TRANIA joins the IV International Forum and ethno-art music festival „Without Borders“

TRANIA joins the IV International Forum and ethno-art music festival "Without Borders"Just a few weeks before the start of the IV International Forum and ethno-art and music festivalWithout Borders„, MIKA has the pleasure to meet up with Walter Vella, one of the very talented musicians in TRANIA (Malta). Trania is the result of an artistic collaboration between musicians Walter Vella (saxes and flutes), Joseph Camilleri (percussion), Mark Attard (keyboards) and Nadine Axisa (vocals). With their vast musical experience and exposure, ranging from Rock to Reggae to World Music and Jazz, the TRANIA musicians believe that contemporary Maltese ethnic/folk music should not be confined within the island’s borders for its inspiration. North African, Middle Eastern and Sicilian sounds have a heavy presence in their music, and the combination of these gives Trania a very distinct musical identity.

With no doubt TRANIA will be one of the most interesting artists that are joining the music festival „Without Borders“  that will take place this year between 13 and 15 September in the resort Albena„, Bulgaria

MIKA talks with TRANIA’s saxes and flutes artist Walter Vella.

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Ron Carroll, Dany Cohiba & The Henchmen – Love Set’s Free – Part.1

Ron Carroll, Dany Cohiba & The Henchmen - Love Set's Free - Part.1Chicago based writer, producer, singer and DJ Ron Carroll wrote and sung on many major singles such as „Lucky Star“ with SuperFunk, „What A Wonderful World“ with Bob Sinclar & Axwell, „Back Together“ with Hardsoul, „When You Got Love“ with Michael Canitrot, „Everybody Movin“ with Bob Sinclar, „Tribute“ with Bob Sinclar, „Walking The Street“ & „Bump To Dis“ which was produced by Ron Carroll himself and remixed by Bart B More.

For this release Ron teamed up with spanish producer Dany Cohiba and french producer The Henchmen to create another wonderful piece of house music with a driving piano hook and outstanding vocals. Next to the great original mix, we have a whole bunch of mixes spread over 2 parts of releases. Part 1 provides a smashing remix by Dave Rose (Tiger Records, Urbana, Pornostar) as well as a tribal influenced bigroom mix by Greek talent Argento.

Part 2 comes up with a peaktime mix by DJ Kone & Marc Palacios (Hotfingers, Caballero, Do The Hip), a wonderful deep house mix by Born To Funk and last but not least a classic house mix by Jolyon Petch.

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Martin East Project ft. Jared Douglas: Lead Me On

Martin East Project ft. Jared Douglas: Lead Me OnMartin East joins forces once again with long time cohort, Jared Douglas, ready to inject their beautifully distinctive deep and soulful vibes back to our dance floors once again. ‘Lead Me On’ is sexy, deep house outing as you’d expect from this mighty duo, beautiful keys and blissful beats, drizzled with Jared’s silky smooth vocal. Also on the package Australia‘s Husky delivers a bumping deep groove vocal and dub mixes, complete with a fizzing electronica and lush keys. Keys Snow works his afrocentric Jo-burg magical key wizardry over a hot bed of organic beats and round off the release, Bali‘s Rok Sivante offers a minimal flavoured deep chugger, drizzled with atmospheric ethereal breakdowns.

Martin East has been Musical Director at Bali’s famous Rock Bar since 2010.  He has presently holds a residency at Ku De Ta for 3 years also.  Before living in Bali Martin was a major part of the LA dance scene and his Mundial Party was recognised as one of the best nights LA had to offer. His Label, Kapa Music in LA has had a number of Deep and Soulful house hits and personally Martin has found songs of his on compilations from Jay Hannan’s Bargrooves, Om Beached, Roger Sanchez’s Release series to a recent release on the new Black Coffee/Joe Claussell compilation for Club Djoon on BBE.

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Blackhall & Bookless will be playing at SW4, Zoo Project Festival & Beacon Festival

Blackhall & Bookless will be playing at SW4, Zoo Project Festival & Beacon FestivalSummer 2013 has already been pretty special for Geordie duo, Blackhall and Bookless, the driving force behind the internationally recognised brand Jaunt. Having wowed clued up clubbers with their unmistakable house and techno vibes at two of the biggest clubs in the world, Space (Ibiza) and Fabric (London), the Whitley Bay lads are now preparing to play at some of the biggest festivals in the UK.

Having already played alongside The Chemical Brothers, 2ManyDJs and Pete Tong at the world famous Space Ibiza Opening Fiesta, Christopher Blackhall and Christopher Bookless will play at London’s SW4 on August 24, Beacons Festival on August 16 and Zoo Project Festival on August 30.

As the biggest names in the house and techno circuit descend into South West London to form the biggest line up SW4 has ever showcased, the lads are in good company as they prepare to deliver one of their unmistakable deep, groove-ridden house and techno sets as part of South West 4’s Tenth Anniversary celebrations.

The duo will play alongside some of the world’s best house and techno talent. With a line-up featuring Carl Cox, Loco Dice and Eric Morillo, SW4’s summer line up boasts some of the best house and techno talent in the industry. The North East’s finest promoters will then join some of the biggest names in electronic dance music at Zoo Project festival in Kettering, Northamptonshire

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The Prodigy Set A New Record for Terraneo Festival 2013

The Prodigy Set A New Record for Terraneo Festival 2013

Continuing the tradition as of one of the best live bands in the world, The Prodigy have set a new record last night at the first night of Terraneo Festival in Šibenik. The band thrilled the 15,000 strong audience with a two-hour long energetic performance, after which it became clear why their rider included a bottle of oxygen. The Prodigy will certainly go down in Terraneo history as the band that performed in front of the largest crowd so far, and selling out on the opening night of the festival. Needless to say, all performers contributed to the perfect start to the festival, including; Emiliana Torrini, The Woods, Norman Jay, Koan Sound, Kawasaki 3P and many more….

After the furious opening of the festival, the second day continued with a over 10000 people enjoying the great atmosphere and a more alternative approach to music, with performances from: Bosnian Rainbows, post-punk veterans Gang of Four, led by Andy Gill, Calexico, My Bloody Valentine, Rob Garza, and the ever unique singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik to name but a few.

The festival finale on Friday night attracted over 13,000 people with highly anticipated performances from Aloe Black and the legendary Wu Tang Clan. Other artists who kept the party atmosphere going strong included; Cloud Nothings, The Cribs, Darkwood Dub, The Bots, Blond:ish and Dubfire. The festival ended at the Red Bull Academy Stage where Eddy Ramich and Mad Mats held a great back 2 back set as the first rays of sunshine appeared and the festival was officially over having surpassed the expectations of the festival organisers.

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The Thrillseekers With York & Asheni – Daydream on Adjusted Music

The Thrillseekers With York & Asheni – Daydream on Adjusted MusicHere it is, then, the long-awaited collaboration between two of trance music’s pioneers: The Thrillseekers and York, featuring the divine vocals of Asheni. Daydream started out life as a down tempo track on York’s recent album, Islanders. In this outing, though, The Thrillseekers have notched up the energy levels to produce a classic Balearic vibe for the dance floor. With York’s distinctive guitars, and The Thrillseekers well-crafted melodies, we think you’ll agree we have a classic in the making.

The Thrillseekers Club Mix has featured on both Armin van Buuren’s ASOT and Markus Schulz’s Global DJ Broadcast and continues to gain support.

On remix duties we have drafted in Will Atkinson and Lostly to give the track the full 138 treatment. It’s hard to choose a favourite here, so we’ll leave that up to you to decide.

The Official Video was filmed on and around the beautiful island of Antigua. Make sure you don’t miss this one!

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Ricky Galliano feat. Fatman Scoop ‘Pump The World’

Ricky Galliano feat. Fatman Scoop ‘Pump The World’ ‘Pump The World’ marks the birth of the new dance label, Week’N’Dance! Firing all cylinders, Week’N’Dance make a grand entrance with 2 giant talents of the electronic dance music world – Swiss producer Ricky Galliano and Grammy Award winning US vocalist Fatman Scoop. ‘Pump The World’ is charged with positive party energy and a catchy vocal hook that’s armed with a message calling for Joy and unity throughout the world. The package also features a version from Italian producer Antony Fennel, who delivers a monstrous slice of peak time dancefloor action, pulsing with exhillarating breakdowns. Purple Music boss Jamie Lewis, whips up a powerful electro disco storm with sexy ‘Moroderesque’ style synths and grooving beats as Fatman beckons us all to “PUUUUMP IT UUUUP!!!” 

Ricky Galliano and his producer David Roy thought about the perfect video for ‘Pump the World’, with their goal to involve high level personality Mr David Ebner –  the effects director of many successful films like including ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’, ‘Avatar’, ‘Sin City’ and ‘Alice In Wonderland’. David Ebner accepted their offer and has created a real gift to the song thanks to his amazing talents, directing the whole video!

Ricky Galliano discovered his passion for music at the early age of 6 when he attended song school participating in several shows. In 1994, he heard a trance song for the first time, ‘Nuclear Sun’, that inspired him to start writing music himself and also began to discover luminaries such as Masters At Work, Dj Spen, Erick Morillo, Roger Sanchez, David Morales, among others.

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Ziggy Funk: ‘When In Vegas EP’

Ziggy Funk: ‘When In Vegas EP'Favouritizm are thrilled to welcome the young and highly talented Ziggy Funk to the label with a monster triple tracker, ‘When In Vegas EP‘. Those who like a lil’ Jazz in the House will welcome this tasty package, as Ziggy demonstrates his ability to create the slickest of grooves powered by sublime jazzy hooks, tipping his hat to the glory days of Acid Jazz and hey presto(!) ‘cool’ is reborn once again! ;) Ziggy opens with ‘Red 32′, which comes armed with a cool piano hook, jazzy brass stabs, topped off with some serious freestyle key work. Follows is the sax driven ‘Free Your Mind‘, laced with funky guitar licks and hammond sweeps, underpinned by bouncing beats – oh, watch out for the bass licks!. Closing this wonderful Summer package on a more downtempo vibe is the deep funky groove ‘City Of Sin’ which offers a hefty vibes hook, oozing with class and atmosphere! 

London‘s young Ziggy Funk has been involved with music for many years, his musical journey was spawned out of curiosity rather than a musical family upbringing. Picking up and learning the guitar at a young age led him to play in numerous bands, exploring different styles from Funk, hip-hop, jazz, blues and world music in his repertoire. Fast forward a few years and Ziggy fell in love with house music and began to hone his skills as a producer and DJ. Playing at many great venues such The Roundhouse, The Big Chill’ festival, East Village and the infamous Soul Heaven night’s, Ziggy is a premier member of the london soulful DJ set and holds a residency at Deep Into Soul. 

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Ziggy Funk: ‘When In Vegas EP’

Ziggy Funk: ‘When In Vegas EP'Favouritizm are thrilled to welcome the young and highly talented Ziggy Funk to the label with a monster triple tracker, ‘When In Vegas EP‘. Those who like a lil’ Jazz in the House will welcome this tasty package, as Ziggy demonstrates his ability to create the slickest of grooves powered by sublime jazzy hooks, tipping his hat to the glory days of Acid Jazz and hey presto(!) ‘cool’ is reborn once again! ;) Ziggy opens with ‘Red 32′, which comes armed with a cool piano hook, jazzy brass stabs, topped off with some serious freestyle key work. Follows is the sax driven ‘Free Your Mind‘, laced with funky guitar licks and hammond sweeps, underpinned by bouncing beats – oh, watch out for the bass licks!. Closing this wonderful Summer package on a more downtempo vibe is the deep funky groove ‘City Of Sin’ which offers a hefty vibes hook, oozing with class and atmosphere! 

London‘s young Ziggy Funk has been involved with music for many years, his musical journey was spawned out of curiosity rather than a musical family upbringing. Picking up and learning the guitar at a young age led him to play in numerous bands, exploring different styles from Funk, hip-hop, jazz, blues and world music in his repertoire. Fast forward a few years and Ziggy fell in love with house music and began to hone his skills as a producer and DJ. Playing at many great venues such The Roundhouse, The Big Chill’ festival, East Village and the infamous Soul Heaven night’s, Ziggy is a premier member of the london soulful DJ set and holds a residency at Deep Into Soul. 

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Paul van Dyk Feels the Need for FEED: Picnic With PvD On Governors Island, NYC!

Paul van Dyk Feels the Need for FEED: Picnic With PvD On Governors Island, NYC!In collaboration with the highly respected FEED organization and through his upcoming NYC Governors Island show on Sunday August 11th, Paul van Dyk will help generate over 1800 meals for America’s kids in need. Revealing first details of the enterprise though his Google+ page, PvD has collaborated with RPM Presents and Pacha NYC to organize the ‘PvD Picnic.’ Want to get together with Paul to benefit this great cause, XL your Governors Island experience, AND meet the man himself? Here’s how! 

Nearly as well known these days for his charitable undertakings as for his on-stage/in-studio music activities, electronic music iconoclast Paul van Dyk has cooked up a wonderful benefit for FEED PROJECTS! Through the non-profit charity’s partnership with retailer Target, the Grammy-nominated DJ & producer is offering fans the chance to purchase 40 Exclusive VIP FEED MEET & GREET Picnic Baskets at his Governors Island show in NYC on Sunday, August 11 (4pm – 12am).

On announcing his latest open-hand enterprise, Paul said, “It is heartening to enable my fans to connect to FEED’s admirable efforts in such a positive and enjoyable way. Electronic music lovers are some of the most engaging people in the world, and, as with previous efforts in this area, I am indebted to them for helping make a very real and very significant difference here.”

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