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. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamPaganiniOfficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sampaganini
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sam_paganini

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.

Tickets & Info: http://sonus-festival.com/

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.

More info: https://telepopmusik.lnk.to/BreatheAnniversary_

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. 

Vote Octan Ibiza in DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs: https://vote.djmag.com/ 

Website: http://octanibiza.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/octanibiza 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/octanibiza/ 

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. 

Available now: https://www.beatport.com/release/diving-for-lost-treasure/3415773

Spotlight 003: Greenjack

Hey Jack! How’s things?

Hi, I’m good thank you! Right now, I am on my 3-week tour in Ukraine. Parties here almost didn’t stop and it feels nice to play again in front of the crowd, especially after a long break.

Can you give us an insight into your introduction to producing/DJing? Where did it all begin?

It all started 20 years ago when I started playing at high school and college parties. Then I became a resident DJ in several night clubs in Kiev. Around that time I tried to produce music but as there was no proper access to samples library at that point, it was impossible to create something professional.

So, I gave up producing for 5 years and came back when the technologies and Internet became better and my DJ skills improved a lot.

Do you consider yourself a DJ or producer first?

I can tell that DJing brings me more happiness than music production. It is just I am a very self-critical person, so when I am making tracks something always bothers me and often I do not finish the track. But of course, it’s a big joy to play your own tracks.

You’ve got a huge new EP inbound on CODEX called ‘Back to Rave’. It’s a great title for the EP, something we’re all thinking of right now. Was this made with the return to events in mind?

The idea of “Back to Rave” appeared when me and Spartaque made a deal about Codex Showcase with Ukrainian festival “Atlas Weekend”. We told each other something alike “oh finally back to rave”. When I came back to the studio, I recorder a vocal sample and started to build up the track around it

Take us through the two tracks on the release, how did ‘Back To Rave’ and ‘Grumble’ come together in the studio?

The tracks differ from each other and this is because there are different types of raves. “Back to Rave” has a more mainstream vibe, something like Open Airs sound, peak time techno. However, “Grumble” has more groovy and hypnotic sound which suits warehouse events. At least the initial idea was to produce tracks for different raves and audience.

Greenjack ‘Back To Rave’ EP is out 18th June via Beatport

The last year has obviously had a huge impact on every aspect of the music industry, and the individuals within it. Has that had an impact on your creativity? 

I have to admit that a lack of travelling and new experiences had an impact on my inspiration. After all, music is often written under the impression of certain events, so when you are staying home for months it is impossible to find enough creativity. An important factor was the lack of performances – not hearing how your tracks sound in the venues, not seeing how people react to them – all of us, producers and DJs, miss the goosebumps.

You’re the co-owner of a big label and management group IAMT Music Group. How did you come to run a successful business alongside your DJing / producing?

While developing our career as DJs, me and Spartaque gained a lot experience and contacts. It would be illogical not to use it in order to build your own business which won’t depend on gigs. Well, and I am 35 and nobody knows when I will be tired from touring. Over the past year and a half, we have made a huge step in the development of the company and, paradoxically, without covid, it would have been more difficult, since touring takes a lot of time and the motivation to search an income outside of touring has done its job too. Well, the key guarantee of the company’s success is our team. We managed to have great and productive employees around us and set up our work in such a way that we release 40-45 releases a month.

What do you look for when signing music to your labels?

First of all, it’s sound. It’s more important for us how the track sounds than who made it. It is clear that some labels are developing more successfully and as a result, there is a choice between popular and emerging artists. But if a famous artist sends a release that we don’t like, his number of subscribers will not force us to release it. It is also worth saying that we really appreciate it when artists are releasing with us more than once and send us their new demos. It allows to have tighter relationship and to form an effective artist-label chain.

Is there a specific ethos you like to embed within your different imprints?

Depends on labels. For example, in Area Verde, we try to maintain a certain mood and sound that is associated with us. There are more democratic labels on which we are not looking for a specific sound, the main thing is that the music fits into the framework of the genre.

You also co-run the mega streaming platform Radio Intense. How do you balance everything out and make time for everything?!

In the past, we only published content of our own production. But this is a very labor-intensive project. That is why we have now switched to the label model for this streaming project – people send us a video (demo) that they shoot by themselves. If the video has a high quality (and was not recorded on a mobile phone in the bedroom) and we like the music, we are happy to release such a video on our platforms. By the way, you can send yours at this link https://radiointense.com/submitvideo

With such a huge roster of artists across IAMT and their labels, who should we keep an eye out for in future?

In addition to releasing a huge number of artists, we manage some of them. Of course, I would like to draw your attention to Xenia – her profile is now very actively developing and people from all over the world speak very well of her, we are sure that she will become the next A-class star. If we talk about progressive artists – I would pay attention to several guys from Ukraine – Two Are, Indifferent Guy & Odyssay. They all make a very good sound, although they are at the beginning of their profile’s development. But I hope they succeed.

Anything exciting coming up that you can tell us about?

There is nothing more exciting than getting back on th e road. But of course, there are huge plans for all our projects – very special streams on Radio Intense and a tour of Codex Showcases and a very interesting release at the end of summer. But each announcement has its own time, it is better to prepare and implement ideas and not just dream about them 😉

Codex: https://soundcloud.com/codexrecordings

Greenjack: https://soundcloud.com/greenjack-live

Sonus Festival shares 2022 dates

Sonus Festival 2021 has announced its cancellation of its 2021 edition and states that because of all limitations and restrictions we expected to encounter, they do not believe that they could have presented an experience worthy of what Sonus stands for.

The new edition will take place through August 21st – August 25th 2022. With a lot of ticket holders from 2020 keeping their tickets, make sure to sign up for the limited Early Bird Private Pre-Sale starting on 18th.

Full details: https://www.sonus-festival.com/

Mikey Lion enlists Justin Martin and more on his debut ‘For The Love’ album

Love—it’s one of the strongest and most universal connectors in our world. It’s also the driving force behind everything Mikey Lion does, from the music he crafts to the events he runs as the leader of Desert Hearts, to the circles he keeps. To honor this all-encompassing force, the artist today releases the full rendition of For The Love, his debut studio album, and the 100th release on Desert Hearts Records.

STREAM ‘For The Love’: https://deserthearts.ffm.to/forthelove

For The Love is ultimately a culmination of the triumphs and tribulations Mikey Lion has faced through the years since he first set out to bring the mantra of House, Techno, Love to a global scale—and is also a marker of an artist just beginning to step into his own sonically. Its timeless influences and multifaceted, yet polished sound design point to an artist who’s put in the work to master his craft. Through painstaking detail, instrumentation, and arrangement, Mikey manages to tell years worth of stories in just nine compositions.

At the end of the day, the lesson remains: community comes first always, and the decisions we make should be guided by, if not entirely, For The Love

TRACKLIST: 

  1. Mikey Lion – Above The Clouds
  2. Mikey Lion, Justin Martin – Through The Fog
  3. Mikey Lion, Lubelski, Jackson Englund – When I’m With You
  4. Mikey Lion, Rybo – Meditation
  5. Mikey Lion, Sacha Robotti – Do or Die
  6. Mikey Lion – Spot Freak
  7. Mikey Lion – Burn With me
  8. Mikey Lion – For The Love of What?
  9. Mikey Lion, Lubelski – Talking To The Trees
  10. Oumou Sangare – Djoukourou (Auntie Flo Remix) (Mikey Lion Edit)

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Solardo present HIGHER in Croatia alongside Heidi, Danny Howard, Andrea Oliva and more

Solardo are bringing HIGHER, a three-day and night Croatian extravaganza to Culture Club Revelin. Also supplying the sounds are superstar friends including Andrea Oliva, Danny Howard, Heidi, Max Chapman, Nic Fanciulli and wAFF, and that’s only phase one of the line-up. Sign up now for first access to tickets on May 13th at 10am. 

The historic old town of Dubrovnik is an idyllic old-world setting right on Croatia’s south coast by the Adriatic Sea. It has gorgeous stone architecture, ancient clock towers and famous red tiled roofs. There’s a friendly, bustling atmosphere, winding streets filled with restaurants and bars, and plenty of sights made famous in Game of Thrones. By day, the sky is stunning azure blue, but as the sun sets it turns flame red and burnt orange. You will be right there dancing on the terrace of Culture Club Revelin as this stunning transition happens. Once it’s dark, the party heads inside what is one of DJ Mag’s Top 100 clubs in the world. 

Date: 23rd – 25th September
Pre-sale: https://bit.ly/33jA2hY

Solardo
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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/solardosound/

New London club reopens with full schedule including Chelina Manuhutu, Kevin de Vries and more

Orange Yard is all set to become the new home for proper house music in London. Bucking the trend for large super clubs, the compact and stylish venue offers something for those who prefer more snug club experiences. As well as an all-new terrace, it has a cosy 300 capacity club space that will cover all styles from deep to Chicago, organic to soulful. 

Say the club, “We are over the moon to be reopening on May 17th for our series of socially distanced shows, featuring international as well as local London talent.  We have recently renovated our Funktion One system to provide unmatched sound clarity across the full breadth of the dance floor, making Orange Yard the perfect space to experience house music in the West End, with an unparalleled sound and musical experience.”

To perform will be the likes of cutting-edge selector Kevin de Vries who will play for six hours in August whilst Slovenian talent Brina Knauss, who has achieved widespread notoriety and respect for her DJ skills will play on September 17th, Dutch-born, Ibiza-based star Chelina Manuhutu will show why she is one house’s hottest properties with her powerful grooves on September 24th. 

Between now and the end of summer, brands like Lost Paradiso, Frame, Eastern Grooves, La Dense, Way Out, Oscillate, Deep Into Soul, Care3, Disturbia, Concrete Music, Danza and more will also curate their own special events.

Tickets: https://ra.co/clubs/176870

Website: https://www.orangeyardsoho.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OrangeYardSoho/ 
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/orangeyardsoho/

SAT, 22 MAY
Sold Out : Suburb Launch Party
Ben Murphy, One Over, Chris Gialanze

SUN, 23 MAY
One2

FRI, 28 MAY
Modern Funktion presents Endor
Endor

SUN, 30 MAY
Eastern Grooves at Orange Yard
Darrell Privett

FRI, 4 JUN
Soul In Motion: Need For Mirrors ‘Flames’ Party
Need For Mirrors

SAT, 5 JUN
Lost Paradiso
ARCHITECTS OF MINDS, Tee Tee

SAT, 5 JUN
Desti’nei with Daniel Orpi
Teddy Jiyane, Guy Mac, Daniel Orpi, Charlie Harvey

SAT, 12 JUN
Raveready (Back To The Yard)

Kirk Paten, Brian Smith, RAFE, Tilli Murphy

TUE, 22 JUN
Endless: Nakadia, Lino Fuso, Bohemien
Nakadia, Bohemien, Lino Fuso, Fiorella, Fai Faii

THU, 24 JUN

Oscillate presents: The Return

FRI, 25 JUN
Way Out, Break the Line – 1st Anniversary with Syreeta, BRADII and More..
SYREETA, BRADII, RE.KA

SUN, 27 JUN
Frame Presents: Amine Edge & Dance

FRI, 2 JUL
La Danse presents: Viken Arman, B.o.T
Viken Arman, B.o.T

SAT, 3 JUL
Deep Into Soul
Sy Sez, Craig Smith, Wez Whynt, Neil Pierce

SAT, 3 JUL
Danza X Orange Yard

SAT, 10 JUL
Crowded 004: Showcase
RomanT, KAMEROL, Greg Nox

SAT, 10 JUL
OUTRSPACE – We’ve Landed
James Dexter, Ozzie Guven, Jake Jackson

FRI, 16 JUL
FIJI EVENTS OPENING PARTY
Sam Beach, Alf2

SAT, 17 JUL
Cutting Edge Underground Series
Ross Roberts, Ben Read, Tilli Murphy

SAT, 17 JUL
10 Years of Concrete Music

SUN, 18 JUL
Care3: Summer Party

SAT, 24 JUL
Outback London
Will Taylor, MR WISKIN, JayLeeTaylor, Rennie Peters

FRI, 30 JUL
Way Out – Break the Line at Orange Yard

Savio Testa, Charlotte Van de Peer

SAT, 31 JUL
Night Dreamers Presents: Mike Dunn

FRI, 6 AUG
Allnighter // Kevin de Vries [6 Hour set]
Kevin de Vries

SAT, 7 AUG
Disturbia
Lance Morgan

SAT, 7 AUG
Raveready (Groove Down Low)
Late Replies, Brian Smith, RAFE, Kry, Max Dean, Tilli Murphy, Adam Robbo

FRI, 13 AUG
Distorsion Opening Party
Taylor Crane

SAT, 4 SEP
Pomme Frite & Concrete Music Party

FRI, 17 SEP
Night Dreamers Presents: Brina Knauss

SUN, 19 SEP
TLT London Reunion.

FRI, 24 SEP
Night Dreamers Presents: Chelina Manuhutu

SAT, 9 OCT
Labyrinth Sessions: Perel All Night Long