Kanpai! Richie Hawtin Named Sake Samurai

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Those who follow minimal techno troubadour Richie Hawtin know that he has a passion for sake, a lovely alcoholic beverage of Japanese origin that is made from fermented rice. He even set up his boutique ENTER.SAKE brand and has been integrating the spirit into his global events. In a ceremony held earlier this month at a shrine in Kyoto, Hawtin was named a 2014 Sake Samurai by the Sake Samurai Association, a council for the Japan Sake Brewers Association. The award acknowledges Hawtin’s understanding, appreciation and promotion of sake through his efforts.

Techno and sake have a lot more in common than most people think. Both are produced by dedicated artisans who constantly draw from past learnings in order to create the best possible end result, sparing no short cuts and never catering to fleeting trends.

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Says Hawtin, “The sake industry was filled with small family-run breweries each following their own distinct style with careful and creative thought about each step of the production, much like how our favorite labels dedicate themselves to a certain sound and unique aesthetics.

“At the same moment I learned how the domestic Japanese sake industry was actually in decline with so many young people moving their tastes to beer, wine, cocktails and other spirits, forcing many breweries, some with hundreds of years of history, to close their doors forever. This sparked my imagination of somehow combining my love (and knowledge) of the electronic music scene and the world of Japanese sake in a way to help (in my own way) revitalize the Sake industry and introduce my fans and colleagues into the world of Japanese sake and culture.”

Hawtin added, “To be honored by the wake community for my work spreading the taste of Japanese sake to the international market is humbling and another positive step for my dream of combining music, sake and technology into an immersive experience.”


DJ Chart: Nathan Coles from Wiggle’s Top 10 for October 2014

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Nathan Coles from Wiggle’s Top 10 for October 2014

1. Ross Evans – “Let It Go” (Original Mix) (Saved Records)
2. Nathan Coles & David Coker – “Shifty Bizzness” (Original Mix) (Wiggle Records)
3. Kenny Raw – “Distorted Reality” (Darren Roach mMix) (Fabric Records)
4. Logannn! – “Friday” (Original Mix) (11am Records)
5. Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons – “Lovers Eyes” (Mendoremix) (Crosstown Rebels)
6. Noah Pred feat. Rosina – “All Alone” (Nico Stojan Mix) (Thoughtless Music)
7. Federico Molinari – “Vacas” (Original Mix) (Oslo Records)
8. Route 94 – “Coboy” (Original Mix) (Leftroom Records)
9. Dachshund – “Charabia” (Original Mix) (Fantastic Friends Records)
10. Whyt Noyz – “Dope She” (Original Mix) (Minus Records)

Cazwell’s Top 5 Tracks of the Moment

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NYC-based DJ/rapper/producer Cazwell has been straddling the line between hip-hop and dance music with ease since the late ’90s. With hits like 2009’s “I Seen Beyoncé at Burger King” and 2010’s “Ice Cream Truck” under his belt, he continues pushing the musical envelope, bathing his party-perfect (and often hilarious) tracks with elements of electro, Moombahton and house.

On his just released his third album, Hard 2 B Fresh, Caz serves up piping-hot collaborations with Richie Beretta (Major Lazer, Jillionaire), Justin de Nobrega (Die Antwoord), Nicky da B (RIP), Peaches, Jesse Novak (M.I.A., Santigold), Big Dipper, RedTop (Beyoncé, Goldfrapp), Manila Luzon, DJ Fresh Direct and others. Along the way he tackles the U.S. debt crisis (“Dance Like You Got Good Credit”) and narcism

We checked in with Cazwell and asked him to share his five favorite songs of the moment.

Cazwell’s Hard 2 B Fresh is out now on Peace Bisquit. Continue Reading

Bummer: Time Warp NYC Postponed [Updated]

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Nein! Nein! Nein! The German-based promoters who were set to bring their revered techno-laden Time Warp parties to New York City have announced that they’ve been forced to pull the plug on their party.

The event, which is part of a tour celebrating Time Warp’s 20th anniversary, was due to take place over Thanksgiving weekend in the Kingsbridge Armory, a massive 180,000 square-foot venue in the Bronx, featuring Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Sven Väth, DJ Tennis, Pan-Pot, Dixon, No Regular Play (live), Anthony Parasole and Tini.

Organizers have set up a help desk, presumably to handle refunds, and are looking for a new venue to throw a future event in the Big Apple.

Below is Time Warp’s statement in its unedited entirety:

Unfortunately we have come across some unforeseen complications regarding The Kingsbridge Armory as our New York location. Although we were far into the approval process and had not experienced any issues, there’s always a risk when dealing with historical buildings. Local officials are working with us to advance our event at the best possible location.

In the meantime, we set up a help desk to further assist you – [email protected] We apologize for the unexpected issues. The entire team is working very hard to deliver the best possible Time Warp experience at the best possible New York location. Thank you for your patience. We intend to make this an unforgettable weekend.

Oct. 21 update: Time Warp’s PR company tells us the event has been “postponed,” not canceled. We’re taking them on their word and have update the story’s headline.

Premiere: Have a First Listen to Azimute’s “Control”

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Newly formed house/techno duo Azimute pop their musical cherry in a big way with “Control” for Crosstown Rebels, and we’re pleased to premiere their first offering to the world.

The musical union between DJ­/producer Cesare Marchese (a.k.a. Cesare vs Disorder, who has recorded for labels such as BPitch Control, Vakant, Dumb Unit and Get Physical) and veteran DJ­/​musician Philippe Quenum (who co-founded Cadenza with Luciano in 2002 and has issued tracks for Soma, NovaMute and other labels over the years), the pair decided to join forces after working together on Quenum’s artist album, Face To Face, for Marchese’s Berlin-based Serialism Records.

With its booming, hypnotic bass, tight percussion and robotic vocals, “Control” is simply aching to be heard on a big sound system.

Have a listen below and tell us if you agree. And remember where you heard Azimute first.

Crosstown Rebels will release Azimute’s Control EP on vinyl on October 20, digitally on November 3. The pair will issue an EP shortly on Derrick May’s Transmat Records.

Omnia Opening in Former PURE Nightclub Space at Caesars Palace

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Hakkasan Group has announced that Omnia will take over the massive space formerly occupied by PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, which closed in May after a nine-year run.

The name of the new venue in Latin simply means all things.

Set to open in Spring 2015, Omnia intends to mix luxury nightlife with world-class DJs but perhaps with a musical twist.

Speaking to USA Today this week, Hakkasan Group boss Nick McCabe said of the space which once hosted the likes of celebs such as Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna, “Las Vegas is obviously a very EDM-driven market right now, and so we will certainly be featuring some top tier electronic talent. Ultimately though, our goal is to provide our customers with whatever they tell us they want, and so whether it’s a DJ, a live performance or a celebrity host, our programming choices will be driven by what our customers get excited about.”

Designed by the internationally renowned Rockwell Group, the 75,000-square-foot complex inside Caesars Palace boasts a main room and mezzanine, ultra-lounge and rooftop garden (see rendering above).

With DJs from around the world flocking en masse to play in Las Vegas, and being paid handsomely for their mixing services, it will be interesting to see if Omnia can truly be all things to all people.