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Soma Records Celebrates 25 Years with Daft Punk, Robert Hood, Blawan, Jeff Mills, Andrew Weatherall, Kobosil, Vril and more

 

There is little to no doubt that Soma Records make the list as one of the most respected techno imprints of today. Label bosses Slam formed the label in the distant 1991 alongside friends Glenn Gibbons and Dave Clarke, and are now celebrating 25 years of operation.

The label made a name for itself in its infant years with a catalog of fantastic music outings, including Slam’s very own timeless “Positive Education” and early career releases from the likes of Surgeon, Envoy, Funk D’Void, Silicone Soul and Alex Smoke. Not many know, for example, that french duo Daft Punk released their first raw music pieces on the label back in 1994.

To celebrate the 25 year milestone, Soma has asked a selection of the world’s finest techno acts to provide fresh brand-new music for a specially curated 15-track Limited Edition 5XVinyl Box Set. Old timers the likes of Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, Steve Bicknell, Andrew Weatherall (appearing as Woodleigh Research Facility), Blawan and Adam Beyer were joined by more recent techno newcomers such as Kobosil, VRIL and Jonas Kopp  to select and remix some of Soma’s best back-catalog material for a fresh representation of the role Soma plays in techno today.

 
Accompanying the brilliant music selection, Soma “decided it was necessary to match the unique musical sensibilities displayed with an artistic environment that clearly juxtaposed the ideas set forth in the project.” The collaboration with Scottish artist Kyle Irvine has resulted in a selection of unique designs crafted specifically for the box set, which also includes exclusive Soma 25 stickers, a poster and illustrated vinyl sleeves.

The box set will be officially released on March 31st.

Track List:

A1. Robert Hood – The Bond We Formed
A2. Jeff Mills – A Tale From the Parallel Universe
B1. Daft Punk – Drive (Slam Modular Interpretation)
B2. Adam Beyer – Just Things
C1. Blawan – Clipper
C2. The Woodleigh Research Facility – S.O.M.A 25
D. Josh Wink – Synodic Period
E1. Slam – Stepback (Jonas Kopp Remix)
E2. Slam – Visions (Kobosil Remix)
F. Percy X – X Track (Vril Remix 2)
G1. Slam – Tempest
G2. Steve Bicknell – Mind Cycles
H. Funk D’Void – 808 Planet
I. Joe Stawarz – Cry (Deepchord Remix)
J. Joe Stawarz – Beebear. (Deepchord Remix)

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CRSSD Festival Announces Recondite, Rødhåd, Âme and Jackmaster for Spring 2017

City Steps - Photo by Skyler Greene

City Steps – Photo by Skyler Greene

As scheduled, CRSSD Festival has released its Spring 2017 roster and its possibly its best one to date.

As per previous formats, the San Diego waterfront festival continues with its mission to provide an eclectic experience with emphasis on more “underground” sounds of house and techno, as well as deeper strands of electronic music that aren’t found on other festival main stages.

Positioned at Waterfront Park in the city’s downtown area, CRSSD sold out both of 2016’s editions and with this lineup release looks set to repeat the feat for the third time in a row. Live acts this coming March 4th and 5th include Blood Orange, AlunaGeorge, Recondite, Bob Moses and Dusky making their live debut on the West Coast. Highlights in the house and techno realm include Dystopian boss Rødhåd, Innervisions’ Âme, Scotland’s ever-popular Jackmaster, crafty selector Midland, the wizardry genius of Damian Lazarus, CRSSD alum Skream, 2manydjs and an extended set by Seth Troxler b2b Eats Everything. On the more diverse side of the lineup, the Ocean View stage is set to feature Flume, Snakehips, Giraffage and Duke Dumont.

On top of its music programming and idyllic location, the 21+ festival has also become popular for its craft beer selection, top-tier local gourmet food options and impeccable mixology program.

Tickets will be available on December 27th at noon via CRSSD’s Official Website.

See below for the full Spring 2017 lineup:

CRSSD 2017 Spring

 

 

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The Best Thanksgiving Parties of 2016

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With one of the biggest party weekends coming up, Black Wednesday, Thanksgiving, and Black Friday,  we want to suggest some of the best events nationwide (in alphabetic order).

DeepSouth

Atlanta, Deep South presents Mike Servito & Gay Marvine at the Heretic, 11/26

Atlanta-based promoter DEEP SOUTH brings Mike Servito from Brooklyn and Gay Marvine from San Francisco for their Saturday after Thanksgiving celebration. The party is scheduled through 3am.

Ticket link here. $10 + fees. 21+

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Brooklyn, Blkmarket Membership with Apollonia at TBA, 11/26

Seems like Dan, Dyed, and Shonky are making their rounds through the US this weekend as they are booked for an extended set with Brooklyn-based Blkmarket Membership. Residents Taimur & Fahad will be on opening duties. The party is scheduled through 9am!

Ticket link here. $30 + fees. 21+

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Chicago, Black Wednesday with Derrick Carter at Smartbar, 11/23

Derrick Carter kicks things off  Black Wednesday with an all-night set to celebrate at Smartbar. The party is scheduled through 4am.

Ticket link here. $12 + fees. 21+

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Chicago, Black Friday with Apollonia at the Mid, 11/25

Friday night Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom, and Shonky will take the decks at the Mid for a night of great music. The party is scheduled through 4am.

Ticket link here. $12.50 + fees. 21+

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Detroit, Paxahau presents: Josh Wink at TV Lounge, 11/26

Detroit-based Paxahau brings Josh Wink for an all-night set on Saturday after Thanksgiving. In the Side Room you can expect Dru Ruiz and Shady P.

Ticket link here. $10 + fees. 21+

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Houston, Spanksgiving with Kolsch at Boondocks, 11/23

Kolsch will headline the Spanksgiving party by Kinda Super Disco in Houston for Black Wednesday. Beforehand a b2b set by, residents, James Reed and Josh Dupont. The party is scheduled through 2am; we suggest early arrival!

Ticket link here. $10 + fees. 21+

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Los Angeles, Do Not Sit On The Furniture at Clinic Wednesday, 11/23 

Underrated Presents is hosting a Do Not Sit On The Furniture showcase for their weekly Clinic Wednesday Party series at Couture in Hollywood, with Behrouz, Oceanvs Orientalis and Tara Brooks all scheduled to play. The party is scheduled to run until 4am.

Ticket link here. $15 + fees. 21+

RHONDAVOUS

Los Angeles, Rhondavous at Union, 11/23 

RHONDA INTL brings DJ Harvey, Seth Troxler, Kevin Saunderson, Radio Slave, Trus’me, Chris Cruse, DIRTYDAVE, Goddollars, and PARADISE for their Black Wednesday celebration at Union. The party is scheduled through 4am.

Ticket link here. $30 + fees. 21+

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Los Angeles, Droid Behavior – Interface 55 / 14 Years at TBA, 11/26

The LA techno promoter will throw their 55th Interface event that is set to take place in a TBA location the Saturday after Thanksgiving and will feature Drumcell, Truncate, Raiz, DJ Hyperactive, Subversive, and Dean Paul. The party is scheduled through 7am!

Ticket link here. $20 + fees. 21+

 

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Miami, Thanksgiving Eve with Praslesh at Treehouse Miami, 11/23

UN_MUTE Events brings Raresh, Praslea, Roustam, and Christian AB for their Black Wednesday festivities at Treehouse Miami. The party is scheduled through 5am.

Ticket link here. $10 + fees. 21+

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Philadelphia, A Decade of Dubfire at Rumor, 11/23

Rumor Nightclub has booked Dubfire and Carlo Lio for their Black Wednesday celebration. They will also feature an all new Martin Audio sound system featuring their newly developed CCD technology. The party is scheduled through 2:30am.

Ticket link here. $15 + fees. $35 + fees for open bar between 10pm-12am.

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San Francisco, 15 Years of Dax presents at Mezzanine, 11/26

Dax presents will be celebrating 15 years the Saturday of Thanksgiving. Dax Lee, owner and promoter head of Dax, will be on the decks prior to Seth Troxler for the event at Mezzanine.

Ticket link here. $20 + fees. 21+

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Discover Five DJs That Have Said “No” to Eating Meat

 

It is no secret that traveling takes a lot of energy out of touring DJs. Jet lag, lack of sleep, after-parties, airport delays and hours spent on planes definitely do not help, so it comes as no surprise that artists need to ensure they are well fed throughout their tours.

Yet, despite the often lackluster options of airport or plane food, there’s a selection of world-touring DJs who have not only continued to say “no” to meat and other animal products, but have provided useful tips on how to live on the road while maintaining a vegan or vegetarian diet.

It appears that the darkness of techno has no bearing on one’s dietary choices. In fact, our selection of five outspoken vegetarian/vegan DJs includes not one but three CLR recording artists.

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Can’t Make It to Space Ibiza to Say Goodbye to Carl Cox? BE-AT.TV Will Live Stream It For You!

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Thousands of dance music fans are planning to make the trek to Ibiza this summer to pay homage to one of the scene’s greatest, Carl Cox, as he embarks on the final Music Is Revolution journey of his career before Space Ibiza is turned over to the group that owns Ushuaïa across the street.

Although the Intec Digital boss has announced his desire to continue playing on the island as a guest DJ, 2016 truly marks the end of an era with the Final Chapter becoming one of the hottest nights of the entire season. While many will be visiting the Space dance floor during one of the 15 Tuesday dates planned for the next coming months, thousands of others won’t be able to make the farewell celebrations.

It is for exactly this reason that live streaming service BE-AT.TV has jumped in to provide coverage of the entire 15-week season, bringing you two rooms direct from Space Ibiza every Tuesday, all night long.

Undoubtedly, Carl himself will be the main event of each party and live stream, but as a bonus this year’s final Music Is Revolution lineup is the residency’s largest yet, with the world’s biggest underground DJs paying their respects to the big man each week with their own unique take on house and techno. You will be able to see some of the industry’s best name in action from the comfort of your home or office, no matter where you are in the world: Luciano, Chris Liebing, John Digweed, Nic Fanciulli, Sasha, Adam Beyer b2b Ida Engberg, Joseph Capriati, Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber, Pan-Pot, Kerri Chandler, Loco Dice, Carl Craig, Nina Kraviz, Marco Carola, Matthias Tanzmann, Joris Voorn, Josh Wink, Monika Kruse, Marco Bailey, Danny Tenaglia, Francois K, Masters At Work, Yousef, Kölsch, Tania Vulcano, Cirez D, Guy J, James Lavelle, Cirez D, Carlo Lio, Julio Bashmore, Catz N Dogz, Davide Squillace, Hot Since 82, Deetron, tINI and DJ Sneak are all scheduled to play.

Things will start off on Tuesday June 14th, with the closing party scheduled for September 20th. Simply tune in at www.BE-AT.TV and enjoy the music! Although streaming lineups for the entire season aren’t released yet, below is the list of artists confirmed to be featured in the first three weeks:

Week 1
Carl Cox
Luciano
Cristian Varela
Matthias Tanzmann
Michel De Hey
B. Traits
Week 2
Carl Cox
Jon Rundell
Uner
Guti (Live)
Danny Howells
Week 3
Carl Cox
Monika Kruse
Marco Bailey
Ben Pearce
DJ Vibe
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Ovum Recordings Releases Acid-centric Ovum Acid Volume 1

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 2.40.41 PMOvum Recordings released a ten-track acid-centric compilation titled Ovum Acid Volume 1 on February 5. Ovum Acid Volume 1 is all ears for fans of the classic 303 sound and pushes the boundaries in 2016 as a wholesome selection of great and nostalgic acid tracks including tracks by DJ Dozia, DJ Sneak, Nacho Marco, Ryogo Yamamori, and more.  Read more

Techno Therapy: Josh Wink to play Exchange LA

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Josh Wink will surely go down as one of the house and techno legends of our time. As a producer he’s one of a kind, and as a DJ he’s capable of rocking the intimate clubs to the massive festivals like Timewarp. This week Josh Wink makes his way to Los Angeles to perform alongside Doc Martin at Exchange LA. It’s been a while since Josh Wink has graced the decks in Los Angeles, and the night will have a very special vibe throughout the evening. This weeks Techno Therapy is dedicated to the Ovum Records head visionary; two massive tracks that perfectly display Wink’s range as an artist. Read more

A Look Inside Sunday School

Sunday School has become one of the iconic clubbing brands striving to keep the underground vibes alive. In this brief documentary, artists and those involved with Sunday School like Josh Wink and Francis Harris give some insight into the history of the Sunday afterhour, the “Vinyl Only” Stage at Electric Zoo, and their perspective on what makes the Sunday School special. Check out the full story here 

A Look Inside Sunday School

Sunday School has become one of the iconic clubbing brands striving to keep the underground vibes alive. In this brief documentary, artists and those involved with Sunday School like Josh Wink and Francis Harris give some insight into the history of the Sunday afterhour, the “Vinyl Only” Stage at Electric Zoo, and their perspective on what makes the Sunday School special. Check out the full story here 

A Look Inside Sunday School

Sunday School has become one of the iconic clubbing brands striving to keep the underground vibes alive. In this brief documentary, artists and those involved with Sunday School like Josh Wink and Francis Harris give some insight into the history of the Sunday afterhour, the “Vinyl Only” Stage at Electric Zoo, and their perspective on what makes the Sunday School special. Check out the full story here