Snuff Crew-Berghain EP


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The Snuff Crew are a duo out of Berlin producing a jacking Chicago style house with a dark edge. Their Berghain EP on International Deejay Gigolos is the part of a steady stream of production efforts since the end of 2008. There’s a lot to this sound—it manages to be mysterious and ethereal but also tough and, well, sinister. Both of the tracks on the Berghain EP fall like nighttime with bright synths rising to shine like the moon. The ode to Berlin nightclub Berghain is driving and hypnotic, while the title track is a classic jacking number. Everything is very sparse and the deliberate minimalism adds significantly to the impact of the tracks. The Crew seems as mysterious as their music as the photo above shows. They maybe what I like to call a total package—their talent is productive and innovative; their image is unique and fitting; their sound is relevant and timeless. . . Absolute top quality stuff! Check the set from them below.

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Vinyl Life-Jack the Hype


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Here’s is a cool mix of hip-hop, electro, and techno from Vinyl Life, a trio out NYC at the moment making some buzz with their upcoming, self titled artist album. It’s a very cool, retro synths and well worth checking out. Wrote a little more on these guys over at the blog for WKNC.

Check out “Jack the Hype!”

Fast Eddie–Yo Yo Get Funky
Sterling Void–Serve it Up
N-Joi–Techno Gangsters
Hugg and Pepp–Snabeln
Doug Lazy–Let it Roll
Twin–For Those Who Like To Move
Fast Eddie–Jack to the Sound
Nightmares on Wax–I’m for Real
The Crucibles–The Letter (contagious Dub)
Joey Beltram–Energy Flash
Josh Wink–516 Acid
Zombie Nation–Filter Jerks
Scram–Revelation
Armando–151
Fast Eddie–Acid Thunder
Fake Blood–Mars
Giorgio Moroder–The Chase
Adonis–no Way Back
Bang the Box–Jack Master
Continuous Cool–Manual
Second Phase–Mentalism

Welcome to the Soul Reflector


Welcome to Soul Reflector–a blog for EDM music selectors everywhere. I’ll be featuring EDM tracks and sets from my favorite artists and DJs, as well as playlists and clips from my radio show on WKNC in Raleigh, NC. . .BTW: WKNC is simulcast live with a webcast at wknc.org. Occasionally I may post some extra, useful chatter. My radio sets are always live and usually vinyl, but for this inaugural post I did a special digital mix. Take a listen to it!

For this particular show I had a special guest, DJ FM of djfm.com–a very cool and talented DJ and producer out of North Carolina. . .he started out as a metalhead apparently, but has been making some killer electronic tracks for a while now. I’ll talk a little more about him in later posts without a doubt! My blog will support and promote electronic music on every level–local, state, national, international, outernational. . . no boundaries, no borders, no divides here–it’s about supporting the most massive tunes and keeping an ear to the ground for the best recent and upcoming stuff. There’s a lot planned for the near future, so keep checking out the site! In the meantime enjoy the set!

Benko Gambit Setlist June 30th

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Hemiptera–Low Hand. Hemiptera, a married duo, have been guests on my show before so it just seemed right to start with them. Dark, minimal track with morphing layers of syncopation, set a trajectory for the mix to come.

Monkey Brothers–Manuela (Original Mix). Keeping to the minimal, dark elements of the opening tracks this one is a scorching bit of NYC techno.

Snuff Crew-Control. The darkness starts to jack with this one–currently a favorite track. Soon to be released on International Deejay Gigolo, I can hardly get enough! The minimalism begins to thicken a bit with the squelchy 303 lines, that gives the whole a sinister undercurrent.

DJ Hell–Wonderland. Onto the Guru of International Deejay Gigolo’s, DJ Hell. . .this one’s from the recent Teufelswerk double LP, and is a complex, layered, protean piece of sonic nutrition. It’s deepening complexity moves the mix into its next stage of airy, driving tunes.

Oscar G–Innosense. The lead track from the multi-disc artist release. Elements of progressive and electro balance nicely over an organic percussive pulse.

Tiefschwarz feat. Seth Troxler–Trust. I love the talking tracks–there is something so poetic when an artist builds a track around a human voice that’s just talking. This little gem has Seth Troxler musing on immaturity and relationships over deep pulsing drums and a bass line that’s as on the brink as the relationship in the song.

Shit Robot–Simple Things (Serge Santiago Version). Shit robot’s releases on DFA have all been monsters, and this one is no exception. Clocking in at a clean 10 mins in the Serge Santiago remix its worth every second. If Trust is about how hard it is to be in a relationship, Simple Things is about how hard it can be not to be in one.

Tom Neville & Guy Williams–Take No Prisoners. Massive track! This track is both smart and sexy, patiently building groove that doesn’t stop. The title is what this song doesn’t do.

Rockers Hi-Fi–Push Push (M.A.N.D.Y.’s Pusher Remix). This track is one of those tracks that I’ve heard in many different versions, over the last few years. Every version sticks with you, though. A special version of a special song.

Louie Vega vs. DJ Pierre–Da Jungle (The Klienteles Italienisch Workout Mix). I’ve been playing this song in every remix available because they are all fantastic. It brings out the best in every one!!!

Steve Porter – Control (Original Mix). Wow. Just wow. . .last year this time I was having burgers with this guy, and had noooo idea this was to come.

Dave P & Adam Sparkles–Delaze. Featured this track a few weeks back, and then a mix by these guys. Love it love it love it–it’s bonkers, but oddly perfect.

Ronski Speed–Are You ? (Sun Decade Mix). A bit of a departure for me, but a great track. I’ve got a soft spot for the progressive scene because up in Virginia, these were the folks hyping me