British DJ and broadcaster, Pete Tong, has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to Broadcasting and Music in the New Year’s Honours List 2014. The MBE caps a hugely successful year for Tong. He relocated to Los Angeles in September due to the increase in US-based broadcasting activity via his daily All Gone Pete Tong radio show on Evolution (a new dance music station on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment's digital radio platform), and a weekly one-hour syndicated show, Evolution With Pete Tong.
Showtek have aunched a new record label, Skink, with single, ‘We Like To Party’, which is out now. Closing out 2013, Showtek establishes an upfront platform and offers up a track to set a strong tone for the New Year. The track embodies all that the Dutch duo is known for - high-energy big-room vibes.
US producer Nick Terranova AKA Starkillers has been cutting a swathe through the bolshier end of the global house music scene with his tough-edged, eclectic sound and is now set to release 'Total Destruction' with Netherlands’ based DJ Tony Junior on Steve Aoki's Dim Mak Records.
Colours recently announced that Hardwell, the world’s number 1 DJ, will be playing his biggest Scottish show to date on Saturday February 8 2014. Bringing his I Am Hardwell show to The Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, this will be only the third location in the UK to host the show after London and Manchester.
Yousef’s Circus party rolls into EGG London on 18 January. Throughout 2013, Circus London delivered an array of events that featured performers including Laurent Garnier, Hot Since 82, Monika Kruse, Dennis Ferrer, Nick Curly and Booka Shade. Still reverberating from Objecktivity’s recent take over of Circus London, Yousef and the team have pulled together a line up to keep the underground dance music fans of the capital hyped for 2014.
Uner recently announced the arrival of his latest album, ‘Tune432’, forthcoming on the Diynamic label that he has been an important part of in the last four years. 2013 has been another great year for the man having been a regular in Ibiza at parties like Insane at Pacha, Diynamic Neon Nights at Sankeys and Carl Cox’s night at Space.
Max Graham has mixed the fifth edition of his ‘Cycles’ compilation series. ‘Cycles 5’ features a continuous mix of 18 hand-selected tracks that, as the album title suggests, move through phases of trance, techno, progressive trance and deeper melodies to take the listener through a sequence of highs and lows.
Henrik Schwarz is an artist in the truest sense of the word and House Masters Henrik Schwarz is his legacy. Comprising 20 of his productions and remixes, the compilation boasts his remixes of Detroit Experiment ‘Think Twice’, Code 718 ‘Equinox’ and Omar feat. Stevie Wonder ‘I’m Feeling You’, as well as his own ‘Leave My Head Alone Brain’, ‘Take Words in Return’ and an album exclusive with Chasing Kurt 'From The Inside' (Henrik Schwarz Deep Version).
With support from MK, The Magician, Bondax and the French Express crew, Australian house producer Lancelot has stealthily built up a name as possibly one of his country's hottest talents - even being named by Mixmag as one to watch for 2014. Releasing on Nurvous and Binary, Lancelot now presents his debut release on Anjunadeep, which sees him collaborate with exciting new act Antony & Cleopatra on two pieces of contemporary house music.
After its launch in Meribel last weekend, Ibiza Rocks The Snow returns to take over the town again for round two in February (8-15th) and coming along for the ride is Radio 1’s Toddla T. Signed to Southern Fried Records and a popular act in dance music right now, Maribou State will also be making music on Meribel’s mountain top.
Rounding off another 12 months in his career that has seen him top the Beatport chart with ‘Mammoth’ as well as the relaunch of his label PUNX, Moguai recently announced that he will be embarking on a three-month tour of North and South America to kick off 2014. Starting at the end of December and moving all the way through into March, the tour includes a massive end of year blowout at California’s Oracle Arena alongside the likes of Nero and Madeon for POP NYE.
Glasgow, UK is going to be a busy city Sunday night! In addition to the sold out performance of Calvin Harris and Tiesto at the city’s new Hydro venue, BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong performs a late night slot at one of the city’s newest clubs, Kokomo. Dinnertime Presents Pete Tong at Kokomo also features support from Glasgow DJs Mash, Illyus and Woody.
Joey Negro is the most well-known pseudonym of British DJ/producer/remixer Dave Lee. Under a plethora of other monikers including Jakatta, Akabu, Doug Willis, Raven Maize, The Sunburst Band, Sessomatto, and Z Factor, Dave was one of the first artists to incorporate disco samples in house music when he began his production career in 1988.
In the midst of a career purple patch and fresh from producing a run of singles and debut album under his Special Request guise, Paul Woolford delivers possibly one of his strongest tracks to date with ‘Untitled’. Initially released on Scuba’s Hotflush imprint, ‘Untitled’ has garnered support and has already become a big tune in club land this summer. Now it’s set for a full UK release on Relentless Records.
Along with two albums under his Dakota alias, Markus Schulz is set to commence 2014 with the fifth outlay under his own name – the second chapter of his ‘Scream’ story. Since the release of his first ‘Scream’ album, Markus' completed a tour itinerary that included a 20-date bus tour across the breadth of the United States.
Tiësto has just released ‘Red Lights’, the first single to be taken from his forthcoming album, which is set for release in 2014. The single received its world premiere on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show on Friday November 29and following this, it received plays on more than 70 stations in the US, assuring this will be his biggest airplay track ever.
Ultra Music Festival recently revealed phase one of the DJ and Live line-up for its 16th edition in Miami, March 2014.Rounding off what has been a big year, one that saw it roll out a memorable double weekender for its 15th anniversary in Miami, international editions in Argentina, Chile, Ibiza, Korea and Croatia, and announce new Ultra destinations in South Africa and Japan for 2014, focus for now turns to the prized flagship!
‘Pure Deep House’ is a guide to some of the very best in deep house and garage for 2014. Packed with 60 past, present and future classics curated over three CDs by one of the best dance and urban compilation album brands on the planet: Pure. Since its launch in January 2000 with ‘Pure Garage’ – Pure have sold over two million branded compilation albums.
Back to Basics is coming back together for one more party in 2013, this time on New Year’s Eve with Chicago house DJ Chez Damier playing with Ralph Lawson, James Denny, Frenchy, Tristan da Cunha and founder Dave Beer.
To celebrate 20 years in the music business, Omid 16B and his aLOLa label are releasing some collectable music from the vaults. The re-mastered back catalogue has been made available since 2011 to all good digital stores, alongside the label’s latest brand new music from today’s artists, to show that aLOLa is an exciting and influential label.
It was a little over a month ago that a clip from a track simply called ‘Gecko’ appeared on the Musical Freedom Soundcloud page. There was no artist mentioned or any further information provided.
Ministry of Sound has announced that Teenage Cancer Trust is its first official charity partner. The club launched the new partnership in October with the first of many fundraising club nights, which hope to raise £50,000 over 12 months. The Our House Is Your House club nights will showcase some of the world’s best-known dance music artists and the first event kicked off with Defected In The House in November raising almost £3,500. DJ and producer Nicky Romero will be headlining the second event on Saturday 21 December and further club night dates in 2014 will be released in the following months.
After last year’s intimate odyssey at Electric Elephant on the Adriatic coast, the festival returns for its 7th year from July 10th – 14th, 2014. Set near the town of Tisno, it is a celebration of music and the sun, an intimate paean to dancing the night away under a starlit sky until dawn with like-minded souls from around the world. In 2014 Electric Elephant once again welcomes many fresh new names alongside some familiar faces, with more to be revealed in the New Year.
Ahead of the release of his next artist album, Howie B takes two tracks from it and serves them up on his own label. It’s the first release on the new HB Recordings imprint and the album, ‘Down With The Dawn’, will be the UK talent’s first in five years.
‘Gravity’ is the third single taken from the new third studio album ‘Lost’ by Trentemøller. With the drum setting inspired by early Krautrock, this track still breathes the Trentemøller signature. The vocals have been contributed by Jana Hunter, singer of Baltimore based band Lower Dens, which melts perfectly with ‘Gravity’.
To celebrate their 15th edition, EXIT festival is inviting you on a seven-day EXIT Adventure in two different countries. In 2014 EXIT will be held at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, after which the party moves on to a beautiful beach on the Adriatic Sea in Montenegro. With its central stage and camp site at the Jaz beach, the festival finally gets its "sea" edition, named Sea Dance Festival.
Above & Beyond will premiere their ‘Above & Beyond Acoustic’ concert film on Vice's THUMP channel on January 24, and release a studio album of the same title on January 28, worldwide via Anjunabeats and on Ultra Music in North America. Earlier this year, the group performed some of their best-loved songs acoustically as part of a 15-piece band, across four sold out shows at London's Porchester Hall.
Ultra Music recently released ‘I AM’, a collaboration between ex-Swedish House Mafia member Axwell, breakthrough electro house duo Sick Individuals and US vocalist Taylr Renee. Originally signed during the Amsterdam Dance Having already reached #1 on Beatport, this combination of talent results in a driving yet euphoric house track whose trajectory is constantly lifting.
Steve Angello recently announced the launch of a monthly BBC Radio 1 residency. Starting on January 9 - and following each month thereafter – Steve Angello will be joining James Blake, Heidi, Rockwell, Nervo, George FitzGerald, T.Williams and Branko as Radio 1 resident DJs.
Nicky Romero has released his edit of R3hab & Lucky Date's forthcoming single, ‘Rip It Up’, via his label, Protocol Recordings. Romero has taken the electro-infused progressive house track into his own hands for a new arrangement and some additional refinements. The original ‘Rip It Up’, due out on Monday December 23, takes on a pumping dynamic with segments including everything from distorted riffs to lush chords and razor-sharp synths.
With the inaugural Ultra South Africa only a few months away, festival organisers recently announced Phase 2 of the line up for those flocking to Cape Town and Johannesburg on the 14th and 15th February 2014. With the likes of Tiësto, Alesso and Nicky Romero among those already confirmed to perform, as well as homegrown talent such as Goldfish and Black Coffee, even more international and local stars have now been revealed.
On 10th March, Tensnake – AKA German DJ and producer Marco Niemerski – will be releasing his debut album ‘Glow’ on Virgin EMI. The album features an impressive range of collaborations which include three-time Grammy-winning Stuart Price (AKA Jacques Lu Cont), MNEK and Nile Rodgers.
This is a first release on My Favorite Robot from Italian duo Hunter Game, complete with remixes from producer Petar Dundov and German Christian Prommer. Hunter Game have had releases in the last year or so, with a debut EP on Solomon’s Diynamic and two follow-ups on Sasha’s label, Last Night on Earth.
Next up on !Organism is Italian techno purist Vincenzo Palumbo aka Irregular Synth a producer who’s unwavering focus on the dancefloor has seen his popularity rise in recent years. His sounds come on labels like Perfekt Groove Recordings and the likes of Richie Hawtin support almost everything he releases. Here Forest People are also enlisted to remix.
As a musician, J-Soul’s sound waves have been emanating out of his native Russia throughout the last half-decade. Over that time he’s had a string of releases and remixes on labels like Re-Zone, Twisted Frequency, Curvve Records, Anjunadeep and a half dozen more besides. It is through Holland’s Black Hole Recordings though that he’s elected to make the jump to sophomore artist album. With ‘Glace’ J-Soul’s pulled off the mask to present Andy Jaar - the man behind these leaps, but the core to his music still echoes through his pen name though.
Since first bursting onto the scene back in 2004, Tiger Stripes has released on a varied array of labels including Ibadan, Get Physical, liebe*detail, Drumcode and Strictly Rhythm. Now, January 2014 sees the Swedish artist make his debut on Desolat on the ‘Sisters EP’.
With his Vangelis homage ‘Love Theme From Blade Runner’ doing well in end-of-year polls, Solarstone’s next single excursion sees the Pure Trance guardian dip back into his latest album. Moving from ‘Love’ to ‘Lovers’, he’s teamed up with cult New York-based synth-pop outfit Lemon.
'Best Of Toolroom Records 2013' brings a collection of the best Toolroom tracks of the year. Celebrating the label's 10th anniversary has led to a collection of releases from some of the biggest DJs and producers in the industry.
La Bomba returns once again to Ministry of Sound on Saturday 28 December for a special Christmas Takeover party. La Bomba – Christmas Especial - features an exclusive DJ set from Dutch dirty house DJ Vato Gonzales, backed up by Notting Hill Carnival’s The Heatwave, and some of Europe and the UK’s most exciting and influential Latino DJs: Alejandro De La Cruz from Germany and DJ Mega from Denmark. Also on the bill are the UK’s Latino DJs Jose Luis and El Moreno and full London DJ Crew pumping out the finest Latin house, reggaeton, moombah, trap, salsa and bachata.
Defected Records, who recently achieved a No.1 on the UK Singles Chart with Storm Queen’s ‘Look Right Through’, have just launched a new range of apparel and merchandise. The lines newly added include Defected logo t-shirts, hooded pullover sweatshirts and embroidered beanie hats, all of which have been designed and produced in association with an established fashion design team based in Shoreditch, London.
Hot off the heels of his fall/autumn Hounds of Hell Tour with Tommy Trash, Wolfgang Garner gets set to release ‘Piranha’ on December 17 on his own imprint, Kindergarten Recordings.
For the second time in four years, Snowbombing was recently voted 'Best Overseas Festival' at the UK Festival Awards 2013, beating a shortlist that included a host of overseas festivals including Exit Festival (Serbia), Tomorrowland (Belgium) and Outlook (Croatia).
Sebastian Ingrosso's Refune Records has been celebrating the holidays with a 31-day giveaway of free music, show tickets, and many more prizes!
Following on from his release on this label with Raff Daddy of the 2 Bears as The Joy Boys, edit specialist and producer youngTEE is back with a new EP. As well as this release, he is also remixing the next Todd Terry single and has been supporting Fatboy Slim on five dates of his UK tour this November and December. Remixes here come from The Joy Boys (youngTee & Raf Daddy) and Brooks.
THE legendary Jaguar Skills’ creative fusions have taken him around the globe and scored him a coveted position at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra and it’s here that he met Manchester’s Virus Syndicate. Virus Syndicate have transcended their grime roots since emerging in 2005 on Planet Mu.
The Garden Festival returns for its 9th year to Tisno on the Dalmatian coastline between 2-9 July 2014, uniting music lovers, festival friends and holiday seekers from across the world. With three stages, twice daily Argonaughty and Arbiana boat parties and the fully open air Barbarella’s Discotheque, the setting is possibly a playground for those seeking escape and sanctuary from normality.
Ministry of Sound is gearing up for its next crossover hit with DVBBS & Borgeous’ ‘Tsunami (Jump)’, with a new vocal from Brit Tinie Tempah, following his previous featured hits with Swedish House Mafia and Calvin Harris. The instrumental of ‘Tsunami (Jump)’ has already hit No.1 across Europe and on Beatport, clocked up 30 million collective YouTube views, over 800,000 Soundcloud plays, and received repeat UK radio support from Radio 1’s Zane Lowe (who has just premiered the vocal version on Radio 1), Pete Tong and a few other main presenters.