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Our Top Five Picks for Dimensions Festival


OK, we can say it now. We’ve got less than one week until the worlds most educated party people touch down in Croatia for the much-anticipated premier of Dimensions Festival (unless you are a true-G and already getting down at Outlook).

Let’s talk about the artists we just can’t wait to see:

Little Dragon

Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, Little Dragon gives a performance that mustn’t be missed!  Lead singer Yukimi Nagano’s strong and sensual voice, paired with the perfect mix of percussion and electronic sound, makes for nothing less than perfection.  After seeing the band recently at Celebrate Brooklyn’s free summer concert series, we are even more eager to reunite in the forts of Punta Christo.

Levon Vincent

American born artist, Levon Vincent, aims to provide us with positive vibrations through his tropical, methodically manicured, and joint weakening sound.  There is nothing we won’t give to hear “Double Jointed Sex Freak pt. 3” on the shores of Pula.

Mount Kimbie (live)

This British duo took us all on a glorious journey through space after releasing their first and only full length, titled “Crooks and Lovers”. It was announced earlier this year they were signed to Warp records and are currently working on a second album. Let us thank them for taking the time…Dimensions wouldn’t be the same without you.

Δkkord (photo)

A lot of things are left uncertain when it comes to supposedly U.K. born collective, Δkkord. One thing, however, is for certain, based on a few releases that blessed us in 2012, we know they can make a proper bass tune.  Part break-beat, part techno, listen below for a taste. We can’t wait to experience the mystery that is Δkkord.

Machinedrum

Brooklyn’s own Travis Stewart has taken the music world by storm. Whether its owning his own record label, collaborating with the amazing Praveen Sharma to produce the sounds of Sepalcure, or just plain smashing things up under his stage name Machinedrum, we love and support Travis to no end. Can’t wait to see you in Croatia.

As we prepare ourselves for another dimension, lets give thanks that we are among those going to experience the wonder that is Pula. Dimensions 2012, here we come.

Words / Amanda Rohowsky

Posted in Concerts, DJ, Events, Festivals, Live Music, Music News, Travel, Video

Deep Space Visits Brooklyn 4th of July with Francois K, King Britt, FaltyDL at Dekalb Market!


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.
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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/

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Festival Digest: May 28-June 1


Welcome to the Festival Digest, our new weekly column in which we give you the scoop on this week’s festival news, courtesy of our friends at Cultivora. Here’s what you missed…

Memorial Day Weekend saw not one, but two major festivals: Movement in Detroit, Michigan, covered by Rose Mardit (and for HiFi, Oliver Correa… pics coming soon), and Sasquatch! in George, Washington, covered by Laura Baker-Finch. Coverage will be posted through the weekend, so stay tuned for more.

Safa Jinje chatted with Club Cheval about their residency at the Paris Social Club for the second installment of Cultivora’s “Artists in Residence” series. And speaking of Paris, Marjana Jaidi stopped by the Levi’s Flagship Store on the Champs Élysées to check out their collaboration with James Murphy and Busy P.

Back in New York, Jason Rezvan and Marjana Jaidi ate their way through the inaugural edition of The Great GoogaMooga. Also in New York, New Music Seminar, which will take place at Webster Hall from June 17-19, has announced their first-ever festival.

Coming up… MUTEK is happening as we speak, and Bonnaroo will take place next weekend, from June 7-10.

Posted in Cultivora, Fashion, Festivals, Music News, Travel

Support the Brooklyn ‘Flex Is Kings’ Street Dance Documentary


We’re big fans of the street dance documentary, Flex is Kings. Check out the trailer above and be sure to visit their Kickstarter page to support finishing this film. They are hosting a fundraiser tonight with a live concert and special performance.

When: Thursday, April 5, 2012
Doors 7:30 pm
Performance 8:00 pm

Where: Bond Street Theater
303 Bond Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
SUBWAY: F/G to Carroll, M/R to Union

Also Flex is Kings won Project of the Week on IndieWire. Now, we enter Round Two – Flex Is Kings is in the running for Project of the Month. If we win, we’ll get a meeting with Sundance. We need your votes.

Voting ends Friday at 5pm EST, so vote now and vote from every IP address you have. Note: every computer and phone has a distinct address – vote from all your devices and tell all your friends.  Three clicks, no personal info and you’ve helped us tremendously

Flex Is Kings is an independent feature length documentary about street dance in Brooklyn. It’s almost done and now we need your help!

This is a story of urban improbability. East New York is an impoverished section of Kings County with one of the highest crime rates in the borough. And yet a large and growing group of young men have transformed their streets into a stage.

Flex Is Kings looks at the culture of flexing, a unique and vibrant dance form in deep Brooklyn, and the realities of the dancers who practice it. We, the filmmakers, have followed a group of dancers for over two years and have shot over 275 hours of film.

Flex dancing channels the grittiness of East New York into choreographed violence: guns battle, bones break, and hearts are ripped from chests. Using dance to illustrate their everyday lives and their inner aspirations, dancers jump into beautiful and imaginative dream logic and feats of daring: monsters roam train cars, young lovers meet, souls fly from bodies.

Posted in Events, Featured, Film, Live Music, Local Flavor, Music News

HiFi Cartel Holiday Ho-Down TONIGHT


Join us tonight as HiFi gets in the festive spirit with a free ho-down on one of coolest dance-floors in NYC. We are very excited to bring along two of our favorite DJs, Ital & Jubilee, to spin tunes for the night!

ITAL (100% Silk/Not Not Fun/Planet Mu]
_Formerly on 100% Silk and freshly signed to UK electronic staple Planet Mu, Ital’s stock has risen tremendously in the past year, bringing an invigorating live show to Brooklyn and beyond. Before he makes an even bigger splash in 2012, we’ve invited him to play some records at our little get-together.

JUBILEE [Grizzly/Nightshifters]
_While Brooklyn’s bass sweetheart has moved to the sunny state of Florida, she’s always got a lot of love waiting for her here. We welcome back one of our favorite DJs for this special holiday one-off.

HiFi Cartel Residents

OLLIEDHALI / SPECTACAL / AQUARIAN

The awesome folks at THE MONOCLE ORDER are working with us to bring you the freshest perspective on a party. One half sunglass pop-up, one half burning man vibes, we are so thrilled to be housed under their roof!

THIS EVENT STARTS EARLY @ 8pm with a photobooth and designer sunglass mixer followed by wicked tunes for the night!

THURSDAY DECEMBER 15th / THE MONOCLE ORDER / 220 BOWERY / NYC / DOORS 8PM / LIMITED CAPACITY

Posted in Events, Fashion, HiFi Cartel, Live Music

11-11-11 in NYC. Plaid and BEMF Day 1


11-11-11 was a magical day for NYC’s music scene. Plaid and the Gamelan Dhara Swara played at LPR, it was the first night of the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, Paco Osuna was spinning at Good Units, and MiM0$a was rocking out at Webster Hall alongside Alex English. Energy levels were high and HiFi was on a mission to catch as much music possible for the eve.

Le Passion Rouge was first on the list. We made our way through the doors with plenty of time to down a few Vodka-RedBulls during happy hour. As happy hour concluded, the Gamelan Dharma Swara took the stage. This 15+ person group performs the music and dance of Bali in the NYC area. Gamelan was dressed in beautiful authentic Indonesian attire and played a myriad of instruments that I can not name. An orchestra of percussion, woodwinds, and xylophone-like instruments was spread across the stage. Their structured tunes sounded atonal and chaotic, yet your ear could grasp the tonal center that remained audible through a maze of accidentals and modes. The group finished with two dancers acting out the story behind the music onstage. They were confronted by an evil daemon, but victoriously forced the daemon away.

Plaid took the stage next. I was unaware of what to expect from the avaunt guard Warp duo. They managed to deliver a very true representation of their studio tracks. The entire set itself felt like one long continuous song with very few rests. Much of the set had this distinct under water sound, which mirrored their opening video montage of a girl swimming and encountering a deadly octopus. Whimsical melodic lines were laid on top of structured rhythms and patterns. Soft synth lines ran back and forth from spacious simple sounds to dark and heavy drones. When looking out into the audience, their confusion was visible. Throughout the first 15 minutes of the set most everyone stood still. As time progressed, everyone started dancing to the tune of their own horn. It looked crazy, but it made sense. Plaid took the crowd on a symphonic journey through their heavy beats. A part of me wished they had jammed out in downtempo. The set was great, and overwhelmingly powerful, but the constant change from fast to slow became somewhat exhausting. However, the creation of tones produced put our ears in music heaven for the entirety of their set.

We left LPR and heading directly to Williamsburg for BEMF. Friday night was Cold. Quite frigid to say the least. We huddled on the subway for warmth all the way to the Bedford stop. After securing our wrist bands, we ran into The Cove for warmth and successfully succeeded with the disco funk beats pouring out from the decks by Nick Hook. We danced to his tunes and stared at the beautiful green lazers bouncing around the room. The Cove was not the only poppin’ place at that time. BEMF had taken over all of north Williamsburg, with showcases at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Public Assembly, Cameo, and Zablozki’s. It was visibly obvious that The Cove was slowly but surely filling up, and by the time Hudson Mohawke took over the decks, you could barely move. The recognizable Shower Melody opened his set and the crowd went nuts. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a glimpse of Hudson, but knowing that I was dancing to a set curated Ross Birchard himself, made it all worthwhile.

In the midst of Hudon’s set, I fled over to the Music Hall of Williamsburg to catch the Fischerspooner DJ set by Casey Spooner and Lauren Flax. Casey looked dashing in his black suit with bright purple hair. He and Lauren plunged into a fresh remix Casey had made featuring Patti Smith. From there on out, deep house beats pulsated through the airwaves in the MHoW and it felt like we danced until the sun the came up. Or 3 AM. As the audience filed out, with exhausted yet elated looks on their faces. HiFi stuck around to chat one on one with Casey Spooner himself. Casey is a very kind and humble man. Sitting, talking, and drinking beers with an artist of his caliber was mind blowing, and probably one of the coolest things I have ever done. (The interview will be up in the next few days.) By 4:30 AM we stumbled back into our apartment and fell into a deep deep sleep.

11-11-11 was a magical day indeed. The music witnessed that evening was the perfect combination of the finest from BK and the UK. BEMF was as great success as well as the early show at LPR. We can’t wait for next year. Cheers.

Posted in Art, Concerts, DJ, Editorial, Events, Festivals, HiFi Cartel, Live Music, Local Flavor, Music News, Review

Take Cultivora’s Survey and You Could Win 60,000 Delta SkyMiles


As some of you may know, the HiFi team has been working hard to bring you Cultivora, a website that helps you research, plan and book music-centric voyages. Launching next year, Cultivora is a cross between a news publication, travel guide and booking resource centered around music festivals and other forms of music travel.

Help us prepare for this exciting new venture by participating in our online survey. As a thank you, you’ll be entered to win 60,000 Delta SkyMiles. Can you think of a better way to kick off the spring festival season? Neither can we.

CLICK HERE to take the survey. Good luck!

Posted in Contest, Festivals, Travel

Stop The Virgens, The Aftermath


“A song can enter the solar plexus and activate a dream world. It can achieve the power of other forms of narrative—the novel, film, a play—in less than three-and-half minutes it recruits matter from the unconscious, the recesses of the heart, the heatlightning of the soul. When forty women are gathered in a room, singing these songs, another world is conjured, something not quite recognizable, not quite ours, and this is why art can be beautiful: because it has the power to transform us, to transport us to other places whether they be subterranean, molten, aquatic, or interstellar. So welcome to our planet where the scum runs deep, the speed tastes so sweet, and the Virgens run wild. Let’s begin at the end… “ –Adam Rapp

The curtain to the stage dropped and Karen O’s signature voice cautiously sang through the opening lullaby. The last words to delicately fall out of her mouth were “Let’s begin at the end.” As that message resonated throughout the theater, it became apparent that the end had already started. As the audience was ushered into the theater, we had to walk through a tunnel lined in translucent chiffon-like walls. On the other side of the walls were the Virgens themselves, whispering haunting phrases such as “the speed tastes so sweet” and “the scum runs deep” while pushing through the barrier and invading your personal space. This haunting thematic element set the tone for the eve.

This work can be the spark for hours of conversation, delving deeper into the thick of the plot. However, I dare not give away the story itself for that would diminish fragments of the theaters authentic magic. The classic battle of good versus evil runs deep through the spine of this tale and plays a pivotal role in Karen O’s character. While watching the scenes unfold, my mind danced back in time to a past Dramatic Literature course and I began to view this dramatic work as a jigsaw puzzle. Christian Joy’s imaginative mind worked its magic at full force and shined through the simplicity of the Virgens and Karen’s decadent attire sculptured out of hair and various loud fabrics and colors.  The “Players” were clad in midnight blue, almost black, nun-ish robes that resembled death, lies, and darkness. The “Virgens” could have stepped out of the first scene in Fischerspooner’s “Emerge” video. They were very bare; minimally clad in white cloth that resembled bandage wrap. The white cloth was also wrapped around their knees and elbows, possibly healing broken joints or holding them together?  As the snow fell from the sky in the end all I could think of was “Softness. Compliance. Forgiveness. Grace.” from “Angels in America.” A new beginning could now form post catharsis. (Also, take note that the trees in the opening scene are white in a black forest. In the closing scene, the colors are inverted.)

Watching Nick Zimmer play with such enthusiasm and passion was as much of a treat to be a part of. The chorus was lead by a live conductor while the band lined both sides of the stage. Every last detail of this work of art was carefully thought out and executed to perfection. If there were anyone in the world I could sit down and have drinks with, it would undoubtedly be Karen O. Her mind is a beautiful and brilliant mystery that birthed this masterpiece.

“Since the music was written it called out to be something more; even though I still can’t describe exactly what it is we have created, I can’t imagine it being anything else, nor can I see a more perfect collective of artists and friends answering that call.” Karen O

Posted in Art, Editorial, Events, HiFi Cartel, Review

Stepping Into the Creator’s Mind


“One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one’s capacity.” Auguste Renoir

The Creators Project was the City’s best kept secret this past weekend. For those who are unaware, the Creators Project is an ongoing global arts and technology initiative created by Intel and Vice in order to support visionary artists, musicians, and filmmakers who are using technology to push the bounds of creative expansion. The energy and intent behind this event was clear and successfully executed. Boundaries were pushed into unknown fields. Numerous exhibits visibly left participants lost for words and musical acts conjured tears of joy and appreciation.

Saturday was nothing less of a quintessential fall day. The abundance of joy from DUMBO’s sea of guests palpably radiated off their skin and into the cool October breeze. Vice and Intel had strategically planned out every underlining detail for the day. The crowd was the perfect size (you never had to wait in line for anything and could move around freely without ever feeling cramped), security was tight and on-point, all of the pop up spaces were flawless and original, VICE’s onsite team was hands on and helpful, and the event truly revolved around the art. A wrist band and email RSVP confirmation were required to attend the event (Saturday only). Once the blue band was secured, you were allowed to walk freely to and from the various buildings housing installations.

A few of photos from the galleries are displayed below, yet these mirrored images do not serve the sculptures justice. ORIGIN, for example, morphed into a glow in the dark rubix cube once the sun set in the sky. Hundreds of participants were found laying down on the floor of the installation, absorbing the vibrations of the sounds and looking into the sky of changing colors. ORIGIN is open through the 23rd of the month, we urge you to go check it out! The musical shows we were able to catch moved us beyond words. The archway was a treat of venue- hosting a very European, outdoor and natural aroma. The shape the arch created its own echo and captured lingering sound beautifully. The masterminds behind the soundboards knew how the manipulate this as A$AP ROCKY + CLAMS CASINO, Four Tet, and Florence + the Machine all hailed high from the stage.

This was one of the most put together, well organized, and artfully mesmerizing events I had experienced in a long while. Click here to check out the full photo gallery here. We can not thank VICE and Intel enough for the opportunity to be part of the Creators Project and we can’t wait for next year!

R&DAZZLE By SOFTlab:
R&Dazzle is an asymmetrical, graphically camouflaged structure that hides within it an inverted kaleidoscope of color and fractured light. Using simple materials like wood and paper in their constructions, SOFTlab pioneered a new design practice that is perfectly in step with the future.

DISKINECT: By Team Diskinect
DisKinect explores the disconnect that exists between virtual and physical reality. Using a hacked Kinect controller, users contral a four-foot puppet suspended in mid-air. The puppet mirrors the user’s movements in an imperfect symbolic gesture that references the way our digital representations take on lives of their own.

SIX-FOURTY BY FOUR-EIGHTY By: Zigelbaum + Coelho
What if pixels could break free from the confines of the screen and into our physical environment? That’s the idea behind Six-Forty by Four- Eighty, an interactive lighting installation composted of magnetic, physical pixels. The pixels change color in response to touch and communicate with each other using the body as a conduit for digital information.

STRATA #4 By: Quayola
Quayola’s Strata series studies the visual language of classical paintings and architecture , using custom software to analyze and deconstruct the improbable tensions and collisions existing between the old and new. In this multi-channel immersive video installation Strata #4, he takes inspiration from works of Flemish masters like Rubens and Van Dyck, creating an unlikely harmonious dialogue between classic and digital aesthetics.

ORIGIN By: United Visual Artists, with music from Scanner
Origin is UVA’s latest work in a year-long project from The Studio, which begin with the re-design of Coachella’s main stage. There, UVA presented a moving mass of light, metal, and sound, before transforming the same sculpture into two more forms. Now, they present a 30-foot audio-visual cubic lattice- the largest interactive work they’ve ever created.

SOIL By: Cantoni +Crescenti
Soil is a multi-paneled seesaw from Brazilian Creators Cantoni + Crescenti. The piece is a reactive, aluminum floor installation composed of 50 planes that undulate as you walk across, throwing your world off-kilter. The duo custom design every component of their interactive projects-from nuts of bolts-creating pieces that are stunning to both see and physically experience.

Chairlift performing at the Archway.

A$AP Rocky + Clams Casino performing at the Archway.

The packed crowd at the Archway during Fourtet.

Posted in Art, Concerts, Editorial, Events, Fashion, Film, HiFi Cartel, Live Music, Music News, Photo Gallery, Travel

Pitchfork and Bowery Presents Bring New Multimedia Festival to New York


This February, Pitchfork Media will bring a new festival to the five boroughs. Focusing on the intersection of music, art and gaming, Forms seeks to promote collaboration between artists that might not ordinarily interact and to create a space that existing conferences have yet to provide. The work of musicians, visual artists, and videogame designers will be presented throughout the city, in venues not necessarily typical of the content: “bands in galleries, artists in clubs, games everywhere in between,” according to the announcement on Pitchfork’s website.

Pitchfork is partnering with music promoter The Bowery Presents, with local galleries and museums participating as well. Gaming arts magazine Kill Screen is also part of the venture; expect exposure to new video games from lesser-known independent creators during the festival.

Forms will take place February 1-4. Four-day passes, and tickets for individual performances, will become available shortly. Some events will be free to the public. Prices and lineups have yet to be announced, but we’re keeping our ears open.

Posted in Art, Events, Festivals, Music News

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