A fixture on the scene since the early 90s, Rotterdam native Speedy J (Jochem George Papp) is known for his innovation and boundary pushing. Starting his career with the release of techno classic Pullover (1992) on Plus 8, Speedy J has gone on to release an impressive body of work on other well-known labels such as Novamute and Warp.
In recent years he has focused his energy on a number of genre-blurring collaborations put out by his own label, Electric Deluxe.
Shying away from the more experimental sounds that dominated his career in the late 90s and early 2000s, Speedy J’s set at Loveland Weekender offers up raw, unadulterated techno at its very best. A throwback to his Detroit roots, this is a highly danceable set with minimal vocals and impressive technical flourishes. Maintaining a deep and hypnotic energy throughout, the best way to describe this set is “peak hour techno madness”.
- Elyse MacLeod
Originally making a name for himself in Glasgow’s underground scene with his varied beats and nuanced sound, Scottish export Harvey McKay is now widely recognized a force to be reckoned with. Grabbing the attention of well-known labels such as Bedrock, Soma and Drumcode, Harvey has put out an impressive stream of releases in the past couple of years. His latest release through Drumcode, Glasgow Safari (2015), provides an intoxicating blend of soulful vocals, dark techno and hard-hitting drums.
Not one to be defined by any particular genre, Harvey’s set at Loveland Weekender did not disappoint. This high-energy set is characteristic of his unique sound, a compelling mixture of powerful techno, deep house and sexy vocal hooks. With impressive drops and an “all-killer-no-filler” repertoire, Harvey takes you through a sonic experience that maintains a dark and exhilarating energy throughout, leaving you feeling invigorated and ready to move.
- Elyse MacLeod
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While deeply rooted in Amsterdam’s obscure house scene, Olivier Weiter has grown to become more than an established name in the broader Dutch nightlife. His performances at events such as TimeWarp NL, Welcome to the Future, and his support for the legendary Sven Väth at Concertgebouw were highly anticipated, leaving Weiter’s impression on his followers amped for more Weiter shows.
Weiter is a welcomed guest in Germany, where he has brought his renowned DJ sessions to clubs such as Wilde Renate, Kater Holzig, Watergate and Loft Club. Weiter has performed at Blaue Lagune Open Air, amongst other events.
Since his very first gig at Time Warp at the tender age of 17, Italian DJ and Producer Ilario Alicante has been grabbing the attention of clubgoers everywhere. Following this debut with the successful release Vacaciones en Chile (2008) for Tenax Recordings, Ilario has gone on to cement his success with a number of highly acclaimed productions for Cocoon Recordings, Cécille Records, and SCI + TEC Digital Audio. With the creation of his own label, Deep Moves, and a solid reputation in Ibiza as a “must-see”, Ilario continues to prove that he will be heating up dancefloors for many years to come.
Contributing much of his success to his own love for the dancefloor, Ilario’s set for Cocoon at Link Festival does not disappoint. Offering a stripped-down and more minimalist sound, Ilario demonstrates that less really can be more. With very few vocals the focus falls on Ilario’s technical ability, the result being a layered and complex sonic experience that makes you want to move. Not one to be missed.
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Supernova are Emiliano Nencioni and Giacomo Godi. Known for their distinctive DJ style their current set-up comprises live instruments, decks and Ableton to create an ever-evolving musical experience. Supernova have played at some of the most established venues and festivals on the planet, including ElRow (Barcelona), Monegros Desert Festival, Space (Ibiza), Ministry Of Sound (London), Cavo Paradiso (Mykonos), Kazantip Festival (Ukraine), Cielo ( NYC), Tenax and Magazzini Generali (Italy), Space (Miami) and many many more.
Their first major project of 2013 also comes from the Defected stable as they mix one third of the long-running and acclaimed Miami compilation series, along with fellow Italians Flashmob and Pirupa. This will be preceded by another EP on the label entitled The World is Crazy, a two-track EP which flirts with darker, deeper sounds while retaining their trademark dancefloor grooves and hooks.