Making his Hot Creations debut is Belfast's Phil Kieran with 'Make A Change’, with Nathan Barato and Matrixxman on remixes. Acting as a teaser, this release is the precursor to Kieran's forthcoming album ‘Blinded By The Sun’ on Jamie Jones and Lee Foss' label in October. For over a decade Kieran has dedicated his career to producing and DJing, resulting in a decent reputation for the music he makes.
South African producer MUZI is set to release his debut album ‘Boom Shaka’ on his own imprint WE.THE.BUNDU via !K7. Tipped by Stormzy, Diplo, The Prodigy, Rinse FM, Noisey, iD, and more, MUZI is apparently one of the hottest DJ/producers emerging from South Africa’s burgeoning electronic music scene. He recently relocated to Berlin, a move that aims to take his sound to Europe and beyond. The album showcases his fusion of hip hop, electronica, kwaito (South Africa’s homegrown club sound), and traditional Zulu music.
American electronic DJ duo The Chainsmokers recently announced they will be performing a second live date at Electric Brixton on Thursday 21 October 2016 following their now sold out show on 20 October. The act also sold out their live show at Heaven earlier this year. The young New York DJ/producer duo, consisting of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, has possibly become one of the hottest electronic music act worldwide in 2016.
Oliver Heldens is possibly one of the electronic scene’s brightest stars and it was recently announced that he will return to London on Saturday 10 December for a show at Electric Brixton. From the age of 17 Oliver’s career path was set, when his track ‘Gecko’, which he produced in his bedroom studio, caught the attention of one of Tiësto, who signed it to his own label Musical Freedom.
You could say that Duke Dumont is major figure in modern dance music, with a double platinum track in his back catalogue, a straight run of five US #1 records and two UK #1s. Having stormed the UK charts in 2013 with his single ‘Need U (100%)’ and following up with a string of singles that worked as well on the radio as they did in the clubs, Duke Dumont then proceeded to crack the US with success.
Five years after Benny Benassi released his album ‘Electroman’, the Italian has just released his new album ‘Danceaholic’ on Ultra Music. The 15-track offering serves up a blend of old and new, consisting of reworks of previously released tracks and new tunes as well as collaborations with both longtime dance veterans and up-and-coming artists.
With festival season now well underway, dance music fans will possibly be looking forward to Creamfields next month. The festival rolls into town to take over the Cheshire countryside for four days of beats, bass and festival fun on the August Bank Holiday Weekend of 26th, 27th and 28th. The festival also recently announced more acts for the event.
Zeds Dead recently announced their debut album, ‘Northern Lights’, which will feature an array of collaborations including Pusha T, Diplo, Elliphant, Twin Shadow, Rivers Cuomo, Jadakiss, Styles P and more to be revealed. The record will be released on the duo's newly formed Deadbeats label in September.
Kittball releases reworked versions of classic house hit ‘The Rub’ by Kurd Maverick featuring remixes from DJ Fronter and label owners Tube & Berger and Juliet Sikora. ‘The Rub’ has seen much support from the upper echelons of electronic music, becoming Pete Tong’s ‘Essential New Tune’ accolade back in 2006, not to mention support from the likes of Carl Cox, Loco Dice, Marco Carola, Erick Morillo and Josh Wink.
Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound recently released its ‘Ibiza 2016 Sampler’ featuring a cross-section of talent from across the globe. With recent material from the likes Sante, Leftwing & Kody and Booka Shade the imprint aims to establish itself as a driving force for contemporary house music. Here, the label focuses on the height of the Ibiza season with a new sampler shining light on some possibly up and coming talents.
Chris Bekker is the sound architect for Mercedes-Benz, NHOW Hotels and VisitBerlin, plus he’s the resident DJ for Berlin’s Kitkat Club, regular sound-tracker of fashion designer Guido Maria Kretschmer’s runway shows and remixer of artists such as Giorgio Moroder and Paul van Dyk. He’s also the owner of klang ID sound agency and lecturer in Neuro Marketing & Sound at two of Berlin’s top universities.
Singer, songwriter and producer, Cade, recently released the official music video for his debut single, ‘Care’, via Spinnin' / Source and in just over a week, the 19-year-old's song that he created with roommate Trevor Dahl (of Cheat Codes) had accumulated over 200,000 streams online. Now, Cade returns to deliver the visual treatment, adding a new layer of artistry to the R&B-infused number ahead of his forthcoming EP.
Having found its home on the label just a few months back, Hannah Wants’ Toolroom debut ‘Just’ recently made a return with two remixes from Toolroom nu-skool artists; Ben Remember and Illyus & Barrientos.
On 27 August, BigCityBeats and the DJ Magazine two-time Number 1 DJ in the World, Hardwell, are joining forces once again. In the Hockenheimring in Germany the BigCityBeats Virtual World Club Dome will celebrate the final concert of the "I AM Hardwell - United We Are" World Tour.
Transitions is apparently London’s only beach festival which combines extreme sports with DJs and artists. Reachable by one direct train from London Waterloo, the festival gives city dwellers the chance to escape to an island surrounded by lakes, sandy beaches, summer vibes, DJs and live-acts.
Music For Dreams recently announced the digital and limited edition vinyl release of ‘Volume 1’ by Ambala, on Friday 22 July 2016. The debut artist album project by original Café Del Mar DJ and record collector, Phil Mison aka Cantoma, showcases his other side with Phil’s club and house music productions in the spotlight.
Signalling a focus towards the strength of his label and artist development, Hot Since 82 is set to launch a new album series “8-track”. Producer, label head and A&R Daley Padley aka Hot Since 82 will continue to nurture Knee Deep In Sound’s artist roster as they navigate their way towards full length LP studio output. The inaugural edition of “8-Track” that will bear Cristoph’s name will serve to showcase his strength as a producer in a world where house music and techno are not separated by dividers. The new series is set to hit the shelves across multiple formats in October.
Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) recently announced the launch of ADE Live, a two day showcase program taking place at Melkweg, Paradiso and Sugar Factory, where both festival visitors and industry professionals can explore the very best new electronic acts playing live. The first edition of ADE LIVE takes place on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 of October during ADE, featuring Jessy Lanza, RÜFÜS, SUUNS, River Tiber and CUT_ amongst many others.
Voting opened yesterday for the 2016 edition of DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs Poll and will close at 11.59pm BST on 14 September. The 2016 winner will be crowned at the Top 100 DJs Poll Awards on 19 October at Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall; the show is the opening night of AMF held during the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE). The event will feature DJ sets from the magazine’s world No.1 DJ, and possibly some of the biggest names in dance music. The full rundown of the Top 100 DJs Poll will take place across DJ Mag’s Twitter and Facebook leading up to the No.1 reveal at midnight CET on 19 October. The magazine will then issue its special annual edition on 27 October. The Top 100 DJs Awards Party will then take place on 22 October at London’s O2 Brixton Academy.
Hedonism Music presents ‘Ibiza Essentials Vol. 1’, a selection of unreleased tracks and mixes from artists like Teenage Mutants, Betoko, Simion and L.I.P.S. 13. The Ep kicks off with rising Belgian production duo L.I.P.S. 13 (Hannes Lootens & Filip Wotjas) who debut their emotive, deep track 'Wait & See' and look to cement their sound with this release.
Four producers from around the world come together on ‘Searching’ by Fred Everything, featuring the vocals of London songwriter Jinadu. With a trio of versions courtesy of Fred, the release opens up with the brand new Acoustic Mix, and also includes the original version and Lazy Dub. Atjazz, Deetron and Jazzuelle are on remixing duties, each exploring the deepest edges of this track in their own ways.
After apparently selling out two shows at London’s Heaven in less than 10 minutes earlier this year, Australian electronic live act, RÜFÜS, return to the UK for a show at Electric Brixton on Friday 7 October 2016. The Sydney-based group consisting of Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt have a growing UK fan base and support on radio from Annie Mac, Pete Tong and Danny Howard.
To celebrate the start of the 2016 Ibiza season – along with his own birthday – Mark Knight is giving away his latest single ‘Cough N Drop’ as a free download: a tech-house track you may well be hearing all over the White Isle and beyond in the months ahead. Like so many of his productions, the track balances a tough, tech house groove and drum programming with uplifting melodic elements.
Tim Green is back with another brace of club tunes and whether he’s serving up rolling techno tracks for Cocoon, mixes for the Body Language series on Get Physical or laying down club sets in the DJ booth, Brit Tim is doing well. Here he steps up to the Get Weird imprint with two more cuts that show just how broad an artist he is.
Late 2015 saw possibly one of Europe’s most established electronic music houses celebrate their landmark 500th release. The temptation for ‘Bonzai & Friends – 500’ to stroll through the highest heights of their catalogue - now spanning almost a quarter of a century of musical operations, was strong. The label though went ‘the other way’ and instead of backwards, looked towards the future. They tasked their producer bedrock with the creation of 50 new tracks - ones that would construct as an album as a long-player and a portrait of Bonzai.
Monumental Productions recently announced that Awakenings will expand during the forthcoming edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (from 19-23 October 2016). For the first time there will be five nights of Awakenings in the Gashouder, on the Westergasfabriek premises in Amsterdam. On Wednesday 19 October the ball will be set rolling by Len Faki, who for the first time with the brand, will present a program of his own under the name Figure Night. Also on is Blawan, Cleric, Jeroen Search LIVE, Octave One LIVE, Rodhad and Roman Poncet.
Nervo’s latest release ‘Did We Forget’ features vocals from fellow Australian Amba Shepherd and the breakup ballad serves up emotional lyrics and tribal-inspired breakdowns topped off by big-room synth progressions. It comes with an official music video that personifies the lyrics, directed by Jaakko Manninen and is shot in 360° x 180° virtual reality format.
Following Cream’s sell out shows at Liverpool Cathedral back in April which saw the dance brand collaborate with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for a erformance of dance classics, the brand recently announced its return as they bring Cream Classics to London on Saturday 10 September, taking over the O2 Academy Brixton.
With an Ibiza pre-opening already under their belt and brand new New York, Croatia, Italy and Beirut parties freshly lined up for 2016, HYTE are ready to showcase their own brand of deep and energetic techno every Wednesday at Amnesia, Ibiza. From 29 June they will be in place for 15 weeks throughout the entire summer, closing out the season on 6 October.
After its inaugural event last year, Ultra Music is expanding its presence in Singapore in September to a two-day festival experience. The upgraded event includes Phase One headliners Afrojack, Axwell^Ingrosso, deadmau5, Kygo, DJ Snake and Nero Live, and will form the third major ULTRA festival in Asia alongside ULTRA Korea, which wrapped its fifth year this month, and the upcoming third edition of ULTRA Japan, also in September.
In August Defected will host its first full festival at the Garden Resort in Tisno on the Adriatic coast. The festival is set to bring five days of pure house hedonism to this spot with a line-up of artists and DJs, featuring underground artists together with bigger-named DJs for a week of music. The label’s forthcoming release ‘Defected In The House Croatia’ represents what the festival will be all about. The compilation is in three parts, each mixed by a producer from the Defected family that is possibly making waves in the house music world right now - Kai Alcé, Crookers and Dario D’Attis, who are all key players on the bill for Defected Croatia.
Dutch DJ, Fedde Le Grand, recently marked another milestone in his career by releasing the 200th episode of his ‘Darklight Sessions’ podcast. Starting the shows over three years ago, Fedde aims to showcase the best in new house music from across the spectrum. Not limiting himself to any one sound, and giving airtime to upcoming talents from around the world, he has possibly provided a valuable stepping-stone for some of dance music’s rising producers giving recent support to the likes of Raiden, Zilverstep and Merk & Kremont.
Space Ibiza recently released an emotional video that documents the final Opening Fiesta at the legendary Ibizan venue. Recorded in Spanish and subtitled in English, the six and a half minute video of the opening party on Sunday 5 June 2016 shows the full spectrum of emotions generated from all involved in the club. Including clubbers, performers and headlining DJs this video captures it all.
Classically-trained multi-instrumentalist, Gryffin, recently released the acoustic session video for his debut single, ‘Heading Home’ featuring Josef Salvat, via Darkroom/Interscope Records. Gryffin apparently has a reputation for focusing on musicality in all of his work, so this acoustic session is a natural next step for him to further showcase his instrumental skills.
With a busy schedule in tow, Spanish tech house duo Chus & Ceballos release their latest compilation, entitled ‘Balearica 2016’. The album has been curated by the Stereo label bosses to take in a wide range of house styles that should work in a range of settings from sunset to sun up, and from outdoor terrace parties and to the more intimate clubs.
Dennis Ferrer returns to Defected with a full-length album later this year, and lead single ‘Right Thing’ is the first taste of this new project.
DJ Pippi releases his ‘Bocadillos Variados’ album on the Music For Dreams label on Friday 1 July 2016. The 12-track album features Pippi’s own style of global house music and deep soulful Balearic grooves and includes the single ‘La Serenata’ with Kenneth Bager, and track ‘So Beautiful’ featuring Barbara Tucker. The album also features contributions from producers and musicians Tuccinelli, J.L., Victor Martin (Eurythmics), Cesar De Melero, Paul Powell & Tracy.
Pirupa releases the ‘Rising EP’ this Monday on the NONSTOP label. With this production featuring Bon Homme, Pirupa is a DJ/producer who has been attracting attention over the past few years. Originating from Italy but residing in London, he has signed productions on a list of record labels including Drumcode, Crosstown Rebels, Desolat, Snatch!, Get Physical, Defected, Saved, Noir Music and many more.
On Friday 29 July, psychedelic electronic artists The Orb will perform their seminal debut album ‘Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld’ in full for the first time ever, to mark its 25th anniversary. For this special sliver jubilee gig, Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann will be joined on stage at Electric Brixton by the original cast of collaborators who helped create the music on this influential, era-defining milestone, plus a special punk icon whose music heavily influenced The Orb.
As the track titles suggest, Dave Angel wanted to go all out techno for his new release for John Digweed’s Bedrock. ‘Power’ and ‘Venom’ are two tracks to mark another return to the label from one of the key figures in the UK’s techno scene. Knowing that John is a fan of that classic 303 bassline / acid sound and had previously given a lot of support to his ‘Tomahawk’ track from the ‘Voodoo EP’ (Beddigi47), Dave felt it was time to delve deeply into the favourite toys that he’s been working creatively for the last couple of years - the TR-8 and TB-3 machines from the new Roland Aira Range, for this latest offering.
DJ Magazine (DJ Mag) recently announced the date and line up for its 25th Anniversary party at Space, Ibiza, during the venue’s final year. To celebrate the milestone anniversary, the magazine is hosting its biggest DJ Mag birthday event in Ibiza, on Thursday 30 June, and will feature DJs - Anja Schneider, Derrick May and James Zabiela, with more artists to be confirmed. The party is part of a series of celebratory parties, which have included a joint birthday with Fabio & Grooverider at Phonox in London, a DJ Mag take over at Egg LDN with Dennis Ferrer and Tania Vulcano and an industry launch at Work, London featuring Danny Rampling, James Zabiela, Danny Howells and more.
Revealed Recordings label boss Hardwell and possibly one of the imprint’s most exciting young stars, Thomas Newson, have put their production touches to a new collaborative effort entitled ‘8Fifty’. The track was written during their recent Revealed North American Bus Tour road journey and is aimed for big room spaces, which is fitting given the track also marks the 250th release on the label.
In just under two years, Outburst has attempted to make its way to the centre of trance’s agenda. It's signed breakout singles, established new artists, defined its own sound and possibly cornered its own market. It’s also proved to be catalytic in the resurgence of its initiator, Mark Sherry. Independent in approach and sound in equal measure, the label’s attracted underground artists, established names and possible legends. Among them have been the likes of Adam Ellis, David Forbes, Tempo Giusto, 2nd Phase and Aimoon, as well as artists such as The Space Brothers, Scot Project and Johan Gielen.
27 seems to be an important age. It’s when a handful of talented artists came to a premature and striking end – like Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and Jimi Hendrix. And now, Space Ibiza joins the famous 27 Club as it exits the scene that it has helped to build. It all began when Pepe Rosello first launched the club in 1989 during the second ‘Summer Of Love’, the year that Ibiza as we know it was being born, and the year that dance music took hold of youth culture across the world.
L-Wired Events and Tom Knight in partnership with Pride in London present Smirnoff Pride At Night, the official Pride after party at Electric Brixton on Saturday 25 June 2016. The event, which aims to unite the whole LGBT+ scene in the spirit of Pride, features a line up of DJs including Smokin Jo, Seamus Haji, Tasty Tim, Rich B, Mark-Ashley Dupé, Adam Turner, Lady Lola, Yvette Lindquist, Lady Lloyd, Tayylor Made, Sipz C, bICA, Cathal, with live PAs to be announced.
Having topped the techno charts and seen support from Adam Beyer, Pete Tong, Joris Voorn, Kolsch, Richie Hawtin, Anja Schneider and many more, The Enemy featuring the voice of Felix Da Housecat has possibly become one of the standout cuts so far in 2016.
Four weeks away from kicking off and after the announcement of the weekly line up scheduled for the Main Terrace, ONYX recently announced the artists who will be in charge of the music for Space Ibiza’s Sunset Terrace and who complete the program that aims to entertain techno lovers in Ibiza this summer.
Carl Cox’s ‘Final Chapter’ at Space begins next Tuesday with his 15-week farewell season kicking off on 14 June. Joining Carl on the main stage for the first event is Cadenza Records’ Luciano and Spaniard Christian Varela. Elsewhere, there’s Germany’s Matthias Tanzmann, BBC Radio 1’s B.Traits, Michel De Hey and Clara Da Costa, who hosts the Premier Etage stage with Javier Carballo and Hanfry Martinez. Plus there’s Quini!, Paul Darey, Jack De Marseille and more all featuring on the bill.
Solomun recently revealed the line-up for his +Live nights, which take place in Ibiza’s Destino and Ushuaia. The night finds the Diynamic label boss playing a set of his own, with a hand pick guest performing a live set. Each party kicks off with Igor Marijuan from Ibiza Sonica Radio at 4pm, then from 6-8pm offers a Diynamic label artist playing the warm up. Next, the live act plays from 8-9pm, then Solomun takes the reins for the final hours of the party.
After three years in the making and a lifetime of mutual respect, Defected Records welcome Todd Terry to join their list of House Masters, with an album covering all the highlights from his back catalogue. With this anthology, Todd takes his rightful place amongst the likes of Masters At Work, Frankie Knuckles, Dennis Ferrer, Bob Sinclar and Heller & Farley on the House Masters roster – artists who probably represent house music at its innovative, pioneering best.
Two Indonesian brands Potato Head and Ismaya Live collaborate again for the third annual Sunny Side Up Tropical Festival, with the event now taking place over two days at the Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak, Bali. This year's festival will offer a combination of live acts and DJs. Artists confirmed so far to appear include Disclosure (DJ), Mark Ronson (DJ), Ta-Ku, Breakbot, Sam Feldt, George Maple, Hermitude and many others.
Inspired by 2015's two-day festival in Telluride, CO - Pretty Lights will host “An Episodic Festival” - a series of multi-day events this summer and autumn, complete with a live band featuring Derek Vincent Smith, Brian Coogan, Borahm Lee, Alvin Ford Jr. and Chris Karns. Each stop will host a variety of special guests, curated by Derek Vincent Smith.
Tonight sees the start of the fifth season of Music On at Amnesia Ibiza, where Marco Carola, Paco Osuna, Stacey Pullen, Leon and Joey Daniel are charged with kicking off the first night of the techno and house adventure. On the Terrance, Marco Carola will be accompanied by Leon, an essential Music On family member since 2012. Leon has completed successful residencies with Music On Ibiza, Miami and NY, and just a few months ago the Italian DJ and producer launched his second album, ‘Rave On’, on his label Chelsea Hotel Records.
Last year marked a new era for Ibiza as the island apparently hosted its first ever electronic music festival – Creamfields, which recently announced its return on Friday 5 August. This year’s’ event will take place during BBC Radio 1’s Ibiza weekend and this year’s 10 hour party will be taking over the Space venue.
Axwell Λ Ingrosso recently revealed their video to ‘Thinking About You’, which was released last Friday. The video sees the duo make cameos in possibly a way you’ve never seen before, taking the face swap craze to an entirely different level.
elrow will be curating a stage on Saturday 3 September at Electric Zoo: Wild Island this Labor Day weekend on Randall’s Island in New York City. The brand’s arrival on Wild Island will mark the first ever stateside appearance for the Spanish party series, who were ranked as the number #11 club night of all time by Billboard magazine after apparently establishing a reputation all over Europe for throwing raucous, colourful bacchanals with high quality dance music and creative themes.
Found Festival recently announced that its official after party will be held at Electric Brixton on Saturday 11 July. Found: Later continues the party just minutes away from the festival site in Brockwell Park from 9pm for an all night session until 6am at one of Brixton's grandest venues, Electric Brixton!
Wow, what a top weekend! The first thing we love about this festival is that it’s right on our doorstep, it literally is just five minutes in a taxi away, or as experienced last night, a drunken walk home. After the top shenanigans of Saturday, where the lineup included Sven Väth, Ben Klock, Rødhåd, Laurent Garnier and SLAM, Day Two had a lot to live up to and thankfully it didn’t let us down.
The Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival celebrated its fourth edition yesterday at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum. With DJs including Sven Väth, Ben Klock, Rødhåd and Laurent Garnier plus SLAM and Gary Beck, this was a tremendous start to the May Bank Holiday weekend.
Back in the year 2000, Robbie Rivera probably became a worldwide known artist with the track 'Bang'. The single was released on multiple labels worldwide and it sold over 250,000 copies on vinyl and CD singles. 'Bang' reached Number 13 on the UK National Chart and was on rotation on major FM stations around the world.
With just one day to go, the Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival recently revealed the full festival offering including improvements that aim to make the forth consecutive Riverside Festival the best one yet. Taking place at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum, the festival features a new site layout, multiple bars and an earlier start time of 14:30. Look out too for a unique hospitality area and world class production aiming to delight over 12,000 fans on the banks of the River Clyde once again.
As the White Isle opens its doors to this year’s party-goers, Toolroom delivers their 2016 guide to what they think will be this summer’s hottest hits. Out this week, the compilation is another great insight to the UK-based label, whose head honcho, Mark Knight, continues to be one of the best DJ exponents of the label's sound.
With just over 3 months until the Defected Croatia 2016 festival in Tisno (11-15 August), Defected In The House recently announced their return to Ministry of Sound on 2 July as part of the label’s Road To Croatia series. This will be the last time the Defected family gathers in the UK before setting out for five days of house music in Croatia with 70 DJs, and follows the party at the club in April. Headlining the Box is Roger Sanchez, fresh from the release of his ‘Strictly Roger Sanchez’ compilation for Defected Records. The album is a definitive musical guide to possibly one of the world’s greatest house music figures and, with the Box being the space to hear classic house music on its sound system, expect to hear some of his back catalogue during the night.
Following last year’s series-opener from Airwave, Audio Noir accepts Bonzai’s ‘In The Mix’ baton-pass and heads up their second ‘Progressive Sessions’. Over the last few years, the Australian has built up a decent release list. Most recently, his ‘Progressive Tales 2’ EP proved to be an example of both his musical savvy and – across its three tracks - heterogeneous styling. Having released his ‘Artificial Star’ album debut last year, through ‘In The Mix 002’, he turns his attentions to another career ‘first’.
Celebrating 10 years as a label, Rekids founder Radio Slave delivers a new production with a remix from Ostgut Ton’s Marcel Dettmann. Since its birth in 2006, Matt Edwards’ Rekids has possibly played host to some of today’s most renowned names in house and techno, including the likes of Nina Kraviz, Roman Flügel, Shed and Mr. G.
Sundays At Space recently confirmed their full summer season which contains confirmed appearances from 2manydjs (Dj Set), Annie Mac, Danny Tenaglia, Dennis Ferrer, Derrick Carter, DJ Pippi, DJ Sneak , Green Velvet , Guti (Live), John Digweed, Josh Wink, Kevin Saunderson, Maribou State (DJ set), Matador and many more.
Dance music label Global Underground recently announced that on 1 July it will be releasing an exclusive limited edition “Collectors Edition” box set of the US Billboard #1 album, - ‘GU025 Deep Dish, Toronto’. Included in the package will be a 116 page hard back Toronto Travelogue Book, Limited Edition GU Postcards, GU Luggage Tag and a 24 page “Book Pack” Deluxe Version of the CD all housed in a bespoke red GU Box.
Italy’s Mauro Picotto has been involved in electronic music since the late-90s and released a handful of records via his Alchemy imprint and BXR of which he stands in as A&R and in-house producer. Here though Mauro is back on his Alchemy imprint with a new project in the shape of ‘AYALA (Can You Feel)’, a collaboration between himself and Barney Scott and on offer here is a sampler comprising three tracks from the package.
USA house artist Oscar G drops a double album on Nervous Records this week with appearances from Kenny Dope, DJ Sneak, Byron Stingily, Pablo Fierro, Oba Frank Lords, Stryke, Lazaro Casanova and Katiashe. Oscar G rose to fame (with Ralph Falcon) as one half of Murk, the Miami based brand that possibly stands along DJ entities Masters at Work and Deep Dish as America’s most enduring and impactful DJ/producer teams.
NYC's Quentin Harris makes a return with a new single with regular vocalist cohort Jason Walker, titled 'Stronger'. A song that speaks of empowerment after moving on from a toxic relationship, it finds Jason belting out a heartfelt vocal over a soulful piano led groove, with brass stabs, harmonies and Quentin's Hammond production. Def Mix’s David Morales flexes his studio skills, delivering a pumped up Muscle Mix armed with a breakdown that's laced with strings and piano, aiming for those peak-time floors.
Producer/DJ EDX received two EMPO Awards for Best Indie Dance / Nu Disco Artist and Best Remix of the Year with his Indian Summer remix of Sam Feldt's ‘Show Me Love’. In 2015, he was responsible for possibly some of the biggest tracks of the year, including his original, ‘Belong’, ‘Revered’ and his Ibiza Sunrise remix of Robin Schulz’s ‘Sugar’ that apparently went on to receive gold and platinum certifications in various countries.
Gorgon City share the next instalment of their ‘Kingdom’ release with new video for ‘Impaired Vision’ featuring Tink. & Mikky Ekko. The video, filmed in Chicago, and shot by director Will Robson-Scott offers an engaging visual accompaniment to the track, providing a contrast of colour, texture and space. Impaired Vision is the third track from Gorgon City’s ‘Kingdom‘ project, featuring one of US rap’s rising stars Tink, and it was written and recorded in the duo’s London studio with vocalist Mikky Ekko.
Danny Howard will host his own night at BCM Mallorca this summer. Taking its name from his label, Nothing Else Matters will run from 7 June right through to 13 September 2016, with Danny and guests playing every week. Danny recently launched his label through Sony RCA and the first single from 99 Souls ’The Girl Is Mine’, reached number 5 in the UK charts and probably established the label as one to watch.
Martin Buttrich has probably solidified his name as a quality underground act. Whether it be releasing his own productions or pushing eclectic new artists through his Poker Flat imprint and his co-owned Desolat recordings with Loco Dice, he has continuously pushed forward with his music. A pioneer of underground music, his endeavours cross over and translate to mainstream audiences via remixing the likes of Tori Amos (nominated for a Grammy in 2003), Madonna and Muse.
Back to Basics celebrates 25 years of parties with London crew Percolate at Oval Space this Saturday, 14 May. Headlining the event is founder Dave Beer, plus long-time residents Tristan da Cunha and 20:20 Vision boss Ralph Lawson, and close associate Clive Henry. The brand has been a weekly-now monthly-Saturday event for 25 years (1991-2016), has possibly dictated house trends in the north of England in that time, and has many parties to its name.
T in the Park festival organisers recently announced that DJ Diplo, Foy Vance, Basement, Dua Lipa, Gerry Cinnamon, Frances, JP Cooper and The Amorettes will be joining the line-up for T in the Park 2016, whilst Silicone Soul, Pan-Pot, Scuba, Jasper James and Harvey McKay complete the line-up of the Slam Tent, with James and McKay starting the party early as the Slam Tent opens on Thursday 7 July.
‘Music From Porcelain’ is the companion album to Moby’s book of memoirs entitled, Porcelain, (Penguin Press; 17 May). The album is a collection of newly re-mastered versions of classics including ‘Go!’, ‘Honey’, ‘Natural Blues’ and ‘Bodyrock’, among many others, combined with an apparently hard to get collection of classic electronic music recordings from artists from 808 State to A Tribe Call Quest. ‘Music From Porcelain’ is released 10 June on Thrive Music.
This August, Motion in Bristol will be hooking up with gay club nights across Bristol to bring an entire day of ‘underground music with plenty of sass.’ Bitch, Please! welcome Honey Dijon, who draws from a wide repertoire of musical styles and combines old skool Chicago house, disco, tech-house to tribal, funk and soul.
Possibly one of the UK’s most unique festivals, Boomtown Fair, comes to London to celebrate the summer season. Part of the ‘Boomtown Gatherings’ parties, the Mayfair London Extravaganza will takeover Electric Brixton this Saturday, 14 May.
With less than two and a half months until it kicks off, Destination Ultra – Croatia Music Week, recently announced new acts that will perform across the week. As part of Ultra Europe’s Phase Two announcement, deadmau5, Nero and Rødhåd are set to play on the Dalmatian Coast this July, with all three acts performing at the festival for the first time. Additional Phase Two support comes from Adventure Club, Apollonia, Technasia, Thomas Jack and Vicetone. The week has a real RESISTANCE™ feel to it this year, with things starting on Thursday, 14 July at the Giraffe Palm Beach House with a RESISTANCE™ themed Opening Party that will be headlined by UMEK and some of his 1605 Music Therapy label mates.
This summer is Carl Cox’s final ever season at Space Ibiza. Kicking off on 14 June, Carl returns for a record 15 weeks, with a big line up for every single party. Opening the season, Carl is joined by Luciano and Cristian Varela in the main room, whilst on the covered terrace there’s Matthias Tanzmann, Michel De Hey and BBC Radio 1’s B.Traits.
After recently rebooting his HEY! Records label, Dutchman and long time dance artist Michel de Hey serves up three new cuts this month. His ‘Basic Eggs’ EP is the latest in a slew of new releases that the label has in the pipeline. Each track from it has been road tested around Europe and has been proven to work, with the title track making it onto the official ‘Extrema Festival’ mix CD.
Carl Cox recently launched a text to donate initiative with charity music foundation Last Night A DJ Save My Life (LNADJ) in support of children in conflict zones via War Child. The text donation initiative is part of LNADJ’s fundraising campaign including a nationwide DJ contest, which will see winning DJ, Holly Louise, play with Carl at the House The House event at the House of Commons on 11 May. Holly will be the first female and youngest DJ to play in the House.
Ultra Music Festival recently announced that the first round of tickets for the 2017 event will go on sale on Monday 9 May at 1pm. Tickets will only be available to those who register and will be sold at the same prices as last year. Tickets will be available for a limited time.
Trap duo Flosstradamus are taking their HDYNATION [Pronounced Hoodie Nation] brand up a level with the launch of their label, Hi Def Youth, which will see its first release on 13 May with Party Thieves’ ‘Undrafted’ EP’. The EP includes four songs consisting of three tracks and an intro dedicated to his nephew Jon.
DJ Pierre returns to Memory Box in London on Friday 13 May. Apparently documented as the creator of acid house with his seminal ‘Acid Tracks’ as part of the group Phuture, alongside this he solely created his Wild Pitch sound, a sound which will be his set at the gig. He played his first Memory Box in July 2015 and apparently it was one of the best Memory Box parties so far.
Dutch act Kraak & Smaak drop the debut single from their upcoming album, ‘Juicy Fruit’, a collaboration with Grammy-nominated Mayer Hawthorne. ‘I Don’t Know Why’ sees Kraak & Smaak throw down the gauntlet in a popping boogie track with the Tuxedo frontman delivering his sweet and catchy soul melodies over the top.
With Ibiza season just around the corner, Glitterbox hits Ministry of Sound on 7 May, hosting DJ sets from Basement Jaxx, Shapeshifters, Aeroplane and more. Established in 2014, Glitterbox aims to be a celebration of dance music – the DJ, the sound, the space, the attitude, the ambience and the audience.
Sharam, one half of dance duo Deep Dish, gets set to drop his second artist album which continues to tell his story through the prism of a warehouse, where he first discovered his love for dance music in Washington DC’s underground club scene. Comprised of a collection of tracks he’s held in the vaults waiting to release as a cohesive concept, ‘A Warehouse’ revisits his roots across 13 tracks that traverse from early-80s Giorgio Moroder inspired disco to futuristic, dark and hypnotic clubby affairs with D&B inspired sounds - illustrating house music’s metamorphosis into different sub-genres and the house offshoots Sharam possibly helped shape.
Off the back of ‘Kunai’ - their Rodrigo Deem-team-up, April sees Las Salinas return to the release front lines. Their latest Vandit offering steps over to the vocal side of the trance fence and additionally finds Shaulli Harari & Israel Bircher drafting in the talents of LA-born-and-based singer/song-writer Shannon Hurley. If her name is ringing anyrecognition bells, over the last five years, the songstress has apparently made a name for herself, lending vocals to the productions of Giuseppe Ottaviani, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Protoculture, Ronski Speed and host of others from the trance frat.
Ahead of the release of his Body Language mix for the Get Physical series, Tim Green offers up two exclusive tracks from it - one original and one remix. Over the last decade Green has put his touch to a stream of club tracks, releasing through labels such as Cocoon, My Favorite Robot, Dirtybird and Get Physical. As a remixer he has apparently been in demand, lending his musicianship and production to the likes of Friendly Fires, Cassius, Seth Troxler and Kidnap Kid.
Old Skool Factory, known for presenting old school nights, are bringing Jazzy Jeff to London, for a one-off, one-night only session this Saturday 30 April. The multi-platinum selling, award-winning DJ brings his inimitable sound, skill and style to Electric Brixton for a night of dope beats.
With the European summer fast approaching, Manchester label Freakin909 aims to evoke those beachside-Ibiza-vibes with its latest release ‘I Won’t Back Down’, a potential sun-drenched house number.
It’s time for an electronic music mix-off and in the blue corner is Reloaded's Richard Durand, whilst over in the red for Riel is that man Sied. This month, the two duke it out on the remix of Tiësto’s classic track, ‘Traffic’. At the front end of the year, the two Dutchmen were ‘talking Tiësto’ and specifically chewing over his back catalogue. The consensus was, that when it came to raw floor power, ‘Traffic’ was his MVP!
We ran this feature earlier in the year, but as it's taking place tonight, it seemed like a good time to run an updated version! With all tickets selling out three months in advance, tonight will see nearly 350 clubbers descend on The Admiral Bar in Glasgow for a night of classic house and trance music. So how did it all start? Read on to find out more...
Sundays At Space recently announced their first phase of DJs for the summer season and it includes 2manydjs (DJ set), Danny Tenaglia, Darius Syrossian, Dennis Ferrer, Derrick Carter, Guti (live), Heidi, John Digweed, Nick Curly, Riva Starr and Yousef, who will all unite for the final season of Sundays at Space. Many say that no visit to Ibiza is complete until you've sampled the unique experience that Space has to offer and this summer will be your final chance to do it.
Taking place tomorrow night, this event seems to have captured the imagination of the whole of Scotland! Having apparently sold out two dates in Manchester and a night at London's Royal Albert Hall in a matter of minutes, Haçienda Classical's first Scottish concert comes in conjunction with UK promoters, Colours, at Glasgow's SSE Hydro Arena on Friday 22 April. The events sees FAC 51 The Hacienda and Manchester Camerata collaborate with the DJs who shaped The Haçienda's sound – Mike Pickering and Graeme Park.
Twenty years after their international debut, French multi-platinum selling band Air will release their first anthology album ‘Twentyears’ on 10 June. Air - Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel – have personally selected the core ‘Best Of’ tracklisting which features on all of the album’s various formats. The album will initially be available on double CD, double LP and digital formats and a limited and numbered Super Deluxe Edition will follow on 22 July. It compiles the original format’s double CD and double LP with a third CD which features Air’s remixes for artists including David Bowie, Beck, Depeche Mode and Neneh Cherry, as well as an exclusive collector’s poster.
Glitterbox is about to embark on a summer series of events beginning on 7 May at Ministry of Sound with Basement Jaxx, The Shapeshifters, Aeroplane and John Morales. This party will launch the ‘Glitterbox Ibiza 2016’ album, selected and mixed by Defected Records’ head and Glitterbox resident Simon Dunmore. On 28 May, Glitterbox will present its own programmed arena at We Are FSTVL with DJs Todd Terry, Joey Negro, Roger Sanchez, Norman Jay and Simon Dunmore, plus vocalist Barbara Tucker.
Soundon Festival recently announced that it is moving from 30 April and 1 May, and will now take place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August. The two day music event, celebrating 30 years of dance music culture, from acid house to the latest urban sounds, will remain at Essex Sports Village, a 48 acre greenfield site in Purfleet. All current ticket holders will be refunded in full, before being issued with a free weekend ticket for the new dates.