Good morning! I have a packed morning update for you all to enjoy, so hurry after the jump for the full articles and videos.
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2012
The 11th annual Bonnaroo Music Festival runs June 7-10th in Manchester, Tennessee. This year’s bill is headlined by Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, and the reunited Beach Boys, with Bon Iver, The Shins, Dispatch, Foster the People, The Avett Brothers, Skrillex, Feist, and Aziz Ansari among the other heavyweights.
The lineup is packed with excellent acts, but since this is GDD™, we can focus on the electronic music presence in addition to Skrillex, which includes Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, SBTRKT, and Big Gigantic. It is respectable that Bonnaroo likes to keep a balanced eclecticism, which leads to it not quite matching up to the electronic music bill of Coachella. However, at my first Bonnaroo in 2010, they had an exclusively electronic tent which was amazing, so I hope they wil bring that back soon, if not this year. I’ll be heading back out to the farm this year, so hopefully I will see you there.
Holy Ship! Official Video
A triple shot of classic house music, hip-hop and techno will top the bill at this year’s Movement festival.
Lil’ Louis, the iconic Chicago house DJ who achieved some crossover pop success in the ’80s, will headline the fest’s opening night on May 26. New York group Public Enemy — featuring Chuck D, Flavor Flav and Professor Griff — will headline May 27. Native Detroit DJ Jeff Mills will close the event with a homecoming performance on May 28.
They’re among 53 artists being announced today by promoters of the annual Hart Plaza event, which will mark its 13th year on Detroit’s riverfront.
More acts will be announced in coming weeks to round out a final lineup of about 100 artists on five stages, said spokesman James Canning.
Last year’s festival drew nearly 100,000 fans to the plaza for three days of music and dancing.
Among the names set to be rolled out today by Paxahau Promotions Group are a host of first-time Movement performers from around the globe alongside longtime festival fixtures such as Carl Craig, Juan Atkins and Derrick Carter.
Three-day passes are $75 (general admission) and $200 (VIP) and can be purchased at www.movement.us. Among the amenities included in VIP packages are private check-in, special seating areas by the main stage and discounted drinks at a private bar.
Lil’ Louis and Public Enemy will be making their first-ever Movement appearances. Mills, who will be performing under his moniker the Wizard, will be reprising the fest-closing role he played at the event’s 2003 and 2007 editions.
Movement today announced these 53 performances. More acts are expected to be added in the coming weeks.
Brenmar, Busy P, Carl Craig, Carlo Lio, Cassy, Claude VonStroke, Damian Lazarus, Danny Daze, Davide Squillace, Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, dOP, Droog, Earl Mixxin’ McKinney, Eddie Fowlkes, Greg Wilson, Ian Pooley, Jay Haze, Josh Wink, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Keys N Krates, Kyle Hall back-to-back with Jay Daniels, Lil’ Louis, Lindstrøm, Loco Dice, Major Lazer, Mathew Jonson, Marco Carola, Mark Farina (Mushroom Jazz set), Maya Jane Coles, Michael Mayer, Mike Huckaby, Monty Luke, Mr. Oizo, Nadastrom, Nina Kraviz, No Regular Play, Public Enemy, Radio Slave, Rick Wilhite, Roni Size, Salva, Slow Hands, Stacey Pullen, Steve Bug, Subb-an, Tale of Us, The Martinez Brothers, The Wizard aka Jeff Mills, Todd Terje, Wolf + Lamb
(via Detroit Free Press)
Swedish House Mafia’s Masquerade Motel Permit Denied by Miami-Dade County
The Swedish House Mafia may be the top family in organized dance music. But they’ve got very little clout when it comes to striking deals with city officials.
County Commissioner Sally Heyman cites, “several logistical requirements that could not be resolved/satisfied to the level required by our County.” And Bal Harbor Mayor Jean Rosenfield wants to “guarantee the people of Bal Harbor do not become prisoners in their own home,” according to Sun Post Weekly.
“As far as I know, [Masquerade Motel] is still going on,” says one source close to the event.
According to our source, Swedish House Mafia’s management controls the flow of information, and while he admits that “time’s ticking away,” he’s confident that the issue will soon be resolved.
“I don’t think that [permits and logistics] can be forced. That’s just the way it is. It sucks. Everyone [in Miami] is looking for info. There’s just nothing right now.”
(via Miami New Times)
Ed Banger signs Laurent Garnier ‘techno joints’
It was only a few years ago that techno trailblazer Laurent Garnier took a thinly-veiled shot at Busy P’s Ed Banger empire in an interview with Resident Advisor. “There have always been tons of French producers, but now you see them more because it’s all about the image,” he remarked about the fervour at the time for Gallic electro.
“Years ago, we fought for our music. We didn’t care about having our pictures taken, or being in magazines. Some people did, but it was not the done thing – it was all about being faceless, letting the music do the talking. That was one of the great things about techno music. Now it’s all about what I look like, who I am, how I dress, how rock and roll I am and how stupid I can be.”
Well, how times change. Overnight it was revealed that Garnier’s next EP ‘featuring the L.B.S crew’, Timeless, will be released on Ed Banger. It comes with new cut Jacques In The Box and two versions of Our Futur (yes, the ‘e’ in missing).
“The first ‘Rave music’ CD I bought was LAURENT GARNIER A Bout De Souffle EP in 1993; quite happy with this choice,” writes Busy P on the Ed Banger site. “I also bought Felix, Don’t You Want Me cassette at the supermarket…and some other ones, but we’re here to speak about my love for techno!”
You can read the whole spiel here, but Busy P signs off with: “Some Mojitos on the beach closed the deal! After a three hour back to back DJ set at Calvi on the Rocks I knew Laurent will accept my proposal. Laurent Garnier is back, two techno joints, not from concentrate, pure and modern. It’s an honour to have him on board.”
Richie Hawtin Added to Ultra Music Festival 2012 Lineup
Do you hear that uhntz-uhntz in the distance?
It’s been 53 days since Ultra Music Festival 2012 announced its Phase 1 lineup, “a sprawling 92-act roster that ranges from massive dance superstars Avicii, Tiësto, David Guetta, Kaskade, and Fedde Le Grand to electronic music legends Kraftwerk, New Order, and Fatboy Slim to dubsteppers Skrillex, Borgore, and 12th Planet.”
Finally, though, with only six weeks till 150,000 beat freaks crash Bayfront Park, we here at Crossfade have received another Ultra lineup leak: Techno legend Richie Hawtin‘s gonna be beat-bombing Downtown Miami again.
It’s been three years since Hawtin last played Ultra in 2009. But this March, the Minus label mastermind will be joining the Carl Cox & Friends Mega Structure again.
Of course, as the fest itself says, “Ultra Music Festival completely sold out in record time!” So even if you’re superhyped about Richie’s Ultra adventure, it’s gonna be virtually impossible to score tix to spend the day raving with Plastikman.
Well, unless you win the free Ultra Music Festival 2012 tickets sweepstakes.
(via Miami New Times)
Porter Robinson: “‘True’ dubstep is thoroughly uninteresting”
While many ITMers would have been pretty pleased that UK bass innovator Burialtoday released a new EP, there’s one man who may not be celebrating: Porter Robinson. In an interview with inthemix this morning, the 19 year-old Skrillex-signee confessed that he’s not too fond of the classic conception of ‘dubstep’.
“Personally, I prefer brostep to what they call ‘true dubstep’. In my opinion, true dubstep is thoroughly uninteresting, c-grade production,” Robinson told us. “I mean, of course there are exceptions – Skream and Benga are extremely talented – but I think there’s an enormous amount of pretence in the dubstep community. Because something is deliberate and uninteresting, it makes it superior to the more accessible stuff. I don’t buy that at all.”
While he’s clearly not too fond of early dubstep, the US producer also took issue with the term ‘brostep’. “I think brostep, like a lot of genre terms, started as a derogative label,” he explained, “but people have reclaimed ownership of the word brostep, like they’ve reclaimed ownership of the word ‘queer’. Personally, I think brostep is full-on inaccurate; I don’t think that the bro caricature type, the bro stereotype, is limited to dubstep in the way that popular culture would portray it.”
But Porter’s not denying he’s dabbled in the wubbs before. “I have a couple dubstep songs that are heavy and aggressive, and I don’t mean to knock the genre at all, but I think it became a little worn out. I mean, it’s been done so thoroughly, I think every aspect of hard dubstep has been explored.”
Jessie Ware + Julio Bashmore – Running
This time last year there was buzz around the Jessie Ware and Sampha track, ‘Valentine’. Exactly a year later, she’s back with ‘Running’, but this time she’s partnered up with Bristol’s man of the moment, Julio Bashmore.
Jessie says: “It’s a part two of a song I wrote with Julio Bashmore. ‘Running’ is about the repercussions of not staying away. It’s about the darker side of falling for somebody and being so entrapped by your feelings for them.” Slightly different tone to the last Valentine’s tune.
Listen to it here.