When he first emerged in the mid-’90s, Umek was associated with the loop techno sound. Nowadays he’s far more visible as a key resident at Carl Cox’s Space Ibiza Revolution parties, and as a headliner at countless gigs and festivals across the world.
Accordingly, there’s a house music timbre to his sets nowadays. Still, Umek remains an anomaly in the Top 100, one of the last bastions standing strong against the EDM tide.
He claims he’s returned to his techno roots this year. “I’ve really enjoyed coming back to my own 1605 label after a while, re-launching my classic aliases Zeta Reticula (electro-infused techno; check out ‘Fonon’) and Alba Patera (techno) along the way. Maybe that wasn’t so obvious but I’m really enjoying exploring electro and proper techno realms right now.”
He’s enjoyed some big back-to-back sets with Spanish selector Coyu in 2015 too, at Ultra Europe and in Ibiza at Join The Revolution, and “a never-ending world tour with approximately a hundred gigs, including some top class clubs and festivals in Europe and the USA”.
Tropical beats? Sure, Kygo’s got some. Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, our highest new entry from Bergen, Norway — a beautiful city that sparkles with cold, glacial fjords and snow atop its windswept peaks — has been busy warming up house music in 2015 with his beach-ready vibes.
Hailed by fans and peers alike as the harbinger of change to an electronic music scene in need of new life, the young artist makes his DJ Mag Top 100 debut in his biggest year to date…
with no signs of slowing down. From the release of his first original single, ‘Firestone’, which amassed over 100 million YouTube views, to headlining some of the world’s biggest festivals, Kygo assures us that “the whole year has been amazing.”
Closing out the LIVE stage at Ultra Music Festival with the debut of his new show and playing the Mojave Tent at Coachella are at the top of his favorite moments list, but of course, it’s hard to choose just one or two from a year full of musical madness.
As expected, there have been some crazy moments, too — such as preparing to perform at the finale of Germany’s Next Top Model and having to evacuate the arena due to a bomb threat. We’d say that qualifies, but we’re pretty sure that 2016 will bring even more for this rising star as he continues to warm hearts and dancefloors the world over with his uplifting, laidback grooves.
Our friends at much-loved London music blog and event series, Chase The Compass, are taking over at Work.London this Friday 31st July for a 100% free party featuring CTC residents and friends.
We have Darius Syrossian behind our decks from 5 pm on Friday 31st July(BST)...
Streamed live via YouTube,he will mix up a selection of tracks in our secret location in London before heading to XOYO later that night!
You can catch all the action live and afterwards below...
Amsterdam Dance Event has now revealed its full 2015 line-up — and it's a whopper!
Everyone who's anyone is set to spin at the annual dance music event, think Martin Garrix, Andhim, James Zabiela, John Digweed, Kerri Chandler, Mark Knight, Nicole Moudaber and many, many more, plus a slew of exclusive conferences, interactive workshops and industry events dotted around the city.
New nights come and go all the time in Ibiza. Only a few of them, however, manage to leave a lasting impression. One such party that’s definitely making the right sort of noises is Mikaela’s Love The Underground session. Set in Destino’s Tox club, it’s an intimate gathering of musical minds that’s notable for its cutting-edge soundtrack and its propensity for pushing the unexpected.
German producer Tino Piontek aka Purple Disco Machine lives in Dresden, a small, quiet city a couple of hours away from Berlin.
“It's really beautiful, we don't have a big music scene here, so I can do my music and no one really disturbs me,” he tell us after his return from a tour of Asia that took in Shanghai — “amazing gigs, and amazing crowds”.
Paris record label and collective 'Sound Pellegrino' have just dropped a new compilation 'Volume 4', the reason behind this comp was that they wanted to get excited by melody again in a dance music world where it’s often used to convey re-heated nostalgia, or an overload of clichéd epic-ness.
Emerging from somewhere in between light and darkness, Jamaica forges a new vision of techno duality, hammering out deep stormy rhythms that reinforce a gentle story of polyphonies.
Riot !n Magenta's journey could be said to be one of sonic alchemy. Known for their distinctive soulful melodies lined with edgy, rhythmic beats, the quintet crystallizes the diverse musical elements of electronica, trip-hop and soul into smooth, synth driven tracks.