Kölsch makes his debut on Drumcode as an Adam Beyer favourite gets his remix touch. The label’s first release of 2019 saw them recruiting Amelie Lens to deliver a re-rub of Adam’s ‘Teach Me’, a highlight to mark the label’s 200th release back in January.
Toolroom head honcho Mark Knight debuts on Stereo Productions with his latest track, following his top remix of The Fog, Chus & Ceballos ‘Been A Long Time’.
House music has enjoyed yet another big year, with 2020 looking set to continue providing yet more top additions to the genre. ‘Defected Presents Most Rated 2020’ celebrates the wealth and variety of house created, played and enjoyed on dancefloors worldwide, showcasing the records that are probably dominating club sound systems right now, and the possible future classics that are emerging from this year.
The culmination of a project that now comprises 27 pieces of music, delivered over a 3-album/4-year arc - all heralded by many a meaningful dot and dash. In the instant-hit world of today, its cyphered titles have been a premeditated move to provide an album/albums with a longer fuse.
Cold Blue’s first official album, ‘Winter’ is a soundtrack /companion-piece that’s been created more as a 360’ing of winter. It’s one that audibly and aesthetically resonates its clement elements but isn’t adverse to subvert, dig deeper and touch on its other aspects. In taking this route he’s delivered a more thoughtful contemplation of the subject, and in doing so defines his own purpose for the season.
Following the Odyssey launch in May this year, the 24-hour event concept will return to Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel and Hï Ibiza for both the season Opening and Closing parties in 2020. The Night League, the team behind Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza, recently announced the Opening party will take place on Saturday, 9 May.
After a year of performances around the world, Fedde Le Grand returns with a cross-genre remix for Charlie Puth’s ‘Mother’, where he creates an entirely new vision for the song. Out now, his release follows ‘Skank’ and ‘Like We Do’ from earlier this year on his imprint Darklight Recordings.
The next chapter in the story of GRAMMY-nominated duo, Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden is ‘Remedy’. Their third full-length artist LP, it’s an album inspired by the comfort we can apparently find when wrapped in nature. Fresh from performing to over 12,000 fans at the O2 Arena, Prague, as part of Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy 350 celebrations, the duo continue to refine their emotive, indie-spirited approach to songwriting, the star of 2017’s acclaimed ‘Only Road’ LP.
Since its inception in 2015, Jeremy Olander’s label and event series, Vivrant, has apparently become an intriguing platform for the melodic house and techno sound. As a home to new and established artists such as Marino Canal, Khen, Tim Engelhardt, Finnebassen, Henry Saiz, Ejeca and more, Vivrant and Olander have carved out a position in the ever so commoditised global electronic dance music scene. After being the first-ever young talent to be signed to Eric Prydz’s Pryda Friends almost a decade ago, Olander went on to release multiple EPs, singles, record a shortlisted BBC Essential Mix, and performing at venues like Madison Square Garden in New York City, and Brixton Academy in London.
Glasgow Underground founder, Kevin McKay, drops another rework from his forthcoming album ‘No Samples Were Harmed In The Making Of This Record’, which is out 8 November. This time he covers the early ‘90s house classic ‘A Deeper Love’ by Clivilles & Cole, creating a reverent yet contemporary version which should stand up on any dancefloor.
‘In Search Of Sunrise’’s 15th musical quest has broken with its release tradition by picking up an autumn spot for 2019. Returning after last year’s showing, Markus Schulz again assumes responsibility for its opening mix. Taking over the middle disc spot is Jerome Isma-Ae, while Finland’s Orkidea brings his nous to the third. As ever, the release holds a spyglass to the mixers’ own release horizons. Alongside is music from artists such as Ferry Corsten, Bicep, Paul Oakenfold, Solarstone, BT, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Jam & Spoon, Yotto and Henry Saiz.
Starting 2020 as they mean to go on, Defected will host Printworks’ first event of the year on New Year’s Day, bringing in the new decade with an all day affair. Soundtracked by some of the label’s hottest talent, the event will come as part of a New Year’s double-header, with the label’s disco counterpart Glitterbox taking over the 6,000-capacity venue on New Year’s Eve the night before.
UK label Toolroom Records recently hit a significant milestone with the 500th episode of their radio show. To celebrate the achievement they invited their fans to take part in a ‘one-of-a-kind party’ in their hometown of Maidstone. Held in a traditional boozer, fans were invited to take part in a pub quiz, testing their knowledge of all things Toolroom and electronic music against label artists Mark Knight, Leftwing : Kody, Martin Ikin, Illyus & Barrientos, Wheats, Siege and Maxinne, before being treated to intimate DJ sets.
In March 2019, Damion Houchen, aka Genix, apparently set the world record for the highest DJ set on land, 5,525 meters up Mount Everest. Back at sea level, around the same time, his techno-infused singles took shape: ‘Boom Box’, ‘Open Your Eyes’ and ‘Kill Switch’. Now, as Anjunabeats approaches its 20th birthday, he’s curated the next edition of the Worldwide compilation series.
In the wake of releasing ‘Need Your Love’ in June, Inner City (Kevin and Dantiez Saunderson) and Steffanie Christi’an touch down on Armada Music with their latest track. 2019 has celebrated 30 years of Good Life with a spring/summer tour that saw the first live performances outside of the US in almost 20 years.
After its huge debut party, it was no surprise to hear that the Glitterbox juggernaut was coming back for the second time this year. Brought to Glasgow by the team behind Colours on 30 March, the event sold out and was possibly one of the best nights the city had seen in quite a while. Now, it was back for its second outing and like the first, the event had sold out well in advance.
Kristian Nairn was apparently holding down dancefloors across the UK as a house producer and DJ, long before he was tending to the stables of the House Stark and holding very important doors on HBO’s acclaimed Game of Thrones.
DJ, producer, and vocalist John Graham, more commonly known as Quivver, returns following his recent ‘One Darker EP’, with the four-tracker ‘Ten Bob EP’. With a career spanning over 25 years, his achievements, include licensing deals with TV shows and video games, in addition to apparently touring the globe multiple times each year, all whilst releasing music through his various monikers.
Following on from Amsterdam Dance Event 2019, Fedde Le Grand’s Darklight Recordings is keeping the momentum going by delivering six new releases, in the space of just one week. Founded in 2015, the label is a ‘versatile platform for fresh and rising talent’ and these latest offerings aim to demonstrate that.
Apparently named King of the Edit since the 1980s, Manhattan DJ Danny Krivit’s (aka Mr K) latest delivery instils the title bestowed upon him some 30 years ago. A recognised selector, Danny’s remixing and production capabilities have touched hundreds of records – with his sound help shaping the New York City sound.
For as long as I remember, I’ve been a console gamer. It certainly started in the ‘80s with playing Missile Command on an Atari system, then moving on to the Sega Master System and then the Sega Mega Drive.
London Records have once again opened their archives to re-issue some of their catalogue and refresh them with contemporary remixes. 1997 was a time of clubbing excess and superstar DJs, when dance music crossed over to the mainstream and when Stretch & Vern were in the prime of their colourful career. On the back of the success of their track ‘I’m Alive’, they released their follow up hip hop meets club soundtrack ‘Get Up Go Insane’.
DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll aims to provide a global perspective of the electronic music scene’s biggest names and the results for 2019’s Poll have recently been announced. Belgian brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have been voted the World’s No.1 DJ for the second time, after previously winning the award back in 2015 and becoming the first duo to take the top spot.
Just one week before the release of Armin van Buuren’s seventh artist album, a collab emerges as the most recent single to come off of ‘Balance’. A link-up with R&B/pop artist NE-YO, ‘Unlove You’ sees the artists explore the subject of a recognisable post-breakup dilemma in their own unique way. The track delivers its lyrical message with accuracy whilst sporting a club-tinged groove. With vocals, beats and yrics that aim straight for the soul, this track aims to show that being open-minded can unlock a whole new world of possibilities.
Inspired by the discovery of the ruins of Atlantis at Bimini in the Bahamas, Moon Boots’ sophomore album ‘Bimini Road’ combines elements of soulful and melodic house, disco, and R&B. Alongside collaborators Black Gatsby, Nic Hanson, KONA, and Ross Clark (St. Lucia), the album features guests including Little Boots, Niia, and Gary Saxby of the Harlem Gospel Choir.
Aly & Fila present their sixth studio artist album, ‘It’s All About The Melody’, which will be released on Monday, 25 November on their label Future Sound Of Egypt. Two years have passed since the trance artists released their last long-player, and in that time the duo have been hard at work in the studio creating an array of 15 dance records.
The North West’s series of daytime clubbing events, PierJam, recently announced a one off night time event at Liverpool’s Hangar34 with Mason Collective, Franky Wah, CDC and more on Saturday, 28 December. Headlining the evening are the house music assemble Mason Collective, who are Blair Suarez, Adam Myles and Omar Guedar.
Glitterbox returns to the US on Friday, 6 December with DJs Jellybean Benitez, Simon Dunmore, Eli Escobar and vocalist Barbara Tucker at New York’s House of Yes. The brand returns to the club after an electric Pride after-party in June, and fresh from a summer of parties around the world where it showcases the power of disco and house music.
Recognised for his part in France’s electronic music scene, 15 November will see Alan Braxe release his first EP in six years. ‘The Ascent’ not only marks his return, but also the relaunch of his own label, Vulture Music.
Following a pair of releases on the label this summer, Defected Records release a new 12” from Darius Syrossian. Kicking off the A-Side with his collab with Jamie Jones, ‘Rushing’ has deep tribal drums, a jacked-up beat and the Strictly Rhythm vocal sample which utilises an amalgamation of Jamie Jones and Darius Syrossian’s styles.
Part of Ophelia Records and the first artist to be featured on the label outside of Seven Lions himself, Jason Ross returns to the imprint with the announcement of his debut studio album, ‘1000 Faces’, as well as the first single off of the record, ‘When The Night Falls’, with Fiora.
As a producer, Junior Jack’s possibly created some of the best House records of the early 2000s, including ‘My Feeling’, ‘E Samba’, ‘Dare Me (Stupidisco)’ and ‘Da Hype’ (which all went Top 40 in the UK). Then there was his club mix of ‘Thrill Me’, which is probably still heard across dancefloors today.
Coinciding with World Mental Health Day, The Association For Electronic Music (AFEM) has launched a mental health guide for people working in the electronic music industry. The guide aims to educate, provide practical support, and further destigmatise the subject of mental health. 'The Electronic Music Industry Guide To Mental Health' updates the 2016 Music Managers Forum Guide to Mental Health and has been produced alongside Help Musicians UK and Music Support.
Dim Mak boss Steve Aoki joins Will Sparks on new track ‘Send It’. By incorporating Aoki's vocals over a tech-leaning production, the duo bring an update to the Melbourne Sound that Sparks apparently helped establish.
Morgan Page recently dropped a new remix of the 2016 Deadmau5 track ‘Imaginary Friends’. Taking the laddering arpeggio elements of the original and keeping just a hint of the techno beats that underpinned the production, his revision takes the single in a completely new direction.
Following up his 2018 full-length album ‘Nonstop to Nowhere’, Tokyo-based Desmeon releases new single, “我的 World” ft. Minimalingee. Desmeon’s chiptune background is prevalent in the energetic nature of the track, which when combined with Minimalingee’s Chinese vocals creates a possible dream-like listening experience.
Following the success of their single ‘There For You’, UK house duo Gorgon City and US electronic artist MK release their new video which aims to reflect the mood, emotion and atmosphere of the international dancefloor. Directed by Joan Bosch, the video is set in Madrid where the young director has captured the essence of what they feel is the perfect clubbing experience.
Norwegian DJ and producer Ørjan Nilsen teams up with Fingerling to release ‘1 Like You’, which is out now on Armada Music. The 5-minute track serves as a more stripped-down, melancholic production and as the fifth single off Ørjan’s forthcoming album, ‘The Devil Is In The Detail’, it experiments with beat shifts, sweet melodies and basslines.
A story which spanned some 18 months; Markus Schulz's ‘We Are the Light’ presentation reaches a climax with an extensive packages of remixes; involving the curation of many remixers. The deeper side of trance and progressive is well represented, with respected exponents of the style recruited to provide a delicate touch; including New York native Monoverse, sparking the ambient ‘Flight of the Phoenix’ into life.
Chris Lorenzo and The Streets have collaborated on the bass music/D&B hybrid ‘Take Me As I Am’. The track elements of D&B, jungle, bass house and with Mike Skinner’s songwriting and delivery. The track has already caught the attention of Zane Lowe who ran its world premiere on his Beats show this week.
Snoop Dogg recently announced a six date ‘I Wanna Thank Me’ UK arena headline tour for April 2020. The forthcoming tour sees the West Coast rap artist touring in support of his 17th album, ‘I Wanna Thank Me’, and documentary of the same name, released earlier this year.
Acid-house artists 808 State recently released the video for ‘The Ludwig Question’ ahead of new album ‘Transmission Suite’, a record that remains true to the ethos of the band. The track is a bass cut that pulses and gyrates with mechanical energy that blends with the choreography and dance by the New York City PNDT (Patricia Noworol Dance Theater).
François Przybylski found a means for poetic expression in his alter-ego, Awir Leon. Growing up in “a bubble in the middle of the neighbourhood”, between the dance school his mother built, and the music school right above it, the French born and Amsterdam-based singer-songwriter discovered his soulful flair producing music on the road whilst touring as a professional dancer.
First heard at Above & Beyond’s annual Miami Music Week party at the Old RC Cola Plant way back in 2017, ‘Hideaway’ emerges from the shadows, a fitting title for a set opener from the trio of Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki.
Following a show this summer which apparently saw 70,000 fans flock to the UK’s biggest electronic music festival, Creamfields has announced its return in 2020 and revealed their first headliner – Armin van Buuren. As one of Holland’s biggest musical exports, the Dutch DJ/producer is still popular with dance fans around the world and after a year-long hiatus he returns to headline the South Stage on Saturday 29 August 2020.
In October 2019 Apple are releasing the next version of macOS, named 10.15 Catalina. When Catalina is released it will apparently delete iTunes from the Applications folder of every Mac that is upgraded. The replacement for Catalina is called 'Music' but this app will remove a feature that many DJs use to sync their playlists from iTunes to Serato, rekordbox, Traktor, VirtualDJ and other DJ Software.
With every Ibiza season comes a record that stands out above the rest, becoming the track of the summer. This year Roberto Surace’s ‘Joys’ may possibly be that track.
With the summer season and Ibiza calendar near to closing, 2019 has seen another unreleased Cristoph track apparently proving popular within the clubbing community, with clubbers recognising the sounds of The Temper Trap’s production, ‘Sweet Disposition’. Undoubtedly the Australian rock foursome’s biggest hit, Cristoph now takes on remix duties, adding his own touch to the original which was released over a decade ago.
To round off its 20th anniversary year, Defected and Glitterbox are throwing two parties at London’s Printworks to bring in the new decade. With Glitterbox welcoming in New Year's Eve and Defected kicking off 2020 on New Year’s Day, the two parties at London’s Printworks should make for a great start to the year.
The annual Amsterdam Dance Event [ADE] takes place next month, and this 11 October, Toronto's Saad Ayub will be dropping his 'Shelter' EP ahead of the week of panels, meetings, events, mixers and music. This four-track EP, is Saad's ode to the conference week, with the title track dedicated to the Shelter nightclub located in the basement of the A'DAM Tower.
Dublin born DJ and producer Jay Pryor has possibly made some serious waves in 2019. Apparently attracting a great deal of attention from high profile artists, his first break came with a production collaboration with Steve Aoki and Louis Tomlinson. Having used his wide-ranging production skills on remixes for the likes of Anne Marie and Niall Horan.
‘Sound Advice: Chapter Two’ is the new long player from UK producer Ben Gold and it’s out now on Armada Music. It’s
the follow on from the 2018 first edition of Gold’s ‘Sound Advice’ series and marks his return to a club and festival sound.
Paul Oakenfold will appear at the first-ever ‘Storm’ Area 51 Basecamp experience at the Alien Research Center on the Extraterrestrial Highway for one night only tonight. His performance will headline Friday evening following an exclusive screening of Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell’s hit Netflix documentary Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers.
‘Ghostface Killahs’ marks the return of Ghostface. After several side projects, GFK returns with his first true solo album in years. He is joined by fellow Wu-Tang members Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna and Masta Killa.
Kevin McKay, boss of house label Glasgow Underground, is giving away 300 copies of his forthcoming album ’No Samples Were Harmed In The Making Of The Record’ to the first 300 people through the door at the album launch party at Mick’s Garage in Hackney Wick this Saturday 21 September.
Booka Shade return to Blaufield Music to unveil their latest release ‘Torch / The Highs Are Higher’. Following a year which has seen releases via the likes of Mark Knight’s Toolroom as well as two EPs via John Digweed’s Bedrock, the German duo’s recent musical output has seen a firm switch back to the club and firmly towards the dancefloor - with support across recent releases from the likes of Sasha, Hernan Cattaneo, Laurent Garnier, Yousef, and Henry Saiz to name just a few.
DJ Lauren Lane steps out with the launch of her brand new label, Recreation, and kicks things off with her own remix of TLC. Lauren is apparently a regular at festivals likes Coachella, Glastonbury and TomorrowWorld, and appears at Ibiza nights Paradise, ANTS and Music On.
Defected kicked off 2019 with a series of special events and announcements celebrating 20 years of the label and everything there is to love about house music. On Friday, 4 January 2019, BBC Radio 1 broadcast the year's first Essential Mix, an extra special ‘Influences Essential Mix’ by Simon Dunmore that provided, in Simon’s own words, “an insight into the music I love and that continues to influence everything we aspire to achieve at Defected Records, as we celebrate 20 years in the house!”
As the world’s biggest dance music conference, Amsterdam Dance Event is more than just a flurry of parties and meeting spots for industry bigwigs and established dance music players. Even more so now than the years before, ADE is apparently about giving young talent and aspiring producers the opportunity to learn, to help them realise their potential and push them onward as they follow their dreams.
D&B festival, Let It Roll, recently announced the first wave of artists for its first ever, full UK event on Halloween weekend, Saturday 25 October at O2 Academy Brixton, London. Announced for the London show is headliner Sub Focus, following the success of his crossover D&B track ‘Desire’ and current tune ‘Solar System’.
Fresh from revealing the line up for their debut 10,000 capacity festival - Homobloc at The Depot, Mayfield - Manchester's Homoelectric recently announced a program of talks, performance, activities and culture taking place over the weekend. Enlisting the help of key venues around the city, namely boujis eatery, The Refuge, intimate club YES, and the brand new Cultureplex, Homobloc will be providing a diverse range of activities, talks and performance.
The Black Madonna recently announced her 2019 US tour that will bring her back to the United States for the first time since her 2018 US run. The tour starts this coming Friday with dates in cities like NYC, Miami and Chicago, at venues such as Knockdown Center (alongside LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy), Space and Smartbar.
Hot on the heels of ‘Renaissance’ and securing two slots on the line-up of Tomorrowland 2019, Maxim Lany is back on Armada Electronic Elements to pick up where his debut track left off. With support from artists such as Solomun, ‘People Of The Night’ – which features Jacky E Jones on vocals – arrives and is aimed at the underground scene.
Following on from ‘Landmark’, his collab with Lostly, Solarstone signs his summer off with another debut teaming. This particular meeting however is of the producer x singer variety, as Jonathan Mendelsohn brings new single ‘This Is Where It Starts’, a candidly honest, emotionally stirring song.
‘Best Case Life’ is the debut album from Gemini Rising, the synth-pop group comprising Tensnake aka Marco Niemerski, Fiora, and, Lester Mendez. Out now on GR Records, the 13-track collection includes new single ‘Speed Of Sound’, and previous singles ‘The Future’, ‘Just Because’, ‘Morph’ and ‘After The Rain’.
Two-time Grammy-nominated DJ and Producer Steve Aoki and possibly one of the most successful groups in music history, the Backstreet Boys have collaborated by dropping their new single ‘Let It Be Me’.
Balance Music have launched a new label called Dawn Till Dusk with a 5-track EP from ‘All Day I Dream’ producer Powel.
The EP is the ideal start to the new project, with music that could possibly translate to festival dancefloors like Burning Man, or soundtrack sunrise/sunsets on the beaches of Ibiza.
At Benicassim Festival this summer Austrian electronic music duo, Klangkarussell, apparently played to a packed out tent that drew crowds from across the site. This follows a summer of festival performances and shows that have seen them play to crowds across the UK, Europe and further afield in South America.
Drumcode’s Enrico Sangiuliano has released his remix of CJ Bolland’s ‘Camargue’, guiding the 1992 R&S staple into heavier techno waters. The track features as part of the ‘Camargue 2019’ remix pack via Drumcode Records; an LP curated by techno artists to commemorate the track.
Above & Beyond recently revealed the lineup for their annual livestream arena showcase, which this year takes place in the city of Prague in the Czech Republic. Possibly one of the most eclectic ABGT milestone lineups to date, Jono, Tony and Paavo have invited a cohort of established and rising Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep talent to O2 Arena for their sold-out celebrations.
Toolroom founder Mark Knight teams up with Mr Roy on ‘Something About U’, a ‘90s piano house anthem that’s now been given a modern makeover. Mark, the second highest-selling Beatport artist of all time, has had releases on a diverse range of labels including Suara, 1605, Stereo, Saved and of course his own Toolroom.
Laidback Luke has added his sound to the Deorro, Elvis Crespo, and Henry Fong’s collab ‘Pica’. Building on the Latin-influenced dance fusion of the original, his remix is aimed at the dancefloor with high energy from the get-go. Fusing pop, salsa, and dance music, the track brought together Ultra Music staple Deorro, GRAMMY® and LATIN GRAMMY® award-winning Latin artist Elvis Crespo, and Henry Fong for a synthesis of their combined styles.
Armin van Buuren recently started sharing a very personal documentary about the early days of his musical career. The six-episode story takes viewers on a ride through the mind of the five-time #1 DJ in the world himself as he gives a unique insight into his life as an artist, from his days as a curious toddler to the struggles and insecurities he faced as an emerging artist.
When Creamfields and Tomorrowland teamed up last year for the ‘Garden Of Madness’ show on Liverpool’s waterfront, it brought a whole new side of the Steel Yard superstructure to life. Fronted by Belgian DJ/producers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, the event marked the first time two of the world’s biggest dance music promoters had teamed up.
Ahead of their debut album, ‘Wild Slide’, techno group, Better Lost Than Stupid - aka Martin Buttrich, Davide Squillace, and Matthias Tanzmann - recently announced two forthcoming live shows at Soho Garden, Dubai on Thursday 19 September, and DC10, Ibiza Friday 20 September.
Following on from a recent performance at Manchester’s annual Pride celebrations, Defected have just announced that Basement Jaxx will be returning to the city once again on 30 November as the special guest for Glitterbox X Defected at the O2 Victoria Warehouse.
Paul van Dyk is back in album-mode, recently announcing an autumn tour across North America, ahead of a new album in early 2020. The trance producer/DJ will be hitting 12 cities in the US and Canada throughout November, including NYC, Miami and Chicago, previewing his forthcoming album. His new album will be titled ‘Guiding Light’ and the pre-album tour is named MISSION: Guiding Light.
Fresh from recording DJ mixes for Radio 1, Kiss FM and delivering his debut Essential Mix, KDA releases the final track his ‘Drip Feed’ EP; ‘No One Watching Over Me’ featuring Saint Saviour. Across each of the five tracks, his EP is stacked high with his mechanised momentum that has seen all of his records find the balance between rigour and raucousness.
On the back of possibly one of dance music's biggest collaborations this year - Above & Beyond and Seven Lions with ‘See The End’ - Seven Lions returns to his own Ophelia imprint with label newcomer MitiS in tow for ‘Break The Silence’.
‘Deeply personal’ is a phrase often used to describe artists’ releases. In the respect of ‘Ave Maria’ though it takes on a greater meaning. Following the loss of his mother in the early spring, Markus Schulz opted to celebrate her life in one of the most natural manners imaginable – through music.
After making the move to Berlin this past January, Sydney Blu embarks on a North American autumn tour with stops in Berlin and Ibiza to kick off the 13 day schedule this September and October. Residing in Berlin has apparently infused Blu with new inspirations for both her productions and club culture experiences.
Frankie Knuckles is forever regarded as ‘The Godfather of House’. A Grammy Award winner, he had a street in Chicago named after him where the old Warehouse once stood to commemorate the first ever Frankie Knuckles Day on 25th August 2004. Five years ago, Frankie passed away in Chicago on 31 March 2014 leaving behind one of the greatest house music legacies spanning almost four decades.
Sublease is the new sub-label to Poker Flat and indulges Steve Bug‘s love for more reduced, hypnotic, and raw sounds than the main label. The first release sets out the label’s intention, offering up two sides of techy house music from newcomer Kellie Allen. A musician, DJ and producer, she has her own weekly radio show Kellie Allen: In The Mix, apparently boasting 860,000 listeners weekly on Ibiza Global Radio.
In 1999 Cass & Slide originally released 'Perception' which possibly became a trance classic of the era, rising to prominence on Sasha's Global Undergound Ibiza, Tiësto’s ‘In Search of Sunrise 2’ and Pete Tong’s Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1.
In collaboration with Chris Willis, Miami-based, Grammy-winning dance music DJ/producer Cedric Gervais is behind the disco house track called ‘Turn your Love Around’. The song is inspired by George Benson’s disco classic of the same name, and follows in the footsteps of their previous collaborative track with David Guetta: ‘Would I Lie To You’.
Deorro returns with his new collaborative single ‘Shake That Bottle’, which is out now on Ultra Records. Teaming up with Barcelona native Hektor Mass, the duo created a high-energy track that stays true to their musical roots. With beats, Deorro’s bounce and bass the track is aimed strictly at the dancefloor.
UK House Duo Gorgon City team up with US producer, DJ and remixer MK (Marc Kincen) for a slice of vocal-house on ‘There For You’. The summer release of the track comes fresh from a stream of dancefloor focused productions this year from the group including ‘Lick Shot’, ‘Delicious’ and ‘Elizabeth Street’; all released via their own REALM imprint.
‘Wild Slide’ is the debut album from techno group, Better Lost Than Stupid, aka as producers and DJs - Martin Buttrich, Davide Squillace and Matthias Tanzmann. Released on 13 September by Skint/BMG, the 11 track album follows the singles - ‘Back From The Desert’, ‘The Sky Is Too Low’, and ‘Inside’.
Bass music brand/label, CruCast, hit new heights in 2019 taking over festival stages at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Creamfields, SW4, Boomtown and Amnesia (Ibiza) to name a few. Now the brand has announced an indoor festival taking place at London’s Printworks as part of a four-date UK autumn 2019 tour taking in Newcastle, Nottingham and Birmingham. Printworks, the final part of the tour, takes place on Saturday 23 November.
DJ Bone recently announced the line up for his Homeless Homies ADE party at Shelter, which will feature Peggy Gou, KiNK, Deetron, Spencer Parker and more. Community has apparently always been a priority for him, whether in the Detroit neighbourhood where he grew up, went to school and worked or at the clubs where he held residencies. It was during one of those residencies in downtown Detroit when he decided to become involved with helping the homeless people in his area.
Nils Frahm recently announced the release of ‘Encores 3’, out on 20 September 2019 — the third and final instalment of his ‘Encores’ series. The three EPs will be available as one full length release titled ‘All Encores’ featuring 80 minutes of music on 18 October, to follow his2018 album ‘All Melody’.
Moon Boots returns with ‘Juanita’, the second single off his upcoming album ‘Bimini Road’, and the follow-up to his track ‘Tied Up’, which has received airplay on SiriusXM, BBC Radio 1, KCRW, as well as DJ support from Claptone, Joris Voorn, Kaskade, Lane 8 and many more. A dancefloor workout combining elements of Prince and Cajmere, the track was born at a late-night writing session that took place at Allaire Studios in Woodstock, NY (Mixmag’s October 2018 music retreat).
When you get to celebrate the milestone number of 1500 label releases, you probably need to choose the right track for the job. Armin van Buuren got to decide for himself as his Armind label reached the aforementioned number, and now releases his latest production, ‘Stickup’.
Keeping the ‘Home Cooking’ fires burning, DJ Yoda’s latest track is titled ‘Kingswood’ and is out 23 August. Featuring the vocals of Andrew Ashong and supported by BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe, the track is a summertime loll to lie back in deep thought and chill.
Anjunabeats auteur Andrew Bayer recently announced his latest club concept ‘Parallels’. Designed to exist side by side with his ongoing passion for conceptual long players, the album is a concise EP of forward-thinking club sounds backed with an accompanying 12 date tour of North America.
For BBE Music’s 500th release, the label joins forces with Louie Vega, Leroy Burgess and Patrick Adams to revisit ‘Barely Breaking Even’, the track after which the label is named. Coaxed into the studio together by BBE founder Peter Adarkwah, Grammy winning house music artist Louie Vega, New Yorker Patrick Adams, plus the song’s original writer, Leroy Burgess, soon got to work.
DJ/producer Mark Knight makes his BBE Music debut with 'Fire Burning', a disco-house track featuring vocals by Mike City. Founder of Toolroom Records and long-time fixture on the global club and festival circuits, Mark joined forces with producer James F Reynolds to create this cut.
Drawn from the ranks of their ‘[Forward Ever Backward Never]’ LP, the new Cosmic Gate single is out now. After Nic and Bossi’s recent ‘Need To Feel Loved‘ and ‘Come With Me’ outings, ‘Light Years’ sees the duo going instrumental.
Back from the highs of his third ‘Crackhouse’ LP, DJ Zinc is jumping straight back in with ’Glitter’ featuring Macky Gee and co-written with Katy B. Part of the collective SASASAS, Macky’s glow up is possibly one for the books, with tunes apparently not just working in clubs but also on the airwaves with support from BBC R1, 1XTRA, Kiss, and Rinse FM.
To mark the 50th release for Perfecto Black records they’ve released ‘Summer Nights,’ a collaboration between Perfecto head-honcho Paul Oakenfold and Galestian. This track features chugging grooves, tripped out arpeggiated melodies, pounding rhythms and vocal cuts, all weaved together to form a piece of progressive house music.