Scottish-born DJ extraordinaire Jackmaster (born Jack Revill) is a true force of nature behind the decks. Simply put, the man can play. House, techno, lost disco, classic ’80s electro, and more all seamlessly bend to his will in the mix coupled with his exceptional, eclectic taste and his silky flow. In a recent feature-length interview, XLR8R tapped the DJs DJ about working at the influential Rubadub record shop, the true role of a resident DJ, and his unflinching love for 24-hour fast food.
It’s a studio collaboration that sounds clandestine. A few years ago, the musical odd couple of Guy Gerber and Puff Daddy connected when the Manhattan hip-hop mogul invited the modern deep-house icon to fly to New York for a bit and head into the studio together. Just to see what would happen. The result, is 11 11, an emotive mix of Gerber’s ethereal, sublime production and Diddy’s New York-style hip-hop flow on standout cuts like “My Heart” and “Floating Messiah.” As Gerber himself sums it up: “11 11 is a date and an hour when two worlds collide and a gate opens to another dimension.” Color us intrigued. So we caught up with the Israeli-born deep-house luminary while he’s been summering in Ibiza so we could unravel this musical riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
We’ve reached the halfway point in the ENTER.Ibiza 14-week summer season at Space and the hits just keep on coming: strength to strength. For week eight, tomorrow, August 21st, Richie Hawtin will be joined by German techno icon Sven Väth in the main room for a memorable performance. Elsewhere that night, Iranian powerhouse Dubfire, Maceo Plex, Claude VonStroke, South London Ordnance, and Bella Sarris, are just some of the special guests gracing the decks.
No ifs, ands, or buts, German techno luminary Marcel Dettmann, 37, is a world-class DJ. As the reigning resident at Berlin’s infamous Berghain nightclub, he’s made a quality name for himself with a rugged, raw moon patrol-type sound that permeates all corners of your mind and body. One listen to his recent fabric 77 mix and you’ll catch our meaning. In a new feature-length article, XLR8R consults with the Berliner decknician to get his five keys to mixing success including such universal pearls of wisdom like “be yourself,” “have role models,” and, of course, the ever-essential “master beat-matching.”
Welcome to our latest August edition of On Rotation, our weekly staff recommendations in house, techno, drum & bass, indie dance, electronica, and more. Lock on these must-catch summer selections.
Ready to slice and dice your beats? Native Instruments has got you covered with the unveiling of a new software update to its iOS-only Traktor DJ app, version 1.5. The most notable new feature is the exciting SuperSlicer mode that combines a variety of effects into one. Loop stutter FX, turntablism FX, and pitch FX are all in there for you to plug and play with. Catch SuperSlicer in action in the short video now.
Play fanatics! Welcome to another edition of our weekly remix contest. This time out, we’ve got English-born singer songwriter Ali Love (real name Alexander Williams), 35, who’s perhaps best known as a member of house band Hot Natured alongside Hot Creations’ Lee Foss and Jamie Jones. But, as you’ll soon discover, he’s also an accomplished solo artist. His latest single, “Emperor” is a rolling deep-house groover ripe for a stellar remix. Ready to make your mark in the dance industry by winning our latest Play remix competition? All you have to do is rework Ali Love’s deep-house shimmy “Emperor” featuring singer Kali taken from his 2014 sophomore album P.U.M.P.
It was the halcyon days of the ’90s. While jungle and trip-hop were coming over from the UK, Manhattan’s recontextualization was a new musical style called illbient, blending together dub, ambient, and hip-hop elements that became the experimental electronic backdrop to New York’s burgeoning dance music scene. In a new feature-length article, Red Bull Music Academy traces the extensive history of illbient from the artists, musicians, DJs, and fans who were there including DJ Spooky (aka Paul D. Miller), DJ Soul Slinger (aka Carlos Slinger), event promoter Matt E. Silver, and many more.
Southern Carolina native Chaz Bundick, 27, is planning to drop his debut album under his decidedly dance-centric Les Sins alias this winter. You might know Bundick better as indie phenom Toro Y Moi who’s already racked up four albums to date. Now, as Les Sins, he’s releasing Michael, his first album on Company Records (a new label by Bundick and his regular home of Carpark Records) on November 4th.
Welcome to our action-packed Tuesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Richie Hawtin expanding his ENTER. empire to include merchandise, Terence Dixon resurfacing with a new Population One album, and Octave One delivering for Boiler Room. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.