Review: Synthpop Legend Gary Numan Triumphs at Irving Plaza NYC Show

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It was only fitting that synth deity Gary Numan was headlining Irving Plaza in NYC on the first crisp autumn night where it was appropriate to don a black leather jacket. Numan, who first put his indelible mark on music in late ’70s/early ’80s with ubiquitous synth-driven masterpieces “Cars” and “Are Friend Electric?”, has been touring to support his flawless 2017 album Savage (Songs from a Broken World), which he realized with longtime collaborator Ade Fenton.

From the moment Numan took the stage with his backing quartet, he pulled no punches. They wielded the raw fury of his industrial-electronic din with aplomb.

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Space Ibiza Team Partners with Carl Cox, Hints at Big Announcement

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After revealing in August his intent to open a new Space Ibiza, which shuttered in October 2016, Carl Cox has aligned himself with the venue’s founder Pepe Rosello, general manager Juan Arenas and Ibiza promoter Dave Browning to “push the brand forward,” suggesting that an announcement of a new club is forthcoming.

Said Cox, who held a long-time residency at Space, in a press statement: “Space club Ibiza has always been my home for the last 20 years, and now to pave the new way for the future of Space is really exciting, and now forming a partnership with Pepe, Juan, and Dave Browning, to run the newly formed team, it feels solid in the way that we are a family team, and I feel we can bring everything back to where it belongs.”

Cox hinted at the new club’s opening on the horizon, but was vague: “We already have some exciting news for next year, and we will tell you all more about that nearer the time. But for now I am very happy with my new role for Space, and I can happily fly the Space flag high.”

Pepe Rosello, the owner/founder of Space in Ibiza, added: “Space is a way of living the music, which is part of our shared experiences in the most vibrant moments of our life. The roots of Ibiza extend to new destinations with the joy, passion and enthusiasm for this adventure, to return to our house, the island.”

Though the missive announced news of the partnership, it ended with a tease: “At the time of print, none of the partners can neither confirm nor deny the many rumours of a new venue in Ibiza suffice to say this is just the first page in the next chapter the story of the ‘best club in the world’.”

Check out Cox’s entire nine-hour marathon final DJ set at Space Ibiza below.

Mont Blvck 5 Tracks of the Moment

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L.A.-based Gari Recs is run by Anabel Englund, Human Life, Mont Blvck (a.k.a. singer-songwriters/instrumentalists/DJs Jackson Englund and Latin Grammy-winning Diego Cuevas Casale) and Matt Ossentjuk. Their modus operandi is about working collaboratively to realize their creative aspirations.

After the release of “Rising,” a track featuring all five members of the Gari fam, the label returns in a big way with Mont Blvck’s “Letting Go.” The sleek, ethereal club track available today and brandishes remixes by Huxley, Franky Rizardo and Martinet.

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Barbuto’s Move to the Rhythm World Tour Diary

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Australian bred, Austin, TX-based techno stalwart Christian Barbuto is known for his smashing releases on top-notch labels such as Tronic Music, Phobiq, Unity, Funk’n Deep and Octopus Recordings. In fact, his buzzy remix of Filterheadz’s “In My Head” heard on the duo’s upcoming Hyperdive EP has been making plenty of noise in the run-up to its release this month.

Barbuto, who helms a residency at Ethics Music Lounge in Austin, is back home from a whirlwind two-month, 15-gig DJ tour supporting his “Move to the Rhythm” floor burner (Unity), which dropped in July, where he rocked dance floors across Europe and his native Australia.

Now that he’s caught up on sleep, he put together a tour diary of his recent international exploits. Read on to find out about the people Barbuto met, places he visited and dance floors he rocked on his international trek. Continue Reading