Soundcrash presents a one-off, historic night of roots and bass at Electric Brixton on Saturday 12 March 2016. Starring producer Lee Scratch Perry with special guests including Mad Professor, Trojan Sound System (live), Channel One Soundsystem, and DJ Vadim & Real Roots, the show is also in celebration of the pioneering Lee Scratch Perry’s 80th birthday.
On 16 March 2016, Dutch dance imprint, Revealed Recordings, will be taking over Nikki Beach during the Miami Winter Music Conference for a night of music led by the imprint’s co-founder, Hardwell.
The 10th release from Boogie Angst sees L’Enfant provide shimmering warm synths, understated yet catchy vocals and dancefloor grooves blended with a retro charm. Marius Aquarius is a track of indie-based electronica with soul and pop twists that wouldn’t sound out of place on the Drive OST.
‘Beach Rouge Volume 2’, is the second release in the Beach Rouge series, featuring beach house and deep disco. Out now on Playlister Records, the 13 track digital album captures the ambience of the Beach Rouge bar at the LUX* Belle Mare resort in Mauritius. With Playlister as music advisors and programmers, the modern music policy of LUX* Resorts and Hotels, complements these beachside retreats, as typified by the laid-back grooves of ‘Beach Rouge: Volume 2’.
After the recent release of his second LP ’10 Ways To Steal Home Plate’, US DJ Wolfgang Gartner recently announced two live performances to celebrate the album’s debut. Headlining Avalon in Los Angeles on 5 March and Webster Hall in New York on 12 March, Gartner will make his return to the dancefloor following a year hiatus from touring.
Dim Mak’s ‘Greatest Hits 2015: Remixes’ offers a selection of the best remixed tracks to come off the label from the past year. A collection of tracks ranging from progressive and electro to trap and dancehall (and everything in between), the compilation features artists like Keys N Krates, SBCR aka The Bloody Beetroots, Chris Lorenzo, Nom De Strip, Yellow Claw, Autoerotique, Lil Jon and many more.
Huxley is a house DJ/producer that has been a key player in the underground scene since dropping his first two EPs ‘Sassanids’ and ‘The White’ in 2009. With a big couple of years that followed, Huxley has received praise from all over the globe, including claiming a spot in Resident Advisor's Top 100 DJs in 2012 and clocking at #9 in their Top 50 tracks of 2012 for his track "Let It Go". He has since played venues around the world and continued to collaborate and remix with electronic music's biggest names, which include Maya Jane Coles, Carlo Lio and Groove Armada.
Vigel and Armada Music recently started their collaboration and in addition to signing with Armada Music, the Russian DJ and producer has just released his new single on Armada Trice, ‘Victorious’. Before signing with the Amsterdam-based record company, Vigel already released on various Armada Music imprints.
This May Bank Holiday coming will see the JOOF Recordings roadshow roll into London town again for a label/artist/DJ showcase. Having recently announced his 2016 imprint shake up, John 00 Fleming ports his new label paradigm to the capital’s KOKO venue for JOOF Editions 2016 on 29 May. John, himself, is of course a shoo-in for a DJ set on the night and will be taking the opportunity to debut his new psy-alias JOOF LIVE stage show at the former Camden Palace site.
The Riverside Festival 2016 kicks off this May Bank Holiday weekend with the return of the fourth annual Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival. Event organisers recently revealed the first wave of acts to appear including Fatboy Slim, the return of Cocoon at The Riverside featuring with Sven Väth plus Laurent Garnier, Rødhåd, SLAM, Gary Beck, Ilario Alicante, Jackmaster, Dimitri from Paris, Vril (live) and Dixon Avenue Basement Jams. The outdoor event will once again take place on the grounds of the Riverside Museum on the banks of the River Clyde and will be bigger than ever before with more bars and more music, kicking off earlier this year at 3PM.
The UK’s Chase & Status were recently announced as one of the main acts for this year’s BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend, alongside Coldplay and Bring Me the Horizon. Saul and Will recently joined Nick Grimshaw on his Radio 1 Breakfast show to chat about playing the free festival and their plans for 2016, including new music.
Brighton Music Conference (BMC) recently announced the first speakers and talks for the 2016 event, which returns to the Brighton Dome on Thursday 14 April and Friday 15 April for its third year. The event features two days of masterclasses, panels and talks from leading brands and industry figures including Beatport, PRS, AFEM, Toolroom, Hospital Records, NTIA, DJ Magazine, Shogun Audio, BIMM, Mobilee Records, Skint Records, Believe Digital, Crazy P, Prok & Fitch, Yousef, Safehouse Management, Intec Digital, Friction, Amon Tobin, Rockwell, Icicle, Critical Records, Wunderground, Republic of Music, Dean Marsh and GAK Audio.
Back in the ‘90s there were arguably three clubbing brands that dominated UK clubbing – Ministry of Sound in London, Cream in Liverpool and The Tunnel Club in Glasgow. Ministry of Sound went on to be one of the biggest clubbing brands in the world and Cream developed its clubbing and festival schedule, going on to create the huge Creamfields events around the globe. Sadly for the Tunnel though, that’s where the success stories end. Internal politics with its owners led to the downfall of the club and its parent owners. In the early noughties, the club fell into a downwards spiral, eventually being bought by a new leisure group, who moved it away from its dance music heritage.
Marco Carola recently announced three consecutive Music On London dates at Electric Brixton. The Friday night shows featuring Marco Carola and guests will take place on Friday 25 March, Friday 1 April and Friday 8 April with ticket registration in advance.
With tickets going on sale today, this is a big one! Having apparently sold out two dates in Manchester and a night at London's Royal Albert Hall in a matter of minutes, Haçienda Classical's first Scottish concert comes in conjunction with UK promoters, Colours, at Glasgow's SSE Hydro Arena on Friday 22 April. The events sees FAC 51 The Hacienda and Manchester Camerata collaborate with the DJs who shaped The Haçienda's sound – Mike Pickering and Graeme Park.
UK producer, Sigala, heads into 2016 with a debut No.1 single ‘Easy Love’ under his belt and his second release, ‘Sweet Lovin’’ still in the UK singles chart Top 10 after two months. His new single, ‘Say You Do’ (featuring Imani and DJ Fresh) was recently premiered on Radio 1 courtesy of Danny Howard, being awarded the title of the week’s Future Anthem.
Italian Benny Benassi, cousin/producer Alle Benassi and Australian singer/songwriter Vassy recently released their first ever collaboration, ‘Even If’, a track which combines Benassi’s arpeggiated keyboard chords, drum kicks and house melodies with Vassy’s vocals.
As a touring DJ, Mark Knight knows only too well how other people around the world live, many people less fortunate than ourselves. His ‘A Year In The Life’ project highlights his work in 2015 musically; however the whole project is essentially about giving something back. Not just to his fans, but on a much wider scale.
Twenty one-year old Luca Schreiner recently debuted his official video for new single ‘Missing’, featuring Kimberly Anne. Out now on Ultra Music, the official video takes you through a sentimental experience of love, longing and freedom; dedicated to the passing of his beloved dog, Gina.
What was once formed in a grubby Manchester basement in 2006, as one of the final raves at the nightclub Sankeys Soap, is now celebrating its 10th Anniversary World Tour. Kicking off the celebrations at The BPM Festival this past weekend, Kaluki Musik is set to drop into seven influential cities for the 2016 world tour.
Dim Mak celebrates 20 years as a label and brand this year. Two decades of records, parties and fun has possibly established the label as a leading force in the industry, known for its music and events. Now the label recently announced its first event on the 20th Anniversary World Tour: Dim Mak Miami Beach Party at Nikki Beach.
With another good year under her belt, Anja Schneider is hitting 2016 in style. A new year means a fresh sound for the Berliner, who is diving deep into her record collection to draw inspiration from a variable palette of sounds from across the years. Out today, the ‘Soul Traveller’ EP is her first collaboration with producer and engineer Jan-Eric from Autotune.
Xbox recently announced that it will release Xbox One Backward Compatibility titles as they become available – rather than having a set monthly launch date, titles will go live once each has received the engineering and publisher stamp of approval. This includes CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, where players assume the identity of Geralt of Rivia – a professional monster slayer – or witcher, as he becomes entangled within the political turmoil that has engulfed Temeria while hunting down a treacherous assassin.
‘Scream’ 1 & 2, ‘Do You Dream?’, ‘Progression’ and ‘Without You Near’ were his previous artist albums. Now, following that line, Markus Schulz, the two-time DJ Times Best American DJ
winner, has confirmed that 2016 would see the release of his sixth studio album.
In the run-up to Fedde Le Grand’s album release, the Dutch DJ released a sneak peak of things to come with his latest single ‘Keep On Believing’, which is out now via Sony and Ultra Music. Following on from his previous releases ‘Feel Good’ and ‘The Noise (Yeah Baby)’, and with just over a month until his full album release, Fedde aims to strike while the iron is hot with this release.
Birmingham vocalist Stealth has unveiled ‘I Don’t Need Your Love’, the latest single to be taken from the singer’s upcoming debut ‘Intro EP’, which is released on 25 March. The track sees Stealth revitalising nostalgic reverberated blues sentiments with his distinct new neo-soul tones.
M-22 release a fresh rethink of their ‘Good To Be Loved’ track, courtesy of Scottish DJ/producer, Chris Lake. The remix is out on 29 January via Refune Music but is available to stream now. Holding true to his signature style, Chris transforms its deep house blend into a bass and beat-fuelled groove aimed at the dancefloor.
Since being declared a ‘Future Star of 2013’ by BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong, Jonas Rathsman has apparently gone on to exceed all expectations with a string of releases, remixes and an ability to work a dancefloor. Born and raised in a small village in Western Sweden, Rathsman furthered his passion for music at the age of 18 when he began organising parties at numerous clubs in Gothenburg and quickly rose through the underground hierarchy of Sweden´s second largest city. Together with his close friend Fredrik Nyberg, aka DJ NIBC, they started releasing material under the alias Stuffa, which come to a climax with the release of their third single ‘Proof’ on Defected.
Chibuku recently announced their first show for 2016, bringing a lineup of bass-driven sounds to Arts Club Liverpool on Saturday 6 February, headlined by Stormzy, a man who has found himself at the forefront of the grime resurgence which is apparently sweeping the globe.
Following the inaugural edition of Road to ULTRA Singapore in September 2015, ULTRA Worldwide recently confirmed the launch of a full-scale, two-day festival for Singapore in 2016. Taking place on 10 & 11 September 2016, ULTRA Singapore will be the next in a long line of festivals that have grown from the Road to ULTRA series, and will see the event transform from a one-stage, indoor experience into an all-encompassing, outdoor, three-stage event.
Hardwell will celebrate the 250th edition of his long running Hardwell On Air radio show tomorrow night. During this special broadcast, alongside an exclusive selection of guests, he will perform a live two hour show that will broadcast on YouTube, as well as live on 40 FM/XM radio stations worldwide, and on his dedicated site.
Possibly known as one of Ibiza’s most respected electronic music gatherings, ANTS invades London’s Electric Brixton on Saturday 27 February for its debut party in the capital, with a line-up featuring Andrea Oliva, Lauren Lane, Noir, Secondcity, and Waze & Odyssey.
Following a huge 2015 season, Glitterbox will return to Space Ibiza this year, hosting Friday nights from 3 June to Friday 23 September 2016 for what will be the legendary Ibiza club’s final season. At its heart, Glitterbox aims to embody the idea that the dancefloor should be the focus of a truly transformative night: something of a rarity in the DJ-idolising culture of the modern club.
German by name but Spanish by birth, German Brigante is an artist with a passion and dedication to producing infectious dancefloor grooves. Next month, he makes his return to Australia and New Zealand for a series of gigs. German’s growing popularity within the electronic music fraternity was cemented by his position in Resident Advisor's Most Charted Artists Of 2013 chart which saw him rated No.56.
Volume 9 of the latest ‘A Disco Love Affair’ pays homage to the long-standing love affair between dance music and disco. Kindred spirits, they have kept the sparks of the underground alive through almost five decades. Released on Valentine’s Day, Future Disco’s latest edition honours seven years and nine episodes experience exploring the limits of what defines the genre and how it exists in the present moment.
Bon Voyage follow their debut single 'Booshie' with a possibly peak-time club banger in the form of ‘Don’t Tread On Me’. Led by Shamon Cassette, Bon Voyage is the unlikely marriage of the Brooklyn rapper with two young producers from the Dublin suburb of Finglas; The Supreme and Fono.
To celebrate his birthday and kick off a brand new year, Hardwell recently released his track, ‘Blackout’, for free download. Loaded with drops and a beat heavy rhythm, the track begins the year with confidence and style from the Dutchman. After a big 2015 he now looks to the future, apparently aiming to enhance his sound with new ideas and a forward thinking attitude.
Cologne production duo Beatkind (Sam Freeze & Mo Digital) debut their new single 'Undergrowth' featuring the vocals of Texan Sean Bradford via house label Hedonism Music on 22 January 2016. Complete with remixes by London’s Zombie Disco Squad aka ZDS aka Nat Self and Italian Simone Vitullo, ‘Undergrowth’ is all about old school house music.
PopCap Vancouver, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc., recently announced Plants vs. Zombies™ Garden Warfare 2 will host a public access multiplayer beta beginning 14 January and ending 18 January. The multiplayer beta will be available for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One®, and will be a chance for players to experience the shooter before the game hits stores on 25 February 25.
Following an apparent sold-out New Year’s Eve party at the London club, Defected In The House returns to Ministry of Sound on 6 February with another line-up featuring pure house heritage and fresh new talent in equal measure. 2015 was a big year for Defected In The House parties, not least of all in Ibiza where the brand hosted Amnesia’s Terrace and clubbers descended over the course of the season to get their weekly house fix. Elsewhere, Defected took over stages at festivals including We Are FSTVL, Extrema and Sundown. In December, Defected was named Best Label by DJ Mag in their Best Of British awards, the second time they have won the title, a fitting end to the year.
Less than two weeks out from the 15 January release of their ‘Midnite Mass’ EP on Dim Mak, Keys N Krates recently debuted their new single ‘Nothing But Space (ft. Aqui) via Beats 1 with Zane Lowe introducing the track as his 'World First Record'. Now, a full North American tour commences on the heels of the EP release with tickets on sale now.
New international event series - Outlier - curated and headlined by Bonobo, recently announced the second wave of acts for their all-day launch party taking place at London’s Tobacco Dock on Saturday 12 March, with a programme of music from possibly some of the industry’s most innovative talents.
The team behind BCM Mallorca is renovating Club B and aim to transform it into possibly Magaluf’s most exciting party hotel. The hotel complex that was already on the site apparently has had more than two million euros spent on it and the whole thing has been completely upgraded from the ground up. Designed for those that are looking for a fun and lively atmosphere, BCM Hotel will offer completely renovated apartments.
Coda is possibly one of Toronto's main destinations for quality house and techno music and as it celebrates its second anniversary, it opens its doors to a popular producer within today's underground music scene. Ellum label boss, Maceo Plex, will take over the decks for what aims to be a night of top music and celebration. Joining Maceo will be support from local DJs, Simina Grigoriu and Jonathan Rosa.
Label head of Anabatic Records and one of the four original members of the Dirtybird Crew, Worthy is a reputable tech house DJ and producer who now makes his DFTD debut with the ‘Lower & Slower EP’.
Leeds based DeMarzo makes his Kittball debut with a three-tracker entitled ‘I Like It’ set to drop this month. With releases on the likes of Hot Creations, Sincopat, Noir and Materialism, Marcus Wormald a.k.a. DeMarzo has likely earned his stripes. Now, with his arrival on Tube & Berger and Juliet Sikora’s Kittball imprint, the British producer can add another label to his name.
Last summer in Ibiza, Nick Warren invited Tim Andresen to play with him for the opening of his Soundgarden party. In the days leading up to visiting the White Isle, Tim finished the ‘Pitiusa’ track in his studio and debuted it on the night to an apparent great crowd response. The original is a deep percussion-driven affair with a powerful bassline and dreamy pads.
Leftwing & Kody’s Lost Records kick-starts 2016 with a sampler, featuring exclusive material from the likes of Timo Garcia, Kreature and Vidaloca & Piem, in light of Mexico’s BPM Festival. Following a prosperous 2015, including numerous label showcases, as well as releases from the likes of Montel, Cera Alba, Seff, Jey Kurmis and PAWSA - the label initiate the New Year in timely fashion with several tracks geared for BPM Festival’s open air parties.
Northern UK dance producer Bisou presents his first track in the form of ‘Ain’t Got Nobody’. The song is out now on new label LPP and features the vocals of Kelli-Leigh. The track was selected by Mistajam as his Inbox Fresh Selection on BBC 1Xtra, is now on regular rotation on his show and was also recently included on Radio 1’s Dance Anthems show.
Last November saw Def Mix join forces with SoSure Music to release ‘Boyz!’ from the late Frankie Knuckles, accompanied by remixes from David Morales and Farley & Heller. The release kicked off with the Farley & Heller Dub of ‘Boyz!’ and saw the British duo deliver a low slung slice of house fuelled by chugging organ grooves, raw crunchy rhythms and hooky loops of the original vocal licks.
With their latest single, Ephwurd’s ‘Bring It Back’ to the old school combines a heavy dose of bass with elements of classic house music. The groovy, electro track features distorted vocal samples in the breakdown that progresses into the high-energy lyrics - “Bring it back to the old school…back back back to the sound of the f*ck you!”
John Dahlbäck’s ‘Saga’ album is already available for pre-order, in addition to the fourth single of the album, ‘Where You Are’ feat. Lovestarrs, which is out now. Ever since the first album single ‘Raven’ was launched on 31 July, John’s ‘Saga’ has been patiently waited on by fans of the artist. The single received extensive support from the likes of Avicii, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nicky Romero, Thomas Gold and Sick Individuals, and the next two album singles joined the ranks soon after: ‘Atlantis’ and ‘Count To Ten’ feat. Alexx Mack.
As the year draws to a close, Nicky Romero recently dropped his collaboration with Budapest based duo Stadiumx, ‘Harmony’, which is out now via his Protocol Recordings imprint. Played as an instrumental earlier this year during his Ultra Music Festival set and apparently becoming the main ID from this performance, they join forces once again for this vocal rendition. Premiered on Protocol Radio last month, the track amassed 50k plays on SoundCloud within the first 24 hours. Keeping the original backbone and melody intact, they induce synths alongside vocals curated by Georgia Ku.
Solarstone’s Pure Trance movement had its inception in 2012 and now its Pure Trance Progressive label is its newest extension – focusing on promoting the resurgent deeper, slower side of the Pure Trance sound, such as these 125bpm tracks that make up PTP002. Brenden LaBonte (aka Forerunners) is a guy who produces addictive progressive trance music and his back catalogue consists of many tracks as gets the concept of the ‘slow build’ and how to take the listener on a journey.
As an ID, 'Keep It Comin' has already received support from The Magician, Oliver Heldens, Bakermat, Don Diablo, Chocolate Puma, Klingande, Robin Schulz, Nore En Pure, Chris Lake and plenty more. However, the real payoff came when Danny Howard recently took to the airwaves to reveal the artiste to be Northern Ireland's Junior J live on BBC Radio 1's Dance Anthems show.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike returned to Belgium last weekend for three sold-out shows (17, 18, and 19 December), with special guests Afrojack, Armin van Buuren and Ne-Yo, plus an exclusive vinyl-only session. After last year’s ‘Bringing The World The Madness’, fans welcomed the announcement of ‘Bringing The Madness 3.0’ by apparently snapping up 40,000 tickets in under 40 minutes—a feat only previously managed by names such as U2, Madonna, Beyoncé and Coldplay.
Following on from the recent release of 'Bricks Down', a collaboration between Kenny Dope and Robert Owens on Dopewax, comes a set of remixes. No introduction is needed for these remixers as Kenny reunites with long-time production partner, Louie Vega for the first Masters At Work production of any kind in over 10 years.
Scotsman Graeme Clark, better known as The Revenge finishes 2015 with the honour of ‘Best Album’ at the DJ Mag Best of British awards for ‘Love That Will Not Die’. Graeme continues to release music on his very own Roar Groove label with the recent announcement of ‘Intimate Connection’ – a double EP featuring all-new tracks plus special ‘live dub’ recordings from title winning ‘Love That Will Not Die’.
2015 has kept Ambassadeurs busy with a slew of EPs and his debut album, ‘Patterns’, which was released on his own Lost Tribe Records imprint. Now back in the studio recording his second album, he is dropping Halos in the interim to keep fans of his sound happy. The EP was written during an escape in the autumn from the city to the countryside. The change of scenery from concrete to wilderness is reflected in the more organic sounds on the EP and was written with the bare minimum of equipment. A simpler and more stripped back approach was adopted even sampling some old cassettes that were left behind in the cottage where he was staying.
According to his press team, Armin van Buuren’s forthcoming ‘A State Of Trance Year Mix 2015’ is set to attract over 37 million listeners from all over the world. The special end-of-the-year episode of the A State Of Trance radio show is to be broadcast on 31 December, although the official ‘A State Of Trance Year Mix 2015’ mix compilation has already been launched. The mix marks the 12th edition of the double-disc mix album, which has a total of 105 trance tunes gathered in this year’s instalment.
EDX recently announced the No Xcuses Vs Enormous Tunes Bus Tour that will hit major cities across the U.S. and Canada, starting in February and running through March 2016. On the back of a year that included world tours, apparently several huge hits, including ‘Belong’ and his ‘Show Me Love’ remix, No Xcuses events, and more, EDX gets ready to take on the new year with a family-oriented bus tour, in addition to more studio productions.
Italian duo Moonwalk make their second Kittball appearance with a house three-tracker set for release on 24 December. Moonwalk, aka Mauro Morabello Morabito and Dario Vizioli, are a duo from Naples who have been releasing material steadily for the past three years on the likes of Incorrect, Go Deeva, Material Records and Nurvous.
Portuguese producer Rui Da Silva has been responsible for some key tracks over the years. With a UK #1 and many other tracks, his latest production on Enhanced Music, It's Your Love’, finds him teaming up with Duane Harden (collaborator on Armand van Helden's 'You Don't Know Me') and Brit Joe Killington.
Jordan Suckley has enlisted the talents of a pair of spinners to give the traditional mix-comp format a twist. A past exponent of the back-2-back dynamic, for the release of ‘Jordan Suckley Presents Damaged Records: Red Alert - Back 2 Back Edition’, he’s ported that into two mixes/discs. Letting that old DJ chemistry work its magic, Jordan plays track-tennis with psy-trance spinning Liquid Soul and deck-duels with his new Damaged Recordings prodigy, Sam Jones.
Eats Everything got his big break with 2011’s ‘Entrance Song’ which was released on Catz N Dogz’ Pets Recordings. His touring career took off, and several releases on the likes of Hot Creations, Dirtybird, Crosstown Rebels and Method followed. However, 2015 proved to be one of Eats Everything’s biggest years yet, with the release of his debut mix album ‘Fries With That?’ and the launch of his own label and events series Edible. Eats Everything’s hard work throughout the year was rewarded when he won the hotly-contended title of ‘Best British DJ’ at the DJ Mag Best of British Awards 2015.
S-Man teams up with fellow New Yorker Mr V for a house single on Sanchez’s Undr The Radr imprint, featuring Dario D’Attis and Horatio on remix duties. Since its launch in 2014, Undr The Radr has hosted veterans such as Kevin Knapp, Boy George and Cevin Fisher, not to mention newcomers S.Chu, Ronnie Spiteri and Lex Luca. It’s founder, Roger Sanchez, has won a Grammy, a UK no.1 and numerous DJ Awards, which have all cemented his reputation.
Spain’s Wade joins the Lost Records roster bringing two house tracks with remixes from Hot Creations producer Jey Kurmis and Lost founders Leftwing & Kody. Dropping a collaborative release on Lost Records in 2014, the Spanish producer has since gone on to appear on labels such as Suara, Moan and Solid Grooves.
Cologne production duo Beatkind (Sam Freeze & Mo Digital) debut their new single 'Undergrowth' featuring the vocals of Texan Sean Bradford via house label Hedonism Music on 22 January 2016.
Last night DJ Magazine announced the winners of its Best Of British Awards 2015 covering the UK’s DJs, producers, nightlife and festivals at a bash at Heaven, London. This year’s winners include Fabio & Grooverider, Fabric, Defected, Carl Cox, Annie Mac, Skepta, Chemical Brothers, Nocturnal Sunshine, Revenge, Bicep, Greg Wilson, Slam, Jasper James, Eats Everything and more
Mexico’s Hector launches his new label 'VL' with 'Vatos Locos Forever' - a vinyl and digital package featuring 10 cuts from all founding Vatos Locos crew members. The label collaboration follows Hector's Vatos Locos parties, which he launched at the 2015 BPM Festival, and have since toured places like Off Sonar Barcelona and Club Der Visionaere Berlin. The official ‘VL’ label launch party will take place at the homecoming on 17 January at the 2016 BPM Festival. Hector’s driving force behind this project is the understanding that he has a solid crew around him who share the same dream in equal measures. Vatos Locos (loosely translated as ‘crazy dudes’) is about "no egos, just the love of the music".
UK DJ/producer Mark Knight launches his new quarterly party Toolroom Live on Saturday 5 March 2016 at Egg London, following on from his summer sessions at various festivals around the world, in addition to his sets at Space and Amnesia in Ibiza.
A year after their ‘Entourage’ EP, Tube & Berger now present a remix pack featuring appearances from Joeski, Superlover and German Brigante. ‘Entourage’ initially saw Tube & Berger team up with Kittball favourites in.deed, Paji and Ante Perry just over a year ago in a three-track release. Another year down the line and the label - who are celebrating a decade long lifespan - have assembled three producers that the German imprint have given much attention to in recent years.
Sankeys Ibiza recently announced that they have their first five nights for next season sorted. The club has also decided to extend its summer season to six months and will now open on 1 May with a huge opening party. It will remain open until 31 October and the closing fiesta will be a three-day Halloween festival weekend kicking off with Tribal Sessions’ closing party on the 29th, a number of one off events around the island, with a final closing party at Sankeys Ibiza on 31 October.
Battlefield™ Hardline is gearing up for apparently its fastest, most explosive expansion yet. Whether you’re making a dusty, high-speed escape across the Mexican border, or closing in on a hot pursuit along the sun-drenched Pacific coast, EA aims for you to be chasing glory at top speed when you play Battlefield™ Hardline: Getaway*, coming January 2016.
As the end of a10th Birthday year for Ibiza Rocks approaches, plans are well underway for 2016 and for a brand new pool party residency from the platinum album-selling UK Garage and R&B artist, Craig David. The revival of one of the UK’s finest talents is more than enough reason to celebrate so in keeping with the sun-soaked party vibes created at his home in South Beach Miami, Craig’s TS5 is Balearic bound for a daytime pool party residency at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel every Sunday from 17t July to 4 September (1-8pm).
Brooklyn may already have been one of the places to be on New Year’s Eve - and it’s also home to the the night featuring DJ sets from Justice & Gesaffelstein along with live sets from Bob Moses & With You. Now eletronic act Odesza will be headlining After Hours with a DJ set. The Seattle-based duo will play into the New Year along with special guests Chrome Sparks (DJ set) and Julia Niko.
The winner of the ‘A State Of Trance 750 Anthem’ contest was recently revealed as UK-based DJ, producer, and #Goldrush Recordings label owner Ben Gold, whose track came out on top amidst creations from Bobina, Freigeist, KhoMha, Photographer and Protoculture. Ben’s track will now hit the world with ‘I’m In A State Of Trance’ as official track title.
Red Bull recently released the Skrillex remix of Torro Torros’ ’Make A Move’ as the 12th track from the 20 Before 16 music series. Torro Torro hail from Los Angeles via Toronto and specialise in a mix of house and bass music. Now the duo of Yo Ev and Mikey Digits have found favour with Skrillex, who convinced them to collaborate for his OWSLA label. The track was Torro Torro's first single on the label back in March, now fast forward a few months, and here’s the full, official, exclusive remix.
In the late spring of 2015, Paul van Dyk released his third generation of dancefloor ‘Politics’. Containing many a new track, ‘The Politics Of Dancing 3’ also set in motion the globe-spanning POD3 LIVE tour, which, to-date has reached 30 shores or more. Now, bridging the gap between the album’s release-year and the next phase of ‘Politics 3’, Paul caps off 2015 with a triple pack of ‘POD3’ remixes.
‘Defected Presents House Masters Heller & Farley’ is a new 30 track collection that covers all aspects of their long careers in the studio, from remixing arguably some of the biggest bands in the world to producing underground sleeper hits that were possibly pivotal in the population and development of house music in the UK. Trace the roots of house music in the UK and you’ll likely find Pete Heller & Terry Farley at its source. Shoom, Future, Spectrum, The Trip: they were there. Omnipresent at those early trips to Amnesia, Boys Own parties out in the sticks, expeditions to The Hacienda, Basics and Cream, the early years of Ministry of Sound and transatlantic ventures to worship at the altar of Junior at The Sound Factory.
Tribal Sessions sees out the month this Friday, 18 December, with their closing show of 2015 at Fire in London, featuring Davide Squillace headlining. After a run of weekly Friday parties, the final show of 2015 will see Fire transformed into a winter wonderland with snow and ice themed production and decoration, snow cannons and painting for people who really want to get Tribal and festive.
DJ Mag recently announced that voting is now open for the 2016 edition of the annual Top 100 Clubs Poll powered by Miller Genuine Draft. Voting closes at 11:59pm (UK time) on 19 February 2016, with the results revealed via a coordinated social media countdown and release of a commemorative print edition on 31 March 2016. The annual Top 100 Clubs poll is the magazine’s list of the best clubs on earth – from small intimate venues to huge, large-scale temples to electronic music. Apparently, over 400,000 clubbers voted in 2015, with Brazilian club, Green Valley, regaining the No.1 spot from Space, Ibiza.
British duo Leftwing & Kody make their debut on the Berlin’s Leena Records imprint with tracks set for release today. The duo are two newcomers who have been rising through the ranks over the past few years with releases on labels such as Knee Deep In Sound, Suara and their own Lost Records imprint.
Next week sees Kerri Chandler’s Madhouse Record return with a two-track single entitled ‘Outside/Tunnels’, courtesy of Spaniard Nacho Marco. Valencia’s Nacho has been releasing material for over a decade now predominantly via his own Loudeast imprint launched in 2007, but also for imprints such as Josh Wink’s Ovum, Red D’s We Play House, Jimpster’s Freerange and Chandler’s Madhouse Records where he returns to here.
UK techno artists Alan Fitzpatrick and Reset Robot (aka Dave Robertson), possibly known for their releases on Drumcode and Truesoul respectively, have signed Customer, their collaborative project to Anja Schneider’s Mobilee label and agency. Childhood friends, Fitzpatrick and Robertson have been playing and producing together for 15 years, with the Customer project evolving organically from their shared musical passion.
Toolroom deliver 'Clan Nancy', their final single of the year and it’s from tech house producer and label fave, Rene Amesz. Rene has had a big year and can apparently boast as being among the best selling artists on Beatport over the past 12 months.
On Saturday 19 December, New York City's legendary nightclub, Paradise Garage, in conjunction with Good For You Records, will be taking over the Hollywood Palladium for one night only. As possibly one of the most important establishments in dance music history, Paradise Garage served as a bastion for the underground house and disco era of the late-70s and ‘80s, while giving birth to a different sort of revelry with a focus on dancing and the DJ. With its offerings, it served as a platform for pioneering artists, like its famed resident Larry Levan, laid the foundation for today's modern club scene, and even gave birth to new sub-genres such as "Garage."
The Recording Academy recently announced the nominees for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards and dance music artist JES is in consideration for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical, for the Fatum remix to her song with Shant & Clint Maximus, ‘Hold On’. The very first release off of her new label Intonenation Records, the nomination continues her journey from her beginnings as the featured vocalist on tracks with Tiesto, BT, Paul Oakenfold and more to her current reign as label head, DJ and producer.
Following the success of his show at London’s 3000 capacity Roundhouse in September which apparently sold out in less than two days, KYGO returns to the
UK in 2016 as he embarks on his Cloud Nine worldwide tour with tww shows planned at Manchester Academy on Thursday 21 April and London’s O2 Academy Brixton
on Saturday 23 April which will be his first ever headline show at the music venue.
Returning to the sound that apparently propelled French house music, and David Guetta, onto the worldwide stage, producer Joachim Garraud teams up once more with long time vocal partner Chris Willis for ‘Don’t Cry (Remember My Name)’, out now on Ultra Records. A celebration of his time working with Guetta – probably one of the most successful collaborative partnerships in dance music – ‘Don’t Cry’ is Joachim in his element. Segueing between stripped back minimal beats and melodies, he guides the production towards Willis’ vocal, gathering pace until the soulful warmth of Willis’ full range is finally unleashed.
Electric Paradise Music Festival, which is located in the Dominican Republic, recently released a mix from Moon Boots. Just weeks away from its 19 December launch, the festival is gearing up for its second edition that aims to solidify the festival as one of the premier electronic events in the Caribbean.
Recent releases have highlighted Michel de Hey’s house bound sound and style. As possibly one of Holland’s most influential DJ/producers and inspired by his summer beach residency at Karavaan, the Rotterdam native aims to capture the heat and happiness of those sun-drenched moments in his debut release for Joris Voorn and Edwin Oosterwal’s Rejected label.
After months of playing Pink Panda remixes in his Sirius XM show, StoneBridge started to get curious and just before the yearly Amsterdam Dance Event conference, Pink Panda reached out and a meeting was set up. Not long after, the boys delivered a rework of StoneBridge, Luv Grunz & Koko LaRoo’s 'Believe It’, which has just been released.
After more than 10 years possibly at the forefront of Italian dance music and a string of EPs to his name, Idriss D is set to release his debut album. Conceived, at first, as a succession of singles for his “Dib 00” series (the first two being ‘Constantine’ and ‘Alger’), the project then became more of a focused selection of dancefloor tracks, carefully curated and produced by Idriss, drawing influences from the very heart of the nightclub. The title ‘Amalgamation’ comes from the desire to bring together his life experiences over the last few years, this time exclusively concentrating on the musical and managerial aspects of his career.
The 38th release on Darin Epsilon's Perspectives Digital label comes from Gonzalo Luque, aka Soulwerk. ‘Stuck In My Mind’ caught the label’s attention with its
rolling bass groove, spacey chords and hypnotic vocals. Completing the package is an upbeat and bouncier remix provided by Australian producer Jamie Stevens, followed by a deeper rendition from
Tel Aviv duo Jos & Eli. The Soulwerk moniker is Gonzalo’s artistic vehicle to express his most intimate concept of electronic music. Based in Madrid, the young producer’s tracks have already appeared on labels such as Hope Recordings,
Saved, Cr2, Great Stuff, Stereo Productions, and he now joins the Perspectives family.
‘A State Of Trance Year Mix 2015’ marks the 12th edition of the double-disc mix album which is set for release on 18 December on Armada Records. Ever since its very first issue in 2004, the two hours’ worth of trance music has been possibly one of the most popular yearly releases on the trance calendar, with a grand total of 105 trance tunes gathered in this year’s instalment.
UK garage’s DJ EZ recently announced his first major show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on Saturday 9 April 2016. Following a year that has apparently been his biggest to date, with performances at the likes of Creamfields and Parklife attracting a new audience, 2016 may be set to eclipse it as he continues to try to blaze the trail for the garage movement, taking it to the masses and propelling what has possibly become one of the most favoured sounds of the dancefloor and airwaves of recent years.
Hardwell’s ‘Biggest Guest List’ event in India, as part of his United We Are Foundation, will apparently make history on Monday 13 December when thousands of fans will join him at the D.Y. Patil Stadium in Mumbai for the occasion. Now, thanks to the events official video partner Hotstar, viewers from over 75 countries will be able to tune in and witness the event first online and via the Hotstar mobile App.
Dutchman Ferry Corsten recently made the official announcement that 2016 will see him bring trance name Gouryella from the studio to the stage for a series of debut live shows. Originally formed in 1999 by Ferry and Tiësto, Gouryella was a Dutch trance act best known for their self-titled first release ‘Gouryella’, that featured a remix by another Dutch artist Armin van Buuren, and which became a classic, scoring various chart positions around the world. Their second single titled ‘Walhalla’, which also included a remix from Armin, as well as Hybrid, solidified Gouryella’s status as a producer combo worthy of note. This reputation was backed up when both singles were certified Gold on record sales.
Saturday 27 February sees the launch of Bass Jam, a new series of UK club events featuring some of the biggest acts from house, garage and bass. Kicking off as it means to go on, the debut event held at the Bolton Macron Stadium, has a lineup with the likes of Katy B, Amine Edge & DANCE, Redlight, Mistajam, Low Steppa and many more. BassJam is the latest conception from the creators of Pier Jam – a series of daytime club events that took over Blackpool Pier across four events throughout summer 2015, apparently attracting over 12,000 people with the likes of MK, Oliver Dollar, Heidi, Zinc, DJ EZ, Chris Lorenzo and more.