The Lab LA is Mixmag and weekly live stream and post-work unwind, powered by Void Acoustics, where we showcase the finest DJs direct from our downtown Los Angeles fice. This Thursday, join us for Pleasurekraft‘s Mixmag Lab debut in Los Angeles!
Having established a firm reputation for creating standout productions since the release the now iconic ‘Tarantula’, this year finally saw the release (released on Pleasurekraft’s own Kraftek imprint). Filled with cinematic and cosmological references throughout, the album is a step away from music simply for a clubbing atmosphere and proves that there’s plenty more to dance music than a 4/4 beat and party-themed vocals. Buy the ‘Friends, Lovers, and Other Constellations’ album .
On opening duties, we welcome Los Angeles-based and Berlin native Brennen Grey, who will be releasing his first EP on Pleasurekraft’s Kraftek imprint later this year. Find more from him .
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This Thursday Neversea is taking over and showcasing classy Romanian grooves courtesy Priku.
Neversea is Romania’s biggest beach festival, taking place across four days from July 5 to 8 and attracting 153,000 people to party at marathon dance sessions, with the music rolling 20 hours from midday to 8am.
Tickets are priced at 130 Euros for the full weekend, where punters will be able to catch the likes Nina Kraviz, Jamie Jones and Pendulum amid the incredible backdrop the ancient city Constanta and the Black Sea.
Priku will provide the perfect sampler the mind-bending sounds you can expect to hear. With releases on the likes a:rpia:r] and Concrete Music under his belt, he’s marked himself out as a master crafting driving grooves that propel dancefloors into movement.
The live stream starts at 5:30pm BST this Thursday, June 7, you can tune in live over on our and re-watch on from 6pm BST.
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With another passing week, Mixmag has added another batch timeless cuts to our playlist on Spotify, this week delivering a diverse batch focusing on the many forms house.
Leading f the update is a track by Nightmares On Wax titled ‘Happiness’. Released in 1992, this soulful and raw house gem showcases the more dancefloor-focused style from the British producer. It’s a record from the early days his career, after he signed to Warp Records in 1989. Since then he’s explored every style music imaginable and is obviously known for his eclectic output.
Also included in the recent update is a deep acid chugger from French tastemaker , who seems to have a catalogue full ageless tracks that work magic on dancefloors from the past, present and future. Plus, we’ve added a classic remix by Derrick Carter, TKC sampling the popular Steely Dan track and flipping it for clubland, as well as an early DJ Deep track showcasing his smooth and soulful side.
These fresh additions join material by Simian Mobile Disco, Sascha Funke, Paul Woolford, Âme and ‘Roll Over And Snore’ by Idjut Boys, which has been on the playlist since the beginning, never forget!
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We’ve been rolling out our playlist for a little while now, switching up the selection each week as we curate a killer list our favourite new releases.
For our latest iteration, we’ve plucked a track or two from Sami Baha’s recent Planet Mu fering, alongside rousing new cuts from the likes Rizzla, Sophia Loizou, and
We’ve also tapped a tune from forthcoming compilation (trust us, don’t sleep on that one) as well as a teaser from forthcoming debut album.
Be sure to follow the playlist on for a weekly round-up club cuts and dancefloor demolition.
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The Night Kitchen, Sheffield
Mixmag Live is debuting in Sheffield, and we’re bringing one the world’s finest DJs, Ben UFO, in tow.
Whether he’s pushing dancers into overdrive through high-octane blends or taking clubs to dizzier headspaces with next level selections, Ben UFO’s masterful control the dancefloor has seen him heralded as a dance music modern great.
As co-founder Hessle Audio and a long-term resident Rinse FM, he’s a relentless champion fresh and exciting sounds. His influence courses through the new school bass-loaded techno mutations produced by UK artists such as Timedance boss Batu, who joins the party in support. The foundations the Steel City will be shaking when these two hit The Night Kitchen on May 31.
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Wringer + Mangle, London, e1 7e
Following the release her incredible debut album and appearance on our , Mixmag Live and Smirnf presents the incomparable Honey Dijon at London’s WM bar on November 18.
Born, raised and schooled in Chicago during the rise house music, and honing her craft in New York during the city’s peak partying era in the late 90s, Honey Dijon has devoted her life to the culture. This shines through in her sets that effortlessly combine records from a wide span styles and years into seamless journeys through the rich history dance music. Few DJs can hold a torch to Honey’s musical knowledge and technical mastery behind the decks.
She also channels this inclination for eclecticism to her productions, most notably on her recent debut full-length ‘The Best Of Both Worlds’ on Classic, which is comprised entirely collaborations with artists spanning r’n’b vocalist Nomi Ruiz, dusty house maestro Seven Davis Jnr., synth-pop star Sam Sparro and razor-sharp rapper Cakes Da Killa. It’s an arresting listen that constantly challenges expectations.
Honey Dijon is also the leading figure in a new film by Smirnf celebrating nightlife’s role in inclusive good times. With over 20 years supporting LGBTQ+ communities, Smirnf is passionate about amplifying the voices their role models and champions. This is a continuation the Smirnf Equalising Music campaign which aims to double women and non-binary headliners by 2020.
Every time Honey Dijon takes charge a club it’s a set for the ages. Don’t miss the chance to see her bring the party to the intimate basement setting London’s WM Bar on November 18.
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In the wake their smash new album, killer live show and, course their appearance on our October cover, Mixmag Live presents Bicep on December 1 at Newcastle’s Digital.
Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar started out with music sharing blog Feel My Bicep in 2008, and since that point the duo have built their love sharing music into a world-conquering DJ and production career.
The taste-making double act are acclaimed for their talents in unearthing gems, weaving them into pumping sets that send clubs into raptures. They’ve also built a thrilling live set that shows f the diversity the Bicep discography in a flurry technical wizardry.
Although revered for their digging skills, Bicep are far from revivalists. Their self-titled debut album, out now on Ninja Tune, artfully melds disparate styles spanning trance, breakbeat, Italo, techno and more into a game-changing record that’s breaking new ground for dance music.
Class will be in session when Bicep take control the party at Digital on December 1 – don’t mis out. Tickets are on sale now, purchase them and keep updated the .
Pickle Factory, London
Mixmag Live will welcome the hottest property in house music to East London’s Pickle Factory on August 17 when Mall Grab takes the booth.
With a swell early releases showcasing his ear for melody and feel for rhythm, Aussie Jordon Alexander has been riding a wave momentum ever since he released his debut record only two years ago.
A combination chopped and screwed r&b samples and rugged 909 drums announced him to the world on tunes like massive underground hit ‘Can’t’ and ‘I’ve Always Liked Grime’ labels such as Unknown To The Unknown, Hokkaido Dance Club and Church.
With his own label Steel City Dance Discs plus a host shows through Europe at DC10, Oval Space and Pacha and appearances at festivals like Neversea, Melt and Soundwave the 23-year-old’s shine won’t wear f anytime soon.
Don’t miss the chance to catch him at London’s top all-night spot Pickle Factory on August 17. Tickets are on sale now, purchase them on and keep updated the .
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Following the news that Pioneer and Native Instruments were working together on the new version Traktor, Pioneer DJ has ficially announced that a selection DJM mixers will be compatible with Traktor support.
In their , Pioneer DJ claimed that the move was a part an “initiative to evaluate products from other companies and certify them as compatible with our DJ gear.” Further solidifying their partnership with Native Instrument and their Traktor products, the Pioneer mixers DJM-TOUR1, DJM-750MK2, DJM-450 and the DJM-250MK2 have all been updated with firmware which makes them compatible with Traktor DVS control setups.
With the new update, owners these DJM mixer models can now use Traktor Scratch Pro or Traktor Scratch Pro 2 anytime and anywhere for “seamless compatibility and intuitive performance PC/Mac–USB connection.”
The move is likely being funded and pushed by Native Instruments. The company recently announced that it would be “”
After long dominating the photo sharing channel social media, Instagram is now looking to stake some claim in the music side things with their upcoming app functions.
According to code found within Instagram’s Android app, the platform will be introducing “music stickers” for its popular Stories function (which took over as an alternative to Snapchat) which will allow users to search and add songs to Story posts thanks to licensing deals recently acquired through Facebook. In addition, Instagram is now testing auto-detecting songs playing in the background Stories and posts, which will eventually allow users the option to display the song title and artist name.
Though Instagram has yet to ficially comment or announce the update, the music-focused jump seems in line with the app’s recent moves, which recently included allowing users to directly share posts from third-party apps like Spotify and SoundCloud on Instagram Stories. Facebook has also secured licensing deals with major labels Sony, Warner and Universal.
Though some speculated Facebook’s moves to secure licensing deals with the major labels foreshadowed the company’s goal to move into the streaming business, it seems as though Instagram is instead looking to become a new tool for music discovery.
An Instagram user named Jane Wong was briefly able to test the upcoming music feature on her account, which was able to auto-detect a song she was playing in the background on her iPhone, but she was unable to post anything with the “music sticker”.
Liam Gallaghers label has teamed up with London based, heritage eyewear label Kirk Originals to create a range Rock’n’Roll inspired sunglasses for SS18.
The collection was influenced by Gallaghers own personal collection Kirk Original’s and updated with new lens colours, including a summer-ready yellow and breezy blue. These sit alongside new road ready collaborative shapes that are only available Pretty Green.
Gordon Ritchie Kirk Originals said “Liam Gallagher has worn Kirk Originals since the mid-nineties and still wears Kirk Originals today, so this felt like a natural collaboration. Kirk Originals have always had strong bonds to the music scene since we launched in 1992 and it’s been a pleasure to work on this project with the team at Pretty Green”.
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