DJ Mag North America's February cover star ANNA and Kittin will release their debut collaboration via Kompakt's Speicher series.
Landing on the 30th August, 'Forever Ravers' comprises of an "ode to the freedom, unity and acceptance that exists in the dance music community", with an additional Raving in Space remix from ANNA.
As someone who’s been DJing since she was 14 years old, it’s rare that Brazilian techno star ANNA is lost for musical inspiration. But DJ Mag has, it seems, caught her on the hop. “I don’t know,” she says, smiling broadly, her teeth the kind of immaculate Hollywood white that would work well in a darkened nightclub. “I don’t know what I would play for the family.” She pauses again. The question of what song would unite her relatives in dancing is clearly one worth consideration.
When DJ Mag meets ANNA in Barcelona (her home since 2015), two decades have passed since that fateful night when she first stepped behind the decks. And yet, you can still sense the same youthful enthusiasm for the holy trinity of DJ, dancefloor and music when ANNA talks about her career, which has seen her creep right to the edge of DJ superstardom thanks to a globetrotting schedule and the impact of tracks such as 2018 floor-filler ‘Hidden Beauties.’
“I feel that I can experiment more and more with the North America crowd. I can play something different from what they are expecting from me, and they are open to listening.”
Meditation is clearly hugely important to ANNA. She started meditating eight years ago, and on the late winter’s day in which DJ Mag meets her, ANNA was out of bed at 5am to meditate before the first rays of sunlight reached the Catalan coast. “The first meditation I like when it’s still dark,” she says. “In the past, I never used to do this, but they taught [me] that it’s very beneficial to meditate at this time of the day. I don’t know why. Maybe because everybody’s sleeping.”
Kolsch is down to play a mammoth ten hour set in Belgium, locking in from 10PM - 8AM for his label IPSO's party at Antwerp venue Waagnatie on Saturday 8th December.
News of the 4,000 capacity session follows the release of a new three-track EP from the Danish producer and DJ, which includes the Beatport HYPE chart-topping single 'Hal' featuring Canadian luminary Tiga.
Gui Boratto has stood at the helm of melodic house and techno producers for over a decade now. Since his universally lauded Kompakt debut ‘Chromophobia’ in 2007, the Brazilian producer/live artist has carved a name for himself as one of the most vital players in the realm of epic, emotive club music.
Labels are reporting major vinyl production delays. R&S stating the current delay at French vinyl manufacturing facility MPO is the “worst they’ve ever seen”.
MPO is one of Europe’s largest and oldest vinyl production facilities. While delays are not uncommon, the ongoing spike in consumer demand for vinyl has meant the current delays have been particularly disruptive for labels such as R&S, Kompakt, Hotflush and трип.
Laurent Garnier comes bearing gifts. For over 30 years, he has supplied the electronic music scene with glittering gems; from fleeting moments of transcendence at 4am, to timeless loops of groove etched into wax. His latest offering reveals his long-awaited return to techno production: a three-track EP wrapped in a simple blue and white cover, courtesy of Germany’s Kompakt Records.
Kompakt has announced the 16th edition of its annual round-up compilation, 'Total', which is set to drop on 26th August.
The always excellent compilation will feature 25 tracks from the past year including track from The Field, The Orb, Coma, Blond:ish, Hunter/Game, John Tejada, Rex The Dog and Terranova.
This year’s edition will include a raft of exclusives from the likes of label boss Michael Mayer, Maceo Plex and Rex The Dog.
There will be a vinyl sampler alongside the CD and digital release and will feature eight exclusive tracks.
Veteran producer John Tejada is returning to Kompakt for three-tracker ‘Lakewood Drive’, shortly after his stunning full-length album ‘Signs Under Test’ landed via the German label last year.
‘Cascade’ is a slice of what we’ve come to know and love from the techno luminary: energetic minimalism that’s packed to the brim with hot-wired synth machinery and glistening beats.
We’ve got the exclusive premiere of the ‘Lakewood Drive’ cut below.