Radio Slave returns to his Rekids imprint with ‘Stay Out All Night’. As the artist behind ‘Grindhouse’, ‘Don’t Stop No Sleep’, ‘Another Club’, and many other cuts, his knack for crafting club tracks continues.
Lee Foss’ South of Saturn imprint continues to deliver in 2020 with NightFunk's ’That’s Right’, which is out tomorrow. Having previously released on Material and Jacky & Friends, NightFunk aka Belgian DJ/producer Dennis Hermans now opens his account for the label.
Originally released back in 2006 on Defected, Copyright’s ‘He Is’ is still a tremendous track. The record, which saw the duo return to the US garage sound that possibly propelled them into clubbers’ consciousness at the dawn of the millennium, features a praising vocal from Song Williamson, with charged up keys and rounded groove that gave it its euphoric quality.
Hot on the heels of her new single ‘Heaven On My Mind’ breaking into the UK Official Charts Top 40, singer-songwriter Becky Hill releases the first episode of her podcast, The Art of Rave. Over the course of the series Becky discussed rave culture with some of its key artists, including Andy C, Roni Size, Pete Tong, Sister Bliss, Groove Armada, Fabio & Grooverider and more.
Das Spezial is back with his varied house, acid, breakbeat, techno and plenty more material on his own Spezial label. This time it’s with a brand new EP that has the involvement of Grammy award-winning producer and Chemical Brothers collaborator Steve Dubs and ex-Peace Division man Justin Drake.
Frédéric Faupin returns to Moon Beam Records under his Mr Fuzz alias with five funk- influenced cuts entitled ‘Briefcase’. Frédéric is influenced by the soul of the ‘70s: jazz, gospel, funk and global sounds. In 2002 he composed his first solo album entitled ‘Electro Twist’ under his alter ego Mr Fuzz and has apparently since become one of the most prolific artists on SFP Records under the pseudonyms of Mr Fuzz, Jack In Da Box and Sofian Rouge.
UK duo Ben Prok and James Fitch aka Prok | Fitch return to Solid Grooves this July with their latest single, ‘Indiance’. The duo have previously released material via a host of imprints and have also been touring the globe from Australia and New Zealand through to the USA.
DLV is the driving force behind Acid Techno Techno Club and now self-releases three tracks that are aimed at the dancefloor. Acid Techno Techno Club is an organisation run by DLV that meets to discuss, show, and promote acid techno in a local community setting and it has apparently given the Austrian artist and party promoter a cult following both locally and internationally.
After two multi-room events using Twitch’s ‘Squad Stream’ technology, the Defected WWWorldwide series will come to a close tomorrow, reflecting the house music label’s summer of club events in Ibiza that have been postponed due to the global pandemic.
When Morten Trøst unveiled his Soulmagic alias with his debut release in 2003, the record, bearing the same name as his new pseudonym, possibly became an instant house classic. Now, nearly 20 years later, the track is still played on some dancefloors, and with these three brand new remixes on Soulfuric Recordings, it may help it secure its club appeal for another decade.
SoSure Music have released a remix package of the Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper production ‘Get Over U’ feat. B Slade. The original was a slice of anthemic vocal house and has now received a contemporary rework from two house music spinners, US DJ Tedd Patterson and Berlin-based Chambray.
Following the release of her 2019 two-track debut EP, ‘Equality’, Belgian Eva Swan recently unveiled a new four-track EP entitled ‘Let Me Hold You’, which is out now via Eva Swan Records. Exploring elements of industrial sounds and influences ‘Vous voulez rester?’ and ‘Together’ use vocal samples to contrast against percussion and modular-esque synths.
Tone Troy drops a house track on Nervous Records entitled ‘Release Myself’ on 17 July. From firefighting throughout Manhattan, to apparently sharing a stage with some of the biggest electronic music acts in the game; he is possibly becoming one of New York's premier selectors.
Greeces DJ Angelo returns to the Stereo MCs’ Connected label with a new EP featuring two house cuts. Apparently a key player in the Greek market, he's also taken his talents globally to some of dance music’s hot spots including Ibiza, New York and London.
On 18 June Brighton joined the global streaming community with ‘United We Stream’ launching in the city. A movement that started in Berlin during lockdown that has spread to over 65 cities around the world, it showcases the music, culture and free-thinking rainbow infused spirit to viewers at home, whilst raising money for the city’s night-time economy, cultural organisations and charities.
As one half of US duo Murk, Oscar G has been responsible for some great, evocative house records. With an array of solo ventures across imprints such as Nervous Records, and his own label Made In Miami Records, he has a lot of experience within the house scene.
Making the most of his time in lockdown, Ferry Corsten has apparently been busy with various musical projects in the last few months. Following his exploration into his love for ambient and cinematic music with his ‘As Above So Below’ album under the FERR alias, he eturned to more familiar roots with the release last month of his single ‘Tomorrow’.
Grammy-Nominated film composer BT has just released his new double single ‘1AM in Paris’ / ‘The War’ on Black Hole Recordings. The double single showcase just a small fraction of what’s in store for his forthcoming artist album, due later this summer.
Just released alongside a video, ‘In Light’ featuring Jónsi proves a pivotal moment on Julianna Barwick’s forthcoming record ‘Healing Is A Miracle’. Not only because a collaboration with the Icelandic singer has long been a dream—“I think he has the best voice in the world, and hearing my voice with Jónsi's is one of the joys of my life”—but also because Jónsi is someone who has both directly and indirectly helped to shape the sound of the record.
Austria’s Elian Dust fires up two house cuts on Under Pressure including a remix from Riaz Dhanani. Elian is an up and coming producer aiming to make a name for himself in the house music world and has already picked up support from the likes of Pete Tong, Groove Armada, Waifs & Strays and many more.
Italian producer Marco Lys joins Kittball with a two-track house release entitled ‘Pull Me Down EP’. Musically active for more than two decades, Marco has been releasing house music on imprints like Stereo Productions, Skint, Defected, Nervous and Toolroom, whilst more recent appearances include VIVa MUSiC, Soulfuric, Circus Recordings, and Subliminal.
A new project from American producers Pierce Fulton and Gordon Huntley, Leaving Laurel made their label debut in January and have since apparently garnered a huge fanbase after remixing Anjuna’s Andrew Bayer and Luttrell, and releasing ’Through And Through’ on the label’s flagship compilation, ‘Anjunadeep 11’.
Frankey, the alias of Frank Beckers, and known as one half of the Berlin duo Frankey & Sandrino, drops his second release on Poker Flat Recordings - the 'Sing' EP. The duo have notched up a series of releases on labels such as Kompakt, Innervisions and Diynamic, and their own label Sum over Histories.
Possibly one of the finest up and comers in the UK bass scene, DJ and producer Shapes is back with new single, ‘No Manners’, featuring Virus Syndicate. His most recent release on Circus Records, ‘Wanna Know’ was apparently supported by media and peers alike, with the likes of 12th Planet, Sikdope and Crizzly all praising the track. Continuing the media support, Shapes also took part in the Circus Quaranstream in association with UKF in May.
The new Defected WWWorldwide series will see three weekly events from Friday 19 June – 3 July, reflecting the label’s summer of club events that have been postponed due to the global pandemic. Partnering with Twitch to use its ‘Squad Stream’ function to stream music events for the first time, the events will feature three virtual rooms with DJs playing concurrently in each, as they would in a nightclub.
Richy Ahmed returns to his Four Thirty Two imprint with his first new productions since the autumnal months of 2019. Richy delivers two new cuts, and enlists Enzo Siragusa to turn his hand to a remix. A rough and ready production aims to give ‘Bad Boy’ its appeal, as Richy takes a heavy bass driven rhythm and sprinkles chopped up vox and trance inducing tones over the disco-inspired groove.
MÜSE co-founder Dennis Cruz delivers his two-track ‘KMA’ EP on the label this month. The Madrid artist continues to develop and solidify as a DJ and producer, and as a blossoming label boss and A&R with two imprints to his name.
Glitterbox makes its first foray into documentary filmmaking, with a feature-length film Where Love Lives due for release this summer. ‘The film is a story of music’s enduring power to manifest diverse and inclusive community, and the power of that community to accept and embrace, to liberate, even to save lives.’
Epizode festival is coming back to Vietnam’s Phú Quốc island. This fifth edition of the festival combines music and art into one concept entitled Epizode5: Epilogue and will be held from 29 December 2020 to 10 January 2021 on the Sunset Sanato beach.
COHN releases his self-isolation inspired COVID-909 EP, five tracks of woozy, atmospheric, lo-fi house music. Originally from London but currently based in Tel Aviv, he specialises in house and disco music heavily influenced by ’90s sounds.
Berlin based producer and live artist Ben Böhmer has risen through the Anjunadeep ranks to become one of their breakout artists of the past 18 months. He’s amassed over 50 million streams across his originals and remixes, picking up BBC Radio 1 support from Annie Mac and Pete Tong, including an ‘Essential New Tune’. He’s also being featured in Billboard’s ‘Ones To Watch’ and FAZE Magazine’s top 10 breakthrough artists of 2020; following the release of his debut LP ‘Breathing’ at the close of 2019.
There’s a half dozen approaches that label supremo John O’Callaghan could’ve taken to trumpet Subculture’s double century release and it’s his best-known (and near career-long) alias that this milestone honour has fallen.
Klangkarussell’s new single ‘Shipwreck’ is the follow-up to the Austrian electronic music duo’s recent track, ‘Ghostkeeper’. Available now via their Bias Beach imprint, ‘Shipwreck’ is a vocal-led track with the melodic touches that have been Klangkarussell’s style since their tracks ‘Sonnentanz’ and ‘Time’. An extended version of the single will be released on 11 June, alongside, ‘My World’, a 10-minute long club cut featuring a vocal from Kyle Pearce.
After his recent ‘A Million Souls’ collaboration with Francesca Lombardo, which was supplemented with a downtempo dub version highlight on John Digweed’s recent ‘Quattro’ mix compilation, Hannes Bieger returns to Bedrock with the ‘Burn Your Love’ EP.
A possible fixture in the record bags of DJs throughout the past few decades, best known for their odd house track ‘He Not In’, it’s been some years since Andy Meecham and Dean Meredith last collaborated as Chicken Lips.
Gettoblaster deliver their DFTD debut with ‘This Beat’. Keeping the underground sound burning, it embraces a classic house sound while incorporating a contemporary twist. 2019 was a decent year for the duo, with an array of releases including ‘Bounce Yo Body’, which featured on Defected’s ‘Most Rated 2020’ compilation.
Following on from his ‘Change’ single earlier this month, Robbie Rivera marks second single from his forthcoming album ‘Changes’ with new tune, ‘Dreaming’. A disco-infused listen, the track partners funky basslines with rhythmic high hats over a vocal hook.
DJ D-Sol offers up a fresh set of remixes to accompany his winter track ‘Electric’. The original, featuring singer Hayley May, is driven by UK piano house and was featured on the cover of Spotify’s Mint playlist, supported by SiriusXM BPM and Music Choice while receiving nearly two million streams.
It’s now been confirmed that Ibiza will allow international tourists this summer and the major airlines have announced they will operate direct flights to Ibiza from the UK from 1 July. Beaches, bars, beach-clubs and restaurants are starting to open up for business, including Ibiza Rocks’ pool party venue and its beachside Bar & Diner in San Antonio.
Nicky Romero's Protocol Recordings has just released their ‘Protocol Grooves Pt.1 EP, which feature five never before heard tracks from Camarda & Almero, Stefano Iezzi & Joe C, Giorg & Santez, Soulvation, Mosimann & VY•DA. The EP focuses on an underground, clubby sound, aimed at showcasing the label's diversity.
Australian producer Willaris. K (Jack McAllister) recently introduced the first taste of his forthcoming club EP, ‘Full Noise’. ‘Chapel’ features rapper WaveIQ, who has writing and producing credits for Lil Yachty, Jaden Smith, Goldlink and others. Receiving a first play from BBC Radio 1’s Mary Anne Hobbs, the track packs a dose of bass and warehouse energy, in juxtaposition to Willaris’ latest introspective EP, ‘Lustre’.
Calvin Harris will be making his Defected Records debut with the release of ‘Live Without Your Love’ on 11 June 2020. The upcoming new single with musician and producer Steve Lacy is the outcome of a long-held ambition for Calvin, whose apparent love and respect for the UK house music label goes back over 20 years.
German artist Timo Maas joins forces with the Stripped Down label for a brand new single ‘Utopie’, backed with remixes from Digital 21 & Stefan Olsdal and Joe Metzenmacher & Borka & The Gang. Timo has been a presence on the electronic music stage since the mid-90s, raising his profile off the back of his ‘Dooms Night’ remix. Season’s on the White Isle, a touring schedule and a raft of releases followed, with music dropping on the likes of Perfecto, Bush, My Favorite Robot, Mobilee and his own Rockets and Ponies imprint.
After the release of ‘The Anthem’ with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike that went to #1 on the Beatport Big Room Top 100 Chart, Australian artist Timmy Trumpet performs once more on the Smash The House label. This time, he’s bringing label acts Wolfpack, Jaxx & Vega, and R3SPAWN along for the ride, with label bosses Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike providing the final touch with their edit of ‘Kalinka’.
The Russian Linesman continues his 2020 journey and gets side-tracked halfway through his six-part ‘Monomyth’ EP series with this latest release. This remix project features two dancefloor orientated interpretations of ‘Entering The Belly Of The Whale’ (the original of which appears on EP2 of the current series) courtesy of Patrick Prins and studio duo, Nick Warren & Nicolas Rada.
It's Christmas 2019 and Defected's label boss and head of A&R Simon Dunmore heads to the cinema, catching the below advert featuring Matthew McConaughey for the first time before the film. The record that soundtracks the ad is ‘Testify’, and the artist (who appears in it momentarily) is DAVIE. Simon was apparently stopped in his tracks and determined to know more. After a fair amount of digging and enquiries, Simon was in touch with DAVIE, an unsigned and otherwise unknown artist. ‘Testify’ was signed to Defected and now has a 19 June release date.
Inspired by the changing decades of dance culture, Jersey DJ Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero remixes Joy Club's ‘In The Night’. Giving it an underground and fluid house rerub, he treads a fine line between house and techno with its stripped-down tough and bouncy house groves.
Booka Shade enlist Ben Böhmer and Kaktus Einarsson to remix ‘Perfect In A Way’ on now on Blaufield Music. Following on from the release of their single ‘Perfect In A Way’ in late-April, and fresh from the reveal of their ninth studio album ‘Dear Future Self’, the duo now invite the Anjunadeep artist and Ton Töpefrei head honcho Ben to the label for the very first time to remix the original, with vocalist Einarsson also contributing his own take on the production.
Paul Kalkbrenner apparently came of age in East Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when techno arrived in the city. His two plus decade career is intertwined with the genre that emerged from Detroit and became a global cultural force. His techno sound sees him play around the world and this new ‘Speak Up' EP is deeply club focused music.
A little over two months after the launch of Armada Next as its new pillar radio show, Armada Music has launched a new subsidiary radio show. Going by the name of Armada Record Box Radio, the new audio-only radio show touches on a different part of the electronic music spectrum, focusing on the more underground-tinged tracks released under the label’s new Armada Record Box umbrella.
Ahead of the release of his debut album ‘From The Start’, due out on Enhanced Progressive on 29 May, UK progressive artist Farius drops two of the album's cuts with the ‘Forever / Kechno’ EP. With an eclectic blend of styles, opener ‘Forever’ has an uplifting, pumping vibe, while on ‘Kechno’, he explores a darker, moody sound, mixing progressive and techno elements to create a club-focused sound.
Defected recently announced the end of its Virtual Festival series, with a closing party to be held this Friday 22 May with DJ sets from Carl Cox, Idris Elba, MK, Boys Noize, Sam Divine and Nic Fanciulli. This will be the ninth and final event in the live stream series, which apparently ‘has been viewed by a total of 14 million people from an average of 91 countries per week’, since it began just before coronavirus-induced lockdown in the UK.
Two Salsoul tracks given the Reflex Revision finally get an official release on the label, with ‘Instant Funk’ and ‘Double Exposure’ originals now remixed.
Glitterbox Recordings recently announced the forthcoming release of a new single from The Shapeshifters featuring Billy Porter. A label debut for the Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning singer, actor, director, composer and playwright, ‘Finally Ready’ will be released digitally during Pride month, on Friday 26 June. The Shapeshifters’ Simon’s dedication to his craft has resulted in singles that could stand up alongside golden era disco records as much as they sound fresh on dancefloors today. His relationship with Glitterbox has previously yielded tracks like ‘Try My Love’ and ‘Life Is A Dancefloor’, tracks that lyrically and musically epitomise the label’s ethos, preserving disco’s mission to uplift and empower.
The Emperor Machine returns to Skint with ’Stiff Poly’, the fifth single taken from March's ‘Music Not Safari’ LP. The track sees The Emperor Machine aka Andrew Meecham continue a career defined by synth heavy forays into funked out, discoid psychedelia infused with electro sensibilities and proto-house aesthetics.
Saved Records founder Nic Fanciulli returns to Rekids with a two-track release entitled ‘Focus’. The British Grammy-nominated producer and DJ has been busy in the last decade with a global touring schedule, including launching his debut Ushuaïa Ibiza residency ‘Dance or Die’ last summer to add to his years at the iconic Space Ibiza.
American DJ/producer, Josh Wink, has been involved in the dance music scene with a catalogue of music on labels like R&S, Strictly Rhythm, Nervous, Pokerflat, M- Nus and his own long standing Ovum Recordings imprint. Now he’s back with new single, ‘Feel’, for Maceo Plex’s label, Ellum Audio.
Glitterbox will return with its third Virtual Festival tomorrow. The event is part of the ongoing Virtual Festival series from Defected Records, which has been ‘viewed by a combined total of nearly 13.5 million people since it began in March. During the seven streams, $714k has been raised for the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.’
‘Memento Mori’ is the first chillout album from Tripswitch in a decade and it’s a creative space that he’s wanted to explore again for a while now. Having been mainly focused on his progressive house orientated alter ego and his onedotsixtwo label for the past few years, he has now found time to step back onto his parallel career path and return to where it all began 20 years ago.
A familiar face to Soulfuric, DJ John ‘Julius’ Knight worked closely with Brian Tappert and Marc Pomeroy on various collaborations including Cleptomaniacs. Originally released in 2009, ‘This Is House’ saw John team up with New Jersey artist Roland Clark on this spiritual house groove, which now receives the remix treatment from two of Italy’s new talents.
Matador returns with ‘Tuesday’, his debut album contribution to the ambient realm. Offering an immersive montage of stories that pay tribute to Ireland’s idyllic vistas, the multifaceted producer’s LP echoes a dedication to his craft. Following its soft launch in March, it now celebrates its official release – available to stream and download via his RUKUS imprint.
A staple at Anjunabeats since 2006, Hungarian producer Levente Márton (aka Sunny Lax) writes a new chapter with the release of a new EP, ‘End Of Our Time’. Penned before world events took a turn for the worse, the five-track EP celebrates all aspects of the Sunny Lax sound in 2020.
Taken from her album ‘Auraa’, Ellen Allien’s ‘True Romantics’ and ‘Hello’ make up a double header. The release is her latest album project, inspired by the notion that we are not alone in this realm, exploring the possibilities of unseen entities cohabiting with us in our mortal plane.
Following on from his recent announcement and continuing to tease his new body of work, Tensnake released today his next pop and synth infused single ‘Somebody Else’ on True Romance and Armada Electronic Elements.
London based experimental producer and composer Leifur James unveils his latest offering, ‘Ritual’, coming around one month prior to his album, ‘Angel in Disguise’, due for release 5 June 2020 via Night Time Stories (sister label to ‘LateNightTales’).
Dutch musician/producer EAUXMAR has apparently shown a high level of inquisitiveness for creating experimental, new-age music over the last couple of years. Hailing from the Netherlands and having roots in Morocco, the 19-year-old honours his heritage by incorporating organic instrumentation over electronic production elements, all built into his new release ‘Given Away / Given Back’.
Possibly one of Australia’s finest house music exports, Dr Packer returns to Glitterbox for ‘Different Strokes Volume 2’ after the first edition of the series. This first sampler highlights three cuts from the forthcoming LP, showcasing Dr Packer’s abilities to produce soulful versions of house and disco essentials.
Still riding the wave after releasing the four tracks from the first volume of his collaborative ‘From Russia With Love’ project, Arty is picking up the pace with a new standalone single. Released on Armada Music, ‘Kingdom’ features the vocal touches of Conrad Sewell.
Mixcloud and Nightmares On Wax are just two of the dance music industry brands backing the ‘world’s largest ever simultaneous live stream DJ event’ in aid of the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (LNADJ) COVID-19 Emergency Appeal. Set For Love is the brainchild of charity LNADJ to help raise money for those suffering from the impact of coronavirus in Africa and other developing countries.
Releasing their collaborative single in late 2019 Diplo & Sidepiece’s single ‘On My Mind’ has already 20 million combined streams and been chosen by BBC Radio 1 for ‘Tune Of The Week’, as well as reaching #1 on US Dance Radio. As the track progresses, it’s primed for a string of official remixes to add new energy to the collaboration. First to be released is the Purple Disco Machine remix, which is out now.
Groove Armada aka Tom Findlay and Andy Cato have been hinting at new material over the past few weeks and now the duo have shared the first new single from their album and accompanying video. ‘Get Out On The Dancefloor’ is a new sound for the band in 2020. The lead single of the new album, it features Empire of the Sun and Pnau frontman Nick Littlemore, whose vocals on the track merge with with the duo’s grooves.
Taking inspiration from an extensive range of genres, Discrete has released his third and final single, ‘Feed Me With Love’, ahead of his debut EP, which is due to drop at the end of May. Collaborating with vocalist Charla K, it aims to return to the golden era of Swedish house music.
Armin van Buuren has just released the brand-new instalment of his A State Of Trance mix album series: ‘A State Of Trance 2020’. Containing exactly 40 tracks, the mix album features tracks from the likes of Andrew Rayel & Robbie Seed, Orjan Nilsen (as DJ Governor), Tempo Giusto and more alongside some of his own collabs with the likes of Fatum, MaRLo, Super8 & Tab and Tom Staar.
Earlier this month, Paul van Dyk released his long-form music project, ‘Escape Reality’ - a personal project that he’s had in process for some time now. With unexpected events giving its theme higher purpose, he sequestered himself in the studio to complete it. In the meantime though, Paul has placed the dancefloor-centric ‘Guiding Light’ album on ice until the day that clubbing is allowed again.
Booka Shade revealed their new single ‘Perfect In A Way’ feat. Kaktus Einarsson last week, backed by a remix from Casper Cole. Leading up to the release of the duo’s ninth studio album ‘Dear Future Self’ this May, they offer an early insight into the 13-track LP with ‘Perfect In A Way’ alongside Icelandic musician Kaktus Einarsson, accompanied by a remix the UK’s Casper Cole.
With ‘Indestructible’, the Feb-released/Adina Butar-sung first single, Markus Schulz gave a precursor for his upcoming 2020 album. Now with spring in full swing, he’s primed a new track for it - and one that may resonate with ‘brighter days’ vibes.
Tomorrow, 26 April 26 2020, DJs For Climate Action (DJs4CA) will broadcast the ‘largest global back-to-back (B2B) set on record’, with over 100 DJs playing live from more than 50 cities worldwide in celebration of the third annual Earth Night. Originally planned as a weekend of parties in nightclubs around the world to honour the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, DJs4CA will now host a day-long live broadcast DJ relay demonstrating the music community’s ongoing dedication to addressing the climate crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Zola Blood have just released their second single, ‘Silver Soul’ from forthcoming EP ‘Two Hearts’ set for release on 22 May via Akira Records. Following on from the release of their debut album, ‘Infinite Games’ in 2017, the East London based quartet have been quietly working on new material in their Hackney-based studio. Since the album release, they’ve amassed over 60 million streams, testament to the song-writing and production the 4-piece channel.
Nicky Romero and Deniz Koyu team up once again, this time for their newest release ‘Destiny’, which is out on Romero's Protocol Recordings. Both artists return to their roots on the track inspired by the classic vocal progressive house sound that was popular in the EDM explosion of the early-2010s. With a soft opening focused on instrumentals and soulful vocals by Swedish singer Alexander Tidebrink, the track evolves into an uplifting drop with melodies that aims to appeal to large scale festival stages.
Above & Beyond team up with their Anjunabeats label family and frontline workers for a COVID-19 charity single. The official music video features cameos from over 70 frontline workers who are also members of Above & Beyond's official Facebook fan group, alongside Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep artists and label staff.
Trace the roots of house music in the UK and you may find Pete Heller and Terry Farley at its source. Their productions are steeped in the sights and sounds of their 25 years experience within nightclubs. ‘Ultra Flava’ is a stand-out production from their catalogue, originally a nod to their remix of Ultra Naté’s ‘How Long’, the record was propelled into clubbers’ consciousness and has remained there for over two decades.
Over the past few months, Arty has been busy launching three club-tailored collabs with his Russian comrades, building up momentum before completing the full first volume release within his latest collaborative project. Now, with the fourth single – ‘Strings ID’ with NK – completing the set, the first volume of ‘From Russia With Love’ has arrived.
Following the release of his second studio album ‘Lucky Ones’ last month, San Francisco native Luttrell shares the first of two LP remix packages; featuring a pair of fresh reworks from Anjunadeep regular Antic and Argentinian producer Della, and new kids on the block, Leaving Laurel.
PrettyLittleThing have teamed up with Bongo’s Bingo to bring you a Saturday night in, special edition stream that aims to be full of much needed magic and mayhem during the Covid-19 crisis. The two brands are joining together tonight to host a free to play online show, on live streaming platform Twitch.
Defected Records recently announced the acquisition of US dance music artist Todd Edwards’ catalogue, with the intention of making much of his music digitally available for the first time. After releasing two original singles on the label in 2019, ‘You’re Sorry’ and ‘Deeper’, the London imprint will now house Edwards’ vast and expansive collection of 140+ productions.
If you want a snapshot of where techno possibly stands in any given year, and a preview of where it’s likely headed, Drumcode’s A-Sides compilation may be worth checking out. Since 2012 it has marked the label debuts of Drumcode artists and affiliates, from Layton Giordani, Wehbba and Boxia, to Amelie Lens and ANNA. Every year, new names are unearthed, tried and true techno contributors serve up their releases, and various artists land their debut on Adam Beyer’s label.
Last autumn Christina Novelli’s largely unplugged ‘Through My Eyes’ LP served as the platform for ‘It’ll End In Tears’. Unlocking her emotional gates, its song aimed to acoustically resonated, to move the hardiest of hearts and even threatened a new best-known-for release for the singer.
Spanish DJ and producer Rafa Barrios spearheads his Bandidos imprint launch with a house release entitled ‘The Final Chapter’. For almost a decade Sevilla-born artist Rafa has been gracing the wider house music communities across the globe with compositions on Hottrax and Repopulate Mars accompanied by DJ performances, including appearances at the likes of elrow in Barcelona and Igloofest in Montreal, through to Sónar Festival and ADE.
Music is 4 Lovers hits their 10th release milestone with a three track EP from Timo Mass featuring remixes from Anja Schneider and Tiefschwarz.
French artist The Toxic Avenger returns to Enchanté Records with his single entitled ‘Lies’ featuring Look Mum No Computer from his ‘Midnight Resistance’ LP. The Toxic Avenger has released four albums in the past 10 years and has won the Prize for Best Music in Video Games (2016 / Furi) in addition to composing for film scores.
Italian producer Dino Lenny has just released a collection of tracks on his Fine Human Records imprint, including a remix from Sodai label head Gardens of God. With almost 30 years of releasing records under his belt, Dino has built a back catalogue of remixes and collaborations. He’s worked with some of the biggest names in the business remixing the likes of Missy Elliott and Timbaland and collaborating with names such as Madonna, Wu-Tang Clan, Seth Troxler and Dixon.
Illyus & Barrientos have taken a fresh spin on Sonny Fodera and King Henry’s latest track, ‘Before U’ featuring AlunaGeorge. The track has apparently amassed over three million streams, plays from DJs and multiple spins on BBC’s Radio 1 since its release just over a month ago.
On what is traditionally one of clubland’s busiest weekends, Defected Records will continue their Virtual Residency tomorrow with a line-up of international talent, including Calvin Harris’ debut appearance as Love Regenerator. Defected are encouraging music fans to stay inside to enjoy DJs streaming direct from their own homes and studios, alongside exclusive sets from previous Defected events.
Bristol’s Jody Wisternoff presents ’Story of Light', the fourth single off his upcoming LP 'Nightwhisper’. Pairing evocative chords with strings from classically-trained cellist Michael Spleit, he creates an arrangement that builds and builds into a cinematic climax, complete with percussion and a low end. His brand new 12-track LP is out 1 May and is his first solo album in eight years. It follows his 2012 debut LP ‘Trails We Blaze’, and comes alongside the release of the singles ‘Nightwhisper,’ ‘Emochine,’ ‘Blue Space’ and ‘Story of Light.”
Purple Haze, the darker alter-ego of Dutch artist Sander van Doorn, has just released his latest record, ‘Strangers Thing’, which is out now on Doorn Records. Following on from his collab with Ferry Corsten on ‘Flanging’, this is Sander’s third track of the year.
Two-time Grammy-nominated DJ/producer, Steve Aoki, released his next album instalment, ‘Neon Future IV’, alongside lead single ‘I Love My Friends’, featuring Swedish electro-pop DJ duo Icona Pop. Encouraging positivity, the track harnesses the power of the unwavering bond between friends that is forever, “I love my friends and my friends love me. Like all the time, they’re right beside me,” thus providing listeners with a possible escape from current realities.
Swiss musician Pablo Nouvelle released a seven-piece album called ‘Atlas Internet Café’ in December 2019, and now he’s bringing another collection of tracks in the form of ‘Obsolete’. Building on its predecessor by employing more club-focused instrumental tactics, it touches on the theme of mankind’s non-sustainable way of living.
As everyone adjusts to this 'new normal', elrow aim to bring their music directly into the homes of clubbers around the world. Having partied with Desperados since 2016, they've shared the same passion from the beginning and by teaming up on these virtual sessions, they are able to continue to deliver experiences to keep the party going as people adjust to their new way of life.
A presence on Anjunafamily for over a decade, Hungary’s Sunny Lax has apparently shown a flair for catchy melodies and uplifting chord progressions that have seen his music take flight on various stages around the world. Looking to broaden his sound further, next month sees the release of his first extended body of work, the ‘End Of Our Time EP’, featuring five tracks.
Many people would give anything to be able to produce music themselves. but even though their minds are overflowing with creativity, their talent and musical vision may never surface simply because they don’t know where to start. And that’s why Armada University has launched its first-ever beginner’s course: ‘Getting Started with Electronic Music Production’.
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