Author: Steve Rickinson

Steve is Editor in Chief of DHA and does some other things too

[Interview] Jan Blomqvist & The Importance Of Disconnection

Two years after his debut “Remote Control”, that led Jan Blomqvist and his band around the world, he has returned with an album that falls in line both stylistically and sonically with his distinct sound. “Disconnected” draws from heady themes of broken connections, incoherent narratives, and escapes from reality, exploring the meaning of being disconnected in thirteen tracks. Gradually released across 3 mini albums over the summer, now the complete piece has been released, connecting the disconnected narrative and aiming for insight into the behaviors and necessities of our day, age, and generation. Over the summer, we managed to bring ... Read more

How I Got Here: Matthias Meyer

Now, distinctly one of electronic music’s most exciting stars, Matthias Meyer has experienced an unprecedented run of success over the last 12+ months. With a distinctive sound signature and an ability to flawlessly express it through studio work and DJ sets, Matthias has left inspired impressions on dancefloors around the globe. Since 2012, he has held regular posts at Berlin’s Watergate, where his sets have become the stuff of legend, and in the last year and change has released several essential productions including his chart-topping collaboration with Ryan Davis, ‘Hope’ and an acclaimed rework of Butch’s ‘Shahrzad’, adding to a ... Read more

[Interview] HOUSEKEEPING

London-based DJ collective and label heads HOUSEKEEPING may have one of the most exciting and complete overall brands in House Music today. Founded in 2012 by DJs Jacobi, Taylor HK, Sebastian MDH and Carl Waxberg, as HOUSEKEEPING the quartet are renowned for (aside from top notch label curation) spectacular production and inimitable vibe, while their sell-out London shows are widely recognised as some of the best pop-up parties in the capital. Aside from their hometown, where they also take over fabric’s room three this Friday, HOUSEKEEPING also has a prominent International slate on their touring CV, having travelled to South America ... Read more

The Ark Will Be The First Cruise Music Festival To Accept Crypto As Legit Payment Method

The Ark Cruise will grants their 2018 guests the ability to secure tickets by using Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), and Ethereum (ETH), in addition to standard methods. With this cryptocurrency based initiative, The Ark becomes the first cruise music festival ever to accept crypto as a method of payment. In addition, The Ark has become the first music festival ever to accept Ripple’s XRP coin (the third largest in terms of market cap), as part of its partnered Coinsbank system. After last years debut event, The Ark Cruise has expanding with two back-to-back voyages of electronica in 2018. Join the ... Read more

[Interview] John Digweed Reflects On 20 Years Of Bedrock

One of the planet’s most popular DJs, John Digweed‘s music never falls out of favour with clubbers the world over. The summer of 2018 marks several milestones in John Digweed’s musical journey, specifically with two projects released that celebrate and encapsulate the complete nature of his legacy. Firstly, released today, 22 June, “Bedrock XX” celebrates 20 years of John’s iconic imprint in the form of a 5x Vinyl/4x CD Deluxe box. Then, on 27 July, John releases the 10th instalment in his “Live in” series, this one coming straight from the Contact dancefloor with “Live in Tokyo”. With one on ... Read more

Interview: Tim Green

After more than a decade’s successful career, Tim Green has recently brought his debut album to Cocoon Recordings. Composed like an electronic soundtrack to a romantic film, “Her Future Ghost” shows the talented producer pushing himself to fulfil his creative potential. After 10 years of touring around the world with Sven Vath, Cocoon, or on his own, as well as having his releases felt by way of Get Weird, Cityfox, Dirtybird and Get Physical, Tim Green’s latest should just the beginning of a new and exciting chapter of Green’s career. Here, with the album out, we discuss everything about its ... Read more

DHL Mix #209 By Icarus

Kick starting a new stage in their career with their latest EP, Icarus returns to explore the extremes of their sonic palette. With their narrative EP “In The Dark”, the duo has found themselves on the receiving end of their fourth consecutive Hottest Record from Annie Mac (‘Love Has Come Around’), while also gaining support from Pete Tong & Danny Howard, amongst others. The EP provides Icarus the opportunity to make a wider artistic statement. It’s an approach heightened by the visuals: dusky, neon colours which represent their clubland roots, darker tones for the nocturnal atmospherics of their sound, and ... Read more

Audiofly Joins Fight For Ocean Preservation With New Fundraising Initiative

Globally we are producing nearly 800 million tons of plastic every year, and disposing 8 million tons of that into the oceans. ​More than 70% of our planet is covered by ocean, and yet only around 4% is protected​. There is a growing urgency that things need to change: Championing this movement is electronic duo Audiofly who, after having established a creative empire, are now collaborating with bespoke watch specialist Titan Black and the non-profit charity Pelagic Life​ to help protect the oceans. Audiofly have partnered with the The Miami Beach EDITION to host a dinner for thirty people during ... Read more

Crate Digger Alert! Award Winning Documentary ‘Soviet Hippies’ Rarity Filled Colored Vinyl

Did you know: it’s International Crowdfunding Day, today? An economically vital appraoch to modern creation, the approach has revolutionized the means for small business, individuals, and start-ups to generate funds, even in the face of an increasingly interconnected global Capitalist system. With that, we thought we’d take a look through the interwebs and find a project or two we can get behind. What we found was ‘Soviet Hippies,‘ something that looks perfect for that obscure, crate digger in your life. An award-winning documentary film ‘Soviet Hippies’ takes viewers into the Soviet psychedelic underground and exposes the amazing legacy of the ... Read more

Premiere: James Curd - Get Low Feat. Likasto (Black Loops Remix)

Since last year Greenskeepers Legend and longtime AAA member of the Classic clan James Curd focused more on his Chi-House roots doing songs from beginning to end on just an MPC 2000. “I wanted to get back to making fun, simple tracks that work on a dark and dirty Chicago loft party dancefloor.” ‘Get Low’ for sure is a fun track on the floor. On the remix duties we have Black Loops and Sonny Fodera. Lately James created the theme song for the new T.V. show “The Oath” which is produced by 50 Cent and stars Sean Bean. James is ... Read more

Ministry Of Sound & LWE Launch All Inclusive New “He.She.They” Event With Maya Jane Coles & Co.

London’s He.She.They. will be casting control over all 4 rooms at Ministry of Sound as they launch on 24 February. Headlined by Maya Jane Coles, fresh from releasing her award-winning sophomore album ‘Take Flight’, touring globally, as well as remixing and supporting Depeche Mode on tour, Maya is a resolutely independent, multi-disciplinary creative powerhouse; an artist who writes, produces, mixes, engineers and performs all of her own music. Maya will be joined by the likes of Ellen Alien, Satoshi Tomiie, Barely Legal, and many more at the sanctuary without prejudice that He.She.They aims to create. 24 February | He.She.They Launch ... Read more

Interview: Pressure Point

It’s no exaggeration to say that Italy as a nation is totally consumed by electronic music. Although the country has been responsible for a host of ‘superstar’ DJs to emerge in recent years, it still boasts a enviable cast of discerning DJs and individuals who lie just under the surface. Emerging producer Pressure Point is one such individual. A man who boasts an astute touch when it comes to both making and signing music, he runs the fledgling Telharmonic Texture, a ‘microhouse vinyl label’ that’s been turning heads of late courtesy of one of the work of one of the ... Read more

Interview: PBR Streetgang

PBR Streetgang have been making music together for almost a decade now. Now, the time has come to release their long-awaited debut album ‘Late Night Party Line’, which features guest vocals by Mattie Safer from The Rapture on future single ‘Everything Changes’, Danielle Moore from Crazy P and newcomer Lilly Juniper; a complete labour of love. Surrounded by a slew of activity both across the UK and in Europe, ‘Late Night Party Line’ is now available. With the album out, and a fresh Fabric launch party just behind them, we caught up with the PBR Streetgang guys. “…we liked the ... Read more

[Playlist] Jori Hulkkonen’s Musical Autobiography

Finland’s Jori Hulkkonen has never been the one to paint himself in the corner. With releases in the last two decades exploring 360 degrees on the musical radar since his debut 12″ in 1993, Jori has released ten artist albums for F communications and Turbo Recordings, collaborated with people like John Foxx, Jose Gonzales, Jesper Dahlbäck (as Kebacid) and Phonogenic (as Discemi), has had dozens of 12″ singles, and has remixed artists as diverse as Chromeo, Kid Cudi, Robyn, and Lydia Lunch. With his new release OUT NOW on My Favorite Robot Records, Jori has put together playlist that makes ... Read more

[Playlist] Roland Leesker’s Get Physical Essentials

It’s been two years since Get Physical Managing Director Roland Leesker has released on the label. This month, he returned with a new track, as well as Cardopusher remix, on the seminal dance imprint, though still one he himself selectively releases on. Over 15 years, Roland’s Get Physical output has come by way of releases under his given name, as well as DJ Carrera, and as part of R&R with none other than Ricardo Villalobos. Here, Roland Leesker celebrates the label and release with 10 milestones of Get Physical. Be sure to catch Roland Leesker in London with M.A.N.D.Y on ... Read more