AIRWOLF, the Australian prince of robotdisco, sent us his latest remix and I have to say it’s a lovely piece of nostalgia. Reminiscent of a few years back when MODULAR started to peak, this slice of sunshine-packaged nu disco warms the heart as much as it does dancefloors.
The single was released a couple of days ago – you can grab it from iTunes – with the long player from MUSCLES dropping on June 15.
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The 2012 Bloc Festival will be one for the history books. I first saw a poster for this festival while out for a jog with the wife. My jaw nearly hit the ground. Taking place over two days (July 6 and 7) in East London, this festival is jam-packed with talent, leaning more toward Techno than the majority of UK festivals. Huge names grace the poster: Richie Hawtin, Orbital, Jeff Mills, Ricardo Villalobos, Squarepusher, Jamie Jones, Monolake, Carl Craig,Scuba, Art Department, Ben Sims, Appleblim and Perc. Not to mention the one and only Snoop Dogg.
Video Showreel of the Lineup:
Bloc. has only been around a couple years, and this year made the move into London, taking it to a chic urban new level. The new venue is ideal: London Pleasure Gardens is a new urban playground created in the wasteland between London City Airport, The Royal Docks, and the abandoned Millennium Mills. With these kinds of neighbours, the sound will be running across multiple stages from the afternoon through to the early morning. I ride past here every day on my trip to Central London, and can see the beginnings of building stages, one of which will be a sound-dome, with the DJ placed in the middle. Another ace bit of the festival will be the inclusion of the MS Stubnitz as a venue; a de-commissioned deep-sea fishing vessel from the German Democratic Republic which has been re-fit by sonic artist Urs Blaser into an avant-garde venue for art and music.
They have even made movie-style trailers to tell about the history of the venue and its parts…check these out:
MS Stubnitz Video:
There are many reasons why this is touted by many (including Resident Advisor’s discerning Festival Guide) to be the top festival pick for July worldwide. If you are anywhere near London get tickets now; the weekend passes are nearly (if not already) sold out, so you’ll have to settle for a day-pass. I don’t envy that choice, as the line up both days is outstanding.
For those looking for solid techno and tech house suggestions on a monthly basis, I recommend checking out my monthly chart. It is hosted on Beatport and Resident Advisor, and will also have variations on JunoDownload and Sattelite Records (Variations due to distribution differences across the sites). I will do my best to post it here regularly for you too.
Each month I select the 10 tracks coming up that I think will move dance floors. This month I seem to have a chuggy, laid-back sunshine feel – likely due to the gorgeous weather we saw here in London at the end of May…totally has me ready for summer! Give me some sunshine, techno and beer!
A couple favourites that stand out even among the top 10 this month are:
JP Chronic – Burning Man [RED ELEVEN]: I tried a few years ago to get this guy to Winnipeg, but Visa challenges meant it wasn’t possible. Since then, he has blown up on the Ibiza scene with releases and residencies gaining increased acclaim. This track is pure chugging excellence.
Adam Port – Sally [PLAY IT DOWN] : This has a very old-school summery groove to it, and a GREAT vocal.
Will Addict – No Pasaran (John Norman Remix) [7 STARS]: A little shameless self-promotion never hurt anyone. This track has a nice groove you can totally imagine dancing to in the sunshine. I am dancing right now.
Fuldner vs Pooley – Zoana (David Herrero Mix) [STEREO COOL]: This track just screams summer. Listen to it and try to disagree with me.
John Norman Beatport Chart: http://www.beatport.com/chart/john-normans-original-language-chart/81834
John Norman: www.johnnormanmusic.com