2019 is almost over, but Maceo Plex isn’t even close to done. Alongside Josh Wink, he just released a new EP on Adam Beyer‘s royal techno label, Drumcode, this time with two remixes from Raxon and Shall Ocin, respectively.
Just a few months ago in September, Maceo Plex—real name Eric Estornel— had a remix on Drumcode of CJ Bolland and The Advent’s undisputed rave classic, “Camargue.” Now he is back at the helm, guiding his listener on an interstellar excursion to the planet endowed with the name of the Roman god of war.
A master of sonic imagery, Estornel paints the picture of a mission gone wrong, encountering hostile forces, and failing to reach the final destination. The remixes provide a detour from the impending doom, but only for a brief moment.
Next summer’s festival season is already rearing its head as international events like Junction 2 are filling out their lineups. The South London festival has announced its phase two additions for June 2020 after already revealing that artists like Four Tet, Honey Dijon, Amelie Lens, and Adam Beyer will be playing in phase one.
In the second phase, the festival added heavweights such as Maceo Plex, Dixon, Nina Kraviz and ANNA. Techno fans will have plently to rejoice over, as Junction 2 has started to become a premier festival in London for the genre. Last year saw its expansion to a multi-day festival, with Friday for more underground acts and with Saturday bringing in massive house and techno acts for everyone to enjoy.
The event is taking place on June 5-6 of next year in its unique setting under a motorway in west London’s Boston Manor park. Tickets and information can be found here.
The WHP closing party announcement follows the New Year’s Eve lineup reveal which welcomes Annic Mac, Rudimental, Hannah Wants, and more to its roster. Holding its 2019 iteration at new venue The Depot, the legendary Manchester party has hosted top-tier electronic festivities since Sept. 20 and will come to a grandiose conclusion on Jan. 1, 2020—racking up a cumulative 28 events. WHP has already seen performances from Aphex Twin, Skrillex, Skepta, and numerous more from the spectrum of electronic talent.
Previous WHP 2019 customers will receive the opportunity to grab £10 tickets for the NYD closing party. The exclusive price tier comes as a gesture of goodwill to the nearly 250,000 attendees.
It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.
After months of anticipation, Audien’s debut album, ESCAPISM, is finally here, bringing with it tunes like “Escape” with Nomra. G Jones kicks off the weekend in style with an acid mix of “Drift,” and Diplo adds a groovy backbone to Niall Horan’s “Nice To Meet Ya.” CamelPhat and Jem Cooke whip up “Rabbit Hole,” and drum ‘n’ bass powerhouse DJ Fresh taps Doctrine for “Control.” SNBRN brings the bass with “DMs” featuring Lucati and 1993, and Blasterjaxx links with Junior Funke for “Monster.” Grabbitz delivers another dynamic single on Ultra Music, “Roam With You,” and Nora En Pure continues her tour de force with “Fibonacci.” The Glitch Mob and 1788-L drag listeners to the depths on “Momentary Lapse,” and Tritonal and Henry Dark deliver “Shivohum.” The Chainsmokers release “Push My Luck,” and Dada Life take no prisoners on “Table Flipping Machine.” Friend Within can “Feel It” on his latest, and MUST DIE! unleashes some formidable dubstep on “FUNERAL ZONE.”
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.
Serbia’s EXIT Festival originally began as a student protest against the government, but over the course of its 20-year tenure has morphed into one of the most respected electronic and rock events throughout all of Europe. In addition to heavy lineups of truly diverse talent and of course, taking place inside a Serbian fortress from the 1600s, the festival has built earned a global reputation for its ability to put together b2b sets of visionary talent.
This year, all eyes are on techno guru Carl Cox and house authority Maceo Plex, who will be sharing the decks on the first of the festival’s four days. Plex comes fresh off the success of his recent LP, Mutant Series. Previous b2b sets at EXIT Festival have included Eric Prydz and Adam Beyer, Solomun with Dixon, and Carl Cox alongside Green Velvet.
Ultra Music Festival (UMF) has proven its RESISTANCE brand to be a well-oiled industrial machine that unceasingly manufactures some of the finest house and techno lineups in the modern festival circuit. The revelations of its 2019 lineup continues this process. For its 2019 edition, Ultra Miami will present the RESISTANCE concept in an unprecedented manner, devoting a considerable portion of the Virginia Key festival grounds to what UMF organizers have newly dubbed “RESISTANCE island.”
In the midst of RESISTANCE’s luster gleams a back-to-back Carl Cox set. Ultra maintains the mystery for now, as festival organizers currently conceal of the name of Cox’s back-to-back partner behind the decks, which Ultra will expectedly declare at a later date. Ultra Music Festival will record its inaugural edition at its new home of Virginia Key from March 29-31.
Montréal is no stranger to icy Canadian winters, but that doesn’t stop the local troops from getting down in the snow. Returning for the 13th edition of the winter event series, Igloofest has announced their annual three-weekend takeover at the city’s Old Port, welcoming all as they embark on nine evenings of frosty festivities.
As the outdoor festival officially commences Jan 17 and comes to a close Feb 2, attendees have the ticketing capabilities to frequent one, or all nights of the multi-weekend frenzy. With previous years of success establishing Igloofest as one of the most prominent electronic events in Montréal, the 2019 edition continues to impress with a large-scale list of headliners, including the likes of Diplo, Above & Beyond, and Maceo Plex as notable billings for each respective weekend. Alongside the aforementioned acts, Igloofest boasts nights that bring out a double-dose of headliners such as longstanding techno masterminds Chris Liebing and Mind Against, and heavyweight trap heads RL Grime and Baauer over the course of two nights.
While some may shy away from the idea of an outdoor winter dance party, previous years have seen as many as 120,000 bundled-up attendees flock to the venue over a single season. Winter may not seem the preferred season for festivals, but Igloofest is here to disprove that narrow notion.
GA and VIP passes for Igloofest 2019 are available for purchase here.
From releasing two EPs and remixing the legendary Blade Runner theme, to launching yet another label, Maceo Plex has had a sprawling 2018. Capping off his year with one final remix, the multifarious artist has set forth his take of Italian techno talent, Dino Lenny’s “Guilty Officer.”
Maceo Plex’s rendition is a hard-hitting take than the funky, minimal original. Lifting Dino Lenny’s vocals, Maceo Plex constructs a commanding edit full of swelling synths and old-school techno drums. Released on his own Ellum imprint, the Cuban-American producer adds yet another exciting piece of live weaponry to his already extensive catalog.
Maceo Plex‘s penchant for multi-label musicality has brought about a series of different Maceo Plex-headed imprints over the years, including Lone Romantic, Ellum, and Ellum’s following sub-label, Ellum Black. Now, the producer lifts the veil to introduce yet another imprint, MPLX, an obvious abbreviation of “Maceo Plex.”
MPLX will function as Maceo Plex’s exclusive “vehicle for personal experimentation.” In that vein, MPLX will only feature releases from the “Solitary Daze” producer. MPLX’s first production will be Mutant Romance, a two-track EP slated for a December 7 debut. Northeast Maceo Plex fans can catch the visionary in February, when he brings his Mosaic party series to New York. Those interested can learn more about the upcoming event, here. In the meantime, a new creative outlet for the Solarproducer likely points to an influx of new experimental cuts underway.
John Monkman‘s musical path has been a winding one that’s seen him touching on everything from ethereal Anjunadeep-level progressive, to big house tunes, to raunchier cuts. As he’s traveled the depths of his musicality, his sonic vision soon aligned with the Maceo Plex/Ellum camp — and has officially materialized into an EP on the imprint aptly titled Tune In, Turn On.
Its B-side, “Enhancer,” is a particularly blistering number, designed to cause tension on the dancefloor. Pitched-up arpeggios are strung together by acidic synthesizers, simultaneously catalyzing goosebumps celestial mental imagery. Meanwhile, growling notes on the low-end and driving vocal clips add a hint of shadow to the finished product, making for an intense and well-balanced track that heats up the speakers.
“Enhance” is set for a November 16 release. Pre-order a copy here.