Already sold out, Colours returns today to Braehead Arena & Waterfront in Glasgow, UK with what many see as the official start to the summer clubbing calendar – Coloursfest! It’s Scotland’s longest running dance event and has been at the forefront of clubbing in Scotland since its launch in 2002.
2020Vision celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The label will release ‘Content’, a compilation mixed by Ralph Lawson featuring 20 exclusive new original tracks and remixes from an array of arch collaborators. This album will be augmented by a series of parties across the planet including Fabric, Sonar, Hideout, Ibiza, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Munich, Zurich, Glasgow, Leeds and beyond.
Ibiza boat party hosts, Pukka Up, is set to go AWOL on Saturday 2 August with a one-off boat party featuring BBC Radio 1’s Scott Mills. Pukka Up has invited the DJ onto its Sunset Boat Party in San Antonio in celebration of the annual Radio 1 Weekend in Ibiza, and with this being one of the biggest party weekends in the Ibiza clubbing calendar, the boat should be well and truly rocking.
After four years releasing music from some key figures in dance music, Revealed Recordings recently announced their first duo of shows at Ibiza’s Ushuaïa resort for summer 2014. Kicking off the festivities on 10 June will be DJ Mag’s Top 30th DJ in the world Dyro, Deorro and Sick Individuals, as well as Julian Calor and Skitzofrenix.
Mobilee get set for the release the new Anja Schneider 'Dubmission EP', which is out tomorrow, 30 May. This is Anja as you've probably never heard her before and title track 'Dubmission' is inspired by the likes of Kid Paul and her early days raving in Berlin at clubs such as E-Werk.
Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) returns to the UK for a two-day party at Milton Keynes Bowl on Saturday 12 July and Sunday 13 July. Having already announced the first acts on its line-up, the event is adding even more names to join the weekend's festivities. First up is Hardwell, returning to the Kinetic Field stage after a great reception at EDC’s UK event last summer. D&B and rock fusionists Pendulum bring a heavyweight electric DJ set to Cosmic Meadow hosted by HARD, with hype man Verse on MC duties. UK duo Sigma beef up proceedings with a tendency towards jungle-infused sets.
Following the success of ‘Bargrooves Disco’, ‘Bargrooves Summer’ brings together some of the the freshest summer tracks from the likes of Beatport chart topping Oliver $ & Jimi Jules’ ‘Pushing On’, Hercules & Love Affair ‘Do You Feel The Same’ and Noir’s remix of Copyright featuring Donae'O 'My Desire'.
The next release on Superfreq is the first EP from new studio duo East LA Tek, aka label boss Mr C and Detroit born DJ, producer, and artist Noël Jackson. Mr C has a rich history that takes in many DJ and production accolades amongst other things, whilst the now LA-based Noël runs his own label Hypertone. In production terms he has lots coming up this year, and has remixed the likes of Julie Marghilano, Miss Jools, Inxec in the past, as well as having his music used on Derrick May & Jimmy Edgar's ‘We Love Detroit’ compilation.
Australian duo Denzal Park continue to show their production skills with their latest track, ‘One Way Home’. Jon Hume (of Evermore fame) lends his vocal talents to the pair's new single, which was premiered on 9 May on Pete Tong's Essential Mix as the week's Essential Selection.
With its global reputation for running top nights, Defected Records is as renowned for its club events as for the quality of the music it releases. The Defected In The House parties at London’s Ministry of Sound are essential for house fanatics, and the latest instalment looks set to be another huge night in the capital city.
To date, Ottaviani’s ‘Magenta’ long-player has supplied everything from the deep progressive expressionism (with ‘Love Will Bring It All Around’), the instrumentalism of its title track and the vocal stanzas of the latest single ‘Heal This Empty Heart’. Now Giuseppe turns that ‘Magenta’ dial once again, tuning into the rock-ish, rakish vocals of Vitamin B for ‘Waiting On Someday’.
Juan Kidd is a name that crashed on the house music scene with his Defected Records’ Beatport No1 track, ‘Now You're Gone’. Since then he has been championing uplifting house music with releases on 303 Lovers, Defected, Size, Toolroom, Monique Music, Great Stuff, Re Birth and Factomia to name a few.
This forthcoming Bedrock release is a collaboration between one of Holland’s techno DJ/producer’s - Michel de Hey - and Amsterdam’s Rauwkost. The end results are ‘Julienzzz’, flying high on a deep throbbing techno backbone overlaid with hypnotic melody flourishes, and the counterbalancing ‘Gibsome’, taking on a more laidback, deeply groovy warmness and heartfelt, soulful, spiritual vibe.
Forthcoming on Ministry of Sound, MK's Area 10 remix of 'Always' really has summer written all over it! Premiered by special delivery to B-traits as she sat in for Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, this remix is has been championed by key tastemakers and is proving extremely popular in the cooler clubs around the globe
French promotion team The Tribes is to put on its first ever electronic music festival in Paris between 20-22 June with an array of headliners from the worlds of house and techno. The venue is Ile Seguin, an island just ten minutes from the iconic Eiffel Tower, meaning the festivities will play out in the landmark’s shadow, with Paris as the backdrop. The small island is an urban industrial estate surrounded by the Seine that will make for an ideal place to play with 10,000 other people.
Following a host of releases on KMS including ‘Resonance’ (recently played by Adam Beyer at Sankeys and on his Drumcode Radio show) ‘Mercenary’ and ‘Stuck In My Mind’ (which has been receiving support from Richie Hawtin), Dantiez Saunderson is getting ready to deliver his debut album. As a taster of what’s to come, KMS releases ‘The Harp’ on 2 June, which is taken from his forthcoming long-player and features the vocals of Detroit’s La Rae Starr.
Launching on 7 June and running until 27 September at Booom Ibiza, Glitterbox is Ibiza Town’s new Saturday night. Conceived and programmed by Defected with music, adventure, futurism and style at its heart, Glitterbox is a weekly adventure into house, disco and beyond led by an international hit list of DJs and artists.
Joris Voorn and Nic Fanciulli will present La Familia @ Ushuaia, Ibiza where the duo will bring their brand-new concept to Ibiza for an eight-date, exclusive b2b residency.Nic and Joris unveiled their plans for their new project - a brand new party concept to grace the White Isle. The two will be joined by a host of friends and contemporaries offering the only chance to see the duo go back-to-back on the island, while also showcasing some of the most exciting talents in electronic music from across the globe.
Richie Hawtin returns to Ibiza this summer for season three of his award-winning club concept ENTER. Since landing on Ibiza in 2012, ENTER. has firmly established itself as one of Ibiza’s leading club experiences, winning the accolade of Best Ibiza Night at the 2012 and 2013 Ibiza DJ Awards. Key to its success is that it brings together all of Hawtin’s personal principles of pleasure; music, technology, Japanese sake, art, entertainment and design. Each and every element of the night is carefully planned, considered and brought to life by Hawtin himself and it’s this personal touch and winning formula that makes the ENTER. experience unique.
Soul Heaven return for their second Ibiza summer season of their weekly pool parties from midday on Saturday 31 May until 27 September in the beautiful surroundings of the Ocean Beach club. Relaxing on beach beds, cooling off in the pool or enjoying cocktails as you listen to soulful tunes on a perfect Balearic afternoon, Soul Heaven is what Saturday afternoons and evenings in Ibiza were made for.
London’s homegrown house and techno night Creche gets set for its new summer residency at Gatecrasher in Ibiza. Starting Tuesday 10 June, each party will see residents Alexis Raphael and Cozzy D joined by big name guests from the worlds of house and techno. For years now Crèche, at the hands of DJs and producers Alexis and Cozzy D, has possibly been a leading night on London’s underground scene.
On 20 June, Egg London welcomes possibly some of the biggest dance music sensations of recent times with a headline set from Storm Queen, PBR Streetgang and Flashmob. Morgan Geist and Damon C. Scottare are Storm Queen, the house outfit with disco stylings and lovely vocals from Scott that recently scored a UK number one with their classic hit ‘Look Right Through’.
Carl Cox is touching down on US soil again this week when he embarks on a whirlwind US tour which starts tonight in LA where he'll perform at Exchange - a benefit event for Playground - a new camp at Burning Man.
Guess blog from Xbox: With the next system update coming in June, we’re thrilled to announce two of your most-requested features will be here soon: external storage support and real names for identifying your friends. Since our launch of Xbox One last year, we’ve been hard at work to continue making Xbox One the best destination for all your gaming and entertainment experiences. Because of the way we’ve designed the Xbox One platform, we’ve been able to continually improve the product for you with a more regular cadence of system and app updates. Your feedback for what you want most has been our guiding light for these updates, and will continue to be as we work to bring the fan-favourite features you want most.
Germany's Grammy-nominated artist, DJ and producer, Paul van Dyk has been ranked the world’s No. 1 DJ by DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs’ poll twice, a status that only a few DJs have ever achieved. This Memorial Day weekend, he hits New York City for a show at Governors Beach Club at Governors Island in New York City on Monday 26 May.
After the success of their debut Release for d:vision, ‘Let The Night’, which is still riding high in the Italian Official Top 40 Singles Chart after one month and now signed to Capitol Music in France, Germany and UK, Grammy winning duo Dirty Vegas return with their new single for the label in the shape of ‘Setting Sun’.
Swiss born DJ, Deetron mixes the new 'fabric 76' compilation, a captivating ride through Deetron’s most personal selections, with disparate sounds, scenes and styles all connected through sequencing and mixing. The mix includes everything from classic Chicago material by DJ Sneak and Gemini to material from Detroit stalwart Carl Craig via leftfield inclusions from Atoms For Peace. As well as some old classics, there are modern tracks from the likes of Marquis Hawkes and Seven Davis Jr, plus no nonsense techno inclusions from Function and Marcel Dettmann.
On 21 June, Ministry of Sound presents the first ever D&B headliners at Saturday Sessions. Following their UK No. 1 single ‘Nobody To Love’, Sigma have been invited to play in The Box for a D&B takeover, backed up by Krafty Kuts and Delta Heavy. Already well established on the D&B scene, London duo Sigma aka Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie cooked up a storm when they released a free download of their remix bootleg of Kanye West’s ‘Bound 2’ in February.
Fledgling label Love & Other’s second release comes from a pair of accomplished Glaswegian DJ/producers who really are on a bit of a roll just now. Falling on from their massive 'Do Anything You Wanna’ release on Glasgow Underground, Illyus & Barrientos return with their new ‘Ballin’ EP.
A shining tribute to the spiritual birthplace of house music, the 'US House Legends' compilation offers a selection of iconic house tracks from some of the most inspirational and influential producers in the scene, including faithful remixes from today’s artists.
Peppermint Heaven is the LA raised ‘80s synth-pop duo Juno and Spark, who’ve taken their name from a pre-Smith’s Morrissey song. The duo spent months honing their sound in LA’s plush Echo Park area; writing, recording and mixing to get their sound right.
Following his collaboration ‘Freudenrausch’ with Rank 1 on High Contrast in March, German trance artist, Dennis Sheperd releases his first EP of 2014, featuring two singles ‘We Are Who We Are’ and ‘Sofia’ on High Contrast Recordings, the sub label of Be Yourself Music. The EP drops as a Beatport exclusive today with the full release following on 2 June.
The Motor City venue, TV Lounge, is the location for the second annual Detroit installment of OK, COOL, an official Movement After Party hosted by Dax Presents from San Francisco and club residents New Agenda. Taking place on Sunday 25 May, Michigan native Seth Troxler tops the bill at what may be one of the weekend's most anticipated parties. The lineup also includes Troxler's Tuskegee label partners The Martinez Brothers and a rare and exclusive stateside appearance from fabric London's musical director Craig Richards.
Christian B & Lavvy Levan continue to gather momentum with their homegrown Friday Fox Recordings label. Ready to possibly raise hands on the terraces of summer 2014, the duo deliver a heartfelt message dedicated to the greats of the house music scene with 'Thank You'. Drizzled with bubbling ‘90s vibes, this deep house groove with soulful keys sees Lavvy give thanks with a special spoken word before the piano breakdown arrives.
Any time you transition to a new platform, there is the opportunity to look at things with a new perspective. For us at 343 Industries, the launch of the Xbox One was an opportunity to think about what stories we wanted to tell, how to tell them, and how best to push the Halo franchise to showcase the platform. And maybe, most importantly, combining our passion for Halo with the vocal and informative input from our fans.
‘Dimitri From Paris In The House Of Disco’ is the latest release from the French DJ/producer, an auditory smorgasbord of house and disco from the likes of Diana Ross, Hercules & Love Affair, Sister Sledge, Lindstrøm, Chic, Todd Terje, DJ Pierre and many more. In the late-70s and early-80s, after its bubble of underground popularity and credibility had well and truly burst, disco began it’s slow but steady mutation into house.
Next month will see the release of a new, crowd-funded compilation on Hope Recordings, entitled ‘Nick Warren Presents The Soundgarden’. Nick Warren is well-known in electronic music, having released material via imprints such as Global Underground, Renaissance and Cream since the early-90s as well as being the A&R behind Hope Recordings and one half of the legendary Way Out West. Here we see Nick return to the mix CD format, which he tells us ‘has always been something I love’, via a 2CD compilation taking in downbeat and club sounds.
The ideal essential compilation has to be a continuum -- covering the ground between old and new, bridging the gap between timeless and bleeding edge. ‘Trance Essentials 2014’ is a double dose of the tunes of the moment, including reworks of some classics from the past. Well-known artists have made their mark on the tracklist, and possible rising stars find themselves well represented too.
Continuing their decade long partnership, The Revenge and Sub Club’s Harri emerge from their Glasgow studio under their Burnt Island Casuals guise to release the ‘Linger Longer EP’. If you've visited Subculture at Sub Club in Glasgow; one of the finest internationally-renowned underground clubbing havens, then you’re likely already to have absorbed Harri’s studious approach to production. Here the EP’s crisp and drum programming works to prove an enthusiastic and endearing backdrop to some 4/4 flexible synth work.
Earlier this year, Carl Cox and Safehouse Management announced ‘Music Is Revolution’ at Space, Ibiza, with a host of new changes including two additional nights for summer 2014. Since then, the team have been working hard putting the finishing touches to this season’s line-ups as they recently revealed who’s playing for week’s 5-9.
Zerothree is a new record label dedicated to unearthing the undiscovered talent that exists in the online community of dance music producers as well as working with established talent. Run in conjunction with music platform Wavo.me, Zerothree will release an EP from new and unsigned producers every quarter. Wavo and Zerothree will be hosting engaging, crowd-sourced label initiatives like an online demo submissions chart, remix competitions, and more to make the discovery process transparent and interactive.
Forget about packing your Berocca for Ibiza this summer, you need a few sachets of the new SOS Rehydrate. It's a sports recovery supplement that has been personally endorsed by Sir Ben Ainslie and as well as providing athletes with a rehydration solution post sport, it's also amazing for those that live in the fast lane and will be hitting Ibiza and other party islands hard this summer! Basically, athletes and active individuals who want to stay hydrated and performing at their peak now have a new rehydration solution comparable to a drinkable IV.
Ibiza’s club and lifestyle brand Pacha returns with ‘Pacha lbiza House Anthems’, featuring 60 tunes across three discs. Over the years, Pacha has hosted nights from David Guetta to Swedish House Mafia, Pete Tong to Luciano, Defected to Ministry Of Sound, and now this year with guests such as Steve Aoki to Solomun via Bob Sinclar, Chuckie and John Digweed.
A new dance party is happening in Marseille on 26, 27 and 28 June as the SUM Festival takes over three venues for the first time in this elegant seaside city. The festival offers an undiluted line-up of 100% proof electronic music, a carefully curated haute audio experience for an international audience of discerning music lovers who love to party.
Dutch record company Black Hole Recordings will shortly launch its new business unit: Black Hole Distribution. The new sub-division is made to serve as a full service distributor of musical content, for artists and labels of all genres and it has a music management system, developed as part of the Black Hole Recordings’ website. The online distribution platform will be launched on 25 May.
'Toolroom Ibiza 2014' welcomes you to a season of house music this summer where the label will be showcasing a selection of Toolroom approved grooves that perfectly encapsulate the sound of the White Isle. In perfect time for the opening parties, 'Toolroom Ibiza 2014' is an essential accompaniment to lazy days by the pool, hedonistic club nights and hazy after parties spread over three DJ Mixes.
Inspired by Mad Mike Bank's 'Somewhere in Detroit' record store, Carl Craig launched the 'Somewhere In...' parties with a special one-off event on the Balearic island of Formentera last summer, and will be taking them to specially chosen locations around the globe.
Next week will see the release of Craig Smith’s ‘Only When It Is Darkest’ EP via Teng Records, backed with reworks from Phlash and Fabio Della Torre. Craig has been involved in electronic music since the early-90s and over the years has earned critical acclaim for his collaborative guise with The Revenge; 6th Borough Project.
Revealed Recordings head honcho Hardwell recently announced the relaunch of his website. Now featuring an interactive biography including personal family photographs, the chronological timeline maps out Hardwell’s voyage from humble beginnings in his Dutch motherland, over to a big name DJ and producer that plays around the world.
To celebrate Dense & Pika's remix of Paul Woolford's ‘Erotic Discourse’ on Hot Flush topping the Beatport techno charts on first week of release; Dense & Pika are giving a free download titled ‘Mooger Fooger’ to their fans on their Facebook page.
When you think of producers to come out of San Francisco and the Bay Area, names like Miguel Migs, Mark Farina, Jay-J, Fred Everything come to mind. One more on that list is DJ/producer, Julius Papp. From his very first gig in 1987 to touring with Migs at the famed Salted parties, to countless releases on many labels including King Street and his own NeoDisco imprint, he now returns to King Street for the fourth instalment of ‘A Long Hot Summer’.
Former compiler/mixers of the Trance Nation series have included Above & Beyond, Lange and Andy Moor, as well as Ferry Corsten, Cosmic Gate and Rank 1. Now, joining the list, and for the first time bringing the series some Eastern spirit, Ministry of Sound welcome Egypt’s Aly & Fila to the Trance Nation honour roll. With music procured studio-fresh direct from the desks of some of their most trusted production legion, Aly & Fila’s Trance Nation contains 14 exclusives. It also features work from the likes of John O’Callaghan, Thrillseekers, Lange, John Askew, Ronski Speed and Aly & Fila themselves.
Fans of Tiësto can be the first to reveal the cover art for his new album ‘A Town Called Paradise’ by joining the hunt for paradise at http://atowncalledparadise.com. On the site, your mission is to locate his new album artwork in Las Vegas using Google Street view. You simply navigate across the Nevada desert and look for the red dot.
One of Russia's exports, Arty, kicked off his #UpAllNight US Tour last night at Ultrabar in Washington D.C. On this headlining tour, Arty includes dates across the United Sates with stops in cities such as Denver, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York, Miami, Chicago, Seattle and many more.
Together Boston is an annual celebration of music, art and technology continually broadening scope of musical genres as well as a thorough exploration of the art and technology sectors. Kicking off this Sunday 11 May and running until Sunday 18 May, this years acts included DJs such as Paul Johnson, Cashmere Cat, Noisia, Julio Bashmore, Jackmaster, Robert Hood, Kolombo, Sophie, Ill.Gates, Tanner Ross, Soul Clap, Tensnake, DJ Oneman, Dave Seaman.
Delivering the 18th edition of the 'Selector Series' is Spanish tech house DJ and producer Sergio Fernandez. Known for his production style and supported by DJs including Carl Cox and Richie Hawtin, Sergio is no newcomer to the industry and with more than 10 years experience, his reputation continues to grow within dance music.
Originally released by Musical Freedom, the instrumental edit of 19-year-old Oliver Heldens’ deep house track ‘Gecko’ has become a popular track in club sets for 2014, peaking at #2 in the Beatport chart and garnering support from the likes of Pete Tong, Danny Howard and Zane Lowe. The latest edit ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’, written and vocalled by Becky Hill during a late night recording session with MNEK, is being released by Parlophone’s new dance imprint FFRR.
Justin James recently announced the launch of his new record label - refused. and its first official release ‘Not The Curator’ - which will be out on 20 May. As a Windsor based producer, Detroit influence emanates from Justin, allowing him to combine a collection of unusual effects that give the track a unique character and infectious groove.
The winners of the 18th Annual Webby Awards were recently announced, and the Academy of Electronic Music was selected as the winner of the People’s Voice Award in the category of Arts & Culture. The Academy of Electronic Music is a collaboration between Amsterdam-based record label Armada Music, Point Blank Music School, Google+, and media partner DJ Mag UK.
Yves V returns to the studio to follow up on his last track with Freddy See on Armada 6K. This time the DJ/producer has gone back to the ‘Oldschool Sound’, and created a rave track of the same name which is laced with a heavy dose of acid. Having built a reputation as a resident for Tomorrowland festival, Yves V has over the past years been exporting his brand of big room house across the planet.
‘9 Minutes Of Pure Madness’ finds the pairing of the Brique Rouge label head Duriez alongside fellow Frenchman Maunel-M for their first outing as a production duo. David’s back catalogue speaks for itself with over 200 releases on labels such as 2020 Vision, Freak n’ Chic and Ovum Recordings.
On Friday 23 May, Markus Schulz will descend on Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, US to host a special electronic dance music event. Markus will perform at the end of that evening’s Phillies-Dodgers game, where he will take the field for a set which will include showcasing songs from his brand new album ‘Scream 2’ to baseball’s biggest Phanatics.
Dutchman Maarten de Jong’s recently released ‘Red & White’ draws on all the stylistic colours of the trance flag.From the off, on the Original Mix Maarten uses cascading spacey sub-riff chimes and ebullient progressive house synth lines to generate its lift, and just when you think it can’t get any bigger, he sneakily whips its tech boom back in for a final ‘gotcha’ moment!
On 31 May, EGG in London invites one of its regular guests back for another party as Frenchman Sebastian Leger returns to the venue, joined by Lele Sacchi and Sasse. French DJ and producer Sébastien owns and manages his own record label, Mistakes Music, and makes house, minimal and electro of the sort that impressed Radio 1 so much they asked him to do an Essential Mix back in 2008.
One of the best all-dayers in Glasgow, UK returns this Bank Holiday Sunday as We Love Fundays at the Mini Bar in the city’s Bath Street returns with another eight-hour event, kicking off today at 4pm. For their second all-dayer of the year, the bar hosts its infamous ‘classics’ event and has drafted in some well known DJs from the past two decades to take its capacity crowd on a journey into the housier side of dance music.
When turning back the pages of King Street’s history, DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul’s ‘President House’ would possibly have a chapter all to its own. In keeping with the rich tradition of mixing and mashing both old and new, King Street presents two new “re takes” on the classic that both showcase what’s fresh in today’s dance music world but also keeping true to the elements of what made a classic, a classic.
Following on from the announcement of the Defected Opening Party line-up at BoOom! Ibiza, 20 May, the label recently revealed the full line-ups for the first six parties of the 2014 summer season. Artists appearing over the first six weeks include Breach, Kenny Dope, Guti, Nic Fanciulli, Dennis Ferrer, Oliver $, Catz ‘n Dogz and SecondCity.
Having topped the US iTunes dance chart earlier this year with his ‘Drive’ LP, British DJ /producer, Gareth Emery is returning to UK shores this month to debut the new material to his home crowd.
Perfecto Records and Armada recently announced the upcoming release of Paul Oakenfold’s new album, ‘Trance Mission’, which will be released on 20 June 2014. The album includes 12 new Paul Oakenfold cover versions of some of the biggest dance records ever, and included are remakes of tracks like ‘Café Del Mar’, ‘Madagascar’, ‘Touch Me’, ‘Adagio for Strings’, ‘Toca Me’, ‘Ready Steady Go’ and ‘Hold That Sucker Down’.
DJ/producer Nicole Moudaber pushes her MOOD brand with the addition of a new weekly radio show, In the MOOD. Launching last night on stations across the globe, the one-hour show will take Nicole’s brand of techno to new ears everywhere. The show will debut Wednesday 30 April on terrestrial and digital stations worldwide, with an initial audience of over 1.5 million thanks to powerful broadcast launch partners.
EA SPORTS™ recently announced the FIFA Ultimate Team, Team of the Season for the Barclays Premier League. The starting XI was revealed as Petr Čech, Leighton Baines, Vincent Kompany, Per Mertesacker, John Terry, Eden Hazard, Yaya Touré, Steven Gerrard, Aaron Ramsey, Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge, with the substitutes and reserves as David Marshall, Séamus Coleman, Azpilicueta, Adam Lallana, David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Agüero.