Just two months after ending ‘One Last Tour’ with Swedish House Mafia at Ultra Music Festival back in March, Axwell returns to the fray with the release of his first original production since ‘Heart Is King’ [Axtone] in April 2011 and hits with Swedish House Mafia such as ‘Don’t You Worry Child’. Entitled ‘Center Of The Universe’, this release is Axwell’s ‘Remode’ of the unreleased original mix, first debuted by the Swede at Stereosonic Festival back in 2009.
London based imprint Teng launch this July with the ‘AKRASounds Vol.1’ by Nick Woolfson aka AKRA, including a remix from Neville Watson. Nick Woolfson, as one half of Mock & Toof has built a reputation for producing underground deep house and nu-‐disco, releasing with the likes of Mule Musiq, DFA and Tiny Sticks / M&T, as well as remixing reputable artists such as Scissor Sisters, Groove Armada, Zero 7, Hot Chip and Ladyhawke.
In June 2010 Markus Schulz unleashed his ‘Do You Dream?’ artist odyssey to much critical acclaim. From ‘Do You Dream?’’s day of release though Markus was already imagining and conceiving the sound designs that would shape his next long-playing excursion.
Ibiza and Majorca Rocks recently announced that the godfathers of Madchester, Happy Mondays, will make their highly anticipated Rocks debut. Discovered through the legendary Haçienda Club in Manchester, Happy Mondays became the flag bearers of the baggy movement and were almost single handedly responsible for putting late-80s Manchester at the centre of the musical universe. This year has seen the band reform their original line up of Shaun and Paul Ryder, Gary Whelan, Mark Day, Paul Davis, Rowetta and Bez, for the first time in 19 years.
Moxa Experiment return to Corsica Studios on 7th July for the fourth edition of their London ‘Experiment’ events. This time they’re pulling in infamous house veteran Kenny Dope, one half of production outfit Masters At Work, bringing to the table his classic raw house sound.
Following the success of Luciano’s Ushuaia parties in 2009, many of Ibiza’s clubs were clamouring for Luciano to play for them. In the end, he chose Pacha as the perfect destination to express his musical vision and in the summer of 2010 he launched his Vagabundos concept at the opulent club. The parties were a runaway success, with Luciano and his fellow Cadenza artists playing to a packed Pacha every Sunday night throughout the summers. Vagabundos is now a world-recognised club brand, celebrated for its wild and stylish carnival affairs that are powered by the very best DJs in house and techno. Now, you can feel that history, and a lot of Ibiza’s spirit, on Luciano’s recently released ‘Vagabundos 2012’ compilation CD.
The ‘Flo Jam’ EP from London duo Dusky gets its full release on Alex Arnout’s Dogmatik label next month. Dogmatik has been one of the UK’s most consistent labels since its launch in 2006, headed by DJ/producer Alex Arnout, the imprint has been behind music from the likes of Maya Jane Coles, Stojche and Floyd Lavine and gained broad critical acclaim. Now Dogmatik is possibly set to have its biggest record to date with the ‘Flo Jam’ EP by Dusky.
We think she has one of the most distinctive and best voices in dance music. She’s also pretty damn hot too, but we say that with no disrespect and without detracting from her obvious vocal talents. Nadia Ali’s voice is sensational and lends itself to a 4/4 beat with utter perfection, probably the reason she has supplied the vocals on some of dance music’s biggest tracks. With her latest track, ‘Believe It’, with Spencer & Hill, out now, thanks to Strictly Rhythm, we catch up with Nadia to talk music, DJs, influences and collaborations.
2012 has been pretty big so far for The Disco Fries. They have two signed monthly residencies at both the Palms in Las Vegas and Lava Nightclub at Turning Stone in New York and were nominated by Pioneer and DJ Times as one of America's Top 100 DJs. The duo is quickly making a name for themselves and have just released the second installment in their LIFTOFF! mix series.
Felix Leiter - Elektriqa (Spinnin' Records)
Last one of the week and again, it’s another monster track to set you up for the weekend! A resident DJ at Digital in Newcastle, England, Felix Leiter really is on fire just now. Last week he released his ‘Dancin Dancin (You’re In Love)’ track, featuring Amanda Wilson, on Black Hole Recordings and on Monday, his latest track ‘Elektriqa’ is released on Spinnin’ Records. Both tracks are completely different and show his diversity as a producer.
Dub Pistols recently unveiled their new video for ‘Alive’. The single is one half of their their new AA single ‘Alive/ Mucky Weekend, which is out through Sunday Best Recordings. The single is taken from their new album, ‘Worshipping The Dollar’, which is out this Monday 2nd July, also through Sunday Best.
Rising star D’Steph is fast approaching the big time with her unique European production twist on deep house and breakbeat and her infectious DJ shows with her MC, JNM. Already well known in her native Belgium for her resident slots at clubs like Café D’Anvers and Club Geluk she has been a regular fixture behind the decks at the legendary FUSE, Kissinger and Petrol clubs and rocked the stage at massive festivals like Pukkelpop, I Love Techno and Ten days Off.
His remix of Mariah Careh’s ‘Dreamlover’ is one of our favourite ever tracks and his own track ‘Needin’ U’ is one of the best house records ever made, with the subsequent vocal version with Juliet Roberts taking it into legendary status. Now, fresh from the release of his latest album, ‘Changes’, David Morales returns to the UK to headline Pushca Returns To Save The Day on Saturday July 14th at The Hub in London’s Pleasure Gardens. DMC’s Dan Prince catches up with the original US superstar DJ…
Muse have had their brand new song, ‘Survival’, adopted as the official song of the London 2012 Olympic Games! The track was played for the first time on the radio last night and is now available to download from iTunes. The track will be played throughout sports sessions in all London 2012 venues during the entire Games – when athletes enter the stadium, the lead up to the medal ceremonies and the track can be used by international broadcasters.
Next month Defected brings two DJ duos in Junior Jack & Kid Crème and The Shapeshifters, supported by some of the best of Europe’s rising talent, to London’s Ministry of Sound. With regular sets at some of the world’s best clubs, Junior Jack & Kid Crème’s energetic, driving take on house music makes them perfectly suited to big occasions and are once again exclusive residents for Defected In The House in Ibiza this year, playing five dates throughout the summer and also recently headlining the first ever Pacha Festival in Amsterdam.
Thefuture.fm recently launched exclusive new music curated by Top DJs, to celebrate the 4th of July! Thefuture.fm, an Internet radio platform that gives listeners access to music curated by the world’s best DJs, allows consumers to search, discover, follow, purchase tracks and stream whole mixes from over 5,000 DJs across any style or genre.
Werkdiscs recently announced a new working partnership with Ninja Tune, an important step in the evolution of the record label that started first releasing music in 2004. Werkdiscs was founded by Darren Cunningham (Actress) and Gavin Weale with Darren going on to independently direct the label up to now. Werkdiscs began in 2004 with the idea of releasing bedroom material by up and coming artists and the label initially achieved a modest following of electronic music enthusiasts.
David Glass & Michael Ellis – Fly (Instereo Recordings)
Really don’t know much about this one accept that it’s just came out this week on US label, Instereo Recordings, the label created by legendary US house music DJ, DJ Dan. Dan created the label in 2001 and over the years, it’s released some fantastic tracks, working with artists such as Wolfgang Gartner, Phonat, Hatiras and Robbie Rivera.
Unedited, straight from the heart, check out what Paul van Dyk has to say about each of the tracks on his recently released sixth album ‘Evolution’. Paul spent much of a recent flight to the States writing and reflecting on the album making process, sharing background and anecdotes on how the various productions and vocal collaborations came into existence. Here, in his own words, track-by-track, is the evolution of ‘Evolution’.
Chicago’s acid house originator DJ Pierre brings his Afro Acid label to London on Saturday 28th July when he headlines the Afro Acid Meets The Pioneers Of House Music event alongside two of the godfathers of Chicago House Music, Marshall Jefferson and Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley. These Chi-town legends are supported by Tom Stephan, Holland’s Bart B More and UK house dons Aaron Ross, Booker T and Richie Fingers, firing up The Coronet across three rooms of music.
Tact Recordings offers up the first in its annual Various Artist EPs with ‘Tactics Volume 1’ featuring Isherwood, Per Bojsen & Luke Black. Tact Recordings has made a decent start for a fledgling label, with its first three releases, from RJ Fletcher, Oli Furness & Luke Gibson, receiving critical acclaim and broad DJ support from the likes of Anton Zap, Huxley, Josh Wink and Midland. Now the UK-based imprint looks to the release of its first ‘Tactics’ EP, a various artist release that will provide the template for an annual series.
Norwegian pianist and power behind the dance-oriented New Conceptions of Jazz movement in the mid-1990s, Bugge Wesseltoft, brings his seven person jazz group Bugge ‘n’ Friends to London for a rare UK show at Oval Space with support from both Jazzanova and special guest Ashley Beedle. This is the first in a series of unique events and instillations at the newly launched Oval Space in Bethnal Green, following on from the success of resent shows from Bonobo, Wolf + lamb, Claude VonStroke and NYC’s Body & Soul collective. Bugge ‘n’ Friends consists of long time friends and associates including Blue Note trumpeter Erik Truffaz, US producer Joaquin ‘Joe’ Claussell, saxophonist Ilhan Ershain and a three piece rhythm section.
The Dutch brothers Wouter and Sjoerd Janssen, collectively known as Showtek, have released details on their most ambitious tour to date. As one of the headliners of the Identity Festival, the boys will weave their way throughout the USA and Canada, their own rock star tour bus.
Central Avenue & Graham Sahara – Work (Seamless Traxx)
The latest release from prolific production duo Central Avenue & Graham Sahara is a driving slice of house music with a rolling bassline that’s loaded with funk and the occasional blasts of a siren, which all adds to the energy of the track. The vocal tells you to ‘work until it’s time to stop’ at the track’s breakdown, and uses snippets of the lyrics pre and post breakdown. It all blends well together to create a good peak-time track for the less commercial clubs around the world.
Andy Burrows will release a new single, ‘Keep On Moving On’, on July 2nd. The first fruits of a new deal with Play It Again Sam, the track is taken from Burrows’ forthcoming solo album, which will be released later this year. ‘Keep On Moving On’ first bubbled up while Burrows was spending some studio time with Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt, working on a separate, as-yet-unfinished band/project, and Burrows decided he liked the song so much he wanted to keep it for himself.
Ovum Recordings will hold a one-off exclusive party at Space Ibiza tonight. Josh Wink will head things up on the Space Terrace, joined by Ovum artists and friends, Steve Bug, Gregor Tresher (LIVE) and Alix Alvarez, whilst Chris Coco will play a Balearic house set on the Sunset Terrace.
The debut release on Holic Trax from Mr. G is following up with a killer EP from DJ/producer Tuccillo that again will be receiving a release on limited 10” coloured vinyl. Tuccillo has been a prolific artist over the last four years, releasing an endless stream of singles through some of the hottest labels around. Now he has brought all his considerable experience to bear, delivering the ‘House 19 EP’ for Holic Trax.
Monza returns to Sankeys for a weekly Sunday residency throughout the summer, from Sunday 1st July to Sunday 7th October. Artists including Livio & Roby, Nima Gorji, Ricardo Villalobos, Tobi Neumann, Raresh, Francis Harris (Formally Known As Adultnapper), Mr C, Kabale & Vera, Jorge Savoretti, Binh, Jan Krüger, Martinez, Tom Clark And Daniel Dreier are already confirmed for the summer.
Jamie Lewis Feat. Kim Cooper – Obsession (Purple Music)
Taken from his forthcoming album, ‘Purpleized’, Switzerland’s house don Jamie Lewis is back with his latest track ‘Obessesion’. On vocals this time, it’s the powerful voice of Kim Cooper who sings the story of fantasies and sweet obsessions. The track comes in two mixes, the Jamie Lewis Darkroom Mix, which is the more commercial of the two, with big beats, a full vocal, with a very high-energy disco feel to it.
N-type & Surge return with the ‘September Sun EP’, a new four-tracker which kicks off with the title track, featuring the smooth chanteuse Pyxis, fresh from her previous outing on Surge’s ‘Leech’. Here though the bass for her vocals to float over the top of. ‘Mega-tron’ features a large cinematic intro, lead guitar and a drop into some future b-line madness.
Rising imprint Turquoise Blue push forward with its seventh release this July, a seven-track collection entitled ‘Sunset On Ocean Drive’ by Floska, backed with remixes from electronica experimentalist Adultnapper and Argentina’s Nico Purman. Opening with title track, ‘Sunset On Ocean Drive’, the Italian trio delve deep in to creative production techniques, constantly altering the delay time and direction on the metallic sounding synth hook, resulting in new dimensions of melodic atmosphere.
Save You Records returns with a brand new single from Canadian producer and No.19 Music co-owner Nitin, featuring remixes from Droog and reKreation. Toronto based DJ/producer Nitin has very much been at the heart of Canada’s recent attempt at domination in electronic music. Co-founder and owner of the No.19 Music label, alongside Jonny ‘Art Department’ White, Nitin has also worked closely with My Favorite Robot Records who released his ‘Latenightlife’ EP.
Garlands has always been about flamboyance of all varieties, but there has been one room that has always had its own personality – Bedlam! This is the room where the freaks some out, the dungeon of rave that only the hardcore need apply for. Upstairs you get raucous vocal anthems and decadent debauchery, but downstairs is all about fist pumping euphoria and underground stompers. This Saturday, 30th June, Bedlam turns six.
Adam Stacks – Don't Know EP (Natürlich Elektronisch)
First one of the week and today it’s the turn of Adam Stacks with his new track ‘Don't Know’. It’s actually called the ‘Don’t Know EP’, although it’s actually just the one track with an original mix, a dub and a Rock N Bass mix. The dub does exactly what you’d expect, stripping back the original. The Rock N Bass mix adds a different element to the track, changing its melody and adding a more grittier-based sound.
For the first time, Blur will debut new material live on Twitter when they perform two new songs via a worldwide live video stream at 6:15pm (BST), next Monday 2nd July. Filmed and streamed completely live from a secret UK location, the two new songs - which the band have never publicly performed - are ‘Under The Westway’ and ‘The Puritan’, written for the upcoming sold-out Hyde Park concert.
UK electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco recently released their new single and video for ‘Your Love Ain’t Fair’, the latest from their new album ‘Unpatterns’. In the build up to the release of ‘Unpatterns’, the last few months have seen a whirlwind of activity for James Ford and Jas Shaw. They’ve released a clutch of diverse videos and have taken their DJ set to clubs and festival stages both internationally and across North America.
EMI Music recently launched Electrospective, a multi-platform campaign celebrating the development of electronic music since 1958 and the earliest days of technological innovation at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, through to the rise of current dance music superstars including David Guetta and Deadmau5. Electrospective brings together the EMI Music, Mute and Virgin catalogues chronicling the key works of visionaries like Kraftwerk and Brian Eno to the groundbreaking success of Depeche Mode and The Human League, the explosion of electronic dance music in the late-80s and the rise of global stars like Daft Punk and The Chemical Brothers.
The forthcoming VA Charity Compilation ‘Five Years Of Diynamic’, features reworks of the Diynamic catalogue from Hot Chip, Digitalism, Cassius, WhoMadeWho plus exclusive music from the label’s family. All benefits of the compilation will be donated to Kinderhospiz Sternenbrücke, an organization that accompanies terminally ill children in the last time of their lives. The Kinderhospiz is Hamburg-based and currently collecting for a room for music-therapy.
Toolroom Knights’ weekly Wednesday parties at Space in Ibiza have been doing well. With the season still not in full swing and many party-goers and holiday makers still to arrive on the island, Mark Knight’s weekly residency at Space is definitely on the ‘to do’ for thousands of Ibiza's clubbers. Clubbers definitely need a Knightime experience, he’s a top DJ and producer, and is part of the old skool, where he actually does the mixing!
Identity Festival recently announced that Rye Rye, JDevil, Kerli, Stephan Jacobs, new Perfecto signing Cole Plante and DVBBS will all be joining the festival this summer. They join a list of artists that includes Eric Prydz, Excision, Paul van Dyk, Madeon, Wolfgang Gartner, Porter Robinson, Nero, and Eva Simons who we revealed last week. Pop, hip-hop, hardcore, dance and industrial are all sounds that could apply to Rye Rye’s new album ‘Get Pop Bang’. On stage she is not-to-be-missed, spitting rhymes over the ground-shaking stomp of Baltimore club beats, while dancing her ass off.
New York brings you the sound of Marcello Pacheco, who, residing under his Eco moniker since 2007, has let his music pour down in golden drops of melody, liquid kicks of pure soul-sounds and hard-hitting beats. Praised for his unique and original sound and loved for tracks such as ‘Light At The End’, ‘Lost Angeles’, ‘And We Flew Away’ and the latter ‘Change The World’ and ‘We Watched The Sunrise’, he is currently one of EDM’s most promising names
The trio of Sebastian Ingrosso, Steven Angello and Axwell announced on their website today that their current tour as Swedish House Mafia would be their final one. The group list three final tour dates, the Milton Keynes Bowl on July 14, listed as their last U.K. show; their residency at Ushuaia in Ibiza, which kicks off weekly from July 4-August 29; and a November 24 show at the Friends Arena, in Sweden. An announcement is expected in August, which may list some additional final tour dates.
Tiësto recently announced the return of “Tiësto's Club Life College Invasion Tour,” the largest dance music tour to ever hit the American college market. Tiësto will headline the tour this autumn/fall with stops at campuses across the United States. In 2011, Tiësto's “Club Life College Invasion Tour” made waves nationally for being the first tour of its kind to specifically target college markets. The tour, which visited 18 college markets across the USA and Canada was a phenomenal success and opened the door for college-focused tours from other big name DJs. The tour culminated with Tiësto’s sold-out record breaking performance at the 26,000 seat Home Depot Center in Los Angeles.
Berlin Music Week returns for its third year in 2012 with a new Business-Platform concept and Club Festival. For more than 20 years, Berlin has grown, lolled and changed in her role as a music capital, simultaneously setting global trends. Celebrated worldwide as one of the most interesting spots for creativity, innovation, originality, uniqueness and authenticity – not least because of its pioneering mix of music industry, festivals and club events – Berlin sets an international standard.
The 15th edition of the Red Bull Music Academy is descending upon New York City from September 30th to November 2nd 2012. This autum/fall, 60 producers, vocalists, beatmakers, instrumentalists and DJs from 35 countries will set up shop and exchange musical visions with some of the very best trailblazers of today’s musical landscape. Successful applicants will attend private lecture sessions and collaborate on music in an expansive, custom-built creative studio space in Chelsea that is being designed by acclaimed architect Jeffrey Inaba and outfitted with several recording studios and multi-purpose workspaces.
Jordan Suckley – Spooked (Liquid Recordings)
Last one of the week for us and what an absolute monster trance tune to keep on the site all weekend! Released on Monday on Liquid Recordings, a division of Spinnin Records, this new one from Jordan Suckley has been huge for many of the big trance DJs over the past few months, and should continue to be so over the coming months. This is full on trance, the way it should be made, without any shitty ‘popular’ electro riffs running through it.
Tomorrow, London’s Pooldisco kick off their new weekly summer residency at the stunning Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel. Running every Saturday until 22nd September, Pooldisco will be bringing its off-centre crowd and sweet disco to Ibiza's hottest daytime and evening venue, home to parties by David Guetta's F*** Me I'm Famous, Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris, and Luciano.
Launched at the beginning of May 2012, Universal Music’s internal dance label PM:AM Recordings recently announced a slew of forthcoming releases from some bright and talented stars. Following Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso’s hit anthem ‘Calling (Lose My Mind)’ and Dada Life’s hit single ‘Kick Out The Epic Motherf**er’ the label now gears up for its third release: an EP/LP double-header from Belgian drum & bass prodigy Netsky.
IDMA's "Best Breakthrough DJ" of 2012, Hardwell, has released an after movie of his major 7500-person performance in Palermo, Italy, which also features his 2011 hit single ‘Cobra’. The concert, which took place in the Velodromo Paolo Borsellino Soccer Stadium, features a special Hardwell in Concert event with Hardwell performing his live set in front of a huge crowd.
Iconic sportswear brand adidas Originals is launching its first global music event series featuring some of the most popular electronic music acts like Dada Life and AraabMuzik to play in select adidas Originals Stores across the world. In a global event series, adidas Originals will host exclusive live in-store performances in metropolitan cities, which will be live streamed from the respective adidas Originals stores.
Summer sees the return of Favouritizm's deep-house golden boy, Tony Barbato, armed with Italian fuoco and ready to burn the house down with his brand new four-track release, 'The Tuscan EP'. 'Give Me' opens shop with a smouldering deep bass and tribal-edged groove, laced with a haunting chant and cut up vocal hooks that give way to a gigantic breakdown!
The 7th SCP Backpack Music Festival in Detroit was recently announced, the annual event that raises thousands of dollars, backpacks and school supplies to benefit Detroit inner city children. This year’s festival will be held August 4-5 at New Center Park located in Detroit’s vibrant Midtown. The festival is the work of Derrick May (Transmat), Mad Mike of Underground Resistance, SCP founder Judy Shelton, John Collins (UR), Artistic Director and various other supporters. The annual festival is celebrating its seventh year. Nearly $30,000 in money and backpacks filled with school supplies have gone to about 1,500 students since its inception. Organizers hope to meet or exceed the seven year total in 2012.
Nicole Moudaber will be playing a whole host of new music and premiering unreleased tracks forthcoming on Drumcode and her yet-to-launch label MOOD Records, for her Radio 1 Essential Mix on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 01:00. Her invitation to do an Essential Mix – "the world’s biggest DJs on the world’s biggest decks" - further consolidates her standing as possibly the underground queen of dance music. A flawless producer and passionate DJ, Nicole rocks crowds around the globe with her heady mix of mysterious soulfulness, razor sharp technique and warm, infectious energy.
Packing more history than most of the top current producers put together, Mr G has been fine-tuning his breed of music for two decades. Described by the man himself as “it’s all about a bassline”, his music takes the formula of a ballad and the movement of reggae. Now he’s back with his second album for Rekids, ‘State Of Flux’.
This Saturday, June 23rd, Santos Electric Beach in New York welcomes Special Features for his debut performance in the city. Special Features, aka Eden Anderson, is a 21-year-old producer from London, currently studying music production at Leeds College [of music]. He is part of a new generation of young innovative producers that are able to create music in their dorm room and place it on an international stage for the world to hear.
Maxime Dangles – Hold Up EP (Bedrock)
Released this week, this is the new five-track EP from French DJ/producer Maxime Dangles. With great success on his previous releases, particularly his ‘Santé’ track, which appeared on label boss, John Digweed’s ‘Structures Two’ album, this new one on Bedrock is pretty special as all five of the tracks are easily playable in a club environment.
The latest Moda Black compilation is mixed by the label head honchos themselves, Jaymo & Andy George, and is a showcase of what the Moda Music sister label is all about… tough, soulful underground music. It features cuts from Eats Everything, Disclosure, The 2 Bears, Tim Green, Hot Since 82 and more. All 13 tracks are 100% exclusive to the release, a project that potentially demonstrates Jaymo & Andy’s position as tastemakers in an ever-growing world of electronic music.
The official anthem of Electronic Family, the festival which takes place on June 30th in the forest of Amsterdam, was produced by Dutch producer Sied van Riel and 14-year-old talent Erik van den Boom. Last summer in Amsterdam, the very first edition of Electronic Family, turned out to be a great success and this year, despite the current economic climate, Alda Events, readily committed to another edition of the outdoor trance event.
Check out brand new imprint, Protect Audio, with their mission statement aimed towards the deeper, more tech-influenced end of the D&B spectrum. Expect a whole host of productions over the coming year from a hand-picked selection of up and coming electronic artists. First up, it’s an EP from Manchester’s Marukomu.
This summer Kryder unveils what may possibly be one of the year’s anthems. Revisiting one of the all time trance classics, Plummet’s ‘Damaged’, Kryder has stuffed it with a massive dose of dance floor energy that makes it sound right at home in 2012. The track has big room kick drums, crystal clear mix quality, a huge breakdown and one of the most talked about UK vocalists of 2012, The Voice’s Bo Bruce.
As sunrise dance parties take over beaches and the clubs in Ibiza get back to wall-to-wall capacity, Andy Moor's track ‘In Your Arms’, featuring Jessica Sweetman is another potential summer biggie. First heard on Armin van Buuren's ‘A State of Trance 2012’ compilation, 'In Your Arms' is the lead track from Andy's much-anticipated debut album ‘Zero Point Zero’.
This July, Doorly will be taking a break from his Ibiza Rocks residency to cross the Atlantic for nine shows across the North American continent, taking in everywhere from the big room of Webster Hall in New York City to the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. When he isn’t running his own label, Pigeonhole This!, he also heads up his own radio show alongside Zinc, Redlight, and The 2 Bears on the underground radio station, Rinse FM – a UK outlet known renowned for bringing the likes of Skream, Benga, Katy B and more into the spotlight.
Sted E & Hybrid Heights – See U Move (Sea To Sun Recordings)
Taken from their first ever artist album of the same name, this is the new track from New York City house duo Sted E & Hybrid Heights and what a track to launch the album! It’s been a while since we’ve used the words ‘hip house’, is that still cool? Is it uncool to say ‘cool’? Regardless of trends, this to us is hip house at its finest as the duo have created a fantastic jackin’ house beat with the lyrical genius that is Mr V adding the vocals.
Italian techno label Unrilis returns with a new EP from Northern Irish duo Loco & Jam, backed with a remix from Tom Hades. Rino Cerrone’s Unrilis label, alongside parent label Rilis, has, for many years, been a constant on Italy’s ever developing techno scene. Records from like-minded artists including Mark Antonio, Sasha Carassi & Joseph Capriati, have in recent years, augmented the releases from Cerrone himself and have helped make Unrilis a globally recognized imprint.
Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat’s ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ was last night crowned winner of the inaugural Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award. Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat were unveiled as the recipients of the prestigious and highly coveted £20,000 prize by The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) at a glittering ceremony in Glasgow’s Film City. The judging panel of industry experts was united in its praise for ‘Everything’s Getting Older’, impressed by its creativity and innovation.
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano will once again hit the USA as they release their latest tour dates for June and July. The Dutch duo, having played on the main stages of some of the world's most attended festivals, kick it all off in a couple of days time at Liv Nightclub in Miami Beach.
Summer 2012 sees Purple Music’s Label boss, Jamie Lewis, release his brand new album project ‘Purpleized’. The album is a selection of new works from Jamie himself, along with some collaborations with international dance music singers and producers, including Marc Evans, Cosmo Klein, Kim Cooper, Djaimin, Dario D’Attis, Liquideep and also features his recent remixes of legendary superstar Prince.
Rob Roar – 808 Digital (Say What) (Phonetic)
New season in Ibiza always signals a new track from London’s Rob Roar under one of his many production names. This time though, he’s going solo and under his original Rob Roar name and no wonder, when the track’s this good, he should be taking full recognition and credit! Rob’s had some big summer anthems in the past, including the ‘back to the original warehouse’ vibe of ‘Flashback’, under his Max Linen guise. This latest track, ‘808 Digital (Say What)’, is definitely produced for the more discerning floors around the world.
FYF Fest announced its return to the Los Angeles State Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles. Taking place on Sept 1st and 2nd, the festival will include performances by Refused, M83, Beirut, James Blake, Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, Desaparecidos, Dinosaur Jr, Against Me!, Hot Snakes, Twin Shadow, Chromatics, DJ Harvey, Liars, Paul Banks from Interpol, the return of Quicksand and many more.
mulletover will return to Ibiza on Saturday 23rd June for Part 2 of their four-part residency at Sankeys Ibiza. Round two finds Bill Patrick, Sebo K, Thugfucker and Geddes taking care of Room 1, whilst Cerca Trova - the hosts of some of London's most clandestine events - with residents Daniel, Rossko & Ivan Kutz (Nomad), take hold of room 2.
After a season of sell-out boat and club parties in Ibiza in 2011 and the launch of a new compilation series ‘Ibiza Loves Me’, clubbing brand Pukka Up returns on 9th July with its third instalment - ‘We Just Got Hotter’. The triple mix album is designed to capture the essence of Pukka Up, while showcasing some of the dance music that will hit the Pukka Up dancefloors this summer.
Dusted's debut LP, ‘Total Dust’, won't be released until July 10th but you can hear it now streaming exclusively on Noisey. After six years of constant ‘Holy Fuck’ touring, Brian Borcherdt with a slew of new songs. Looking to explore a different sound, Borcherdt teamed with producer Leon Taheny (Final Fantasy, Rituals, Bruce Peninsula) and together the pair recorded in a converted garage under the name Dusted.
Slow Motion Records return with the ‘Appennini’ EP by Rodion & Mammarella this July, including a remix from Alien Alien. Italian imprint Slow Motion Records have moved from strength to strength since launching in 2009, earning support along the way from heavy hitters like Doc Martin and Kollektiv Turmstrasse. Rodion & Mammarella have been releasing their cosmic synth lead funk for several years now, and with tracks finding their way into the playlists of Andrew Weatherall, Aeroplane and James Holden, it’s evidently clear the Italian duo are finely tuned in to the disco sound of today.
What do you give as a birthday present to "The Most Successful Composer and Recording Artist of All Time” and greatest living songwriter of the 20th Century? You give respect in the form of a brilliant reworking of one of their own compositions. Today, June 18th, sees the 70th birthday of Sir Paul McCartney and as a huge mark of respect Paul Weller and his band have recorded a cover of the Beatles classic song ‘Birthday’.
Underground dubstep artist Caspa is to release his major label debut, ‘War’, featuring the vocals of Keith Flint from The Prodigy. The single is set for release on 30th July. Directed by Matt Lambert, the video is set in a dystopian near future where a group of teenagers and young adults are getting ready to make their last stand against a rival tribe.
North America’s first and only touring electronic music festival experience, Identity, recently announced that Eva Simons and The Eye will both be joining the festival this summer. They join a list of artists that includes Eric Prydz, Excision, Paul van Dyk, Madeon, Wolfgang Gartner, Porter Robinson, Nero and more.
24-year-old Dutch superstar DJ/producer Hardwell recently announced the launch of a special Q&A series on YouTube in which fans will have the opportunity to directly ask Hardwell questions. Every episode will have a specific subject that focuses on Hardwell and fans can ask anything that relates to that subject. Fans can submit questions via Twitter by tweeting their questions @Hardwell and adding the hashtag #HardwellQ&A, or simply asking a question on his Facebook wall by writing "Hardwell Q&A:" and then the question.
Richard Earnshaw Ft. Natasha Watts - Won't Let Go (Duffnote)
Mondays are hard… lack of sleep, hangovers and the weekend always seems such a distant memory. Did it ever happen? Today, we’re back to where we should be with a nice soulful house start to the week ahead, nice beats to slowly get you back into the daily grind. This is the first of a two-part package from one of our favourite house music producers, Richard Earnshaw. Two mixes just now, Classic Vocal and Classic Instrumental, with the second part containing remixes from the USA’s Groove Junkies and Richard himself.
Hedonistic party, Pushca rears its head once more on Saturday July 14th when its flamboyant production transforms London’s latest new club location, the Hub @ the London Pleasure Gardens. Famed for its free spirited atmosphere and dressing up ethos, this larger-than-life event is back with a bang as it raises the roof with headline DJs David Morales and Scarlett Etienne.
Alex Over returns on his Over Recordings label with his latest single, ’24 Steps’, backed with a host of remixes. Alex’s debut release earlier this year coincided with the launch of his Over Recordings imprint and received extensive DJ support as well as broad critical acclaim. The young DJ/producer from London had previously established himself playing at venues such as Ministry of Sound, The Lightbox and Raduno but it’s with the launch of Over Recordings that his profile has really taken off, seeing the likes of Xpress-2, Ian Pooley and Terry Francis playing his music and reviews across the globe.
Fast approaching their second birthday, monthly party, Bodymove takeover Egg, London for a two-day weekender kicking off on Friday July 6th with influential DJ/producer, Darren Emerson, and continuing on the Saturday night as US DJ Spen flies in for an exclusive London set hot on the heels of ripping up last month’s Southport Weekender. Spen will be teaming up with UK house pioneer, CJ Mackintosh, fresh from detonating the Paul Trouble’ Anderson Allstar Macmillan Fundraiser at Ministry last month.
Globetrotting producer Onra has staked his claim as one of the most exciting beat-makers of the past few years, thanks to releases like his Chinoseries collections (made from scratch with samples found while traveling Asia) and the Pitchfork-acclaimed ‘Long Distance’ LP. All the while, his electrifying live MPC performances around the world - everywhere from the Red Bull Music Academy in Bucharest and Giles Peterson's Worldwide Festival, to LA's down-and-dirty bass sanctuary the Low End Theory - add new dimensions to the cosmic grooves Onra puts on tape.
For its creative project HUGO Tracks, HUGO BOSS will be collaborating with DJs Kasper Bjørke and Nina Kraviz this year. Danish musician Kasper Bjørke is at the heart of Copenhagen’s electronic music scene, with his third album entitled ‘Fool’ released recently. Born in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, the artist Nina Kraviz debuted with a namesake album this past February. To kick off their participation, the two artists have selected the best outfits for clubbing, spinning and travelling from the HUGO 2012 Autumn/Winter Collection.
Aussie underground producers Hermitude are set to make some waves this summer with their infectious party song ‘Speak Of The Devil’, featuring the vocals of Sydney artist Chaos Emerald. With its contorting synth lines, chorus and slamming drums, it definitely captures the energy of the duo. It's an ode to shaking off self-awareness; being dragged on the dancefloor and finding it's exactly what you need.
Since the late-80s, Londoner Marc Mac has been converting audiences with his sophisticated take on urban soul. A hybrid concoction of breakbeat, nu-jazz, neo soul, drum and bass and hip hop, it’s a polished sound plugged directly into the emotional highway of 21st century city living. Working under a variety of guises, his prodigious output includes his work as one half of 4hero, Visioneers, Natures Plan and Nu Era. In the late-90s, Marc signed to Gilles Peterson’s Talking Loud Records with 4hero.
Australian up and coming superstar producer/DJ Anthony Maniscalco better known as Hook N Sling released a preview of his latest track ‘Surrender’, featuring indie rock group Evermore. ‘Surrender’, which is being released on June 25th via Spinnin Records, is possibly one of Hook's strongest tracks to date. With a progressive build that keeps its infectious melody burning into the drop and piano keys, the impressive top line vocals come from Evermore's lead vocalist Jon Hume and gives the track an exciting indie twist.
Kid Noize: a character from a Sci-Fi movie, a proud owner of a 1977’s Mustang II and a true aficionado for electronic music from the ‘80s. His first single is a cover of the legendary ‘Eisbaer’, a masterpiece of the seminal 80s band, Grauzone. On this track, Kid Noize mixes his beatbox with the voice of the mythical Samy Morpheus, lead vocalist of the new wave band Minimal Compact.
On September 17th Dinosaur Jr will be releasing a new album entitled ‘I Bet On Sky’ through [PIAS]. ‘I Bet On Sky’ is the third Dinosaur Jr. album since the original trio – J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph – reformed in 2005. It marks the band’s 10th studio album since their debut on Homestead Records in 1985. The trio has taken everything they’ve learned from the various projects they tackled over the years, and poured it directly into their current mix.
Future Disco takes a summer holiday and invites you poolside for its side series ‘Poolside Sounds’ compilation. Taking you from lounging by the pool under the clear blue sky to sundown house, perfect for any laidback occasion, the album features artists such as Maya Jane Coles, Lovebirds, The 2 Bears, The Rapture, Yacht, Crazy P and many more. Since its first release four years ago, Future Disco has achieved a cult following across the world of music and fashion.
Brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike recently announced their second major tour of the United States and Canada for 2012. Hitting the cities of Santa Ana, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, the pair are buzzing from their arena-closing set at Electric Daisy Carnival in Vegas last weekend.
High Definition Festival recently announced its intention to create the most visually and sonically extravagant showpiece ever for a boutique electronic festival in the UK. The planned provisions will introduce cutting edge production across all stages and arenas. According to the festival, its separately run event production businesses, meaning the festival has exclusive access to some of the best equipment in Europe and is able to bring its punters sounds and sights similar events can only dream of.
Calvin Harris will release new single ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’ featuring Example on 30th July. This will follow on from the #2 single ‘Let’s Go’ feat. Ne-Yo released last month and the 2011 worldwide hit ‘We Found Love’ with Rihanna. A melodic guitar-led intro gives way to a hard electro synth-fuelled chorus backed by Example’s vocals. Remixes come courtesy of Michael Woods, Killsonik, R3hab and Jacob Plant.
Bonnie Bailey – The Little Things (Fierce Angel)
Last one for the week and normally we like a banging track for the weekend, but on this occasion, we’re going down the happy route with the latest track from Bonnie Bailey, which is out on Mark Doyle’s Fierce Angel label. Mark and Bonnie go way back, Mark originally signing her for Hed Kandi when it was his baby many years ago. Since then, Bonnie has had a few good releases and millions of YouTube hits and now, she’s back with her first major single release in the form of ‘The Little Things’.
Thursday is set to become one of the hottest nights on the Ibiza club calendar this year, with the introduction of Richie Hawtin’s visionary ENTER. concept. Hawtin will take over Thursday nights at the award-winning club Space, curating five areas built on the principles of music, sake, technology and experience. The main experience will take place in Space’s main room, which will be specially customized with new structural lighting installations and technologies.
With 18 volumes in the series, ‘In Trance We Trust’ now presents its 19th edition, this time mixed by Danish DJ/producer Kris O’Neil. Kris delivers 16 tracks, captured in a well-constructed live DJ mix with plenty of exclusives, meticulously selected for ‘In Trance We Trust, Volume 19’.
UMF Poland continues to gain momentum with the announcement of a live performance from electronic music legend Kraftwerk. The band blew minds at UMF Miami this year with their robotic mix of music, technology and visuals. Not only is Kraftwerk arguably one of EDM’s pioneering forces, but they continue to engage their audience with pixelated social commentary and robotic rhythm.
Café Olé returns to its summer residence at Space Ibiza this Saturday 16th June with a new party that plans to transform the Playa d’en Bossa club into a place where anything can happen. The actress and icon of extravagance, Rossy de Palma, will be in charge of leading each of Motel Café Olé’s customers to their rooms. This season the Motel Café Olé night adds to the program of three other rotational Saturday parties at Space - Burlesque Café Olé, Olé Back To Disco Café and Café Olé is Pervert.
HNQO - Point Of View (Hot Creations)
We go nice and deep this Thursday with this new ‘Point Of View’ EP from Henrique Oliveira aka HNQO, which is forthcoming on Jamie Jones’ Hot Creations label. There are two tracks to choose from, main track ‘Point Of View’ and ‘Pain ‘n’ Love’, both equally good. ‘Point Of View’ is a very deep, moody affair with a groove that will sound fantastic on quality sound systems in the cooler clubs around the world. It has an intermittent female vocal in the track, no more than a few lines of a song, its minimal approach all adding to the track’s appeal. Nice.
As Laura Jones prepares to deliver her debut compilation for Leftroom’s brand new mix series, ‘Leftroom Presents...’, she drops a three-track vinyl sampler of the exclusive remixes she curated for the compilation. Debuting on Leftroom last year with ‘Intentions’, Jones has gone on to become a genuine artist to watch, with releases for Crosstown Rebels and Visionquest swiftly following. Employing the same deft touch and keen ear as with her studio work, Jones’ DJing has taken her across the globe, solidifying a formidable reputation.
Following the huge launch of Cocoon Ibiza at Amnesia recently, London Warehouse Events announced the next phase of the story in London: Cocoon Heroes - Into The Magic. LWE bring the very first large scale, indoor, Cocoon show in the capital city. Cocoon boss Sven Väth will be at the helm for the event and has hand picked a line-up of headline DJs and guests from the Cocoon family and beyond to join him.