Were you there out in the blazing California desert or was it just a Couchella mirage? Coachella has just released its official 2014 recap for the annual music and arts festival that touched down over the past two weekends in Indio, CA. Featuring over 35 of the festival’s most notable dance acts including Outkast, Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris, Girl Talk, Dillion Francis, among many others, the two-minute slow-mo video set to Virtual Boy’s “Sandias” takes you on a magical journey back through the defining moments of both weekends. Watch it now.
On Friday night in the Sahara Tent, The Glitch Mob played to a packed house. The LA-based electronic trio: Edward Ma (edIT), Justin Boreta (Boreta), and Josh Mayer (Ooah) pounded through a 50-minute Coachella 2014 set featuring their signature glitch-hop sound. Watch The Glitch Mob’s complete Coachella 2014 set now.
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Miami Music Week is, of course, one of the most important weeks all year on the dance-music calendar, so if you’re heading east (or maybe that’s west, for our European friends), you’ll likely be scheduling out your plans far in advance. Allow us to be of some assistance to you with this handy guide to the best parties in Miami this March. Check out some Beatport Miami essentials here and keep coming back to this listing for more updates throughout the weeks to come.
As you may already know, Mysteryland, which is said to be the world’s longest-running electronic music festival, will hit the US this spring, setting up shop for the first time in Bethel Woods, NY (the site of 1969′s Woodstock festival), from May 23-26. Over the last two decades, the Dutch brand has made it its mission to bring together underground up-and-comers with dance music’s more mainstream heavy-hitters for an event unlike any other—one that’s handily earned its now 21 years of existence.
Today, promoters ID&T announced the lineup for Mysteryland’s first-ever trip to the US, and it’s a stellar one. Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Fedde Le Grand, NERVO, Chase & Status, Booka Shade, Jesse Rose, Chris Liebing, Dillstradamus (that’s Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus), and about 240 more acts will perform over the course of these three days.
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.