Like a palm tree heaving in a hurricane, the term “legend” gets tossed around a lot these days. But if you’re looking for an authentic example of a true dance music legend, look no further than DJ Harvey. The iconic British born selector has been widely influential in dance circles as a pioneer in bringing the classic house sound from the US over to the UK. Beyond that historical tidbit, his musical influence can be felt today. As a DJs DJ, Harvey inspires others by smashing genres while playing what moves him most; everything from Balearic, krautrock, funk, exotica, and much more all go into Harvey’s eclectic melting pot.
Over the past few months, Seth Troxler has been teasing another new label—and it’s finally been revealed. Now, in addition to the dancefloor-focused Play It Say It and Tuskegee, a vinyl-centric collaboration with the Martinez Brothers, the Detroit luminary has unveiled specific plans for his new indie-eclectic label called Soft Touch. As Resident Advisor is reporting, the label will release a wide range of releases, touching on everything from disco to techno and even guitar-based music.
Korean-born, LA-based electronic pop producer TOKiMONSTA (born Jennifer Lee) has just revealed plans to release her upcoming third album Desiderium coming out this September. It’ll be the debut release on her very own imprint Young Art. This is the first new music since 2013′s critically acclaimed Half Shadows album featuring standout single “Go With It.” In addition, she’s also announced 17 upcoming North American tour dates this fall including major city stops in New York, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, SF, and, of course, LA.
GusGus are one the most influential bands to emerge from the notable electronic music scene in Iceland. Their ability to effortlessly weave together combinations of techno, house, and experimental pop has led to both an impressive back catalog spanning nearly two decades, and an uncompromising aesthetic that is distinctly their own. This week, GusGus release their ninth studio album, Mexico — a vibrant, pop driven affair that follows on from 2011′s broody but dancefloor friendly Arabian Horse. Setting an instantly playful tone, Mexico delivers a collection of smooth, intelligent, and slickly-produced tracks that combine cutting-edge pop sensibilities with a lighter, more emotional club feel. Last week, Beatport News was fortunate enough to chat to Biggie Veira and Högni Egilsson about the recording process, their studio gear, and their future plans.
Duke Dumont. Gorgon City. MNEK. What do these three budding artists have in common? They’re all making waves in the UK house scene and rising up the dance charts with numerous number one hits.
Play fanatics! This week, we’ve got a true art-rock classic just for you. English elder statesman Bryan Ferry is enjoying a well-deserved career resurgence at the moment. Last month, the former Roxy Music frontman performed at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival out in the California desert. He’s also had a fruitful, ongoing creative relationship with Norwegian disco-edit king Todd Terje who’s a massive fan. Their latest effort together, “Johnny and Mary,” a standout moment on Terje’s debut LP It’s Album Time. Ready to step up and triumph in our latest Beatport Play contest? Make your mark by reworking the ’20s Jazz-tinged version of Bryan Ferry’s 1975 art-rock classic “Love is the Drug” which was originally produced for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby soundtrack.
Moog Music has just unveiled one of its largest engineering achievements — the new Emerson Moog Modular System. On the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Moog Modular, the first voltage controlled synthesizer, Moog Music has honored musician Keith Emerson (formerly of iconic rock super-group Emerson, Lake & Palmer) and his historic collaboration with Bob Moog. Today, Moog Music has revealed its three-year effort faithfully recreating the iconic Emerson Moog Modular.
Beatport News sent correspondent Brittany Gaston out to the California desert for Coachella 2014′s second weekend. Here’s her in-depth report from Indio.
Welcome to our massive Monday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Deadmau5 dominating the conversation in 2014, Giorgio Moroder remixing Coldplay’s “Midnight,” and plenty of Coachella 2014: Weekend 2 coverage. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Beatport News sent correspondent Jacob Schulman to Indio for Coachella 2014′s first weekend. Here’s his report from the California desert.