GRU 103

Mihai Popoviciu ‘Somehow’

Artist: Mihai Popoviciu
Title: Somehow
Label: Gruuv
Cat. #: GRU103
Format: Digital
Release Date: 27th March 2020

  1. Somehow
  2. Dublearic Rhythm
  3. Right Side

Audiojack welcome back Mihai Popoviciu to Gruuv as he delivers ‘Somehow’ to close March.

Romania’s Mihai Popoviciu is a name synonymous within the musical worlds of house and minimal across the globe, with his slick blend of restrained yet impactful productions combined with an effortless style within the booth taking him from notable venues including S.A.S.H in Sydney to fabric in London and Kater Blau, Berlin in the past few months alone. A regular on the likes of Poker Flat, Inermu and Bondage Music, whilst also releasing a string of stand-out EP’s via his own Cyclic Records, Popoviciu now delivers his first full EP on Gruuv having featured on the label in late-2018 to remix fellow house-favourite James Dexter as he reveals his latest three track EP entitled ‘Somehow’.

Title cut ‘Somehow’ gets things moving as Popoviciu goes to work fusing simmering acid lines with infectious vocal hooks and trademark slinking rhythms, whilst ‘Dublearic Rhythm’ takes a more paired-back approach utisiling dubbed out chords and slick percussion arrangements throughout. Closing, ‘Right Side’ pairs further impressive chord work with bumping sub-bass to shape up yet another quality outing on Gruuv from one of Romania’s finest house talents.


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Various ‘This Is ORIGINS, Vol. 1’

Artist: Various
Tracks by: Josh Butler, Demuir, Flashmob, Michel de Hey & JPA
Title: This Is ORIGINS, Vol. 1
Cat. #: ORIGINS024
Format: Digital
Release Date: 20th March 2020

  1. Josh Butler & Demuir – Tropicana
  2. Flashmob – The Island
  3. Michel de Hey – Garyamoi
  4. JPA – Here Now

ORIGINS RCRDS unveils a brand-new series this March entitled ‘This Is ORIGINS’ as label boss Josh Butler welcomes Demuir, Flashmob, Michel de Hey and JPA for Volume 1.

Founded in late-2016, Josh Butler’s ORIGINS RCRDS imprint continues to go from strength to strength as one of house music’s most consistent and impressive growing labels, welcoming the likes of Kerri Chandler, Groove Armada and Richy Ahmed through to rising talents including ANOTR, Ben Rau and Dennis Quin across the catalogue to date. Having closed the year with the debut of Butler’s own Timezones series, early 2020 will also welcome a second new addition to the label’s output as we see the launch of a new various artist series entitled ‘This Is ORIGINS’, with the first instalment welcoming a debut collaboration between Demuir and Butler himself, plus three label debuts from Flashmob, Michel de Hey and JPA.

Butler kicks things off alongside rising Toronto talent Demuir as they deliver the slick ‘Tropicana’, a slinking house cut guided by blossoming melodies, bumping bass licks and icy hats throughout. Next, Flashmob delivers the first of three label debuts with ‘The Island’, a driving production armed with crisp snares and distorted vocal snippets, whilst Michael de Hey’s lively ‘Garyamoi’ sees the introduction of rich chord stabs atop of rolling organic percussion to great effect. To close, rising Melbourne talent JPA reveals his contribution ‘Here Now’ – a dubby closer fusing bright synth lines and further resonant vocals to wrap things up in impressive fashion.



Christian Patti ‘Sequences EP’

Artist: Christian Patti
Title: Sequences EP
Label: Amber Recordings
Cat. #: AR057
Release Date: 2020-03-23
Sequences (Original Mix)
Passenger (Original Mix)
Drone (Original Mix)

He was one of the first artists ever on Amber Recordings and has always found his way with his productions on our lovely Imprint. Now he is with a new EP at the start and it has absolutely in itself.

While “Sequences” is a real melodic techno bomb, the other two Trackz are more in the genre “Electronica”. Also indicative that Amber is not afraid to go new ways and for those who are in Breakbeat or Downtempo Beatz, these two productions are definitely an absolute must

Nice that he has found his way back to Amber and he will surely increase his fanbase with this EP. In this sense welcome back: Christian Patti


Anil Aras ‘The Lost Projects EP’

Artist: Anil Aras
Title: The Lost Projects EP
Label: Madhouse Records
Cat. #: KCTDL1194
Format: Digital
Release Date: 13th March 2020
1. Mad Houz
2. Need da Bass
3. Free Your Mind
4. Adara

Anil Aras debuts on Madhouse Records this March as he unveils his new EP, ‘The Lost Projects’.

Netherlands based DJ and producer Anil Aras has been gaining recognition for his Phreaks of Visions project over the last year alongside musical partner Lockland, but is probably best known for his stellar solo material on labels such as Hot Haus, SlapFunk Records and Beste Freunde. As a DJ he has played across the globe alongside key sets within Amsterdam at the likes of Shelter, BRET and Thuishaven, as well as featuring as a regular at both ANOTR’s No Art events and as a key member of the SlapFunk family. He now debuts on Madhouse Records with a standout four track EP entitled ‘The Lost Projects’ featuring his own unique take on house music.

Appropriately titled lead cut ‘Mad Houz’ opens proceedings with a heads-down, rolling groove that perfectly sets the tone, before ‘Need Da Bass’ journeys into classic deep house territories with a rough and raw rhythm track lifted by loose percussion, subtle keys and soulful vocal snippets. Next, ‘Free Your Mind’ is a deep and smooth house affair fueled by soothing chords and a spoken word vocal refrain, leading into the EP closer ‘Adara’ – a stripped back production that marries delicate synth lines with icy snares to great effect.




Various ‘Default Position Associates Vol 1’

Artist: Various
Title: Default Position Associates Vol 1
Tracks by : Sebastian Mullaert, Charlie Thorstenson, El Choop & Tim Gee, Monophona, Zirni Joseph S Joyce, Daniel[i], Altone, Vidno, Skwirl, Deepcut and Gilberto
Label: Default Position
: Digital
Release Date: March 20, 2020

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Default Position releases new VA compilation “Default Position Associates Vol 1.” Featuring: Sebastian Mullaert, Charlie Thorstenson, El Choop & Tim Gee, Monophona, Zirni Joseph S Joyce, Daniel[i], Altone, Vidno, Skwirl, Deepcut and Gilberto.

Across the compilation, you will hear a broad cross-section of emotive dance music, from classic dub techno, through to deep house and downbeat electronica; crafted by some of the label’s best-loved constellations.

Default Position has been running as a label for a few years now. Over that time a beautiful collective of artists has developed within the roster. Most of these artists know each other and are often inspired by one another’s work. The ‘Default Position Associates Vol. 1’ compilation is a perfect vehicle with which to share the natural collaboration and creativity of these individuals and bring them together under one release.


Deepak Sharma ‘Bedlam’

Artist: Deepak Sharma
Title: Bedlam
Remixer: NX1
Label: Hidden Recordings
Cat. #: [043HR] Release Date: 16th March 2020
Format: Vinyl & Digital
1. Bedlam
2. Bedlam (NX1 Remix)
3. Psychosis
4. Mania

Deepak Sharma unleashes his most intense work to date on Hidden Recordings: Bedlam is a forceful, punishing and sinister EP with a remix from NX1.

This EP marks Hidden boss Deepak’s most ambitious material to date as he continues to find his voice as a producer, and his interpretation of dark techno, stripped down, powerfully effective grooves through stark minimalism. Over his career he has always been known for a cerebral approach to music, as well as his thrilling sets alongside the likes of Ben Klock, Ben Sims, DVS1, Oscar Mulero and SNTS, amongst many others.

Side A here begins with the brilliant ‘Bedlam’ prodding the senses through coarse textures, distorted tones and a steadfast groove to keep energy at a feverish pace and propel the mind into hysteria. NX1 is one of Sharma’s favourite producers and came to the international techno scene with the release of their first record on their own label in late 2011. It led to demand for more on Semantica, Modularz and M_Rec. Ltd with support from Oscar Mulero, Kirk Degiorgio and Terence Fixmer. Their live sessions display a wide variety of styles and this remix is savage anarchy, shocking the body into madness and raw anger. Listen closely and you’ll hear the wails for help trying to escape the harrowing chamber of torment and terror.

Side B begins with ‘Psychosis’ which manoeuvres through stark minimalism with subtle fluctuations of perpetual motion liberating the mind from captivity. The excellent ‘Mania’ uses pounding grooves to occupy a cavernous space, evoking wild images of inmates conquering an asylum with no rules nor restrictions in conflict; aggressive in rebellion with nothing to lose and ominous consequences.




HYTE debuts in Düsseldorf in May

Fresh from the success of its flagship HYTE NYE event, the Berlin-based underground events crew prepares for its first-ever Düsseldorf event on May 2nd, 2020. Charlotte De Witte, Kobosil, Josh Wink, and Anfisa Letyago are amongst the first to be announced for an event to take place at Stahlwerk, one of the most iconic inner-city industrial locations that Düsseldorf has to offer.
HYTE doesn’t do things in halves, so its debut Düsseldorf event is pulling out all the stops. This starts with the assortment of artists, with the organizers assembling one of its trademark, carefully-curated lineups that bring the underground elite together with hyped newcomers.
Belgian techno titan Charlotte De Witte will be welcomed back after her tremendous closing set at HYTE NYE Berlin, while established favorites like Josh Wink and Anfisa Letyago shall also ensure that unmistakable HYTE energy makes its way to Düsseldorf.
Meanwhile, one of techno’s fastest-rising stars Kobosil is set for his anticipated debut for the HYTEcrew. Expect many more of techno’s finest, with a full lineup announcement coming soon.
Location wise, HYTE has selected a location that’s played a crucial role in the city’s underground nightlife since the early days of rave. A huge inner-city venue that sports the same industrial flair that defines the formidable Shedhalle that hosts HYTE NYE in Berlin, the Düsseldorf event takes place across an indoor warehouse and a gorgeous open-air space. It’s set to kick-off while the sun is shining, it’ll extend well into the night in proper HYTE style.
Saturday May 2nd 2020, 14:00
Stahlwerk Düsseldorf, Ronsdorfer Str. 134, 40233 Düsseldorf, Germany
Line Up Phase 1: Charlotte De Witte, Kobosil, Josh Wink, Anfisa Letyago

Tableland ‘My Dreams Are Slowly Dying’

Artist: Tableland
Title: My Dreams Are Slowly Dying
Label: Tableland
Format: Vinyl & Digital
Release Date: 13th March 2020

  1. My Dreams Are Slowly Dying
  2. Pyramid Scheme
  3. Charlie + Suzie
  4. This Must Be The Place
  5. Wormwood

The man behind The Girls of the Internet returns to his techno-leaning alias with five resounding cuts entitled ‘My Dreams Are Slowly Dying’.

Following Tableland’s debut release at the end of the decade that picked up support from the likes of DJ Bone, Danny Daze, Laurent Garnier, Jon Hester and Nemone on BBC 6 Music, the Girls of the Internet producer re-joins his self-titled imprint in 2020. The Girls Of The Internet continue to feed their superb reputation of delivering funk-fuelled electronics that draws inspiration from a variety of electronic music styles from the last 40 years.

‘My Dreams Are Slowly Dying’ kicks things off with pulsating kicks, undulant euphoria in the form of dreamy leads and stabbing melodies that fluctuate throughout. ‘Pyramid Scheme’ surges into squeaky modulations, jazzy tones and funky atmospherics that rolls with vibrant energy while ‘Charlie + Suzie’ offers up shuffling rhythms, subdued yet emotive synths underneath clattering highs and snares that get introduced in the latter stages.

Flowing grooves, a sultry sax line and inviting soulful elements take the focus in ‘This Must Be The Place’ before ‘Wormwood’ rounds off the enchanting EP with a calming house cut harmonising together exquisite keys, deep bass vibrations and uplifting oscillations which carry you away until the end.


Concourse At Depot new names

Concourse At Depot, Mayfield closes down its impressive run of shows with three massive announcements.
Irish party starters AVA join forces with Manchester’s very own Zutekh for an unmissable night featuring Motor City Drum EnsembleYoung MarcoChaos In The CBDMarion Hawkes and more on 3rd April, whilst Belgian superstar Charlotte De Witte takes over the hallowed Concourse stage on 11th April.
Also announced are dynamic trio Mason Collective , flanked by wAFFRich NXTRossi. and Reme + Renko, for a night of high-energy house music and infectious grooves on 10th April.
Concourse At Depot
Depot has provided Manchester with countless musical moments and highlights throughout the last WHP season, with one of the stand out new stages being Concourse at Depot.
The Concourse room will be home to a number of intimate ‘Concourse Only’ club shows that are running from 29th January until Easter weekend. This period is a limited run of shows from the most forward-thinking promoters around the city.
This series will feature a number of showcases, extended sets and artist curated line-ups with more shows set to be announced.
Tickets and info:
 AVA x Zutekh –
Charlotte De Witte –
Mason Collective –

ADE gears up for 25th edition

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the world’s leading conference and festival for electronic music and its associated industries, is gearing up for its 25th anniversary edition which will take place from 21st to 25th October 2020. As part of the celebration, the organisation is taking the ADE Pro conference back to its “home base”, Felix Meritis on the Amsterdam canals.

Between 1999 and 2016, eighteen editions of the ADE conference were hosted at Felix Meritis. While the venue was closed to undergo major renovations, the organisation found a temporary home in DeLaMar Theater near the popular Leidseplein.

“Felix Meritis is one of the most iconic cultural landmarks on the Amsterdam canals. Hosting ADE at such a location has made it possible for the event to develop and grow into the gathering it is today” states Meindert Kennis, director of ADE. “The result of Felix’s renovation is absolutely spectacular and its re-opening couldn’t come at a better moment. It enables us to return to our “home base” for our 25th birthday, which makes this edition extra special” adds co-director Jan-Willem van de Ven.

Since its start in 1996, Amsterdam Dance Event has grown into the leading global gathering for electronic music minds, artists, industry leaders, academics, upcoming talent and fans. Where it once began as a conference in one venue attended by 300 delegates and 30 performing DJs spread over three locations, ADE currently attracts over 400,000 people and features an extensive day and night programme of over 1,000 events, showcasing 2,500 artists and 600 speakers across 200 venues. During ADE the city of Amsterdam lives and breathes electronic music for five days.

Early Bird ADE Pro Passes giving access to the complete day & night program of ADE’s 25th edition are now available here:

More news about ADE’s Conference and Festival program, confirmed speakers and artists will follow soon. In the meantime you can find all ADE updates here:

About ADE Pro Conference
ADE Pro is the annual business gathering for the global electronic music industry. The three-day conference for music professionals runs from Wednesday through Friday and features dedicated programming covering subjects from marketing, publishing and bookings to sustainability, social change and mental health. The additional ADE Beats & ADE Green tracks serve as a focused enrichment to the conference program, and an abundance of networking opportunities with fellow ADE delegates and industry leaders provides an advantageous base for dealmaking and career advancement.

About ADE
The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), an initiative of Buma, has grown into the world’s largest and most influential club-based festival and conference for electronic music. The event continues to grow and develop each year, with last year’s edition featuring over 2,500 artists and 600 speakers in almost 200 venues. The five-day event attracts visitors from over 146 countries and features every conceivable aspect of electronic music culture, with dedicated conference programming, an extensive arts & culture program, live music and DJ/artist performances, all spread across the city of Amsterdam. More information about ADE can be found here.

ADE – Electronic Music Gathers Here
The Amsterdam Dance Event is organized by The Amsterdam Dance Event Foundation.
Founding partner: Buma
Main partners: Heineken 0.0 | Desperados