The Diynamic Festival is returning to the Amsterdam forest once again in 2018 for its sixth edition, bringing you 11 hours of music from Solomun’s imprint. The special label showcase will be headlined by Solomun himself, with other core label artists such as Adriatique, Kollektiv Turmstrasse and HOSH alongside many more artists to be announced soon. Tickets go on sale 13 December.
Hugo Massien recently released his ‘Ghost Note’ EP, the latest variation of his sound on Dusky’s 17 Steps. Aiming to explore the hidden crevices between the hardcore continuum, muscular house and vintage techno, the EP delivers four cuts. Having previously contributed EPs to XL Records and DJ Haus’ E-Beamz, Hugo’s sound has already garnered praise far from the likes of Annie Mac, Bicep, Roman Flügel, and Maya Jane Coles.
The after movie for Gamma Fest was recently released and gives you a real insight into what makes it a popular event and why you should consider adding it to your festival calendar next year.
TRNSMT continues its extended transmission with a recent artist announcement. New headliner The Killers will be joined by CHVRCHES and Franz Ferdinand at TRNSMT 2018 on the closing festival date - Sunday 8th July 2018. These new acts join TRNSMT’s recent announcement of Kodaline and Krept x Konan, added to 29th and 30th June 2018 respectively. These new acts join the already announced headliners Liam Gallagher and Stereophonics as well as acts including The Script, Courteeners, James Bay, Wolf Alice, Krept x Konan, Jessie J and J Hus.
BE-AT.TV will today premiere a brand new live series - Off/BEAT - yesterday. The event will take viewers to Berlin’s spy tower complex Teufelsberg, featuring exclusive live shows from Mathew Jonson with Isis and Einmusik with Jonas Saalbach. Off/BEAT aims to showcase the music of innovative and celebrated electronic performers at spectacular locations around the world, beaming it all back in high quality live and direct to you. Further details about the global events series will be revealed shortly, including the identity of those supporting the project.
Hedonism’s Simion pairs up with Roland Clark to deliver a house cut entitled ‘Voices’ with remixes from Moonwalk and Wade on Kittball this month. Simion has proven himself an accomplished producer with releases being picked up by labels including Simma Black, Mother and Off Recordings.
A creative partnership between Tom Laroye and Yam Who?, Qwestlife is a trans-continental boogie trip between the two producers’ respective homelands of Paris and London.
Announcing a full-length album for 2018; ‘Sirens’ may well suggest an exhilarating and contemporary body of work to follow from Berlin producer Monolink – a statement of intent from the maturing studio producer and live performer. His vocal contribution and sways of acoustic colour provides an example of how electronic music can settle amongst a guitar led narrative, and displays a live direction from the singer/ songwriter.
Just two weeks since its release, ‘Say Hi’ has already been streamed 1 million times and apparently received acclaim from the likes of Billboard, MTV, Teen Vogue, and many others. In the record’s first week, ‘Say Hi’ hit #1 on Soundcloud’s trending pop chart, was added to Spotify’s Fresh Electronic playlist / Apple Music A-List playlist, and has seen spins across iHeart and SiriusXM BPM.
LA's Gari Safari has ‘transformed the American club scene’, attracting old and new clubbers with an apparently unique themed event that’s already travelled from New York's Output to Ecuador's Lost Beach Club. An all encompassing sensory experience, its soundtrack of contemporary house and techno is served up by residents and founders Anabel Englund, Human Life, Matt Ossentjuk and Mont Blvck (aka Jackson Englund, Anabel's brother, and Diego Cuevas).
After Chicane dropped his celebratory album (‘Twenty’) a bit over a year ago, his plans to release a new album draw a few steps closer as the creator of classics such as ‘Offshore’, ‘Saltwater’ and ‘Don’t Give Up’ (feat. Bryan Adams) emerges with a brand-new single, ‘Gorecki’, taken from what will be his sixth studio album.
Aiming to establish Defected Croatia as the world’s best house music festival, Defected recently announced Basement Jaxx, Derrick Carter, Dimitri From Paris, Masters At Work, Roger Sanchez and Todd Terry as their headliners for 2018 along with Phase 1 of a billing including international house artists, underground and disco acts. Returning to The Garden, Tisno on 9-14 August for six days of DJs and sunshine, the festival’s third yearly instalment is shaping up to be the biggest yet.
Sam Divine and Cassimm join forces once again for their latest co-production on DFTD, following up on the pair’s previous EP, ‘In Da Nation’. It’s been a good year for Sam, whose DVINE Sounds imprint apparently continues to rise, alongside playing global hotspots and supporting Defected at numerous club shows, festivals and their Ibiza residency at Eden.
Next up on Poker Flat Recordings is a three-tracker from Marcos in Dub, the Spanish DJ and producer with a string of releases to his name. ‘Mood’ kicks off with the title track - a dancefloor tune built around a rubbery groove. The track draws atmospheres and textures from trance-infused deep house, perhaps a legacy of the artist’s time as a resident at Madrid’s Goa nights.
The next Bedrock release is the result of a collaborative project from three Gabriel Ananda, John Digweed and Nick Muir. Their collective concept of electronic music ventures into a vast, unexplored field of endless possibilities and is the futuristic two-part ‘Tachyon Dream’. A year in the making, the project started with John (who is a massive fan) reaching out to Gabriel to see if he would be interested in working on a project together with Nick. Gabriel already had a demo in mind that he had started and the project was soon up and running.
Last week, elrow launched Rowgelia's house, a new international headquarters in Barcelona. Designed by Marino Casas Rodriguez the new HQ is a space that aims to reflect the brand’s creativity. Each room has been custom designed to reflect a different elrow theme or identity. From the Enchanted Forest, Mafia Secret Room and Wild West Saloon to a Bollywood Boudoir, El Bronx and Rowgelia's chicken coop, behind every door, a new world is waiting to be explored. Architect and designer Marin is a long-standing friend of the elrow family, having previously worked on projects such as their flagship Row14 club in Barcelona, known today simply as 'elrow', plus the Sala Privee at Florida 135 in Fraga.
Kia Mazzi is an Iranian born local musician from Boston US, who's work circumnavigates the depths of electronica, indie dance and progressive house. Originally inspired by Jean Michel Jarre, he employs a wide array of hardware synths from his personal collection and now releases his album ‘Mothership’, which is out now. He believes that the artist should remain "the student of the game" and to keep practicing, and to follow their ideals. Some logistical mistakes should be expected during that growth. He also believes there is evolution within imperfection, a creative progression that will come from practice, from hard-won trial and error.
Following his show last October, Pete Tong returns to Egg LDN along with a line-up of fellow house and techno DJs, with each artist aiming to bring their own attributes to the fore. Considered a household name with his well-known BBC Radio 1 show exhibiting both emerging and established talent, Pete’s long-running Essential Mix series remains a pivotal point for any artist worth their salt building a career in music.
Gramatik, raised the maximum amount of $2.48 million (7500 ETH) in under 24 hours during his GRMTK token sale in Zurich last week, as he became the first artist in history to ‘tokenise’ his intellectual property. A crowd at X-TRA in Zurich witnessed the moment as Gramatik, alongside SingularDTV, launched the GRMTK token, creating a new model for funding and artist-fan relationship. The GRMTK token represents the intellectual property of Gramatik, with those purchasing tokens entitled to a share in the revenue of his work as he produces music and scores films.
Nordoff Robbins Scotland will bring the electronic music scene in Scotland to the forefront of critics once more with two special award categories in collaboration with Sub Club in 2017. The one-off ‘Exceptional Contribution’ and ‘Electronic Music’ award categories will aim to highlight the electronic scene in Scotland to the world once more.
In perhaps the most time-honoured tradition in 20+ years of event theme history, this November sees Markus Schulz deliver Transmission its 2017 night-defining track. First marking his ambassadorship of the Prague-based arena with ‘The New World’ back in 2008, this year’s composition represents Markus’ ninth consecutive Transmission theme in as many years.
Capturing the hedonism of the Glitterbox extravaganza, ‘Glitterbox – Disco’s Revenge’ is selected and curated by founder and label boss Simon Dunmore. The album aims to get to the very essence of ‘dance music’ in its truest sense; music which moves your body and your soul. The standout tracks are a mixture of brand new funk-laden cuts, all-time house classics and rare disco treasures.
As the first ever 5 Senses Thailand festival approaches on 3-7 February 2018, they’ve released a video that showcases the experience that you can expect if attending. The video shows off the paradise-like location and features tropical blue-green seas, white sand beaches and open air venues that will host DJs and an intimate crowd.
2017 has apparently been ICARUS’ biggest year to date. The Bristol brothers’ recent tracks ‘Trouble’ and ‘King Kong’ won repeated Radio 1 airplay and were both highlighted as Hottest Record in the World by Danny Howard and Annie Mac respectively, and they also delivered a summer set at Radio 1’s Live at Café Mambo in Ibiza festivities. Now the duo conclude the year by dropping the brand new track ‘No Sleep’.
TRNSMT Festival will return to Glasgow Green in 2018 and will be extending its music offering across two weekends. The main festival weekend will take place over three days on 29th June – 1st July with two shows taking place the following weekend on 6th and 8th July 2018. Glasgow city centre will provide the backdrop to the event in Glasgow Green and the brand new two-weekend experience will reveal its festival line-up later this month.
2017’s draft for the sixth edition of Pure Trance sees the Netherlands based Robert Nickson and Australia’s Factor B join its roll call, while Solarstone spear-tips this new assembly. The album draws its music from the current and future holdings of Pure Trance Recordings, as well as a handful of labels including Black Hole, FSOE, Flashover and Subculture.
Annie Mac recently announced her definitive selection of favourite tracks from the past year by unveiling the track listing for ‘Annie Mac Presents 2017’. Released on 29 November, the compilation will be the ninth in the series, which have apparently topped the iTunes album charts the past five years running. Its release will come hot on the heels of her High 5 tour, where Annie will hit five cities across the UK to play five intimate gigs priced at £5.
SBTV recently announced a weekender to celebrate their 10th anniversary, brining two days of music and entertainment to Printworks London on 16th and 17th December 2017. Performances will come from SBTV friends and family with the likes of Wiley, JME, Ghetts, Big Narstie, AJ Tracey, Shola Ama, Paigey Cakey and much more all making appearances. From grime to hip-hop and acoustic, SBTV aims to provide a platform to nurture unsung talent, and has apparently helped the careers of international superstars like Ed Sheeran and Skepta.
The complexity of Denis Rodd’s newest EP release, ‘Minotaur’, reflects his curiosity and passion for music. With his roots stemming from Lanzarote (Canary Islands), Rodd’s earlier influences include jazz and funk, which eventually evolved into techno and house.
Dutch electronic music trio, Noisia, recently launched a new YouTube video series, ‘Behind Outer Edges’, that looks behind the scenes of their Outer Edges audiovisual show. Episode One is available now with a new episode released every fortnight (21/11, 5/12, 19/12). A rare and personal look into life on the road with Noisia (aka Nik, Martijn, and Thijs), each episode will focus on one member of the band, plus the extensive team who’ve helped bring the show to life, including the lighting engineer, production manager, visuals designer, the fashion designer behind the show outfits, and more.
Elrow Town London returns on Saturday 18 August 2018 after the success of their debut festival that apparently saw 25,000 people flock to London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park last August. Promising to raise the bar even higher for 2018, the fully immersive debut festival saw the likes of Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Idris Elba and Hot Since 82 play from a multi-story tower-block stage, while giant puppets, enormous inflatables and a 20-foot high mechanical camel dazzled partygoers beneath a monsoon of streamers and confetti.
After releases on King Street NYC and Ovum Recordings, Michel de Hey is back on his own HEY! label and keeps it simple with a two-tracker inspired by his numerous visits to his favourite hangout in Amsterdam; Thuishaven. On the heels of the re-release of some classic HEY! tunes by Michel and remixes by Stimming, Paul Kalkbrenner and more, this EP is the next chapter in the label’s catalogue.
Abramorama and Above & Beyond recently announced a deal for all rights, including a global theatrical rollout, to Above & Beyond Acoustic – Giving Up The Day Job, a concert documentary about the award-winning British electronic act Above & Beyond. The film is directed by award-winning directors Paul Dugdale and Myles Desenberg. Paul Dugdale with Scheme Engine (Ed Sheeran: Jumpers For Goalposts, The Rolling Stones Olé, Olé, Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America) directed the live concert at The Hollywood Bowl, and Myles Desenberg of BAFTA-nominated production company Archer’s Mark, directed the behind-the-scenes documentary of the act on tour.
DJ/producer Matt Tolfrey is set to release a four track EP on Friday via Kaluki Muzik, featuring two original productions and remixes from Mihalis Safras and AJ Christou. With a back catalogue featuring releases on Elrow, Material, No.19 Music and his own Leftroom, Matt has apparently garnered a reputation as an open-minded artist with the ability to both read and lead a crowd.
’20 years Of Nordic Trax’ marks a milestone for Luke McKeehan’s house music label based out of Vancouver, Canada. The compilation is both retrospective and fresh featuring exclusive new tracks from the label roster alongside a selection of Luke's personal favourites. The Canadian label has grown in stature year by year, release by release and has never allied itself with a scene or a sound.
With those summer nights coming to an end, and all roads leading to the cold winter ahead, Bargrooves returns with a selection of current and classic disco and disco-influenced house music from around the globe, looking to keep the fire burning that little bit longer.
In the last couple years, Canadian Dj/producer and songwriter Shaun Frank has released tunes with Steve Aoki, Oliver Heldens, DVBBS, and KSHMR, all the while putting out remixes for The Chainsmokers, Duke Dumont, & Kiesza. His apparent knack for teamwork recently earned him a writing credit on this year’s biggest No.1 world wide hit: he helped The Chainsmokers' Andrew Taggart write and compose ‘Closer’ in the back of a tour bus.
Martin Landsky drops ‘Being Me’ on Poker Flat, another electronic outing for the producer. Martin’s discography is a journey through many styles and labels - from Mobilee and Systematic, through cuts for Upon You, and onto his long association with Poker Flat Recordings that goes back to 2001.
For winter, Egg London will have a brand new warehouse-esque main room that will open featuring a new d&b audiotechnik sound system and fresh lighting rig. A new chill out roof terrace has also been erected by the club.
Los Angeles-based producer and progressive house artist Deorro is back with a new track on Ultra Music. The latest release, ‘Andele’, reflects Deorro’s heavy-hitting big room house sound, packed with deep, thumping kicks, a sound that he’s been creating since his early teen years.
House and techno duo Dusky will embark on their first 17 Steps label tour, taking in 17 venues across 17 cities in the UK and Europe including London’s Village Underground, Claire in Amsterdam, Sheffield’s Hope Works, Gorilla in Manchester and Zurich’s Hive.
Merveille & Crosson return to Visionquest this month with their second long player, entitled ‘Cerulean’ and featuring nine original compositions from the duo. 2012 saw the release of Cesar Merveille & Ryan Crosson’s inaugural long player ‘DRM’, seeing the pair veer their output into abstract realms and embrace a more eclectic left on centre production style.
This month will see Steve Lawler and Darius Syrossian join forces for the ‘Back To The Future’ EP, with Max Chapman stepping up for remix duties. The original mix of title-track, ‘Back To The Future’ opens with organic drum grooves, echoing vocal murmurs and soaring vocal phrases while the duo stir in tension building strings and choppy bass hits to kick off the EP.
What Came First is a label run by the team behind UK venue Egg London. The label’s eclectic sound covers a full spectrum of house and techno, and this new release is up-tempo echno from Berlin-based Jonty SkruFFF, featuring two original tracks and a remix from Mute Records’ founder Daniel Miller.
Now into its tenth year, the Psycle. label releases a remix EP from Italian-Swiss producer Pow-Low. Since inception in 2007, the label has put out a range of trippy music from electronica to experimental as well as dance floor oriented tunes, and now invite formally trained musician and producer Pow-Low to remix two house tracks into his own new forms.
Superfreq kick off a series of new releases from live performer and production artist Saytek with his three-track ‘Re Entry’ EP. Having cut his teeth as a young clubber and producer at many of Superfreq boss Mr.C’s parties, he has possibly become one of the electronic music scene’s most in-demand live acts.
British DJ and record production duo Sigma recently unveiled their new single, ‘Forever’, which is out now via Astralwerks. The announcement follows a busy summer of live performances apparently playing to over 400,000 fans, including a sold out headline show at London’s Royal Albert Hall and appearances at the likes of V Festival, Creamfields, Pukklepop, South West Four, headline Asia and North America tours, plus their very own summer residency at Ibiza’s Amnesia.
Better Lost Than Stupid recently announced their debut single, ‘Alto’, for new label, Skint/BMG. Released on 27 October, the track is the first new material from their as yet untitled debut album, which is set for release in 2018. Last weekend, they headlined the Ibiza venue, Amnesia (for the club’s closing party), the latest in a series of 2017 live gigs that have included a headline show at Koko in London, Razzmatazz in Barcelona, Circoloco at DC10, Krystal Club in Romania, and BPM Festival.
Electro house artist, Morgan Page just released his latest Armada track, ‘Beautiful Disaster’ featuring songstress Stella Rio and record producer and songwriter Damon Sharpe. The melodic-driven track comes with an acoustic guitar riff, Stella’s vocals, Damon’s production, and all-around tender yet bouncy vibes. Throw in some synths into the mix and you get a blend of soothing sounds and a gentle upbeat rhythm.
Memory Box - the label born from the party of the same name - looks to boss Robin Ball for its next release. Following his first EP, which had all the influences of acid house past and future, this release aims to show respect to Chicago. Ball has been involved in the dance scene since the age of 14 when he first started his own parties. Since then he has emerged as a singular voice with a discography that takes in essential cuts all the way back to the mid-nineties, most often on Groovepressure. Now he’s back under his own name.
DJ Mag recently announced the results of the Top 100 DJs Poll 2017, with Martin Garrix crowned as their world No.1 DJ for a second consecutive year. Garrix received the award at the Top 100 DJs Awards ceremony at AMF 2017 at Amsterdam ArenA; and was joined onstage by the highest duo, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (No.2), and Armin van Buuren (No.3), the highest trance DJ. AMF 2017 also featured an exclusive back-to-back performance by Armin van Buuren and Hardwell during the #TwoIsOne showcase, with further sets from David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Marshmello, Don Diablo and many more.
Madrid based DJ/producer Dennis Cruz delivers two dance floor focussed house cuts on Solid Grooves this month. Apparently a mainstay in the house and techno community, Dennis has delivered high material on Stereo Productions, Snatch! and Suara to name but a few, garnering support from the likes of Marco Carola, Jamie Jones and Nic Fanciulli.
Steve Angello recently released ‘Inferno’, the second act of two tracks from his upcoming album ‘Almost Human’, featuring two previously-unreleased songs: ‘Freedom’ featuring rap artist Pusha T, and ’I Know’. Opening track ‘Freedom’ features a pulsating, heartbeat rhythm of a drumbeat that makes way for an industrial, hypnotic bassline, before the voice of Pusha T proclaims: “America’s ours” ahead of the song’s drop.
Just over a year on since he released his LP ‘Happiness’ on Classic Music Company, Eli Escobar returns to the label with an album which seems further removed in sentiment. Whereas ‘Happiness’ radiated a house/disco hybrid throughout, ‘Shout’ is a heartfelt rage against America’s developing political disasters.
Kevin Saunderson’s KMS label heralds three decades of techno music with a special anniversary EP, demonstrating both the genre's evolution and relevance in today’s musical landscape. This package aims to position KMS as an imprint spearheading the techno movement for years to come. Apparently reminiscent of the first-ever techno raves in the ‘80s, ‘Idyllic’ aims to transfer that bygone feeling directly onto the dancefloors of today.
Coming off the back of an appearance at London’s SW4 festival, Playaz returns to the capital at the 02 Academy Brixton this New Year’s Eve for the brand’s biggest ever event. Headlining what may be one of London’s biggest New Year’s Eve shows are Hype & Hazard performing a back to back set.
Kölsch is set to perform on the Eiffel Tower in Paris today. The Danish producer’s exclusive DJ set for Cercle Music will be streamed live and direct from 1800 CET - 1915 CET on his Facebook page. Apparently over 15 million viewers are expected to tune in to enjoy a sunset show, with magnificent views across the French capital from the iconic Parisian monument.
Bridging the gap between ‘Stronger Together’ - his late summer Beatport #1 and this month’s delivery of his eighth artist album, Paul van Dyk recently served ‘From Then On’’s final single.
Noisia’s Thijs De Vlieger’s debut solo release ‘Tetris Mon Amour’ is a studio version of a score he wrote for a commission by the Dutch contemporary dance collective Club Guy & Roni. The video for the project was recently released via Noisia’s YouTube channel (163,000 subscribers). The visual accompaniment to Movement I is a collaboration between Thys, filmmaker Lex Vesseur, and choreographer Roni Haver.
Gabriel & Dresden’s brand new partnership with Anjunabeats kicks off with ‘This Love Kills Me’ feat. Sub Teal, the debut single from their first artist album in over a decade. The progressive house track marks the first single off their album, which was funded by fans on Kickstarter and apparently exceeded more than double the support initially asked for.
Working in stylistic new areas, penning and co-penning many of the tracks’ lyrics and delivering a disc’s worth of acoustic versions were just some of the ways in which ‘Watch The World’ changed perceptions of Markus Schulz last year. Bringing that to its natural conclusion this October, the German musician signs off on the long-player with its criterion edition.
Defected Records recently announced their return to the Ministry of Sound on New Year’s Eve. Having made stops around the globe in Dubai, Ibiza, Croatia, Belgium, Amsterdam and more, the party returns home to London on 31 December for a huge end-of-year celebration. This has been a good year for Defected, seeing the second instalment of Defected Croatia and their return to Ibiza with a residency at Eden.
2017 has already been a decent year for rDutch DJ/producer Alessandro Diga, with the release of his ‘Figments Of My Imagination’ debut artist album on Paul Hazendonk’s Manual Music label. Showcasing Alessandro’s deeply melodic, diverse attitude, one of the album’s highlight tracks, ‘Standing On My Feet’, has just been released with a remix by German duo Danito & Athina, and a bonus brand new track, ‘Panic Mode’.
UK house and techno artists, Dusky, return to their 17 Steps label with the classic house indebted ‘Square Miso’, picking up where this summer’s ‘Cold Heart’ EP left off - the lead track an ever present in Gerd Janson’s summer DJ sets. Apparently recognisable to many from Dusky’s festival sets as well as Jackmaster’s recent Circo Loco terrace recording, the track draws on the swing of classic NYC house with soulful, cut-up vocal samples and tightly programmed beats.
True to tradition, around New Year, the Gashouder on the Westergasfabriek terrain in Amsterdam will once again be the venue of Awakenings New Year. New for this event is the introduction of a day programme during the coming edition of the New Year celebration. On Saturday 30 December doors will open at 12 midday for the New Year’s Special By Day, featuring Joris Voorn, Richie Hawtin and Chris Liebing, among others. The party will end at 10pm.
With musical trends always changing and evolving, it’s good to see The Shapeshifters sustaining a successful career in house music for over 10 years now. Think we actually gave them their first, or one of the first, UK press coverage when we edited M8 Magazine and were sent the instrumental of 'Lola's Theme' via Paul Farris' FourFour Promotions.
Robin Schulz recently released his ‘Uncovered’ album, which is out now via Atlantic Records. Spanning 18-tracks, the album is possibly the German’s most cinematic and complete work to date. Setting the tone for the 18-track opus, ‘Intro’ is an orchestral composition, with tension building strings and a staccato piano melody that denotes a sombre mood. Transitioning into crisp percussion and soft chord progressions, ‘Unforgettable’ features the dulcet tones of American singer/songwriter Marc Scibilia. The track is the third single from the album. The melancholic tone is turned on its head with the arrival of the David Guetta & Cheat Codes collaboration 'Shed A Light,' the chorus and string-laden summer track that has been streamed over 250 million times online.
‘Fall For U’ is the latest single from Dublin born producer Jay Pryor, demonstrating the 22-year old’s penchant for the breezy, melodic crossover house that is apparently popular on both sides of the Atlantic. Featuring vocals from Jack McManus and Jon Green with loose keys and a post-summer vibe, the track aims to light-up the airwaves and dancefloors.
A name synonymous with electronic music, Erick Morillo is part of the generation of DJs that were formative of the house music revolution. With a career spanning several decades, Erick has possibly remained one of the most in-demand and instantly recognisable producers in the world since launching Subliminal Records in 1997 with Harry Romero and Jose Nunez.
British duo CamelPhat release on Lee Foss’s Repopulate Mars this October, featuring three possible dancefloor ready house cuts. A busy touring schedule has seen the duo play some of Europe’s most renowned venues including Fabric, Rainbow and Amnesia Ibiza to name a few, as well as top festivals such as Hideout, Creamfields, We Are FSTVL and Tomorrowland.
Soulfuric is possibly one of the most well-renowned labels in house music worldwide. As production duo Jazz-N-Groove and Urban Blues Project (UBP), Brian Tappert and Marc Pomeroy released records on classic labels including Sub-Urban, Strictly Rhythm and AM:PM, even cueing up the first ever release on Defected Records (and a UK chart no.8) with Soulsearcher’s 'Can’t Get Enough'. In 1996, the two founded their own label Soulfuric Recordings which eventually included sub-labels Soulfuric Deep and Soulfuric Trax.
Young Austrian D&B artist Mefjus, aka Martin Schober, takes the helm of ‘FABRICLIVE 95’, the newly announced instalment in the electronic mix album series. The album will be released on CD and digital via Fabric on 17 November, rounding off a year that’s seen contributions from Daphni, Preditah, and beyond. A hybrid artist and DJ mix album, it features only Mefjus’ own productions, remixes, and collaborations across the 29-strong tracklist. Exclusives include ‘Untitled (Dub)’, while the mix features originals such as ‘Mirage’, ‘Far Too Close’ (his 2012 debut), ‘Chaos Theory’, ‘Blitz’, ‘Suicide Bassline VIP’, ‘Dissuade (Emperor remix)’, ‘Saturate’, and others, plus his remixes of Ivy Lab’s ‘Sunday Crunk’, Noisia’s ‘Exavolt’, and Emperor’s ‘SMPL’.
Ministry of Sound’s Autumn/Winter season with see performances from the likes of Louie Vega, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Klingande, plus a special 26th birthday with DJ Harvey, Session Victim, Harvey Sutherland, In Flagrante and Justin Berkmann. Look out too for its anything goes flagship residency Glitterbox which continues to serve up plenty of surprises. Already this year, Marshmello made his UK debut at the club back in February and Jonas Blue also played a headline slot.
To mark the release of his eighth artist album, Paul van Dyk is set to bring audiences a one-off live experience. One week ahead of ‘From Then On’’s release, Paul will marry album preview and album retrospective as one. Programmed solely for the night of Friday 14 October, Paul’s extended set will passage from his earliest album moments to his most recent. ‘45rpm’ to ‘From Then On’, and all points ‘Out There And Back’ & ‘In Between’.
Hardwell recently claimed two top spots at this year’s ‘DJ awards’ ceremony, held annually in Ibiza to recognise those that have left the biggest impression on the White Isle each year. Firstly, he celebrates a big year by retaining his ‘Big Room House’ title, having been pitted against the likes of David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki and The Chainsmokers.
Defected and Classic Music Company touch down in Amsterdam on 20 October for this year’s double-header ADE party taking place at Air. Keeping in touch with both labels’ ‘family’ ethos, the line-up consists entirely of artists who have releases on Classic, Defected or one of the sub-labels this year.
‘High Drama’ sees SONNS & Phil Kieran team up to drop four leftfield cuts on Hottrax this next month. Stretching 20 years, Phil’s career includes working with artists like Green Velvet, Peter Hook and Gary Numan, remixing Depeche Mode, as well as working closely with David Holmes on numerous projects. Meanwhile, his solo discography features appearances on labels like Hotflush, Yoshitoshi, Soma and Skint, not to mention albums on Cocoon and last year’s Hot Creations debut.
This November, Get Physical release the first ever album from Chicago house luminary DJ Pierre. Before that, they drop one of the singles from the LP with a remix by Zombie Nation. Pierre, by anyone’s standards, is a pivotal character in the story of house music.
UK DJ/producer Hauswerks releases on Sunderland based label Haze Records this November, featuring two original productions and a remix from Apollo 84. Having possibly put himself on the map with releases on Hot Creations and VIVa LIMITED, recent years have seen him release on Moon Harbour, ElRow, Material and Avotre.
Stepping up to continue Defected’s In The House tradition is DJ Haus, a decidedly untraditional DJ, producer, originator and DIY label innovator. Recognised among the underground house community as apparently being at the cutting edge with his imprints Unknown To The Unknown and Hot Haus Recs, his kaleidoscopic eclecticism and refreshing lack of ostentation makes him, in Defected’s opinion, an ambassador for the future of house music.
Cologne/Berlin duo Andhim return to their own Superfriends Records once again for their new EP 'Huso'. Apparently climbing to uncharted heights of dance-music popularity, they have been releasing their distinguished style of sample-heavy ‘Super House’ since 2010, reaching the ears of the masses on various music labels.
Above & Beyond chose the occasion of possibly the biggest weekend in their history to unveil plans for their fourth studio album, performing to almost 35,000 clubbers at two U.S. shows. Following a sold-out headline show at Red Rocks, Colorado on Friday the band moved on to host ABGT250 at The Gorge Amphitheatre the next evening, where Jono, Tony and Paavo revealed that the album will be titled ‘Common Ground’ and is set for release in January 2018.
Avicii recently shared the official video for his new single ‘Lonely Together’. Taken from his current EP ‘AVĪCI’, the track features British pop singer Rita Ora, who performed the song live on the first episode of the 2017 series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing on the 9th of September.
As the season begins to draw towards a close, Hï Ibiza recently announced the first official closing party. Taking place on Sunday 8 October, the closing party features a line-up of Ibiza favourites, including Jamie Jones, Loco Dice and Guy Gerber, residents Steve Lawler, Andrea Oliva, Nic Fanciulli and Kölsch, plus many more!
Last year apparently saw over 2,200 artists and 500 speakers descend on the Dutch capital for five days of world-class parties and the conference at the Amsterdam Dance Event. To coincide with the event, the ‘Defected Amsterdam’ compilation series gives a sneak preview of the tracks that might blow up at the event and dominate sets across the week and beyond.
Steve Angello recently released the video for his track ‘Rejoice’. The experimental fashion film was curated by Angello himself, and serves as ‘an interpretation about heaven and hell’. These are themes central to his forthcoming album of three acts ‘Genesis’, ‘Inferno’ and ‘Paradiso’. The video blends CGI and haute couture, set against the track’s sermon, delivered by USA preacher, T.D. Jakes. Unlike anything he’s done before, the new music goes into a much darker, artful direction inspired by Steve’s own spiritual awakening.
Under The Influence is a new club concept hosted at Underground Ibiza, a venue that set out to retain an authentic approach to Ibizan clubbing and aims to reflect the original philosophy of the island as a place for all to party. Underground is apparently a club that values quality music and an honest, inclusive clubbing experience over the ever-increasing prevalence of VIPs and fast-growing commercialism. It aims to bring together DJs and producers that have had a direct impact and influence over each other’s respective careers.
Hot on the heels of debut single ‘Fix Me’, Richard Judge lands on The Bearded Man with another one of his outings. With ‘Kinda Love’, the up-and-coming talent builds on the slew of singles from his hand and kicks his potential rise to the top into overdrive.
Kerri Chandler recently announced he’s taking the reins of the DJ-Kicks mix series, with a digital, CD and vinyl release set for 20 October. The album will be accompanied by a tour across the UK, Europe, and America. Peace, love, and admiration is well-known as Kerri’s sign-off on messages to his fans, and this album is born of that spirit and this mix takes him out of the club and through a world of influences and inspirations.
This month sees Oliver Lieb drop his first official L.S.G. long-player for 15 years. Something of an album recluse since 2002’s ‘The Hive’, as its title infers ‘Double Vision’ is a sonic demonstration of the two halves of Lieb’s musical mind. Throughout its frontend, the album moves through glacial grooves, zephyr-ish melodies and soundscapes. The second half sees him shift focus to the club floor, supplying the album with drum punch and floor verve through its 11 4/4-based tracks.
On 30th September, one night after the closing party in Ibiza, Glitterbox takes on Zurich with sets from Joey Negro, Simon Dunmore and Aston Martinez, as well as performances from Hot Heels. Joey Negro is a mainstay of contemporary disco, with a career spanning as far back as 1988, he has a discography that could arguably rival anyone in the industry.
Bristol’s Eli Brown makes his debut on Repopulate Mars with four cuts in his ‘Hysteria’ EP this month. With early releases on labels such as Steve Lawler’s VIVa and Skream’s Of Unsound Mind, Eli’s arrival onto the scene has possibly given him a reputation as a rising talent.
ON IT Recordings welcome Funk D'Void to the label with his new single 'Feels So Good'. A hypnotic journey into melodic techno, he uses a classic ’90s vocal sample laid over synths and bass underpinned by driving percussion to work the floor. The package also includes remixes from Tuff London, who inject an arpeggiated synth line that builds with thick strings. Brett Gould's remix journeys between techno and progressive, armed with a rolling bassline, driving percussion and a melodic synth hook.
Released the same day as Glitterbox closes its 16-date summer season at Hï Ibiza, Glitterbox – ‘Disco’s Revenge’ captures the hedonism of the party’s extravaganza. Spread over three mixes which have been selected and curated by founder and label boss Simon Dunmore, the album gets to the very essence of ‘dance music’ in its truest sense; music which moves your body and your soul. The standout tracks are a mixture of brand new funk-laden cuts, all-time house classics and rare disco treasures.
This week will see Visionquest return with Alexi Delano’s ‘Water Colors’ EP, accompanied by a remix from the Persuader aka Jesper Dahlbäck. Chilean born, Swedish raised, New York adopted and Amsterdam based producer and DJ Alexi has a back catalogue dating back over two decades and featuring releases on labels such as Laurent Garnier’s F Communications, Richie Hawtin & John Acquaviva’s Plus 8, Ghostly International’s Spectral Sound and M_Nus.
Kiwi AKA Alex Warren is apparently enjoying a studio purple patch with previous EPs and singles having surfaced to strong acclaim via Futureboogie, Correspondent, Moda Black and Optimo Music. ‘Marmora’s Theme’ EP marks his debut on Dusky’s 17 Steps – a label formed in 2014 that counts tracks from Velvit, Lo Shea, Skream and Alan Fitzpatrick among its discography – offering three originals sat next to a remix from Tuff City Kids aka Gerd Janson and Lauer.
Following from ‘Catch The Beat’ featuring Cakes da Killa, ‘Look Ahead’ is the latest single taken from Honey Dijon’s forthcoming album ‘The Best of Both Worlds’. Given its world premiere by Honey in her Essential Mix, the track apparently quickly became Classic’s most sought-after record with various DJs looking for upfront copies.
Patrick Topping, Kerri Chandler, Catz ‘N Dogz, Alan Fitzpartick and more. The list goes on as Yousef’s Circus reaches a historic milestone with his label, Circus Recordings, bringing together a selection of artists for a 15-track compilation album. A year in the making, each artist has been handpicked by Yousef himself and the album will celebrate each artist’s own long-standing relationship with Circus – everyone involved has performed at Circus a vast number of times since its inception in 2002.
Probably one of the most addictive records of summer 2017, CamelPhat & Elderbrook’s ‘Cola’ may have become a defining musical moment of the year. The track had barely touched the ground when tastemakers’ ears were pricking up across the board and it was quickly snapped up by Danny Howard as his Hottest Record on Radio 1 and is currently on rotation by the likes of MK, Solomun, Kenny Dope, Claptone, Roger Sanchez and many more.
Relentless Beats recently announced phase one or their lineup for Decadence NYE, apparently Arizona’s largest music festival - a two-day New Year’s Eve celebration taking place at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, Arizona on 30 and 31 December 2017. Presented by Relentless Beats and Global Dance, the fourth annual festival will include two main stages, with possibly some of electronic dance music’s biggest artists, including: in the Diamond Atrium: Armin Van Buuren (AZ festival debut); Black Tiger Sex Machine; Borgore; Crywolf; Galantis; Louis the Child; Medasin (AZ debut); What So Not; Zedd and Zed’s Dead.