Tiga – Love Don’t Dance Here Anymore (Instrumental Mix)

Tiga has produced an epic, stomping disco house track here. A masterpiece!

Serafim Tsotsonis – Alone In The Stars (SCSI-9 Moderndance Mix)

A lovely, grooving house track to enjoy as autumn closes in.

Aarvo – The Patient

Exceptional debut from the Dublin-based Cormac Phelan. Very polished album with accomplished use of vocals, builds and breakdowns. The tracks are mostly electro influenced. You can download a free sampler E.P.

I would like to see this performed live. Would be a stormer.

CoMa – Famous EP

Here’s one of the best EP’s I’ve heard in a long time, the Famous EP by CoMa released earlier this year on Kompakt. All three tracks are outstanding. Some of you will recognise the Opus 3 – It’s A Fine Day lyrics in Raindrops, sung by Erlend Øye.

CoMa – Raindrops

CoMa – Fameless

CoMa – Playground Altona

Tony De Vit

One of the best energetic house mixes I have ever come across is the compilation A Retrospective of House ’91-’95: Volume 2 disc 2 mixed by hard house DJ Tony De Vit.

I was fortunate to hear Tony play one of his legendary happy, hard house sets at Trade in Turnmills in London, back in the day when there was a sales booth next to the coat check that sold high-quality-guaranteed-or-your-money-back Volkswagen or Mitsubishi pills. This CD mix encapsulates the extraordinary energy of his djing style and the euphoria that filled Turnmills when Tony played there. Regrettably, Tony died of complications due to HIV aged 41, barely three years after completing this mix. That was a sad day in 1998. His unique sound lives on though, never better than in his two tracks that complete this extraordinary CD:

99th Floor Elevators Featuring Tony De Vit – Hooked

Tony De Vit – Burning Up

That August Day

Cover art for Fringe Player - That August Day

My second official podcast is a tribute to an extraordinary, singular day spent with my wife, family and friends last August. It is also available on the music blog Ultramagnetique here.

The set grows from slow, melodic tech house beginnings to the faster progressive house beats of Carlos Fox and the outstanding tribute to pioneer house DJ Ron Hardy, before closing on a funky techno high with formidable remixes from Paul Nazca and the perpetually excellent French producer Julian Jeweil.

Hope you enjoy it. Let me know your thoughts.

Tracklisting:

1. Paul Kalkbrenner – Since 77 (Original Mix)
2. A Ldric – Birds On Tree (Original Mix)
3. Fritz Kalkbrenner – Wingman
4. Oliver Koletzki, Fran – These Habits (Lexy Remix)
5. Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Mondschein Primaten (Chopstick & Johnjon Remix)
6. David Keno, Jaxson – Bel Vista (Original Mix)
7. Hot Chip – Touch Too Much (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix)
8. Carlos Fox – In The Corner (Original Mix)
9. Paolo Mojo, Jim Rivers – Ron Hardy Said (Eric Prydz Remix)
10. Christian Fischer – Advanced Panorama (Paul Nazca Remix)
11. Moby – Stay Down (Julian Jeweil Remix)

Download :: Fringe Player – That August Day

Dancing Pigeons – Ritalin

Dancing Pigeons – Ritalin from Blink on Vimeo.

Check out this video for the track “Ritalin” by Dancing Pigeons. Great concept, fantastic execution, cool tune. Thoroughly satisfying.

World on A Wire

Fringe Player "World On A Wire" podcast cover art

In anticipation of my imminent second podcast for the hilarious and musically refined Ultramagnetique music blog, I thought I would re-post my first effort here.

This first podcast is a tech house set sprinkled with dialogue samples from the outstanding HBO TV series “The Wire.”

The musical escapade begins with two atmospheric tracks from the magnificent “Berlin Calling” film soundtrack, slowly builds with several funkier productions, takes a reflective turn with “Summer on Mars” and Guy J’s brilliant “Self Love”, soars with melodic, vigorous remixes by the consistently excellent Joris Voorn and Pig & Dan, before finishing with a superb reconstruction of the D.H.S classic “House of God” from techno’s infancy in 1990.

Tracklisting:

01 – Sascha Funke – Mango (Special Berlin Calling Edit)
02 – Paul Kalkbrenner – Aaron (Original Mix)
03 – Trentemoller – Miss You (Pascal F.E.O.S. Edit)
04 – Transform – Transformation (Tobi Neumann & Matthew Styles’ Analog Memory Remix)
05 – Chic Miniature – Escandalo (Original Mix)
06 – Butch – Amelie (Original Mix)
07 – Popof – Summer On Mars (Original Mix)
08 – Guy J – Self Love (Original Mix)
09 – Silicone Soul – The Pulse (Mlle Caro & Franck Garcia Remix)
10 – Robert Babicz – Dark Flower (Joris Voorn Magnolia Mix)
11 – John Dahlback – World Of Love (Pig & Dan Remix)
12 – D.H.S. – House Of God (Martin Landsky Remix)

Download :: Fringe Player – World On A Wire

Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Tristesse

Very few electronic musicians possess the brilliance and consistency of the German duo, Kollektiv Turmstrasse. In January 2008, I wrote a review for the fantastic music blog Ultramagnetique.com about their single “Tristesse.” I noted that:

“Modest and magnificent at once, this release begins with gentle, lush synths and twitters of sound like those of a magical forest awakening at dawn. A full minute later percussion, snare, and bass join the landscape to add a direction and a groove. Once the plucked main synth joins the fray, you can almost glimpse woodland nymphs popping up between the trees in tempo with the mellow beat. Countless swirls, flourishes, percussive effects and sound droplets, all intricately interspersed, weave in and out throughout the remainder of the track to form a symphonic panorama of beauty and detail only reliably found in the great outdoors itself.

Christian Hilscher and Nico Plagemann have conjured a delightful daydream whose spell will last for years to come.”

Late last year, I was thrilled to discover the pairing of this magnificent track with a stunning sequence from Disney’s Fantasia 2000. It turns out my impression of the track was surprisingly close to the vision of the musicians…

Beyond the Sphere

Fringe Player - Beyond the Sphere


A fair bit of electro house on this one. Compiled when that sound began to go mainstream in house music.


Download :: Fringe Player – Beyond the Sphere

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