It’s not everyday that a modern dance music artist pays direct tribute to dub master King Tubby. But, amongst influences that range from Chicago juke to quick-paced jungle, that’s just what Paris-based Moresounds does on his new self–titled EP on Astrophonica. Thankfully for us, Moresounds disconnected his tape delay long enough to let us slip him a handful of questions.
Nu-skool LA bass, classic EBM, modern techno and house, and lots more show up in today’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
This past weekend, a slew of indie rock and dance music’s finest dropped anchor on a land mass in the middle of San Francisco Bay for the city’s annual Treasure Island Music Festival. Tastes at TIMF tend to hew toward guitars and drums, but there’s always a good helping of turntables, drum machines, and synths as well, as evidenced by this year’s inclusion of artists like ADULT., James Blake, DJ Falcon, Major Lazer, and more. As such, we’ve managed to pull together a nice collection of our favorite pics from the event.
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.
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.
There’s always a lot of talk about the next big thing in the dance-music industry, to be sure. But if Daft Punk’s “Teachers,” um, taught us anything, it’s that we see further because we stand on the shoulders of the generations that came before us. In that respect, Societe Perrier has assembled a who’s-who of amazing DJs still wowing us long after they blew out the big 5-0 on their birthday cake. So, who makes the cut?
If you’ve taken your decks anywhere outside the normal club conditions—heck, even those can be dangerous—you know that the poor things, despite how well-built they may be, are susceptible to all kinds of damage. Throw in extreme heat, unexpected dust storms, and all sorts of other mayhem—ahem, Burning Man—and you’ve got yourself quite the set of circumstances under which you must protect your gear and still play a flawless set. What to do, what to do?
Happy Friday! Today, we take a look at some of dance music’s raddest screen visuals, via interviews with the VJs for Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, and others. Plus, we’ve got your usual dose of music news and a whole lot more, so step right up.
Interviewing artists can be a super-stressful experience for journalists of all stripes—especially when said interview is being filmed or going live to air. So, in all honesty, we feel a twinge of sympathy for the reporter charged with chatting up Major Lazer at Lollapalooza.
First of all, who knew Idris Elba (aka The Wire‘s “Stringer Bell”) was a fan of dance music? Second of all, who knew he had an English accent? Okay, the details: Last year, the native Londoner, along with the BBC, assembled a solid documentary on the history of clubbing—basically a top-20 countdown of the most significant events in dance music’s legacy.