Having garnered more than 110 million plays on YouTube from their hit remix Don't Be So Shy, as well as smashing the electronic music charts all through Europe with this track, its safe to say that Filatov & Karas are doing many things right. With 10 years of experience a piece, producing music, mixing music and being general hit-makers, Filatov & Karas have earned themselves a whole bunch of cred in the Euro clubbing world, and so teaming up only created synergy between the two. This is why we put the pair up to the task of naming their Top 10 favorite Club tracks right now, and as always, the boys delivered us with some serious grooves!
We've collaborated, collated and curated all of our favourite workout video clips to get you seriously motivated to move! From Olivia Newton-Johns smash hit 'Physical' to Eric Prydz's 'Call On Me' we've got all bases covered. Fancy a hit of tennis? More into rollerblading? Cheerleading? Basketball? Or just rather a good old-fashioned dance? Check out the biggest and best from the staff at Ministry of Sound, bought to you by The Workout. The Workout is Ministry of Sound's newest fitness-lifestyle compilation and provides the freshest tracks to get you motivated for any workout. Ps – don't forget the 'Honourable Mentions' section at the end for a few contributions which we loved or lol'd at, but didn't quite make the cut..
You're nearing July, you've got your euro rail, flights and bar crawls booked and now you need to focus on something more serious - the music that's going take your Top-Deck Tour to new heights. Well, look no further because we've got you sorted for the Top 10 Tracks that you'll be hearing from Mykonos all the way to Ibiza.
The man with the light-speed fingers, Arcane Echo, is a force to be reckoned with in 2016. Off of the back of his fat debut single on Downright, called Xkeletons, it only made sense for Arcane Echo to follow it up with one of his signature live beatpad vid's that he's become virally famous for. Featuring raw-to-the-floor vox from local MC MSXP, this bass monster is armed to the teeth with savage drum patterns, merciless buildups and death defying drops. It's solid DJ stuff, where ominous beats and slick sound effects take things to the dance floor's darkest edges. Given that Xkeletons is one of his heaviest tracks to date, we wouldn't be surprised if this live beat pad version of the track smashed through millions of views like his previous videos. Check it out below!
This morning the lineup for Australia's much loved boutique festival, Listen Out, dropped!! - and it's a huge one. With a gang of talent coming from all around the globe and representing everything from house to UK Grime, we know that Listen Out 2016 is going to be bigger and better than ever. Off of the back of their MASSIVE world tour, Rufus will be returning to home soil for their last Aussie shows of the year, alongside fellow Aussies L D R U, Cosmos Midnight, JOY and Ngaiire among many. In typical Listen Out fashion, they have invited some of the biggest international names in electronic music to grace our decks, and this year the honours go to superstars Jauz, Baauer and Tchami as well as Claptone & Gorgon City. No Listen Out festival would be complete without a bit of Rap and UK Grime, which is why Listen Out has invited ASAP Ferg & Stormzy to the stage along with one of the most in-demand artists of the year in Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals. Check out the full lineup and ticket details below!
French soul singer Imany has jumped into the dance music scene with a huge euro house track called Don't Be So Shy, with the help of DJ/Producers Filatov & Karas. Don't Be So Shy is blissful mix of euro house and tropical house that will take you on a journey a beach far away, a full 3 minutes. Earning #17 on Shazam's worldwide music Charts, and boasting over 90 million combined plays on YouTube, this track is one of those tracks that stays on repeat for days on end!
Over the past year, FATHERDUDE has become a breakout artist with songs totalling over 10 million plays on SoundCloud and another 4.5 million on YouTube. The Harlem-based singer is now ready to take a stand with his new EP The Balance, out now on etcetc Music. Ornamented with punchy synths, bouncy basslines, and soulful vocals, FATHERDUDE is breaking through the confines of traditional electronic music, and he's coming out in full swing. Excited for what the future has in store, FATHERDUDE says, "The Balance' is a testament to the great producers and musicians I work with." The talent is real too. Grammy nominated hip-hop producer !llmind (Drake, J.Cole, Kanye West) is featured on two cuts. Brooklyn rap figurehead Joell Ortiz of Eminem-founded Shady Records makes an appearance, demonstrating FATHERDUDE's diverse appeal and local influence, and the EP also features buzzing musician-focused dance music makers Brasstracks, future bass pioneer Infuze, and forward-thinking producer Konrad OldMoney (riff-raff, Pegboard Nerds). FATHERFAFFFFF first cracked onto the scene alongside Sydney-based producer GRMM with Electrify which reached #2 on the Australian iTunes Electronic Charts and received high rotation on triple j. His Australian collaborations continued with Slumberjack for the song Body Cry and helped their debut EP also chart at #2 on the Australian iTunes Electronic Charts.
Sydney duo Set Mo (Nick Drabble & Stu Turner) had a massive 2015 with their breakthrough single 'White Dress' being one of the most played songs on triple j, getting millions of plays online (including 3 million plays on spotify alone), as well as touring the country including playing a slew of festival gigs. Given their big year, they wanted to start off 2016 even bigger and so, Set Mo now present their first single of this year, 'Comfort You', a collaboration with Melbourne songwriter and producer Fractures.'Comfort You' is another step forward in the songwriting process for Set Mo, with moody verses contrasting with an uplifting chorus describing being there for someone in a time of need. It's a track that's just as suitable to a party vibe as it is to a chilled out vibe - so it's likely to be a track that you'll be hearing plenty of!
Upon hearing 'Sunshine', you may be rightly inclined to think you've just discovered your favorite unearthed house or garage gem. The mastermind behind this fresh faced offering however is none other than London producer-come-songwriter TIEKS, his inaugural single on Ministry of Sound, albeit making it no less likely to become a quintessential summer jam. 'Sunshine' brings his gift for songwriting and production from behind the studio desk to the very forefront. Featuring an impossibly addictive, uplifting and timeless vocal refrain (introducing new talent Dan Harkna), breezy Balearic piano chords and a groove as undeniable as any you're likely to come across this summer, 'Sunshine' is a much needed shot of elegant modern dance music with a classic sensibility.
Following the global success of 'Are You With Me' and 'Reality', Lost Frequencies hits the world with 'Beautiful Life', the first single of his debut album. Spotlighting the Belgian's sparkling guitar tones, catchy flute melodies, and Sandro Cavazza's distinct timbre, this stunningly delicate tune redefines what we refer to as feel-good music. Beautiful atmospheres for a beautiful world. That's 'Beautiful Life'.
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!