Anjunabeats presents a new remix of gardenstate’s (aka Sweden's Marcus Schossow & American born Matthew Felner) ’Surreal’ from Amsterdam native Bart Skils. Bart is part of Adam Beyer’s Drumcode label where, for over a decade, he has exclusively released his original music.
Danish headphone brand, AIAIAI, have produced a new short film series giving an exclusive insight into some of contemporary music’s leading artistic talents. Made available via the brand’s YouTube channel, ‘My Process’ launches with Nubya Garcia, the multi-award-winning saxophonist and composer whose debut album SOURCE apparently brought her wide critical acclaim in 2020.
Spencer Parker returns to Radio Slave’s Rekids with ‘The Theme’ EP, possibly the DJ/producer’s most distinctive single to date. Comprising three originals and a remix from Pink Concrete, the EP sees the Berlin-based Brit delve further into his ‘80s new wave influences hinted at in his recent ‘The Love And Sex’ EP for HE.SHE.THEY.
John Summit drops his first release of 2021 with ‘Beauty Sleep’, landing this month on Repopulate Mars. Summit’s return to Lee Foss’ imprint sees the Chicago native bringing more of his heavy-hitting house to the table with a track that sees twinkling synths swirl around vocal hooks, as chunky drums tumble through a series of crescendos and breakdowns throughout.
Continuing the celebrations surrounding Poker Flat’s 20th year in operation, the label releases a rework of a back catalogue production.
When Radio 1’s Danny Howard brought his Lockdown Linkup series to the world in 2020, he set about teaming up various dance producers for a collection of collaborations. Among those set up by the series was long-time friend of Defected Dennis Ferrer and South London trio Disciples, making for an unexpected transatlantic partnership.
Less than two weeks before the broadcast of the 1000th episode of A State Of Trance on 21 January, Armin van Buuren has unveiled 950 tracks of the all-time A State Of Trance Top 1000. The Top 1000 list will also take centre stage during a seven-day-long A State Of Trance Top 1000 stream that will start counting down to the milestone episode of his weekly radio show when the broadcast of episode 999 ends on 14 January at 10pm (CET).
After contributing to connectedbeats edition1 in 2019 with his track, ’Zinder’ which gained the support of Black Coffee, Themba and Rise amongst others, Naples born, Barcelona based Cipy returns to connected for his own EP. The Italian producer has apparently been building a following since arriving on the scene a decade ago, via releases for the likes of Rawthentic, Kindish and Monique Musique. Recent output for Upon.You, Katermukke and connected have further bolstered his position and that continues here with the ‘Bird in Hand’ EP.
Following a productive 12 months which saw collaborations with the likes of Eli & Fur, Jan Blomqvist and Lazarusman, plus the release of their latest studio album, ‘Dear Future Self’, this month sees electronic music duo Booka Shade kick off 2021 on Blaufield Music as they reveal their first EP of the year, ‘Pray’.
Dennis Cruz and Eddy M welcome Fernando Campo to MÜSE to kick off 2021 with ‘Betty’, backed by a remix from LEON. A member of Spain’s house scene, DJ/producer Fernando continues to feature on various labels after decades in the game, releasing material on Stereo Productions, Defected / DFTD and Cruz’s Lemon-Aid imprint, whilst also remixing the likes of Todd Terry and Chus & Ceballos.
While James Haskell may be known as an England rugby player, he has also begun to prove his credibility as a DJ as he ventures into the world of house music. Returning for its fifth edition in the series, James Haskell’s Back Row Beats Volume 5 is a soundtrack for your workout, with the rugby professional curating a selection of high energy tracks.
Bonobo and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’ ‘Heartbreak’ is an ode to one of electronic music’s formative scenes: NYC’s disco revolution of the 1970s and ’80s. It’s a scene that was hugely influential on a young Kerri Chandler, and was an important precursor in the house music of which he would go on to be a formative figure.
Anjunadeep, the label that ignited the careers of label artists Lane 8, Yotto, and Dusky, now present the second instalment of their new ‘Reflections’ compilation series. Following the inaugural volume in October, ‘Reflections Vol.2’ is a collection of downtempo and electronica from label favourites Jody Wisternoff, Kidnap, Croquet Club, Martin Roth, and Luttrell, along with new artists Luigi Sambuy, Lycoriscoris, Tryst, and Dotmaka.
West London’s Slip 'n' Slide was one of the UK’s original house imprints. Starting in 1994 with early releases from artists such as Blaze, X-Press 2, Masters At Work and Kings Of Tomorrow, they possibly set the benchmark for house music in the UK.
Jamie Fielding steps up to Jamie Jones’ Hottrax this month with three cuts of late-night house in the ‘Mind 3 EP’. Inspired by a DJ set from the Hottrax label boss back in 2018, Fielding set out to purchase his own set of decks and production equipment the very next day. Fast forward to 2021 and the Clacton-based DJ/producer is now set to make his debut on Jones’ imprint with a set of house tracks.
Kicking of 2021, Benny Benassi and R&B singer, Jeremih enlist Varmix, Boss Doms, Crazy Cousinz and Riccardo Marchi for four reworks of ‘Lovelife’, which are out now on Ultra Records now. With #1’s, Billboard Hot 100 spots, billions of streams and Grammy Awards between them, the collaborative cut aimed to lift spirits with Benny’s production skills and funky rhythms, whilst Jeremih’s vocal chops made a crossover track.
Kristi Yang & Ms Chin join forces for the ‘Back On My Bullshit EP’ this month on South Of Saturn. Having been first introduced via Repopulate Mars’ annual ‘Summer Jams’ compilation in 2020, Kristi and Ms Chin (one of the ‘alien’ dancers from Repopulate Mars’ events) make their debut on Lee Foss’ sister label South Of Saturn with a set of vocal house tracks.
Alan Fitzpatrick returns to Radio Slave’s Rekids with the ‘Immortal Daydream’ this month. Following 2020’s ‘Step Away’ on Rekids, as well as multiple releases on labels such as Drumcode, Hotflush, and his own We Are The Brave, Alan returns in full techno mode for his second appearance on the imprint in 2021.
The final single action ahead of the January 2021 release of ‘Find The Sunrise’ – Dennis Sheperd’s third studio album - sees the German producer release ‘Playing With Fire’. Created in concert with Dutch singer/songwriter Eke (whose previous works include collaborations with Headhunterz, Ruben de Ronde and others), the track was sparked over musings between the pair on relationships past.
Just a few weeks after after their appearance at the Rave Culture Thailand event, which they spent 15 days in quarantine for, Dutchmen W&W release ‘Gold’, the follow-up to ‘Rave Love’, and launch its music video sequel, teasing all kinds of special Rave Culture developments in the process.
Barely a month had passed since Armin van Buuren teamed up with Duncan Laurence with ‘Feel Something’, but earlier this month he also released his ‘Euthymia EP’, a seven-track collection that aims to underline the range of his production capabilities.
Kicking off 2021, Jozzman Trax label boss Jozef Conor offers up two house offerings for his imprint’s fourth release. Jozef has put together a variety of tracks and is set for a healthy release schedule on his own label Jozzman Trax and other imprints for 2021.
Russian artist Makebo steps up on Gorje Hewek’s fledgling Peace Symphonies label with new single ‘You’. Makebo is one of a new breed of Russian acts attempting to take steps on the international stage, with recent releases on Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream and Shanti Moscow Radio.
Marco Faraone re-imagines two Radio Slave tracks for ‘The Marco Faraone Remixes’ EP, which is out now on Rekids. The release sees Uncage label founder Faraone follow his ‘True Love EP’ on Rekids with his versions of two of Matt Edwards’ cuts, ‘Don’t Stop No Sleep’ and ‘Grindhouse’.
‘Numb’ is the final act in the single-saga birthed by ‘Through My Eyes’ - Christina Novelli’s, acoustically-based 2019 album. Again it puts into the sharpest focus the singer’s ability to draw from deep within and - filter-free - express her innermost through word and voice. The track is another venture into those recesses, and one that walks the tightrope between beauty, vulnerability and positivity.
Steve Aoki unites with platinum-selling singer, songwriter, producer and activist Aloe Blacc on their track to close out 2020, ‘My Way’. The new work is the first official collaboration between Aoki and Blacc and arrives as the world reflects on the past and prepares to enter a new year.
Coming at the end of 2020, Defected track ‘Armaghetton’, delivered courtesy of Italian Marco Faraone and Greeko, was one of the decent releases of the year.
Junior Jack’s fifth release on his Adesso Music imprint, sees his own rework of new talent, French artist Virak. The producer, who created some great house records in he early-2000s, delivers a percussive and deep sound on the track that aims to outline his commitment to showcasing new artists from around the world.
Opening its virtual doors in February 2021 and produced by the agency Hyperactive, the BBL CLB (pronounced Bubble Club) is an online interactive and immersive experience where participants embark on a mission to locate an illegal underground rave.
To celebrate 20 years since inception, Sven Väth’s Cocoon Recordings is serving up a special 15 track collection that brings together new and exclusive music from artists that have been a huge part of the journey. Presented as a deluxe 6 x 12" box set with a silver foil cover and paper insert with individual sleeves and luminescent paint, this is a collection that pays homage to possibly one of techno's finest operations.
Pacha Group recently announced the appointment of Pete Tong to its new board of directors, signalling another next step in the company’s quest to grow the brand globally whilst protecting its roots. Pete’s appointment coincides with a major remodelling of Pacha Ibiza, which will see the clubbing experience ready to return ‘bigger and better in 2021’. The changes include an expansion to the dancefloor space, a new DJ booth, the latest audio and visual technology, and a refreshed design that aims to encapsulate a relaxed bohemian Ibiza.
German sportswear brand adidas and footwear specialists size? have teamed up to release a new and exclusive collection in collaboration with Cream. Launching this month, just in time to celebrate the New Year, the full collection is offered for both men and women and comprises five key pieces across accessories, apparel and footwear. Taking direct inspiration from a vintage Cream promotional poster, the Cream x adidas Originals x size? collection celebrates ‘90s dance culture with a relaxed and contemporary twist.
With a discography spanning over two decades, for Sander van Doorn’s latest creation he teams up with trio FaderX for a club-aimed track, ‘The Kings Court’, which is out now via Doorn Records.
Combining their abilities for a three-track offering, Grazze & Nuage come together for the collaborative EP, ‘Aulos’ , which is out now on Nora En Pure’s Purified Records.
This month Giuseppe Ottaviani launches his online Producer Masterclass, a fully formed modular learning deck for music producers. For the venture, he brought in a team who helped him design it to be undertaken either progressively, step-by-step or in a jump-right-in manner.
Repopulate Mars release remixes of Yolanda Be Cool Ft. Omar’s ‘To Be Alone’, with Lee Foss & Audiofly, Pelvis Moves, and Dillon Nathaniel all turning in versions. Following the platinum hit ‘We No Speak Americano’ in 2010, Australian duo Yolanda Be Cool teamed up with Omar for ‘To Be Alone’ on Nurvous Records in 2013 and picked up plaudits from the likes of Mixmag, Stamp The Wax, and Stoney Roads.
Basement Jaxx invite techno’s Roman Lindau to remix two tracks from their early catalogue on their own Atlantic Jaxx Recordings imprint. Following a series of remixes emerging over the past few years, the Grammy-winning duo have turned to Fachwerk-boss Lindau to work on the tracks, originally featured on 1998’s ‘Remedy’ (‘Yo Yo’) and 2001’s ‘Rooty’ (‘Crazy Girl’).
Truesoul have just released the first original Ida Engberg EP since 2014. A member of the Truesoul and Drumcode family, Ida has been busy settling into a new home in Ibiza and raising three children with Adam Beyer. She’s also been heavily involved in climate activism, social justice issues and animal protection.
Last year’s ‘The Art Of Skullduggery’ saw the label plot its first mix-comp course, painting their vision over ‘Vol.1’s dual-disc canvas. At its heart was Chief Skull Greg Downey’s desire to share both his trance sound and that of other talents who - on the scale – have been underexposed. Stoneface & Terminal showcased in last spring’s inaugural, but for 2020’s it’s Beatman & Ludmilla who grab some second disc spotlight.
UK D&B outfit Hybrid Minds remix Above & Beyond and Zoë Johnston’s ‘Love Is Not Enough’ from the 2011 album, ‘Group Therapy’. Hybrid Minds are Josh White and Matt Lowe and through their own Hybrid Music imprint, they’ve released tracks such as ‘Touch’, ‘Drowning In You’, ‘Higher Love’, and their 2020 release ‘Don’t Ever’ with DRS.
Glitterbox Virtual Festival joins forces with sister label Defected to present We Dance As One, a live-streamed music event from Defected. On Friday 18 December Glitterbox will provide the festive party, encouraging party-starved people around the world to get on their best dancefloor-ready outfits and tune in to the ‘Love Stream’ to let loose safely at home. Glitterbox’s glittering production, confetti moments and atmosphere will be replicated digitally, allowing more clubbers to unite for the love of house and disco than would ever be possible physically.
Todd Terry is on form with his latest track ‘Black Again’ – a tune that aims to encapsulate all that is house music. Taking things back to the old skool, he strips back a production that is designed with the underground firmly in mind. One of the original pioneers of house music, Todd has already cemented his place in the house music hall of fame, but continues to evolve with the genre.
Mirroring a musical region that’s had a particular impact on him has been the aim of Sneijder’s ‘Afterdark’ album run since it embarked back in 2018. Its ‘Buenos Aires’ and ‘Los Angeles’ compilations sent a signal of intent, but 2020 - as we all know - has been music-rich… but travel-poor. So, for its third outing, the DJ has taken the chance to bring the Afterdark sound closer to home, and for Sneijder that doesn’t get much closer than Belfast.
Kaskade recently made his debut on Monstercat with Australian producer Will K with their single, ‘Flip Reset’. In partnership with the video game Rocket League, the song is featured in-game now, and arrives with the announcement of Rocket League Season 2, which will officially go live on 9 December.
Kerri Chandler recently announced a new show, ‘Spaces And Places’, at London’s The Roundhouse on Sunday 28 November 2021. Running from 4pm until 10pm the centrepiece will be the debut of Chandler’s Reel to Reel performance.The new experience will also feature holograms and live projection mapping in the venue’s ‘round’ space.
‘Me, Myself, Online’, Martin Jensen’s live-streamed DJ sets from locations across his native Denmark, was a concept with the aim to deliver an online experience and bring the party into homes to keep the good times flowing.
When two of the scene’s labels join forces to spread the word of possibly one of 2020’s biggest dance tracks, it could be cause to get excited. It follows the success of KC Lights’ ‘Girl’, with has had radio plays at stations such as BBC Radio 1, and support from DJs such as Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Hardwell and Tiësto.
Earlier this year, one of Italy’s Marco Faraone teamed up with Greeko on ‘Armaghetton’ for their Defected debut. The house cut, complete with a full-throttle bassline and hip-house inspired vocal, apparently captured the attention of key tastemakers, with support from the likes of Hot Since 82, CamelPhat and BBC Radio 1’s Danny Howard, Annie Mac and Pete Tong.
The brainchild of former Flashover Recordings lynchpin Celwin Frenzen, new label EDCT offers a label-haven for producers akin to one area, but with ideas in another. It all stars for the label (an encryption of ‘Educate’) with German duo Gundamea (aka Stoneface & Terminal), who’ve already released music through Statement! Recordings, Electronic Elements and other broader-genre imprints.
Following the release of his debut EP ‘Glass Sky’ on FFRR, RIBB[ ]N’s ‘Heart Space’ featuring vocals from Jem Cooke, receives a rework from the UK’s Tall Paul. Since its release, the EP has apparently received over 700K combined streams to date and been played across national radio. With support coming from Radio 1, including Pete Tong and Danny Howard’s shows, the release has also received additions to playlists such as Dance Anthems and Future Dance Hits on Apple and House Music Data Transmission and Electro Party on Spotify.
Guy Scheiman Music (GSM) recently had its 82nd release, ‘High Energy’, compliments of Guy himself and Inaya Day. Originally sung in 1984 by Evelyn Thomas, this cover version makes this their fifth release together.
NightFunk’s remix of Tomcraft, Moguai, and Ilira’s track ‘Happiness’ has just dropped on Spinnin’. Following releases on Trick, South Of Saturn, and CR2, NightFunk steps up to Spinnin’ Records’ sub-label Spinnin’ Deep for a fresh take on the track.
We Are The Brave head honcho Alan Fitzpatrick is back with another release on his own label, in collaboration with Irish DJ/producer Rebūke. ‘Ultimate Distortion’ is a club track full of dark and driving sonics, as a beat is laid down by the pair underneath distorted synths and a vocal consisting only of ‘acid’ being repeated throughout the track.
Defected launches its first ever four-part thought leadership series We Talk As One from tomorrow, Friday 27 November to Friday 18 December, bringing together over 20 people to discuss the present and future of the music and digital media industries, in a free-to-access virtual roundtable format.
As the year draws to a close, Drumcode looks ahead to 2021 by recently announcing Drumcode Festival 2021 Malta, their first 4-day event from 16-19 September. Over 40+ artists from the Drumcode family and beyond will play the four-day event headlined by Adam Beyer, who will be joined by Richie Hawtin, Ben Klock, Maceo Plex and Chris Liebing, who’ll play alongside his collective of DC artists over eight stages.
Coming as their debut collaboration, Dutch DJ/producer Dennis Quin and NYC’s Mr. V come together to release their first DFTD cut ‘Bouncin’’.
House music label FFRR and Diplo's Higher Ground continue their flurry of releases with ‘Turn Back Time’, a collaboration between Diplo and Sonny Fodera. Bringing together their combined production they deliver a new track full of old skool piano stabs, a vocal, bouncy beats and an electronic bassline.
‘Castles In The Sky’, the track from Belgian band Ian van Dahl, enjoyed quite the run in dance music land when it was released shortly after the turn of the millenium. Immediately catching the ears and eyes of the global dance music crowd, the record became a major hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at #3 in the UK Singles Chart and #1 in the Scottish Singles Chart. That was two decades ago, meaning it’s about time that the track gets a remix. i_o is making that happen, issuing his rework to celebrate the original record’s 20-year anniversary.
SeeMeNot’s ‘Chez Renee’ is the second single from the Jamaican-Canadian artist and musician, and features remixes from Joe Goddard. Goddard’s radio edit is out now, with the full EP, including his full length and dub mixes, available from 4 December, alongside another new SeeMeNot song, ‘If I Could’.
A body of music that fuses trance, techno and D&B with progressive and poetry, ambient and acid and harmony and hard dance, the ‘Last King Of Scotland’ aims to vie for the tag of ‘timeless’. It is a musical narration of Will Atkinson’s own path, that of a patriotic, electronic music loving boy growing up in a far-flung corner before moving on, out and up to possible global recognition.
Goldie's album 'Timeless' turns 25, and to celebrate Clifford Joseph Price — the producer and DJ recently announced new remixes of his album track ‘Inner City Life’. Each remix brings out different facets that accentuated the 1995 track - a collage of sounds that possibly captured a fragmented and urbanised London in all its musical forms. Binary State executes restraint towards the notes of the original, interweaving the late Diane Charlemagne’s vocal performance with a rubbery tech-house journey. It’s a driving rework with a four-to-the-floor dancefloor pulse.
Sydney-based twin act Cosmo’s Midnight recently shared a new video and remix for ‘A Million Times”, taken from their recent sophomore album, ‘Yesteryear ‘ out on Black Butter Records. The release follows the duo’s announcement to be reopening live music at the Sydney Opera House next month, with their only hometown shows for 2020. The track recently received a visual accompaniment, featuring the brothers and directed by Joel Burrows. The video sees a navy jumpsuit clad Pat and Cosmo Liney in a factory setting, packing boxes before dimension-bending and cloud-parting magic via psychedelic animations sees the heavens give way and, clones descend upon them.
French DIYer Kaky recently sampled Sony Music’s offices in France for his BTS YouTube series ‘KakySound’. The label were apparently so impressed by his ability to use normal every-day objects to create tracks, that they decided to sign him up straight away. The announcement follows the release of his second single ‘C’est Pas La Peine’ in which he continued to unveil surreal production techniques in his music.
Hoping to bring some musical salvation to the strangest of years are JES and Oliver Smith, with their track ‘Don’t Let It End’. Evoking all the emotions of those late-night/festival moments that have become a part of who we are, the track aims to bring you back to a place that may be lost right now, but will never be forgotten.
Andre Salmon returns to Jamie Jones’ Hottrax this month with his ‘Da’ Hot Nation & The Salmon Man’ EP, featuring Kricked, K-Mack, and Apollo 84. Andre has featured on almost 100 releases this year alone while chalking up full EPs for the likes of Rawthentic, South of Saturn, and Hottrax. Recruiting a team of collaborators for this EP, he calls up Slightly Sizzled Records’ boss Kricked, fellow Hottrax artist K-Mack, and Twisted Fusion’s Apollo 84.
NightFunk makes his label debut on Solid Grooves Raw with his latest single, ‘Groove’. A possible rising talent within Europe’s bubbling tech house sphere, he arrived in the scene earlier this year following a string of releases coupled with his Beatport chart-topping remix of ‘Pump Up The Jam’.
From his early works like ‘Cape Town’ and ‘Big Ben’, to his 2018 album ‘Scars’, to his recent EP release under new alias Elysian, ilan Bluestone aims to keep one foot firmly ahead of the pack. From Dreamstate to Tomorrowland, A State Of Trance to Group Therapy at Madison Square Garden and beyond, he is apparently committed to the craft of songwriting.
The Association for Electronic Music has launched a Code of Conduct against sexual harassment and gender discrimination. This Code of Conduct is launched with support from its membership of over 220 companies, including SheSaid.So and ADE quoting their endorsement, and media partners Mixmag, DJ Mag, RA, Beatportal, Attack Magazine to help prevent sexual harassment and gender / gender identity discrimination within the electronic music industry.
On 31 December, Tomorrowland is organising Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 – a New Year’s Eve celebration, counting down to the start of 2021. This digital festival on the biggest night of the year will start at 20:00 (8pm) local time in all 27 time zones in the world, giving people from all over the globe, from Fiji to Hawaii, from Tokyo to Santiago, an opportunity to end this year with a bang.
Dillon Nathaniel returns to South Of Saturn with his ‘Vaccinate EP’ this month. After the ‘Poppin In Chicago EP’ earlier this year on the label, as well as appearances on Repopulate Mars, Sola, and SOLOTOKO, Dillon now makes a return to Lee Foss’ imprint. The three-tracker also features a collaboration with Slovenian producer Mike Vale.
Premiered during their ‘Cosmic Gate In Concert’ premium livestream, Cosmic Gate’s remix of Andrew Rayel and Olivia Sebastianelli’s ‘Everything Everything’ was recently released on Armada Music. Crossing over into the melodic techno space whilst keeping the trance vibe alive, the duo opt for a hybrid track with fluttering synths, deep vibes, surging drops and vocals that aim to pile on the suspense.
DJ/producer Paul Oakenfold forthcoming album, ‘Shine On,’ has already had its first single release with ‘The World Can Wait’, featuring the voice of Luis Fonsi, an artist most recognised for his work in ‘Despacito’ with Justin Bieber. Now, Paul embraces his longtime love affair with hip hop on the second single ‘What’s Your Love Like” featuring Grammy Award-winning rapper/actress Eve and emerging rapper/producer Baby E.
Defected Records welcomes Chicago’s Mike Dunn into their list of House Masters with this compilation. Charting Mike’s career that spans over three decades, this 40-track collection features tracks from Mike’s catalogue alongside newer productions from the Windy City native, while exploring the aliases that made him part of the underground like MD X-Spress, MD III and The Jass Man.
Saint Is release their second EP today on Frankey & Sandrino’s Sum Over Histories. The Argentinian duo aimed to harness their love for live performance, dreamy synths, emotive hooks and storytelling. Their second release on the label plays with the concepts of time and youth, passion and loss, using vocals from Juan Hansen to connect concepts and genres.
Le Youth welcomes emerging US artists Motives to PRGRSSN as he reveals his three-track ‘Solace’ EP. Based in Washington DC, Ben Kane, aka Motives, has featured across a host of the city’s venues including Flash, Sax and Ten Tigers.
Topping Spotify viral charts across Europe apparently, peaking at Number 6 in the UK and entering into the Top 10 in The Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium and Russia, Obskür have released their classic house sounding ‘Bayside’ on FFRR.
Arguably one of the most iconic house music moments, born from the black LGBTQ+ scene in Chicago at the legendary Warehouse nightclub and known as one of Frankie Knuckles' earliest productions; ‘Your Love’ is a classic. Written by Jamie Principle and initially released in 1986, it was originally an underground club anthem, which was famously borrowed on the crossover hit ‘You’ve Got The Love’ (The Source feat. Candi Staton) and most recently re-produced by as part of the Director’s Cut project which aimed to update a number of classic cuts for the modern dancefloor.
Miami’s Doc Brown unleashes the second and third tracks on his recently launched Unlearn:Records, two dance cuts that aim to straddle the boundary between house and techno. Possibly known for performances at EDC and BPM Festival as well as holding a longtime residency aboard Groove Cruise, this year he has become a label owner for the first time in his career.
Proudly People make their label debut on MÜSE with ‘What U Think’. Having emerged on the scene in recent years, Italian pairing Gabriele di Natale and Antonio Cosentino, aka Proudly People, deliver their blend of percussive tech house via labels such as Moon Harbour, Desolat and elrow to name just a few.
Electronic music artist Waajeed recently announced a series of fundraising initiatives for the Underground Music Academy (UMA), a new Detroit-based community music hub, of which he’s the director, that aims to help build the future leaders of independent electronic music coming out of the city. The fundraising goal is to help pay for the second portion of the academy - hiring the digital team to capture, edit and distribute video tutorials in early 2021.
Odyffe are back on Nervous Records with a vocal house original entitled ‘No More. Odyffe, which stands for odyssey in ancient French, is a journey that began for Federico and Fanny, musicians and composers who are married in music and in life. Federico started studying and playing bass guitar in pop-rock, funky, reggae and blues bands from a very early age in Italy, whereas Fanny approached piano and songwriting in France.
Leeds-based Morgan Cole makes his debut on Patrick Topping’s Trick with ‘Ready For Love’, a modernist rave two-tracker featuring a house cut backed by techno. Previously known as Noizy Devil, Cole has spent the last few years honing his craft within the studio, apparently capturing the ears of leading names including Eli Brown, Richy Ahmed, PAWSA, and Patrick Topping along the way.
Will Taylor is a UK based artist who has worked hard at making a name for himself over the last 12 years, releasing on labels such as SOLA, Elrow, South of Saturn and VIVa Limited. As a DJ he has played events like We Are FSTVL, Tobacco Dock and Motion Bristol.
Hopefully kicking off a positive 2021, Cream recently announced Hard Generation, an all-new concept that will be bringing a series of guest DJs from the world of hard dance, kicking of the the UK tour with one of the scene’s biggest DJ/producers, Darren Styles.
Aleksander Stawierej releases his first album, ‘Everything Is Connected’. The Warsaw-based artist is keyholder to monikers like Raw Tech Audio & ACIDØ; the A&R warden of the Mental Asylum label and through his Indecent Noise guise, probably its foremost resident. The latter’s an alias that - over the last 10 years - has become indivisibly linked with the sound of the 303, aiming to leave his musical bootprint on planet trance.
Radio Slave returns to his Rekids label with ‘Live My Life’, including a remix from Saved Records’ boss Nic Fanciulli. Responsible for various vocal tracks in techno over the past 15 years, this latest release which is out now, sees him turn in yet another tough cut that uses soulful vocal refrains as hooks.
After releasing on labels such as South Of Saturn, Night Service Only and Terms & Conditions, and having picked up support by DJs from Chris Lake to David Guetta, Chapter & Verse makes his debut on Lee Foss’ label Repopulate Mars with the two-tracker ‘Step Into It’.
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano release the first volume of their new album series. Harnessing the tribal house sound of their SONO label, ‘The Tribe, Vol. One’ spotlights a host of possible up-and-coming artists not only through the release of the compilation album itself, but also through the livestream of the release party today.
Following on from his 'Babel’ EP, DJ Angelo is back with a release featuring vocals from Jaidene Veda and a remix from Pablo Fierro. Greece’s DJ Angelo has built a career over the last decade which draws on his long held passion for house music and has releases on label likes Saved, Rise, Armada and Connected.
Matthias Tanzmann makes his label debut on Dennis Cruz & Eddy M’s MÜSE imprint with his latest single, ‘Lumas’. Matthias heads up dance music label Moon Harbour and features as a resident for Circoloco at Ibiza’s DC-10.
Toolroom present a collaboration between Mark Knight and label regular Rene Amesz. The artists last collaborated with their single ‘Live Stream’ alongside Green Velvet (2017) which has apparently gone on to achieve more than three million global streams.
German producer and DJ Marco Niemerski, better known as Tensnake, has apparently over 70 million combined steams of his work to date. Having remixed artists including Dua Lipa, Aloe Blacc, Lana Del Rae, Azari & III, Pet Shop Boys, London Grammar and Duke Dumont, and working with three-time Grammy-winner Stuart Price, Nile Rodgers, Jamie Lidell and MNEK amongst many others, he returns with his second studio album entitled ‘L.A.’ named after the city that until recently he called home.
UK DJ/ production duo, Gorgon City, recently unveiled the official video for their track ‘Burning’, which features Evan Giia, which follows the recent release of their Terrace Dub remix. Here they bring a contemporary love story, shot in deepest Wyoming (USA) and directed by Eric Maldin.
Producer, songwriter and audio engineer Clarian makes his Bedrock debut with ‘Elephant Dust’. The Montreal-based artist’s creativity is supplemented with the remix input of the label's residents John Digweed & Nick Muir. The track rides on a subtle, swinging, deep throbbing bass that resonates with evocative layers of synth-laden melody, building into an atmospheric framework.
Bent - aka Nail Tolliday and Simon Mills - emerge from a lengthy hiatus to deliver a new album, an intricate, all-encompassing sound and sampledelic production. The eight tracks which comprise ‘Up In The Air’ were crafted remotely by Nail (four tracks were created in his Sherwood, UK Studio), and Simon (four tracks were created in his rural Ireland Studio) during the quarantine. Joint together, this latest release aims to transport you to a world that’s far removed from current realities.
Martin Jensen was recently announced as a judge for the 2020 series of The X Factor in his native Denmark, apparently making him the first ever DJ/producer to hold the position, as well as the youngest judge the show has ever invited. Now entering its 14th season, Martin will be joining fellow DanesOh Land and jazz musician Thomas Blachman. Jensen has been responsible for tracks including ‘All I Wanna Do’, ‘Nobody’ with James Arthur and to co-writing hits with The Vamps, and he’s also collaborated with Jason Derulo.
‘Follow Me’ has a more stripped-back feel to previous Fiorious outputs, his vocal back dropped with deep synths and a relaxed groove. Roger Sanchez’s remix opens the package, a fitting artist to take on the duty after remixing the 1992 original. Roger’s mix provides a clubbier feel, with jacking bass and keys.
Making their debut on Kyiv imprint Dear Deer Music, German DJs and producers Four Hands present their newest EP ‘Wasted Wonders’, which is out now. One of the main genres in the electronic scene in the late-90s then fading away somewhat at the millennium, there’s been a resurgence of trance in recent years. A combination of many sound forms such as techno, house, industrial, classical music and more it has like many genres developed over time, just like the musical style of Alex and Marcel, otherwise known as Four Hands.
Brighton Music Conference (BMC), successfully hosted BMC20 Virtual last week, on the 1st and 2nd of October. All of the live streamed panel discussions, keynotes and artist interviews are all now available to watch back for free and on demand via the BMC website. After many changes to the program due to Government guidelines the BMC Team, put together a program that included many of the industry’s top DJs and artists, as well as leading businesses and professionals.
‘Rain’ has gone through more than your average number of metamorphoses in its short history, and not least in its title. Starting life last year with a ‘November’ prefix, it arrived as part of Cold Blue’s ‘Winter’ album, and an expo of the German producer’s deeper capabilities. From there he spun it off to his July-released ‘Summer Chills’ LP, where it title-hopped to ‘August Rain’, turning the original’s moodsome demeanour into seven chilled minutes.