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.
Vandit Nights lands at Ministry of Sound in London on Friday 22 April 2016 for their latest showcase. Deck-side will be Alex M.O.R.P.H., Ben Nicky, Chris Bekker and Tristan D., adding their own style to the label’s specially invited guest for the evening, Kyau & Albert.
Last year DJ, producer and songwriter Paul Harris (Dirty Vegas) debuted on Enormous Tunes with his track ‘One Night Lover’. The track apparently went through the roof and reached almost four million plays on Spotify and hit the download charts of all relevant online stores. Now he is back with a follow-up single, ‘Glow Of Love’, which he hopes to have the same success, as the track offers top male vocals, production and progressions.
Cream is preparing for another summer season as it returns to Amnesia to take over Thursday nights on the White Isle for 15 parties starting 9 June through to 15 September, featuring an array of debut performances and well known residents. As the longest running UK club brand on the island which celebrates its 21-year residency at Amnesia this year, the brand delivers another big line-up for the summer.
Following Claptone’s recent win as Best House DJ at the IDMA’s in Miami, he has released his latest production, a new EP entitled ‘Heartbeat’. In addition to the namesake track from his album, ‘Charmer’, the ‘Heartbeat’ EP includes Doorly’s remix of ‘Anything’ as well as a brand new track, ‘Before I Lose My Mind’, which features vocals by indie-pop outfit Say Yes Dog. The three-track release personifies him at his finest; it’s complex, relatable and evokes arcane emotions while remaining upbeat and engaging.
Dutch DJ/producer, Hardwell, was recently inaugurated into Amsterdam’s Madame Tussauds waxworks museum. Providing a pin-point for what is culturally relevant, Madame Tussauds has showcased hyper-realistic waxwork figures of world-class leaders, sports stars, musical mavericks and more across its multiple locations globally, including their Dutch branch that was the first international attraction outside of London operating for over 45 years.
The Social Festival returns on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 September 2016 to its new home, The Kent County Showground. On the Friday, the event will deliver a blast from the past as Sasha and John Digweed go B2B at the festival’s fourth edition, as they headline the Meadow Arena, hosted by Mixmag.
Brothers Danny and Kieran (aka Krankbrother) are apparently known for organising some of London’s parties in unique and unusual spaces. Whether it be a street, rooftop, railway arch or warehouse they strive to bring a different experience to the clubber and this event series is no different. This time though, they launch Never Be Found Out at the very top of a skyscraper in central London. Complete with 360 views, the venue provides a rare opportunity to dance whilst the sun-sets across the city.
After another successful Miami Music Week, Spanish tech house duo Chus & Ceballos are launching an new events brand in association with their label Stereo Productions. Hot on the heels of their latest and new album, ‘Nomads’, this new project is entitled Iberian Republica and will consist of worldwide showcases at various top venues.
Madness recently announced the next artists for their House Of Common festival this August Bank Holiday Monday. Joining the band will be Mike Skinner and Murkage present Tonga, Ms. Dynamite, Congo Natty & UK All Stars, Kiko Bun, and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. These names will appear alongside Toots & The Maytals, David Rodigan and Norman Jay MBE.
Electric Daisy Carnival returns to the Milton Keynes National Bowl for its fourth year on Saturday 9 July, with four stages hosting some of the world’s biggest artists across the dance music spectrum. EDC is a festival for all the senses, with focus on production and entertainment all day and night - including the brand new Crystal Village stage which makes its debut this summer. Standing 30 metres tall by 70 metres wide, it houses cascading waterfalls, a fog-breathing dragon, over 400 video tiles, 28 lasers, flames of all colours, 15 co2 cannons, whilst EDC’s giant signature owls preside over the action.
We Are Rockstars have already announced their monthly residencies for the summer with Stormzy who kicks off the season with his first of four #Merky shows on Friday 3 June at the opening party at Ibiza Rocks Hotel. The full line up for the fifth 16-week series of open-air, poolside shows is now confirmed, featuring a diverse mix of possible music legends and fresh, influential talents, with names from across house, D&B, garage and grime. A line up that’s testament to the mix of styles and sounds that the brand represents on the White Isle.
With pre-release support from the likes of Carl Cox, who premiered the House Of Virus & Tom Finn Remix at Awakenings ADE last year, ‘Mushrooms (Remixes)’ officially dropped on Freakin909 this week. Featuring two remixes from the House Of Virus & Tom Finn and a further reimagining from Want More & Can’t Say No, the label is bringing Jefferson’s ‘Mushrooms’ bang up to date, with the blessing of Marshall himself.
Having begun their journey as DJs and producers last year, Ibiza’s Mambo Brothers aim to catapult themselves into the limelight with their recently released debut ‘Momento’, which is out now via Toolroom Records.
Leeds-based house producer Josh Butler has returned with the second release of KAHU, his 3-part, 6-track vinyl-only series, which is out now. Josh has also recently announced that he is set for a 13-date Ibiza residency for Tribal Sessions at Sankeys Ibiza, starting 7 May, where he will be performing on a headline run through till season end in October.
Back in 2013, through Vandit, Alex M.O.R.P.H. introduced trance fans to the talents of German-Croat duo Corti Organ. MIxMag proceeded to hail their co-op ‘Magnum’ as a 9/10-scoring “seriously annihilating piece of floor-flooring gear,” adding that it was “so tasty you’ll want two of them!” Accruing spins from PvD, Paul Oakenfold and Armin van Buuren, it was followed by more club tracks, (‘Butterfly’, ‘Half Life’ and ‘Narrow’ among them), which have apparently catalysed Daniel and Nikola’s recording careers.
Since opening in March 2014, Studio 338 has been aiming to secure Greenwich as the go-to hotspot for anyone looking to party in London. Since its inauguration, it has continued to try and push boundaries, investing heavily in the venue; with the installation of a glass and steel 'Atrium' being the latest major announcement just a couple of months ago. Recently, they went one step further by releasing news that for apparently the first time ever, London will get its very own full scale party beach arena.
Apparently after a record-breaking number of votes, the results were recently revealed for DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs Poll 2016 and this year’s edition has a new winner, Space Ibiza. The results were unveiled via a social media countdown on DJ Mag’s Twitter and Facebook. This year’s victory marks Space Ibiza’s fourth win, beating their own record from 2014. With the 100 clubs coming from 36 different countries, these venues are the lifeblood of electronic music; their dancefloors play an important role in shaping new sounds, scenes and genres, hosting resident DJs, rising new talent and huge international names alike.
London label and party Solid Grooves is heading to Ibiza for a second summer, taking up residency each and every Thursday at Vista Club at Privilege. Following on from an apparently impressive season at Sankeys Ibiza last year, the 2016 season kicks off on 9 June. Vista Privilege — where Do Not Sleep and Elrow made an impact in 2015 — is a club with big glass walls allowing views out over the White Isle. When the sun comes up, it makes for a magical setting that is probably an essential Ibiza experience.
On 14 June Carl Cox embarks on his last and longest ever season at Space, Ibiza - Music Is Revolution – The Final Chapter, running for 15 weeks. Following last week’s announcement of the first DJs confirmed to join Carl, the brand’s now back with more names added to the bill. John Digweed returns to the party, along with other familiar faces to the Revolution such as Fatboy Slim, Ovum label head Josh Wink and Intec’s co-leader Jon Rundell.
Following its debut in 2015, HYTE returns to the dancefloors of Amnesia Ibiza this summer. Once again a close-knit family of residents will be calling the night their home this season; Loco Dice builds on the momentum of his 2015 return to the terrace to helm another season on the very dancefloor where it all began for him and Chris Liebing will be firmly cementing his status as possibly Amnesia’s techno kingpin. After a decent 2015 summer, Berlin's Pan-Pot will be back, and Mar-T, Cuartero and Caleb Calloway, will be bringing their electric energy.
Norwegian producer and co-founder of LA-based label Next Wave Records, Bearson, returns with his latest single ‘Want You (ft. Cal)’, his first major release on Ultra/Epic Records/Sony. His last track, ‘Imposter ft. Mark Johns’ premiered via Vogue, and apparently was accredited with being the "shining beacon of post-tropical house" through his "splashy feel-good vibes with a slightly smarter, slightly more old-school vein of electronica."
Defected recently announced the next wave of for its new festival in Croatia, which takes place between 11-15 August 2016 at The Garden Resort, Tisno. Defected Croatia 2016 will see possibly some of the world’s finest house music talent playing both beach and main stages, with daily boat parties adding to the outdoor clubbing experience.
Detroit Love, Carl Craig's brainchild that is designed to bring together and support the sounds of Detroit and take a little of the techno brotherhood to clubs and festivals the world over, will takeover the Sankeys Lab in Ibiza, every Thursday from 7 July - 13 October. With a line-up of artists mostly from Detroit, or artists who have been inspired by the sounds of the land of techno, it aims to bring Ibiza the best sonics from this space to the underground Lab of Sankeys.
Markus Schulz recently dropped his 17-strong tracklist for his forthcoming artist album, ‘Watch The World’. Following the release of its vanguard singles, ‘Destiny’ and ‘Facedown’ (for which Schulz co-wrote lyrics), it sees the producer assume an album songwriting role for the first time. Comprised of a hybrid of vocal numbers and instrumental anthems, ‘Watch The World’ (his sixth long-player; out 29 April) features singers both greenhorn and experienced, known and new.
Pukka Up is back for Ibiza 2016. Its Sunset Boat Parties will return every Friday from 3 June and every Tuesday from 7 June, where island dwellers can expect water shows from a world champion flyboarder, CO2 and confetti cannons, DJs, Pukka Up hostesses and more. With after parties at Together (Tuesdays) and Insane (Fridays), plus entry to Ocean Beach Ibiza included in the ticket price, you can now literally party all day and all night.
Yousef’s Circus will be continuing their event series with another showcase at Egg London on 16 April, following on the back of an apparent sold-out show at Liverpool’s Art’s Club in February. The event brings to town Circus boss Yousef alongside Secondcity and Kydus. The London venue has become as important and apparent to Circus as much as its Liverpool home with a roster of decent line-ups showcased under the Circus bill over the last few years. Making his Circus London debut, after his debut at Liverpool’s Arts Club last February, is Secondcity.
Paris-based, Romanian electronic music composer and DJ, BOg, returns to John Digweed’s Bedrock label for his first release of 2016. Having been deeply passionate about music since childhood, BOg has risen to his current prominence through releases on the likes of Crosstown Rebels and Alex Niggemann’s Soulfooled label, in addition to Bedrock. Some of 2015’s musical highlights for some were his original track ‘Ava’ and his remix of the Bedrock track ‘Emerald’ on the ‘Re_Structured’ album, along with a nine-minutes of ‘Rakuten’ on ‘Underground Sound Of Ibiza 2’.
On 14 June Carl Cox embarks on his last and longest ever season at Space, Ibiza - Music Is Revolution – The Final Chapter. This year Carl will be taking a nostalgic look back on his history at the club, bringing back selected DJs from all previous 14 seasons, along with a huge array of new talent. With just over 10 weeks to go until the opening party, the line-up is already taking shape. First names confirmed include DJs such as the French-born Francois K, US house DJs Danny Tenaglia and Masters At Work and the UK’s Sasha. On the techno front there’s Sweden’s Adam Beyer going b2b with Ida Engberg plus Italy’s Marco Carola and Joseph Capriati.
Global Rhythms will be taking over Brixton this Easter Sunday 27 March 2016 for the afrobeat meets house party’s first ever day and night event. The daytime event sees the brand hosting POP Box Brixton, alongside pop-up cocktail bars and food vendors, whereby al fresco dancing will continue until dusk, when the whole shebang moves over to Electric Brixton for a live music and DJ party.
Solarstone’s Pure Trance movement has aimed to redefine the trance landscape since its inception in 2012, by opening up new possibilities for the underground scene. Its newest extension is the Pure Trance Progressive label – focusing on promoting the resurgent deeper, slower, highly creative side of the sound. In the final days of 2015 the label released Forerunners’ ‘Lost In Translation’/ ‘Strange Days’, two progressive pieces of music, courtesy of Arizona-based producer Brenden LaBonte.
As time rolls on towards 9 and 10 July for the 2016 edition of Kappa Futur, more names were recently revealed. The festival takes place at Parco Dora in Turin and will bring together 45,000 techno lovers as well as lots of top DJs. Since launching in 2012, the festival has possibly established itself on the global festival circuit, with music running from midday through to midnight on both Saturday and Sunday.
Ultra Music Festival recently announced its 2016 broadcast strategy, which all kicks off today and continues over the weekend right through until Sunday. For the first time ever, Ultra Live presented by UMF TV, produced by Nomobo and powered by 7UP, will broadcast from a custom built outdoor studio, live from the heart of the festival grounds, where fans will be encouraged to interact with artists and hosts alike.
On 1 April 1st, Ellen Allien gears up for her latest release - ‘LISm’ on her own BPitch Control label. Originally released back in 2013, the album is now being released on vinyl for the very first time. A listening piece, which she calls “a soundtrack that was actually made for a dance performance in Centre Pompidou in Paris,” it gives listeners 45 minutes of sonic experiments aiming to rouse deep emotions.
Last summer Ibiza Rocks celebrated 10 years of live music in Ibiza and the brand is back with another line up including the return of LCD Soundsystem who will headline the birthday slot for this Ibiza exclusive. Mercury prize nominees Slaves will kick things off at the opening party on 15 June before an array of open-air starlit summer shows follow, including performances from Faithless, Grammy Award winner Jess Glynne, Kaiser Chiefs, BBC Sound Of 2016 and BRITs Critic Choice Award winner Jack Garratt, electronic music troupe Major Lazer Soundsystem and Tinie Tempah.
Heidi has announced the relaunch of her Jackathon Jams label. Originally launched in 2012, after a short hiatus, its first release is a three-track collaborative EP from DJ T. vs Emanuel Satie featuring two new productions ‘Break Loose’ and ‘Feeling You’ featuring Joe le Groove, and a remix of ‘Break Loose’ by Kill Frenzy. The EP will be released on 1 April as a Beatport exclusive, then all other stores from 15 April, and will be the first Jackathon Jams release distributed via a new deal with !K7.
UK DJ Dave Pearce flexes his trance vibes on his new track ‘Trance Sanctuary’, which is out on Beatport 21 March on his Delirium Recordings imprint. Early support comes from Armin van Buuren, Paul Oakenfold, Corti Organ, Anske, Antillas, Johan Geilan, and Manuel LeSaux.
DJ/producers Chus & Ceballos return with a new music video for ‘Keep It Dancin’, the fourth single taken from their debut album ‘Nomadas’. The bass heavy track, is complete with a spooky Afro tinged vocal taken from El Chino Dreadlion, a Cuban-Raggae artist now located in Miami.
Having performed in Ibiza for the past two summers with their House of Madness shows, DJs Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike recently announced that summer 2016 will see them once again at the helm of the Ibiza’s Amnesia for a series of shows. Picking up from last year’s run of events, that saw everyone from Diplo and Afrojack to Martin Garrix and Steve Aoki deliver performances, the Belgian brothers are apparently upping the ante for this season.
After an output of singles and remixes in 2015, including mixing his very own ‘Anjunabeats Worldwide 05’ compilation, ilan Bluestone’s first single of the year is possibly his most accomplished outing yet. His first solo vocal production, ilan teams up with newly discovered British talent Giuseppe De Luca for ‘Bigger Than Love’.
Since 1999 Sundays at Space have always retained the same ethic of love and togetherness, showcasing some of the world’s most exciting electronic music talent - through day and night. From early post-Home lineups that featured DJs such as Carl Cox, John Digweed, Pete Tong and Steve Lawler to the introduction of long standing institution We Love… that with its collective tenure probably forged Sunset Terrace memories up until 2014.
DJ/producer Kid Noize releases his new single 'Ocean' via Black Gizah Records this month. It’s apparently just taken a few years for him to possibly become one of the most acclaimed DJs in Belgium and is the only DJ that has been nominated at the D6bels Music Awards in the best live performance category, next to Stromae and Girls in Hawai.
Cedric Gervais recently revealed his new single ‘With You’, featuring guest vocals from Jack Wilby. The track is the first official release off Gervais’ newly launched Armada Music imprint, Delecta Records. This month Cedric will embark on North American dates, including a Delecta Records launch party during Miami Music Week at LIV Nightclub on 16 March. The event includes a performance from Cedric with special guest Nervo and he will also be performing in Miami as part of Ultra Music Festival on 19 March.
Sasha is a International Dance Music Awards winner and four-time DJ Awards winner with a discography. He’s remixed the likes of Madonna, The Chemical Brothers and Hot Chip, whilst carving a new way since 2011 with his Last Night On Earth imprint. His last album, ‘Airdrawndagger’, released on Kinetic Records reached #18 on the UK Albums Chart and #5 Billboard Top Electronic Albums and his 'Involver' probably garnered a cult following.
Louie Vega's latest album, ‘Louie Vega Starring…’ is a dual disc conceptual record featuring over 25 artists on 28 different songs. The new EPK video speaks to some of these collaborators about this special project in depth about their contributions and what makes Louie Vega such a unique artist. The record is Louie Vega’s first solo album ever and he is in esteemed company, with a seasoned group of collaborators of collaborators imparting their magic for this special project.
Following on from their Billboard No. 1 track ‘Higher Place’ television performance featuring Ne-Yo on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed, Belgian DJs Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike recently unveiled their classic gaming-inspired video for ‘Arcade,’ together with Dutch dance pairing W&W.
Following the T in the Park line-up revealed last week, organisers recently released a mix of electronic dance acts set to play The Slam Tent at T in the Park 2016. Taking to the decks at Strathallan Castle over 8-10 July are Slam, Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, Marcel Dettmann, Seth Troxler, Nina Kraviz, Ricardo Villalobos b2b Raresh, Len Faki, Chris Liebing, DVS1, Guy Gerber, Skream, Daniel Avery, Speedy J, B. Traits and Petrichor.
Markus Schulz recently dropped an update on his forthcoming album. ‘Watch The World’ was announced as the title of his sixth studio album, which will come through a joint venture between Black Hole Recordings and his own Coldharbour Recordings label. Its cryptic title - suggested to be a reference to the release’s underlying theme - was further reflected by the unveiling of its cover art, showing it was Schulz’s first album not to feature Markus himself on the cover.
Dutch DJ Fedde Le Grand recently released his 14-track studio album ‘Something Real’, which is out now on Ultra Music. A culmination of over three years of production, the album is a multi-faceted piece of work. With ‘Cinematic’, ‘The Noise’, ‘Feel Good’, ‘Keep On Believing’, and ‘Give Me Some’ already getting decent feedback, you can now get you hands on another nine cuts.
After Hardwell and Jake Reese’s 2015 track ‘Mad World’, the pair have reunited on ‘Run Wild’. ‘Mad World’ reached the #1 position on the Beatport chart and possibly positioned itself as one of the biggest tunes of the year. With its big room production, ‘Run Wild’ aims to carry on where ‘Mad World’ left off.
Amsterdam-based record company Armada Music and Cedric Gervais recently launched Disruptive Records. ‘With You’ featuring the guest vocals of Jack Wilby rises as the debut single on the imprint as Disruptive Records marks another addition to Armada Music’s growing list of electronic labels. Cedric brings over 15 years of music industry experience to the table. Amongst the French house music pioneer’s biggest career highlights to date are winning a Grammy for Best Remix in 2013 (Lana Del Rey – ‘Summertime Sadness’ (Cedric Gervais Remix)), churning out several multi-platinum selling singles, and hitting the Billboard, UK, and ARIA charts Top 10 on multiple occasions.
Boris brings a line-up of artists to Miami Music Week this year at his annual Transmit Recordings Showcase on Saturday, 19 March 2016. This year, the event takes place at the new Heart Nightclub, apparently Miami's newest hot spot for proper underground house and techno. The three-storey, 20,000 SF venue is equipped with a state of the art Dynacord Alpha concept system. Boris is also up for a nomination for the International Dance Music Awards for Best Tech House/Techno Track - for his ‘Can You Hear Me’ release (Enrico Sangiuliano Remix).
Goldie will host the inaugural Electronic Music Awards & Foundation show on April 14th at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles before airing Saturday 23 April (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Over his 30-year career, Goldie has released a number of multi award-winning albums and made a name for himself as an innovator in the Jungle and D&B spaces.
T in the Park festival organisers DF Concerts and founding partner Tennent’s Lager recently announced the line-up for T in the Park 2016. The 2016 festival takes place at Strathallan Castle over 8-10 July. Joining the bill - which already features previously announced headliners The Stone Roses, plus Disclosure, Courteeners and The 1975 – today are Jamie xx, James Morrison, Frightened Rabbit, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Bear’s Den, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Krept & Konan, The Coral, The Temperance Movement, Oh Wonder, Calvin Harris, Bastille, The Last Shadow Puppets, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jess Glynne, Kaiser Chiefs, Travis, Tinie Tempah, Tom Odell, Stiff Little Fingers, Shed Seven, Disciples, Rat Boy, Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Faithless, Major Lazer, James Bay, Jake Bugg, Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls, Craig David’s TS5, Maximo Park, John Grant, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats, FIDLAR and Blossoms.
Following its apparent seventh consecutive sell-out last year, Creamfields returns this summer and with a fourth day added, making them one of the world’s biggest electronic music festivals. Over 70,000 fans flock from around the world every August Bank Holiday to witness performances from some of the biggest names in dance music.
For over a decade, Leon has had his feet planted in the global techno and house scene, building a career through musical ability and an instinct for the dancefloor. These are some of the reasons why he has been a Music On resident in Ibiza, Miami and New York for four years, and why he has been invited by labels such as Saved, Viva Music, Cécille, Cocoon and Rebirth Records, to name a few, to form part of their catalogue.
Festival organisers recently announced that Glasgow’s Sub Club will host The South Stage at The Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival on Sunday 29 May.
Cream returns for 2016 with its flagship album, ‘Cream Anthems’, a double mix album containing many big room anthems and possible festival favourites. The 40 track album features the No.1 from KDA – ‘Rumble’ and UK Top 10 tracks from Philip George & Anton Powers – ‘Alone No More’; Martin Solveig - ‘Intoxicated’; Major Lazer - ‘Light it Up’, Avicii - ‘Waiting for Love’, Galantis - ‘Peanut Butter Jelly’ and WSTRN - ‘In2 (Kokiri Remix)’.
Keen to explore new creative avenues, producer, DJ, film scorer and composer Kate Simko ventures into unchartered musical terrain. This spring sees Simko and her London Electronic Orchestra release their self-titled debut LP - a project that showcases a symbiotic blend of orchestral soundscapes and electronic music. Kate began experimenting with combining classical instruments and electronic music while getting a masters at the Royal College of Music.
Defected recently announced a new festival taking place in Croatia this August, with full details and phase one line-up now revealed. Taking place at The Garden Resort, Tisno in the corner of Croatia’s Adriatic coast, Defected Croatia 2016 will see a diverse selection of DJs playing both beach and main stages, with daily boat parties all adding to the outdoor clubbing experience.
Ultra Music Festival Miami recently released info on its Phase Two line-up, and added to the Phase One headliners are Crystal Castles, Dash Berlin, Deadmau5, Richie Hawtin and Steve Angello. In a huge move from event organisers, and for the first time in the festival’s history (and ASOT’s history for that matter), both Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz will headline the ASOT Stage before Armin van Buuren closes the Megastructure on Sunday night.
It’s possible that if you have been to a club or festival anywhere in the world over the past 12 months, you may have lost your marbles to a CamelPhat track. Their previous Toolroom release ‘Get Sick’ was apparently a firm Radio One favourite and a Beatport top 5 and this first release of 2016 may well raise the bar even higher.
The Big Kahuna is a brand new, three-day music festival taking place on Bank Holiday weekend 26-29 August at Holmbush Forest in Horsham, Sussex. The family-friendly festival is set in nine themed areas in the forest, with camping, theatre, kids (and adults) activities, silent disco, fully themed Frozen cinema, food, a multitude of bars (craft ale, rum, vodka and beyond), bushcraft, kids bar, interactive arts and crafts experiences, workshops and more.
Skilled Mechanics is a collaborative project that allows the producer and vocalist to work with many different artists, while at the same time pushing his vocal talents to the forefront. Primary contributors to the project include Tricky's longtime friend and Wild Bunch member DJ Milo, as well as Tricky's tour drummer Luke Harris. 'Boy' is apparently one of Tricky's most personal, confessional song to date. He explains...
Landing whilst Digital Farm Animals is on a role after the success of work with Netsky, Dua Lipa, Louis Mattrs and more, ’Wanna Know’ is the latest venture from an artist possibly looking forward from a great vantage, the latest of London’s low-key producers to come out from the shadows. The summery, 2-step sheen is striking a chord beyond the British capital as the artist’s studio work comes most recently on production, writing and remix of Dua Lipa’s ‘Be The One’, vocal performance on Netsky’s ‘Work It Out’ prior to that on Rio and the remix of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Stronger Than Me’ and more ahead with Will.I.AM, Galantis, Cash Cash and more.
Brighton Music Conference (BMC) recently announced further speakers and talks for the 2016 event, which returns to the Brighton Dome on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 April for its third year. Key execs from Facebook/Instagram, Twitter/Periscope/Vine, Kobalt, Native Instruments, Coda, Sound On Sound, AEI, and more, will join industry figures from Beatport, PRS, AFEM, Toolroom, Hospital Records, NTIA, DJ Magazine, Shogun Audio, BIMM, Mobilee Records, Skint Records, Believe Digital, Safehouse Management, Intec Digital, Critical Records, Wunderground, Republic of Music and GAK Audio.
Jamaica’s David Marston has found a vibrant fusion of flavour in his sound. Much akin to the vibe of his homeland, he tackles dub and soul with a backdrop of house and funk. This March he returns with the ‘Kindness of Bearer EP’ on Soul Clap Records, named in honour of an endearing custom of friendly exchange. A four tracker of originals and his second for the label, it introduces a collaboration between David, several of his close friends and New York based vocalist Bridgette Zozula.
The ‘Sound of Soul Heaven Miami’ is back for 2016, putting together some of best new soulful and vocal house cuts from Tim Deluxe, Tommy Bones, Gershon Jackson and Fred Everything plus plenty of essential classic tracks from Dennis Ferrer, Karizma, Guti and Osunlade to bring back those nostalgic soulful moments. Founded by Oli White and Master At Work Louie Vega, for 15 years now Soul Heaven has been one of those labels responsible for keeping the soulful side of house music alive and kicking.
With house cuts on DFTD and Dope Wax under his belt, and support from the likes of Kenny Dope and Roger Sanchez, Man Without A Clue continues to build his reputation with each release, and it’s safe to say his Defected debut, ‘Bless Her Soul’ featuring Meleka, further elevates his standing.
Armin van Buuren recently released ‘Heading Up High’ featuring Kensington, the new single from Armin’s full-length studio album, ‘Embrace’ (Armada Music). The single is out now, accompanied by a music video that was premiered worldwide on MTV for an exclusive 24-hour window. The track has apparently set the Netherlands on fire when it shot straight to A-rotation at Dutch FM. He is working with Dutch rock band Kensington, whose latest studio album, ‘Rivals’ (Universal), peaked at the #1 chart position in the Netherlands. The band consists of members Eloi Youssef (vocals, guitar), Casper Starreveld (guitar, vocals), Jan Haker (bass) and Niles Vandenberg (drums).
Hardwell has been nominated for a 12 awards at the 31st Annual International Dance Music Awards in Miami, including nods for ‘Best Solo Artist’ and ‘Best Global DJ’ amongst others. His label Revealed Recordings also picked up a nomination for ‘Best Global Music Label’ and following its recent landmark 250th episode, ‘Hardwell On Air’ was acknowledged in the ‘Best Podcast or Radio Mixshow DJ’ category.
Defected In The House recently announced that they will not be returning to Ibiza this summer, instead focussing on their Glitterbox residency at Space Ibiza and their new Croatian festival. Instead of their usual Ibiza season, Defected have launched a new venture, Defected Croatia 2016, five days of house hedonism taking place at the Garden Resort in Tisno, Croatia.
Earth, Wind & Fire have sold over 90 million albums and apparently continue to sell-out concerts around the world. The R&B/pop/funk band recently announced three UK dates in July 2016. The group was born in Chicago in 1969 and is still going strong in its fifth decade. They’ve received many awards and accolades including an induction into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Grammy Vocal Group Hall of Fame, earning eight Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards.
Soundcrash presents a one-off, historic night of roots and bass at Electric Brixton on Saturday 12 March 2016. Starring producer Lee Scratch Perry with special guests including Mad Professor, Trojan Sound System (live), Channel One Soundsystem, and DJ Vadim & Real Roots, the show is also in celebration of the pioneering Lee Scratch Perry’s 80th birthday.
On 16 March 2016, Dutch dance imprint, Revealed Recordings, will be taking over Nikki Beach during the Miami Winter Music Conference for a night of music led by the imprint’s co-founder, Hardwell.
The 10th release from Boogie Angst sees L’Enfant provide shimmering warm synths, understated yet catchy vocals and dancefloor grooves blended with a retro charm. Marius Aquarius is a track of indie-based electronica with soul and pop twists that wouldn’t sound out of place on the Drive OST.
‘Beach Rouge Volume 2’, is the second release in the Beach Rouge series, featuring beach house and deep disco. Out now on Playlister Records, the 13 track digital album captures the ambience of the Beach Rouge bar at the LUX* Belle Mare resort in Mauritius. With Playlister as music advisors and programmers, the modern music policy of LUX* Resorts and Hotels, complements these beachside retreats, as typified by the laid-back grooves of ‘Beach Rouge: Volume 2’.
After the recent release of his second LP ’10 Ways To Steal Home Plate’, US DJ Wolfgang Gartner recently announced two live performances to celebrate the album’s debut. Headlining Avalon in Los Angeles on 5 March and Webster Hall in New York on 12 March, Gartner will make his return to the dancefloor following a year hiatus from touring.
Dim Mak’s ‘Greatest Hits 2015: Remixes’ offers a selection of the best remixed tracks to come off the label from the past year. A collection of tracks ranging from progressive and electro to trap and dancehall (and everything in between), the compilation features artists like Keys N Krates, SBCR aka The Bloody Beetroots, Chris Lorenzo, Nom De Strip, Yellow Claw, Autoerotique, Lil Jon and many more.
Huxley is a house DJ/producer that has been a key player in the underground scene since dropping his first two EPs ‘Sassanids’ and ‘The White’ in 2009. With a big couple of years that followed, Huxley has received praise from all over the globe, including claiming a spot in Resident Advisor's Top 100 DJs in 2012 and clocking at #9 in their Top 50 tracks of 2012 for his track "Let It Go". He has since played venues around the world and continued to collaborate and remix with electronic music's biggest names, which include Maya Jane Coles, Carlo Lio and Groove Armada.
Vigel and Armada Music recently started their collaboration and in addition to signing with Armada Music, the Russian DJ and producer has just released his new single on Armada Trice, ‘Victorious’. Before signing with the Amsterdam-based record company, Vigel already released on various Armada Music imprints.
This May Bank Holiday coming will see the JOOF Recordings roadshow roll into London town again for a label/artist/DJ showcase. Having recently announced his 2016 imprint shake up, John 00 Fleming ports his new label paradigm to the capital’s KOKO venue for JOOF Editions 2016 on 29 May. John, himself, is of course a shoo-in for a DJ set on the night and will be taking the opportunity to debut his new psy-alias JOOF LIVE stage show at the former Camden Palace site.
The Riverside Festival 2016 kicks off this May Bank Holiday weekend with the return of the fourth annual Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival. Event organisers recently revealed the first wave of acts to appear including Fatboy Slim, the return of Cocoon at The Riverside featuring with Sven Väth plus Laurent Garnier, Rødhåd, SLAM, Gary Beck, Ilario Alicante, Jackmaster, Dimitri from Paris, Vril (live) and Dixon Avenue Basement Jams. The outdoor event will once again take place on the grounds of the Riverside Museum on the banks of the River Clyde and will be bigger than ever before with more bars and more music, kicking off earlier this year at 3PM.
The UK’s Chase & Status were recently announced as one of the main acts for this year’s BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend, alongside Coldplay and Bring Me the Horizon. Saul and Will recently joined Nick Grimshaw on his Radio 1 Breakfast show to chat about playing the free festival and their plans for 2016, including new music.
Brighton Music Conference (BMC) recently announced the first speakers and talks for the 2016 event, which returns to the Brighton Dome on Thursday 14 April and Friday 15 April for its third year. The event features two days of masterclasses, panels and talks from leading brands and industry figures including Beatport, PRS, AFEM, Toolroom, Hospital Records, NTIA, DJ Magazine, Shogun Audio, BIMM, Mobilee Records, Skint Records, Believe Digital, Crazy P, Prok & Fitch, Yousef, Safehouse Management, Intec Digital, Friction, Amon Tobin, Rockwell, Icicle, Critical Records, Wunderground, Republic of Music, Dean Marsh and GAK Audio.