Sun, surf, sand, and some of the finest indie-dance acts on the planet? Now that’s what we call a party! Back in 2013, London-based tastemaking label Young Turks decided to do something a little bit different to celebrate the upcoming New Year’s holiday. Instead of the same old, same old, they flew down to the Yucatán Peninsula town of Tulum, Mexico and invited all of their friends, fans, label mates, and 11 amazing artists including Grimes, The xx, FKA Twigs, Chairlift, Four Tet, SBTRKT, and John Talabot, among others. The result, is this stunning six-minute Dazed video documenting the experience.
Started in Amsterdam back in 2000, Sensation has quickly spread into the worldwide white-only event over the past decade. As you’d expect, event attendees don all-white, all the lavish decorations are in white, and there’s even a Mr. White himself. (No relation to Harvey Keitel’s character portrayal of Mr. White in Quentin Tarantino’s classic 1992 film Reservoir Dogs.) As the official mascot of Sensation and as the house DJ for this annual celebration (and seeing that festival season is in mid-swing), we thought it appropriate to bring you a selection of tracks curated by the festival’s official representative.
Despite having a music career that most artists dream of spanning over three decades, Kevin Saunderson, 50, remains humble and down to earth about his accomplishments. Lately, the KMS Records boss has been committed to keeping it family-style, helping to launch the future of his youngest son Dantiez, who’s a up-and-coming DJ producer in his own right. Recently, UK-based news source Attack sourced the Detroit icon (who just flew in from Ibiza) to chat about the modern globalization of dance music, hidden samples in classic Inner City records, and some essential tips to handling fellow Belleville Three legend Derrick May.
If you’re fortunate enough to be in Amsterdam this weekend, you’re probably headed straight to the second annual Dekmantel festival. Prominent electronic luminaries Ben Klock, Boddika, DJ Koze, Jamie xx, Jeff Talabot, Nicolas Jaar, and Theo Parrish, among many others will all be on-hand to move the masses across fives stages curated by Resident Advisor, Red Bull Music Academy, Boiler Room, and more. Sounds amazing. Yet, just in case you can’t make it, XLR8R’s got an in-depth interview with the founding trio—Thomas Martojo, Casper Tielrooij, and Matthijs Theben Terville—behind the leading-edge, three-day event.
Welcome to our Aloha Friday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella firing back at aging rocker Tom Petty, a 23-year-old has been charged in a drug-related Electric Zoo death from 2013, and Fact touring some of the UK’s most-influential mastering facilities. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Sight. Sound. Synesthesia. Electronic music and boundary-pushing visuals have always shared a common bond while sparking our limitless imagination. In this month’s latest TenFold series, we spotlight a cavalcade of visionary artisans that are renowned for their distinct point-of-view in the presentation of electronic music. Whether it be through the creative medium of music videos, stage productions, or DJ-mix videos, these 10 Sound & Vision iconoclasts including Michel Gondry, Chris Cunningham, Andrew Thomas Huang, and many others seek to explore the outer limits of leading-edge visual arts and multi-media across global electronic music culture.
Techno icon Richie Hawtin continues his summer-long ENTER.Ibiza residency at Space next Thursday, 7th with another must-see lineup. For week six, the Minus man will be joined by special guests including Drumcode boss Adam Beyer going B2B with Swedish mixstress Ida Engberg, Dubfire, Recondite, and Bella Sarris, among others. Even if you can’t make it to the White Isle, you can still catch it all live right here starting at 9:30 pm CET / 3:30 pm EDT.
SF-based Dirtybird OG crew member Worthy is quite a cool, chill customer. Growing up in Washington DC area, the 36-year-old electronic DJ producer (born Sean Williams) got inspired from an early age from the nascent East Coast rave scene mixed with local ’80s-’90s hardcore punk bands of the day like Bad Brains, Minor Threat (later Fugazi), Dischord Records’ heavyweights Nation of Ulysses, and many more. Later, he moved to New York where he started playing records across a myriad of dance genres; from techno and breaks to hip-hop and drum & bass. Whatever was fresh and exciting sound-wise. Then, in 2001, he flew out west to San Francisco where he linked up with Claude vonStroke and Justin and Christian Martin, becoming one of the original four founding members of the Dirtybird collective. Impressive. Recently, Beatport News editor Jason Black sat down with him over an IPA or two at the roguish Toronado dive bar located in the infamous Lower Haight district to chat about being an original founding member of the Dirtybird crew, the recent release of his debut Disbehave, the formation of his artist-driven Anabatic label, and growing up in DC with a diverse musical fervor for LTJ Bukem, Stacey Pullen, and Ian MacKaye.
Snagging a naming convention tip from the long-running Great American Beer Festival (and conveniently slated one week later), the fourth annual Great American Techno Festival kicks off this fall in the Mile High City featuring a diverse roster of homegrown American talent. Leading US-based techno luminaries including Pittsburgh Track Authority, NYC’s Bunker residents Mike Servito and Bryan Kasenic, Throne of Blood’s own Ulysses, and electronic duo Blondes are just some of the 18 current acts already confirmed at various venues around the city over the weekend of October 9th to October 11th.