Returning for its sixth iteration, UNTOLD Festival will bring another year of music festivities to Cluj-Napoca from July 30-August 2. The acclaimed Romanian multi-day event has continuously attracted fans for its diversified selection of programming, having welcomed more than 375,000 attendees in 2019. Now, UNTOLD has unveiled its first wave of artists for its 2020 edition.
Featuring a healthy balance of underground and mainstream, the initial lineup announcement showcases the best of the electronic scene with acts across techno, bass, trance, progressive house, and more. Paul Kalkbrenner will grace the festival with his highly-coveted live set while Richie Hawtin and Tale of Us are poised to give compelling performances as well. Eric Prydz will also play two sets, one under his main alias and the other as Cirez D. Meanwhile, Amelie Lens and Charlotte De Witte will bring their Belgian techno sound to UNTOLD.
Vision opens on its titular track, a pounding techno rhythm layered with rich, crunchy textured elements. De Witte moves forward into “Out Of Balance,” which trades in its predecessor’s crackling tones for a more acidic approach. Kangding Ray remixes “Unthoughtful” to keep the upbeat energy flowing, before the original mix ends the EP on a calmer note.
Although Vision is the Belgian producer’s first release of the year, de Witte has stayed busy as ever recently. In 2020, she has already contributed live sets for Studio Brussel and Mixmag, all while maintaining a steady stream of live performances across Europe and North America. Additionally, she recently streamed the final mix of her residency with BBC Radio 1.
Established in 1994, Time Warp Festival has long showcased the best in techno music while taking shelter in Mannheim, Germany, and continually expanding its influence throughout the world. Also programmed in locations including Brazil and New York, Time Warp partnered with event company Teksupport in late 2019 after a four year break from The Big Apple. The long-awaited return to America took place at the Bronx Expo Center, with rare stateside appearances from legends Ricardo Villalobos and Sven Väth. However, the festival is gearing for an explosive follow up in none other than its home country.
The past few years have seen the Cercle collective emerge as one of the world’s premier dance music brands, offering a perfectionist approach to the idea of streaming techno and electronic music by hosting visionary acts in pristine locations. Now, having successfully claimed their stake on platforms like Facebook and Youtube with over a million subscribers on each, the French events co-op looks to enter 2020’s festival circuit.
This year the festival takes place within the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace (National Air and Space Museum) at the Paris Airport-Le Bourget, hosting over 20 of the acts that helped make the brand what it is today. As such, any of the artists that you may be unfamiliar with are guaranteed to have their own Cercle set, each as immersive and beautiful as they are sonically sensational. 2020’s lineup puts forth some of the most alluring acts in European techno and house, drumming up a weekend of sets from acts like Amelie Lens, Charlotte De Witte, Jeremy Olander, Acid Pauli, Recondite and Pan-Pot, who has graced the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace alongside Cercle once before.
As an added bonus, Cercle has also partnered with Marvellous Island Festival, which falls on the same weekend of May 30-31. The collaboration allows attendees to soak up the best of both worlds, shuttling between the Air and Space Museum and the waterfront of Torcy, France. Check out the full lineup before joining this year’s pre-registration, as the first round of tickets is expected to go on sale Feb 20.
Fans of Charlotte de Witte won’t have to wait long for the arrival of new music. The Belgian producer just announced that she has an EP called Vision coming out Feb. 17 via Len Faki‘s Figure imprint.
After announcing the creation of her KNTXT label last summer, the artist unleashed a slew of new tunes via her own imprint, including November’s Pressure and Selected EPs. The upcoming Vision will be her first release of 2020.
Catch a six-minute preview of the forthcoming EP below.
CRSSD returns for its eleventh edition taking place March 7 – 8 at San Diego’s Waterfront Park. Three stages will bring fans a characteristically diverse set of live musical experiences, and the first wave of artists on the spring 2020 billing stack up to be one of CRSSD’s strongest to date.
New for Spring 2020 will be a partnership with neighboring hotel, The Guild, which will showcase CRSSD programming throughout the weekend. Tickets go on sale December 10 at 11:00 a.m. PT (2:00 p.m. ET).
When Charlotte de Witte launched her KNTXT label in July, she said she hoped the label would “become a respected breeding ground and safe haven for unique talent, both new and established, as well as the main output for [her] own material.” By all accounts, she’s well on her way to achieving her goals with the double release of her new EPs, Selected and Pressure.
While the rhythms and forms of the each EP are similar, the tonal styles differ with vast nuance. Selected takes a more acidic approach to techno, featuring biting melodies from an ebbing and flowing synth line (with the exception of the meditative closing track “Amar”). On Pressure, de Witte employs throbbing bass kicks throughout, comparable to Selected, but tops them with more ambient accents. The balance of sounds helps the two EPs pair nicely with one another and offers a sampler for what the talented Belgian DJ, who’s proven herself behind the decks, can offer in the booth.
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.
Friendships born of techno are friendships that last. It’s a true statement that applies to casual listeners as well as two of the most prominent techno artists working today: Charlotte de Witte and Chris Liebing.
Ever since these two announced they were working on a track together at the end of 2018, they have never been apart for too long. The following March, the pair played back-to-back during Miami Music Week, and their set was broadcast as a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. Then a few months later, they were booked to play together again at an official Movement Detroit after party. Now, they will soon play as a duo again at Insomniac‘s upcoming Halloween festival, Escape: Psycho Circus.
All of these collaborative encounters indicate that these two share a specific chemistry as artists, catalyzed by their time in the studio. Now the fruit of their labor is finally available to the public in the form of their Liquid Slow EP, out now on de Witte’s KNTXT imprint.
For those who haven’t seen de Witte and Liebing on the decks together, this EP makes their chemistry immediately clear. De Witte is known for her ability to revolve a set around tinges of acid, and Liebing is a champion of all things deceptively heavy. This EP is the middle-ground between those two descriptors.
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.
Zedd and Kehlani kick things off this final Friday of September with their new collaboration, “Good Thing,” and Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights for “Why Not?” Kaskade keeps it mellow on his new collaboration with TELYkast, “No One Else,” and Zeds Dead join forces with Funkin Matt an Fiora for “Feel So.” AC Slater’s new album includes tunes like “Bad Behavior” with Chris Lorenzo and Purple Velvet Curtains, and Mercer takes on DJ Snake and Majid Jordan’s “Recognize.” Golf Clap and MASTERIA deliver “Mystery Scene” on mau5trap/Insomniac, and Gareth Emery follows “Laserface 01 (Aperture)” with “Laserface 02 (Thoughts In Pieces).” Dimension remixes himself on “If You Want To,” and Gorgon City reveal “Warehouse Mix” and “Terrace Dub” iterations of “There For You.” Tritonal team up with Rosie Darling on “Never Be The Same,” and NGHTMRE remixes Saven Lions, SLANDER, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew’s “First Time.” Galantis bring their piano-filled joy to “Holy Water,” and Tinlicker reveal their new LP, This Is Not Our Universe. Anna Lunoe and Nina Las Vegas cook up a weekend heater, “One Thirty,” and YehMe2 remixes Matoma and Bryn Christopher’s “All Around The World.”
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.