1. Kay Tranada – Lite Spots
I really like the combination of house and hip-hop. Kay Tranada is one of the best examples if thinking to combine genres. I can play this in my sets but also like listening to it a lot at home. It lights up my mood. Great producer.
2. Jai Paul – Btstu
I discovered it when I was living in Paris. I was out for a drink with my wife and a friend who came to visit. A DJ was playing some very good music, some electronica and some hip-hop, and then this tune came up. I listened almost till the end and said: “Wow! What an amazing track, I have no clue of what it is“. They agreed but had no clue either, so I had to find my way to the booth and speak to the DJ. His english was bad, my french even worse, I couldn’t hear anything – that‘s how people feel when I‘m answering while playing, I guess – but somehow, I found it the other day thanks to the notes I made on my phone.
3. Moodymann – Shades of Jae
Moodymann is just one of the best, I love the jazz influence. Not only at home, I could play almost everything by him at the club.
4. Hans Zimmer – Interstellar Soundtrack
Hans Zimmer is such a great composer; every movie’s soundtrack is on point. I really like to listen to his work and Interstellar was one of his best, in my opinion. It’s great to lie down on the couch and relax with his music. The movie is pretty awesome too by the way, watch it if you didn’t yet.
5. Bon Iver – Calgary
There is not much to say about Bon Iver. I love his voice, his songs are very enthusiastic. Dj Koze sampled this one in “Bonfire“ – amazing combination.
6. Caribou – Sun
The whole album “Swim“ is great; I love Caribou‘s music when driving. Odessa is another favourite of mine as well as “Can’t do Without You“.
7. Moderat – A New Error
I‘m a big fan of Moderat and love a lot their 2009 LP called like the band itself. Great energy in there and “A New Error“ is an epic intro track.
8. Manuel Göttsching – E2 E4
Probably the first minimal record. The album is divided into 9 tracks but it feels as one big evolving song, everything is great in there. Basically, it‘s just about two chords, pretty awesome. When I was working on my Mobilee’s “Back 2 Back“ compilation, I used this idea to make two 30 minutes tracks with parts from Mobilee’s classics, like a famous synth line or vocal.
Look it up if you don‘t know it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zun3SLJQBpE (Part1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9T36NUc7Os (Part 2)
9. DJ Koze – Baby (How much I LFO you)
That’s a super nice track if chilling at home; I am a huge Koze fan. His music inspires me to keep on doing what I do. My all-time favourites for the club are “Mrs. Bojangles“ and “I want to Sleep“ – perfection.
10. Sebastian Tellier – L‘amour et la Violence
The track grows at every second and the arpeggiator is creating a nice tension. It’s pretty intense piece of work.
Re.You – Lifting Me EP (connected Records)
German DJ Re.You is Marius Maier, who is in charge of his own Younion label and continues to innovative with his edgy house and tech productions. As well as on connected earlier in the year, he has released on Moon Harbour and Mobilee and transcends fashions and scenes with his music.
Opening up the account is ‘Lifting Me’, a dark and menacing house cut with elastic bass and lumpy drums bringing an off-kilter groove. An exquisite female vocal is filtered and looped to bring a painful sense of soul that really finishes the track in style.
The equally unusual yet compelling ‘Calisi’ is a mix of thunderous synths and gentle piano notes that build the suspense to the point of rapture before the drums carry you away on an intriguing groove.
Lastly, the excellent ‘Wooden’ is a perfectly loose, jumbled groove with cosmic synths panning about the track. It’s dynamic and restless and brings a unique sense of energy to the club.
Out Now: Re.You – Lifting Me EP (connected Records) Cat No: connected032