Happy Friday! I have news featuring Ultra Music Festival’s phase 2 lineup additions, Kraftwerk, Laidback Luke, Creamfields, Deadmau5, and Sasha & Steve Lawler. Please read on after the jump.
Ultra Music Festival 2012 announces phase 2 lineup
Miami’s Ultra Music Festival has revealed the second phase of its 2012 lineup. Set for March 23-25th at Bayfront Park, this year’s festival already promised Kraftwerk, New Order, Justice, Tiësto, Fatboy Slim, Avicii, David Guetta, M83, Flux Pavilion, Kaskade, Bassnectar, Chase and Status, SBTRKT, and Flying Lotus, among others.
Topping phase two are Richie Hawtin, Benny Benassi, Wolfgang Gartner, DJ Shadow, Erick Morillo, ATB, Martin Solveig, Gossip, Gui Boratto, Switch, and a DJ set by Pendulum.
Other notable additions include Joachim Garraud, Madeon, Digitalism (DJ set), Plump DJs, Treasure Fingers, Azari & III (DJ Set), Annie Mac, Dubfire, Felix Cartal, Loco Dice, Proxxy & Lantern, Sinden, Nervo, Paper Diamond, Maya Jane Coles, Nadastrom, and Tensnake.
Check out Ultra Music Festival’s entire confirmed bill at Festival Outlook. A third and final lineup phase is still to come.
Tickets to the festival are sold out.
Kraftwerk to perform its work at retrospective at New York’s MOMA
It’s been said that what the Beatles are to rock music, Kraftwerk is to electronic dance music: the group that changed everything that came after it. Now, the German robotic quartet — or at least some version of it — will perform its eight classic albums at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in April.
Best known for its defining album “Trans-Europe Express,” which helped usher in the hip-hop era as well as the techno era, Kraftwerk for the last 42 years has pushed music made on computer into new realms. From the gentle ode to cosmopolitan beauty of “Neon Lights,” the wry comment on beauty “The Model,” the epic 20-minute journey of “Autobahn” and the genius love song to a bicycle race, “Tour de France,” the group’s breadth is astounding.
Founded in Düsseldorf, Germany, by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970, the band released two visionary records before breaking out with “Autobahn” in 1974. Alas, the group has long ignored those masterpieces — “Kraftwerk” and “Kraftwerk 2″ — and won’t be performing them. (Though there is a rumor that those two records, along with the “Ralf and Florian” album from 1975, will finally see reissue as a box set after years of mediocre bootleg recordings tarnished the records’ legacies.)
In fact, one of the ironies of the Kraftwerk project is that of the robotic personas who perform onstage, only one original member, Hütter, remains. Schneider left the group a few years ago, and other important early players such as Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother, who left to form Neu!, haven’t been with them in years. But given the ways in which Kraftwerk has long attempted to remove the appearance of human involvement in its music, the fact that the majority of the band has little connection to the music it originally created seems appropriate, and part of its art.
MOMA’s Kraftwerk retrospective, called, simply, “Kraftwerk — Retrospective 12345678,” will feature one-per-evening performances of each of the group’s full-length albums, starting with “Autobahn” on April 10 and continuing through “Radio-Activity” (1975), “Trans-Europe Express” (1977), “The Man-Machine” (1978), “Computer World” (1981), “Techno Pop” (1986), “The Mix” (1991) and concluding on April 17 with “Tour de France” (2003).
Tickets to all performances are $25, and go on sale Feb. 22 at noon Eastern time atMoMAKraftwerkTickets.showclix.com
(via LA Times)
Laidback Luke to release new single “Speak Up!” and launch massive bus tour
Laidback Luke returns with his long awaited new single “Speak Up” featuring Wynter Gordon. Destined to be one of the most talked about tracks of Miami Music Week and the entire spring, “Speak Up!” is Luke at his finest – massive energy and stomping builds are matched with gentle melodies and a flawless vocal from Wynter Gordon. The perfect recipe for a chart crossover club anthem! “Speak Up” is released March 12th on Beatport and March 27th at all other digital partners.
To celebrate the release of “Speak Up!,” Laidback Luke is set to embark on his biggest adventure yet – a bus tour across the North America. Commencing March 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada and ending April 22 in Bloomington, Indiana this seven-week tour brings Laidback Luke and his Mixmash cohorts GTA and Oliver Twizt to cities of all sizes; many of which Luke’s never visited before.
“I’m so [excited] about my Speak Up! Bus Tour. It’s a first for me and so I am looking forward to a completely new experience, performing at places I’ve never been to before now. It’s set to be a big adventure and hope to see you all on board soon!,”
Already well known for a multitude of collaborations with various big names including David Guetta, Diplo and A-Trak, Laidback Luke more recently hooked up with Sander van Doorn on the stellar track “Who’s Wearing The Cap”, a mash up of trance, progressive and electro. Luke’s latest collaboration with Arno Cost and Norman Doray “Trilogy” went successful on charts in no time. 2011 also saw Luke enjoying chart success on UK Top 40 hit, Natural Disaster with Example, as well as his work with Steve Aoki and the master of crunk Lil’ Jon on Turbulence that took over Radio 1 airwaves.
In addition to working with fellow stalwarts of the electronic music industry, Luke has also remixed stellar pop acts from Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Tiësto, MSTRKRFT ft. John Legend, Dizzee Rascal, Avicii, Moby, and most recently, Pitbull Ft. Marc Anthony “Rain Over Me” and Madonna “Give Me All Your Love.” It’s not just producing music that has keeps Luke busy. With his very own Super You&Me tent at Creamfields and a residency at Cream Ibiza last summer where he hosted the Mixmag Terrace on six dates, we can only wonder when he ever has any time to be “Laidback”..!
The Original Mix of “Speak Up!” is out exclusively on Beatport March 12, and everywhere else March 24th. In April, be on the lookout for the “Speak Up!” remixes package featuring new interpretations of the track from Chris Lake, Mark Knight, Oliver Twizt, Moska and Das Kapital.
Preview ‘Speak Up!’ on SoundCloud
Creamfields to Announce Lineup on BBC Radio 1
Creamfields is back for 2012 and will no doubt be bigger and better than ever before.
The first wave of acts for the festival will be announced on BBC Radio 1 on Friday March 2 from 7pm.
Get locked in to find out who will be topping the bill at the biggest summer knees-up going.
Earlybirds for Creamfields are out now and start at £120. Grab a pair here.
Deadmau5: “The coolness is gone”
Love him or hate him, Joel Zimmerman aka Deadmau5, will never be scared to speak his mind. In a recent interview, the man behind the mask says he misses the ‘cool’ underground nature of dance music.
He said: “The thing that upsets me with these shows is, the coolness is gone. In Toronto, I would buy some dodgy ass ticket, get on the bus and just hope that the police don’t bust this one.”
“I’ll never be able to legally recreate that kind of thing. But that’s something I miss.”
The Grammy performer seems like he’s trying to keep things ‘cool’. “I’ve turned down some hilarious things lately. I can’t say what. I’ve been playing this bullshit game for a while, so I know how it works. Let’s just say, some of the biggest acts in the world, like, bigger than big. But, dude, I can’t do it,” he said.
“I just want to ruin it for the next influx. With any fucking luck, creativity will prevail,” he added.
Well, we hope so too.
In other Deadmau5 news, his latest production “Maths” was released today.
Sasha & Steve Lawler Release Sample Libraries
Sasha has teamed up with AudioRaiders to release a library of samples and software instruments (pictured right). Over 4,000 individual sounds are bundled with the plug-in, taking in leads, pads, synth stabs, bass sounds, drums and percussion kits, in addition to customizable loops and grooves and custom effects banks. These are framed by 220 customizable software instruments, apparently lifted from vintage analog synthesizers and programmed by Sasha. Head here for more information.
Lawler, meanwhile, has helped put together a collection called Dark Pressure for Native Instruments. The Maschine expansion pack focusses on one-shot sounds but also takes in multi-sampled instruments, pre-programmed patterns and loops. Included are five Maschine projects, 42 kits, 64 sliced loops and 21 instruments and sounds. More information can be found here.
Sasha Soundlab is available now priced $99. Dark Pressure is now available priced 49 Euro.
(via Resident Advisor)