Soma25 Vinyl Box Set is For Techno Fans Only


Soma Records, the revered techno imprint helmed by Glaswegian DJ/production duo Slam, announced plans at the beginning of the year to issue Soma25, a compilation marking the imprint’s 25th anniversary. Soma enlisted the talents of techno legends Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, Josh WinkSteve Bicknell, Andrew Weatherall (appearing as Woodleigh Research Facility), Blawan, Funk D’Void and Adam Beyer to conjure original productions as well as rising stars Kobosil, VRIL, Deepchord and Jonas Kopp to remix cuts from their vast catalog of material.

The 5×12″ box set edition of Soma25 designed by Scottish artist Kyle Irvine, featuring exclusive Soma 25 logo stickers, a poster and illustrated vinyl sleeves, will be released April 14.

Last week we finally got a chance to listen to the release, and we can report that it’s everything we hoped it would be. Look for an upcoming review but in the meantime feel free to drool over the track listing below.

Soma25 Vinyl Box Set Track Listing

A1. Robert Hood – The Bond We Formed
A2. Jeff Mills – A Tale From the Parallel Universe
B1. Daft Punk – Drive (Slam Modular Interpretation)
B2. Adam Beyer – Just Things
C1. Blawan – Clipper
C2. The Woodleigh Research Facility – S.O.M.A 25
D. Josh Wink – Synodic Period
E1. Slam – Stepback (Jonas Kopp Remix)
E2. Slam – Visions (Kobosil Remix)
F. Percy X – X Track (Vril Remix 2)
G1. Slam – Tempest
G2. Steve Bicknell – Mind Cycles
H. Funk D’Void – 808 Planet
I. Joe Stawarz – Cry (Deepchord Remix)
J. Joe Stawarz – Beebear. (Deepchord Remix)

Glitch Festival 2017 Boasts Star-Studded House & Techno DJs


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.


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 4/1.”

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


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

Ahoy! Carl Cox Ibiza Boat Party Sets Sail in July

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Last September techno hero Carl Cox bid a fond adiós to Club Space in Ibiza after 15 amazing years as a resident DJ. He did so with a marathon 10-hour farewell set that is still being talked about. After hinting that he would return to the White Isle, Cox made good on his promise and announced in January that he would take the helm of a limited run of shows under the Pure Carl Cox moniker from July 11 to July 18 at Club Privilege (which, incidentally, is the biggest club in the world).

For those in Ibiza during that week, Cox has connected once again with the folks from Float Your Boat and will be headlining a run of boat parties departing from San Antonio. The soirees will serve as a pre-party on waves for his gigs at Privilege.

FYB resident DJs Jason Bye, Andy Baxter and Clara Da Costa will be manning the decks. While the promoters haven’t released the names of any other support talent, last year FYB’s parties featured world-class names including Fatboy Slim, Jon Rundell, Josh Wink, Yousef, Lisa Lashes and DJ Sneak so you know they’ve got a few surprises up their sleeves.

Watch last year’s minute-long recap video below and get a sense of the onboard shenanigans that went on.

Beastie Boys DJ Mix Master Mike Opening for Metallica


Metallica has enlisted legendary Bay Area DJ Mix Master Mike to be the opening act on the North American dates of their World Wired 2017 tour supporting their new album, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. The trek is the Grammy Award-winning band’s first full North American tour since 2009. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will serve as support acts for the tour. (See tour dates below.)

Big Shot readers will know Mike from his time working with the Beastie Boys, where he DJ’ed and produced for the legendary NYC trio. He’s also a revered turntablist who founded the influential group The Invisibl Skratch Piklz with Qbert and DJ Apollo.

Obligatory press release gush from Metallica: “Mike will be spinning some of your favorite (and ours!) hard rock and metal tracks throughout the evening at all of the stadium dates this summer. A pioneer in the hip-hop and DJ communities, you’ll be able to catch his skillful, hard-hitting scratch work once the doors open each night and between acts before we hit the stage.”

Hey Metallica fans, watch the video below and get a taste of Mike’s flawless scratching skills.

Tour dates:

May 10 – Baltimore, MD – M&T Bank Stadium*^
May 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field*^
May 14 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium*^
May 17 – Uniondale, NY – New Coliseum^
May 19 – Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium ^
May 21 – Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range Festival (SOLD OUT)
June 04 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium^
June 07 – Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field*^
June 11 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium*^
June 14 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome*
June 16 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium*
June 18 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field*
July 05 – Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium*^
July 07 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium*^
July 09 – Atlanta, GA – Suntrust Park*^
July 12 – Detroit, MI – Comercia Park*^
July 14 – Quebec City, QC- Festival D’Ete
July 16 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre*^
July 19 – Montreal, QB – Parc Jean-Drapeau*^
July 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl*+
August 04 – Phoenix, AZ – University of Phoenix Stadium*+
August 06 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park*+
August 09 – Seattle, WA – Centurylink Field*+
August 14 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place*+
August 16 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium*+