Premiere: Wayward

Filed by Abbey ShoreAbbey Shore

We’ve Wayward on these pages before, and if early indications are anything to go by, this duo is most certainly set for the top. Having enjoyed something of a crazy 2017 (playing high-profile gigs at the likes of Secret Garden Party and Bestival as they went), the boys also enjoyed early success courtesy of tracks such as ‘Transcence’, which proved a massive hit on Spotify where it’s amassed over 2 million listens since its release. 

Following up the latter with the ‘Alexandra’ EP (which was remixed by the likes of Man Power and Hammer), the lads usher in 2018 here courtesy of another fitting summary of their talents. The beatifully named ‘Good Afternoon Mr.Magpie’ EP speaks volumes about the curious, meandering nature of their work, and with five killer cuts on show it’s a release that’s positively stuffed to the brim with classy, melancholic fare.

We’re particularly feeling the release’s finale, ‘Human Spirit’. A fitting example of everything that’s great about this burgeoning duo, its a heartfelt track that isn’t afraid to let its emotions roam free. An intoxicating and hypnotic cut, it’s a classy gem of the type that’s sure to lift your spirits this weather. 

Listen to Wayward’s ‘Human Spirit’ below and keep an eye out for the release when it drops early March on Silver Bear. 


Armin van Buuren becomes the first DJ to perform upside down

Filed by Kristina ClearKristina Clear

Armin van Buuren has become the first person to DJ upside down during a run of shows in Amsterdam.

As part of the Vreiden van Amstel event series, which took place across 14 nights this month (January), Armin performed four times on a new stage setup that rotates 360 degrees.

Armin shared the information in his latest blog, which you can watch below.

Van Buuren also announced he will return to HÏ Ibiza in 2018 for his White Isle residency last week (24th January).

Watch Armin van Buuren’s latest vlog below.

Rob McCallum is DJ Mag’s deputy digital editor. Follow him on Twitter here.


Teenage Engineering add new Pocket Operators: Watch

Filed by Kelli MichelsonKelli Michelson

Teenage Engineering have added a new vocal sequencer called PO-35 Speak and a sampler called PO-33 KO! Each of the new units follow the same form factor as the rest of the Pocket Operator range, but both have built-in mics to record and manipulate your voice or any other source.

While the premise of the PO-35 focuses on ‘vocals’ it also features drum sounds and effects to program beats behind your recordings, while the PO-33 features 40 seconds of sample time for more comprehensive recording. There’s both a line-in and a built-in mic to record and they’re slightly more expensive t $89 each. However, the Microtonic VST can be used to upload your sounds to your DAW.

Mini music-making machines have been propping up all over with Korg’s Volca series and Roland’s Boutique range both offering big sound at a small price, and equally small footprint. 


Behringer announce new analogue synth Neutron: Watch

Filed by Rebecca RobertiRebecca Roberti

Behringer have announced a new analogue semi-modular synth called Neutron. Though details were initially scarce, a video has since surfaced showing the Neutron is full glory. Based on the clip, Neutron appears to be a semi-modular, two-oscillator synth with two ADSR envelopes, noise oscillator, LFO, overdrive and delay FX and more. The patch points include oscillator shape, control for pulse width, filter cutoff frequency and resonance, LFO shape, delay rate and more.

There’s no word on pricing or availability yet, but given Behringer’s more recent teasers over classic synth re-issues without any release date and their Model D clone taking a long time to come to market, it’s anyone’s guess as to when the Neutron will make it to the shelves. Watch the video below to hear some audio examples.


LCD Soundsystem And Kraftwerk Win At The 2018 Grammy Awards

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LCD Soundsystem And Kraftwerk Win At The 2018 Grammy Awards

Before the festival season, there is awards season. The industry’s biggest names gather in one place to compete for that golden award to wear it as a badge honor. The 60th Grammy Awards took place tonight at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The star-studded event had some winners in the name dance and electronic music. Legendary group LCD Soundsystem landed a Grammy for their song ‘Tonite‘ alongside Kraftwerk who won for their album 3-D The Catalogue. Both groups are more than deserving the esteemed award.

Congratulations to the winners and their fellow nominees. If you’re interested in knowing about who else won in this year’s Grammy’s, check out the extensive winners’ list .

Best Dance Recording:

“Bambro Koyo Ganda” — Bonobo Featuring Innov Gnawa
“Cola” — Camelphat & Elderbrook
“Andromeda” — Gorillaz Featuring DRAM
“Tonite” — LCD Soundsystem — WINNER
“Line Of Sight” — Odesza Featuring WYNNE & Mansionair

Best Dance/Electronic Album:

Migration — Bonobo
3-D The Catalogue — Kraftwerk — WINNER
Mura Masa — Mura Masa
A Moment Apart — Odesza
What Now — Sylvan Esso

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Joyride dishes up his Aus music predictions for 2018

Filed by Elsa MajewskiElsa Majewski

Who better to ask for music tips than Joyride? The Sydney artist has become known for his impeccable taste in tunes, be it his own original tracks or in this case, up-and-coming Aussie artists he has been keeping an eye on.

Coming f the back a huge 2017 that saw his latest track ‘Aunty Tracey’s Cookies’ come in at #111 in triple j‘s Hottest 200 over the weekend, we caught up with Joyride to chew the fat – music wise – resulting in a carefully curated list Aussie hopefuls he believes we should all be looking out for this year.

To warm you up for his headline slot at The Foundry in Brisbane this Thursday for , we suggest you dive into his 10 artists to watch in 2018. We promise you’ll come out it with a few bangers.

Alice Ivy
What a leg end. 2017 was the set up for what I reckon will be a monster year for her. Super interesting producer. Mad live show. Album en route. Get em!!!

Anfa Rose
Anfa has been bubbling for a minute, but it seems like shit is ramping up for him at the moment. He’s got a mad voice and writes really cleverly. Back him in.

Aywy
I first heard Aywy when I looked up who produced Anik Khan- Habibi and it turns out it was this young cat from Sydney. Really crisp, super unique sound. Inspirational shit.

Handsome
Handsome (formerly Caitlin Park) has been one my fave Aus artists since I’ve been a grown-up boy. I take so much from her writing style. Her voice makes me crumble. This new project for her is really dope (and I’m lucky enough to have helped out on a couple tracks lel). 2018 is Handsome’s year imo.

Imbi The Girl
What a voice!!!! Cool af style. Sometimes people this young and talented make me reconsider what I’m doing with my life.

Johnny Hunter
These dudes are heaps fun live. Their songs are all so fkn catchy it sux coz for the next week you’re singing them while you drive around but they only have 3 songs online so you have to keep seeing them live to properly get your fix ?

Moody Beach
Turns out Moody Beach’s EP goes really well with a doobie and a game backgammon (something I have well and truly put to the test.) More this plz Moody Beach ty.

Scabz
It’s impossible not to smile and get a sore af neck when you go to watch Scabz. Real, fun music. The shittest band in Newtown.

Tone Youth
Perth boys who are all making moves on their own as producers and rappers, which makes it so dope that they’ve come together to do stuff as well. Plus they are all fkn sickunts (which helps def)

Triple One
These blokes. dead set. I get kind scared when I see them live coz I honestly think someone might get seriously hurt. High energy lovely boys.

So what did you think Joyride’s selections? Anyone you think he missed? Learn more on his upcoming gig at the Foundry ft. Tiana Khasi and FlexMami below and head to the event page .

Joyride dishes up his Aus music predictions for 2018

Southern Comfort presents Southern Sounds 

A summer live music series inspired by the spirit New Orleans visiting Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane this Summer. Southern Sounds continues this Wednesday, January 31 in Sydney with Moody Beach at The Lady Hampshire and Tall Hearts at Miranda Hotel & in Melbourne at with Foreign/National playing Croxton Bandroom. The tour will then wrap in Brisbane with Joyride, Tiana Khasi and FlexMami at The Foundry on Thursday February 1. Entry to each event is on Southern Comfort, with a first come, first serve policy; so be sure to get down early. 


Sydney super-club The Ivy is getting turned into a hotel

Filed by Donte DishnerDonte Dishner

EDIT: Merivale have provided a statement on the future The Ivy, see at the bottom.

The famous Sydney venue The Ivy is set to be knocked down, with Merivale boss-man Justin Hemmes confirming the super-club will be going under the knife and turned into a 55-storey hotel.

Hemmes spoke with to confirm the plans for the redevelopment, which is currently being drafted up with no cement date for its start.

He explained that he had only initially wanted to own the venue for 10 years, however it’s popularity in the Sydney nightlife scene quickly made The Ivy one his most valuable investments, and today it has a staggering estimated $64 million value.

Naturally, the news has upset a number The Ivy’s party-going attendees on , however Hemmes has made it clear that it was always his intention since purchasing the land in 2004 for $22 million. Who knows, maybe the club will get a makeover and return alongside the hotel?

Regardless, there has certainly been plenty huge parties at The Ivy over the years, be it the pool the courtyard. Be sure you head along to the spot before it faces the wrecking ball!

Statement from Merivale:

We can confirm that Merivale is currently exploring ideas for the long-term future the ivy precinct, with a number options being considered including a new hotel, hospitality and lifestyle complex.  

However, if the project proceeds, it is still many years away and discussions to date have only been preliminary.  No final plans have been decided nor time-lines set, and there are certainly no immediate plans to commence redevelopment the site. 

When ivy launched in 2007, it was arguably Australia’s most ambitious hospitality transformations. Eleven years on, ivy continues to be enormously successful and sets the benchmark for Sydney hospitality with its diverse portfolio bars, hatted restaurants, event spaces and entertainment experiences, including international attraction ‘Thursday nights at ivy’, Sunday party institution ‘Marco Polo’ and dance juggernaut ‘Ministry Sound Club Australia’.  

Ivy continues to operate “business as usual” and we look forward to welcoming guests for years to come.


Brazilian nightclub shooting leaves 14 dead and many injured

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AFP

At least 14 people have been killed overnight with 6 hospitalised after a shooting at a popular Brazilian nightclub.

The nightclub, located in the Brazilian city Fortaleza, was attacked during the early hours Saturday morning, and lasted for over 30-minutes before suspects fled the scene. It was that 2 minors were among the dead with a 12-year-old boy injured.

Speaking on the tragic news, head  Ceara state security secretariat that oversees police forces, Andre Costa said they have not pin-pointed a motive from the shooter, however it is likely attached to an ongoing rivalry between two drug gangs.

He added during a news segment with Globo news that “there is no reason for panic and fear… It is a one-f event, as occurs all over the world, with 50 or 60 deaths.”

he event occurs almost one year to the day a Mexican nightclub during BPM festival, an attack that resulted in four deaths.


Groove City return with another raunchy tune ‘Just A Game’

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Groove City have launched into 2018 in effortless style with their brand new tune ‘Just A Game‘ featuring eattz.

The now Melbourne based duo have been building a strong catalogue over the past 12-months, turning heads with their nostalgia driven, disco-infused electronica that has been on show in a string originals and covers such as their Biggie Smalls cover ‘ and more recently their Daft Punk rendition ‘.

With their latest effort, Groove City team with vocalist eattz, who brings a new energy to the table and gives this funky instrumental some extra ‘OOMPH’. ‘Just A Game’ is another slither f Groove City’s forthcoming EP ‘Can’t Help But Say’ which will be dropping in the near future.

Give the track a spin below and see what you think.


Let this 90-min set recording from Tycho melt your heart

Filed by Malissa FranzMalissa Franz

Ahh, Tycho. No intros needed for this sweet, sweet music making god.

During his set at Lake Tahoe’s SnowGlobe on December 29, the US-born artist moved us through a soothing combination nostalgic, ambient tracks that will without a doubt deplete your Monday blues. Expect tunes from the likes HOME, Todd Terje, George Fitzgerald and Caribou among others.

Tycho had a reasonably quiet 2017 following the release his 2016 album ‘Epoch’, playing a string shows but staying low-key on the music front. Safe to say he is due for a new project and I feel like 2018 is the right time.

Listen to the full, 90-min mix below for now and enjoy.


Electronic veterans Kraftwerk win GRAMMY for Best Dance Album

Filed by Abbey ShoreAbbey Shore

With their 50-year anniversary sneaking up next year, electronic legends Kraftwerk have added another feather to their heavy cap after winning the GRAMMY for Best Dance Album.

The category was stacked with impressive nominations this year, including Bonobo’s ‘Migration’, Mura Masa’s self-titled album, ODESZA’s ‘A Moment Apart‘ and Sylvan Esso’s ‘What Now‘, however it was Kraftwerk’s ‘3-D The Catalogue’ that ultimately took out the prize, a prize won by Flume in 2017 for his album ‘Skin’.

Kraftwerk weren’t the only dance legends to clean up at the GRAMMYs this year, though, with LCD Soundsystem taking out Best Dance Recording for the track ‘Tonite’.

The GRAMMYs are currently still underway, held in NYC and hosted by James Corden. If any other dance artists snag an award we’ll be sure to let you know, but for now check out Kraftwerk’s GRAMMY award winning ‘3-D The Catalogue’ below.


SNBRN talks family love, new tech house EP ahead of Groove Cruise [Interview] - Dancing Astronaut

Filed by Rebecca RobertiRebecca Roberti

After hit release “,” Kevin Andrew Chapman’s career took f thanks to his house hits and dynamic live performances. The LA-based producer, who is more commonly known as , has releases that span from deep to tropical house, giving fans from a variety genres something to like.

Dancing Astronaut spoke to Chapman about everything from his favorite book to what he has in store for 2018, and his responses prove that the producer is more than meets the eye. When he is not creating music, SNBRN is an avid reader and family guy, noting how much he loves playing in San Francisco because family is able to come to his shows.

The enigmatic producer has performed all over the world — including fulfilling his teenage dream playing at . He is performing on the sold out this year alongside the likes , , . With a new EP on the way, and upcoming tour dates with , the house connoisseur is setting the stage for a big year ahead.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW BELOW:
You recently tweeted “Reading books is sexy!” What is your favorite book?

Now that’s a tough one! My favorite book to gift that I’ve read a million times is Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative‎, and my current favorite book is The Subtle Art Not Giving a F*ck.

 

You became interested in music and music production at a very young age. Who and/or what genres music were some your inspirations for this interest? 

My inspiration as a kid came from rock music- Queen, Led Zeppelin & Sublime. As I got more into electronic music, Fatboy slim and Moby pretty much became my idols.

 

Do you have a favorite city and/or venue to play at? 

I would have to say San Francisco. Always an amazing vibe, and my family comes to every show. 

 

What has been the most exciting moment for you in your career so far?

Playing Coachella last year takes the cake! That has been a huge dream mine since I was 16 years old.

 

What do you have in store for us in 2018?

I have passion project EP tech house coming out early this year that I am really excited about. I’m also exploring new sounds and tempos for some bigger vocal singles coming out later in the year.