Swiss musician Pablo Nouvelle released a seven-piece album called ‘Atlas Internet Café’ in December 2019, and now he’s bringing another collection of tracks in the form of ‘Obsolete’. Building on its predecessor by employing more club-focused instrumental tactics, it touches on the theme of mankind’s non-sustainable way of living.
As everyone adjusts to this 'new normal', elrow aim to bring their music directly into the homes of clubbers around the world. Having partied with Desperados since 2016, they've shared the same passion from the beginning and by teaming up on these virtual sessions, they are able to continue to deliver experiences to keep the party going as people adjust to their new way of life.
A presence on Anjunafamily for over a decade, Hungary’s Sunny Lax has apparently shown a flair for catchy melodies and uplifting chord progressions that have seen his music take flight on various stages around the world. Looking to broaden his sound further, next month sees the release of his first extended body of work, the ‘End Of Our Time EP’, featuring five tracks.
Many people would give anything to be able to produce music themselves. but even though their minds are overflowing with creativity, their talent and musical vision may never surface simply because they don’t know where to start. And that’s why Armada University has launched its first-ever beginner’s course: ‘Getting Started with Electronic Music Production’.
Beatport recently announced that its 34-hour live stream “ReConnect” in partnership with Twitch, raised more than $180,000 for the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and the AFEM Members’ COVID-19 Hardship Fund. Set up specifically to administer donations from this event to help struggling Association For Electronic Music member companies retain lower earning workers who would otherwise be let go, and to direct funds to individuals within the membership in most need of urgent financial help.
After teasing their new film series with an appetiser episode last year, Berlin-based DJ/producer Kevin Knapp and his creative partner Mario Münster have launched a video series about the often interconnected worlds of global cuisine and house music, hosted exclusively by YouTube channel turned record label Eton Messy.
In its 29-year history, Nervous Records has ‘built its reputation on a willingness to take chances on new producers, fresh sounds and innovative concepts.’ At a time when communication and collaboration between producers, artists and labels has become almost exclusively digital, the label decided to bring the creative process back to its roots, when creating a track meant all night writing sessions, 12 hour studio lock-outs and coffee runs that often detoured into all nightclubbing.
Debuted to the world at their Group Therapy 350 celebrations in Prague in October 2019, Above & Beyond's Club Mix of ‘Bittersweet & Blue’ is out now. The band is joined once again by Richard Bedford, the voice of Anjuna classics such as ‘Alone Tonight’ and ’Sun & Moon’.
Rodaq lands on Loot Recordings with a new offering that features remixes from Uone, Yapacc and Schlepp Geist. Rodaq grew up in Berlin and his sound takes in plenty of the city's strongest influences from the grit and rawness of Tresor and Berghain, to the decadence of Bar25. Now with Singapore as his base, he regularly serves his blend of techno and trippy tech-house to dancers all over Europe and Asia and his first EP on Insist Music apparently got props from Laurent Garnier, Riva Starr and Tim Green.
Brooklyn-based artist Moon Boots’ 2019 LP ‘Bimini Road’ showcased his soulful house music stylings and gained praise from DJ Mag & Mixmag, in addition to being named in KCRW’s ‘Top 10 Albums of 2019’. Following a pair of 'Tied Up’ reworks from Kenny Dope and Mat Zo, Anjunadeep debutants Wookie, and Garrett David now give ‘Clear’ the remix treatment.
Following Defected’s first ever Virtual Festival last week, which was live-streamed across Twitter, YouTube and Facebook apparently reaching over 10m people, the label is preparing to continue the series with a 6-hour stream tomorrow. DJ sets will come from Folamour, Karizma, Melé, Riva Starr and more still to be announced.
This March, with the blessing of Cassius’ Boombass, Get Physical will release a m.O.N.R.O.E. cover of the band’s 'The Sound Of Violence' track from 2002. Miami's m.O.N.R.O.E. has been a regular guest on this label over the years and mixed ‘America Gets Physical’ back in 2018.
Darius Syrossian makes his debut on Solid Grooves this month as he delivers the two-track ‘Wolfgang 016’ EP. Darius remains consistent with an ongoing series of releases via a host of labels and appearances across the globe, from the US to Australia, whilst also heading up his own Moxy Muzik imprint – a launch which has seen him move back towards his house roots, with his monthly label residency in Manchester.
Having started their 2020 release trail with a rework of Armin van Buuren’s ‘Something Real’, Nic & Bossi’s new production is now out in stores and streaming platforms. ‘Your Mind’s title tips a knowing wink at the WYM label, its mix-comp companion and Cosmic Gate’s long-standing musical mantra. And it also wraps the cheekiest of (clue’s-in-the-title) vocal samples into its calculus!
Tripswitch’s onedotsixtwo platform sees the return of Brasil-based James Monro to the label with his ‘Medicine EP’. This latest package is further boosted with remixes from mousejockey and studio orc, Charlie May, and the main man himself, Tripswitch. James dived into his studio within days of participating in an Ayahuasca ceremony (traditional spiritual medicine) with a Brazilian tribe in the Amazon basin, with a view to trying to capture a hint of the deeply affecting emotional insight and sense of healing he experienced.
After teasing his new ‘Balance’ remixes for weeks on end, Armin van Buuren now gets set to bring the full remix album to light. Full of redirections from artists such as Steve Aoki, Bassjackers, Blasterjaxx, Nicky Romero, Will Sparks, Deorro & Reece Low and Lucas & Steve, ‘Balance (Remixes)’ is the icing on the cake that is Armin van Buuren’s seventh artist album, which claimed the certified gold status in the Netherlands within five days after its release.
Zoo Brazil’s 2012 release ‘Any Moment Now’ was his most song-centric, while ‘Point Of View’ in 2018 saw him explore an as-pacey, but altogether moodier, sombre and possibly even more introspective sonic. And come 2020, through ‘For Sins And False Alarms’, another acknowledgeable different theme prevails. Two years and two months removed from ‘Point Of View’, the Swede fields 12 new tracks, which see the tone deepen and the musical outline reshape into something altogether clubbier.
Defected Records recently announced a series of digital activations offering its online community opportunities to engage with the brand and each other from the comfort of their own homes, following the postponement or cancellation of all live events in March and April due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Kicking off the series tomorrow will be the inaugural Defected Virtual Festival, inspired by the success of live streams from Defected Croatia, Defected London FSTVL and other Defected shows worldwide.
The latest single to be taken from their forthcoming ‘Acoustic III’ album due for release in summer 2020, Above & Beyond, Zoë Johnston and long-time collaborator, producer Bob Bradley, recently shared a reimagined take on ‘Sahara Love’.
Doc Brown’s ‘Paradigm’ is the latest release on Exit 32: two tough, trippy tech house originals backed up with a dark, bass-heavy recut courtesy of Nu Sky. Doc’s lifetime passion for music is evident in his productions and his performances.
DJ/Producer, Steve Aoki, shares his new collaboration ‘Halfway Dead’ alongside the confirmed 3 April release date for ‘Neon Future IV’ album. The song features drummer Travis Barker and singer/rapper Global Dan, who broke through in 2017 via his single ‘Off-White’ earning Virgil Abloh’s cosign, and will be with Aoki on his Neon Future IV: The Color of Noise Tour kicking off this month.
Following his Glitterbox debut ‘Boogie 2nite’, Seamus Haji returns to the label for his latest musical offering ‘I Got You’. Demonstrating his technique for dancefloor dynamics, this grooving, disco-infused number combines traditional analogue techniques with a lilting beat.
French edit artist The Reflex is once again invited by Noel Gallagher to remix his latest High Flying Bird’s single, with Blue Moon Rising transformed into a disco-indie hybrid. By taking remixing and audio editing to new heights, The Reflex has captured lots of attention and gathered many fans along the way, apparently Barack Obama and legendary ‘Thriller’ and ‘Rock With You’ songwriter Rod Temperton included.
Following ‘Club Lit’, their CUFF label’s 100th release last year, that featured a special remix pack, Amine Edge & DANCE return for 2020 with a debut Solotoko release in the form of the ‘Turn It Up’ EP. Not tied down to one genre, the duo aim to cross multiple realms including house, bass, tech house and garage infusions and their versatility has landed them winners of the Best Bass category at the DJ Awards, support from Pete Tong as well as a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix under their belt.
Armada Music CEO Maykel Piron has just launched a brand-new radio show called Armada Next. Hosted and curated by the label head himself alongside Armada Music’s UK label manager and co-host Ben Malone, the one-hour show will be broadcast every Sunday on Sirius XM before hitting Mixcloud, SoundCloud, YouTube and Facebook a day later.
Defected recently revealed the full break-down for their four-day festival event, which will take place across five venues – Cova Santa, Eden, Heart, Hï Ibiza and a secret beach location. After throwing parties in Ibiza for 20 years, this brand-new concept for the island showcases the full Defected family roster.
DJ/producer Claptone is bringing The Masquerade concept back to Pacha Ibiza for a second season this summer, commencing 23 May, with the weekly run of parties switching to Saturday for 2020. It follows on from a first season which welcomed MK, Diplo, Purple Disco Machine, Duke Dumont, Kerri Chandler, Basement Jaxx and many more to the shores of the White Isle for a string of parties.
Over the course of this summer season a number of festival gatherings will take place at Cariocas in Greece, kicking off with Josh Milan’s 51st birthday party. The event returns to Cariocas again in 2020 across 25-28 June, for four days of beach, food and musical entertainment by some award-winning artists.
It has been 20 years since sad sack and ginger pubes aka dance music losers Kevin & Perry went large in Ibiza. To celebrate the infamous teenagers’ White Isle debut, The Steelyard in London is hosting a specially themed series of bottomless brunches planned for 30 May, 25 July and 26 Sept.
Following a string of varied singles and double-records on Astralwerks, Australian artist Willaris. K continues to aim to push the aural boundaries of the electronic sphere. As premiered by Australian radio station, Triple J’s, Richard Kingsmill, “Detach” arrives today with an abstract visualiser from frequent collaborator Chris Kore. The track plays over a five-minute display of warped digitised bodies dancing beneath a blanket of white noise, a familiar backdrop from Kore’s previous Williaris. K productions.
This month CODA in Toronto has a lineup of international talent coming through, which kicked off tonight with Liverpool duo Camelphat making a return to the venue, with Patrick Topping appearing tomorrow along with Leeds duo Prospa. Maya Jane Coles will take over the decks on Saturday, and Huxley aims to stir up the room with his set on Friday 13 March.
Monday of this week would have been Cadet’s 30th birthday, and in recognition, the release date for his debut album, ‘The Rated Legend’, was confirmed for Friday 10 April on Underrated Legends. A&R’d and executively produced by Cadet’s cousin, Krept (of Krept & Konan), the album features Cadet’s platinum certified single ‘Advice’ and posthumously released ‘Gang Gang’ alongside previously unreleased material from his recording sessions. Produced by Show N Prove and Da Beatfreakz among others, guest artists on the album include Young Adz, Konan, Swarmz, Wretch 32, Chip, Tion Wayne, Deno and Krept.
Other tracks may have announced their arrival, but ‘Right In The Night’ was probably the one that poured the concrete that internationally cemented Jam & Spoon’s rep. The combination of bass pulse, flamenco strings and Plavka’s song turned it into a pan-European chart hit.
Qwestlife’s dedication to crafting authentic, heartfelt and original disco tracks has apparently been well documented over the course of their partnership. The duo, a cross-European collaboration between Southern Frenchman Tom Laroye and London’s Andy Williams (aka Yam Who?), came together in 2013, and with Tom’s song-writing abilities and Andy’s club track skills. Using old school methods and analogue techniques to produce, the Glitterbox regulars now release their debut album ‘Prophecy’ on the imprint, encapsulating the energy of their DJ sets in a 10-track collection.
Bristol’s Jody Wisternoff recently announced his brand new twelve-track LP ‘Nightwhisper’, out 1 May. His first solo album in eight years, the album follows Wisternoff’s 2012 debut LP ‘Trails We Blaze’, and comes alongside the release of the hypnotic title track and lead single ‘Nightwhisper’. Wisternoff first made his name in the early-90s before possibly cementing his position as one of the UK’s finest talent-spotters and DJs as part of the Anjunadeep label family, where he co-curates the annual compilation series.
Booka Shade recently announced the full line up for their Brixton Electronic live show on Saturday 11 April, when they will be bringing a strong line up of guest DJs and performers as well as their full-scale production to London. Joining them on stage at Electric Brixton will be Austrian electronic duo Klangkarussell, special guests Eli & Fur and support from Stockholm’s Undercatt, Ukraine’s 8Kays and Los Angeles’ Henri Bergmann.
Tim Digby-Bell, Peter Kriek and Ariaan Olieroock are Cubicolor. In the wake of singles ‘Points Beyond’, ‘Wake Me Up’ and ‘Melodies’ the trio finally share their second artist album ‘Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night’. In 2016 they released their debut album ‘Brainsugar’ via independent label Anjunadeep. Accumulating over 40 million streams, the album won praise from Mixmag, Resident Advisor, Consequence of Sound and DJ Mag, who described it as “a startlingly accomplished debut” in their 9/10 review.
Defected recently announced that the Defected London FSTVL will return to Dagenham on 12 September 2020. With five outdoor stages across Central Park, the one-day festival brings the Defected federation together to celebrate the very best in house music. Stages will be hosted by Defected, Glitterbox, Classic Music Company, 4 To The Floor and DVINE Sounds, with each showcasing their best headline acts and underground artists.
Celebrating its sixth year, 51st State Festival recently revealed its first lineup announcement for 2020. This year’s programme is led by a trio of New York’s finest house acts: Stealth boss and Grammy-award winning producer Roger Sanchez will join the Trent Park party alongside an exclusive London festival performance from production/remix team Masters at Work as well as Body & Soul trio of François K, Joe Claussell and Danny Krivit.
On 15 May, Carl Cox will be making the pilgrimage to San Francisco to perform for the annual Playground fundraiser at The Midway. Playground has apparently become a musical beacon on the Black Rock City landscape ever since it first emerged from Carl’s private RV in 2014.
Tim Engelhardt returns to Poker Flat Recordings to build on his reputation as apparently one of Cologne’s youngest and brightest electronic music stars, as he’s responsible for numerous dancefloor tracks over the last few years.
While James Haskell may be known as an England rugby player, he has also begun to prove his credibility as a DJ as he ventures into the world of house music. Returning for its fourth edition in the series, his Back Row Beats Volume 4 is a soundtrack to your workout, with the rugby professional carefully curating a selection of high energy tracks.
In celebration of last year's album, 'To Believe', The Cinematic Orchestra are set to release via Ninja Tune ‘To Believe Remixes’ digital album on 6 March plus two 12” vinyl releases featuring select remixes due out 24 April. Their own remix of ‘Zero One / This Fantasy’, featuring Grey Reverend is out now.
‘Duality’ is the second single to be released from Paul van Dyk’s forthcoming album ‘Guiding Light’. To a considerable degree, its release is the outcome of a book - specifically Paul’s Im Leben Bleiben (Holding On To Life), which was published last year. Writing it helped him begin to clarify much of what followed his 2016 on-stage accident. Through it came a greater perspective understanding of the toll, all before he started to harness that clarity into something positive and artistic.
New duo Raz & Afla have been regular on the airwaves this winter with their Afro-house track ‘No Touch’, which was picked up as Mary Anne Hobbs’ ‘Near Future Track’ on 6 music, Frankie Francis’ Amazing Radio’s single of the week and has gained support from Radio 1 & 1xtra’s Toddla T, Jamz Supernova, Worldwide FM and more.
2020 sees Giuseppe Ottaviani using his Live 2.0’s ‘studio-in-a-suitcase’. The last few years have seen the Italian create the music (ultimately destined for his 2019-released ‘Evolver’ album) in-club, real time, and now, into the new decade, he’s upped Live’s tech game again, advancing it to give the him near limitless control over each and every sound he delivers.
After their debut collaboration ‘Life Is A Dancefloor’ possibly became one of the year’s stand out house records, Glitterbox favourite The Shapeshifters, aka Simon Marlin, reunites with Chic’s Kimberly Davis on their latest offering ‘Second Chance’.
Following up to his first album taster ‘My Friend The Sun’, Luttrell’s latest offering, instrumental deep cut ’Some Other Time’, is the second single lifted from his forthcoming second album ‘Lucky Ones’. Aiming to be a crowd pleaser and firm feature of Luttrell’s DJ sets over the past is months, the track has been dropped to crowds from San Francisco to Fiji to London.
LA-based Tara Brooks launches into 2020 and her return to Bedrock with the ‘Wake Me EP’. Showcasing her contagious passion for music, sounds and approach, all wrapped in energy, this is her opening artistic statement. A DJ/producer, Tara likes to blend hints of darkness and light, and ‘Wake Me’ does just that, twisting a myriad of intertwined emotions and melodies over a groove, with enough energy and soul to be played early or late, slower or faster.
After a few years of behind the scenes studio collaborations, Casper Cole stepped out for his debut release ‘I Want It All’ featuring Elderbrook on FFRR just last year. The track apparently saw support across the board with its addition to playlists on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music, as well as gathering almost 1.8 million plays on Spotify alone. Now, the track receives two fresh reworks from Route 94 and David Jackson.
The 13th edition of the International Music Summit (IMS) welcomes electronic musician, producer, visual artist, academic and leading pioneer in environmental activism Brian Eno, who will open IMS Ibiza with a keynote interview with IMS partner and BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong. He will set the scene on the environmental crisis the world is facing and as a founding trustee of EarthPercent will introduce the project, before other initiatives will be shared by other industry figures.
Having shared a life together through song title and lyric (not least ‘Breathe Me To Life’, ‘You & I’, ‘Universe Is Mine’ & ‘Muse’), soul mates Markus and Adina now open another chapter. Their first on-the-record since the ‘We Are The Light’-based ‘Breathe Me To Life’, ‘Indestructible’’s sentiments couldn’t be any clearer, nor its sonic chemistry more evident.
Celebrating its 10th edition this year, Extrema Outdoor Belgium recently announced its artists for the 2020 three-day festival. Taking place across three days from 29 – 31 May, it’s a line-up that combines hard hitting, atmospheric techno and house from across the spectrum with possibly some of the best live acts from the world of underground music.
Last seen on Anjunabeats with his ‘No Words EP’ in 2018, London-born producer Mat Zo has been responsible for various additions to the Anjunabeats discography - including his 2013 debut album ‘Damage Control’, and 2011’s collaboration with Arty ‘Rebound’. From his beginnings on the label, he’s gone on to perform in the worlds of D&B, ambient, electro and beyond.
After a decade of success, culminating in Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s return to the top of the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, Like Mike expands his reach in the music industry with the announcement of his new label Green Room.
Defected Records will take over the WMC Mainstage Forum on 17 March to host a ’21 Years of Defected Records: How to Build A Brand That Lasts’. The seminar will provide delegates with insight into the mechanics of brand building from industry experts on the subject.
Anjunadeep have just released the 11th instalment of their annual compilation. Showcasing the sound of the label at the turn of a new decade, Bristolian DJ Jody Wisternoff and label co-founder and A&R James Grant share their seventh mixed compilation together - ‘Anjunadeep 11 Mixed by Jody Wisternoff & James Grant’. The new release showcases an eclectic mix of new and exclusive tracks across two mixes; featuring a host of electronic original cuts, remixes and edits from label staples while welcoming more fresh faces to the series.
Together recently announced its Tenth Anniversary Ibiza season – Ten Years, Ten Shows – with Chase & Status announced as weekly hosts and residents. This year sees Together switch from Tuesdays to Mondays at Amnesia Ibiza, kicking off proceedings from 1 – 29 June, and returning from 7 September to 5 October. Season headliners Chase & Status will be bringing with them hand-picked special guests, world exclusive debuts and first time, one-off B2Bs on their most ambitious season yet, showcasing the best from their latest RTRN II JUNGLE project, alongside all new music to road test.
Booka Shade recently announced they will be bringing their live show with full-scale production to London on Saturday 11 April at Electric Brixton. Pre-sale tickets for the event will go live for 24-hours exclusively on Ticketweb at 10am today, ahead of general release tickets tomorrow. The Berlin-based duo will be joining other acts as part of the Brixton Electronic series of events at the venue, following shows with Vitalic, 2manyDJs and Ed Banger Records.
Houghton music festival recently announced it’s line-up for its third edition on 6-9 August 2020. After making its debut in 2017 then continuing in 2018, the event had to be cancelled in 2019 due to extreme weather, and now it returns in 2020 to Houghton Hall in Norfolk. The musical programme reflects Craig Richards' eclectic taste, while continuing the festival's tradition of encouraging long extended sets and live acts, across sound systems from German manufacturer d&b audiotechnik.
The first 55 confirmations for ‘A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise’ were recently revealed. The 28th edition of the festival will take place from 21-23 August, featuring a selection of over 250 artists covering a wide range of genres, and ticket sales will start on Saturday 8 February at 11:00 pm via Ticketmaster.
Reaching the number of 200 radio show episodes is quite the milestone, and such an achievement ought to be celebrated in style. True to form, that’s exactly what Andrew Rayel set out to do. With less than a month to go before the launch of his FYH200 celebration show in Avant Garden in Brooklyn, NYC, he launched the first half of the show’s official anthem: ‘Light Side Of The Harmony’.
Anjunadeep will celebrate the summer months with two all-day events in London and New York. Hosted across multiple stages, this transatlantic music concept should be ideal for lovers of melodic dance music. Having brought together over 12,000 dancers across the two cities last summer for ‘Open Air’ events, this year the label will add a second indoor stage, complete with all new immersive audiovisual production.
Defected recently announced the acts confirmed for the inaugural Defected Ibiza Festival 2020, including Basement Jaxx, Gorgon City, Purple Disco Machine, Horse Meat Disco, Roberto Surace and Defected’s own Simon Dunmore. With artists selected from the Defected, Glitterbox and Classic Music Company rosters, the new festival follows the festivals in Croatia and London and is the biggest of Defected’s Ibiza offerings to date.
Some of the biggest names in electronic music have been announced for this year’s Creamfields festival which returns to Daresbury in Cheshire this August Bank Holiday. Apparently attracting a sell-out crowd of 70,000 last year, the festival is shaping up to build on its success with the 2020 edition welcoming an array of debut and exclusive performances from across the dance music spectrum.
Black Hole Recordings takes a dive back into the catalogue of France’s Mr Sam, surfacing with a clutch of reworks of his latter-day track ‘Cygnes’. On initial release, it apparently left a sizable footprint on clubfloors, becoming one of 2008’s most cheered trancers. Heavily set-listed by everyone from Armin (who compiled it onto the year’s ASOT compilation) down, it’s a number that’s scarcely aged a stylistic day in the interim.
Solarfields – producer of renewable energy – and MOJO – organiSer of large-scale events – will start realising the world's largest solar carport in November this year. The solar park will be built in the Lowlands car park and will cover an area of 35 hectares. The solar carport will be operational in May 2021 and consists of 90,000 solar panels producing around 35,000,000 kWh of electricity annually.
Following their collaboration on ‘One Love’ back in January last year, Sander van Doorn and Frontliner have teamed up to welcome in 2020 with ‘Like This’ – out now via Spinnin’ Records. With a distorted sliding lead-synth and the track’s ‘exciting new sound’ sample, it aims to demonstrate its potential magnitude from the get-go.
Defected welcome David Penn to the list of house masters with this new compilation. Spaniard David has remained an underground artist that produces quality house cuts, celebrated with this collection. The Urbana Records founder, producer and musical all-rounder has been a popular house music artist in the last two decades, with all elements of his musical style covered in this collection of tracks.
2019 was apparently a massive year for Leftwing : Kody. Last year they gained 13,000,000 streams from over 3,000,000 listeners, as well as entering Pete Tong’s Essential Mix hall of fame to end the year.
During a trip across the US in 2016, Sandro Cavazza shared the early stages of the track with his friend, DJ/producer/musician/songwriter and performer Tim “Avicii” Bergling. Tim immediately started working on the track, but never got the chance to finish it before he tragically passed away. Inspired by Tim's demo version played at Ultra Music Festival, Kygo and Sandro have together produced a version to honour his memory.
Returning for Volume 2 of the series, Glitterbox Jams is back with another delivery that aims to become a record box essential for all discerning disco DJs. Delivering two tracks previously unavailable on vinyl and a pair of previews from the imprint, Volume 2 opens with Mike Dunn’s ‘Natural High’.
Grammy award winning DJ/Producer Calvin Harris returns to Creamfields this summer to headline the Arc Stage on Saturday 29 August Bank holiday weekend for what will be a UK dance festival exclusive. Calvin has apparently now become a firm Creamfields favourite over the years and pulled in one of the biggest crowds at the 2019 festival.
Marking 25 years since their inception, club promoters Bugged Out will be celebrating their anniversary in style with two shows for Concourse At Depot. 13 March will see Denis Sulta and Mella Dee go b2b for an all night long party, whilst Green Velvet, Heidi and Erol Alkan will appear on 14 March.
Gabriel & Dresden returned in 2017 with the crowd-funded album ‘The Only Road’, their first artist LP in over 10 years. An indie-spirited curveball, the album gained 17 million streams worldwide. The duo also toured, taking in Creamfields, Burning Man, EDC, and Tomorrowland, and received their first GRAMMY nomination courtesy of a Cosmic Gate remix of ‘Only Road’.
2019 was a point of new territory for Maya Jane Coles and her alter-ego, Nocturnal Sunshine. Unleashing the latest studio project in late 2018 with ‘Foundation’ and later ‘U&ME’, next up was her sophomore Nocturnal Sunshine album ‘Full Circle’, taking the alias in a new direction and delving deep into Maya’s hip-hop influences.
Kevin Saunderson prepares to kick off the 2020 KMS calendar by dropping a collaboration with the UK’s TRICK label head Patrick Topping. ‘Frisk’ is not the first sighting of the guys joining forces as Patrick played on Kevin’s Origins stage at Detroit’s Movement Festival in 2018, which Kevin curates.
10+ million hectares burnt. 2,000 buildings destroyed. 27 lives taken. Over one billion animals perished. Australia has suffered inconceivable destruction from mega-fires the size of Manhattan, with flames taller than the Sydney Opera House. Yet what may be burning brightest in the wake of this climate crisis, is the light of support across the world.
Riverside Festival 2020 recently announced Disclosure as the Sunday closing headliner for this year’s event, making it a Scottish exclusive performance and one of only two UK festival dates.
Creamfields recently revealed their first Friday headliner as The Chainsmokers, with the Grammy award winning duo returning to headline the Arc stage for a UK festival exclusive. Since bounding onto the scene in 2013, The Chainsmokers have gone on to achieve success as both electronic and mainstream artists.
Steve Bug’s 'Loverboy' was released on the first Poker Flat release ever 'Double Action' back in 1999. Over the years it has been reworked only by a few - but the list includes the likes of Josh Wink and Guido Schneider. Now, as part of the 20 years of Poker Flat celebration, more names are added to that remix list with two new remixes from Catz ‘n Dogz and Acid Pauli.
Get Physical co-founder DJ T. delivers his fourth studio album, digging deep in the outer reaches of electronic music for an LP that aims to shine a light on his own transformative journey. ‘Trans Orient Express’ is apparently an album that almost never happened. In 2011 he released ‘The Pleasure Principle’ LP that was a true labour of love, as he says: “The process was extremely gruelling, it was so demanding that I was sure I would never do another album, if someone would have told me that I would be back making a complete album in an ethnic disco style, i simply wouldn’t have believed it.”
New school house artists Mason Collective make their Play It Say It label debut with their ‘Art Is Long’ Ep. The trio of DJs and producers hail from Manchester and next to their club tracks on labels like Whippin Records, Loco Dice’s Desolat and HotTrax, they also promote their own MVSON events.
Italy’s Stefano Fontana provides the inaugural release on Beatraxx featuring three cuts entitled ‘4 Those Who Likes The Underground Feet #1’, which includes a remix from NiCe7. Milan born DJ/producer, Stefano, who is also known as Stylophonic, kick-starts his Beatraxx imprint following releases on Supernova’s Lapsus label, D-FLOOR Music, Peppermint Jam, his Fontana Mood imprint and Paul’s Boutique Music.
At 22 tracks apparently spanning every corner of dance music and hip hop, ‘Dim Mak Greatest Hits 2019: Originals’ takes a look back at some of the year’s tracks from the record label's eclectic roster. The compilation features work from the likes of Steve Aoki & Will Sparks, QUIX, Bear Grillz, BROHUG, Two Friends, KRANE, Party Pupils, Tisoki, Curbi, Henry Fong, Godlands, Otira and much more.
Taken from their new album ‘It’s All About The Melody’, Aly & Fila jump straight into the new year with their next single ‘Te Espero Aqui’. Having performed to audiences worldwide since the release of their sixth artist album, the Egyptian trance artists deliver an uplifting and progressive punch in the form of this latest instrumental single.
Croatian festival Hideout recently announced a whole host of fresh names set to perform at the event this summer. Celebrating ten years strong on the Adriatic shores of Pag, Hideout has added the the likes of Darius Syrossian, Paul Woolford, Nastia, DJ Seinfeld, Alan Fitzpatrick, Monki and more to the bill, who’ll be joining headliners including MK, Fisher, Chase and Status, Skream, Jamie Jones, Mall Grab and many more.
We Are FSTVL recently revealed its third phase of acts who will be performing at the festival’s eighth event during the May 2020 Bank Holiday. Aiming to celebrate the very best in house, bass, techno and D&B, the festival has added artists including MK, its 2019 headliner, Claptone, Sub Focus, GW Harrison, Mambo Brothers and more to the line-up.
Back in 2006 Bobby D’Ambrosio covered the 1978 Linda Clifford classic ‘Runaway Love’, producing a decent dancefloor number. Now, well over a decade later, two of the scene’s key remixers turn their hand to this classic Soulfuric cut.
Route 94 released four minimal cuts on his newly launched Routine Recordings imprint last month. British producer Rowan Tyler Jones has apparently accomplished a lot since learning to produce as a 13-year old, including commercial success and a discography releasing on dance music labels like Virgin EMI, Rinse, Defected, Leftroom, Crosstown Rebels and Hot Creations.
One of the biggest dance tracks of 2019, Endor’s Defected debut ‘Pump It Up’ went from club track to commercial hit in just a few short months, making the Radio 1, Kiss FM and Capital playlists, and ascending to the top 10 of the UK charts.
Toolroom Records recently announced the lineup for their one off event at Liverpool’s Hangar 34 on 29 February. Taking to the decks will be Amine Edge & DANCE, Endor and GW Harrison. Amine Edge & DANCE have received support from DJs such as Carl Cox and Solomun and had many releases since the start of their DJing and producing careers.
At the end of last year, Dutch trance DJ Ferry Corsten and Armada Records inked an exclusive agreement for the future representation of Ferry’s Flashover Recordings as well as most of the imprint’s past releases, which includes tracks produced by Ferry Corsten under his System F and Gouryella aliases plus many more artists.
Parisian electronic artist R-Wan recently delivered a pool side party in the green hills of Bali’s Ubud. A centre for crafts, art and dance, the town is apparently a draw for its natural beauty, cultural treasures and its unique tropical vibe. Naming the experience the ‘Ubud Project’, he treated a group of music fans to a set within the backdrop of Ubud’s rainforest canopy.
Swiss DJ/producer Andrea Oliva joins the Nothing Else Matters roster this month with his debut single, ‘Dancing, No Sleep’, which also features a remix from label head honcho, Danny Howard. Andrea is an active DJ, with close ties to ANTS Ibiza, Elrow and Music On as well as various festivals.
Russian producer SILA returns to his Not For Fun Records imprint to release three eccentric cuts entitled ‘Lovejoy’. SILA is a futuristic producer and composer who delivers multi-genre music as an experimental art form. Operating out of Moscow and Berlin, he runs Not For Fun Records with a focus on non-commercial and modern music genres which ‘aspire to move their listeners forward through mechanical stereotypes to an irrational state of mind’.
Leonardo’s Etheric label builds on the first three releases with a fourth two-tracker of his own. An artist who is more interested in feelings than musical trends, he delivers his own sound fuelled by drawn out grooves. Now, ahead of his debut concept album ‘Message From Wudang’ which is due next year, we have this latest offering.
Music is 4 Lovers releases remix EP of Louie Fresco’s ‘Mine’ featuring remixes from Till Von Sein, The Mekanism, and Pattern Drama. Brooklyn-based artist, Pattern Drama, gives the title track an up-and-down, deep, drum heavy rendition to start off the EP.
Matteo Saverio Cacciola aka Matt Sawyer returns to his VillaHangar imprint for the first release of 2020 featuring three house cuts entitled ‘Sunday Morning’ EP. Matt was born in Calabria and started his journey moving from his native city to Milan, chasing opportunities to express his passion of music. He started producing and remixing various tracks on labels like E- Lab, Area94 Records, WEAREMUSIC and Molto Recordings before being asked to release a track on Solomun’s Diynamic Music label.