Rampa - Newborn Soul (Redshape remix)

Rampa - Newborn Soul (Redshape remix)

If we knew, we would tell you all about it. The truth is no one knows who he is or where he is from. But what we do know is that Redshape's approach to his production is incomparable to anyone in the the techno realm.

Amberoom - Minoo

Amberoom - Minoo

Following on from their March 2017 debut “Rhit” EP, Amberoom is back in action to their regular haunt of Josh Wink's Ovum Recordings with three energy fueled productions

Best New Mixes from September

Best New Mixes from September

September mixes bring us more clubby oriented mixes with of course few exceptions. As usual, we have compiled the list of mixes by international and local DJ's from the festivals and clubs around the world, podcasts and radio shows. Pick the one that you like and enjoy the ride

Best New Releases from September

Best New Releases from September

As September draws to a close, and the rush of fall brings with it warm memories of amazing summer festivals and outdoor parties, we welcome some highly-anticipated releases and stunning remixes from the likes of The Drifter, Four Tet, Love Over Entropy, Benedikt Frey, Tom Trago, Llewellyn, Mattes Schwartz, Melatonin Man, Red Shape and QNA.

Fiction Lab Best Tracks of Summer 2017

Fiction Lab Best Tracks of Summer 2017

As another summer draws to an end, we bring back the memory of fantastic tracks played at the at the festivals, clubs, rooftops and mark the occasion with a guide of our 15 favorite tracks to get us in the warm summer spirit

QNA - Tabor Session EP

QNA - Tabor Session EP

Quarion's latest three-track EP collaboration with Swedish maestro Joel Alter, Tabor Session EP is out now on vinyl and digitally on the label True Rotary Recordings.

Zopelar - Origini (Ripperton remixes)

Zopelar - Origini (Ripperton remixes)

Ripperton takes over the ramen shop and cooks two perfect dishes.

Vidall - Poison Magic EP

by Isabel Thomson-Officer

Many of you will know Barcelona duo Pulshar who have put out music on Loco Dice’s Desolat. Poison Magic is the latest project by one half of Pulshar, the talented producer and vocalist Sergio Vidal aka Vidall. Having recently migrated to Puerto Rico, his latest release is out now on L’enfant Terrible Record and is four tracks of pure melodic deep house bliss. Featuring his own vocals throughout the EP, if this release is anything to judge him by we are definitely fans of this solo project and are very excited to see where he takes it next.

Opening with the title track “Poison Magic” which sits at 120 BPM, the track is bouncy and melodic, opening with a strong beat and a single long note played at the end of each two bars. The bassline melody enters alongside the snare kick which is soon joined by ethereal and floating melodies that waft in and out. A woman’s voice softly speaking French comes through in the second half of the track creating a well-balanced deep house track with lyrics to complement the overarching melody. All in all it’s a laidback opener to this stellar four track EP.

Following on from “Poison Magic” is “How Do You See Me Now” which picks up the pace opening with a driving kick snare creating the illusion of a banging warehouse techno track. When the two note synth melody enters the intensity of the track drops and it quickly settles into its deep house roots. The melody expands as a Moog keyboard joins which is soon followed by Vidall singing “how do you see me now?” The lyrics repeat over and over with echo effects added in here and there to the words ‘how’ and ‘now’ and the line occasionally changing to ‘how will you see me now?’. As the vocals drop out, the kick carries the track out to the end just as it did at the start rounding it out in perfect symmetry.

The EP continues on with the third and probably our favorite track on the release. “The Good Old Days” once again drops the tempo back opening with a driving bass beat and a loud clap on the second beat. The major melody slowly fades in sounding like the strumming of a guitar but imitated with synths. The melody rises in volume until Vidall’s lyrics soar in with “I just want to feel your kiss” followed by “I’m still missing you”. The lyrics continue to loop dropping in volume and rising each time. The various melody and lyrics work in perfect tandem with each other creating a hypnotic and beautiful dancefloor number that invokes a ton of emotion!

The last and longest track on the release, “Someday...Someday” takes the EP down a notch creating an ethereal dreamlike soundscape. It opens with long synth notes playing a minor chord progression, with a high note synth over the top. It’s nearly a minute before the beat enters and soon the synths join sounding like bells of various sizes chiming all at the same time. At two minutes in the kick starts and the lower note synth chords take center focus.  Vidall’s voice enters echoing with strange sounds creating a trippy melody accompanied by various quirky percussion and synths. It’s a beautiful and unique track that showcases Vidall’s versatility as a producer and vocalist and a wonderful closer to his first solo EP

Peter Pardeike - Love Supreme (Love Over Entropy Remix)

Peter Pardeike - Love Supreme (Love Over Entropy Remix)

Peter Pardeike - Love Supreme (Love Over Entropy remix)

Best New Mixes from August

Best New Mixes from August

We have hand picked plenty of interesting mix sets that we enjoyed listening throughout the month of August.

Ripperton @ Fiction Sunset Cruise After Party 08.19.17

Ripperton @ Fiction Sunset Cruise After Party 08.19.17

We had the honor to host one of the most talented artists in the electronic music world, Swiss maestro - Ripperton

Best New Releases from August

Best New Releases from August

August brings a fresh wave of incredible releases and amazing remixes that spans the wide spectrum of underground house and techno. 

We've hand picked the ten favorite tracks of the month featuring such scorching producers as Bicep, Konstantin Sibold, Gacha Bakradze, Kiasmos, Lehar & Mucumeci, Patlac, Dorisburg, Birds Ov Paradise, Tornado Wallace and Polooski. 

Track of the Moment

Track of the Moment

Kieran Apter - All I Want (Aera Edition)

Scottish producer, Kieran Apter continues to follow his reputation for taking the dance floor on a voyage with his upcoming release “All I Want” EP, featuring edits from Aera and Manuel Tur. The EP is set to release September 1, 2017, on Chapter 24 Records.

Chaim - The Perfect Circle EP

Chaim - The Perfect Circle EP

Talented Israeli DJ and producer, Chaim released a brand new EP The Perfect Circle which is nothing short of a beautiful soundscape capturing electronic beats meets Middle Eastern inspired sounds. Comprised of three superb tracks with lots of vocal loops featuring throughout, The Perfect Circle is out on Disco Halal. Led by Moscoman, Disco Halal’s sound is described as where the Holy Land meets Berlin capturing all the kaleidoscopic sounds in between and we couldn’t think of a more perfect fit for Chaim’s latest release.

Tim Engelhardt & Leonard Bywa - Chymera EP

Tim  Engelhardt & Leonard Bywa - Chymera EP

Many in New York will know Cityfox as the masterminds behind the sonic playground, The Brooklyn Mirage. Known for their epic Brooklyn parties with state of the art production, the Swiss promoters of course also have their own label. Out now on the Cityfox label, Chymera is a two track EP from Cologne’s incredibly talented artist Tim Engelhardt featuring a collaboration with Leonard Bywa on the title track. Featuring lots of synths, percussion and driving bass, Engelhardt’s two track release is full of melody demonstrating his knack for exceptional production.

Best New Mixes from July

Best New Mixes from July

Here are the mixes that we enjoyed the most during the month of July. As usual, we hand-picked mixes for different listening occasions. You'll find mixes suitable for chilling at home and browsing the web, mixes perfect for a car ride or walk in a park and of course party ready mixes. Enjoy!

Best New Releases from July

Best New Releases from July

The month of July brought an amazing array of impressive albums, stunning releases and fantastic remixes from the likes of DJ Bone, Cleveland, JMII, Ripperton, Jonathan Kusuma, &Me, Dixon, Copyrider, Argoman and Trikk released via Life & Death, Permanent Vacation, Innervisions, ESP Institute, Correspondant, Lossless & Something Happening Somewhere, Diesel Eyewear, Endless, Beans and Beacon and Keinemusik. Tracks are listed in no particular order.

The/Das - Drug Dilling EP

The/Das - Drug Dilling EP

Fabian Fenk and Anton Feist tend to melt the supposedly incongruous into a unique musical unity. The Berlin twosome did not merely tie together the German and the English definite article “The /Das” for the purpose of their moniker, but rather play with different genres between ambient techno and dark pop to venture into new territories of contemporary dance music. ‘Drug Dilling EP‘ sees the duo return to Italians finest Life and Death with raw and soft textures, whereas this time club-friendly elements clearly stick out.

Farrago Festival 18-19 August, Germany

Farrago Festival 18-19 August, Germany

With the total over-saturation of music festivals of late, it can be hard to sort the wheat from the chaff. As more and more festivals get gobbled up by large corporations who all push the same lineup across multiple events and continents it’s easy to feel over it and uninspired.

Between Ourselves - Odyssey EP + Track Premiere

Between Ourselves - Odyssey EP + Track Premiere

Between Ourselves are a relatively new trio on the scene hailing from Waterford, Ireland. Consisting of Geoff Foley, Stephen O' Keeffe and Davin Coady, the lads have released only exceptional deep house tunes since collaborating. Following on from the success of their Nostalgia EP released in October 2016 on Republik Music Recordings, their latest six-track EP out now on the Galaktika Records imprint is nothing short of top-notch electronica and deep house production at its best