Luciano is out today with his first release of the year, a two-track experimental EP entitled Cachai/Dance Unity. Pete Tong premiered the very minimal “Dance Unity” on Radio 1 in January. Where “Rise of Angel” played beautifully to emotions, “Cachai” and “Dance Unity” play to deliberate listening and a mind open to futuristic and experimental productions. These tracks may not suit all tastes, but Luciano’s avant garde take on the tools in his digital arsenal certainly produce fascinating results.
The underground world in New York was chock full of choices for New Year’s Eve — Lee Burridge and Moby, Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap, and PillowTalk, Francois K, Pat Mahoney, or Steve Lawler and Carlo Lio (to name a few) were all in town for the big night. None of these however, garnered more of a flurry of interest and excitement than the announcement that Luciano and a trusty crew of beatmakers would be throwing a Vagabundos party on New Year’s Day. The event opened its doors at the Compound in Brooklyn at 4:30am, only 30 minutes after Dada Life and company closed out their high-powered New Year’s Eve party.
Today is Thanksgiving. It’s a time to give thanks for good health, good friends, good family, and, of course, good music. We thought we’d take the time to pay tribute to our favorite parts of dance music culture on this day of thanks, not only for the guys who slave over turntables while we get to party, but for the dance music scene in general and its constantly expanding fanbase. This one’s for the EDM acts that put their heart and soul into it, the clubs that go all out every night of the week, and the people who live and breathe house music. It’s the least we can do.
Cadenza label boss Luciano outs the long awaited summer anthem, “Rise of Angel,” with three diverse and spine-tingling remixes from Mirko Loco, Andrea Oliva, and Uner. This summer, Luciano’s Thursday night residency at Ushuaia was considered to be the“it” party of the Ibiza season. “Rise of Angel” was the track that Luciano would wait all night for the perfect moment to play, and when it came, it forced a sea of arms into the air as they got lost in the melodic flow and upbeat rhythm of this magical tech house gem. Clocking in at fifteen minutes in length, this track is a musical journey in every sense. (more…)
Dance music’s resident tastemaker Pete Tong and Cadenza darling Reboot have teamed up to deliver a lovely compilation album for those of us impatient for next summer’s Ibiza season to begin. With Tongy taking on the first side of All Gone Future Sounds and Reboot following second, the two have chosen a wide variety of house and techno tracks that have either already caught on in our community or deserve a bit more attention (thus the “future sounds” label).
If you’re a regular listener of the Essential Selection or Cadenza podcasts, many of these choices should come as no surprise. In addition to his own recent productions like his remix of Alt-J’s “Something Good” and Hot Since 82‘s remix of his “Dawn,” Tong features tracks from Justin Martin, Finnebassen, Fauvrelle, and Eats Everything — to name a few. Reboot keeps it tropical with choices from Behrouz, Carlo Lio, Sascha Dive, and Nic Fanciulli. We only have a teaser for you this time, but click through the break to check it out with a tracklist.
What we first thought may have been a joke, is probably still a joke. Both yesterday and today, Beatport “First charts” started popping up all over the site – some more believable than others. While it’s feasible to us that Johnny Depp would be into a playlist that features appearances from underground stars like Kate Simko and Nina Kraviz, it’s less likely that good ol’ Mittens listened to Cedric Gervais’s “Molly” on the campaign trail or that Obama is a huge Ben Gomori fan. What do you guys think? Is it all a ruse from our friends over at Beatport? Check out all of the “charts” after the break.
Last week in Ibiza, Richie Hawtin and Luciano — two of the island’s leading party forces — brought together their M-nus Enter and Cadenza brands, bringing to fruition one of the most extravagant White Isle experiences. The unison of these two imprints – normally perceived as island rivals — was one grand occasion. A 400-meter tunnel linked two of Ibiza’s biggest hotspots, Space and Ushuaia, in which the parties took place over the course of the day into the late hours of the night. As the video depicts, the coming together of these two legends was a night of musical perfection. For those of us that weren’t fortunate enough to be there, we can live vicariously through the video below.
Over the years, Made Event — with its Sunday School moniker — have built a reputation for throwing some of the craziest parties with impressively elaborate line ups. This year, Luciano returns to the Sunday School Grove — Vagabundos party in tow. Vagabundos is Luciano’s party brand, which began with his residency at Pacha Ibiza in 2010 and has since made stops all across the globe. He is a true master of crossing the boundaries between techno and house, and his unique style of music is sexy and extravagant enough to get any party going. With music of the finest quality and energy and vibes at profoundly unmatched levels, this occasion is an unmissable one. (more…)
Luciano’s Vagabundos parties at Pacha Ibiza have already become the stuff of legend, but he’s also been making waves down the road at Ushuaia. His Thursday poolside residency was a smash hit last year, and if this video is any indication, he’s taken outdoor clubbing to delightful new heights in year two. With guest appearances by Laurent Garnier, Chicago house legend Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, and deep house’s golden child Maya Jane Coles, Luciano certainly knows how to curate a good time. If you needed another reason why you should be saving every penny until you can afford the trip to Ibiza, this is it.
Even though the DJ Mag Top 100 is essentially a popularity contest, we think everyone who loves dance music should vote. It’s a great way to support your favorite DJs and engage in some spirited debate with fellow dance fans. As an extension of our Where My Head’s At series, our editors will share their five favorite CDJ technicians, and tell you what makes them so great.
First up: Kunal Bambawale.