The annual Liquicity festival is taking place in the Netherlands, this summer on July 8th. For the first time, Liquicity have taken the event to the next level and made it into a 2 day festival complete with one of the BIGGEST line up’s you will see anywhere in the Drum & Bass world
Really proud to announce our next EP, Haul & Pull Up EP3! It’s the last EP in the series, and again highlights some facets of our sound, from melodic club cuts to some Footwork and Booty Bass excursions. Quite happy that we already got some radio and DJ support on this from folks like Machinedrum, Rob Da Bank and Jamz Supernova on BBC Radio 1.
You can now listen to the first track of the EP called Electone, its basically music to hug people in the club to.
“The opener Electone is an instrumental excursion into a melodic corner of club music, with lots of intertwined synth layers and a long build up, culminating in a break that will send shivers to ravers and home listeners alike. This “club love song with no words” is named after the Yamaha Electone organ it was written on.
Following this is Take It Low, another true soundsystem weapon featuring longtime collabo partner Doubla J from Costa Rica. Stripped down to the basics, this bass monster combines both dancehall and booty bass rhythm structures and lets them collide with the well timed vocals while diving into some dubby goodness.
Pump Drop Wine ups the tempo again, coming in at 150 bpm of ultimate rolling bassline heaven. With little more than the catchy meandering vocal to complement the beat, it is all about this disgustingly good sounding bassline that makes this a club sureshot. “This is the part where you pump drop wine and repeat.”
Always good for a surprising collabo, Bene and Jakob finish this EP off with their quite special version of Bitch Better Have My Money (you know, the AMG one). With no other than Miamis finest Otto Von Schirach on vocals, this 1991 cut gets transported to an 2017 club enviroment with ease. ”
All Haul & Pull Up releases are excursions into different kinds of hybrid club music and draw connections to the soundsystem roots of pretty much all of the subgenres and music production styles we love.
Bringing back the European techno sound to our label for Spring 2017 with the EP ‘Violent Delights’, Comunica is excited to debute to their electronic audience one of the higly talented European DJs and producers DI.CAPPA.
Springing from Norway’s underground neighborhoods, DI.CAPPA crafts maximum crowd impact music and this is what he achieves again with his latest EP. ‘Violent Delights’ is itself a techno banger with aerial, trippy vocal drones and a compelling loop inspired by the techno sound from Berghain.
DI.CAPPA’s ‘Violent Delights’ track is complemented by two remixes included on the EP. The first one is by our own Comunica duo aiming for peak time dancefloor delight and the second is Konstantino Cue’s easy listening dub mix, one of the favorite Athenian music producers of the Greek underground techno scene, who is also making his 1st appearance to the label. Pure sounds, pure playfulness, pure dance floor smashing. 3 tracks essential to any techno lovers’ playlist to be found on ‘Violent Delights’ EP by Comunica Records.
ANTS announce stage takeover at London’s South West Four festival, with Eric Prydz, Solomun, Groove Armada, Andrea Oliva, Cristoph and more confirmed
One of the UK’s finest exports, Groove Armada have been one of the most recognizable collectives in dance music in the past decade! Responsible for many dance floor classics, the duo have managed to lead a pack of very established peers and have been in the heart of the global dance scene. Easter Thursday saw them headline the O2 Academy Brixton as ANTS hosted their biggest ever international club show and they’ll be back on the common to perform at SW4 for the first time in many years!
Cristoph is destined for greatness and there is no doubt about that. When Eric Prydz decides to take you on his USA tour as the main support, you know you’re doing something right! Cristoph belongs to a breed of producers where everything they touch turns to gold with the Newcastle-born Cristoph at the forefront of delivering some of the highest quality dance music in the last 12 months and we cannot wait for him to make his SW4 debut on 26th August!
An absolutely colossal producer, Eric Prdyz’ influence on the dance music scene will probably never be repeated. Respected by his peers, loved by millions of fans, the swede has become an icon to many worldwide. From masterpieces like ‘OPUS’ to sell out arena shows, everything he touches turns to gold. The last twelve months have seen him sell out the mammoth 10,000 capacity Steelyard in record time, tour around the world & work on his hugely anticipated PRYDA 2017 album. With brand new material set to come out, we can’t wait to welcome back the undisputed master of the turntables back to his hunting ground!
Most DJs would be ecstatic with one residency at the clubbing mecca that is Ibiza but not Solomun. The Swiss-born artist was one of the most featured DJS in the Ibiza calendar by holding three high profile residencies at the islands leading venues that included Pacha, Ushuaia & Destino. Solomun isn’t only the busiest artist on the white isle, he is one of the most active artists on the planet a touring schedule constantly that sees him play to sell out crowds from London to New York to Sao Paolo to Amsterdam. The last few years has witnessed him cement himself in the higher echelon of the dance music elite and he is there to stay. SW4 2015 saw him go back-to-back with AME resulted in the festival’s most talked about booking and his return in 2017 will spark similar conversations. Are you ready? We sure are…
2010 was the year Andhim descended upon the dance music scene and since then it has never been the same! The Cologne native’s meteoric ascension to prominence over the ensuing twelve months was unexpected, but not undeserving. Pioneers of their own genre “Super House” which is the physical embodiment of raw soul and pure passion, it soon became apparent that the duo were here to stay. The last eighteen months have seen the pair headline their own shows and play at the most prolific parties in the globe with the fierce ANTS Ibiza taking them under their wing for a series of dates at Ushuaia. The summer of 2017 will mark their debut and SW4 and you can be sure that they will bring the heat!
As a DJ, the summer of 2016 was arguably Andrea Oliva’s busiest yet; he became one of seven all-night guests to regularly take over the Space Terrace for Elrow, made his Music On debut and played some of Europe’s biggest dance music festivals – all whilst maintaining his famed ANTS headliner commitments. His skill for crafting stand out sets attracted the attention of Pete Tong, who helped Andrea to make his Essential Mix debut with a set recorded live from Ushuaia. This August Bank Holiday Saturday will see Andrea make his debut at South West Four and he is sure to bring the fire!
Maya Jane Coles & Heidi are the two leading ladies of dance music. Maya Jane Cole has been in the forefront of underground house and techno for nearly a decade now with her deep and mesmerizing sound hypnotizing audiences wherever she goes. Heidi on the other hand has had one of her most successful years with notably a fantastic 12-week XOYO residency in the heart of London which saw the American artist curate a series of nights inviting some of her favourite DJS to play alongside here. Set to be one of the most exciting back to back’s this summer, we can’t wait to welcome two queen’s of electronic music
Voted no. 13 on this year’s Resident Advisor poll, Patrick Topping has had a phenomenal year championing his tech-house sound. Fast becoming one of the key players in that scene, Patrick has been touring relentlessly and become a regular at one of the most popular parties in the world, Elrow! The 27-year old is on a roll and won’t be stopping until he reaches the very top and we are delighted to have him on board again as he’s sure to tear the roof off come Bank Holiday Saturday!
Sasha is widely considered to be one of the most recognized and influential electronic music artists of modern time. The last two decades have seen him establish himself as an innovator and true craftsmen in his field. His shows at Fabric in London have gone down in history and he has amassed one of the most loyal fan bases amongst his peers. 2014 witnessed him host his very own stage at SW4 with his Last Night on Earth brand selling out the prestigious 02 Academy Brixton at a high profile NYE show. Now put him alongside another master in Joris Voorn, we have a truly incredible performance on our hands. Dutch-born Joris’ smooth and infectious style has made him hot property in dance music and his progress seems no slowing down. From stand-out plays at Village Underground & De School in the last few months, the key player is making the right moves to reach the top of his game.
In October 2015 Pete Josef released his debut album, Colour on Sonar Kollektiv. The album was an outpouring of soulful emotion that crossed genres and announced Josef as a fresh and authentic voice in modern pop music.
‘Like a found collection of analogue photographs, sepia-tinged and covering some beautiful, intense trip, the essence of Colour indeed lies in its manifold shades and hues, the colourfully rich and warm soundscapes the singer, songwriter and producer presents throughout the album.’
In the past 18 months he has toured worldwide with his band, performing shows at Montreux Jazz Festival Japan 2016, Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards 2016, and one of the festivals of the moment, Southern Soul Montenegro. We have also seen two acclaimed remix EP’s, featuring the creative talents of Mark De Clive-Lowe, UK’s LV and Glow In The Dark, and Kyoto Jazz Sextet’s revered mix of ’The Travelling Song’.
Not content with the offerings to date, Josef and Sonar Kollektiv have one last release to complete the Colour journey. Colour Remixed features all previous remixes, plus 8 exclusive new offerings from Roni Size, Typesun, Envee and Urmet K, and features from Speech Debelle and Manu Delago.
The Roni Size ‘Travelling Song’ remix manages to capture both the classic Reprazent vibes of that golden late 90’s era, whilst building to a drop that will satisfy clubland in the way only the biggest Full Cycle Remixes manage to do. It has something of a 70’s soul musicality in the live instruments (bass, fender rhodes and guitars played by Josef), but is transported timelessly into 2017 with Roni Size’s trademark synths, beats and basslines. This remix is a reminder of the ongoing and fruitful collaboration between Size and Josef that begun a decade ago with Josef playing guitar in Reprazent Live, and has since seen him feature as vocalist and instrumentalist on numerous Roni Size releases.
Typesun and Pete Josef too have some history. They have collaborated since 2000 in different capacities, each playing in the other’s live projects back in Bristol, UK. Remarkably this is their first collaborative release; and it is a serious showcase of production prowess. Somehow Typesun has managed to transport the skippy, atmospheric synth-pop of ‘Night Gospel’ into an entirely different realm, creating a modern soul classic worthy of the late great Curtis Mayfield. It is a hard-hitting, groove-laden take on this drifting and emotional song that will surely make its way into the dancehall with its driving, yet dreamy atmosphere. Being the prolific and inspired student of sound Typesun is, he included unprompted in his submission the ‘Magnetic Sense Field Dub’ mix for those looking to go a little deeper into the leftfield of future-soul.
The release of Colour brought Pete Josef to the attention of some much-respected fellow artists, and none more so than 2009 Mercury award winner, Speech Debelle. Responding to the effervescent energy of the album’s title track, Speech apparently penned her inspired verse whilst listening to ‘Colour’ at the beach. Her mercurial spoken word graces the intro of this edit with a swing and a swagger only a rapper of her caliber could muster. She references religion, philosophy and the natural world in a verse that builds in intensity to introduce the by-now familiar opening ‘Ooh’s’ of this snapshot of the joys of living in a Technicolor world.
There is a broken beauty in the Bossa flavours brought by slick Polish Producer, Envee. The track twists and turns in it’s harmony and groove, but never interrupts the flow towards new and unexpected heights. It constantly confounds expectation, with an easy mix of live elements and masterfully sculpted synths, and evokes the spirit of an easy afternoon in the Brazilian sunshine.
Lovers of deep house will appreciate ‘Colour’ in all its straight-ahead, 4-to-the-floor glory. Forget the syncopation; the intricacies of the soul and jazz grooves found in other versions, this is pure, 100% roll the top down summer soul anthem. Estonia’s finest, Urmet K has expertly crafted this dancefloor killer, whilst maintaining sensitivity to the atmospheres and emotion in the original.
For the opener of Colour Remixed we have a very special recipe of otherworldly sounds, featuring one of Pete Josef’s most recent and exciting collaborators. In November 2016, Manu Delago (Bjork, Anushka Shankar, Cinematic Orchestra) released the single ‘A Step’ on Tru Thoughts Recordings, featuring Josef. It is a haunting, heart-wrenching duet with hang and voice that seems to have the power to move it’s every listener. Whilst exploring sounds together, the two multi-instrumentalists began work on a new interpretation of ‘Colour’. Josef recorded with Delago in London early in 2017 and came up with a soundscape that immediately whisk’s you away to the Island’s of Indonesia, with the lapping shores, the beating sun, and the hubbub of Island life. The hang ebbs and flows, and combines with warm, expansive synths in one of Pete Josef’s most ethereal productions to date. It sets the scene perfectly for what is to come on Colour Remixed; a journey through artists, genres and personalities, all brought together by the inimitable original music of Pete Josef.
That’s Nice and La Felix discovered each other online, initially sending emails of rough ideas and different beats. Ultimately, ‘Delicious’ was the result.
“When we first started it, I sort of got the Daft Punk vibe, which is one of our main influences. We wanted to keep it very simple just like that Daft Punk song ‘Get Lucky’; small instrumentation but every instrument playing its part, having its moment throughout the song, and not overdoing it with production,” – That’s Nice
This sexy summer track conjures up images of a beach party with cocktails in hand and lounging on a day bed with your lover. It’s easy on the ears and will have you grooving from your shoulders all the way down to your hips.
The elegant productions are what make this song surprising and a nice change-up to the hard hitting and compressed electronic beats.
“By the time we were almost done, I was in Los Angeles doing some production work and seeing a lot of my producer friends adding real live drums to their disco-dance tunes. We needed to try that. So, last minute we completely changed the drum sound from electronic to a more organic natural sound instead using a real kick drum, a real snare, and real hi-hats,” – That’s Nice
Just right before the summer the head honcho of Ausara decide to release his new single ‘Summer Illusion’ which was made to make you feel, make you dream for this special period of year ! This release coming also with one outstanding remix from well known young techno artist from Spain Lewis Delay! We hope you will enjoy this release and for little while we’ll teleport you in different place !
French singer songwriter Imany just released her beautiful EP, No Reason No Rhyme out now on Ultra Music. After seeing incredible success with her song “Don’t Be So Shy” (Filatov & Karas Remix), which garnered Gold status in four countries internationally and over 12 million Shazams, making it among the top 10 Shazams of 2016, Imany is excited to share her new original music.
The five-track EP showcases Imany’s immense singing talents, as her raspy and haunting voice anchors the work, layered on top of a rhythmic quartet which serves as the group’s foundations. Each song more soulful than the last, Imany sheds light on heavy topics like coming to terms with a breaking up in “No Reason No Rhyme,” while “Lately” is a pure declaration of love. “I’m Not Sick But I’m Not Well” has hints of influences from Bob Dylan, and a new acoustic version of “Don’t Be So Shy” accompanies the acclaimed Filatov & Karas remix to round out the EP.
Blending elements of soul, folk, blues and pop, Imany has really come into her own sound and carved her own sonic niche. An intense and passionate work, Imany’s No Reason No Rhyme is the kind of empowering music the world needs right now.
Paired with the release of the EP, Imany also released a music video for her song titled “Lately,” which is part of a larger album work coming out later this year.
A match made in bass heaven, NGHTMRE and Ghastly have linked up for “End of the Night.” Out now on Mad Decent, the bass-heavy trap hybrid is a highly-anticipated collaboration from the two LA-based producers.
A rowdy house party music video accompanies the release, complete with scenes where a teddy bear joins the debauchery as guests smoke, drink, swim in the pool and even jump on a bounce house.
This release comes shortly after NGHTMRE released his “Here Comes The Night” remix for DJ Snake. Even with a hectic 2017 international tour schedule, NGHTMRE promises to show no signs of stopping with epic releases for the rest of the year. During Coachella Weekend two, NGHTMRE and Slander will bring their Gud Vibrations party to the Heineken House. Other festival appearances in the pipeline for summer include Lollapalooza, Hangout Festival, Bonnaroo, Middlelands and many more unannounced.
Dreambeach adds Nicole Moudaber, Luciano, Adam Beyer, B.Traits, Eats Everything and more for 5th anniversary this August
Already welcoming a huge array of electronic stars for their fifth anniversary celebrations that span from Carl Cox to David Guetta and Pendulum, Dreambeach Festival continue to raise the stakes with the addition of 18 more artists for their August extravanganza.
Expanding on a blockbuster bill to invite the “dreamers” for a fantasy birthday, the additions yet again cross the whole constellation of dance music. The techno sounds of Drumcode titan Adam Beyer kicks off the latest string of names, with genre tastemakers Nicole Moudaber, Eats Everything and Marco Bailey also confirmed. Luciano – an artist who has contributed heavily for the unstoppable trajectory of house and techno today – promises to provide a masterclass in quality house music, while Slovenia born Umek and Spanish talent Dosem will also feature.
Dubstep will be represented by American producer John Christopher Dadzie, aka 12th Planet, with Dub Elements flying the flag for all things drum n bass. Further demonstrating Dreambeach’s diverse musical offering if Psy-Trance purveyors Vini Vici, with the festival set to deliver a 360 degree exploration into all things electronic.