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Ibiza 2023 - The Masquerade returns to Pacha

By Lilly Rumler

Ibiza 2023 - The Masquerade returns to Pacha

Claptone’s ‘The Masquerade’ returns to Pacha Ibiza

The masked DJ’s hedonistic party adds a rich dimension to Pacha’s summer programme

Tickets now available here

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

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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New Label Golden Recordings + First Single 'Euphoria'

By Lilly Rumler

New Label Golden Recordings + First Single 'Euphoria'

Claptone launches his own label, Golden Recordings, with inaugural single ‘Euphoria’ out now!

Stream / Download HERE

“I created Golden Recordings to celebrate House Music and its everlasting golden era. To revel in its strong roots as well as its diversity and open mindedness, which bring forth new sounds and flavors every day. May it continue for another eternity in this and at least 3294 other parallel universes.”

First single ‘Euphoria’ announces Golden Recordings with a bang, as Claptone fixes a classic keyboard riff to an anthemic house beat. True to the club scene focus of the new label, the track is a ready-made crowd pleaser, replete with intricate percussion, long snare build ups and huge bass-heavy drops.

“With all the great songs I have released recently and all the vocal-heavy productions out there today, I felt it was time to produce a straight up, fully instrumental club track, to start off my new label Golden Recordings properly. You could say I wanted to let the music speak for itself, and sonically evoke a feeling of intense excitement and pure bliss. It’s highly contagious, but luckily it’s ‘Euphoria’."

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, to name a few.

Now with his own record label, Claptone is increasing his stratospheric reach of influence. If first release ‘Euphoria’ is anything to go by, Golden Recordings promises to be home to some of the biggest club anthems in the house scene.

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Alison Goldfrapp & Claptone - Digging Deeper

By Lilly Rumler

Alison Goldfrapp & Claptone - Digging Deeper

January 19th 2023 - Electronic pop auteur Alison Goldfrapp and German music production polymath Claptone today announce the release of their stunning new collaboration “Digging Deeper”, check it out HERE.

Having set a towering bar for synth-pop in the 21st century, Alison – the magnetic British songwriter, vocalist, performer and producer – is recognised for approaching each iteration of her stellar career from an innovative new position. This release represents an important step towards her transforming musical journey.

‘Digging Deeper’ is a soaring moment of euphoria - melodic and evocative in equal measure. Loaded with arpeggiators and twinkling synthesiser toplines, the vivid track fully utilises Alison’s signature celestial vocals across the vibrant and progressive runtime.

Alison Goldfrapp and Claptone form a perfect collaboration, inviting the listener to fully succumb to this intoxicating club concoction.

In Alison’s own words: “In Digging Deeper, I’m effortlessly gliding through air, on a gloriously hot breezy night arriving at a blissed-out dancefloor on the island of my dreams.”

Claptone expands: "When Alison Goldfrapp asked me to collaborate, it was a no brainer for me. I’ve always been enchanted by the magic world she created and her stunning voice, so I was really happy that we could merge our trickery to create Digging Deeper."

Digging Deeper is a dazzling showcase of what is to come this year from an iconic music tour de force and is just the beginning; expect to hear much more from Alison Goldfrapp very soon.

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Limited Edition "Spectacle" Gin by Claptone - available now!

By Lilly Rumler

Limited Edition "Spectacle" Gin by Claptone - available now!

After years of hard work and refinement, Claptone is finally ready to share his very own 'Spectacle' Claptone Gin with the world. The gin is strictly limited to 499 bottles only, and includes flavours of Juniper, Garden Flowers, Coriander and Sea Buckthorn - best enjoyed as an ice cold 'Claptonic'. 

✨ Strictly limited Claptone Gin
✨ Only 499 Bottles available
✨ 50cl
✨ 45% VOL
✨ With flavours of Juniper, Garden Flowers, Coriander, Sea Buckthorn
✨ Produced by https://www.liquormacher.de

GET YOUR BOTTLE NOW!

*IMPORTANT: Due to shipping restrictions and tax laws, this item is only available in the EU!

 

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'Nobody' ft. Barry Manilow - Remixes Out Now

By Lilly Rumler

'Nobody' ft. Barry Manilow - Remixes Out Now
Some of the most respected names in dance music have remixed Claptone and Barry Manilow’s collaborative hit ‘Nobody’, listen HERE.

The ‘Nobody’ remix package opens with a Remix from disco favourite The Reflex, who ramps up the hands-in-the-air, feelgood energy in the best possible way. Berlin queen Cinthie then offers a fresh, pumpin’ house take on the track, before Space Ibiza resident Javi Bora delivers a steady, groove-laden cut ideal for the terrace. Last but not least you find the vinyl only extended mix, featuring Hamburg’s underground legend and score writer Erobique on keys to sprinkle some Piano, Clavinet and Moog magic on top.

First featured on Claptone’s acclaimed 2021 album Closer, the original of ‘Nobody’ has since amassed almost 500,000 Spotify streams. Barry Manilow is one of the US’ best selling pop artists of all time, with over 80 million singles and albums sold. Who doesn’t know ‘Copacabana’ or ‘Mandy’? He is also an avid fan of Claptone. In an interview he admitted to working out to Claptone’s music, which brought on a collaboration unearthing ‘Nobody’.

Claptone’s uplifting and vocal heavy style of house has gone on to rack up millions of plays on YouTube, with his Spotify currently enjoying 4.5 million monthly listeners. He has 3 artist albums out and more recently he has remixed tracks from superstars Elton John, Dua Lipa, Gorillaz, Gregory Porter, Mark Ronson, Ava Max, Pet Shop Boys, Michael Kiwanuka, New Order and more.

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DOMBRESKY & TORREN FOOT REMIX 'MAKE LOVE NOT WAR'

By Lilly Rumler

DOMBRESKY & TORREN FOOT REMIX 'MAKE LOVE NOT WAR'

‘Make Love Not War’ featuring Nathan Nicholson is one of the outstanding tracks of Claptone’s recent album ‘Closer’ and nothing less than a statement. French DJ and producer Dombresky and Melbourne artist Torren Foot have unveiled remixes of the track, out 16th September.

Kicking off the package, Dombresky delivers a slick disco house remix of ‘Make Love Not War’, paying homage to his French roots. This is juxtaposed with Torren Foot’s dark, hypnotic dancefloor groover including a more than dramatic breakdown, before Claptone himself closes things out with an ethereal Balearic rework made for those special club moments. ‘Make Love Not War’ is the 8th single from ‘Closer’ after ‘Golden', 'My Night', 'Wake Up', 'Just A Ghost', 'Right Into You', 'Queen Of Ice' and ‘Beautiful’. Claptone has been collaborating with Nathan Nicholson since album one ‘Charmer’, and they had previous success with singles such as ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘Under The Moon’.

Available for Stream / Download now

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NEW CLAPTONE SINGLE - CALABRIA [DEFECTED]

By Lilly Rumler

NEW CLAPTONE SINGLE - CALABRIA [DEFECTED]
Enigma of the electronic world, Claptone delivers one of summer 2022’s most in-demand remixes for his single debut on Defected. An unmistakable homage to one of the 2000’s most iconic club records by Rune, a big rubbery bassline and brassy saxophone hook give this ‘Calabria’ remix its warm familiarity sure to enthral dancefloors. Under his trademark Venetian guise, Claptone continues to be one of dance’s most majestic acts; fresh off the back of his lauded third studio album ‘Closer’ and with his spellbinding The Masquerade parties taking over iconic Ibiza club Pacha weekly all-summer-long, this Defected release continues to demonstrate an artist at the top of his game.

"Finally, summer’s here, and it’s a full on worldwide festival summer. A long sunny Ibiza season has just started and all that obviously needs a soundtrack. So, here’s the essential track of all my recent sets, my very own take on ‘Calabria’. Sounding like bottled sun, bottled fun, bottled smiles. Wait why bottled? Just open that bottle and unleash all that positivity...” – Claptone

CALABRIA is out now and available for stream / download HERE.

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CROOKED COLOURS - FEEL IT (CLAPTONE REMIX)

By Lilly Rumler

CROOKED COLOURS - FEEL IT (CLAPTONE REMIX)

Acclaimed Australian indie-dance trio Crooked Colours have tapped Claptone for a summer-ready remix of their latest single, “Feel It.” 

“Feel It” (Claptone Remix) is available now HERE

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