bpm:tv was there: ULTRA EUROPE! (Updated!)

July 25th, 2013

 

By Peter Palarchio

Photos: Fabijan Vuksic

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“The biggest challenge in bringing Ultra Music Festival to Europe was to do it in a way that was completely unique and original. To enter a European market so rich in festival culture and history, with thousands of festivals happening every summer over the past 40 years, and still produce something never before done there.”Russell Faibisch, ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL/Ultra Worldwide Founder, Executive Producer, CEO & President

103,000 attendees. 700,000 online viewers. Visitors from 75 countries. Three days. Two cities. One amazing time.

This was Ultra Europe 2013.

For the first time ever, the Ultra Music Festival found its way home to the roots of EDM on European soil. The Ultra festivals have escaped the grips of southern Florida (Although UMF Miami in March remains an event eminently worth checking out) and has expanded the brand to a worldwide audience, touching down in new continents all year round. Ultra Europe came fresh on the heels of an insanely successful Ultra Korea, so the expectations for this homecoming of sorts couldn’t have been higher. And UMF Croatia delivered.

For many, the festival actually started on the Thursday night before the official kick-off, as tens of thousands of visitors flooded the streets of Split, Croatia, the gorgeous coastal city that played host to the first two days of the event. The streets were alive with energy, as eager festival-goers hit up the local clubs and bars in anticipation of the next day’s extravaganza, which promised some of the biggest DJs in the world.

On a side note, this reviewer didn’t have the easiest of times getting to his hotel. Having flown into Dubrovnik and missed the last bus to Split, I was obliged to take up a Croatian man on his offer to charter a van and ferry myself and seven newfound friends up north, with a quick detour through Bosnia along the way. For some reason, thoughts of the feature film Hostel started racing through our minds, and things grew quiet for spell. Finally, after getting dropped off in Split — alive and untortured — and after a couple of “lost in translation” moments that led some memorably wrong turns — we made it to our hotel. We do travel to gain experience, after all. And I can now confidently affirm that getting lost in Eastern Europe is an experience.


 

DAY ONE

Americans, Swedes, Finns, Brits and Canadians. Nope, this isn’t the Pool “A “ for Men’s Hockey at the upcoming Sochi Olympic games. This is just a partial rundown of the amazing 75 countries represented on my walk to Stadium Poljud. Normally, this facility is home to soccer or track and field. Today, it would be home to something quite different.

The location was carefully scouted and handpicked by Russell Faibisch, the founder, Executive Producer, CEO and President of ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL/Ultra Worldwide. In his words: “After visiting more than 15 countries, meeting with many promoters and visiting more than a hundred potential locations and venues, I ultimately chose Croatia. It is truly one of the most beautiful and special places in the world — in addition to being the newest and hottest European summer destination for party people and DJs.”


Even from hundreds of metres away, the heart thumping-bass inside the stadium could easily be felt. Ultra Croatia had officially kicked off, with the thousands pouring in to revel in mash-ups, remixes, pyrotechnics, dancers and more.

Montreal’s Adventure Club really got the party started. There might be a Canadian bias on my part, but I felt like this duo gave it their all and then some, helping to cultivate an energy that kept on until dawn.

As the sun set and the DJs continued to delight the main crowd, it was time for a quick break to check out the Carl Cox & Friends stage, just in time to catch yet another Canadian duo: Toronto’s Art Department. Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White delivered a laid-back deep house set that won the clear approval of the crowd — an inspired a swell of hometown pride in the heart of this festival-goer.


As darkness fell and UMF’s always-impressive lighting display illuminated the crowd, electro house wunderkind Porter Robinson took the stage, enthralling the crowd with his expertly-deployed drops and mixes. The night marched on, and before I knew it, one of my personal favorites was taking the stage: Avicii, a.k.a. Tim Berg. This Scandinavian superstar had received mixed reactions from the crowd in Miami earlier in the year, with a set that highlighted his progression toward a newer sound. There was no such ambivalence here. The 23-year-old Swede, sporting a Toronto Blue Jays cap no less (I swear, I was on European soil), smashed the decks with classics like “Levels” and new hits such as “Wake Me Up.” Nicky Romero closed out the night, and soon enough the sun was rising on a new dawn. Ultra Europe day one was already a thing of the past.

Best Set: Avicii


 

DAY TWO

Yeah, things really are a little different in Europe. What with festivals running until 5am instead of midnight, crowds tend to be smaller for some of the earlier acts of the day, as the multitudes rest up and hydrate in preparation for another marathon.

Spanish newcomer Danny Avila delivered a standout set during the early hours, and bpm:tv had the pleasure of speaking with the 18-year-old house sensation afterward. (Stay tuned for the interview coming soon). But there was no about what the crowd was waiting for: it was the Dutch invasion of Afrojack, Armin van Buuren and Hardwell, all DJ Mag top 10 heavyweights. Props to UMF for saving some tricks for Day Two, as the firework and pyrotechnic displays were kicked up a notch for these world-class acts.

Afrojack delighted the masses with the top tunes in his repertoire, including “As Your Friend,” which has been getting tones of radio play worldwide (the crowd sang along to prove the point). Armin Van Buuren also had the crowd lustily belting along when he closed his set with the summer anthem “This Is What It Feels Like,” with a pretty-darn-cool superimposed Trevor Guthrie on the screen and fireworks lighting up the whole stadium. Next up, with the world tuning in to to a live stream on YouTube, came the 24-year-old phenom Hardwell. He opened his set with a blast, rewarding the crowd’s anticipation with “Spaceman,” one of the biggest tracks of the the past year. And from 3:30 am to 5:00 am we were treated to the very best the EDM world has to offer: a masterfully crafted set that mixed in a few classics from the past — even a tune from grunge-rock faves Nirvana.

With daylight in full flight, it was time to catch a couple of winks before the boat ride to Day Three.

Best Set: Hardwell

Honourable Mention: Bingo Players


 

DAY THREE

How on earth am I going to do this?

That was pretty much my first thought as the alarm went off. Two days of Ultra Europe had taken their toll. Three hours of sleep, a quick shower, and before I knew it, I was on a ferry to Hvar Island bound for the Amfora Hotel — and for a Vegas-style pool party that was destined to become the highlight of the trip.

Judging from the hundreds of festival-goers passed out on any available floor space, I wasn’t the only one feeling a little tuckered out. But this feeling quickly dissipated when I caught a view of the stage setup straddling the divide between the pool and the sea. Vegas: you now have your work cut out for you, if you plan on topping this.

It was the party of a lifetime, as anyone was lucky enough to get tickets (it sold out in 10 minutes) would surely agree. With acts like Nervo, Cazzette and Dada Life supplying the auditory bliss, this splash-fest was an afternoon to remember.

And then … there was Chuckie. Chuckie, Chuckie, Chuckie — wow, thank you! As the sun began to dim on what would turn out to be a nine-hour show, this was the artist who kept the ecstatic energy alive — a DJ perfectly in tune with his rapt audience. Whether it was serving up the newest Beatport chart-toppers on Beatport or dipping into the throwback file for a mad Linkin Park mash-up, Chuckie always seemed to nail exactly what the crowd wanted to hear. And after three days of the top names in EDM, I can assure you this was no easy feat.

Finally, Steve Aoki closed out the festival in classic Aoki fashion — constantly finding new ways to interact with the crowd, dropping killer mash-ups and party remixes. And suddenly it was over, seemingly as quickly as it had begun, leaving on all of us the powerful impression that we’d experienced a festival unlike anything that can be found on North American soil.

Best Set: Chuckie

Honourable Mention: Dada Life


Once again in the words of Russell Faibisch: “After the inaugural edition’s massive success, Ultra Europe is very proud to call Croatia home for many many years to come.” Music to a music lovers ears. Take some advice, and start planning your trip to Ultra Europe 2014 right now. This is not an experience to be missed.

 

Gosia’s Track of the Day: Markus Schulz & Armin van Buuren, “The Expedition”

January 31st, 2013

Markus Schulz, Armin van Buuren – The Expedition (A State of Trance 600 Anthem): BUY IT ON BEATPORT

Two of the biggest names in trance come together, and what we get out of it is not only a euphoric piece of music — it’s the official anthem of A State of Trance 600, a massive global tour that kicks off in Madrid in February 14. “The Expedition” is a guaranteed club banger, a fitting curtain-raiser for what promises to be a historic year for Armin van Buuren‘s A State of Trance, and the perfect embodiment of this year’s ASOT mission statement: TOGETHER WE CAN TURN THE WORLD INTO A DANCE FLOOR.


A State of Trance 600 TOUR DATES: Madrid – February 14 | Mexico City – February 16 | Sao Paulo – March 1 | Minsk, Belarus – March 7 | Sofia – March 8 | Beirut – March 9 | Kuala Lumpur – March 15 | Mumbai – March 16 | Miami – March 24 | Guatemala City – March 27 | New York – March 30 | Den Bosch – April 6


Gosia Mrugala is a Toronto-based blogger and reviewer. You can read her blog HERE, and follow her on Twitter HERE.

 

Oh, Johnny

September 24th, 2012

Posted by Gosia Mrugala


Los Angeles-based DJ/producer JOHNNY YONO is slowly but surely gaining a rep in the EDM community. His name is starting to be heard more, and his music is receiving serious support from some of the world’s top DJs (Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz). His passion for music is evident in his productions, which showcase a unique electro trance style. “The Machine” opens intriguingly — and at the 2:59 mark it pulls me in completely: mind, heart and soul. His remix of Sunleed’s “Suspended Animation” is another impressive tune that shows off his ability to bring forth the most euphonious sounds. This is one artist I’m waiting anxiously to see live.

Check out the Q&A below.


GOSIA MRUGALA: How would you describe your musical style?

JOHNNY YONO: Well, it’s predominantly progressive trance but, I tend to use elements from electro, progressive house and techno, resulting in a big bundle of aggressive, clubby energy. I always write a track, whether it’s an original or remix, with the club in mind.

GM: Tell me a little bit about your White Light Sessions and how this has evolved since you started it.

JY: started White Light Sessions back in May of 2010, and over the course of those two years it’s captured a pretty wide audience across the globe. Some of my past guests have been Lange, Protoculture, Ferry Tayle and Juventa. You can catch the show on Pure.FM‘s Trance channel every fourth Friday of the month. Piecing together a radio show requires a lot more work than many people think, so when a particular episode is well received by your fans, it’s quite a rewarding feeling.

Johnny Yono: Fairfax (Original Edit): LISTEN TO IT HERE


GM: What influenced you to evolve from being in a rock band to becoming an EDM artist?

JY: I was a drummer for seven years and was heavily involved in rock music, but I ended up leaving my band to pursue an acting career, which later led me out here to Los Angeles. Breaking away from the band opened up a whole new chapter of my life, as I cleaned up the drug use and partied a lot less. EDM also grabbed hold of me at that time and spoke to me in a way that no other music had before. I’m deeply in touch with my emotions and this music is filled to the brim with emotion. I made a partial contribution to my rock band as a drummer, but with EDM I have an entire universe of sounds and instruments to manipulate, which allows me to create a real story from the heart and mind with no boundaries.


GM: Who are your biggest inspirations and what have you learned from them?

JY: As DJs we all have our own idols and inspirations. For me, Paul van Dyk was a major influence. I’ve watched his set from Dance Valley back in 2005 more times than I can count, and his music has always been so heartfelt to me. Tracks like “For An Angel” and “Time of our Lives” are musical pieces that will live on forever, and I’ve always wanted to write with the intent to impact people’s lives. Armin van Buuren has been another inspiration of mine for years now.

GM: Top 3 tracks at the moment?

JY: Wow, that’s a very good question. So many great tunes floating around nowadays. Off the top of my head:

CorderoyMechanical Tears (Club Mix)

Tom FalliROK

Tritonal feat. Jenry RSomething New (Rafael Frost Remix)



GM: Which producing software do you prefer and why?

JY: I’ve been an avid FL Studio user since its primitive days of version 3 and couldn’t imagine using anything else. It allows me to manipulate anything and everything I want in any way possible, and the workflow is incredibly fast. It’s not about what you use, but how you use it. Many producers tend to think that the software defines the producer — but really, it’s the other way around. Whatever works best for that person — to each their own.


GM: Do you prefer DJing or producing?

JY: I could gab about this subject for days. DJing and producing go hand in hand now, and it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world to drop one of your own tracks during a live set — especially when they go absolutely insane for it. I never feel more alive than when I’m on stage behind the decks. DJing brings an overwhelming amount of joy in such a short amount of time, while the excitement of producing music stays with you for the long run, or until you finish a project. I’ll end this by saying that I love them both.

GM: Do you prefer playing at clubs or festivals?

JY: I’d have to say clubs. The intimate setting allows you to develop a deeper connection with the crowd, which is what I love most.


GM: What is one aspect about the music scene you wish could improve/change?

JY: One major problem is th0se promoters who would rather book a shit DJ who doesn’t produce music but brings a lot of people to the club, versus a talented DJ with tracks out on major EDM labels — one who might not bring in as many people but who has a real shot at making a career out of this. It’s a real shame. I do, on the other hand, understand that a nightclub needs to open its doors every Friday and Saturday night. It is a business.

GM: Where do you see yourself in five years?

JY: Traveling the world and playing at every major club/festival that has a demand for EDM. And hopefully still having time to teach music production and DJing.



Gosia Mrugala is a Toronto-based blogger and reviewer. You can read her blog HERE, and follow her on Twitter HERE.

Just Posted – bpm:tv’s Report from ADE 2011

November 7th, 2011

bpm:tv was on hand last month for the 2011 Amsterdam Dance Event — one of the electronic and dance music world’s premier gatherings. Caelin Meredith‘s review and photo gallery will give you the flavour of this year’s event. Enjoy!


 

ADE 2011

November 7th, 2011

 

Posted by Caelin Meredith

CLICK HERE TO SEE CAELIN’S COMPLETE ADE 2011 PHOTO GALLERY

Amsterdam, Europe’s most risqué and cutting-edge city. It also happens to be the host of the premier Electronic Music (EDM) networking event of the year: the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE). Unlike the Winter Music Conference in Miami, which, let’s be honest, is more play and some work, the ADE prides itself on bringing together the finest of every aspect of the EDM culture. As Tommie Sunshine put it: “If you’re doing business with someone and they aren’t here, then you shouldn’t be doing business with them.”

For five nights in early October, the streets are filled with the who’s who of dance music: DJs, producers, label movers and shakers, agents, promoters, PR reps, press and managers. It’s the classiest of everything — and funny enough, all of our North American taboos and assumptions about Amsterdam’s vibe actually fall to the wayside; the red light district and the coffee shops take a back seat to the main stage event of first class talent. It’s the perfect host city: small, walkable and relaxed. The laissez-faire attitude of its residents serves to chill everyone out.

The ADE is divided in two: the Conference and the Festival. The Conference, which takes place at the Felix, consists of meetings, panels, interviews/discussions and sometimes debates. Then there’s the Festival at night, which takes place at various venues in and around town, chock-a-block with unbridled sonic ecstasy. This year two new additions were added to ADE: the Hard Dance Event, which “aimed to connect professionals in the harder styles of dance music to discuss, experience and continue current and new developments in this genre,” and ADE University, “dedicated to the next generation of music professionals, featuring appearances by leading representatives from a range of music industry.”

Here are some of the highlights day by day:

DAY 1 –  WEDNESDAY

This is the main arrival day and the day the conference officially kicks off. In the past, programming has been lighter on this day than others, but this year the organizers decided to start with a bang. In order to set the stage for the “flavour” of this year’s ADE there was a featured “DJ Cook Off,” promoted as a new way of “mixing and dropping.” Household names like John Aquaviva, Olivier Giacomotto, Dubfire and The Stafford Brothers all had to cook a dish invented by the Keizer Culinary Institute in front of a live audience. The results were judged by — who else? — other DJs. This is the type of social event the conference likes to present: a way for everyone to blow off a little steam, and as Ryan Saltzman from the Bullitt Agency put it, “It’s exciting to see DJs out of their element, in another atmosphere, creating something.”

That night was the official music kick-off, although there had been some satellite events earlier in the week: heavyweights such as The Glitch Mob and Carl Cox at the Paradiso Club and Groove Armada at Melkweg (meaning Milky Way), plus Afrojack at Air. It was an ambitious way to start the five-day schedule. And while in a normal scenario moderation would be key, this was ADE and every night was gonna be a Saturday night.

Day 2 – THURSDAY

At the Conference, the key panels this day were “How To Score a Hollywood Movie,” “The Killer App,” “The New Ibiza … is Ibiza,” and a Q&A with Carl Cox. This was a formal and informal situation. Everything had been thought of: there were media lounges, press rooms, gathering places, bars and coffee shops all on site. It’s the epitome of professionalism, yet it retains its informality: after presentations, it’s easy to get access to moderators, panelists and artists to talk to them on a one-on-one basis.

After all the “work” that day came the 8th annual ADE Network Bash, a gala-type affair hosted in a converted church space with religious relics still adorning the walls. Free champagne, fresh cocktails and nibbles were served as a rotation of talent took to the decks. After a day of meetings, it was the perfect place to blow off some steam before the night got going. The feature on this night was the Pure Liner boat cruise: The Pirates of Cadenza. Boat cruise + Amsterdam canals + Top rated talent = Perfection, and a 6 am docking time!

Day 3 – FRIDAY

The mood on Friday is still upbeat despite two late nights under everyone’s belt. The enthusiasm is still there and the vibe is energetic. There’s so much business happening everywhere that one can’t help but be carried along with minimal effort and maximum output. Every direction you turn there is an opportunity to connect, network or socialize. The featured panels this day were “Wanna Cross Over – Watch Out For Pop Stars,” “End of the Free Era,” “How Relevant is Radio for the Next Generation,” “State of Blogs,” and “How to Crack America.” Then everyone relaxed for the Warner Music and Atlantic Records cocktail hour. bpm:tv was lucky enough to score interviews there with Hardwell, Tommie Sunshine and Busy P.

That night was another huge night of music at a cross-section of venues, from Gregor Tresher at an intimate space called the Chicago Social Club to Armin van Buuren at The Passenger Ferry Terminal, which houses thousands on a convention-type floor. The latter was the Dutch God in his own playground, as his legions of fans paid homage to their deity on his turf. I don’t think there was a purer “Dutch” moment than this all conference. Finally that night, Fedde Le Grand and company, including Chocolate Puma played at Air, a multi level club, with tiers of balconies all pressed vertically towards the stage. By the way, nothing ends at 4 am, everything goes until 9 am or 2 pm, but those people actually trying to do business usually call it a night at 5 am.

Day 4 – SATURDAY

Another informative and exciting day — further proof that the programmers for this conference are talented at creating a diverse spectrum of forums. The highlights were “Off The Record: Labels in a Digital Age,” “Q & A with Frankie Knuckles,” DJ to DJ – Too Many DJs , Not Enough Decks: What You Need in Terms of Skills to Stick Out From the Rest of the Jocks Out There,” and finally a “Demolitions Party”: You drop your demo into the collection box and see if Dave Clarke picks it.

It was also the 1605 Label Press conference, with UMEK and Hertz. A good example of labels pumping up talent and showcasing new artists, catered with fine fare and lots of swag. When asked what was so special about ADE, Hertz responded: “We’re normally screaming for ourselves, we should be screaming for each other. This is a place we can come to do that.”

This night was a trip outside the old city that required two expensive taxi rides — but they were well worth the price. The Objectivity party was at Toko MC, a stylish music venue with a huge, polished room and raised stage. Dennis Ferrer was the main act, hitting the crowd repeatedly with huge vocals and massive drops. Then it was on to Trouw for the Resident Advisor party. Trouw is a large, not quite dirty but definitely “urban” and minimal warehouse space, reminiscent of underground raves and parties of the 90s. You enter through the basement into a low-ceilinged sweat box with concentrated lighting and effects, then walk up a narrow staircase into a main room pulsing with hedonism and thunderous applause.

Day 5 – SUNDAY

There was no official day programming, but the night was capped with closing parties hosted by Roger Sanchez and Sander Kleinenberg. Sander rinsed out with a six-hour set and we pulled the rock star move: heading straight from the venue to the airport, club attire still on. One couldn’t imagine a better send-off from ADE.


 

 

Top 100 DJs announced. The top 10 respond on facebook and twitter.

October 21st, 2011

 

Posted by Popo

The DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll results have been released along with the predictable controversies. This year the first grumblings heard on social networks were all about the now pop-friendly David Guetta took the coveted supreme spot away from Armin Van Buuren.

Here’s how the 10 vote-getters themselves responded on Facebook and Twitter.

1 – David Guetta – Thank you so much for making me number one at the top 100. I have the best fans in the world! -

2 – Armin Van Buuren – Thanks to everybody for the massive support this year no.2 @djmag & best trance! Congrats to @davidguetta for winning this year. -

3 – Tiësto – Thanks for being #1 in your heart, that’s the only thing that matters to me! -

4 – Deadmau5 – #4 again on the top100 DJ polls… hey, not bad for someone who isnt a DJ. Anythings possible folks!  -

5 – Above & Beyond – Congratulations to David Guetta for topping the DJMag poll. And big thanks to everyone who voted for us, well chuffed with 5! :) Tx

6 – Avicii – HALF A MILLION LIKES … AND … NUMBER 6 in the WORLD!!! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE MY FANS!!!!!!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ x infinity

7 – Afrojack – Yeesssss #7!!!!! Thanks everyone for voting!!!!!! I fking love u guys!!! Wooot! And great celebrating JACKED last night! 2012 baby les gooo!

8 – Dash Berlin – THANK YOU ALL!

9 – Markus Schulz – Amazing to be in the top 10 again. Thanks to everyone for the support. -

10 – Swedish House Mafia – Big respect to all the Dj’s and the fans that have been supporting this scene and made it so big and it can only get bigger and better. Keep it up. Proud of you guys :D – Sebastian Ingrosso

 

bpm:tv’s Guide to the Best New Music: March

March 11th, 2011

RELEASED THE WEEK OF MARCH 7

World Series Miami
UK record label and “lifestyle brand” Hed Kandi celebrates the 2011 Winter Music Conference in Miami with a two-disc tribute to one of the world’s great dance music capitals. Features tracks from Chris Lake & Marco Lys, Stefano Noferini , Copyright, Funkagenda Vs Sultan, Max Vangelli, Tristan Garner, The Shapeshifters, Disfunktion, DJ Chus & David Penn, and many more.

Anjunadeep:03
Above & Beyond’s progressive trance and house label Anjunadeep releases its latest collection, mixed by James Grant and Jaytech. Features tracks and remixes from Underworld, Spooky, Michael Cassette, Solarity, Dinka, PROFF and Maor Levi.

Derrick Carter, Fabric 56
Chicago house pioneer Derrick Carter craft the latest installment in Fabric Records’ celebrated mix series. Features tracks from Roger Sanchez, Green Velvet, Almost September, Nick Garcia, Cajmere and many more.

Etienne Ozborne, White Is Pure 10
Quebec house DJ Etienne Ozborne’s newest mix CD on the Playground label includes tracks from Todd Terry, Erick Morillo, Hardwell and Louie Vega.

Jessie J, Who You Are
UK sensation Jessie J penned songs for the likes of Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus (does “Party in the U.S.A.” ring a bell?) before scoring a couple of chart-topping singles of her own. Now, she follows up the success of “Do It Like A Dude” and “Price Tag” with the release of her debut album.

In Trance We Trust 017
The latest volume in Black Hole Recordings’ In Trance We Trust series is a 14-track compilation mixed by Russian DJ and producer Bobina (a.k.a. Dmitry Almazov). Features tracks from Cosmic Gate, Jason van Wyk, Hodel & Sunstate and Nkoder.

Lupe Fiasco, Lasers
Album number three from the acclaimed Chicago rapper features collaborations with John Legend and Trey Songz, and production by the likes of Jerry Wonder and The Neptunes.

OMD, History of Modern
Brit electropop pioneers OMD return with their first new album in 14 years, a dance-oriented disc that recalls their early Eighties heyday.

NEW THE WEEK OF MARCH 14

Wolf + Lamb Vs. Soul Clap, DJ KiCKS
NYC duo Wolf + Lamb and Boston’s Soul Clap team up to mix the latest edition of !K7’s DJ KiCKS series. Features tracks by Deniz Kurtel, Eli Gold, H-Foundation and DJ Harvey.

Tarun Nayar, 22 Degrees of Beatitude
Vancouver-based DJ and producer Tarun Nayar continues his distinctive fusion of Asian music and electronica on this new solo effort, which he describes as his “most personal work to date.”

MC Mario Mixdown 2011
The indefatigable MC Mario is at it again, with yet another mix CD featuring the likes of Taio Cruz, Afrojack, Rihanna, Ke$ha, The Black Eyed Peas and many more.

Omar Santana & Evan Gamble Lewis, Dub Step Dubterranean
Techno veteran Omar Santana and rising star Evan Gamble Lewis team up to explore dubstep’s brooding sound on this new release.

Masomenos, Balloons
Stylish French microhouse duo (and boutique proprietors) Masomenos — DJ Joan Costes and producer Adrien de Maublanc – return with their third full-length album.

Deniz Kurtel, Music Watching Over Me
Turkish techno producer and experimental artist Deniz Kurtel — best known until now for her installations at events like the Burning Man Festival — releases her debut album on the Crosstown Rebels label. Expect “some electro/house and some breakbeat elements.”

DJ Afro, Free
After a number of remix CDs, DJ Afro — otherwise known as Jose Luis Pardo, lead guitarist for Grammy-winning Venezuelan disco/funk/acid jazz band Los Amigos Invisibles — issues his first album of all original work.

VIVA Club Rotation: Vol 48
From Germany’s Embassy of Music comes this compilation of massive club tracks featuring the likes of Eric Prydz, Swedish House Mafia, Duck Sauce, Martin Solveig & Dragonette and Robyn.

Emanuele Errante, Time Elapsing Handheld
Italian ambient composer Emanuele Errante releases his latest collection of chill-out sounds on Berlin’s Karaoke Kalk.

Paper Tiger, Made Like Us
Producer Paper Tiger of the Minneapolis-based underground hip-hop collective Doomtree gets a Canadian release for his solo debut, which features Dessa and Lookbook’s Maggie Morrison.

Orsten, Cutworks
Eccentric French-Finnish cut-and-paste artist Orsten melds hip-hop, Seventies cinema and classic piano on his sampladelic debut long-player.

Nervous Nitelife Presents Patrick M
A pillar of Miami’s party scene, Buenos Aires-born DJ Patrick M delivers a debut collection featuring tracks from the likes of Israel Sunshine, Jean Claude Ades and Chus & Ceballos.

COMING THE WEEK OF MARCH 21

Ke$ha, I Am The Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance: The Remix Album
Everybody’s favourite party girl keeps the product coming with this collection, which rounds up remixes from the likes of Dave Aude and Fred Falke. With guest appearances by Andre 3000 and 3OH13.

Binary Park, Worlds Collide
Binary Park — a collaborative effort by Torben Schmidt, head honcho of Germany’s Infacted label, and British colleagues Huw Jones and Alfred Gregl — releases its debut album, described as “an intriguing blend of different electronic styles from darkstep to industrial and from electro to deep, noisy, ambient Glitchy, intelligent electropop.”

Wildcookie, Cookie Dough
Swedish DJ Freddie Cruger (a.k.a. Red Astaire) and vocalist Anthony Mills as Wildcookie on this debut long-player, an easy-on-the-ears blend of soul, hip-hop, R&B and breaks.

Armin Van Buuren, A State of Trance 2011
The world’s number one DJ sums up … well, the state of trance with this latest edition in his ongoing series of definitive two-disc trance music mixes. Listen for tracks by The Blizzard & Omnia, Rex Mundi, Aly & Fila, Beat Service and many more.

Nostalgia 77, Sleepwalking Society
The latest effort from producer, remixer and DJ Nostalgia 77 (a.k.a. Benedic Lamdin) is a tough-to-categorize blend of afrobeat, jazz, funk, electronic and hip-hop influences.

Guti, Patio de Juegos
Argentina’s Guti issues his first release on the tech house label Desolat.

Remady, No Superstar: The Album
Swiss DJ producer Remady (a.k.a. Marc Wurgler), follows up the crossover UK success of his electro anthem “No Superstar” with this debut long-player.

Rick Wilhite, Analog Aquarium
Detroit house veteran Rick Wilhite assembles his first-ever collection of new productions, featuring contributions from longtime collaborators like Theo Parrish, Marcellus Pittman, Osunlade and vocalist Billy Love.

COMING THE WEEK OF MARCH 28

Britney Spears, Femme Fatale
It’s Britney, bitch. Her new album hits the streets. Try to ignore it. Just try.

ADMX-71, Luminous Vapors
Berlin-based techno producer (and head honcho of the Sonic Groove label) re-releases the debut album from his experimental side project ADMX-71, a “chill out companion” to his work as Traversable Wormhole.

Seekae, +Dome
Australian electronic trio Seekae release their second full-length album on Rice Is Nice.

Katy B, On a Mission
Singer-songwriter Katy B, a crossover sensation from London’s UK Garage and dubstep scenes, makes her much-anticipated debut.

Yelle, Safari Disco Club
French electropoppers Yelle finally — finally! — deliver the long-awaited follow-up to their irresistible 2007 debut Pop Up.

The Beat Generation 10th Anniversary Collection
BBE celebrates 10 years of its acclaimed Beat Generation mix CD series with this anniversary release mixed by DJ Spinna and Mr. Thing.

Gareth Emery, Northern Lights Re-Lit
DJ Mag top 10 finisher Gareth Emery follows up his triumphant debut album with this collection of 12 new remixes.

Ladytron, Best of 00-10
Brit electropoppers Ladytron look back at their first decade in a two-disc compilation that includes such hits as “Black Cat,” “Playgirl” and “Destroy Everything You Touch.”

Hard Dance Awards 2011
Ministry of Sound assembles three discs of “banging mayhem,” with the able services of DJs Kutski, Andy Whitby & Klubfiller and Ed Real.

Wagon Christ, Toomorrow
Brit DJ and producer Luke Vibert’s Wagon Christ project returns with a new album on Ninja Tune, featuring his trademark brand of “danceable, psychedelic, groovy beats and eclectic samples.”

Underground Miami
New from Ministry of Sound, this massive three-disc compilation celebrates Miami’s annual Winter Music Conference, with tracks from Laidback Luke, Afrojack, Eric Prydz, Moguai, Laurent Garnier, Matty G, and many more.

Bibio, Mind Bokeh
British electronic experimenter Bibio (a.k.a. Stephen Wilkinson) continues to draw influences from Aphex Twin, Autechre and Boards of Canada on his latest Warp Records release.

Pearson Sound, Fabriclive 56
North London bass music impresario David Kennedy (a.k.a. Pearson Sound, a.k.a. Ramadanman) oversees the latest in Fabric London’s series of essential live mixes.

The Human League, Credo
Don’t you want them, baby? Still robotic after all these years, Brit synthpop pioneers The Human League return with their first new album in nearly a decade.

bpm:tv’s Guide to the Month’s Best Music

December 30th, 2010

Armin Van Buuren, ATB and Paul Van Dyk drop new mixes, Audio Bullys return and Jamaican dancehall pioneers get their due: check out bpm:tv’s guide to the most important new dance and electronic music releases for January 2011.

New the Week of January 4

Schiller, Breathless

The sixth album from veteran Berlin-based trance producer Schiller (a.k.a. Christopher von Deylen) gets its North American release. Already a number two hit in Germany, the disc was inspired by a month-long voyage aboard the research icebreaker RV Polarstern.
Clubland X-treme Hardcore 7
For those who just can’t get enough of the hyperactive UK hardcore sound, here’s a sprawling four-CD compilation of the year’s biggest hits, mixed by Darren Styles and featuring Duck Sauce (“Barbra Streisand”), Inna (“10 Minutes”) and Hixxy. Check out the British TV spot here.

Coming the Week of January 11

ATB, The DJ 6 – In The Mix
German trance meister ATB (a.k.a. AndTanneberger) – currently ranked 11th on DJ Mag’s definitive list of the world’s top 100 DJs – drops the latest in his acclaimed series of mix CDs.

Home Video, The Automatic Process
The sophomore album from Brooklyn-based electro-rock duo Home Video showcases a range of influences including Massive Attack, Boards of Canada, Depeche Mode and Philip Glass.

Coming the Week of January 18

A State of Trance: Year Mix 2010 -
Mixed by Armin Van Buuren
Named the world’s best DJ for a record-breaking fourth straight year by the readers of DJ Mag, trendsetting Dutch producer Armin Van Buuren has assembled his annual mix of the year’s best trance music, as voted by fans of his weekly radio show, A State of Trance.

VONYC Sessions 2010 -
Presented by Paul Van Dyk
Ranked number six on DJ Mag’s Top 100 list, German producer Paul Van Dyk offers his own summing-up of the year that was, with this double-CD mix of the year’s best trance, house, progressive, techno and electro tunes, as featured on his VONYC Sessions radio show.

Perfecto Presents: Kenneth Thomas
Fast-rising Detroit DJ Kenneth Thomas has compiled this two-CD set for Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto label, mixing progressive, trance “and everything in between.”

Resoe, The Black Void of Space
Danish DJ and producer Resoe, a longtime fixture on Copenhagen’s dub techno scene, releases his much-anticipated full-length debut on the Echocord label.

Audio Bullys, Higher Than The Eiffel

Rebounding from the disappointment of their poorly received 2005 sophomore effort Generation, British electronic duo Audio Bullys (Simon Franks and Tom Dinsdale) return with an eclectic release touted as “their most complete record yet.”

Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque
This debut compilation from Britain’s tropical dancefloor collective Sofrito is just the thing to warm up those frigid January nights. DJs Hugo Mendez, Frankie Francis and The Mighty Crime Minister have put together a mix of vintage tropical grooves that includes everything from raw cumbia to heavy Congolese soukous. Check out a preview mini-mix here.

Coming the Week of January 25

David Guetta, One More Love (Re-issue)
He’s number two on DJ Mag’s Top 100, and one of the most sought-after producers on the planet. He’s got a Grammy Award, a top-selling iPhone app and 10 million Facebook friends. So what does David Guetta do for an encore? Well, how about a special re-release of his double-platinum 2009 album One Love, featuring remixes and new tracks, including his collaboration with Rihanna, “Who’s That Chick?”

LCD Soundsystem, 2010 London Sessions
James Murphy’s New York dance-punk ensemble LCD Soundsystem follow up the critically acclaimed This Is Happening with a live-in-studio session featuring stripped-down versions of some of their best songs, including “Drunk Girls,” “All My Friends” and “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House.”

Hed Kandi: Anthems & Artwork
Established in 1999, UK record label and lifestyle brand Hed Kandi modestly bills itself as “the most stylish name in house music” and the “soundtrack for glamorous good times for the international party jet set.” This special limited edition box set includes four CDs featuring the likes of David Guetta, Armand Van Helden and Jamiroquai, along with a book showcasing the sensual work of Hed Kandi house artist Jason Brooks.

Hed Kandi: 2011 Remix
Wait, there’s more! Also hitting Canadian shelves: this three-CD collection of “remixes, re-edits & mashups from Hed Kandi‘s global dancefloor,” featuring Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal, Benny Benassi, Afrojack, Alex Gaudino and many more.

Shackleton, Fabric 55
British dubstep producer Sam Shackleton showcases his dark and ominous grooves on this latest installment in Fabric Records‘ celebrated mix series.

Nitzer Ebb, Industrial Complex
Legendary British industrial dance outfit Nitzer Ebb have manufactured their first new album in nearly 15 years. Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore provides backing vocals on the energetic “Once You Say.”

Steely and Clevie, Digital Revolution
Pioneering Jamaican dancehall production duo Wycliffe “Steely” Johnson (who died in September 2009) and Cleveland “Clevie” Browne get a well-deserved career retrospective on this VP Records compilation, which features more than 40 of the hits they created for artists such as Ninjaman, Shabba Ranks, Buju Banton, Beenie Man and Sean Paul.

Fujiya & Miyagi, Ventriloquizzing
Drawing inspiration from Krautrock and Aphex Twin, the eccentric British electronic trio Fujiya & Miyagi return with their fourth studio album.

Junior Sanchez, Seize the Fewcha
Influential New York club DJ Junior Sanchez releases his first album for Nervous Records, a mix CD featuring the likes of Armand Van Helden and Felix Da Housecat.