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Award-winning EDM producer Felix Cartal announces open DJ competition

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Calling all aspiring music producers and singers to showcase their skills with ‘Happy Hour’ producer Felix Cartal’s latest competition – the Chopped Up Challenge. The competition launched this week and submissions are still being accepted. The first round of four judging sessions will take place on Felix’s Twitch account on February 18 at 7PM PT featuring dance music luminary Kaskade.

Stream / Download: Felix Cartal & Kiiara ‘Happy Hour’ 

The DJ & producer announced the competition on socials this week, announcing the critically acclaimed judging panel: “hey, producers! the Chopped Up Challenge is coming $10k in prizes and special guest judges each week: Kaskade, Zedd, TOKiMONSTA, Dr. Fresch

All the competition resources are available on Felix Cartal’s website. If your dream is to have your work discovered along with receiving top-end prizes, do not sleep on this remarkable opportunity to have your voice heard. Felix Cartal has worked with big names such as Kaskade, R3HAB , Gallant,  so you know that this competition is going to be of epic proportions. What are you waiting for? 

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DJ Jauz remixes Steve Angelio & Laidback Luke original song, ‘Show Me Love’

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US DJ and producer Jauz has remixed the Steve Angello and Laidback Luke classic Show Me Love’ featuring Robin S via Mixmash Records.

Combining rousing breakbeats, euphoric piano chords and the most infectious of breakdowns, Jauz’s remix of ‘Show Me Love’ ramps up the rave energy while staying true to the majestic beauty of the original. Released back in 2008, ‘Show Me Love’ was an instant-classic that topped the UK Dance chart and has since amassed 69 million Spotify streams. Jauz’s remix comes as part of a wider package that also features Vintage Culture, Dubdogz, The Stickmen, and Wh0.

Jauz has been dominating the electronic music space for years, scoring a #1 album with The Wise & The Wicked that topped the charts on iTunes dance within 90 minutes of release. He’s released a wealth of hit singles such as ‘Feel The Volume’ (over 30 million streams) and ‘Rock The Party’ (over 25 million streams) and headlined festivals across the globe including Ultra Music Festival, Life Is Beautiful Las Vegas, EDC Japan, Tomorrowland and many more. 

A founding member of the legendary trio Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello is one of the most recognizable names in dance music. He scored UK #1 singles and albums with SHM, while in his more recent solo work has linked up with Pusha T amongst others. 

An artist of similar stature, Laidback Luke is a dance music phenom who has previously collaborated with the likes of Swedish House Mafia, Lil Jon, Steve Aoki, Martin Solveig and many more.

A spine-tingling, rave-ready rework, Jauz’s remix ofShow Me Love’ sees the LA artist kick-off the new year just as strongly as he finished the last.

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Django Django share rave remix of song ‘Glowing In The Dark’

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Glowing in the Dark, the second single from Django Django’s new album of the same name has, to date, enjoyed two incredible remixes.  The first courtesy of one of dance music’s most exciting producers and DJ’s Dance System and the second from heavyweight electronic dance legends Hot Chip.  To complete the remix trilogy the band stay closer to home – on Django Django’s Iridescent remix the band utilise their own renowned remixing skills to deliver a euphoric, rave inspired delirious take on the original.  

Django Django’s Iridescent remix comes accompanied by a stunning original video from Mortis Studio.  Made during the first lockdown in a guerrilla style shoot in Portland USA, the video highlights an array of distinct characters each experiencing their own dizzying journey through the remix.

In the band’s own words:

This remix was done by Dave and Tommy during the first lock down and we decided to ask Mortis to do some visuals because we’re big fans of their work. What they came up with was perfect for the track. Hope you enjoy

Over the course of their extraordinarily accomplished discography to date, Django Django have constantly headed left where others have gone right. Described by The Guardian as “capable of making music that sounds close to perfection”, they are known for their genre defying eclectic sound and their new album “Glowing in the Dark” heralds, once again, the beginning of a thrilling new era for the band.

It’s a glorious move forward, infused with the kind of freshness and confidence that comes hand in hand with a newfound optimism.

Glowing in the Dark will be released via Because Music on 12 February 2021 on limited edition glow-in-the-dark vinyl, standard black vinyl, CD and digital download/streaming on all usual platforms.

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Electro producers INIT release their second album, Gravity

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Five years after their debut, INIT‘s sound remains as hard to pin down as it is unmistakable. On their new album, ‘Gravity’, Benedikt Frey & Nadia D’Alò continue to merge elements of house, electro, acid & post-punk, this time with a ‘lighter & more playful’ perspective. The structures are more concise, vocals are more prominent & there’s a greater presence of pop elements.

In this INIT deliver some of their most memorable tracks to date. Recorded in their Berlin home, ‘Gravity’ is the result of the duo experimenting in the studio while searching for new material for their live set. Some of the inspiration came from new gear such as the vocoder we hear on tracks like ‘Disk-O’ or ‘Jungle’. Other cuts were influenced by their immediate context. ‘Wrong Coded’ calls out the territorial way some men behave towards women on the dancefloor. Lyrics are also important in Half Life’, a moody ballad about the hardships of the Berlin winter.

While in typical INIT fashion the general tone is slo-mo, narcotic & haunting, there’s also a place for fast-paced cuts likeFollow The Strings, which reminisces about rave euphoria from an ethereal perspective. Fresh angles from a duo who keep pursuing a very personal take on shadowy electronics. It might be more immediate but it’s as mystifying as ever. The album comes in a limited edition cassette with artwork by Arnau Pi

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Multi-talented DJ Can Guru? Releases new song: DIGITIZE

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Polygon Records is excited to announce the release of the new Single “Digitize” from Can Guru? which is now available worldwide on Distrokid, Soundcloud and Bandcamp. Can Guru? is also known as Colin Crichton; a unique multitalented Artist originally born in Belgium living in Manchester-U.K and currently working in Berlin.

Colin was first drawn towards Manchester’s unique and eclectic music scene where he moved to study a Sound Engineer course at Salford University. For many years, he developed his sound as a band leader, singer-songwriter and Music Producer.

Electronic music has always had a big influence on his personal development. His eclectic tastes and constant interest in learning new musical languages have formed a solid grounding to his musical abilities today as an original Song-writer and Music Producer. Throughout his

artistic development, he learnt many skills; writing all his own music and penning his own thoughts drawing influences from Alternative Electro-Pop to Alt-Hip-Hop and other alternative electronic music genres inbetween. He engineers and produces all his own music as well as

creating his own original artwork (yes, he is also a very talented graphic artist) and to top all this up, he is also a professional saxophonist! Well, what can’t this man do!?

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Duo Solardo & singer Rowetta team up on rave banger, ‘Enough’

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Manchester electronic favourites Solardo have joined forces with Happy Mondays vocalist Rowetta on new single ‘Enough’, out  via Ultra.

Combining high-energy synth stabs, euphoric rave sirens and Rowetta’s iconic, soul-drenched vocals, ‘Enough’ successfully captures the essence of the illustrious 90s rave scene. An ode to a vital moment in British dance music culture, this year has seen the clubbing industry across the world negatively affected due to COVID-19. From club closures and cancelled shows, the difficult year has left the music scene needing support and togetherness now more than ever. With this latest single, Solardo’s mission is to spark those feelings of being in the club, while drawing influences from the golden age of rave to show what we’ve missed out on this year. The release coincides with the announcement of a special Lost Horizons live stream that Solardo will perform on Boxing Day.

Solardo have carried their domination of the scene into the new decade after a 2019 that saw them deliver one of the songs of summer with the mammoth ‘XTC’. A collaboration with Eli Brown, the track received support from Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 as well as club favourites Richy Ahmed, Denis Sulta and Carl Cox. They also linked up with Chicago house legend Marshall Jefferson on ‘Move Your Body’, a single that has amassed over 12 million Spotify streams, house icon Armand Van Helden on ‘Power Of Bass’ and UK dance music tastemaker Paul Woolford on ‘Tear It Up’

Fellow Mancunian Rowetta Idah is best known for her work with the Happy Mondays, recording and touring with the band from 1990 and recently reforming with the original lineup. She has also released a string of singles across 2020, most recently linking up with London DJ and producer duo K & K on ‘Love Will Save The Day’, as well as collaborations with legendary producers Todd Terry, Kenny Dope and new-gen house music star, Oliver Heldens.

‘Enough’ taps into the iconic sound of British dance music in the 90s and holds a strong message.

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Music producer Skream remixes Route 94’s ‘Sad Songs’

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UK dance music icon Skream has remixed Route 94 and L Devine’s recent collaborative singleSad Songs

Announcing itself with pounding snares, the Skream remix of ‘Sad Songs’ sees the Croydon-born artist inject an extra dose of dancefloor energy, while losing none of the raw emotion of the original. Marking Route 94’s first single release of the new decade, the revered track has had an array of tastemaker support from KISS FM and BBC Radio 1, and has already racked up 800,000 Spotify streams and counting.. 

Starting out as a pioneer of dubstep in the early 2000s, Skream has since become one of the most respected and versatile names from the world of dance music, headlining festivals worldwide, producing #1 records and releasing underground classics. Kicking off the new decade in typically prolific fashion, the Croydon-born artist has already remixed tracks from Georgia, Paul Woolford & Diplo, See Thru Hands and Lila Drew. 

Route 94 burst onto the scene in 2014 withMy Love’ featuring Jess Glynne, a smash single that hit #1 in the UK Singles charts and went platinum. He has since released music on some of the most respected names in dance music, such as Defected, Hot Creations and Crosstown Rebels, also remixing tracks from MK, Elderbrook and more.

2020 has seen L Devine continue to build upon her growing acclaim for her brand of pioneering pop. Her singles ‘Boring People’ and ‘Don’t Say It’ were both named as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record before being playlisted at BBC Radio 1 and her groundbreaking URL Tour garnered praise across the board, from The Guardian, NME, Vogue, Gay Times, BBC, The Line Of Best Fit and Buzzfeed. 

Skream’s remix of ‘Sad Songs’ is a certified floorfiller that’s destined to make it into countless post-lockdown club sets.

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Jack Trades & Kayrae return with dance-infused hit

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Jack Trades and Kayrae have returned with their latest dance-infused hit, ‘Phantoms’ via Physical Presents. The single, released today, is just in time to get us into the holiday spirit with driving basslines and cascading electronic embellishments. You can catch the song here: 

Jack Trades sheds some light on the single: “Kayrae and myself wanted to do a follow up on “Sideways” and knew, in terms of storytelling, that we wanted to talk about the next chapter of what really happened after being in a relationship that had no future. ‘Phantoms’ is a song about going through emotions of separation and that sooner or later we’ve all got to let go of our past. The result is something very different and unique, potentially shaping the future of the “Jack Trades” sound moving forward.”

Stream / Download: ‘Phantoms’

We’ve also included ‘Sideways’, a far more mellow song that shows the contrast and growth of their work. Here at Dave Rave, we’re loving their more upbeat sound in the latest release. Which song do you prefer? Let us know in the comment section below.

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DJ Ardalan unveils Mr. Good remix compilation

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Iran-born DJ and producer Ardalan has unveiled a remix package for his debut album Mr. Good, out on Dirtybird.

An 18-track package, Mr. Good Remixes is a sprawling collection of reworks and reimaginings, featuring a diverse range of artists from across the electronic spectrum. Kicking things off, Ardalan delivers an electro tinged rework of ‘I Can’t Wait while Detroit house legend Delano Smith offers up a deep and soulful rework and US duo Soul Clap share their futuristic interpretation of the same track.

Elsewhere, highlights come in the form of UK talent Archie Hamilton who crafts meticulously sequenced minimal beats on his remix of Mr Bad, ghetto house innovator DJ Deeon drops a typically raw and jackin’ take on the same track, while The Martin Brothers turn Liftedinto a Drum & Bass roller. 

Further remixes from Justin Jay, Kevin Knapp, Kyle Watson, Minx, Pezzner, Lubelski & RYBO, German Brigante, OMNOM, Bruno Furlan & DG Glen, Garneau, Cour T and Kill Frenzy complete the remix package.  

Released in November of last year, Ardalan’s debut album Mr. Good was a perfect tipping point for the bright young artist. A genuine reflection of the producer he has become with a considerable nod to the future, the album was widely admired by critics, DJs and fans alike, with Magnetic Mag describing it as “a testament to his prowess as an artist and producer”.

Mr. Good Remixes is a stellar collection of reworks from some of the most respected names in dance music. 

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Bass house producer DJ Zinc releases song ‘Lights Out’

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DJ Zinc is back in bass house territory with new single ‘Lights Out’ in collaboration with Bristolian producer Notion.

With bass being no stranger to these two musical brains, Lights Out sees both producers go in on their signature sounds complimented by monotone vocals. Adding to Zinc’s jump up sound and breakbeat touches, bassmith Notion brings his bass mastery to the track, fully fledging the dark garage influence he is known for.

Notion has been making some of the biggest tracks in bass house for ages so I was really keen to work on something together – he’s such a good producer, ‘Lights On’ was an absolute pleasure to make! Says DJ Zinc.

Bristol based bass house producer Notion broke out in 2012 with his Digits’ EP. Ever since the producer has been denting the game with a string of releases on labels including Formula, White Peach, 877, Four40, Coyote and Crucast plus collaborating with peers Conducta and Holy Goof on several well received releases. Touring stages including Motion, Boomtown and Printworks, he played an unforgettable b2b2b2b with Skepsis, Darkzy, Bru-C and Holy Goof at Bass Fest 2017. Classically trained Notion also launched his own label imprint N Music in 2017.

Legendary London based dance music DJ and record producer DJ Zinc is well known for his effortless finesse in pioneering new styles and jumping between musical genres in both underground and commercial worlds. Since his era defining release of Super Sharp Shooterand 138 Trek, the DJ producer has gone on to accomplish remarkable achievements over the span of his career including releasing on the biggest dance labels as well as his own, playing the largest gigs and festivals, to going back to his roots in radio on the most sought stations and shows.

Lights Out’ Ft. Notion joins DJ Zinc’s bass-driven catalogue and is out now on his very own Bingo Bass.

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