Welcome to the latest April edition of On Rotation, our weekly staff recommendations in house, techno, drum & bass, electronica, and more. Tune in now.
Play fanatics! This week, we’ve got English-born artist Gareth Emery on-tap. He’s a true DJ chameleon, shifting musical styles with ease to whatever suits him in the moment. After all, you don’t get to be one of the biggest names in dance music by confining yourself to any lone genre. Known for his keen sense of blending house, progressive, and trance into his live sets and his music, Emery’s versatility is a big reason for his current global success. He prides himself on defying simple categorization. “I’ve been a fervent anti-genre campaigner from the beginning,” he says. “My aim is to express myself through good music no matter the genre.” Well said. Make your mark by reworking Gareth Emery’s driving anthem “Eye of the Storm” featuring singer Gavin Beach.
Die-hard fans of Scuba and his leading electronic label Hotflush have something to cheer about here. The British-born, Berlin-based artist (real name Paul Rose) has followed up the recent release of Phenix 1, the first in a three-part EP series, with a companion 70-minute podcast mix. In addition to all four tracks from the EP getting included, Scuba works in cuts from like-minded house artists like Paul Woolford, Joy Orbison & Boddika, and Dense & Pika. Perfect for late-night headphone listening, it’s gorgeously atmospheric and mood-driven music. Listen in now.
While Dillon Francis was giving out Easter treats on Sunday, Chicago duo Flosstradamus took a different approach to observing April 20. Yes, as many of you know, the day coincided with 420 celebrations the world over (if you don’t know what we’re talking about, Google it, maaaan), so Flosstradamus, being the funny guys that they are, chose to give away their new EP, Wake and Bake, fittingly on that day.
It’s hardly the ideal practice to make a track in under 10 minutes, but nevertheless, it’s always entertaining to see how some of our favorite producers react under strict time constraints. Next up: Hyperdub queen Ikonika faces the music in today’s episode of Against the Clock on FACT TV.
Welcome to our awesome Tuesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Skrillex’s dance-music musings, Chromeo live on Jimmy Kimmel, and a look back at Larry Levan and NYC’s Paradise Garage. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
DJ/producer David Morales has shared a letter that Barack and Michelle Obama wrote to friends and family of Frankie Knuckles. As you likely know, the Obamas lived in Chicago prior to their time in the White House, and naturally, President Obama knew a thing or two about the house-music culture that was born there.
Ready to learn how to do Chicago footwork like a pro? Well, it’s time to lace up and hone your skills. The Windy City’s own King Charles and Pause Eddie show you some of this scene’s essential steps in their quick how-to tutorial. The no frills, four-minute dance video covers 10 coveted moves like the Erk & Jerk, The Ghost, The Running Man, Skates, Mikes, and more. It’s also features some fresh footwork music from local luminaries like DJ Diamond, DJ Solo, and DJ Rell. Definitely an entertaining way to start your future Chicago footwork odyssey. Watch it now.
Were you there out in the blazing California desert or was it just a Couchella mirage? Coachella has just released its official 2014 recap for the annual music and arts festival that touched down over the past two weekends in Indio, CA. Featuring over 35 of the festival’s most notable dance acts including Outkast, Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris, Girl Talk, Dillion Francis, among many others, the two-minute slow-mo video set to Virtual Boy’s “Sandias” takes you on a magical journey back through the defining moments of both weekends. Watch it now.
What happens when you head to Ibiza in the ’80s to party and have your mind blown by classic balearic house? You bring the whole thing back home with you. That’s exactly the sights and sounds explored in a new 20-minute documentary from Dazed and Channel 4, the second in their ongoing Music Nation series. Berkshire Goes Balearic covers the blossoming of the balearic house music scene across the UK during the late ’80s including the clubs, the culture, the DJs, and, of course, the dance music that made it all memorable. Flashback now.