Happy Friday! Today’s stories include Orbital’s new single, Bicep’s new label, and Loco Dice on Hip-Hop’s EDM cash-in. Please read on after the jump.
Orbital Announce New Single
Orbital release their new single ‘Where Is It Going?’ on August 27th on ACP/ADA Recordings ( via Warner Music Artist & Label Services).
It will be available as a download with the following mixes:
1. Where Is It Going? (Radio Edit)
2. Where Is It Going? (Live Style Mix)
3. Where Is It Going? (Steve Mac & Phil Hartnoll Dub Mix)
The track is taken from their current album ‘Wonky,’ which received glowing reviews around the world. Indeed the album and live shows has not only seen the return of the loyal Orbital following but has excited a new generation of fans who wondered what the fuss was all about.
After a busy summer of UK and international festival headline spots Orbital are set to embark on a 13-date UK tour in December. Both Manchester and Brixton will be late 1am curfew shows with special guests to be announced. And, watch out for some very important news coming soon…
December 1 MANCHESTER, WAREHOUSE PROJECT
December 2 EDINBURGH, HMV PICTURE HOUSE
December 3 BRISTOL, 02 ACADEMY
December 4 LEICESTER, 02 ACADEMY
December 5 NEWCASTLE, 02 ACADEMY
December 7 PRESTON, 53 DEGREES
December 8 SHEFFIELD, 02 ACADEMY
December 9 BIRMINGHAM, 02 ACADEMY
December 11 BRIGHTON, DOME
December 12 BOURNEMOUTH, 02 ACADEMY
December 13 OXFORD, 02 ACADEMY
December 14 BRIXTON, 02 ACADEMY
December15 BRIXTON, 02 ACADEMY
Bestival: www.bestival.net – 6th – 9th September, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight
For full international dates go to: http://orbitalofficial.com/live.asp
Bicep Launch Feel My Bicep
Bicep is Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar, two Belfast natives based in London with a knack for ’90s-style garage and house (not to mention clever blogging). They’ve been putting out records since 2010, but really picked up steam this year with records on Aus Music and Love Fever Records. Feel My Bicep kicks off with a vinyl-only EP from the duo themselves called Vision of Love which, according to a press release, follows in the same vein as “$tripper,” the peak time-friendly A-side from this year’s Make Love In Public Places. You can hear a bit of all three tracks in the official trailer below. No word yet on future releases.
A Vision of Love
B2 Keep Keep
B3 Getcha’ Boi
Feel My Bicep will release Vision of Love on September 24th, 2012.
(via Resident Advisor)
Loco Dice on hip hop’s EDM cash-in: “I want to see Jay-Z coming to Plastikman”
At the start of our summer, Desolat flag-bearer Loco Dice will be joining his Ibiza buddies Carl Coxand Adam Beyer on the techno stage at Stereosonic. This week, inthemix had the man on the line from Desolat HQ in Dusseldorf to see how he’s surviving a long party season in the Northern Hemisphere. When asked to pick a highlight of the summer so far, he singled out his Ibiza residency at Sven Vath’s Cocoon Heroes.
Dice has been a stalwart presence on the House Terrace at Amnesia, with the grand closing set for Monday 1 October alongside Ricardo Villalobos, Cassy, Raresh and Vath himself. Given the DJ’s history as a hip hop head, we asked him if he’s still noticing a steady traffic of big U.S. rap stars through Ibiza’s clubs. As it turns out, it was a timely question, with a trailer emerging overnight for P. Diddy’s ‘documentary’ about his White Isle conquests.
“You have Diddy coming every year for his birthday and rocking the dancefloor,” Dice told us. “You have a lot of hip hop guys coming through. Man, back in the day, I was the only one wearing a cap backwards in Ibiza. Now you go out of the hotel and you see B-Real from Cypress Hill or Bam Margera from Jackass.
“In Ibiza, electronic music is the thing at the moment, which is cool but scary too. You see the big cats there making big money. In my world, where I am, it’s a different thing. Sometimes we see a hip hop guy where I’m playing, but he’s behaving more. He wants to feel the groove and get inspired, instead of showing up to pop ten bottles of Cristal. That’s not our world. When I play at Cocoon, I don’t have a VIP behind me. I have just my normal friends and the people on the dancefloor. When these people come with an entourage and want to take the whole place over, it doesn’t work like this.”
The DJ would also like to see hip hop’s biggest players reaching out to less conventional names than the usual pop-dance hitmakers. “I say live and let die,” he began. “Whatever you want to do, do it, but the scary thing is, it’s becoming more a business thing: how can I merge two names together to make money? The result is just often crap – a vocoder voice, a beat and a snare drum.
“I want to see more people like Jay-Z or Dr Dre coming to Plastikman or Mathew Jonson or to me,” Dice concluded. “I want them to say, let’s combine, let’s try something that’s not so obvious. Let’s create something. I think this is what people really want to hear. But really we are just a small crew of people; the majority would actually prefer to hear will.i.am with Lady Gaga.”