Aug 19, 2014

RELEASE: Ovr Kill – Jakeball Summer

Make no mistake, we are absolutely in love with this track. As feel-good summer jams go, this is right up there with the best of them this year, delivering the type of spine-tingling sweetness that will have you glazing over and claiming there’s a bug in your eye. For those yet to be acquainted, Ovr Kill is Rob Etherson (also one half of Mia Dora) and Ross Stenhouse, two producers from Glasgow that seem to be working very well together. Last year they released a criminally overlooked sunsetter in the form of ‘Floating Point’ and we can only hope that ‘Jakeball Summer’ sees their profile surge.

Clocking in at 8mins it’s already an end of set highlight for the likes of Grum, and with a passionate vocal sample and emotive chords it’s easy to hear why. This is simply one of the most beautiful tracks you’ll hear this year and we’re head-over-heels.

Ovr Kill ‘Jakeball Summer’ is out now on Glasgow Underground.

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Aug 14, 2014

PREVIEW: Tribal Pulse Presents…Sandrien
WORDS: Alex Caslano

‘I remember walking into Trouw for the first time, I was amazed by the vibe it had going on; an industrial place but with warmth - a proper club vibe.’ With the infamous Amsterdam club facing closure next year, Sandrien, one of the city’s most exciting DJs and Trouw resident for the past four years, is clearly feeling somewhat sentimental. ‘The people who work at Trouw are so friendly and professional; everyone from the staff, no matter what function they have, make you feel at home. Combine that with the 24 hour license we’ve got and it makes the club really special.’

Having been playing parties around Amsterdam since 1999, Sandrien’s reputation for quality sets spanning everything from ambient to techno eventually led her to the door of Trouw in 2010, where she was asked to host her own event, Imprint. Over the past four years the experience of playing prolonged sets that journey deep in to the night (and well into the next day) have helped her to become on of the city’s finest DJs and an ambassador for the club around the world. Dabbling with production has also attracted positive attention, with her track ‘I Left My Girlfriend At The Club’ featuring on Ben Sims’ coveted Theory label. From headline slots at Berghain to a recent tour of Japan with Peter Van Hoesen, she’s firmly in the ascension.

And it’s her rocketing status that brings her to Glasgow this Saturday. Scheduled for her first Scottish appearance at Tribal Pulse, a night which certainly aims to emulate the immersive atmosphere of Trouw (in fact, it was at the Amsterdam club that Tribal Pulse resident and promoter, Boom Merchant, was cast under her spell), she is certain to deliver a standout set from a true DJ’s perspective. We may only get four hours in the club here, but with Sandrien at the helm you can expect each one to count.

Check out Sandrien’s recent podcasts for Slam and Resident Advisor below, as well as her peak-time damager ‘I Left My Girlfriend At The Club’ and an interview in which we talk marathon sets, record selection and what makes Trouw so special:

Synth: We had a chat with fellow Trouw resident, Jean Pierre Enfant earlier this year and he suggested that having a 24hr license and being able to play at all times of the day and night had made him a better, more rounded DJ. Is that something you can identify with?

Sandrien: Yes, I agree. I’ve experienced that the energy in the club is different at certain times of the day and night. It’s good to know how to adjust to that.

Synth: In Glasgow we rarely get a license beyond 3 or 4am which doesn’t give us much time to play with; how do you go about pacing an extensive set at Trouw? Do you organise your records for certain parts of the night?

Sandrien: When I play an all-nighter I go through my records at home and I categorize them in my head on which moment the record could be suitable for on the night. But once I’m in the club I react on the vibe and the energy of the crowd, so it's a combination of selecting on forehand and letting the moment decide which way it's going to go. Having all this time, you can play records you normally wouldn't; you can play versatile sets going from ambient to dub techno, acid tracks, Chicago, raw techno, deep, offbeat, freaky, to more banging stuff. There’s no rush to it and that feels great.

Synth: You’ll be celebrating the 4th anniversary of your own party, Imprint, this month at Trouw and of course the club will sadly close next year; can you tell us a little about what made Trouw so special?

Sandrien: I remember walking into Trouw for the first time, I was amazed by the vibe it had going on; an industrial place but with warmth - a proper club vibe. While playing you’re surrounded by people so you can really connect. The people who work at Trouw are so friendly and professional; you can definitely feel this vibe in the club. Everyone from the staff, no matter what function they have, make you feel at home. The programming at Trouw is strong, every weekend you get to hear great artists. Combining that with the 24 hour license we’ve got, it makes the club really special and it will surely be missed!

Sandrien plays Tribal Pulse at Saint Judes this Saturday

Synth: It must be a great place to test out your own productions, and we certainly loved last years ‘Haters EP’; was producing something you had always aspired to or did it come after DJ’ing?

Sandrien: Producing is something that followed afterwards. I see myself foremost as a DJ, that’s what comes naturally to me and it’s a great way to express myself. Producing is a bit more personal, I need to be in the flow which can be hard sometimes; but it’s something I’m putting more time and energy into at the moment.

Synth: So you’ll be joining us here in Glasgow for Tribal Pulse at Saint Judes this Saturday – an intimate club with a low ceiling and big soundsystem; any records we’re guaranteed to hear during your set?

Sandrien: Well I really love Inigo Kennedy's ‘Vaudeville’ album on Token so I’m sure I’ll play some of his tracks. I'm also really into the productions of upcoming Dutch artist Qindek, so I'll play his tracks as well.

Synth: Finally, having a glance at your Facebook page, it seems like you’re having a blast touring at the moment; what are you looking forward to in the second half of the year? Do you have any plans for Imprint after Trouw’s closure?

Sandrien: Yes, I'm playing a lot at the moment, I'm really happy about that. I have some nice international bookings coming up. Playing at the Loft Razzmatazz next week, Berghain in September and of course my first ever Glasgow gig at Tribal Pulse. There are still a lot of festivals to come including the Mysteryland CLR stage, and I’m also going to do an Imprint Weekender in September; we’re starting at Saturday night at 11pm and we’ll be open until Monday morning. I’m really happy with the line up, it’s actually quite insane haha: Ben Sims, Ø [Phase], Rødhåd, Luke Slater, DVS1, Inigo Kennedy, Kr!z, A&S live. I’m playing as well and the visuals will be by Heleen Blanken.

I certainly do wish to continue Imprint after Trouw, but there are no concrete plans yet. It needs to have the right vibe and feeling, and that will be quite hard to find after all these good years at Trouw.

Sandrien plays Tribal Pulse at Saint Judes this Saturday. Support comes from Boom Merchant and tickets are £5 advance from Resident Advisor. Check out Sandrien on Soundcloud for more podcasts and mixes.

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Aug 13, 2014

SYNTH RADIO 001: Rjay Murphy In The Mix

It had to be done. We’ve been so excited by the music coming out of Glasgow recently that we felt it was about time to put together a radio show, and today we present the first episode with one of our favourite new house producers, RJay Murphy. Presented by our editor, Alex Caslano, you can expect to hear some of the freshest talent Glasgow has to offer alongside some of the names who are making an impact on an international level.

Since this week is the inaugural show we’ve got a lot of incredible music to fit in, kicking off with a delicious groove from Am$trad Billionaire; we then head into the mix with a certified jam from Jasper James, before dynamic duo, Illyus & Barrientos step up with a new remix of Solaris Heights. Glasgow Underground label mates, Those Beats provide a white hot exclusive in the form of ‘Lead Me On’, before getting into some liquid drum & bass from Hex. We then give one of our summer favourites from Bessa a spin, before rapping up the first part of the show with reflective beats from Urchxns and Inkke. It’s then over to RJay Murphy who goes deep and dark on our first guest mix, providing 30mins of late night satisfaction…

Listen to the show below and check the tracklisting too:

1. Am$trad Billionaire – Busted (Hobbes Music)
2. Jasper James – Sneaky (Optimo Trax)
3. Solaris Heights – Glisten (Illyus & Barrientos Remix) (Glasgow Underground)
4. Those Beats – Lead Me On (Glasgow Underground)
5. Hex – Weightless (Sub:mission Audio)
6. Bessa – Paris SiSi (Bamdcamp)
7. Urchxns – Magnolia (Unsigned)
8. Inkke ft/ Julia Juban- Paradise (Local Action Records)

RJay Murphy Guest Mix:

1. RJay Murphy - Dim Lights (Original Mix)
2. Matt Hardinge - What They Wanna Be (Original Mix)
3. Djuma Soundsystem, Aki Bergen & Lazarusman - Love Her Madly (Lee Van Dowski & Dean Demanuele Remix)
4. Carlos Sanchez - Fastness (Original Beat Mix)
5. Jordan Peak - False Start (Original Mix)
6. Henry Saiz - Our Discovery (Simon Garcia Remix)
7. Darko Esser - Balans (Andre Lodemann Remix)

Synth Radio returns next month with a guest mix from Cheeky Forty. Check out Synth on Soundcloud for some of the hottest new music coming out of Glasgow. RJay Murphy 'Lazy' is out now on 5Alive Recordings.

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Aug 12, 2014

QUICKIE: The Revenge – New EP, New Album And A Collab With Sister Sledge

It’s actually quite astonishing to think that after fifteen years, Graeme Clark aka The Revenge is only just getting round to his debut album. But given his work with Craig Smith as the 6th Borough Project, his collaboration with Subculture’s Harri as Burnt Island Casuals, running labels Roar Groove and Instruments Of Rapture, as well as releasing countless EPs, then it’s perhaps more astonishing he’s got round to it at all. But as detailed in an interview with Thump yesterday, the producer confirmed that his first solo album, ‘Love That Will Not Die’, is scheduled for a March 2015 release, with a collaboration with legendary disco outfit, Sister Sledge in the pipeline…

"I did an edit of ‘Lost In Music’ a few years back and they heard it and liked it," explains The Revenge. "They hit me up on Twitter recently showing some love and I responded asking if they wanted to do a collaboration on my album. I sent them over some demos and we’re gonna hit the studio this month and see what comes out of it. As is the case with any collaboration, I really just hope for it to be relaxed and flowing. They seem super cool so I think it’ll be productive."

And as the saying goes, ‘good things come in threes’, so while news of a debut album and collaborating with Sister Sledge is exciting enough, we’ve also got a new EP to look forward to in the form of ‘Incredible Shellsuit’. Featuring three analogue jams of varying intensity, it’s a perfect example of where the producer has been and where he’s heading. Taken from it is ‘Los Angeles Times’, a swelling power groove which employs swirling vocal cuts and a dark, menacing bassline. He’s certainly pulling no punches…The Revenge is about to strike.

The Revenge ‘Incredible Shellsuit’ is available via Roar Groove on Aug 18th.

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Aug 7, 2014

1. HEX. – GREY SKIES/WEIGHTLESS (Sub:misson Audio)

You don’t often hear people shouting about drum & bass in Glasgow, but that may be about to change with producers like Hex representing. Here he unveils his new EP on Sub:mission Audio, with two liquid damagers that really hit the mark. Presented as a double A side, ‘Grey Skies’ echoes the relentless patter of falling rain, with deep sub-bass creating a brooding and gloomy atmosphere. On the flipside, ‘Weightless’ soars towards the sun, taking flight with sparkling synths and whooshing pads. A fantastic contrast and quality production.

2. URCHXNS – MAGNOLIA (Unsigned)

Dammmn! Anyone who has ever questioned the credibility of Scottish hip hop should simply take a listen to this. A match made in heaven, Zayn is one of the best lyricists going right now, while Florist, the man on the buttons, has got the groove firmly on lock. Together they comprise Urchxns, a duo that really deserve your attention. New track ‘Magnolia’ is superbly laid back, oozing smooth with every bar.


There’s absolutely no doubt that our two talented pals, Illyus & Barrientos are on something of a hot streak at the moment. Following their widely supported summer smash, ‘Ballin’, the duo return with a storming remix for Glasgow Underground’s Solaris Heights. Laying down a seriously weighty bassline, you can expect pensive vocals and a tension-building breakdown to cause maximum damage.


With a stamp of approval from Silicone Soul and The Revenge, it’s hardly surprising that the latest effort from Glaswegian duo, Am$trad Billionaire, comes quality assured. Featuring on an excellent new compilation from Hobbes Music, ‘Busted’ is a bouncy, 80s inspired jam with funky guitar licks and enough spunk to get even the driest dancefloor oiled up.