By Adam Madd
Tokyo based future house bass music producer VIVID has released a euphoric new single on Hardwell’s brand new label Gemstone Records. Titled Black & Blue, the single is a dream-like explosion of intoxicating beats with a euphoric vibe that is sure to further cement VIVID’s reputation as Japan’s most successful foreign DJ.
A Mainstay in Tokyo’s club scene for over a decade now, VIVID’s peerless abilities behind the decks have seen him open for some of the world’s most respected DJs like Marshmello, Don Diablo and Nervo, among others, and earn residencies in Tokyo’s finest clubs. VIVID’s future house bass sound has been taking the scene by storm too. Amongst his other releases, previous singles like Higher and This Love (via Enhanced Music) have been heavily supported by the likes of Tiesto, Martin Garrix, Don Diablo and many more. Add to this VIVID’s extensive tours of ASIA playing the likes of SPACE Chengdu, Al Taipei, Octagon Seoul and Tomorrowland UNITE Japan, and it’s clear that the future is very bright for the Tokyo DJ/producer talent.
Black & Blue showcases VIVID’s deft production skills in slick, dance-inducing style. A change of pace for the beat-smith and featuring the up and coming singer Babet, Black & Blue layers hypnotic synths with emotionally rich vocals for an ecstasy-laden single perfect for the radio waves as well as downtempo DJ sets. Expect to be hearing a lot more about VIVID in the future.
VIVID – Black & Blue is out now.
BUY & STREAM LINK
By Adam Madd
Following on from epic originals and impeccable remixes earlier this year, you’d think Benson had already reached the pinnacle of 2018. Yet as we move into the latter part, his next release featuring Stace Cadet and Yeah Boy continues to see Benson rise above the ranks. Releasing on his own esteemed Medium Rare label, check out heavenly collaboration – Faith.
Glorious chords and an impelling vocal graces the track with ethereal touches whilst the euphoric bass line ascends this psalm into clubbers paradise, making Faith a moving piece of house music fortified with saintly credibility. A club ready anthem as well as a peak time track, Benson is set to reach listeners of biblical proportion.
Having already had an exceptional year, Benson’s career continues to skyrocket. The Australian producer has accumulated millions of streams with the likes of originals including Hold Out and a remix of Stace Cadet’s High. Not stopping there, Benson is also dominating our airwaves with national airplay whilst securing an in demand residency slot with triple J. Gig-wise, Benson impressively launched a sold-out headline tour, clearly demonstrating himself as an artist of prominence we can’t wait to see where Benson takes us next on his musical journey.
Benson – Faith ft. Stace Cadet and Yeah Boy is out now via Medium Rare Recordings.
By Adam Madd
Tujamo is the internationally renowned DJ and producer that quickly became one of the most in demand DJ’s in the world. His new house effort, Say What You Wanna, is an effortlessly motivational track released through dance music specialists, Spinnin Records.
In his career, so far, Tujamo has racked up an impressive range of collaborations with the likes of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Laidback Luke, Martin Solveig and Showtek. Tujamo refined his unique sound that went onto thrive at world-wide events such as TomorrowWorld in America, Tomorrowland in Belgium, Creamfields in the UK and Untold in Romania, through to legendary venues such as the prestigious Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. Known for living the non-stop DJ life full of jet setting adventures, Tujamo is always sure to carefully cultivate music that transcends naturally from house party staple, to the iconic white isles themselves.
After an epic Summer of 2018 Tujamo saw his single, With U, handpicked for Untold Festival’s anthem, as well as a more sensual slice of Body Language and equally festival enthused anthems Funk You and now iconic Riverside (reloaded). Tujamo keeps building on a solid reputation to lay out sophisticated tunes with the prowess of a producer continuing to develop his craft.
Say What You Wanna is an honest, melodic heavy song brimming with plunging drops and ultimately feel good sing along vocals. Hoping to encourage individual expression, this is a new a single primed ready for the smallest of gym headphones, and the most prolific of club speakers.
Tujamo – Say What You Wanna is out now.
ICARUS - Man of the Land (feat. Real Lies)
Release date: Friday 2nd November
Their last track ‘Echoes’ hit #3 on the BBC Radio 1 Dance Chart Annie Mac has been a long-term admirer, not only picking four consecutive singles as her Hottest Record but also booking them for her Lost & Found Festival. Currently the duo are on tour Rüfüs Du Sol for North American shows which culminates with three nights at New York’s Terminal 5, and then are also special guests at various UK shows. “The Bristol-based brotherly duo have established themselves as out of the box thinkers.” – Mixmag “Clearly illustrates why the duo is being heralded as one of the UK's most promising talents at the moment.” – Earmilk
Fresh from releasing their latest track ‘Echoes’ which hit #3 on the BBC Radio 1 Dance Chart, Bristol’s innovative crossover production duo Icarus have teamed up with London trio Real Lies for their new single ‘Man of the Land’.
Both ‘Man of the Land’ and ‘Echoes’ feature on Icarus’s new EP ‘This Must Be The Place’ which follows on November 30th. The EP represents Icarus’s latest longer form conceptual project after releasing the ‘In The Dark’ EP earlier this year.
‘Man of the Land’ represents the darker, cinematic extreme of Icarus’s sonic spectrum. The hypnotic beat captures the feeling of pounding the city streets late at night before the drop accentuates its dramatic feel. It’s a track which finds Icarus strengthening the evocative atmospheric qualities of past tracks such as ‘No Sleep’ and ‘Hiding’.
Real Lies’ lyrics delve into the experiences of a transient character whose solitary life on the capital’s empty streets is set against the contrast of its hectic late night bars. It captures a feeling of urban anxiety that could only be nocturnal London. As the song’s narrator notes, “I come from Cally Road, not California.”
Widely praised for their self-titled debut album, Noisey summarised Real Lies’ approach by stating, “Although an echo chamber of past influences mixed with the contemporary ambience of Burial or Jamie xx, their defining factor is the thoroughly modern ennui that infects their lyrics.”
Icarus explain the EP’s concept: “The theme of this EP is based around always moving from one place to the next, or running away – as well as the thoughts, feelings and emotions which come from living this way. There are moments of feeling free from being tied down and having endless possibilities. But there’s also a loneliness and anxiety that comes from simply moving on rather than addressing your problems. It’s not about making a judgment on people who are in that situation, it’s just an exploration of a yin-and-yang lifestyle.”
Since debuting in 2015 with the ‘Don’t Cry Wolf’ EP, ICARUS have progressed from being a hotly-tipped name to become a regular fixture on daytime radio. Annie Mac has been a long-term admirer, not only picking four consecutive singles as her Hottest Record (‘Love Has Come Around’,‘King Kong’, ‘Trouble’ and ‘No Sleep’) but also booking them for her Lost & Found Festival.
ICARUS’s other radio highlights include a sun-scorched set at Radio 1 Live in Ibiza and contributing an Essential Mix for Pete Tong. In addition to Annie Mac, their other supporters at radio have included Pete Tong, Phil Taggart, Danny Howard, MistaJam, Monki and Alice Levine. Their wide-ranging list of fans also includes Pendulum, who invited them to remix their classic track ‘Tarantula’ from their all-star collabs album ‘The Reworks’.
Earlier this year, ICARUS debuted their full live band show which they then took on a headline tour and then to the South West Four Weekender. They’re now poised to hit the road with Australia's own Rüfüs Du Sol on their ‘Solace’ tour: first with a run of North American shows which culminates with three nights at New York’s Terminal 5, and then as special guests at various UK shows.
By Adam Madd
Monolink, also known as Steffen Linck, is set to release a charming new single titled ‘Father Ocean’ on Sweat It Out. Opening with his fascinating cosmos of musicality and Linck’s tender voice, the track builds throughout, as does the emotional depth of the lyrics. Linck’s warm voice and touching song lines make this the perfect musical accompaniment to Spring.
The Berlin based multi-instrumentalist Monolink, has had an impressive career to date, amassing over 21 million streams across platforms in his short career. Releasing his debut album ‘Amniotic’ in April this year, Monlink has seen support across international airwaves, with radio plays in Australia, Asia, Europe and the UK. The lead single ‘Sirens’ garnering over 2 million online streams with the support of Mr Deep Sense, Earmilk & I House U to name but a few.
Having played numerous festivals around the globe, this year Steffen returned for his 2nd appearance at Burning Man, and has already sold out all the November shows for his upcoming tour in Germany, where he will be debuting his live show with a three piece band. Having just been announced for Pitch Music and Arts festival, being held from 8th to 11th of March in Victoria, Monolink will be taking the stage with his live show, announcing more Australian dates later in the year.
‘Father Ocean’ is out now on Sweat It Out.
Dastardlyd posted an article in Magazine,At first glance, Brisbane DJ DefWill appears to be going from strength to strength, balancing university studies, events management roles for festivals like Splendour in the Grass, Rabbits Eat Lettuce and Live Large, DJing some of the deepest techno rhythms at some of the primest techno parties on the east coast of Oz and also that he has never let the fact that he is deaf hold him back. Though if one takes the time to look (and talk) a little deeper it becomes clear that he, like many of us, carries burdens that are well beyond his control and the weight of which has been known to bring even the strongest of us down.
New OzClubbers writer Dastardly Kuts gets deep with DefWill.
NathanJones posted an article in Magazine,From the DJ’s perspective; since Larry Levan’s early days at the Paradise Garage, the remix – or playing different versions of songs – was one of the first notable aspects of what we now know as DJ Culture. His ethic of refreshing successful dancefloor movers in the late seventies passed down generations of DJ has been long-established as almost a perfunctory task, almost a must-do to be undertaken by the disk jockey.
BrendanClay posted a topic in Sydney,Here is a fresh new mix from us—and one that definitely gives us the warm and fuzzies!
So, our 'Attic' brand as a whole, the music we push—and, indeed, Andrew and I as individual DJs—is often centred around music on the lower, slower, deeper, warm-up tip. That is a label we've always worn with pride.
Elektropanda posted an article in Magazine,Recently I got to go check out the official Outlook Festival Queensland launch party in Brisbane. Presented by Quality Street Byron Bay, the event concept paid tribute to one of Europe’s most exciting Drum and Bass festivals and is a celebration of sound system culture.
Nobody has received reputation this week.