Ade Fenton Reflects On Brilliant 2017

Ade Fenton

Early in his life DJ/producer Ade Fenton had vivid dreams about making music and turned them into reality. He came of age crafting techno tracks in the late ’90s for his now former label, Advanced Records, as well as revered imprints like Potential, Ground, Planet Rhythm, Audio, Zenit, Primate and Primevil.

Fenton’s career took a dramatic turn almost two decades ago when he was introduced through a mutual friend to electronic music pioneer Gary Numan at one of the icon’s gigs. The two developed a rapport and Numan later tapped Fenton to co-produce and co-engineer his industrial-charged 18th album, Jagged, when he became disenchanted with the production team he was using.

All these years later Fenton, who was behind the boards on Numan’s Dead Son Rising and Splinter, and Numan remain thick as thieves. Numan’s 21st album, Savage (Songs from a Broken World), which was released in the fall, finds the duo crafting hard-hitting, politically-charged gems that have delighted fans and critics alike.

Currently dividing his time with Numan and scoring music for film and TV with multi-instrumentalist Tim Slade, Fenton hasn’t lost his love for the dance floor. His recent Manipulator EP serves as his first techno EP since 2011 and 50th release for Advanced Records, which is currently run by former partner Paul Smith.

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Ronnie Spiteri 5 Tracks of the Moment

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A purveyor of deep, techy house, Southampton, England’s Ronnie Spiteri has had quite a year. Literally raised on a diet of dance music — his father used to promote parties and illegal raves all over the South Coast of England in the early ’90s — he’s evolved his sound with fantastic results.

Ronnie, who’s released music on Undr The Radr, Toolroom Records, Do No Sleep and runs Kenja Records, made his mobilee debut in September via his Voices in My Head EP. This month his Flashing Lights EP will be released on Steve Lawler’s ViVA Music, with his Knee Deep In Sound EP following in December on Multiply and Shakedown EP out in January on Do Not Sleep. Factor in tons of Radio 1 support and his recent residencies at Do Not Sleep and Switch in Southampton and you’ve got a star on the rise.

Poised to do even bigger things in 2018, we asked him to wax poetic about new tracks currently dominating his DJ sets. Continue Reading

Moullinex Interviewed By ‘Hypersex’ Collaborators

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This month Portuguese producer Luis Clara (a.k.a. Moullinex) presented the world with his third album, Hypersex (DiscoTexas). It’s an uptempo collection of tracks that musically counters the dire times we’re living in. Clara began working on the album in 2016. He influenced by world events including the refugee crisis, the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando and the election of Donald Trump.

While negativity seems to be everywhere, Clara believes that we can dance our way to a better world. With that sentiment, he’s written Hypersex a “love letter” to club culture, a “world with room for everyone, regardless of their origin, political views, race, religion, gender, and sexuality.”

Clara realized the album with a coterie of collaborators from all over the world. We turned the tables on him and asked his guests to interview him. Read on for a Q&A where Clara speaks about the importance of artists speaking out in hard times to his songwriting process.

Your most recent singles have all come with a very particular message. In making Hypersex, how important was it for you to speak on the woes of the world; and do you feel that’s a responsibly of artist (specifically musicians)?
 Shermar Davis (featured on “Carnival”)
I believe that if you have an audience, no matter how big or small, you have a responsibility toward it. I owe my life to those who created what is nowadays known as “dance music.” Though it’s been whitewashed into a mere lifestyle accessory, dance music at its core carries a legacy of inclusivity, acceptance and, ultimately, change.


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Josh Butler 5 Tracks of the Moment

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UK house phenom Josh Butler is coming to North America. At the beginning of November the maestro will embark on the longest tour of his career on the continent. And the timing for his trek couldn’t be better. Josh recently released his “Can’t Deny” collaboration with MadTech boss Kerri Chandler on his Origins imprint. Plus, he dropped a red-hot remix of seminal tune “I Want You (Forever)” and delivered his massive Strategem EP for Rejected.

Related: Listen to Josh Butler’s Big Shot Guest Mix

Before Josh hopped on a flight we checked in and asked him about new tracks he’s loving at the moment. Read on to learn about jams he might drop during his seven-city DJ tour.

Catch Josh Butler at Bar Standard in Denver on November 1; Panther Room at Output in Brooklyn on November 3; Soul Tech in Mexico City on November 4; Heart in Miami on November 10; Sound in Los Angeles (Origins Showcase) on November 11; Grasshopper in Detroit on November 17; and One Loft in Toronto on November 18

 

David Berrie – Playing in Space
This was recently released on Jamie Jones’ Hottrax. I dropped it for the first time in Argentina and absolutely fell in love with it! The influences of Garage, dub techno and house are a stunning blend! Proper roller.

Octave One – Blackwater feat. Ann Saunderson & Urban Soul Orchestra
This track brings back some great memories from the Defected Festival in Croatia this year. Boat parties, sunsets, sun rises and house music for an entire week!

Bassmental – Keep It Deep
Bassmental is one of Kerri Chandler’s many production aliases. I had to include something from Kerri as everything he has done over the years is gold. I’m a massive fan of his and also the sound that came out of New Jersey in the ’90s!

Carl Cox – I Want You (Forever) (Josh Butler Remix)
It’s a huge honor for me to have done an official remix for such a legend in our music scene. I’m really happy with the way the track turned out. It’s been getting a crazy response on the dance floors of my gigs over the summer, including support from Carl himself!

Mark Jenkyns – Sirens
This was my secret weapon for the whole season in Ibiza. Mark sent it to me and I was hammering it almost every set for five months. Once it was released it shot up into the Beatport top 5 and very rightly so, great track!

Big Freedia Talks LCD Soundsystem Tour & Teases New Music

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A progenitor of bounce music, New Orleans’ Big Freedia (a.k.a. The Queen of Bounce) is currently riding high thanks to the success of the breakthrough reality show Big Freedia Bounces Back, airing on Fuse TV. An artist with many professional irons in the fire, this month Freedia is touring with the reunited dance-punk band LCD Soundsystem.

Fortunately for us we were able to connect with Freedia and got to ask about how the tour came together and what fans can expect for her highlyy twerktastic live show.

Freedia also gave me advice on how to deal with my bitterness over LCD’s reunion, which came after DFA Records honcho James Murphy swore up and down that the band’s final show at Madison Square Garden in 2011 would be their last. What’s more is that Freedia hinted at new music on the horizon, though no details were offered.

Check out the interview below and catch Big Freedia opening for LCD Soundsystem at Knight Center in Miami, FL on October 25; Bomb Center on October 30; and 360 Ampitheater in Austin, TX on October 31.

How did the Queen of Bounce come to tour with LCD Soundsystem? Did the stars simply align? Have you crossed paths in the past during your many travels?
Big Freedia: My manager worked his magic on this one, but I discovered LCD Soundsystem a few years ago and have loved their music. I love being paired up with the unexpected because it gets people thinking!

Do you have a favorite LCD song?
“Dance Yourself Clean”

What can fans expect to see at these shows? How do your opening sets differ from headlining gigs?
Fans can expect the full Big Freedia show. All my shakers are on tour with me and fans will get a show with all its shaking and bouncing so they are fully prepared for LCD!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from your show is that you’re wise, so maybe you can help me with a problem. LCD Soundsystem broke up in 2011. I was a HUGE, HUGE fan and made a lot of effort to attend their final show at Madison Square Garden. James Murphy SWORE the band was done and would never reunite. But that wasn’t the case and I can’t seem to let it go because I feel duped. Freedia, what should I do?
I think you need to come out to one of the shows and shake your a****. I promise you will have no more worries at that point and will be able to fully enjoy the reunion!

Times are stressful for a lot of us Americans. How are you keeping it together in the wake of so much negativity in our country?
Serving others. I try to focus on helping out when I can, whether it’s a fundraiser for hurricane relief or Race for the Cure event. Otherwise, your guess is as good as mine because there seems to be no end to this craziness.

You’re busy with your show and touring. Is there any new music on the horizon?
Oh yes, I have some big news on this that will be announced very soon. Stay tuned.

Spartaque 5 Tracks of the Moment

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2017 has been a transformative year for rising Ukrainian techno talent Vitalii Babii (a.k.a. Spartaque). He debuted on Christian Smith’s acclaimed Tronic Music with his well-received No Bullets Please EP and dropped his Elements EP on his own vinyl imprint, Codex.

These days Babii is DJing a lot more internationally. In fact, a look at his travel itinerary sees him rounding out the year spinning at clubs in Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Bulgaria. Additionally, he continues to helm his consistently excellent Supreme podcast, a forum for Babii to flex his mixing muscles and break new music.

We checked in with Babii on the road and asked him to share five fresh tracks that are currently rocking his world. Continue Reading