Before the internet became the world’s largest repository of unnecessary lists, it was the world’s largest repository of unnecessary trivia quizzes. Well, consider today a step back in time to the golden age of simple tests of knowledge, as you show yourself (and, presumably, those with whom you’ll share such a thing on your Facebook page) just how well you know producer/DJ/impresario Diplo.
Welcome to our wonderful Wednesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Calvin Harris winning at Coachella 2014, Disclosure dishing out in the California desert, and Dada Life delivering their Reddit AMA. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
For this year’s 2014 edition of the Mad Decent Block Party, Diplo and crew have expanded their reach, planning to takeover 22 cities this year, up from 13 cities last year. While they’re returning to Brooklyn, Philly, Detroit, LA and others, they’ve added new cities like New Orleans, Phoenix, Denver, Eugene, and many others. Get the full concert listing and buy pre-order tickets now.
If you weren’t listening to dance music in the ’90s, there’s a good chance you won’t be familiar with the Ragga Twins, but those who followed London’s early jungle rhythms know that Demon Rockers and Flinty Badman were two of the scene’s finest MCs. Just in time to revive their career, Skrillex has put the Twins on a track from his latest LP, Recess, and it’s indeed a badman chune. In fact, it’s the kind of dirty, dark, grimy, dub-wise track that perfectly suits the Ragga Twins baritone growl. Oh, and it’s got a video, which was just released yesterday, and features some amazing dancing, all shot beautifully in South Africa by Michael Ragen and director Terrence Neale.
Play fanatics! This week, we’ve got a real winner for you to monkey with. Enter Diplo (aka Wesley Pentz), the Grammy-nominated producer, remixer, Mad Decent head honcho, and Major Lazer’s guiding force, who’s one of the hardest-working men in the music business. Ready to strike gold—and red and green—alongside Diplo, Pharrell, and the whole Major Lazer crew? No excuses. Fire up the studio and get crackin’ on recontextualizing Major Lazer featuring Pharrell’s freestyle hip-hop jam “Aerosol Can.”
If you consider yourself a fan of Major Lazer but don’t know who Vybz Kartel is, then you’ve got some homework to do. That said, your first Google move is likely gonna turn up today’s news, which is that the Jamaican dancehall vocalist has been convicted of murder. Read more about it, along with news from Jackmaster, Tensnake, and Musikmesse, in today’s roundup.
It seems like Holy Ship just don’t stop. The second it’s over, there are news stories galore, and then details for next year’s event, and then an after-movie, and then more details for next year’s event. You already know that next year’s tour is a double-header. Now it’s been made public that returning cruisers will get first dibs on 2015′s boat (preference given to those who’ve attended the most past events), and new cruisers can get in on the pre-booking lottery right here. (No, you don’t win tickets—you win the chance to purchase the surely-to-sell-out tickets.)
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.
There’s just a ton of new music to get to today, whether it’s previews of upcoming releases from Major Lazer and Noisecontrollers or a mix from Martin Garrix. Whatever the case, you’ve got some listening to do, so come on in and see what’s on tap.
After four decades of existence, dance music has no shortage of unsung heroes and forgotten favorites for every new generation of fans to rediscover. Two of the genre’s earliest innovators, Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rodgers, were given huge boosts last year, thanks to their involvement with current kings Daft Punk. But those disco legends certainly aren’t the only past princes of dance music worth investigating. Here’s our list of 10 more names that are more than worth Googling.