Looks like Grammys aren’t just for the Skrillexes of dance music these days—nope, even guys like Duke Dumont and James Blake are up for awards this year. Come on in and check out the whole list of nominees, along with some super-useful tips to prep for your next digital DJ guy.
To be fair, it’s not exactly a verse that Jesse Pinkman (real name: Aaron Paul) drops on the new Tom Neville and Zen Freeman track—it’s more a vocal drop. But either way, fans of Breaking Bad will wanna come on through and check it out.
Fridays are almost always the weirdest news days. It’s the (sorta) quiet before the storm of the weekend, when the odd, hilarious, and beguiling tend to rear their heads for an interesting or easy-going ease-you-into-Saturday read. So who are we to get in the way of that? Here are some weird tales from around the dance-music landscape, including Kaskade pitching at the White Sox game, Avicii’s new videogame, and a place where homeless people can learn how to DJ.
It’s been a pretty big week for Kaskade, who just dropped his much-ballyhooed new album, Atmosphere, on Tuesday, and just scooped up the award for America’s Best DJ. Read more about it, and see what else is going on in the world of dance music, in today’s Morning Roundup.
With a multitude of styles associated with their name, Miami duo GTA has scored a promising formula for genre-defiant dance music. Their aptly named Death to Genres concept continues to epitomize the liberal sound scope that has made them one of North America’s more eclectic breakout acts, and it reflects not only their hometown’s multi-colored cultural sphere but the way they’ve to balance essential signings to Size Records and Musical Freedom with remix duties for folks like Kylie Minogue.
A huge congratulations goes out to Kaskade, as his new track “Atmosphere” hit the #1 position of our Beatport Top 100 today.
No joke: To promote last night’s State of the Union address, the White House created a short YouTube clip featuring images of Barack, Hillary, and numerical graphs flowing by to the tune of a pretty bro-y dubstep track. We seriously had to do a double-take (and a double fact-check), so click on through and judge for yourself. (And yes, we know that’s a ghastly photo illustration up top.)
Who said Monday was a slow news day? Today we’ve got reports from the Grammys, a new James Blake clip, and some crazy news regarding Avicii’s new album, so click on through to check it all out.
Technology moves so damn fast that unheard-of advancements from 10 years ago can seem so cute and quaint now. Case in point: Richie Hawtin on the introduction of digital DJing, in a Remix magazine interview from 2001. Click on through to check it out.
Beatport staffer and photographer Jordan Loyd hits a fair number of gigs each year, in between his day-to-day office duties, attending college, and shooting for the likes of NBC, The Dew Tour, and plenty of other big outfits. So naturally, since he’s already our go-to guy for shooting our favorite artists (which you’ll often see on our Facebook page), we tapped him for his 10 favorite shots of 2012.