Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Memories can smudge easily in the tiny hours, but it’ll be hard for Benoit & Sergio to forget the secret warehouse rave they headlined in Los Angeles a few weeks back. The Washington-born pop duo had the dance floor on fire. This year has been an insane-weekend domino chain for Benoit & Sergio. They have been discreetly making some of the finest left-field pop music to ever come out of the District — incredibly clever, impossibly cool dance tracks that have generated big excitement in micro-pockets of the Internet (which is how all promising musical careers start these days). After clocking about 60 dates at sweaty nightspots around the globe, the twosome are beginning to wrap up their 2011. To read more, click here.
Nicolas Jaar's album "Space Is Only Noise" has earned him respect and admiration across the music scene, as his album reached the number one spot on Resident Advisor's Top 20 Albums of 2011. This, just his debut album, shows just the tip of the iceberg of his skill and talent, and what is yet to come from this 21 year old college student. To read the full list, click here
Looking for something to do in LA for New Year's Eve? Well, the Los Angeles Times has you covered, giving you a list of events that are happening around the area. One of the biggest parties is going to be at Avalon, where the legend himself John Digweed is going to be performing an extended set. Also sure to sparkle is the rooftop party at the Standard Downtown, where Xo Chic and Droog will be fueling the action and someone will end up in the pool, clothed or not. To find out what else is happening, click here
2011 has been Nicolas Jaar's year. His album "Space Is Only Noise" has garnered him so much recognition that he is on virtually every Top Album List of 2011. This guy has been selling out shows all over, and now with his new project Darkside, people can expect bigger and better things from Nico in 2012. To see who else made the list, click here.
Time Out Chicago took some time to review the new fabric 61, mixed by the one and only Visionquest. The guys -Ryan Crosson, Lee Curtiss, Shaun Reeves and Seth Troxler - had warming atmospherics and the mantra "just relax man" set the mood as the massage of the tide on STL's "Portside Waves" to open the mix while also mixing in machine-driven textures, cosmic flourishes and literal space references that surface on Soul Center's "HAL 2010," Seuil's "In the Moon" and Green Velvet's "Abduction." But they also used it as a time to show off the Visionquest label with tracks from My Favorite Robot, Footprintz and Tales of Us. To read the full review, click here.
Nicolas Jaar and Deniz Kurtel have hit it big, earning their spot on NPR's Top 100 Songs of 2011. "The L Word" is the track that Deniz had on the list while Nico's track "Keep Me There" is what got him onto the list. To see who else cracked the Top 100 Songs of 2011, click here.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
With a focus on the groove plus clear and spacious production, tINI's debut album is a fitting representation of the relaxed atmosphere you can find on Ibiza. With her debut album Tessa, Berlin based DJ/producer tINI delivers a musical document based on her Ibiza travels. Called after a good friend who supported her transformation as a musician, the record documents tINI’s stay on the island during the summer of 2010. To read the full review of Tessa, click here.
Loco Dice is hitting the road in North America this winter. The Desolat man will play six shows, including stops at Detroit and New York. He'll also venture over the border for gigs in Canada and Mexico. To read the full article and check out tour dates, click here.
Nicolas Jaar has put out his new EP, Don’t Break My Love. And these eleven minutes, my friends, are bliss. Jaar has taken the best aspects of his debut album and condensed them into two fantastic songs. To read the full review of his new record, click here.
Meet Tini, formerly of Munich, now residing in Berlin with her ex girlfriend turned best friend in the world. She likes to spell her name tINI—it’s her “trademark.” And since she made it a point to tell us, we’re passing it along to you. You can pick up her debut album Tessa now via the Hamburg based Desolat. To read the full article and listening to a streaming of the album, click here.
Friday, November 11, 2011
“Sad Cabaret,” with its beatific, falsetto vocals, loping rhythm and diaphanous guitar work, is a good introduction to the combo’s sound—but it’s not exactly club material, so into the fray steps Phil Mison, the longtime proponent of Balearic beats. Mison—best known to modern-day clubbers through his productions with Pete Herbert as Reverso 68, along with solo work under the Cantoma name—remodels the tune into a hypnotic disco chugger, a blissfully dubby version that drops much of the six-sting filigree in favor of mood-altering effects. To read more from Apollo Heights, click here.
While much of the electronic-music world is anxiously awaiting new solo material from Nicolas Jaar, the young producer apparently has other things on his mind, including a new collaborative project called DARKSIDE. A partnership between Jaar and Brooklyn's Dave Harrington, DARKSIDE will be releasing its self-titled debut EP. To continue reading, click here.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
New York producer M A N I K is preparing for his next release, She Watches Me, set to be released on Culprit. The EP will include two original tracks, along with a remix from The Revenge. M A N I K brings his mixture of disco and funk and everything else in between to vinyl, set to be released on November 18, with the digital release slated for November 30. Read the whole article here.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Nicolas Jaar is at it again. The master of the tiny movement. The beginning of “Don’t Break My Love” sounds like the world’s smallest machine trying to start up, and when the drums come in they’re little more than minimal clicks. Fader has given you the opportunity to download the track, along with "Why Didn't You Save Me". To download both tracks, click here.
Electronic alchemist Nicolas Jaar's debut album, Space Is Only Noise, is a pleasingly noxious concoction that's difficult to pigeonhole into one genre or another. A Jaar EP that follows, Don't Break My Love, is similarly unpredictable and refreshing. To read the full article, click here.
Kaskade may be one of the leading DJs in dance music today – but he wants to be even bigger. "I felt empowered by the fact the scene is so huge now and so many people are paying attention," he tells Rolling Stone. "It made me feel like, 'This is the time for me to try something new. I don’t have to collaborate with the Black Eyed Peas. I can do something that’s unique and special to my sound.' I’ve always kind of gone on my own path and I don’t follow the trend right now." To read the rest of the article, click here.
The guys from Droog are at it again. With their label, Culprit, they have another amazing record to add to their already extensive catalog. Aurum, the new EP released by Special Case, hailing from St. Petersberg and Moscow, shows that there’s a healthy scene developing in a corner of the world where the rooftop parties take place under onion domes. To read the article and listen to the album, click here.
With the recent release of his latest album, Fire and Ice, Kaskade is changing the world of dance music as we know it. With collaborations from Neon Trees, Skylar Grey and Skrillex, his new album raced all the way to Number 4 on the iTunes album charts. To hear what Kaskade had to say about the making and production of the album, along with what he expects for the future, click here.
Downtempo minimalist Nicolas Jaar hasn't released much since February's still-terrific Space Is Only Noise. This-- the A-side to a single forthcoming on Clown & Sunset, his own label-- is, for the most part, a continuation of the style he explored there: Purring, spectral music with shades of R&B and an exquisite attention to detail. To read the full article and listen to track, click here.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Avalon Hollywood recently celebrated it's 7th birthday for being one of the hottest clubs in LA. LA Weekly was there to catch all the activities and the amazing performances by Paul Oakenfold and his 14 year old protege KiD DJ. To read how the party went, in case you weren't there, click here
MTV caught up with Skylar Grey and Kaskade to talk about their song "Room For Happiness" on Kaskade's upcoming album Fire & Ice. Grey called it "one of her best songs yet". To read the full article and watch of video from the studio, click here
Culprit are the Los Angeles-based record label that combines home-grown US talent with like-minded friends across the globe. Run by Andrei Osyka, Brett Griffin and Justin Sloe, a dynamic trio of DJs and producers known as Droog, the imprint has made serious waves amongst the global deep house and techno community over the last few years....full article can be read here
Pete Tong is celebrating his 20th Anniversary at the BBC. TIme Out Chicago sat down with Pete to talk about some of his greatest moments over the past 20 years. To read the full article, click here
NPR took the time to talk to America's #1 DJ, Kaskade, and talked about the impact that the new electronic festival scene is having on the American public. They also discuss the negative connotation that the media is giving to these amazing experiences. To read the full article, click here
LA Weekly recently talked to local LA producer Skrillex and how he got to this level of stardom. Skrillex talks about what a big influence Avalon Control was in helping him start off his career and help make him the super star that he is today. To read the entire article click here
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Kicks Off October 13 Hitting San Diego, Miami, Las Vegas, NYC, Chicago, LA and more
Pete Tong is unquestionably one of dance music’s biggest and most respected names. Across all corners of the globe his name is synonymous with the very best cutting edge electronic music and talent. His club and festival gigs from Ibiza to London, Brazil to Barcelona have become the stuff of legend. In addition Pete Tong hosts the world’s most listened to electronic music radio shows on BBC Radio One, where this year he celebrated 20 years at the station with a ground breaking 12 hour take-over of the station.
Droog met up with Beatportal to give them the low down on what some of their favorite records are right now. The LA based trio gave the scoop of what they are listening too and what makes each track special to them. To find out what the tracks are, click here
Tom Middleton took a break from his busy schedule of being resident DJ at Yotel, to give us a tour of the vicinity. Societte Perrier was there to film the entire tour. To take a look at what a great place Yotel is, click here
To end the September season of Control, Avalon brought in one unique combination of performers for the night. Alex Metric, Drop the Lime, and Huoratron all came on stage and gave amazing performances for a croup of eager ready patrons. To read about the concert and to check out the pictures, click here
The season has come to an end. Culprit's Rooftop Sessions at the Standard Hotel have ended for the year. But what a way to ended. Martin Buttrich had the people jumping and enjoying the evening. To look at pictures and to read the Q&A with Martin, click here
The Crosstown Rebels crew is heading back to Miami for the Get Lost Miami Party at the Electric Pickle. Headed by Damian Lazarus, the party is going to be taking place during Art Basel, the world famous art show that takes over Miami for one weekend a year. To get the low down and tickets to the event, click here
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Today, producer, songwriter, and DJ Kaskade, aka Ryan Raddon, has just released his newest single 'Turn It Down (Feat. Rebecca & Fiona)' on iTunes. The track is intense. Any true fan will love the track right away. And don't forget that the new album will be dropping later this year! To download the track, go here
Monday, September 26, 2011
Anthem magazine played some catch up with DJ Harvey. They did a little Q&A session, where Anthem asked DJ Harvey about his Australian tour, his relationship with Thomas Bullock, and why Maurice Fulton was in the wedding dress. The answer to all these questions and more can be found here
Ever wanted to play 20 Questions with someone? Ever want to play 20 Questions with Pete Tong? Well PopMatters beat you to it. FInd out what Pete's hidden talent is, his ideal brain food, and what book made him cry last. All this and more right here
Detroit-based Visionquest are "comes of age" as Time Out Chicago calls it. Visionquest did a interview with Time Out Chicago about their goals and aspirations, what is happening with them right now, and what they see from their future, all from Skype while they have been partying it up in Ibiza. To read the full article, click here
Damian Lazarus has been all around the electronica music industry. So the L.A. Times did a article that included a look at the Crosstown Rebels' party to celebrate the release of 'Rebel Rave' and also Damian's own mix 'Get Lost 4'. To read all about this and his fascination with Burning Man, click here
City Life went on a little trip with Peter Tong asking him some questions regarding his idea of Las Vegas becoming the new Ibiza, his participation in the Identity Festival, and whether or not he fancies some dub-step. To find out all this and more, read the full article here
BigShot took a look at the new Get Lost 4 CD, released by Crosstown Rebels, and mixed by Damian Lazarus. BigShot praises the way that Damian Lazarus graduates from the Crosstown sound and love the way that he gets you into the music. Read the full article here
CMJ reviews the Sunday events Electric Zoo. The article states that Nicolas Jaar was one of THE BEST performances of the day. Read all that they had to say about the praise of Nicolas Jaar here
The Village Voice wanted to get into the life that is being Benoit & Sergio. In this Q&A they go for a look at the beginning of Benoit & Sergio, whether they are "sober" for the creation process, and also talking about the release of their "Around the World" remix. Read the entire article here
Magnetic Magazine did an article about the upcoming compilation CD of Jamie Jones' mixes from Fabric located in London. He talks about the impact that Fabric had on his life and music. Get an in depth look at it here
Time Out New York did an one-on-one interview with Nicolas Jaar diving in depth to his connection between school and music, playing with his band and solo career, and his upcoming performance at Electric Zoo. Read all about it here
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Wanna learn about the beginning of Electronica in America and how it came to become the huge phenomenon that it is now? Well NPR did the whole history of it for ya. With interviews for artists including The Chemical Brothers, Prodigy, and Fatboy Slim. Read the entire article here