At Rocks HQ we started following the Bondax boys back in autumn, catching them rock a small crowd at an underground basement in Shoreditch. As predicted, they’ll be playing some pretty big festival stages soon. If you’re not sure if you’re familiar with their tunes, check out this super slick video for ‘Gold’ (though we still hold a fondness for the club banger ‘Baby I Got That’). Fans of deep house and garage will love their warm, bassy vibes. As one of TimeOut’s top acts to see this summer, it’s a pleasure to be welcoming them to the W.A.R! stage later this week.
NME’s Best New Band of 2012 are once again taking to the Ibiza Rocks stage, this time headlining their very own show. The likes of Zane Lowe have been early supporters of the band, who played the open air stage in 2011 alongside Zane. With good reason we’re welcoming them back; there’s a new album for 2013 featuring the epic indie anthem ‘Teenage Icon’ but we still can’t get enough of this classic Vaccines track…
Jacques Greene is the 20-year-old producer from Montreal that London would like to claim as their own. Even the feisty Azealia Banks took a shining to him and he made a rare appearance in her video for 212. Jacques Greene is better known for being slightly more mysterious, building up an underground fanbase by bringing deep house vibes and a love of R’n’B to iconic music venues such as Fabric and Plastic People.
Likened to Julio Bashmore and XXXY and having collaborated with Radiohead and Koreless, Jacques Greene has the super-cool seal of approval whilst not being bound by any particular genre or BPM. Ibiza Rocks have been following this talented young producer and are proud to give him his Rocks debut supporting TNGHT during the first installment of Rinse FM takeovers. Fresh tunes are steadily making their way from Jacques Greene to the Balearics, but this is the one that started it all – Another Girl. Turn it up!
Individually, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice are two super producers. ‘Hud Mo’, as he is commonly nicknamed, created the anthemic Thuder Bay, the kind of tune that destroys a dancefloor. His style is distinctive – just listen to him give White Noise a makeover. Being Hudson Mohawke’s American counterpart, Lunice has flown a little more under the radar on the UK scene but with tracks like ‘Gimmie That’ featuring up-comer Angel Haze he won’t do for long. The story goes that Lunice worked on it with Angel straight after TNGHT appeared at an October Warehouse Project, and they worked into the night to get it completed from scratch. Add this to their combined repertoire of songs as TNGHT including Buggin’, Higher Ground and Acrylics and the first Rinse FM show of the season at Ibiza Rocks will be in for a groundbreaking start!
Gorgon City’s first summer in the Balearics kicks off in Mallorca this week, and here at Rocks HQ we’re pretty excited about what they’re going to bring. We’re counting on the crowd in Magaluf to give them a true Rocks welcome before they head back to Ibiza for their Space residency, and at the end August, their Ibiza Rocks debut.
Much like the headline act Duke Dumont, and another Rocks favourite Bondax, the Gorgon City boys blend deep house beats with catchy, ethereal lyrics and a garage vibe. Listen to new songs from their Soundcloud that combine their style with that of Clean Bandit’s orchestra, but make sure you also check out their ‘Real’ collaboration with Yasmin which featured on a recent episode of TOWIE. In the words of Yasmin, they’ve “made it”!
To say Duke Dumont has had a successful year so far is an understatement. A talented DJ and Producer, Dumont is part of a new wave of musical maestros taking over the charts with their unique blends of deep house, garage and bass. What makes Duke Dumont stand out is the fact that he is a true pioneer, having shut himself away in a country mansion to record club bangers such as ‘The Giver’ and a UK No.1 with ‘Need You (100%)’. Thank goodness he did, because dance music today wouldn’t quite be the same without him. This remix of Haim is a super hot track – Annie Mac is an especially huge fan of his tunes and featured it on her latest Sunshine Mix. Ready to pay homage to this rising star under the Balearic stars at Mallorca Rocks? We are!
Here at Rocks we couldn’t ask for a fresher support for our favourite rap duo Rizzle Kicks than the eclectic Amplify Dot, who cites Bob Marley and Kurt Cobain as influences, so much so that she named one of her biggest tracks after the Nirvana frontman. Since getting on stage with Missy Elliot aged just 13, Amplify Dot has been making some pretty impressive collaborations too, the latest being Hip Hop legend Busta Rhymes on her new track ‘I’m Good’.
If you haven’t seen the amazing Ibiza Rocks at Pikes Hotel, let the Rizzle Kicks boys show you around in their video for Dreamers. The Brighton pop-rap duo are known for having fun wherever they go, and the Balearic Islands are no exception. Two years ago they tore up the Rocks stages in Ibiza and Mallorca supporting Dizzee Rascal and The Streets, and last year even found time to party in the crowd. We can’t wait for the boys to bring the special Rizzle Kicks party to shows in Ibiza and Mallorca next week!
Kicking off the first W.A.R! of the summer with a massive headline set will be master of new music, superstar DJ and long-term friend and champion of Ibiza Rocks, Zane Lowe. Joining Zane for a night to remember on the Rocks stage is Philadelphia, DJ, Producer and online sensation Baauer. Finally (to complete this stellar Opening Party line up) is a man that needs no introduction to the Rocks crowd, long-time resident and now global superstar DJ, Doorly is back in Ibiza this summer and ready for W.A.R!
by Abby (@dressupshowup)
You know it’s going be a cracking night when 1. It’s the Ibiza Rocks 2013 opening party and 2. Jake Bugg and Findlay are on the bill – there’s enough talent between those two to make you weak at the knees.
Last night Jake Bugg was the first headline act of the year to take to the Rocks stage, and to be frank, he blew Ibiza out of the Balearic water. Man, that boy is on form!With a sizzling set of album favourites and an exclusive play of a track from his much-anticipated second album, he had the crowd simultaneously swaggering and gazing in awe.
Bugg, who supported Ben Howard at Ibiza Rocks last year, has the kind of lyrical prowess that makes you stop in your tracks – last night the feeling in the crowd was that they were watching someone whose star is soaring, and they soared with him. It was the perfect start to what’s going to be an epic Rocks season. Summer 2013, we’re ready for you. Bring it! Oh and Jake, come back soon please.