For the next release on Souvenir, the label dips into the past of almost 30 years ago to retrieve this forgotten souvenir of the times, dusting off and rejuvenating Section 25’s classic, ‘Desert’, taken from the album, ‘From the Hip’ on Manchester’s infamous Factory Records. This reappropriation of the 1984 track is the perfect choice for two very seasoned producers whose own musical history dates back to those days: Mahk (Mahk Rumbae) and DJ Morpheus (Samy Birnbach). As a vocalist, A&R, label manager, DJ, producer, musician and more, DJ Morpheus has been involved in music from the late 80s. He formed part of cult act Minimal Compact during the mid-80s then went onto producing as the Gruesome Twosome (releasing their biggest hit ‘Hallucination Generation’ in 1989), and then later, in 1994, worked as A&R for SSR/ Crammed Discs, taking the helm of their much loved Freezone Compilations, exposing the world to artists as varied and cutting edge as DJ Cam, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Photek, Abacus, T-Power, The Mighty Bop aka Bob Sinclar, Howie B, Coldcut, Carl Craig, Basement Jaxx, 4 Hero, Josh Wink, Plaid, Alex Gopher and more. Working in electronic music since the late 1980s too, Mahk has spent much of his time working in the experimental field, both as part of long running industrial/ experimental band Konstruktivists as well as on a number of solo projects. He also produced dance and techno in the early 90s, then in the late 90s in the UK drum and bass scene, releasing tracks on Mickey Finn and Aphrodite’s label Urban Takeover. Mahk continues to work on new music, recently returning to the techno scene with his new dark techno project Codex Empire. The A-side sees the pair reinterpret the much loved Factory Records track, twisting it into a slow driving, bloody curdling, arpeggiated late night anthem for the freaks. Complimenting this reworking is a remix from prolific French electronic producer, Danton Eeprom who injects a little more funk with a chopped and slapped bass with piqued guitar hooks, all cloaked in dubbed out reverb ambience. For the B-side, industrial and analogue noodlers Juju & Jordash turn in what can only be described as a tripped out journey through the stems of the original which perfectly rounds out this fascinating update of a once loved classic.
Familiar names to Tiefschwarz’s imprint, French duo Jules & Moss return with the Head Juice EP. As the vivid imagery of the title conjures to mind, the EP journeys through an oozing palette of sounds which, when played at the right time, can take clubbers to another realm. After releasing on Dirtybird and Monique Musique, amongst a wealth of others, the duo show here exactly why Souvenir is the perfect home for their productions. Making further explorations into electronic sounds, toying with heavy-hitting percussion, earworm vocals, spacious pads and funk-fuelled basslines. Their style is characterized by an atmosphere of their own making, laden with sleaze, enhanced with groove and drenched in originality. Special guest, Locked Groove, is also called into action here for a remix of the title track in which he strips everything away only to revel in the hypnotic, tinnitus-soaked lo-fi rendition only he can produce.
Does the world need another EP made for people to dance to at 3am? Probably not. Especially if you look at it the way Danton Eeprom does. “I like my club tunes, I make no bones about it, but my idea of a good dancefloor tune has evolved dramatically over the years to the point I can’t be sure it makes any sense to anyone else but me anymore.” But this isn’t just any 3am dwindling crowd-pleaser EP. Sidling the line between the dancefloor and being forever elsewhere, Danton joins the Souvenir family fold with his refreshingly obscured and textured new EP, ‘Kissing in Traffic.’ Danton is a tireless innovator, comfortable only when out of his comfort zone. With his second album ‘All Dressed Up and Nowhere To Go’ released earlier this year on Infiné and his own Fondation Records up and running, now is as vibrant a time for Danton as ever before. As he explains, “To me it’s always been a generous, smiling world, blessed with an all-year tropical climate, a world where everyone is welcome to stay for however long they like. It’s not some fairy-tale silly place, it’s somewhere where emotion, beauty and freedom have free reign and fill your soul. Wherever you look there’s always a sunrise or a sunset to dance to.” Kissing In Traffic is a postcard written and sent to himself the last time he visited that place so he could look at it when it all becomes a bit much; a true memento, and a genuine Souvenir.
01 IOAKIM SAYZ – Extravaganza (Julian Ganzer’s Deep Mix)
02 Mosca – Murderous
03 William Welt – Vibe & Soal (Melos + Kyber Remix)
04 Aaryon – Chlorine
05 Him_Self_Her – Reflected
06 Richy Ahmed – Sneaky Acid
07 Gel Abril – Chemistry
08 Dachshund – Stones
09 Alex Niggemann – Abaton
10 Satoshi Fumi, Hiroshi Watanabe – Time Lapse (Eric Volta’s Psychonauting on a Robot Heart Mix’)
Berlin-based DJ, producer and member of Studio Kreuzberg (a collective of international artists from the heart of Berlin) IOAKIM SAYZ is the next artist to join the Sounvenir family with his new EP, ‘Extravanganza’ featuring special remixes from Maher Daniel and Julian Ganzer.
1) Raw District feat. Giorgia Angiuli – Not lost – Souvenir Music
2) Rydim – Duckface – BTAIM
3) Jules & Moss – Bis April – Souvenir Music
4) Audiofly – 1999 – 8bit
5) Chymera – tidal – Ovum
6) Gale Talk – Hydroklon – EevoNext
7) Raw District – Memento – Souvenir Music
8) Dodi Palese – Cassini – Engrave
9) &ME – After dark – Keinemusik
10) David Mayer – Sunhole – Keinemusik
11) Giorgia Angiuli – Jacopo Vana – Fairy Place (Raw District’s remix) – Homecoming Music
12) Mariano Mateljan – Pigeon Boxer – Infuse
Raw District is the fledgling house project from Belgian duo Vernon Bara and Massimo DaCosta. No newcomers to dance music, under the Vernon&DaCosta, the pair have released music on labels such as OM Records, AMA Rec, Robsoul, Aroma, OFF, Icon, Doubledown and many more. They have remixed artists including Brett Johnson, Fred Everything, Style of Eye, Miguel Migs and JT Donaldson, garnering support from great DJs like Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Jamie Jones, Mark Farina and DJ Sneak. Vernon has also made more techno-focussed tracks for Hot Creation and Supplement Facts under another moniker, Ultrasone alongside Igor Vicente. Early in 2013, they decided to start the new side project as ‘Raw District’ in order to focus on the deeper and darker side of house music. In their own words, “Raw District tracks feature fewer samples and more organic influences…the trademark soul, funk and disco influences are still evident, mixed up with the fresh European sounds coming straight out of Berlin.” Their brand new release, ‘I Feel No Love EP’ marks the follow up to ‘Ragged Star’ which came out on Damian Lazarus’ well-loved Crosstown Rebels imprint. The three tracks draw influence from a wide range of sources, bringing together the colourful corners of deep house, oldschool tech and vocal house in the pursuit of something new and fresh. Featuring on the EP are some of the duos favourite vocalists; from Canada Ingrid Hakanson – who has already worked with pair on their first single “Bad Angel” (Defected Records) back in August 2013 – and Giorgia Angiuli from Florence who appeared on their Crosstown Rebel single. Beside their own releases, Vernon and Massimo set up and run their own imprint, Homecoming Music, in 2010, which has been home to releases from Brett Johnson, DJ W!LD, Chris Carrier, Djebali, Gulivert, Phil Weeks, Tripmastaz and Inland Knights amongst others.
Familiar friends of the label, French duo Jules & Moss return to Tiefschwarz’s ever-reliable Souvenir imprint with another stomping two-tracker designed for those late nights and early mornings. Situated at the very centre of a musical centrifuge, French duo Jules & Moss find themselves drawing upon an array of different influences spanning rock, jazz, classical but landing somewhere firmly rooted in the electronic spectrum. Their style is characterized by an atmosphere of their own making, laden with sleaze, enhanced with groove and drenched in originality. After releasing on Dirtybird, Monique Musique and Tiger Records, amongst a wealth of others, the duo show here exactly why Souvenir is the perfect home for their productions. On this EP, the pair never lose sight of the one very important thing: dancing. Making further explorations into electronic sounds, toying with heavy-hitting percussion, earworm vocals, spacious pads and funk-fuelled basslines.
French producer David K is ready to announce his debut album, ‘Out of Range,’ an off-the-radar mixture of romantic melodies on drugs, rocking beats à la parisienne, and sounds to turn you on, released on Tiefschwarz’s ever reliable imprint, Souvenir.
David K represents something that’s all too rare in electronic music today: an artist who makes music first and club music second. For him, emotion is paramount, melody is important, the pop format has its perks and original material is always better than a sample. Late at night and early in the morning, he can be found tapping away on his keyboards and throwing together arrangements on the fly (a pianist by training, he can’t bear to make music slouched over a mouse). His only goal is to make something that will keep himself dancing.
His roots are in Paris, where he lived his entire life until 2011. He started DJing in the late 80s on a makeshift set of gear, complete with a radio and tape deck, but once he hit his first rave in ’91 he went straight for the Technics 1200s. He was making a living as a teacher and graphic designer, but like some invisible cosmic force, the life of the full-time artist kept drawing him in.
Always involved in creating, composing, and mixing, he began his production career with the Boogabaloo EP on Sismic in 2002, a small Parisian house label. Not long after that he fell in with some key figures in the Paris’ underground club scene, such as Dan Ghenacia, who brought him into the Freak n’ Chic stable.
“This album has been 10 years in the making. Well, almost.” he points out. “I started to hold on to some of the tracks I was writing over the past decade or so. I suppose you could say that this album is a bit like a bedside-table book which transcends all of my influences, my musical history, and my idea of modern music.”
David has always worked conscientiously with the dance-floor in mind, though his sound has always dipped into the outer reaches of myriad genres; rock, funk and unashamedly straight-up pop, a confluence which draws on his honest inspirations. The range of influence can be heard right through the album Beyond drawing upon mere historical influence, he has also brought on board close friends including guest appearances which only help add to the album’s rich makeup: dOP frontman Jaw appears on “How Beautiful You Are,” frequent collaborator Opium (of La Boetie and Nouvelle Vague) sings on “Intro,” whilst old friend and Italian producer, Francesco Farfa, shares writing credits on recent single, “Come Up From the Darkness,” David’s own voice comes through on on “Show Me The Deal.” Like all of his records, the entire package is glazed in the quirky eccentricity, nonchalant percussion and irresistible hunk of sleazy and funk-fueled boogie that we’ve come to expect of his productions over the years.
In a world of increasingly short attention spans, 142-character, self-styled status updates, ubiquitous smartphones and Big Brother-esque governmental spying, David K shows that sometimes it’s good to just take yourself ‘Out of Range’ for a while.
Following on from their room-crushing, latin-afro-infused El Matematico EP on Katermukke in 2013, seasoned veterans returns Holger Zilske and Kai Preussner (aka Smash TV) return to Tiefschwarz’s consistently exceptional Souvenir label and get down to business with three brawny, burning-hot grooves infused with their signature flavour on ‘Robogeisha.’ An undoubtedly familiar name to any followers of dance music from the past 10 years, Smash TV have amassed an extensive repertoire of releases on various house and techno labels and rubbed elbows with some of the biggest names including Miss Kittin, Raz Ohara, Daso, Richard Davis, Dave DK, and remixed the likes of Claude Von Stroke, Kiki, Adam Freeland, Toktok and Marco Resmann. Oscillating between smooth and rugged, techno and house, dubby and in-your-face, Smash TV’s assured and organic style has earned the enthusiastic support of legendary producers and DJs alike. ‘Robogeisha’ brings their hybrid of sounds back once again, combining thumping kicks, cosmic stabs, stuttering percussion and Geisha vocal samples all into the one pot. ‘Fluffer’ directs its attention straight at the dance floor with a no-nonsense, head-down stomp. Final track, ‘I Won’t’ brings equal destruction with pitched down samples pinned down by tight percussion, and a wandering bassline that won’t let you stay still for long.
Whilst 2013 was another exceptional year for Tiefschwarz’s ever-consistent, no-nonsense Souvenir imprint, also marking the year in which they inaugurated their new NAU sub-label, 2014 promises no compromise in quality output yet again.
This time, Souvenir turn their attention to a split EP, calling on the combined talents of familiar names, friends and new faces. Nicson is a promising London talent is making new steps in the electronic scene with his releases on Upon You, Tim Green´s imprint Disc Over Music, Get Physical, Flumo and Holic Trax. Phil Stumpf & Reynold aka Sam Rouanet, and Fischer & Kleber (aka Robert Fischer and Niklas Kleber) are, well, quite honestly just amazing.
Nicson opens up proceedings with ‘Pretty Womens’ – warm, moody, acid tones and funky vocal cuts lie over a woozy bass line. ‘Mojar’ by Fischer & Kleber takes things a little deeper and darker with striding, live percussion, enveloped in pianos and haunting vocal slurs, constantly pushing up-slope, while Reynold & Phil Stumpf round things off with a pulsating, understated groove on ‘On The Move.’
These producers embody the spirit of free-flowing creativity that runs through much of the label’s output, presenting a wide and always unexpected palette of sounds and tempos – distinctive bass-heavy grooves, informed composition allied with a sharp-edged ear, and never lacking in a cheeky, natural sense of humour.
David K represents something that’s all too rare in electronic music today: an artist who makes music first and club music second. For him, emotion is paramount, melody is important, the pop format has its perks and original material is always better than a sample. Late at night and early in the morning he dances alone in his studio, tapping away on his keyboards and throwing together arrangements on the fly (a pianist by training, he can’t bear to make music slouched over a mouse). His only goal is to make something that will keep himself dancing. David K’s roots are in Paris, where he lived his entire life until 2011. He started DJing in the late 80s on a makeshift set of gear, complete with a radio and tape deck, but once he hit his first rave in ‘91 he went straight for the Technics 1200s. He was making a living as a teacher and graphic designer, but like some invisible cosmic force, the life of the full-time artist kept drawing him in. His first record came out in 2002 on Sismic Music, a small Parisian house label, and not long after that he fell in with some key figures in the Paris’ underground club scene, such as Dan Ghenacia, who brought him into the Freak n’ Chic stable, and Phil Weeks, who put out one of his earliest 12-inches, Yo Chicago, on Robsoul Recordings. Cocoon, Guy Gerber’s Supplement Facts, Tsuba Records, Visionquest, and, more recently, Tiefschwarz’s carefully curated Sounvenir and sub-label NAU. His new single, alongside Italian-born house and techno producer Francesco Farfa for Souvenir sees the pair draw upon their unique, shared skillsets. Initially Farfa contacted David to enlist him for remix duties on one of his tracks.
01 – White – Prompt Live Band
02 – Anyway (Rampa Remix)
03 – Make Some Noise (Radhow Remix)
04 – The Bad Guy Feat. Greg Turner
05 – Blue – Damien K. Sahri
06 – Le Borgne 007
07 – Elbow Grease – Dubfound
08 – Wrung Door – David K
09 – Distant Minds – Death on the Balcony
10 – Tears&Fears – The Jaydees – David K’s Frisco Mix
11 – Come up from the Darkness – David K’s Snowball mix
12 – Middle Age Romance – David K
13 – A Hymn to him – The persuaders
14 – Secret loop
Whether he is headlining at nightclubs or playing a marathon set for an underground afterhours event, Elon has a key asset in shaping New York’s vibrant underground music scene. And with this new EP, Stab the Slab, he effortlessly showcases the sophistication in the style and sound which has earned him this central positioning in both NYC and beyond. Since his first release in 2006 on Made to Play, Elon has produced several successful EPs and remixes on labels such as Get Physical, Clink, Dumb-Unit and Metroline. His releases, like Bummalo with Maceo Plex, Noose and Fuck Cuba EPs have received global support which led to the launch of his own imprint, ReSolute Label in 2011. On ‘Stab the Slab’, Elon has laid down layers of pitch-bending cow bells, wandering arpeggios – building to crescendo – bright chimes and energetic percussion, undercut with grooving basslines that venture to the deeper, dark side of his sound. The slabs are there to be stabbed.
More important than the parties, the plane rides, the magazine covers or the money, every great DJ is first and foremost, a collector. A discoverer of music. A traveller weaving through a sea of new sounds and honing down the multitude of records to those that matter most. It’s this drive for sonic exploration that’s responsible for Souvenir, the Berlin label spearheaded by Tiefschwarz and their french partner Arthur Vélasquez. In little over a year the label has...