The Remedy Project continues to attract vocal talent, delivering ‘I Need You’ from singer songwriter Liv East and production duo KOLIDESCOPES – aka Johnny Courtidis and Dan Dare. Following one of her biggest releases to date on Glitterbox Recordings ‘You’re My’ alongside Sticks and Stonez, the East London artist moulds her music according to her mood of the moment as she genre hops, defying categorisation.
French electronic producer Michael Canitrot recently celebrated the Paris debut of his Monumental Tour at the Palais Royal. During the gig, Canitrot premiered his latest single ‘Samothrace’, which is out now on all streaming platforms via Wagram International.
Boston-based vocalist and songwriter Saucy Lady, also known as Beantown Disco Queen, debuts on Big Love with a brand-new release ‘Reunite Under Starlight’.
Fresh off the back of sets at the Hï Ibiza opening party, The Martinez Brothers and Paco Osuna recently announced the full list of artists who will join them for their season-long residencies at the club, taking place every Tuesday from 14 June to 27 September. Guests for the parties include South African and fellow Hï Ibiza resident Black Coffee, US DJ Dennis Ferrer, Chicago’s Honey Dijon and Seth Troxler.
The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is gearing up for a full return to live in 2022, with a revamped, interactive approach for ADE Pro conference and ADE Festival returning to the nighttime. The first confirmed speakers for ADE Pro include Diplo, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Suzanne Ciani and Youssou N’Dour, with Ciani and N’Dour taking centre stage with live shows during ADE Festival as well. Other artists confirmed for the festival program include Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Ben Böhmer, CloZee, DJ Stingray 313, Louisahhh, Oliver Heldens, Tiësto, Worakls Orchestra and many others.
From the ashes of a indie pop band, after a key musical collaborator left music to become a priest instead, solo electronic artist Vonica debuted initially in 2018, with track ‘Ai’; a summery beat mash inspired by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. ‘If You’re New Here Dance’ is Vonica's latest four-track EP that includes a Hot Chip Remix, courtesy of the UK band’s drum maestro Felix Martin. The EP also features a vocal collaboration from Sonia Bernado on the forthcoming single ‘Some Swim, Some Pray’.
The Shapeshifters delivers ‘Tell Me It’s Not Over’ featuring Adi Oasis (formerly known as Adeline) on Glitterbox Recordings. The record, co-written with New York’s JKriv, is drenched in summertime energy, with influences from the halcyon days of disco.
In the eyes of his fans, Giuseppe has apparently remained the most steadfast producer in the genre. Known for his productions, there’s a possible perception of him as a ‘known-quantity’. For those prepared to look deeper though, there’s always been another side to him, more recently as a teacher through his Masterclass production series.
Sander van Doorn returns to the release radar under his Purple Haze moniker with his latest production ‘Horizons’. The new track follows up a slew of singles under the alias such as last year’s ‘Manoeuvres’, ‘Recover’, and ‘Faces’, in addition to serving as a follow-up to Sander’s ‘Breakfast In Vegas’ from the tail end of this February.
Capoon returned to Bedouin’s Human By Default with ‘Mi Mem’ this month. An artist that aims to craft organic and eclectic soundscapes, inspired by a worldwide musical view and a penchant for emotional storytelling, he’s collaborated with musicians from all over the globe.
'Trust' is the first single from Badabing Diskos label boss Vinny Villbass' upcoming album ‘Windows’. Vinny is apparently a pivotal figure in the Oslo scene as a DJ, producer and promoter behind several key clubs nights. He’s an accomplished recording artist with releases on Eskimo and Trunkfunk and some of his other accolades include working with the experimental electronic artist Pantha Du Prince.
Chris Liebing recently released his landmark 100th track on CLR as the German techno producer dropped two originals and a remix from film composer and techno/trance artist Ralf Hildenbeutel. ‘Time’ and ‘Sup’ are two techno tracks in the mould Liebing has possibly been known for throughout his career.
Disco Killerz x Liquid Todd unite for their sixth collaboration, ‘Let Me Know’, which is out now on Payback Records/Big Beat. The song was co-written and sung by Bullysongs, possibly known for his writing, features, and collaborations with artists such as Armin van Buuren, Vintage Culture, Galantis, Matoma, Sigala and many more.
DJenerates - the first NFT collection ‘immortalising iconic dance music characters’, backed by the likes of Carl Cox, Sven Väth, Paul Oakenfold, Ricardo Villalobos, and Jamie Jones — is on a four-month global search for talent in collaboration with DJ Mag, Amnesia Ibiza and KlubCoin. The search, which is open for applications now, will see DJs take part in live streaming sets in Club JENR8, the virtual club located in the Decentraland Metaverse.
Aiming to epitomise the very best of their hometown’s musical heritage, Detroit’s Dames Brown are the vocal trio possibly becoming one of house’s must-know names. Lending their range to a number of modern house tracks, including Sophie Lloyd’s ‘Calling Out’, The Vision featuring Andreya Triana ‘Heaven’ and David Penn’s ‘Nobody’ in recent years, Athena Johnson, Teresa Marbury and LaRae Starr unveiled ‘What Would You Do?’ in 2021.
51st Festival (FKA 51st State) has unveiled full details of stage billings as well as adding a string of new artists to this year’s roster. Leading the pack of new artists Mark Knight is confirmed to headline the La Fiesta stage alongside Viva Warriors head honcho Steve Lawler. With fellow stage additions Secondcity, bass and techno DJ, Hodge, and more rounding off what is hoped to be a memorable Saturday under the sun.
Ushuaïa Ibiza & Hï Ibiza are celebrating the return of clubbing and nightlife to Ibiza, following ‘record-breaking’ attendance of their official opening party ‘Better Together’. The 24-hour musical marathon, which took place across both clubs from Saturday 30 April to Sunday 1 May, apparently sold out in and welcomed back a line up of musical talent and thousands of clubbers to the dancefloors of the venues.
GRAMMY-nominated electronic artists Odesza drop ‘Behind The Sun’, the latest release from their forthcoming album ‘The Last Goodbye’ (out 22 July via Foreign Family Collective/Ninja Tune). The track is driven by percussion reminiscent of the drumline they brought out on their ‘A Moment Apart’ tour, centred upon a vocal sample from Iranian singer, Simin Ghanem’s, ‘Seeb’.
Returning to the confines of Depot Mayfield, The Warehouse Project recently announced a one-off opening concert to kick off the season – which begins earlier than ever this year, across the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Like with earlier releases, ‘Fire' (feat Simon Le Bon) and 'Punk', Ferry Corsten has managed to levitate himself beyond the trance genre, probably gaining respect from contemporaries in house, EDM and underground circles. His latest release, 'Timeout', in collaboration with Dustin Husain, adds another layer to this spectrum of sounds that has contributed to his career over the past two decades.
Up next on Toolroom is a collaboration from Bristol’s GotSome and Georgia Meek who have just released the track ‘Dead End’. The follow up to last year’s ‘Big Time Love’ with Kokiri & Tasty Lopez and ‘In The Dark’ with George Kwali, GotSome is possibly one of the most prolific producers in the scene right now, with cuts on Armada Music, Sony BMD, D4D4nce and Toolroom.
Following the release of their first single, ‘Sway’, Lufthaus return with their second release on Armada Music. Remaining within the same atmospheric realm as their previous release, ‘To The Light’ displays the balance the band has found in the superposition of ambient and powerful sounds.
Ferry Corsten has been honoured by the Dutch Royal family for his contribution to the country’s music economy, both at home and internationally. Peter Oskam, the mayor of Capelle aan den IJssel, on behalf of King Willem-Alexander, appointed Ferry Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau during a surprise ceremony in the city.
Two years on from his album ‘Straight Lines & Sharp Corners’, Wehbba returns with the three-tracker ‘Dynamo’. The Barcelona-based, Brazilian-born artist’s title track delivers with energy as organic tones, an acid mid-section and vocal samples from Marlon Brando sit in the background.
Barn on the Farm festival recently announced the addition of more artists to its line-up for this year, including Saturday night headliner, Bombay Bicycle Club. Plus, The Vaccines make a return as special guests, and Cavetown will be performing a one-off special acoustic show. North London’s Bombay Bicycle Club’s melodic, guitar-led music aims to be the ideal fit as headliner for the Saturday.
HE.SHE.THEY. recently announced its return to Ibiza with three shows at Amnesia. The brand’s curation and programming of DJ talent aims to represent the darker side of electronic music and reflect the diversity and representation that were historically at the heart of the roots of house and techno.
This summer David Guetta will bring his F*** ME I'M FAMOUS! brand to Ushuaïa Ibiza every Monday from 6 June to 3 October. The GRAMMY-Award-winning artist will serve up his White Isle experience, bringing his dance sounds to the open-air club. The brand has part of Ibiza since it started in 2003 and aims to raise the bar each and every year.
As a DJ/producer, Hot Creations label boss and founder of event brand Paradise, Jamie Jones is a recognisable name in the scene. And, after releasing ‘Rushing’, his joint label debut with Darius Syrossian on Defected in the summer of 2019, he now returns to the imprint with the track ‘My Paradise’.
Kerri Chandler recently unveiled the first details of his forthcoming new album, ‘Spaces and Places’. A global celebration of club and sound system culture, the album has apparently been created by the New Jersey producer/DJ over several years on location at 24 nightclubs around the world. The album is Kerri’s first album in over 14 years, since the 2008 release of ‘Computer Games’.
Billain’s sophomore LP, ‘Lands Unbreached’, picks up where ‘Nomad’s Revenge’ left off. Another step toward his vision of ‘cyberneuro’, it’s a portmanteau of cyberpunk and neurofunk— cyberneuro’s core ethos is bound to a music genre, visual style, narrative device and multimedia focal point.
Having sold 16 million plus records globally, the productions of Nigel Lowis are rooted in Motown influences and the Philadelphia sound of the ‘60s and ‘70s, not forgetting his South London ties.
Arty is a producer who aims to grasp the essence of dance music. With every release, he showcases his agility in the domain, creating tunes that aim to excite euphoric sensations in all listeners. ‘So Good To Me’, his personal take on Chris Malinchak’s 2013 track of the same name, marks his second release of 2022.
The Association For Electronic Music (AFEM) recently launched a new survey exploring neurodiversity in the electronic music industry workplace, the first of its kind in the industry. The survey will be crucial in helping inform organisations and employees alike about what it’s like to work in the electronic music industry with a neurodiverse condition or employ people that have one.
Following a two-year hiatus from the island, Glitterbox recently unveiled the full line-up for its 22-date season at Hï Ibiza. Running every Sunday from 8 May - 2 October, the brand’s lineup includes the likes of Honey Dijon, Carl Craig, Natasha Diggs, Dan Shake, DJ Harvey, Ash Lauryn, Kiddy Smile, Moodymann and more.
51st Festival recently revealed the first taster of its lineup and new site, NW4’s Copthall Playing Fields. For house heads, Dennis Ferrer is joined by Kenny Dope, one half of duo Masters at Work, and Roger Sanchez. For fans of soulful sounds, India (Live), Barbara Tucker (Live) and Julie McKnight (Live), should delight festival goers with sets packed with hits.
OLAN (real name Luzana Flores) recently announced that her debut album ‘Contra’ will be released 10 June via Anjunadeep. The announcement comes alongside the release of lead single ‘Wake And Return’, which is out now. The Georgia state native has a colourful songwriting catalogue, including co-writing credits for ‘Buss It’ for Ari Lennox, collaborations with Mat Zo on his 2020 album ‘Illusion Of Depth’, the single release of ‘In Motion’ with Nourey, and ‘Push’, first released on Anjunadeep’s Reflections series.
Mark Picchiotti’s ‘I Believe’ undergoes a rhythmic renovation for 2022, presenting The Absolute and Chicago’s Suzanne Palmer with a brand-new remix package on Glitterbox.
Andy Butler recently announced his first Hercules & Love Affair album in five years, after the release of first single 'Grace’. Hercules & Love Affair & ANOHNI now return with ‘Poisonous Storytelling’ also featuring Budgie (Siouxsie and the Banshees) on drums.
Josh Wink returns to his own Ovum Recordings for new single 'Balls Back', which comes with a remix from Marco Faraone. Philly-born DJ/producer and the man behind various techno cuts, Josh possibly remains as prominent now as he did a quarter of a century ago.
Lunar Disco comprises husband and wife Australian singer/songwriter Kate Elsworth and French DJ/producer Nicolas Blistène. Having appeared on the likes of Defected and Kindisch, the pair recently launched their 1980s inspired Suck My Disco imprint, with the first release ‘It’s About Time’ landing in late 2021.
South Africa’s Deano debuts on Hardgroove. Comprising five originals and a remix from techno artist Mark Broom, ‘Paleo’ finds DJ/producer and Knowledge label boss Deano in form.
Continuing his run of releases, Dokkodo Sounds has delivered another track in the shape of ‘Timings’. The third single to come from his upcoming EP (‘No Feeling Is Final’), with this track he layers a simple bouncing beat, synthwork and female vocal-chops for another stripped back soundscape.
GRAMMY-nominated producer, songwriter, and engineer Steven Weston debuts on Anjunadeep with ‘Like I Used To’ featuring vocals from British singer-songwriter Låpsley. Having possibly made a name for himself by working on Rudimental’s third album 'Toast To Our Differences’ alongside Charlie XCX, Ladyhawke, and Mikki Ekko; Weston debuted in the dance music scene in 2021 and has already released on Sasha’s label Last Night On Earth.
Cutting their teeth on London’s underground, Ben Lewis and Josh Ludlow, aka Make A Dance, debut on Classic Music Company with club-inclined three-tracker ‘I Need Somebody’.
VinylMatt Music drop their first release of 2022 with Sirrah & Eli James’s ‘Hold On’, backed up by a trio of remixes from Vanilla Ace, Narda and Dalston Lane. Eli and Sirrah came together through their passion for house music, Djing and beatmaking. Their sets, productions and personality has earned them bookings at several festivals and venues including Outlook Croatia, Bassfest, 02 Academy and XOYO.
Rounding the corner on his previous release of ‘No Brakes’, Bok Nero fuses his vocals with hard grimy trap drums to create his latest track, ‘Drop’. The track transitions from heavy 808s and rap verses to bass style drops, layering drums with horns to lead into a bass cascade of colour.
Fields of Fantasy festival recently announced Jeff Mills, Denis Sultra, Sherelle, Skream, Eclair Fifi and more
to play alongside Sarah Story, DJ Boring, DJ Paulette, Kettama, Cici, Mella Dee and East End Dubs at the secret gathering on the outskirts of Bristol. Running from Friday 29 July to Sunday 31 July and set just a short drive from the city centre, the festival is one of the UK’s newest festivals. ‘Promising three days of blissful hedonism’ the festival is aiming to prove its intentions by booking various big names within electronic music for the first event.
NURKO returns to the release radar with the 5-track ‘Arrival’ EP. The new offering comes alongside a 16-stop North American tour and follows up previous lead singles such as ‘Disappearing Now’ with Chandler Leighton, ‘Lost Without You’ with Crystal Skies and KnownAsNat, and ‘Spinnin’ Wheels’ with JT Roach.
Hailing from the small village of Kanye, Botswana, but now currently based in the capital city of Garborone, Benny T has taken inspiration from both village and city living, fusing Afro rhythms with house music across his growing catalogue of releases.
Australian electronic duo Hermitude have linked up with indie-rock outfit The Jungle Giants for the latest single ahead of their forthcoming album, ‘Mirror Mountain’. The penultimate single, ‘When You Feel Like This’, is out now and includes a music video.
Singles-wise, Giuseppe’s been marching to the beat of some different drums over the last five months, with each sharing a common theme and cause. Collectively, ‘Fade Away’, ‘With You’, ‘The Wind In Your Face’ and others have marked a modification to his theme - one that’s seen him place less of a club-emphasis on his music. Their cause meanwhile has been to pave the way to ‘Horizons’ – the Italian’s next artist longplayer, which drops in the late spring.
Above & Beyond will be celebrating 500 episodes of their long-running mix show, Group Therapy Radio, in the city of Los Angeles this October at an open-air venue to be announced. This will be the band’s largest Group Therapy milestone celebration yet.
After a two year delay, Junction 2 festival will now take place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June, hosting an array of artists across the electronic spectrum from a more eclectic lineup on Saturday, through to a techno-influenced bill on Sunday.
Struve is a DJ/producer from Norway who plays guitar and bass and sings in local surf and garage rock bands. He recently fell in love with house music and began cooking up his own sounds soon after hitting the studio.
Spencer Parker's Work Them Records hit its 50th release with the recently released single 'yes bb’, which has received club support from various artists such as Eats Everything, Luke Slater, ABSOLUTE and Jennifer Cardini.
Up next on Toolroom Records is the new track from ESSEL, who releases ‘Try’ today. A record drenched with real emotion and a yearning for the good times to begin again, she shows off her production skills, delivering a piano house-focused record possibly akin to a classic Dusky sound.
The Shapeshifters get set to release his latest track, this time featuring the vocals of Grammy and Brit award-winning singer Joss Stone. Demonstrating his production style that aims to capture the authentic golden-era disco sound with a freshness for contemporary floors, ‘Bring On The Rain’ is out on 1 April on Glitterbox.
Damian Lazarus brings his sound to Hï Ibiza’s Club Room this summer, where he joins Black Coffee every Saturday from 14 May until 1 October. Damian’s Crosstown Rebels label is well established within dance music and his own Day Zero festival continues to do well, and he is often found DJing in unique settings in the jungle, on a beach or up a mountain at his Get Lost and Rebel Rave parties.
Last week saw the release of Tensnake’s remix album of last year’s ‘L.A.’, converting the tracks of the original album to more club-focused ones. ‘L.A. Noir’ is a crossover between the Californian days and nights the artist fell ‘so deeply in love’ with during his time in the city. This week, the album meets its creator in the upcoming documentary, which catches the ‘Making Of’.
Payfone debut on Defected with ‘Day & Night’, showcasing their production sound where apparently all elements of their records have to be 100 percent original.
Farmfest 2022 will have a musical orchestra of ‘some of the best new and established left-of-mainstream performers on the scene’. Over 100 acts in the electronic, indie, folk, and world music genres have been booked to entertain 5000 visitors for that intimate festival feel. The festival aims to combine everything from early morning workouts to kids workshops, jumbles of jazz, brass-based bonanzas, stand-up comedy and poetry. Taking place on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 July 2022, Farmfest’s 15th year has headliners Elder Island, Joy Orbison, and Gentlemen's Dub Club.
Ever After Music Festival recently announced its return in 2022 with a brand new venue, dates, and an updated lineup. Slated for 12-14 August, the festival will be debuting at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds for its sixth annual edition and first event since June 2019.
Above & Beyond release their first cinematic film score for The Last Glaciers. The IMAX version of the documentary, IMAX presents The Last Glaciers is set for release in select cinemas on 22 March. Directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Craig Leeson (A Plastic Ocean) and United Nations Mountain Hero & Entrepreneur Malcolm Wood, the film is a documentary that takes viewers on a four-year, cross-continental journey to explore the cause and effects of climate change in Antarctica, the Himalaya, Alps, Andes and more.
Jumping into 2022 off the back of his debut solo ‘Every Song’ Ft. bshp, Duvall returns with second single ‘Good Feeling’ featuring Sam Gray on Armada Music. Tuning into his sound and party roots, he aims to propel his solo career with the track. Known as one of the founding members of platinum-selling DJ/producer trio Disciples, he has switched his creative talents to focus on his solo career, where his sound meets a pop-dance crossover.
From 15 June until 21 September, Tomorrowland returns to Ushuaïa Ibiza with a string of shows hosted by the brother duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. The Belgian brothers and Tomorrowland veterans will turn the poolside stage of the outdoor club in Ibiza into their party, supported by other artists all summer long. The brand’s Crystal Garden stage will also find its way to the White Isle for the summer.
Jack Back is headed back to the source, revisiting those authentic house sounds that apparently first inspired him to make music and return with his latest track ‘Feeling’.
Adam Beyer begins the year with a new solo EP, following on from a 2021 that saw a collaboration with DJ Rush and a compilation with Kevin Saunderson’s E-Dancer project to mark 250 Drumcode releases. The title track ‘Dirty Lagoon’ is both colourful and jacking and is a testament to the array of sounds the artist has been exploring throughout the past year.
Coinciding with the announcement of his next Orchestra European tour, slated for the this autumn, Worakls is back with new single ‘Hiba’ (which means “gift from the bottom of the heart” in Arabic) out this Friday on his own label, Sonate.
Possibly known for his funk-driven, disco-infused productions, Swiss producer Me & My Toothbrush returns to the release front with his first single of 2022, ‘Watcha Want’ on Enormous Tunes. Setting the tone with soulful vocals, this latest offering combines elements of disco, house and R&B in one cut.
Atlanta-based Viv Castle make his production debut this month with the tech house cut ‘Control’. Viv is a British-born DJ/producer, now based in the US and while living in the UK, his first taste of dance music came in the late-80s and early-90s while going to clubs like Manchester’s Haçienda and Thunderdome.
Taking place from 15-22 September 2022, Inner State is a new week-long event that will host music, wellness, food, and a range of alternative festival experiences on an Albanian beachside. Set on the outskirts of Europe, it runs along the Ionian Sea and among a chilled music line-up there will be talks and workshops, dining experiences, bonfire sessions, stargazing, beach massages, snorkelling, and many other activities that are aimed to offer a revitalising holiday experience.
Leandro Da Silva is back on Protocol Recordings with ‘Crazy Mistake’, the new single for which he joined forces with Berlin-based artist Dennis Beutler. The track aims to make an impression with its minimal and gritty production style, then adds groove with vocals and a tech-house beat featuring horns and rolling synths.
Techno artist Nicole Moudaber recently launched a brand-new monthly mix series exclusively for Apple Music. Already on the airwaves with her ‘In The MOOD’ radio show, her new mix series will see the DJ record an exclusive mix for the music platform. Each month will feature a different ‘In The MOOD for’ theme, with the first episode released in celebration of International Women’s Day, featuring music from the likes of Sofia Kourtesis, Desire, Gina Breeze Charly Schaller and Ela Minus.
What The F is the culmination of Ferry Corsten’s work “rehashed, remixed, reinvented with a futuristic approach.” A new live show concept, What The F, will journey through Ferry’s entire work, segueing across various genre iterations and infusing new ideas to known tracks alongside undiscovered material. It aims to be the absolute and complete Ferry Corsten fan experience.
Defected continues to set out plans for possibly its busiest year of events yet, recently announcing its North and South America tour for this March and April across five US cities and two shows in Brazil. Joining the label’s schedule for 2022, which includes the brand new Defected Malta festival this October, the already sold-out Defected Croatia festival in August, and club shows and festivals across the UK and Europe, this tour will kick off a summer of house music.
Romain Garcia makes his Anjunadeep debut with the ‘Before You Go EP’. The Parisian producer first appeared on the electronic scene in 2020 with the single ‘Cappadocia’. A collaboration with Anjunadeep artist Ben Böhmer, the single premiered on Ben’s hot air balloon livestream above the Turkish region for Cercle Music. Since its release on Cercle, then track has seen support from the likes of Pete Tong, Elderbrook, and Mees Salomé, and has racked up 10m streams on Spotify alone.
Defected recently announced its return to Ibiza with a weekend of activity to kick off the summer in partnership with IMS this April, as the island prepares for the first full season of clubbing in three years. Hosting parties at Eden, Dalt Vila, Octan and Amnesia during the three days, the London-based label will deliver its brand of events and acts to those attending the reopening of the White Isle.
Sander van Doorn returns with an updated new take on Praga Khan’s ‘Breakfast In Vegas’. The track was initially released as the first track on his album ‘Twenty First Century Skin’ back in 2000, and has apparently held up over the years as his second most-streamed song via Spotify to-date.
Resident Advisor, Secretsundaze and fabric are coming together to host a fundraising stream in support of humanitarian charities and organisations working in Ukraine. From 2pm until 10pm on Thursday, 3 March, Streaming For Ukraine will broadcast sets from Craig Richards, Fabio & Grooverider, Daniel Avery, Jane Fitz b2b Carl H, Gilles Peterson b2b Jamz Supernova, Shannen SP b2b Ikonika, Danielle b2b Parris and partners Secretsundaze. You can tune in from 2PM via RA’s website, on Facebook Live and also on Mixcloud Live.
Following a two-year hiatus from the Island, Glitterbox recently announced its return to Hï Ibiza for a 22-week long summer takeover. Running every Sunday from 8 May - 2 October the night will feature house and disco talent along with the drag queens, club kids, performers and dancers that aim embody the party’s inclusive atmosphere.
Experimental electronic newcomer Jung Latch recently announced his debut release, the four-track ‘Esoteric’ EP. Jung is the alias of East London-based composer and sound designer Rupert Galea and using an array of modular gear, vintage 8-bit samplers, instruments and his own written algorithms he makes his own style of rave music, playing with sonic collages and underpinning them with breakbeats.
Pacha Ibiza recently announced details of the Ibiza Grand Opening following a two-year closure, aiming to set its sights firmly on its biggest summer season yet. Pacha Ibiza Grand Opening will take place on Friday 29 April hosting Solomun all night long and marks a return for the venue as part of Ibiza's dance and cultural movement.
DJ/producer Calvin Harris makes a return to Ushuaïa Ibiza this summer, with his event taking place on Fridays from 3 June - 2 September. His six-date Ushuaïa Ibiza residency back in 2019 apparently drew in record crowds and this season Calvin is going even bigger, with a 14-week residency that will feature a lineup of special guests.
Born out of a lockdown night when their usual Saturday night plans were off limits, Defected regular Darius Syrossian and South Records boss George Smeddles decided to cook something up for the anticipated return to the club.
A true classic named after the club that first debuted it, Spiller’s ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’ featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor has possibly earned itself the ‘timeless’ title in more ways than one. Originally released in 2000 and acquired by Defected records over two decades later, the chart-topping anthem has had a revival following Purple Disco Machine & Lorenz Rhode’s rework along with Italian Riva Starr’s remix package.
A Richard Durand album is a rarer item these days and possibly even more welcome for it. Since the heady times of his ‘Always The Sun’ debut, swiftly followed by 2012’s ‘Wide Awake’ and ‘Richard Durand Versus The World’ the following year, the Dutchman’s taken a more measured approach to the long-player release.
The Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh was recently announced as the venue for the newest addition to Scotland’s festival calendar - Connect Music Festival, which will take place between 26-28 August. The venue has been selected by Festival organisers DF Concerts & Events due to both its rural feel and the ability to make the event as accessible as possible for festival-goers from across the country. The venue enjoys great transport links, with attendees easily able to access the site by train, tram and bus, which in turn supports the Festival’s wider sustainability ambitions.
Planetary Assault Systems have remixed Chris Liebing on CLR. Originally released as a Bandcamp exclusive to restart the CLR imprint after a five-year hiatus, the expanded version of Liebing’s ‘Bruson EP’ drops in full as ‘Bruson EP Redux’, featuring a remix from Luke Slater’s Planetary Assault Systems.
After appearances on sister-label, Symbolism, Italy’s Elisa Bee drops her debut Hardgroove release this month with the ‘Send Me A Vision EP’. Throughout the EP, it’s weighty drums and rhythms that provide a thread, but the productions range from the house-licked funk of ‘Offline Matters’ to the urgency of ‘Headspinner’.
UK rave, breakbeat and hardcore artists Force Mass Motion drop another release this month in 'From Fire To Light' - a breakbeat driven cut that aims to evoke ‘90s progressive house and trance atmospheres.
Toolroom welcome back Illyus & Barrientos with their latest release ‘Sublime’. Glaswegian natives, the pair have been with the label for a while, having released tracks such as 2018’s ‘So Serious’, in addition to ‘Promise’ & ‘Disco Hearts’.
Edinburgh-based dance imprint Fresh Take Records get set to launch their vinyl series Fresh Wax with a five-track VA including tracks from Easy Peelers, THEOS & Berzingue, Mr. Sosa, Aymeric and Bernado Mota. Established in 2019, over the past few years the label has built a catalogue of releases that champion sounds ranging from groove-led, organic house to thumping club-ready electro and broken-beat rave anthems.
Dutch artist Orlando Voorn arrives on Transient Nature next month with his ‘Forcefield EP’. Since launching in 2021, Wanderist’s label has played host to an array of artists such as Scan7, Black Cadmium, Dukwa, and himself, picking up support from Lena Willikens, India Jordan, Hunee, and more.
Roland Leesker's latest single on Get Physical comes with remixes from Terrence Parker and K'Alexi Shelby. As the Managing Director of the label, Roland is on a run of form, having put out singles like last year's 'Circuit Funk' and 'No Way Out' with Neil Barber, as well as collaborating with Roland Clark on ‘WTF!’ and crafting a cover of ‘Crazy.’
Thomas Hessler joins Ben Sims’ Symbolism label this month with the ‘Intermission EP’. Berlin-based Hessler, known for his output on Marcel Fengler’s IMF, turns in four tracks that embrace melody as much as peak time heft.
Josh Wink is responsible for many electronic tracks, including ‘Higher State Of Consciousness’, ‘Don’t Laugh’ and ‘How's Your Evening So Far?’. The Ovum Recordings boss also recently released his first solo effort for Radio Slave’s Rekids.
Veerus has apparently been one of Drumcode’s most consistent contributors since his debut in 2019 with the ‘Hypnosis’ EP. The Italian makes techno with a strong narrative arc and his tracks have been favourites of Adam Beyer’s, used with effect from Awakenings to Cercle.
Ushuaïa Ibiza and Hï Ibiza are joining forces to present Better Together, a day and night musical event taking place in Saturday 30 April to Sunday 1 May. The earliest ever season openings for both clubs will feature performances by many of the big names in electronic music, aiming to set the scene for a summer of pure celebration in Ibiza.
Paul Rose returns with the first original SCB material in three years on Who Whom? an off-shoot of Hotflush Recordings. The label has previously issued cuts in a V/A format from artists including Glaskin, Marcus Suckut and bubbling talent Isaac Reuben.