There's little doubt that when it comes to EDM, the Swedes are born with the natural X factor. From Abba to Avicii, time and time again they've showed the world how to fashion an ear-warming melody, forging timeless tracks that pass from generation to generation like freckles or webbed toes.
At DJ Mag HQ we've been hearing rumours about Guy Gerber. Rumours that the Supplement Facts boss is starting a new label and events concept, called Rumors — is there any truth in these Rumors rumours? Or is it still just rumours?
“Well, the rumours about Rumors aren’t just rumours,” says Guy Gerber, when we catch up with him. “Although one must ask himself, 'What are rumours?'” he adds, mysteriously. “The thing about rumours is that it takes a minute to start one, and a lifetime to stop.”
Jesse Rose has served as part of UK house music royalty for over a decade. He's initiated a handful of labels — Front Room, Made To Play, Play It Down — released two LPs and boasts a sizeable back catalogue. All this means is that when he makes a noise people listen. 2013 saw him roll out his '12X12' concept, releasing a new tune on the 12th of every month throughout the course of 2013, and he's rearranged and edited the results to make his third artist album.
Eddie Richards has had a hand in almost every phase of UK house culture. From adopting the new form back in ’88, recording as Jolly Roger and spinning early tracks at Camden Palace, to helping create tech house, showcasing the sound on his Fabric compilation a cool decade before the term became ubiquitous, a deep knowledge combined with a love for new music have kept his career alive and relevant.
When you release tracks on Cadenza, Visionquest, Cocoon and Diynamic, you must have something special going on. Spanish DJ/producer Uner is one such person, and although he's kinda flown 'Uner the radar' up until now (groan), his debut album 'Tune432' will see him shoot into the stratosphere — metaphorically speaking.
'Tune432' sounds more like the name of a track than an album, DJ Mag says to Uner.
Claptone is dance music’s golden beaked conundrum. Flying off the German Club Charts in 2012 with 'Cream', a hypnotic deep house debut, and directly into our aural G-spot, where the enigmatic artist remains permeating. Once inside, there’s no getting the bird-esque beatsmith with mystique out of your brain – not that we’d want Claptone to fly away.
Jesse Rose spent 2013 releasing one new tune on the 12th of every month to drum up hype for his forthcoming 'The Whole Twelve Inches' LP.
With a rapidly growing discography on a host of hip labels like Gruuv, Nurvous, Connaisseur and OFF Recordings, Nolan’s plush house vibes have been percolating in the sets of the best DJs for a few years now. What might come as a surprise is that they’re the work of established DJ/producer Timo Garcia. Now ahead of a new release featuring Hollywood star Idris Elba,
It takes focus and dedication to tick the full range of boxes – DJ, producer, label boss – but Jon Rundell's rise through the techno ranks has shown that it's not just his tough, tribalistic sound that has plenty of gas in the tank.