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Sven Tasnadi sets up for Moon Harbour 20th Anniversary Compilation

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Moon Harbour marks its historic 20th anniversary with a 10-track compilation of all new music. It features old friends like Marlow and Luna City Express, icons like Steve Bug and Butch and new signings like Black Circle, so it is a fine representation of the label’s famous sound.

Matthias Tanzmann founded Moon Harbour in 2000, and since then it has been at the forefront of the tech-house scene. Even in the face of the major shift from vinyl to digital, a distributor going bankrupt and the coronavirus pandemic, careful A&R and Matthias’s own productions have ensured the label has remained utterly relevant. The Leipzig label has released countless EPs, LPs and compilations and hosted label showcases all over the world. It has nurtured the careers of artists like Sable Sheep and Ekkohaus and has given a vital platform to new stars like Miane, Detlef and many more.

“Evolution is a natural process and important to artists as well as to labels,” explains Matthias. “Music is always redefined and subject to trends. New generations of musicians want to create their own identities through their sound. As a label, we listen to a lot of new music and try to stay open-minded within our own aesthetic range.”

Sven says “My first experience with MH is inevitably linked to Matthias and must have been so in 2001 when I saw a photo of him in Groove magazine, above his charts for the month. At that time the label sound was still very much rooted in Classical Deep House and not exactly what I was playing myself back then. However, I already noticed that something very professional was developing, as I should later see on the first posters for the Label Flight Mix series. There were already very well-known artists on them whose tracks were licensed. Sometime later I saw a set by DJ Karotte, where he played the MH12 from Tanzmann & Stefanik, which was currently in promotion, which sounded very different and was very similar to my style. I was very excited about the constant development the label made. Especially from the international perception, I didn’t know that from Leipzig until then. A short time later our shared passion for electronic music led to the fact that I got to know Daniel Stefanik and ultimately also Matthias, André and Dan Drastic through him. A connection that has now existed for 15 years.”

Next up on our premieres series is Sven Tasnadi’s loopy and hypnotic ‘Cuckoo.’ You can check it out here on Soundcloud & Youtube, and grab a copy for yourself on Beatport.

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