D3EP DIGEST – Week #4

Things are starting to come full swing again as the D3EP family shake off their holiday blues and into their dancing shoes to get down and boogie to some seriously groovy house music from DJ Leandro and Doorly.

Not only that, but we dip our toes into some hypnotic acid house with Spence, and don’t forget our selected charts and podcasts that will keep you entertained all throughout the working week, in this edition of D3EP Digest.

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NEW RELEASES OUT THIS WEEK…


Leandro drops it deep and soulful for this moody remix of wicked games with the amazing voice of Natalie Poulli to compliment.


Tense piano and dramatic synths dominate in the Doorly remix of Dave Spoon’s “Sunrise.” Bringing a splash of old school to the remix, Doorly brings a feeling of ecstasy as the masterfully built up anticipation of the whole track comes washing over you with euphoric sensations built by layers of well-crafted house instrumentation.

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FREE DOWNLOAD…

Wobble & Blackart – It’s the way (Rawcus Music)

Nothing gets a party started like bumpin’ underground beats, that’s where Wobble&BlackArt come in with their latest track “Its The Way.” Their first installment with Rawcus Music, Wobble & BlackArt bring bassalicious house rhythms, energized by hyped hip-hop vocals and blistering snare drums that pump hard on the dance floor.

Carefully crafted in their studios in London and Ibiza, and tested on some of the hottest dance floors, “Its The Way” has shown to successfully capture the true spirit of the underground with it’s lively grooves and unstoppable house energy now available for free download on Rawcus Music.

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ARTWORK @ Mixmag Lab, London

By Agent D3EP

To coincide with a new but familiar residency at XOYO in Shoreditch, Artwork was invited down to Mixmag’s Friday office party for a live stream special. Our very own Agent D3EP couldn’t resist the temptation to go and dance to one of London’s finest underground artists, hey it’s a Friday, 5pm, end of the working week, what better way to start the weekend!

The dubstep pioneer and ‘Magnetic Man’ project member threw down an eclectic Disco and House set at the Mixmag lab london. Kicking things off with ‘Aragon’ by ‘Roy Ayers’ then moving into ‘Work it’ by ‘Chicago Music Syndrome’ Artwork quickly set the tone of where this set was going (late 70’s to 80’s Disco House) to a very impressionable young crowd. Tracks of note throughout the set were ‘I need Love’ By ‘Kano’, ‘Makes you Blind’ by ‘Glitter Band’ and the classy joint ‘Watch Them Come’ by the ‘Men From The Nile’ (Roy Davis Jr, Jay Juniel and Peven Everett).

Further on in the set Artwork worked up the crowd to a more classic house vibe laying down acapella’s such as ‘You Used To Hold Me’ by ‘Ralphi Rosario’ over instrumental sections then dropping the classic ‘What You Need’ by ‘Soft House Company’ followed by the ‘Marcos Cabral Edit’ of ‘Club Lonely’ which really raised the roof. Artwork then pulled out a real gem with the downtempo Disco sounds of ‘Do It Anyway You Wanna’ by ‘Cashmere’ to close off a real masterful set.

Headline DJs will be joining Artwork for his XOYO residency throughout the thirteen Friday nights until 30th March 2018, inviting the likes of Peggy Gou, Derrick Carter, Jackmaster, Donna Leake, T.E.E.D, Derrick May and Kenny Dope as well as others. Stay tuned and keep your eyes peeled as ‘Agent D3EP Undercover’ cannot wait to swing by one or two of these sessions to see how these artists delve into their record bags.

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Getting D3EP with Spence…

How have you been? Any big music plans this year?


My focus is on music production. I just finished a remix that will be released on Black Vinyl (UK) and my 2nd EP for Bassment Tapes Records (Chicago) is slated to be released in the first quarter of this year. I’m working on more original productions & remixes and I’ve received interest from various labels so my goal for this year is to continue to improve as a producer and have releases on multiple labels. 

As for DJing, I haven’t approached a promoter to get a gig in over 2 years but I continue to get booked about 8-12 times a year by people who dig what I do. That works fine for me.

In your opinion, what labels or artists should we be paying attention to in 2018?
I love the way Fizzikx merges modern house with classic elements, and Jizz is another exciting new producer I like. Other artists to watch in 2018 include Castro (SA), Chujo, Cällvin, Torrfisk (aka Scrubfish), T Mixwell, Kid Enigma, Ed Nine, Rubb Sound System, Mazi, DJ Jes, Cratebug with his edit tracks, Marc Cotterell, Gettoblaster and of course Chicago’s Paul Johnson is still cranking out tracks like a goddamn machine.

Others include Martin Depp & Pogo House Records, Przemek Byc & Pure Beats Records, Arie Mando & Crazy Monk Records, Mike Millrain & Soul Revolution Records, Louie Gomez and Jesse Rivera of Bassment Tapes Records, Taigo Onez & Bang Le’ Dex, Plastik People Record, Plastik People Digital, Hustler Trax, and Closer to Truth.

Your sets have incredible flow to them. What is the thought process behind your track selection and arrangement in the mix?
I take to heart the old DJ saying ‘Know Your Records’. For me each set is a unique work of sonic art. The energy, vibe and elements found in each track need to flow together with the other tracks in a complementary manner. I’m not just slamming tunes together in a mindless fashion. I refuse to play music I feel is disposable. I only play music I believe in, no concessions, no compromises. Bottom line: Do things from your soul because people really dig that sh*t. If you’re feeling it, others will feel it too.

You’ve been a part of the music movement in Chicago for quite some time, any favourite memories?
In 2014 the City of Chicago chose the station I created & ran (Undergroundhouse.tv, now defunct) to live stream the Frankie Knuckles Tribute Event which was held in Millennium Park the summer after his passing. It took place in front of roughly 20K house-heads and being allowed to be a part of that event was an honor and experience I’ll never forget.

Being booked to DJ at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park last summer was also pretty cool. Holding down a weekly residency for 3+ years on the ‘Masters In The Mix’ radio show on 88.1 FM/Chicago was a great experience and what was rewarding about that gig was that for years afterwards I’d be find house-heads approaching me to say how much they appreciated that I played classic, modern & deep house instead of going the easy route and playing mainstream stuff.

When and where can we hear you DJ next in Chicago?
I’m not out there playing the ‘game’ in order to get booked because I’m totally focused on having my own original productions and remixes released on various labels this year. Having said that, my next gig will be appearing with Chicago DJ’s CZ Boogie (Czarina Mirani of 5 Magazine) and DJ Lito in Cleveland Ohio on Saturday March 24th at re:bar alongside the Groovehaus Crew (which includes D3EP resident Kevin Bumpers). The UK is a possibility this year, we’ll see if it pans out. I already know I’m slotted to play a few summer events here in the Chi, and I’m sure there will also be some club bookings too. All will be posted on my social network pages and the D3EP event page as they materialize.

Listen to Spence‘s “House Dope Sessions” every Friday, from 11PM GMT on D3EP Radio Network

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D3EP In The Guest Mix…


Catch NYC House Legend JOVONN with DJ Alexia This Thursday from 2pm GMT


And Straight after that…
 Catch the West Coast Swingaz in the Guestmix with Ricky Inch from 3pm.

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PODCAST HEAT…


Celebrating the work of one of contemporary greats of deep house, DJ Si dedicates 2 hours to the James Dexter discography, featuring lush originals and remixes that take you into the deepest darkest dimension of house music. Starting off with some of James Dexter’s smoothest jams like “Never Guna Stop” and then transitioning to the massively bumpy “Only You”, DJ Si expertly guides you through some of the best in deep house today. LISTEN NOW!


Nakai brings on guests from Switzerland, showcasing a beautiful blend of deep and dark atmospheres, mixing various genres into a psychedelic journey of all the corners of house. Nakai starts off his half of the show on a slightly brighter note, with gentle melodic synths over minimalistic beats that certainly bring a unique perspective to the D3EP roster and definitely one worth checking out. LISTEN NOW!


Take a trip back with Malcom WeLove in his WeLove House podcast on D3EP Radio Network. A nostalgic trip down soulful lane, populated with a brilliant mix of chunky grooving house beats contrasted with jazzy vocal house that have funk, disco, and soul influences shine. The WeLove House show will certainly turn your mood around with all it’s uplifting energy perfectly crafted into 120 minutes of house music bliss.
 LISTEN HERE!

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CHART ACTION…


Ricky InchIn Times Like This 2018
Smooth, deep and soulful selections handpicked by Ricky Inch, check out this top ten for 2018.


Jason SearsJanuary Top 10
Ten definitive soulful jams from Jason Sears picked for your ears.

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