Welcome to our massive Monday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got a mountain of Coachella 2014 coverage from Weekend 1 including Outkast, Pharrell Williams, Chromeo, and more. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
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.
Like a bolt from the blue, while everyone is driving out to the desert for Coachella 2014, Disclosure’s Guy and Howard Lawrence sneakily dropped a Soundcloud preview (via their Twitter feed) of their new collaboration with Friend Within. “The Mechanism” is a bouncy, wobbly-bass house jam that comes out on April 15th.
Welcome to our bountiful Friday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got lots of Coachella coverage, Ultra Music Festival gets a lifeline, and the inspiring portrait of the Mali hip-hop scene. Your massive, music-filled weekend starts right this way.
Norwegian summer-jam king Todd Terje is quite a character. So it’s no surprise that he’s created his very own character named Preben for some of the playful songs like “Leisure Suit Preben” and “Preben Goes to Acapulco” from his new disco-infused album It’s Album Time.
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!
If you were dancing in London in the ’90s, there’s a good chance at some point that you traded in your sneakers for Moschino loafers or high heels, your hoodie for a proper shirt or dress, and made the move from jungle to garage. If that sounds familiar, a new documentary on the London scene of yore, Music Nation, produced as a partnership between Dazed & Confused and the UK’s Channel 4 TV, is for you—particularly its first part, Brandy & Coke, which examines the emergence of London’s garage/2-step scene.
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.”
Berlin’s Hard Wax is one of the most storied sellers of DJ vinyl on the planet—and with good reason: they count folks like Cassy, Modeselektor’s Gernot Bronsert, DJ Hell, and Marcel Dettmann as past employees, to start, and that’s to say nothing of the store’s founder, Basic Channel’s Mark Ernestus. Suffice it to say, if you’re in the market for techno records, Hard Wax is your spot. With Record Store Day just a week away, Mixmag took a deeper look at the store.
Welcome to our chock-full Thursday edition of the Morning Roundup. This time out, we’ve got Breach debuting his new track “Artis,” Tiësto talks about leaving trance behind in 2008, and Coachella’s must-catch artists out in the desert. Right this way for today’s complete wrap-up.