A Review: Dekmantel Selectors 2017

[Above image credit: Kasia Zacharko] Deciding between the plethora of summer festivals on offer is often an arduous task. However, the selectors festival stood out to the Mantissa crew due to its size, secluded feel and the guarantee of beautiful Croatian summer sunshine. On top of this, a festival run by Dekmantel also guarantees organisation and…Read more A Review: Dekmantel Selectors 2017

Tune of the Week: Yukihiro Takahashi – Extraordinary

As a core member of Japanese musical group Yellow Magic Orchestra, Yukihiro Takahashi has been at the heart of some of the most influential records to grace electronic music. Their willingness to experiment with new sounds and technology allowed them to stand out and lay the groundworks for a host of far reaching styles under…Read more Tune of the Week: Yukihiro Takahashi – Extraordinary

Tune(s) of the Week: Larry Heard, Mr. White – The Sun Can’t Compare / Theo Parrish – Summertime is Here

As anticipation increases amongst the Mantissa crew for Sunfall 2017 we’re sharing a brace of sunshine themed classics from two of the artists we are most eager to see, Larry Heard and Theo Parrish. Released in 2006, Larry Heard’s The Sun Can’t Compare still sounds as fresh as ever. Revered as one of the pioneers…Read more Tune(s) of the Week: Larry Heard, Mr. White – The Sun Can’t Compare / Theo Parrish – Summertime is Here

Mixes to Dig: BTTB 2000-01 // Nick Höppner’s 2-Step Mix // X-132

[Above image credit: Katja Ruge] Reading Nick Höppner's recent Playing Favourites feature on Resident Advisor reaffirmed that few share his passion for music. Listing the likes of Moment by Gang Starr and You're Living All Over Me by Dinosaur Jr. among his favourite songs was a refreshing change from a series that often seems a…Read more Mixes to Dig: BTTB 2000-01 // Nick Höppner’s 2-Step Mix // X-132

Tune of the Week: Ozel AB – Sierra Echo [WORKSHOP 24]

In this Workshop 24 release, Ozel AB provides a much heavier and straightforward approach to that of the classic releases from the label’s mainstays, namely Kassem Mosse and Lowtec. The EP’s biggest dance-floor filler, Sierra Echo, is as unrelenting as it is upbeat. Built on layers of catchy vocal samples, gurgling bass and sporadic percussion,…Read more Tune of the Week: Ozel AB – Sierra Echo [WORKSHOP 24]

Tune of the Week: Telephones – Expanse

Vibe Telemetry was slept on massively when it was released towards the end of 2016, with Telephones showcasing frenzied melodies, polyrhythms and pleasing harmonies influenced by the world over, which I think the artwork depicts wonderfully. There are serene moments in this album such as the aptly named Expanse, which starts off as a hollow…Read more Tune of the Week: Telephones – Expanse

Mixes To Dig: Avalon Emerson & Courtesy @Sónar Festival 2017

[Above image credit: Sonar.es] Avalon Emerson and Courtesy are regulars of the Mixes To Dig series for good reason. The sets of few other DJs share the raw energy or selection abilities of those by these two, something that is evident in both their podcasts (see the Courtesy's recent appearance on the Hessle Audio show)…Read more Mixes To Dig: Avalon Emerson & Courtesy @Sónar Festival 2017