• Armin announcing ASOT 600 dates this week
• Photek to Release New LP, Offers Free Download
• Riton and Canblaster go on one night stand
• Listen to Dusky’s essential mix
Armin announcing ASOT 600 dates this week
With a Facebook fan count well over the 4 million mark, you can bet there’s plenty of Armin van Buuren acolytes crossing their fingers the trance don will bring the next edition of A State of Trance their way. So with speculation as to where in the world Armin will take the long running tour in full force for a while now, this Thursday has been locked in as the date the ASOT 600 locations will be unveiled.
The big reveal is set for the October 18 ASOT radio show, when Armin will announce where he’s taking the tour for 2013 during a special live broadcast at the Amsterdam Dance Event. So what’re the odds of Australia featuring on the itinerary? “At the moment, nothing’s decided, but I’ll have to give you a bit less hope, actually,” Armin told inthemix earlier this year. “I am a firm believer in not over-exposing myself. I will do less A State Of Trance gigs next year. I’ll tell you why: I think it’s essential that I actually do what I talk about. I always say I want to promote new talent, and with ASOT I am doing that. It’s essential that I reach crowds all over the world and get them to join a global trance family. I want to try new territories every year.”
ASOT 550 hit Belgrade, Moscow, Kiev, Los Angeles, Miami and Den Bosch (watch all 10 hours of that over here) this year, but with Armin headlining our own Stereosonic in 2011 it’s likely bringing ASOT to Sydney or Melbourne for 2013 might qualify as “over-exposure”. “I have to be really careful with this responsibility to not just promote Armin van Buuren or Armada artists, but see it as a chance to bring trance to new people,” Armin continued. “It’s not about cashing in on a quick ticket sale.” So it’s not sounding particularly promising for Australia – but hey, never say never.
Photek to Release New LP, Offers Free Download
Later this month, veteran beatmaker Photek (a.k.a. Rupert Parkes) will be releasing a new album, KU:PALM (artwork above). Although the name Photek will likely always be primarily associated with jungle and drum & bass, the man’s sound has gone through several permutations during his nearly 20 years as a producer. And If the new song he’s offered up for free download today is any indication, that evolution is still ongoing.”Pyramid,” which can be streamed and downloaded below, certainly bears traces of Photek’s drum & bass past, but it also operates at a chill tempo and experiments with various drum patterns while moving through moody atmospherics. At the risk of being blasphemous, there’s definitely a trip-hop current at play here. We’re not sure if it’s something that will be present throughout KU:PALM, but we suppose that we’ll find out when the album drops on October 23, with a digital version to follow on October 30.
Riton and Canblaster go on one night stand
Riton (pictured above) and Canblaster have teamed up to become Symphony Hall.
The pair will release a one off collaborative single via quality Parisian label Marble Music. It includes two tunes: ‘One Night Stand’ features Jay Norton and is a woozy pop song based around “hot sex”, “sweet love” and “epic tenderness”, while ‘Metal Arrives’ is the kind of hard hitting electro you’d expect from Riton and Canblaster.
Listen to Dusky’s essential mix
The Essential Mix was left in the very capable hands of London duo Dusky last night.
For their debut appearence on the lauded Radio 1 show the boys blended house, techno and garage, for which Dusky have become well known.
Tracks included in the two hour mix came from artists such as Bicep, Kerri Chandler, Joy O, Justin Martin and Hot Chip as well as a few productions by Dusky themselves.
Listen to the mix here.