New Music: Razor-N-Tape – HADE Edits

Brooklyn label Razor-N-Tape once again assert their preeminence in the realm of disco edits with this new record by Cologne-based artist HADE. It’s outstanding for both its astutely wide-ranging source material, as well for the expertly stylized production, which will delight fans of beats of any stripe, whether hip hop, house, funk, or anything in between.

You’d expect nothing less from a producer whose remix portfolio includes the work of top club DJs, alongside “Ghost Song” by The Doors, and a ridiculous ’80s German pop remake of Black Sabbath’s “Ironman.” (The music video for the last one’s worth a watch.)  Continue reading “New Music: Razor-N-Tape – HADE Edits”

Review: DJ Heure – Outsider Resource



“Outsider Resource,” the debut release from new London dance label All My Thoughts, finds Australian producer DJ Heure trafficking in the moody, lo-fi aesthetic currently ascendant in certain circles of Internet-propelled house music. Reaching over to explore a classic English style, the Adelaidean artist combines frantic breakbeats with soulful pads and electric piano, for an unsettled ambiance that evokes a quiet walk back from the club in a misty dawn.

Such a cloudy style is perhaps non sequitur coming from an artist working on a remote, sun-drenched island, but it puts him in good company, namely alongside heralded Down Under producer Mall Grab, who broke into the top 100 DJs of 2016 in Resident Advisor’s readers’ poll. Continue reading “Review: DJ Heure – Outsider Resource”

Interview: Soul of Hex

Magic seems to happen around Gerardo Cedillo, the young, humble, and intensely brilliant Mexican house music artist, with whom I met last weekend at his New York debut, surrounded by fog machine mist and disco lighting. He was in a corner hanging out on the couch when I found him, speaking intently to a friend. We were on the top floor of an industrial building in Bushwick with a rented sound system blasting, and I approached to ask if he was indeed the mastermind behind the records that have emerged recently as among the most exciting dance floor numbers on the scene. When we spoke, he was cheerful, despite nursing jet lag and a hangover. He was excited to be in the city, he said. It was only his second visit, and earlier he’d made the trek to the diner from Seinfeld, his favorite TV show, on West 112th street.

Coming from Tijuana, Cedillo, better known under the moniker Soul of Hex, is part of an emerging scene of house artists based in the Mexican hotbed of renegades and excitement. Lately his efforts have gained momentum through sheer artistic ingenuity, and support from recognized European labels, propelled by crushing house rhythms made palpably vivid by analogue synthesizer lines.

After beginning as a teenage bedroom track-maker, under the tutelage of producer 4004, his profile has risen over the past couple years, and his material has been remixed by the likes of pioneering Chicago house legend Larry Heard and contemporary English trend-setters Henry Wu and Glenn Astro. His brand-new EP Snake Snares was his second effort released by Freerange Records, a long-standing London deep house staple, and his collaboration with Ponty Mython put him in prestigious company on Berlin’s Dirt Crew Recordings. Continue reading “Interview: Soul of Hex”

Interview: Frikardo

Based out of Subotica, Serbia, near the border with Hungary, Frikardo creates grooving house music with chopped, hip hop inspired samples. His debut LP Smoovin’ High garnered the attention of influential DJs such as Coldcut and Seven Davis Jr., who featured tracks from the album in their mix celebrating the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking electronic label Ninja Tune. Last month, he followed up in style with the new EP Way to Katanga, released on Belgian label Gents and Dandy’s. I asked him about the development of his style, and what’s unique about dance music in Serbia. Continue reading “Interview: Frikardo”

Review: 4004 – Night Body Lies

Mexican house producer 4004 continues his exploration of deep jazz and techno influences on his new EP Night Body Lies, recorded after a summer spent marinating in the dark club ambience of Berlin. It’s four tracks of atmospheric, uncanny dance music conjured with earthy, growling bass tones, driven Rhodes organ chords, and propelled forcefully by hip hop inflected drum samples. Overall, it finds a pure techno aesthetic, striking a sublime center between the suggestions of mysticism and of technological futurism. Continue reading “Review: 4004 – Night Body Lies”

Review: Felix Leifur – The Sunday Club

Felix Leifur’s debut record opens with morning light breaking across a rugged mountain peak, in an arcade of noise. A child’s toy whirs its pattern, shrouded in magic chirping bells, as strange and wonderful as the Good Witch of the North welcoming us to Oz.

Throughout The Sunday Club EP, this Icelandic producer seems to celebrate the sublime enchantment of his homeland, with its bizarre and majestic landscape, imbued with a mythical aura. Continue reading “Review: Felix Leifur – The Sunday Club”

Review: Project Pablo – Priorities

Across Priorities, Project Pablo takes us on trip into a smokey lounge populated by mustachioed porn stars, big-lapeled coke dealers, fake palm trees, and existentially troubled robots, with Stan Getz playing quietly in the background.

It’s a soulful and cruising series of house tracks from one of the most interesting voices to come out of the idiosyncratic school of dance music surrounding Canada’s 1080p Collection. Continue reading “Review: Project Pablo – Priorities”