To take a lyric from his track “Work It Out,” perhaps the best advice we’ve been given to enjoy RJD2′s varied musical output is “Take it easy/Don’t worry ’bout it/I’ve got this/I’ve got this.” Yes, for the past 15 years, RJ Krohn has most certainly “got this” and the Philadelphia resident continues to “get this” as he evolves as a composer, producer, songwriter, singer, instrumentalist, and label boss. Seemingly well-versed in every type of musical genre (if you’re to take cues from the title of his latest long-player) it’d be harder to describe who RJD2 is than who he isn’t.
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.
As always, the talented newcomers who take top honors in our Play remix contest each month continue to turn in polished reworks that go head-to-head with the originals. This time we take a look at now-officially-released winning remixes from our July, August, and September contests, which featured huge names like Blond:ish, Yousef, Tosca, Inner City, and PVT. Check out those winning tracks below, and enter the current stock of Play contests here.
If you’ve taken your decks anywhere outside the normal club conditions—heck, even those can be dangerous—you know that the poor things, despite how well-built they may be, are susceptible to all kinds of damage. Throw in extreme heat, unexpected dust storms, and all sorts of other mayhem—ahem, Burning Man—and you’ve got yourself quite the set of circumstances under which you must protect your gear and still play a flawless set. What to do, what to do?
You read that correctly: one, there really is a My Little Pony convention in Houston, and two, at it, they hold a huge dubstep/electro/hardstyle dance party. Each year, Fiesta Equestria brings together some of the country’s most avid enthusiasts of the ’80s-era pony-doll phenomenon (aka Bronies) for a weekend of revelry, this most recent one having been held June 28-30 at Houston, Texas’ Westchase Marriott Hotel. So yeah, there’s the convention part of the gathering, but for our money, the real draw is the closing Pon3techtronica party—a rave to end all raves, featuring music from Mic the Mic, Odyssey Eurobeat, F3nning, and djtetsuo.
Pretty Lights (a.k.a. Colorado-based producer Derek Vincent Smith) will release his new LP, A Color Map of the Sun, early next month, but before then an in-depth documentary has surfaced which follows the man throughout the entire process which yielded his forthcoming record.
With the summer season upon us, we’re looking forward to seeing a wide array of excellent live shows in the coming months—from dark and dank club nights to the many sun-soaked festivals in our sights. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of our 10 favorite live shows over the past few years, from Daft Punk’s fabled pyramid to Amon Tobin’s ISAM, to Skrillex’s space station and the like. Check out our picks below.
Late last month, Beatport News compiled 10 of our favorite NSFW videos from across the web and you guys responded with such enthusiasm, we felt obligated to present a second round of clips. After perusing the comments left on the original post and wracking our brains (and YouTube) for more clips your boss shouldn’t catch you watching, we present part two of our picks for the most NSFW dance-music videos.
Even in the digital age, album artwork is still an integral part of presenting one’s music, especially within the dance music sphere, where many artists elect to hide behind their various electronic components, letting their work’s visual representation serve as the artist’s image. Now, a new list counts down the top 25 album covers in […]
Toronto duo Zeds Dead (yes, we know the name is grammatically incorrect) really know how to throw down a live show. In fact, sometimes their sets are so crazy, the show gets shut down before they even take the stage! Of course, we kid you, but members Hooks and DC sure do know how to bring the bassy mayhem, crafting a signature hybrid of dubstep, electro house, drum and bass, and more for one seriously live low-end free-for-all. Read on to see how they do it, according to Hooks.