Kiddy Smile is apparently ‘an emerging icon of cultural expression’. A Parisian native, in July 2016, i-D premiered the Let A B!tch Know video and after thousands of views, the single now gets a full digital release. After signing to Defected earlier this year, Kiddy Smile comes through with his debut single for the label along with some remixes that span the house subgenres.
Before Israeli DJ and producer Guy Gerber began his love affair with synths, Gerber was more interested in British bands like Joy Division and My Bloody Valentine. Despite his move to electronic music, influences of such bands are apparently still evident in the music he produces today. In 2007, Gerber released his debut album ‘Late Bloomers’ on Cocoon Recordings, a record that set the foundations of what was to come.
Justice recently unveiled their video for new single ‘Fire’, starring Susan Sarandon. ‘Fire’ is taken from the band’s third studio album ‘Woman’, which is out now via Because Music / Ed Banger Records. ‘Woman’ is the band’s first album in five years and contains ten brand new tracks including singles ‘Safe And Sound,’ ‘Randy’ and ‘Alakazam!’.
MadTech Records round out the year with a various artist compilation entitled ‘MadTech 2016’ the sampler of which, offered up here, features a cross-section of established and up and coming talent from across the globe. As the label closes out yet another year which has seen releases from Solardo, Cera Alba, Max Chapman and Bontan, it reflects on the past year with a retrospective compilation, whilst also taking a look forward to 2017 and introducing some of the new artists due to be releasing on the label in the future.
Saved Records release ‘Body, Soul & Other Things’, the latest full length release from Spanish artist David Herrero. Featuring 12 tracks, this is Herrero’s fourth LP, his first on Saved and comes after seven years of house and tech tunes on labels like Stereo Productions, VIVa Music and Defected. In all he has put his name to more than 200 releases and regularly gets support from the likes of Marco Carola, Loco Dice and Saved boss Nic Fanciulli.
Wrapping up a year filled with two EPs, collaborations, and gigs at festivals and venues around the world, UK-based DJ/producer Low Steppa closes out 2017 with the release of his latest concoction titled ‘My House,’ available now via his own Simma Black Records. Collaborating with old school producer Mr V on the track, Low Steppa blends classic minimal house melodies with percussive synths and breaks to create a tune reminiscent of the sounds of the vintage garage underground. Driven by old school vocals, it’s a club-savvy track aimed at keeping the dancefloor going into the early hours of the morning.
Space Ibiza gets set to release 'Space Ibiza: 1989 - 2016 - The Definitive Collection'. This exclusive and very limited special edition box set houses every compilation and mix CD from the club's compilation series, each in its own individually designed CD wallet, with 10 years of dance music spread across 23 historic CDs. Selections and mixes come artists such as Carl Cox, Kevin Saunderson, Pleasurekraft, Technasia, Erick Morillo, Edu Imbernon, Eli & Fur, Mark Brown, Pig&Dan, Giorgio Moroder and many more.
Croatia Winter Music Festival, the country’s brand new concept combining music, food and gaming, will take place at Arena Zagreb, Croatia from 31 December 2016 to 6 January 2017. Grammy-nominated Dutchman Armin van Buuren will headline the NYE party, the first of six events over the week that will host performances from a selection of DJs. During the daytime on 2 and 3 January, the sports hall will host Zagreb Gaming Arena, an international gaming tournament where contestants will pit against each other playing some of the world’s most popular and competitive games.
Get Physical Music round off 2016 with a ‘Best Of Get Physical 2016’ compilation featuring a selection from the previous 12 months. The Berlin-based label was born from the minds of M.A.N.D.Y., Booka Shade & DJ T back in 2002 and possibly rose to become one of the pre-eminent electronic record labels out there. Fourteen years on and the imprint has gone from strength to strength bringing fresh music to the fore via its stream of EPs and albums, whilst releasing its flagship ‘Body Language’ & ‘Full Body Workout’ compilations.
Flashmob’s new EP entitled ‘Switch’ just dropped on Audiojack’s Gruuv imprint, featuring three originals and a remix by Hobo. Since making his debut on Get Physical back in 2011, his music has amassed millions of views online, topped numerous charts, and been released on Defected, Connected and Objektivity, while his work ethic has seen him launch Flashmob Records the label, which has won support from BBC Radio 1, Skream and Eats Everything.
Today sees the third and final installment of VIVa MUSiC’s 10-year anniversary sampler featuring Eats Everything, Andrea Oliva, Emanuel Satie and MANIK. Arguably VIVa’s biggest release to date, ’10 Years of VIVa MUSiC: Decadedance’ has so far featured label boss Steve Lawler and the likes of Groove Armada, Mathew Jonson, Catz ‘n Dogz, Junior Sanchez and more.
Alex Arnout marks 10 years of Dogmatik Records with a label retrospective compilation. Alex has a busy winter all mapped out. The Dogmatik label boss has been turning out house and tech tracks for more than a decade now, and continues to set his own agenda with each new offering. That will be proven once again between now and February when he puts out another clutch of material and chief amongst these offerings is 10 years of Dogmatik Records, a compilation that looks at the best music the label has released in the last decade.
Taken from his current album smash 'Evergreen', hailed as album of the week on BBC Radio 2, Shaun Escoffery unleashes his duet with Joss Stone on the album title track. 'Evergreen' comes decorated with uplifting southern-soul grooves and Escoffery’s soulful tones are complemented by Grammy winning Stone’s sultry voice, which leaps freely into higher registers. Transporting this directly to the dancefloor is up and coming UK producer Rolling Stock, who has worked up a house music track teased with lush, melancholic synth washes, drizzled over a punchy bass groove.
Following two sell out Steel Yard shows in Liverpool and London, Creamfields recently announced the return to London of one of the world’s biggest electronic duo’s Axwell /\ Ingrosso as headliners of Steel Yard London on Sunday 28 May Bank Holiday weekend. Having apparently sold out the 10,000 capacity Steel Yard Liverpool show in under 24 hours and fresh off a sold out arena show in Amsterdam which made headlines as Axwell /\ Ingrosso came through the floor seemingly dragged upwards by a laser pod, the pair’s new visual show was shot on film at various world locations, giving a whole new take on their classic tracks and teasing audiences of new music to come.
House music has enjoyed a big year, and 2017 looks set to continue to provide yet more top additions to the genre. ‘Defected Presents Most Rated 2017’ celebrates the wealth and variety of house created, played and enjoyed on dancefloors worldwide, showcasing the records doing the business in clubs right now, previewing the hits of the year ahead, and reflecting on the big tracks from the past 12 months that are possibly destined to become tomorrow’s classics.
Australian Sonny Fodera’s career has risen well in the past few years. His compilation album on Defected Records, alongside his productions on labels like Green Velvet's Cajual Records, Seth Troxler's Visionquest label and more, has helped to raise his profile with dance music. Originally inspired by the 4/4 groove of Derrick Carter, his bassline-driven house has seen him play gigs around the world. The beginning of 2016 saw him embark on a 30-date tour across the UK and USA, which will conclude with seven home-coming shows in Australia this December.
Viberate.com – the new music analytics service launched last month as a free beta – has now announced details about its free and premium tiers. Granting users access to an apparently unprecedented level of statistical data, the site offers unique insights not only into artists’ current standings within the industry, but also rising trends, allowing promoters, agents and managers to be one step ahead of the competition. Thanks to regularly refreshed data from a huge range of sources, its aim is to chart the predictive rise and fall of artists based on real time activity, meaning that promoters can discover and book soon-to-be superstar artists before they become prohibitively expensive.
Hannah Wants recently announced a new concept - PLAY - a dark, raw and authentic tour, which aims to project her artistic progression and prospective musical vision. Maintaining her bass house roots but exhibiting her developing style, the night will be diverse with some surprise elements along the way. Apparently there will be ‘evolved production, electrifying stand-out visuals contrasted with a grungy and intense atmosphere’. A selection of new and established DJs have been chosen by Hannah to showcase their skills alongside her across the tour, promising to unveil new talent as well as highlight credible artists.
Wolfgang Gartner has teamed up with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, John Oates, one half of the duo Hall & Oates, for Gartner’s latest single ‘Baby Be Real’. The 80s-inspired groove showcases the same nostalgic, dancefloor-driven sonics Gartner produced on his last album ’10 Ways To Steal Home Plate’, coupled with Oates’ vocals encouraging listeners to keep it real.
As Porter Robinson and Madeon continue to play shows across North America on their “Shelter Live” Tour, the duo recently announced plans to take the show overseas in 2017 with a series of live shows in London, Paris, Amsterdam, and multiple cities throughout Australia. In the eight weeks since the two longtime friends released their joint single “Shelter”, the hype for them continues to grow. With more than 30 million combined single streams to date, 6.2 million video streams in three weeks, 20 sold-out shows (105 thousand tickets sold) “Shelter” is driven by two artists, one song, one video, and and their fanbase across the globe.
With their Loyalty Early Bird tickets for Defected Croatia 2017 now sold out, Defected recently announced Phase 1 of the line-up for next year's event. MK joins them in Croatia, while returning to Tisno after his headline set this year is Dennis Ferrer, who is also the man behind the label’s 500th release and played their D500 party at Ministry Of Sound on 5 November.
For 17 seasons now Sven Väth’s Cocoon night has been a port of call for techno fans on the White Isle. Now, as another year’s came to a close, the musical highlights from 2016 get mixed up then laid down across two discs by label boss, Sven Väth. Disc one starts with some atmospheric summery sounds and pleasing bird calls stitched to a deep house groove. From there a diverse selection of artists are all called upon from the European likes of Ripperton and C-Rau to two very different Detroit techno artists in Omar S and Eddie Fowlkes.
Tim Engelhardt has spent years honing his skills as an electronic music producer and DJ and has worked hard to create music, with his sound apparently now being recognised by fans and fellow producers around the world. He was born in the mountainous region of Westerwald in Western Germany, the birthplace of musicians Dominik Eulberg and Gabriel Ananda, where growing up in a place with such rich scenery and local landscapes became a huge inspiration for the music he's made.
Following the summer blowout that was the fifth Eastern Electrics festival, the brand now turns their attention to NYE to welcome 2017 in style with Richy Ahmed, Josh Butler and a Do Not Sleep takeover. Descending upon East London’s rave spot Studio Spaces with two rooms from 9pm on 31 December and partying through until 6am, the EE crew are promising ‘a New Year’s to remember’, with tickets from just £15.
After a successful 2016, Love International in Croatia, returns for its second season next year from Weds 28 June - Weds 5 July 2017, with the first wave of names recently revealed. Next year's line-up includes the debut of The Black Madonna and she is joined by Detroit spinner Palms Trax, along with Optimo, the DJ duo of Twitch and Jonnie Wilkes whose Optimo night mixes up techno, electro, rock and more. Also announced was Paranoid London and Jazzanova, the eclectic collective from Berlin, owners of Sonar Kollektiv.
Due to demand, this year’s Vandit Winter Nights has doubled in size. With tickets for PvD’s annual seasonal Kesselhaus knees-up selling out before October end, PVD recently added a second Vandit Winter Nights show at the Kulturbrauerei. Taking place for the first time on back-to-back nights over the pre-Christmas weekend, 16 December will see Paul deliver a five-hour performance.
Saturday 27 May 2017 will see three brands unite for an event that will see Eric Prydz return to the UK to present EPIC 5.0 for his only European EPIC show of 2017. The live show will be unveiled in apparently Europe’s biggest structure, the Steel Yard. Designed and created exclusively for Creamfields, the superstructure will make its London debut at Victoria Park on May Bank Holiday weekend.
Following the release of his ‘Ready To Rock' EP this summer, plus the new ‘Reload That Reloaded’, Jaguar Skills hits London and Oxford for two live dates, with support coming from Kove, Big Tobz, Wide Awake & Milli Major. With his anonymity still intact, Jaguar Skills is a constant presence on the club and festival circuit with his technical sets and encyclopaedic knowledge of drum and bass, hip-hop and everything in between.
With radio support coming from BBC Radio 1’s Monki and Radio 6's Nemone, and further DJ support already coming in from Treasure Fingers, Steve Lawler, Martin Solveig, Sander Van Doorn, John Digweed, Kissy Sell Out, Roger Sanchez, Kydus, Popof, Claptone, Andhim, Mar-T and Denny, Host return this month with their latest EP, ‘I Wanna Be Your Friend’.
After their residency this summer in Ibiza for 16 weeks straight at Space during the storied venue’s final season, Glitterbox returns with a new album, 'For Your Disco Pleasure'. Compiled and mixed by Defected boss and Glitterbox founder Simon Dunmore, this two mix compilation epitomises exactly what to expect when you hit the dancefloor at these parties.
Released February 2017 on his own Ladies and Gentlemen imprint, ‘Green Supreme’ is the fourth studio album from house music veteran Phonique, a collection of 11 songs. To date, Phonique has amassed a discography of more than 500 original tracks and remixes – as well as three previous studio albums – for labels such as Dessous, Poker Flat, Crosstown Rebels, Systematic, Souvenir and his own label Ladies and Gentlemen, a collection which includes some apparent runaway successes.
Through RVCA's Artist Network Program (ANP), Steve Aoki and PM Tenore recently announced their merge of music and fashion together with the Dim Mak x RVCA 20th Anniversary Collaboration. The collection is a microcosm of each brand’s impact on both industries. The collection arrives in the midst of Dim Mak’s 20th Anniversary. Steve Aoki’s record label has spent 2016 on a world tour, playing to audiences in Barcelona, Chicago, Ibiza, Malta, Mexico City, Montréal, New York City, and other global hotspots.
Frenchman DJ W!ld returns to Roush’s vinyl only series this month with four groove-focused productions. His history within house and techno is well documented, dating back to the early-90s, the Frenchman has gone on to make the booths of DC10 and Rex Club his homes away from home whilst releasing on the likes of Robsoul, Off Recordings and VIVa Music amongst many.
Starting today, GusGus, the electronic act from Iceland, are set to tour North America and Mexico on a 9-date run. A rotating cast of members and a career spanning just over 20 years, Biggi Veira and Daníel Ágúst will take GusGus all the way from New York to LA and many places in between. Having remixed acts such as Depeche Mode, Björk and Sigur Rós, GusGus are no strangers to innovative experimentation and have apparently repeatedly gained themselves critical acclaim by demonstrating a grasp of analog hardware.
DJ/producer and remixer Sasha will make his Barbican, London debut on 20 May 2017. With the event already sold out, in this concert hall setting he explores a more introspective side to his music in a special performance of his Late Night Tales release ‘Scene Delete’, an album that filters contemporary classical influences through the lens of house and techno, as well as reinterpretations of music from his back catalogue.
Dennis Ferrer has a decent track record as a producer and remixer, with various hits and club anthems to his name, not to mention a decade-long relationship with Defected Records. Outside of his own imprint Objektivity, Defected has provided a home to some of Ferrer’s biggest hits as well as a platform to many of his DJ sets, like the one he recently played at Defected Croatia Festival 2016. So, who better to do the honours for the label’s momentous 500th release, or 'DFTD500’, than Dennis Ferrer.
It’s been over five years since London-based Circus Records established itself in bass music, and label kingpins Doctor P and Flux Pavilion have curated a 30-track LP, carefully selecting tracks from the label’s top artists. Dubbed ‘Circus Three’, the handpicked collection dispenses a variety of sounds and styles from the label’s family such as FuntCase, DISKORD, Cookie Monsta, Doctor P and Flux Pavilion.
Brighton Music Conference (BMC), recently revealed the dates for its 2017 edition. BMC17 will take over the Brighton Dome for the two-day conference on 27 and 28 April 2017, with tickets on sale now. ‘Run by the industry for the industry’ and apparently attended by thousands of experienced music professionals and the next generation of DJs/producers, BMC focuses on innovation, education and the key issues facing the electronic and dance music sector.
‘Just Say’, the club track from UK producer KDA and US R&B star Tinashe recently got its official video. The video stars Tinashe in a solo dance routine, set to the backdrop of a surrealist Lynchian Los Angeles motel. The video was directed by photographer and two-time MTV VMA nominated director Sarah McColgan who has worked with Usher, Miguel, Aloe Blacc, Wale and Kelly Rowland among others, and shot Tinashe for her cover of Complex Magazine earlier in the year.
For his ‘Afterdark Mix’, Sabb has spliced together tracks by Emanuel Satie and Roberto Rodriguez to create this tech house record, its seductive energy heightened with explosive percussive loops and pumping bass.
Liverpool Music Week recently announced the complete and final line up for this year’s festival, which begins with the opening party headlined by Warpaint today at The Dome, Grand Central Hall in Liverpool. Now entering its 12th year, Liverpool Music Week is apparently the UK’s largest indoor winter music festival and has recently attracted over 48,000 people to the city each year, previously playing host to the likes of Godspeed You!, Black Emperor, Deerhunter, Gang of Four, Soak, Best Coast, Josh T Pearson, Health, Holly Herndon, Mogwai, Churches, Caribou, The War On Drugs, Wild Beasts, Forest Swords, Liars, Evian Christ and many more over the years.
Bristol’s In:Motion 2016 series began a few weeks ago and apparently already thousands of people have passed through the doors of the club to witness music from the likes of Joseph Capriati, Eats Everything, Kölsch, Craig Richards, Roni Size, Congo Natty and Oneman to name but a few. The brand recently revealed the lineup for their New Year’s Day party which will extend across two warehouses, for a day of celebrations.
German duo Mat.Joe, who have previously released on house labels Strictly Rhythm, Exploited and Hottrax, will be touring North America this November, including stops in Dallas, San Francisco and Chicago. Mat.Joe are Matze and Johannes, two German producers and DJs who apparently have been causing quite a stir in the house world over the last few years. Originally from Hannover, they moved to Berlin for new artistic challenges and quickly found their niche: crispy urban house beats paired with rhythmic soul and hip-hop elements, resulting in deep, rich music aimed squarely at the dancefloor.
Jay Sean has teamed up with DJ/producer Hardwell for a new collaboration that is a distinctive future pop single with a catchy dance vibe. Titled ‘Thinking About You’, this new studio collaboration from both artists has the possible potential to be a popular hit amongst music fans. It’s an emotive record filled rich melodic tones and features a blend of house/R&B flavours.
German producers Kaiserdisco are back on one of Drumcode for their sixth EP. That label is Drumcode, ‘Toleranz’, a four-track affair that features a remix from Pleasurekraft. Hamburg based Kaiserdisco have been active since 2008, and in that time have put out 30 EPs and nearly 50 remixes. They also run their own labels, KD Music and KD RAW, and are regulars on the likes of Suara and Tronic as well as various festivals and clubs. Swedish label, Drumcode is possibly one of the scene’s foremost techno labels, ran by boss Adam Beyer.
Bingo Players have been part of the dance music scene for ten years - releasing tracks, playing festivals and even founding their own Hysteria record label. But at the height of their success in 2013, one half of the duo Paul Baümer suddenly passed away from cancer. His other half Maarten Hoogstraten has carried on their legacy, and to celebrate a decade since Bingo Players’ inception he recently announced a 10 Year Anniversary Tour as well as the release of ‘Spinnin x Hysteria present 10 Years of Bingo Players’.
Last night, DJ Mag revealed the results of their Top 100 DJs Poll 2016, announcing Martin Garrix as this year’s winner. The 20-year-old Dutchman is the youngest ever No.1 DJ, and takes the top spot from 2015 winners, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Martin was awarded the No.1 trophy by his mentor, Tiesto, on stage at the Top 100 DJs Poll Awards Party at the Heineken Music Hall. The event was the opening party in this year’s AMF, apparently the largest festival of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).
Dutchman Nicky Romero recently unveiled his new collaboration with Dutch duo Navarra called ‘Crossroads’, which is out now on Protocol Recordings. Premiered on Protocol radio and showcasing undiscovered talent reigning from Dutch music production school ‘Herman Brood Academie’ - who have bred the likes of Martin Garrix and Julian Jordan - ‘Crossroads' is a club ready cut that aims to whet your whistle ahead of next week’s ADE event.
Released nearly three decades ago at the height of the acid house craze that was to forever change the face of club culture, Phuture’s ‘We Are Phuture’ is a classic, a record whose message still resonates to this day. Ahead of the 30 year anniversary of the birth of acid house in 2017, Get Physical have teamed up with Phuture’s DJ Pierre to revisit the record, with three new versions by Pierre himself to be released alongside a remastered version of the original.
Octave One return with a new album entitled ‘Love by Machine’, its name is a nod to the fact that the Burden brothers are apparently ‘revered masters of
their hardware’ - both in the studio and also in the live arena. All the more impressive when you bear in mind they have been active since the ‘80s, most often releasing on their own 430 West
label, which is where they appear again here.
BT (Brian Transeau) has crafted a spiritual successor to 2006’s ‘This Binary Universe’ and 2012’s ’If The Stars Were Eternal'. Right now, there’s no right or wrong way to articulate the title of _. It’s open to interpretation. It’s hard to predict with a trace of Future Sound of London and an evident edge of John Cage. It’s assembled, classically, into six tracks, bridged by three Movements. It’s also a musical composition in the truest sense of the expression. Linking the album’s tracks are its 'Artifacture', 'Indivism' and 'Ω' Movements; BT’s modernist take on the classical composition structure. They make up a 25 section sequence of (as BT defines them) “inter-compositional-themes”, creating 45 minutes of constantly flowing, ever-developing tonality.
Sunday 27 November has been revealed as the date for the 2016 edition of A Night In Paradise. The Paradise Garage inspired event returns to Ministry of Sound with a line-up featuring DJs who were a key part of the legendary New York club between 1977-1987, Ministry’s original house missionaries, and contemporary DJs who embody the club’s musical spirit. The first names recently announced are Jellybean Benitez, David Depino, Joey Llanos, Victor Rosado, and Severino in the Box; Paul Trouble Anderson, Fat Tony, CJ Mackintosh, Jazzy M, Ricky Morrison, Justin Berkmann, and Jeremy B in 103 (bringing the spirit of the venue’s first decade); and Handsome in the Baby Box with Terry Farley, DJ Paulette, HiFi Sean, Dave Kendrick, and Jamie Bull.
Following his sold out London show, Oliver Heldens has added an extra date to his UK Tour in December. Oliver complementing club event with an exclusive live gig in on Sunday 11 December 2016 at Electric Brixton featuring special guest Becky Hill. Heldens is possibly at the vanguard of the new generation of house music artists and already has a No 1 record, hundreds of millions of streams, headline residencies and festival appearances to his name.
Returning for a second consecutive year following a debut event to ring in 2016, Italy’s Cosmo Festival has now confirmed its line-up for its sophomore edition in Rome. Apparently set to perform in front of up to 10,000 people, the line-up includes Chris Liebing, Joseph Capriati, Loco Dice, Nina Kraviz, Pan-Pot and Ilario Alicante, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. The event, which spans both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, ending at 4am on 2 January, will take place across four different indoor venues, all within 100 meters walking distance from each other. Partygoers will have access to all of these venues throughout the duration of the event.
A 24-hour DJ marathon, featuring the likes of Basement Jaxx, Rob da Bank, Secretsundaze and Horse Meat Disco, will be taking place at Work Bar in Islington today as part of Oxfam’s Oxjam Music Festival. The main event will run from 7pm to 3.30am today with DJ Magazine hosting an exclusive 24-hour live stream direct from Work’s basement rave cave and cocktail bar from 1pm.
On 11 November, BPitch Control's Ellen Allien reveals the digital and vinyl release of her forthcoming EP, ‘Landing XX’. The 3-track EP aims to bring listeners into a cosmic realm, with upbeat tempos and heavy basslines to take you on a ride. Born and living in Berlin and with a new regular club night there every few months at IPSE, Ellen’s home apparently stands for two things above all: creativity and bringing people together on the dancefloor with her analogue sound - a hypnotic techno, acid, freak-house mix.
Zeds Dead recently unveiled details for their debut album ‘Northern Lights’ which is due out on 14 October via their own Deadbeats label. Zeds Dead enlisted artists such as Rivers Cuomo, Pusha T, Jadakiss, Styles P, Charlotte OC, Elliphant, Diplo, and Twin Shadow amongst others.
Toronto’s Coda gets a spooky visit from Russian Nina Kraviz and Icelandic producer Bjarki on Halloween night, Monday 31 October. With this gig, Nina continues to keep up her growing reputation within electronic music as a DJ and producer, whilst running her label Trip. Joining Kraviz, is one of her brightest new artists on the Trip imprint, with his breakout track ‘I Wanna Go Bang’ which was released in 2015.
UK label Renaissance returns with the next instalment of its Mix Collection series, enlisting production outfit Art Department across two CDs. Canadian Jonny White, acting Head of No.19 Music, Social Experiment and Sunday Money Music is the electronic music veteran behind the project known as Art Department. With their own style and contribution to the electronic music scene, the subtleties of the deep, low-slung ad spaced out sound that has not only forged its way into Art Department’s discography but also draws clear stylistic lines back to Renaissance’s earlier ’90s chapters.
Back in early June, Markus Schulz released his single ‘Summer Dream’. Taken from his 2016 ‘Watch The World’ album, it saw him lyrically collaborating with LA/NY-shuttling songstress Mia Koo. Now, in remix form, the track is back aiming to put a final flourish to the summer. From its Original Album Mix, Markus has worked ‘Summer Dream’ up into an Extended Mix, with young guns Anske and Jayceeoh contributing new perspectives to the track.
Annie Mac returns with her selection of her favourite tracks from the past year: ‘Annie Mac Presents 2016’. Already at #1 on the UK iTunes chart, the AMP 2016 compilation is the seventh in the series, which have topped the iTunes album charts the past five years running. Its release comes hot on the heels of three back-to-back Annie Mac Presents All Day Raves which took place across the UK, and upfront of the forthcoming Annie Mac Presents Collected nights at The Jazz Café in London this autumn.
Hailing from a town close to Seville in Spain, Wade’s production career kicked off in 2010 after his first track on Beatport was released at the age of 19. Since then he’s come a long way, getting love from labels including Suara, Relief, Snatch Records, Viva Music, Avotre and ElRow Music.
Hot off the back of his Las Vegas residency this summer, Kaskade recently announced his first London date in over a year. After an apparent sold out show at London’s Steel Yard last year, one of America’s most popular house DJs will be appearing at Electric Brixton on Saturday 12 November 2016 with tickets on sale now. The multi Grammy-nominated artist, who has remained at the forefront of house and electronic music for over a decade, is best known in the UK for his collaborative project with Deadmau5, resulting in the tracks ‘I Remember’ and ‘Beneath With Me’ feat. Skylar Gray.
Deep house grooves unite with an jazz flavour for the dancefloor affirmation ‘It’s All Right’. Local DJ/producers Homero Espinosa and Mark Farina began making music together over a year ago, releasing several tracks through the Bay Area’s electronic collective Moulton Music.
Hot Creations’ next release is ‘Hot Jams’ from upcoming artists Lee Walker, Pete Dorling, Neil Parkes and Greeko. First up, young producer Lee Walker from Middlesbrough makes his debut, delivering ‘That Little Ditty’, which takes hold with a deeply intoxicating bassline, prominent hi-hats and punchy stabs that build to a frenzied climax. Shooting onto the scene in 2015 with his off-the-cuff edit of DJ Deeon’s ‘Freak Like Me’, which played by the likes of Marco Carola, Dixon and Loco Dice, soon gained over one million hits on Youtube and was finally picked up by Defected Records.
From Ibiza to Amsterdam, Manchester to Milan, DJ/producer Cristoph is currently on a European tour to accompany the release of his “8-track” album covering some of the continent’s key clubbing destinations and venues. The tour kicked off in label figurehead and Knee Deep in Sound mentor Hot Since 82’s hometown of Leeds at Mint Festival, on 24 September, with the run of shows taking the young producer to 10 countries and into the DJ booths of clubs such as Milan’s Amnesia and Goya Social Club Madrid as well as UK event series including Manchester’s The Warehouse Project, Newcastle’s Shindig and Motion in Bristol.
Twenty years since its inception, the Amsterdam Dance Event has become the most important date on the international electronic music community’s calendar, seeing the world’s biggest DJs, key industry heads and hundreds of thousands of clubbers descend upon the city, bringing a period of intense focus to an already well-established destination for quality dance music. The Defected In The House party at ADE is possibly one of the most eagerly-anticipated of the week, and ‘Defected In The House Amsterdam 2016’ offers a sneak preview of the tracks set to soundtrack the night and possibly dominate dancefloors throughout the festival.
Amnesia Ibiza recently announced the line up for its takeover of London’s Electric Brixton on Saturday 26 November. Amnesia Ibiza resident DJs, Paco Osuna, Cuartero, Mar-T, and Fer Br will be joined by French electronic music artist and Hyte/Amnesia and Circo Loco/DC10 resident, Agoria, for the Amnesia London party.
Roni Size and Krust’s Full Cycle Records recently announced the launch of a new retrospective compilation series. ‘Full Cycle Retrospective Volume One’ will be released on 30 September, and features classics from the label’s back catalogue (many made available digitally for the first time) alongside contemporary tracks from the recently revived imprint. Future collections will include material from Full Cycle’s dub plate vault. /The compilation consists of the classics and new cuts that Roni and Krust have been playing out this year in their Full Cycle live sets. The 12 track compilation features releases from Roni (‘Brut Force’, ‘Sound Advice’, ‘Playtime’, Bailey’s remix of ‘Forget Me Knots’) plus collaborations with DJ Die including ’11.55’ and ‘Music Box’), Krust (‘Soul In Motion’, ‘Follow Da Vision’, and ‘Brief Encounters’), D Product (‘Telemetry’ ‘Bounce The Bass’ with Surge), and 3 Way (‘Appreciation’).
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.”