Matthew Dear is a founding artist on both Ghostly International and its dancefloor offshoot, Spectral Sound. He writes, produces, and mixes all of his work and is now nearly 20 years into his career, with five albums and two dozen EPs. In late June of 2017, Matthew shared the noctambulant ‘Modafinil Blues’ which marked his return to his artistic id.
Brobot’s Junior Sanchez joins up with Shadow Child and Kry Wolf’s Food Music to deliver his ‘Brain EP’, featuring a remix from Lobster Boy duo Mak & Pasteman. Since the age of 15 the New Jersey artist was already DJing in underground clubs around NYC and honing his craft as a producer. He’s now built up a discography working with labels like Circus, Nervous, Robsoul and his own Brobot Recordings, which he started up in 2013.
Booka Shade offer up two new tracks on their Blaufield Music imprint ahead of their upcoming US tour, coming in the shape of ‘Sacred / Cyril’s Garden’. Across the two tracks they display their style with rich melodic bassline and textured atmosphere, one aimed towards a more laid back after-hours aesthetic and the other edging into more peak-time territory.
Steve Bug returns on his own Poker Flat imprint to drop his latest track. ’Solid Maybe' is typical Steve Bug - thick rounded kick, urgent percussion, and squelchy bass tones. The track grows ever more restless, before unleashing blips, bleeps and bass tones that echo back to the early days of warp-era Sheffield.
It was recently announced that the all ages ADE-show by Hardwell and the Metropole Orkest taking place on Thursday 18 October at the Amsterdam Ziggo Dome during ADE is sold-out. Clubbers who have not been able to buy a ticket but who would like to witness Hardwell perform one last time can follow the concert in real-time via the official live stream on his multiple social media channels.
Following its summer in Ibiza, Glitterbox recently announced the Pump The Boogie! tour and accompanying compilation mixed by resident Melvo Baptiste. Taking the party global, this ten-date tour is all about continuing to deliver the Glitterbox sound around the world, aiming to move the mind, body and soul.
2018's 808 Festival takes place from 8-9 December at Live Park in Bangkok, Thailand and this year it brings the A State of Trance brand to the region for the first time in a few years. Armin van Buuren heads up proceedings on day one of the festival with NWYR and Vini Vici, with Skrillex lining up on day two for his first and only show in South East Asia since his return from hiatus. Also playing are the likes of Thailand first timers REZZ, Troyboi and Whethan.
MistaJam has possibly been one of the UK music scene’s foremost radio DJs for over a decade and now he gets set to release his very first single ever, ‘Rotate’, released on Cedric Gervais’ Delecta imprint. Aiming to have everyone in the crowd swirling across the dancefloor, the track is a potential party starter in every sense of the word.
HYTE returns to its home base of Berlin on New Year’s Eve 2018 for a 24-hour marathon of its annual flagship festival. The venue for this occasion is once again Funkhaus, a complex of buildings which provides the setting for performances from headliners such as Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Pan-Pot, Amelie Lens and Stephan Bodzin, Anthea, Archie Hamilton, Gregor Tresher, Djebali, Fabio Florido, Guti, Butch, wAFF, Ferro, Woody and Yaya, to name but a few.
‘Remixed With Love Volume 3’ is the latest edition of Joey Negro’s disco remix series, as he once again turns his hand to some of the best-loved records ever committed to wax. The album has apparently been a real labour of love, and a release several years in the making. With original parts for some of these classics hard to find, and with major labels rightly protective of songs created by the artists, the project is now complete and ready for release.
Defected Croatia festival has now sold out Early Bird tickets for 2019 and released its Phase 1 artist line-up for next year. What will be the fourth instalment of the house festival takes place on 8-13 August, with Derrick Carter, Dimitri From Paris, Eats Everything, Honey Dijon, Nightmares On Wax, Masters At Work, Todd Terry and more, with another set of artists still to be announced on 2 November.
Russian dance music artist Arty returned to his progressive house roots earlier this year and now continues with his latest release ‘Perfect Strangers’. An uplifting track with a drop, big chords and vocals that complement the vibe of the track, the track is, in his own words, “definitely one of my favourite songs I’ve produced this year.”
Launching this autumn, Etiquette is a brand new label from Hannah Wants, set to release music from Hannah herself alongside a crew of both established and up-and-coming artists. Etiquette’s music policy will run under the umbrella of house and bass – championing bass-influenced sub-genres of house music as well as bridging the gap between the house scene and the bass world. Hannah will release ‘Close To You’ on 12 October, with a follow up ‘You Keep Comin’’ dropping later in the year before releasing music from a host of other artists.
As the dust settles on this year’s festival season, possibly one of the biggest was Creamfields which saw over 300 electronic acts perform across the recent August Bank Holiday weekend, attracting an audience of 70,000. In addition, apparently over seven million people tuned in from around the world to watch the live stream which featured performances from the likes of Carl Cox, The Chainsmokers, Axwell & Ingrosso, Major Lazer, Tiësto, Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Sigma, Hardwell, Alan Fitzpatrick, Camelphat, Hot Since 82, Kaleidoscope Orchestra, Nicole Moudaber and Solardo to name a few.
After joining forces on three groove-heavy cuts (including ‘Hipcats’ with David Penn), ATFC and Armada Subjekt have continued their relationship as the DJ/producer has inked an exclusive deal with the label on the day of release of his latest production, ‘Huh Huh Huh’, a precursor of all the material that’s yet to come from the artist.
Bridging the gap between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, elrow aims to put the sparkle into festive season with a return to London's Studio 338 on Friday 28 December 2018. Having suffered a major fire the week following elrow's last show at the venue, Studio 338 reopened earlier this year, revealing improved production, sound and design.
‘Light Up The Sky’ is the new single from The Prodigy, the second track to be lifted from the band’s seventh studio album, ‘No Tourists’. The band has also confirmed details of a 20-date winter tour, which includes two dates at London’s Alexandra Palace on 14 and 15 November. This latest track is an attack of acid rock in which guitars combine with 303 mayhem, and Maxim’s spitting vocal and an uplifting chorus from long-time contributor Brother Culture.
Chicago House producer DJ Jes joins the Turquoise Blue roster this October with his four-track ‘Rhythm Method’ EP. Born in Mexico but raised in the windy city, Chicago’s DJ Jes holds a residency at the infamous ‘Warehouse’ which is credited with kick starting the global electronic music explosion back in the day, as well as releasing on the likes of NRK Sound Division, Siesta and Camouflage.
YET Records welcome Kling Klong label boss Martin Eyerer for two new tracks. With a career spanning more than 25 years, Eyerer has done many laps of the globe as a DJ and put out many releases on labels like Get Physical, My Favorite Robot, Culprit and more. He’s had gold albums in the UK, Top 3 hits on the US Billboard, and a studio full of gear that always results in new tracks.
Having contributed his ‘Dual Structure’ to John Digweed’s recent ‘Live In Tokyo’ album, Pascal FEOS now returns with his debut EP for the label. The title track, with its percussion and synth work, joins multiple dots between the house and techno scenes past and present, linking dancefloor dynamism with playful experimentation.
After focusing on original compositions for the first two Kryteria releases, launching alongside Steve Angello with ‘Romani’ before teaming up with Colombian Cato Anaya on ‘La Cumbiambera’, Kryder drafts in long-time production partner Tom Staar to remix Basement Jaxx’s ‘Bingo Bango’, originally released on their debut album ‘Remedy’. The duo have had previous collaborative efforts coming in the form of remixes for the likes of Armin Van Buuren as well as originals on labels such as Spinnin’, SIZE and the pair’s label Cartel.
Defected’s journey continues with two New Year’s events in London and Manchester. Established in London in 1999, next year marks 20 years of London-based label Defected, one of the longest running and most influential imprints in house music. The New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day events will kick off the 2019 campaign under the slogan HOUSE MUSIC ALL LIFE LONG.
No.19 Music are celebrating their 10th anniversary and start here a series of quick-fire releases which will take them to No19100 in the space of a few short months. The first of these singles see the label deliver a digital edition of the 2015 Record Store Day exclusive from US house and techno artist DJ Qu, with ‘Cycling (I’ll Wait)’.
Moplen, Larse, Dr Packer and Director’s Cut, aka Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper, revamp Candi Staton’s popular gospel track ‘Hallelujah Anyway’ for the Glitterbox label. Italian producer Moplen maximises the uplifting vocal in his ‘90s-house-influenced 'Classic Club Vibe' mix.
After the reactions to his recent releases on Pokerflat and Relief Records, label boss Michel de Hey returns to his own HEY! Records imprint with two tracks he’s played intensively over the summer. After 30 years in the game releasing on the likes of King Street NYC and Ovum Recordings, he is a possible established figure in the underground scene.
Origins Rcrds producer Ben Sterling drops three cuts entitled ‘Members Only’ on Repopulate Mars this month. Cutting his teeth as a Ministry of Sound resident at only 18 years old, he debuted on Origins Rcrds in 2017. The British producer followed with a release on Shanghaied Records before returning to Origins this year.
Markus & JES’ original vision for ‘Calling For Love’ was its daytime potential, but now he has retrained the single’s sights on more after-dark areas. To that end he sought out four trance scene producers, specifically Pavel Khvaleev, Hazem Beltagui, Marcus Santoro and DRYM.
Matthias Meyer recently dropped his first original material of 2018, collaborating with Ryan Davis for ‘Love Letters From Sicily’. It was nearly a year ago when they released their track ‘Hope’ on the ‘Watergate XV’ various artist compilation.
Voting for the Top 100 DJs Poll ends tomorrow, Wednesday 19 September at 11:59 BST, so voters have just over 0ne day left to cast their votes in time to be counted in this year’s results. This year’s poll apparently seen votes from the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil and Mexico as the top voting regions, with central Europe (Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France and Spain) following closely behind.
Tube & Berger invite a selection of close friends and producers to remix last year’s ‘We Are All Stars’ album. Forming 15 years ago, T&B have released on FFRR, Defected and Suara, evolving from club DJs to live acts - merging elements of indie and electronica. May 2017 saw them release ‘We Are All Stars’, their sophomore album featuring an amalgamation of club-angled beats, orchestral sounds, synth pop and indietronic. The German duo has now selected some of their favourite producers to create their own individual interpretations.
James Kumo brings three original cuts to his KMusic imprint this month with Plan B co-founder DJ Spider on remix duties. The imprint plays host to material from artists like Dan Curtin, David Hausdorf and Oliver Deutschmann and now the label-head himself prepares his ‘Drifter’ EP for release on the imprint.
After courting big acts such as Anne Marie & Marshmello, Jessie Ware, Naughty Boy and Craig David, with his ability to craft up vocal house cuts, Kokiri is back with another track. In tandem with Canadian pop-electro act Dragonette, the Liverpool-based artist once again returns with ‘Faith In Love’. Helmed by deep sub bass and Dragonette’s vocals, the track contains melodic synth plucks and strong beats.
Out now on Spinnin’ Records, Dutch DJ and producer Dannic is back with a new track called ‘Tenderlove’, which features uplifting piano cords with an apparent ‘dose of melodic love.’
Fatboy Slim will headline EXIT's brand-new No Sleep Festival on 15 November. This will be an exclusive one-off show simply dubbed as the Warehouse Rave which he describes as "one big intense party with plenty of lasers, dirty lights and smoke machines!”
Dave Clarke Presents returns at ADE 2018 for its 14th edition with a line up that includes Sam Paganini, Rebekah, a live performance by Octave One, Marcel Fengler, Mark Broom, Anetha, B.Traits, Estroe and Mr. Jones. They will all play Clarke’s multiple room club event at Melkweg on ADE Friday, 19 October.
UK dance music duo, Groove Armada, recently announced their return to the live stage, with four intimate capacity UK shows this winter. The shows, their first since terminating touring as a live act in 2013 to pursue DJ-only appearances, will feature the full original band and touring setup performing their biggest tracks and selections from their career that now reaches a 21st anniversary.
My Favorite Robot welcome house producer Satoshi Tomiie for his first ever EP on the label. The ‘Jam EP’, as the name suggests, features two tracks recorded live, with no computer, by Satoshi and is backed with a remix from Mateo Murphy. Japanese born, New York based Tomiie is best known for co-writing track ‘Tears’ alongside Frankie Knuckles, but in the decades since has put out three albums as well as countless EPs on his own SAW and the likes of No.19 Music, Kaoz Theory and Holic Trax.
Seth Troxler’s dancefloor label Play It Say It’s next single is a collaborative track from brothers Nic and Mark Fanciulli, one that aims to become an anthem over the months ahead. The high impact ‘Star’ is the sort of big, muscular main room tune that aims to blow crowds away.
To mark the 50th release on Superfreq, the label boss himself, Mr. C steps up with a new single backed by remixes from Ruede Hagelstein and Radio Renta. This is Mr.C’s first new music since 2017’s ‘Incidents’ album and comes after he’s steered this label through 16 years of music. His style has always been rooted in sci-fi grooves and tech house design and this new one continues in that tradition.
With the release of his next EP, Parisian producer D’Julz establishes the launch of new label JV in collaboration with French distributor Yoyaku. Yoyaku, which also runs a leading record store in Paris as well as many record labels, has apparently established itself as a major force within the underground dance scene. With that, D’Julz is seizing an opportunity to join forces and establish a new outlet for his own productions and in due course, collaborations with other artists.
Closing another season at Amnesia Ibiza, elrow recently revealed brand new immersive theme Planet Row, and sets from Eats Everything, Joris Voorn, Claptone, wAFF b2b De La Swing, George Privatti and Tini Gessler for the summer finale on Saturday 6 October 2018.
Glitterbox returns to London on 13 October for a fourth consecutive sold out party at Ministry of Sound, following the club’s 2018 closing party at Hi Ibiza. A limited amount of tickets will be available on the door on a first come, first served basis.
The TRBxM is the first in a series of iproducts from TPI and MasterSounds, designed to offer a no-compromise turntable isolation solution, using their TRB - Total Resonance Blocking technology. TRBxM has been developed with leading vibroacoustic engineers and is manufactured in England, to military specifications, by TPI Aerospace with the ‘upmost precision, care and attention to detail.’
Latin America’s musical heritage and electronic music’s universal appeal has seen Argentina possibly rise up onto the world stage as an ever-evolving hotbed of talent. Enter Juan Hansen. The past couple of years have seen this trained composer/musician/vocalist, develop his live sets where he mixes genres without prejudice. Now, Bedrock has just released Juan’s first ever EP in a collaborative meeting with Jimmy Van M.
Syncrophone sub-label Phonogramme returns this September with Alix Alavarez’ ‘Memory Banks’ EP, comprising four originals from the New York native. Raised in the Bronx, New York, producer and DJ Alix spent his formative years mixing records from the likes of Todd Terry, Little Louie Vega, and working in the Vinylmania record store, leading to a broad musical education in the New York and global electronic music scene.
From the minds of Octave One comes their Never On Sunday live show. Detroit techno producers Lenny and Lawrence Burden venture away from their world of the pounding dancefloor and into a universe of switched up beats and tempos with their electronic band Never On Sunday. First debuting in 1991 on Carl Craig’s label Retroactive with the track ‘The Journey’, the Burden brothers developed the sound of N.O.S. with slower deeper grooves and experimental beats and vocals.
2016 saw him ‘Watch The World’, 2017 was the year alter-ego Dakota album-returned and yin to yang, dark to the (literal) Light, Markus Schulz will deliver the seventh long-player under his own name this autumn. Final recording of ‘We Are The Light’ wrapped during the first week of August and with an October release spot looking likely, Markus heralded it as “musically both a close cousin and spiritual successor to ‘Watch The World”.
Defected recently announced the dates for its 2019 festival in Croatia following record attendance this year. Defected Croatia 2019 will be held at the same site, between 8 – 13 August. Loyalty Early Bird tickets are nearly sold out, with general release Early Bird tickets selling fast. A record number of Defected fans, house heads of all generations and over 80 DJs and musicians gathered for the third instalment of Defected Croatia, 9-14 August, 2018.
The Shapeshifters return to Glitterbox with their soulful dancefloor track ‘Try My Love (On For Size)’, this time along with a classic disco remix by Dr Packer.
Following on from their new album ‘Human Music’, released back in February, London production duo Solomon Grey have now returned to deliver a collection of new reworks on their latest EP ‘Human Remix’. Featuring remixes from Little Dragon, Nightmares On Wax and Alex Somers, as well as the unreleased secret bonus track ‘Home’, the pair have handpicked their favourite new versions of their remix catalogue and are now unveiling them as a special release via Mercury KX.
The Martinez Brothers offer up the third and final package of their ‘Remixed’ series in a few days, this time round featuring reworks from Butch, Parrish Mitchell, AJ Christou, and Patrick Groove and m.O.N.R.O.E. Since its inception in 2014, their Cuttin’ Headz imprint has released material from the likes of Martin Buttrich and Luke Solomon through to possibly rising names including Jesse Calosso and Morgan. Here following two previous remix packages featuring DJ Deeon, Peggy Gou, Maayan Nidam, Johnny Aux and more the duo, the series concludes.
Following the announcement of his mau5trap album and release date, Getter has recently revealed the tracklisting for his debut artist album. ‘VISCERAL’ features a diverse assemblage of collaborations from Midoca, to Joji, to Party Nails and more.
As summer winds down, things are just beginning to heat up for Toronto's Saad Ayub. On 7 September, Saad partners up with Dutchma Ferry Corsten to deliver ‘Synchronicity’, a quick-paced, high-energy track.
This November, Jamie Jones and Kate Simko come together for ‘Opus 1’, a collaboration at London’s arts venue the Barbican for a full concert of original music fusing live orchestra and electronics. This one-off event will witness the duo performing brand new material alongside recomposed originals, alongside a 25-piece expansion of Simko’s London Electronic Orchestra. LEO will be led by violinist Kamila Bydlowska, harpist Valeria Kurbatova, and cellist Davina Shum.
DJ Zinc returns to his own Bingo Bass imprint for future his latest track, ‘Dollars’, complete with bassline and bounce, and it’s already a fixture in the sets of Chris Lorenzo, Holy Goof, DISKORD, Jay Robinson and the whole Bingo crew.
After various social media teasers, Jauz recently revealed the tracklist for his ‘The Wise and The Wicked’ album, packed with 23 original tracks and collaborations. The conceptual album is a pivotal moment for Jauz, who first arrived on the scene with ‘Feel The Volume’ in 2014. Since then, the LA-based, Icon Collective graduate has apparently carved a space for himself in dance music, with the support of his Shark Squad fans.
As the sun sets on the Ibiza season, Defected serve up some of the hottest house records around to transport you back to your favourite moments on the island this year. ‘Defected Presents The Closing Party Ibiza 2018’ is out on 7 September and features 30 tracks and two bonus mixes for your listening pleasure.
Slam return on Soma Records with their latest EP ‘Synchro’. Title track ‘Synchro’ features a remix from Autonomous, a snapping 808 electro workout with robotic beats and synths to create a melancholic vibe.
4 To The Floor present another production in the form of ‘I Wanna Dance With You’ by Sandy Rivera and Jose Burgos, which was originally released in 2000. Brooklyn producer Sandy and New Jersey Bassclef label-head Jose co-produced as Soul Vision, Mysterious People and The Committee throughout the 1990s to the mid-2000s.
Disney and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike recently launched ‘MARVEL by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’, an independent capsule collection inspired by Spider-Man. This streetwear collection was designed together with Dimitri and Mike: subtle but recognisable unique Spider-Man artwork is used on the T-shirts.
Following a debut tour in early 2017, ‘Armada Invites’ is set to return to China coming this month. With MaRLo, KhoMha and Estiva on the line-up, it should be another good edition of the ‘Armada Invites’ series. Taking place from Thursday, 23 August to Sunday, 26 August, the tour, the first joint project with Live Nation China, starts off with a show at Space in Chengdu on Wednesday, after which the madness continues at Fusion in Shanghai, Elements in Beijing and Galame in Foshan on Thursday, Friday and Saturday respectively.
Released tomorrow, German house music veteran Stefan Braatz adds to his discography with his latest production entitled, ‘Realize’, a new release on Steve Bug’s Poker Flat Recordings.
Relief Records duo Black Girl / White Girl join Kittball Records this month with the ‘Fat Soda’ EP, comprising two cuts backed with a remix from label head Juliet Sikora. The Dutch duo emerged after recognition from releases on Relief, Roush and Resonance as well as their DJ sets in venues like Tel Aviv’s The Block, Chicago Social Club in Amsterdam and Chapeau Rouge in Prague.
The Prodigy have tapped Friction and Wh0 to remix their new single ‘Need Some1’, featured in Just A Wee Music Blog on 20 July. The first remix comes from D&B DJ/producer Friction, who puts his stamp on the band’s track. UK duo Wh0 is up next with a 4/4 offering. The Prodigy have also confirmed their seventh studio album 'No Tourists' on 2 November via their Take Me To The Hospital label (via BMG).
Paul van Dyk recently announced that a new album’s inbound. A production under-the-radar for nine months, it is “in the final stages of recording” and - signalling a newly won creative flow - will release just a year after ‘From Then On’. The album will come under the title ‘Symbols’, with its concept originating from PvD’s interest in “historic mysteries, clandestine societies and their respective codes & cyphered meanings.”
Bro Safari and UFO! are no strangers to working together. With D&B at the core of both of the producers’ roots and with countless collaborations already under their belt, they’re back in action with a new single ’N.U.M.B.’ - the first taste of their forthcoming album, ‘Clockwork’.
US progressive house/pop artist Morgan Page releases another EDM track in the shape of ‘Let You Go’, out now on Armada Music worldwide. Popular in the American electronic circuit, the GRAMMY-nominated Page shows his production skills on this latest release.
Defected Croatia recently revealed its biggest live streaming proposition, which kicked off yesterday with Todd Terry on a boat! For those not making it to The Garden in Tisno between 9-14 August you can tune into live streams in full HD across all six days of the festival, via Defected’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
Recently highlighted as one of Mixmag’s artists to watch for 2018, Eli Brown has announced a debut eight-date tour of the US. Having emerged from the shadows of Bristol’s D&B scene, Eli has possibly established himself as an artist of real distinction in the house world, with his singularly sinister, twisted records aiming to make an immediate impact. Repopulate Mars, ViVA Music, Toolroom and more have all recognised Brown’s raw, sometimes caustic skills.
UK duo Waze & Odyssey join Jamie Jones’ Hottrax imprint with a new single entitled ‘Shape’ featuring e1even Records duo No Rules on remix duties. Hailing from the UK, Waze & Odyssey’s recent appearances include Relief, Unknown To The Unknown and Edible, and W&O Street Tracks - their own imprint that’s hosted names like Groove Armada, Citizenn, Mella Dee and Ejeca.
Ireland’s Mark Laird joins Italian imprint Hopera Records this month with his ‘Funk That’ EP comprised of two groove-led house cuts. From the age of 15, Mark has been playing clubs and shows around Ireland in venues like Sandinos, The Factory and a residency in Voodoo Venue.
Defected present a label debut from Offaiah, possibly one of the UK’s current most discerning producers. Echoing the big room sound of his breakout record ‘Trouble’ from 2017 which came out of nowhere to become one of the biggest hit house records of the year, ‘Work It Out’ demonstrates the artist’s evolving sound.
You can be one of the first to hear Andrew Bayer’s third studio album, ‘In My Last Life’, in a dedicated listening environment, a unique album premiere experience in collaboration with Pitchblack Playback. Taking place across three boutique venues in London, Los Angeles and New York, those in attendance will be given a blindfold and asked to switch off their phones for an intimate, distraction-free premiere of the album in the dark. Venues have apparently been selected for audio quality, comfort and location.
Booka Shade return to their Blaufield imprint this month with a fresh three-track EP in the shape of ‘Dissonanza’ following their ‘Cut The Strings’ LP on the label earlier this year. The German duo have long been experimenting with new approaches to their fusion of raw underground sounds and crossover elements and here the pair tell us ‘’the aim was to create something that we‘ve never done before, producing an EP based on halftone riffs and disharmonic pad layers.‘’
Leonardo Gonnelli’s new EP ‘Arpia’ is set to drop on Audiojack’s Gruuv imprint this month with a remix from James Dexter. Heavily influenced by the acid house and Detroit techno sound, Italian producer Leonardo’s career began more than a decade ago in Florence and he has since gone on to release on labels like Get Physical, Play It Say It and Knee Deep In Sound among others.
Kinobe apparently scored one of the biggest chillout hits of the Noughties with ‘Slip Into Something More Comfortable’. Known from dancefloors, club backrooms, bars, radio spins, streaming playlists, Café del Mar compilations and TV spots the world over, most famously the ‘femme fatale’ Kronenberg beer advert, the track established the duo in a scene that still includes Groove Armada, Air, Thievery Corporation, Royksopp and Zero 7.
Defected return to ADE on 19 October with Claptone, Amine Edge & DANCE, Sam Divine and more for a daytime takeover at Stadspodium. Returning to Amsterdam to throw the conference's annual Defected party, this time in a new daytime slot and at possibly one of Amsterdam's most unique venues, this party is one to consider for anyone making their way to the Amsterdam Dance Event.
Global Underground continues to dedicate itself to developing new artists with the fourth back-to-back Nubreed release due out in September, this 12th instalment compiled by Denney. ‘Nubreed#12: Denney’ is due to for release on Friday 28 September 2018 as a double CD plus digital and streaming formats. A vinyl release featuring four exclusive tracks is scheduled for 16 November.
After the success of their summer track ‘So Serious’ on Toolroom earlier this year, the Scottish duo Illyus & Barrientos return to the label with a follow up entitled ‘M.E.A’.
Eli Brown returns for his third Repopulate Mars release featuring two house cuts, entitled ‘Wait No More EP’ accompanied by Solo Tamas on vocals. Following a career as a D&B producer, Eli has possibly become one of the most exciting acts in the house music scene.
Madhouse recently announced the release of ’25 Years Of Madhouse (mixed & compiled by Kerri Chandler)’. The anniversary album will be released on 7 September as an individual track digital and CD album, continuous DJ mix from Kerri, and a special 8 track vinyl sampler. Label co-founder Kerri has compiled and mixed the compilation fresh from his 2017 DJ-Kicks compilation, sending a track into space with Sonar25, and launching his Underground Kaoz concept with Jeremy Underground.
Ellen Allien's We Are Note Alone series has enjoyed regular appearances at Berlin's Griessmuehle throughout the past few months. Now, on Saturday, 11 August, Ellen and the BPitch crew will open the doors of Griessmuehle at 10:00PM and invite you stay until 3:00PM the next day, taking in 17 hours of non-stop beats.
It’s been an exciting journey for AZARI since his debut project AZARI & III achieved commercial success, its self-titled LP earning the quartet a spot in Spin’s top 50 albums of 2011. Singles ‘Reckless With Your Love’ and ‘Hungry For The Power’ helped ignite a movement in anthemic house music that moved the needle away from bloghaus and set the stage for acts like Disclosure, Jamie Jones and various other house music producers.
The Social Experiment label returns with another release, this time from UK techno artist Billy Turner. In a few short years Turner’s music has found its way into the record bags of the likes of Daniel Avery, Laurent Garnier and Adam Beyer thanks to a series of releases on Dense & Pika’s Kneaded Pains, Tiga’s Twin Turbo and Drumcode’s vinyl-only offshoot DC LTD. Radio 1 support and Rinse FM guest shows have showcased his techno, and in the process have possibly helped pitch him as a rising talent.
Ahead of his Tomorrowland debut this weekend, Todd Helder returns to Martin Garrix’s STMPD label, delivering his re-work of Garrix and Khalid’s collaboration ‘Ocean’. Todd lays a brooding bassline beneath Khalid’s vocals, which builds and allows the sound to breathe before dropping into stab synths and vocal chopped progressions. Nodding to his passion for gaming, he subtly decorates with chiming synths before reaffirming the dark undertones of the bass.
Tomorrowland launches a CD in three volumes with sets by Armin Van Buuren, Axwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Lost Frequencies and an exclusive Tomorrowland Summer Mix compilation. Located in the aptly named town of ‘Boom’ in Belgium, the event is now in its 14th year and includes 16 stages with 400,000 people from over 75 countries split over two weekends.
In the midst of wrapping up their 10 Years of Enhanced North America tour, Tritonal return with their sixth original of 2018 - the next hit single ‘Love U Right’, which is out now on Enhanced Music. In partnership with National Alliance for Mental Illness, Tritonal will be donating their streaming royalties from the single to support the work NAMI does to raise awareness of mental health within music.
Dutch producer and deep house artist Eelke Kleijn has just released his latest single, ‘Punta Cana’, on his DAYS like NIGHTS imprint. The release falls as the second single off his impending ‘Moments Of Clarity’ project and lands in the midst of his North American tour, which has stops in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Mexico City, San Francisco and Burning Man this summer. Look out too for a Tomorrowland performance tonight from the Rotterdam-based producer.
‘Need Some1’ is the first single from The Prodigy’s forthcoming album and features a classic house diva vocal sample from Loleatta Holloway (the original “voice” of Black Box’s ‘Ride On Time’). “I wanted to write something that had downtempo swagger, but still felt dangerous,” says the band’s Liam Howlett, introducing the single alongside a video shot in Manila by Paco Raterta. “After being sent loads of pedestrian video director showreels,” says Liam, “Paco’s style stood out and punched me in the face: just so raw and original-looking, I knew he was the man for us. The finished video has such violent edge and style and looks like nothing else we have seen – to us it’s only worth doing a video if you can make something original and exciting, which this is.”
4 To The Floor revisits Jon Cutler’s soulful track ‘It’s Yours’ in a ten-track package featuring remixes from the likes of Joey Negro, NiCe7 and many more. Originally released in 2001, the Brooklyn producer Jon Cutler enlisted E-Man on the recognisable vocal hook, coupled with live sax, on his ‘Original Distant Music’ and ‘Jon’s B-Side Breakdown’ mixes.
Afro Acid sister label, Jack Trax sees label head DJ Pierre team up with DJ Sneak this month to release ‘Back Up Off The Wall’. With over 30 years on the global house music scene, DJ Pierre, has been active since the ‘80s with releases on the likes of King Street, Strictly Rhythm and Nite Grooves to name a few.
This month sees Radio Slave’s Rekids invite Britain’s Swayzak to the roster with a Cold War themed release entitled ‘Odessa Calling’ EP. Swayzak’s ability to retain their sound whilst producing across various sub-genres has cemented them a reputation since their beginnings in the ‘90s.
Ferry Corsten continues to fly the flag for the UNITY project with the latest offering ‘Rosetta’, this time joining up with Jordan Suckley, who is no stranger to collaborations having previously worked with the likes of Paul Oakenfold and Paul Van Dyk.
Two consecutive #1’s on the Beatport Top 100 has taken this series of releases from strength to strength. Combining techno’s new breed of artists with the a track, is a formula Renaissance have been using time after time. Following on from Solomun and Tale Of Us’s contributions, the brand turn their attention to Maceo Plex for a remix of Remake’s ‘Blade Runner’; a track featured prominently on the very first Renaissance compilation in 1994.
The Bingo Players recently released ‘Love Me Right’, hot on the heels of ‘Everybody’, an early 2018 dance track that received DJ support and saw the Bingo Players’ run Hysteria label return under the wings of the Spinnin' label. Possibly known for breakout track ‘Cry (Just a Little)’ and their 2012 track ‘Get Up (Rattle)’ together with Far East Movement, this Dutch act has since then been continuing to make a name for himself within electronic music.
Halfway through summer and Cosmic Gate have been having a busy time of it, performing at festivals including EDC Vegas, SAMF, Ultra Europe & Afterhills, whilst playing at various clubs around the world. None of that however has prevented the duo from finding the time to get studio-side and create a new track for summer ‘18 as Nic & Bossi are back now with ‘YEAH!’, their first new material since ‘Materias’.
‘Will We Remain?’ is taken from ilan Bluestone’s iTunes #1 dance album ‘Scars’, as he reunites with long time partner in crime Maor Levi and London based songwriter El Waves for a tale of love on the brink. Aimed at the dancefloor, ilan and Maor’s heavy rolling bassline has a vintage feel as EL Waves’ vocal cuts through the swathes of melody.
This year’s ADE will see the fifth edition of Dave Clarke’s electro-centric party ‘Whip It’ at Melkweg Amsterdam on 20 October. On the line up is Umwelt, Ultradyne, DeFeKt, Sync 24, Jensen Interceptor, Brutuzz and Alienata who will be performing back to back with Dave Clarke himself.
Subculture welcomes another trance artist to its roster as Factor B debuts on the label. The Aussie producer hit the release gas last year, with various releases including ‘Invidius’, ‘Liberator’, ‘Origins’ and ‘Something Like A Cure’. ‘Into The Light’ follows this April’s ‘White Rooms’ out of the gate and this may by Brendan Blatt’s best one yet.
After a three-year hiatus and following the mix tenures of Tiësto and Richard Durand, Black Hole recordings have retooled the ‘In Search Of Sunrise' DJ dynamic, securing the services of Markus Schulz, Gabriel & Dresden and Andy Moor. Cumulatively this has resulted in an album that draws on the music of many a mainstay - Above & Beyond, Dakota, Cosmic Gate, Solarstone, Ferry Corsten, Paul Oakenfold and Aly & Fila among them, assimilated into much of the DJs’ own interpretations.