MOGA Festival set to debut in Portugal this October

The much anticipated new edition of MOGA Festival will feature world-class DJs Behrouz, Birds Of Mind, Cc:Disco!, Daox, DJ Tennis, Gusta-vo, Gescu B2B Maher Daniel, Matthew Dekay, Mr. Id and more from the 6th to the 10th of October 2021. This year it takes place in Costa da Caparica, Portugal rather than the usual location of Essaouira, but still allows all dreamers and dancers to be reunited under another Atlantic skyline with endless wellness and music to make for an immersive experience. 

Since its creation in Essaouira in 2016, the spirit of MOGA Festival has been deeply inked by nomadism, curiosity, and discoveries. As a matter of fact, Essaouira was once named Mogador by the Portuguese and as a reminder of this ancient history, Morocco and Portugal decided that the cities of Essaouira and Caparica in Almada would become sister-lands. It was obvious that this year that connection had to be explored. 

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Cult Excape festival will provide a different kind of Halloween setting

Travel, music and culture will all collide in a tropical paradise at Cult Excape Maldives from October 29th to November 21st 2021. For a few unforgettable days, this boutique festival invites you to escape from everyday life and sink deep into two luxury resorts in the Indian Ocean. Featuring non-stop entertainment and international DJs, world-class restaurants, bars, cafes, rich marina culture and much more, Cult Excape Maldives will be the holiday of a lifetime. This is the very first festival of its kind in the region!

This Halloween, Cult Excape Maldives invites you to build your own virtue and experience a truly dream-like reality in a utopian location. It will be packed with all sorts of grown-up escapades and stunning vistas for an all-in-one price that includes food, drink and local transfers so the only other expense is your flight. 

This is the third event from CULT EXCAPE following a pre-pandemic, invite-only and sold-out desert event in Dubai which happened at the height of the pandemic when no one in the world was dancing. Then came Cult Excape Maldives Chapter one right after the pandemic lockdown with just 150 lucky guests attending from all over the world in the midst of the restrictions. This new concept aims to bring a level of togetherness to the region and showcase the power of the talent available in the country on a global scale.

Cult Excape Maldives is a once in a lifestyle experience unlike any other. Places are strictly limited so act fast to secure your ticket to paradise.

Reinier Zonnerveld unveils ‘CSE’ EP to mark Filth On Acid’s 100th release

This is FOA100! To celebrate, Reinier Zonnerveld serves up a solo menu consisting of his signature techno dishes with 3 key ingredients to serve: CSE. These can be streamed below via the link – this is a key moment in the label’s history and is surely just the beginning of this world renowned techno imprint!


Reinier Zonnerveld

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Loom Festival launches in Berlin with Nastia, Alex Stein and more

Loom Festival is a brand new open-air celebration of techno with a big sound but an intimate feel. It takes place at the historic Museumspark Rüdersdorf on September 25th with 12 hours of non-stop world-class sounds from Nastia, Thomas Schumacher, Julian Jeweil, Alex Stein, Victor Ruiz, Wehbba LIVE, Anna Reusch and Transcode. 

Loom Festival has been inspired by the European festivals where star-studded techno line-ups meet in the most unusual locations surrounded by nature. They are famous for their mind-blowing production and unforgettable musical experiences and Loom is set to make the same sort of indelible impact this Autumn. 

It goes down at the historic Museumspark Rüdersdorf, a vast park with a rich industrial history and a dream location for open-air events. Surrounded by lakes, canals and greenery, this idyllic location just outside the city will be transformed and mix raw and industrial vibes while being in the midst of nature. The party is located next to a Shaft Furnace built in 1871 so has a unique backdrop. 

Lineup: Nastia, Thomas Schumacher, Julian Jeweil, Alex Stein, Victor Ruiz, Wehbba LIVE, Anna Reusch & Transcode.


Spotlight 004: Manuel Bayer

Manuel Bayer, an artist from Freiburg, Germany is an artist who’s been steadily building a foundation and reputation for himself in the dance music industry. From launching his own radio show Wohnzimmer FFM in 2014, through to making the move to Berlin in 2018 (and releasing his first single!), he’s taken strong strides – he now heads up Daisy Dans Records and presents the latest single ‘Rocket’, this week.

We discussed his history, the new music and what someone should be thinking about before submitting a demo to Daisy Dans Records.

‘Rocket’ by Manuel Bayer is available via Daisy Dans Records Beatport

How are you – what’s good and how has 2021 been for you?

Thank you, I am doing well. 2021 was not an easy year for me so far, because I couldn’t perform in front of a real audience. But I used the free time to produce music in my studio. Two great releases came out of it. In March I released my track “Hibiscus”, now the track “Rocket” follows. The tracks show my musical facets, but the typical “DaisyTech Sound” runs through like a red thread. I hope, even though it might not be easy at this time, to play my own sound as well as my DJ sets in front of real audiences worldwide this year.

What has been the major challenges over the last year – what did you do to get through this?

The biggest challenge for me was that I could no longer devote myself fully to music. I had signed my international booking contract in January 2020 with the agency Omega Artists, which has its headquarters in the Netherlands, and unfortunately Corona came immediately. Due to the fact that I had no bookings, my financial cushion was quickly depleted and I had to look for a part-time job. I think that’s how a lot of aspiring artists felt. In June 2020 I decided to move from Berlin to my hometown Freiburg. I built my own external studio here and of course continue to work on my music. Due to the fact that I couldn’t perform in front of a real audience, I put my focus on live streaming via social media for now. With the weekly online event “From Home with Love” I was able to reach thousands of people. Furthermore, I played at the festival “Virtual DJ Stages” by “Killed With Kidness” (California). Even though the last year was not always easy, I never thought of giving up. I am a fighter and I know that I inspire people with my music.

What stage is Germany at with parties – do you have anything scheduled, are you attending any?

So far, the big clubs in Germany are unfortunately still largely closed. Open air festivals take place sporadically, but mostly the artists are booked for this, who should already form the line-up last year. So I have not planned any gigs yet. I will continue to spend the time first in the studio and work on my sound. As soon as it starts again properly, I would like to be with my own, fresh sound at the start.

What is your opinion on raves taking place defying restrictions?

I understand that people want to experience something again and want to party, but I don’t really think much of illegal raves. Due to the accumulation of mostly young people who are not yet vaccinated, the virus can spread faster again. Sure, young people usually don’t have such a bad course, but should the numbers rise again, it could be that the gigs for 2022 are also at risk. I would rather wait this year and then start next year at full throttle.

Tell us about your sound, the melodies, the progressive style, where did you begin with this?

Since you can’t classify my sound with Techno or Tech House, I developed my own style of music. DaisyTech is a new kind of electronic music. It is a mixture of Techno and Tech House. It captivates with its very own line of melodies and tones. The special thing about DaisyTech, besides the new sound color, is that you can feel the love with which the music was produced – but with a driving bass line as well as rhythm. My style of music was inspired by CocoonClub, where I worked for several years planning and executing events. We are breaking boundaries and want to establish our new music style DaisyTech on the market.

What inspired your new ‘Rocket’ release on Daisy Dans?

The story behind the track is the awakening of the world. After a long, hard time, people can now breathe a sigh of relief and start again with new strength. People want to go out again, experience something and have fun. I want to pick up the dance people with my track and take them on a journey through the galaxy. All the problems of the past are forgotten in weightlessness and hardly visible from space. With the rocket it goes into a new, better time, in which we can celebrate life exuberantly again.

Tell us more about your record label – what is the musical mission and ethos?

Daisy Dans was founded in Berlin in 2018 and embodies technology, experience and ambition with only one goal: to share the enthusiasm for electronic music with the world. I live for beats and bass and have made it my mission to make people happy with my music. Thereby our target group is broad. “DaisyTech” is for people who love music and go through life in a positive way. They are modern and have fun discovering new things.The name of the label is made up of the English word “Daisy” and the Danish word “Dans” dance together. Just like the popular flowers, the spirit of Daisy Dans blooms all year round. With my passion for electronic music and my power of persuasion, I want to create
something great. And there are already plans for the future. I want to sign more young, talented artists to give them the chance to release their tracks through my label. Furthermore, a merchandise line is planned for the near future.

For someone looking to share demos with Daisy Dans, what would you recommend to them?

It is important to me first and foremost that the person has fun with the music and you can feel this in his music. My label stands for positive, happy vibes and so should be his music. The tracks should have a driving bassline and an incoming melody. It’s also important that the tracks are neither too fast nor too slow (125-127 BPM) would be perfect. Overall, it just has to fit – me and my sounds. The tracks should stand out from the crowd and have a new, exciting sound. It just has to make you want more.

For Manuel Bayer specifically, what other projects are in the works, anything you can share with us?

There are some projects planned in the next time. I will be in the studio a lot and produce new music. Right now I’m also talking to a singer from Ireland. We want to do a track together – I produce the instrumental and she does the vocals. I’m really excited about the collaboration. I think it will definitely be a great track. Overall, I’ll be releasing a few tracks and I’m planning an EP for 2022. I’m also currently talking more with my booking agency again. I hope that I can perform in front of a real audience again soon.

Manuel Bayer

Sam Paganini shares ‘Bianca / One’ from upcoming album

Italian techno powerhouse Sam Paganini is teasing the release of his new album later in the year with two very different standout singles from it, ‘Bianca’ and ‘One’. They land on Jam on July 30th and give a fine taster of what to expect from the full length. 

For nearly 25 years, Paganini has been leading the underground scene from the front and headlining every major club and festival in the world, from Berghain in Berlin to Output and Cielo in New York and Fabric in London. In that time, the Italian has also released on influential labels like Drumcode, Plus 8 and Cocoon Recordings and is never far from the top 10 of the Beatport techno charts. As well as club-ready EPs, he has always showcased his fine studio craft on immersive full-lengths like 2014’s Satellite, 2017’s Zenith and 2020’s Reflections

Those albums evolved his famously percussive and harmonic sounds and explored downtempo and breakbeat as well as techno. ‘Rave’ from the Satellite album became an instant classic that has been viewed more than 43 million times on YouTube and stayed for more than 18 months in the overall Beatport Chart after being number 1 for over two months. Next to making techno, he has toured Italy as a drummer with a rock band and had a UK Club Chart #1 ‘Zoe’ under his Paganini Traxx alias in 1996.

The sublime ‘Bianca’ is an emotive track that is dedicated to Sam’s daughter, who was a newborn baby when it was written and is now seven months old. It has celestial chords reaching up to the heavens and is driven by silky breakbeats with a heart-aching vocal that really brings light and hope. This majestically light and airy track is sure to bring real spine-tingling emotions to any dance floor. 

‘One’ is all about taking you to the heart of an intense party. The pulsing synths and sci-fi chords bring cosmic energy to a rubbery baseline and prodding drums that never get up. It cannot fail to get you locked into the moment and lost in the music. 

These are two very different but equally vital new singles from a real techno mainstay. 


Sonus returns to trio of Croatian beach clubs announcing 40 headliners

At Sonus, the music runs from dusk till dawn for five days and nights. After two Covid-enforced years off, one of Europe’s most iconic summer festivals finally returns in August (21st – 25th) 2022 with its most promising lineup yet.

World-class international guests like a special, mouthwatering back-to-back set between the dream team duo of Ricardo Villalobos and Zip and more will take place. There will be first-ever Sonus sets from Bulgarian KiNK who plays live, as well as DJ sets from global hitmaker FISHER, UK tastemaker Michael Bibi plus Giorgia Anguili and 999999999. There will be also be new stars like Kobosil, Reinier Zonneveld, IMOGEN and Paula Temple all presenting their forward-thinking techno.

Ever reliable global headliners such as Amelie Lens, Sven Väth and Dixon bring their years of knowledge and skill, and there are more than 30 other names including Loco Dice, Maceo Plex, Patrick Topping, Chris Liebing, ANNA, Rødhåd, Ben Klock, Jamie Jones, Sonja Moonear, Richie Hawtin and Seth Troxler also set to headline. 

Sonus, presented by Time Warp and We Love Sound, is world renowned for being one of the most carefully considered Summer underground festivals. This highly anticipated eighth edition will go down across the lively Zrce Beach in Novalja, Croatia – more specifically at three coastal clubs Aquarius, Kalypso and Papaya; providing the locations for endless dancing, with world-class sound systems and open-air dance floors.

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Télépopmusik celebrates 20th anniversary of ‘Breathe’ with remix package

Telepopmusik is celebrating the 20 years anniversary of their most iconic song “Breathe” and will release new remixes by Krystal Klear, Moscoman, Digitalism, Kid Francescoli, Mounika, Juicy Cola & Speaking Minds on July 9th 2021. 

Their elegant sound is now firmly ingrained in the public’s subconscious through hit singles, sold-out tours and clever soundtracking on many high-profile advertising campaigns. Yet we should never forget that, above all, they are a band who have only ever simply strived for creative perfection. Their trajectory thus far has been exemplary – a pure case of letting the music do the talking.

‘Breathe’ feat Angela McCluskey, their hit single, stayed in the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 weeks.

Telepopmusik played over 100 gigs from Moscow, Istanbul to the Glastonbury Festival. The band is also performing all over the world with exciting Dj sets mixing deep & acid.‘Genetic World’ received critical and public acclaim following nominations at the US Grammy Awards.

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Octan unveils new terrace ahead of plans to reopen this Summer

Octan Ibiza has spent the many months of Covid-closure working hard to refurbish its famous open-air Terrace, as well as planning a big return to dancing once restrictions are lifted later this summer. 

There is already a big programme in place for as soon as the club opens. As usual, you can expect that the world’s best house and techno DJs will play, with line-ups coming as soon as restrictions are lifted and the Ibiza government makes a full announcement of their plans.  

In 2019, the brand new Octan quickly established itself as a White Island favourite for those looking for a more underground experience. It boasted a first-ever weekly Apollonia residency with Planet Claire as well as parties like Steve Lawler’s Warriors. With a bold exterior featuring expressive artwork that immediately stands apart, the club has three spaces – The Lab, The Basement and The Terrace. 

The Terrace has been refurbished and repainted in the last year. It now boasts a central 25m square bar that makes it much easier to order drinks. It also brings everyone together in the middle of the terrace for an extra cosy vibe and lively atmosphere beneath a clear-blue Ibiza sky. The walls are adorned with colourful designs from acclaimed Leeds artist Nicholas Dixon, and also contain the hustle and bustle of the crowd who will be chilling and drinking outside. There is now also a large seating area with some suspended shade from the beating sun, just in case you need to take a break from the main action. 

Meanwhile, the club’s Basement is the perfect underground space for those who like it dark and raw. It has low ceilings and a world-class sound system with sleek and stripped back styling. The Lab is the third and final space with its own low key and immersive lighting making it an atmospheric space of pure hedonism. Winter will see the Basement and Lab spaces get further updates ready for a big comeback and full capacity parties from May – October 2022. 

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Sailor & I shares his full Diving For Lost Treasure LP

Sailor & I shares a new album titled Diving For Lost Treasure on Get Physical’s exciting sister label METAPHYSICAL. The richly layered 10-track album of grown up indie-dance gems is “for lovers, of all ages, who are keen to explore all sides of life and who even dare enough to Dive For Lost Treasure within themselves.”

The brilliantly crafted and put together album finds the artist really going beyond his own limitations of being both songwriter, producer and artist. A friend Tobias Kampe-Flygare helped Sailor & I finish the productions in his studio in East London so it embodies the energy of three cities it was written in – the sleepless, hungry heart of Berlin, the busy London and the endless light of Scandinavian midsummer that is so special in Stockholm. It was made using old analogue gear with no samples and all instruments were recorded one by one, the traditional way. 

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