Simon Baker – TaSimon Baker studied classical guitar and musical theory as a kid, a grounding that undoubtedly put him in good stead once he got into dance music and started producing electronic music himself. His clubbing baptism was in the vibrant northern city of Leeds, and his first productions were released on local Leeds label 2020Vision — the great independent label helmed by Ralph Lawson.
With huge records like 'No Worries' and hits for Rekids, Noir Music, Visionquest and Hot Creations, his new collabo with Christian Vogt is already doing damage all over the shop — and there's more where that came from, the feted house cat tells us...
BBC RADIO 1 IN IBIZA
So we’re well-and-truly out the door as far as summer is concerned and nothing signals peak season like Radio 1’s huge Ibiza Weekend. It all happens across the weekend 1st — 3rd August and in my opinion it’s our biggest line-up in recent years, balancing the hottest new talent in dance music together with the most established names in the business.
Since starting their infamous blog, Feel My Bicep, Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar, aka Bicep, have become dancefloor heavyweights known for their impressive record collections and impeccable taste.
It’s a normal Wednesday afternoon in Silverlake, LA and, in a minute, says DJ/ producer Martin Doorly, Idris Elba is “popping over” to record some vocals.
George Clinton stands alongside James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone as among the most visionary and influential black music pioneers to emerge from the incendiary '60s, reflecting the turmoil of a country ravaged by war while his bands Parliament and Funkadelic recast funk under his “free your mind and your ass will follow” banner.
There's a fresh sound that's bubbling up from the underground to challenge dull dance and ridiculous stadium rave. Influenced equally by the early stirrings of house, electro-pop, dub and the spikier edges of industrial and post-punk, it's united established DJs from around the world and newer disciples like Daniel Avery, spurred by its revolutionary DIY, stripped-bare spirit. We delve deeper into what's been called the “primitive sound”...
DEFECTED IN THE HOUSE, MINISTRY OF SOUND, LONDON
SATURDAY 28TH JUNE
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