Having reached the top of Beatport’s tech house chart twice during 2013, Madrid, Spain’s Groovebox has firmly established himself as a young force to be reckoned with. He’s garnered support from the likes of John Dahlback, Mark Knight, and Bob Sinclar and has returned to UMEK’s 1605 label following his collaboration with Danny Leblack in June. Teaming up with label boss and techno titan UMEK, the two craft a funk fuelled production laden with a strong kick and driving rhythms. As the seven minute production continues past the halfway point, a strong synth takes over and becomes the focal point as the collaboration winds down.
Slovenian techno forbearer and 1605 label-boss Umek is back on the beat for Great Stuff Recordings with yet another polished toe-tapper for the late summer circuit. Off the back of remix duties for Fedde Le Grand’s “Metrum,” Umek re-asserts his status as a beat-smith like few others for a label synonymous with house music’s more unpretentious ranks. A spree of punchy leads and jackin grooves, “Move Around” marks another persuasive instrumental endeavour that catches the perfect middle ground between the underground and the peak time. With the coin seamlessly balance, Slovenian’s outspoken circuit looks valiantly served once again by this essential asset to the modern tech house trail.
Two days after being named Toolroom Records‘ Artist of the Week, UMEK has released a massive remix through the imprint that has honored him. Amidst Toolroom’s tenth anniversary celebrations comes a mid-week release revisiting one of its classics. Reviving Fedde Le Grand‘s “Metrum,” UMEK allows the original’s melodic breaks to resonate but digs deeper for the chugging percussion and chord design. Once (and still) a dance floor destroyer, Toolroom’s Artist of the Week finds the space to bring even more contagion to “Metrum” with a deep house induced rhythm.
Before Fedde Le Grand had captured a festival-rocking sound and unleashed it along with the likes of “Rockin N’ Rollin” and “No Good,” he had flaunted his nightclub sensibilities with a handful of productions that have since been hailed as classics. Turning back the clock to 2011, Fedde dropped “Metrum” on Toolroom Records as a tune that has since served as the lifeblood of his live sets. Two years later, that record is being revisited upon the tenth anniversary of its parent imprint. In the hands of Umek, “Metrum” has been transformed and the chugging, beat-driven contagion has been taken to new heights as a dance floor weapon.
Release date: August 7th
UMEK’s Behind the Iron Curtain radioshow has been a beacon of techno and tech house dominance since its inception 100 episodes ago. To celebrate the centennial broadcast, UMEK has enlisted the help of none other than the legendary Carl Cox, a man who needs no introduction. Clocking in at just under an hour, Cox crafts a trip worthy of carrying his name, leaving behind a haze of percussion and groove driven leads that will undoubtedly help you through that first awful hour of your Monday morning.
Slovenian heavyweight turned 1605 ring bearer Umek turns his refined tech house sensibilities to the handiwork of Austrian peer Parov Stelar for a fortified remix of ‘All Night.’ True to the swinging get-up of Stelar’s original, the labelhead’s take on proceedings emphasises the beat-heavy bond Umek has maintained during his long and prosperous reign on global club land. A sure-fire peak time offering that is certain to inspire some sun-kissed moments across the summer clubbing circuit, Europe’s lesser-flaunted regions make loud and proud noise once again with this edgy yet infectious remix. (more…)
From albums to globetrotting endeavors, tech house has never looked safer than in the capable hands of well-traveled Iron Curtain ambassador Umek. This month, his game is a second compilation for Toolroom Records, led by an early spoiler to set the tone for his welcome return to the label. In a spree of filtered digressions and sample work and his full-bodied grooves in full motion throughout, “Love To Dance” echoes the resilience that has seen the Slovenian heavyweight excel the more rhythmically refined shores of electronic music with consistent stamina.
Toolroom Knights Mixed by Umek 2.0 is out on iTunes.
Techno hero Umek has had a busy year so far with tracks like “Spank!,” “I Need You,” and the more recent collaboration with Uto Karem on “Eternity.” This time around, he joins forces with the acclaimed tech house duo Pleasurekraft, creating a colossal joint production “Korea.” The single, out now on Umek’s 1605 Music Therapy, kicks off with a set of stabbing chord sequences that unravels into a bouncy melody. The track is everything you’d expect it to be: a clash of the tech world titans that brings major peak-time heat to the ears.
Tech giants Umek and Uto Karem have combined their production abilities on their new track “Eternity.” With two decades of global touring and production prowess under Umek’s belt and a short but sweet career of hitmaking for Karem, the fusion of their aptitudes form a promising techno dream team. The track kicks off with a timid percussive lead before swirls of synths mount to a infectious breakdown. The stretched bassline lies behind a luminous chord progression and carries the backbone of the track. Try this tune on for size — it’s not everyday two titans of this caliber come together to create a showpiece of this degree.
Slovenian tech house maestro Umek returns to his own 1605 Music Therapy label with an infectious release titled “I Need You.” Just like his large arsenal of past releases, this song is beaming with energy and guaranteed to get even the mellowest of wallflowers to move his feet. Where as you’d usually see a more uptempo styling out of Umek, this track favors the deeper realm of classic house music — something we’re seeing become more and more popular. Click through for a stream and purchase link.