It seems like Holy Ship just don’t stop. The second it’s over, there are news stories galore, and then details for next year’s event, and then an after-movie, and then more details for next year’s event. You already know that next year’s tour is a double-header. Now it’s been made public that returning cruisers will get first dibs on 2015′s boat (preference given to those who’ve attended the most past events), and new cruisers can get in on the pre-booking lottery right here. (No, you don’t win tickets—you win the chance to purchase the surely-to-sell-out tickets.)
Last week, one of east coast bass music’s shining lights went out with the passing of Hulk member Alan “Claw” Letko at age 29. He died at his family’s home in Saratoga Springs, NY, but few details, outside of his death not involving any foul play, have been made public. With the duo Hulk, alongside Richie August, Letko mixed all manner of deep and dark sounds—dubstep, trap, hip-hop, drum & bass—into a melange all his own, and he was an integral part of the BroTown Records crew. The pair also released music on Rottun, Demon Dub, and numerous other labels.
We’re not gonna say it again—the molly-fashion thing needs to die. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Come on in and see what hell the drug hath wrought on the youth of today (fashion-wise), plus, check out a new track from the Eno/Hyde collab, peep Kelis’ new cooking program, and stream Max Cooper’s new album in full.
London DJ Akito knows a thing or two about evolution. He first started off in radio with his Sub Skank show years back. Since then, he and friends turned that show into a club night and now it’s morphed into a record label as well. If all of that weren’t enough, Akito also recently made the transition to producer, and his latest EP, Metamessage, has garnered a fair bit of praise from Rinse, Radio One, and some of bass music’s biggest DJs. With so much on the go for the artist, we were lucky enough to pin him down and ask him a few questions.
The Mojave Desert has been an inspiration to many a musician—from the likes of Gram Parsons right on through to U2 and country shoegazers Mojave 3. But rarely does the place feature in anything dance-music related. That’s all to change this April, however, when Simian Mobile Disco hole up at the incredibly out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere venue Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown, just up the road from Joshua Tree and 29 Palms.
Uh-oh. Sydney’s Secret Garden Festival dealt with a bit of bad luck over the weekend, but fortunately no one was hurt. Elsewhere, London’s biggest club opened on Saturday night to much fanfare, and San Francisco’s Tycho has a new album on the way, which you can preview right now.
In the run-up to his highly anticipated (and cryptically promoted) full-length worlds, Porter Robinson previewed an early single today, entitled “Sea of Voices,” and it sounds a whole lot like it was inspired by French electro-pop maestro M83. Its first beatless three minutes are a swirl of light, shimmery synths and airy vocals, tempered with a crash of slow-tempo drums nearer to the end. It’s quite a departure from what you’re used to hearing from Robinson, but it’s a pretty glorious one.
While heaps of recognition have been bestowed upon Detroit, Chicago, and Berlin for their contributions to dance music over the years, the British industrial city of Manchester played just as central a role in the music’s global takeover. And it’s not just New Order and the Hacienda that help put Madchester on the map. Twenty years ago, the founders of Jockey Slut magazine, which was, at the time, a bible for rave culture in the UK, started the Bugged Out series of events, which would take on club nights, festivals, exclusive mixes, and all sorts of other forms in the ensuing years.
Friday always seems to deliver a couple new videos, at the very least, and we’ve got them from Armin van Buuren and Danny Daze. But we’ve also got a rad new Ryan Hemsworth t-shirt, a guide to Miami, and a cheatsheet on what other materials one might use to make a record. Check it.