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.
Seattle’s Decibel Festival, now in its 10th year, has built itself up from a small homegrown event to one of the US’s premiere underground dance parties, spreading more than 100 artists over five days and countless venues throughout the city. Despite a pretty steady stream of rain over last weekend, little could dampen our spirits for the festival’s decade-celebrating installment. Here are some of our highlights. — Ken Taylor and Steven Dermody
The DJ Mag 100 poll is always a bit of a contentious talking point amongst industry members and fans—but it sure looked a lot different 12 years ago. Come on in to see who won back in 2001, and to see why a naked pic of Seth Troxler is relevant to today’s news.
Beatport Live is extremely excited to announce that Eli Verveine will be joining us in the Berlin office tomorrow, September 20, for a live stream. Verveine has gained popularity in the underground scene over the last few years due to her amazing DJing skills and impeccable music taste. Shifting seamlessly from deep house to the dubbier side of techno with a few surprises thrown in for good measure, her sets are always a fantastic journey. It’s hardly surprising, though—she’s been DJing for the best part of her adult life. More recently, she’s turned her hand to production with her studio partner and long-time DJ friend Oscar Schubaq.
This year, Seattle’s Decibel Festival celebrates a milestone in American electronic-music history, ringing in its 10th anniversary. There is no question that the annual event has been a leading light on the North American scene, as well as globally, from the incredibly diverse representation of genres, to the exponential growth of attendance. In the lead-up to its 2013 edition, we caught up with Decibel founder Sean Horton to talk experimental curation, dB’s hometown, and getting hitched at a rave.
Beatport Live is proud to announce that Detroit’s own Kris Wadsworth will be playing from our Berlin office this Friday, September 13. The Uranus label owner has a long history of supplying some of the best tracks and mixes out there, from his early days on labels like Hypercolour and NRK to his later works on Get Physical.
Argentine label Krad Records brings us the latest in what they lovingly refer to as their “dark dark dark” (“Krad” backwards—get it?) offerings with Damolh33′s “Don’t Cry for Me,” as remixed by up-and-coming producer Zeina.
Remember when, seemingly out of nowhere, a keytar-toting dude named Al Walser ended up in the list of nominees for the Grammys’ Best Dance Recording last year? Well, it turns out that we hadn’t seen the last of that rather ambitious Liechtensteinian gentleman. He’s back—with a new track and video called “I Want My Money Now”—and he’s got quite a story to tell.
We love a good trolling—so yesterday’s Boiler Room set by indie-pop sweetheart Grimes in Ibiza was right up our wheelhouse, as they say. Read on to see what kind of tunes she dropped—and how it was received.