Archive: March, 2010

Ultra Day 2 Highlights: Boys Noize vs. Erol Alkan, Crookers and the Bloody Beetroots

After moving around for most of the second day, we settled at the Bayfront Stage for a back-to-back trifecta of Boys Noize vs. Erol Alkan, Crookers, and the Bloody Beetroots.

We arrived just in time for “Waves”, Boys Noize and Erol Alkan’s first release as a duo, which they played in its entirety. Later, they took sample from the Boys Noize’s own remix of “My Moon My Man” by Feist and repackaged it into a completely different mix.

Crookers destroyed their set, drawing a tremendous audience that was ready to dance. They started with “We Love Animals”, the opening track from their debut album Tons of Friends, then proceeded to rework the song. The Italian duo rocked the crowd with remixes of “Milkshake” by Kelis, “Gimme Some More” by Busta Rhymes, “How Low” by Ludacris, and a superb rendition of their own “Cooler Couleur” by AC Slater. The audience went crazy when Crookers slowed things down with the intro of “Circle of Life” from The Lion King, then fashioned an electro beat using samples from the song. Towards the end, they remixed their breakthrough remix of Kid Cudi’s “Day n Night”.

The Bloody Beetroots was an act to see, but not for the faint-hearted. Their heavy electro-rock had the crowd going wild, fueled by the live instrumentals of Bobby Rifo on guitar, keyboard and vocals and Edward Grinch on drums, rounded out by Tommy Tea behind the decks. Steve Aoki joined the group on stage for an explosive finale.

CLICK HERE for more photos and coverage from the Winter Music Conference in Miami… we’ll be adding more coverage daily, so stay tuned.

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Carnage at Webster Hall: The Caspa, Benga, and Hudson Mohawke Takeover

It was a day that Webster Hall faced destruction. Armed with the heavy artillery of dubstep, Hudson Mohawke, Caspa and Benga came prepared for a battle in sound this past Friday. Facing complete annihilation, the audience surrendered to the takeover by the musical madmen who came for carnage.

Hudson Mohawke, the youngest UK DMC finalist at the age of 15 (under DJ Itchy), showcased the skills that make the 23-year-old Glasgow native a prodigy. His beats and twisted warps behind his Serato and Ableton set inspired hands and cell phones in the air. When he played his dub-step rendition of Ludacris’ “How Low” the floors rumbled with bass and movement from an audience who responded. The beacon of the night, the young producer shook the halls with a thunderous roar – leaving the audience without a moment to spare. In battle, a general never sends the entire army all at once; he delivers his blow in calculated waves. Just when the audience thought they’d had enough, Caspa emerged.

Every army has its knight in shining armor, and in this battle his name is Caspa. With a name that is synonymous with the dubstep genre, his work moves and inspires other producers. When he’s not running three labels and releasing some of the tastiest remixes, he’s producing and churning out albums. Introduced by Rod Azlan, the crowd went crazy as he took the stage. At the height of the night’s madness, he dropped a dubstep version of deadmau5 and Kaskade’s “I Remember” and La Roux’s “Bulletproof” that sent the audience into frenzy. In a finishing move, he played his remix of Rusko’s  “Cockney Thug, ” making way for the general of the night, Benga.

Dropping monster “chunes” and pushing the speakers to the max, Benga caused some uncontrollable head bops worthy of thrashings. His select tunes not only shake frames, but they can also make the heart tremble. Like a rush of adrenaline, his baselines are not for the faint hearted. An artist on the stage, he took presence in front and behind the decks to the delight of the crowd.  Like a conductor, he kept the audience and swung them back and forth as he transitioned to heavy “grime” that contorted faces. This fight was clearly won, but what good is a victory without the rest of the troops to celebrate? To close the night, Caspa joined Benga for turns as they transitioned to drum and bass. Till the lights went out, no life was spared at this Friday’s installation of  GBH and Meanred‘s Boys & Girls party.

Check out photos from the mayhem by Kenroy George and yours truly. For your enjoyment, check out tracks by the artists below.

Tweet – Oooops! (Hudson Mohawke Remix)

Rusko – Cockney Thug (Caspa Remix)

Prodigy – Warriors Dance (Benga Remix)

Hudson Mohawke – Joy Fantastic (ft. Oliver Daysoul)

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Ultra Day One Highlights: Bassnectar

The steamy oasis known as the Root Society Dome was great new addition to the Ultra landscape this year. The bio-dome structure was accented with palm trees and jungle gyms, which people wasted no time in climbing. Smoke and mood lighting completed the backdrop, making it perfect for when Bassnectar took over on Friday evening. He has a unique ability to borrow from a spectrum of genres and regurgitate them in his unmistakable style. Bassnectar’s set flowed seamlessly through dubstep and drum n bass beats, laced with the vocal stylings of Buju Banton and Pharoahe Monch.

CLICK HERE for more photos and coverage from the Winter Music Conference in Miami.

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Miike Snow closes NYC Stint at Bowery Ballroom

Last weekend, Miike Snow played three consecutive sold-out shows in New York City. Not bad, considering the Swedish trio formed in 2007 and didn’t appear on the U.S. music radar till the release of their eponymous album in May 2009. The trio – frontman Andrew Wyatt and production duo Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg – may have been wearing white masks as they took the stage at Bowery Ballroom for their final performance, but there was nothing anonymous about who they were or to what they were delivering. This audience knew their music.

Extra sentiments of electro and syth added surprises to their familiar songs, while smoke and syncopated explosions of light flooded the stage. As Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg took to electronic instruments that relied on their DJ and production skills, Andrew Wyatt went back and forth on the piano and guitar. On the microphone, Wyatt was an excursion of emotional bursts, using his voice as a juxtaposition to their long synth-based interludes between songs and switching his  range and tone with ease. While the group may have been familiar to the audience, they added a certain element that created a feeling of nostalgia, yielding an astonishing live set in both performance and production.

Check out photos from Miike Snow’s performance at the Bowery Ballroom by Kenroy George, and click through for their video for “Silvia”

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Photo Gallery: Hard Pool Party (March 25, 2010)

Hard’s signature party went poolside at the Winter Music Conference in Miami. The sold-out event featured Erol Alkan, Boys Noize, Busy P, DJ Mehdi, Fake Blood, Jack Beats, Annie Mac, Brodinski, Destructo, Aeroplane, Boy 8 Bit, Rory Phillips and Gina Turner.


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Photo Gallery: South By Southwest (March 17-20, 2010)

The HiFi Cartel’s Oliver Correa took on Austin last week to snap some photos at South by Southwest. The annual music festival played host to thousands of musicians, including The Black Keys, Dam-Funk, Street Sweeper Social Club, Eskmo, Flying Lotus, Nice Nice, Pivot, Born Ruffians, Hudson Mohawke, Local Natives, Bomba Estereo, Holy Fuck, and more.


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WMC Madness: MJ’s Top Picks

If you’re going to the Winter Music Conference in Miami this week, then you’re undoubtedly in the same head-throbbing situation as I am. With hundreds of parties to choose from, where do you begin?

Here’s a start: click through to check out my personal WMC itinerary — a (semi) realistic list of all of the parties and events I plan to attend throughout the week. And since modern science has yet to produce a human clone, the honorable mentions section includes all the parties I wish I could go to but can’t.

Here’s hoping that my headache is someone else’s headbanging good time…

LMFAO – “Shots” (Skeet Skeet’s Ignorant Dance Music Mix)

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Contest (WMC Edition): Win Tickets to the Fixed WMC Freakout

Can WMC ever be FIXED? Residents JDH and Dave P seem to think so. Judging by the line-up, which includes Boys Noize and Erol Alkan (their most recent collaboration, Lemonade / Avalanche, was released last week), along with Afrojack, Brodinski, Shinichi Osawa, and of course, JDH & Dave P, we’d have to agree. Still not convinced? Fixed is putting their money where their mouth is, offering up a pair of tickets to the party. Enter the contest by filling out the form below. A winner will be selected on Thursday night and notified on Friday morning.

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M.I.A. to headline Hard NYC this Summer

Hard Fest recently announced that M.I.A. will headline shows in both Los Angeles and in New York City this summer. The dates are particularly well-timed, given that M.I.A.’s third studio album is tentatively slated for a June release. Last January, M.I.A. took to Twitter to leak a new track, “There’s Space For Ol Dat I See”, produced by Rusko (listen to it below). We’re hoping that this new collaboration will manifest itself on stage this summer, which isn’t too farfetched – Diplo was M.I.A.’s official DJ on the People vs. Money tour in 2008.

M.I.A. + Rusko – “There’s Space For Ol Dat I See”

Hard NYC will take place on July 24 on Governor’s Island. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 26 at noon. There will be a limited number of $40 tickets available.

Don’t forget, Hard will be hosting a pool party this Thursday in Miami, and will hit NYC on April 3 with Major Lazer, Boys Noize, Buraka Som Sistema, Proxy, and Destructo.

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Contest (WMC Edition): Win Tickets to the Get Physical Beach Party in Miami

Next week in Miami, Pacha NYC, along with and halcyon, will bring a slew of international artists to Get Physical By Day, a massive all-day beach party on Thursday, March 25.

Berlin-based electronic music record label Get Physical will be bringing their distinct sound with a line-up that includes Italoboyz, Thomas Schumacher, Evan Baggs, and label founders M.A.N.D.Y. (Patrick Bodmer & Philipp Jung). Also on the line-up: fellow Berliner Jesse Rose (founder of Made to Play), Crosstown Rebels lead raver Damian Lazarus, Australian purveyor of rolling tech house Emerson Todd, and the multi-talented Matthew Dear.

The event, which starts at noon, will take place at the Gansevoort Beach Club, a tri-level, 40,000 square-foot pool deck with an expansive beachfront lounge. With an unbeatable location and solid international line-up, this is one party you won’t want to miss.

We’re giving away two pairs of VIP tickets to the beach party. To enter the contest, fill out the form below. Two winners will be selected at random on Tuesday morning and will be notified by email and/or phone. CLICK HERE for advance tickets and more information.

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