Haunting experimentalism, classic techno and house, and Detroit-style underwater electro all pop up in this week’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
Between live spectacles, a consistent album output, and an aptitude for drawing collaborators from across the musical spectrum, Derry’s Japanese Popstars have proven a truly authentic force in electronic music. Now one member fewer (after the departure of Declan McLoughlin) and realigned in their approach, Gary Curran and Gareth Donoghue have not only returned to the limelight but rewarded fans who may have feared that the big, bad industry had subdued this precious experimental outfit. And if their 2012 IMS anthem “Matter of Time” hadn’t been reassurance enough, their third album, Disconnect/Reconnect, for Bedrock Records, signaled a full journey from the major-label circuit they so infamously embraced. A deep and transient showcase of experimental techno stylings, their retraction from a partnership with Virgin/EMI Records offers a firm lesson not only for producers pining for the major-label pedestal, but for those who don’t believe that underground club fuel can still hit positive notes on a mass scale. Beatport News sat down with Popstar Gary Curran to talk albums, U-turns, and the lessons to be learned in chasing the “other side” of the industry coin.
The Sun City Music Festival is set to take place August 31 and September 1 at Ascarate Park in El Paso, Texas, and we’re proud to announce Beatport’s involvement. Among the scores of already-awesome guests that the festival will host, we’re excited to co-present with SCMF the Beatport Stage, where we’ll bring you a lineup of tried-and-true dance music leaders and up-and-coming stars from the underground. So far, Brodinski, Cassy, Droog, Eats Everything, French Fries, Gesaffelstein, John Digweed, Michel De Hey, Popof, Sébastien Léger, Stefano Noferini, and Scuba are all scheduled to hit our stage, with more announcements to follow in the coming weeks.
John Digweed is one of those iconic names in electronic music that will never fade away. Now a music legend, and a pioneer of the progressive and house genres, Digweed began DJing at the tender age of 15 out of his hometown of Hastings, England, and has been making his mark on the music industry for over 20 years. We were lucky enough to catch up with him just minutes before he closed out the Beatport Stage at the Movement Festival a few weeks back to talk playing house in Detroit, the first ever Renaissance compilation album, and the pros and cons of the digital landscape.
Last weekend, as you’ll likely know from some of our earlier coverage this week, the Beatport team was in full effect at Detroit’s Movement Festival, hosting a huge riverfront stage, scouring the backstage area for interviews with Moby, Masters at Work, Kevin Saunderson, John Digweed, and tons more (which you’ll catch in the weeks to come), and checking out every last artist to grace Hart Plaza that weekend. On the ground (and on the afterparty floors), writers Lauren Salm and Emma Robertson, along with photographer Jordan Loyd, took in as much as was humanly possible, and today we’re excited to present their personal highlights from that huge blowout dance-music weekend.
Well, it’s just the way that it goes these days, with festivals offering up drips of information along the way, teasing us fans endlessly as they loosen the faucet every once in a while. Today, Detroit’s Movement Festival, which takes place over Memorial Day Weekend at Hart Plaza, has announced its full stage and date lineup. Naturally, we’re hugely excited about what we’ll be co-presenting at the Beatport Stage, but of course, the rest of the fest’s schedule is jam-packed with excellence.
Well, it’s a pretty big day for festival announcements with lineups made public for both Decibel and our Beatport Stage at Movement. But we’ve also got some hot news on new full-lengths from Thundercat and Disclosure, plus one helluva remix gig up for grabs, so check it all out after the jump.
We’re absolutely thrilled to announce to you today the official lineup for the Beatport Stage at this year’s Movement Festival, taking place in Detroit’s Hart Plaza from May 25-27. Among tons of names, headlining our stage this year will be dance-music heroes Moby, Masters at Work (aka Kenny Dope and Louie Vega), and John Digweed. But that’s not all—also hitting Beatport’s riverside stage will be Art Department, Dennis Ferrer, Ellen Allien, Soul Clap, 16 Bit Lolitas, Cajmere, and plenty more throughout Memorial Day Weekend.