- Published on Friday, 11 September 2020 11:33
To celebrate 9 years of events is an achievement that very few parties get to experience. FEELEED is well and truly cemented in Ukrainian clubbing history. ‘A project for those, who don't demand a press release. The Line-up speaks for itself.’ With previous guests including Sonja Moonear, Magda, Osker Offerman, Praslesh, Jane Fitz, tINI and many more it’s safe to say their line ups certainly do just that.
This weekend Margret Dygas steps up to the plate to bring us some sonic delights. With a sound born in New York, ripened in London and refined in Berlin, Margaret Dygas is an artist whose sound possesses a true international resonance. Regular performances at staple institutions including fabric and Panorama Bar affirm her talent behind the 1s and 2s. She will be joined by regular acts Yate, Vasil, Rayo, Eric and Bandmango b2b Vybukhivka (live).
Happy 9 years FEELEED!
Words by Jordan Diston
- Published on Thursday, 10 September 2020 11:39
The CDJ has evolved significantly since the 1990s. And, while the CDJ-3000 is in many ways unrecognizable from the early units, it retains the ambition and purpose that have always driven the CDJ range: to provide you with an intuitive, great-feeling interface that gives you the power to manipulate the music any way you can think of (and in some ways, you might not have imagined).
Pioneer introduces its new MPU in this unit which is the first they have ever put in a CDJ. It drives the unit, delivering stable performance and enabling advanced new features, and it works with the other parts of the player to create a smoother DJ experience.
Tracks and Hot Cues load faster than ever thanks to the capabilities of the MPU and Gigabit Ethernet connection. The CDJ-3000 is a rekordbox Hardware Unlock device too. So, to use Performance mode, all you need to do is to update to the latest version of the software, even if you’re using the Free subscription plan.
You pour your heart into your DJ sets, so all your hard work and creativity deserves to be felt by your audience. The crowd will hear your tracks, and every nuance of your performance, in rich detail thanks to the brand-new audio design in the CDJ-3000.
Pioneer has also made significant improvements to the display. You can choose the information you want to view in laser-sharp detail on the 9-inch touch screen, which is bigger and a higher resolution than the one on the CDJ-2000NXS2.
The intuitive user interface has stayed the same so you’ll feel at home, but they have added handy new controls such as shortcuts to make it easier to jump between different categories in your music collection.
New functions such as Touch Preview enable effortless and rapid track selection, and, with a host of other fresh features including Touch Cue, Stacked Waveform, and 3Band Waveform, you’ll always know where the perfect mix points are on the cued track and the one that’s currently playing.
Want to show what you can do and make new music on the fly? Perform on the CDJ-3000’s enhanced layout as if you’re using a musical instrument. Eight Hot Cue buttons – twice as many as the CDJ-2000NXS2 – are arranged from left to right underneath the waveform display for more intuitive triggering. Operate Beat Jump via the new hardware buttons and hit Key Sync to mix harmonically. You can also create a wider range of loops with the new 8-Beat Loop button which comes in addition to the classic 4-Beat control.
Feel is so important when you’re DJing – whether you’re making a tiny adjustment to a track’s pitch or performing the most intricate scratch technique. Pioneer has redesigned the jog wheel for the CDJ-3000 to create the smoothest action on any multiplayer we’ve ever made.
Touch latency is also better than ever, and you can use the LCD screen in the centre of the jog to keep an eye on the play head position and reference album artwork.
Find out about all of this, and more, here
Words by Jordan Diston
- Published on Saturday, 05 September 2020 10:07
Salon zur Wilden Renate’s open air location Else is back in September with an all star cast of selectors. Ricardo Villalobos is joined by fabric London’s very own Craig Richards for their Open Air party. A line up which is sure to get those dancing shoes moving.
Magical things often happen with these two come together, famed for their A star performances in the fabric booth and beyond. Safe to say this will be a musical journey of epic proportions and a true master class in DJing from start to finish.
This event compliments an impressive September schedule including the likes of Maayaan Nidam, Fred P, Sammy Dee, Rampa, &Me, Adam Port and many more from one of Berlin’s finest hot spots.
Find out more > https://www.facebook.com/events/647519679230548/
- Published on Thursday, 27 August 2020 15:19
Damian Lazarus’ forthcoming full length album, Flourish, continues to take shape with the release of its second single featuring vocalist Jem Cooke.
‘Into The Sun’ further explores the LP’s broken beat territories with a soulful sense of songwriting and cadence that carries it beyond the walls of clubland. Those who have paid attention to Damian’s career know that the artists showcased through his Crosstown Rebels imprint and world-class events are chosen deliberately and methodically. Jem Cooke’s selection as the only featured artist on ‘Flourish’ is no different. Cooke is known for topline stylings alongside house music’s modern stars like Camelphat, Jamie Jones, Kate Simko and others. This collaboration offers a left of center platform for the vocalist to experiment beyond the limits of 4/4, resulting in the swirling exposé of ‘Into The Sun’.
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Since February he has holed himself in the studio finalizing and reforming ideas that had been brewing for years. It took a pandemic to ground the DJ, but what emerged is a more fully realized vision of Lazarus as producer. Flourish takes us through the many lives of Damian Lazarus, who, as he has grown older, and traversed the globe, has come to more deeply examine the role the dance floor plays in his own life and that of others. With parties cancelled, it would have been easy to wallow, but instead urgency took hold, and isolated Italian countryside Damian took the space to tackle the larger questions he has been grappling with for years.
As anyone who has watched Lazarus DJ can attest, his inspirations are deep and varied, criss crossing show tunes, drum n bass, jazz, electro, soul, house, techno and everything in-between. This album reflects his immersion in a multitude of scenes over the years, from the early days of London drum n bass, to his role as a figurehead in the electroclash scene, and of course the significant impact his Crosstown Rebels label has had on contemporary underground house and techno.
“My early ideas about a new album were quite dark, pessimistic even, I had long been thinking and worrying about the problems of the world. Then the global pandemic and subsequent lockdown began and my fears seemed to become reality. But while writing these themes actually started to transform in an uplifting way. The new songs came together quite quickly, with renewed impetus, and mutated into a more positive outlook. Questions about faith, religion and spirituality all appeared amidst the darkness and fear, but in those times of quiet solitude and creation, I came to realise we can emerge into the sun and flourish on the other side.”
Flourish is far from a box of functional DJ tools, in the same way as Damian’s debut album Smoke The Monster Out or the more worldly outings in his brace of albums with the Ancient Moons. It’s a personal, brave and varied body of work. It’s also the work of an artist who has grown over the ten years since his last solo album. Lazarus plays with nuances of texture, tempo and style to create a rich and dense album that takes us on an odyssey that is at times both dark and uplifting. Vocals of his own cast an intimate shadow over the album with those of his sole collaborator Jem Cooke offering a soothing balance amidst the madness, remembering us that however taxing the journeys there are always moments of beauty to be found.
Caprices Festival Announces Line-up for new September dates with Sven Vath, Ricardo Villalobos, Mathew Jonson (live), Sonja Moonear and more
- Published on Monday, 24 August 2020 17:51
The 17th edition of Caprices Festival might have had to move from its original April date, but it makes a much-anticipated return to the stunning resort of Crans-Montana in Switzerland across two specially curated weekends. With a reduced capacity and different look thanks to the warmer end of the summer weather and beautiful green hillsides, this will be special and unique one-off editions from September 18 - 20 and 25 - 27 September, with returning favourites and hot new headliners from the original line-up all playing including Sven Vath, Ricardo Villalobos, Mathew Jonson (live), Sonja Moonear, Behrouz, Damian Lazarus, Guy Gerber, Archie Hamilton, Dorian Paic, Traumer, Guti (live), Steve Rachmad, Agents of Time, Argenis Brito, Dandy Jack, Dubfire and many more.
With joint effort between the artists, the partners and the festival team, in current complex circumstances, an unprecedented edition of the festival will be able to see the light of the day and offer a privileged few an unforgettable experience. In order to keep party-goers safe during the Covid-19 era, capacity was reduced to 1000 people per stage, with each one then split into independent zones of max 300 people as advised by the government measures.
Instead of initially planned four stages, there will be two stages per day - the famous daytime 'Modernity Stage' and one new nighttime stage, 'The Forest Stage' - but the famously high production values and world-class sound systems that have made Caprices Festival such an iconic underground event will remain. The Forest Stage is a circular building, offering a 360-degree view, with indoor and outdoor spaces, located in the middle of the forest, in the old intermediate station of Signal cable car line and has never been before by the Caprices Festival. The stage will host a combination of international artists, “newcomers” and the Swiss local acts, offering the public a musical context at the forefront of the latest artistic trends in the field.
Weekend two sees Modernity headlined by Marco Farone, Agents of Time, Adriatique, Alci, Sonja Moonear, Ricardo Villalobos b2b Edward, Dana Ruh, Skizzo, Given (aka James Mc Hale b2b Giorgio Maulini), Dorian Paic and Sven Vath. The Forest Stage will then bounce to the sounds of Nicolas Duvoisin, Traumer, Archie Hamilton, Andrea Fiorito, Mathew Jonson live, Steve Rachmad and Michel Cleis. Next to the world-class music, there is plenty to make this an experience of a lifetime: high-end restaurants and eateries that include award-winning restaurants and mountain huts, boutique shops and an eco-museum as well as a wellness centre and endless mountains to explore.
Caprices Festival 2020 will look very different to usual, but the forward-thinking soundtrack, next-level production and welcoming atmospheres are sure to make it a truly one of a kind event. Tickets for the April edition remain valid for the September edition. However, refund options are possible within a limited time frame (19 August). For clients who cannot make it to the festival on these dates but wish to help support Caprices Festival in this extremely difficult time for the music and events industry, a donation system is also in place. All the details related to the ticketing are available on the social media platforms of Caprices Festival & ticketing Partner xtixs.
Caprices Festival 2020
18 - 20 and 25 - 28 September
Tickets & Info:http://www.caprices.ch/