It’s been a while since we checked in with two of the most popular faces of contemporary dance music, and it turns out that much is brewing in the Deadmau5 and Skrillex camps. Check out what’s going down after the jump.
So, you’ve heard all about the contributions from Pharrell, Giorgio Moroder, and Gonzales to the new Daft Punk album, but do you know about the guy who made their $72 pizza? Then you’ll probably want to check out the duo’s latest collaborators video. Plus, we’ve got Loco Dice travel tips, a hot mid-’90s mix from Richie Hawtin, and a statement from Anjunabeats on Will.i.am’s less-than-diligent sample-clearance job. Let the weekend begin!
If you’ve been paying attention the last couple months, you’ll likely know that Richie Hawtin took a brief tour of South African to join up with the Bridges for Music foundation to spread the message of electronic music globally and to play some pretty unique shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg. In this quick documentary, you’ll catch a glimpse of Hawtin’s musical discovery there and the socio-cultural exchange in which he engaged, visiting townships while speaking and performing alongside SA greats like Black Coffee and Niskerone.
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.
The weekend was packed with all sorts of surprises, but the biggest, at least for our money, was the gift bestowed upon one lucky Record Store Day patron, who uncovered some brand-new and extremely rare Boards of Canada music. Check it out!
Take it from plenty of elder statesmen of the dance-music scene—if there’s one thing you gotta do from an early stage in your career, it’s protect your hearing. That’s why folks like Richie Hawtin travel with Johannes Krämer, to ensure that of course things sound good to both the crowd and the DJ, but also so that Hawtin doesn’t end his career prematurely from hearing damage. Naturally, not everyone can afford to have someone like Krämer in tow, but that’s why DJ TechTools’ always-on-it Ean Golden put together this great primer on quick tips for saving your eardrums.
In case you hadn’t already heard, everyone’s going gaga for dance music these days. But we didn’t exactly expect Sting to step into the ring with Afrojack, nor did we see Waka Flocka Flame laying down tracks with Skrillex anytime soon. But hey, that’s the world we live in. Check out the big collabs, and plenty of Ibiza summer season news, in today’s Morning Roundup.
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.
Detroit’s Movement Festival, which takes place in Hart Plaza over Memorial Day weekend, has announced its third and final phase of its lineup for the event’s 2013 edition. And Squarepusher, Moby, Magda, and Dubfire are all among the new names that have been added to the already extensive list.
Earlier today we featured an interview with Fedde Le Grand, the Dutch producer who popularized “Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit,” but those in the know recall that Fedde’s track sampled Matthew Dear’s now-classic Ghostly International tune “Hands Up For Detroit.” In that spirit, we’ve managed to assemble some of Detroit’s greatest producers and DJs with their hands up—or out—presumably for the D. Enjoy.