Welcome to the latest April edition of On Rotation, our weekly staff recommendations in house, techno, drum & bass, electronica, and more. Tune in now.
Welcome to our awesome Tuesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Skrillex’s dance-music musings, Chromeo live on Jimmy Kimmel, and a look back at Larry Levan and NYC’s Paradise Garage. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Bristol’s Roni Size is known first and foremost as a jungle and drum & bass legend, and his Reprazent collective changed the dance-music game entirely in 1997 with their classic LP New Forms. But did you also know that the man loves to cook? “I love to cook curry, sushi and West Indian food. I love mastering the party of flavors,” he told Mixmag recently, when asked about his current obsessions. But that’s not all.
Nope, it has nothing to do with the refrain of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”—but it does have to do with “you.” “Thank U for a great 16th edition of Ultra Music Festival Miami,” says the intro to the festival’s wrap-up clip, just posted on YouTube. “This video is for you, and all the rest of the Ultra fans worldwide that attended the event at Bayfront Park Miami or viewed the UMF TV live-stream on YouTube.”
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.”
Want to know what it’s like to hit the road with Netsky? Ping pong. Limbo. Chocolate. And, of course, an amazing live performance every night. Hop on the tour bus with this up-and-coming Belgian drum & bass artist (real name Boris Daenen), 25, and his full live band as they join Chase & Status for their recent UK Arena Tour. It’s a look behind-the-scenes with Netsky as he brings his upbeat, liquid sound to a broader audience.
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Without any exaggeration, London’s club scene is unlike any other in the world. It has, for the last 30 or 40 years, been the breeding ground for some of dance music’s most progressive sounds, and naturally was for many years the only place to hear the newest cutting-edge tracks around (we’re talking pre-internet here). To honor that legacy, filmmaker Rollo Jackson has assembled London… On a Regular, a short documentary that features the likes of Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, XL Recordings’ Richard Russel, and producers and DJs Lil Silva, Erol Alkan, and more discussing their early clubbing experiences at the places at which they were regulars.