This week, thanks to our connections at Example Media UK, we are bringing to you a mix by D.A (Daniel Clarke aka Urban Enigma), who is the head honcho of NexGen Music Group.
Founded in 2001, NexGen is dedicated to the creation of groundbreaking musical compositions, as well as introducing new audiences to the depth and diversity within the dance and electronic music genres. The label showcases multiple musical styles including Downtempo, Soul, Funk, Chill-Out, Nu/Future Jazz, Experimental, Electronica, Dubstep, House, and Drum and Bass.
Many thanks to D.A from NexGen Music Group for this mix, and thank you to Example Media UK for supporting and linking us up with their roaster and artists.
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Kongkast # 203 – feat. NexGen [Mixed by D.A] (NexGen Music Group)
01. ‘Hold On Me’ – Physical Illusion (Fokus)
02. ‘Harlem Nights’ – Koto (NexGen)
03. ‘Second Chance’ – Kyro (NexGen)
04. ‘Escape the Race’ – Qumulus (Bootleg)
05. ‘Downshifting’ – Fluter and Funclock (NexGen)
06. ‘Something About Love’ – Physical Illusion and Sunny Crimea (NexGen Plate)
07. ‘Hey Lady’ – Sevin (Dub)
08. ‘Affectionizm Pt.1 – In My Bed Remix’ (feat. Dru Hill) – D.A (NexGen)
09. ‘Underdark’ – Against and Stereotype (Icarus Audio)
10. ‘Joint’ – Cutworks (NexGen)
11. ‘Left Unsaid’ – SGNL and Alcrani – (Bios Recordings Dub)
12. ‘Dreaming’ – D.A (NexGen Plate)
13. ’714 Sunny Brooklyn’ – Dynamic and Blade (Dub)
14. ‘Soul Harmony’ – Physical Illusion and Sunny Crimea (NexGen Plate)
More info about D.A :
D.A (Daniel Clarke aka Urban Enigma) is an international musician, producer, and industry entrepreneur. Born in White Plains, NY, but emigrated to South East London as a small child. His formative years in the UK involved listening to and DJ’ing on London’s pirate radio airwaves and deeply immersing himself in the Rave, Hardcore and Breakbeat music scenes of the era.
D.A cut his teeth as a teenage bedroom producer. By day he produced TV commercial/advertising jingles for famous British brands, and by night was relying on his gregarious nature to talk his way into legendary venues such as the Ministry of Sound, Hippodrome (nights run by DJ Chris Paul), Astoria and Equinox, rubbing shoulders with what some would now regard as many of the ‘founding fathers’ of the Breakbeat, Jungle, and later Drum & Bass scenes. Seeing this new musical experience unravel and develop right before his eyes, D.A immediately fell in love, and pledged a vow to become deeply involved as a facilitator and influencer in underground music.
Between 1995 and 1999 D.A locked himself in his studio for a 4 year stint while also completing his Audio Engineering degree at the flagship SAE Music Institute in London. His first dabble with music management was setting up the ‘Dire Productions’ – a record label which later became NexGen Music. During this self-imposed ʻlock-inʼ period, D.A explored and experimented with producing and discovering new music styles. A pivotal moment during his retreat was the discovery of a CD compilation in a 1998 issue of DJ Mag. The compilation contained quality tracks by top artists in the Downtempo, Chill and Deep House genres. Labels represented on the CD included Chez, Naked Music and Nu Wave Music. These new influences expanded D.Aʼs nascent musical horizons, inspiring him to expand into genres including like Downtempo, Chill-out, Nu / Future Jazz, Deep House, Tech House, Electro, and later Dubstep.
In 2001 D.A rebranded the label as ‘NexGen Music’ with a threefold mission – to showcase the depth and diversity of the electronic music genre and sub-genres; to counteract the barriers-to-entry D.A had personally experienced with other record labels as an aspiring producer; and to provide a community for experimentation and collaboration between new and established talent.
This approach soon had NexGen representing leading industry producers and DJs like: DJ Chris Paul, creator and promoter of Orange Raves, one of the UKʼs biggest Jungle/Rave organizations, and the producer of ʻTomʼs Dinerʼ by Suzanne Vega, as a member of the band DNA which hit #1 on the singles charts in 3 countries, #2 on the UK Singles charts, and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other legends NexGen represents include Earth Leakage Trip ʻELTʼ (Neil Sanford & Tony Lobue), one of the original pioneers of Hardcore and Techno with their inaugural release of the ʻPsychotronic EPʼ on the award-winning Moving Shadow record label back in 1991. ELT have also made appearances on Rising High Records and Orbitalʼs ʻBack To Mineʼ Collection.
In 2003 D.A moved the label across the Atlantic spending several years in Brooklyn, NY, prior to relocating to Washington, DC. With an expanding catalogue of musicians and artists, D.A successfully secured a number of placements for NexGen music across film, TV and the interactive entertainment industries. Clients include the BBC, Lionsgate Films, OTC Films, and major TV shows including Top Chef.
D.A has become an active figure within the Washington, DC nightlife scene, in-demand as both an industry spokesman, DJ and producer. He has appeared as a panelist at various industry conferences, and has forged partnerships with nationally recognized DC music brands like the 930 Club, U Street Music Hall. D.A is also a regularly sought after entertainment DJ current signed to the renowned Andy Kushner Entertainment, and Everything Entertainment corporate and special event agencies. He also co-organizes the rapidly growing DC Electronic Dance Meet- Up Group. The group has a network of over 1,500 members and is at the nexus of DCʼs vibrant electronic dance music community in Washington, DC. The groupʼs inclusive, “no ego” philosophy provides fertile ground for the areaʼs ever-expanding dance music scene.
D.Aʼs entrepreneurial ambitions grow day by day, however, each success reminds him to redouble his commitment to creating a local and international family of NexGen musicians, artists, and producers.
More info about NexGen Music Group:
NexGen Music is an established worldwide independent record label with more than a decade of history behind its innovative approach to the fusion of live, vocal and electronic music.
The label is dedicated to the creation of groundbreaking musical compositions, as well as introducing new audiences to the depth and diversity within the dance and electronic music genres. The label showcases multiple musical styles including Downtempo, Soul, Funk, Chill-Out, Nu/Future Jazz, Experimental, Electronica, Dubstep, House, and Drum and Bass.
NexGen Music was founded in London in 2001 amidst the burgeoning UK dance scene. The label relocated to New York City in 2003, and is now headquartered in Washington, DC. It represents pioneering artists and musicians from across the globe, and supplies music for the television, motion picture and interactive entertainment industries. NexGen has also completed music projects for organizations like: BBC, Lionsgate, and OTC Films, securing placements in musical compilations and highly-rated major film and television shows in the UK & US.
NexGen Music is an artist-centric brand committed to creating a forward-looking, inclusive and multi-faceted musical community. Its personalized service includes worldwide distribution, promotion and marketing, alongside top-quality production services and one-on-one industry consultations. The label fosters a philosophy of artistic growth, collaboration and experimentation, uniting promising new talent with established industry musical magicians.
Founded by musician, producer and industry entrepreneur Daniel Clarke, also known as D.A aka Urban Enigma, as a producer Clarke, quite often referred to as “the backroom genius” has remixed and collaborated on projects spanning a wide array of genres, and alongside some of the most influential and successful artists and musicians in the world today. His transatlantic music experience has armed him with unique insights into the industry, empowering the label to showcase local, regional and national acts and events to an international audience.
NexGen Music strongly believes in the values of localism and community. The label is very active in the Washington, DC nightlife scene, and has collaborated and partnered with nationally known music venues such as the 930 Club and U Street Music Hall, as well as events like the 88DC, Forward DC Festival. NexGen is also a Co-Organizer and sponsor of the DC Electronic Music Meetup Group, with a current following of over 1800 active members.
NexGen Music is not content to rely on past successes. Charting a bold course with an ambitious vision for the future – the label plans to focus on greater expansion and increased experimentation, whilst remaining anchored in its core values of artist communication and creative development.
Posted: September 9th, 2013 under Drum & Bass, News, Tunes & Mixes.