Johannes Albert is a producer as diverse as they come. Comfortable across all sub genres of dance music from deep house to italo disco, in Italy they call him Giovanni Alberto. He’s been praised by the likes BICEP, Gerd Janson, Lauer and the Keinemusik crew, and he’s only just getting started. His infectious, groovy, club ready ‘Trainse (No Curee Mix) was included on our latest album A Disco Fantasy.
The third release on the label comes from Vhyce, a Belgian based producer who’s funk laden, italo disco referenced production has been making waves in the underground scene. After his debut release on Future Disco in the summer of 2017, he’s teamed up once again with the finest purveyors of all things disco, house and boogie to deliver ‘The City EP’. Three original tracks, all with classic retro disco references and impeccable production. Vhyce is slowly becoming one of nu-disco’s leading name, and ‘The City EP’ further cements his claim.
1. Vhyce - Now You're Gone
2. Vhyce - The City
3. Can't Do Without
Get your copy now at: http://smarturl.it/vhycecity
Future Disco have been renowned for their iconic compilations since 2009, with an A&R reputation for compiling and releasing credible collections and the digital landscape giving labels more freedom than ever before, it seems like the perfect time to start unleashing singles on the label, keeping to the 21st Century Disco sound they have carefully crafted since day one.
The first release on the label comes from Belgian producer Vhyce, who makes funk laden house and delivers a remastered version of his banging dancefloor hit single “Just To Make Me” which includes brand new remixes from ONSRA (Exploited) and Till Von Sein (SUOL, Dirt Crew Recordings).
Read the full article: http://www.discobelle.net/2017/06/20/premiere-vhyce-just-to-make-me-video/
Out Friday. Pre order on Beatport: https://www.beatport.com/re…/just-to-make-me-remixes/2047494
Earlier this summer we released our Poolside Sounds Vol. 2 Compilation which featured alongside a host of sunshine jams, an exclusive track 'Mayfly' from the London based DJ & Producer Alex Warren aka 'Kiwi'. Since it's release this stripped back summer burner has been gaining support from the likes of Radio One's Rob Da Bank, Ivan Smagghe and Jeremy Glenn. Fast forward three months and our friends over at Needwant have re-released the track alongside two brilliant remixes, the first from Belgian producer Compuphonic and the other from the man of the moment Urulu. So after all this hype we thought it was about time we caught up with Alex to see how summers been and to see what tricks he's got up his sleeve next...
Hey Alex, how’s it going? What are you up to right now?
Im recovering from the weekend, and digitising a load of new vinyl.
Is there a good story behind the name Kiwi? Are you from New Zealand?
It’s a terrible story. I needed a nice name, I wanted something that looks good on paper, had some rotten Kiwi’s in the office at the time so I just went with it…
Do you always get asked that question?
Yeh all the time, im gonna start making up some more interesting answers…
You’ve been DJing on the London circuit and running your own night 'Orlando Boom' for a few years now, what made you want to try your hand at production? Where did it all start?
From a love of djing really. I realised that I wanted to make a career out of djing, in this day and age the easiest way to do that is to produce your own records. Online profile is everything in this business, and the most logical way for me to increase my profile was to make music. I also found that there were gaps in my sets that I wanted to fill. DJ tools and edits that didn’t exist that I wanted to make, so that was my starting point.
So you’ve had a pretty awesome summer so far with EP’s out on Days Of Being Wild, Needwant and Jack (Friendly Fires), Edwin (Foals) and Adam’s (Legend) Deep Shit label… All these releases, although are all within the realm of four to the floor electronic music, seem so varied within their sound. Was it your intention to show diversity on each of these records?
Nope not my intension at all, just kind of happened that way. My taste is really diverse, I like a huge range of music, my dj sets are also really diverse, I play to the crowd and I love warming up a room. So all of the records were made with a particular scenario/dancelfoor in mind. The Guanako Haka for example was made for the second hour of one of my 4 hour sets in The Nest. Mayfly was made for my gigs on the beach or a boat.
Do you think your DJ sets reflect the music you produce?
I would flip it and say the music I produce reflects some of my DJ sets. My DJ sets can go weird or fast or to another planet and back and so far the music I have put out isn’t that techno or weird.
Who would you cite as being a big influence on your sound?
Anymore releases on the horizon?
Yes, got a bunch of high profile remixes that I am not yet allowed to talk about. Plus I have just signed a 3 track collaborative EP to a new London label called Sneeky which will be out in December. It’s collaboration with my good friend and studio partner Ashworth, its a bit more serious than the other stuff I have done. Im also working on a bunch of new material for next year.
We featured your track Mayfly on the lastest Poolside Sounds Compilation, tell us the story behind this track, is Amy Skipping’s someone you’ve known for some time and wanted to work with?
Well I wanted to make a summer record. Something slow and sexy for the daytime. I made the tune and immediately knew it needed a vocal. I met Amy through a friend, she ended up serenading me with an Amy Winehouse cover in the green room at Orlando Boom. Eventually I managed to get her in the studio, we wrote and recorded it and some other stuff in just two afternoons. She’s super talented!
You’ve had a pretty packed summer of touring, what’s left on the agenda?
Is there any summer left? Im off to Ibiza this weekend We Love at Space on Sunday and Ibiza Rocks boat party and afters next Wednesday. Then I have Social Club Paris and Renate Berlin at the end of the month + my monthly 4 hour residency at The Nest in London. So loads of fun parties!
You’re going to be giving us a guest mix on the Future Disco Radio Show this week, what can we expect over the 30 minutes…
Im not sure I haven’t recorded it yet, maybe some funk, some disco, an exclusive, something weirdd and a curveball.
Thanks for chatting with us Alex; we look forward to hearing your Guestmix on Thursday!
THANKS FOR HAVING ME!
Tune into The Future Disco Radio Show (with AIAIAI) this Thursday to hear Kiwi's Guestmix plus a whole host of the latest Future Disco sounds...
Ben Pearce rose to fame last year with his smash hit 'What I Might Do' on MTA/Under The Shade, a song consider by many as one of the tracks of last summer. With the added pressure of the popularity of his first release, Ben has proven he is no one trick pony with follow up success on Jaymo & Andy George's Moda Black Label, a recent split EP with friend Real Connoisseur on Under The Shade plus a host of well received remixes all placing Ben in the forefront of modern electronic music. Ben took the time out of his hectic touring schedule to have a chat with us ahead of his appearance on the Sunset Terrace at Space to talk about life on the road, his label Purp & Soul and his upcoming production work...
Hey Ben! Thanks for taking the time out to talk to us today. How are you doing and where are you chatting with us from?
I'm very good thank you, chatting you from a garden pre-bbq, enjoying the weather
So it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster year for yourself, did you ever expect to be where you are now before your first Under The Shade release came out?
Not at all, it's still quite hard to believe, such an amazing opportunity and I'm loving every second of it.
How have you been finding life on the road? Your touring schedule reads as long as many of the older seasoned pro’s, has it taken some getting used playing out so much? Do you feel like you’ve learnt a lot more about DJing?
I DJ'd for a long while before in clubs, so I learnt to adapt, warm up and play to different crowds. That's not been a challenge but what a lot of people don't see is the travelling, late nights early flights lifestyle. It's been tough getting used to, I'm getting a little more into the swing of it now and looking forward to heading across continents
What would you say have been some your highlights of the past twelve months?
Reaching number 1 definitely, getting a platinum disc from Italy. Playing to 4000 people in Italy and the reaction there but the best moments have been in the UK for sure, Sub Club, Audio Brighton, De:Bug in Sheffield and Parklife have all been incredible. Gives me goosebumps thinking back.
You spent your childhood listening to Pop Punk and Metal, do you feel like this still has an influence on the sounds your creating now?
I guess it is but it's hard to say for sure, I can definitely say I'm a big fan of percussion, I've been listening to a lot of African music recently and that's influenced me so much for the rhythms they create and the stories behind each song. I do love a good bongo!
So you’ve got a new release on Under The Shade with fast rising star Real Connnoisseur out now, how did the idea of doing a split EP come about? Its pretty cool concept that you both made one original track and then remixed each of the others work respectively…
Well Conor is on my label, so when David wanted to sign Nobody's Fool I mentioned the idea, it is a cool concept and one I'd like to do again with some other artists. It's a very interesting way of fusing styles together into one release. He is an unbelievable talent and no doubt will be big this year
Would you ever consider doing a collaboration project with another producer, or are you more comfortable creating music on your own?
I'm all up for collabs, I've got a few coming up and just polishing the first set of tracks I've done with Black Orange Juice. It's so interesting to work with other people, if it doesn't work at least you had a go but yeah, stick me in a studio with anyone and I'll go for it. I'd like to tell you who i'm going to be working with but that would ruin the surprise wouldn't it ;)
Tell us a little about Purp & Soul, from what I gather you run the label, but you also have an agency is that right?
Yeah so it's a bit of a mish-mash, more of a close-knit family. We're building it up together, we've got 8 artists signed that are all immensely talented and it's growing every day. We've just secured some events for this year and I'm very very excited about it all. We're looking to explore different genres but keep at least one of our own artists on each release, whether it be a remix or the original.
Are all the Purp & Soul family old friends? How did you all meet?
Myself, Mark and Joel met through the Manchester club scene, we DJ'd with eachother a few times and I knew they made music. The rest we came across online, we'd either heard of them before or just discovered. It's a very personal fit, there's no ego's, and we all get along. That's what makes it so special, we can always come together, have a laugh and DJ back2back without any hiccups. It may not be a well oiled machine agency or label, but it's home.
So what’s next for you and the label?
Myself I've got a few remixes I just finished and then some original stuff, working with Black Orange Juice and some other producers. A lot of touring this year meant that I didn't get so much time to write new music, so I'm really trying hard to catch up now. Label wise we have the next 3 releases lined up, some very exciting stuff coming out both on the main label and our new vinyl-only sub label, the first release on that is from 2ndSun with remixes from me and Harry Wolfman.
Outside of Purp & Soul, are their any other producers that you are really feeling at the moment, any big tips for next year?
I'm a huge fan of My Nu Leng, Artifact, Happa, Cropper, Jacques Greene, Guy Andrews, Blacksmif, about big tips, it's hard to say, everyone has their own levels of what's big or not, there's too much good music out there, get digging!
Thanks for having a chat with us Ben, we are really looking forward to having you down on The Sunset Terrace at Space in August. We’ve been asking all of our guests to pick their five favourite sunset tracks for us so fire away and we will see you soon!
1. Larry Heard - Missing You 2. Jamie XX - Far Nearer 3. Round One - I'm Your Brother 4. James Teej - Get Off The Phone 5. Cunninlynguists - Stars Shine Brightest
You can catch Ben Pearce playing for Future Disco at Space Ibiza on the 27th of August. More information here.