Ukraine's three-week-long Kazantip festival, which refers to itself as a nation and its attendees as citizens, will feature more than 100 DJs on several stages this August, including Ricardo Villalobos, Carl Cox, M.A.N.D.Y. (pictured above), Marco Carola, and Loco Dice. With artists from Get Physical, Poker Flat, and Cocoon making appearances during several showcases, the world's longest rave is bound to leave some party-goers recovering for all of September. Read more »
Producer and mix-master of precious, simple melody and rhythm, New York's Arp (a.k.a. Alexis Georgopoulos) just offered a mix of the kinds of bands, artists, and songs he includes under the umbrella of "minimal" (or what most people might call "minimalism"). Read more »
Last week, we offered up a streaming preview of Long Distance, the latest effort from boogie-minded French producer Onra. The 21-track opus has plenty of memorable moments, but few rhymes, as it's a mostly instrumental effort. But when MCs do pop up on the record, the results are incredibly natural. On "The One," T3 of much-missed Detroit outfit Slum Village—who incidentally have a new album on the way—builds on the upbeat vibe of Onra's funky grooves, lending the track an old-school summertime feel. Now that temperatures are heating up, feel free put this tune on at your local backyard BBQ—we promise, no one is going to be upset.
Appleblim has been using Joe's "Untitled" as a secret weapon in sets for months now, so it's no surprise that his Apple Pips label is set to release the track along with "Digest," a more experimental B-side, this July. Merging a minimal sensibility with jungle funk and hints of grime, the Hessle-associated producer's tracks are pleasing in both the contexts of the bedroom and the dancefloor, as they straddle the line between head music and body music perfectly.
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Hyperdub headmaster and DJ/producer extraordinaire Kode9 took over a small corner of the internet today with some free downloadable goodies. He put together an exclusive mix for FACT, which comes a couple weeks before his contribution to !K7's DJ-KiCKS series, and about 10 days before his Off-Sonar party with Ikonika, Darkstar, Cooly G, and more at Club Mondo in Barcelona. Read more »
Ann Arbor's Charles Trees contributed some synth-laden, blap-leaning dance tunes to a new string of EPs from the Musique Large label. The series is called Tour de Table, and this track, "Mahjongg," comes from Trees' The Dream EP. It starts out with a terse melody that sounds quite a bit like the theme song to The Exorcist, but that quickly gives way to a drum machine clap and head-knocking kick drum doing all they can to make you sway. Heaps of synths are tossed throughout the mix alongside swirling sound effects—giving "Mahjongg" a strong Lil John Lost in Space vibe.
Thicket is a new app for the iPhone/iPad by Anticipate artists Joshue Ott and Morgan Packard. Combining their individual styles in interactive visuals and sound, respectively, they have increasingly been channeling their performance, production, and programming expertise into a shared workspace that supports each direction.
The app is an audiovisual world of texture, movement, line, and tone. Spending time with Thicket, the user creates sonic and visual patterns within a space of warm, bright tones and evolving, elegant scrawls. Working with gesture to affect audio and visual responses, Thicket brings a playful, tactile intuitiveness to a world that might otherwise require a higher learning curve. Equally amenable to casual playing, intense exploration, or performance (the iPad version supports VGA output), Thicket is open-ended enough to allow discovery within its defined landscape. Check out some videos of the app in action after the jump! Read more »
In an unfortunate turn of events, New York's multi-purpose event space BKLYN Yard was forced to shut its doors and cancel all of its scheduled events, including the awesome Sunday Best concert series. The production company behind the Yard, MeanRed, was refused a continuance on its lease, and was asked to take down everything it had built up in its Carroll Gardens home that made the spot so unique. Read more »
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