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.
Miami Music Week and Coachella, without a doubt, help to set the tone for the summer dance-music season they precede. Naturally, many of the jams you’ll be hearing long into the fall and winter first appear at these two huge gatherings, and one such track, Dillon Francis’ bangin’ remix of Daft Punk’s “Harder Better Faster Stronger,” has been made available for your free downloading pleasure after the man’s performance at Coachella this past Easter weekend.
Avicii only just released his debut album, True, a few months back, and he’s already announced that he’s back in the saddle again, working on a follow-up.
There’s nothing like coming home and playing in front of a faithful crowd. Just ask Pretty Lights (aka Derek Vincent Smith), 33, who’s announced an upcoming string of US tour dates in 2014 including a two-night stand at Colorado’s idyllic Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 8th and 9th. It’s all part of his new 11-date tour with summer festival stops in Atlanta, New Orleans, Memphis, Austin, New York, Chicago, and more.
Stuff like Ableton and Traktor are so commonplace in today’s world of music making (particularly dance music, of course), that we hardly even think about where that software came from. But, of course, like any technology, it’s got a long and storied history—and some of it will surprise you. For instance, did you know that the popular Max programming software was actually launched, in its original form, way back in 1986?
No, Arcade Fire didn’t literally have fun with Daft Punk—it’s likely that the real French house duo were nowhere in sight. But the Canadian indie-rock gods did play a little prank of sorts at their performance to close out the last weekend of Coachella, and it involved some Daft Punk lookalikes taking the stage with them.
Welcome to our massive Monday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Deadmau5 dominating the conversation in 2014, Giorgio Moroder remixing Coldplay’s “Midnight,” and plenty of Coachella 2014: Weekend 2 coverage. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Frankie Knuckles’ legacy will live on with a little help from his friends. The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), in collaboration with Judy Weinstein and Defmix Productions, has just announced the establishment of the Frankie Knuckles Fund to support HIV information, testing, and treatment.
Englishman Mark Knight is a modern DJ whose comfortable at the forefront of culture. Now, with the recent release of his latest house single “The Return of Wolfy,” we thought it was an opportune moment to catch up with the Toolroom boss and find out what’s rocking his world right now. Here’s what’s you’ll hear from him over the weekend.