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.
A modern master of the one-man band, Netherlands-based Binkbeats (aka Frank Wienk) covers the gamut of electronic music with the kind of smokey soul and ethereal groove you can only get with true talent—and a tool to loop it, of course. But it’s not so much his audio recordings of said music that get him noticed as it is his live performances, which find him playing drums, synths, turntables, and all sorts of miscellaneous sound-making toys (simultaneously!) while recreating tracks by the likes of Flying Lotus, J Dilla, and Amon Tobin.
In the lead-up to the launch of his seventh video in his Beats Unraveled series, February 10 on Boiler Room, Wienk told us about how it all goes down and let us in on his upcoming album plans.
One of our favorite dance-music festivals anywhere in the world has just released the second phase of its lineup for 2014. Detroit’s Movement Festival, which is already set to host an incredible stream of performers this May 24-26, will also see sets from Boys Noize, Claude VonStroke, Kevin Saunderson, Kode9, Ryan Hemsworth, and about 40 more names—of course, with more names to follow in the months to come.
Is it just us, or is there a lot of stuff going on this summer? In just the last few days, we’ve counted about 10 new festival announcements, and there are plenty more to come. Today, Croatia’s Sonus and Unknown gatherings offered up their lineups, and we’ve got big news out of Detroit tomorrow, so while you ponder a trip to the Adriatic this summer, let us also point you to some music-tech news, mixes from Vladislav Delay and Jimmy Edgar, and the stories behind some of the most prominent samples in modern music.
You’ll likely recall when Ben Pearce’s super-deep and funky cut “What I Might Do” made a run up the charts at Beatport a couple years back, because it was a pretty unforgettable track. Riffing generously on Anthony Hamilton’s “Cornbread, Fish, and Collard Greens,” “What I Might Do” signaled more than just a push for the young upstart, making it clear to the masses that deep house was dead set on gaining some chart traction alongside all the progressive and electro-house tracks that typically occupied the top slots.
So just how did Pearce do it? Well, the always-reliable Point Blank Music School has taken a look at the tune in their series of deconstruction tutorials, to give you a better idea of how this jam came together.
After four decades of existence, dance music has no shortage of unsung heroes and forgotten favorites for every new generation of fans to rediscover. Two of the genre’s earliest innovators, Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rodgers, were given huge boosts last year, thanks to their involvement with current kings Daft Punk. But those disco legends certainly aren’t the only past princes of dance music worth investigating. Here’s our list of 10 more names that are more than worth Googling.
Ask almost anyone and they’ll tell you that 2013 was a banner year for electronic music, with the scene hitting new heights, both artistically and commercially. Now with the new year fully upon us, we’re excited to see dance music’s massive potential play out around the world. Here are a few things our scene needs (and a few it needs to dump) to become better than ever in 2014.
Over their long and fruitful career, Daft Punk have crafted an iconic sound, one that often looks to electronic music’s most legendary—and sometimes most expensive—pieces of gear as its building blocks. To most modern-day bedroom producers, though, these heralded, decades-old production tools are a luxury few possess. Still, that doesn’t mean that Daft Punk’s sound palette is entirely out of reach, as a new guide has surfaced offering suggestions for some more modern and less costly pieces of gear that can serve as fruitful replacements for the classic equipment Daft Punk so often utilize.