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Tech House: Is It The “New EDM”?

There is little doubt (if any) that the electronic music soundscape is constantly evolving, with new sub-genres emerging in recent years. One particular sub-genre though is gaining more attention and playtime than ever before, and that genre is tech house.

This is more evident as of late with tech house gaining more attention in the scene than ever. Case in point is the Las Vegas casino/hotel Wynn Las Vegas whose XS nightclub has recently made tech house artists Jamie Jones, Solomun, and Black Coffee as the club’s new resident DJs under the banner “We Are The Future”. And in the EDM hub of Ibiza, clubs like Pacha and Ushuaïa, have been gradually going for tech house DJs over the past few years.

Perhaps the most telling, or damning as some may say, is the report from Beatport last year that tech house had now overtaken traditional EDM to become its biggest selling music genre.

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Coyu Explains Why Suara Is Steering Away From Tech House

Coyu, the Spanish producer, DJ and head of Suara, hasn’t exactly been quiet about his love and appreciation for techno in recent months. His social media posts have been filled with mentions of the genre, and the label’s sound has gradually been steering away from the more recognized tech house sounds it used to release.

While it would be wrong to say that Coyu has embraced the deeper and harder shades of techno, his sound has developed toward the genre in a decisive way. In a post on his Facebook page he explains why that is, specifically addressing the reasons he had to steer away from tech house:

 

Dave Clarke Thinks Tech House is “EDM Light” And Discusses Vinyl-Versus-Digital-Debate

Resident Advisor just published their latest interview with “Techno Barron” Dave Clarke, and it’s full of gems.

The veteran producer and DJ is as outspoken as ever, not holding back on matters that need to be discussed, including subjects such as the widespread mediocrity found in the scene, the similarities between tech house and EDM, the role of journalism in this industry and also his DJ setup, the latter of which he goes into in detail.

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Premiere: Listen to Sydney Blu’s “You Know How It Goes” Off Forthcoming EP on Farris Wheel Recordings

It’s looking like another strong year for Canadian-born DJ and producer Sydney Blu who, on top of her non-stop stream of signature Blu parties, also performed at Treehouse Miami during Miami Music Week’s 7th year, while also gearing up for the Toronto edition at CODA nightclub on Friday, April 7.

Later this week, on April 28th, Sydney Blu partners up with Gene Farris’ Chicago-based label, Farris Wheel Recordings, for the release of her You Know How it Goes EP. A Chicago staple underscoring the new wave of house and tech house to come out from the Midwest metropolis, Farris Wheel Recordings is known for spinning out new, promising talent from both the city that gave birth to house and around the globe.

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Q&A and Global Vibe Radio Episode 056 feat. Rythmetic Records Boss CJ Jeff

This week’s episode of Global Vibe Radio comes from Greek producer and Rhythmetic Records boss CJ Jeff.

Last year the Greek producer, DJ and label head celebrated 15 years in the game, an achievement marked by releases on some of the most respected house and techno labels around, including Souvenir, Skint, Bedrock and most recently Objektivity and Yoshitoshi. The array of dance floor gems he has produced over the last decade have further established his reputation as one of the most exciting producers on the circuit, with more planned for his career ahead. Naturally, his prolificness in the studio has led him to launch his own record label, Rhythmetic Records. Launched in 2005 with a vinyl release from Jeff himself – complete with a remix from Maetrik aka Maceo Plex – the label as gone on to release music from likes of Nick Curly and No Artificial Colours gracing the catalogue.

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Saeed Younan Discusses His New “Annihilate” EP, His Relationship With Carl Cox and the War in Iraq He Fled

Saeed Younan is one of the United States’ top acts, a DJ and producer that enjoys prolific tour and release schedules alike with tracks out on Incorrect Music, VIVa Music, Suara, his own Younan Music, and of course Carl Cox’s iconic Intec label, a brand with which he has been associated for a couple of years now.

Based in the nation’s capital of Washington D.C., Saeed is a popular headliner with gigs around the world, from Ibiza to Tokyo and countless countries in between, where he delivers high-energy performances that marry tribal sounds with techy synth work and alluring vocal hooks.

Saeed returns to Cox’s Intec for his upcoming release, having debuted on the imprint back in 2015. His Annihilate EP begins with the title track, a bassline-heavy affair carried over by a rolling groove that leads to a crescendo of hi-hats and ultimately the vocals that give the track its name. The second track that completes the package, “Pimp Slap,” is more along Saeed’s famed sound, filled with synth sounds and captivating vocal snippets.

The EP is available for purchase on Beatport and streaming via SoundCloud below. Read on for our interview with Saeed, where we discuss the release, his relationship with Carl Cox, the war in Iraq he fled to come to the States and plenty more.

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Premiere: Savi Leon – Necesito Mas EP


Los Angeles based DJ/Producer, Savi Leon, delivers a pair of driving Tech House beat that is ready to shake dance floors across the world during peak time groove hours. Necesito Mas EP is scheduled for release on 12/05/2016 via Jekos Music and has already garnished support from the likes of Luciano, Marco Carola, Gene Farris, Joseph Capriati, and more.

Savi Leon is considered one of the hardest working rising talents in the scene with multiple releases out on labels such as Toolroom, Great Stuff, Natura Viva, Zulu, Tactical and more. This upcoming EP further cements his passion for delivering quality House & Techno grooves to the masses.

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SXM Festival Returns in 2017

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SXM Festival has now revealed the dates for its 2017 return to the idyllic shores of Saint Martin. Music fans will be flocking to the beaches of the beautiful Caribbean island on March 15-19 for yet another tech-heavy lineup of international talent.

Following an eventful inaugural edition this past March that hosted two and half thousand festival-goers, SXM Festival plans to return with an even bigger and better lineup, as well as more parties on beaches, jungles, rooftops, villas and the best venues on the island.

SXM Festival organizer Julian Prince has vowed to keep pushing quality over quantity, aiming to provide a a fine-tuned and well-curated festival experience in one of the most unique festival locations in the world. We are waiting for the 2017 line-up annoucement but here was last years stacked roster Apollonia, Audiofly, M.A.N.D.Y., Maher Daniel, Blond:ishMia Lucci, Thugfucker, Bedouin, DJ Tennis, AdriatiqueH.O.S.H., Ryan Crosson, Maceo Plex, Danny Daze, Guy Gerber, Rebolledo, Gardens Of God, and Chaim, with many more to be added in the coming months.

Tickets went on sale today, allowing you to begin planning your return or first trip to the festival.

Check out the official SXM Festival after-movie from its 2016 edition below, depicting a stunning array of natural music venues, remote jungle vantages, and a slew of ways to encounter the rich culture of Saint Martin.

Connect with SXM Festival: Official Site | Facebook | Resident Advisor Event

Listen to 6AM’s Comprehensive Movement Detroit 2016 Playlist

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Techno and house and house fans rejoice!

With Movement’s 10th Anniversary just around the corner, 70+ day and after-parties to choose from and a plethora of artist playing the festival across three days and six stages, we decided that it’s time for the music to do the talking.

It’s likely that even the most seasoned of electronic music veteran is familiar with the more than 125 artists playing the festival this year, and it is for that reason that we decided to compile a special Movement Detroit 2016 Artist Playlist on SoundCloud for your use.

We scoured the entire SoundCloud platform for live sets and mixes from each artist playing in Hart Plaza on Memorial Day Weekend. We tried to post the most recent or telling piece of music compilation we could find for each name, in order to give listeners a fairly up-to-date understanding of the artist’s sound and what to expect from them in Detroit.

The result is a 119 track compilation incorporating over 165 hours of music organized in alphabetical order. Please be understanding that not every artist featured on the lineup had recent live sets or mixes available on the SoundCloud platform, while others had none at all.

We hope you enjoy it. Share the article with other friends making their pilgrimage to Detroit – music is love, and sharing is caring!

Oh and don’t forget to enter our contest for 2 GA tickets to the fest!

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6AM Dives In: Wild SXMusic Festival Recap

DSC_0271Political protests, piña coladas, iguanas, abandoned fortresses, picturesque white sandy beaches, yacht parties, and spring breaker mentality are a few descriptive pointers of SXMusic Festival, the poster child festival of the Ibiza-style party experience which took place last week in the heart of the Caribbean. SXMusic Festival’s Montreal-based founder Julian Prince found sunny solace on the small island, bringing with him a horde of French-Canadian attendees with no regard for tomorrow, yesterday, or time for that matter. Read more