Coldcut, the legendary pairing of Jon More and Matt Black, formed in 1986 and subsequently rose through the ranks of UK electronic scene thanks to their maverick approach to production, DJing and releasing music. Now, 32 years later, the pair are as innovative, influencial and stubborn as ever as producers, collaborators and label heads.
Let’s be honest: Christmas shopping is a nightmare. Whether you’re shopping for a casual dance music fan or a full-on synth-loving production nerd, DJ Mag has got you covered with a range of top-notch gifts to suit all budgets. There’s also a tech-focused listicle you can read here — for those devoted music fans set to be working on their new EP over the holidays — but for now, here’s our wrap-up of the best gifts for dance music lovers from the web.
At first glance, we’re led to believe that the worlds of classical and electronic music are galaxies apart. But there are more parallels and crossovers than you might think, and a new wave of electronic artists and composers are finding inspiration by reconnecting dance music with its classical past. DJ Mag talks to Marc Romboy, Jules Buckley, Max Richter, Carl Craig and others to check the score…
WORDS: Ben Osborne
Bicep have announced their debut album, ‘Bicep’, will land via Ninja Tune on 1st September.
The duo have also shared the lead single from their first full-length, titled ‘Aura’. You can listen to it below.
A press release for the album said they explain of the track, “It was a happy experiment. You might call it an accident. We’d been playing with this specific and very complicated gear-chain for a while but nothing worked, or didn’t feel musical enough, then it all just fell into place and ‘Aura’ appeared.”
German techno DJ/producer Helena Hauff is riding the crest of a wave right now. An analogue freak signed to Ninja Tune-affiliate label Werkdiscs — the label overseen by Actress — she’s just been snapped up by BBC Radio 1 for a residency, and has been rocking floors all over with her killer vinyl-only DJ sets. DJ Mag travels to Essen in Germany to one of her extended gigs to talk analogue kit, acid classics and what to do if your studio catches on fire...
Romare has announced his sophomore album 'Love Songs: Part Two' will drop 11th November via Ninja Tune, with a 2-track 12" proceeding it on 28th October.
The new album reportedly takes a slight turn from his jazzy debut effort 'Projections', instead looking to psychedelia, disco and even traditional Irish folk music for inspiration.
“I’ve tried to cover different areas,” Romare says of the 10-track LP, “from sexual urges to tender first encounters, from affairs to the questioning of one’s love.”
Soundcrash Productions has announced that its new music venue, echoes, is set to open this weekend (7th July) at 261 Kingsland Road in Haggerston, Hackney.
The London-based promoter has already put on a surprise show by Ninja Tune’s Machinedrum at the space, as well as locking in performances from GoGo Penguin (live), Daedelus, Lapalux, Inga Copeland, Clap! Clap!, Nightwave, Teebs, Shigeto and many more over the first few weeks of opening.
Ninja Tune are one of our all-time favourite labels, and this year they’ve been busy celebrating their silver anniversary with a series of extra special parties. Having just laid on the first at ADE, the next arrives on the 30th October at spectacular venue St. John at Hackney.
Undoubtedly one of the UK's most revered female musical exports, Emika's unconventional dark beats and vocals have gained her fans among music's elite — Thom Yorke, Pinch and Mary Anne Hobbs to name a few.
After two critically acclaimed albums on Ninja Tune, Emika has today announced plans to start releasing music on her own brand new Emika Records imprint.