February 2014 Newsletter

Kumasi is the birthplace of Tony Yeboah, the iconic Ghanaian footballing hero throughout the 90’s, and scorer of perhaps the most explosive goal in Premier League history. Now in its third year, Kumasi Music continues to establish itself at the forefront of London’s house revival. Kumasi Music has a threefold influence within the current world of electronic music. As an artist agency, its initial incarnation, it houses a considered mixture of established players in the world of deep house, as well as nurturing and developing a chosen few talents both local and overseas. As a record label, Kumasi Music is just starting on its journey, but is rapidly developing a sound defined by dynamic basslines and a nostalgic ear for disco and classic deep house. And as a party brand, Kumasi Music showcases have seen sell-outs across the UK in dockyards, warehouses, terraces, studios and Pentecostal churches alike, whilst hosting esteemed guests including Kolombo, Ben Pearce, Lovebirds, HNQO, No Artificial Colours, Amine Edge & DANCE and Leftwing & Kody. 

#2 - D15COM8 LIVE

Here’s a sneak preview of what to expect from of our 1st Kumasi Music EP of 2014. Due out on February 24th, 'DANCE!’ by Italy born Barcelona based deep house producer Matteo Floris is a delightfully crafted 6 tracker which features expert remixes from talented Israeli Ran Salman, French electronic group D15COM8, Russian newcomer Spaceanddisco, UK gem of the north Matt Fear, alongside 2 sparkling original cuts from Matteo himself. Never one to disappoint, Matt Fear takes us on a typically emotionally charged bass led journey to the basement, warehouse, and back again with this sublime cut of jacking tech-house artistry. Playfully tossing us one way then the next, this deep house gem of a rework is a surefire dancefloor destroyer which is destined to inhabit many a top jock’s record box for umpteen seasons to come. A little over 2 minutes in length, this teaser should make you do exactly what it says on the tin – Dance!
Whether you decide to back Italy, England, Russia, Israel or France, this package possesses every kind of irresistible odds that are bound to fulfil any dance!floor addiction. Previews of all 6 tracks are available on our Soundcloud page by clicking on the below link, whilst you will need to scroll to the foot of this newsletter in order to obtain the exclusive FREE Animal Picnic download, which we've made available in both WAV and MP3 formats.


For our first London Kumasi party of 2014 we've lined up something rather special for you. An exclusive 250 person intimate all-night rave in a true gem of a studio space which has never previously been used before for music events. Spread over 3 interlinking chambers and a main 2-tiered mezzanine studio space, we invite you to run and rave amok to the sounds of our choice Kumasi Music guests in this spine-tingling setting. Headining the bill is Kumasi Music favourite, Rayko. Spanish producer extraordinaire Rayko has been a leading light in the nu-disco edits scene for the past 5 years. Deeply rooted in '70s and '80s disco, funk, boogie and rock, Rayko's influences are masterfully interpreted and transformed into modern day dancefloor bombs. His mind-blowing edit of Candi Staton's 'Broadway' was Juno's #1 disco record of 2011, and his exquisite remix of Barbara Keith's 'All Along The Watchtower' has racked up a whopping 136,000 Soundcloud plays - a platform which he has amassed over 22,000 followers. Rayko's DJ sets are stuff of legend, as such we're delighted to secure his services for our first all-night session of 2014.


Matt Fear continues his Kumasi Music residency and will purvey his bass-heavy interpretation of the slower nu-disco/house sound that has found such popularity across world dancefloors of recent times. Never one to dissapoint, his latest remix for Kumasi (out February) takes us on a typically emotionally charged bass led journey to the basement, warehouse, and back again with a sublime cut of jacking tech-house artistry. Playfully tossing us one way then the next, Fear's rework of Matteo Floris's 'Dance!' makes you do exactly what it says on the tin, and is all set to destroy dancefloors across the globe. Italy-born Barcelona based Kumasi new signing Matteo Floris has provided us with our first EP of 2014. Both 'Dance!' and 'Let Me Tell Ya' are beautifully crafted tracks in their own right, and we can't wait to hear them loud and proud on March 22nd. London duo Tainted Souls round off the bill, armed to the teeth with the kind of big-hitting releases which have seen them be signed to such labels as Amine Edge & DANCE's 'CUFF', Kolombo's 'LouLou' and Rob Made's 'Sleazy Deep' imprints. Expect the usual high level Kumasi production and visuals throughout the space. Earlybird tickets are on sale now at the bargain January Sale price of only £5! Click here for tickets. See you in the S-S-Studios! Kumasi x



Prepare to enter the Kingdom of Spanish production duo, Animal Picnic. Daniel Banker and Iñigo de la Riera have been best friends for years, but 2012 saw the two become one, their future re-written, and Animal Picnic was born. Based in Ibiza, Animal Picnic host residencies at 9Nine and Guarana Ibiza, with a bi-monthly appearance on Ibiza’s Global Radio, together with a monthly Spirit Soul podcast residency which regularly receives in excess of 8,000 listens per show. Since pin-pointing their sound they have gone on to release works on such highly esteemed imprints as Alma Soul, Sleazy Deep and Spirit Soul Recordings to name but a few. To book & listen to Animal Picnic head over to their Kumasi artist page here.
D15COM8 LIVE | France

Montpellier based D15COM8 are a dynamite 3 person electronic Live music band who in only a matter of months have already found their music released on NTFO’s Sintope Digital label, Dear Deer Records, Tobus and Kolombo’s LouLou Records – with a forthcoming EP on Kumasi due out in May. Gaining support from the likes of Pleasurekraft, NTFO, Kolombo, Vanilla Ace, Doctor Dru their productions are consistently accomplished as demonstrated in this exceptional 45 minute Live show, of which every track performed is one of their own. D15COM8′s full live show involves all 3 members performing, however they also operate a reduced version of the Live act with only 2 members performing. For Live/DJ bookings click here.

Cypriot deep house producer Markus Eden has already released on a number of high profile underground dance imprints including Tokyo Red, Electronique Digital, Sleazy Deep and Dialtone Records to name but a few. Brought up on a diet of hardcore, jungle, garage, and deep house, Markus’s sound has taken subtle ingredients from all the aforementioned genres to help create the music which he is successfully releasing today. With forthcoming tracks on Digital Delight, Sultry Vibes and Electronique, Kumasi Music give a warm welcome to the Garden of Markus Eden. For more Markus Eden infomation, music and DJ bookings click here.
Barcelona based Italian Matteo Floris is the next canny deep house DJ turned producer to step up to the Kumasi Music plate. Owner of his own Svogue Muziq label Matteo knows all too well the kind of electronic sounds it takes to make people smile and groove. His DANCE! EP drops on Kumasi this month, featuring a stella selection of reworks from Matt Fear, Ran Salman, Spaceanddisco and D15COM8, alongside two originals from Matteo himself. Matteo mixed the 4th edition of the Kumasi Music podcast here, and is also performing at our first London show of 2014 on 22nd March. For Matteo's Kumasi artist page, music and DJ bookings click here.

Crosstown Rebels Melokolektiv are two deep house producing cousins from the South of France. Together they are creating some of the world’s finest pieces of house music and having their records spun everywhere from Burning Man Festival to the Berghain, from Brazil to BPM, and from Fabric to DC10. Already signed to Damian Lazarus’s highly esteemed Crosstown Rebels imprint, and with support from the likes of Laurent Garnier, Damian Lazarus, Kolombo, Betoko and Tale of Us, Melokolektiv’s music is continually finding it’s way into the DJ sets of the world’s most prodigious house music talent. For Melokolektiv Live or DJ bookings click here.

Hailing from Jerusalem, Israel, Deep House visionary Ran Salman’s supporters include the likes of John Digweed, Noir, Balcazar & Sordo, The Mekanism and Crazy P to name but a few. The Tel Aviv based deep house producer is signed to Electronique, Star Fly and Sleazy Deep, and his debut Kumasi 'Lose Control' EP is set to drop in April, with remixes from the 3  very best house music remixers in the business – Germany’s Purple Disco Machine, Crazy P’s Hot Toddy and Kumasi’s Gem of the north, Matt Fear. For Ran Salman bookings and music head over to his artist page here.


Here’s a sneak preview of the opening track to our next Various Artists compilation album Kumasi Music Volume 2 which is all set for release on April 1st 2014. Happy April Fool’s day everyone! The VA album will once again feature an array of Kumasi Music talent, both old and new, who present another 16 outstanding works of the highest order guaranteed to send you and your audience into a frenzy. Prior to the April 1st album release, you can also expect a selection of sublime works from the likes of Purple Disco Machine, Sonic Future, Hot Toddy, Melokolektive, Re Dupre, Matt Fear, Anturage & Biatlone, Ran Salman, Saccao, Haze-M, D15COM8, Flex Cop and more to be released via our lovely Kumasi Music imprint. Hope you can join us on the Dancefloor soon!

KM003 is out in March with originals from Haze-M & Saccao, and remixes from Re Dupre, Sonic Future, Anturage & Biatlone and Flex Cop. Re Dupre's remix preview has already welcomed in excess of 34,000 plays(!) see below, with all 3 additional remix options in the package being equally as well recieved. Previews are available below.

And what a beauty she is. Spanish duo Animal Picnic serve up a golden vocal rework which simply oozes class from every pore, combining sultry strings, windswept vocals and a spacey guitar which blend together beautifully - resulting in a delightful combination that has the power to fill any lazy summer day. To listen and download your FREE copy of this previously unreleased track, simply click on the artwork below. Enjoy! and if you like what you hear, feel free to spread the love! x

For all Kumasi press enquiries & promos, please contact info@kumasimusic.net x