Ever since being discovered by Dennis Ferrer when they were in high school, New York house duo the Martinez Brothers have been on fire. So naturally, their spring/summer tour schedules are unrelenting, as they bring the party from dusk til way beyond dawn pretty much every weekend between Miami Music Week and Ibiza’s fall closing. To get it all started for 2014, they’ve just announced the first slew of gigs for the spring, and they kick off in Chicago next week, carrying on over for four Miami events, hitting both Coachella weekends, and Detroit’s Movement Festival… surely with more on the way.
LA club night Low End Theory has, for the last seven or eight years, been the epicenter of instrumental hip-hop in the US, having helped push forth the careers of Flying Lotus and his whole Brainfeeder crew, the Glitch Mob, Daedelus, and founder Daddy Kev’s Alpha Pup label. The LA beat scene, as it’s become known, would very likely be a different thing altogether were it not for Low End Theory, which affectionately takes its name from a Tribe Called Quest album. Now, nearly a decade after its inauguration, the club night is throwing its first festival, which will take place June 14 and 15 at the Echoplex in Los Angeles.
It seems like Holy Ship just don’t stop. The second it’s over, there are news stories galore, and then details for next year’s event, and then an after-movie, and then more details for next year’s event. You already know that next year’s tour is a double-header. Now it’s been made public that returning cruisers will get first dibs on 2015′s boat (preference given to those who’ve attended the most past events), and new cruisers can get in on the pre-booking lottery right here. (No, you don’t win tickets—you win the chance to purchase the surely-to-sell-out tickets.)
Last week, one of east coast bass music’s shining lights went out with the passing of Hulk member Alan “Claw” Letko at age 29. He died at his family’s home in Saratoga Springs, NY, but few details, outside of his death not involving any foul play, have been made public. With the duo Hulk, alongside Richie August, Letko mixed all manner of deep and dark sounds—dubstep, trap, hip-hop, drum & bass—into a melange all his own, and he was an integral part of the BroTown Records crew. The pair also released music on Rottun, Demon Dub, and numerous other labels.
On April 15, former DMC champ A-Trak and east-coast house legend Armand Van Helden will release their debut LP together as Duck Sauce, entitled Quack.
Classic dub, slick techno and house, and an R&B queen’s return to the fray all make the cut in today’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
The Dutch electro king Afrojack has had a busy couple of days. Not only did he just unveil a taste of that highly anticipated collab with Snoop Dogg, but he’s also gone and uploaded a slew of new tracks under his given name, Nick van de Wall, on his SoundCloud page.
Electric Zoo, Electric Daisy Carnival… it’s hard to keep up with all this electricity. Still, you’ve got to, because, regardless of their names, dance-music festivals are our lifeblood—right? Enter the lineup for this year’s Electric Forest Festival, which takes place in Rothbury, Michigan, from June 26 to 29.