10 events not to miss at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event

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10 events not to miss at this year’s Amsterdam Dance EventAde Credit Ma Kneefel

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) kicks off next week, and most by now know the event’s robust scheduling means being inundated with party/lineup decisions and challenges. With countless events featuring even bigger talent, planning the “ideal” weekend in Amsterdam can be tricky. To help guide the way, we’ve curated a few of our favorites to help steer attendees in the right direction. Of course, there’s many more to choose from, but here are our 10 events not to miss.


The Classic Music Company

Honey Dijon / Horse Meat Disco / Luke Solomon / Eli Escobar / Sophie Lloyd / Titia

23:59 – 06:00 / Sugar Factory

It’s the first night at ADE, and there are so many parties it’s hard know where to start. Look no further than Sugar Factory — a mainstay in Amsterdam club culture for the better part of the last decade. Featuring Dot Audio sound, and two rooms (a main, and a more intimate space), Sugar Factory is the first ingredient in the recipe for a great night out. Throw in the lineup for the legendary Luke Solomon’s last night of a recent residency and attendees’ ADE appetizer is complete. Headlining is Honey Dijon, known for an incredibly progressive blend of club-sound brilliance, and Horse Meat Disco, a talented duo riding disco’s wave of resurgence. What better way to kick off a long weekend in Amsterdam?


CUM MY LORD

Boys Noize / Christeene / Curses / Ghost Van Bellen / Joost van Bellen / Paul Neverready

22:00 – 07:00 / SEXYLAND

ADE is warming up and it’s time to get a little freaky for night two. Look no further than Sexyland — a new temporary club concept. The concept is simple: New Owner, Every Day. Every experience at Sexyland will be different. Headlining the night is Boys Noize, German industrial techno wunderkin. Fresh off a variety of new releases throughout the past year including a collaboration with Virgil Abloh, the music is guaranteed to be as banging as the space, art-installations, and crowd. 


Anjunadeep Amsterdam

16 Bit Lolitas / Ben Böhmer [live] / Dom Donnelly / James Grant / Penelope / Yotto

23:00 – 05:00 / Tolhuistuin

Perhaps there’s an affinity for the airier sounds of the house spectrum? Head over to Tolhuistuin, the three-room Amsterdam nightclub right off the water with views, and green spaces to boot. There lies a massive Anjunadeep showcase featuring some of the top deep and progressive house acts. Key acts include Yotto, whose original productions find their way into everyone’s favorite DJ’s sets, and 16 Bit Lolitas. These Amsterdam locals are bound to make for a a huge hometown show.


Thuishaven Friday w/ Life and Death

Axel Boman / DJ Tennis / Gommage / Gerd Janson / Henrik Schwarz / Job Jobse / Leon Vynehall / Red Axes and many more

15:00 – 06:00 / Thuishaven

The weekend is finally here! Head over to Thuishaven for an unforgettable evening in and incredibly unique space. With multiple stages nestled between bars in a hugely industrial scene (think scrapyards and abandoned oil tankers), Life and Death’s ADE showcase awaits. The Italian label brought out all the stops, with huge names littered throughout this lineup. Between Henrik Schwartz, Axel Boman, and DJ Tennis, there’s a sound for all styles and a DJ pushing that sound to its furthest limits.


Audio Obscura x Stephan Bodzin at Scheepvaartmuseum

Luna Semara / Nicolas Masseyeff / Patrice Baumel / Stephan Bodzin

20:00 – 03:00 / Scheepvaartmuseum

This one’s definitely something special. First, the promoter, Audio Obscura, which is known for its legendary events in obscure and unexpected settings. Next, the fascinating architecture of the famous National Maritime Museum in central Amsterdam. Finally, four hours of the incredible talents of Stephan Bodzin, the live-techno genius. Combine those three elements for one of ADE’s most unique events this year. For those looking for somewhere to physically stay put while going on a musical journey — look no further.


Awakenings x Maceo Plex Presents Mosaic

Architectural / Job Jobse / Floating Points / Ben UFO / Maceo Plex / Helena Hauff

22:00 – 08:00 / Gashouder

It would be impossible to have an ADE list without mentioning an event at Gashouder. This techno Mecca features a massive dancefloor, booming sounds, incredible production, and even indoor screaming fireworks. With so many events at this pinnacle space, it can be hard to choose just one, but Maceo Plex’s Mosaic party is guaranteed to be one to remember. Backstopped by the brilliant minds behind Awakenings, Mosaic’s lineup is hugely diverse. While mainstays like Maceo Plex and Floating points are obvious must-sees, don’t sleep on Helena Hauff, one of the princesses of acid and electro. That German sound is bound to get attendees jumping.


Berlin: Watergate x Club Feierei

Adana Twins / Jan Blomqvist / Anja Schneider & La Fleur / Seth Schwarz / Jan Oberlaender / Kiasmos and many more

22:00 – 07:00 / WesterUnie

Speaking of Germany, famous Berlin club, Watergate, is hosting what looks to be an unmissable night. The lineup is full of regular German club residents and additional stars from across Europe. Ears will perk at the idea of an Anja Schneider B2B La Fleur set, which is bound to be entirely epic. Two female label bosses and boundary-pushers together on the same stage. German and Swedish sounds will collide. What more could you ask for?


DGTL x Paradise

Jamie Jones / Dubfire [live] / Derrick May / Maya Jane Coles / Richy Ahmed / Darius Syrossian / Luuk van Dijk and more

22:00 – 07:00 / Scheepsbouwloods

Scheepsbouwloods is described by Resident Advisor as the “ultimate rave location on the NDSM-wharf.” What better way to hit the “ultimate rave location” than with the ultimate rave? DGTL, Amsterdam-based cutting edge dance music event producers, bring Jamie Jones‘ Paradise party to this epic location. And of course, following Jones comes an insane lineup of techno, tech house, and house heavyweights. It doesn’t only feature label boss and tech-house party-vibes legend Jones. It doesn’t only feature Derrick May, one of the Detroit-based pioneers of techno and members of legendary trio, Belleville Three. It doesn’t only feature a rare live Dubfire set, featuring all original production. This lineup features all three of them plus Maya Jane Coles, Richy Ahmed, and countless others. 


Afterlife

Tale Of Us / Solomun / Dixon / Recondite / Mind Against / Adriatique / Mathew Jonson / Kobosil / Shifted / and more

14:00 – 14:00 / Warehouse Elementenstraat

For those looking to avoid party-hopping and seeking a true, nearly endless, immersive experience, look no further than the Afterlife party on Saturday night. Curated by masters Tale of Us, the lineup a deep mix of incredibly diverse minimal and masterful artists. Not only are Tale of Us, Ardiatique, and Mind Against hitting the decks, but there’s a huge variety of live sets in the mix. Mathew Jonson, Recondite, and Agents of Time are all coming out to round out the incredible mix of DJs with their live sets. Additionally, a special Solomun B2B Dixon set is bound to feature a full dance floor surging to dimension bending sounds.


elrow goes to ADE

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23:00 – 06:00 / De Kromhouthal

An elrow party is not to be missed. The legendary Barcelona day club that has taken their event international. Known for its incredible tech-house and dance party sounds, elrow is has made a name for itself with the sheer spectacle of it all. No lineup announced yet? No problem. Attendees can expect everything from confetti blasts to themed dancers in the crowd on stilts to hundreds of inflatable pool toys to throw at friends — and, of course, the dancing chicken. Aside from the spectacle of it, the music at elrow is guaranteed to meet high standards. The theme for this party is Chinese “ROW” year, and time will tell exactly what that entails.

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Good Morning Mix: The Knocks hop on Sirius XM’s The Cookout for a disco mix [Exclusive]

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It was The Knocks‘ turn for a feature on Sirius XM’s The Cookoutdishing out a groovy hour of classic house and disco vibes. Aired weekly on Diplo’s Revolution, the mix series is set to showcase some quality talent for the remainder of 2018, including fan favorites Malaa, Gorgon City, Boys Noize, and more.

Kicking off with Aroop Roy’s recently released disco track “What I Love,” the track list also includes some of the duo’s original content, with a “2K18 dance edit” of the their hit single “Classic,” and a Purple Disco Machine remix of “Ride Or Die” (also a vocal edit). With a some 2018 gems and an Aretha Franklin mashup to close out, this mix is packed with feel-good jams that’ll brighten anyone’s morning commute.

The NY-based producers will embark on their 2019 tour with a NYE performance at Mezzanine San Francisco. Head here for tickets and a complete list of tour dates.

Boys Noize and Mr. Oizo plot Handbraekes comeback on Ed Banger Records

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For those that feel increasingly cornered by their playlist rotations or the increasing volume of cookie-cutter dance material — fear not, Boys Noize and Mr. Oizo will soon have the remedy once again. It appears Berlin’s techno don and the venerated French experimentalist  are plotting a revival of their Handbraekes side-project, and, with the exception of a rare remix in 2016 for Boys Noize’s “Midnight,” will officially end a near five year hiatus.

 

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The pair previously linked up for two self-titled EPs, debuting in 2012 and following up in 2014, each time via Alex Ridha’s Boysnoize Records. Now, the duo’s impending return will come by way of Oizo’s home imprint, Ed Banger Records. The label confirmed the comeback in a recent social media post, accompanied by a tantalizing caption that promises new Handbraekes “coming soon.” With no definite timeline for Mr. Oizo and Boys Noize’s official return, now seems as good a time as any to revisit Handbraekes’ debut EP until they resurface again soon.

Gary Richards’s Friendship music cruise is hosting a four-person cabin giveaway [Enter Here]

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HARD Events (HARD Summer, Holy Ship!) founder, Gary Richards is extending an invite to his sea-bound get together, the Frienship Music Cruise, consisting of merely a few thousand of his closest friends. One lucky winner will secure a four-person cabin aboard the awe-inspiring, amenity-filled Celebrity Equinox cruise ship.

Organized by Richards’s new AMFAMFAMF event brand, the cruise will sail from Miami to the Bahamas December 11-15. Lining the walls of the party-prepared vessel will be alluring acts from all ends of the electronic continuum, from Rüfüs Du Sol to Boys Noize to Anna Lunoe, to Destructo (Richards) himself. The giveaway is running through October 1. So for those seeking to indulge their penchant for warm-weather inside broad sonic landscapes and stave off stark winter woes aboard one of the most luxurious cruise ships on the planet, the Friendship Cruise has the answer.

Enter to win here. For more info on the festival itself, head here.

Boys Noize blasts back with cover of Adamski’s acid house classic, ‘Killer’ [Watch]

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Boys Noize is back with more industrial mischief, this time on a cover of Adamski’s late 80’s acid classic “Killer,” arriving on his own Boysnoize Records. For the rework, the producer taps Miami-based singer Steven A. Clark for vocal duties, which were famously handled by Seal on the original. The result is a nostalgic stomper of a track, with Clark’s vocals dripping attitude and swagger the whole the way through. The song’s rebooted debut comes in the form of a psychedelic music video that beckons straight back to smokey New York club nights of decades past.

Boys Noize is on record saying the cover is a love letter of sorts to that era, and that specific track in general. This version has the Mayday artist’s fingerprints all over it, but the feel is still geared towards tributing the original cut all the way.  Boys Noize explained the backstory for the cover’s personal significance, and the origins of its creation via social media,

“Being a 90’s kid, I kind of grew up with this song which later became one of these tunes I’d play out at the end of the night. When I met Steven and heard his voice for the first time I immediately thought of that track and the idea of doing a cover version was born. It was initially just for fun, but it turned banging and lit the dancefloors wherever I’d drop it – so here I am sharing my industrial ‘KILLER.’”

Digitalism deliver on their three-track ‘PR15M’ EP

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When one looks back upon the development and evolution of electronica over the past 10 years, it’s hard to overlook the nuanced stylings of Digitalism. They are a pressurized anomaly — a sonic and living representation of how versatile and eclectic this form of musical creation can be.

The German duo has consistently put out expertly layered tracks for more than a decade, each building upon and exploring further than the last. They’ve woven rock into house, visited dark techno, dance-punk, and they’ve surfed expertly on synthwave. Digitalism remixed The White Stripes, Cut Copy, Daft Punk, and Tiga, and their work has not been overlooked by their fellow sonic pioneers. Over the years, DJs such as Boys Noize, Soulwax and Justice have played their remixes and tracks at live shows. Now, with the release of the PR15M EP, Digitalism continues to show us their expedition into sound carries onward.

The three-track electro house EP carries on for 15 minutes, giving the listener a place to be, devoid of time and filled with sound. Opening up with “Space Race,” Digitalism welcomes themselves back into listeners’ senses. It’s a head bobber, consistent in its rhythm, constant in growth, and welcoming with well-spaced pauses and subtle harmonic vocal breaks. The standout track of the EP, “Glow,” has a beautiful confidence in its sound. Backed by the lyrics woven throughout the track — “It’s been so long/ ever since it’s over/ don’t stop dancing/ move on” — the duo creates a strong electronic presence for the listener to lean back on. This is truly a beat one can close their eyes to feel support and balance. The closer of PR15M “Voll Beat” is raw fun. Through a slow and intriguing build, the track creates a deep interest. Taking their time, Digitalism continuously layers different synths, patterns, and beats — they show their ability and confidence that can only accumulate over the course of nearly 15 years.

A HARD Day of the Dead poster has surfaced… but it may be too good to be true

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UPDATE: HARD has confirmed this lineup is not the official lineup

 

Los Angeles electronic events giant HARD recently made headlines with the return of their once defunct Day of the Dead property, bringing the festival back to its original home at LA Historic Park this November. The news set the rumor mill ablaze, speculating which HARD alumni might make their return for the festival’s re-inauguration, and now a lineup poster has surfaced. At first glance, it looks like one of the most stacked dance billings of the year, though upon closer examination, some minor fractures in the unconfirmed lineup may reveal this one is too good to be true. No harm in putting our eggs in this basket for the time being and hoping it actually materializes though.

The rumored lineup features a rare 2018 performance from Skrillex — fans might remember the last time Sonny Moore rested the Skrillex project to link up with Boys Noize for Dog Blood in 2013, Moore’s comeback performance was at none other than Day of the Dead. Boys Noize is featured on the lineup as well, and anytime Skrillex and Boys Noize are in the same hemisphere, there arises a glimmer of hope for Dog Blood fans. Gesaffelstein is tapped as a DJ headliner and a Bixel Boys reunion in the undercard are some red flags. Again, this could either be the greatest lineup of the season or a certified fake. Deadmau5, Kaytranada, Bloody Beetroots live, and Baauer all make appearances on the rumored roster as well, with a grip of additional dance music power players. For Day of the Dead’s highly anticipated return to LA, we’re betting HARD pulled out all the stops — fingers crossed this one is confirmed official.

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Boys Noize announces fall 2018 North American tour

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Damn it’s a good time to be a Boys Noize fan.

Recently, the Berlin-based producer collaborated with creative auteur Virgil Abloh, for Abloh’s first ever music release. The resulting Orvnge EP was a poised take on the suspenseful, minimal techno that’s long set Boys Noize apart. On top of his collaboration with the creative comrade, Boys Noize has also worked with A$AP Rocky on the rapper’s recent Testing album. It’s since been rumored he’s also in the studio with Lady Gaga and worked with 03 Greedo. Plus with Skrillex‘s relatively quiet year, many are betting on possible new Dog Blood in 2019 as well. Now, the BNR helmer has announced that he’ll officially be bringing his Strictly Raw techno to 13 cities in the US.

From Los Angeles, New York, and onward, the North American jaunt promises to bring Alex Ridha’s revered and Strictly Raw take on pummeling techno to a number of major markets as 2018 draws to a close. See Boys Noize full itinerary below.

Boys Noize Fall 2018 Tour Dates:

Saturday 10/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco
Wednesday 10/31 – San Francisco, CA @ Halcyon
Friday 11/2 – San Diego, CA @ Bang Bang
Saturday 11/3 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
Tuesday 11/9 – Boston, MA @ Royale
Wednesday 11/10 – New York, NY @ Kings Hall at Avant Gardner
Friday 11/16 – Atlanta, GA @ District Nightclub
Saturday 11/17 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
Friday 11/23 – Chicago, IL @ Sound Bar
Saturday 11/24 – Detroit, IL @ The Works
Friday 11/30 – Vancouver, BC @ Celebrities Underground
Saturday 12/1 – Denver, CO @ Beta
Tuesday 12/11-15 – Miami, FL @ FriendShip 2018

Virgil Abloh goes from DJ Koze to Drake in new hour-long mix

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While Virgil Abloh has been the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s collection since March of this year, he blesses the people with some fine tunes for the summer. The fashion designer recently unleashed an hour-long DJ mix including everyone from DJ Koze and Pearson Sound to Cardi B and Drake.

The exclusive Solid Steel Radio Show mix was filmed in London. Abloh states, “Deejaying in London is always a great time because I like to create a contemporary dialogue with the audience but also root it in vast history of the many sub-genres that makes London super unique.”His first taste in music includes producing on Boys Noize‘s recent collaborative three-track EP titled Orvnge.

 

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Boys Noize reveals first release as ELAX, ‘Reaktor’ on Solomun’s Diynamic imprint

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Boys Noize is shaking things up a bit, debuting an intriguing new project known as ELAX. Side-stepping his signature brand of warehouse-ready industrial techno, Alex Ridha’s new ELAX moniker bears an immediate resemblance to Boys Noize’s unmistakable production acumen, while leaning in its own, different tech-inspired direction. Furthermore, the project’s first release comes by way of Solomun‘s Diynamic imprint as part of the label’s Four on the Floor collection, as opposed to Ridha’s own venerated Boys Noize Records. On ELAX’s inaugural debut, “Reaktor,” Berlin’s genre-blurring mastermind makes starting from the ground up sound easy — but what else would one expect?

Pulsing synthwork and swinging percussion come together while textured electro rhythms hiss and buzz across the nearly seven-minute stomper. From menacing acid house takes with Dog Blood to lovably bizarre Handbraekes fare, Ridha’s always kept up a healthy repetoire of alternative outlets and ELAX is proving to be an exciting addition to Boys Noize already decorated career.