Diogo Strausz – Emancipação Extended EP

Following on last year’s standout 7” release from Diogo Strausz, Razor-N-Tape now reveals the incredible extended mixes of the original pair of tunes, along with a strikingly beautiful remix of the title track by the inimitable Ron Trent. Originally conceived by the Brazilian producer to be long form songs that showcased the deep musicianship of Strausz and his cohorts, extended organ and piano solos and instrumentation now stretch out in all their jazzy glory across one side of a heavyweight 180g 12”. On the the A-side, Ron Trent takes Emancipação positively interstellar, with added instrumentation and mounting percussion that builds toward a soulful and hypnotic peak, the way only he can do!

Shipping out on or around January 14, 2022 – Buy / Listen here

The Nearest Faraway Place got a chance to talk to Diogo about this superb new collaboration recently…

Please introduce yourself to our readers..

Hello, my name is Diogo Strausz. Originally I’m from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil but I used to live in Paris until last year. Today I’m based between Paris and São Paulo.

What are you up to today?

Today I’m studying the best way to back up my live set setup. I deeply wish I had something less boring to share with the NFP readers.

Talk us through your new release a little..

We’re releasing Ron Trent’s remix of my track Emancipação, it’s an honour to be remixed by this legendary guy. Along with that we are including the extended versions of my tracks ‘Emancipação’ and ‘50 anos em 5’ in the EP which is coming out in Vinyl on ‘Razor N Tape’ by my good friends Aaron Dae and JKriv.

Is there a process of production that you follow when making a new track?

Most songs I wrote came unexpectedly when I was distracted. So, I keep my ideas recorded on my phone for developing them later. Also, I normally try to separate the kinds of decisions I have to make, if I need to get into the mindset of creating, developing an existing draft or doing sound design, mixing etc…

Who would you love to see playing this track?

I would love to see it in one of Ron’s sets.

Where is the best place to listen to it?

I think it will be better appreciated on the dancefloor

What was the last piece of kit that you bought?

I recently bought a Poly D. Really amazed by what it can do.

If someone wanted to get to know your taste, what album should they listen to?

Azymuth – Light as a Feather

What advice would you give to other young producers in the studio?

We’ve been asked to perform many tasks in the studio compared to older generations. My advice is to do one at the time!

What have you got coming up in 2022?

Apart from this release, I have some new music coming out in April. Also, my live set is up and running. Ready for venues and clubs. Looking forward to crossing paths with the readers of NFP on the dancefloors.

Dark Emerald EP – APOENA

Freerange are about to release a new EP from Apoena, the Brazilian DJ and producer, now based in Berlin is known for his deep, raw, underground house and techno tracks have appeared on cult labels such as Jus Ed’s Underground Quality, Rawax and Batti Batti with regular supporters including Delano Smith, Laurent Garnier and Agoria to name a few.


On the Dark Emerald EP we are treated to three tracks of hypnotic club grooves which swing from the minimal, chunky bounce of lead track Must Go Deeper, through the rolling, filtered mood of Mind and winding down with the immersive, late night Detroit-inspired sounds of Dark Emerald. Apoena’s production skills mean these tracks sound punchy and BIG on a nice system, creating just the kind of
heads-down, locked-on atmosphere the deep and discerning dance floor desires.

Listen & buy via Bandcamp link below – pre-order now – released 14/1/22

We got a chance to talk to Apoena about this new project, here’s our interview:

Tell us about the Dark Emerald EP a little..

I guess many producers will identify with me when I say giving titles to tracks is among the most difficult part of electronic Music production, period. Specially if you make hundreds of tracks like I do. It’s crazy to find titles. Sometimes it takes me years literally. This track was called for long time “Verde Escuro”, that means dark green in Portuguese. Because I always had a feeling about the colour green with this one. Then I started to think about a dark green rocky raw gem. So, I looked up what gem would actually be green. So, it became Dark Emerald.

Is there a process of production that you follow when making a new track?

Not really. Composing is in my nature. During my life I composed for several different styles of music. It is something I do without effort. It’s more like from time to time I need to work through energies/emotions trough making tracks. It’s a way I deal with being alive. I just need to direct my emotions somewhere, trying to empty myself of them. I sit in the studio with no idea what I will do. Sometimes I have like a tempo I wanna keep, but I can’t absolutely control the results. It can be moody deep house in the end, or a distorted electro cut or techno track.

Who would you love to see playing this track and where is the best place to listen to it?

Well, there are so many DJs I respect but the longer I know about them the more I care about them! I have the biggest respect for the guys that were already making the good stuff when I started in 1999 and until today they are making good music. Freerange boss Jimpster is an example of that. And I have actually been blessed to see many of my favorite artists playing my tracks. It’s clear in my music that I love the Detroit sound. Delano Smith, Luke Hess, Derrick May, all those guys I’ve heard my music on their sets. But nowadays I guess what would really make me happy would be if I can connect to younger DJs and a wider audience. It’s easy to respect the underground for those who know it for long time, but I also worry if we are being able to reinspire the deep house crowd.

What was the last piece of music that you bought?

There is so much but I’ll highlight the old “Nick Holder – Da Sambafrique”. I heard it on Jazz FM Radio I listen to in Berlin and was really excited as I was thinking “what is that again”? “I know that”. Then eventually I remembered. I knew it so well without ever having the record. Just because I listened to it so much in my satellite records cart all those years ago. Well now I finally own it!

If someone wanted to get to know your taste, what album should they listen to?

I need to say 2: “Glenn Underground – Lounge Excursions” and “Ben Sims – Smoke and Mirrors”. I love both House and Techno.

What advice would you give to other producers in the studio?

Maybe go easy with the progressive stuff? Hehe..

What have you got going on in 2022?

This will be the year I’ll reissue Allnite Music in digital with some exclusive tracks too. The label has been a vinyl only imprint so far but now I’m growing more interested the digital platforms.

GROUND PLANE AERIAL – CHAMPAGNE TEST EP

Copenhagen-based musical adventurer Ground Plane Aerial returns with the latest instalment under his recently birthed moniker – Returning with the second outing on his freshly birthed label Theorama Records.

The Champagne Test EP is a solid testimony to the dawn of a reinvigorated dance scene in his homestead

Ground Plane Aerial is the latest incarnation of the mysterious man behind the highly regarded Paxton Fettel project. With countless releases under his belt on much respected labels – including Delusions Of Grandeur, Kolour LTD, Apersonal, and regular home Greta Cottage Workshop – the new nom de plume is an exciting new vessel from where he intends to advance his odyssey into house-inspired jazz-funk futurism. Fresh from inspired releases and remixes on Apparel Music and Tensnake’s True Romance.

Swirling acidlines and funky bass guitar dominates the airspace as the 909 ensures a solid foundation to an enigmatic “champagne sparkle” space trip. 

Delicate swirls of silver clouds orbit a core of funk-laden motifs on the dreamy yet driving force which is “Later Bloomer”- Warm as an Egyptian summer night.

RELEASED: 24TH OCTOBER – Listen & Buy via Juno here…

Don’t Run Away – Quinn Lamont Luke fka Bing Ji Ling

Quinn Lamont Luke is back from lockdown with one of the tracks of the year, ‘Don’t Run Away‘ on his own label El Triangulo. A timeless slice of deep house Balearic soul with a hint of Larry Heard / Mr Fingers in it’s DNA. If you’ve enjoyed Quinn’s work with Cantoma and Paqua then you’re going to love this, it’s an essential Summer soundtrack with tough, chugging drums and dreamy synths topped off with the artist formerly known as Bing Ji Ling’s soulful melancholic vocal. File in your collection alongside the Mancuso Loft classics that inspired it.

Out on the 9/7/21 buy via Bandcamp, listen in the player below…

Peaceful Revolution EP – Simbad

Simbad makes a return to Freerange following last year’s brilliant Take My Hand EP featuring South African vocalist Brian Temba with Peaceful Revolution, a top quality deep house four tracker.

Now based predominantly in Cape Town, the French Londoner producer and DJ is one of
the most prolific artists in the scene having notched up countless EP’s,
remixes and production work for labels like Apron, G.A.M.M. Faces,
Hyperdub, Atjazz, BBE & Brownswood. His association with Gilles Peterson
and Worldwide runs deep, hosting regular shows on WWFM as well as
traversing the globe delivering his unique and eclectic sets from Africa
to Asia and beyond.

Featuring South African upcoming producer Zito Mowa & vocalist
Lwandile Zulu who brings a raw and impassioned energy to the deep and
soulful mood, this tune was recorded in support of the troubled events
from the past few months and inspired by by the work of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Next up we have a track entitled Let Go which could quite easily be the
lead track of the EP if they weren’t all as good as each other! This is
late night emotive house music at its most sublime. Drop this at the
right time and watch the floor come together in collective bliss.

Flip over for SMBD’s Shaolin Dub remix of Peaceful Revolution which pushes
the original to the outer limits of the audio spectrum. Sub-sonic low end
rumbles sitting in contrast to the ghost like whispers, glitches and
industrial noises that pierce the ethereal pads.

Closing out this special release we find the unassumingly titled Soulful
Jam, a low-slung groove which sees Simbad going heavy on fizzing analogue
synths with a serene synth solo takin centre stage amongst the lush
chords.

EP release date: 22 January 2021 – Buy via Bandcamp on vinyl & digital

North Satellite – A Rising Sign

North Satellite is a new project from Eugene Tambourine, he’s working with the maestro Darshan Jesrani, who’s on mixing duties on this release on his new label, Startree. This four tracker is sprinkled with some of Darshan’s special Metro Area depth and soul, it’s sultry, late night, slo-mo dance music. Proper after hours e-soul of the highest calibre, have a listen and get your hands on the vinyl via Juno sharpish…

Leonidas & Hobbes, ‘Aranath’ EP

Leonidas & Hobbes make a timely return with ‘Aranath EP, 3 years after ‘Web Of Intrigue’ (from 3rd EP Rags Of Time) was voted No1 in Bill Brewster’s 2017 DJ History poll.  Delivering a follow-up to many people’s 2017 summer anthem has been something of a protracted process, not least due to Covid and the 400 miles between us.  

A cracking package that is being launched as a Kickstarter project with loads of lovely merch and extras to enjoy, get behind it here.

Aranath features the hugely talented multi-instrumentalist Riad Abji and his virtuoso cello & tanpura raga, which inspired us to create 4 mixes, combining Riad’s eastern lament with classic house and ambient techno. The release is complemented by the tropical flavours of ‘Into It’ and ‘Out Of It’. The previously unreleased ambient mix of ‘Web of Intrigue’ (digital-only bonus track) from ‘Rags of Time’ rounds off what can certainly be described as a ‘deep’ release.

The sleeve art was inspired by an Indian painting from the 19th Century and created over the course of many obsessive evenings at the height of lockdown (as was some of the audio). Needless to say, the whole project has helped to keep us both sane through these crazy months.

A limited edition vinyl record will be pressed up, featuring our signature in the run-out groove/dead wax, in a full colour sleeve with 3mm spine, shrink-wrapped (PLUS download code, including 3 bonus tracks – NB This includes an 8 min ‘Edit’ of ‘Aranath’ (Original Mix).

Sandpaper EP ft. Jamie Lidell – Lorenz Rhode

Here’s the headline on this release: Dirt Crew x Jamie Liddel x Lorenz Rhode, with some Detroit Swindle* in the form of Lars Dale on remix duties. So you already know that this going to be a top quality package. Get on the pre-order asap, available on all platforms here, it’s a beauty!

‘For the ‘Sandpaper EP’ Lorenz Rhode and Jamie Lidell get together again. Their first collab ‘Any Kind of Pressure’ was followed by Lorenz joining Jamie’s world tour and a remix of ‘Big Love’ for Warp Records. Jamie performs with an amazing energy, and his soulful voice is carried by a warm and playful house backing: Minimoog bass, Rhodes piano and just some sparkles of a very old Roland synth that Lorenz had just bought, and which is now broken.

The second new jam ‘On the Nightshift’ is a fun stabby tune based on a spiraling chord progression. It loops every three-and-a-half bars, just to make life harder for DJs. A real nice warm groover.

The remix for ‘Sandpaper’ is a true family affair! Sound Support is the all new project by Lars Dales better known as 1/2 of Detroit Swindle and Lorenz himself. They’ve just released their debut EP on Prins Thomas’ Internasjonal label in October this year, here they take Jamie’s vocal into a more dramatic and electronic territory touching electro grounds. To close things out we also added an instrumental on the vinyl and radio mix on the digital version of this new EP.’ *Now known as Dam Swindle