Sigala and Ella Eyre recently dropped the video promo for their new collaboration, ‘Came Here For Love’. The video was shot on location in Las Palmitas, Mexico, in the town’s hillside neighbourhood transformed by a giant rainbow-coloured mural by Mexican street art collective, German Crew (aided by the town’s youth). The video, made by Sigala’s regular video director, Craig Moore, features Ella and a cast of street dancers amongst the town’s painted facades and alleyways.
Hector and the Vatos Locos crew recently announced their residency at possibly one of Ibiza’s coolest hangouts, Ibiza Underground. Underground is a club close to Hector’s heart, and after the apparent success of his birthday celebration at the venue last year, it quickly became clear to him that it would be the perfect home for Vatos Locos’ debut residency on the island. Underground plan to reveal each line-up in the week leading up to the event.
Memories in music and everlasting impressions, two ideas at heart of the debut studio LP ‘Scars’ by ilan Bluestone. A popular figure in the trance and electronic music scene for the last five years, the British producer has performed at the likes of Madison Square Gardens, Red Rocks and Wembley Arena, apparently is a regular in the sets of Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren and Kaskade, and has notched up 10 #1 singles in the Beatport Trance charts along the way.
Recording under the new pseudonym, Bliss, Sister Bliss has signed to 3 Beat, the label home of High Contrast, Sigma, Martin Jensen, Star.One, Stylo G, and Callum Beattie. Released on 16th June, her debut single is ‘I Wanna Feel’ (feat. South London rapper Fem Fel), a genre-straddling dystopian house cut, with echoes of raves past and an ode to love (and club venues) lost. The track will be followed by further new material later this year, including a collaboration with Grime artist Wiley.
Growing up in Chicago’s Humboldt Park and Logan Square communities, Rafael ‘Lego' Rodriguez dedicated himself to a career in music at a very early age. He landed himself a DJ residency at the Chicago nightclub ‘Kaboom' by the age of 19 and apparently his notoriety and growing fan base in 1992 led to a now 20 year residency at Chicago’s 'Boom Boom Room'.
Noisia recently dropped their ‘Outer Edges Noisia Remixes’ EP. Out now, the five-track release features their new remixes of ‘Voodoo’, ‘Tommy’s Theme’, ‘Dead Limit’ (their collaboration with The Upbeats), ‘Diplodocus’, and ‘Surfaceless’; each of the tracks having been a major highlight of their recent Outer Edges audio visual shows. With summer dates now fully announced, the Dutch electronic music trio continue to take their Outer Edges show – featuring their biggest production set-up yet – to Glastonbury, where they’ll also play 2 DJ sets (21-25/6) Roskilde (1/7), Nass Festival (7/7), Exit (8/7), Dour (14/7), Dreambeach (12/8), and Frequency (15/8).
Berlin based Luke Black returns to Tact Recordings this week with his new EP ‘Buccaneers Bodice’, featuring a remix from label co-founder Richard Fletcher. With his previous releases on Tact Recordings straddling the worlds of house and techno, Luke’s blend of minimal soundscapes and rugged percussion have led to the Berlin based producer and DJ releasing on the likes of Yoruba Grooves and Release Sustain, whilst gracing the booths of Club der Visionnaire, Chalet (Berlin), The Rainbow Venues, Egg London and more.
Hottrax boss Jamie Jones teams up with Nathan Barato for a pair of rhythmic cuts titled ‘Cherry’s Revenge’. Nathan has been a staple on Jones’ Hot Creations imprint and Paradise events ever since gracing both of them in 2014. Reflecting on recent releases via Saved Records and Cajual, the Toronto native has continued rolling out releases.
Disclosure recently announced the lineup for their Wild Life Ibiza residency, bringing the likes of DJ Harvey, Bicep, Annie Mac, Groove Armada, Joris Voorn, Tiga & Audion, Denis Sulta, Hammer, Honey Dijon and Horse Meat Disco to take over Friday nights at DC-10 from 21 July 21 - 11 August. Aiming to bring something unique to join them. Nurturing an intimate atmosphere with just one room of music on DC-10's terrace, each party will be headlined by Disclosure, bringing a myriad of different sonic textures to a venue now synonymous with techno.
My Favorite Robot Records [MFRR] hits the road this summer with their Crossing Wires label showcases, and are nominated for Best North American Label for DJ Magazine's Best of North America Awards. On 8 July, Heart, Miami's newest 24-hour club dedicated to electronic music, will host the DJ Mag Best of North America Awards, in which the label will perform for the celebrations along with Moon Boots and Kill Frenzy B2B Will Clarke.
Junior Sanchez delivers his ‘Pressure’ EP via MadTech Records today, comprising two original tracks from the New York/Jersey DJ/producer. Euginio Sanchez Jr, better known as Junior Sanchez has quite the repertoire under his belt having been involved in house music for over two decades, starting to DJ at the age of 15 on his home turf and soon after launching his own Cube Recordings.
The line up for Creamfields Ibiza was recently revealed earlier this week. The brand returns this summer on Saturday 5 August as part of BBC Radio 1’s Ibiza weekend, taking place in the world’s biggest club – Privilege. The brand’s reputation continues to flourish and, as the flagship Saturday night show during the busiest weekend on the island, it attracts some of the biggest names in dance music.
UK dancehall artist, Stylo G recently released the official video for ‘Yu Zimme’ (featuring Chip), the first single made available from his forthcoming ‘Ten Years Later’ EP. Out now on 3 Beat, ‘Yu Zimme’ reunites Stylo with Chip, and is the first of a series of collaborations from the EP; the four-track release will also feature Shakka and Banx & Ranx (on next single ‘Under Construction’), Nia and Jr Blender (‘Stone Cold Lover’), and Beenie Man and Fanatix (‘Ten Metric Ton’).
Black Stereo Faith is a project 10 years in the making from Ultra Naté and Quentin Harris. The album harkens back to the unvarnished and underground feel of Ultra Naté’s 1990 debut, ‘Blue Notes in The Basement’. A vibey, loose amalgam of R&B, house, rock and electronics highlighting multi-instrumentalist Quentin Harris’ production and arrangement alongside Ultra’s vocal stylings and delivery.
Jordan Rakei signs to Ninja Tune and unveils new single ‘Sorceress’. At only 25, the New Zealand born multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer is an artist whose take on soul apparently captures a sonic and emotional awareness many artists spend their entire careers chasing. The track is the first single taken from his forthcoming album, and sees him edging beyond the peripheries of the genial, often sun-flecked sound he’s know for.
Rodriguez Jr. returns to Mobilee with his album ‘Baobab’. Resident Advisor named the French artist in their Best Live Acts of 2016, and in between his live shows he has created a ten track album that elicits powerful emotions through music. He understands the importance of empty spaces and the purposeful silences in-between each track enable reflection on what you have just heard. Using sounds and effects, he creates an album of emotive music.
Canada’s AIM Electronic Music Festival is returning for a third edition on 14-16 July 2017 at Carillon Park in the municipality of St-André-d’Argenteuil located in the Laurentians [less than an hour away from Montreal]. The 2017 line-up includes ÂME (live), Henrik Schwarz (Live), John Talabot, Lee Foss, Nastia, Anabel Englund, Nic Fanciulli, Peter Power, Dennis Ferrer, Simon Patterson, Mark Sixma, Guy J, Guy Mantzur, Sean Tyas, Gai Barone and several more, including local and
Tonight, Music On showcases a strong line-up as the vibes of Marco Carola, Apollonia, Leon, Neverdogs and Joey Daniel crash the floors at Amnesia Ibiza. The brand keeps on growing and continues to deliver a decent array of artists and tonight is no exception with club-goers set to witness sets from key members of the Music On family.
This summer sees the return of Bristol's LGBT party Bitch, Please! bringing an entire day and night of underground music. Taking place where it all began, The Crane Yard of Motion will host the event on Saturday 5 August, as Bitch, Please! once again embraces Bristol's diverse and colourful status.
Simon Templar is the production name of Finland’s Jussi Paasonen and for over seven years has seen releases on labels like Black Hole Recordings, JOOF, Lost Language, Touchstone, Bonzai’s Progrez imprint and Pure Trance Recordings. It is to the latter however that the spoils of the Man from Kerava’s debut album have fallen with an 11-track album entitled ‘Balance’.
For over ten years now, one of our favourite DJ/producers, Eric Prydz, has been synonymous with well-produced, electronic music. The Platinum-selling Grammy nominated producer is responsible for some of the biggest dance music tracks of the last decade, not to mention some of the most technically impressive live shows of any world-touring artist.
In January of 2009, Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin started Mister Saturday Night. At first, it was a party at a club, but after a few months, they forged a path that would make the Mister something more special, taking it into private homes and DIY spaces that allowed for deeper connections to music. Almost a decade later, the brand has become increasing well-known, spinning off the Mister Sunday parties and starting Mister Saturday Night Records.
The self-confessed “odd couple” of Glaswegian dance music, Illyus & Barrientos are musicians with very contrasting backgrounds but a future that’s looking increasingly promising after a slew of releases on Suara, Toolroom and Glasgow Underground.
Honey Dijon follows up 'Personal Slave' with another collaboration taken from her album ‘The Best Of Both Worlds’, which is forthcoming on Classic Music Company. On ‘Catch The Beat’ she joins forces with a rising artist, the New York-based rapper Cakes Da Killa.
Trance with a distinct undertone of house is the medicine that Italian talent Emanuele Braveri’s made his name supplying. The Veneto-based producer has now been plying his brand of electronic music over the last five years and in that vein, ‘Only A Dream’ - his latest studio creation - is what’s brought him to Paul van Dyk’s Vandit label’s door for the first time.
Apparently, for many music fans the art and craft of the album has been lost to a digital age, for others the vision of a concept album often lacks that atmosphere-enhancing quality. Dutch electronic music producer Ferry Corsten is an artist who shares this view, a view that has led him to complete his fifth and, by his own admission, most ambitious artist album to date. ‘Blueprint’ is a new LP that its architect sees as being “greater than the sum of its parts.”
On the day of release of his new single ‘Work 4 It’ (with Cari Golden), Roger Sanchez made a big announcement concerning the future of his two labels with the news that Stealth and Undr The Radr have been taken under the wing of Amsterdam-based record label Armada Music. The track, Roger’s new release on Stealth, is driven by a deluge of beats, laden with soulful vocals and chord stabs.
Dutch duo Black Girl / White Girl debut on Max Chapman’s Resonance Records this June with a pair of cuts featuring a remix by Secondcity. Based in Amsterdam, Ty & Karin may be fresh on the scene but their impact on house and techno in 2016 has apparently seen them supported by top names such as John Digweed, Joseph Capriati and Riva Starr.
Today will see Brighton’s Prok & Fitch release ‘The Nodding Dog’ EP via Kaluki Musik, comprising two original compositions from the British duo. The duo have been releasing music for the past decade via the likes of Suara, Stereo Productions, Toolroom, Strictly Rhythm and later 2016 joined forces with Green Velvet for ‘Sheeple’, offered up via the Chicago house DJ’s Relief imprint.
Unclear Records returns with its digital only series this June with Joyfull Family’s ‘Real Name’, featuring vocalist Mike Anderson, for three alternative cuts of the title track. Joyfull Family is the collective and collaborative project of Chico Perulli, Guido Nemola and Cristian Carpentieri, three Italian producers working together over the past decade to release material on New York’s Nervous Records, Street King and most notably delivering an official remix of Cajmere and Dajae’s classic house cut ‘Brighter Days’.
Dutch record label, Hysteria Records, has just released ‘Tic Toc’, a fresh track by Bingo Players and a newly formed Dutch producer duo Oomloud. After the release of the ‘Filthy Fonk EP’ by Damien N-Drix, label head Maarten Hoogstraten aka Bingo Players introduces Oomloud, a group comprised of two longtime friends who share a passion for house music and whose debut EP will be released on Bingo Players imprint this summer.
‘Defected Presents The Opening Party Ibiza 2017’ gets set for its release on 16 June, aiming to tracklist your summer sounds for this season in Ibiza. The album features Mason’s ‘Rhino’, Low Steppa’s rolling remix of Sonny Fodera’s ‘Always Gonna Be’ and Karizma’s ‘Work It Out’, whilst Purple Disco Machine, Claptone and Josh Butler bring fresh 2017 updates to dance classics from The Shapeshifters, George Kranz and Robert Owens respectively.
Axwell /\ Ingrosso recently released their ‘More Than You Know’ EP on Virgin EMI Records. The debut EP from the Swedish duo includes four tracks, including lead single ‘More Than You Know’ and ‘Renegade’; the video for which was premiered on the duo’s Instagram Stories. This is apparently the first time a music artist has ever premiered a music video on this platform.
The Nine Skies will take place amid San Francisco’s Dreamstate and Markus Schulz recently unveiled a trailer for the show, which offers a glimpse into what’s in store for Dreamstate’s Dreamers this weekend.
The Playground returns to Electric Brixton on Friday 23 June and headlining will be Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo aka The Bloody Beetroots with a brand new live performance running until the late hours of the morning with guest artists to be announced.
Jamie Odell aka Jimpster sets his sights back on the album format with his long-player; ‘Silent Stars’. A self-confessed creature of the night, the Freerange Records and Delusions Of Grandeur boss taps into his nocturnal and escapist impulses to deliver a modern-day fusion album. His seventh studio album and first since 2013's ‘Porchlight And Rocking Chairs’, this is an album dedicated to the nocturnal hours.
One of the apparently most sampled acts in the history of hip hop, ESG, will be bringing their percussive punk funk sound to London’s Electric Brixton on Friday, 26 May 2017. The exclusive UK show features all the material from the Scroggins sisters performed live on stage by the 5-piece female ensemble. The group have been sampled by lots of artists including Miles Davis, Notorious BIG, 2Pac, Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Gang Star, LL Cool J, TLC, Q Tip, Liars, and loads more.
On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September, The Vinyl Festival will make its debut providing a weekend-long immersive vinyl experience, taking place within the industrial expanses of cultural destination, Printworks London. Consolidating all aspects of vinyl culture under one huge roof, festival-goers can dig through thousands of crates of vinyl on sale from 100 stalls of some of the UK's most exciting independent labels and record traders, plus a further 48 stands showcasing the newest developments in audio technology, hardware and vinyl care. There will also be Vinyl Valuation area, where collectors can have their records evaluated by a team of experts. A selection of street food and fully stocked bars serving craft beer will provide refreshments throughout the day.
Music On starts its sixth season at Amnesia Ibiza tonight with a line-up featuring Marco Carola, Paco Osuna, Nicole Moudaber, Marco Faraone and Leon. Under the guidance of Marco Carola, Music On has possibly consolidated itself as one of the most appreciated events by fans of underground techno and house.
Ahead of a busy festival season, Jaguar Skills brings his set to Dalston’s The Nest for a rare London appearance. With his anonymity still intact, Jaguar Skills is apparently an impressive presence on the club and festival circuit, delighting ravers with his technical sets and knowledge of D&B, hip-hop and everything in between. The upcoming appearance at The Nest is the first since his sold-out show at XOYO last year, and is an opportunity to see possibly one of the world’s finest turntablists in his element.
Online music store Traxsource recently launched a new version of their platform, with improved functionality and brand new features including Dropbox integration, responsive site design and a complete site rebrand. Ever since it first launched back in 2004, the site has been the home of authentic, underground dance music. An electronic music store founded by Brian Tappert and Marc Pomeroy – whose involvement in the industry includes projects like Soulsearcher and their legendary label Soulfuric – Traxsource probably remains the go-to platform for DJs and music fans who value their demonstrable passion for house music.
Sounding like something to come out of Solar Records in 1984, ‘Love On Hold’ embraces Aeroplane’s typically exquisite attention to detail, resulting in a blend of disco, ‘80s funk and boogie. The track also features backing vocalist, Tawatha Agee, who was also the voice of legendary funk band Mtume, singing on their 1983 classic ‘Juicy Fruit’. The credentials of Tawatha’s richly poised voice coupled with Aeroplane’s composition make for an interesting release.
Meadows In The Mountains is set in the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria, Just near the Greek border. The festival features three days of live music and takes place between 9-12 June 2017. As part of the 2017 line-up, they have invited unique acts such as United Vibrations, the new generation of South London jazz collectives affiliated with Yussef Kamaal and backed by Gilles Peterson, who’ve just released their latest record with singer/songwriter Jordan Rakei.
Originally from Chicago but now based in Adelaide, James Curd has been making music for over a decade now under a number of guises, this includes the late John Peel acclaimed Greenskeepers alias with Nick Maurer and the Eskimo recordings signed Holy Models with Adam Frawley and Mitch Van Kaathoven. Curd’s solo releases have landed him on labels such as Munich’s Permanent Vacation plus Derrick Carter and Luke Soloman’s Classic, whilst his gigs span the globe from Chicago’s Smartbar to Melbourne’s Brown Alley.
Rocket & Ponies have put together a vinyl release for Record Store Day 2017 that finds Timo Maas & James Teej and Sebastian Mullaert serve up new remixes of classic Moby track ‘Porcelain’. These tracks are apparently picking up attention from Moby fans around the globe, and add further weight to the Rockets & Ponies catalogue, which has been releasing electronic music for almost a decade now.
‘The Best Of Armin Only’ drops today and Armin van Buuren has already given fans a taste of what’s to come with the release of ‘My Symphony’ as the anthem of his shows in the Amsterdam ArenA. The track saw its premiere seven weeks ago, kicking off Armin’s live set on the main stage of Ultra Music Festival Miami 2017.
Tim Deluxe releases ‘The Radicale (Expanded Edition)’ on Classic Music Company. Doctor Barbara Ann Teer’s words on the album’s opening jam ‘JAS’ may have been lifted from an old Folkways record, but that doesn’t make the sentiment any less prescient. In fact, these words could have been said by Tim himself in reference to the spirit and ideology of ‘The Radicle’, only his third artist album to date.
To celebrate Cream’s 25th Anniversary milestone the brand will be staging a series of events throughout the year in the run up to their latest endeavour the Cream 25 Weekender, an anniversary finale in association with Butlin’s Live Music Weekends. Culminating a busy year of shows for a festive blowout, they’ve teamed up with Butlin’s to take over their resort in the coastal town of Minehead in Somerset on Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd December for a three day celebration, joined by over 50 of their favourite DJs from the Cream dancefloor over the last two decades.
Greek producer Mihalis Safras returns to Repopulate Mars with a two track vocal release titled ‘Pushit’ this month. The Material imprint founder has made two appearances on Lee Foss’ imprint when not releasing on Cajual, Relief, Saved, Knee Deep and Truesoul.
This June will see M.A.N.D.Y offer up some fresh interpretations of key cuts from their recent LP, this time round featuring a remix from Prins Thomas for ‘Planlos In Seattle’. The Get Physical co-founders have carved out quite the career over the past two decades and 2016 saw the pair unveil their debut LP ‘Double Fantasy’, showcasing their idiosyncratic approach to their craft and an array of dancefloor and home listening cuts.
Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel recently announced that they have joined forces with Tomorrowland and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike for this summer. Kicking off on 4 July, Tomorrowland residents Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike will be taking over the decks at Ushuaïa every Tuesday night for two months. The duo’s global reach has seen them expand their ‘Bringing The Madness’ arena show into an 84,000 person event that apparently ‘sells out in minutes’, play dance music festivals, collaborate with the likes of Ne-Yo, Steve Aoki, Diplo, Kid Ink & David Guetta and become the first ever duo to be named World #1 DJ in the DJ Mag Top 100 Poll.
Brian Tappert & Marc Pomeroy's involvement in music stretches back to the 1980s with Brian’s early DJ career drawing inspiration from Tony Humphries’ radio show in his native New Jersey, whilst Floridian Marc honed his technical abilities as a producer and studio engineer, with tastes ranging from Steely Dan to MFSB. The early-90s saw Brian trying his hand at production and Marc turning his to house music, and a chance meeting in 1992 heralded the birth of possibly one of house music’s most prolific and well-respected partnerships - Jazz-N-Groove.
DJ/producers and Essential New Tune awardees, Golf Clap, head out on a 15 date tour of their native US, taking in venues from coast to coast. With roots in the Detroit underground, booking local and international DJs to play at their own parties, Golf Clap have possibly established themselves as in-demand artists and performers in their own right, via a combination of hard work and talent. Recent highlights for them include Holy Ship!, where the guys earned themselves hundreds of new fans while tagging with GRiZ, Mija and Will Clarke.
This Friday, 5 May, DJ, producer and mobilee founder Anja Schneider will begin a new era in broadcasting when she launches ‘Club Room’, on Radio Eins. Part of the national RBB network of Radio and Television stations for the states of Berlin and Brandenburg, Radio Eins is apparently RBB’s second most listened to radio station, with a 94,000 listeners per average hour.
Defected recently announced the full six day programme for Defected Croatia, including details on the three daytime stages, twice-daily boat parties and night-time parties. The full six-day programme is now fully formed with recent line up additions from Black Motion (announced as special guests), Claptone, Amine Edge & Dance, Mat.Joe, Session Victim, Ninetoes, Folamour, Pablo Fierro, Melvo Baptiste, Armless Kid, Kiddy Smile and Aeroplane.
‘4 To The Floor Presents Sub-Urban Records’ documents the output of the label. Based in New York, Sub-Urban Records was arguably the best and most consistent American garage and vocal house label there was. Co-founded by Tommy Musto under Northcott Productions, Tommy had his hand in much of the musical output from the label and in turn this compilation.
Loop, Ableton's summit for music makers, will return to Berlin on 10-12 November 2017 for its third edition. The three-day gathering will again use the historic former East German recording space, Funkhaus, as its hub. Guests will be able to draw inspiration from artists, learn from experts in hands-on workshops, and exchange ideas on the topics of music, technology and creative practice. Following on from 2016's program, which included the likes of Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Moritz von Oswald and Suzanne Ciani, this year a new crop of artists will take part in a growing range of formats.
Soulfuric Recordings are possibly one of the most renowned and influential labels in house music and were behind some of the scene’s coolest tracks throughout the ‘90s and beyond. Owners Marc Pomeroy and Brian Tappert positioned themselves at the forefront of a global scene, with a focus on unearthing new talent, unwittingly creating a blueprint sound that would resonate on global dancefloors and possibly inspire future house music creators for years to come. Across their three labels - Soulfuric Recordings, Soulfuric Deep and Soulfuric Trax - you will find a multitude of house music gold from the likes of Axwell, Copyright, Hardsoul, John Julius Knight, Ron Carroll and many more, alongside their own productions as Urban Blues Project, Soulsearcher, Cleptomaniacs and Jazz-N-Groove.
Goldfrapp recently revealed the brand new video for ‘Systemagic’, taken from their recent Top 10 album, ‘Silver Eye’. Making her directorial debut, Alison Goldfrapp demonstrates a natural progression from her creative behind the album artwork and art direction on the video ‘Anymore’. The video features a coven of moon-worshippers dancing under the watchful Silver Eye and was choreographed by illyr - who was listed on the recently released Dazed 100.
Roni Size recently announced UK tour dates featuring his new audio visual live show, and revealed plans for more shows later this year. Debuting at London’s Oval Space tonight, the new hardware show will also hit Moovin Festival in August, and The Downs Festival and Hospitality In The Park in September. The combined live instrument and hardware show features state of the art production and 3D effect projection mapping in the form of the ‘light box'; and will be the first time Roni has performed the Mercury Prize winning album 'New Forms' as a solo performer.
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.