After various social media teasers, Jauz recently revealed the tracklist for his ‘The Wise and The Wicked’ album, packed with 23 original tracks and collaborations. The conceptual album is a pivotal moment for Jauz, who first arrived on the scene with ‘Feel The Volume’ in 2014. Since then, the LA-based, Icon Collective graduate has apparently carved a space for himself in dance music, with the support of his Shark Squad fans.
As the sun sets on the Ibiza season, Defected serve up some of the hottest house records around to transport you back to your favourite moments on the island this year. ‘Defected Presents The Closing Party Ibiza 2018’ is out on 7 September and features 30 tracks and two bonus mixes for your listening pleasure.
Slam return on Soma Records with their latest EP ‘Synchro’. Title track ‘Synchro’ features a remix from Autonomous, a snapping 808 electro workout with robotic beats and synths to create a melancholic vibe.
4 To The Floor present another production in the form of ‘I Wanna Dance With You’ by Sandy Rivera and Jose Burgos, which was originally released in 2000. Brooklyn producer Sandy and New Jersey Bassclef label-head Jose co-produced as Soul Vision, Mysterious People and The Committee throughout the 1990s to the mid-2000s.
Disney and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike recently launched ‘MARVEL by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’, an independent capsule collection inspired by Spider-Man. This streetwear collection was designed together with Dimitri and Mike: subtle but recognisable unique Spider-Man artwork is used on the T-shirts.
Following a debut tour in early 2017, ‘Armada Invites’ is set to return to China coming this month. With MaRLo, KhoMha and Estiva on the line-up, it should be another good edition of the ‘Armada Invites’ series. Taking place from Thursday, 23 August to Sunday, 26 August, the tour, the first joint project with Live Nation China, starts off with a show at Space in Chengdu on Wednesday, after which the madness continues at Fusion in Shanghai, Elements in Beijing and Galame in Foshan on Thursday, Friday and Saturday respectively.
Released tomorrow, German house music veteran Stefan Braatz adds to his discography with his latest production entitled, ‘Realize’, a new release on Steve Bug’s Poker Flat Recordings.
Relief Records duo Black Girl / White Girl join Kittball Records this month with the ‘Fat Soda’ EP, comprising two cuts backed with a remix from label head Juliet Sikora. The Dutch duo emerged after recognition from releases on Relief, Roush and Resonance as well as their DJ sets in venues like Tel Aviv’s The Block, Chicago Social Club in Amsterdam and Chapeau Rouge in Prague.
The Prodigy have tapped Friction and Wh0 to remix their new single ‘Need Some1’, featured in Just A Wee Music Blog on 20 July. The first remix comes from D&B DJ/producer Friction, who puts his stamp on the band’s track. UK duo Wh0 is up next with a 4/4 offering. The Prodigy have also confirmed their seventh studio album 'No Tourists' on 2 November via their Take Me To The Hospital label (via BMG).
Paul van Dyk recently announced that a new album’s inbound. A production under-the-radar for nine months, it is “in the final stages of recording” and - signalling a newly won creative flow - will release just a year after ‘From Then On’. The album will come under the title ‘Symbols’, with its concept originating from PvD’s interest in “historic mysteries, clandestine societies and their respective codes & cyphered meanings.”
Bro Safari and UFO! are no strangers to working together. With D&B at the core of both of the producers’ roots and with countless collaborations already under their belt, they’re back in action with a new single ’N.U.M.B.’ - the first taste of their forthcoming album, ‘Clockwork’.
US progressive house/pop artist Morgan Page releases another EDM track in the shape of ‘Let You Go’, out now on Armada Music worldwide. Popular in the American electronic circuit, the GRAMMY-nominated Page shows his production skills on this latest release.
Defected Croatia recently revealed its biggest live streaming proposition, which kicked off yesterday with Todd Terry on a boat! For those not making it to The Garden in Tisno between 9-14 August you can tune into live streams in full HD across all six days of the festival, via Defected’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
Recently highlighted as one of Mixmag’s artists to watch for 2018, Eli Brown has announced a debut eight-date tour of the US. Having emerged from the shadows of Bristol’s D&B scene, Eli has possibly established himself as an artist of real distinction in the house world, with his singularly sinister, twisted records aiming to make an immediate impact. Repopulate Mars, ViVA Music, Toolroom and more have all recognised Brown’s raw, sometimes caustic skills.
UK duo Waze & Odyssey join Jamie Jones’ Hottrax imprint with a new single entitled ‘Shape’ featuring e1even Records duo No Rules on remix duties. Hailing from the UK, Waze & Odyssey’s recent appearances include Relief, Unknown To The Unknown and Edible, and W&O Street Tracks - their own imprint that’s hosted names like Groove Armada, Citizenn, Mella Dee and Ejeca.
Ireland’s Mark Laird joins Italian imprint Hopera Records this month with his ‘Funk That’ EP comprised of two groove-led house cuts. From the age of 15, Mark has been playing clubs and shows around Ireland in venues like Sandinos, The Factory and a residency in Voodoo Venue.
Defected present a label debut from Offaiah, possibly one of the UK’s current most discerning producers. Echoing the big room sound of his breakout record ‘Trouble’ from 2017 which came out of nowhere to become one of the biggest hit house records of the year, ‘Work It Out’ demonstrates the artist’s evolving sound.
You can be one of the first to hear Andrew Bayer’s third studio album, ‘In My Last Life’, in a dedicated listening environment, a unique album premiere experience in collaboration with Pitchblack Playback. Taking place across three boutique venues in London, Los Angeles and New York, those in attendance will be given a blindfold and asked to switch off their phones for an intimate, distraction-free premiere of the album in the dark. Venues have apparently been selected for audio quality, comfort and location.
Booka Shade return to their Blaufield imprint this month with a fresh three-track EP in the shape of ‘Dissonanza’ following their ‘Cut The Strings’ LP on the label earlier this year. The German duo have long been experimenting with new approaches to their fusion of raw underground sounds and crossover elements and here the pair tell us ‘’the aim was to create something that we‘ve never done before, producing an EP based on halftone riffs and disharmonic pad layers.‘’
Leonardo Gonnelli’s new EP ‘Arpia’ is set to drop on Audiojack’s Gruuv imprint this month with a remix from James Dexter. Heavily influenced by the acid house and Detroit techno sound, Italian producer Leonardo’s career began more than a decade ago in Florence and he has since gone on to release on labels like Get Physical, Play It Say It and Knee Deep In Sound among others.
Kinobe apparently scored one of the biggest chillout hits of the Noughties with ‘Slip Into Something More Comfortable’. Known from dancefloors, club backrooms, bars, radio spins, streaming playlists, Café del Mar compilations and TV spots the world over, most famously the ‘femme fatale’ Kronenberg beer advert, the track established the duo in a scene that still includes Groove Armada, Air, Thievery Corporation, Royksopp and Zero 7.
Defected return to ADE on 19 October with Claptone, Amine Edge & DANCE, Sam Divine and more for a daytime takeover at Stadspodium. Returning to Amsterdam to throw the conference's annual Defected party, this time in a new daytime slot and at possibly one of Amsterdam's most unique venues, this party is one to consider for anyone making their way to the Amsterdam Dance Event.
Global Underground continues to dedicate itself to developing new artists with the fourth back-to-back Nubreed release due out in September, this 12th instalment compiled by Denney. ‘Nubreed#12: Denney’ is due to for release on Friday 28 September 2018 as a double CD plus digital and streaming formats. A vinyl release featuring four exclusive tracks is scheduled for 16 November.
After the success of their summer track ‘So Serious’ on Toolroom earlier this year, the Scottish duo Illyus & Barrientos return to the label with a follow up entitled ‘M.E.A’.
Eli Brown returns for his third Repopulate Mars release featuring two house cuts, entitled ‘Wait No More EP’ accompanied by Solo Tamas on vocals. Following a career as a D&B producer, Eli has possibly become one of the most exciting acts in the house music scene.
Madhouse recently announced the release of ’25 Years Of Madhouse (mixed & compiled by Kerri Chandler)’. The anniversary album will be released on 7 September as an individual track digital and CD album, continuous DJ mix from Kerri, and a special 8 track vinyl sampler. Label co-founder Kerri has compiled and mixed the compilation fresh from his 2017 DJ-Kicks compilation, sending a track into space with Sonar25, and launching his Underground Kaoz concept with Jeremy Underground.
Ellen Allien's We Are Note Alone series has enjoyed regular appearances at Berlin's Griessmuehle throughout the past few months. Now, on Saturday, 11 August, Ellen and the BPitch crew will open the doors of Griessmuehle at 10:00PM and invite you stay until 3:00PM the next day, taking in 17 hours of non-stop beats.
It’s been an exciting journey for AZARI since his debut project AZARI & III achieved commercial success, its self-titled LP earning the quartet a spot in Spin’s top 50 albums of 2011. Singles ‘Reckless With Your Love’ and ‘Hungry For The Power’ helped ignite a movement in anthemic house music that moved the needle away from bloghaus and set the stage for acts like Disclosure, Jamie Jones and various other house music producers.
The Social Experiment label returns with another release, this time from UK techno artist Billy Turner. In a few short years Turner’s music has found its way into the record bags of the likes of Daniel Avery, Laurent Garnier and Adam Beyer thanks to a series of releases on Dense & Pika’s Kneaded Pains, Tiga’s Twin Turbo and Drumcode’s vinyl-only offshoot DC LTD. Radio 1 support and Rinse FM guest shows have showcased his techno, and in the process have possibly helped pitch him as a rising talent.
Ahead of his Tomorrowland debut this weekend, Todd Helder returns to Martin Garrix’s STMPD label, delivering his re-work of Garrix and Khalid’s collaboration ‘Ocean’. Todd lays a brooding bassline beneath Khalid’s vocals, which builds and allows the sound to breathe before dropping into stab synths and vocal chopped progressions. Nodding to his passion for gaming, he subtly decorates with chiming synths before reaffirming the dark undertones of the bass.
Tomorrowland launches a CD in three volumes with sets by Armin Van Buuren, Axwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Lost Frequencies and an exclusive Tomorrowland Summer Mix compilation. Located in the aptly named town of ‘Boom’ in Belgium, the event is now in its 14th year and includes 16 stages with 400,000 people from over 75 countries split over two weekends.
In the midst of wrapping up their 10 Years of Enhanced North America tour, Tritonal return with their sixth original of 2018 - the next hit single ‘Love U Right’, which is out now on Enhanced Music. In partnership with National Alliance for Mental Illness, Tritonal will be donating their streaming royalties from the single to support the work NAMI does to raise awareness of mental health within music.
Dutch producer and deep house artist Eelke Kleijn has just released his latest single, ‘Punta Cana’, on his DAYS like NIGHTS imprint. The release falls as the second single off his impending ‘Moments Of Clarity’ project and lands in the midst of his North American tour, which has stops in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Mexico City, San Francisco and Burning Man this summer. Look out too for a Tomorrowland performance tonight from the Rotterdam-based producer.
‘Need Some1’ is the first single from The Prodigy’s forthcoming album and features a classic house diva vocal sample from Loleatta Holloway (the original “voice” of Black Box’s ‘Ride On Time’). “I wanted to write something that had downtempo swagger, but still felt dangerous,” says the band’s Liam Howlett, introducing the single alongside a video shot in Manila by Paco Raterta. “After being sent loads of pedestrian video director showreels,” says Liam, “Paco’s style stood out and punched me in the face: just so raw and original-looking, I knew he was the man for us. The finished video has such violent edge and style and looks like nothing else we have seen – to us it’s only worth doing a video if you can make something original and exciting, which this is.”
4 To The Floor revisits Jon Cutler’s soulful track ‘It’s Yours’ in a ten-track package featuring remixes from the likes of Joey Negro, NiCe7 and many more. Originally released in 2001, the Brooklyn producer Jon Cutler enlisted E-Man on the recognisable vocal hook, coupled with live sax, on his ‘Original Distant Music’ and ‘Jon’s B-Side Breakdown’ mixes.
Afro Acid sister label, Jack Trax sees label head DJ Pierre team up with DJ Sneak this month to release ‘Back Up Off The Wall’. With over 30 years on the global house music scene, DJ Pierre, has been active since the ‘80s with releases on the likes of King Street, Strictly Rhythm and Nite Grooves to name a few.
This month sees Radio Slave’s Rekids invite Britain’s Swayzak to the roster with a Cold War themed release entitled ‘Odessa Calling’ EP. Swayzak’s ability to retain their sound whilst producing across various sub-genres has cemented them a reputation since their beginnings in the ‘90s.
Ferry Corsten continues to fly the flag for the UNITY project with the latest offering ‘Rosetta’, this time joining up with Jordan Suckley, who is no stranger to collaborations having previously worked with the likes of Paul Oakenfold and Paul Van Dyk.
Two consecutive #1’s on the Beatport Top 100 has taken this series of releases from strength to strength. Combining techno’s new breed of artists with the a track, is a formula Renaissance have been using time after time. Following on from Solomun and Tale Of Us’s contributions, the brand turn their attention to Maceo Plex for a remix of Remake’s ‘Blade Runner’; a track featured prominently on the very first Renaissance compilation in 1994.
The Bingo Players recently released ‘Love Me Right’, hot on the heels of ‘Everybody’, an early 2018 dance track that received DJ support and saw the Bingo Players’ run Hysteria label return under the wings of the Spinnin' label. Possibly known for breakout track ‘Cry (Just a Little)’ and their 2012 track ‘Get Up (Rattle)’ together with Far East Movement, this Dutch act has since then been continuing to make a name for himself within electronic music.
Halfway through summer and Cosmic Gate have been having a busy time of it, performing at festivals including EDC Vegas, SAMF, Ultra Europe & Afterhills, whilst playing at various clubs around the world. None of that however has prevented the duo from finding the time to get studio-side and create a new track for summer ‘18 as Nic & Bossi are back now with ‘YEAH!’, their first new material since ‘Materias’.
‘Will We Remain?’ is taken from ilan Bluestone’s iTunes #1 dance album ‘Scars’, as he reunites with long time partner in crime Maor Levi and London based songwriter El Waves for a tale of love on the brink. Aimed at the dancefloor, ilan and Maor’s heavy rolling bassline has a vintage feel as EL Waves’ vocal cuts through the swathes of melody.
This year’s ADE will see the fifth edition of Dave Clarke’s electro-centric party ‘Whip It’ at Melkweg Amsterdam on 20 October. On the line up is Umwelt, Ultradyne, DeFeKt, Sync 24, Jensen Interceptor, Brutuzz and Alienata who will be performing back to back with Dave Clarke himself.
Subculture welcomes another trance artist to its roster as Factor B debuts on the label. The Aussie producer hit the release gas last year, with various releases including ‘Invidius’, ‘Liberator’, ‘Origins’ and ‘Something Like A Cure’. ‘Into The Light’ follows this April’s ‘White Rooms’ out of the gate and this may by Brendan Blatt’s best one yet.
After a three-year hiatus and following the mix tenures of Tiësto and Richard Durand, Black Hole recordings have retooled the ‘In Search Of Sunrise' DJ dynamic, securing the services of Markus Schulz, Gabriel & Dresden and Andy Moor. Cumulatively this has resulted in an album that draws on the music of many a mainstay - Above & Beyond, Dakota, Cosmic Gate, Solarstone, Ferry Corsten, Paul Oakenfold and Aly & Fila among them, assimilated into much of the DJs’ own interpretations.
New State Music recently announced the Friday 27th July release of a retrospective compilation celebrating the summers of 1988 and 1989 and the birth of the cultural movement known as ‘acid house’. ‘Summer Of Love’ is a 3CD mix album of acid house, rave and Balearic classics curated and mixed by possibly three of the genres’ most high profile and historically documented DJs, Paul Oakenfold, Nancy Noise and Colin Hudd.
After returning home from a series of US shows, Sydney’s Set Mo (Nick Drabble & Stu Turner) recently revealed their new track, ‘See The Light’. Making this the sixth instalment in their 11-track output planned for 2018 - each released monthly via Set Mo Records, this track deviates from the regular Set Mo sound by accentuating the dark and distorted.
Following a successful start to the season at Hï in Ibiza, Glitterbox returns to London on Saturday 28 July at Ministry of Sound. Taking over the decks will be international DJs Jellybean Benitez, Mousse T., Dr Packer, Ralphi Rosario plus Glitterbox residents Simon Dunmore, and Melvo Baptiste and guest Natasha Kitty Katt bringing together classic and contemporary house, nu-disco and dancefloor hedonism.
Lange & Sarah Howells’ ‘Out Of The Sky’ gets released again with two remix revisions from Omnia and Andres Sanchez, as they give their take on the lead track from Lange’s ‘Better Late Than Never’ album. Omnia scripts a blissed-out summer mix, one that holds a connection with Sarah’s penned song.
Defected give their view on the biggest house records making an impact on the island this season with the 2018 instalment of the annual ‘Most Rated Ibiza’ compilation. Featuring 50 tracks and three mixes covering house music, CamelPhat & Ali Love kick things off with their ‘Dopamine Machine’ with its direct house sound and vocal hook.
DJ Pierre’s Afro Acid returns this month with Groove Junkies & Scott K’s ‘Higher (Remixes)’ featuring vocalist Indeya and reworks from Quentin Harris and the label-founder himself. DJ Pierre’s Afro Acid imprint has gone from strength to strength over the past few years with original material from the label founder, collaborative releases alongside the likes of house music luminaries Louie Vega, Green Velvet and further original material from the likes of Stretch Silvester, Terry Farley, Timo Garcia, Danny Howells and more.
Ki Creighton returns to Kaluki Musik roster this month with ‘Night Owl’, backed with remixes from Secondcity and Jansons. After a string of releases on various labels such as Leftwing & Kody’s Lost Records, Elrow Music, Riva Starr’s Snatch! Records, and an album through Under No Illusion, Ki now returns following his ‘Time Machine’ EP at the beginning of the year and recent EP’s from DJ Sneak, Pirate Copy and more on the label.
Get Physical revisit M.A.N.D.Y.’s ‘Tomorrow Is Another Night’, a collaboration from the ‘Double Fantasy’ LP with Bob Moses’ Jimmy Vallance, with remixes from Ben Pearce, Anthony Middleton and Stereocalypse. Following on from the ‘Double Fantasy’ LP in 2016, M.A.N.D.Y.’s Patrick teamed up with Dubspeeka to rework the entire project, providing dancefloor focused alternate cuts from the album.
Multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Adam Gibbons (aka Lack of Afro) gets set to release his sixth studio record ‘Jack of All Trades’, an album that combines soul, funk, hip-hop, disco, rock and everything in-between, all wrapped up in chunky production to create arguably his finest work to date. The album contains various vocal performances, including from regular collaborator Elliott Cole, Nick Corbin (formally of New Street Adventure), ex I Am Giant vocalist Ed Martin, Wax & Herbal T, Alyssa Marie, Camila Recchio, Juliette Ashby & Emma Noble.
Defected welcome Mousse T. to join the list of House Masters with an album covering both the chart-topping highlights and lesser-known tracks from his colourful back catalogue. With this anthology, Mousse T. takes his place amongst the likes of Masters At Work, Frankie Knuckles, Dennis Ferrer, Armand Van Helden and Heller & Farley on the House Masters roster.
Glasgow-based DJ/producers Slam present a brand new series of releases inspired by crate digging through their very own record collection entitled ‘Archive Edits’. After last year’s ‘Soma Track Series’ came to a close, the duo have now tapped into their diverse record collection, carefully selecting specific tracks from their archives with a series of reworks and re-edits that have sound-tracked their DJ sets of late.
Having already signed up various dance music artists over the years, Armada Music’s publishing department recently revealed that they have signed Dutch DJ/producer Sander van Doorn’s discography to Armada Publishing, including many of his tracks, including ‘Riff’, ‘Ten’, ‘Koko’, ‘Drink To Get Drunk’ and more.
With new superstructures, arenas, and its line-up already revealed, Creamfields recently revealed that they will open up Electric Oasis this year, an all new area nestled in the woods. A carefully curated music and performance space exclusively for campers, set away from the main arena, the all new village features live music, chill out beds, hammocks, theatre, comedy and ‘alternative’ circus performers plus an arcade of suitably fitting concessions ranging from Transformation & Beauty booths, glitter studios, massage and rejuvination space and alfresco dining area.
The Soma Coma Series returns with its seventh instalment, bringing original and reworked tracks from Soma's current roster alongside some of the wider electronic music community. Aimed at the more ambient, cerebral side of techno, ‘Soma Coma 7’ features Slam, Rebekah, Edit Select, Jonas Kopp, Clouds and more adding to the high standard set by the compilation series.
Following recent singles ‘Wednesday (Is The New Friday)’ and ‘John Doe Arise EP’ with a Max Cooper remix, Floex & Tom Hodge recently announced that a third single ‘Prelude I EP’ has been released. The two-track EP, which comprises ‘Prelude I’ and a remix of the original from Deltawerk is the third in a three-part EP series ahead of Floex & Hodge’s forthcoming collaborative album ‘A Portrait Of John Doe’ (available from 29 June via Mercury KX).
Founding father of Diynamic Music, DJ/producer Solomun gets set to deliver his first full EP in three years. The EP leads with the title track ‘Customer Is King’, soon to be featured as part of a long-rumoured collaboration between Solomun and Rockstar Games, creators of Grand Theft Auto, with more information to be revealed soon.
The two-man front line, DJ/producer Armin van Buuren and producer Benno de Goeij (Rank1), have been recording and producing together since the ‘90s. After producing numerous albums and a variety of singles for Armin, it was time to form a new group/alter ego called GAIA that aims to captivate the synthesis between the old and new and transcend genres.
With his label Simma Black doing well, a new party series launched and European shows in Ibiza and beyond this summer, Low Steppa heads to the US for an extensive tour. Last year, 2017 his label celebrated its 100th release with ‘Karma’, a record he produced with singer/songwriter Alex Mills on vocals, and one that led to both label of the month and an artist of the month awards from Beatport last summer.
Housemeister is a Berlin DJ/producer whose works aims to reflect the city itself, which includes his latest offering, the ‘Stand Up!’ EP. The track’s five mixes bring elements of Dance Mania, EBM, ’90s techno and hot tape lo-fi minimalism. Edited by Boys Noize, title track ‘Stand Up!’ finds firm footing in Detroit and Chicago from which it winds, shifts, builds and surprises, trading the repetitiveness of its influences for an evolving six minutes.
On Saturday 29 September in Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo centre, Above & Beyond will celebrate 300 episodes of their radio show, Group Therapy. The band recently announced a lineup of guests showcasing talent from their Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep imprints. Joining the trio, named in alphabetical order, will be Andrew Bayer, Ben Böhmer, Grum, ilan Bluestone and Spencer Brown.
Glitterbox resident Dimitri From Paris and remixer Tom Moulton present their retouched mixes of Ron Hall & The Muthafunkaz modern day soul track ‘The Way You Love me’. Initially released in 2006, Marc Evans provides smooth vocals complimented by background harmonies and disco production.
Radio Slave enlists two remixes from Dixon and Underground Resistance, who reimagine ‘Trans’ - the bass-driven cut on Radio Slave’s inaugural album.
New York’s Body & Soul’s Danny Krivit plays a set at Aures London tonight. The vibe of the party aims to hark back to the iconic New York club The Loft, home of David Mancuso and apparently one of the world’s finest sound systems. An intimate party with a focus on quality of sound, it will be a showcase of the new audio system that can be heard through a mass array of Pioneer Pro Audio XY speakers.
Get Physical revisits DJ Pierre’s ‘Strobe Light Laser ACID’ taken from his recent ‘Wild Pitch: The Story’ album this month, with remixes from Chus & Ceballos and fellow Phuture artist Lessnoise. 2017’s ‘Wild Pitch: The Story’, DJ Pierre’s debut album, saw him mark another milestone in his career with 16 new cuts offered up via the Get Physical imprint.
The first ever 7” vinyl release from Glitterbox Recordings is a double from The Shapeshifters featuring the voice of Teni Tinks. The double single features the brand new track ‘Try My Love (On For Size)’, a re-imagining of the Sharon Redd disco track from 1980.
After a brief time away from releasing music in 2017 to refresh his ears, house artist Argy is back in 2018 with this debut EP on Play It Say It. Over the last decade, Greek DJ/producer Argy has been releasing a variety of sounds under a number of different aliases. His given name has always been reserved for house and techno though, appearing on labels like Bedrock, BPitch, Ibadan, and most recently The Martinez Brothers’ Cuttin’ Headz imprint.
‘Acid Party’ is the new single from Christophe Monier’s leftfield techno and acid house project, The Micronauts. The lead single from his forthcoming studio album, it drops on 22 June with remixes from Red Axes, Luca Agnelli and Luigi Rocca. Last summer saw the 12” reissue of The Micronauts’ 1995 debut ‘Get Funky Get Down’, a record that included Daft Punk’s first ever remix: a pummelling, acid techno attack in the lineage of Emmanuel Top, rather than Chic. The reissue was in anticipation of the new album by The Micronauts, which will be released later this year.
This month will see the release of M.A.N.D.Y.’s ‘DF (The Club Versions), a dance-floor focused revisit to the 2016 LP. With Patrick Bodmer now heading up M.A.N.D.Y. solo as the other member of the band, Philipp Jung, steps out on sabbatical, the Berlin based artist and co-founder of the Get Physical imprint wanted to revisit the duo’s latest long player and stamp his own mark on things alongside co-producer of the entire project Dubspeeka.
The UK’s Theo Kottis is to helm the new edition of Global Underground’s ‘Nubreed’ album series with ‘Nubreed #11: Theo Kottis’. Released on Friday 29 June as a double CD, and in digital and streaming formats, the compilation will see Theo become part of an album series that’s counted Steve Lawler, Sander Kleinenberg, Lee Burridge, and Satoshi Tomiie, amongst its ranks. #11 follows instalments from Habischman (#9) and Oliver Schories (#10).
With just a few weeks to go until Scotland’s TRNSMT festival takes over Glasgow, the festival recently announced the return of #SmirnoffHouse on 29 June to 1 July, which will host performances from local and international DJs. This year, the festival extends to two weekends of music; from 29 June – 1 July plus 6 and 8 July with headliners Stereophonics, Liam Gallagher, Arctic Monkeys, Queen + Adam Lambert, and The Killers.
Goldfrapp recently released the video for their current single ‘Ocean’. Directed by Alison Goldfrapp, the clip is another addition to the band’s portfolio of work and arrives ahead of the release of a deluxe edition of their top ten, 2017 album ‘Silver Eye’, which is released on 6 July. Alison returned to Fuerteventura, where the videos for ‘Anymore’ and ‘Everything Is Never Enough’ were shot to film her scenes, whilst she directed Dave in Madrid, during a break in Depeche Mode’s current world tour.
Defected are returning to London’s Studio 338 on 6 October, after their sold-out show earlier this year. The space will host the label’s finest talent with a huge line-up to be announced soon. Tickets are on sale to sign-ups from10am today.
Resident Advisor once called Steve Bug the “gentleman of techno” referring to his sense of duty and dependability as a DJ and producer. Next month he will be playing four dates in the US as part of his world tour to celebrate the release of his latest studio album ‘Paradise Sold’.
Time flies. It seems like only yesterday when Armin van Buuren, Maykel Piron and David Lewis started realising their joint dream together, braiding their respective knowledge and visions of the music scene into an endeavour that would still be going a decade and a half later. This year, Armada Music can look back on 15 years of dance music across the board, and they’ve decided to celebrate it in style with the release of a brand-new, 4CD compilation album: ‘Armada 15 Years’.
‘Eye Ring’, the first single from Francesca Lombardo’s forthcoming ‘Life Of Leaf’ LP, displayed the Italian producer’s nature and artistic capabilities. Hailed by Resident Advisor as ‘one of her best tracks in recent memory’, it saw Lombardo create a blend of emotional and uplifting electronica in which her vocals sat front and centre.
Sankeys recently announced a return to Manchester with a huge Victoria Warehouse show in September on Saturday 8 September. Entitled Sankeys… The Return, the party will be their biggest yet and lands at the 5000 capacity Victoria Warehouse with a line-up that embodies everything Sankeys is all about.
Fresh off the back of announcing the 360-degree SILO arena, Creamfields recently unveiled another new and stage structure for the fields of Daresbury - Generator. The stage is a cavernous structure made of scaffold and shipping containers, giving the arena an industrial feel that has more than a few surprises in store. Building on the multi-tiered concept of Silo, several sections of Generator’s walls also double as viewing galleries, providing a unique experience.
Glitterbox’s New York debut on 21 June sees a guest headliner join two US homegrown DJs, Tedd Patterson and Sabine Blaizin, who aim to inspire the dancefloor hedonism that has possibly made Glitterbox Europe’s most talked-about party. The brand generates an inclusive, uplifting party atmosphere designed to unite all on the dancefloor. They are immersive with its production, dancers and soundtrack to create a truly 21st century disco.
The UK’s DJ Q has stepped up to mix the new edition of FABRICLIVE. Released on 20 July 2018, ‘FABRICLIVE 99: DJ Q’ contains all previously unreleased music (bar one track), and features 15 of his own productions alongside tracks from Todd Edwards (‘Take A Look’ was made especially for this album), TQD, Royal-T, Flava D, Jack Junior, Swindle and many more.
Austin, Texas-based duo Tritonal are enjoying 2018 with multiple new releases and a tour. Fresh from playing a show at the Bill Graham Civic Center on their Horizon Tour alongside Seven Lions, and releasing the official music video of ‘Out My Mind’, the producing pair recently unveiled their latest production, ‘Ready’, alongside Canadian two-piece Sultan + Shepard, which is out now on Enhanced and Armada Music, as the London and Amsterdam labels come together for this release.
London-based artist 16B prepares the final instalment of his three part ‘B4LP’ series ahead of this year’s album, featuring four varying cuts. Omid Nourizadeh is a house and techno artist with a career that includes remixing the likes of Lana del Rey, The Cure, Todd Terry and Gus Gus, releasing on labels like Bedrock, Tsuba and Yoshitoshi, and curating mix comps such as Balance (13 – SOS), Sounds Like Alola and Ministry of Sound (Club series - SOS).
Glasgow’s Electric Frog and Pressure Riverside Festival, easily one of the clubbing highlights of the year. Not just because it’s on our doorstep - really, we can actually walk home from this! - it’s because it’s a techno-based music event that features some of the biggest techno artists in the world and it’s set in the stunning surroundings of the iconic Riverside Museum in Glasgow. Seriously, you have to check out this place to believe it, ‘wow’ doesn’t do it justice.
During the second day of the 2018 International Music Summit held annually in Ibiza, Bradley Gunn Raver unveiled his debut track and accompanying teaser video. Bradley has over the last two years broken down the barriers of living with Asperger’s Syndrome and delivered his story to the conference detailing how sober raving has helped him socialise with other people.
Mercury KX recently announced the release of Floex & Tom Hodge’s collaborative album ‘A Portrait Of John Doe’. Due on 29 June, the album will be preceded by a series of EPs, the first of which – the ‘Wednesday (Is The New Friday)’ EP – is out now. The album sees Floex (aka Tomas Dvorak, the Czech clarinetist, composer, producer and multimedia artist from Prague), and London-based Hodge (the British composer, pianist, and clarinetist, who recently scored McMafia), bring together classical and radical “avant-garde” electronic music.
After the label celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, Glasgow Underground’s founder Kevin McKay recently announced his debut solo album ‘The Love Forever’ alongside the release of second single ‘The Good Life’. Having produced various house tracks over the past two decades, this very cool 12-track collection is released today on the label.
Yesterday, Pete Tong MBE, spoke emotionally about the death of DJ and friend Avicii at the 11th edition of the annual International Music Summit (IMS) held in Ibiza. The passionate response from the broadcaster and one of the leading voices of electronic music included his own personal recommendations for industry action towards mental health. Tong gave his keynote speech yesterday morning to start day one of the three day summit and delivered a poignant talk on the importance of looking after the mental health of artists in the music industry.
‘Birdsong’, the latest taste of Claptone’s forthcoming second album, ‘Fantast’, features vocals by indie/electronic band, Zola Blood, the four-piece who in 2017 released their debut album, ‘Infinite Games’. Painted as a mythical character shrouded in mystery, Claptone has possibly become one of the biggest names in electronic music whilst himself remaining in the shadows. In his second artist album he is the master of his domain and in his most artful offering yet, the album’s 13 tracks come together to create a production full of varied colours and atmospheric textures.
Electric Frog and Pressure Riverside Festival, takes place this Bank Holiday weekend in the grounds of the Award Winning Zaha Hadid designed Riverside Museum on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow.
After the release of ‘Whistle’ from artists 4B and Teez, DJ Snake’s Premiere Class Records is back with its second release - Aazar & Bellecour’s ‘Da Vinci’. Paris-based producer Aazar, also a member of Point Point, has been busy in the studio working on new music to be released throughout 2018, following his early successes with releases such as his remix with DJ snake of Skrillex's ‘Dirty Vibe’ and ‘Pop Dat’ with 4B, to name a few. Unannounced Aazar collaborations were debuted at Ultra Music Festival (Miami) 2018 by the likes of Tiesto, The Chainsmokers and more.
Harry Romero returns to the Defected fold with his debut on DFTD. Possibly one of the most versatile producers on the scene over the last two decades, as a producer he has the discography to match.
Henrik Schwarz has collaborated with Metropole Orkest and its conductor Jules Buckley to release a new, full-length LP titled ‘Scripted Orkestra’ on 7K!. Metropole Orkest is possibly one of the world’s leading orchestras when it comes to performing anything but classical music and they have played and have apparently helped shape the world of contemporary orchestra music since their foundation in 1945.
Claude Von Stroke, Yousef and Wes Wieland step up to remix Booka Shade for the first in two remix packages of the duo’s recently released ‘Cut The Strings’ LP, which dropped on their Blaufield imprint in April. The duo have reached out to some of their contemporaries and fellow artists they admire to revisit and provide their own interpretations of the EP.
Next up for Loco Dice is the second single from his forthcoming third studio album, ‘Love Letters’. ‘We’re Alive’ follows up ‘Roots’ which dropped in February, gaining support from a diverse range of DJs from Laurent Garnier to Seth Troxler, Kenny Dope and Ilario Alicance to name a few.
Paul van Dyk, Aly & Fila and more than 20 DJs will perform at Shine Ibiza with an 11-week run that kicks off on Monday 9 July to 17 September at Privilege’s Vista Club with a night that aims to be the centre stage for trance on the White Isle this summer. Completing its line-ups throughout the season will be Bryan Kearney, Simon Patterson, Cosmic Gate, Neelix, Grum, Ben Nicky and others.
This month sees the return of SoSure Music co-founder Hollis Parker to the label with his latest EP ‘Have You’, comprised of two tracks from the New York born, London-based artist. Since his vinyl-only debut on the label in 2015, Hollis has continued to release tracks that pay homage to his roots both in hip hop and house, garnering support from artists such as Larry Heard, DJ Sneak, Charles Webster and Joyce Muniz to name a few.