Midnight Conspiracy and The Chaotic Good have come together to form Autograf, an emerging act that is building a strong presence with a soulful style of future bass that is uniquely their own. Through remixing the likes of French Horn Rebellion, Marvin Gaye, and Amtrac, they’ve been gaining recognition across the blogosphere with Hype Machine chart success as they develop their anticipated original productions. Autograf now brings us a vibey new guest mix including an unreleased original song and Stevie Wonder remix, as well as a tasteful selection of tracks from Sweater Beats, Shadow Child, MK, Cyril Hahn, and more.
Autograf – ID
Trentemoller – Nightwalker
Sweater Beats – Love Me (feat. Sunni Colon)
New Look – Nap On The Bow
Daughter – Get Lucky (Shadow Child VIP)
Ben Pearce – What I Might Do (Club Edit)
Marvin Gaye – Grapevine (Autograf Remix)
Fantastic Mr Fox – The Trap
Storm Queen – Look Right Through (MK Dub III)
Amtrac – Walkin’ (Autograf Remix)
Cyril Hahn – Perfect Form (feat. Shy Girls)
Stevie Wonder – Superstition (Autograf Remix)
• Gui Boratto Embarks on North American and European Tours
• Matt Tolfrey and Ryan Crosson mix Don’t Be Leftout
• Scuba Announces North American Tour
Gui Boratto Embarks on North American and European Tours
Kicking off in San Francisco tomorrow night, Brazillian techno minimalist Gui Boratto‘s tours of North America and Europe will span the rest of March and continue until late April. The string of live performances will find the enduring DJ/producer—whose only original solo release since 2011′s III LP was the “Too Late” b/w “We Can Go” 12″ fromlast year—making stops in New York, Chicago, Montreal, Lisbon, Tel Aviv, Dublin, London, Madrid, Amsterdam, and beyond, before finishing up on April 20 in Paris. Boratto’s upcoming tour is said to precede his next single for Kompakt, which will arrive sometime this summer. Before then, his full list of scheduled performances can be found below.
14/03 – Mezzanine, San Francisco, USA
21/03 – Verboten, New York City, USA w/ Kölsch
22/03 – Spy Bar Chicago, USA
26/03 – U Street Music Hall, Washington, D.C., USA
28/03 – Coda, Toronto, Canada
29/03 – Stereo Montreal, Montreal, Canada
03/04 – Lux, Lisbon, Portugal
04/04 – Gare, Porto, Portugal
05/04 – Forty Five, Hasselt, Belgium
05/04 – Loveland Weekender, Bungalow Weert, Netherlands
10/04 – Cat & Dog, Tel Aviv, Israel
11/04 – Pygmalion, Dublin, Irland
12/04 – The Electric Brixton, London, England
17/04 – Sala Coco, Madrid, Spain
19/04 – Kompakt Party@DGTL Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
20/04 – Zig Zag, Paris, France
It’s the second time the London-based imprint has released a mix by this name, following an outing from Tolfrey in 2007. For the next instalment, the label chief has teamed up with Visionquest member Crosson, putting together an 18-track compilation of dark and dubby tech house.
“Myself and Ryan are old friends, so we’ve planned to do something since he moved to London,” says Tolfrey. “Every track we’re putting on the compilation is exclusive to the mix, including new tracks from Ryan (solo, and as part of his Sweatshops Boys project), and lots of edits and remixes by myself and Ryan, with the aim of making it as special as it can be.”
01. Jack Riley – This Isn’t You
02. Benedetto & Farina Feat Jaw – Your Smile (Spoken House Mix)
03. Sam Russo – Past Ways
04. Hugo Barritt – Lever Tate
05. Maher Daniel & Ostrich – Hypnosis
06. Gavin Herlihy – Was I Supposed To?
07. Canal & Garfield – Eastpoint Breaks
08. Lil Mark – 1994 (Matt Tolfrey’s Freedom To Party Dub)
09. Geddes – Run For Your Money
10. Huxley and Sam Russo – Don’t Undastand (Acappella)
11. Sweatshop Boys – Wanna Be More
12. H-Foundation Feat Blakkat – All I Need
13. William Kouam Djoko – Sufficed To Say
14. Ryan Crosson – Two One Three
15. Luke Solomon – Psycho Babble
16. Pezzner – The Answer
17. Matt Tolfrey Feat Jem Cooke and Kevin Knapp – Distant Story (Mr Finger’s Galactic Mix)
18. Jay Haze Feat Ricardo Villalobos – The Darkest Disco (Matt Tolfrey Reprise)
Leftroom will release Don’t Be Leftout on April 28th, 2014.
Hotflush’s main man Scuba is setting off on another North American tour next month, following his massive winter tour earlier this year! The spring tour will take him everywhere from Mexico, to the West Coast of the United States, and across the country to New York. Kicking off on April 11th in Mexico City, he will then make stops in Phoenix, Indio for both weekends of Coachella, New York, Portland, and Chicago. Check out the full tour details above!
Paul Rose has continued to push the boundaries of house, techno, and disco with his Scuba alias. He had a banner 2013 being named “Best Live Act” by DJ Mag, and releasing ‘Update,’ which explored his back catalogue. He’s back with his first new productions since 2012’s “Hardbody,” titled ‘Phenix 1.’ Don’t miss out as he tours the continent as the first installment of his new Phenix series is released!
When asked about the EP, Scuba states: “There’s still a strong dance floor element to it all but with a much greater emphasis on mood and atmospherics. There are elements of all the different stages my production work has taken in previously too, but the result is a bit different to all of them.”
The Dutch producer/DJ, Oliver Heldens, gives us yet another ear-catching track that reinforces his signature sound. First it was “Gecko,” then it was his “Animals” remix, and now it’s this Robin Thicke remix that is bound for success. Oliver Heldens has taken Thicke’s vocals and some melodic elements from the original, and worked in his distinctive style of groovy house music for a club-ready rendition. This remix will be released on Beatport on Monday, March 31st.
• SBTRKT details Transitions instrumentals series for Young Turks – hear all six tracks
• Verboten Heralds Brooklyn Renaissance With New Nightclub Music and Arts Venue to Open in the Heart of Williamsburg
• Max Cooper Shares New Video, Details Upcoming Tour
SBTRKT announces Transitions series
Three 12″s on the way as the masked producer clears his cupboards.
SBTRKT has announced the release of Transitions, a series of six instrumental tracks due for release digitally and on three separate 12″s over the coming months. The series was teased on Mary Anne Hobbs’ radio show last month, but now the producer has the full details.
“This is music written over the last year, whilst recording for my second album,” the ‘Wildfire’ producer explained. ‘Much of the music I released before my debut album was instrumental and I want to continue to share this side of the music I make.”
Each track can be heard now at the Transitions mini-site, designed by long-term collaborator A Hidden Place (who created SBTRKT’s tribal mask) and Japanese creative agency PARTY.
The three 12″s will feature artwork that creates a squiggly Moiré pattern when the inner bag is removed from its sleeve – check it out on the website’s background. The six tracks will also be available to purchase separately in MP3, WAV or FLAC formats.
Here’s the full tracklisting and release schedule:
Transitions I: ‘Gamalena’/’Hold The Line’ YT112, out May 5
Transitions II: ‘Kyoto’/’Resolute’ YT113, out May 19
Transitions III: ‘Highs + Lows’/’Stifle’, out YT113 June 2
Verboten Heralds Brooklyn Renaissance With New Nightclub Music and Arts Venue to Open in the Heart of Williamsburg
Brooklyn-based nightlife entrepreneurs Verboten [German for “forbidden"] have been shaping the NYC clubbing landscape and beyond for over 12 years and are now set to open the doors at their purpose-built venue for nightlife, music and arts in the heart of Williamsburg.
After years of meticulous planning, co-founders Jen Schiffer & John Perez, along with a team of industry veterans and illustrious partners, will further ignite the ongoing Brooklyn renaissance happening in recent years. Verboten parties have already encapsulated the explosive global, underground dance music scene and will continue to host DJ residencies and top-notch musical programming featuring both established and burgeoning talent. The diverse array of upcoming music and arts programming is set to mirror the spirit of Brooklyn and will include live music, art shows, yoga & fitness classes, burlesque performances, and tap into the creative consciousness of NYC.
“We’re excited to build a home for ourselves and our team; a multi-functional event space in Brooklyn designed for musicians & artists to fulfill their creative visions. We look forward to celebrating the unique wealth of talent that NYC has to offer for everyone who comes through our doors.”
–Jen Schiffer & John Perez, Verboten Co-Founders
The 750-person capacity venue is a 10,000 square foot former metal manufacturing warehouse, designed by Verboten’s John Perez and architecture firm Latent to be a true home for performers and music fans alike. The design aesthetic spotlights industrial steel and concrete accents that bring Verboten’s dystopian aesthetic to life. Verboten features a one-of-a-kind Martin Audio sound system custom-designed by ITI Audio, innovative ROBE intelligent lighting showcase, panoramic HD video wall, along with video projections and 3D mapping by multimedia designers Waking Dream.
The main Control Room is a large, open event space, centered around a 1,400 square foot sprung wood dance floor [reclaimed from a Thomas Edison factory used to make phonographs], multiple staging areas for live music or DJ performances, and raised modular seating. The adjoining Cabaret Bar is a more intimate, futuristic take on a Weimar-era cabaret, with plush leather banquettes, multiple skylights, steel chandeliers and a small stage with a DJ booth that allows it to be used independently as an intimate event space or in conjunction with the Control Room.
Verboten’s motto, “Nothing is Forbidden,” is seen in its whimsical food & beverage program. A specialty cocktail menu created by Counting Room alums highlights absinthe, locally made syrups and artisanal sodas, with names taken from dystopian sci-fi novels. These will be paired with a small plates menu in summer 2014, focusing on “forbidden foods” like bacon and foie gras.
Verboten March 2014
March 14 Rebel Rave: Damian Lazarus, Francesca Lombardo, Fur Coat, Ida Engberg, Pattern Drama
March 15 Wasabassco Burlesque Show
March 21 Gui Boratto
March 22 Magda, Bill Patrick | Matt Tolfrey, Ryan Crosson, Shaun Reeves, jozif
March 23 Cut Copy [DJ Set]
March 28 Zeitgeist: Jamie xx, John Talabot
March 29 Susanne Bartsch presents Kunst
Upcoming in 2014: Bespoke Music, Carl Craig, Catz n’ Dogz, Davide Squillace, Josh Wink, Justin Martin, Lee Burridge, Matthew Dear, Push The Night, Speedy J, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Tiga, Trouble & Bass, and more to be announced!
Max Cooper Shares New Video, Details Upcoming Tour
Busy Londoner Max Cooper has been all over our publishing schedule as of late, with this week’s release of his debut album Human and yesterday’s appearance in our Artist Tips feature series. An understated artist who values craft over image, the burgeoning producer’s latest video reflects that sentiment with shadowy figures filling out the clip for album cut “Empyrean.” Directed by Joseph Murréll, the metaphysical piece weaves through a number of silhouettes of both human and animal bodies overlaid with intricate lines resembling nervous systems—reminiscent of Alex Grey imagery—visuals which are then interspersed with kaleidescopic shapes. The earthlike symbolism pairs with Cooper’s emotively celestial tune, as the cascading piano, melancholic strings, and glitch-focused beats portray the artist’s attempt to translate the concept of heaven into music.
Furthermore, Cooper is days away from launching an extensive tour that will see him travel through Europe, to North America, and back again, ending in late August at the Utrecht Festival in The Netherlands. The current list of those upcoming performances is available below, where the video for “Empyrean” can also be found.
13 Mar – Cat and Dog, Tel Aviv
21 Mar – Tunnel Club, Milan
22 Mar – Bonsoir, Bern
28 Mar – Electrosnow Festival, Andorra
04 Apr – WIHMini Festival, Paris
05 Apr – Crucifix Lane, London
11 Apr – Ubel & Gefahrlich, Hamburg
17 Apr – Electron Festival, Geneva
18 Apr – Slakthuset, Stockholm
19 Apr – Camp & Furnace, Liverpool
20 Apr – Tante Reike, Bonn
25 Apr – Douala, Ravensburg, Germany
09 May – Romy S, Stuttgart, Germany
24 May – Movement Festival, Detroit
25 May – Lightning in a Bottle Festival, California
30 May – MUTEK, Montreal
31 May – Coda, Toronto
20 Jun – Gottwood Festival, Wales
27 Jun – Celtronic Festival, Derry
28 Jun – Awakenings, Amsterdam
12 Jul – Noisily Festival, Leicestershire
19 Jul – Showcase, Paris
25 Jul – Audioriver Festival, Poland
15 Aug – Barbarella’s Discotecque, Croatia
23 Aug – Utrecht Festival, Netherlands
A collaboration between Christopher Kristoff and the San Diego-based DJs Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and Porkchop, along with the recent member, Andy Crane, has yielded the stand-out festival known as Desert Hearts, which has been heralded as “One of the best electronic music experiences in America” by Resident Advisor. Desert Hearts was established as a community-oriented house and techno gathering with the goal of achieving a memorable energetic ambiance, while maintaining high musical integrity – and from what I’ve heard, they do just that + more.
After a massively successful 1 year anniversary, they return for their Spring festival that features world-class headline artists like Tim Green, DJ T, Matthew Dekay, Droog, Christian Martin, and a plethora of the finest local talent including Tara Brooks, Eduardo Castillo, Jon Dadon, Kevin Anderson, and of course, the Desert Hearts DJs, amongst others (listed above). With this fantastic group of artists behind the decks, one can be sure that there will be proper house and techno bumping through Funktion-One sound systems all weekend long. Check out the video after the jump to get a visual for the Desert Hearts vibe, and be sure to grab your tickets here to experience this intimate gathering first hand. We’ll see you there!
The rising Los Angeles-based duo, Casino Gold, has released the excellent remix pack for their feel-good house anthem, “All I Need,” via Perfect Driver Music. Kicking off the package, our own Troy Kurtz gives us a striking deep house floor filler led by a huge, driving bassline paired with percussive/vocal accents. Ruff Hauser follows suit with a stand-out bass-heavy remix that incorporates an unexpected half-time breakdown, while Evil Twin offers up a piano-laden house groover. The Perfect Driver label head, Matthew Anthony, then closes out the pack in proper form with a more experimental interpretation that features unique synth work over up-tempo tribal rhythms. With these brilliant renditions, Casino Gold successfully revitalizes “All I Need,” just in time for Miami. Purchase the remix pack on Beatport.
• AraabMUZIK shot, survives robbery attempt
• Richie Hawtin discovers South Africa
• Anjunabeats‘ official statement: “Will.I.Am did not get permission”
• Verboten launches StageONE with Sasha
AraabMUZIK shot, survives robbery attempt
The MVP of the MPC, born Abraham Orellana, is recovering from his injuries.
Billboard has confirmed that Orellana was shot during a robbery attempt in his home state of Rhode Island, sharing this statement from the DJ/producer’s camp.
“Rumors have begun to circulate and first and foremost, we want to let everyone know that AraabMUZIK is currently alive and well. He was out in his neighborhood last night with friends and unfortunately the victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” says the statement. “He is recovering now and police are investigating the crime. We appreciate all the concern and fan support and Araab is looking forward to a speedy recovery and returning to the stage as soon as he can.”
Rapper and collaborator Avatar Darko commented on the situation via Twitter: “Prey [sic] for my bro Araab! He just got shot but he’ll be alright! He’s strong! My lil brodi too trill! They tried to rob him and he ain’t come up off his shit so they tried get him outta there! He meant to be here! Foh!”
Orellana’s manager, DukeDaGod, posted the above photo on his Instagram: “Everyone wish my brother @araabmuzik a healthy & pleasant recovery!!!! #Mvpofthempc #Soblessed”.
Arty and Mat Zo released a popular collaboration in 2011 entitled ‘Rebound’ on the Anjunabeats label which was subsequently used without permission for Will.i.am’s lastest track ‘Let’s Go’, featuring Chris Brown.
An Anjunbeats spokesperson says: “As has been widely reported, a large section of ‘Rebound’ was sampled on Will.i.am’s track…and this took place without the permission of Anjunabeats or Arty & Mat Zo.
“Although Arty (but not Mat Zo) was credited in the sleeve notes, this is not the same as obtaining permission. To present someone else’s work as your own, you need to seek permission, agree terms and file paperwork, which has not happened in this case.
“We’ve remained silent on this issue until now but as a record label it is our obligation to protect our artists’ interests and we felt it was necessary to respond to some of the inaccuracies that have been reported following Will.i.am’s recent comments to Associated Press.”
After the story broke Will.i.am attempted to defend himself, claiming that Arty “knew about the sample beforehand”.
Although Arty and Mat Zo acknowledged that they had been contacted by Will.i.am and knew of his interest in the track, they confirmed that they had “declined working with him at the time.”
Verboten has announced a new series called StageONE, starting on July 4th.
The run of shows will take place outdoors on the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn. The stages will feature food vendors as well as beer and wine. Outdoor games, a video projection system, custom-made soundsystem and even a VIP section à la Manhattan nightclubs (including full liquor bar) make up some of the other attractions.
After hearing Andrea‘s consistently stunning tracks, and watching his all too brief Life is a Banana live set, I was inclined to feature him on a GDD™ Guest Mix. As a producer/DJ from France, he doesn’t quite fit the general style that typically comes to be associated with the European country. Andrea has a keen sense of the bass-driven underground as he tends to gravitate towards a soulful, downtempo sound with lush atmospheres and a hint of hip-hop influence. His excellent 30 minute mix exhibits his distinctive taste and strong vibes that will keep you coming back for more.
TRACKLIST AFTER THE JUMP
Bearcubs – Fighting Shadows
Alphabets Heaven & Fybe:one – Phonetic
Lapalux – Straight Over My Head
Stwo – O N E
Spazzkid – Kokeshi Doll
Falcons – Vroom
Zodiac – PE1
Ifan Dafydd – Celwydd
Torus – Shallow Depth
• Disclosure announce full details of debut album Settle: Jessie Ware, Jamie Woon and more feature
• Mad Decent announces Summer block party lineups
• Watch: Chilly Gonzales Previews the Melodies on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories
• Pet Shop Boys unveil track from new album
• CBS Radio and Astralwerks launch nationwide search for best female DJ
Disclosure announce full details of debut album Settle: Jessie Ware, Jamie Woon and more feature
Disclosure have announced full details of their much-hyped debut album, Settle.
Released on June 3 via PMR (and, as with PMR’s last big album,Jessie Ware’s Devotion, out via Cherrytree / Interscope in the States), it features the already-heard collaborations with AlunaGeorge (‘White Noise’), Sam Smith (‘Latch’) and Eliza Doolittle (‘You & Me’) as well as spots from Jessie Ware, Ed Mac, recent Polydor signing Sasha Keable (who has previously worked with Zinc and covered James Blake’s ‘The Wilhelm Scream’, Jamie Woon, Ed Mac and London Grammar.
The duo have been releasing records since 2010, but came into their own in 2012, with a series of well-received releases (‘Latch’, ‘Tenderly’, EP The Face and their remix of Jessie Ware’s ‘Running’) establishing them as one of the UK’s most talked-about acts.
You can stream Disclosure’s FACT mix here and watch our catch-up with the duo at last Autumn’s Club to Club festival below.
Update: Speaking to Disclosure’s press team, it looks like the 12 tracks below will 100% make the cut. Two other tracks, which were in a previously posted tracklist, are awaiting confirmation.
02. When a Fire Starts to Burn
03. Latch (ft. Sam Smith)
04. F for You
05. White Noise (ft. AlunaGeorge)
06. Defeated No More (ft. Ed Mac)
07. Voices (ft. Sasha Keable)
08. Second Chance
09. You & Me (ft. Eliza Doolittle)
10. January (ft. Jamie Woon)
11. Confess to Me (ft. Jessie Ware)
12. Help Me Lose My Mind (ft. London Grammar)
The summer block party tour has expanded to 13 cities and will include an impressive and thorough line-up of Mad Decent artists.
Big acts like Zeds Dead, Dillon Francis, Nadastrom, RL Grime, and Skream top the bill. Diplo will also be present at every show, showcasing his genre-transcending Major Lazer project.
The block parties will resemble ‘large festival undertakings’ and will include a significant amount of on site activities outside of just the music. Tickets go on sale this weekend and you can buy them here.
In the meantime, here are the dates and venues.
7/19/13: Calgary, TBA
7/20/13: Las Vegas, Encore Beach Club
7/26/13: Toronto, Fort York
7/27/13: Philadelphia, The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
8/2/13: Washington DC, Merriweather Post Pavilion
8/3/13: Ft. Lauderdale, Revolotion Outdoors
8/9/13: Atlanta, Masquerade Music Park
8/10/13: Brooklyn, Williamsburg Park
8/31/13: Dallas, Club Zouk Outdoors
9/6/13: Detroit, Elektricity Festival Grounds
9/7/13: New Braunfels, Whitewater Music Amphitheater
9/14/13: Los Angeles, TBA
9/15/13: San Diego, Petco Park Lot
On July 15 Pet Shop Boys will release their 12th studio album ‘Electric’ and today a track from the LP has appeared on YouTube.
‘Axis’ is a full on electro adventure and like the rest of the album it is produced by Stuart Price, otherwise known as Jacques Lu Cont and Les Rhythms Digitales.
In an interview with Spin, Price said that the LP is very close to being done and spoke about his feelings towards it: “I’m finishing mixing the album this week. It’s been one of those collaborations where I think we both feel like we got something out of it that’s greater than the sum of its parts.”
CBS Radio and Astralwerks launch nationwide search for best female DJ
CBS RADIO today announced a partnership with Astralwerks to introduce “She Can DJ – America,” a nationwide talent search to find the country’s top female DJ/Producer. After successful programs in Australia and throughout Europe, “She Can DJ” will launch in major markets nationwide this July.
Following local competitions run by CBS RADIO stations in New York, Los Angeles,
Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Boston, Detroit, Phoenix, San Diego, Charlotte and Las Vegas, 12 semi-finalists will be chosen, including one wild-card competitor to vie for a grand prize that includes a recording contract with Astralwerks, and headline a tour through the CBS RADIO markets that took part in the competition.
“Aspiring female DJ’s/Producers need look no further than She Can DJ for that once in a lifetime chance to captivate an entire industry with their talent,” said Greg Strassell, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO. “As the competition plays out across our considerable platform of contemporary hit radio stations, participants will be front and center with millions of music fans, and the top decision makers in the business. The electronic dance music movement has been playing out to much success on radio stations all over the United States, and CBS RADIO looks forward to advancing the genre.”
“She Can DJ” is backed up by Astralwerks; a label trusted for bringing the world’s topdance music talent to America for over 20 years. Competitors and fans alike can expect the mostauthentic talent search for the country’s top female dance music DJ knowing that the team behind such legendary acts as Fatboy Slim, David Guetta, Hot Chip, Swedish House Mafia and The Chemical Brothers will play an integral role in the selection process. “Seeing how successful She Can DJ was in discovering top female DJ/producer’s in overseas markets it’s the perfect time to launch stateside,” Astralwerks General Manager Glenn Mendlinger says. “The United States is the hottest place on earth for dance music right now but the industry is largely male dominated. We’re thrilled to be a part of a program that will help discover and develop top female talent in the dance music space.”
Further details about the competition including rules and regulations will be revealed soon. Visit www.shecandjus.com for the latest updates.
New York City’s Grammy Award winning producer/DJ, Louie Vega, released his stunning Elements of Life Eclipse album on Fania Records last month. With a keen sense of world music and a respect for American music roots, Louie, along with his talented band mates, showcases an incredibly diverse sound that tastefully blends Afrobeat, Jazz, Latin, R&B, Gospel, Soul, Blues, and Brazilian. The 17-track offering provides for a unique, sophisticated music experience that has resulted from 4 years of hard work and dedication.
Louie continues to add to his already impressive catalog, and will only further his illustrious career in the years to come. Purchase the album on iTunes and check out video above for more background behind the release.