Kevin Knapp 5 Tracks of the Moment

Kevin Knapp

US born DJ/producer/vocalist Kevin Knapp is a triple threat whose presence on the global house music scene has been steadily growing over the past few years. Releasing choice tracks and collaborations on labels including Hot Creations, Dirtybird, OFF, Leftroom and ViVA Music, he’s built his rep for a hard-hitting, floor-filling sound that bridges the gap between old and new school.

Just before Miami Music Week kicked into high gear Knapp made his debut on Crosstown Rebels’ sub label Rebellion courtesy of Find Me EP. It’s a fiery four-tracker packed with a zillion volts of energy as well as beats and bass for days.

We asked the Berlin resident to share five tracks currently in heavy rotation, and he was more than happy to comply.

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Glitch Festival 2017 Boasts Star-Studded House & Techno DJs

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After a wildly successful 2016 debut featuring techno luminaries Carl Craig (pictured), Ben Klock and Dave Clarke, Glitch Festival in Malta is back September 7-8, 2017, featuring the return of Ben Klock along with Jon Hopkins, Maceo Plex, Mr. G (live), Marcel Dettmann, Blawan, Recondite (live)DJ SeinfeldVRIL (live), Dax J, Palms Trax, Jupiter Jax, Legowelt and more.

Judging from the lineup (see flyer below) Glitch will once again be a haven for those who savor quality techno and house music.

Watch the 2016 video recap below and get a taste of what went down at last year’s event at Gianpula Fields.

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Gavin Hardkiss Launches PledgeMusic Drive To Fund 5th Hawke LP

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Bay Area DJ/producer Gavin Hardkiss has launched a PledgeMusic campaign to market his upcoming Hawke album, Love In Stars, together with the previous four albums.

According to Hardkiss, the album won’t be available on major digital music outlets. In a missive he wrote, “I have zero interest in releasing this music through iTunes, Pandora or Spotify. It’s only available through PledgeMusic, on vinyl, and on gold USB drives that I’ve hidden around the Bay Area. The first clue to finding the gold USBs is hidden in Hardkiss vinyl records at select record stores. Bartenders at a few venues have the clue too. A Google map with the first clues will be released on 3/29.”

Those who wish to support the release can do so by choosing from a handful of bundles, offering a choice of cool swag including T-shirts, vinyl, slipmats and hats.

A project Hardkiss says has always been album-driven, he is also looking to engage collaborators to be part of the endeavor. That’s why he will be releasing stems of the next Hawke single “Blood is Thicker Than Water,” inviting remixers to reimagine his track for potential release on Hardkiss Music.

Hardkiss succinctly explains his hopes and dreams for Love In Stars in the video below.

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Matthias Tanzmann 5 Tracks of the Moment

Matthias Tanzmann

Moon Harbour boss Matthias Tanzmann, who’s still riding high on the success of his acclaimed 2016 album Momentum, has had a busy first quarter of 2017.

Among his numerous DJ and production exploits, he hit the road in February with pals Martin Buttrich and Davide Squillace on their Better Lost Than Stupid tour.

Last week he touched down in Miami to DJ at Resistance at Ultra Music Festival (watch his set here) and a showcase at Heart Nightclub along with Buttrich, D’Julz and Mathias Kaden.

On top of all that Moon Harbour will release its 100th release, by way of Danish house duo Anëk’s Rebellion EP, on April 19, featuring Matthias Tanzmann, Luna City Express and more.

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Klute March 2017 Chart

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  1. Total Science & Break – Big Time Winners
  2. Digital V Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Bail Out (Spirit VIP)
  3. Villem & Phase – In Search Of
  4. Break – Solvent
  5. Mateba, War & Hydro – Nostalgia
  6. Skeptical – Without a Trace
  7. The Invaderz – Underground
  8. Seba & Robert Manos – Heaven Sent
  9. Klute – You Wont Like It
  10. Q Project – Capricorn 15

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish.

Grace Jones, Jamie Principle Guest on Gorillaz’s ‘Humanz’

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Dance-music legend Grace Jones and Chicago house vocalist Jamie Principle are among a coterie of guests featured on Gorillaz’s forthcoming full-length, Humanz, set for release on April 28.

Jones, who is famous for hits like “Pull Up to the Bumper” and “Slave to the Rhythm,”  appears on “Charger” while Principle, of “Your Love” fame,” fronts “Sex Murder Party” with NYC rapper Zebra Katz.

Also notable to Big Shot readers is that Peven Everett — whose body of work includes his “Gabriel” collaboration with Roy Davis, Jr. — appears on “Strobelite” and deluxe-edition cut “Halfway To The Halfway House.”

Humanz is laden with collaborations with Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Anthony Hamilton, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle and Kali Uchis. (See full track list below.)

The virtual band created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett just dropped a 360-degree video for “Saturnz Barz (Spirit House)” which you can watch below.

Track listing for Humanz:

  1. Ascension feat. Vince Staples
  2. Strobelite feat. Peven Everett
  3. Saturnz Barz feat. Popcaan
  4. Momentz feat. De La Soul
  5. Submission feat. Danny Brown & Kelela
  6. Charger feat. Grace Jones
  7. Andromeda feat. D.R.A.M.
  8. Busted and Blue
  9. Carnival feat. Anthony Hamilton
  10. Let Me Out feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T
  11. Sex Murder Party feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz
  12. She’s My Collar feat. Kali Uchis
  13. Hallelujah Money feat. Benjamin Clementine
  14. We Got The Power feat. Jehnny Beth

Bonus material on Deluxe:

  1. The Apprentice feat. Rag’n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK
  2. Halfway To The Halfway House feat. Peven Everett
  3. Out Of Body feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Vonshà
  4. Ticker Tape feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis
  5. Circle Of Friendz feat. Brandon Markell Holmes