DOOMWORK (Cocoon/Renaissance/100% Pure)
Italian duo Doomwork have been quietly blazing a trail through the world’s techno and house scenes over the last five years, forming in 2008 and finding rapid success thereafter.
Alessandro and Claudio found their first electronic education in the burgeoning scene of their home nation around the turn of the millenium, before looking further afield to the pioneering heritage of the Detroit techno deities. While this and a growing love of Chicago house helped to form their instincts for a meaty groove, a fascination with the vanguard of stadium-sized dance music (Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy) ensured that they became producers with a dash of pop sensibility about them.
Not that there’s anything mainstream about their slinky take on deep, melodic house and techno; more that it straddles the divide between accessible and credible perfectly. Their music is emotive and immersive, with bold melodies and riffs locked into rolling rhythms and subtle atmospherics. “Our music is ever-changing” the duo say. “We love to find new feelings from all genres and mix them in our personal point of view to give a depth touch to the tracks.”
Just a year after they started producing, they found themselves sitting at the top of the Beatport Chart with the huge Jazzy Stuff, with the biggest players in the scene singing their praises and requests coming in from some of the most acclaimed labels around for productions and remixes. 2010 saw Holland’s 2000 And One begin a relationship with the duo, showcasing several of their tracks on his 100% Pure and Area Remote labels, with Satoshi Tomiie and Hector Romero doing likewise for their SAW Recordings imprint. 2011 saw Christian Smith’s Tronic and Steve Bug’s Audiomatique snap up hot new Doomwork productions, while their stunning debut album Club Abduction was unleashed to widespread praise in 2012. An appearance on Sven Väth’s Cocoon ‘L’ compilation topped off their most impressive year so far.
Outside of the studio, they have largely concentrated on refining their stunning live set, having performed at legendary venues across the world like Barcelona’s Elrow 14, Florence’s Tenax and Tokyo’s Air Club. The dancefloor is not their only focus, however - with a burgeoning volume of work in the soundtrack area for films, computer games and the like now also filling their time. But with a new release on Audiofly’s Supernature imprint and an inclusion on Nick Warren’s latest Renaissance compilation, you can be sure that making people move their feet will be their priority for years to come.
Their ambition is simple: “We'd like to be respected artists with a recognisable sound and a great live act show. To be a benchmark in the music world is our goal and to do that would give us great satisfaction.” Given that they’ve achieved most of this already, they should probably set their sights even higher...
JOHN MONKMAN ((Get Physical/Kote records/Warung Recordings/UltraDelux Records)
John Monkman is becoming recognised as one to watch in house music in 2013. last year started with 'Don't have to be Beautiful' (number one in beatport's deep house chart). Since then he has released a stream of successful tracks including"Follow Me" (Get Physical) 'K.I.S.S. M.E.' and 'The Heat' (feat Liz Cass) that have become staple weapons amongst the worlds top house DJ's including the likes of Seth Troxler and Laurent Garnier. Running through John's wide ranging body of work is a dedication to technical sound design and mixing. His sound is deep and sexy, drawing in elements of disco, 80s synth music and big room progressive. Outside of the dance scene John has provided electronic input, mixing and production for a number of mainstream artists including Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry, doing the bulk of the programming for Ferry's latest album, OLYMPIA, when he worked alongside members of Radiohead, Chic, Pink Floyd and more. He also composed four remixes of that album (notably 'Shameless', the collaboration between Ferry and Groove Armada). Like many who have made the move from studio whizz-kid to autonomous artist - Martin Buttrich being a recent example - John understands that big records require inspiration and perspiration. His tracks are bold and unpretentious with plenty of lush texture and detail for DJs whose priority is to create electric atmosphere and energy in a club.
PAOLO ROCCO (Real Tone/Klasse/Defected/Noir)
Born Canadian of Italian decent, Paolo Rocco first made his mark as a DJ in the Montreal House/Electronic music scene. Being a general music lover Paolo was known for his story telling sets and being a "DJ's DJ".
Expanding on his roots as a disk jockey, Paolo Rocco entered the international electronic scene as a producer with his original works and remixes seeing respect from industry heavy weights like, Damian Lazarus, Nic Fanciulli, DJ Sneak, Subb-an, The Martinez Brothers, Maya Jane Coles, M.A.N.D.Y, Franck Roger, Michael Mayer, Dennis Ferrer and many more…
His first ever digital single "Move Body, Move Forward" (Klasse Recordings) cracked Beatport's top 25 main chart while holding number 6 in the top 100 Deep House category. Since his debut as a producer his records like "That I Am" (Real Tone Records) have made a staple showcasing his unique and solitary sound.
With a slew of remixes, forthcoming singles on major imprints, and gigs for 2013; Paolo Rocco does not only claim his place as a DJ or producer in the international market, but also as an artist.
Robert Tellier (mybeatfix)
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