Informed by house, techno, electro and beyond, globetrotting Danish DJ/producer Kasper Bjørke has been exploring electronic music for well over a decade now.
Always one to push the artistic envelope, he recently unveiled “Sylvia,” a heady and haunting tune culled from his forthcoming fourth album, After Forever. The soulful endeavor — which sports remixes from A/Jus/Ted (Justin Strauss and Teddy Stuart) and Composite Records boss Tiago Fragateiro — ably demonstrates Bjørke’s soulful, articulate vision. It’s an interesting bookend to “Rush,” a sexy, silky-smooth number fronted by Tobias Buch released in April.
With the imminent release of his new full-length, we checked in with Bjørke and asked him to wax poetic about five artists who are currently on heavy rotation in his world.
Kasper Bjørke’s “Rush” and “Sylvia” are out now on hfn music. “TNR” feat. Jaakko Eino Kalevi is released August 14, 2014. After Forever is out on September 22.
We kicked off summer 2014 in a big way by premiering Alex Ross’ infectious remix of Yeah Boy‘s “Can’t Get Enough.”
Now we’re pumped to world premiere Yeah Boy’s sweat-inducing Can’t Get Enough DJ mix, brandishing edits and remixes of tracks featuring pop royalty including Sade, Janet Jackson, Usher and Alicia Keys as well his own jams “Tell Me,” “Take It All” and the aforementioned “Can’t Get Enough.”
“This mix has been inspired from my move over to London,” says Yeah Boy (a.k.a. Johnny Castro, formerly of Parachute Youth). “This is what I’m all about at the moment!”
Hit the play button below and get ready to shake what your momma gave ya.
Yeah Boy’s Can’t Get Enough EP and Remixes are out now via Big Beat Records.
Tracklisting for Yeah Boy’s Can’t Get Enough Mix
1. Yeah Boy – “Tell Me”
2. Sade – “Nothing Can Come Between Us” (Pomo Edit)
3. Janet Jackson – “If” (Kaytranada Remix)
4. Yeah Boy – “Can’t Get Enough” (Sam Padrul Remix)
5. Yeah Boy – “Can’t Get Enough”
6. Yeah Boy – “Take It All”
7. Usher & Alicia Keys – “My Boo” (Ferris Mular Remix)
8. Brandy – “I Wanna Be Down” (Grades Remix)
9. Miguel – “Do You…” (Cashmere Cat Remix)
Up-and-coming London-based tech-house DJ/producer duo Hank & Deck — Alex Bearman and Harry Bearman — have aligned with Simone Vitullo’s Italy-based Basica Records, an underground imprint famous for championing quality deep house and tech-house releases, to present the world with The Message EP. The title track was inspired by a visit to DC10 in Ibiza, with “Skips” influenced by Marco Carola’s Music On party.
Having played top London venues such as Pacha and Egg, their Big Shot Guest Mix flaunts their dark style that’s informed by a host of styles.
“We wanted this mix to cut across a plethora of underground house talent,” says the Bearmans, whose session features both of their blazing-hot new jams and cuts from Jonathan Cowan, Joeski, Sascha Braemer and Coyu.
“We built the first half of the podcast around the title track on our latest EP, ‘The Message,’ and so therefore it takes on a distinctly more tech-house approach. By contrast, the back end of the mix revolves around our other track ‘Skips,’ consequently leaning closer to techno. We draw inspiration from both styles and carefully utilize each of them when DJing based on the nature of the night.”
Listen below and enjoy!
Hank & Deck’s The Message EP is out now on Basica.
Big Shot Guest Mix: Hank & Deck by Big Shot Magazine on Mixcloud
Big Shot Guest Mix: Hank & Deck
1. Jonathan Cowan – “Uh Oh” (Original Mix)
2. Joeski – “Little Helper 121 – 1″ (Original Mix)
3. Hank & Deck – “The Message” (Original Mix)
4. Dataworx, Nic Vetter – “She Stared In Confusion” (Original Mix)
5. Sascha Braemer – “Et Voila” (Cristoph Remix)
6. Shenoda – “Thinking Of” (Original Mix)
7. South London Ordnance – “Contact” (Original Mix)
8. Noir, Hayze – “Angel” (Hot Since 82 Dub Mix)
9. Coyu – “In My Mind” (Original Mix)
10. Leonardo Gonnelli – “Kluster N123″ (Original Mix)
11. Hank & Deck – “Skips” (Original Mix)
12. Traumer – “Cyclo” (Original Mix)
New York City DJ icon Danny Tenaglia will release his sprawling two-disc Balance 025 in September. His first compilation in six years will feature 36 tracks espousing his tribal and progressive musical proclivities. Tenaglia, who is famous for his marathon DJ sets, will commence a 10-city club tour beginning August 6 at Sankeys in Ibiza.
Obligatory press release gushes from DT: “TRAKTOR has me working harder than ever because now I take many of my favorite classics and find ways to blend them in with much of the new music I love today, which is basically what appears on this CD.”
“When I was asked to do this for Balance, I did some research and felt a connection. Balance is a ‘quality, not quantity’ record label and I already respected all of the artists on their roster and thought it would be a great outlet for me to also share a bit of my journeys with people who passionately love dance music. I also appreciated the details that they put into each release.”
Have a listen to a 20-minute preview below:
A dance floor journeyman whose work dates back to producing acid tracks in the ’90s, Cologne-based DJ/producer Robert Babicz has steadfastly blazed new trails in the realm of techno in recent years. Wielding a signature ranging from deep and minimal to tech-house, Babicz’s latest and greatest for Bedrock confirms his ascent to the top run of his chose genre’s ladder.
“Rave Angel” gets the party started right with a no-holds-barred assault of clanging hi-hats and a kick drum from heaven (or hell). This bad-ass, full-on assault is tailor-made for big rooms and festivals alike.
Babicz rounds out his EP with another sweat-inducing floor burner, “Wonderland,” crafted albeit in a housier mindset. He smoothly changes gears on the stripped down “Shifting Reality,” a comedown track featuring horns and piano melodies played over an effervescent soundscape, bringing to mind the majesty of The Beloved and its Balearic ilk.
A brilliantly well-rounded release, this is an EP you shouldn’t sleep on.
While Ultra Music Festival in Miami has become a rite of spring for many dance-music fans here in the U.S., Ultra Europe is well on its way to following in sister festival’s footsteps.
Held July 11-13, 2014 at Poljud Stadium in Split, Croatia, Ultra’s organizers report that their second European edition attracted 150,000 fans from 125 countries. Expanding from two to three days just meant more music and performances as well as an exclusive Ultra Beach pool party on the island of Hvar at the Hotel Amfora Grand Beach Resort.
The bill was littered with all the usual EDM suspects (Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Example, Fedde Le Grand, Hardwell, etc.) and the production looked spot-on.
Have a look at these brilliant images shot by Rukes.com and Rudgr.com, which should hint at what lies in-store for Ultra Japan taking place in September.