First up it was Global Gathering (not strictly August) and the line up was immense. All the biggest International DJ's on the line up (the best festival line up in the UK this year) and although the sound system seemed quieter, man of the moment for me was Dave Clarke, one word - amazing.
After a week in the office, off we went to Dance Valley in Holland on the 7th August, for yet again another mamouth line up. Dance Valley for me is the best festival in Europe, so many class DJ's in all genres of Dance Music and a production level that puts most other promoters to shame. Highlights here were Ben Sims playing an awe inspiring intro and Jeff Mills dropping Bizzre Inc's "Playing With Knives" in the middle of his set to an almighty roar. Entertaining sets were in abundance and Cristian Varela once more proved why his name is on the lips of many a technical enthusiast.
Next it was all about Atomic Jam's Birthday on the 14th August at The Custard Factory. Finke and Fenton pulled off wicked sets (look out for Fenton's mix coming next month to the site). By our recocgning in the Trackitdown office we think that Atomic Jam being 9 years old now makes them one of the longest running nights in the UK now.
Not content with the 9th Birthday shenanigans, Atomic Jam then took over Air at the end of the month with Jeff Mills, not quite the same atmosphere from the change of venue, but the impromptu drum n bass back to back set from Sims and Finke caused several moments of hilarity !
A week off to chill after what seems like a very long year so far brought us back to looking forward to Sims (Blue Monday) and Smith's Retro_Vert / Tronic boat party on the Thames. Dave Clarke also put in an appearance and all 3 DJ's brought a great party atmosphere. Party go'ers included our own Chris "you've got something on your t-shirt" Finke, Anderson Noise, Marco Nastic, Mark Broom, Aaron Liberator and lots of lovely looking ladies!
August also saw the launch of the new Split Radio Show, with over 3,000 downloads from their own site alone, it has certainly put the only proper online techno show of its kind we are aware of in the world, firmly on the map
On the production front, being August it has been quieter for releases due to producers invariably partying or jetting off to all the destinations in the world to put in appearances.
However, one of the big forthcoming tracks that has been getting seriously cained by the likes of Cox, is DJ Montana's remix of the massive Recreate by Hertz, due out in September on the new Concept label. There is also the new Dave Clarke track on Skint, "Wiggle", the Valentino Kanzyani "La Scala Loca EP" on Recylced Loops, The 13th Porno Cut from Bailey and Varela and Beyer & Dahlback "Number in Between" on Soma all doing the damage on the dancefloors.
Storming releases also came from the the legendary Robert Hood, Juan Atkins, Mike Dearborn, Dan Curtain, DJ Rush and Mark Broom and were all available throughout the usually quiet month of August.
Amongst all the parties and music we have heard, work still had to be done and many a discussion took place with many a label to secure content for www.trackitdown.net, rest assured we have some exciting content on its way for you soon.