If you’re fortunate enough to be in Amsterdam this weekend, you’re probably headed straight to the second annual Dekmantel festival. Prominent electronic luminaries Ben Klock, Boddika, DJ Koze, Jamie xx, Jeff Talabot, Nicolas Jaar, and Theo Parrish, among many others will all be on-hand to move the masses across fives stages curated by Resident Advisor, Red Bull Music Academy, Boiler Room, and more. Sounds amazing. Yet, just in case you can’t make it, XLR8R’s got an in-depth interview with the founding trio—Thomas Martojo, Casper Tielrooij, and Matthijs Theben Terville—behind the leading-edge, three-day event.
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.
You see them on their own heading up a story on your favorite music blog and you don’t think twice about the sullen DJ press pic. But when you see them grouped together, as they have been by Producers and DJs Looking Depressed, you can’t help but chuckle. Nope, these are not ads for Ablixa. They’re the work of some smartypants with another gut-busting DJ-related Tumblr blog that we just can’t get enough of. So without further ado, we give you 10 hilariously depressing DJ press shots, courtesy of depresseddjs.tumblr.com.
Fridays—they just gotta be fun days. So, with that in mind, today we present to you one cray-mazing mixtape of pretty much the worst rap songs ever committed to tape—courtesy of David Faustino, Hulk Hogan, Dan Aykroyd, and tons of other stars-gone-bad… and of course, your usual dose of news and reviews from around the electronic music world. Enjoy!
It’s a year-ender for today’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.