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Bas Roos is a DJ and producer from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He started DJ’ing at the age of 16 after spending some time on making his own music. A year later he released his first EP and from that moment on he started to develop a unique and fresh sound which has seen releases on Phil Weeks’ Robsoul Label as well as Shir Khan’s Black Jukebox Disco House Series on Exploited. The 18th Edition of Black Jukebox sees the young producer deliver 4 new tracks which work magic on the dancefloor.
Kicking things off with “Downtown”, Roos turns out a rolling terrace friendly house effort, rich in disco’s funk flavour but kicking hard enough for the modern speaker stacks. “One Way” picks up the tempo for a driving house cut, rumbling with basement tickling bassline and lavish piano notes tinkering over the top and finally embellished by a sexy female vocal hook. “Take Life Easy” opens up the B-side as we keep that outdoor house vibe intact. Congas, phazed hats and concentric B-line identify this numbers as a feel good groover for daytime dancing and prancing. Finally “Ugly House” playfully introduces synthetic stabs and squawking vox to the palette, keeping those swinging house drums and infectious bassline rolling throughout. It’s another winner for Shir Khan’s mob and a great introduction to Bas Roos.
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Over the past five years, elusive Berlin production duo Kyodai have gained support from some of the most respected players in the game, from Laurent Garnier and Masters At Work to Jimpster and Gilles Peterson.
Known for their machine driven funk and techno influence they have an individual and timeless take on house music whether it’s soulful, melodic or jacking. They released music on Exploited, Freerange, Pokerflat, Local Talk, Suol – just to name a few.
Last year we were treated with the stand out track ‘Houston In The Blind’ – a collaboration with Daudi Matsiko and memorable Electronica and Bleakfolk.
This year they return to Exploited with the house banger ‘The Clone’ which sounds like a fusion of Detroit, Berlin & Mallorca. Ready to get cloned.
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Berliner-based electronica live act GHEIST put forth two attention-grabbing tracks in their third release for Exploited, enlisting the aid of fellow producer and singer-songwriter Bayker on vocals and providing a cinematic experience to the EP, in the shape of a Gautier-produced video.
Eponymous track Salvation kicks off proceedings, showcasing a deep tech exploration with late night dancefloor appeal. The original exposes a gradually unfolding piece, boasting a clean cut rhythm section and a methodical, straightforward structure centered around minor chords.
Last Night In Paris reveals a dark brooding arrangement, as reflective vocals add a layer of mystery to the foundation of pensive pads and warped synths. What ensues is a contemplative atmosphere, that is mesmerizing as it is dance-inducing.
GHEIST kickstarted their young career last year and since then have grabbed attention from DJs and Media all over the place which led into a busy touring schedule including upcoming gigs at Razzmatazz Barcelona, Watergate Berlin, Sonne Mond Sterne Festival and many more club and festival appearances.
Very strong beginning for one of our new key acts on the label Exploited.
Is it possible that we just discovered our coolest find yet on this drag of a Monday? It might be, as James Curd has just about everything cool to offer us on a personal level: composer, skateboarder, synth collector, and a self-proclaimed burger connoisseur. And believe it or not, that’s without the cool factor he creates in his music.
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First feedback in from Josh Wink, Massimiliano Pagliara, Solomun, Dave Aju, Tensnake, Pedro Winter, Mark Farina and and many more.
Composer, skateboarder, synth collector, basketball, burger connoisseur & ex-Chicagoan:
That’s the definition of James Curd.
With releases on labels like DFA, Repopulate Mars, Trax, Permanent Vacation, Greenskeepers & Exploited among others – James keeps his output high.
He has been collaborating with Filip from Daytime Discoact Poolside from LA as well as Chicago Legend DJ Deeon while scoring and supervising movie soundtracks. His music has been remixed by The Black Madonna, Lee Foss and Felix Da Housecat in the past.
James Curd’s new record comes with a remix from Red Rack’em whose tune ‘Wonky Bassline Disco Banger’ was Juno’s biggest selling house record and was played out by a long list of leading DJs as it has been decimating dancefloors all over the world since its release last year.
If you like your grooves funk-fuelled and analog, then look no further than James Curd’s rather glorious triple track EP.
James Curd about his new record:
“One night while I was working in my new studio I got a little home sick because a fest that takes place down the street from my building was going on back home in Chicago. Derrick was playing and I grabbed some of the audio from the end of his set of him talking to the crowd and dropped it into ‘I Get Up”. “Disco Fool” was one of the only songs I made in a studio I built with an SSL desk before realizing a studio under a club was a terrible idea.”