Arnold Jarvis’ ‘Take Some Time Out’ was first released in 1987, the year that Fourth Floor Records was born, and it stands the test of time as a seminal release for the label. The track characterises the productions that keep some of the house music world returning again to its catalogue for inspiration.
Xperimental is the second of two new record labels/music platforms (the other being the recently launched Mater label) at the heart of an evolving creative concept headed by Diego Tuñón and Jimmy Van M. It’s focused on developing a label roster of young electronic artists from all over Latin America and is set to launch with a selection of tracks from Buenos Aires based producer/DJ/musician Ulises (aka Luxor T).
Brothers Danny and Kieran (aka Krankbrother) are DJs, producers and record label owners apparently known for their parties, and they are returning to London to bring the next episode of their annual Halloween show on 28 Oct. The brothers have planned an evening of terror and debauchery in what will be their eight year of entertaining London’s clubbing crowd. They are returning to the two room venue Pulse, with its haunting pitch black arches and custom built No Limits sound-system.
10 years since it first appeared and 60 releases since it teamed with Black Hole Recordings distribution, Andy Moor’s AVA Recordings imprint recently reached its 150th outing. Apparently a ‘go-to label for many of the world’s biggest DJs’, ever since Jonas Hahmo’s ‘The Fusion’ set it on its path, it’s aim was to be a bridge between the worlds of progressive and trance.
A show from LTJ Bukem, is taking place at Electric Brixton on Saturday 22 October. Joining him for possibly the biggest underground D&B night of the year are Dillinja, DJ Krust and MC GQ plus a special guest to be announced. LTJ Bukem probably needs no introduction to D&B heads, as he is apparently one of the founding fathers of the scene. His classical music training in his teenage years has always come to the fore in his productions, with his jazz fusion and funk influences allowing him to pioneer and nurture new directions within the genre through his label, Good Looking.
After his ‘Front of House’ radio show being syndicated to 45 radio stations around the world, as well as podcast hits apparently at ½ million downloads monthly, Dannic yesterday launched his fresh listening concept of Fonk Radio. Switching from Tuesday to the new day of Wednesday, every week from @ 6pm CET, Fonk Radio aims to continue the groove with the funk-infused house music that Fonk Recordings release, as well as some of the hottest electronic hits in the scene today.
Noisia recently announced they’ll be bringing their ‘Outer Edges’ audiovisual show to Groningen, Eindhoven and London later this year. They recently released the CD and vinyl versions of their new album ‘Outer Edges’, after being forced to rush release the digital download and streaming versions on 5 August, after the album leaked and appeared online. The 18-track album is their first in six years and was originally scheduled for release on the 16th of this month. Noisia recently launched their ‘Outer Edges’ tour at the Czech Republic’s Let It Roll festival, and the trio’s new audio visual touring concept, featuring their biggest production to date, has since hit Sziget, Pukkelpop, Lowlands, and SW4, with a headline show during ADE at Melkweg (21/10).
Ninja Tune artist Machinedrum aka Travis Stewart will headline what is billed as the heaviest beats night of 2016 on Friday 23 September, with a line up drawn from around the globe, for one night only. His key release came about last year with his full-length LP ‘Vapor City’ on the Ninja tune label. Heavily influenced by multimedia arts and music, he has inspired and worked with the likes of Azealia Banks, Jamie Lidell and Jesse Boykins III.
Balance Music releases its latest offering from Germany’s Alex Niggemann, following on from efforts by Patrice Bäumel and Darius Syrossian this year, he steps up to the plate with an emotive, murky and deep selection of grooves. While the stylistic context of his musical vision may have evolved over the course of his career, Alex’s work has always been focused around deep atmospherics and mysterious melodies.
Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist and producer, Gryffin, recently announced his Whole Heart Live Tour, titled after his recent single with Bipolar Sunshine. Kicking off in Phoenix, AZ on 20 October, he will be running through stops across North America, including shows at Los Angeles' The Novo and New York's Irving Plaza, before ending in Boulder, CO on 12 November.
Following a summer of high-profile gigs at possibly some of the biggest clubs and festivals in the US, Golf Clap will be hitting the road on a 23-date tour over the coming months. Releases on Simma Black, their own Country Club Disco imprint and Kerri Chandler’s Madtech have announced Golf Clap as a possible musical force to be reckoned with, however it’s behind the decks where they apparently come into their own.
Gareth Emery recently announced that he will be returning to London on Saturday 17 December for a one-off show at London’s Roundhouse. Bringing his Electric for Life concept to the London venue in Camden Town is a return for Gareth, after selling out last year’s Electric For Life show at Electric Brixton.
MN2S recently revealed their plans for this year’s ADE - MN2S Presents: presents DJ Jazzy Jeff & Kenny Dope. Taking place at The Sugar Factory on Friday 21 October, also with DJ Kayper on the bill, the event marks MN2S’s 11th outing at ADE as part of the party programme. DJ Jazzy Jeff’s skills behind the turntables are well known. He has judged the Red Bull Thre3style DJ competition multiple times, and he has strived to encourage the next generation of progressive music makers through his Playlist Retreat and A Touch of Jazz production company.
Together as All Hail The Silence, GRAMMY®-nominated composer BT and triple-platinum British singer Christian Burns have forged an EP that aims to resonate with ‘80s authenticity. Available exclusively on vinyl starting 19 September, BT and Burns have crafted a debut that may well sound as if it fell straight out of 1983. Awash in soaring vintage electronics, massive pop hooks and analog warmth, this synth-wave band aims to blur musical boundaries as their heroes Depeche Mode, Yaz, Human League and New Order did in the ‘80s.
Next Tuesday, 20 September Carl Cox plays Space Ibiza for the final ever time, bringing an end to a record 15-year residency at the Ibiza club. Carl had already confirmed he’ll be playing a mammoth 10-hour set to close his residency, and also confirmed the set will be played using both vinyl and digital – the old with the new. Carl’s final season has proved to be his most popular yet, with every single night apparently selling out – a record attendance, which continues with the closing party, which is already sold out. It’s going to be a big night, with clubbers witnessing a bit of Ibiza history as Carl says goodbye to 15 years at Space.
Full Intention duo Michael Gray and Jon Pearn have been spreading their sound across the house music scene for the last 15 years, apparently securing a string of successful top 40 releases and remixes, which went onto increase their popularity. Paul Harris, the British born music lover is an artist who is best known for his Grammy winning band Dirty Vegas and the tracks they have had.
On the weekend of Friday 25 November, Innovation will be taking over Melweg & The Box (previously Sand) clubs for three nights of musical indulgence in one of Europe’s most open-minded cities, for what is apparently a landmark event in Amsterdam’s D&B calendar.
Continuing to be popular on the dancefloor and this summer's dance music festivals, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike's 'Stay A While' receives its next remix support from the duo Filatov & Karas. After their remix of 'Don't Be So Shy' by Imany, reached platinum status and gained international radio support, the pair get ready to unleash their production skills on the track.
In 1989, Space Ibiza in Playa d'en Bossa was a new venue established to serve a purpose, a place that from its very conception aimed to offer a different musical, sensorial and hedonistic experience to any other club on the island. Ten years after its birth, the club became one of the world’s first super-clubs, arguably setting the standard for sound production and being the place where the best emerging DJs of the time would be found playing records behind the bar.
Together at Amnesia, Ibiza, returns to London to host its biggest event yet, Together Halloween at 02 Academy Brixton on Friday 28 October 2016. Very special guest, High Contrast Live will now join some of the biggest names in bass including Sigma, Sub Focus, Pendulum (DJ set), Camo & Krooked, Dimension, and 1991, as Together transforms Brixton’s O2 Academy into a Halloween rave-up.
Pretty Lights will be closing out his 2016 and ringing in 2017 in New Orleans for a celebratory two-night event. The NOLA New Year’s Run will take place on 30 December and 31 December at the immersive Mardi Gras World Ballroom, one of the city’s landmark venues that surrounds party-goers with the New Orleans culture.
‘Back Nine’ is a new compilation from Detroit duo Golf Clap’s Country Club Disco imprint: nine label highlights from the past year including tracks and remixed from Ben Mono, Scott Diaz, Sebb Junior and Golf Clap themselves. Golf Clap are Hugh Cleal and Bryan Jones, a Detroit duo with a passion for house music and an apparent ever-growing army of supporters.
Andy C recently announced his forthcoming ‘Andy C presents…’ UK club tour. The 11 date tour will visit a different British club each weekend from 1 October through to 9 December, with shows at Manchester’s Warehouse Project, Oxford’s O2 Academy, Digital, Motion, and beyond. Tickets are on sale now. Currently in the middle of a packed festival season with over 40 shows across the globe this summer, Andy’s had a groundbreaking year. He sold out his debut solo show at London’s Alexandra Palace in March (following his second sold out show at O2 Brixton Academy at the end of 2015), and recent highlights include performances at Creamfields, SW4, Leeds, Park Life, Wild Life, NASS, Let It Roll, Hideout, EDC UK, Together, Snowbombing and lots more.
As the sun sets on the Ibiza season, Defected takes stock of the summer’s house highlights, collating their best tips from the dancefloor and picking out the tracks that may transport you right back to your favourite Ibiza moments of this year. Amongst the usual calendar of parties, festivals and broadcasts from the White Isle, this season marks the last year of an Ibiza institution.
Heidi was recently announced as XOYO's resident for the fourth quarter of 2016, where she will present three months of her Jackathon parties every Friday in October, November and December. Hand picked by Heidi herself, each guest has been selected for a different reason but one thing apparently runs throughout the billing... their ability to make Heidi dance her ass off. To open the residency Heidi has invited the Polish-born, Detroit raised Magda to join her at the helm of XOYO. Boss of the Items & Things label, Magda likes to mix the off-kilter and the uncommon and continues to be popular. Prosumer steps up alongside injecting his fever for Chicago's Jack flavour into the night.
Following the success of last weekend’s Creamfields, which apparently saw 70,000 people flock to Daresbury in Cheshire, clubbers attending witnessed the birth of the ‘Steel Yard’ - and now it returns for a 10,000 capacity show at Central Docks, Liverpool Waters on the city’s waterfront on Saturday 26 November to be headlined by Axwell & Ingrosso. Designed exclusively for Creamfields, and the largest of its kind in Europe, the 20m high structure features newly developed automated technology which brings it to life.
Eton Messy recently announced a new compilation, ‘In:Season’, featuring 32 tracks, plus a 10 date tour to support the release, which takes in parties across the UK, at ADE, Barcelona and Brussels. Eton Messy rose to prominence off the back of their YouTube channel, which apparently became known as an arbiter of hot new music and saw them gain a vast online following. This new compilation was named after Eton Messy designer Eddy spotted the 'in season' section at his local veg stall. The boys decided it perfectly conveys their aims of offering up music that is perfectly fresh and ripe and ready to go right now.
‘Redefine’ is the second single taken from Trentemøller’s new album ‘Fixion’ and features Marie Fisker on vocals. Marie, a mainstay of the Trentemøller live constellation, has also been a long-time studio collaborator of Anders and her four songs on the album mark their third musical partnership. Fellow-Dane, Thomas Bertelsen aka TOM And His Computer, contributes a remix that underlines the song’s dark tones and moves it into the fields of electronica.
As house music could possibly be hitting over 30 years of age, it’s no surprise to see the huge popularity of reunion nights up and down the UK. Those who got involved with the music in the first ten years really have found it difficult to let it go, as it’s probably been part of some of the best times of their lives. So, as a demographic, you get older and do the natural things that getting older involves – for some that’s getting married, having kids, developing long-term relationships, buying bigger houses, flats, cars or all or none of the above. It’s all down to your personal circumstances. But one thing is certain, you get older and as your life changes from the partying times of your late-teens and twenties, and reality of the pressures of life kick right in, you can’t help but to want just the odd blowout. Just that one time when you can let it go and relive your best experiences and dance with all your old and new friends again... exactly what they’ve been doing at the AREA Reunion nights in Paisley, Scotland. With their previous three events selling out, the AREA Renaissance Team (John Lyon, Stephen Lee and David Jamieson) return this Saturday, 3 September with their fourth event. With another huge night on the cards, we caught up with John to find out a little bit more about why the nights are proving to be so popular.
Shelter Point's early soundscapes hinted at the astral sounds of Boards of Canada and Mount Kimbie, providing the backdrop for their vocals. Developing their sound with a series of tactile exercises in melancholy electronica, UK based two-piece Shelter Point seek to impress once more.
New York DJs / producers Klienfeld and Krames recently released their ‘Momentary Disruptions EP’, their first collaboration as well as the very first release on Grammy Award nominated DJ/producer Todd Terry’s new imprint, Terminator. The EP offers four tracks of thick atmospheres and the striking juxtaposition of science and soul in its production. The short-player, which features original vocals by Krames, opens with ‘Disruptee’ clawing its way through the speakers and demands listeners to “Look into your mind. Stare into your soul.”
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.