Carl Cox and Maceo Plex to play b2b in a literal fortress at EXIT Festival

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Carl Cox and Maceo Plex to play b2b in a literal fortress at EXIT FestivalCarlCoMaceoPle

Serbia’s EXIT Festival originally began as a student protest against the government, but over the course of its 20-year tenure has morphed into one of the most respected electronic and rock events throughout all of Europe. In addition to heavy lineups of truly diverse talent and of course, taking place inside a Serbian fortress from the 1600s, the festival has built earned a global reputation for its ability to put together b2b sets of visionary talent.

This year, all eyes are on techno guru Carl Cox and house authority Maceo Plex, who will be sharing the decks on the first of the festival’s four days. Plex comes fresh off the success of his recent LP, Mutant Series. Previous b2b sets at EXIT Festival have included Eric Prydz and Adam Beyer, Solomun with Dixon, and Carl Cox alongside Green Velvet.

EXIT Festival fortifies its reputation on July 4 – 7 at the Petrovaradin Fortress and will feature additional sets from DJ Snake, The Chainsmokers, Blawan, and Chase & Status. Get tickets and the full line-up here.

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Ultra Music Festival unveils awe inducing 2019 RESISTANCE lineup for Miami iteration

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Ultra Music Festival unveils awe inducing 2019 RESISTANCE lineup for Miami iterationRESISTANCE Carl Co MegaStructure Photo By RVR 16

Ultra Music Festival (UMF) has proven its RESISTANCE brand to be a well-oiled industrial machine that unceasingly manufactures some of the finest house and techno lineups in the modern festival circuit. The revelations of its 2019 lineup continues this process. For its 2019 edition, Ultra Miami will present the RESISTANCE concept in an unprecedented manner, devoting a considerable portion of the Virginia Key festival grounds to what UMF organizers have newly dubbed “RESISTANCE island.”

Given the artists who grace Ultra Miami’s 2019 RESISTANCE lineup, “island” is indeed an apt descriptor. UMF crafts an underground paradise of electronic sorts via live sets from Maceo Plex, Black Coffee, Sasha | John Digweed, Richie Hawtin, and Charlotte de Witte. Adam Beyer and Cirez D will link up for another installment in their mythical back-to-back format series. Eric Prydz, however, won’t be the only producer appearing under an alias–deadmau5 notably figures among the RESISTANCE lineup as Testpilot. deadmau5′ Testpilot set flanks his headlining set as deadmau5. The mau5trap label head’s headlining set that will be the platform of deadmau5’s worldwide debut of his Cube 3.0.

In the midst of RESISTANCE’s luster gleams a back-to-back Carl Cox set. Ultra maintains the mystery for now, as festival organizers currently conceal of the name of Cox’s back-to-back partner behind the decks, which Ultra will expectedly declare at a later date. Ultra Music Festival will record its inaugural edition at its new home of Virginia Key from March 29-31.

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Igloofest Montréal to return for 13th edition of the winter event series, including headliners Diplo, Above & Beyond and RL Grime

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Montréal is no stranger to icy Canadian winters, but that doesn’t stop the local troops from getting down in the snow. Returning for the 13th edition of the winter event series, Igloofest has announced their annual three-weekend takeover at the city’s Old Port, welcoming all as they embark on nine evenings of frosty festivities.

As the outdoor festival officially commences Jan 17 and comes to a close Feb 2, attendees have the ticketing capabilities to frequent one, or all nights of the multi-weekend frenzy. With previous years of success establishing Igloofest as one of the most prominent electronic events in Montréal, the 2019 edition continues to impress with a large-scale list of headliners, including the likes of Diplo, Above & Beyond, and Maceo Plex as notable billings for each respective weekend. Alongside the aforementioned acts, Igloofest boasts nights that bring out a double-dose of headliners such as longstanding techno masterminds Chris Liebing and Mind Against, and heavyweight trap heads RL Grime and Baauer over the course of two nights.

While some may shy away from the idea of an outdoor winter dance party, previous years have seen as many as 120,000 bundled-up attendees flock to the venue over a single season. Winter may not seem the preferred season for festivals, but Igloofest is here to disprove that narrow notion.

GA and VIP passes for Igloofest 2019 are available for purchase here.

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Maceo Plex drops dark remix of Dino Lenny’s ‘Guilty Officer’

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Maceo Plex drops dark remix of Dino Lenny’s ‘Guilty Officer’Maceo Ple Press Shot

From releasing two EPs and remixing the legendary Blade Runner theme, to launching yet another label, Maceo Plex has had a sprawling 2018. Capping off his year with one final remix, the multifarious artist has set forth his take of Italian techno talent, Dino Lenny’s “Guilty Officer.”

Maceo Plex’s rendition is a hard-hitting take than the funky, minimal original. Lifting Dino Lenny’s vocals, Maceo Plex constructs a commanding edit full of swelling synths and old-school techno drums. Released on his own Ellum imprint, the Cuban-American producer adds yet another exciting piece of live weaponry to his already extensive catalog.

Maceo Plex launches new MPLX label for ‘personal experimentation,’ plots debut release

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Maceo Plex launches new MPLX label for ‘personal experimentation,’ plots debut releaseMaceo Ple 2017

Maceo Plex‘s penchant for multi-label musicality has brought about a series of different Maceo Plex-headed imprints over the years, including Lone Romantic, Ellum, and Ellum’s following sub-label, Ellum Black. Now, the producer lifts the veil to introduce yet another imprint, MPLX, an obvious abbreviation of “Maceo Plex.”

MPLX will function as Maceo Plex’s exclusive “vehicle for personal experimentation.” In that vein, MPLX will only feature releases from the “Solitary Daze” producer. MPLX’s first production will be Mutant Romance, a two-track EP slated for a December 7 debut. Northeast Maceo Plex fans can catch the visionary in February, when he brings his Mosaic party series to New York. Those interested can learn more about the upcoming event, here. In the meantime, a new creative outlet for the Solar producer likely points to an influx of new experimental cuts underway.

H/T: Mixmag

Premiere: John Monkman – Enhancer

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Premiere: John Monkman – EnhancerJohn Monkman Dancing Astronaught Prem 01

John Monkman‘s musical path has been a winding one that’s seen him touching on everything from ethereal Anjunadeep-level progressive, to big house tunes, to raunchier cuts. As he’s traveled the depths of his musicality, his sonic vision soon aligned with the Maceo Plex/Ellum camp — and has officially materialized into an EP on the imprint aptly titled Tune In, Turn On.

Its B-side, “Enhancer,” is a particularly blistering number, designed to cause tension on the dancefloor. Pitched-up arpeggios are strung together by acidic synthesizers, simultaneously catalyzing goosebumps celestial mental imagery. Meanwhile, growling notes on the low-end and driving vocal clips add a hint of shadow to the finished product, making for an intense and well-balanced track that heats up the speakers.

“Enhance” is set for a November 16 release. Pre-order a copy here.




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Teksupport brings rare Maceo Plex Mosaic show stateside

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It’s not often that Maceo Plex‘ name appears stateside; he only comes to his homeland a handful of times each year. Even rarer is his Mosaic party series, which began as a residency as Pacha but has since evolved into a global institution for the avant garde of dance music. The award-winning series has only touched down in the states a couple times.

Come February, New York City promoters Teksupport will be ushering in Mosaic‘s return stateside, this time with Helena Hauff, Axel Boman, and Danny Daze in tow. Given each artist’s reputation for defying genres and delving into the eclectic in their own unique ways, the upcoming iteration of Mosaic is primed to keep to its ethos of conjuring colorful, multifaceted nights of electronic music. The announcement follows a recent appearance by Maceo Plex in New York, in which Teksupport joined forces with streaming giant Cercle to bring him to the Hudson River. Hopefully, this signals a potential visit westward as well.


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Event roundup: DA’s 11 freakiest Halloween 2018 hotspots

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No matter where you’re spending your All Hallow’s Eve this year, DA knows where you can let your freak flag fly. Whether you’re in Toronto, Caen, Los Angeles—hell, even Wisconsin—we’ve got you covered. With a beguiling mixture of both annually resurrected and new festivals on our radar, there’s a fiendish festivity for all this Halloween.

1.  HARD Day of the Dead

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HARD‘s once defunct Day of the Dead property is officially back, slated for November 3 at the event’s original home at LA Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles. Headlining DOTD’s comeback edition is Justice, breaking out their live stage rig for one final outing, exactly six years to the day after the Parisian legends headlined the inaugural Day of the Dead. South African rave-rap pioneers Die Antwoord and Knife Party also top this year’s lineup, along with a stacked cast of supporting acts.

Grab tickets to HARD DOTD here. 

2. DJ Snake’s Halloween double-header

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The French superpower is slithering his way to both New York and LA for the freakiest week of the year. Snake is slated to headline New York City’s Avant Gardner on October 26 and Los Angeles’ legendary Shrine Expo Hall on October 31. The headlining shows will be Snake’s only territory headline appearances of the year, and each show is expected to feature state-of-the-art production.

Get tickets to DJ Snake’s only U.S. shows of the year

3. Wisconsin’s JAWBREAKER Fest

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Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center is housing the Midwest’s quintessential Halloween festival this year: the very first double-day JAWBREAKER, specifically tailored for electronic lovers, October 27-28. With a fully-loaded lineup featuring the likes of GRiZODESZALouis The ChildRL GrimeZEDDSLUMBERJACK, and more, the festival is sure to spawn a fierce following. Easily accessible to Chicagoans, the other electronic mecca of the Midwest, the venue is located just a few blocks from the Milwaukee Amtrak station.

Purchase Jawbreaker Fest tickets here.

4. Toronto’s Halloween Freakout

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Toronto’s recent drum ‘n’ bass fever has spawned its annual Freakout at 401 Mini Indy Go-Karts. With a brimming lineup featuring Andy C, Rusko, and Dirtyphonics, along with Hunter Siegel hosting a No Neon room, Freakout is slated for a ghastly good time going down Saturday, October 27.

Purchase tickets to Freakout here.

5. Hakkasan Group’s Halloweek festivities

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Hakkasan Group is pulling out all the stops for Halloween 2018. The Las Vegas hospitality giant is extending Halloween to a full week, running holiday themed festivities at each of their properties across the strip, spanning from October 25 – October 31. As the month winds down, an eclectic cast of talent will descend upon Vegas — drawing the likes of Steve AokiKaskadeZEDDNGHTMREMartin GarrixBorgore, and Lil Uzi Vert to name a few, for one of the busiest party weeks of the year.

Purchase Hakkasan Halloween tickets here.

6. Wynwood Fear Factory’s Halloween Weekend in Miami

Summer festival season may be long gone, but the events circuit shows no signs of slowing as fall lineups begin to pour in. Thanks to the organizers at Diskolab, Miami just became a top contender for Halloween weekend destinations. Mana Wynwood Warehouse will host some of the most in-demand electronic acts in the country across October 26 – 27, with a roster topped by RL Grime and Galantis, along with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike billed as the weekend’s special guests.

The rest of the lineup boasts a solid supporting cast with performances from GetterTritonalKeys N Krates, and Duke Dumont all locked in. This year’s lineup also includes BlackgummyBROHUG, and Deorro among others.

Grab tickets to Fear Factory here.

7. Caen’s Nördik Impakt

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The freaky Frenchman of Nördik Impakt are letting loose a cannon of across-the-board underground electronic acts this year in Caen, France for the Halloween season. With a lineup featuring the likes of Charlotte De Witte, Maceo Plex, and Nicole Moudaber, taking off October 24-27, Caen patrons will surely feel full-throttle Impakt of the most malicious variety.

Purchase tickets to Nördik Impakt here.

8. San Bernardino’s Escape: Psycho Circus

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SoCal’s Psycho Circus is the last place patrons will want to Escape this Halloween. With a lineup boasting headliners of a truly hellish caliber, the October 26-27 Insomniac affair is going rogue. Kaskade, Martin Garrix, Diplo, and Eric Prydz are just a slice of this deliciously pernicious pie, stocked with devilishly immersive experiential elements to boot.

Get your Escape tickets here

9. Light & Life Halloween Warehouse with Dillon Francis 

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Light&Life have hosted some of the most prominent dance acts in the game — Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, and Disclosure, to name a few — and are known for their cutting-edge production in the visual and sonic realms. They’ve booked Latin Grammy winner Dillon Francis to headline their Halloween show at a Brooklyn warehouse venue on October 26. Dillon’s highly anticipated WUT WUT album has just been released, which means he’ll be filling the venue with loads of fresh new music not yet heard live by fans. Francis will be joined by Valentino Khan, and up-and-coming bass talent Nitti Gritti.

Get your Dillon Francis Warehouse tickets here


10. Circoloco Halloween NYC – Hosted by Teksupport

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Teksupport, a pillar of underground dance music events in New York City, has joined forces with the iconic Ibiza brand Circoloco to put together a memorable Halloween weekend gathering. Circoloco is has earned the reputation as one of the island’s top afterhours parties, taking place weekly at the superclub DC10. This year will be the third in a row where they bring the brand stateside to New York. Standout acts include Virgil Abloh (recently placed on TIME’s ‘Most Influential People of 2018 list), Peggy Gou, & house music legends, The Martinez Brothers.

Get your Circoloco tickets here

11. Haunted Deep: Lee Burridge / Mr C / Jay Tripwire & more

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Chicago is getting DEEP this Hallo-weekend, going back to its house roots with an array of the finest performers. Dive into the depths with Burning Man mainstays Lee Burridge, Mr. C, Jay Tripwire, and more, to be hosted at The Mine Music hall. Paradigm has recently began expanding beyond its talent agency wheelhouse and into event production, where it aims to expose fans to top-notch talent that isn’t completely dominating the mainstream media sphere.

10 events not to miss at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event

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10 events not to miss at this year’s Amsterdam Dance EventAde Credit Ma Kneefel

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) kicks off next week, and most by now know the event’s robust scheduling means being inundated with party/lineup decisions and challenges. With countless events featuring even bigger talent, planning the “ideal” weekend in Amsterdam can be tricky. To help guide the way, we’ve curated a few of our favorites to help steer attendees in the right direction. Of course, there’s many more to choose from, but here are our 10 events not to miss.

The Classic Music Company

Honey Dijon / Horse Meat Disco / Luke Solomon / Eli Escobar / Sophie Lloyd / Titia

23:59 – 06:00 / Sugar Factory

It’s the first night at ADE, and there are so many parties it’s hard know where to start. Look no further than Sugar Factory — a mainstay in Amsterdam club culture for the better part of the last decade. Featuring Dot Audio sound, and two rooms (a main, and a more intimate space), Sugar Factory is the first ingredient in the recipe for a great night out. Throw in the lineup for the legendary Luke Solomon’s last night of a recent residency and attendees’ ADE appetizer is complete. Headlining is Honey Dijon, known for an incredibly progressive blend of club-sound brilliance, and Horse Meat Disco, a talented duo riding disco’s wave of resurgence. What better way to kick off a long weekend in Amsterdam?


Boys Noize / Christeene / Curses / Ghost Van Bellen / Joost van Bellen / Paul Neverready

22:00 – 07:00 / SEXYLAND

ADE is warming up and it’s time to get a little freaky for night two. Look no further than Sexyland — a new temporary club concept. The concept is simple: New Owner, Every Day. Every experience at Sexyland will be different. Headlining the night is Boys Noize, German industrial techno wunderkin. Fresh off a variety of new releases throughout the past year including a collaboration with Virgil Abloh, the music is guaranteed to be as banging as the space, art-installations, and crowd. 

Anjunadeep Amsterdam

16 Bit Lolitas / Ben Böhmer [live] / Dom Donnelly / James Grant / Penelope / Yotto

23:00 – 05:00 / Tolhuistuin

Perhaps there’s an affinity for the airier sounds of the house spectrum? Head over to Tolhuistuin, the three-room Amsterdam nightclub right off the water with views, and green spaces to boot. There lies a massive Anjunadeep showcase featuring some of the top deep and progressive house acts. Key acts include Yotto, whose original productions find their way into everyone’s favorite DJ’s sets, and 16 Bit Lolitas. These Amsterdam locals are bound to make for a a huge hometown show.

Thuishaven Friday w/ Life and Death

Axel Boman / DJ Tennis / Gommage / Gerd Janson / Henrik Schwarz / Job Jobse / Leon Vynehall / Red Axes and many more

15:00 – 06:00 / Thuishaven

The weekend is finally here! Head over to Thuishaven for an unforgettable evening in and incredibly unique space. With multiple stages nestled between bars in a hugely industrial scene (think scrapyards and abandoned oil tankers), Life and Death’s ADE showcase awaits. The Italian label brought out all the stops, with huge names littered throughout this lineup. Between Henrik Schwartz, Axel Boman, and DJ Tennis, there’s a sound for all styles and a DJ pushing that sound to its furthest limits.

Audio Obscura x Stephan Bodzin at Scheepvaartmuseum

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20:00 – 03:00 / Scheepvaartmuseum

This one’s definitely something special. First, the promoter, Audio Obscura, which is known for its legendary events in obscure and unexpected settings. Next, the fascinating architecture of the famous National Maritime Museum in central Amsterdam. Finally, four hours of the incredible talents of Stephan Bodzin, the live-techno genius. Combine those three elements for one of ADE’s most unique events this year. For those looking for somewhere to physically stay put while going on a musical journey — look no further.

Awakenings x Maceo Plex Presents Mosaic

Architectural / Job Jobse / Floating Points / Ben UFO / Maceo Plex / Helena Hauff

22:00 – 08:00 / Gashouder

It would be impossible to have an ADE list without mentioning an event at Gashouder. This techno Mecca features a massive dancefloor, booming sounds, incredible production, and even indoor screaming fireworks. With so many events at this pinnacle space, it can be hard to choose just one, but Maceo Plex’s Mosaic party is guaranteed to be one to remember. Backstopped by the brilliant minds behind Awakenings, Mosaic’s lineup is hugely diverse. While mainstays like Maceo Plex and Floating points are obvious must-sees, don’t sleep on Helena Hauff, one of the princesses of acid and electro. That German sound is bound to get attendees jumping.

Berlin: Watergate x Club Feierei

Adana Twins / Jan Blomqvist / Anja Schneider & La Fleur / Seth Schwarz / Jan Oberlaender / Kiasmos and many more

22:00 – 07:00 / WesterUnie

Speaking of Germany, famous Berlin club, Watergate, is hosting what looks to be an unmissable night. The lineup is full of regular German club residents and additional stars from across Europe. Ears will perk at the idea of an Anja Schneider B2B La Fleur set, which is bound to be entirely epic. Two female label bosses and boundary-pushers together on the same stage. German and Swedish sounds will collide. What more could you ask for?

DGTL x Paradise

Jamie Jones / Dubfire [live] / Derrick May / Maya Jane Coles / Richy Ahmed / Darius Syrossian / Luuk van Dijk and more

22:00 – 07:00 / Scheepsbouwloods

Scheepsbouwloods is described by Resident Advisor as the “ultimate rave location on the NDSM-wharf.” What better way to hit the “ultimate rave location” than with the ultimate rave? DGTL, Amsterdam-based cutting edge dance music event producers, bring Jamie Jones‘ Paradise party to this epic location. And of course, following Jones comes an insane lineup of techno, tech house, and house heavyweights. It doesn’t only feature label boss and tech-house party-vibes legend Jones. It doesn’t only feature Derrick May, one of the Detroit-based pioneers of techno and members of legendary trio, Belleville Three. It doesn’t only feature a rare live Dubfire set, featuring all original production. This lineup features all three of them plus Maya Jane Coles, Richy Ahmed, and countless others. 


Tale Of Us / Solomun / Dixon / Recondite / Mind Against / Adriatique / Mathew Jonson / Kobosil / Shifted / and more

14:00 – 14:00 / Warehouse Elementenstraat

For those looking to avoid party-hopping and seeking a true, nearly endless, immersive experience, look no further than the Afterlife party on Saturday night. Curated by masters Tale of Us, the lineup a deep mix of incredibly diverse minimal and masterful artists. Not only are Tale of Us, Ardiatique, and Mind Against hitting the decks, but there’s a huge variety of live sets in the mix. Mathew Jonson, Recondite, and Agents of Time are all coming out to round out the incredible mix of DJs with their live sets. Additionally, a special Solomun B2B Dixon set is bound to feature a full dance floor surging to dimension bending sounds.

elrow goes to ADE


23:00 – 06:00 / De Kromhouthal

An elrow party is not to be missed. The legendary Barcelona day club that has taken their event international. Known for its incredible tech-house and dance party sounds, elrow is has made a name for itself with the sheer spectacle of it all. No lineup announced yet? No problem. Attendees can expect everything from confetti blasts to themed dancers in the crowd on stilts to hundreds of inflatable pool toys to throw at friends — and, of course, the dancing chicken. Aside from the spectacle of it, the music at elrow is guaranteed to meet high standards. The theme for this party is Chinese “ROW” year, and time will tell exactly what that entails.

Photo credit: Max Kneefel

Maceo Plex reveals details on upcoming Mariel Ito retrospective, ‘2000-2005.’

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Maceo Plex reveals details on upcoming Mariel Ito retrospective, ‘2000-2005.’Maceo Ple 2017

Maceo Plex revealed his revival of his Mariel Ito alias in the form two EP releases at the beginning of 2018. The first of the two came out in late January, showing off the more experimental, IDM side of Maceo — born Eric Estornel — that his older friends were missing.  A work by the name of 2000-2005 was set to release through R&S Records in May initially, but the project got pushed back. Now followers can rest easy in knowing that 2000-2005 is readying for its launch at long last, on October 26.

Estornel states the project will feature ten tracks of pure electro and IDM made between the years 2000 and 2005, and carried sounds which “helped sculpt his taste growing up in the 90’s.” The Cuban DJ/producer continues, “Friends have been asking me for years why I ever abandoned [Mariel Ito] in the first place, and would egg me on to relaunch it. Last year, when I decided I wouldn’t continue doing my Mosaic party in Ibiza, I knew I would have more time to finally relaunch it and began writing new material.”