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.

Photo credit: Max Kneefel

Tale of Us premiere new tracks on ‘Grand Theft Auto: After Hours’ live mix

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Tale of Us premiere new tracks on ‘Grand Theft Auto: After Hours’ live mixTale Of Us

Grand Theft Auto recently launched an exciting nightlife-themed expansion to the fifth title in the series. Featuring the Black Madonna, Solomun, Dixon, and Tale of Us, the game has recruited some of techno’s top talent for in-game play and new storylines. To celebrate the release of the expansion, Tale of Us have put together a live set mixed by none other than their virtual counterparts.

Broadcasted on Resident Advisor, the Italian duo find their characters spinning some deep techno tunes, debuting songs from their highly anticipated new album. While very little is currently known about the project, getting a taste of the music through the compelling new medium of a virtual reality live-stream is definitely an eccentric way of spreading the news of the upcoming release.

The Black Madonna knocks out cop in brand new ‘Grand Theft Auto’ trailer

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Although it was released nearly five years ago, Grand Theft Auto V keeps finding ways to make their game exciting and relevant via additions to the game’s to online play. In GTA‘s newest expansion, GTA Online: After Hours, Rockstar Games revives an old fan-favorite character, Tony Prince, the exuberant nightclub owner from Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony. In the trailer, the game’s newest digital resident, The Black Madonna, seems to be adopting to GTA life quite well, delivering a sweet sucker punch to a police officer who was probably just trying to shut down a rave. Either way, if The Black Madonna is laying down a hay maker, whoever is on the receiving end probably had it coming.

Bringing the gameplay back into Tony’s nightclubs, the update allows players to operate and develop the city’s hottest dance music locations, as well as a massive criminal enterprise. Grand Theft Auto V, a game already known for it’s stellar soundtrack featuring the likes of Flying Lotus and Tyler the Creator, brings in dance music icons like Solomun, Dixon, and Tale of Us. The GTA Online: After Hours expansion will be available to players online around the world on July 24.

Grand Theft Auto’s Los Santos gets resident house DJs

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Rockstar Games added nightclubs in the Los Angeles-inspired Los Santos on its award winning video game, Grand Theft Auto V. They’ve also announce residencies in the virtual world from some of the biggest underground house and techno stars: Solomun, Dixon, Black Madonna, and Tale of Us. Earlier, we were teased about their potential cameo appearances in GTA when mysterious promo began popping up on each act’s respective social media channels.

In July, gamers will have the opportunity to hear new, exclusive sets from the resident DJs. Nightclubs are perfect covers for certain operations one might conduct in the vice-ridden video game. Learning how to run a nightclub with some of the best DJ sets in the industry sounds like a house head/gamer’s dream.

The video below is the teaser video showing the DJs likenesses in the game, including those signature Solomun dance hands. With the direction of technology in the world today, virtual DJs will be more than just the mixing software.

H/T: Rockstar

Photo Credit: @solomun/Instagram

Premiere: Ovend – Nuits Fauves

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France has a vibrant electronic scene, known for its pioneering artists that have breathed fresh life into techno, electro, and house. That said, hearing of softer, more melodic sounds rising out of the country is rarer, and often over-looked.

Enter Ovend, a promising new talent who’s already been tapped by Tale Of Us for a collaboration as of his third release. His abilities in track production speak for themselves, as do his influences in classic trance and contemporary techno, with each of his tracks thus far leading the listener on an immersive journey.

His latest “Nuits Fauves” lands once more on Afterlife, this time on the latest Realm Of Consciousness compilation. It’s hauntingly captivating, caressing the listener with contrasting elements of stark melodies and warm instrumentation. A trancey breakdown ties the piece together, bearing resemblance to earlier days of the genre while promoting a soaring sentiment before the track reassembles itself for a nuanced second half.


Pre-order a copy of ‘Realm Of Consciousness Pt. III’ here

Solomun, Dixon, The Black Madonna, and Tale Of Us tease a special collaboration

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Four legends have began teasing at a summer collaboration that is sure to cause a stir among the house and tech realm. Solomun, Dixon, The Black Madonna, and Tale Of Us all posted a mysterious promo poster on their respective social media pages, with not much information other than “summer 2018” and “Los Santos.” The background of the flyer is vivid and surreal.

As any video game fan might guess, “Los Santos” indeed appears to indicate the Grand Theft Auto town of the same name. The make-believe city was modeled after Los Angeles. One can easily deduce from here that each of the collaborators will be assisting with the newest GTA iteration’s soundtrack. Past electronic artists playing a cameo in the video game include FlyLo and Soulwax.

Fans of the DJs have also commented in hopes of confirmation that these four will perform, or collaborate together somehow in reality. with many nudging the group to play together in the city that inspired Los Santos.

H/T: Resident Advisor

Time Warp unveils massive lineup for 2018

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German techno gathering Time Warp released their lineup ahead of the festival’s 2018 edition. Since 1994, Time Warp has solidified itself as Germany’s premiere underground gathering, and has since become a globally recognized event. Featuring artists like Speedy JSven Väth, and Richie Hawtin over the years, the festival is known for pushing the envelope with stellar underground programming.

2018 will feature a diverse plethora of artists — both legends and rising players — such as Nina Kraviz, Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth, Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, Dixon, Seth Troxler, Ben Klock, and Tale of Us. 2018 is set to be a massive year for the Mannheim festival.

Photo Credit: Felix Hohagen Photography

Tale of Us release Fabric 97 mix

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Italian techno stalwarts Tale of Us — Armine Conte and Matteo Milleri — officially released their long anticipated mix for London’s seminal Fabric Nightclub. With duo’s roots in Fabric dating back to the most nascent stage of their career, they were an obvious act to chart for the mix series.

“Our techno sound has a certain amount of melody and melancholy” explain the group. “The music we produce and play will always have this. We just like a bit of drama.”

The aforementioned drama has garnered Tale of Us the praise of techno critics and fanatics alike and, at a point of culmination in their storied career as artists, the mix at hand serves as a finale of sorts. The moody, theatric compilation features the expansive soundscapes of Patrice Bäumel, DJ Koze, Fur CoatAdriatique, and Tale of Us themselves, only to name a few.

Tale of Us will be celebrating the launch at a daytime party on Sunday 25th February, with an extended, all-day-long set.

The official mix is available to buy here.

Tracklist:
1.          Tom Flynn – Cup Of Joe [Mix Exclusive]
2.          Recondite – Saudade [Afterlife]
3.          Trikk – Metala [Mix Exclusive]
4.          Agents Of Time – Ness [Mix Exclusive]
5.          Mind Against & Aether – Covenant [Mix Exclusive]
6.          Pisetzky – Bakwas [Mix Exclusive]
7.          Efdemin – There Will Be Singing (DJ Koze Remix) [Dial]
8.          Reference – Ghetto Nebula [200 Records]
9.          Marino Canal – Faint Light [Mix Exclusive]
10.       Fideles – Resonant [Mix Exclusive]
11.       Patrice Bäumel – The Hatchet [Afterlife]
12.       Mathame – Lifetime [Mix Exclusive]
13.       Denis Horvat – 4th Wall [Mix Exclusive]
14.       Brian Cid – Plot Thickens [Mix Exclusive]
15.       Fur Coat – Squared Minds [Mix Exclusive]
16.       Adana Twins – Sequence 01 [Afterlife]
17.       Soulholic & 7Options – Memorial Day [MoBlack]
18.       Kevin De Vries – Path To Immortality [Mix Exclusive]
19.       Tale Of Us – Error Error [Mix Exclusive]
20.       Adriatique – Ray [Afterlife]

Tale Of Us release new track ‘Error Error’ ahead of fabric 97 mix

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Tale Of Us has revealed their rousing new track “Error Error,” ahead of its official release on the duo’s fabric 97 compilation. An ace representation of the duo’s paradigmatic marriage of melody and melancholy, “Error Error” cements the pensive virtuosos’ stirring brand of techno, in both harrowing synths and an awakening baseline.

fabric 97 will see that the Italian vanguards continue to build on their mushrooming reputation in its 13 exclusive tracks. Both Afterlife label regulars and up-and-coming acts will be featured in the promising showcase that Tale Of Us will bring on the compilation.

fabric 97 is out Feb. 16. Pre-order it here.

45 artists have been revealed as part of Sonus Festival’s 2018 lineup

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As part of Sonus Festival‘s Phase One lineup, the Pag Island, Croatia beachside affair has revealed 45 names for its 2018 edition. Among the festival’s rising stars include Charlotte de Witte, Binh, Peggy Gou and Amelie Lens, while veterans Adam Beyer, Dixon, Maceo Plex, and Richie Hawtin are set to return to the fest’s scintillating beaches.

Sonus Festival’s sixth event will take place August 19–23, and offers attendees a range of activities including water sports and boat parties. Best known as one of the summer season’s top destinations, Sonus pairs unrivaled talent with a stunning, five-day programming specially curated with the house and techno music fan in mind.

Stay tuned to Dancing Astronaut as Sonus Festival unveils its second phase lineup in the coming months.

Photo courtesy of Elephant Studio. 
Learn more about Sonus Festival and purchase tickets here.