Spencer Parker returns to Radio Slave’s Rekids with ‘The Theme’ EP, possibly the DJ/producer’s most distinctive single to date. Comprising three originals and a remix from Pink Concrete, the EP sees the Berlin-based Brit delve further into his ‘80s new wave influences hinted at in his recent ‘The Love And Sex’ EP for HE.SHE.THEY.
John Summit drops his first release of 2021 with ‘Beauty Sleep’, landing this month on Repopulate Mars. Summit’s return to Lee Foss’ imprint sees the Chicago native bringing more of his heavy-hitting house to the table with a track that sees twinkling synths swirl around vocal hooks, as chunky drums tumble through a series of crescendos and breakdowns throughout.
When Radio 1’s Danny Howard brought his Lockdown Linkup series to the world in 2020, he set about teaming up various dance producers for a collection of collaborations. Among those set up by the series was long-time friend of Defected Dennis Ferrer and South London trio Disciples, making for an unexpected transatlantic partnership.
Less than two weeks before the broadcast of the 1000th episode of A State Of Trance on 21 January, Armin van Buuren has unveiled 950 tracks of the all-time A State Of Trance Top 1000. The Top 1000 list will also take centre stage during a seven-day-long A State Of Trance Top 1000 stream that will start counting down to the milestone episode of his weekly radio show when the broadcast of episode 999 ends on 14 January at 10pm (CET).
After contributing to connectedbeats edition1 in 2019 with his track, ’Zinder’ which gained the support of Black Coffee, Themba and Rise amongst others, Naples born, Barcelona based Cipy returns to connected for his own EP.
Following a productive 12 months which saw collaborations with the likes of Eli & Fur, Jan Blomqvist and Lazarusman, plus the release of their latest studio album, ‘Dear Future Self’, this month sees electronic music duo Booka Shade kick off 2021 on Blaufield Music as they reveal their first EP of the year, ‘Pray’.
Dennis Cruz and Eddy M welcome Fernando Campo to MÜSE to kick off 2021 with ‘Betty’, backed by a remix from LEON. A member of Spain’s house scene, DJ/producer Fernando continues to feature on various labels after decades in the game, releasing material on Stereo Productions, Defected / DFTD and Cruz’s Lemon-Aid imprint, whilst also remixing the likes of Todd Terry and Chus & Ceballos.
While James Haskell may be known as an England rugby powerhouse, he has also begun to prove his credibility as a DJ as he ventures into the world of house music. Returning for its fifth edition in the series, James Haskell’s Back Row Beats Volume 5 is a soundtrack for your workout, with the rugby professional curating a selection of high energy tracks.
Bonobo and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’ ‘Heartbreak’ is an ode to one of electronic music’s formative scenes: NYC’s disco revolution of the 1970s and ’80s. It’s a scene that was hugely influential on a young Kerri Chandler, and was an important precursor in the house music of which he would go on to be a formative figure.