Have You Met.. Francis Mercier

 Where did you grow up, how did you get into creating music?

I was raised in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti where Caribbean, French & African cultures are very present, and I was exposed to artists like Magic System, Salif Keita, Mory Kante, and others in my early teens. I remember loving the energy, rhythm, and overall positivity found in African records. I initially had no idea who the artists were but whenever their music aired on local radios, it captivated me.

Years later, as I moved to the US for my studies, I discovered the melodic sound of Tiesto in 2006 in his ‘In Search Of Sunrise’ compilations, and those drew me into electronic music and from 2007 onwards I picked up DJing. After 7 years of performing in the biggest clubs in the North East of the US, I wanted more out of my career as a DJ and I grew into becoming a music producer from 2014 onwards. 

What’s the creative culture like in the city you raised in?

In Port-Au-Prince, Haiti where I grow up, the creative culture is very vibrant and diverse. We Haitians have our Caribbean roots and the Kompa Music has very unique energy but we are also very much exposed to American & European cultures. When growing up I had friends from all over the world and everyone would share their music. That may have been the reason why I chose to become a DJ.

What made you decide to start a record label?

In the early 2010s, I felt a void for House Music in New York. Back then the EDM Big Room sound was at the forefront together with Hip Hop and Trap Music. It was nearly impossible to land shows in Manhattan for classic House Music. As such, I decided to launch my own imprint Deep Root Records to initially put on cool shows focused on the classic House Music that I’m fond of.

Within a few years, we drew quite some attention and began releasing music. 2019 was a big year for us launching our Deep Root Sessions brand and in 2020 we started our Afro House imprint Deep Root Tribe. We’ve then been empowering lots of African artists to gain visibility on an international level. I’m quite excited to contribute to the Afro House scene with my remake of ‘Premier Gaou’ in partnership with Spinnin’ Records and their House Music imprint Spinnin Deep.

Have you tried to bring part of your Haitian heritage into your music?

I have been working on it and will be releasing an EP with an amazing Haitian vocalist by the name of Lenny Auguste at the end of the year. She’s from Gonaives and has an incredible voice.

Are you working independently to release your music? If so, what are some of the challenges?

I do release some of my compositions independently under my label Deep Root Records and wearing multiple hats all at the same time can be a challenge, but I focus on the positive instead. Having my own platform to release and push out my records gives me the capacity to present my vision to the world in its purest form.

If you weren’t making music, what do you think you would be doing?

I’d probably be in the world of finance as that’s what I studied. Good thing is that my academic background has given me an edge to be organized both within my creative and administrative duties at my label.

Do you play any instruments, if not, which would you love to learn first?

I dabble on the piano but I actually do not play any real-world instruments. That said, I do know how to play/use analog and software instruments quite well. Most of my compositions are coined by their chord progressions, which I use my natural musical experience to create on the keyboard and to port into MIDI and I work from there. I would love to learn how to perfectly play the piano, and one day buy an upright or grand piano for my house to learn some of my favorite classical piano pieces by Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi, and others who I love listening to.

Do you have advice for anyone releasing music independently?

Sure! Stay true to your vision, and go step by step. The road is long but definitely worth it. Building a fan base independently and purely from your music will be the strongest base.

Which artist would you love to collaborate with most?

Would love to work with Gorgon City for example! They are one of my favorite duos.

Do you have any festival bookings this summer?

I may play at the Summer Music Festival in Mons Belgium. But as of now no major festival. Hopefully, that will change 🙂

How would you describe your production style in three words?

Melodic, Moody, and Groovy!

Be sure to pre save Francis Mercier’s forthcoming single, Premier Gaou here

DJ Minx References Police Brutality For New Single, ‘Blind Amerikkka’

DJ Minx has produced a new single featuring New York artist E-Man.

“Blind Amerikkka” came out today via Women On Wax, an imprint that the Detroit mainstay launched in 2001. The track references police brutality in the US, among other pressing issues.

It’s the first Women On Wax release of the year, following Minx’s Violet Groove EP from 2020.

Listen to “Blind Amerikkka”

Talented Songwriter Harry Jay-Steele Shares New Single ‘Not Quite Like This’

East London based songwriter, guitarist and producer Harry Jay-Steele shares ‘Not Quite Like This’ – another cut from his upcoming debut album, ‘Boundaries’ due for release on 4th December via eclectic audiophile label Naim Records.

Recorded with Jordan Rakei’s co-producer and drummer Jim Macrae, the song is heavily influenced Afrobeats and tackles personal experiences close to the artist. “It’s a song in defiance against being labelled and judges but also about the fluidity of self. A message amplified by the shifting effect of the artist’s auto-tuned vocals.”

Explaining the production work behind the track, “I used auto-tune on this track partly because it’s Afrobeats influence but also due to the chameleon-like tonal affect it has one my voice. I felt its shifting nature sat well with lyrical message.”

Check out the single below, and let us know what you think:

Playlist Update: Electronic Dance Music #3

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We’ve updated our new Electronic Dance music playlist, which is a blend of our favourite and recent music from deep house, techno, future beats, garage, as well as, more. We have new music coming from deep house, and techno producer COMPUTER DATA, DJ Kush Boogie, Little Dragon, Dark Comedy, and Larry Heard to name a few

Check out the playlist below, and let us know what you think:

 

News: The Colours That Rise Announce LP With New Single, Deep Space

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The Colours That Rise announce their debut album “Grey Doubt’ ( which features acclaimed guests such as Yazmin Lacey and Andrew Ashong) on the inimitable Rhythm Section International. New single “Deep Space” plunges the listener into the vacuum of a black hole, as grainy debris hurtles past into the darkness.

 

LP Tracklist:
1. Red Dawn
2. Home Time
3. Opacity
4. Hyper Lace
5. Orion’s Belt & Beyond
6. Interlude Sly : 2009
7. The Juice Ft. Andrew Ashong
8. Get Away
9. If I was God
10. Ghost In The Forest
11. Atmosphere Ft. Yazmin Lacey
12. Interlude : Interlude
13. Deep Space
14. Interlude : Til Next Time

Have a listen to the single below, and let us know what you think:

 

Q&A: Have You Met.. Karmasound

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Where are you from ?

I was born in Buenos Aires, grew up in Lugo, Galicia and am based in Barcelona since 2012.

Describe the kind of creative culture within your city?
Barcelona is a multicultural and hectic place. You can find really good record stores like Paradiso, Rhythm Control, Wah wah Records. There are nice clubs like Curtis Audiophile Cafe, Laut, Freedonia and Jamboree with really good music programs. Nice festivals like Artenou or MIRA fest. Various collective program music nights like Canela en Surco, Tombolo, Wok Musi and many radio stations like Dublab or Radio CC, just to give a few examples. I also stay in contact with other creative people like graffiti artists, art toy creators and illustrators, like my friend Deru or Twee Muizen. It’s a sunny nice place with a huge cultural offer.

What made you get into music, who were the people around you who influenced you?

I have been in a relationship with music since my early days in Argentina. During family parties, my uncle (RIP) had a Cumbia band and he would always play the guitar and sing funny songs.
My father, for example, always played Argentinian folk music, like Jorge Cafrune and also tango, like Roberto Goyenche.
My brother and sister always played music at home. They played Argentinian rock and ska, like Los Fabulosos Cadillacs or Los Pericos, and 80’s music like Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, etc. These are my first memories of music.More recently, in the early/mid-’90s, in Galicia, I discovered breakdance and Hip Hop culture and I met my musical soulmate, Oliver. With him and many other friends, I discovered a lot of music, ranging from jazz-funk and soul to electronic music, all of them through hip hop. I think this is the main reason why I make beats and music today.

Are there any producers/artist you work really well, what makes your relationship work?

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Normally I work alone in my home studio but I have several projects with other artists/producers. I always enjoy making music and tracks with my brother Oliver, of course. We have a rap group named “Kuando Alguien Oculta Sonrisas” from the late ’90s. I enjoy making tracks with my girlfriend, the lovely Sara Bee. We usually make a mix of future/soul and R&B styled music. It’s also really nice going to the studio with my friend from Seattle, Evan. We made an EP years ago titled Evan&Damian. I also really enjoy making music with Pedro Ricardo, we always try to leave the comfort zone and explore more folk music and musical roots. We recorded an LP last year and I hope we will release it during this year. There is also my friend Jedreck, from Poland, also someone with who it is always is very fun to take some time and make music together.
I worked and am still working with other people online, like Emeson (Saturn’s Children) Cyclonix, Alga Rhythms from Manchester, Rui Fradinho and Ruben Estevez. For me one of the best things about music is that it allows you to meet new people and make new friends.

What were early experiences in music, did you start with playing instruments or go straight in to making beats?
I started dancing, DJing and doing turntablism and after that, I started to make beats. First with a computer and with Akai samplers and later I started including other machines. When I started discovering other kinds of music through hip-hop beats, I began to be interested in playing instruments so I started to play the piano on my own. In the last few years, I have taken some piano classes but I have a scattered mind and am not very disciplined so I rather explore on my own.

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Are there any other musicians, and DJs in Argentina we should be paying attention to?
I really love the jazz-fusion scene in Argentina and Uruguay. Names like Pipi Piazzola, Escalandrum, Mati Mormandi, Hernan Jacinto, Fernandez4, Antonino Restuccia, Matador and many more… last month I met Lucien Memi in Barcelona, he is a really great keyboardist and trumpeter and I love his project called Vinilo Tinto, really nice music!

What’s your relationship like with Bristol based label, Phuture Muzik records?
It all started when I uploaded a five-track EP to SoundCloud in 2017. A couple of months after, Josh (the owner of PSM ) emailed me. He listened to my EP on SoundCloud and he liked it so much that he made the proposal to release the album on his label. “Probabilidades” dropped on January of 2018 and at the end of that year, I went to Bristol to play my live set due to the release of my single ‘Can See Thru you” W/ Jedreck Dudek from Poland and some remixes from the amazing producer Sean McCabe. I met Joshia in person there, we have a great relationship through music.

What musical influences outside techno to you have in your music?

I have different music influences for example; Horace Silver, Monk, Hugo Fatorusso, Azymuth, Daniel Maza, Jill Scott, Jorge Drexler, Herbie Hancock, Jazz Messengers, Kaidi Tatham, Dj Premier, Gustavo Santaolalla, La Marraqueta, Curtis Mayfield, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, and many many more.

What’s influenced your current album with Phuture Shock Music?

“La Búsqueda” is a concept album I created mainly between 2018 and 2019. But some tracks like “Lo único que quiero” I wrote in 2014. It was like a spiritual exercise for me to find myself and reconnect with my South-American heritage. There is a huge influence from South American traditional rhythms and I tried to experiment with Candombe, chacarera, zamba, cueca, and Brazilian things. All of this mixed with my main passions; jazz, hip hop and broken beat.

When can we expect more music from you, and will we see you DJing around Europe or the UK soon?

At the moment I’m focused on preparing a live set for my album “La Búsqueda”.
Coming up soon, I will be doing a DJ warm-up for a french 70’s jazz-funk band called Cortex in Barcelona on March 14th, the release party of “La búsqueda” on 20th March in Curtis Audiophile Cafe in Barcelona with Phuture Shock Music owner, Joshia. I will come back to Curtis on the 20th of April with my good friend and amazing music selector Laani (Brownswood Rec / WWFm) and I hope to go to UK and EU this summer season!

You can preview and purchase his latest album below:

News: World Renowned House Record Label Announce Summer London Day Party

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Founded in 2005, Anjunadeep has become one of dance music’s best loved brands – developing some of the scene’s biggest artists and throwing incredible daytime parties around the world, whether it be on the beaches of Goa, Mexico, Bali or California, to the city center’s of Hong Kong, San Francisco or Amsterdam. This summer the label present their biggest event to date – Anjunadeep London.

James Grant, Anjunadeep founder and A&R says “This year we go bigger than ever at our new home, Magazine London. The outdoor space is on the banks of the Thames and has an unrivaled backdrop of Canary Wharf, whilst the indoor arena will play host to our new immersive production. On our third stage we will be hosting a selection of artist Q&A’s and wellness activities.”

Check out Anjunadeep promo video below: 

New Music: Broken Beat House Legend, Kaidi Tatham Releases Two New Singles

Kaidi Tatham’s consistent wizardry behind the keys rarely fails to disappoint, having already releases a short EP this year, Tatham returns with two new singles.

‘You Find That I Got You’ has a gorgeous slow burning groove led by the growing bassline. Tatham nicely accompanies the bassline with soft congo drums and piercing claps to usher in eventual developing melody lines, which he cleverly layers around the vocals line. I love how Tatham often makes use of more jazz instruments, like trumpets and trombones to lift the track as the melody builds around the vocals

‘Mjuvi’ feels more like a dance a track from the looping drum patterns with a more Latin samba music feel, from the persistent trudging from the various shakers. The short release from bass sounding element balance nicely with his brilliant display on the keys throughout the piece

Have listen to it below, let us know what you think:

New Music: Luckyme Records Release Remixes of Jacques Green & Cadence Weapon Latest Hit Single – ‘Night Service’

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Jacques Green and Cadence Weapon latest single, Night Service was spawned from a number of fans’ persistent calls for the track to be released following Jacques’ mysterious unreleased mixtape upload in 2018.

It proved to be a stoke of genius with single going on to be supported from the likes of Fader, Spin, Hypebeast, BBC Radio1Xtra, BBC6 Music, Triple J, Rinse FM and now LuckyMe are proud to present ‘Night Service (The Remixes).

Two fresh remixes by NYC Downtown stalwart Justin Strauss under his Whatever/Whatever moniker, his ongoing remix partnership with Bryan Mette.

Cadence Weapon spoke a little on how the single came together “After working together on two songs from my 2018 album ‘Cadence Weapon,’ Jacques Greene and I continued working on music whenever we’d hang out. ‘Night Service’ is the result. The song is inspired by our personal nightlife experiences in Montreal and the enduring history of underground dance music in New York, specifically Larry Levan and Paradise Garage, as he was one of the first DJs to make the connection between religious devotion and club music.”

You can purchase the EP via bandcamp below:

New Music: Pioneering Broken Beat Legend, Dego Announces New Album for September

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Dego’s contribution to the UK underground music scene has spanned over 20 years, with his earlier productions in to jungle and drum and bass, eventually leading him to experimenting with house and developing that broken beat sound. But Dego has never been bound of any genre, taking on a range of influences throughout his career, from Jazz, Hip Hop, to Techno and house but always with an element of soul.

Dego’s third studio album titled, Too Much will be released through is very own 2000 Black Label on the 6th September. With a number of British singers featuring on the album from Nadine Charles, Sarina Leah, and Sharlene Hector to name a few, we can probably expect a combination of funk, soul and broken beats.

Check out the first track from the album, A Strong Move for Truth. Let us know what you think, and pre-order the album:

Tracklist:

1. A Strong Move for Truth (feat. Nadine Charles)
2. Good Morning (feat. Samii)
3. Remini Dream (feat. Ivana Santilli)
4. I Don’t Wanna Know (feat. Obenewa)
5. Unknown Faults
6. Life Can Be Unreal (feat. Sarina Leah)
7. Too Much (feat. Sharlene Hector)
8. You Are Virgo
9. Come of Age
10. Just Leave It (feat. Lady Alma)
11. Ogawa Okasan Said Just Play
12. A Where Pringle Deh
13. My Standards Are (Not) Too High