Friday news roundup is almost always filled with fun, and Skrillex’s upcoming AMA later today promises that and much more. But that’s not all—so come on in, dive back into the annals of gear history with a deep look at the Roland TR-808, and peep some other tour and festival news as well.
Ever since being discovered by Dennis Ferrer when they were in high school, New York house duo the Martinez Brothers have been on fire. So naturally, their spring/summer tour schedules are unrelenting, as they bring the party from dusk til way beyond dawn pretty much every weekend between Miami Music Week and Ibiza’s fall closing. To get it all started for 2014, they’ve just announced the first slew of gigs for the spring, and they kick off in Chicago next week, carrying on over for four Miami events, hitting both Coachella weekends, and Detroit’s Movement Festival… surely with more on the way.
Yep, it’s 2014 and the internet is still going gaga for lists, but hey, there’s still a fair bit of value in those hyper-simplified clickables—especially when it comes to rounding up great tunes. Catch a few floating around the net, plus much more, in today’s roundup.
As you may already know, Mysteryland, which is said to be the world’s longest-running electronic music festival, will hit the US this spring, setting up shop for the first time in Bethel Woods, NY (the site of 1969′s Woodstock festival), from May 23-26. Over the last two decades, the Dutch brand has made it its mission to bring together underground up-and-comers with dance music’s more mainstream heavy-hitters for an event unlike any other—one that’s handily earned its now 21 years of existence.
Today, promoters ID&T announced the lineup for Mysteryland’s first-ever trip to the US, and it’s a stellar one. Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Fedde Le Grand, NERVO, Chase & Status, Booka Shade, Jesse Rose, Chris Liebing, Dillstradamus (that’s Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus), and about 240 more acts will perform over the course of these three days.
Skrillex is a polarizing force, to be sure, but is he still really “the most hated man in dubstep”? His former critics are beginning to sing the man’s praises, and for good reason—so maybe it’s time you reconsidered your stance?
As rare as a galactic alignment, two of our in-house Beatport faves have joined forces to create a undeniable four-to-the-floor stomper. King Unique’s rework of Henry Saiz’ “Rave Flute” is peak-hour house in its truest form. With a classic shuffle, growling bass, and samples form the old school, this is a serious dancefloor groover.
Retro-intergalactic space funk, melodic house, and much more show up in today’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
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.)
We’re not gonna say it again—the molly-fashion thing needs to die. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Come on in and see what hell the drug hath wrought on the youth of today (fashion-wise), plus, check out a new track from the Eno/Hyde collab, peep Kelis’ new cooking program, and stream Max Cooper’s new album in full.
The Mojave Desert has been an inspiration to many a musician—from the likes of Gram Parsons right on through to U2 and country shoegazers Mojave 3. But rarely does the place feature in anything dance-music related. That’s all to change this April, however, when Simian Mobile Disco hole up at the incredibly out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere venue Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown, just up the road from Joshua Tree and 29 Palms.