The anonymous artist known as testpilot is, in Richie Hawtin’s words, “a skinny white kid from Canada”—whom the techno master deems fit to have his name on Plus 8′s first release in a year and a half.
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.
Uh-oh. Sydney’s Secret Garden Festival dealt with a bit of bad luck over the weekend, but fortunately no one was hurt. Elsewhere, London’s biggest club opened on Saturday night to much fanfare, and San Francisco’s Tycho has a new album on the way, which you can preview right now.
“You can’t start in the rabbit hole,” I overhear trance producer/DJ Markus Schulz explain to another writer as I walk into a Beatles-themed hotel suite in the heart of Hollywood. In just a few short hours, the German-born, Miami-based “unicorn slayer” (as his fans call him) would perform one of his famous extended sets to a sold-out audience, kicking off the first of three album release parties in February to promote his fifth long-player, Scream 2.
While heaps of recognition have been bestowed upon Detroit, Chicago, and Berlin for their contributions to dance music over the years, the British industrial city of Manchester played just as central a role in the music’s global takeover. And it’s not just New Order and the Hacienda that help put Madchester on the map. Twenty years ago, the founders of Jockey Slut magazine, which was, at the time, a bible for rave culture in the UK, started the Bugged Out series of events, which would take on club nights, festivals, exclusive mixes, and all sorts of other forms in the ensuing years.
Friday always seems to deliver a couple new videos, at the very least, and we’ve got them from Armin van Buuren and Danny Daze. But we’ve also got a rad new Ryan Hemsworth t-shirt, a guide to Miami, and a cheatsheet on what other materials one might use to make a record. Check it.
iHeartRadio is a bit of a behemoth these days when it comes to the internet airwaves. As the digital platform for broadcast giant Clear Channel, it’s got a pretty huge presence, but what’s nice to see is that despite terrestrial radio’s rock and hip-hop dominance, iHeartRadio certainly doesn’t give dance music short shrift. In fact, quite the opposite, as shows like Pete Tong’s Evolution and the platform’s upcoming awards show might suggest.
That’s right—we still f**king love records. So we’re particularly psyched for what James Murphy has got in store for RSD. Check it out, along with lots of festival news and more, in today’s roundup.
If you’ve ever sprained your index finger, it’s likely due to an unhealthy habit playing Flappy Bird. Well, dance-music fans—it’s time to get that finger worked out again, because there now exists a Flappy Bird parody game based on the theme of getting into Berlin megaclub Berghain. The goal: routinely navigate your (Brooklyn) hipster avatar past the club’s notoriously tough bouncer, Sven Marquardt.