Legendary. Seminal. Groundbreaking. Influential. Classic. Words like these get thrown around on a daily basis in dance music. So much so that they’ve lost their intrinsic luster. But, in the case of house godfather Frankie Knuckles, who died suddenly on March 31 at the age of 59, these terms don’t nearly go far enough to describe his overwhelming contribution to the city of Chicago—and dance music as a whole.
So much music. So little time. The 2014 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival returns this weekend to the California desert community of Indio—and what an impressive slate of musical talent it is. Really, the only burning question is, how are you going to catch everything that’s worth seeing? Well, as luck would have it, we’ve got you covered. We’ve culled the massive three-day, six-stage roster, debated the finer points, and come up with our essential picks for this year’s premier music festival. Read on and rejoice!
In 2013, Claude VonStroke released Urban Animal, his most personal and dance-eclectic LP to date. Now, he’s following up his second LP with a curated selection of new remixes dropping on May 5th. Like-minded electronic artists like Solomon, Eprom, Dixon, Jimmy Edgar, and label-mate Justin Jay, among others have added their deft studio touch to standout selections like “Dood,” “Oakland Rope,” and “The Clapping Track.” The dirtybird don himself even delivers a deep, electrofied reworking of “Can’t Wait.”
Last week, we got the chance to chat with Oxford, UK-based LAXX, the dubstep technician who has transformed his sound on each new release. Newly signed to the Never Say Die label, LAXX (real name Jamie) follows up his Step One release from earlier in the year with this week’s Step Two EP. Peruse the full interview below as we delve into his history and his thoughts on the current states of dubstep, trap, and sounds for the not-so-distant future.
Seeking a friendly electro-house soundtrack for the end of the world? David Guetta has got you covered. Hot on the heels of joining forces at Ultra Music Festival, Guetta, Dutch production duo Showtek, and Australian vocalist Vassey have just delivered a new comic-inspired lyric video for their Beatport #1 hit “Bad.” The track is currently listed at #3 on the Beatport Top 100.
Want to know what it’s like to hit the road with Netsky? Ping pong. Limbo. Chocolate. And, of course, an amazing live performance every night. Hop on the tour bus with this up-and-coming Belgian drum & bass artist (real name Boris Daenen), 25, and his full live band as they join Chase & Status for their recent UK Arena Tour. It’s a look behind-the-scenes with Netsky as he brings his upbeat, liquid sound to a broader audience.
Welcome to our Wednesday edition of the Morning Roundup where we’ve got Duck Sauce dropping Quack, Diplo and Deadmau5 guesting for Avicii in Vegas, and complete Coachella set times for your viewing pleasure. Right this way for today’s top buzz.
Congratulations goes out to dynamic house duo Oliver $ and Jimi Jules as their track “Pushing On” snags the #1 spot in our influential Beatport Top 100.
Welcome to On Rotation, our weekly staff recommendations in house, techno, drum & bass, electronica, and more. Listen in now.
West Coast, this is the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Outside Lands 2014 has just released its official lineup for the seventh annual music festival that’s taking place in San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park on August 8-10. Top electronic acts including Disclosure, Tiësto, Cut Copy, Chromeo, and Flume will join main-stage contenders like Kanye West, The Flaming Lips, and Tegan & Sara on the stacked bill. The complete lineup for this year’s event is listed below and tickets for Outside Lands 2014 will go on-sale this Thursday, April 10 at 10 am PDT.