Yak will release his new EP, ‘Dire Hit’, via Martyn’s 3024 records on 13th April.
Long time Berghain/Panorama Bar resident Martyn will release on the club's Ostgut Ton label next month.
The 'Odds Against Us' EP, incoming 26th July, is Martyn's first solo release since 2018's exceptional and atmospheric 'Voids' LP – a deeply personal album that came in at No.7 in our top 50 of the year.
The next V/A EP on Martyn’s 3024 will be released early next month.
Featuring four fresh cuts from Jacques Greene, NKC, Djoser and Martyn himself, the suitably riotous release follows breakthrough bass wizard Yak’s debut on the label in December 2018.
Premiering below, we’ve got Egyptian-born, Washington DC-based Djoser’s ‘Wera’. A percussive, low-key rattler that could subtly alter the mood of any dancefloor, it’s one of four gems in an increasingly essential series of V/A releases on the label.
As both producers and audiences have opened up more and more cross-pollination between sounds in recent years, the possibilities for the album format have become endless in electronic music. And the results in 2018 have been pretty astounding.
From harrowing bass music, dissonant IDM, pulsing electro, engulfing jungle, bubbling ambient and beyond, the year has seen a raft of more esoteric works garner widespread acclaim.
Bristol DJ/producer and Utopia Music founder Mako will release the final EP to appear on the late Marcus Intalex’s Soul:r label next month.
Set for release on 9th November, Mako’s contribution to the label’s celebrated ‘Fourfit’ EP series had been scheduled to drop in mid-2017 but was delayed following the sudden, tragic passing of Intalex – real name, Marcus Kaye – that May, aged 45.
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.