DJ Mix: Chris Fortier Live at The Basement

Atnarko's Viva Recordings single "This Feeling" has been remixed by Chris Fortier under his Approved Electronic Device moniker, taking the tune down a deep, tribal path and eliciting many late night DJ set inclusions. One of those sets is this recent one from Chris Fortier himself, recorded live and featuring his remix at the mid-point. Have a listen and check out Chris's thoughts at the bottom of the page:

Track List:

  1. Ability II - Pressure (Luca Lozano Remix) (Major Problems)
  2. Sossa - Dust (Mobius Strum Remix) (Chronovision)
  3. Kevin Yost - Message Of Peace (i Records)
  4. Ananda Project - Free Me (Doug Gomez Merecumbe Soul Drumz Mix) (Nite Grooves)
  5. 3lias & Ali Ajami - Audio Culture (John Debo Remix) (Mindwarp)
  6. Aniie - Desert God (Kimball Collins & Rudiment Remix) (Magician On Duty)
  7. Atnarko - This Feeling (Chris Fortier Remix) (Viva Recordings)
  8. atish - Peculiar Colors (Dance Spirit Remix) (Manjumasi)
  9. Jay Tripwire - Down With The System (promo)
  10. Cosmonauts - Ramble (LNOE)
  11. Depeche Mode - Where's the Revolution (Patrice Baumel Remix) (Columbia)
  12. BOg - 0901 (Bedrock)
  13. Approved Electronic Device – Sleight Of Hand (unsigned promo)


Chris Fortier on this DJ mix: "This is a recording of a recent gig. It's the first hour of a set that builds over three hours. I am always trying to showcase the best new music and sounds that I can, trying to inspire the dance floor and myself. There are a lot of cool tracks from artists that are fairly new as well as ones that have been staples in my sets for 20 years, like Kevin Yost and Ananda Project. The first record is a new remix of an early '90s techno classic. In the mix is a track from my first DJ inspiration, Kimball Collins, who is back to making music again in the last year and really smashing it with his partner Rudiment. Also, there's John Debo remixing things up from his Mindwarp label with his delicate touch, and so much more. Hope those that listen will get a taste of this night and find themselves getting locked into the groove."

On his AED project: "Approved Electronic Device – or AED as it is sometimes known – happened a bit by chance. After a remix under that name caught on I decided to expand on it and do a full EP as AED. It did well with DJs and press, so from there I knew I was on to something and, at the core, I dug the name. The sound is on the deeper and dubbier side of house … I have made tracks and remixes similar under my own name in years past, so it isn't anything like a new sound, but more like a fresh artist start to see where it can take me."

On Atnarko: "I have known Atnarko for 20 years now, I think. We were both in Orlando and he was making breakbeat-oriented tracks under another name. He shifted away from breaks and made his first four-on-the-floor track which I ended up signing to Fade. I was always impressed with his tracks and also that he was carving out his own sound in Orlando. My remix of "This Feeling" is part of our continuing relationship, in work and friendship. Kindred spirits, I guess."


Atnarko - This Feeling (Approved Electronic Device Remixes) is out now on Viva Recordings. Check it out HERE.

Atnarko - This Feeling (Approved Electronic Device Remixes) (Viva Recordings)

Viva Recordings revisits Atnarko’s “This Feeling” single with a remix pack from Approved Electronic Device, a nom-de-plume of underground dance music stalwart Chris Fortier. Orlando’s Atnarko continues on his rise in deep house circles, with top notch cuts in his belt for the likes of Noir, Kolour, and Robsoul and the growing renown of his Infiltr8:Celebr8 parties. Atnarko’s double A-side single “This Feeling” / “Before Sleep” – his first for Viva Recordings – garnered praise from the likes of Anthony Pappa, Phonogenic, and Pete Moss and continues to be heard in sets a year later. Fellow Orlando production don Chris Fortier has been a friend and collaborator with Atnarko since the ’90s, so it’s fitting that he tackles “This Feeling” with a remix from his Approved Electronic Device moniker. The mix begins with a deep, tribal groove that’s both crisp and beefy, accentuated with a simple but punchy bass motif. Mesmerizing stereo pads form the backbone of this cut, repeating in a dubby cycle as effected vocal drops occasionally beam into focus. Approved Electronic Device also supplies an ambient Reprise that adds lush, syncopated vocoder chords, as well as an old school-style Bonus Beats, showcasing the deeply percussive rhythm.

Shane Johnson (Fish Go Deep) – “I like the stripped back vibe of the Reprise.”
Atish (Desert Hearts) – “Thank you for this delicious meal of roasted Beats.”
DJ Harri (Sub Club – Glasgow) – “I’m liking these. Will play and support.”
Zack Hill (VinylTribe LA) – “Dope bassline and vox.”
Greg Eversoul (Elektek / Tenampa) – “I love this. Great stuff from Mr. Fortier.”
Steve 'Griffo' Griffiths aka F (Freak Da Funk Radio Show) – “Simple but effective tribal vibes outing.”
Taigo Onez (Bang Le’ Dex Radio Show) – “What a lovely release! Deep and Jackin’. Excellent.”
Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show) – “I love all 3 versions.”
DJ Osric (Black And Blue Show – Perth) – “Late night deep house goodness.”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) – “Great to see this in the hands of Chris Fortier. Wonderfully deep and hypnotic, with that distinctive crisp, punchy production. Fantastic!”

Available Now From: Beatport, Traxsource, Juno Download, And Spotify.

Joshua Iz and Atnarko - Free Your Mind (Viva Recordings)

Viva Recordings leaps forward with another appearance from Orlando dance floor warrior Atnarko, this time in cahoots with Chicago's renowned Joshua Iz for the late night bounce of "Free Your Mind". The pairing is an imposing one, as Joshua Iz has over 200 production credits to his name and his own respected Vizual Records imprint, and Atnarko has been in the game just as long, recently active with his Infiltr8:Celebr8 parties and "Lost Again", a collaboration with Noir and Lomez that was one of Pete Tong's essential tunes of the year. Together they've fused "Free Your Mind" which features distinctive touches of each producer's sound. The cut has the energy of a proper tech house floor filler while exhibiting the sultry, lush tones and mood of classic deep house. Swirling synths, a jaunty bass line, and dubbed out vocal snips all interact playfully over an insistent four-on-the-floor groove. This one's loaded and ready for prime time.

Djuma Soundsystem - "Lovely!"
Lars Behrenroth (Deeper Shades of House) - "This rolls super nice."
Mr. V (Sole Channel) - "Nice … full support."
Silky (No.19 Music / My Favorite Robot) - "Groovy!"
Inland Knights - "Liking … in rotation for sure."
Beppe Gioia (Garage Family / Unified) - "Deeeep!"
Giom (Supremus Records) - "Nice and dubby!"
Satoshi Fumi - "Love it!"
ManooZ (Housewax / Beste Modus) - "Love Joshua Iz … big fan of this man's work. Great track here, too."
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch) - "Absolutely stunning track … in the bag!"
Alvaro Hylander (DeepWit) - "Catchy, groovy makes you mooooove! Classic sound and great collaboration."
Chemars (Ginkgo Music) - "Nice and deep."
ROBOT84 (Paper Recordings / Under No Illusion) - "Classic deep chicago house … the way i lke it."
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite / Dialtone Records) - "Good one … all bouncy and hypnotic."
Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel) - "A great deep house tune. I love all the dubbiness and pulsing synths on this, and also that it doesn't take the foot off the beat at all."
Michael Fossati (Spirit of House) - "An utterly tantalizing slice of tech-soul bliss."
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) - "The title says it all – this is music to get lost in – wonderfully hypnotic house … and THAT bass line!"
Taigo Onez (The Essence Radio Show) - "This is very nice! Just the kind of warm jackin' feel needed in today's music. Excellent work by Joshua Iz and Atnarko."

Available now from Beatport, Traxsource, iTunes, and Spotify.

Atnarko - This Feeling (Viva Recordings)

Seattle's esteemed Viva Recordings imprint bounces back with an impressive two-tracker from Orlando's deep house ambassador, Atnarko. With releases on a wide spread of labels like Noir, Kolour, Robsoul, and Lazy Days Music, Atnarko has finally sealed his long friendship with the team at Viva through this first of possibly many collaborations. Both tracks on this double A-side release exhibit the dreamy, mid-tempo, bass-laden deep house that Atnarko is well known for. "Before Sleep" launches the single with an insistent bass line, enigmatic spoken vocal snippets, and groovy handclap fills. A mesmerizing bell-like motif draws the listener further inward, but it inspires quite the opposite of sleep; there will be continued late night action on the dance floor. Flip the digital dial for "This Feeling", which opens with a pensive synthesizer line as the steady four-on-the-floor kicks in. Gentle, gated vocal pads deliver a wistful hook, and the cut builds with a slightly ominous drive. This is sophisticated house music, primed for the after hours … or any waking moment.

Giom (Supremus Records) - "Yes! I love 'Before Sleep'."
Randall Jones (Audio Therapy / Baroque) - "Both of these tracks are super hot. Gonna play these out in my sets."
Anthony Pappa - "Cool single. 'Before Sleep' is the track for me here."
Phonogenic (Moodmusic / Turbo) - "'Before Sleep' is low slung and just the right kind of funky. I dig it."
Chris Fortier (Fade) - "Right on!"
Pete Moss - "Amazing release from Atnarko. 'Before Sleep' is just plain ridiculous."
Dave Storm (Cabrio Records) - "'This Feeling' has a nice and easy touch. Will support."
Luna City Express (Moon Harbour) - "'Before Sleep' is great … we'll definitely play it!"
Tini Tun (We Are Here Music) - "Cool release!"
Ivan Garci (Vlosfer Records / Deepwit) - "Nice sounds. 'Before Sleep' is a great track."
Inland Knights - "Liking both cuts … a solid release."
Scheibosan (Shanti Roots / Kraak Records) - "'Before Sleep' is a deep head-nodder … I'll play that one."
Eric Davenport (Guesthouse) - "'This Feeling' … funk, chunky, trippy stuff!"
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite / Dialtone Records) - "'Before Sleep' for me. Right skanky and addictive."
Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel Radio Show) - "Love the washy synth on 'This Feeling'. A very nice pair of tunes."
Jon Manley (hOUSEwORX Radio Show) - " Atnarko always hits the mark and this two tracker is no exception."

Available now from Beatport, Juno Download, iTunes, and Spotify.