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20 . Andrea Oliva

Many of the worlds best DJ’s are the artists who fall in love with electronic music at an early age and the truly great ones are the ones who maintain that same level of teenage infatuation with the scene throughout their lives. So with that in mind we’re delighted to welcome Andrea Oliva to present this weeks guest podcast mix as his passion for the music is undeniable. Since teaching himself how to mix aged 13 after being inspired by the older kids at his youth club Andrea quickly established himself as one to watch and by the time he was 17 he had secured bookings at all of his native Switzerland’s top clubs; before becoming resident DJ at three of them – Terminus, Pravda, and Pacha Zurich.  From here on out it was onwards and upwards for Andreas, hosting parties across Switzerland and before long his reputation for putting on brilliant club nights had soon spread across the continent, all the way to Ibiza, where Andrea was invited to play regularly at Space for their club night In Bed With Space. Productions followed next, with Andrea  releasing tracks with some of the scenes coolest labels from Viva Music to Saved Records, Be As One and Cadenza Lab.  Now a fully fledged member of Luciano’s Cadenza crew we think this exclusive mix he delivered from the Ushusia opening party was one of the highlights of our time spent on the White Isle for the start of the summer and saw us nab his talents for ourselves a short while after!

19. Fedde Le Grand

Since attracting global attention with his immensely popular electro homage to the Motor City ‘Put Your Hands Up For Detroit’ back in 2006 Fedde Le Grand has been one of the biggest names in dance music with a string of follow up hits including ‘Let Me Think About It’, ‘Control Room’ and ‘Sparks’ alongside remixes for some of the pop worlds biggest names from Madonna to Coldplay. Perhaps most surprising is that despite his mainstream success, the Dutchman retains the ability to seamlessly switch between the big room house sounds that top the beatport and mainstream charts to a edgier, more underground sound for his DJ sets. Such artistic freedom to enjoy cross genre success is afforded to only an elite few and with that in mind we were excited to welcome Fedde to our podcast series to see just exactly what type of mix the Utrecht native would produce for us.  Switching between the show stopping sounds of his live festival performances at the likes of Coachella, Exit Festival, and Global Gathering whilst retaining a dedication to rising talent via his own Flamingo imprint we’re pleased to say that the mix smacks of a man with an unwavering passion for making the dancefloor move and continue to make him an intrinsic part of the ever-evolving electronic scene. Put your hands up for Fedde!

18. Last Magpie

As his name would suggest, Last Magpie picks up, gathers and masterfully combines musical gems from across the board to create and influence his finely tuned house and 2step hybrids. He aims to keep his style open and unspecific to any one genre under his Magpie moniker, drawing from elements of house, techno, dub and garage with a hint of old school jungle. Last Magpie has chalked up a number of well-received releases for Hypercolour and its little sister imprint, Losing Suki. Without fail, each release has pushed both his and the label’s sound forward with an adept skill of crafting something new each time so it was with great excitement that we present to you the avian named DJ’s exclusive podcast mix he delivered for us ahead of smashing it with his performance at our party with Spacestation at Peckham’s Bussey building. Awesome stuff.

17. Joyce Muniz

It seems like only yesterday we raided the vibrant scene of Vienna to bring you one of the Austrian capitals most exciting talents. A triple threat in that she can DJ, produce and deliver killer vocals, the Brazilian born Joyce Muniz has been a talent we’ve had on our radar for quite some time now and so we were delighted when she accepted our invitation to drop an exclusive mix for us to showcase her undoubted talent. A purveyor of a style which is hard to categorize as anything other than cool, Joyce’s work, untroubled by trying to conform to genre labels and stereo types fuses European club sounds with tropical rhythmic influences from Brazil, South America, Africa and the Caribbean; built on a solid foundation of percussion and heavy bass to created something as yet undefined. We’re not the only people to note this indefinable quality as Joyce has been picked up by some of the continents hottest labels as a quick glance at her discography shows. In 2006, Muniz teamed up with Stereotyp and created the first Funk Mundial 12” “Uepa/Jece Valadao” (Man Recordings) and Ku bo Ep 1 and 2. In 2007, she and Shanti Roots started producing under the name of Monte Laa Prod and released their first 12”. In 2008 she contributed her vocals to the Cusmos (Herwig Kusatz ad Karl Möestls) track “Garoto,” which was released on the Kruder & Dorfmeister label G-stone before Joyce then collaborated with Flore, Buscemi and Skero. Her first solo release “Party Over Here” debuted November 2010 on Shir Khan’s well known Exploited imprint and received massive DJ support throughout Europe, firmly establishing her as one to watch within the industry. Esteemed DJs and producers such as Cosmin TRG have since remixed her work and releases on internationally respected labels such as Gomma and Defected have helped to build her profile on the global stage. So with her career seemingly about to blow up we thought we’d introduce those of you still not familiar with Joyce to her unique brand of music full of latin flair. Turn it up and introduce some carnival spirit into your life!

16. The Mekanism

The Mekanism continues in the rich history of fine Parisian House Music. In a very short period of time the young French producer has created an international following after a selection of sought after remixes and a stunning debut EP on Needwant records.  The Mekanism’s modern house sound is now moving dance floors across the globe with a busy DJ schedule touching down in just about every continent. This is alongside a monthly residency at the Social Club in his home city of Paris where his DJ credentials are proved time after time. The year ahead will bring not only more remixes but original productions with releases on labels such as NTFO’s Sintope, Exploited and Mad Matt’s Local Talk.  With all this in mind we were pleased to welcome Paris to London and The Mekanism to our podcast. 

15. Andhim

We love the freshest sounds here at DT and that’s why we strive to bring them to you from around the world. From Techno to Trap we set out to bring you the hottest artists at the cutting edge of their scenes.  This is why we went out of our way to introduce you to Cologne natives and ‘Super House’ production duo andhim who have been making serious waves with their own unique take on the house genre. Founded as a collaborative project after a time of surreal events together involving discovering a shared love of Hip Hop and turntabilsm, scratching Jazz records across Europe and facing each other in a Bavarian sausage eating contest  final whilst covered in sausages wherein forming andhim seemed ‘the next logical step’. Confused? You will be but we’re sure you’ll love the phantasmagoria that accompanies the sound that has seem them take their native Germany by storm and release on labels such as Monaberry and Terminal M. Great stuff.

14. Ardalan

The wonderful world of the internet has given us fresh talents from around the globe and the electronic music scene has never been more geographically diverse. This weeks podcast comes from such an artist in Ardalan who’s early influences growing up in Iran ranged from the pop infused sounds of Daft Punk to the classic techno sounds of Detroit. After moving to America Ardalan’s influences grew substantially as he absorbed the sounds of the Dirtybird crew at one of their infamous BBQ parties in Miami became inspired to produce music of his own. After months spent tirelessly mastering his new production equipment Ardalan finally harnessed the deep tech infused house sound he was looking for and after submitting a demo to Justin Martin quickly saw his career take off as ‘Mr Spock’ became one of the biggest tracks of 2010. Since then he has continued the momentum with releases on  Chillin Music, Anabatic Records, Sound Pelligrino, Kabutomushi Records, Evolution Records, Demento Mori as well as dirtybird and then we invited him to bring his sound to us for this a mix. Techy and deep with summery vibes we think Ardalan nailed the sound of 2013. Enjoy.

13. Jochen Miller

Jochen Miller is a difficult man to pin down. What exactly does he make? Well nobody is exactly sure. Electro? Trance? Techno? There are elements of all those genres in a cross-pollination that defies you to categorize it.  A talented turntabilst (a sadly dying art) Jochen has traveled the globe wowing trance fans globally and shaking dance floors down to their foundations.  What he has delivered for us can only be described as slightly mental. We weren’t expecting it and are pretty sure you wont be either as it’s quite unlike anything we’ve ever heard before but were supportive of boundary pushing here at DT and so invite you into the madcap mind of the maverick Dutchman that is Jochen Miller.

12. DC Breaks

Back in November we decided to massively up the tempo from the previous weeks stunningly relaxed effort with a detour into the fast paced terrain of drum and bass and so naturally turned to DC Breaks to provide one of their trademark high energy sets. For those of you less than familiar with the D&B pioneers it all started when Andy C’s seminal imprint Ram Records signed several tracks to Frequency Recordings back in 2005. This steady stream of releases helped cement the act’s profile as both supreme DJs and future leaders of drum and bass and saw them storm the scene over the coming years, unleashing their anthemic basslines on dancefloors from London to LA, bringing big hype to the scene with remixes for major international artists and labels such as Universal, Sony, Island, Parlophone, EMI and Ministry of Sound. Far from studio hermits DC Breaks have spent years crafting their unique live performance in clubs and festivals around the world, DJing across 6 decks and two mixers, and as a result have forged a reputation as one of the most exciting acts in Drum & Bass for their willingness to break boundaries.

11. Adam Shelton

One of the new vanguard of the British electronic music over the last few years, Adam Shelton has been winning plaudits from dance floors across Europe with acclaimed performances at some of the worlds hottest nightspots from Berlin’s esteemed Panorama bar to London’s Fabric and iconic Ibiza club Space. We’ve always been deeply impressed with both his work as a DJ and a label boss at his own imprint One Records and so we were delighted to welcome such a champion of underground electronic music to deliver a podcast ahead; from acid to tech Adam seamlessly delivers it all. As someone with his ear firmly to the ground, his label One Records has long been known as a breeding ground for emerging creative talent, having showcased the sounds of Seelie, Jordan Peak and Death on the Balcony alongside more underground scene veterans such as John Dimas / Vamen & EDA / Alex Arnout / and remixers like Dan Ghenacia / the Martinez Brothers. Relive memories of the sun beating down on you and enjoy a journey through sultry and atmospheric sounds towards acid-drenched techno and back again. This was perfect accompaniment to that party you’d been planning…

10. Supernova

After its inception in 2002 by Emiliano “EMIJAY” Nencioni & Giacomo “G.O.D.I” Godi the pairings Supernova project wasted no time in generating hype and gaining momentum as the two DJ’s and producers started to attract national attention in their native country of Italy, their debut album a year later turning heads for its ability to bridge the gap between classic Balearic chillout and upbeat melodic techno. Following the release of their well received album the duo then began to embark on a series of innovative live shows as they sought to share their studio experience with fans before coming to global attention with their sophomore album in 2007 which was entitled ‘Downtown Underground’ and characterized by a love of that classic analogue sound and several international collaborations. Now heads of their on imprint known as Lapsus Music and considered one of the fundamental cogs in the Italian techno machine we thought the time was right to welcome the duo to deliver a podcast for us here at DT ahead of and they didn’t disappoint with a trademark set showcasing their unique blend of blend of tech, funk and acid house highlighting their past influences and careers as musicians to form their own exclusive sound.

9. Adana Twins

When people think of European house it is easy to let your mind drift to the beaches of Ibiza or glitzy clubs on the Champs-Élysées and whilst we love spending time on the White Isle and the French capital, for us when we think house, we think Hamburg. So for this weeks podcast we taken a trip to West Germany to deliver a mix from one of our favorite sets of artists in the Adana Twins.After witnessing one of their “adrenalizing” sets at their residency at uber-cool Hamburg club EGO and seeing them drop unforgettable performances throughout Germany and Europe with their deep and eclectic sets we knew we had to share the talents of the Exploited Records duo via our exclusive podcast. Known for their fresh, funky and fun brand of house music it’s not hard to see why the pairing have also been picked up by fellow Hamburg resident and new school house heavyweight Solomun with a such a bright future ahead of them. Brought together by the power of good Turkish food and the love for grooving electronic music we feel that Adana Twins sum up everything in this set that is great, not only about the producers behind it, but also about house music in general.

8. Klute

In the world of electronic music sometimes things can all get a bit serious. Anoraks bang on about the catalogue numbers of the 5 releases on minuscule techno labels long since lost as people over analyze the exact meaning of the smallest of details and the inspirations behind it. It is into this atmosphere that we turn to the lighter side of the scene to break up this seriousness and this weeks exclusive podcast comes from a man of whom his biography lists his achievements as being one of the greatest human beings to have walked the earth, being a member of the inter-galactic council of 9 for a number of years and being recently awarded the prestigious role of Minute taker for Brent council narcoleptic society. We’re of course talking about the electronic production and DJing maverick that is Klute. Head of his own esteemed label Commercial Suicide Klute has also released on many of the most prestigious labels in the world, such as Metalheadz, R:Soul, Hospital, 31 Records, Shogun Audio and Certificate 18 amongst others whilst collaborating with many studio greats too, such luminaries as Lamb, Mogwai, Bis, Natasha Atlas, Harold Budd, Concord Dawn and John Tejada to name but a few and with such a illustrious pedigree we expected a top notch podcast. Needless to say he didn’t disappoint.

7. Kolsch

In a year that has producer an absolute glut of quality albums and left us utterly spoilt for choice in regards to full studio efforts from some of our favorite producers one LP that took us completely by surprise was Speicher staple Kolsch was his amazing album ‘1977’ on Cologne based powerhouse Kompakt. The album introduced us to a plethora of sunshine laden tracks perfect for those warm nights and became our unofficial soundtrack to summer 2013. Thus it was with great excitement that we managed to secure Kolsch as one of electronic music’s hottest properties to deliver one of his trademarkedly eclectic sets for our exclusive podcast. From melodic key enthused efforts to epically themed cinematic numbers Kolsch seamlessly does it all, with the theme of his mix being that all of these different sounds find themselves amalgamated into one expertly crafted groove, for a set as ready for the dancefloor as it was poolside. So if you weren’t fortunate enough to be catching the man himself at this over the course of 2013 then give this podcast a listen to deliver some summery vibes this Christmas.

6. Leftwing & Kody

After a few weeks of noisy podcasts we  decided to slip back into  the house groove with Leftwing & Kody.  Their impact has been one of such a steep ascendancy that it’s hard to believe they’ve only been around since mid-2012. The duo’s debut EP peaked at number 11 on the Beatport chart and the as they say the rest is history. With an infectious sound that draws on swinging hi hats, low slung synths and masterly crafted basslines, and by joining the dots between the past and the present in their own unique way, Leftwing & Kody have since been back in the Beatport charts with releases on OFF Recordings and Exploited, and are now troubling the top end of our end of year podcast rankings for the excellent podcast they delivered for us earlier in the year.

5. Tanner Ross

One look at Tanner Ross’ soundcloud lets you know all you need to know about him to build a picture of what this weeks podcast will be like. His biography describes himself thus: Part time engineer, big wave surfer, deep sea diver, Street Fighter champion and member of the Wolf + Lamb family. T.Ross grew up in NJ and now lives on Mars. On the weekends Ross returns to Earth to perform magic tricks and then turns into a space pumpkin on Monday..  Well we don’t know about all that but what we do know is that is hard to serve up trademark eccentricity and he’s that delivered in spades with this eclectically ace mix of slow-mo hip hop, piano driven jazz and everybody’s favourite Bob Marley!

4. Tai

TAI needs little introduction with the London born, German-based house DJ and producer living life to the full through his alter ego as an electro DJ and producer of some of the hottest electronic and house beats on the scene. With releases on Dim Mak, Boysnoize Records, Southern Fried, Turbo and Mixmash to name but a few this guy means business for 2014. After hearing some of his productions earlier in the year we then spent the following days plotting how best to get one of the pairing on the DT podcast. Then we secured the services of TAI and proudly presented them to you as an early Christmas present with this exclusive mix. Get yourself acquainted with TAI’s dexterity behind the decks now via this carefully curated selection of sounds. Guaranteed to warm up those cold winter nights!

3. Dave DK

DJ & producer David Krasemann, better known as Dave DK has been making waves in the electronic music scene for a couple of years now. Since the early 90’s he was fascinated by the upcoming techno movement, which eventually led to his own active initiation.

Searching for new electronic sounds every day and having honed his skills as a producer in his chosen home of Berlin, Dave released his first record on Müller Records in 1998 and has never looked back since. In 1999 he became a resident DJ at iconic Berlin club Tresor and then later on at the legendary Panorama Bar. Beside his remix productions for Beroshima and Skiebäck he’s released records on raum…musik., Decore, Lifetime Music and Cadeaux to name but a few.

So with such a wealth of experience and illustrious back catalogue behind him we thought it was about time we welcomed Dave to deliver an exclusive mix for us here at Data Transmission. As Dave is an open minded person who resents musical limits, he didn’t want to be reduced to one style. His sound simply is the result of different styles that have influenced him throughout the years. “I have a passion for the wide range between house and techno as well as pop music and dancefloor stuff of the early 90’s”, says Dave. Whilst we were mightily impressed with Mr. Kraseman when we saw him expertly harness the mood of the main room early on in the Berghain we were equally interested to know the private tastes of a man for whom music is not just a past time but rather a way of life. Welcome to the world of Dave DK…

2. H.O.S.H

As the summer sadly began to draw to a close we thought we’d maintain our happy sunshine vibes and keep the party going a little while longer by bringing in one of the house scenes new school heavyweights H.O.S.H to deliver an exclusive podcast. One of the fundamental parts of Solomun’s brotherhood of electronic music, Diynamic H.O.SH, real name Holger Behn has long been considered one of the industry’s innovators both as a DJ and a producer. A DJ since he was a teenager Holger prized ability to spin records into one coherent, seamless journey has been winning him fans across the globe and it was via his love of mixing that he decided to start producing records of his own. The usual biographical tales of teenage years being spent having music lessons do not apply here: H.O.S.H. got into production simply because he wanted to know how the records he was playing week in, week out were put together. Once he mastered that, there was no looking back…. Says H.O.S.H. “When it comes to producing, making music for me is like cooking – the meal / track gets better the more love you put in. “ An integral part of the Diynamic imprint since 2006 alongside label and sometimes flat mates Solomun and Stimming H.O.S.H has undoubtedly helped steer house music into unchartered waters. With a subtle deftness to his productions and an engaging track selection that have lit up his residencies at some of the globes hottest nightspots such as Watergate in Berlin, Studio 80 in Amsterdam or Ego in Hamburg it appears that H.O.S.H is a name that’s here to stay. With his section of Diynamic’s innovative Forever Young project (4 Releases that will eventually bring together 8 tracks on a limited pressing of 500 10″ Vinyls. Each of the 8 tracks represents a character from a childhood dream and each release will be accompanied by a special video clearly connected with the theme FOREVER YOUNG and the chosen character) about to drop his passion for music seemingly boundless “I am a DJ/producer/promoter as music is the only constant thing in my life which didn´t bore me” we’re proud to present to you the sound of Hamburg for this weeks podcast. Now if we could just tempt him to cook for us too…

1. Kink

Wow. How time flies. Dancing without prejudice since 2008 we’ve delivered you some of best sets from a combination of the biggest names and most underground talent electronic music has to offer and to celebrate reaching podcast number 303 we had a very special treat for you indeed as Kink takes the helm.

As we’re sure your aware 303 is one of the most iconic numbers in electronic music due to its inextricable link with Roland’s revolutionary piece of kit with the same name and its contribution to the burgeoning acid house scene. So with that in mind we set about delivering an acid set that both paid homage to that classic squelching 303 laden sound of yesteryear whilst continuing to be innovative. Step forward Kink  and boy does the Bulgarian wizard deliver in spades on this epic vinyl journey through the genre all the way through to the cutting edge sounds he and his acid loving cohorts are putting out via their respective outlets.

Clearly a project dear to Kink’s heart we were tipping his modern take on Acid to be taking clubs by storm over the warmer months to continue his meteoric rise within the scene long after peoples obsession with the deep house sound had began to fade. Give his work for us a listen for the sound of acid circa 2013…

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