TCTS, aka Sam O'Neill, is the latest signing to Greco-Roman, the label that first brought us Disclosure and TEED as well as those Hot Chip cats. TCTS is the initials of the band Sam used to play in when he was a teenager, and he started DJing out using that name. “I intended to change it at some point, and it just kind of stuck,” TCTS tells DJ Mag.
DJ TJR owned 2013. His bullying electro calling card 'Ode to Oi' stomped onto the playlist of every big name DJ out there. Somehow he raised the stakes with his following cut, the boisterous party smasher 'What’s Up Suckaz', scoring a Beatport overall No.1 and festival ubiquity in the process. Next up was a hugely popular mix for the Diplo & Friends show, and somewhere along the way TJR grabbed a platinum record, courtesy of Pitbull turning his earlier chart topper 'Funky Vodka' into a huge pop behemoth.
Banjee Boy Realness resident and recent Batty Bass Records contributor Josh Caffe has recorded us an exclusive mix.
Smacking us with a taste of the high-energy ballroom sound of his Dalston Superstore-based house night, it's a heady collection of clattering 909s and acid toplines featuring tunes from Sishi Rosch, Tom Budden and Bambounou.
"For fuck's sake, hang on a sec, I'm scanning stuff, some Visa crap. My old agent used to do it but my new agent won't do it, they really don't believe in spoiling DJs."
It’s hard to imagine any other DJ of 20 years standing who would be happy to do this sort of stuff on their own. Plenty of big name jocks chuck the toys out of their pram if the wrong person speaks to them at a gig, or if the brand of Champagne they are treated to isn’t expensive enough.
Canadian DJ and producer, Imanos, is a talent about to break through many borders. His carefully crafted productions range from synth-heavy electro house to twerky trap, catching the ears of many musical big wigs.
Jay-Z’s Life + Times commissioned Imanos to executive produce ‘Trap Nation,’ an hour-long mix of 18 never-before-heard trap remixes of tracks by artists on the Roc Nation roster. With producing skills that rival his mixing talent, DJ Imanos is one jockey worth keeping your eyes and ears now.
“I’m not averse to a bit of shuffling but I wouldn’t say I’m a professional shuffler,” confesses Irish nu-house producer Garry McCartney. “But, when you’re DJing, seeing any form of dancing is good, isn’t it? It’s better than having nobody dancing. So, yeah, I’m all for it. Although I prefer the chicken dance myself.”
A special mix this week from Berliner Housemeister.
Dedicated to the sound pioneered by Chicago house label Dance Mania throughout the '90s, when its tough, sexually charged output helped launch the careers of the likes of Paul Johnson and Robert Armani (as well as inspire a young Daft Punk), Housemeister mixes tracks from label legends like DJ Funk and DJ Deeon alongside highlights from Boys Noize Records' 'Boysnoize Presents: A Tribute To Dance Mania'.
We are big fans of Forrest here at DJ Mag HQ. His hypnotic – dare we say ‘proper’ deep house sound has seen the London-based artist release on labels including Visionquest, 2020 Vision, Noir and Defected.