In recent times, there has been a lot of chatter about the famed party paradise, Ibiza, and its current state with dance music. Carl Cox famously announced that this summer season will be his last on the White Isle, and stories about parties getting shut down by police have been making the rounds. But what exactly is happening in Ibiza? I know most of us over here state-side could definitely use a little more context…
Billboard has released a 5-part mini-documentary series, The Real Ibiza, that covers all angles, from artist residents to the actual nightclubs, underground vs. mainstream, and more. Watch the all of the parts in succession above to be in the know about Ibiza, and to hear from Claude VonStroke, Seth Troxler, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, and more on the pressing matters at hand.
Pete Tong & BBC Radio 1 aren’t wasting any time in bringing their legendary broadcasts stateside. First, it was the announcement of a special Essential Mix show featuring Richie Hawtin at Exchange LA on January 22nd, and now Pete is set to broadcast his Friday night show from LA and Miami rooftops in the coming months. For the first broadcast in Los Angeles on January 22nd (10pm-1am UK time, 2-5pm LA time), Pete will be be hosting his show on a rooftop in West Hollywood with gorgeous views of downtown LA, which is the perfect venue for a show that will reflect on the local electronic scene. To sweeten the deal, Pete even invited some special guests to perform, including Eric Prydz, MK (with a special guest), Claude VonStroke, and Richie Hawtin will also be stopping by. More names are expected to be announced during Pete’s Radio 1 show this Friday (1/15).
Part two of Pete’s American broadcast will continue on March 18th during Miami Music Week, and he’ll be accompanied by Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Danny Howard for the special broadcast, as well as some of the biggest names in dance music. Stay tuned to BBC Radio 1 for more details to come.
“I’m very excited about my show coming live from LA on Jan 22nd. Los Angeles has become a creative hub for electronic artists from all over the world during the past few years and California and Las Vegas a hot bed of ground breaking festivals and some of the world’s leading clubs. Bringing the show out of Hollywood and being able to reflect some of the exciting things going on is a great way to start the year.”– Pete Tong
Desert Hearts just keeps on getting better. As expected, the infamous San Diego-based crew and festival brand have put together their biggest lineup to date featuring the Dirtybird don, Claude VonStroke, minimal techno pioneer, Marc Houle, UK legend, Eddie Richards, burgeoning tech-house maven, Olivier Giacomotto, Barcelona’s Dance Spirit, and London’s jozif, amongst the Desert Hearts DJs Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porkchop, Deep Jesus, and more. After attending this festival twice, I can say with confidence that it is one of the best transformational festivals around, not only because of the world-class house & techno talent, but also because of love and energy that Desert Hearts pours into each aspect of the event to ensure attendees have an outstanding experience. This 3rd year anniversary sees the festival growing to 100 hours of music, in addition to yoga, healing, art, fire dancers, and more, so be prepared for the all day and all night madness at the always wonderful Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. Buy tickets here.
As we inch closer to the last quarter of the year, many artists are bringing their A-game for a strong finish. Some have been working tirelessly on albums all year, while others have been staying consistent with singles and remixes, but there are those who have been doing it all. For this week, I wanted to do a roundup of some of the stand out remixes that surfaced over the past handful of days. The Dirtybird don Claude VonStroke, funked up duo Soul Clap, electro-pop producers ROOM8, Anjunadeep affiliates Jody Wisternoff & James Grant, and France’s beat-smith, Nebbra, have all come forth with some remixes that are cutting through the noise, and keeping the dance music community happy and healthy. Check out Claude’s summery, jazz-infused rendition of Catz ‘n Dogz’ “Get It Right” featuring Tanika above, and check out the four other highlights after the jump.
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Jesse Rose is not new to the label game. After initiating his first label Front Room over 10 years ago, he’s since seen the growth of two more labels: Made To Play and Play It Down. With Made To Play being a major facet during the 2009-2010 era of “fidget house” (as well as the home to REAL tropical house like Round Table Knights’ “Calypso”) and Play It Down making a name for itself amongst underground kingpins like Oliver Dollar, Davide Squillace, Matthias Tanzmann, Guti and more, you would think Jesse Rose would lie comfortably amongst his multitude of successes. But this is not the case, and now we see him restlessly launching his newest label venture: A-Sided. After announcing just over a week ago, we already know the first release is coming in the form of a collab between himself and Claude VonStroke, there’s two launch parties coming up in Los Angeles and Miami, and things are moving quickly.
We’re proud to be a part of the label’s launch party in Miami this year, a daytime jaunt with a stacked lineup of some of house music’s most highly-regarded heavyweights. Jesse Rose and Claude VonStroke will be doing an exclusive back-to-back set, and joining them are Junior Sanchez as his A-Sided pseudonym IMIURU, Roger Sanchez as S-Man, Oliver Dollar, Ardalan, Christian Nielsen, Brillstein and special guests.
Gotta Dance Dirty will be holding an exclusive contest for a chance to win up to 5 guestlist spots for you and your friends, as well as a line of tequila shots for all of you to be shared with Jesse Rose and Claude Vonstroke. All you have to do is tag your friends in the comments and we’ll pick a winner by Friday, March 20th.
Don’t forget you can also see A-Sided’s launch in Los Angeles on Friday at the infamous RHONDA party, and stay posted on the label’s Facebook and Twitter to get further announcements.
The entire Dirtybirdcrew has had one hell of a year, but no one broke out as far as Justin Jay. This part-time USC student, part time bass slinging globetrotter claims the youngest spot on the San Francisco-based label’s roster. Shoulder to shoulder with big guns like Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Gorgon City, and more, Justin Jay has proven himself to be a force in bass music. Today, we all get a taste of his forthcoming 3-track Momentum EP that includes a collaboration with Kill Frenzy. The first single is a light, upbeat track called “You Give My Butterflies.” A painfully charming melody suited for the 100 acre woods bounces off of a skillfully crafted bass and synth arrangement. The track comes as a beautiful retort, following some more dark and gritty releases from Justin Jay. The Momentum EP is due out on Monday, March 16thvia Catz’ ‘N Dogz‘ Pets Recordings.
“As I’m finishing up an incredible last year of college, and getting to do all of these amazing things in music, it’s felt natural making happy, lighthearted songs that really capture my mood these days. I’ve spent a large part of the last year exploring darker sounds and textures. I definitely want to continue experimenting in that direction, but I wouldn’t want to neglect my goofy, cheerful side either. “You Give Me Butterflies” is a carefree day at the beach, spent with your friends, acting like 8 year-olds.” – Justin Jay
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• Jam City shares another glimpse of his second album, ‘Crisis’
If you’re at all aware of the Dirtybird crew (you should be), you’re more than likely aware of the various Dirtybird BBQ events they have been throwing over the past months. These shows have done wonders in combining the friendly atmosphere and bouncing bass the label has become so known for. Brooklyn, Detroit, Toronto, San Francisco, and now Los Angeles for HARD Day Of The Dead where they will be taking over an entire stage. Full preview after the jump!