Your monthly dosage of exceptional mixes is here. We've been enjoying listening to this masterfully crafted music tales from ever inspiring DJ's from around the world. From live recordings to podcasts to concerts and studio recorded mixes, you'll have opportunity to travel to different dimensions of what's cool in underground electronic music scene. For October picks we have mixes from Justin Marchacos, Petar Dundov, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Nuno Dos Santos, Mathias Schober, Patlac, Marc Pinol, John Talabot, Baikal, map.ache, Mano Le Tough, Lukas Bohlender, Steve Graham, Trikk, Derrick Vnuk, Thomas Herb, Manamana, Luca Bacchetti, Daniel Bortz, Tsepo and WhoMadeWho
Justin Marchacos - Live at Cityfox Experience (April 2016)
We’ve been fans of Justin’s work from his very first performance at the Cityfox unforgettable NYE party few years ago. From that moment on, Justin has proven that he’s an amazingly talented producer capable of rocking venues ranging from small clubs to boats to mulit-thousand person parties. His sets are always fresh, innovative, and club friendly, leaving the dancefloor begging for more. This is the recording from Justin’s performance built entirely from his own productions at Cityfox Experience in Brooklyn in April 2016 where he played alongside Lee Burridge, Cassy, Job Jobse, Jon Charnis and others.
Petar Dundov - EG #601
Petar is becoming a usual suspect in the annals of FictionLab. His original productions gained him respect from producers around the world, earning the title of ‘one of pioneers’ of electronic music in the Balkans. Petar Dundov uses his 20-years of experience to move the sound into something new and unique. His melodic techno touch has been enjoyed by a huge number of clubbers all over the world, from festivals like Exit, Awakenings, I Love Techno to clubs like Berghain, Fuse and Space. Electronic Groove asked Petar for exclusive mix and to our delight Petar Dundov delivered mix perfect for club peak time. A mind twisting, bouncy melodic techno journey by one of the most respectable producers and DJ’s in Europe.
Kollektiv Turmstrasse - Unu City Tape volume 4 : Hamburg
We’ve been waiting for this one for months! A proper DJ set by on of our long time favorite duos, Kollektiv Turmstrasse. Lately KT have been publishing their live sets, or sets made exclusively from their productions which we truly love. But it’s always nice to hear what such an esteemed due do with a DJ set. Kollektiv Turmstrasse made this fantastic podcast for Unu – a company that makes electric scooters, which decided to start a podcast series where each artist represents their city, in this case Hamburg. Previous artists that did podcasts for Unu are Patrice Baumel (Amsterdam), BAAL (Munich) and Adriatique (Zurich). We are looking forward to more of this series.
Nuno Dos Santos - Thuishaven ADE Life and Death Podcast
Nuno Dos Santos is the man behind one of the best independent and forward thinking labels from Amsterdam Something Happening Somewhere (SoHaSo), and he has been usual suspect on FictionLab. His original productions and DJ sets always bring a breath of fresh air to the underground electronic music scene. This mix which was made exclusively for ADE ahead of his performance at the Life and Death party is no exception. This is certainly one of our favorite mixes this month.
Baikal - In to the Woods Festival 2016
Berlin label Maeve has established itself as a true tastemaker with carefully picked music released under their esteemed name. The trio behind Maeve are The Drifter, Baikal and Mano Le Tough. All three of them are fantastic DJ’s and super talented, innovative, and forward thinking producers. The pinnacle of this year for Maeve was surely the release of Baikal’s EP – Pelican Flight which was one of the most played tracks this year by estbalished DJ’s across the globe. Baikal is a versatile DJ who can play different time slots, and adjust his sound to any given moment. This is a recording from the ‘Into the Woods’ festival in Netherlands where Baikal played a sunset set. He touches on many shades of electronic music through this very interesting musical voyage that showcases Baikal’s talent and versatility as a DJ.
Patlac - Watergate Podcast #16
Patlac recently released a new EP on Irish label Republik with mighty remixes by Mathias Schober. Weather it’s his productions or DJ sets, we truly love what this German DJ delivers. His latest podcast is part of Watergate’s series and represents what's popular in the underground music scene at this moment. Tracks by Dorisburg, Jimi Jules, Neil Flynn, Davis, Roman Flugel, John Talabot and Ripperton among others are a snapshot of the very best music being played in clubs around the world.
Mathias Schober - DHA # 237
Mathias Schober is among those producers who constantly push the sound of electronic music in a forward thinking direction, whether through his own productions and remixes, or through releases on the label that he runs with Thomas Herb – Lossless records. Mathias has been around for years and just recently started to produce under his real name. His other monikers Show B and SBTH are quite familiar to every electronic music fan. Fantastic releases on labels such as Poker Flat, Compost, Mobilee, Watergate, Upon You among others show that this incredibly talented German producer and DJ has a lot to offer to the ever evolving music industry. Mathias has been touring the world regularly and his DJ sets are perfectly blended music tales that show his talent to guide the crowd through unique journey. This mix is exclusive for Deep House Amsterdam and it certainly projects what Mathias Schober is all about. This mix has been on repeat at the FictionLab.
Hivern Discs @ Red Light Radio with John Talabot & Marc Pinol 10.22.2016
Ahead of their Hivern showcase that ended up being one of the best parties at ADE this year, Marc Pinol and John Talabot dropped into the infamous Red Light Radio where they played for almost three hours. This is not your typical dj set but rather a story that slowly unfolds into something special. Since it was played literally hours before Hivern Showcase this was a perfect intro to what happened later that night.
Map.ache - Uneasily Welness
Jan Barich a.k.a map.ache is one of our favorite producers from Leipzig, Germany. He’s co-founder of one of the finest independent record labels KANN who specialize in unique underground house music. Map.ache also collaborates with Giegling – one of the most respectable record labels in underground music scene. This mix comes as a part of a package with an interview that Jan gave to C-Heads Magazine. The podcast represents the characteristic sound of Map.ache and KANN records.
Mano Le Tough - Essential Mix
The Essential mix series has a beautiful new asset to add to their already fantastic catalog. One of the Maeve label bosses Mano Le Tough delivered a two hour voyage that represents his style when playing in clubs. The impressive track list with tracks from his label-mates Drifter and Baikal as well as Roman Flugel, Ripperton, Map.Ache and Jimi Jules among others shows that one of the most popular and most talented DJs, Mano Le Tough takes things to another level when performing. Truly essential listening.
Lukas Bohlender - CBLS #383
Lukas Bohlender is a talented producer hailing from Munich, Germany whose fantastic new EP was just released on the infamous Compost Records label alongside a fantastic remix from Compost label boss Thomas Herb. Judging by his first solo release and this mix, the future is bright for this newcomer from Munich. Enjoy this beautiful mix made exclusively as a part of Compost Records podcast series.
Steve Graham - Live at Panther Room
Steve Graham is one of the residents and co-founders of Fiction NYC. He’s been staple in the underground electronic music scene in Florida, organizing unforgettable boat parties, club events and WMC parties from Tampa to Miami and back. Since 2012 he’s been playing regularly all over NYC alongside some of the biggest names on the scene like Ame, Dixon, Ripperton, and Andre Lodemann just to name a few. This is a live recording from infamous Panther Room in Brooklyn when two of our residents Steve Graham and Joe Foxton were special guests at the 3Bridge Records label party. It’s an hour and a half of Steve Graham signature style. - groovy, bouncy tech house that makes any dance floor shake and leaves crowds wanting more.
Trikk - Mundo Ritual
Portuguese producer and DJ, Trikk has been attracting a lot of attention lately with his original production and remixes. He’s gained support from biggest names on the scene. His massive track Proto Rhyth which was released earlier this year via Lossless is definitely one the biggest hits this year. This mix is percussion driven with afro and tribal motifs. Very pleasant listening.
Derrick Vnuk - Autumn '16
Derrick Vnuk is one of the staples of Vancouver’s underground scene. The Infamous ‘Patio’ parties that he’s been throwing during the summer had featured the finest local and international talents. He’s been playing alongside Mano Le Tough, The Drifter, Jay Tripwire, and Lee Foss just to name few. This beautiful fall mix is a perfect companion for the upcoming cold weather, perfect for chilling at home.
Thomas Herb - UTA Podcast 024
The man behind industry leading labels like Compost and Lossless is someone that always grabs our attention (this is his third mention in this article alone). Compost has been one of the most influential music labels for more than 20 years featuring artist like Jazzanova, Truby Trio, Nightmares on Wax, Minus 8, Ben Mono just to name few. On the other hand Lossless is one of the most influential young labels whose releases gain support and attention from biggest names in the underground electronic music scene, and for good reason. It’s a forward thinking label that shapes sound in a very unique way. Having that kind of resume, you can expect only the best from this Munich based producer and DJ. This perfectly blended mix for Underground Tel Aviv podcast shows Thomas’ undeniable penchant for curating beautiful tracks into unique music journies. Tracks by Jimi Jules, Trikk, JMII, Davis, map.ache, Hyenah just to name few make this mix essential listening for the days to come.
Manamana - Institut fuer Zukunft 10.02.2016
Manamana is the project behind KANN label bosses Sevensol and map.ache. This mix is one of our techno dosages for this month. It’s a live recording from their b2b session that happened earlier this month at Institut fuer Zukunft club in Leipzig. Three hours of hypnotic techno delivered by one of the masters of the German underground sound.
Luca Bacchetti - Endless Barcelona @ Nitsa Club
This is one part of an impressive DJ set that the Endless label boss Luca Baccheti played in Barcelona alongside Ripperton, Superlounge and Shelby Grey. Luca is definitely not a stranger to FictionLab and this dj mix recorded live is just another fantastic notch on the belft of the super talented Italian producer and DJ. Expect tracks by Eagles & Butterflies, Manuel Tur, Joakim, Trikk, Roman Flugel and others.
Daniel Bortz - Balance Selections 028
The Pastamusik label boss comes back with another impressive mix, this time for the infamous Balance series. This mix goes places, from drum heavy tracks to afro style to hypnotic house. You are in for a treat.
Tsepo - Red Light Radio 10.27.2016
Amsterdam’s club scene has been in full force lately. Many new independent labels and young talented artist and DJs have emerged in last couple of years. One of them is for sure Tsepo who we already featured a few times in FictionLab. Tsepo has been staple in Amsterdam’s nightlife lately and it’s for a reason. We had the opportunity to hear him play few times both b2b and regular DJ sets. His track selection was always spot on. For this occasion we have a little something different from Tsepo - a set that he played at the infamous Red Light Radio in Amsterdam, and it’s a proper radio set. An eclectic mix that will go perfectly with your daytime activities.
WhoMadeWho - Mothership, Further Future festival
Danish band WhoMadeWho has been impressing electronic music fans for more than 10 years. Their music has been remixed by numerous producers, from DJ Koze, Maceo Plex, Konstantin Sibold to Bedouin, Adriatique and Agents of Time. WhoMadeWho tours the world regularly with their impressive, charismatic live performance that takes the crowd to another level. This is a live recording of their performance at Mothership, Further Future Festival.