Episode 012: July 28, 2010 – Jerome Isma-ae & Jody Wisternoff

Here it is, last episode of July – another month come and gone. Well we couldn’t let it slip away without sending it off in style. This week we’re featuring the selections of Jody Wisternoff, one half of the legendary Way out West and golden-child producer/DJ Jerome Isma-ae who is dropping a *world premier* exclusive track on the show!

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[download] or stream the full show below:

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Also featuring music from Sander van Doorn, Darren Emerson, Henry Saiz, Wolfgang Gartner, Antillas and so much more.

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1. Aljaz Fajmut – Uncommon Beauty [Baroque]

Aljaz hails from Slovenia and most of us will recognize him as the man behind the Electroaspect moniker. He’s on Baroque here with delicate little number. Very fat on the bass end and light on the upper – it’s pleasant combination and really some nice choices sound-wise. Bit tricky rhythm-wise on the outro, but the mix is worth it once it’s there. Nice stuff from an up-and-comer.

[audio:http://www.freshproduceonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/uncommon_beauty1.mp3|titles=Aljaz Fajmut – Uncommon Beauty]

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2. Darren Emerson – Gracelands [Detone]

Darren Emerson, known mostly for his entries in the legendary GU mixcomp series, has been making a statement for the past year plus in the production arena. As our guest Jody Wisternoff says of this track, it really has everything but the kitchen sink, and we still think it might even have that somewhere. It’s whimsical, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and is incurably infectious. It’s out on Emerson’s own Detone imprint.

[audio:http://www.freshproduceonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/gracelands.mp3|titles=Darren Emerson – Gracelands]

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3. Henry Saiz – Unmei [Rennaissance]

The other half of The Rider EP, which we’ve featured a couple weeks ago – this B-side is actually getting most of the attention. “Unmei” is Japanese for “Destiny” and the track contains hints of that influence dispersed throughout. It’s unconventional but held together by a superb bassline and drum combo that keeps it intrinsically dancefloor sensible. Out on Rennaissance, it’s a summer must-have for those with a more eclectic taste.

[audio:http://www.freshproduceonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/unmei.mp3|titles=Henry Saiz – Unmei]

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4. Da Fresh & Maverickz – Waterlily (Spartaque remix) [Big Big Soundz]

Spartaque continues to impress, this time with a mid-tempo number out on the French imprint Big Big Soundz. He’s teaming up with an original done by a familiar Fresh Produce face, Da Fresh and Maverickz. Love the simple dot-dot melody line, and the deep deep bass groan interspersed through the track. More melancholy than we’re used to from these gentlemen, and it’s a nice change of pace.

[audio:http://www.freshproduceonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/waterlily.mp3|titles=Da Fresh & Maverickz – Waterlily (Spartaque remix)]

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5. Wolfgang Gartner & Francis Preve – Yang [Toolroom Records]

While everyone has been buzzing about Gartner’s latest Toolroom release “Conscindo” on it’s rise to #1, there’s been a somewhat quiet little chart re-entry going on at the same time that we thought deserved a bit of recognition. “Yang” was one half of the Yin/Yang EP which came out early 2009. It’s a perfect slice of grinding hop-happy tech house heaven – all of the bounce without the lame pads. Why this number is mysteriously back on the radar shouldn’t be much of a mystery – it still moves the crowd, and that’s really the point isn’t it?

[audio:http://www.freshproduceonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/yang.mp3|titles=Wolfgang Gartner & Francis Preve – Yang]

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6. Moonbeam – Only this Moment (Lank remix) [Proton Music]

Two statements being made here, i think it’s fair to say. The first is that Moonbeam, the Russian duo that has been lost in the lush land of trance for the past couple years, is BACK with a vengeance. The second is that Proton Music has not shy-ed away from injecting new life into their breakneck release pace. Lank has been turning heads all this year with fantastic work on microCastle, to name one label, and his rework of this stormer is a track to wave your hands at. Fantastic stuff.

[audio:http://www.freshproduceonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/only_this_moment.mp3|titles=Moonbeam – Only this Moment (Lank remix)]

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7. Antillas & Aqua Diva – Sole [Pink Rabbit]

It’s official folks, Antillas is no longer a fluke – this is the second time he’s popped up on this show, seemingly out of nowhere, with an incredible piece of dancefloor destruction. Pink Rabbit, the upstart label not even a year old from the same minds that brought us Starlight, have also made their statement on the charts. With bombs like this, it’s easy to see why. Antillas’ penchant for massive crescendo’s is showcased in a lovely gated breakdown paired with a wonderfully stripped-down beat. The restraint is surprising and massive. Huge track.

[audio:http://www.freshproduceonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/sole.mp3|titles=Antillas & Aqua Diva – Sole]

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8. Jerome Isma-ae & Daniel Portman – Flashing Lights [Jee Productions]

A world-premier exclusive on this show, as Jerome himself has said, you can’t hear this one anywhere else right now. It’s sure to be a chart topper, the first time these two gigantically popular producers have put out an original track together. As expected, Jerome brings his incessant drive and grand medlodies while Daniel brings his trademark chunky drum patterns and tightly wound bassline. It’s a perfect warm-weather track, and a tailor-made hit. You heard it here first!

[audio:http://www.freshproduceonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/flashing_lights.mp3|titles=Jerome Isma-ae & Daniel Portman – Flashing Lights]

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9. Sander van Doorn presents Purple Haze – Hymn 2.0 [Doorn Records]

Sander returns to his seldom-used but always-huge Purple Haze moniker for a track that so so easily could be lost in the more progressive-minded crowd. It’s grandiose, over the top, and unapologetic. But Sander van Doorn once again surprises the masses with his deft synth choices and percussion to give something that is actually beautiful in a way that even the most trance-jaded techno-nut would have to lose it for even just a second. It’s a beautiful track from a producer that is on fire in 2010.

[audio:http://www.freshproduceonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/hymn_2.0.mp3|titles=Sander van Doorn pres. Purple Haze – Hymn 2.0]

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10. Mason – You are not Alone (Original Mix) [Animal Language]

Mason, the dutchman behind the forward-thinking Animal Language record label, has used his own imprint to feature his music with some major success. This track “You are not Alone” has some impressive remix partners attached, Zoo Brazil and Glenn Morrison to name a couple – in this case, however, it’s really Mason who shines the brightest with his original. Lisa Jane adds incredible vocals, I wish we could find more information about her, and Mason let’s the melody follow her shedding the proper light on the true star of the track.

[audio:http://www.freshproduceonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/not_alone.mp3|titles=Mason – You are Not Alone (Original mix)]

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Thanks to Jerome and Jody for coming on the show to share their picks for our tastemaker segment. Remember that you are tastemakers too, we love to hear from you so join the discussion. Stay tuned for more great music and interviews next week. In the meantime, remember to buy your music, think outside the genre box, and keep it fresh. See you next time!