“Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia” was inspired by ’80s extended dance mixes
New Jersey-based house music pioneer Dennis Ferrer is set to make his debut at London’s fabled fabric Nightclub on Saturday, Feb 10. The Objektivity founder comes off a strong year in 2017, with his release of Damian Lazarus’ “Fly Away” reaching No. 2 on Beatport’s house charts. Ferrer’s Objektivity label continues to unearth and mentor some of the world’s most acclaimed underground talents such as Andre Hommen, Nasser Baker and CJ Jeff. The label is celebrating its 12th year of releasing “intelligent music for intelligent people.”
In addition to announcing his fabric debut, Ferrer has revealed a collaborative project with UK dubstep pioneer-turned-techno stalwart Skream. The project, dubbed Local Heroes, will see the duo flock to a number of global performances in back-to-back fashion, starting in the UK. The mission of the project is to pay homage to each city’s most authentic underground DJs, with Ferrer and Skream hand-picking a plethora of support for each date.
House and techno fanatics can expect back-to-back action at the performances, as well as a number of collaborative releases by Ferrer and Skream under their collaborative moniker, with first already scheduled to drop on Objektivity in early 2018, called “Old Yella.”
Ferrer’s next chapter in his ongoing relationship with the UK underground is primed to be the most exciting one yet. Skream is set to release his FabricLive 96 mix on Jan. 19.
Pioneer has officially unveiled details for their upcoming DDJ-1000 controller.
The four channel, DVS compatible controller features customizable color LCD on jog display screens, a brand new club-style layout, improved magvel fader, a plethora of new performance pads and brand new effects such as Beat FX, entitled Enigma Jet, Mobius Saw, Mobius Triangle and Low Cut Echo.
“Fluidly select tracks you didn’t consider compatible thanks to rekordbox dj’s new Related Tracks feature.” reads the product’s official specs page. “Bring creative flair to performances with 14 Beat FX – including four new versions – and instantly trigger Hot Cues, Loops and more with the 16 multi-coloured Performance Pads.”
The product is available for $1,466 USD and will be available to buy later this month.
Perhaps one of underground electronic music’s biggest purveyors, Brianna Price — aka B. Traits — has developed as a BBC Radio 1 broadcaster all the way to her current position as an integral part of the radio station’s storied Friday night lineup. Every Friday night between 1 and 4AM, Price showcases a plethora of up and coming talent on her Future 12 radio show.
Last Friday, Price featured rising underground techno star Charlotte De Witte for a 30 minute guest mix. On the brink of worldwide acclaim, De Witte sent listeners into a stimulating frenzy with a galvanizing selection of tracks from such producers as 1800HaightStreet, Patrick Siech, Setaoc Mass, David Dawl, Linus Quick, Patrick Skoog, Mikael Jonasson and Flug.
Charlotte De Witte’s Future 12 guest mix serves as further proof that she is slated to take the world by storm in 2018. Last year, Dancing Astronaut named De Witte as one of 15 artists that rocked the underground in 2017.
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2018 was projected to be a big year for What So Not with the anticipated arrival of his long-awaited full-length album debut. Now, as the ball gets rolling for the Aussie standout this year, What So Not is officially starting to deliver with the announcement of his upcoming Beautiful Things World Tour, slated to hit a handful of major international festivals as well as more than 30 stops around the globe.
The “Be Okay Again” producer is expected to hit Ultra, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza‘s South American circuit, covering ground from Mumbai to Miami, Brooklyn to Berlin. The tour will include What So Not’s newly launched custom touring rig, featuring a massive chrome horse and chariot setup. The news of the Beautiful Things World Tour comes on the cusp of leaked, unconfirmed details about What So Not’s highly anticipated upcoming LP — rumored to be called Not All The Beautiful Things and said to include contributions from Skrillex, Rome Fortune, Toto, and more. Hopefully by the time What So Not hits the road later this month, we’ll know for sure.