Sasha and John Digweed to join forces at The Brooklyn Mirage on July 26

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Sasha and John Digweed to join forces at The Brooklyn Mirage on July 26Sasha John Digweed Press

The individual sides of a black and white cookie are each lovable in their own right, sure, but there’s no denying the cookie’s enduring legacy as a two-sided masterclass in flavor. The same could be said for progressive house and techno pioneers Sasha and John Digweed, who first stamped their collaborative mark on the club world some 20 years ago. The British pairing split amicably in 2002, deciding to pursue their own solo initiatives, likely before outgrowing themselves as a group.

Over time the pair have reconvened for special shows, and the next occasion is finally upon us. Sasha and Digweed will be crossing paths again as the duo makes their debut at The Brooklyn Mirage on July 26. The rare joint set is expected to highlight the track selection and technical mixing skills that carried the DJ and production team to the top of dance music’s Mt. Olympus in the late 90s. This will be John Digweed’s first return to NYC since his dazzling 10 hour (!!!) sendoff to the Williamsburg’s Output on the first of this year.

Tickets for the event are on sale here.

Vujaday finishes five-day dance music tour of Barbados: photos by Kurthoop & Ded Pixel/Ded Agency

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NMF Roundup: Tame Impala returns, JOYRYDE teams up with GOLD, Gorgon City deliver ‘Delicious’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Tame Impala returns, JOYRYDE teams up with GOLD, Gorgon City deliver ‘Delicious’ + moreJOYRYDE Photo Credit Koury Angelo

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.

Tame Impala returns for the first release since 2015’s Currents with the appropriately titled “Patience.” JOYRYDE continues to show 2019 is his year with the release of “YUCK” with GOLD, and Dabin reveals his sophomore album, Wild Youth, featuring tracks like “Home” with Essenger. Gorgon City deliver the tasty “Delicious,” and Illenium teams up with Kameron Alexander for the soulful “Pray.” Tiësto kicks off NMF with a bouncy big room number, “Can You Feel It,” and Blasterjaxx tap Jack Wilby for “Super Friends.” DJ Snake and Eptic take us to the “SouthSide” with their new bass-heavy collaboration, and Kölsch and Sasha deliver a meditative joint effort, “The Lights.” Zedd reveals a remix pack for “365” and Whipped Cream warps listeners’ eardrums on “Time.” Delta Heavy and Muzzy join forces for s hefty drum & bass tune, “Revenge.” Sofi Tukker paint a relaxing soundscape in “Fantasy,” and Lost Kings unveil a remix pack for “Don’t Kill My High,” which includes a rock-inspired take from Sullivan King. SNBRN gets ready for warm weather with “Feel My Love” and Maya Jane Coles takes on Hozier in her latest remix.

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.

Photo credit: Koury Angelo

LNOE100 is a renaissance and a look into the Sasha-led imprint’s future

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LNOE100 is a renaissance and a look into the Sasha-led imprint’s futureLNOE100

LNOE100, a landmark release for Sasha‘s iconic label and also its first-ever compilation, has officially landed on digital shelves. While it comes as a bit of a shocker to realize that it took Last Night On Earth 99 prior releases and nearly a decade to get to this point, there are few occasions that feel more fitting for this release format to finally manifest itself. High expectations had been placed on this record, especially with its bold concept. It saw a similar format to the Involver series in which the entirety of its songs are all remixes—but this time, each of the targets are treasured items from the label’s catalog, and a different remixer was assigned to each.

Sasha recruited a wide array of new and established talents for the honors, ranging from the big room techno sounds of Nicole Moudaber, to the moodier touches of Locked Groove and Fur Coat. It’s important to note that this is not in mix format; the tracks are meant to be savored individually, rather than enjoyed as part of a cohesive, big picture. This in no way diminishes LNOE100‘s quality.

The compilation begins with Radio Slave‘s rendition of Sasha’s vocal anthem and one of LNOE’s first releases, “Cut Me Down.” Clocking in at nearly 11 minutes, Radio Slave builds a slow burning groover that simmers in drawn-out synth notes, crisp percussion, and spacey sound effects. There’s no need to listen to the rest of ten remaining tracks to know that this one is already a standout. Similarly intoxicating is John Monkman‘s Modular Dub take on ThermalBear’s “U Love” and Dubspeeka’s mesmerizing transformation of Ejeca’s “HiRollin.” All three of these tracks feel fresh in their design, pointing toward a future for the label that remains on the cutting edge.

Quality lies in every corner of LNOE100. Frankey & Sandrino put forth an impressive interpretation of “PolyRhythmic” by Kate Simko and Tevo, turning into a progressive lane with sensual basslines and clever melodic manipulation. Fur Coat did a notable job in re-working Sasha’s “Singularity” into a darker, tougher number build for a superclub, while Yotto added energy and flow into the twinkling “Smokemonk.” One must not forget Locked Groove’s cerebral reconstruction of Max Cooper’s “Careless,” which takes the original hook and drapes it on top of stripped-down grooves and pungent kicks. It’s not too overpowering, but charged enough to play at peak time.

All in all, LNOE100 is a testament to the quality that Sasha has, and continues to curate as he leads his imprint into its next chapter. Order a copy here.

 

 

Sasha’s Last Night On Earth dives into the archives ‘LNOE100’ compilation—the label’s first-ever

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Sasha’s Last Night On Earth dives into the archives ‘LNOE100’ compilation—the label’s first-everSasha Press

Last Night On Earth was conceived in 2011 as an outlet for Sasha to express himself. What started as a party also grew to become one of the most iconic labels in dance music, and over the years the UK stalwart has enchanted followers with his keen ear for atmospheric, often melodic releases that define the LNOE sound. Fast-forward about eight years, and Sasha’s brainchild is finally crossing into the fabled milestone of 100 releases. A celebration is obviously in order, and what better way than with a fresh compilation?

It’s at this time we’d like to remind everyone out that LNOE100 happens to be the label’s first-ever compilation—a bit of a shocking fact given its many choice releases and extended artist family. Thus, this adds a whole new layer of excitement, and milestone, to the record’s February 15th release. Slightly similar to Sasha’s Revolver series, LNOE100 is a refresher of past anthems coming out on the label, reimagined by some of the most cutting edge talents in this realm today. Powerplayers like Nicole Moudaber and Radio Slave have contributed to the fun, in addition to other notable acts like the rising Locked Groove, Fur Coat, John Monkman, and more.

Definitely a release not to skip out on.

Sasha’s Last Night On Earth dives into the archives ‘LNOE100’ compilation—the label’s first-everLNOE100

Preview & Pre-order ‘LNOE100’ here

Snowbombing Canada unveils 2019 lineup, featuring headliners Illenium and Cypress Hill

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Snowbombing Canada makes a grand return for the festival’s third edition, promising three days filled with winter sports, day and night activities, and an influx of talented DJs over the April 5-7 weekend. Hosted amidst the snowy mountain peaks of Kamloops, British Columbia, the annual festival is set to light up Sun Peaks Resort for one last run before the end of the season, complete with a talented array of artists that bring tinges of house, future bass and hip-hop to envelope the weekend.

Featuring nine unique stages that are located on the snowy peaks of the mountains to the dark and brooding tunnels to the underground haven, headliners Illenium and Cypress Hill remain responsible for closing out the nights, while being accompanied by a handful of reigning talent like Lane 8, Sasha, and Yotto to further soundtrack the festival. Marking the end of skiing and snowboarding season, Snowbombing Canada welcomes everyone from first-timers to experts on the hills for a winter sports and dance music spectacle.

Festival packages are available for purchase here.

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Weekend Rewind: Sasha, Pete Tong & Eats Everything at Essential Mix 20th Anniversary party

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Weekend Rewind:  Sasha, Pete Tong & Eats Everything at Essential Mix 20th Anniversary partyPete Tong Eats Everything Essential Mi Manc Photography

Essential Mix turned a quarter-century old this year, and per tradition, invited an array of top talent from newer and older generations to help with the festivities. The Black Madonna, Nicole Moudaber, Derrick Carter, and Skream were some notable names on the billing, lighting the iconic show’s decks up with house and techno. The show continues to chug along at a forward-thinking pace per usual, most recently hosting RÜFÜS DU SOL on November 30 for an emotive two hours.

It just so happens that five years ago on November 30, Pete Tong went b2b with Eats Everything as part of the series’ 20th birthday celebration — time certainly has a way of flying by. Sasha played before, filling the industrial Machester space with an hour of buzzy, melodic house gems that were some of his crate favorites at the time. Pete Tong and Eats Everything laid down heady grooves afterward, with cuts from Green Velvet, Martin Buttrich, Maceo Plex, and more. Both do well in bringing about good memories from that time in dance music.

 

 

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Minimal Effort announces stacked lineup for upcoming NYE event

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Minimal Effort announces stacked lineup for upcoming NYE eventJar.Photo 6

Following a successful All Hallow’s Eve event, Minimal Effort will once again take the reigns at downtown LA’s Belasco Theater on December 31. In its four year run, the event series has made a notable dent in LA’s underground club scene, holding events bi-annually on Halloween and New Years Eve. Their All Hallow’s Eve event proved nothing short of spectacular, with a headlining set from Boys Noize and support from Louisahhh, WhoMadeWho, Audiofly, and others, who tore up Belasco’s main room.

To ring in 2019, Minimal Effort will bring famed international artists to the spacious, ornate theater, including Grammy-nominated Sasha, English producer Skream, house connoisseur Will Clarke, one of DIRTYBIRD’s crowned jewels Justin Jay, and many more. In addition to its performers, The Belasco’s multiple stage atmospheres, lounge areas, live art, and stationed local vendors make it the perfect destination for celebrating the New Year.

Purchase tickets here.

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Morocco’s Oasis festival rounds out its lineup with final additions, making it one of the strongest dance curations of the year

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Though Morocco’s Oasis Festival is less than a month away from its Atlas mountains descent, the festival’s continuing to pull from its bag of tricks, and has recently announced yet another new wave of artists for the September 14-16 edition. The festival’s rounded out its bill with the addition of Sasha, Hot Since 82, Joy Orbison, Cinthie and more, who are joining a bevy of legendary acts like Carl Cox, DJ Koze, Peggy Gou, The Black Madonna and many, many more.

Alongside the Grammy-nominated producer Sasha and Knee Deep in Sound label head Hot Since 82, comes the addition of Joy Orbison, who’s revered in the UK for his sensational bass and techno. Additional adds include Alex Niggemann, who will be joining Amine K and Denis Horvat for a b2b2b set, as well as the Chicago house hero. Boo Williams, a special b2b set from Berlin’s own Cinthie, and more.

Along with the lineup additions, Oasis Festival has announced the inaugural “Welcome to the Kingdom” program, which intends to create a cultural, creative, and immersive space and will be curated by the acclaimed Moroccan fashion designer, Amine Bendriouich.

Tickets and more information can be found here.

Morocco’s Oasis festival rounds out its lineup with final additions, making it one of the strongest dance curations of the yearOasis Final Announce

 

Maceo Plex shares full remix of Remake’s classic “Blade Runner”

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Maceo Plex shares full remix of Remake’s classic “Blade Runner”Blade Runner Maceo Ple 1

Drawing from his deep affinity for sci-fi film noir, Maceo Plex has shared his robust techno remix of Remake’s classic 90’s techno/progressive house track, “Blade Runner.”  The offering is the next in Renaissance‘s still-developing ReMix Collection, which was capped off by contributions by Solomun and Tale Of Us.

Maceo Plex’s take on the iconic theme song is subtly melodic and distortion-heavy, with a techno vigor that doesn’t strangle the cinematic center. The remix captures the dramatic, shadowy allure of film noir, with futuristic overtones and synth lines that could easily be heard permeating through one of Blade Runner’s hologram-filled clubs. Maceo Plex says he has long-admired Remake’s rendition—which was a glistening high-point on Renaissance’s 1994 mix collection, mixed by ageless, ever-blazing techno titans Sasha and John Digweed.

“The original Vangelis soundtrack for the movie Blade Runner is my all-time favourite cinema soundtrack and one of my favourite records from the early 90s is the cover “Blade Runner” by Remake,” he says.

Limited edition vinyl of the track is expected July 20, and can be pre-ordered here.