Good morning! It’s time for your mid-week update featuring news on Rusko x Cypress Hill, Calvin Harris, PeaceTreaty, Miike Snow, Beatport Play, Sensation Chile ’12, and Nicolas Jaar. Please read on after the jump.
Rusko & Cypress Hill making joint dubstep EP
Barely one month into 2012, “We’re Making A Dubstep Record” looks set to remain popular music’s bumper sticker for the foreseeable future. The latest act to get in on the act is L.A. stoner crew Cypress Hill, who have recruited hyperactive bass star Rusko to help them make a new five-song EP that’s heavy on the wubbs. Cypress X Rusko is set for an early-April release, and you can check out a preview Roll It, Light It below.
“This is one of those styles that we felt doing with Rusko would be a great match,” the group’s mouthpiece B-Real has said in NME. “We’ve always been the type of group to take chances on doing something radically different than what people expect from us. So this carries with the tradition of us going out of the box. If it’s not something that we embrace then we don’t dare mess with it and this is something we fell right into the pocket of.”
Calvin Harris Calls ‘We Found Love’ The ‘Most Successful Thing’ He’s Ever Done
With Rihanna’s seemingly unstoppable “We Found Love” fist pumping its way through a seventh week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, MTV News is elated to bring you word from the usually publicity-shy producer of the runaway juggernaut, Scottish DJ/ beatsmith Calvin Harris.
Harris is among electronic dance music’s most popular fixtures, and over the years he has cooked up, and sung, some of the genre’s biggest anthems including “I’m Not Alone,” “Flashback” and “You Used to Hold Me.” Last year, his song “Awooga” was among the more popular songs at Miami Music Week. It was followed by a stellar collaboration with Kelis on “Bounce.”
Still, even Harris himself recognizes the sheer momentum of “We Found Love,” and how far the song has traveled, the world over.
” ‘We Found Love,’ is the most successful thing I’ve done ever,” Harris revealed just before his resident set at the famed XS Nightclub in Las Vegas. “It’s not strictly a song by me, obviously, it’s by Rihanna. She sings it.”
“It was great to work with her,” Harris continued. “No one could have taken it as far as she did. You can’t escape it here [in America]. I’ve heard it a lot. I’ve heard it probably more times today than I did when I was mixing it. Which is a good thing.”
Harris has launched into 2012 with his residency at XS, commenced work on new music and just finished a round of gigs in New York. Still, recording “Love” and touring with Ri-Ri last year is a time Harris recalls fondly.
“The tour with Rihanna was fun,” Harris said. “Most places, it was two gigs a night. I was doing after-shows as well. She was recording her album at the same time as being on tour, so she was setting up studios in the venues and hotel rooms. It was a crazy tour, three months. It’s a very long time to be on the road. But it was fun.”
So with the success of “Love,” have more pop acts come calling for collabos with Harris in the new year?
“Ever since the Rihanna song did well, a lot of people want to do some stuff, which is great,” Harris continued. “That’s what I enjoy doing. In terms of actual names, I’ve not done anything yet. I’d like to [talk about it] once it’s been done rather than suggest what might happen.”
In the meantime, U.S. EDM fans will be tickled to know they are going to see a whole lot more of Calvin Harris in the States in the future.
PeaceTreaty @ Voyeur, SD
PeaceTreaty takes over Voyeur, San Diego and talks about their plans for 2012.
(via Le New Shit)
Miike Snow and Lykke Li: “Black Tin Box” + Tour Dates
Miike Snow – Black Tin Box (Feat. Lykke Li) by Ernestime
Miike Snow, the trio of superproducers Bloodshy & Avant (Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg) and Andrew Wyatt will release their new album Happy to You March 27 via Downtown/Universal Republic. It includes a guest appearance from fellow Swede Lykke Li on a track called “Black Tin Box”.In support of the new album, the duo will head out on a North American tour– the full schedule is below, following the album’s tracklist.
Happy to You:
01 Enter the Jokers Lair
02 The Wave
03 Devil’s Work
05 God Help This Divorce
06 Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)
09 Black Tin Box [ft. Lykke Li]
10 Paddling Out
03-13 Austin, TX – SXSW
03-23 Miami, FL – Ultra Music Festival
04-10 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre *
04-11 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater *
04-12 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater *
04-14 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-21 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-24 New York, NY – Terminal 5 *
04-27 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory *
04-29 Boston, MA – House Of Blues *
05-01 Toronto, Ontario – Sound Academy *
05-02 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis Theatre *
* with Penguin Prison
Beatport’s New Remix Contest Platform Inspires DJs and Producers to Play With Music
DENVER, Jan 24, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Today, Beatport ( http://www.beatport.com ), the world’s largest music store for DJs, announced the launch of Beatport Play, a new remix contest platform. Beatport Play makes it possible for DJs and producers of all experience levels to use remix parts from original tracks by some of Beatport’s biggest artists to enter contests or use in their own performances. For the first time, Beatport, in partnership with sponsors, will offer the remix parts for free.
Beatport has hosted more than 50 remix contests over the past two years with over 10,000 remix entries submitted. Beatport Play is the next generation platform creating more chances for DJs and producers to get their music heard.
Winning a Beatport remix contest has helped break the careers of numerous electronic music producers. As part of the prize packages, winners’ remixes are commercially released by the label hosting the contest. Since becoming a two-time contest winner, for example, 22-year-old DJ and producer Zedd has released tracks on some of the biggest labels and has collaborated with Skrillex, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Fatboy Slim, and P. Diddy. He’s also had five tracks in the Beatport Top Ten, with his most recent holding the number one spot for more than a week.
“I’ve created music my entire life but I had only dabbled with producing electronic music before I entered my first Beatport remix contest in 2010,” said Zedd. “I couldn’t have imagined that two years later I’d be topping Beatport’s charts and sharing the stage with Tiesto and Skrillex.”
Starting today, five contests kick-off at www.play.beatport.com . Launch sponsors include Pioneer, Ableton, Novation, Odyssey, and iZotope. In addition to having their winning remix released commercially, winners will receive prize packages including audio production gear and software. Remix contests launching today include:
— Beck & Charlotte Gainsbourg “Paradisco” (Because Music)
— Chuckie “What Happens In Vegas” (CR2/Big Beat)
— Steve Aoki “Ladi Dadi” (Ultra)
— Christian Smith “Indecent Exposure” (Tronic)
— Bingo Players “Rattle” (Hysteria)
“DJs and producers are always looking for new ways to push their sound forward and to reach new fans,” said Matthew Adell, CEO of Beatport. “I love playing with this music and hope these awesome tracks will inspire many more people to do the same.”
Trailer Sensation Chile ’12 Celebrate Life
Saturday April 14, 2012 is the date when Sensation returns to Santiago. Once again, thousands of excited people from all over Chile will gather to experience an unforgettable journey in the mythical Estación Mapocho.
Nico Jaar’s Five Hour Set “From Scratch”
Nicolas Jaar, whose ‘Space Is Only Noise’ was anointed Mixmag’s top album of 2011, will perform a five hour experimental piece called ‘From Scratch’ at New York’s MoMA PS1 on February 5.
The event is a collaboration between PS1, Pitchfork, and Jaar’s own Clown & Sunset Aesthetics. The five hour performance piece will feature contributions from Jaar collaborators Will Epstein, Dave Harrington, and Sasha Spielberg.
Also included in ‘From Scratch’ will be a movement piece and video art by one of Clown & Sunset’s filmmaker-in-residence, Ryan Staake.
Jarr has kept busy as of late with a series of shows for his Darkside side project with Dave Harrington. See pictures of Darkside’s debut performance in New York here.