Arcadia Spider - by Sarah Ginn Photography

Ultra Music Festival Announces Resistance Stage for Miami 2016

Arcadia Spider - by Sarah Ginn PhotographyIn 2015, Ultra Music Festival announced its first Resistance stage featuring top names in techno, house and deep house. Admittedly, the stage was more like a DJ booth but with 360 degree views, metallic tree structures, pyrotechnics, and an impressive line-up, it drew considerable crowds and was regarded by many as the festival’s best-kept secret.

The initial lineup has been announced for the entire festival, and this year the Resistance Stage is bringing an equally-packed roster of talent. Big names such as Maceo Plex, Jackmaster, Seth Troxler and Jamie Jones are joined by the likes of andhim, Joris Voorn, Mind Against and Thugfucker just to name a few.

This is only the beginning of what is set to be yet another massive list of acts to rival the Carl Cox & Friends Arena at Ultra. Ultra is again teaming up with Arcadia Spectacular on stage set-up and they have announced that this year Resistance will feature the North American debut of the Arcadia Spider used in other festivals around the world.

Full line-up and information are available on the Ultra website.


Full Resistance Phase I (listed alphabetically):

Guy Gerber
Hot Since 82
Jamie Jones
Joris Voorn
Lee Foss
Maceo Plex
Mind Against
Nic Fanciulli
Patrick Topping
Seth Troxler
The Martinez Brothers


6AM Exclusive Premiere: Anthony Attalla – “F1/Why Do You” out on Yoshitoshi

Anthony Attalla

To say that Anthony Attalla has had a meteoric rise in the last couple of years would be a big understatement. The Detroit native and Chicago resident has come up through the ranks thanks to strong releases on his own Incorrect Music label, Sharam’s Yoshitoshi and other world-renowned imprints such as Suara and Toolroom. Coupled with the ever-popular Incorrect Label showcases including the famous Groove Cruise Incorrect Afterhours, Attalla has created a massive cult following in the States and beyond.

Following past strong releases on the Yoshitoshi label including “Stranger” and “Fever,” Attalla returns exclusively through 6AM Group with two dance floor-ready heavy hitters right in time for the New Year.

“F1” immediately strikes as a must-have in any house DJ’s arsenal. Its bass-heavy staccato and bumpy groove is not only hypnotic but serves both as the fitting track amidst other dance-friendly records and to raise things to the next level in any set.

Conversely, “Why Do You” is muddier in all the right ways. Leaning towards techno, the track is armed with frenzied percussions and infectious bass. Its cloudy and enigmatic vocals give a sense of respite from the heavier techno, making this a track that fits a wide range of sounds.

This release arrives in perfect time for the New Year, and right in the middle of Attalla’s tour in Thailand. If you’re in the LA area, make sure to catch him in action at Exchange with Suara boss Coyu on the 2nd of January as he returned for a series of US dates for Winter 2016!

You can hear the full EP below, and buy the tracks on Beatport!

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Richie Hawtin Suddenly Drops New Album

Richie Hawtin

Earlier this week, Richie Hawtin admitted he was behind the recent mysterious white labels released on Plus 8 through Berlin’s Hard Wax record store.

He specified through an interview with Electronic Beats that the tracks in those EPs – produced under various aliases such as Plastikman, Childsplay and Robotman – were part of an LP in the making. Although we were expecting the latest EP in the series to come out on Friday, it has since turned out that we are being treated to the full LP release, entitled From My Mind To Yours.

Not incidentally, the album dropping on December 11th 2015 marks 25 years of Plus 8 and contains tracks he has produced under other monikers such F.U.S.E., 80xx and Circuit Breaker.

Update: Richie has released the album for free streaming. Enjoy!

Full Tracklist:

01. Richie Hawtin – No Way Back
02. Childsplay – Stretching
03. Robotman – Simple Simon
04. F.U.S.E. – Them
05. F.U.S.E. – Close
06. Plastikman – Purrkusiv
07. Plastikman – Gymnastiks
08. Circuit Breaker – Systematic
09. 80xx – Creepr
10. Plastikman – Akrobatix
11. Plastikman – Cirkus
12. 80xx – Creatur
13. 80xx – Grindr
14. Plastikamn vs. F.U.S.E. – EXpanded
15. R.H.X. – Xtension

[Source: RA]


Waiting for the Weekend – Tracks from Martin Roth, Metrika, and Guests


In a collaboration between London-based music collective Motek and yours truly, we present Sundays at Le Jardin with Martin Roth and Metrika, which will take place in the heart of Hollywood under the cordial rays of California sunshine. Come satiate your ears and curious minds with deeper shades of house, techno, and good vibes with a lineup of exquisite talent as well as a crowd of electronic music tastemakers.

Our event is happening on September 20 from 2-9PM and is free with RSVP. Join us for a groovy Sunday complete with a spiritual audio voyage and nonstop dancing. In the meantime, we have featured a taste of what is to come with several tracks from their respective artists. Enjoy


Martin Roth (Anjunadeep)

John Monkman – Rolling Frontier ft. Liz Cass (Martin Roth Remix)

This remix of John Monkman’s Rolling Frontier includes rolling kicks, ephemeral clicks, and uplifting vocals by Liz Cass. Seven minutes of pure bliss, a composition of sounds that makes you want to push the sky upward and traverse into a transcendental realm of existence.

Martin Roth – Mel

This track titled Mel is dark and hypnotic, an alluring contrast of droning synths and a tight drum set that metamorphoses between states of meditation and invigoration. This track is an example of Martin Roth’s ability to produce wordless stories by appealing to the primordial human response to music.

Metrika (Crosstown Rebels)

Metrika and Bastard Love – As A Fiction (Original Mix)

As A Fiction is a romantic alliteration of all things deep. This tune will make you want to dance your socks off with its 80s retro meets tech house vibes. Indeed, a song that is trippier than fiction and gets the brain juices flowing with nostalgia. Let’s get funky.

Matt Hardinge (Motek)

Ominous ft. Cari Golden – Shattered (Matt Hardinge Remix)

An orchestra of live instrument samples and artificial sound waves, Matt Hardinge’s remix of Shattered is a galactic deep techno interpretation executed with the warm sounds of the classic 808 drum machine. Cari Golden’s vocals are a celestial integration to the cerebral landscape reminiscent of older forms of trance.

Navitas (Motek)

Navitas – Run To Me (Original Mix)

Navitas brings a touch of energizing magic with Run To Me, an adventurous mood-setting track for those seeking a speedy escape from reality. The track’s tribal ascendance and four-on-the-floor beat give a lofty push in directing and sustaining a unified movement of the underground spirit.

J.Sanders (BWO Records, 6AM) 

J.Sanders – Cloudtricks (Original Mix)

Organic and inorganic percussion interact to create a complex system of sensations and thoughts in Cloudtricks. The second piece to J.Sanders’ Ellipse EP serves as a deep tech manifestation of the calculative chaos of the natural environment around us. A humbling listening experience.

Jamie Charles (Motek, Draft, 6AM)

Jamie Charles – Counter Culture (Original Mix)

A forthright piece to the self-titled Counter Culture EP, this track is majestically bohemian. It tickles the rudimental feelings of musical wanderlust, paving a path of unguided exploration with its rumbling kicks, intermittent psychedelic chants, and crystalline echoes.

Conversations with Grass is Greener + Global Vibe Radio 026

New York City based DJ/Producer duo, Grass is Greener, is coming off a busy year touring and producing. They were kind enough to deliver us an exclusive mix for our latest episode of Global Vibe Radio. We caught up with them recently for a quick Q&A to discuss everything from Sullivan Room, what to expect this year, and their studio process when the two sit and collaborate. Be sure to stream and download the episode below and subscribe to our iTunes Channel for monthly guest mixes showcasing the best in house & techno.

How have things been after the closing of Sullivan Room?

EBAR>>We started our first residency there as a duo, so it will be missed, but one door closes and another opens.  It has pushed us out of the comfort zone locally in NYC as DJs.

SR SERGE (aka Sergei Sklyarenko)>>It gave me more time to spend in the studio, focused on production for the Grass Is Greener project.  After making it to the top 10 charts and gaining recognition, we’ve been fortunate to travel the world and showcase our sound in many major cities and clubs

The location at 218 Sullivan will surely be missed. How was your recent Sullivan Room party at Tribeca Studios?  

SR SERGE>>I started these 5 months ago, so 5 successful events later, I’m happy to say that we’ve maintained a similar intimate setting as we had at 218 Sullivan.  Good sound, good people, but it will never be the same as the original 218 vibe.  But you never know where the Sullivan Room brand may resurface…

What are you both looking forward to this year?

EBAR>>Looking to play more varied events.  We really have a sound that works equally well for bottle service as it does for the summer festival.

SR SERGE>>More original production, I may even try to do something random with some Russian vocals!

Can you give us some insight to your studio process when you two are together?  

EBAR>>Listening to a lot of music to get inspired, then looking through notes of music ideas that we’ve taken over time, full of references to older music (mainly obscure 80s tracks), and then laying down some melodic patterns. The best ideas come up in the subway, on the plane, jazz concerts, in the middle of nowhere – so noting thoughts when they occur is important.

What’s on the horizon for Grass is Greener? 

SR SERGE>>Getting quality music out there and sticking to our guns, our musical identity as Grass Is Greener.

Any new releases to look forward to?

EBAR>>We’re currently working on a new EP, a bit tech-house inflected.  Some familiar samples that we think will be floorfillers.  Remixes here and there if we’re feeling the tracks and have the bandwidth.  Our Beatport page is filling up nicely!

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6AM Group’s Favorite DJs

decksElectronic music has undeniably influenced the entire world in an amazing way.  Behind the music, there is a DJ who can masterfully orchestrate sounds that hypnotize and captivate the audience.  Everyone in this community has a certain sound or a certain DJ that makes them tick; we all have a favorite.  Has a DJ ever made you dance so much that everything around you just melted away?  Was there a moment when the DJ got you dancing like there’s no tomorrow?  We asked the 6AM Group team members:  “Who’s your Top 5 Underground DJs?”  It’s a very difficult question to answer.  There were some phenomenal DJs listed in the answers, but there were a few DJs that stood out a little more than the others.  Below are some of the DJs that were named more than once from our results:

Ben Klock:  You might see this German techno DJ and producer play at the Berghain in Berlin and all around the world.  Ben ranked 6th on RA’s Top 100 2014.  He also runs a label:  Klockworks.  Check out this set from Berghain:

Dubfire:  You might also know him as 1/2 of Deep Dish.  Label boss to SCI+TEC, he’s a techno DJ with a polished sound.  You can always count on Dubfire to kill the dance floor every time with his rolling bass lines and that signature Dubfire effect.  Hear what I’m talking about below:

Martinez Brothers:  These brothers from the Bronx have made one hell of a mark on the industry.  They have been on the road since high school and are definitely emerging leaders in the global house scene.  They have held a residency at one of the world’s best clubs, DC-10, since 2011 and show no signs of slowing down.  Check out this set from Ultra 2014 Sunday Underground Stage:

Paco Osuna:  The man behind Mindshake Records and Club4,  Paco is no stranger to the underground.  Below is a link where you can listen to this Spaniard throw it down at the Monegros Desert Festival:

D-Nox & Beckers:  The German DJ duo consisting of Christian “D-Nox” Wedekind & Frank Beckers have been making their mark in the global electronic music community for the past 7 years.  Check out their set below:

Adam Beyer:  The family man behind the epic techno label, Drumcode, it’s not hard to see why this DJ was on a few people’s Top 5.  Check out his set from the legendary Berghain on Drumcode Radio:

Slam: “Slam instigated Glasgow’s underground house music scene in the late 1980s, going on to be instrumental in the explosion of the UK techno scene, and their quarter of a century exploits have seen them travel far and wide, leaving scorch marks on the dance floor everywhere while taking their uncompromising vision of techno around the world.”  Check out this special 4 hour set by Slam:

The next 3 DJs you can consider 6AM Group’s top 3.  These next particular DJs were tallied several times.  They have influence several members in 6AM Group.

Jamie Jones:  The man behind Hot Creations, Jamie Jones has been credited for creating an iconic sound paving the way for a warmer, melodic, deeper side of techno.  Jamie Jones was ranked 12th on this year’s RA Top 100.  Below is his set from Timewarp:

Cajmere:  Curtis Jones goes by several aliases; you might be familiar with Green Velvet, that’s one of them.  Hailing from Chicago, Cajmere is a much respected veteran DJ in the electronic dance music community.  Click below to hear his set from the Electronic Playground Podcast:

Marco Carola:  This Italian DJ had the most votes from 6AM Group team members.  Label boss of Music On and leading the biggest underground party in Ibiza, Friday nights at Amnesia.  RA ranked him at 17 on this year’s Top 100.  At the top of his game, Marco is not going anywhere.  Check out one of his sets below:

The above DJs were just a drop in the bucket.  There are still several DJs that have not been mentioned that are followed closely by 6AM Group members.  DJs like Dixon (RA’s #1 DJ), Claude VonStroke, Carl Cox, Steve Lawler, Hernan Cattaneo, and much more.  In addition to all these DJs, there are still DJs out there that have not been discovered.  So keep your ears, minds and hearts open.   We’ll see you on the dance floor!