Sonus returns to Croatia with first-phase lineup for 2020: Boris Brejcha, Amelie Lens, and more

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Sonus returns to Croatia with first-phase lineup for 2020: Boris Brejcha, Amelie Lens, and moreSonus Festival Feli Hohagen Photography 17

Sonus announces its return to the lush coastlines of Croatia for the distinguished house and techno festival’s 8th expansive edition August 16-20. Finding its way bag to Pag Island, Sonus 2020 just unveiled the first phase of their lineup, showing love to both rising tastemakers and veterans of the game alike with over 40 of the scene’s most enticing acts.

Front and center among up and coming talent are the likes of Amelie Lens, ANNA, and Charlotte de Witte, who’ve without question taken the global scene by storm. But Sonus also extends love to some of Europe’s more beloved regional acts like the Netherlands’ Reinier Zonneveld, and Berlin’s Berghain resident Kobosil, who released one of the underground techno tracks of the year in his remix of Rosa Anschütz’s “Rigid.”

If it’s the more old school sounds of the scene that float your boat, don’t fret. Sonus has you covered there as well. In 2020 the festival is slated to bring iconic sets from electronic stalwarts like modular synth lord Richie Hawtin, “Papa” Sven Väth, and Germany’s own Stephan Bodzin. What’s more, is the five-day festival takes place in a literal paradise with “first phase” tickets currently available for €159.

Full Phase One Lineup Announcement (in alphabetical order):

Amelie Lens
Andrea Oliva
Ben Klock
Boris Brejcha
Charlotte de Witte
Chris Liebing
Dax J
Enrico Sangiuliano
Giorgia Angiuli live
Hot Since 82
I Hate Models
Jamie Jones
Joseph Capriati
KiNK live
Loco Dice
Luigi Madonna
Maceo Plex
Monika Kruse
Michael Bibi
Patrick Topping
Paula Temple
Reinier Zonneveld live
Ricardo Villalobos b2b Zip
Richie Hawtin
Richy Ahmed
Seth Troxler
SHDW & Obscure Shape
Sonja Moonear
Stephan Bodzin live
Sven Väth

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Junction 2 announces phase two lineup featuring Maceo Plex, Nina Kraviz, and ANNA

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Junction 2 announces phase two lineup featuring Maceo Plex, Nina Kraviz, and ANNAJunction 2

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.

ANNA drives down ‘Galactic Highways’ with new EP

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ANNA drives down ‘Galactic Highways’ with new EPANNA Tama Club Photo Credit Twitter Djannamiranda

From a young DJ in Rio de Janiero to a producer at the forefront of the global techno scene, ANNA’s rise has been well deserved. She’s proven to be an illustrious and prolific producer, highlighted by her widely acclaimed track “Hidden Beauties.” Following up on her collaboration with Kittin on “Forever Ravers,” her latest work brings her back to omnipresent label Drumcode—this time, for a full EP.

Galactic Highways is loaded with tight synth riffs underscored by pulsing drums throughout. “Phase Two” features a flurry of plucks that create a vast soundscape, while the title track cuts and swells towards a sharp climax. The EP comes in short with only three tracks, but its top-to-bottom quality is a strong sign that ANNA won’t be slowing down any time soon.

Photo credit: Twitter/djannamiranda

Igloofest Montréal announces 2020 season lineup, including RÜFÜS DU SOL, REZZ, Zeds Dead, and more

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Igloofest Montréal announces 2020 season lineup, including RÜFÜS DU SOL, REZZ, Zeds Dead, and moreIgloofest

Igloofest makes its imprint on the international music festival scene with its signature, trademark characteristic—embracing the arctic climate known as Canadian winters. The Montréal-based festival has just announced its 2020 season lineup, amassing a proudly diverse selection of male and female artists to top each of the four weekends of its outdoor winter series.

For its upcoming 14th edition, Igloofest welcomes a new slate of headliners over each weekend, held from Jan. 16 – Feb. 8, 2020. The opening weekend kicks off performances from headliners THE BLAZE, ANNA, Reinier Zonneveld, and curated stage takeover from Anjunabeats—with a lineup to be announced. Over the remaining three weekends, the festival’s headliners include REZZ, Nina Kraviz, RÜFÜS DU SOL, ZEDS DEAD, and Charlotte De Witte to close out each chilly night of the series.

Among the headlining performances, Igloofest welcomes an abundance of varied local and international support from artists like i_o, VNSSA, Jeremy Olander, Honey Soundsystem, Robert Hood, and many others. Held in the charismatic grounds of the city’s Old Port, the festival will debut a redesigned layout to increase their capacity, filled with handfuls of activities, treats and vendors within the magical Igloovillage and increased heated IGLOOVIP areas.

Tickets and more information on Igloofest can be found online here.

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10 artists not to miss at Movement 2019

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10 artists not to miss at Movement 2019Movement StephenBondio

Words by Anthony Manganiello and Jessica Mao

Another installment of Detroit’s beloved three-day event brings forth Movement Festival’s ever-expanding roster in its most diverse coverage to date. Spanning city pioneers from Carl Craig, MK, Stacey Pullen to relatively mainstream DJs like Fisher, GRiZ, Disclosure, and a plethora of underground, the 2019 lineup has no shortage of techno and house talent from the powerhouses to emerging. Marking its 21st year in the running, Movement has transformed from its roots as a celebratory ode to the birthplace of techno to an amalgamation of the finest electronic acts currently energizing the scene. Year after year, a growing number of attendees make the pilgrimage to hear and see for themselves both the pillars of artistry living in Detroit and the culmination of culture, history and legendary music—all that reside in none other than the soul and essence of Movement.


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Photo by Timothy Leary

Thirty years of on-and-off regrouping has not stopped iconic English band Orbital from simultaneously creating awe-inspiring techno and captivating crowds internationally with their live performances. Standing alongside The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy as some of the most influential electronic acts of the past decades, Orbital latest reunion brought their ninth studio album Monsters Exist and a reignited spark for dance music. Now, Orbital makes their highly anticipated debut performance at Movement 2019.


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Photo by Piero Davila

Armed with an early penchant for techno and a bleeding passion for the DJ art, ANNA has come a long way from her quaint beginnings in São Paulo municipality Amparo as the daughter of a club owner. Although spinning for the entirety of her professional career, her foray into production saw its trial-and-error phases right until her 2018 release “Hidden Beauties” hit the techno world with a magnitude that kept the track at no.1 on Beatport’s techno charts for four months. All eyes are on ANNA as she continues to capitalize on her rising momentum. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness an electrifying set by one of the biggest emerging acts yet.

DJ Nobu

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Photo by Cedric Diradourian

When it comes to playing a crowd, DJ Nobu listens to nobody. Rooted in punk and hardcore but masterful in his command of diverse genres, the Chiba-born DJ has infected dance floors with his precise curation of eclectic tracks, disrupting the underground scene in places like Tokyo, Berlin and Movement’s home city—Detroit. Unconventionality is DJ Nobu’s brand, and it repeatedly draws in listeners who yearn to hear his hypnotic style of storytelling. The Future Terror parties founder will grace the Sunday lineup at Movement’s Underground Stage.


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Photo by Lydo Le

As undefined as the lines of identity within her Korean-American culture are equal to that of her floating blend of hip-hop, dream pop and house, Brooklyn-based producer Yaeji has established herself as a contender for one of the most distinct music voices in the past few years. Her second EP, EP2, quickly won her the spotlight with a mellow rendition of Drake’s “Passionfruit” and fan-favorite “Raingurl,” highlighting her forté of producing lush beats in conjunction with performing a signature whisper-rap mix of Korean and English. Groovy yet dream-inducing, Yaeji’s sound reflects the expansion of Movement in programming ever-experimental territories of house.


10 artists not to miss at Movement 2019Madlib MARIA JOSE GOVEA
Photo by Maria Jose Govea

Undeniably one of the most prolific hip-hop producers of the past decades, Madlib will top off Movement day three in a long-awaited return. With a discography so extensive that it easily risks drowning the common man, Madlib and his work span the mainstream appeal of albums like The Life of Pablo to the rarities of exclusive releases, underground artists, and high-profile collaborations under pseudonyms Madvillian and Jaylib. An aficionado of jazz, expert sampler, and decades of experience condensed into the musical prowess of one man, Madlib will not disappoint.


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Photo by Kevin Lake

There are a few names in Detroit techno that all enthusiasts know and Robert Hood is one of them. Working closely with Jeff Mills in the creation of Underground Resistance (and possibly minimal techno as a whole), Hood has a penchant for collaborations and side projects. Perhaps his most intriguing is Floorplan, the soulful, disco-leaning project started with his daughter, Lyric Hood. With two generations of techno playing together on one stage, Floorplan is a must-see set this Memorial Day weekend.

Get Real

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Photo by Daniel Peterson

A duo of house-music heavyweights, Get Real fuses the Green Velvet’s techy sound with Claude VonStroke’s wonky style. With just two songs under the Get Real name, this set is sure to bring out the funkiest Dirtybird tracks, Detroit techno classics, and deep cuts from Green Velvet’s 20-plus years in the industry. With Detroit repping a strong Dirtybird fanbase, this set is sure to be a full-on party.


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Photo by Kristin Adamczyk

Shigeto is one of the most exciting names to come out of Detroit in the past 10 years. A Ghostly signee, his dabbling in textured downtempo work garnered attention before his dance-oriented album, The New Monday. From his live band performances to his no-nonsense DJ sets, Shigeto has become a mainstay of Movement. Continuing to dive deeper into techno in his own work and with his label, Portage Garage Sounds, Shigeto’s developmental trajectory has been fascinating to watch.


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Photo by Robyn VonSwank

For those who don’t know Reggie Watts, the idea of James Corden’s band leader playing Movement might seem out of place. However, Watts’ fascination with analog gear and looping technology fits quite well with the live house and techno acts that populate the Movement lineup. Teaming up with Austrian producer John Tejada, the duo have been making waves with just a few performances of their live show, featuring vocals from Watts and live programming from both.

Justin Cudmore

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Photo by The Vinyl Factory

Coming in from New York City, Justin Cudmore is truly Brooklyn’s master of acid and funky techno. A mainstay at The Bunker parties, which take over Brooklyn’s darkest nightclubs, Justin Cudmore is returning to his Midwestern roots with his second Movement performance. Cudmore’s set will provide the opportunity to hear the best of both New York and the Midwest from some of the most intriguing emerging talent on the lineup.

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ANNA puts the world of techno front and center in debut BBC Essential Mix

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ANNA puts the world of techno front and center in debut BBC Essential MixAnna Dallasobserver

ANNA has hit a huge milestone in her career. This week, the Brazilian-born, Barcelona-based techno artist has taken the reigns for the first time on BBC Radio 1 for an inaugural Essential Mix. She has put her unique knowledge of the global techno arena on display, incorporating the sounds of São Paolo, Berlin, and South Africa as well as her own music across the two-hour long mix. This accomplishment serves as another reminder that with ANNA on the decks, something new and transcendent is bound to be discovered. Of course, this includes her own remix of Jon Hopkins’ “Singularity,” but it only begins there. Other blistering records spun on the show include her atmospheric single “Hidden Beauties,” “Artha,” and her edit to Fairmont’s “Gazebo.”

Listen to ANNA’s Essential Mix here.

♫ Listen: Anna – s/t

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Hong Kong’s Absurd TRAX collective has assembled a dedicatory release of songs by late member Anna, who passed away earlier this year.

s/t presents completed and unfinished hip hop and singer-songwriter guitar tracks that, in any state, completely capture Anna’s impish humor, humbling confidence, and the raw sincerity of her creative voice.

Her relaxed rap verses, as addictively low-key as Leikeli47’s, are often paired with derivative trap beats, the most addictive of which may be the blissfully sluggish “未返工壞iphone”. Her guitar songs very much feel like a direct translation of Anna strumming away in her room, in bed, spontaneously and energetically, singing from lines scribbled in a journal.

A tender live recording, “Untitled (LIVE)”, gives us some insight into Anna the performer. Wonderfully, two-thirds of the song is just her speaking to the audience, who erupt in cheers and laughter throughout. She sounds funny and fierce and free from inhibition. She shouts, she trills. Her energy undeniably comes through.

Feeling incredibly grateful for the label’s work and lucky to be able to hear these recordings.

<3 RIP Anna 1994-2018 <3

s/t by Anna

ANNA makes Kompakt debut with sizzling new EP

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Brazilian techno stalwart ANNA has made her highly anticipated debut on the Speicher sub-label of Kompakt Records.

Speicher 101 furnishes the DNA of both a meticulous studio head and comfortable club dweller. It’s the consummate encapsulation of ANNA’s dualing techno utility; both propelling and effective in its marriage of raw bass thrusts and searing acid twists. Each cut of the two-track EP spirals in its growth, reaching outward toward the sonic oblivion in its driving basslines.

Speicher 101’s juxtaposing of “Hidden Beauties” and “The Dansant”  is a compelling testament to ANNA’s in-demand craft. It’s a succinct indication that each track, and ANNA’s discography at large, will continue on as staples in the minimal circuit in no time.