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Warp Records Announces New Signing Nozinja (South African Shangaan Electro)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2014 by E.N.

nozinjaNozinja is the South African artist famous for creating the revolutionary dance movement dubbed ‘shangaan electro’. A 21st century reboot of local folk tradition, Tsonga disco, kwaito and South African house, Nozinja has transcended these reference points to dream up an innovative and iconic Afro-futurist strain of electronic dance music. There is nothing quite like a Nozinja production: it is home-grown rave music in its purest form.

A mover, shaker and shape-shifter sometimes referred to as ‘Dog’ by his friends and associates, Nozinja’s infectious persona has extended way beyond his position as kingpin of the traditional Shangaan street dance community and the man behind a vast catalogue of cassettes, CD-Rs and DVDs released locally via Nozinja Productions, into the position he now occupies as a hugely influential soundclash pioneer on a global scale.

The shangaan electro sound was brought to wider international attention in 2010 when Honest Jon’s released the stunning compilation ‘Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa’. Growing out of the traditional street dances held in Limpopo and Soweto in South Africa, the compilation was essentially a showcase of Nozinja’s production work and the various vocal/dance crews he had assembled. The record and the attention it threw on various YouTube clips of the dancers in action captured the imagination of music fans and fellow artists around the world. Trailblazing touring soon followed, with a succession of wave-making performances at Sonar Festival, Berghain and elsewhere across Europe, Australia and Africa quickly establishing shangaan electro as a club-ready new strain of electronic dance music whose unbridled joy, breakneck speed and creative flair stood way out from the crowd.

Unsurprisingly, Nozinja’s sound has found a particular kinship with other forward thinking electronic producers and DJs, with fans and champions including Caribou, The Knife, Mount Kimbie and Pearson Sound.  A high profile series of 12”s on Honest Jon’s capitalised on this with Theo Parrish, Rashad & Spinn, Ricardo Villalobos, Hype Williams and others remixing Shangaan tracks. They were subsequently compiled on the ‘Shangaan Shake’ double CD.  2013 saw the release of 2 brand new Nozinja cuts (under various pseudonyms) on Dan Snaith’s (Caribou, Daphni) Jiaolong label.

Having found a new home on Warp Records, Nozinja will be breaking out fresh tracks and a brand new live show this April/May on a short run of intimate club and festivals, showcasing the inimitable next-level production, hyper-speed dance moves and soulful vocal hooks that make this a club experience like no other.

    In the meantime, we recommend taking a look at the following pieces to learn more about the Nozinja story so far, as well as the upcoming shows (dates below) for a taste of what is to come…



    Tue 29 Bristol, Start The Bus (tickets)
    Wed 30 Brighton, Bermuda Triangle (tickets)

    Thu 1 Liverpool, Sound City (tickets)
    Fri 2 Paris, La Machine du Moulin Rouge (tickets)
    Sat 3 Krems, Donau Festival  (tickets)
    Sun 4 London, Electrowerkz (tickets)
    Mon 5 Sheffield, The Harley (tickets)
    Thu 8 Gent, Vooruit  (tickets)
    Fri 9 Berlin, Urban Spree (tickets)
    Sat 10 Utrecht, Spiegelbar (tickets)

    Fri 22 Katowice, Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival (tickets)

Sonus Festival, Croatia 2013

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2013 by E.N.

SONUSWebPosterCosmopop and Sonus d.o.o. launch New Festival Brand “SONUS“ in Croatia – The same people who brought the world Time Warp and Love Family Park start up multi-day festival on the island of Pag.
Event agency Cosmopop GmbH, based in Mannheim Germany, sweetens the summer for fans of electronic music by launching a new festival brand alongside their Croatian partner Sonus d.o.o. From August 21st to August 25th, the SONUS festival will take place on the Croatian island of Pag. The venue, located at the famous Zrce Beach, already hosts two renowned clubs, Papaya and Kalypso. Aside from the impressive line-up, there is also the added benefit of its low price. For just 69€, festivalgoers can purchase limited Early-Bird tickets, valid for each day of the festival.
Turquoise blue water and warm beaches in paradise– Zrce Beach is a place to indulge in one’s dreams. The beach is also one of the most widely known festival spots in Croatia, and has become an established setting for electronic music events over the years. With Papaya and Kalypso also nearby, two representations of Europe’s top 20 listed clubs add to the area’s glowing reputation.
Right in the heart of Pag, on August 21st 2013, a kick-off event for SONUS will take place, hosted by event agencies Cosmopop and Sonus d.o.o. Five days and four nights, several boat parties and several pre and after parties make for an impressive start to this new festival brand.. The SONUS team is already working to bring some of the most well known artists, including Sven Väths’ Cocoon Heroes parties.. Loco Dice’s Desolat Crew is ready to play on the magical island, as well as the popular “Club der Visionäre” out of Berlin. From England, SONUS is happy to announce the addition of Fuse London and the famous Circuslabels SONUS’ journey. Further guests include the Next Wave Team out of Ibiza and many more yet to be announced. Simply put: the who-is-who of the electronic music industry will be partying with SONUS on Pag in August. The same is true of the acts. Ricardo Villalobos, Loco Dice, Seth Troxler, Magda, DJ Sneak and several others have confirmed their appearances; and many other key players will follow in their tracks in the coming weeks.
The starting price for Early-Bird tickets is only 69€. These passes include access to all five days of the festival, plus pre-parties and after parties. For an easy travel experience, book one of the island’s enticing all-inclusive travel packages from official festival partner Collegium, starting at 254€ p. P. from Germany on Depending on the type of package, benefits can include full travel accommodations, a shuttle service between the hotel and the festival and the general admission ticket to the festival. For the greatest travel accommodations, plan your trip by visiting the travel section of the SONUS website at Here you will find helpful travel information `from Germany, the UK, France and many other areas.
With the Sonus Festival, Cosmopop expands its portfolio in the international market to Southern Europe. The agency has just recently established itself in Belgium with the Fade In Festival in Brussels.
21ST – 25TH OF AUGUST 2013
Ricardo Villalobos, Loco Dice, Seth Troxler, Magda, DJ Sneak, Zip, Cassy, Davide Squillace, Valentino Kanzyani, Joseph Capriati, Margaret Dygas, Matthias Tanzmann, Karotte, Pan-Pot, tINI, Mathias Kaden, Onur Özer, Guti live, Sonja Moonear, Nick Curly, Dan Andrei, Premiesku live, Andrea Oliva, Enzo Siragusa, Dorian Paic, Binh, Yaya, Reas, Meat, Bunte Bummler live and more to be announced

SIS ‘Maremmano’ [Cocolino Records](Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2013 by E.N.

Taken from SIS’ album ‘Confidance’.

SIS – ‘Confidance’

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2013 by E.N.

sis-confidance– SIS’ 2nd album ‘Confidance’ charts his journey training as a horse whisperer
– Mysterious and elusive, his first releases on Ricardo Villalobos’ label and Cecille catapulted him to fame being named ‘Producer of the Year’ by Germany’s Groove Magazine and Raveline’s ‘Newcomer Of the Year’ 2008
– His recent releases on Crosstown Rebels and Get Physical have seen a return to form, expressing his wild, untapped musical passion
– Released on his own label, Cocolino it will include 10 bonus tracks from SIS with special remixes and dancefloor edits of some of SIS’ favourite tracks
There is a wild unbridled energy to Burak Sar aka SIS. At any moment, he will change character; each one of his faces is as emotionally believable as the next. The mischievous schoolboy, the brooding artist, the entertaining clown, the lovable rogue; with hints of criminality, insanity, and tortured genius all in one, and yet, as real and deep as the ink that covers his arms and chest.cocolino
That volatile mix is just who SIS is. With Turkish genes, a German upbringing, and a deviant teenage life that saw him tussle with ganglife, SIS is the exact opposite of the cardboard cut-out, squeaky clean radio DJ, his musical style red raw and smoky, as if cut straight from his soul. ‘Confidance’ is worldly wise and complex, much like the man himself. The 10-track longplayer is like an onion, you hear something new with each listen, peeling back its layers. Still a dancefloor album, it houses multiple personalities, world influences, and rampant passion.

Label: Cocolino
Cat no: COCO6
Distribution: Word and Sound
Released: Wednesday April 17th, 2013


  1. Morj
  2. Mangalarga
  3. Maremmano
  4. Mérens
  5. Murgese
  6. Misaki
  7. Morgan
  8. Morab
  9. Marwari
  10. Messara

March 8 – Kater Holzig, Berlin, Germany
March 9 – Colosseum, Landau, Germany
March 16 – Romy S, Stuttgart, Germany
March 22 – Bizzarro, Rome, Italy
March 23 – Lampara Club, Trani, Italy
April 6 – Stilvoll Club, Neuss, Germany
April 20 – Amnesia, Milan, Italy
April 27 – Café D’Anvers, Antwerp, Belgium

Addison Groove “Beeps” (50WEAPONSCD06) (preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2012 by E.N.

Addison Groove “Bad Things” (50WEAPONSCD06) – Out on March 30

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2012 by E.N.


Addison Groove “Sooperlooper”(Preview)Out March 30

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2012 by E.N.

Addison Groove (aka Antony Williams) started life under a different pseudonym altogether. Recording as Headhunter, with an LP and 12” releases on the influential Tempa label stretching back to 2007, he achieved legendary status within the dubstep scene. His work at the deeper end of the spectrum graced the label an impressive 7 times, a figure matched only by Skream. This work looked set to continue until 2010 when, seemingly out of nowhere, he crafted one of the biggest bass music tracks of the decade, ‘Footcrab’, under the new name of Addison Groove.

The response to ‘Footcrab’ was phenomenal, receiving critical and commercial success in equal measure across the dance music scene. Getting plays not only from the dubstep DJs that Williams was used to reaching, it also found its way into the record boxes of techno and house heavyweights such as Aphex Twin, Surgeon, Ricardo Villalobos and Mr Scruff, bringing an enormous new audience to his music in the process. Taking influences from the Chicago ghetto tek and juke scenes, Addison Groove’s impact on UK bass music has been colossal and unprecedented, sparking a huge interest in these styles from his peers and the listening public alike.

Transistor Rhythm“, Addison Groove’s debut album, is a rare example of a release where the description “much anticipated” is not just a fantasy of some PR agent. The expectations are high, but we are convinced nobody is gonna be disappointed. Hear for yourself!


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