Everything about the inaugural Digital Analog Technology (DAT) Conference that took place over the weekend of August 1st-3rd felt like the polar opposite of what the modern day “EDM” festivals seemingly strives for. Missoula, Montana has to be one of the most relaxed, cozy towns in the States, which made the setting laidback and friendly. The line-up was sprinkled with international headliners alongside the rest of the cast predominantly coming from the West to Pacific Northwest.
Welcome to our latest August edition of On Rotation, our weekly staff recommendations in house, techno, drum & bass, indie dance, electronica, and more. Lock on these must-catch summer selections.
It was the halcyon days of the ’90s. While jungle and trip-hop were coming over from the UK, Manhattan’s recontextualization was a new musical style called illbient, blending together dub, ambient, and hip-hop elements that became the experimental electronic backdrop to New York’s burgeoning dance music scene. In a new feature-length article, Red Bull Music Academy traces the extensive history of illbient from the artists, musicians, DJs, and fans who were there including DJ Spooky (aka Paul D. Miller), DJ Soul Slinger (aka Carlos Slinger), event promoter Matt E. Silver, and many more.
It’s official. Richard D. James just blew up the Internet by revealing the impending release of a new 12-track Aphex Twin album called SYRO, his first since 2001′s Drukqs. Over the weekend, he left some overt hints by way of a blimp flying over South London with the word “2014″ on it as well as some black Aphex logo stencils painted around New York City. Now, we have what looks like confirmation via the experimental mastermind’s verified Twitter account, where he’s post a link. That link, in turn, leads to the TOR proxy-browser that shows his new album’s title and tracklist that’s listed here.
Brooklyn-based electronic act Darkside have dropped a bombshell, calling it quits for now while announcing their final show this fall at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in New York on September 12th. Since 2011, Chilean-born auteur Nicholas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington have been collaborating and recording together, most notably producing the critically acclaimed Psychic album in 2013 featuring standouts like the epic, 11-minute “Golden Arrow” and “Paper Trails.” Now, Resident Advisor is reporting that according to a tweet on the band’s official page, Darkside is “coming to an end, for now.”
Welcome to our manic Monday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Aphex Twin teasing something in “2014,” Todd Terje performing in Norway alongside Bryan Ferry, and Les Sins (aka Toro Y Moi) sets Boiler Room San Francisco ablaze. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Welcome to our Aloha Friday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Hardwell and Tiësto talking TomorrowLand, Porter Robinson riding the technicolor bullet train with “Flicker,” exploring India’s blossoming dance scene, and more. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
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Welcome to our thumpin’ Thursday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got A-Trak sounding off on the art of DJing, Electric Zoo revealing their official after-parties, UK-based techno god Surgeon demolishes Dekmantel, and so much more. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
He leaked it yesterday. He made it official today. Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison), 30, has just unveiled the full tracklist for his latest album You’re Dead! Jazz great Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, and Snoop Dogg are all climbing aboard alongside the LA-based experimental producer who’s already tipped that his fifth FlyLo LP will be “heavy on the prog vibes.”