The UK is a melting pot of musical talent and to celebrate this Creamfields have introduced the all new Nation stage featuring some of the best DJ talent the UK has to offer, including performances from Jordan Suckley, a breakthrough DJ/producer who has come under the radar of some of the biggest movers and shakers in the business and has recently secured a monthly show on BBC Radio 1 as part of their In New Music We Trust line up. Both Mixmag and beatport have tipped him as ‘one to watch’.
This weekend marks a very special occasion in drum & bass music as we see one of the most devoted and respected DJ/producers of its scene take over the biggest drum & bass radio show in the world. As the Godfathers, Fabio & Grooverider bow out having flown the flag on BBC Radio 1 for the last 13 years, and now it’s now time for the new chapter to begin, so step forward Friction.
Berlin based Agora Audio follow up their successful debut with a single from Carsten Rausch featuring a remix from Chase Buch. Agora Audio, the Berlin based label owned by DJ/producer Erich Bogatzky, was launched at the beginning of this year with a single from Lula Circus that saw the label gain instant support from the likes of Sasha, Wally Lopez and Terry Francis. Now the imprint turns to Germany producer Carsten Rausch for the label’s second offering, ‘Somewhere In Between’.
Melbourne Deepcast Records return with its eagerly anticipated third installment, the ‘Heavy Stemmed’ EP by Craig McWhinney, backed with remixes from Weekend Express and Mic Newman. Born out of the Melbourne Deepcast blog and podcast series Melbourne Deepcast Records have gone from strength to strength, with two previous V/A releases featuring tracks from label owner Andy Hart, Lewie Day and Mic Newman under his Fantastic Man alias.
EMI recently announce the return of Ultravox with their first studio album in 28 years. Following on from the sold-out Return To Eden reformation shows in 2009, the classic Ultravox line-up has recorded a 12-track collection of brand new songs which will be released on May 28th ahead of a full UK tour in September and October.
Safehouse Management has just confirmed that Carl Cox will return to Space Ibiza for the 11th year in a row with his new Revolution Recruits concept. The opening party is happening on July 3rd with 12 weeks of music planned every Tuesday night until September 18th. After ten seasons at Space Ibiza featuring some of the most renowned DJs in the world, Carl is opening up the ranks to welcome a whole army of new talent.
To coincide with Independent Record Store Day (21.04.12) Torontonian four-piece Azari & III release a limited edition 12” featuring brand new remixes of two tracks from their acclaimed debut album. The A-side features Finnish DJ and Producer Jori Hulkkonen, renowned across the blogosphere for his version of Corey Harts 1980’s hit ‘Sunglasses At Night’, and he strips back the original’s percussion to deliver a contemporary Chicago influenced house groove. Further remixes come by way of Konrad Black who turns in a deeper late night work out, replete with bubbling, sinister bass and submerged weightless drums.
Nothing But The Beat is the story of the rise of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) through the eyes of David Guetta and his friends and their impact on electronic music, and now it’s ready again to ignite music fans the world over. For one week, from March 27th, the movie is available as a free podcast on iTunes. The release took place two days after Guetta’s headline appearance at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, one of the world’s premiere dance music events. Providing fans access to never-before-seen footage, burn was co-producer of the film with Guetta’s What A Music and is now hosting exclusive bonus outtake footage on Facebook.
We catch up with Frenchman Michael Canitrot as he gets set to release his ‘Playboy Sessions Paris’ on the UK’s Defected Records. Taking inspiration from the original ‘Playboy Mansions’ compilations from Bob Sinclar and Dimitri From Paris, Michael’s two mixes still pay homage to those releases, whilst taking his own mixes in a slightly tougher direction, on the club mix at least. Featuring tracks from artists such as Crazy P, Supernova, Storm Queen, Aeroplane, The Shapeshifters and Soul Central, as well as his own productions, the DJ/producer behind the massive So Happy In Paris club night, reveals all about the album here…
‘Counting Birds’ is the haunting new single and video from synth-pop quartet Wave Machines. Wave Machines 2009's cult album ‘Wave If You're Really There’ lead to acclaimed live shows with Flaming Lips and Roxy Music, a string of radio airplay and sessions on 6Music, Radio 1 and XFM, as well as a spectacular run of sell-out headliners at Shoreditch Church.
Huxley is fast becoming one of the brightest lights to emerge from an exciting nascent UK music scene, emerging from the underground clubs of London, Bristol, Leeds and Glasgow. Young producers are honing their talents to create new sounds influenced by the their exposure to house, techno, dubstep and garage music. When 2020Vision approached Huxley they specifically requested that he created a four-track EP that truly reflected his skills. He responded and produced the 'Out The Box' EP.
The View issue their fourth album, entitled ‘Cheeky For A Reason’ on July 2nd. The album is the band’s fourth after the Mercury-nominated #1 debut ‘Hats Off To The Buskers’, the Top 10 follow-up ‘Which Bitch’ and 2011’s Top 20 ‘Bread & Circuses’, and is currently being recorded at Liverpool’s Motor Museum Studios with producer Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Razorlight, Foals). Early track titles that are vying for inclusion on the album include ’Bunker’, ‘The Clock Has No Sympathy’, ‘Anfield Row’ ‘How Long’ and ‘AB’.
After one of the most soulful D&B releases in recent times the sounds of ‘Oblique’ are about to be kicked into touch by Break, as he steps up to Critical to bring two slices of thunderous studio wizardry designed with one thing on the mind, the dance floor.
Hauswerks is leading the way as one of the most exciting talents to emerge from the new breed of British artists. Having honed his studio skills for over a decade, producing and engineering for some of the biggest exponents in dance music, this year is all about Hauswerks showcasing his production and DJing talents. Presiding over the latest in the acclaimed ‘Leaders Of The New School Presents…’ series, Hauswerks selects 27 new and exclusive tracks that are also blended into two DJ mixes.
Folk legend Bob Dylan (UK exclusive), iconic singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel And The New Blood Orchestra (UK exclusive) and alt-rockers Suede (UK festival exclusive) are the headline acts for Vince Power’s Hop Farm Music Festival 2012. Other acts announced include: Damien Rice (UK Festival Exclusive), Primal Scream, My Morning Jacket, Maximo Park, Patti Smith And Her Band, The Stranglers, Dr John And The Lower 911, Joan Armatrading, Billy Ocean, The Psychedelic Furs, Lianne La Havas, The Jezabels, Slow Club, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Frightened Rabbit, Tom Vek, White Denim, Ben Kweller, Lucy Rose, Fin, Dog Is Dead, Race Horses, Steve Smyth, Sian Sanderson and Ligers with many more to follow.
The Garden Get Together Tour is back for 2012, taking in some of Europe’s leading underground clubs and cultural epicentres. Presenting a wave of talent representing the Garden Festival’s diverse template, from Norman Jay and Dyed Soundorom to Eglo and David August, the tour pools together new friends and old faces in anticipation of this summer’s action at the beautiful new site in the old town of Tisno.
London quintet Talk In Colour is to release their second single ‘Rocking Horse’ in April from forthcoming debut album ‘ColliderScope’. The track is a glitchy, throbbing affair, alternating between the restrained and explosive. With swirling vocals anchored by a brooding bassline, the track explores ideas of place and belonging - seeking security in familiar spaces whilst simultaneously feeling trapped by them. The track receives the remix treatment courtesy of Milo Fitzpatrick from Mercury Award nominees Portico Quartet, Belleruche’s Ricky Fabulous and acclaimed post-dubstep producer Microburst (forthcoming release ‘Clutch’ due on Svetlana Industries) as well as newcomer Magenta Disco.
The fifth Electric Elephant has just announced further names for this summer’s weekend of music on the seductive Croatian coastline. After establishing its reputation in Petrcane, the festival now moves a little further along the sun-kissed Adriatic, to a region of true natural beauty and the new home for one of Europe’s coolest boutique festivals at The Garden Tisno. Electric Elephant has just announced a swathe of new names including Playgroups’ Trevor Jackson, Lone and DJ Deep. Trevor is a dynamic lynchpin of electronic, including everything from designing album sleeves for S-Express and Todd Terry to 100s of remixes including Four Tet, Mu, Lopazz, The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem.
The T in the Park 2012 bill just keeps building, with festival organisers DF Concerts and founding partner Tennent’s Lager announcing earlier this week an array of artists including Django Django, We Are Augustines and Childish Gambino, pop sensations McFly, Cher Lloyd, Cover Drive and Lawson plus Shed Seven, The Subways and The Jezabels. The newly announced acts join festival heavyweights including Snow Patrol, The Stone Roses and Kasabian who will headline T in the Park 2012 and entertain the 85,000-a-day strong crowd, between 6th – 8th July.
Already anticipated as one of the biggest music events of the summer, spanning London and Manchester with nearly two weeks of live music, the initial announcement of BluesFest 2012 has been greeted enthusiastically by the public and now organisers have announced two more additions to the bill, both of whom draw on different aspects of the blues for inspiration in their own inimitable way – Nick Lowe and Erykah Badu.
www.clubmixed.com is the first streaming site geared towards independent DJs, producers and labels and offers free, unrestricted access to over 12,000 new tracks from labels across the globe, plus releases the new mix albums they’ve created from them – not only through Clubmixed but also via 600+ further distribution channels, including iTunes. DJs have the freedom to create any mix they want, confident that everything is licensed, and all production talents are rewarded.
In addition the site features a DJ-related social network experience, which enables users to share their music across their social networking sites and keeps a tally on the amount of ‘likes’ a mix receives. The site is free to join, explore and listen to and there are no territory restrictions. It is easy-to-navigate and connects music fans directly with DJs, labels and producers of fresh electronic music from around the world. Users have free access to a host of exclusive material, including videos, photos, biographies, tour dates and news stories, alongside the thousands of new tracks continually becoming available to freely stream or purchase. A download CD mix album costs £4.99, complete with full artwork, while individual tracks are priced at £0.99.
* The licensing process is automatic. The system automatically detects any unlicensed tracks in the mix. Final mixes are distributed worldwide through 620 outlets, including iTunes, Beatport, mobile phones, etc. plus the www.clubmixed.com site itself. All rights owners are accounted on sales
Holic Trax is a brand new label from London based Japanese DJ/producer Tomoki Tamura. Tamura has been running the highly successful Holic parties in London and Tokyo for the last five years and Holic Trax is a natural extension of that, reflecting the musical soul of the events. Connected as Tamura and Holic naturally are, they kick off proceedings with Mr G. Mr G AKA Colin McBean has been at the heart of the dance music’s scene for the last two decades, first as one half of the legendary outfit The Advent and latterly as a solo artist recording for imprints such as REKIDS (who released his 2010 album ‘Still Here’), Detroit imprint Moods & Grooves and his own Phoenix G label.
2012 marks the spot for the return of one of the most applauded and loudest bass music record labels in the world, Valve Recordings. Captained by Dillinja and K-aze (Lemonde’s all-new multi-genre production project pseudonym), Valve gets ready to release a whole host of beats from the full spectrum of electronic music including D&B, dubstep, grime, garage, house and footwork.
With a string of the world’s finest electronic artists under one roof, the We Love… Space Opening Fiesta has become synonymous with the start of summer and cuts the red ribbon to officially launch the Ibiza season. Each year the opening party celebrates the reunion of We Love’s… extended friends and family, as well as introducing the fresh faces who will be welcomed into the fold to join the amazing musical journey. The artists who will form part of an extensive line-up on Sunday 10th June, can now be revealed as they all join forces under the one roof.
London based producer Chamboché drops a new EP on the hotly tipped Black Key Records label featuring three new cuts of deep, melodic house backed with remixes from BLM. DJ/producer Sam Williams AKA Chamboché has been building an enviable reputation over the last few years. His upstart Nottingham based house and techno night Zleep at Stealth has been a flying success whilst his releases for Jiscomusic offshoot Under the Shade have gained him a solid following and support from the likes of Ewan Pearson, Steve Bug, Amé and Tensnake. Williams has recently moved to London and alongside this release for Black Key he has records upcoming on vinyl only label TUSK Wax and Under the Shade, he also looks forward to the launch of his own Bricolage Records label.
This spring sees the long awaited release of ‘Sing2Me’ by Germany's Thomas Gold through Axtone records - the 25th release in the label’s seven year history. A highlight of Gold’s sets for the last 12 months, the record has subsequently gained support from no less than Axwell / Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto and Calvin Harris. Tipped by the much coveted DMC Buzz Chart in its Miami edition, ‘Sing2Me’ has been covered by many leading EDM whilst MTV featured the record in Miami 2011!
Eric Prydz possibly stands alone in his ability to mix commercial success with underground notoriety. With his labels, Pryda and Mouseville, he has been acknowledged by Beatport as one of their biggest selling artists of all time. Both are held in the highest regard by the underground scene, which has allowed Prydz to remain something of an enigma while being a household name. Since his arrival, Eric Prydz has inadvertently broken into uncharted territory for dance music, as festivals, events and venues across the planet have rocked to his performances.
With four nights to party at Easter Weekend, Sankeys sets up a chocker block session of four club nights. First up sees the full force of Italian stallion Benny Benassi and friends. A producer who can turn his hand to near enough anything, Benny’s sets represent the best on hedonistic party music, effortlessly switching from in your face dubstep and electro to more seductive house grooves and vocal-led cuts. It’s this deft aplomb in switching the focus from the most fist pumping anthems to the more subtle tracks that makes Benny’s immediacy and appeal so enduring.
Slow in the making, oOoOO's latest release was put together over the past year in unfamiliar, starkly furnished rooms in San Francisco, Berlin and New York, as well as train station waiting areas and airports. Its mood, the result of dislocation and sleep deprivation, reflects the unfamiliar and vaguely anxious contexts it grew out of. The record's lead single, ‘NoWayBack’, was co-written with Butterclock as the pair prepared for a string of shows together last summer.
Italy’s Opilec Music looks to the release of a limited EP taken from the much hyped remix package of legendary San Francisco synth punk band, The Units. The Units were true electronic music pioneers, formed in 1978 in San Francisco, California this genre defining synth punk band spent the next two years carving a sound that would go on to influence electronic musicians and producers for decades to come. Though famed in certain circles their music has at times been hard to source and the band’s material was never remixed until The Units founder Scott Ryser joined forces with Italian DJ/producer/label owner Gianluca Pandullo AKA I-Robots in 2011. The product of this collaboration was the extensive remix collection that came to be known as ‘Connections’, featuring remixes from Italo disco pioneers such as Daniele "Cosmic" Baldelli and Alexander Robotnick through to contemporary electronic producers such as I-Robots and Todd Terje.
After a year when guitars all but vanished from British primetime radio sets, there's possibly the need for a band with the brains, brawn and balls to take 2012 and smash it into a brave new frontier of indie rock 'n' roll. The fast rising quartet All The Young will deliver that mission statement with the release of their debut album next month (April 2nd), which has been produced by GGGarth Richardson (Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and mixed by Rich Costey (Muse, My Chemical Romance). The album will be preceded by yesterday’s release of their new single ‘The Horizon’ which sees the band confounding expectations with a different sound to the tracks that have preceded it and gaining an iTunes single of the week on the same day.
Cast head out on their UK tour tonight, in support of their new album ‘Troubled Times’, which came out on 5th March. The tour finishes on the 6th April in London with a date at the Shepherds Bush Empire. Originally formed in 1992 from the ashes of two of the most legendary and lauded guitar bands of the time, The La’s and Shack, Cast released four albums (three of them top 10), and had ten top 10 singles. The second album also went platinum. During that time, Noel Gallagher described watching the band as “a religious experience”, and at release ‘All Change’ was the highest biggest selling album of all time for Polydor. After the band’s split, Power released three solo albums and has played intermittently since 2005 with the reformed La’s.
As previously mentioned here, this spring Kris Menace releases his long awaited second album, ‘Electric Horizon’, on Compuphonic. This follows up his lauded 2009 release, ‘Idiosyncrasies’, which sold out after only a few weeks of its release and established Kris as an exciting and respected electronic artist. Kris’ releases, projects and collaborations became highlights for many DJs and have been signed to some of the most influential labels in electronic dance music. He regularly gets the support of the world‘s biggest and most respected DJs and at the same time he receives sponsorship from "Waves" and "Arturia", two of the big electronic music instruments producers.
W Hotels Worldwide recently unveiled the 2012 W Hotels and burn studios DJ Lab, including new location and updated roster of DJ mentors. In its second year, the program is a collaboration between W Hotels and burn studios, an innovative music platform developed by burn®, a leading energy drink from The Coca-Cola Company. Launched last year at the burn studios Hacienda in Ibiza, Spain, the 2012 DJ Lab will move to Bali, a similar international hub for electronic dance music and global music festivals. The recently opened W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak will host the weeklong program. Building upon the W brand’s mission of discovering ‘what’s new and next’ in music, the DJ Lab will tap eight rising talents from key international cities around the globe, providing them with mentorship to polish their skills during the intensive DJ ‘boot camp.’ The participants will then embark upon a global tour, playing for both guests and locals in W Hotels around the world.
Manchester based DJ/producer Richard Fletcher launches a brand new label in the shape of Tact Recordings and kicks off proceedings with the 'Double Down EP' featuring a remix from deep house veteran Rick Wade. Richard has been causing a stir amongst deep house lovers over the past couple of years with a string of releases that have certainly made their mark. His EP alongside label partner [Aura] on Deep Edition Recordings was an outstanding debut, leading to releases on 3AM Recordings and the much-lauded Fear Of Flying imprint.
Klartraum duo Nadja Lind & Helmut Ebritsch release their ode to Kazantip, simply titled ‘Kazandub’ and backed with remixes from the festivals home country of Ukraine. The story goes that Nadja Lind & Helmut Ebritsch were sat at the breakfast table of their hotel in the Ukraine last summer, after having performed their Klartraum live set at the world renowned Kazantip festival when they came up with this track and the concept for the release. The song ‘Kazandub’ is essentially an instrumental electronic ode to an incredible festival and the people that the Klartraum two met there, and those people not only provided the inspiration but also majority of the remixes featured on this package.
‘Propagation’ is the second track to be made available from Lower Dens' forthcoming album ‘Nootropics’ (pronounced No-eh-tro-pics). Where lead track 'Brains' with its sleek, metronomic pulse introduced us to the vast and meticulous vision that Lower Dens have set out to create on ‘Nootropics’, the sprawling 'Propagation' reveals yet another side to the band, one whose songs teeming with sound and portent unravel their full depth and range over multiple listens.
Possibly one of the hottest properties in electronic music, Rockwell, releases his new EP on Monday. Having proved himself over the past few years as an intricate and original producer, Rockwell continues to drop his unique brand of drum & bass and here again it’s not hard to see why. ‘Tripwire’ has been tearing up Shogun Audio events for the past few months with its deep ominous intro and staggered break that punches hard into this raging tech-fest that has Rockwell stamped all over it.
Following up the superb recent GDX release, Austria’s Phlox label teams up with Italian producer Hydergine for an EP of dub techno featuring a remix from Group Niob. Austrian label Phlox was launched in 2009 by electronic music veterans Martin Sovinz and Gerhard Potuznik with the clear intend of releasing quality underground music with little regard for genre. In the intervening years the imprint has put out a string of singles and build a solid fan base for its eclectic approach.
It’s been 10 years now that DJ 3000, aka Franki Juncaj has been running his Motech Records imprint from his hometown of Detroit. As well as being a part of the internationally revered Underground Resistance crew, the influence of his parent’s Albanian roots were also a big part of what was to become the techno-funk fuelled Motech sound. Balkan basslines intersperse with wide berth synths across a body of work that always resonated on this side of the big pond with artists.
Last night, at the International Dance Music Awards show in Miami, Dutch DJ/producer Armin van Buuren won four awards, taking home IDMAs for ‘Best Trance Track’, ‘Best Global DJ’, ‘Best Radio Mix Show DJ’ and ‘Best Podcast’. The Dutch DJ/producer, who’s in the middle of his A State of Trance 550 world tour, won the ‘Best Trance Track’ IDMA for his collaboration with singer Nadia Ali on ‘Feels So Good’.
At the annual International Dance Music Awards show in Miami last night, Dutch DJ/producer Hardwell was awarded the IDMA for ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’. The young Dutch talent and label owner of Revealed Recordings has definitely made a mark with his DJ sets, productions and remixes. The 24-year-old talent is possibly one of the most successful producers/DJs of today and last year, he entered the DJ Mag Top 100 poll as the highest Dutchman, at number 24.
After the recent announcement of headliners Guns ‘N’ Roses and New Order, the legendary EXIT festival in Serbia has just revealed Avicii, Plan B, Felix Da Housecat and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs as the latest acts confirmed for the event. And, as an added bonus, check out the 4+1 ticket deal they’ve made available for those who’ve still to buy tickets. From now until the 15th April, if you purchase four tickets EXIT will give you one free and those who buy their tickets before April 1st, become instant members of the Exit Tribe 2013 loyalty program and will enjoy a range of rewards at the festival next year. Buy tickets here – http://www.etickets.to/exit.
UK producer Nick Bracegirdle, the mastermind behind Chicane, has come a long way since bursting onto the dance scene 15 years ago. He’s hit high peaks, creating instant classics like ‘Offshore’, ‘Saltwater’, ‘Don’t Give Up’, ‘Stoned In Love’ and the latter highlights ‘Poppiholla’ and ‘Going Deep’. His legacy of four successful artist albums is now completed with a fifth, ‘Thousand Mile Stare’. The expression ‘hot off the heels’ does not apply when talking about the timing of Chicane albums. The tracks are crafted, caressed and encouraged into shape, and that takes time. Anyone looking to tap into what has kept Nick busy the last 12 months should not be disappointed by what they hear on this release.
Last year Deniz Kurtel burst into the popular consciousness with her debut album ‘Music Watching Over Me’ on Crosstown Rebels, earning critical praise for her totally fresh take on house music, and bewitching live audio visual club shows. 2012 will see her once again captivating audiences with her musical productions and visual art, as her April road tour, ‘Double Exposure’ takes her across the US. A two pronged tour, ‘Double Exposure’ will see Deniz unveil her new LED sculpture ‘The Introspectacular’ while premiering her album ‘The Way We Live’ at 15 club shows in 12 cities around the country including Miami, Washington DC, New York, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The tour kicks off in Washington DC on April 7 and concludes in San Francisco on April 29.
Two of bass music’s biggest global artists and most famed remixers, A.Skillz and Nick Thayer, have joined musical forces on what is lookin to be one of the summer’s biggest bootlegs, ‘Cold As Ice’. Now, you can grab the download for free!
With the upcoming release of his debut EP ‘Lay Hollow’, Tri Angle Records now introduce Howse. Howse - 22 year old, Providence, Rhode Island resident, Nathaniel Oak, has crafted a chaotic, wired sound that draws inspiration from juke and jungle, taking those influences and twisting them into something blasted and blown out. Now, you have a chance to grab a free download of their lead track, ‘VBS’.
UK promoters Goodgreef make their 2012 debut at Sankeys and this time they’re bringing the fast-rising global star, Dash Berlin, as headliner. The already highly decorated spinner – in 2011 he was 15 in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Poll, and last year he reached No.8 – makes both his GG and Sankeys debut, as well as for the first time making an appearance in the north of the UK. Dash is one of the new breed of talent who demands to be seen and the Sankeys space is the perfect environment to see him in action.
Steve Angello announces the Miami Music Week return of his Size Matters party to the Fontainebleau Poolside on Sunday, March 25. As the name suggests, the 2012 installment of Size Matters is bigger in every way; featuring top flight production and sound and a fantastic line-up of international talent. Size Matters will showcase sets from the entire Size Records label including young talent Wayne Woods, Qulinez, Tim Mason and Third Party; rising stars AN21 & Max Vangeli; the legend Junior Sanchez and Size boss and superstar Steve Angello.
One of the most highly anticipated parties of Miami Music Week is returning to the Sunshine State at the newly refurbished Cameo Nightclub with quite possibly one of its biggest line-ups yet. On Friday March 23rd, Toolroom Knights will plant its flag firmly in the Miami South Beach sand, with Mark Knight leading a line-up that includes Funkagenda, John Dahlbäck, UMEK and special guest Sander van Doorn.
My Favorite Robot Records came to life three years ago and in the intervening time has become one of the most respected electronic record labels around. Now the imprint reaches the minor landmark of its 50th release and looks to the talent of fellow Canadian Sid LeRock to deliver a scorching single to fit the bill. Sheldon Thompson AKA Sid LeRock is a resident of Cologne, Germany, but originally hails from Ontario, Canada where he chose to leave the family trade as a Lumberjack behind to pursue his musical passions, first in Toronto, before moving to Europe.
Their forthcoming ‘Unpatterns’ album is apparently a record full of love, dedication, hard-earned experience, obvious understanding of decades of electronic music from across scenes and styles, and huge fun. With the album’s first single out next month, if you’re in Miami, now is the time to catch SMD before they explode again everywhere when their albums hits the stores.
Japan’s APT international label teams up with the much-hailed Tokyo Black Star for an EP of old school house and futuristic machine funk backed with a remix from Hideo Kobayashi. Production duo Tokyo Black Star AKA Alex Prat and Isao Kumano have made quite a name for themselves over the past few years, releasing a string of singles for leading labels such as Innervision and Deeply Rooted, remixing for luminaries such as Carl Craig and playing live to audiences across the globe. Now the Tokyo/NYC based pair have joined forces with one of Japan’s most respected electronic labels, APT international for a brand new single.
As Miami dominates the music industry this week, check out the line-up for the Delano Hotel and the FDR Lounge. Kicking off last night with the Vagabundos team and then Cedric Gervais, today sees performances from DJs such as Danny Howells, Desyn Masiello and Lil Louie Vega. With guests right through until Sunday, including Maya Jane Coles, Sneaky Sound System, Jacques Lu Cont, Pete Tong & Groove Armada, it gives you an insight into why they say Miami is three months of Ibiza crammed into one week. Click ‘read more’ for full line-up.
China Rats are a four piece rock 'n' roll band from Leeds, who are all swagger and tight jeans, inspired by a love of punk’s riotous guitars, ‘50s pop and classic British guitar bands. Formed in 2011 and comprised of four friends who met while studying in Leeds, the band is already picking up early fans including Alan Raw (BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire), Huw Stevens (BBC Radio 1) and Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music). The band’s debut EP ‘To Be Like I’ will be released on 30th April and features three tracks: ‘To Be Like I’, ‘Take No Prisoners’ and ‘She Never’. It was written, recorded and produced by the band.
After a sensational season last year, Luciano and the Vagabundos return for a third summer at Ibiza’s Pacha. For 19 weeks the Cadenza boss and his merry mob of electronic music troubadours will take over the opulent club each Sunday from May 27th. With some of the finest artists in house and techno, exclusive guests from around the world, and one of the most chaotic carnival atmospheres on the island, Vagabundos looks again to be a pretty special night.
Miami Music Week has traditionally been a time for the world’s best DJs to come together under the Miami sun to showcase their skills behind the decks. This year, they’ll also be showcasing their skills on the soccer field! On March 21 at noon EST, teams comprised of top talent representing the Netherlands and Sweden will face off for charity and the fight against AIDS. The skill is incomparable as Dutch captain Tiësto leads his teammates Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Quintino, Sidney Samson, R3HAB, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano against Swedish captain Sebastian Ingrosso and his teammates Alesso, Adrian Lux, Dada Life (both), AN21 and Otto Knows. The game will consist of two 30-minute periods with a ten-minute break in between.
On April 3, Ultra Music will release the much anticipated debut artist album from rising dance music star Adrian Lux. Known for his skill in marrying dance music with a great pop vocal, Adrian Lux’s debut artist album showcases the hits the first brought him international acclaim and several brand new tracks destined for the top of the charts.
Two of the Canary Islands’ finest exports, Drummer & Hanfry Martinez, team up for the ʻLooking Back / Just Danceʼ EP on Lowpitch, a label thatʼs been steadily releasing music on the duoʼs home turf since 2007. Since the launch five years ago, Lowpitch has released music and collaborations from hard-hitting artists such as Shaun Reeves and Tale Of Us as well as Spanish underground heroes like Andrew Grant and Jose De Divina.
Some Velvet Morning release their new single ‘How to Start a Revolution” on April 16th through MyMajorCompany. The track was recorded, produced and mixed by SVM’s singer Des Lambert and mastered by Chris Potter (Verve / U2). The single is taken from their new album ‘Allies’, which is released on April 30th and will be available as a digital download. The three-piece comprises of brothers, Des Lambert (vocals / guitar), Gavin Lambert (Bass) and Rob Flanagan (Drums). The band moniker originates from the Lee Hazlewood / Nancy Sinatra classic song, ‘Some Velvet Morning’; in fact Sinatra gave them her nod of approval and was flattered when the band asked permission to use the name.
He’s still one of the purist, best spinners out there and so far 2012 has been a busy year for DJ Sneak. Already there have been three heavy releases for in-house labels Magnetic and DJ Sneak Classics, a remix of Azari & III, a re-release of the Henry Street classic 'The Polyester EP' and the small matter of compiling and mixing ‘Fabric 62’. The Fabric CD reviews and the DJ tour have been an amazing success with highlights on the road and the tour was crowned by an unforgettable night at Fabric itself. This week, DJ Sneak will be hitting Miami hard in with no less than 15 gigs! Things kick off with the We The Brand party today and end with a back to back set with DJ Dan at Love/Hate. There’s a load of exciting stuff happening in between too, including the Magnetic, Sneak Beats and DJ Mag parties, head-to-head sets with Dubfire and Riva Starr, and an appearance at the Made 2 Play event.
After creating a buzz in the Bass Music community, for 2012 Croatia’s Outlook Festival welcomes back some familiar faces along with newcomers, established headliners and classic pioneers. Kicking off the proceedings is a name that has been around since the very beginning of Outlook and who has played a massive part in the music it pushes. Skream is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in modern dance music and an artist that has been a regular feature on the Outlook lineup. Anyone that has attended previous years will be aware of the hype surrounding Skream and his high-energy performances. His incredible versatility ranges through many genres and finds a comfortable home across main stages, boat parties and more intimate surroundings.
Tact Recordings debut release by RJ Fletcher was an instant success for the label garnering support from the likes of Christopher Rau, Anton Zap and Ethyl. Now this promising young label returns with a new single from respected DJ/producer Oli Furness, entitled ‘Rehearsing My Choir’ EP. As a member of the Hacienda Booking Agency Oli’s productions are deeply rooted in acid house and the classic sounds of electronic music, utilizing Roland drum machines and synthesizers to achieve that sought after analogue warmth.
German producer Fritz Kalkbrenner has been a mainstay on the Berlin club scene for the best part of two decades now. Originally a hip hop head, Fritz got introduced to Berlin‘s burgeoning techno scene as a teenager in the mid-90s by brother and producer, Paul, who broke through in 2011 with his album 'Icke Wieder‘. But Fritz‘s musical sound is far warmer and more soulful than his brother‘s. Indeed, Fritz actually made his vocal debut back in 2002 on Sascha Funke‘s 'Now You Know‘ and from there he pushed forward with a slew of home-grown productions on BPitch and SUOL. And that careful balance of club cuts and subtle songwriting was never better than on his 2010 SUOL album 'Here Today Gone Tomorrow‘, which was a hit with clubbers and the cognoscenti alike (40,000 sales to date).
The fourth weekend of a five-week month is always a hard one but Sankeys in Manchester are doing their best to tempt you out with two completely different offerings on Friday and Saturday night. On Friday, urban club night Twice as Nice plays host, a brand that established itself during the ‘90s. Twice as Nice almost singlehandedly made Ayia Napa a destination to rival Ibiza as they perfected their mixture of R&B and UK Garage, pre-empting both genre’s domination of the charts and helping push the careers of a cartel of UK pop stars such as Artful Dodger, Craig David and Shola Ama.
This year www.be-at.tv will be streaming Miami’s WMC live every day from today, Sunday 18th until Sunday 25th March. That’s most of the hottest pool parties and clubs that Miami’s South Beach has to offer with the biggest names in dance music including Sasha, Josh Wink, Art Department, Ida Engberg, James Zabiela, Marco Carola, Subb-an and many, many more. Miami vibes live and direct wherever you happen to be in the world – here’s what there is to look forward to from today.
Dada Life has experienced a meteoric rise to fame that shows no signs of slowing down. Sparked by the duo's appropriately titled single, ‘Unleash The F**cking Dada’, released on Tiësto's Musical Freedom label in 2010, Dada Life have become one of the biggests duos in dance music. Armed with a rabid fan base, world-class productions and an ample supply of bananas and champagne, Dada Life is poised to attempt to own 2012 in full.
The 550th episode of Armin van Buuren’s radio show is being celebrated with a big world tour, covering six shows in five countries during the month of March. Now that the first three events have taken place, the worldwide impact of A State of Trance 550 has been revealed by Armada. In addition to the weekly amount of 20 million listeners, broadcasted on 60 stations (satellite & FM) in 48 countries these special live broadcasts of the shows produced ten-thousands of views via YouTube, tweets via Twitter and views via www.astateoftrance.com.
Following on from the release of ‘Falling Star’, Kris Menace hits back with his second single ‘eFeel’, building up to his forthcoming space disco album ‘Electric Horizon’. Kris teams up with "Black Van" Partner KoweSix on ‘eFeel’, a rolling future house track that puts you on a Balearic express shuttle straight to the stars. The track follows on from Kris´ much celebrated production history, which includes tracks such as ‘Discopolis’, ‘Yearning’, and more recently ‘Falling Star’.
Mannheim based Plastic City has been around for the best part of 20 years now, pushing quality house and techno from industry heavyweights and fresh talent alike. Albums from the likes of The Timewriter, Terry Lee Brown Jnr, Nikola Gala and Lukas Greenberg have shown the label’s commitment to artist development and a dedication to electronic music long players. Now the label looks towards the debut album from the duo of Oscar Barila & Maiki, a pair who could be set to become a major feature on dance music’s global stage.
Dubai-Based Audio Tonic Records continue their explorations into disco-infused deepness with the ʻMy Loveʼ EP from Urban Torque regular Seva K. Seva K, or Vsevolod Khalepo as his passport states, has a less-is-more discography and won countless fans for his light, airy productions that focus on melody and funk. Much like the likes of Spirit Catcher (who appeared recently on Audio Tonic themselves), the Russian producer employs real hooks and does so with aplomb.
There was a big buzz on the Twitterverse about this yesterday as Pioneer revealed the details of their forthcoming RMX-1000 remix station. Taking a totally new direction to effectors and samplers, the RMX-1000 is a three-in-one system comprising editing software, innovative performance hardware and VST and AU plug-ins. The unit manipulates the input sound, lets DJs produce new beats and sounds and trigger personalised samples on the fly. And, thanks to the Quantize function, they'll always be in time with their sets.
Kaskade, who has been named America's #1 DJ by DJ Times and Pioneer DJ, will embark on the biggest tour of his career this summer with more than 50 North American shows, visiting venues of all sizes from ballrooms and theatres to arenas and festivals. The initial 35 dates announced for the "Freaks of Nature" Summer 2012 Tour will begin on May 25th and will take Kaskade across North America through August, including stops at Coachella, ULTRA Music Festival and more.
Shogun Audio presents the first single to be taken from the eagerly awaited debut album from production powerhouse, Spectrasoul. Teaming up with Mercury Music Prize nominee Terri Walker they deliver a great introduction to what may be one of the most exciting electronic music albums of 2012. The video, which was directed by Spectrasoul themselves, can be checked out by clicking ‘read more’.
Sea to Sun Recordings, the US label owned by No. 1 Billboard Club Play singer/songwriter Sylvia Tosun and hit producer/songwriter Anton Bass, has revealed an array of high profile collaborations, media co-branding alliances and music that’s set for release from some of the most dynamic, genre-forward producers in music today.
The debut single from Alex Over on his own Over Recordings imprint, see the London producer drop a slice of melodic house backed with stellar remixes from Rob Small and Ross Richards. London based DJ/producer Alex has been making a name for himself playing venues in the capital such as Ministry of Sound, The Lightbox and Raduno, and now he looks to launch his own Over Recordings imprint to act as a home to his own productions as well as those of select up and coming acts. His passion for electronic music is intense and time spent behind the decks over recent years, as well as travelling to Ibiza has focused his musical ear in readiness for this debut release.
Archeo will release his new single ‘Glass Half Empty’, the follow up to debut single ‘Mr. General’, on 15th April through his own label Music Mantra. ‘Glass Half Empty’ is a homage to Archeo’s vast array of influences and to the mash-up culture we live in today, where Archeo says he feels obliged to mix it up. It combines clattering percussion and slinky funk harmonies with lyrics sung by his hugely distinctive voice, although he insists that it is ultimately a song about optimism and being a “glass half-full sort of guy”, and describes it himself as an ‘”intergalactic-future-funk-crunk record.”
Miles Kane kicks off 2012 with a bang by announcing new EP ‘First Of My Kind’ in support of Record Store Day. The EP features four tracks and opens with ‘First Of My Kind’ which was co-produced by Skream at Metropolis Studios in London. The other tracks include a cover of the Tom Jones classic ‘Looking Out My Window’ and another brand new song, ‘Night Runner’. It concludes with an acoustic version of the title song to his last album, ‘Colour of The Trap’.
The Space Opening Fiesta has long been regarded as the start of the Ibiza summer season, and with that in mind and so much expectation from eager clubbers around the world, the club has released the names of the first batch of DJs confirmed for 27th May. Carl Cox, 2many DJs, Dubfire, Sasha, Roger Sanchez, Steve Lawler, Mark Knight, Wally Lopez, Paul Ritch (Live), Uner (Live), Blackhall & Bookless, Remo, Camilo Franco, Oscar Cano, Danny Leblack, Paul Darey and Rafha Madrid have all been confirmed so far.
EJ’s teaser track ‘Mama, I’m Gonna Sing’ has been infecting the nation since her striking video was released earlier this year. With autobiographical lyrics and semi-acapella vocals it’s caused a real stir so it’s interesting to see where EJ gets her inspiration from. Famous for his ‘United State of Pop’ series, San Francisco-based Jordan Roseman aka DJ Earworm has created a lovely mashup for ‘Mama, I’m Gonna Sing’.
DJ/producer Robbie Rivera announced the May 7th release of his fourth album, ‘Dance Or Die’ and a 24 show U.S. bus tour. Robbie will start his US tour following his annual Juicy Beach Miami at electronic dance music's biggest US event, Miami Music Week. Commencing March 28th and ending on May 4th, this 24 show tour is a massive pre-party for what's expected to be the biggest Robbie Rivera release of his career. The ‘Dance Or Die’ album consists of Robbie's best releases over the past year with a bunch of new tracks and features a multitude of collaborations with some of the biggest forces in dance music, including Wynter Gordon, Tommy Lee & DJ Aero, David Solano and more.
Sander van Doorn recently began dropping clues and hints that something special was brewing for his upcoming visit to Miami and as the entire electronic music industry converges on Miami for the onset of Miami Music Week, Sander will again make a bit of music history. Sander has now revealed his plans for a secret showcase, high atop a private penthouse in the fabulous enclave of South Beach on March 22nd. The showcase will be for invited industry and media only and will culminate with Sander performing his unreleased single, ‘Inside’, with singer Mayaeni.
There are a lot of tracks out there that make a crowd go crazy but possibly only one that makes them go absolutely ape-shit bananas. We’re talking about Dada Life’s massive hit ‘Kick Out The Epic Motherf**ker’ – a smash that topped the Beatport Charts for over a month. Now it’s back with a brand new vocal version which is out now on Island Records. Dada Life do a great show, packed with their own original tracks and remixes and accompanied by banana balloon drops, champagne bombs and fans that arrive in costume ready for anything goes. After a successful winter tour they are back in the States and caused a near riot outside the Parish at SXSW on March 12 when 4,000 fans showed up to the 450 capacity venue causing The Army National Guard to be called in.
Just Be is the brand new project from Matthew ʻBushwacka!ʼ B and will drop on Audioflyʼs Maison Dʼetre imprint just after WMC. While the phrase ʻlegendʼ is somewhat overused, Matthew ʻBushwacka!ʼ B can be safe in the knowledge that the title is attributed to him rightly due to a career that has seen him being at the forefront of dance music since his teens. Rave, breakbeat, house and techno and tech-house all owe a debt of gratitude to the producer/DJ and a new project from him is worthy of attention.
Cream has just announced their Ibiza schedule for 2012. Returning to Amnesia to take control of Thursdays nights, Cream have pulled together some of the biggest names in electronic music with performances from the likes Paul van Dyk, deadmau5, Above & Beyond, Calvin Harris, Laidback Luke, Eddie Halliwell, Example featuring DJ Wire, Gareth Emery, Sander van Doorn, Benny Benassi, John O’Callaghan, AN21 & Max Vangeli to name a few.
'Khordium / 02' are two tracks taken from the forthcoming album by Kristian Heikkila and are accompanied by remixes from Lee J Malcolm and Vince Watson. With a history of producing some of Sweden’s finest underground hip hop artists, Kristian Heikkila went back to basics a few years ago. Techno and house has always been the real passion of his life and after a few releases on different labels he teamed up with Christian Lundqvist in 2006 to form Kristian & Christian. After a digital release on Kupei Musika, they ended up on Thomas P Heckmann’s label A.F.U. Lab. Some live gigs later Kristian & Christian decided to take a pause. Now Kristian Heikkila returns with the essence of what they did, delivering productions influenced by acid house, hip-hop, D&B and techno.
The latest edition of ‘Strictly 4 DJs’ is more upfront than ever, boasting brand new tracks from Seamus Haji & Cevin Fisher, Disco Fries, Jared Dietch feat Kelli Sae, Mauvais Cliché, Danny Freakazoid & Strobe and Doman and Gooding. And to add to the line-up, the collection of unmixed full length DJ versions also includes the Lee Foss and Robert James mix of Ben Westbeech’s ‘Something For The Weekend’, Tristan Garner’s ‘Overdrive’ and a fistful of goodies from the Subliminal crew, including Axwell’s remix of Jerry Ropero and Denis the Menace’s ‘Coracao’. The digital download version delivers extra grooves by Antranig and Richard Grey, among others.
2Drops, AKA Dan Sela and Roy Cohen, is an electronic music production duo that evolved during years of engaging in psychedelic rock and computer game music. The project was born in midst of 2009, inspired by artists like Richie Hawtin, Stephan Bodzin, Carl Cox, Umek, and many more. After releasing several successful EPs and compilations that made their way onto most respectable underground dance floors, 2Drops are now releasing a full album titled ‘Control’, under the label Ring Mode Records, an album representing the ultimate balance between tech house, techno and house which will be available to download free.
I Am A Camera have a new track, ‘Factory Boys’, based on the true story of The Dupont Twins – two teenage boys who lied and tricked their way from their home on a gas station in the US Mid West all the way to the heart of the legendary New York club Studio 54 and into the lives of the likes of Andy Warhol and Halston. The duo is Mancunian Francesca and Northern-Irish Londoner Ian, brought together by a love of drum machines and drama. Along with Ian’s love of John Carpenter, Robert Mapplethorpe and HAL from Space Odyssey:2001 comes Francesca’s love of Astrid Kirschherr and Brian Duffy’s photography, Spike Jonze, Le Tigre and 60 Minute Makeover.
The Subways will release their latest single ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ from current album ‘Money And Celebrity’ on May 7th and the track is already receiving a fantastic fan reaction both online and at shows. Singer Billy Lunn penned the track around a ‘fiery relationship’, the ‘ongoing battle between two lovers’. It’s fast pace and infectious chorus should prove popular and the single will accompany a UK tour finishing with a headline performance at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire.
Pete Tong‘s first compilation for 2012 sees him join forces with Groove Armada to release ‘All Gone Miami ‘12’, released 26 March on Defected. Featuring an exclusive new production from Groove Armada (‘Disco, Love, Groove’), plus tracks and mixes from Goldfrapp, Jamie Jones, Subb-an, Kevin Saunderson, Kenny Larkin, Joe Goddard, Feel My Bicep, Dusky, Nina Kraviz, The Chain, NY Stomp and many more, this two mix set is one of the premier guides to 2012’s current dancefloor bombs and future underground anthems.
Late March sees Simon Baker return to the Leftroom label roster with the ʻOsaka Nightsʼ EP on Leftroom Ltd – a three-track EP featuring a further two remixes from Seattleʼs, Pezzner. Simon Baker, after delivering a series of singles for his own imprint from 2005 to 2007, has steadily become one of the new school of house musicʼs leading lights. A debut LP and slew of singles for the 20:20 Vision label alongside the track that was ʻPlastikʼ on Playhouse have made the Yorkshireman one of the most in demand producer/DJs out there.
Players Cub is a new collaborative event concept between EPM and Bulletdodge Records. Its main aim is to deliver events that portray the sound of both organisations and to establish a mutual platform between its DJs and participants. Having showcased at ADE 2011 and securing the techno tent at this year’s Solar Weekend festival in The Netherlands as well as a party at Es Vive in Ibiza during the IMS, Players Club is already proving to be an exciting project with a clear agenda. As well as offering international DJs and live acts a conceptual visual element, this Bulletdodge / EPM alliance will also see them compliment the events by releasing a series of Players Club singles and compilations on each label throughout 2012.
Fresh from dropping a four-track vinyl sampler for Tazz’s debut LP ‘Adventures Of Tazz’, London’s Tsuba imprint follow up with a remix 12” featuring interpretations from 6th Borough Project and Matthew Styles. ‘Adventures Of Tazz’ is Tsuba and Tazz’s first foray into artist LP territory and has been steadily picking up love from critics and DJs alike, with the Montreal DJ/producer’s previous output for Underground Quality providing the perfect springboard. Here, two of the analog-fuelled and melodic album’s stand out cuts, ‘Giovanni’s Keys’ and ‘Worked it’ (Feat. Bacanito) are handled by Matthew Styles and 6th Borough Project respectively.
For its eighth edition from 7th to 8th September 2012, Berlin Festival have announced another top-class line-up including Sigur Rós, Franz Ferdinand, Orbital, Paul Kalkbrenner, Friendly Fires, Metronomy and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Once again, the Art Village will be home to national and international artists presenting their work, plus the world's biggest Silent Arena After Show Party will take over Tempelhof Airport this year.
On Saturday June 30th High Definition Festival plans to bring some of the very best in established and breakthrough electronic music to Forest Farm in Essex. Synonymous with his 2006 smash hit ‘Put Your Hands Up For Detroit’, Fedde le Grand will take to the main stage for his co-headline set. Originally from Holland, Fedde is without a doubt one of the biggest names to have emerged from the Dutch house scene, and having toured the globe and forged residencies at some of the most prestigious clubbing institutions, FLG is now a fully seasoned veteran of the circuit.
Back by popular demand, Zest Mixology – a unique bar and cocktail solutions service – is returning to Ibiza for summer 2012, marking its third consecutive summer on the island. 2011 saw Zest Mixology providing a range of cocktail experiences at exclusive villas and yacht parties in Ibiza – private parties for the likes of MTV, Above & Beyond and Judge Jules (to name only a few).For summer 2012 in Ibiza, Zest Mixology’s unique ‘PreClubXpress’ concept will be available to all party people across the island throughout the season.
Rough Beats Festival is a small independent music festival in the stunning Yorkshire dales and its line-up this year includes Azealia Banks, Django Django, Pulled Apart by Horses, Gruff Ryths, Francois and the Atlas Mountains, Mahala Rai Banda and many more. Rough Beats Festival started as a party and has grown by word of mouth from just 100 guests in 2003, to 1500 in 2011 and 3000 in 2012. The event runs from 1pm Friday 8th June until 11pm Sunday 10th June and this year’s event looks set to be the best one yet.
Following her ʻFlowerheadʼ single which was backed with a hugely successful Spencer Parker remix, Swedenʼs La Fleur returns to her own fledgling Power Plant imprint for its third release, ʻEavesdropperʼ. Strong, melodic and timeless house music paired with stunning artwork, Power Plantʼs remit is a simple but attractive one. The beautiful images of Olaf Hajek, Wilfried Pordiech Sätty and now Hans Arnold provide a striking outer to a core that, in just two releases, is already essential for many a house fan. Former dancer Sanna La Fleur, label boss and the artist in question for the labelʼs third 12”, employs a variety of sunny major key chords and whispering female vocals on title cut ʻEavesdropperʼto great ends.
One of Cadenza’s most valued and long term artists returns to the Swiss imprint to disclose another sonically strong output. Emerging in 2007, Laurent Bovey (one half of Digitaline) under his Laps moniker stood tall with two solo releases on Hamburg’s Smallville and Seuil’s Eklo imprint. The beginning of this year also saw Cadenza’s sibling label, Cadenza Lab, privilege to the work of Laps with his ‘Smokey’ EP. Now Laps returns to present Cadenza 75 ‘Joyful Process‘. Remaining ever relevant in today’s challenging electronic spectrum, Laps’ organic and intricate expressions through sound are a fine attribute to Cadenza’s catalogue.