“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.
Video fun—that’s what we’ve got for you today. Whether it’s Deadmau5 busting out the Ferrari, some voguers busting out the sweetest moves ever, or Flux Pavilion busting out quite an outfit for kicking it at Walmart, there’s a lot to process. So what are you waiting for?
Have you ever dreamed of being a star? If the answer is “yes,” then let rapper Flo Rida take you there with his new sensor-based instrument, Beamz by Flo. Like a cross between a Theremin and a karaoke machine, Beamz, at least from the looks of it, allows you to trip samples by gesturing wildly at the controller’s lazer field while playing back instrumental covers of well-known club hits.
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.
The return of a classic producer, plus London’s next iteration on 4/4 soul and a new direction for chillwave’s posterboy feature in this week’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
Thank god there is still a clutch of DJs (and some singers) out there who don’t take themselves too seriously. As you’ll find in this hilarious video from Funny or Die, folks like Paul Oakenfold, Dillon Francis, Alanis Morissette (yep), and Tiesto (hopefully) can take a joke, as they lampoon what many already lampoon pretty regularly—DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll. Should you trust Oakie if he indeed played a private gig for a pantsless Richard Branson? Can Alanis learn to DJ quickly enough to be eligible for the poll?
Since its inception in 1997, the Melt! Festival has developed into one of the premiere electronic music events in all of Europe. Taking place in Ferropolis, Germany, from July 19-21, Melt! originated as a single-day event but has expanded to encompass three days of top-notch music from a star-studded lineup. In order to ensure that Melt! attendees witness the best and the brightest of this year’s talented roster, we’ve compiled a brief list of our top five artists that you simply can’t afford to miss.
Finally, festival season is upon us. And there’s nothing more exciting than being surrounded by like-minded folks while listening to hours of music under the shining sun. That being said, seasoned festival-goers and new, shiny faces alike need to make sure that they are prepared in order to have a successful and enjoyable experience. There is nothing worse than getting halfway to your destination and realizing that you forgot to pack earplugs and extra cellphone power. That’s why we pulled together the brain trust and compiled a list of 10 festival must-haves that will keep you dancing and happy. Don’t get caught out!