The 14th edition of Armin van Buuren’s award-winning mix compilation series has arrived. ‘A State Of Trance 2017’, which recently saw its release after four weeks of pre-order, contains many exclusive records and tracks from some of the biggest names in trance music. The compilation is divided into two partitions (‘On The Beach’ and ‘In The Club’) and comprises 38 tracks from artists such as Andrew Rayel, Gareth Emery, MaRLo, Omnia, Ørjan Nilsen and Super8 & Tab.
It’s been a year full of debuts for Toolroom and as the label moves closer to the summer, Flashmob is the most recent debutant to deliver the goods with latest track, ‘Freakin’ Babe’. Since his chart topping success of ‘Need In Me’ back in 2012, Flashmob has been popular among industry peers and clubbers alike. His more recent outings have landed on Viva, Avotre, Gruuv and Roger Sanchez’s Undr The Radr.
Sigma (aka Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie) were recently invited to speak at Cambridge University during the Easter Term. On 3 May, they will be a guest of the Cambridge Union Society; the pair will be interviewed about topics including their career to date and issues including music education in schools. Other guests for the 200 year old society’s Easter Termcard include Bernie Sanders, Gina Miller, Stephen Fry, Piers Morgan, and Mary Berry.
Glitterbox recently announced the Ibiza 2017 season line-up and opening party for its new residency at Hï Ibiza. Every Friday from 9 June to 29 September (excluding 4 August) Glitterbox will transform Hï Ibiza with state-of-the-art production, their biggest line-ups to date, and the Glitterbox dance crews out in force.
Forthcoming on Ram Records, Andy C’s ‘What Bass’ has been road-tested during his 13 week XOYO residency, and was given its first radio play on his Beats 1 show. This is the first new music from Andy C since 2016’s ‘New Era’, and will precede a new single for Atlantic Records later this year. With over 40 awards to date, Andy C’s career has been hugely successful. He’s sold-out Alexandra Palace and Brixton Academy with his own solo shows, played headline slots at festivals including Creamfields, Glastonbury, EDC, and SW4, and released a string of tracks like ‘Heartbeat Loud’ and ‘New Era’. The D&B figure was recently chosen to host the first D&B radio show on Apple Music’s Beats 1, broadcast to over 100 countries.
Roots Manuva joins previously announced headliners Shobaleader One, Squarepusher’s live band performing jazz funk versions of Squarepusher Classics, plus This Is The Kit, Nightmares on Wax, Greg Wilson, Actress (DJ Set) and more for this year’s FarmFest, which takes place at Gilcombe Farm, Bruton in Somerset between 28-29 July. Apparently described as one of the most influential artists in British musical history, he possibly remains at the pinnacle of the UK hip hop scene some 18 years after debut album ‘Brand New Second Hand’.
On Monday, 22 May Toronto's Electric Island concert + picnic series kicks off their fifth season. The season five opener will feature DJs including Berlin's techno Ben Klock, Joris Voorn, Eats Everything, Brooklyn-based duo Bedouin, UK’s Leon Vynehall, the eclectic disco-infused duo Red Axes and Kompakt frequenter Rebolledo. As always, the day will also see locals appearing too, including Night Vision, Andrew Choe, Gera and Alberto Jossue.
Australian duo Slumberjack recently released their ‘Fracture EP’, after teasing selections from the work live at festivals last year. The five-track EP, out now on Mad Decent, possibly displays the versatility and production physique the two are capable of. The lead single ‘Afraid, Unafraid’, is a melodic future track featuring rising talent and Western Australia Music Nominee for Song of the Year, Sydnee Carter, and has already hit #1 iTunes Electronic in Australia.
The weekly program was recently confirmed for Eric Prydz at Hï Ibiza, with Prydz handling duties in the Theatre (Room 1) with guests including Agoria, Deadmau5, Dusky, and Matthew Dear, while Andrea Oliva & Friends take control of the Club (Room 2) with Pete Tong, Butch, Nick Curly and many others.
Preditah steps up for FABRICLIVE 92, his debut DJ mix album, featuring exclusive new material from himself, plus DJ Q, and C4, alongside tracks and remixes from Skepta, Wiley, Joker, Swindle, Flava D, Shorty, Bassboy, and more, helming the rave, mixing up grime, UK house and garage. Born in Birmingham, his series of instrumental EPs, ‘Solitaire EP’, ‘Eightsome EP’, ‘Circles EP’, ‘Red Bull EP’, ‘Gears of Grime’, and ‘El Futuro EP’, apparently ensured a growing presence on pirate radio and in the club. His breakthrough track, ‘The Big Wok’, was noticed by JME (Boy Better Know), and this association helped cement his reputation.
Percolate recently announced their first ever open air party. Taking over a never before used space in Stratford on Saturday 29 July 2017, Percolate will lean on their experiences of curating parties up and down the country, whilst taking inspiration from the European culture of open air events that provide a high-end, back-to-basics ethos.
This summer Ibiza enters a new chapter with the launch of Hï Ibiza, the brand new club by Ushuaïa Entertainment. From May through until September Hï Ibiza will play host to selectors from the global electronic music scene, including Canadian deadmau5, who will join Eric Prydz at his debut Ibiza residency for two exclusive dates this summer. Few acts in electronic music compare to six-time GRAMMY-Award nominee deadmau5, aka Joel Zimmerman, whose sounds, live performances and iconic mouse head have made him a household name in dance music and well beyond since exploding onto the international scene nearly a decade ago.
Dutch producers Laidback Luke and Made In June join forces on Dim Mak for their single ‘Paradise’. Fusing warm synths with the airy vocals of Bright Lights, the tune shows Laidback Luke’s range as he steps out of his electro comfort zone on this crossover house song. Laidback Luke began producing in the mid-1990s and arguably played an important role in bridging the gap between pop and electronic music today. He has ranked on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ list for ten consecutive years and has become a mainstay at festivals all over the world including Ultra Miami, Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas, and more.
Following on from Joe Goddard’s disco-infused remix of Busy P’s ‘Genie’, comes electronic music’s KDA to give his take on the original. Premiered via Mixmag, the KDA remix switches it up for chopped vocal cuts and a Baltimore club inspired percussion creating a remix that is aiming for club play.
Grassroots art and music scenes are possibly the lifeblood of a city’s culture. The relationship between creative spaces, governmental bodies and urban developers has a definitive impact on their fortunes around the globe. The Creative Footprint is an apparent groundbreaking, worldwide collaborative project that will enable these communities with the information and resources to realise their potential against adversity. Spearheaded by Lutz Leichsenring (Berlin Clubcommission), utilising extensive research by Musicboard Berlin and Harvard University, and in partnership with Red Bull and Black Circle Media, the Creative Footprint is a non-profit initiative that measures and indexes urban creative space in the world’s cultural capitals, while advocating for art and cultural communities on the civic level around the globe.
Since kicking off his own imprint, Delecta Records, in March 2016, Cedric Gervais has been indulging clubbers with quite a few tracks. Recently, he further embellishes that list with ‘Touch The Sky’, featuring Digital Farm Animals and Dallas Austin that saw its release at the tail end of last week. Cedric has possibly been one of dance music’s luminaries for over 15 years. He scored a Grammy in 2013 with his remix of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Summertime Sadness’, sold multi-platinum with several singles and is apparently a frequent fixture in the Top 10s of charts in the U.S. (Billboard), the U.K. (U.K. Singles chart) and Australia (ARIA).
Armin van Buuren has apparently become the first-ever artist to release his UMF set on streaming services. His set at the main stage of Ultra Music Festival Miami 2017, which apparently is one of the most-viewed live sets of the festival on YouTube, is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and more.
Soundwave in Croatia is reaching its 9th season this summer, now one of the region’s longest running festivals. During this growth, the festival has also distilled and refined its ideal of what a festival should be about – it’s a world away from muddy fields, long queues and over-stuffed events, instead set in a sizzling climate on an coastal location in Tisno. Having already revealed their lineup to date, it recently announced its series of 13 boat parties taking place in July.
It’s been five years since Solarstone last released a studio album. It’s fair to say though that his hands have been busy meantime - two record labels launched with a hundred releases between them, ‘Electronic Architecture’ continued and lots more. Richard Mowatt, aka Solarstone’s,last long-player, ‘Pure’. was released back in 2012. Now he gets set to release ‘.——’. which is Morse Code and is his minimalist encouragement to fans to scratch beneath the surface of what they’re seeing and hearing.
This June Session Victim return to Jimpster's ' Delusions Of Grandeur' imprint with a third studio album. 'Listen To Your Heart' is the result of a year of cross-continental scripting, started in their Hamburg studio and wrapped up stateside in San Francisco's Room G Studios where the duo had worked on their 2014 LP 'See you When You Get There'.
Mixmag recently launched its Label Of The Decade Poll, asking readers to name the most influential record label of the last 10 years. The last 10 years have been some of the best ever for dance and electronic music, where local sounds like dubstep, footwork, French electro, Gqom, nu disco and the LA beat scene possibly turned into global phenomena, changing the face the culture forever. Then there are the countless sub genres – such as UK funky, post-dubstep, nu rave, bass-house, lo-fi, deconstructed club – which, although sometimes short lived, have had a major influence from the underground up.
Talk about the legends of house music and it's likely that Kenny Dope Gonzalez possibly holds one of the undisputed seats in the gallery. Since breaking out of Brooklyn, just as New York house began to dominate the 1990s, the Dope man rose to the very top with Masters At Work, gaining a reputation as a beat-maker, producer and DJ. And, on a slight tangent, we were actually lucky enough to support him at the end of last year as he played for Melting Pot @ The Hillhead Book Club on Boxing Night 2016 in Glasgow.
On 29 May Sven Väth will launch the 18th season of Cocoon Ibiza. There will be 19 Monday nights with Sven leading the charge, with 14 performances across both rooms. Ricardo Villalobos plays six exclusive shows and Richie Hawtin is back, this time for five exclusive shows. Adam Beyer joins in with seven gigs and Nina Kraviz will play five performances. Ilario Alicante continues his ascent and will play seven shows.
The four-week countdown is on for the start of another summer on the White Isle and for Pikes to open its doors to unveil the new-look Freddie’s, the home of its house party. The Summer season launch Party will take place on Saturday 29 April, with Artwork at the helm plus an array of the island’s DJs and promoters popping by from 7pm poolside to take the party through the night at Pikes. As part of a new collaboration, Freddie’s party suite at Pikes has been revamped by interior designers, Rockett St George, and will be unveiled at the opening party together with the opportunity to sample the venue’s new family-style food concept for 2017.
Paul Woolford has been spreading his wings of late, becoming omni-present by landing his tracks on labels like XL Recordings, Running Back, Houndstooth, Hotflush and Aus Music. Not wanting to be shackled by genres, he serves up a wide variety of curveballs, from the technoid charge of his 4/4 persuasions to the exhilarating warped hardcore and jungle breaks of his Special Request project.
Audio Obscura is an events platform that carefully combines some of the most cutting edge electronic music artists around the world with culturally rich event spaces. It aspires to bridge the gap between the electronic music industry and the wider artistic market as a whole, utilising unique and historic venues parallel to possibly some of the most innovative DJs and producers. Each show aims to demonstrate how culturally rich and vibrant electronic music is today.
Tiga recently dropped a new DJ mix on his SoundCloud page featuring exclusive music from both Tiga vs Audion, and Tiga, alongside Bjork, The Knife, Martinez Brothers, DJs Pareja, Justin Cudmore, Red Axes, Truncate, Solitary Dancer and more. The ‘Stereo Woke Mix – Live at StereoBar Montreal’ was recorded from his 27 January set at the Canadian club.
Delivering an uplifting house track possibly destined to populate the airwaves of Ibiza, Croatia and all discerning dance festivals across the summer this year, Benji Candelario has a soulful summer track with ‘You Got Me’, delivered in two versions, a ‘Groove Rendition’ and ‘Late Night Strut Mix’. Canadian house vocalist Lisa Shaw lends her tones, airing out Benji’s sumptuously layered production with a memorable and breathless melody.
David Guetta has joined forces with Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, on ‘Light My Body Up.’ Bridging the gap between electronic and urban artists, David’s vision and ability to fuse the two worlds has seen him possibly produce some of the most popular collaborations on the planet – and this latest one will may well follow suit. Rising through the ranks to achieve a level of stardom that most producers can only dream of, the two-time Grammy award-winner has amassed 50 million album and single sales, two billion streams on Spotify alone, provided the original soundtrack for the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer championship, and probably played every major music event under the sun. We also game him his first UK dance music cover on M8 Magazine back in the day.
Currently touring North America as part of the 25 Years Of Ram Records tour, Loadstar have dropped new single, ‘Diamonds’ (feat. Takura), the next track from the British D&B act’s soon to be announced new album. Nick and Gavin have been road-testing the track for most of this year in their sets, apparently to great reaction. This single also reunites them with vocalist, Takura, who, aside from featuring on tracks by Chase & Status, Sub Focus, Netsky, and Kano, last worked with Loadstar on ‘Refuse To Love’.
ANTS recently announced the full line up for their biggest international event yet at 02 Academy Brixton on Easter Thursday 13 April. With Eats Everything and Groove Armada already confirmed as headliners, ANTS have announced that resident DJ, Andrea Oliva, will be joining them, backed up by house music’s Waze & Odyssey and Second City. Possibly one of Ibiza’s most respected electronic music gatherings, ‘The Colony’, as it is apparently known to its supporters, will invade London’s 02 Academy Brixton for its second party in the capital, following its apparent sold out show at Electric Brixton in February 2016.
Growing up on the Nordic coastline, producer Carl Louis has spent much of his career broadening his musical horizons with a number of credits to his name. Originally a member of electronic duo CLMD, Louis co-produced a number of releases including ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, which went multi-platinum in Norway and was also premiered on Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show. Afterward, Louis left the group in 2014 to pursue his own personal ambitions.
With this year’s Brighton Music Conference now less than a month away, here’s a brief rundown of what’s on. Evening events include TAKE with Patrick Topping (BMC Official After Party), Brapp x BMC Present LEVELZ (Friday BMC Official After Party), Constant Circles Label Showcases, Wunderground, Wiggle, Native Instruments: Traktor Cookery School, Toolroom Drinks, AFEM, LNADJ, Wall of Sound & English Disco Lovers, and more. Ahead of the two-day conference schedule (Thursday 27 and Friday 28 April), the annual AFEM Networking & BMC Welcome Drinks returns to The Tempest on Wednesday 26 April with DJs from MVMT (6pm - 10.30pm).
This summer Ibiza enters an exciting new chapter with the launch of Hï Ibiza, the brand new club by Ushuaïa Entertainment. As the debut season for the club draws ever closer, it recently announcesd that Armin van Buuren will join its growing roster of residents with his new Wednesday night party U R, running for 13 weeks this summer, from 21 June to 13 September.
After the apparent success of last August’s day and night party, Glitterbox is back with the full roller disco experience, with headliners in the shape of Roger Sanchez, Aeroplane and Karizma. Taking full advantage of the May Bank Holiday with an all-day, all-night extravaganza, Ministry will open an outside stage during the day for the likes of Simon Dunmore, Luke Solomon, Eli Escobar and John Morales. Percolate residents Krywald & Farrer and London’s Savage resident Hifi Sean are also set to play, while Yam Who will soundtrack the roller disco in Ministry’s Box room. Later, rare grooves, soul funk and disco will be playing all night in the Loft courtesy of Baptiste and Flo, while the headliners head to the main room to take the night away.
Carl Cox recently revealed some of the line-up for his new Pure Carl Cox nights which will launch in Privilege Ibiza this summer. The first party kicks off on Tuesday 11 July with Carl joined by Joseph Capriati, Jon Rundell and Eric Powell alongside tINI, Fuse’s Archie Hamilton, Eats Everything, Darren Emerson and newcomer Hybrasil.
West London’s Slip 'n' Slide was one of the UK’s original house imprints. Starting in 1994 with early releases and remixes from artists such as Blaze, Deep Dish, X-Press 2, King Britt, Masters At Work, Kings Of Tomorrow and Restless Soul, it possibly set the benchmark for house music in the UK and gave a platform to artists who then went on to become all-time greats.
On 25 July 2017, RESISTANCE™ will land on Ibiza for the opening night of an eight-week residency at the world’s largest nightclub, Privilege. The brand’s first official foray onto the White Isle, the night will run every Tuesday from 25 July until the official closing party on 12 September. Confirmed for the first six parties, British DJ/producers Sasha & John Digweed have been announced for an exclusive Ibiza residency, with the pair making no other appearances together on the island this summer.
The Martinez Brothers Cuttin’ Headz imprint returns this week with a five-track EP entitled ‘All Day’ from Jaden Thompson, featuring remixes from Matt Tolfrey. Hailing from Gloucester in England, Jaden is a 17-year-old producer with an already seriously credible string of followers, Including Desolat’s Loco Dice and Play It Say It’s Seth Troxler. Now freshly signed to the Martinez Brothers Cuttin’ Headz label, Thompson’s ‘All Day’ EP is already highly regarded by Pete Tong and has seen heavy support on his BBC Radio 1 show.
With Miami Music Week just around the corner, Armada Music recently disclosed the full line-up of ‘Armada Invites: MMW 2017’. On 22 March, ‘Armada Invites: MMW 2017’ will hit Nikki Beach in Miami with a line-up that includes Dash Berlin, Harry Romero, Julian Jordan, Morgan Page, Robbie Rivera, Sultan + Shepard, Thomas Gold, special guest Borgore and two ‘world-renowned’ mystery acts.
Josh has possibly become one of house music’s most popular rising talents of recent years, releasing on imprints including Cajual, Avotre, MadTech and his very own Origins. He’s also had a touring schedule which has seen him play at Manchester’s The Warehouse Project, Toffler Rotterdam, Amnesia Ibiza and various festivals.
Grammy-nominated artist Morgan Page shares his newest Armada release ‘Other Girl’ featuring the vocals of Rayla. The trop-pop song has a xylophone melody and a Caribbean-inspired rhythm.
Dutch electronic music trio, Noisia, recently revealed the remixers for their forthcoming ‘Outer Edges Remixes’ album. Released on 7 April, the compilation brings together remixes of last summer’s ‘Outer Edges’ studio album from the likes of Bassnectar, Ivy Lab, Machinedrum, Amon Tobin, Camo & Krooked, Mat Zo, Dyro, The Upbeats, Mefjus, and more. Handpicked by Nik, Martijn, and Thijs, the artists range from across the electronic music spectrum, with many of the mixes taking the original versions outside of D&B entirely – something Noisia were keen to achieve with this project. Some tracks from ‘Outer Edges Remixes’ will be released individually via DSPs and streaming services towards 7 April, and Camo & Krooked’s mix of ‘The Entangled’ is available now.
This summer Ibiza enters an exciting new chapter with the launch of Hï Ibiza, the brand new superclub by Ushuaïa Entertainment. The club, formerly known as Space, will have a fresh new look and aims to have the most advanced sound and technologies on the island. From May through September the venue will play host to possibly some of the finest selectors from the global electronic music scene, including many of Ibiza’s popular DJs. The club recently revealed its new additions for its Opening Party.
Jimpster serves up ‘Crave’ EP, the first single from his forthcoming ‘Silent Stars’ LP and comes complete with remixes from Atjazz and Flabaire. In its original form the track, which features vocals from hotly-tipped Londoner Florence Rawlings, is an emotionally charged electronic torch song guaranteed that aims to get inside your head from the very first listen. The spacey chords and punctuating string stabs bring hints of the ’80s to mind whilst Florence's gentle vocals float delicately above the track.
Niro has been steadily carving out his brand of house music over the past few years with releases for Kimochi Sound and his own Unclear imprint, which was birthed out of the Klang Club where he hosts events and recently launched his very own Lobster Theremin distributed PADS imprint. This time round though he joins the roster of New Yorker Fred P aka Black Jazz Consortium’s Board imprint with yet more material.
With more than two decades in electronic music, DJ Zinc has forged his own path for the outset, apparently winning both the respect of industry peers and fans along the way. Consistently redefining his sound, he jumps between musical genres and is one of few artists who can claim to have had genuine underground and commercial hits across house, breakbeat, UK garage and D&B, having sold over 1,000,000 physical records across his own productions and labels. Now possibly established as one of the foremost house producers in the game, he continues his run of form with ‘All I Want’, now available for free download via his Soundcloud page.
Launching this April, All Knight Long will see the Grammy-nominated electronic artist and Toolroom founder Mark Knight play extended 6+ hour sets at clubs around the world, including Womb, Tokyo; Output, New York and Basing House, London. The tour puts Mark front and centre for the entire night, giving him the freedom to work through his vast record collection across a wide spectrum of dance music, from soulful house to funk, garage, house, disco, tech house and techno.
Glitterbox yesterday announced its 2017 Ibiza residency will be at brand new club Hï Ibiza, every Friday from 9 June (except 4 August). For its fourth season in Ibiza, the party will be breaking in the club with top production, big line-ups, and their dance crews. In 2016, Glitterbox reached a new high at Space Ibiza, apparently receiving best night on the island accolades while continuing to attract an open-minded and passionate crowd encompassing all ages, colours, genders and sexual orientations.
Gorgon City recently unveiled their latest project, Kingdom Radio. The brand new show will see Matt and Kye presenting a weekly show on FM and DAB radio platforms to over 40 countries. The two share their enthusiasm for the new venture: “Our new kingdom radio show gives us an opportunity to show the world what we're playing in our DJ sets and what's happening in the world of Gorgon City. We're going to have exciting new features with exclusive music from us and our favourite artists each week. Welcome to the Kingdom!!”
As we delve deeper into the year and festival season line-ups begin to take shape, Tomorrowland main stage resident Yves V has not only announced the return of his V Sessions party concept hosting an arena at this year’s edition in June, but now the Belgian has also unveiled his first release of 2017 with ‘Find Your Soul’.
High Contrast’s tickets are on sale for his debut headline live show ‘High Contrast Live’, which will take place at Electric Brixton on 18 March. The gig follows his debut live performance at Together Halloween at O2 Academy Brixton in October. ‘High Contrast Live’ will feature new material from his forthcoming album, alongside classic productions in a state of the art production set-up. The High Contrast gig is open to 14+ year olds, with under-16s required to be accompanied by an adult.
Following on from where Crookers’ white label CRKRS 001 12” left off, this digital release explores the parameters of one of the tracks featured on that vinyl, ‘Innocent’ featuring Baxter’s vocals. Here, Crookers’ alternate versions give ‘Innocent’ distinctly different flavours as he re-invents the track totally for the ‘More Than A Dub’, inserting an industrial beat and manipulating the vocal into an occasional wedge.
Earlier in the week, Electric Fields in Scotland recently announced Mercury Prize winner Dizzee Rascal as the second headliner for 2017, with Band of Horses, Glass Animals, Peter Hook & The Light, Kate Tempest, Car Seat Headrest, Real Estate, British Seapower, Anna Meredith, This Is The Kit, Aldous Harding, Marnie, Sacred Paws, Savage Mansion, Future Get Down, The Cut, The Vegan Leather, The Calm Fiasco, Nieves, 13 Crowes and Tiderays also appearing.
Part two of Kaluki Musik’s Smoke Signals series Returns this month with four original tracks from four established producers. Fresh from the apparent success of ‘Smoke Signals Vol.1’ and its subsequent sell out show at Manchester’s Warehouse Project featuring DJs Steve Lawler and Richy Ahmed, Kaluki Musik is back with Vol.2, which includes Do Not Sleep label Boss Darius Syrossian and production duo Solardo.
Glitterbox returns to London’s Ministry of Sound tomorrow night. The brand reached new heights in 2016 after its residency at Space, Ibiza, while Ministry of Sound saw its fair share of action too, with roller discos and music from the likes of Basement Jaxx, Joey Negro, The Shapeshifters and Dimitri From Paris.
Spain’s Cuartero delivers a pair of tracks on Lee Foss’ Repopulate Mars label, featuring separate remixes from French producers POPOF and Julien Jewell. Hailing from Malaga, Cuartero’s possibly risen to become one of today’s most in demand producers with a back catalogue spanning the likes of Desolat, Hot Creations, Moon Harbour and Knee Deep In Sound.
Today will see Franck Roger continue with his Home Invasion imprint with the ‘Walking Papers’ EP, comprising three solo tracks and one collaboration with Mandel Turner. The French producer and DJ has possibly been at the forefront of the global underground house scene for nearly two decades, heading up the Real Tone imprint amongst releases for DJ Deep’s Deeply Rooted, Carl Craig’s Planet E, Innervisions and Paris’ Versatile amongst many others.
Earlier this month saw Luciano continue his newly launched Basaec imprint with ‘Saved & Slaved’, a two-track release featuring a collaboration with Argenis Brito. The Swiss-Chilean producer has probably been at the forefront of underground electronic music for quite some time now, heading up the Cadenza imprint and releasing material for possibly some of the industry’s leading labels such as Perlon, Desolat, Cocoon and Poker Flat amongst many others.
In 2014, John 00 Fleming mixed and released the second of his 4hr-long JOOF Editions music compilations. Described by MIXMAG as “a musical journey with no genre rules, but many twists and turns”, the magazine described it as “the sound of the underground”. A sizeable undertaking in terms of track sourcing, music selection, arrangement and mixing, it has taken John nearly three years to fully realise the third in the series.
Shelter is the production name for Alan Briand, a young Parisian producer with a strong melodic centre producing a sound that pulls on the Zouk, the Afro, the Balearic and the Ambient palette. ‘Zon Zon Zon’ is only his fifth release and his first mini album, following the series on International Feel that has released material from Len Leise, Wolf Muller and CFCF.
In under three years, Glitterbox has possibly become one of the world’s most flamboyant, extravagant parties, with some top DJs laying down a soundtrack spanning 40 years of joyful, uplifting dance music. In a throwback to the glory days of disco and house, glamorous dancers and entertainers enhance the club experience, but the crowd are possibly the true stars of the show – open-minded, passionate, and encompassing all ages, colours, genders and sexual orientations.
On Sunday 23 July Dave Clarke will once again host the ‘Arch Stage’, which was introduced to the festival last year, continuing to bring his passion for techno to Tomorrowland, and possibly flying the flag for the sounds of the underground. Dave will present a broad range of dance music and this will be the sixth year in a row he has been entrusted with his own stage at Tomorrowland.
Jean Claude Ades is bringing the feel and vibe of his Be Crazy! Ibiza brand to London for the second in the series of his pop-up events. After the apparent successful launch with Art Department and Neverdogs, he has carefully curated the follow up and on 17 March, it’s the turn of Leon from Italy, a techno DJ/producer whose records are apparently played by DJs such as Luciano, Villalobos and Carl Cox.
Jaguar Skills recently revealed the animated music video for his new track, ‘Are You Ready To Fly?’, which features Wide Awake. The video is directed and produced by award-winning Mustashrik, who will be providing live visuals for Ed Sheeran at the Brit Awards tonight. The video is a hyped-up creation that pays homage to the arcade video-game and anime classics of a specific millennial generation: from fun interactive dance games, to intergalactic alien heroines and mecha-robots.
MOBO Award-winning songwriter, DJ, producer, visual artist and actor Goldie (MBE) recently announced he will release a new double album ‘The Journey Man’ on 16 June. The album comprises two parts, 16 brand new tracks in total, all written and produced by Goldie. It also features a host of collaborators handpicked by him to help realise his vision for the album. ‘The Journey Man’ will be released through Cooking Vinyl and Goldie’s own record label, Metalheadz.
Describing themselves as “house music maestros and urban nomads; entrepreneurs and autonomous anarchic creators”, Gadi and Zev aka Wolf + Lamb are producers and DJs, creating and playing passionate music that aims to moves hearts and not just feet. The duo has crafted a distinct niche for themselves while nurturing a collective of artists with similarly singular approaches, including their brothers in Crew Love, Soul Clap.
The 4-6 May sees the fifth edition of the Sandbox Festival hit the Red Sea Riviera in El Gouna, Egypt and this year Ame, Butch, Mike Servito, The Mole and many more all play. El Gouna is a place where wide open skies and crystal clear seas shimmer in hot sun, where palm trees and local architecture make for a real paradise. As well as more than 70 acts in all, you can also enjoy kiting, diving, snorkelling, or relaxing by the sea if you're going.
Part gospel anthem, part joyful house workout, ‘Testify’ is possibly one of those once-in-a-blue-moon moments, a song with a heart that reaches out to move you. Originally released in November 2016 on Sean’s own imprint Plastique Recordings, the track has grown and hooked fans organically, making the playlist at BBC Radio 2 and taking on a life of its own.
International Music Summit (IMS) recently announced details of its Ibiza Dalt Vila Event. IMS Ibiza is a three-day educational and thought leadership platform on electronic music held annually in the dance music capital of the world. This is a very special year, as 2017 marks the ten-year anniversary of IMS. The event was created by BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong and four industry partners, and has gone on to host IMS events in China (IMS Asia-Pacific), Los Angeles (IMS Engage) and the recent addition of IMS College in Malta.
This is a favourite labels day! One of our all time favourite labels, Defected Records, recently announced that they have acquired one of our other all time favourite labels, Marc Pomeroy and Brian Tappert's full Soulfuric Recordings catalogue, which includes Soulfuric Deep and Soulfuric Trax. Soulfuric is easily one of the most renowned labels in house music worldwide, releasing material from artists such as Cleptomaniacs, Axwell, Copyright, Hardsoul and Ron Carroll to name just a few.
Amba Shepherd’s voice has made her pretty popular on the electronic music scene, with features in tracks like Hardwell's ‘Apollo’ and more recently ‘U Are’ with Paul Oakenfold. The Australian singer-songwriter showed the world her potential with her first original track, ‘Prelude’, and now her new release ‘Wide Awake & Dreaming’. The newest addition to Amba's arsenal fuses her vocals with deep, hypnotic melodies as she teams up with Dutch producer Tommy Rocks to co-write the track after the two met during a songwriting camp for Spinnin' Records last year.
Brighton Music Conference (BMC17) recently revealed the first panels and speakers for the fourth edition of the electronic music industry event. The two-day conference will take place at Brighton Dome and various venues on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 April 2017.
This year’s Welcome to the Future Festival will take place on 22 July 2017. For the 11th year in a row, Het Twiske’s nature reserve, just outside of Amsterdam, will host possibly one of the Dutch summer’s most extraordinary house and techno events. Headliners include Loco Dice, Chris Liebing, Seth Troxler, Dave Clarke and Damian Lazarus.
Manchester DJ and producer of 11 Beatport Trance chart-topping singles, Craig Connelly (Garuda, Armada), will release his debut artist album ‘One Second Closer’ on 24 February. Comprised of 12 new tracks, including singles with Christina Novelli, Gavin Beach, Jessica Lawrence and Sue McLaren, the album delves deep into a medley of vocal trance, progressive house and pop, showcasing Craig's production and songwriting skills through a variety of melodic dance tunes.
Further to its November 2016 takeover, Amnesia Ibiza recently announced the full DJ line up for its London show on Saturday 4 March at Electric Brixton. Joining headliner Patrick Topping for the event will be Catz ‘N Dogz, Hector Couto B2B Mar-T, Edu Imbernon and Clint Lee. Patrick Topping will be celebrating his most successful year to date as he headlines Amnesia’s return. From his beginnings as a local club promoter in Newcastle, Patrick’s since gone on to build a following helped by his music productions which have earned him five tech house No. 1s on Beatport.
Defected Records believe that house music brings people together, that clubbing experiences should be enjoyable, affordable and inclusive. The label strives to make their parties full of great moments, uniting clubbers, through top music selected by the label’s DJ/producers in some of the top clubs across the world.
EXIT Festival recently revealed the second wave of acts set to perform at this year's edition, which takes place from 6-9 July 2017, in Serbia. British soul musician Rag’n’Bone Man is heading to Exit Main Stage on Sunday 9 July. Author of one of the biggest hits in the world at the moment, ‘Human’, audiences and critics alike have apparently been won over by the combination of his deep voice, sincere lyrics and raw emotion.
John Digweed’s Bedrock label's latest release is from Quivver (aka John Graham), possibly one of the scene’s most essential creators from the early-1990s. His chilled ‘Reprise’ versions of latest release ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ and ‘This Was’ were apparently critically acclaimed highlights on the recent ‘Bedrock 18’ album. Now the original club versions have just been released this week.
'Good Morning' is a quirky track that sees Matt Saywer weave between tech, electronica and electro with elements of disco that aims to create a fresh, yet unconventional atmosphere for 2017's dancefloors. Juddering techy wobbles, disco boos and kitsch vocal samples pirouette over a growling electro undercurrent that's teased with retro synth stabs. Italian DJ/producer Matteo Saverio Cacciola, who records under the guises Mavee or Matt Sawyer, was Born in Calabria, Italy. After graduating from high school he moved to Milan and there he began to collaborate with Raffaele Cacciola, polishing his knowledge and techniques in the classical and chamber music fields.
DC Breaks return this new year with ‘Everybody’, a track which may set a countdown timer for the upcoming festival season and their debut LP due to drop this spring. Released on Andy C’s Ram imprint, the D&B duo are becoming a staple in the label’s discography and possibly in many other dance music labels too. Having remixed for the likes of Alex Clare, Professor Green, Jonas Blue and even Lana Del Ray their name has become known with cross over D&B that appeals to a varied selection of audiences.
After a year of preparations, Max Graham’s ‘Cycles 8’ has landed. To carry on with the tradition, Max delivers another journey through darker musical corridors and rooms, with intimate vibes and those all-important shades of trance, techno and progressive. Canadian Max has always forged a path of his own, over the course of his career he’s drawn from multiple influences to create a sound that is a combination of techno, progressive and trance.
Working together for 16 years and counting, Craig Smith & Graeme Clark are 6th Borough Project. Following up two LPs on Delusions Of Grandeur, 2011’s ‘One Night In The Borough’ and 2014’s ‘Borough 2 Borough’, ‘Find Your Rhythm’ marks the duo’s third album and is released on Graeme’s own Roar Groove imprint. It will feature long time collaborator vocalist Paul Joseph and ties into a new Edinburgh based residency of the same name, beginning this month and providing a platform for 6th Borough Project to play all night next to occasional special guests.
For more than 10 years, ‘Defected In The House Miami’ mix albums have brought together some of the very best in new underground house music, championing up-and-coming talent as well as highlighting material from well-established artists. ‘Defected In The House Miami 2017’ aims to continue its tradition of forecasting those records that will possibly be heard over and over at the Miami Winter Music Conference, and will remain firm fixtures in the crates of tastemaker DJs throughout the summer.
Part two of Kaluki Musik’s Smoke Signals series Returns this month with four original tracks from four established producers. Fresh from the apparent success of ‘Smoke Signals Vol.1’ and its subsequent sell out show at Manchester’s Warehouse Project featuring DJs Steve Lawler and Richy Ahmed, Kaluki Musik is back with Vol.2, which includes Do Not Sleep label Boss Darius Syrossian and production duo Solardo.
This season the island will see the first steps of Hï Ibiza, a brand new club by Ushuaïa Entertainment located in the apparent heart of Ibiza clubland, Playa d'en Bossa. The club aims to stay true to the open-minded spirit of Ibiza, bringing together music lovers to dance, discover and experience the magic of the White Isle.
Yesterday marked the announcement of the line up for Scotland’s newest music festival. Taking place at Glasgow Green from 7-9 July, 2017, TRNSMT will feature headline performances from Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro. The 1975, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Belle & Sebastian, London Grammar, George Ezra, Two Door Cinema Club, Twin Atlantic, The Kooks, Blossoms, Rag‘n’Bone Man, Circa Waves and many more to be announced, form the line-up this summer.
Following their track ‘Sheeple’ – a Beatport No.1 that apparently sat at the top of the chart for 10 weeks – Prok & Fitch recently dropped their new ‘Wailer EP’ – a two-track EP that continues their run of form.
Defected Croatia 2017 recently announced the line-up for the six-day event, which they’ll be hosting alongside official festival partners including Glitterbox, Mixmag, Traxsource, Objektivity and D-Vine Sounds. With last year’s Croatia moments in mind, Simon Dunmore and the Defected team have curated and selected a programme of DJs, with newly announced names that include Kenny Dope, Derrick Carter, Basement Jaxx (DJ set), Monki, Low Steppa and Nightmares On Wax plus more.
Loadstar’s ‘I Need The Night’ is the British D&B act’s first single from their forthcoming new album. The single is accompanied by a second album track, ‘Guerrilla’; both are available on all streaming services and DSPs now via Ram Records/BMG. The track aims to be a statement of intent from Loadstar, the opening salvo in a year that will see them release their second album, alongside further singles to be announced. The lead single track is released alongside ‘Guerilla’, a straight to the dancefloor cut that aims to show their feet are still planted firmly in the rave, even if their journey has, at times, taken them far beyond it.
Detroit techno duo Octave One have announced the first phase of tour dates to mark the release of their recent album ‘Love by Machine’. Apparently selling out as a double vinyl package, the Burden brothers are now gearing up to bring the experience live with re-workings of the album tracks as well as incorporating much new unreleased material into the form of ‘Love by Machine’ live.
Goldfrapp will release their seventh studio album ‘Silver Eye’ on 31 March through Mute. The band, consisting of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory, also reveal their new single ‘Anymore’. Featuring strident strands of underground electronica, sensual melody and metal machine pop at its core, the new track is an assertive return from the duo.
After apparently selling out the Belasco Theatre in LA last month, Party Thieves is hitting the road on his Max Capacity Tour, where the DJ’s first headlining run of 2017 is an alternative to the average tour - four-stops, 300 person capacity venues and all free admission. The tour will start in February in New Orleans, then stop through Miami and an unannounced city before capping off in Fresno, California.
With a string of chart hits and countless underground tracks to his name, Belgium-based Italian Vito Lucente possibly stands proudly as one of Europe’s most successful house artists. Recording under a multitude of aliases since the early-1990s, it is for his work as Junior Jack that he is most widely recognised. His breakthrough cut ‘My Feeling’ is an early highlight of Defected’s discography, which crossed over from main rooms to make an impact on charts in the UK, across Europe, Australia and the USA, as did later hits ‘Stupidisco’ and ‘Da Hype’.
Sigma recently announced a live show at London’s Royal Albert Hall as part of the Albert Sessions. Taking place on Saturday 27 May 2017, the ‘Sigma Live’ performance will make Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie (plus band) the first D&B act to headline the world famous venue. With previous sell-out shows at the likes of O2 Brixton Academy and The Roundhouse under their belts, Sigma have promised something special for the iconic Royal Albert Hall.
Jamie Jones and Lee Foss have signed possible rising star The Golden Boy to their imprint Emerald City for the first release of 2017. The UK producer has found a home for ‘Egyptian Lover’ whilst iSaytek and rising producer Latmun provide remixes. The Golden Boy aka Dominic Hammonds had a decent 2016 after releasing on Glasgow Underground, MadTech, Love & Other and Nothing Else Matters whilst extensively touring Europe.
Marc Houle will kick off 2017 with the launch of a new three-part album series on his own Items & Things label. In the first album of the trilogy, entitled ‘Sinister Mind’, the Canadian artist serves up nine storytelling tracks that may stand as a testament to his studio skills. Houle has possibly been a definitive techno and minimal talent for more than a decade now. In that time he has built up a body of work that takes in a number of albums and EPs.
Kicking off what could be a huge year for him as an artist, Franky Rizardo’s ‘Same Man’ sets the tone for an upcoming year of new material. Balancing his touring with productions, plus his own Flow radio show and parties, Franky returns to Defected Records aiming to take things up another level in 2017.
Early February will see Andrea Oliva deliver his ‘Jungle Party’ EP via Kaluki Musik, coming accompanied by a remix from Darius Syrossian. 2016 was a big year for the Swiss DJ/producer, with his releases for The Martinez Brother’s Cuttin’ Headz and Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound apparently finding their way to the top of the charts, as well as his regular slots headlining at ANTS.