With a number of stellar releases, a growing crew of up-and-coming talent, and a Wednesday-night residency in Ibiza called Paradise, there’s no question that 2013 has been the year of Jamie Jones and Hot Creations (which we sort of predicted last year). A Welsh DJ and producer who got his start when his Freak n Chic release “Amazon” took over the charts in 2006, Jones founded the Hot Creations label with friend and fellow artist Lee Foss in 2010. Together, the duo has been steadily releasing music from a solid roster of like-minded artists, including Digitaria, Clockwork, Miguel Campbell, Ultrasone, wAFF, Jesse Perez, and Bubba. A couple of weeks back, the London-based producer dropped the deep and techy Planets, Spaceships EP on the label so we caught up with him to talk about the four-tracker, the magic of Ibiza, and the year that was 2013.
Stereosonic, the roving festival that makes its way through five Australian cities, is off and running, having hit Sydney and Perth this past weekend. As expected, the 60,000 fans in Sydney alone were not disappointed, with huge sets from the likes of David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Empire of the Sun, and more.
Over the years, a wide range of MIDI controller concepts have appeared—from manufacturers simply wanting to rework existing ideas into new forms, to gear geeks who have elected to ditch any and all conventions, utilizing never-before-seen shapes and sizes for their MIDI interfaces. As you can imagine, some of these controllers have fared better than others, and these 15 in particular—somewhat sadly—didn’t have much luck getting into the hands of producers and DJs.
The current techno scene is flush with those who take their music (and themselves) far too seriously. Not so with Exercise One (aka Marco Freivogel and Ingo Gansera), who originally met in Berlin while working at the !K7 label. Years later, the Berlin duo stands out from the crowd with their genuine warmth, a mischievous manner, and a DIY spirit that threads throughout their music over the past decade. As they describe it, they’re “driving a car called techno off a cliff and straight into the sea of endless possibilities.” Watch our exclusive interview with them now.
So, what to get for that special someone—someone who spends most days and nights out in a field covered in glitter paint or wearing shades in a cavernous club? We’ve got you sorted with a raver holiday gift guide courtesy of Vibe, and, of course, tons more news from the dance-music world.
Though Marc Houle first came to our attention in the late ’90s as a stalwart member of Richie Hawtin’s Minus outfit, it is his penchant for techno, house, new wave, and sarcasm that has kept him on our radar throughout the years. Launching the Items & Things imprint with Magda and Troy Pierce in 2011, Houle’s sound continues to be a revolving door of evolving ideas. “A lot of people know me from my minimal bleep days,” says the Berliner-by-way-of-Windsor, Ontario, “which will still be thrown in there, but my sound has changed a lot and I want to see how people will react to the new material.”
Still buzzing from the 25th release on Items & Things in September, a five-track collaboration with Click Box, Razzamatazz, Houle is in the midst of tying up a 22-day tour of North America, bringing his one-of-a-kind live shows, in which he only plays his own productions (he’s said to have over 1000), to 13 different cities. While blazing the trail, we caught up with him to talk about the hardships of being a live act, North America’s love for techno, and what’s up for 2014.
Pierre-Alexandre Busson is one busy Frenchman. Between running his own label, Partyfine, producing and DJing as Yuksek, and just being an all-around dance-music fiend, Busson is in the midst of finishing out quite a productive 2013. Just before the tireless producer/musician closes out the year though, we’ve tapped Yuksek to reveal a few of the gems he’s continually rolled out over the past few months, delivering seven smooth, disco-streaked cuts to keep dancefloors feeling the love (and the sun for that matter) in these winter months.
“The Txter,” “The Cry-baby,” “The Jesus,” “The Orgasmatron”… there’s a whole host of poses that DJs can tend to strike when they’re up there behind the decks. Recently, long-running dance music publication Mixmag decided to interpret a number of them in cartoon form, tackling well-known poses from globetrotting jocks like Skrillex, David Guetta, Dixon, Maya Jane Coles, and Seth Troxler (in his “birthday suit,” of course, seen up top). You can check out a couple more of Mixmag’s illustrations below and check out the website’s full gallery here.
Everyone loves a good Bieber scandal these days—and yes, we’ve got another one for ya. The latest allegations against the crazy young Canuck? That he “Will.i.am’d” Eric Prydz. Oh, there’s also a new tweet-heavy video from Krewella and Headhunterz, and a shorty documentary on Chuckie, so come on in and see what else is brewing.
As we roll into Turkey Week, much is brewing in the new-release section of Beatport.com. See what’s doing it for our expert team of merchandisers and editors today.