Will Clarke drops his second EP on Truesoul this year, building on an impressive debut during winter.
We got our first taste of Will Clarke sonic prowess in February when he teamed up with Eli Brown to deliver the wicked acid house fireball ‘Our Love’. The track stands as a 2019 highlight for Truesoul and ensured Will was in pole position for a follow up on Adam Beyer’s label.
‘Nothing Is Forever’ comes a mere six months later and stands as Will’s first instrumental EP, eschewing his normal vocal-orientated approach to craft a trio of melodically rich cuts. ‘Mucaj’ drips with atmosphere, driven by layered chords and shimmering tops. The title track exudes a peak-time stomp as persistent synths build and undulate with thrilling intensity, all with a menacing retro-techno tinge. ‘Meta’ was made during a pre-dawn session in Will’s studio and is another of the artist’s brilliant juxtapositions of darkness and light, as searing subterranean synth lines and knife-sharp percussion give space to a stirring string sequence.
Drumcode mainstay Bart Skils links up with emerging DJ/producer Weska for a maiden collaboration.
The duo first met in 2013 when Bart played Toronto’s iconic Coda, where Weska was a regular. In friendship and in music, they clicked effortlessly. Since then, the Dutchman has become one of DC’s most vital contributors, releasing a consistent stream of standout productions on the label, highlighted by the now-classic ‘Your Mind’ with Adam Beyer. Meanwhile the rhythmic power of Weska’s productions caught the ear of Beyer who gave the young Canadian his debut on the imprint with ‘Other Places’ when ‘A-Sides Vol.7’ dropped last summer.
When Weska migrated to Berlin a plan was hatched to collaborate, with the pair swapping ideas back and forth, before linking up in Amsterdam to finish the work. The propulsive ‘Polarize’ EP is the result, a pair of cuts that have highlighted Beyer’s gigs at Department Festival in Stockholm, Junction 2 and his behemoth B2B with Cirez D at EDC Vegas. The title cut packs a punch with rugged basslines and pin-sharp percussion, while stabs of melody dip in and out with euphoric effect. ‘Lost On You’ is a heady trip into the abyss with a sinister vocal line and powerful climax.
‘Camargue’ gets a fresh treatment on Drumcode, as a handful of techno’s finest give new life to an R&S classic.
Coming from the studio of CJ Bolland and Portuguese journeyman The Advent, the track was born out of a golden age of Belgium dance music and first released in 1992. It stands as one of the most treasured pieces of vinyl in Adam Beyer’s collection and this six-part compilation of remixes and remakes marks a highpoint in Drumcode’s history.
The package consists of a punchy pin-sharp 2019 version of the original, as CJ Bolland and The Advent polish the edges of their time-honoured rave favourite. Maceo Plex makes his return to DC after 2014’s ‘Conjure Dreams’ and his is a bustling industrial take, with distorted vox that gives way to sheaths of stirring melody, before the spine-tingling chords enter the fore and the cut drops into broken beats. Vintage Maceo. Enrico Sangiuliano delivers a trademark cosmic rework underlined by tribal bass stabs and twisted synth lines to accompany the famous riff. It’s an outstanding remake that’s already a big summer favourite for the Drumcode crew. Adam Beyer and Layton Giordani team up with their own groove-injected, future-focused adaption, all the while never losing sight of the misty-eyed spirit of the original. In contrast to the peak-time prowess of the other respective versions, rising Dutch talent Keith Carnal moulds a liquid smooth interpretation heavy on hypnosis and sparse drums. The Advent rounds out the package with his own fresh version, a whip-smart cut that chops and changes between pounding drums, dreamy synth interludes and warbled effects.
“Camargue is one of my favourite tracks of all-time and has been part of my life for 25 years. To put it out on Drumcode with fresh remixes is a dream come true.” – Adam Beyer
Always one step ahead of the game, Bart Skils has established himself as one of Holland’s most respected and highly demanded techno dj’s. His dj sets are celebrated by techno lovers as extremely forward thinking and musically well constructed.
Being part of Adam Beyer’s leading techno imprint Drumcode Records with likeminded artists such as Alan Fitzpatrick, Joseph Capriati, Nicole Moudaber, Luigi Madonna and Sam Paganini they represent the future of the forward thinking techno generation.
His constant flow of top quality releases are internationally rated as some of the most cutting edge techno tracks focussing on pure dancefloor grooves and atmosphere. His massive productions gave him opportunities to remix artists like Moby, Joris Voorn, Nicole Moudaber, Kaiserdisco, Johannes Heil and Kollektiv Turmstrasse.
Besides his passion for dj-ing and producing Skils’ long running residency at his own Amsterdam based imprint “Voltt” have proven pivotal in bringing Amsterdam’s New School generation together. Voltt is widely regarded as one of the leading events in Amsterdam’s internationally acclaimed scene. His massive outdoor festival “Voltt Loves Summer” is praised by many as an absolute highlight of the year; over 15.000 party people attend yearly at an old shipyard in Amsterdam.
His in demand gigs and tour schedule brought him to numerous venues and events worldwide like Awakenings Amsterdam, Berghain Berlin, Fabric London, Cocorico Italy, Rex Paris and Wire festival Tokyo. With these continuous gigs all over Europe and constant flow of releases Skils’ dj star has been rising steadily and is shining bright. Persistently rocking venues and festival sites, he has further underlined his position as one of Amsterdam’s most reliable and authorative dj’s. Bart’s long lasting experience as a dj and his ability to move effortlessly from deep hypnotizing grooves to rolling peaktime techno make Skils a sure-fire crowdmover at any given party.
The story starts in 2013 where a longing to share avant-garde music culminated in the creation of the channel – an outlet intent on showcasing nothing but the most distinctive four to the floor sounds.
Mia Mendi has relentlessly evolved moment to moment, both stylistically and conceptually. Fast-forward to present day and the name now represents an artistic duo obsessed with uniting melancholic ambience, loaded drums and modulating melodic leads, through producing their own tracks and DJing.
This is esoteric production beautifully sewn together with the threads of bedlam – made to move you through a string of sombre dreams.
Earlier this year, Above & Beyond performed some of their best-loved songs acoustically as part of a 15-piece band, across four sold out shows at London’s famous Porchester Hall. The response from fans was overwhelming and led to two sold-out nights at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles in October, described by Billboard Magazine as “one of the finest and more memorable shows in EDM history.”
Above & Beyond partnered with THUMP on the production and filming of the London shows to create a concert film that captures the Porchester Hall performances and the story behind the acoustic project. The songs performed at Porchester Hall also form the basis of the “Above & Beyond Acoustic” studio album, which was recorded in the spring and summer of 2013 and features a 24-piece orchestra.
Last Friday, “I Want You” from Tiësto and Mike Williams was released on Musical Freedom. Mike joined us to discuss how the two came to work together, their intentions with the track, and some of the special shows where he’s gotten to share the stage with Tiësto.
How did you come to collaborate with Tiësto on this “I Want You”?
Tiësto and I met each other during Amsterdam Dance Event last year. We had a nice talk and afterwards I sent him some of my music. He liked it so after a couple of months we came up with the idea to start on a collab. It was really fun to work with him!
What was the inspiration for “I Want You”? What was the production process like?
We really tried to make a melodic but still groovy track, something we both could play in our sets. Eventually we ended up at version 21 of “I Want You,” which in our opinion had the best sound. Of course Tiësto tours a lot so we weren’t able to finish it in a short time, but two weeks before UMF in Miami “I Want You” was ready to be played!
You’ve had the chance to play some shows with Tiësto and appear on stage with him at some of the world’s biggest festivals. Do you have a favorite experience or show you’ve done with him?
For me it really was a dream come true! At first, when I heard I would go on stage with Tiësto at UMF, I didn’t believe it haha! Of course joining him on stage at Ultra and Tomorrowland was amazing, but also the shows we did together in Las Vegas and Bulgaria were so intense! I’ll never forget those!
What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned from him production wise? How about outside of the studio? Production wise, I learned from him that you should never give up on a project too soon. I have the tendency to stop working on a project when I’ve lost my motivation, and he told me to just keep going and eventually it will work out! Outside of the studio he taught me a lot about the tour life of a DJ and how to build up your sets with different kinds of audiences.
The track already boasts some big name artist support like many of your other tracks. Are there any artists playing your music that you are surprised by or get particularly excited about?
It’s amazing to see so many big DJs support my tracks. A couple of weeks ago I heard that David Guetta and Steve Aoki also played my track “Sweet & Sour.” That was unbelievable to hear!
What does the rest of the year hold in store for you?
I have a lot of new tracks coming up! A new remix, a new solo track and a cool collab. I’m doing some really cool shows as well and of course ADE is gonna be awesome!