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Buiten Westen Festival 2014

Last Saturday we attended the ‘Buiten Westen’ Festival. This fairly new festival was sold out for the third time in a row and took place in the Westerpark in Amsterdam. A city where festivals are popping up like daises and a city that offers some…

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Jim-E Stack – Tell Me I Belong

This summer, the San Francisco born, Brookyln-­based artist Jim-­E Stack (aka James Harmon Stack) will release his debut album ‘Tell Me I Belong’ via the Los Angeles label Innovative Leisure, home to Nosaj Thing, Rhye, Classixx and more. Stack cut his musical teeth on the…

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Lord Of The Isles – Greane / Gigha

The prolific Lord Of The Isles (aka Scotland’s Neil McDonald) has had a string of stunning 12”s over the past few years on labels such as Permanent Vacation, Unthank, Shevchenko, Mule and of course his four track ‘Year Of The City EP’ on Phonica, which…

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Artists to watch out for on this year’s Buiten Westen Festival

The third edition of Buiten Westen festival will take place this Saturday (the 19th) in Amsterdam. The ‘Westerpark’ will be transformed into a place where musicians, cooks, entertainers, artists and other romantics can entertain themselves and their entourage in perfect harmony. Pleinvrees, Next Monday’s Hangover, Zeezout,…

Huxley

Huxley – The Machine

At the end of 2013 Huxley surprised everyone when he dropped his debut Aus EP, ‘Inkwell.’ Marking his return to the label, the seasoned remixer and prolific producer is likely to turn more heads again as he announces both his forthcoming EP, ‘The Machine,’ (out…

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Dusky – Love Taking Over EP

17 Steps is the new record label from UK act Dusky, aka Nick Harriman and Alfie Granger-Howell. The debut ‘Love Taking Over EP’ leads with a unique title track that represents Dusky’s hybrid approach to production perfectly. Drawing on dark, hypnotic melodies that reference classic…

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Expedition Festival 2014

It took a couple of years but Rotterdam is once again a city with a high entertainment value. After a long period that included the demise of its dance scene, the city is slowly recovering and developing into the trendsetting force it used to be….

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MK

Icons; MK – Looking Right Through

Before he vanished from the scene in the late nineties Marc ‘MK’ Kinchen was the undisputed heavyweight remixing champion of the world (in those days the only serious rivals being Masters at Work). In case you´ve lived under a rock for the last two years,…

Dave Clarke

ICONS; Dave Clarke – Wisdom to the Wise

ICONS; Dave Clarke – Wisdom to the Wise In the second half of the nineties, no one was bigger than Dave Clarke, setting new standards for European techno with his ‘Red’ trilogy and taking dancefloors by storm with his thunderous DJ-sets. Twenty years later the…

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ICONS; Kevin Saunderson – The Groove That Won´t Stop

ICONS; Kevin Saunderson - The Groove That Won´t Stop It’s almost impossible to overestimate Kevin Saunderson’s influence on modern electronic music. Saunderson was instrumental in inventing techno in the mid-eighties with fellow pioneers Juan Atkins and Derrick May (a fellowship often referred to as The Belleville…

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Josh

Podcast 45 Josh Butler

Podcast 45 is recorded by Josh Butler. From the North of England to dance floors across the globe, Josh Butler has made serious headway with his high caliber house sound. Cut from the outspoken West Yorkshire club circuit and propelled towards the forefront of global…

Acumen

Podcast 44 Acumen

The 44th podcast in our ongoing sequence is recorded by Acumen. Antoine ‘Acumen’ Garcia is a man with a tough schedule. A label owner, a DJ, a producer, a live act, a pharmacist and a father, he’s a man who leads numerous different lives. Even…

Monsieur Cedric

Podcast 43 Monsieur Cedric

Podcast number 43 is recorded by Cedric Sabras, better known as Monsieur Cedric. Cedric is French but prefers to be called a ‘world citizen’ after living in no less than ten different countries. Cedric loves music, basically any kind of music, as long as it sounds…