Dapayk Solo, Berlin-based producer and veteran of the minimal techno scene, recently announced the forthcoming release of his 10th studio album, entitled ‘The Calling’. The 12-track LP will be the producer’s first solo album since 2015 and will be available via his own label, Mo’s Ferry Productions, on 6 April. The first single from the album, also titled ‘The Calling’, is out now.
Bert Marcus Productions and Giant Interactive recently announced that the electronic dance music film, What We Started, is available for pre-order now on iTunes in over 100 countries ahead of its release in theatres, on iTunes and On Demand 23 March. The film will have a red-carpet premiere on 22 March at The Regal South Beach with Martin Garrix, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Tiësto and more in attendance, the night before the sold-out-20-year-anniversary of ULTRA Music Festival in Miami. Directly after the film, a Q&A regarding the documentary with Martin Garrix, Carl Cox, Tiësto and more, will be hosted inside the theatre for fans and media.
Toby Green makes his Dim Mak debut with ‘Beyond Mars’, accompanied by Kris Kiss’ vocals, urging everyone to report to the dancefloor. Hailing from Denmark, Toby has already amassed over 25 million streams and managed to release his music on labels including Spinnin’, Monstercat and Armada along with imprints like Hardwell's Revealed Recordings, Don Diablo's Hexagon, and Sander van Doorn’s Doorn Records.
Soul Clap’s production ‘Misty’ gets a remix and a new lease of life on Classic Music Company. The Boston-based duo bring all the soulful funk with vocals by Chicago house singer Robert Owens. In their 'Club Mix', the record gets stripped down, laden with percussion and infused with a bassline alongside a smoother 'Deep Mix'.
The second annual edition of Resistance Ibiza recently announced the headliners for its nine-week residency at Privilege this summer. Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Dubfire, Eats Everything, Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Loco Dice, Maceo Plex, Nicole Moudaber, Paco Osuna, Pan-Pot, Richie Hawtin, Sasha | John Digweed and Seth Troxler will headline with the event’s biggest lineup to date.
Josh Butler welcomes Huxley to Origins Rcrds this month for an EP as the label reveals its first release of 2018, accompanied by a remix from Alex Celler. 2017 was a year in which Huxley displayed some of his most varied and impressive output to date, releasing on imprints including Relief, Moon Harbour, Knee Deep In Sound, Avotré, and Do Not Sleep to name just a few, whilst also unveiling new aliases across multiple genres.
Ahead of their new album dropping early April, Booka Shade offer up the title track, some alternate mixes and another cut as a single, set for release this month via their Blaufield imprint. Their ‘Cut The Strings’ LP is set for release on 4 April and as we edge towards the full project being unveiled the duo shine light on of the leading compositions to be found within the project.
Chicago’s Incorrect Music returns this month with ‘Do It Anyway / Destination’ courtesy of Spain’s Dosem. A Girona, Spain-based producer, DJ and Live Act, Marc Ramirez aka Dosem has been releasing his house and techno style on labels like Tronic, Suara, Break New Soil and Great Stuff for the past decade and playing at clubs like the late Space Ibiza, Sankeys Ibiza and Barcelona’s Nitsa amongst others over the years.
Audiojack return to their Gruuv imprint this month with ‘Duality’, backed with Kotelett & Zadak, and Elisa Bee remixes. Over the past six months they have dropped material for Mobilee, 20/20 Vision, Crosstown Rebels, Suara and Octopus, showcasing their style. Here, they make a return to their own Gruuv label following ‘Senses’ which featured Dubspeeka and Reset Robot remixes on the label in April of last year.
Defected Croatia recently revealed the Phase 2 artists for 2018, including Dennis Ferrer, Soul Clap, Riva Starr, Dan Shake, DJ Gregory, Black Motion and more, joining an already comprehensive billing of house DJs. The festival returns to The Garden, Tisno on 9-14 August for six days of house music and sunshine, the festival’s third and biggest yearly instalment.
As Glitterbox’s 21st century disco continues to evolve in 2018, the performers, DJs and crowd will bring the brand to clubs across Europe for the very first time. After kicking off the tour at Church in Leeds on Saturday 3rd March with a sold out show with Purple Disco Machine, Melvo Baptiste and Dames Brown (live PA), the tour will also hit Zürich, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Manchester, We Are FSTVL, Bristol and Croatia (Defected Croatia festival). Meanwhile, in June, Glitterbox returns to Hï Ibiza for an 18-date season.
Following the release of his debut artist album ‘First Landing’ last summer, Pete Dougherty a.k.a Moon Boots returns with soulful album cut ‘Power’, featuring Black Gatsby. A highlight from the LP, and performed live on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic show, the track showcases Dougherty’s flair for fusing throwback R&B sounds with club grooves, paired with vocals from Black Gatsby.
FooR are a UK collective of producers, musicians, DJs, and MCs at the forefront of the current UK Garage revival. Championed by the likes of Radio 1’s MistaJam and DJ Target, they’ve so far released a handful of singles (including ‘Down’ feat. Karen Harding), and remixed the likes of Wretch32, Tinchy Stryder, Ghetts, and beyond. The four-piece have also apparently become UK Garage’s fastest rising stars on the live circuit, with shows including Isle Of Wight Festival, EDC, Boardmasters, Ministry of Sound, and Mutiny.
One of Scotland’s best electronic music events, The Riverside Festival, returns to the grounds of the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, on the banks of the River Clyde, bringing some of the biggest artists in dance music to this iconic location.
Frenchman Vitalic just unveiled the Deluxe version of his ‘Voyager’ album, which includes four brand new releases. The multi-instrumentalist, who blends electro, techno, and house as well as elements of classical, rock, Italo-disco, and ‘70s electronic music, is also embarking on a US tour next week in support of the new release.
To celebrate 20 years since the release of Fatboy Slim’s album ‘You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby’ Toolroom present this release from Beatport’s #1 selling artist of 2017, CamelPhat, with a remix of what is arguably Fatboy Slim’s biggest ever track, ‘Right Here, Right Now’.
Marking their debut release on Anjunadeep, producer and musician, Alex Metric, teams up with emerging DJ/producer, Ten Ven, on their new groove-heavy club track ‘Otic’, a track that has been a highlight of Solomun’s recent sets, with further support from Joris Voorn, Gorgon City, Cassius and more.
Chicago-based independent hip hop label Closed Sessions - home to releases from Kweku Collins, Jamila Woods, DJ Rude One, WebsterX, SHIRT, ShowYouSuck and more - recently announced a new partnership with Fat Possum's distribution arm House Arrest.
This summer Nozstock: The Hidden Valley celebrates its 20th anniversary, entering a small group of festivals who have reached two decades. It’s a huge achievement for the family-fun festival which is set across their working farm in the rolling hills of Herefordshire. It is an event which has grown from a group of like-minded friends gathered together many years ago into an experience of wonder and enchantment for all the ages across Friday 20-Sunday 22 July.
Taking place at the Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort, Ultra Beach Hvar boasts an idyllic setting with views of the Adriatic drenched in the warm glow of the Croatian Sun. With a predicted 5,000 revellers and international DJs Fedde Le Grand, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, Jonas Blue and San Holo providing the soundtrack, this may well be the most anticipated edition yet. This year the pool party will start earlier than ever before, running from 1pm until 10pm with nine hours of nonstop music.
Ralph Lawson’s Basic Vision label today releases the second in a four-part series of limited edition 12” vinyl EPs, ‘Basic Vision 001’. The full series will then be compiled into a 14 track album entitled ‘Back To Basics - Rare Classics’, available from end April 2018. ‘Basic Vision 002’ features more tracks for collectors including the Mood II Swing Border Insanity dub of ‘Flame’ by Crustation. Championed by many DJs including Raresh and Apollonia, this stripped down cut was only found on the b-side of the original release at a low pressing level.
The final musical additions for Arcadia's 10th anniversary festival on the May Day Bank Holiday were recently revealed, with the likes of Matador, Max Cooper, Paul Woolford, Digital Mystikz, DJ Vadim and Norman Jay joining the bill for two shows. Playing across two 360 degree immersive worlds as giant fireballs fly, lightning crackles through the capital and spiders the size of cars crawl across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the full sonic matrix has sharpened into vivid focus.
Above & Beyond recently announced the full lineup for their Miami Music Week event at the RC Cola Plant on Thursday 22 March. Celebrating the release of their studio album ‘Common Ground’ (debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart), A&B will be joined at the event by Jody Wisternoff b2b Luttrell, ALPHA 9 b2b Spencer Brown, Gabriel & Dresden (celebrating the release of their own studio album ‘The Only Road’) and special guest, Seven Lions. This is Above & Beyond’s third headline event at RC Cola Plant, with previous years apparently quickly selling out.
With 21 years at the forefront of electronic music festivals, Creamfields has just released its line-up for this year’s huge event. It features artists from across the full-spectrum of dance music, all set to make the trip to the fields of Cheshire for another 4-day extravaganza. Taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Creamfields 2018 will see over 300 artists perform across 30 stages over the four days as 70,000 people come together to party.
Luxembourg's Sam Skilz joins forces with one of our favourite vocalists, American Michelle Weeks, on this house track titled 'Release'. Michelle commands the dancefloor with her powerful directive over an uplifting backdrop of jackin' house beats. Also on the package, UK veterans K-Klass add a touch of the old school, injecting a huge hook made up of piano and strings. Cosimo Mele delivers a tech house mix armed with a dark, brooding bass ideal for the small hours.
Larry Heard's life has possibly been characterised by the kind of quiet intensity that will be instantly understandable to anyone who knows his music. From the moment he unwittingly gave the nascent house music scene a shot in the arm with his introspective and dreamlike early tracks, he has delivered music that doesn't shout or demand your attention, yet which aims to speak to the very deepest parts of the human condition, and as such trigger the most passionate and enduring responses in discerning listeners and dancers.
Glitterbox returns to Hï Ibiza on Friday 1 June with DJ Harvey, Groove Armada, Cassius, Dimitri From Paris, Honey Dijon, The 2 Bears, Horse Meat Disco, Nightmares On Wax, Late Nite Tuff Guy and many more set to play across the 17-date run.
Since it dropped last month, Claptone’s new single ‘In the Night’ has been picking up considerable steam, becoming Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune on BBC Radio 1 and notching up a quick 1m Spotify plays. Recently, he teamed up with director Patrick Lawler to create a choreographed night-time vignette set in downtown LA. In three minutes, Claptone dashes around Grand Park in central Los Angeles whilst apparently executing a one-take feat.
Glasgow Summer Sessions returns in 2018, with possibly one of the biggest announcements in the festival’s 5-year history, as Grammy award winning Kendrick Lamar headlines the outdoor festival in Glasgow on Wednesday 29 August 2018. Probably one of the defining hip-hop artists of our generation, he is the first addition to this year’s bill with more artists to be announced.
With anticipation building for the return of the Steel Yard London Weekender, the line-up for the opening show on Saturday 26 May, headlined by Above & Beyond has now dropped in full, as they’re joined by additional artists from the Anjuanbeats label, making for a line-up that aims to blow the roof off the 15,000 capacity structure.
Scottish promoters DF Concerts recently announced the inaugural Edinburgh Summer Sessions music event - a bespoke version of its sister event Glasgow Summer Sessions - which will take place at the Ross Bandstand with the backdrop of Princes Street Gardens this August.
International Music Summit (IMS) today announced details of its annual Dalt Vila event in Ibiza Old Town, the finale of the summit which some regard as the official opening of the Ibiza summer season. Now in its 11th year, IMS Ibiza is a three-day educational and thought leadership platform for the electronic music industry held annually in the dance music capital of the world. For this closing finale IMS has curated possibly one of the most unique line up that Ibiza will witness in 2018, with a backdrop of the sun setting over the historic 2,500-year-old fort and UNESCO World Heritage Site, overlooking Ibiza Old Town and the Mediterranean Sea.
For the past three years, TAKE have hosted the annual Brighton Music Conference after-party, bringing with them an array of past guests including Patrick Topping and Seth Troxler. Headlining this year for the Official 2018 Brighton Music Conference after party is Eats Everything at The Arch.
Pure, the brand behind Pure Garage as well as titles such as Pure Deep House to Pure Bassline, have teamed up with DJ S.K.T, possibly one of the UK’s hottest tech house artists for ‘Pure Tech House’, a 60 track mix through some of the genre’s finest tracks, from the biggest anthems, to exclusive new bangers.
For over a decade, Defected Miami mix albums have brought together some of the best new underground house music, whilst championing upcoming talent and highlighting material from established artists. ‘Defected Miami 2018’ continues the tradition of forecasting the records that will soundtrack the Miami Winter Music Conference and go on to remain playlist fixtures for DJs throughout the summer.
Dutch festival Free Your Mind recently announced its full line up for their 15 year anniversary. This year’s main stage will play host to DJs such as Hot Since 82, Black Coffee, Kölsch and Eats Everything. Moving into darker realms, Dax J, Sam Paganini, Len Faki and Tommy Four Seven B2B Ancient Methods, among others, will be playing the techno stage under the John Frost Bridge. The beach stage will be expanded to a full size area featuring John Digweed with more names still to be confirmed.
It’s been a big week for Above & Beyond (aka Jono, Paavo Siljamäki and Tony McGuinness). Their studio album ‘Common Ground’ was released 26 January, just a day before a sold out performance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York during Grammy week. While in New York City, the band also hosted a screening of their new concert documentary ‘Above & Beyond Acoustic: Giving Up The Day Job’, a film which chronicles their 2016 Hollywood Bowl acoustic performance.
This spring May Bank Holiday sees the return of the Steel Yard London Weekender, this time heading North to take over Finsbury Park. Having attracted sell-out crowds of 15,000 each day at last year’s inaugural show in the capital, the superstructure is back with another huge electronic line up and they’ve recently announced more acts to the bill on Sunday 27 May.
Swiss-based Kosovan born DJ/producer Sabb returns with a brand-new label and debut album 'Radiant'. The album and label launch mark’s the 10-year anniversary of his career, with 'Turning Point' the first track to be previewed from the forthcoming album. Real name Sabri Kastrati, Sabb plays a heady dancefloor sound that merges deep and tech house with grooves.
After Amnesia and elrow's first year working together, the two brands recently announced that this season they're going to be doing it all over again. 2017 saw 18 elrow events held at Amnesia with apparently 14 consecutive sold out shows and over 120,000 party-goers passing through the event throughout the season.
MUZI probably established himself as one of South Africa’s hottest artists via the release of his 2016 debut album, ‘Boom Shaka’. Tipped by The Fader, Mixmag, Vice, Afropunk, Complex, The Independent, Stormzy, Diplo, The Prodigy, Rinse FM, Noisey, iD, UKF, Mass Appeal, and many more, his bold fusion of hip hop, electronica, kwaito (South Africa’s homegrown club sound), and traditional Zulu music, has shown international ears that there’s more to South African electronic music than gqom.
From Notting Hill to Ibiza, the carnival continues this summer at Ibiza Rocks Hotel with four brand new Steezey Wonderland Pool Parties curated by producer and Radio 1 DJ Toddla T, taking place on Tuesdays in June. He will deliver his Carnival soundsystem culture live and direct, poolside and will be joined weekly by names including J Hus, Krept & Konan, Mo Stack, Donaeo & The Heatwave.
The official Hï Ibiza opening party will take place on Saturday 26 May and will be the first date of Black Coffee’s 2018 residency. Following a debut residency in 2017, he is back for another season and will return to take the reins each Saturday night at the club from 26 May - 6 October.
Hard on the heels of Yotto’s debut Essential Mix that was premiered last weekend on Radio 1 by Pete Tong, the Finnish producer – signed to Anjunadeep and known for tracks like ’North’ and ‘Personal Space’ as well as remixes for the likes of Gorillaz and Coldplay – will release a brand-new EP, ‘Chemicals / Second Life’ on Joris Voorn’s Green label.
Creamfields recently announced Eric Prydz as their Sunday night Steel Yard headliner which will see the electronic artist unveil his latest evolution of his live show – HOLO for what will be an English festival exclusive. As possibly one of the most exciting innovators on the global dance circuit, Prydz continues to push the boundaries of event production offering an audio-visual experience for fans.
Big Narstie has joined forces with Nightcrawlers x John Reid to update their ‘90s club hit ‘Push The Feeling’ for 2018. The idea to bring back the track first started when Nightcrawlers X John Reid performed live on DJ Target’s BBC 1Xtra Takeover show, and a whole new generation suddenly got switched onto possibly one of the biggest dance records of the past two decades. Updated and produced by UK Garage artist Mike Delinquent, he brought Big Narstie on board to bring the original bang up to date with a full set of new lyrics.
Husky and Yogi aka Random Soul deliver their latest slice of house music. 'Take My Heart' is a house cut, packed full of piano licks and a treated vocal hook from Yogi with some driving bass and chord stabs to boot.
inner city electronic is a new multi-venue event happening in Leeds on Saturday 2 June. Local and international electronic live acts and DJs confirmed to appear include Floating Points (solo live), KiNK Live, Dopplereffekt Live, Peggy Gou, Midland, Joy Orbison, Mad Professor Live, Andrew Weatherall, Nicolas Lutz, Paul Woolford, Mad Professor, Iration Steppers and many more TBC…
‘Love Injection’ is the latest instalment from Glitterbox Recordings. Selected by label boss Simon Dunmore, this 40 plus track compilation showcases some of the finest producers making disco and dancefloor-ready house cuts in the here and now. KiNK, Julio Bashmore, Purple Disco Machine, Folamour, Midland, CamelPhat and Hot Toddy make up some of the contemporary contingent proving that the disco spirit is alive and well. Simon has also included respectful nods to the golden-era voices of Gwen Guthrie, CeCe Rogers, The Emotions and Kathy Brown alongside the work of production heroes like Marshall Jefferson, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, Larry Levan and Frank Wilson.
Armin van Buuren and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano will return to Hï Ibiza this summer, taking over Wednesdays from 20 June to 19 September. Since opening its doors for the very first time in 2017, Hï Ibiza has played host to many of the biggest names on the electronic music scene, welcoming thousands of party revellers from all around the world, all eager to experience the island’s latest nightlife institution.
Easily one of the most instantly recognisable voices in house music of the last 25 years, Kathy Brown’s tracks are up there in the house music hall of fame, ‘Strings Of Life’ with Soul Central and ‘Turn Me Out’ with Praxis being all-time classic tracks.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have released a film of their four apparently sold out ‘Bringing The Madness: Reflections’ arena dates at the Sportpaleis Arena. Filmed in HD quality, you can now catch the full live set of the end of year event.
Ralph Lawson’s Basic Vision label will release the first in a four-part series of limited edition 12” vinyl EPs, ‘Basic Vision 001’, this Monday 29 January. The full series will then be compiled into a 14 track album entitled ‘Back To Basics - Rare Classics’, available from April 2018. Selected and compiled by Lawson, who played the first ever record at the club, ‘Basic Vision 001’ features club classics Lil Louis & The World’s ‘I Called You (The Story Continues)’, M-I-Cara’s ‘Casa Beat’ and Mike Perras’ ‘Keep Movin’.
This February Glitterbox takes over Jealous Gallery in Shoreditch with a free exhibition celebrating five years of moments, music and people at the party. Running from Tuesday 13 February until Sunday 18 February, Glitterbox x Jealous Gallery will showcase iconic artwork by artist and Blitz Kid Mark Wardel exhibiting his exclusive original works that will be available to purchase as limited, signed prints.
Bristol's Motion recently announced its new in-house event series, Perpetual. Set to showcase possibly some of the most exciting and respected names across the house and techno spectrum, the series will bring an array of acts to the Bristol venue. All events will be held in the club’s brand new Marble Factory space, with a crisper sound system and upgraded immersive lighting.
Sterling Grove AKA Marc Luciano and Stephen Robusto are Montreal’s newest export who incorporate musicianship and songwriting for an electronic sound that extends beyond the dancefloor to comforting human experience. From brooding breakbeat to delicate downtempo, their debut album ‘Parallel Lines’ embarks on a dreamy journey, imbued with soul and song craft while featuring a slew of vocalist from around the world.
Fresh off of winning Club of the Year at the Electronic Music Awards in September 2017, New York City dance music club, Output, recently announced its five year anniversary celebrations which will run from Thursday, 25 January through to Sunday 28th. The festivities kick off on the Thursday with Onur Özer taking the reins in The Panther Room, the intimate side room of the club with a fireplace as a backdrop, alongside Blkmarket Membership and The Selectors’ founder Taimur.
Holy Goof steps up for ‘FABRICLIVE 97’, hot on the heels of recent instalments from Mefjus (FABRICLIVE 95) and Skream (FABRICLIVE 96). Possibly the embodiment of an emerging generational demarcation within British electronic music culture, Holy Goof is at the forefront of a new breed of bass driven house that’s providing the sound track for a new generation.
With Claptone’s second artist album ‘Fantast’, the 13 tracks come together to create an album full of varied colours and atmospheric textures. In music, he seeks not to create a world of secrecy, but one of great depth and intrigue. With a desire for creativity and thirst for new music, he has brought together a diverse group of collaborators such as Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, Blaenavon, Tender, Jones, Zola Blood, Austra’s Katie Stelmanis, The Boxer Rebellion’s Nathan Nicholson, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Joan as a Policewoman and Matt Simons.
Glitterbox returns to Ibiza for a second season, kicking off its 17-date weekly residency on Friday 1 June. The brand aims to bring star-studded line-ups, flamboyant performers, dancefloor gems, uplifting house and fresh disco cuts to the venue each week.
Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel is preparing for summer with the recent announcement of their first resident for 2018 – Tomorrowland presents Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Garden of Madness. After an apparent successful debut last summer, The Garden of Madness is set to return for an extended run for its second season. Taking place every Tuesday from 19 June for 14 consecutive weeks, Tomorrowland residents Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike will be back at the helm.
Dutch DJ/producer Dannic, who shares the same home town of Breda with Tiësto and Hardwell, recently sealed an exclusive global signing contract with Spinnin’ Records. Dannic made his debut 18 years ago with releases on labels such as Toolroom and Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings.
With a radio show which has a reach across the dance music landscape apparently being ‘tuned into by over 50 million listeners each week’, as well as broadcasted on over 115 FM stations worldwide, Hardwell gears up for a special 350th episode of the show on 19 January live from Amsterdam. The two hour live show presented by its founder and host Hardwell will include guests such as Kura, Sick Individuals, Jewelz & Sparks, Dr Phunk, Maddix and more, and is planned to be one of his biggest Hardwell On Air radio shows yet.
Following up on October’s ADE party at AIR, Luke Solomon heads back to Amsterdam for Classic Music Company’s first show in a good long while. Classic X Amsterdam on Friday, 23 March will feature Classic family old and new – joining Luke will be the Horse Meat Disco crew and local beats act Nachtbraker at Amsterdam’s cultural hotspot, Sugarfactory.
LA-based X.X.T trio is fronted by Psycho Flower MC and features the talents of GR1M3Y-T and G3NR8TR, two anonymous members from another project. A one stop shop of producers, DJs, graphic designers and video makers; the three characters of X.X.T are their own Warhol Factory 17.0—rising out of LA’s cliqued out freak scene with wild beats and off-kilter song-craft.
John 00 Fleming began the New Year with news of his first early ‘18 operations. Top of the info-drop was confirmation of a fourth volume in his eminent ‘Editions’ compilation series. With the first three apparently having posted top #1 positions on Beatport’s all-genres album chart, this fourth edition is due mid-February and will be another journey through 2018’s progressive, tribal, deeper trance and melodic soundfields.
Last summer Ibiza Rocks teamed up with UK grime kingpin Stormzy for the debut all-day #MERKY Festival - apparently Ibiza’s first ever dedicated grime event. As possibly the hottest live act on the planet right now, Stormzy is back again in 2018 aiming to take things to another level.
Funky People were a house music collective with Tee Alford and Blaze (aka Kevin Hedge and Joshua Milan) at its core. Originally released on their Funky People label in 1995, this track, ‘Funky People’ landed on Slip ‘N’ Slide records the following year with a host of new mixes.
John Digweed’s Bedrock kick-starts another year with a label debut from Canada’s Shelley Johannson. A chance meeting with John at last summer’s Veld Festival led to the Toronto-based artist exchanging emails and sending him some new tracks she’d just finished. The rest, as they say, is history. Shelley has previously released on Sian’s Octopus Recordings and also recently created a guest mix for ‘Transitions’ Episode 681.
After two remix EPs taken from Ellen Allien’s seventh studio album, ‘Nost’, BPitch Control unveil round three with another lineup of contributors stepping up to the plate to deliver their own interpretations of the original works. This time around it’s Alan Oldham, Eomac, Amotik and XDB volunteering their services to bring a whole new dimension to the music from the track.
Introducing a new label for 2018, HotBOi Records is the brainchild of house music’s option4, who brings together some of his closest buddies to create an imprint aimed at quality and integrity. The label will only be releasing music from what they think are talented artists, so they can guarantee every single thing that emerges from the label is going to be pure fire, with the debut coming from Will Clarke.
Craig Connelly’s seems to be a man who knows how to start a New Year the right way. He kicked off 2017 with the release of his debut album ‘One Second Closer’ and he’s off the blocks yet again in 2018 with new single ‘Lost Without You’. Showcasing new material from the Manchester-based producer, it sees him on a first time studio-connect with singer Kate Miles.
Far Out Recordings present a new track from Italian duo Ad Bourke & Rotla (Raiders of the Lost Arp), with a remix from Chicago deep-house artist Ron Trent adding extra intensity to the aptly titled ‘RAW’.
Kindisch kicks off the new year with a fresh EP from Miami-based producer Adisyn. Adisyn is an American who makes moody, dubbed out deep house with labels like this one and sister operation Get Physical. As well as solo material, he has also collaborated with m.O.N.R.O.E. on tracks like ‘Microdose’ which is part of Get Physical’s new ‘Sessions’ compilation. Here he offers a brace of tracks that exemplify his style.
Just over a year on since he released his LP ‘Happiness’ on Classic Music Company, Eli Escobar returns to the label with an album which couldn’t be further removed in sentiment. Whereas ‘Happiness’ radiated house/disco hybrid throughout, ‘Shout’ is a heartfelt rage against America’s developing political disasters. The New York City DJ is a devoted collector, explorer and connoisseur of all kinds of music from his hip-hop roots. Apparently he is well-respected in the New York club circuit after over two decades of mutual love for the city and the house scene. Having been switched on to Eli by his debut album ‘Up All Night’, Classic Music Company is now his creative home.
Greek producer Fluxion returns to Danish imprint Echocord this month with his ‘Upsides & Sideways EP’, comprising three original productions. The Athens-based artist has spent nearly two decades honing his craft both on stage through his live improvised performances and in the studio, producing records for the likes of Chain Reaction, Vibrant Music and Subwax Bcn.
Ki Creighton joins the Kaluki Musik roster this January with his ‘Time Machine’ EP, backed with remixes from Mason Maynard and Simon Liberli. 2017 saw Ki land at number nine in Traxsource’s top 100 Tech House artists of the year as well as releasing material on labels such as ElRow Music, Circus Recordings and 8Bit amongst others, and playing shows at events across the UK such as The Warehouse Project, Circus Liverpool, Shindig Newcastle and further afield at Heinz Gaul in Cologne, Germany.
Superfreq will kick off 2018 with the second in a series of EPs from Saytek. Hot on the heels of his release in October, it is another offering of tracks all edited down from live and impromptu jam sessions. Having cut his teeth as a young clubber and producer at many of Superfreq boss Mr.C’s parties, Saytek has possibly become one of the electronic music scene’s most in-demand live acts.
DJ/producer James Dexter makes his debut on Audiojack’s Gruuv imprint to kick off 2018 with his ‘Mindstate EP’, with Mihai Popoviciu on remix duties. With previous releases on Poker Flat, Holic Trax, Roush and his own Inermu imprint, 2017 was a year in which James Dexter aimed to establish himself as one of the UK’s most exciting talents, gaining support from artists including Sidney Charles, Santé, Tanio Vulcano and more.
Following up on their recent inclusion in Kittball’s ‘Kittball Konspiracy’ series, German pairing Roumex drop a fresh two track EP on the label today. Nuremberg duo Johannes Amon Phillip Ihle, aka Roumex, have been developing and refining their sound since forming in early 2016 with a heavy emphasis on incorporating and drawing inspiration from the classical world.
Paul’s Boutique founder Paolo Martini joins Repopulate Mars with three cuts this January. Spanning over 30 years, the Italian producer’s career is a testament to his abilities in the studio and recent years have seen him appearing on imprints such as Hot Creations, Gruuv, 8Bit, Moon Harbour, Emerald City and Snatch! Having received regular support from Lee Foss over the years, Martini now debuts on Repopulate Mars to kick-start 2018.
Possibly one of the most diligent underground DJs from the ranks of Detroit, whose style has bubbled up from the underground to become popular by the house scene’s tastemakers, Detroit’s Filthiest stays true to name with his debut for track for Defected.
UK producer Timmy P deliver three house cuts for the seventh instalment of Lovecrimes this month with his ‘Dance Floor Flirt’ EP. London-based DJ/producer Timmy has apparently gained notoriety in the house music scene for his dance floor focussed productions, which have been picked up by labels including Local Talk, Nofitstate and Dessous Recordings.
January sees the second instalment of ‘The Martinez Brothers Remixed’ on Cuttin’ Headz, with four fresh interpretations from Guti & Enzo Siragusa, Kenny Glasgow, Johnny Aux and Matt Tolfrey. Since its inception in 2014, The Martinez Brothers’ Cuttin’ Headz imprint has possibly become a favourite for some, releasing material from the likes of Martin Buttrich and Luke Solomon through to rising names including Jesse Calosso and Morgan.
UK producer Cozzy D has just delivered two house cuts with a remix from Max Chapman on Incorrect Music, coming in the shape of the ‘Heatwave / Slobberknocker’ EP. Cozzy has apparently garnered a reputation for delivering decent house music with a career in the London electronic scene spanning well over a decade, seeing releases on labels like VIVa MUSiC, Flashmob Records and his own imprint Lower East.
Ultra Music Festival will return to Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami on 23, 24 and 25 March 2018, at the end of Miami Music Week, and recently announced its Phase One lineup for the event, its 20th anniversary. Featuring an array of talent across seven stages, Ultra aims to pull out all the stops for its flagship show.
Fresh off the back of his Glitterbox remix of CamelPhat & Elderbrook’s track ‘Cola’, Mousse T. drops his first original release on the Glitterbox label, showing off his production skills in this track ‘Rock The Mic’.
The Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) recently launched a confidential sexual harassment support service for the electronic music industry. Victims of sexual harassment within society and specifically within the entertainment industry need trained support and AFEM is launching a confidential support service, delivered by Health Assured, to provide advice and guidance to those affected.
One year ago - and near enough to the day, Paul van Dyk opened the singles account for his eighth studio album with ‘Everyone Needs Love’. What followed was a process of music release that’s been cathartic for the man himself. Now, 12 months on, he brings the release year for the album that MIXMAG hailed as “inspirational” and DJ Mag called “a love letter to the trance family” to the brightest possible conclusion. As his last single for 2017, Paul has selected ‘Escape Reality Tonight’.
Bargrooves hits the slopes again with another collection of hand-picked house grooves for your on or off-piste soundtrack. ‘Bargrooves Après Ski 7.0’ consists of new and old tracks to kick off the New Year in style.
On the heels of apparently their most successful US tour to date, British band Depeche Mode have been nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical” category for ‘You Move (Latroit Remix)’.
Closing the year for Def Mix, David Morales joins forces once again with Janice Robinson for the gospel house outing, ‘Father’.
Option4 returns to Nervous Records with the deep, emotionally-charged track ‘To Be Your Baby’. With releases on Ninja Tune, Nurvous, Club Sweat and more besides, Option4’s music may well pack a significantly bigger punch than your average house cut, incorporating tribal rhythms, intricate melodies and fierce low-end, to produce a style that is working well for him.
For probably the first time in history, a party will take place in zero gravity, headlined by some of the biggest DJs in the world. Dubbed ‘The World’s Smallest Nightclub’ World Club Dome Zero Gravity will launch on 7 February, 2018 in cooperation with FRAPORT – Frankfurt Airport. The only way to win a ticket on board the flight is to send a 20 second video application explaining why you deserve to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Be aware though, only two winners (one male and one female) will be selected from each continent, including an additional two winners each from Germany and India.
BE-AT.TV recently announced another live stream for 16 December. This time they will be broadcasting the Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics performed by The Heritage Orchestra and conducted by Jules Buckley from an apparently sold out date at the O2 in London. Also performing on the night are vocalists Becky Hill, Rejjie Snow, Samm Henshaw, Duval from Disciples and Raye.
Tiga’s ‘Woke’ is possibly a contender for the breakout club record of the past few months. Premiered by Annie Mac on Radio 1, the electro-leaning cut was co-produced by Tiga, Jori Hulkonnen (with whom Tiga created ‘Bugatti’), and Clarian North, and mixed by Mark Ralph. Now, Martin Solveig closes the year with a mix of ‘Woke’, joining previous remixes from Jamie Jones, Patrick Topping, Amine Edge & DANCE, Andrea Oliva, and Craig Williams. A vinyl-only release is also available featuring Tiga’s 12inch Dance Mix, and remixes from Vakkuum, Eduardo de la Calle, and Justin Cudmore.
The last outing of 2017 for the Play It Say It label is from DJ and producer Harry Romero, a possibly driving force in the scene since the ‘90s. He’s released on labels as Sex Mania, Power Music and Strictly Rhythm, but also contemporary imprints like Ovum and Defected. An inductee into Pete Tong's Hall of Fame, Harry’s own Bambossa Records is another chapter in his definitive story. Here he demonstrates his current sound across three tracks.
The Diynamic Festival is returning to the Amsterdam forest once again in 2018 for its sixth edition, bringing you 11 hours of music from Solomun’s imprint. The special label showcase will be headlined by Solomun himself, with other core label artists such as Adriatique, Kollektiv Turmstrasse and HOSH alongside many more artists to be announced soon. Tickets go on sale 13 December.
Hugo Massien recently released his ‘Ghost Note’ EP, the latest variation of his sound on Dusky’s 17 Steps. Aiming to explore the hidden crevices between the hardcore continuum, muscular house and vintage techno, the EP delivers four cuts. Having previously contributed EPs to XL Records and DJ Haus’ E-Beamz, Hugo’s sound has already garnered praise far from the likes of Annie Mac, Bicep, Roman Flügel, and Maya Jane Coles.