A new year means one thing in dance music, The BPM Festival!
This year, being The BPM Festival’s 10th anniversary, The BPM Festival is set to celebrate its biggest event to date with some 460 artists descending onto the Mexican Riviera amongst 80+ showcases. Now, of course we all know the big boys of the world…you know…Diynamic, Warriors, Hot Creations, Music On, Bedrock, and so on; I mean, we see them everywhere from Ibiza to new York to Tokyo. This year, though, there are a slew of quality musical showcases spread amongst The BPM festival’s 6-15 January duration, which may not have the attention of the global dance establishment. Amongst these events, we’ve gone ahead and found 10 that we’re particularly excited about experiencing whilst in Mexico.
If you’re going to be at The BPM Festival, where can we fine you?
Top class West Coast publication Music is 4 Lovers brings Berlin’s Mother Recordings to Playa Del Carmen with a few of the labels best. From Dance Music super veteran Timo Maas to Urban House duo Mat.Joe, this one brings the maternal warmth of Disco infused House Music (oh, and Jimbo James, who dropped a nice podcast on our London channel last month, will also be on hand so…gotta support the friends of DHA!)
For those unaware of the ins and outs of New York City’s vast underground scene, The Bunker has been at its forefront for over a decade. One of the first New York City staples to feature the likes of Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, and Seth Troxler in the city that never sleeps, it will bring its slew of residents for this intimate gathering.
The trio made up of Davide Squillace, Matthias Tanzmann, and Martin Buttrich was born in 2010 at New York’s Electric Zoo festival. Since, they have made select appearances at top flight events around the world, now returning to The BPM festival after a brief hiatus. Though not “under the radar” as individuals, the Better Lost Than Stupid project is sure to see its star in the ascent.
A trio of Amsterdam’s best and most eclectic musical souls, the label run by Tom Trago has released from some of the Dutch capital’s most forward thinking artists. On tap will be the Trouw-esque stylings of House selectors William Djoko and the always unpredictable San Proper.
Coming straight from Manchester, Kaluki Music is bringing some proper UK heavy hitters with Skream, Richy Ahmed, and wAFF. Not much needs to be said about this one…the bass will be hitting hard here!
Perhaps another brand that isn’t exactly “under the radar” to most of our readers, but the German based Keinemusik, which sees sold out events and appearances throughout Europe, may not be as well known to North American audiences. Here, a trio of DHA favorites, Adam Port, &Me, and Till von Sein are on hand…sadly, David Mayer will not be.
I guess whenever Bonobo shows up on a lineup its not necessarily “under the radar,” but still…this event came as a surprise to me when I looked at the 80+ final showcases. It is perhaps the appearance of Theo Kottis here that opens our eyes the widest. Last summer he delivered an absolutely stellar mixtape ahead of London’s We Are FSTVL.
San Francisco’s Listed Productions brings the adult clubbing concept PLAY to Play del Carmen with an interesting lineup of stars. From Robag’s bouncy dance to No Regular Play’s eclectic live show (and throw in the Desert hearts boys and more for good measure) and you have a mid week soiree for the grown.
Mr.C and David Scuba’s Suberfreq brand has seen releases and events around the world. Mostly a destination for up and coming artists, this particular event will feature some of its veteran masters, including Get Physical’s DJ T and No. 19’s Nitin. Expect some seriously intergalactic, spiritual sounding dance music for this one.
Miami’s Do Not Sit on the Furniture brings a super eclectic lineup to Mexico, where The BPM festival acts as a perfect supplemental home to the club’s famed sounds. After a great ADE showcases high above the Amsterdam peaks, Behrouz and company do the daytime festivities mid-week. Also on hand will be standout 2016 artist Lost Desert, who delivered one of our favorite mixes of the year!.
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