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Frank Maurel & Mario Franca joins the Spotlight Mix


Frank Maurel is one of Portugal’s finest electronic exports.

His first forays into production were released on Kaos Records back in 2001, and over the course of a 30+ year career Frank has released on some of the most respected labels in the game, including Ovum, Transmit Recordings, Under No Illusion and Natura Viva, Djing at clubs like Womb in Tokyo, Pacha and El Cielo New York, Rex Paris and Space Miami. Along the way.

Following their recent collaboration on Natura Viva earlier this year, Frank has once again teamed up with his countryman Mario Franca on a stunning EP for Steve Bug’s Sublease Music.

Mario Franca is an industry veteran, starting his career back in the mid-90s playing at clubs like Rocks, Europa Sunsire, Gare, Pedra do Couto. Early releases landed on KingStreet Sounds, Great Stuff Recordings, Brise Records and many more, with his collab Sequencer alongside Lauhaus topping Beatport’s Deep House chart back in 2019.

Their EP for Sublease is Brainstorm: two tracks of tough, groove-driven, hypnotic house music that demonstrate why both these producers are held in such high regard the word over.

Vision is a deep, compelling house cut, with whirling, shimmering synths and echoing vocals creating a dream-like atmosphere while the powerful drums propel the groove forward. Drive Beat is darker in tone, with metallic whirls and clanks creating a more twisted vibe, a sinewy synth-line coming to the fore in the break and building to a head-spinning climax.

They join the Spotlight mix today, check it out here and download it here.


Raul Figueroa – Algoritmo (Original Mix) – mINT
SY – Release (VDK004)
Yaya, Nacho Bolognani – B2 Tastic (Steve O Sullivan Dub Remix VINYL ONLY) – Audionik limited
Frank_Maurel,_Mario_Franca_-_Get_over_(Original_mix) Natura Viva 767
James Wyler – All Mine (Original Mix) – DPE
Frank Maurel & Mario Franca – Vision – Sublease Music
FLETCH (GB) – Walk & Talk (AJ Christou Extended Mix) – Kaluki Musik
Kassian – Aerial – Shall Not Fade
Frank Maurel & Mario Franca – Drive Beat – Sublease Music
Speaking Minds & Amarcord – Poliritmo – COD3 QR
Frank Maurel, Mario Franca – Call Deep (Original Mix) Under No Illusion
Ninho – City Boy (Unreleased)

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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