Chaka Khan Drops First Official Single From iKhan Records

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Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Chaka Khan has unveiled the first official single from her newly-formed label, iKhan Records, along with an a cappella intro of “Through The Fire.”

Originally released in February 2016, the alternative mix of “I Love Myself” is the latest offering from the iconic soul/R&B songstress whose career spans five decades as a member of the group Rufus and solo artist known for chart-topping hits including “What Cha Gonna Do For Me?” “Clouds,” “Papillon,” “I Feel For You,” and “Through The Fire.” The single was co-written with singer/songwriter B. Slade and Eve Nelson.

“The lyrics to ‘I Love Myself’ give voice to the deeply personal and continuing journey of my life and the obstacles I continue to overcome both publicly and privately,” says Khan, noting that the past year has been particularly difficult because of the deaths of longtime friends such as Prince, Natalie Cole, and Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire. The famed singer and her sister Taka Boom entered rehab in 2016 due to an addiction to fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller, that caused Prince’s overdose.

Related: Read our 1999 interview with Prince conducted at Paisley Park

Khan adds, “Having come through all those things deepens the already universal message of ‘I Love Myself’ for me in ways I couldn’t have imagined a year ago when the song was originally slated for release. Loving yourself is a life-long process and even more so in the face of loss.”

A percentage of the song’s net proceeds will reportedly benefit two organizations that assist victims of domestic violence and discrimination, Face Forward and Stomp Out Bullying. The funds will be distributed through The Chaka Khan Foundation, which was formed in 1999.

Khan is currently on a European tour. She just performed at Secret Solstice in Reykjavik and has upcoming appearances at Park Life and Wild Life festivals in the U.K. Khan will then return stateside to take the stage at the Essence Festival in New Orleans on July 1.

We’re happy for new Chaka music, but here’s some of our all-time favorite Chaka moments!

Premiere: Claap! & Santana – Dune (High Ceilings Remix)

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Parisian DJ/producer CLAAP! and DJ/vocalist Santana live by the ethos that it takes two to make a thing go right.

After dropping party-perfect collaborations with Feadz (Ed Banger) and Mike Simonetti (2MR, ex-Italians Do It Better), as well as releasing tracks on Shir Khan’s Exploited Records, the duo return today to Yuksek’s Partyfine label with their Dune EP.

We’re pleased to world premiere an epic seven-minute remix of the title track reworked by the pair under their High Ceilings moniker. On their funky re-rerub they slow down the BPMs to a head-nodding, funky groove and pepper the mix with Santana’s sublime vocals.

Hit the play button below, and we’re certain you’ll agree that this remix has a certain je ne sais quoi.

Big Shot Guest Mix 334: James Demon

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Occultists is a new Berlin-based techno label. While there are imprints labels galore in founder James Demon’s home city, Occultists is attempting to find its own sonic niche by forging a sound that speaks to disparate moods. In celebration of the release of the label’s second musical offering, the five-track Book Of Shadows: Various Spells Vol. 1 EP featuring tracks by Adra, Dugong, F600 and Zoid^, Demon, who is also featured on the release, turns in a dark and brooding Big Shot Guest Mix.

Demon, who will release an EP on Occultists in October, fastidiously stuffs his 18-track set with upfront tracks and older gems by Planetary Assault Systems, Ellen Allien, Matrixxman, and The Horrorist.

Here’s what Demon had to say about the inspiration behind the mix:

I created this mix that defines the way that I currently like to play in clubs. The mix contains current and old music as I find it important to find the balance between the two. The concept behind Occultists is finding the balance between the dark and light while not being afraid to travel into the darkness to find the other. In my mixes it is important for me to find the balance while still giving the audience what they want on the dance floor. As I grew as an artist, especially in Berlin where I live, I was finally able to fine-tune what I define as my sound. I look at music in a very esoteric way so I don’t stick to just one spectrum of electronic music. If I hear a track and it makes my imagination run wild in that way then I know that I have found a gem. I also look at DJing as creating a ritual for people to dance and lose themselves, this is one thing that many people don’t realize that our nightclubbing is basically a type of modern ritual. Hope you enjoy the mix and that it takes you on a magical journey through a piece of my world.

Hit the play below and catch the Occultist label night at SchwuZ in Berlin on July 13.

Big Shot Guest Mix 334: James Demon

  1. Intro – Blair Meets The Love Witch
  2. James Demon – Old Magick – Occultists
  3. Planetary Assault Systems – Function 4 (Chris Liebing 2011 Rework) – Mote-Evolver
  4. Jeroen Search – Compressive Strength – Figure SPC
  5. Sluts’n’Strings And 909 – Summerbreeze – Sender Records
  6. Adra – Ami – Occultists
  7. Ellen Allien – Physical – BPitch Control
  8. Matrixxman – Augmented (Gherkin Jerks Lab Chaos Mix) – Spectral Sound
  9. Israel Vines ‎– Gatekeepers – Eye Teeth
  10. Evigt Mörker ‎– Unity And Rose – Semantica Records
  11. Terence Fixmer – Trace To Noweher – Ostgut Ton
  12. JP Enfant – Project Northwoods – LET Recordings
  13. Gareth Wild – Attack At Titan – EarToGround Records
  14. Chris Liebing & Speedy J – Lava – NovaMute
  15. Ancient Methods – Born Of Ashes – Persephonic Sirens
  16. The Horrorist – Mission Ecstasy (Remixed By The Hacker) – Acardipane Records
  17. The Age Of Love – The Age Of Love (Watch Out For Stella Club Mix) – React
  18. Outro – Burkittsville

2pole June 2017 Chart

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  1. Eric Sneo – Morning Sunrise (2pole Remix) Tronic Music
  2. Eric Sneo – Resistance (2pole Remix) Tronic Music
  3. Keith Carnal – Cloudy Monday (Original) Afterlife Records
  4. Rob Hes, Laat – Three 2 One (Original) Octopus Black
  5. Loco & Jam – Apocolyptic (Original) Suara
  6. Drunken Kong – Life we Knew (Original) Tronic Music
  7. SHDW, Obscure Shape – Gefallene Engel (Original) Rekids
  8. Maceo Plex, Swayzak – 5th Dimensional Groove (Original) Ellum
  9. Clint Stewart – Breathe (Original) Terminal M
  10. Robert Hood – I Am (Original) Dekmantel

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

Premiere: Eliot Lipp – Tides

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Veteran Austin-based producer Eliot Lipp is set to unveil his new album, Skywave, on Detroit-based label Young Heavy Rebels, an imprint operating smack dab at the intersection of electronic music and hip-hop. Lipp, who has released music on Prefuse 73’s Eastern DeVelopments label, Hefty, Mush and Old Tacoma, has made his bones embracing a sound that gleans elements of hip-hop, electro and soul.

We’re extremely pleased to world premiere “Tides” from his full-length out on June 23. It’s an instrumental where deep keyboards and melodic synths mingle with crisp beats and a funky-ass bassline from heaven.

Interestingly, a bout with sleeplessness informed the track: “I was back in Tacoma, WA (my hometown) during the holidays. One night I was up late and couldn’t sleep. The only equipment I brought was my Yamaha Montage and a laptop. Since I was pretty bare bones, I looped some chords, looped some hi-hats, etc. I just kept looping for fun and to drive off insomnia. I went through the motions of making a track but in a spontaneous, half asleep way. I didn’t think it would make the album but the more I worked on it, the more I realized there was a mood created by the track that couldn’t have conjured intentionally.”

Check out the world premiere below, and catch Lipp tonight at Jupiter Disco in Brooklyn with Michna and Lauren Flax.

Daphni FABRICLIVE 93 Arriving in July

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Canadian musician/producer/DJ Dan Snaith is widely known for helming Caribou, an electronic project which serves as a forum for his thoughtful, beautiful, and often emotionally jarring songs. His winsome instant classic “Can’t Do Without You” remains one of his finest musical statements.

While Caribou’s modus operandi has slowly gravitated from the living room to the dance floor, Snaith’s Daphi project has been club-focused from the get-go. With 2012’s heralded album Jiaolong to his credit, Snaith has circled back to his revered project which will realize itself in the form of a new collection of material that comprises FABRIC LIVE 93. Due out on July 28, the release began as a mix of new material and serendipitiously evolved into a full album of 27 unreleased Daphni tracks and edits.

Obligatory press release gush from Snaith, “What started as a mix featuring bits of new music gradually evolved until it reached a place where it was essentially a studio recording and barely a DJ mix at all, yet the structure remained. A lot of these tracks were recorded in situ in the mix itself – I’d put one track in place and instead of searching through existing music to find the track to follow it I’d just make an entirely new one.”

He adds, “I’ve been to fabric maybe ten or fifteen times over the years and the majority of those have been to see Ricardo Villalobos play. I’m always drawn to the eccentrics in each field of music and I love that a club like fabric, that is such a mainstay of London’s clubbing landscape, is also the de facto London home of dance music’s foremost eccentric.”