Axwell thrills with 22-song mini mix for BBC Radio 1

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Axwell thrills with 22-song mini mix for BBC Radio 1Artist Image Awell2

Axwell took his talents to BBC Radio 1 with Annie Mac on Feb. 8, dropping off a killer mini mix.

The “Back to House” mix features 22 songs over the course of its brief five-minute span, kicking off with the V Classic House Edit of Glad Is The Night’s “Even Better.” From there, the Swedish producer mixes in everything from Rebuke‘s “The Pipe” to Dosem‘s “Unfolding” to Waze & Odessey’s “All Of Us.” Unreleased tunes include D.O.D‘s “According to Me,” which appears to be a forthcoming Axtone release, along with Eddie Thoneik’s “Fuego” and Chocolate Puma and Carta‘s “Zhong.”  He wraps the mix with “Leave The World Behind,” which celebrates its 10th anniversary this spring.

The nearly two dozen songs are blended seamlessly to create a five-minute slice of heaven—one Axwell fans are bound to cherish for months to come.

Axwell debuts ‘Nobody Else,’ confirms forthcoming new music from Swedish House Mafia

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Annie Mac has deemed Axwell‘s latest solo single, “Nobody Else,” her Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1.

The track is distinctly Axwell, focusing on pounding melodies and a nostalgic vocal. In the interview with Mac, Axwell notes that the present simply “felt like the right time” to hop in the studio and release the record. Through the exchange, the pair pinpoint the familiarity of the track as it draws from his classic and uplifting, “I Found U.” After hearing Mac herself play the track a few times over the summer, both live and on the air, Axwell felt re-inspired by its vigor and sought to create a new version of the sound it embodied, along with a vocal sample that reminded him of “the good old times.”

The interview closes with a discussion on Swedish House Mafia‘s return. According to Axwell,

It was time. Swedish House Mafia was this crazy machine that we just fell into, right. I don’t think that we really knew what we were doing, which is also beautiful… We had to spread our wings, do different things, and now after 5-6 years, the thought of being Swedish House Mafia again is like, ‘Yeah, this is exciting. Let’s see what we can come up with.’

He also confirmed new music from the trio is loaded in the pipeline–just without a definitive release date.

Good Morning Mix: Party down with Annie Mac at Creamfields

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Good Morning Mix: Party down with Annie Mac at CreamfieldsAnnie Mac

Annie Mac threw down an hour-and-a-half set at Creamfields in Daresbury, England on August 25. With 90 minutes of uplifting house, it’s the perfect mix to chase those Monday blues away. The Irish DJ of her very own BBC Radio 1 show did her thing, ejecting sound waves of old-time piano, lush horns, and soulful vocals atop house rhythms. She played at the Horizon stage right before Major Lazer.

Other notable sets that are watchable from Creamfields Facebook page are The Chainsmokers, Martin Solveig, Galantis, CamelPhat, Pete Tong, Major Lazer, Oliver Heldens, Fatboy Slim, Solardo, Alan Fitzpatrick, and more.

The 40-piece Kaleidoscope Orchestra played an unmissable set featuring arrangements of some of the biggest dance tracks, including a special homage to the late Avicii.

Disclosure dish on upcoming third studio album with Annie Mac after week long release spree

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Disclosure dish on upcoming third studio album with Annie Mac after week long release spreeDisclosure 3rd Album

Disclosure have been on a seemingly impromptu release spree, dropping a song every day for a full week. “Moonlight,” on Monday, “Where Angels Fear to Tread” on Tuesday, “Love Can Be So Hard” on Wednesday, “Funky Sensation” featuring Gwen McCrae on Thursday, and “Where You Come From” on Friday.

While premiering “Where You Come From” on Annie Mac‘s BBC Radio 1, the duo disclosed their imminent third album and how these tracks fit in.

“We seem to be back right now. It’s definitely been a while. 100 percent an album is being made – that’s for sure. Whether or not these songs make it [on the album] is yet to be seen. We’ve been writing a lot. We reckon we’ve put together about 80 to 100 different ideas over the past year, but we have no idea which of them, if any, will actually be on the album. It’s a serious track listing job to come now. Now we’re going to start moving onto the next step and start working with some vocalists.”

It didn’t take long for the Disclosure boys to climb their way right back into the center of the electronic music news cycle. With the massive volume of material released each week, a unique release strategy (or maybe lack thereof) is becoming an art in itself, and with their surprising week of back-to-back drops, Disclosure seem well on the comeback trail now. The pair’s previous album, Caracal, was released in 2015. After that, the Lawrence brothers decided to take time off in 2017, though it seems their hiatus is over in the tail end of 2018.

H/T: Nest HQ

Kali Uchis delivers her sultry cover of Kayne West’s ‘Paranoid’ on BBC Radio 1

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Kali Uchis delivers her sultry cover of Kayne West’s ‘Paranoid’ on BBC Radio 1Kali Uchis

There is much more than what meets the eye with singer/songwriter beauty Kali Uchis. She is a genre-bending multi-threat that sings, writes her own music, along with producing, directing, and credentials as a spirited saxophone and piano player. She recently stopped into Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, and gave the low on what’s up in the world of one of the brightest new songwriting forces out there. She performed three sultry selects, “Just A Stranger,” “After The Storm,” and a cover of 808s and Heartbreak standout “Paranoid” by Kanye West in exquisite fashion.

When asked about why she choose a Kanye song she explained that, “808s & Heartbreak was inspirational” in her formative years, continuing, “he was trying to do something different with his voice, and the heart in it…is really special.” While many people might be intimidated to cover such an intricate Kanye product, Uchis slays it in her signature sound and characteristically soulful touch. Check out Kali Uchis’ whole BBC Radio 1 performance below and catch the Kayne cover at around 18 minutes in.

Creamfields announces unmissable 2018 lineup

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Creamfields announced their 2018 lineup and it’s looking to be behemoth year for the Cheshire-based extravaganza. Rich in both depth and considerable breadth, the festival will bring together 300 artists across 30 stages from August 23–26.

Techno don Carl Cox will be making his return to the festival for the first time in over a decade, where numerous other artists will be making an appearance, showcasing the festival’s keen ability to tap into the full spectrum of dance music. From artists like Skream, Kölsch, and The Black Madonna, to The Chainsmokers, Tiësto, and Above & Beyond, Creamfields 21 promises to be an unmissable installment for all dance aficionados.


More information and tickets are available here.

Virtual Self unveils diverse minimix for Annie Mac

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Porter Robinson‘s elusive new alter ego, Virtual Self,  has been the subject of meticulous speculation since its inception in late 2017. Exponentially more fans will soon become acquainted, as Robinson is set to take his new project to major festivals such as Buku, Ultra, Bonnaroo and EDC this year.

Now, Virtual Self has returned with an enthralling 5 minute minimix on Annie Mac‘s BBC Radio 1 broadcast. Thirteen tracks deep, the mix moves in and out of tracks faster than listeners can blink. Whether its the inclusion of Burial‘s seminal “Temple Sleeper,” Pryda‘s progressive house tune “Stay With Me,” or Virtual Self’s own “Ghost Voices,” the mix effectively hits on a diverse soundscape nearly

TRACKLIST: Pryda – Stay With Me

Virtual Self – Ghost Voices

KLANKEN – Vijf – Dee Wee

Push – Strange World (2000 Remake) – Bonzai

Enjoii – Let U Go – Liquid Ritual

Ayla – Ayla Part. II (Taucher Remix)

Utada Hikaru – Simple & Clean (PlanitB Remix)

Three Drives On A Vinyl – Greece 2000 – Hooj Choons

Hybrid – Finished Symphony – Distinctive Records

Tenth Planet – Ghosts (Vincent de Moor Remix) – Northern Exposure

Ian Van Dahl – Castles in the Sky – NuLife Recordings

Burial – Temple Sleeper – Keysound Recordings

Virtual Self – A.I.ngel (Become God) – Virtual Self

Good Morning Mix: Turn on the lights with Hammer’s Lights On Mix

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BBC Radio 1‘s Monki is the underground tastemaker to trust.

Between a healthy upbringing on Ibiza tunes from her mother, a gifting of hip-hop and garage tapes throughout her childhood from her uncle, and a hefty serving of dub and grime from her London hometown, it’s safe to say she knows her way behind the decks.

Monki serves as a resident on Annie Mac’s touring club night “AMP” and set up her digital label Zoo Music in 2012. In turn, one can be sure Monki’s late night BBC show never disappoints.

Her “Lights On Mix,” airing every Sunday night through Monday morning, is a soundtrack for the moment the club is closing, but no one wants to go home. In essence, Monki presents the afterparty playlist and often welcomes artists to cultivate a culmination of classic and new downtempo numbers that hold their own after a long night on the dancefloor.

Perfectly encapsulating the essence of Monki’s “Lights On Mix” is Belfast and Glasgow-based Hammer. Named one of Monki’s  “Ones To Watch,” Hammer, real name Rory Hamilton, brings this home in his near 30-minute mix. Hammer helps listeners get ready to turn on the bright lights, encapsulating the aura of a 4 am warehouse winding down.



Margot – My Sisters
System 7 & A Guy Called Gerald – Positive Noise (Carl Craig Remix)
Deetron – Endless
Château Flight – Cosmic Race
Tony Allen – Kilode (Carl Craig Remix – Detroit Swindle Re-Edit)
Hammer – Manaka

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Hugo Massien releases ‘Ghost Note’ EP

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Hugo Massien has released his Ghost Note EP. The project features four tracks and spans atmospheric house, UK breaks, and experimental techno.

Massien’s tracks have garnered the support of DJs Annie MacBicep, and Maya Jane Coles, to name a few. After coming into contact with Dusky via last year’s acclaimed “Restart the Sun,” the UK-based producer now officially charters his newest release on Dusky’s label, 17 Steps.

“Ghost Note” is an homage to UK breaks paired with a lethal injection of futuristic acid house synths, and the stylistic fusion evokes an ominous sense of distress in robotic fashion. “Speak to Silence” develops similar robo-frequencies, in a more linear fashion. Echoing synths are juxtaposed with their more direct, computational counterparts; drops of acid hit the stove, each creating its own boisterous ting. “Broke the Cycle” is a moody, grooving dance ballad reminiscent of rave’s yesteryears while the concluding track, “Meisser 77,” signals the finish of the EP with Detroit influenced synths and prodding drums.

To coincide with the EP, Hugo will be joining Dusky on the Nottingham and Brussels dates of their 17 Steps tour in 2018.

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