Hannah Holland announces debut solo album, ‘Tectonic’

Hannah Holland will release her debut solo album, ‘Tectonic’, in September. You can hear the lead track, ‘Midnight Horizon’ below.

The respected UK DJ, label boss, producer and composer follows her 2020 soundtrack debut for Channel 4’s Adult Material with her long-anticipated debut LP. The album finds Holland drawing influence from the wide variety of sounds that have run through her career – from the dancefloor propulsion she’s brought to queer London nightlife since the mid-noughties, to post punk grit and cinematic soundscapes. 

“I wanted to experiment with depth and space in the record,” she says. “I was thinking of what I would like to listen to while I’m travelling, on my own in my headphones: an experience someone can get intimate with. It can at times translate to the dancefloor but it’s also a movie for the ears.”

‘Tectonic’ was recorded in Margate, where Holland lives, alongside cellist Francesca Ter-Berg and violinist Raven. 

In a year away from the dancefloor, Holland was able to turn her focus away from DJing (she’s played everywhere Berghain and Glastonbury and held residencies with Adonis and Trailer Trash over the years). Given the time to focus on making music, the Batty Bass label founder has worked on several soundtracks, including Adult Material on Channel 4 and the forthcoming, award winning indie film, Electrician.

‘Tectonic’ will be released on 17th September. Listen to ‘Midnight Horizon’ below or listen on streaming services here

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Revisit our 2019 interview with Holland here

Berlin techno club Tresor celebrates 30 years with rare reissues and book

Iconic Berlin techno club and label Tresor is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with a string of rare music reissues, a special box set and a book.

First up in the reissue series is a remastered album from 3MB with Juan Atkins, which is set for release on 28th May. Originally released in 1992, the album was one of the earliest to forge a connection between the sounds of Detroit and Berlin. 

3MB – 3 Men in Berlin – consisted of Moritz von Oswald, Thomas Fehlmann and, occasionally, Atkins. The group’s innovative sound is captured across the seven tracks on their self-titled album: a soulful, funk-infused techno touchstone.

Tresor, a longstanding fixture in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs poll,  has also announced a special box set, comprising music from legendary artists affiliated with the club and label, along with numerous new artists. Among a number of other commissioned works to mark the anniversary is a book, which will include previously unpublished pictures, letters and flyers from the club’s history. More details are expected to be shared next month. 

Listen to 3MB’s ‘Die Kosmischen Kuriere (Moritz von Oswald + Thomas Fehlmann Mix)’ below.  

Earlier this year, Tresor released a new EP from Vancouver techno duo, Minimal Violence

Back in 2019, someone developed a perfume based on the smell of Tresor

The Summer NAMM Show Is Coming To Nashville, July 15 – 17

After a year without face-to-face music industry trade shows, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) has announced that summer edition of their show will be happening in person, in Nashville, July 15 – 17, 2021.

Organizers have outlined plans for exhibitors, and say that the event will feature “a curated collection of buyers, media and influencers and a platform to restart our market”.

To learn more about different booth options and other Summer NAMM exhibitor information, check out the details on the NAMM.org website. The “priority booth assignment” deadline is today, March 17.

If you’d like to attend Summer NAMM, sign up at at the NAMM site to be notified when registration opens.

Porter Robinson gives ‘Musician’ an anime touch in accompanying visual [Watch]

Porter Robinson gives ‘Musician’ an anime touch in accompanying visual [Watch]Porter Robinson 2016 Live Billboard 1548

Porter Robinson has released the majestically animated music video for “Musician,” the fifth and final single from his forthcoming album, Nurture.

The video, directed by Waboku and Mah, tells the story of a boy following his passion for music, even at the risk of being a social outcast. Accompanied by Robinson’s freshly minted vocals, “Musician” is the music video that 2021 needed.

“Musician” follows the release of previous Nurture singles “Look at the Sky,” “Mirror,” “Something Comforting,” and “Get your Wish.” Nurture is out on April 23, and can be pre-ordered or saved here. Watch the new video for “Musician” below.

Featured image: Suzi Pratt

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Pedals: The Musical, where pedals sing to you about their history, is an actual thing

The age of YouTube channels about stomp pedals now has its own… well, not quite Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat so much as its own Red, White and Blaine. But it is historically accurate.

So, over last weekend, Pedals: The Musical streamed as a live YouTube event. (No cracks about any missing laughter or applause, folks; there is still a pandemic on.)

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How did this happen? Well, just like the fictional musical in the film Waiting for Guffman, it does all start in Missouri. (If I’m losing you with these references, it’s a Christopher Guest movie that’s basically Spinal Tap for music theater nerds. And the pacing / feel here is… related.) JHS Pedals is a perfectly respectable pedal maker based in Kansas City. Their 3 series, for instance, is a fine set of simple, affordable effects pedals – see video below.

So, JHS makes pedals. And then, JHS’ own Josh Scott made a YouTube channel to talk about them – and chat about other pedal matters. There’s a ton of advice and frank opinions about all things stomp – it’s really a refreshing resource for anyone obsessed with everything they put on their pedalboard.

Here’s where things get a bit weird – they decided to make a half-hour musical operetta that covers the history of guitar pedals, at least giving a good overview of the 1960s era. (“This is the sixties / This is the sound / This is a movement / It’s really loud.” That may be a veiled threat to make this episodic, of course.)

It’s called, of course, Stomp. Wait… no, can see why that didn’t work. It’s called Pedals: The Musical.

And so a community theater-style production takes on the history of pedals. The narrative structure switches between deskside scenes with inventors at various breakthroughs in pedal history and sung numbers with soloists dressed as various pedals and a dance chorus joining them (often rather interpretively). I will admit, it is still a lot less strange and high-concept than Starlight Express.

You can learn the lyrics. (That should make the next in-person NAMM interesting, should such a thing be revived.) So the Tone Bender croons, “Yo, you can’t even sustain. / I hold notes that blow your brain.” The Electro-Harmonix classic muses, “A little rough, a lotta scruff / No room for fluff / Just call me Muff.”

There’s even merch. And a lot of self-referential humor – so don’t worry; it’s not overly serious. (That said, if someone wants a really dark musical about DSP history in the vein of Sondheim, I can try. Hang on… let me think about an internal rhyme with “Fourier.”)



More on JHS’ pedals. Best of all, you can buy them guilt-free, which isn’t necessarily true of all the competition. Here’s their 3 Series intro (cute! minimal!), which also has a nice look back at “cheap pedal” history:

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And they do things like check out the new Universal Audio guitar pedals:

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I don’t know if there will be now pressure to sing all the time. Keep an ear out.

Burning Man announces theme for 2021 edition, Terra Incógnita

Burning Man has announced the theme for its 2021 edition, despite ongoing uncertainty about whether the gathering will take place this year or not.

In an update shared to The Burning Man Journal yesterday, 16th March, the events organisers announced this year’s theme: Terra Incógnita, which translates to mean “unknown land”. 

Following the cancellation of last year’s gathering at Black Rock City, Nevada, the team behind Burning Man have implemented a few initiatives to keep the fires burning. It launched its virtual events platform, Kindling, in May 2020, which was followed by the launch of its online Multiverse in September. In August, a documentary all about the art at Burning Man was also released.

In January this year, Burning Man’s organisers said it is “impossible to say right now” if the flagship festival would go ahead this year. The 2021 theme’s focus on the unknown seems to tie in with the continued sense of uncertainty for the event, with organisers describing it as “an invitation to emerge from our collective isolation, to explore the unfamiliar contours of a changed world, and to reimagine ourselves, our community, and our culture in ways that might not have been possible before this period of plague and pause.”

The update continues: “After a year without Black Rock City we’re all longing to reconnect – for a going home after all that staying home. Yet our enforced apartness has also served as a powerful reminder that the idea of home is just that – an idea – and not a particular place. Quarantine has led us to rethink the very meaning of place, and rid us of certain illusions about it – like the notion that our city was always there somehow, always a certain way, which was never true at all. It was always a figment of our collective imaginations, and fundamentally different each and every year.”

“It’s a time of great loss, but also of rare opportunity: a chance to reevaluate, reconnect, and return to our roots, to the values that brought us together in the first place… 

“Now more than ever, the work ahead is about more than Black Rock City.”

You can read the full update on The Burning Man Journal here.

Skrillex, TroyBoi, and Virtual Riot nab credits on Justin Bieber’s ‘Justice’

Skrillex, TroyBoi, and Virtual Riot nab credits on Justin Bieber’s ‘Justice’Justin Bieber

Skrillex, TroyBoi, and Virtual Riot, among others, have scored slots on the Justice guest list. Justin Bieber‘s sixth studio album, due March 19, will notably bear both Skrill’s and Virtual Riot’s touch on its opening number “2 Much.” Skrillex’s flourish extends to two other Justice tracklistings, “Somebody” and “Loved By You,” the latter of which also calls on Burna Boy. Ryan Tedder receives writing credits on “Somebody”; Jon Bellion is credited as a co-writer on “Loved By You.”

TroyBoi will assist on a Justice bonus track. Features outside of the electronic scope include Daniel Caesar, Chance the Rapper, Khalid, Giveon, The Kid Laroi, and Benny Blanco. View the Justice tracklist below.

Justice tracklist:
1. “2 Much”
2. “Deserve You”
3. “As I Am” feat. Khalid
4. “Off My Face”
5. “Holy” feat. Chance the Rapper
6. “Unstable” feat. The Kid Laroi
7. “Interlude”
8. “Die for You”
9. “Hold On”
10. “Somebody”
11. “Ghost”
12. “Peaches” feat. Giveon and Daniel Caesar
13. “Love You Different”
14. “Loved by You”
15. “Anyone”
16. “Lonely” feat. Benny Blanco

H/T: EDM.com

Featured image: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

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Printworks announces three-day reopening weekender

Printworks has announced details of its reopening weekender, scheduled to take place in September. 

Taking place from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th September, the “Redacted” reopening parties will see the London venue going “back to basics”. There will be no line-up announcements and no official filming or cameras allowed on the dancefloor. The idea, Printworks says, is to “focus firmly on the music for a pure celebration of club culture”.

Printworks promises three carefully curated line-ups, and “exceptional  audio-visual production” over the course of the weekend.  On Friday 17th, the theme will be “Late Night Movement”, with a focus on underground sounds from “revered selectors and adventurous producers”.  Saturday’s theme is “To The Floor”, and will feature an array of house-focussed sets from some “dance music heavyweights”.  Sunday 19th’s party, “Low End Theories”, will be a celebration of all things drum & bass, and promises some very special secret b2b sets. 

Speaking about the return of Printworks, Matthew Johnston, Head of Broadwick Entertainment, said: “We’ve spent months curating the lineup for each show with an aim of providing a distraction-free environment to allow people to really be in the moment with us, engage with the music and enjoy the experience of being back at Printworks.”

Tickets for Printworks Redacted parties will be available at midday on Thursday 18th March,  with general sale from midday on Friday 19th March . Sign up for priority access to tickets here.

The announcement of Printworks’ reopening comes as UK venues and  festival’s begin to announce line-ups and ticket sales for events scheduled to take place throughout the summer. Last week, fabric announced a 42-hour reopening weekender for June. Since the announcement of England’s “roadmap” out of lockdown in February, which could see nightclubs across the country could be reopened as soon as 21st June, demand for tickets for summer events has skyrocketed, with numerous festivals selling out in record time in recent weeks. 

Tomorrowland 2021 reschedules, moves to end of August

Tomorrowland 2021 reschedules, moves to end of AugustTomorrowland 1

Speculation that Tomorrowland organizers would boot the festival’s 2021 iteration from its consecutive July 16 – 18 and July 23 – 25 weekends to the end of August didn’t have too much time to swirl. After a Tomorrowland spokesperson indicated to Gazet Van Antwerpen that rescheduling could be in the cards, on March 17, Tomorrowland personnel announced both via email and on the event’s website that the event would move to August 27 – 29 (weekend 1) and September 3 – 5 (weekend 2) “for 2021 only.”

In an email, Tomorrowland stated,

“Tomorrowland’s regular festival weekends, at the end of July, will probably arrive too soon this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Tomorrowland hopes that the situation will improve by the end of the summer.

The festival organization is grateful to be working so closely and positively with the local & national governments and experts. Any decision and guidelines about outdoor events that will be taken in the upcoming months, will be followed.

Tomorrowland expects to come back with a detailed update in May. For now, it will keep working hard to realize the most beautiful & safest festival.”

On Tomorrowland’s official website, organizers expounded on the announcement, writing, “We want to stay positive and hopeful towards an unforgettable end of summer of 2021, but realize that there is also a chance the 16th edition of Tomorrowland could take place in 2022.” No further details have been disseminated at the time of this posting.

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Tomorrowland officially moves to August and September for 2021 festival

Tomorrowland will take place at a later date than usual this year. 

After it was speculated last week by a spokesperson for the festival, Tomorrowland has now officially announced that it will be taking place later in the summer than its usual July dates. Due to ongoing uncertainty relating to COVID-19 and the possibility of events and festivals taking place this summer, the festival’s organisers have decided to move Tomorrowland to take place across two weekends in August and September. 

The first weekend is scheduled to take place from 27th – 29th August, and the second is scheduled for 3rd – 5th September. 

In an official statement, the festival’s organisers said they are “grateful to be working so closely and positively with the local and national governments and experts. Any decision and guidelines about outdoor events that will be taken in the upcoming months, will be followed.”

Tomorrowland’s organisers have also stated that it’s possible this year’s edition may be cancelled, saying they “realize that there is also a chance the 16th edition of Tomorrowland could take place in 2022.”

While there are no further details available at the moment, Tomorrowland has promised to announce more information in May. 

Last year, in place of a real festival, Tomorrowland hosted a groundbreaking virtual online event. The team behind Belgian mega-festival created a revolutionary interactive virtual world in under three months. Read about how they did it here