Thursday, 31 March 2011


Global Gathering is back in 2011 with a vengeance with a new site layout and revolutionised concepts for one of the UK’s liveliest electronic music festivals.

Taking place over two days in the height of summer on Stratford-Upon Avon’s Long Marston Airfield, GlobalGathering will be giving music festivals worldwide a run for their money as they announce their headline act as globe-renowned D&B mavericks, Pendulum - the band even dubbed GlobalGathering as being “pretty much the centre point of the dance music calendar”. Brit-award bearing superstar Tinie Tempah will be joining to GG gang alongside D&B-cum-dubstep duo Chase & Status who will certainly be bringing the noise. The Global Arena will be manned by ‘Born Slippy’ legends, Underworld whilst Eric Prydz will be performing a world festival premiere of his EPIC show.

Other artists set for the bill include Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Ms Dynamite, Zinc, Boy Better Know (Live), Sub Focus (Live) Axwell, Sasha, John Digweed, James Zabiela, Skream & Benga, C, High Contrast, Marky, London Elektricityalong with the Godskitchen crew Ferry Corsten, Eddie Halliwell and Markus Schulz.

GlobalGathering takes place on 29th - 30th July 2011

TOP 100 CLUBS...

UK dance music monthly DJ Mag has just revealed its annual Top 100 Club Polls, with a few notable shifts in the ranks.

2011 is the second year that the list has been decided by public votes, whereas in the past it was the DJs who picked the favourites.

So, what are the ultimate clubbing destinations for the people who populate the dancefloor?

Coming in at number one is Space Ibiza, home to We Love...Sundays, Carl Cox fiesta The Revolution Continues and this season, Armin van Buuren’s Wednesday night residency. Conspicuously absent from the top ten this year is London institution Fabric, consistently a favourite from the DJ’s perspective.

The gargantuan 5000-capacity Fabrik in Madrid claims the number two spot, with Brazil’s Green Valley ascending 50 spots in twelve months to third place. Last year’s #1 Sankeys in Manchester slipped to seventh position, while familiar high-rankers like Berghain, Ministry Of Sound and Amnesia were back in the top ten.

1. Space, Ibiza
2. Fabrik, Madrid
3. Green Valley, Brazil
4. Amnesia, Ibiza
5. Pacha, Ibiza
6. Berghain, Berlin
7. Sankeys, Manchester
8. Ministry Of Sound, London
9. Zouk, Singapore
10. Cavo Paradiso, Greece
11. BCM Planet Dance, Mallorca, Spain
12. Digital, Newcastle, UK
13. Fabric, London
14. Sirena, São Paulo, Brazil
15. Beta, Denver, USA
16. Privilege, Ibiza
17. DC10, Ibiza
18. Guvernment, Toronto
19. Yalta Club, Sofia, Bulgaria
20. Pacha Sharm, Sharm El Sheik, Egypt


Wednesday, 30 March 2011


Nope, its just the Squatters in the background! Treat yourself and bang this superflyfressness in your lugholes.


The Squatters April 2011 Mix Tracklisting

1. Hatrias - Mmhmm
2. Fredrik Mooj - For The Sake Of
3. Qwerty - Ow (Original Mix)
4. Stupid Fresh - Scatterbrain
5. Savage Skulls & Douster feat. Robyn - Bad Gal
6. Origin Unknown - Vallley Of The Shadows (TLGB Remix)
7. Breakdown - Zwiggy
8. LA Riots - Drop One (Nom De Strip Remix)
9. Dillon Francis - Brazzer's Theme
10. Heartbreak & Munchi - Face Off
11. Schlachthofbronx - Chambucu (Original Mix)
12. The Squatters - Fluffer (San City High On Tour Mix)
13. Tommy Trash & Tom Piper - All My Friends (Piper & Trash Remix)
14. J. Scott G. Vs Imprintz & Kloé - Renegade (Original Mix)
15. The Prodigy - Warriors Dance (Far too Loud Mix) Scott Remedy Rerub
16. Kryder - K2 (The Squatters Remix)

Tuesday, 29 March 2011


'FYI ALL UK & IRELAND RELATED SHOWS @CalvinHarris will NOT be joining in on the fun and has CANCELLED last minute,' announced Perry ahead of her Dublin show on Monday.

According to Harris, who toured with Rihanna in Australia earlier this year, the gig was made impossible by Perry's people who 'suddenly moved the goalposts'.

'I was to appear on stage with no production,' he tweeted in response to Perry, telling fans: 'It would have looked sh*t, sounded sh*t - trust me you would have been more disappointed SEEING the show than u are with me cancelling.'

Mrs Russell Brand then bit back with a catty tweet of her own: 'Funny the goalpost seems to be perfectly fine for New Young Pony Club, Yelle, Robyn, Marina & The Diamonds to name a few... or how bout Janell Monae and her 16 piece band.
'It's fine, I'm used to you cancelling on me, it's become ur staple!'

Peacemaker Harris, 27, went on to apologise to Perry's fans and attempt to justify his actions: 'Her show is awesome, you'll all have an amazing time without me. (especially w/o me DJing on a cardboard box in front of a pink curtain).'

He added: 'I am really sorry @katyperry I'm just upset because I really wanted to play but ur team made it impossible.'
'We tried really hard to sort it out, but playing side of stage for 30 mins, it seemed pointless me even being there. Didn't intend to cause offence or upset anybody.'

Harris went on to post: 'WTF are Katy Perry fans telling me to KILL MYSELF on twitter for? Seriously. I'm a producer making music. Leave me alone please thanks.'

Here are a few gems that caught my eye...

-@calvinharris you a idiot cancelling on @katyperry never even herd of you till she said you was on her tour go hide back in ya closet nob!
-@calvinharris your a gob shite you yenno!!! Your music is Shit CBA following you anymore What a fucking joke
-@CalvinHarris your about as sexy as a tub of dog shit with bird shit and cat shit mixed together with paprika and poured in top. Jock twat.
-@CalvinHarris FYI were not called 'katy perry fans' we are called #KATYCATS ! BOOOM! Sit The Fuck Down!

Lessons may eventually have been learned, it seems, when he finally tweeted: 'The whole KP stuff should never have been on twitter, I was trying 2 handle it pro behind the scenes but I wont let myself get ripped like that.'

More eye-catching, as far as we're concerned, are his posts since Perrygate, not least: 'Me and Charlie Sheen up in the studio with my new Glockenspiel making acid techno briefcases en route video coming soon.'
Let it be true, let it be true!


Buckle up - KISSY SELL OUT is well and truly back. This, the first double A-side single ‘Wild In The Warehouse / Redrinkulous’ is from his sophomore album ‘Wild Romance’. It’s Kissy on top form, with his eyes firmly focussed on peaktime floors. It does what you’d expect – blows the bloody doors off.

He’s only 26, but Kissy’s packed an awful lot into his short career to date. Whether he’s DJing to a packed out crowd, mixing avant garde new sounds on his weekly Radio One show, producing his own material or remixing for others, the results are always the same: Exhilarating.

'Wild In the Warehouse' and 'Redrinkulous' are undoubtably huge club anthems, and Plump DJs, Krafty Kuts, Plaza De Funk, Rico Tubbs and Micky Slim are already playing it to packed floors. Both tracks get the full remix makeover with the originals being manipulated in every direction imaginable by this 7-mix package. Expect to hear these tracks out very soon. Indeed they may already be a favourite...

Over at Radio One, Kissy's now over one hundred shows in, and he has used it as an opportunity to showcase his own technical abilities, presenting a new Kissy Klub mix each week, a section of the show made entirely of his exclusive remixes made especially for the show. Along with his fresh attitude to mixing records, his amiable persona continues to draw thousands upon thousands of new listeners to his late night slot week on week. Fans not only want to hear what at Kissy has made, but also what he has found; he is a champion of new talent, and regularly plays tracks sent to him by bedroom producers along with tracks from more established artists and record labels.

When he returned to the studio to begin work on 'Wild Romance', there was one aspect of his career that Kissy took inspiration from – his radio show. In fact, he is sure that had he never been given the opportunity to be a weekly fixture national radio, this album would sound very different. “I weave in a lot of classical music and I think had I not done the radio show I wouldn't have known how to weave that in to a dance track. I'm so used to that, so what I wanted to was combine what I was doing already – writing my own music, and playing all my own instruments and composing it all – and mix that with the classical influence.”

Monday, 28 March 2011


The weekend just gone was a mammoth one in Miami. In fact, the celebrations are still going, following the big-as-they-come final day of Ultra Music Festival and Made Event’s 36-hour party The Lost Weekend. Amongst all the debauchery, the 4th Annual Beatport Music Awards took over the Gansevoort Hotel on Sunday 27 March for its first ‘live and direct’ ceremony.

Fresh from cavorting with Deadmau5 over at Ultra on Saturday night, club convert Tommy Lee was in charge of handing out the gongs. To no one’s great surprise, the mau5 claimed Artist Of The Year in the Community Choice Awards, with Swedish House Mafia’s arena-sized anthem One singled out as the people’s Track Of The Year.

The Top Sales Awards present an interesting picture of Beatport’s blockbuster sellers. Top Track Of The Year (based entirely on sales) was Tarantula from cross-continental production team Pleasurekraft.

2011 Creamfields drawcard Skrillex topped the dubstep sales category with Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (more fuel to the fire, no doubt), while pop-dance starlet Wynter Gordon was named Beatport Breakthrough Artist. While we’re talking Creamfields, Beatport’s staff chose Slovenian powerhouse Umek as their Artist of the Year, and you can see why next month.

Last but not least, the new category of Lifetime Achievement Award went to Carl Craig. The Detroit don was much in-demand at this year’s Winter Music Conference (“no beach, only beats,” as he put it on Facebook), going back-to-back with Luciano at Cadenza’s bash, repping 20 Years Of Planet E at various parties, and generally being a dude. Beatport chose wisely on that one...

Community Choice Awards

Artist of the Year: Deadmau5
Track of the Year: Swedish House Mafia – One

Top Sales Awards

Top Track: Pleasurekraft – Tarantula
Top Remixer: Manuel De La Mare
Top DJ Mix: John Digweed – Structures 2
Breakthrough Artist: Wynter Gordon
Top Breaks Track: Stanton Warriors, JELO, Vandal & Hatiras – M.A.D. (Elite Force Mix)
Top Techno Track: Joris Voorn – The Secret
Top Trance Track: DJs United – Remember Love
Top Dubstep Track: Skrillex – Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites
Top Progressive House Track: Swedish House Mafia – One
Top Electro House Track: Deadmau5, Wolfgang Gartner – Animal Rights
Top Tech-House Track: Pleasurekraft – Tarantula
Top House Track: DCUP & Yolanda Be Cool – We No Speak Americano
Top Chillout Track: Nightmares On Wax – You Wish
Top Deep House Track: Thyladomid – The Voice
Top Drum & Bass Track: Ajapai – Incoming [Taku Remix]
Top Minimal Track: Roberto Procaccini – Under Control
Top Indie Dance/Nu Disco Track: Martin Solveig – Hello
Top Hard Dance Track: Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP – We No Speak Americano [Friday Night Posse remix]
Top Electronica Track: Moby – Wait For Me [Paul Kalkbrenner remix]
Top Hardcore/Hard Techno Track: – Industrialyzer & The Advent – Magnet

Staff Pick Awards

Artist of the Year: Umek
Track of the Year: Art Department – Without You
Lifetime Achievement Award: Carl Craig


Just like clockwork for the past three years Canadian producer Deadmau5 – Joel Zimmerman – has dropped records collecting together his various productions and collaborations from each respective period. But while his output has been undeniably prolific, Deadmau5 acolytes have been itching for a rounded and more cohesive body of work from the Canuck producer, something which Zimmerman plans to deliver when he returns to the artist album format in 2011.

Speaking ahead of the Australian debut of his banging LED live show on the Creamfields festival tour, Zimmerman confirmed that he’s already at work on a new artist album, saying that in 2011 he wants to “make music, some weird shows and just try and get that fucking artist album out that I’ve been trying to do my whole life”.

As Zimmerman explained, the delay on a new fully-blown Deadmau5 artist album has been due mainly to his relentless, exhaustion-causing tour schedule which has seen the Canadian star criss-cross the globe with his monster LED/Rubix Cube live show.

“I’m probably the most transparent fucker on the internet. Whenever I have any free time I’m in the studio working on music. This is what I enjoy doing and I’m always doing it,” he said. “If I can finally take some time to really work on a project that other people enjoy as well then I guess it will be worth it.”

Discussing the direction of the album Zimmerman made it clear that while it was still early days he planned to keep the material all together and under wraps for now.

“I want to compile an album of, say, 12 things you’ve never heard from me before and that’s not some re-worked thing from two years ago,” he said of his LP ambitions. “I have my Soundcloud page where I put a lot of shit up but there’s some stuff that I won’t let anybody hear, stuff that I’m saving. I want it to have a lot more kick, you know what I mean?”


Tilllate magazine have interviewed one of my favourite electro groups AQUASKY!

Iv been a big fan of these boys for a long time, and one of the trio was repping Dirty Smart's 'Vinyl Rules' tee in this interview...

Tilllate: What’s your set up for making tunes?
Aquasky: Cubase 4 and Ableton rewired with Cubase. Mostly we’re running all VST software, but we have a bunch of old synths and other analogue hardware we sometimes use if we fancy it or the need arises.

Tilllate: How do you approach a track/remix?
Aquasky: We always have the same approach in that we get a few basic ideas down, and make sure the parts are really firing before we move on to arranging a track. Usually we set up Cubase and Ableton on a loop, wither 2/4 or an 8 bar, line up all the tracks underneath each other and get all the parts running together and make sure we get the groove locked down. Then we arrange it, often we may go back and tweak some of the sounds e.g. the drum sounds once it’s arranged to make sure it all sounds phat as possible. We generally try to mixdown the tune as we’re going rather than making a tune and “mixing” it at the end.

Tilllate: Favorite synth/ plug-ins?
Aquasky: We have found the Sonnox stuff to be really good, especially the limiter and EQ. Also, Cubase standard stuff as it’s pretty good – looks boring but does the job! Synth-wise, at the moment N.I Massive as it’s got the most flexible modulation routing and automation.

Tilllate: What you working on just now?
Aquasky: A remix for Engine-Earz experiment, one for The Squatters, two EP’s for Lee Mortimer’s Wearhouse label, as well as tracks on Passenger Records. So, Watch out for them and also the Black Noise sample pack for our sample label Monster Sounds!

Tilllate: What track changed your life and made you want to produce music?
Aquasky: It’s hard to pick one, but I guess it’s got to be something from the early 90’s, so maybe ‘LFO’ by LFO. I always found the clean sub bass in this fascinating!

Friday, 25 March 2011


I was wondering why so many orders were coming through from Switzerland...
Uncovered the mystery...

DJ Doobious, Dirty Smart LUVS YA!


Thursday, 24 March 2011


There's seemingly no shortage of celebrity DJs hogging the decks and clogging up Soundcloud with their 'mixes'. Indeed in the last year we've seen star CDJ turns from the likes of Dennis Rodman and Sasha Grey and now Connor Cruise, better known as the adopted son of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

Yep, as reported by Bossip, the 16 year old Connor Cruise has turned to a life behind the decks and played one of his first public sets at a fashion launch over the weekend.

"The teen is paving his way as a DJ and spun some tunes at a fashion event in LA last night," the item explained. "Not that he needs the money as he has wealthy A-List actors for parents but he seemed to enjoy himself while spinning the decks."

We'll hold our breath in hope that this is the beginning of a burgeoning trend of Scientologist DJs... lol.


Elements of my job really turn me on. In particular, indirect product placement.
For example; last year I was vegetating on my couch, watching ‘Friday Night with Jonathan Ross’. The camera panned the studio audience and rested on a bloke rockin’ none other than Dirty Smart’s ‘High On Life’ tee!
No idea who that geezer was but Dirty Smart LUVS YA!

So, yesterday I received a text from a friend of the fam, simply saying, “Dirty Smart on Louie Spence...”
My palms started sweating... I had visions of Louie or that Andrew Stone character prancing around, doing pirouettes and stuff, rockin’ DS.

FYI, I’m not in the slightest bit homophobic; HOWEVER, Dirty Smart was created for the “cool cats” of today’s youth. I have a very clear marketing strategy and if certain individuals sport the brand, it can cause irreparable damage (Louie Spence, Andrew Stone, Guetta, Alex Reed, Harry Potter, Will.I.Am, Osama, David Platt e.t.c)

If my vision was a reality, Dirty Smart was over...
Credibility can take years and years to earn, and be shattered in an instant.

Anyways, I jumped in my car and headed for my folks to rinse SkyPlayer, in an attempt to confirm or disprove the tip off. 6 hours later I found the footage...

LUCKILY my fave Hip Hop/ Grime duo ‘WIZARD SLEEVE’ were on the show a few weeks ago, and Mike Beatz was rockin’ Dirty Smart’s ‘Fiend On The Club Scene' Hoodie!

HUGE sigh of relief, VERY funny footage, and Dirty Smart’s DEBUT on Sky 1!

Mad props to Lex-One & Mike Beatz, Dirty Smart LUVS YA!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011


Sad news of another death in the music industry. This time it's one of the original voices of disco. The vocalist behind many timeless dance classics, including the 1980 disco hit 'Love Sensation' and the voice of many house classics from Black Box to Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch, has died from heart failure at the age of 64.

She recorded her first single in 1971. At the end of the decade she sang backing vocals on Dan Hartman's 'Re-Light My Fire' who then helped to pen and create what became her greatest hit 'Love Sensation' and helped galvanise the house and disco movements.

The Track was also brought back to life in 1991 when Black Box sampled her on 'Ride On Time' and she also appeared on the track Good Vibrations by Marky Mark.

In more recent years Loleatta recorded a cover of Madonna's 'Like A Prayer' for the Madonna tribute album 'Virgin Voices'. She was also sampled on the Whitey Houston 2009 recording of 'Million Dollar Bill'.

The electroinic music community will miss one of its original and all-time greatest voices.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011


At Dirty Smart we will never pay for editorial. Why? Because if you’ve got something great, you shouldn’t have to pay to ram it down people’s throats.

To date we have appeared numerous times in: DJ Mag, Mixmag, Zoo, Nuts, Partysan (front cover), 69/247, Tilllate, m8, Urban Life, Bent, Arena, The Big Issue, Cosmopolitan (lol), & iDJ to name but a few; and guess what? The only thing that changed hands (at their request) was a couple of tees!
(FYI, before the joke fly in; the 'Cosmo' article was titled, "what to buy your boyfriend this Christmas"...)

Magazines have 3 different revenue streams. Retail, advertising, and advertorial (a mash-up of advertising and editorial).

I received a phone call last week from the magazine MAXIM. Good magazine, high readership volume.

The phone call went kinda like this...

Maxim Rep: “Mr Dirty Smart, we would like to feature the tee ‘YO PUNK’ as our top tee of the month.”
Mr Dirty Smart: “Good choice.”
Maxim Rep: “Thanks! We love what you do, and on a personal note you have great hair.”
Mr Dirty Smart: “Thanks!”
Maxim Rep: “So, I need you to send me a bit of info about “YO PUNK”, some press pictures if you have them, and *cough* 5 grand.”
Mr Dirty Smart: “In the quiet words of the virgin Mary… Come again?”

This is pretty standard, and it explains why some absolute crap gains publicity. It comes down to how deep your pockets are, and at the end of the day, if you throw enough shit at people, some is bound to stick *cough* Projects NYC...

What is ACE is when a magazine takes a story you send them, and the next thing you know it’s been published. No sweet-talking; no foreplay, it just happens.

What is EVEN better is when your flicking through a magazine and you find something you were not expecting...

Below is a link to an online magazine called ‘Mens Fashion Magazine’. I’m an avid reader as it give a real insight to top end fashion and some sneaky peeks at mental couture clobber. After checking out the Dirty Smart article on page 75 & 76 make sure you check out the article on Cipher (page 9). Bang tidy sneakers.

Props to all at MFM.

Dirty Smart LUVS YA!

Monday, 21 March 2011


On August 13th 2011, The Smirnoff Co. is bringing Sensation, one of the most spectacular dance and music phenomenon’s in the world, to the UK for the very first time. After more than a decade of creating dance music history and rocking over a million people around the globe with one-of-a-kind stage shows, acrobats, performers, state-of-the-art lightshows, lasers, fireworks and the world’s top DJ’s – this particular event, ‘Smirnoff presents Sensation’ is set to be an unforgettable experience, the type you look back on and say ‘I Was There.’

This will not only reinforce the vodka brand’s ongoing mission to create the most innovative and extraordinary nightlife experiences, but will also continue the awe-inspiring, globally recognised Sensation series. The event will be taking place at the country’s most popular music venue, The O2 arena in London - recently named International Arena of the Year at the Pollstar Awards.

Launched in Amsterdam in 2000, Sensation has taken the world by storm, touring the legendary nightlife celebration event to 21 countries to date, and counting. Filling stadiums and arenas with a sea of people dressed head to toe in white, from Madrid to Melbourne and Prague to Sao Paulo, the spectacle will now be brought to the UK for the first time ever by The Smirnoff Co. With the vodka brand’s history of creating one-of-a-kind nightlife experiences around the world including Smirnoff Experience, Smirnoff U.R. The Night and Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange – this exciting new partnership is a perfect combination.

With a different theme every year - from Space, to Celebrate Life, and Oak of Love - every single show is completely unique and totally unforgettable, and The O2 arena will this year be transformed into the Ocean of White. Guests can look forward to breathtaking fountains set on a giant dance floor which will evaporate into millions of splashes, grand sea creatures will rise from the depths and over 10,000 people dressed in white promise to create the ultimate unifying experience.

In addition to the spectacular show and stellar line-up, The Smirnoff Co. will be creating unique drinking experiences throughout The O2 arena with bars offering delicious Smirnoff vodka cocktails, created by professional mixologists.

Some of the world’s most famous DJs have played Sensation over the years. Legends such as Sebastian Ingrosso, Fedde Le Grand, Erick E, Carl Cox, Felix De Housecat, Axwell, and David Guetta have graced the spectacular Sensation stage, and an equally exceptional six-DJ line up will be announced for the UK show in the coming months.

Commenting on the partnership, Chris Lock , Marketing Director Smirnoff GB said:
“Smirnoff Presents Sensation is without doubt one of our biggest and most ambitious events to date, and one that we are incredibly excited about. The Smirnoff Co. has, for some time, been on a mission to seek out the most extraordinary and one-of-a-kind nightlife experiences and Sensation fits that bill perfectly – last year we helped the world swap nightlife, this year we’ve identified a truly unique global experience and are bringing it to Great Britain for the first time ever. We are looking forward to delivering something very special indeed in August.”

Duncan Stutterheim, Sensation founder, also comments:
“When I first started Sensation back in 2000, I always looked forward to the time when it would come to the UK, and knew it would be when the time, partner and venue was right. With Smirnoff on board to help us achieve this, everything has fallen into place and we’re really excited about how the event is going to be received in August.”

For more information and to find out how you can BE THERE become a fan of Smirnoff GB at


Previously denying the likes of juggernauts Paul Oakenfold and The Crystal Method the chance to remix their iconic tracks, its been purported that the duo have nothing to do with their forthcoming TRON: R3CONFIGURED album, with head honcho Busy P claiming to Disney that the famous robo-lovers had nothing to do with the album. P released this statement earlier in the day:


Dear Disney people,
You know i love you (we all do)
But Walt! Come on! How can you take my robots friends so far away from good taste ?

I am 100% sure the Daft boys were not involved in this side (sad) project.

Of course some of it is nice, and you know there are some of my friends on this CD.

But this is not enough!

A masterpiece like TRON soundtrack deserved the best and I am sad to discover the A&R at Disney records is apparently buying most of his electronic music in airports stores…”

No statement has been released by Disney. Probably because its being treated as nothing more than scandalous rumors, with the mutli-national company probably not even raising an eyebrow. Needless to say the statement shortly disappeared from the artyists blog not long ago not long ago.



Chromeo have been working on what is possibly the world's shortest album - a 3 minute "minimum opus" called Drive Time - containing 55 songs with catchy titles such as 'Turn Left' and 'Follow'... can you see where this is heading?

Yes, the Chromeo Sat Nav voice has arrived complete with electro boogie musical accompaniment. The band claim, "with Drive Time each track has actually been written. Take ‘Follow’ for example, in its seven seconds, there is a distinct bass riff, vocal harmonies, a chord progression and a lead line. In seven seconds!

Check out this 'documentary' of the Canadians talking about the project...

Friday, 18 March 2011


Pacha Sharm chief Maya Challita chatted to Skrufff this week about the fall-out from Egypt’s recent revolution and revealed that the Red Sea superclub remained open throughout the three weeks of street protests and chaos.

The club was never closed at any point, but to cope with the drop in numbers of visitors to Sharm we opened the indoor room and closed the main open-air room,”Maya revealed.

“Numbers for the entire month of February were very low, and we worked at 10% of our usual capacity, but as of this week, we’ll be reopening the main open-air room twice per week on our main nights of Thursday and Sunday. For the rest of the week, we’ll be continuing with parties in the indoor room, for the next couple of weeks.”

Almost 400 people died and over 6,000 were injured in anti-government riots in Cairo and Suez last month, which saw feared dictator President Mubarak stepping down on February 11 to be replaced by a military council. Maya said Sharm, remained entirely peaceful.

“The city and the whole Sinai Peninsula is quit isolated from the rest of the country and there were never any demonstrations or violent incidents in Sharm at all,” said Maya. “Only the local people discussed politics while for the tourists, Sharm was the same peaceful place as always just with less visitors,” she said.

Despite media reports of hundreds of tourists fleeing the country, Maya said one group of regulars remained undeterred.

“The British never stopped travelling to Sharm and were very supportive,” she said. “Since the first week of March, Italians have start to come back and we hope that Russians will follow very soon. We believe that the situation will be fully back to normal by April, which is the regular high season,” she predicted.

“It's good to react with the new generation of Egyptians who are all very open minded and enthusiastic to rebuild their country on a new basis, with no corruption, more freedom and democracy,” Maya added.

“You can see that the young generation have very similar aspirations all over the world wherever they are,” she said.


Rockness returns to the banks of Loch Ness this summer, with the mighty Chemical Brothers at the helm, and tickets go on sale TODAY.

With the likes of Groove Armada, Erol Alkan, BoysNoize, DJ Shadow, Katie B, Simian Mobile Disco, Fake Blood, Matthew Dear and more set to rock the loch, it’s sure to be one of the festival highlights of the summer.

Tickets start at £59 for a day ticket on Friday, with the festival taking place over three days from June 10-12. For more info head to


Earlier this year clubbers vigorously discussed the results of Mixmag’s contentious ‘Greatest DJ of All Time’ poll which crowned the supreme master of trouse himself, Tiesto, as the best to ever grace the decks ahead of the field of nominees including Sasha, Sven Vath, Larry Levan, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Tony De Vit.

Now a similar list has been published online by Music Radar in an attempt to offer a new perspective on history’s greatest disc jockeys. Unlike the Mixmag list, this countdown of the top 20 DJs of all time has not been open to public vote, so you can take it with a few hundred grains of salt. Lists like these usually ignite some pretty interesting debate and it is Friday after all.

The Music Radar list is quite a comprehensive tally of turntable greats, with storied artists like David Mancusco, Carl Cox and DJ Cash Money ranking highly, as do innovative acts like DJ Yoda and Cut Chemist. As well as a few curveballs, there’s a very strong hip-hop presence in the list with Jam Master Jay, DJ Qbert and Z-Trip all storming the list. Indeed, it’s the one and only Grandmaster Flash that takes out the top spot.

1.Grandmaster Flash
4.DJ Qbert
5.Mr. Scruff
6.DJ Yoda
7.Cut Chemist
8.Jam Master Jay
9.Norman Jay MBE
10.Carl Cox
11.DJ Cash Money
12.Kid Koala
13.David Rodigan
14.The Chemical Brothers
15.DJ Marky
16.DJ Andy Smith
17.Solid Steel DJs
18.DJ Chuckie
19.DJ Alfredo
20.David Mancusco

What do it think?.. I think pretty much all of them are punching above their weight!


It was a lazy Friday afternoon. Punk Rolla & Mr Dirty Smart were hanging out. Punk Rolla was deep in a synthesizer; Mr Dirty Smart was trying to disprove relativity.


All of a sudden, each began floating, and 'Take Me Higher – Mischa Daniels', started blaring out of the sound system...
Strange things happen when these 2 get together...


The rumours are true. Pete Tong is indeed moving his Friday night Ibiza residency back to the island’s oldest club, Pacha in Ibiza Town.

Pure Pacha All Gone Pete Tong will run from Friday 27th May – 30th September on a weekly basis, with the Radio 1 stalwart returning to his former home after several year at San Antonio’s Eden.

“I'm very excited and proud to be returning to host Pacha on Friday nights this summer” he says”. In so many ways the club feels like my 'spiritual' home. ‘Pacha all gone Pete Tong’ will be a brand new night with an adventurous music policy and a very fresh look. I had a fantastic 3 years with Wonderland but it's the right time to move on to the next chapter of my Ibiza love affair.... hold tight!”

“Pete is Pacha, Pacha is Pete.” says Pacha director Danny Whittle. “It all just makes sense - quality, style and so many other things. For me, he should never have left. Now he’s back and it’s not just about the return of Pete, it’s about Pete and Pacha making history – again. So, let the games commence, I’m just really happy to be part of it”.


Amongst the outpouring of support for those affected by the ongoing crisis in Japan, dance music hub Beatport is doing its bit next Monday 21 March. Beatport will donate 100% of its day’s net proceeds to Japanese relief efforts.

“Beyond the fact that electronic dance music as we know it wouldn’t exist without Japan’s contributions over the years – just consider the numbers 303, 808, and 909 – the ongoing crisis in Japan affects us all, on a purely human scale,” Beatportal writes.

Revenue will be calculated minus royalties paid to labels and artists. Donations will be sent to the American Red Cross, Mile High Chapter, to be directed to the Japanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief.

If you’ve been holding off on tune shopping, this is the perfect opportunity to spend big.


A word from the mau5...

"Diamond mau5 to help Japan; In an effort to help with the relief in Japan, i will be donating / auctioning *the* diamonte mau5 head... and 100% of proceeds will go towards helping the people of Japan through this terrible time. more details on this soon! (just gotta setup all the logistics and stuff, but were all hustling on this)"


Thursday, 17 March 2011


The Prodigy’s epic Warrior’s Dance Festival gig at the Milton Keynes Bowl from July 2010 has been immortalised a film, World’s On Fire, that will be shown at cinemas across the UK for one night only on 31st March 2011 (locations will be revealed at

The film will be shown in over 70 cinemas, with audio mixed in 5.1 surround sound by Liam Howlett for a truly immersive experience, and it was directed by award-winning documentary maker Paul Dugdale – with heavy input from the band. The screening will also include a previously unseen short film of life on the road during their Invaders Must Die tour in Brazil.

“A lot of thought went into the place where we could throw the best party” the band say of the gig. “We never wanted the typical stadium venue so Milton Keynes Bowl was perfect for our own Warrior’s Dance Festival coz it felt like a mad party in a field. The night was massive for us. It was important to us to bring a proper festival day and night for the people to remember and bring the same intense atmosphere like when we play Brixton Academy.... and it was. Standing on that stage was a truly triumphant feeling for us as the whole place kicked off, we looked out and we were fuckin proud”.

Watch the trailer below.

Milton Keynes Bowl Set List:

1. Intro
2. Breathe
3. Omen
4. Colours
5. Thunder
6. Warrior’s Dance
7. Firestarter
8. Run With The Wolves
9. Weather Experience
10. Voodoo People
11. Omen Reprise
12. Invaders Must Die
13. Smack My Bitch Up
14. Take Me To The Hospital
15. Everybody In The Place
16. Their Law
17. Out Of Space

Wednesday, 16 March 2011


Along with Kitsune and Ed Banger, Parisian label; Institubes was a part of the big three French imprints to (at least seemingly) make it big on the back of the ‘00s electro boom, pressing records from venerated producers like Surkin, Para One, Bobmo and imported stars such as Harvard Bass and Midnight Juggernauts. It therefore comes as a shock to today receive word that the label has gone under and will wrap up operations almost immediately.

In an honest and quite entertaining press release from the Institubes camp the reasons behind the label’s demise were laid out in clear detail including a ‘fucked’ industry complete with ‘A&R zombies’, bad business practices, ‘mutated eyeless bloggers’ and heavy financial loses.

“We’re closing shop because the operation is losing too much money, this much is clear. It’s always been a bit of an uphill battle,” the message read. “But it got worse and worse. At first it was fun to figure out ways to get people to check out our music. But once that’s done and you have something resembling an audience, it becomes apparent that this is not really your job. Your job is to reconcile the public with the very idea of buying records. All the power to you if you can bare it.”

Continuing the post-mortem on the label, the Institubes defended their decisions to keep their brand as much about the music as they could where other stables have turned to endorsements and merch lines to build profits.

“The fact that ours is a struggling industry, where 90% of your time is spent “staying afloat”, obscures an important fact: we are still playing by the rules that got us fucked in the first place. The way we do business is defective: our values are defective, our contracts are defective, our post-Napster economy itself is defective. I just read an article by a label owner who states that “anything we can do to stay afloat should be condoned”. I don’t think so, no. Staying afloat by any means necessary is a meaningless pursuit. The only honest way for a record label to make money is by selling records. We’ve always been uneasy about selling anything else.”

You can check out the full press release from the Institubes peeps below, it’s well worth the read and not only offers insight into what’s next for its stable of artists but there’s a few industry reality checks in there too.

Institubes: 2003-2011
So, the next Institubes record is not coming soon. And I can’t tell you how much it pains me to write these words. We’ve released many records in our (almost) eight years of existence and managed to introduce a number of excellent artists to the world. Good times were had and accolades garnered. I’m not so conceited nor high on my own supply that I’d try and talk up our “legacy” but I don’t think that in five, ten or twenty years I’ll look at our discography and cringe. Now I get to tell you, Institubes fans, friends and allies, that we have to wrap it up. Party’s over.

I could write ten pages about the realities and difficulties of the music business but you’ll only get about two paragraphs and not much whining. We never lived those halcyon days some industry elders tend to rave about. We always moved through a post-apocalyptic, terminally pauperized landscape, complete with irradiated A&R zombies and mutated eyeless bloggers. It’s always been a bit of an uphill battle. But it got worse and worse. At first it was fun to figure out ways to get people to check out our music. But once that’s done and you have something resembling an audience, it becomes apparent that this is not really your job. Your job is to reconcile the public with the very idea of buying records. All the power to you if you can bare it.

We’re closing shop because the operation is losing too much money, this much is clear. Most of what we could have done to prevent or delay this outcome reside in two words: lifestyle and branding. Investing in t-shirts and co-branding, scoring “collaborations” or sponsorship deals with deep-pocketed companies. I have but a regret: we actually did it sometimes. We should have said no more often. Bands struggling to get together with brands, artists and audience deriving more validity from corporate interest than from anything else, bands happy to learn that in the future they would have to “take charge of their own promotion”: this wasn’t for us. In other words, on our small scale, we should have been able to carve a non-capitalist niche within the larger corporate world. I thought, being young and naive when we started, that “underground” meant just that.

The fact that ours is a struggling industry, where 90% of your time is spent “staying afloat”, obscures an important fact: we are still playing by the rules that got us fucked in the first place. The way we do business is defective: our values are defective, our contracts are defective, our post-Napster economy itself is defective. I just read an article by a label owner who states that “anything we can do to stay afloat should be condoned”. I don’t think so, no. Staying afloat by any means necessary is a meaningless pursuit. The only honest way for a record label to make money is by selling records. We’ve always been uneasy about selling anything else.

And our current cultural economy isn’t healthy either. Consumer practices are fucked. You don’t need me to tell you that music is devalued. Not only because we no longer sell shit (and even when you do, it’s hard to shake the feeling that you’re selling free shit), but also because tracks are peaking faster than tumblr memes. In our historical moment, music is everywhere but second or third or tenth to many other interests and areas of culture. Fashion, Apple, video games, “devices”, social media, etc. And that’s cool, I guess. But I don’t want to have to be a function of fashion. Nor do I want to urge an artist to publish half-baked tracks every month in order to stay “relevant”. Depleted accounts is one thing, but depleted attentions?

I don’t really have a conclusion to this weird press release. So let’s end with two things I’m very proud of:

1. It’s nice to end on such a great year. In 2010 we have released two EPs by Surkin, two by Bobmo, two by Chateau Marmont, two by Rob, singles from Jean Nipon, Crystal, Das Glow, High Powered Boys, plus Bart B More, Para One, and Teki Latex EPs via Sound Pellegrino.

2. The label is gone but the artists are in top form: Bobmo, Para One and Surkin just announced the birth of their new label called MARBLE, home to their (many) upcoming singles. After the extremely successful release of the chart-topping “Calcium” single he produced with Strip Steve for Boysnoize Records, Das Glow has a new EP coming on Marble very soon.
Teki Latex and Orgasmic are now operating SOUND PELLEGRINO as an independent entity which has released the new High Powered Boys EP “Udon / Work” and a double compilation called “Les Jeunes Années” this week.
Jean Nipon has released his new EP “International Meek” a few weeks ago.
Cuizinier has recently launched his website and store where he’s slowly unveiling pieces of his (great) upcoming debut album.
Para One’s album under the name “Slice & Soda” with San Serac is ready and coming.
Tacteel’s solo album under his legal name Jerôme Echenoz is in the can. Him and Para One have also recorded many tracks together in the last few months, expect to hear them very soon.
Chateau Marmont are in the studio recording their debut album. What we’ve heard so far is extremely exciting and totally pushing their craft to a whole new level. The original soundtrack to the beautiful French independent movie “Belle Epine” composed by Rob has been released this winter.
Surkin’s album is finally done.
Crystal are recording their debut album and… well, you get the idea: everyone is very busy in the studio.

Looking at all the Institubes artists, I see the most talented, diverse, curious, self-challenging, smart, progressive and forward-thinking group of people we ever had the chance to know. They’re the best. Anyone disputing that is either misinformed or a liar. Please keep supporting them.

Lastly, a closing event (= a massive party) is going to be announced very soon. Keep checking for updates.
Also visit and to stay in touch with the gang.


After the news spread earlier about French electro titans Justice returning to the spotlight we now have some comeback moves from another powerhouse group in the genre; MSTRKRFT.

The Canadian duo have taken a break from their Mortal Kombat score duties to drop the first taste of their third album and the single Beards Again certainly lives up to Jesse F. Keeler’s boasts about being their take on Led Zeppelin III with the group wheeling out the Marshall amps to blast some chugging, chunky guitar riffs and ‘80s stadium rock drum fills.

While it’ll likely only feed the fiery disdain that many have for electro acts we think there’ll be one or two fans happy to hear MSTRKRFT without a bling’d out rapper over the top of them.


Cream have announced the line-ups for their Ibiza season on Thursdays at Amnesia, with new residents including Above & Beyond, Laidback Luke and Calvin Harris.

Paul Van Dyk (with his new EVOLUTION live/DJ show) and Eddie Halliwell return as residents as well, and Size Matters hosting a special party for the first time too.

"We play all over the world in some fabulous places, but nothing quite beats Ibiza” says Above & Beyond, in unison. “Being residents at Cream Amnesia makes the summer perfect: can't wait!"

Full details below – head over to for more info.

*** Cream Opening Party ***
Thursday 16th June

Main Room Opening Party
Paul van Dyk
Sander van Doorn
John O’Callaghan

Mixmag Terrace
Laidback Luke
Sunnery James
Ryan Marciano

Thursday 23rd June

Main Room
Eddie Halliwell
Mat Zo
Adam Sheridan

Mixmag Terrace
Calvin Harris (DJ Set)
Chris Lake
Ben Santiago

Thursday 30th June

Main Room
Above & Beyond
Sander van Doorn
John O’Callaghan

Mixmag Terrace In Association With Ibiza Heat
Guest TBA
AN21 & Max Vangeli (B2B)
Gareth Wyn

Thursday 7th July

Main Room
Paul van Dyk
Eddie Halliwell
Gareth Wyn

Mixmag Terrace presents Super You&Me
Laidback Luke
Sidney Samson
Sean Hughes
Plus Special Live PA to be announced

Thursday 14th July

Main Room
Eddie Halliwell
Above & Beyond
John O’Callaghan

Mixmag Terrace presents Size Matters Vs Phazing
Dirty South
AN21 & Max Vangeli (B2B)
Kim Fai

Thursday 21st July

Main Room
Calvin Harris (DJ Set)
Chris Lake
Anthony Probyn

Mixmag Terrace
Paul van Dyk (Special Mixmag Terrace Set)
Ferry Corsten
Gareth Wyn

Thursday 28th July

Main Room
Paul van Dyk
Eddie Halliwell
Adam Sheridan

Mixmag Terrace Presents Super You&Me
Laidback Luke
Dada Life
James Dutton
Plus Special Live PA to be announced

*** Cream Ibiza Birthday ***
Thursday 4th August

Main Room
Calvin Harris (DJ Set)
Laidback Luke
Sidney Samson

Mixmag Terrace
Paul van Dyk (Special Mixmag Terrace Set)
Ferry Corsten
Gareth Wyn

Thursday 11th August

Main Room
Above & Beyond
Eddie Halliwell
Adam Sheridan

Mixmag Terrace Presents Super You&Me
Laidback Luke
Wolfgang Gartner
Sean Hughes
Plus Special Live PA to be announced

Thursday 18th August

Main Room ‘Group Therapy Album Launch Party’
Above & Beyond
Ferry Corsten

Mixmag Terrace
Calvin Harris (DJ Set)
Eddie Halliwell presents EDIT
Michael Woods
James Dutton

Thursday 25th August

Main Room
Paul van Dyk
Giuseppe Ottaviani
Marcus Schössow

Mixmag Terrace presents Super You&Me
Laidback Luke
Wolfgang Gartner
Anthony Probyn
Plus Special Live PA to be announced

Thursday 1st September

Main Room
Above & Beyond
Sander van Doorn
Gareth Wyn

Mixmag Terrace
Calvin Harris (DJ Set)
Chris Lake
Andy Mac

Thursday 8th September

Main Room
Paul van Dyk
Eddie Halliwell
John O’Callaghan

Mixmag Terrace Presents Super You&Me
Laidback Luke
Sean Hughes
Plus Special Live PA to be announced

Thursday 15th September

Main Room
Above & Beyond
Ferry Corsten
John O’Callaghan

Mixmag Terrace
Calvin Harris (DJ Set)
Michael Woods
Anthony Probyn

*** Closing Party ***
Thursday 22nd September

Main Room
Calvin Harris (DJ Set)
Chris Lake
James Dutton

Mixmag Terrace
Paul van Dyk (Special Mixmag Terrace Set)
Gareth Wyn
Adam Sheridan


I'm not sure I can take any more end-of-the-line type news today. Nate Dogg, Smiley Culture and one of the founders of KORG pass away, Institubes throws in the towel, and now so do Faithless.

A statement posted by frontman Maxi Jazz today says that after a decade-and-a-half in business, the group have decided to call it a day after they finish their remaining tour dates.

The statement on the band's website reads:

"After 15 years(!) and six albums(!!) I think we've probably made our collective point by now and that it's time to close the book and return to the library... We've had, with you, the most unbelievable, epic and moving experience, stretching over years and tens of thousands of miles... joyful, exhilarating and empowering, we never for a moment thought an affair could last this long. Or be this powerful. Never thought for a moment that the end of this journey would be left to us either... Quite naturally people grow, change and leave the things of youth behind them. You've not only brought us with you, but introduced us to y'children too! What're you like..?

The album 'The Dance Never Ends' was written and produced for you, as a thank you, but also as a goodbye.. the tour schedule has been particularly hectic as we attempt to visit as many territories as there are people who wanna see us.. And say thank you. If I devoted the rest of my life to the task, I could NEVER thank you enough. I have memories that will still be with me in my next life.

But, like when writing a song, you always just 'know' when it's finished... this is and was the "Thank YOU And Goodbye' tour and to be truthful, I really hope you just pick up the ball of your life.. And RUN WITH IT!! Once again, whether you bought or downloaded a cd, came to a show or told your mates about us... Whether from the beginning or just last week.. Thank you. You'll be in my heart forever. Listen for my voice in future lifetimes, I only grow in your shadow, you're the sun to me. One Love."

Maxi, Sister Bliss, Rollo and co – thank you for the music.
Love Mr Dirty Smart x

Tuesday, 15 March 2011


Ibiza Rocks have announced the bulk of the acts for their run of Tuesday night gigs at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel in San Antonio, with the biggest stars of the new school sitting alongside some (much) older legends.

Madness come as somewhat of a surprise considering the night’s youthful focus, but elsewhere it’s business as usual. 7 dates still to be announced but here’s what’s confirmed so far:

1st June
Plan B

8th June
The Wombats

15th June
Zane Lowe
The Vaccines

22nd June
Fatboy Slim

29th June
Friendly Fires

6th July
Special Guests

13th July
Special Guests

20th July
Special Guests

27th July
Tinie Tempah

30th July
Dizzee Rascal

3rd August
Chase & Status

10th August
Sub Focus

17th August
Special Guests

24th August
Special Guests

31st August
Magnetic Man
Katy B

7th September Special Guests

14th September Madness

21st September
Closing Party


Below is a transcript from the 'Windmill Wizard' chatting through some of those beats that just can't find their way out of this headphones...

A Tribe Called Quest - The Love Movement
You just gotta love the Dilla beats. The first time I heard this album the beats felt like alien to me. SO fucking big! The biggest beats I ever heard up to then.

Maxwell - Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite
This track brings back great memories. I have a weakness for Maxwell. It sounds so warm and sexy!

Magnetic Man - Magnetic Man
I'm just so in awe with this album at the moment! I listen to it on repeat. To me, a lot of new dubstep that’s been coming out sounds way too forced, like electro producers trying to make this style. Magnetic Man shows me how the real deal should sound like. Authentic stuff, very inspiring to me!

Stevie Wonder - The Number Ones
Such a living legend. Amazing touching songs we all know so well!

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
I've been a fan of Phoenix for such a long time. They have written some of the most important tracks of my life. The track called Love Like A Sunset on this album is probably my most favorite track ever. I see my whole life flashing by when I hear it.

Gaslamp Killer mixtape - Live From Japan
This is my favorite DJ! Mind you, it's not house but it's more like a lot of weird stuff. The man has amazing technical skills and is a great performer too. Go and Google him if you don’t know him!

Nu-Gen - Mopho (Hatiras Remix)
This is one of my favorite tracks to play out now. Hatiras is an amazing person and the one that switched me onto making music in Ableton. He had me in mind making this track and it really worked ha! Playing this in every set.

Benny Benassi - Cinema (Laidback Luke Remix)
One of my bigger new remixes to come out soon. Trialed and tested and looking to be amazing when it's going to be released.

Laidback Luke & Steve Aoki feat Lil' Jon – Turbulence
This banger has been bubbling under for about a year and finally it's out! We went for full energy on this; it’s such a monster on the floor!

Laidback Luke feat Jonathan Mendelsohn – Timebomb
It's going to be a year of doing more and more videos for me. I’m very happy with how the Turbulence video came out and very proud of the Timebomb video too! This track works great on the floor as well as in your living room, go check it out!

Luke's new single 'Timebomb' is out now on New State Music:


Despite my own personal beliefs, I am not arrogant enough to state (out loud) that Dirty Smart is the greatest brand the world has ever seen. HOWEVER; I challenge any label, anywhere, to have a picture in their marketing arsenal as great as this one...

Dirty Smart receives numerous pictures every day from fans getting up to all sorts of debauchery whist rocking DS. A lot of them make me chuckle, but this one made me think...


This photograph was taken at the top of the mountain Kilimajaro. Rising 19,340 feet above sea level, Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the world’s highest free-standing mountain.

'PJay Heffi', you have earned a place in Dirty Smart history. I am completely speechless.


L.E.D Presents deadmau5 Live was already set to be one of this summer's biggest events, with deadmau5 returning from the USA for his first ever outdoor act (and only UK act this year!), but now the line-up is looking even juicier. Joining him will be globe-trotting producer extraordinaire Mark Ronson, and Calvin Harris who, after collaborations with Dizzee Rascal and countless hits seems to up the energy to entirely new levels. And if that’s not enough to fulfil your needs, Radio 1’s very own Zane Lowe will be flexing his selection skills and rising-duo Nero, will be cranking up the pace with some dubstep devastation.

But that’s not all; the man of the moment, Skrillex, will be cooking up a treat at this year’s festival with some music that he describes as being electro, dubstep and glitch all in one big melting pot. DJ Hype and MC:IC3, DJ Fresh, Modestep and Hospital's Netsky will be repping the D&B corner, alongside original ninja Jaguar Skills. And, there's still more acts to be announced...

L.E.D festival takes place at Victoria Park in London on Saturday 11th June For more info info and updates go to or

Sunday, 13 March 2011


It’s a sign of the times as to how big dance music has become in the US that Deadmau5 is apparently set to cameo in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons.

“Spent the morning at a reading with the simpsons… So rad! [sic]” he Tweeted this week.

He'll join the likes of U2 and Aerosmith as a musical guest on the long-running show, and follows in the footsteps of Kanye West as a more modern musical star appearing in animated form (The Cleveland Show). It also follows on from his cameo appearance as the DJ at a fashion show in the hit series Gossip Girl.

Pretty random. If they aren’t writing him into an episode of Itchy & Scratchy, they’re crazy.


Dance music legend Felix da Housecat is giving away his brand new, full artist album ‘Son Of Analogue’ for free on the cover of the April issue of Mixmag. The dance music magazine normally comes with a cover CD mixed by a world class DJ, but this is the first time the free CD has been a full artist album. The album won’t be available anywhere else, only with Mixmag.

As one of the most influential producers in dance music, Felix da Housecat helped spread acid house in the late 80s and 90s and kickstarted electroclash with his seminal 2001 album ‘Kittenz And Thee Glitz’. When asked why he decided to give away his epic new album, the Chicago born star said:

“I could have easily given the album to a record label but I’m tired of that. I wanted to make it visual. Back in the day when you’d buy a record, you’d get to open it up, be a part of it, really enjoy it, feel it. I told my manager that I don’t want this online. I didn’t want my album to be just a link.”

Mixmag has been at the forefront of music journalism for over 20 years and championed Felix’s unique sound right from the start. According to the DJ, “the cover CD is a way of saying thank you for all the support Mixmag and the UK gave me when I was fighting to be heard. It’s going back to my roots, going to touch your earhole and penetrate your third eye. It’s crazy.”

Felix da Housecat’s new album ‘Son Of Analogue’ will be on the cover of the April issue of Mixmag, out March 17.


Embarking on his full Canadian Tour next week the mash-up mastering turntablist A.Skillz provides a sneak preview of what to expect with this free download...

“This 30min mix is a small sample of some of the tracks / booty’s / edits / mash ups I’ve been playing at gig’s over the last few months,” he explains. “It also has some new ones I intend on playing in the next few months plus a few one off edits that will probably only ever be heard on this mix.” We like the sound of that!

Thursday, 10 March 2011


One should always follow their dreams, however is it right to follow them at the expense of others happiness?
Im not sure...

In a shock announcement, Dim Mak Head Honcho Steve Aoki and Windmill Wizard Laidback Luke have revealed their plans to turn their backs on the music industry, follow their childhood dreams, and become airline pilots.

Pals, Tony Flexx & Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo have aired their displeasure re. Steve and Luke's 'flight 909' dream, saying, "it'll never take off"...


Just kidding!

Lords of the jacking, high-voltage dancefloor, Steve Aoki and Laidback Luke have team-up with the king of crunk, Lil’ Jon, to take you on a bass-thrashing, electro-frenzied ride that’s certain to smash sound systems all over the world.
Put your hands in the air and jump up toward the sky – hitting turbulence has never been such an enjoyable rush.


Funkagenda will always hold a very special place in my heart.

I paid my way through university as a DJ, and Funkagenda’s productions regularly found their way into my sets. He also happens to be the first Superstar DJ, Dirty Smart appeared on the back of!

His climb to DJ aristocracy has surpassed a major milestone. 50,000 fans on facebook!
As a thank you to all of his fans he has released a free track for peeps to download.

Message from Funkagenda...

"Thank you all so much for helping me to reach 50,000 followers on Facebook! It means a lot to me that you not only follow me, but also interract with me so often. Honestly, Twitter + Facebook have become like my friends... To show my appreciation, here is Shinjuku. You probably read about this when I had just finished writing it on my flight back from Japan. Since then it has been mixed + mastered + I am giving to you absolutely free! All I ask is that you don't share it on other sites. If people want it then give them this link, cuz every hit counts!
Many thanx for your loyalty + your friendship... FA x"

If your not already a fan of Funkagenda; become one!

Who knows what we’ll get when he surpasses 100k fans... A naked DJ set I heard... Swear im not gay!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011


BOOOM! Mustard Pimp have done it AGAIN!

Mustard Pimp - Catastrophe Mixtape Series Vol. 6

How to describe it...
Snort a gram of Tabasco and play chess with your severed fingers.

Mad props to this dark duo.
I’m off for a meeting with Satan.

Peace x

1)Serial Chillers - Euhm (Keatch Remix)
2)Jiza & Double Dose - You Trancey Huh
3)Lazy Ants - Shhhhh
4)Roggie - Event Horizon
5)Highbloo - Time To Change Part 2 (Keith & Supabeatz Remix)
6)Breepunkt - Slaves To The Rave
7)Sound Of Stereo - Hurricane
8)Autoerotique - Turn Up The Volume
9)Ado - Belter Drive
10)Ado - Jus Jerk
11)Acid Jacks & Lazy Ants - Ghetto
12)Cee Lo Green - Bright Lights, Bigger City (Tommy Sunshine & Gianni Marino Edit)
13)Deathface - Bloodrave
14)A1 Bassline - Bad Man Horror Theme (Mustard Pimp Remix) (F^K Y3AH! Edit)
15)Steve Aoki & Sidney Samson - Wake Up Call (Mustard Pimp Remix)
16)The Subs - The Face Of The Planet (Tai Remix)
17)Blatta & Inesha - Lady Don't Mind (Modek Remix)
18)Birdee - Freak (Jaimie Fanatic Remix)
19)DJ Antention - Ivan
20)Mustard Pimp & Jimmy Urine - Money Shot
21)Chappo - Come Home (Mustard Pimp Remix)
22)Mr Skeleton - Jackpot
23)Mustard Pimp ft. Blatta & Inesha - Dirty Knees
24)Depressed Buttons - Folding Protein (Reset! Remix)
25)Pink Is Punk - My Ferrari (Gigi Barocco Remix)
26)Santiago & Bushido ft. Colette - Give Something
27)Apparatus - One In The Chamber (Mr Skeleton Remix)
28)Life Express - Klobba
29)Home Alone - Acid Feast (Acess Denied Remix)
30)DIOYY - We Are the Dead (You Killing Me Remix)
31)Blatta & Inesha Feat. Doc Trashz (2 Guys In Venice Remix)
32)The Horrorist - Flesh Is The Fever


Few artists have polarised opinion of late like LA’s Skrillex. Gatecrashing and dominating the Beatport Top 10 with his Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites EP, his dirty, distorted take on cut-up electro and guttural dubstep has found him equal numbers of fans and haters it seems.

Speaking to inthemix while on his European tour, he confronted the haters side of things, saying it doesn’t really bother him too much. “I always get asked what’s up with all my haters but the thing is I’ve barely ever experienced it,” he said. “I just don’t go looking for them and I don’t read them. I know that Dubstep Forum has whole threads dedicated to me, which is very flattering, but they don’t like anything that isn’t a square wave of filter and an 808 kick, y’know? And there was this thing on the Erol Alkan Forum where they said that I had all these ghost-producers, so I had to step in and post that time.”

He puts the hate factor down to a backlash against a success rather than on personal taste or dislike however. “I see it happen on forums all the time, like on Dubstep Forum they fucking hate Rusko, Doctor P – all the best guys!” he continued.” At one point they were worshipped and then the minute they become successful everything flips,” he said. “I don’t really care, I just want to make music. That’s my thing; making music that I love and that pleases me. Whoever may naturally connect with the music is just a bonus."


So, I'm sending out orders a few weeks ago and I spot something that makes me double take...

Name: Michael Moor. Address: Germany. Order: Big Beats.

Could this be an order from the legendary Micha Moor?!

Being the geek I am, I look at Micha's DJ schedule, learn the german word for 'images' ('bilder'), and check out every club photo report I can get my paws on 1 week after sending out his order...

Lets just say, the above picture gives me 'Sherlock Holmes' bragging rights!

Mad props Micha!

Tuesday, 8 March 2011


The line-up for this year’s Creamfields UK (August 27th & 28th in Daresbury, Cheshire) has been unveiled, and it’s the usual mixture of big exclusives, international and UK talent and debuts.

Exclusives come from The Chemical Brothers, Tiesto, Paul van Dyk, Armin van Buuren and Swedish House Mafia, with notable debuts from the likes of Katy B, Skrillex, Feed Me, Holland’s Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and Carte Blanche, with 1Xtra, Cocoon and Pryda Friends amongst the arena hosts.

Check out the line-up below.


North Stage

The Chemical Brothers (Dance Festival Exclusive)
Magnetic Man
Katy B

Clublife Stage

Tiesto (UK Festival Exclusive)
Calvin Harris (DJ Set)
+ More

Paul van Dyk Presents Evolution

Paul van Dyk (UK Festival Exclusive)
Ferry Corsten
Eddie Halliwell
Judge Jules
John O'Callaghan
Giuseppe Ottaviani
Filo & Peri
Gareth Wyn

Pryda Friends

Eric Prydz
Pete Tong
James Zabiela
Joris Voorn
Sébastian Léger
Funk D’Void
Jeremy Olander

Size Matters

Steve Angello
Dirty South
Alex Metric
Dave Spoon
Third Party
Special Guest: Benny Benassi

Annie Mac Presents

Annie Mac
Erol Alkan
Boys Noize
Fake Blood Live
Jack Beats
Flight Facilities
+ More

BBC Radio 1Xtra

Andy C
Digital Soundboy System Featuring Shy FX / Breakage
Danny Byrd
B.Traits with Donaeo
Youngman + Stamina MC
DJ Fresh
Crissy Criss
MCs: Dynamite / GQ / IC3 / Nomad / Rod Azlan / Tonn

Hed Kandi Hospitality

Phil Faversham
Sam Cannon
Sarah Louise
Alan Hartley
Percussion: Steve Lewis
Saxophone: Yasmin


North Stage

David Guetta
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
+ More

South Stage

Armin van Buuren (UK Festival Exclusive)
Feed Me

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia (UK Festival Exclusive)
Calvin Harris (DJ Set)
Norman Doray
Thomas Gold


Above & Beyond
Gareth Emery
Markus Schulz
Hernan Cattaneo
Adam Sheridan
Rob Harnetty
Exclusive Special Guest: Paul Oakenfold

Mixmag Presents Cocoon

Sven Väth
Marco Carola
Josh Wink
Onur Özer
Tobi Neumann

Super You&Me

Laidback Luke
Wolfgang Gartner
Carte Blanche featuring: DJ Mehdi & Riton
Sidney Samson
Sandro Silva

Goodgreef Xtra-Hard

Lisa Lashes
Alex Kidd
Andy Whitby
Rob Tissera
Fausto B2B Phil York
Brian M Vs McBunn
Exclusive Live Debut: Organ Donors Live

Hed Kandi Hospitality

Andy Norman
Carl Hanaghan
Andy Daniels
Stephanie Jay
Alan Hartley
Percussion: Steve Lewis
Saxophone: Yasmin


Parklife 2011… We are in for a wild ride… Probably as much fun as it's possible to have in a Park...

Platt Fields Park. Fallowfield. Manchester.


Main Stage

Headliner announced 22nd March
Katy B
Fenech Soler
Dutch Uncles
Jaymo & Andy George
Will Tramp!


Boyz Noize
Fake Blood [Live]
Modeselektor & Pfadfinderei
Spank Rock & Amanda Black
Carte Blanche: Mehdi & Riton
James Rand

Simian Mobile Disco Delicatessen
Adam Beyer
Simian Mobile Disco [DJ Set]
James Holden
Psycatron [Live]

Crosstown & Friends

Seth Troxler
Jamie Jones
Damian Lazarus
Art Department
Robert James
Clive Henry

Now Wave

Hercules & Love Affair
Jamie xx
Mount Kimbie
Rob da Bank
Kode 9 & Space Ape
Matthew Dear [Live]
Space Dimension Controller
Chad Valley
Now Wave DJs

Ape x Metropolis

Sub Focus [Live]
Caspa & Rod Azlan
Breakage [Live ft Jess Mills]
Toddla T & MC DRS
Digital Soundboy S/System
Mista Jam
Riot Jazz
Silver & Prophecy
Rich Reason


Andy C & MC GQ
High Contrast
London Elektricity
Fresh b2b Brookes Bros
Danny Byrd
Alix Perez
Nu:Tone ft Natalie Williams
Camo & Krooked
MCs GQ, Wrec, Tonn Pipe

Also Featuring

Murkage DJs
Missionary DJs
Knee Deep
Good Vibrations
Dawn Raid
Belly Of The Beast
Bigger Than Barry
Gold Teeth
Abandon Silence


Main Stage

Chase & Status [Live]
Mark Ronson [DJ Set]
Skream & Benga
Annie Mac

Parklife Big Top

2manydjs [DJ Set]
Erol Alkan
James Zabiela
Riva Starr
Greg Lord

DJ Shadow
Hudson Mohawke
SBTRKT & Sampha
Ikonika & Optimum
L-Vis 1990
Jonny Dub

Now Wave

Mystery Jets
Darwin Deez
Egyptian Hip Hop
Keep Shelly in Athens
Star Slinger
Now Wave DJs
Will Tramp!

Ape x Metropolis

DJ Marky
DJ Hype

Horse Meat Disco

Tensnake [Live]
Horse Meat Disco
The Revenge
Mark E
Cutloose DJS

Juicy & Friends

Grandmaster Flash
Riot Jazz
Broke n English
Juciy DJs
Jonny Dub
Taste the Diff'rence
Hot Milk

Also Featuring

Total Garage
Take The Whole Cake
Low Down & Dirty
Heavy Rain
Eat My Beat
Dub Smugglers
Drop The Mustard
Audio Farm

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2011, a new year, new parties and new releases!
The upcoming Mightyfools single 'World Tour' blends heavy basslines with an epic breakdown, combined with 8 bit leads and fat drums.

For the first time you can hear 'World Tour' in it's fullest in this brand new Mightyfools mixtape. Containing all the hot promo's of the moment, the Mightyfools mixtapes always gets the attention from both fans and djs, who want to stay up to date on all new sounds.

The upcoming month you can find the Mightyfools in Budapest (Hungary) with Skrillex, Lisbon (Portugal) with Uffie, Bloemendaal (Netherlands) with Don Diablo and Hardwell, Bergamo (Italy) with Dr Lektroluv and in Vienna (Austria).

Check for an up to date schedule.

1. Steve Angello ft. Alex Metric - Open Your Eyes
2. Spencer & Hill - Yeah Yeah Yeah (Ron Vellow & Steff Da Campo Remix) [Mightyfools Edit]
3. Carl Louis & Martin Danielle - The Message
4. SwankyTunes - Oh Yeah
5. Avicii - Swede Dreams (Avicii Sweet Dub Remix)
6. Mightyfools - World Tour
7. The Subs ft Highbloo - Don't Stop
8. Alex Kenji - No Matter What They Say
9. Tai - Big Bass Drum (Bart B More Remix)
10. Breakdown - Zwiggy
11. Mightyfools - California Roll
12. AutoErotique - Turn Up The Volume
13. Laidback Luke & Steve Aoki ft. Lil Jon - Turbulence
14. Steve Angello vs Tom Staar - Where You Staar (Mightyfools Mashup)
15. Nick Thayer - Cash Money
16. Moonbootica - Tonight (Herve Remix)
17. Dada Life - White Noise / Red Meat
18. Blatta & Inesha - Basso Grasso (Mightyfools Remix)
19. Sound Of Stereo - Hurricane
20. Highbloo - Time To Change

Monday, 7 March 2011


So. It's Saturday night. I'm in Liverpool at Cream, celebrating Dirty Smart's 2nd Birthday with a bunch of legends. The lineup was incredible.. Laidback Luke, Sidney Samson, Wolfgang, Funkagenda, Chris Lake, Michael Woods, Above & Beyond & John O Callaghan.

It’s 3.30am. Laidback Luke is rocking it, and he drops some sort of crazy beatbox acapella of Blau!
Being the loser that I am, I did some stalking of the Dutchman to find out what this bit of genius was. Turns out it was created by Luke, and a bunch of friends (collectively known as the Stupids) and it is named the Blau-pella!

1 word. Dope.

2 links for you…
One is a rip from Laidback Luke -
Super You & Me Radio (Club FG 2010-12-18)

The second is it going off in club SaSaZu in Prague.


It's funny how some of the greatest moments of your life are also the stupidest...

5th March will go in my memory bank as a night to remember. At the risk of sounding like a massive namedropper, I want to share a special moment.

2.30am. I’m in the DJ booth with Laidback Luke. Long story as to how I managed to have the privilege of being in this position. In honesty I had to pinch myself to remind myself I wasn’t dreaming...

So; im in the booth, having a dance off with Luke's tour manager (Tony Flexx), watching the crowd go CRAZY; and I see some guy in the crowd holding up his iPhone with the scrolling text:


I double take, and see that this guy is rockin' out next to a guy wearing a Dirty Smart t-shirt!
After BIG lols, I left the comfort of the booth, found this bloke, and rocked out with him for the next 30 mins. Front row centre obvs.

3.30am, and im back in the DJ booth, joker grin on my face, cutting shapes; and I spot the same guy. This time half naked, holding up his iPhone with the scrolling message:


Next thing I know a sweaty t-shirt hits me in the face!! I oblige, whip off my tee (Dirty Smart 'Booom') and throw it at him!

Never before have I been so happy to be covered in another mans sweat, HOWEVER, wasn’t happy that his tee was a small and I rock an XL!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011


Last October, London legends Ministry of Sound picked a group of new residents for their flagship venue in Elephant & Castle. Now they’re furthering their drive to cultivate their talents and spread their reputations by launching a new Club Residents CD series, kicking off with Micahel Woods’ effort on April 25th.

The big room house producer has already performed a residency for Cream Ibiza at Amnesia, and received heavy support from Deadmau5 – featuring on his Mau5trap label and his UK tour, with remix requests for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Underworld, Martin Solveig, Estelle, P Diddy and Timbaland & Missy Elliot to boot.

The compilation is 100% his own material, with three exclusive tracks made especially for the album (Front Line, What's What and I Hate Love). Full details below.


1. Michael Woods – Front Line
2. Michael Woods – First Aid
3. Michael Woods – What’s What
4. Ginuwine Ft. Timbaland & Missy Elliot – Get Involved (Michael Woods Dub Mix)
5. Michael Woods – I Hate Love
6. Michael Woods – Midnight Run
7. Martin Solveig – Hello (Michael Woods Remix)
8. Deadmau5 – I Said (Michael Woods Remix)
9. Chris Lake & Michael Woods – Dominoes
10. Michael Woods – Nitro
11. Michael Woods – Dropzone
12. Moguai – Oyster (Michael Woods Remix)
13. Michael Woods – No Access
14. Michael Woods – Dynamik
15. La Roux – In For The Kill (Michael Woods Remix)

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