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10 Reasons Underground Dance Music Fans Shouldn’t Miss The Yuma Tent At Coachella 2017

DJ Koze performs inside the Yuma Tent at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA, USA, on 16 April, 2016.

DJ Koze performs inside the Yuma Tent at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA, USA, on 16 April, 2016.

With high anticipation and lineup speculation circling the festival, Coachella calmed the storm with the release of its star-studded 2017 line-up; confirming many of the artists we predicted earlier this year including Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, and Radiohead as headliners.

To no surprise, the $399 general admission tickets sold out within three hours.

After review of this year’s line-up, we uncovered Coachella booked the most proper underground electronic artists to perform at the festival to date. As we did last year, we highlight ten underground artists who cannot be missed in the heaven that will be the Yuma Tent. 

Please note that we think most of the below artists will be playing the Yuma Tent, but there’s a small possibility that some will be featured on other stages due to the diverse and eclectic arsenal of music they are capable of performing.

Ben UFO

Ben UFO

This UK-based DJ is such an exquisite mixer that he rose to the top even with no production experience. His unique track selections make him one of the most sought-after DJs in the underground dance music community with sounds ranging old and new, house to dubstep.

A forward-thinking selector who is into constant development, Ben UFO does not disappoint.

Bicep

Bicep, A Northern Irish duo with the passion for heavy house grooves, have established themselves as prime producers and DJs. They are known to always incorporate the most carefully-selected house rhythms to light up any dance floor, leaving you desiring for more. Releases on their record label, Feel My Bicep, feature the likes of house, techno, funk, and italo cosmic sounds, a representation of the eclectic set you can expect to hear when they perform at Coachella 2017.

Their top hit this year, “Higher Level”, was one of their most successful releases to date, a track we predict they will play this track during their Coachella set.

Dixon

Dixon

Even and especially among the underground elite, Steffen Berkhahn is considered a multitalented veteran in the community. From being vice president of the FC Magnet Mitte Bar in Berlin, a bakery owner, Innervisions label co-founder with Âme, a producer and a DJ, Dixon is always busy letting his creative juices flow.

His producing and DJing career has been on a meteoric rise for more than a decade. Consequently, he has amassed superb skills behind the DJ booth and is known to please his audience with an array mix of house and techno that has landed him Top DJ in the world on the Resident Advisor poll for four years in a row.

Floating Points

An absolute mastermind. Sam Shepherd’s productions and mixes are truly reflective of his Ph.D. in neuroscience. He has the ability to fluidly blend jazz into techno and garage into house, while still maintaining the elements of each genre.

Per his tweet, he will perform with his live band and a DJ set. Both are never anything less than amazing.

Four Tet

Kieran Hebdan began his extensive career in 1997 producing music with folk and electronica influences, a style later dubbed “folktronica”. He held a residency, alongside Floating Points, at the legendary PlasticPeople in London from 2009-2011.

Fast-forward to today and Four Tet is best known for his techno, house, and minimal infused sets that shape his now established sound.

HoneyDijon

Honey Dijon

This Chicago native will be representing the original Chicago House sound infused with the depth of New York underground. As a veteran in the electronic music community, Honey Dijon pulls from a wide variety of musical styles including Chicago House, disco, tech-house, tribal, funk, and soul.

With her biggest inspirations come from Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, and Frankie Knuckles, Honey Dijon’s set is sure to be a fun one!

Marcel Dettmann

Marcel Dettmann

A well-known Berghain resident, Marcel Dettmann is known for his wide-ranging selection and production of heart-pounding techno. He is recognized as one of the most influential producers in modern techno with the capacity to intermix new and old. A well-respected performer in the community, Marcel also works at the legendary Hard Wax records in Berlin.

His Coachella debut and the resultant heavy techno in the desert experience is not one to miss,

Nicolas Jaar

Nicolas Jaar

A star that never stops rising, Nicolas Jaar’s live performances and most recent productions are truly unprecedented in today’s dance music world. Incorporating live instruments, real world sound samples and deep synths, Nicolas has soared to the top of underground lists with his impeccable creativity and musical genius.

Regardless of whether he will perform live or a DJ set, Nicolas Jaar will not disappoint.

Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin

This English-Canadian is among the most influential underground dance music artists of our time. His career began in Detroit during the early 90’s techno scene and has never stopped since. He is also known for his work under the alias Plastikman and for his ENTER. events in Ibiza and around the world. Most recently he partnered with former Allen & Heath engineer Andy Rigby-Jones and launched PLAYdifferently, a new mixer to diversify the way DJs performed.

There is no doubt that he will be using this new mixer during his first Coachella performance in four years.

belleville three

The Belleville Three

Last but certainly not least, The Belleville Three’s presence on the Coachella 2017 lineup is a testament to the Yuma Tent’s vision of representing underground dance music at what is considered to be one of the most commercial and eclectic festivals in North America and beyond. Consisting of Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson, the trio who formed an alliance after being high school friends in Belleville, Michigan and have since been considered responsible for giving birth to techno. While the three together are known to be Detroit Techno pioneers in their own right, they since split ways to begin producing individually and are only now reuniting after several years of solo career focus.

Their first Coachella gig is possibly the first stop of their 2017 tour, one you certainly do not want to miss!

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5 Performances Not To Miss During Awakenings’ 20th Anniversary

Awakenings Gashouder 2017

The legendary Awakenings is celebrating its 20th anniversary with five massive parties spanning from Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, April 16 2017.

To commemorate this massive event, Awakenings has partnered with Monumental Productions and, Amsterdam based publisher, Mary Go Wild to produce an anniversary book for the occasion.

Most importantly and for the first time ever, the event will feature a day party on Saturday, April 15th from 11 am to 10 pm with heavy hitters Joris Voorn, Ben Klock, Adam Beyer, Jeff Mills and Chris Liebing all performing.

The remainder of the events take place during the night from Thursday to Sunday with the likes of Nina Kraviz, Pan-Pot, Sven Väth, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Bart Skils, 2000 and One, Marcel Dettmann, Dave Clarke, DJ Billy Nasty, DJ Rush, Kölsch, Len Faki, Luciano, Seth Troxler, and Ricardo Villalobos all scheduled to play at Amsterdam’s revered Gashouder venue.

Weekend tickets are sold out, but single days are still available. We suggest you act fast, as this will sell out.

Who Not To Miss

Sven Väth – April 13
The German mastermind that is Papa Sven has been a long-time friend of and performer at Awakenings. Thanks to his signature vinyl-only performances, upbeat techno tracks and funky synths, he’s sure to keep the crowd dancing throughout his entire set.

Ben Klock b2b Marcel Dettmann – April 14
These two gentlemen have been at the top of techno lists around the world and rightfully so. Their dynamic b2b sets ooze characteristic Berghain pounding techno with thrilling twists and turns throughout, making them our standout back-to-back choice for Awakenings’ 20 Year Anniversary celebration.

Jeff Mills – April 15 (Day) 
A space wizard with endless talents, Jeff Mills is one of the most well-seasoned techno producers and DJs to roam this earth. His sets are known to incorporate cosmic synths and spacial sounds, providing timeless and out-of-this-world techno inspired emotions.

Dave Clarke – April 15 (Night)
Another Awakenings and veteran techno producer, Dave Clarke will bring the heat with heavy drums and a signature old school sound that blends techno and electro with effortless precision. The Amsterdam-based UK producer debuted with his first release in 1990 and yet remains at the forefront of today’s underground with good reason: his penchant for quality music above all else.

Ricardo Villalobos – April 16
Unnecessarily talented, Ricardo Villalobos is known to be the king of eclectic mixes, from spiraling sounds with deep bass to spirit-liberating techno. As an Awakenings veteran and one of the most sought-after talents in the world, there is no doubt that he will not disappoint for the festival’s 20th Anniversary.

Full Timetable Awakenings - 20 years

April 13th – Night

22:00 – 00:30 Dimitri & Remy Unger
00:30 – 02:30 Derrick May & Kevin Saunderson
02:30 – 04:30 Sven Väth
04:30 – 06:30 Pan-Pot
06:30 – 08:30 Nina Kraviz

April 14th – Night

22:00 – 01:30 Bart Skils & 2000 and One
01:30 – 05:00 Adam Beyer & Joseph Capriati
05:00 – 08:30 Ben Klock & MARCEL DETTMANN

April 15th – Day

11:00 – 13:00 Kabale und Liebe (Dj/Producer)
13:00 – 15:00 Joris Voorn
15:00 – 16:30 Ben Klock
16:30 – 18:30 Adam Beyer
18:30 – 20:15 Jeff Mills
20:15 – 22:00 Chris Liebing

April 15th – Night

23:30 – 02:00 DJ Billy Nasty
02:00 – 03:45 DJ Rush
03:45 – 05:30 Dave Clarke
05:30 – 07:15 Chris Liebing
07:15 – 09:00 Jeff Mills

April 16th – Night

22:00 – 00:00 Lauhaus
00:00 – 01:45 Luciano
01:45 – 03:30 Seth Troxler
03:30 – 05:15 Ricardo Villalobos
05:15 – 07:15 Joris Voorn & Kölsch
07:15 – 09:00 Len Faki

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Marcel Dettmann Releases Free 2016 Edit of “Lattice”

Lattice Marcel Dettmann

German techno producer Marcel Dettmann has given his 2008 classic “Lattice” track an updated edit this year, and has nowr eleased it for free to his fans via his official website.

The new version of “Lattice,” originally released on MDR04, is available for stream here. Just click here to download the MP3. This download will be available until January 3rd 2017.

Listen to the original below:

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Berghain Announces Massive 2017 New Year Celebration That Will Last 3 Days

Berghain Cartoon

Berghain surely knows how to party for more than 48 hours, but they might have outdone themselves with 2017’s New Year celebration. The event is split into a two-part showcase with Silvester kicking things off from 1am January 1st and Erste Klubnacht (first club night) following immediately thereafter, and scheduled to go into the early morning of January 3rd at the earliest.

The Silvester lineup includes Ben Klock, DVS1, Kobosil, Skatebård, Massimiliano Pagliara, Muallem, Soundstream, The Orb and many more.

BerghainNewYearThe Erste Klubnacht lineup features Answer Code Request, Boris, Gerd Jansen, Honey Dijon, Len Faki, Marcel Dettmann, Steffi, and Tama Sumo among others. To accommodate these performances, Berghain, Panorama Bar, XXX-Floor and the Elektroakustischer Salon will be open during this time for an all building event!

Queue into Berghain is expected to be lengthy and, given that it’s a New Year celebration, the entry fee is €35. If you were to leave prior to and return by the time Erste Klubnacht has already begun you will be asked for entrance payment again.

Here is the breakdown of who is playing where:

January 1st – Silvester

Berghain:
Ben Klock, DVS1, Etapp, Kyle Fiedel, Kobosil, Somewhen

Panorama Bar:
Efdemin, Margaret Dygas, Muallem, Nick Höppner, Nitam, Roi Perez

XXX-Floor:
Chris Cruse, Discodromo, Marcus Marr, October, Skatebård, Soundstream

Elektroakustischer Salon:
Barker, Drama, Gonsher, Martyn, Massimiliano Pagliara, Prurient, The Orb

January 2nd – Erste Klubnacht

Berghain:
Answer Code Request, Anthony Parasole, Boris, DJ Pete, Len Faki, Marcel Dettmann, Norman Nodge

Panorama Bar:
Gerd Janson, Honey Dijon, nd_baumecker, Ryan Elliott, Steffi, Tama Sumo, Virginia

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Music Monday: Listen to the 12hr fabric Takeover of Rinse FM ft. Ricardo Villalobos, Marcel Dettmann, Nina Kraviz & More

Rinse

Start your week proper with an entire 12 hours of top-tier underground house and techno from some of the biggest names in the international touring circuit.

This past Saturday, 3rd of September, fabric London took over Rinse FM for 12 hours as part of the current #savefabric initiative to save the club from closure. The venue is facing an official review of its license by the local Islington Council and Metropolitan Police as a result of two overdose deaths that prompted local officials to close the club indefinitely pending the aforementioned incoming review. Recently, London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has weighed in with an official statement replying to the #savefabric petition that has been doing the rounds to urge him to intervene in ensuring the club isn’t permanently shut down.

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Tale of Us Announce Full Afterlife Ibiza 2016 Programme

Afterlife1

With the Ibiza season almost underway, Italian Life & Death duo Tale of Us has announced the full roster of their freshman Afterlife residency at Space Ibiza.

Effectively replacing the now defunct ENTER.Ibiza series at Space on Thursday nights, Afterlife will be headlined by Âme, Dixon, Mano le Tough, Marcel Dettmann, Mind Against, Nina Kraviz, Recondite and Rødhåd.

On the DJ front, Tale of Us’ night will feature guest sets by the likes of Nonplus records chief Boddika, DJ Harvey, Monoloc, Gerd Janson and a selection of Life & Death label mates that include boss DJ Tennis, Thugfucker, Vaal, Somne, Job Jobse and more.

The residency will also light a strong group of live performers, with names such as Bob Moses, David August, Stephan Bodzin and Voices From The Lake all set to play.

See the full line-up below.

AfterLife Lineup

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Movement To Touch Down In Croatia This Summer

Movement Croatia

Movement is expanding to the promised land of Croatia, dubbed by many as the new Ibiza following recent years of festival and party expansion.

Movement Croatia is set to debut this coming July with a large roster of techno and house talent that includes the likes of Sven Väth, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Derrick May, Octave One, Steve Rachmad, Robert Hood, Nina Kraviz, Dave Clarke and Margaret Dygas.

The Movement name has been expanding over the years, taking over the Detroit festivities in 2006 and establishing an Italian version in the northern city of Turin just over nine years ago. 2015 saw the Detroit festival touch down in Puerto Rico for a special Caribbean getaway, with the Italian version of the brand visiting Croatia for a smaller club edition last summer that now turns out was the stepping stone for the festival set to launch this July.

Tisno, 2013

Tisno, 2013

In the last few years, Croatia’s new-found status as a hot spot for electronic music festivities has seen the country benefit from thousands making the pilgrimage over the summer months. Movement Croatia will occur at The Garden Tisno, a 2,500 capacity outdoor venue that has also been home to Sunwave Croatia, Electric Elephant and Love International Festival.

Movement Croatia will offer three stages of indoor and outdoor beachside programming, as well as boat parties, with  a variety of accommodation options that range from air-conditioned apartments to camping and airstream trailers. Individual stages will be hosted by:

Movement Torino Music Festival
Circoloco
Lola ED vs Half Baked
Яeturn powered by Solid-AM
Sunday Breakfast Zurich

For more information and tickets visit Movement Croatia’s Official Website, the Official FB Event and the RA Event.

 

Tribute to 50 Weapons

50 weapons

A tribute to 50 Weapons – One of the leading electronic labels of the decade

We all knew this day was coming. When 50 Weapons began in 2005 it was their sole intention to have a limited lifespan, and throughout their presence in the music industry they managed to carve a niche in electronic music. The past ten years have seen 50 Weapons curate EP’s and albums from the likes of Benjamin Damage, Cosmin TRG, Bambounou, Truncate, Marcel Dettmann, Addison Groove, among others; all bringing forth a forward thinking and innovative approach to underground electronic music.

50 Weapons had style, grace, and was always at the forefront of musical exploration. It can be a sad moment when something special like this comes to an end, but rather than mourn the closing of 50 Weapons we choose to honor the musical legacy they’ve left behind.

In our tribute to 50 Weapons, we’ve selected some of our favorite tracks over the years…and trust us when we say this…it was no easy task. Enjoy some of our personal favorites from the 50 Weapons catalog, and make sure to take a closer look into their expansive musical library to find your favorites too.

50 Weapons: Official Site | Facebook | Soundcloud | Resident Advisor | Beatport | Discogs

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