Stee Downes back with new Sonar Kollektiv release ‘Caught Up’

Amsterdam based Dubliner Stee Downes has lined up the first release of his new album for the 12th of the month.  ‘Caught Up’ is a fun-filled, poppy number composed of a groovy bassline, some sexy guitar licks and as always a stellar vocal performance. A great track to close out the summer for the Sonar Kollektiv man, who is for us one of the most under-appreciated Irish artists, a real talent in our electronic scene.

The release comes with a host of tidy remixes, which includes jams from Kyodai, Sonar Kollektiv A&R-manager Alex Barck and Paskal & Urban Absolutes. The Digital bonus tracks also feature Australian Rocco Raimundo’s remix and an instrumental of the original.

Moreover, make sure to keep an eye out for Stee’s collaboration with Flight Facilities, which is coming soon on the new album from the latter entitled ‘Down To Earth’.

For those who missed it at the start of the summer Stee Downes, featured as one of our podcast pioneers, rinsing a quality hour of his favourite deep tunes, which you can catch below. Free download too, so snap that up!!

London’s Music Tech Fest returns September 5-7th

The Music Tech Fest returns this week, kicking off September 5th. It’s truly a “festival of music ideas” which unites the entire music technology ecosystem under one roof and provides a creative platform for collaboration and co-creation by hackers, musicians, innovative start-ups, independent and major music labels and technology companies.

The event takes place in London at the LSO St Luke’s from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th September.

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Mayhem At The Zoo

For some particular reason I had avoided making the trip to what was once a fully functioning zoo for the infamous Zoo Project in all the years I had been visiting the White Isle. However this summer it was firmly on the list and I am delighted to say it was a resounding HIT!

Situated on the grounds of Gala Night Park in an old abandoned in the hills of Benimussa, Ibiza the party has steadily grown in momentum over the past few years offering the islands crowds an entirely different experience to anything else available. This is a more fun side to Ibiza, nobody is taking themselves too seriously and enjoying yourself is the end goal, as the sign says ‘In this House, we laugh a lot, we get silly, we show respect, we love hugs, we feed the djs, we are family! The paint, the performers and the atmosphere all lend themselves to a hell of a party and this reviewer got the feeling that some of the original fun of Ibiza has been brought back with this adventurous party.

One of the most interesting aspects of the Zoo Project has been the effortless blend of underground talent with more well known names to create a diverse melting pot of music that is unrivalled in Ibiza. The careful selection of underground talents also makes the Zoo the perfect place to spot the up and coming performers who may be moving on to bigger things in the future. For those who love to constantly claim to their friends that they ‘knew about DJ Wizzles before anyone else’ this is a definite boon.

George

On the evening in question we were greeted by one of the tastiest lineups of the season which included George Fitzgerald, Dana Ruh, A Guy Called Gerald and Federico Grazzini as well as a host of well respected talent. Our earbuds were buzzing from the word go as we enjoyed a stellar set from the legend that is A Guy Called Gerald and the eclectic grooves of Berlin based Dana Ruh. The main events were about to unfold however as we were treated to a pair of very special sets from George Fitz and in the seal pit, Zoo favourite Federico Grazzini. Mr Fitzgerald was on point with his bouncy tribal tinged house satisfying the masses at the main outdoor stage. Running through a number of well selected tech numbers there was an undeniable buzz in the air as the animals of the zoo came to life. Tracks like Ben Teufels tech release Gran Cassa and the thumping Guestlist from JMP, DJ Freespirit and DJ Tim fueled an already buzzing crowd and lifted them to an almost hedonistic level.

It was then time for a move back to the seal pit to see the ever impressive Federico Grazzini. The Italian spinner is well ensconced as a resident of the zoo and knows exactly how to operate surrounded by the madness of animal dancers, swimmers and general mayhem makers. His careful blend of house and techno ensures the crowd are always at peak level as they surround the seal pit. The madness reached its peak with Federico dropping his very own ‘The Next Level’ to devastating effect with a few short minutes to go till close of business. From there the only way was up and he closed the night out with a little Donna Summer as everyone made their way back to their respective homes (or on to greater conquests) in empowered form. For When We Dip it was confirmed, Zoo project is an unmissable part of Ibiza which needs to be experienced before you can say you’ve seen all the hotspots of Ibiza. WWD recommended!

P.S Make sure to get the paint! You won’t regret it.

Diynamic Hit The Spot At Cova Santa

There was something incredibly alluring about the prospective of an open air party hosted by the crew from Diynamic. For starters their open brand of house & techno lends itself perfectly to the wide expanse of the great outdoors. They’re also renowned for their party throwing abilities (think Sankeys the last two summers before this and numerously well received label showcases) and finally they posses one of the hottest talents in dance music as their fearless leader in Solomun. So its fair to say we didn’t need much of an arm twist to get us up that hill to the delightfully placed Cova Santa venue which is in the hands of the Amnesia owners at the moment.

It was a rather different question altogether though as to whether the party could live up to its undeniable promise. So with bated breath we made the journey from San Antonio on a balmy Thursday evening. WWD favourites NTFO were first up to the plate and they duly delivered. Showcasing that punchy house sound which has made them a favourite with Diynamic’s loyal followers, they rocked through a succession of their own tracks while also throwing in some subtle groovers for those who had arrived early. By the time they stepped to the side there was a small buzz growing on the mountain but it was undoubtedly H.O.S.H who made the moves to set the place ablaze.

The ‘Captain’ as he is fondly known is enjoying a summer to remember in Ibiza and farther afield thanks to some stellar productions this year and a boatparty which justifies his moniker and has been going down very well. He stepped things up a level with the likes of Captain and Solomun collaboration Sonnenbrand while also throwing in one or two ID’s which sounded suspiciously like Adriatique. Although it was just approaching the hour of 8, you sensed the party was about to take off before a much needed respite was provided by the incredibly talented Stimming who’s live set brought a different dimension to proceedings, cooling things off slightly after the uptempo efforts of H.O.S.H while introducing some more melodic elements. Towards the end of his set the Hamburg native raised the tempo with a few tech groovers to lift the mood and leave things perfectly placed for what was to follow.

diynamic

When the time came for the final showcase the attendance had increased considerably as had the tempo, everybody properly prepped for the double act of Solomun b2b Adriatique. Upping things with crowd favourites like the Manuel Tur remix of Dance, Release and Adriatique’s Rolling Stone the pair intertwined beautifully and it was clear a real party was in swing. Later as the crowd favourites rang out accross the ibizan hills it was clear that this had been an inspired move from the Diynamic boys and one that adds to their considerable reputation on the island. Track of the night might just have been the new one from Stan Ritch – World Gate on Sintope Digital which we covered earlier in the week. The sound typyefies that Diynamic groove and there is a magical build which heightens the desire to loose your shit.

If you want a taste of Ibiza that is utterly different to what else is on offer than this is the one for you. WWD recommended.