Hamilton, Ontario’s own Jessy Lanza is certainly enjoying a sensational year. Since releasing her critically acclaimed debut Pull My Hair Back last fall on tastemaker UK label Hyperdub, this one-woman, electro-R&B muse is heading out again on a new headlining North American tour. During the month of May, she’ll be performing in 19 cities including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, SF, and LA, as well as eight shows slated for her native Canada.
Welcome to our wild Wednesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Kelis performing on Letterman, Bob Sinclar and Gisele covering Blondie for H&M, and Jeff Mills in-the-mix. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Welcome to our awesome Tuesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Skrillex’s dance-music musings, Chromeo live on Jimmy Kimmel, and a look back at Larry Levan and NYC’s Paradise Garage. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Welcome to our gigantic Tuesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Deadmau5 claiming he’s “over” clubland, Swedish House Mafia unleash their “calling-it-quits” doc Leave The World Behind, and Disclosure present Settle at Coachella 2014. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Pharrel Williams and his magical mountain hat pulled out tons of tricks on Saturday night at Coachella’s Outdoor Theatre. Leading off the evening with his Daft Punk collaboration “Lose Yourself to Dance,” Williams ripped through a star-studded, hour-long set featuring special guests Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Diplo, and Tyler, the Creator, among others. Along the way, his voice began to wane due to the desert wind and dust. Yet, he soldiered on for the sake of the fans wrapping up the night with recent dance hits “Get Lucky” and finally, “Happy.” Watch Pharrell Williams’ complete Coachella 2014 set now.
All hail the funk lords! On Friday night at Coachella 2014, Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo played the main stage and delivered one of the festival’s most memorable first-day performances. David Macklovitch (Dave 1) and Patrick Gemayel (P-Thugg) ripped through an action-packed 45-minute set featuring a special cameo by Toro Y Moi’s own Chaz Bundick for infectious single “Come Alive.” Watch Chromeo’s complete Coachella 2014 set now.
Daft Punk, as you well know by now, knocked out a pretty amazing performance of “Get Lucky” at the Grammys alongside Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, and Stevie Wonder. Now you can catch the pre-show rehearsal version of them working out the tune, which leans toward medley with flourishes of “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” “Around the World,” and Wonder’s own “Another Star” factoring into the mix.
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.
Valentine’s Day comes but once a year—but thanks to Stones Throw mix king Peanut Butter Wolf, you can celebrate all 24 hours of it. That’s right—the indie-hip-hop giant just packed together 24 hours of slow-jam goodness for your Friday-listening pleasure.
Daft Punk didn’t only craft one of 2013′s biggest, most anticipated albums—they also almost singlehandedly gave a second life to two of disco’s most legendary figures: Chic’s Nile Rodgers and synth god Giorgio Moroder. As a result, those two icons from dance music’s golden age have been crazy-busy in the last year, with multiple collaborators and new studio output. Today, Moroder wrote a bit of a reflection on his own re-emergence as one of the scene’s most important players.