Celebrating 2 years of Electronic Directory, Irish deep techno’s finest Chymera pulls together an hour of grooves on the podcast.
Interview with Chymera
What have you been up to lately ?
Playing a lot of gigs. Making a lot of music. I’ve been really tough on myself however and I’ve shelved virtually everything I made in the second half of last year. I’m trying to push myself further with my music. I’m in the studio all day every day that I’m in Barcelona and it’s exciting, however my music is not where I want to be quite yet, but I’m confident it will happen soon.
You’re hooked in with Len Faki and the Figure techno thing. How did that come about ?
Len got in contact with me almost a year ago. He had picked up "Valerian" and liked it so much that he asked for original tracks for his label, and he also invited me to play at his residency night in Berghain. That was in April of last year. This resulted in the "Ellipsis" release, which got a fantastic response in June 2008, and now this month’s "Sumatra" EP which is getting big support from Vath and Garnier. It’s nice to get some of my more dancefloor oriented tracks out there, as many of my releases in the last year or two have been on a deeper tip.
Can you tell us a bit about the mix ?
Well, I just decided to do a straight up mix of some tracks I’ve been caning out in my dj sets this past month. A few are older, most are fairly new and some are forthcoming. I just wanted to focus on the groove, mixing up house, tech house and techno. It starts off with Omar S, which was one of my favourite tracks of 2008, moving into an oldie from Basic Channel in their Round Two guise. Then some nice funky business from Ada and Dee Pulse, and a driving, deepish new track from Alex Kid under his Sundikat alias. Next a real bueaty from DJ Koze, one of the most interesting producers out there. Following this is a track from 2001 from Kennth Graham, some nice atmospheric techno, and continuing the atmospheric vibe, a recent remix from Ame. Next up is a trio of of superb killer remixes from Pawas, Groove Garcia and OV. Then Matthew Styles with the pumping ‘We said Nothing’. Shed turns in a solid dancefloor killing techno workout of Steve Lawler, and then we have a brand new release (although sounds very very oldschool) by Kikomoto Allstars on International DJ Gigolo. To cap the mix is my new track "Sumatra". With this mix I want people to listen to it before a night out, and by the end they should hopefully be well ready to party.
What’s up next for you ?
"Sumatra" has just been released on Figure, on vinyl and digital. I’ve got a remix coming up on an Irish label called Exhibit B. It’s by a great new Irish artist called "The Parallel". If you haven’t heard his stuff yet, then check it out.. Proper techno ! The tracks is called "Spectral" and I’ve done a slightly deeper version of the track. Also upcoming is a remix of Darko Esser’s beautiful track "Zuurkool" on his label Wolfskuil. Not sure of the release dates of either but should be very soon… Other than that I’m busy in the studio as usual.. and hopefully I’ll deliver some bombs very soon. If the FBI is reading… that is not literal !
Download Electronic Directory 09 Chymera Podcast
- 01. Omar S – The Further You Look, The Less You See [FXHE]
- 02. Round Two – New Day featuring Andy Caine [Main Street]
- 03. Ada, Dee Pulse – Himmelunaed [Areal]
- 04. Sundikat – Stargard [Darkroom Dubs]
- 05. DJ Koze – Abudinga [Areal]
- 06. Kenneth Graham – Carrier Wave [Spectral Sound]
- 07. Koss – Earth (Âme remix) [Mule Electronic]
- 08. Andre Kronert – Salzwasserliebe (Pawas remix) [Ostwind]
- 09. John Shelvin – Just Like You Said (Groove Garcia remix) [Shelvin]
- 10. Rob Glennon – Basshifter (Orlando Voorn remix) [Nice & Nasty]
- 11. Matthew Styles – We Said Nothing [Diamonds & Pearls]
- 12. Steve Lawler – Kalimba (Shed ‘Turtle Shield’ remix) [R&S]
- 13. Kikomoto Allstars – House Music [International DeeJay Gigolo]
- 14. Chymera – Sumatra [Figure]
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