Valentine’s Day, for all our cynicism, feels like the perfect day to acknowledge our favourite records inspired by love, sex and romance. To rescue you from the saccharine, hackneyed ballads that will no doubt be filling the airwaves today, we’ve put together a playlist of 30 loved-up club tracks to soundtrack this most polarising of days. Love it or hate it, this should provide the ideal Valentine’s Day backdrop and, hey, you might even find the perfect cut to send to your crush, if you can’t quite find the words.
The rain is lashing down, it’s 8am, and Ricardo Villalobos is in full flow, wearing his usual green tank top and taking a few hundred hardened ravers down the rabbit hole. The Chilean DJ sets sail for nine hours of musical madness to a crowd that’s made up of 79 different nationalities. The soundsystem is pumping, shaking the raindrops of the Frisbee-like canopy above. It’s something of a family affair too, with his son handing the demigod records to send the dancers into an early morning frenzy.
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Beats In Space is launching its new CD series with a mix from Japanese DJ/producer, Powder.
Tim Sweeney’s revered label/radio show will kick of its ‘...In Space’ CD strand on 15th February as Powder delivers a 74-minute mix of vibrant deep house, electrifying vintage tech house and lush new age ambience.
The new series is described as an exploration of “dance music’s form and informality” and will feature mixes from DJs who have previously featured on the Beats In Space Radio Show as well as new contributors.
When DJ Mag reaches Darius Syrossian at his home in Manchester late one November evening, he’s given up trying to sleep. That’s despite having just returned straight from a gig at Juarez, Mexico club Hardpop, a grueling trip home that included fog, ﬂight delays and an Uber from London. “You know when you’re so tired, but for some reason you just can’t sleep?” Darius asks, sounding a bit less buoyant than normal.
Enter Moxy Muzik, the new label Syrossian is launching, in part, to stand ﬁrmly against the noise. “I’m looking to release music that will still be around in 10 years time,” he says. The ﬁrst release, dropped in mid-December, came from Syrossian himself with ‘Dance Of The Shaman’, a pumping deep house groove featuring an eerie organ melody and euphoric-yet-melancholic shouts and screams.
The idea came partially as a response to the mass of warehouse-style events cropping up across the UK. While Darius loves playing large-capacity shows, they often come with shortened set times, as several stars play side-by-side, jockeying for headline slots. But don’t expect any headliners to play alongside him at Moxy. Instead, Syrossian is calling for local, mostly undiscovered talent to warm up the night, and a lucky few will earn a 90-minute set before him.
“I can't speak for everyone, but here I see our queer community becoming stronger and more radical in the face of this harrowing moment in our history,” says Chris Cruse, DJ and promoter behind Spotlight, the L.A. party that has been running since 2012, the year he turned 30. Pushing a sound that’s “tough, sleazy, soulful and fun,” past guests include Honey Dijon, Prosumer, Tama Sumo, Lakuti, Daniel Wang and Mike Servito, illustrating an ethos that encompasses everything from ecstatic disco to corrosive acid bubblers.
Next up on London’s High Praise Edits is a new collaborative effort from James Rudie and EVM128 AKA Rude & Mean.
Key members of the CoOp collective, each of their broken beat takes on soulful house shines through on this EP. Syncopated beats, joyous melodies and pristine sampling make for two lush cuts that are as multi-purpose as they are multifaceted. ‘Just Flow’ appears on the B-side and is a luxurious jam with uplifting pianos an addictive vocal sample. Additional saxaphone on the track comes from XAS. Check it out below.
Stalwarts of the UK dance scene have been paying tribute to Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson, who has passed away after a long battle with cancer.
He is credited with helping to break numerous styles via his DJ sets including electro, boogie, hip-hop, jazz-funk and latterly house music from the mid-80s onwards.
You’d be forgiven for raising an eyebrow when told that Seb Wildblood is one of the most prolific figures in the UK’s underground scene. As co-founder of three labels – Church, Coastal Haze and All My Thoughts – and a former events programmer for the hallowed Corsica Studios, much of his vital work has, admittedly, been somewhat behind the scenes.
Hey Seb. How are you feeling as the year comes to an end? What have been some highlights?
Looking back, can you tell us about your early days programming at Corsica? What do you think working so intimately within a crucial hub of the London scene taught you as you were starting out?