Sigma recently announced a live show at London’s Royal Albert Hall as part of the Albert Sessions. Taking place on Saturday 27 May 2017, the ‘Sigma Live’ performance will make Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie (plus band) the first D&B act to headline the world famous venue. With previous sell-out shows at the likes of O2 Brixton Academy and The Roundhouse under their belts, Sigma have promised something special for the iconic Royal Albert Hall.
Jamie Jones and Lee Foss have signed possible rising star The Golden Boy to their imprint Emerald City for the first release of 2017. The UK producer has found a home for ‘Egyptian Lover’ whilst iSaytek and rising producer Latmun provide remixes. The Golden Boy aka Dominic Hammonds had a decent 2016 after releasing on Glasgow Underground, MadTech, Love & Other and Nothing Else Matters whilst extensively touring Europe.
Marc Houle will kick off 2017 with the launch of a new three-part album series on his own Items & Things label. In the first album of the trilogy, entitled ‘Sinister Mind’, the Canadian artist serves up nine storytelling tracks that may stand as a testament to his studio skills. Houle has possibly been a definitive techno and minimal talent for more than a decade now. In that time he has built up a body of work that takes in a number of albums and EPs.
Kicking off what could be a huge year for him as an artist, Franky Rizardo’s ‘Same Man’ sets the tone for an upcoming year of new material. Balancing his touring with productions, plus his own Flow radio show and parties, Franky returns to Defected Records aiming to take things up another level in 2017.
Early February will see Andrea Oliva deliver his ‘Jungle Party’ EP via Kaluki Musik, coming accompanied by a remix from Darius Syrossian. 2016 was a big year for the Swiss DJ/producer, with his releases for The Martinez Brother’s Cuttin’ Headz and Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound apparently finding their way to the top of the charts, as well as his regular slots headlining at ANTS.
Soundwave recently announced more new artists, completing the lineup for its 9th return this summer to Tisno in Croatia. The line-up includes live bands, artists, DJs and some of the new generation of talent set to burst through.
Madhouse Records kick starts 2016 with a new single from Roog & Dennis Quin featuring Berget Lewis, entitled ‘Igohart’ and accompanied by Josh Butler and Frag Maddin. Dutch duo Roog & Dennis Quin have been steadily carving out a name for themselves over the past few years via labels like Defected, Toolroom, Simma Black and Get Twisted Records. Here we see the pair opening 2017 with this fresh new collaboration.
Germany’s Thomas Gold releases ‘Better Versions Of Myself’, the third single from his upcoming album, coming worldwide via Armada Music. Blending pop and electronic, the track finds the Berlin-based artist showcasing a more mature sound, one that indulges the listener with modern, syncopated rhythms and fluted, trilling vocals. The single’s lyrical earworm alone hopes to become a staple chant across the upcoming 2017 international festival circuit.
Steve Lawler makes his debut on Hector Couto’s Roush imprint to kick off 2017, with both Couto and Spaniard Cuartero providing two remixes. 2016 has seen Hector Roush aim to take a hold within the world of house, with releases from the likes of DJ W!ld, Steve Rachmad, Santé, Neverdogs, DJ T. and more this year alone. Next up is VIVa boss Steve Lawler, who finally releases ‘People Having Sex’ as his first offering on the label.
Techno DJ Fritz Kalkbrenner takes over Camden’s Roundhouse on Saturday 11 March when the producer brings his Grand Depart album tour to London. The Berlin producer and DJ has apparently made a name for himself with his productions and has built up a loyal following across the globe. Over the past few months he’s performed high-profile shows at South West Four and Pleinvrees Festival as well as appearing in Ibiza at Amnesia and Space.
After two recent singles showcasing the range of ‘Migration’, his latest album, Bonobo returns with a song that perhaps exemplifies the record. ’No Reason’, features the vocals of Bonobo’s long time friend, and now collaborator, Nick Murphy (formerly Chet Faker.) It’s a deep house song with fragile melodies underpinned by a tough-edged groove and sharp arpeggio. The song came about when Simon Green (AKA Bonobo) and Nick were discussing a shared love of disco. Green played the instrumental of ’No Reason’, and Nick instantly fell in love with it. After laying down demo vocals in that first session, the pair recorded the final version in NYC, Green’s former home, and Nick’s current one.
Bakermat, the Dutch DJ producer who hosts the Circus festival in Amsterdam, has added an extra UK date at Electric Brixton on Saturday 11 February, following his sold out show at the venue on Friday 10 February, creating ‘Bakermat's Circus Weekender’.
‘Dim Mak Greatest Hits 2016’ offers a selection of the best tracks that the label has to offer from the past year. Featuring a collection of tracks ranging from trap and future bass to dancehall and electro house (and everything in between), the package features artists like Steve Aoki, Rain Man, Keys N Krates, Ookay, Garmiani, Botnek & Snails, Autoerotique, Swanky Tunes & Far East Movement, Bok Nero & Jahlil Beats, Dirtyphonics, Max Styler, MORTEN, Henry Fong and many more.
Fabio & Grooverider are hosting a special party at Electric Brixton on Friday 3 February 2016. Celebrating ‘Fabio & Grooverider – 25 Years of Drum & Bass’, the event will precede the release of a compilation on Hot Source Records. Support on the night comes from special guest DJs, Matrix & Futurebound, DC Breaks b2b Cyantific, Dillinjah b2b Mampi Swift, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Krust b2b Bryan G, Uncle Duggs b2b Serial Killaz, together with MCs Dynamite MC, Ayah Marar, Felon and Five Alive.
After wrapping up a busy 2016 that contained mainstage sets at his native Amsterdam Music Festival, as well as the EDC and Electric Zoo, Hardwell is aiming to kick off the new year in an exciting style. Celebrating his recent birthday on Saturday 7 January, he has delivered an exclusive gift to his fans with a free download of his track ‘Party Till The Daylight’.
Spanish DJ/producer Cuartero returns to Loco Dice’s Desolat label for a brand new EP of house and techno. It’s a mere five years since Malaga’s Cuartero arrived on the scene with his own take on house music and the intervening years have seen him with releases on labels such as Hot Creations, Moon Harbour, Knee Deep in Sound, VIVa and of course Desolat. Away from the studio and into the clubs his rise as a DJ has been fast, seeing him crisscrossing the globe whilst holding residencies for the likes of HYTE Ibiza.
Based in Barcelona, the Yakazi imprint reaches its fifth installment in the form of a synergic collaborative release. Signed by Chilean artists Alexi Delano and Marcelo Rosselot, and featuring Canadian Marc Houle in the role of remixer, this record is presented as a two-sided release.
‘4 To The Floor’ is apparently the series for true house heads, presenting sounds for those who like to look beyond the frequently-played hits. Taking in both classic and contemporary material, the second volume in the series scratches house music’s often polished surface to reveal 50 house music tracks.
Amnesia Ibiza returns to London on Saturday 4 March following November’s apparent sell out show at Electric Brixton. After last year’s Amnesia London, another big line-up has been assembled with Elrow resident Patrick Topping confirmed to headline the event.
Bilbao BBK Live recently revealed its second wave of artists set to perform this year. Justice, The 1975, Dixon, The Black Madonna, Sundara Karma, Job Jobse, MCDE and more will join previously announced acts including Depeche Mode, The Killers, Fleet Foxes, Phoenix, Andrew Weatherall, Daphni and DJ Tennis at the festival’s 12th edition, which takes place from 6-8 July 2017 atop the Kobetamendi Hill in the the heart of the Basque Country.
Veteran Dutch producer Mason recently marked his debut on Kittball Records with a new single titled ‘Live On Dreams’, featuring a remix from Sincopat boss AFFKT. Mason has apparently been creating groove heavy, melodic club music since 2004, experiencing mainstream success but also cementing his position on the independent circuit with releases on LouLou Records, Boys Noize and Bunny Tiger.
Primary ticket company Skiddle made a pledge to raise £100,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support by the end of 2017 earlier in 2016, a move motivated by the sad loss of one of their team, Chris Glaba, to the disease. Having already raised close to half of the total through checkout donations from their customers, tailor made CHRISmas cards and a number of other money raising schemes, the next initiative is taken directly from Chris’ musical past.
Printworks London recently revealed the only bass event they have in their first electronic music series. Following a run of events across the globe in 2016, UKF are back in London hosting the main room with Shogun Audio bringing their sounds to room 2. Picture a massive industrial warehouse in London's Docklands, with a full day with some of the scene's biggest names providing the soundtrack. The event will take place in The Press Halls space at Printworks London. Housing the giant printing presses that once churned out the Metro and Evening Standard newspapers, the Press Halls are a fully soundproofed space, so expect proper sound levels.
"The innovation, spirit and power of Jamaican music is a constant source of creative manna for us," explains Eric Hilton of DC-based electronic band Thievery Corportation about their new album ‘The Temple Of I & I’ "On the musical map, Jamaica is an entire continent. Frankly, we could have spent a year there, soaking up the vibes in the air and the strength and resilience resonating from the people. And for us, the only way to connect with this rich source of inspiration was to work in that environment - to feel the pulse of the place."
The three-day boutique music and arts festival, Goat, due to be held in Goa from 27-29 January will feature handpicked acts from all over the world and India, and from various soundscapes. The intimate festival that seeks to position itself at the confluence of contemporary and traditional, between East and West, aims to introduce and showcase a side of India rarely seen by international travellers and curate a multi-sensory, immersive experience unknown to many Indians.
Decadence NYE is Arizona’s first two-day New Year’s Eve celebration and takes place on 30 & 31 December 2016, at Rawhide Western Town & Event Center. Presented by Relentless Beats and Global Dance, the third annual event has previously featured such acts as: Above & Beyond; Adventure Club; Borgore; Crizzly; Flosstradamus; Jack Ü; Kaskade; Knife Party; ODESZA; Pretty Lights; and Seven Lions, amongst others.
Paul van Dyk managed to release some big trance tracks in 2016, including his remix with Alex M.O.R.P.H. on ‘We Are’. This month, with ‘Everyone Needs Love’, PvD returns for his last musical dispatch of the year. For it, he’s assembled in the studio with Dutchman Ronald van Gelderen and the quartet’s completed by US-based singer/songwriters Gaelen and Eric Lumiere.
Gouryella first started as a collaboration project between Ferry Corsten and Tiësto, and shortly after became an exclusively solo pseudonym for Ferry himself, which spawned five releases. Now, ‘Gouryella - From the Heavens’ is the official documentary that will detail the full story of one of the name. Featuring appearances from the likes of Armin van Buuren, Paul Oakenfold, Cosmic Gate, Markus Schulz, Above & Beyond and Aly & Fila, the documentary gives a timeline of the history of Gouryella and the impact that the records have apparently had on many fans worldwide.
Markus Schulz's Dakota alter-ego is set to return, presenting ‘The Nine Skies’; a concept debuting in 2017. Describing to media that Dakota is his "darker", “moodier", “techno-inspired alias", ‘The Nine Skies’ will signify his third major adventure under the alias, which started with ‘Thoughts Become Things’ in 2009 and ‘Thoughts Become Things II’ in 2011.
Memoryman (aka Uovo) is one third of Pastaboys, possibly one of the biggest Italian dance music exports of the last 15 years. Joining forces with Rogue D (formerly of Flashmob) for two melodic but contrasting tracks, this forthcoming ‘Release Me EP’ demonstrates sophisticated instrumental arrangements over refined mood-defined beats.
Have a great Christmas everyone! We get to give you news and play a Christmas song at the same time! RUN-D.M.C. apparently changed the course of music in the '80s, bringing the old-school of rap into the new with one simple piece of flat, black plastic. Coming up in the rap world of the early-1980s under the wing of Kurtis Blow (group manager Russell Simmons managed Blow, and Run was, at one time, a DJ known as "Son of Kurtis Blow") and Blow's bassist and burgeoning super-producer Larry Smith, the trio - Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell - learned from the best, but created their own path.
Ahead of the next edition of BPM Festival in Mexico, Spanish DJ/producers and Stereo Productions label bosses Chus & Ceballos have put together their latest compilation. Entitled ‘Playa del Carmen 2017’, it contains 21 exclusive and unmixed tracks that demonstrates their current sound.
The opening Defected Croatia festival apparently set the benchmark high but the brand looks set to raise it even further. In August 2017 once again there will be an array of house DJs, disco icons and underground artists playing through the day and into the night for six days of top music.
Melting Pot is Scotland's first, and longest running, club night dedicated to the sound of New York, with generous dollops of disco thrown in for good measure. Its nights have an open music policy with residents and guests encouraged to play whatever takes their fancy - whether that is disco, house, techno, soul or funk. Now moving into its 16th year, the brand gets set for possibly one of its biggest nights of the year as it hosts two huge parties this Boxing Day, Monday 26 December 2016.
Groove Armada were recently confirmed as the first headliners for ANTS London, when the colony returns to the UK on Easter Thursday 13 April 2017 at 02 Academy Brixton. The biggest ANTS show yet outside Ibiza will see Groove Armada DJ alongside residents and other headline DJs to be announced.
Creamfields last week revealed the first headline act for their 20 year celebrations in 2017, bringing together two key artists from the electronic scene for an exclusive live show - deadmau5 and Eric Prydz. Having performed at Creamfields many times as solo artists this will be the first time both acts perform live together in the UK and may be set to be one of the most anticipated performances of the year. They join forces to headline the Steel Yard Arena on Friday 25 August and will be their only European show of 2017.
LA/based DJ/producer Wolfgang Gartner (aka Joey Youngman) has been producing and performing for over a decade, dropped numerous dance tracks and has liked to explore different music styles along the way - from electro and progressive house to more funk tinged tech house. In 2011 Gartner released his debut album 'Weekend In America' which apparently boosted his profile within the dance music world. He has also produced music alongside will.i.am, Mick Jagger, Tiësto, and deadmau5, while managing a touring schedule.
After reverting to his pure techno roots both in the studio and behind the decks in 2016, UMEK kickstarts the New Year with a tour of US clubbing hotspots, including Soundcheck Washington and Flash Factory NYC. Recent highlights for the Slovenian DJ and producer include a flurry of techno cuts on his own 1605 record label, including ‘Flang O Matic’, ‘Mechanical Blade’ and ‘The Drum’, which featured vocals from the British electronic artist Mr. C. The apparent success of these and other records released this year have lead to him being named as one of Beatport’s highest-selling artists of 2016, putting him in the shortlist to be named one of the top 10 techno artists of the year, the results of which will be announced later this month.
Brighton Music Conference (BMC) recently announced the first wave of exhibitors, partners, and sponsors for the 2017 edition. The two-day conference will take place at Brighton Dome and various venues on 27 and 28 April 2017. The event’s fourth year will feature brands, companies and organisations including AFEM (Association For Electronic Music), The BPI, NTIA (Night Time Industries Association), Native Instruments, Focusrite, Novation, Beatport, PRS For Music, PPL, AudioLock, In Music Brands, Toolroom, GAK, Hospital Records, CM Sound, Source Distribution, Ditto Music, DJ Mag, Data Transmission, Decoded, Skiddle, MMF, Believe Digital, Horus Music, Evolution Domes, Wunderground, Help Musicians, Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation, Serato, Roland, Korg and more.
Originally released on vinyl R&S in 1994, ‘Meditation Will Manifest’ was re-earthed in 2016 by Nina Kraviz and Ricardo Villalobos, apparently becoming a secret weapon on dancefloors 22 years after its original release. Tomorrow, the track gets its first digital release on R&S. Josh always aims to be ahead of musical trends and attempts to walk his own path in dance music and from a young age, he was exposed to different mysticism and consciousness philosophies.
Last Friday, BBC Radio 1's "The Essential Mix" invited Berlin's Ellen Allien to the mixing board, marking her Essential Mix debut. 2016 has been a big year for the DJ, producer, label owner and founder of BPitch Control. From her hometown of Berlin, Ellen has steadily climbed to the global stage. Her debut on the Essential Mix places her alongside many of techno's biggest DJs including Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Dixon and more.
Adam Beyer drops his first EP of 2016, teaming up with Dense & Pika to birth the collaborative work ‘Going Down’. Over a 20-year period, Drumcode has grown to become an influential force in techno, but at the core of this success, is always the personal aspect for label boss Adam Beyer. The connections he apparently forms as a result of music – whether with fans or his family of artists who release on the label – are his lifeblood and give him the most pleasure.
Iceland’s largest music festival, Secret Solstice, has been making waves since its first edition back in 2014, with a concept that several media outlets have dubbed the “world’s most unique music festival”. They’ve recently announced their initial line-up for the fourth festival edition in 2017, held from 16-18 June in Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, during summer solstice and 72 hours of sunlight.
Gareth Emery will be presenting ‘Electric For Life, possibly one of the biggest trance parties in London this year, at The Roundhouse on Saturday 17 December. He has just announced that joining him on decks for this special one-off show at the London venue in Camden Town will be Will Atkinson, Craig Connelly, Cristina Novelli and Standerwick. Electric For Life at The Roundhouse highlights a major return for Gareth for what will be his only London performance in 2016.
Production duo Gabriel & Dresden begin production of a new full-length artist album starting in January 2017, and they plan on going back to their trance roots and making songs with meaningful lyrics that reflect on the ups and downs of life and the world. Expect an album that is stripped down, sonically rich, emotional and hopefully ready for the dance floor. Josh Gabriel & Dave Dresden released their self-titled debut LP a decade ago now, and the boys are looking to give fans the long-awaited follow-up in 2017. Without the financial backing of a major label this time, the duo has looked to their fans to help drive the four-month plus production process by backing them in their Kickstarter project.
DJ Magazine recently announced the first wave of artists to perform at the DJ Mag Best Of British Awards 2016 at EGG London on Thursday 15 December. DJ EZ will headline the event and will be joined by Alan Fitzpatrick, Denis Sulta, Lauren Lo Sung, Lee Walker, Solardo, Stanton Warriors, plus support from DJ Mag Allstars and the Willers Brothers. Another wave of artists will be announced on 12 December.
Just as the chill of the northern hemisphere winter 2016 sets in, John Debo’s Mindwarp imprint awakens after a near 18 month hibernation with a release from Houston, Texas’ Josh Dupont & Dan Snow aka Extended Play, whose work has already featured on labels such as Bedrock, Crosstown Rebels, Fade & Prisoner of Love.
The M Machine recently announced the forthcoming release of their new album through a web app called glare.fm which can only be disseminated through in-person sharing. Rather than spamming an anonymous link, users will share the music in person, over a genuine conversation. The San Francisco-based duo is also debuting their first single ‘The Warehouse’ across all platforms to give you a taste of the melodic, indie-electronic LP to follow. The track rearranges expectations of the tandem’s productions, making way for an evolved sound that’s more cerebral than dance-floor driven.
Together & Disciples will present The Following on New Year’s Eve, Saturday 31 December 2016, with the line up for the event at Electric Brixton including Disciples, Camelphat, DJ S.K.T., KDA, plus very special guests Shadow Child B2B Friend Within. Following a big year for the breakthrough trio, Disciples have chosen to celebrate the New Year with the launch of a new collaborative project with Together called The Following. The past year has apparently witnessed several chart-topping releases, festival performances at Glastonbury, South West Four, Reading & Leeds, Exit and Made In America, plus they became the first artists to receive Pete Tong’s ‘Essential New Tune’, Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record In The World Right Now’, and Danny Howards ‘Future Anthem’, within the same 24 hours. Their underground presence has also grown considerably over the summer thanks to a multi-date residency for Together at Amnesia Ibiza.
Kiddy Smile is apparently ‘an emerging icon of cultural expression’. A Parisian native, in July 2016, i-D premiered the Let A B!tch Know video and after thousands of views, the single now gets a full digital release. After signing to Defected earlier this year, Kiddy Smile comes through with his debut single for the label along with some remixes that span the house subgenres.
Before Israeli DJ and producer Guy Gerber began his love affair with synths, Gerber was more interested in British bands like Joy Division and My Bloody Valentine. Despite his move to electronic music, influences of such bands are apparently still evident in the music he produces today. In 2007, Gerber released his debut album ‘Late Bloomers’ on Cocoon Recordings, a record that set the foundations of what was to come.
Justice recently unveiled their video for new single ‘Fire’, starring Susan Sarandon. ‘Fire’ is taken from the band’s third studio album ‘Woman’, which is out now via Because Music / Ed Banger Records. ‘Woman’ is the band’s first album in five years and contains ten brand new tracks including singles ‘Safe And Sound,’ ‘Randy’ and ‘Alakazam!’.
MadTech Records round out the year with a various artist compilation entitled ‘MadTech 2016’ the sampler of which, offered up here, features a cross-section of established and up and coming talent from across the globe. As the label closes out yet another year which has seen releases from Solardo, Cera Alba, Max Chapman and Bontan, it reflects on the past year with a retrospective compilation, whilst also taking a look forward to 2017 and introducing some of the new artists due to be releasing on the label in the future.
Saved Records release ‘Body, Soul & Other Things’, the latest full length release from Spanish artist David Herrero. Featuring 12 tracks, this is Herrero’s fourth LP, his first on Saved and comes after seven years of house and tech tunes on labels like Stereo Productions, VIVa Music and Defected. In all he has put his name to more than 200 releases and regularly gets support from the likes of Marco Carola, Loco Dice and Saved boss Nic Fanciulli.
Wrapping up a year filled with two EPs, collaborations, and gigs at festivals and venues around the world, UK-based DJ/producer Low Steppa closes out 2017 with the release of his latest concoction titled ‘My House,’ available now via his own Simma Black Records. Collaborating with old school producer Mr V on the track, Low Steppa blends classic minimal house melodies with percussive synths and breaks to create a tune reminiscent of the sounds of the vintage garage underground. Driven by old school vocals, it’s a club-savvy track aimed at keeping the dancefloor going into the early hours of the morning.
Space Ibiza gets set to release 'Space Ibiza: 1989 - 2016 - The Definitive Collection'. This exclusive and very limited special edition box set houses every compilation and mix CD from the club's compilation series, each in its own individually designed CD wallet, with 10 years of dance music spread across 23 historic CDs. Selections and mixes come artists such as Carl Cox, Kevin Saunderson, Pleasurekraft, Technasia, Erick Morillo, Edu Imbernon, Eli & Fur, Mark Brown, Pig&Dan, Giorgio Moroder and many more.
Croatia Winter Music Festival, the country’s brand new concept combining music, food and gaming, will take place at Arena Zagreb, Croatia from 31 December 2016 to 6 January 2017. Grammy-nominated Dutchman Armin van Buuren will headline the NYE party, the first of six events over the week that will host performances from a selection of DJs. During the daytime on 2 and 3 January, the sports hall will host Zagreb Gaming Arena, an international gaming tournament where contestants will pit against each other playing some of the world’s most popular and competitive games.
Get Physical Music round off 2016 with a ‘Best Of Get Physical 2016’ compilation featuring a selection from the previous 12 months. The Berlin-based label was born from the minds of M.A.N.D.Y., Booka Shade & DJ T back in 2002 and possibly rose to become one of the pre-eminent electronic record labels out there. Fourteen years on and the imprint has gone from strength to strength bringing fresh music to the fore via its stream of EPs and albums, whilst releasing its flagship ‘Body Language’ & ‘Full Body Workout’ compilations.
Flashmob’s new EP entitled ‘Switch’ just dropped on Audiojack’s Gruuv imprint, featuring three originals and a remix by Hobo. Since making his debut on Get Physical back in 2011, his music has amassed millions of views online, topped numerous charts, and been released on Defected, Connected and Objektivity, while his work ethic has seen him launch Flashmob Records the label, which has won support from BBC Radio 1, Skream and Eats Everything.
Today sees the third and final installment of VIVa MUSiC’s 10-year anniversary sampler featuring Eats Everything, Andrea Oliva, Emanuel Satie and MANIK. Arguably VIVa’s biggest release to date, ’10 Years of VIVa MUSiC: Decadedance’ has so far featured label boss Steve Lawler and the likes of Groove Armada, Mathew Jonson, Catz ‘n Dogz, Junior Sanchez and more.
Alex Arnout marks 10 years of Dogmatik Records with a label retrospective compilation. Alex has a busy winter all mapped out. The Dogmatik label boss has been turning out house and tech tracks for more than a decade now, and continues to set his own agenda with each new offering. That will be proven once again between now and February when he puts out another clutch of material and chief amongst these offerings is 10 years of Dogmatik Records, a compilation that looks at the best music the label has released in the last decade.
Taken from his current album smash 'Evergreen', hailed as album of the week on BBC Radio 2, Shaun Escoffery unleashes his duet with Joss Stone on the album title track. 'Evergreen' comes decorated with uplifting southern-soul grooves and Escoffery’s soulful tones are complemented by Grammy winning Stone’s sultry voice, which leaps freely into higher registers. Transporting this directly to the dancefloor is up and coming UK producer Rolling Stock, who has worked up a house music track teased with lush, melancholic synth washes, drizzled over a punchy bass groove.
Following two sell out Steel Yard shows in Liverpool and London, Creamfields recently announced the return to London of one of the world’s biggest electronic duo’s Axwell /\ Ingrosso as headliners of Steel Yard London on Sunday 28 May Bank Holiday weekend. Having apparently sold out the 10,000 capacity Steel Yard Liverpool show in under 24 hours and fresh off a sold out arena show in Amsterdam which made headlines as Axwell /\ Ingrosso came through the floor seemingly dragged upwards by a laser pod, the pair’s new visual show was shot on film at various world locations, giving a whole new take on their classic tracks and teasing audiences of new music to come.
House music has enjoyed a big year, and 2017 looks set to continue to provide yet more top additions to the genre. ‘Defected Presents Most Rated 2017’ celebrates the wealth and variety of house created, played and enjoyed on dancefloors worldwide, showcasing the records doing the business in clubs right now, previewing the hits of the year ahead, and reflecting on the big tracks from the past 12 months that are possibly destined to become tomorrow’s classics.
Australian Sonny Fodera’s career has risen well in the past few years. His compilation album on Defected Records, alongside his productions on labels like Green Velvet's Cajual Records, Seth Troxler's Visionquest label and more, has helped to raise his profile with dance music. Originally inspired by the 4/4 groove of Derrick Carter, his bassline-driven house has seen him play gigs around the world. The beginning of 2016 saw him embark on a 30-date tour across the UK and USA, which will conclude with seven home-coming shows in Australia this December.
Viberate.com – the new music analytics service launched last month as a free beta – has now announced details about its free and premium tiers. Granting users access to an apparently unprecedented level of statistical data, the site offers unique insights not only into artists’ current standings within the industry, but also rising trends, allowing promoters, agents and managers to be one step ahead of the competition. Thanks to regularly refreshed data from a huge range of sources, its aim is to chart the predictive rise and fall of artists based on real time activity, meaning that promoters can discover and book soon-to-be superstar artists before they become prohibitively expensive.
Hannah Wants recently announced a new concept - PLAY - a dark, raw and authentic tour, which aims to project her artistic progression and prospective musical vision. Maintaining her bass house roots but exhibiting her developing style, the night will be diverse with some surprise elements along the way. Apparently there will be ‘evolved production, electrifying stand-out visuals contrasted with a grungy and intense atmosphere’. A selection of new and established DJs have been chosen by Hannah to showcase their skills alongside her across the tour, promising to unveil new talent as well as highlight credible artists.
Wolfgang Gartner has teamed up with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, John Oates, one half of the duo Hall & Oates, for Gartner’s latest single ‘Baby Be Real’. The 80s-inspired groove showcases the same nostalgic, dancefloor-driven sonics Gartner produced on his last album ’10 Ways To Steal Home Plate’, coupled with Oates’ vocals encouraging listeners to keep it real.
As Porter Robinson and Madeon continue to play shows across North America on their “Shelter Live” Tour, the duo recently announced plans to take the show overseas in 2017 with a series of live shows in London, Paris, Amsterdam, and multiple cities throughout Australia. In the eight weeks since the two longtime friends released their joint single “Shelter”, the hype for them continues to grow. With more than 30 million combined single streams to date, 6.2 million video streams in three weeks, 20 sold-out shows (105 thousand tickets sold) “Shelter” is driven by two artists, one song, one video, and and their fanbase across the globe.
With their Loyalty Early Bird tickets for Defected Croatia 2017 now sold out, Defected recently announced Phase 1 of the line-up for next year's event. MK joins them in Croatia, while returning to Tisno after his headline set this year is Dennis Ferrer, who is also the man behind the label’s 500th release and played their D500 party at Ministry Of Sound on 5 November.
For 17 seasons now Sven Väth’s Cocoon night has been a port of call for techno fans on the White Isle. Now, as another year’s came to a close, the musical highlights from 2016 get mixed up then laid down across two discs by label boss, Sven Väth. Disc one starts with some atmospheric summery sounds and pleasing bird calls stitched to a deep house groove. From there a diverse selection of artists are all called upon from the European likes of Ripperton and C-Rau to two very different Detroit techno artists in Omar S and Eddie Fowlkes.
Tim Engelhardt has spent years honing his skills as an electronic music producer and DJ and has worked hard to create music, with his sound apparently now being recognised by fans and fellow producers around the world. He was born in the mountainous region of Westerwald in Western Germany, the birthplace of musicians Dominik Eulberg and Gabriel Ananda, where growing up in a place with such rich scenery and local landscapes became a huge inspiration for the music he's made.
Following the summer blowout that was the fifth Eastern Electrics festival, the brand now turns their attention to NYE to welcome 2017 in style with Richy Ahmed, Josh Butler and a Do Not Sleep takeover. Descending upon East London’s rave spot Studio Spaces with two rooms from 9pm on 31 December and partying through until 6am, the EE crew are promising ‘a New Year’s to remember’, with tickets from just £15.
After a successful 2016, Love International in Croatia, returns for its second season next year from Weds 28 June - Weds 5 July 2017, with the first wave of names recently revealed. Next year's line-up includes the debut of The Black Madonna and she is joined by Detroit spinner Palms Trax, along with Optimo, the DJ duo of Twitch and Jonnie Wilkes whose Optimo night mixes up techno, electro, rock and more. Also announced was Paranoid London and Jazzanova, the eclectic collective from Berlin, owners of Sonar Kollektiv.
Due to demand, this year’s Vandit Winter Nights has doubled in size. With tickets for PvD’s annual seasonal Kesselhaus knees-up selling out before October end, PVD recently added a second Vandit Winter Nights show at the Kulturbrauerei. Taking place for the first time on back-to-back nights over the pre-Christmas weekend, 16 December will see Paul deliver a five-hour performance.
Saturday 27 May 2017 will see three brands unite for an event that will see Eric Prydz return to the UK to present EPIC 5.0 for his only European EPIC show of 2017. The live show will be unveiled in apparently Europe’s biggest structure, the Steel Yard. Designed and created exclusively for Creamfields, the superstructure will make its London debut at Victoria Park on May Bank Holiday weekend.
Following the release of his ‘Ready To Rock' EP this summer, plus the new ‘Reload That Reloaded’, Jaguar Skills hits London and Oxford for two live dates, with support coming from Kove, Big Tobz, Wide Awake & Milli Major. With his anonymity still intact, Jaguar Skills is a constant presence on the club and festival circuit with his technical sets and encyclopaedic knowledge of drum and bass, hip-hop and everything in between.
With radio support coming from BBC Radio 1’s Monki and Radio 6's Nemone, and further DJ support already coming in from Treasure Fingers, Steve Lawler, Martin Solveig, Sander Van Doorn, John Digweed, Kissy Sell Out, Roger Sanchez, Kydus, Popof, Claptone, Andhim, Mar-T and Denny, Host return this month with their latest EP, ‘I Wanna Be Your Friend’.
After their residency this summer in Ibiza for 16 weeks straight at Space during the storied venue’s final season, Glitterbox returns with a new album, 'For Your Disco Pleasure'. Compiled and mixed by Defected boss and Glitterbox founder Simon Dunmore, this two mix compilation epitomises exactly what to expect when you hit the dancefloor at these parties.
Released February 2017 on his own Ladies and Gentlemen imprint, ‘Green Supreme’ is the fourth studio album from house music veteran Phonique, a collection of 11 songs. To date, Phonique has amassed a discography of more than 500 original tracks and remixes – as well as three previous studio albums – for labels such as Dessous, Poker Flat, Crosstown Rebels, Systematic, Souvenir and his own label Ladies and Gentlemen, a collection which includes some apparent runaway successes.
Through RVCA's Artist Network Program (ANP), Steve Aoki and PM Tenore recently announced their merge of music and fashion together with the Dim Mak x RVCA 20th Anniversary Collaboration. The collection is a microcosm of each brand’s impact on both industries. The collection arrives in the midst of Dim Mak’s 20th Anniversary. Steve Aoki’s record label has spent 2016 on a world tour, playing to audiences in Barcelona, Chicago, Ibiza, Malta, Mexico City, Montréal, New York City, and other global hotspots.
Frenchman DJ W!ld returns to Roush’s vinyl only series this month with four groove-focused productions. His history within house and techno is well documented, dating back to the early-90s, the Frenchman has gone on to make the booths of DC10 and Rex Club his homes away from home whilst releasing on the likes of Robsoul, Off Recordings and VIVa Music amongst many.
Starting today, GusGus, the electronic act from Iceland, are set to tour North America and Mexico on a 9-date run. A rotating cast of members and a career spanning just over 20 years, Biggi Veira and Daníel Ágúst will take GusGus all the way from New York to LA and many places in between. Having remixed acts such as Depeche Mode, Björk and Sigur Rós, GusGus are no strangers to innovative experimentation and have apparently repeatedly gained themselves critical acclaim by demonstrating a grasp of analog hardware.
DJ/producer and remixer Sasha will make his Barbican, London debut on 20 May 2017. With the event already sold out, in this concert hall setting he explores a more introspective side to his music in a special performance of his Late Night Tales release ‘Scene Delete’, an album that filters contemporary classical influences through the lens of house and techno, as well as reinterpretations of music from his back catalogue.
Dennis Ferrer has a decent track record as a producer and remixer, with various hits and club anthems to his name, not to mention a decade-long relationship with Defected Records. Outside of his own imprint Objektivity, Defected has provided a home to some of Ferrer’s biggest hits as well as a platform to many of his DJ sets, like the one he recently played at Defected Croatia Festival 2016. So, who better to do the honours for the label’s momentous 500th release, or 'DFTD500’, than Dennis Ferrer.
It’s been over five years since London-based Circus Records established itself in bass music, and label kingpins Doctor P and Flux Pavilion have curated a 30-track LP, carefully selecting tracks from the label’s top artists. Dubbed ‘Circus Three’, the handpicked collection dispenses a variety of sounds and styles from the label’s family such as FuntCase, DISKORD, Cookie Monsta, Doctor P and Flux Pavilion.
Brighton Music Conference (BMC), recently revealed the dates for its 2017 edition. BMC17 will take over the Brighton Dome for the two-day conference on 27 and 28 April 2017, with tickets on sale now. ‘Run by the industry for the industry’ and apparently attended by thousands of experienced music professionals and the next generation of DJs/producers, BMC focuses on innovation, education and the key issues facing the electronic and dance music sector.
‘Just Say’, the club track from UK producer KDA and US R&B star Tinashe recently got its official video. The video stars Tinashe in a solo dance routine, set to the backdrop of a surrealist Lynchian Los Angeles motel. The video was directed by photographer and two-time MTV VMA nominated director Sarah McColgan who has worked with Usher, Miguel, Aloe Blacc, Wale and Kelly Rowland among others, and shot Tinashe for her cover of Complex Magazine earlier in the year.
For his ‘Afterdark Mix’, Sabb has spliced together tracks by Emanuel Satie and Roberto Rodriguez to create this tech house record, its seductive energy heightened with explosive percussive loops and pumping bass.
Liverpool Music Week recently announced the complete and final line up for this year’s festival, which begins with the opening party headlined by Warpaint today at The Dome, Grand Central Hall in Liverpool. Now entering its 12th year, Liverpool Music Week is apparently the UK’s largest indoor winter music festival and has recently attracted over 48,000 people to the city each year, previously playing host to the likes of Godspeed You!, Black Emperor, Deerhunter, Gang of Four, Soak, Best Coast, Josh T Pearson, Health, Holly Herndon, Mogwai, Churches, Caribou, The War On Drugs, Wild Beasts, Forest Swords, Liars, Evian Christ and many more over the years.
Bristol’s In:Motion 2016 series began a few weeks ago and apparently already thousands of people have passed through the doors of the club to witness music from the likes of Joseph Capriati, Eats Everything, Kölsch, Craig Richards, Roni Size, Congo Natty and Oneman to name but a few. The brand recently revealed the lineup for their New Year’s Day party which will extend across two warehouses, for a day of celebrations.
German duo Mat.Joe, who have previously released on house labels Strictly Rhythm, Exploited and Hottrax, will be touring North America this November, including stops in Dallas, San Francisco and Chicago. Mat.Joe are Matze and Johannes, two German producers and DJs who apparently have been causing quite a stir in the house world over the last few years. Originally from Hannover, they moved to Berlin for new artistic challenges and quickly found their niche: crispy urban house beats paired with rhythmic soul and hip-hop elements, resulting in deep, rich music aimed squarely at the dancefloor.
Jay Sean has teamed up with DJ/producer Hardwell for a new collaboration that is a distinctive future pop single with a catchy dance vibe. Titled ‘Thinking About You’, this new studio collaboration from both artists has the possible potential to be a popular hit amongst music fans. It’s an emotive record filled rich melodic tones and features a blend of house/R&B flavours.
German producers Kaiserdisco are back on one of Drumcode for their sixth EP. That label is Drumcode, ‘Toleranz’, a four-track affair that features a remix from Pleasurekraft. Hamburg based Kaiserdisco have been active since 2008, and in that time have put out 30 EPs and nearly 50 remixes. They also run their own labels, KD Music and KD RAW, and are regulars on the likes of Suara and Tronic as well as various festivals and clubs. Swedish label, Drumcode is possibly one of the scene’s foremost techno labels, ran by boss Adam Beyer.
Bingo Players have been part of the dance music scene for ten years - releasing tracks, playing festivals and even founding their own Hysteria record label. But at the height of their success in 2013, one half of the duo Paul Baümer suddenly passed away from cancer. His other half Maarten Hoogstraten has carried on their legacy, and to celebrate a decade since Bingo Players’ inception he recently announced a 10 Year Anniversary Tour as well as the release of ‘Spinnin x Hysteria present 10 Years of Bingo Players’.
Last night, DJ Mag revealed the results of their Top 100 DJs Poll 2016, announcing Martin Garrix as this year’s winner. The 20-year-old Dutchman is the youngest ever No.1 DJ, and takes the top spot from 2015 winners, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Martin was awarded the No.1 trophy by his mentor, Tiesto, on stage at the Top 100 DJs Poll Awards Party at the Heineken Music Hall. The event was the opening party in this year’s AMF, apparently the largest festival of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).
Dutchman Nicky Romero recently unveiled his new collaboration with Dutch duo Navarra called ‘Crossroads’, which is out now on Protocol Recordings. Premiered on Protocol radio and showcasing undiscovered talent reigning from Dutch music production school ‘Herman Brood Academie’ - who have bred the likes of Martin Garrix and Julian Jordan - ‘Crossroads' is a club ready cut that aims to whet your whistle ahead of next week’s ADE event.
Released nearly three decades ago at the height of the acid house craze that was to forever change the face of club culture, Phuture’s ‘We Are Phuture’ is a classic, a record whose message still resonates to this day. Ahead of the 30 year anniversary of the birth of acid house in 2017, Get Physical have teamed up with Phuture’s DJ Pierre to revisit the record, with three new versions by Pierre himself to be released alongside a remastered version of the original.
Octave One return with a new album entitled ‘Love by Machine’, its name is a nod to the fact that the Burden brothers are apparently ‘revered masters of
their hardware’ - both in the studio and also in the live arena. All the more impressive when you bear in mind they have been active since the ‘80s, most often releasing on their own 430 West
label, which is where they appear again here.
BT (Brian Transeau) has crafted a spiritual successor to 2006’s ‘This Binary Universe’ and 2012’s ’If The Stars Were Eternal'. Right now, there’s no right or wrong way to articulate the title of _. It’s open to interpretation. It’s hard to predict with a trace of Future Sound of London and an evident edge of John Cage. It’s assembled, classically, into six tracks, bridged by three Movements. It’s also a musical composition in the truest sense of the expression. Linking the album’s tracks are its 'Artifacture', 'Indivism' and 'Ω' Movements; BT’s modernist take on the classical composition structure. They make up a 25 section sequence of (as BT defines them) “inter-compositional-themes”, creating 45 minutes of constantly flowing, ever-developing tonality.