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Sacha Robotti & Kevin Knapp – Stay With It EP


This April sees Sacha Robotti and Kevin Knapp‘s newest EP’s – Stay With It – release on Lost Records. This is not the first time the pair have worked together – 2015 saw their tune “Thump Bumper” get released on the ten-year anniversary compilation of Claude Von Stroke’s Dirtybird label.

I had a chance to hear “Stay With It” EP and I will not lie – it caught me a little off-guard. I enjoy tech-house quite a bit, however, the sheer amount of releases, most mediocre, means that often I am left with ten songs that sound the same. This is especially evident when it comes to EP’s – usually one original track bundled with a few remixes that all sound the same – there is just so much iteration even I can take. This meant I went into this EP with zero expectations and I was very pleasantly surprised.

It all starts with the title track “Stay With It” – groovy tech-house rhythm peppered with male vocal samples and a bouncy bassline. Sounds all too familiar so far, right? Wrong. Groovy synth stabs, a long quirky lead, manipulation of the bassline you had come to rely on while going through the song, multiple sound effect samples and great breakdowns are what make this track an absolute joy to listen to. The sounds of summer are here!

The same thought process of layering vocals, a constantly building up synth in the background, the now familiar vocal applies to the second tune of the EP – “The Hip”. For the first four minutes, I was entranced by the bouncy rhythm and being told to watch the hip, after that, however, they pull out the rug from under you in the best way possible with a beast of a build up. Once you realise what the hell happened you are back down grooving away to the beat shouting “THE HIP!”.

The two remixes are on point too – Toucán strips “Stay With It” of its tech-house roots and reshapes into a lovely “sun-is-out” kind of house jam. Dale Howard, however, took his remix of “The Hip” in a different direction with a 90s twist on things. Old school synths, mangled up vocals and an absolute beast of a breakdown bring a smirk to my face every time I hear it and I cannot wait to lay this one down at the next Animaux.

Sacha Robotti and Kevin Knapp’s “Stay With It” EP drops sometime in April on Lost Records.

Kendrick Lamar drops a surprise new album – “untitled unmastered”


A surprise new Kendrick Lamar album, untitled unmastered., has dropped, less than a year after his acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly. Listen to it below.

Eight tracks and 34 minutes long, the release appears to delve into the “chamber” of unreleased music the rapper revealed in an interview earlier this month he’d been waiting to unveil. All tracks are untitled, but are dated to suggest when they were written and recorded, spanning from 2013 to 2016. Guests include CeeLo Green, Anna Wise, Jay Rock and TDE boss Punch.

Dekmantel Reveal Colossal Lineup For 2016


If you weren’t already dribbling with excitement over the prospect of another year of Amsterdam’s Dekmantel festival, then, well.. what’s wrong with you? Even a quick glance at the lineup announcement should be enough to make you look like you need treatment for rabies. It’s an absolute monster.

Set in the idyllic ­ and enormous ­ Amsterdamse Bos forest, about 20 minutes outside the city centre, Dekmantel is thought of as one of the best techno and house festivals on the European calendar and its a reputation which has been snowballing year on year. Ever since more humble beginnings as a series of events and parties (not all legal) in and around Amsterdam, curators Thomas Martojo, Casper Tielrooij ­ and more recently Matthijs Theben Terville ­have faithfully nurtured their concept with an unwavering and inherently simple philosophy “we’re not a festival that changes the lineup year on year” “We’d rather focus on quality.”

Just by taking a quick glance at the latest lineup release you can see what they mean, a good number of this year’s artists and selectors are tried and tested Dekmantel veterans. Theo Parrish, Robert Hood, and Moodymann return, harking back to 2007/8, when Thomas and Casper brought Detroit’s uniquely industrial stylings to Amsterdam’s ­ at the time­ minimal house focused scene. Ben UFO, San Proper and Juju & Jordash also represent a significant part of Dekmantel history, the latter pair being the first to put out EPs on Dekmantel’s own label. The more recent release of EPs from New Jersey master Joey Anderson, and accomplished Ukrainian producer Vakula, not to mention an ongoing partnership with Robert Hood really bolt down a flourishing feeling of trust surrounding the label. Both working on the basis that they “need to release it, because it needs to be heard” the pair further established the Dekmatnel name as a bustling hive of raw talent.

With a long line of successful events and a contact list that would be any promoter’s wet dream it’s no wonder the Dekmantel name has become synonymous with excellence, and looking at the list of djs gracing the selector stage this year you can see why: Ricardo Villalobos, Dixon, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Jackmaster, Nina Kraviz, The Black Madonna, Tale of Us, Fatima Yamaha, Rødhad and Ben Klock all make up just a glimpse of what an utter dream of lineup the trio of music devotees have put together, putting pay to the strong Dekmantel ethos ­celebrating artists that simply need to be heard.

Also on the bill are a number of scintillating partnerships which are not to be missed. 808 state’s Graham Massey and ‘Voodoo Ray’ creator A Guy Called Gerald reunite to showcase a live all-­analogue acid house set. Ben UFO and Joy Orbison also team up again, spinning anything that falls between house and techno, as well as local boys Antal and Hunee putting together what is sure to be a lively and soulful collaboration.

For those who just don’t know when to go to bed, the festivities will continue well after the sun goes down at the long-established Melkweg (Milky Way) club, which will play host to the likes of, Jackmaster, Legowelt (live) and a dizzying swathe of exciting up and coming talent. The festival will kick off on the 4th of August with a series of opening events dotted around the city, all connected by a free ferry, neat huh?

The full line up can be found here, tickets here. Dekmantel will run from the 4th – 7th of August.

Love International Reveal Full Lineup


In 2016 Love International continues the legacy left by The Garden Festival in Croatia, the region’s founding event and the one which inspired the now burgeoning scene of electronic music along the country’s stunning coast.

Making its debut on June 29th, Love International’s ethos might already feel a little familiar, curated by Dave Harvey and Tom Paine who have many years of experience working with The Garden Festival’s crew and shaping its artist bookings. Now they are realising their full vision, bringing back some old friends who have graced Tisno over the years and also introducing many of the world’s most revered DJs and producers for the first time to Tisno.

Five of the just revealed names are all amazing artists in their own right, each bringing something different to Love International. Eats Everything is quite simply one of the world’s biggest DJs and for the last three years he has blown Tisno away; for pure electric party vibes it doesn’t get any better. Bicep had a huge 2015 and the duo are all set to make this year even bigger, sculpting sublime sets across disco, house and techno, whilst Jackmaster played arguably one of the defining sets of last year with Armand Van Helden, their Boiler Room show skipping between French touch to garage and everything good in between. Roman Flugel is a Teutonic legend from the early 1990s crossing ambient, house, techno, electro and leftfield, and prime Swedish export Axel Boman is a bit of a young legend already; his Studio Barnhus label is a source of great material, and he has released and remixed on Permanent Vacation, Moodmusic and Hypercolour. The guys are joined by the already announced Dixon, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Ben UFO, Gerd Janson, Craig Richards, Joy Orbison, Midland, Horse Meat Disco, Prosumer, Hunee and Job Jobse.

Check this handy poster for all of the names:

Tickets and more info at

Love International Announces Line-up


After the original Croatian festival – The Garden Festival, closed its doors last year after a decade of parties it seemed as the yearly trek to the Adriatic sea was coming to the end for some. It seems that is not the case, however, as a spiritual successor is starting to shape up – Love International.

By day a harmonious holiday beneath the sizzling sun, and by dusk as the beats shift gear and introduce each balmy night beneath a canopy of stars, the intimate setting holds a unique energy, sound tracked by some of the world’s leading underground DJs and producers, drawing a vibrant and diverse audience from across the world to this tiny strip of paradise.

Dave Harvey, one of Love International’s founders, explains that: “We are feeling really great about Love International and continuing the great work The Garden Festival family created here over the last ten years. What we are doing is going to have its own vibe and some new elements, but at the same time we are seeking to retain and embrace what made The Garden so good – that family feel to it all, everyone knowing everyone else, all set in this incredible site on the coast. For us it’s about continuing that growth in our own way, so people who came to The Garden will find Love International familiar to them, but at the same time it will be a new experience. We feel we have got some great names onboard for our first announcement, with loads more to come in January.”

Love International First Line Up

Many more names will be announced in the New Year, along with boat and club parties and exciting new elements to Love International.


Love International
Weds 29th June – Weds 6th July 2016
@ The Garden Tisno, Petrica Glava 34, 22240, Tisno, Croatia
Lineup so far: Dixon, MCDE, Ben UFO, Gerd Janson, Craig Richards, Joy Orbison, Midland, Horse Meat Disco, Prosumer, Hunee, Tama Sumo, Job Jobse, Fort Romeau, Felix Dickinson, Red Axes, Lord Of The Isles, Khruangbin and many more to be announced
£120 for 7 days and 7 nights (club and boat parties extra)

Chemical Brothers Detail New Album + Stream First Track


Chemical Brothers finally return after five years since their last LP ‘Further’!

Titled ‘Born In The Echoes’ features collaborations with Q-Tip, St. Vincent and Beck and will see the group tour across the UK, Europe, North America and Japan in the coming months. You can listen to ‘Sometimes I Feel So Deserted’ below.

Full tracklist of the album:

01. Sometimes I Feel So Deserted
02. Go feat. Q-Tip
03. Under Neon Lights feat. St. Vincent
04. EML Ritual feat. Ali Love
05. I’ll See You There
06. Just Bang
07. Reflexion
08. Taste Of Honey
09. Born In The Echoes feat. Cate Le Bon
10. Radiate
11. Wide Open feat. Beck

‘Born In The Echoes’ is out July 17 on Astralwerks. More info and first pre-orders (although seems US only at the time of writing) can be found at

Jabberwocky Cancelled!


Some unfortunate news from ATP as financial difficulties result in the cancellation of their upcoming festival.  This comes as a shock as as recently as last month ATP announced that they were planning the next one in advance.  Fortunately, refunds will be given at the points of purchase,


A statement was released by Barry Hogan, ATP founder, effectively outlining their financial difficulties:

“We have put everything into promoting Jabberwocky, and despite healthy ticket sales; all our efforts could not take those sales to the point that we needed to finally stage the event. Over the past month and all the way up until this moment we have tried every possible course of action to follow through in delivering Jabberwocky to you, but the position we unfortunately find ourselves in as a result of a succession of events that have lost money in an increasingly aggressive festival market, means we are no longer able to do so. 

In the past ATP has weathered losses such as this and gone on with the show, taking huge direct financial blows as an independent company. But on this occasion, with an event of this scale and the high production costs that come with it – if we had gone ahead; it would have 100% been the end of ATP. We do not take this decision lightly and it was the hardest we’ve ever had to make. 

All other ATP Presents shows will go ahead as planned, including ATP Iceland with our local partners there in 2015. We apologise to all the people we have let down from fans to the bands, the venue and all the suppliers. We have tried everything in our power to save this event and continue, but the losses we have recently incurred have unfortunately been too much for a company of our size to bear.”

If you were headed to this festival, fear not as there are many alternatives in the great city of London, the best of which appears to be Daniel Avery, Factory Floor and Machindrum performing at FactoryLive.