Jan 28, 2015


January may be the most miserable month of the year, but there's been no shortage of good music to keep us going. Our first radio show of 2015 is packed with quality tracks from some of our favourite local talent, clocking everything from deep house to glitch-hop, maximalist madness. Holobeams and Dressin Red start the show steeped in atmosphere, before heading into the mix with four of the hottest house tracks to land in our inbox this month, with something shimmering and Balearic from The Nuclear Family leading into club-heavy action from Nico Mendez, Tiptoes and Mia Dora.

This month’s guestmix is provided by an incredible new talent called Bessa who we’re tipping for big things. No stranger to SynthGlasgow, his sound is electric, frenetic and fresh, channelling old school hip hop and RnB into his own energised beats. Make sure to check out his Soundcloud if you like what you hear!

Listen, download and check out the tracklisting below:

1. Holobeams – Breaking Wave (Free Download)
2. Dressin Red – First Flakes (Astral Black)
3. Joe Howe – Zoned Reminder (Sound Pellegrino)
4. Bessa – She Do (Free Download)
5. The Nuclear Family – Bedroom Dreamer (The Nuclear Family)
6. Nico Mendez – What Ya Do (Underground Source)
7. Illyus & Barrientos – Ballin’ (Tiptoes Remix) (Love & Other)
8. Human Life & Anabel Englund – El Diablo (Mia Dora Remix) (Exploited)

Bessa In The Mix (Tracklisting To Follow)

SynthGlasgow Radio returns in February with a guest mix from The Nuclear Family. Check out the last edition, a 2014 special, here.

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Jan 27, 2015

COMPETITION: Pressure Presents Pan-Pot + Watergate 17

As one of the most consistent duos in modern techno, Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix aka Pan-Pot are very much at the top of the game. Having been releasing music for the best part of a decade, their fluid and experimental approach to production have kept them at the forefront of a genre which never stands still. Their debut album, ‘Pan-O-Rama’, was hailed as landmark moment for Anja Schneider’s Mobilee label and underlined them as a force to be reckoned with, taking us on an uncompromising journey into the depths of their sound. In the seven years which followed they have toured relentlessly, continuing to push boundaries in both the club and studio.

Last year, that unwavering commitment was recognised when Pan-Pot were asked to mix the 17th instalment of the respected Watergate series, delivering a 19 track masterclass of spellbinding techno. Coupled with their excellent ‘Conductor’ EP on Watergate Records (on which Glasgow legends Slam joined them for the title track), 2014 was another seminal year in the duo’s prolific career. This Friday, Pan-Pot hook up with Slam once more for Pressure at The Arches, joining a lineup that includes Skream, Heidi and Harvard Bass. No stranger to The Arches cavernous dancefloor, expect to find Tassilo and Thomas in their absolute element.

Check out Pan-Pot’s ‘Conductor’ EP below, as well as a recent mix and our competition:

COMPETITION: If you’ve missed out on tickets for Pressure this month and need to see Pan-Pot as a matter of urgency, then head over to the SynthGlasgow Facebook fanpage and type PRESSURExPANPOT on the wall. We’ll select a winner at random this Friday afternoon who will also win a copy of Pan-Pot’s acclaimed Watergate 17 compilation. Please be sure to check the terms and conditions below:

Terms & conditions: Please note that this prize is for one place on the guestlist for Pressure on Friday 30th January and a copy of Watergate 17. There will be one winner. The competition closes at 1pm on Friday 30th and the winner will be notified via Facebook comment (please check your Facebook entry in the hours following the closure of the competition). The winner must be 18 years or older. After we have passed on the winner’s details to the event organisers we then pass on responsibility for entry on the night.

Pan-Pot play alongside Slam, Skream and Heidi this Friday at Pressure. Tickets are available in advance from The Arches website.

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Jan 26, 2015

RELEASE: Dressin Red – Head/Body EP
WORDS: Alex Caslano

With a residency at the Art School and coveted releases from the likes of Inkke and DJ Milktray, Jon Phonics’ Astral Black label is now fully ingrained in the Glasgow beat scene. And it’s a scene which is seemingly rich in talent, as their next signing, Dressin Red, has been making waves here for the last six months or so. Originally from Edinburgh, Lachlan Bolt has caught the attention of LuckyMe, Boiler Room and of course ourselves here at SynthGlasgow, with a sound which is both delicate and delirious.

That theme of counterbalance is perfectly captured with his debut release, ‘Head/Body’, which as the title suggests, appeals to mind, body and soul. Played out over eight neatly arranged tracks, this is an EP brimming with idea and texture, quite literally connecting to the listener on a variety of levels. If you’re to believe the press blurb, the producer has tailored the songs to resonate on particular frequencies, with Side A (Head) focused on the listener’s ‘thinking vessel’, while Side B (Body) is ‘sculpted to vibrate the waves surrounding the listeners core’. It’s an interesting concept which has been brilliantly executed. Tracks like ‘First Flakes’ twinkle while swelling chords stir a sense of awakening; the EP’s opener, ‘Our Love’, commands your attention, but at the same time eases you into a state of satisfying seduction. On the flip, the appropriately titled ‘Body Plan’ picks up the pace with footwork drums and scattered percussion, while ‘Viennetta’ is akin to cascading down the rabbit hole into another dimension. Both considered and fluid, it’s a wonderfully visceral listen and has all the hallmarks of a producer that will go on to do great things.

Listen to the full EP below:

Dressin Red ‘Head/Body’ EP is available now on limited cassette and digital download from the Astral Black Bandcamp. Catch him play at Astral Black & Too Nice – The Love Chapter II on Feb 14th at the Art School.

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Jan 23, 2015


2014 was a pivotal year for Ivan Barrientos; hooking up with his production partner Illyus Brown, the duo broke through in a big way, regularly featuring on Radio 1’s global dance shows while picking up plaudits from the likes of Mixmag. With a string of releases and remixes on the legendary Glasgow Underground label, as well as Toolroom’s Love & Other offshoot, the stage is set for blinding 2015 and we can’t wait to hear what the pair have in store (if you follow Barrientos on Facebook you will have seen that remixes for Above & Beyond, Lovebirds and Alex Adair are all on the way).

This Saturday, Barrrientos heads up a night of quality house at Bath St’s underground haven, Saint Judes, where you can expect to hear the rapidly rising producer flex his musical muscles. Just in time for the weekend, we checked in to find out what track he can’t wait to drop on that booming Funktion 1 soundsystem:

WEISS – I BELIEVE (Toolroom)

“It was actually Illyus who introduced me to this one - he included it in a promo mix for the Sub Club and as soon as I heard it, it was one of those tracks that I listened to over and over about a hundred times. I love everything about it: the tough beats, the dark functional sub-bass, the eerie vocals and the vibey, creepy breakdowns. For me, it's a real "boss-like" track; fits in anytime in a set and sounds ridiculous on a Funktion One...”

Barrientos plays Saint Judes this Saturday (24th) alongside Vilmos and Raeside. Entry is £5 before midnight. Illyus & Barrientos’ remix of Romanthony ‘Testify’ is out now on Glasgow Underground.

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Jan 22, 2015

FEATURE: Eton Messy’s Top4 For 15’
WORDS: Alex Caslano

With nearly 300,000 subscribers on Youtube as well as an army of followers on Facebook and Twitter, Eton Messy has quickly become one of the most important platforms to discover new electronic music over the last few years. Not just that, they’ve also helped launch careers, giving artists the exposure they need to break through to a bigger audience. Since Adam Englefield launched the Eton Messy YouTube channel in 2011 and was later joined by friends Charlie Wedd and Ed Byass, the brand has grown exponentially, taking in club nights, festivals and even a label. But it’s not just their deft use of social media which has bolstered their success; it’s a keen ear for new music – something which has arguably influenced mainstream trends and pushed feel-good house into the charts.

This Friday, Eton Messy will host a showcase of some of the most promising talent to feature on the channel, bringing Just Kiddin, Karma Kid and Blonde to The Arches, where they will also be joined by Bondax, TCTS and Kidnap Kid. Ahead of the event we tracked down Eton Messy label manager, A&R and DJ, Charlie Wedd, to get his predictions on who will be racking up plays in 2015:

1. FKJ

“Last year we launched our Eton Messy Sessions series with FKJ which involves an artist perform two songs of their choice live. FKJ set such a high standard that it hasn't gone unnoticed. We have been supporters of this guy for a while and feel it is now time for him to shine.”


“Someone who has been bubbling up for a few years now, but towards the end of last year he had a solid release on PMR Beats which has been a staple in our DJ sets ever since. We would love to see more from him this year.”


“TGB has just dropped a huge remix of Aaron Smith's ‘Dancin’ which we hosted on the EM channel. Last year saw him deliver another free download for us which took the internet by storm and even gained support from Skream on his Radio 1 show. There are rumours of a big release coming from him in the next couple of months so keep your eyes/ears peeled.”


“This guy is a super fresh artist and relatively unknown but shows all the early signs of the potential to take things all the way. It will be interesting to see where he goes this year and is our hot tip for 2015.”

Eton Messy host Blonde, Just Kiddin’ and Karma Kid this Friday at The Arches. They’ll also be joined by Bondax, TCTS and Kidnap Kid. Tickets are available for £12.00 from The Arches website.

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