Posted on 27 July 2012
July 20-27 was a busy week at Cultivora, which means they have tons of new festival news to share.
- Laura Baker-Finch went to the inaugural Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, last weekend. Check out her festival coverage and head to Facebook for more of her festival photos.
- Catalpa NYC kicks off tomorrow on Randall’s Island. To prepare, take a look at the festival’s non-music activities, the pros and cons of the official mobile app, and plan your days with the artist schedule.
- If you’re in town for Catalpa, read Joseph Sunder’s guide to Downtown Manhattan Style - it has all the best stops for musicians to get suited up.
- Lollapalooza is also fast approaching. Cultivora has a Spotify playlist and a view at the festival’s mobile app as well as a look at Jason Rezvan’s overlapping sets dilema and why he thinks all festivalgoers should watch a part of Black Sabbath’s Lolla set.
- This past Tuesday, Cultivora’s office was flooded with new albums, EPs, singles, and videos to jam out to. In case you missed it, here’s what’s new and worth a listen this week.
- At a loss for what to do music-wise in NYC this July 27-August 1? Look no further than Cultivora’s NYC Music Guide – they’ve compiled all the best live music events in the city into one handy guide.
- Rose Mardit gave us a look at Detroit’s Backpack Music Festival – where techno and charity go hand-in-hand.
Coming Up: Australia’s Splendour In The Grass kicked off in Byron Bay today and will continue throughout the weekend. NYC’s Catalpa also takes place this weekend, check back with Cultivora next week for their photos and coverage.
Posted in Cultivora, Festivals, Live Music
Posted on 18 July 2012
Dimensions is finally here and we couldn’t be more excited! Brought to us by the well known and loved Outlook Festival, Dimensions focuses its sound on house, bass, and the deeper end of the electronic music spectrum. This year’s lineup, which is stacked with jaw dropping artists, does not fail to amaze even the most critical of music critics. The bill includes Little Dragon, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Mount Kimbie, and Levon Vincent, just to name a few. And as if the line up wasn’t solid enough, it’s recently been confirmed that Nicolas Jaar will also grace the headlining spot. We almost can’t believe it…!
The festival takes place on the breathtaking coast of Pula, Croatia at Fort Punta Christo, the legendary site that is also shared with its big brother Outlook Festival just a few days prior. Taking advantage of its surroundings, you can also find a number of boat parties that will cruise the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. What could be better?
If you are looking for comfortable and affordable accommodations, don’t fret. There are a number of options, which include camping, hostels, and private apartments. We managed to find a sweet place via Airbnb, a trusted online host for apartment/home rentals.
Be sure to check out Cultivora’s guide for travel tips and insights!
Words / Amanda Rohowsky
Posted in Events, Featured, Festivals, Music News
Posted on 13 July 2012
Cultivora is back again this week to share what you may have missed in the music festival world.
- Glastonbury may have taken an Olympics-related hiatus this year, but if you want to attend the legendary UK festival in 2013, register now!
- The inaugural Firefly Music Festival starts in a week, and some options are still available for those wanting to attend or camp.
- In anticipation for Lollapalooza early next month, Jason Rezvan created a Lolla Spotify playlist for your streaming enjoyment.
- Tuesday was a day of new album releases and previews – Laura Baker-Finch gives us a taste of what was new and blasting in the Cultivora office, complete with streams and videos.
- Another NYC festival, Catalpa NYC, is on the horizon. As if we weren’t excited enough, they released their food vendor lineup. Yum!
- Cultivora’s NYC Music Guide saves the day again by compiling all the worthy live music events taking place this week, July 12-18.
- Cultivora and Catalpa NYC teamed up to give you a chance to win tickets to the July 28-29 festival - and it’s so easy to enter! Share this picture on Facebook OR Sign up here OR tweet this message @Cultivora (Just make sure you’re following both @Cultivora and @CatalpaNYC) – you can even triple your chances by entering all three ways!
Posted in Cultivora, Festivals, Music News
Posted on 12 July 2012
Basic returns to (le) Poisson Rouge on Saturday July 14th with a mid-summer sizzler of cutting-edge electronic sounds. Our guest for the night is a special one – the Ghostly International standout, and techno renaissance man Matthew Dear. He’s making his Basic debut on the night, playing one of the dancefloor-thumping DJ sets that have earned him legions of devoted fans worldwide. With his new album Beams set to drop later this summer, Dear is once again about to take the international spotlight. We’re honored to host this iconic artist for what promises to be a dynamic night of music.
Depending on whom you ask, Matthew Dear is a DJ, a dance-music producer, an experimental pop artist, a bandleader. He co-founded both Ghostly International and its dancefloor offshoot, Spectral Sound. He’s had remixes commissioned by The XX, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Spoon, Hot Chip, The Postal Service, and Chemical Brothers; he’s made mixes for Get Physical‘s Body Language and Fabric mix series. He maintains four aliases (Audion, False, Jabberjaw, and Matthew Dear), each with its own style and distinct visual identity. He straddles multiple musical worlds and belongs to none—and he’s just hitting his stride.
Matthew Dear’s latest full-length album Beams is both a drastic departure from and worthy successor to his last LP Black City. A suite of weird, wild, and queasily optimistic rhythm-driven pop songs, Beams is the latest chapter in the continuing evolution of one of music’s most fascinating minds. After over a decade of exploring pop’s outer limits, Matthew Dear now inhabits a rarified corner of the musical universe: no longer tethered to any one genre, respected by his peers and blessed with a bottomless well of creative energy. Now is Matthew Dear’s moment, and it sounds like nothing else.
Dear has been a fixture in the DJ booth at the world’s finest clubs and festivals for years now, and this party will mark his Basic debut. Expect the unexpected – his DJ sets are just as unpredictable and inspirational as his original music. Joining him on the decks will be Basic’s Sleepy & Boo, who have been bringing some of techno’s leading figures to (le) Poisson Rouge in recent months. Support comes from ReSolute‘s resident Connie, marking her return to the Basic decks – and her LPR debut. Mike Murphy gets things going for this one, his first Basic set since his appearance with Speedy J in May. As always we’ll have booming reinforced sound at (le) Poisson Rouge – with loads of bass and crisp highs.
Saturday, July 14
Sleepy & Boo
(le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
10pm to late, 21+
Posted in DJ, Featured, Local Flavor
Posted on 06 July 2012
What’d you miss this week in the world of music festivals, you ask? Cultivora has your answer.
- French label Kitsuné released their Soleil Mix just in time for 4th of July BBQs and parties. But don’t fret, if you missed the free 3-day stream, you can still purchase the mix or stream the Kitsuné Soleil MiniMix by Moon Boots.
- Denmark’s Roskilde festival kicked off yesterday and will continue until July 8 with performances by Bjork, The Cure, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, and many more – you can stream select performances on their website.
- Laura Baker-Finch compiled a list of the top picks of live music events in New York City for July 5-11, which she’ll continue to do every Thursday all Summer long.
- Cultivora added a Festival Guide for Decibel, a 5-day festival of live performance, interactive multimedia art, and sound-technology based education taking place September 26-30 in Seattle.
Posted in Cultivora, Festivals, Music News
Posted on 03 July 2012
Tomorrow July 4th be prepared to celebrate your freedom to love all music. At Deep Space we take great liberty to explore a galaxy of music and mixing styles that have even the most remote connection to our almighty star of inspiration: planet dub. And while Deep Space is far from a dub party, we always pay our respect.
François K. tours worldwide for not only his soulful house dj sets, but also for his techno and dub mixes. He is revered as the co-creator of New York City’s legendary dance party Body&SOUL. Over the years he performed regularly at Paradise Garage, The Loft, Studio 54, Ministry of Sound, Sound Factory Bar, Twilo, Roxy, Fabric, Berghain, and Tresor, to name a few. In great demand, François has gone into the studio to produce/remix recordings by Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Jimmy Cliff, Underworld, Eurythmics, Bunny Wailer, U2, Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou, the Smiths, Dido, Finley Quaye, Diana Ross, Cure, Mick Jagger, Fishbone, Talvin Singh, D Train, Erasure, Yazoo, Black Uhuru, Thomas Dolby, and Jah Wobble. In 2005 François was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.
Francois will live mix and dub out the live sax performance of ILHAN ERSAHIN, the creator and artistic guide for all things dubby, Middle Eastern, jazzy, sublime and truly crate-digging at the mecca we love called Nublu.
Based in Philadelphia, King Britt has been breaking the traditional boundaries and forging a unique path as a producer, musician, DJ, label boss and media revolutionary for over 20 years. King has always found a way to escape the strictures of any single category of music by working across genres such as deep house, hip-hop, broken beat, nu-jazz, funk and afro-tech. King toured worldwide with Digable Planets – the Grammy award winning hip-hop fusion band. He produced Sylk130’s first album (ʻWhen The Funk Hits The Fanʼ) which sold half a million units through his own Ovum label. He has remixed for a diverse range of artists from Miles Davis, The OʼJays and Curtis Mayfield through to Macy Gray, Solange, Femi Kuti and Everything But The Girl and recently for Preservation Hall Jazz Ensemble feat. Mos Def, Glitch Mobb, Jay Haze and Dilouya. http://kingbritt.com
The breakthrough with Brooklyn-based Drew Lustman aka FaltyDL’s tracks came when he dropped the tempo and allowed his beats to breathe, which found him a natural home on the British label Planet Mu, immersed in the possibilities of the dubstep underground. Centering on the rhythms of UK garage provided the key which unlocked Drew’s natural sense of the interconnectedness of electronic funk styles, the limber beat patterns allowing him to forward from UKG into dubstep space, back into NYC’s original garage and further back still towards disco. His the ‘Love Is A Liability’ album and ‘Bravery’ EP came just as the post-dubstep underground was becoming far more fluid, and his easy stylistic shifts provided the perfect bridge between the new garage of artists like Brackles and Geiom, the cosmic hip hop of LA and Glasgow, and those people who were falling in love with house music all over again. http://faltydl.tumblr.com/