A brand-new Avicii remix and a Rickroll all wrapped into one? Color us intrigued. Certainly, the twangy strings and all-around country vibe of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” were just waiting to be sampled somewhere, somehow, but who knew that they’d so perfectly suit the vocals of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” (aka the Rickroll song)?
Today, we’ve got dance-music news from the far corners of the world. Depeche Mode won’t be playing the Ukraine just yet, Tomorrowland drops some hints about its next South American endeavor, MikeQ gives us the lowdown on Jersey’s other style of club music, and James Murphy gives the New York subway system a Brian Eno-style makeover.
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.
Truly deep Detroit house, German experimental techno, and Scottish post-rock all make the cut in today’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
Our man Zedd has been on a serious tear since picking up that Grammy last week for “Clarity.” A week later he was the focus of a Super Bowl ad for Bud Light, the central player in a short Thump documentary, and now, the featured performer on Jimmy Kimmel Live, with an assist from singers Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant.
Hey, who can pass up a video of a bunch of guys who call themselves Bareback TittySquad interpreting dance-music hits on traditional band instruments? Not us. Check out their video, along with new clips from Holly Herndon and Feadz into today’s roundup.
When people come together, magical things can happen. Just ask Melbourne’s native sons Cut Copy. The band (Dan Whitford, Tim Hoey, Ben Browning, and Mitchell Scott) spent weeks shacked up at home in Victoria, guzzling long blacks from the city’s finest coffee shops, and furiously writing new material. Then, they enlisted American producer Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT, The Flaming Lips) on mixing duties to give it some psychedelic flair. We caught up with guitarist Tim Hoey, 33, while he and his mates were holed up in Nashville, Tennessee, rehearsing for their recent world tour.
“Say goodbye/To the thrills of life/When love was good/Love is lost/Lost is love.” These lyrics certainly define how this David Bowie track from the Extra EP actually sounds. Bowie is inarguably a legend, known for pushing many boundaries over his career, and “Love Is Lost” is no exception.
“A Light That Never Comes” is the lead single from Linkin Park’s forthcoming remix album, Recharged, which also features remixes by various heavy hitters, including Rick Rubin, Killsonik, Datsik, Nick Catchdubs, and Money Mark, among others. The track was produced by Steve Aoki, in collaboration with Linkin Park’s own Mike Shinoda, over the course of six months. Despite the fact that both artists are based in Los Angeles, they met on Twitter, and constant touring meant that the workflow took place mainly online. The resulting track has a decidedly bass-heavy electro vibe—less with the live instrumentation and more with the moombahton. We spoke to Shinoda about the process of working with Aoki on the duo’s first-ever collaboration.
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.