Event organisers Exit have announced a new No Sleep festival that will take place in Belgrade this November.
Serbia's capital will play host to the three-day festival (16th to 18th November) which boasts an impressive line-up including Siberian superstar Nina Kraviz, techno beatmaker Dax J and enigmatic Frenchman I Hate Models.
Solomun has issued a public apology for playing a track that sampled the Islamic call to prayer this past weekend at Kappa Futur festival.
The Bosnian-German DJ/producer and Diynamic Music boss headlined the Italian techno festival on Saturday night (7th of June). During his set, according to a detailed statement posted on Facebook, he decided to drop a track which he had been sent shortly before. The demo, which he claims to have only given a cursory listen to before playing, featured a vocal sample of the Islamic call to prayer.
'Public indecency and offending public morality'. Before April last year, those words probably meant about as much to Dax J as his name did to anyone outside of techno. The poster boy for the return of a fast, industrial sound - a counter to the stagnating mainstream - he maintained underground appeal while earning ever-bigger bookings. But a single incident looked set to change that.
But there’s only so long anyone can hack being around tunes they hate, and after a few weeks “playing crap music” in San Antonio, Dax was ready to pack it in and head home — before the season had even started. Luckily, a friend convinced him to stick with it and finally, like so many ravers in the long illustrious history of Ibiza, his epiphany came in Space.
DARK, DRIVING TECHNO
By the end of Dax’s first season, he’d replaced his Hed Kandi comps with a record box full of “dark, driving techno”. He was addicted; constantly hunting through DJ sets, researching online, discovering new music — or, in many cases, old music, as the current scene was growing increasingly minimal and harder tracks that grabbed his attention mainly came from the ‘90s and early 2000s.
"If you’re playing average music, if you’re making average music, then there’s so many other people doing good stuff that you’re not gonna get heard.”
Dax J drops his second album 'Offending Public Morality' on 6th April and we've grabbed the hammering title-track for an exclusive first listen.
The figurehead of a harder, faster industrial-tinged sound that has broken through the techno scene again in recent years, Dax is known for brutal, often breakbeat-laden tracks that smash the mainstream mould.
After being charged with "offending public morality" by a Tunisian court last year and the media storm that followed, he set to work channeling his experiences into a bold new album.
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Dax J has revealed details of his new album 'Offending Public Morality', which drops 6th April via his forward-thinking imprint, Monnom Black.
Three years on from debut LP 'Shades Of Black', the Berlin-based Londoner returns with a 14-track arsenal of pummelling techno, cutting-edge EBM, junglist mayhem and thought-provoking ambient works, which aim to "confront 'public morality'."
Cleric marks his Clergy label's 10th release this month, teaming up with Setaoc Mass for a eight track EP.
The two Manchester artists are old friends and partners in the studio, dropping their 'Clerical Mass' EP together on Archetypes Records way back in 2012.
Titled 'Isolate', the record features a mix of heady-but-hard techno, ambient explorations and a suprise slice of floaty electro — today's premiere, '188'.
Building from abstract beginnings, the track becomes increasingly busy and beat-driven, while plucked notes reverberate off into the ether all around.
I Hate Models makes his debut on Dax J's Monnom Black imprint this month with a four-track EP, featuring moody, twisted stomper, 'Last Kiss Before Death'.
Despite only dropping his first release in 2016, the enigmatic Frenchman has already secured a cult following through his blend of techno, EBM and rave.
Cressida continues his assault on eardrums worldwide with a rampant techno cut for LDNwht.
'Folded' drops 23rd June as part of the fifth release from the vinyl-only label's VA series, alongside material from Nur Jaber, V111 and T A K A.
Recently appearing in DJ Mag's monthly up-and-coming artists feature, Berlin-based Brit, Cressida, is quickly becoming known for his gritty, sledgehammer tracks, blending hard-nosed techno with experimental sonics to devastating effect.
Remco Beekwilder makes his debut on Dax J's Monnom Black label with his four-track 'LSD' EP.
Having previously released via the likes of Anecdote Records and Rotterdam imprint Self Reflektion, the Dutch producer continues to make waves in the techno world with his thumping, no nonsense style.
'LSD' — the title-track from his latest effort — is a twisted stomper, echo-drenched vocals fading into gargantuan, overdriven stabs like some mind-bending emergency alarm.