It makes sense that DJ Mag has landed in Barcelona to meet DJ Koze. It’s a city where the abstract and traditional happily co-exist, where snake-like, meandering streets flow into strict, rigid grids and modernist architecture complements classic design. A symbol of independence for many, it’s a place constantly under construction, where cranes loom over half-finished concepts and where individualism is celebrated at every turn, with parks and museums dedicated to experimental icons.
Armin van Buuren has delivered another mouth-watering two CD exploration of trance music in 2018 with a new ‘A State of Trance 2018’ mix album.
Mixing 42 blistering cuts, ranging from progressive flavours to uplifting future classics, the two-CD mix album includes three brand-new singles from the five-time Top 100 DJs winner.
Featuring the likes of David Gravell, DRYM x Omnia, Fatum, KhoMha, Protoculture, Purple Haze, Super8 & Tab and of course Armin van Buuren himself, the mix is another memorable snapshot of the genre in 2018.
Bust ups. Car park fist fights. Prison sentences. Vicious acrimonious splits resulting in major High Court settlements. Six-day self-finding mushroom binges in the Highlands. Tabloid scandals, legal wrangles, studio strangles, love triangles... absolutely none of this happened during the making of Blocks & Escher’s long, long, long awaited debut album ‘Something Blue’. But it really feels like it ought to have done.
“I wasn’t even up for it initially,” admits Will ‘Escher’ Hansen, the bespectacled member of the operation (so you know who’s who). “I didn’t know what the point of an album was these days. Everyone’s got such a short attention span nowadays, what’s the point of doing one? But Phil persuaded me over time, saying how an album can be a statement.”
Swiss experimental electronic producer Aïsha Devi has shared the third single to be lifted from her forthcoming sophomore album ‘DNA Feelings’.
Set for release on 11th May via Fabric Records offshoot Houndstooth, ‘DNA Feelings’ finds the artist and Danse Noire label head venturing even further into her unique, trance-inducing brand of electronica. Fusing propulsive beats, ambient textures and ferocious synth stabs, Devi creates an intense atmosphere that is dizzying in both a live setting and on headphones.
Legendary Detroit DJ/producer extraordinaire Moodymann has teased a new album, set for release in June.
Last week, the sample maestro and dancefloor innovator shared a new track, ‘Got Me Coming Back Right Now’, featuring regular collaborator Amp Fiddler and his band, Amp Dog Knights.
Paul Kalkbrenner has shared another single from his forthcoming album ‘Parts of Life’. ‘Part Eight’ is the second single to be unveiled from the LP which is set to drop on 18th May.
Alison Wonderland has shared another single from her forthcoming album. ‘No’ is the third track to be lifted from the recent DJ Mag North America cover star’s second full-length album ‘Awake’, set for release 6th April via Astralwerks.
Speaking about the album’s title, the Australian DJ/producer said, “I think it was my subconscious telling me things. The more I wrote, the more it seemed the perfect name.”
Disclosure have announced that their annual Wildlife festival in Brighton will not be going ahead as planned this summer as the duo focus their efforts on their third studio album.
“Being able to curate your own festival with your mates and invite legends like Nas, Ice Cube and Chaka Khan to play alongside amazing new talent such as Stormzy, Kaytranada and AJ Tracy, stack them up against a host of flawless DJ’s like Annie Mac, Jackmaster and Armand Van Helden and throw parties with Elrow is literally a dream come true,” said the duo via a Facebook post.