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The Black Madonna provides the soundtrack for Louis Vuitton’s Cruise Show

Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection

What a year it’s been for The Black Madonna.

Since being chosen by Mixmag as their 2016 DJ of the Year, The Black Madonna has jumped head first into 2017 with shows across the globe including sets at Berlin’s Panorama Bar, Paris’ Concrete, Ceremonia Festival in Mexico and the Circo Loco opening party in Ibiza. Not to mention a return to Smart Bar in Chicago – where she’s Creative Director – and a star-studded 3 month residency at XOYO.

She’s quickly establishing herself as the DJ de jour for the fashion industry too. Earlier this year she was asked by Raf Simons to provide the soundtrack for Calvin Klein’s New York Fashion Week show, followed up by a set at the afterparty.

The Black Madonna, Raf Simons

The Black Madonna with Raf Simons at the CK Fall 2017 afterparty

This time it was Nicolas Ghesquière who got in touch to invite her to Louis Vuitton’s Cruise Show at the spectacular Miho Museum in Kyoto, Japan.

This was one of Ghesqière’s most daring collections, with outfits featuring mixed animal prints, sequined Kabuki dresses (designed in collaboration with Kansai Yamamoto) and monogram chain belts. The Black Madonna’s remix of Robyn’s Indestructible was chosen to soundtrack to close the show.

So honored to hear my remix for @robynkonichiwa closing the brilliant @louisvuitton show in Kyoto today. 🌸✌🏻

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Listen to the full track below. The Black Madonna’s schedule is hotting up as we approach festival season – it’s one set that you won’t want to miss. Buy tickets to her remaining shows at XOYO here.

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Young Marco’s Selectors tour hits Birmingham

Young Marco at The Rainbow Venues, Birmingham

Hitting the circuit for the launch of Dekmantel’s second selectors compilation, Young Marco arrived in a cold and damp Birmingham for the seventh stop of his European tour. The Rainbow Venues in Birmingham played host for the night, with Young Marco supported by Dekmantel Soundsystem.

As Dekmantel celebrates it’s tenth birthday, Dekmantel Soundsystem stayed true to their roots and wasted no time laying the pace for the evening. An already energetic room was amplified by the intimacy of the venue, with the Soundsystem boys showing the best of their crate digging credentials well as their eye for modern classics. A few highlights of their set include Peggy Gou’s awesome Day Without Yesterday and Tough City Kid’s Cole Rabies Beats from their 2015 release on Permanent Vacation. 

With a solitary red light scanning the dancefloor, the basement venue provided an intimate but laid back atmosphere that was perfectly in tune with Young Marco’s signature airy house vibe. His set was a typically eclectic affair, toughing on genres including house, techno, disco and afro-beat.

Young Marco at The Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
It’s been a busy few months for Marco Sterk. As well as the selectors EP, he’s released a second album alongside Gigi Masin and Johnny Nash as part of the Gaussian Curve, as well as properly launching his Safe Trip label with not one but two albums exploring Italian Dream House classics between 1989-1993. Earlier this year Safe Trip also released an EP for Private Eyes – a duo made up of Amsterdam’s Interstellar Funk and Jeroen.

Below are a few of the other tracks played on the night. 2017 looks like it’ll be another busy year for Young Marco.