If it wasn't clear enough from both parts of our ADE coverage, this year's festival had a far-reaching roster of artists, including some absolutely legendary names, of which the DJ, (former) producer, label head, and all-around electronic-music guru Derrick May was one of the biggest. At this point in his career, May really has a lot of knowledge to share, and he enthusiastically did so over two ADE panel discussions (one of which was a Q&A with fellow Midwestern pioneer Frankie Knuckles, who also sat down with us for five minutes) with a focus on the past and future of electronic music as well as the current state of dance music in the US. Once we finally got a chance to sit down with the man (who, by the way, will be bringing his Hi-Tek Soul tour with Kevin Saunderson to Seattle, San Francisco, and LA in early November), we continued to delve into these subjects. Read more »
With a collaborative 12" between himself and fellow Montreal producer Hissy Fit slated for release next Tuesday, November 1 (artwork above), HGLDT has shared this previously unreleased track, "The Calling," to help spread the word. Although this tune is considerably less club-oriented than the collaborative effort to be found on the forthcoming single, it nonetheless still proves to be a fine example of the Canadian's talents, this time showing that he knows how to craft pillowy, laid-back house with patience and precision. After giving "The Calling" a listen below, you can also stream HGLDT and Hissy Fit's "Last Summer Dub" and the accompanying Martin Kemp remix after the jump. Read more »
Jack Dixon is both the given name and artist moniker of an exciting London-based producer operating under the ever-expanding umbrella of contemporary house, techno, and garage music. Though he's released a small handful of fine singles and EPs over the last couple of years, the four-track Knowledge record finds Dixon topping himself on all fronts. The individual tunes are each more defined—with wide variations on elements of lush atmospherics, shuffling rhythms, and dropouts into deep introspection—but remain entirely cohesive. It would seem that even though the UK artist is still looking for his own style, he is heading in a straight line towards the point of acquiring an artistic identity. Read more »
Veteran electronic duo Orbital unexpectedly offered up a new song yesterday, reportedly in preparation for a new album that's on the way in 2012, the pair's first since 2004. "Never" starts out in serene fashion, rolling out some plinky keys and dreamily tweaked vocal snippets, the whole thing bathed in a warm sonic haze. It's enough to make you fondly remember classic tunes like "Chime," "Halcyon + On + On," and "The Box," and think, "You know, Orbital used to be pretty rad, maybe they've still got it." Unfortunately though, all that nostalgic whimsy quickly goes down the tubes at the 2:12 mark, when the song's drop hits and a sea of mediocre, electro-ish synths and a limp kick drum take over the track. Oh well. (via Pitchfork)
The name DJ Funeral first appeared on our radar when we profiled Samo Sound Boy as part of our Bubblin' Up series, as he listed the mysterious producer as one of the artists set to release music on the new Body High imprint. And although we still haven't learned much about this ominously named artist, a new EP bearing his name is set to drop at midnight on Halloween. Read more »
On "Love That Thing," French producer Raziek effectively combines pitch-played vocals with skittering, UK-influenced percussion to create a piece of bouncy bass music with a touch of sultry R&B flavor. The song is from his new EP, Love Vs Bass, which was released last week via Finnish label Top Billin. The four-track EP combines R&B vocals with juke- and booty-inspired bass music and can be streamed in full after the jump, where we've also posted the artwork and tracklist. Read more »
German techno veteran Oliver Huntemann has commissioned a series of videos for each track on Paranoia, his forthcoming full-length album. Here, we have a clip for the menacing "Dark Passenger," a video that features a cool car, a hot girl, lots of sunshine, and some fun with knives. Read more »
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