Head of the prestigious American techno label Teggno Records, Lance Blaise has amassed a staggering catalog of music productions under his own name, as well as under several other well known aliases. He has established himself as a true innovator of an experimentally deep and dark techno sound, and Lance's fans have responded by shooting his tracks consistently into the top charts on Beatport. Lance's music has gained massive support from the icons of electronic music (Carl Cox, Dubfire, Richie Hawtin, Laurent Garnier, to name a few) as well as his fellow producers from the new breed of techno legends (Sasha Carassi, Steve Parker, Slam, Drumcell, Erphun, Loco & Jam, Tom Hades, and many more). We asked the Philly native and former junior-pro hockey player what makes his slapshot techno so devastating… Read on to find out.
It's been a busy start to 2011 for Michael Woods, who has been rocking dancefloors across America, Canada, Japan and Australia, along with running his Diffused label and remixing the likes of Lady Gaga, P Diddy, Calvin Harris featuring Kelis, and Ginuwine featuring Missy Elliot and Timbaland. After kicking off a new residency at London's Ministry of Sound, Woods has also launched a new compilation series for the club—titled Ministry of Sound Club: Residents, fittingly enough—featuring all his own productions, including four exclusive tracks made especially for the album. Meanwhile, he's wasting no time in getting back into the studio to concentrate on creating more musical mayhem for Ibiza and his heavy touring schedule this summer. We were lucky to catch up with Mr. Woods prior to his album launch party, this Saturday May 7th at Ministry Of Sound in London; read on to get a sneak preview of what he'll be playing.
You might have caught his name amidst Beatport's techno charts as of late. Christian Cambas, a self-proclaimed "walking disaster," has been making some impressive ripples after breaking into the techno scene with "Fireball" on Slovenian overlord Umek's 1605 label. After a few more of Cambas' stints on labels such as Toolroom and Great Stuff, the proverbial road is wide open for more techno trouble. Dividing his time between producing and running Sabotage Records with Athenian promotion group Press & Play, Cambas has come a long way since his first release on Bedrock in 2003. While living and making music in recession-roiled Greece, his sound is incredibly optimistic. Reverse psychology, anyone?
Riva Starr and Funkagenda hit the decks to showcase brand-new material during Miami Music Week, and the Essential Mix was there to capture it. (If the "Stream This Show" icon doesn't appear above, click on the headline.)
Riva Starr 3 Dex & FX MixFrivolous, "Ostalgia (Riva Starr Re-Touch)" [Cadenza] Cajmere, "Brighterdays (John Made Remix)" [Snatch!] Adam Port, "The American Dream" [Snatch!] John Made, "Play" [Snatch!] Prince Club, "Body Holly" [Snatch!] Sean Miller & Daniel Dubb, "Sinnerman" [Toolroom] Pirupa & Federico Milani, "La Noche" [Snatch!] Gabriel Rocha, "Cars & Girls" [Toolroom] Mihalis Safras, unknown [white label] Steve Rachmad pres Ignacio, "Virton Upgraded" [Music Man Records] Santos & Alex Dolby, "Avionic" [Rockets & Ponies] Unknown, "In My House" [white label]
Funkagenda MixFunkagenda, "Splinter" [Funk Farm] Da Fresh, "Limoncello" [Funk Farm] Funkagenda, "Budgie" [Toolroom Records] Phoenix, "If I Ever Feel Better (Tool)" [CDR] Funkagenda, "Pebbles" [Funk Farm] Save the Robot, "Party People" [Funk Farm] Missy Elliott, "Lose Control (Accapella)" [Atlantic] Spektre, "Together (Tomcraft Remix)" [Craft Music] Moby, "Natural Blues (Sultan & Ned Bootleg)" [CDR] Funkagenda, "The Beta Set" [Toolroom Records] Threesixty & Dirty Harris, "Louka [Funk Farm] Mark Knight & Funkagenda, "Man With The Red Face" [Toolroom Records] Marco V, "Reaver (Save The Robot Remix)" [TAO Recordings] Justice vs. Simian, :We Are Your Friends (Accapella)" [International Deejay Gigolo] Nero Nero, "Me & You (Funkagenda's Us & Them Bootleg)" [CDR] Deadmau5 & Chris Lake, "I Said (Michael Woods Remix)" [Mau5trap] Calvin Harris, "Flashback (Tool)" [Sony Music Entertainment] Michael Cassette, "Memories (90s Piano Mix)" [Anjunabeats]
Los Angeles' Fei-Fei is on fire with a string of hot releases on her own Feided imprint. Having released on Armada and Vandit in the past, Fei-Fei is keepin' it real and serving up some serious bass for the true underground. Fei-Fei—aka the bad girl of EDM, as dubbed by Tiesto himself—is bringing the heat, and "Mosh Pit" is a downright aggressive beast. Is it trance? Techno? Dubstep? To be blunt, it's kind of like getting your face kicked in, but in a good way. Every now and then we come across a track that has some serious cojones. Already hammered all over Radio 1 courtesy of Judge Jules, "Mosh Pit" is the hottest secret weapon of all the top jocks, wracking up some heavy reactions from all across the board—Armin Van Buuren, Mat Zo, Leon Boiler, Tydi, Christopher Lawrence, Super 8 & Tab, and John Askew. Whatever genre it is, we love it. Get in the pit…and get Feided. Click "Keep Reading" to check out more where that came from.
Digitaria is the duo of DJ/producers Daniel Albinati and Daniela Caldellas. Formed in 2003 in their native Belo Horizonte, they released their debut album on International Deejay Gigolo Records back in 2006, along with a single, "Teen Years," whose title seems especially appropriate today, given how their sound has evolved from gritty, electroclash-style pop into something far more nuanced. Digitaria’s polished dark romanticism pursues the home-listening audience as well as the dancefloor, and it is said that they make “grownup electronica”, which is a kind of subtly shaded comfort listening. Drawing a line from the stylings of Goldfrapp and Vitalic through the more esoteric edges of synth pop and electro, this Brazilian duo has crafted a sound of their own. Their range of influences is big and bold and reflects their unpredictability when creating music. Chiming synthesizers fuse perfectly with Daniela’s dreamy vocals, the human element, in the pursuit of a dance sound – almost a pop crossover – but with a counter-cultural spirit. After touring Europe and South America, now they are back with their second full-album, the 14-track Emotion/Simulation, released by Bulldozer/3Plus Music. We caught up with Albinati to learn more.
It seems that lately, we all have these beats inside our heads. Holding down the Electro House charts, this monumental remix by DJ/producer Revolvr (with Donald Glaude feat. vocalist Sue Cho) made its way to Tiesto's Ultra Music Festival set and his 2011 Club Life touring set, as well as his Beautiful Miami chart, within just a few weeks of release. Pair "Beats Inside My Head" with Revolvr's original Electro-House charting "Warface" (with DJ Scotty Boy and DJ Red), and you've got the an artist with the potential to be the next big thing in American dance music. Revolvr (Touvan Sughiarto) grew up with "revolving" influences like classical music, rock, hip-hop, dubstep, drum & bass, electronica, and tons more. His technical compositions show extremely compelling melodies backed with explosive beats that destroy the dancefloor. With an untapped arsenal of tracks in the pipeline for Bazooka Records, BugEyed Records and more, his recent success may just be a spark in the explosion to come. We spoke wtih Revolvr to learn more….