Cera Alba’s Top 5 Tracks of the Moment

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London housemeister Cera Alba has been coming on strong in recent years. With releases on Moon Harbour, Viva Music, Hot Creations and Gruuv, he’s been lighting dance floor ablaze with his intoxicating sound that continues to mature.

Currently riding high on his acclaimed Synthetic Artistry EP issued on Steve Lawler’s aforementioned Viva imprint, tonight Alba makes a much-antipcated pilgrimage to New York City, headlining a party for Sheik ‘N’ Beik in Union Square.

Just before he boarded a flight bound for the Big Apple, Alba shared five of his favorite tunes of the moment. Who knows, he just might drop some of them tonight.
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Big Shot Guest Mix: Boom Merchant

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Born in Ireland, raised in Spain and currently living in Glasgow, Scotland, rising DJ/producer Boom Merchant (a.k.a Kyle Thompson) has been carving a niche for himself with his eclectic sets and top-notch productions. In June he released the gorgeous techno opus “Stars” and the chugging house jam “Green Symphony” on Tribal Pulse and has plenty more irons in the fire.

On his 12-track Big Shot Guest Mix, he peppers in choice cuts from Ricardo Tobar, Pe & Ban, Johnny Kaos and Shin Nishimura — it’s a sonic testament to his diverse, ever-expanding sound. He carefully includes his aforementioned tracks along with his “Elelphant’s Graveyard,” an older nugget released by Process Recordings.

“I think my aim when making this mix was to capture a good cross section of all the vibes and flavours that I love and that I like to focus on when I DJ,” the Merchant says of the session. “I want to take people on a journey and throw sounds at them that will scoop them up and take them somewhere. I want to excite them and make them feel good!

“The mix starts off atmospheric and then runs through a series of structured, high energy tracks that jump between tough minimal beats and more layered, harmonic stuff. I’ve included a lot of my own music alongside some of my absolute favourite tracks. I love to combine my own ideas with tracks I’ve found in record stores all over the place or stuff I’ve been sent online. There’s music from all over the world in here; hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as I have.”

Sit back, relax and crank this bad boy up.

Big Shot Guest Mix: Boom Merchant by Big Shot Magazine on Mixcloud

Big Shot Guest Mix: Boom Merchant

1. Ricardo Tobar – “Garden” (Desire)
2. Amber Long, Robert Mason – “Eggshells” (Kastis Torrau & Arnas D Remix) (Stripped)
3. Sonic Union & Khen – “Driven By Demand” (Tribal Pulse – Forthcoming)
4. Boom Merchant – “Green Symphony” (Tribal Pulse)
5. Boom Merchant – “Elephant’s Graveyard” (Process)
6. Pe & Ban – “Ibiza From Hell” (Naked Lunch)
7. Hermanez – “Ayahuasca (Edit 1)” (Aella Music)
8. Johnny Kaos – “Metallik” (Amazing)
9. Shin Nishimura – “IP28 6SW” (Go Hiyama Remix) (Plus)
10. Faculty X – “Observer” (That World) (Superbra)
11. Boom Merchant – “Origins” (Teleskopik)
12. Boom Merchant – “Stars” (Tribal Pulse)

Pete Tong’s New Underground Las Vegas Party Isn’t Very Underground

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Anyone who knows anything about Las Vegas’ club scene will tell you that DJs are getting paid ridiculously high fees to play for audiences who probably care more about bottle service than music. Though he’s had his fair share of exploits in Sin City over the years, famed BBC Radio 1 DJ/serial entrepreneur/MBE Pete Tong returns to Las Vegas next month with his monthly All Gone Pete Tong party at LiFE Nightclub at SLS Las Vegas to be held at the venue’s Underground Sundays night.

Instead of booking the usual EDM suspects, Tong’s soiree will feature more “underground” talent such as Eric Prydz’s techno alias Cirez D (October 5), Seth Troxler (October 26) and Sasha (November 23).

According to a missive, production and design will be handled by Romain Pissenem from Ibiza’s iconic Ushuaia club, who also art directed Luciano’s Vagabundos events. Pissenem will be creating “a bespoke environment at LiFE, tailor-made to explore the edgier reaches of dance music.”

Obligatory press release gush from Tong: “LiFE allows underground dance music to flourish. It’s five years since Vegas caught the dance bug, the scene has grown and matured, it feels at a point where people are ready for something different. I’m looking to build a community and vibe that’s a little sexier and darker, not quite so polished.”

Will die-hard “underground” dance-music fans in Las Vegas gamble on Tong’s party and book one of LiFE Nightclub’s 70 VIP tables? I think we know the answer to that question.

Review: Geiko – ‘Aggressive’ (Waving Alien Records)

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★★★☆☆

Geiko is a solo project helmed by Ámaris Wenzel, a multi-talented Swiss producer. Wenzel is also singer and co-owner of Waving Alien Records. In a time where it seems like ghost producers are more prevalent then ever, it’s refreshing to come across an artist who is producing and performing their own music. That’s the way it should be anyway, right?

It’s clear Wenzel bolsters a fairly wide range of music tastes because her productions combine sounds from a multitude of genres — electronica, trip-hop and a dusting of rock ‘n’ roll.

Aggressive feels like a throwback album featuring sounds reminiscent of the electronic music produced in the late ’90s. Even though her style is different and darker, Geiko reminds me a little of BT. Not so much in terms of the style, but in the way she produces her vocal chops and operates as is a one-person band. (Have a listen to “Catch Me” and see if you agree.)

If you like synth-pop flavored tunes of the atypical variety, and you like your electronic music to be on the gothy side of the spectrum, Aggressive is a good option for you.

DJ Chart: Gareth Whitehead’s Top 10 for September 2014

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Gareth Whitehead’s Top 10 for September 2014

1. Gareth Whitehead, Marshall Jefferson & Robert Owens – “How Can I” (Bulletdodge)
2. Model 500 – “The Passage” (Apollo)
3. Greg Gow and Morgan Pottruff – “Rebirth” (100% Pure)
4. Werner Niedermeier & Master Seb – “Guitto” (Bulletdodge)
5. DJ 3000 – “Chimbarazu (P-Ben Remix)” (Motech)
6. Detroit Grand Pubahs – “Wake Up” (Torque)
7. Pete Kastanis – “Fake Gangsters (Andy Slate Remix)” (Family Grooves)
8. Tom Taylor – “Synchronistic” (Groovebirds)
9. Tiger Stripes – “Glorified (Rodriguez Jr. Remix)” (Audiomatique)
10. Inxec VS Droog – “Mountain Drop” (Last Night on Earth)

Pioneer DJ Sold to Private Equity Firm for $550 Million

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After a report surfaced earlier in the month that Pioneer Corporation had put its DJ equipment division on the selling block, the Japanese manufacturer has confirmed it has sold Pioneer DJ to private equity firm KKR & Co LP For $550 million.

Pioneer has been selling off non-core assets to focus on its automotive electronics business. On Friday, the company said it would sell its home audio-visual business to audio equipment maker Onkyo Corp.

Obligatory press release gush from Susumu Kotani, Representative Director, President and CEO of Pioneer, said, “As we accelerate our efforts to concentrate management resources on our car electronics business, Pioneer has been seeking the optimal partner to further the globalization of our DJ equipment business and expand the brand. We are pleased to have reached an agreement with KKR on the purchase of Pioneer DJ. KKR has a wealth of experience in the technology and media industry globally, and we are confident it has the expertise to drive Pioneer DJ forward. Pioneer will retain 14.95% of the voting rights in Pioneer DJ and we will maintain a framework for cooperation to ensure the future growth of the company.”

Obligatory press release gush from Hirofumi Hirano, Member of KKR and CEO of KKR Japan, said, “Pioneer has built a leading global DJ equipment business based on its powerful brands and excellence in matching product development to market requirements. KKR will work together with Pioneer DJ’s innovative management team and employees, and our investment partner Pioneer, to support further long-term growth of the business.”

The deal is expected to close in March 2015.