Play fanatics! Baja-born, Barcelona-based deep-house don Louie Fresco has been dedicated, diligently working hard, and perfecting his musical craft for years. Recently, the MEXA label honcho unveiled the fruits of all that blood, sweat, and studio tears — his Autophobia album featuring catchy standout singles like “White Sugar” and “So Good.” Now it’s your turn to make your mark and impress Fresco and company by winning our latest Play remix competition. So let’s fire up the studio and get to work on remixing Louie Fresco’s reggae dub opener “Misunderstood” featuring German vocalist Aquarius Heaven.
Welcome to our action-packed Tuesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got techno icon Jeff Mills prepping a one-off orchestral collaboration Down Under, Dadmau5 turning up in Las Vegas for a surefire gig at XS, and Fact TV tipping us to what’s in Bill Brewster’s record bag. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Beatport has just revealed their official plan to host an exclusive stage at the sixth annual Electric Zoo festival, held over Labor Day weekend, August 29th to 31st at Randall’s Island Park in New York. Over the massive, three-day outdoor event, their Riverside stage will present 25 leading electronic acts including German deep house hero Tensnake, Paul van Dyk, BT, Gorgon City, Bonobo, Jamie xx, and Gesaffelstein, among others.
During Tomorrowland’s massive second weekend in Boom, Belgium, one of the most memorable highlights of the entire event was the world’s reigning champ Hardwell and Tiësto going back-to-back to close-out the mainstage on Saturday night. “Tomorrowland, are you guys ready for some Hardwell/Tiësto/Zero 76 music?” Make some noise!” Hardwell shouted out as a quick intro.
Over the course of this summer, more than 1,800 DJ contestants worldwide from 83 countries heard the call out there on the horizon. Each one sent in their handcrafted, essential Sound of the Beach mix. Now, the Corona SunSets: Sound of the Beach* DJ competition has moved into its exciting second phase where the top 100 semi-finalists from 25 countries have submitted their remixes of Cajmere’s 1994 Chicago house classic “Brighter Days” featuring Dajae.
Congratulations to Calvin Harris (aka Adam Richard Wiles), 30, for his latest electro-house single “C.U.B.A” that’s taken over the #1 position in our current Beatport Top 100.
Although Detroit’s historic Movement 2014 is fading into recent memory you can still relive all the magic in a new live mix from San Francisco-based spinstress Jessica Philippe. When one of the Beatport stage headliners unexpectedly backed out on the final day due to illness, the Dirtybird femme fatale stepped up and made the closing slot her own. As you’ll soon discover, J. Phlip is a true powerhouse behind the decks delivering a slick, signature mix of pumpin’, psych-grooves and deep, dark tech-house.
As one of London’s most well-respected DJs, Phantasy Sound leader Erol Alkan commands admiration on the decks. Slated to helm the latest installment in the Fabriclive series, his selection features a clutch of tracks from Phantasy artists (including Chemical Brothers member Tom Rowlands), and notable labels like Running Back, L.I.E.S., Delsin, and Cómeme, as well as some of Alkan’s own creations including “Sub Conscious,” “Bang,” and the closer “A Hold On Love.”
Life’s better when it’s Balearic. That’s exactly what Pitchfork contributor Andy Beta discovered when he skipped over Ibiza’s glitzy mega-clubs and hedonistic summer ultra-party nightlife culture, and instead, opted to take a laidback tour of the island with former Future Loop Foundation’s Mark Barrott as a local guide.
New York-based beatmaker FaltyDL (aka Drew Lustman) defies simple categorization. Whether it’s on his various albums like 2013′s critically acclaimed Hardcourage for English tastemaker Ninja Tune or his musically diverse releases on his own underground Blueberry imprint, he enjoys dabbling in jazz, hip-hop, electronic, obscure vinyl-only oddities, and much more. Next month, he’s releasing his anticipated fourth LP In The Wild so XLR8R decided that it was high-time to put the American DJ producer on the hot seat.