It’s no surprise to anyone who follows him, but Flying Lotus is one busy dude. Whether it’s producing or performing or running his increasingly popular Brainfeeder imprint, Steven Ellison lives and breathes music. And that’s a great thing for us too, particularly today as it’s just been announced that he has scored a new Jay-Z-produced film entitled An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, directed by Trevor Nance.
We’re big fans of Resident Advisor’s documentaries—bathtub scenes be damned—so it’s always a happy day when they unveil another installment in their Real Scenes series. Today’s, which was made in partnership with Red Bull Music Academy, focuses on New York’s electronic music scene—conveniently where this year’s RBMA is being held—with folks like Anthony Parasole, L.I.E.S.’s Ron Morelli, and FaltyDL. From across the spectrum of interviewees, the most common thread amongst their experiences is that success in New York is equal parts high-level creativity and hard-as-nails hustle—and we can’t say we disagree.
The summer season is nearly upon us, and, like you, we can’t wait to get partying in the sun. Fortunately, there’s a slew of awesome festivals in our midst, a few of which have just announced their lineups. Without further ado, here’s a handful of gatherings we’re getting stoked on.
Well, the Boards of Canada conundrum continues apace, with more clues being dropped all over the place—in record stores, on public radio… where else? Click on through to draw your own conclusion as to what’s next.
When the reigning queen of neo-soul, Erykah Badu, conceived of the idea for an electronic project, she enlisted the most talented producers she knew, eager to create a band that would share her same musical values. Inspired by the “cosmic collaborations” of her album New Amerykah Part One, the concept for The Cannabinoids was born in 2010: a musical experiment that would feature a team of phenomenal producers—A1, Picnic, Jah Born, Rob Free, RC Williams, DJ Big Texas, Symbolyc One, and Cleon Edwards—alongside Badu herself. Working with eight laptops, three turntables, six keyboards, four drum machines, a Theremin, and perhaps the team’s biggest weapon, an inimitable chemistry, The Cannabinoids are a live remix production crew, whose music represents the sensational reaction created when the synthetic combines with the organic. Their sound blends elements of hip-hop, funk, and psychedelic, most prevalent in their incredible new beat tape for Beatport which, fittingly, dropped on 4/20. We caught up with Badu, Jah Born, Rob Free, Picnic, and A1 to talk inspirations, the science of addiction, and the chemistry of The Cannabinoids.
“No government. No rules. Just go out and have a good time.” That’s the opening salvo of Underground Zero, the first film we’d like to highlight in a new weekly feature called Friday Matinee, in which we’ll hip you to a classic dance-music film or documentary that you can absorb over the weekend.
It’s official. TomorrowWorld—the first North American installment of the much-ballyhooed Belgian festival Tomorrowland—has confirmed a headlining slot for former Swedish House Mafia member Axwell, who’ll take the stage on sometime between September 27, 28, and 29, on the festival grounds near Atlanta, GA.
Well, it’s a pretty big day for festival announcements with lineups made public for both Decibel and our Beatport Stage at Movement. But we’ve also got some hot news on new full-lengths from Thundercat and Disclosure, plus one helluva remix gig up for grabs, so check it all out after the jump.
We were cautiously excited to hear today that Diplo has apparently signed on with 20th Century Fox Pictures to both exec-produce and star in a film about dance music—a sort of 8 Mile meets Project X for the raver set, it would seem. While we can’t offer much more than that info, we’ve gotta say that these types of films have a history of ending up kinda silly when they hit the big—or small—screen. In that spirit, we’ve assembled a series of the silliest dance-music movies out there.
Miami’s musical festivities may be long over now, but the flood of media from the events there isn’t letting up—and sure, we take full credit for some of that. While Lauren Salm stalked out club nights and days for us in the written form, photographer Jennifer Catherine was busy snapping away at all hours. Here are 10 of her most epic shots from the week.