Karl Guest’s bi-weekly feature ‘The Guest List’ is back… Every two weeks we ask Karl to pick 10 of his favourite and upcoming releases, written by Karl Guest himself.
Karl is one of the few Dublin DJs that’s equally talented in playing house and techno alike, constantly altering his style from gig to gig, similarly to what he chooses to listen to – he’s had a busy year championing nights all over Dublin and at festivals all over the country, so we’re glad we could catch him to share his versatile taste with all of us.
Without further adieu, here’s Karl’s picks of the week…
1. Pink Skull – Vr4l4r
Insult To Injury are back with a new EP courtesy of the Berlin duo Pink Skull. The lead track ‘Vr4I4r’ is a slow acid banger laced with distorted machine noise alongside deep drum hits and crunchy claps. This track is a real slow burner and as it progresses, the acid bass develops and so too does the metallic synth that lies over it.
2. The Micronauts Ft. Mohini Geisweiller & Mike Theis – Dirt
The Micronauts is the side project of French DJ/Producer Christophe Monier. He uses this alias as an outlet for his leftfield takes on house and techno. The album ‘Head Control Body Control’ is the third he’s released under ‘The Micronauts’ moniker. This track is really melodic and layered with synths, glockenspiels and clever sound design making the track unpredictable and harmonically rich. It’s all topped off by the euphoric vocal gliding over the top.
3. Jayda G – The Voice In Your Head
This track from Canadian producer Jayda G was the first track in Stamp The Wax’s charity Advent Calendar for 2018. The tune itself is deeply atmospheric with jazzy drum breaks, resonating piano chords and ethereal vocal chops throughout
4. Carlton Doom – Necrodancer
Belfast producer Carlton Doom is back with a blistering four track EP of up front, banging electro. The lead track ‘Necrodancer’ has been making waves throughout the techno community with it’s jagged synth bass, broken beat patter and tight snares adding lots of energy to the piece. A haunting synth melody drifts in and out giving the track an eerie feel. The whole EP is a solid 10/10 and I’m really looking forward to seeing what he has in stores for us next.
5. Midlands League & Ward – BMW Region
Midlands League have had some of their music featured on here before and we’re big fans of the Portlaoise duo. They recently teamed up with Ward, one of the Anti Social Acid Club founders and the result was this… A blistering techno track that’s guaranteed to ignite dancefloors.
And if that wasn’t good enough, it’s also free!
6. Dusky – Staunch (KETTAMA Remix)