Something about Umek: For a long time, Slovenia is known for its great electronic parties, but as the local scene is of boutique dimensions, everyone, who wishes to take the art of mixing and producing to a professional level, has to go out there and enter the worldwide scene.
Umek has done this step as early as in the middle of the 90s and so he became one of the most important techno players of the global techno scene, even before the end of the last millennium. Together with people, who shared the same views, he successfully captured the first era of researching and recreating the rules of the dance music in Recycled Loops, Consumer Recreation and Astrodisco platforms, which all put the sound of the Slovenian techno on the world map of electronic music.

In the beginning of the year 2007, Umek started a new 1605 Music Therapy – Sixteenofive, with which he marked the beginning of the second era of his music creation and what an era it is! After 3 years the label is already tagged as a great success, with an exemplary number of hot releases, pounding the Beatport Techno Chart.A huge success of the »Electronics Day „10« – the main 1605 techno event in Krizanke (Ljubljana, Slovenia) for the fourth year in a row, a popular summer festival »Disconautica« in 2009 (Koper, Slovenia) featuring 1605 Main Floor and with over 50.000 attending people only further deepened the 1605‟s story of success. Furthermore the many astonishing releases and remixes already released in 2010, not to mention the crown jewel – Responding To Dynamic, Umek‟a second authorial album (released in March 2010), are the best proof, that Umek stays focused on his primary goal – making high quality productions that stand out from the rest and to bring this music closer to people all around the world.

Nominations and winnings on world\’s prestigious music contests seem to just pour into Umek\’s pocket – he was voted to first place on Beatport\’s world Music Awards in techno category, not to mention he was one of the 2009\’s Best Sellers on Beatport. On last year\’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJs he was placed on 3rd spot in techno and on 39th spot in overall category.

Production-wise we can also count year 2010 as one of the most successful ones for Umek. In the last two months he had two tracks on Beatport\’s overall chart placed on the first spot – the banging OMGWTF track and Back In The Race, which he produced with Beltek.

But Umek‟s success story is far from done. In the middle of December an interesting documentary named “Techno heavy-weights Umek & Carl Cox in back to back interview” will be released to the world in which he and Carl Cox debate about their past, music and the future of techno. A must-see for all who consider themselves electronic music lovers. Last but not least a totally new remake of his classic Gatex (named Gatex 2010) is coming to the digital shelves in just a week.
Artist: Umek 

Tittle: Behind The Iron Curtain 
Rls date: 07.09.2012
Genre: Techno, Tech House
Source: WEB
Type: Set

01. Loko & Dj Pp – Break It All [Loko Motion]
02. Angelo Ferreri – Fet It [Materials]
03. Sian – Canary In The Coalmine [Octopus]
04. Eddie Amador – I\’m Not Your Girlfriend [Soundcloud]
05. Tony Roguez – 1981 [Uranobeat]
06. Zoltan Kontes – Street Knowledge [Muzikasa]
07. Anthony Attalla – Bump Dump Hump [Greatstuff]
08. Andrew Mclaughlan – Love Story (Sergio Fernandez & Christian Varela Remix) [Bush]
09. Mario Ochoa – Smh [1605]
10. Robert Gaez – Belle [Nirvana]
11. Minimo & Minor Dott – Stormer [Dropkick]
12. Alex Di Stefano – Ride The River (Spektre Remix) [Binary404]
13. Tomy Declerque – Room Full Of Tools [Promo]
14. Adam Beyer – Dot [Mad Eye]
15. Emmanuel Top – Acid Phase [Clubtools]


Tom Hades started to discover and experiment with electronic music when listening to DAF, Kraftwerk, Front 242, … At the age of 15, he bought his first keyboard, the famous Casio CZ-101 and transformed his game-computer, Amiga 500, into his first DAW. Quickly he got experienced with MIDI-integration and sampling functions, which gave him even more urge for buying/selling new material as addition to his current setup. During the same period, his old schoolfriend, RedHead, was co-producing with Marco Bailey. He got in contact with Marco too which led them in 2000 to their first co-release. And this was the start of a big period of releases, included the anthem of \”I Love Techno\” in 2001. Have a look at the discography for the complete overview … In the same year as I Love Techno, Tom started to do live performances. He got more & more experienced and started to play all over the world. His live performance was fully appreciated in countries like Spain, Colombia, Brazil, France, Poland, Sweden, Mexico, Japan, Austria, Italy, Norway, Ireland, … and on many known festivals like Nature One, I Love Techno, City Parade, … In the first period of 2002, Tom also produced his first solo release. In the next 3-4 years he continued to produce tracks on his own as well as his co-production with Marco on respected labels like MB Elektronics, Pornographic Recordings, Rhythm Convert, Northwest Dynamics, Invasion, Fine Audio, Patterns, Lupp, … In 2004, they decided it was time to take the next step, start a label. And so Rhythm Convert was born. Initially, the purpose of the label was to give an opportunity to new talents to release their stuff. Guys like Axel Karakasis, Spiros Kaloumenos, Veztax, … did a very good job to show the people what is was all about. Nowadays, the label is more aimed to produce electro-techno tracks and less oriented towards loopy techno sounds. End 2004, they released their full album, Rude Boy, caused a stirr all over the world. The best proof was their live performance during Nature One @ Pydna were they literally \”blew the place to kingdom come\” ! His current releases on labels like MB Elektronics & Rhythm Convert are oriented in the same way his musical taste changes, more melodic and even sometimes more dramatic music with flavors of techno, minimal, tekhouse and electro. Nowadays, Tom is busy at concentrating in his next step, to develop his \”dj-career\”. In the near future, you can expect dj-sets with dedication and filled with energy, as known from his live-sets, to give his fans the pleasure of clubbing ! But as every self-respected artist, he will never forget his roots, so live-sets will still be part of his main occupation ! In the means of productions, future releases will certainly be done, as well as a second album together with Marco. So keep your eyes open on some new productions, because they will certainly surprise lots of people !!!

Artist: Tom Hades
Tittle: Rhythm Converted Podcast #044
Rls date: 12-04-2012
Genre: Techno
Source: WEB
Type: Set

01. Pig & Dan And Mark Reeve – Violets
02. Roger Martinez – Die Magische Tijd [Gem Records]
03. Mark Reeve – Dice
04. Patrick M – Spelling (Anthony Attalla Remix) [Incorrect Music]
05. Lee Curtiss – Candy feat Matt Tolfrey [Culprit]
06. Microtrauma – Reflection (Egbert Remix) [Traum]
07. Lighter Tief – Like Dat (Kirk Degiorgio Remix) [Beard Man]
08. Uner – Pallene [Cadenza]
09. Pig & Dan And Mark Reeve – Machines [Bedrock]
10. Tom Hades – Hypnotic
11. Pig & Dan – Below The Belt (Tom Hades Remix)
12. Sharpside – I Love Techno (Angstrom & Aalberg Remix)


Biography of Alex di Stefano:
Alex Di Stefano was born in 1977 in Italy. He has been a dj, producer and musician since 1994. His first dance tunes (DayDream – Thinkin\’ About You (1994), DayDream – Through The Night (1995) have been very successful in all Europe.

In 1998/2000 Alex begins to move towards a more techno-trance sound, releasing tunes such as Mizar EP – Volcano, Mizar EP II, The Brat – Animal Kingdom, Shado – The Flute, Hesperia Ep – Blue Waves and many more. In 2003 he begins his experience in Digital Team Studio – Altromondo Studios, Rimini (Italy), where he comes to the fore by introducing very innovative sounds and by producing many successful tracks, such as Mash – In Your Arms , Mash – One Day, Mash – Oak Island, Mash – Be My Girl. He is also involved in many other projects under different pseudonyms.

The year 2007 marks a turning point in Alex\’s career, as he begins to produce tracks for Gio MBG International\’s 9Records and for many other well-known labels. He rocks the European dancefloors and he\’s always in the first positions of the famous Beatport charts with tracks such as Somthing Is Movin\’, Who?, Magnolia, One Week, Ogma, Mind The Gap, Portico EP, Green (Alex Di Stefano Remix), Hooker (Alex Di Stefano Remix, My Technique (Alex Di Stefano Remix) and many more. He is supported by international Djs like Umek, Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Tocadisco, Marco Bailey, Christian Smith, Lissat & Voltaxx, Popof, Manuel De La Mare, James Zabiela, Olivier Giacomotto, Spektre, Jerome Ism-ae, Tomy De Clerque and many more.

Lately, many high-level tracks have been released: Umek – Dementia (Alex Di Stefano & Dyno Remix), Spektre – Harpoon (Alex Di Stefano Remix), Alex Di Stefano – Something Is Movin\’, Alex Di Stefano & Simone de Caro – Who?, Anthony Pappa – New Bag (Alex Di Stefano Remix), Phunk Investigation Vs Alex Di Stefano – Warrior, Alex Di Stefano – Multiverse, Interactive – Who Is Elvis (Alex Di Stefano & Simone De Caro Remix)…

In 2009 Alex\’s own label – Binary404 – was born, with the contribution of Gio MBG International. Alex takes care of the A&R and of the managerial aspects. Thanks to Alex\’s tracks and remixes, Binary404 immediately stood out.  Alex is always in search of innovative sonorities, but without ever abandoning the sounds of his own past. You can find Alex playing in the best European clubs.

Artist: Alex Di Stefano
Tittle: Podcast – March 2012
Rls date: 05.03.2012
Genre: Techno, Minimal
Source: WEB
Type: Set


1) Sian & Mladen Tomic – Front Pocket (Nicole Moudaber Remix)
2) Anthony Attalla – Purple Nice Guy (Original Mix)
3) Jon Rundell – Dubno (Original Mix)
4) DJ Falk – House Of God (2012 Update) (Phunk Investigation Remix)
5) Nuta Cookier – Maschine Groove (Marco Bailey Tom Hades Remix)
6) Gary Beck – Feel It (Original Mix)
7) Umek & Olivier Giacomotto – This Sound (Sasha Carassi Phobiq Remix)
8) Alex D\’elia & Nihil Young – Thriller LFO Night (Original Mix)
9) Miniminds – Sonaurus (Original Mix)
10) Alex D\’elia & Nihil Young – Techno Is (Alex Di Stefano Remix)


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Something about Christian Cambas:

As Greece’s foremost proponent of Electronic Dance Music, Christian Cambas is the country’s greatest dance music export. He studied and graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, of which former alumni include Brian ‘BT’ Transeau, film score impresario Alan Silvestri & the legendary Quincy Jones.
In the beginning of his career he regularly DJ’ed alongside such luminaries as Carl Cox, John Digweed and Sasha and in 2005 he notably became the first Greek DJ to break into DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs poll, coming in at #88.
His debut cut ‘It Scares Me’ was released on John Digweed’s Bedrock imprint and he has gone on to record for some of the world’s most respected labels. As a remixer Christian has re-imagined massive club hits like Anarcrusan’s ‘In My Mind’ for Yoshitoshi Records, and others throughout the years. In addition to his production and remix career, he has been teaching a college-level Sound Engineering and Music Technology course.
In his hometown of Athens, he held a two year monthly residency at the legendary +SODA in Athens, and his touring schedule includes dates in North & South American Europe and Asia, with gig highlights including the San Francisco Love Parade and the WMC in Miami.
Moving on to new territory, Christian’s productions are now supported by a phalanx of scene-defining techno jocks, and he has signed tracks to labels such as UMEK’s 1605, Great Stuff, Toolroom, Rusted and others. His own imprint in partnership with Press & Play, Sabotage Records, focuses on uncompromising music and and is committed to delivering razor-sharp music that will shape the future.

Artist: Christian Cambas
Tittle: Molotov Cocktail 009
Rls date: 03-12-2011
Genre: Techno
Source: WEB
Type: Set


01. Dino & Savino Martinez – Sueno Latino (Dino Lenny Remix) [Great Nights]
02. John Acquaviva, Dan Diamond, Alex D\’Elia & Nihil Young – Good Music (Stefano Noferini Remix) [Definitive Recordings]
03. Bass Kleph – Riff Machine [1605]
04. Matthew Knight – From Another [Bosphorus Underground]
05. Skymate – Rumors [Sabotage]
06. Spartaque – Killing Me Softly (Christian Cambas Remix) [I Am Techno]
07. D-Unity – Private Stalker (Alex Di Stefano Remix) [Beat Therapy Records]
08. Hollen – Keep On Try [Sphera Records]
09. Anthony Attalla & Subfractal – Grape Ape (Da Fresh Remix) [Incorrect Music]
10. Da Fresh – Cactus (Dataminions Remix) [Sex Panda Records] Juno Download (Mp3/WAV) | iTunes (256kbps AAC)
11. Steve Mulder – Beta [Incorrect Music]
12. Kosheen DJs – Fracture [Skeleton]
13. Amnesia – She\’s Lost Control [Great Nights]

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