DJ Lauren Lane steps out with the launch of her brand new label, Recreation, and kicks things off with her own remix of TLC. Lauren is apparently a regular at festivals likes Coachella, Glastonbury and TomorrowWorld, and appears at Ibiza nights Paradise, ANTS and Music On.
Defected kicked off 2019 with a series of special events and announcements celebrating 20 years of the label and everything there is to love about house music. On Friday, 4 January 2019, BBC Radio 1 broadcast the year's first Essential Mix, an extra special ‘Influences Essential Mix’ by Simon Dunmore that provided, in Simon’s own words, “an insight into the music I love and that continues to influence everything we aspire to achieve at Defected Records, as we celebrate 20 years in the house!”
As the world’s biggest dance music conference, Amsterdam Dance Event is more than just a flurry of parties and meeting spots for industry bigwigs and established dance music players. Even more so now than the years before, ADE is apparently about giving young talent and aspiring producers the opportunity to learn, to help them realise their potential and push them onward as they follow their dreams.
D&B festival, Let It Roll, recently announced the first wave of artists for its first ever, full UK event on Halloween weekend, Saturday 25 October at O2 Academy Brixton, London. Announced for the London show is headliner Sub Focus, following the success of his crossover D&B track ‘Desire’ and current tune ‘Solar System’.
Fresh from revealing the line up for their debut 10,000 capacity festival - Homobloc at The Depot, Mayfield - Manchester's Homoelectric recently announced a program of talks, performance, activities and culture taking place over the weekend. Enlisting the help of key venues around the city, namely boujis eatery, The Refuge, intimate club YES, and the brand new Cultureplex, Homobloc will be providing a diverse range of activities, talks and performance.
The Black Madonna recently announced her 2019 US tour that will bring her back to the United States for the first time since her 2018 US run. The tour starts this coming Friday with dates in cities like NYC, Miami and Chicago, at venues such as Knockdown Center (alongside LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy), Space and Smartbar.
Hot on the heels of ‘Renaissance’ and securing two slots on the line-up of Tomorrowland 2019, Maxim Lany is back on Armada Electronic Elements to pick up where his debut track left off. With support from artists such as Solomun, ‘People Of The Night’ – which features Jacky E Jones on vocals – arrives and is aimed at the underground scene.
Following on from ‘Landmark’, his collab with Lostly, Solarstone signs his summer off with another debut teaming. This particular meeting however is of the producer x singer variety, as Jonathan Mendelsohn brings new single ‘This Is Where It Starts’, a candidly honest, emotionally stirring song.
‘Best Case Life’ is the debut album from Gemini Rising, the synth-pop group comprising Tensnake aka Marco Niemerski, Fiora, and, Lester Mendez. Out now on GR Records, the 13-track collection includes new single ‘Speed Of Sound’, and previous singles ‘The Future’, ‘Just Because’, ‘Morph’ and ‘After The Rain’.
Two-time Grammy-nominated DJ and Producer Steve Aoki and possibly one of the most successful groups in music history, the Backstreet Boys have collaborated by dropping their new single ‘Let It Be Me’.
Balance Music have launched a new label called Dawn Till Dusk with a 5-track EP from ‘All Day I Dream’ producer Powel.
The EP is the ideal start to the new project, with music that could possibly translate to festival dancefloors like Burning Man, or soundtrack sunrise/sunsets on the beaches of Ibiza.
At Benicassim Festival this summer Austrian electronic music duo, Klangkarussell, apparently played to a packed out tent that drew crowds from across the site. This follows a summer of festival performances and shows that have seen them play to crowds across the UK, Europe and further afield in South America.
Drumcode’s Enrico Sangiuliano has released his remix of CJ Bolland’s ‘Camargue’, guiding the 1992 R&S staple into heavier techno waters. The track features as part of the ‘Camargue 2019’ remix pack via Drumcode Records; an LP curated by techno artists to commemorate the track.
Above & Beyond recently revealed the lineup for their annual livestream arena showcase, which this year takes place in the city of Prague in the Czech Republic. Possibly one of the most eclectic ABGT milestone lineups to date, Jono, Tony and Paavo have invited a cohort of established and rising Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep talent to O2 Arena for their sold-out celebrations.
Toolroom founder Mark Knight teams up with Mr Roy on ‘Something About U’, a ‘90s piano house anthem that’s now been given a modern makeover. Mark, the second highest-selling Beatport artist of all time, has had releases on a diverse range of labels including Suara, 1605, Stereo, Saved and of course his own Toolroom.
Laidback Luke has added his sound to the Deorro, Elvis Crespo, and Henry Fong’s collab ‘Pica’. Building on the Latin-influenced dance fusion of the original, his remix is aimed at the dancefloor with high energy from the get-go. Fusing pop, salsa, and dance music, the track brought together Ultra Music staple Deorro, GRAMMY® and LATIN GRAMMY® award-winning Latin artist Elvis Crespo, and Henry Fong for a synthesis of their combined styles.
Armin van Buuren recently started sharing a very personal documentary about the early days of his musical career. The six-episode story takes viewers on a ride through the mind of the five-time #1 DJ in the world himself as he gives a unique insight into his life as an artist, from his days as a curious toddler to the struggles and insecurities he faced as an emerging artist.
When Creamfields and Tomorrowland teamed up last year for the ‘Garden Of Madness’ show on Liverpool’s waterfront, it brought a whole new side of the Steel Yard superstructure to life. Fronted by Belgian DJ/producers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, the event marked the first time two of the world’s biggest dance music promoters had teamed up.
Ahead of their debut album, ‘Wild Slide’, techno group, Better Lost Than Stupid - aka Martin Buttrich, Davide Squillace, and Matthias Tanzmann - recently announced two forthcoming live shows at Soho Garden, Dubai on Thursday 19 September, and DC10, Ibiza Friday 20 September.
Following on from a recent performance at Manchester’s annual Pride celebrations, Defected have just announced that Basement Jaxx will be returning to the city once again on 30 November as the special guest for Glitterbox X Defected at the O2 Victoria Warehouse.
Paul van Dyk is back in album-mode, recently announcing an autumn tour across North America, ahead of a new album in early 2020. The trance producer/DJ will be hitting 12 cities in the US and Canada throughout November, including NYC, Miami and Chicago, previewing his forthcoming album. His new album will be titled ‘Guiding Light’ and the pre-album tour is named MISSION: Guiding Light.
Fresh from recording DJ mixes for Radio 1, Kiss FM and delivering his debut Essential Mix, KDA releases the final track his ‘Drip Feed’ EP; ‘No One Watching Over Me’ featuring Saint Saviour. Across each of the five tracks, his EP is stacked high with his mechanised momentum that has seen all of his records find the balance between rigour and raucousness.
On the back of possibly one of dance music's biggest collaborations this year - Above & Beyond and Seven Lions with ‘See The End’ - Seven Lions returns to his own Ophelia imprint with label newcomer MitiS in tow for ‘Break The Silence’.
‘Deeply personal’ is a phrase often used to describe artists’ releases. In the respect of ‘Ave Maria’ though it takes on a greater meaning. Following the loss of his mother in the early spring, Markus Schulz opted to celebrate her life in one of the most natural manners imaginable – through music.
After making the move to Berlin this past January, Sydney Blu embarks on a North American autumn tour with stops in Berlin and Ibiza to kick off the 13 day schedule this September and October. Residing in Berlin has apparently infused Blu with new inspirations for both her productions and club culture experiences.
Frankie Knuckles is forever regarded as ‘The Godfather of House’. A Grammy Award winner, he had a street in Chicago named after him where the old Warehouse once stood to commemorate the first ever Frankie Knuckles Day on 25th August 2004. Five years ago, Frankie passed away in Chicago on 31 March 2014 leaving behind one of the greatest house music legacies spanning almost four decades.
Sublease is the new sub-label to Poker Flat and indulges Steve Bug‘s love for more reduced, hypnotic, and raw sounds than the main label. The first release sets out the label’s intention, offering up two sides of techy house music from newcomer Kellie Allen. A musician, DJ and producer, she has her own weekly radio show Kellie Allen: In The Mix, apparently boasting 860,000 listeners weekly on Ibiza Global Radio.
In 1999 Cass & Slide originally released 'Perception' which possibly became a trance classic of the era, rising to prominence on Sasha's Global Undergound Ibiza, Tiësto’s ‘In Search of Sunrise 2’ and Pete Tong’s Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1.
In collaboration with Chris Willis, Miami-based, Grammy-winning dance music DJ/producer Cedric Gervais is behind the disco house track called ‘Turn your Love Around’. The song is inspired by George Benson’s disco classic of the same name, and follows in the footsteps of their previous collaborative track with David Guetta: ‘Would I Lie To You’.
Deorro returns with his new collaborative single ‘Shake That Bottle’, which is out now on Ultra Records. Teaming up with Barcelona native Hektor Mass, the duo created a high-energy track that stays true to their musical roots. With beats, Deorro’s bounce and bass the track is aimed strictly at the dancefloor.
UK House Duo Gorgon City team up with US producer, DJ and remixer MK (Marc Kincen) for a slice of vocal-house on ‘There For You’. The summer release of the track comes fresh from a stream of dancefloor focused productions this year from the group including ‘Lick Shot’, ‘Delicious’ and ‘Elizabeth Street’; all released via their own REALM imprint.
‘Wild Slide’ is the debut album from techno group, Better Lost Than Stupid, aka as producers and DJs - Martin Buttrich, Davide Squillace and Matthias Tanzmann. Released on 13 September by Skint/BMG, the 11 track album follows the singles - ‘Back From The Desert’, ‘The Sky Is Too Low’, and ‘Inside’.
Bass music brand/label, CruCast, hit new heights in 2019 taking over festival stages at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Creamfields, SW4, Boomtown and Amnesia (Ibiza) to name a few. Now the brand has announced an indoor festival taking place at London’s Printworks as part of a four-date UK autumn 2019 tour taking in Newcastle, Nottingham and Birmingham. Printworks, the final part of the tour, takes place on Saturday 23 November.
DJ Bone recently announced the line up for his Homeless Homies ADE party at Shelter, which will feature Peggy Gou, KiNK, Deetron, Spencer Parker and more. Community has apparently always been a priority for him, whether in the Detroit neighbourhood where he grew up, went to school and worked or at the clubs where he held residencies. It was during one of those residencies in downtown Detroit when he decided to become involved with helping the homeless people in his area.
Nils Frahm recently announced the release of ‘Encores 3’, out on 20 September 2019 — the third and final instalment of his ‘Encores’ series. The three EPs will be available as one full length release titled ‘All Encores’ featuring 80 minutes of music on 18 October, to follow his2018 album ‘All Melody’.
Moon Boots returns with ‘Juanita’, the second single off his upcoming album ‘Bimini Road’, and the follow-up to his track ‘Tied Up’, which has received airplay on SiriusXM, BBC Radio 1, KCRW, as well as DJ support from Claptone, Joris Voorn, Kaskade, Lane 8 and many more. A dancefloor workout combining elements of Prince and Cajmere, the track was born at a late-night writing session that took place at Allaire Studios in Woodstock, NY (Mixmag’s October 2018 music retreat).
When you get to celebrate the milestone number of 1500 label releases, you probably need to choose the right track for the job. Armin van Buuren got to decide for himself as his Armind label reached the aforementioned number, and now releases his latest production, ‘Stickup’.
Keeping the ‘Home Cooking’ fires burning, DJ Yoda’s latest track is titled ‘Kingswood’ and is out 23 August. Featuring the vocals of Andrew Ashong and supported by BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe, the track is a summertime loll to lie back in deep thought and chill.
Anjunabeats auteur Andrew Bayer recently announced his latest club concept ‘Parallels’. Designed to exist side by side with his ongoing passion for conceptual long players, the album is a concise EP of forward-thinking club sounds backed with an accompanying 12 date tour of North America.
For BBE Music’s 500th release, the label joins forces with Louie Vega, Leroy Burgess and Patrick Adams to revisit ‘Barely Breaking Even’, the track after which the label is named. Coaxed into the studio together by BBE founder Peter Adarkwah, Grammy winning house music artist Louie Vega, New Yorker Patrick Adams, plus the song’s original writer, Leroy Burgess, soon got to work.
DJ/producer Mark Knight makes his BBE Music debut with 'Fire Burning', a disco-house track featuring vocals by Mike City. Founder of Toolroom Records and long-time fixture on the global club and festival circuits, Mark joined forces with producer James F Reynolds to create this cut.
Drawn from the ranks of their ‘[Forward Ever Backward Never]’ LP, the new Cosmic Gate single is out now. After Nic and Bossi’s recent ‘Need To Feel Loved‘ and ‘Come With Me’ outings, ‘Light Years’ sees the duo going instrumental.
Back from the highs of his third ‘Crackhouse’ LP, DJ Zinc is jumping straight back in with ’Glitter’ featuring Macky Gee and co-written with Katy B. Part of the collective SASASAS, Macky’s glow up is possibly one for the books, with tunes apparently not just working in clubs but also on the airwaves with support from BBC R1, 1XTRA, Kiss, and Rinse FM.
To mark the 50th release for Perfecto Black records they’ve released ‘Summer Nights,’ a collaboration between Perfecto head-honcho Paul Oakenfold and Galestian. This track features chugging grooves, tripped out arpeggiated melodies, pounding rhythms and vocal cuts, all weaved together to form a piece of progressive house music.
Kraak & Smaak returned with a brand-new single ‘Sweet Time’; a vocal dancefloor track by the Dutch crew on their very own Boogie Angst imprint. On the back of this release, French producer Yuksek now presents his rework.
Homegrown UK producer RIBB[ ]N (pronounced Ribbon) delivers his debut release ‘Stuck Together’ on FFRR. A label founded by BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong, FFRR is a platform for breaking and championing new acts in the electronic dance music space.
With 2019 releases including most recent release ‘Pump Up The Volume’ with Greed, his ‘Undercuts EP’ and ‘Waiting’ single on Toolroom and his BBC Radio 1 daytime track and BBC Dance Chart no.1 ‘The Truth’, Friend Within is a producer likely garnering success. Now he makes his debut with ‘Matchbox’ on Sonny Fodera’s Solotoko.
With a sound that has proven popular since he first broke onto the scene way back, Gareth Emery’s melodic prowess continues. Hot on the heels of his latest album project, ‘Kingdom United’, alongside Ashley Wallbridge, the UK electronic artist continues to deliver music, and his new track is a cut called ‘Mezzanine’.
Some artistic unions are really only a matter of time, which is the case with the first in-studio teaming between DJ/producer Markus Schulz and composer/singer BT. Over the last few months both Markus & BT have been in the coproduction zone, with the debut paring of Schulz & ATB on ‘Heartbeat’ and the Transeau x Corsten link-up ‘1997’. Now their production roads converge on one shared track - the result of which is ‘I Need Love’.
It’s been 20 years since Armin van Buuren first emerged with a single under his Rising Star moniker, and he’s been making tracks ever since. Now, the five-time #1 DJ in the world presents the eighth single under his alias, ready to build on last year’s ‘Just As You Are’ with a new uplifting production featuring Romania’s Alexandra Badoi: ‘Cosmos’.
Aly & Fila return to their label Future Sound Of Egypt with their fifth single of 2019. Featuring the vocals of Chris Jones, their latest production ‘Breathe’ is the next instalment from their forthcoming artist album, ‘It’s All About The Melody’ which is to be released this autumn.
Above & Beyond and global health and wellness brand Calm have entered into a new partnership. Starting now, the two-time Grammy-nominated trio’s new yoga and mindfulness-inspired ambient LP ‘Flow State’ will be available via the Calm app. The group is the latest artist to make their music available on Calm, following the recent release of ‘Liminal’ by Sigur Rós.
CruCast is a UK bass music brand/label that is doing well in 2019, taking over festival stages at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Creamfields, SW4, Boomtown and Amnesia (Ibiza) to name a few. The brand recently announced a four-date UK autumn 2019 indoor festival tour. Tickets for the first three events in Newcastle, Birmingham, Nottingham are on sale now.
With so many tracks available this year, Toolroom recently announced a second volume of its Ibiza compilation. The compilation features a list of artists that include Weiss, Leftwing : Kody, Will Clarke, Eli Brown, Hannah Wants, Mason Maynard, De La Swing and Hector Couto, who all provide music that ranges from vocal-led tracks to sinewy rolling techno.
Following Sander van Doorn’s event at ADE 2018, the Dutchman recently announced his return to De Bajes Amsterdam for another show this year. Celebrating 15 years of his Identity Radio Show, Sander is preparing to make this year’s edition one a special anniversary celebration.
Kraak & Smaak are back with a brand-new single ‘Sweet Time’; a vocal dancefloor track by the Dutch crew on their very own Boogie Angst imprint. The second single to be taken from the forthcoming studio album expected later this year, is a fusion of breakbeats and funk with pop sensibilities written and performed by the production trio of Oscar de Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug who hail from the town of Leiden, Netherlands.
Punctual continue their release schedule with the second in a string of singles. ‘Anything (For Your Love)’ is another uplifting house track with vocals and keys. Punctual are Will Lansley and John Morgan, a songwriter, producer and DJ duo whose debut single ‘Eva’ propelled them into the spotlight, clocking up over 3 million plays on Spotify to date and radio support from the likes of Zane Lowe, Pete Tong, Phil Taggart and Huw Stephens.
This Autumn Toolroom goes Stateside, taking its sound on the road with a US tour that includes parties at various clubs and venues. 2018 was apparently a landmark year for Toolroom. The label celebrated its 15th anniversary with an album and world tour and hitting top spot as Beatport’s highest-selling label of the year.
The North West’s series of daytime clubbing events, PierJam, will return to Blackpool North Pier on Saturday 28 September for the 2019 closing party of their fifth season at the seaside venue.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Poker Flat will be marking this milestone with a series of remixes of some of its releases from an array of artists, alongside a number of anniversary events over the coming months. Founded by Steve Bug in 1999, the label released a sound and style that was popular in club culture for years, and continues to be for both DJs and music fans to this day.
Following Glitterbox’s announcement of their return to Manchester this November, Defected recently revealed their line-up for the joint event at the O2 Victoria Warehouse. With 2019 marking the 20th year of the independent label, Defected make their return to the venue where anniversary celebrations kicked off on New Year’s Day.
With Ellen Allien’s latest album ‘Alientronic’ in full flight, in comes the first batch of remixes. For Rmxs 1, it’s Terence Fixmer, Introversion and Regal, three artists, three fresh remixes and a special edit. It starts with two remixes of ‘Love Distortion.’ First up is Frenchman Terence Fixmer. His rework gets extra bold percussion that slams down with purpose as a gnarly guitar-esque riff rocks it out.
Highlighting the ever-evolving sound of the label, Anjunabeats welcomes Tinlicker for their first single outing. Bringing a dancefloor sensibility to the deeper end of the electronic spectrum, the Dutch duo Jordi van Achthoven and Micha Heyboer have apparently courted the attention of labels and tastemakers since breaking out in 2013.
Matador debuts his vinyl-only Cyclone Series with a three-track EP. The series was informed by the early years of Lynch's career, as well as the stripped-back setup he used to make music while touring. ‘Come With Me’ builds and disperses, creating an increasing tension while the fast pace and percussive beats keep up the pressure.
Comprising four original tracks, ‘Initial Granada Report’ is electronic music with the depth you’d expect from the OG’s of acid house. As a band 808 State made a name for themselves as embodying the sound of the future, and 30 years later they are still aiming to push boundaries while simultaneously embracing their decades-long history.
‘Best Case Life’ is the debut album from Gemini Rising, the synth-pop group comprising Tensnake aka Marco Niemerski, Fiora, and Lester Mendez. Released 6 September, the 13-track collection includes new single ‘Just Because’ (available now), and previous singles ‘Morph’ and ‘After The Rain’.
Voting is now open for DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs poll. The annual vote – now in its 26th year – is apparently ‘the world’s largest publicly-voted music poll, receiving over 1.2 million votes from over 180 countries last year.’ The poll has grown alongside the global electronic music scene and is a snapshot of the popularity and visibility of international DJs at the end of every given year. Voting is open now and runs until Wednesday 18 September at 23:59 BST.
After a foray into psychedelia with ‘Keramas / Harpanet,’ producer / DJ / keyboardist Moon Boots returns to his jazzy house foundations with ‘Tied Up’, an ode to the bonds of love and/or bondage (depending on your perspective). Boots and his friend, Brooklyn nightlife fixture Steven Klavier, channel their appreciation for barbershop harmonies and early Pharrell to create a summer jam. The first radio support for the track has come from Radio 1, with plays across the weekend via Black Madonna, MistaJam, and more; and the single is now at No.2 in the Radio 1 Dance Chart.
After shows across London, Ibiza, New York, Sydney and more, Glitterbox will be returning to Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse for the first time since New Year’s Day for another disco affair. The brand will be joining forces with independent house music label, Defected Records, for a joint celebration of feel-good, high energy house and disco music.
Toronto’s Demuir continues his recent run of form with a three-tracker on Loco Dice’s Desolat label. Having made his name on the local scene early on, Demuir has gone on to play some of the world’s big stages and now he shows off his skills and sounds across three high functioning tracks.
Connected’s next release is a sampler EP taken from Skatman’s upcoming studio album, released digitally on the same day. Skatman is Aziz Haddad, a Tunisian born, Berlin-based producer, DJ and label head of Scatcity.nSince moving to Berlin, his sound has evolved into an ongoing homage to his particular experience between his current home and his younger years in north Africa.
PBR Streetgang recently launched their new Kurtz imprint as they delivered their ‘Big Wig’ EP, accompanied by a remix from Donald Dust. With releases to date via Skint, Futureboogie and Toy Tonics, Leeds based duo Bonar Bradberry and Tom Thorpe, aka PBR Streetgang, have possibly established themselves as artists at the forefront of the modern house and disco scene.
West Coast artist Dave Aju continues with his own varied style and pace, coming once again on Circus Company with three dance floor-aimed tracks. The San Francisco DJ/producer is a groove and jazz influenced artist who has been with the label for ten years. In that time, he has turned out plenty of LPs and EPs that have possibly earned him a reputation as a craftsman.
Relief Records boss Green Velvet teams up with Greek producer Mihalis Safras and vocalist Val this July to deliver ‘Discogirl’. Chicago born Curtis Jones has been a house music artist for nearly 30 years, producing initially under the alias Cajmere and later under Green Velvet where he established his Relief Records imprint.
Bonobo returns with new single ‘Linked’. The new release from the LA-based producer (aka Simon Green) is an atmospheric slow-builder, possibly tuned for festivals this summer. It follows his compiling of the inaugural ‘fabric Presents’ compilation, which featured a new song ‘Ibrik’ (picked as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1), and comes after the 2017 album ‘Migration’, which reached the UK Top 5, received two GRAMMY nominations and apparently saw him headline festivals and sell out multiple global tours with an expanded live show.
The Berlin-based duo Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier, aka Booka Shade, return to Bedrock with the ‘Understanding EP’, their second EP for John Digweed’s imprint. Opening with the dark, percussive pulse of ‘Understanding’, the duo lay down a work that invokes the spirit of classic house music with its distinctive vocal samples, bedded on a techno groove.
Inner City bring vocal house to Armada Music. Back into the groove after 2018’s ‘Heavy’ on Kevin Saunderson’s KMS label, their new track, ‘Need Your Love’, has the band and Steffanie Christi’an ready for daytime takeovers as much as sparking activity after dark – just like Saunderson’s two breakouts from over 30 years ago.
Spanish producer Javi Bora steps up on Rawthentic with the ‘La Trampa EP’ featuring two house cuts and a remix by Todd Terry. A part of the Ibiza scene, Bora has had releases on a wide array of labels such as Robsoul, Too Many Rules and Do Not Sleep, as well as several collaborations with Chicago house advocates Jazzman Wax and Iban Montoro.
Aly & Fila are back with another new single, hot off the back of their releases ‘Come Home’ with Kyau & Albert, ‘Gravity’ and ‘It’s All About The Melody’. They now return with ‘Sands Of Time’, their official FSOE 600 production.
Building on his first two releases, ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘Feel Alive’, D-Sol (aka David Solomon) is back with another track - his dancefloor re-interpretation of the 1965 Fontella Bass classic ‘Rescue Me’. Featuring the voice of Alex Newell, who starred as Wade “Unique” Adam on the Fox music series Glee, this new version is highlighted by his take on the production; combining happy-house with pop elements and additional songwriting from Laura White (writer and vocalist of Galantis’ ‘Love On Me’).
Emerging from the normality of his teenage life to possibly become a rising star of dance music, David Jackson has become somewhat of a musical prodigy with his early explorations of the genre. Before turning 16 he’d already released on Kerri Chandler’s MadTech records and garnered support from DJs like Monki and Audiojack.
Possibly one of the dance scene’s biggest breakthrough artists over the last few years, and with a profile and following that apparently goes from strength to strength, Cream recently announced Australia’s Sonny Fodera will return to Liverpool on Friday 4 October 2019 as part of his ‘Rise’ Album UK Tour.
One of the world’s most iconic house labels welcomes Jasper St Co. for a new album that features guests like Norma Jean and Byron Stingily, plus remixes from David Morales, Kenny Carpenter and Dimitri From Paris. Consisting of vocalists Randy Roberts, Vonita White and Richard Burton, as well as producers Teddy Douglas and DJ Spen - Jasper Street Co. is the premier gospel-oriented house-music group and for almost 25 years now they have injected the scene with some of the most uplifting and emotional music imaginable.
Ministry of Sound recently announced the return of their orchestral tour The Annual Classical to London’s Royal Festival Hall on 4 October. The announcement comes on the back of a UK tour, which finished last week and apparently sold out shows across the country following the world premiere at the Royal Festival Hall in January. The show will also make its open-air debut at Chelmsford City Racecourse on 31 August.
After recently remixing SCB x Reset Robot’s ‘Arp’, Wehbba joins Hotflush for his debut original work. ‘Red Planet EP’ is the maiden collaboration between the duo, which is out now on Hotflush Recordings.
Taking you to the White Isle for another dose of blissed-out beats, Toolroom Records welcome Opolopo to curate and mix their ‘Poolside Ibiza 2019' compilation. Opolopo’s musical career spans over two decades, covering the spectrum of funk, soul and house, with releases on labels such as Om, Tru Thoughts, Local Talk, Z Records, and Especial.
Defected recently announced the remaining programme for the rest of the summer at Eden, Ibiza. Already a month into the Ibiza season, the label has navigated the move from Sunday to Friday nights, with the weekly parties apparently being the busiest yet in the brand’s three-year tenure at the San Antonio hotspot.
Following a move to Berlin a few years ago, house producer, vocalist and DJ Kevin Knapp is back in his home country to perform at some of the country’s clubs this summer. Kevin arrived in the scene with the track ‘Stay Glued (My Beat Will Control You)’ with Audiojack, while Hot Creations debut ‘The Drums’ alongside A&R head Richy Ahmed is apparently still doing well.
Bedrock welcomes Andreas Henneberg to the label to showcase his debut 6-track ‘Duff Trip’ EP. Born in Berlin and still living, loving and working in the city, Andreas has been working behind the scenes since the mid-90s as a producer, label owner, mastering-engineer and as a DJ and live-performer. Stylistically, Andreas is located somewhere between techno, minimal and house.
Following his successive run of Beatport #1s (with ‘Panama’, ‘Tranceland’ & ‘8K’), ‘Colours’ is the fourth of Giuseppe’s releases, leading the trail to his new ‘Evolver’ artist album. A piece of music that organically sprang to life during club sets, its most essential elements were live jammed instinctively by Ottaviani, motivated by the crowd’s response.
Tritonal have been involved in the electronic dance music scene for over a decade, and this year is poised to possibly be their biggest yet. 2019 has been home to some of the duo’s most prolific singles including ‘Little Bit of Love’ with American popstar Rachel Platten, ‘U Found Me’, ‘Hard Pass’ and more, all leading up to the release of their third studio album ‘U & Me’, out now on Enhanced Music.
Andrea Oliva returns with another new single that comes boosted with a remix by The Martinez Brothers. Swiss DJ/producer Andrea has been involved in the contemporary scene for a decade now and has released tracks on labels such as Desolat, Hot Creations and Relief.
Mr.C’s latest single comes with remixes by Jay Tripwire, Dance Spirit and Radio Rental as he delivers a track with a tight rhythm, thick bassline and chords that are run through with an acid line. A full vocal in which he waxes lyrical about us being a radically inclusive community in which everyone belongs is part of the track with a robotic chorus.
Making a return to Kaluki this month is longstanding label artist, De La Swing, with his ‘Club Del Sol’ EP. The elrow head honcho has apparently been making waves in the tech house scene with releases on Circus, Mother, Lapsus and Material as well as playing out at DJ residencies across the globe alongside elrow parties.
With recent releases ‘Drama’, ‘Real Thing’ and ‘Too Many Lies’ under his belt already in 2019, New Zealand producer La Felix continues his ascendency with his latest release, ‘Give Me Your Love’. As it ushers in a slight change of pace, the track takes listeners on a sonic journey full of ambiance and tranquillity that aims to evoke a visual imagery of summer nights.
Two years since his last release on the label, Hernán Cattáneo makes his return to Balance Music with ‘Balance Presents Sunsetstrip,’ the next plateau of concept mixes to come from the label. Out this summer on 2 August 2, the release will be available in a limited edition 2xCD bundle, and on digital, and streaming platforms worldwide with a limited edition 2LP vinyl package to be available later in October for collectors. Featuring over 30 tracks with almost all selections exclusive to the release, listeners can look forward to hearing tracks from Brian Cid, DAVI, Hernán Cattáneo & Soundexile, Khen, Navar and many more.
Gemini Rising is the new band comprising Tensnake aka Marco Niemerski, Fiora, and Lester Mendez. Out now, ‘Morph’ is the first single from the band’s recording sessions that took place in Los Angeles in 2018, where the analogue synth-pop trio holed up for months to write and produce their new material.
Following an apparent Sold Out Release Party at Sound LA with Dr. Fresch, Shaun Frank, Bones, and Namoli, Kevin Chapman aka SNBRN recently released a full length body of work encapsulating his favourite sounds and most polished music from the past year.
Though they have both been mainstays in the trance scene for a very long time, Ben Gold and Richard Durand have never joined forces on the productional front together. Now the duo have teamed up to release the track ‘A Thousand Times’, which is out now on Armada Music. Taken from the upcoming second part of Ben Gold’s ‘Sound Advice’ album series, this new single brings back the classic trance sound.
JES recently announce the worldwide release of her new single ‘No One Else’ through Dutch dance imprint Magik Muzik, with remix production from New York outfit Disco Fries. Chasing on the heels of her Beatport Trance chart #1 ‘Imagination’, the track is the first new material to be released from JES’ upcoming future-spective concept album, ‘Memento’.