After an outstanding set at AVA Festival, Armagh’s own Holly Lester has emerged as one of 2018’s most noteworthy names to watch. Bequeathed with a pair of CDJs at 14, Lester cut her teeth on electro and progressive house before bouncing between jungle, d&b and hard dance amongst other fast-paced cuts over the years.
Miss Red is an outsider, descended from an immigrant Polish family who “were getting shit ‘cause they were Jewish” when they lived in Morocco, but also for being North African while living in Israel. Eventually leaving Israel, the fierce MC spent time in London and Berlin and became a regular part of The Bug’s touring line-up. For that reason, he has produced her debut album, ‘K.O.’, which does indeed deliver many knockout punches.
The electro-techno contortions of Solid Blake are generating shockwaves deep in the underground. The creation of Copenhagen-based Glaswegian Emma Blake, it was when she moved to the Danish capital (after several years working at Glasgow’s Subcity Radio) that she became emboldened to make her own material and begin playing out more.
Snapped up by Med School, Flexout Audio and Beat Machine relatively early on in his career, Lynch Kingsley has been thrust into the limelight with a sound that manages to artfully combine psychedelic d&b with a juke/jungle aesthetic to create an atmospheric, almost cinematic quality to each of his tracks.
New York’s Abby Echiverri only released her first solo EP in June, but you’d be hard pushed to find a more accomplished debut. Arriving on The Bunker — after a track on the label’s 15 Years Of compilation earlier in 2018 — all four hardware-based tracks reimagine broken beat, techno and electro in refreshing new ways. They swing low, with booming kicks and modulated percussive lines that are all masterfully de ned and pack a visceral punch with equal cerebral clout.
“One of my favourite emotions is surprise and, for me, a good DJ is a master in the element of surprise,” says The Netherlands’ rising DJ Merel, to explain her wildly diverse but always cohesive sets. “This is my ultimate goal when I play music.” Originally from the small city of Leiden, but now Amsterdam-based, Merel ten Braak has generated hype thanks to her appearances on Red Light Radio and rapidly increasing schedule of gigs across Europe.
Detroit bass producer Sinistarr is the latest artist to step up on Italian label Beat Machine’s Swinging Flavours 7” inch series.
The footwork aficionado and sound designer supreme takes us on a typically fervent outing on ‘55555’, a melodic dish of flute-like synths, gripping bass, chopped vocals and hectic percussion.
No Bounds Festival kicks off on Friday 13th October, spanning the full weekend through to Sunday 15th across various spaces in Sheffield, bringing a unique combination of music, art, technology and ideas to the city.
The “world’s largest techno rave” is set to be held 30th June to 2nd July at Paris’ Bretigny-sur-Orge base station.
Billed as the Area 217 festival, the three day event will transform the tarmac of the BA217 military base into a techno playground for 25,000 revellers.
Dave Clarke, Perc, Ben Sims, Tommy Four Seven, dOP (live), and Om Unit are among those set to spin across the festival’s six stages.
More information is available via the event’s Facebook page.
Moresounds returns to Om Unit’s ever-impeccable Cosmic Bridge label this month, for his first solo outing on the imprint since 2013's 'Breath Control' EP.
Comprised of four tracks, the 'Mutation Expert' EP has a definitively laid-back vibe, combining junglistic drumwork with Moresounds' signature dub stylings.
Through the year, DJ Mag brings you the biggest new tracks from the best artists, and 2016 has been a stellar year, featuring material from Carl Cox, Solomun, Dubfire, Booka Shade and many more.
Below we’re bringing you the staff picks of DJ Mag’s 2016 premieres, including Mr. G, Fort Romeau, Om Unit, Tim Reaper, Rumor and Suciu.
These are the tracks that, despite being huge on the DJ Mag office stereo this year, flew somewhat under the radar for their immense quality.
Ibiza closing parties are in full swing over the next two weeks, with Circoloco, Cocoon, Music On, Paradise and many more hosting huge events that bring the curtain down on the summer.
And it’s been a huge season for electronic music, with a number of bona fide classics (see Floorplan, Midland and DJ Koze) surfacing on dancefloors at clubs and festivals.
It’s been an unusually strong season for remixes too, with a number of reworks becoming the biggest tracks of the summer.
So here, in no particular order, are the 30 best remixes as the sun sets on an epic season.
Back in 2012, UK production duo Blocks and Escher launched their Narratives Music label with 'Sagan'/'Broken', opening the door to a world of abstract, emotive drum & bass. Four years on, these tracks have been given the remix treatment, and we've secured a very special version of 'Broken' by the one and only Om Unit for premiere.
In drum & bass back in the '90s, it was kinda frowned upon for people to start exploring other styles. But as the scene matured and DJ/producers started experimenting, it became more and more acceptable. In recent times there's been d&b producers making dubstep, techno, neurofunk, pop... pretty much any styles that anyone wants to delve into. The scene is secure enough to handle this.
20/20 is a fresh new night set up by Ivy Lab, a drum and bass collective consisting of Sabre, Stray and Halogenix. The event promises to bring punters the very best of emerging fusions between drum & bass, hip-hop, footwork and future soul.