Category: Editorial

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

5 Classic Sets: Agoria

Frenchman Agoria is one for the modern era’s most acclaimed techno producers. He brings a real sense of class and musicality to his absorbing tracks and takes real cues from the famous Detroit soul. Infine—for whom he A&Red until 2011 — Innervisions, Hotflush and Kompakt have all put out his music and that includes various EPs and some seminal LPs. He plays Moga Festival with Habibi Funk, Guy Gerber, Sepp, Gescu, Bas Ibellini and more. It takes place in the stunning Moroccan city of Essaouria, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and also the filming location of “The Red City” from ... Read more

6 Things That Make Cirque Magique Like No Other European Festival

What makes Cirque Magique special has always been in its name – it’s all about bringing that special touch of “magic” to everything they do, and harness that to deliver a sensory experience like no other, through music, artists, atmosphere and everything else they do. Whether you’ve been to Cirque Magique before, or if 2018 will be your first experience with them, here are 6 reasons that make partying at Cirque Magique this August something on your must-do list. THE MAGIQUE At Cirque Magique, the organisation makes you a believer in magic whether you think you do or not. From ... Read more

Instytut Festival: 5 Key Performances

Taking place across June 22nd to 24th, Instytut was a new festival from a team of promoters who have been putting on raves in various unique locations for more than 20 years. It went down at a historic and atmospheric old fortress near Warsaw from with DJs like Marcel Dettmann, Dax J, Randomer, Perc, Siga, Chris Liebing, Speedy J and many more. Here we look back at five of the best sets for the festival. NINA KRAVIZ Nina never disappoints. Now very much at the centre of her own musical universe thanks to her carefully curated Trip label and family ... Read more

5 Classic Sets: Sasha & John Digweed

Sasha & John Digweed go together like tea and cake, scones and cream and fish and chips, and they’re every bit the British tradition of those tasty treats. Starting out in the nineties, they set on a course that changed the face of dance music with their progressive house and techno sets, filled with impossibly tight and long mixes and a range of spine tingling emotions. As well as at Renaissance in Nottingham, they did so at Twilo in New York for many years, and last summer came together once more for some special back-to-backs at Resistance Ibiza. Of course, ... Read more

Party Report: Sandbox Festival 2018

Not only does Sandbox Festival boast a stunning location, but it also prides itself on its values: it is a place for everyone to play free from judgement and as free spirits, just as we did when we were young. Its a festival that encourages community vibes and mutual respect and so the entire experience from start to end is friendly and welcoming. About that location: Sandbox is situated between the Red Sea on one side and Sahara desert on the other. It’s red hot, the earth is scorched and each evening the sunsets into the water to break taking ... Read more

An Introduction To The Polish Underground

Instytut have been putting on events for nearly twenty years in Warsaw and have earned a fine reputation for bringing great lineups to great venues, always with world class production. This summer, Poland’s leading techno promoters will be organising their first ever multi-day party on 22–24 June, Instytut Festival. Located in the Garnizon Modlin, a historic Polish fortress just outside of Warsaw, three stages will play host to some of the biggest names in techno including Nina Kraviz, Marcel Dettmann, Oscar Mulero, Dax J, Headless Horseman, Kobosil and Randomer. As well as the ability to bring heavyweight names to the ... Read more

Medlar’s 10 Free Resources For Making Club Tunes

Medlar’s releases on the likes of Phonica, Delusions of Grandeur, On Loop, Riverette, West Friends and For Discos Only has cemented Medlar’s reputation as one of the leading UK underground Producers. This reputation has led to remixes and approved edits for legendary labels TK Disco and West End, artists like Tensnake and Disclosure, with the Medlar seal of quality ultimately garnering support from top tier selectors like DJ Harvey, Gilles Peterson and DJ Koze. Now, Medlar brings his talents back to Delusions of Grandeur with his upcoming “NRG” release. Now, with the release available at the end of the week ... Read more

Terminal V: 10 Best Tracks

Terminal V on Easter Sunday was an all day Techno rave in Edinburgh, which excelled on every level! With the likes of Rodhad, Bicep, Pan-Pot, Peggy Gou, Helena Hauff and Amelie Lens taking centre stage, it also had a ‘Lab’ room with Derrick Carter producing one of his very special Disco sets, if that was to your taste. Here we share our 10 standout tracks heard played at the festival…. Rodhad – Awash (Dystopian) Ilija Djokovic – Pandora (Terminal M) Mark Reeve – Far Away (Drumcode) ARTBAT – Planeta (Diynamic) Jasen Loveland – Epoxy (Patrick Russell Remix) (Acid Camp) Bicep ... Read more

5 Best Performances: Air Festival

Air Festival is a real party in paradise. This year happening in La Brisa in Bail, it is three days of pool time, party time and beautiful scenery, food and drink. The whole site is scattered with palm trees and lush greenery, the ocean extends off to the horizon to make for blissful sunsets and the stages are made from weathered, reclaimed wood that feels utterly natural. We round up the best performances from just five of the many great DJs who played across the two different stages: Mo Kolours Mo Kolours has swagger. It was clear from the first ... Read more

5 Highlights From Printworks Opening – The Hydra

The much anticipated third instalment of Printworks finally arrived on Saturday night and the 5,000 capacity, repurposed newspaper factory in Surrey Quays did not disappoint, well and truly living up the title ‘Club of the Year’ bestowed by Mixmag. Here, we take a look at some of the highlights from the opening night hosted by The Hydra, featuring Kerri Chandler, John Talabot, Job Jobse and more. Sound This year, the venue has decided to upgrade the sound system, resulting in a noticeable improvement. Working closely with dbnAudile, Printworks have installed a D&B Audiotechnik J and V series PA with V-SUB ... Read more

5 Things To Look Forward To At Printworks 003

London’s biggest clubbing destination Printworks is back and people are excited to see what’s in store in the venue’s return. Issue 003 will be programmed and produced by Broadwick Live, which has had a key role in the venue since its inception. The sound, light and interior have all been upgraded for Printworks’ next chapter. Launching Issue 003 and marking the new season in the printing press’ history, UK curators The Hydra will present the opening party on Saturday 3rd March. Synonymous with global electronic music, The Hydra will bring Kerri Chandler, John Talabot, Job Jobse and more to the ... Read more

New Year’s Resolutions From The DJ Booth

After a month of parties and excess, for many of us, New Year is a time for a clean start, for reflection and an excuse to make those all important lifestyle changes that we’ve been promising to make since, well, this time last year. With 2017 well and truly behind us, we took the opportunity to ask Max Chapman, Vibe Killers, Mark Jenkyns and Leftwing & Kody about the resolutions they’ve made for 2018. Max Chapman “If you asked this question to my management, I reckon they’d tell you that I need to check my emails more! Personally though, I’d ... Read more

A Night At Stereo Montreal With Sci+Tec’s Johnny Trika

A bit of background: my name is Johnny Trika and I live in Montreal, Canada. I’m a live artist and producer and play minimal techno. My live show consists of Ableton Live, Livid CNTRL:R and a Maschine Mikro – I like to keep things simple because if I add to much gear I can lose myself and ultimately lose the crowd. Montreal has a great techno scene, and the promoters here work hard to consistently throw great parties. We’re really fortunate to have so many great artists playing here on a regular basis, and that really helped to introduce me ... Read more

How To Transcend Festival Rage Culture

Over the past three years Lightning in a Bottle has become a staple in my life: a time to rejuvenate my spirit and reignite my creativity and passion every spring. Music festivals have been a part of my life since I moved to California seven years ago— but, when I went to Lightning in a Bottle (LIB) for the first time everything shifted a bit and other festivals just didn’t stand up to the transformational experience of LIB. Today as I glanced over the lineup announcement in my inbox I recalled how three years ago that was all I cared ... Read more