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  • Progressive Review: JES - Ghost (ZOYA Remix) out on Black Hole Recordings

     


    Songs are seemingly now more than ever just passing through. They can rule the world for a heartbeat and then seemingly vanish, rarely to be heard again. “Ghost,” by Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and DJ, JES, is different.

    “Ghost” has dwelled in the charts and clubs for over a decade and has lived up to its title by making its presence felt long after it has passed. It gets into your heart, under your skin, and into your head in a way few songs seem to and won’t let go.


    Leading off with one of the definitive vocal performances in electronic music and the simple words “I was a Ghost before you came,” the song conjures fierce worlds of hope and determination. It leads us through the dark and lonely places we all go, and come back stronger for having visited. The enduring lyrics speak today with the same force they did when it was first released.

    “Ghost” has been re-imagined numerous times with many notable remixes and releases. This latest re-work comes from Bulgarian Progressive savant ZOYA, who brings an undoubted flare and bubbling groove. Retaining all the emotion and sentiment of the original, ZOYA's inspired production skills have resulted in a beautiful, melodic, flowing rendition of a classic that will have you dancing into the sunset one more time.



    Dimitri Kechagias review:
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    [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]When a song is truly beautiful and exceptional then you get many remixes through the years as the track manage to speak to the hearts and communicate with those that know it already but also to the new audience that discover the track with the new remix. The outstanding JES is back with her eternal classic Ghost with the beloved ZOYA on remix duties. ZOYA has build great reputation with her melodic house/deep progressive tracks released lately on Black Hole Recordings. Her remix of course respects the indie dance vibe of the original by adding upon the deep pounding basslines, thumping drums, chunky grooves and hypnotic atmosphere some brilliant guitar riffs and melodramatic strings in the breakdown to highlight the emotional depth of the track. The result is an attractive remix that will get many plays particularly in the summer holiday resorts as it has that magical balearic feel. #PureGold Love IT[/content]
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  • Trance Review: John O'Callaghan - Pebble Beach out on Subculture

    Tracklist
    01: John O'Callaghan ‘Pebble Beach’ (Peaceful Mix)
    02: John O'Callaghan ‘Pebble Beach’ (Original Mix)
    03: John O'Callaghan ‘Pebble Beach’ (Extended Mix)

    In our current times, we’re all after a bit of reassurance … That John O’Callaghan would start the year with anything other than a gift of track, well, naturally, none needed there! It’s a melodically framed number, the tone of which casts a longing eye at seasons to come. No concerns either about it being anything but the worthiest of follow-ups to his stellar 2023 output (‘Impulse Barrier’, ‘Power Of Now’ and ‘Reality’). No, we’re talking a broader type of assurance here … and that’s something ‘Pebble Beach’ is ready to deliver by the (bucket and) spade-full.


    “Don’t worry, everything’s going to be okay … here at Pebble Beach” refrains the track, and backed by JOC’s transcendental pads, swimming chords and halcyon melodies, it more than makes the case. As the break’s lightly plucked strings ebb and its synths start to flow however, John redirects its production to the sky.

    In keeping with his most recent Subculture outing (the Sue McLaren/Paul Skelton collab ‘Power Of Now’), John’s added something diverse to the release’s make-up. Reconnecting with his chill side, he’s included a Peaceful Mix, which serves as an elegiac overture/outro to its Original and Extended versions.



    Find the trail to ‘Pebble Beach’ here from today!

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    [item value="10"]John O'Callaghan - Pebble Beach [/item]
    [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]John O'Callaghan is considered as one of the most talented producers in the trance scene with midas touch turning into gold whatever he touches with his studio magic wand. Pebble Beach is not an exception in the great stream of top releases. The main extended mix is euphoric uplifting trance at its best with great nearly balearic style pulsating basslines, thumping drums, intense kicks and sharp melodies that beautifully build the tension towards the breakdown. With cool spoken vocal sample, airy pads, smooth piano chords and slowly arising swirling euphoric synthy leads that will drive into frenzy any trance fan who appreciates great melodies and outstanding sound design. The climax is solid and tight as it should be with mesmerizing synths, beautiful melodies and overall feel good sounds that relax you while you dance along. The peaceful mix is nearly 2 minutes dreamy chillin vibes with magical piano chords and cinematic strings perfect for those early morning Ibiza style sets. Instrumental feel good trance ready for summer festivals. See you in Pebble Beach! #PureGold Love iT[/content]
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  • Trance Review: ReOrder feat. Miss Geist - Left In The Rain incl. Official Music Video out on Reverie Sounds

     


    Get ready to dive into the world of Reverie Sounds, the hot new label making waves in the trance scene. And what better way to kick things off than with the debut release from trance legend ReOrder! Teaming up with the incredible Miss Geist, they've crafted the ultimate Trance Anthem, Left In The Rain. Brace yourself for a high-octane trance adventure! This track is bursting with infectious beats, lush melodies, and the captivating vocals of Miss Geist. It's time to get hyped and let the music take you on a thrilling journey!

    Find it here: https://reverie.complete.me/leftintherain


    Dimitri Kechagias review:
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    [item value="10"]ReOrder feat. Miss Geist - Left In The Rain[/item]
    [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]ReOrder collaborates with Miss Geist for the magnificent epic euphoric vocal trance magic Left In The Rain released on Reverie Sounds, the brand new label by ReOrder and Ghost Etiquette. The track is a well balanced and well crafted euphoric trance track with pulsating basslines, pounding kicks and super driving kicks while the breakdown is truly emotional with airy pads and sweet smooth piano chords along with melodramatic strings encouraging the listeners to identify with the love story described in the track and even share a tear as they recall similar situations in their lives. The climax is euphoric trance at its best on the way that ReOrder knows to do of course. Just #PureGold Love IT[/content]
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  • Trance Review: Ghost Etiquette featuring Cora - B4U out on Reverie Sounds


     Canada’s hottest trance duo Ghost Etiquette comes in with a stunning collaboration with Cora: B4U. Feel the rush of the electrifying rhythms that will take you on a heartfelt journey - the enchanting vocals of Cora carrying you to the heavens while euphoric melodies pull you back to the dancefloor! Brimming with raw emotional energy, classic grooves, and artful storytelling, B4U will move your body and soul!


    Dimitri Kechagias review:
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    [item value="10"]Ghost Etiquette featuring Cora - B4U[/item]
    [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Ghost Etiquette and ReOrder DJ have established together the brilliant label Reverie Sounds. The 2nd release is by Ghost Etiquette featuring Cora with the magical uplifter B4U. The track is an energetic full on euphoric feel good uplifting vocal trance with pulsating pounding basslines, thumping kicks, hi-nrg melodies, acid overtones and exceptional mesmerizing vocals by Cora who has her own brilliant way to deliver the very sensitive lyrics. If you adore straight to the point feel good uplifting trance with sugar sweet breakdown and emotional climax than u just found your next addiction. Press repeat again and again. #PureGold Love IT [/content]
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  • ALBUM: Iron Mayhem - Altstetten Revisited out on Livana Music


    Sometimes all it takes is a single thought on a red wine-soaked night, for life to take a completely new course.

    Five years ago, one of these thoughts came racing through the mind of Samy Jackson, known as one half of the internationally renowned DJ duo, Animal Trainer. That was the night the song "Shells" came to life, completely different to anything else he had created with Animal Trainer: Not a song for the dance floor, but one for home.

    From that moment on, Samy felt a growing desire to produce more of this type of music. Music that is not out to make people fidget. Rather, melancholic music with lots of space between the sounds, spherical and inviting as opposed to demanding.

    Then, about two years ago and following a difficult time in his life, Samy decided to give in to his now urgent desire and tackle his first album under the name Iron Mayhem. It was to have 8 songs and the title "Altstetten" had already been decided. Altstetten, not only because moving to this district marked the end of a dark period in his life, but also because Altstetten is where he found love. For him it is not just a place, but a state of mind.

    This new version of ALTSTETTEN (revisited) includes some previously unreleased songs & remixes.

    Find it here: https://symphony.to/iron-mayhem/altstetten-revisited




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  • House Review: Genix & flowanastasia - Lights, Sound, Camera, Action out on Anjunabeats

     


    Genix and flowanastasia release ‘Lights, Sound, Camera, Action’, out now on Anjunabeats.

    Accomplished DJ and producer Damion 'Damo' Houchen, a.k.a. Genix, has kept momentum high since the release of his debut album, ‘199X’, in 2021. Recent years have seen the Anjunabeats linchpin close Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy Weekender at The Gorge Amphitheatre, launch his club-oriented ‘Warehouse55’ EP series and event brand, and sell out two headline Warehouse55 events in London and Los Angeles.

    Genix’s last EP on Anjunabeats, ‘Warehouse55 (Volume 2)’, earned support from Sasha, John Digweed, Joris Voorn, Reb?ke, Armin van Buuren and more. He followed that up last year with an extensive North American tour, as well as with remixes of Andrew Bayer & Vök’s ‘No Silence’ and OceanLab’s ‘Beautiful Together’.

    Born in Ukraine, raised in Toronto, vocalist flowanastasia has been writing and recording music for over a decade. Growing up studying classical piano and singing in choirs, her vocals have graced releases on established labels like Critical, RAM, Shogun, Liquicity, MODUS, Viper and more.

    Genix & flowanastasia kicked off the year with their collaborative debut ‘Dependent On You’, which saw spins from Danny Howard on BBC Radio 1 and Ben Malone on Kiss FM. Now, they follow it up with the groove-laden ‘Lights, Sound, Camera, Action’. At a time when the UK club scene is embracing the euphoric energy of 90s rave, their collaboration is perfectly suited for the here and now.

    Expect more music from Genix in the coming months.

    Find stream & buy  HERE


    Dimitri Kechagias review:
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    [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Genix goes back to the roots and delivers the excellent rave house anthem Lights, Sound, Camera, Action with the magnificent vocals by flowanastasia. For this track he adopts bouncy techy basslines, dark moody bouncy kick, thumping percussion and cool sweet melodies and hi-nrg style understated synths in the breakdown when the vocals come to the surface for the ultimate hands in the air moment. You can imagine that this beauty will explode out of any proportions with that late 90's type of housey vibe with some cool rave influences too. What Can I say about Genix who surprises us once again and we can not resist to share the dancefloor with him. Infectious and addictive to the maximum. #PureGold Love iT [/content]
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  • Progressive Review: Airwave - Extronic out 1st of March on Airwave Music

     


    A true activist in Electronic music of all kinds for well over 15 years, Belgian Airwave’s discography counts more than 250 records and dozens of remixes, many of them being supported by the biggest names of the industry. Genius Composer and Performer, the man’s imprint on the scene is remarkable. Hit by surprise by a virus called Electronic Dance music, Laurent developed his knowledge of music and technology in Parallel until his first demos saw the light of day in may of 1995. 1996 saw him release his first tracks on the infamous Bonzai imprint, but that is 1998 that saw him grow up and become the progressive trance artist we know today, with the release of his first Airwave record, I want to Believe, immediately picked up by UK’s own Sasha and Oakenfold, and later on by up and coming youngster Tiësto, gaining popularity as much as he was playing Laurent’s records. The same can be said about the whole dutch trance scene, in which Laurent’s records were and still are omnipresent. That is how Laurent developed his DJ and performer’s career from back then, having several gigs worldwide, from Tokyo to San Francisco, from Auckland, NZ to Toronto, and from Manchester to Athens. Hundreds of gigs saw him perform at the world’s biggest clubs of those times, Slinky, Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, The Gallery, 1015, Dopler in Bratislava, and many others, all of them had the chance to welcome Laurent Airwave one day, if not several times, which proves that you don’t need to overcommercialize your music to get rewarded all around the world. «Everyday is full of new challenges, and limits only exist into the human brain» are Airwave’s words of wisdom for every single day. Don’t limit the man to a single genre, as his 15 years in the business gave him the ability to execute any style of music with a true sense of perfection and achievement.


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    [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Airwave is one of the most iconic artists from Belgium responsible for some of the most forward thinking tracks of all time. His productions embrace wide variety of genres and his tracks will be played again and again as their melodies and productions techniques and tricks are simply out of this world. When I received his first record on his own label Airwave Music I was really surprised and extremely excited about what the future holds for Airwave. Extronic is a blissful melodic progressive beauty that can easily get plays on deep melodic house & techno sets and on deep trance raw sets. Tribal chunky grooves, techy basslines, thumping percussions, vocal snippets, ethereal themes, warm strings and most important the cinematic sound design that is immersive and absorb the listener's imagination straight away as you will be hooked and hypnotized straight away. This is such an amazing time for Laurent with a label focused on what he is really about! Extronic will not disappoint not even for a moment. #PureGold Love IT [/content]
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  • Music Education: Tomorrowland launches the much anticipated Online Tomorrowland DJ & Producing Academy


    A new educational DJ & producer platform for beginning and advanced DJs & producers

    Tomorrowland is launching the Online Tomorrowland DJ & Producing Academy, a brand-new educational DJ & producer platform that gives beginning and advanced DJs & producers the chance to take their career to the next level. While both DJs who have just started their journey as well as the more experienced ones can practice and take their first steps into deejaying and producing with the in-depth courses, challenge their skills, innovate their music library and solve common DJ problems, producers can learn from the best in the industry, upgrade their techniques, browse samples and project files and receive feedback on their demos. Find all info about the Online Tomorrowland DJ & Producing Academy and its monthly membership on academy.tomorrowland.com.

    The Online Tomorrowland DJ & Producing Academy offers:

    In-depth DJ & producer courses: learn from the finest industry experts and Tomorrowland artists (Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Henri PFR, Andromedik, and more) through various in-depth courses.

    Receive monthly credits to download tools, samples, project files and extra learning materials.

    Register for livestreams and Q&As with the greatest guest speakers and Tomorrowland artists.

    Join DJ & remix competitions, the place to discover new talent.

    Submit your demo and receive feedback on your work from professionals during livestreams.

    Join the Academy Community and get the opportunity to be discovered.

    Every month, the ‘Student Spotlight’ puts a different student in the spotlight.

    In addition to the monthly membership, people can also purchase Exclusive Masterclasses by renowned DJs and producers, including ‘The Future of Creative DJing’ by Laidback Luke, ‘The art of creating a live set’ by Agents Of Time (coming soon) and a James Hype Masterclass (coming soon).


    Laidback Luke: The Future of Creative DJing (now available)

    ​Discover Laidback Luke's skillset and learn to use stem separation, integration of AI and shape the future of music mixing.

    James Hype Masterclass (coming soon)

    ​Deep dive into the remarkable technical skills of James Hype. Taking you through a step-by-step guide to upgrade your transitions.

    Agents Of Time – The art of creating a live set (coming soon)

    ​The secrets behind the production process of Agents Of Time from making a new song to mixing, mastering and creating visuals for a full live performance.


    The Online Tomorrowland DJ & Producing Academy joins the existing physical Tomorrowland Academy, a DJ & producer school for kids, youngsters, and adults with unique locations in Antwerp and Hasselt (Belgium), dedicated to inspire and empower enthusiastic people from every corner of the world to produce, release, create and perform music. The Tomorrowland Academy serves as the perfect platform to scout new and young talent and gives adults the opportunity to refine their skills and network with other peers in the industry.

    Leading up to Tomorrowland Belgium 2024, the Tomorrowland Academy will again organize kids & adult DJ bootcamps next to the festival grounds of De Schorre, providing a week full of DJing and producing, inspirational sessions with industry experts, networking and much more.

    A subscription for the brand-new Online Tomorrowland DJ & Producing Academy costs €15 per month or €165 per year. 

    Find all info on academy.tomorrowland.com.


    About Tomorrowland

    ​​​​​Tomorrowland is one of the largest and most iconic music festivals in the world held in recreation area De Schorre in Boom, Belgium, organized and owned by the original founders, the brothers Beers. Tomorrowland was first held in 2005 and has since become one of the world’s most notable global music festivals, where music and magic converge to create an unparalleled experience. It takes place every year in summer and stretches over 2 weekends, welcoming 400,000 People of Tomorrow from over 200 countries, and selling out in minutes year after year. Tomorrowland caters to all genres in electronic dance music with hundreds of renowned artists performing across more than 16 different stages. More than a festival, Tomorrowland is a celebration of diversity and unity. Being a home to hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life, one of the most unique things about Tomorrowland remains the whole world coming together in one magical place with everyone being equal and uniting as one – symbolizing the values of freedom, respect, diversity, and solidarity.

    Celebrating 20 years of Tomorrowland, Tomorrowland Belgium 2024 will take place across two weekends from July 19-21 and July 26-28. Set to open up a new world in the beautiful scenery of De Schorre in Boom in the summer of 2024, the festival’s new theme ‘LIFE’ is the prequel of the 2016 ‘Elixir of Life’ theme.

    Over the past 20 years, Tomorrowland has become a true worldwide phenomenon that connects people from every corner of the world through the universal language of electronic dance music. Tomorrowland has evolved into a global entertainment brand and media powerhouse with new festivals & events like Tomorrowland Brasil in Itu, São Paulo, Tomorrowland Winter in Alpe d'Huez in France, CORE Festival in Brussels, CORE Tulum in Mexico and CORE Medellín in Colombia, the radio station One World Radio, the record labels Tomorrowland Music and CORE Records, the Tomorrowland Academy (DJ & producer school), the music management & booking agency One World Artists, the Tomorrowland Foundation with Music & Arts Schools in Nepal and India, the apparel & accessories label Tomorrowland Store, Tomorrowland Leisure (the Tomorrowland themed aqua experience LIFE, the INVENIO custom bikes and matching cycling apparel in collaboration with Ridley), the Tomorrowland Home Collection (the Tomorrowland scented candles and fragrance diffusers in collaboration with Baobab Collection), the year-round MESA - The Tomorrowland Restaurant and Tomorrowland DJ & Experience Store in Antwerp, the Tomorrowland Kitchen at Gare Maritime in Brussels, the sustainability platform Love Tomorrow, Tomorrowland Fiction, the Terra Solis Desert Destination in Dubai, the spectacular immersive experience The Great Library of Tomorrow in Barcelona, a yearly residence at Ushuaïa Ibiza, the annual Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike shows in Sportpaleis Antwerp, the iconic Tomorrowland aftermovies and several exclusive documentaries, several groundbreaking digital festivals, the sparkling wine Solo Vida, Europe’s most spectacular rollercoaster The Ride to Happiness by Tomorrowland at Plopsaland De Panne, the specially painted aircraft Amare in collaboration with Brussels Airlines, the Tomorrowland hot air balloon Zephyr, Tomorrowland art projects (The Stairway To Unity, One World Bridge, Magical Troll Forest), the Tomorrowland Hymn by Hans Zimmer, Tomorrowland NFTs and much more.


    ABOUT TOMORROWLAND BELGIUM

    Celebrating 20 years of Tomorrowland, Tomorrowland Belgium 2024 will take place across two weekends from July 19-21 and July 26-28. Set to open up a new world in the beautiful scenery of De Schorre in Boom in the summer of 2024, the festival’s new theme ‘LIFE’ is the prequel of the 2016 ‘Elixir of Life’ theme.

    Tomorrowland is one of the largest and most iconic music festivals in the world held in recreation area De Schorre in Boom, Belgium, organized and owned by the original founders, the brothers Beers. Tomorrowland was first held in 2005 and has since become one of the world’s most notable global music festivals, where music and magic converge to create an unparalleled experience. It takes place every year in summer and stretches over 2 weekends, welcoming 400,000 People of Tomorrow from over 200 countries, and selling out in minutes year after year. Offering a unique camping experience with a wide range of accommodations, DreamVille is Tomorrowland’s official camping site located right next to the festival grounds, while people from every corner of the world can travel to Tomorrowland thanks to Global Journey, Tomorrowland's official travel program. Tomorrowland is located in a beautiful natural place: recreation area De Schorre in the town of Boom in Belgium. It is a true fairy tale world situated in beautiful natural surroundings with a strong eye for detail such as enchanting décor, magical stages, fascinating acts and peripheral animations, tasty and healthy food & drinks from around the world and spectacular fireworks – an unforgettable and incomparable show. Every year, the festival features a special theme that inspires the famed Mainstage design and stage production.

    Tomorrowland caters to all genres in electronic dance music with hundreds of renowned artists performing across more than 16 different stages. More than a festival, Tomorrowland is a celebration of diversity and unity. Being a home to hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life, one of the most unique things about Tomorrowland remains the whole world coming together in one magical place with everyone being equal and uniting as one – symbolizing the values of freedom, respect, diversity, and solidarity. 

    Tomorrowland Belgium 2024
    Weekend 1: Friday July 19 – Sunday July 21
    Weekend 2: Friday July 26 – Sunday July 28
    Boom, Belgium
    More info: tomorrowland.com




  • Music News: Afriqua Takes It 2 Da House with genre-bending Hi-Fi Lo-Fi anthem out on Core Records

     


    A genre-bending anthem infused with his Dirty South roots and destined to dominate dancefloors worldwide

    Hampton Roads native and dance music maestro Afriqua returns with ‘Take it 2 Da House’, a genre-bending anthem infused with his Dirty South roots and destined to dominate dancefloors worldwide. Fresh off the international buzz of ‘Da Whip’, ​ championed by heavyweights like Seth Troxler, Pete Tong, and DJ Tennis, Afriqua pushes the boundaries anew. This time, he pulls once again on his Miami influences, and masterfully flips Trick Daddy's iconic ‘Take it to the House’, weaving it into the fabric of "the most hi-fi lo-fi house track of all time”.



    Hampton Roads, Virginia might be renowned for the legendary work of The Neptunes, Timbaland, and Missy Elliot, but it's not exactly known for its dance music scene. With ‘Take it 2 Da House’, Afriqua rewrites the narrative. This modern dance floor weapon draws not only from the Miami Bass and Dirty South sounds of his youth, but also the Midwest house music traditions that shaped his sonic identity.

    More than a track, ‘Take it 2 Da House’ is a statement. Afriqua, the sole Hampton Roads representative in the international dance music scene, proudly wears his southern influences while carving a future-forward soundscape. Pulsating spacey loops, gritty basslines, vocal samples, and Afriqua's signature production prowess blur the lines between genres and eras, creating a hypnotic experience destined to ignite dancefloors worldwide.


    About CORE Records

    ​CORE Records is a brand-new boutique record label and dedicated music division within Tomorrowland, founded in May 2023 and deeply rooted in the musical DNA of CORE Festival in Brussels as well as the iconic CORE stage at Tomorrowland, working in partnerships with Virgin Music/Universal Music Group. CORE Records is crossing genres, cultures, and boundaries, releasing cutting edge records, boosting rising personalities and telling original and authentic stories. Innovative, forward-thinking and genre-bending, CORE Records works closely together with artists to support them in all their recording and release activities and aiming to introduce music fans around the world to the most exciting and eclectic projects in music.

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    About Afriqua

    ​For Afriqua, genre is just a limit to the imagination. Born Adam Longman Parker, Afriqua remembers being inspired by locals like Pharrell, Timbaland and Missy Elliott as he was being raised in Virginia. With the instincts of a classically trained musician and the hip-hop sensibilities of a turntablist, the Berlin-based creator blends gleaming disco with energetic house and techno for dancefloor excursions that defy classification. After his parents won a raffle for piano lessons at their synagogue, Afriqua found himself immersed in music. By age 12, he’d placed at the DMC World DJ Championship. After graduating high school, he enrolled in London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music. From there, he traveled to Berlin where he established himself as a popular DJ in area clubs and beyong. After releasing stellar one-off singles throughout the 2010s, Afriqua continued building momentum with ‘Colored’ (2019), his debut LP on R&S records, and self-released singles like ‘Always’ (2022). His shapeshifting musicality and knack for experimentation led to his latest adventure as the first signing of CORE Records, a brand-new boutique label within Tomorrowland. With a new deal and a formidable EP at his back, Afriqua is set to reach new heights in 2023.

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  • Music News: Johannes Brecht Trio presents ‘Equinox’, the first track of the upcoming debut album via Core Records

     



    A blend of electronic jazz infused with diverse musical influences

    CORE Records is delighted to present ‘Equinox’, the first track of the debut album from the Johannes Brecht Trio, recorded at Brewery Studios in Berlin. This album, a blend of electronic jazz infused with diverse musical influences, is a culmination of Johannes Brecht's innovative vision, brought to life with the collaboration of talented musicians. Johannes wanted to disappear from the scene in a metaphysical way and let the idea of a jazz trio rise as to replace him as a pure solo artist. Having found two magnificent jazz players that recorded the entire album with him, Antonio Farris and Matteo Capreoli are completing the trio.


    Johannes Brecht: “With my trio, I'm starting something new, a new project with a debut album, but I'm also returning to my musical roots. I have always played together with other musicians, be it in classical chamber music or later in jazz in various ensembles. I am happy and grateful to be able to bring everything back together.”

    The haunting ‘Equinox’ showcases the trio's ability to conjure a sound that is both ethereal and grounded, with the Fender Rhodes once again taking center stage. An equilibrium and melodic moment in the journey of the album, where shadow equals sun. Johannes Brecht's evolution as an artist is evident in this work, which promises to captivate and inspire audiences with its immersive atmosphere.


    About CORE Records

    ​CORE Records is a brand-new boutique record label and dedicated music division within Tomorrowland, founded in May 2023 and deeply rooted in the musical DNA of CORE Festival in Brussels as well as the iconic CORE stage at Tomorrowland, working in partnerships with Virgin Music/Universal Music Group. CORE Records is crossing genres, cultures, and boundaries, releasing cutting edge records, boosting rising personalities and telling original and authentic stories. Innovative, forward-thinking and genre-bending, CORE Records works closely together with artists to support them in all their recording and release activities and aiming to introduce music fans around the world to the most exciting and eclectic projects in music.

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    About Johannes Brecht

    ​It is merely impossible to not call electronic producer and live act Johannes Brecht a “real musician”.

    His childhood and adolescence is deeply rooted in classical music; countless first prizes in national competitions followed by stellar university degrees as Jazz bass player and pianist seemed to have forecast his fate as instrumentalist pretty clearly. But, as usual when you make plans, suddenly life happens.

    In his case it’s the love for electronic music, which he discovered in 2013 – and which luckily threw all his previous plans overboard. For then, as Jazz and classical music moved way into the background, the electronic music artist Johannes Brecht was born.

    First EPs on Mule Musiq, Pokerflat Recordings and Sunday Music were followed by collaborations with Stimming and Henrik Schwarz as well as multiple releases on Solomun’s label Diynamic Music.

    Most notably was the elegiacally light track “Voix Grave” from 2016, which hit #1 in Beatport’s “Deep House” chart. Its successor “Page Blanche” found its way into the computer game giant “Grand Theft Auto V”.

    Johannes Brecht prefers to keep his private life to himself, while his music he loves to present on all sorts of stages. Be it in a flowstone cave, devoid of all audience, for the French live streaming pioneers Cercle 


    or on the legendary “Turmbühne” of Fusion Festival in Germany in front of 20.000 people. His music remains the same – the electronic oeuvre never fully conceals his classical roots.

    The good thing is that his string and wind arrangements are able to do much more than they were back in the days, and that is to make people dance. Some journalists refer to it as “Chamber Techno”, he just calls it “my music”.

    From his native Stuttgart out into the whole world he now tours with his live set: from Exit Festival in Serbia to Tomorrowland in Belgium, from underground clubs like Trouw in Amsterdam or KaterBlau in Berlin, Cityfox events in New York City, to extensive North and South America tours. For the live act Johannes Brecht has found a home in the world of electronic music.

    His affair with the piano he expresses in his “Imperfect Moments” series, which he releases exclusively on Spotify since 2018. His passion for Jazz he carries into the experimental duo “Brecht/Lillinger”.

    On the great stages of this world you will always be hearing the electronic music artist Johannes Brecht, as this is where his creative energy coalesces. Almost as if it had all been planned out…

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