Schubert’s first EP of the year was inspired by the past summer season in Europe and the main rooms of Ibiza. Apparition focuses on its core crystal clear groove and unique percussion that is felt more than heard in the mix. Blending elements of new school techno and heavily processed percussion, the track leads towards a break stripped back to the core of the groove. The Straight Mix uses all of the same elements, but takes a linear approach and tooly arrangement. Lineland brings a thick big room groover, while Eraserhead resembles the stylistic clues of Gork, which was heard across Europe and South American festivals in 2013. A++, Ante Ujevic, and Refraction lend great remixes to the bunch and will be released shortly after.
We are launching the new Black Swan Radio soon continuing with our current partners and on new stations every week. As a big thank you for the support over the past years, we are giving away a promo mix by Dave Martin along with several of our favorite releases
We are launching the new Black Swan Radio soon continuing with our current partners and on new stations every week. As a big thank you for the support over the past years, we are giving away a promo mix by Dave Martin along with several of our favorite releases.
1. Ante Ujevic - Mute (Original) [Black Swan]
2. Refraction - Hologram (Original) [Black Swan]
3. Schubert - Apparition (Original) [Black Swan]
4. Concepto - Be Yourself (Original) [Black Swan]
5. Carlos B - Srr Consist (Original)[Black Swan]
6. Android Cartel, Dean Paul - Programming Fractals (Original)[Black Swan]
Spending nearly everyday in the studio over the past decade, Ron Schubert is a musician and producer based in Barcelona and Washington DC. Under a dozen aliases, ‘Schubert’ has released music crossing genres and blurring experimental techniques and dance floor ready production.
Over the past few years, Schubert has balanced the roles of a capable producer, live act, versatile artist and manager of Reverse Replay, which supports the catalogs of Black Swan Recordings and Aurora Music.
In 2011, his debut on Sci+Tec, Cubist emerged and was played at nearly every festival by Dubfire, Richie Hawtin, and many other leading DJs was eventually used as the soundtrack for one of the official Time Warp videos. Soon after, releases on Sci+Tec, Minus’s digital label Minus12, which was featured as a DJ Mag cover mount disc, and his own Black Swan have continued to reach an international audience.
Drift, a concept beginning on January 1, 2012, embarked on a yearlong succession of single releases. With a belief in the spontaneous nature of creativity, each piece represented continuous artistic inspirations and movements during that period either stylistically or composed just prior. Each week, music was presented for download creating a cohesive yet intricate 53-piece ‘album.’
As a live act, Schubert has performed as a headlining and supporting act with dates in Paris, Budapest, New York, Ibiza, Miami, Barcelona, Los Angeles, and Toulouse among others. Alongside Dubfire, he has performed as a live act across Europe during Sci+Tec events.
2014 is set to be another productive year with more live dates and releases on Sci+Tec, as well as a collaboration weaving his anticipated LP with visual elements and gallery events.
The lead track from the new record is heavier than his previous offerings and this EP shows how he has really developed. Massive grooves and every sound fits well in the mix. Of course I’m looking forward to what he will bring in 2014!
Porter Ricks – Port Gentil (Original) [Type]
The title track from Köner and Mellwig’s amazing album: I’m obsessed with every track on there and listened to the record at least a hundred times. It’s a good reminder of how high the bar was set over 20 years ago.
Out of the great package, Concepto showed his skills once again with a rolling remix of the deeper original.
Nonyas – Sneaker (Orginal) [Aurora Music]
After receiving three slick groovers from Nonyas, we immediately signed his EP to Aurora and this probably my pick of the bunch: Current tech house grooves that work just about anytime in the night.
Plasmic Honey – Jungle (Original) [Sci+Tec]
Another track that I came across going through my older libraries. I first heard it on Dubfire’s influential DJ Mag cover mount cd a few years ago. I’ve been a huge fan of the label for years and of course honored to be a contributor.
Graham has been on fire lately prepping his anticipated album likely to be released in 2014. Both of the tracks are massive, but the wild out of nowhere synth takes this one to the next level for me. I can imagine it being one of those tracks that people ask about at the end of the night. Mental…
I asked some of my favorite producers of the moment that have been contributing to the Black Swan sound this year to make an interpretation of Traces I. They’ve given the originals a new dimension, and I couldn’t be happier to work with these artists.
In the Traces Series, parts from Schubert’s live arsenal have been rearranged into full tracks. The first in the series, May Fire, spans a wide range of sounds from the constant bass line and tripped out synths of the title track to the ambiance of Falsify. Etheron combines a rolling groove with alternating percussion and synth stabs, while Chrome is a straight forward main room tool sitting somewhere between techno and tech house. Schubert has balanced the roles of a capable producer and manager of Reverse Replay, which currently supports the catalogs of Black Swan Recordings and Aurora Music. Along with various interests spanning experimental and ambient projects, releases on Sci+Tec, Minus12, and Black Swan have continued to reach a wider audience supported but the electronic music landscape’s most respected artists. As a live act and DJ, Schubert has performed at venues from Paris to Miami and alongside Dubfire in Sci+Tec events across Europe
Arjun Vagale - Come Get Some (Original) [Octopus Black Label] //
My friends over at Octopus have gone from strength to strength with tracks from Sian and some of my favorite techno producers at the moment. Arjun has been on fire and this double header is one of my favorites from him.
I met these guys this summer and have been following them since their first release on Drumcode. The new six track EP is awesome and of the group, Introduction and Morning Mass are my favorites, but they are all massive.
We are very happy to see the first release from two talented producers from Italy. After brief meetings with Schubert at Sonar this year and over a few conversations, it was obvious they were a great fit for the Black Swan aesthetic. Quality Factor, which already has had early support from Richie Hawtin, is a simple and blistering bass line groover with sparse reverbed hits and subtle changes in percussion. Ways acts in a direct manner and fires straight for the main room. Becoming a consistent contributor, Ante Ujevic reinterprets Quality Factor, fitting into the style that he has been developing and fine-tuning. Rounding off the release, Black Side is a perfect companion to the bunch and adds some punch to the EP.
Abbreviated Feedback //
Luigi Madonna - “Sounds good! Support it.”
Arjun Vagale - “Both originals are hot!”
Karotte - “Quality Factor is a nice one. Like it.”
Orde (Slam) - “Nice tunes. Will try out.”
Kemmi Kamachi - “Nice EP. Ways is my favorite.”
Joran van Pol - “Very cool tracks! Quality Factor is quality ;-) Will try.”
Stefano Lotti - “I’ll try Quality Factor and Ways.”
A++ - “Great tracks!”
Simone Zino - “Good release from Stiv and Fabio! Ante’s remix and Quality Factor (Original) are my fav.”
Francesco Bergomi - “Great release! Quality Factor is my pick. Love the bass line and groove.”
Following the same idea as my projects like Drift and Fallen, Falsify carries the atmosphere and intensity that I’ve always been inspired by. Originally the track was around 20 minutes in length and when rethinking the pieces, I broke it into two distinct parts. My good friend Kyle Dio Rio heard the track without motive adapted a video to a short clip. After a few revisions, we decided to use it for the official video and feel that it captures the essence of the original.
The third track of the EP materialized rather spontaneously. I first started on it to have a flexible set opener. After getting my hands on some new gear, the ‘hooks’ came about quickly and a day later, the track was finished //
May Fire and Chrome both came about during the same period and follow a similar idea. The main grooves were both in my live sets and used when I needed more drive and flexibility. The really ‘manipulated’ sounds in May Fire came from a handful of sessions where I spontaneously connected most of the effects units in my studio including my old Boss pedals and several reverbs. After a few recordings, I decided to keep the rest of the track as simple as possible where the variations only really come from layering percussive elements such as the hats and claps. Chrome followed shortly after in the same vein and after testing for about a year, it seems to have a balanced combination of movement and unique elements.