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Stream Two New Tracks From Drumcode Recruit Victor Calderone

Delivered... Nikki Volpicelli | Scene | Mon 16 Mar 2015 5:05 pm

This month, techno powerhouse Victor Calderone stepped up for his first solo release on Adam Beyer’s stalwart Drumcode label. Calderone’s two-track single, Burden, features both the pulsing title track and the equally heady “Skin,” both of which made an immediate impression on Beatport’s Techno Top 100 chart.

To celebrate the release of Burden, the New York native has given Beatport the streaming exclusive on two tracks that didn’t make it onto the Drumcode package. You can listen to both “Into The Void (Reprise)” and “Mole” streaming in full over at Beatport.

We asked Calderone for the back-story on both these cuts. “‘Into The Void (Reprise)’ is sort of a throwback for me,” he reveals. “Not only because of the 2012 original but also for the direction of the track. The plan for this one was to go with a old school, deep, trippy vibe. I feel it’s one of those 7am journey tracks that sets the mood.”

He also describes “Mole” as “one of those tracks that completely surprised me when I played it out for the first time. It sounded much bigger than I originally thought during the production process. Big reactions every time I play it. Don’t sleep on this one, it rocks the floor.”

Stream both tracks now on Beatport and don’t miss Calderone at Adam Beyer’s Space Miami Music Week Closing Party alongside labelmates Joseph Capriati, Ida Engberg, Alan Fitzpatrick and of course Beyer himself.

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A-Trak Reveals How He Introduced Kanye West to Daft Punk

Delivered... Nikki Volpicelli | Scene | Thu 12 Mar 2015 4:42 pm

In 2015, we all know A-Trak as Fool’s Gold Records boss, turntable maestro and regular fixture on festival lineups everywhere. Back in the mid-2000s, though, the Canadian whiz served as Kanye West’s touring DJ and occasional studio collaborator.

Thanks to A-Trak’s new annotations on Genius, we’ve now got an even deeper look at how his hand guided “Stronger” and “Gold Digger,” two of Ye’s most colossal tracks. Some of his anecdotes are pure gold, including the one about introducing the rapper to the power of Daft Punk.

“I gave him that sample,” A-Trak begins in his “Stronger” annotations. “I’m the culprit. And I didn’t want him to sample it, that’s what’s funny. It sort of happened because Swizz Beats sampled ‘Technologic’ for that Busta Rhymes record, ‘Touch It.’

“We were on tour in Europe in 2006, spending a lot of hours on the bus listening to the radio. Kanye heard ‘Touch It’ and thought that beat was cool. I said, ‘He just swooped up Daft Punk.’ And Ye said, ‘Who?’ I just couldn’t believe that Kanye had never heard Daft Punk.” Read the full “Stronger” story over at Genius.

The DJ also gave the back-story to “Gold Digger,” which went on to be a blockbuster hit. “He had this rough version, but it felt too pop to him,” A-Trak writes. “He wanted to give it some hip-hop cred. I had an idea for a scratch, for the part where he raps, ‘Get down girl, go ‘head, get down.’ I knew which sample to use. He said, ‘I think it could be cool. We’re going to LA this week to finish things up.’ But he was over budget, Def Jam wouldn’t pay for any more flights for that album.

“Next thing you know, it’s show time at Sasquatch. At the last minute, he gave me the track for ‘Gold Digger,’ because he wanted to perform it. I ended up live-auditioning. I pulled up the sample for ‘get down’ and I scratched during the choruses, and as soon as we got off stage he was like ‘Alright, you’re coming to LA, we gotta record this. I’ll pay for the flights, I don’t care.’ I went to L.A. and recorded the scratches, and the rest is history.”

Read A-Trak’s Genius account here, and watch Kanye and Daft Punk perform “Stronger” live at the Grammys back in 2008.

5 Felix Da Housecat and K-Alexi Tracks That Did Get Into Berghain

Delivered... Nick Tsirimokos | Scene | Thu 26 Feb 2015 10:41 pm

If you’ve been to a club, have an internet connection or have friends who DJ, you’re likely aware that Chicago house veteran Felix Da Housecat was denied entry to Berghain last weekend alongside fellow Chi-town pioneer K-Alexi, after rocking up to “listen to some techno.”

Happens to the best, some might even call it a rite of passage (for even the most lofty egos), however Felix then unleashed a typically emotional torrent of tweets expressing his extreme disapproval of the night’s events. In other words, he called them “hitler racists” and claimed they had “shitted on FRANKIE and LARRY” (Knuckles and Levan, respectfully) by refusing to let him “listen to some techno.”

While there are a variety of issues at play here, the most glaring problem is that the only part of the club open in the early hours of Saturday morning is Panorama Bar, which seldom plays techno. Berghain was, in fact, closed.

Be that as it may, we know and love da Housecat and the house club equally (don’t make us choose), so we’ve put together five classic tracks by Felix and K-Alexi, that somehow made it past the bouncers and onto the dancefloors of the infamous Berlin techno haven.

1. Aphrohead – “In The Dark We Live (Thee Lite)”

Released in 1993 under the Alias Aphrohead, Felix’s “In The Dark We Live” is a defining moment of solid ’90s techno that has been tearing up the dancefloors of Berghain and Panorama Bar for years. Originally released on UK label Bush, the track was licensed by Emotive Records and released in the US with remixes by Dave Clarke and Junior Vasquez. Though you might not be seeing Felix at Berghain anytime soon, there’s a good chance you’ll hear this Aphrohead classic tearing up the dancefloor as you shuffle through the sea of bare-skinned bears, cubs and cubettes.


2. Thee Maddkatt Courtship – “Wet Wednesday”

“Wet Wednesday” is the opening track on Felix’s debut album Alone in the Dark (as Thee Maddkatt Courtship), released in 1994 on Deep Distraxion. With a distinctly hypnotic groove and layers of mellowed intimacy, you’ll hear this track spinning at Panorama Bar as the sun seeps through the shutters, in the early hours of Sunday morning. Classic vibes.


3. Risqué III – “Essence of a Dream”

An excellent deep house cut from 1987, and the first 12″ to have K-Alexi’s name on the label,  “Essence of a Dream” laid the groundwork for classic Chicago house and a blueprint for everything that followed. With a smooth mix of gentle strings, deep bass and sensual vocals, K-Alexi would soon come to be know for this trademark sound, as one of the true Chicago originals. An undeniable classic and Panorama Bar favorite.


4. Felix Da Housecat – “Kickdrum

In 2009 Felix Da Housecat released the album He Was King, a self-described “pop” record, on the heels of his electroclash hits like “Silver Screen/Shower Scene” with Miss Kittin. With track names like “We All Wanna Be Prince,” and “Spank U Very Much,” one could easily overlook hard-hitting cuts like “Kickdrum” –  a lowend-loving electroclash anthem that falls somewhere between German rave and ’80s pop.  Heard at Berghain!


5. Green Velvet – “Destination Unknown (Felix Da Housecat Remix)”

Lending his hand to remix Green Velvet’s 1997 track “Destruction Unknown,” Felix delivers a massive dose of pulsating techno that peaks with a frenzy of crushed hi-hats and razor sharp synth stabs.  A massive tune, and a Berghain crowd pleaser.

Hear Hardwell’s Remix of Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding’s “Outside”

Delivered... Nikki Volpicelli | Scene | Mon 23 Feb 2015 6:35 pm

This week, Hardwell has shared his new remix of “Outside,” the second collaboration between Ellie Goulding and Calvin Harris.

The original track was a giant hit when it was released last October, continuing Harris’s blockbuster run of dance/pop crossovers. Now, Hardwell builds off of its foundation for the first official remix, which he premiered last Friday on his radio show and as a Beatport exclusive this week.

The remix is what you’d expect from the high-flying Dutchman, culminating in a behemoth main stage drop that’s a mainstay in Hardwell’s repertoire. This remix definitely has the right formula to position it well in many an upcoming summer festival set. (Expect to hear it booming out from the Tomorrowland main stage this July.)

Check out the “Outside” remix streaming below, and pick it up exclusively on Beatport Pro now.

Zane Lowe Leaving BBC Radio 1 For Role With Apple

Delivered... Nikki Volpicelli | Scene | Tue 17 Feb 2015 7:00 pm

BBC Radio 1 is losing one of its leading ambassadors, as producer, longtime broadcaster and music-breaking authority Zane Lowe just announced his move to Apple’s new US-based radio service this week.

“It’s not easy being faced with the prospect of leaving somewhere as amazing as the BBC,” said the Hottest Record DJ in an interview with the Guardian yesterday. “It’s about the best place I’ve ever worked in my life. And it’s got the most inspiring people, who do things for all the right reasons – because they love it, they feel proud to do it there, they feel honored at the privilege of being able to do it for the people, and they take that responsibility very seriously. And you don’t leave. You just don’t.”

While his new role with Apple is still deemed confidential, it is confirmed that the job will relocate him to Los Angeles. Annie Mac is set to replace Lowe on his nighttime show, which he’s produced from 7-9pm, Monday through Thursday, 12 years running. While the departure of Lowe is a critical loss in the iconic radio station’s roster, we’re sure Mac is the perfect personality to pick up where he leaves off.

Madeon is Taking His New Live Show Across America This Spring

Delivered... Nikki Volpicelli | Scene | Wed 11 Feb 2015 8:16 pm

Hot off the heels of his Coachella announce, electronic whiz kid Madeon came through today to list the rest of his North American spring tour dates. This road-trip – in support of the producer’s debut album, Adventure - covers over 20 stops with an all-new live set-up.

The March 30 release holds some seriously promising singles, including Passion Pit collaboration “Pay No Mind,” which Porter Robinson has tipped as the best track released this year. Madeon called in a cast of indie/electronic crossover stars to help create the album, including Bastille’s Dan Smith, Mark Foster (of Foster the People), and of course, Passion Pit. “I wanted to sit down with other people and write songs,” he said in a recent interview with Billboard. “There was a human experience in making this that I never really experienced before working on my own music alone.”

This writing approach will definitely translate into some rousing live shows throughout the month-long spring tour, which begins April 10 in San Francisco and ends May 9 in Montreal. Check for your city in between if you’re anywhere within the US/Mexico/Canada locale. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 13 at 9am local time.

[Article photo by Rukes]


Wolfgang Gartner Cancels Remaining Tour Dates

Delivered... Nikki Volpicelli | Scene | Thu 5 Feb 2015 7:43 pm

Big-room gun Wolfgang Gartner posted a note to his Facebook fans last night regretfully announcing he’s be forced to cancel all of his forthcoming ‘Unholy’ tour dates due to health concerns.

“My health has been declining while on the road, and gotten to a point where I am having cardiac issues that make it unsafe for me to be in that environment,” he discloses. This was a joint decision between Gartner, his family and medical doctor, who has specifically advised him to remain off the road due to the dangerous physical symptoms he’s been experiencing.

Canceled shows through February include tomorrow’s set at District N9ne in Philadelphia, as well as appearances in D.C., Atlanta, Denver, Park City, Chicago, and Las Vegas.

Garnter’s fans are being very supportive in his decision to take some time, and we all wish him the best. Good health over all else. Read the post in full below.

Erol Alkan serves up his lucky seven peak-time jams

Delivered... Jason Black | Scene | Fri 12 Sep 2014 9:00 pm
UK-based tastemaker Erol Alkan knows a slammin' club track when he hears one. So much so, the Phantasy Sound boss has been tapped to deliver the latest installment in the Fabriclive series later this month. That's 77, for those of you keeping score. Anyway, we were super intrigued by his musical taste and decided it was high-time he hand-pick some tracks for us. Now, without further adieu, here are his lucky seven peak-time dance tracks of the moment.

Preview Matthew Dear’s awesome Audion performance pod

Delivered... Beatport News Editors | Scene | Fri 12 Sep 2014 7:00 pm
Earlier this year at Montreal's MUTEK fesitval, Bay Area-based community site DJ Tech Tools got an exclusive first-look at Matthew Dear's tricked-out, spherical live setup for his Audion project. Commissioned from Vita Motus' Heather Shaw (the same group that built Amon Tobin’s ISAM live show), he calls it Subverticul—and it's a definite game-changer as to how techno is presented in a live space.

A-Trak, Destructo, and DJ Mustard lampoon Top 100 DJs poll for Funny Or Die

Delivered... Beatport News Editors | Scene | Fri 12 Sep 2014 5:00 pm
Funny Or Die has created a new sketch comedy clip that lampoons this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 debate, ahead of the source’s annual DJ ranking and unveiling later this year at the ADE conference. Hilarity ensues…. DJ pals A-Trak, Destructo, and DJ Mustard joined forces, alongside two TV actors portraying Euro-DJs. Hosting this mock-debate […]

Maya Jane Coles, Apollonia, and Richie Hawtin charm ENTER.Ibiza next Friday, September 18, live from Ibiza

Delivered... Beatport News Editors | Scene | Fri 12 Sep 2014 2:00 pm
Ready for some magical, memorable deep house? Celebrating ENTER.Ibiza week 12 next Thursday, September 11th at Space, the reigning techno lord will be performing alongside Adam Beyer and Paco Osuna in the main room. Over in the Sake Bar, it’s very special guest Maya Jane Coles, as well as Hito and resident Bella Sarris. Additional ENTER.Ibiza artists on the night will be Apollonia, Markus Guentner, and Matthew Hawtin.

Catch Jack U debut their new AlunaGeorge collaboration at Burning Man

Delivered... Beatport News Editors | Scene | Fri 12 Sep 2014 11:00 am
A fan video of Skrillex and Diplo debuting a new track entitled "To U" from their upcoming Jack U project at Burning Man's Camp Question Mark has surfaced online. The track is expected to feature on the forthcoming Jack U album that Diplo confirmed is on the way soon back in June. The UK duo of Aluna Francis and George Reid were featured on the Disclosure smash "White Noise" back in 2013.

Deadmau5 could be your Uber driver

Delivered... Beatport News Editors | Scene | Fri 12 Sep 2014 8:00 am
On Wednesday night, Deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman) became an Uber driver in his hometown of Toronto. It's all part of a promotional stunt for alt-taxi service UberX, a cheaper version to the original Uber black-car service. Apparently, Zimmerman picked up passengers in his custom McLaren 650S and drove them around to grab coffee and hit Chipolte for a burrito. What rating do you think his passengers gave him?

Bobby Puma on his process: “I get inspired a lot when I travel”

Delivered... Beatport News Editors | Scene | Fri 12 Sep 2014 1:00 am
Bay Area-bred, LA-based Bobby Puma is one-to-watch in the current E-house scene. Leading off back in May with his collaboration with Belgian dance duo Wolfpack entitled "Jump," he's just released its follow-up "Rocking With The Best." It's a bouncy party jam with a dirty electro vibe that's garnering support from a slew of marquee names like Calvin Harris, Sander van Doorn, Nicky Romero, Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke, Tommy Trash, and many more. We caught up with Puma jetting back to California from some summer touring over in France and the idyllic White Isle of Ibiza to find out more about his latest single, his creative process, what kind of gear he rocks in the studio, and lots more.

Groove Armada curate their top eight club cuts

Delivered... Jason Black | Scene | Thu 11 Sep 2014 9:00 pm
Groove Armada's Andy Cato and Tom Findlay have hand-crafted the kind of long-standing electronic-music career that most dream of—and many might (metaphorically) kill for. Since the London-based dance duo first surfaced on the scene with 1998’s well-received debut album Northern Star on Tummy Touch, they’ve churned out quality house music year-after-year spanning across seven albums.
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