Wednesday 17 September 2014

Karotte @ Loveland Festival, Amsterdam

Fresh from a summer touring schedule punctuated with huge festivals all around the globe, we join Karotte for the Loveland Festival, at Sloterpark in the heart of Amsterdam.
Over the years he has been a resident of essential clubs such as Harry Klein in Munich, and the Cocoon Club in Frankfurt, as well as becoming close friend and collaborator with fellow techno talent, Gregor Treshor, and the Break New Soil label family. With his trade first and foremost as a DJ, he certainly shows his experience and shines on this summer afternoon with a beautiful set of polished, cinematic techno in front of a jubilant Dutch crowd. Ebbing and flowing in the sunshine, he weaves his way between solid drum-driven workouts, to more sweeping melodic numbers with ease.
Well weighted, and full of glossy arpeggiated touches, he truly brings an element of class to the day's proceedings, with soaring buildups that lift the crowd higher and higher throughout, taking thousands of party-people to the next level.
Revelling in the occasion with a string of glistening techno cuts, and wickedly fun in his delivery, Karotte can be seen dancing just as much (if not more) than the giant, swelling crowd in front of him. As to be expected, they respond with jubilant faces and hands and fists raised high into the air. Highlights include a huge edit of 'Gadjo – Disco's Revenge' and closing out his set with the sensational 'Technasia – I Am Somebody' before handing things over to Dubfire who can be seen waiting in the wings. He leaves the whole crowd on fire, but not before pausing for a quick selfie with Mr. Ali Dubfire himself.
Ice lollies, super cool dancemoves, and a beautifully diverse mix of music and people... it could only be Loveland. Here's 60 minutes of great tunes to get your party started... wherever you are!

- Ethan McNamara

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Saturday 13 September 2014

Ricardo Villalobos & Luciano @ Love Family Park, Germany

Enjoy a big dose of LOVE through a back to back set from two of the most renowned and beloved DJs in the world!

Displaying all the skill and unique personalities that have entranced fans internationally for over a decade, Villalobos and Luciano bring the heat in this all-vinyl set. Since the early 90’s, the two have established their personal styles combining deep-rooted Chilean identities rich with warm and rhythmic South American percussions and their own personal touch of House and Techno respectively. Some of the most notable and respected DJ/Producers in the world, Villalobos and Luciano have also expanded into other roles in the industry including running successful record labels and throwing some of the most epic parties on Earth.

It’s refreshing to watch the flow of energy between them while sharing decks – a hard feat for two unacquainted DJs to achieve within an hour or two hour time slot. But the camaraderie that the two have established over the years can be seen in their interaction with one another which is lovingly received and reciprocated by the crowd at Love Family Park.

On this episode we continue our coverage of this year’s installment of the German festival. We’re sure having been there would have been a dream come true for many of us, but don’t fret: we’ve got you covered!

In the words of Villalobos: “Let’s do it the Chilenian way.”

-Jess Rox

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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Mathias Kaden @ Love Family Park, Germany

On a hot and sunny day at Love Family Park's new location at Messepark Mainz in Germany, Mathias Kaden treats the Floor 2 stage to a pumping Tech imbued set... and really puts the L O V E in Love Family Park!

We join Mathias Kaden as he sets the day in motion at one of Germany's most popular festivals. A well respected regular at Cocoon in Ibiza, and with consistently impressive appearances at Watergate Berlin that make him a real big hit amongst German clubbing circles, it's clear to see why Kaden joins the celebrated tier of underground DJ's chosen to bill the monster lineup for the 2014 edition of the festival – now in it's 19th successive year. With releases of his own music that can be found punctuating the discographies and back catalogues of top quality labels such as Get Physical, Desolat and Moon Harbour - not to mention his notably fearless and unpretentious style of Djing - it's fair to say he brings the perfect professional balance of fun and intensity to wherever he plays.

After Love Family Park moved to its new location this year, you could forgive the crowd for taking some time to adjust to their new surroundings. But it doesn't seem to have dampened spirits in the slightest, as festival-goers revel in the sounds of big room Techno jocks across all four stages, with Sven Väth, Ricardo Villalobos and Marco Carola bolstering the rest of the lineup too.

As the summer sun continues to beam down on Mainz, we tune in as Kaden starts his set around midday, with the skeletal groove and bumping bassline of ItaloJohnson – 003 that sets the pace perfectly for the following hour of hip-shaking tech house. A sensational party DJ, he finds his stride almost instantly, taking very little time to warm up the crowd and his surroundings, continually picking out strong and purposeful Techno cuts to keep the growing crowd on their toes, with the kind of sound that translates really effectively to the big stage environment. Kaden shifts through the gears like a seasoned pro as he spins intently behind the turntables. Furiously working the faders in the way that only he can, and with weapon-like tracks aimed squarely at the dancefloor, he injects tons of energy and excitement into the whole crowd, from the front row to the very back. Mathias proves once again why he is such a popular name on the current European festival circuit, capturing and holding the attention of the massive crowd with great ease.

A charming character, and a real personality behind the decks too, his jack-in-a-box enthusiasm is almost as impressive as his impeccable record selections. Continuing to flow quickly through punchy bass-laden tracks, swirling electronic buildups and plenty of bottom heavy beats, his creative mixing style and rolling grooves results in hands raised to the sky, moving feet, and smiles painted across plenty of faces, right to the very last kick drum.

Jump in and enjoy this one!

-Ethan McNamara

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Saturday 30 August 2014

Marc Maya @ 18hrs Festival (Elrow Stage), Netherlands

Elrow returns to DanceTrippin with yet another slamming show from the 18hrs festival in Holland, this time featuring Marc Maya behind the decks as he mixes an energetic soundtrack of tech heavy beats. Elrow grew to prominence for its Sunday parties in its home of Barcelona, and soon became famous for its irreverent and spectacular performances and full-on audience participation. Stepping onto the dancefloor of Elrow is like entering a madhouse of happy lunatic ravers (and we mean this in the best possible way!) Nowadays Elrow has grown up and expanded its horizons beyond Barcelona with weekly shows at Space Ibiza and its international tour events. Look forward to seeing this Spanish export soon in a town near you!

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Thursday 14 August 2014

Benny Rodrigues @ 18hrs Festival, Balkenhaven Zaandam

Benny Rodrigues sets up an infectious vibe at Holland's 18hrs Festival with a bumping, energetic mix of house and tech-house grooves infused throughout with soul and sex appeal. One of our favorite Rotterdam heroes, Benny never fails to disappoint with his dynamic mixing style and penchant for true house and techno which skips the latest fads but never goes out of style.

Get ready for an hour of thumping funk after the jump!

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