Ministry of Sound will ignite your memory this summer as we bring you the greatest clubbing moments from the early 2000s with the REUNION TOUR: THE ANNUAL 2001-2004. Heading up the tour will be none other than Ministry of Sound OGs John Course and Mark Dynamix, alongside a stellar cast of supports in each city. As two of Australia's most loved DJs, John Course and Mark Dynamix have been responsible for mixing multiple Ministry of Sound Annual compilations, with millions of CDs finding their place in the hearts and homes of clubbers all around Australia over the years. The Ministry of Sound Reunion Tour will kick off at The Prince in Melbourne on Friday, November 18th, before heading to Sydney's Metro Theatre on Friday, December 16th, then taking the party to Adelaide, Darwin, Perth and Brisbane. The Sydney show will also pay a very special homage to early '00s breakbeat with a dedicated Clubbers Guide to Breaks Room, with UK duo Plump DJs joining the Reunion party alongside Australia's own breaks king Kid Kenobi. Come and revive that sense of community on the dance floor with a soundtrack to your best clubbing days, where Roger Sanchez, Basement Jaxx, Tim Deluxe, Cassius and Groove Armada were everything; when vinyl was DJ currency and Shazam was a phrase used solely by magicians.
Tess Vockler is one of the hottest new DJ's to emerge from the Melbourne club scene. She has been honing her craft relentlessly playing all over Melbourne, solidifying her position as one of the biggest go-to DJ's in Melbourne. It is with great excitement that we welcome Tess Vockler to mix the On The Download Sep/Oct compilation. The all-digital product which delivers the latest dance hits from around the globe. On The Download September/October is bigger than ever with Australian DJ, Tess Vockler on board to mix this bi-monthly edition. The compilation opens with a bang and features an armoury of club thumping tracks from artists likes of Duke Dumont, Armand Van Helden, Carnage & Timmy Trumpet, Will Sparks & Joel Fletcher, Flosstradamus and Tommy Trash …but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Bringing it home is a continuous mix, mixed by one of Australia's fastest rising DJs Tess Vockler.
Football fans unite! With the Premier League in the UK well and truly underway and the A- League just around the corner, we're living out our glory by gearing up for the upcoming FIFA 17 release. Just as spiritual as the game itself is the prestigious soundtrack, featuring the likes of Fatboy Slim (1999), Underworld (2004), LCD Soundsystem (2006) and Groove Armada (2011) over the years. Not only has the game pushed a lot of dance music artists over the years, but also electronic/alternate artists like Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party and Massive Attack to name a few. With an increasing Aussie contingency featuring in the soundtrack every year, FIFA 17 will feature homegrown talents Empire Of The Sun, SAFIA, Jagwar Ma & DMA's. EA delivered on the EDM front with Porter Robinson & Madeon's collab 'Shelter' leading the charge along with new releases from Zhu, Zedd, Kygo, Lemaitre, Paul Kalkbrenner & Digitalism. Peep the full soundtrack list below and listen to the available tracks on EA's FIFA 17 playlist.
As a producer, DJ and remixer, Armand Van Helden is one of dance music's most well respected figures. Armand Van Helden has been creating enduring music that has bypassed the trends of the day since the early 1990's. Van Helden's discography is one of the most impressive known to the dance community. His trademark sound of colossal sub bass with razor edged steel beats has seen him churn out hit after hit, such as 'U Don't Know Me'. Other hits have included 'My My My', 'Bonkers' and 'Hear My Name'. As half of Duck Sauce, Armand Van Helden has also delivered massive hit singles like 'Barbra Streisand', 'It's You' and 'aNYway', and as an in-demand remixer he has worked with everyone from Tori Amos and Daft Punk to Britney Spears and Katy Perry. Releasing his first track in 7 years, the mighty Armand Van Helden works his magic on the vocals of an '80s pop classic, resulting in the undeniable earworm 'Wings'. "'Wings' is about ancient alien gardeners from space that created us and then abandoned us. Feeling remorse, they don't want to let us down again." – Armand Van Helden To celebrate the release of 'Wings', we've chosen some of our favourite Armand tracks. Some you may have forgotten and some of which you just can't get enough of! Wings is Out Now on iTunes
Quadruple platinum artist Joel Fletcher returns to peak form with his newest dance anthem 'Obsessed'. Delving into new & exciting territory, Joel has unleashed a larger-than-life anthem bursting with hefty buildups, rhythmical drumwork, stunning breakdowns and a mammoth drop. Newcomer songstress Bianca belts out her best work, delivering radiating choruses that compliment Joel's epic piano breakdowns. Goosebumps material right here, we're Obsessed!
Kideko & George Kwali feat. Nadia Rose & Sweetie Irie's 'Crank It (Woah!)' is the new vocal version of one of this year's biggest records. Now with Nadia Rose and Sweetie Irie on board expect this to dominate charts and playlists for the rest of the year. With its infectious bassline and distinctive sound, 'Crank It' has amassed a dizzying array of supporters including Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Danny Howard, MistaJam, Dance Anthems, and Toddla T at Radio 1, plus huge support from Kiss, Kiss Fresh, Capital Xtra, Fatboy Slim, Gorgon City, David Guetta,Armand Van Helden and many more.
The biggest single in New Zealand, 'Don't Worry Bout It' from KINGS, is set to take on the world, having been picked up by Warner Music in New Zealand and Ministry of Sound's Astrx label in Australia. The infectious 'Don't Worry Bout It' has reached the coveted #1 position on both the New Zealand Shazam and iTunes charts. “Being signed for me is literally a dream come true", says KINGS. “Production has always been my strong point so to venture off into the world of artistry and have the outcome be signed to a major label in such a short time is not only a confidence boost, but a very humbling experience." KINGS is well known among music circles in Auckland's North Shore, where his studio and record label Arch Angel Records is based. KINGS has been producing music for the past six years and has collaborated with a number of other producers including BulletProof, Dan Aux, General Lee, Jolyon Petch (Club Luxury), eSquire Uk, Crazi Biza and Dick Johnson.
Already a roaring success in his home country, named 'Man of The Year' and 'Singer of The Year' by one of Israel's biggest national radio stations, Nathan Goshen's first two albums went GOLD; a success crowned by winning 'Composer of the Year' in 2011 from non-profit rights corporation ACUM. Now, via a bedroom in Holland, 16-year-old producer KVR is taking Goshen's music to the international stage; and looks set to take the world by storm.
It's been almost two years since we released Kill Frenzy's debut album 'Taylr Swft' to the world, and since then he's made an appearance on our "Large Room Vol. 1" sampler with "H.O.U.S.E", and was featured on Justin Martin's album with "Wet Cat", along with Ardalan, earlier this year. He's traveled the world with us as a Dirtybird Player and is a big part of the Dirtybird family, and we're bringing him back to the label with the monster single, "Silo". "The name I gave the track has a special meaning to me. 'Silo' is the name of my favorite club in Leuven, Belgium that had so many great artists coming through there, and where I discovered a lot of great music. Sadly it closed a few years ago, but I remember seeing Claude VonStroke there once, which is probably in my memory still one of my favorite sets from him. I gave him a CD that night with some demos but never heard from him. Luckily a few years later, I finally did ;) " We're glad he did too.
Gold Coast producer Mikey Perry, better known as Paces, kicked off 2015 in typical swag-lord style, waltzing into triple j's Hottest 100 at number 100 with his Tkay Maidza collab, 'Switch Lanes'. This was quickly followed up by his hit single 'Nothing's Forever', which featured vocals from Perth artist Kučka. 'Nothing's Forever' hit the top 30 of the iTunes Dance chart after being added to full rotation on triple j. Off the back of this success, Paces hit the road with a sold out tour across the country and was tapped for official remixes for Years & Years, Tinashe and Hermitude.Now Paces has unveiled his debut album Vacation, with the album already hitting the top 20 on the iTunes albums chart and #2 on the Electronic chart. The album features the tropical jam '1993 (No Chill)' featuring Jess Kent, which hit the #1 most played spot on triple j in January. Watch the video here. Vacation is a 13-track journey through Paces' world of tropical beats and forward thinking pop. Paces has worked with a plethora of Australian and international talent on his debut LP, with vocals coming from as far as Brazil ('Cafuçu' featuring Bonde do Rolê), Baltimore ('Work Me Out' featuring Rye Rye) and Canada ('Payday' featuring Maurice Moore). Closer to home, Paces has tapped local vocalists such as Reija Lee, Esther Sparkes, Oliver Tank and a somewhat unexpected appearance by Guy Sebastian to make Vacation a showcase of some of Australia's brightest talent.Vacation has already been receiving rave reviews with Stoney Roads calling it “a journey through happy vocals and tropical infused beats" and “an essential for those wanting to live in an endless summer". Music Feeds also gives Vacation huge props calling it “a bold statement by an artist who it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore."
In less than a decade, Timmy Trumpet has successfully transgressed from the international stage as an acclaimed Jazz musician to the realm of global dance music. Now as a combined DJ/Instrumentalist, he's ranked in the top 10 DJ's in Australia (ITM Poll), performed at Ibiza's Pacha and Miami's WMC, and mixed both Ministry of Sound and Pacha CD's featuring his own Aria Chart smash hit 'Sassafras'. Rightfully dubbed "the busiest DJ in Australia" Timmy averages 7 flights a week, juggling over 200 shows per year, including all the major festivals, owns his own clothing label, runs a club night, and is a regular co-star on the FOX8 reality TV show The Stafford Brothers.No stranger to the limelight, Timmy Trumpet won 'Young Musician of the Year' at age 13 before being granted a full scholarship by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where Sydney Symphony Orchestra's Anthony Heinrich tutored him. Within two years he secured a position as the leading solo trumpet player in the Australian All-Star Stage Band, taking part in an extensive tour through Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Holland covering some of the world's biggest Jazz Festivals including Montreux and the North Sea Jazz Festivals. After developing perfect pitch at a young age, Timmy's progression into dance music has been propelled by his ability to effortlessly mix in-key, mastering the art of improvisation."After discovering Jazz I began to jam over everything and anything, mainly stuff on the radio. It wasn't long until I discovered house music, met a DJ, then played my first gig. I drove home that night knowing this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life." The Live DJ/trumpeter cross-over experiment proved a great success, providing the launching pad for a career in dance music. After landing a contract with legendary house label HedKandi, he jumped on board the next flight to the UK, which lead to touring & performing to record crowds at South Korea's Mass, Thailand's Full Moon Party, and playing alongside Erick Morillo at Pacha Ibiza. Armed with a pocketful of contacts, Timmy was determined to create a name for himself in Australia…Enter his next big break- The Stafford Brothers- who heard of his talents while touring in Ibiza. "They introduced me to the Australian market outside of Sydney, and I've learnt so much from them about music, business and life," Timmy says, attributing the brothers as good role models. Establishing a strong bond with the DJ duo he became their "brother from another mother" and their main supporting act while touring throughout the country.Timmy would soon find himself a co-star on The Stafford Brothers FOX8 reality TV series. Timmy Trumpet's rise to the top of the DJ world showed no signs of slowing down, with the dynamite instrumentalist securing himself main support act of Mo-town legend Stevie Wonder on his only Australian show in 2011. After a whopping 70,000 votes, he was ranked Australia's #7 DJ (#2 in NSW) in the 2011 ITM Music Awards.FAST FORWARD TO THE NOW; Taking over mainstages across Australia with the king-size Future Music Festival National Tour, filming 'The Stafford Brothers' Season 3 in L.A, as well as mixing this years much anticipated and renowned 'Ministry of Sound Sessions 9 CD' featuring 2 of his own tracks, Timmy Trumpet is proving he is a force to be reckoned with.
Held in the highest esteem by his peers and the masses, Ember is without question one of Australia's most in demand genre hopping beatsmiths. Crossing the country on a weekly basis, leaving jaws dropped upon sweat drenched dance floors; this star student of the Sydney club scene has definitely earned his stripes. Sharing stages with the worlds dance music elite, he has held his own at Stereosonic, Field Day, Splendour In The Grass, Shore Thing, Big Day Out, Parklife and Future Music Festival amongst other iconic party spots. Warming the faders and ransacking riders with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Skrillex, Duck Sauce to Diplo, building a resume along the way that any mother would be more than proud of. Keeping his ear to the ground and head out of the clouds, Ember has been asked on board national tours with Ministry of Sound three times in the past two years, recently mixing the renowned 'Annual for 2015', after touring the country with Joel Fletcher for 'Clubbers Guide to 2014', and Chardy for 'Electro House Sessions 6'. His first official release, Blur, hit #1 on the Australian ARIA Club Chart, with Triple J premieres from Peking Duk and mixes from Go Freek, Spenda C, Jay Karama and Combo gaining support from dance aficionados the world over.True to his groundwork in ass droppin' party tunes, the young man has been hitting home of late, voted as one of Australia's Top 50 DJs 7 years in a row by inthemix and listed as one of DJ City's Australian producers to watch in 2014. Hell bent on throwing down wherever there's a spot to get down, Ember continues to turn heads and taste make with his booty-bouncing sets. Bridging the gap between his own brands of busted up tech funk and main room ghetto bangers; the future's looking strong for this young party maestro.
If time has taught us one thing, it is that Melbourne duo SCNDL deals in consistent dance floor destruction – no apologies or vowels required.The creative union of Tom Grant and Adam Amuso, SCNDL's bouncy yet highly-tuned peak time tendencies have made them a breakout force to be reckoned with on the global dance music radar in 2014. By the time their sophomore hit Gypsy had scaled the Beatport electro house top 15 and put them in the good books with the likes of Porter Robinson and Dada Life, SCNDL were one of the definitive stories of ascension to emerge from Melbourne, Australia, ground zero for the eponymous Melbourne Bounce contagion that's caused a revolution in Australian clubland and is now legitimately airbourne and spreading virus-like on a planetary level.A remix for breakout US star MAKJ's Hold Up saw the duo infect the Beatport Electro House top 20 once again, immediately leading to them being placed on watch lists with some of EDM's sharpest tastemakers.Bleed with fellow Aussie Timmy Trumpet emerged on North American imprint Monstercat in 2013, scaling the heights of the Beatport main chart (where it peaked at 12), and conclusively establishing their scientifically-engineered bass lines at world best practice level. With support accumulating from the likes of Tommy Trash, Chuckie, TJR, Tocadisco, Lazy Rich, Henry Fong and MAKJ, the duo ended 2013 with DJs and dance junkies alike craving their refined club getup amid a sustained international bounce blitzkrieg that's becoming increasingly difficult to ignore.So much so, gargantuan pop name Flo Rida came knocking, the result a re-imagining of his single How I Feel as a driving Melbourne Bounce juggernaut which is bound to signal their arrival on the world stage with a definitive sonic boom.Meanwhile back on home soil the duo simultaneously held down three spots in the ARIA club chart top 10, confirming their ability to dominate the club landscape on the home front while engaged in expeditionary assaults further afield offshore. In 2014, the word at camp SCNDL remains affirmative action on a global scale, with iconic club mega brand Pacha inviting them to curate their own regular night at their burgeoning Sydney outpost and designing a large-scale mega production uniquely around them. There'll also be an incoming single release with Robbie Rivera's Juicy Music imprint, new single 40 Thieves, an appearance at the Juicy Beach Party for WMC 2014 and a rumoured European and UK release for Bleed.This is the unapologetic face of low-end favoring dance music. Hold the vowels, take the plunge and prepare for the hell-borne sound of Melbourne.
Head banging, unmistakable locks at large and fist in the air, Tommy Trash is not your stereotypical dance music icon. Armed with an arsenal of his own carefully created anthems, he has rejected the clean-shaven no-nonsense image of many a peer. Tommy's work hard play hard antics have carved him a unique position in a scene in desperate need of rebels. Outside his party-hard stage presence, the Grammy and VMA nominated producer's approach to mind-blowing music remains as heartfelt as they come. With Platinum records around the world, singles on labels ranging from Axtone to Fool's Gold, from Refune to Mau5trap, and from Spinnin' to Owsla and Boys Noize, every new installment of his diverse, floor-filling productions lay testament to the pride the Aussie takes in his blazing, musical legacy. It's no wonder that the likes of Rolling Stone and MTV have marked him out as 'One To Watch'.From the most prestigious nightspots around the globe and the ever-expanding global festivals that he so seamlessly conquers to the grimiest warehouse parties, there's no stage too grand or miniscule for him to tailor his adrenaline-fueled sets to. In line with his successive industry triumphs, the road ahead looks set to comfortably accommodate the rare energy and characteristics that Tommy continues to bring to dance music.
The highly anticipated Clubbers Guide To 2016 National Tour has been announced with the homegrown legends Kyro & A-Tonez hitting up over 20 shows around the country. Armed with a collection of taste-making, party starting, and crowd pleasing tunes, along with Ministry of Sound merch and goodies, the guys will be bringing one of the biggest parties to a venue near you. Check out the announced dates below, and keep an ear out for a few sneaky shows being announced in the coming weeks.
Jack Beats are heading back to Australia in February 2016 for a national tour thanks to Nuffsaid! The UK duo will be hitting up Mountain Sounds Festival, Enchanted Garden Festival as well as club shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast. Jack Beats have a plan. That plan involves taking the very best, most spectacularly effective pieces from a vast array of different musical genres and blending them together into an irrepressible force that detonates on contact. When you lay it out like that it all seems quite simple really, doesn't it?Through their six singles and a string of monstrous remixes for the likes of Rudimental, Oliver Heldens, Major Lazer, A-Track , Skream, Beyoncé, Aloe Blacc, Big Boi and more, they have formed a relationship with an increasingly hungry audience.For Niall Dailly and Ben Geffin the joy in music is in the idea and its execution. They're relentlessly moving forward and they're intent on bringing us all with them."We're in a world of our own," Ben says. "We've always made music that's quite forward-thinking and different. So much so that, sometimes, we're not sure whether anyone else is even into it. There's a bit of fortune-telling going on in what we do, but we both have patience, we never release anything until we know it's absolutely right."Ultimately, Jack Beats have got a mass of ambitions, the main one being to get their music to as many people as possible."If a year ago someone had said our music would come out on a major label across the world I'd have fallen over laughing," says Niall. "We began life as an underground crew making tunes for Sunday night hardcore clubbers. Suddenly it gets to this level and it's shocking, but we've been around enough to know that we're here on the merit of what we've done. We're not trying to be something we're not."And that is the key to Jack Beats, that's why their plan works. They are making exactly the music they want to make and the world is coming to them.
Exis is hitting the road this February for Ministry of Sound's Trance Nation tour! The 9 date run will see Exis take over iconic venues such as Family in Brisbane, HQ in Adelaide and Home in Sydney.This will be Exis's first national head line tour and told us that "The most exciting thing about being part of Trance Nation is being able to bring my music around Australia and meeting my fans & supporters. To see what I've worked hard for the past few years come to fruition like this and have a tour is something I would never have imagined back then." Kicking off next weekend at Discovery in Darwin, make sure you don't miss Exis on the road this summer.
Chinese Laundry Garden Parties have been infamous in the Sydney scene since their launch in 2009. This season has already seen Andy C & Scuba hit Sydney with huge sets, and now Kölsch will take to the garden stage, giving fans new and old a chance to dance in the sunshine!
Melbourne duo SCNDL are one of Australia's biggest dance music exports. In the past year alone they have toured the US and Canada twice, plus visited Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines and Japan,! 'Meant To Be' is their latest single and it's been sitting at #1 on the ARIA Club Chart for the past three weeks in a row, making it the biggest dance track in the country right now! In celebration of their ARIA #1, SCNDL will soon be hitting the road once again on a 19-date Australian tour kicking off in Darwin on February 27th, then traversing across the country throughout March, April and May, with more dates to be announced. For 'Meant To Be', the Melbourne pair has thrown the rule book out the window, melting future house bass lines with the energy their fans have grown to expect and unleashing one of the most innovative floor fillers yet. SCNDL are well known on the Aussie dance scene, having previously teamed up with multi-platinum-selling artist Timmy Trumpet on their track 'Bleed' which has had over 5 million combined spins on YouTube to date. SCNDL also remixed fellow Melbournian Will Sparks' track 'Ah Yeah So What' which came in at #9 on Beatport's list of top selling Electro House tunes in the entire world for last year. Some of the biggest names in music globally are also fans, with David Guetta and Martin Garrix supporting their tracks. Now it's time for Australian radio to get behind SCNDL. Check out a preview of SCNDL's high energy show here and download to 'Meant To Be' now!