Well, Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories is out now, as of yesterday, but what you won’t see on any North American version of the release is the track “Horizon,” which landed solely on the Japanese edition. Of course, what kind of music publication would we be if we didn’t let you hear it anyway?
Dance music—it’s getting pretty big these days, in case you hadn’t heard. On the weekend, David Guetta took home the first-ever Best EDM Artist trophy at the Billboard Music Awards—with nary a quizzical look in sight. Guetta fan or not, let us take a moment to celebrate that it’s come this far.
London’s much-buzzed-about Field Day Festival is set to bring together a wide array of leftfield indie outfits and forward-thinking electronic acts for one extremely packed day of music later this month. Of the festival’s many noteworthy aural offerings, we’ve picked out the five top electronic artists primed to deliver big sets at Victoria Park for this year’s Field Day. Check out our selections below.
Krewella’s Yasmine Yousaf isn’t one to take too kindly to internet haters. She went on a bit of a rampage on the band’s Tumblr to defend artists everywhere against vitriolic legions. Hear what she’s got to say after the jump.
There’s no denying it that Diplo (aka Wesley Pentz), the Grammy-nominated producer, remixer, and and head honcho of Mad Decent Records, is one of the hardest-working men in the music business. Through unending curiosity and exploration of the world’s vast musical heritages in Jamaica, Africa, the US, and beyond, Diplo has a knack for seamlessly connecting the dots between the global underground and the commercial music mainstream. And in connecting those dots, he’s racked up production credits for MIA, Santigold, Drake, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars, among many others.
According to FACT’s calculations, the average large-scale weekend festival will cost any given attendee £420 (about $640 USD). Are those fees pricing out the younger folks that are most likely to show up to such an event? Read on to see how FACT breaks it down.
There’s lots of Ultra-related news to get to today… First up, the festival has announced its dates for 2014, but also of note is that Swedish House Mafia, who famously handed in their wings at this year’s UMF, have got some surprises up their collective sleeves. Read on to see what they’ve got brewing.
Bloc Party’s “Truth” was once a straight-ahead indie-pop jam with an insistent guitar line and a pretty fun vocal melody. But now that Digitalism have got their hands on it, it’s naturally been given a bit of a facelift for the dancefloor.
Back in March, Skream played what many are calling one seriously rough set at a Boiler Room session in Austin, Texas, during South by Southwest. It got so off the wall that Skream ended up getting shut off, causing him to unplug a CDJ and hand it into the crowd in a fit of indignation. Now, that much-ballyhooed set is available to see online—as are his comments regarding the situation. Click on through to see how it all played out.
As the intro to this video says, there’s always one guy at every club night who actually remains committed to the claim that he’s all about the music. So committed, in fact, that he often shows up by himself, dancing well into the night, paying no mind to those (quizzical looks) around him. In the case of London, England, his name is the Dancing Misanthrope.