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CLAPTONE RANKS #32 IN DJ MAG TOP 100 THIS YEAR

By Lilly Rumler

CLAPTONE RANKS #32 IN DJ MAG TOP 100 THIS YEAR
It’s been a decade since German producer and DJ Claptone announced his arrival, via his debut release ‘No Eyes’ on Exploited, and his true identity still remains obscured behind his trademark mask. Now three albums deep, with 2015's ‘Charmer’, 2018’s ‘Fantast’ and 2021’s ‘Closer’, he’s built a global fanbase that keeps growing, drawn together by his Spotify- and club-friendly take on house music.

This year saw him team up with Alison Goldfrapp for ‘Digging Deeper’, a disco-infused anthem, put out ‘Big Easy’, a club roller sampling Lew Stone & the Monseigneur Band’s classic ‘My Woman’, and provide some giant remixes, such as his uplifting Afro-house take on Zakes Bantwini's ‘Osama’. Along the way he launched his own label Golden Recordings with the epic ‘Euphoria’, while also teaming up with New York legend Man Parrish for the ‘Boogie Down (Bronx)’ inspired ‘Flashdance’.

Claptone had the honour of opening Tomorrowland’s new main stage over the summer, while also hitting other big festivals such as We Are FSTVL and Exit. But the main focus was his own The Masquerade party at Pacha in Ibiza. Featuring a huge cast of the biggest stars, such as Fatboy Slim, Faithless, Moodymann and 2ManyDJs, alongside a raft of celebrated house DJs, it all constellated around his own enduring sound.

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THE MASQUERADE RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES ON NOV 24TH

By Lilly Rumler

THE MASQUERADE RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES ON NOV 24TH

The enigmatic Claptone is bringing his extravagant house experience The Masquerade to Los Angeles, and details have just been unmasked. 🎭 Join Claptone plus Shiba San B2B CID, Moon Boots, and Felix Da Housecat at the Palladium, Friday 11/24, for an immersive night of house music in LA presented by Night Trip.

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Cassimm - Love Desire [Golden Recordings]

By Lilly Rumler

Cassimm - Love Desire [Golden Recordings]

London-based, Italian-born DJ and producer CASSIMM unveils his latest single ‘Love Desire’, the latest club-ready anthem to be released on Claptone’s new label Golden Recordings, on October 13th.

‘Love Desire’ is yet another sure shot from the club-focused Golden Recordings, with CASSIMM’s famed production talents on full display. Crafted around a sample from disco legend Loleatta Holloway, this is an instant hit ready to take global dance floors by storm.

This is the first non Claptone single on the label and continues a hot streak of Golden Recordings releases since the label’s launch earlier this year, including ‘Flashdance’ - Claptone’s collaboration with New York legend Man Parrish - the piano driven ‘Euphoria’, which has gained over two million Spotify streams and ‘The Big Easy’ which dropped just a few weeks ago and is on its way to two million as well. The new label launched earlier this year is releasing music to “celebrate House Music and its everlasting golden era”, in the words of Claptone himself.

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Claptone's Remix of 'Osama' by Zakes Bantwini is OUT NOW

By Daniel Brems

Claptone's Remix of 'Osama' by Zakes Bantwini is OUT NOW

 

Listen to Claptone's remix of Zakes Bantwini & Kasango's hit 'Osama' HERE

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CLAPTONE - THE BIG EASY [GOLDEN RECORDINGS]

By Daniel Brems

CLAPTONE - THE BIG EASY [GOLDEN RECORDINGS]

Claptone unveils his latest single ‘The Big Easy’ - the third club-ready anthem to be released on his new label Golden Recordings on August 11th.

‘The Big Easy’ is yet another banger from the club-focused Golden Recordings, with Claptone throwing hair-raising brass samples and sprinkles of strings on a huge house beat. “This track is smiling at you and wants you to smile back” in the words of Claptone himself. An instant crowd-pleaser, poised to dominate festivals and clubs this summer.

It follows previous Golden Recordings singles ‘Flashdance’, the collaboration with New York legend Man Parrish, and ‘Euphoria’, which has gained over two million Spotify streams. The new label launched earlier this year is releasing music to “celebrate House Music and its everlasting golden era”, again Claptone himself.

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DJ MAG #Top100DJs - VOTE NOW

By Lilly Rumler

DJ MAG #Top100DJs - VOTE NOW

The DJ Mag #Top100DJs voting is open now - Vote Claptone, vote House!

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Claptone collabs with Man Parrish on electro banger ‘Flashdance’

By Lilly Rumler

Claptone collabs with Man Parrish on electro banger ‘Flashdance’

Claptone unveils ‘Flashdance’, the follow-up to ‘Euphoria’ and second single on his new label Golden Recordings, out now.

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‘Flashdance’ is another banger from the club-focused Golden Recordings label, as Claptone layers hair-raising synth stabs over an anthemic house beat. A collaboration with New York icon Man Parrish, the track is a ready-made crowd pleaser, replete with intricate percussion, long snare build ups and huge bass-heavy drops.

"I’ve always been in love with early 80s HipHop and Electro, a time when HipHop wasn’t just Rap Music but was not thinkable without Breakdance and Graffiti. These different outlets of expression brought musicians, dancers and artists together and felt much more colorful and open than some years later when MTV discovered Rap Music in which rappers constantly displayed their machismo”, says Claptone. “Also musically that era was quite spectacular with DJs extending breaks from soul and disco records on one hand and crews producing their own music on cheap electronic equipment on the other. I fell in love with both but even more so with early electro based on Kraftwerk but with a danceable twist. One of the heroes of that music is undoubtedly Man Parrish who produced a string of amazing tracks like ‘Hip Hop, Be Bop’, ‘Male Stripper‘ and of course ‘Man Made‘ amongst others. I’m beyond thrilled about my new single ‘Flashdance‘, which sound-beams ‘Boogie Down Bronx‘ straight to 2023. Working with Man Parrish is nothing less than a dream come true. Music would surely not be the same without him.”

Proclaimed as the “Godfather Of Electronic Music” by the New York Times, Man Parrish is a founding force behind EDM and a legend of the New York scene. He has sold over five million records worldwide, plus an additional 80 million through the distribution and sales of the hugely popular Grand Theft Auto video games that contain his music.

Claptone has dropped 3 artist albums ‘Charmer’ (2015), ‘Fantast’ (2019) and ‘Closer’ ‘2022’ over the past 8 years including singles like ‘No Eyes’, ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Under The Moon’, ‘Queen of Ice’ and ‘Just A Ghost’. Well known for his remix work, including his reimagining of Gregory Porter’s ‘Liquid Spirit’, his uplifting and vocal-heavy style of house has gone on to rack up millions of plays on YouTube, with his Spotify currently enjoying over four million monthly listeners. More recently he has remixed tracks from superstars Elton John, Dua Lipa, Gorillaz, Mark Ronson, Depeche Mode, Ava Max, Rufus du Sol, Pet Shop Boys, Michael Kiwanuka, Rag’n’Bone Man, New Order and more.

The Venetian mask-donning producer also launched the immersive and otherworldly ‘The Masquerade’ events in 2017, with guests including Fatboy Slim, MK, Purple Disco Machine, James Hype, Vintage Culture, Armand Van Helden, John Summit, Meduza, Faithless, Nora En Pure and Pete Tong joining the fun across showcases in Australia, South America, North America, London, Paris, Amsterdam and multiple seasons at Pacha Ibiza - the latest of which has just kicked off for the summer.

Now with his own recently launched record label, Golden Recordings, Claptone is increasing his stratospheric reach of influence. With Man Parrish as his latest iconic collaborator, ‘Flashdance’ is set to become one of the biggest club anthems of the summer.

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Full The Masquerade Ibiza 2023 Season Line-Up Announced!

By Lilly Rumler

Full The Masquerade Ibiza 2023 Season Line-Up Announced!

Claptone and iconic nightclub Pacha reveal the lineup for one of Ibiza’s most celebrated and unique events, ‘The Masquerade’ – bringing magic and mystery to the White Isle for its biggest season yet.

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Bursting with word-class talent, the Masquerade’s star-studded lineup is set to include Faithless, Fatboy Slim, 2ManyDJs, Groove Armada, Andhim, Bastiasn Bux, Bellaire, Biscits, Danny Howard, David Penn, Dombresky, Ferreck Dawn, Flashmob, Flight Facilities, Groove Armada, Joyce Muniz, Juliet Sikora, Hannah Wants, Hugel, Kerri Chandler, Lars Moston, Lee Foss, LF System, Mat.Joe, Mambo Brothers, Martin Ikin, Nora En Pure, Paul Woolford, Pete Tong, Purple Disco Machine, Roger Sanchez, Route 94, SG Lewis, Solardo, Tita Lau, Todd Terry, Tom & Collins, Tube & Berger, and Wade.

Taking original inspiration from a traditional Venetian masked ball and famed for its unique visuals and extraordinarily elaborate atmosphere, ‘The Masquerade’ saw one of its most successful years to date in 2022, with almost 100,000 people through the doors at Pacha throughout a star-studded Ibiza season. It has now become a highlight in the Ibizan calendar and toured the world over from Buenos Aires' GEBA stadium via New York's Brooklyn Mirage and London's Printworks to occupying its own arena at Belgium’s Tomorrowland. Past guests have included Fatboy Slim, MK, James Hype, Vintage Culture, Armand Van Helden, Meduza, Faithless and Pete Tong.

Claptone, the maverick behind ‘The Masquerade’, is fresh from launching his new label Golden Recordings in celebration of house music and its “everlasting golden era”, in the masked DJ’s own words - with inaugural club-ready single ‘Euphoria’ introducing the label with a bang this month.

Embodying Claptone’s golden era, ‘The Masquerade’ is a hedonistic party where one can live out their deepest desires, featuring an extraordinary atmosphere full of masked faces and complimented by Pacha’s world-famous and beautifully elegant performers. ‘The Masquerade’ brings people together from all over the world to enjoy the biggest DJs and the most memorable nights.

‘The Masquerade’ finds its natural home at the world-famous Pacha, and returns this summer to capture an electric mix of authenticity, spontaneity and prestige with incredible production, creative decor and theatrics that draw on the club’s rich Ibizan history.

Heralding the return of the illustrious golden masks, ‘The Masquerade’ will throw open its doors on May 13th 2023, adding a decadent dimension to Pacha’s 2023 Ibiza programme.

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