Posts Tagged ‘Haaksman’


Friday, February 27th, 2015

Daniel Haaksman just celebrated the one hundredth volume of his weekly radio show Luso FM on German public radio station Funkhaus Europa. In little more than two years, despite being presented in German language, Luso FM has become a global reference to new sounds and artists from countries such as Angola, Brasil, Portugal, Moçambique and Capo Verde.

In Luso FM #100, Daniel presents the most played songs and talks about guest mixes and the rising wave of cutting edge sounds and grooves from the Portuguese speaking world which developed largely unnoticed outside the Anglo-Saxon dominated, online media world we live in. Over it´s one hundred show stretch, Luso FM presented genres like Kuduro, Baile Funk, Tecno Brega, Funana, Kizomba, Ku House, Favela Trap or Pandza and displayed the music´s countless trans-atlantic relationships and diasporic roots. One hundred volumes of Luso FM have shown that music from the lusosphere (“Luso” meaning “Portuguese speaking” (anaolgous to Francophone for French speaking)) has become an important force in global dance music to reckon with. If you missed out any past shows, check out Daniel´s Luso FM playlist on Soundcloud which contains 97 of the 100 last presentations. Man Rec says Big Up!


Tuesday, May 14th, 2013


2012 was a busy year for Man Recordings boss Daniel Haaksman. First, he started his own weekly radio show „Luso FM“, focussing on eletronic dance music from the Portugese speaking world, i.e. countries like Angola, Brasil, Mozambique or Portugal on German public radio „Funkhaus Europa“.

Parallely, Daniel produced remixes for Kry Wolf, Lord Nelson, So Shifty, Makina Del Karibe and Bonde Do Role?, and also released his “Rambazamba Remixed” album, plus his much acclaimed compilation of Brasilian Tecno Brega. In between, Daniel travelled the globe DJing, including Angola to play at “Unia?o Electronica” festival. While out clubbing in Angola ?s capitol Luanda, Daniel instantly fell in love with the city ?s local house sound.

The Luanda house sound is called Ku House (a mixture of Kuduro and House). The „Ku“ in „Kuduro“ (literally meaning „hard ass“) stands for booty. Besides, Angolan house is in dialogue with local music styles as well as the South African style of house music. Far from the raging, raved up vibes of current European ghetto club music, Angolan house tunes add a subtle form of deepness, mixed with frantic beats and hypnotic Portugese vocals.

Thus for his brand new single, Daniel teamed up with Angolan singer and culture impressario Core?on Du? and produced “Lemba”, originally a Semba tune on a lavish woman named Lemba. Core?on Du? is the brains behind the popular Angolan reality-style dance competition programme „Bounce“, also running „Os Kuduristas“, an internationally travelling roadshow programme promoting Angola’s unique kuduro style of rapping and dancing.


„Lemba“ is a unique Berlin-Luanda cooperation of Afro house made with a minimalist Berlin twist. Featuring a plain, percussive beat, a speaker busting sub-bass, a subtle arpeggio and the beautiful voice of Core?on Du?, this stripped down track has all it takes to become the big cross-culture club tune of spring 2013. This is a tune that could easily be played both at Berlin ?s Berghain club and Berlin ?s street carnival, the “Carneval Of Cultures”. Yes, it ?s both for house heads and barefoot dancers.

But then that ?s what Daniel Haaksman ?s music is always about: Establishing cultural bridges and sonic exchanges, incorporating the legacy of European bass music, while keeping a keen eye on the dancefloor. Drop “Lemba” and you ?ll feel Daniel Haaksman ?s vision.

Listen to it here:

DJ Feedback:

Laurent Garnier: “Great stuff!”
Riva Starr : “Bravo, Daniel”
Sinden: “Love Haaksman stuff”
Roundtable Knights: “First time I hear about Ku House and I love it!”
Foamo : “Whoa, love this!”
Oliver $: “This is a hit!”
Acid Washed: “Beautiful, this is big!”
Toshio Matsuura (UFO, Tokyo) : “Nice step!”
Shirkhan (Exploited): “Hot stuff, will play this!”
Schlachthofbronx: “Yeah, Haaksman in house!”
So Shifty : “Lemba goes hard, great vocals!”
Isa GT: “Amazing direction, Daniel. Tired of noisey stuff. This is both stylish and heavy!”
Scottie B: “Great!”
Bert On Beats: „Love it!“
Wildlife!: “Dope!”

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013


This week´s Luso FM presents new tracks and remixes by Tosca feat. Lucas Santtana, Schlachthofbronx, Switch, DJ Comrade, Milangeles, André Abujamra and many others.


Friday, November 16th, 2012

Erick Rincon, Sheeqo Beat and DJ Otto, aka 3Ball MTY, the 3Ball super group from Monterrey, Mexico, won a Latin Grammy as “Best New Artist” last night in Las Vegas. Big congrats from us, Man Recordings has been long time supporting the three, we released Erick Rincon and Sheeqo Beat 3Ball remixes already in 2010 and 2011. Listen again to the interview we made with their impressario Toy Selectah two years ago for our podcast Man FM, and their stunning 1.5hr DJ set.

To celebrate the Latin Grammy for 3Ball MTY, we give away for free the Erick Rincon remix of Daniel Haaksman´s “Hands Up” feat. Seguindo Sonhos:


Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

I recently met Diplo in Berlin, while he was promoting his “Major Lazer” album for German media. German club culture magazine “Groove” features a full page on our meeting in their “Nimm Zwei” (“Take Two”) series. Here´s the translation:

Not far from the ambassador´s quarter in Berlin, two music ambassadors meet to exchange news and music. Names like Schlachthof Bronx or Justin Martin start to fly as Wesley Pentz, a.k.a. Diplo, 29, meets his colleague Daniel Haaksman, 40, boss of Man Recordings, to talk about the current state of Germany´s music scene. Satisfied, both conclude that the children of Kraftwerk open up their ears – and sample banks – to phenomenons such as Kuduro, Cumbia to Funk (Rio) to Funky (London). Haaksman lives in Berlin, Diplo is in town to talk about “Guns Dont´t Kill People, Lazers Do”, which he co-produced together with Switch.

Interview by Eric Mandel

Daniel, four years ago you invited Diplo to play at Berlin´s 103 club, and only a dozen people showed up. How would that be today?

DIPLO: Our small scene doesnt get much press. We are pretty much invisible, coz loads of things are based on file sharing. Daniel is here in Berlin, in England there´s Mumdance or Jammer, Crookers in Italy, Al-Haca in austria. We all do pretty much the same, an eclectic sound, we´ll never fit into one box. So we stay in contact, share music and support each other. The dub step guys don´t like Rusko and the old techno heads hate Crookers, because their tracks don´t peak after five minutes but after 45 seconds, haha. We are all pretty much fans of each other.

HAAKSMAN And this has reached a critical mass now. 2006 you could count the people involved in this scene on one hand. Now you have Crookers topping the pop charts worldwide, M.I.A. broke with “Paper Planes” and a new generation of club kids was raised on a sound that gives you an alternative to the ubiquious sound of house and techno played all night long. Those kids have an eclectic music taste, and this includes everything from rock, cumbia, reggaeton, ghettotec, whatever. Many of the elements that are relevant in techno – sound engineering, technology, long blends in mixing – are not relevant in this music. The idea of an spiritual expierence or states of trance on the dancefloor are not important for our audience, it´s all about pure energy. Styles like kuduro or baile funk inspired people like us with new ideas. Thus we became ambassadors which bring people from Brasil or Angola over here and put those people into contexts both in production and labels.

DIPLO It´s necessary, otherwise it´s just world music for older intellectuals. But it´s both ways: DJ Znobia from Angola recently sampled Switch. DJ Sandrinho samples Baltimore beats for his baile funk parties in Rio.

HAAAKSMAN Earlier, there was only very little musical exchange between Angola and BRasil. Now you have the anthem of Flamengo as a Kuduro remix from Angola. People can jump the artificial barriers today that the old media structures, the major labels or media company used to rule. Today, people can directly exchange ideas and music, and it´s all thanks to the internet.

DIPLO It´s kind of weird for me to see that Berlin is only getting it now, as Berlin is considered to be Electro-City. When I grew up in Miami I had this 2 Live Crew record, there was this track called “We Want Some Pussy (Live In Berlin)”, and it sounded as if they were playing in front of 20.000 people. I thought they were the biggest thing in Germany. I mean you guys had Kraftwerk, they invented the damn beat!

HAAKSMAN Yes, but here it went completely different ways. When Bambaataa used “Trans Europe Express” he created the electronic version of afro-american funk. In the U.S. this led to both Detroit techno and Miami bass. Electronic dance music in Germany wasnt very much influenced by “Planet Rock”, only when later, in it´s bastard child versions of Detroit techno or Chicago house. In Germany in contrary, e.g. DAF, was pretty straight and totally “white”. This preference has remained until today in large parts of the German dance music scene. There´s a few islands across Germany which follow afro-american music innovations, but the majority is completely self-centered. All the afro-american music innovations of recent years – bmore, chicago juke, etc. – werent registred over here. The same is for bubbling from Holland, which comes from a very vibrant black community.
DIPLO It´s great to mix with hard stuff, but by now it has become a no-word because for many years it has become really trendy. It´s a mix of Caribbean reggae and Dutch house, right in the middle.

You two have an ear for regional phenomenons. What is on your radar these days?

HAAKSMAN There´s hundreds of local dance music styles that are still to discovered. Tecno brega from Manaus for example. I´m currently into UK funky. Many of the UK funky guys come from Grime and they were fed of the clicheed strings and MCs. It´s sort of the UK answer to the breakbeat thunderstorm which poured over UK in recent years in forms of Kuduro, Soca, Baile Funk, Juke and Bmore.

DIPLO They want money, hehe! To be honest, I like UK funky, some of the instrumentals are great, like K.I.G.´s “Head, Shoulders, Kneez & Toez” has a good flow. But the majority of tracks sound to me like a cheap version of Bugz In The Attic. And when there´s “African” vocals, like (singing) “I play my conga”, then it sounds like the stuff my mother listens to when she visits a world music club night. At the same time it´s a mixed scene, with black and white kids, and that´s cool with me.

Read the original interview in German in Groove Magazine #119. Out now.