Dry January is well and truly over and we’ve already swamped our first Bank Holiday of 2024. We’re bringing you 7 pieces of dance music-related news to brighten up this dreary post-banker Tuesday.
The Tuesday following a bank holiday is one of those strange days when we all struggle to figure out what day it is, where our money went & where the extra long weekend disappeared. Although the skies are grey in Ireland today, this week’s working week is a little shorter, and January is finished, so give yourself a break and indulge in some good news from the world of electronic music.
Here are 7 Pieces of Dance Music News to Uplift Your Post-Banker Blues.
Flowdan Creates Music History as the First Grime MC to Win a GRAMMY
Seminal MC and Roll Deep crew icon Flowdan won Best Dance/Electronic Recording for “Rumble” with first-time winner Fred Again.. and Skrillex. ‘Rumble’ beat Aphex Twin, Disclosure, James Blake, and a second entry from Fred again.. in collaboration with Romy.
Pagan Releases ‘Feel So Good’ on the ‘8 Years Of Shall Not Fade’ VA
Dublin-based Pagan returns to Shall Not Fade with his latest offering ‘Feel So Good’ on the ‘8 Years Of Shall Not Fade’ VA. The release, which came out last Friday, reveals Pagan’s harder side as he ventures into the realm of loop-driven and hardgroove-inspired techno, with a sprinkling of Pagan’s trademark ethereal arpeggio melodies.
Faithless Announce their First Live Show in 8 Years as a Tribute to Maxi Jazz
Faithless is scheduled to return to the stage at this year’s Camp Bestival, with a show dedicated to late band member Maxi Jazz. Faithless’s show at Camp Bestival is apparently just one of two events scheduled for 2024, however, after recently deleting their social media sites, the band has fuelled speculation that more Faithless gigs may be on the way.
BICEP Announces CHROMA: New Label, Event Series, & Audiovisual Show
BICEP announced the birth of their new label CHROMA last Wednesday with its first release, HELIUM. The concept behind the label is to focus on more underground club-focused works while also serving as a platform for the duo to showcase a wider range of musical genres through various aliases and collaborations. BICEP will also be delivering CHROMA-curated events to Brighton Beach and Finsbury Park in London, as well as at a number of festivals this year.
Jazzy Receives a Brit Award Nomination
Dublin-based DJ and vocalist Jazzy has been nominated in the International Song of the Year category for her hit song ‘Giving Me’ at the Brit Awards. The track topped the Irish singles chart, reached #3 in the UK singles chart, and had tens of millions of views on Spotify and YouTube.
Daft Punk are Reportedly Working on a 5th Album
According to former Daft Punk collaborator Quinn Smith who was the drummer on ‘Random Acess Memories’, Daft Punk’s fifth album is “coming out of the locker” as it began development in 2018. In an interview with alt.news 26:46 he said “I keep checking in. I’m told they’re working on it”.
Amsterdam Venue ‘Shelter’ to Reopen this Month
Amsterdam’s Shelter will return this month after a month-long renovation. The grand reopening of Shelter is slated for February 9th. The club has already announced shows with Seth Troxler B2B Tom Trago, Krystal Klear, Gerd Janson, Black Loops and more.