Eli Brown turns up the tempo on his remix of ‘San Frandisco’

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Played in festival sets and house mixes ubiquitously over the past year, Dom Dolla’s track “San Frandisco” now has a remix from Beatport dominator Eli Brown. The UK-based house producer and DJ takes the BPM up in the chart-topping single, which talks about San Francisco’s house scene and how it stems from its ’60s and ’70s roots back in the day.

The track adds a darker warehouse vibe to the already energetic track. With stomping percussion, undulating risers, and old school rave stabs, Brown’s remix plays nicely into any sets looking to take house fans further into the night.

On why he asked Brown to remix the track, Dolla states, “Eli’s sense of groove is relentless and this remix is no exception. I’ve been playing his weapons for years so it’s great to finally get his take on one of my own records and he has put such a nasty late night feel to it. Great bloke too, thanks for smashing it mate.”

Brown is currently wrapping up his Come Together World Tour, with upcoming dates throughout the UK and Spain. With releases on Repopulate Mars and Toolroom and artists like Carl Cox, Green Velvet and Claude VonStroke backing him to name a few, expect more stompers to come from the Bristol producer.

Introducing NuraiFest: Abu Dhabi’s first private island festival

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Words by Ben Jolley

A trip to Abu Dhabi next weekend could land you on a paradisal private island, as NuraiFest makes its debut on Zaya Nurai. The amenity-laden destination has made a name for itself as the Maldives of the Middle East in the five years since the luxury resort opened.

Running from noon until sunrise on November 22-23, NuraiFest brings a handful of the hottest names in tech-house to Abu Dhabi. DJs including wAFF, Tiga, Steve Lawler, Serge Devant, Audiofly and M.A.N.D.Y. are pegged to play across the weekend, accompanied by a live show from Satori. 

With a 15-minute boat ride off the shores of Abu Dhabi, you’ll land at the coveted Zaya Nurai. Self-described as “a piece of paradise like nowhere else,” it has 52 private villas, an oceanside spa, restaurants, beach club, as well as activities intended for both land and sea. 

“This will be an immersive and dream-like island experience,” writes Adib Moukheiber, Zaya Nurai’s general manager. “It is where reinvigoration, music culture and relaxation seamlessly intersect as you dance on flawless white sand beaches and soak in translucent azure waters under a golden island sun.”

Festival-goers will be able to travel to the island by boat, helicopter, or seaplane. Shuttle boats will be departing from the welcome center to the island and back throughout the festival. 

Tickets and reservations can be made here. Guests can book a 1-day, 2-day or VIP pass. The exclusive afterparty on Friday comes at an additional cost. There are also cabanas, teepees and VIP tables available.

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LondonBridge drops off latest single, ‘What Goes Up Must Come Down’ [Stream]

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In 2019 as tech-house enjoys its place as the current “it” genre—the number of releases folding into the genre’s typical tropes of bouncing bass lines and edgy vocal samples has skyrocketed as of late. No complaints of course, especially with fresh cuts landing on a weekly basis from a wide variety of producers.

With so many new releases though, it becomes statistically more difficult to find a track that really stands out; with those one or two extra details that separate it from the rest. LondonBridge, who co-founded Space Yacht and has been a producer and DJ in his own right for years, accomplished this task with his latest, “What Goes Up Must Come Down.”

On his latest cut, the listener can hear both the love LondonBridge has for the genre now and the how that appreciation has evolved over time. The bass line is funky and smooth, the vocals are simple and and they show up only when they need to, making “What Goes Up Must Come Down” a worthy new setlist addition.

Producer Sessions 007: Guy Gerber Late Night Sketches

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Producer Sessions is a series from Dancing Astronaut meant to shine a brighter light on the producer community. Each volume will guide producers towards some of the freshest sample packs, plugins, FX, and presets out there.

House stalwart Guy Gerber uses unpredictability in sound to create some of his dancefloor heaters. The DJ and producer from Israel released a tech house sample pack on Splice called “Guy Gerber Late Night Sketches.” It contains 159 high-quality loops and one one-shot, from one of the industries veteran sound explorers.

In addition to the sample pack, Gerber released two videos with Splice, outlining tips on  using a randomizer plugin, arpeggios, and effects to create movement in produced music. He also does a mini-tutorial on editing drum samples by manipulating transients, layering polyrhythms, and other groove techniques.

Gerber is well-known in the underground DJ scene as his residency with Pacha in Ibiza caught mainstream buzz. Shortly after his stint in Spain, he began his own label, Rumors, with Dixon and released a collaboration album with P. Diddy, 11:11, in 2014 off the imprint.

Click HERE to start a 14-day free trial on Splice and start producing like the pros.


A serious producer should have an extensive audio library, filled with a variety of organized samples. More and more companies like Splice are filling that need. These days, a subscription to Splice is a no-brainer for producers at any level. For $7.99 a month, Splice gives producers access to their entire 2 million + library of high-quality samples, loops, FX, and presets. At that price, producers get 100 credits per month to explore Splice’s massive library, save sounds they like, and download-to-own at a rate of 1 sample per credit.

Producers at the highest levels use Splice to find inspiration because it’s so easy with their massive library and quality partnerships. Some of the most popular sound designers have contributed to Splices’ library, including exclusive packs from KSHMR, Sonny Digital, deadmau5Amon Tobin, Zaytoven, KRANE, Lex Lugar and more.

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David Guetta confirms new alias Jack Back, releases extensive tech house mixtape

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David Guetta is a busy man. With his upcoming artist album, on the way, the international star has revealed he’s behind the alias Jack Back right as he released another long form project as the Jack Back Mixtape. Here, he’s connected house and techno to further boost his credibility in the production booth.

In 2012, an artist named Jack Back emerged as the artist behind the now multi-platinum single “Wild One Two.” The track featured David Guetta, Sia and Nicky Romero, and after its release, Jack Back went radio silent. That is, until recently, when a new track entitled “Overtone” emerged from the artist. Shockingly different from the artist’s former work, the single had a late night sensibility, with techno influences and brooding progressions. Obviously the work of a seasoned producer, speculation began circulating that the single was the return of the David Guetta alter ego, and it continued as Jack Back released “(It Happens) Sometimes” via Defected Records, “Reach For Me,” and finally “Grenade.”

But it isn’t until now that David Guetta has confirmed he is indeed behind the music, releasing a 12-track mixtape featuring all new music from his revived alias. The Jack Back Mixtape marks a pivotal moment for Guetta as he gears up to release his next electro dance-pop artist album, 7. As Jack Back, he’s signaled a reminder of his talent as a producer through the history of his work in house music. While may be an upcoming reminder of his pop prominence, this mixtape is a reminder of how he got there. Conquering a range of techno, tech house and house sounds, Guetta as Jack Back connects the dots between the house music of his early years to today’s deeper underground sounds.

Techno Tuesday: Avision tells a tale of techno and working hard for success

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Techno Tuesday is a feature on Dancing Astronaut documenting the culture of underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some of the best talent outside the world of mainstream dance music.

Passion, patience, and persistence are three especially crucial ideas when it comes to making it in the music industry; especially during a time where the market is more saturated than ever, and less friendly overall to creators. Most musicians don’t become overnight superstars, and for most, the process of transitioning into music full time takes years on end. But, when that goal is accomplished, it’s worth the effort.

Avision is intimately familiar with passion, patience, and persistence, imbuing this principal into his everyday life and career. He is quite the prodigious talent, having first stepped behind the decks at the young age of 12 and scoring his first residency by age 16. Over a decade-and-a-half after making his entrance into the scene and moving with intense drive and desire, he is finally breaking through the surface. Furthermore, he made himself an internationally-recognized talent while staying based in the United States — a rare feat in electronica, where artists often move to Europe to advance their career and receive higher amounts of support and income.

We got him to open up a bit and tell his artistic story — from the trials and tribulations, to the triumphs. Additionally, Avision just released a dark, scintillating new EP on Matter+ titled Free Your Mind. Its three originals are bursting with soul and hints of funk, capturing what made early techno great and tossing this sound into a modern ambiance. Let it provide a background as he tells the tale of his comeup.


I started out DJ’ing around New York & New Jersey 10 years ago when I was 14. My first residency was at Club Abyss in New Jersey, which was the hottest club night for teens in that area of the U.S. and it would average at least 1500 kids per night. I also started producing around that time; working on remixes first and then original tracks. When I was about 16, I went to Electric Zoo festival in New York. It was the first time I realized who my cousin (Victor Calderone) really was, and also the first time I heard Techno and Tech House. It changed everything for me, and I started digging deeper into those genres and began finding new tracks and artists that I really liked.

After that, I started to change my sound and began making tech house and techno, which led to me going out a lot in the NY scene. The first real night club I went to was District 36 when I was 17 to see Victor, and it got me to see how everything worked outside of the teen clubs I had been playing. Then I started going to Pacha NYC when I was 18, and those nights really helped me learn everything, how to go through certain tracks throughout the course of a night and control a crowd. That’s when I started DJ’ing at 21+ clubs when I was 18.

Before I started releasing music as Avision, I hadn’t really found my sound yet. I had been releasing music on a bunch of labels under my real name, but I was really just finding my sound and experimenting on who I was as an artist. Once I finished around a hundred tracks, I really figured out what my sound was and the direction I wanted to take with my music. The first Avision release was just over 2 years ago on Victor’s Waveform label, and it went over really well. There was pretty strong feedback from a lot of DJ’s that I respect, and Carl Cox and Joseph Capriati played my track “Conception” at Awakenings in 2016.

After that first Avision release, I sent Mark Broom a Facebook message saying that I was a fan of his and his label Beardman, and sent him an EP that same week. He ended up signing it and he remixed a track from it as well, and this release really kicked things off for me. Mark is such a highly respected figure in techno, and the release on his label really helped give my name credibility in the scene. Ben Sims, Truncate, and many more DJ’s were playing that EP. Having top techno artists supporting my music has been a big foundation of my career so far. I had a release on Carl Cox’s Intec label last year which was a highlight, as videos started popping up of Carl playing my track all over the world (he opened his set at Movement Detroit last year with my “Mind Of The Man” track). I’ve also released on Carlo Lio’s On Edge Society (and have a follow up planned for later this year), another release on Beardman, and also an EP on Ben Sims’ Hardgroove label up next (which will be my first vinyl release).

One of the most challenging things for me has been patience when it comes to gigging. I first started playing at Pacha NYC and building my name in the NY area, and at that point I was taking pretty much any gig that came my way. In NYC, there’s enough parties going on where I could probably be spinning somewhere every week, but since I’ve been releasing as Avision, I’ve really been picky on how many gigs I’ve taken as my goal is to be touring globally in the very near future. Now in NY I probably spin every couple of months or so, and I try for the most part to make sure that the gig is with a bigger DJ I respect and/or with one of the leading promoters and venues in the area so that I’m able to keep building my name up. Lately, I’ve been able to tour more around North America, and have crossed off some key gigs at venues like Stereo Montreal, Space in Miami and The BPM Festival in Mexico.

In the U.S., the techno scene keeps growing and getting larger, but a lot of the people that go out in the U.S. pay attention to what’s going on overseas, and what artists are big there. As an American artist in Techno, in a way it feels like you really need to “make it” and have that stamp of approval by the right clubs and fans overseas in order to breakthrough as a bigger artist here in the States. The club culture in Europe is highly respected, and over here it feels like a new cycle of that club culture has started only in the past decade (with the current wave of electronic music). My focus next is on breaking through in Europe, and I’m working on my first dates there for later this year.

Some key things that have helped me so far in my career:

Mentors: I think it’s really important to have mentors to learn from, and I’ve been lucky to have one right in my family. Victor has been a great mentor to me, and when I started producing I would constantly send him big groups of tracks at a time. He would always give me constructive feedback, but in a positive way so that I was never discouraged.

Networking: Building relationships is something that takes time to create, and I think it’s important to take advantage of any opportunity that comes to you. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve gone to see a DJ that plays my music, and from that have built a connection and now have an amazing relationship. Everyone likes to put a face to a name. I like to try and take advantage of any opportunity I can to say thank you to a DJ for playing my music, or ask them where I can send new music to, etc.

Work Ethic: I’ve been doing this for 10 years now, and I haven’t taken a day off since. What you put in is what you get out of it. If you’re not in it for the long run, there’s no point in starting. It’s important to take pride in your work and know how to change and evolve over time. Really focus on your strengths and improve your weaknesses.

Team: Having a team behind you is a big aspect in having & building a career – you can’t do everything alone. It’s important to have people in your life that care about you & your career, and to help you build and grow as an artist.

Love: Lastly, it’s important to just love what you do, and to recognize that things will be up & down, and not everything will be sunshine & rainbows all of the time. Keep your focus on the big picture and your long-term goals!


Order a copy of ‘Free Your Mind’ here

Premiere: Monstergetdown – Blakmajik

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LA remains a hotbed of fresh, forward-thinking American talent, and mau5trap has tapped keenly into this vein. One of their newest recruits from this region, Monstergetdown, has just released a fresh new EP that embraces elements spanning from tribal, to dark and heavy.

Its eponymous opener, “Blakmajik,” brings to mind imagery of voodoo and mysticism as it traverses through interweaving rhythms made with tribal percussion, and a simple that hits the ears in satisfying places. Soon, however, he subtly layers in even more exotic elements, making for quite the intriguing listen. “Blakmajik” was certainly made for the outdoor, off-grid setting, and we’re looking forward to hearing it rinsed through festival sets throughout the season.


“Blakmajik” is available for download beginning May 4. Order a copy here

RYBO primes Desert Hearts attendees for a bonanza [Exclusive Mix]

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Desert Hearts is just around the corner, and to prime its guests for four days of house, techno, and love, RYBO has fashioned a high-charged mix filled with some damaging material.

The family newcomer shows off his knowledge of all things pumping and tech house, packing a juicy array of tunes into an hour-long frenzy. Tribal, raunchy, left-field, and straight-up funk soundscapes are all explored, helping build energy levels to maximum capacity. He succeeds in putting forth an diverse, yet concise taste on what’s to come as soon as the weekend arrives.

Joeski – Devour You (XXX) (Original Mix) [Maya Records]
Tobias – Fiya Bun (Original Mix)
Pablo Fierro – La Palma (Original Mix)
Lauren Lane – Ruff Ryders v1
JJ Fad – Supersonic (Brian Busto Edit 2)
John Tejada – Sweat (On The Walls)
Around7 – Discotronic (Original Mix)
Rework – Like Me (Original Mix)
Sydney Blu – On the Brink
Omar Labastida , Fhaken & Wayne Madiedo – Tonight (Original Mix) [MASTER]
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2 Sides Of Soul – My Body Is Hot (Original_Mix)
Disaia – Destination (DUB EDIT)

Anonymous producer Polymod releases new self-titled tech house EP

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Dance music fans are no strangers to artists opting for anonymity, be it in the form of a helmet or mask, or even refraining from live performance over facing public fame. It has proven to be an effective strategy, from Daft Punk to Zhu — whether its a marketing ploy or an element of the creator’s artistic method, keeping one’s identity in the backseat has become an enticing angle for electronic music producers over the last two decades.

Now, Polymod is the latest artist to join the ranks of the anonymous, and he (or she) has emerged with the release of a new self-titled EP Polymod. Details on the new project’s owner are scarce — all that is known of Polymod is that the person is a veteran of the UK electronic music scene who is choosing to release music under this new alias. The three-track tech house EP is a satisfying teaser for those attracted to dark undertones and pulsating beats, available now on 17 Steps. Let the Polymod speculation begin.

Pan-Pot and Chus & Ceballos try their hand at Carl Cox’ ‘Your Light Shines On’ [EP Review]

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Beloved icon Carl Cox cast his 2016 single “Your Light Shines On” out into the electrosphere, and it returned to him reimagined by two stalwart duo.

Chus & Ceballos offered up a house-based rendition of the original, opting to stay truer its roots. That isn’t to say they didn’t make it into their own. The outfit laid down the grooves with a pronounced bassline and minimal synths, creating an enduring piece. It’s infectious as ever, per their usual tendencies.

Meanwhile, Pan-Pot naturally took a darker and more industrial turn with their rendition, injecting cloudy white noise, robotic bloops, and throbbing bass into the mix to create a knocking techno tune. They too maintain the soulful elements of “Your Light Shines On,” however, summoning nostalgia at the end of the their edit.

Purchase the Remixes to ‘Your Light Shines On’ here