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.
Dave Lee’s new single ‘Power Of The Mind’ (feat. Billy Valentine) is now available to stream and download. Featuring a vintage soul vocal from Billy Valentine, it also happens to be Z Records 300th release and is available in two mixes: JN Redemption Mix and JN Mind Meld Dub.
Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) recently revealed its full ADE Pro online conference programme, featuring, among others, James Blake, Femi Kuti, Neneh Cherry, Robert Hood and Prof. Dr. Samantha Warren, alongside companies including Bandcamp, Beatport, Hipgnosis, Sony Playstation, SoundCloud, Ultra Records, UTA, VEVO, WME and many more.
From the moment he emerged with ‘U Got My Heart’ in 2019, Clément Leroux aimed to set the bar high for anyone anticipating more of his sound. He drew from his own experiences with every track he put out, issuing snapshots of the bends in the road of adolescence and the ups and downs through musical narration. And now, the Frenchman recently unveiled the complete story of his path to independence and young adulthood in the form of his first-ever album: ‘Circle Line’.
Continuing the celebration of Poker Flat’s 20 years in the business, another classic from their back catalogue has been give the remix treatment. Originally released in 2005, ‘Love Dose’ was the first release on Poker Flat by the then rising artist, Argy.
Casbah 73 makes his Glitterbox Recordings debut with the slice of disco soul ‘Love Saves The Day’. Driven by a soul-filled vocal hook from Angela Goode, the jam’s authenticity possibly lies in its rawness, as it aims to sound like it’s been ripped straight from a 1970s dancefloor while maintaining a freshness for today’s listeners.
After a 10 year hiatus since their last album release, Tom Findlay and Andy Cato have finally released the next Groove Armada LP. The 11-track ‘Edge Of The Horizon’ is now via BMG. Blending a melting pot of styles, the album encapsulates the diverse myriad of sonic influences that have informed the Groove Armada sound past, present, and future. Tom and Andy cut loose, invoking influences which include LCD Soundsystem, Soulwax, Caribou, and Tame Impala.
Still in the midst of celebrating 15 years in music, Orjan Nilsen keeps pushing his sound and this time, the Norwegian digs into the progressive side with a cut called ‘Sankthansaften’. The track aims to show his love for his home country whilst reflecting on the phenomenon that occurs in Norway on 23 June, the same day on which this record was written.
That the eighth album from Markus Schulz is arriving in extraordinary times scarcely needs saying, but it’s the direction that artists chose to take with that abundance of additional production time that’s now providing the real insights. Some might’ve imagined that Markus would take our harder times as the artistic cue to re-don his Dakota mask as he last did in the winter of 2017.
Above & Beyond recently released a four-hour ‘Group Therapy 400’ set that celebrates 20 years of Anjunabeats. Filmed on the River Thames in the band’s hometown of London, this 70-track set spanning the history of Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep is available to watch in full on YouTube now.
Bedrock recently released the 4-track ‘Rising Expanse’ EP from Ireland’s Ian O’Donovan and Japan’s Satoshi Fumi, where the duo pay homage to the machine magic of the original Detroit techno scene and use their creativity to put their own futuristic identity across four tracks.
The follow up to 2015’s ‘Break Free’, ‘Go Don’t Stop’ is the new album from longtime soulful house artist Husky: his life-affirming celebration of the power of songs, collaboration and positivity across 11 tracks - his first album for half a decade.
Sander van Doorn’s latest offering, ‘Feels Like Summer’ aims to encapsulate sunshine vibes and it’s out now via Spinnin’ Records. Drawing the listener in with its vocal, Sander builds up tension with atmospheric synths before employing a vigorous and rolling bassline that elevates the single.
After releasing Louie Vega and The Martinez Brothers’ ‘Let It Go’ earlier this summer, Defected now deliver a remix from Australian DJ and producer Dom Dolla. The original record, a homage to NYC’s rich Latin American dance culture, was a soulful and groove-filled production from two generations of the city’s DJ/producers.
Soda State’s debut release, ‘The Look’, is a 2020-rework of Metronomy’s 2011 track of the same name which introduced the duo to the ears of the wider music world. Now, building upon early industry support, the duo now return with their first original track titled ‘Midnight’, which is out now on Potion Records.
GoldFish have five artist albums to their name and apparently well over 18 million streams for 2019 single ‘Colours & Lights’, with Brazilian brothers Cat Dealers. The South African act are now starting to build momentum for the release of their sixth artist album with another track, ‘Forever Free’. Talking about love and taking the leap, the track is narrated by the vocals of Nate Highfield and Silver on an instrumental backdrop.
ilan Bluestone, Maor Levi, and Emma Hewitt are Elysian and Anjunabeats have released their debut EP, ‘Water’. ilan and Maor have been close collaborators for years, with their list of releases including Anjunabeats releases like ‘Will We Remain?’, ‘Can You’ and ’The Distance’. More recently, they created an edit of Gabriel & Dresden’s ‘Keep On Holding’.
With the release of ‘Not Ready’ comes double cause for AVA celebration. It sees Louis ‘LTN’ Tan give return to his Pres. Ghostbeat moniker after May’s ‘Through The Darkness’, and it’s also the embarkation point for the label’s new imprint. The track opens the account for the label’s new Deep division – a sub-label whose name and remit chimes for cooler and altogether more 2020 musical requirements.
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’.