So much dancing. So little time. The sixth annual edition of New York’s Electric Zoo returns this Labor Day weekend to Randall’s Island Park—and what an impressive slate of electronic musical talent it is. Honestly, the only true question is, how are you going to catch everything that’s worth seeing over the long holiday weekend? Take heart. We’ve culled the monolithic three-day, six-stage roster, debated the finer points, and now present to you our essential Beatport News picks for one of this year’s premier dance music festival. Enjoy!
Cue the entire electric animal menagerie. Like King Kong, New York’s sixth annual Electric Zoo festival takes over Randall’s Island Park this Labor Day weekend for three action-packed days of sun, fun, and raving frivolity. As luck would have it (for those of you that can’t attend), the massive outdoor event will also be the first-ever music festival to introduce live blogging via online community site Reddit. EZoo staff will curate social media posts from fans, artists, and attendees into an engaging, up-to-the-minute content stream: photos, video, and lots more.
Congratulations goes out to Dutch dance mega-stars Afrojack and Martin Garrix. Their latest collaboration, “Turn Up The Speakers” has shifted straight up to number one on our Beatport Top 100.
Welcome to our action-packed Friday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Skrillex and Diplo opening their official Soundcloud account while dropping “Take U There,” James Murphy making music from the US Open competition, and Thump delivering their Electric Zoo freshman class picks. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
UK-based Warp Records have revealed a string of eight listening events to whet the appetite of Aphex Twin fans before the release of his sixth album Syro, his first album in over 13 years. Over the course of September 5th through the 10th, preview parties will be taking place in major European and North American cities including London, Paris, Brussels, Utrecht (Netherlands), New York, LA, Chicago, and Toronto.
Last week, legendary New York house duo Masters At Work revealed a historic 40-track anthology forthcoming this fall. Released on September 22nd via UK-based label Defected, their aptly-titled House Masters retrospective chronicles their over 30-year career including seminal MAW tracks like “Work” and the ballroom anthem “The Ha Dance” as well as plenty of hand-picked underground jams. This week, Louis Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez hit London to promote their upcoming release with a classic hour-and-a-half back-to-back Boiler Room set.
If you’re Richie Hawtin, how do you top the first nine weeks of ENTER.Ibiza? Bring out the big guns, of course. Next Thursday, September 4th at Space, the iconic techno hero will be playing alongside Iranian powerhouse Dubfire in the main room. While over in the Sake bar, German dance luminary tINI will be dropping her curated blend of house and techno. Additionally, ENTER.Ibiza special guests on the night include Paco Osuna, Christian Smith, Mano Le Tough, Guti, BLOND:ISH, as well as resident Bella Sarris.
Brittney Scott may not be a name you know, but if you’re on Twitter and enjoy dance music, her art is something you’ve seen before. Her signature Microsoft Paint-looking drawings have been used by some of the world’s biggest DJs including A-Trak, Major Lazer, and Martin Solvieg as Twitter avatar photos. What looks like a simple scribble here and there has grown into a massive following, leading Brittney to design her own merchandise and debut her first art show in Los Angeles last week.
Ring the bell. Class is in session. Red Bull Music Academy has just revealed its plans to debut a six-part documentary series entitled Diggin’ In The Carts, exploring the history of classic 8-bit-era Japanese video game music to now. In addition to featuring notable Japanese composers like Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka (Tetris, Metroid), Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage), and Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy), the episodes will charts this music’s influence on some modern underground artists including Flying Lotus, Dizzee Rascal, Just Blaze, Joker, Kode9, Fatima Al Qadiri, and Ikonika, among others.
The one universal constant in dance music is change. Time marches on and the recent explosion of EDM and its accompanying festival culture is evidence of that fact. So, the burning question becomes, what’s the best way to maintain a sustainable career as a professional DJ over the course of the years? DJ Tech Tools has got you covered. In a new feature-length article, the SF-based community site charts the life cycle of a career DJ, from year zero to year 25 featuring key insights from world-class DJs like Laidback Luke, Garth Emery, Adventure Club, Danny Howard, and Charles Feelgood.