5 Artists You Need To Check Out This Month: August
At Data Transmission we’re firm believers that the essence of the beautiful is unity in variety and in that variety we always look to broaden our horizons with new music, DJs & parties!
Starting today, each month, we are asking our staff, writers & contributors to look ahead at the coming months events and look a little beyond the obvious headline acts to find some interesting, new and exciting DJs, that you must check out and get on your radar.
In a mystical land known as New York City, a majestic creature veered her head through the clouds to lay divinity onto those that listen. Otherworldly in style and sound, Öona Dahl identifies as the high priestess of ethereal, dreamlike electronica. The New York native / Berlin residing talent has landed a seat at the main table with extraordinary releases on Hallucienda, Igloo-Rec, Dugong, and The Soundgarden, and has been fully inducted into Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream family.
Her debut album ‘Holograma’ dropped on Hallucienda in June and has been making seismic waves across the electronic/downtempo charts. A cosmic journey of space oddity funk unraveling through moody, moving dreamscapes; ‘Holograma’ is a breath of fresh bliss from start to finish. The album succeeds Öona’s experimental ‘Wait. Lifted’ EP, released earlier this year. Living on the road this summer, the priestess is touring while working on new releases for All Day I Dream as well as her second studio album. Also in a works, a collaborative project with friend Amber Cox under the moniker “Slumber”. The two are set to release some sonic sorcery on Guy Gerber’s Rumors and Desert Hearts later this year. Slumber is also finishing final touches for a live surround sound performance including one for the new Envelop software based out of San Francisco.
Öona welcomed the full moon in Tulum playing a very special set under the open skies on August 6th. You can catch her at Oregon’s Solar Eclipse festival this weekend, Burning Man later this month, and the All Day I Dream summer closer in New York on September 17th.
Nestled upon the shores of south coast England hails an undercurrent of modern techno talent. It was the ears of Alan Fitzpatrick and Dustin Zahn that caught onto Bryan Chapman’s no-nonsense, hard-hitting techno in the late 2000s. Shortly after producing on their respected labels, 8 Sided Dice and Enemy Records, Chapman crossed paths with Cari Lekebusch’s, and the rest is history. Admired by “the Godfather of Swedish techno”, Bryan landed himself on Cari’s H-Production imprint which he is still a part of today. A music producer as well as an abstract artist, Chapman desired an autonomous platform to showcase his work freely, and self-made imprint Monotony was born. Put simply, the concept of Monotony is ‘Psychedelic Monotonous Techno’. Inspired by sacred geometry and Sanskrit, the ethos embodies Bryan’s abstract works (both audio and visual) in a non-specific, but relevant way. Raw, hypnotic, repetitive, linear, dark, loopy techno. He also has a podcast series called ‘Abstain Series’, the ethos being: “open yourself, surrender and Abstain from reality” with all artwork created by Bryan himself.
Underway are two new EPs bound by sanskrit nomenclature and a gripping hex of drums. On the 2nd of October, the story begins with ‘Jnana Found, Jagrat Begins EP’ and concludes with a percussive awakening in early 2018. To hold us over, Chapman will soon release ‘Perpetual Purification’, a twisted, textured BOMB complete with eerie, absorbing synths. If you were at Dekmantel last weekend, you may have caught Blawan drop this bomb live.
Bryan Chapman’s Fall 2017 tour dates will be announced soon.
These days people are often bending the lines between genres combining a range of music elements to create a sound all their own. If there is a duo out there doing it proper, it’s up and coming New York talent, US. Weaving elements of hip hop, “hip-house”, classic house, techno, and cheeky in-your-face bass makes for very dancefloor ready music. Whether it be tech house, techno, house, or all in-betweens, US are equipped with an explosive rolodex of remixes, edits and originals that leave listeners with no choice but to react and lose control on the dancefloor.
Tired of the same classic songs being edited and re-edited over and over again, US brings something fresh by editing their current favorite artists including Drake, Moderat, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and DJ Khaled to name a few. US hybrids have been destroying dancefloors across the globe with the support of Patrick Topping, Amine and Dance, Steve Lawler, The Vibe Killers, Loco Dice, and more. If your browsers not yet there, head to US_NYC Soundcloud and prepare to dance your buns off to killer tracks like ‘Crush it’ (feat SerGy), Drake ‘One Dance (US No Sex In The Champagne Room Edit)’, Moderat ‘Eating Hooks (US’s Lead Stomach Rework)’, plus so many more raw US releases out on CUFF, Killer Vibe, and Eat and Beat.
They rocked the Fifth Element stage at Elements Fest NYC this past weekend, they’ll have the Output Roof bumping on Tuesday August 15th, and you can catch US play poolside at the Profundo Pool Club on August 20th.
Lisbon bred Lino Rodrigues aka Alkalino, began DJing in the late 80’s. Skip forward almost 30 years, Alkalino has rocked residencies around the globe and produced an eclectic selection of reworks and original disco/nu-disco gems on vinyl and digital. Alkalino is at the top of the international Disco / Nu-Disco Edit craze with support from a wide range of DJ’s including Solomon, François K, Moodyman, Todd Terje, Arthur Baker, Adam Freeland, Adam Port, Derick Carter, Aeroplane, Audiojack, Bicep, Brother’s Vibe, Crazy P, DJ Sneak, Dimitri From Paris, Graeme Park, Mark Farina, and Nick Warren to name a few.
Reworks for tracks like The Clash ‘Guns of Brixton”, Karen Silver ‘Nobody Else’, and NYC Peech Boys ‘Stay With Me’ are just a few of the productions that put Alkalino on the map, gaining a massive following of disco-loving devotees. As of late, he’s been focusing on original works for recently launched self-made label Audaz. His vibrant, playful nu-disco allure has made vibrations everywhere from Lisbon, Porto and Ibiza, to Tel-Aviv, Japan, and beyond. Alkalino tours a new part of the globe each yearm most recently making his way through Australia and New Zealand this past June.
More great things to come out of New York — Brooklyn-based DJ & producer, Lauren Ritter. A beloved local talent, Lauren has been a purveying force in New York as resident artist for well-respected event series and label, ReSolute. For almost a decade we’ve heard Ritter play an eclectic array of sounds from dreamy deep house soundscapes to resonant, full-bodied techno. Talent that touches down into the nooks and crannies of experimental sound to deliver something truly individual. It’s that chameleon-like attitude that’s found ritter on the bill for major labels Anjunadeep, All Day I Dream, Bespoke, ReSolute, and more.
Most recently, Lauren was swooned by Lee Burridge to join the All Day I Dream family which houses her latest EP ‘Lark’. Lauren’s currently on the road with a busy summer tour schedule, yet still making time to work on new music. If you haven’t yet, go get familiar with this boss lady; chances are, she has something to feed all music palettes.
You can catch Lauren Ritter playing poolside at Brooklyn’s McCarren Hotel on August 19, Resolute’s Disdat Showcase in New York on September 16, and the All Day I Dream season closer in LA on September 24.