This year, we dug into a ton of news pieces—from DJ Shadow getting booted off the decks, to Feed Me playfully trolling our charts, to Nina Kraviz getting herself into some literal and figurative hot water (god knows why). But what surfaced as the most noteworthy stories for our readers?
There’s the Beatport Top 100—and then there’s what the folks who work here are playing at their desks and during their weekend gigs. And, no, the two don’t necessarily cross over that much. Our staff, stretched across four offices and nine time zones, is a diverse bunch with all sorts of dance-music tastes, which run the gamut from peak-time big-room electro-house chart-toppers to esoteric suites of Reichian drone to dark-and-dank bass-heavy bangers—and every shade in between. But to rank these favorites would be to do them a disservice, as there’s no winners and losers when it comes to the music we all love.
Rejoice, Daft Punk fans! A live show (one singular live show) is upon us, and it comes in the form of a Grammys performance next year. Come on in and check it out, along with much more news from around the dance-music world.
It’s all in the name—French duo Discodeine (aka Dirty edit kings Pilooski and Pentile) have been serving up luscious slices of disco-fied dance music for over six years now, with the Parisian pair delivering its impressive new full-length, Swimmer, late last month via Dirty/Pschent. To celebrate, we’ve tapped the pair for the latest edition of Weekend Weapons, asking them to show off a handful of their favorite club-ready tracks—a request the pair has returned with six smooth selections tailor-made for all those lovers on the dancefloor.
Grammy-winning New York house legend Todd Terry is set to support fellow Grammy-winning disco legend Nile Rodgers and his band, Chic, when they tour Australia this month. Terry will share the stage with the famed disco crew for two historic shows—in Melbourne at Billboard and in Brisbane at Cloudland.
VA’s penchant for appealing to a younger, hipper clientele than most airlines is well known, but their new safety video is pretty next-levs. Check it out, along with a bunch more videos—from Deadmau5 messing around on his new touchscreen controller to a sketched-out demo on how to get into Berghain—in today’s roundup.
Mapping the trajectory that led us to the ever-increasing multitude of new and hybrid genres of music today isn’t easy, but one brave programmer has taken up the task, charting the evolution of Western dance music from its folk-culture roots to the sounds of the present with a new, interactive map.
The dance music world just can’t get enough of Nile Rodgers. And for good reason: the guy has remained constantly relevant since the ’70s, and is riding a tidal wave of attention in the last couple years with his collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Nicky Romero, and more. Dubspot had a chance to sit down with the legendary guitarist recently to roll through a number of his past achievements and get inside the mind that created some of dance music’s biggest hits, among them Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” and his own band Chic’s “Le Freak,” to name just a fraction. But Rodgers wasn’t always a hit-maker; it took being put in his place by a former music teacher to really embrace the dance and pop worlds.
There’s always a lot of talk about the next big thing in the dance-music industry, to be sure. But if Daft Punk’s “Teachers,” um, taught us anything, it’s that we see further because we stand on the shoulders of the generations that came before us. In that respect, Societe Perrier has assembled a who’s-who of amazing DJs still wowing us long after they blew out the big 5-0 on their birthday cake. So, who makes the cut?