Chicago producer/composer Kate Simko and her seven-piece ensemble London Electronic Orchestra bring a performance to the Royal Albert Hall this autumn. Orchestrating instruments into her electronic soundscapes, Simko draws from a background as a pianist, composer, and producer and DJ from Chicago. The performance will feature Brighton-based guest vocalist Abi Flynn of the Tru Thoughts label and bespoke styling by Chinese fashion designer Rui Xu.
For the first time in his career of over 20 years long, Sander Kleinenberg has put out a new single on Armada Music. The Dutchman teamed up with the Amsterdam-based record label to launch brand-new single ‘Feel Like Home’, made in collaboration with UK singer-songwriter DYSON. Choosing a different approach for his latest creation, Sander moves away from his Future House sound and lets the track show a deeper side of himself. The record features a vocal-sampled hook and Dyson’s belting pre chorus.
Andy C has been a popular figure in the D&B circuit over the past two decades; a producer who has help shape the foundations of the genre. On Sunday 25 September he teams up with BuggedOut and City Sound Project for an all-day marathon takeover at Margate’s retro theme park, Dreamland, with Manchester emcee Tonn Piper on mic duties. After selling out London’s Alexandra Palace earlier in the year, Andy brings the bass for a six hour special, hosted by Tonn.
Global Underground recently announced details of its ‘TWENTY’ anniversary celebrating two decades of the independent dance music label. ‘TWENTY’ will see the release of a special 3 x CD album on 28 October (including a Super Deluxe Collector’s Edition featuring a 112 page hardback photography book of iconic Global Underground images captured by Dean Belcher); a photographic exhibition of Dean’s pictures at Edwin Jeans Exhibition Space in Brick Lane, London from 28 October - 10 November; the biggest Global Underground event ever at Amsterdam’s Q Factory on 20 October (during ADE) with James Lavelle, Darren Emerson, Eelke Kleijn, Habischman, and many more; followed by a party hosted by The Gallery at London’s Ministry of Sound on 28 October with very special guests to be announced.
Together returns from Ibiza to host its biggest event yet, Together Halloween at 02 Academy Brixton on Friday 28 October 2016. The event follows residencies at Ministry of Sound and Amnesia, Ibiza and will feature some of the biggest names in bass including Sigma, Sub Focus, Pendulum (DJ set), Camo & Krooked, Dimension, 1991, plus a very special guest to be announced.
Italian DJ/producer Giuseppe Ottaviani recently confirmed that his next major project would be his third artist album, announcing that the follow up to 'Magenta' (2014 album) would arrive under the title 'ALMA'. The album will see its worldwide release on 30 Sept, with delivery coming through Dutch label group, Black Hole Recordings.
Shadow Child recently announced his new album, ‘Connected’. The 11-track release is a snapshot of contemporary UK house music from the producer. As defined by the title ‘Connected’, the album sees Shadow Child bring together current production talent via collaborations with Bodhi, T Williams, Huxley, Ben Pearce, S.P.Y, Ashworth, and Supertanker. Album exclusives also include Shadow Child’s ‘Steak Fingers’, his remix of Future Sound Of London’s ‘Papua New Guinea’, and his mix of Jaydee’s ‘Plastic Dreams’.
Cosmic Disco, Neo-Balearic, Retro-Italo-futurism or something else, Doctr’s ‘Tropique’ is an exercise in retro house music and a possible crowd-pleasing dance track. The track is a simple concept, a seemingly innocent loop which rolls along and sneakily picks up more effects with each rotation.
Following their sold-out headline performance at Wireless Festival this summer, Chase & Status recently announced their 2016 UK tour. The shows will take place throughout November, opening in Glasgow at the O2 Academy and culminating at London’s Alexandra Palace. Chase & Status have toured and performed at arenas and festivals across the globe, including headlining festival stages at Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and Global Gathering.
Los Angeles based producer Mikey V delivers ‘Shake That’ via Sampled Detroit this month, featuring three original tracks. California’s Mikey V has carved out a back catalogue over the past five years with his jacking house sound finding a home on imprints such as Luke Solomon and Derrick Carter’s The Classic Music Company and Claude Von Stroke’s Dirtybird. Here though, Mikey marks a welcome return to Chuck Daniels Sampled Detroit imprint following his ‘FYI’ release on the label back in early 2015.
This summer Robert Babicz, aka Rob Acid, the producer from Cologne brings his live show to a selection of events. A "non-DJ" who performs only original music - either his own compositions, collaborations or remixes - Babicz aimed to ignite parties with music crafted by synaesthesia, his ability to see sounds and hear colours. For the first time ever, Babicz brings his show to Burning Man, 29 Aug 29 to 5 Sept. The playa will resonate with unique aural textures and otherworldly visuals as he shares his music. Out of respect for playa tradition, Robert won't pre-announce his sets but fans will have multiple opportunities to join him on voyages beneath the desert sky.
Kattison releases ‘Up And Down’, a house cut with remixes from Zed Bias and Cyantific, out now on Insanity Records. Already hailed as ‘one to watch’ by Mixmag and Clash Magazine amongst others, ‘Up And Down’ looks set to further propel the UK producer into the spotlight. The DJ/producer has delivered a sun-drenched house track, with an infectious, feel-good vocal backed up with fine production.
The Cr2 Ibiza compilation series returns this year with mixes from Tobtok, Tokimonsta and a special Cr2 AllStars mix hand picked and curated by Cr2 resident producers, staff and friends of the label. With cuts from Flume, Lindstrom, Kidnap Kid, Moon Boots, Jonas Rathsman, Erick Morillo, George Fitzgerald, alongside several exclusives, this compilation possibly delivers some of the hottest tracks taking over the summer months of 2016 and beyond.
Following on from Oscar G’s album that dropped earlier this year, Nervous Records call in Lee Walker, Nasser Baker, Ron Carroll and Cocodrills to remix his track ‘Rain’. As one half of American house duo Murk, Miami’s Oscar G rose to fame during the ‘90s with tracks such as ‘Some Lovin’’, ‘Reach For Me’ and ‘If You Really Love Someone’, followed by 11 No.1 Billboard club hits, not to mention remix work for the likes of Depeche Mode, the Pet Shop Boys, Madonna and the Spice Girls.
This summer German house music artists, Milk & Sugar, return with new mixes of their track, ‘Ready Or Not’, which has been leading them back to their roots of funk, soul and disco music. Whilst sampling the classic "Ready or not here I come", originally from the Delfonics but probably most known from the Fugees’ 1996 version, Milk & Sugar have taken the hook and transformed into a big summer track.
Desolat label boss Loco Dice is back with an autumn package: he has remixed the dance track ‘Go’ by Moby, twice, and has made it all his own in the process. Moby, the American dance producer and live performer’s albums are popular and usual well-received. His tracks have been used on many adverts, have given rise to hit singles all over the world and have possibly made him one of the most celebrated electronic music stars of our time.
Details of South West More, the official after-parties following the two-day South West Four festival on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August 2016, were recently revealed. Taking place at Electric Brixton, a stone’s throw away from Clapham Common, the auditorium will host the all-night parties and continue the madness of the day. Headlining the after-party on Saturday 27 August will be Eric Prydz performing an exclusive 3-hour DJ set. As possibly one of the world’s favourite electronic artists and DJs, Eric Prydz played a back-to-back performance with deadmau5 after SW4 in 2014 and with Nic Fanciulli in 2015.
Grammy-nominated French DJ/producer DJ Snake and UK-based vocalist Bipolar Sunshine release a new single, ‘Future Pt. 2’, as a part of DJ Snake's debut album, via Darkroom/Interscope Records. Late last year, this same duo arguably took over airwaves with their platinum-certified track, ‘Middle’, which reached top 20 charts in France and the United States, top 10 in the UK, and top 5 in Australia.
Circus recently confirmed their line-up for their 14th birthday celebrations, which take place at the Arts Club in Liverpool on Saturday 24 September when Yousef and the Circus family take the opportunity to once again show why they currently hold the DJ Mag award for ‘club event of the year’. Bringing with them a host of DJs and his own band of residents, heading up the line-up for this year’s celebrations is Loco Dice, founder of Desolat and resident at nights and events such as HYTE Amnesia and the ,Time Warp Festival across the globe.
Mark Knight’s latest outing on Toolroom Records is a feel-good track that harks back to those glorious days when house was house, and nothing more. These days, the word ‘house’ is more often than not accompanied by a qualifier: is it ‘tech’, ‘deep’, ‘future’ or one of another dozen or so sub-genres that seek to further categorise a style of music that frankly could do without it.
Snowbombing recently unveiled their dates for 2017 and announced a foray across the Atlantic with the launch of Coors Light Snowbombing Canada. Now in its 18th year and taking place from 3-8 April in Mayrhofen, Austria, Snowbombing 2017’s highlights from previous editions include The Prodigy, Jungle, Rudimental and Bastille performing in the middle of an enchanted forest, Craig David making his TS5 festival debut, Skrillex, Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz and Idris Elba playing inside the Arctic Disco igloo, Kasabian taking to the stage at sunset atop a snow-capped mountain, and performances from acts including Skepta, The Chemical Brothers, Chase & Status, Sven Väth, Jamie Jones, Fatboy Slim and many more.
Closing their 2016 residency at Studio 388, elrow bring the Rowlympic Games to the UK for their last London show in 2016 on Saturday 8 October. As proceedings in Rio get underway, elrow recently announced plans for the ultimate toga party as they bring their off-the-wall take on the ancient Grecian tradition to London's party massive for the first time ever.
Dutch electronic music trio, Noisia, have this week been forced to rush release their new album, ‘Outer Edges’, after it leaked and appeared online last Friday night. The band were made aware ten minutes before they unveiled their debut ‘Outer Edges’ audio visual show at the Czech Republic’s Let It Roll festival (watch the recap video below). The earliest opportunity to make ‘Outer Edges’ available on all DSPs and streaming services was today, Friday 5 August. The 18-track album is their first in six years and was originally scheduled for release on 16 September.
This week will see the Martinez Brothers Cuttin’ Headz imprint return with a five-track EP from Luke Solomon, featuring remixes from Byron The Aquarius and Filsonik. Although only marking its seventh release here the Cuttin’ Headz imprint most recent output, a collaboration between label-heads Martinez Brothers and Miss Kittin, apparently garnered support from both underground and commercial tastemakers.
Tuccillo returns to Visionquest this summer with his ‘Full Time’ EP, comprising of three compositions from the Italian producer. Over his 15-year career, Tuccillo has aimed to establish himself as one of the most recognised, in-demand producers and DJs of the underground, combining analogue and digital sounds to create a blend of deep house music.
Whether it’s releasing #1 singles such as ‘U Don’t Know Me’ (Feat. Duane Harden) and ‘Bonkers’ with Dizzee Rascal, or underground anthems like ‘The Funk Phenomena’ and ‘Flowerz’, Armand Van Helden is a top producer. With a career spanning over 26 years; his back catalogue includes seven studio albums, hundreds of remixes and singles under various aliases. Now, Defected Records welcome Armand as their 27th House Master, alongside Frankie Knuckles, MK, Masters At Work and the latest, his good friend Todd Terry.
Following a successful 2016, The Secret Garden Party recently announced a limited number of Early Bird Tickets for 2017 will go on sale from today. Early Bird tickets are priced at £170 (plus fully refundable £10 litter bond) + booking fee. Bookings for Early Birds will be limited to two per person. Dates for 2017’s four-day event are confirmed as Thursday 20th- Sunday 23rd July, at the usual location near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
Glitterbox recently announced a Roller Disco and two culinary additions to their day and night party at Ministry of Sound on August Bank Holiday (with the daytime part in Ministry’s Courtyard space). Opening at 4pm on 28 August in the Courtyard, the party features Dimitri From Paris, Joey Negro, Simon Dunmore, Severino, Purple Disco Machine, Eli Escobar, Dr Packer, Get Down Edits, and For The Love Of House, plus performances from dance crew, Hot Heels. The Roller Disco will take place in the club’s Box from 5pm to 8pm.
Night Bass, Enormous Tunes and d:vision artist Vanilla Ace embarks on a eight date tour of the US this August, with stops in Detroit, Chicago and Dallas as well one in Edmonton, Canada. Hailing from London, UK, Vanilla Ace has been DJing since he was 17 years old, growing up on hip-hop, D&B and house music. His very first releases were picked up by UK labels Toolroom, Southern Fried and MODA, while the following years saw him get top charting singles on Beatport and Traxsource.
Audio Rehab returns to London’s Ministry of Sound on Saturday 10 September. Initially set up as a label by RinseFM DJ and producer Mark Radford, Audio Rehab has apparently gained a following in London and throughout the UK. A run of releases from artists led to a demand for parties, with the label finding a home at Ministry of Sound.
Revealed Recordings recently returned with a new remix bundle of Moby, taking on a selection of his biggest tracks. Bringing in remixers including Sick Individuals, Bali Bandits and label boss Hardwell himself, the bundle comprises of three remixes aimed at the dancefloor.
BH Mallorca, BCM Planet Dance and BCM Hotel recently announced the lineup for the first ever Creamfields Mallorca on Thursday 11 August. Spread across four of the island’s biggest venues for a 16-hour party, it features performances from Hardwell, Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status (DJ Set), W&W, Kill The Buzz, Mark & Kremont, Alex Gaudino and more.
Party At The Races recently launched ‘Party In A Pod’, which will take place on 1 October and will see 190 clubbers get to party in the brand new British Airways i360, apparently the world’s tallest moving observation tower, before heading over to Party At The Races at Brighton Racecourse. A guest DJ will provide the soundtrack to 360 degree views, as the party rises to a 450 feet above Brighton.
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.