Babak Shayan – Snake In The Grass (Plastic City. Play)

Born in Teheran (Iran) in 1973, Babak came to Germany due to the effects of the Iran-Iraq war in 1985. His love to music started in the early days of his childhood with artists such as Depeche Mode, Yello, New Order. But thanks to his new residence, the music that was avantgarde then became accessible for him. He went into heavy music collecting, making it possible to experience the concept of DJing just one year later: beginning in 1986, he spread mixtapes among his schoolmates and was soon a requested DJ for an audience that was much more older than he himself. He played in clubs where he would not have been allowed to enter because of his age. Consequently, his love for music lead him on the way to creating music. In 1998, he got the gear to get some tracks done and after gaining some experience in that field, Babak had his first release on the Plastic City. His first “Dualists” productions found their way into the cases of many DJs and many compilations and propelled him to the top of Germany’s Tech-House scene. In 2003 Babak moved to Cologne and founded his own label Shayan Music which has established itself as a modern music company that offers a broad spectrum of services. Besides all of his projects and music-making Babak plays as DJ at international festivals and clubs regularly. Finally in 2009, he released his first own artist album which he called “My Life”. The single “Snake in The Grass” is taken from this brilliant album.

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Sound-design from a far-away galaxy, functional and intelligent arrangements, tricky elements somewhere between “handmade” and “cinema-scope” and continuously surprising ideas – this is the music of an extraordinary talent: Boris Brejcha. He’s one of the most productive creative minds of this time segment and while constantly releasing a great amount of tracks, his music does not sound like the work of a mechanic following a certain formula. Boris’ force roots from a unique style that has a focus on diversity and still you recognize his hand-writing while listening to his tricky arrangements and breaks that are different as they can be. Some years ago Brejcha suddenly entered the international club-league and announced his goals by tracks as “Ich zeige es euch” – no exaggeration at all when looking at the development of his career, he quickly messed up the establishment and his extraordinary live performances and costumes caused more and more public interest. Harthouse signs responsible for several of Brejcha’s releases – two albums and many maxi singles stand for a successful cooperation between artist and label. They grew together and Boris got one of the central artists on Harthouse. It’s clear that Brejcha’s third strike is presented by Harthouse and will spread the word of a better tomorrow concerning quality dance music. His third long player “MY NAME IS” might set up the question whether he continues emphasizing his definition of Science Fiction Techno. You can answer YES and NO: his fans will immediately recognize his unique style in the opener “Express myself” and they will be thankful for that! “MY NAME IS” carries on the spirit of the preceding long players but at the same time announces a new definition of his stylistic varying, state of the art produced and well thought work. You find every single element exactly at the right spot – these tracks frightening precisely aim at the huge summer events – crisp, fresh and always wearing a tiny smile – this would be a satisfying conclusion of his album, but there’s several tracks spreading a wider stylistic landscape – harmonic and dreamful “Flockentanz” for example provides listening comfort in the suburbs of the dancefloor, too. The compilation of Brejchas compositions develops into different styles and atmospheres. “Ich zeige es euch” declares the borders between functional, minimalistic club-sound and neo trancy melodies to be torn down. Endless reverberated spheres are cut into pieces, reversed they rush into emptiness or break into a thousand pieces by crashing into the suddenly appearing grooves. The name-giving track “My name is” raises the bar for straightforward club music: Brejcha is more than capable of driving the masses to insanity. The unforeseeable changes are pure pleasure and draw a clear picture in front of your inner eye: Crowded dance floor, peaktime, raging masses go nuts! Bravo – somebody knows how to carry something to extremes! “You will rise” is a 10-minutes-hypnotic device that combines hard and direct elements and gentleman-like sound design. Never ever it gets boring – alternating effects and tiny tricky sounds create the style Boris Brejcha is famous for – “My name is” underlines and steels his position! The music of “MEIN NAME IS” is more grownup and this album presents stylistic deeper and wider stuff than many of contemporary music’s productions – thus with great cause we announce a real highlight for this summer! Sound-design from a far-away galaxy, functional and intelligent arrangements, tricky elements somewhere between “handmade” and “cinema-scope” and continuously surprising ideas – this is the music of an extraordinary talent: Boris Brejcha. He’s one of the most productive creative minds of this time segment and while constantly releasing a great amount of tracks, his music does not sound like the work of a mechanic following a certain formula. Boris’ force roots from a unique style that has a focus on diversity and still you recognize his hand-writing while listening to his tricky arrangements and breaks that are different as they can be. Some years ago Brejcha suddenly entered the international club-league and announced his goals by tracks as “Ich zeige es euch” – no exaggeration at all when looking at the development of his career, he quickly messed up the establishment and his extraordinary live performances and costumes caused more and more public interest. Harthouse signs responsible for several of Brejcha’s releases – two albums and many maxi singles stand for a successful cooperation between artist and label. They grew together and Boris got one of the central artists on Harthouse. It’s clear that Brejcha’s third strike is presented by Harthouse and will spread the word of a better tomorrow concerning quality dance music. His third long player “MY NAME IS” might set up the question whether he continues emphasizing his definition of Science Fiction Techno. You can answer YES and NO: his fans will immediately recognize his unique style in the opener “Express myself” and they will be thankful for that! “MY NAME IS” carries on the spirit of the preceding long players but at the same time announces a new definition of his stylistic varying, state of the art produced and well thought work. You find every single element exactly at the right spot – these tracks frightening precisely aim at the huge summer events – crisp, fresh and always wearing a tiny smile – this would be a satisfying conclusion of his album, but there’s several tracks spreading a wider stylistic landscape – harmonic and dreamful “Flockentanz” for example provides listening comfort in the suburbs of the dancefloor, too. The compilation of Brejchas compositions develops into different styles and atmospheres. “Ich zeige es euch” declares the borders between functional, minimalistic club-sound and neo trancy melodies to be torn down. Endless reverberated spheres are cut into pieces, reversed they rush into emptiness or break into a thousand pieces by crashing into the suddenly appearing grooves. The name-giving track “My name is” raises the bar for straightforward club music: Brejcha is more than capable of driving the masses to insanity. The unforeseeable changes are pure pleasure and draw a clear picture in front of your inner eye: Crowded dance floor, peaktime, raging masses go nuts! Bravo – somebody knows how to carry something to extremes! “You will rise” is a 10-minutes-hypnotic device that combines hard and direct elements and gentleman-like sound design. Never ever it gets boring – alternating effects and tiny tricky sounds create the style Boris Brejcha is famous for – “My name is” underlines and steels his position! The music of “MEIN NAME IS” is more grownup and this album presents stylistic deeper and wider stuff than many of contemporary music’s productions – thus with great cause we announce a real highlight for this summer!

Free Download (mp3): Boris Brejcha – Yeah! (Re-Edit)

Strict Border – Body Cure (Plastic City. Play)

Canadian-based Strict Border (Amirali Shahrestani and Iman Habibi) were drawn together by their shared passion and love for electronic music. Music and nightlife inspired both of them from early on. They have built a reputation as hottest upcoming techno and house artists. The pair dived to the forefront of dance music in February 2009 and has achieved extensive recognition in fewer than three months since they joined forces in Tehran. Sadly the guys had to part ways shortly after meeting in Tehran as Iman currently lives in Tehran and Amirali had to go back to Toronto. Although working from different continents with a time difference of eight hours and a half was hard at times, the duo saw it as a worthy challenge. Rather than back down at times when WAV files took up to an hour to upload with slow internet connections in Iran, the guys approached the challenge with tremendous interest and felt more and more confident with each step they took. Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and many other web sites are filtered by the government of Iran, making it hard for someone in the music industry and in constant need of the internet to keep up and move on. Despite strict laws and the threat of government censorship, Strict Border with the help of anti-filters and proxies to access the web world were able to work together and produce music. Since they formed in February 2009, the duo believed that there is something special about them. Their first release got quite recognition and was played by Steve Lawler on BBC Radio 1. Other supports in the business include artists such as Marco Carola, Christian Smith, Luciano, Nic Fanciulli, Gorge, Okain, Carl Cox, Nima Gorji, Carlo Lio, Wally Lopez, Mike Monday and many more.

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In spring 2010 we start to be responsible for the distribution of the new digital releases from the label TopTrax. Now, we’re proud to announce, that the first four albums we distribute are currently in the Top 100 album charts @ iTunes in Germany:

# 10: Sunshine Live Vol. 34 (TopTrax)# 12: Nature One 2010 – The Flag Keeps Flying (TopTrax)# 19: Sunshine Live House Rotation Vol. 3, mixed by Greg Silver & Chico Chiquita (TopTrax)# 98: Sunshine Live Vol. 33 (TopTrax)

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Currently, you can find four releases from digedo in the top 100 of the WhatPeoplePlay Minimal Charts (releases):# 28: Alex Harmony –  Doop (Deep Pulp)# 35: Amedeo Di Buono – Pandora (Autan Records)# 43: DJ Yellow pres. Mindz Kontrol Ultra – No Way You Can Sleep (Plastic City)# 90: Tonbe – Evil Is Back (Deep Nota Records)Furthermore the artist Giulio Lnt is still on #1 @ the Beatport Minimal Charts (tracks). His track “Hello Chicago” is holding the pole position since more than one month now. Congratulations!# 01: Giulio Lnt – Hello Chicago (Autan Records)