Posted on 26 June 2012
Pacha & Dance.Here.Now. bring Loco Dice, Joris Voorn, Nic Fanciulli to Dekalb Market
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Posted on 13 June 2012
HiFi Cartel heads to Detroit for Movement 2012. Pictures from the festival joined with Circoloco & Flying Circus.
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Posted on 17 November 2011
The second day of the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival took the energy from the previous day’s festivities and doubled it, with all of Williamsburg awash in the sound of beats and dancing feet. Rubble from the night before was still littering the streets as the darkness set in, the energy picked up, and New York City’s cool kids emerged from their hangovers to start the party all over again.
At the Public Assembly Loft, Tim Sweeney stepped in around midnight, spinning his signature blend of house and disco, grooving right along with his rapt audience. Jackmaster the took over to great cheers, proceeding to drop a set of serious bangers; nothing short of a greatest hits of house and techno from 2011. As Julio Bashmore’s “Battle for Middle You” came floating out from the speakers, the entire crowd sang along, as best they could to en electronic track. Scuba’s “Feel It” was also a huge hit, getting those last few people who weren’t moving to hit the dancefloor. Braille followed, proving without a doubt that he’s a DJ in his own right (although everyone loves a good Sepalcure performance).
Downstairs, Fout Tet played to a truly packed house, with people so crammed in they were spilling out from every door. Kingdom and Girl Unit went bass heavy, focusing on the lower and more dub centric spectrum of sound. Meanwhile, Thugfucker spun deep house next door, with no shortage of pretty girls pressing up toward the DJ booth. The house was still packed when the lights went on at 4am, and the bleary eyed population was evicted into the streets in search of an afterparty. BEMF, why’d you have to go? We look forward to seeing you again next year.
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Posted on 08 November 2011
Friday night, the moon was out, and frost bitten air ran amuck through the desolate streets of Chinatown while organized chaos took place in the basement of Santos Party House. Deathrow Tull was at it again. The band was able to fill the basement to capacity on the first ‘winter’ night of the 2011 season. The bodily warmth of the packed audience was a delightful contrast from the horrific street cold. It was apparent that everyone was ready to absorb and engage in an energetic live show. The lights turned red as the band and crowd unanimously chanted “Deathrow Tull Will Kick Your Ass!” The chant bled into the first song of the set, and the eve kicked off with a bang.
Deathrow Tull is truly a Brooklyn gem. We are currently living in an age where new music constantly bombards and overwhelms us with options galore. More often than not, the easiest decision is to abandon the new and stick to what is familiar. However, after months of persuasion to give Deathrow Tull a chance by various adored music palates, I caved and immediately cursed my own self-deprivation. This group is unlike anything I listened to in a long while. The instrumentation consists of two white-male rappers, a stunning singer who’s face resembles Brandy but voice is a mix of an urban princess and angelic Goddess, a guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, and drummer. Together, they create unique funk/ska/punk/hip-hop tone that somewhat mirrors Sublime.
My mouth was on the floor as the set progressed. Soulful tunes like “You ain’t got the fire like I do” were balanced with the playful yet harmonious “We are your energy, we are your Friday night”. A bit of Bob Marley crept out of the group as they soulfully danced through “When the Revolution come” and the crowd be nuts as Deathrow closed with the White Stripes, “Seven Nations Army”.
Mid-set the band started to chant, “Deathrow Tull Ain’t Nuthin’ To Fuck With!” From that statement alone, you might gather that Deathrow is some hardcore gangster group who likes to spit flow while pointing a middle finger towards the sky. And honestly, they can be that. But what is special about Deathrow is that they are more than that. This is a collective group of immensely talented musicians who melted the cold out of my Friday night. HiFi will keep you posted about their upcoming shows, and we highly suggest you go. Raw talent is not to be taken for granted, and it felt refreshing to get a healthy Friday night dose of it.
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Posted on 28 October 2011
Last Wednesday, Amon Tobin brought his audio visual masterpiece ISAM to the Brooklyn Masonic Temple as one of the three sold-out New York dates on his tour.
Berlin based Emika started out the evening with an understated performance of her somber and dub-heavy tracks, often overlain with vocals of a deep and melancholy sort. She performed both “Drop the Other” and “Double Edge Sword,” two of her most beloved tracks, to excellent reception from the audience.
As the curtain was drawn aside to reveal the immense structure that is ISAM, the crowd commenced on a journey that truly was a multi-sensory experience. Amon Tobin took the audience through an epic voyage of light and sound, setting the futuristic and other worldly visual elements to the bass driven music that he is known for. Space ships flew, fire danced, smoke rose, and blocks came tumbling down as Amon Tobin himself sat in the largest center cube, orchestrating it all while remaining nearly invisible. The performance was creative and inspiring, rounding out the end with a foray into some serious drum & bass and graphic driven visual accompaniment.
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Posted on 18 October 2011
“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.
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Posted on 16 October 2011
Trentemøller and his band stop by New York City for the second time in 2011.
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Posted on 20 September 2011
Last Friday, Trouble & Bass celebrated their 5 year anniversary at Webster Hall with an insane party in the true style we’ve come to expect from the gang. Drop the Lime performed with his entire live band, putting on an extraordinary show to accompany his “raveabilly” sound. Plastician proceeded to drop some heavy bass, shaking the very foundations of Webster Hall with his gritty dubstep. And let’s not forget the rest of the Trouble & Bass crew, namely AC Slater, Star Eyes and The Captain, who each stepped behind the decks to drop some celebratory beats.
We’re looking forward to yet another year of Trouble & Bass glory, and can’t wait to see what they’ve got up their sleeves next. In the meantime…
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Posted on 08 September 2011
Over the course of these past few summer months that are slowly but surely drawing to a close, I have been fascinated by, no, obsessed with what I see as the mass commercialization of electronic music, particularly in the United States. The industry is growing and changing more rapidly than I could ever have imaged possible if you’d consulted me a few years ago, and I have been deeply drawn into the analysis of the direction that electronic music is taking and the implications for the future of the movement. I, of course, have my opinions and biases concerning “pop” electronic music, but what I have been truly interested in is more concerned with the effect that this popularization has on the creative process of the artists, and on the experience of it live.