Ringing in the new year with two new tracks from her first artist album ‘Relentless’, Sydney Blu unveils ‘Vnderground’ and ‘It Doesn't Matter’ out on KMS Records today. Relentless will showcase the new Sydney Blu sound, releasing each single on various underground labels throughout 2015. The ‘Vnderground EP’ is one which caught the attention of label boss Kevin Saunderson, and is Sydney's debut on KMS Records.
Ultra Music Festival recently revealed their Phase Two line-up, complete with a World Premiere festival performance that is some 10 months in the making. ‘Jack U’, the collaborative production project announced by OWSLA boss Skrillex and Mad Decent head honcho Diplo back in April 2013, will finally get its festival inauguration at Ultra over the weekend of March 28-30 at Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami.
Late night sessions at the Albert Hall is a new series of club shows from The Warehouse Project taking place at The Albert Hall throughout February and March, the latest addition to the Trof family. Steeped in history as a long-forgotten Wesleyan chapel, the Grade II-listed venue has been resurrected by Trof as a music venue and club.
Gorgon City's latest single ‘Ready For You Love’ received its first exclusive play on R1 recently as Zane Lowes' ‘Hottest Record in the World’ and features the vocal talents of MNEK who co-wrote the track with Matt and Kye.
For the last decade, Defected Records’ annual Miami compilations have been dedicated to unearthing and championing up-and-coming house talent, and ‘Defected In The House Miami 2014’ is no exception as the baton is taken on by possibly three of the scene’s brightest stars: Andrea Oliva, Paolo Rocco and NICe7.
Groove Armada’s landmark debut album ‘Northern Star’ gets a special 15th Anniversary re-release with a second disc of bonus material. Back in February 1996 the world was introduced to the funky Balearic sounds of Groove Armada via the ‘Dan Solo / Captain Sensual’ single on Tummy Touch. One year and three more singles later Simba and Big C, the men at the helm of Groove Armada, presented their debut album, Northern Star.
Following their debut edition in 2013, in which thousands flocked to Croatia’s Dalmatian coast from more than 75 countries worldwide, Ultra Europe now gears up for its second annual installment, as it expands to three days and releases its Phase One line up! Taking place in the Poljud Stadium, Split from July 11–13, 2014, Ultra Europe will be welcoming both familiar faces and new in 2014, as it bids to become a ‘must do’ festival in the annual calendar.
Revealed Recordings recently announced the return of its bus tour, continuing on from last year’s successful Canadian debut. Revealed Recordings boss and DJ Mag's World #1 DJ, Hardwell, will be joined by long-time Revealed family members Dyro (#30 in DJ Mag's Top 100 DJ Poll) and Dannic (#73 in DJ Mag's Top 100 DJ Poll) on a tour bus that will take in 10 USA venues.
Finnish duo Super8 & Tab and Australian DJ/producer Jaytech are joining forces for the upcoming 9-stop North American Code Red Tour, kicking off on February 13 at Bassmnt in San Diego before heading to Portland, Boston, Denver, Toronto, Hawaii, San Francisco and more.
Sosumi Records recently launched, Kryder’s brand new record label with the aim of allowing previously unsigned artists to reach new audiences globally. The label will serve as a completely free outlet that will release underground music with unauthorized samples. The first release on Sosumi is Kryder’s very own ‘Tarzan’ which debuted on his BBC Radio 1 mix and garnered support on Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano’s Essential Mix.
Producer Tom Staar returns to Toolroom Records for his debut single release, ‘Rocket’. The name behind countless big records and recent remix of Dave Spoon’s ‘At Night’, Tom Staar’s refined craftsmanship is recognisable and has ensured his veneration amongst producers from all corners of the dance music scene.
Markus Schulz recently announced that his artist album, ‘Scream 2’, will be released February 21 on Armada Music. Spanning 17 tracks, Markus has put his heart and soul into a work that’s a complete album from start to finish and that features vocalists including the inimitable CeCe Peniston.
Savant recently revealed plans for his ambitious 'Space Tour' which starts on February 20 and continues through late April 2014. Savant dropped his 20+ track album 'Orakel' late last year, which worked well for him, reaching the #1 position in Norway and #3 in the US iTunes Dance charts.
In September 2013, Alesso made the announcement that an Uprising was coming and the following month he embarked on his tour with several sold-out dates, from The Shrine in Los Angeles, to Pier 94 in New York, and the O2 Brixton Academy in London.
Serbia’s Shoxy and Alexandar Ivkovic are regarded as two of the finest DJs on the Serbian circuit and now they get set to release their debut on Desolat, titled the ‘Red Beans’ EP. The EP showcases the duo’s talents across four rhythmic house mutations. ‘Red Beans’ is an impressive opener which is characterised by its clever arrangement and off-kilter beat. Soaring synths, a chanting vocal and further deft sounds are added to the mix resulting in an engrossing and hypnotic track.
Francesco ‘Phra’ Barbaglia, AKA Crookers kick starts the New Year with a brand new video for his forthcoming single, ‘Heavy’. Recognised for his hi octane live shows and productions, this release may do well over the next few months.
Dannic has continued to build his reputation over the past year, playing to various crowds all over the world, including those at EDC Las Vegas, Tomorrowland and Dance Valley as well as performances at world famous clubs like Pacha in Ibiza, Hakkasan in Las Vegas, Ministry of Sound in London and Green Valley in Brazil.
Dutch DJ/producers, W&W, get set to release their next production, ‘Bigfoot’, out 10 February on Mainstage Music. The track is a sound that builds with pounding synths before it cracks under the weight of a huge drop.
Rachel K Collier provided the vocals for Ray Foxx’s track ‘Boom Boom (Heartbeat)’. One of the memorable songs of the summer, the track was the latest in a series of collaborations for the 23-year old self taught grade 8 pianist and alumni of the Royal Welsh School Of Music.
Apparently the best thing about rumours is that it takes a minute to start one and sometimes a lifetime to stop them. Despite having a summer that saw him help change the musical outlook of Pacha Ibiza with his Wisdom of the Glove night, Guy Gerber recently announced the creation of his own label called Rumors.
DJ/producer, Andy Caldwell was recently nominated for a 2014 Grammy for “Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical” for his remix of fellow Nettwerk label artist Delerium’s ‘Days Turn Into Nights’ - a track from the Canadian outfit’s latest studio album, ‘Music Box Opera’.
BT will host and perform at NAMM Foundation's 29th Annual TEC Awards (Technical Excellence & Creativity) on Friday, Jan. 24, in Anaheim, California. Performing two original songs during the ceremony, BT will be accompanied by vocalist and songwriter JES, who collaborated with him for two tracks on his #1 iTunes and Beatport album, ‘A Song Across Wires’, released in August 2013.
Kicking off 2014 with a bang, Cream recently announced the return of the Grammy nominated electro/house DJ/producer Steve Aoki who hits UK shores in April for his biggest shows to date, taking place in London and Manchester.
With vocals from Natascha Bessez, ‘Heart Is A Warrior’ by Chachi is the latest release by the New York DJ - who has exclusively announced his partnership with Tommy Boy - and tells the tale of a girl getting over the heartbreak of lost love and finding the power to move on with a strong heart.
Capcom Vancouver recently released a new title update for “Dead Rising 3” in advance of today’s launch of the game’s first DLC episode, ‘Operation Broken Eagle.’ The update introduces a host of improvements to single-player and co-op gameplay, including a variety of performance and stability upgrades, and fixes for issues related to achievements, UI updates, SmartGlass and more. Additionally, it adds a new impulse trigger feature that notifies players when they are running low on ammo.
Music For Dreams, ‘Best Of’ Volume 1 is a 20-track album that perfectly showcase the label’s diverse range of chilled electronica releases. Compiled and mixed by Balearic DJ, Phil Mison, this new compilation celebrates the popular Balearic label run by Danish DJ/producer, Kenneth Bager. Last summer, Kenneth Bager brought proper chillout back to Ibiza for the first time in a decade, whereby he exported his stylish playlist from Copenhagen to Ibiza for a series of weekly Sunday Music For Dreams parties at Cafe Mambo which featured special guest DJs and chefs.
On February 15th, Defected In The House will hit Pacha Sydney at ivy for a pool party that marks the start of a series of Australian tours for the recently rebranded record label. Celebrating its 15-year anniversary in 2014, Defected Records is one of the leading proponents of quality house music across the globe, and its associated Defected In The House parties are popular amongst house connoisseurs.
Federico Scavo’s ‘The One’ is the latest and release from Steve Angello’s X imprint. The Florence, Italy-based producer is on fire right now and this offering connects bleepy tech house with sinister sweeping synths. Federico Scavo, is possibly one of the fastest rising Italian dance music stars. He spends his life working in the studio and devoting himself to his passion of DJing.
Josh Wink's Ovum Recordings celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and to honour the occasion, the Philadelphia-based DJ, producer and label founder is currently on a world tour with the label, appearing tonight at fabric London. Ovum will also be releasing some extra special music throughout the year, starting with Ben Klock and ROD remixes of Wink's 1996 classic 'Are You There', out on 25 March.
Danny Avila launches a remix competition for his latest track ‘Poseidon’ that will give one talented producer the chance to win a huge bumper prize package. If you remix ‘Poseidon’ and win, you’ll get your hands on a pair of Pioneer S-DJ 50X Active Reference Studio Monitors, Pioneer HDJ-2000 DJ and Production Headphones, and a state of the art Access Virus TI2 Desktop Synthesizer from Access Music.
Having championed the true sound and nature of trance music from his very first release, the last 24 months have seen Solarstone drive those ethics back to the top of the genre’s agenda. Through his music, mix-comps, radio show and DJ performances, he has preached the Pure gospel and modernised its origin sound. Now he begins 2014 by recently announcing the launch, in partnership with Dutch label Black Hole, of Pure Trance Recordings.
The 19th edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) recently announced that it will take place from the 15th to 19th of October, 2014. Over the last three
years the electronic music event has almost doubled in size, and ADE's organizers are confident of maintaining above average year on year growth rates for the foreseeable future. At the 2014
edition, the organization expects 350,000 visitors from around the world.
Kicking off the first in a brand new series of full-length compilation records, Ministry of Sound's 'Inspired' series looks to the sounds of Australia's Tommy Trash. Backed by some of the biggest names in Tiësto, David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia, Trash enjoyed a successful 2013, performing on the main stages at an array of festivals including Tomorrowland, Coachella and Creamfields, as well as summer appearances at Departures in Ibiza.
February for Egg London kicks off in a big way on Saturday 8 February with Night Train welcoming Frankie Knuckles and Lee Foss. DJing for four hours, Frankie Knuckles is one of those undisputed legends of house music that rarely plays. From back in the day on Chicago’s South Side, where it all started over 30 years ago to the present day, 'The Godfather of House' Frankie has long pioneered the definition of true house music.
UK dance group Above & Beyond recently released a new acoustic performance of ‘Sun & Moon’. The video is taken from their forthcoming ‘Above & Beyond Acoustic’ concert film, which will premiere on Friday January 24 on Vice's THUMP channel. For the film, Above & Beyond performed some of their best-loved songs acoustically as part of a 15-piece band, across four sold out shows at London's famous Porchester Hall - showcasing the group’s musicianship and songwriting.
Ministry of Sound has fought for its right to party and won! And now it wants to celebrate. On 24 & 25 January, Ministry returns for its 2014 opening parties following major investment and extensive refurbishment, where it will unveil a new look Courtyard, a new VIP suite with a viewing gallery and two new balconies overlooking the 103 bar and its main room, The Box.
From the creators of Los Charly’s Orchestra comes the 'Amore/Interstellaire EP' launching 2014 in pure Salsoul/Philly disco style. 'Amore', featuring Andre Espeut, delivers a surprising performance in a Tony Valor/Barry White style, which proves once again the versatility of this experienced singer.
On the back of his debut live PA at ADE in Amsterdam last October, German DJ/producer Marc Romboy presents 'Shades', a three CD album exploring the different sides to his musical personality featuring a handpicked selection of his finest originals and remixes, plus nine brand new cuts exclusive to the release.
Sascha Dive and Christian Schölzel’s Deep Vibes label drops Reboot’s new six-track LP, ‘Deep_V’, a musical tribute and homage to Frank’s late younger brother who used the moniker. Reboot AKA Frank Heinrich has appeared across some heavy hitting labels in his time namely, Cadenza, Cocoon, Moon Harbour and Ricardo Villalobos’ Sei Es Drum, with a steady stream of material being released since his debut single back in 2008.
A new name to many perhaps, but in his homeland of South Africa, Zaxx has been building a reputation for big productions and skilled turntable performances. Following the Beatport track 'Emirate', 'Worlds Collide' and 2013's Tiff Lacey vocalled 'Feel Me', with 'Illusion' Zaxx has just released his next big track on Paul van Dyk’s Vandit Records.
Of the hundreds of artists, singers, producers and remixers that King Street has worked with over the past two decades, one duo in particular has embodied the label's soulful repertoire in the purest sense - the production duo of Kevin Hedge and Josh Milan, formerly known as Blaze. Having produced almost three dozen original productions, remixes as well as producing a critically acclaimed Keep Hope Alive, LIFEbeat AIDS Benefit compilation for King Street, these passionate fellows have sung and spoken, produced and played their way into your hearts and souls.
On Friday, January 17, DJ/producer and Revealed Recordings boss, Hardwell, will play a 2-hour show live at the SLAM!FM studio for the 150th episode of his radio show and podcast "Hardwell On Air." "Hardwell On Air" has proven to be one of the best radio shows in the world, occupying the top podcast chart on iTunes and rapidly growing to more than 300,000 views on YouTube each week.
What do a signed Franz Ferdinand drum skin, a Nile Rodgers T-shirt and a Beady Eye poster all have in common? All three form part of a unique 46-piece online auction in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust which goes live tomorrow, Sunday 12 January.
A pioneering figure in house music and one of the most respected producers and DJs on the planet, Kenny Dope is a giant of the scene. On Saturday 8th February, Dope hits London’s Ministry of Sound for Defected In The House, backed up by talent that includes Flashmob, Simon Dunmore, Sam Divine, Mark Fanciulli and GotSome.
Austin-Texas based South By South West (SXSW) Festival recently announced that the forthcoming motion picture release Leave The World Behind, a movie starring Swedish House Mafia, directed by Christian Larson and executively produced by Jonas Åkerlund, is to be one of the official selection films at this year’s film festival.
Tech house DJ/producer, D.Ramirez, gives his take on David Penn's ‘A Different Story’, and brings you a dark and driving slice of house, crafted round an old school vocal that builds to an intense breakdown that should work well on many dancefloors across the world.
Grammy-nominated DJ/producer Morgan Page recently announced that he will be extending his residency at Wynn Las Vegas for another year, marking the third year of his relationship with Wynn. Page's first date of 2014 will be on January 11 at Wynn's indoor/outdoor venue, Surrender, where he will play the second Saturday of every month. Additional dates are to be added throughout the year.
While the rest of the population glumly shuffles into 2014 carrying the weight of an indulgent holiday period, Danny Howard hits the ground running with a brand new album, ‘BBC Radio 1’s Dance Anthems With Danny Howard’.
Following the huge success of Tiësto and Calvin Harris' 'Greater Than' UK tour, Tiësto recently offered up an exclusive, behind the scenes look back at his experiences across all five dates.
On January 20th SIZE Records releases ‘Rebel’, a three-way-dance track between AN21, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman. Balancing the realms of A&R and touring DJ, AN21 has been enjoying the universal house music explosion.
The last 50 weeks have see Sied van Riel perform in some of the most prominent clubs, arenas and festivals around the world. Last month saw him transit 2013/2014 through the release ‘Rielism 2’, the follow-up to his 2011 debut mix-voyage. The second realisation of ‘Rielism’ brings a return to Sied’s best known-for sound - that of atmospheric, floor-thriving progressive trance.
Guest blog post from Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Marketing, Xbox. “Thanks to you, 2013 was an incredible year for gamers, entertainment fans, our industry and Xbox. With Xbox One we saw the most epic launch for Xbox by all measures. We are humbled and grateful for your loyalty and delighted by the millions of hours of gameplay and entertainment enjoyed on Xbox.
A Tribute To Life is the brand new radio show presented by trance DJ/Producer, Dennis Sheperd. The two hour show launched last night on Digitally Imported Trance and will air on the first Monday of every month at, 2pm Eastern Standard Time (US) / 7pm Greenwich Mean Time (UK) / 8pm Central Europe Time on www.di.fm/trance. A Tribute To Life will also be available as a podcast download from Mixcloud and iTunes.
For the past 13 years, A State of Trance has been a labour of love for Armin van Buuren, and with his radio show attracting 20 million listeners each week, it’s up for its 650th episode in 2014. This feat will be celebrated with the extensive ‘New Horizons’ world tour - touching down in cities such as Buenos Aires, Jakarta, Miami, Yekaterinburg, Utrecht and Kuala Lumpur.
Kerri Chandler’s MadTech Records drops ‘We Turn / Fishtank’ by Redway this January, comprising two A-side tracks from the British artist, with two of MadTech’s leading artists on production duties, namely Citizen and Thefft. Robbie Redway, better known as simply Redway, is a multi-talented singer, songwriter and instrumentalist based out of Southern England.
Harder… Darker… Stronger… was the tag-line and ‘Disconnect/Reconnect’, the third studio album from The Japanese Popstars, proved to be a big success for John Digweed’s Bedrock label. Gary Curran and Gareth Donoghue kick-off the 2014 release schedule with a revisit to three of the album’s boldest tracks, with heavy-duty remixes from London based Sharooz and Barcelona’s Coyu.
Greek producer Sek drops his new single ‘Quim Ninja’ via Ray Okpara’s Ama Recordings this month, which comprises four original tracks from the up and coming producer. Sek has been releasing a steady stream of material for the likes of Large Music, OFF, Hudd Traxx and Apparel Music since 2009, as well as releasing on Ama Recordings Various Artists release in 2013, where he returns for a full EP here.
Luke Bond and singer-songwriter Roxanne Emery (sister to Garuda label chief Gareth Emery), get heavy in the new music video for their collaboration 'On Fire,' which Gareth has pronounced "the biggest track in my sets this year." With a mixture of melodic trance and emotional highs and lows, 'On Fire' works just as well on the dancefloor as it does at home. It’s already gained neary 180,000 views in just a few days.
Australian DJ and production duo Peking Duk have joined forces with Laidback Luke to release an end of year tune in the form of the electro house track ‘Mufasa’, which has just been released on Mixmash. Capsulating the essence of Laidback Luke’s Dutch house sound whilst throwing in Peking Duk’s flavour into the mix, the track is full of big bass, bouncing synths and dirty drops. Proving to be a good combination, the trio create a vibe that laces tribal inspired chants alongside a hypnotic marching beat.
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