Archive: June, 2010

New Music From Chromeo: “Don’t Turn the Lights On”


Today, Chromeo released “Don’t Turn the Lights On”, the second single off their upcoming album, Business Casual. The track is exactly what we would expect from Chromeo – 80′s funk, synthpop and electro – but not in the least bit disappointing. In fact, it’s just what we needed to get psyched for the release of Business Casual on September 14th. Chromeo’s summer tour will make a stop at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom on July 29. They will also be performing at Lovebox in London on July 18.

CLICK HERE to purchase the single on iTunes or head over to Stereogum for a preview.

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London Calling: Lovebox, FabricLive and The Creators Project (Take 2)


It may sound backwards to plan the dates of our vacation around the layover, but when we found out we’d be flying through the dubstep capital of the world on our way to Greece, we couldn’t resist. Our weekend of choice? July 16-19… find out why, after the jump.

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The Creators Project Launches in NYC


Photo Credit: Loren Wohl

On Saturday, Vice and Intel officially introduced The Creators Project to the world with a massive launch party in New York City. Milk Studios was the perfect setting for the event,  simultaneously acting as a museum, music venue, movie theater, classroom, and party space.

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Sónar Wraps Up


The third and final day of the Sónar Music Festival in Barcelona was most definitely not a winding down, as the masses gave it their all for one last push, making Saturday’s festivities just as explosive as those of the previous days. Despite a smattering of rain for a brief interlude, the crowd was out in full force with the vivacity as we had come to expect from Sonar attendees.

A highlight of Saturday’s Sonar by Day was without a doubt Colombia’s Bomba Estéreo, who rocked the SonarVillage outdoor stage with their animated trademark electro tropical grooves. The powerhouse lead vocalist grabbed the audience through the force of raw energy and didn’t let anyone’s attention wander for the duration of the entire set. Chaos nearly erupted when she invited five women to join her and the entire first half of the audience attempted to charge the stage. Another high point of Saturday’s daytime events was Jackmaster’s invigorating set in the SonarDome. Providing the perfect taste test of what was to follow as we entered the night, Jackmaster lead a spirited mass of dynamic partygoers in warming up their legs and ears for a night that promised to be full of some serious action on the dancefloor and behind the DJ booths.

After making the trek outside the city to the enormous Sonar by Night event space for night number two, we made a beeline for the mammoth SonarClub room, where Dizzy Rascal set the stage on fire with their hip-hop inspired beats and some serious attitude. Providing a brief respite from the wide assortment of techno, house and dubstep was Fuck Buttons, who’s live set at the SonarLab held audience members rapt by offering their nonlinear and experimental beats as an alternative to the traditionally dominant 4×4 sound. Glasgow based label LuckyMe’s showcase was also full of interesting talent, with Machinedrum’s and Éclair Fifi & John Computer’s sets particularly standing out as innovative yet true to the urban sounds of hip-hop and dubstep that LuckyMe is so revered for.

Probably the most highly anticipated act of the evening was The Chemical Brothers, who performed their show to thousands upon thousands of fans, completely packing the largest of the rooms. As was to be expected from the globally celebrated British duo, the show was of epic proportions, including a brilliant light show, which accompanied a selection of classic Chemical Brothers tracks as well as new material.

A total of 84,976 people attended the festival making this year the most successful Sonar yet. We look forward to see what’s in store for next year!

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Drop The Lime’s “Sex Sax” EP + Video Out Now


Trouble & Bass founder Drop the Lime has finally released the EP and video for “Sex Sax”, the first single off his upcoming album, set for an October release. The catchy beat, which is dominated by a saxophone (duh), is sure to ignite dance floors across the globe this summer. CLICK HERE to buy the EP from iTunes, which features the original track, along with remixes by Bart B More, MJ Cole, Sinden (previewed below), Zombies for Money and Blu Jemz. Then watch the hilarious music video, directed by T&B’s own Patrick “The Captain” Rood, starring Dirty South Joe and Kate Boyer. The video also features a ton of cameo appearances, including 77Klash, Telli Federline, Nick Catchdubs (our favorite), Dust La Rock and of course, the Trouble & Bass crew. Check it out after the jump…

Drop the Lime – “Sex Sax” (Sinden Remix)

Don’t miss Dance Right vs. Trouble & Bass this Friday at the Puma Social Club, where AC Slater, Star Eyes and The Captain will be joined by Them Jeans, resident DJ at Dim Mak Tuesedays at Cinespace in Los Angeles. The event is free with RSVP.

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Øya Festival: After the Show it’s the Afterparty…


We were already amped about the massive line-up for Øya Festival in Norway, but after seeing the list of artists scheduled to perform at Nighttime Øya, our anticipation has gone through the roof. Øya has teamed up with some of the best clubs in Oslo to keep the music going after the park closes at 11 PM. Diplo, Caribou, Four Tet, Jamie XX are among those who will illuminate the nightlife scene in the nation’s capital each night after the festival.

As for the festival itself, Yeasayer, Die Antwood, and the Flaming Lips have been added to the roster, which was finalized last week. They will join the list of previously announced artists that includes M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem, Robyn, La Roux, The xx, Sleigh Bells, Miike Snow, Major Lazer and many, many more.

Tickets for Øya Nighttime events will be available at the venue and in advance at the festival. Discounts will be given to those who hold a festival pass, which costs around $330 for five-days. CLICK HERE for tickets and info.

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Photo Gallery: Fixed Presents Pantha Du Prince + Dada Life (June 18, 2010)


Last Thursday at Santos Party House, Fixed brought two European electro acts from the opposite end of the spectrum: Pantha Du Prince (Germany) and Dada Life (Sweden). Pantha Du Prince delivered a well-paced live set with an extensive set-up that included two laptops, a variety of mixers, MIDI controllers, and other contraptions that we can’t even identify. Fixed residents JDH and Dave P acted as cross faders between sets, helping the audience make the transition from Pantha Du Prince’s minimalist set to Dada Life’s hard electro. Clearly having a blast behind the decks, Dada Life’s infectious energy was reciprocated by the crowd. Check out their remix of “Symphonies” by Dan Black below, one of the many highlights of the evening.

Dan Black featuring Kid Cudi – “Symphonies” (Dada Life Remix)

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Sonar Kicks Into Full Swing For Day Two


As the sun rose on day two of Sonar Festival in Barcelona, the masses once again flocked to the downtown location of Sonar by Day, pouring through the gates in even larger masses than the previous day’s festivities. Spirits were once again at peak levels during the afternoon hours, with Europe’s electronic music revelers taking full advantage of the beautiful weather and vibe of the city, the company of fellow partygoers, and of course the stunning array of musical talent from all over the world.

Once again, stand out acts were difficult to determine, as each artist contributed something creative and unique to the boundary-breaking display of electronic music across the three stages. Of particular distinction was the UK’s Hyperdub group King Midas Sound, who presented a brilliantly dreamlike set pairing their bass heavy and reggae influenced rhythmic sound with a backdrop of dramatic and hypnotic lighting in the darkened SonarHall. Also taking advantage of the confined space of SonarHall was Nosaj Thing, who performed his visual show to a thoroughly enthusiastic crowd. Matching a visual display projected against the wall behind him, Nosaj Thing took the audience on an aural and visual journey through his hip-hop inspired beats, dropping favorite tracks like “Coat of Arms” and “Fog” at key moments.

After a long day of music in the sun, we headed to the first installment of Sonar by Night, which takes place Friday and Saturday night in a massive old airplane hanger just outside of Barcelona’s city limits. Three enormous stages hosted a slew of even more enormous talent, with thousands upon thousands of people going absolutely mental for the breathtaking lineup and environment. Noteworthy acts included favorites like veteran French super-duo Air, DFA Record’s LCD Soundsystem whose performance of their beloved old track “Daft Punk is Playing at My House” got the whole room singing, and German house group Booka Shade, who all lived up to their stellar reputations as forerunners in the realm of genre bending electronic music. Indie electronic staple Hot Chip also played a thrilling live set under the open air night sky to the tune of thousands of cheering fans at Sonar by Night’s second biggest stage, SonarPub.

Mary Anne Hobb’s showcase at the SonarLab stage was also a big hit, showcasing some of the finest talent currently on rotation in the overarching realm of dubstep and UK funky. First the BBC Radio DJ herself took the stage, dropping some seriously grimy dubstep tunes and making the massive bassline reverberate through the ground and up into the enthralled audience. Second was a rare appearance by the illustrious Joy Orbison, who’s set was an extraordinary treat for UK funky fans. Flying Lotus took the stage next, spinning a set that focused on samples of some heavy hip-hop beats, and of course his own production, which contrasted effectively with his more house tinged set of the night before, and lead perfectly into the showcases’ closing set from the king of UK funky, Roska.

On the techno and electro side, 2manydjs spun a rambunctiously fun mix of electro tracks both new and old, with a multitude of stellar remixes and visual graphics animating each tracks record sleeves. Techno master Plastikman (otherwise known as Richie Hawtin) and the legendary Claude Von Stroke also each tore the roof off the epic venue. The latter’s closing set at the main stage, SonarClub, provided the ultimate ending to an incredible night, dropping monumental tracks like “Who’s Afraid of Detroit?”, shifting into some wicked drum and bass just when the crowd least expected it, and slowly bringing up the lights on the dancefloor throughout his set to emulate the sunrise outside, effectively preparing the crowd to face the bright day that awaited after the last note ended.

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Sonar Day One in a Nutshell



Day one of Sonar, the self-described festival of “Advanced Music and Multimedia Art”, taking place June 17-19 in Spain’s vibrant coastal city of Barcelona, kicked off yesterday with this weekend’s first edition of Sonar by Day. Located in the heart of downtown Barcelona, Sonar by Day features a variety of artists across three different stages, representing the broadest spectrum of what is considered to be electronic music. Thousands of partygoers, including locals, Europeans and music fanatics from all over the world, attended this roaring celebration of music and art that represents the beginning of what promises to be an incredible and inspiring weekend.

While the array of incredible musical talent on display makes choosing favorites nearly impossible, there are a few some stand out acts that were a cut above the rest. We first checked out the UK’s infamous Pete Tong’s set in the open air SonarVillage, which was overrun with revelers enjoying the beautiful bounty of sunshine and outstanding beats. Unaffected by the fact that it was still only early afternoon, the space was already vibrating from a multitude of dancing feet. Hyped from the vibe of the joyous atmosphere, we headed to Caribou’s excellent performance, who played to a packed audience in the SonarDome. Their onstage unity and aptly cheerful set list of tracks chosen primarily from their newer album “Swim” made for the perfect late afternoon warm-up for the coming night’s events. Another noteworthy act was Broadcast, who’s visual backdrop of surrealistic video footage contrasted against a dark stage and hall created a beautiful aesthetic of wonder and almost melancholy.

After an actio-packed day, we started our night at FACT and Plat du Jour’s Hyperdub Off Sonar event at Club Mondo, featuring Cooly G, Ikonika, Darkstar, Kode 9, and more, with a special surprise appearance by the supremely talented Flying Lotus, who will be performing again at Friday’s Sonar by Night under the auspices of Mary Anne Hobbs’ stage. Hundreds of dubstep fans packed themselves into the dark, sweaty, and seriously energized Hyperdub party, where the artists proceeded to blow the roof off the place with a heavy onslaught of bass music. To nobody’s surprise, Flying Lotus’ set in particular was an outstanding combination of his own production set to a background of more traditional house rhythms, and naturally caused the crowd to go completely mental with aural joy.

Next up was Desolat’s Off Sonar party, featuring Loco Dice and Marco Carola, among others. This massive event also served as the opening night of Ghoa Beach Club, a brand new open air space right on Barcelona’s waterfront. Energy levels remained high and the bass kept thumping as the artists carried the crowd straight into the dawn, keeping the dancefloor packed and he partygoers begging for more as the music finally came to an end well in the morning.

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Photo Gallery: Cubic Zirconia at The Dash Gallery (June 15, 2010)


As a New Yorker, I’m a sucker for art, fashionable people, an open bar, and good music. At the Dash Gallery last Tuesday, we found all four. Featuring art by Mark Roth, Julian Gilber and Innver City Avant Garde, and DJ sets from Bim Marx, Vin Sol, & One Auff to start the night, we couldn’t have been better prepared for the main event.

Celebrating the release of their new single and video for their track, “Black & Blue”, directed by Kahlil Joseph of Directors Bureau, New York’s Cubic Zirconia put on a live performance that heated up the Tribeca gallery space. They have great energy and are completely unpredictable. Words alone can’t describe the mesmerizing and unique experience, so go ahead and check out the photos from their electrifying performance and the moments leading up to it. Also, click through for the video of “Black & Blue”.

The Dash Gallery is hosting the 10th anniversary of The Bicycle Film Festival till June 20th from 6pm to 10pm.

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