In its nascent years of the 1990s, electronic music was the first genre to fully embrace the power of the internet to promote its sound and bring disparate rave scenes the world over together. Still today, no music uses the power of the web more fully than dance music to connect a global community of fans. With an endless supply of remixes, DJ sets, and party pics on broadband tap, no one could possibly consume even a fraction of the “content” created by the dance-music juggernaut. That’s why we decided to sift through the best bits of binary from the past year, to make sure you didn’t miss anything really, really important.
There’s a couple of awesome video interviews in today’s wrap-up, which we suggest you view post-haste: Skrillex and Boys Noize hit the studio together, and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor tells the tale of synthesizers past. But of course there’s a whole lot more to catch, too, so get on it.
The season of giving is upon us, so consider this an early present: a whole lot of rad new music from Burial, Disclosure, and Flying Lotus. Plus, peep new videos from Francis Harris and Martin Solveig, and much, much more in today’s roundup.
Techno, bass, house, and everything in between show up in this week’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
Just in time for the holidays: Elektron is ready to release its ballyhooed Analog Keys synth, and we’ve got a lineup of Christmas-themed bangers. Check them out, plus a whole lot more, in today’s roundup.
With his debut artist album Face to Face just out on Serialism, we tapped veteran DJ/producer and Cadenza label co-chair (alongside Luciano) Phillipe Quenum to give us a taste of what the techno mainstay currently holds dear in his crates. Certainly taking the task with the utmost seriousness, Quenum returned our request with six carefully picked tunes that greatly enhance the depths of his sets. “The tracks I’ve chosen… add color and emotion to my set,” he explains. “They’re melodic, and perhaps a bit on the softer side, but these are very important tracks for my sets.” After giving them each a listen, it’ll be easy to hear why.
In sharp contrast to DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs Poll from earlier this year, Resident Advisor‘s newly released, reader-generated poll emphasizes the tastes of techno and house connoisseurs and subterranean club dwellers the world over, placing names like Richie Hawtin, Ben Klock, and Seth Troxler in its top five, and giving Innervisions mainstay Dixon (pictured above) top honors.
Looks like Grammys aren’t just for the Skrillexes of dance music these days—nope, even guys like Duke Dumont and James Blake are up for awards this year. Come on in and check out the whole list of nominees, along with some super-useful tips to prep for your next digital DJ guy.
Although we mostly know them now as the robotic pair behind Daft Punk, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo were once merely humans who made fantastic house music. Their transformation into the space-aged robots they are today, it turns out, has been the ongoing effort of a team including stage FX designer Tony Gardner, who takes us through the evolution of the Daft Punk helmets, gloves, body armor, and all that in a new mini-documentary.