Mysteryland, the world’s longest-running electronic-music festival, is bringing its roving celebration to South America this month from December 20 til 22. Festival organizers will be taking over the Picarquin Nature Reserve just two hours outside of Santiago, Chile, for a fun-filled weekend of music including live DJ sets from Cajmere, Derrick Carter, Fedde Le Grand, Riva Starr, and Chuckie, among many others.
In its nascent years of the 1990s, electronic music was the first genre to fully embrace the power of the internet to promote its sound and bring disparate rave scenes the world over together. Still today, no music uses the power of the web more fully than dance music to connect a global community of fans. With an endless supply of remixes, DJ sets, and party pics on broadband tap, no one could possibly consume even a fraction of the “content” created by the dance-music juggernaut. That’s why we decided to sift through the best bits of binary from the past year, to make sure you didn’t miss anything really, really important.
There’s a couple of awesome video interviews in today’s wrap-up, which we suggest you view post-haste: Skrillex and Boys Noize hit the studio together, and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor tells the tale of synthesizers past. But of course there’s a whole lot more to catch, too, so get on it.
With more than a decade in the game, London-based trance legends Above & Beyond (aka Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamaki) show no signs of slowing down. In fact, their 2013 was a banner year, rounded off nicely with the release of “Mariana Trench,” which they premiered to 10,000 fans at London’s Alexandra Palace in October, and which quickly found its way into the sets of Armin Van Buuren and Ferry Corsten.
If the press photos that accompanied his 2012 releases were any indication, London producer and DJ Max Cooper is a man of many guises. On a recent trip to Seattle for September’s Decibel Festival, he switched handily between discussing his early-formed love for science, being a hip-hop DJ in university, and the effects of genetics on the human condition before ending the night delivering a punishing techno set at club Q with Speedy J. Should the term “intelligent dance music” rear its head again, one might nominate Cooper’s mug to sit next to the dictionary definition.
By all accounts, Cooper (who holds a PhD in Computational Biology, just by the way) has had one helluva 2013, furthering his public presence with a handful of abstract techno EPs and remixes, a steady stream of high-profile gigs, and now, the announcement of his first debut full-length album, Human, set to drop in March. With the album’s first single, “Adrift,” out next week, we revisited our conversation and pulled out some key points on what to expect from this shining talent’s first long-player.
Lifelike is a true pioneer of the French touch scene. With releases on Alan Braxe’s seminal disco label Vulture, remixes for Chromeo, Classixx, and Daft Punk, and beginning his very own Computer Science Imprint, Laurent Ash (aka Lifelike) is a brilliant and blinding light on the French house cityscape. His latest, “Night Patrol,” has been hot on the radar here at BP HQ for the past few weeks, and once we saw it come through and gave it a listen, we could definitely hear what all the hype was about.
The season of giving is upon us, so consider this an early present: a whole lot of rad new music from Burial, Disclosure, and Flying Lotus. Plus, peep new videos from Francis Harris and Martin Solveig, and much, much more in today’s roundup.