Welcome to our final July edition of On Rotation, our weekly staff recommendations in house, techno, drum & bass, indie dance, electronica, and more. Start making waves in your next set with these must-spin summer essentials.
Sight. Sound. Synesthesia. Electronic music and boundary-pushing visuals have always shared a common bond while sparking our limitless imagination. In this month’s latest TenFold series, we spotlight a cavalcade of visionary artisans that are renowned for their distinct point-of-view in the presentation of electronic music. Whether it be through the creative medium of music videos, stage productions, or DJ-mix videos, these 10 Sound & Vision iconoclasts including Michel Gondry, Chris Cunningham, Andrew Thomas Huang, and many others seek to explore the outer limits of leading-edge visual arts and multi-media across global electronic music culture.
Welcome to our action-packed Tuesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got techno icon Jeff Mills prepping a one-off orchestral collaboration Down Under, Dadmau5 turning up in Las Vegas for a surefire gig at XS, and Fact TV tipping us to what’s in Bill Brewster’s record bag. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Life’s better when it’s Balearic. That’s exactly what Pitchfork contributor Andy Beta discovered when he skipped over Ibiza’s glitzy mega-clubs and hedonistic summer ultra-party nightlife culture, and instead, opted to take a laidback tour of the island with former Future Loop Foundation’s Mark Barrott as a local guide.
New York-based beatmaker FaltyDL (aka Drew Lustman) defies simple categorization. Whether it’s on his various albums like 2013′s critically acclaimed Hardcourage for English tastemaker Ninja Tune or his musically diverse releases on his own underground Blueberry imprint, he enjoys dabbling in jazz, hip-hop, electronic, obscure vinyl-only oddities, and much more. Next month, he’s releasing his anticipated fourth LP In The Wild so XLR8R decided that it was high-time to put the American DJ producer on the hot seat.
Welcome to our manic Monday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Pete Tong dropping his Reddit AMA, Joy Orbison delivering his Essential Mix, and Tomorrowland weekend 2 is here live and direct from Belgium. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
The sun is shining. The birds are singing. And the beats are bangin’. It’s a perfect summer day here in the City. Welcome to our ongoing weekend column called The Vinyl Cut. This week, we’ve strolling in once again to San Francisco’s leading tastemaker shop Vinyl Dreams to get their staff picks on the top five vinyl releases.
For some time now, you’ve been killing it in the clubs—week-in and week-out. Now it’s time to take a big step up in terms of the size of your audience (from hundreds to thousands) and debut at your first ever festival gig. So the burning question becomes, how do you get ready to rock the masses? DJ Tech Tools has got you covered with exactly what you need to know so you can prepare for your first festival set and win over tons of new fans. In a new feature-length article, the SF-based DJ community site covers essential tips and tricks including getting a read on the crowd straight from the start, proving yourself early on, tightening up later and bringing the party, and so much more.
Next month, Splash House will be returning to Palm Springs, California, for three summer days of sun, fun, and sizzling beats. Slated over the August 8th to 10th weekend, the all-out pool party extravaganza will take place once again at The Saguaro, The Hard Rock Hotel, and the Hacienda Beach Club. Featured artists for this latest edition include Aussie indie-dance darlings Cut Copy, A-Trak, Chromeo, Flume, Nosaj Thing, and more who’ll all perform across a range of outdoor stages and refreshing pools to thousands.
Organized by the Asheville, North Carolina-based synthmaker and staged on their home turf, Moogfest had originally run during the fall. With a bit of retooling, as well as a partnership switch from AC Entertainment to Paxahau, the festival moved to April for 2014. Moog has just announced that they’ll stage their next one in 2016.