Techno producer Aaryon has had a good year. Following a string of strong releases on Steyoyoke, he’s back with a new single, accompanied with a remix to match on Parquet Recordings. The likes of John Talabot, Pional, Henry Saiz had all surprised with their dark tunes not quite fitting with their roots in sandy Mediterranean beaches, and Aaryon belongs to that group. Teaming up with fellow Spaniard and label mate Animal Picnic once again, they offer Calathea, a melodic techno track that will prep you perfectly for the weekend.
EXCLUSIVE MIXTAPE #010 – HENRI
The 10th installment of our mixtape series comes from LA based Henri, whose infectious pop-nu disco vibes got us hooked. Henri (aka Henrietta Tiefenthaler) was born and raised in London and now lives in California. Making her mark on both sides of the Atlantic as a DJ/producer, she is a rapidly emerging name on the Los Angeles scene, spinning at some of the hottest parties and clubs in L.A., New York, Miami, London, Coachella, Cannes, SXSW, Buenos Aires and Vienna. We had a chat with Henri about her relocation to LA and some of the exciting forthcoming things she has in the pipeline.
Describe your sound in 5 words?
Cinematic, lush, melodic, deep, house.
Your musical sound is pretty eclectic, but what personally gets you fist-pumping on the dancefloor?
I’m really drawn to house with beautiful movie-score sounding progressive melodies; with epic, constantly developing builds and lots of tension. It needs to connect on an emotional level for me.
You were born and raised in London but now reside in LA, Sunny California, what spurred the relocation and how do you find the music scene in LA compared to London?
I used to work in book publishing and got sponsored to come out to LA. How could I possibly resist the weather? LA has the best music venues I’ve experienced. The Hollywood Bowl and the Greek Theater are both outdoor amphitheatres, surrounded by trees, and all my favourite acts have come through to play there. Massive Attack, Radiohead, Bjork, Grace Jones…. It’s a real experience because at the Bowl you can bring your own wine and picnic and make a whole thing out of it.
The dance music scene in LA isn’t as easy to navigate as it is in London. You have to make an extra effort to seek things out but it is there and in the last couple of years it has become a lot more prolific. There are some really great warehouses and nights popping up downtown. The more popular dance venues around Hollywood could do with being a bit more creative though. To me they lack the soul that venues in London and Europe have. But then again, there are some really uninspiring venues in London too.
Last year you released the super catchy ‘It’s Like This, It’s Like That’ with a kitsch video about a guy with a hula hoop obsession, what was the inspiration behind the quirky video?
I was inspired by fun, tongue-in-cheek concept videos like Fatboy Slim and OK GO. I was with a group of friends at a barbeque watching them try to hula hoop and it was so funny seeing how mal-coordinated some of them were, compared with the pro’s, that we decided it would be the perfect material for a video. The song is really upbeat and fun so it lends itself to that vibe and I’ve always wanted to cast my friend Morgan in a video as he has this ability to make a performance out of any situation on a daily basis. Then I met Cole Rise, a genius photographer who created most of the Instagram filters, and he showed me a video he had shot of his girlfriend for fun and I asked him if he would direct it.
Recently your mix of Flight Facilities ‘Two Bodies Ft. Emma Louise’ hit no2 on the hypemachine charts, congrats for that! We hear you have your own EP to follow it up with, give us a little lowdown on the release.
I just released my AA-side EP on Monday. There are 2 tracks. The title track is called Dark Star and features a string arrangement by my super talented friend Dan Heath. I LOVED his work on Lana Del Rey’s albums and I asked him if he would do an arrangement for me. The strings are really the highlight of the track. I had vocals on there but I took them out as found that the more stripped back I made the track the better it sounded. Only Love Will Take Me There is centred around a Bulgarian choir sample; British composer/producer Marius de Vries co-produced and wrote it with me. It’s dark and ethereal and for me conjures an image of being smacked out in a dingy club or alleyway in the early hours of the morning. Not me, obviously 😉 I added my spoken word lyrics over it but I also made a dub edit (which is included in the mix) without the lyrics which I almost prefer as it gives all the detailed production elements space to stand out. Heidi Höven did a chill remix of that track which is so good. It takes me back to Day Zero, Damian Lazarus’ festival in Playa Del Carmen, dancing away to Acid Pauli and Nu in the scorching heat at 10 a.m.
Here’s Heidi Hoven’s remix, but check out the rest of the EP HERE
You hold a number of pretty cool residencies over in LA and we hear you’re soon to take up another at the Faena Hotel Miami when it opens this December, tell us a bit about that.
The Faena is my favourite hotel in Buenos Aires and they’re about to open their second one in Miami in time for Art Basel next week. They have some of the best names in the business attached. Baz Luhrmann and his wife Catherine have designed the interior which I suspect will look like a scene from the Great Gatsby, the architect Norman Foster designed the private residences; they’ve built an amphitheatre and will be opening an arts district next year which Alan Faena’s wife, Ximena, is spearheading. Speaking of powerful women, she can trump them all. She’s such a huge inspiration to me. She flew me down to Buenos Aires to DJ their roller disco installation earlier in the year and they’re bringing that to Miami Beach for Art Basel next week. I’ll be DJing there every day so you’ll know where to find me.
What can we expect from Henri in 2016?
I have a few singles coming out in early 2016, including a cover of one of my favourite 90s house tunes. I’ll be touring a lot, playing WMC, and the rest we’ll see….
As you know, here at Lipstick Disco we like to give the musical ladies a shout out, so tell us who’s your favourite fellow female DJ?
I have a really tight crew of female DJs in LA. Heidi Lawden, who did that remix for me, Whitney Fierce, Cathleen Cher, Izzy Lawrence, DJ Lola Langusta, and Mia Moretti (although she’s based in New York). All really talented names to watch out for. I love Nina Kraviz, especially her Ghetto Kraviz music video… Skin and Nicole Moudaber, although I tend to play more deep and melodic house over straight up techno. I think I can most relate to Maya Jane Coles in terms of music choices.
And one final question we always ask, what’s your drink of choice?
A shot of añejo tequila, a spicy margarita or a really good oaky red wine. I love dry white wine too. In fact, I just love drinking in general. Haha.
And here’s the mix in full cinematic glory.
We’re pretty positive Henri is one to watch in 2016, so make sure you keep check on her socials and when you see her, make sure her’s a is shot of Tequila!
Some tunes say it all in just a few words. One example is a new release Wishin’ by Argentinian born Brooklyn based artist Valerie Valentine. An up and coming electronic powerhouse, Valentine is a DJ/Producer and Vocalist who’s talent is evident through this simple yet catchy deep disco groove with throwback funk elements. At the end of another year, it doesn’t hurt to show some gratitude for the ones that stayed around through ups and downs but also remember valuable lessons from the ones that left you wishing they were still around.
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Ever been at the gym pumping a mix in your headphones like “damn this is so good why am I not just turning ish up at a club right now?” But instead it’s a civil Tuesday evening and you’re a slave to your treadmill, not to mention the nearest party buddy being muscle-man in the corner flexing with one hand and snapchatting with the other. Well have no fear, with Washington D.C. based artists Julius Jetson x P.key’s new track “Richard,” you now have every excuse to be squatting at the club or grinding in the gym. Inspired by America’s favorite fitness instructor Richard Simmons, this pumping dance-floor burner is just as energetic and eccentric as the man Simmons himself. So in all seriousness, prep yourself to drop all inhibitions and get silly on the dancefloor for this one.
Following a string of successful releases including his “Mom, I Graduated” EP a few months ago, Dirtybird’s youngest collaborator Justin Jay has announced the release of his single “Karma” out on Tuesday November 24th via UK label Black and Butter Records. Justin offers the dark and gritty sound we know him for but infuses tribal percussion with Josh Taylor’s soothing vocals. “Karma” was released under his new cross-genre project, Justin Jay & Friends, and premiered on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1. We’re looking forward to hearing more from this project in the new year.
Groove master Pat Lok nails it again with a mighty fine remix of “Dive In” by MakeLove. In addition to his signature vibey synths and percussive elements, he incorporates a lively saxophone melody that really takes the remix to another level. Between the funky bassline and scattered synth arpeggios, there’s always a level of sophistication in his productions that we can alwasy count on.
11|14 Seattle, WA @ ReBar
11|27 Calgary, AB @ Murmur
11|28 Kelowna, BC @ Marquee
12|03 Los Angeles, CA @ Sound
12|04 Costa Mesa, CA @ Wayfarer
12|10 Austin, TX @ Kingdom
12|11 Boston, MA @ Wonder Bar
12|12 Montreal, QC @ New Speak
12|15 Miami, FL @ Bardot
12|17 San Francisco, CA @ Audio
12|18 Denver, CO @ Church
12|31 Toronto, ON @ The Black Eagle
Calgary-born singer/songwriter Kiesza is a force to be reckoned with. Her hit single “Hideaway” went platinum in Canada and in the UK and she’s collaborated with many well known producers including Skrillex, Diplo, and Gorgon City to name a few. She partnered with the Smirnoff Sound Collective to launch the #WhatWeBring movement with her latest single “Give It To the Moment” featuring Djemba Djemba for a remix package from artists around the world. The collective spans five continents and includes Toy Selectah from Mexico, Nozinja of South Africa, Laura Jones of the UK, Kosmo Kat of Japan and Cassian of Australia. The goal was to choose artists that would incorporate the influence of their local environment and culture to create something original.
One of our longtime favorite artists, Cassian brings his A-game and gives the track a superb house treatment. His selection of warming synths and crisp percussion takes this track to another level (imho), decide for yourself and be sure to grab yourself a free download via the link below.
Indulge in sensual disco with this smooth and sultry remix of Air Zaire’s Love 94 by Mighty Mouse. With a light but groovy beat, Mighty Mouse x Air Zaire provide the perfect balance of calming melodies with uplifting chord progressions that inspire positivity. If you are in New York City this Saturday night, be sure to also catch Air Zaire perform with Bixel Boys and Cassian at Good Room night club. He’ll be on the decks at 1am in the “bad” room 😉
If there is one thing I’ve admired about Australian producer Sondrio, it is his skillful ability to produce tasteful yet simple tunes that are easy-listening with an eclectic edge. I simply couldn’t get enough of his previous remix All Of You by Roy Woods, and his new remix of Baio’s Brainwash Yyrr Face is just another excuse to put Sondrio on repeat yet again. A rare tune for all occasions – highly recommend you save this one to your go-to playlist.
Berlin Boombox is a rather snazzy speaker for your mobile phone, inspired by the old school ghettoblasters of the 1980s. It’s made from Cardboard and ﬂat packed as a DIY kit and includes German engineered audio technology which delivers powerful sound to your smartphone … It’s the ultimate cool audio accessory. As if that wasn’t cool enough, the guys over at Berlin Boombox also have a mixtape series (with some rather snazzy artwork we must say) and we’ve joined forces with them to deliver a mini-series of mixes from the Lipstick Disco team across the globe. Our girl Akki down in Brooklyn, NYC takes the lead with the first in the three-part mix series. AKKI delivers a smooth hour of her signature deep house disco sound, and includes tracks and remixes from shmallen, Waze and Odyssey, Gorgon City, patlok, The Golden Pony, anna-lunoe, Tiga + more urge you to press play here.
Check out the Berlin Boombox website to have a look at the speakers www.berlinboombox.com Christmas is coming soon, maybe one will find it’s way into your stocking if you ask Santa nicely!!!
Trust Matoma to surprise us in the middle of winter with a heart-warming album. With the perfect mix of emotional lyrics and steadily groovy beats, Hakuna Matoma is a refreshing vibe that steers clear of the traditionally overused tropical house elements while still maintaining a relaxing paradise island feel. Find Love was instantly one of our favorites from this compilation, for its genuinely touching vocals and compelling dance vibe, followed by the wind down sounds of Knives.
Muched buzzed about New York club king Brenmar made headlines with his Award EP earlier this year and now follows with five solid remixes in the Award Remixes collection. Among the remixes, Ex Crookers / current Main Course chief BOT gives a deep and funky house treatment to “Hula Hoop” feat Uniiqu3. You can purchase this this hotly-anticipated DJ weapon on Brenmar’s new Award Remixes EP on Fool’s Gold and for any producers out there who want to take a stab at remixing the track, check out the remix competition here: www.audiomack.com/remix/brenmar-hula-hoop.
Dance music has traditionally been a boy’s club, we all know that…It’s been much discussed and argued already. While some of the more fortunate ones, like Annie Mac, may disagree, here comes a case in point, in the form of a talented female producer who previously performed under the name ‘Raving George’ to underplay her gender in the male-dominated world of hardcore techno. So that amidst ‘negative stereotypes about female DJs’ she says, she was taken seriously. What a pity.
Then talent and hard work took over, she grew older and bolder, she got important festival spots and residencies, along with a radio show. During this time, she says other female producers like Nina Kraviz and Maya Jane Coles have made the case for credible underground women DJs and finally, the Brussels-based producer felt ready to be known for ‘who she really is.’
Thus, the Weltschmerz EP…
The first release to her own name marks Charlotte de Witte’s ambitions for being counted as a ‘serious techno’ producer. The lead track ‘Weltschmerz’ is a subtle banger to the point -dark, hard, trippy and most at home in Berghain without being too trying. It still retains a melody, a sense of emotional backdrop that you don’t normally get with other examples of the genre. It is followed by three other original titles, Damage Control, Lonesome and Relatives of None, which we will get to hear when Weltschmerz EP will be released on Turbo Recordings on December 11th.
With so many new music genres that it’s a challenge to keep up with at times, “Space House” is one of them but after hearing DE$iGNATED’s newest release “Cyrus The Great”, its brings clarity to the genre. The refreshing house number s reminiscent of tech and middle eastern influences from the range of vocal samples and pulsing 122BPM kick. A fitting track to keep the dance floors warmed as we fall into the colder months. “Cyrus The Great” lands on NYC’s Undr The Radr imprint out now on Beatport.
Vocalist Laura Welsh has made quite a name for herself from her work on Gorgon City’s single “Here For You” and now she’s back with a brand new track with Teenage Mutants. “Falling For you” is a down-tempo disco centric track with a latin house flare featuring Laura’s signature vocal hooks. This release demonstrates her versatility as a vocalist and we hope to see more work from her in the coming year. Coming out on Ultra Music, the “Falling For You” release date is TBA so be sure to stay tuned to their socials!
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