As the countdown to festival season continues, Tomorrowland has been gradually releasing the names that will grace the stages of one of the world’s most celebrated festivals. Along with the January announcements that brought on artists like Alesso, Alison Wonderland, Prydz, the Belgian festival has announced the addition of nearly 20 more artists to kick off February.
London is adding a new chapter to its dance music history books with the opening of a new late-night venue over New Years Eve weekend.
E1 London is a former factory that’s been transformed into a vast, world-class music space, simply waiting to host the who’s who in established and emerging talent from the global dance realm.
The new club will be opening on NYE weekend and is boasting a stellar 27-hour lineup in honor of the occasion. E1’s presenting an enticing array of melodic and electronic heavyweights such as Âme, Mano Le Tough, Kiasmos, and Denis Horvat. In the early hours of New Years’ Day, E1 will be moving into a more intense sonic style with the Klockworks boss Ben Klock holding it down, plus a number of fervent sets from Rødhåd, Planetary Assault Systems, and more.
E1 London also promises a state of the art audio experience as it has collaborated with Sound Services Ltd on a new bespoke, integrated Funktion-One sound system for the venue.
Diynamic label boss and global tastemaker Solomun is officially taking his +1 tour to North and South America at the end of this year.
Fresh off another mighty season in Ibiza, Solomun’s bringing his party to the US for the first time this December with shows inLos Angeles, New York, and Miami where he’ll be performing with the likes of Hot Since 82, Âme, and Adriatique, respectively.
After his brief excursion in the US, he’ll head down to Tulum for another + 1 party where he’ll be joined by Tale of Us.
November 09, Complejo Forja, Cordoba, Argentina
November 10 Metropolitano, Rosaria, Argentina
November 11 Mandarine Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 14, Hush, Sao Paolo, Brazil
November 17, Warung, Itajai, Brazil
November 18, Milk, Florianoplis, Brazil
November 23, Club Hipico, Santiago de Chile
November 24, Royal Centre, Bogota, Colombia
November 25, TBC, Mexico City
December 02, Paaladium/Solomun +1, Los Angeles, USA
December 08, TBC/Solomun +1, New York City, USA
December 09, Space/Solomun +1, Miami, USA
January 05, Uruguay, Punta del Este (UY) January 06, Mar del Plata (AR) January 13, Solomun+1, Tulum (MX)
London-based duo Tough Love have been rapidly rising through the ranks over the past few years, from winning “Best Single” in the Bass Music Awards in 2015 to being nominated for “Best Breakthrough Act” at the DJ Mag Awards just last year. Their tracks “So Freakin’ Tight” and their housey rework of Ginuwine’s renowned “Pony (Jump on it)” gained major headway in nailing Top 40 radio spots in the UK. They’ve also seen support from dance music tastemakers such as Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 and Danny Howard.
“Closer To Love” may prove to be their biggest hit to date, released off Island Records and teaming up with Grammy Award-nominated recording artist A*M*E, who rose from the ashes of her mother’s burnt down hair salon in Sierra Leone to become one of the most highly-regarded voices in house music. Alex and Stef create a perfect fusion of retro 90’s house and the more recent, upbeat “future house” sound, with feel-good piano riffs and riveting deep synths under A*M*E’s elegant vocals that make for an impeccable club track.
Now, the Essential Mix has released their nominees for the year’s most definitive contributions. 2016 had no dearth of remarkable contributions from prodigious DJs to the series, as is evinced by the five skillful song-weavers who have been nominated for this year’s award: Âme X Dixon, Dusky, Leon Vynehall, Midland, and Recondite.
Learn more about this year’s EOTY candidates and listen to their nominated mixes below:
Âme X Dixon
Âme, the German duo of Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann, are no strangers to working with Dixon. The partnership have contributed regularly to Dixon’s Innervisions label, and have an eagerly-awaited album slated to be released on the imprint in 2017. Dixon sent techno devotees into a frenzy when he decided to team up with the duo for his third Essential Mix as a continuation of the program’s X series – which sees notable artists, such as Eric Prydz and Jeremy Olander, provide b2b sets. Âme X Dixon was undeniably one of 2016’s most hyped Essential Mixes, and given its abilities to live up to expectations, is deserving of its nomination.
British artist Leon Vynehall provided perhaps one of the most uplifting Essential Mixes of the year, and certainly the most uplifting of 2016’s EMOTY nominees. Over the course of the two hour set, Vynehall melds of house, jazz, funk, and mystifying soundscapes. This selection marks Vynehall’s first Essential Mix.
Lorenz Brunner’s abstruse vision of techno astutely justifies his choice to produce and DJ under the Recondite moniker. The German artist has purveyed an array of dark, recondite music for a number of esteemed imprints, including Innervisions and Dystopian. In November, Recondite provided his debut Essential Mix, a dreamily umbral curation which will surely entreat Pete Tong to invite him back to the broadcast.
British DJ/producer Harry Agius continues the trend of virginal EOTY nominees, following his spellbinding Essential Mix as Midland in late February. Midland’s series contribution is as eclectically-curated as it is carefully-compiled. Over the course of his two-hour mix, Midland impressively succeeds in his career goal to “create a homogeneous sound that people from different musical persuasions can appreciate.”
The British duo of Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman, have had a momentous year in 2016. In October, Dusky released their second album, Outer, to great critical reception. In an interview with Dancing Astronaut, Dusky remarked that they came to conceptualize Outer to celebrate and delve into their diverse influences: “…we wanted to express what kind of tastes we were into because we’ve got really eclectic tastes, and wanted to explore different ideas and styles and cover all the bases.” The duo’s November Essential Mix continues this trend, as Dusky astutely “cover all the bases,” drawing from an array of genres to culminate in a mix that is sometimes mellifluous, sometimes harrowing, but always fundamentally danceable.
While Marc Kinchen, popularly known as MK, has a career as a DJ and producer that spans decades. The Detroit native recently finished a summer season that proves his presence in the electronic music industry is only just peaking. The producer played at a slew of revered festivals from Tomorrowland to Creamfields while also gifting fans with an Ibiza residency at famed nightclub Pacha, where he hosted his iconic Area10 party. In the midst of all this time spent pleasing crowds, the house maven launched a new label, also entitled Area10, with the piano-heavy, feel-good track “Piece of Me.”
In early November, MK released “My Love 4 You” featuring A*M*E, the follow-up track to “Piece of Me” and the second single on Area10. The artist’s new track reflects his penchant for producing infectious vocal house tracks. Mirroring the uplifting nature of “Piece of Me,” “My Love 4 You” features an airy chord progression and compelling beat that evokes the glowing nature of summertime.
It comes as no surprise that MK’s music video for “My Love 4 You” quite literally takes one back to the carefree days of summer. The visual follows four girls during their trip to Ibiza. Throughout the documentary style footage, the friends appear to be having the time of their lives, doing everything from tanning on yachts to driving 4-wheelers to swimming in the ocean. After making a stop at the iconic Café Mambo, the friends, but of course, ultimately dance the night away at MK’s zany Area10 party, the very inspiration for the track. For those who have never experienced what it’s like to party in Ibiza with MK, this video is their chance.
Innervisions has become something of an underground powerhouse over its eleven years of existence. Founded by prolific acts Dixon and Âme, the imprint maintains a release schedule of consistently high-caliber music whose overall sound is one at the forefront of dance music.
A new documentary series by Mixmag has targeted the label for deeper inspection, interviewing its co-founders on the label’s formation and ideals, their chemistry as a group in running the label, and how they choose music to sign on. The short film also features behind-the-scenes shots of the Innervisions office and studio, whose extensive collection of gear and records gives viewers a visual understanding as to how they curate such edgy sounds.