GDD™ Morning Update: Kazantip Republic XX, Mad Decent Block Parties, James Murphy, Empire of the Sun, Roland TR-808, Offshore Festival

Happy Friday! Today’s news features the Kazantip Republic XX, Mad Decent Block Parties, James Murphy, Empire of the Sun, Roland TR-808, and Offshore Festival. Please read on after the jump.


Kazantip Republic XX – 20th anniversary line-up revealed

The first wave of acts for Kazantip 2012 has been announced.

The annual event on the Crimean Black Sea in the Ukraine will take place from July 31st to August 18th this year. 2012 marks its 20th anniversary. The event styles itself as a “republic” rather than a festival proper. The press release describes it as “a stable democracy with its own constitution that guarantees rights and freedoms to every citizen,” with its attendees as “republicans.” Festivities begin on the 31st, where republicans can organize and celebrate on the festival site for five days before the opening party (or “Apotheosis”) on August 4. The tickets are styled as “republican visas,” good for entry for the entire duration of the event. The site will feature six dance floors, 30 bars and restaurants, “various weird architectural structures,” two open air cinemas, and even three “kitesurfing stations.” In addition to the musical events, after the closing party on August 11th, the festival’s final stage commences with the Z Games, where over 100 athletes compete in kitesurfing and kiteboarding, the “national sport of the republic.” 

Acts featured during the week of music from August 4th to 11th include progressive house veterans Sasha and James Zabiela, Detroit techno DJ Kenny Larkin, minimal jocks Dubfire and Ambivalent, electro/techno denizens Miss Kittin and Tiga, and plenty more. In addition to the DJ lineup, the “Live On Mars” area will also run from August 2nd to 11th, featuring all live acts like Denmark’s Vinnie Who and the UK’s Killaflaw.

(via Resident Advisor)


Major Lazer, Spaceghostpurrp, Lunice, Jacques Greene to Play Mad Decent Block Parties

The details of Mad Decent‘s annual daytime rager have been announced. This year’s series ofMad Decent Block Parties will hit five cities and include performances from Major Lazer, Spaceghostpurrp, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Riff Raff, Lunice, Jacques Greene, Bonde Do Rolê, Zebra Katz, the supergroup Three Loco (Andy Milonakis, Dirt Nasty, and Riff Raff), and many, many more. RSVP here.

Lineups will vary by city, beginning in Toronto on July 28 at Yonge-Dundas Square with Zeds Dead, Claude VonStroke, Nadastrom, Bosco Delrey, Jacques Greene, Riton, A Tribe Called Red, and BADBADNOTGOOD. Find the full schedule and roster of acts below.

Mad Decent Block Party:

07-28 Toronto, Ontario
08-04 Philadelphia, PA
08-05 New York, NY
08-18 Chicago, IL
08-25 Los Angeles, CA

Full lineup:

Major Lazer
Riff Raff
Zeds Dead
Bonde Do Rolê
Dillon Francis
Theophilus London
Action Bronson
Claude VonStroke
Erol Alkan
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXuire
Jacques Greene
Casey Veggies
Bosco Delrey
Three Loco (Andy Milonakis, Dirt Nasty, Riff Raff)
Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross
DJ Sega
Toy Selectah
Zebra Katz
Paul Devro
Paper Diamond
A Tribe Called Red
Jim-E Stack
Keys N Krates
Icky Blossoms

(via Pitchfork)

James Murphy on Jimmy Fallon

The LCD Soundsystem front man was on the US talkshow to discuss the upcoming Shut Up And Play The Hits documentary and how he almost wrote for Seinfeld.

(via Resident Advisor)


Empire of the Sun album: “We’re on the finishing stretch”

When inthemix got Peter Mayes – one half of local success story Pnau – on the phone this morning to chat about the pair’s recent hook-up with Elton John, we found the producer in the midst of working another project. “I’m in a studio in Santa Monica and we are very much in the thick of doing the new Empire of the Sun record at the moment,” he began. “It’s going amazingly well, it’s really exciting actually.”

As the keen EOTS fan would know all too well, the project’s second album has been a long time coming. Pnau dude Nick Littlemore and Sleepy Jackson vocalist Luke Steele (with Mayes on production) dropped Walking on a Dream back in 2008, the debut album going twice platinum at home as well as cracking the UK and European markets. Though despite the massive success of the debut, for a while there we weren’t sure we’d be seeing a second album at all – thankfully, that’s not the case.

“I’d say we’re well over half way, we’re on finishing stretch,” Mayes explained. “We have so many songs and they’re all at different stages, some we’ve only just started, some have been around for eight months. It’s a huge project; my head is well and truly right in there at the moment. But it’s going really well. I’d say we’re getting really close to the finishing line.”

And as for what we can expect from the long-awaited follow up? “We’re not doing Walking on a Dream Volume Two, there’s no point in that,” Mayes assured. “There’s a lot of depth to it, there’s so many different flavours.” Given all the gusto of Empire of the Sun’s back catalogue, we don’t doubt there’ll be plenty of flavour on album number two.

(via inthemix)


The Roland TR-808 gets its own star-studded doco

“It is the gold standard,” says The Roots powerhouse Questlove at the start of this tantalising teaser for Planet Rock and Other Tales of the 808, an upcoming documentary about one of dance music’s most prized tools. Beginning with the seminal sound of Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force, the film is set to celebrate all the goodness you can get out of a Roland TR-808.

One of the project’s producers is legendary studio kingpin Arthur Baker, whose credits include work with New OrderAl Green and Rocker’s Revenge. However, it was his role in creating Planet Rockback in the early ‘80s with his offsider John Robie, Bambaataa and the Kraftwerk team of Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider that makes him an authority on this topic.

DJ History once asked Baker if he knew Planet Rock was going to be iconic. “I knew before we even mixed it,” he replied. “I knew before there was even a rap on it. I went home the night we cut the track and brought the tape home and I said to my wife at the time, ‘We’ve just made musical history’. Oh, I knew.”

Baker has assembled a distinguished cast of talking heads to help tell his tale. As well as Questlove, the film lines up Fatboy SlimRichie HawtinFelix Da HousecatPaul OakenfoldSoul ClapDiploA-TrakSoulwaxSkrillex and other dance luminaries. Fittingly, Baker’s old buddies New Order will also feature. We’re loving the rhythmic teaser video below, but unfortunately the movie isn’t coming until 2013. You can find out more at

“Planet Rock and Other Tales of the 808″ – Teaser 1 from You Know on Vimeo.

(via inthemix)


Offshore Festival Sets Sail Next Year

A brand new boat festival, Offshore Festival, will set sail on the Mediterranean Sea September 2013. This will be Europe’s first sea fairing festival, and although it seems like a long time away, tickets go on sale on July 27.

Offshore will set sail in September 2013 from Venice for a week of partying in the Mediterranean.

Only 2,500 tickets will be available for the luxury festival that will boast world-class DJs on state of the art sound systems. The vessel, Norwegian Jade, also has an art gallery, a champagne bar, a casino, a spa, 16 dining options, and for the festival fitness minded a gym, running circuit and basketball court. Consider us sold.

The line-up for Offshore will be unveiled in the coming months.

For more information visit the Offshore website

(via Mixmag)