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DT:Premiere | William Welt – Stalker [DEAD CERT. Records] (incl. Q&A)

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Death Techno’s own DEAD CERT. Records began releasing digitally in 2013 and has gained huge support thus far from many of Techno’s leading tastemakers including James Ruskin, Dave Clarke, Rebekah, Cari Lekebusch and Alan Fitzpatrick charting and set listing tracks.

After much planning and patience DEAD CERT. makes a move into its first vinyl only release that features original material from label bosses William Welt & Jack! Who? along with a freaky remix from New York vinyl head DJ Spider of Plan B Recordings and Berlin’s enigmatic Killekill.

Stalker” is a dark and twisted monster, that broods from the bubbling bottom end. Added to the tension are metallic sheens and a sinister, yet dreamy atmosphere that pushes forward with a dirty groove making it a diverse production to suit different moods.

> 01. What was the thinking behind this track and did you achieve what you set out?
The track started with the bass line and a “Rip and Run” concept where I ripped samples from magazine cover CD’s and Remix Packs made publicly available online. I then used destructive effects and processes that worked on each sample until it was unrecognisable compared to its starting point. This often involved rendering audio after it had been washed in effects and chopping out the segments or one shots that I liked, then repeating the process until I was satisfied with each finished sound.

> 02. What tips and advice can you share to any producers on shaping their own sound?
I’m by no means an established producer and I think any advice I give should be taken with a pinch of salt, as I work with limited resources and quite often my production techniques are a thorough, but at times long winded and time consuming. The best advice I would give is play your music to people who you trust to be honest. It’s nice to get compliments and be told something is good, but negative feedback from impartial third parties can sometimes be the most useful. Even if it’s just food for thought and after thinking you like the original sound, but it never hurts to question your ideas and listen to others.

> 03. What is your go to track at the moment by another artist?
I listen to a wide variety of music but one of my go to artists is Suade who most people will recognise from his collaboration with Magda. They made a track called “Fixation” which came out on her Items & Things label she runs with Marc Houle and Troy Pierce. Suade is a modest man and a genuine Dr. of Techno after completing a doctorate degree in music with a thesis that specialised in Techno. Suade spent a lot of time helping me develop my sound and production ideas when I first started making music and I owe him a lot for the help he has so selflessly given.



Other more recognisable artists would include Audio Injection / Truncate as he has a dark and dancefloor focused sound, which is produced with razor sharp precision and a thick richness. He has the skill of making a little sound a lot with many of his tracks consisting of just a few well produced sounds. My tracks aren’t usually as stripped back or precise as his, but that’s why I look up to him and hope on day to equal his production skills. Audio Injection did an early remix for our DEAD CERT. Records and it was an honour to have him feature on the label.



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Released… Monday 5 October 2015

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A1. William Welt – Stalker
A2. William Welt – Stalker (DJ Spider Remix)
B1. William Welt & Jack! Who? – Creeper
B2. William Welt & Jack! Who? – Lurker

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DT:Premiere | Sandra Mosh – Skogsrave [Mosh Musik]

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Swedish artist and National Radio presenter Sandra Mosh came to our attention a few months ago with her new label venture Mosh Musik. The title track from her forthcoming release called “Skogsrave” actually translates to “A rave in the woods” and was a no brainer for this DT:Premiere.

It begins with an infectious stomping rhythm, that is later stripped back to a soulful, hypnotic and melodic piece. Very much a peak time number, we are highly impressed and will be keeping a close eye on her productions to come as this sets a great tone for what is to come.

> 01. What was the thinking behind this track and did you achieve what you set out?
I first got the idea when I talked to some friends of mine who don’t go out much anymore. We talked about raves and they were kind of shocked that raves in the woods (the Swedish word for this is a skogsrave) were still a thing when I said there are loads of them during summer. And then also, the Swedish summer this year has been kind of a disappointment so I felt like an obligation to all the raves that were cancelled due to rain to make this track. So it’s a tribute you could say and when I hear it I can picture myself out in the woods on a nice little techno rave, so mission accomplished.

> 02. What tips and advice can you share to any producers on shaping their own sound?
That’s actually a really hard question, especially since I’m still searching for it personally. But I think the best you can do is just to make track after track after track. You’re gonna make stuff you don’t feel comfortable with later on, maybe even stuff you hate but eventually you will get there and it will feel like you. I sure hope so anyways haha

> 03. What is your go to track at the moment by another artist?
Right now I’m in love with Markus Suckut’s remix on Radio Slave’s The Clone Wars. Jackin’ techno perfection!



Released… Monday 28 September 2015

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MOSH002 – Sandra Mosh – Skogsrave

01. Sandra Mosh – Skogsrave
02. Sandra Mosh – Gryningshymn
03. Sandra Mosh – Gryningshymn (Dub)

DT:Premiere | Tim Xavier – Phantom Steps [Face To Face]

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Following on from his superb DTMIX112 set we posted last Friday, we have the pleasure of introducing Tim Xavier‘s forthcoming title track for this DT:Premiere on his new label Face To Face that’s currently picking up a head of steam.

Phantom Steps” is a no nonsense, floor smasher, that gets straight down to action. Working a filter on a gritty acid melody, it has a distinct analogue energy and powerful character that’s mirrored by a frantic forward momentum and rough sweeping atmospherics. No doubt this will be a great tool for going up a gear and stand out in any DJ set.

Released… Monday 28 September 2015

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FIIF-D-004 – Tim Xavier – Phantom Steps

01. Tim Xavier – Phantom Steps
02. Tim Xavier – Hood

DT:Premiere | Pepe Arcade – Sickly (UZB Remix) [White Rose]

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A perfect Monday groover from Dead Rose Records sublabel White Rose Records based in Catalunya, Spain ran by the excellent talent Miki Craven who we have featured previously.

Pepe Arcade is joined by fellow Spanish producer UZB / Unam Zetineb on his new release called “Sickly EP” and we selected his remix for this DT:Premiere.

It’s a dubby and atmospheric affair that oozes class with a smooth yet funked up rhythm. Add in some killer chord stabs and rich reverb, he creates a deep mood that can be used a tone setter for any DJ set that wants to bring some depth and hypnosis.

Released… Monday 28 September 2015

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WHITEROSE05 – Pepe Arcade – Sickly EP

01. Pepe Arcade – Sickly
02. Pepe Arcade – NN
03. Pepe Arcade – Sickly (UZB Remix)

DTMIX112 – Tim Xavier [Berlin, GERMANY]

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Originating from Brooklyn, New York, Tim Xavier has called Berlin his home since 2007. Through his own productions, new label Face To Face, diverse music tastes and classic technical mixing skills, he remains on the pulse of Techno music. Setting up shop as Manmade Mastering, he also deals with all aspects of vinyl cutting to master engineering for many of the world’s top artists and labels. His Exclusive mix sums up a creative, eclectic and energetic style including artists like Lakker, Dense & Pika, Bas Mooy, Echologist, Reeko, Radio Slave and Daniel Avery…

Tracklist :

01. LAKKER : milch [R&S]
02. LANDO & XAVIER : brick city [Tanstaafl]
03. X-PRESS 2 : smoke machine (Dense & Pika Remix) [Skint]
04. BAS MOOY : nearby sIlent horses [MORD]
05. GARY MARTIN : well (Robert Hood Remix) [Motech]
06. ECHOLOGIST : lucky bastard [MORD]
07. REEKO : heartbeat error [Soma]
08. SCUBA : family entertainment (Ø [Phase] Remix) [Hotflush]
09. PEACE DIVISION : blacklight sleaze (Radio Slave Dub Mix) [NRK]
10. ALTER EGO : lycra (Luke Slater’s Dinosour Mix) [Alter Ego]
11. PATRICK WALKER : leviathan [Soma]
12. EDUARDO DE LA CALLE : wildheit [Be As One]
13. TIM XAVIER : phantom steps [Face To Face]
14. FLUG : outside [Dark Rose]
15. SIGHA : 12 [Avian]
16. JESPER DAHLBÄCK & PHIL KIERAN : fukkr [Phil Kieren Recordings]
17. DANIEL AVERY : taste [Phantasy Sound]

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DT:Premiere | Will Kinsella – Apocalypse Now 121214 [Dynamo]

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Will Kinsella has spent time as a protégé to fellow Irishman Matador which is certainly some seal of approval.

The track we selected for this DT:Premiere from his forthcoming EP called “Apocalypse Now 121214” on Dynamo Recordings was specifically written for a show with Alan Fitzpatrick and it’s clear to see why.

A solid and punchy beat rolls along with a great sense of eeriness from the high pitched modular style notes. Soaked in haunting whirls and breathiness, it has a spooky vibe throughout that massively appealed to us. This finely tuned track is no doubt one that should be heard on the dancefloor.

Released… Monday 28 September 2015

Dynamo Recordings
DR048 – Will Kinsella – Promoter Series EP

01. Will Kinsella – Check One
02. Will Kinsella – Apocalypse Now 121214
03. Will Kinsella – Division 151114
04. Will Kinsella – Apocalypse Now 121214 (Phuture Traxx & Toby Rost Remix)
05. Will Kinsella – Division 151114 (Lewis Delay Remix)
06. Will Kinsella – Check One (Fractious Remix)

DTR | ME002 – Refracted

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Label : Mind Express
CAT# : ME002
Artist : Refracted
Title : ME002
Released : 21 September 2015

A1. Variable
A2. Constant
B1. Polynomial
B2. Use Of Abstraction

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Refracted can count labels such as Aconito, Silent Season and Reaktivate in his back catalogue and here steps up with four originals for the second release on his own Mind Express imprint. His profile states “Deep rhythms and atmospheric elements have always played a major role in Refracted’s music” and in these days of hype, it’s pleasant that it’s spot on.

These tracks are not about big build ups and breakdowns. Nothing short lived or tacked on to enhance a part. Each tune sets up a deep, heavy groove and explores variations within it. If you listen closely there are myriad of subtle variations, all cleverly interacting to make musical sense. The producer has clearly spent a lot of time developing the ideas and fitting them together and it shows in a polished and coherent set of tracks.

Variable” is a little more straight ahead than the other tunes with upfront broken beats and a wobbling, pulsing sample. A lovely “click” to the percussion on this. A chiming woodblock takes centre stage for most of the track, driving, muted, echoing and everything in between. The groove is so strong and stable that the mind hears new interactions between the different elements – one listener will hear slightly different to another – this is exceptional music. Again the abrupt fade, leaving the sounds echoing in the mind.

Constant” is an exercise in understated power. There are distinct elements that spend 6 minutes plus interacting with each other and morphing individually. At its heart is a fast paced rolling bassline locked to clicking percussion and pulsating static. The bassline breathes and tightens as the track progresses, changing up to an incisive melody and then diving back down. Very subtle, yet powerful. Around the top, panning ethereal and unnerving notes, gliding into each other, reminiscent of Lakker; also sharpening and loosening (hints of acid) in a continuous cycle. A repeating 2 beat loop, a muted siren call, puts the icing on this intelligent and perfectly realised tune.

Polynomial” takes some of the themes from the first track and runs with them. A big, measured kick underpins the signature pulsing bassline that just does not let up. The build in this track is unstoppable – gradually overdriven synth notes, rising hi-hats and (is it imagined?) a slow tightening of the screw, bass getting louder, is the track getting faster? The percussion cuts, the bass evaporates and you’re left with a fading synth echo to remind you of the tension.

Use of Abstraction” at first seems mistitled – there is nothing abstract about the tight, powerful bass drum groove. Counterpoint cymbal work is gradually introduced alongside ephemeral, floating background notes. Some deeper sounds occur too – is there a very processed vocal clip in there? A long, long note builds to a shattering brightness before a beautiful melodic collapse. The note plays out, with sounds of a synthetic sea washing over the listener to the end. This would be my pick of the EP, but I honestly can’t choose between this and “Variable” as my favourite.

Mind Express 002 is out on 140g vinyl via Juno Records and is available from usual outlets. It’s pretty much an essential item if you like deep, atmospheric and powerful Techno.

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com

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