Following the likes of Joseph Capriati, Joris Voorn and Laidback Luke, Elias Mazian is the latest to step inside Beatport Live’s Amsterdam studio for the Mysteryland Sessions. Tune in today (Thursday, August 6) to catch the Dutch DJ/producer in action. With a love for what he simply coins ‘quality house,’ Mazian is established … Continue reading
Earlier this month, LA transplant Dragan Roganovic, aka Dirty South, kicked off his summer tour with a special holiday performance in his adopted hometown.
Within the walls of Avalon Hollywood, the number four was the name of the game, as Dirty South celebrated the Fourth of July with an extended set that ran for exactly 4 hours and 44 minutes. Whereas most other DJs have maybe 90 minutes to cram in the hits, Roganovic uses his abundance of space to showcase the different shades of 4/4 house, in a combination he described as “ravey dirty sexy.”
“I love being able to play extended sets where I can dig little deeper through my music collection,” Dirty South told us today. “I started my DJ career this way, and it’s refreshing to still be able to take a break from short festival DJ sets and take people on my musical journey.”
Press play on Dirty South’s extended holiday set below – close listeners can spot among the house classics and contemporary dancefloor fillers some new, unreleased material, including a preview of his new single, “Find A Way,” ahead of its August 28 release on Phazing.
In the meantime, he’s continuing on his summer tour, with stateside stops in San Diego, Las Vegas and Atlantic City to round out the month before jetting overseas to Europe. US fans who missed him the first time around needn’t worry, though: he’ll be back again come fall.
In just a short amount of time, Bulgarian producer KiNK went from being a relative unknown to one of the most in-demand producers and remixers in the house scene. His unique take on classic Chicago house and early acid tracks, has been both refreshing and enlightening, and his controller-powered live show is easily one of the most enthusiastic you’ll see.
Roland just unveiled an incredible improvised live video starring KiNK on a full AIRA system, working out an MX-1 Mix Performer mixer, along with a TR-8 Rhythm Performer drum machine, Roland TB-3 Touch Bassline for bass and AIRA System-1 Plug-Out synth.
Watch the full video, which Synthtopia clued us into, below. What a boss.
Dusky’s catalog consistently keeps fans guessing. In the duo’s early days, they dabbled in drum & bass, their past work as Solarity is all about progressive, and in their current form, they’ve made a name for themselves in the realm of house and techno.
The pair’s upcoming EP, Ordinary World is another such sampler of Dusky’s many influences. The first single, “Jilted,” nodded to ’90s rave; “Skin Deep” delivered soulful groove with ambient textures; and their latest, “Parakeet Feet,” heads in yet another direction with a big-room techno track inspired by artists such as Cirez D, Slam and Underworld.
Dusky wrote on SoundCloud, “Techno in all its forms has always featured strongly throughout our DJ sets, as well as productions – and ‘Parakeet Feet’ is our homage to the big, rolling festival variants of the sound. There’s definitely a melodic touch to the breakdown, as with a lot of our tracks, but the overall effect we aimed for was one of intensity and energy.”
Listen to “Parakeet Feet” below. The Ordinary World EP is scheduled for release via Dusky’s 17 Steps label on July 31, but before that, they’re due for a series of shows in the UK. Following its release, the duo are booked for a North American stint from August to late September before heading to Australia for Listen Out Festival.
[Article photo by The Supermaniak]
Ahead of its first edition this weekend at Lake Michigan’s Oakwood Beach, Chicago’s Mamby on the Beach festival has released its set-times.
Over the two days (July 11-12), attendees can expect to enjoy the festival’s massive roster of artists across three stages from 1pm until well after nightfall. Saturday’s main stage hosts Robert Delong, Classixx, Cashmere Cat and others before closing out with Royksopp and Empire of the Sun; and over at the house-swaying Tent stage, enigmatic Zhu headlines following sets from Felix Da Housecat, Matthew Dear, George Fitzgerald and more.
On Sunday, Klingande, Com Truise, Tanlines Tei Shi and Phantogram warm up the main stage for Passion Pit. Meanwhile, The Tent will see performances from No Regular Play, Moon Boots, J.Phlip, Route 94, Cut Copy on the DJ decks and Claptone before capping the weekend with Art Department.
Once the music on the beach stops, there are multiple afterparties from which to choose: Goldroom, James Murphy, Moon Boots and Felix Da Housecat each headline Saturday’s four events; and Sunday will see its own post-festival performances from Tanlines at Progress Bar, Art Department at The Mid, and DJ sets from Holt and Glass party at Beauty Bar.
Each year, Cocoon reveals a new mix compilation to mark the return of their residency at Amnesia Ibiza, which in 2015 celebrates its 16th season on the White Isle. It’s just been announced that the next Cocoon Ibiza will be curated by two of Germany’s esteemed female DJ/producers, with Dana Ruh and tINI each manning a disc.
“For this season we asked again two artists of our lineup to do us a favor and create a mix that should reflect this special ibiza feeling,” Cocoon says of the release. “A mix that puts us in the right mood for what will come over the next couple of months. These mixes are acoustic documents for contemporary witnesses, the recorded soundtracks of our lives on the island for all these great and unforgettable summer seasons.”
Cocoon Ibiza threw its opening party back at the start of June, with Sven Väth rocking the terrace alongside Dixon, while Ilario Alicante, Recondite and Scuba took control in the main room. The 2015 season is now in full swing and will run every Monday until September 28, with the likes of Nina Kraviz, Solomun, Slam and Ben UFO all making their debuts. Both Ricardo Villalobos and Adam Beyer are set to make regular appearances on the terrace.
Cocoon Ibiza: Mixed By Dana Ruh & tINI drops on Cocoon Recordings on July 27, 2015. Check out the tracklists below.
CD1 (Mixed by Dana Ruh)
01. Osunlade – The Realm of Difference
02. Daniel Stefanik – Reactivity 8
03. LoShea – Take 2
04. Funk E – Wu Wei
05. Guido Schneider & Andre Galluzzi – Mario (ToFu Productions dubdub)
06. Niro – Agachoo (Fred P Reshape)
07. DJ Pierre – What is House Muzik (Ricardo Villalobos Remix)
08. Szare – Pressure (Ryan Elliott Edit)
09. Agnes – Who Cares!
10. Move D & DJ Jus-Ed – Acid Grind
11. Mr. G – Whant It
12. Amir Alexander presents Richie Ratchet – Infinity
13. Company Is Family – Naomi (Spencer Parker Remix)
14. Dana Ruh – I’m Surprised Whats Real
15. Nicuri – Holding The Four Winds
CD 2 (Mixed by tINI)
01. Alex & Digby – Cardio
02. Persuader – Blåklocka
03. Nina Soul – In The Morning Said
04. Alci – Karmas Groove
05. Daniela La Luz – Feel The Future
06. Fosky – Dirty Lies
07. TC Studio – So Sick
08. Third Wave Trax – 002-B1
09. Glance – Time (Original Beats)
10. Anthea – Relative Theory (Unreleased Deepmix)
11. Aruba – How Low Can You Go?
12. Arktapes – 003-A1
13. Mariano Metaljan – Nocturnal
14. Kamran Sadeghi – As Is MX3
The “first disco record” is as elusive a creature as the “first rock and roll record” – the latter being so difficult to pin down that in 1992 writers Jim Dawson and Steve Propes devoted an entire book to fifty tracks that vied for the title.
But one of the clear-cut candidates for disco’s ground zero is surely Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango’s “Soul Makossa,” originally released in 1972 on the French label Fiesta and a lodestone for an uncountable number of tracks since then – most recently, Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP’s “Soul Makossa (Money),” currently number 5 on the Beatport Top 100, as well as number 2 on the House chart.
The claim of “Soul Makossa” as a pioneering disco number comes from its unusual American history. Dibango’s record wasn’t even available in the U.S. originally. But David Mancuso, the founder and DJ of the Loft, the pioneering New York City disco, found the seven-inch single at a West Indian record store in Brooklyn and began to cane it every week. “With Mancuso attempting to replicate the gentle flux of nature with his DJ sets, the swirling, mesmerizing rhythms of ‘Soul Makossa’ fit in perfectly,” wrote Peter Shapiro in his essential disco history Turn the Beat Around (2005).
Mancuso’s Loft was limited in membership but expansive in reach, and by playing the Dibango record he made it a cult hit. The track soon became impossible to find in New York, particularly after Frankie Crocker of WBLS-FM, then the top black-music station in the city, began playing it on-air. In so doing, Shapiro wrote, Crocker “creat[ed] such a buzz that at least twenty-three cover versions . . . including versions by Afrique, All Directions, Simon Kenyatta, Babatunde Olatunji, Nairobi Afro Band, the Ventures, the Gaytones, and the Mighty Tomcats . . . were rushed out to feed demand for this now impossible-to-find record.”
In 1973, Atlantic Records signed Dibango and released the album Soul Makossa; the song hit number 35 on the Hot 100. Three years later, New York disco indie West End Records issued an Italian track, “Sessomatto,” by Sesso Matto, that basically ripped “Soul Makossa” off, and itself became a major disco hit.
The best-known “Soul Makossa” rip, though, appeared on the biggest-selling album of all time. Michael Jackson’s Thriller opens with “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” whose coda – the chant “mama say mama sa mama makossa” – bore more than a little resemblance to Dibango’s global smash. Jackson’s track, Thriller’s fourth single, hit number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1983.
When Rihanna sampled “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” in 2007 for her own “Don’t Stop the Music” – an even bigger hit, going to number 2 – the chant is the part she chose to loop. In 2009, Dibango had had enough, and filed suit against both Jackson and Rihanna. The case was quickly settled out of court.
For their part, the members of Yolanda Be Cool are fully aware of the sample’s lineage. “Because we were dealing with a sample that is considered to be one of the very first disco records, we were already working with something special,” they recently told Insomniac. “Like cutting diamonds, I guess: Even if you do it badly, it’s still a diamond.
“But we also knew that we had to add some of our own schtick to the tune, so when we started chopping it up, we went through all these one- or two-word phrase samples. When we dropped the “money” sample in there, just before the drop, it felt like that was the little hook we were looking for. The same thing goes with the drum fill. They both glue the track together in a way that felt special and unique.”
After gradually revealing key acts on its 2015 lineup, TomorrowWorld has now dropped its full list of headliners coming to Atlanta, Georgia this September.
The headliners, arranged in alphabetical order on the poster below, span the dance music spectrum from Adam Beyer’s thundering techno to Afrojack’s main stage anthems. The festival’s biggest names so far include Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, David Guetta and Hardwell, with Paul van Dyk and Ferry Corsten repping for the trance devotees. Techno and house fans can anticipate a standout set from Hot Creations founder Jamie Jones, plus the Chattahoochee Hills debut of Get Real, aka Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet.
Corsten, Jones and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have also been tapped as some of the many curators this year, when they’ll be hosting stages for their record labels and party brands Full On, Paradise and Smash the House, respectively. Other curated stages include All Gone Pete Tong, Drumcode, Future House, Future Classic, Q-dance and more.
TomorrowWorld 2015 returns on the weekend of 25-27 September, and single day tickets are now on sale at the festival’s official website. Stay tuned for more lineup announcements soon.
Disclosure’s Method White label got off to a flying start with “Wolfsbane” by Jonas Rathsman, a track that went on to rule dancefloors at Miami Music Week and beyond. Now it’s time for the imprint’s second release, which comes from shapeshifting dance music legend MJ Cole. The producer’s new cut, “Bouldaz,” is described by the Disclosure brothers as “an absolute HEEEEATER.” That pretty much sums it up.
For the uninitiated, MJ Cole is a long-serving maestro of house and garage, and his influence on Disclosure is plain to see. He’s been on a hot streak of late in the studio, teaming with T.Williams on “Privilege,” remixing Tourist and Jess Glynne and more.
This June, MJ Cole is set to play Rudimental and Disclosure’s new Wild Life festival at Brighton City Airport, joining an all-star cast that includes Breach, Paul Woolford, Henrik Schwarz, Soul II Soul, Nas and many more. Check out “Bouldaz” below, and see if it makes you move.
This summer, Defected in the House is taking their White Isle summer residency series to the Amnesia terrace for three months of quality house music. Before the season kicks off on June 9, warm up with the label’s Ibiza 2015 mixtape.
The 10-minute mini-mix is a preview of their Defected In The House Ibiza 2015 compilation mixed by the label founder himself, Simon Dunmore. The three-disc, 47-track release, which drops on May 16, presents the label’s “unique take on the sound of Ibiza,” traipsing through deep and island-groovy selections by Tortured Soul’s Ethan White, Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons, Death on the Balcony, HNNY, Detroit Swindle, Session Victim and more.
It’ll be the next best thing to actually being on the Amnesia Terrace itself, where White Isle favorites such as Deetron, MK, Pete Tong, Oliver Dollar and Noir will be throwing down alongside label regulars Dennis Ferrer, Sonny Fodera, Jesse Rose, Franky Rizardo and Sam Divine; plus other house purveyors like Detroit Swindle, Julio Bashmore, Gorgon City, Groove Armada and more. View the complete summer schedule here.
Check out Defected’s Ibiza 2015 mixtape, plus its tracklist, below.
[Photo by Ryan Dinham Photography via Defected’s Facebook]
Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit (Claptone Remix)
Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons – Vermillion
Sonny Fodera & Cervendos featuring Lauren Faith – High
Logic – The Warning (Richy Ahmed Remix)
Detroit Swindle – Alright (We’ll Be)
BT – Remember (Mood II Swing Remix)
Luca C & Brigante featuring Róisín Murphy – Invisions
HNNY – For The Very First Time
Ralph Lawson presents Lost In Time – Hold Over Me (2020 Vision Remix)
Tommy Bones – Black Concept
Jose Burgos featuring Kenny Bobien – Everyday (Vocal)
Precious – Definition Of A Track
Chez-N Trent – The Choice (Full Dosage)
Sonny Fodera featuring Yasmin – Feeling You (Deep Mix)
Vince Watson – Eminesence
Within 24 hours of its official release, “The Hum” had entered the chart at #8 and, 72 hours later, it had risen to the top spot. Impressive.
The hit-making trio — Ummet Ozcan, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike — do it again, after having been at #1 before. As you may recall, their massive 2013 remix of Fatboy Slim’s “Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat” also ruled our top-selling chart over a year ago.
Since then, both camps have enjoyed chart-topping success multiple times over. Congratulations guys — well done!
South American fans rejoiced last year when David Guetta announced from the Tomorrowland Belgium stage that the festival would be branching off into a new location in 2015: São Paulo, Brazil. Now, fans at home can join in on the carnival.
The festival has just announced it will be live streaming three full days of bombastic sets and gorgeous scenery over the 1-3 May weekend. While no acts have yet been locked in for the stream, we’ll take an educated guess that the mainstage players will feature prominently. This year’s big names in São Paulo include Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero and David Guetta.
The festival’s side-stages include the techno-centric Awakenings, Smash the House, Laidback Luke’s Super You & Me curated stage (with Don Diablo and Oliver Heldens), and a Solomun-led Diynamic stage with live sets from Kollektiv Turmstrasse and Stimming.
To tune in, visit tomorrowlandbrasil.com from 6pm EST on 1-3 May and kick your feet up. Maybe – just maybe – Guetta will get back on the microphone to announce a new Tomorrowland chapter at a destination near you.
Today, Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) opens its Guest House doors for its annual Miami Music Week party, kicking off the first of four days of music and showcases from the likes of HARD, Guy Gerber’s Rumors, Kygo and Thomas Jack, and Seth Troxler’s Big Tittie Surprise. Thankfully, the team’s made it so those who can’t make the trip can still listen in.
They’ve just rolled out the daily schedules for RBMA Radio at the Guest House, and it’s a doozy. Running from 1-9pm EDT, each radio session will be hosted by Shawn Reynaldo and Vivian Host (aka Star Eyes), and will include “exclusive live-to-air mixes” as well as interviews with featured performers and special guests.
Each day will start out with a ‘Miami Bass Special,’ followed by sets from artists such as George Clinton, ?uestlove, Dixon, Lil Wayne, Hudson Mohawke, DJ Harvey, KiNK, Boys Noize, Jackmaster, Cajmere, Carl Craig and more. Stream RBMA Radio live from the Guest House and view the list of programming highlights below, and head to the main website for the complete daily schedule.
[Photo via RBMA Radio Facebook]
PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS (all times EDT)
Daily Miami Bass Special from 1-2pm
featuring 2 Live Crew’s Luke, DJ Laz, JT Money of the Poison Clan, 69 Boyz, Hydraulix, and Dynamix II
Thursday, March 26
Luther Campbell (2 Live Crew) 1-2pm
George Clinton 2-2:30pm
Seth Troxler 3:30-4pm
Friday, March 27
DJ Sliink 5-5:30pm
Todd Terry 6-7pm
Saturday, March 28
Lil Wayne: 3:30-4pm
Sunday, March 29
JT Money of the Poison Clan 1-2pm
The Red Bull Guest House full lineup has just been announced for Miami Music Week, and wow.
The March 26-29 Art Hotel takeover gets its afternoon kick-off during Guy Gerber‘s RUMORS Pool Party, where Chromeo will be spinning a special DJ set and Danny Tenaglia will be doing the same. Later that night/early that morning Ladyfag and Seva Granik will initiate the first Breakfast Club, with 2-6AM sets from Joris Voorn and Michael Magnan.
We’ve already expressed our satisfaction with the way Kygo’s taking over Miami this year, so missing Sunday’s Tropical Pool Party is not an option. Kygo, The Magician, Thomas Jack, Sam Feldt and Pete Tong are closing out the weekend with this special, summery showcase.
Alongside a super-exclusive showcase hosted by Lil Wayne, LA’s HARD crew is also in the building with a succession of back-to-back sets and a headline slot from house gun Duke Dumont. The final Breakfast Club is led by a pairing of DJ heroes: Dixon and DJ Harvey. Expect some sublime early morning vibes from those two.
In addition to afternoon pool and late night parties, RBMA Radio will also broadcast across the week with exclusive live interviews and DJ sets, featuring appearances from RBGH headliners, surprise guests, and a daily Miami Bass Special with legends of the genre. Now you’ve just got to find a way to get in…
Chicago house vet Derrick Carter went on a Twitter run yesterday, calling out the ultra-serious, lifestyle house (roofie house?), man-bun and Ketamine, top-knot techno/deep V derps, using hashtag #DerpHouse, and he’s still going strong.
The jokes started with a simple introduction to Derp House…
…And then he went in.
Then he let the homeys have some…
…Before getting very real with it.
It was all good though.
…And back to schedule.
Derrick Carter’s been DJing since he was nine, and he’s been one of the best DJs/people in the game ever since. Respect.
Here’s a classic Derrick Carter ‘Essential Mix,’ live in Chicago in 2001.