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Forward Thinking Music congratulates Timo Maas & James Teej for their nomination at The Grammy Awards with their remix of “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five” by Paul McCartney & Wings.

Timo, James and the FTM team have invested time and energy on this special record and we are proud of the recognition for this hard work. We’ll travel to Los Angeles in February for the 58th Ceremony.

Last year the music industry went into a spin when a mysterious limited 12” test pressings, with Paul McCartney’s face hand-stamped onto it, dropped in Phonica Records. The 12″ sold out in hours in Phonica and Deejay.de, going straight to number one overnight on both stores and selling on Ebays for 400$.

Later, Billboard Magazine revealed the record is a collaboration between Timo Maas, James Teej & Paul McCartney revisiting Macca’s classic track from his album with Wings “Band On The Run”.

Watch the music video of Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five:

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At Forward Thinking Music we are extremely proud of our artists. We believe in them, in their own ambitions and in their arts first and foremost, this is what makes our relationship with them so unique. Although we don’t seek awards and recognitions, it is always a special occasion when the public puts them forward.

We are very proud to announce that 3 of our artists are in Resident Advisor’s Poll 2016: Enzo Siragusa is #36 in the “Top 100 DJs“ progressing from his previous #62 position. In the “Top 40 Live Acts“, Premiesku climbed up the Poll to reach #21 while Sebastian Mullaert entered the Poll directly at #12.

2016 has been a standout year for these artists with a string of amazing releases including Enzo’s Hardsteppers EP shortlisted in the “10 Tracks That Saved 2016” by Mixmag. Premiesku released their much-anticipated Altitude EP on Desolat and In My Chek EP on (Djebali), while Sebastian Mullaert had one of his most impressive years to date with standout releases on Mule Musiq, Drumcode, Kontra-Musik and Hypercolour both on his own and with Mathew Jonson.

However, it is their impressive club performances that have earned them an impressive touring schedule, playing in some of the world’s best stages including Amnesia (Ibiza), Fabric (London), Berghain (Berlin), Awakenings (Amsterdam), Concrete (Paris), The Block (Tel Aviv), Output, Black Market and Spy Bar in North America as well as a the headline slot for the Boiler Room in their home-country for Premiesku.

Congratulations!

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In the history of House Music, some collaborations have left a mark that reached beyond our scene. The list of classics co-produced by Timo Maas and his partner in crime Martin Buttrich is as long as its impressive: Azzido Da Bass – Dooms Night (Timo Maas Remix), Timo Maas – Help Me (feat. Kelis) or their remix of Tori Amos – Don’t Make Me Come To Vegas (Timo Maas Remix) which earned them a Grammy nomination, testifying of their unmatched wizardry and synergy in the studio.

Talented producers, skillful selectors, brilliant remixers and visionary label owners, it seems Martin’s and Timo’s s talents work hand in hand. In the spirit of creative teamwork, Martin launched a series of collaborative EPs on his new label Rhythm Assault. Launched with a release featuring the one and only Mathew Johnson, the EP series has already reached its fifth outing, gaining more popularity in the meantime. For this new release, Martin meets his long-time friend Timo for Nach Acht, an explosive and hypnotic 10 minutes track taking the listeners on a journey through mesmerizing pads and hypnotic basslines.

Watch Timo Maas B2B Martin Buttrich B2B Davide Squillace in the Mixmag Lab London: here

Listen to Nach Acht:

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When Mixmag proclaimed 2016 to be the year of Enzo Siragusa earlier this year, they were not far off. After having debuted in RA’s top 100 DJ’s in late 2015, followed by a summer of extraordinary HYTE residency shows in Ibiza and a successful FUSE 8th anniversary tour dispersed across key cities in Europe, Enzo received the ultimate seal of approval: to take part in Pete Tong’s famous BBC Radio 1 trademark, the Essential Mix. What followed was two hours of non-stop, floor-shaking house and techno, brought to you and inspired by the gritty alleyways of London’s east end. Proving that hard work does pay off – whether that’s putting on a club night, running a label or meticulously pushing a sound without faltering – the epitome of hard graft can be seen in the work of Enzo Siragusa and the dizzy heights that he’s taken himself, and Fuse, to.

Staying true to the idea that every session should be one to remember, this mix is definitely not one to miss.

Listen back to Enzo’s Essential Mix:

 

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Sebastian Mullaert and Mathew Jonson are putting out a collaborative 12-inch, Pollen 4 Life, through Hypercolour by the end of November 2016.

The two producers have been connected through music since they first met at Japan’s Labyrinth festival in 2005. Jonson’s Wagon Repair label issued two EPs from Minilogue, the former longtime partnership between Mullaert and Marcus Henriksson, and occasionally all three artists would join together for gigs as a live unit.

Pollen 4 Life was conceived two years ago when Jonson was invited to stay at Mullaert’s home at the edge of a national park in Röstånga, Sweden. They worked on music for five days. The setting gave the duo “freedom to jam, play around and most importantly, reconnect with nature and the natural flow of ideas while deep in the forest.”

What is more, the UK label Hypercolour turned 10 this year, and to celebrate, it released a triple-vinyl anniversary compilation, featuring a cut from Mullaert and artists like Luke Vibert, Roman Flügel and Matthew Herbert. The compilation arrived on November 11th.

You can buy the Pollen 4 Life EP on Juno.

Listen to Sebastian’s contribution to the 10 year compilation:

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Be Yōkai is a new audio/visual collaboration uniting music with art and the moving picture from Sebastian Mullaert, Douglas Holmquist and Kristofer Ström. It is driven by rhythm and vibration, while aiming to deliver progressive, transcendent visual stimulation.

The project’s debut 12-inch (and its digital version) landed on Hypercolour sub-label Space Hardware on October 28th. It’s called Facefist and three of its four tracks are accompanied by moving images from Ström, which morph through surreal transitions between various anime-inspired figures in sync with the music. There are hopes to bring the audiovisual project to the stage in the future.

Sebastian’s musical endeavours have taken him around the world, both as a solo practitioner and in the duo known as Minilogue, among other projects. Douglas an accomplished composer for film animations, advertisements and video games, as well as making club music. Kristofer, a world-renowned illustrator and animation specialist, who is also adept when it comes to making music. All three men have known each other for over a decade, and worked closely together during that time on several occasions. This foundation has kept their ties strong and has also provided them with a comfortable layer upon which they are building an intriguing project.

Buy the 12” EP on:
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Buy the Digital EP on:
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or stream on Spotify.

Expect more of things to come from Be Yokai. In the meantime, you can watch the video on Youtube

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Techno duo Fur Coat return to their original label Crosstown Rebels for their latest three track EP, titled ‘Numbers’.

The last few months have seen the guys being busy gigging festivals around the world, putting tunes out on Watergate Records, and handling a remix for Nicole Moudaber & Skin. Now, the pair goes back to its original musical home, Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels – the label that launched and empowered them to grow into the major techno force we know today. The release, titled the ’Numbers EP’, also features a stunning remix from US native Vin Sol.

This is music that keeps you guessing, initially appearing moody and forceful, but eventually creating a warm feeling that only the highest level of production can achieve.

The release is up for grabs on Juno (12″) and Beatport (digital).

You can listen to the EP here:

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Music is an art, a journey, a personal exploration. It doesn’t start when we press play, nor does it stops when we press pause. However, with music being thrust upon us daily, it is near impossible to escape the preconceived notions of how we listen and discover it. We have an artist we like and we convince ourselves we love their art – we forget to interrogate the melodies, to understand the harmonies, to feel the rhythm and connect with its soul. We learned to forget the value of it, we simply go by what we predict from the musician rather than what we actually hear and feel in the sound.

Cue Romanian duo Livio & Roby. Their conceptual album project ‘Phantom Circle’ challenges us to defy the constraints of these preconceived notions. They invite us to focus on one thing and one thing only – the music.

The audience is invited to listen to 11 original tracks, each of them co-produced with an anonymous collaborator from their “circle” of friends. And there certainly are some impressive names involved: tINI, Enzo Siragusa, Martin Buttrich, Guti, Julian Perez, Hector, Ryan Crosson, Cesar Merveille, Andrea Oliva & Premiesku. The classic Livio & Roby nuances will prevail, of course, but there will be no clear evidence about the “phantom” collaborator behind each track, apart from the music itself. By keeping the mystery on the identity of each co-producer, the duo is challenging their listeners to bypass the involuntary pre-conception and focus on the essential: listen and feel.

Livio & Roby’s emotive and mind-moving grooves have put them not only at the top of their homeland’s list of  nest producers but also at the forefront of the global electronic scene. The experience developed by the collaborators in this album only echoes the magnitude of Livio & Roby’s talent, which boils down to their stamp of ambition and courage, consolidated in this project. Above all, this album accentuates their clear intention to enjoy music for itself and nothing else.

Visit the Phantom Circle Website.

Grab the album on Juno, Decks.de, Beatport or the Desolat store.

You can find the album announcement on https://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=36507

Read more about it at https://www.xlr8r.com/news/2016/09/livio-roby-set-for-new-album/

Mixmag premiere: Livio & Roby vs Enzo Siragusa ‘SN Model’: http://mixmag.net/read/livio-roby-vs-enzo-siragusa-premieres
XLR8R premiere: Livio & Roby vs Ryan Crosson ‘Romaniac’: https://www.xlr8r.com/news/2016/10/premiere-hear-a-track-from-livio-robys-new-album/Tsugi premiere: Livio & Roby vs Andrea Oliva ‘Reloaded’: http://www.tsugi.fr/magazines/2016/10/11/ce-que-vraiment-besoin-reveler-noms-artistes-dans-album-19952
Thump Mexico premiere: Livio & Roby vs Hector ‘Mound’: https://thump.vice.com/es_mx/article/creando-un-lp-con-diez-leyendas-del-techno-una-entrevista-con-livio-roby
Deep House Amsterdam premiere: Livio & Roby ‘Capsule’: http://www.deephouseamsterdam.com/interview-livio-roby/

You can listen to the premiered tracks here:

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2015 saw Sebastian Mullaert cross paths with Ulf Erikkson. Together they created The Dance, a live mix recorded at an exclusive gig for their friends at the Inkonst club in their hometown. Now, Erikkson’s Malmö label, Kontra-Musik, has released a follow-up of three remix EPs for this autumn, last of which saw its release on the 1st of November.

Each EP’s tracklist features a group of wide-ranging, well-regarded talent. Two records will offer fresh looks at material put to use in The Dance. Sebastian is involved again with three new takes by way of his Wa Wu We alias — two on The Dance Remixed Part 1, which came out in September, and the other on Part 2, released in November. Reworks from Joey Anderson and Markus Suckut fill out Part 1, while Efdemin, Voices From The Lake (AKA Italian artists Donato Dozzy and Neel) and Ulwhednar (the Swedish pairing of Abdulla Rashim and Varg) are the other artists on hand for Part 2.

Between the release of those two records, Kontra-Musik issued X – Colours, a double-pack with six new interpretations of tracks from X, the label’s ten-year anniversary compilation that came out in March. Mullaert is a part of this remix project, too, leading it off with a remix of Jonsson & Alter’s “Brevet Hem,” and a couple more Swedish artists have been called upon in Porn Sword Tobacco and Dorisburg. Efforts from Echospace, Sa Pa and Max Loderbauer complete the set.

Expect these to have a deep, trippy and atmospheric feel that has the definite Mullaert golden seal of approval.

‘The Dance Remixed Part 1’ was released on September 12, ‘X-Colours’ on October 16 and ‘The Dance Remixed Part 2’ on November 1st, all on Kontra-Musik.

*This post was edited on November 1st, following the release of ‘The Dance Remixed Part 2’

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To say that Fur Coat have had a busy year would be an understatement: playing at some of the biggest international festivals from DGTL Barcelona to Lovelands Festival in Amsterdam – and things are not stopping there, with an 8-date American tour lined up on the horizon. What is more, after their most recent successful remix of Nicole Moudaber’s ‘Organic’ the Venezuelan pair are back with a jaw dropping EP on Watergate. On this one, we get two new tracks in the form of ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Desire Of Mine’ featuring Delhia de France.

Fur Coat are no strangers to atmospheric & melodic beats and this EP includes pumping drums and a sub bass that will make your ear drums quiver. The former track is more of the duo’s dirty, dancefloor-geared tech, only this time it’s layered with orchestral gloss. Synths whir to give it that evil edge, but the use of majestic strings prove the track’s got a split personality. The flip side contains the boys teaming up with the attractive voice of Delhia de France on “Desire Of Mine’ creating a touching tune that takes you on a thrilling journey.The ‘Interstellar’ EP is out on September 19 via Watergate. You can grab the 12″ copy on Juno or download the digital version on Beatport. Listen to the EP here: