Gray Area Ocho Returns to Diplo's Revolution for Another Eight-Hour House Take Over
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Tune in from 12p-8p EST on December 11th to hear sets by some of the freshest artists in house and techno Dennis Ferrer, Yulia Niko, Giolì & Assia, Dennis Cruz, John Summit, Dombresky, Archie Hamilton, and Arielle Free.
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An industry veteran for over 15 years, Dennis Ferrer continues to be at the forefront of electronic dance music with his fresh take on the techno sound. The genre-bender's latest releases are the best of both worlds—tech house with titillating vocals, breaks, and techno permeating with gorgeous fills.
Russian-born Yulia Niko's music is a blend of tech house with sounds from the underground, heavily influenced by Detroit and Chicago house music. In 2019, she spearheaded her house music label project, Libe Vibe, and the now Berlin-based DJ is currently a resident at the Watergate Club in Berlin. When she's not DJing, she's in her studio working on new material to release on a few of her favorite labels: Crosstown Rebels, Get Physical, Objektivity, and Hottrax.
Hailing from Italy, young producers Giolì & Assia are a multi-instrumentalist duo with a sound that's uniquely their own. Co-owners of record label Diesis Records, their music is an amalgamation of techno, house, indie, and pop music. Giolì is the duo's pianist, drummer, guitarist, and Assia lends her vocals to their tunes in the creative partnership. In 2019, the pair sold out their first US tour. Since then, they have collaborated with numerous luxury brands and coordinated several stunning live stream shows on Youtube and Facebook for millions of viewers, staged atop live volcanoes in Palermo, Italy, and Sicily.
Spanish producer Dennis Cruz is a cornerstone in the underground house and tech community. The trendsetting DJ has recently been featured in Mixmag and DJ Mag and is currently at the top of the overall Tech House chart on Beatport. Cruz's deep tech house cuts are irresistible dancefloor hitters infused with wisps of Spanish flavor throughout. Supported by artists like Jamie Jones, Roger Sanchez, and Marco Carola, Cruz remains an unstoppable force in the tech house scene.
Following the success of the hit song "Deep End" on Defected Records in June 2020, Chicago's John Summit is a fast-rising star in the realm of electronic dance music. The producer's discography boasts several collaborations with dance music big-hitters Sofi Tukker, Lee Foss, and Nic Fanciulli and Summit's official remixes for Jax Jones and Au/Ra's "i miss u," Gorgon City and DRAMA's "You've Done Enough" have generated the festival headliner over 3 million monthly Spotify listeners.
French dance music DJ and producer, Quentin Dombres, known as Dombresky, has been producing music for over a decade, and it's no surprise that the Insomniac artist continues to impress with his energetic discography of music. Having recently dropped a collaborative EP with Noizu titled 'Revival," Dombresky's latest music is heavily inspired by warehouse raves of the 90s in sound and design.
London-based producer Archie Hamilton is one of the most sought-after artists in house music. The global DJ is a three-time label owner. Their releases pay homage to UK rave culture's early days while simultaneously driving forward the genre with contemporary sounds. When he's not working on releases for venerated labels like Get Physical, Crosstown Rebels, Pleasure Zone, and FUSE, he can be found behind the decks at London's Fabric, Ibiza's Amnesia and Privilege, or heading the main stage at international festivals like Sonus, ADE and Sonar.
Arielle Free is a tastemaker and one of the UK's hottest DJs at the moment. The Scottish broadcaster has plenty of tunes in the works planned for release on her house label, Free Your Mind, in 2022. She currently hosts BBC Radio 1's Early Breakfast show and Radio 1 Dance's daytime program—tune in weekly to hear her selections of the freshest tunes in house music right now.