Dec 18, 2014

QUICKIE: Mia Dora Announce New Label – Posterboy Records

After releases on the likes of Moda Black, Madtech and Glasgow Underground, Mia Dora have decided to break out on their own and start a new label called Posterboy Records. The first EP will come from Berlin-via-London talent Mculo, offering two slabs of dark, menacing house alongside a techno driven remix from Mia Dora. Speaking of the motives behind the label, Al of the duo said: “When travelling to other cities for gigs we’re often handed demos by up and coming producers, and every so often we get an absolute blinder. It got to the stage where we had so much excellent music which really merited a release that we decided it was time to set up that vehicle and release the music ourselves.”

Suggesting that the label will also provide a platform for some of their more experimental productions, you can expect new material from Mia Dora to feature alongside fresh talent. “There will be no limitations on the music policy” confirms Al, “we just want to release excellent dance music regardless of genre.”

Preview the first release from Mculo on Posterboy Records below:

Keep up with release dates and news at the Posterboy Records website.

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Dec 17, 2014

SYNTH RADIO 005: 2014

It’s almost over, and while we can’t quite believe there are only two weeks left in 2014, this has certainly been one of the most exciting years in Glasgow to date. From festivals to clubs, bars to basements, the city’s electronic heart was beating twice as fast this year and the music has been exceptional. In this month’s radio show we take a look back at some of the standout tracks of the last twelve months, with everything from house to hip hop represented.

Selecting music from the likes of Inkke, MermaidS, Mia Dora and Rustie, consider this a cross section of Glasgow’s electronic spectrum and the sounds which have made their way across the globe. We of course couldn’t fit in everything (the show could easily have been twice as long), but hopefully this will remind you just why 2014 was so special…

Listen, download and check the full tracklisting below:

1. The Nuclear Family – After Effects (The Nuclear Family)
2. MermaidS – MersteriouS (Young Adults)
3. Inkke ft/ Julia Juban - Paradise (Local Action)
4. Sega Bodega – Jansen (Soundcloud)
5. Hudson Mohawke – King Kong Beaver (Warp)
6. Joe Howe & Matthias Zimmerman – Jules (Sound Pellegrino)
7. Bessa – Paris Si Si (Bandcamp)
8. S-Type – Rosario (LuckyMe)
9. Rustie ft/ Danny Brown – Attak (Warp)
10. Nightwave ft/ DJ Deeon – Hit It (Heka Trax)

Alex Caslano in the mix

11. Slam – Ghosts Of Detroit (Soma)
12. Kevin McKay – Everything’s A Dream (Exploited)
13. Mia Dora – Jezebel (Glasgow Underground)
14. Those Beats – Lead Me On (Glasgow Underground)
15. Illyus & Barrientos – Ballin’ (Love & Other)
16. Jasper James – Listen To My Buttons (Optimo Trax)
17. Funk D’Void – Lambo (Lost & Found)

Synth Radio will return in January with some of Glasgow’s finest new electronic music. Check the last episode featuring a live recording of Sad City at Simple Things Festival here.

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Dec 11, 2014

QUICKIE: Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival 15’ – First Acts Announced

It may be December, but it’s never too early to start thinking about next summer. So, following a sold out event that saw the likes of Laurent Garnier, Jamie Jones and Felix Da Housecat play to thousands of fans earlier this year, Electric Frog and Pressure have teamed up again for the Riverside Festival, taking place on the 29th and 30th May. Set in the grounds of the iconic Riverside Museum, and with promises of a reconfigured site and an additional ‘Sunset Stage’, it will be the perfect way to kick off summer 2015.

And judging by the first wave of acts which were announced today, they’re going to need that extra stage. In a move that will satisfy many of Glasgow’s techno lovers, Cocoon boss and living legend, Sven Vath will be joined by cult Chilean DJ, Ricardo Villalobos, while French producer, Popof, will also make his Electric Frog debut. Securing a Scottish exclusive, Siriusmo and Modeselektor will also present their new festival collaboration ‘SiriusModeselektor’, while local heroes Optimo and Slam - who just released one of the finest electronic albums of the year, ‘Reverse Proceed’ - will of course have the home crowd on fire.

Commenting on the announcement, Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival Promoter Dave Clarke said: “After the fantastic sold-out event earlier this year, we’re hugely excited to announce the first names on the line-up for next summer's Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival including the Scottish exclusive Siriusmodeselektor. We are delighted to be returning to The Riverside Museum, which is an outstanding location for our city music festival.”

The Electric Frog and Pressure Riverside Festival returns on the 29th and 30th May 2015. Advance tickets are available now from Tickets Scotland.

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Dec 10, 2014


Glasgow Underground has arguably had its most prolific year to date, with superb releases from the likes of Illyus & Barrientos and Those Beats to name just a few. Thankfully, label boss Kevin McKay has still had time to get in the studio himself, with this new release on Exploited proving why he’s still at the top of his game. Expect sweet strings and an excellently executed vocal sample on this solid slice of groove-driven house.

NICO MENDEZ – WHAT YA DO EP (Underground Source)

It’s a shame that ‘deep house’ has been stamped with a commercial stigma, but thankfully most of us recognise the true sound when we hear it. This can be said for Nico Mendez and his latest EP ‘What Ya Do’, featuring three effortless jams which are steeped in atmosphere. Choosing subtle tones and reflective chords over big bass and predictable automation, this is definitely one for the more sophisticated dancefloor.


Speaking of deep house, here’s a man who definitely deserves your attention but probably doesn’t get enough of it. Co-owner of the ever consistent No Matter What Records with Alex Agore, James Johnston is right up there with our favourite producers. This new remix of Ciro De Gais certainly hits the spot, oozing late night flavour with every note.

SAD CITY – LIMBO (Emotional Response)

Finally, we're incredibly excited to hear what Sad City has in store for 2015, as although his releases are few and far between, he never fails to produce something special. Featured on a new collaborative EP from Emotional Response, his latest effort sees him explore the sphere of ambience with an 18min journey which can only be described as completely immersive. Check out Sad City live on our latest podcast.

Dec 9, 2014

MIX: MermaidS Live At Simple Things Festival

It’s been another exciting year for cosmic disco duo, MermaidS. EPs on Glasgow Underground, Young Adults and A Friend In Need have all been up there with our favourite releases of 2014, delivering a Balearic, streamlined sound which we can’t seem to get enough of. Hosting MermaidS on our stage at Simple Things was certainly one of our highlights of the festival, and this live recording of their set proves why. Mesmerising and irresistibly smooth, the duo take you on an intergalactic journey which builds to a dazzling climax. On the way you’ll experience warm grooves, soulful vocal cuts and glittering chords – a combination which never fails to get us moving…

MermaidS ‘La Beurre’ is available now via Philanthrobeats.

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