So much music. So little time. The 2014 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival returns this weekend to the California desert community of Indio—and what an impressive slate of musical talent it is. Really, the only burning question is, how are you going to catch everything that’s worth seeing? Well, as luck would have it, we’ve got you covered. We’ve culled the massive three-day, six-stage roster, debated the finer points, and come up with our essential picks for this year’s premier music festival. Read on and rejoice!
Hot Since 82′s Daley Padley has been on a total tear lately thanks to the recent chart-topping success of his remixes like Green Velvet’s “Bigger Than Prince” and Rudimental’s “Right Here” taken from his album Little Black Book. Gracing the April 2014 cover of Mixmag, the Yorkshire-based hot house hand hits the trail for a hike in the English countryside while chatting about werewolves on the moor, being a hero of the Beatport generation, his “Peter Pan” nickname, hitting Ibiza with his rave entourage, his new label, and so much more.
Riding the wave that was their 2013, the Brothers Lawrence (you know them as Disclosure) have just announced that they’re primed to present a series of unique shows this coming year, and have so far confirmed dates for Berkeley, California, in April and Chicago, Illinois, in June.
Even in notoriously “weird is wonderful” dance-music circles, Chicago’s Curtis Jones is quite a character. Over his 20-year career, the Windy City native has charted his own course across the dance-music galaxy while donning his signature day-glo green mohawk and cyberpunk sunglasses. Under his many monikers including Cajmere, Geo Vogt, Green Velvet, Half Pint, Curan Stone, and Gino Vittori, Jones, 46, has churned out quite a quiver of outside-the-box tracks like 1992’s “Percolator,” 2000’s “Answering Machine,” and 2001’s “La La Land.”
Now, steaming along on the momentum of this year’s notable single “Bigger Than Prince,” Jones is set to release a new full-length album entitled Unshakable on which he combines his well-defined clubland pedigree with some of dance music’s underground heroes including Boo Williams, Paul Johnson, DJ Sneak, Gene Farris, Nicky Romero, and Harvard Bass, among others.
DJMonitor is a company that tracks the plays of DJs’ sets at a given event by “using advanced audio fingerprinting software and an extensive online music database,” they say. So what have they determined topped the charts at this year’s ADE?
In an incredibly short amount of time, Hot Since 82 has gone from relatively unknown to a name on the lips of just about every deep-house fan out there. He first entered the spotlight with remixes of Shadow Child’s “So High” and Yousef’s “Beg,” but it wasn’t until he released his original “Knee Deep in Louise” that things really took off for the Leeds-based producer more formally known as Daley Padley.
In most cases, we try to veer away from political stuff, but man, this is one story we can’t avoid. Tricky, it turns out, has got some extremely harsh words for Barack Obama. See just what after the jump.
On Friday, February 22, Beatport Live presents UK techno talent Perc. Having gained early recognition for his hit “Up” on Kompakt, Perc went on to catch the ears of Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Chris Liebing, Slam, John Digweed, Green Velvet, Erol Alkan, Steve Lawler, and many more. That critical and peer acclaim led to him being signed to bona fide techno powerhouses like Ovum, Drumcode, and CLR. As well, his own label, Perc Trax, has become a force in itself.
From the looks of things, the Irish outfit known as The Japanese Popstars has slimmed down a bit. Once operating as a trio, the group now consists of principals Gary Curran and Gareth Donoghue. Still, that doesn’t seem to have slowed down their run in any way, as the pair of current Popstars topped off their summer with a brand-new EP last month via the Gung Ho! label, again tapping the talents of Green Velvet (he was also featured on the group’s “Let Go” tune) to lend his vocals to the record’s grinding title track, “Matter of Time” (which, incidentally, was commissioned to be the official anthem of the 2012 International Music Summit in Ibiza).
With all that in mind, we decided to put the young Irishmen to the test, and pinged them for a peek at their weekend arsenal. Clearly, they were up to the task.
Some pretty fun film news today in the way of a Peaches rock opera and Skrillex’s animated cameo in the new Wreck-It Ralph movie, but first… DJs take to Twitter to air their hilariously mundane laundry. Read on for the whole scoop.