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Paradise City Festival: The 3 Best Sets

Paradise City is perfectly named: the intimate festival in Belgium took place from June 29th to July 1st at the stunning Castle domain of Ribaucourt in Belgium. The place is surrounded by little lakes meaning that you get about on bridges made form plastic barrels. There is forest all around, lots of open green space to laze about on and rivers to chill by. The whole festival has a cosy, intimate feel making it perfect for those who like things a little more boutique. With killer sets from the likes of Amp Fiddler & Tony Allen, Henrik Schwarz (Live), Joris ... Read more

Paradise City Festival Completes Fourth Edition Lineup With Henrik Schwarz, Joris Voorn, Studio Barhus & More

Leading the way when it comes to green energy, limited waste, locally sourced food and sustainability, Paradise City Festival has also just completed its 2018, fourth edition lineup. The environmentally conscious, historically set event happens from 29 June – 1 July in Brabant, Belgium, and has already announced the likes of Denis Horvat, DJ Koze, Jennifer Cardini, Kink, and more. Now, Castle Ribaucourt welcomes it’s final wave of artists. Coming in the form of live performances, DJ sets, International stars, and promising up and comers, the likes of Tony Allen & Amp Fiddler, Henrik Schwarz (Live), Joris Voorn, Lil Louis, ... Read more

Moodymann, Richie Hawtin and Dixon to Headline Polaris Festival this December

Gearing up it’s second edition this December is Polaris Festival in Swiss mountain resort Verbier. Located 2200 metres above the sea level (which is exactly 2201 metre higher above the sea than Amsterdam) lays The Black Mountain, or in the original The Mouton Noir. Located in the middle of Vebier’s ski slopes with stunning views of the Swiss Alps, The Black Mountain shall welcome the guests of Polaris Festival 2016 for a three day celebration with five stages and a shiveringly-good line-up. The headlining bunch is notorious from Moodymann, Dixon, Lil Louis to the harder sounds of Richie Hawtin, Luciano and Chris Liebing. But thats ... Read more

Kappa FuturFestival Shares 1st Wave Of Artists

Gargantuan Italy-based electronic music festival, Kappa FuturFestival, is back with a dazzling for its oncoming 2016 edition. Taking place at Parco Dora in Turin on the 9th and 10th of July, the summer showcase is supposed to be attended by 45,000 music lovers from all over the world.   Since launching in 2012, Kappa FuturFestival has firmly established itself on the global festival circuit, with music running from midday through midnight on both Saturday and Sunday. With its varied hangouts, DJs between the trees and lashings of Italian food and drink, this central European festival plays out in massive hangars and industrial spaces in the heart of Torino. The ... Read more

Go Retro With A Selection Of Rare Early House And Disco Sets

While we are all taking our moments these days to reminisce 2015, we thought we’d expand on that thought a little and take you on a musical trip down memory lane. So we’ve selected some of our most favourite retro sets by the pioneers of the days of Proto-House, late Disco and Italo. Step back into the days of The Warehouse, Music Box, The Hacienda and Paradise Garage, under the curation of artists such as Nicky Siano, Larry Levan, Masters At Work, Ron Hardy, Derrick May and Lil’ Louis.  Nicky Siano – @ The Gallery (1976) [soundcloud url=”https://soundcloud.com/wax-poetics/nicky-siano-live-at-the-gallery-october-1976″ comments=”true” auto_play=”false” color=”E40045″ width=”100%” height=”166″] Junior Vasquez ... Read more

Interview: Roy Davis Jr.

Roy Davis Jr. is, in no uncertain terms, a legendary DJ and Producer who has helped define this thing we know as House music. With a (self titled) “soul-electronic” sound, bringing together the sounds of garage, disco, r&b, house, hip hop and soul, Roy has graced everything from underground imprints to major league labels since the 1990′s, including everything from Defected, King Street Sounds, XL Recordings to Universal, Sony and Warner Brothers. Initially turned on to dance music by DJ Pierre, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Marshall Jefferson, and Lil’ Louis, Roy Davis Jr. started spinning himself at the age of 12, ... Read more

Interview: Junior Sanchez

Growing up in the unassuming suburb of Belleville New Jersey, an 11-year-old boy named Junior Sanchez resorted to using hand-me-down records and two of his parents’ old stereo systems to create a makeshift DJ rig. By age 15, this prodigy was already DJing at some of the hottest underground clubs in NYC and perfecting his craft as a producer. Over the course of his career, Junior has produced and remixed material for Madonna, Shakira, Katy Perry, Good Charlotte, CHVRCHES, Placebo, The Bravery, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, Blaqk Audio, Hot Hot Heat, Roisin Murphy, Felix Da Housecat, The Faint, New Order, Emiliana Torrini, Jamiroquai, Giorgio Moroder, Moving Units, Les ... Read more

Movement Europe Celebrates 10th Anniversary This October

Italy’s Movement Festival has been a leading electronic tour de force for an entire decade now, in celebration another mouthwatering edition will be held on October 31st in their usual home of Torino. Over the years, Movement has helped push quality underground music throughout Europe. A relative of the legendary DEMF in Detroit, Movement pairs scene leading acts with hot up and coming talents across five special stages. There is barely a house or techno star worth their salt who hasn’t played the festival, which makes it one of the best loved in the world as a result. The mission of any ... Read more

Festival Report: Buiten Westen 2015

Last Saturday saw Buiten Westen Festival hosting its fourth edition at Westerpark, a stone’s throw away from the Amsterdam city centre. The sold-out event covered six stages where visitors could enjoy a well-curated selection of DJs in house, techno and disco – some of the biggest names brought to the table were Fritz Kalkbrenner, Kerri Chandler, Delano Smith, Aeroplane, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Claptone, Culoe de Song, Max Cooper, Lil Louis and Italojohnson. There was something for everybody though, even for those those that did not even come for the music specifically, but more for the atmosphere, the sideshows, carnival ... Read more

Rare 1989 Video Interview With Larry Levan

“You can’t dance to decoration [in a club]. You’re selling music. Not mirrors and paint” The “Jimi Hendrix of the turntables”, “prototype resident” and “worshipped like a god” by his audience and colleagues. There’s never been a shortage of superlatives to describe the late and great Larry Levan. The decade-long resident of clubland’s ground zero, Paradise Garage, is still widely regarded as a prime example of all the right things a true DJ should entail. Specifically his cross-disciplinary take on sets, where he was the first to combine post-disco with other sounds, like early house, to Kraftwerk and British synth-pop. ... Read more

Exclusive Interview With Optimo

Optimo are the duo JD Twitch and JG Wilkes. They each have over 20 years DJ-ing experience and in the last decade have become both renowned and highly respected for their memorable and ecstatic deejay sets.    The duo are responsible for the nightclub Optimo (Espacio) which ran from November 1997 until April 2010. Optimo sat at the very epicentre of the Scottish Clubbing consciousness in its weekly residency in the Sub Club and is widely regarded as one of the most important and ground-breaking clubs of the past 10 years. Optimo first came to international recognition with the release ... Read more

Rotterdam Set To Welcome New Club, Het Transportbedrijf

Details are still somewhat scarce, but a new nightclub will be opening in the Dutch city of Rotterdam on 1 May 2015. Named Het Transportbedrijf, or “The Transport Company” in English, the venue will open at Schiestraat 18, located just a few doors down from the famed, and now defunct, Rotterdam nightspot Perron in the city’s center.  Featuring an impressive list of quality House and Techno nights, the 700 person capacity venue boasts upcoming gigs from the likes of Dixon and Lil Louis, as well as Luke Slater, Len Faki, Derrick May, Prins Thomas, Patrice Baumel, Efdemin and more. If the ... Read more

Preview: Buiten Westen 2015

Saturday, 18 July 2015, sees the return of annual outdoor music celebration Buiten Westen to Amsterdam’s beautiful Westerpark.  Transformed into an urban oasis of creativity, art and vibes, Buiten Westen’s collection of artists, designers, chefs, musicians and dreamers are once again set to take over the day with the sounds of house, techno and dance.  With stages curated by some of Amsterdam’s most prominent and respected crews, Pleinvrees, Next Monday’s Hangover, ZeeZout, NGHTDVSN, Cartel and PaardenKracht, there is sure to be a sound for every taste as the summer (and festival season) gradually moves into full swing. Translated word for ... Read more

80’s Aussie Hit ‘Space Invaders’ Inspired The Very First House Track

“For me, just that whole groove of it was incredible. So that’s what became my signature record whenever I played anywhere” Jesse Saunders The question on what was the very first house track ever made is disputed to this day, but there is some agreement that one of the sure contenders is ‘On And On‘ by Chicago pioneer Jesse Saunders. The seven and a half minute 808-bonanza is commonly pointed to as the first chapter in the Chicago house sound, which ushered in an era of closely collaborating young talents who would soon find fame across the Atlantic, like Frankie ... Read more

Phase 1 Of Dimensions Festival Line-Up Announced

Croatia-based Dimensions Festival has released the first phase of their line-up this week. The organization has made it clear again that they’re a force to be reckoned with within the Balkan region, where an underground dance music scene seems to be blossoming more and more. The first names for Dimensions 2015 include such top-of-the-bill names as Lil Louis, Ben UFO, Delano Smith, Mount Kimbie and Moodymann. Since its humble beginnings in 2012, Dimensions has set itself on the map as an alternative and exotic getaway for music lovers in the region and those adventurous enough to look further than the ... Read more