To celebrate our nice little exclusive deal with LTJ Bukem’s Goodlooking label, which you can read about more in our interview with the man from yesterday, today we examine an early Bukem tour documentary in our Friday Matinée featurette.
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.
Legendary. Seminal. Groundbreaking. Visionary. Classic. These words get thrown around in electronic music like bootlegged SoundCloud files. Yet, in the case of pioneering drum & bass maven LTJ Bukem (aka Danny Williamson), the man who helped define an entire generation of liquid D&B, these descriptors are certainly warranted. Beatport News caught up with Bukem to find out why now was the perfect time to re-introduce his legendary label’s full body of work, to dive into his career of achievements, and—ultimately—find out what he thinks the future holds for drum & bass.
The weekend was packed with all sorts of surprises, but the biggest, at least for our money, was the gift bestowed upon one lucky Record Store Day patron, who uncovered some brand-new and extremely rare Boards of Canada music. Check it out!
Pushing things into the outer edges of drum & bass, the UK label from Jamie Hunchbak and Chris Dexta, Diffrent Music, has been bringing quality experimental sounds to the masses since 2010. Their latest release from Brighton duo Fearful marks the 16th release for the label and a departure from the group’s usual sounds. “Tounges” is a heavy and aggressive beat that takes a different approach with its rhythm structure. Utilizing the same complex structures as their D&B tunes, Fearful’s expert production here puts them amongst producers like dBridge, Dub Phizix, or Spectrasoul. We had the opportunity to ask the chaps about their new music—check out what they told us below.
“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.
Well, after the big Nina Kraviz “bubblegate” controversy of last week, Maceo Plex has got a bit more to say—in particular, he wants to apologize to Kraviz for his previous remarks. Check out what he told The Independent in today’s roundup.
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.