Friday, December 21, 2012

After the Storm


Just Be – the new solo project of Matthew Bushwacka - steps into the fold for the illustrious Get Physical Music with ‘After The Storm’. Due for release on 21st January 2013, the new single also features a deeper mix, and additionally a B-side also called ‘'Out Of The System'. The release is also accompanied by a video that focuses on contemporary dance and explores themes such as disability discrimination, personal triumph and acceptance.
‘After The Storm’ continues the new musical path that Matthew is currently on with his new Just Be project, whilst still retaining the certain special characteristics in Matthew’s music that contributed to Layo & Bushwacka’s previous success. The title track bursts open with bright percussion, paving the way for a long build up filled with effective ambient elements to set the mood perfectly. Everything comes together when a rhythmic synth creeps up on us, setting the track on fire.
The Deep Mix demonstrates Matt’s ability to approach tracks from a different reference point, and provides a different kind of warmth to an already engrossing track. A journey into 'dreamier' soundscape, this one will is sure to provide ethereal moments for listeners both at home and in the club.
'Out of the System' is another percussive wonder and its bouncy beat keeps driving towards the track’s infectious crescendo. An energetic track that is sure to provide the soundtrack to many peak moments over the coming months.
As mentioned, to accompany the release Frogspawn Creative have produced a video for ‘After The Storm’. Following the story of a deaf dancer who is mocked by her peers at an audition, the performer then wow’s them with a stunning contemporary ballet routine. The dancer is still able to enjoy music via physical vibrations, and this phenomenon is based on the director’s personal experiences of a deaf University friend who used to enjoy clubbing on a regular basis. Former West-End choreographer Penelope Schmidt-Uili and deaf advisor and performer Jacob Casselden were consulted on the video to make ensure that dancer Emily Spriggs created a realistic and truthful performance.

A1 - After The Storm – Original Mix
A2 - After The Storm – Deep Mix
B1 - Out of the System

Great Article on Playa Del Carmen

My friend Emily (love that little raver), found this great article on Playa del Carmen. If your planning on attending BPM Festival in the future its a great read. Check it out on Tons off the grid info, everything from where to stay, where to eat, where to shop, and most importantly where to have fun.

My favorite recommendation was the "Odd Ball Day" which included releasing your toxins at Maroma Resort’s Kinan Spa and eating a Mexican tapas dinner at Indigo Beach.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

5 Years of Desolate


RELEASE DATE –  04.02.2013
FORMAT -  2x12” / digital


As we fast approach the end of 2012, Desolat announce the release of their annual sampler. Due for release in Feb 2013 this edition not only sees artists from the Desolat family turn in exclusive tracks, but also sees Loco Dice supply a mix packed with the brand new productions from the 2x12”, plus a few special extras.

It has been another successful year for the Desolat camp. An impressive release schedule that included DJ Sneak, Basti Grub, Aldo Cadiz, Francisco Allendes & Paola Poletto, and Shlomi Aber all putting out killer releases. As always, the annual sampler sees those artists at the core of the Desolat camp turn in exclusive tracks, and the 5th year anniversary edition delivers a selection for the landmark year.

Loco Dice’s "Lolopopinho" picks up where his recent "Toxic" EP left off: a groovy energetic whirlwind production that takes the listener on a head spinning journey into the recesses of the label bosses club-orientated mind. Shlomi Aber’s "Mancha" features a sublime bouncing bassline, whilst Yaya weighs in with a track that nods to a fantastically bright future.

The latest talent to emerge from the highly respected Romanian scene is Horatio. His track "How Much 909 Can You Take?" serves up a warbling aural assault that will easily get feet stomping. Lucero en Vivo’s "La France" first surfaced in 2010 when it caused a stir on Dice’s Amnesia Ibiza Underground 10 mix CD. A welcome addition to the sampler and finally getting the full release it deserves! The young blood of Desolat is rounded of by Alexkid’s ethereal "Enty" which provides some moodiness to proceedings.

And of course the mainstays of the label have also turned in impressive productions. Hector’s "Amorphous Mass" displays the dark depths of the Desolat vaults, whilst the first lady of Desolat tINI turns in a warm intricate release in "Room 305"

And as if that was not enough, all of these tracks feature on the special addition mix from Loco Dice, and will be available for individual download. The mix also comprises an additional seven exclusive tracks from the likes of Basti Grub, Alli Borem, Francisco Allendes, Premiesku, Alli Borem, Benny Rodrigues and Desolat favourite Guti. The mix highlights the consistent musical thread that runs through much of Desolat’s output, and is compiled with Dice’s signature sound.

A1 - Loco Dice - "Lolopopinho"
A2 - Shlomi Aber - "Mancha"
B1 - Yaya - "Our Connection" 
B2 - Horatio - "How Much 909 Can You Take?"
C1 - tINI - “Room 305”
C2 - Hector - "Amorphous Mass" 
D1 - Lucero en Vivo - "La France"
D2 - Alexkid - "Enty"

01 - Alexkid - "Enty"
02 - Yaya - "Our Connection"
03 - tINI - "Room 305"
04 - Loco Dice - "Lolopopinho"
05 - Hector - "Amorphous Mass"
06 - Basti Grub - "Drunk & High"
07 - Guti - "Caballero"
08 - Francisco Allendes - "Platonic Solid"
09 - Dragosh - "Vorbeseara"
10 - Shlomi Aber - "Mancha"
11 - Premiesku - "Capture"
12 - Alli Borem - "Raving The Days"
13 - Benny Rodrigues - "Klippenklappen"
14 - Horatio - "How Much 909 Can You Take"
15 - Lucero en Vivio - "La France"

See the Desolate crew at BPM:


BPM 2013 - Tentative Schedule

From January 8th - 15th, I know the festivities start much earlier but these are the dates I'm going.

8th - Life & Death @ Canibal Royale
9th - Dirty Bird @ Canibal Royale
10th - tINI & the Gang @ CB
11th - Culprit VS Leftroom @ Mamitas and Never Say Never: Cassy & Sasha @ Kool
12th - ADID @ Mamita's
13th - This is the end

: Night :
8th - Free
9th - Hot Creation @ Coco Maya ???
10th - Desolat @ Blue Parrot
11th - Dixon @ Coco Maya
12th - Rebel Rave / Super Freq
13th - Tulum 

Liesure Activities (Non Festival):
Chichén Itzá by Colectivo Bus $4 US
The Jungle Place  Monkey Sanctuary

Monday, December 3, 2012

BPM 2013 Has Inspired Me to Write Again


So I know its been a while since I've written anything. My writing has been sporadic best, sorry guys I needed a break after going "on tour" from 06 - 09. My life has gotten hectic with that thing I do in between fun, you know it's called work. But lets move on before I get sidetracked.

BPM!!!!!! It's the first ravecation I'm excited about in a long time. Fun, Sun, Beaches, Taco, and Electronic Music in a tropical setting. Ahhhh.... I can not wait. I hope it reminds me of a chiller WMC. Yup, like back in the day and with less a hectic pace, mexican food, and minus the masses. Well at least that's what im hoping for, but I could be totally wrong.

I need to get out of this NYC cold so bad, 2013 please hurry up.

Here are my deets and expenditures:

Dates im going: 1/8 - 1/15
Yeah sorry I couldn't get the entire week off that thing called work again.  Planing on compressing in Tulum a couple of days after BPM ends. Traveling on American Airlines, round trip $411 US.

Logging: Casa Del Mar Condos, Sleeps 6, $250 US per person
We booked an ocean from view penthouse with get a PRIVATE HOT TUB!!!!!! SCOOOOREEE! or maybe I should say GOOAAL! It's in the Downtownish area.
Booking via

Transportation CUN to Playa: Aldo Buses
I heard this was the best way to go or at least the cheapest, you can catch them at the airport for about 10$ US.

Touristy Stuff if I have time:
Visiting Tulum
Going to see ruins
Shopping on La Quinta Avenida -  Mexican 5 Ave
Stalagmites and Stelagtites of Mexican Caves - Cenote Chaak Tun

Any and All specially the day parties.
The Jungle party :)
Listed? Robot Heart? Crosstown? Cityfox?

So that's all for now folks, email me if you have any question!



The BPM Festival 2013
Phase 2 Artist Lineup & Event Schedule

The BPM Festival Podcast #10 - Hector (Desolat): download
The BPM Festival 2012 Video: watch

January 4 - 13, 2013
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The BPM Festival is excited to announce the Phase 2 artist lineup and Day & Night events schedule for its sixth annual edition in Playa del Carmen, Mexico from January 4 to 13, 2013. With over 250 artists confirmed to perform, this year's BPM is heating up to be the ultimate dance music lover's winter holiday destination.

The Phase 2 artist lineup includes a number of veteran BPM artists returning for another knockout round including: Danny Tenaglia, Heidi, Luca Bacchetti, Mr. C, Pillowtalk, Sander Kleinenberg, Sharam, Simon Baker, Tone of Arc, and more. There are also many titillating new additions making their BPM debut that are sure to amp up the party including: Cajmere, DJ Harvey, Josh Wink, Livio & Roby, Masters At Work, Robert Dietz, Sander van Doorn, Slam, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Radhoo, and many more!

Not to be missed parties include the legendary Masters At Work team of "Little" Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez, two house maestros guest starring at the Rebel Rave. One of BPM's daytime beach staples is Lee Burridge's All Day I Dream. A much-anticipated party with a dreamy soundtrack tailor-made for blue skies, sunny smiles, and dancing with sand between your toes. Perennial faves Art Department return stronger than ever for their No. 19 Music showcase as one of the pillars of BPM. Jamie Jones' Hot Creations presents Paradise is destined to become a nu-disco favorite. Debut parties with techno legends Carl Cox and Sven Väth brings along his Cocoon Heroes. Richie Hawtin returns with the Minus crew and unleashes the power of today's technology. Dubfire returns once again with his surefire hit SCI+TEC party, along with Carlo Lio. Cadenza head honcho Luciano brings along his merry band. Guy Gerber brings back his live show for a genuinely unique performance. Marco Carola will bring Music On all night long for a special extended set. Innervisions' veterans Dixon & Henrik Schwartz bring their intimable blend of deep house. Disco don DJ Harvey is sure to mesmerize the uninitiated with his penchant for disco classics, obscure beauties and impeccable mixing style. After all that, be sure to maintain your party pacing and save your energy for the The BPM closing party with Danny Tenaglia and special guests for a grand finale finish.

Additional Day & Night showcases have been added: Akbal Music, Cielo 10 Year Anniversary, Cityfox Records, Dialtone Records, Haunt Records, Intimate & Underground, Mexa Records, Modern Love Affair, Mutek Mexico, Outcross Records, Stereo Productions, Superfreq, This is the End, Varsity All Stars, Voodoo Records and Younan Music. Along with an international melange of host partnerships with BRINGTHEBEATS, Dog & Pony Show, FACT, Footloose, Footwork, Gem Events, Glow DC, Ibiza Sonica Radio, Jazz J Spinder, Listed, Maison, Movement, Picnik Electronik, Playhouse, Provoke, Sankeys Ibiza, Sound, Stereo Montreal, Uniq Lifestyle and Vessel.

The BPM Festival will be hosting multiple day parties at Kool Beach Club, Mamita's Beach Club and Canibal Royal Beach Club all located along the Caribbean sea with its turquoise waters and miles of vanilla sand. At night, the quiet town of Playa Del Carmen turns it up at Blue Parrot Night Club, Coco Maya Night Club, La Santanera, Alux Cave, Blue Venado, and Marlins After Hours with dancing past sunrise.

Please see BPM Day & Night events schedule for details here. More parties to be announced!

"One New Year's resolution you should make, however, is to attend BPM Festival, returning on 4th January to the gloriously tropical climes of Mexico's stunning coastline region, Playa Del Carmen, for its sixth edition... Originally conceived as the industry's chance to escape the grind of constant travelling and endless late nights, by offering a series of beachside parties in paradise with plenty of downtime, its evolved into a fully-fledged festival bearing possibly the longest line-up of underground dance talent we've ever laid eyes on each year. It's only getting bigger, too." -- DJ Mag

Be sure to book travel through the official travel partners for BPM 2013: (USA/Canada), Technotravel (Europe) and PDC Travel (Mexico/South America). Please check sites for vacation packages and flight information. For a list of official BPM hotel partners & condos, please go to the Travel section at

3-Day VIP | 7-Day VIP | 10-Day VIP wristbands are now available at VIP wristbands includes expedited, guaranteed entrance and re-entry to all day & night parties. Individual event tickets will go on sale 12am on December 1st (Friday midnight).

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