Uh-oh. Sydney’s Secret Garden Festival dealt with a bit of bad luck over the weekend, but fortunately no one was hurt. Elsewhere, London’s biggest club opened on Saturday night to much fanfare, and San Francisco’s Tycho has a new album on the way, which you can preview right now.
While heaps of recognition have been bestowed upon Detroit, Chicago, and Berlin for their contributions to dance music over the years, the British industrial city of Manchester played just as central a role in the music’s global takeover. And it’s not just New Order and the Hacienda that help put Madchester on the map. Twenty years ago, the founders of Jockey Slut magazine, which was, at the time, a bible for rave culture in the UK, started the Bugged Out series of events, which would take on club nights, festivals, exclusive mixes, and all sorts of other forms in the ensuing years.
Friday always seems to deliver a couple new videos, at the very least, and we’ve got them from Armin van Buuren and Danny Daze. But we’ve also got a rad new Ryan Hemsworth t-shirt, a guide to Miami, and a cheatsheet on what other materials one might use to make a record. Check it.
Hot Chip’s (and 2 Bears’) Joe Goddard is more than just a dance-pop producer extraordinaire. He’s also a bit of a remix master, having reconstructed tunes by Breach, Dirty Projectors, Disclosure, and oodles more. So it was a pretty sweet move on the part of Point Blank Music School and the London Electronic Arts Festival to bring the man in for a remix masterclass.
That’s right—we still f**king love records. So we’re particularly psyched for what James Murphy has got in store for RSD. Check it out, along with lots of festival news and more, in today’s roundup.
If you’ve ever sprained your index finger, it’s likely due to an unhealthy habit playing Flappy Bird. Well, dance-music fans—it’s time to get that finger worked out again, because there now exists a Flappy Bird parody game based on the theme of getting into Berlin megaclub Berghain. The goal: routinely navigate your (Brooklyn) hipster avatar past the club’s notoriously tough bouncer, Sven Marquardt.
Like 2012′s Leland, Francis Harris’ follow-up tackles subjects like “memory, loss, and profound grief.” Forever shedding his Adultnapper guise, Harris once again proves his mastery in the studio, combining synthetic, electronic elements with live instrumentation to create his own auditory interpretation of his emotions after the loss of his mother.
It’s hard to say whether or not an actual Daft Punk tour will happen this summer, but what we do know is that a certain LA-based management company, ICM Partners, did submit a proposal for a rather elaborate concert to be held “on private land adjacent to the Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming,” says the Rapid City (South Dakota) Journal.