Efdemin, to the uninitiated, is two things: a true DJ's DJ and an artist whose productions have exemplified a strain of the German ambient and deep house movements, championed by the long-running Dial label since the mid-2000s. The Berlin-based Hamburg native recently took a three-month break from his touring schedule for an artist residency in Kyoto, Japan, collaborating on a project with his girlfriend.
UK Garage has not only returned in a big way but has found open and welcoming arms in the house scene. Be it garage tracks that have been given the house remix treatment or house producers influenced by that infectious 2-step sound, or vice versa, the two are fusing together well and proving to be a winning combination. With the scenes respectively thriving, we take a look at some of the most exciting tracks to have been birthed from this formula.
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When we heard the new EP by Fort Romeau on Live At Robert Johnson at DJ Mag HQ, we had to track him or her or them down for an interview. We thought maybe this was a new bespectacled German producer named after a Slovenian castle, or perhaps a romantic pair of Italian lovers who live in a ruined fort and make pretty looped house without leaving their bed. However, it turns out that Fort Romeau is actually a London-based Brit called Mike Greene.
“Miami is much more than WMC, growing up here was amazing,” Jesse Perez tells DJ Mag when we ask him what it was like to grow up in Miami, and not just visit it once a year. “It's a melting pot of people from different countries, so I got a taste of a variety of cultures. Attending backyard house parties were very common on any given weekend, as well as going to the popular roller-skating rink called Hot Wheels,” Jesse continues. “Apart from the sunny beaches and Latin cuisine, those were the things that stood out the most.
Junior Sanchez has one steadfast mission in life – to produce uplifting house and bring that same spirit to his live DJ sets. And Junior never skips a beat in his calculated approach to the art of mixing and creating sounds that are pleasing on the ear and the aura.
Starting his dance music career as part of a small electro outfit in 2006, Louie Fresco made a tune that was picked up by Justice, but it wasn't until he personally signed to Jonny White's No.19 label in 2011 that he really started making waves.
After quickly growing tired with the electro scene, he dug a little deeper to find a pitch-black world of gothic house grooves that suited him far better.
Every Friday we stream the world's best DJs live from our office in East London.
This week, our Funktion One equipped 'Room of Boom' welcomes Mr C and his Superfreq crew!
Mr C will be joined by label-mate Affie Yusef for two hours of deep, tech house.
“There’s definitely a stigma attached to progressive house but someone like Sasha is one of the most influential DJs ever,” Nick states. “A lot of progressive house is good music and we’re not going to turn our noses up at something just because it’s not cool.”