Welcome to our latest May edition of On Rotation, our weekly staff recommendations in house, techno, drum & bass, electronica, and more. Settle in now.
In 2013, Claude VonStroke released Urban Animal, his most personal and dance-eclectic LP to date. Now, he’s following up his second LP with a curated selection of new remixes dropping on May 5th. Like-minded electronic artists like Solomon, Eprom, Dixon, Jimmy Edgar, and label-mate Justin Jay, among others have added their deft studio touch to standout selections like “Dood,” “Oakland Rope,” and “The Clapping Track.” The dirtybird don himself even delivers a deep, electrofied reworking of “Can’t Wait.”
Lots to cover today, folks. Chuckie gets knighted by the president of Suriname, Dubspot breaks down Modus Operandi, Blond:ish hits the desert, and Whole Foods starts peddling vinyl? Come on in and see what else is in store.
A few weeks back, as he was prepping for a gig with drum & bass legends Photek and LTJ Bukem, San Francisco producer/DJ Justin Martin sat down with us at nearby Pyramind Training for a little chat. The dirtybird stalwart may focus more on bassy house and techno these days, but his electronic music roots definitely lie with early drum & bass. In this video interview, he walks us through that first exposure to those aforementioned heroes, the evolution of the dirtybird mascot, and how his remake of Goldie’s “Kemistry” came to be. Check it out in its entirety after the jump.
A true drum & bass genius, some lo-fi loveliness, and bassy house jams feature in today’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
Legendary. Seminal. Groundbreaking. Visionary. Classic. These words get thrown around in electronic music like bootlegged SoundCloud files. Yet, in the case of pioneering drum & bass maven LTJ Bukem (aka Danny Williamson), the man who helped define an entire generation of liquid D&B, these descriptors are certainly warranted. Beatport News caught up with Bukem to find out why now was the perfect time to re-introduce his legendary label’s full body of work, to dive into his career of achievements, and—ultimately—find out what he thinks the future holds for drum & bass.
There’s a veritable smorgasbord of drum & bass history tucked into today’s Morning Roundup, so, heads, prepare for one serious rewind. But the big news today focuses on Guy Gerber’s weird single-glove obsession. Move on over, MJ.
Mechanical drum machines, Mixmaster Mike and The Gaslamp Killer getting crazy on the decks… with NAMM still on the brain, there’s no shortage of awesome tech clips coming our way. So without further ado, check those out and more after the jump.
Sure, podcasts were everywhere this year. And sure, many folks say the dance-music world is a singles game. But to our ears, very little beats a proper DJ mix or compilation, especially when they’re curated and crafted by the world’s finest selectors, clubs, and labels. There were dozens upon dozens of mixes and comps that got our attention this year, and we’re happy to finally bring you the cream of our crop—10 must-hear compilations for 2012. Enjoy!
As you may already know, tons of your favorite DJs, like Moby, Paul Van Dyk, Photek, and Diplo, have been selling their exclusive mixes through our Beatport Mixes store. Now it’s your turn to start doing the same, as we’re excited to announce that we’ve released Beatport Mixes to open beta for the public.