Selectors 2016 @ The Garden (Tisno, Croatia) 1-5.09.2016

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Dekmantel launches Selectors, a new intimate festival and a compilation series. The concept of Selectors focuses heavily on Dekmantel’s support for the art of DJ’ing, celebrating the extra-ordinary DJs that turned collecting and playing music into an art form. The festival will take place at the Garden Resort in Tisno and will host just 1500 people with amongst others Aroy Dee, Carlos Souffront, Helena Hauff, I-F, Traxx, Intergalactic Gary, Juju & Jordash and Motor City Drum Ensemble on the bill. The latter is also responsible for the first Selectors compilation.

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Selectors 2016 @ The Garden (Tisno, Croatia) 1-5.09.2016

The Black Madonna – Stay [DINER002]

The Black Madonna tries a different approach on this debut for the recently launched Night Owl Diner label. You could certainly describe both tracks as “Balearic”, and there’s a real air of wide-eyed positivity about the tumbling melodies, swirling synth-strings and mid-80s pop production of head-nodding deep house cut “Stay”. It’s pretty darn tasty, all told. Almost as good is “Requiem”, which appears to be built around a loop lifted from Cherrelle and Alexander O’Neal’s “Saturday Love” (with, of course, additional synths and tuneful electronics).

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The Black Madonna – Stay [DINER002]

Simba – Phase Seq One [HOMETAPING018]

New Home Taping artist Simba produces music that is full of soulful echoes, while still dripping in raw house music vibes. Nothing is too straight in the Simba sound as FX drift around and subtle production touches come at you from all angles. Vinyl hiss is as important as the kick drum and the overall atmosphere has that classic house music quality that can transport you instantly to another place. The Black Madonna was the one who drew attention to the rising talents of this young producer. So fittingly she delivers her own ‘Lost In Chicago’ take on the original, which delights in the track’s edginess and the wonderful release of the main hooks. All of which are given the trademark BM Chicago stamp, or should that be stomp Quality house music for the believers out there.

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Simba – Phase Seq One [HOMETAPING018]