There’s been much ado about Mad Decent’s and Major Lazer’s appropriation of Caribbean culture over the years, and, yeah, we can see both sides of the argument. But finally, label head Diplo has spoken in greater detail on that topic. Read up on that and a whole lot more in today’s Roundup.
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.
Brixton-by-way-of-Nottingham producer Citizen can bash out deep house with the best of them, so much so that he’s become something of an up-and-coming star on legend Kerri Chandler’s MadTech label, which released last year’s Deep End EP and just put out his remix of Waze & Oddysey’s “Be Right There.” More recently, though, Citizen dropped his latest EP, Trax, on the newish Love Fever label, which finds him going deeper still. See how deep he goes in his sets with his choice Weekend Weapons below.
Without even really noticing what we were doing this morning, we inadvertently wrote up a news roundup packed almost exclusively with news about Detroit’s always fertile techno and house scenes. Almost exclusively, we should point out—don’t worry, there’s other stuff, too, so get readin’!
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.)
House music has a legacy unlike any other genre of dance music. Born in Chicago in the ’80s, the style grew outward to Detroit, New York, the UK, Paris, South Africa, and all points in between, and, some 30 years later, it’s touched just about every aspect of popular music as we know it. As part of our Legends of Electronic Music series, today we take a look at some must-see documentaries that track house music’s growth and popularity—from Chi-Town to Johannesburg. And while we couldn’t quite include Lil Louis’ The House that Chicago Built since it’s still in production, here are our 10 favorites up to now.
Classic house from Theo Parrish, beat experiments from Lusine and FaltyDL, and plenty more offerings fill out this week’s On Rotation, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
Despite being new-release day, Tuesday is also jam-packed with news of all sorts from around the dance-music world. The be-all-end-all of techno-house collabs, a new Calvin Harris app, and Guetta’s response to Deadmau5 all factor into today’s Morning Roundup, which you can dig into after the jump.
Theo Parrish remixes The Invisibles, plus a Vesicle reissue and plenty more in today’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
In today’s roundup, Richie Hawtin goes back to school—quite literally—as he brings his CNTRL tour to campuses continent-wide, including his own alma mater. Plus, our favorite DJs survey the state of the scene and we find some amazing DJ controllers, so get to readin’, stat!