He's German, he's renowned for playing progressive trance, he's Timo Maas, ladies and gents...

CREAM have announced that the German progressive trance DJ TIMO MAAS is to be their new resident for the year 2000.

The residency tops off the Hanover-based DJ’s most successful year to date. His remix of Azzido Da Bass’s ‘Doom’s Night’ reached the Top Ten after becoming a club hit across the genres, from UK garage through to techno. He has also undertaken a remix for the new Madonna single at the apparent behest of Madonna herself.

Timo Maas will join current residents Seb Fontaine for his third year, and Paul Bleasdale for his eighth. He will also take Guy Ornadel’s place as Cream’s resident in Ibiza this year, reflecting what the club terms “a shift in music policy towards a more progressive sound for 2001”. This follows a similar proposed shift in style from fellow superclub Gatecrasher a couple of months ago.

Cream have also announced they are opening a new bar and restaurant in the South American resort of Punta Del Este in Uruguay.

Entitled ‘Cream en el Mar’, the club will feature one of Argentina’s top DJs, Hernan Cattaneo, as resident. Catteneo also plays Cream’s New Year’s bash in Buenos Aires alongside Lee Burridge.