The Shadow knows how to make an entrance. Josh Davis, better known as the enigmatic DJ Shadow, is launching his new Liquid Amber label with a mint three-track EP of the same name. The 42-year-old Bay Area-based beatmaker unveiled two new tracks, “Ghost Town” and “Mob” that’re exactly the kind of forward-thinking, instrumental hip-hop beats you’ve come to expect from Davis and there’s also a crafty Machinedrum remix of 2002′s “Six Days.”
Welcome to our latest August edition of On Rotation, our weekly staff recommendations in house, techno, drum & bass, indie dance, electronica, and more. Don’t miss these must-catch summertime selections.
Welcome to our tight Tuesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Diplo and Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella sparring over the merits of kandi, Flying Lotus leaking some special guest for his upcoming album You’re Dead, and Theo Parrish talking about his new live band. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Over the past year, Chapel Hill, North Carolina native Porter Robinson, 22, has been hard at work on his debut album Worlds. He’s remained absent from the major festival circuit around the country, and has merely been fulfilling his obligations to his Las Vegas residency at Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub. While not playing those shows, though, he’s been slaving away at a studio in Carrboro, North Carolina, feverishly working on tracks for Worlds, his first official studio album since his monster EP, Spitfire dropped in 2011. In the lead-up to its release today, he’s teased a host of new tracks from the album, but all-in-all, the whole thing has remained a secret save for the recent NPR stream that gave listeners the first dose of the new face of this blossoming young producer.
Back in 2005, Daft Punk released their massive third studio album Human After All to global acclaim. A year later, a Japan-only remix album surfaced including recued edits of “Robot Rock” and “Technologic” from leading artists of the moment including Basement Jaxx, Digitalism, Soulwax, and more. Now, nine years after its original release, the French electronic duo (born Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter) have re-released the Human After All remix album worldwide this week so rabid Daft fans can complete their collection.
Welcome to our action-packed Monday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Jack U debuting a new track, Porter Robinson schooling all in DDR, and Richie Hawtin delivering his Essential Mix live and direct from Ibiza. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Like a palm tree heaving in a hurricane, the term “legend” gets tossed around a lot these days. But if you’re looking for an authentic example of a true dance music legend, look no further than DJ Harvey. The iconic British born selector has been widely influential in dance circles as a pioneer in bringing the classic house sound from the US over to the UK. Beyond that historical tidbit, his musical influence can be felt today. As a DJs DJ, Harvey inspires others by smashing genres while playing what moves him most; everything from Balearic, krautrock, funk, exotica, and much more all go into Harvey’s eclectic melting pot.
The heart-warming stories of New York-based DJ Robbie Wilde (who’s deaf) and Australia’s own DJ Hookie (who suffered a severe case of meningococcal septicemia, losing parts of both his arms) prove one thing. Where there’s a will there’s a way. In a new feature-length article, SF-based community hub DJ Tech Tools spotlights these two inspiring DJs who have adapted their DJ environs to suit their disabilities, underscoring the fact that anyone can DJ if you set your mind to it. No excuses.
Welcome to our Aloha Friday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got the final ruling in DJ Rashad’s autopsy report, FACT TV’s four-minute mini-doc on Bristol’s own Addison Groove, and Maceo Plex drops a new video for “Conjure Superstar.” Right this way for our complete wrap-up.