Amsterdam-via-Tokyo label Sound Of Vast have been celebrating five years of operations this year with a series of V/A EPs. Following EPs featuring the likes of Vid, The Mole, Shinichiro Yokota, San Proper, and more, the fourth edition of the series will drop on 28th October.
Featuring Tokyo’s Akiko Kiyama, Berlin’s Cinthie and label founder Red Pig Flower, the 12” EP will, like the other releases in the series, be a limited pressing of 250 copies.
Cinthie joins Freddy K's Key Vinyl roster with a new EP next month.
With releases and remixes already in abundance this year on labels like Skint, Aus Music and her own 803 Crystal Grooves, the Berlin-based DJ, producer and record store owner has delivered a typically fast-paced package with new EP ‘Kiss and fly’.
Landing on the 12th July via Key Vinyl, label of fellow Berlin-based DJ/producer Freddy K, Cinthie’s new EP is a fast-paced amalgamation of techno, house and electro.
Let’s put things into perspective — a lot can happen in 12 months. Try launching a new label, a vinyl store and building a new studio from scratch, all the while touring the world, committing to weekly studio sessions, and being a full-time mum. For some, that might seem an impossible list of things to juggle, but these are just some of the commitments that Cinthie Crystal has dedicated herself to lately. Unflinching ambition is something that she has in abundance, and it’s been 22 years of hard work that have led to where she’s at.
Cinthie greets DJ Mag with a big embrace. Although she was playing until the early hours of this morning, she’s full of positive energy, and arrives with some good news to share. Technique Records in Tokyo, one of the most widely respected stores in Japan, are now stocking her new record ‘Crystal Grooves 001’. It bodes well for the re-press of her solo EP that flew off the shelves, released on the fifth label she manages.
The pair have great chemistry in the booth, with mid-set hugs and high-fives that become pleasantly contagious across the dancefloor. When we witnessed them DJ at Amsterdam nightclub Claire, the room quickly filled, the crowd clearly drawn in by their groove-laden selections. There were plenty of moments, with the duo throwing down Chicago classics or cheeky twists such as 20 Fingers’ ghetto house anthem ‘Short Dick Man’. You could tell that it wasn’t the first time they’d played together.
The collective’s own club-ready records were clearly a driving force. Like with any sought-after label, it gained them plenty of attention from other producers, and in 2015 they launched their first sub-label solely to put out music sent to them from their “best mates”.
Before her biggest year to date winds down, Cinthie has a few more tricks up her sleeve.
The Berlin club stalwart, Beste Modus, we_r_house and 803 Crystalgrooves imprint founder and Elevate collective and record store boss has been branching into the production realm more in the past year. Following her superb ‘No Need To Worry’ EP on 803 Crystalgrooves, Cinthie will release ‘Trust’ via ever-reliable Aus Music.
SXM Festival hits the Caribbean island of Saint Martin from Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th March for its second edition.
A huge line-up sees the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Nina Kraviz, Âme, Roy Davis Jr., Richie Hawtin, The Martinez Brothers, Black Coffee, RPR Soundsystem, Doc Martin and many more all spin across the event.
But away from the headline billings and legends on show, the programme offers a carefully selected roster of artists making major waves on the underground.
Cinthie hits Brighton-based label Black Key Records this week (Monday 20th February) with her ‘House Rhythms’ EP. We’ve got the exclusive premiere of the title track below.
Cinthie had a huge year in 2016 as label boss of Berlin imprints Beste Modus and Beste Freund with Ed Herbst and stevn.aint.leavn, the Unison Wax label with Diego Krause, as well as her residency at Watergate.
On ‘House Rhythms’ the Berlin-based DJ/producer presents a rugged, bass-driven cut of deep house indebted to the classic Detroit sound.