Nightlife in Greece is its own beast: vivid, non-stop, packed with diverse events to suit every musical need, it beckons to those fueled by an electric need to sample something completely different, yet authentic in its form. Indeed, Athens has finally achieved its nightlife Renaissance, with a nearly limitless plethora of clubs, bars, pubs, music venues and concert scenes available and ready to cater to every taste, however unconventional. One such place, incidentally the best place in the city to enjoy House Music, is the En Vogue Nightclub.
The House of Comfort
Situated in Iera Odos 76, inside the “ever awake” area of Gazi, En Vogue is a spacious brand new nightclub that combines elements of chic and baroque aesthetic with modern minimalism sprinkled with a dash of avant-garde decoration. Housing crystal-clear chandeliers and cozy, comfortable furniture, it strives to manifest an atmosphere of “homely elegance”, mixing the familiar with the peculiar, the tested with the yet unknown: such is the mystified force that pervades the nightclub’s interior space and design, that we can liken it to Edgar Allan Poe’s “House of Usher”, if the house played sublime electronic dance music and served delicious cocktails.
Speaking of which, the cocktails and drinks are crafted as separate works of art, expressing their bartender’s expertise and drive to create something tested and tried, yet at the same time personalized and inspired. Add now En Vogue’s fast and exceptional service, and you have a recipe for success.
House Music has found its Greek Home
Despite the ever-increasing popularity that Greek nightlife keeps on amassing and attracting, there has never been a genuine home for the aficionados of electronic dance music; Until now, that is. The En Vogue Club Athens offers not only a spacious dance floor for unrestrained swaying till sunrise but also supplies its visitors with both mainstream and underground House Music hits that keep on winding their feet and pumping their hearts.
With unique remixes and covers of “olden goldies”, underground hidden gems and monster jams, sensational on-deck DJs sampling brand new tracks and fresh party anthems that turn into instant-classics, En Vogue strives for perfection in every sense. And how could it not? The expert team piloting this House Music Mansion has years upon years of nightlife experience, having run previously the deeply beloved Dream City Athens and finding huge success with its unique personality and modern look.
Perfect Vehicle for Perfect Music
Nowadays, it can be hard to truly appreciate House Music in all its melodic glory, with a wide range of night clubs relinquishing the technical aspect of their live events. Fortunately, this is not an issue for En Vogue, which always provides high sound quality backed by near-perfect technical expertise and sound design. The team of experts, as well as the necessary hardware and software being employed, are always working to ensure that all the basslines, the synth tones, the vocoded vocals and generally every distinct part of a House track achieves its true potential. Be assured that every musical note of each performance will burrow in your ears with surgical precision.
A “Protean” Nightclub in the Heart of Athens
En Vogue is the shared vision of a group of young people living in a musical environment that needs to keep on experimenting and transforming, lest it stagnates and withers. It is a fresh concept that develops a much-needed home created by House Music fans for House Music fans. Undeniably, it has already consolidated its presence among the “titans” of Athenian nightlife entertainment – and it has only now opened shop. We cannot stress this enough – every event is a one-time-only experience, a series of standalone parties that chain together to create a “protean” night club that transforms itself according to the needs and whims of its patrons. Worry not, of course, as House Music remains the core and heart of each and every event.
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Of Shows and Midnight Parties
So far, the party program includes “Blessed” Thursdays, “Showtime” Fridays and “No Filter” Saturdays, with 95.2 Athens DeeJay and DJ star Michalis Tsaousopoulos collaborating with other performers for a magnificent spectacle. Recently, “Sin City” parties were announced to be “a thing to come”, and our wonder can only be matched by our impending excitement. Of course, every show will showcase a colorful cast of varied performers, each drawn from a specific background that illustrates House Music in all its multi-faceted glory.
The Underground Has Ascended
Truly, it is a difficult task to soak up the vibrant nightlife scene in Athens, when so many clubs have raised their standards to such high extremes. Walking in the cobbled streets of Gazi, a famed destination for hardcore club-goers, one can lose himself/herself in the variety of nightlife musical venues that sprawl across the area. It is no wonder that the once underground vibes of House Music have gained a large support in Greece throughout the years, with En Vogue leading this era of revived rave, catchy beats, and musical experimentation. Oozing with groove, En Vogue has its own style and rhythm: it is a pioneer of House Music in Greece, slowly but surely combining the various forms of disco, Latin, hip hop, electro swing, techno, synth-pop, funk, soul and jazz vibes, and elevating them to mainstream status.
To summarize: Famous DJs, upcoming virtuosos, underground performers and professional dancers meet club crawlers, party animals and House Music fans in a newly renovated venue in the heart of Athens. Laser light shows and eye-watering VFX combine with top-notch sound equipment and digital mastery to produce a truly mesmerizing experience of pure, nightlife entertainment.
Emotions will run high with housey tunes that will make your body move: this is not a promise, but a statement. This winter, Athens finally gets what it deserves, a clubber’s fantasy delivered.
En Vogue Nightclub is the new Greek home of House Music.
Kaskade & BROHUG Channel SNAP!’s Iconic “The Power” Into New Song
Kaskade joins forces with the Swedish trio BROHUG (composed of John Dahlbäck, and Chris and Niklas Lunde) for perhaps the most prolific throwback single in electronic music to date, a tribute to one of the most significant years in music – “1990”. The namesake-titled track is a play on SNAP!’s iconic “The Power,” reworked with snippets of the original vocals set to Kaskade and BROHUG’s ingenious production. Opening with a groovy melody as the backdrop to nostalgia-ridden lyrical riffs, “1990” progressively builds the tension to almost unbearable levels. We all know the moments just before a track of this magnitude drops, and the pressure is real right before the bouncy and driving crescendo, on which every old school fan’s favorite line, “I’ve Got the Power!” rides perfectly. “1990” is out on Kaskade’s Arkade imprint. Hear about the new release in the artists’ own words below.
“1990 was an incredible year for music. You couldn’t go into a club, pizzeria, or record store without hearing the iconic song by SNAP! “The Power,” and here we are in 2020 with it still buzzing in the zeitgeist. ‘1990’ is only to be played on the loudest of speakers, and has got the power to stay stuck in your head long after hearing it.” – Kaskade & BROHUG
As a household name in electronic music for nearly two decades, Kaskade needs no introduction. His list of achievements is a mile long: 11 studio albums, 7 GRAMMY nominations, the first solo electronic dance artist to sell out both Navy Pier in Chicago and the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the first DJ to ever secure a Las Vegas residency, and the first electronic artist to headline Coachella. Less tangible but even more important has been his influence on dance music tastes and culture for generations of listeners. Often Kaskade is one of the artists who introduced now-veteran listeners to the genre, and such fans are usually fans for life. In 2019, he worked with multi-award winner Meghan Trainor on “With You” and Gorgon City on “Go Slow,” among solo releases, such as “My Light,” “Come On,” and official remixes for the likes of Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani earlier.
Regardless of their satirical stage name, BROHUG is not here to play games. Since John Dahlbäck and the Lunde brothers formed BROHUG in 2016, the trio has worked with Ghastly, remixed Steve Angello, and released on labels such as Confession, Spinnin’ Records, Dim Mak, Musical Freedom, and their new label BROHOUSE. In 2019, their release schedule was packed with relentless hit after hit. Virtually unrivaled, their touring has been intense since the start, and 2020 will be no exception. BROHUG has really put their name out, with sets on festivals like Ultra Music Festival in Miami and Tomorrowland in Belgium, touring Australia and several tours in the US and Asia. A new decade brings with it new possibilities, so stay tuned to hear more from Kaskade and BROHUG coming soon.
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Anthony Kalabretta’s Emotive House Tune, “Terracotta”, Off Upcoming EP
Physical Presents welcomes its newest artist Anthony Kalabretta with his debut track “Terracotta”, from forthcoming EP. We’re introduced to Kalabretta’s melodic house signature sound with dreamy toplines over gently rolling bass, complemented by soulful vocals that call to mind the style of Rüfüs Du Sol, Amtrac and Disclosure. His sophisticated sound shaping is the result of years of behind-the-scenes work as a recording engineer, producer, and songwriter with well-known artists such as DVBBS, Protest the Hero, Silverstein, and Abandon All Ships as well as Veronica and Vanrip. All of this practice truly shines on “Terracotta,” where Kalabretta artfully evokes tender emotions while still maintaining the track’s dancefloor-friendly vibe. Press play on this tune any time you need some easy listening.
Canadian artist Anthony Kalabretta is no stranger to the music industry, where he’s been working since the young age of fifteen. After years of cutting his teeth at some of Toronto’s most prominent studios as a music engineer, Kalabretta embarked on his own musical journey in 2016 with his first independent release – “Basic.” His music has always defied genre boundaries, though he cites some of his influences as Justice, Caribou, MGMT, The Strokes, and Mac Demarco. As a complement to his music, Kalabretta is also accomplished in video production abilities and film scoring; he has worked on projects with actors and directors such as Chad Peter (“Mr. Robot”), Giacomo Gianniotti (“Greys Anatomy”), and Lucy Hale (“Pretty Little Liars”). With such a robust array of talent, we’re excited to see what Anthony Kalabretta has in store for 2020.
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Valentino Khan Announces ‘House Party’ Remixes EP
Following his highly anticipated ‘House Party’ EP from last year, Valentino Khan is back with a star-studded remix version of the release. The first interpretation of Valentino’s original work comes from the future house pioneer Tchami himself, who brings his signature sound to Khan and Diplo’s “JustYourSoul.” Trading heavy bass for groovy melodies and bouncy breakdowns, Tchami delivers a remix that will set the late night club dance floors on fire. The full remix EP, set for a release on January 24, includes additional guest appearances, that will be revealed in the following weeks, running the gamut from funky house to electro and bass. Stay tuned for the rest of the releases and names dropping soon!
The world was introduced to LA-based DJ and producer Valentino Khan in 2014, when he burst onto the scene with his debut EP “In Khan We Trust” on Skrillex’s OWSLA label. Khan’s sound possessed a unique versatility, incorporating elements of trap, bass, hardstyle, house and more into a driving, often heavy sound that found homes on labels such as Mad Decent, Spinnin Records, and Ultra. In 2015, Khan’s original track “Deep Down Low” became an international sensation, earning the title of “Most Played Track” of the year and topping Sirius XM’s #1 Song of 2015 on Electric Area. Since then, he has earned a reputation as a remix master with official renditions of RL Grime’s “Pressure,” Alison Wonderland’s “Good Enough,” Calvin Harris’s “One Kiss” and more. His original productions include “Pump,” which has over 17M streams on Spotify, “Gold” with Sean Paul, as well as production credits for the likes of 2 Chainz, B.O.B., Dizzee Rascal, Iggy Azalea, T.I. and more. On the touring front, Khan sold out his show at the iconic Hollywood Palladium this year, featuring a b2b set with Shaquille O’Neal (DJ Diesel) and a surprise appearance by legend Snoop Dogg. 2020 is already shaping up to be the year of Valentino Khan, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.
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SUPER Afro House Live Session By Israel Kimchi & Gilad Dobrecky
Discover here the real Afro House sound! Israel Kimchi joined forces with Gilad Dobrecky to record a captivating live session which has garnered more than 12,000 views on YouTube. Believe it or not, the whole DJ filmset is spontaneous as these guys never spent time on rehearsals nor preparations. Furthermore, I hope you enjoy how they experiment with a wide range of percussions that carry a fairly organic feel. Naturally, magical drums serve as a complement to the electronic beats. As usual, Israel incorporates into his mix his personal selection of rich sonic textures and dynamism. Likewise, you can tell this is such a good example of high-energy performance by watching the clip below. Without any doubt, these artists should consider collaborating once again for the next chapter.
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Adam Davenport’s Latest “Hype” Is A New House Classic
Adam Davenport is no stranger to making good bangers. On this occasion, he goes far beyond the limits of the conventional and creates something that feels like a House classic. Of course, I’m talking about his 4th single, “Hype”, which will surely rock underground and commercial clubs with its sexy warm vibe. There’s no denying Adam’s seductive vocals evoke sensual undertones that revolve around hedonism. This is why this tune will transport you back to the early days of House…
On a side note, several labels wanted to sign this bass-driven track. Nevertheless, HouseSession, a German label known as the mirror of dance music evolution welcomes it. Moreover, this is another collaborative track with Jordi Coenradie, who also co-wrote “What’s The Matter With You”. In fact, Adam’s previous single was on the first round Grammy nominating ballot for Best Dance Recording this year. So, it’s not surprising why “Hype” could be a win any night of the week. Stay tuned for more exciting news below.
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