Kraak & Smaak are back with a brand-new single ‘Sweet Time’; a vocal dancefloor track by the Dutch crew on their very own Boogie Angst imprint. The second single to be taken from the forthcoming studio album expected later this year, is a fusion of breakbeats and funk with pop sensibilities written and performed by the production trio of Oscar de Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug who hail from the town of Leiden, Netherlands.
Punctual continue their release schedule with the second in a string of singles. ‘Anything (For Your Love)’ is another uplifting house track with vocals and keys. Punctual are Will Lansley and John Morgan, a songwriter, producer and DJ duo whose debut single ‘Eva’ propelled them into the spotlight, clocking up over 3 million plays on Spotify to date and radio support from the likes of Zane Lowe, Pete Tong, Phil Taggart and Huw Stephens.
This Autumn Toolroom goes Stateside, taking its sound on the road with a US tour that includes parties at various clubs and venues. 2018 was apparently a landmark year for Toolroom. The label celebrated its 15th anniversary with an album and world tour and hitting top spot as Beatport’s highest-selling label of the year.
The North West’s series of daytime clubbing events, PierJam, will return to Blackpool North Pier on Saturday 28 September for the 2019 closing party of their fifth season at the seaside venue.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Poker Flat will be marking this milestone with a series of remixes of some of its releases from an array of artists, alongside a number of anniversary events over the coming months. Founded by Steve Bug in 1999, the label released a sound and style that was popular in club culture for years, and continues to be for both DJs and music fans to this day.
Following Glitterbox’s announcement of their return to Manchester this November, Defected recently revealed their line-up for the joint event at the O2 Victoria Warehouse. With 2019 marking the 20th year of the independent label, Defected make their return to the venue where anniversary celebrations kicked off on New Year’s Day.
With Ellen Allien’s latest album ‘Alientronic’ in full flight, in comes the first batch of remixes. For Rmxs 1, it’s Terence Fixmer, Introversion and Regal, three artists, three fresh remixes and a special edit. It starts with two remixes of ‘Love Distortion.’ First up is Frenchman Terence Fixmer. His rework gets extra bold percussion that slams down with purpose as a gnarly guitar-esque riff rocks it out.
Highlighting the ever-evolving sound of the label, Anjunabeats welcomes Tinlicker for their first single outing. Bringing a dancefloor sensibility to the deeper end of the electronic spectrum, the Dutch duo Jordi van Achthoven and Micha Heyboer have apparently courted the attention of labels and tastemakers since breaking out in 2013.
Matador debuts his vinyl-only Cyclone Series with a three-track EP. The series was informed by the early years of Lynch's career, as well as the stripped-back setup he used to make music while touring. ‘Come With Me’ builds and disperses, creating an increasing tension while the fast pace and percussive beats keep up the pressure.
Comprising four original tracks, ‘Initial Granada Report’ is electronic music with the depth you’d expect from the OG’s of acid house. As a band 808 State made a name for themselves as embodying the sound of the future, and 30 years later they are still aiming to push boundaries while simultaneously embracing their decades-long history.
‘Best Case Life’ is the debut album from Gemini Rising, the synth-pop group comprising Tensnake aka Marco Niemerski, Fiora, and Lester Mendez. Released 6 September, the 13-track collection includes new single ‘Just Because’ (available now), and previous singles ‘Morph’ and ‘After The Rain’.
Voting is now open for DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs poll. The annual vote – now in its 26th year – is apparently ‘the world’s largest publicly-voted music poll, receiving over 1.2 million votes from over 180 countries last year.’ The poll has grown alongside the global electronic music scene and is a snapshot of the popularity and visibility of international DJs at the end of every given year. Voting is open now and runs until Wednesday 18 September at 23:59 BST.
After a foray into psychedelia with ‘Keramas / Harpanet,’ producer / DJ / keyboardist Moon Boots returns to his jazzy house foundations with ‘Tied Up’, an ode to the bonds of love and/or bondage (depending on your perspective). Boots and his friend, Brooklyn nightlife fixture Steven Klavier, channel their appreciation for barbershop harmonies and early Pharrell to create a summer jam. The first radio support for the track has come from Radio 1, with plays across the weekend via Black Madonna, MistaJam, and more; and the single is now at No.2 in the Radio 1 Dance Chart.
After shows across London, Ibiza, New York, Sydney and more, Glitterbox will be returning to Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse for the first time since New Year’s Day for another disco affair. The brand will be joining forces with independent house music label, Defected Records, for a joint celebration of feel-good, high energy house and disco music.
Toronto’s Demuir continues his recent run of form with a three-tracker on Loco Dice’s Desolat label. Having made his name on the local scene early on, Demuir has gone on to play some of the world’s big stages and now he shows off his skills and sounds across three high functioning tracks.
Connected’s next release is a sampler EP taken from Skatman’s upcoming studio album, released digitally on the same day. Skatman is Aziz Haddad, a Tunisian born, Berlin-based producer, DJ and label head of Scatcity.nSince moving to Berlin, his sound has evolved into an ongoing homage to his particular experience between his current home and his younger years in north Africa.
PBR Streetgang recently launched their new Kurtz imprint as they delivered their ‘Big Wig’ EP, accompanied by a remix from Donald Dust. With releases to date via Skint, Futureboogie and Toy Tonics, Leeds based duo Bonar Bradberry and Tom Thorpe, aka PBR Streetgang, have possibly established themselves as artists at the forefront of the modern house and disco scene.
West Coast artist Dave Aju continues with his own varied style and pace, coming once again on Circus Company with three dance floor-aimed tracks. The San Francisco DJ/producer is a groove and jazz influenced artist who has been with the label for ten years. In that time, he has turned out plenty of LPs and EPs that have possibly earned him a reputation as a craftsman.
Relief Records boss Green Velvet teams up with Greek producer Mihalis Safras and vocalist Val this July to deliver ‘Discogirl’. Chicago born Curtis Jones has been a house music artist for nearly 30 years, producing initially under the alias Cajmere and later under Green Velvet where he established his Relief Records imprint.
Bonobo returns with new single ‘Linked’. The new release from the LA-based producer (aka Simon Green) is an atmospheric slow-builder, possibly tuned for festivals this summer. It follows his compiling of the inaugural ‘fabric Presents’ compilation, which featured a new song ‘Ibrik’ (picked as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1), and comes after the 2017 album ‘Migration’, which reached the UK Top 5, received two GRAMMY nominations and apparently saw him headline festivals and sell out multiple global tours with an expanded live show.
The Berlin-based duo Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier, aka Booka Shade, return to Bedrock with the ‘Understanding EP’, their second EP for John Digweed’s imprint. Opening with the dark, percussive pulse of ‘Understanding’, the duo lay down a work that invokes the spirit of classic house music with its distinctive vocal samples, bedded on a techno groove.
Inner City bring vocal house to Armada Music. Back into the groove after 2018’s ‘Heavy’ on Kevin Saunderson’s KMS label, their new track, ‘Need Your Love’, has the band and Steffanie Christi’an ready for daytime takeovers as much as sparking activity after dark – just like Saunderson’s two breakouts from over 30 years ago.
Spanish producer Javi Bora steps up on Rawthentic with the ‘La Trampa EP’ featuring two house cuts and a remix by Todd Terry. A part of the Ibiza scene, Bora has had releases on a wide array of labels such as Robsoul, Too Many Rules and Do Not Sleep, as well as several collaborations with Chicago house advocates Jazzman Wax and Iban Montoro.
Aly & Fila are back with another new single, hot off the back of their releases ‘Come Home’ with Kyau & Albert, ‘Gravity’ and ‘It’s All About The Melody’. They now return with ‘Sands Of Time’, their official FSOE 600 production.
Building on his first two releases, ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘Feel Alive’, D-Sol (aka David Solomon) is back with another track - his dancefloor re-interpretation of the 1965 Fontella Bass classic ‘Rescue Me’. Featuring the voice of Alex Newell, who starred as Wade “Unique” Adam on the Fox music series Glee, this new version is highlighted by his take on the production; combining happy-house with pop elements and additional songwriting from Laura White (writer and vocalist of Galantis’ ‘Love On Me’).
Emerging from the normality of his teenage life to possibly become a rising star of dance music, David Jackson has become somewhat of a musical prodigy with his early explorations of the genre. Before turning 16 he’d already released on Kerri Chandler’s MadTech records and garnered support from DJs like Monki and Audiojack.
Possibly one of the dance scene’s biggest breakthrough artists over the last few years, and with a profile and following that apparently goes from strength to strength, Cream recently announced Australia’s Sonny Fodera will return to Liverpool on Friday 4 October 2019 as part of his ‘Rise’ Album UK Tour.
One of the world’s most iconic house labels welcomes Jasper St Co. for a new album that features guests like Norma Jean and Byron Stingily, plus remixes from David Morales, Kenny Carpenter and Dimitri From Paris. Consisting of vocalists Randy Roberts, Vonita White and Richard Burton, as well as producers Teddy Douglas and DJ Spen - Jasper Street Co. is the premier gospel-oriented house-music group and for almost 25 years now they have injected the scene with some of the most uplifting and emotional music imaginable.
Ministry of Sound recently announced the return of their orchestral tour The Annual Classical to London’s Royal Festival Hall on 4 October. The announcement comes on the back of a UK tour, which finished last week and apparently sold out shows across the country following the world premiere at the Royal Festival Hall in January. The show will also make its open-air debut at Chelmsford City Racecourse on 31 August.
After recently remixing SCB x Reset Robot’s ‘Arp’, Wehbba joins Hotflush for his debut original work. ‘Red Planet EP’ is the maiden collaboration between the duo, which is out now on Hotflush Recordings.
Taking you to the White Isle for another dose of blissed-out beats, Toolroom Records welcome Opolopo to curate and mix their ‘Poolside Ibiza 2019' compilation. Opolopo’s musical career spans over two decades, covering the spectrum of funk, soul and house, with releases on labels such as Om, Tru Thoughts, Local Talk, Z Records, and Especial.
Defected recently announced the remaining programme for the rest of the summer at Eden, Ibiza. Already a month into the Ibiza season, the label has navigated the move from Sunday to Friday nights, with the weekly parties apparently being the busiest yet in the brand’s three-year tenure at the San Antonio hotspot.
Following a move to Berlin a few years ago, house producer, vocalist and DJ Kevin Knapp is back in his home country to perform at some of the country’s clubs this summer. Kevin arrived in the scene with the track ‘Stay Glued (My Beat Will Control You)’ with Audiojack, while Hot Creations debut ‘The Drums’ alongside A&R head Richy Ahmed is apparently still doing well.
Bedrock welcomes Andreas Henneberg to the label to showcase his debut 6-track ‘Duff Trip’ EP. Born in Berlin and still living, loving and working in the city, Andreas has been working behind the scenes since the mid-90s as a producer, label owner, mastering-engineer and as a DJ and live-performer. Stylistically, Andreas is located somewhere between techno, minimal and house.
Following his successive run of Beatport #1s (with ‘Panama’, ‘Tranceland’ & ‘8K’), ‘Colours’ is the fourth of Giuseppe’s releases, leading the trail to his new ‘Evolver’ artist album. A piece of music that organically sprang to life during club sets, its most essential elements were live jammed instinctively by Ottaviani, motivated by the crowd’s response.
Tritonal have been involved in the electronic dance music scene for over a decade, and this year is poised to possibly be their biggest yet. 2019 has been home to some of the duo’s most prolific singles including ‘Little Bit of Love’ with American popstar Rachel Platten, ‘U Found Me’, ‘Hard Pass’ and more, all leading up to the release of their third studio album ‘U & Me’, out now on Enhanced Music.
Andrea Oliva returns with another new single that comes boosted with a remix by The Martinez Brothers. Swiss DJ/producer Andrea has been involved in the contemporary scene for a decade now and has released tracks on labels such as Desolat, Hot Creations and Relief.
Mr.C’s latest single comes with remixes by Jay Tripwire, Dance Spirit and Radio Rental as he delivers a track with a tight rhythm, thick bassline and chords that are run through with an acid line. A full vocal in which he waxes lyrical about us being a radically inclusive community in which everyone belongs is part of the track with a robotic chorus.
Making a return to Kaluki this month is longstanding label artist, De La Swing, with his ‘Club Del Sol’ EP. The elrow head honcho has apparently been making waves in the tech house scene with releases on Circus, Mother, Lapsus and Material as well as playing out at DJ residencies across the globe alongside elrow parties.
With recent releases ‘Drama’, ‘Real Thing’ and ‘Too Many Lies’ under his belt already in 2019, New Zealand producer La Felix continues his ascendency with his latest release, ‘Give Me Your Love’. As it ushers in a slight change of pace, the track takes listeners on a sonic journey full of ambiance and tranquillity that aims to evoke a visual imagery of summer nights.
Two years since his last release on the label, Hernán Cattáneo makes his return to Balance Music with ‘Balance Presents Sunsetstrip,’ the next plateau of concept mixes to come from the label. Out this summer on 2 August 2, the release will be available in a limited edition 2xCD bundle, and on digital, and streaming platforms worldwide with a limited edition 2LP vinyl package to be available later in October for collectors. Featuring over 30 tracks with almost all selections exclusive to the release, listeners can look forward to hearing tracks from Brian Cid, DAVI, Hernán Cattáneo & Soundexile, Khen, Navar and many more.
Gemini Rising is the new band comprising Tensnake aka Marco Niemerski, Fiora, and Lester Mendez. Out now, ‘Morph’ is the first single from the band’s recording sessions that took place in Los Angeles in 2018, where the analogue synth-pop trio holed up for months to write and produce their new material.
Following an apparent Sold Out Release Party at Sound LA with Dr. Fresch, Shaun Frank, Bones, and Namoli, Kevin Chapman aka SNBRN recently released a full length body of work encapsulating his favourite sounds and most polished music from the past year.
Though they have both been mainstays in the trance scene for a very long time, Ben Gold and Richard Durand have never joined forces on the productional front together. Now the duo have teamed up to release the track ‘A Thousand Times’, which is out now on Armada Music. Taken from the upcoming second part of Ben Gold’s ‘Sound Advice’ album series, this new single brings back the classic trance sound.
JES recently announce the worldwide release of her new single ‘No One Else’ through Dutch dance imprint Magik Muzik, with remix production from New York outfit Disco Fries. Chasing on the heels of her Beatport Trance chart #1 ‘Imagination’, the track is the first new material to be released from JES’ upcoming future-spective concept album, ‘Memento’.
Toolroom recently announced their London Summer Party line up at Studio 338 on 13 July, with Eli Brown, Gene Farris, Illyus & Barrientos, Leftwing & Kody, Mark Knight, Maxinne, Weiss, plus new addition, Purple Disco Machine. Kicking off from 2pm Saturday afternoon to make full use of Studio 338’s Lost Island-themed garden and terrace, and running all the way through to 6am Sunday morning, the party will bring the sounds of their Eden Ibiza residency.
Hot on the heels of the release of his new album ‘Fear In A Handful Of Dust’ (which hit #1 on the iTunes, Bandcamp and college radio electronic charts), Amon Tobin launches a new project called Only Child Tyrant with the song ‘Monkey Box’. With an album out 26 July, Only Child Tyrant is partnering with Bandcamp’s new vinyl pressing service, which activates fans to pre-order physical records. Only Child Tyrant’s debut album ‘Time To Run’ will be part of the pilot program for this new service.
Nightlife brand Glitterbox has teamed up with British fashion label Religion to release a 13-piece range of unisex t-shirts, vests and tanks. The designs feature Glitterbox’s signature loveheart, logo and slogans on black or white cotton with textural and metallic prints introducing splashes of colour. The Glitterbox fashion team worked closely with Religion’s Senior Designer, Donovan Pascal, to create relaxed, wearable pieces in lightweight 100% cotton and feature the slogan: ‘Glitterbox Is My Religion’.
Southern California is home to veteran DJ/producer Randall Jones. Having made his Bedrock debut way back in 2003 ('The Pathwork EP') Randall has grown, developed and evolved as an artist. A return to Bedrock has been long overdue and his '53 Stickup EP' is his creative statement for 2019.
Grammy-nominated Melba Moore’s ‘My Heart Belongs To You’ is a classic from the Soulfuric back-catalogue. Originally produced by Ron Carroll, who introduced Moore’s disco-diva range to the world of house, this driving peak-time vocal track came with the aim to get the room moving, and inspired remixes from Jon Cutler, WAWA and DJ Prom.
Hottrax welcome Italian Frank Storm for a brace of new grooves in ‘Body Crunch’. Storm has apparently established himself in Ibiza as the founder of Unusual Suspects, a cult underground night that has been at Sankeys since 2015.
Just in time for summer, and another season of gigs across the world, Maceo Plex returns to his own Ellum Audio with a new track, his first outing since his Mutant Robotics release in 2018.
Rinse FM continues its 25th anniversary celebrations with its takeover of London's Garden & Terrace at Studio 338 for a huge party this June, bringing with them a whole host of acts for apparently one of their most impressive line-ups yet.
After already announcing Camelphat for the festival, elrow Town Edinburgh recently unveiled further names for its Scottish debut on Saturday 27 July 2019. Also confirmed are Paco Osuna, Joris Voorn and Horse Meat Disco.
‘Music Sounds Better With You’ became an immediate touchstone for a new and uniquely French kind of dance music that foregrounds filtered disco samples and deeply swung garage rhythms. Meeting by chance at a house party in the emerging electro scene in Paris in the mid-1990s, Alan Braxe and Thomas Bangalter formed a creative partnership that began officially with ‘Vertigo’, Braxe’s first single, released via Bangalter’s Roulé imprint in 1997.
inner city electronic returns to Leeds for another citywide celebration of electronic music and culture on Saturday 1 June 2019. This year, Nina Kraviz will headline the event and the festival will run for 24 hours. Their recently announced 2019 conference programme, features sessions from Detroit techno artists Octave One, Manchester composer/DJ/producer Afrodeutsche, alongside a variety of talks, panels and workshops, including an 'in conversation' feature from Leeds very own Nightmares On Wax and a key note speech from Welsh musician and award winning artist Kelly Lee Owens.
‘Alchemy’, Above & Beyond’s collaboration with Zoë Johnston takes a dark turn in the hand of self-professed 'techno malware’ producer, i_o. Following a series of club-tooled cuts on Mau5trap, the LA-based producer is a new voice in a new wave of US producers inspired by labels like Pryda, Drumcode and Cocoon.
The Sunday at Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival is always legendary. It’s easily the biggest day of the weekend, likely due to many people having the Monday off. As you would expect, like previous years, the festival was absolutely rammed as Central Scotland clubbers turned up in their thousands for their annual May Bank Holiday Sunday dose of techno from a mix of huge techno artists and underground acts.
You know, in Glasgow, the weather is pretty much wet most of the time. It’s part of the reason that it’s called the Dear Green Place – it rains quite a lot and that’s why the city’s parks and plant life always look so fantastic. Contrary to this though, the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May regularly seemed to be the exception. For the past couple of years the weather has been tremendous – it’s been sunny and temperatures have been in the high-teens / low-20s, which is tropical for its citizens! And, part of enjoying this weather phenomenon is heading down to the Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival at the Riverside Museum, situated on the banks of the River Clyde.
Announced as one of Beatport’s top 20 best-selling artists of 2018, Leftwing : Kody continue to build momentum in 2019. This year has already seen them release the track ‘I Feel It’ and now their new EP ‘Chaos Theory’ debuts on Yousef’s Circus imprint and is out now.
As summer approaches and temperatures rise, Nite Grooves gets set for another Long Hot Summer of some of the best house music around! This year, the US-based label has taken a different approached to its hugely-popular 'Long Hot Summer' compilations by celebrating 25 years of the label and selecting 28 of the hottest releases to keep your summer months house.
Following his Defected debut and Billboard Dance #1 ‘You’re Sorry’, Grammy award-winning producer Todd Edwards returns to the label, teaming up with LA based Sinden on their latest release.
After his ‘Buenos Aires’ inaugural popped Afterdark’s mixcomp cherry last August, the spring of 2019 sees label honcho Sneijder ready for a second drop. Doubling down, the album expands to two discs and finds Afterdark bringing the sound of the underground to Los Angeles with ‘Afterdark 002’.
Quivver (aka John Graham) has been making tracks since the early-1990s. His ‘On & On’ contribution to ‘Bedrock XX’ and ‘Mumbo Jumbo’/ ’This Was’ were popular tracks and his 2019 return to the label with the ‘One Darker EP’ could be another biggie for both him and the label.
London producer 9th House drops ‘Zodiac’ for the 40th release on Hottrax, with a remix from Eastenderz boss East End Dubs. Debuting on W&O Street Tracks last year, 9th House has gone on to release and remix for the likes of TEED’s Nice Age, We Are The Brave, Pfeiffer and art I werk.
Booka Shade return to their own Blaufield Music imprint with two cuts entitled ‘The Unseen’ and ‘Banderas’. With recent releases via John Digweed’s Bedrock, Toolroom Trax and their own imprint, the German duo’s current club-driven output has apparently welcomed a wealth of support from all corners of the dance music community.
Techno, breaks and old school artist, Force Mass Motion, is back with a new EP on his own self-titled label. The man born Mike Wells has been making big room club music since 1991. Since then he’s put out a wealth of tracks including the largest of them all, ‘Panic.’
Cassy’s first DJ gig in Ibiza was at Pacha in 2006. 13 years later she has come full circle to host her own event series at the club, Play House. Opening Thursday 23 May, Cassy will host 20 intimate parties in the Pachacha Room, all night long journeys deep into her lifelong love affair with music, plus some surprise guests along the way.
Ellen Allien returns to Barcelona this July for another edition of her We Are Not Alone raves. On 20 July, the BPitch boss returns to the historic location, City Hall in Barcelona, for another event with support. Techno fans will be treated to a curated night in a multidisciplinary venue that is apparently unique and awe-inspiring.
After the releases of ‘It’s All About The Melody’ and Beatport #1 ‘Gravity’, the first two cuts to be taken from Aly & Fila’s new LP, the duo return with yet another track; ‘Come Home’ featuring Kyau & Albert.
Steve Lawler has emerged with a remix of Harry Romero’s ‘Tania’. The British producer, DJ, founder of the VIVa MUSiC label and five-time DJ Awards winner showcases his ability to shape a track of the ’99 generation into a record that should rock clubs today. Peppered with grooves and piercing hi-hats, Steve’s remix was apparently heard at all the right parties in Miami. And at one MMW event, both Loco Dice and Luciano dropped the track to the delight of Harry, who was standing by the stage.
‘Samana’ EP marks Julien Jabre’s return to his Elias imprint with two cuts including an edit from Oscillat co-founder Lazare Hoche. After dropping releases on Basic Recordings and Versatile, the Frenchman decided to launch Elias in 2003 as a platform to release his own music without any constraints.
Following on from the most recent Moscow release, ‘Waisted’, Archie Hamilton’s next release is ‘Make the Difference’ with New York’s Sole Channel Music and Muzik 4 Tomorrow founder Mr V. The track in its original form is a slice of vocal house laced with the tones of Mr V.
When Ferreck Dawn and Robosonic collaborated in 2018 to produce ‘In Arms’ it apparently went on to become one of the biggest tracks of the year, rising to #1 in the Beatport chart and accruing millions of streams.
Following the announcement of his first Ibiza residency, Claptone’s fifth and final remix package of ‘Fantast’ arrives this month, featuring Swiss producer Dario D’Attis, Truesoul regular Sidney Charles and Material label head Mihalis Safras. 2019 has seen the man behind ‘The Masquerade’ events continue his project worldwide, bringing the event series to Pacha Ibiza whilst inviting the likes of Tensnake, Dennis Ferrer and Shiba San.
Ferry Corsten returns under his Gouryella alias with ‘Surga’, which displays a clear nod to the old-school whilst staying firmly rooted in the present. Underpinned by modern production techniques the track delivers on the uplifting, anthemic atmosphere that is associated with the Gouryella alias.
Following three previous events Glitterbox returns to its New York City home, House of Yes, for a Pride NYC event. Taking place on Friday, 28 June, the brand is honoured to be part of the world’s biggest Pride celebrations, which this year will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and a half-century of LGBTQIA+ liberation.
On Saturday 25 May, HOLO, the live show from Eric Prydz, lands in London’s Finsbury Park, kicking off the Steel Yard weekender for the May Bank Holiday. Saturday tickets have already gone with the show selling out in a day, and for those who have one, the full line up was recently dropped with performances from Alan Fitzpatrick, Cristoph and a B2B set from George Fitzgerald & Tiga.
Curntables and Devon James partner up in a to create a new track, ‘Hips’, a serious, electro-tinged booty workout that drips with transatlantic flavour that aims to bombard and rumble the floors of many a sweaty club, complete with remixes by Franklyn Watts and Will Monotone.
Through the launch of his own label 20 years ago Paul van Dyk started another electronic music trail. Opening Vandit in 1999, PvD became popular in the DJ/producer-owned label revolution. With an initial remit of increasing the exposure of international artists to the German market, the label’s platform was also (and remains) an instrument for handling PvD’s own music.
East London trio VRWRK return to their soulful electronica roots with ‘The Sun In My Shadow’ EP, their first EP in over a year. Joining forces with soulful London vocalist Salem Khazali just over two years ago, producers Matt Sey and Jergan Callebaut spent the time experimenting with the way electronics and soulful vocals merge into earworms like ‘Face It’ and ‘Hearts Beating In Sync’, described by NME as “smart and futuristic.”
Anjunabeats joins forces with Twitch for a special live-streamed event from Twitch Headquarters in the heart of San Francisco. Featuring some of the marquee artists on the label (named one of 2018’s best independent dance labels by Billboard Magazine), the event will take place from 4 - 7 PM Pacific Time on Friday, 10 May and will celebrate and announce the availability of 350 songs from the Anjunabeats catalogue for use on the Twitch platform.
Edu Imbernon, the Valencian artist, makes his return to Bedrock with his 3-track ‘Starbuster EP’. Edu popular within the field of driving melodic, emotive, energetic electronic music. As a multi-tasking DJ, producer, remixer, label boss and event promoter, his reputation stands as testament to an artist possibly at the top of his game.
Toolroom recently announced their annual Ibiza compilation, with the 2019 edition apparently bigger, bolder and more cutting-edge than ever before, containing 70 tracks, 18 brand new exclusives and three DJ mixes. With this year’s edition the label once again puts together a collection of electronic music from artists around the world.
Seven Lions continues his collaborative streak in 2019 with ‘Sojourn’ - an instrumental in partnership with Ophelia up and comers Crystal Skies.
Ladyfuzz is a creative collective showcasing women, non-binary and gender non-conforming creatives and musicians. For the last four years, they've released zines, curated events and apparently created an internationally recognised hub for non-male artists and creatives, with a list of high-profile friends and fans of the zine including Hayley Williams of Paramore, Julien Baker, The Tuts, Personal Best, Big Joanie, Petrol Girls and many more.
After the release of the very first ‘Sun:Sets’ compilation album last year, a curated collection of highlights from Chicane’s Sun:Sets podcast series which is syndicated on over 80 radio stations, ‘Sun:Sets 2019’ has now just been released.
On Saturday, 22 June, Electric Island takes place in Toronto as the city celebrates the Pride weekend., bringing together a lineup of international artists to dance the day away.
With festival season officially underway, Creamfields have already announced a heavyweight line up for their August Bank Holiday event, and now the additions continue as a new wave of artists have just been added including Peggy Gou, Heidi, Joris Voorn, Mistajam, Mauro Picotto, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Blastoyz, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman, Maurice West, Noisecontrollers, Northbase, Jack Eye Jones, TNT aka Technoboy ‘n’ Tuneboy, Dr Phunk, MC Dynamite, Mia More, Franky Wah, Generik and LilRockit.
Brighton Music Conference (BMC19) in association with Scan Pro Audio recently announced that David Morales will be live streamed from the i360 Pod tomorrow, Friday 26 April, at 8pm. This will include a Q+A session and DJ mix preceding his headline appearance at the BMC Closing Party in association with Wonderland at The Arch.
Produced in the first half of 2018, ‘Tears’ has been a significant highlight of La Fleur’s gigs ever since she dropped it at Junction 2 last June. Since then the cut has gone on to feature in sets at Melt!, Oasis Festival, Warehouse Project and her Essential Mix last summer.
Ellen Allien presents her brand new album ‘Alientronic’, which will be released on 17 May on BPitch. This is a body of work rooted in the city where it was recorded, Berlin, Ellen’s home and the place where she discovered techno, sparking her love affair with the genre.
Tripswitch’s ONEDOTSIXTWO imprint recently unveiled its second release of 2019 as it continues to seek out and feature talent within the global underground progressive house scene. The label’s 11th release shines a spotlight on Fluente, a collaborative project consisting of two experienced Polish DJ/producers - Tuxedo and Monojoke. The release is further boosted by a remix of ‘Daydreaming’ resulting from another collaboration, this time between Columbian DJ/producers Kamilo Sanclemente & Juan Pablo Torrez.
The full programme for Defected Croatia 2019 was recently revealed, featuring a new Terrace stage showcasing emerging talent, an extended boat party schedule and the return of the daily Wellbeing sessions. The festival will run for its fourth year from Thursday 8th to Tuesday 13th August 2019 at The Garden Resort, Tisno in Croatia.
Above & Beyond recently announced that ‘Anjunabeats Volume 14’ will be released worldwide on 31 May. ‘Volume 14’ is the latest chapter in a story spanning 11 years, each mix apparently an epochal statement piece rewarding those who listen closely with an incisive take on the sounds that will define Anjuna dancefloors this year.
After confirming a headline slot at Extrema Outdoor earlier this year, Kölsch recently announced he will be playing B2B with every other DJ playing the Distrikt 7 stage - several for the first time. The stage will be hosted by his own IPSO label on the final day of this year’s festival.
Defected recently revealed the programme for its first ever London FSTVL this September at Central Park, East London. Taking place on Saturday 14 September 2019, the festival’s five stages will be hosted by Defected, Glitterbox, Classic Music Company, 4 To The Floor and DVINE Sounds – imprints that form branches of the extended Defected Records’ label family.
Spotify recently unveiled a brand-new playlist ‘Altar’, which will host the best of new alternative electronic music. Helping Spotify to launch the new hub, is musician, artist, producer and DJ, Four Tet. In celebration of his latest single ‘Teenage Birdsong’ (out now), Four Tet will be hosting an exclusive two week takeover of the ‘Altar’ playlist and sharing his favourite tracks from across the electronic music spectrum.
Electric Fields recently announced that the festival is moving site for 2019. Due to the rising costs of producing outdoor camping festivals and ongoing logistical issues they have made the decision to move site to an inner-city location in Glasgow. The event will relocate to SWG3 in Glasgow, going ahead on the same dates (4 – 6 July) including multi stages (outdoors and indoors) Our Kids Electric plus street food and drink.
In 1996, Stretch & Vern’s track ‘I’m Alive’ heavily sampled Earth, Wind and Fire’s ‘Boogie Wonderland’ and was crowned as an original Pete Tong ‘Essential New Tune’, going to #6 in the UK charts, #1 in the Official Dance Charts, #1 in the Billboard Charts USA and sound tracking a Coca Cola campaign. The track sold over 1 million physical copies, something very different to today’s musical consumption.