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.
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.
The Shadow knows how to make an entrance. Josh Davis, better known as the enigmatic DJ Shadow, is launching his new Liquid Amber label with a mint three-track EP of the same name. The 42-year-old Bay Area-based beatmaker unleashed two new tracks two weeks ago, “Ghost Town” and “Mob” that’re exactly the kind of forward-thinking, instrumental hip-hop beats you’ve come to expect from Davis.
South London Ordnance is best known for delivering his own signature brand of upfront techno business behind the decks. All killer, no filler. Now, as luck would have it, you can hear him for yourself straight from week eight at Richie Hawtin’s summer-long ENTER.Ibiza residency at Space. Last week Thursday, August 21st, the UK-based DJ producer manhandled the Terrace stage with a tight two-hour mix alongside night headliners Dubfire, Maceo Plex, Claude vonStroke, and more.
Turtle from Entourage would definitely be feeling this guy and UK-based tastemaker Gilles Peterson is a fan. Californian rapper and producer, Stones Throw signee artist Jonwayne (born Jon Wayne) will be laying down his razor-sharp wordsmith skills and tight beats at LA’s bastion of soulful, experimental music Low End Theory located in Lincoln Heights alongside Elusive and Lana Shea. As always, LET residents will also be on-hand in support including event founder and Alpha Pup boss Daddy Kev, Nobody, D-Styles, and Nocando.
Skrillex knows how to bang out a great live show and deliver the goods for his global legions of fans. Case in point, is his latest Mothership tour that landed back in June at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Definitely an insane spectacle and you can catch the second night’s show in its entirety.