As their 2018 comes to a close, Tritonal share their ninth original song of the year, ‘When I'm With U’, which offers another taste from their recently announced album ‘U & ME’ that arrives in 2019. Featuring Maia Wright's vocal delivery, the track moves through smooth melodic touches and Maia’s vocals, while retaining that club-ready energy.
Lisa Lashes School of Music continues to make strides in the field of music education by providing students with comprehensive, individualised programming within the industry. The school started as a grass roots effort to teach people DJ skills and, in less than a year, evolved into a fully-funded school that has apparently grabbed the attention of seasoned educators and municipalities alike. PTS Training Academy, an apprenticeship and short course provider, saw the potential the school had, and have supported the course from the beginning.
Closing out the latter part of the year with a series of collabs on VIVa LiMITED and Glasgow Underground, Italian house-producer Pirupa ends 2018 with a solo release on Armada Subjekt. Fusing genres, the ‘XXL EP’ leads with title track ‘XXL’, a low-slung roller that focuses on a growling bassline layered with effects, tribal percussion and a ragga sample that aims to take you right back to the ‘90s. It’s a straight-talking house track that draws on some well-known old-school warehouse vibes for inspiration.
After dropping title track ‘Rave Culture’ as the very first release of their new label (Rave Culture), W&W have lined up a collaboration as its follow-up. Their next single, ‘Ready To Rave’, sees the current #14 DJs in the world link up with five-time #1 DJ in the world Armin van Buuren, who recognised the duo’s potential at an early stage and got them to join Amsterdam-based record label Armada Music ten years back.
Following its events in 2018, OFFSónar recently revealed the label showcases for their 2019 series. Now set to take place on 18-21 July, the event aims to turn Barcelona into Europe's biggest party week of summer 2019. Returning to the city’s Poble Espanyol, with three event spaces and panoramic views across the city, the hosts have secured some of the industry's most respected labels to host parties across four days of dancefloor action.
Glitterbox has set out its first key party for 2019, recently announcing the first London event of the year at Printworks. Saturday 23 February will see the brand’s debut at the venue, after shows throughout the UK and Europe, Ibiza, New York, Sydney and more in 2018.
This January, Andy C returns to XOYO as the 21st quarterly resident (the first time they’ve ever invited a resident back). The news was revealed last week, and tickets for the opening and closing parties, where Andy will play all night, apparently sold out in less than one minute, with all subsequent dates now sold out too. Andy recently revealed the line-up of special guest DJs and MCs for the new residency, featuring some of the cream of D&B talent – from legends to current heroes, and the future of the scene.
Judge Jules was recently announced as a special guest DJ for the world premiere of Ministry of Sound’s The Annual Classical at the Royal Festival Hall, London on 26 January 2019. Judge Jules launched his career at the club and became a staple DJ for The Annual. He mixed three compilations of ‘The Annual’ in the ‘90s and three ‘The Ibiza Annual’ compilations for the brand, alongside a number of other releases for the label.
Five-time Grammy-nominated artist Axwell unleashed his new track ‘Nobody Else’ via Axtone and Ultra Music, following its recent radio premiere on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show. Awarded the Hottest Record in the World accolade by Mac, and receiving spins from Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, the track is a return to Axwell’s roots that aims to show his feel for the dancefloor.
Scotland’s celebration of electronic music, The Riverside Festival, is set to provide music fans with another weekend as it returns for its seventh year on Saturday 25 May and Sunday 26 May 2019. Curated by Electric Frog and Pressure, the event will be bringing some of the biggest and best artists in techno and dance music to the stunning Zaha Hadid designed Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland.
KOAN Sound are offering another taste of their upcoming album with their new single ‘Chilli Daddy’. With hints of melodic D&B, the track is the type of glitchy bass music that the duo is known for. ‘Polychrome is a listenable, versatile album; the result of maturation and personal growth with artistic bloodlines drawn from their native Bristol, UK.
We Are FSTVL recently announced further names to their 2019 line-up, including Solomun, Yungen, MK, Notion, Nina Kravitz and more. With a host of underground house, techno, electro and urban names gearing up for the May Bank Holiday, headliners include Chase & Status, Basement Jaxx, Craig David and Andy C. In addition, Ultra’s techno and house brand, Resistance was recently announced to host their very own arena for the first time at the event.
HVOB’s ‘Rocco’ is the Viennese electronic duo’s fourth album, but the first to span over 13 tracks and multiple records/discs, and like their previous two releases, the album also takes a conceptual approach. Following the multimedia-based art project ‘Trialog’ in 2015 and the cross-genre collaboration ‘Silk’ in 2017, the album relates 13 separate but dramaturgically connected narratives about letting go, farewells and new beginnings.
Farris Wheel continues its 20 year anniversary celebrations with a remix EP of possibly one of the most successful house records of the last few years: Sonny Fodera & Gene Farris’ ‘We Work It’. Sonny and Gene’s 2015 collaboration was a record that apparently lodged itself in the Beatport Top 10 for months, and raised the profile of both artists.
Electronic duo Orbital recently released their new remix, ‘There Will Come A Time’ featuring Prof. Brian Cox (We Will Die Remix). The original track features on the brothers’ current album, ‘Monsters Exist’, which debuted in September on the UK Album Chart at #12 and #1 on the Dance Chart. It also entered the US Dance/Electronic Billboard chart at #24.
When Kevin Saunderson revisited his 1998 E-Dancer album ‘Heavenly’ about two years ago, he could tell that it was geared more towards the darker depths of dance music in terms of vibe and overall atmosphere. It apparently had soundtrack potential, and the thought of creating just that kept lingering in his mind for all this time.
Now that everyone has had a chance over the past month to experience the story of Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang in Red Dead Redemption 2, early access to the Red Dead Online beta started today, working up to full public access on Friday, 20 November. Built from the ground up for the latest hardware, Red Dead Online blends the multiplayer of the original Red Dead Redemption with the best of deep multiplayer experiences.
After a 2018 Ibiza season that saw Defected again set up home in San Antonio, the brand returns to Eden for its third annual residency at the club. Apparently the night had up to an 80% increase on attendance from the previous year in 2018, as it went back to basics to demonstrate how they felt that house nights in Ibiza should be.
Leipzig’s Marc Werner returns to Kittball to release two house cuts entitled ‘Blue Jeans’ EP including collaborations with Shuja and Music P and a remix from Get Physical’s Martin Waslewski. Since 2007 Marc has been finding his way within his musical sphere and along his journey he’s had outings on Bunny Tiger, Kontor Records, Audio Safari and Kittball which act as an accurate reflection for his productions and stylings.
Set in a private domaine in the French countryside 1h30 drive from Toulouse airport, Monticule Festival has in its four years of existence possibly become an event to bookmark in the French summer festival calendar. Set across four stages that range from a pool stage to a barn, a main stage in the forest and an ambient dome, it aims to bring over some of the key names from the wider electronic community for five days of partying, from 19-23 June 2019.
After the apparent success of their debut album ‘Adventure’, (which has generated over one million album streams on Spotify in just six months), Lydian Collective are now following this up with their new single ‘High 555’. The first release helped to put themselves firmly on the map of the instrumental jazz funk fusion scene, which has has lead onto recent appearances at festivals such as Cheltenham Jazz, ‘So What’s Next’ Festival in The Netherlands, Cambridge Jazz Festival and plays on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction show; as well as features on Spotify’s ‘The State of Jazz’ and ‘Fusion Fest’ playlists.
After their first showcase back in July, R&S Records return to Egg LDN alongside NovaMute and Phonica tomorrow, 24 November. The party will feature R&S co-founder Renaat Vandepapeliere again and two producers from the imprint, Afriqua and The Maghreban, each of whom have apparently made a significant mark on the label recently.
Berlin based producer Aaaron returns to a rougher and more stripped back approach on this, his latest offering for connected. His latest EP comes on the heels of some vocal collaborations on this label, and finds him returning to just his own machines for three tracks of melodic techno with a smoky minimal intensity.
Cinthie joins the roster of Aus Music this month with her ‘Trust’ EP, comprising three original cuts from the Berlin artist. Founder of several imprints, namely Beste Modus, we_r_house and 803 Crystalgrooves, as well as her own label collective and record store brand Elevate, native Berliner Cinthie has possibly became a highly respected figure in electronic music in her hometown and across the globe over the past few years.
Having recently released his ‘The Rebel’ on Toolroom and ’Give It To Me’ (Dale Howard Remix), Pagano’s Kism Recordings welcomes Glaswegian Skriver to the fold who delivers a techno interpretation of their latest release, ‘The Black Sheep’.
Following a steady stream of remixes from the likes of Maceo Plex and DJ Tennis, Maribou State last week released ‘Kingdom (feat. North Downs) (Adesse Versions Remix). Having previously released on labels such as Numbers, Delusions Of Grandeur and Ostgut Ton (under his own name), he delivers a subtle re-work, drawing out the vocals of long-time Maribou State collaborator Jack Sibley AKA North Downs over a reconstruction of the original’s percussive, hand-clapped rhythms.
On the brink of their sold out ‘GA21’ UK live tour, which will see the dance music duo return to the live stage for the first time since 2013, Andy Cato and Tom Findlay are set to release a limited-edition football shirt in aid of charity. In collaboration with the football merchandiser Bands F.C., half the proceeds will go to the ‘Music Support’ group, which provides support for individuals in the UK music industry suffering from mental, emotional or behavioural health disorders (including but not limited to alcohol and drug addiction). The shirts will be extremely limited in number and are available to purchase at all shows on the tour, as well as online from 30 November.
Fresh from working with some of the biggest names in the scene - including Hardwell, KSHMR and W&W - and playing his first sold-out show during the Amsterdam Dance Event, performing at some of the biggest festivals in the world - including Ultra Miami, Tomorrowland and World Club Dome - Dutch DJ and producer, Maurice West, now drops brand-new record, ‘The Kick’.
Griffintown Records aims to establish itself as a vital house outlet with a new offering from the UK’s Lee Walker that includes a remix from Luigi Rocca. Lee is a UK producer who has held residencies at key clubs and can do it all from deep and warm to more peak time and techno. In addition to this, he is a producer on labels like Hotflush, Defected and Hot Creations, and here serves up a heavy house EP.
‘Tribology’ is the first mix compilation from the UK’s Ben Sims since his fabric compilation in 2015 and is his debut for his and Kirk Degiorgio’s Machine imprint/party series. Taking in 50 exclusive tracks from the likes of James Ruskin, Steffi, Robert Hood and Planetary Assault Systems as well as material from up and comers like Blasha & Allatt, Charles Green and Alienata, the compilation sums up Sims’ attitudes and approaches to DJing.
Hannah Wants returns with her annual tour in February and March 2019, with several of the dates already sold out. Over the last few years, Hannah has possibly established herself as one of the biggest names in dance music, with a BBC Radio 1 residency, crossover records, club tracks and appearances at clubs and festivals around the world. In 2019 she will be embarking on an extensive tour, touching down at 15 different venues and bringing her sound to UK and Ireland clubs.
Jay Pryor is the young DJ and producer from Dublin who has possibly made a name for himself on the international stage with his DJ sets and crossover pop dance releases, he was first brought to the world’s attention after co-producing Louis Tomlinson and Steve Aoki’s’ biggest release ‘Just Hold On’.
Booka Shade deliver their ‘Rosebud’ EP for John Digweed’s Bedrock imprint this month, featuring three new original tracks from the Berlin duo. Blaufield Music founders Booka Shade are likely respected figures in the contemporary electronic music scene having racked up a handful of crossover cuts amongst their regular output aimed towards more underground realms.
It was Airwave who fired the starting shot for Bonzai’s now three-years-and-running ‘In The Mix – Progressive Sessions’ series back in the summer of 2015. Maintaining a clockwork-regular two-per-year release-tempo, it most recently dropped Gai Barone’s Feb-released ‘006’ edition. ‘ITM007’ - out this autumn, sees its mix-baton passed back into the hands of the Belgian, who mixes 28 tracks in 150 minutes.
Returning for their second collaboration, Felix Da Housecat and Kristin Velvet join forces again for ‘Cats Love Velvet II’ on Berlin-based label, Arms & Legs. An unlikely pairing, Felix hails from Chicago whilst Kristin is from an isolated farm in outback Australia. Despite their different backgrounds the duo share a love for bold jacking beats and strong hooks with a subtle nod to the classics.
Fresh off the back of an apparent sellout inaugural show at Butlins’ Minehead last year, Cream returns to the resort for another weekender in the first week of December. Once again, it’s a showcase of the brand past and present, with some of the biggest names associated with the brand, joining clubbers who’ve made Cream their home over the years.
Premiered by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 while still on white label, and then signed to Positiva/Virgin EMI, Ten Ven’s ‘Just About’ has apparently grown into a formidable club anthem over the past few months. While Ten Ven’s original continues to rack up radio and streaming plays, including MistaJam’s Current Anthem at Radio 1, 10x Radio 1 plays, and a Music Week Club Chart No.1, Positiva has revealed a remix from the UK’s Kideko. Available now, the Brighton-based artist injects ‘Just About’ with a shot of South Coast funk.
Jamaica Frenzy is the new house music festival for 2019 that is set to take place at the resort of Negril in sunny Jamaica, apparently brought to you by a collective of some of New York’s top club promoters. Offering a six day all inclusive holiday experience between 26-31 March, the event will host some of the most well known house music talent in the world.
Twenty years after the original’s release on Skint Records, and now exclusively licensed to Defected, Purple Disco Machine remixes Fatboy Slim’s huge tune, ‘Praise You’, giving his nu-disco twist on the modern track.
Manudigital is a beatmaker, bassist and producer who specialises in digital reggae. Bringing soundsystem, bass and dancehall back around to young future and tech obsessed new generations apparently seems to be his ever-expanding conquest. Being involved in music for more than 15 years now also as a composer, he participates in the recording of many international albums and singles. He has also collaborated with artists like Alborosie, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and many more.
Glitterbox hits the road again for another international tour: Pump The Boogie! Taking the party global, this 11-date tour follows a big year for Glitterbox, with an 18-date season at Hï Ibiza alongside parties in New York, Zurich, Amsterdam, Belgium, Croatia and Manchester to name a few.
Full details were recently revealed for the winter festival Snowboxx, which will take place in the resort of Avoriaz in the French Alps from 23 - 30 March 2019. Brand new for 2019, the Tree House will feature an exclusive party with Mike Skinner in a wooden snow park in the Proclou forest, while Abode and Wilkinson (DJ) will host parties at the Igloo Stage, a party location on the slopes that can only be accessed on a snowcat.
Poker Flat boss and DJ/producer Steve Bug recently announced four tour dates in Australia and New Zealand this month. Having grown up in Germany’s techno and acid-house heyday, Steve’s love for a perfect groove is as apparent now as it was back then. His DJ skills and a keen, innovative ear led him not down the typical path of the early-90s trance and harder dance scene, but instead towards a fresher, hybrid sound–merging stripped deep house, tweaked out acid and more minimal forms of techno and electronic music, something that is still evident in his sets today.
In 2019, Miami will see the rebirth of possibly one of its most iconic brands, a conference that helped give birth to an entire industry from its humble beginnings back in 1985. Under the umbrella of Miami Music Week, the Winter Music Conference at Faena District [WMC] will return to Miami Beach from 25-28 March 2019 with a refreshed perspective and programming that will bring together a new generation of industry professionals and music consumers for a week in the Faena District. WMC’s exclusive hotel partner, The Faena, was named by Conde Nast Traveler as the #1 hotel in Miami Beach for two consecutive years via their readers’ poll.
International Music Summit (IMS) returns in 2019 to Ibiza for its annual three-day forum. IMS recently announced its cornerstone theme for its 12th summit on May 22-24 2019. Focused on evolving and elevating the potential of both the individual and organisations in order to unlock success, IMS Ibiza 2019 will assemble industry players and artists from the international electronic music sector and beyond, aiming to inspire and be inspired, throwing a spotlight on the most crucial business challenges and opportunities it faces today.
East London trio VRWRK aim to play with nostalgia and musical stylings as they return to their electronica roots with ‘Fools’. Joining forces with soulful vocalist Salem Khazali just over a year ago, producers Matt Sey and Jergan Callebaut spent the time experimenting with the way hard electronics and playful pop merge with indie earworms like ‘Face It’ and ‘Hearts Beating In Sync’.
Rockstar Games today announced that the critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption 2 has achieved the single-biggest opening weekend in the history of entertainment. With over $725 million in worldwide retail sell-through during its first three days, the game is the second-highest grossing entertainment launch of all time next to Rockstar Games’ previously released title, Grand Theft Auto V, which achieved over $1 billion in retail sell-through in three days.
After June’s re-mastered, remixed and re-released ‘Out Of The Sky’, this month saw another single from Lange’s first LP, ‘Better Late Than Never’. In the same manner as ‘OOTS’, ‘Songless’ has now been revisited.
Emanuel Satie has apparently always been in love with dance music. Studying music in his home city of Frankfurt, and moving to Berlin to undertake an internship at Cocoon Record label, he is a self-taught disc jockey/bedroom producer whose talent didn't keep him grounded for very long. His debut EP 'Fervent' was an introduction into the world of deep house and techno and opened up many doors to the career he holds today.
Fresh from a summer on the Ibiza club circuit, Australian born artist Sonny Fodera returns with this two-track release on Defected. Taken from his debut solo album ‘Frequently Flying’, the opening track is a new remix from Qubiko.
After touring all summer long and hosting yet another Darklight Sessions at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event, Fedde Le Grand is back with a new track in the shape of his ‘Monsta’s Got Me Dancing For Years’ remix package. Inviting a handful of artists from all over the world to revisit some of his recent releases, the remix package offers a diverse array of musical styles.
No.19 Music continues to serve up new tracks, this time with an offering from DJ Sneak. DJ Sneak is an original Chicago house artist who apparently pioneered the filter house sound and has continued to evolve and adapt over the ensuring years. Now he’s back with one of his biggest tracks to date. The frenzied ‘Psycho Killer’ features re-recorded Talking Heads vocals by Franco-American Charlie Sputnik.
The 23rd edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) came to an end in the early hours of Monday morning. For the first time it apparently welcomed over 400,000 visitors from more than 100 countries for an extensive day and night program featuring over 1000 events and leading artists and speakers from around the world.
‘A Safe and Happy Place’ is a leftfield track and the lead single from the Powerdance album ‘The Lost Art Of Getting Down’, which is forthcoming on Classic Music Company. Previously self-released by the group led by Classic head Luke Solomon, this soft-hued, acid-streaked disco shuffle was written with long-time collaborators Lance Desardi and Terry Grant alongside Chicago-born producer Nick Maurer and features Terry, Nick and Fi McCluskey on vocals. This time it’s accompanied by a new remix from JKriv.
Play It Say It welcome New York artist David Berrie for a first EP on the label and one that offers three pieces of house music. Raised amongst the diverse culture of NYC’s nightlife, Berrie started sneaking into clubs as a youngster and since then has risen through the ranks to have now played rooms like Output NY and DC-10 Ibiza.
Eli Brown & Mason Maynard team up with Repopulate Mars for two house cuts entitled ‘Touch Me’. After their ‘Jungle Cry EP’ on Relief Records earlier this year, the UK duo joins up again with Lee Foss’ label. The pair have been making steady headway in the house music scene with Eli’s ‘Hysteria EP’ on Repopulate Mars doing well last year and Mason securing himself as a Solardo Sessions Resident at just 22 years old.
After their recent announcement that Eric Prydz would headline their Saturday event, Creamfields yesterday revealed that Carl Cox Presents Space Ibiza would headline the Sunday party at next year’s May Bank Holiday Steel Yard Festival, which takes place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2019 at Finsbury Park in London.
The Bank Holiday Weekend of Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2019 sees the return of Cream’s Steel Yard structure to Finsbury Park in London. Now a firm fixture in the festival calendar, having staged sell out weekenders in London and Liverpool over the last few years, the Saturday’s headliner for 2019 was recently revealed as Eric Prydz, who will be bringing the latest evolution of his live show - HOLO - to the capital.
British band Soul II Soul will embark on their 30th Anniversary tour this Friday. Starting with a sold out show in Birmingham, the tour will celebrate three decades of musical output, where the double Grammy Award winning and five-time Brit Award nominated band will play 12 dates in the UK this month and into November, paying tribute to their legendary debut album ‘Club Classics Vol. 1’.
Nick Warren has brought together eight emerging producers for The Soundgarden’s inaugural eight-track ADE Special. In the words of Nick himself, “these are some of the secret weapons that have been rocking my sets over the past few months, squarely aimed at the dancefloor and for your dancing pleasure.” Here among the more established artists are some new producers who are bringing new life and vitality to the progressive house and melodic techno scenes.
Matthew Dear is a founding artist on both Ghostly International and its dancefloor offshoot, Spectral Sound. He writes, produces, and mixes all of his work and is now nearly 20 years into his career, with five albums and two dozen EPs. In late June of 2017, Matthew shared the noctambulant ‘Modafinil Blues’ which marked his return to his artistic id.
Brobot’s Junior Sanchez joins up with Shadow Child and Kry Wolf’s Food Music to deliver his ‘Brain EP’, featuring a remix from Lobster Boy duo Mak & Pasteman. Since the age of 15 the New Jersey artist was already DJing in underground clubs around NYC and honing his craft as a producer. He’s now built up a discography working with labels like Circus, Nervous, Robsoul and his own Brobot Recordings, which he started up in 2013.
Booka Shade offer up two new tracks on their Blaufield Music imprint ahead of their upcoming US tour, coming in the shape of ‘Sacred / Cyril’s Garden’. Across the two tracks they display their style with rich melodic bassline and textured atmosphere, one aimed towards a more laid back after-hours aesthetic and the other edging into more peak-time territory.
Steve Bug returns on his own Poker Flat imprint to drop his latest track. ’Solid Maybe' is typical Steve Bug - thick rounded kick, urgent percussion, and squelchy bass tones. The track grows ever more restless, before unleashing blips, bleeps and bass tones that echo back to the early days of warp-era Sheffield.
It was recently announced that the all ages ADE-show by Hardwell and the Metropole Orkest taking place on Thursday 18 October at the Amsterdam Ziggo Dome during ADE is sold-out. Clubbers who have not been able to buy a ticket but who would like to witness Hardwell perform one last time can follow the concert in real-time via the official live stream on his multiple social media channels.
Following its summer in Ibiza, Glitterbox recently announced the Pump The Boogie! tour and accompanying compilation mixed by resident Melvo Baptiste. Taking the party global, this ten-date tour is all about continuing to deliver the Glitterbox sound around the world, aiming to move the mind, body and soul.
2018's 808 Festival takes place from 8-9 December at Live Park in Bangkok, Thailand and this year it brings the A State of Trance brand to the region for the first time in a few years. Armin van Buuren heads up proceedings on day one of the festival with NWYR and Vini Vici, with Skrillex lining up on day two for his first and only show in South East Asia since his return from hiatus. Also playing are the likes of Thailand first timers REZZ, Troyboi and Whethan.
MistaJam has possibly been one of the UK music scene’s foremost radio DJs for over a decade and now he gets set to release his very first single ever, ‘Rotate’, released on Cedric Gervais’ Delecta imprint. Aiming to have everyone in the crowd swirling across the dancefloor, the track is a potential party starter in every sense of the word.
HYTE returns to its home base of Berlin on New Year’s Eve 2018 for a 24-hour marathon of its annual flagship festival. The venue for this occasion is once again Funkhaus, a complex of buildings which provides the setting for performances from headliners such as Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Pan-Pot, Amelie Lens and Stephan Bodzin, Anthea, Archie Hamilton, Gregor Tresher, Djebali, Fabio Florido, Guti, Butch, wAFF, Ferro, Woody and Yaya, to name but a few.
‘Remixed With Love Volume 3’ is the latest edition of Joey Negro’s disco remix series, as he once again turns his hand to some of the best-loved records ever committed to wax. The album has apparently been a real labour of love, and a release several years in the making. With original parts for some of these classics hard to find, and with major labels rightly protective of songs created by the artists, the project is now complete and ready for release.
Defected Croatia festival has now sold out Early Bird tickets for 2019 and released its Phase 1 artist line-up for next year. What will be the fourth instalment of the house festival takes place on 8-13 August, with Derrick Carter, Dimitri From Paris, Eats Everything, Honey Dijon, Nightmares On Wax, Masters At Work, Todd Terry and more, with another set of artists still to be announced on 2 November.
Russian dance music artist Arty returned to his progressive house roots earlier this year and now continues with his latest release ‘Perfect Strangers’. An uplifting track with a drop, big chords and vocals that complement the vibe of the track, the track is, in his own words, “definitely one of my favourite songs I’ve produced this year.”
Launching this autumn, Etiquette is a brand new label from Hannah Wants, set to release music from Hannah herself alongside a crew of both established and up-and-coming artists. Etiquette’s music policy will run under the umbrella of house and bass – championing bass-influenced sub-genres of house music as well as bridging the gap between the house scene and the bass world. Hannah will release ‘Close To You’ on 12 October, with a follow up ‘You Keep Comin’’ dropping later in the year before releasing music from a host of other artists.
As the dust settles on this year’s festival season, possibly one of the biggest was Creamfields which saw over 300 electronic acts perform across the recent August Bank Holiday weekend, attracting an audience of 70,000. In addition, apparently over seven million people tuned in from around the world to watch the live stream which featured performances from the likes of Carl Cox, The Chainsmokers, Axwell & Ingrosso, Major Lazer, Tiësto, Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Sigma, Hardwell, Alan Fitzpatrick, Camelphat, Hot Since 82, Kaleidoscope Orchestra, Nicole Moudaber and Solardo to name a few.
After joining forces on three groove-heavy cuts (including ‘Hipcats’ with David Penn), ATFC and Armada Subjekt have continued their relationship as the DJ/producer has inked an exclusive deal with the label on the day of release of his latest production, ‘Huh Huh Huh’, a precursor of all the material that’s yet to come from the artist.
Bridging the gap between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, elrow aims to put the sparkle into festive season with a return to London's Studio 338 on Friday 28 December 2018. Having suffered a major fire the week following elrow's last show at the venue, Studio 338 reopened earlier this year, revealing improved production, sound and design.
‘Light Up The Sky’ is the new single from The Prodigy, the second track to be lifted from the band’s seventh studio album, ‘No Tourists’. The band has also confirmed details of a 20-date winter tour, which includes two dates at London’s Alexandra Palace on 14 and 15 November. This latest track is an attack of acid rock in which guitars combine with 303 mayhem, and Maxim’s spitting vocal and an uplifting chorus from long-time contributor Brother Culture.
Chicago House producer DJ Jes joins the Turquoise Blue roster this October with his four-track ‘Rhythm Method’ EP. Born in Mexico but raised in the windy city, Chicago’s DJ Jes holds a residency at the infamous ‘Warehouse’ which is credited with kick starting the global electronic music explosion back in the day, as well as releasing on the likes of NRK Sound Division, Siesta and Camouflage.
YET Records welcome Kling Klong label boss Martin Eyerer for two new tracks. With a career spanning more than 25 years, Eyerer has done many laps of the globe as a DJ and put out many releases on labels like Get Physical, My Favorite Robot, Culprit and more. He’s had gold albums in the UK, Top 3 hits on the US Billboard, and a studio full of gear that always results in new tracks.
Having contributed his ‘Dual Structure’ to John Digweed’s recent ‘Live In Tokyo’ album, Pascal FEOS now returns with his debut EP for the label. The title track, with its percussion and synth work, joins multiple dots between the house and techno scenes past and present, linking dancefloor dynamism with playful experimentation.
After focusing on original compositions for the first two Kryteria releases, launching alongside Steve Angello with ‘Romani’ before teaming up with Colombian Cato Anaya on ‘La Cumbiambera’, Kryder drafts in long-time production partner Tom Staar to remix Basement Jaxx’s ‘Bingo Bango’, originally released on their debut album ‘Remedy’. The duo have had previous collaborative efforts coming in the form of remixes for the likes of Armin Van Buuren as well as originals on labels such as Spinnin’, SIZE and the pair’s label Cartel.
Defected’s journey continues with two New Year’s events in London and Manchester. Established in London in 1999, next year marks 20 years of London-based label Defected, one of the longest running and most influential imprints in house music. The New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day events will kick off the 2019 campaign under the slogan HOUSE MUSIC ALL LIFE LONG.
No.19 Music are celebrating their 10th anniversary and start here a series of quick-fire releases which will take them to No19100 in the space of a few short months. The first of these singles see the label deliver a digital edition of the 2015 Record Store Day exclusive from US house and techno artist DJ Qu, with ‘Cycling (I’ll Wait)’.
Moplen, Larse, Dr Packer and Director’s Cut, aka Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper, revamp Candi Staton’s popular gospel track ‘Hallelujah Anyway’ for the Glitterbox label. Italian producer Moplen maximises the uplifting vocal in his ‘90s-house-influenced 'Classic Club Vibe' mix.
After the reactions to his recent releases on Pokerflat and Relief Records, label boss Michel de Hey returns to his own HEY! Records imprint with two tracks he’s played intensively over the summer. After 30 years in the game releasing on the likes of King Street NYC and Ovum Recordings, he is a possible established figure in the underground scene.
Origins Rcrds producer Ben Sterling drops three cuts entitled ‘Members Only’ on Repopulate Mars this month. Cutting his teeth as a Ministry of Sound resident at only 18 years old, he debuted on Origins Rcrds in 2017. The British producer followed with a release on Shanghaied Records before returning to Origins this year.
Markus & JES’ original vision for ‘Calling For Love’ was its daytime potential, but now he has retrained the single’s sights on more after-dark areas. To that end he sought out four trance scene producers, specifically Pavel Khvaleev, Hazem Beltagui, Marcus Santoro and DRYM.
Matthias Meyer recently dropped his first original material of 2018, collaborating with Ryan Davis for ‘Love Letters From Sicily’. It was nearly a year ago when they released their track ‘Hope’ on the ‘Watergate XV’ various artist compilation.
Voting for the Top 100 DJs Poll ends tomorrow, Wednesday 19 September at 11:59 BST, so voters have just over 0ne day left to cast their votes in time to be counted in this year’s results. This year’s poll apparently seen votes from the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil and Mexico as the top voting regions, with central Europe (Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France and Spain) following closely behind.
Tube & Berger invite a selection of close friends and producers to remix last year’s ‘We Are All Stars’ album. Forming 15 years ago, T&B have released on FFRR, Defected and Suara, evolving from club DJs to live acts - merging elements of indie and electronica. May 2017 saw them release ‘We Are All Stars’, their sophomore album featuring an amalgamation of club-angled beats, orchestral sounds, synth pop and indietronic. The German duo has now selected some of their favourite producers to create their own individual interpretations.
James Kumo brings three original cuts to his KMusic imprint this month with Plan B co-founder DJ Spider on remix duties. The imprint plays host to material from artists like Dan Curtin, David Hausdorf and Oliver Deutschmann and now the label-head himself prepares his ‘Drifter’ EP for release on the imprint.
After courting big acts such as Anne Marie & Marshmello, Jessie Ware, Naughty Boy and Craig David, with his ability to craft up vocal house cuts, Kokiri is back with another track. In tandem with Canadian pop-electro act Dragonette, the Liverpool-based artist once again returns with ‘Faith In Love’. Helmed by deep sub bass and Dragonette’s vocals, the track contains melodic synth plucks and strong beats.
Out now on Spinnin’ Records, Dutch DJ and producer Dannic is back with a new track called ‘Tenderlove’, which features uplifting piano cords with an apparent ‘dose of melodic love.’
Fatboy Slim will headline EXIT's brand-new No Sleep Festival on 15 November. This will be an exclusive one-off show simply dubbed as the Warehouse Rave which he describes as "one big intense party with plenty of lasers, dirty lights and smoke machines!”
Dave Clarke Presents returns at ADE 2018 for its 14th edition with a line up that includes Sam Paganini, Rebekah, a live performance by Octave One, Marcel Fengler, Mark Broom, Anetha, B.Traits, Estroe and Mr. Jones. They will all play Clarke’s multiple room club event at Melkweg on ADE Friday, 19 October.
UK dance music duo, Groove Armada, recently announced their return to the live stage, with four intimate capacity UK shows this winter. The shows, their first since terminating touring as a live act in 2013 to pursue DJ-only appearances, will feature the full original band and touring setup performing their biggest tracks and selections from their career that now reaches a 21st anniversary.
My Favorite Robot welcome house producer Satoshi Tomiie for his first ever EP on the label. The ‘Jam EP’, as the name suggests, features two tracks recorded live, with no computer, by Satoshi and is backed with a remix from Mateo Murphy. Japanese born, New York based Tomiie is best known for co-writing track ‘Tears’ alongside Frankie Knuckles, but in the decades since has put out three albums as well as countless EPs on his own SAW and the likes of No.19 Music, Kaoz Theory and Holic Trax.
Seth Troxler’s dancefloor label Play It Say It’s next single is a collaborative track from brothers Nic and Mark Fanciulli, one that aims to become an anthem over the months ahead. The high impact ‘Star’ is the sort of big, muscular main room tune that aims to blow crowds away.
To mark the 50th release on Superfreq, the label boss himself, Mr. C steps up with a new single backed by remixes from Ruede Hagelstein and Radio Renta. This is Mr.C’s first new music since 2017’s ‘Incidents’ album and comes after he’s steered this label through 16 years of music. His style has always been rooted in sci-fi grooves and tech house design and this new one continues in that tradition.
With the release of his next EP, Parisian producer D’Julz establishes the launch of new label JV in collaboration with French distributor Yoyaku. Yoyaku, which also runs a leading record store in Paris as well as many record labels, has apparently established itself as a major force within the underground dance scene. With that, D’Julz is seizing an opportunity to join forces and establish a new outlet for his own productions and in due course, collaborations with other artists.