ANTS ANNOUNCE BPM TAKEOVER:
FRIDAY 6TH JANUARY 2017
Featuring a B2B from Andrea Oliva and Davide Squillace
Friday 6th January, 2017
10pm – 6am
ANTS @ BPM Festival, Mexico
As Mexico’s massive party series prepares for its 10th anniversary on the paradisiacal Playa del Carmen, BPM is the latest stopover for ANTS and their huge global tour. Taking place on Friday 6th January, the colony will deliver an irresistible spore of tech-house from a swarm of its most stylish selectors – and will be led by a b2b performance from brand pioneer Andrea Oliva and Davide Squillace.
Backed by serial dancefloor seducers including Francisco Allendes, Secondcity, Matthias Tanzmann and Joris Voorn, the latest ANTS takeover is a statement of intent for the year to come. Spurred on by a rapidly growing momentum that’s been created from parties across the globe in Dubai, Hong Kong, Malta, Belgium and the UK, ANTS will then return home to Ibiza next Summer where they’ve held residence since 2013. Bringing a touch of the dark to even the brightest of beaches, their BPM party will be a sun-stroked celebration that’s not to be missed.
Date: January 6th 2017
Venue: Blue Parrot / BPM Festival
Singer, songwriter and platinum recording artist Virginia To Vegas, will release his anticipated debut full-length album “Utopian” on December 2nd via Wax Records/Universal Music Canada. “Utopian” features Virginia To Vegas’ fastest rising radio single to date, “Lights Out” as well as the platinum-selling hit “We Are Stars” featuring Alyssa Reid.
Additionally, Wax Records, one of Canada’s leading independent record labels has entered into a distribution deal with Ultra Music – the world’s premiere electronic music label and a division of Sony Music Entertainment, to license Virginia To Vegas’ hit single “Lights Out” and forthcoming album for the world, excluding Canada. Virginia To Vegas will join some of today’s hottest international artists including; Calvin Harris, Omi and Kygo on the Ultra Music label around the world with anticipated releases in the US, UK and key European markets in 2017.
“Lights Out” continues to race up the Top 40 and Hot AC radio charts and in six short weeks has already surpassed over 1 million streams on Spotify. The hit features a sample of Rockwell’s 1984 classic “Somebody’s Watching Me” and showcases Virginia To Vegas’ modern pop craft. The official video for “Lights Out” premiered on etalk last Friday and can be seen here.
Recognized as a fitting example of tomorrow’s global music star, Virginia To Vegas, aka Derik Baker, hails from Guelph, Ontario where he was raised on his parent’s eclectic record collection and cut his teeth in the music industry writing songs for a variety of pop artists. Discovered on YouTube in 2013 by Wax Records Jamie Appleby, he released his debut single “We Are Stars”, which quickly introduced the exciting new talent to thousands of fans, and saw him top radio charts and earn a platinum-selling single. Virginia To Vegas followed his highly praised success with the release of the EP “Volume 1”, which included the popular singles “Don’t Fight the Music” and “Colourful”.
The past couple of years have seen Virginia To Vegas travel the continent, film music videos in Las Vegas and New York, share arena stages with Alyssa Reid and Hedley and perform on the Much Music Video Awards (MMVAs).
more info: Virginia To Vegas is Derik Baker, the 24 year old wunderkind hailing from the small town of Guelph, Canada. Raised on his parents record collection and cutting his teeth at a young age writing songs for a variety of pop artists, Derik was discovered by Canadian indie label Wax Records in 2013. Upon releasing his debut single “We Are Stars ft Alyssa Reid”, Derik’s music instantly connected with fans across the country, topping radio charts and earning a Platinum certification. The following years have seen him travel the continent, shooting his music videos in Las Vegas and New York, sharing the arena stage with Alyssa Reid and Hedley, performing on the MMVA’s. Now with the smash hit “Lights Out”, his fastest growing single to date, Virginia To Vegas is once again set to dominate the Canadian radio charts.
W&O Street Tracks drop their Autumn Sampler featuring Mella Dee, Deep Space Orchestra, Felipe Gordon and more
Waze & Odyssey’s Street Tracks today presents its ‘Autumn Sampler’; a cohesive compilation of 4 tracks showcasing emerging and established artists alike.
Opening the EP is a groovy cut called ‘Rola Frita’ from emerging Colombian house producer Felipe Gordon; the track features fleeting high hats, playful use of vocal samples and a bouncing bass line. Taking the tempo up a notch is Deep Space Orchestra’s ‘Quarterly Report’, a seamless blend of euphoric elements and a thudding bass making it the perfect tune for the dance floor. Keeping you moving is crisp house banger ‘Ghetto Child’, My Cat Snoop’s intricate blend of finely diced vocals, high hats and percussion layered over an unrelenting house beat. Rounding off the EP is Mella Dee’s ‘Franco’; where eerie, powerful string-like-synths slide through the beat and weave through the listener’s consciousness to leave an indelible impression.
Following its establishment in 2013, W&O Street Tracks has consistently released music from a wealth of house heavyweights from Amtrac and Walker & Royce to Lancelot and Bodhi. The ‘Autumn Sampler’ is a unique sonic showcase of four distinct tracks unified in their objective to get the listener’s heart racing and feet moving.
After a series of stunning EP releases on the much coveted label Magnetron Music, Dutch DJ and producer Falco Benz has released his debut album, Confiturisme.
A debut that is as diverse as his tastes and influences, Confiturisme is 11 tracks of instantly gratifying synth melodies and heady basslines; revolving around analogue synthesizers, drum computers and step sequencers. These sonic creations can once be described as melancholic patterns and aggressive bass lines, and next as warm cheerful chords and disco-inspired beats.
Opening with the somber yet optimistic sounds of ‘Prespective’, Falco Benz paves the way for a largely instrumental album. Exhibiting a masterclass in blending sinuous synth melodies and staccato rhythms delicately intertwined with playful percussion, tracks such as ‘One On One Off’ and ‘After School Fool’ stand out as clear dancefloor cuts.
Honoring his credo “synths and songs make sense”, ‘Bottom Line’, ‘Like Today’ and ‘La Féline Mescaline’ all feature vocal collaborations that bring the emotive energy of the tracks to life. To continue creatively manifesting the reality, it’s fitting that ‘Like Today’ and ‘La Féline Mescaline’ were given visual texture through the release of two videos. The sepia hue and 90s aesthetic of ‘Like Today’ perfectly complements the track’s laid back, disco-infused and care-free vibes, whilst the Maxmana directed and Victor Moatti illustrated visual for ‘La Féline Mescaline’ that depicts a lush, tropical planet full of sensuality and mystery mirrors the hypnotic qualities of French Poet, Agnès Aokky’s voice.
Geometry, architecture and modernism have always been part of the visual language around Falco Benz. This is reflected in the artwork, as well as on stage where he’s often surrounded by screens showing synchronized geometrically shaped visuals. A formula that is still being refreshed with every new release and that has proven to work in many festival and club settings.
Before beginning his solo career in 2013, Falco Benz worked for many years as a keyboardist for artists including Benny Sings, Faberyayo and Kyteman. As an artist, his repertoire varies from instrumental synthesizer and sample based house to more vocal and poppy electronic tracks, alongside his remix work for renowned artists like Roísín Murphy, Oscar & The Wolf and The Flexican. His big break came when one of his singles ‘Hat Tricks’ via Magnetron Music found its way to Dutch national radio and became the song of the summer. Confiturisme can be seen as the culmination of these projects and experiences, and as Falco Benz puts it:
“Several months of cultivating, harvesting and ripening ingredients resulted in a fine selection of jams, carefully put together forming a melange that can best be described as Confiturisme.”
Coming off the recent success of their Latin-inspired single “Samba Sixteen,” Canadian duo Sultan + Shepard give their progressive house hit “Walls” a modern re-release on Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS imprint. Originally debuted on Tiësto’s Musical Freedom label in 2012, the Deeper Shades Mix of “Walls” serves as a reminder of the duo’s continued success throughout the years.
Having built their resume upon an arsenal of acclaimed original productions and collaborations, the duo have worked with a variety of artists including Tiesto, David Guetta, Tegan & Sara, Dillon Francis and many more. Crafting remixes for artists such as Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, and Madonna, the pair earned a sought-after Grammy nomination for their 2013 remix of Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven.” Only continuing to build their momentum the past year, Sultan + Shepard released their hit single “Bring Me Back” with R&B pop star Kreesha Turner, along with the official music video for “Love Me Crazy” featuring Gia and their latest single “Samba Sixteen” on Armada.
Legendary progressive house duo Adam K & Soha make their return with a stunning remix of ‘Never Coming Home’ by FWLR feat. Kinley. Complete with smooth bass lines and a melodic synth, complemented by Kinley’s soulful and soothing vocals, expect the classic euphoric Adam K & Soha sound that the world has come to love over the years. As the first release for the duo since 2013, ‘Never Coming Home’ is a beautiful product of the harmonious magic that takes place when Adam K & Soha join forces.
After partnering in 2006 and making their claim to fame with hits such as ‘Twilight’ and remixes of ‘4am’ and ‘Come Fly Away’, Adam K & Soha took a break in 2013 to pursue personal projects. The duo have since reunited and embarked on the REUNION tour after huge interest and demand by longtime fans. More tour dates are soon to be announced, as well as a multitude of new music releases and an upcoming EP. Stay updated on Adam K & Soha’s socials for more info!