debut here. The perfect moment to help promote his amazing & beautiful album on A-Ton/ Ostgut Ton (one of my favourite labels) for Hypnotic’s 5 Years and my birthday party. I am really really excited and happy! I hope to see many faces this Saturday at Social Room.
Inland and Julian Charrière new record, “An Invitation to Disappear”:
ES: You’ve been hosting many incredible DJs through the years, both local and international. If you could host some fest here in Hong Kong with only imagination as your guide and wallet, who would you pick for the perfect line-up? OL: This is a dream, and also a very nice question… Surely I would have many artists and friends play, that would be my dream. This festival would be just all about love, music and fun & friends haha! For local and regional, I would pickl: Anthony2, Basil Tam, Fresh Funky S, Zac Watz, Taku Hirayama from HK. Miiia, Micro/ Wave crew from Shanghai, Nigls from Beijing and many more of course. On the international scene: Azimute, Hiver, CYRK Live, Spacetravel, Ricardo Villalobos, Ion Ludwig, Iron Curtis, Mor Elian, Efdemin, Margret Dygas, Zip & many more of my favourites artists I would love to bring to Hong Kong.
ES: How do you feel about this new year? Can you tell us more about your upcoming projects for 2019? OL: I just came back from Hanoi, where I played Savage last Saturday with Jo.D. It was a great night, seeing my friends there. After this double birthday event, I will head to Bangkok on 9th Feb to play at my friends’ party called Loud at Mustache, really looking forward to it! Then in March i will have Hiver and Basic Soul Unit coming to play with us! Also, planning to go back to Berlin for my holidays in July.
Don’t miss Inland, Basil Tam -a member of Typhoon8 Records and true regular of Social Room, who also performed at Sonar in Hong Kong last year- and Ocean‘s incredible performance at Social Room next Saturday and get the last limited advance tickets when you still got the chance!
Inland will be playing at Social Room this Saturday.
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2018 has officially come to an end and for those die-hard electronic and house music lovers in Hong Kong, the next question is probably be: What are we expecting in 2019?
Electric Soul is excited to talk to Sammy Dee, the upcoming featured DJ of Hypnotic, a Hong Kong-based House, Deep House, and Techno Music Curator, to review his past year’s music production and aspiration to the coming of 2019. Alongside with Sammy, founder of Hypnotic Ocean Lam and friend Marco Yu will also be lining up for the night. Buy the tickets now and catch his set in Social Room on January 11!
After running in the international house music circus for more than 2 decades, Mario Radecki aka Sammy Dee has earned wide recognition as an innovator of non-mainstream electronic music, that isn’t tailored for the mass population but simply an artistic expression without commercial purpose.
Q: With 2018 slowly coming to an end, what were your musical highlights this exciting year?
A: That includedEpizode II on Phu Quoc Island, Sunwaves Festival 23 in Romania, Un_mute in Club Space (Miami), Half Hawaii Live in Resolute (New York City), Get Perlonized in Contact (Tokyo), as well as Subsonic Music Festival in Monkerai (Australia). I’m quite looking forward to the coming of 2019.
Q: With the founding of Ultrastretch back in 2010 and your third appearance in the upcoming Epizode Festival in Vietnam, what were the most important moments in the evolution of your music production throughout the years?
A: Well, Ultrastretch is and will be more of a platform for other artists than for myself, but still it is a very important chapter of my music production evolution. I’m glad and thankful to be at Epizode again this year and look forward to seeing friends from all over the world.
As a former Resident DJ of the world Berlin House music headquarters in Tresor and Ostgut in Berlin, Sammy Dee has already been notorious for a passionate expression of systemic, personality-changing mixing skills back in the 90s, the vinyl fanatic enjoys creating music that connects and inspire the die-hard fan of electronic music.
Q: What projects are you working on now? What can we expect from you in 2019?
A: I have just started a new project called VEEN, and currently working on several other remixes expecting in 2019.
Q: Who do you listen to these days on your days off? Any artists you would recommend to our readers?
Can’t wait for the hype? 10-days long festival Epizode is returning to Phu Quoc Island of Vietnam for the third edition of the international techno music festival from December 28, 2018 to January 8, 2019, with a series of international and regional lineup, as well as inspirational soul-touching program, such as movie nights, open deck session, yoga and creative workshops, Happy Holi and more. Limited Advance Tickets for Epizode are on sales now.
TYOMA is the new incarnation of experienced electronic artist and producer Artem Kharchenko, also known for his previous creative endeavors as R-Tem and as part of Kooqla. In 2005, Artem became one of the first dance producers from Russia to receive widespread international recognition and acclaim. Being a perfectionist, he prepares each DJ-set with great care. TYOMA prefers to play vinyl and has a big collection of records, so each of his set is a new musical journey. TYOMA’s musical variety is almost unlimited – he can easily mix atmospheric ambient and old school drum & bass, even though his favorites are techno and house music.
Q1. As the General Producer of Epizode, what do you contribute to the festival?
A: I believe that the most important contribution to the Epizode, is leading the project team. All ideas materialize from there: from the festival season title, lineup, art objects, and so on – everything begins primarily with the discussion in the team, and then it gets realized.
Q2. How did Epizode get its name?
A: Honestly, I can’t recall how that word came into my mind 😊 But it was guided by a thought, that the title should be transferred from year to year, and that it should inspire people to play. That’s why, the crowd that’s coming to the festival – are not visitors but actors, and the lineup is a soundtrack. This is much more fun – and Epizode sounds perfect. 😊
The main goal of the festival is to create a completely new format of the music festival in the Southeast Asia region, through the form of contemporary art and music. Epizode becomes a one-of-a-kind opportunity for locals and international travelers of the region who are searching for exotics, to participate in the establishment of a modern culture.
Q3. Where do you draw inspiration from?
A: From various things in everyday life. From people, events, visual images – everything that is around – it all brings the daily inspiration. But most importantly – from the energy that you get while working at Epizode, and live every day in a few time zones.
Q4. What was it like putting together the first Epizode Festival 3 years ago?
A: Although the team organized many festivals – Epizode was a massive challenge; new country, an unfamiliar island. It was an experiment – and it was successful. Now, looking at how the number of international attendees exploded in three years – we remember the first Epizode with a smile. 😊
Q5. What were some of the early challenges after organizing the past 2 editions?
A: It is difficult to isolate particular challenges. There are millions of small and bigger issues every day. The most important is the ability of our team to quickly and efficiently deal with it, and to carry out a complex project as Epizode is. Overall, Epizode itself is a challenge, as we are creating something that is not common in Asia and therefore not easy to promote. But we are happy to be having amazing local partners, in Asia and worldwide, and we are building this project with their support. We hope to grow together – and we see this process as a two-way street: Epizode grows at the same time as the scene grows – and vice versa.
The 10-days long festival EPIZODE is returning to Phu Quoc Island of Vietnam for the third edition of the international techno music festival from December 28, 2018 to January 8, 2019, with a series of international and regional lineup, as well as inspirational soul-touching program, such as movie nights, open deck session, yoga and creative workshops, Happy Holi and more.
Q6. What are some of the artistic highlights at Epizode this year?
A: I would mark each name in the lineup of 132 artists! In my schedule, I want to be an actor during performances of Agents of time (Live), Craig Richards, Dan Andrei, GOLDIE, Mr. G, Praslesh, Nina Kraviz, Seth Troxler, Young Marco. But this is just my program. I’m sure everyone will make their own unique soundtrack this year.
Q7. If you can give 1 piece of advice to a first-time attendee, what would it be?
A: Try to accept that you will not be able to listen to all the artists. It is simply impossible 😊 After realizing this fact – just enjoy what is happening at the Epizode beach, and as I said above – write your own script for Epizode 3, filling it with music, characters, and colors.
Dreams – it is immersion in the unknown, transition to a new state, the weightlessness. You take off the ground but you do not lose the gravity.When you wake up in a place that you have been dreaming of for so long, you feel no weight, but only energy.EPIZODE – dream on.Music: Marsbeing – Demolition
November is the busiest months for electronic music lovers like us. From Shi Fu Miz to Clockenflap, ALTN8 became the finale and closure of the trilogy. Thanks to Team ALTN8’s invite, we went there last Saturday and experienced the finest of underground electronic music in Hong Kong.
Started with melodic and fine electronic tunes in the Qube Stage, we are welcomed by Social Room Resident DJ Ocean Lam’s deep and moody techno beats with no exception. With the swift transition from Extrawelt to Super Flu (presented by REWIND) and Roman Flügel, the festival has reached the climax.
REWIND presents Super Flu
Setting foot in the middle of the city with one central location in PMQ for the first time, ALTN8 is accessible and convenient for all festival goers. Unlike a lot of other festival venues, it is neighboring to great restaurants and bars around for a mid-show break.
ALTN8 Festival has come to an end with an enormous crowd of electronic music lovers in Hong Kong. Just like Shi Fu Miz, It is a perfect example of the successful growth of the electronic music scene in Hong Kong and we genuinely can’t wait for the return of the next edition.