It’d be the understatement of the century to say that DJ Shadow is a cratedigger extraordinaire. The dude practically invented the act! Don’t worry, we know he didn’t, but his legacy of making hugely influential sample-based albums, like the genre-defining Endtroducing….., puts him in a cratedigger category all his own. One such discovery he made years ago was that of ’70s Dutch prog-rock group Supersister, and you’ll even hear the work of the band’s keyboardist, Robert Jan Stips, on Shadow’s “Organ Donor Remix” and UNKLE’s “Rabbit In Your Headlights.” After Shadow actually met Stips in 2010, the two began talks about an official Supersister project, and the fruits of that labor are now available for you to hear.
As you may already know, Mysteryland, which is said to be the world’s longest-running electronic music festival, will hit the US this spring, setting up shop for the first time in Bethel Woods, NY (the site of 1969′s Woodstock festival), from May 23-26. Over the last two decades, the Dutch brand has made it its mission to bring together underground up-and-comers with dance music’s more mainstream heavy-hitters for an event unlike any other—one that’s handily earned its now 21 years of existence.
Today, promoters ID&T announced the lineup for Mysteryland’s first-ever trip to the US, and it’s a stellar one. Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Fedde Le Grand, NERVO, Chase & Status, Booka Shade, Jesse Rose, Chris Liebing, Dillstradamus (that’s Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus), and about 240 more acts will perform over the course of these three days.
It seems like Holy Ship just don’t stop. The second it’s over, there are news stories galore, and then details for next year’s event, and then an after-movie, and then more details for next year’s event. You already know that next year’s tour is a double-header. Now it’s been made public that returning cruisers will get first dibs on 2015′s boat (preference given to those who’ve attended the most past events), and new cruisers can get in on the pre-booking lottery right here. (No, you don’t win tickets—you win the chance to purchase the surely-to-sell-out tickets.)
That’s the word from the horse’s mouth: Pasquale Rotella, CEO of Insomniac Events, the promoter behind the hugely popular Beyond Wonderland and Electric Daisy Carnival festivals, announced via Facebook that Beyond Wonderland SoCal will not move ahead this year with its usual San Bernardino location.
Today, we’ve got dance-music news from the far corners of the world. Depeche Mode won’t be playing the Ukraine just yet, Tomorrowland drops some hints about its next South American endeavor, MikeQ gives us the lowdown on Jersey’s other style of club music, and James Murphy gives the New York subway system a Brian Eno-style makeover.
A modern master of the one-man band, Netherlands-based Binkbeats (aka Frank Wienk) covers the gamut of electronic music with the kind of smokey soul and ethereal groove you can only get with true talent—and a tool to loop it, of course. But it’s not so much his audio recordings of said music that get him noticed as it is his live performances, which find him playing drums, synths, turntables, and all sorts of miscellaneous sound-making toys (simultaneously!) while recreating tracks by the likes of Flying Lotus, J Dilla, and Amon Tobin.
In the lead-up to the launch of his seventh video in his Beats Unraveled series, February 10 on Boiler Room, Wienk told us about how it all goes down and let us in on his upcoming album plans.
The top story today: Did DJ Qbert say too much about a Pioneer project that he may be working on? Like, say, a new DJ turntable? Watch the video and decide for yourself, plus, check out a full lineup from EDC Mexico, peep tour dates for Steve Aoki and Thievery Corporation, and find out what happens when a monkey gets drunk at your club.