Thursday, 12 January 2012
NRK Music celebrates 15 years in the business this year, and plans are afoot for a special triple CD package featuring some of the many hi lights from the last decade and a half. To be released in April, "Forever Underground (Artifacts 1997-2012)" will also include a bonus mix CD from label founder, DJ and producer, Nick Harris.
Bookings are currently being taken by Sweat Lodge Agency for the 15th anniversary tour and events, featuring Nick Harris and guests. A special set at Berlin's Panorama Bar is locked down for April, so all promoters who would like to express interest in the tour please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Strobelight Ltd, the parent company of NRK Music, welcomes a new label to the family. Leviathan Sounds is the new imprint from up and coming producer, Admiral, and specialises in some pretty out there tech house sounds and raw club cuts. Admiral opens the label account with his 'Scorpio Rising' EP, already picking up favourable comment from the likes of Laurent Garnier, Dinky, Kris Wadsworth and more.
'Scorpio Rising' EP will be released on Beatport on January 23rd, followed two weeks later on all other digital sites including Whatpeoopleplay, Juno, Traxsource and iTunes.
Berlin resident and British electronic producer, Ed Davenport, has been a mainstay on NRK over the last 12 months or so, plying his powerful and emotive sounds over a variety of EPs. Davenport has now completed his debut long player, 'Counterchange', and his first album will be released in March.
Crossing the lines between house and techno music, Berlin has obviously been a huge influence on Davenport's sound over the last year, as have the hybrid sounds of dubstep, ambient techno and other inspirational sounds. 'Counterchange' features many moods and textures but runs very coherently and plays out like a perfect snapshot of electronic dance music as we know it today. The album features reworkings of previous singles 'More Red Lights' and 'New Yorkshire', and shows us just why Davenport is fast evolving in his sound and stature.
'Counterchange' will be released in March, and will be preceded by another single, featuring a remix by Roman Lindau.
For a flavour of Ed's sounds, check out this DJ set from Berlin Arena a couple of months back.
Friday, 6 January 2012
Most known for being the head honcho of long serving bastion of the British house scene, NRK Music, Nick Harris launches a new label for 2012, and takes the first release slot for himself.
Stoned Immaculate is the label, and will focus on straight up house trax, slightly dubbed around the edges, and always aimed for the dancefloor. And Nick's first release for the new label nails the ethos pretty well, with three new tracks, all cut from simple cloth but with classic house elements doing what they do best.
'Under Control' slams hard like a slice of Kerri Chandler in a duel with Lil' Louis, 'Surfing With Kilgore' dubs it up Mood II Swing style and 'Feel Like Movin' skips just right with plenty of organ action.
'Dispatches' EP by Nick Harris is out on Stoned Immaculate as a digital release only, from 30th January 2012.