The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman. Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the 28-year-old DJ, born Tim Bergling, was in Muscat, Oman. “The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time,” the statement said. Avicii was a pioneer of the contemporary Electronic Dance Movement and a rare DJ capable of worldwide arena tours. He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations. His biggest hit was “Le7els.” His death comes just days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album for his EP “Avicii (01).” He was nominated alongside his peers, who have taken EDM mainstream of late — The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris and Kygo.
Avicii’s hits include “Wake Me Up!” ”The Days” and “You Make Me.” He is the subject of the 2017 Levan Tsikurishvil documentary “Avicii: True Stories.” Avicii had in the past suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. After having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, he canceled a series of shows in attempt to recover. He quit touring in 2016 but continued making music in the studio.
“It’s been a very crazy journey. I started producing when I was 16. I started touring when I was 18. From that point on, I just jumped into 100 percent,” Avicii told Billboard magazine in 2016. “When I look back on my life, I think: whoa, did I do that? It was the best time of my life in a sense. It came with a price – a lot of stress a lot of anxiety for me – but it was the best journey of my life.”
Last year, he posted this message on his website, promising to keep creating: “The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.”
Alex Suarez’s Autogolpe LP follows releases for BANK Records, Ascetic House and Unknown Precept.
The first 2018 album from Ron Morelli’s L.I.E.S. label comes from Brooklyn producer Cienfuegos.
Cienfuegos, real name Alex Suarez, came to New York via Miami and has since made a name for himself within Brooklyn’s network of underground clubs. Thus far, he’s put out records and cassettes on labels like BANK Records, Ascetic House, Primitive Languages and Unknown Precept, but the forthcoming L.I.E.S. LP, Autogolpe, is his first full-length on wax.
Autogolpe, the label says, “Is a term for a military coup initiated by a dictator to take control of an existing government. Suarez uses this loose idea to create the sonic equivalent of the pain, strife, oppression, isolation and joyous freedom associated with the act [of overthrow].”
The record is out next month, alongside an EP by Mick Harris under his Fret alias.
A special Record Store Day 12-inch also features former Haçienda residents Mike Pickering and Graeme Park’s first joint remix in 25 years.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will release a remix EP on April 21st for Record Store Day 2018.
The band, led by Oasis member Gallagher, tapped Andrew Weatherall for one of the remixes of their track “It’s A Beautiful World.” They also commissioned one from Mike Pickering and Graeme Park, former residents at legendary Manchester nightclub The Haçienda—it’s their first collaborative remix in 25 years. A vocal and dub version of each rework will appear on the 12-inch, which will come as a limited promotional release on Gallagher’s label Sour Mash Records.
“I love Record Store Day,” Gallagher says. “It gives us, the artists, a chance to put music out there that otherwise might never see the light of day.”
You can hear the Weatherall remix at around 1:55:00 in this recording from NTS Radio.
A1 It’s A Beautiful World (Andrew Weatherall Vocal Remix)
A2 It’s A Beautiful World (Andrew Weatherall Dub Remix)
B1 It’s A Beautiful World (Mike Pickering Graeme Park Hacienda Mix)
B2 It’s A Beautiful World (Mike Pickering Graeme Park Hacienda Instrumental Mix)
Sour Mash Records will release It’s A Beautiful World Remixes on April 21st, 2018.
The iconic trance and EDM party launched at the San Rafael super club in 1995.
Legendary trance and EDM night Cream Ibiza is leaving Amnesia after 23 years.
Reasons for the move are currently unknown, though several sources, including a Cream resident, have confirmed the news. It’s also unclear whether Cream will leave the island for good or switch to another venue. Launched at Amnesia in 1995, the party soon became one of the island’s biggest draws, with Fatboy Slim, Calvin Harris and Paul Van Dyk among the regular guests.
Cream follows another long-running Amnesia staple, Cocoon, out the door. After 18 years, Sven Väth and friends are taking over Wednesdays at Pacha instead.
The project now includes Traxx, Beau Wanzer and Steve Summers.
Mutant Beat Dance will release a self-titled album via Rush Hour in spring.
The 25-track, 200-minute album has been in the works since 2015 and will be released by the Dutch label as a “record album booklet” with six records of varying formats—namely a 12-inch, 10-inch and 7-inch. The group’s founding members, Traxx and Beau Wanzer, brought Steve Summers into the fold for the band’s debut LP. Rush Hour says the record includes “funky grooves, industrial soundscapes, nu age dancehouze, prototype disco dub, Detroit dirge, cryptic ankle bitter anthems and even a punk cover collaborating with members of LCD Soundsystem.”
Traxx, real name Melvin Oliphant, recently provided DJ support for LCD on a North American tour. Wanzer has been prolific in recent years, releasing a steady stream of albums and singles. Letkiewicz, who has recently joined Wanzer and Oliphant as a Chicago resident, released three Steve Summers 12-inches last year. Mutant Beat Dance’s new album follows EPs for Discos Capablanca, Rong Music, L.I.E.S. and Rush Hour.
Roland have released a new drum machine, the TR8S. An update to their popular hardware, they’ve added some extra performance features including an SD card to load your own samples, extra sounds and kits beyond Roland’s own legacy kit and a Motion sequencer to record and sequence changes and movements in sound and tone.
The new screen allows users to dive in and edit sounds and effects and a new Performance Pad allows you to enter velocity sensitive patterns or play sounds more realistically. The SD card can also store whole kits, patterns and settings so you can take your SD on the road rather than the whole unit, or for any studio disasters.
The new CTRL knob on every sound can be assigned to various parameters including Attack amount, Delay send, LFO depth and more, depending on the kit. Users can also change it independently for each sample or globally so each sound is affected the same way.
Kits include the classic 808, 909 and so on from the TR8, but have added more genre-based styles and sounds, as well as allowing users to edit and save kits, or combine sounds from multiple kits into their own custom one. Thankfully, you no longer have to settle for multiple outputs via the built-in USB – the TR8S features eight physical quarter-inch jacks out that can be assigned to any sound, or combined as a stereo pair. Interestingly, they can also be used as trigger outs to use with other hardware, and there’s even a 3.5mm trigger to go straight into Roland’s Boutique range. The stereo quarter-inch external input allows everything to run back through the TR8S, as well as through its FX section.
It’s a hefty update that brings what was a drum machine that was popular but limited in sound into a completely new space, keeping the popular performance faders and Tune and Decay per sound but adding kits, features and functions to rival more comprehensive kit. All the better, at €699, Roland have managed to keep the cost low. The TR8S will be available in April 2018.
Ultra Worldwide has announced the return of its Resistance concept to Mexico City in 2018. The underground techno, tech-house and house focused event returns as a standalone festival from the 25th – 27th May at Club De Golf in Teotihuacán.
Resistance made its Mexico City debut in 2017 as part of the larger Ultra Mexico City festival. Resistance Mexico City 2018 is the concept’s first foray into a standalone three-day festival and arrives as Ultra celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Since its debut, various Resistance events have been curated in Shanghai, Tokyo, the UK, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Chile, Ibiza, Lima along with the seminal Miami festival.
Ultra Music Festival continues to hold the title of ‘The World’s No. 1 Festival’ according to DJ Mag readers. As previously announced, Carl Cox, Resistance’s global ambassador, will host a Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber and Paco Osuna b2b2b at Ultra Miami’s Megastructure on Saturday 24th March. At Ultra Miami’s ‘Spider’, J.E.S.u.S (Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream and Seth Troxler), Better Lost Than Stupid (Davide Squillace, Mattias Tanzmann & Martin Buttrich), Sasha & John Digweed, Christian Smith b2b B.Traits, Carlo Lio b2b Marco Bailey, Technasia b2b Hector and Guti b2b wAFF have all been locked to play.
Line-ups for the standalone Resistance festival anticipated shortly.
Jon Hopkins has shared some stunning new music as part of a brand new trailer.
The inimitable electronic producer, whose most recent LP ‘Immunity’ was released in 2013, shared the trailer through his social media channels this morning (23rd February).
“I’m so happy to share some brand new music with you,” the accompanying text reads. “There is much more news to come soon, but this is where it begins. If you can, please watch in HD, with full screen and on headphones.”
Known for his impeccable blending of electronica, contemporary classical and techno, the new music teased in this four-minute clip is a typically breathtaking serving of ambient bass textures and melodic soundscapes. The accompanying video, directed by Stephen McNally in association with Blink Industries, is an equally hypnotic affair.
In September 2017, the Mercury nominated producer and composer who has made soundtracks for films like How I Live Now and collaborated with the likes of David Byrne, Brian Eno and King Creosote, tweeted “The record is nearly fucking finished”.
With today’s trailer, and with slots lined up at festivals like Dimensions and Wilderness this summer, we have a feeling it’s about time to get very excited for the return of one of the UK’s most important producers.
Carl Cox is one of the world’s most respected DJs — but what is often overlooked is in the early ‘90s he was one of the biggest names in the UK hardcore rave scene.
As a tribute to his long-forgotten penchant for the insane BPMs and genre-defying mixes, American DJ Pearsall — who now resides in Berlin — has recorded a mix that shines a light on the music Coxy was championing between 1993 and 1994.
Pearsall has successfully tried to mimic Cox’s long-forgotten style where the three deck Jedi would mix Dutch gabber with Scottish bouncy techno and everything in between for some truly eclectic sets in the early ‘90s.
“I wanted to boil down two years worth of his musical selections into a single mix, with nice and crisp audio quality and no shitty mc’s,” said Pearsall on the mix’s creation.
“To do so, I built a database of 25 tracklistings from 1993/1994 and pulled together a tracklisting of 45 tunes that captures all of the elements of the Carl Cox rave experience.”
The mix was recorded in Pearsall’s adopted hometown using 100% vinyl — just the way Coxy likes it.
Cox recently announced that he will be playing a fundraiser in San Francisco to raise money for his annual Burning Man stage production.