The Marcus Intalex Music Foundation (MIMF) has been set up in Manchester "to support and nurture talent".
Yak has gone from strength to strength in the past year. Following last year’s breakthrough dancefloor destroyer ‘Mido’, the recent DJ Mag Fresh Kicks mixer has played some of the UK’s finest venues as well as catching support from huge names such as Hunee, Joy Orbison, Midland, Objekt, Peggy Gou, Laurel Halo, Simian Mobile Disco, Paul Woolford and Martyn.
If the '90s was an area of rainforest, natural home to the much sampled rave loon, then its rate of deforestation would have long passed an alarming rate. Pillaged by two generations, one born in that decade and now at the height of their clubbing peak, the other those who lived through its first rich bloom and are returning to their roots for cuttings, its golden house sound has already dominated the last five years or more.
Turn on a Saturday morning TV chart show and fifth generation copies of New York house and New Jersey garage often provide the backdrop.
Virginia’s first full-length album on Ostgut Ton, ‘Fierce For The Night’, lands tomorrow (Friday 27th May). You can stream it in full ahead of its release below.
Virginia, who features in the June issue of DJ Mag that is out now, worked on the album with Dutch artists Martyn, Steffi and Dexter, who co-produced it. ‘Only For The Night’ channels elements of funk, boogie, disco, UK garage, drum ‘n bass, and house, to hark back to a time that genre boundaries were less clearly defined than they are today.
Doms & Deykers, the joint project of Dutch producers Steffi and Martyn, will release an EP next month.
‘Dedicated To Those Who Feel’ is the second record from the duo, following on from 2014’s ‘Fonts For The People’. The EP will serve as “an introduction” to an full-length release that the pair are planning to drop later this year.
Martyn released his third album, ‘The Air Between Words’, on Ninja Tune in 2014. He’s since put out singles on Dolly Dubs, Ostgut Ton and his own label, 3024.