Berlin party REEF will make its debut at Berghain next month.
The party, which was previously held at the now closed Griessmühle club until late 2019, was originally due to hold its first event at Berghain in April 2020, but it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The debut edition at Berghain will now go down on Friday, 19th November in the main Berghan space of the venue. REEF founder Darwin will be joined on the night by Batu, re:ni and fellow party resident Esposito.
Berghain reopened for indoor events on 2nd October. Under current rules, all visitors to the club are required to have proof of vaccination against COVID-19, or to have recently recovered from COVID-19, in line with local restrictions.
Earlier this week, REEF guest Batu announced his next EP, ‘I Own Your Energy’, which will be released on 12th November through his own Timedance label.
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Jessy Lanza is stepping up to mix the next instalment of the long-running ‘DJ-Kicks’ compilation series.
Due out on 19th November, the mix takes in music from a number of Lanza’s friends and collaborators, as well as various contemporaries. Among the artists featured are DJ SWISHA, Lolina and Artwork’s Grain alias.
The mix also includes four new tracks by Lanza, including a collaboration with Loraine James called ‘Seven 55’. You can watch a video for that track below.
“I made this mix to connect the dots,” said Lanza in a statement about her ‘DJ-Kicks’ release. “The songs I included are ones that people respond to everywhere regardless of where in the world I’m DJing. I made this mix in pursuit of the bleary 4am feeling.”
Speaking about her new track and video, she added: “I wrote ‘Seven 55’ about a close friend and his inability to commit. I fantasised about the women caught in his web and wrote ‘Seven 55’ from their point of view. I think it’s important to face a nightmare head on so what better place than Las Vegas to shoot the video for a song about longing and denial.”
For his next re-imaginative trick, New York’s characteristically elusive longstoryshort courts Doctor P‘s October 2020 single, “Won’t Let Go,” taking the Circus Records release on a driving drum ‘n’ bass jaunt. Through the conversion, longstoryshort further defines his “cinematic bass” classifier. In an August discussion with Dancing Astronaut, the Warehouse Weapons EP maker cited cinematic bass as a “take on bass-house or bass music…inspired by a lot of the sounds you’ll hear in soundtracks/film music.”
It’s no misnomer in the context of longstoryshort’s “Won’t Let Go” revision, which races the BPM of Doctor P’s melodic original, adding a drilling, thrilling character to a remix that’s bursting at the seams with energy, a new sense of zeal audible. Well-suited for a live setting, the “Won’t Let Go” alteration underscores the scorching nature of longstoryshort’s touch, which extends to the drum ‘n’ bass realm with dexterity.
Making a raucous entrance to streaming platforms is the imprint’s NAZAAR-curated second installment in its burgeoning Big Bass Ting compilation series. Vol. 1 kicked down the door with its drilling technics in early June, and the initiative, which label personnel credit as “an integral part of Space Yacht’s brand from the beginning,” vigorously carries out Space Yacht’s mission of “merging up-and-coming bass producers with some more senior names in the scene.”
The 11-cut collection traverses dubstep, riddim, and heavy trap territories, with names like NAZAAR, LAYZ, Vampree, Algo, Cyclops, Lizdek, and more furiously staking their flags in these dance domains. Riddled with in-your-face sound design, window-rattling bass, and the inventive whims of rising producers who bid for your attention on the Space Yacht follow-up, Big Bass Ting Vol. 2 functions as a cheat sheet of sorts for who warrants attention, especially on the up-and-comer end of the bass context. Get acquainted with just who exactly that is below.
LANDR – the online music mastering and distribution platform – has announced a new, cheaper All Access Pass. The new pass offers users three masters a month via their in-browser AI mastering tool, access to LANDR’s samples library, dedicated space to store projects and backup files, Sessions, which gives you access to high-quality video streaming for collaboration and Distribution, which means you can release music on digital music platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and over 150 more.
The new plan is now at a lower price, starting at £7.50 for the first six months and then £11.25 per month after that, locked into 12 months. Or you can pay upfront at £108 for the whole year. Alternatively, you can have a rolling contract, with no commitment for £18 a month.
“All Access brings together all parts of the creative workflow that we have been working on for eight years now, providing music makers with everything they need to create, collaborate, master and distribute their music worldwide” said LANDR CEO Pascal Pilon. “Our main goal, as we developed more and more tools to expand on our industry-leading mastering product, was to curate everything an artist would need in a way that would be trivial for them to learn using, while keeping the costs low so that everyone will be able to afford the tools used by professionals to sound great.”
John Summit and Sofi Tukker‘s synergy was palpable in their recent union, “Sun Came Up,” and now remixes for the track are underway, with Claptone first up. Claptone keeps Sophie’s sultry vocals intact, which in turn keeps the introduction dramatic and building as his signature production takes over in the transformed drop. His rendition of the release would be a ready addition to one of his darker sets, and listeners can expect to catch it in his upcoming live sets.
Claptone’s remix of “Sun Came Up” precedes the arrival of his fourth full-length studio album, Closer, set to be released on November 12. The album can be pre-ordered here.
Fans who missed Zeds Dead and GRiZ‘s back-to-back set at Goldrush, Arizona will get a chance to see the acts in action at Zero Gravity in Louisville, Kentucky on New Year’s Eve. With a lineup featuring sets from Zeds Dead, GRiZ, CloZee, Jantsen, and a back-to-back set from Zeds Dead and GRiZ, the night is sure to be one to remember.
Tickets for the event go on sale on October 29 at 12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT, wtih pre-sale tickets going on sale at 12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 on October 27.
Zeds Dead recently released a music video for their single “Alive” featuring MKLA, and the duo has plans to release a full remixes EP landing on Deadbeats by the end of the month. Meanwhile, GRiZ is hot off the heels of his seventh studio album, Rainbow Brain, released this past July.
Less than one week after EDC Las Vegas‘ conclusion, Insomniac continues to keep the momentum high for festival-goers with the revelation of EDC Mexico’s 2022 lineup. The EDC festival brand’s reputation for featuring sought-after artists across genres holds true with its 2022 programming, with the February 25 – 27 event to welcome a diverse array of acts including CamelPhat, DJ Snake, Afrojack, 1788-L, Borgore, Ghastly, Alesso, Zedd, and many more.
EDC Mexico will take place at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City with seven stages of music, not to mention to art cars throughout the festival grounds. Tickets are available for purchase on EDC Mexico’s official website.
Zeds Dead are preparing to release their “Alive” remixes in full on October 29, and Dirt Monkey‘s version of the track can be streamed a day early exclusively via Dancing Astronaut. The remix package follows Zeds Dead and MKLA‘s “Alive” music video, released the week of October 18.
Dirt Monkey’s version of the track continues the magic found in the original while delving into an old-school dubstep realm. MKLA’s vocals dance over Dirt Monkey’s instrumentals, his sonic atmosphere throwing listeners back to the golden era of dubstep. Speaking on his remix of the track, Dirt Monkey said,
“I’ve been a Zeds Dead fan for years, so it was an honor to get to put my spin on one of their tunes. MKLA’s vocals are amazing, which made this track super fun to work on from the get go. I really wanted the remix to be an ode to the old school dubstep roller anthems, like Magnetic Man, Nero, etc. type vibes.”
Gryffin and Jason Ross had always seemed like a match made in melodic heaven, but the idea didn’t start to actually come to fruition until this past May when Gryffin unexpectedly shared a quick five-second clip of the two wrapping up what they deemed a “banger.” It wouldn’t be until Insomniac’s first-ever Lost In Dreams festival on Labor Day Weekend that they’d appear on stage together to finally let everyone experience what they’d been working on. Just shy of two months later, Gryffin and Jason Ross are formally equipped to let “After You” into the release wild, signaling their long-awaited merger alongside Calle Lehmann for delivery.
The timing of “After You” truly couldn’t have been any better considering both Gryffin and Jason Ross had the chance to fully introduce it to the masses at EDC Las Vegas just a few days prior to its arrival, with the two joining on stage once more during the former’s set. Gryffin, Ross, and Lehmann had already unofficially met once before on Ross’ “All You Need To Know” rework, and “After You” firmly cements their conceptualized synergy, putting forth a seamless hybrid between Gryffin’s guitar-driven magic and Jason Ross’ melodic-bass mastery, with Lehmann topping the single off with a set of moving vocals that have that instant-classic feel to it, leaving no wonder as to why those in attendance at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway already knew the lyrics by heart before release day.
Gryffin explained how “After You” turned from a mid-pandemic idea into a collaboration with Jason Ross and Calle Lehmann, stating,
“‘After You’ started as an idea tossed around at the end of a long Zoom writing session. The hook immediately captivated me, and I had Calle send me his vocals right away. Jason and I were also looking to work together, and I sent him the idea and he loved it. Over the next several months, we passed the record back and forth, working in LA and virtually with Calle in Sweden to get it as perfect as possible. We’re so thrilled to share this record with you all.”
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