Welcome to our wild Wednesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Kelis performing on Letterman, Bob Sinclar and Gisele covering Blondie for H&M, and Jeff Mills in-the-mix. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
One of Canada’s true gems of techno and house music, Adam Marshall played a huge role in the formation of Toronto’s scene, leaving it in a much richer state by the time he left it than when he started. Along with ushering in the always-amazing New Kanada imprint, which is on the cusp of celebrating its 50th release, he’s now a central figure in Berlin’s club scene, both as an impeccable DJ and a producer in the highly respected Graze project alongside Christian “XI” Andersen. Fittingly, XLR8R tapped him to assemble their latest podcast mix, and it’s a doozy: 36 tracks clocking in at around 80 minutes.
The phenomenon of celebrity DJing—that’s celebrities DJing, not DJs who’ve become celebrities—got officially out of hand long ago, when folks like Lindsay Lohan started getting behind the decks. But once a prince and duchess get involved, it becomes a whole different story. No, Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton aren’t exactly threatening to take up the fine art of mixing records, but they did receive a (very) quick lesson in scratching the other day while on a visit to Adelaide, Australia.
The beat goes on for Electric Zoo. New York City’s premiere electronic music festival is scheduled to return to Randall Island Park over Labor Day weekend (August 29-31) for its sixth annual event while ensuring the safest experience possible. According to an earlier Magnetic report, there was some concern that the event would not be granted permits after two drug-related deaths caused the cancellation of day three in 2013.
Steve Aoki just announced to Billboard that he’s set to drop the first half of his double album Neon Future, via his own Dim Mak imprint, on August 12. The release will be followed by a headlining show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on August 16, and Neon Future II will arrive early next year. The record finds Aoki collaborating with the likes of Fall Out Boy, Empire of the Sun, will.i.am, Flux Pavilion, Bonnie McKee, Machine Gun Kelly, and Wacka Flocka Flame, the latter of whom appears on the LP’s first single, “Rage the Night Away.”
Watch out weekend warriors for LA’s own strawberry gang! When they attack, they go hard! HARD Summer just released its official 2014 lineup premiering in a new trailer and what an impressive list it is. Skrillex and Diplo (as Jack U), Tiësto, Disclosure, Dillion Francis, A-Trak, and more are playing one of Southern California’s premier electronic music festivals that’s slated to take place at the Whittier Narrows in El Monte, CA. on August 2nd and 3rd. Catch the full trailer now and get tickets here.
Die-hard fans of Scuba and his leading electronic label Hotflush have something to cheer about here. The British-born, Berlin-based artist (real name Paul Rose) has followed up the recent release of Phenix 1, the first in a three-part EP series, with a companion 70-minute podcast mix. In addition to all four tracks from the EP getting included, Scuba works in cuts from like-minded house artists like Paul Woolford, Joy Orbison & Boddika, and Dense & Pika. Perfect for late-night headphone listening, it’s gorgeously atmospheric and mood-driven music. Listen in now.
While Dillon Francis was giving out Easter treats on Sunday, Chicago duo Flosstradamus took a different approach to observing April 20. Yes, as many of you know, the day coincided with 420 celebrations the world over (if you don’t know what we’re talking about, Google it, maaaan), so Flosstradamus, being the funny guys that they are, chose to give away their new EP, Wake and Bake, fittingly on that day.
It’s hardly the ideal practice to make a track in under 10 minutes, but nevertheless, it’s always entertaining to see how some of our favorite producers react under strict time constraints. Next up: Hyperdub queen Ikonika faces the music in today’s episode of Against the Clock on FACT TV.
Welcome to our awesome Tuesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Skrillex’s dance-music musings, Chromeo live on Jimmy Kimmel, and a look back at Larry Levan and NYC’s Paradise Garage. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.