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ULTRA BEAM RECORDS – ESSKELL – ANGEL

10/08/2019
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Singer/song writer Esskell once again brings his signature brand of music to the people. He continues to create waves locally and internationally, showcasing his inspirational musical talents that have disc jocks,Selectors and fans anxiously waiting for more.

Esskell’s new radical song is called “ANGEL”. The real life lyrics of this song talks about a man who chooses to take to the streets doing the wrong things to survive because he feels he lives in a hopeless society. The negative influences in the environment that he grew up in, scars his mind and influences the choices made for a better life for him and his family. The conscious mind will always prevail, as through his struggles he still hopes for a better tomorrow, guidance and protection, so he cries out “ Father God send an angel to watch over me”.

This song will touch the hearts and minds of many, as we all hope for better opportunities and better choices, with the help of Father God.

“ANGEL”, produced by Paul Christie of Ultra Beam Records is available across all digital platforms.

 

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Levantay – Shy Guy / Ultra Bean Records

10/08/2019
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Penthouse Recording Engineer/Producer, Paul Christie aka Pablo, teams up with international recording artiste Levantay on the smash single Shy Guy. Levantay is the first female artist on Christie’s Ultra Beam Records. The roots, rock, reggae soulful song Shy Guy is sure to be the song of the winter with its sultry vocals and easy vibes.

Paul Christie has worked with such industry giants as Sly and Robbie, Rorey Baker, Donovan Germain, Shane Brown, Tony Rebel, Dean Fraser and Tarrus Riley to name a few. Now branching out with his label he is introducing his first female artiste Levantay to the world with her premiere single ‘Shy Guy’.

Levantay is an international singer/songwriter known for her music with a message. She has opened stages for artists such as Marcia Griffiths, Beres Hammond and Beanie Man.

Listen to Shy Guy.

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Skye Energy Radio / Blast Tone / New Release

28/07/2019
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“Blast Tone” – Belarusian duet founded in 2019 by two DJ’s Artemiev and Curera. Both began their musical career in 2003. During this time, they managed to visit many clubs and cities in the Republic of Belarus and neighboring countries. The main musical direction: Progressive House, Big Room, Electro House, Future House.

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Track: Blast Tone feat Yasmin Palmer – Till The Night
Track: Blast Tone feat Narjisse Meziani – Lost In Silence

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The Prodigy’s Keith Flint dies aged 49

04/03/2019
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Instantly recognisable for his fluorescent spiked hair and incendiary performances, the musician sang lead vocals on both the band’s number one singles, Breathe and Firestarter.

He was found dead at his home in Dunmow, Essex, on Monday morning.

Police said they were “called to concerns for the welfare of a man” just after 08:00 GMT. “Sadly, a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

Flint had recently returned to the UK from a tour of Australia; and was due to start a US tour in May.

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The party, which has been held at Amnesia since 2012, will also switch to Thursday nights.

25/02/2019
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Marco Carola’s Ibiza residency, Music On, is moving to Pacha.

Since launching in 2012, the house and techno event has dominated the White Isle, occupying the Friday night slot at Amnesia, a club Carola has ties to stretching back more than ten years. Yesterday, a Facebook post confirmed that the party will switch to Thursdays at Pacha. Dates and lineups are still TBA.

Music On will join former Amnesia rival Cocoon at the iconic super club. Sven Väth’s party, which turns 20 this year, made the switch last summer.

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SCRAAATCH have released five tracks that grew out of their hybridized live-DJ sets.

25/02/2019
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SCRAAATCH have self-released their first EP, Teardrops.

The duo of MHYSA and lawd knows are known for high-intensity performances that blur the lines between DJ set and live PA. Their first EP “expresses our sentiments surrounding black life, death, hypervisbility and refusal,” they write on Bandcamp, “as we confront the reality that the club—like the rest of this world—can be a vulnerable space.” The songs grew out of the last few years they spent experimenting with their hybridized live set, and a few of them were recorded straight to tape.

It follows their Labyrinth mixtape for Halcyon Veil, which RA profiled as January’s label of the month. The label also released a solo album from MHYSA in 2017.

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Primavera Sound reveals 2019 lineup, featuring more than 50 percent women

06/12/2018
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Primavera Sound reveals 2019 lineup, featuring more than 50 percent women

Robyn, Richie Hawtin, Nina Kraviz and SOPHIE are among those booked for the Barcelona festival next spring.

Primavera Sound 2019, going down from May 30th through June 1st, has announced its lineup.
Among the headliners for the Barcelona festival are Robyn, Erykah Badu, SOPHIE, Charli XCX, James Blake, Stereolab, Richie Hawtin (performing his CLOSE live set) and Modeselektor. In terms of DJs, they’ve lined up Joy Orbison, Helena Hauff, Yaeji, Laurel Halo, Avalon Emerson, Jayda G and a back-to-back from Eris Drew and Octo Octa. Live sets will come from Objekt, Anastasia Kristensen, Apparat, Tim Hecker and his Konoyo Ensemble, Veronica Vasicka and plenty more.
This year, Primavera seeks to highlight “equality, eclecticism and audacity” in their lineup, according to a press release.
“Equality in the lineup between men and women, a stylistic eclecticism that is patently obvious and the drive to constantly take risks to connect to the times we live in are central concepts of the Primavera Sound 2019 lineup,” the statement adds. “All of this without abandoning the presentation of a lineup that is absolutely unique in the world, risky and convincing, as it is every year.”
For the full lineup, check out the flyer and event listing below.

 

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Paris boat club Batofar closes permanently

12/10/2018
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The venue has been dismantled after running into financial difficulties, though there are plans for it reopen under a new name in 2019.

Popular Paris boat club Batofar has closed for good.
Moored in the 13th arrondissement since 1999, the red tugboat ran into financial troubles earlier this year, according to daily newspaper Libération. It was initially due to shut for renovations, though they never materialised. A 17-hour closing party, scheduled for February 3rd, also never happened. More recent photos show the red boat being dismantled. (See right.)
Libération also reports that the venue will reopen in summer 2019 as a salsa club under a different name, Faro Faro.
For almost 20 years, Batofar was a vital and trusted spot for underground house and techno fans. Recent guests include Tin Man, Xosar and Djrum.

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David Morales arrested in Japanese airport on ‘suspicion of smuggling’ MDMA

12/10/2018
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The US DJ was reportedly detained in Fukuoka on Saturday afternoon after customs officials found 0.3g in his possession.

David Morales was reportedly arrested in Japan over the weekend on “suspicion of smuggling” 0.3g of MDMA.

According to national newspaper Asahi Shimbun, the Grammy Award-winning artist was travelling from Hong Kong to Fukuoka on Saturday afternoon when customs officials found a small bag containing the class A drug in his carry-on luggage. Morales denied it was his, claiming that someone else put it there. “He was arrested for allegedly violating the law on narcotics and psychotropics control,” a police spokesman told news agency AFP.
Japan has a zero-tolerance policy on drugs. The penalty for possession of class A substances for personal use, however small the amount, carries a maximum prison sentence of seven years and a fine of ¥3 million (£19,821).
Morales was due to perform at Fukuoka club Bijou on October 6th, followed by an appearance in Tokyo the following day. On Saturday evening, the promoter of the Fukuoka show posted on Instagram saying that Morales wouldn’t be attending because he was “sick.”
Resident Advisor reached out to Morales’s team, who said they’re “unable to comment at this time, but will share further information with you as and when we’re able to do so.”

We’ll bring you more on this story as we have it.

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Trump signs Music Modernization Act, updating old copyright laws

12/10/2018
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The legislation aims to revamp existing laws so musicians and labels are better compensated by streaming platforms.

President Donald Trump signed the United States Music Modernization Act into law today.
The act, which passed unanimously through the House and Senate, aims to update antiquated US copyright and licensing laws for the streaming era.
Specifically, its goal is to simplify the process of licensing music so that rights holders are more fairly compensated when their music is streamed online. It will iron out the most complicated part of the process—figuring out who the rights holders are—by creating a single licensing database called the Mechanical Licensing Collective. The MLC will ensure that payouts end up with the correct artists and labels.
It also includes a piece of legislation called the Allocation for Music Producers Act, which specifically aims to get producers and engineers better royalty payouts from satellite and online radio (it’s the first time producers have been mentioned in US copyright law).

“You like this legislation or do you hate it?” Trump reportedly asked his invited guest Kid Rock during the signing ceremony this afternoon. “I like it,” replied Kid Rock.

New legislation that calls for major updates to the United States’ music copyright and licensing laws passed the House of Representatives yesterday by unanimous vote.

The Music Modernization Act, also known as House Resolution 5477, bundles together a handful of bills that, as a key sponsor in the House put it, “brings early 20th-century music laws for the analog era into the 21st-century digital era.”
One big change is the creation of a blanket mechanical license, which digital providers can obtain as protection against copyright infringement lawsuits, and a new agency whose mission will be to track credits on streaming and other digital services and collect and distribute royalties. The agency would be similar to SoundExchange, a non-profit that is currently the only digital royalties distribution entity authorized by Congress. HR 5477’s other measures include the development of a system of market-based royalty rate standards, new protections for recordings made before 1972 and the addition of royalties for producers and engineers.
Left unaddressed are performer payments for over-the-air radio play—Inside Radio says the National Association of Broadcasters and the music industry aim to iron out a compromise on that front without a government mandate.
Industry supporters for HR 5477 include the Recording Academy, RIAA, ASCAP and BMI, along with the Digital Media Association, which represents the likes of Apple, Amazon, Google, YouTube and Spotify.

The bill passed the House with an expedited 415-0 vote—a rare display of bipartisan cooperation in US government that suggests it’ll make it through the Senate and onto the president’s desk. The Senate’s Judiciary Committee plans to begin its own deliberations in mid-May.

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Fabric to relaunch Room Three with huge new soundsystem

04/09/2018
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Fabric is set to relaunch Room Three with a huge new soundsystem, it has been confirmed.

News that the dancefloor would be brought back into action first hit over summer, having been shut since the club re-opened following its temporary closure in 2016. The longstanding FABRICLIVE sessions— which lent their name to the mix series that’s just about to finish— will be the first to make use of the space, on Friday 14th September, meaning it will be available for the marathon 30-hour 19th Birthday in October.

Dancers are promised a relocated booth, adding greater intimacy, and new Pioneer rig, with the focus on showcasing rising UK talent. Tumble Audio will put the setup through its paces on the debut night, before 3000 Bass (featuring The Marcus Nasty Show), Addictive Behaviour, Then & Now and She Said So step up in the weeks that follow, making this another significant milestone to add to our list of 10 moments that defined Fabric.

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Festival

Laroc Club in Brazil receives big names for Carnival 2018

11/02/2018
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About Laroc Club

The Laroc Club occupies an area of approximately 50 thousand square meters, being six thousand square meters of built area, amidst a lush landscape and a first world infrastructure. It is the first sunset club in Brazil, a house dedicated to electronic music, built on the banks of the D. Pedro I Highway, in the city of Valinhos, just ten minutes from Campinas and just under an hour from São Paulo.

Its sensorial and emotional appeal generated by the Laroc environment provides a greater appreciation for all elements present in the events that are huge LED panels, first world sound system, pyrotechnics, performances, paper rain and other devices make the shows true spectacles, which refer to great festivals of electronic music.

Laroc before completing one year of inauguration already participated in the voting of the 100 best clubs in the world, by the renowned magazine DJ MAG.

carnival schedule

The line-up begins with the Swedish Alesso, kicking off at carnival celebrations on February 10. DJ and Swedish music dance music producer Alesso ranked 15th in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs list in 2014. His songs became known for having original productions and remixes with big names in electronic music, such as Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Tiësto and Sander van Doorn. The last great success of the Swedish in Brazil is the partnership in “Is That For Me” with Anitta, in less than 24 hours, the song entered the first place of Spotify Brazil and is listed among the most touched in the rankings of countries like Portugal , Hungary, Taiwan, Sweden, Indonesia, the United States and Italy.

On Carnival Saturday, February 11, Laroc Club hosts the Frenchman Valentim Brunel, better known as Kungs. DJ and producer released their first album ‘Layers’ in 2016 following the hit “This Girl,” a partnership with Cookin’ on 3 Burners that became an international hit with over 162 million hits on youtube. The single “I Feel So Bad” earned him the gold record in France, his home country, where he also won the “Electronic Album of the Year” award at the French Grammy Awards.

To end the intense carnival weekend, on February 12, Laroc is pleased to present Armin Van Buuren. He has been voted # 1 DJ in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 by DJ Magazine’s TOP 100 DJs, and currently has him third in the ranking. Van Buuren is leading the A State of Trance, a weekly radio show with about 25 million listeners a week in 26 countries, being one of the most heard programs in the world. The DJ performs more than 150 shows a year at festivals and renowned venues around the world. Armin is back in Brazil for the 11th consecutive year to bring his unmistakable trance with energizing sets.

Local artist will complete the lineup. On February 10 DJs Viktor Mora, The Juns, Dj Samhara, Pic Schmitz and Adam Saville. On February 11 DJs Gabriel Boni, KVSH, VINNE, Dre Guazzelli, Luí Torcatto and Renato Naya. And finally, on February 12, DJs Bruno Martini, Wrechiski, Rodrigo Vieira, Marcelo CIC and Renato Naya.

More info can be found on the official website: www.laroc.club/en/

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Lollapalooza 2018 Argentina bigger than ever

11/02/2018
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Lollapalooza 2018 will count with more than 100 bands and will last three days for the first time in Buenos Aires in its 5th edition. Lollapalooza offers 12 hours of music per day, it starts at 12:30 hs and finishes at 1:00 am. Lollapalooza had sold out the tickets of day 1 and the general pass, entrances for day 2 and 3 are available tough.

Stages

This year Lollapalooza will count with 5 stages Two Main stages, Perry’s stage, the Alternative Stage and the Kidzpalooza for the youngest ones. Perry’s stage host electronic artists all day.

Lollapalooza’s stage size exceeds any other stage of Argentina´s events. They are colossal and the quality of the music is unique too, the sounds pounds on your chest, it´s incredible.

Gastronomy

The gastronomy of this festival distinguishes for its quality and variety. Last year they offered “The Food Trucks Camp” where the most renowned chef´s and restaurants offer their most relevant gastronomic proposals. The gastronomy central sector was called “Lollapalooza Food Town” and included “Street food Argentina” that had regional gastronomy, on the other hand, other food trucks provided food from cities like Paris Berlin, Tokyo, San Francisco and London. Naturally the “Green Spirit” was also present and it extended proposals for coeliacs, vegetarians, vegans and naturists.

LOCATION

Lollapalooza is held at the “Hipódromo de San Isidro”, a lovely fresh and green racecourse. It extensive field is full of relaxing spots, entertainments and different gastronomic sites.

Electronic Artists Resume

Lollapalooza offers diverse electronic music types and artists. We will hear the best EDM from Hardwell, DVBBS, DJ Snake. For the trap, trip hop and dubstep lovers Dillon Francis, Alison Wonderland, Yellow Claw and What So Not would appear at Perry’s stage. The remarkable tropical and deep house of Kygo is another quality leap of the lineup. Then Deorro, Galantis and Cheat Codes are in charge of the progressive house mixed with captivating pop voices.

Friday

The electronic line up of the first day will be led by the hardstyle EDM of Hardwell, one of the most successful DJ’s of the moment. DVBBS is another highlight of Friday, this two DJ’s make an explosive progressive house and they also include some techno and dubstep in their shows. Alison Wonderland will stand out with her trap and trip-hop. Her music is also influenced by elements of the acid house and she also plays with mysterious atmospheres. The bass and post-dubstep will be represented by What So Not. Unstable beats and experimental sounds are protagonists at his set join by girly voices. Shiba San’s deep house is another a particular proposal. He distinguishes itself for creating a personal sound that is obscure and embracive.

Saturday

The French producer of EDM and trap oriented, DJ Snake, is the most known electronic artist of Saturday line-up. His famous hits will put everyone to dance. Yellow Claw, is a duo which combines a wide range of electronics genres like trap, dubstep, big room house, and hardstyle. Their shows are powerful and really entertaining due to the diverse rhythms. Nghtmre’s future bass and trap music will surprise more than one with his precise use of synthesizers and a large variety of sounds. Louis The Child is composed by two DJ´s that make future bass too. Their style is softer and has a slower rhythm. Finally, Deorro’s seductive EDM pop and progressive house will invite us to move.

Sunday

Kygo is the Sunday electronic star, his renowned deep house and tropical house songs will hypnotize the public. The Norwegian DJ characterize for its catchy rhythms that enchants the audience. The dance-pop music and voices of Galantis conformed another attractive show thanks to their stimulating and uplifting sounds. If you want to boost your energy to its top level I highly recommend you listening to Dillon Francis dubstep. I think he would be one of the most acclaimed DJ of the edition, and I hope he plays some songs with Nghtmre. The danceable songs of Cheat Codes, the American trio, that combines pop voices with friendly melodies. Alan Walker, the youngest DJ in the lineup, will present his popular electro house.

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Squarepusher, Floating Points, Tzusing added to Sónar Hong Kong 2018

10/02/2018
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Another two-dozen names have been joined the March festival’s bill.

Sónar has announced another two-dozen acts for its Hong Kong festival on March 17th.

Topping the list are Squarepusher, who plays his first show for 2018, and Floating Points giving a solo live performance. Recent Breaking Through subject Tzusing leads an extensive list of artists based in the region appearing at the one-day event, including Romi B, Kelvin T, Steve Yau and PUSH. Showcases also come from Seoul Community Radio and local label WM Records.

They join previously announced acts Laurent Garnier, The Black Madonna, Laurel Halo, Heidi and Mount Kimbie when the festival returns to the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park for its second edition.

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Fighting the tide: Underground dance music in the Bay Area

10/02/2018
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In Oakland and San Francisco, cities once defined by radical creativity, electronic artists are finding it ever harder to survive. But as Matt McDermott finds out, they’re not giving up just yet.

The push and pull between San Francisco’s past and future is on plain display in The Mission. The neighborhood’s parallel main streets, Mission and Valencia, reveal the city’s messy, diverse underpinnings and beckon towards a whitewashed present. Walking on Mission, you see discount shops, open-air produce markets, hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Just a couple of blocks away on Valencia, it’s single-origin coffee, boutique clothing stores and towering lofts for the city’s moneyed class.

I meet San Francisco-based music journalist, DJ and label owner Chris Zaldua at the Latin American Club, a watering hole that gestures towards the city’s fading bohemia, on 22nd street between Mission and Valencia. “The main reason everyone wants to live here and the reason that it’s so fucked up is because it’s a bubble,” Zaldua says. “There is no other place like it in The States. It has the high-roller financial energy of Manhattan… but it also has this free-spirited creative, living-on-the-edge undercurrent that makes it such a weird place. So many musical, artistic, literary traditions and scenes have thrived here—there’s a history that has coexisted with the strivers, the hustlers and the moneymakers. At different points in history they’ve been symbiotic to greater and lesser degrees. Right now it’s a low-point.”

A few notes on San Francisco. The peninsula city is just seven by seven square miles—it doesn’t crack the top 100 largest US cities measured by area. It’s devastatingly beautiful. The ride in on the Bay Bridge is among the most dramatic preambles to an urban environ I’ve experienced. Sometimes the fog rolls in as you crest the hills over Hayes Valley and the city feels alive with mystery and promise. You can walk or take public transportation damn near everywhere. There’s also rampant homelessness. It’s the most expensive place to rent in the US.

Zaldua talks about the city like a spurned lover, with a mix of affection and chagrin. “Everything I love about the Bay Area is also what makes it so hard to be here. Rent is the obvious one. Space. The city is so beautiful because it was built in a certain way… That’s the trickle-down thing that affects everything else. That makes it hard for artists, for waiters, for teachers… for all these people that cities need to thrive, it becomes an inhospitable environment. So much of the culture that San Francisco is historically known for has been pushed out.”

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CTM Festival 2018: Five key performances

10/02/2018
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CTM, Berlin’s festival for “adventurous music and art,” offers a wide variety of musical experiences. This year’s action, which ranged from Chinese club experimentalists and Holly Herndon’s utopian ensemble to gabber and hardcore infiltrating Berghain, was centred around a single theme: “Turmoil.” The word was interpreted in many different ways across the ten-day period. In a world of precarious employment, physical displacement, emotional detachment and hyper-digitization, the current cultural moment is filled to the brim with turmoil. But its connotations aren’t all negative: “turmoil” can also serve as a creative catalyst, and during CTM’s daytime lectures it was often cited by artists as a powerful source of inspiration. Indeed, the music I found myself enjoying the most contained an optimistic energy. My highlights were those moments when all pessimism faded away and pure joy erupted on the dance floor.

Here are five key performances from CTM 2018.

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Kraftwerk among acts announced for Dimensions Festival 2018

10/02/2018
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The Croatian festival, which kicks off Wednesday, August 29th, has revealed its first wave of DJs and live acts.

Kraftwerk will play the opening concert for Dimensions’ latest edition.

The quartet, who last month won a Grammy Award for 2017’s 3-D The Catalogue album, will perform at the Croatian festival’s amphitheatre on Wednesday, August 29th. They’ll be joined at the concert by Moodymann, the saxophonist Nubya Garcia, Josey Rebelle and Debora Ipekel.

Over 100 other artists have been confirmed for the Pula-based event’s seventh edition. Among the DJs listed are DJ Stingray, Courtesy, Nina Kraviz, The Bug, Helena Hauff, Anastasia Kristensen, DJ LAG, Paula Temple, Detroit In Effect, Vladimir Ivkovic, Jon K, dBridge, Peggy Gou, Darkhouse Family (AKA Earl Jeffers and Don Leisure), Sonja Moonear, Skee Mask, Lena Willikens, Peanut Butter Wolf, Billy Nasty, Nicolas Lutz, Marcellus Pittman, DJ Python, Saoirse, Hunee, K-HAND, Petar Dundov, Alexander Nut, Bonobo, Eddy Ramich and Craig Richards, among others. Discwoman’s Umfang and Volvox, will also DJ, as will the full Hessle Audio crew—Ben UFO, Pangaea and Pearson Sound. Maximum Joy, Jon Hopkins, Amp Fiddler, Azymuth & Marcos Valle, James Holden & The Animal Spirits, Underground Resistance’s Depth Charge, The Exaltics, Heinrich Dressel & Teslasonic, Ariwo and Jan Kinčl & Regis Kattie are among the live acts locked in.

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Sugar Mountain 2018

01/01/2018
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Line-up /

Actress, Ara Koufax, Beaches, Body Type, Cut Copy, Dan Shake, Eclair Fifi, Fantastic Man, Gerd Janson, Honey Dijon, J Hus, Jamila Woods, Joey Bada$$, Kardajala Kirridarra, Laurel Halo, Love Deluxe, Project Pablo, Sevdaliza, Shanti Celeste, Stella Donnelly

— Sensory restaurant —
Sugar Mountain’s acclaimed immersive restaurant experiment is back, and the 2018 offering will be a love note to the real MVP… dessert. This year, it comes in collaboration with one of the absolute benchmark eateries in Australia.

You can book your Sensory add-on at the same time as your festival ticket, which is recommended if you don’t want to miss out. Stay tuned for the full reveal.

— Boiler Room —
The global cultural phenomenon makes its very welcome return to Sugar Mountain in 2018 for another huge broadcast. With the stage newly relocated to a new location, expect the same intimate vibes, sunshine and easy access. Brag alert: Sugar Mountain is Boiler Room’s only Australian festival partner, and one of only eight worldwide.

— Future Culture —
A new world order. Stay tuned for the reveal on a brand new space and initiative on-site within ACCA. Curated by Grace Dlabik it is a collaboration between BE. x i-D.

Future Culture pays homage to cultures from around the world and will be an explosion of colour, fashion, photography, art and music. The curation will be centred around creative pillars with a focus on shifting paradigms.

— An evolving home —
Arrive via the Sturt St festival entrance and SM 2018 reveals itself afresh, as we’ve introduced an expanded site and key new spaces. Indoor venues include the Grant Street Theatre, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, and Malthouse Theatre. For the first time ever, SM will expand into the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) footprint, and take over Grant Street (the area between). Plenty of green and new places to discover.

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2017 best Albums

23/12/2017
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Here are favourite albums from this year.

    • Jlin - Black Origami
    • Jlin
      Black Origami
      Planet Mu

      “You made something ’cause it sounds good?” Jlin said in an interview this year. “For real? You’re not doing enough.” Her second album lives up to that ethos: Jlin completely rewrites footwork’s DNA into something complex and sinister. Through singular rhythms and stark soundscapes, the American artist shows the kind raw power you can harness with drums, samples and an incredible imagination.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Equiknoxx - Colón Man
    • Equiknoxx
      Colón Man
      DDS

      Here’s an example of how to make radically weird music that still rocks a party. Since their first album last year, the Jamaican duo have sharpened their sound down to a dangerous point, arriving at a style that is menacing, psychedelic and even silly at times.

      Listen: Apple Music / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Lee Gamble - Mnestic Pressure
    • Lee Gamble
      Mnestic Pressure
      Hyperdub

      Among many other subjects, Lee Gamble was wrestling with artistic development, premodern musical notation, politics and soundsystem culture when he wrote Mnestic Pressure. This makes sense. The record achieves an incredible collision, where complex themes and ideas meet the raw immediacy of the dance floor.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Kelela - Take Me Apart
    • Kelela
      Take Me Apart
      Warp Records

      With Take Me Apart, Kelela did what few artists can in following up a standout debut: she transformed while also getting to the heart of what makes her unique. Though she recruited a number of star producers for the album, what emerged from those sessions was an R&B masterwork that’s saturated with her personality. It mixes sex, sadness, vulnerability and empowerment in a way that captures the beautiful, messy essence of real life.

      Listen: Apple Music / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Four Tet - New Energy
    • Four Tet
      New Energy
      Text Records

      Four Tet showed us his range in 2017. There was “Question,” a simple yet insanely catchy club cut, followed by New Energy, a gorgeous, elaborate record that swings from Rounds-era sounds to lush house and quasi-trance. If his recent run of dance floor singles were lost on any of his original fans, then this album will have won them straight back.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / Spotify

    • DJ Sports - Modern Species
    • DJ Sports
      Modern Species
      Firecracker Recordings

      Was there a more assured debut album in 2017 than Modern Species? With its humid atmospheres, light-footed percussion and wafting melodies, is the perfect soundtrack for an introspective summer’s journey. In a year of great records from Aarhus’s blossoming Regelbau crew, this is the standout.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Sublee - Ideepsum
    • Sublee
      Ideepsum
      Metereze

      Ideepsum captures an artist looking to the past for inspiration. Made up of six club tracks for the body and mind, this double-pack is a breakout release from a little-known Romanian producer with a cosmic touch. Tech house might be a dirty term in 2017, but Sublee reaffirms its potential for enchanting dance floor moments.

      Listen: Bandcamp / SoundCloud

    • Young Marco - Selectors 002
    • Young Marco
      Selectors 002
      Dekmantel

      Young Marco worked old-school rap, digi-dub and all manner of global oddities into his sets this year, and his Selectors compilation for Dekmantel feels like a trip around the world at 80 BPM. On this journey, we take in Wolf Müller’s tropical drums, Dutch cosmic music from The Force Dimension, and new age house from Larry Heard.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • JASSS - Weightless
    • JASSS
      Weightless
      iDEAL Recordings

      Weightless? This was one of the heaviest experimental electronic records we heard this year. The Spanish artist confirmed her status as one of the scene’s most interesting newcomers, releasing this dense, industrial-infused full-length on the one hand, and tearing up Berghain’s new Säule venue with her DJs sets on the other hand.

      Listen: SoundCloud

    • Fever Ray - Plunge
    • Fever Ray
      Plunge
      Rabid Records

      On Fever Ray’s 2009 debut, Karin Dreijer, appearing on her own for the first time, kept her cards close to her chest, with a sound still wedded to The Knife’s Silent Shout. Arriving eight years later, Plunge is an altogether different proposition, a tour-de-force that explores sexuality and politics with lyrics so blunt they can feel like rallying cries (“Free abortions! And clean water!”). Paired with characteristically alien sounds, produced together with Peder Mannerfelt, the album confirms Dreijer as one of the visionary musicians of our time.

      Listen: Apple Music / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • John Maus - Screen Memories
    • John Maus
      Screen Memories
      Ribbon Music

      Screen Memories is the result of five years spent alone in a house in rural Minnesota, where John Maus not only wrote and recorded these odd bits of synth pop, but also built the synthesizers he played them on. This gives you an idea of the eccentric mind behind Screen Memories, a record that, like all of Maus’s work, is made from baroque synth melodies, post-punk rhythms and inscrutable lyrics, this time touching on subjects like the apocalypse, pets dying and football.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Visible Cloaks - Reassemblage
    • Visible Cloaks
      Reassemblage
      Rvng Intl.

      Reassemblage synthesises some of 2017’s most recognizable crate-digger trends—Japanese ambient, fourth world music, new age—into startlingly modern music. Using complex processing and production techniques, the American duo pay a respectful homage to their influences. It’s music that hints at various cultural traditions without directly touching on them, like folk music from an alternate reality.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Laurel Halo - Dust
    • Laurel Halo
      Dust
      Hyperdub

      Laurel Halo calls her third solo album, Dust, the happiest album she’s made. Of course, it’s not that simple—the LP’s sunny dub motifs, cryptic lyrics and scattershot percussion make for a journey that’s both beguiling and distant. This intricate dreamworld—constructed with help from collaborators like Klein, Lafawndah and Eli Keszler—is alien, yet intimate, with moments of warmth that draw us in again and again.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / Spotify

    • LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
    • LCD Soundsystem
      American Dream
      DFA Records

      Well, they pulled it off. One of this year’s big talking points was how LCD Soundsystem wrote a comeback record that exceeded expectations. American Dream doesn’t soar to the anthemic highs of its predecessors, but as a front-to-back listening experience it’s arguably the best record they’ve ever written.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Tzusing - 東方不敗
    • Tzusing
      東方不敗
      L.I.E.S.

      Tzusing’s debut album is inspired by a literary character who castrates himself in order to become a more nimble martial artist. The Malaysian-Chinese producer’s approach to techno is similarly concerned with agile attacks. With broken beats and exotic instrumentation borrowed from industrial and EBM, 東方不敗 is techno cut with the supple strokes of a master swordsman.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Arca - Arca
    • Arca
      Arca
      XL Recordings

      On the afternoon of Wednesday 22nd February, lots of people simultaneously gasped, “Oh, shit.” That was the day Arca announced his third album with “Piel,” the first taste of his new vocal-led music. Exactly ten months later, it feels like the record, along with its accompanying live show and videos, is the boldest artistic statement made in electronic music this year.

      Listen: Apple Music / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Pessimist - Pessimist
    • Pessimist
      Pessimist
      Blackest Ever Black

      On his debut album, Bristol producer Kristian Jabs pulls a striking range of ideas from a limited palette. He blends drum & bass, techno and trip-hop with a touch that’s so technical it’s a little scary, while immersing the listener in a bleak miasma that sticks to you. It’s fitting that it came out on Blackest Ever Black: the album is draped in only the darkest hues.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Bicep - Bicep
    • Bicep
      Bicep
      Ninja Tune

      Genres like trance and progressive house are popular for a reason: they’re often produced with maximum pleasure in mind. Bicep know this. On their long-awaited debut album, they siphon the best elements of those genres into something that fits with contemporary house and techno, making for some of the best dance floor moments of the year.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Jana Rush - Pariah
    • Jana Rush
      Pariah
      Objects Limited

      Last year, Chicago native Jana Rush quietly emerged from an almost 20-year hiatus with a wild-eyed footwork EP called MPC 7635. It reintroduced her as one of this year’s artists to watch, and she made good on that promise with Pariah, a rhythmic rollercoaster that proves her remarkable versatility, taking in soul samples, erratic acid lines and next-level rhythmic manoeuvres.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Call Super - fabric 92
    • Call Super
      fabric 92
      Fabric Records

      Dresvn into Objekt, Photek into Don’t DJ, Walter Brown into Yves Tumor—fabric 92 is perhaps the finest example yet of Joe Seaton’s fearless and idiosyncratic DJ style. But more than that, it’s a monument to DJing itself, showing how, with the right combination of taste, skill and daring, mixing records can have transcendental results.

    • Various artists: Visceral Minds 2
    • Various
      Visceral Minds 2
      Fractal Fantasy

      The Visceral Minds 2 compilation is exemplary in two ways. Firstly, it makes a coherent body of work out of 20 different collaborations between the label’s founders, Zora Jones and Sinjin Hawke, and others artists. Secondly, and crucially, its tracks are impressively experimental without losing a connection to the dance floor.

      Listen: Apple Music / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Porter Ricks - Anguilla Electrica
    • Porter Ricks
      Anguilla Electrica
      Tresor

      The full-length return of a techno and sound design dream team, Anguilla Electrica is a perfect blend of form and function. There are hints of dub techno in its six tracks, which modulate and morph while staying tethered to a steady 4/4 pulse. Abstract yet accessible, this is 2017’s most evocative techno album.

      Listen: Apple Music / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Octo Octa - Where Are We Going?
    • Octo Octa
      Where Are We Going?
      HNYTRX

      Where Are We Going? is that rare thing: a club-ready album that grips you all the way through. Its secret is its stylistic range, subtly guiding the listener through sublime deep house, uplifting garage and brooding techno in a way that feels intuitive. As anyone who saw Octo Octa’s brilliant live show can attest, hearing these tracks on a big system was a treat.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Special Request - Fabriclive 91
    • Special Request
      Fabriclive 91
      Fabric Records

      The average mix CD can get across a DJ’s style and taste, but they’re less common as a medium that shows artistic growth. Special Request’s Fabriclive 91 is a spectacular exception. By absorbing electro and ambient into the hardcore continuum that, over the years, Paul Woolford’s alias has refreshed with such style, the mix moves with a devil-may-care freedom and energy, summoning the spirit of one of dance music’s most celebrated eras.

    • Various - Outro Tempo: Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil 1978-1992
    • Various
      Outro Tempo: Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil 1978-1992
      Music From Memory

      A golden rule of crate digging is to root around sections that others are ignoring. Madrid-born, London-based selector John Gómez went one further, following a hunch and unearthing a little-known scene of visionary experimental electronic music from Brazil. Outro Tempo introduces us to singular artists like Andréa Daltro, Maria Rita and Priscilla Ermel, and shows an important bridge between their techniques and fourth world theory.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Burnt Friedman - Pestle
    • Burnt Friedman
      The Pestle
      Latency

      In a way Burnt Friedman’s music is destined to be overlooked—the Berlin artist does his best to defy all existing musical traditions, essentially ensuring he has no comfortable place in today’s musical landscape. Some of his records are so good, though, that they simply demand to be heard. Enter The Pestle, a striking and hypnotic collection that presents six of Friedman’s compositions in reverse chronological order, offering a tantalizing starting point for one of electronic music’s most creatively ambitious artists.

      Listen: Bandcamp / SoundCloud

    • Varg - Nordic Flora Pt. 3: Gore-Tex City
    • Varg
      Nordic Flora Pt. 3: Gore-Tex City
      Northern Electronics

      If you couldn’t already tell from his takeover of our Instagram account this year, Varg’s relationship with techno is a little different from most artist’s. Also see this singular album, on which, among other twists, AnnaMelina drops autotuned R&B vocals over a techno-meets-trap beat and, on a heady techno track, Yung Lean sings about killing his landlord. But don’t mistake these creative decisions for gimmicks: Varg’s best asset is how natural he makes breaking the rules sound.

      Listen: Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Steffi - World Of The Waking State
    • Steffi
      World Of The Waking State
      Ostgut Ton

      Unlike her past work, Steffi’s third album doesn’t feature any vocals, but it still feels like her most personal release yet. Delicate and deeply evocative, it explores a nocturnal blend of IDM, electro and techno, the culmination of years spent collecting records and tinkering with synths. Recalling the alien sound of Ostgut Ton’s early years, it’s a refined LP from a veteran artist with more facets than most.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Juju & Jordash - Sis-boom-bah!
    • Juju & Jordash
      Sis-boom-bah!
      Dekmantel

      On Sis-boom-bah!, Jordan Czamanski and Gal Aner break open electronic music’s rigid grid by bringing a jam-band method to the table. By framing delicate keys and guitar licks within the language of psychedelic techno, they drift elegantly between driving dance tracks, ethereal electronica and transcendent ambient moments.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Actress - AZD
    • Actress
      AZD
      Ninja Tune

      Darren Cunningham seemed inspired in 2017. In between travelling around India and collaborating with the world-renowned London Contemporary Orchestra, he put out AZD, an album full of the kind of woozy club music that made us fall in love with him to begin with. It contained, among other strange jams, “X22RME,” one of the year’s underrated club tracks.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Karen Gwyer - Rembo
    • Karen Gwyer
      Rembo
      Don’t Be Afraid

      Rembo is everything you’d want of a house and techno album. Its eight tracks are loaded with personality, conveyed through wild synth melodies, uptempo drums and amusing track titles. You’d dance all night to this music—the opportunities for which are increasing—yet its mist-in-the-woods atmosphere gives it a subtly mysterious pull.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / Spotify

    • DB1 - Zwischenwelt
    • DB1
      Zwischenwelt
      Hidden Hawaii

      In comparing Zwischenwelt to a “mysterious obelisk,” Mark Smith aptly summarised the album’s enigmatic sound. It draws equally from dub techno and drum & bass, but resembles neither style. That’s partly down to its use of Euclidean rhythms, each one taking turns to draw the ear. Not that much of this would cross your mind on a dance floor—you’d probably just ask, awestruck, “What the hell is this?”

      Listen: Apple Music / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Thundercat - Drunk
    • Thundercat
      Drunk
      Brainfeeder

      Thundercat is a virtuoso bassist who uses his powers for good—Drunk weaves tangled basslines through a psychedelic smear of funk, R&B and hip-hop, as catchy as it is complicated. It’s dazed like a Saturday morning spent getting high and watching adult cartoons, with a sense of humour and the odd social commentary to match.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Micronism - Inside A Quiet Mind
    • Micronism
      Inside A Quiet Mind
      Loop Recordings (NZ)

      Inside A Quiet Mind collects music made in the midst of an extraordinary transformation: from techno artist to Hare Krishna. The Kiwi artist Denver McCarthy recorded these tracks in the second half of the ’90s—the final stretch of his life as an artist and, by his telling, a person with an ego. It’s hard not to hear this in the music itself: exquisitely reflective and atmospheric, these tracks seem to emanate from an elevated inner state.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • DJ Python - Dulce Compañia
    • DJ Python
      Dulce Compañia
      Incienso

      Out of all of Brian Piñeyro’s aliases, it’s the “deep reggaeton” of DJ Python that stands out the most, and Dulce Compañia is the best example of it The project’s formula—slow dancehall beats that swing with the heft of dub techno—is so satisfying that you wonder how no one else thought of it before.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Ron Trent Presents Prescription - Word, Sound & Power
    • Ron Trent
      Presents Prescription – Word, Sound & Power
      Rush Hour Music

      There’s a “can’t miss” appeal to Rush Hour’s Prescription retrospective. For a few magical years in the ’90s, house legends Ron Trent and Chez Damier focused on the spiritual, deep and healing aspects of dance music, crafting some of the genre’s all-time classics. This six LP box set contains a staggering amount of heat—you could mix an hour or two of perfect tracks using only Word, Sound & Power.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Colleen - A Flame My Love, A Frequency
    • Colleen
      A Flame My Love, A Frequency
      Thrill Jockey

      “Descending milky night”; “Rain, rain, rain”; “be like the bat that nearly flew into my room”: Cécile Schott’s music has a sense of poetry well beyond what we’d normally expect from electronic music, and not just in the lyrics. Her quivering synths, delicate and vivid, are at least as expressive as her breathy, self-trained singing voice. A Flame My Love, A Frequency is her first LP free of acoustic instruments, and it may well be her best.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / Spotify

    • NASW. - UntitledME
    • SW.
      Untitled
      Sued Records

      Until last year, SW. had been SUED’s more silent member, with a subtler sound and slimmer release count than the label’s cofounder, SVN. That all changed with Untitled, AKA The Album, a massive leap forward for both artist and label that came out on vinyl last November and then digitally this year on Apollo. A dreamlike swirl of fluttering rhythms and moonlit atmospheres, blending elements of house, ambient and drum & bass, it’s rich enough that we’re still picking it apart a full year later.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Errorsmith - Superlative Fatigue
    • Errorsmith
      Superlative Fatigue
      PAN

      2017’s most fun and creatively unhinged dance record arrived after six torturous years of work. “Turning the potential into a finished track is very, very hard for me,” Erik Wiegand told Lisa Blanning. We’re glad he persevered. The neon blend of techno and dancehall on Superlative Fatigue was unlike anything else out there this year.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

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Festival

DJ dies and more injured after stage collapses at Brazil’s Atmosphere Festival

23/12/2017
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Kalleby Freitas da Rosa, 30, suffered fatal head trauma when extreme weather toppled the structure on Sunday afternoon.

A DJ has died and more were injured at a Brazilian dance music festival after a stage collapsed due to extreme weather conditions.

Kalleby Freitas da Rosa (AKA DJ Kaleb), 30, was standing behind the EDM event’s O Santuário Stage on Sunday afternoon when heavy rain and gale-force winds caused the huge metal structure to topple. (DJ duo Pura Vida were performing when it fell.) Da Rosa suffered head injuries and was immediately rushed to hospital, where he died on arrival. Three others were injured in the incident. The festival took place at Parque Estadual De Exposições Assis Brasil in Esteio, a municipality near Porto Alegre in the south.

Atmosphere Festival issued a statement via Facebook yesterday evening, which has been translated from the original Portuguese.

“We always cherish the security of our audience, following all the processes, reports and authorisations requested by the local authorities. And to our audience we will keep them informed of all our actions to keep the truth about the facts that have occurred. We’re sorry, we lost a friend, an artist. Our priority is to assist the wounded and their families. We thank the military brigade and the fire department for all their assistance.”

An attendee captured the moment the stage collapsed:

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Dekmantel reveals lineup for Selectors festival 2018

07/12/2017
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The Dutch crew will return to Croatia for the event’s third edition next August.

Dekmantel has announced the lineup for next year’s Selectors festival, taking place at The Garden Tisno, Croatia, from August 23rd through 27th.

A number of DJs will make their Selectors festival debuts, including Donato Dozzy, DJ Harvey, Mr Scruff, Mafalda, Phillip Jondo, Elena Colombi, Zozo and Brilliant Corners’ Donna Leake. Return guests at the 2000-capacity event include Hunee, Lena Willikens, Antal, Sassy J, Gilb’R, I-F, Izabel, Orpheu The Wizard, Objekt and Marcel Dettmann.

Festival Music

DGTL Amsterdam reveals 2018 lineup

28/11/2017
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Jeff Mills, Honey Dijon and Laurent Garnier are among the names for next year’s festival at NDSM Docklands.

DGTL Amsterdam has announced the lineup for its 2018 edition.

Close to 70 artists have been booked for DGTL Amsterdam, which returns to the repurposed industrial space NDSM Docklands on Easter weekend, running from March 30th through April 1st. Jeff Mills, Laurent Garnier, Speedy J, Maya Jane Coles, Job Jobse, Honey Dijon, Sandrien, Albert van Abbe and Floating Points, who’s going back-to-back with Hunee, will all DJ, while the likes of Recondite, Stephan Bodzin, Aleksi Perälä, Telefon Tel Aviv and Red Axes perform live.

Also confirmed are Âme II Âme, the DJ and live duo of Kristian Beyer & Frank Wiedemann, plus full band performances from Romare and Dollkraut.

Read our five key performances review of DGTL 2017.

Tickets are available  on RA.

Festival

South Africa’s Into The Castle festival cancelled as parent company ‘struggles to survive’

25/11/2017
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“Our team is shattered and all the money invested in this start-up is gone,” posted Music Goes Further on Facebook.

Music Goes Further, the company behind the Into The Valley festival franchise, has cancelled Into The Castle in South Africa.

The one-day event was due to take place at Castle Of Good Hope in Cape Town on January 26th, 2018. In a statement posted to Facebook, Music Goes Further said the losses from the cancellation of Sweden’s Into The Factory festival in July, which totalled over €400,000, caused an “acute liquidity shortage,” forcing them to indefinitely postpone the forthcoming event in South Africa. The company also made losses of more than €150,000 at Into The Valley in Estonia, which was plagued by bad weather and small crowds.

“2017 was an absolute nightmare for us, and still is,” reads the statement. “The initiative is on a total pause at the moment and we are working day and night trying to clean this situation up. If we do not make it, it will be the end of our brands, Into The Valley, Into The Factory and Into The Castle, and also for us as festival organizers. It would be beyond sad but we could just never imagine such a series of large setbacks striking us one after another.”

The organisers add: “Our team is shattered and all the money invested in this start-up is gone. We need to take a big step back in order to be able to come back with new energy in 2018. It is our goal to produce a festival in Europe during 2018, but at this point it is too early to plan for this or make any promises. We keep toiling and praying for things to start moving in the right direction.”

Music Goes Further still owes money to artists who played at its previous events. They thanked the likes of Nina Kraviz and Larry Heard for waiving their fees and called on other artists to follow suit, saying “We hope that more artists will follow their example as this cancellation was really out of our hands. Doing so, and refraining the fee, would be vital and a huge help for us to get back on our feet.”

Festival

Subsonic Music Festival Fri, 01 Dec 2017 / Subsonic Music Festival 2017 at Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort

12/11/2017
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Subsonic is back from Dec 4-6, 2015, in the picturesque surrounds of Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort. Subsonic is dedicated to all things beats and bass, and aims to bring together a unique line-up of international and local artists, in an immersive, multi-sensory environment with an unconventional edge.

Subsonic is camping with a luxurious twist – gorgeous campgrounds by the Karuah River, hot showers, and a laidback bar. Subsonic is a lifestyle festival, far from the city and the herd mentality. 3 days of music, camping and good times in an amazing location 3 hours North of Sydney.

Subsonic brings artists like Andrew Weatherall, Fred P and Pearson Sound together with lush greenery, a beautiful river and one of the friendliest festival crowds you could hope to find.

Festival

MIRA Digital Arts Festival 9-11 Nov 2017

01/11/2017
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MIRA is a digital arts festival based on three connected areas: exhibition, divulgation and education, and is held anually in Barcelona (since 2011) and Berlin (since 2016). Focused on digital culture and technology’s new trends, the festival has a program where both classic and fulldome audiovisual shows, art installations, 3D sound shows, fulldome screenings, conferences, presentations and workshops can be found.

Electronica, virtual reality, 3D sounds, 360º concerts, performances and screenings, robotics, inmersive and interactive experiences, and new space, stage and light design are the anchors of a highly visual proposal. MIRA wants to make the audience feel closer to several worlds of tech creation within a digital art event aiming to become a platform for new talents as well as a showcase for world-known artists, and also create unique inmersive experiences through tech innovation and live visual plus music interlace.

MIRA promotes artistic collaborations and boosts the creation of new projects supporting relations between collectives, organizations and artists from the digital arts and technology fields. The non-profit feature of the festival helped by volunteers, makes the results being re-invested aiming to promote digital culture in the most sustainable way.

Mira Festival

Festival

Iceland Airwaves 1-5 Nov 2017

01/11/2017
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Iceland Airwaves is an annual music festival held in Reykjavík, Iceland in early November.

The festival spans five days (Wednesday – Sunday) and its main focus is showcasing new music, both Icelandic and international. The festival’s main sponsors are Icelandair and the City of Reykjavík.

The first show was held in 1999 as a one-off event in an airplane hangar at Reykjavík Airport. Subsequently, it has become one of the premier showcases for new music in the world, with hundreds of journalists and industry people in attendance.

Iceland Airwaves has become known for its intimacy and party spirit. The festival has been called “the hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar” (David Fricke, Rolling Stone) and an “unbelievable zest for music and celebration” (Jonah Flicker, Pitchforkmedia).

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (played Airwaves in 2004), The Bravery (2004) and The Rapture (2002) are among artists who played Iceland Airwaves before their careers kicked off – in each case the groups were playing their first shows outside their hometown, New York. Among other artists who have played Iceland Airwaves are Florence and the Machine, Vampire Weekend, Crystal Castles, Thievery Corporation, Sparta, Flaming Lips, Fatboy Slim, The Kills, The Stills, TV on the Radio, Keane, Hot Chip, Ratatat, Architecture in Helsinki, Klaxons, Wolf Parade, Kaiser Chiefs and local bands Sigur Rós, GusGus, múm, Singapore Sling, FM Belfast, Of Monsters and Men, Seabear, sóley, Sin Fang, Trevor Geir, and Retro Stefson.

In 2009, the festival was held from 14 to 18 October, featuring about 150 artists including Nina Kinert, The Cocknbullkid, Casiokids, Megaphonic thrift, Micachu and the Shapes, The Golden Filter, Metronomy, Golden Silvers, James Yuill, Postelles and Alaska in winter.

The 2010 edition of Iceland Airwaves took place on 13–17 October. The performers included jj, Robyn, Junip, Toro Y Moi, Timber Timbre, Rolo Tomassi, Bombay Bicycle Club, Hurts, Tunng, Alex Metric, Everything Everything, Mount Kimbie, Joy Formidable, Efterklang, Slagsmalsklubben, Oh No Ono, The Antlers and Hercules and Love Affair.

In 2011, Iceland Airwaves was held from 12 to 17 October. The performers included Björk, Sinéad O’Connor, Yoko Ono, Ólafur Arnalds, Of Monsters and Men, We Were Promised Jetpacks, 22-Pistepirkko, Tune-Yards, Beach House, Other Lives and Ólöf Arnalds.

In 2012, Iceland Airwaves took place from October 31 to November 4. Sigur Rós headlined the 2012 edition which included For a Minor Reflection, Kwes, Ghostpoet, Dirty Projectors, The Vaccines, Doldrums, Half Moon Run, Blouse, BOY, Sóley, Retro Stefson, Prins Póló, Samaris, Sin Fang, GusGus, Mugison and Ólöf Arnalds. Django Django and Swans were both scheduled but were forced to cancel.

In the year 2013, Iceland Airwaves Music Festival started October 30 and ended with the final concert of Kraftwerk at November 3. Other lineup artists: For a Minor Reflection, Retro Stefson, Prins Póló, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Agent Fresco, Yo La Tengo, FM Belfast, and Sykur.

Iceland Airwaves is promoted and produced by Iceland Music Export. and sponsored by its founder Icelandair, in cooperation with the City of Reykjavik.

Iceland Airwaves

Events

Ministry of Sound “We’ve Got A Stage At The Ark 2017”

25/07/2017
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Nothing says ‘big weekend’ like a party cruise. With that in mind we’re about to invite you to come on probably the biggest big weekend of 2017. We’re teaming up with the people at THE ARK to host a stage on their incredible party cruise. Taking off from Barcelona for four days of sun, sea and ship-based partying, the cruise will also stop over in Ibiza for a night.

We’re putting together an eye-watering lineup of the very best DJs for our stage. We have to keep it under wraps for the moment, but rest assured it’s going to be huge.

‘THE ARK’ is a 4-day party cruise on which 4,000 passengers can enjoy the hottest electronic music. The ship will be converted to a luxurious floating club with no fewer than seven different stages. Specially for the cruise, on-board facilities such as the current cinemas and theatres, as well as the ice skating rink and the upper deck, will all be converted into festive stages with just the right vibe.

As well as partying, guests will be pampered on the culinary front with a choice of many on-board restaurants, an impressive wellness centre and spa, plus the many sports facilities on board will also be available to all passengers.

Three cities, one island.

The ship sets sail from Barcelona on Thursday, August 31 and from there will travel to Ibiza, where it will dock for an entire day. Passengers will have the opportunity to disembark and explore the island before heading to the French city of Marseille, where guests will be able to spend an afternoon. During the final evening and overnight, the ship will set course for Barcelona again, where it will arrive the next day, bringing this unique mini-vacation to an end.

Get tickets and more info here

Music

Brunch Electronik returns to Lisbon for second season

20/07/2017
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Âme, Magda and Talaboman feature in the 12-week party series which begins this week.

Brunch Electronik will begin a second 12-week season in Lisbon on July 23rd.

The Sunday party series launches with Gui Boratto, Robag Wruhme and Gunjah all playing in the parklands of Tapada da Ajuda, which will accommodate thousands of dancers from 2 PM to 10 PM. Across the three-month run, Brunch will feature acts like Talaboman, Dave Clarke, Magda, Mathew Jonson, Nic Fanciulli, Radio Slave and Michael Mayer. They’ll also present a couple of back-to-back headline sessions, with Jackmaster and Peggy Gou sharing the decks on September 3rd and Miss Kittin and Oxia pairing up on August 20th. Âme’s Kristian Beyer will wrap the season up on October 8th alongside Trikk and Marvin & Guy.

Tickets for the season are available here on RA.

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  • Portugal Aug 13  Brunch Electronik Lisboa #4: Claptone, dOP, Sheri Vari..
  • Portugal Aug 20  Brunch Electronik Lisboa #5: Miss Kittin b2b Oxia, Joh..
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  • Portugal Sep 03  Brunch Electronik Lisboa #7: Jackmaster b2b Peggy Gou..
  • Portugal Sep 10  Brunch Electronik Lisboa #8: Magda, Mathew Jonson Live..
  • Portugal Sep 17  Brunch Electronik Lisboa #9: Michael Mayer, Kölsch, Re..
  • Portugal Sep 24  Brunch Electronik Lisboa #10: Paul Ritch, Radio Slave,..
  • Portugal Oct 01  Brunch Electronik Lisboa #11: Talaboman, Samo DJ, Wolf..
  • Portugal Oct 08  Brunch Electronik Lisboa #12: Âme Dj, Trikk, Marvin &..
Skye News

Meet our new mobile app!

16/07/2017
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At Skye Energy Drink, we’re focused on helping you discover our world on your phone or tablet.
Available soon on iOS and Android platforms the Skye Energy Drink App will bring to you the latest Skye Energy Drink brand News, Events, Videos new Products and Special offers.
Our big goal was to recreate our website vibe within the app in order to deliver all the neat-o discovery stuff that makes Skye Energy Drink fun to explore.

Festival

MUTEK announces Buenos Aires festival with Mathew Jonson, Sonja Moonear

16/07/2017
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MUTEK.AR will go down over three days in September.

After an eight-year absence, MUTEK will return to Buenos Aires for a festival from September 22nd through 24th.

The lineup for MUTEK.AR includes a number of MUTEK festival alumni like Mathew Jonson, Mike Shannon, Sonja Moonear, Nonotak and Herman Kolgen, with Maya Jane Coles, Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts and Nicola Cruzz among the other acts booked. There’s also a heavy emphasis on Argentinian artists, including Ernesto Ferreyra, Jonas Kopp, Chancha Via Circuito, Alejandro Mosso and more. All three days of music will go down at the Néstor Kirchner Cultural Centre (CCK), a landmark building once home to the city’s central post office.

MUTEK, which also presents festivals in Montreal, Barcelona, Mexico City and Tokyo, first visited Buenos Aires in 2005, and held regular events there up until 2009.

Watch a teaser video

Music

SoundCloud denies it’s running out of money, says it’s ‘confident’ about profitability

16/07/2017
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The streaming platform has responded to a Techcrunch article that said it only had 50 days of funding left.

SoundCloud has given a statement in response to yesterday’s Techcrunch article about the company’s financial situation.

The article claimed that SoundCloud had only secured enough funding to last until the beginning of the fourth quarter, which starts in approximately 50 days. In a response given to RA, the Berlin-based streaming platform cited “a number of inaccuracies” in Techcrunch‘s editorial based on what it said was “a misinterpretation of information by one or two laid off employees.”

“To clarify, SoundCloud is fully funded into the fourth quarter,” the spokesperson said. “We continue to be confident the changes made last week put us on our path to profitability and ensure SoundCloud’s long-term viability.”

SoundCloud’s financial woes were back in the spotlight last week when the company announced the sudden layoffs of 40% of its staff.

“In terms of layoffs, it is our policy not to discuss individual employee cases,” SoundCloud added, “but we can share we continue to work with all employees who were let go to support them during this transition, with employment and financial assistance.”

Resident Advisor Article

Music

Zürich recognises ‘techno culture’ as part of its UNESCO ‘intangible cultural heritage’

08/07/2017
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The recognition acknowledges dance music’s importance to the Swiss city.

Zürich has recognised “techno culture” as part of its UNESCO “intangible cultural heritage.”

“The development of techno culture in Zürich, with the Street Parade and a very distinctive club scene, lends Zürich a young, open, hedonistic and international reputation,” Walter Leimgruber, professor of cultural studies at Basel university and a member of the steering committee who helped make the UNESCO selections, told Limmattaler Zeitung.

The decision acknowledges dance music’s importance to Zürich but doesn’t bring with it any laws, funding or tax breaks. (In Berlin, Berghain received significant tax breaks after a German court ruled it was a place of cultural value alongside theatres and museums.)

The UNESCO website says that the idea behind giving things “intangible cultural heritage” status is “to support Member States in their efforts to preserve the world’s cultural diversity in a constantly changing international environment.”

There were 35 new entries to the list from across Switzerland, mostly focussing on urban traditions.

Music Festivals

Dekmantel Festival announces nighttime programme for 2017

08/07/2017
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Amsterdam clubs Shelter and RADION will host afterhours events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Dekmantel has outlined the nighttime programme for this year’s festival in full.

Two Amsterdam clubs—Shelter and RADION—will host nightly events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday once the festival proper has finished at Amsterdamse Bos. The lineups will feature acts who played earlier in the day, with Shelter hosting Rødhåd and Deniro on Friday, Joy Orbison and Call Super on Saturday, and Regis and Overmono (who will DJ) on Sunday.

The RADION schedule is similarly varied. Midland and Palms Trax play on Friday, followed by Makam and Tom Trago back-to-back with Cinnaman on Saturday. The Sunday pulls together leftfield favourites Objekt and Inga Mauer, as well as Dekmantel Soundsystem.

Dekmantel Festival 2017 will run from August 2nd through 6th. In addition to performances from the likes of Larry Heard and Steve Reich, Resident Advisor will return to the EYE Film Institute to host an afternoon’s worth of discussions and live interviews.

  • Netherlands Aug 02  Dekmantel Festival 2017, Amsterdamse Bos
  • Netherlands Aug 04  Dekmantel At Night – Friday, RADION
  • Netherlands Aug 04  Shelter; Dekmantel At Night – Friday, Shelter Amsterdam
  • Netherlands Aug 05  Shelter; Dekmantel At Night – Saturday, Shelter Amster..
  • Netherlands Aug 05  Dekmantel At Night – Saturday, RADION
  • Netherlands Aug 06  Shelter; Dekmantel At Night – Sunday, Shelter Amsterdam
  • Netherlands Aug 06  Dekmantel At Night – Sunday, RADION
Events

The Warehouse Project announces lineups for 2017 opening weekend

04/07/2017
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Raresh, Ricardo Villalobos and Ben UFO are among the names playing the Manchester party’s first events for the coming season.

The Warehouse Project has revealed the artists playing on its opening weekend this September.

The Manchester institution’s Welcome To The Warehouse events are taking place at Store Street on Friday, September 22nd and Saturday the 23rd. September 22nd is headlined by The Martinez Brothers and Eats Everything, who feature in addition to a back-to-back set from Patrick Topping and Richy Ahmed. The Saturday evening will run for 11 hours and includes sets from the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Ben UFO, Raresh, Ben Klock, Peggy Gou, Midland, Saoirse and Bicep.

The dates come the weekend after LCD Soundsystem’s sold-out shows at Store Street.

Music

Ricardo Villalobos remixes Christopher Groove on EP for new label Offline Records

04/07/2017
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Ricardo Villalobos will help inaugurate a new label called Offline Records with a remix.

Offline is run by Brad Wilder and Christopher Groove. The latter provides the first release, due out at the end of July. The Austrian producer contributes a track called “Secret Garden,” which the label says was inspired by his time spent on Ibiza last year during the clubbing season. Villalobos’s remix of “Secret Garden” appears on the flipside.

The remix is the latest release in a busy year for Villalobos, following a handful of other reworks, an EP with Chez Damier and the Empirical House album on [a:rpia:r].

Listen to clips of both tracks.

SKYE ENERGY DRINK will never contact you & offer to you Car Wraps.

Car wraps and fake checks.
This year, one of the biggest scams around is the car wrap or car advertising scam.
And if you aren’t careful, it could cost you thousands of dollars…
Here’s how the scam operates:
In a nutshell, you were looking for a legitimate work from home job and you received an email asking you if you’d like to make some money by having your car wrapped in a well-known brand logo (e.g.,SKYE Energy Drink).
Once you respond, you are sent a check for several thousand dollars and asked to deposit it.
You are also asked to keep some money for yourself and wire the remaining cash to a graphic designer. This designer is then supposed to come and decorate your car.
The only problem with this plan is that the check is fake and bounces after a few days of sitting in your bank account.
However, the bank is legally required to make the funds available to you immediately. The scam artist will tell you to you then forward the cash via money order to a third party.
Now, you just sent away thousands of your own dollars to an overseas criminal. The check IS going to bounce and you will be held liable for the missing money.
Typically, you will lose between $3,000-$4,000 on average.
And that doesn’t even include any headaches from having to explain to the bank why your are depositing fake checks into your account.
The scammer walks away with a fat stack of your money and you are left footing the bill.

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