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.
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.
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’s official. Richard D. James just blew up the Internet by revealing the impending release of a new 12-track Aphex Twin album called SYRO, his first since 2001′s Drukqs. Over the weekend, he left some overt hints by way of a blimp flying over South London with the word “2014″ on it as well as some black Aphex logo stencils painted around New York City. Now, we have what looks like confirmation via the experimental mastermind’s verified Twitter account, where he’s post a link. That link, in turn, leads to the TOR proxy-browser that shows his new album’s title and tracklist that’s listed here.
Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Tomorrowland is widely considered by both critics and fans alike to be the premier dance music festival in the world. We sent Beatport correspondent Natalie Wicks into the belly of the rave beast to find out if the legend lives on just outside the sleepy little town of Boom, Belgium.
Here’s one of the standout moments from Amsterdam’s recent Dekmantel festival, captured by Boiler Room. German house hero Motor City Drum Ensemble (aka Danilo Plessow), 29, delivers the goods in the muggy haze of the final day of the European event. As you’ll soon discover, he’s a rare breed endlessly pulling uncovered gems out of the bag, one after the other. Pure perfection. No doubt, he makes it look effortless as he lines up a cavalcade of house, disco, and rare groove selections that move the crowd all afternoon long.
English-born singer-songwriter Ali Love (born Alexander Williams), 35, is perhaps best known as a member of popular house act Hot Natured alongside Hot Creations’ honchos Lee Foss and Jamie Jones. But he’s also an accomplished solo artist in his own right. His latest album P.U.M.P. is an emotive deep house excursion featuring standout cuts like “Deep Into The Night” and “Emperor.” Recently, we chatted with the burgeoning British dance artist about some of his favorite production tools over the past few years.
Genius Scottish collective Ray have built a nine-foot Roland TR-909 that totally works and is jam-ready. As Mixmag is currently reporting, the monolithic drum-machine model was built to help celebrate the 909′s 30th anniversary. Coming up, it’ll be installed at European festivals like Green Man and Bestival so unsuspecting attendees will be able to monkey with it themselves. The Ray crew has also rigged the giant instrument so the beats will synchronize with custom visuals.
Detroit techno icon Jeff Mills, 51, has unveiled a new album release forthcoming on his influential Axis imprint. Although currently no release date has been announced, Emerging Crystal Universe is expected to appear this fall. The LP arrives as the eighth chapter in the techno pioneer’s Sleeper Wakes series, following 2013′s The Jungle Planet.
Welcome to our Aloha Friday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Hardwell and Tiësto talking TomorrowLand, Porter Robinson riding the technicolor bullet train with “Flicker,” exploring India’s blossoming dance scene, and more. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.