dreamcastmoe debuts on Ghostly International with new track, ‘RU Ready’: Listen

dreamcastmoe is joining the Ghostly International roster with his new mixtape ‘Sound Is Like Water Part 1’, out later this summer. Listen to lead track ‘RU Ready’ below.

The DC artist, AKA Davon Bryant-Mason, is next up on the independent label’s freeform offshoot, Spectral Sound, with his first mixtape since 2018’s ‘The Lost Tape Vol. 2‘. The first taste of ‘Sound Is Like Water Part 1’ is single ‘RU Ready,’ a hazy ode to partnership and his hometown co-produced by ZDBT.

“I think it’s fair to ask someone that you are in partnership with ‘RU ready?'” dreamcastmoe said. “I wrote this song thinking about my partner at the time, who made it clear to me that partnership is really more than just being together. It’s a reflection of how we treat our friends and family. Even taking a step back from the partnership to identify what in my life would fulfill me so that I could be whole? RU ready to answer all those tough questions?”

dreamcastmoe’s two most recent EPs are 2021’s ‘After All This‘ and 2020’s ‘Lamont EP‘, and he’s previously released singles on labels like Peoples Potential Unlimited, Future Times and Trading Places. Earlier this month, he contributed guest vocals to fellow DC artists Black Rave Culture’s latest track ‘Deep Breathing‘.

Watch the day-in-the-life-style video for ‘RU Ready’, directed by Marshall Tan and Orlando Urbine, and check out the ‘Sound Is Like Water Part 1’ on Bandcamp

Eliza Rose drops debut solo production, ‘Move To The’: Listen

London DJ and singer Eliza Rose has released her debut solo production called ‘Move To The’, out now via her Rosebud Recordings label. Listen to it below.

The Flashback record shop veteran, who has previously collaborated with Angel D’Lite, M4A and Cody Currie, said her influences on the single include soulful, early ’90s house and a certain crowd-pleasing hit.

“I was listening to ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ by Deee-Lite a lot, and that must have subconsciously permeated its way into the lyrics,” Rose said about the track, “but ultimately they’re about that feeling of being totally into a rhythm and groove on the dance floor. It’s just the most freeing thing.”

“Simple house music is always the best, where there’s not so many elements trying to show off,” Rose added about finding a sound that feels most her. “The early DIY ’90s sound before things got more technical — this is what I love. It’s very me, it’s what I love to play, and what’s influenced me over the years.”

Earlier this year, Eliza Rose released a joint EP with M4A for Lobster Theremin’s 100th release called ‘Shades Of Red’, and she remixed the Wayward track ‘Thirty Three‘. Revisit her vinyl-only DJ Mag HQ set from 2021 here.

Watch the ‘Move To The’ video, directed by queer performance collective Faboo TV, below and check out the single on Bandcamp.

Swedish House Mafia launch IKEA partnership with bag collection

Swedish House Mafia has partnered with IKEA to share their own take on the furniture giant’s famous sturdy blue bag. 

Collaborating with IKEA designer and fellow musician Friso Wiersma, the EDM trio of Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso set out to create something for producers, DJs and vinyl fans with the FRAKTA line, asking the key question, “How can we make life at home easier for those listening to and creating music in it?”

“One of those aspects pertain to making, creating and sharing music on the go — for DJs going from their home studio to a gig or music lovers gearing up to share some of their favourite records,” Wiersma says. That led to the creation of the adjustable square record tote, made from the signature IKEA bag material — but in all-black.

Also in the FRAKTA collection is a slim shoulder bag that suits carrying a laptop or tablet, and the accessory bag for neatly storing and transporting cables, USBs, headphone jacks, adapters and other small gadgets. The price tags for the three bags are still unknown.

The bags are the first in a series of homeware collaborations between SHM and IKEA. Announced in September last year, the collection will launch in September 2022, and will consist of home furnishings designed to make it easier to “get into a creative flow” for producing, playing and listening to music in the home.

Find more details on the FRAKTA designs here.

Premiere: Liam Doc ‘Timing Is Everything’

Liam Doc will release a new EP, ‘The Mk4 Tape’, in June via his own Eyeangle Records. Listen to ‘Timing Is Everything’ below. 

The Glaswegian DJ and producer’s new six-tracker is a typically varied selection. Touching on UKG, house and techno, sweet vocal samples are woven through each cut’s phat rhythmic foundation. These tracks feel made for the festival floor; their crunchy bass grooves and fuzzy melodies hit like the first come-up of the summer. There’s more than a hint of Overmono/Bicep euphoria on display on this EP, but Doc’s gritty flair is never far from the surface. 

‘Timing Is Everything’ dresses its driving beat with effervescent vocal slices – that addictive, post-dubstep flourish. Drop this at the right moment in the rave, and watch the energy levels fizz up like sherbet in a coke can. 

‘The Mk4 Tape’ will be released on 10th June. Pre-order it here.

OFFSónar announces Drumcode, Detroit Love, Exhale, more for 2022 programme

Barcelona’s OFFSónar has revealed the line-up to its upcoming 2022 edition. 

The Sónar sister event is back at Poble Espanyol on Thursday, 16th June, through Sunday, the 19th, with a number of crews set to take over the venue’s Plaza Mayor, Monasterio, Carpa & Picnic and La Terrazza spaces.

Kicking off the weekender on Thursday are: Circoloco with current DJ Mag cover star Jamie Jones, TSHA, Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers, Gigi FM and more; Carl Craig’s Detroit Love with live performances from Inner City and Octave One and DJ sets from Moodymann, DJ Minx, Mirko Loko and the label head himself; and Amelie Lens with Exhale, also featuring Dax J, Lokier, Kobosil and Farrago.

Following that on Friday will be Paul Kalkbrenner and Boris Brejcha hosting the OFFSónar Special at Plaza Mayor with support from Ann Clue and Giorgia Angiuli. Elsewhere, Get Lost will hold down the three other stages with the likes of Tijiana T, Felix Da Housecat, Damian Lazarus, Robag Whrume, Dubfire & Art Department, Yuia Niko and more.

Drumcode and Woomoon & Storytellers will lead the stages on Saturday, with the former hosting boss Adam Beyer, Ben Klock, Lilly Palmer and Tiger Stripes, among others, while the latter showcases Blond:ish, Deer Jade, 11&12 and more, as well as live sets from Chambord, Felix Raphael, Rampue and a hybrid set from Who Made Who.

Closing out OFFSónar on Sunday is a takeover by Âme and Dixon’s Innervisions. Alongside a back-to-back from the hosts and a live set from Âme will be DJ Koze, CC:DISCO!, Gerd Janson, Sama’ Abdulhadi, Marcel Dettmann, Or:la & Roi Perez and more, plus Elkka live

See the complete stage line-ups below. Get your tickets to OFFSónar here.

Set-times for Glastonbury 2022’s dance stages announced

Glastonbury has just revealed the complete schedule for its 2022 festival next month.

Ahead of the Worthy Farm festival’s first edition since 2019, running from Wednesday, 22nd June through Sunday, the 26th, there’s now a full breakdown of set-times, including dance music-focused stages such as Arcadia, Sonic, Block9, Silver Hayes, The Glade, The Common and Shangri-La areas on Glastonbury’s website.

Highlights from the broad schedule include: leading slots on the Other Stage for Little Simz, Bonobo, Róisín Murphy, Caribou, Bicep and Angelique Kidjo over Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings; Thursday at Lonely Hearts Club with a run of Grove, SHERELLE, Nia Archives & IZCO, Piri And Tommy, Manara, Yung Singh & Ahadadream, and Chippy Nonstop & Pxssy Palace; and Herbie Hancock performing live on the famed Pyramid Stage ahead of Diana Ross and Kendrick Lamar on Sunday. 

There’s also Block9’s four dance stages set up across the festival site’s southeast section, with a special edition of the Genosys Stage to be called Genosys Soundsystem to mark the 30th anniversary of the Castlemorton free rave. The crew has also announced they’ll be collaborating with Notting Hill Carnival to host a special soundsystem float and procession celebrating the West London Caribbean musical tradition. There’ll be Notting Hill DJs playing on the soundsystem, and after the procession, the Block9 East base will host the Mangrove Steelband.  

See the full run-down of Glastonbury 2022 set times here.

Charlotte de Witte’s KNTXT label launches archive exploring history of Belgian clubbing

Charlotte de Witte is starting up a new archival offshoot of her KNTXT label called Époque.

The Belgian techno star wants to highlight the history of her home’s nightlife with this new archival project and its complementary limited-edition merch outlet, Andrea, by graphic designer Otis Verhoeve.

Époque’s inaugural subject is legendary Lokeren club Cherry Moon and its in-house label Cherry Moon Trax. Founded by Rudy Pinoé in the ’90s, Cherry Moon was known for its residents The Fly, DJ Ghost, Yves Deruyter and Franky Jones, who played techno and later hardstyle. DJ and Époque curator Michiel Claus says he selected Cherry Moon because “this part of our music history is too little regarded as Belgian heritage.” 

“Even 30 years after its inception, the institute that is Cherry Moon continues to inspire me,” de Witte says. “To honour its legacy, I made a mix containing well-known classics and some more contemporary tracks that bring forward the heart and soul of a beautiful era that is long gone but not forgotten.” That mix is out on 1st June via Apple Music.

More information will arrive this Wednesday on Époque’s website, which will serve as a library of sorts for archival flyers, documentation, photography, stories and more from Belgian clubbing history.

Lady of the House launches record label with production competition

Lady of the House has launched a new record label.

Announced by the platform’s co-founder, Laila Mckenzie, at this year’s Brighton Music Conference, A&R for the label’s first four releases will be handled by BBC Radio 1’s Jaguar and Charlie Tee, Defected’s Sam Divine and Brit Dance Act 2022 winner Becky Hill. 

The platform – which originated as a book celebrating house music’s pioneering women – has launched a month-long production competition to find new talent for the label’s first four releases. Women and non-binary artists are encouraged to submit their demos to be in with the chance of releasing their music through the label this year. Entries are open now and will close on 30th June. 

This format will be replicated several times throughout the year, with a different group of Lady of the House “Godmothers” scheduled to A&R releases by competition winners in each round of submissions. 

Winners will receive a special support package as part of their record release, including a remix of their track by a prominent artist, a professional promotional campaign and the chance to perform at a major event. 

Submit your demo here.  

DJ Mag caught up with McKenzie after the announcement at BMC to learn more about the label’s origins and plans for the future.  

Congratulations on the label launch! What made you decide to set up an imprint now?

“Bentleigh Burgess, the owner of Lakota, is kind of like my dad and he suggested it to me. I was like, ‘no it’s too much work, I’ve not got the resources and I don’t know anything about running record labels, other than I know good music’. Then, more people started coming up to me months after that initial conversation. I was in Miami in March and the Labelworx guys came up to me and said, ‘we really love what you do, this is so important and there are so many women that we represent in the Lady of the House book’. They’d been following the story and said, ‘we’d really like to support you to start a label, we want to make this happen’. So we had a chat in March and now we’re in May – it’s moving pretty fast.” 

Do you have any artists on your roster already?

“No – the competition we announced on the panel will be the first four releases, so we haven’t got a clue who the artists are going to be. We’ve got the A&R – Becky Hill, Jaguar, Charlie Tee and Same Devine, are the first four A&Rs for the first round of submissions. We’re gonna see how the first round goes and then replicate it a number of times throughout the year. We want to have a different round of Lady of the House ‘Godmothers’ each time, because there are so many women all over the world that I would love to A&R for this. I want to find emergent talent first, but I’m also planning to get some established artists.”

Sounds good – do you have any artists in mind?

“I’ve not approached anyone yet because I wanted to put the full focus first and foremost on the competition. It’s important to nurture emerging talent, especially now with the fast music cycles. In terms of established names, we would love to work with some of the icons – Ultra Nate, Rowetta, Kathy Brown – and rising talent like LP Giobbi, Bklava, Ash Lauryn and Cici, and of course people like TSHA, Nicole Moudaber, Charlotte De Witte, Lyric Hood, Jayda G, the list goes on. Obviously, Sam Divine is gonna have to release something with us because she always supports us. But somebody I really want to A&R for us is Gladys Pizzarro, who started Strictly Rhythm. She broke Masters At Work and so many other great artists from the States. She’s one of the best A&Rs in business and she still hasn’t lost her touch. She knows how to find a dope track.” 

How’s the roll out for the first round of releases looking?

“So the competition closes 30th of June, then we’re gonna give the A&Rs a few weeks to choose. I’d like to have the winners picked by the second or third week of July. We’re looking to get the tracks played out at festivals and clubs over the summer and then will release them in succession. We want each person’s release to have a focused promotional campaign, with the first release going out at the end of August, start of September. We want to get as much demos as possible because, even though we’re only picking four in this round, we want to create a pool – we might revisit the music.” 

You mentioned earlier just how quickly the music cycle is now and I know you’ve been a promoter for over 20 years. I wonder what changes in club culture you’ve noticed – good and bad – over the years.

“I started by glass collecting in the club over 20 years ago and within a year I was building the guestlist for parties. If you wanted to get people to your party you had to get out there on the streets with a clipboard – I used to go around all the shops on a Saturday, all the clothes shops where I knew the party people would be hanging out and that’s how we promoted. Diversity, and just the business in general, aside, the rise of social media has been the main change. It’s a double-edged sword – part of it’s saved us and part of it’s killed us. It’s basically made everything much more accessible, but then with accessibility comes saturation. 

“Another thing that stands out is there are more women behind the decks. When I was going to warehouse raves back in the day there was much more of a presence of women singers and dancers, but you didn’t get to see them playing behind the decks. Now that’s changed, there are so many women out there. I do still think we’ve got a way to go in territories of emerging Black and brown women artists but I do think from a purely gender perspective, women are much more represented. 

“But on the business side, that’s changed. When I started out, women were the business. Our book [Lady of the House] shows women were the business. People like Lynn Cosgrave who managed Carl Cox and founded the Ministry of Sound record label, Maria May who represented Frankie Knuckles, Caroline Prothero who managed David Guetta, Daft Punk and The Chemical Brothers. Marci Webber looked after MK and Moby and blew up their careers. There are so many women who have been pivotal because they organised everything. It was us that made it into a structured business, got everybody where they needed to be when they needed to be and made this into a sustainable business model, not just a party. I saw this from a young age, even though I didn’t know people like Lynn and Caroline because I was still very much underground up north, but even in the dangerous underground clubs, there were women on the doors, front of house, managing the bars, marketing and managing clubs. We didn’t even have to speak about equalising things for women in that area. So over the years I’ve noticed that we’ve got more women behind the decks, but the visibility of women running the business has started to disappear.”

Lady of the House started out as a book, but has since morphed into a number of projects – you now have an annual exhibition and regular party series. Was it always the plan to expand the scope of the platform?

“No, it wasn’t always the plan. I did the book because it was during the pandemic and the book needed to be done – we’ve nearly sold out on the first run – but it was really pricey, it cost £25 to make per unit, so we’ve made no profit, but now we have this great platform. So we asked ourselves how we can make Lady of the House sustainable whilst serving the community and following our passion. What’s missing from the industry and how can we tell these dynamic stories and present it to the next generation? That’s why we did the exhibition and are putting on dance events. For me the record label is really the missing piece of the jigsaw. 

New Experimental Synth, Beats FM, Features FM/AM/SW Radio

Italy’s X Audio Systems has announced the Beats FM, an experimental all-in-one stereo analog synthesizer, processor and sync unit with FM/AM/SW radio.

They say that the Beats FM “offers a new approach to music and sound creation, that no other instrument can offer.” It’s the equivalent of 8 synth modules, enclosed in a high-quality beech/aluminum case with an antenna.

Production of the Beats FM is being funded via an IndieGoGo project.

Here’s a demo of the Beats FM in action:

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Here’s what they have to say about the Beats FM project:

“We want to give everybody the possibility to participate in the creation of this unique machine. We feel that the world needs new options when it come to music production and sound exploration. The spontaneous and versatile nature of the BEATS FM, together with it’s warm analog sound is designed to be a center piece to a number of music studios worldwide.

This is the first ever production run of this unit, and nobody knows if there will be further developments in the future. It all depends on the support that all the backers will bring to this project. Our goal is to produce as many units as possible. Satisfaction of every backers is our main priority. Thanks to you, this project is already a reality! Every backer will receive a one-of-a-kind, hand-assembled, individually numbered, limited edition BEATS FM with power supply, antenna and user’s manual.”

Features:

  • 1 x stereo wide-band FM/AM/SW radio with LFO modulated tuner knob
  • 2 x analog 4-pole low-pass filters (clones of CEM3320, the chip used in the Prophet 5) with self-oscillating resonance and LFO modulation
  • 4 seconds of stereo digital delay with time control, feedback, tone, sync and panning with LFO modulation
  • 1 x LFO with 16 different “bendable” waveforms with rate, multiplier and polarity
  • 1 x Sync unit to lock the LFO to: 1-audio click track, 2-analog clock, 3-tap tempo
  • 2 x analog 2-pole high-pass filters
  • 1 x effects mixer
  • 2 x external audio inputs with overdrive

Pricing and Availability

Beats FM is available to project backers for about $782 USD.

Note that crowdfunding projects can involve risk. See the project page for details.