Steve Aoki just announced to Billboard that he’s set to drop the first half of his double album Neon Future, via his own Dim Mak imprint, on August 12. The release will be followed by a headlining show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on August 16, and Neon Future II will arrive early next year. The record finds Aoki collaborating with the likes of Fall Out Boy, Empire of the Sun, will.i.am, Flux Pavilion, Bonnie McKee, Machine Gun Kelly, and Wacka Flocka Flame, the latter of whom appears on the LP’s first single, “Rage the Night Away.”
Watch out weekend warriors for LA’s own strawberry gang! When they attack, they go hard! HARD Summer just released its official 2014 lineup premiering in a new trailer and what an impressive list it is. Skrillex and Diplo (as Jack U), Tiësto, Disclosure, Dillion Francis, A-Trak, and more are playing one of Southern California’s premier electronic music festivals that’s slated to take place at the Whittier Narrows in El Monte, CA. on August 2nd and 3rd. Catch the full trailer now and get tickets here.
Welcome to the latest April edition of On Rotation, our weekly staff recommendations in house, techno, drum & bass, electronica, and more. Tune in now.
Play fanatics! This week, we’ve got English-born artist Gareth Emery on-tap. He’s a true DJ chameleon, shifting musical styles with ease to whatever suits him in the moment. After all, you don’t get to be one of the biggest names in dance music by confining yourself to any lone genre. Known for his keen sense of blending house, progressive, and trance into his live sets and his music, Emery’s versatility is a big reason for his current global success. He prides himself on defying simple categorization. “I’ve been a fervent anti-genre campaigner from the beginning,” he says. “My aim is to express myself through good music no matter the genre.” Well said. Make your mark by reworking Gareth Emery’s driving anthem “Eye of the Storm” featuring singer Gavin Beach.
Die-hard fans of Scuba and his leading electronic label Hotflush have something to cheer about here. The British-born, Berlin-based artist (real name Paul Rose) has followed up the recent release of Phenix 1, the first in a three-part EP series, with a companion 70-minute podcast mix. In addition to all four tracks from the EP getting included, Scuba works in cuts from like-minded house artists like Paul Woolford, Joy Orbison & Boddika, and Dense & Pika. Perfect for late-night headphone listening, it’s gorgeously atmospheric and mood-driven music. Listen in now.
While Dillon Francis was giving out Easter treats on Sunday, Chicago duo Flosstradamus took a different approach to observing April 20. Yes, as many of you know, the day coincided with 420 celebrations the world over (if you don’t know what we’re talking about, Google it, maaaan), so Flosstradamus, being the funny guys that they are, chose to give away their new EP, Wake and Bake, fittingly on that day.
It’s hardly the ideal practice to make a track in under 10 minutes, but nevertheless, it’s always entertaining to see how some of our favorite producers react under strict time constraints. Next up: Hyperdub queen Ikonika faces the music in today’s episode of Against the Clock on FACT TV.
Welcome to our awesome Tuesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Skrillex’s dance-music musings, Chromeo live on Jimmy Kimmel, and a look back at Larry Levan and NYC’s Paradise Garage. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
DJ/producer David Morales has shared a letter that Barack and Michelle Obama wrote to friends and family of Frankie Knuckles. As you likely know, the Obamas lived in Chicago prior to their time in the White House, and naturally, President Obama knew a thing or two about the house-music culture that was born there.