Today’s Good Morning Mix requires your full and undivided attention. Trance pioneer Markus Schulz has graciously uploaded an outrageous two-hour segment of his twelve-hour marathon set from New Year’s Eve at Avalon in Los Angeles. He dubs this section the “rabbit hole” — and as you make it through the tracklist, you’ll see why.
Be prepared to hear everything from dark, minimal techno from Dubfire to tasteful progressive house from Thomas Gold to a classic house anthem from Mark Knight & Funkagenda. More bewildering tracks include a legendary Deadmau5 original, a thumping Sander van Doorn remix, and plenty of Markus Schulz big-room reconstructions. No matter your taste, there’s a track in this mix for you. Brace yourselves for the rabbit hole. (more…)
In a recent interview with Mixmag, Dubfire talked about his past joint venture with Sharam on Deep Dish, shelling out details on the release of “a box set which will be a retrospective” of all the tracks, remixes, and compilations that they created as a duo. Together, they were behind some of the famous remixes of our time, as is the case with today’s Weekend Rewind on Danny Tenaglia’s staple house track “Music Is The Answer.”
The track is a signature Deep Dish production, featuring Sharam’s dark progressive roots with Dubfire’s minimal techno glee. “Music Is The Answer” goes back to ’90s house music when Danny Tenaglia was leading the wave of American DJ culture. The 2009 remix is a complete reconstruction, borrowing the prominent vocal segment to bring to fruition a dark, progressive house gem.
For months rumors of Marquee’s triumphant return as a top tier player in NYC’s nightlife have circulated through club land. Its top secret renovations were promised to revolutionize what it meant to be a club in the Big Apple and its talent bookings were said to focus heavily on a darker, techno aesthetic. With the revered Strategic Management Group at the helm, there should have been very little doubt that the newly renovated club would shake the foundation of nightlife in Manhattan.
After an awe-inspiring pre-opening last night, Marquee NYC is poised to re-establish itself as a preeminent nightlife hotspot in New York City. Slated for its grand opening tomorrow evening, the newly renovated club will feature techno-maestro Dubfire as it’s first high-profile act to grace the space. With future booking such as Sharam and James Zabiela in the coming weeks, it seems the rumors of Marquee designating one night per week to the techier side of electronic music is validated. Tickets for tomorrow night are already sold out, but stay tuned for Marquee’s future lineups – the club is looking to challenge the status quo in NYC.
To commemorate the grand re-opening, Marquee NYC is giving away a custom pair of Diamond Tears headphones. Hop past the break to enter the contest.
If you’re anything like us, you probably spent much of the last ten days avoiding social media for fear of mention of BPM, an event quickly becoming dance music’s greatest amalgamation of (largely deep house and techno) talent at once. The sixth annual festival took place this year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico — far away from the cold winds and boring cubicles many festivalgoers left behind for a glorious combination of beaches and beats. None of us over at Dancing Astronaut were of the lucky to attend, but we did catch some of the many killer sets that went down on the playas and in the clubs. Not all of these sets are complete and they’re definitely not a replacement for actually attending, but we hope this roundup will offer even the tiniest bit of solace. Click below for our choices from Andre Crom, Nicole Moudaber, Tale of Us, Ellen Allien, Sven Väth, Dubfire, Eats Everything, Cassy, Sasha, and Seth Troxler b2b Guy Gerber.
Back in 2009, when the Serbian Exit Festival was celebrating its 10th year, Pete Tong put together one of the most legendary Essential Mixes ever recorded. This 120 minute segment features back-to-back sets from techno kingpins Riche Hawtin & Dubfire, and Magda & Loco Dice, respectively. The party takes place in a medieval castle and is dubbed by Pete Tong as “one of the best DJ stages in the world at one of the best festivals in the world.” These four acts are undeniably masters of their craft, and when placed side-by-side create an energy of incomprehensible magnitude. Jump past the break for full stream and tracklist, and enjoy getting lost in some of the best techno music of our time. (more…)
New York nightlife has been abuzz with rumors surrounding the new wave of clubs planning to invade Manhattan island in 2013. None perhaps have been shrouded in mystery as much as the re-opening of the prestigious Marquee NY. There has been no official word yet when the newly renovated club is scheduled to open its doors, but we’ve got reason to believe its grand opening is imminent. Techno dynamo, Dubfire lists the new hotspot as a tour date on January 18th which would be directly in line with Marquee NY’s supposed focus on the techier side of dance music.
See for yourself at Dubfire’s official website and stay tuned for more information as we dig it up.
Thanks to our friends over at Be-At.TV, you can spend an entire masochistic week watching and listening along to the live streams from all times of day at the BPM Festival going on right now through January 13th in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. You can explore the site directly, or check out schedules on BPM’s Facebook page. Dubfire‘s Sci + Tec, Toolroom, Loco Dice and Martin Buttrich’s Desolat, Sasha‘s Never Say Never, and Guy Gerber‘s This Is The End are just a few of the parties you’ll have to drool over in coming days.
Harvard Bass’ bewildering summertime hit, “Plex,” just got the added boost it needed from SCI+TEC’s boss, Dubfire. This song was first heard played out as a private edit from Dubfire, and later became a collaborative project with Harvard Bass on board as well. With both minds on the same page, a whole new rework was created and mastered for a release on Beatport. The new interpretation features Harvard Bass’ hard-hitting edge with Dubfire’s brand of dark minimal techno.
Ali ‘Dubfire’ Shirazinia returns to his own SCI+TEC label with “Slowburn.” The lead offering on a two-track EP, “Slowburn” has tenacious rhythmic progression centered around a pungent bassline and gloomy melodies. From start to finish, this song’s c
onstruction is flawless and is something you’ll probably hear played out by the next techno heavyweight you see. Dubfire doesn’t pump out records for the hell of it, and its apparent in all of his releases. He is a Grammy-winning artist and a musical genius to many — so when a release surfaces, you can expect it to be nothing short of a smashing hit.