mir highlanguageHigh thoughts require high language

Music, movement, nature and from the writer’s perspective, the nature of music itself. This is another centered collection from song writer/producer Steven Connolly. Featuring new voices and musicians from Europe and the Americas. We’ve come to expect a collection of varying styles throughout from this Irish artist. Not being so prolific in output, MAN IN A ROOM has never believed in churning out productions. Not until a concept is visualized and an idea is fully formed. Reinvention is the motivating factor each and every time. The EP embraces deep down-tempo beats, unusual spoken word, soaring vocals and lighter laid-back vibes. A vivid piece of work with deep electronic sounds that are entwined with acoustic instrumentation. Strong, introspective lyrical themes are nestled alongside freeing and outward looking instrumentals. A very worthy excursion into a very suggestive side of Chillout music.


maninaroom"Pursuits" is MAN IN A ROOM's new 5 track EP and the return of Song Writer/Producer Steven Connolly after his debut LP "The Alchemist's Apprentice" which was released on Lemongrassmusic in 2012.  
As we've come to expect from Steven, the narrative is all important in his works.  Lyrically, these themes are chasing undefined targets.  This is in order to reflect the unspecified interests, longing and desires of someone.  Indeed, anyone who may be in pursuit of an experience or achievement which will never quite be fulfilled.  More aptly described as "Sehnsucht" (German).  An unsatisfied desire that is itself more desirable that any other satisfaction…
This is "Pursuits" intention and is yet another shift toward this new ground.  Expect Cinematic Funk, Trip-Hop, Lounge and World Music.  As ever, MIAR has managed to switch gears throughout.  With a rich array of sound, instrumentation and superb performances from its guest vocalists and musicians.  This EP has enough to offer the most eclectically minded of listeners.
And so the pursuits continue...


"Hard times for a Dreamer" was inspired by a search for something bigger and beyond the mundanity of daily life.  Steven has worked with a number of Vocalist's for this EP {Jett (Bridget Insinna), Mc Fava (Philip Warthmann) and Lee Redmond} who have helped him to realize its concept.  It marks a change in style and philosophy of the Artist and a sign of things to come...

Man in a Room is producer Steven Connolly from Dublin, Ireland.  He started his love of electronic music in the late 80's.  While emersed in the headonistic times of the "club" scene he began early productions using software trackers and minimal equipment. 

With numerous releases in the club genre and working with various labels, Steven was also part of the duo C-Quence.  A very popular live dance act in the 90's.  He has supported many a national and international act over the years.
Steven decided to quit the live scene and concentrate on his production.  At the best of times, this is a black art and so, spent the next couple of years learning the craft.  Hours a day inside his room inspired the name "Man in a Room".  Listening to all and everything has given him a broad range of influences.  From DnB to Jazz to Classical, its all there.

Man in a Room is now producing many different genres of music. He aims to be as eclectic as possible.  As he says himself "I love trying new styles and hope it's something I'll always do. It's about experimenting, listening, learning and trying to become wiser from the experience".


sine tiefblauOn the 11th of November 2016 SINE by Thomas Hauser will release his next album called “Tiefblau” (in English Deep Blue). It will be released on the label Sine Music which is run jointly by the two brothers Thomas and Jochen Hauser. “Tiefblau”, the successor of the very popular “Ruhepol”, will be available on CD and at all well-known download stores. The physical album will be presented in an environmentally friendly, plastic-free DigiSleeve consisting of six pages.
SINE’s great passion for the oceans in this world lies in every tone of “Tiefblau”. Just as if you would dive underwater and feel the swirls of the water at every little hair, already the opening track “Ocean Dreams” folds around you and your body.
Resurfacing with “Blau”, breathing out, wiping the water from your face and looking into the wonderfully sunny sky. Just imagine. Not too difficult with this atmospheric cover, a photography took by Thomas Hauser during his last vacations on Sardinia. Not least because of that, “Tiefblau” is probably the most multifaceted album of SINE songs ever done. All of the 15 tracks have so far only been released on compilations, with the exception of “Full Moon” which has not been released so far, and reach from chillout to ambient to electronic and even lounge and more poppy songs.
The blue colour of the oceans is the colour of calming down and relaxation for SINE. And in order to preserve and protect this pure beauty, SINE donates part of the proceeds of every CD sold to the organisation OceanCare.

boogiebelgique“Nostalgic, soulful and, of course, boogie-woogie.” That’s how Belgian DJ producer Boogie Belgique (AKA Oswald Cromheecke) describes the enticing combination of styles and sources from different decades that make up his music. Taking vintage inspirations, most notably from swing and jazz eras, and merging them with
contemporary beats and textures is the young producer’s forte. This is pleasingly evident onVolta, the latest Boogie Belgique album for the Cold Busted label.
“Jungle Law” gives a glimpse into Boogie Belgique’s sonic palette. Tough hip hop beats and funky live guitar follow an intro of jungle ambience as a trumpet presents the melody. Soon some swingy big band jazz enters the song in an almost ghostly manner, while the insistent beat keeps the dance floor moving. Album opener “Go Slow” shows a different side to the coin giving the listener an uptempo broken beat rhythm, some bouncy bass guitar, snippets of string loops, and a lovely, forlorn vocal line that echoes the past. It’s a beautiful concoction, and Boogie Belgique delivers on many aspects of this style throughout his eleven track album. Volta is a satisfying trip in an aural time machine.

xoaHeaded up by multi-instrumentalist Nick Tyson, XOA fuses golden era 1970s Afrobeat with deep grooves and contemporary electronic productions sizzling with analogue synths, guitars and percussive rhythms. XOA’s new release - ONE001 - follows on from his Aiye Le debut released on Dan Shake’s imprint in
June and featuring vocals from Fela Kuti’s musical director Dele Sosimi. The record was premiered by Gilles Peterson, Boiler Room and received radio play around the globe. This 6 track EP is released on new label One House Records and features vocals from LeaLea, Anthony Joseph and Monika Liu, as well as some on-point remixes from Orchards and Byron the Aquarius, and an XOA club edit.
On the new EP Tyson demonstrates the breadth of the project with a broad spectrum of sounds and styles across the record: ‘Burn’ is a full band composition with sweeping guitar riffs and anthemic vocals from LeaLea; next up is Gil Scott-Heron-esque “Storm Windows” with a piercing spoken word piece delivered by British-
Trinidadian poet Anthony Joseph; the A-side finishes with “In So”, a rich groove orientated track featuring sweeping vocals from Monika Liu.
The B side is all about the remixes. XOA steps up for a club ready edit of ‘Burn’; Orchards provides Kaytranada influenced production for ‘Storm Windows’ and rising US House star Byron The Aquarius’ remix of ‘In So’ is a slice of soulful House with bubbling synths and lush vocals. The record will be followed by a series of full live shows leading up to festivals next summer. XOA will also be touring as a DJ act over the same period.

ryx‘Deliverance’ is the lead single from Ry X’s eagerly anticipated debut album, just been released on Infectious Music, that has already gained world wide acclaim by fans and media alike. He’s always sung his way into our hearts, no matter whether he did it as ‘Ry X’, ‘The Acid’ or ‘The Howling’ together with Âme’s Frank Wiedemann. As such it comes as no surprise that Innervisions’ artist and lover of beautiful melancholic melodies, Eagles & Butterflies, was mesmerised by the album at first listen and moved to create his own mix.

LA based producer Chris Barratt, aka Eagles & Butterflies, is as busy touring as in the studio. Releasing original music on Innervisions, Exit Strategy, Get Physical and Bedrock over the last months, as well recently finishing remixes for Moby, Underworld, Andhim and now Ry X. The Eagles & Butterflies remix of ‘Deliverance’ will be available from 13th June via Beatport.

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