Ring the bell. Class is in session. Red Bull Music Academy has just revealed its plans to debut a six-part documentary series entitled Diggin’ In The Carts, exploring the history of classic 8-bit-era Japanese video game music to now. In addition to featuring notable Japanese composers like Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka (Tetris, Metroid), Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage), and Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy), the episodes will charts this music’s influence on some modern underground artists including Flying Lotus, Dizzee Rascal, Just Blaze, Joker, Kode9, Fatima Al Qadiri, and Ikonika, among others.
Ok so we all know that Flying Lotus is cool, right? But did you know that the LA-based experimental beatmaker is so cool that he has his own cartoon character on Adult Swim? That’s right. He does and his name is Captain Murphy. Adult Swim has a new short animated film about the origins of the FlyLo alter-ego and you can check it out now.
Seventies disco kingpin Giorgio Moroder isn’t one to rest on his laurels. No sir. Earlier this year, the resurgent Daft Punk Random Access Memories collaborator was in Australia for three special events at the Sydney Opera House working with The Heritage Orchestra. In a new six-minute mini-documentary presented by Red Bull Music Academy, “The Music of Moroder” explores the dance master’s classic work as well as the orchestra’s classical interpretation.
Sun, surf, sand, and some of the finest indie-dance acts on the planet? Now that’s what we call a party! Back in 2013, London-based tastemaking label Young Turks decided to do something a little bit different to celebrate the upcoming New Year’s holiday. Instead of the same old, same old, they flew down to the Yucatán Peninsula town of Tulum, Mexico and invited all of their friends, fans, label mates, and 11 amazing artists including Grimes, The xx, FKA Twigs, Chairlift, Four Tet, SBTRKT, and John Talabot, among others. The result, is this stunning six-minute Dazed video documenting the experience.
Aussie DJ producer Anna Lunoe has been making waves here in the States since her memorable Coachella 2014 set out in the Southern California desert. Now, she sits down with Skillex’s Nest HQ family for a quick on-camera chat. In the latest third episode in this ongoing artist-driven series, In The Nest delves into Lunoe’s songwriting process, her early days as a radio station volunteer, and DJing as a form of meditation.
In a new short film from Amsterdam’s Dekmantel festival, UK-based Hessle Audio boss Ben UFO discusses the way in which his sideline as a British radio DJ shapes what he does in the club. Chatting about the formation of his label and his early show on Sub FM, UFO speaks about how radio like UK tastemaker Rinse FM has shaped his DJ career and his journey from dubstep through to house and techno via jungle. There’s even a chance to snoop through some of his latest vinyl purchases, and a quick cameo from his Hessle Audio pal Pearson Sound.
Looking for the Perfect Beat is a new feature-length film documenting the Los Angeles-based beat music community, centered around the influential Low End Theory club night. Captured during the summer of 2013, the movie covers Southern California’s leading sound technicians including Thundercat, the Gaslamp Killer, TOKiMONSTA (shown above), Jonwayne, Baths, Daedelus, and Teebs, among others.
Barcelona, at the moment, has a pulsating underground electronic music scene. Maybe it’s the gorgeous weather. Maybe it’s the vibrant Spanish culture and their historic city. Maybe it’s their creative, collaborative spirit. More likely, it’s a loose combination of sorts. Regardless, as you’ll see, it’s a particularly wonderful time to be there. In a new seven-minute mini-doc called Made In Barcelona, Red Bull Music Academy investigates a few of the Catalan capital’s key musical institutions including John Talabot’s Hivern Discs (launched in 2008), the Piknic Electronik festival, and the Sónar festival, as well as the Spanish artists, producers, and DJs that make the city’s heart beat strong.
“Tokyo’s a puzzle and the rules are always changing, throw yourself in at the deep end and make sense of it,” narrates global music tastemaker Gilles Peterson in the latest installment in the New Music Cities documentary series. Uncovering Tokyo’s rising underground music scene, the engaging, seven-minute mini-doc sponsored by Dazed and AllSaints features Japanese electronic soundscape producer Emuf*cka, subterranean female producer and vocalist Sapphire Slows, and instrumental rock trio Nisennenmondai.
Need a good long laugh to liven up your mid-week adventure? Look no further. We’ve absolutely got your covered. LA-based electronic dance music discovery platform Boomrat has just released a new viral video called Leatherhouse where an overweight Jewish man’s fetishistic obsession with music and leather has taken the dance world by storm. Featuring wry comedian Joshua “The Fat Jew” Ostrofsky, the three-minute DJ spoof goes behind-the-leather to investigate this all-build-up, no-bass sub-genre “sweeping the nation.”