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.
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.
Before we’d even pressed play on the latest installment of Get Physical’s Body Language mix series, we were intrigued by the killer tracklists, which include artists like Plastikman, Tommy Four Seven, Acid Jesus, Scuba, and Teste. The mix comes in two parts, put together by the boys of Azari & III—Dinamo Azari and Alixander III. It didn’t take long for the mix to live up to the hype: five minutes in, we were hooked. To celebrate the release of the 13th edition of Body Language, we caught up with Toronto-based Alixander III for a quick chat about the mix and his retro inspirations.
Calling all you dance-music ghouls, ghosts, and goblins. It’s time to awaken the spooky spirit of the fall season in our annual Halloween Mix contest. Enter our Halloween Mix contest by October 22 for your chance to win free music from Beatport for an entire year. It’s so easy to join in the macabre fun. Just upload your mix, publish it, and title it “Halloween Mix.” One wicked winner will be selected at random from all entries submitted. Boo!
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. So, as the warm summer sun sets on this season’s festivities in Ibiza, we wanted to check in with some of the amazing people that make the Spanish isle’s party happen—night in and night out. One of them is French-German DJ producer Jean Claude Ades (aka JCA), who runs Be Crazy, a label and club night held each Wednesday at Ibiza’s Ushuaia Tower. We spoke with the Be Crazy resident from his studio in Ibiza about his 15-year love affair with deep, sexy, soulful dance music, some of his fondest memories of the season, and the coolest thing about partying all-night in Ibiza.
Last year, legendary producer, remixer, and DJ Roger Sanchez gave us a solid snapshot of the state of house music with a pair of Party and Pre-Party Release Yourself mixes. Today, he’s updated that multi-mix statement with two more similarly named sets to show us the shape of things to come. “The theme for me this year with my new singles and album is going back to my underground house roots,” he says. “For the last year, the evolution of my sound has taken me further back into the underground, to deep house, tech house, and tribal—all the places that I started from for me have come full circle.”
When the reigning queen of neo-soul, Erykah Badu, conceived of the idea for an electronic project, she enlisted the most talented producers she knew, eager to create a band that would share her same musical values. Inspired by the “cosmic collaborations” of her album New Amerykah Part One, the concept for The Cannabinoids was born in 2010: a musical experiment that would feature a team of phenomenal producers—A1, Picnic, Jah Born, Rob Free, RC Williams, DJ Big Texas, Symbolyc One, and Cleon Edwards—alongside Badu herself. Working with eight laptops, three turntables, six keyboards, four drum machines, a Theremin, and perhaps the team’s biggest weapon, an inimitable chemistry, The Cannabinoids are a live remix production crew, whose music represents the sensational reaction created when the synthetic combines with the organic. Their sound blends elements of hip-hop, funk, and psychedelic, most prevalent in their incredible new beat tape for Beatport which, fittingly, dropped on 4/20. We caught up with Badu, Jah Born, Rob Free, Picnic, and A1 to talk inspirations, the science of addiction, and the chemistry of The Cannabinoids.
Toronto-based duo the Art Department (aka Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White) have, for the past few years, been in the habit of creating rather compelling and forward-thinking deep-house tracks for labels like Crosstown Rebels, Get Physical, and White’s own No.19 Music. Now they’ve finally released their first-ever compilation, Social Experiment 003, and it features their original music alongside tracks from a highly impressive roster of artists including Jamie Jones and Carl Craig. To boot, they’ve also assembled a special Beatport Mixes version of the compilation.
Before they hit the mayhem that is Miami Music Week for their Social Experiment party on March 22 (along with Ultra Music Festival performances March 17 and 24), we caught up with White to ask him a few questions.
Miami Music Week kicks off the summer season—and we want your help to get the party started. Throughout the month of March, upload your Miami-themed mix to be entered to win $50 in Beatport credits. We’ll select a new winner each week, so be sure to check back on News to see if you’ve won.
We were pretty psyched to introduce you to The M Machine last year when they released their debut EP, Metropolis, on OWSLA. Now, nearly a year later, much has changed with Ben Swardlick, Eric Luttrell, and Andy Coenen as they release Pt. II of that EP series—and along with it, a special Beatport Mix. The San Francisco-based trio tends to take a tech-forward approach to all of their goings-on, reinventing liner notes for the digital age and taking their absolutely crazy stage show a step beyond, so we checked in with the group about what to expect from their newest endeavor, and what to look forward to later this year.