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.

Rey Aguilar - By All Means (bodytalk)

The bodytalk label, founded in Austin, Texas by Rey Aguilar and Joel Salas Jr., presents its debut single, “By All Means.” Produced by the aforementioned Rey Aguilar, “By All Means” is feel-good house music reminiscent of a sunny Monday afternoon at Ibiza’s infamous DC–10. It features a timeless organ bass line and a sultry vocal, and comes laced with sensory percussion speaking to the bodies on the dance floor. The first remix comes in two ‘re-envisions’ from renowned Orlando-based DJ and Fade Records proprietor Chris Fortier. The original’s organ is emphasized in a forthright single note frenzy with wicked snares topping off stuttered kicks and unforgiving deep sub frequencies. Fortier’s second mix is an ‘organ-less’ version that offers more room to breathe. The final remix comes by way of the Stranjurr Imprint’s very own Chris Luzz who dives deeper, using pads to create the needed space for a jacking bass riff. “By All Means” a necessary new single.

Atnarko - “Nice one … Chris Fortier is banging it!”
CJ Mackintosh - “The original is nice.”
Hippie Torrales - “Nice old school feel.”
Tom Conrad (Adaptation Music) - “The original mix with its early ’90s vibe will be a sure-fire hit on the dance floor.”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - “I’m liking the Chris Luzz remix here … nice bouncy bass groove.”
Louis Hughes (6th Sense Music) - “Classic groove and big sounds. Liking this a lot!”
Michael Fossati (Spirit of House) - “What a truly mesmerizing slice of late-night deepness by Chris Luzz.”
Norbert Borchers (House Sound of Hamburg) - “Damn - whats this? Very kicking ‘90s house sounds!“
LavaLava (SubCity Radio, Glasgow) - ”Big vibes on this! The Chris Luzz remix is great but I absolutely love the title cut … a total peak-time track.“
Bogdan Taran (Dance Box Radio Show, Latvia) - ”Lovely, clubby organ chords and house vibe.“
Joey Silvero (Distant People) - ”Cool throw back style … I’m always a sucker for this vibe. Chris Luzz also brings a slammin’ mix.”
DJ Lolly (Freek FM / Ruff Diamond) - “All the tracks here are fire. Big.”
CheckPoint Charlie (MyCuppaT) - “Old school vibes with a lovely modern, heavy bass twist. Very playable!”
Velanche (Velanche’s Playtime Radio Show) - “A very good single. I really enjoyed the original, and Chris Fortier’s mix just smashes it. I can’t wait to blend his remix in!”
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) - “I can’t say ‘no’ to the percussive club sound of the original but it’s the tight rhythm and classic deep underground power of the Chris Luzz remix that I need the most of here.”

Available now from Beatport and Juno Download.