The album synonymous with summertime dancefloor moments is back for another instalment of the year's biggest and best tunes... it's The Annual 2017! If there's one album that dance music lovers can't do without every Xmas it's this one – and we've packed this party with more tasty jams than your granny's pantry. Covering all the biggest hits of the year and a solid dose of future bangers, Disc One kicks straight into gear with a who's who of the singles charts courtesy of Galantis Top 10 smash "No Money", Martin Solveig, Cheat Codes, ARIA #1 stars Lost Frequencies latest release "What is Love" alongside super fresh new tunes from our local legends Joel Fletcher, Timmy Trumpet, Will Sparks, plus a whole lot more. Disc Two is coming in hot with the biggest international dance lords including Skrillex & Diplo, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Rudimental, Yellow Claw and the undeniable European summer buzz chart topper "Trouble" from Offaiah. Flying the local flag on disc two is a who's who ARIA nominated locals including Flume, L D R U, Rüfüs and Hayden James … PLUS we've managed to squeeze in some WORLD FIRSTS with absolutely brand spanking new material from Armand Van Helden, PNAU, Uberjak'd and Savage. Filled to breaking point, we couldn't have squeezed another hit on here, so all you have to do is turn up, turn it up and turn on the party. The Annual 2017 is available to pre-order Friday 21st Oct.
'What Is Love 2016' is a fresh take on the 23-year-old hit song from Haddaway and follows Lost Frequencies' #1 ARIA and airplay single 'Are You With Me'.Lost Frequencies, also known as Felix de Laet, wasn't even born when 'What Is Love' smashed charts worldwide in 1993, but he is without doubt one of the hottest acts in the world at the moment. The Belgian talent-turned-superstar scored a monster hit with 'Are You With Me' two years ago and has been an absolute hit machine ever since. Between debut single 'Are You With Me', successor 'Reality' and recent addition 'Beautiful Life', Lost Frequencies was crowned with gold, platinum and double platinum records in a few dozen countries, peaked at #1 in the UK Singles Charts and ARIA Singles Chart and accumulated over half a billion streams on Spotify alone. Next to these globally acclaimed and chart-wrecking singles, Lost Frequencies' debut album 'Less Is More' features a lot of new productions. Throughout the album, the Belgian wonderworker spotlights his revered signature sound in a myriad of ways, all extremely catchy and easy on the ear. 'Less Is More' will be released on October 21st on Astrx in Australia & New Zealand.
Over the past few years Melbourne prodigy producer Joel Fletcher has built a legion of fans with his own brand of Melbourne Bounce. After recently linking up with fellow Melbournian bounce lord Will Sparks on Acid Rain, Joel has since released his matured follow up track 'Obsessed' featuring the vocal talents of Bianca. After recently touring Europe, Joel's touring schedule is only getting longer as he returns back home supporting his new single on a huge Australian club tour. He might be taking the world by storm but Joel comes from humble beginnings, he started djing at the age of 14, putting tracks up on Soundcloud where he received huge recognition for the tracks he was making and landing huge hits like 'Swing' when at the age of 21. We're so Obsessed with Joel Fletcher's new track that we hit him up to get an insight and a few pointers into how he producers such gems.
If you're a regular around the Melbourne club scene, there's no doubt that you would have come across one of Australia's fastest rising talents Tess Vockler. Over the past few years Tess has worked her way to main stage gigs around the country, not to forget her invitation to take on some of the biggest venues across Europe and the US. The DJ/Producer also knows a thing or two about Instagram, amassing over 11K followers and making her name as respected taste maker/influencer. After mixing the latest Ministry of Sound On The Download Sept/Oct Compilation we caught up with Tess to see what her top 5 accounts to follow on the 'gram are.
Get your downward dog ready because Ministry of Sound Australia has teamed up with Flow Athletic for the final Flow After Dark silent yoga disco of 2016 on Thursday, October 20th at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney's Moore Park. The concept of Flow After Dark started with a small event to 200 Flow Athletic members in February this year. Due to the overwhelming response, Flow Athletic has had to keep finding bigger and better locations to fit everyone in. There has now been five events across three states with more planned for 2017. Ministry of Sound will be collaborating with resident DJ James Mack and Australia's #1 yoga instructor, Kate Kendall, on what will be the most exciting Flow After Dark of the year. Grab your tickets here and Get warmed up for the event with Ministry of Sound's Flow After Dark playlist here. Here is your chance to be in the running to win a Double Pass to the next Flow After Dark!
Just in time for festival season, MAKJ & Timmy Trumpet have teamed up on a ferocious EDM banger titled Party Til We Die! Piercing synthlines, immense chords, epic breakdowns & bouncing basslines grow intensity towards a colossal big room drop. Featuring infectious vocal hooks from self-anointed party animal Andrew WK, this hands-in-the-air anthem obliterates dancefloors leaving very little in its wake.
Born and raised in Melbourne - the prodigal son of the underground dance music has come to earn widespread praise and an impressive reputation for his work in the music industry as DJ and producer alike.From beginning to DJ at the age of 14, achieving his first club residency by the age of 16 to hitting 100k fans on Facebook and being voted #3 in the inthemix Australia Top 50 awards in 2014 coming from #19 in 2013 - the rise to the top has been quick and occurred early.Through his large library of releases through labels such as Ministry Of Sound, Ones To Watch and many more, the Melbourne Bounce Superstar, Joel Fletcher has been hard at work in recent times, releasing some of his best yet.In 2014 alone, Joel released the four times platinum, chart topping record with Savage - Swing - a tune that was added to the airwaves of every major radio network around the country and achieved him a nomination for the 2014 ARIA's 'Song of the Year.'In conjunction with the success of Swing, Bring It Back, a collaboration with Will Sparks reached double platinum sales in Australia and his original Loco with Seany B hit gold selling status and additional commercial radio success.His infamous remix of Latch - a track still to be released has received the most support yet – having been played on the Tomorrowland mainstage by Hardwell and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, as well as receiving added support from Will Sparks, R3HAB, DVBBS, Bingo Players, Tommie Sunshine, Laidback Luke, Ubjerak'd and Danny Avila – just to name a few.Amidst his hectic touring schedule and studio time working with a range of internationally renowned artists, Joel has spent the thick of the last twelve months touring North America, Canada, Asia and Europe - spreading his trademark sound across the globe.Joel's career looks promising as his discography of releases continues to rapidly expand and his weeks continue being filled with bookings from the world's biggest nightclubs and most prestigious festivals.
Multi-platinum selling Australian group The Potbelleez have put their own spin on the Isley Brothers classic 'Shout', with the single to be released on September 23rdvia Hussle.Known for their massive hits 'Don't Hold Back', 'From The Music' and 'Are You With Me', The Potbelleez have re-worked 'Shout' for 2016 with KMart using the track for their new ad campaign.Ilan from The Potbelleez explains how the track came together: "We were in Nashville at a song writing camp and we were playing around with some big vocal tracks and got talking about iconic Australian anthems and 'Shout'. It was the incredible Isley Brothers who originally wrote and recorded 'Shout', but it was Australia's first rock n roll super star Jonny O'Keefe and his version in the early '60s that went on to become an Australian anthem! We were so excited to put our own spin on this classic belter."
While previous single 'Beautiful Life' is still going strong, Lost Frequencies drops another amazing single from his forthcoming album. The Belgian hit machine added his own kind of twist to well-known track 'What Is Love' and makes sure that his recognizable signature sound flows freely throughout the entire record. 'What Is Love', you ask? Well, it could very well be a sweet as this record.
It's safe to say Tommy Trash has had a busy 2016. His highly successful LUV U GIV EP, a hefty banger in Bird Alert and most recently his collab with Fool's Gold head honcho A-Trak on 'Lose My Mind' have been a part of a whirlwind 8 months and there's no signs of slowing down. This time round, Tommy has combined forces with bass house guru TAISUN on some jawdroping electro goodness in 'IOUE'. Hints of gritty '08 electro bleed throughout this masterpiece with b-more drum breaks, youthful chants, subtle organ chords, piercing vocoder and distorted guitar-like riffs. Absolute fire from the moment you hit play!
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!