Artist Feature Series 006: Enamour

The Artist Feature is a new series by Yoshitoshi aiming to tell the story behind the music, to get in touch with what lies at the core of each artist’s creative ethos in three pictures: The Roots, The Studio, The Club.

In this edition of our artist feature series, we hear from Enamour, the bubbling DC producer who has been fast making a name for himself as one of the most exciting names in progressive house. His new EP for Yoshitoshi, “Amnesia / Taboo,” is packed full of ambitious melodies, textured, tribal percussion, and huge synth swells that absolutely dominate in the club. As a DC-based label, it’s been a treat to watch Enamour grow as a producer and DJ and have him join the Yoshi roster of artists.

The Roots

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I’ve been musical almost all of my life, whether it was playing piano when I was very young, guitar in my teens, or messing around with tape recorders and circuit bending those greeting cards that play songs. I was an avid music fan, and was exposed to a lot of classic rock from my father, disco from my mother, and indie from my older sister. I got more interested in electronic music around age 17 first from synth-pop/indie dance groups, and then from electro artists like Daft Punk and the Bloody Beetroots. I think I was first inspired to try my hand at producing because of the low barriers to entry in making simple mashups, but then I started making my own sounds and (bad) songs in Reason before quickly switching to Ableton. Around this time I was DJing open format a lot in college, trying to bridge the gap between commercial pop/hip-hop and electronic music right before EDM really blew up. A few years after I left college, I had a clearer picture of what I wanted my artist project to be, and that’s when Enamour was born. I think my sound now draws pretty evenly on my earlier musical influences given to me from my family--the raw aggressiveness of classic rock, the groove of disco, and the emotion and delicacy of indie.

The Studio

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My studio sessions usually start by jamming on my hardware synths (Prophet Rev 2, Minilogue, Minitaur, MS-20, JP-08) or experimenting with new patches on my modular rig, though sometimes a song will just start with a sample or an idea I had in my head. Once I’ve identified the main theme or hook of the track I’ll start building the drums and bass groove. After getting a solid 16 bar loop I’ll drag everything out for 6-8 minutes or so and then subtract parts to create a basic arrangement. From there, I’ll add additional parts, transitional elements, and automation/effects, ear candy, etc. I usually mix as I go with a more proper mixdown towards the end. Then the fine tuning and adjustments can last weeks or months as I test it out, get feedback, and come back to the studio with fresh ears after time off.

I try to not to force an idea too hard because it usually just ends up in frustration and demotivation. Instead I’ll take a break or start something new until inspiration strikes and I get into a flow state--when this happens I’ll usually finish 80-90% of the song in one day/sitting. Coffee helps a lot too!

The Club

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I was a DJ before I was a producer, and though I probably prefer sitting in the studio producing, DJing still holds a special place in my heart. My sets span a number of genres and I always try to take the audience on a journey between them. My sets usually end up being around 50% my own material, often filled with upcoming releases and works in progress--it’s a great way to get honest feedback.

I do think it’s important to maintain room in my set to showcase other artists and songs that I like. I spend so much time listening to new music that I need my DJ sets as an outlet to share my discoveries. And as a fan, I think a big part of seeing your favorite DJs perform is learning about their taste and discovering new artists and songs--if they just played their hits I would honestly go home a little disappointed.

Artist Feature Series 005: Made By Pete

The Artist Feature is a new series by Yoshitoshi aiming to tell the story behind the music, to get in touch with what lies at the core of each artist’s creative ethos in three pictures: The Roots, The Studio, The Club.

For this edition of the Artist Feature Series, we hear from UK native Made By Pete about his upbringing in London and his approach to production and DJing. He’s been making waves over the past few years with a handful of ace releases on Madtech, Crosstown Rebels, and more, and has just released his debut Aikido EP on Yoshitoshi. The release delves into afro-influenced sounds, with tons of unique, textural percussion that has already seen support from some of the best names in the biz, including Sasha, Rodriguez Jr., Hidden Empire, OC & Verde, and many more.

The Roots

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I’m lucky to have grown up in London. It’s one of the global hubs for electronic music and inspiration can be found everywhere. Over the years, we’ve lost some legendary clubs (RIP The Cross, The End & Turnmills) but new warehouses, terraces and multipurpose venues are popping all the time. It’s great to have everything on your doorstep.

The Studio

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This is my humble, make shift cave. Studio space is expensive in London so I’ve had to create an average listening space in my garage. Sonarworks and acoustic treatment has helped to balance the room but I’m looking forward to moving house and building a new purpose built studio in the garden. Until then… this is where the magic happens. I’m mainly ‘in the box’, but I do have a few outboard instruments that I turn to for inspiration. I’m also a huge fan of Omnisphere, I use it on everything.

The Club

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I had the privilege of playing in the main room at Fabric for the first time recently. It was a great experience. Fabric is a London institution. You only have to look at the success of the #savefabric campaign to see how much this venue means to people, both here in London and all over the world. I love the fact that the DJ booth is right in the mix, you can interact with the people you are playing to and share the energy with them. It’s a special feeling.

Artist Feature Series 004: Sinisa Tamamovic

The Artist Feature is a new series by Yoshitoshi aiming to tell the story behind the music, to get in touch with what lies at the core of each artist’s creative ethos in three pictures: The Roots, The Studio, The Club.

For this edition of the artist feature series, we hear from Bosnian producer Sinisa Tamamovic, who has been a staple artist on Yoshitoshi since the early 2010’s, with multiple remixes and EP’s under his belt, including the recent Rings EP which features a stellar remix from Egbert. Sinisa is also the co-founder of Night Light Records with Mladen Tomic. Sinisa is known for his groovy, minimal techno style, and we learn in this edition how he arrived there and what makes him tick.

The Roots

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I started with DJ-ing in my hometown Banjaluka in Bosnia and Herzegovina back in 1998. I met one DJ from Serbia who decided to let me play at a Club called Lav and on my first gig he left me to challenge the night without any help. That’s how everything started and how I discovered what I wanted to do with my life. At first I had to learn how to interact with the crowd and educate myself with all kinds of different music, then later I developed my mixing skills. At that time electronic music in Bosnia was something completely new and I got the residency at Club Boomerang where I got the freedom to bring some new music to this country. That’s where I started to play only techno and house music. After a while, the club became the iconic place in town for revelers and after I gained quite a lot of followers I started to organize my own events in the Music Hall Club alongside my friend Mladen Tomic.

In Bosnia, at the time, it was really difficult to get your hands on vinyl so every record I would get had a special story to tell. I was picking records and building my sets that suited my own taste without knowing much about what other DJ's were playing internationally. I was mixing on three decks, experimenting with deep sounds and techno beats and layering all different sounds together. I tried to create sets where nobody would be able to recognize the records I was playing. After making a big impact on the electronic music scene in the region I started to play in other cities and countries further afield especially in regions such us Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. For years, I played almost every night of the week, and then I felt a desire to produce my own music and bring my own sound into the clubs. Since my first release on the Dutch vinyl label Fly Life I continued to release music for some solid international labels and that kind of opened the door for my international career.

The Studio

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These days I spend a lot of my time in the studio. Before I used to do everything on a computer and now my process of creating music is quite different. I build first the basic groove in Ableton and then I usually record the bass line. I record the bass line from my modular synth and from there I follow the notes and work on melodies and some weird FX to produce a track. Sometimes, I modulate and create a sound which actually does not fit into the track that I’m working on, but in that case if I like it, I just record and save into my folder where I keep a library of sounds that I create for future use that may gel nicely on some other projects.

Inspiration comes to me in different ways. Since I changed my setup recently, I enjoy to start each track from scratch and I challenge myself to create a song from a different approach. In this case, I can control all my layers live and get more creative. With this specific EP I tried to create a lot of different melodies which are not common to hear these days especially that’s evident in Rings. I created the melody in Rings with a few analog modules. I tuned three oscillators together and with the filter and Decay I modulated the sound that rises through the song. The bass line came from Moog Mother 32. The other track Jam, is actually recorded pretty much as a live jam session. That’s the reason why I gave it the name Jam.

The Club

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When I play in clubs I always watch people and first try to test and establish in which direction I will take my set, mainly by following the general vibe of the people. I never prepare my playlist. I download a lot of music and have different ‘vibes’ so I could a play a House or Techno set or one that is quite dark or a more funky, groovy set. I never know in which direction the night will turn out but the set always at least has 30% of my own production and some distinctive signature sounds of mine.

Artist Feature Series 003: Christian Bonori

The Artist Feature is a new series by Yoshitoshi aiming to tell the story behind the music, to get in touch with what lies at the core of each artist’s creative ethos in three pictures: The Roots, The Studio, The Club.

For this edition of our Artist Feature, we welcome Christian Bonori into the Yoshitoshi Family. Christian first came on our radar with his devastating club tool “Unruliness” in 2016., and we’re so happy to finally have him on for for a full release. The “State of Mind” EP is a sharp portrayal of his evolution as an artist from that time, showcasing his original sound and versatility. Learn more about Christian’s artistic philosophy and process below.

The Roots

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Welcome to my hometown: Reggio Emilia, Italia! So much of my musical identity comes from my roots here, and I find inspiration around every corner. This picture was taken at the new high-speed train station designed by the famous Spanish Architect, Santiago Calatrava. It’s an amazing project that I feel is a metaphor for my musical DNA. I am on a lifelong search for something new and innovative, to create futuristic atmospheres and unique emotional waves with sound.

The Studio

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When I hit the studio, the first thing I focus on is the main riff in a track. I’m deeply grateful to my partner Paul S-tone, who has built these unique modular synthesizers over the years, that allow me to achieve some exceptional sounds. Once a new song takes shape, I’ll test it with different sound systems to see if it is consistent. Only when I’m 100% satisfied - and believe me, I’m really meticulous – it’s ready to be mastered. 

The Club

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Every time I perform, the expectations of the clubbers are always present in my mind, you never know what kind of crowd you’re going to be playing for. Those first few tracks are so important to help me understand what kind of energy is out there on the floor. While I have my own tastes, the clubbers always come first. If they’re having a great time, then so am I, and that is the recipe for an unforgettable night.

Artist Feature Series 002: Sharam

The Artist Feature is a new series by Yoshitoshi aiming to tell the story behind the music, to get in touch with what lies at the core of each artist’s creative ethos in three pictures: The Roots, The Studio, The Club.

Label owner Sharam has been a driving force in dance music since the early 90’s when he founded Yoshitoshi with then-partner Dubfire. Despite giving countless interviews over the years, we wanted to touch base with Sharam about his beginnings in DC and his approach to his artistry. Sharam’s new single “Lobi” is out now on Yoshitoshi.

The Roots

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"I was born and spent the first few years of my life in Iran before emigrating to the United States. In Iran, western music was essentially banned but there was an underground culture of trading bootleg tapes that I got involved in. Once I was in the US I remember being so amazed and overwhelmed by how much music I could suddenly consume. It really laid the groundwork for my becoming a DJ. When I realized that you could mix two records together with turntables and a mixer, that was it. I knew what I wanted to do."


The Studio

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"In the studio, I usually start with a sample. Sometimes I’ll start a track with a synth melody, but usually, it’s an idea from a sample. I get inspiration from samples. Once that happens I’ll start laying down some drums, and that’s when the track decides whether to go in a more house or a more techno direction. I’m susceptible to both, but lately, it’s been more on the techno side of things, and a lot of times I completely take the sample out. Other times I leave the sample in like on my new track Lobi. I felt like the track had more character and soul to it that way. I can usually get the basic skeleton of a track done in a day or two, but the fine details, tweaking, and mixing can take me anywhere from a few weeks to a few years. I’m not joking."


The Club

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"For me, my DJ sets are a combination of playing all the new music I've been sent or bought, as well as new Yoshitoshi signings and demos, mixed with some tried and tested records. I'm happiest and actually more inspired when I'm playing new music which helps me create that musical ‘journey' for the night. I rarely have a pre-programmed set. I believe in organic DJing. I like not knowing what should come next and relying on feeling the crowd and getting inspired and using that to put on a show using their reaction. A DJ set to me is like a short story. You have to have moments and create ups and downs an aim for a memorable and cohesive story with a beginning middle and end. I also use my DJ sets to test out my new material that I'm working and to see how they stack up with the finished, polished music from other artists I'm playing. It’s kind of like a laboratory for me. I take all the input from the crowd and feedback I get and make those changes on my laptop on my flight to the next destination. Then when I’m back home I hit the studio with a fresh perspective."

Artist Feature Series 001: Aaryon

The Artist Feature is a new series by Yoshitoshi aiming to tell the story behind the music, to get in touch with what lies at the core of each artist’s creative ethos in three pictures: The Roots, The Studio, The Club.

Aaryon came on to our radar with an incredible remix of Olivier Giacomotto and ace releases on Noir Music, Suara, and Steyoyoke. We knew his cutting-edge approach to production belonged on Yoshitoshi, and he delivered an EP that blended the best aspects of techno and experimental electronica. In our first Artist Feature Series we hear about Aaryon’s beginnings in the small town of Vigo, Spain, and his approach to artistry both in the studio and the club.

The Roots

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"As far back As I can remember, I’ve always been attracted to darker sounds and music. I started playing the bass in a metal band at 14 and its translated into the energy of everything I've made since then. I'm from a small port town in Spain with beautiful surroundings, so playing the local clubs helped me break free from the routine lifestyle and express myself through sound. Techno and dance music always felt like a natural fit."


The Studio

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"Before I hit the studio every day, I like to first seek inspiration listening to all kinds of music and sounds. Then I start jamming around with different instruments until I found what it will be the main idea of the song. Next, I like to give a bit of structure to the idea and create a draft of what the song will be to test it out later. I need some time to stop working on it completely, and almost forget about it! Maybe 3 months later I’ll come back around and really finish it... This latest EP on Yoshitoshi was different and special for me, as it was inspired by a big change in my life."


The Club

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"I basically grew up in clubs, so when I play them I just follow two simple rules. The first one is to remember to enjoy and have fun with what I’m doing. The Second is to play for me as much as I play for the people, trying to keep in balance with what I want to show them and what makes them dance.”

Dino Lenny - I Feel Stereo (Remixes) Vinyl Release

Exciting news for those following our Dino Lenny - 'I Feel Stereo' release; the vinyl release is almost here! We're expecting to be completing orders on or around May 7th. 

Along with the original master, for all you vinyl heads, it comes with the blockbuster Red Axes remix. Their remix broke into the indie disco/dance top 10 charts on Beatport. It has also had support from Dixon and others. The flip side has the rhythmic and groovy remix by Steve Lawler, supported by Annie Mac, Waze and Odyssey, and many others! Don't sleep on Frankyeffe remix either, it could be breaking the charts soon. 

Dino Lenny - I Feel Stereo (Remixes) Out Now on Yoshitoshi

The next Yoshitoshi Classic is here and it's an iconic one - Dino Lenny's "I Feel Stereo." Anyone on the scene in 2001, when this monster tune was originally released, remembers its pulsing rhythms and ear-catching vocal hook. Seventeen years later, "I Feel Stereo" is back with three remixes from some of the finest artists around.

First up, Steve Lawler (working here as Lawler) has crafted a badass, bassline-driven house track that pummels with all the energy of the original. Steve continues his reign as as key innovator in dance music, modernizing this classic with unquestionable finesse.

The Red Axes boys deliver their left-field brand of house with a variety of distorted arpeggio riffs, futuristic chimes, and other left-field sounds that make their remix truly unique. It's another ace production from the Israeli duo.

Last but certainly not least, up-and-comer Frankyeffe, who delivered the goods on his collaborative Splitting Minds EP with Loco & Jam last fall, serves up some impeccably produced techno for big rooms. The Italian young gun's mix is absolute savagery. 

Of course, it wouldn't be a Yoshi Classic pack without a remastered original mix. We hope you enjoy this excellent remix pack.

Khainz Releases Debut Yoshitoshi EP 'Collider / Elaborate'

After making his Yoshitoshi debut with a massive remix of the Yoshitoshi classic "Manila Sunrise" by Luzon, Khainz is ready to release his first original material with the label. The two tracks on this EP are masterfully crafted techno giants that solidify the Swiss producer's talent, and you surely won't want to miss out on this exciting release.

"Collider" is melodic techno at its finest, a gorgeous tune that swells with power and grace. Delicate synths construct melodies that glisten between resounding breakdowns. The track is immense and full of life.

"Elaborate" infuses more attitude into Khainz's equation. The track's thundering groove and substantial bass make this a perfect tool for the apex of your set.

Khainz throws in all manner of effects and studio trickery into the equation, creating a brilliantly detailed soundscape that will absolutely smash in the club.