Welcome to our Thursday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got New York house head Todd Terry releasing “Real House” on Steve Angello’s X label, Sonar 2014 kicking off in Barcelona, and Metronomy chatting Love Letters. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Welcome to our awesome Tuesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got New York DJ David Morales paying tribute to Frankie Knuckles, 10 can’t miss shows at this year’s Sonar, and Fact TV putting UK dubstep leader Pinch on the spot at Mutek. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
During the late ’70s, detractors in New York City’s underground music scene called Blondie “sellouts” when “Heart of Glass” became a smash hit. Guitarist and writer Chris Stein wasn’t swayed by the outcry. He was convinced they were onto something. Combining dance, rap, and reggae, Blondie catapulted new wave into the mainstream. In this final episode in Red Bull Music Academy’s beat:repeat series, studio mastermind Chris Stein remembers the dark and gritty New York that he once inhabited, and outlines the complicated technical process that went into making Blondie’s chart-topping track.
If you’re New York hit-making producers Arthur Baker and John Robie, what do you do as an encore to crafting Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force’s 1982 electro classic “Planet Rock?” You switch it up, of course, by pushing the limits of what a drum machine can do for 1983′s follow-up “Looking for the Perfect Beat.” In the latest episode in Red Bull Music Academy’s ongoing beat:repeat series, influential producers Arthur Baker (shown above) and John Robie chat about how they spent six months creating the influential 808 odyssey while pushing this pioneering drum machine to new heights.
Last Sunday afternoon in New York, over 20,000 house-music devotees turned up as Red Bull Music Academy transformed King Street into a dancing tribute to the legacy of legendary DJ Larry Levan and the Paradise Garage. Longtime friends and musical collaborators François Kevorkian, David DePino, and Joey Llanos played their DJ hearts out alongside some soulful singing from classic house diva Jocelyn Brown. Don’t miss a moment from the middle of the dancefloor.
It’s hard to believe that the Red Bull Music Academy has been bringing together the producers of tomorrow with dance music’s most important players for more than 15 years now. But we’ve got proof that that’s exactly the case, as they recently unearthed this incredible lecture with techno pioneer Jeff Mills, from their 1998 summit in Berlin.
The venerable Red Bull Music Academy is in the midst of its 15th-anniversary celebrations this year, and as part of it, they’ve just released their first full-length documentary, entitled What Difference Does It Make?, and you can watch it for free right now.
It’s a packed lineup today in the Morning Roundup, with a host of news bits from Deadmau5, Disclosure, Perry Farrell, Simian Mobile Disco, Four Tet, Richie Hawtin, Skrillex, and plenty more. So get that coffee ready cuz you’ve got readin’ to do.
We love a good music-related science story (who doesn’t?), but this one is pretty damn special. Austin Chapman has been deaf since childhood, but with the help of some new hearing aids, he’s able to hear music for more or less the first time in the traditional sense. Noisey talks with him about this new experience, and it’s well worth a read. Come on in to check it out, plus tons more, of course.
Look, we’re not out to put the heads of young and ambitious pop singers on stakes, but all the same, we can’t sit idly by as we watch one of our beloved dance-music duos get Minipops‘d in some really bad decision to give a bunch of suburban moms more of what they want (that being digestible mall-friendly pap). Today we rue the day that Pentatonix ever heard the name Daft Punk.