Ronan Portela: Berlin Mixtapes #039
We are proud to announce that we are to continue our partnership with Berlin label Monog Records. Linking up with our good friend and label owner Bruno Otranto, we will will be premiering Monog Releases over the coming months. A very exciting partnership and we can't wait to showcase the amazing sounds from this lovely imprint. This is a label that has been making waves for some time and has certainly attracted recognition and respect on the Berlin circuit.
In addition expect interviews and guest mixes from label artists as we welcome back our Berlin Mixtapes series too. Next in line is Ronan Portela who also joins Monog with a solid debut on remix duties. He boasts an equally impressive release count and support base. Ronan hails from Buenos Aires and has been producing and djing House music since the '90s. Today his music ranges from minimal tech to deep house. In 1999, Ronan released his debut album on URL Records.
Ronan is one of the main artists in South America where his music has been released on most of the prestigious labels all over the world. With a career that spans almost 2 decades, Ronan has developed many productions that goes from Lounge music and Soulful House from the early 2000’s to nowadays House, Tech House and Techno with a unique and personal style. Ronan is considered one of the biggest music projection thanks to releases on SCI+TEC, Mindshake, Agile, Foundsound, Deeperfect, Trapez, Stereo Productions, Suruba X, Traum Schallplatten, Area Remote, Bla Bla, Little Helpers and the list goes on.
His records are regularly charted and played the likes of Luciano, Richie Hawtin, Paco Osuna, Dubfire, Ricardo Villalobos, Marco Carola, Ray Okpara, Barem, Jeff Samuel, Someone Else, Joris Voorn, Stefano Noferini, Los Suruba, Uto Karem, Matthias Tanzmann, Layo & Bushwacka!, Martinez, Alex Under and many more. All of this allows him to perform in Argentina and South America’s best clubs like Crobar, Pacha and Bahrein from Buenos Aires, Soulvision Festival (Sao Paulo), La Feria (Santiago de Chile), Dragon De Barranco (Lima), Rioma (Mexico DF) as well as Europe’s clubs and festivals; Aquasella Festival (Asturias), Club4 (Barcelona), Studio 80 (Amsterdam) and Playground (Helsinki) just to name a few.
Kicking off this month's release Ronan’s remix of Free Ride takes us on a sublime, deep and minimal journey filled with trippy filtered sequences and bubbling basslines which drive the groove. Wholly infectious and perfect for the later sessions.
Get to know Ronan. We have compiled a number of fun quick-fire questions:
Genre: Tech, Deep House.
Favourite Colour: Black
Where in the world are you: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Released on other labels: Foundsound, SCI+TEC, Mindshake, Bla Bla, AMA, Trapez
What do you put on your chips: Ketchup - Bacon & Cheese
First record ever bought: Adam Beyer - Recoded - 4x12 Vinyl (1997)
Apple or Android: Apple
Pioneer or Denon: Pioneer
Ableton or Logic: Ableton
Can you juggle: Never tried!
Weirdest/Coolest Item of clothing: 70’s duffel coat
Favourite place to hang out in: Somewhere with nature around
Best club: Watergate, Berlin
Favourite Bar/Pub: Avant Garten, Buenos Aires
Best Beer: IPA
Favourite place to eat: Home
Coffee or Tea: Both!
Favourite sweet/chocolate bar: Dark chocolate
Favourite Footy Team: I prefer Tennis!
Favourite animal: Cat
Favourite Track right now: Jamahr - Urza [Captea]
Favourite labels right now: Telum, Oscillat, Hoarder, Circa Groove
Favourite words: Improve
3 words to describe your mix: Energetic. Hypnotic. Optimistic.
Out 18 June on Beatport
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1. Saktu - Foker Plat (Jerome.c Remix) [Circa Groove]
2. Alex Dam & Zambiancki - Break In [Circa Groove]
3. Anton Borin - Free Ride (Ronan Portela Remix) [Monog Records]
4. Jamahr - Urza [Captea]
5. Charlie Florez - Elefous [Kosmophono]
6. Direkt - Vitamin [Subtil]
7. Thorkell Máni - And Again [Conceptual Deep]
8. Jacobo Saavedra, Jay Nortown, JNJS - First Contact [Honne Music]
9. Ronan Portela & Leo Portela - Transients [Unreleased]
10.Rei Calero - Martins Court (Mihai Pol Remix) [Fast Lane]
11.Kroove - Neptune String [Modulated Frequency]