Playa Del Carmen, Mexico’s BPM Festival always brings with it tons of surprises. And one such unexpected event earlier this year in January found techno god Richie Hawtin posting up at a taco stand (after playing two ENTER. gigs earlier that day) for a party that went well into the night. That’s right—not content to just perform at his ENTER.BPM day and night events at Fusion and the Blue Parrot, respectively, Hawtin and pal Dubfire set up inside of El Fogon taqueria to bring techno and tacos to the BPM massive.
Being a classically trained pianist first puts Zedd in a rather enviable position—pretty much every one of his dance bangers can be pared down to its melodic parts and tinkled out on the ivories. Case in point: this new version of “Find You,” which, when you hear it on Zedd’s debut LP, Clarity, is a bombastic, synthy number, but here it’s been rendered into Charmin-soft sweetness with the help of Matthew Koma, Miriam Bryant, and Anton Zaslavski’s trusty grand piano.
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.
Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance radio show isn’t just one of the most listened-to dance-music programs around—it’s also one of Miami’s most coveted events when van Buuren brings it to the Ultra Music Festival stage, as he has done for the past few years. In anticipation of this March’s ASOT 650 gig (yep, the show’s 650th episode), which van Buuren will play under his GAIA moniker, Ultra released a wrap video of last year’s performance (that’s ASOT 600, if you’re keeping track), and we’ve got it for you today.
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.)
Fans of Pharrell Williams know that he wasn’t just on one huge hit last summer, but two: Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” the latter of which was a half-pervy, half-downhomey, soulful strut through Marvin Gaye territory with one helluva NSFW video. Its minimalist song structure and instrumentation, though, really lent itself nicely to being chopped up and sampled.
A brand-new Avicii remix and a Rickroll all wrapped into one? Color us intrigued. Certainly, the twangy strings and all-around country vibe of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” were just waiting to be sampled somewhere, somehow, but who knew that they’d so perfectly suit the vocals of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” (aka the Rickroll song)?
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.
Hot Chip’s (and 2 Bears’) Joe Goddard is more than just a dance-pop producer extraordinaire. He’s also a bit of a remix master, having reconstructed tunes by Breach, Dirty Projectors, Disclosure, and oodles more. So it was a pretty sweet move on the part of Point Blank Music School and the London Electronic Arts Festival to bring the man in for a remix masterclass.