Despite the claims of many that the art of the album sleeve is lost within the digital world, there are still a number of brilliant artists working to translate the themes of our favorite music into things of visual beauty. Like Peter Saville and Vaughan Oliver before them, today’s cover artists use all manner of techniques to make our favorite tracks pop—particularly if you find them on the shelves of your local record shop. In that spirit, FACT has gone and plucked a handful of the most prolific and thought-provoking visual artists working today in the medium of album art for a series of interviews.
Beatport News sent correspondent Jacob Schulman to Indio for Coachella 2014′s first weekend. Here’s his report from the California desert.
As you may recall last year, Bridges for Music, the cross-cultural project that brought some of the world’s biggest DJs to the townships of South Africa, had a hugely successful run. Richie Hawtin, Skrillex, 12th Planet, Alvin Risk, and Luciano all made stops through Cape Town and Johannesburg to engage with the outer townships’ youth in a series of DJ workshops and concerts. Now, the organization is about to unveil a documentary, directed by Eldon Van Aswegen, entitled Many Stories, One Journey.
Nope, it has nothing to do with the refrain of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”—but it does have to do with “you.” “Thank U for a great 16th edition of Ultra Music Festival Miami,” says the intro to the festival’s wrap-up clip, just posted on YouTube. “This video is for you, and all the rest of the Ultra fans worldwide that attended the event at Bayfront Park Miami or viewed the UMF TV live-stream on YouTube.”
Welcome to our gigantic Tuesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Deadmau5 claiming he’s “over” clubland, Swedish House Mafia unleash their “calling-it-quits” doc Leave The World Behind, and Disclosure present Settle at Coachella 2014. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
During Miami Music Week 2014, we sat down with Steve Angello so he could share his candid impressions on the enduring legacy of SHM, the impending theatrical release of Leave The World Behind, the creative future of his signature Size Records imprint, and more. Catch our exclusive In Conversation with Steve Angello now.
Berlin’s Hard Wax is one of the most storied sellers of DJ vinyl on the planet—and with good reason: they count folks like Cassy, Modeselektor’s Gernot Bronsert, DJ Hell, and Marcel Dettmann as past employees, to start, and that’s to say nothing of the store’s founder, Basic Channel’s Mark Ernestus. Suffice it to say, if you’re in the market for techno records, Hard Wax is your spot. With Record Store Day just a week away, Mixmag took a deeper look at the store.
Sven Vath’s long-running Cocoon party is without a doubt one of the more “serious” events held over the Ibiza summer season. Amidst the crush of bombastic drops and poppy crossover electro, one can count on Cocoon to deliver straight-ahead four-to-the-floor beats of the purer techno and house varieties. And because of that consistency, it’s been going steady for 15 years. To celebrate, Vath is bringing out some of his friends and his label’s big guns for the opener, among them Dixon, Ben Klock, and Ryan Elliott.
In the years prior to his 2012 breakout hit, “Inspector Norse,” Todd Terje was a prince among the disco-edit royalty of the Scandinavian dance scene. But all that changed on the strength of a couple original singles, and before long, fans of his slinky, synthy house were clamoring for more. Today, the man who takes his stage name from house legend Todd Terry (his real name is Terje Olsen) releases his first full-length LP, appropriately titled It’s Album Time, and it takes in all manner of influences from dance music’s past—including a notable guest appearance from Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry. We spoke with the Oslo-based Olsen about the new album, his songwriting approach, and the importance of label independence.