The video for Disclosure’s tune with London Grammar, “Help Me Lose My Mind,” was quite the controversy-stirrer a few weeks back when it was first released—and then yanked because of its supposed glamorizing of youth drug use. Well, it’s back, for those of you who can access the Daily Motion video portal.
Before the internet became the world’s largest repository of unnecessary lists, it was the world’s largest repository of unnecessary trivia quizzes. Well, consider today a step back in time to the golden age of simple tests of knowledge, as you show yourself (and, presumably, those with whom you’ll share such a thing on your Facebook page) just how well you know producer/DJ/impresario Diplo.
Despite the claims of many that the art of the album sleeve is lost within the digital world, there are still a number of brilliant artists working to translate the themes of our favorite music into things of visual beauty. Like Peter Saville and Vaughan Oliver before them, today’s cover artists use all manner of techniques to make our favorite tracks pop—particularly if you find them on the shelves of your local record shop. In that spirit, FACT has gone and plucked a handful of the most prolific and thought-provoking visual artists working today in the medium of album art for a series of interviews.
Girl Talk’s sole member, Gregg Gillis, had one helluva showing at last weekend’s Coachella Festival, joining forces with MCs E-40, Too $hort, Juicy J, and Busta Rhymes for his performance. Which is a bit unusual, considering he’s used to just taking their tracks and mashing the crap out of them with popular radio hits and recognizable riffs from rock ‘n’ roll’s past. Yesterday, he hosted an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, and from it, we learned that, one, he didn’t get in near as much trouble for sampling as many once predicted—in fact, “It’s been kind of the opposite,” he wrote.
Norwegian disco and house are having a huge resurgence lately, buoyed not only by the recent release of Todd Terje’s It’s Album Time LP, but also by his pal Prins Thomas’ 10th anniversary of his scene-defining Full Pupp label. Thomas is set to release 10 Years of Full Pupp, a two-disc mix of 32 tracks that will land on the label on May 26.
Nope, it has nothing to do with the refrain of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”—but it does have to do with “you.” “Thank U for a great 16th edition of Ultra Music Festival Miami,” says the intro to the festival’s wrap-up clip, just posted on YouTube. “This video is for you, and all the rest of the Ultra fans worldwide that attended the event at Bayfront Park Miami or viewed the UMF TV live-stream on YouTube.”
So much music. So little time. The 2014 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival returns this weekend to the California desert community of Indio—and what an impressive slate of musical talent it is. Really, the only burning question is, how are you going to catch everything that’s worth seeing? Well, as luck would have it, we’ve got you covered. We’ve culled the massive three-day, six-stage roster, debated the finer points, and come up with our essential picks for this year’s premier music festival. Read on and rejoice!
Coldcut’s Solid Steel radio program has been one of the most solidly challenging assemblages of music known to modern dance culture, ever since it came into being back in 1988. Today, to help celebrate the last-ever installment of the London-based I Love Acid party, Posthuman put together a 30 Years of Acid mix, with each of its 30 tracks representing one year in acid’s history.
Berlin’s Hard Wax is one of the most storied sellers of DJ vinyl on the planet—and with good reason: they count folks like Cassy, Modeselektor’s Gernot Bronsert, DJ Hell, and Marcel Dettmann as past employees, to start, and that’s to say nothing of the store’s founder, Basic Channel’s Mark Ernestus. Suffice it to say, if you’re in the market for techno records, Hard Wax is your spot. With Record Store Day just a week away, Mixmag took a deeper look at the store.
Welcome to our chock-full Thursday edition of the Morning Roundup. This time out, we’ve got Breach debuting his new track “Artis,” Tiësto talks about leaving trance behind in 2008, and Coachella’s must-catch artists out in the desert. Right this way for today’s complete wrap-up.