Mukuka recently joined forces with Gallo Record Company to release his latest track ‘Colder’ and now brings the Cuebur and Sebastien Dutch remixes to the South African dance floors.
“Both Cuebur & Sebastien Dutch have remixed several of my songs over the years and I have a lot of respect for both producers. Cuebur always manages to deliver an organic sounding, warm, Afro-house rendition of my tracks whilst Sebastien Dutch brings out the darker side of every track and offers a solid Afro-tech twist that works perfectly on the dance floor,” and the remixes will have many feet moving across the dance floors this summer.
Exploring what creating ‘Colder’ entailed, Mukuka explains, saying “Colder is one of those songs that in a way wrote itself. It’s so personal and straight forward that all I really had to do was allow the words and music to flow out of me uninterruptedly. Something really unique about this song is that I both wrote and sang it, which is something I rarely do. Initially, during the writing process, my vocal takes were only meant to serve as guiding vocals for whoever was eventually going to sing the song. Over time however, my vocals stuck because I later realized just how much the song needed vocals that were rustic, emotive and full of expression.”
El Mukuka is an unusual story. Born in Lusaka, Zambia to a Greek mother and Zambian father, his appreciation and love for his two diverse cultures not only enriched his identity but also inspired him deeply. The rising African star is regarded as Zambia’s top DJ/Producer and is best known for fusing African music with European deep/melodic house. The young DJ has performed at some of the biggest festivals in sub-Saharan Africa alongside A-List African acts such as Black Coffee, Mi Casa, Goldfish and DJ Maphorisa. Mukuka’s 2016 release “Bottle of Loneliness” earned him a place in the international house scene with various iTunes, Spotify and terrestrial radio chart rankings in Spain, Argentina, Estonia, Russia and Zambia as well as millions of streams worldwide. The song later caught the attention of the European smash hit DJ duo Filatov & Karas who remixed it in 2017 driving the song’s success even further. Since then El Mukuka has had releases on some of the biggest labels in the dance music scene and has signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Budweiser Zambia. http://africori.to/colderremixes
Panorama Bar DJ Cormac doesn’t often unleash his studio creations. But when he does, we all pay attention…
Almost three years after his cult track ‘Hypnotise’ brought the devil out in us, comes the beguiling and unique new single ‘Perfect Time’ on Correspondant. Downbeat, dark and sexy,
“Rich spaciousness is the aftermath that we feel after dancing all with friends. When everyone and everything is strangely synced, when we are untouchable.”
Reminiscent of a Wild Bunch record but produced by Two Lone Swordsmen somewhere in the 22nd century, the stark sleazy beats give heaps of space for Cormac’s provocative vocals. Eagles & Butterflies meanwhile give ‘A Perfect Time’ the consummate dancefloor treatment. The main mix packs a wry but euphoric Italo punch that shimmers and wriggles around the vocal. The rave mix, meanwhile, kicks with more electroid angularities, eventually melting into brazen trippiness.
Something for every different time of the night. Perfect.
Third instalment of Back To Black series, Vol. 03, is out now in digital version on Steyoyoke Black. Nick Devon, Clawz SG, Soul Button, Darko Milosevic and Never Lost combined their talents to create a very special concept album designed to take the listener on a journey of evolution. The three-tracks EP is an energetic package of ethereal yet driving techno tunes, aimed at the club. Stay tuned for more releases from this ongoing project. Back To Black will continue to unleash more poignant techno vibes.
For the 3rd Edition of the Quadrivium EP series, Steyoyoke invites another selection of new artists to share their strongest original track.
Alberth begins the EP with “Zenith”, which starts with a masterful build in tension before falling away to lower frequencies that bounce around the soundscape. A master of restraint, the track is driven forward by subtle changes in bass line, which combines with echoing overtones to leave a lasting impression.
The second track, “Forms” by Rinzen, continues on the minimal theme, with a steady, pared-back mood that shimmers upon the appearance of delicate percussion and synths.
The EP continues with WO – CORE’s “Zelda” – which immediately grabs attention with distorted vocals and a dive into a darker mood. The deeper, more intense point of the EP, this track combines a huge diversity of instruments and effects to a masterful level, keeping a listener always surprised but never overwhelmed.
Senses Of Mind close out the EP with the track “Alanya”, bringing a distinct and contagious energy with unique percussive layers, and hypnotic vocal loops.
This is an impressive showcase of new artists, covering a diverse range of approaches to the techno genre within just four tracks. It makes for a compelling listen and suggests there is a lot more to come from each of these talented producers.
German producer Modeplex makes a strong entrance on Steyoyoke with his EP “Kronos Pearl”, a determined and refined 3-track release.
The first track, “Jupiter”, wastes no time establishing the tone, pairing a heavy bassline with distinctive overlaid melodies. It’s versatile, compelling, and makes claim to a place in any techno set.
The title track, “Kronos Pearl”, is a darker piece, combining heavy synths with more experimental sound effects. Driven forward by variations on a common melodic theme, the track fluctuates its focus between higher and lower elements before leading us steadily on to the next track in the EP.
“Hourglass” shows another, more experimental side to the producer – the track follows a pattern of sections that have a layered build and release, falling away to quieter, pared-back interludes. It makes great use of the shifting of moods over time, as each section adds something new whilst pushing and stretching themes that have gone before.
This is an impressive debut on Steyoyoke for Modeplex, showing their versatility not only musically but conceptually. These tracks are strong pieces in their own right, and together show that there is a lot more to come from this producer.
November is the eleventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars, the fourth and last of four months to have a length of 30 days and the fifth and last of five months to have a length of fewer than 31 days. November was the ninth month of the calendar of Romulus c. 750 BC. Wikipedia
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