Latmun delivers the two-track ‘Try Stop Me’ EP on Kaluki: a pair of twisted rollers that aim to demonstrate his production prowess. The UK producer started to make his mark through his interpretation of house music and both his DJ sets and productions are characterised by a coherent energy, with his grooves the key component on how he hopes to captivate dancefloors.
Coming as the follow up to ‘Pump It Up’, Endor returns to Defected with his latest offering ‘Fur’. With accolades that include playlisting on Radio 1, Kiss and Capital FM, reaching #8 in the UK Singles chart and #1 on the USA Billboard Dance, and amassing over 218M streams, ‘Fur’ now sees Endor return to his club roots with a bumpy, driving dose of house.
Microsoft recently announced plans to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, one of the largest, privately held game developers and publishers in the world. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion in cash.
4 To The Floor is an imprint that aims to release timeless, quality house music, and while much of the catalogue may be retrospective, their intended dedication to release authentic and creative music should defy time constraints. Now it’s the turn of an established house artist to debut a new release on the label.
After amassing over 2 billion streams on their previous collaborations, David Guetta and Sia reunite for new single ‘Let’s Love’ which is out now on Warner Music. The duo counts multiple #1 global hits together since they first teamed up on 2011’s massive ‘Titanium’ which has over 1 billion streams and reached the top 3 at Top 40 radio in the US and became his 5th top ten Billboard Hot 100 hit.
Atlantic Records recently announced the worldwide signing of DJ/producer Tiësto to its roster. The GRAMMY® Award-winning producer will celebrate with the release of his new single, ‘The Business’, which will be available from Friday, 25 September.
500th release on his label, Glasgow Underground. The album features tracks conceived, produced or remixed (or remixes commissioned) by McKay and is designed to reflect a typical Kevin McKay DJ set - the first time he has delivered an artist-focused collection of tracks as a DJ mix album.
Solarstone wrote himself an album during lockdown - an unplanned one obviously, and one - by his own acknowledgment - he wouldn’t have gotten to write in more conventional times. ‘A lockdown album’ by any other name - not the first and undoubtedly not the last.
In what has already been a busy year with collaborations with artists including CeCe Rogers, Burak Yeter and BB Team, Benny Benassi is now joined by singer songwriter, Blush and Mutungi on his latest track, ‘End of Summer’ , which is out now on Ultra Records.
After a release-road that’s been a real-time echo of the world’s prevailing events, Paul van Dyk’s latest artist album, ‘Guiding Light’, finally got released last week. Many would perhaps see Paul as the album’s titular guiding light, but to PvD its meaning couldn’t be more contrary as the album is inherently about others, and to the greatest possible degree, one in particular.
Canadian John Varuhin returns once more to his Clyde Records imprint with more minimal techno. ‘Deliverance’ comes a year after the ‘Bunker’ EP on his newly formed imprint which picked up support for the Vancouver-based artist from the likes of Laurent Garnier, Luke Slater and Danny Daze.
German imprint Mask are back with another untitled release featuring six cuts. The previous six releases on the imprint have garnered an array of support from the likes of Laurent Garnier, Danny Daze, Dan Curtin, Machine Woman, DJ Deep and more.
French producer Idem Nevi is back on his new Requested Soul imprint with the ‘Tangerine’ EP featuring three techno cuts. Idem is a self-taught producer from Toulouse, South of France, who creates expansive, melancholic techno peppered with heavy beats and deep melodies.
Silk & Fuss debut on Solid Grooves Raw with their latest single, ‘Funky Freddy’. The duo are one of the latest acts from the Dutch house scene to be gaining momentum having featured for the likes of ANTS at Amsterdam’s Kingsland Festival whilst running their radio show ‘Silk & Fuss’ Finest’, hosting a range of artists including Solid Grooves residents Bassel Darwish and Ramin Rezaie.
London pair Metropolitan Soul Museum land on Cuore with another EP, this time with a remix from Iron Curtis. The London-based duo is made up of Nick of Akra, and Filippo, who first linked up in 2015 and have released an array of records including the ‘Tesla’ EP on Toy Tonics.
Having recently paired up to release Take It Easy’, Dennis Cruz has combined with close friend Iuliano Mambo once again as the pair released their latest single ‘Girlfriend’ on MÜSE.
Spanish DJ and producer Dosem releases 'Megacities', the second single off his upcoming album ‘Dream Decoder’, which is out 25 September. A driving club track, it may be familiar to some as a staple in Dosem's sets. Building on the sound of 'Tower', out opens with a filtered riff that soon gives way to deep rhythmic drums.
Sam Holland is no stranger to Richy Ahmed’s Four Thirty Two label. Having made up one half of Senzala, the duo released the ‘Phase’ EP, and a collaborative release with Jansons, before heading their separate ways. Now on solo ventures, Holland tees up a two-track single, backed with a remix from James Solace.
Nicole Moudaber remixes Booka Shade ‘Plexus 3AM’ this month, taken from their ‘Dear Future Self’ LP. With releases via the likes of Drumcode, Intec and Yoshitoshi, plus her own MOOD imprint, Moudaber has forged a sound reflective of her own personality and passion, whilst making appearances at various clubs including Fabric London, DC-10 and Output, New York to name just a few.
Junior Jack returns with friend and fellow producer Pat BDS. The duo have their own Adesso Music imprint to which they release tracks which are aimed at the darker and techier side of dance music. With previous releases which include the 2019 debut ‘Flash’ and 2020’s ‘Tecky Dream’ they now release ‘Klimax’, a three-part package that includes the Original, JJ Rework and Alex 47 Remix.
Jaden Thompson has recently had releases on imprints like The Martinez Brothers’ Cuttin’ Headz, Archie Hamilton’s Moscow Records and Amsterdam cool kids PIV, showcasing his style. Holding down a pre-lockdown residency at London’s fabric nightclub, his productions are created with the dancefloor in mind.
Plastic pollution is still a problem of global proportions. The already plastic-ridden oceans have to endure an influx of eight million tons of plastic every year, and it has proven very difficult to decrease this amount despite numerous initiatives. It is for this reason that Global Oceans Ambassador Armin van Buuren and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) teamed up for the #Beatplastic initiative last year, and Dutch model and influencer Jessie Jazz Vuijk has now joined the cause.
Cosmo’s Midnight recently announced their sophomore album ‘Yesteryear’, to be released on 2 October via Black Butter Records. Celebrating the news, the duo also shared a new remix from Brame & Hamo for their recent album-titled single.
Tibasko have apparently found their sound in twisted tribal drums and underground house beats, and on their new two track ‘Tempus’ EP, the new young DJ/production duo return to Waze & Odyssey’s Street Tracks label, having previously released on the label late last year.
Defected recently announced the relaunch of the Faith fanzine with its Autumn 2020 issue, in collaboration with its creators Terry Farley, Stuart Patterson and Dave Jarvis. A free fanzine for those into music, fashion and culture, Faith existed as a print mag for seven years from 1999, apparently gathering a fierce cult following and spawning an online forum that set “the agenda for the next decade of the Internet,” before relaunching in 2020.
Compiled by Dave Lee and Will Fox, ‘Breaking The Beats: A personal selection of West London Sounds’, is exactly that. Released on Lee’s Z Records on 11 September, the album brings together the pair’s pick of some of the West London scene’s greatest tracks and remixes, featuring Bugz In The Attic, 4 Hero, Sunburst Band, Jazzanova, Atjazz, and many more. The album is available in double CD, gatefold double vinyl, download, and streaming formats; with sleeve notes by Mr Beatnick.
Following the announcement of their first album in 10 years, UK electronic artists Groove Armada share the accompanying video to ‘Lover 4 Now’, which feature Todd Edwards - an ode to Ibiza sunsets and fleeting summer romances.
The Bedrock summer season continues with a techno-themed remix package. The Japanese Popstars’ ‘Matter Of Time’ (featuring Green Velvet) has been reimagined for 2020 with reworks courtesy of Coyu and OC & Verde, alongside a new techno mix from the Popstars themselves.
East London club, Fold, launch their new label with the ‘Common Assault' EP from UK producer Gareth Wild. The four-track EP, which is due for release on a limited vinyl run, is aimed at heavy-hitting sound systems and has apparently been tested out on their own dancefloor. This EP marks the start of something new for the brand as they aim to build their presence in the electronic music world.
“In the beginning, there was Jack.” Those introductory words from Chuck Roberts’ legendary speech have been a staple throughout house music, with the full-length version possibly inspiring countless individuals since it first popped up in the late-80s. But even though the sheer impact of those words hasn’t changed in over 30 years, the world did. And in these times of unrest, seclusion and intolerance, ATFC and Chuck Roberts set out raise a fist for unity through a rework of the legendary speech: ‘Not The House That Jack Built’.
Following its announcement earlier in the month, Dennis Sheperd opens the singles account for his forthcoming ‘Find The Sunrise’ album. ‘I Can Feel’ is the first release to studio-unite Dennis with fellow countrymen Roger ‘Sunlounger’ Shah with a track that’s a two-hander created by artists with their own individual sounds, and an appreciation of each other’s.
Each year, 25 August marks Frankie Knuckles Day and to celebrate the occasion and the history of the classic ‘The Whistle Song’, Eric Kupper himself via Hysteria and in collaboration with the Frankie Knuckles Foundation and SoSure Music, has reproduced and remastered the original demo mix that he handed to Frankie on tape in a studio session all those years ago, for a special one-sided release. The duo were friends, production partners and long-time writing collaborators for over 25 years.
Maceo Plex is back on his own Ellum Audio with his latest track ‘Nu World’. Maceo has aimed to foment his own singular sound in the last few years with his melodic brand of techno, nurturing artists with similar mindsets on his label, and now taking the reins himself.
Darius Syrossian makes a return to the label that helped establish him with two house tracks plus a remix from Alex Ranerro. UK veteran Syrossian now heads up his own label Moxy Muzik, but in earlier years was a VIVa Music artist. He has also released on the likes of Hot Creations, Moon Harbour, Robsoul and Defected.
Following the release of last week’s ‘Levitating’ Remix ft. Missy Elliott and Madonna, the Blessed Madonna and Dua Lipa recently revealed the full list of collaborators for ‘Club Future Nostalgia’, which is out 28 August. Marea Stamper, is The Blessed Madonna, a Kentucky-born, Chicago-adopted, and now London-based DJ and producer.
This year, Martin Jensen’s has already released ‘Carry On’ with masked duo Molow and had collaborations with Imanbek on ‘I’m Just Feelin’ (Du Du Du)’ and Alok & Jason Derulo on ‘Don’t Cry For Me’. Now, he recently unveiled another single in collaboration with the Rani for ‘At Least I Had Fun’.
Last year’s ‘In Search Of Sunrise’ culminated in the November arrival of ‘ISOS’’s first ‘winter edition’. For 2020 though, Black Hole Recordings recently released the 16th edition this month, compiled by Markus Schulz, who returns for a third expedition, Giuseppe Ottaviani and Roger Shah, who dons his Sunlounger guise for its third disc.
Skint Records offer up a final selection of one more track from The Emperor Machine’s recent album. Following the same format as previous singles, there is an Extended Mix, Version 54 and Warehouse Jam. ‘Music Not Safari’ landed in March and Andy Meecham’s tough-edged and psyched-out disco beats have appeared on DFA, Phantasy and Skint Records, while before that he was part of the acid house movement as Bizarre Inc. and latterly Chicken Lips.
Few records are probably as evergreen as Felix’s ‘Don’t You Want Me’. Originally released in the summer of 1992, the record topped the charts in Finland, Spain and Switzerland, hit #1 in the US Hot Dance Club Play chart, made it to #6 in the UK singles chart and became a definitive staple track in the club scene for years if not decades. Now, UK artist Hannah Wants reinforces the track’s legacy by coming up with a rework of her own.
Circus Recordings release Martin Badder & Shania’s ‘Ur Type’ EP, complete with a remix from Circus Team member, Bontan coming later this month. Martin has spread his productions far and wide, finding homes on labels such as Strictly Rhythm, DFTD, Cr2, REALM and Armada amongst others. They have been picked up and supported by artists including Dubfire, Joseph Capriati, Nicole Moudaber, Sasha & Digweed, Carl Craig and Lee Foss.
Jay Pryor positively utilised the lockdown with a string of 'well-received DJ sets' from his East London balcony whilst also using the time to continue pushing his craft and refining his sound. He now comes with a fresh house-inspired track ‘Aside’ signalling the next chapter in his career.
Kiddy Smile’s career has gone skyward since he made his debut on Defected in 2016 with ‘Let A Bitch Know’. Traversing the worlds of music and fashion, working with the houses like Balmain, Balenciaga and Alexander Wang, it seems fitting that a fellow of both worlds, Honey Dijon, would now remix his Defected debut for the label’ sdisco counterpart Glitterbox.
Global Underground enters a new decade with a new release in the label’s city series: ‘GU43: Joris Voorn, Rotterdam’. The GU City albums are synonymous with releases from Carl Cox, Sasha, John Digweed, Danny Tenaglia, and many more, and with this release the Dutch artist guarantees himself a place in the canon with a mix that deconstructs, manipulates, and blends over 100 tracks, into one expansive whole.
Steve Bug and his label Poker Flat continue to make a contribution to the house and techno scene. Although dedicated to his own labels, Steve has attracted the attention of other imprints, including Bedrock, Knee Deep In Sound, Minus, Cocoon and Defected.
Dutch dance music veteran Sander van Doorn is back at it again with the recent release of his brand new single ‘I Dream’, which is out now on Spinnin’ Records. Aiming to get those endorphins going, this latest offering is a high-energy, punchy track.
Following tracks ‘Turn Me On (feat. Vula)’, ‘Fake ID’ and ‘Rise & Repeat’, Grammy-winning Riton recently announcd the release of his new summer track ‘Too High’, which features Boy Matthews.
Riot Ten debuts Volume 1 of his ‘BLKMRKT’ project, which sees the producer step away from dubstep in favour of house sounds. Including single ‘Wanna Go’ alongside Charly Jordan and collaborations with Michael Sparks and YDG, the 7-track EP shines a light on his versatility within house music, including bass house, deep house, and electro house influences. Looking to the music he grew up on for inspiration, the Texas-based artist is taking things back to his roots on his latest work.
Swedish synth act Kite have just release new track ‘Bowie ‘95’, an ode to being lost, and the existential dread that comes from having to engage with the ‘real world’. Made up of singer Nicklas Stenemo and keyboard player Christian Berg, the band says “The lyrics addresses both the feeling of guilt of not being more part of making the real world much better, but also the acceptance that music and escapism have an important role to play in people’s lives.”
Following his remix of John ‘Julius’ Knight & Roland Clark’s ‘This Is House’, Marco Lys returns to Soulfuric Trax for his solo debut ‘Body Roots’.
Following their latest release, ‘Two Hearts’ on Akira Records, Electronic live act Zola Blood recently announced a collection of remixes to follow up the EP. Across six remixes, the EP is transformed into a set of diverse and possible club ready tracks which features artists Jacques Greene, TSHA, Lake Turner, Luke Alessi, Lawrence Heart and Ouri.
With Dennis Ferrer’s return to Defected with ‘Sunny Days’, he aims to balance joy, soul and reflection with his latest track. Making his return after a four-year hiatus, this homecoming is aptly timed, considering the track has existed on a hard drive in Dennis’ studio for some time.
As is possibly the case with many high-profile artists that have been around for as long as Armin van Buuren has, they’ll have many remixes, versions and bootlegs of original records that haven’t been released. Now, showcasing these tracks, Armin releases a brand-new remix album called ‘Lost Tapes’.
Creamfields recently revealed more names for their 2021 edition, new additions include Pendulum – TRINITY, Chase & Status (DJ Set), Oliver Heldens, Sven Väth, Pete Tong, Vini Vici, Michael Bibi, Kölsch, W&W, Sub Focus (DJ Set), Jax Jones, Gorgon City, Gareth Emery, Claptone, Sigma, Hybrid Minds, Holy Goof, Enrico Sangiuliano, Cristoph, Jonas Blue, SASASAS, Dimension, Cosmic Gate, Bassjackers, Franky Wah, Low Steppa, Brennan Heart, Kutski, Friction, Chris Lorenzo, Mason Collective, Eli Brown, Leftwing:Kody, Offaiah, Notion, La Fleur, James Organ and SOSA.
It’s been about a year and a half since Kenneth Bager emerged with ‘Farmacia (Homage to Frankfurt)’, and the tech house creation has apparently passed on the spark of inspiration to his peers and other scene staples. Recently, Carl Cox issued a techno remix of the Danish house artist’s track, adding to the record in his own manner.
Klangkarussell have released a short film to accompany their latest single, ‘My World’. Based on an original idea from Tobi, and executive produced by him and Adrian, the 10 minute long music video is about looming ecological disaster and animal extinction, with the Austrian duo weaving in characters from European folklore into the story, including the Krampus, the woodchopper, and Pinocchio.
Defected Croatia will be back at The Garden, Tisno from Thursday 5th – Tuesday 10th August 2021. Like so many other event operators, the Defected team had no choice in April but to postpone the 2020 edition due to the global pandemic. Headliner highlights will include Armand Van Helden, Gorgon City, Honey Dijon, Moodymann, Purple Disco Machine and many more as planned for 2020, with the addition of Bob Sinclar, who will play for the label for the first time in nine years. The French DJ made a virtual impression on sister label Glitterbox’s Virtual Festival streamed via YouTube, Facebook and Twitter in April.
Greg Gow has possibly been building a reputation as one of Canada’s greatest musical exports in recent years. From his base in Toronto, Gow intertwines the sound of Detroit with the flavours of his hometown, creating decent results.
Tricky has just released ‘Thinking Of’, the second track from his forthcoming album, ‘Fall To Pieces’. The track features Marta Złakowska on vocals - the singer he discovered during a Polish tour when he was left without a vocalist on the opening night - the local promoter suggested a girl who worked in a nearby bar, and when she arrived she had already learned the chorus to Tricky’s song ‘When We Die’.
New Jersey’s Harry Romero remixes Basement Jaxx ‘Romeo’ on his Bambossa imprint. Romero cut his teeth during the heyday of New York’s vibrant scene and has been an advocate of proper house music ever since. Last year alone he released on Cecille, Subliminal, Crosstown Rebels, as well as ‘Afro Horn’ on Rebellion.
GRAMMY-nominated producer Mat Zo returns to Anjunabeats with a brand new artist album set for release in October: ‘Illusion Of Depth’. At the age of 30, this is the London-born, LA-based producer’s third artist LP. Mat broke onto the scene in 2008 and in the early naughties, he penned Anjunabeats’ tracks like ‘The Lost’ and ‘Synapse Dynamics’. They were followed by the likes of ‘Superman’, ‘The Sky’, and ‘Rebound’ (with Arty).
London based electronic duo Eli & Fur have remixed Tensnake’s latest single ‘Somebody Else’ feat. Boy Matthews. The duo opt for a deep, melodic version of the track, allowing Matthew’s vocals to shine through. The track follows Shadow Child’s remix released in June, harnessing a nostalgic rave vibe to bring together the two new versions of the single into one package.
It’s been about five years since Lost Frequencies released ‘Are You With Me’, his take on the original version of American county singer Easton Corbin. Since then, the Belgian DJ, producer and label owner has continued to release tracks whilst seeing his streaming numbers apparently ‘run into the billions.’ Recently, he went back to the point where it all began and reconnected with Easton for their follow-up collab: ‘One More Night’.
Emerging from a city steeped in dance music culture, Chicago’s John Summit is apparently becoming one of the city’s brightest rising stars. Making his Defected debut with ‘Deep End’ earlier this summer, following releases on Repopulate Mars, Dirtybird and Farris Wheel Recordings, the record is boosting John’s standing as a possible one-to-watch.
Grammy-Nominated artist BT recently announced his new studio album ‘The Lost Art Of Longing’. Available on 14 August from Black Hole Recordings, his first dance music-oriented album in seven years is preceded by the recent release of the single ‘No Warning Lights’ with the voice of Emma Hewitt.
Italian producer and DJ Moon Rocket returns to Soulfuric Deep for his latest dose of house music. Highlighting his production abilities with instrumentation and funk-laden percussion, its atmospheric organs and electric guitars lend a heavy dose of 1970s nostalgia to ‘Melting Pot’.
Since his Anjunadeep debut back in 2018, Marsh has possibly solidified himself as a firm label favourite, winning a steady stream of support from the likes of Joris Voorn, Kölsch, and BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart. Following on from his ‘Eu Topos’ EP earlier this year and the Alan Watts-sampling ‘Come Together’, a collaborative single with friend and label mate Nox Vahn, Marsh now returns with his latest solo EP offering ‘Lost In You’.
After probably becoming one of the big tracks of 2019’s Ibiza season, Roberto Surace’s ‘Joys’ is possibly still one of the biggest cross-over tracks of the last 12 months. Now, after remixes from Todd Terry, OFFAIAH and Purple Disco Machine, three more producers remix the track for 2020.
Following on from her dancefloor track, ‘Run to You’, which apparently performed well in charts and playlists and featured the vocals of Claudia Kane, Maya Jane Coles resumes a club focus with the three-track ‘Would You Kill (4 Me)?’ EP.
As a DJ/producer, Movada has co-written and produced for artists such as The Vamps and remixed for artists including MØ, Martin Solveig, The Him and Kodaline. Now for 2020, he gets set to take the stage in solo form with his debut release ‘Stay’.
Tomorrowland and Eric Prydz have been working together the past few years on delivering shows and now the brand has asked the Swedish DJ/producer to co-develop a unique show for its digital festival.
As the release of his LA album continues to draw closer, Tensnake releases the fourth single from the album, following ‘Rules’, ‘Automatic’ and ‘Somebody Else’. ‘Strange Without You’ (feat. Daramola) sees the German touch down on Armada Music with possibly one of his most personal records yet.
Paul Oakenfold and Latin multi-Grammy award winner Luis Fonsi team up on ‘The World Can Wait’. Co-produced by DJWS (Lady Gaga, Pitbull), the track is the first single to be released from Paul’s upcoming studio album ‘Shine On’ due later this year. Paul’s new album, his first since ‘A Lively Mind’ (2006) and ‘Bunkka’ (2000) will veer down a chilled-out path and not one solely crafted for the dancefloor.
The Keith Harris Experience launched earlier this summer with a debut two-track EP. Now Harris’ new EP features two tracks that showcase his eclectic talents and influences. While ‘Get It’ ft Chief Wakil and Church Boi is a stripped-down dance track inspired by Chicago’s underground footwork scene, the pop song ‘Happy We Made It’ pivots into a more introspective territory, with a performance by Somali sister duo Faarrow.
Hailing from Brooklyn, NYC’ Desna is back with a summer EP titled 'Frou Frou', set to release on Kuukou Records on 14 August and includes a remix by Simina Grigoriu.
On Friday 17 July, various artists from Armada Music will march into battle alongside (and against) prominent members of the Team Liquid esports brand in two show matches, which will be broadcast live on the respective Twitch channels of Armada Music and Team Liquid starting 8pm (CEST).
Boss Doms delivers dance track, ‘I Want More’ alongside Australian Kyle Pearce, who has recently worked with Klangkarussell and released on Ultra and Get Physical. A new artist project, Boss Doms is already planning to make a name for himself as a one-to-watch on the global dance circuit.
Radio Slave returns to his Rekids imprint with ‘Stay Out All Night’. As the artist behind ‘Grindhouse’, ‘Don’t Stop No Sleep’, ‘Another Club’, and many other cuts, his knack for crafting club tracks continues.
Lee Foss’ South of Saturn imprint continues to deliver in 2020 with NightFunk's ’That’s Right’, which is out tomorrow. Having previously released on Material and Jacky & Friends, NightFunk aka Belgian DJ/producer Dennis Hermans now opens his account for the label.
Originally released back in 2006 on Defected, Copyright’s ‘He Is’ is still a tremendous track. The record, which saw the duo return to the US garage sound that possibly propelled them into clubbers’ consciousness at the dawn of the millennium, features a praising vocal from Song Williamson, with charged up keys and rounded groove that gave it its euphoric quality.
Hot on the heels of her new single ‘Heaven On My Mind’ breaking into the UK Official Charts Top 40, singer-songwriter Becky Hill releases the first episode of her podcast, The Art of Rave. Over the course of the series Becky discussed rave culture with some of its key artists, including Andy C, Roni Size, Pete Tong, Sister Bliss, Groove Armada, Fabio & Grooverider and more.
Das Spezial is back with his varied house, acid, breakbeat, techno and plenty more material on his own Spezial label. This time it’s with a brand new EP that has the involvement of Grammy award-winning producer and Chemical Brothers collaborator Steve Dubs and ex-Peace Division man Justin Drake.
Frédéric Faupin returns to Moon Beam Records under his Mr Fuzz alias with five funk- influenced cuts entitled ‘Briefcase’. Frédéric is influenced by the soul of the ‘70s: jazz, gospel, funk and global sounds. In 2002 he composed his first solo album entitled ‘Electro Twist’ under his alter ego Mr Fuzz and has apparently since become one of the most prolific artists on SFP Records under the pseudonyms of Mr Fuzz, Jack In Da Box and Sofian Rouge.
UK duo Ben Prok and James Fitch aka Prok | Fitch return to Solid Grooves this July with their latest single, ‘Indiance’. The duo have previously released material via a host of imprints and have also been touring the globe from Australia and New Zealand through to the USA.
DLV is the driving force behind Acid Techno Techno Club and now self-releases three tracks that are aimed at the dancefloor. Acid Techno Techno Club is an organisation run by DLV that meets to discuss, show, and promote acid techno in a local community setting and it has apparently given the Austrian artist and party promoter a cult following both locally and internationally.
After two multi-room events using Twitch’s ‘Squad Stream’ technology, the Defected WWWorldwide series will come to a close tomorrow, reflecting the house music label’s summer of club events in Ibiza that have been postponed due to the global pandemic.
When Morten Trøst unveiled his Soulmagic alias with his debut release in 2003, the record, bearing the same name as his new pseudonym, possibly became an instant house classic. Now, nearly 20 years later, the track is still played on some dancefloors, and with these three brand new remixes on Soulfuric Recordings, it may help it secure its club appeal for another decade.
SoSure Music have released a remix package of the Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper production ‘Get Over U’ feat. B Slade. The original was a slice of anthemic vocal house and has now received a contemporary rework from two house music spinners, US DJ Tedd Patterson and Berlin-based Chambray.
Following the release of her 2019 two-track debut EP, ‘Equality’, Belgian Eva Swan recently unveiled a new four-track EP entitled ‘Let Me Hold You’, which is out now via Eva Swan Records. Exploring elements of industrial sounds and influences ‘Vous voulez rester?’ and ‘Together’ use vocal samples to contrast against percussion and modular-esque synths.
Tone Troy drops a house track on Nervous Records entitled ‘Release Myself’ on 17 July. From firefighting throughout Manhattan, to apparently sharing a stage with some of the biggest electronic music acts in the game; he is possibly becoming one of New York's premier selectors.
Greeces DJ Angelo returns to the Stereo MCs’ Connected label with a new EP featuring two house cuts. Apparently a key player in the Greek market, he's also taken his talents globally to some of dance music’s hot spots including Ibiza, New York and London.
On 18 June Brighton joined the global streaming community with ‘United We Stream’ launching in the city. A movement that started in Berlin during lockdown that has spread to over 65 cities around the world, it showcases the music, culture and free-thinking rainbow infused spirit to viewers at home, whilst raising money for the city’s night-time economy, cultural organisations and charities.
As one half of US duo Murk, Oscar G has been responsible for some great, evocative house records. With an array of solo ventures across imprints such as Nervous Records, and his own label Made In Miami Records, he has a lot of experience within the house scene.
Making the most of his time in lockdown, Ferry Corsten has apparently been busy with various musical projects in the last few months. Following his exploration into his love for ambient and cinematic music with his ‘As Above So Below’ album under the FERR alias, he eturned to more familiar roots with the release last month of his single ‘Tomorrow’.
Grammy-Nominated film composer BT has just released his new double single ‘1AM in Paris’ / ‘The War’ on Black Hole Recordings. The double single showcase just a small fraction of what’s in store for his forthcoming artist album, due later this summer.
Just released alongside a video, ‘In Light’ featuring Jónsi proves a pivotal moment on Julianna Barwick’s forthcoming record ‘Healing Is A Miracle’. Not only because a collaboration with the Icelandic singer has long been a dream—“I think he has the best voice in the world, and hearing my voice with Jónsi's is one of the joys of my life”—but also because Jónsi is someone who has both directly and indirectly helped to shape the sound of the record.
Austria’s Elian Dust fires up two house cuts on Under Pressure including a remix from Riaz Dhanani. Elian is an up and coming producer aiming to make a name for himself in the house music world and has already picked up support from the likes of Pete Tong, Groove Armada, Waifs & Strays and many more.
Italian producer Marco Lys joins Kittball with a two-track house release entitled ‘Pull Me Down EP’. Musically active for more than two decades, Marco has been releasing house music on imprints like Stereo Productions, Skint, Defected, Nervous and Toolroom, whilst more recent appearances include VIVa MUSiC, Soulfuric, Circus Recordings, and Subliminal.
A new project from American producers Pierce Fulton and Gordon Huntley, Leaving Laurel made their label debut in January and have since apparently garnered a huge fanbase after remixing Anjuna’s Andrew Bayer and Luttrell, and releasing ’Through And Through’ on the label’s flagship compilation, ‘Anjunadeep 11’.
Frankey, the alias of Frank Beckers, and known as one half of the Berlin duo Frankey & Sandrino, drops his second release on Poker Flat Recordings - the 'Sing' EP. The duo have notched up a series of releases on labels such as Kompakt, Innervisions and Diynamic, and their own label Sum over Histories.
Possibly one of the finest up and comers in the UK bass scene, DJ and producer Shapes is back with new single, ‘No Manners’, featuring Virus Syndicate. His most recent release on Circus Records, ‘Wanna Know’ was apparently supported by media and peers alike, with the likes of 12th Planet, Sikdope and Crizzly all praising the track. Continuing the media support, Shapes also took part in the Circus Quaranstream in association with UKF in May.