After the mysterious blimp piloted over London, the black logo stencils sprayed in New York City, and leaking the album details via the deep web, Warp have finally, officially announced Aphex Twin‘s new album, Syro. It’s been a week where Richard D. James ruled the Net with his off-kilter antics but we now have cover art and a press release of sorts from his UK-based label.
Welcome to our tight Thursday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Soundcloud moving to an advertising-based model, Mixcloud offering pro and premium subscription upgrades, and Thump’s essential dance picks for LA’s FYF Fest. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Sunbathing honeys. Booties grooving. Poolside beats under the sweltering Palm Springs sun. We sent Beatport News correspondent Airee Kim in the heart of the stark Cailfornia desert to sidle up to the Splash House festival with a neon green floatie on and a cool, coconut drink in her hand.
Everything about the inaugural Digital Analog Technology (DAT) Conference that took place over the weekend of August 1st-3rd felt like the polar opposite of what the modern day “EDM” festivals seemingly strives for. Missoula, Montana has to be one of the most relaxed, cozy towns in the States, which made the setting laidback and friendly. The line-up was sprinkled with international headliners alongside the rest of the cast predominantly coming from the West to Pacific Northwest.
Scottish-born DJ extraordinaire Jackmaster (born Jack Revill) is a true force of nature behind the decks. Simply put, the man can play. House, techno, lost disco, classic ’80s electro, and more all seamlessly bend to his will in the mix coupled with his exceptional, eclectic taste and his silky flow. In a recent feature-length interview, XLR8R tapped the DJs DJ about working at the influential Rubadub record shop, the true role of a resident DJ, and his unflinching love for 24-hour fast food.
It’s a studio collaboration that sounds clandestine. A few years ago, the musical odd couple of Guy Gerber and Puff Daddy connected when the Manhattan hip-hop mogul invited the modern deep-house icon to fly to New York for a bit and head into the studio together. Just to see what would happen. The result, is 11 11, an emotive mix of Gerber’s ethereal, sublime production and Diddy’s New York-style hip-hop flow on standout cuts like “My Heart” and “Floating Messiah.” As Gerber himself sums it up: “11 11 is a date and an hour when two worlds collide and a gate opens to another dimension.” Color us intrigued. So we caught up with the Israeli-born deep-house luminary while he’s been summering in Ibiza so we could unravel this musical riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
We’ve reached the halfway point in the ENTER.Ibiza 14-week summer season at Space and the hits just keep on coming: strength to strength. For week eight, tomorrow, August 21st, Richie Hawtin will be joined by German techno icon Sven Väth in the main room for a memorable performance. Elsewhere that night, Iranian powerhouse Dubfire, Maceo Plex, Claude VonStroke, South London Ordnance, and Bella Sarris, are just some of the special guests gracing the decks.
No ifs, ands, or buts, German techno luminary Marcel Dettmann, 37, is a world-class DJ. As the reigning resident at Berlin’s infamous Berghain nightclub, he’s made a quality name for himself with a rugged, raw moon patrol-type sound that permeates all corners of your mind and body. One listen to his recent fabric 77 mix and you’ll catch our meaning. In a new feature-length article, XLR8R consults with the Berliner decknician to get his five keys to mixing success including such universal pearls of wisdom like “be yourself,” “have role models,” and, of course, the ever-essential “master beat-matching.”
Welcome to our latest August edition of On Rotation, our weekly staff recommendations in house, techno, drum & bass, indie dance, electronica, and more. Lock on these must-catch summer selections.