With anticipation building for the return of the Steel Yard London Weekender, the line-up for the opening show on Saturday 26 May, headlined by Above & Beyond has now dropped in full, as they’re joined by additional artists from the Anjuanbeats label, making for a line-up that aims to blow the roof off the 15,000 capacity structure.
Scottish promoters DF Concerts recently announced the inaugural Edinburgh Summer Sessions music event - a bespoke version of its sister event Glasgow Summer Sessions - which will take place at the Ross Bandstand with the backdrop of Princes Street Gardens this August.
International Music Summit (IMS) today announced details of its annual Dalt Vila event in Ibiza Old Town, the finale of the summit which some regard as the official opening of the Ibiza summer season. Now in its 11th year, IMS Ibiza is a three-day educational and thought leadership platform for the electronic music industry held annually in the dance music capital of the world. For this closing finale IMS has curated possibly one of the most unique line up that Ibiza will witness in 2018, with a backdrop of the sun setting over the historic 2,500-year-old fort and UNESCO World Heritage Site, overlooking Ibiza Old Town and the Mediterranean Sea.
For the past three years, TAKE have hosted the annual Brighton Music Conference after-party, bringing with them an array of past guests including Patrick Topping and Seth Troxler. Headlining this year for the Official 2018 Brighton Music Conference after party is Eats Everything at The Arch.
Pure, the brand behind Pure Garage as well as titles such as Pure Deep House to Pure Bassline, have teamed up with DJ S.K.T, possibly one of the UK’s hottest tech house artists for ‘Pure Tech House’, a 60 track mix through some of the genre’s finest tracks, from the biggest anthems, to exclusive new bangers.
For over a decade, Defected Miami mix albums have brought together some of the best new underground house music, whilst championing upcoming talent and highlighting material from established artists. ‘Defected Miami 2018’ continues the tradition of forecasting the records that will soundtrack the Miami Winter Music Conference and go on to remain playlist fixtures for DJs throughout the summer.
Dutch festival Free Your Mind recently announced its full line up for their 15 year anniversary. This year’s main stage will play host to DJs such as Hot Since 82, Black Coffee, Kölsch and Eats Everything. Moving into darker realms, Dax J, Sam Paganini, Len Faki and Tommy Four Seven B2B Ancient Methods, among others, will be playing the techno stage under the John Frost Bridge. The beach stage will be expanded to a full size area featuring John Digweed with more names still to be confirmed.
It’s been a big week for Above & Beyond (aka Jono, Paavo Siljamäki and Tony McGuinness). Their studio album ‘Common Ground’ was released 26 January, just a day before a sold out performance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York during Grammy week. While in New York City, the band also hosted a screening of their new concert documentary ‘Above & Beyond Acoustic: Giving Up The Day Job’, a film which chronicles their 2016 Hollywood Bowl acoustic performance.
This spring May Bank Holiday sees the return of the Steel Yard London Weekender, this time heading North to take over Finsbury Park. Having attracted sell-out crowds of 15,000 each day at last year’s inaugural show in the capital, the superstructure is back with another huge electronic line up and they’ve recently announced more acts to the bill on Sunday 27 May.
Swiss-based Kosovan born DJ/producer Sabb returns with a brand-new label and debut album 'Radiant'. The album and label launch mark’s the 10-year anniversary of his career, with 'Turning Point' the first track to be previewed from the forthcoming album. Real name Sabri Kastrati, Sabb plays a heady dancefloor sound that merges deep and tech house with grooves.
After Amnesia and elrow's first year working together, the two brands recently announced that this season they're going to be doing it all over again. 2017 saw 18 elrow events held at Amnesia with apparently 14 consecutive sold out shows and over 120,000 party-goers passing through the event throughout the season.
MUZI probably established himself as one of South Africa’s hottest artists via the release of his 2016 debut album, ‘Boom Shaka’. Tipped by The Fader, Mixmag, Vice, Afropunk, Complex, The Independent, Stormzy, Diplo, The Prodigy, Rinse FM, Noisey, iD, UKF, Mass Appeal, and many more, his bold fusion of hip hop, electronica, kwaito (South Africa’s homegrown club sound), and traditional Zulu music, has shown international ears that there’s more to South African electronic music than gqom.
From Notting Hill to Ibiza, the carnival continues this summer at Ibiza Rocks Hotel with four brand new Steezey Wonderland Pool Parties curated by producer and Radio 1 DJ Toddla T, taking place on Tuesdays in June. He will deliver his Carnival soundsystem culture live and direct, poolside and will be joined weekly by names including J Hus, Krept & Konan, Mo Stack, Donaeo & The Heatwave.
The official Hï Ibiza opening party will take place on Saturday 26 May and will be the first date of Black Coffee’s 2018 residency. Following a debut residency in 2017, he is back for another season and will return to take the reins each Saturday night at the club from 26 May - 6 October.
Hard on the heels of Yotto’s debut Essential Mix that was premiered last weekend on Radio 1 by Pete Tong, the Finnish producer – signed to Anjunadeep and known for tracks like ’North’ and ‘Personal Space’ as well as remixes for the likes of Gorillaz and Coldplay – will release a brand-new EP, ‘Chemicals / Second Life’ on Joris Voorn’s Green label.
Creamfields recently announced Eric Prydz as their Sunday night Steel Yard headliner which will see the electronic artist unveil his latest evolution of his live show – HOLO for what will be an English festival exclusive. As possibly one of the most exciting innovators on the global dance circuit, Prydz continues to push the boundaries of event production offering an audio-visual experience for fans.
Big Narstie has joined forces with Nightcrawlers x John Reid to update their ‘90s club hit ‘Push The Feeling’ for 2018. The idea to bring back the track first started when Nightcrawlers X John Reid performed live on DJ Target’s BBC 1Xtra Takeover show, and a whole new generation suddenly got switched onto possibly one of the biggest dance records of the past two decades. Updated and produced by UK Garage artist Mike Delinquent, he brought Big Narstie on board to bring the original bang up to date with a full set of new lyrics.
Husky and Yogi aka Random Soul deliver their latest slice of house music. 'Take My Heart' is a house cut, packed full of piano licks and a treated vocal hook from Yogi with some driving bass and chord stabs to boot.
inner city electronic is a new multi-venue event happening in Leeds on Saturday 2 June. Local and international electronic live acts and DJs confirmed to appear include Floating Points (solo live), KiNK Live, Dopplereffekt Live, Peggy Gou, Midland, Joy Orbison, Mad Professor Live, Andrew Weatherall, Nicolas Lutz, Paul Woolford, Mad Professor, Iration Steppers and many more TBC…
‘Love Injection’ is the latest instalment from Glitterbox Recordings. Selected by label boss Simon Dunmore, this 40 plus track compilation showcases some of the finest producers making disco and dancefloor-ready house cuts in the here and now. KiNK, Julio Bashmore, Purple Disco Machine, Folamour, Midland, CamelPhat and Hot Toddy make up some of the contemporary contingent proving that the disco spirit is alive and well. Simon has also included respectful nods to the golden-era voices of Gwen Guthrie, CeCe Rogers, The Emotions and Kathy Brown alongside the work of production heroes like Marshall Jefferson, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, Larry Levan and Frank Wilson.
Armin van Buuren and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano will return to Hï Ibiza this summer, taking over Wednesdays from 20 June to 19 September. Since opening its doors for the very first time in 2017, Hï Ibiza has played host to many of the biggest names on the electronic music scene, welcoming thousands of party revellers from all around the world, all eager to experience the island’s latest nightlife institution.
Easily one of the most instantly recognisable voices in house music of the last 25 years, Kathy Brown’s tracks are up there in the house music hall of fame, ‘Strings Of Life’ with Soul Central and ‘Turn Me Out’ with Praxis being all-time classic tracks.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have released a film of their four apparently sold out ‘Bringing The Madness: Reflections’ arena dates at the Sportpaleis Arena. Filmed in HD quality, you can now catch the full live set of the end of year event.
Ralph Lawson’s Basic Vision label will release the first in a four-part series of limited edition 12” vinyl EPs, ‘Basic Vision 001’, this Monday 29 January. The full series will then be compiled into a 14 track album entitled ‘Back To Basics - Rare Classics’, available from April 2018. Selected and compiled by Lawson, who played the first ever record at the club, ‘Basic Vision 001’ features club classics Lil Louis & The World’s ‘I Called You (The Story Continues)’, M-I-Cara’s ‘Casa Beat’ and Mike Perras’ ‘Keep Movin’.
This February Glitterbox takes over Jealous Gallery in Shoreditch with a free exhibition celebrating five years of moments, music and people at the party. Running from Tuesday 13 February until Sunday 18 February, Glitterbox x Jealous Gallery will showcase iconic artwork by artist and Blitz Kid Mark Wardel exhibiting his exclusive original works that will be available to purchase as limited, signed prints.
Bristol's Motion recently announced its new in-house event series, Perpetual. Set to showcase possibly some of the most exciting and respected names across the house and techno spectrum, the series will bring an array of acts to the Bristol venue. All events will be held in the club’s brand new Marble Factory space, with a crisper sound system and upgraded immersive lighting.
Sterling Grove AKA Marc Luciano and Stephen Robusto are Montreal’s newest export who incorporate musicianship and songwriting for an electronic sound that extends beyond the dancefloor to comforting human experience. From brooding breakbeat to delicate downtempo, their debut album ‘Parallel Lines’ embarks on a dreamy journey, imbued with soul and song craft while featuring a slew of vocalist from around the world.
Fresh off of winning Club of the Year at the Electronic Music Awards in September 2017, New York City dance music club, Output, recently announced its five year anniversary celebrations which will run from Thursday, 25 January through to Sunday 28th. The festivities kick off on the Thursday with Onur Özer taking the reins in The Panther Room, the intimate side room of the club with a fireplace as a backdrop, alongside Blkmarket Membership and The Selectors’ founder Taimur.
Holy Goof steps up for ‘FABRICLIVE 97’, hot on the heels of recent instalments from Mefjus (FABRICLIVE 95) and Skream (FABRICLIVE 96). Possibly the embodiment of an emerging generational demarcation within British electronic music culture, Holy Goof is at the forefront of a new breed of bass driven house that’s providing the sound track for a new generation.
With Claptone’s second artist album ‘Fantast’, the 13 tracks come together to create an album full of varied colours and atmospheric textures. In music, he seeks not to create a world of secrecy, but one of great depth and intrigue. With a desire for creativity and thirst for new music, he has brought together a diverse group of collaborators such as Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, Blaenavon, Tender, Jones, Zola Blood, Austra’s Katie Stelmanis, The Boxer Rebellion’s Nathan Nicholson, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Joan as a Policewoman and Matt Simons.
Glitterbox returns to Ibiza for a second season, kicking off its 17-date weekly residency on Friday 1 June. The brand aims to bring star-studded line-ups, flamboyant performers, dancefloor gems, uplifting house and fresh disco cuts to the venue each week.
Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel is preparing for summer with the recent announcement of their first resident for 2018 – Tomorrowland presents Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Garden of Madness. After an apparent successful debut last summer, The Garden of Madness is set to return for an extended run for its second season. Taking place every Tuesday from 19 June for 14 consecutive weeks, Tomorrowland residents Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike will be back at the helm.
Dutch DJ/producer Dannic, who shares the same home town of Breda with Tiësto and Hardwell, recently sealed an exclusive global signing contract with Spinnin’ Records. Dannic made his debut 18 years ago with releases on labels such as Toolroom and Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings.
With a radio show which has a reach across the dance music landscape apparently being ‘tuned into by over 50 million listeners each week’, as well as broadcasted on over 115 FM stations worldwide, Hardwell gears up for a special 350th episode of the show on 19 January live from Amsterdam. The two hour live show presented by its founder and host Hardwell will include guests such as Kura, Sick Individuals, Jewelz & Sparks, Dr Phunk, Maddix and more, and is planned to be one of his biggest Hardwell On Air radio shows yet.
Following up on October’s ADE party at AIR, Luke Solomon heads back to Amsterdam for Classic Music Company’s first show in a good long while. Classic X Amsterdam on Friday, 23 March will feature Classic family old and new – joining Luke will be the Horse Meat Disco crew and local beats act Nachtbraker at Amsterdam’s cultural hotspot, Sugarfactory.
LA-based X.X.T trio is fronted by Psycho Flower MC and features the talents of GR1M3Y-T and G3NR8TR, two anonymous members from another project. A one stop shop of producers, DJs, graphic designers and video makers; the three characters of X.X.T are their own Warhol Factory 17.0—rising out of LA’s cliqued out freak scene with wild beats and off-kilter song-craft.
John 00 Fleming began the New Year with news of his first early ‘18 operations. Top of the info-drop was confirmation of a fourth volume in his eminent ‘Editions’ compilation series. With the first three apparently having posted top #1 positions on Beatport’s all-genres album chart, this fourth edition is due mid-February and will be another journey through 2018’s progressive, tribal, deeper trance and melodic soundfields.
Last summer Ibiza Rocks teamed up with UK grime kingpin Stormzy for the debut all-day #MERKY Festival - apparently Ibiza’s first ever dedicated grime event. As possibly the hottest live act on the planet right now, Stormzy is back again in 2018 aiming to take things to another level.
Funky People were a house music collective with Tee Alford and Blaze (aka Kevin Hedge and Joshua Milan) at its core. Originally released on their Funky People label in 1995, this track, ‘Funky People’ landed on Slip ‘N’ Slide records the following year with a host of new mixes.
John Digweed’s Bedrock kick-starts another year with a label debut from Canada’s Shelley Johannson. A chance meeting with John at last summer’s Veld Festival led to the Toronto-based artist exchanging emails and sending him some new tracks she’d just finished. The rest, as they say, is history. Shelley has previously released on Sian’s Octopus Recordings and also recently created a guest mix for ‘Transitions’ Episode 681.
After two remix EPs taken from Ellen Allien’s seventh studio album, ‘Nost’, BPitch Control unveil round three with another lineup of contributors stepping up to the plate to deliver their own interpretations of the original works. This time around it’s Alan Oldham, Eomac, Amotik and XDB volunteering their services to bring a whole new dimension to the music from the track.
Introducing a new label for 2018, HotBOi Records is the brainchild of house music’s option4, who brings together some of his closest buddies to create an imprint aimed at quality and integrity. The label will only be releasing music from what they think are talented artists, so they can guarantee every single thing that emerges from the label is going to be pure fire, with the debut coming from Will Clarke.
Craig Connelly’s seems to be a man who knows how to start a New Year the right way. He kicked off 2017 with the release of his debut album ‘One Second Closer’ and he’s off the blocks yet again in 2018 with new single ‘Lost Without You’. Showcasing new material from the Manchester-based producer, it sees him on a first time studio-connect with singer Kate Miles.
Far Out Recordings present a new track from Italian duo Ad Bourke & Rotla (Raiders of the Lost Arp), with a remix from Chicago deep-house artist Ron Trent adding extra intensity to the aptly titled ‘RAW’.
Kindisch kicks off the new year with a fresh EP from Miami-based producer Adisyn. Adisyn is an American who makes moody, dubbed out deep house with labels like this one and sister operation Get Physical. As well as solo material, he has also collaborated with m.O.N.R.O.E. on tracks like ‘Microdose’ which is part of Get Physical’s new ‘Sessions’ compilation. Here he offers a brace of tracks that exemplify his style.
Just over a year on since he released his LP ‘Happiness’ on Classic Music Company, Eli Escobar returns to the label with an album which couldn’t be further removed in sentiment. Whereas ‘Happiness’ radiated house/disco hybrid throughout, ‘Shout’ is a heartfelt rage against America’s developing political disasters. The New York City DJ is a devoted collector, explorer and connoisseur of all kinds of music from his hip-hop roots. Apparently he is well-respected in the New York club circuit after over two decades of mutual love for the city and the house scene. Having been switched on to Eli by his debut album ‘Up All Night’, Classic Music Company is now his creative home.
Greek producer Fluxion returns to Danish imprint Echocord this month with his ‘Upsides & Sideways EP’, comprising three original productions. The Athens-based artist has spent nearly two decades honing his craft both on stage through his live improvised performances and in the studio, producing records for the likes of Chain Reaction, Vibrant Music and Subwax Bcn.
Ki Creighton joins the Kaluki Musik roster this January with his ‘Time Machine’ EP, backed with remixes from Mason Maynard and Simon Liberli. 2017 saw Ki land at number nine in Traxsource’s top 100 Tech House artists of the year as well as releasing material on labels such as ElRow Music, Circus Recordings and 8Bit amongst others, and playing shows at events across the UK such as The Warehouse Project, Circus Liverpool, Shindig Newcastle and further afield at Heinz Gaul in Cologne, Germany.
Superfreq will kick off 2018 with the second in a series of EPs from Saytek. Hot on the heels of his release in October, it is another offering of tracks all edited down from live and impromptu jam sessions. Having cut his teeth as a young clubber and producer at many of Superfreq boss Mr.C’s parties, Saytek has possibly become one of the electronic music scene’s most in-demand live acts.
DJ/producer James Dexter makes his debut on Audiojack’s Gruuv imprint to kick off 2018 with his ‘Mindstate EP’, with Mihai Popoviciu on remix duties. With previous releases on Poker Flat, Holic Trax, Roush and his own Inermu imprint, 2017 was a year in which James Dexter aimed to establish himself as one of the UK’s most exciting talents, gaining support from artists including Sidney Charles, Santé, Tanio Vulcano and more.
Following up on their recent inclusion in Kittball’s ‘Kittball Konspiracy’ series, German pairing Roumex drop a fresh two track EP on the label today. Nuremberg duo Johannes Amon Phillip Ihle, aka Roumex, have been developing and refining their sound since forming in early 2016 with a heavy emphasis on incorporating and drawing inspiration from the classical world.
Paul’s Boutique founder Paolo Martini joins Repopulate Mars with three cuts this January. Spanning over 30 years, the Italian producer’s career is a testament to his abilities in the studio and recent years have seen him appearing on imprints such as Hot Creations, Gruuv, 8Bit, Moon Harbour, Emerald City and Snatch! Having received regular support from Lee Foss over the years, Martini now debuts on Repopulate Mars to kick-start 2018.
Possibly one of the most diligent underground DJs from the ranks of Detroit, whose style has bubbled up from the underground to become popular by the house scene’s tastemakers, Detroit’s Filthiest stays true to name with his debut for track for Defected.
UK producer Timmy P deliver three house cuts for the seventh instalment of Lovecrimes this month with his ‘Dance Floor Flirt’ EP. London-based DJ/producer Timmy has apparently gained notoriety in the house music scene for his dance floor focussed productions, which have been picked up by labels including Local Talk, Nofitstate and Dessous Recordings.
January sees the second instalment of ‘The Martinez Brothers Remixed’ on Cuttin’ Headz, with four fresh interpretations from Guti & Enzo Siragusa, Kenny Glasgow, Johnny Aux and Matt Tolfrey. Since its inception in 2014, The Martinez Brothers’ Cuttin’ Headz imprint has possibly become a favourite for some, releasing material from the likes of Martin Buttrich and Luke Solomon through to rising names including Jesse Calosso and Morgan.
UK producer Cozzy D has just delivered two house cuts with a remix from Max Chapman on Incorrect Music, coming in the shape of the ‘Heatwave / Slobberknocker’ EP. Cozzy has apparently garnered a reputation for delivering decent house music with a career in the London electronic scene spanning well over a decade, seeing releases on labels like VIVa MUSiC, Flashmob Records and his own imprint Lower East.
Ultra Music Festival will return to Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami on 23, 24 and 25 March 2018, at the end of Miami Music Week, and recently announced its Phase One lineup for the event, its 20th anniversary. Featuring an array of talent across seven stages, Ultra aims to pull out all the stops for its flagship show.
Fresh off the back of his Glitterbox remix of CamelPhat & Elderbrook’s track ‘Cola’, Mousse T. drops his first original release on the Glitterbox label, showing off his production skills in this track ‘Rock The Mic’.
The Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) recently launched a confidential sexual harassment support service for the electronic music industry. Victims of sexual harassment within society and specifically within the entertainment industry need trained support and AFEM is launching a confidential support service, delivered by Health Assured, to provide advice and guidance to those affected.
One year ago - and near enough to the day, Paul van Dyk opened the singles account for his eighth studio album with ‘Everyone Needs Love’. What followed was a process of music release that’s been cathartic for the man himself. Now, 12 months on, he brings the release year for the album that MIXMAG hailed as “inspirational” and DJ Mag called “a love letter to the trance family” to the brightest possible conclusion. As his last single for 2017, Paul has selected ‘Escape Reality Tonight’.
Bargrooves hits the slopes again with another collection of hand-picked house grooves for your on or off-piste soundtrack. ‘Bargrooves Après Ski 7.0’ consists of new and old tracks to kick off the New Year in style.
On the heels of apparently their most successful US tour to date, British band Depeche Mode have been nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical” category for ‘You Move (Latroit Remix)’.
Closing the year for Def Mix, David Morales joins forces once again with Janice Robinson for the gospel house outing, ‘Father’.
Option4 returns to Nervous Records with the deep, emotionally-charged track ‘To Be Your Baby’. With releases on Ninja Tune, Nurvous, Club Sweat and more besides, Option4’s music may well pack a significantly bigger punch than your average house cut, incorporating tribal rhythms, intricate melodies and fierce low-end, to produce a style that is working well for him.
For probably the first time in history, a party will take place in zero gravity, headlined by some of the biggest DJs in the world. Dubbed ‘The World’s Smallest Nightclub’ World Club Dome Zero Gravity will launch on 7 February, 2018 in cooperation with FRAPORT – Frankfurt Airport. The only way to win a ticket on board the flight is to send a 20 second video application explaining why you deserve to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Be aware though, only two winners (one male and one female) will be selected from each continent, including an additional two winners each from Germany and India.
BE-AT.TV recently announced another live stream for 16 December. This time they will be broadcasting the Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics performed by The Heritage Orchestra and conducted by Jules Buckley from an apparently sold out date at the O2 in London. Also performing on the night are vocalists Becky Hill, Rejjie Snow, Samm Henshaw, Duval from Disciples and Raye.
Tiga’s ‘Woke’ is possibly a contender for the breakout club record of the past few months. Premiered by Annie Mac on Radio 1, the electro-leaning cut was co-produced by Tiga, Jori Hulkonnen (with whom Tiga created ‘Bugatti’), and Clarian North, and mixed by Mark Ralph. Now, Martin Solveig closes the year with a mix of ‘Woke’, joining previous remixes from Jamie Jones, Patrick Topping, Amine Edge & DANCE, Andrea Oliva, and Craig Williams. A vinyl-only release is also available featuring Tiga’s 12inch Dance Mix, and remixes from Vakkuum, Eduardo de la Calle, and Justin Cudmore.
The last outing of 2017 for the Play It Say It label is from DJ and producer Harry Romero, a possibly driving force in the scene since the ‘90s. He’s released on labels as Sex Mania, Power Music and Strictly Rhythm, but also contemporary imprints like Ovum and Defected. An inductee into Pete Tong's Hall of Fame, Harry’s own Bambossa Records is another chapter in his definitive story. Here he demonstrates his current sound across three tracks.
The Diynamic Festival is returning to the Amsterdam forest once again in 2018 for its sixth edition, bringing you 11 hours of music from Solomun’s imprint. The special label showcase will be headlined by Solomun himself, with other core label artists such as Adriatique, Kollektiv Turmstrasse and HOSH alongside many more artists to be announced soon. Tickets go on sale 13 December.
Hugo Massien recently released his ‘Ghost Note’ EP, the latest variation of his sound on Dusky’s 17 Steps. Aiming to explore the hidden crevices between the hardcore continuum, muscular house and vintage techno, the EP delivers four cuts. Having previously contributed EPs to XL Records and DJ Haus’ E-Beamz, Hugo’s sound has already garnered praise far from the likes of Annie Mac, Bicep, Roman Flügel, and Maya Jane Coles.
The after movie for Gamma Fest was recently released and gives you a real insight into what makes it a popular event and why you should consider adding it to your festival calendar next year.
TRNSMT continues its extended transmission with a recent artist announcement. New headliner The Killers will be joined by CHVRCHES and Franz Ferdinand at TRNSMT 2018 on the closing festival date - Sunday 8th July 2018. These new acts join TRNSMT’s recent announcement of Kodaline and Krept x Konan, added to 29th and 30th June 2018 respectively. These new acts join the already announced headliners Liam Gallagher and Stereophonics as well as acts including The Script, Courteeners, James Bay, Wolf Alice, Krept x Konan, Jessie J and J Hus.
BE-AT.TV will today premiere a brand new live series - Off/BEAT - yesterday. The event will take viewers to Berlin’s spy tower complex Teufelsberg, featuring exclusive live shows from Mathew Jonson with Isis and Einmusik with Jonas Saalbach. Off/BEAT aims to showcase the music of innovative and celebrated electronic performers at spectacular locations around the world, beaming it all back in high quality live and direct to you. Further details about the global events series will be revealed shortly, including the identity of those supporting the project.
Hedonism’s Simion pairs up with Roland Clark to deliver a house cut entitled ‘Voices’ with remixes from Moonwalk and Wade on Kittball this month. Simion has proven himself an accomplished producer with releases being picked up by labels including Simma Black, Mother and Off Recordings.
A creative partnership between Tom Laroye and Yam Who?, Qwestlife is a trans-continental boogie trip between the two producers’ respective homelands of Paris and London.
Announcing a full-length album for 2018; ‘Sirens’ may well suggest an exhilarating and contemporary body of work to follow from Berlin producer Monolink – a statement of intent from the maturing studio producer and live performer. His vocal contribution and sways of acoustic colour provides an example of how electronic music can settle amongst a guitar led narrative, and displays a live direction from the singer/ songwriter.
Just two weeks since its release, ‘Say Hi’ has already been streamed 1 million times and apparently received acclaim from the likes of Billboard, MTV, Teen Vogue, and many others. In the record’s first week, ‘Say Hi’ hit #1 on Soundcloud’s trending pop chart, was added to Spotify’s Fresh Electronic playlist / Apple Music A-List playlist, and has seen spins across iHeart and SiriusXM BPM.
LA's Gari Safari has ‘transformed the American club scene’, attracting old and new clubbers with an apparently unique themed event that’s already travelled from New York's Output to Ecuador's Lost Beach Club. An all encompassing sensory experience, its soundtrack of contemporary house and techno is served up by residents and founders Anabel Englund, Human Life, Matt Ossentjuk and Mont Blvck (aka Jackson Englund, Anabel's brother, and Diego Cuevas).
After Chicane dropped his celebratory album (‘Twenty’) a bit over a year ago, his plans to release a new album draw a few steps closer as the creator of classics such as ‘Offshore’, ‘Saltwater’ and ‘Don’t Give Up’ (feat. Bryan Adams) emerges with a brand-new single, ‘Gorecki’, taken from what will be his sixth studio album.
Aiming to establish Defected Croatia as the world’s best house music festival, Defected recently announced Basement Jaxx, Derrick Carter, Dimitri From Paris, Masters At Work, Roger Sanchez and Todd Terry as their headliners for 2018 along with Phase 1 of a billing including international house artists, underground and disco acts. Returning to The Garden, Tisno on 9-14 August for six days of DJs and sunshine, the festival’s third yearly instalment is shaping up to be the biggest yet.
Sam Divine and Cassimm join forces once again for their latest co-production on DFTD, following up on the pair’s previous EP, ‘In Da Nation’. It’s been a good year for Sam, whose DVINE Sounds imprint apparently continues to rise, alongside playing global hotspots and supporting Defected at numerous club shows, festivals and their Ibiza residency at Eden.
Next up on Poker Flat Recordings is a three-tracker from Marcos in Dub, the Spanish DJ and producer with a string of releases to his name. ‘Mood’ kicks off with the title track - a dancefloor tune built around a rubbery groove. The track draws atmospheres and textures from trance-infused deep house, perhaps a legacy of the artist’s time as a resident at Madrid’s Goa nights.
The next Bedrock release is the result of a collaborative project from three Gabriel Ananda, John Digweed and Nick Muir. Their collective concept of electronic music ventures into a vast, unexplored field of endless possibilities and is the futuristic two-part ‘Tachyon Dream’. A year in the making, the project started with John (who is a massive fan) reaching out to Gabriel to see if he would be interested in working on a project together with Nick. Gabriel already had a demo in mind that he had started and the project was soon up and running.
Last week, elrow launched Rowgelia's house, a new international headquarters in Barcelona. Designed by Marino Casas Rodriguez the new HQ is a space that aims to reflect the brand’s creativity. Each room has been custom designed to reflect a different elrow theme or identity. From the Enchanted Forest, Mafia Secret Room and Wild West Saloon to a Bollywood Boudoir, El Bronx and Rowgelia's chicken coop, behind every door, a new world is waiting to be explored. Architect and designer Marin is a long-standing friend of the elrow family, having previously worked on projects such as their flagship Row14 club in Barcelona, known today simply as 'elrow', plus the Sala Privee at Florida 135 in Fraga.
Kia Mazzi is an Iranian born local musician from Boston US, who's work circumnavigates the depths of electronica, indie dance and progressive house. Originally inspired by Jean Michel Jarre, he employs a wide array of hardware synths from his personal collection and now releases his album ‘Mothership’, which is out now. He believes that the artist should remain "the student of the game" and to keep practicing, and to follow their ideals. Some logistical mistakes should be expected during that growth. He also believes there is evolution within imperfection, a creative progression that will come from practice, from hard-won trial and error.
Following his show last October, Pete Tong returns to Egg LDN along with a line-up of fellow house and techno DJs, with each artist aiming to bring their own attributes to the fore. Considered a household name with his well-known BBC Radio 1 show exhibiting both emerging and established talent, Pete’s long-running Essential Mix series remains a pivotal point for any artist worth their salt building a career in music.
Gramatik, raised the maximum amount of $2.48 million (7500 ETH) in under 24 hours during his GRMTK token sale in Zurich last week, as he became the first artist in history to ‘tokenise’ his intellectual property. A crowd at X-TRA in Zurich witnessed the moment as Gramatik, alongside SingularDTV, launched the GRMTK token, creating a new model for funding and artist-fan relationship. The GRMTK token represents the intellectual property of Gramatik, with those purchasing tokens entitled to a share in the revenue of his work as he produces music and scores films.
Nordoff Robbins Scotland will bring the electronic music scene in Scotland to the forefront of critics once more with two special award categories in collaboration with Sub Club in 2017. The one-off ‘Exceptional Contribution’ and ‘Electronic Music’ award categories will aim to highlight the electronic scene in Scotland to the world once more.
In perhaps the most time-honoured tradition in 20+ years of event theme history, this November sees Markus Schulz deliver Transmission its 2017 night-defining track. First marking his ambassadorship of the Prague-based arena with ‘The New World’ back in 2008, this year’s composition represents Markus’ ninth consecutive Transmission theme in as many years.
Capturing the hedonism of the Glitterbox extravaganza, ‘Glitterbox – Disco’s Revenge’ is selected and curated by founder and label boss Simon Dunmore. The album aims to get to the very essence of ‘dance music’ in its truest sense; music which moves your body and your soul. The standout tracks are a mixture of brand new funk-laden cuts, all-time house classics and rare disco treasures.
As the first ever 5 Senses Thailand festival approaches on 3-7 February 2018, they’ve released a video that showcases the experience that you can expect if attending. The video shows off the paradise-like location and features tropical blue-green seas, white sand beaches and open air venues that will host DJs and an intimate crowd.
2017 has apparently been ICARUS’ biggest year to date. The Bristol brothers’ recent tracks ‘Trouble’ and ‘King Kong’ won repeated Radio 1 airplay and were both highlighted as Hottest Record in the World by Danny Howard and Annie Mac respectively, and they also delivered a summer set at Radio 1’s Live at Café Mambo in Ibiza festivities. Now the duo conclude the year by dropping the brand new track ‘No Sleep’.
TRNSMT Festival will return to Glasgow Green in 2018 and will be extending its music offering across two weekends. The main festival weekend will take place over three days on 29th June – 1st July with two shows taking place the following weekend on 6th and 8th July 2018. Glasgow city centre will provide the backdrop to the event in Glasgow Green and the brand new two-weekend experience will reveal its festival line-up later this month.
2017’s draft for the sixth edition of Pure Trance sees the Netherlands based Robert Nickson and Australia’s Factor B join its roll call, while Solarstone spear-tips this new assembly. The album draws its music from the current and future holdings of Pure Trance Recordings, as well as a handful of labels including Black Hole, FSOE, Flashover and Subculture.
Annie Mac recently announced her definitive selection of favourite tracks from the past year by unveiling the track listing for ‘Annie Mac Presents 2017’. Released on 29 November, the compilation will be the ninth in the series, which have apparently topped the iTunes album charts the past five years running. Its release will come hot on the heels of her High 5 tour, where Annie will hit five cities across the UK to play five intimate gigs priced at £5.
SBTV recently announced a weekender to celebrate their 10th anniversary, brining two days of music and entertainment to Printworks London on 16th and 17th December 2017. Performances will come from SBTV friends and family with the likes of Wiley, JME, Ghetts, Big Narstie, AJ Tracey, Shola Ama, Paigey Cakey and much more all making appearances. From grime to hip-hop and acoustic, SBTV aims to provide a platform to nurture unsung talent, and has apparently helped the careers of international superstars like Ed Sheeran and Skepta.
The complexity of Denis Rodd’s newest EP release, ‘Minotaur’, reflects his curiosity and passion for music. With his roots stemming from Lanzarote (Canary Islands), Rodd’s earlier influences include jazz and funk, which eventually evolved into techno and house.
Dutch electronic music trio, Noisia, recently launched a new YouTube video series, ‘Behind Outer Edges’, that looks behind the scenes of their Outer Edges audiovisual show. Episode One is available now with a new episode released every fortnight (21/11, 5/12, 19/12). A rare and personal look into life on the road with Noisia (aka Nik, Martijn, and Thijs), each episode will focus on one member of the band, plus the extensive team who’ve helped bring the show to life, including the lighting engineer, production manager, visuals designer, the fashion designer behind the show outfits, and more.
Elrow Town London returns on Saturday 18 August 2018 after the success of their debut festival that apparently saw 25,000 people flock to London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park last August. Promising to raise the bar even higher for 2018, the fully immersive debut festival saw the likes of Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Idris Elba and Hot Since 82 play from a multi-story tower-block stage, while giant puppets, enormous inflatables and a 20-foot high mechanical camel dazzled partygoers beneath a monsoon of streamers and confetti.
After releases on King Street NYC and Ovum Recordings, Michel de Hey is back on his own HEY! label and keeps it simple with a two-tracker inspired by his numerous visits to his favourite hangout in Amsterdam; Thuishaven. On the heels of the re-release of some classic HEY! tunes by Michel and remixes by Stimming, Paul Kalkbrenner and more, this EP is the next chapter in the label’s catalogue.