John Digweed and Nick Muir founded Bedrock Records over a decade ago, and since its inception, has been behind a slew of legendary and ground-breaking releases. The label launched in 1999 with the track “Heaven Scent,” which remains one of the most iconic progressive anthems in dance music history. The track was championed on Sasha and Digweed’s Delta Heavy Tour and supported by every major progressive DJ during the early 2000′s. It is a staple song in the world of electronic music and even today has distinct and timeless styling.
Sasha & John Digweed have been creating music together in the UK since as early as 1993 with the release of their triple CD mix Renaissance: The Mix Collection. They continued their superstar rein on the dance music scene with album releases like Northern Exposure 1 & 2 in 1996 & 1997, which heavily influenced the progressive and trance genres we hear today. Throughout the late 90s and early 2000s they toured internationally while holding a coveted residency at New York City’s Twilo nightclub, until the popularity of dance music waned in 2003. In 2008 after a six-year tour hiatus, the duo decided to kick off a North American stint at WMC by throwing a sacred Yacht party, which evolved into an annual tradition.
We have posted their set from 2009 but feel free to divulge and explore their incredible journey through the decades. If you’re curious as to what’s running through Sasha’s head nowadays, check out our interview posted yesterday discussing his upcoming album release. Tracklist after the break.
The underground had a big year in the US in 2012 and we only felt it appropriate to highlight some of these amazing artists independently from potentially bigger or more commercial artists in the dance music world today. We considered the year these artists have had in terms of production, live sets, and overall influence. We also generally picked artists we love and admire; artists we feel are extremely important to pushing electronic music forward. This list of 25 names includes legends and young guns alike, but we can assure you that every single one of these artists is incredibly talented and is well worth a listen or a trip to a club for a live set. Picking up where we left off yesterday, we will continue the countdown with our picks from #15 to the #6 spot.
The underground had a big year in the US in 2012 and we only felt it appropriate to highlight some of these amazing artists independently from potentially bigger or more commercial artists in the dance music world today. We considered the year these artists have had in terms of production, live sets, and overall influence. We also generally picked artists we love and admire; artists we feel are extremely important to pushing electronic music forward. This list of 25 names includes legends and young guns alike, but we can assure you that every single one of these artists is incredibly talented and is well worth a listen or a trip to a club for a live set. Today we’re going to share with you our picks for #25 through #16. (more…)
Guy J, an Israeli producer we’ve seen steamrolling forward in 2012 with the launch of his Lost & Found imprint (under megastar John Digweed‘s Bedrock label), is out with his second release on the infant imprint. The two tracks “Vaga” and “We Do It Best” show, as always, Guy’s genre-spanning and melodic production style that lies somewhere in the midst of pure progressive house, tech house, and trance sensibilities. He’s also put out records on labels like Tiga‘s Turbo and techno mainstay Cocoon — only further evidence he can meld with producers associated with pretty distinct scenes within the genre. If you like his style, also take a stab at his guest mix from Above & Beyond‘s ABGT show two weeks back (in the last 30 minutes). Stream and purchase after the break.
Summer might be coming to a close but it’s not over yet, which means we can still enjoy outdoor venues like Governor’s Island. Next weekend the island is hosting not one but two events — making it the perfect time for a double header. John Digweed & Danny Tenaglia will be conducting the madness on Saturday and Thomas Gold will be doing the same on Sunday. If you can’t make it to both, don’t worry because there’s a lot more concert madness in store for the summer.
Purchase Tickets: Digweed & Tenaglia, Thomas Gold
Guy J, one of the finest house producers coming out of Israel, launches his very own record label with the release of “Lost & Found.” The groove-inducing song is an elegant progressive house offering full of riveting bass lines and punchy piano play. After the success of two artist albums on John Digweed’s Bedrock Records, and now the launch of his own Lost and Found Records, Guy J is quickly becoming a stand out act to follow.
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.