Claptone delivers dulcet ‘Final Credits’ on Pete Tong’s latest BBC Radio 1 broadcast [Stream]

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“Save the best for last” would be an apt expression when related to Pete Tong’s February 16 BBC Radio 1 broadcast. Tong’s episode brought a host of exclusive new releases straight to the speakers of streamers worldwide, spotlighting the latest singles from Dirty South, Sasha, Boys Noize, Offiah, CamelPhat, and more.

While the engrossing quality of Tong’s mix can be attributed to the profusion of new music that Tong masterfully blends to craft a galvanizing brand of house music infused with the energy of the weekend, the vivacity of the broadcast’s verve is also due in part to the broadcast’s special guest, Claptone.

On “Final Credits” duties for the evening, Claptone innervates listeners of Tong’s BBC Radio 1 broadcast in the show’s final minutes, selecting a series of enervating, mellifluous house records to characterize his “Final Credits” feature.

Touting the impending release of his second album, FANTAST, in June, Claptone states “I keep on touring, touring, touring, touring, I will be in your city, I promise” at the show’s end, foreshadowing a lively touring schedule to soon accompany the album’s release.

Pete Tong’s February 16 BBC Radio 1 broadcast can be streamed, here.

Claptone unveils entrancing music video for ‘In The Night’ [Watch]

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“Over the last two-years, it has been a great pleasure to work on this album as a counterpoint to the hectic world of traveling as a DJ,” says Claptone of his sophomore album FANTAST, “To lose myself when making music, to dive into and create my very own realm of beauty.” While FANTAST will not make a complete debut until its formal release date of June 8, the masked musician has provided fans a further glimpse into the “realm of beauty” that is FANTAST via the publication of the official music video for the album’s lead single, “In The Night.”

Released on February 12, the music video commands the enigmatical meets magical aesthetic that characterizes not only Claptone as a performer, but all productions christened with his name. An enthralling embodiment of the fantastical, the music video is comprised of a smooth choreography synchronized to “In The Night’s” rhythmic progressions, and performed by none other than the producer himself. Attention to textile detail proves paramount at the video’s end, where Claptone and a group of fellow masked dancers perform a rapturous “water fountain dance sequence.”

 

H/T: Billboard

BangOnNYC’s Time & Space New Year’s Eve with Claptone – Photos by Max Hontz

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New Music Friday: Above & Beyond, Carnage, Lil Pump, Don Diablo

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It’s Friday, January 20th and with our weekly new EDM playlist being updated yesterday’s it’s time to introduce this week’s newest tunes. From this past week alone, we discovered 205 new songs with a handful of remix EPs, new hit singles, and a handful of albums. Compare this to only 58 new releases from two

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Scene rising: Ocaso Music Festival is a testament to the searing underground potential of Costa Rica

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica’s Ocaso Music Festival is already finding its sweet spot.

Such a feat is not an easy one to accomplish — especially in an increasingly saturated festival market where success rides a fine line of talent booking, production, and risk-taking. Nailing a major festival production can take years, even with a strong team and a prime location. However, Ocaso only took two editions to get its footing in the contemporary event-organizing arena.

 

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What originally began in 2017 in Tamarindo as a free event has since transformed into an unparalleled, explorative venture diving deep into the realms of underground house and techno. This year, Ocaso Festival focused on delivering a more concise lineup of house and techno artists than it had last year. 2017’s lineup boasted artists like Hot Since 82Art DepartmentLee Burridge, DJ Tennis, Doc Martin, Cristoph, Anthony Attalla, Dance Spirit, Edu Imbernon, and Andreas Henneberg. Although 2017’s curation doesn’t appear to be any less concise than this year’s artistic assemblage, the main shift for 2018 was allowing extended DJ sets from a plethora of acts throughout the weekend.

Found on the 2018 lineup were underground house and techno pioneers like Doc Martin, Hector, Claptone, and Carlo Lio, plus live sets from Rodriguez Jr and Tone Of Arc, as well as a local takeover from Costa Rican DJs like Javee, Oneiro, Maria Wabe, Samu, and more. The rambunctious, SoCal Desert Hearts party crew featuring Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, MARBS, Porkchop, and RYBO also held it down for two surprise nights of the festival.

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica’s appeal lies in a multitude of offerings: great weather year-round, a party atmosphere near the beaches, ease of air travel, and a somewhat equidistant geographic location to major markets such as North America, South America, and Western Europe. Aside from the music, the Tamarindo Playa can be explored in a number of ways, from snorkeling the coral reef to scuba diving, surfing, or zip lining through nearby jungles. For those looking to err on the side of relaxation, Tamarindo offers luscious, local cuisine, as well as a superfluous number of bars and spas.

What Tamarindo’s nightlife lacks, one could argue, are the gargantuan dance venues similar to those of Ibiza. Though Costa Rica’s San José does bolster an array of nightlife institutions and party organizations, Club Vertigo and ANTIK being on the leading edge of the scene, the city is significantly less developed than much of the leading destination festival world. Rolling green mountains stretch beyond the city limits, where the jungles carry on as far as the eye can see. In this regard, one could argue that Costa Rica is ripe for its growth in the scene, but cities like Las Vegas and Dubai are light-years ahead. Even other “would-be Ibizas” such as Punta del Este in Uruguay, Cyprus, Bali, Romania, and Croatia, are too.

Though it’s important to understand: Costa Rica’s not aiming to be “the new Ibiza.”  

Unlike other destination festivals, Tamarindo’s Ocaso Festival points to a budding underground and a scene whose deserving musical and cultural celebration is deeply embedded in the country’s very livelihood.

Costa Rica will likely not in two lifetimes approach what Ibiza has done for the dance music — it’s unlikely any new “hotspot” will, for that matter. Providing a niche destination and unique attraction between that of a boutique and underground festival experience for the scene though is growing increasingly appetizing. To this effect, Costa Rica is well-positioned, and Tamarindo’s Ocaso Festival is leading the front.

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Tamarindo is the biggest beachfront city in the area on the Pacific side, also within an hour drive of the new international airport in Liberia, making the ease of travel to Ocaso Festival a major attraction. Being on the Pacific side of the country is also incredibly important, the festival’s founder Devin Ellis has articulated to DA; Costa Rica’s dry season occurs only on the Pacific side of the country from mid-December to May, making the destination a key player in attendee’s delight.

Having organized underground warehouse style shows in the early nineties, “We have always had house and techno as our main attractions but added genres like hip-hop, drum & bass, and jungle at some of the bigger events,” the sonically well-rounded founder of Ocaso Festival is unequivocally rinsed in the underground scene.

After traveling to Acapulco Mexico in 2001 for an event called the ACA Soundfest, Ellis became drawn to the hedonistic and ground-breaking open-air possibilities a music festival could offer, and so he incorporated these elements into Ocaso.

It was “unlike anything I had ever experienced,” he’d said of ACA, also telling the Huffington Post prior to Ocaso, “I wanted to find a similar setting for my own destination festival. Removing people from the everyday stresses of life, and immersing them in an isolated setting produces a truly paradisaical experience full of freedom. In my first full night in Tamarindo a few years ago, I knew then Costa Rica was going to be home for Ocaso.”

After traveling extensively for a few years, Ellis remembered how much he enjoyed good music and its versatility no matter where he was.

“We just wanted to throw a destination festival to give people the opportunity to listen to world-class techno and house music in some of the most amazing locations on the planet,” Ellis told us of the mission behind Ocaso.

To pull off a world-class party, Ellis and the Ocaso organizers capitalized on a threefold relationship with the natural environment.

Beginning with the beach, the lifeblood of Ocaso festival was the relationship cultivated between the attendee and musical setting. Named after the Spanish word for “sunset,” it was incredibly apt that Ocaso’s second incorporation of an environmental element was a driving force of the country’s ethos: its sunsets. Ocaso’s decision to move from the opening party on the beach to a rooftop of a hotel for its days and final evening was a masterful one. In doing so, they displayed a threefold understanding of the need to entertain, but also to delight with the country’s natural beauty, and aid in attendees’ cultivation of a memorable experience with one another.

The most integral piece of Ocaso’s environmental planning though was its ascendance into the Costa Rican jungle for two nights. A sublime union between attendees and their environment, Ocaso’s underground roots were elongated with the use of the “La Senda” venue. Ocaso’s organizers paved the road leading from Tamarindo to La Senda, which was previously a dirt path, and quite literally allowed attendees to descend into the festival’s jungle accolade.

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Citing natural beauty as one of the number one attractions of Costa Rica, Ellis’ move of Ocaso to a natural amphitheater and next to an open Labrinyth structure for two evenings was immensely felicitous.

Besides the musical venue lied the Tamarindo Labyrinth, which according to both its website and locals, serves as “a maze you get lost [in] and have to find your way out, a labyrinth has only one path which symbolizes our life’s journey and takes us inward guiding us to find out who we really are. ”

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Photo Credit: La Senda Costa Rica

Translated into the design of a labyrinth by Ronald Esquivel, the jungle’s labyrinth uses sacred geometry and the number three, uniting two opposing centers — the feminine and the masculine into a third center, the Vesica Piscis — which is believed to be the point of creation.

In sacred geometry, the Vesica Piscis is the passageway from “the One to the many,” or the portal through which all forms and patterns of our universe are created. Since symbolism flows so deep within many, this figure is intended to allow inner expansion, exploration, inspiration, and spiritual self-discovery.

Respectively, Ocaso didn’t disrupt the landscape of La Senda, instead, they laced the jungle stage beside it, but the natural labyrinth’s proximity to the music and the natural amphitheater where it instead took place still beckoned an embracement of the country’s holistic energies — indeed propitious to the festival’s spiritual ideology.

Other than Ocaso’s optimal choice of venues, and its oneness with its destination, the festival soared in its palpable energy, although such a feat is rendered impossible without a diverse booking of world-class acts like Doc Martin, Claptone, Kenny Glasgow, Desert Hearts, and more.

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Ocaso’s not looking to make any drastic changes in its programming in the years to come, though Ellis hopes to continue to build on the vibes that have exploded since they began. 

Ultimately, it’s the energy of the underground that will keep people coming back to Ocaso. After all, that’s what’s kept the underground scene bubbling beneath the surface worldwide. With both Ellis’ and Ocaso’s investments in the Costa Rican scene, as well as their dedication to creating goosebump-inducing moments, and allowing the spaces to do the rest; its no surprise that Ocaso will be returning to Tamarindo next year with the same devotion to its natural environment, and most importantly, with the same love for the music that keeps it going.

All Photos Courtesy of Pablo Murillo

Claptone – In The Night feat. Ben Duffy

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Claptone, has released a funked-up house original titled “In The Night,” featuring Ben Duffy. The piece features a medley of jazzy electronic elements fused with alluring instrumentation, including riveting excepts of violin, playful guitar riffs, and colorful vocals — all tied together by a groovy bass line. The uplifting lyrics of the piece complement the infectious beat to create an air of vibrant energy.

The masked German icon recently announced the creation of his second artist album, FANTAST, slated for a 2018 release. With a sound categorized by passion, unmatched technique, and flawless execution, in his latest release, “In The Night,” Claptone has set the bar high for what to expect on his upcoming LP.

Claptone to release new album, ‘FANTAST’

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The musical masquerade will forge ahead: Claptone is set to release a new album via Different Recordings and [PIAS] come June 8. Entitled FANTAST, the 13-track offering will function as a follow up to Charmer, Claptone’s debut album that released back in 2015. FANTAST will feature collaborations with a variety of artists, including Zola Blood, Nathan Nicholson, Matt Simons, Kele Okereke, and more.

FANTAST is a project that has engaged the enigmatic masked musician for the past two-years: “Over the last two-years it has been a great pleasure to work on this album as a counterpoint to the hectic world of travelling as a DJ,” Claptone states of the album. Claptone identifies FANTAST as “a dreamy, a heartfelt, at times a naïve and surely escapist album,” questioning “but what to do if one — on the quest for his soul — develops a strong desire to go back to his roots, back to nature?” in his definition thereof. “Did I find myself on that journey?” Claptone asks, classifying the production of FANTAST as a stimulating and introspective body of work.

The full tracklist for FANTAST appears below.

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  1. Birdsong (feat. Zola Blood)
  2. In The Night (feat. Ben Duffy)
  3. Under The Moon (feat. Nathan Nicholson)
  4. Stay The Night (feat. Tender)
  5. Stronger (feat. Ben Duffy)
  6. Bad Thing (feat. Jones)
  7. Wildside (feat. Matt Simons)
  8. Abyss Of Love (feat. Nathan Nicholson)
  9. La Esperanza (feat. Katie Stelmanis)
  10. A Waiting Game (feat. Nathan Nicholson)
  11. Cruising (So They Say) (feat. Kele)
  12. Animal (feat. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)
  13. Alone (feat. Blaenavon)

 

 

H/T: DJ Mag

 

Ocaso Music Festival announces stunning house & techno-oriented lineup

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OcasoThose with house and techno tastes will find warmth ‘underground’ this January.

Ocaso Music Festival will return to Tamarindo Playa, Costa Rica for its second year of production on Tamarindo Playa’s ‘pristine Pacific coastline,’ where bass lines will meet coastline come Jan. 4-7, 2018.

The temporal site of Ocaso’s sequel, 2018 represents Ocaso’s opportunity to further establish its brand as a choice destination festival dedicated to underground sound, and as such, Ocaso has rolled out a 2018 lineup rife with house and techno heavy hitters. Claptone, Doc Martin, and Sacha Robotti top Ocaso’s extensive lineup, finding it far from lonely at the lineup’s peak — Ocaso’s lineup boasts a range of underground’s elite.

An event that elevates the traditional festival experience to a luxurious Central American getaway punctuated by house and techno tones, Ocaso Music Festival is an occasion housed under the destination festival header that will only grow increasingly beloved over the years. Tickets to Ocaso Music Festival are currently on sale, available for purchase here.

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Dirtybird label shares phase one of inaugural East Coast Campout event

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The Dirtybird brand is flying south for the winter.

The San Francisco label founded by Claude VonStroke in 2005 has steadily attracted the attention of “tech funk” fans each year via the collective’s massive West Coast campout. Now that Dirtybird’s flagship event has concluded after a three-day spree in Bradley, California, Dirtybird’s founding father has unveiled the first phase of the East Coast Campout’s lineup.

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Slated to touch down in St. Cloud, Florida from February 2–4, the inaugural East Coast Campout extravaganza will see VonStroke double as headlining artist and camp counselor, flanked by label heavyweights, Christian Martin, Ardalan, and J. Phlip. Tiga, Claptone, MK, and Fisher will likewise make their debut at the East Coast Campout, joined by a host of additional performers on the first phase of the camp roster.

Boasting a solid lineup of first phase DJs ready to take the decks come February, the East Coast Campout will feature a mardi gras meets voodoo campout theme that channels the trademark “quirks, charm, and character” of the South. The Florida based campout will offer attendees a one of a kind Super Bowl viewing party experience, along with a series of camp oriented activities, ranging from Tug-O-War to a Beat Boxing Competition.

Hosted at a working summer camp, the East Coast Campout is situated closely to both Miami and Orlando, making the event all the more accessible. Tickets to the 21+ event will go on sale Wednesday, Nov 4 at 10 AM. Visit Dirtybird’s official website for more information.

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London’s Annual South West Four 2017 Lineup will Blow Your Mind

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Here at EDM Sauce, and sometimes just as humans, we find ourselves stuck in our own world. Our own local bubble that keeps our imaginations limited and our tastes controlled. There’s a whole world out there of undiscovered music, and unattended music festivals. And by George! I think we found the best one just across the

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