Happy Monday! We’re coming back strong after a short Thanksgiving break with news on Insomniac’s new White Wonderland New Year’s Eve event, Soulwax’s Under the Covers Vol. 1, an Erol Alkan Q&A, and Visionquest’s greatest dance act of all time. More info after the jump.
Insomniac is releasing the details for “White Wonderland”
From Pasquale Rotella’s Twitter: “#WhiteWonderland NYE details will be announced after the weekend as well as a special announcement later in the week about #Beyond2012.” All that has been said about White Wonderland is that it is 21+ and that the venue is about 35 minutes from downtown LA.
Radio Soulwax presents UNDER THE COVERS VOL. 1
For the last few years we have been touring as 2manydjs with a show called ‘Under The Covers’ where a giant screen behind us shows the animated sleeves of the respective songs. There used to be a time when DJ’s would put up the sleeve of the record they were playing on display behind them, and we basically brought a ridiculously exaggerated and expensive version of that idea on tour with us. We compiled some of the best animations here with some local ones we did for specific countries like japan/brazil/france/italy/turkey/etc. This hour is the first of two parts that are possibly the closest thing to a 2manydjs festival set here on RSWX.
Erol Alkan Q&A
The track I’ll be opening my next DJ set with
Crackboy: Something For
Brilliant, off-kilter and downright weird. We need more club music like this, please.
The track I always play to rescue a dancefloor
Gingy & Bordello: Body Acid (KiNK’s On Acid Mix)
Right now, for me, it’s simply the best club record out there. If this can’t rescue a dancefloor then humanity is doomed.
The track that’s been unfairly slept on this year
Hot Natured: Forward Motion
I thought this would be a huge hit. The chorus is brilliant; after I first heard it, I couldn’t dislodge it from my brain for a month.
The track i’d play at sunset in Ibiza
Connan Mockasin: Forever Dolphin Love (Erol Alkan Rework)
I had an image of the sun sinking into the sea as I made the track. I tend to work that way in general, trying to form a narrative for myself to trace over musically.
The ideal festival track
A good example of a record which can be smart and smash any festival to pieces. Simple but not stupid, possibly one of the best club records of the last few years.
The track I wish i’d never played
Erol Alkan: Various works in progress
I tend to not play records I regret, apart from my own unfinished, work-in-progress tracks. But the regret is usually a good sign as it means the track’s definitely not finished and needs to be looked at.
The track that got me out of bed this morning
A Certain Ratio: Wild Party
It came on at random on my iTunes. Sounds a bit like Talking Heads covering Nirvana. It’s not my favourite ACR moment but it’s all right.
The best track by my favourite new artist
Kindness: One from his new album
Kindness’s music is full of heart and soul. The album comes out next year and it’s one of the best I’ve heard in a while.
The track I’d play at my auntie’s wedding
Stevie Wonder You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Flawless. The best wedding record ever created; absolute perfection for the occasion.
The track that should have been a crossover hit
Well, it sounds like a hit to me. I’m sure there is a parallel universe somewhere where this is No 1 for months …
(via The Guardian)
Visionquest’s Greatest Dance Act of All Time
Three out of four members of the quartet were in London last week and Mixmag caught up with them to find out who’s got their vote in the Greatest Dance act of All Time poll. Find out who they picked below.