UK Black Pride announces Halloqweens party at Village Underground

UK Black Pride is putting on a special Halloween event at London’s Village Underground at the end of this month.

Scheduled for Saturday, 30th October, Halloqweens is UK Black Pride’s very first Halloween event. Taking place from 10pm until 5am, it will see the organisation return to the venue that hosted their last in-person afterparty before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organisation says that it hopes “Halloqweens will provide a space for and by LGBTQI+ people of colour to celebrate Halloween, dressed to impress in the ways only our communities know how”.

A number of performers and dancers will be joining the celebrations on the night, while there will be DJ sets from A.G, Tayylor Made, Basmati, Fiyahdred (FKA Bamz), DJ Biggie C, Lady Shaka and Malika Green.

UK Black Pride, an annual event, is Europe’s largest pride celebration for LGBTQI+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern-descent.

You can find out more, and get a ticket, via UK Black Pride’s website.

Looking for a future for techno? Jlin’s “Embyro” is pure fire

How much percussion and rhythmic thought can fit in under four minutes? A lot, when it’s in the hands of Gary, Indiana’s own Jlin. It’s soon to be in some human percussionist hands, too.

So yes, as social media apparently makes people grumpy much at the same time that it makes them depressed, my social feed is full of people saying that there is no new good music, that techno is dead, that all the best stuff happened in the 90s, and there are no good promos.

I could respond to that directly, but I can’t hear them over the sound of this:

I don’t mean to feed the trolls – on the contrary, I think this is a relevant answer to all that despair.

Sure, some people are chasing higher bpms, which is silly – like judging food just by calories or cars by the number of horsepower. (Yep. It’s the Jeremy Clarkson approach to dance music.) The opposite is ridiculous, too, which says you can’t have groove in faster music (most of the world’s music would beg to differ) or even that it has to be tied to genre (not in genres like techno that have been – delightfully – all over the place, also consistent with a lot of musical culture). I mean, sure, try slower bpms, too, just as you’ll often pitch music up and down to fit singers, you can move bpm (and subdivision, and beat emphasis) around to fix a groove.

It’s better to tune out all of that and make – and celebrate – new stuff. Is this fifth-wave techno? Hell, yeah, let’s call it that and hope there’s more of this. (I’d call it “Steve” or “Franzia” if that helped encourage more. Wait – we could call it “Gary.”) The beautiful thing is, we have producers like Jlin continuing to go in new directions. (She gets loads of attention and very much deserves it – one of those rare and wonderful and satisfying cases of that happening. Of course, some other folks deserve attention and don’t get it – especially the ones breaking the mold or at the margins of the music scene – and we’ll get to that, too.)

But wait – there’s more. First, mark your calendar for December, as more of this release is coming.

Second, we get “Embryo” twice over. This piece was a commission for the exceptionally virtuosic Third Coast Percussion, a leading ensemble for tackling new scores. I can’t wait to hear their version – it’s due in May.

Third, even all that is a teaser as there’s a Planet Mu full-length coming.

I say bring it on. Honestly, when my own musical imagination is sapped and I start to doubt my music, I don’t want to hear boring stuff. I want to hear stuff that knocks me over on my a**.

Full description, which I think is also worth reading. And it makes a strong argument for letting Jlin remind people “techno” – whatever it is – is alive and kicking hard.

Have a good weekend.

Jlin’s new EP “Embryo” marks a key point in the multi-platform artistic growth of the Indiana-based producer.

The title track “Embryo” features a bold and fiery sound palette recalling the futurism of nineties Detroit techno and British IDM without succumbing to their cliches. The track was written for the Chicago-based new music ensemble Third Coast Percussion who are set to release their version of the composition on Cedille Records in May 2022. The bumping “Auto Pilot” takes her mutant techno stance even further. With faint echoes of classic Model 500, it sounds like music for automated cars, robot cop junctions and virtual freeways in the air. A fifth wave techno? “Connect The Dots” is one of the standouts from her recent lives sets, with the kind of rhythmic complexity only Jlin can bring, underpinned by a glitch reborn and transmuted into something utterly of the here and now. Its final segment will catch listeners by surprise with it’s changing time signatures effortlessly rendered. 

Looking back on the new EP Jlin comments “I was just writing trying to get out of my own head. I wrote all these pieces in between commissions and trying to stay afloat mentally.” She singles out final track “Rabbit Hole” as a highlight for her – describing it as “a track I truly enjoyed making. It made me feel nostalgia yet connected me to my own evolution.” “Rabbit Hole” is the most laidback track on the EP. Its sound palette is one people know her for but the delivery is like a new kind of supercomputer live rendering of a panoramic widescreen landscape of pluto.

The new EP is of course only one aspect of her ever-prolific continued growth and despite lockdown she managed to record a live set for The Met museum in New York earlier this year. She’s also undertaken remixes for Jazz musician Steve Lehman, Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore, rising star Marie Davidson and violinist Galya Bisengalieva amongst others. She also created a remix of Beethoven for BBC Radio 6 as well as being commissioned by the Kronos Quartet to create a composition for their ’50 For the Future’ series. In addition, this past August, New York based dance company A.I.M by Kyle Abraham revealed a new work “Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth” featuring her music.

Jlin is currently working on a new full length album for Planet Mu. 

And thanks, Jerrilynn. Berlin is cold, dark, and rainy – so this is added reason to want to get back to some music making again. And yeah, more drums, less music scene doomscrolling.

DJ Lag remixes his own track with Lady Du, ‘Lucifer’: Listen

‘Lucifer’ is the first single to be unveiled from forthcoming album ‘Meeting With The King’

Christian Eede

Friday, October 22, 2021 – 15:44

DJ Lag has shared an amapiano remix of his track with Lady Du, ‘Lucifer’.

The original was first unveiled last month, alongside news of the South African producer’s debut album, ‘Meeting With The King’, which will be released at the start of 2022.

DJ Lag’s new remix, which you can listen to below, reworks the track into an extended eight-minute dancefloor tool, retaining Lady Du’s vocals from the original cut. 

The remix is out now via DJ Lag’s own Ice Drop imprint, in partnership with Black Major.

Revisit DJ Mag’s recent cover feature on DJ Lag here.

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Swedish House Mafia drop The Weeknd collaboration, announce 44-date world tour

‘Moth To A Flame’ was first teased during the trio’s MTV VMAs performance in September

Christian Eede

Friday, October 22, 2021 – 12:47

Swedish House Mafia have released their long-awaited collaboration with The Weeknd, ‘Moth To A Flame’.

Out today, the track was first teased during the Swedish trio’s performance at September’s MTV VMAs when The Weeknd also posted a pair of snippets of music to his Instagram page.

The new song is the third to emerge from the trio since July, when they returned with the singles ‘It Gets Better’ and ‘Lifetime’, the latter of which featuring Ty Dolla $ign and 070 Shake. The group are currently building anticipation for their new album, ‘Paradise Again’, which is scheduled for release early next year. 

In addition to releasing the new single, Swedish House Mafia have also announced a mammoth 44-date tour of Europe and North America, their first since 2012. Starting at Miam’s FTX Arena on 29th July, the trio will tour across the US and Canada through August and September before continuing on to Europe, kicking off at Manchester’s AO Arena on 29th September and rounding off at Finland’s Uros Arena in Tampere on 13th November.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, 29th October via the trio’s website, where you can also find the full list of shows. A Special Tour Edition CD pre-order of the trio’s new album will also be available from Wednesday, 27th October, giving fans access to an exclusive pre-sale of tickets for the tour.

Watch the video for ‘Moth To A Flame’ below.

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Sonny Fodera materializes new 14-track LP, ‘Wide Awake’

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Australian-born emotive house icon Sonny Fodera has delivered his 14-track, collaboration-fueled LP, Wide Awake, directly following the project’s lead-off single, “You,” featuring Sam Tompkins. Fodera’s long-awaited album lands in the midst of his sold-out UK and U.S. tour run, during which he sold 14,000 tickets at his Back To Love co-headline festival with Gorgon City in London.

Wide Awake spotlights Fodera at his absolute finest, sonically supported by the likes of Diplo, MK, and Vintage Culture, among others. Out now via Fodera’s Solotoko imprint, the hypnotic album grabs hold and doesn’t let go until the final lyric from UK pop icon Ella Eyre on concluding track, “Wired.” Although a majority of the Wide Awake Tour dates are sold out, limited tickets are available here.

Two years in the making, Wide Awake has landed. Listen below.

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Destructo hands off Sunrise Sermon appetizer with hypnotic groover, ‘Shine On’

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Ahead of his two-day Halloweekend affair, Destructo has released a spirit-rousing house single “Shine On” via ALL MY FRIENDS. The accomplished festival promoter and DJ’s latest follows up on his jaunting cross-era collaboration with TroyBoiYou’re the One For Me.” Meanwhile, all eyes are set on his Sunrise Sermon return which makes its way to Los Angeles’ Avalon on October 30 before trekking north to San Francisco’s Audio on October 31.

“Shine On” was inspired by Destructo’s late brother, Steven Richards, and features vocals from Canadian artist Harm Franklin and Destructo himself. The west coast retro-funk track draws influences from the early ’90s as soul awakening house grooves immerse listeners into a state of eclectic higher powers.

Fans can bear witness to more hypnotic anthems at the upcoming Sunrise Sermon. Purchase tickets here.

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Whipped Cream, Jimorrow reimagine ‘This Little Light of Mine’ with new single

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Whipped Cream has taken a classic summer camp chants and given it a lethal twist on her new single and collaboration with Jimorrow, “Light of Mine.” Adding a heavy bassline and stuttering instrumentals, the pair transform “This Little Light of Mine” from a summertime chant sung by kids walking through the woods into a track fit for the most expansive of festival grounds. Speaking on her inspiration for the single, Whipped Cream said in a statement,

“‘Light of Mine’ is a song that resonates with me fully. The meaning behind the lyrics, ‘this little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine,” is just something I think we all need to understand. We are all born with this light, it’s just a matter of time until it shines. We all have something to offer and at the right time, the light will find its way out of us and into the universe. Keep the light shining!”

Stream “Light of Mine” below.

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Music production masterclass, Find Your Own Sound, launched by Ceri

DJ, producer and music production tutor Ceri is launching a run of music production masterclasses aimed at producers who are looking to develop their sound.

Find Your Own Sound is a five-week music production tutor series, which will run weekly from Tuesday, 9th November to Tuesday, 7th December. The course will focus on a series of different areas to help producers who feel they’ve accomplished the beginners level of making music, but are finding themselves hitting a brick wall when it comes to finishing off their work.

Among the subjects set to be covered are the arrangment process, how to effectively use EQ, sampling, remix techniques, mixdown skills, and more general guidance on overcoming mental blocks. It will also offer students the chance to connect with likeminded producers, and get feedback on their music. While the skills that will be taught will not be specific to one particular DAW, the classes will be mainly based in Logic Pro X, with some use of Ableton Live also.

Ahead of the series’ launch, Ceri is giving away one free spot on the course to a female, female-indentifying or non-binary producer. To be in with a chance of bagging the space, give Ceri’s Instagram post a like and a share, and tag @cerimusic and @thisisransomnote in the comment before the deadline on Tuesday, 2nd November.

Ceri has a masters in Music Production and has previously given a number of talks and masterclasses on subjects around production and creativity for the likes of ADE, Red Bull and Point Blank. She has also extensively taught music production at Point Blank and Beats Learning Music Schools.

You can find out more about the course, and how to book, via the dedicated website.

Shall Not Fade celebrates six years with 24-track compilation

Shall Not Fade is marking its sixth anniversary with a new compilation.

Spanning 24 tracks, ‘6 Years Of Shall Not Fade’ features new tracks from a number of long-time affiliates of the label, as well as a number of newer names who’ve recently put out their debut releases for the Bristol imprint. 

Among the artists who’ve contributed music to the release are Cinthie, Black Loops, Harrison BDP, Bakey, Kessler and YOSH. 

In addition to a digital release, the compilation will be made available across a three-disc vinyl set, with each piece of vinyl being dedicated to Shall Not Fade’s various sounds and sub-labels. 

Disc one is dedicated to the main Shall Not Fade label, whilst disc two focuses on bass driven sub-label Time Is Now, which has become a home for various UK garage and jungle producers. Disc three touches on the sounds of sub-label Lost Palms, and features a label debut from Parisian producer Tour Maubourg, ahead of the release of his first full EP for Shall Not Fade early next year.

‘6 Years Of Shall Not Fade’ will be released on 17th December. Preview the opening three tracks from the release below.

Revisit DJ Mag’s Get To Know feature on Shall Not Fade affiliates Kassian, from March, here, and read our 2018 feature on Cinthie here.

ILLENIUM takes a victory lap with exceptional deluxe edition of ‘Fallen Embers’

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It seems ILLENIUM is on a mission to make an unassailable case for Artist of the Year in 2021. Expectations for the producer’s fourth studio album here high, and then he delivered with a near flawless 14-track LP this summer. Fallen Embers was one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year that, for the most part, lived up to the hype. Just two weeks before the record’s debut, the artist lesser known as Nicholas Miller, opened up Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium with his four-set Trilogy show that broke the attendance record for a single headlining dance music event in the United States. Then came the album tour, a headlining performance at Lollapalooza, three straight sold-out nights at Red Rocks, and Miller’s upcoming Ember Shores destination festival to boot. For ILLENIUM and his rabid fanbase, it seemed not much else could possibly continue to bolster the native Coloradan’s resume in 2021. Then came the IDs.

It started when William Black premiered his long-rumored collaboration with ILLENIUM at Lost In Dreams festival. Then came the debut of Miller’s collaboration with 30 Seconds To Mars, “Wouldn’t Change a Thing“, at Life Is Beautiful. The unreleased music kept on coming until there was, in total, five new ILLENIUM tracks to devour. Eventually it would all culminate in a Fallen Embers Deluxe album.

Fallen Embers Deluxe features three of the five IDs ILLENIUM had played out in the months following the original LP. Two of them are the aforementioned originals, “Wouldn’t Change A Thing”, the deluxe album’s lead single with 30 Seconds To Mars, and “Superhero” with William Black. The third is a joint Virtual Riot remix of “Blame Myself.” Two of the unreleased IDs, “Story Of My Life” featuring Sueco and “From The Ashes” featuring Skylar Grey, will live to see a post-Fallen Embers Deluxe album release as both were left off the tracklist, giving fans even more new music to look forward to in the future.

ILLENIUM has a proven knack for composing thoroughly concepted, cohesive albums with their own narrative underscores. Ashes, Awake, Ascend, and Fallen Embers all have a consistent and distinct sounds throughout each respective project. With Fallen Embers Deluxe, it seems Miller has made a concerted effort to break the mold and experiment with moments of heavy dubstep influence, progressive house touch points, and flashes of drum ‘n’ bass. The different variations of sound and cross-genre experimentation heard throughout the ante-upping victory lap only further emphasize the depth of production ability Miller is increasingly known by.

With Fallen Embers Deluxe, we see a side of Miller that we have yet to full experience, reaffirming what we saw in him in the first place—a stellar talent who has overcome his own adversity before setting out to unite a fanbase with thoughtfully produced, well-rounded electronic music. Listen to one of ILLENIUM’s boldest outings to date below.

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