Archive: September, 2009

Rusko Visits Mishka


Mishka delivers another heavy hitter with Rusko banging out the twelfth installment of the Keep Watch series. Keep a look out for a new spin on Kid Sister’s “Pro Nails”, a wobble tossed Dire Straights dub, and fresh re-edits from his current North American tour. You can catch him in New York October 10th, for the Hard NYC Festival with Crookers and Major Lazer.

Mishka presents Keep Watch Vol XII

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“Up Close and Personal” with the Golden Filter


We’ve got our tickets and we are on board the Golden Filter train. Since catching the group at the Tribeca Grand, we could only marvel at their secrecy – any information we learned only led to more questions. Between touring and working on a new album, we caught up with Penelope (the lead singer) and Stephen (the simultaneous drummer and keys player) for a Q&A. Their first release “Solid Gold” made a splash on the web, garnering the group some worldwide attention. With “Thunderbird,” their long-awaited single, we can only wonder what they have in store for their upcoming album – set for release early 2010. Click through for the interview and teaser.

Golden Filter – “Thunderbird”

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BBC’s Essential Mix: Paul Van Dyk


This week, Radio One brings us a very special mix to wrap up the summer. No stranger to the Essential Mix program, Paul van Dyk continues to deliver tight mixes across the globe and this two hours is no exception. Except the fact you will hear the Berlin native reflect on Ibiza’s chill sunset side, a new direction from the Vandit man who pioneered the hard techno sound. Don’t worry though, his second hour brings the club beats back to life with a couple of classics and his new single “Home”. If you’re craving more Paul, he broadcasts a weekly radio show, VONYC Sessions, which showcases the best electronic artists around the world.

Paul Van Dyk – Essential Mix

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The Dutch and Swede Touch: Sander Van Doorn and John Dahlbäck


Made Event presented Dutch DJ sensation Sander Van Doorn and Sweden’s John Dahlbäck at Pacha Friday, September 18. Filling the room with talent called for quite an audience – met with the showmanship of the DJs who pumped some massive sounds and beats to the crowd’s excitement.

Notorious in Ibiza and London, Sander Van Doorn blew fans away with his typical style of combining elements of trance, electro, techno and house. With an extensive background in making remixes and producing award winning tracks, Sander has a cavalier taste in music. Every track he threw on sent the audience into frenzy – more apparent when he threw on La Roux’s, “Going in For the Kill”. The young John Dahlbäck came in for the kill with massive house beats. Getting his start with his dad’s Atari, the young DJ in his twenties edges closer to his hundredth track – pumping them out under the moniker of Hugg & Pepp and his label Pickadoll Records.

The talent brought some life to an expanding New York scene. The packed room at Pacha proved that the electronic music scene is alive and strumming to noise of flashing lights, fumes with dropping beats from eager talent willing to showcase their hand at the mixer to wide variety of an audience across.

The DJ’s gave us a nice taste of the Pacha cherries that evening and we look forward to seeing what they have coming in the future.

Click here for photos from Sander Van Doorn and John Dahlback’s set.

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Mick Brings the Boogie to the Beat


Last Tuesday Mick Boogie rocked the (Green)house for the LP Release Party of Re-Living Thing, his remix project with Peter Bjorn & John. Several artists that contributed to the album came by to show their support and celebrate the project. Bjorn Yttling, 6th Sense, Outasight, 88 Keys, The Kid Daytona, Double-O from Kidz in the Hall, and Vito from nVMe were just some of the artists and producers that were in attendance.

Mick Boogie, joined by Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John, took over the decks at around 1 AM. Bjorn’s electro set was not only refreshing, but also innovative – he used a “Pacemaker” in lieu of a mixer. Mick Boogie’s set started off strong, with a live performance of “4 Out of 5” by 88 Keys, Outasight, and 6th Sense, who also remixed the track. Mick Boogie spun a healthy amount of hip-hop, and threw in several tracks from Re-Living Thing, including “Stay This Way” and “Lay it Down”. At around 3 AM, The Kid Daytona hopped on the mic for an impromptu performance of “I’m Losing My Mind”.

Special thanks to Ciroc Vodka for fueling the revelry. Be sure to check out Oliver Correa’s photos from the night, and if you haven’t already, click here to download Re-Living Thing.

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Electric Zoo Festival: A Caged Facility of Housed Music


Its been over a week and we still haven’t recovered from the Electric Zoo music festival. For the first electronic music festival in New York City, we would say it was a success. With a great selection of music from DJs in house and dance, The Electric Zoo proved to be more than a festival. It was an event that gathered a dance and music culture from the tri-state area, and bringing along its taste-makers from parts of the world - including New York’s own Danny Tenaglia and Roger Sanchez. With four stages, there wasn’t a moment where a stage was empty, yet the crowds were manageable and one could move about with ease. With some sun, it seemed like an oasis on a playing field for dance and music lovers – made more apparent as the night fell and draped the sun underneath the city skyline to massive lighting effects on the stages.

Packed with an audience that knew their music, the DJs met them in return with their A-game – hooking the crowd along with every notch of beat thrown their way. Roger Sanchez, the Queens native, sent the audience into a frenzy with his rendition of Fat Boy Slim’s “Right Here Right Now.”  With a remarkable set list, English DJ, Ben Watt created some excitement with his take on MGMT’s “Kids” and Kaskade’s “Move for me”. Always a crowd favorite, Steve Aoki delivered by keeping the crowd on their toes and jumping throughout his set. Like the Rockstar-DJ he is, Steve commanded from the stage and fueled the audience with a barrage of beats combined with his touch of sound effects – all while making use of the great sound system in place by playing with the channels. With a vocal break in his hard set to The Bloody Beetroot’s “Warp”, Steve hopped on his table, and with extremity, screamed in tune with the track.

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Mick Boogie and Terry Urban Team Up for New Project

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Hot on the heels of Re-Living Thing, Mick Boogie is at it again, collaborating once again with Terry Urban to create The Noisettes vs. Kanye West. The project fuses vocals from The Noisettes’ latest release, Wild Young Hearts, with samples from Kanye West’s 808s and Heartbreak, playing on the common theme of “heart” in the titles. The Noisettes’ old-fashioned vocals paired with Kanye West’s ultra-modern vocoder makes for an interesting combination. “Upset Lockdown”, which hit the internet last week, definitely piqued our interest; the song features live drumming by Apple Juice Kid and is produced by 6th Sense.

You can catch Mick Boogie tonight when we celebrate the release of Re-Living Thing. Also, be sure to pick up The Noisettes’ Wild Young Hearts, out today.

The Noisettes vs. Kanye West – “Upset Lockdown”

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Trouble & Bass Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary with Skream and Benga

Last Saturday, the Trouble and Bass crew got down and dirty for their epic three-year anniversary celebration at Le Poisson Rouge. The night was off to a great start, with Drop the Lime, AC Slater, Star Eyes and The Captain alternating on the decks for the ultimate tag team set. The party heated up when 77Klash (whom we last saw with Major Lazer in June) jumped on the mic for a live performance, which included a version of Major Lazer’s “Pon De Floor” and a few songs from his upcoming EP, which will be released on T&B’s label.

The club was packed to capacity by the time Skream and Benga came on at 1:30. They kept their energy-packed set decidedly old-school, opting for CDJs and vinyl instead of a laptop. Highlights included Skream’s version of “In For The Kill” by La Roux and his official remix of Chromeo’s “Night by Night”. Ever the rock stars, Skream and Benga capped off the night by jumping into the audience for some crowd surfing.

Click here to check out Oliver Correa’s photos from the night. If you missed out on the party on Saturday, fret not – you can get your fill of dubstep when Caspa takes over Le Poisson Rouge this Wednesday.

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Shrimp, Lobster, Shark, Craw Fish, and the Bloody Beetroots


In case you missed it, the masked Italian duo, The Bloody Beetroots recently unleashed their first LP, Romborama, a 20-track melting pot of arduous beats and synth. Artists featured on the LP include The Cool Kids, Steve Aoki, Lisa Kekaula (of the BellRays)Cécile and others. So, what does shrimp, lobster, shark and craw fish have to do with the Beetroots? It is simply a line from their track “Awesome” – which can single-handedly describe the album.

Hard Fest describes them as the love child of the Misfits and Daft Punk, but the Bloody Beetroots are nothing short of “bloody” fantastic. Perhaps its the Venom masks and their subtle play with the Comedy of Art of Venice, but there is a mad brilliance underneath the noise and mask that conjures a contemporary orchestration of music -  dramatic with so many layers of sounds, the album could be the work of a musical ensemble. Artfully influenced by opera and infused with electronic media, their collaboration with the featured artists takes this vacillating album (in a good eclectic way) and makes it a titillating experience.

Check out the “Awesome” track below and click through for the video to another recommended track from the album, “Butter.”

Click here for photos from our last encounter with the Bloody Beetroots at Webster Hall by Oliver Correa.

Bloody Beetroots featuring The Cool Kids – “Awesome

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Live from New York… it’s CMJ!


We just caught a glimpse of the initial line-up for CMJ’s annual Music Marathon, and our heads are still spinning. The marathon, which takes place from October 20-24 in NYC, features up and coming artists in venues all over the city.

Last year, we went to a few shows during the marathon, including The Cool Kids, Crystal Castles and the Fool’s Gold Showcase. This year’s long list of artists – with hundreds more to be announced – includes Adam Tensta, Fool’s Gold, Hank and Cupcakes, Mickey Factz, Tommie Sunshine and Z-Trip. Kosha Dillz and Adam Deitch, who both made cameos during Matisyahu’s July concert in NYC, are also on the roster.

The registration badge gives you access to all CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival events, including the concerts (on a space-available basis) and over 60 panel discussions centering on the music industry. Tickets are also available to individual concerts. For more information or to register, visit the official website.

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