Category: Features

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

[Playlist] Jovonn: 10 Seminal New York City House Tracks

A pioneer of the NYC, New Jersey, 90’s house sound, Jovonn exploded onto the House scene in 1991 with his second release ‘Turn and Runaway’. Additionally, Jovonn has produced classics like ‘Back In the Dark’, ‘Garage Shelter’, ‘I Can’t Make Up My Mind’, ‘I Wanna Go To A Club’ that all contain his distinctive vocal delivery and trademark production of gritty sounds, hard kicks, jazzy chords, and phat basslines. Recently his work has been heard on labels like Clone, Dogmatik, Objektivity, Deeply Rooted House and Apollonia, showcasing his talents to a new audience of House Music lovers. Earlier this year, ... Read more

5 Artists Who Shaped Me: VONDA7

VONDA7 continues her steady ascent through the underground electronic ranks by inaugurating a brand new project: art | werk. The imprint, which bridges the gap between listener and dancer, which also gives aspiring visual artists a showcase platform, kicks off with VONDA7’s aptly titled “Pure Intentions EP”, consisting of 4 deeply personal productions. The genre-hopping collection spans Breaks, Techno, and Alternative Pop whilst remaining suffused with a delicate balance of allaying melody and power. With this platform for full creative control launching imminently, VONDA7 has also expanded on a handful of artists she respects for their artistic integrity and maintenance ... Read more

5 Classic Sets: Stephan Bodzin

On Friday, September 21st and Saturday, September 22nd techno legend Stephan Bodzin comes to London for back-to-back shows at Electric Brixton in London. They will see the live specialist serve up two of his spectacular shows, with improvised grooves and on-the-fly synths all adding to the immersive, mesmeric soundtrack. He’ll also debut a brand new V/A show to include a 10ft-high 78-panel LED wraparound screen, floor-to-ceiling lasers and more. Bodzin, of course, has had a storied career that takes in running and releasing on his own label Herzblut as well as Systematic Recordings and many more. His brand of colourful, ... Read more

5 Classic Sets: Derrick May

Derrick May is a figure that looms large over the techno world. From his early days pioneering a high tech and soulful sound to his masterful sets around the world in 2018, he is a vital presence. He plays Movement Torino on October 12th and 13th with the likes of Ellen Allien, Lone (live), Nina Kraviz, The Martinez Brothers and Joseph Capriati. It all takes place in a huge conference centre and brings together 15000 techno lovers for one of the most essential gatherings in the annual dance calendar. Before that date, we round up five classic sets to really ... Read more

[Playlist] Azari’s Deep Acid Selections

Since his debut project AZARI & III achieved enormous commercial success, AZARI has also released a handful of underground classics under the name “Dinamo Azari”. In honing his sound and developing into a powerful solo artist, his new project, and the first under the AZARI name since AZARI & III’s disbandment fuses the commercial accessibility of AZARI & III with his masterful knowledge of the dance music underground resulting in “Gotasoul”. Here, AZARI provides his playlist representing a few of his favorite deep, acid cuts. M.S.L Bellevue Resort – Model Future Music for humans and humanoids alike. Vril – Haus ... Read more

[Playlist] Jonas Rathsman's ELEMENTS Of Dance

With a fastidious approach to sound, Jonas Rathsman has been supplying the European scene for the best part of five years. With recent releases on Diynamic Music, Crosstown Rebels, and KX, the Swedish producer has cemented himself as a world class Producer, while his ELEMENTS mix and label series has been gaining serious acclaim with the mix series garnering a dedicated following worldwide. On 11 August, ELEMENTS touches down at London’s XOYO where Jonas will be joined by Kiasmos and Tom Demac, Jonas’ first appearance at the venue since his sold out New Year’s Eve party. Here, He shares 10 ... 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

5 Classic Sets: Omar S

There are few more widely respected producers than Omar-S. The Detroit native has a real sense of attitude that always carries over in his tracks, whether they are raw and head wrecking techno cuts or camp, hands in the air party house tunes. They almost exclusively come via his own FXHE label and as a DJ he runs a similarly wide gamut, from darker grooves to more fun, funky and r&b-flecked sounds. He plays emotive music in a loose, instinctive way and never fails to fill the floor. He is sure to do so again between September 28th and 30th ... 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

[Playlist] The 15 Tracks That Defined Uva Festival

Uva Festival is one of the most stunning and intimate festivals you could ever dream of attending. It takes place on the side of a cliff, 800m from Ronda town centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The setting is Bodegas Descalzos Viejos, a monastery from the 15th century, converted into a vineyard with a labyrinth of ancient walls and secret hideaways. The historic locale is breathtaking indeed, and the musical line-up is just as tasteful — this year the likes of Orpheu the Wizard, Donna Leake, Debora Ipekel, Call Super, DJ Sports, Skee Mask, Tito Wun, Zenker Brothers and more ... 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

[Playlist] Chile’s Best By Claudio Ricci

Founded by Claudio Ricci and Christian and Monika Zorn, Stripped Down Records is a brand new label that will focus on raw grooves. The first release comes from Ricci and features essential remixes from Timo Maas & Basti Grub, Kintar and Metodi Hristov, with Ricci’s nearly 20 years experience providing timeless single here is a great way to kick off the new label. Entitled “Warschauer Strasse”, it is seven excellently expansive minutes of twisted synths that bring real tension to deep house drums. With the release available at the end of the month, Claudio Ricci was asked to give 10 ... 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