Upsammy – Another Place (Original Mix) [ELECTRO]

Upsammy - Another Place (Original Mix) [ELECTRO] 'Another Place', the titular cut on Upsammy's debut EP, is a mutative Electro, Techno and Ambient beast that is utterly mesmeric.Upsammy – Another Place

You’ve got to hand it to those YouTubers who are the heroes we need but do not deserve. A vehicle for upcoming artists to get their music promoted, it certainly has its uses on the other side of the spectrum. Frontleft365 covered some of these in their fantastic feature that included interviews with Houseum, Slav and CMYK. Growing in number, such channels have offered not only exposure for those looking to get their name out, but also serving as inspiration to fellow producers. These have been in particular rich in genres of early 90’s IDM, ambient, breaks, jungle, techno and trance. Thessa Torsing aka Upsammy’s 2018 Dekmantel set was a beautiful, meandering sound safari covering the aforementioned genres with a retro tint. Hailing from the Netherlands, her ascendency has been no short of paramount, rapidly moving from playing in local clubs to nights at Panorama Bar. Her productions have been cherished and treasured, bringing a mix of breaks, Techno, IDM, ambient and Trance. Releases on Whities & Die Orakel gathered great attention, called upon by Mr Fingers for a remix alongside Joey Anderson and Kode9. ‘Another Place’, the titular cut on her 2018 debut EP on Rotterdam Label Nous’Klaer, is a mutative beast that is utterly mesmeric.


In conversation with DeSchool, Upsammy recalled her father having “loads of electronic mix CD’s, like Tiësto’s Forbidden Paradise, so [Torsing] listened to those.. growing up. Another major influence was MTV Lounge Vol. 3, with artists like Moby and The Future Sound Of London‘. ‘Another Place’ is an emotion-led, retro futuristic track, cut with a different cloth that uses the same blueprint. Pick any track from the nostalgic YouTube Channel, 2trancentral and you’ll find the same esoteric tropes written all over. Indulged in delay from the off, chimes and a bleep knock echo and streak through both ear canals. An drum pattern that goes into double-time on the second 4/4 beat keeps things off kilter. This all happens before a razoring dubstep & techno hybrid bassline, akin to one found in A Made Up Sound‘s (aka 2562) ‘Crisis’ enters. It also carries the same urgency as of Shed’s ‘Wax 1001B‘ acid lick. Blissful and alien synth-lines supersaw and oscillate, sounding straight out of a Roland J-8000 or Access Virus A/B textbook. Droplet sounds play out in assorted patterns in the background, before a minute long breakdown set ups the most euphoric of atmospheres. The bass then drops combined with the precision of the cymbals to truly transport the listener to a place far distant. Continue reading

Tale of Us – Alla Sera (Kettenkarussell Triangle Player Remix) [DEEP HO– USE]

Tale of Us - Alla Sera (Kettenkarussell Triangle Player Remix) [DEEP HO-- USE] Released on Deutsche Grammophon, Kettenkarussell Triangle Player Remix of Tale of Us' 'Alla Sera' is deep house that provide a sanctum for contemplation.Tale of Us – Alla Sera (Kettenkarussell Triangle Player Remix)

When Tale Of Us dropped their debut 2017 LP, Endless, it wasn’t what the public had come to expect. Resident Advisor claimed it contained ‘meandering music that tries desperately to tug at your heartstrings, but never quite gets a good enough grip’. Released on Deutsche Grammophon, a classical label starting in 1898 that has also released Moritz Von Oswald and Carl Craig’s classical reshapes of their electronic tracks, Tale of Us’ was a first fully original electronic release. Whatever your thoughts on it was, you can’t fault the effort of the duo trying something more beatless. Dropping on the remix LP, featuring remixes Rødhåd, Scuba, Sebastian Mullart plus other Afterlife label mates, Kettenkarussell x Tale of Us was a match made in heaven. Their brand of quaint, mystical house you can normally find in Giegling‘s roster that has included Edward, Dwig & Traumprinz, leaks its way on ‘Alla Sera’ to provide a sanctum for deep contemplation.


We first heard Kettenkarussell, a duo consisting of Herr Koreander Leafar Legov, in 2010 on a Little White Earbuds podcast. They describe their music being ‘so easy to develop tunnelvision listening to their calming, organic style of hypnotism — maybe a bit like ‘witnessing the scenery shifts on a lengthy train journey atop that constant click-clack’. This hypnotism is found from the off, with the moody classical piano line, enveloping the ears with gravitas. It adds a nonchalant aura than to the originals as-hoc sullen, morose nature. Soundscapes pan across the track, with a nimble version of the IDM style bass found on Plastikman’s Closer LP. Hats latter across the top, quiet enough to give the other bleeps, thunder strikes and tiger screeches time to add to the abstract nature. The brooding pulsations before the breakdown truly makes this a homelisteners delight. Letting the piano do the talking again, in a minor harmonic. The track then takes a deep dive into the abyss of the mind, as the swirling, ghostly pads create a parabola around this magical world. Continue reading

Münch – Note [VA002] [DUB TECH]

Münch – Note [VA002]

The artwork for the End Of Perception – ЛаBа EP features lava spill effluxing over frayed rocks. It takes crystals, volcanic glass & gases to form such molten rock. In similar vein, Raffaele Mezzanotte, known as Münch, amalgamates noise, atmospheric and ambient sounds to fossilise his creation. His contribution to the second compilation of the newly-formed Berlin label demonstrates the collectives potential to appeal to Giegling followers. Placed in-between Primal Code’s traumprianzian ‘Alhambra’ & Deepbass’ mesmeric ‘Separation Of The Present Moment’, ‘Note’ is a window to an alternative dimension of self-reflection.


The ambient pads used are reminiscent of Prince of Denmark’s ‘Darkspirit Cut‘, with its nihilistic acquiesce evoking somberness. Though it must be said that the Münch track carries a little more avidity. In the lineage of iconic atmospheric dub techno tracks, the runtime for ‘Note’ is extensive. This allows time for introversion that can provide therapy. Naturally for the subgenre, numb kicks amble along with humble conviction. Craven hi-hats hop on the this train of thought like a freighthopping rider wishing to go unnoticed. The midsection of the track introduces white noise that reminds one of a seashell resonance. This concept of the ocean colliding with magma can be taken to be a metaphor of the listeners worries soothed by the soundscapes of the track. Continue reading

Tin Man – Vertigo (Vocal Mix) [TECHNO-TRACID]

Tin Man - Vertigo (Vocal Mix) [TECHNO-TRACID] Vienna based, California born, DJ Johannes Auvinen is the king of 303s, 707s. He has played at clubs including Hive Club, Tresor Berghain, Panorama Bar, Säule. His released have come from labels such as 030303 Records, Acid Test, Dizzy Tunes, Exprezoo and Volt Music.
Tin Man – Vertigo (Vocal Mix)

Trance can be a curse word in the underground music scene, its innocent melodies often interpreted as tacky. But producers like Michael Mayer & Peter Dundov release trance-influenced music in such a refreshing way it can never truly stay irrelevant. Trance with Acid? Rarely seen outside the terriers of Gabba and tracks above 150bpm. Tin Man however flips the script and ensures your aural senses will be addled to continued perplexion. Released on his 2014 LP Ode, Vertigo (Vocal Mix) is a slow burning euphoric melting pot of Acid, Trance and Techno. It’s an exquisite showcase of a producer who is willing to push the boundaries.

Crunchy techno hats kick in from the start that Robert Hood would’ve been truly proud of. Riding along with the sub-bass is a acidic mutation, giving a weighty drawn-out low end that has a real funk to it. Acid bass has never been so good. Swirling synths that would normally be heard in a Paul Van Dyk trance track make the track sound elegant in this case. It is all played at a slower pace to add biosphere into the journey. This is alongside filtered quivers that add real zing like a majestic bird marking its arrival to the surrounding. Continue reading

Essentials: Traumprinz

Traumprinz Essentials Feature Techno Deep House Giegling

Essentials: Traumprinz

There is no doubt that Traumprinz, also known by his aliases DJ Metatron and Prince of Denmark, has touched countless listeners with his transcendental fusion of ambient, techno and deep house. Resorting to an enigmatic restrain from the public eye, Traumprinz enraptures the hearts of many through the sole medium of his music.

This week’s Essentials feature focuses on the artist, who’s affiliation with the German label Giegling, has elevated the collective to an international recognition. Though a recent interview has revealed that the producer left the group “early last year“, his legacy continues to thrive, creating new fans on a daily basis.

Everyone holds certain memories that resonate with them throughout their lives. For some its their first childhood crush, for others its the day of their graduation. Dig deeper and you’ll find those who recall the first time they played a Traumprinz track. The ethereal nature of the artist’s production fosters an aura that awakens the inner essence of being. Listening to Traumpinz, in any transfiguration of his aliases, is ultimately a sacred experience, similar to such of listening to a fellow arcanum of Burial

Below is the selection of our favourite essentials. An empyrean synthesis of euphoric trance, deep house cuts and techno drums. The discography of Traumprinz is a catalogue of experiences facilitated by your context. Your own essential selections will by shaped by the memories you make, in the truest spirit of the artist’s intentions.

Essentials: Traumprinz (Jordan)

Traumprinz – Changes

Released: 2012 

“From the moment you press play you sense that you’re about to hear something special. Made with authentic feelings inside, this track has helped me move on from previous broken relationships. Raw in emotion like 2Pac Shakur, deep in emotion like Fred P.”

Parallaxis (Traumprinz Over 2 The End Version)

Released: 2014

“This takes a completely different direction to the original, while maintaining the delicate nature in which the track is crafted. Perfect way to reflect on a good night out while lying in bed.”

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