Last week, we got the chance to chat with Oxford, UK-based LAXX, the dubstep technician who has transformed his sound on each new release. Newly signed to the Never Say Die label, LAXX (real name Jamie) follows up his Step One release from earlier in the year with this week’s Step Two EP. Peruse the full interview below as we delve into his history and his thoughts on the current states of dubstep, trap, and sounds for the not-so-distant future.
Welcome to our Wednesday edition of the Morning Roundup where we’ve got Duck Sauce dropping Quack, Diplo and Deadmau5 guesting for Avicii in Vegas, and complete Coachella set times for your viewing pleasure. Right this way for today’s top buzz.
Party photographers can live a pretty fast and fun life—at least according to one whose photos popped up on Thump late last week. Kaitlin Parry spent a week in Miami with camera in hand, snapping all manner of shots while taking it way into the dawning hours with the likes of Diplo, Drop the Lime, DJ Craze, GTA, and more.
In our exciting Thursday edition of the Morning Roundup, we’ve got some Fatboy Slim samba magic leading up to the World Cup in Brazil, Diplo modeling the new Nike US team jersey, Cut Copy releasing a new 10″ on Record Store Day, and tons more. Ole Ole Ole Ole!
There has been a lot of “I used to hate him, but now I think he’s okay” stories about Skrillex these last few months, and it’s hard to know exactly what to attribute them to (A slew of Recess-related interviews with the likeable Los Angelino? His getting Dave Chappelle to crowd-surf at a show?). In any event, dubstep producer TrollPhace, who found his golden ticket when he got big-upped by Skrilly during a Reddit AMA, has also gone on record to say that he was wrong about Skrillex, admitting how he, too, once jumped on Skrillex-hating bandwagon.
The festival lineup for this Memorial Day Weekend couldn’t get any hotter. Not only are Movement Detroit, EDC New York, and Mysteryland taking place that weekend, but now Tampa’s Sunset Music Festival has also thrown its hat into the ring, and to entice you, they’ve booked Zedd, Benny Benassi, Hardwell, and Krewella to headline the event.
We know that Tiesto has played a role in the development of many dance-music artists, Martin Garrix being just one of the latest youngsters that he’s taken under his wing. Now Tiesto has partnered with soft-drink company 7UP for their Bubbling UP campaign, which sees him mentoring another six young acts in the making. Moti, Disco Fries, Danny Avila, and Moska are just a few of the Tiesto-affiliated artists who’ll be showcased in the campaign’s 7x7UP event series.
If you weren’t listening to dance music in the ’90s, there’s a good chance you won’t be familiar with the Ragga Twins, but those who followed London’s early jungle rhythms know that Demon Rockers and Flinty Badman were two of the scene’s finest MCs. Just in time to revive their career, Skrillex has put the Twins on a track from his latest LP, Recess, and it’s indeed a badman chune. In fact, it’s the kind of dirty, dark, grimy, dub-wise track that perfectly suits the Ragga Twins baritone growl. Oh, and it’s got a video, which was just released yesterday, and features some amazing dancing, all shot beautifully in South Africa by Michael Ragen and director Terrence Neale.
Yep, it’s time for another list, this one from the venerable DJ Mag, which has named its top 100 clubs from around the world. So what do you need to know offhand? The new entries onto the list include Hakkasan, Light, Zouk Kuala Lumpur, Sky Room, and a few more; a number of Ibiza clubs populate the top 20.