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Review: Varkala Festival 2016

August 31, 2016 |

Do you remember your first beat match? That small moment of clarity when you simultaneously celebrate this initial achievement and begin to understand its future potential with all its myriad complexities is a peculiar metaphor that came to mind and … Read More

WIN: 2 tickets to Make Me w/ Donato Dozzy, Van Hoesen et al

August 15, 2016 |

UE crew, we’ve got a rather special giveaway for your lovely selves. London’s finest Make Me are bringing the heat down to Village Underground this Saturday with another damn-fine lineup of techno heroes – Donato Dozzy and Peter Van HoesenRead More

Review: Gottwood Festival 2016

June 29, 2016 |

From Weather‘s concrete jungle straight into the mystical woodland of Llanfaethlu’s Gottwood (not forgetting Glasto shortly after!) – June has been quite a ride for camp UE. A few days worth of TLC in rural Ruthin provided respite after a … Read More

UE.36: Microfunk Crew b2b Nuage & Dissident

March 8, 2016 | 1

With numerous early reviews around the sound, an official Space Cadets playlist, and a Five Steps with flag-bearer Bop back in 2014, it’s fair to say that we at Urban Essence have a bit of a soft spot for all things Microfunk. … Read More

Five Essentials: Alix Perez

January 14, 2016 |

Proving there’s more to come out of Belgium than just chocolate, waffles and beer, Belgian-born Alix Perez, the highly sought after producer-DJ with a penchant for eschewing electronica traditions, is the most musically exciting entity to emerge from the country … Read More

Five Essentials: Dark Sky

January 11, 2016 |

2016 is set to be a landmark year for Dark Sky. Having displayed an impressive strength in musical versatility via a plethora of singles and EPs on key labels such as Mister Saturday Night, 50 Weapons and TectonicRead More

Five Robert Owens Essentials: Felix Dickinson

December 2, 2015 |

Flashback to fabric’s 16th Birthday: Sunday evening, ravers begrudgingly waiting for Room 3 to open up again to experience what is one of the highlights of the weekend’s birthday celebrations. Unexpected back-to-backs are commonplace and, soon, party vibes fill Room … Read More

In Conversation With: Jay Haze

December 1, 2015 |

Nomad, philanthropist, photographer, filmmaker, artist. 17 years as a touring DJ, producer and label head.

Born in Philadelphia, Jay Haze left in the early 00s to reside in Berlin – also home to his labels TuningSpork and Contexterrior. With a … Read More

esque returns for first birthday shindig at The Depot

November 30, 2015 |

East London promoters esque return to the London circuit this Saturday December 5th, as they take over a new Clapton venue to celebrate their first birthday.

Joining residents on the night will be Golesworthy, whose recent Groove Points and HouseworkRead More

Five Essentials: Alan Fitzpatrick

November 23, 2015 |

Memories Of A Tme Once Past But Long Forgotten was my first introduction to Alan Fitzpatrick, a piece that expertly blended emotive and thought-provoking chords and synths with the driving undercurrent of kick drums. It was clear this was an … Read More