Techno, bass, house, and everything in between show up in this week’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
What a whirlwind year for Candyland. Since winning two consecutive Play contests in 2012, Ethan Davis and Josie Martin, both 21, have gone on to tour the US with Krewella, perform at TomorrowWorld, and release music on Protocol, Toolroom, and Ultra. Recently, the Santa Barbara-based duo took some much-needed refuge from the road to record the dubstep-tinged ballad “Not Coming Down” alongside singer Zak Waters. Now you’re up. Ready to make your mark?
Hailing from San Francisco’s infamous Lower Haight neighborhood, PillowTalk’s Michael Tello, Ryan Williams, and Samuel Doyle have been honing their craft as a collective over the past two years. Combining classic R&B, boogie, and disco with underground house and techno, this threesome’s eclectic roots show through on notable releases for Wolf + Lamb, Life & Death, Visionquest, and more. Building on their inventive spirit and some well-timed success, 2014 is looking to be a very big year for the trio as they put the finishing touches on their debut album, Je Ne Sais Quoi, plan to hit the road with a full live band, and drop a new exclusive Beatport mix.
What a difference a year makes. At the end of 2012, 21-year-old fledgling producer Kyle Trewartha (aka Singularity) was studying audio engineering at San Francisco State University. Then, as luck would have it, the Sydney native submitted his entry to Play and subsequently won PeaceTreaty’s “In Time” remix contest in December. His grand-prize-winning spoils included a clutch of top DJ gear and an official release on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label. One year on and he’s gigging across the country and recording regularly.
Recently, we caught up with Trewartha and some of our other talented Play winners including Aussie twins Cosmo and Patrick Liney (aka Cosmo’s Midnight), 20, and Jonathan Kane (aka Shreddie Mercury), 24. We wanted to know what they’ve been up to over the past year, what inspired them to enter the contest in the first place, and what advice they’d give other future contestants like you. Where are they now? Let’s find out.
The exciting and interesting results keep pouring in from our latest Play contest winners, with another round of remixes that showcase just how passionate and talented our greater Beatport community is.
The German duo of Patrick Bodmer and Philipp Jung (together as M.A.N.D.Y.) have made quite a bankable name for themselves in global dance-music circles over the past decade. Alongside label co-founders Booka Shade, their 2005 electro-house hit single “Body Language” made a huge splash on their own Get Physical imprint—and years later, they continue to build on that success with their latest deep-house tunes like “Twisted Sister” and “Superstitious.” Speaking from the state-of-the-art studio in the basement of their Berlin offices, Bodmer rapped about his exclusive Beatport mix, the newly released “Superstitious” remixes, and what’s up next for M.A.N.D.Y. in the coming year.
Congratulations to Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway for their track “Wizard,” which has just taken over the top position in the Beatport 100.