My, wasn’t the month of January long and arduous, and it was only aggravated by the distinct lack of a mixtape from Greg. Think of this then, as a really slow audio apology from Greg in which he takes us from 115bpm to 117bpm over the course of an hour and ten minutes. Each track steeped in regret and remorse, enjoy.
With just a few short weeks to go before our party at Basing House, we’re very happy to be able to bring you an exclusive mix from our headliner Daniel Bortz, as well as a brief chat we had with him via email earlier this week. We hope you enjoy both as much as we have…
Hi Daniel, how are you?
I‘m fine, thank you!
What have you been up to today?
Slept for a very loooong time…had an extensive breakfast, ate cake and drank a lot of espresso with my girlfriend downtown.
What started your musical journey?
I’d have to blame it on the cooking pots I was thumping on for most of my childhood. After this I improved my skills on a real drum kit. Then came MTV, friends’ mixtapes and drum computers (in that order).
You’ve cited your influences as ranging from punk to nu-wave; pop to techno…do you think this range of influences comes across in the music you produce?
It’s music in general that inspires me, rather than being constrained by a specific genre. The feeling I get when I’m listening to music I love completely influences what I make.
A lot of your releases are sample-based but are usually fairly obscure…do you think there’s a difference between digging really deep for your samples are opposed to simply using the latest sample pack or in-trend vocals?
Everyone has to decide for themselves which way to go. There are several ways to work with samples, I’m not going to criticise any of them.
You’ve been DJing for close to 20 years now…how do you think your style or DJing has developed in that time?
Style changes or is on repeat. My sets change every time too. Sometimes I play the new stuff, sometimes only tunes released 10 or more years ago. Unfortunately I am not able to play vinyl in every club because turntables and stuff are in such bad shape mostly.
GetDownGood will be your first performance in London…why have you never made it over here until now?
Yeah…good question. I wonder why!? Not sure to be honest, but there will be some more gigs in UK in the next couple of months, like Chambre 69, Glasgow on 10th December.
Tell us about the nightlife in your native Augsburg, does it have a thriving Deep House scene?
There is no real deep house scene in Augsburg, but there are a lot of open minded people. I’ve had some amazing nights there in the past!
Tell us about your relationship with Suol…it seems like quite a tight-knit family…
Suol is definitely more than a label. There are family structures. It´s like working together with friends! I’m really glad to have found such a likeminded group of people
And Patstamusik? What output can we expect from that next year?
Pasta was there at the beginning and will be there till I die. It is a relaxed team. We do not really have a plan, it´s always spontaneous.
Why should people come to see you on the 2nd?
Because I always do my best to have a good night with the people. And my sets are much better than my interviews.
Daniel Bortz plays Basing House on December 2nd – tickets available from RA
Two amazing remixes forthcoming on the Parisian Silver network imprint. Robert James offers up a moody cut with Nu Disco snares, bumping bass and rolling deep synth chords. Jef K & Gwen Maze deliver a straight up underground house mix that would rock any basement or block party. Check out clips of both remixes here.
I did a mix to promote a track of mine that recently came out on Endemic Digital. Here it is. Happy weekend y’all! x
An expertly crafted hour of music from GetDownGood’s Greg Sawyer taking us through the heart wrenchingly deep house and melancholic techno in his box.
RVDS – Rainy Days
Lawrence – Old Joy
Ripperton – A Train to Nowhere
Dave DK – Will Be Gone
Delano Smith – This Heart
Vid Vai – Deep Diver (Huxley Remix)
Fabian Feynman – See the Light
Roland Nights – Yellow (Jay Tripwire Reinterpretation)
Christopher Rau – Always the Same
Soul Clap – I Want You
Double Hill – Wanna Get
SoulPhiction – Who to Call
1. Azari & III – Into the Night (Nicolas Jaar Remix)
2. Axel Boman – Cinquenta
3. Gerber, Guti, Crosson, Paulus – Time for a Change
4. Mark August – Peace of Conscience
5. Mark Henning – Me, You and I
6. Nina Kraviz – Tanya
7. Subb-An – My Slang
8. Benoit & Sergio – Walk & Talk
9. Ed Davenport – Breakin Free
10. Agaric & Shonky – Apollo
11. Youandewan – Jigsaw
Hot off the press comes a rework of Shaboom’s ‘Totally’ originally released in 1997. It featured a deeply emotional vocal performance by the UK soul and gospel singer Paul Johnson. Fast forward to 2010 and German Wunderkid Manuel Tur had been given the oppertunity to remix anything from Shaboom’s back catalogue. He immediately jumped at the chance to remix ‘Totally’ and has taken all the key elements from the multi track tapes, Larry Gold’s String work, the mind blowing percussion of Karl Van Den Bossche and of course the beautiful vocals of Paul Johnson, and blended them into a peak time dance record that can only be described as a masterpiece.
As I lean onto the deeper side the dub mix is what does it for me but I’ve posted the vocal too for your listening pleasure
Released November 2010
Totally (Manuel Tur’s Bonus Dub):
Totally (Manuel Tur’s Vox Mix):
I thought I’d share the most recent instalment of Damien Lazarus’ Lazpod. I’m a big fan, although I haven’t been bowled over by all of them. This one is guest mixed by Acid Pauli – honcho of Smaul Records. It is actually the first two hours of an epic 12 (don’t quote me) hour set at bar 25. A very interesting excerpt from the mix, can’t imagine what it’s like to plan for a 12 hour set, or how much planning there is. Clearly he’s in no rush though, an awesome start, enjoy…