SSMX03: Ethyène (Moonrise Hill Material)

Ethyène is busy recently. The producer and DJ from France is getting noticed by a greater audience and is having more and more projects, meetings, and sets to play. Starting production at the age of 16, he got into the House and Hip Hop scene and was playing for Artjacking France as resident. His love for sounds from Chicago, Detroit and Manchester and the craftsmanship of sampling gives the music its personal note.

He is part of the newly founded Moonrise Hill Material – Gang that provides Disco and Hip Hop influenced grooves in the French underground House scene, and is having a lot of other releases upcoming and out recently.

We think he is going to be big, so we are happy he got some time sharing his story with us and he’s provided a killer mix.

Sound Shelter introduces : Ethyène!

So first of all, what is going on recently?

I just had three releases, a track on Roots for Bloom, an EP on Kyoku Records and an EP on my own record label Moonrise Hill Material. I also have been working on the side of the three first Moonrise Hill releases so I guess this is why I’m getting a bit more attention today. To be honest, nothing makes me happier than seeing more and more people following our work.

How about Moonrise Hill Material! How did you guys meet?

We were all producing and spinning House Music in Lyon our hometown in France so we met during our different parties and immediately became friends with each other. Then, the idea of releasing our music on our own label came up naturally and this is how everything started.

And the music you are playing and making?

I have a part of my family who lives in Philadelphia, so I’ve been there quite often and have always been fascinated by the unbelievable ability the artists from Philly had to talk to my soul, from John Coltrane to Boyz II Men. More generally, this is from this city that I got my love for black music.

Moreover, since I’m 13 or 14 I’ve been listening to a lot of Hip-Hop from the late 90’s and early 2000’s… that got me into this sampling stuff. Then, when I started partying around the age of 16 I discovered house records from Theo Parrish, Moodymann, Kenny Dope … I immediately knew this was what I wanted to spin and produce.
Basically everything I play, produce and love is related to sampling !

Do you have some projects going on of your own recently? And was Kyoku Records your idea?

Yes I have some new projects that will come later this year but the only one I can really talk about is a new EP on Moonrise Hill Material  that should see the day in January 2017. I’ll also have a mini LP on an american record label I love and an other one in May on a brand new label from the US too.

I’m also starting to release my lower tempo and hip hop stuff on FHUO, a new record label on the side of Moonrise by my brother from an other mother Folamour. I will release this music under the name Lo Life.

Concerning Kyoku, these nice guys asked me to do an EP for them after they discovered my track Manhattune on the first Moonrise Hill release so this was absolutely not my idea but at the end of the day I’m really happy to have been part of this project.

Tell us a bit about your Sound Shelter mix

My sound shelter mix is putting together tracks I like to play at the moment and unreleased tracks from myself… I also like to end mixes with classic tunes… On this one I chose the remix of the French house standard Music Sounds Better With you by Bob Sinclar, this one track has always blown me up.

When you´d have the opportunity to choose someone to play with B2B, who would that be?

If I had an opportunity to choose someone to play back 2 back, I guess I’d pick Theo Parrish up. I’ve seen him twice, that was two of the best nights of my life!

Thanks a bunch Ethyène!!!

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SSMX02: thatmanmonkz mix (Shadeleaf / Classic / Delusions of Grandeur)

Some people curate, some people mix, some people produce. thatmanmonkz does all 3.

Scott Moncrieff is a Sheffield based recording artist, DJ, and label boss at his own Shadeleaf Music. He manages to tread that fine line of simultaneously picking up props from all angles and wrecking dance floors the world over, whilst remaining resolutely underground and focused on the more interesting corners of dance music. He releases on Delusions of Grandeur, Kolour LTD, and Classic and his recent debut album “Columbusing” was a fine document that touched on authentic deep house, funk and soul with plenty of proper song structures and real vocalists amidst the underground club heaters.

We’ve been a big fan of his music for a few years so thought it was time to learn more about him, and we scored a house masterclass in the form of a mix that covers the Detroit sounds of Moodymann and Leron Carson, the edits of Popular Peoples Front and Jamie 326, and the disco sounds of The Jacksons.

Whats been happening in your world recently?

So, I’ve been on my grind as usual really.. After releasing my debut album earlier this year (“Columbusing” on Delusions Of Grandeur) I thought I might get to chill back a little, but, that definitely hasn’t been the case! I’ve had remixes out for the likes of Diz and Inkswel amongst others, an original track on Kon’s BBE compilation, and also have remixes due for Amp Fiddler, Kraak and Smaak, and J Kriv all slated for this year. I’ve also been producing a hip hop album with my man Malik Ameer (under our Madison Washington moniker), and have just started writing some new thatmanmonkz material recently too. Between all of that, gigging more frequently, and running Shadeleaf Music, it’s all go over here, and i’m very thankful for that!

Tell us about this mix…where was it recorded and how?

I recorded it in my studio room, on my dj set up, the typical way y’know? As it was for you guys, and because i’m a fan of the site, I picked out 20 or so tracks I wanted to use in the mix (in a variety of formats), and just deejayed as I would in a club environment. Sometimes with podcasts or radio shows or whatever it can be all about exposing new music, and other times you just want to catch a vibe and be more representative of what you do when out on the road…. this is one of those ones. I won’t lie, I had to work pretty hard a couple of the mix transitions, but, again that’s more of an honest representation of me playing out, so i’m all for not masking a little bit of human error. I just recorded it into a DAW and did a little bit of post-mix processing , nothing more complicated than that. A handful of tunes, two channels and a mixer, no frills.

How and why did your start your label, Shadeleaf?

Just as a personal thing, I’d always wanted to self curate have my own label, initially as a way of a&r’ing my own music and getting out there at my own speed, and, I also very quickly realised that I knew a lot of people that I felt were making great music that needed to be heard… After Tone Control were kind enough to put out my first couple of solo artist releases (i’d been involved in a project called Small Arms Fiya about 10 years ago, then had a break from the music game) I met with my good friend and, well, mentor really, Chris Duckenfield (Swag,Popular Peoples Front) and showed him the demo’s I was working on, and he schooled me in how to set up on my own from there. Anything he doesn’t know about the vinyl game isn’t really worth knowing! Most of my heroes and inspirations have their own imprints, and also, having a label also adds a little leverage when releasing music on other labels. I’d highly recommend it to all up and coming artists, it’s a lot of work, but also a lot of fun, and very rewarding. We’ve been lucky enough for Shadeleaf to work with a lot of people I’m genuinely a fan of, and i’ve developed some great friendships from working on projects or remixes for the label. I’m really proud of our back catalogue, and that it quickly turned into something that isn’t really focussed just on me as an artist, and we’ve some really exciting projects in the pipeline!

Have you ever seen House royalty, and fellow Sheffield resident, Maurice Fulton at your local supermarket?

Hehhehheh, I have seen Maurice around occasionally, though maybe not yet at the supermarket! I don’t really know him personally other than to say ‘hi’, but, he seems like a really nice guy, and, you’re right, he’s definitely house royalty! I did once see him play at a small house party, doing two copy business with disco records and busted up walkman headphones, and can confirm that he’s as brilliant a deejay, as you already know he is….

You’re asked to book your favourite DJs and live acts for a night at your favourite club. Who plays, and which club?

Awwww man, that’s nearly impossible to pin down! There are so many great deejays and live acts, and, a whole lot of amazing clubs and venues around the world, some of which i’ve been lucky enough to see…. For today I’ll go with Chris Duckenfield, Recloose, Byron The Aquarius, and Larry Heard on the decks, with live sets from Henry Wu’s jazz project and D’angelo, at Flammable (Re Bar) in Seattle. My heart always holds a special place for those smaller ‘red light basement’ style spots with a big sound and a knowledgable crowd, and Re Bar definitely fits the bill for that! My answer to this question would probably change on a daily basis though… Also, just let me thank you guys for having me in, I’m a big fan of the site, as you know, and had a lot of fun doing this for you. Much appreciated!

If you want thatmanmonkz to play your party then get in touch with [email protected] , and make it happen?

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Prequel – Freedom Jazz Dance (Rhythm Section International)

“Blackness is not a color” is what Prequel is telling us in the first seconds of “Saints”, the first track of his second EP on Rhythm Section International. And he describes what that means with delivering a wonderful jazzy House EP.

Rhythm Section International is Bradley Zero´s record label that he was building up with friends to give young talents and friends a chance to put their music out. Deep and jazzy grooves are characteristics of the label and are forming the signature sound.

In Freedom Jazz Dance, you can lose yourself in the deepest way imaginable. Here, soulful voices and sizzling electric buzz sounds; fat organic bass and deep pads are playing in harmony and are giving the record its finesse.

The album is a well composed journey through the roots of Jazz and House and takes a step further by reminding us where the soul of this music really lies, in the typical Rhythm Section style, that is moving the community for almost 2 years now.

This release is less Hip Hop influenced than his debut EP Polite Strangers; though, the overall sound Prequel is striving towards is recognizable and shows a noticeable love for Jazz in particular. These slightly delayed/reverbed and filtered jazzy sounds are combined with a well-balanced kick and minimalistic drum sounds that are playing along.

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Not only is it a banger in the club, it´s a wonderful masterpiece on it´s own and I recommend it to everybody, not only the House- heads and underground lovers but everybody who is interested in a record that is uplifting , smooth, well-organized.

This release is going to be on my wantlist for sure! It creates such a great, positive vibe throughout and is put together so thoughtful that there is not much else to say.  It´s just deep, soulful and jazzy House, no filler, all killer. Buy it!


A1) Saints
A2) Nothing Better
B1) You Shall Know The Truth
B2) Walken

If you are interested in more facts and stuff about how Rhythm Section International was founded, check out the video from Stamp The Wax on YouTube.

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Andres – Mighty Tribe (La Vida)


It’d be pretty difficult to make a mess of the ridiculously funky chorus of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Mighty Mighty”. It’d also be relatively easy to make a mediocre loopy disco track from the sample and still have a playable track.

Thankfully in the hands of the former Slum Village DJ, justice is done and the result is a wonderfully energetic dancefloor killer that should outlast Dez Andres biggest hit to date, “New 4 U”.

Want to hear more house brilliance? Head over to Sound Shelter and check out some similar tracks to Andres – Mighty Tribe

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Carlos Nilmmns Mix (Planet E)

France-residing, Scottish expat, Carlos Nilmmns has released and featured on over 50+ vinyl releases, 6 albums and many remixes with notable releases including “Subculture”, “Red”, “Distant Galaxy” (As Solab) and “Get By Me” which featured Detroit artists Davina Bussey (Underground Resistance) Niko Marks (Planet-E, Underground Resistance) and Andrés (KDJ, Mahogani Music).

Turns out he’s also a pretty fine DJ, so we hit him up for a mix and a quick chat.

What’s been happening in your world recently?

So far this year its been a busy one. In January I released a record on Deetron’s label Character with Ripperton, Niko Marks and Keter Darker.

I also just released a new mini album record on Ornaments. Its crazy because these new records have attracted a wider audience the usual. The label Ornaments have been ramping up my releases too. They just released the digital versions of my popular “Subculture” and “Cupid & Psyche” mini albums due to a lot of people requesting repress/digital releases. Ornaments actually are planning another record with a well known DJ/artist from Detroit on the remix duties.

I’ve completed a new club track album too I’ve only sent it off to one label at the moment so its early days. It will be my second full length Carlos Nilmmns album since “Lune Eclaire” from 2012.

Other side projects include collaborations with Niko Marks for his forthcoming album on Carl Craig’s label Planet E.

Tell us about this mix…where was it recorded and how?

The mix was recorded in my home. It was around the time when I played for 6 hours with another great DJ at “Fête de la Musique” in my hometown in Angers. These tracks were some of the highlight tracks that I played, if I remember rightly.

I used my new rotary mixer offered by my wife. Some girl eh?! 🙂

How did you wind up recording for Planet E?

I recorded a bunch of tracks with Niko Marks. I kept saying to Niko…: “ Send them to Carl!! Send them to Carl!!!!”.

We reworked some tunes and also created new ones to submit. Around the same time and in a funny coincidence, my bro Santiago Salazar surprised me with an awesome remix. He actually sent me a private video on Facebook with the track playing in the background. Man.. another great guy… We played together in Glasgow.. He walked into the Sub club and the first thing he did was walking up to me and gave me a big hug!!!! Legend!!! So.. anyway! Eventually Niko and I decided to send Santi’s mix with the other tracks to Carl.

It was great to finally meet both Carl and Niko in person in Paris but sadly the time was cut short due to the terrible attacks in Paris.

I’ve seen Carl playing a few good times in Glasgow at the Sub club and at festivals in Europe. He really is down to earth guy and a gentleman.

I’ve been making albums and records with Niko for many years. Firing tunes from Glasgow to Detroit and now France to Detroit. Our work flow is solid, we send ideas and trust each other, to work out the best way to release the music. Whether its a Niko Marks album on Planet E or a Carlos Nilmmns project on Ornaments… Both of us are purely into this for the music and always thinking about our next project together.

Why the move to France? How do you think this has affected you as an artist and DJ?

I moved to France after meeting my wife in Paris. We decided it was best to live here than in Scotland.

I can say for me at least that environment changes the way I create. I’ve been more productive since settling here. Warmer weather changes everything! Signing to labels like the giant Circus Company and Skylax have helped my music to reach more people here in France.

I’ve played quite few amazing festivals and clubs around the country and abroad with some really great people, but I still prefer Glasgow I feel not many places will ever match the Sub Club’s edgyness and vision.

You’re asked to book your favourite DJs and live acts for a night at your favourite club. Who plays, and which club?

Hmm difficult…

Venue: Sub Club in Glasgow (would have to be a late license as the club shuts at 3)

Lineup: Paul Johnson, Kenny Dope, Claude Young, Domenic Cappello

Want to hear more great house and techno records? Head over to Sound Shelter where we curate the best house, techno, bass and soul jazz records from across the planet.

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