Broken connections, incoherent narratives, escapes from reality. Jan Blomqvist’s new album ‘Disconnected’ is contradictorily set in a time of constant connection. It is about our day and age, it is about this generation. The world is becoming increasingly linked, via e-mail, Facebook, Instagram. Everybody is following everybody, is reading and liking posts, comments and images. Avatars, profiles and handles are interwoven on multiple channels, all in polyphonic communication with each other. Human contact has changed as a major part is now happening online. The world is shrinking, the meaning of time has changed forever. The internet offers countless opportunities of self-fulfillment just waiting to be seized. Sometimes it seems as if virtual proximity causes people to disconnect in real life as the variety of possibilities can be overwhelming. To be disconnected is a curse and a solution.
The album explores the meaning of being disconnected in thirteen tracks: what does it mean if people are living in two different worlds, the real and the virtual? How do these worlds intersect? What happens when virtual connection makes you feel lost in real life? What happens if real life fades, overtaken by the glamorous Instagram filter selection, if the person on the selfie is much more interesting than the one pushing the button? And what if your profile boasts more friends and likes than you do? Is digital better? All these questions are shrouded in music, lyrics, mood and design as if encircled by white noise.
The album release will also be ceremoniously ‘Disconnected’ with its entity broken down as the tracks are released over the summer in form of three mini albums. That fragmentation reflects the circumstances of its making: ‘Disconnected’ was recorded, produced and written – in cooperation with Felix Lehmann and Ryan Mathiesen – in various locations around the globe: from Iceland to New York, through California and back to Berlin. In autumn the complete piece will be released, to finally connect the disconnected narrative, visually and auditorily. Two years after his debut ‘Remote Control’, that led Jan Blomqvist and his band around the world, he now reports back with an album that stylistically falls in line with the distinct Blomqvist sound, just more grown-up and forward-thinking.
Expanding one’s horizon seems to be a common thread in the career paths of many artists, and the same can be said for broadcaster MistaJam. Having been one of the U.K. music scene’s foremost radio DJs for over a decade, he’s gone and dipped his toes in other waters by emerging with his very first single release ever, ‘Rotate’, released on Cedric Gervais’ Delecta imprint.
Made to have everyone in the crowd swirling across the dance floor, ‘Rotate’ is a fully fledged party starter in every sense of the word. Packed with iconic vocals, big bass and an array of infectious rhythms, this song is slated to push those fine club nights to the next level and serves as a testament to MistaJam’s broad-spectrum skill set as a DJ, producer and award-winning broadcaster.
Mistajam: “Production is a big part of my history, and it feels like it’s time for me to enter into unchartered territory. ‘Rotate’ feels like the right song from the numerous tracks that are sitting on my hard drive to launch my artist career with. I am over the moon with the fact that Cedric and the team at Delecta love it as much as I do. I’ve been testing it out in my sets over the summer and it’s worked for every dance floor I’ve tried it at. I hope it works for you as much as it has for me!”
MistaJam is the King of The Anthems and has been one of the BBC’s most-lauded personae since he joined BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Hosting BBC Radio 1’s Dance Anthems (Saturday 4-7 p.m.) and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Drivetime show (Monday to Thursday 4-7 p.m.), he was named ‘Music Broadcaster Of The Year’ by the British Radio Academy and won the award for ‘Best Radio Show 2017’ at the Music Week. He is also the curator and owner of the JamPacked event brand, which hosts club shows and branded arenas (e.g. the branded arenas at Creamfields 2016, 2017 and 2018). He has already proven himself to be an extremely versatile individual, and this first foray into the realm of solo releases counts as instant verification.
Filled with huge synth blasts and a rapid bassline Fatum & Declan James’ ‘Weapon’ is a track made to blow up your speakers and have the dance floor explode! Listen to the track here.
Causing mass carnage on the dance floor without even breaking a sweat, Fatum & Declan James’ ‘Weapon’ strikes hard, fast and relentlessly. From the huge synth blasts to the rapid-fire bassline, this cut is a peerless damage dealer on all fronts.
With his track ‘White Swan’ KhoMha shows he hasn’t forgotten how to make a smashing track. This mysterious track is one you don’t want to miss out on! Listen to the track here
KhoMha definitely hasn’t forgotten how to blow the crowd away. Conjuring up a ferociously impactful bassline to go with the mystic breakdown and pulsating lead synths, the Colombian Trance star shows that ‘White Swan’ offers more than just a stunning appearance.
The second ‘A State Of Trance Ibiza 2018’ EP is here! Consisting out of 3 tracks taken from the Armin van Buuren ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018’ mix album, this EP will definitely have you longing for more!
Marking the second three-track batch of Trance bangers taken from Armin van Buuren’s ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018’ mix album, ‘A State Of Trance Ibiza 2018 (EP2)’ goes all out and doesn’t look back. Featuring productions a huge remix from South Of The Stars on Perry O’Neil’s ‘Wave Force’, a killer original from Assaf called ‘Heliades’, and a magical, progressive-scented cut from D-Mad called ‘Comeback’, this second ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018’ EP will have fans yearning for more even before they press play.