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Underground electronic music blog | Techno | House | Garage | Bass


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INTRODUCING CONVERGENCE LONDON

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Convergence is a music and technology series taking place between the 18-27 April in the heart of London with a whole host of venues across the city hosting talks and gigs, including Shoreditch venue (and one of our favourites) Village Underground.

The series is hosting some impressive events and there’s some notable milestones; Bleep is celebrating their tenth birthday with a one-off show with Fuck Buttons, Mount Kimbie and Fennesz at the Barbican; Booka Shade are marking the 100th anniversary of the first electronic music concert and Jacques Greene & Koreless will be playing a live show at St John-at-Hackney church. There’s also some exciting talks and exhibitions which include ‘The Photography of Music’ by Bleep and a programme of talks curated by Mixcloud with speakers from The Guardian, Mixcloud, VICE and more.

The focus of the series is on those who use technology to innovate and look to develop unique ways to express their art. Curator, Glenn Max says, “Convergence will celebrate the restless spirit that propels the ongoing dialogue between art and technology. It is an opportunity for like-minded people interested in the convergence of art and technology to come together and recognise a shared sense of optimism and acknowledge the collaborative spirit that carries music into the future.” Which all sounds really rather exciting to us.

One not to miss!

more info and tickets | convergence-london.com


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IBIZA 2014…IT’S COMING!

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This week I’ve started my bikini diet and taken up running, which can only mean one thing…the Ibiza 2014 season is nearly here! The club opening parties start happening towards the end of May with the club nights kicking off from June onwards. The season will keep dancing until September/early-October. So what’s in store for us party-lovers this year…will the old favourites be back? Will there be any new nights to get excited about? Will there be any surprises?

Here’s what we know so far:

Cocoon will reign on Mondays at Amnesia again!

One of the best fiestas on the isle is celebrating 15 years in Ibiza! The opening party will be on 2nd June and Sven et al will be pumping out energetic techno every Monday until 29th September. This one’s a must do.

…and Luciano’s going to be there too

Island favourite Luciano is planning an eight week takeover of Cocoon entitled ‘Origins’ taking full control of the terrace each week and getting his mitts on the main room twice. He’s also continuing his ‘Luciano and Friends’ residency but moving it from Ushuaia to the Amnesia-owned Cova Santa on Wednesdays 3pm til 6am – dates TBC.

Sankeys is the home of the underground…

Now in it’s third year Sankey’s Ibiza has established itself as the most underground and grimy club you’ll find on the island. The club opening party will take place over two nights on 21st and 22nd May. Danny Tenaglia, Steve Lawler, Hot Since 82, Darius Syrossian will be some of the big names hitting the decks.

…and Duke Dumont will make it his home on Mondays

Every Monday from June 30th until September 1st the radio friendly Duke Dumont will be showcasing tunes from his newly minted Blasé Boys Club label.

Other Sankeys favourites are back too

Every night is party night (of course). CUFF (created by Amine Edge and DANCE) will be returning to Thursdays. Flying Circus (Audiofly and friends) are filling the Friday night spot and Steve Lawler’s VIVa Warriors will be taking over on Saturday’s once more.

Carl Cox will be attracting the biggest headliners to Space on Tuesdays

It’s gotta be Coxy on Tuesdays at Space. Last year he rebranded his night to ‘Music is Revolution’ and the name is here to stay. The techno legend attracted some very enviable line-ups last year and for 2014 he’s announced that he’ll be bopping his way through his longest season yet; 14 weeks from June 24th through September 23rd. Names like Pan-Pot, Adam Beyer and Mano Le Tough have already been confirmed. Drool.

We’ll be bringing you more news as it hits our inbox! In the meantime here are some other good sites to help you get planning (it’s definitely the best way to spend a boring Monday afternoon!):

ibiza-spotlight

RA – Ibiza

ibiza2014.net


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IKONIKA @ PLAN B BRIXTON | COMPETITION

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Ahadadream DJ/Producer/Nasty-FM-Presenter is hosting his biggest party to date at Plan B in Brixton on Saturday 26th April and we’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway! Headlining is Hyperdub’s Ikonika, expect driving drums and sub-bass with thoughtful melody. Support comes from new talent Akito (check out the mix below for a flava). It’s going to be a night for working up a full-on sweat on the dancefloor #NoHeels!

WIN a pair of TICKETS!

All you gotta do is likey the FB post here and tag the mate you’d take!

(the winner will be picked at random and announced Thursday 24th April)

Ahadadream presents…IKONIKA | facebook event | tickets £5 ADV £8 OTD


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TRACKS 2 SOOTHE UR MONDAY HEAD

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May your sleepy Monday head be filled with pretty sounds and sweeping synths. There’s a nice little mixture of tracks here and something a bit different to round it off. Stick on the playlist below and zone out for the next 30mins (we won’t tell your boss).

Hazy | Heartbeats

TĀLĀ | The Duchess

Basic Tape | Third Light

Fantastic Mr Fox feat. Denai Moore | On My Own

Michael Imperial | Slow Legend

TER-200 | Jensberg

cosmonaut grechko | Anytime


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SPACED360 BLUETOOTH WIRELESS SPEAKER | GEAR

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Summer’s on it’s way and we’re in the market for a compact portable speaker that doesn’t compromise on sound quality that we can take to Ibiza, the park, our gardens…step up the SPACED360. This bad boy is meticulously engineered and powered by patented airSOUND™ Technology. The portable speaker with apt-X Bluetooth creates an immersive, infinite ‘sweet spot’ by using three high powered 2″ neo speakers and three mass loaded bass radiators that are all equally spaced, the resulting forces are balanced, bass response is improved, and cabinet vibration is greatly reduced. The highly tuned system of Spaced360 is designed to wrap partygoers in a 360 degree sound-space. It looks sikk and it’s already been getting some great feedback from a whole slew of djs and producers.

We’re really excited to test this little sound dynamite out – keep posted for a review in the next couple of weeks!

more info | buy here | SPACED360 on facebook

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TRACKS WE’RE DIGGIN’ 2DAY

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Wilfred Giroux | Stronger (Clancy Remix) – Clancy gives one of my ‘tracks of the year so far’ a darker work out

Bodhi | No More (Joey Harmless Bootleg) – Joey Harmless works his sound on Bodhi by giving it a bit of stomp! Free DL

Leitmotif | Moodswing - 3 students from Belgium doing deep house with disco vibez. Free DL

Jeremaier | Goldnugget – so 90’s, so good, go keyboard go!

Soma | Deceitful (Original Mix) – some nice deep house from a dj only 16 years of age

Aashton | I Can’t Shake It – big House sound with a nice punch of attitude

Kulkid | Forgot About Kul – Kulkid’s debut release is emotive, saucy House. The EP will be available for free DL April 14th

Notorious BIG | Hypnotize (Sleepy Cat Remix) – get your shuffle on, go bold! Free DL

Hybrid Theory | King Kong Riddim – Big loud mean sounds….bass face on baby!

Crystal Waters | Gypsy Women (IIKnightsBeat 1AM Edit) – love what the guys have done here. Some super builds

Art Department | Heartbreakers Techno – nice moody synthy keyboard on this gradual builder which is offered as a free DL