It’s almost time for the annual Cape Town Electronic Music Festival, one of South Africa’s favourite inner-city festivals, which announces its first phase headliners today.

With previous headliners including Âme, Dixon and Goldie, this year’s three-day party will include Deetron, Egyptian Lover, The Hacker and DJ Stingray.

Swiss house and techno powerhouse Deetron has been producing cutting-edge dance music since the ‘90s, remixing names like Danny Howells, Booka Shade and even Jamiroquai into his signature style.

With a string of successful records in the ‘80s, singer, producer, vocalist and DJ Egyptian Lover gained recognition for releasing some of the earliest EPs in rap, including the quirky “Egypt, Egypt”. Known as “king” of the Roland TR-808 drum machine, his music was created using only analog gear, which has shaped most of his sound to this day.

Detroit producer Sherard Ingram, also known as DJ Stingray, has made a name for himself in the Berlin electronic music scene through his 140 BPM electro sets. His 1998 album, The Collapse Of Modern Culture, helped birth his Urban Tribe alias, which featured production from the legendary Carl Craig. Angus Finlayson from RA said in an interview: “When I asked Ingram about the differences between techno and electro, he asked me if I'm familiar with the movie Aliens. He said: ‘Now, you had the people that were in the control room, right? Then you had the marines. Electro—we're the marines. Techno guys are in the control room. We're on the same team but we're doing different things.”

French electroclash and techno act The Hacker began producing music in 1989 at just 17-years-old. Working extensively with Miss Kittin, the Frenchman draws influence from electro acts like Kraftwerk and new wave bands like The Cure, Depeche Mode and Duran Duran, releasing six albums between 1998 and 2009. With releases on Tiga’s Turbo imprint and remixes for acts like Fischerspooner and Air, he’s one of electro’s most prolific names.

Now in its seventh year, CTEMF once again hosts a week of musical performances from April 6th to the 8th, with workshops from the 3rd to the 5th, as well as satellite events in Durban on 6th and Johannesburg on the 7th. The location and further artists will be announced soon.

Tickets for CTEMF 2018 available here.

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