Gabriel & Dresden returned in 2017 with the crowd-funded album ‘The Only Road’, their first artist LP in over 10 years. An indie-spirited curveball, the album gained 17 million streams worldwide. The duo also toured, taking in Creamfields, Burning Man, EDC, and Tomorrowland, and received their first GRAMMY nomination courtesy of a Cosmic Gate remix of ‘Only Road’.
2019 was a point of new territory for Maya Jane Coles and her alter-ego, Nocturnal Sunshine. Unleashing the latest studio project in late 2018 with ‘Foundation’ and later ‘U&ME’, next up was her sophomore Nocturnal Sunshine album ‘Full Circle’, taking the alias in a new direction and delving deep into Maya’s hip-hop influences.
Kevin Saunderson prepares to kick off the 2020 KMS calendar by dropping a collaboration with the UK’s TRICK label head Patrick Topping. ‘Frisk’ is not the first sighting of the guys joining forces as Patrick played on Kevin’s Origins stage at Detroit’s Movement Festival in 2018, which Kevin curates.
10+ million hectares burnt. 2,000 buildings destroyed. 27 lives taken. Over one billion animals perished. Australia has suffered inconceivable destruction from mega-fires the size of Manhattan, with flames taller than the Sydney Opera House. Yet what may be burning brightest in the wake of this climate crisis, is the light of support across the world.
Riverside Festival 2020 recently announced Disclosure as the Sunday closing headliner for this year’s event, making it a Scottish exclusive performance and one of only two UK festival dates.
Creamfields recently revealed their first Friday headliner as The Chainsmokers, with the Grammy award winning duo returning to headline the Arc stage for a UK festival exclusive. Since bounding onto the scene in 2013, The Chainsmokers have gone on to achieve success as both electronic and mainstream artists.
Steve Bug’s 'Loverboy' was released on the first Poker Flat release ever 'Double Action' back in 1999. Over the years it has been reworked only by a few - but the list includes the likes of Josh Wink and Guido Schneider. Now, as part of the 20 years of Poker Flat celebration, more names are added to that remix list with two new remixes from Catz ‘n Dogz and Acid Pauli.
Get Physical co-founder DJ T. delivers his fourth studio album, digging deep in the outer reaches of electronic music for an LP that aims to shine a light on his own transformative journey. ‘Trans Orient Express’ is apparently an album that almost never happened. In 2011 he released ‘The Pleasure Principle’ LP that was a true labour of love, as he says: “The process was extremely gruelling, it was so demanding that I was sure I would never do another album, if someone would have told me that I would be back making a complete album in an ethnic disco style, i simply wouldn’t have believed it.”
New school house artists Mason Collective make their Play It Say It label debut with their ‘Art Is Long’ Ep. The trio of DJs and producers hail from Manchester and next to their club tracks on labels like Whippin Records, Loco Dice’s Desolat and HotTrax, they also promote their own MVSON events.
Italy’s Stefano Fontana provides the inaugural release on Beatraxx featuring three cuts entitled ‘4 Those Who Likes The Underground Feet #1’, which includes a remix from NiCe7. Milan born DJ/producer, Stefano, who is also known as Stylophonic, kick-starts his Beatraxx imprint following releases on Supernova’s Lapsus label, D-FLOOR Music, Peppermint Jam, his Fontana Mood imprint and Paul’s Boutique Music.
At 22 tracks apparently spanning every corner of dance music and hip hop, ‘Dim Mak Greatest Hits 2019: Originals’ takes a look back at some of the year’s tracks from the record label's eclectic roster. The compilation features work from the likes of Steve Aoki & Will Sparks, QUIX, Bear Grillz, BROHUG, Two Friends, KRANE, Party Pupils, Tisoki, Curbi, Henry Fong, Godlands, Otira and much more.
Taken from their new album ‘It’s All About The Melody’, Aly & Fila jump straight into the new year with their next single ‘Te Espero Aqui’. Having performed to audiences worldwide since the release of their sixth artist album, the Egyptian trance artists deliver an uplifting and progressive punch in the form of this latest instrumental single.
Croatian festival Hideout recently announced a whole host of fresh names set to perform at the event this summer. Celebrating ten years strong on the Adriatic shores of Pag, Hideout has added the the likes of Darius Syrossian, Paul Woolford, Nastia, DJ Seinfeld, Alan Fitzpatrick, Monki and more to the bill, who’ll be joining headliners including MK, Fisher, Chase and Status, Skream, Jamie Jones, Mall Grab and many more.
We Are FSTVL recently revealed its third phase of acts who will be performing at the festival’s eighth event during the May 2020 Bank Holiday. Aiming to celebrate the very best in house, bass, techno and D&B, the festival has added artists including MK, its 2019 headliner, Claptone, Sub Focus, GW Harrison, Mambo Brothers and more to the line-up.
Back in 2006 Bobby D’Ambrosio covered the 1978 Linda Clifford classic ‘Runaway Love’, producing a decent dancefloor number. Now, well over a decade later, two of the scene’s key remixers turn their hand to this classic Soulfuric cut.
Route 94 released four minimal cuts on his newly launched Routine Recordings imprint last month. British producer Rowan Tyler Jones has apparently accomplished a lot since learning to produce as a 13-year old, including commercial success and a discography releasing on dance music labels like Virgin EMI, Rinse, Defected, Leftroom, Crosstown Rebels and Hot Creations.
One of the biggest dance tracks of 2019, Endor’s Defected debut ‘Pump It Up’ went from club track to commercial hit in just a few short months, making the Radio 1, Kiss FM and Capital playlists, and ascending to the top 10 of the UK charts.
Toolroom Records recently announced the lineup for their one off event at Liverpool’s Hangar 34 on 29 February. Taking to the decks will be Amine Edge & DANCE, Endor and GW Harrison. Amine Edge & DANCE have received support from DJs such as Carl Cox and Solomun and had many releases since the start of their DJing and producing careers.
At the end of last year, Dutch trance DJ Ferry Corsten and Armada Records inked an exclusive agreement for the future representation of Ferry’s Flashover Recordings as well as most of the imprint’s past releases, which includes tracks produced by Ferry Corsten under his System F and Gouryella aliases plus many more artists.
Parisian electronic artist R-Wan recently delivered a pool side party in the green hills of Bali’s Ubud. A centre for crafts, art and dance, the town is apparently a draw for its natural beauty, cultural treasures and its unique tropical vibe. Naming the experience the ‘Ubud Project’, he treated a group of music fans to a set within the backdrop of Ubud’s rainforest canopy.
Swiss DJ/producer Andrea Oliva joins the Nothing Else Matters roster this month with his debut single, ‘Dancing, No Sleep’, which also features a remix from label head honcho, Danny Howard. Andrea is an active DJ, with close ties to ANTS Ibiza, Elrow and Music On as well as various festivals.
Russian producer SILA returns to his Not For Fun Records imprint to release three eccentric cuts entitled ‘Lovejoy’. SILA is a futuristic producer and composer who delivers multi-genre music as an experimental art form. Operating out of Moscow and Berlin, he runs Not For Fun Records with a focus on non-commercial and modern music genres which ‘aspire to move their listeners forward through mechanical stereotypes to an irrational state of mind’.
Leonardo’s Etheric label builds on the first three releases with a fourth two-tracker of his own. An artist who is more interested in feelings than musical trends, he delivers his own sound fuelled by drawn out grooves. Now, ahead of his debut concept album ‘Message From Wudang’ which is due next year, we have this latest offering.
Music is 4 Lovers releases remix EP of Louie Fresco’s ‘Mine’ featuring remixes from Till Von Sein, The Mekanism, and Pattern Drama. Brooklyn-based artist, Pattern Drama, gives the title track an up-and-down, deep, drum heavy rendition to start off the EP.
Matteo Saverio Cacciola aka Matt Sawyer returns to his VillaHangar imprint for the first release of 2020 featuring three house cuts entitled ‘Sunday Morning’ EP. Matt was born in Calabria and started his journey moving from his native city to Milan, chasing opportunities to express his passion of music. He started producing and remixing various tracks on labels like E- Lab, Area94 Records, WEAREMUSIC and Molto Recordings before being asked to release a track on Solomun’s Diynamic Music label.
Next year, North America can look forward to a Carl Cox Tour that will take him to 12 cities to play alongside some of his most-respected friends. In addition to festival stops for EDC Mexico, Ultra Miami and CRSSD in San Diego, Carl will be presenting his ‘Carl Cox Invites’ concept. The concept aims to have the clubber in mind, with more time to build the musical story of the night with longer set times from each artist, and venues that enhance the experience with light and sound.
Tech house artist Iglesias joins the Lost Records camp this month, bringing his brand new ‘Stamina’ EP to the label. Over the last couple of years, the London based DJ and producer has increased his profile with releases on imprints including Kaluki, Sola, Nothing Else Matters, Solid Grooves, VIVa and Repopulate Mars to name but a few.
Get Physical Music round out the year with a 27-track collection curated by label co-founder Philipp Jung that showcases the range of club music that they released over the last 12 months. It’s been a year which has seen returning artists like DJ T. and DJ Pierre on the label, new entries into the Body Language mix series, releases focused on new talent in India, South America and Berlin and plenty of club 12”s and EPs in between covering all forms of house music.
German duo Monkey Safari make a step away from their own Hommage label for a debut on Get Physical Music. For the best part of the last decade now, Lars Rühlemann and Sven Fröhlich AKA Monkey Safari have been attempting to serve up a quirky and curious take on house music that aims to bring real character to the dancefloor.
Bingo’s leading man DJ Zinc, and bass artist Chris Lorenzo come together for their first ever collaboration EP, ‘Deeper’. The duo have teamed up previously on the UK bassline track ‘Gammy Elbow’, and ‘Conditioning’ which featured on Zinc’s ‘Crackhouse Vol.3’. The new EP features the aforementioned tracks, as well two brand new ones, ‘I was There’ and ‘Deeper’.
Twenty-five year old KC Lights has played Cafe Mambo, Warehouse Project and played alongside MK, Jax Jones, Eli Brown, Weiss and Icarus, and is MK’s one to watch. The young Glaswegian DJ, musician and producer made his Toolroom debut earlier in the year with ‘SOL’.
Ministry of Sound recently announced Monki will be the special guest to play the final dance of the decade on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday 31 December, alongside headliners Hannah Wants and Danny Howard and 17 other acts. Marking her return to the venue, she is known for her BBC Radio 1 show, as well as her Monki & Friends events and track releases.
Amon Tobin retuned this year with his first album in eight years, then released two additional albums (including the debut from his experimental rock project Only Child Tyrant), plus various singles (including two collaborations with North London bass artists Ivy Lab). He’s also played shows around the globe under his beat-oriented Two Fingers moniker.
Next Habit emerged from the shadows of the UK underground scene in September 2019 when they dropped their debut track, ‘U Got Me’ via Hoxton-based label, Perfect Havoc. It’s since gone on to clock 1.4 million streams and received support from BBC Radio 1’s Scott Mills and Mistajam, on KISS FM, KISS Dance and on Capital with Anton Powers. Now follows a remix from Sweden’s Tobtok and Perfect Havoc founder, Adam Griffin who add their own spin and progressive house production to the vocals.
Creamfields recently revealed Camelphat as their Sunday Steel Yard headliner for their 2020 festival. Having worked together under various guises over the years, Camelphat first broke through in 2015 playing the festival for the first time that same year. Since then they have made their way to the top of their game dropping an arsenal of singles along the way, most notably their Grammy nominated hit ‘Cola’ and their recently dropped ‘Rabbit Hole’.
The first month of the new decade will see Amsterdam the setting for this event. Marking 25 years in the Dutch and international electronic music scenes, RAM will stage a hometown show on Saturday 18 January. The DJ/producer will take over the city’s Paradiso venue, which has seen artists like David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Nirvana and Prince previously performing there.
Tritonal recently shared the Alpha 9 remix of their track ‘Never Be The Same’, and now, PROFF and Crystal Skies have shared their takes on the track. The Texas duo's first release following their 'U & Me' album, the track was a new single from the two, complete with vocals from American singer Rosie Darling.
The latest selection of tracks from Lopezhouse, the duo consisting of David Lopez and Carlos Cruz from La Mancha, Spain, have been a steadfast fixture in John Digweed’s DJ sets for months now. Surfing those uncharted sound waves, ‘Something Is Happening’ is a 12-minute throbbing futuristic journey with twists galore.
Depot apparently had quite a few highlights throughout the last Warehouse Project season, with one of the key new stages being Concourse at Depot. For Spring 2020, it was recently revealed that the Concourse room will be home to a number of intimate 'Concourse Only' club shows that will run from 29 January until Easter weekend.
2019 was apparently a big year for Armin van Buuren. He had an eight-hour broadcast of A State Of Trance during Amsterdam Dance Event, events in Utrecht, Madrid, Kiev, Miami, Mexico, Bay Area and Tomorrowland to celebrate the 900th episode, and he also released two albums (‘Balance’ and ‘Moons Of Jupiter’ under his GAIA alias). Now he finishes the year with the release of his ‘A State Of Trance Year Mix 2019’.
The seventh edition of Defected’s vinyl series continues to commit the label’s biggest digital releases to wax, delivering upfront packages of house tracks that were previously unavailable on vinyl.
Misfit recently produced this limited edition Giclee fine art print to commemorate the 30 year anniversary of the Second Summer Of Love. The artist sought to create a visual representation chronicling the evolution of the Disc Jockey, from Thomas Edison inventing the Phonograph in 1887, right up to the key protagonists in the Second Summer of Love in 1988.
2019 has apparently been a big year of music for Poker Flat, and the forthcoming new ‘Best Of 2019’ compilation collects some of the more notable releases of the last 12 months. On the release, you’ll find cuts from Francesca Lombardo, Mihai Popoviciu, Uner, Eva Be, Hannes Bieger and of course Steve Bug himself, as well as many other label highlights.
Steve Brian has just released his brand new EP, 'Asteroid Factory’, on Enhanced Progressive. A possible known name in the world of trance and progressive, and Enhanced Progressive's leading artist, German DJ/producer Steve has had a decent 2019 releasing tracks like his remix of Matt Fax & Dezza's 'Sweet Dream', 'Manila' with Argentinian producer Emme, and EP tracks 'Jupiter Boulevard' and 'Us'.
After appearing on Amine Edge & Dance’s latest EP on Desolat last time out, Yungness and Jaminn now step out with their own two-tracker. The young French pair have long been backed by Desolat boss Loco Dice and their French mentors Amine Edge & Dance, as well as releasing on Cuff and Too Many Rules and recently DJing at this year’s ADE.
A feature on his studio album ‘Deep State’ (revealed in early November), Grum’s ‘Running’ now sees a full release, complete with a refined club mix.
False Idols, the label owned and run by Tricky, last week released an EP of remixes of the track ‘Same’ from Bristol production duo Smith & Mighty. Featuring vocals from Tammy Payne, the track saw its first release via !K7 in March 1998 as an exclusive track on their DJ-Kicks, and has apparently since become a cult classic.
Kevin Knapp drops his ‘Bleep Blop’ EP on Desert Hearts, a glitchy, rhythm-heavy house two-tracker backed up with a pair of remixes from Lubelski & Wyatt Marshall and RYBO. Always one for vocal contributions, he first drew attention back in 2012 with ‘My Beat Will Control You’ with Audiojack and his first Hot Creations cut ‘The Drums’ alongside A&R head Richy Ahmed in 2013.
Over the last ten years, Dualist Inquiry has ‘risen from a studious music producer to headliner on every major stage in India’. Apparently championed as the pioneer of new wave Indian electronica - an intersection of guitar music and rhythmic electronic dance - he has helped break down doors and, according to Rolling Stone India, “add another dimension to the dance music scene in India.”
CruCast, the new bass music label, recently announced a four-date UK spring tour in 2020, following the brand’s sold-out Printworks show. The dates will be staged at venues in Manchester, Leeds, Oxford and Southampton and follow up this autumn’s indoor festival tour, taking in in Newcastle, Birmingham, Nottingham and London.
Hamburg artist Knee Deep debuts on Soulfuric Deep with the deep and soulful ‘Odyssey’.
UK DJ/producer, Tazer, is back with the MAAD and Keys The Prince assisted ‘I’m On Fire’, which is out now on Love and Other. The track features horns, a tight house groove and a bassline, all pieced together with a vocal from MAAD and Keys The Prince. The track follows his previous releases ‘Wet Dollars’ and ‘Rave Slave’.
The penultimate month of 2019 sees the release of a long-player from Christina Novelli, 'Through My Eyes [The Acoustic Sessions Vol. 1]', an album that dials Christina’s songs - both recent and older - right back to their origin points. Each has been stripped down to their bare acoustic bones and with them comes the opportunity to zero in not just on the intellect of their lyrics and the complexity of their emotions, but on Christina’s voice.
Tricky releases the video for the song ‘Makes Me Wonder’, featuring his touring vocalist Marta, taken from the ‘Test Of Time’ compilation released earlier this year on his label, False Idols. The video sees Marta in the streets of Łódź in Poland - after dark, an industrial setting captured with cinematography by Polish director Mateusz Miszczyński.
PierJam recently announced the line-up for their opening party for the 2020 summer season at the North Pier, Blackpool on Bank Holiday Saturday 9 May. Confirmed so far are electronic music duo Chase & Status (DJ Set), bass music’s Holy Goof, Crucast’s Skepsis alongside Bru-C as well as Manchester born house music trio Mason Collective, Amine Edge and Alisha take to the decks.
We Are FSTVL recently revealed the second phase of acts who will be performing at the festival’s eighth event during the May 2020 Bank Holiday. The latest additions include Andy C, The Black Madonna, Charlotte De Witte, EZ, Low Steppa, Luciano, Nicole Moudaber, Nina Kravitz, Richy Ahmed, SASASAS, Simon Dunmore, Solardo, Sonny Fodera, Todd Terry, wAFF and more.
Joe Turner has remixed Editors’ ‘Black Gold’, the title track from their new best of album. Platinum selling and Mercury Prize shortlisted UK band Editors celebrated their 15-year career to date with a best of album last month. 'Black Gold' showcases an eclectic range of hits taken from six studio albums, including three new records, alongside a European and UK Greatest Hits tour in early 2020.
Fiorious recently debuted his new single ‘Future Romance’ on Glitterbox Recordings. The track is “part of a visual story arc, one of four songs to encapsulate the key themes of my upcoming album, ‘Revisionary’.”
Doctor P returns to his D&B roots with new track ‘Voices’, picking up where his alias DJ Picto left off. With the sort of day-glo riff and sonics that you may expect from the Doctor, this track is aimed at the dancefloors and should resonate with D&B fans.
‘Another Angel’ is the new track from Above & Beyond, which they debuted at Group Therapy Weekender 2019, their new bi-annual camping festival at The Gorge Amphitheatre outside of Seattle.
Following Cream’s birthday debut at Camp & Furnace in October, the brand returns on 29 February 2020 for another session, this time extending to a daytime special and bringing with them some of the biggest names in dance music for a celebration of the club’s halcyon days.
Bassline MC, Bru-C, drops his debut album ‘Original Sounds’ on CruCast tomorrow, ahead of his live appearance at CruCast’s 7000+ person sold out indoor festival at Printworks this Saturday.
This month, Vanilla Ace brings his sound to the States, touching down at various clubbing spots and bringing a few friends along for the ride. Sam Young aka Vanilla Ace is known by the alias he created back in 2012, where he’s apparently had a string of Beatport No1s - ‘Bring it Back’ in 2013 on OFF recordings, and ‘The Gee’ in 2016 on Club Sweat not least among them
In just a few months, Endor’s Defected debut ‘Pump It Up’ has gone from club track to chart hit, confirmed by playlist additions on BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM and most recently Capital. Signed to the label in September, the track also debuted in the UK Top 40 last week at #36, affirming its crossover success from the dancefloors of Ibiza, Brooklyn and more into new realms.
Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Alesso recently released the video for ‘In The Middle’, his collaboration with a new name in dance music, SUMR CAMP. Alesso has over three billion streams to his name and has achieved close to 18 million global singles.
Toolroom releases its annual ‘Best Of 2019’ compilation on 22 November, featuring 60 of the biggest tracks on the label including artists Leftwing : Kody, Jack Back, Mark Knight, KC Lights, Weiss, Illyus & Barrientos, Alan Fitzpatrick, Booka Shade, Hannah Wants, Kevin Knapp, Martin Ikin, Eli Brown, Amine Edge & DANCE, Todd Terry, Danny Howard plus more.
Cade, the Florida-grown singer/songwriter/producer just shared his Wolf Blue. EP via Ultra Music. The 23-year old “wolf” channels his inner R&B, while blending elements from future electronic music. Inspired by a spiritual night in the forest, the singer/songwriter’s sound is evident in this 6-track project, all of which he wrote, produced and performed on. The EP also hosts a feature from rapper Desiigner, as well as LA’s Lil Aaron.
UK artist Man Power makes his Skint Records debut in December with a new offering featuring Berlin’s Private Agenda. As well as running his own Me Me Me labels, he has appeared on outlets like ESP Institute and Correspondent and now is back once again with the help of Berlin’s Private Agenda.
It’s taken a little over three years, but finally French house gangsters Amine Edge & DANCE are back on Desolat with a follow up to their ‘Fck Ur Opinion EP’ from 2016. In the years since their last Desolat release, this duo has continued to cook up their own take on house music. It is inspired by their love of hip hop, much like the work of label boss Loco Dice, and seen them dig out a crew of like-minded artists on their vital Cuff label.
Israeli producer Chaim debuts on his Blue Shadow imprint with two cuts, including remixes from The Organism, Zombies in Miami and Kino Todo. Appearing on labels like BPitch, Disco Halal, Supplement Facts and Visionquest, he has an organic sound that is often influenced by his Israeli homeland.
When David Guetta dons his Jack Back alias there is no doubt he still aims to keep in touch with the authentic house sounds that first inspired him to make music.
Kölsch makes his debut on Drumcode as an Adam Beyer favourite gets his remix touch. The label’s first release of 2019 saw them recruiting Amelie Lens to deliver a re-rub of Adam’s ‘Teach Me’, a highlight to mark the label’s 200th release back in January.
Toolroom head honcho Mark Knight debuts on Stereo Productions with his latest track, following his top remix of The Fog, Chus & Ceballos ‘Been A Long Time’.
House music has enjoyed yet another big year, with 2020 looking set to continue providing yet more top additions to the genre. ‘Defected Presents Most Rated 2020’ celebrates the wealth and variety of house created, played and enjoyed on dancefloors worldwide, showcasing the records that are probably dominating club sound systems right now, and the possible future classics that are emerging from this year.
The culmination of a project that now comprises 27 pieces of music, delivered over a 3-album/4-year arc - all heralded by many a meaningful dot and dash. In the instant-hit world of today, its cyphered titles have been a premeditated move to provide an album/albums with a longer fuse.
Cold Blue’s first official album, ‘Winter’ is a soundtrack /companion-piece that’s been created more as a 360’ing of winter. It’s one that audibly and aesthetically resonates its clement elements but isn’t adverse to subvert, dig deeper and touch on its other aspects. In taking this route he’s delivered a more thoughtful contemplation of the subject, and in doing so defines his own purpose for the season.
Following the Odyssey launch in May this year, the 24-hour event concept will return to Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel and Hï Ibiza for both the season Opening and Closing parties in 2020. The Night League, the team behind Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza, recently announced the Opening party will take place on Saturday, 9 May.
After a year of performances around the world, Fedde Le Grand returns with a cross-genre remix for Charlie Puth’s ‘Mother’, where he creates an entirely new vision for the song. Out now, his release follows ‘Skank’ and ‘Like We Do’ from earlier this year on his imprint Darklight Recordings.
The next chapter in the story of GRAMMY-nominated duo, Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden is ‘Remedy’. Their third full-length artist LP, it’s an album inspired by the comfort we can apparently find when wrapped in nature. Fresh from performing to over 12,000 fans at the O2 Arena, Prague, as part of Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy 350 celebrations, the duo continue to refine their emotive, indie-spirited approach to songwriting, the star of 2017’s acclaimed ‘Only Road’ LP.
Since its inception in 2015, Jeremy Olander’s label and event series, Vivrant, has apparently become an intriguing platform for the melodic house and techno sound. As a home to new and established artists such as Marino Canal, Khen, Tim Engelhardt, Finnebassen, Henry Saiz, Ejeca and more, Vivrant and Olander have carved out a position in the ever so commoditised global electronic dance music scene. After being the first-ever young talent to be signed to Eric Prydz’s Pryda Friends almost a decade ago, Olander went on to release multiple EPs, singles, record a shortlisted BBC Essential Mix, and performing at venues like Madison Square Garden in New York City, and Brixton Academy in London.
Glasgow Underground founder, Kevin McKay, drops another rework from his forthcoming album ‘No Samples Were Harmed In The Making Of This Record’, which is out 8 November. This time he covers the early ‘90s house classic ‘A Deeper Love’ by Clivilles & Cole, creating a reverent yet contemporary version which should stand up on any dancefloor.
‘In Search Of Sunrise’’s 15th musical quest has broken with its release tradition by picking up an autumn spot for 2019. Returning after last year’s showing, Markus Schulz again assumes responsibility for its opening mix. Taking over the middle disc spot is Jerome Isma-Ae, while Finland’s Orkidea brings his nous to the third. As ever, the release holds a spyglass to the mixers’ own release horizons. Alongside is music from artists such as Ferry Corsten, Bicep, Paul Oakenfold, Solarstone, BT, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Jam & Spoon, Yotto and Henry Saiz.
Starting 2020 as they mean to go on, Defected will host Printworks’ first event of the year on New Year’s Day, bringing in the new decade with an all day affair. Soundtracked by some of the label’s hottest talent, the event will come as part of a New Year’s double-header, with the label’s disco counterpart Glitterbox taking over the 6,000-capacity venue on New Year’s Eve the night before.
UK label Toolroom Records recently hit a significant milestone with the 500th episode of their radio show. To celebrate the achievement they invited their fans to take part in a ‘one-of-a-kind party’ in their hometown of Maidstone. Held in a traditional boozer, fans were invited to take part in a pub quiz, testing their knowledge of all things Toolroom and electronic music against label artists Mark Knight, Leftwing : Kody, Martin Ikin, Illyus & Barrientos, Wheats, Siege and Maxinne, before being treated to intimate DJ sets.
In March 2019, Damion Houchen, aka Genix, apparently set the world record for the highest DJ set on land, 5,525 meters up Mount Everest. Back at sea level, around the same time, his techno-infused singles took shape: ‘Boom Box’, ‘Open Your Eyes’ and ‘Kill Switch’. Now, as Anjunabeats approaches its 20th birthday, he’s curated the next edition of the Worldwide compilation series.
In the wake of releasing ‘Need Your Love’ in June, Inner City (Kevin and Dantiez Saunderson) and Steffanie Christi’an touch down on Armada Music with their latest track. 2019 has celebrated 30 years of Good Life with a spring/summer tour that saw the first live performances outside of the US in almost 20 years.
After its huge debut party, it was no surprise to hear that the Glitterbox juggernaut was coming back for the second time this year. Brought to Glasgow by the team behind Colours on 30 March, the event sold out and was possibly one of the best nights the city had seen in quite a while. Now, it was back for its second outing and like the first, the event had sold out well in advance.
Kristian Nairn was apparently holding down dancefloors across the UK as a house producer and DJ, long before he was tending to the stables of the House Stark and holding very important doors on HBO’s acclaimed Game of Thrones.
DJ, producer, and vocalist John Graham, more commonly known as Quivver, returns following his recent ‘One Darker EP’, with the four-tracker ‘Ten Bob EP’. With a career spanning over 25 years, his achievements, include licensing deals with TV shows and video games, in addition to apparently touring the globe multiple times each year, all whilst releasing music through his various monikers.
Following on from Amsterdam Dance Event 2019, Fedde Le Grand’s Darklight Recordings is keeping the momentum going by delivering six new releases, in the space of just one week. Founded in 2015, the label is a ‘versatile platform for fresh and rising talent’ and these latest offerings aim to demonstrate that.
Apparently named King of the Edit since the 1980s, Manhattan DJ Danny Krivit’s (aka Mr K) latest delivery instils the title bestowed upon him some 30 years ago. A recognised selector, Danny’s remixing and production capabilities have touched hundreds of records – with his sound help shaping the New York City sound.
For as long as I remember, I’ve been a console gamer. It certainly started in the ‘80s with playing Missile Command on an Atari system, then moving on to the Sega Master System and then the Sega Mega Drive.
London Records have once again opened their archives to re-issue some of their catalogue and refresh them with contemporary remixes. 1997 was a time of clubbing excess and superstar DJs, when dance music crossed over to the mainstream and when Stretch & Vern were in the prime of their colourful career. On the back of the success of their track ‘I’m Alive’, they released their follow up hip hop meets club soundtrack ‘Get Up Go Insane’.
DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll aims to provide a global perspective of the electronic music scene’s biggest names and the results for 2019’s Poll have recently been announced. Belgian brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have been voted the World’s No.1 DJ for the second time, after previously winning the award back in 2015 and becoming the first duo to take the top spot.
Just one week before the release of Armin van Buuren’s seventh artist album, a collab emerges as the most recent single to come off of ‘Balance’. A link-up with R&B/pop artist NE-YO, ‘Unlove You’ sees the artists explore the subject of a recognisable post-breakup dilemma in their own unique way. The track delivers its lyrical message with accuracy whilst sporting a club-tinged groove. With vocals, beats and yrics that aim straight for the soul, this track aims to show that being open-minded can unlock a whole new world of possibilities.
Inspired by the discovery of the ruins of Atlantis at Bimini in the Bahamas, Moon Boots’ sophomore album ‘Bimini Road’ combines elements of soulful and melodic house, disco, and R&B. Alongside collaborators Black Gatsby, Nic Hanson, KONA, and Ross Clark (St. Lucia), the album features guests including Little Boots, Niia, and Gary Saxby of the Harlem Gospel Choir.
Aly & Fila present their sixth studio artist album, ‘It’s All About The Melody’, which will be released on Monday, 25 November on their label Future Sound Of Egypt. Two years have passed since the trance artists released their last long-player, and in that time the duo have been hard at work in the studio creating an array of 15 dance records.
The North West’s series of daytime clubbing events, PierJam, recently announced a one off night time event at Liverpool’s Hangar34 with Mason Collective, Franky Wah, CDC and more on Saturday, 28 December. Headlining the evening are the house music assemble Mason Collective, who are Blair Suarez, Adam Myles and Omar Guedar.
Glitterbox returns to the US on Friday, 6 December with DJs Jellybean Benitez, Simon Dunmore, Eli Escobar and vocalist Barbara Tucker at New York’s House of Yes. The brand returns to the club after an electric Pride after-party in June, and fresh from a summer of parties around the world where it showcases the power of disco and house music.