Episode 015: August 25, 2010 – 16 Bit Lolitas

Ya, so it’s 104 degrees fahrenheit, that’s 40 celsius to the rest of the world out there…regardless it’s enough to sweat just breathing. It deffinitely shows in the track selection for the week – some cooler-headed more grooving material being showcased this week, with maybe some big room sprinkled in at the end for good measure. 16 Bit Lolitas are in the house for the first time to talk about their latest hit track, don’t miss it!

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Also featuring music from Ryan Davis, Helvetic Nerds, Noir, Funkagenda, Laidback Luke and more!

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1. Ryan Davis – Opus (Chloe Harris remix) [Proton Music]
Ryan Davis, the upstart techno craftsman from Germany teams up here with a Proton regular and West Coast resident Chloe Harris for an interesting little number. Very very simple percussion and bassline is expanded upon deftly with some well-chosen synth work. Perfect mood to start of the show.

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2. Sergio Fernandez – On Fire (DJ Remy remix) [Remedy Records]
Remedy Records continues its profile series with Spain’s progressively minded Tech House king Sergio Fernandez, a talent who has been around for the better part of a decade now. He’s backed up here with a wonderfully produced remix from DJ Remy who never fails to deliver, especially in his exceptionally built crescendos that are enough without every being too much.

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3. Noir & Sivesgaard – Vitek [Tenor Recordings]
Jacob Sivesgaard, the mysterious Danish producer who pops up every now and then, is teaming up with René Kristensen the man behind Noir on a truly brilliant new track. Noir continues to impress, as he has for the past several years, and the tug and pull between tough beats and wispy melodies is in perfect balance on this particular piece of work. Really top notch stuff from a pair of producers who continue to push up the quality of their work.

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4. Leon Raes – Aruba Garden (Eelke Kleijn remix) [Outside the Box]

Leon Raes, producer out of the Netherlands, makes his world-wide debut with this track that gets a big boost from the marquee of Eelke Kleijn on the remix. Kleijn takes some inventive melody-writing and really twists it into a hit track – his sound choices are always spot-on and he manages to infuse a genuine direction to the track that is nostalgic to the core…which has certainly been a theme of Kleijn’s this year so far.

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5. 16 Bit Lolitas – Alien Fraud [Bits and Pieces]

The dutch dominance continues today! Ever since these two created their own imprint back in 2007, Bits and Pieces has been a go-to source for fat-ly bass-laden but spacey melodic progressive house, the kind of which has found a veritable residence on such monster compilations as those done by the Ajuna family of record labels. It works for us too, and the 16Bit tarts are at their best with their drive and tinkling bells. It’s their biggest single of the year so far, and it’s not a surprise to us.

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6. Stereofunk & Markus Lange – Funkturm (Da Fresh remix) [Budenzauber]

This boutique compilation-centered techno label out of Stuttgart has been peddling their wares since 2005, collecting time and again some of the best underground, and sometimes underappreciated, techno and tech house on the globe. This time they’ve nabbed a track for their “Karate Lesson 04” release from one of our new favorites, Da Fresh, who has whipped this remix into some sci-fi spaciness with drive. Love the fluttering melody and the wicked breakdown into the plodding bassline at the middle of the track, can’t miss it, and you shouldn’t miss adding this to your record pile either.

[audio:http://www.freshproduceonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/funkturm.mp3|titles=Stereofunk & Markus Lange – Funkturm (Da Fresh remix)]

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7. Deadmau5 – Clockwork (Helvetic Nerds remix) [PinkStar Records]

Can’t really say how this popped up in my crate since it’s been out for more than a year now, but it did and never seemed to want to go away. So here it is, a glimpse into the early days of the Helvetic Nerds crew when they were being tapped by the esteemable mau5…the Nerds here really do shine out the original gated melody with their deep and understated foundation. Love the bass stabs, the tick tock percussion, and overall throbbing pace. Ahead of its time, and perfect for the show today.

[audio:http://www.freshproduceonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/clockwork.mp3|titles=Deadmau5 – Clockwork (Helvetic Nerds remix)]

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8. Funkagenda – Astana (ThreeSix remix) [Funk Farm]

Weren’t lying last week when we said there was a fantastic remix to this brand new Funkagenda single from ThreeSix. This Manchester duo put the monster through the ringer, really strip it down to a couple stabs and a bassline – even the melody breaks are diminished – and the result is a tightly wound big room progressive track for the more sophisticated DJ. Really fantastic work from a pair of producers who have our attention now.

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9. Laidback Luke & Jonathan Mendelsohn – Till Tonight (Dub mix) [Nervous Records]

One of the oldest standing house labels in existence, Nervous Records continues to stay in business for this reason precisely – taking well-established formulas for popular dance music and releasing them along with innovative and risky producers. The full vocal version of this track has been a huge hit all summer, and while it wasn’t particularly our taste here at Fresh Produce, that bassline after each breakdown made our hair stand on end. Well…finally…here is the dub and that bassline in all its glory. Laidback Luke is having quite a year, it’s bombs like these that are propelling him quickly towards truly international superstar status. Every bit deserved.

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10. Ryan Davis – The Wolve (Max Cooper remix) [Irm Records]

Max Cooper makes his long overdue debut on our show, deffinitely a favorite of ours and he was bound to pop up eventually. He’s paired here with Ryan Davis, who makes his second appearance today on the show…certainly a fact of which we’re taking note, for a track filled with rising tension. It’s the subtle rise in action and the ever-repeating chord change that hooked us on this track, and it was a spacey way to end the show with thoughts of what might be out there, around the corner, on the horizon. It’s an uplifting track, and that’s how we prefer to look at the future…especially when there’s always another Fresh Produce Episode around the corner.

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Thanks for holding on for the ride this week, it was a pleasure to have you as always. Remember to check out all the artists we’ve featured today, there’s much more amazing music to be found from all of them. Thanks to Ariaan from 16 Bit Lolitas for sitting down to talk with us. Find us on twitter @freshproduce1 or on facebook.com/freshproduce1 to keep up to the minute with all things related to music and the show. Remember to think outside the genre box, buy your music, and keep it fresh. Back right here next week!