For better or worse, 2016 has been a whirlwind year.
The world seems to have crammed about a decade’s worth of news into a mere 12 months and we’re mightily pleased we only have to deal with the section marked ‘electronic music’.
As if the winter blues weren’t bad enough, the year kicked off terribly with the death of music icon David Bowie. The loss was felt universally, nobody could believe it had happened, let alone that it could get worse.
Thank god for Shazam, eh? Gone are the days of hearing a killer tune and painstakingly searching for it. Singing a hook to a bemused-looking bloke in a flat-cap in your local record store, or rudely interrupting a DJ during a crucial moment and causing him to clang a mix.
And this year more than ever, clubbers all over were spotted on dancefloors eagerly holding their phones up — like professional ramblers checking the direction of the wind — to find out what tune was playing at that particular moment.
A tech-savvy Russian turntable enthusiast has modified a Technics SL-1200 to play digital tracks as well as vinyl.
YouTube user Андрей Анацко’s unique mod means the turntable can play music from a digital library of tracks without the aid of a computer, instead reading data from an on board SD card.
As he explains in his demo video, the turntable works as usual unless you switch it on with the speed buttons held down, which shifts it into DVS mode.
ANTS Ibiza has unveiled full details of its Saturday shindig at Ushuaïa, which runs from 4th June.
How the programme breaks down week-by-week is yet to be confirmed, but the daytime party will see Eats Everything, Maya Jane Coles, Groove Armada, Eli & Fur, Pete Tong, Kölsch, Sasha, Andrea Oliva, Ilario Alicante, Joris Voorn, Francesca Lombardo, Waze & Odyssey and DJ Sneak on deck, amongst many others.
Space Ibiza has unveiled details of their Sundays At Space event, which runs for 16 weeks between 5th June and 25th September.
Space boss Pepe Rosello bows out and hands over the venue’s keys to the Ushuaïa Group for 2017, but before then Sundays At Space will see the likes of 2ManyDJs, Danny Tenaglia, Derrick Carter, Yousef, Deetron, Dennis Ferrer, Guti, Cajmere, John Digweed, Heidi and Tensnake on deck.
Skepta has revealed that he is working with Drake on the third series of cult London-based drama, Top Boy.
The show was cancelled by Channel 4 after two seasons in 2013, but a US reboot based in Chicago was rumoured last year. Top Boy actor Kano recently joked that Drake was willing to invest $4m in the programme, but Skepta’s comments in an interview with Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 show earlier this week are the first official confirmation of a third series.
Flume has shared new music from his forthcoming album, along with the full tracklist for ‘Skin’, which is due on 27th May via Future Classic. You can listen to ‘Say It’ below.
The Australian producer teased the first material from his new album in January, but has now revealed the full 16-track names for ‘Skin’ over on iTunes, alongside details of the album’s guest appearances.
Cocoon Ibiza has unveiled full details of its 17th season on the White Isle, running every Monday at Amnesia between 30th May and 3rd October.
The iconic Ibiza party announced that the likes of Nina Kraviz, Ben UFO, Ricardo Villalobos and Zip would join Cocoon head honcho Sven Väth through the summer, but no exact dates were announced.
British Summer Time Hyde Park have announced that Massive Attack are to host a huge live show this summer, set to take place on 1st July in London.
Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers will be joining them on stage after supporting the duo throughout their recent European tour. The audio-visual spectacle will also feature performances from legendary singer-songwriter Patti Smith, up-and-coming indie legends TV On The Radio, as well as that bands Warpaint and Ghostpoet.
Additional acts are yet to be announced.
Dorsia have hit the studio for the latest edition of our Fresh Kicks series and it’s a great way to start the week!
Last year was an epic year for the duo (made up of Adam Reid and Andy Watson), releasing their debut EP on Chasing Unicorns, ‘Bygones’, a new quarterly Friday residency in Room 1 at fabric, and the launch of their party Dorsia & Friends at Oslo in Hackney.