Florida breaks pioneer Rick West sadly passed away last Friday, September 27. His friend, Robert Leigh (aka Rob Analyze), sent us these words in his memory.
Earlier this week, New York house legend Todd Terry unleashed Freestyle Forever Vol. 1, an album/mix of brand-new tracks that took inspiration from the classic breakbeat and freestyle records of the ’80s and ’90s, but have been updated with a 2013-appropriate bass weight and sheen. As fans of these classic sounds as well, we here at Beatport News were curious to see what particular freestyle tunes have stuck out for Terry over the years, and the pioneering jock returned with a brief, but no less essential, list of his favorites from the era. Todd Terry is the teacher, and class is now in session.
Sunny Balearic shoegaze, truly deep techno, and super-bassy vibes top this week’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
New slices from Metalheadz, Warp, and more top this week’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
There’s always a lot of talk about the next big thing in the dance-music industry, to be sure. But if Daft Punk’s “Teachers,” um, taught us anything, it’s that we see further because we stand on the shoulders of the generations that came before us. In that respect, Societe Perrier has assembled a who’s-who of amazing DJs still wowing us long after they blew out the big 5-0 on their birthday cake. So, who makes the cut?
Lots to cover today, folks. Chuckie gets knighted by the president of Suriname, Dubspot breaks down Modus Operandi, Blond:ish hits the desert, and Whole Foods starts peddling vinyl? Come on in and see what else is in store.
If you’ve taken your decks anywhere outside the normal club conditions—heck, even those can be dangerous—you know that the poor things, despite how well-built they may be, are susceptible to all kinds of damage. Throw in extreme heat, unexpected dust storms, and all sorts of other mayhem—ahem, Burning Man—and you’ve got yourself quite the set of circumstances under which you must protect your gear and still play a flawless set. What to do, what to do?
Fans of DMC-style cuttin’ and scratchin’—and fans of A-Trak’s Duck Sauce side-project—this one’s for you: DJ Shiftee, a producer and DJ who’s never too shy to show off his skills, recently took time between shaves and haircuts to wild out on the 1s, 2s, and whatever else he’s got in his arsenal, at a barber shop.
This week, Seattle’s Decibel Festival made its full lineup annoucement for its 10th installment, and the list is a doozy. Among the hundreds of artists set to perform there between September 25-29 are Moby, Nicolas Jaar, New Order’s Peter Hook, The Orb, Art Department, Green Velvet, Gold Panda, Pearson Sound, Juan Atkins, and tons more. Check out the huge schedule of performers below, get your tickets at Decibel’s site, check out a festival-specific chart featuring tracks from the performers here.
A throwback from the Ninja Tune vault, 50 must-visit musical sites, Andres’ Fireside Chat, and an unfortunate Steve Aoki caking all make the morning link dump—and then some. Come on in and see what’s happening in the world of dance music news.