Hello readers and listeners! I’m excited to share my second ILL Picks
of The Week and have decided to not force-churn out these posts weekly; but rather let them come together bi-weekly.
To remove any notion of preference, I will no longer number the picks one through five. Additionally, I will include links to artist profiles, WebPages and track purchase information, when applicable. Enjoy!
Soley – I’ll Drown (Florian Rietze Remix)
A masterpiece of a remix from Florian Rietze of Potstam, Germany. The first FR creation that I took note of was in May 2012: his edit of Very Special Small, by Bodi Bill (find this cool track on his SoundCloud). Last week, Florian was on tour in Chiang Mai and took some time to tell us a little bit about himself. He began DJ’ing in 2005 and just three years later, he began producing. Florian says his inspiration comes from everything: music, nature, situations and people. He aims to tell a story with his compositions, but wants to leave room for interpretation to his listeners. This last point is, I find, the reason many of us are attracted to electronic music: not having the explicit lyrics dictating to us what we must feel. The experience is personalized, and this producer leaves a lot of room for interpretation. His work is particularly emotional and deep, and I hope as his talent and fan-base grow, we will get more ear candy from this genius. (Fun fact: growing up, all Florian used to listen to was hip hop and breakdance. He’s been playing piano for two years and composes his pieces using Ableton.)
Visit Florian on Facebook
SoulReazon – Judgement Day
SoulReazon’s new Judgement day EP is oh so bad, but in a super good way. It was released on November 26th with Applique Music, a Manchester-based house label which has recently celebrated it’s second anniversary. I’ve been following Applique’s signature sound for over a year, and SoulReazon’s style certainly fits the profile: deep, trippy, and somewhat tribal sound that is overwhelmingly dark and powerful. Visit SoulReazon on Facebook and follow them on SoundCloud. You can also buy the new EP on Beatport by clicking here.
Paul Kalkbrenner – Guten Tag EP, featuring Das Gezabel:
This masterpiece of an EP was released by Paul Kalkbrenner on November 30th. A great video above for Das Gezabel shows off Paul and his girlfriend/recently-turned wife, Simina Grigoriu / Mrs. Kalkbrenner on their tour. The EP is a beautiful journey through the interesting and obviously variable soundscape that exists in Paul’s head. A certain nostalgia for Berlin Calling is present, especially with Spitz-Auge, which traces back to one of my favorite tracks of his, Aaron. Buy this incredible EP on Beatport here, and follow Paul on Facebook.
Henry Saiz – Uncharted
Henry Saiz became a globalized sensation after his masterful work on Balance 019. Receiving support from major DJ/Producers like Digweed, Sasha and M.A.N.D.Y., he has continued to expand his fan base and reach. This summer, his track Our Discovery was a huge hit in Ibiza. Uncharted, from The Cryptozoologist EP, is an excellent warm-up track, unambiguously fitting a tech house set. Yet, it has a unique feel I can’t quite attribute to anything in particular. Which is good, and something that all music, especially EDM, desperately needs today. Follow Henry Saiz on Facebook and purchase The Cryptozoologist EP on Beatport. He is currently working on an upcoming EP (April 2013) which will be heavily infused with analog sounds he is collecting from you, his fans! So go to WE ARE HENRY SAIZ and upload your sound; maybe you’ll be featured on the upcoming album! I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for that.
Unfortunately, no legally embeddable preview of this track exists for WordPress, but the link will pop up a new window with the Beatport preview. It would be crazy for me to write about Paul Kalkbrenner’s new EP and not mention the hugely anticipated new release, Synthesized, from Junkie XL, the producer who has probably been as much, if not more, influential on my music library and my passion for music in general. Klatshing! is the kind of Junkie XL I remember listening to years ago: racy. Yes, pun intended, as many of his pieces are perfect for driving fast and it is because of this that he has written soundtracks for Need For Speed racing games. Enough cannot be said about this man’s musical talents, but I will devote and dedicate some lines out of pure admiration and gratitude. He’s made incredible remixes of some pop songs and turned things I’d never, ever allow to flow from my MP3 player through my headphones into Britney Spears and Madonna Remixes I’ve had on repeat. Yes, I admit it, and you will too, once you hear them. Junkie is cool, he’s bad and he’s a genius; there is no denying it. Here’s what he did on Dutch TV to Madonna’s 4 minutes: (unless you speak Dutch, or really like listening to it, fast forward to 1:30)
One of my favorite Junkie XL tracks, Mushroom, with an equally beautiful video:
And lastly, here’s further proof Junkie XL is badass. He threw this street party in Amsterdam, setting up awesome sound, lighting and even dancers inside a house on a plaza, and DJ’d for the dancing crowd outside. Illegally. I wish I was there!