Good morning! Today’s stories feature Deadmau5 “Pulling Back”, Erol Alkan and Switch’s “A Sydney Jook”, The Presets’ Next Single, and Dance Music at the Olympics. Please read on after the jump.
Deadmau5 “pulling back” after debuting new live show
On Saturday night in his hometown of Toronto, Joel Zimmerman presented the new-look live set-up he’s been working on. The occasion was the first night of the Veld Music Festival, which saw 105-minute closing set from Deadmau5 on the mainstage, following slots from Steve Angello, Knife Party, Steve Aoki, Chris Lake and more. While we’re still waiting on professional photos to turn up of the live show in full flight, YouTube uploads from fans show the mau5 swapping the ‘Cube’ set-upfor a newly-designed, curved podium, with the usual battalion of LEDs around him. Zimmerman also put the helmet aside for a section where he played with an oversized controller that faced the crowd (see the second video below). However, a downpour prevented the show working at full capacity. “Damn rain fucked up a ton of shit, but whatever, that was fun,” he posted on Twitter after the festival. “At least plan C worked.”
Having shown off his new toys to the home crowd, Zimmerman took to his blog to announce he’s taking some time out to recalibrate, admitting he’s “pretty miserable right now”. The post reads: “So heres whats happening. im going to unplug for a wee bit. which doesnt mean im cancelling any upcoming shows or anything, im just gunna slam on the breaks for a bit and force myself to endure some quiet time. in that time, obviously the gears will still be moving, ill still be writing, and the releases will still come out (heads up for something crazy real soon like) and yeah.
“I got a lot of work to do on some stuff. so, best i just chill the fuck out a bit and just get it done, and get it done RIGHT, until im 100% satisfied with it. Then our regularily scheduled program shall continue. but yeah, im basically pretty miserable right now and need to pull the fuck back and figure out whatever the fuck it is i do.”
Erol Alkan & Switch team up for A Sydney Jook
Bet you didn’t see this coming: Erol Alkan and Switch have teamed up for a release on the former’s Phantasy Sound imprint which comes with remixes from Bok Bok and Willie Burns.
A Sydney Jook marks the first occasion the two have collaborated, though they have been crossing musical swords for more than a decade now, and have often DJed back to back at festivals, while former Major Lazer producer Switch has remixed Alkan produced tracks for Late Of The Pier and Mystery Jets. In recent times Alkan has been working closely with Alex Ridha aka Boys Noize, with the duo putting out a number of singles on their respective labels, Phantasy Sound and Boys Noize Records.
On first listen, “A Sydney Jook” is bombastic in every way, with jackhammer kick drums, bleepy synth tones and catchy vocal and phone samples all jostling for attention. The choice of remixers is equally intriguing, with Night Slugs chief Bok Bok turning in a pumping warehouse fix that is every as bit as boisterous, if a little bit more stripped back, as the original. Willie Burns – real name William Burnett, and perhaps best known as Speculator or as head of WT Records – meanwhile turns in a raw house version that provides the release with a depth that reaches beyond peak time.
In 2012 Phantasy has seemingly been investing as much time in the presentation of its records as their sound – who can forget that excellent Erol Alkan/Boys Noize cDR 12″ – and this release will arrive pressed up on acid splash vinyl with the above distinctive artwork by Greek artist Dimitris Rokos.
It has also emerged that the label will soon be releasing a Paul Woolford Special Request remix of “Taste” from new label signing Daniel Avery – you can read Tony Poland’s in-depth review of Avery’s recent Need Electric EP here.
Phantasy Sounds will release Erol Alkan and Switch’s A Sydney Jook on August 27.
A. A Sydney Jook
B1. A Sydney Jook (Bok Bok Remix)
B2. A Sydney Jook (Willie Burns’ Freedom Remix)
The Presets Release Next Single; “Ghosts”
The Presets have spilled “Ghosts”, the second single from their hotly anticipated ‘Pacificia’ release due out this September.
It follows on from the liked/disliked “Youth In Trouble” and a wholly different direction for the Australian duo. Some have already quoted a raegae/ UK bass feel while others have noted an anthemic appeal – users from our Facebook page mused a number of things from “This is like an electro sea shanty” to “Sounds like Old Mcdonald had a farm in places”.
Although running a cool three and a half minutes I felt the need to hit repeat a few times to really get a deeper understanding of what was going on.
On the one hand the guys are playing a dangerous game almost calling todays youth a bit pathetic (The shinest starts won’t shine forever) and on the other the tale of an older audience, who have done it all before and appreciative of real music (gold awaits those who star, you can take now and ill take forever).
What do you think? Who would you like to remix it?
(via Stoney Roads)
Dance Music Sets the Atmosphere for the Olympics
Olympic organisers have received “loads of really positive feedback” after choosing a dance music playlist to soundtrack the Games in London.
It is being reported that the volume of music being played at the Olympic stadium in Stratford has been the subject of complaints and that loud, thumping tracks may be drawing attention away from the sporting action.
But Olympic organisers reckon they have got the volume “about right” and that the provision of entertainment such as music helps attracts a wide range of spectator, from casual neutral to die-hard enthusiast.
“In terms of the music, I think we have the level right but if you are saying that people are not liking it then, of course, we will have a look at it, but we have actually had loads of really positive feedback about the atmosphere and the music in the venue,” a spokeswoman for the London 2012 organising committee said.
New Order and Groove Armada are just two artists included on the Games’ dance music playlist, which came in to full effect last Saturday when a range of finals took place at the Olympic stadium.