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Shahar & Motum ‘Take Some Time EP’

Artist: Shahar & Motum
Title: Take Some Time EP
Label: VIVa MUSiC
Cat. #: VIVa175
Format: Digital
Release Date: 18th June 2021
1) Shahar & Motum – Take Some Time
2) Shahar & Motum – Slippin’
3) Shahar, Motum & Vanjee – Moonwalker
4) Shahar, Motum & Patrick Grooves – Pleasures

New York-based duo Shahar and Motum combine on VIVa MUSiC as they drop their four-track ‘Take Some Time’ EP.

Israeli-born, New York-based pairing Shahar and Motum are two names now embedded within the Big Apple’s electronic music landscape. Holding down residencies and making regular appearances across the city’s finest venues including Output, Pacha NYC, and Cielo, the pair have established themselves as DJs of note within its rich scene whilst also releasing productions via the likes of Nervous, Culprit, and Inmotion Music – gaining support from Guy Gerber and Danny Tenaglia. Up next, the two talents re-unite once again as they head to Steve Lawler’s renowned VIVa MUSiC imprint to deliver their latest EP, ‘Take Some Time’.

Title cut ‘Take Some Time’ reveals a wealth of slick, organic percussion backed by bubbling acid-tinged leads and warping low-ends, whilst ‘Slippin’ sees the introduction of heady drums, slinking funk-fuelled basslines, and soulful vocals throughout. Next, the two combine alongside multifaceted artist Vanjee for the hypnotic, raw grooves of drum workout ‘Moonwalker’, before closing proceedings with ‘Pleasures’ – a lively, bright, and energetic production that welcomes a final collaboration alongside Argentinian-born, NYC-raised DJ and producer Patrick Grooves.



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Sparrow & Barbossa ‘Quando Te Veo EP’

Artist: Sparrow & Barbossa
Title: Quando Te Veo EP
Label: connected
Cat. #: connected080
Format: Digital
Release Date: 11th June 2021
01. Quando Te Veo feat. Francis Coletta
02. Afriano

Sparrow & Barbossa join forces with the Stereo MC’s connected label for new EP ‘Quando Te Veo’.

Sparrow & Barbossa have been responsible for some of the most memorable Afro/Latin inspired releases in recent years, with singles on Mo’Black, Madorasindahouse and Redolent. It comes as no surprise then that they would choose to release one of their most impressive records to date with the ever-excellent connected.

Here the guys deliver once again with a remake of the Mo‘Horizons tune ‘Quando Te Veo’. They add a whole new dimension of Afro / Latin flavours to the original vocal while introducing Francis Coletta, a legendary guitarist who has graced the stage with many from Frank Sinatra to Joe Sample and is also the father of Sparrow. The addition of deft and beautiful melodic licks ,creates a perfect storm of passion, rhythm and musicality.

Second track ‘Afriano’ is a percussive outing with waves of growling bass, arcs of strings and white noise held together by a classic mutating piano refrain, light-spirited, joyful dancefloor material.



Viberate Testing Out “New Music Economy” With Music NFTs

The concept of blockchain-backed contracts could transform how artists manage their bookings – but is the industry ready?

In April, Viberate worked with acclaimed Techno DJ and producer UMEK to successfully drop the world’s first live gig NFT. Now, the music research and analytics platform has published an open call to all musicians who might be interested in what they call “the new music economy”.

With it, Viberate plans to test whether the NFT craze is more than just a fad, and whether the music community is indeed ready to start managing bookings and fan engagements with the help of big data insights and tokenized contracts.

“It was an amazing opportunity and I’m so glad I went for it,” UMEK commented on his drop. “We sold both my live gig NFT and my livestream NFT in less than 24 hours – and to an L.A. venue of all places. What’s more, I immediately got another offer for a Miami gig thanks to the drop, so you can imagine my absolute joy – not only will live events finally return after all these months being stuck indoors, I’ve just secured bookings in two of my favorite cities on the planet! Now, I hope more industry people will jump on the bandwagon, as NFTs are more than a current craze – they’re the beginning of a smarter, safer and more flexible way of doing business.”

Viberate proposes three main NFT categories: live performance NFTs, livestream NFTs, and customized “experience” NFTs (artists engaging with their fans on- or offline, e.g. going shopping with them). Any interested artist or their representative can submit their NFT application here.

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ASTRE ‘Classic Vibes EP’

Artist: ASTRE
Title: Classic Vibes EP
Remixer: De La Swing
Label: Pitch Records
Cat. #: PTC010
Release Date: 11.06.2021
01 Classic Vibes
02 Distracted
03 Carry On
04 Classic Vibes (De La Swing Remix)
05 Distracted (De La Swing Remix)

returns to Pitch Records with his ‘Classic Vibes’ EP this June, backed by two massive remixes from De La Swing.

Following his contribution on the labels third edition to their V/A series last year, Chilean talent ASTRE returns on Pitch Records to add another quintessential offering to the imprints growing catalogue. The multi-faceted artist has material on some of the hottest labels in the scene, including Nervous, Lacuna Recordings, and elrow, while gaining support from Joseph Capriati, Marco Carola, and Shiba San.

Title cut ‘Classic Vibes’ is seven minutes of deep and immersive house music. Dubby chords combine with warped synths and illuminating vocals, while ‘Distracted’ takes listeners on a trippy journey, as icy hats fuse with soaring synths and a sensational bassline. Next up, ‘Carry On’ steals the package with lush piano melodies, sensual drum programming, and further alluring vocal work.

Remixer De La Swing is a fast-evolving artist that has risen through the ranks with a distinctive deep-tech sound on labels like Cr2, Kaluki, and Lapsus, while holding residencies at Space, Amnesia in Ibiza, and Monegros Desert Festival. The first reinterpretation imparts his trademark style with energetic beats, sweeping atmospherics, and intricate percussion, before the last re-work welcomes another exquisite addition via Latin-styled vocals, snappy snares, and soothing tones.


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Coz ‘Body Language Vol. 23’

Artist: Cioz
Title: Body Language Vol. 23
Label: Get Physical Music
Cat. #: GPMCD249
Format: Digital
Release Date: 4th June 2021

Body Language Vol. 23 is the much anticipated new compilation album from story-telling DJ and accomplished producer Cioz.

The Body Language album series has been a flagship for the Get Physical label since the mid-noughties, with instalments taken over by Dixon, DJ Hell, Francesco Tristano, DJ T., and many more. Now the label welcomes the excellent Cioz into the hot set.

Volume 23 is packed with Cioz remixes, collaborations, and standout singles from the well-regarded and self-taught artist. Some are brand new, some have been teased on EPs in the lead up to the full release, but each one proves he is an artist with an accomplished sound. Cioz hails from Bergamo in Italy and has established a fine reputation on labels like Monaberry and Stil vor Talent.

Body Language Vol. 23 opens with ‘Soul Fixer,’ a slow-building, slow-burning synth-scape filled with drama and tension. Then comes his subtle yet superb remix of M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade’s stone-cold classic ‘Body Language’ with its irresistible lead melody line. The first of many collabs is with Corpino on ‘Kari Lampi,’ a slick and supple minimal house track awash with gorgeous strings. Further collaborations include the bustling drums and fizzing synths of ‘Hey Honey’ with T.M.A, late-night headiness of ‘Haunted’ with Nairobi D, and organic grooves of punchy floor-filler ‘Focus Pocus’ with Boy Oh Boy.

At the midpoint, there is depth and darkness to the turbulent synths of ‘Imperfection’ with &lez, and then beautiful tension between the tight bass and beautiful melodic breakdown of ‘Warm Worm’ with Sides. The fantastic ‘Jodi Rush’ with Super Flu is sure to twist heads on the dance floor with its complex synth patterns, and a Lucky Shot Extended Mix of ‘Dancing in the Night’ has a perfectly soulful vocal over rubbery house grooves. Much loved Cioz tunes ‘Rain’ and his Neapolis Remix of Patrice Bäumel’s ‘Clair’ from earlier EPs make the cut and lend yet more depth and enchanting melody to this most thoughtful and atmospheric of electronic journeys.

With Body Language Vol. 23, Cioz proves he is an artist with a wide range of different, equally emotive house styles in his arsenal.


1. Cioz – Soul Fixer
2. M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade – Body Language (Cioz Remix)
3. Cioz & Corpino – Kari Lampi
4. Cioz & T.M.A – Hey Honey
5. Cioz & Nairobi D – Haunted
6. Cioz & Boy Oh Boy – Focus Pocus
7. Cioz & &lez – Imperfection
8. Cioz & Sides – Warm Worm
9. Cioz & Super Flu – Jodi Rush
10. Cioz feat. Eleonora – Dancing In The Night (Lucky Shot Extended Mix)
11. Cioz – Rain
12. Patrice Bäumel – Clair (Cioz Neapolis Remix)

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Various ‘Global Lovers V7: California (Part 1)’

Artist: Various
Title: Global Lovers V7: California (Part 1)
Tracks by: Cris Herrera, Jason Esun, Thomas Garcia
Label: Music Is 4 Lovers
Cat. #: MI4LCOMP011
Format: Digital
Release Date: 4th June 2021
01) Papa Lu & TR-BOB – Talk to Her
02) Cris Herrera – Feeling Yourself
03) Thomas Garcia & LATE NIITE – Day Dreaming
04) Memo Rex – Juncture
05) Matt Egbert – Magic Words
06) Jason Esun – New Kids On The Block

Music is 4 Lovers continue their Global Lovers compilation series with a two-part V/A featuring all Californian artists.

GLV7 Part 1 brings together an array of hot up-and-coming producers, DJs, and promoters spanning from SD to LA to SF; including: Papa Lu, head honcho of one of Burning Man’s premier camps, Kazbah; West Coast Weekender resident, Cris Herrera; Understated Recordings artist, Thomas Garcia; Desert Hearts Records artist, Memo Rex; Front Left promoter out of San Diego, Matt Egbert; and Slightly Sizzled artist, Jason Esun.




Vikthor & Oscar Aguilera ‘Rolling With World EP’

Artist: Vikthor & Oscar Aguilera
Title: Rolling With World EP
Label: Terminal M
Cat. #: TERM198
Release Date: 18.06.2021
A1: Vikthor & Oscar Aguilera – Rolling With World
A2: Vikthor & Oscar Aguilera – Chemistry
B1: Vikthor & Oscar Aguilera – Still Dreams
B2: Vikthor – Set You Free

Let Monika introduces the release: “I am happy to welcome Vikthor & Oscar Aguilera to our Terminal M family. I am in love with all the four tracks, for me it is hard to decide which is the best. Dark, rolling, deep music – for every moment in life or on the dancefloor a fitting tune. Enjoy!


Various ‘COD3 QR 010’

Artist: Various
Title: COD3 QR 010
Label: Cod3 QR
Cat. #: COD3QR010
Format: Vinyl / Digital
Release Date: 25 June (vinyl) / 10 September (digital) 2021
A1. Artist Code 4C472E – ‘How D’Ya Like Your Beef’
A2. Artist Code 53504D & 414D41 – ‘Poliritmo’
B1. Artist Code 534358 – ‘Internal’
B2. Artist Code 494E46 – ‘Bye Bye’

The enigmatic Cod3 QR label returns in 2021 with its tenth release featuring four new tracks by five artists who as yet remain nameless.

As with previous releases, music is the main focus, so you’ll have to wait a couple of months to find out who is behind this latest EP. But for this decimal release, things will work a little differently. Vinyl will be available from 25 June, while the digital version hits in September at the same time as the artists’ names will be revealed. During the interim you can head to their Instagram page (ig: cod3qr) for clues.

Previous releases have been revealed to include tracks by the likes of Agents of Time, JoeFarr, Nicolas Bougaieff, Madben, CYRK, R.O.S.H, Galaxy Lane and many more. Come September, Cod3 QR promise to bring you a big surprise, so watch this space!

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James Kumo ‘Paradise / XX’

Artist: James Kumo
Title: Paradise / XX
Remixer: Deetron & Heron
Label: iVAV Recordings
Cat. #: iVAV053
Format: Digital
Release Date: 28th May 2021

  1. Paradise (Original Mix)
  2. Paradise (Deetron Remix)
  3. Paradise (Deetron Dub)
  4. Paradise (Heron Remix)
  5. XX (Original Mix)
  6. XX (Kumo Tech Mix)

James Kumo makes his first outing on iVAV Recordings as he delivers his latest EP ‘Paradise / XX’, with remixes from Deetron and Heron.

A name responsible for a wealth of quality, deep, synth-driven productions within the worlds of house and techno across the past decade, UK-based DJ and producer James Kumo stands today as an artist continually in evolution. Having made his debut on Delsin offshoot Ann Aimee, the years since have welcomed releases via the likes of Curle, Opilec, and his own K-Music, gaining supporters in leading international names such as François K, Laurent Garnier, Radio Slave, and Josh Wink. Next up, late May welcomes his first material of 2021 as he steps out on VIVa MUSiC sister label iVAV Recordings with his latest EP ‘Paradise / XX’, with recent label signing Heron and Swiss favourite Deetron stepping up on remix duties.

Opening track ‘Paradise’ welcomes a hazy cut guided by flickering synth melodies, epic sweeping atmospherics, and refined percussion throughout, showcasing Kumo’s ability to build emotive and moving productions. Up next, Deetron’s take on the track ups the pace as he combines slick hats and energetic drums with rich stabs atop of a moody core bassline, whilst the ‘Dub’ keeps the focus squarely on the lively, zippy drum groove throughout. Second original ‘XX’ welcomes a warping journey through evolving leads, vocal echoes, and driving snare rolls, before closing with his own ‘Tech Mix’ of the track which takes things deep into the late-night hours.

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M.R.E.U.X ‘Night Vision’

Artist: M.R.E.U.X
Title: Night Vision
Remixer: Mark Broom
Label: Blumoog Music
Cat. #: BLUG014
Format: Green translucent vinyl, digital
Release Date: 21st May 2021
3.Odyssesy (Mark Broom Remix)

Electronic innovator M.R.E.U.X cooks up more of his powerful sounds on a bold new EP that comes with a huge remix from techno royalty Mark Broom.

M.R.E.U.X. is the Blumoog label boss with a pounding and original take on techno that has made him a scene regular in his native Italy. His label is known for its inventive machine sounds, and after his Gravity EP late last year featuring a Joel Mull remix and his superb Modular Immersion backed with a remix from Ben Sims, he is now back in fierce form once more.

Different influences can be noticed on this fine three tracker. Across the two originals, M.R.E.U.X fuses techno, dub and house and dresses them with a heavy bassline and quirky electronic motifs. Excellent opener ‘Odyssey’ is nearly five minutes of pure bliss with a dub-tech feel and granular inserts that makes it even more captivating. ‘Flash’ is characterised by deep and absorbing sub bass and persistent hi-hats that are appeased by atmospheric moments halfway through that really captivate your emotions.

UK techno pioneer Mark Broom has a career and acclaimed successes which span more than 30 years. He is the Pure Plastic and Beard Man label owner and has also collaborated with, and released material on many iconic labels such as Drumcode, R&S, Blueprint, and Soma just to name a few. His superb ‘Odyssey’ remix is a more bouncy take that develops into jacking, hard hitting beats that are sure to burn down the house.

These are three characterful, well produced techno weapons that cannot fail to stand out in any set.