DJs often refer to the club as a “church,” a place where engaging with others in the ritual of dance is as a religious experience as any other. And no club in history has embodied that philosophy quite like New York’s fabled Paradise Garage, with its primary resident, Larry Levan, serving as the church’s high priest. So it’s no surprise that Levan’s weekend party was known as Saturday Mass—and from 1977 to 1987, it both nurtured the city’s oft-maligned LGBT community and sparked an underground dance-music revolution.
Prepare for the madness. TomorrowWorld’s first lineup announcement is here — and it’s huge. Avicii, Bassnectar, David Guetta, Skrillex, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Diplo, Kaskade, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Richie Hawtin, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, and Zedd are among the festival’s announced headliners, while countless other acts will also touch down in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia (southwest of Atlanta) for the second stateside incarnation of Tomorrowland on September 26-28, 2014. Up-and-comers Andrew Rayel, Dyro, The Chainsmokers, and TJR are also on the bill, alongside established names like John Digweed, Ferry Corsten, and Laidback Luke.
Welcome to our Aussie-packed Thursday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Flume reworking Lorde’s “Tennis Court,” Chet Faker talking about his new album, and Terrence Dixon delivering A Mind Of His Own. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
One of the first jams off of Todd Terje’s instant-classic It’s Album Time was the Italo/kosmische-influenced “Delorean Dynamite”; its motorik arps and slappy bass got every Terje fan out there stoked for the record’s impending release. Now, those same fans, particularly those with a penchant for making tracks on their computers, can see, more or less, how the man made that awesome track via a Point Blank-produced video segment that deconstructs the tune.
Today, it’s Canadian dance-music god Deadmau5 in a grudge match against Canadian indie-rock gods Arcade Fire. You may recall recently, when, during Arcade Fire’s Coachella set, frontman Win Butler took a couple cheap shots at dance music’s rise to prominence by, one, bringing some pretty rough Daft Punk imitators onto the stage with him to play a slowed-down version of “Get Lucky,” and two, shouting out “all the bands still playing instruments at this festival.” Well, Deadmau5, being the confrontational guy that he is, has fired back at the band on—you guessed it—Twitter, saying, “arcade fire needs to settle down. some dudes devote their lives to instruments, others to electronic composition by cpu, dafuqs yer problem?” among many other things.
Steve Angello will be hosting his third annual Size in the Park on Saturday, May 17th from 7:00 pm to midnight. Following two memorable years in New York, the Swede has chosen to return home to Stockholm and present this year’s event in “King’s Garden,” a centrally located park in the Swedish capital.
Hamilton, Ontario’s own Jessy Lanza is certainly enjoying a sensational year. Since releasing her critically acclaimed debut Pull My Hair Back last fall on tastemaker UK label Hyperdub, this one-woman, electro-R&B muse is heading out again on a new headlining North American tour. During the month of May, she’ll be performing in 19 cities including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, SF, and LA, as well as eight shows slated for her native Canada.
There’s no denying the fact that Novation is widely recognized as one of the top brands when it comes to creating high-quality control surfaces for modern musicians. Often credited for creating the very first midi controller, the MM10, the UK-based company has since released a slew of intuitive control surfaces for producers and rightfully gone on to become a household brand in studios across the world. Recently, they’ve unleashed their new Impulse series controllers which we were delighted to take for a spin. Read on for our in-depth recap.
With dance music slithering its way into every element of modern culture, it was only a matter of time before it took over the inflight entertainment systems of large-carrier airlines. Fortunately for you, dear dance-music fan, that means an altogether new listening experience for your next zip across the Atlantic as airlines like British Airways are tapping some of electronic music’s biggest names to craft special mixes for their flights.