Discwoman's Volvox Seeks Out Lullabies For Long Nights

Photo via Volvox.

Ariana Paoletti, who performs as Volvox, is a multi-faceted artist and writer. A veteran of Boston’s electronic dance and techno music scenes, Paoletti is now based in New York and has made a name for herself with energetic and progressive sets full of acid, tech and deep house. She is also a part of Discwoman, the eclectic and influential cis women, trans women and genderqueer collective .

She currently holds a residency with JACK DEPT. NYC 1st Fridays at underground spot Bossa Nova Civic Club with John Barera of Supply Records in Brooklyn. In 2013, Paoletti wrote THUMP’s Time Travel column which explored the history of techno.

Volvox will make an appearance later this month at Chicago’s Smartbar as part of the Discwoman takeover. For the latest edition of The Last Record, Paoletti selected a mix of tracks, including one that is perfect for the seasonal bite now in the air.

“Silent Mechanism” by TX Connect

JACK DEPT is a new label based on the party of the same name founded by myself and John Barera. This track is my personal favorite off our first release. Gavin Guthrie had been a guest at our party in New York a couple times and as one of my favorite US producers, it just made sense to invite him to inaugurate this new initiative. Honey Soundsystem decided to include this track on their latest mix for Dekmantel which was a great surprise!

“You Pay” by L-SEDITION

As we settle into fall, I find myself snuggling up to warmer tones and seeking out lullabies for long nights. This track by Los Angeles-based producer Lorene Simpson is just the thing to fill that dream-synth pocket in my heart. I’m looking forward to hearing more new material from her as she’s clearly masterful.

“Miami” by Violet (Ursa’s Reef Trance Edit)

This track is from my favorite DJ/Producer couple, Violet and Photonz, out of London. They have a great label called One Eyed Jacks that’s really hitting all the right notes for me lately. I can’t get enough and I’m definitely blowing up my own spot telling you all about them!

Fabric To Hold A Fundraiser And Benefit Art Exhibition Featuring Their In-House Photographers

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

House of Vans and fabric will collaborate on a photography exhibition on October 22 and 23. The exhibition will feature snapshots from fabric’s in-house photographers including Sarah Ginn, Nick Ensing, Danny Seaton, Anna Mills and more.

The day before the exhibition, House of Vans will host a fundraiser featuring sets from FabricLive acts including DJ Hype, IC3, Ed Rush and Optical. FabricLive was the nightclub’s Friday evening event. The fundraiser will also feature DJs from Bristol’s The Blast.

The exhibition is free and all of the work on display will be available for purchase. The fundraiser is 10 for entry and tickets may be purchased here. Proceeds from the fundraiser and the exhibition will go to fabric’s #saveourculture fund. Since the start of the fund, fabric has raised more than 250,000.

Stream A Farewell Mix From Jorge Cruz Of TRAX Records

Photo courtesy of Jorge Cruz.

Jorge Cruz, the former Creative Director and label manager of TRAX Records, has dropped an exclusive mixtape featuring music Cruz signed, curated or produced within the last eight years at the label.

It’s been a great run, a beautiful time, but as the peaches and the berries know — when it’s time to take a bow, it’s time,” Cruz said in a statement about their departure and the mixtape. “I wanted to honor some of my babies, some of the gems I dusted off, and some of the future.”

Last month, Cruz spoke with THUMP about their legacy at TRAX and why it is important to reclaim dance music for the marginalized. Stream “Jorge’s Farewell Tape” below.


“Jorge’s Farewell Tape” tracklist:

  1. Screamin’ Rachael and Marshall Jefferson – “Joy (Jorge’s NyQuil Edit)”
  2. James “Jack Rabbit” Martin – “Let Us Have Love (Step By Step)” (Club Mix ft. Pam White)
  3. Carmelo Carone – “Chicago” (Original Mix)
  4. Sweet D – “Do Do It”
  5. Less Hate and Inner Rebels – “Do It” (ft. Veselina Polova)
  6. Sir Nenis – “The Flow” (Top Billin Classic Mix)
  7. Screamin’ Rachael – “Gina (XXX)” (Inner Rebels & Less Hate Remix)
  8. Screamin’ Rachael – “The British Are Coming” (Carmelo Carone’s Two Timing 8-bit Remix)
  9. Lymuel Rock Ivestor – “Happy Dance”

View The Entire Lineup Of Performers For The Ray-Ban X Boiler Room Weekender

Discwoman’s Volvox in the Boiler Room. Photo via YouTube

Last month, Ray-Ban and Boiler Room announced Weekender, a new, free and artist-driven event to take place on November 4-6 at the Split Rock Resort in the Poconos. Ray-Ban and Boiler Room selected curators for the event including Virgil Abloh, GHE20G0TH1K, Discwoman, N.A.A.F.I., NON and more. Throughout the week, the selected artists for the event were announced. View the full list of performers below.

Selections from Discwoman, FIXED, Wreckednyc, Tiki Disco, Sublimate, Acid Camp, Making Time, N.A.A.F.I., and NON: Jimmy Edgar, Lovefingers, Kai Alce, Umfang, Imaabs, Ital, Justin Strauss, ANGEL-HO, Paul Raffaele, Via App, Solar, Mohzghan, Zutut, Otto Octa, Moro, Paul Marmota, Volvox, Barbie Bertisch, Isis Scott, Bergsonist, Bearcat, Shyboi, Scratch, Earthen Sea, Analog Soul, Soul 2 Seoul, and Donny Burlin

Virgil Abloh: TEED, No Vacancy Inn, Mobilegirl, and Ta’East

Soulection: Sango, Joe Kay, The Whooligan, Sasha Marie, and Andres Uribe

GHE20G0TH1K: DJ Haram, Mike Q, Mechatok, and Kamixlo

MixPak: Dre Skull, The Large, El Freaky Collective,and King Addies Soundsystem

RSVP for and learn more information about the Ray-Ban x Boiler Room Weekender here.

Stream 'Brunette,' A House And Techno Tribute To Frank Ocean's 'Blonde'

Image via Kweku Saunderson.

It’s hard to believe Frank Ocean dropped his long-awaited third album, Blonde, more than a month ago. The one-of-a-kind projectfeaturing a who’s who of collaborators including James Blake, Rostam Batmanglij, and Jamie xxdominated conversation among music fans for weeks before and after its release.

Now, Okayplayer reports Blonde has received the unofficial remix treatment. Kweku Saunderson, the nephew of Detroit legend Kevin Saunderson, has turned Blonde into Brunette, a house and techno-heavy tribute to Ocean’s new album. Saunderson even created two different stylizations of Brunette (just like Ocean with Blonde and blond).

The 8-track, dance-floor ready Brunette features remixes of the tracks “Good Guy,” ‘Siegfried,” “Nikes,” “Skyline To,” “God Speed,” “Solo,” and “White Ferrari.” Some of the tracks, like “Good Guy,” sound nearly unrecognizable, but that shouldn’t stop fans from listening.

Stream Brunette below. In September, we broke down the numerous collaborators and producers on Ocean’s new album.

PC Music's Hannah Diamond Returns With Glittery Throwback Track "Fade Away"

Photo via Hannah Diamond.

It’s been close to a year since PC Music’s Hannah Diamond released her video and single for “Hi.” Now, the artist returns with “Fade Away,” the first single from Diamond’s upcoming EP scheduled to be released later this year. It is a glittery return to form for Diamond, with a rhythm and melody that sounds pulled (like always) from the brightest moments of 90s euro-pop and house.

Diamond describes the track as an emotional journey focusing on the moments when someone’s feelings for you have changed. “The inspiration for the track comes from things I wrote years ago in my old diary, but also ties in with things that had been going on in my life when A. G. Cook and I were writing it,” Diamond said. “It’s a bit sad, but sometimes I feel like telling the whole world how you feel can be really empowering – it’s like deleting it, or transforming it into something fun and positive.”

To accompany the single, Diamond has released an interactive site featuring images that help define and tell the story of “Fade Away.” Diamond also created the site to expand on the imagery of the single’s cover. “I tried to really push the images as far as I could, both technically in terms of the compositions, post production etc and conceptually – starting to play with a sense of narrative in them,” she said. Diamond also reportedly has plans to release an album and magazine next year.

Stream “Fade Away” below. In August, we asked if it was time to pull the plug on PC Music.


Stream 'Brunette,' A House And Techno Tribute To Frank Ocean's 'Blonde'

Image via Kweku Saunderson.

It’s hard to believe Frank Ocean dropped his long-awaited third album, Blonde, more than a month ago. The one-of-a-kind projectfeaturing a who’s who of collaborators including James Blake, Rostam Batmanglij, and Jamie xxdominated conversation among music fans for weeks before and after its release.

Now, Okayplayer reports Blonde has received the unofficial remix treatment. Kweku Saunderson, the nephew of Detroit legend Kevin Saunderson, has turned Blonde into Brunette, a house and techno-heavy tribute to Ocean’s new album. Saunderson even created two different stylizations of Brunette (just like Ocean with Blonde and blond).

The 8-track, dance-floor ready Brunette features remixes of the tracks “Good Guy,” ‘Siegfried,” “Nikes,” “Skyline To,” “God Speed,” “Solo,” and “White Ferrari.” Some of the tracks, like “Good Guy,” sound nearly unrecognizable, but that shouldn’t stop fans from listening.

Stream Brunette below. In September, we broke down the numerous collaborators and producers on Ocean’s new album.

PC Music's Hannah Diamond Returns With Glittery Throwback Track "Fade Away"

Photo via Hannah Diamond.

It’s been close to a year since PC Music’s Hannah Diamond released her video and single for “Hi.” Now, the artist returns with “Fade Away,” the first single from Diamond’s upcoming EP scheduled to be released later this year. It is a glittery return to form for Diamond, with a rhythm and melody that sounds pulled (like always) from the brightest moments of 90s euro-pop and house.

Diamond describes the track as an emotional journey focusing on the moments when someone’s feelings for you have changed. “The inspiration for the track comes from things I wrote years ago in my old diary, but also ties in with things that had been going on in my life when A. G. Cook and I were writing it,” Diamond said. “It’s a bit sad, but sometimes I feel like telling the whole world how you feel can be really empowering – it’s like deleting it, or transforming it into something fun and positive.”

To accompany the single, Diamond has released an interactive site featuring images that help define and tell the story of “Fade Away.” Diamond also created the site to expand on the imagery of the single’s cover. “I tried to really push the images as far as I could, both technically in terms of the compositions, post production etc and conceptually – starting to play with a sense of narrative in them,” she said. Diamond also reportedly has plans to release an album and magazine next year.

Stream “Fade Away” below. In August, we asked if it was time to pull the plug on PC Music.


View The Entire Lineup Of Performers For The Ray-Ban X Boiler Room Weekender

Discwoman’s Volvox in the Boiler Room. Photo via YouTube

Last month, Ray-Ban and Boiler Room announced Weekender, a new, free and artist-driven event to take place on November 4-6 at the Split Rock Resort in the Poconos. Ray-Ban and Boiler Room selected curators for the event including Virgil Abloh, GHE20G0TH1K, Discwoman, N.A.A.F.I., NON and more. Throughout the week, the selected artists for the event were announced. View the full list of performers below.

Selections from Discwoman, FIXED, Wreckednyc, Tiki Disco, Sublimate, Acid Camp, Making Time, N.A.A.F.I., and NON: Jimmy Edgar, Lovefingers, Kai Alce, Umfang, Imaabs, Ital, Justin Strauss, ANGEL-HO, Paul Raffaele, Via App, Solar, Mohzghan, Zutut, Otto Octa, Moro, Paul Marmota, Volvox, Barbie Bertisch, Isis Scott, Bergsonist, Bearcat, Shyboi, Scratch, Earthen Sea, Analog Soul, Soul 2 Seoul, and Donny Burlin

Virgil Abloh: TEED, No Vacancy Inn, Mobilegirl, and Ta’East

Soulection: Sango, Joe Kay, The Whooligan, Sasha Marie, and Andres Uribe

GHE20G0TH1K: DJ Haram, Mike Q, Mechatok, and Kamixlo

MixPak: Dre Skull, The Large, El Freaky Collective,and King Addies Soundsystem

RSVP for and learn more information about the Ray-Ban x Boiler Room Weekender here.

Stream A Farewell Mix From Jorge Cruz Of TRAX Records

Photo courtesy of Jorge Cruz.

Jorge Cruz, the former Creative Director and label manager of TRAX Records, has dropped an exclusive mixtape featuring music Cruz signed, curated or produced within the last eight years at the label.

It’s been a great run, a beautiful time, but as the peaches and the berries know — when it’s time to take a bow, it’s time,” Cruz said in a statement about their departure and the mixtape. “I wanted to honor some of my babies, some of the gems I dusted off, and some of the future.”

Last month, Cruz spoke with THUMP about their legacy at TRAX and why it is important to reclaim dance music for the marginalized. Stream “Jorge’s Farewell Tape” below.


“Jorge’s Farewell Tape” tracklist:

  1. Screamin’ Rachael and Marshall Jefferson – “Joy (Jorge’s NyQuil Edit)”
  2. James “Jack Rabbit” Martin – “Let Us Have Love (Step By Step)” (Club Mix ft. Pam White)
  3. Carmelo Carone – “Chicago” (Original Mix)
  4. Sweet D – “Do Do It”
  5. Less Hate and Inner Rebels – “Do It” (ft. Veselina Polova)
  6. Sir Nenis – “The Flow” (Top Billin Classic Mix)
  7. Screamin’ Rachael – “Gina (XXX)” (Inner Rebels & Less Hate Remix)
  8. Screamin’ Rachael – “The British Are Coming” (Carmelo Carone’s Two Timing 8-bit Remix)
  9. Lymuel Rock Ivestor – “Happy Dance”

Fabric To Hold A Fundraiser And Benefit Art Exhibition Featuring Their In-House Photographers

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

House of Vans and fabric will collaborate on a photography exhibition on October 22 and 23. The exhibition will feature snapshots from fabric’s in-house photographers including Sarah Ginn, Nick Ensing, Danny Seaton, Anna Mills and more.

The day before the exhibition, House of Vans will host a fundraiser featuring sets from FabricLive acts including DJ Hype, IC3, Ed Rush and Optical. FabricLive was the nightclub’s Friday evening event. The fundraiser will also feature DJs from Bristol’s The Blast.

The exhibition is free and all of the work on display will be available for purchase. The fundraiser is 10 for entry and tickets may be purchased here. Proceeds from the fundraiser and the exhibition will go to fabric’s #saveourculture fund. Since the start of the fund, fabric has raised more than 250,000.

Discwoman's Volvox Seeks Out Lullabies For Long Nights

Photo via Volvox.

Ariana Paoletti, who performs as Volvox, is a multi-faceted artist and writer. A veteran of Boston’s electronic dance and techno music scenes, Paoletti is now based in New York and has made a name for herself with energetic and progressive sets full of acid, tech and deep house. She is also a part of Discwoman, the eclectic and influential cis women, trans women and genderqueer collective .

She currently holds a residency with JACK DEPT. NYC 1st Fridays at underground spot Bossa Nova Civic Club with John Barera of Supply Records in Brooklyn. In 2013, Paoletti wrote THUMP’s Time Travel column which explored the history of techno.

Volvox will make an appearance later this month at Chicago’s Smartbar as part of the Discwoman takeover. For the latest edition of The Last Record, Paoletti selected a mix of tracks, including one that is perfect for the seasonal bite now in the air.

“Silent Mechanism” by TX Connect

JACK DEPT is a new label based on the party of the same name founded by myself and John Barera. This track is my personal favorite off our first release. Gavin Guthrie had been a guest at our party in New York a couple times and as one of my favorite US producers, it just made sense to invite him to inaugurate this new initiative. Honey Soundsystem decided to include this track on their latest mix for Dekmantel which was a great surprise!

“You Pay” by L-SEDITION

As we settle into fall, I find myself snuggling up to warmer tones and seeking out lullabies for long nights. This track by Los Angeles-based producer Lorene Simpson is just the thing to fill that dream-synth pocket in my heart. I’m looking forward to hearing more new material from her as she’s clearly masterful.

“Miami” by Violet (Ursa’s Reef Trance Edit)

This track is from my favorite DJ/Producer couple, Violet and Photonz, out of London. They have a great label called One Eyed Jacks that’s really hitting all the right notes for me lately. I can’t get enough and I’m definitely blowing up my own spot telling you all about them!