Tomorrowland has unveiled its stage host lineup for the 2020 edition. The announcement arrives shortly after Global Journey packages for the Belgium festival went on sale on January 18. Celebrating its milestone 15th anniversary in 2019, the electronic affair recently extended its contract another 15 years up through 2034.
As younger dance music fans move from the main stage to the underground, one of the first names they hear is the ever-present techno trove Drumcode.
Not only did Adam Beyer knock it out of the park with the imprint’s namesake (equal parts informative and enigmatic), over the last two decades his style of throbbing, eerie techno has become a worldwide staple. And with this unmistakable notoriety, Beyer has expanded the sound even further, driving new trends and simultaneously giving a platform to new generations of trendsetters.
If there’s a dedicated techno stage at an electronic music festival, chances are Drumcode will have it’s own night as it has at EDC Vegas, Tomorrowland, Ultra and the list goes on.
2019 was yet another excellent year for the label. Rebūkeand Will Clarke made their debuts on the label, and Julian Jeweil released his first full-length LP, Transmission.
With so much great music coming from Drumcode it was difficult for Beyer to choose an hour’s worth of music for his year-end mix (his words), but he was able to do so with the precision that only a revered industry authority like him could manage.
For over two decades, Movement has been a consistent leading force in Detroit’s lively electronic music scene. While Movement hosts electronic performers from a broad musical background, the emphasis on techno has made the festival a must-visit for fans of the genre. Based on the announcement of the first 10 acts, 2020’s show holds true to the high standard festival organizers have set for themselves.
2019 is almost over, but Maceo Plex isn’t even close to done. Alongside Josh Wink, he just released a new EP on Adam Beyer‘s royal techno label, Drumcode, this time with two remixes from Raxon and Shall Ocin, respectively.
Just a few months ago in September, Maceo Plex—real name Eric Estornel— had a remix on Drumcode of CJ Bolland and The Advent’s undisputed rave classic, “Camargue.” Now he is back at the helm, guiding his listener on an interstellar excursion to the planet endowed with the name of the Roman god of war.
A master of sonic imagery, Estornel paints the picture of a mission gone wrong, encountering hostile forces, and failing to reach the final destination. The remixes provide a detour from the impending doom, but only for a brief moment.
Adam Beyer and his famed techno label Drumcode took over Tobacco Dock in London for a massive Halloween party, and his set is now out for revelers to relive their favorite IDs from the night.
Beyer has been busy as of late, recently coming off an EDC Orlando performance and the Drumcode showcase in Brooklyn at Avant Gardner.
Drumcode hosted not only the label head himself but a suite of heavy-hitting techno acts including Alan Jeweil, Wehbba, Pig&Dan, Layton Giordani, and Enrico Sangiuliano, to name a few.
The set has been uploaded to SoundCloud as part of Beyer’s latest installment in his Drumcode Radio Live series. Make sure to have a listen as he throws techno enthusiasts into the middle of his dark and twisting two-and-a-half-hour set.
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.
Techno connoisseur and DJ Adam Beyer has fueled the underground with up-and-coming artists and hit tracks for 23 years with his renowned imprint, Drumcode. The label has been a fixture in underground electronic music, and it’s yielded some of Beyer and the industry’s best work.
Drumcode has released its annual A-Sides Vol. 8, and it continues to showcase the brand’s quality and pulse on modern house and techno. The 25-track strong compilation features standout cuts that Beyer has received over the last year that he has thus far been unable to find a home for in Drumcode’s regular release schedule.
In A-Sides Vol. 8, multiple artists make their Drumcode return after multi-year hiatus’s from the label. Highlights of the compilation are Jamie Jones & Darius Syrossian‘s buzzy label debut “Eyes of the Night,” Nicole Moudaber’s first Drumcode release in 5 years with the mesmerizing “This Is Us,” Will Clarke‘s bass-drenched re-work of Adam Beyer & Bart Skils “Your Mind,” and Joey Beltram’s first label release in 11 years with the retro-tinged “Can You Feel It.”
Those looking to experience Drumcode live can see if the label is bringing their artists to an event near them here.
It’s been quite a few years since Will Clarke‘s most prominent offering was ‘Booty Percolatin’; his defining Dirtybird track that not only made him a permanent member of the crew, but a symbol for all things bouncing booty-house.
That track was released in 2016. Now it’s 2019, and Will Clarke is digging deeper and deeper. Over those three years, he’s morphed that rump-shaking aesthetic into a captivating middle ground between techno and tech-house, culminating recently in his new EP, Nothing Is Forever.
This is Clarke’s first solo EP on Drumcode‘s sister label, Truesoul. He was on the label prior a mere six months ago via his joint EP with Eli Brown entitled Our Love, and now he’s gone even darker with Nothing Is Forever. Each of the three tracks involves the kind of dissonant syncopation that ignites the energy at a techno warehouse party, and not a single vocal can be found on the EP which is rare considering Clarke’s past work.
With this new release, his remix getting placed on the upcoming iteration of Drumcode’s A-Sides compilation, and the growing steam behind Amok, his collaborative project with techno maven, Sian, Will Clarke could be spinning alongside the Drumcode team before long.
June 3 will bring about Boxia‘s debut studio album, A Night In The Life Of. As one of Drumcode‘s notable rising stars, expectations have been set high for the big release. Per the sound of it, the British artist is looking to top the bar and show off his diversity through a patchwork of club-focused tunes. Each are based around different nightlife characters he’s encountered throughout his years on the circuit or around specific memories, giving the LP a particularly expressive effect. The album span across the abstract, all the way to driving, darkened techno.
“Nights Become Days” falls somewhere in the middle of Boxia’s spectrum, and explores a more emotive side to his musicality. Like quite a few tracks on A Night In The Life Of, the single is melodic and almost trancey at times, putting listeners under a nostalgia-filled spell. Much like its title, “Nights Become Days” errs toward the euphoric side; a clear homage to times spent at a party that persisted into daytime hours. Not to mention, it’s a track that clearly means business.
Order a copy of “Nights Become Days,” via ‘A Night In The Life Of’ on Drumcode, here