The most diverse Tetrad yet is out now feat. music by Refraction, STIV HEY, Cactus Twisters+Kohra, and Alessan Main //
A sample is a small part of the whole, chosen because it exemplifies an entire package. In the Tetrad series, we have selected four tracks from very different artists that represent a cohesive vision. In the fourth addition of the series, we bring four of the most diverse tracks that have been released on Black Swan. From the heavy techno stomper Pahed to the deeper vibe of Shadow, the release exemplifies the spectrum of the Black Swan aesthetic. Both Refraction and Stiv Hey have already prepared new EPs to be released early in 2014 and these two groovers are a preview.
Schubert's November Selection is up feat. some of the latest Black Swan and Aurora Music releases //
Simone Zino - Eclipse (Original) [Black Swan Recordings]
The lead track from the new record is heavier than his previous offerings and this EP shows how he has really developed. Massive grooves and every sound fits well in the mix. Of course I’m looking forward to what he will bring in 2014!
Porter Ricks – Port Gentil (Original) [Type]
The title track from Köner and Mellwig’s amazing album: I’m obsessed with every track on there and listened to the record at least a hundred times. It’s a good reminder of how high the bar was set over 20 years ago.
Refraction - Solar Quake (Original) [Sci+Tec]
One of the standout tunes from Refraction’s latest EP on the label. Next year, one can expect his debut EP on Black Swan with some fresh sounds with maybe a remix or two.
Calculus – Gorilla Belch (Original) [Octopus Records]
Going through some of my older libraries, I came across one of my favorite early releases on Octopus during the peak of that sound: Stripped down stuff at the core.
Schubert – Etheron (Concepto Remix) [Black Swan Recordings]
Out of the great package, Concepto showed his skills once again with a rolling remix of the deeper original.
Nonyas – Sneaker (Orginal) [Aurora Music]
After receiving three slick groovers from Nonyas, we immediately signed his EP to Aurora and this probably my pick of the bunch: Current tech house grooves that work just about anytime in the night.
Plasmic Honey – Jungle (Original) [Sci+Tec]
Another track that I came across going through my older libraries. I first heard it on Dubfire’s influential DJ Mag cover mount cd a few years ago. I’ve been a huge fan of the label for years and of course honored to be a contributor.
SIAN (OFFICIAL PAGE) - Farewell Mermaid (Original) [Octopus Black Label]
Graham has been on fire lately prepping his anticipated album likely to be released in 2014. Both of the tracks are massive, but the wild out of nowhere synth takes this one to the next level for me. I can imagine it being one of those tracks that people ask about at the end of the night. Mental…
Schubert – Chrome (A++ Remix) [Black Swan Recordings]
A++ brings his signature funk to the remix pack and interprets the original with some developing percussion and background sounds snug in the mix.
Ricky Ebner – Scarolla (Original) [Sci+Tec]
Another new EP that I’ve heard several times over the past months: Cool groovers with Scarolla fitting best for me.
Eclipse is now available on Beatport //
Arjun Vagale - “Really feeling Eclipse. Dope track!”
Karotte - “Wait is the one for me.”
Saso Recyd - “Eclipse and Wait.”
Joran van Pol - “Nice EP! Wait is my favorite.”
Tomika - “Hot EP! Killing the dance floor.”
Francesco Bergomi - “Bomb EP from Simone! Def one of the most promising talents to come out of Italy over the last year.”
Stacey Pullen - “Cool thanks.”
Marco V - “Love Eclipse.”
Justin James - “Bedrums is nice and funky!”
Daniel Derek - “Wait for me.”
Mattew Jay - “Cool EP from Simone Zino! I like all.”
Off the heels of the versatile remix pack of Schubert’s Traces I, Simone Zino returns to Black Swan with a three-track main room assault. Eclipse leads the charge with a sub heavy groove and sparse but effective elements. Bedrums turns down the heat slightly with a catchy hook and hints on peak time crossover. Rounding off the release is the solid bouncy Wait.
The remixes of Schubert's Traces is exclusively on Beatport //
Boris - Banging pack! Chrome (A++ remix) for me.
Arjun Vagale - Stellar pack of remixes! A++ & Daniel stand out the most.
Luigi Madonna - Chrome A++ remix for me!
Michael Penman - One of the best promos I have heard in a long time.
Stacey Pullen - Cool thanks
Tomika - Cool EP. A++ Remix is my Favoite. Concepto Remix is sick as well.
Saso Recyd - Good remixes!
Justin James - Ante’s and A++ are both pretty hot!
Piek - A++ Remix if a great peak time track.
Francesco Bergomi - Ante’s remix for me! Great track, great sounds.
Chris Fortier - Good for me.
Stefano Lotti - I’ll try the A++ and Daniel Spanjaard remix!
Daniel Derek - A++ and Daniel Spanjaard Remixes for me!
Sean Random - Nice remix pack. Concepto and Ante are my fav.
I asked some of my favorite producers of the moment that have been contributing to the Black Swan sound this year to make an interpretation of Traces I. They’ve given the originals a new dimension, and I couldn’t be happier to work with these artists.
In the Traces Series, parts from Schubert’s live arsenal have been rearranged into full tracks. The first in the series, May Fire, spans a wide range of sounds from the constant bass line and tripped out synths of the title track to the ambiance of Falsify. Etheron combines a rolling groove with alternating percussion and synth stabs, while Chrome is a straight forward main room tool sitting somewhere between techno and tech house. Schubert has balanced the roles of a capable producer and manager of Reverse Replay, which currently supports the catalogs of Black Swan Recordings and Aurora Music. Along with various interests spanning experimental and ambient projects, releases on Sci+Tec, Minus12, and Black Swan have continued to reach a wider audience supported but the electronic music landscape’s most respected artists. As a live act and DJ, Schubert has performed at venues from Paris to Miami and alongside Dubfire in Sci+Tec events across Europe
Arjun Vagale - Come Get Some (Original) [Octopus Black Label] //
My friends over at Octopus have gone from strength to strength with tracks from Sian and some of my favorite techno producers at the moment. Arjun has been on fire and this double header is one of my favorites from him.
Moonwalk – Confession feat. Ego (Prab Kumar and Jon Charnis Remix) [Faceless Recordings] //
I’ve been able to see Prab and Jon’s evolution over the past few years, and this remix brought out the best of both of them. Great deep vibes.
Ø [Phase] – Shadow Caster (Original) [Token Records] //
One of the standout tracks for me, and part of a great album from the Belgian producer.
Giuseppe Cennamo – Our First Cinema (Original) [SCI+TEC Digital Audio]
A great four tracker that I’ve been really feeling and fit perfectly into my sets. Chunky heavy grooves and interesting samples here and there make it something that will be a staple for some time.
Schubert – Etheron (Original) [Black Swan Recordings]
One of the tunes at the beginning of my live sets for many months and has worked well to set the mood.
Kernel Key - Unchained (Ambivalent Remix) [Greta Recordings] //
Not much that I can say here. I love literally every track Kevin’s released over the years and this remix is filthy.
Recondite - Stems (Into The Dew Mix) [Ghostly International] //
The single for Recondite’s upcoming LP filled with spacey tones and his signature sound. Both mixes are great, but this one really struck a cord with me.
Refraction (Christian Montuori) - The Devil’s Claw (Original) [Sui Generiz]
After hearing this track, I contacted Christian. Expect some twisted music coming from Refraction in the coming months.
Joop Junior - Itanimulli (Original) [SCI+TEC Digital Audio] //
I’ve had this EP for a while and really like Joop’s fresh take on techno. All around great engineering and tight grooves make all the tracks main room weapons.
[Occam] – Mako (Original) [Black Swan Recordings] //
Mako was one of the last minute additions to the Doppler Shift EP, and certainly a tool that’s been tested over the past year.