Skrillex just can’t stay out of the news these days. If it’s not a Reddit AMA or a Takeovers Tour or a Holy Ship video, it’s something else—this time the announcement of another Mothership Tour. This summer, Skrillex will head out for a slate of North American shows, hitting all manner of venues with friends Dillon Francis, What So Not, DJ Snake, and Milo & Otis.
Yep, it’s 2014 and the internet is still going gaga for lists, but hey, there’s still a fair bit of value in those hyper-simplified clickables—especially when it comes to rounding up great tunes. Catch a few floating around the net, plus much more, in today’s roundup.
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.)
Last week, one of east coast bass music’s shining lights went out with the passing of Hulk member Alan “Claw” Letko at age 29. He died at his family’s home in Saratoga Springs, NY, but few details, outside of his death not involving any foul play, have been made public. With the duo Hulk, alongside Richie August, Letko mixed all manner of deep and dark sounds—dubstep, trap, hip-hop, drum & bass—into a melange all his own, and he was an integral part of the BroTown Records crew. The pair also released music on Rottun, Demon Dub, and numerous other labels.
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.
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.
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.