Christian Nielsen, a young producer from Denmark, has recently been making waves on Jesse Rose’s imprints Play It Down and A-SIDED, spoke to us on the eve of his latest single “What You Thinking?” being released. A producer that expertly blurs the lines between house and techno, oft seen in the combination of vocal hooks with blistering techno drives, Christian is definitely cornering his niche sound. “What You Thinking?” is a progression on this, finely balanced and ready for the floor. And with additional releases and remixes on the likes of Glasgow Underground, Moon Harbour, 8bit, and Toolroom, he’s surely making his rounds in the underground scene. We’re excited for what’s to come from Christian, but in the mean time check out “What You Thinking?” and get to know more about the Copenhagen producer in the interview below.
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I don’t know what it is about this song, but ever since I heard it I can’t stop playing it. It’s infectious in all the right ways. The energy is optimistic with guitar driven melodies living in coordination with warm synth chords as the effervescent four on the floor brings the tune home. With early support from Matthias Tanzmann, Jamie Jones, Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Claude Vonstroke, and Davide Squillace, it’s safe to say this is not one to sleep on.
Jesse Rose has been at the forefront of the ever-expanding electronic scene, championing house and DJing around the world for ten years now. The success of his breakout single “Asided” in 2005 saw him gain global accreditation, and over the years he’s released hundreds of tracks, kickstarted House’s integral part of Berlin’s famous Panorama Bar, opened four record labels, produced the likes of Hot Chip to Chiddy Bang, remixed everyone from Metronomy to Childish Gambino, and DJ-ed damn near every one of the world’s greatest clubs.
So, naturally, being the timely persons we are, when we saw he was deep in the middle of a worldwide tour following the start of his fourth and latest imprint, A-SIDED, we couldn’t help but want to catch up for an interview. Keep reading for Jesse’s updates on the label fronts, his savvy travel tips, life in Ibiza residencies, and more.
Jesse’s latest release comes from the legendary Alex Gopher in the form of a remix for his last single “Touch ‘N’ Tease” and came out just last week on his own A-SIDED. Also worth checking his clever remix of Childish Gambino’s “Telegraph Ave”
Jesse Rose is not new to the label game. After initiating his first label Front Room over 10 years ago, he’s since seen the growth of two more labels: Made To Play and Play It Down. With Made To Play being a major facet during the 2009-2010 era of “fidget house” (as well as the home to REAL tropical house like Round Table Knights’ “Calypso”) and Play It Down making a name for itself amongst underground kingpins like Oliver Dollar, Davide Squillace, Matthias Tanzmann, Guti and more, you would think Jesse Rose would lie comfortably amongst his multitude of successes. But this is not the case, and now we see him restlessly launching his newest label venture: A-Sided. After announcing just over a week ago, we already know the first release is coming in the form of a collab between himself and Claude VonStroke, there’s two launch parties coming up in Los Angeles and Miami, and things are moving quickly.
We’re proud to be a part of the label’s launch party in Miami this year, a daytime jaunt with a stacked lineup of some of house music’s most highly-regarded heavyweights. Jesse Rose and Claude VonStroke will be doing an exclusive back-to-back set, and joining them are Junior Sanchez as his A-Sided pseudonym IMIURU, Roger Sanchez as S-Man, Oliver Dollar, Ardalan, Christian Nielsen, Brillstein and special guests.
Gotta Dance Dirty will be holding an exclusive contest for a chance to win up to 5 guestlist spots for you and your friends, as well as a line of tequila shots for all of you to be shared with Jesse Rose and Claude Vonstroke. All you have to do is tag your friends in the comments and we’ll pick a winner by Friday, March 20th.
See you on the dancefloor.
Jesse Rose releases a LOT of music. Between his 12×12 series of last year, an LP and remix LP in early 2014, he’s pushed through the summer (pun about to be intended) with his summer single “Fly Tonight” as well as viral remixes of Rufus, The Acid, and of course, Oliver Dollar’s hit of the season, “Pushing On.”
Well, he’s back with another single this time, where he’s joined forces with the new and somewhat mysterious identity that is Trozé. It comes as very little of a shock that Jesse jumped on this tune – an infectiously simple and extraordinarily tongue-in-cheek rap about chocolate? How could one resist? Jesse lends his finely-tuned knowledge of bumping house vibes to the catchy vocal and there you have it. An absolute smash and a real stand-out house tune amongst the masses and masses of bassline house tunes that you can’t tell apart.
I dare you to not get this stuck in your head. It’s out on Monday on Jesse’s label Play It Down – which recently did a takeover of Radio1 (you can listen HERE) and just launched their DripFM channel “Community” which you can likely access the full download of “Chocolate” and other upcoming label gems.
LA Legend Thee Mike B launched his new house-ego Brillstein earlier this year on Jesse Rose’s Play It Down label with the heavy-hitting EP Back To Bed. Filled with six tracks that perfectly capture Brillstein’s style of big, punchy house drums and hip-hop / old-school influences, the Back To Bed EP allowed for a ton of room and direction from the remix front. After Play It Down’s previous remix package (Jesse Rose’s The Whole Twelve Remixes) delivered tracks from legends and newcomers alike from all over the globe, the Play It Down vs Brillstein remix pack comes fully stacked with an all Play It Down roster. Of course label-head Jesse Rose kicks things off with his remix of “Meelo My Bro”, recent PID champion Christian Nielsen ends it with his “Je T’Adore” remix, and a few more of the label’s rotation of producers (namely Dansson, ZDS, Prince Club, and Sqim) each put their own spin on Brillstein’s tracks. It’s a wonderful showcase of how Jesse Rose, as A&R for the label, can curate such a mix of house and techno stylings while still remaining very within the Play It Down umbrella. Inevitably members of the label know how to make a track to groove to and it’s present as much as ever with the new remix package.
As a bonus, Brillstein’s fellow LA friend and producer Matpat had his way with Brillstein’s “Environmental Produce” which they’ve given to you for your downloading and listening pleasure. You can stream all six remixes below, buy them on Beatport HERE and instantly download the Matpat remix by clicking HERE.
House music champion Jesse Rose has unleashed his first single of the year (after releasing a full length album + remix album back in February and March), and in true-to-form fashion its a very cheeky and catchy tune – this time an ode to the honorable French house scene. Out now on his label Play It Down, “Fly Tonight” is filter house in its unadulterated glory, its charm and melodies happily bonded with a stomping bassline and drums. The song, along with the super-filtered lyrics, are quite simple in their intent: let go and have fun.
“Fly Tonight” along with a dub version are available now on Beatport, everywhere digitally July 21, and on a very limited vinyl I’m sure you’re going to get your hands on if you’re an in-the-know collector of French house records. If you know, you know…
Purchase FLY TONIGHT here: http://bit.ly/flytonightbp
Play It Down, the house music label from Jesse Rose, has been churning out records over the past year and a half, when Jesse decided to take his other label Made To Play a step back to give Play It Down some shine. Since then, we’ve seen one of the label’s most frequently released artists bud and blossom into quite the producer: Christian Nielsen. His latest work, the Late Check Out EP, follows through on his previous double sided release with tropical touches on infectious grooves.
It’s prime Ibiza season, which Christian definitely shows off in the title track, “Late Check Out.” Combining beachy horns with a deep and dark rolling bassline, this fits right in with the summer heat… whether you’re sweating at Cafe Mambo by the ocean or in the dark depths of a club. Carrying on, “Can You Hear Me?” is noticeably more light… this is definitely a track where you can see the sunlight while you’re dancing. And then with the flip of a switch, the closer track “Drongo” takes you back to the night time, heavy reverbs and synths that echo and tunnel between your ears taking over as the prominent driving forces in the track. Little bit of something for everyone here. A nice little variety pack from Christian, who’s definitely coming into his own as a producer and delivering solid pieces of music that will definitely get bodies moving from AM to PM and back again.
Most Los Angelians know Mike Brillstein as a legend. Whether consciously or not, anyone who’s ever been to a club where any good music was played has likely, nay definitely vibed out to one of Mike’s sets. With fine taste and a penchant for house music, he’s finally made a serious foray into the production world with his new alter ego “Brillstein“. After his two collaborations with Jesse Rose last year, he’s venturing off on his own with a six-track mini EP, Back To Bed, which sees its initial release on Play It Down next week.
Friend of GDD (actually who am I kidding, friend of near every music person ever to do anything in Los Angeles) Mike Brillstein, known to many as Thee Mike B, has been making house music. And it’s f**king good. Over the past year we’ve seen him foray into a new moniker as Brillstein, collabing with Play It Down boss and house champion Jesse Rose on tracks like “Shuffle The Paper” and “Good Wife”. I was hearing big dudes like Loco Dice slamming Shuffle The Paper in sets for months. As Brillstein, Mike B is a heavy-hitter, keeping elements in his tracks that punch you right in the stomach and leave a mark. This year he announced his debut LP on Jesse’s label, which gets released at the end of the month. For now, he’s dropped off a new original for free download. Should be a clear indicator of the smashing direction that the LP will head in – the first track of which just premiered over on Pulse Radio.
Get the download above, and be sure to nab your copy of Brillstein’s Back To Bed LP, which comes out on Play It Down on April 29.