Thursday, 12 December 2019

WIGFLEX CITY FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR 2020



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CRAIG RICHARDS & NICOLAS LUTZ, HELENA HAUFF, GIANT SWAN (LIVE), JOSEY REBELLE, INSTRA:MENTAL, SHERELLE, SKEE MASK & MORE
TO PLAY UNMISSABLE SECOND EDITION

Bank Holiday Friday 8th May 2020  | Various Venues, Nottingham

After debuting to acclaim in 2019, Wigflex City Festival returns on Bank Holiday Friday 8th May 2020 with stunning musical programme, including Craig Richards & Nicolas LutzOcto OctaInstra:mentalSkee Mask, Josey RebelleLena Willikens & Vladimir Ivkovic and more.

Built on the core principle of showcasing Nottingham's incredible potential, unrivalled creative talent and making a lasting change within the community, Wigflex City Festival brought locals, regulars and new recruits together earlier this summer to explore the breathtaking spaces Wigflex has been utilising for over 13 years of raucous parties. With over fifteen of Nottingham's independent venues used in 2019, including Metronome and The Brickworks, Wigflex City Festival 2020 promises more chaotic sets in old Nottingham caves, car parks, basements, hidden streets and out of sight warehouses to ensure that even more of the city is explored by dancers next summer. Never losing sight of its DIY roots, this is a festival strictly on Wigflex's terms, guaranteeing the highest quality parties, a challenging and diverse roster of talks and workshops and a flurry of curveballs across the running time.

Since its inception, Wigflex has become synonymous with consistently booking the most exciting talent across the bill, whether it be bubbling upstarts on the rise or classic heavyweights of the genre, and there's plenty on the festival lineup to exhilarate fans of both. Having delivered legendary set after legendary set, Craig Richards & Nicolas Lutz unite for one that's destined to rank highly in the Wigflex history books, while two members of the electrifying 6 Figure Gang, SHERELLE and L U C Y, are primed to demonstrate why they're considered bass music's brightest hopes, with Yazmin Lacey and Greentea Peng (Live) adding a soulful, welcome change of pace to proceedings. If it's original trailblazers you're seeking, returning drum and bass dons Instra:mental and Wookie have you covered, whereas Giant Swan (Live) serve up pummelling techno cuts from their debut album, alongside Skee MaskdBridgeLena Willikens & Vladimir Ivkovic and Sonja Moonear who promise to explore the darker side of the dance music spectrum.

Once again, Wigflex City Festival pairs mind-melting live shows, from the likes of Oli XLNathan FakeEquinoxx and The Legend of William Onyeabor by Bucky Leo & Black Egypt, with some of the most sublime selectors in the game, including Josey RebelleLeon VynehallOcto OctaJob Jobse and Helena Hauff digging deep across the day and night. Label head Dr Banana steps up to drop garage gems galore, with Manchester figurehead Madam X, the ever-evolving Franceso Del Garda, the breaking GIGI FM and Wigflex royalty Lone adding to the already stacked bill.

Founder Lukas Wigflex says:
"Everyone thought I was bonkers to gamble everything I own on the first festival and I'm still undecided as to whether it was the smartest or dumbest decision I've ever made, but the one thing I've always been 100% set on is that there had to be a second instalment.

The first festival came together in a way that I could have only ever dreamed of...It was like seeing every single thing that I know and love about Nottingham come together in one big beautiful way and to have that experience shared by so many people and artists that I love and respect was just incredible. Putting it into words seems silly, but seeing the whole city come alive was really special and I think it's exactly what Nottingham needs more of, so I'm determined to keep going and making each year more memorable than the last. It's that feeling that's kept me in this game for over 13 years.

The business side of things have been testing, but I'm hoping that all of the lessons and hurdles we've come across have brought about positive growth and I'm so excited for 2020. The support that we've received across the board for this festival has also played a huge part in giving us the confidence to keep going because it's not exactly the best time / climate to be a DIY, independent party promoter...but we've got no plans of stopping any time soon.

With a diverse programme of talks and workshops to be announced soon, tickets for Wigflex City Festival are available now: www.residentadvisor.net/events/1351257


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FULL LINEUP A-Z:

Craig Richards & Nicolas Lutz
dBridge Presents Black Electric
Desert Sound Colony
Dr Banana
Equinoxx ft. Gavsborg & Shanique Marie (Live)
Francesco Del Garda
GIGI FM
Giant Swan (Live)
Greentea Peng (Live)
Helena Hauff
Instra:mental
Job Jobse
Josey Rebelle
Leon Vynehall
Lone
L U C Y
Lukas Wigflex
Nathan Fake (Live)
Madam X
Oli XL (Live AV)
SHERELLE
Skee Mask
Octo Octa
Sonja Moonear
Tasha
The Legend of William Onyeabor by Bucky Leo & Black Egypt (Live)
Yazmin Lacey
Willikens & Ivkovic
Wookie

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Friday, 8 November 2019

Music producer Knife Party release additional Halloween remix from 'Lost Souls EP'


After releasing the explosive ‘Lost Souls EP’ back in July as well as two huge remixes, Knife Party can exclusively announce the final remix in the package is from Dutch EDM DJ and producer Laidback Luke.

Remixing fan-favorite ‘Death & Desire’ ft. Harrison, Laidback Luke’s reworking of the track will complete the package which already features remixes of ‘Ghost Train’ by DnB heavyweight Muzzy and ‘Lost Souls’ by British duo Annix.

In just 3 months since release, the EP has hit over 5.7 million streams in total, with the remixes totaling almost a quarter of a million plays on their own. You can listen to the Laidback Luke remix now.



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Monday, 4 November 2019

Music producer Xanti, Tim Bell & Elenoir released new song ‘Queen Of Love’



French-Italian DJ/Producer Xanti, vocalist Elenoir and LA-based artist Tim Bell have collaborated on new single ‘Queen Of Love’, out now via Polydor Records.

A dark and pulsating track, ‘Queen Of Love’ is topped with an original melody that succeeds in delivering a special twist. It’s based on a sample of Al Bowlly’s 1932 song ‘My Woman’, which later became more popular with White Town’s ‘Your Woman’ in 1997. The track reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart in addition to topping the charts in Sweden and Spain.

By the end of its chart run, the single amassed top 10 placements in over 12 countries including Australia, Ireland, and Italy.  Celebrated as one of the 90s most defining singles, Pitchfork named it as one of their top 200 tracks for the entire decade.

Comprising three different and creative artists, ‘Queen of Love’ marks the second collaboration between Xanti and Elenoir after collaborating on the Maroma project which to date has been streamed over 2 million times. Rounding out the package, the Italian artists teamed up with Tim Bell and ‘Queen Of Love’ was the end result.

Xanti is the alias of Matteo Romano. Since first falling in love with music while touring Italy with his drummer father, he has released tracks on prestigious labels such as Cr2 Records, Armada, Enhanced Music and Disco: Wax. Receiving widespread support and praise from the likes of Hardwell,  Afrojack,  Eddie Halliwell, and Dimitri  Vegas  &  Like  Mike before starting his own Backdoor Music Group label.

Tim Bell’s smooth melodies, dynamic beats, and sleek style has seen him cultivate a status as one of the most respected electronic artists in the US. The haunting ‘Deep Inside’ peaked at #22 in the Deep House charts and was featured by Steve Angello during his BBC Radio 1  residency. ‘Hold  My  Hand’ was Trackitdown’s ‘Featured  Track’ and Radio 105’s ‘Top Tune of the Week’. His soulful rework of Stone Van Brooken’s ’Wrong Way’ rose up the iTunes Top 40 charts in Italy and Germany and to date has been streamed over 750,000 times on Spotify.

Elenoir’s studies in Art, Literature and Philosophy offered the budding singer several sources of inspiration,  while she grew up listening to musicians ranging from Portishead,  Massive  Attack,  Nine  Inch  Nails to  Madonna and  Amy Winehouse. These tastes have combined to inform her own enticing sound - one that Elenoir can only amplify through her ethereal voice. Her previous single ‘This War’ was awarded the 2018 ‘Special Prize’ from one of Italy’s top radio stations, Radio DeeJay.

‘Queen Of Love’ marks the start of what could well be a fruitful creative partnership between three natural talents.




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Allow yourself to question whether it's 'Chemical Or Love' in Barrea's latest song


Presenting a combination of Hip Hop and reggaeton, Vincent Barrea arrives on the scene with ‘Chemical Or Love’ via Maitre Music. The track was premiered via Clash Magazine who described it as, “roll(ing) theatrical, uptempo piano together with contemporary trap-style beats and Barrea’s clear vocals sitting high in the mix”. You can read the full premiere here.

"My music represents freedom and joy! It is capable of giving the impulses which make life interesting and surprising. This allows one to feel solace from their problems and experiences" - says Vincent Barrea, performer, musician and dancer. Taking a listen to his work and one is confronted with the care-free abandon that Barrea’s work presents.

Barrea’s sound combines elements of Mykki Blanco, Yung Beef and Zebra Katz creating a unique sense of style that is not to be missed.



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Music producer KSHMR and Australian musician Timmy Trumpet headline first-ever Dharma showcase at ADE 2019



California-born DJ and producer KSHMR and Melbourne bounce innovator Timmy Trumpet will headline the first-ever Dharma World party at Amsterdam Dance Event, taking place on Wednesday 16th October at The Artist World.

The all-star lineup also includes Swedish EDM favorite KAAZE as special guest, Asian producer 22Bullets, Russian duo Dropgun, Spinnin’ Records-singed trio JETFIRE, Mexico’s Mariano Bo and rising talent Marnik.

Launched by KSHMR in 2017, Dharma has since released dozens of singles and EPs from some of the most exciting names in EDM. A sub-label of Spinnin’ Records, it has put out music from the likes of Crossnaders, Jetfire, Mike Williams and of course KSHMR himself.

Collaborating with The Far East Movement and Dev, KSHMR’s biggest commercial success came in 2010 as part of production duo The Cataracs, with the smash hit ‘Like A G6’ spending three weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. As a solo artist, he is best known for ‘Secrets’, the huge 2015 collaboration with Tiesto that has racked up over 40 million Spotify streams to date. He has since produced a wealth of hit tracks, such as ‘Megalodon’ ‘Burn’ ‘Karate’ and ‘Wildcard’.

One of the most forward-thinking electronic music record labels, Dharma’s showcase at ADE is destined to be one of the highlights of what is a huge week in the dance music calendar.


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Music producer TCTS reveals new song 'Not Ready For Love' ft Maya B



On the heels of sustained global success with packed gigs and prolific production output, TCTS shares a brand- new single entitled “Not Ready For Love” featuring Maya B today. Get it HERE via Astralwerks.

The critically acclaimed UK producer, artist, remixer, and DJ architects a rich soundscape upheld by a simmering beat, house energy, and club-ready grooves. Gliding above this sonic backdrop, Maya B’s voice slips from seductive verses into a catchy and confessional chorus, “I guess I’m not ready for love.” It has all the makings of a crossover anthem.

Right out of the gate, DJ Mag awarded the song a rating of 8.5-out-of-10 and claimed, “This future-bound house gem from UK producer/artist TCTS is peak time ecstasy with enough bounce to shake any dancefloor.” It also follows up last month’s “Lazerbeams.” Right out of the gate, the track earned praise with EDM Tunes predicting, “We can expect him to carry forward this momentum into the rest of 2019.”

Over the past several years, TCTS (born Sam O’Neill) quietly rose to the forefront of electronic dance music. Between originals and remixes, he has churned out over 40 million streams and counting in addition to receiving praise courtesy of NYLON, i-D, Stereogum, The FADER, Clash, MTV, Wonderland, Spin, Mixmag, Vibe, The Guardian, and more. Superstars such as Haim, Bazzi and Jessie Ware have sought him out for remixes. Meanwhile, he has graced the stages of Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Hideout, and Miami Music Week in addition to touching down everywhere from Australia and Asia to Ibiza where he performed at Amnesia and BBC Radio 1 and headlined Ocean Beach Club. Now, he positions himself for a major mainstream breakthrough in 2019, blasting off with the single “Lazerbeams.”

Maya B is a 20-year-old Los Angeles-based experimental artist began writing music at the age of 7 and has excelled ever since, often bringing conflicting ideas together with originality and authenticity. Adding another dimension to her passion for sound, art and words, Maya B produced her own zine. The D.I.Y. publication on oversized newsprint spotlights her gorgeously subversive art: Her Pain / Her Brain. VIEW HERE. Her single “Getty Woah” is out via Capitol Records now.


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Friday, 1 November 2019

Heed warning from Gidon Schockens latest music video


Israeli producer Gidon Schocken has released the music video for ‘Show Me The Way (feat. Filippo Fabbri, Tahel & Ori Lichtik)’. The track is lifted from his debut album, Immerse via Gidon Schocken Music. Ahead of the album release, Schocken shared ‘Sunn (feat. Afik Doari)’, ‘Show Me The Way’ and ‘Say It Right (Nelly Furtado Cover feat. Tahel)’.

Directed by Stephan Stelman, the music video depicts a torrid love affair between three friends and shows what happens when jealousy gets in the way. Or perhaps it’s a warning to the listener to not get involved in random street brawls. Either way, the effect of the dramatic lighting and harsh facial expressions will sit with the watch long past the video ends. The video features Ben Shamay, Hila Mann, Lev Levin and Ofer Greenberg.

“The track is about the fragility of life, how death can be so sudden and abrupt and how sometimes there's no time to truly say goodbye to a loved one. I’d met up with a good friend for dinner who had told me of a family member’s sudden passing. A few hours later I got back home, worked on the track and added the main synth that comes in around the middle that set the tone for the rest of the song.” He goes on to add “The music video is similar to the story of the track but in a different light. We tried to depict how everything can change in one moment, but in the video, it's a group of friends who get lost in a moment of lust, jealousy and violence.” - Gidon Schocken shares the personal nature of the track.


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Thursday, 31 October 2019

Blinkie releases new music video from the song ‘Must Be Love’ ft. Celina Sharma



London-based producer Blinkie has unveiled the official video for his latest single ‘Must Be Love’, out 25th October.

The cinematic visuals illustrate the simple pleasures that come with being young and in love - an ideal pairing for the track’s upbeat piano house keys and Celina Sharma’s joyously uplifting vocals.

‘Must Be Love’ follows on from a slew of successful singles, including ‘Don’t Give Up (On Love)’ which amassed 30 million streams and was playlisted on BBC Radio 1. His latest track ‘Little Love’ was also featured in The Guardian’s list of the ‘Songs of the Summer’ for 2019. Along the way, Blinkie has earned radio support from Nick Grimshaw, Scott Mills, MistaJam, Reece Parkinson, Jordan North, and DJ Target.

Outside of his own tracks, Blinkie is also established as an in-demand producer and remixer. His production credits include tracks with Lana Del Rey, Giggs and Wretch 32, and he’s also remixed the likes of Anne-Marie, Major Lazer, and Sigala. Stretching beyond music, Blinkie runs the men’s clothing line Profit X Loss, which has been sported by big names on both sides of the Atlantic: 50 Cent, Yo Gotti, Young MA, Ghetts and Bugzy Malone.

Featured artist Celina Sharma is a 17-year-old Australian with Indian and Italian heritage. She first came to attention with over 200,000 followers at TikTok. Her recent track ‘Lean On’, a collab with Emiway Bantai, reached 5.7 million views on YouTube in just ten days.

Beautifully simplistic, the video for ‘Must Be Love’ is an ideal visual representation of the track’s uplifting, carefree vibe.



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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Indie-Pop Duo tiny deaths Have Released Magic - The Remixes EP Along With New Tour Dates


Los Angeles indie dream-pop duo tiny deaths have released their new EP, Magic - The Remixes. The EP dropped on October 4th via Handwritten Records. The EP includes remixes by electronic-experimental artist Big Cats, New York-based Indie hip-hop producer and Doomtree's founding member Paper Tiger, Yabil, and tiny death’s own Grant Cutler. The duo are scheduled to perform on three dates alongside Pale Honey in October (see below).

Grant Cutler and Claire de Lune, also known as tiny deaths, have been featured by numerous publications. The Guardian, Billboard, The 405, Stereogum, Earmilk, Clash Magazine and PopMatters, among others, have applauded the band on their efforts. In addition, they have also received support from assorted radio airwaves such as BBC Radio 1 with Huw Stephens, as well as US stations KEXP 90.3 FM, Radio K (KUOM), and The Current (KCMP).

On Magic (The Remixes) tiny deaths draw influences from various genres amalgamating into a unique blend of unusual, yet enthralling excursions - elegant vocals floating through vivid drum beats and electronic channels. New songs birthed from old songs with each song being impressively reworked. Tracklist and tour dates can be found below.

Tracklist
1. Always (Big Cats Remix)
2. Stop the Stars (Paper Tiger Remix)
3. Us (Yabil Remix)
4. Daughter (Grant Cutler Remix)

Tour Dates:
19 October -  Simple Things Festival (Bristol)
20 October -  SWN Festival, Cardiff (Wales)
25 October -  The Waiting Room (London)
27 October -  806qm, Darmstadt (opening for Pale Honey)
28 October -  Blue Shell, Köln (opening for Pale Honey)
30 October -  Urban Spree, Berlin (opening for Pale Honey)



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Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Tiësto & Mabel share new song ‘God Is A Dancer’



Grammy-winning, platinum-certified international icon Tiësto has dropped his brand new single “God Is A Dancer”, a collaboration with UK pop sensation Mabel via Polydor.

“God Is A Dancer” follows Tiësto’s recent single “Ritual”, a collaboration with pop powerhouse Jonas Blue and global superstar Rita Ora that has clocked over 240 million streams to date. Last year’s single, “Jackie Chan” with Post Malone, Dzeko and Preme, recently passed the 1 billion stream mark, now platinum certified 50+ times in over 20 countries, including the UK and US.

Mabel is poised to take her place on pop’s throne – having already been nominated for two BRIT Awards. She is now approaching 4 million single sales in the UK alone, her recently released debut album High Expectations peaked at #3 in the album chart and she has 1.5 billion streams globally.


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Monday, 30 September 2019

Music producer Borgore releases new Album ‘The Art of Gore’



A 13 track album, The Art Of Gore is an eclectic piece of work featuring highly-produced singles across multiple genres including house, hip-hop, trap, dubstep and of course his signature ‘gorestep' sound. Leading the album with already released singles “Summerlake”, “Tetris”, collaboration with adult film starlet Abella Danger on “911”, A Side/B Side release “Petty” and “Forever In My Debt” with Estonian rapper Tommy Cash, The Art of Gore also features other noteworthy collaborations with Nigerian rapper Princess Vitarah on “Choke Me” and “Bless” with Londonbridge.

Rounding out the album are hip-hop singles “For Gucci For Louis” and “Photoshop”, chill-trap tune “Come Over”, a bouncy house single “Snowstorm”, heavy gorestep track “Chief” and the album’s title track “G.O.A.T”. The Art of Gore marks Borgore’s most recent album to date following the 2014 release of #NEWGOREORDER, and shows his impressive evolution as a studio producer who’s not afraid to take risks and experiment with new genres.

Away from the studio, Borgore has kicked-off a fall tour run with upcoming performances at Lost Lands Festival this weekend, Blacklist Festival in Germany, Orpheum Theater in Arizona, The Blue Note in Montana, Canopy Club in Illinois and a special performance at Escape Psycho Circus in San Bernardino.

Borgore’s Diplo & Friends mix on BBC Radio 1 will go out at midnight Saturday (into Sunday morning) [British Summer Time (BST) so it’s GMT+1 hour until the clocks go back in October] and be available here. The full album The Art of Gore is out now via all streaming platforms!

Full tracklist:
1. G.O.A.T
2. Forever In My Debt (feat. Tommy Cash)
3. Photoshop
4. Chief
5. Choke Me (feat. Princess Vitarah)
6. Tetris
7. 911 (feat. Abella Danger)
8. Come Over
9. Summerlake
10. Petty
11. For Gucci For Louis
12. Snowstorm
13. Bless (feat. LondonBridge)


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