Posted on 28 April 2011
Six weeks have passed since I last witnessed A-Trak create a sea of bodies shake the floor at Webster Hall for the Downtown 5th Anniversary Party. Next Saturday, April 30, A-Trak will be gracing New York with his presence once again. Scion is bringing the Magic 8-Ball Tour to Terminal 5, featuring A-Trak, Kid Sister and The Gaslamp Killer.
For those who don’t know, A-Trak was the first DJ to take home all three competition titles (DMC, ITF, Vestax) and the first to win five World Championships. He won DMC’s World DJ Championship at the mere age of 15, making him the youngest person to ever win this competition. However, when A-Trak performs live, his main concern is the audience, making sure they dance and flow in sync with his roaring beats of disco, house, funk, and occasional rap. But his magnetic scratch techniques and turntable skills will inevitably be apart of the equation. The new Ducksauce (DJ A-Trak and DJ Armand Van Helden) album is just about complete, so I’m looking forward to novel up and coming tunes weaving their way into his set.
Performing alongside A-Trak will be Melisa Young (a.k.a. Kid Sister) whom A-Trak produces and has signed to his label Fool’s Gold. Kid Sister draws inspiration from the music of her youth. She blends electro pop, hip-hop, ghetto house, and Chicago house into one cohesive sound and performs it with deep soul.
The third on the line up is The Ghostland Killer, a LA based DJ who releases his mixes off of Flying Lotus’s label Brainfeeder. His sound is unique and has ample range. From Indian instruments, jazz horn lines, symphonic string melodies, and light percussion to dubstep, heavy basslines, and controlled static, he does it all.
Comfortable shoes are encouraged because this will be an entire night of hard dancing. Join us at Terminal 5 for this show as we jump into the New York summer scene together. This show will be a treat.
Tickets range from $25 to $35 and can be purchased HERE.
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Posted on 28 April 2011
Perhaps it’s because I perpetually have my head in the clouds, but there’s something about the notion of space, the consideration of other planets and galaxies, that has never ceased to fascinate me. Naturally, One Step Beyond at the American Museum of Natural History satisfies both this childish thirst for knowledge about what I can only imagine exists beyond our the small rock we live on, and my love for a good beat-driven party. Last Friday’s edition featured Dave 1 of Chromeo, who played a fun and crowd pleasing set of light and funky electro pop, all while never removing his black shades. His selection of dance friendly tracks rooted in hip-hop, house, and pop had the girls shaking their hair all over the place and the boys bouncing around like school children.
Before he got the eager crowd dancing however, New York natives Telephoned gave an exuberant live performance on the planetarium’s stage under the galactic bodies. Maggie Horn was enthusiastic and invigorating, with Telephoned performing both their own material and interpretations of other artist’s work. One particularly noteworthy musical moment was their adaptation of Flight Facilities’ “Crave You”, one of my absolute favorite tracks from last summer. Keep your eyes on Telephoned, as they’re sure to do even greater things in the future.
CHECK OUT THE FULL PHOTO GALLERY HERE.
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Posted on 28 April 2011
Next Friday May 6, the legendary “DJ’s DJ” John Digweed will step behind the decks at District 36; something I personally have been looking forward to all month. I’m sure that for most of you the man needs no introduction, as his long career in shaping the evolution of electronic music and reputation as an incredibly talented artist are no mystery to anyone who subscribes to the genre. For those of you who don’t know, get familiar:
Even if you’re not an avid follower of dance music but are tuned into popular culture at all you’ve likely experienced music touched by the hands of John Digweed. Originally hailing from England but having clearly arrived on the global scene nearly a decade ago, Digweed has long since cemented his name in the pages of dance music history. His list of achievements is groundbreaking to say the least. The beauty of what he does lies in just how different he really is from his contemporaries. From his early beginnings in England at the age of 15 in the blossoming scene of acid house to the apex of the international DJ’ing world, he has created and maintained a level of integrity that is the benchmark for both DJ’s and producers globally. In fact, he has reached the very top of his profession, being voted #1 in a voter’s poll by DJ magazine in 2001. Digweed has become the people’s choice while maintaining his longstanding presence in underground dance culture. His popularity as both a DJ and a person seems to have no limits, but his efforts transcend DJ’ing alone, he is as much a producer and promoter. His moniker “Bedrock” is actually three things: a record label, a promotions company and a studio production partnership (with Nick Muir).
Check out this outstanding Essential Mix from last May by John Digweed for a taste of what next weekend will bring…
Basic NYC residents Sleepy & Boo will be providing the opening set, to be sure to arrive early to catch them! To get on the guestlist for reduced admission at the door, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, a limited number of discounted presale tickets can be purchased HERE.
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Posted on 26 April 2011
Brazilian mix masters João Miguel and Luciano Oliveira set Highline Ballroom on fire last Thursday with their signature electro funk remixes. The Twelves are no stranger to NYC dropping by twice in the past year, yet the city keeps begging for more. Their thumping sets always wash waves of euphoria across the crowd and we really can’t wait for their return!
Fever Ray – Seven (The Twelves Remix)
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Posted on 24 April 2011
One of the wonderful things about living in New York City is that on any given night of the week, you can locate a wonderful event if you’re lusting for some tunes and a dancefloor. Mondays do not need to be blue, as Francois K‘s Deep Space party at Cielo is one of the best in the city, consistently drawing not only stellar talent but also a crowd that’s nothing but pure good vibes. April 11, Deep Space celebrated 8 years with the legendary producer and DJ Joy Orbison, whose reputation for excellence only continues to grow. He is particularly known for his own forward thinking dubstep productions, with tracks such as “Hyph Mngo”, “So Derobe”, and “BRKLN CLLN” skyrocketing him to notoriety at an early age.
His set at Deep Space was outstanding in its movement through dubstep, hip-hop, techno, and acid house, without the transitions through genres ever seeming unwarranted or out of place. He dropped favorites such as Girl Unit’s “WUT’, Ramadanman’s “Glut”, and Julio Bashmore’s “Battle for Middle You” with the crowd losing their heads at every turn. He also introduced new productions, in particular a phenomenal new collaborative track with Boddika entitled “Swims” – keep your ears open for that one. When he began to mix in the highly debated track “Sicko Cell” (you know the one… “I’m the information, cocaine powder…”), the dancefloor went absolutely mental, further demonstrating through their knowledge that this crowd was truly there for the music.
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Posted on 23 April 2011
With the lengthy introduction aside, Rusko is landing on Wednesday April 27th shaking New York City with his seismic sound. Hoppin’ all throughout the nation on his 2011 USA Tour, he will be stopping at Terminal 5 to inject a bit of the nightlife into the midweek. Alongside tracks recently released from his EP “Everyday” we can assume absolute attendance of his ecstatic energy. While launching the audience into pools of bass, it is sure to see him fly from the stage, jumping hollering and raging along with the crowd. Although it lacks his appearance the tour teaser accurately portrays the sonic spectacle that will ensue.
Fueling entertainment that night will also be Doorly. An equally acclaimed act from across the Atlantic, this keystone to the music industry will be none other than exceptional. Shredded electro, warped wubs, and teched out glitches are all on the menu for his performance. He is a regular on BBC Radio 1, and Ibiza Rocks Podcast, a curator for the future sounds for all DJs. In his roster of collaborators includes but is not limited to Groove Armada, Armand van Helden, Chase and Status, Kissy Sell Out, Tiga, Fake Blood, Skream, Jon Carter, Noisia, Diplo, Proxy, Scratch Perverts, Sinden and Soulwax.
Along with the previously mentioned, Destructo will tear through the ocean of excited ears. Rooted deep in a history of music prduction and management, his taste for savory sounds is unmistakable. Founder of the electro rager HARD, Los Angeles local Gary Richards totes his experience to this night for a certainly massive set.
For Tickets and more Info on the event click HERE.
Check out photos from Rusko’s visit to Webster Hall last October HERE.
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Posted on 22 April 2011
Last Wednesday, Easy Star All Stars brought the positive vibrations to Highline Ballroom along with John Brown’s Body and Cas Haley. Keeping in spirit of the infamous holiday, wisps of green smoke propelled through the crowd as reggae riddims echoed across the room. Cas Haley opened the evening with a couple cuts off Connection before being joined on stage by the whole All Star group. Following Cas was John Brown’s Body, or “JBB”, as many fanatical fans kept screaming. With authentic fusions of roots reggae, funk, electro and dub, JBB’s eight piece band was the most refreshing act I’ve experienced in a while. After climaxing with dreads bouncing and horns blaring, they left the red-eyed crowd begging for more.
After a heady interlude by DJ Charlie Brown whose vocal antics might have dubbed him DJ Charlie Sheen, Easy Star took the stage to uproar. They visited their much beloved Beatles covers, “With A Little Help From My Friends”, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and “Lovely Rita”, which were all hits with the crowd. ESAS also premiered their single “First Light” off their newest album of the same name. The frenzyed rasta vocals and dancing of Menny More added to Ras I Ray’s solid bassline. The Pink Floyd covers were also huge hits, with “Time” and bong sampled “Money” getting the crowd higher. Easy Star’s music continues to bring pure happiness to their fans, which was evident by the laugher and grins as the crowd dispersed. They are an act worth checking out and you will find yourself humming to their songs long after the last bassline has been struck.
Have a listen to Easy Star’s cover of Pink Floyd’s “Money” below:
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Posted on 20 April 2011
Paxahau, producers of the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit have announced the 105 acts scheduled to perform May 28, 29, and 30 in downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza. Discounted presale $60 weekend passes are now available HERE. The full line-up is as follows:
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Posted on 18 April 2011
New York City’s music scene has yet another great week ahead of it, with the Fixed guys offering up two back to back events featuring some awesome talent. Thursday night, April 21, The Twelves are playing live at Highline Ballroom, which is guaranteed to be a riot. Last time The Twelves were in the city, they tore the roof off of a sold-out Good Units, so be sure to buy your ticket in advance, or at least get there early. The next night, Friday, April 22, Pantha Du Prince and The Sight Below are both performing live at Good Units, bringing their unique electronic conceptions to the subterranean space. Fixed residents JDH & Dave P will warm up both nights, so rest up early in the week while you still can!
Check out photos from The Twelves at Santos Party house last April HERE.
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Posted on 18 April 2011
Ever since electronic music first began to take hold of ears, hearts, and feet all over the United States, Europe, and beyond in the 1980’s, the practice of experiencing electronic music as a collective as often been viewed as akin to a religious experience. The club is a church, the DJ a priest, the dancing masses the worshippers, and the beat the sermon. It is therefore only appropriate that Made Event’s 36-hour event during Miami Music Week be entitled Sunday School; a place where children go to learn the ways of religion in an informal setting. And aren’t we all just that – children refusing to grow up, coming together to worship the gospel of house and techno in the safe haven of like-minded revelers.
Sunday School: The Lost Weekend took place at the Ice Palace in downtown Miami, otherwise known as the middle of what seemed to be abandoned warehouse buildings, deserted train tracks, and the occasional highly suspicious looking figure hustling the street corners. But no matter, for once inside the outside walls of the event space that consisted of an outdoor area and two stages, all memory of the outside world simply melted away. Seven or so hours disappeared in the blink of an eye on Friday night, as bodies, minds, and hearts all moved in sync to the rhythm of the thundering basslines emanating from the stacks of Funktion One’s guarding the corners of the rooms.
At Stage 1, D.I.M., Tiga and Spank Rock all gave exhilarating performances, catering to those more interested in the electro and house end of the spectrum. It was however Boys Noize that truly stole the show, mixing old favorites from his Oi Oi Oi and Power albums with some of the seriously wicked acid that he’s been displaying a preference for lately. Next door at The Lobby, those more inclined toward straight techno were spoiled by an incredible live set from Gaiser, who reacted perfectly and intuitively to every shift in the audience, which at this point in the night was little more than a heaving, grinning, beat driving organism. Friday night peaked at around 4:30am, when Richie Hawtin stepped in and pushed it just that extra inch, carrying every single person in the place with him to the absolute brink of the human-meets-techno experience. His set was hard and loud, but the crowd was more than prepared for it, meeting his every manipulation of sound with one of the body. And that was only the first night.
It quickly became apparent that Sunday was best taken on as a marathon, not a sprint, given that the majority of the attendees had barely slept, eaten, or sat down for that matter, in a good three or four days. It was therefore incredibly well played on the part of Made Event to have both Victor Calderone and Luciano playing extended sets during the wee hours of the morning, allowing merrymakers who had not been home for quite some time (and who had no intention of going there) to take breaks in the cool morning grass without missing anything heartbreakingly crucial. That is not to say that these artists were anything less than extraordinary, with Luciano in particular delivering one hell of a set, packing the dancefloor of Stage 1 as night slowly began to turn into day.
With the hot Miami sun rising higher and higher, the music began to diversify a bit, moving away from the steady pace of the night’s techno toward more melody driven artists, some of whom even incorporated live instruments and vocals. Benoit & Sergio, tINI, and No Regular Play all delivered the perfect blend of deep house on the outdoor Terrance, providing an ideal soundtrack for the adjustment to the rays of the sun after the cool, dark night. Inside, Nicolas Jaar performed with a full live band, which provided just the right brief respite from the consistent 4×4 beat that otherwise permeated the space. Although focusing primarily on album material, Jaar and his band still kept the sound fresh, experimenting with live manipulations and synching the electronics with the live drum patterns. For those still on the techno train, Steve Bug and Better Lost Than Stupid kept the energy going well into the day, with The Lobby area in particular never emptying, despite the levels of heat and physical exertion.
In retrospect, the entire experience seems a bit unreal, in the way that such incredible and special events centered around the experience of one moment in time always do. After a good night’s sleep, a full meal, and reversion to regular life these experiences can begin to seem very far away. However, until we can return to Sunday School and lose another weekend in Miami next year, we can study the teachings of our musical priests in our own private lives. I know I for one never cease to worship the temple of electronic beats, even for one single day.