Electronic music organisations Pioneer DJ, Beatport, Sentric Music Group, AFEM, Mixmag, RA, IMS, and Women in CTRL partner with InChorus to launch the Electronic Music Inclusion Initiative (EMII, pron. Emmy) to take a data-led approach to creating more inclusive environments across the industry.
Paul Hartnoll, one half of electronic dance music duo Orbital, and poet and performance artist Murray Lachlan Young recently announced their lockdown-inspired musical collusion album as ‘Hartnoll & Young’. Hopefully apturing the covid zeitgeist, ‘The Virus Diaries’ is a lighthearted wander through the ever-shifting scene of the first lockdown. The 15-track album aims to bring light to an otherwise dark scene and the result of a workflow between the close pair.
New York’s Alan Nieves makes a return to South Of Saturn with ‘My Man EP’ this month. Following releases on elrow, Circus and Deeperfect, Alan lines up his second release for Lee Foss’ imprint, bringing a package of house tracks to the table.
Bedrock’s Nick Muir remixes Russian Linesman’s ‘The Road Back’ this month on Loki Recordings. Featuring the spoken word poetry of poet, playwright, and actor Ben Norris, ‘The Road Back’ originally appeared on the DJ/producer's ‘Monomyth’ series in 2020. A six-part project, it delved into a concept based on Joseph Campbell’s book ‘A Hero with a Thousand Faces’, with each track named after a part of the protagonist’s journey.
Booka Shade combine with Bontan on Blaufield Music for their first ever collaboration, ‘St. Kilda Nights’. 2021 looks set to become one of the most productive and diverse years of German duo Booka Shade’s career, delivering a wealth of solo and collaborative material with emerging and established producers, plus vocalists via their home imprint.
Mason takes his ‘tongue in cheek attitude’ to music and runs with it in his new video for ‘Givin’ Up.’ In the video, he plays a parody of himself: a producer under pressure to make another big record while being stuck in lockdown. He’s seen reminiscing about previous live gigs and going about a very mundane life while trying to motivate himself to make a big record - a follow up to 2007’s ‘Exceeder’.
Life in the Park launches in Brighton featuring Orbital, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Denis Sulta, Nightmares On Wax, Crazy P, Cinthie, Sally C, Cassy and more. To celebrate the hopeful return to normality, The Arch launch an open-air series of events which will land at Brighton Rugby Club, Waterhall, Brighton in June and July.
Riggi & Piros return to Armada Music for ‘Longshot’, a blend of progressive and tropical house released just in time for the summer. To assist with their latest release, the duo enlist EL3CTRXX for production support and The Chainsmokers’ ‘Good Intentions’ featured artist BullySongs for vocal work.
International Music Summit (IMS) has postponed IMS Ibiza 2021 and announced the summit will return in 2022 for its 13th edition. The event hopes to reunite thousands of global electronic music industry professionals after a two year hiatus, curating a programme of diverse discussions that aims to help negotiate the post-COVID world.