Press Release: Axis’ new EP arrives (Support from Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond & more)

With yet another Enhanced Progressive hit behind him in ‘Daylily’, Axis returns to the label with an extended 2-track offering delivering the veteran producer’s esteemed style with these sublime new tracks ‘Echoes / Over You’.

‘Echoes’ opens the EP with a wave of gritty, tech-infused intent. Initially sounding rougher than previous Axis productions, ‘Echoes’ manages to build on Axis’ beloved sound with a typically ethereal melodic presence this time surrounded by aggressive saws, taut basslines and an ever-present, invigorating energy.

Next up, ‘Over You’ delivers a sublime, smooth & equally Progressive record that reverts to a softer approach with gliding melodies and sweeping synths making for a gentle climax to another eagerly anticipated Axis release.

Axis delivers one of his most complete pieces of work yet with ‘Echoes / Over You’.

ABODE Records reveal new two track Franky Rizardo ‘Mantra’ EP

Dutch DJ and producer Franky Rizardo has released a two-track EP, Mantra on ABODE Records. The fouth release from the London based label is available exclusively on Beatport now and on all other digital platforms from February 24th.

Following on from the release of his Get Some Love EP on Saved Records last year, ‘Mantra’ begins melodic with the title track, filled with looping vocals and a groove infused piano melody. Whist ‘The Block’ begins with a dark, thumping bassline turning into a jacking rhythm ready for the dancefloor.

About Franky Rizardo
Franky continues to prove himself as one of Holland’s finest exports in dance music, demonstrating a solid production career with releases on top labels such as Saved, Defected, and Simma Black as well as releasing on his very own LTF Records, all the while continuing to push himself as a DJ with a distinctive style that works across the big stages as well as packed out clubs. 2016 saw him play shows at We Are FSTVL, Egg London, Heart Miami, Toffler Club and more whist holding down a summer long residency at Sankeys Ibiza. The young Dutch-man has big plans already in store for 2017 with his own FLOW club night returning to the massive Air Amsterdam after a sold out ADE party back in October, a headline slot at Egg London, shows across North and South America, as well as playing alongside Luciano in Rotterdam.

The Gold Setting share new track ‘My Love’

The face and voice of The Gold Setting is Liza Colby. Channeling sensual 1960s soul, 1990s R&B, and Tina Turner-esque swagger, The Gold Setting boasts a fluid cast of all-stars including multi-instrumentalist/composer/arranger Todd Simon (Ghostface Killah, Sharon Jones, Lily Allen), Grammy-nominated Adam Berg (Decoders), and songwriter/producer/musicianRichard Rudolph (Stevie Wonder, Minnie Riperton, A Tribe Called Quest, 2Pac, Chaka Kahn, En Vogue).

In 2015, Liza was presented with a “golden moment” – a perfect pocket of time where she had a chance to head to Los Angeles and collaborate with Todd Simon who then enlisted Adam Berg. Despite having no songs and never having worked together, Liza impulsively popped the question to do a show, and Todd and Adam signed on for the adventure. The trio had 12 days to spin yarns into gold. Immediately, sessions began at Manifest Music (Adam Berg’s studio) in Santa Monica. Liza soon found herself creating with a full house of iconic collaborators and musicians spanning genres and generations.

The result manifested in the form of the Volume and Tone EP – a four track collection that melds vintage instrumentation, bold electro-pop textures, and rugged beats with timeless Motown-tinged songcraft. Organic yet electrified, the tracks were recorded using a blend of old school 50s/60s techniques and modern technology, bringing out the authentic tones of the instruments yet delivering an explosive sound.

Let It Roll release the 2nd volume of their annual compilation

Let It Roll never do things in half measures, having conceived and evolved the largest 100% d&b festival in the world with a loyal and passionate fanbase numbering in the tens of thousands. Their identity undoubtedly lies at the apex of live events, with genre-defining line-up choices. It was only fitting then that a label would rise from such solid foundations: brought to life in 2016 with their first compilation the imprint brings a wide array of artists together to realize an incredibly weighty audio tome of drum & bass. 2017 brings with it the 2nd chapter with vol.2 bringing a gargantuan 43 tracks, including 21 exclusive new tracks.

Let It Roll Vol.2 features a fierce archival selection, with some of the year’s biggest anthems such as ‘Dead Limit’ from Noisia & The Upbeats, The Prototypes’ Transmission, Dimension’s Automatik and Emperor’s I Was, alongside bona fide classics such as dBridge & Vegas – True Romance and the heavyweight underground sounds of artists such as Misanthrop, Current Value and Ivy Lab.

But with 21 slabs of some of the freshest and thoroughly diverse material that d&b has to offer, this is where it really delivers a delicious to your audio receptors. Rido & Counterstrike deliver a deadly update to their bespoke festival anthem with Let It Roll VIP, which ups the grit and takes the tune to new and filthy subsonic lows, whilst original dnb pioneer Aphrodite baptizes the label with his fresh but old school take on Let It Roll.

On the cutting edge, the ever-more established French trio Signs come with a full frontal tech assault in Motion Capture, with driven frenetic percussion and hostile strobing synths. Icicle unfurls the immaculate levels of production that everyone has come to expect, with Electronic Bandwagon bringing unimaginable levels of bounce that skirts the line between aggressive and playful. Changing Faces and Ero Drummer set scenes of immaculate and smooth beauty with Day for Night and About You, immersing tired ears in a sea of liquid awe, heavily contrasting to Maztek & Gridlok’s disgustingly heavy onslaught with Black Sky (ft. MC Verse).

Let It Roll are undeniably one of today’s most fundamental institutions in drum & bass, delivering here an LP of significant proportions only fitting to the nature of their behemoth. Out on the 10th February, Vol.2 is a mighty fine way to welcome you to the core.

Durante – ‘Wolf Country’ / ‘Embrace’ (TheSoundYouNeed / SubSoul)

After the successful release of upcoming LA house artist Durante’s Goddess / Cold EP, TSYN is partnering this time with UK powerhouse SubSoul to welcome him back for a follow-up 12”, Wolf Country / Embrace, respectively out on February 17th and 24th via the two labels, as their first-time collaboration.

Wolf Country perfectly illustrates Durante‘s original take on production and house-inspired soulful style, with haunting sampled vocals atop its hypnotic beat, giving the track a timeless feel. B-side ‘Embrace’ is a melting pot of nuance and texture with its thumping, dynamic techno beat and mesmerizing vocal – another example of the young producer’s broad influences and carefully crafted productions.

Italy-born, Florida-raised Durante belongs to the next generation of house music producers: only aged 23, the LA based artist spent most of his teenage years studying production and house music dynamics alongside his college studies.

In a previous interview to Wonderland Magazine, Durante said “Quality is what TSYN does best and I’m thrilled to be their first signee.” His ‘Wolf County’ is yet another case in point for the young producer’s talent and both labels’ ability to unearth some of the most promising artists the scene has to offer.

David Fesser vs Havoc & Lawn – El Mohan

The FMR favourite David Fesser returns to FMR after scoring big time with latest single “Etnia”.

After the release of legend Fatboy Slim´s Edit of Fesser, the track has taken the worldwide storm, and expect nothing less from the followup. Teaming up with Havoc & Lawn, enjoy the main room tech beast that is “El Mohan”. Enchanting vocals and a hypnotic flute lead the way on this super driving track which has already gained heavy support across the globe.

Jayme Jay / Blonde Bomber

After being ranked #5 on House Top 100 Releases on Beatport, with his last single “Cry to your Mama”, Jayme Jay is back with his banging “Blonde Bomber”.

In this pack you’ll find a radio edit and an original mix of the title track, with a groovy bass and its retro synth melody. To complete the single, you’ll find “Lullaby”, a more stripped down track, with a charming lead melody. Enjoy!

The Magician releases ‘Tied Up’ ft Julian Perretta

The pair’s collaboration on ‘Tied Up’ is an exciting moment for both artists; showcasing the best of both their talents, the single looks set to build upon the broad fanbase that both The Magician and Julian Perretta share.

Meanwhile, Julian Perretta is a platinum-selling singer-songwriter – his single ‘Miracle’ hit #1 in thirteen countries – who has previously performed alongside Amy Winehouse, Marc Ronson and Beyoncé. After the success of his debut album ‘Stitch Me Up’ and single ‘Wonder Why’, Julian began to explore pairing his vocals and songwriting with electronic production, releasing tracks alongside Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Lost Frequencies.

As a DJ, The Magician has played at a diverse range of clubs; Pacha, Space, Ushuaia and Amnesia in Ibiza, Coachella, Output New York, The Warehouse Project and Amsterdam’s widely respected now-defunct Trouw to name a few. Since launching Potion, he’s brought the event series to Ministry of Sound, Showcase Paris, Exchange LA, Electric Brixton, New York’s Webster Hall and more.

The Magician is an artist whose commercial success goes hand in hand with years of experience in the underground side of the electronic scene. His first EP, ‘I Don’t Know What To Do’, came out via revered French label Kitsuné, before he went on to find widespread recognition from his remix of Lykke Li’s ‘I Follow Rivers’. An infectiously upbeat and catchy new version of the original, this remix now stands at almost 80 million streams on Spotify and reached #1 in five countries and #2 in four. After a number of successful productions via FFRR and Parlophone – including the huge Europe-wide hit with Years & Years, ‘Sunlight’ – he founded the aptly-named Potion label and event series on which he released last year’s successful single ‘Shy’.

‘Tied Up’ features warm chords and a soft bassline underpinning Perretta’s distinctive voice, with piano chords and chopped vocals providing depth in the chorus. With lyrics alluding to a difficult relationship, the song is emotive yet dancefloor-ready.

‘Tied Up’ is the new collaborative single from respected producer The Magician and successful singer-songwriter Julian Perretta. Available now, the single marks The Magician’s first release after signing with B1 Recordings, Ministry of Sound and Ultra for a worldwide deal with Sony Music.

Wolf Story & Nihil Young – Voice of Reason

Following releases on Nervous, Lapsus and Tulipa, Wolf Story’s latest work is coming out on Yoshitoshi records for “The Deep end Miami” compilation. Miami based duo joined forces with Italian talented artist Nihil Young for an emotional, dark & exciting journey.

Like most of the tracks being selected on the compilation, “Voice of Reason” features a bass line that will spark the fireworks on the dance floor! The up & coming Wolf Story guys are in good company since the compilation features also tunes by Sharam, Victor Ruiz, Eddie Amador, Andhim, Shibasan and more…

Headhunterz reveals new single, ‘Landslide’

Dutch DJ and producer Willem Rebergen aka Headhunterz is back today with a hot new single via Ultra Records. Walking the fine line of creative freedom and success, Headhunterz pulls off an admirable balancing act. Driven by an open mind and the desire to be free of expectations, music has become a playground to the man we know as Headhunterz. The past decade has taken him on a rollercoaster ride of a journey – with roots that have built him a strong and solid ground to start from. Following his own, inner flow, his sounds have grown all the more colorful, genre-bending and unique.

His latest “Landslide” is a synth heavy, downtempo jam with cheeky vocals. “I just want to claim the freedom to make the music I love,” he shares.

Headhunterz character resounds in each of his originals, remixes and sets, celebrated by an engaged, worldwide fan base. He’s collaborated with the likes of Krewella, W&W, Carnage, Crystal Lake, Hardwell, Reunify, R3hab and Steve Aoki. Highlights of his studio experiments include ‘The Universe Is Ours’, ‘The Power of Now’, ‘To Be Me’, ‘Won’t Stop Rocking’ and ‘Live Your Life’. Chart-topping remixes for Kaskade, Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Zedd and Avicii prove Headhunterz’ move forward, following his instincts and setting new, musical challenges.

Be on the lookout for more creative turns this year from Headhunterz.