Having just wrapped up a slate of Takeover shows all around the world, and being the subject of a handful of ‘I used to hate him but now I think he’s okay‘-type editorials, Skrillex was definitely due for a Reddit Ask Me Anything session,
which he held today.
Friday news roundup is almost always filled with fun, and Skrillex’s upcoming AMA later today promises that and much more. But that’s not all—so come on in, dive back into the annals of gear history with a deep look at the Roland TR-808, and peep some other tour and festival news as well.
Bridging the gap from US to the UK, Los Angeles duo Vindata invites London vocalist Kenzie May to open their new EP, For One to Follow, with “All I Really Need.” The EP lands on Kastle’s own Symbols Recordings, so it’s not terribly surprising that it follows a very similar vibe to his, with futuristic bits of R&B and electronic music blended together to create a soulful compound.
Ever since being discovered by Dennis Ferrer when they were in high school, New York house duo the Martinez Brothers have been on fire. So naturally, their spring/summer tour schedules are unrelenting, as they bring the party from dusk til way beyond dawn pretty much every weekend between Miami Music Week and Ibiza’s fall closing. To get it all started for 2014, they’ve just announced the first slew of gigs for the spring, and they kick off in Chicago next week, carrying on over for four Miami events, hitting both Coachella weekends, and Detroit’s Movement Festival… surely with more on the way.
LA club night Low End Theory has, for the last seven or eight years, been the epicenter of instrumental hip-hop in the US, having helped push forth the careers of Flying Lotus and his whole Brainfeeder crew, the Glitch Mob, Daedelus, and founder Daddy Kev’s Alpha Pup label. The LA beat scene, as it’s become known, would very likely be a different thing altogether were it not for Low End Theory, which affectionately takes its name from a Tribe Called Quest album. Now, nearly a decade after its inauguration, the club night is throwing its first festival, which will take place June 14 and 15 at the Echoplex in Los Angeles.
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.
Skrillex is a polarizing force, to be sure, but is he still really “the most hated man in dubstep”? His former critics are beginning to sing the man’s praises, and for good reason—so maybe it’s time you reconsidered your stance?
Retro-intergalactic space funk, melodic house, and much more show up in today’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.