It’s hard to believe that it’s been 5 years already since we smashed a metaphorical bottle on the side of the good ship Selador and set sail upon the choppy waters of the independent record label business, but that’s where we’re at.
To celebrate this milestone we wanted to do something a little bit special and so it was decided (on a beer mat, over a beer, like so many of our best laid plans) to assemble a team of artists who’d helped us get thus far (plus a few added cameos for good measure) and ask them to collaborate. The result is a statement of just how far we’ve come. 24 esteemed artists creating 12 tracks across 3 EPs.
This first EP sees 4 mouthwatering pairings. From the Progressive heavy hitters Quivver & Cristoph teaming up for the slamming wall of sound that is ‘In Name Only’ to the deep Tech wizardry of ‘Friendship’ by Robert Babicz & Stelios Vassiloudis through the inspired, effortless chic of Just Her & Raw District on ‘Three Hearts’ finishing with the ‘knock-it-out-of-the-park’ Techno monster of Luke Brancaccio & Tim Healey’s ‘Voices’ featuring Kiki Cave, it’s an awesome foursome. And this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
So please raise your glasses and join us in a toast to 5 Years Of Selador. Or even better, come join us in person at Watergate, Berlin on April 26th for the launch party. We’ll even throw in some cake (though not in the Steve Aoki sense obviously).
Happy Birthday to us
For our latest Seladorian adventure, chapter 83 no less, we welcome back to the fold a potent partnership who have previous with the label, German Producer Florian Kruse and the self proclaimed South African slam poet, Lazarusman.
The duo previously teamed up for one of our highlights of 2017 with their ‘Proof Of Life’ release which found favour from all quarters of the electronic cognoscenti and now they return with another standout in the majestic, ’Breathe’.
Built upon Florian’s tight pulsating groove, Lazarus extols the benefits of that simple, life sustaining action we all largely take for granted in his own unmistakable, idiosyncratic style. It’s a winning combination. Listen up.
The task of remixing Breathe falls to a producer who we are overjoyed to have on the label. In fact, we are truly honoured to have the World’s first ever Frankey solo production whilst his regular recording partner Sandrino is absent on maternity leave following the birth of his first child.
No stranger to being in the studio alone of course, Frank has flown solo before under his other alias, Beckers, and he shows off his own personal production prowess yet again here with a deeper rework that had us purring from the get-go.
To complete the package, Florian also throws further fuel on the fire with ’Skyarp’. Like so many of the bonus tracks we have on our EPs at Selador, they’re not just here to make up the numbers, they’re all star players in their own right and here’s another that demands your attention. A peak time, acid laced monster that’ll set pulses racing.
Team Selador – inhale, exhale.
It gives us enormous pleasure here at Selador Towers to see the boss (or Sir Steven of Parry as he insists we address him) scaling unprecedented heights with his recent studio output. The frequency, consistency and quality of his productions has grown exponentially over the last couple of years and we believe he’s only just getting into his stride.
Now notching up his 3rd full release on the label, not to mention a selection of outstanding remixes for the likes of Wally Lopez and Rob Hes, his new outing, the deliciously titled Squidfist EP is exactly the kind of thing that gets us out of bed in a morning.
A powerhouse of textbook electronic goodness that draws on over 20 years of dance floor experience and expertise, this one goes straight for the jugular and never lets up. With a nod and a wink and a doff of the cap to Lil Louis’ perennial ‘French Kiss’, it’s bona fide stomper.
First out of the traps on remix duty, we are honoured to have Mr Charles Webster join our extended family. Something of a God around these parts, his name and pedigree is an assurance of class and quality and here is no exception. Deep, dark and deadly.
Next we welcome back James Dutton, aka Athea, whose currency has continued to rise since his Selador debut early last year with his lauded remix for Just Her. Here he opts for a more stripped back approach, a techy roller that glides and grooves in an effortlessly chic manner.
And finally, the proverbial cherry on top comes courtesy of blossoming Manchester duo, OC & Verde who get to grips with Steve’s previous Selador release, ‘303V’. A firm favourite of John Digweed’s who practically wore his copy out such was the extent of his support, this new version is equally potent. Solid peak time roof raising action.
Team Selador – Riding the rhythm.
After two cameo appearances on our Showcase Series (Volumes 4 & 6), Namito now returns for a starring role of his own making with the ’Anakeys’ EP.
For the uninitiated, the Iranian born, Berlin based producer is quite the team player, working behind the scenes on many a wide-ranging project from Marc Romboy’s lauded live orchestral shows to engineering for the legendary Grandmaster Flash!
It’s two solo creations though that form the basis of this EP with the title track leading from the front. A prime example of a tune that works its way into the subconscious unannounced and then stubbornly refuses to budge. A humdinger if ever there was one!
The ’Anakeys’ remixes then come from two fertile hotspots of electronic music, Berlin and Brighton via Kling Klong boss Martin Eyerer and long time friend of the label, Just Her who both bring their A-games to the party with reworks of a truly high calibre.
And finally, not to be overlooked, we’re also very proud to include ‘Little Cheat Treats’ just for good measure. A bonus track that on any other occasion could easily have commanded top billing.
For many, this may even prove to be a show stealer. You decide.
Team Selador – Above and beyond the call of duty
Something that started out as a bit of fun between 3 long time friends has quickly taken on a life all of it’s own as Danny Howells, Dave Seaman & Darren Emerson’s 3D project continues to gather pace.
Following their first gig together at the Ministry Of Sound in London one year ago, the intrepid trio have already left their mark on some of the best clubs in the World and now embark on their first release together as each contributes an original production to this EP.
‘Earthlings X’ is Danny Howells first new original music in 6 years. He readily admits it has been this project that has been the catalyst in inspiring him to return to the studio and promises this is just the start of things to come. It carries all the hallmarks of the Howells sound. Deep and sophisticated, steadily increasing in intensity before you unwittingly find yourself enveloped in a cocoon of warm electronic goodness. Danny & the feel good factor – if that’s not a band name waiting to happen we don’t know what is?! Spot the sample anyone?
Selador’s very own Dave Seaman then returns to the label with another wonderfully titled outing in ’Hired State Of Unconsciousness’ but don’t be fooled by the play on words of Josh Wink’s classic, this is no peak time acid banger. On the contrary. Revolving around an incessant bassline and ‘Mind, Body Soul’ vocal motif, it’s charm lies in it’s repetitive funk. Time to get your groove on.
Darren Emerson has stepped up his musical output quite considerably over the last 12 months with an impressive string of high profile releases for the likes of Carl Cox’s Intec and John Digweed’s Bedrock and that’s all set to continue as he opens his account for 2018 with ‘Brooklyn’. A sharp-as-a-knife, funky techno workout with a relentless, unswerving energy. Hands up, heads down material.
3D – all for one and one for all!
Team Selador – En garde!