Towards the end of 2011, Gareth Whitehead first approached Greg Gow about doing a remix for his Bulletdodge label and a friendship was soon formed. It was further fortified during Gareth's recent US tour, which also took him to Toronto where he played for Greg. This relationship has spawned various musical collaborations between the two, as Gareth states, not only have we produced together but we have released on each others labels, with singles and remixes, creating a nice Canadian / Scottish alliance!
For those not in the know, Canada's Greg Gow is already well established as a DJ, producer, promoter and label manager with releases on legendary labels like Transmat and KMS. Likewise Gareth Whitehead is a vastly experienced producer and DJ as well as head honcho at Bulletdodge Records, so the two have a lot in common despite their geographical differences.
As Greg explains, "Gareth and I have combined forces with a vision of making moving, groovy techno with a touch of soul" and this is evident on their latest combined offering for EPM Music. Delivering two new cuts, "Vacant" gets you jacking from the get-go, before "Circuit Breaker" throbs into action.
Taking "Vacant" down a darker path is none other than LA based, Silent Servant. As well as releases on Semantica and Historia y Violencia, it was a chance meeting with Karl O'Conner (Regis) in 1999, which opened the door to the Sandwell District label in 2006. While more recently, alongside Blueprint's James Ruskin, they announced the launch of Jealous God, a new art and music project.
Greg Gow & Gareth Whitehead's "Vacant" EP is released 23 September on EPM Music, both digitally and on 12" vinyl.
Turning up the heat in July, Luis Martinez returns to EPM Music. His last appearance was in 2011 when he delivered his tough house remix of Carl Taylor's 'Only U' (EPM013), now he's back with an original cut taken from his forthcoming album. 'Do Me' is a bouncing, disco inspired, house groover, with killer sampling that's full of warmth and Luis' passion for music, backed up with remixes from Greg Gow, Detroit Grand Pubahs and Dan d'Ascenzo.
Hailing from New York, Luis Martinez runs Monsta Recordings. Starting out as a DJ in 1985, his reputation grew and he found himself playing alongside such luminaries as Frankie Bones, Lil' Louie Vega, Junior Vasquez, Roger Sanchez and Danny Tenaglia. Now living in the Tampa Bay area, Luis runs his studios (he's also a recording engineer and mastering technician) and the label, but most evenings you can still find him DJing in clubs. As well as his forthcoming album for EPM Music, Luis' tracks and remixes have appeared most recently on Bulletdodge Records and he regularly spins on Tampa Bay's WMNF FM 88.5. Toronto based Greg Gow is one of Canada's leading electronic dance music artists. His international stature is well established as a DJ, producer, promoter and label manager. Known for his highly acclaimed releases for Derrick May's Transmat, as well as a variety of other international labels, he¿s also looking forward to forthcoming material on Kevin Saunderson's KMS. Before then, he delivers a remix of 'Do Me' that brings the disco loop further into late-night territory and ready to be launched onto a warehouse crowd.
The unstoppable Detroit Grand Pubahs continue to manage a busy DJ and Live schedule, most recently with a mini tour of Japan, alongside frequent releases and remixes, whether it's for their own Engineroom label or other discerning imprints like DJ Pierre's AA Trax which launched in April with their 'Acid Dreams' release. Their percussion-led reworking of 'Do Me' takes the track in a tribal direction, with layered drum patterns and clever cut-ups of the vocal sample.
Like the other artists on this release, Belgium's Dan d'Ascenzo (Loulou Records/ Leftright Recordings) lives a demanding life. He juggles work as a producer, songwriter, remixer, DJ, engineer and mastering technician (EPM's Analog Mastering). For his 'Dub Rerub' version of 'Do Me', Dan strips it back to the beats and slows the tempo, creating a dubby techno groove. Luis Martinez's debut album is set for release on EPM Music in Spring 2014, but watch out for further releases on the label leading up to this.
'Pipes at Helios Canyon' is the second single taken from The Third Man's debut album 'Beyond The Heliosphere', which was released in May.
British born, London based producer The Third Man (Toby Leeming) had previously delivered releases on influential electronic labels like Ai, ART and Tabernacle before EPM put out his 'Double Dawn' single earlier this year. Accompanied by reworkings from like-minded producers Claro Intelecto and John Heckle, it presented the first sample of what 'Beyond The Heliosphere' had in store -- a fine-tuned and captivating long-player.
With its feet planted in Techno the album also explored House, Electro and dubbier flavours, as well as the Italo sound of tracks like 'Pipes At Helios Canyon', presented here. Displaying the diverse talent of this confident young producer, the retro synth electronica of 'Pipes...' has the emotion of Moroder, with the playfulness of Jarre.
Dutch producer Danny Wolfers has released a large body of music under various aliases (most recently with his Gilga pseudonym) but it's his work as Legowelt that has catapulted him into the ears and hearts of electronic music lovers, with the 2012 album, 'The Paranormal Soul' on Clone, maintaining the applause. His work shows many influences from the sounds of Detroit Techno and Chicago House pioneers, to underground Electro and obscure early 80s Italo Disco, so it seemed only fitting to ask this master craftsman to remix 'Pipes at Helios Canyon'.
Also featured on the single is 'The Tracker', another album cut from The Third Man that deserves its own spotlight. The track's intensity builds gradually from its starting beats and dappled rhythms, into a beautifully complex Techno workout, layered with pads and additional percussion.
The Third Man will be performing live at SuicideCircus in Berlin on Friday 5th July, ahead of the release of 'Pipes of Helios Canyon' both digitally and on 12" vinyl from 8th July.