Nicky Romero recently announced that the Protocol Recordings Ibiza Reboot will be the grand opening event at Pacha Ibiza on Wednesday 21 May.. After its launch in Miami and other successful stops in Las Vegas and Amsterdam, Nicky Romero's "reboot" concept continues on its global conquest with an event on the infamous party island.
Nicky Romero, along with his fellow label mates Don Diablo, Stadiumx, and Merk & Kremont, are set to drop some progressive and electro house, manifesting the "reboot" both aurally and physically. Pacha Ibiza and clabbers who go to the club are in for a very special grand opening with the help of Nicky Romero & Protocol Recordings.
LA-based DJ/producer Bare is back with his brand new ‘BVRETRVP 2’, which is available to download for free. The three-track EP features Bare’s original productions ‘Cee’ and ‘Shake’ and his bootleg of Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash’s ‘Reload’.
There’s not much left to say about a man who has been at the very centre of house music for over two decades. Larry Heard is without question one of the most influential producers ever to lay down a 4/4 beat and here he dons his Mr Fingers cap for a vibrant and eclectic mix. For more info, interview and tracklist, click here:
‘Midnight’ is LA based Gina Star's first outing after a top 2012. The track is a hot progressive house beat featuring a big female vocal hook that builds in the breakdown until the massive drop, cueing that hands in the air moment. Already in the hands of a few big name DJs, 'Midnight' continues Gina’s successful run of big productions. Check it out below.
Fancy remixing Patrick Hagenaar’s DMC Buzz chart #3 ‘You Got Me Glowing (In The Dark)’ for free on your iPhone or Blackberry? The track, which David Guetta and Tiesto dropped on their radio shows and is on heavy rotation on BBC Radio 1 and Kiss FM is now available on the KISS FM Remix app. Grab it HERE.
The latest transounds mix is the second in their series of mixes based on subcultures. The pair display yet another side of their eclectic taste by combining songs old and new from the broad spectrum that is disco. Far from believing that disco is dead, the spirit of disco is infused in the mix. Check it below:
On November 29th Belvedere Vodka took over Manhattan's Meatpacking district with a spectacular light show and music experience with electro-funk DJ duo Chromeo-DJ set to celebrate World AIDS Day. Guests took to the streets of New York City to watch the area become illuminated in red against the backdrop of 20ft white neon trees to help Belvedere Vodka and (RED)™ raise awareness around the beginning of the end of AIDS -- meaning the virtual elimination of the HIV virus from mothers to their babies and achieving the first AIDS-free generation born by 2015.
Great video from The Warehouse Project...
As the winter chill approaches Ultra Music brings back the heat with a beautiful new video series filmed in Ibiza during the island's summer club season. The first journey is lead by Above & Beyond who look back fondly at the island's influence on their sound and what makes it such a special place to unwind and celebrate a love of dance music.
To celebrate Halloween, Ultra Music has teamed up with Maniac Pumpkin Carvers (http://maniacpumpkincarvers.com) to bring you deadmau5 and Steve Aoki in pumpkin form! You can watch the guys at work carving and lighting their faces via a timeless tradition below.
'Toolroom Amsterdam Essentials 2012' is a crucial selection of remixes and upfront cuts from Toolroom Records, celebrating dance music's most revered annual music conference. From floorfillers such as Mark Knight's 'Together', to the Adrian Bood & Robin South remix of John Dahlback's 'Phoenix', to smashes like Jay Lumen's remix of Kevin Saunderson's 'The Sound' & Fedde le Grand & Deniz Koyu's remix of Digitalism's 'Zdarlight', the album gives you 20 of the best full length and unedited DJ friendly tracks of the moment. It also includes crowd favourites courtesy of Marco Lys, Tim Cullen & Brett Gould, alongside deeper cuts from Pirupa, Julien Chaptal & Marco Bailey. It’s out now.
On September 26 at the DJ Awards show in Ibiza’s Pacha, Armin van Buuren was awarded for ‘Best International DJ’ and ‘Best Trance DJ’. As voted by EDM lovers from all across the globe, it is the fifth year in a row that the Dutch DJ returns home with the trance award. He received the award for ‘Best International DJ’ two times before in 2009, 2011.
The DJ Awards is a non-profit organisation, created to recognise and celebrate the talents of the greatest DJs since 1998. The annual award show is a highlight of the summer season, held in Ibiza, the dance music capital during the summer months. Armin, who’s just had the Closing Party of his A State of Trance nights at Ibiza’s Privilege, is now getting ready for his next world-tour, A State of Trance 600. Armin will announce the dates and cities of the tour during a special live broadcast of his radio show, taking place in Amsterdam’s Escape club, on October 18th. For more information, check: www.arminvanbuuren.com or www.djawards.com.
It is a very special show on Friday 17 August from 9pm on BBC Radio 1, as Jamie Jones (Hot Creations / Paradise) and Seth Troxler (Visionquest) take over Pete Tong's show, bringing you two hours of their favourite house, techno and everything in between. There’s a guest mix from Ben UFO (who is playing Paradise next week), an interview with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and a live Maida Vale session from Footprintz.
Creamfields announced today that Creamfields 2012 has sold out. This year’s event, which will attract a record 55,000 people will be the fourth consecutive sell-out year for the award winning dance festival. The three-day camping event which returns to Daresbury on August Bank Holiday weekend will see performances from the likes of deadmau5, Tiësto, David Guetta, The Chemical Brothers (DJ Set), Avicii, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Example, Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso to name just a few. For more info go to www.creamfields.com.
DF Concerts & Events and founding partner Tennent’s Lager announced that the limited earlybird tickets for T in the Park 2013 are sold out! T in the Park will celebrate the significant milestone of its 20th year and the limited earlybird allocation of tickets went on sale at 9am on Friday 13th July at 2012 prices. Many fans took advantage of the exclusive early bird deposit offer, which proved a huge success with music lovers guaranteeing their ticket for the festival’s 20th year with a £50 deposit. The next batch is released pre-Christmas.
Festival Director Geoff Ellis said:
“We’re thrilled that the T in the Park 2013 earlybird ticket allocation has sold out - it’s great to know that our audience are as excited as we are about our 20th year celebrations. Given the current economic climate, we introduced the £50 deposit offer to help fans guarantee their place in the crowd at T in the Park 2013 and we’re pleased that this has proved so successful. Those who missed out will have another chance to get their tickets when we release another batch of tickets pre-Christmas.”
George Kyle, Head of Sponsorship – Tennent’s Lager, said:
“Tennent’s Lager has been the T in the T in the Park since it began, and we’re incredibly proud to be approaching the 20th year of our founding partnership with the festival. It’s fantastic to see that anticipation is already building, and here at Tennent’s we can’t wait to celebrate T in the Park’s 20th year with the fans - it will be a very special occasion.”
Message From Luke Solomon, Friday 13 July 2012
You may or may not know that it would have been Kenny Hawkes' birthday tomorrow.
One year ago we held a benefit at East Village which included a lot of music played by a lot of Kenny's friends. Stuart Patterson recorded the entire evening. As part of an incentive to raise money for a good cause we have included some of this music from the night. Once your donation has been made you will receive a link for the download. Click on the link below:
Press release regarding the cancellation of Ultra Music Festival, Poland...
It is with a heavy heart and our deepest regrets that UMF must notify our loyal fans that UMF Poland, scheduled for July 13th & 14th in Warsaw, has been cancelled.
We hope our history of consistently producing unparalleled world-class festivals throughout the globe featuring the best artist line ups and highest production quality will give our European fans enough of a reason to continue to support us beyond this unfortunate circumstance. Our local promoter, SRO Festivals (“SRO”), and some of its affiliates, confirmed that they would be unable to meet and perform certain vital contractual obligations essential to successfully producing the UMF Poland Event. We have since terminated our relationship with SRO as a result of these unforeseen and ill-fated developments. For us, delivering UMF’s signature production and ultimate fan experience are components upon which UMF is never prepared to compromise.
There are no words to express how disappointed we are at missing this opportunity to bring UMF to Warsaw. However, we are confident that with the continued support of our fans and artists, we will be able to build a solid foundation for the relaunch of a European UMF in 2013 with a MASSIVE line up and historic concept.
The core integrity of the UMF brand remains the experience and safety of our fans, the artists, managers, agents and everyone within the EDM community.
As the promoter of record, SRO was responsible for administering all ticket sales for the event. Ticketholders seeking a refund should go to their original point of purchase and are advised to visit http://www.umfpoland.com for more information.
Toolroom Records are offering massive summer savings by offering 50% off ALL the Toolroom Records catalogue on Beatport until midnight on Sunday 8th July. To take advantage, simply head over to the Toolroom label page on Beatport: http://www.beatport.com/label/toolroom-records/495, fill your cart and enter the coupon code TOOLROOM50 at checkout to get your 50% off Toolroom!
STATEMENT FROM RADIOHEAD
As you will probably have heard the roof over the stage collapsed at our show in Toronto killing crew member Scott Johnson and injuring three other crew members. The collapse also destroyed the light show – this show was unique and will take many weeks to replace. The collapse also caused serious damage to our backline, some elements of which are decades old and therefore hard to replace.
Whilst we all are dealing with the grief and shock ensuing from this terrible accident there are also many practical considerations to deal with & consequently we have to try and reschedule the following shows:
30 Roma Hippodrome Capanelle
1 Firenze Parco delle Cascine
3 Bologna Arena Parco Nord
4 Codroipo Villa Manin
6 Berlin Wuhlheide
7 Berlin Wuhlhedie
9 St Triphon Carriere des Andonces
We aim to announce the new dates for these shows on Wednesday 27th of June and will also supply information on how to obtain refunds on tickets if you cannot come to the show on the new date.
We will start playing live again at Les Arenes Nimes, Bilbao BBK festival and Lisbon Optimus Alive festival.
We will make every effort to offer the fans the very best show possible under the circumstances – thanks for your understanding and support.
Insomniac Statement Regarding High Winds at Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas
Las Vegas, June 10, 2012– With approximately 90,000 fans who have cleared the turnstiles as of 1am tonight, Insomniac, the producer of Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas asked fans to calmly head to the stands of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway as high-winds posed a possible threat to fan safety.
At approximately 1am. Insomniac, in conjunction with public safety officials, made the decision to temporarily halt the show while an evaluation on wind conditions was made.
"Fan safety is Insomniac's highest priority. We cannot control Mother Nature and we are taking every precaution while high winds continue, and have cleared the stage areas temporarily as a preventative measure," said Pasquale Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomniac. "We are asking fans to be patient inside and outside the venue while we evaluate the weather conditions."
Creamfields looks on course for a fourth consecutive sell-out year with the Limited Ticket Offer now sold out! Two and three day camping tickets are now available at the price of £125+BF and £145+BF for three-day camping tickets. Creamfields returns to Daresbury in Cheshire on August Bank Holiday weekend (24th – 26th August 2012) and will see performances from the likes of deadmau5, Tiësto, The Chemical Brothers (DJ Set), David Guetta, Avicii, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Example, Axwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Paul van Dyk, Above & Beyond, Eric Prydz, Groove Armada (DJ set), Richie Hawtin, Sub Focus (Live), Knife Party, Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki and more. Full line up and ticket info: www.creamfields.com
Space Ibiza won the award for the best Global Club at the 27th Edition of the International Dance Music Awards, given annually at the Winter Music Conference in Miami. The IDMAs are the longest-running dance music awards in the electronic music scene, covering 56 different categories and virtually all aspects of the industry. Space will no doubt be celebrating the award at their Space Opening Fiesta on Sunday May 27th.
Maykel Piron, the Managing Director of the award-winning Dutch record label Armada Music, was awarded the ‘Best Record Label Executive’ at the International Dance Music Awards in Miami. It is the third year in a row that the Dutchman has received this prestigious award, praising his work as the representative of the popular record company. Under his management, Armada Music has been voted ‘Best Global Record Label’ four years in a row now. The International Dance Music Awards, taking place in Miami each year in March, are the leading awards in the dance music industry. The award show took place in Miami last Thursday, but the news that Piron won the award for ‘Best Executive’ wasn’t announced until afterwards. In January 2012, Maykel Piron already won a ‘Feather’ award for his extraordinary contribution to the Dutch music industry. For more info, check out www.armadamusic.com.
Following the huge response online to ‘Primadonna’, it’s time to get your teeth around the first remix from Marina & The Diamonds latest single. Esteemed EDM producer Benny Benassi has turned Marina’s pop fuelled track into an uplifting disco house banger! With the thumping bass and heavy synths, Benassi’s remix is more suited to the big room raves. Leaving Marina’s vocals prominent throughout, this track could become an anthem this summer within the electro scene. ‘Primadonna’ is set for release on April 16th with new album ‘Electra Heart’ to follow on 30th April.
‘Dr Dee’ is a new studio album by Damon Albarn which will be released by Parlophone Records on 7th May 2012. The album is 18 tracks of songs and music inspired by the life of John Dee, mathematician, polymath and advisor to Elizabeth I. Described by Albarn as ‘strange pastoral folk’, Dr Dee is a fitting companion to the end of another Elizabethan age. The album combines Albarn's voice with early English choral and instrumentation alongside modern, West African and Renaissance sounds.
Rebecca Ferguson releases her new single ‘Glitter & Gold’ on April 29th. The song is taken from Rebecca’s top debut album ‘Heaven’, which has sold over half a million copies so far since it was released in December – fast approaching double platinum. Rebecca recently completed a sold out UK tour and will soon depart for the USA where she will be playing her first ever shows in LA and New York. Rebecca will also be visiting Germany, Australia, Switzerland and New Zealand for TV appearances, showcases and other promotional activity.
UK music collective Clean Bandit are an instrumental core of string quartet, keys, electro-acoustic drums who work with various vocalists and clash their eclectic influences of classical, dance and urban styles together forming a serene sound like nothing else. This video is from the band’s Radio 1 session with Huw Stephens where they collaborated with vocalists Jungle VIP, Subzy, Camilla Farrant and Eliza Shaddad on their track, Local Sauce. The performance is great, so if this is your thing, catch them at the following events:
26th April – Nonclassical @ XOYO (DJ Set)
27th April – The Nest (Soundsystem Show)
6th - 8th July – Lounge on the Farm
19th - 22nd July – Secret Garden Party
17th - 19th Aug – Summer Sundae
6th - 9th Sep – Bestival
Following on from the massive ‘Devil Walking’ and ‘Sax’, which reached numbers 1 & 2 on Beatport, Mark Knight returns with the next installment of his aptly titled ‘Bullets EP’. Due for release March 19th (Beatport) and April 1st (iTunes), the ‘Bullets EP Vol 2’ features two tracks that are guaranteed to drive any dance floor from peak hour to after hour. ‘Alright’ is a tasty homage to the golden era of house, circa 1995 and second track, ‘Together’, is peak time piano tech-house at its finest.
Pacha Ibiza returns to Miami this month to celebrate its Classic House Pool Party at the Shelborne - South Beach hotel on Saturday 24th of March from noon till 10pm. This is always a roadblock affair and this year the party features Bob Sinclar, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Norman Doray, GoldFish Live, RAE (Live PA & DJ Set), Andy Baxter, JP Candela, Carl Kennedy, Kaz James, Jon Cowan, Tom Peppe, Luca G (PA), Mo Funk and Teddy O.
Shelborne South Beach
1801 Collins Avenue
Miami, Florida 33139
Defected In The House have announced their dates for Pacha Ibiza this year, with their nights kicking off one week earlier on Saturday 26th May and closing one week later on Saturday 28th September. After a hugely successful season in 2011, the brand so far have confirmed a roster of DJs that they feel currently represents the sound of house and dance music in 2012. With more acts to be confirmed, so far the line-up includes Bob Sinclar, David Morales, Dennis Ferrer, Inner City Live, Dimitri From Paris, Junior Jack & Kid Crème, MURK, The Shapeshifters, Chocolate Puma, Simon Dunmore, Rae, Franky Rizardo, Noir, MK and 2000 and One. For more info, head to www.defected.com.
Following Friday’s line up announcement for Creamfields 2012, the festival has announced more acts to the bill. Afrojack joins the bill performing on Saturday 25th August - the Grammy award winner’s peerless reputation as a producer has seen him work with the likes of Madonna and collaborate with some of the worlds most respected artists including Black Eyed Peas, Steve Aoki and David Guetta. In addition Goodgreef Xtra Hard make a welcome return offering a new twist for 2012, this year as an outdoor stage delivered by the ‘Best in British’ talent from all the key brands and labels in UK hard dance. BBC Radio 1’s award winning Kutski headlines the stage alongside Kiddfectious’ Alex Kidd with support from the Awsum superstar Andy Whitby and king of the underground Mark EG plus the pioneers of the harder edged sound The Organ Donors and hardstyle’s finest duo Cally & Juice. Goodgreef Xtra Hard also introduces you for the first time a selection of the hottest, new and rising names in the British hard dance scene. For the latest info, log onto:
Every year the rumour mill in Ibiza goes into overdrive as the clubs on the island gear up for the season ahead. Today though, in arguably the biggest news to come out of the White Island in a number of years, it was announced that Tiësto will launch his new Monday night residency at the legendary Pacha, kicking off on 28th May and running through to late September. With further details such as support DJs, guests etc still to be confirmed, it’s worth regularly checking here or the sites below for the latest updates:
As 2011 drew to an end, Ashley Nicole could have justifiably sat back and rested on her laurels, enjoying the success of her track ‘Pull The Plug’. But as we approach Spring 2012, Ashley's still continuing to put out new music! Check this video for her latest track ‘Shouldn’t’ Be’, which was again produced by Boogie Wizzard. The video was directed by Denzel Williams and features upcoming rapper Lil Playy, who plays the role of Ashley's boyfriend.
Texas born, LA bound producer Mountblood is making moves in 2012, starting with this daring debut mix of today's nittiest and grittiest electro/house/dub jams. Now, he’s released his first Blood Sessions mix, which he’s made available as a free download. Featuring the sounds of Wolfgang Gartner, Chuckie, Zedd, Afrojack, Congorock and many more, this mix is a blend of highs and lows that is sure to get you pumping. Download the mix below and make sure to check out his latest production 'Storm Thrower'.
As the winter comes to an end (hopefully!), the Smiley Fingers label sets out its plans to fly to Florida to take part in Miami Music Week/WMC! For ‘Smiley Goes To Miami’, the crew has selected 15 tracks, bringing together some artists from its roster like Rick Sanders, Franky B (aka Cryptic Monkey), DJ Fiore, Larry Cadge, Luizo Ortega with big guns like Jay Lumen, Maetrik, Butch, Florian Meindl, Paco Osuna, Steve Lawler, Dapayk, Padberg, Alex Flatner, Oliver Klein, Martin Eyerer, Victor Calderone, Gabriel Ananda, Roland Nights and Jay Tripwire. Out March 5th, this is a huge package of music and should do well for the label.
Have a listen to Rita Ora’s cover of Gotye & Kimbra’s track ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, which was performed for the BBC Live Lounge. On Sunday, DJ Fresh and Rita hit the number one spot on the UK charts with ‘Hot Right Now’ as the biggest number 1 record of 2012 so far. Click the Soundcloud link below, we love it and think you will too.
Hed Kandi returns to the Winter Music Conference and Nikki Beach on Sunday 25th March for one of their biggest parties this year, with special appearances by Redroche, Milk & Sugar and Jean Paul Getto. With more acts still to be announced, the full details so far are as below the image...
Hed Kandi Presents…
Sunday 25thMarch 2012
Milk & Sugar
Jean Paul Getto
Aimee Jay on Saxophone
A$AP Rocky has announced details of his first ever set of UK shows. The 23 year-old Harlem born rap sensation, who released his ‘Live.LoveA$AP’ mixtape online last year to widespread critical-acclaim and who has subsequently become one of the most talked about artists of 2012, is set to play the following shows in June:
Tuesday 5th June – London Electric Ballroom
Tickets priced at £15 and available from www.livenation.co.uk
Thursday 7th June – Birmingham HMV Institute
Tickets priced at £12.50 and available from www.livenation.co.uk
Friday 8th June – Manchester The Ritz
Tickets priced at £12.50 and available from www.gigsandtours.com
Saturday 9th June – Glasgow The Arches
Tickets priced at £12.50 and available from www.gigsinscotland.com
A$AP Rocky’s debut single ‘Peso’ is available to download now on A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds/Columbia.
With an EP set to be released in April, you can find out more about, and listen to him here:
Atlanta native and producer/singer/songwriter Jahah released his gorgeous track ‘Bare My Heart’ a few weeks ago and now it’s been backed up by a very cool video. “Bare My Heart’ borrows a classic beat-break made famous by Run-DMC (‘Here We Go’) and has justifiably been compared to the vibe of Stevie Wonder. Jahah is currently working on his next project Nostalgia (BLACK) with Grammy nominated producers Tha Bizness and with a planned release for April 3rd, 2012. Click the links below for the video and website:
Radiohead's TV performance of The King Of Limbs is available in the shops from today. Entitled ‘Radiohead - Live From The Basement’, the DVD / Blue-Ray also features performances of two previously unreleased tracks, ‘The Daily Mail’ and ‘Staircase’. Radiohead recently announced tour dates in the US, Europe and East Asia. Full details can be found here, with more live dates to be announced soon:
Bearing the name as one of the most influential and highly rated electronic artists from the Spanish scene, UNER joins Cadenza for the first time with the two-piece ‘Palua’ EP. Clocking up some flawless releases over the last few years on imprints such as Diynamic, 2020 Vision, Get Physical or Defected among others, UNER’s percussion and funk led productions have caught the ears of many and Cadenza proudly welcome him aboard in the opening weeks of 2012.
The EP’s A-side ‘Pallene’ marks itself with an insatiably rhythmic appetite. Bongo’s tap, tom drum’s echo and shakers hiss through the opening moments, underpinned by a simple yet provoking piano melody. Winding along at a pitter patter pace, UNER’s live percussion performed alongside Nacho Gonzalez make for an elegant and classic atmosphere. As ‘Pallene’ and its bellowing kick wriggle along sensually through scattered doubled keys, warm synths and shimmering hi-hats, it takes on a dance floor worthy interpretation of classic Latino glamour.
Joined by B-side ‘Cocoua’, the ‘Palua’ EP retains its wriggling sensuality with pounding kicks and high contrasting hats and shakers. Building demurely with a rising bassline that mocks the clattering cymbal crashes, ‘Cocoua’ swings into dusky late night vibes as a melodic chord pattern makes its entrance. Gloriously simple in its stabbing arrangement. ‘Cocoua’ fels hypnotic, timeless and sexy as is the perfect companion for ‘Pallene’. It’s out on Cadenza on 30th January. Check out his latest podcast here:
Italian dub techno masters, Eclipse Music release the latest installment in Decoside’s ‘Reload’ series featuring two nice new compositions and a sterling remix from Fluxion. Eclipse Music was launched by DJ Francesco Stella in early 2008 and in the few short years since has become one of the most respected exponents of Italy’s dub techno scene.
Strongly influenced by the classic sounds of labels such as Basic Channel, UR and Transmat, Eclipse has developed its own unique style, releasing original material and remixes from the likes of Rob.Bardini, Brendon Moeller, Paul Mac, Iori, Estroe, Matt Thibideau, Atheus, passEnger, Edanticonf, Najem Sworb and of course Decoside.
Turin based Decoside has been at the heart of rise of Eclipse Music, providing a series of stunning releases under the ‘Reload’ banner. Alongside this he has recorded for imprints including Stomafunk and Exprezoo Records and taken his organic techno sound on the road as a DJ.
The latest Reload installment kicks of with ‘Reload 5’, a superb journey into deep and dubby territory built around a tracky hypnotic groove, heavy tape delay FX and jittery percussion. As with much of Decoside’s material there is a definite tip of the hat to Moritz van Oswald & Mark Ernestus, with Reload 5 coming on like a modern member of the Basic Channel family, sublime!
Next up is ‘Disorder’, a slice of techno that draws you in with its understated drum programming and intense stabs and keeps you locked in ‘til the final bar. The package closes with Chain Reaction & Echochord artist, Fluxion reworking ‘Disorder’ into a spacious and glitchy interpretation that fuses deep bass, warm pads and subtle melodies to create a genuinely outstanding piece of electronic music.
It’s out on Eclipse Music in late Janaury 2012.
International DJ agency IMD welcomes to its booking and PR roster the young and talented Russian breakthrough House sensation, Arty. Artem Stolyarov, Arty, might only be the tender age of 21 but he is already having a great impact on the global dance scene with big-room House anthems such as ‘Kate’, ‘Zara’, ‘Rebound’ with Mat Zo and ‘All Around The World’ which garnered support across the board from artists such as Chuckie, Hardwell and Tiesto.
As a result of his release success, the young Russian has been around the world and back playing events across the globe from the most prestigious clubs to some of the biggest festivals, including Global Gathering, Gatecrasher and ASOT 500 in Den Bosch. He’s no stranger to award ceremonies and international DJ poll rankings as he was nominated for Best Breakthrough DJ at the 2011 IDMA awards and received #25 in this year’s infamous DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll, gaining 53 places on 2010’s debut entry.
For most 21-year olds this kind of success might all seem slightly overwhelming however this ambitious Russian is ready to take things to the next level and has a whole host of new projects in store for his rapidly growing fan base.
Arndt Rörig and Marko Vidovic aka Tube & Berger are probably two of the most important protagonists of the electronic music scene and return with their latest track ‘Envy’. An unrestricted love for music brought them first together in a punk band and since then the successful musical duo has been inseparable on their musical journey across dance music genres.
From them hitting the top of the US Billboard Hot Dance Airplay charts with their hit ‘Straight Ahead’ (feat. Chrissie Hynde on vocals) in 2004, to their Beatport techhouse #1 last year with a remix of Tomcraft's tune ‘Room 414’, it's clear that whatever the punk-inspired duo create, it is their powerful, often playful sound that defines them in the charts. Italy's talented Pirupa, who was ranked #11 on Resident Advisor's top 100 most charted artists of 2010, is on remix duties and a host of the world's most distinguished dance labels have signed on for a taste of his percussive, party fuelling panache. It’s out on Area Remote on January 23.
Global superstar DJ and producer David Guetta became the first DJ and music artist to be handprinted at the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood over the weekend. To celebrate Guetta’s status as the world’s best-selling DJ of all time, the Chinese Theatre selected the French-born Guetta as the inaugural artist in its musicians-only handprint series “Handprints Homage.”
Guetta attended the ceremony, which took place inside the newly opened Grauman’s Ballroom, and performed a jubilant set at the space on December 3rd. The Grauman’s honuor came the same weekend that Guetta was nominated for two 2012 Grammy Awards: Best Dance/Electronica Album, for his acclaimed fifth studio album ‘Nothing But The Beat’, and Best Dance Recording for his electronic track ‘Sunshine’, which he produced with Swedish DJ Avicii. Now an eight-time Grammy nominee, Guetta won the award for Best Remixed Recording back-to-back in 2010 and 2011.
Receiving a perfect score of 10 and named the “money shot release” in the new issue of Mixmag, “The Low FreQuency Pureland EP” marks DJ/Producer FreQ Nasty’s re-entry – with a vengeance - into the world of boundary-pushing music.
Digging into the tracks, “Warm Dark Place” is a glitch-hop and drumstep hybrid of equal parts West Coast glitch hop and UK tear-out. The influence of FreQ Nasty’s time in the US Bass heaven of California is obvious with a haunting melodic refrain offsetting the hefty bass pressure. “1000 Buddhas of the Pureland of Bass” is a crunkstep roller that takes the uptempo Hip-Hop beats of the Northern Californian Hyphy movement and welds them to seismic 808 bassline.
FreQ Nasty played this across the summer of 2011 and the 808 bass solo in the middle gets them screaming every time. “The Heart of Definitive Meaning” is a journey into the more reflective side of bass music. Swathes of guitar over a backdrop of distant chimes and revolving chords all served on a bed of deep sub bass. It evolves slowly with an almost subliminal drop into angular stabs of low frequency voltage.
With the cutting-edge re-design of his website, launch of his new label, FreQ Nasty Recordings, and worldwide release of his new EP, supported by online, blog, and international press coverage, FreQ is making a powerful entry into 2012. He had this to say:
“I specifically avoided making dubstep on this EP as my modus operandi has always been –“look which way the crowd is moving and run in the opposite direction. Having said that, the crunkstep vibe of “1000 Buddha's…” was made with that 100 BPM-808-Hyphy Hip-Hop sound in mind, but then other influences snuck in there too. And in the end my tunes never turn out quite how I imagine them to.
“So I don't know what genre you would put these tracks in specifically. Not dubstep? Post dubstep? It doesn't really matter at the end of the day as new genres often start in one physical location but very soon spread to anywhere you can get a half way solid link to the internet. This EP dropped out of AT&T's broadband network somewhere between London and California. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed getting back in the studio.”
Those of you who remember Psycatron’s stunning remix of Mutant Clan’s ‘Persuader’ from John Digweed’s first ‘Structures’ album, or ‘Vertigo In The Modern’ (Beddigi08) with Sian, will possibly be chomping at the bit to get your ears around this brand new single. Psycatron, aka Northern Irish duo Paul Hamill & Dave Oost Lievense, produce 21st century techno with tracks that combine relentless energy and groove with bundles of emotion and tension, to make for an all-encompassing sound that is perfect for those big arenas and club rooms.
Their Original Mix with its energetic, melodic, percussive groove backbone mounted on a deep, throbbing bassline, builds a drawn out brooding vibe towards an ecstatic mid-way climax before layering and building in pure, intense Psycatron style.
Between them, John Digweed and Nick Muir have been involved in many pivotal moments in the world of club music over the years and as with all their studio productions their remix of ‘Memories Of The Moment’ is another mission statement to show that they are not resting on past laurels but always developing their sound in an exciting direction.
Remixes for Spooky, Simian Mobile Disco and Vince Watson have all been Psycatron highlights already this year, and a single with Paul Woolford for HotFlush received critical acclaim. New singles are on the way alongside Sian and Detroit Grand Pubahs, whilst the boys are currently locked down in their studio, working on the first Psycatron long-player for release in 2012. In the meantime you can tune into their fortnightly Electric Avenue radio show on Proton, which already has 20k subscribers.
Psycatron’s high profile productions have been popping up on some of the world’s most respected labels, receiving props from some of the biggest names in the business and record sales flying high in the Beatport charts, so it seems fitting that they have now linked up with Bedrock Records again to end the year in style.
‘What Did I Do’ is the latest tune to come from the mind of Sander van Doorn. In collaboration with Bloc Party’s Kele, Sander continues his meritorious rise as one of the most in demand producers in dance music today.
Infectious melodies are layered perfectly with easy to relate to lyrics that are sure to cause more than a few hands-in-the-air sing-along moments in the very near future. Dominate alternating melodies, a driving bassline and very creative key play create dramatic builds and breaks which marry singer Lucy Taylor’s vocals. It is the perfect peak hour banger and is ready to infiltrate clubs across the globe with another one of Sander’s big room anthems. With the morphing of pop music into dance music over 2011, this song rests quite comfortably between the two.
Pete Tong and Alesso are the latest acts to be added to the ever growing line up for the Swedish House Mafia’s ‘One Night Stand’ show at the 65,000 capacity Milton Keynes Bowl on 14th July 2012. These two new additions follow last week’s announcement of Calvin Harris and pop/house producer Madeon who also joined the bill for the gargantuan nine-hour long event that’s tipped to be the dance event of the summer.
As the UK’s best loved DJ and host of BBC Radio 1’s groundbreaking Essential Selection show Pete Tong’s legacy in electronic music history is legendary. He is the master of merging the underground with the mainstream and responsible for breaking some of the biggest tracks over the last 20 years. When Pete speaks people listen, and with millions tuning into ‘something for the weekend’ this makes Pete the voice of the dance music generation. Another artiste to break through over the last couple of years is Sebastian Ingrosso’s protégé Alesso. At only 19 years old and with massive productions including ‘Calling’ and 'Raise Your Head' already under his belt, his fanbase continues to grow receiving accolades from the likes of Tiësto, Avici and Sander van Doorn. 2012 is set to be Alesso’s year.
Swedish House Mafia are giving fans the opportunity to purchase the full VIP Swedes experience. For £199 (inc. VAT & booking fee) fans will have access to an exclusive VIP compound with private catering and bar, tokens for food and drink and access to the after-show party where DJ’s will play until 2am. Fans who have already bought a ticket will be able to upgrade for £154 (inc VAT). Full Info: https://www.facebook.com/swedishhousemafia?sk=app_179726115452353
‘One Night Stand’
Saturday 14th July 2012
Swedish House Mafia
+ More TBA
Swedish House Mafia will complete a historic first when they headline a gargantuan nine-hour ‘One Night Stand’ show in front of 65,000 people at the Milton Keynes National Bowl on July 14th 2012 and the Swedes can also confirm that DJ Producer of the moment Calvin Harrisand 17 year old pop/house producer Madeon have been added as special guests for this landmark event, it’s also been revealed that highlights from the show will be recorded by BBC Radio 1 for a future broadcast.
As one of the hottest dance acts in the world, the electronic pioneers, will also release their new single ‘Antidote’ – a collaboration with Knife Party (side project of Pendulum's, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen) – on January 15th. The track treads a much darker path than the Swede’s usual productions and comes with a massive dubstep-esque warbling bottom-end.
From 9am on Friday 18th November, Swedish House Mafia are giving fans the opportunity to purchase the full VIP Swedes experience. For £199 (inc. VAT & booking fee) fans will have access to an exclusive VIP compound with private catering and bar, drink tokens for food and drink and access to the aftershow party where DJ’s will play until 2am. Fans who have already brought a ticket will be able to upgrade for £154 (inc VAT).
The band will also play another landmark ‘One Night Stand’ show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on December 16th 2011. This will see Swedish House Mafia - Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso - make history when they become the first dance act to have headlined both venues. Not only that, the show sold out in only 10 minutes.
Swedish House Mafia will join an enviable list of music legends who have headlined the National Bowl including Oasis, Green Day, Metallica, Eminem and Foo Fighters. The list of artists who have played Madison Square Garden reads like a veritable who’s who of music dating from the late sixties to the present day.
The Swedes have already enjoyed phenomenal success to date. Not only did their recent UK tour sell out in minutes which saw a second night added at London’s Alexandra Palace, but they sold over a million singles in 2010 alone, saw their album ‘Until One’ reach Gold status, co-headlined Radio One’s Big Weekend and played major festival including Creamfields, T in the Park and Oxegen. Internationally, their infamous Masquerade Motel events sold out in Miami, Las Vegas and Ibiza where they enjoyed a 16-week residency.
For up to date info, check: www.swedishhousemafia.com
Hear new track Antidote’s exclusive first play on Radio One’s Annie Mac show below:
Pioneer have just announced that their DDJ-ERGO-V controller will offer native support of Serato DJ Intro software from mid December, providing intuitive operability and high quality sound to Serato users who love to play out. Already popular for its sharp design and portable dimensions, the DDJ-ERGO-V places emphasis on the DJing experience, bringing simplicity to both set-up and performance without compromising on features or sound quality.
The DDJ-ERGO-V is the perfect partner for Serato DJ Intro; its layout mirrors the software’s graphical user interface (GUI) and all of its major features are available via dedicated controls. DJs can access Serato DJ Intro’s two decks, while hot cues, samplers and effects are positioned for instinctive operation.
As part of their continued efforts to make products that are loved by all DJs, the DDJ-ERGO-V comes bundled with Atomix Productions’ Virtual DJ Limited Edition and a TSI control file for Traktor software. The MIDI output already makes it compatible with most other DJ software on the market. And from December, it will offer native control of Serato DJ Intro – making it one of the most versatile controllers a DJ can buy.
The DDJ-ERGO-V controller is available at a suggested retail price of 499 euros (£429) including VAT.
DDJ-ERGO compatible Serato DJ Intro will be available for download from mid December at:
DDJ-ERGO-v firmware must be updated to the latest version before using the new Serato DJ Intro. Download the latest firmware for free: http://pioneer.jp/support/download/dj-e/ddj-ergo-v
Serato DJ Intro instructions and quick start are available at:
Layout mirrors Serato DJ Intro for intuitive operation
The DDJ-ERGO features two players and a two-channel mixer, making it the perfect partner for Serato DJ Intro. DJs can showcase their skills with dedicated buttons and knobs for all their favourite Serato DJ Intro features, including Hot Cues, samplers and effects.
Innovative laptop integration keeps GUI in DJ’s view at all times
Pioneer’s laptop design enables DJs to place laptop keyboards underneath the controller to use as little space as possible and keep Serato’s GUI in their line of sight at all times. The controller can be adapted to sitting or standing positions using its removable legs, making it perfect for every set up.
Plug-and-play through a single USB
DJs simply need to connect the DDJ-ERGO-v to a laptop running the latest version of Serato DJ Intro[i], and the software settings will be automatically updated. The controller is fully USB-powered, without compromising on audio output or lighting levels. So DJs can just arrive at a venue, plug and play.
Boasts features from Pioneer’s pro range for top quality sound and ease of operability
The DDJ-ERGO boasts many features that are unusual at this price point, including the 115mm Jog Wheel from the Pioneer pro-DJ range. The controller has also inherited the same layout as the popular DDJ-T1 and DDJ-S1 controllers. Plus the controller employs the same audio circuitry as Pioneer’s professional mixers for the master out terminal, ensuring a clear, powerful reproduction with no sound degradation.
SERATO DJ INTRO SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Supported OS (Windows) - Windows XP (SP3, 32Bit) Intel® Pentium® 4 mobile 2GHz and above, Windows Vista / Windows7 (SP1. 32/64Bit) Intel® Core Duo 1.6GHz and above
Min. 1GB RAM
Supported OS (Mac) - Mac OS X v10.5.8 and above Intel® processor platform Min. 1GB RAM
Display resolution - Min. 1024 x 768
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