Despite the claims of many that the art of the album sleeve is lost within the digital world, there are still a number of brilliant artists working to translate the themes of our favorite music into things of visual beauty. Like Peter Saville and Vaughan Oliver before them, today’s cover artists use all manner of techniques to make our favorite tracks pop—particularly if you find them on the shelves of your local record shop. In that spirit, FACT has gone and plucked a handful of the most prolific and thought-provoking visual artists working today in the medium of album art for a series of interviews.
Girl Talk’s sole member, Gregg Gillis, had one helluva showing at last weekend’s Coachella Festival, joining forces with MCs E-40, Too $hort, Juicy J, and Busta Rhymes for his performance. Which is a bit unusual, considering he’s used to just taking their tracks and mashing the crap out of them with popular radio hits and recognizable riffs from rock ‘n’ roll’s past. Yesterday, he hosted an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, and from it, we learned that, one, he didn’t get in near as much trouble for sampling as many once predicted—in fact, “It’s been kind of the opposite,” he wrote.
Welcome to our thumpin’ Thursday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, as fans trek back out to the desert for Coachella’s blockbuster second weekend, we’ve got Q-Tip playing at the Low End Theory in LA, Seven Lions dropping a new EP, and KiNK in-the-mix for Resident Advisor. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Friday, Saturday, or Sunday: Which day’s lineup is best? You be the judge. Outside Lands 2014 has just released its daily lineups for the seventh annual music festival that’s taking place in San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park on August 8-10. Top electronic acts including Disclosure, Tiësto, Cut Copy, Chromeo, and Flume will join main-stage contenders like Kanye West, The Flaming Lips, and Tegan & Sara, among many others on the stacked bill. The complete lineup for this year’s event is listed here and single-day tickets for Outside Lands 2014 will go on-sale today at 10 am PDT.
Bristol’s Roni Size is known first and foremost as a jungle and drum & bass legend, and his Reprazent collective changed the dance-music game entirely in 1997 with their classic LP New Forms. But did you also know that the man loves to cook? “I love to cook curry, sushi and West Indian food. I love mastering the party of flavors,” he told Mixmag recently, when asked about his current obsessions. But that’s not all.
New York electro-house producer Aiden Jude is less than half the legal age needed to enter clubs like Marquee, The Attic, and Supperclub, all hotspots where the 10-year-old DJ has recently graced the decks.
Welcome to the latest April edition of On Rotation, our weekly staff recommendations in house, techno, drum & bass, electronica, and more. Join in now.
Beatport News sent correspondent Jacob Schulman to Indio for Coachella 2014′s first weekend. Here’s his report from the California desert.
A-Trak is on a bit of a promotional blitz of late, with his new Duck Sauce LP, Quack, produced alongside Armand Van Helden just out yesterday. As part of said promo campaign, A-Trak (aka Alain Macklovitch) recently gave The Fader a tour of his NYC digs—Cribs style—and from it came this short film, the first of the publication’s At Home With series.
Max Cooper is an electronic music experimenter par excellence, who puts his science-academic background to good use when he’s making art. Recently he began experimenting with 4D sound (all three spacial dimensions, plus being able to move sound through space in time) with Amsterdam-based designers Paul Oomen, Salvador Breed, Luc Van Weelden, and Poul Holleman, and now has a super-cool recording that is gonna sound pretty amazing even in your own headphone environment.