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01. Wrong Jeremy & August Wrong Feat. Flowers And Sea Creatures – Dimly Lit (Deepfunk Remix) (Strange Town)
02. Luis Junior – Pink Clouds (Van Did Remix) (Manual Music)
03. Huminal – Pocket Universe (Max Cue Remix) (Particles)
04. Matthus Raman – Swimming With Birds (Jake Chambers Remix) (Musik Gewinnt Freunde)
05. Sezer Uysal – Le Grand Labyrinthe (Boral Kibil Remix) (MNL)
06. Jose Tabarez – The Drive (Max Cue Remix) (Massive Harmony)
07. N’to – Comete (Hungry Music)
08. Somniloquist – Flowerized (Moritz Guhling Remix) (MNL)
09. Thyladomid – Intergalactic Spring (Diynamic)
10. Padre – Giulietta (Traum)

Life Essence Podcast 18 w/ Noraj Cue & Max Cue

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I’m happy to welcome Dutch musical genious, Noraj Cue to the series. This man doesn’t need any introduction. Famous for releases on labels as Connaisseur, SCI+TEC, Manual Music, Lowbit and many more, his reputation is known all over the globe!

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Tracklist:

01. Satori (NL) – Days Without You feat. Miou Amadée (Original Mix) (Underyourskin Records)
02. Oliver Schories – Fields Without Fences (Johannes Brecht Remix) (SOSO)
03. Madloch & Antti Rasi – Salty Roads (Cid Inc Remix) (Sound Avenue)
04. Oliver Schories – Brizzle (Teenage Mutants Remix) (SOSO)
05. Arnas D – Satellite (Original_Mix) (Perspectives Digital)
06. Navar – Clean Sights (Weird Sounding Dude Remix) (Yin)
07. Cid Inc vs. Darin Epsilon – Outliers (Petar Dundov Remix) (Perspectives Digital)
08. William Forest & Max Cue – Odd Shaped Eyes (Original Mix) (Manual Music)
09. Dapayk Solo – The Cloudbreaker (Original Mix) (Herzblut Recordings)
10. Breccia & Sebastian Markiewicz – Ortanique (Kobana Remix ) (Compatible_Music)
11. Noraj Cue – Earth In Decay (Original Mix) (forthcoming KOBALT album on Manual Music)
12. Noraj Cue – Able To Love (Original Mix)

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Tracklist:

01. Wrong Jeremy ft. Flowers and Sea Creatures & Augustine Wrong – Dimly Lit (Deepfunk Remix) (Strange Town)
02. Pedro Aguiar – 3000 and One (Darkroom Dubs)
03. Matthus Raman – Swimming With Birds (Jake Chambers Remix) (Music Gewinnt Freunde)
04. Dmitry Molosh – High (Pappa Sierra Remix) (Lowbit)
05. Trentemöller – Always Something Better (Dj Tennis & Mind Against Remix) (Poker Flat)
06. Black 8 – When The Sky Turns Red (Sudbeat)
07. Sezer Uysal – Le Grand Labyrinthe (Boral Kibil Remix) (MNL)
08. Oovation ft. Laura Barrick – Devotion (Talul Remix) (Univack)
09. Lake People – Come Over Later (Connaisseur)

Life Essence Podcast 17 w/ Van Did LIVE

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I’d like to present you, Montreal’s finest, mister Van Did! Well known for his extraordinary melodic productions on labels as Traum, SixtySevenSuns, Manual Music and of course his own imprint Grrreat Recordings. I’m honored to have him as my guest for this episode, for which he recorded a special LIVE performance! Enjoy an hour of new exiting stuff, with Van Did LIVE! Download available!

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Life Essence Podcast 16 w/ Liho & Max Cue

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Our guest this month, BergWacht Resident and owner, Liho!

Since 2008, the Cologne underground music scene has seen a rise in new promoters, DJs, producers, and label owners; a new generation, and Denis Lihotzky, or better known as Liho, is one them. Motivated by his passion for music, Liho is a co-founder, resident DJ, and main programmer of the Cologne-based “Bergwacht”. He founded Bergwacht with long-time friend Max Keck back in 2008 to focus on bringing melodic techno producers and DJs to Cologne. Today, Bergwacht has become a household name in Cologne hosting monthly parties with guests from around the globe from Microtrauma, Anthony Rother and Gregor Tresher to name a few. Liho’s devotion, backed by a tight-knit group of resident DJs, has shaped Bergwacht into a brand that is not only beloved in Cologne, but has also influenced fans around Germany, Holland, Belgium and France. After five successful years of promoting events and presenting their understanding of melodic techno, Liho and Keck founded Bergwacht Records to further bring forth their passion to the public.

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As a DJ, Liho has become a diverse and tactful DJ. He refers to his roots when playing for his own events by presenting a mix of current and classic melodic techno. One could expect to hear new works from Microtrauma or Ryan Davis supported by an old classic from Johannes Heil or Sven Väth. However, he is equally as capable to play a Deep House set or a sunrise set at an outdoor festival. For this reason, Liho is often booked in and around Cologne and boasts performances in Holland and France as well. He plays with an air of confidence that shows he’s an artist that knows what he’s doing, but with a sensibility that shows he doesn’t just play for himself; he cares about his fans. Liho is a lovely guy and an approachable person. It’s no wonder that Liho’s circle continues to grow and his events and label become more popular each day. With a firm hold on the the Cologne Techno scene, it is exciting to watch where he goes from here!

Trcklist:

01. Robert Babicz – Shifting Reality (Bedrock)
02. Timo Maas – Watching The Robots ( My favorite Robot)
03. Hunter Game – Ice (Innervisions)
04. Ian o Donovan – Atoll (Bedrock)
05. Tim Engelhardt – Der Rosenteich (Traum Schallplatten)
06. Juan Deminicis – Strange – Dale Middleton RMX (Moonchild Records)
07. Boss Axis – Riviera – Microtrauma Remix (Parquet Rec.)
08. Chymera – Shadowdancer – Gregor Tresher RMX (Break New Soil)
09. Moderat – Bad Kingdoms – Koze Remix (Monkeytown Records)
10. Gregor Tresher – The Now People – (Great Stuff)

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Tracklist:

01. N’to – Monkey Man (Hungry Music)
02. Sid Le Rock – Burning Daylight (Dub Mix) (My Favorite Robot)
03. Avatism & Forrest – Different Spaces (Lake People Remix) (Vakant)
04. Luca Ballerini – L’Eternita Di Un Attimo (Cocoon)
05. Michael A, Mou (EG) – Ghost Island (Particles)
06. Roman Flügel & Simian Mobile Disco – Hashinoko (Delicacies 2013)
07. Flowers And Sea Creatures & Villanova (FR) – 5 O’clock In The Morning (Club Mix) (My Favorite Robot)
08. Bob Barker – Rondel (Ryan Davis Reshape) (Catch)
09. Norwell – Lone Star (Beachcoma)
10. Clarian & Uchi – Floating In The Wind (My Favorite Robot)

Life Essence Podcast 15 w/ Sonic Union & Max Cue

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Sonic Union, label boss of Lowbit, my next guest on the Life Essence Podcast Series!

Sweden’s Erik Pettersson is better known as DJ/producer Sonic Union, one half of prolific progressive house pair Bastards of Funk and Sonic Union and co-founder, label owner and manager of Lowbit Records. With a DJing and production career spanning 17 years, his versatility, experience and sheer talent enables him to turn his hand to everything from DJing and producing to mastering and label management.

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His technical prowess both behind the decks and the uniquely uplifting energy of his sets have to date seen him hold residencies in his native Sweden and Canada and DJ across Europe, Japan, USA, Canada and India, where he has played 2 mini-tours to date. As a renowned & respected producer, Erik has almost 150 releases to his name to date on such lauded labels as Anjunadeep, Mesmeric, Replug, Proton Music, Dopamine Music and Global Underground, and he has remixed artists including Quivver, Jim Rivers, Cid Inc, Dousk and Shiloh to name just a few. Coming up in 2014 are new collaborations with Khen, DNYO and Dale Middleton plus originals and remixes on Lowbit, Tribal Pulse, Classound and more, plus DJ gigs in around the world.

Erik is also the co-founder, owner and manager of Lowbit Records, which he has single-handedly grown into one of the most successful and respected labels in the industry. With a stellar roster of artists including Cid Inc, Roland Klinkenberg, deepfunk, Guy Mantzur, Luke Porter, Marcelo Vasami, Nikko.Z, Kobana, Dousk and many more, Lowbit is renowned for its consistent championing of top quality underground dance music, and its releases are regularly supported by some of the world’s biggest DJs including Hernan Cattaneo, John Digweed, Dave Seaman, Carl Cox, Above & Beyond and Jaytech (to name just a few). No wonder Lowbit was hand-picked to host rooms at John Digweed’s sold-out Bedrock Records parties in London in 2012 and 2013.

With a packed DJing and production schedule plus a highly successful label and worldwide Lowbit parties to run, it’s no wonder that Erik has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the hardest-working DJ/producers out there. But as the saying goes, there’s no rest for the wicked – this Swede has a lot more up his sleeve for 2014 and beyond, so stay tuned…

Tracklist:

01. Mike Griego – Detune Me (Sudbeat)
02. LoQuai – The Native Language (Danny Lloyd Remix) (Particles)
03. DNYO & GRG – Empty Glass (Juan Deminicis Remix) (Flow Vinyl)
04. Chicola – Maganda (Dark Soul Project In the Schualle Room Mix) (Proton Music)
05. Luis Junior – Karma Calling (Manual Music)
06. Guy Mantzur & Khen – Highway Of Regrets (Plattenbank)
07. Stelios Vassiloudis & One Of Them – Back And Forth (Estroe Remix) (Tulipa Recordings)
08. Antrim – Free Spirit (Darin Epsilon Remix) (Classound Recordings)
09. David Granha – Catch Me (Pedro Aguiar Remix) (microCastle)
10. Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic – Unicorn (Subandrio Remix) (Lowbit)

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Tracklist:

01. Dustin Nantais – Foretold (Manual Music)
02. Luis Junior – Everything Is Possible (Manual Music)
03. E-Spectro – Stone Garden (Blendwerk)
04. Sezer Uysal – Le Grand Labyrinthe (Manual Music)
05. Mehmet Akar & Murat Ustun – Koza (L3D Music)
06. Sandji – Mr. Moodswing (Micrologue Remix) (MNL)
07. Lanny May – Everyday Objects (Maripoza)
08. Funkbrainer – Elevator (Blendwerk)
09. Andreas Brunner – Immerwährend (Blendwerk)
10. Philip James De Vries – A Horse With Children’s Feet (Wide Angle)
11. Dominik Eulberg & Extrawelt – A Little Further (Not On A Map) (Cocoon)

Life Essence Podcast 14 w/ Groj & Max Cue

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Kevin Jamey, a.k.a Groj is a music producer and live act from Montreal. His discography counts over 100 tracks and shows an abundance of exploration in offbeat as well as dancefloor music.

University graduate in electro-acoustics and health psychology, Groj created his label Box Records 2 years ago. Strongly influenced by Kompakt , Aphex Twin and early kraut-rock, his organic productions allowed him to sign on prestigious German label Traum Schallplatten in 2011. His music is regularly played by international DJs such as Maceo Plex, Nick Warren, Sasha, James Zabiela, Hernan Cattaneo, Max Cooper, Guy J to name but a few…

Groj’s music is a stimulating addition to the Canadian dance music scene and has been named by Canada’s most popular music magazine EXCLAIM! as the next thing in IDM alongside contemporaries such as Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing and Gold Panda, and cited as one of Canada’s most underrated electronic musicians.

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Tracklist:

01. Paul Hazendonk & Noraj Cue (Feat. Alice Rose) – In the Dark (Manual Music)
02. Nicorus – Wie die Welt einmal davon kam (Groj Remis) (KELLER)
03. Luke Abbott – Wysing Forest (Border Community)
04. Sigward – Double Triangles (Feat. Tom Tukker & Maarten Emanuel) (J Velez Remix) (Shabu Recordings)
05. SwitchSt(d)ance – Acean (Beachcoma)
06. Angelo Battilani – Tesla (Shabu Recordings)
07. Petar Dundov, Gregor Tresher – Flux (Break New Soil Recordings)
08. Copeland, Martyn – Love of Pleasure (Ninja Tune)
09. Nicorus – Rave on Tape (Mononoid Remix) (KELLER)
10. Max Cue – Nothing Personal (Groj Music) (Manual Music)
11. Luftschloss – Self-Propelled Particles (Groj Remix) (Box Records)

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Tracklist:

01. John Hopkins ft. Lulu James – We Disappear (Double Six)
02. Kiasmos – Driven (Erased Tapes)
03. E-Spectro – Dawn On Sunset (Jaap Ligthart Remix) (Majestic Family)
04. Gui Boratto ft. Come and Hell – Take Control (Weval Remix) (Kompakt)
05. Moderat – Bad Kingdom (Robag Wruhme 4/4 Edit Mit Xomlopp RMX Schwanz-014) (Monkeytown)
06. Lake People – Night Drive (Rumors)
07. Coldplay – Midnight (Jon Hopkins Remix) (FFRR)
08. David August – Epikur (Innervisions)
09. Paul Hazendonk & Noraj Cue ft. Alice Rose – In The Dark (Darin Epsilon Remix) (Manual Music)
10. Dillon – A Matter Of Time (Monokle Remix) (BPitch Control)
11. Moderat – Versions (Monkeytown)

Life Essence Podcast 13 w/ Microtrauma & Max Cue

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In 1995 simple tracker software got the interest of the two friends Daniel and Ricardo. Thus, they decided to produce a few tracks.
Both shared a common passion for all sorts of different musical styles, which made their early productions very diverse.
Through the many influences of artists from New Order and Depeche Mode to Massive Attack, The Prodigy, Moby and the various techno disciples
of this multi-faceted time, the two of them produced everything they enjoy, be it trip hop, electronica, breaks or techno.

However, in 1999 the two of them went separate ways for reasons of diverging careers.
They quickly lost touch to each other until the contact ceased completely. Yet, the two of them still wished to produce music.
This is why both of them kept working with synthesizers, music software and studio technology creating their own tracks.

In 2003, it was coincidence that brought them back together.
The two friends met again at a small local electro party and soon realised that they still shared the same interest for electronic music as they had four years earlier.
After a few sessions in their domestic living room studios they decided to make more of their hobby and, thus, started renting their first studio in 2005.
Microtrauma was born.

In 2007, Microtrauma had its first release “Wake up“ on the Elected Tunes label. Their first own release “Collar EP” soon was to follow.
Microtrauma has developed its own style from almost ten years of working and tinkering as well as its many influences: melodic, dark, technoid and minimal.

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