Break Through Artists

Where to begin with a prolific talent like Richaincidentsrd West, aka Mr. C. He’s an icon of the British acid house movement, a DJ, producer, song-writer, MC, actor, presenter and Buddhist meditation teacher. He’s probably best known as the frontman of The Shamen whose worldwide hit & British #1 ‘Ebeneezer Goode’ propelled acid house and rave into the mainstream pop consciousness in ’92, led to a double platinum album ‘Boss Drum’ and snagged them a coveted Ivor Novello award for songwriter of the year. Richard was at the forefront of rave culture from the late 80s, MCing in clubs, on radio and records. He began DJing in ’87 and has organised, promoted and held residencies at seminal London club nights like Fantasy, Base, Harmony and Subterrain. Through his residency for the legendary RIP parties at Clink Street, he was at the forefront of the birth of rave culture as we know it, with the club serving as a blueprint for all the London raves that followed from ’88 to ’90. His production alias’s are numerous and his first label Plink Plonk a guiding light of British 90s techno.
In 1995 Mr. C opened influential London club The End (and AKA) which completely transformed London clubland over the next 15 years. Together with his partner at The End, Layo Paskin, he ran End Recordings - home to many classic underground tracks and artists of the period including Layo & Bushwacka’s crossover hits before signing with XL and Mr. C’s collaborations with Robert Owens. Since the closing chapter of The End, Richard has concentrated on his Superfreq events (which began at The End in 2002) and label - transforming them into a global network of parties at some of the best clubs on the planet. It’s with Superfreq where Mr. C’s long-held view of club culture becomes clear - that music and parties celebrate life, providing a platform for good people to make new friends and experience the very best cutting-edge music in a way that’s more than a little bit naughty, playful and fun.
Mr. C’s new album ‘Incidents’ comes after a run of recent releases on the Save Fabric album, Alola Records & Jack Trax. He’s delved deep into his musical psyche to deliver an acid master class that’s influenced by Ska, Dub, Old School Electro, Italo Disco, Acid House & Tech House, essentially bringing his roots up to date with a massive modern production. ‘Incidents’ is about things that can happen while clubbing and, of course, features Mr.C’s spiritual overtones. The artwork is by Pilar Zeta. ’Incidents’ starts off slowly building in tempo through-out, very much like an extended Mr.C DJ set compressed into 80 minutes of acid bliss. Opener ‘Entry Search’ is a low slung acid track with a dub bassline, building with lush pads & ska stabs that set the tone of the album. ‘A Civil Dose’ melds electronic trip hop dub with other-worldly vocal mimicking synths breaking down into 303 lines. ‘Acid Fever’ is a down-tempo hybrid of off beat electro & acid house that oozes soul & reels you in with its infectious acid melodies & deep pads.
‘Stand Up’ is the first single from the album, it’s a rebellious song that calls on the dance music community to unite against the authorities continued affront on our culture. From here things pick up pace with ‘Do It For Me’ an industrial sounding acid house track with minimal vocals that’s a real dance floor winner. On the Italo Disco inspired ‘Disco Rebellion’ the rhythm alternates between four to the floor & off beats. On ‘Shape Your Dreams’ Mr.C delivers an inspiring vocal about making your dreams a reality, followed by ‘Raid’ a proper offbeat electro acid track. ‘Master Of The Universe’ is a Detroit inspired tech house track with a rolling bassline, syncopated synths, edgy pads & a vocal refrain telling you that you are, indeed, the master of the Universe. Second single ‘Ripple Effect’ is a progressive feeling tech house number with a funky bassline & laced with acid. The album concludes with ‘Quick Exit’, which contrary too its name is a deep & slow dubbed out trippy dose of electro, that either ends the album nicely or sets you up to listen to the entire journey again.
With ‘Incidents’ Mr.C is back with his best solo work to date, delivering an album that encompasses his artistic universe and musical history, and it’s as great for listening to at home as it is for doing serious damage to dance floors.

deecrellKlavier Editionen is the significant new album by Dee C’rell, which explores the elements between electronic music and contemporary jazz piano. Known throughout the world as one of the leading exponents of such music making practices, it has been sometime since Dee returned to his musical roots. In conjunction with the prestigious piano making company Bechstein from Germany, Dee has composed a collection of compositions that entwine within each other, fusing a concept as much as an album.

The minimal understated piano playing is infused with rhythmic looping that is influenced from his years of studying and performing Gamelan music, and his evocative use of electronic music making practices, coincides to establish a musical characteristic that is very much associated to Dee C’rell and his visualization of contemporary electronic music.

hvobElectronic duo HVOB's third album is a collaboration with Winston Marshall.  HVOB's second album Trialog (2015) was accompanied by a succession of international dates and sell-out performances on all six continents – including Burning Man Festival, Womb in Tokyo, the Great Wall of China, Melbourne Music Week, a concert at ARTE Festival in Paris and their own Boiler Room event in Vienna.  The producer duo are now set to release their third album; Silk. It is due on March 24 and the first single, The Blame Game, on February 3. This is the first time HVOB have collaborated on an album: Paul Wallner and Anna Müller have written and produced the songs on "Silk" together with Winston Marshall, and the result of the collaboration with the London-based artist is a new and darker HVOB sound. The collaboration goes beyond production of the new album to include a joint tour: starting in April, HVOB and Winston Marshall will be taking their own light and visual show to 15 European cities.  Silk is the first album to be released on HVOB's own new label Tragen Records.

booka shadeBooka Shade is a German house duo. It is made up of Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier, described as veterans of the Frankfurt electronic music scene.

cleliafelixlogoClelia Felix returns to us with a deep mix of beautiful tracks called "Ultimate Guide to Chillout".  Tracks include:

All Alone (Deep Mix)

Baby It's Alright (featured on Below Zero)

Find Your Way

I Got a Feeling


Look for other Clelia Felix releases such as: "With Your Love" and "Nuages Bleus".  She has also recently remixed a "chillout" version of the track "If..!" by Jean-Michel Jarre & Little Boots.

She hails from France and is a composer and songwriter.  She started to take classical piano at the early age of seven and hasn't stopped producing music since.  Her songs are a combination of pop/folk along with a blend of electro down-tempo in the arrangements and melodies.  Clelia creates smooth vibes and her choice of acoustic, electronic and ethnic styles gives her a unique signature sound.

She has released two albums and two E.P.s, and she has appeared on well-known compilations such as Cafe del Mar vol.14, Klassik Lounge werk 6, Cafe Buddha, and Cafe Solaire vol.13.  She now shares with us her new track, "Don't Walk Away" which is our favorite so far in all that she has shared with us here at Below Zero.  It immediately hit the BZ Top 10 premiering at #6.

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