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Tennan to release ‘Sacred Essence’ via Moon Harbour

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Moon Harbour returns to the assured talents of Tennan for its next release. Three years after the UK-based artist’s last outing, ‘G-Funk,’ the studio obsessive serves up another firing new single with ‘Sacred Essence.’

Tennan was late to house and techno but has spent his whole life working in various different genres of music. This broad background instills his productions with a different perspective that always shines through on big releases for the likes of Snatch! and VIVa LIMITED. He knows exactly how to layer up the sounds to make the most indelible impact in the club.

The wonderfully warm ‘Sacred Essence’ proves that with its chunky but fluid drums. They’re detailed with a sprinkling of percussion and tribal toms as well as plenty of neat synth details which make the groove ever more infectious. Once the melodic bassline arrives with a spiritual vocal cry, the emotions overflow and the floor is sure to erupt.

We caught up with Tennan to chat about the release:

Hey, thanks for taking the time. What is your connection with Moon Harbour?

Moon Harbour has always been one of my favourite labels since their level of consistency and creative output has been phenomenal throughout the years. After submitting numerous demos back in 2017 I eventually signed my first EP and became part of the family. I have since signed 2 EPs and got featured on an ‘Inhouse’ compilation as well. ‘Sacred Essence’ will be my 4th appearance on the label which I am truly stoked about.

Is there a story behind your new release ’Sacred Essence’ on Moon Harbour?

Well, funny you should ask. I came up with the idea last August while I was out in Ibiza. I was hanging out in Es Vedra watching the sunset with a few mates when I heard a group of people gathering energy and chanting this particular celestial/ folk melody. As soon as I came back to Leeds I got someone to re-sing the melody and proceeded with building up the track, which took a few months to be completed.

How did you produce the track?

The track was mainly created with an Akai MPC 2000XL, arranged in Ableton Live 11 and then mixed on an Amek Tac Scorpion console. My life literally revolves around the studio and I’ve always been fixated with analog gear which I’ve broadly used for the creation of this EP. 

How do you make use of new technologies?

Although an analog equipment fanatic I’ve got to admit that modern technologies have come to a point that are useful enough and quite aurally satisfying as their analog counterparts. They make life so much easier, especially when it comes to producing in unorthodox locations while traveling. Carrying heavy analog equipment around can be seriously inconvenient to say the least. A few plug-ins I couldn’t live without would be the UAD analog emulation series for mix downs, Sylenth1 by Lennar Digital for bass lines/ synths sounds and the Decapitator and Echo effects by Soundtoys for sound processing.

What are your plans for the summer?

I’ll be spending most of the summer in the studio finalising future releases and working on new ideas. I’ve also co-launched a new Tech House driven event series titled ‘Problematic’ with fellow UK producer B3ATS, throwing parties in Manchester, London and Leeds. There’s gonna be features for special guest DJs, as well as plans for a record label inspired by the new ‘Problematic’ series. In the next 6 months plans of expansion to Ibiza are in store so I’ll be flying out next week to check out a few potential venues.

Do you have any additional activities you’re doing besides producing?

I love partying!

Anything else you would like to add?

Can’t wait for this madness to end really, reunite with all my mates and get the party started!

We premiere the ‘Sacred Essence’ on Data Transmission and you can download & stream: moonharbour.lnk.to/MHD142

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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