GDD™ Morning Update: Ultra Music Festival, Soulwax, ADE, Etienne de Crecy, Clouds

• “All kinds of new surprises” for Ultra Music Festival
• Radio Soulwax presents Dave
Amsterdam Dance Event gears up for huge 17th edition
• Download Etienne de Crecy‘s Iconic ‘Prix Choc’
Clouds ready mini-album for Ramp Recordings


“All kinds of new surprises” for Ultra Music Festival

On October 17 tickets for the 15th Ultra Music Festival will go on sale.

The organisers behind the event have promised “all kinds of new surprises” and a “massive” line-up and production. Although, it’s no surprise they’re going to have a massive line up.

Tickets for the last festival sold out completely and this year looks to be the same.

For more information on the event and to get tickets head over to the website.

(via Mixmag)


Radio Soulwax presents Dave

Soulwax will release the new Radio Soulwax episode on November 14.

It’s called Dave and, judging by the trailer, looks set to revolve around the great David Bowie.

Soulwax have been banging out videocasts for a little while now and they are always an on-point audio/visual treat.

Check the trailer for Dave below.

(via Mixmag)


Amsterdam Dance Event gears up for huge 17th edition

Taking over the capital of The Netherlands for five long days and sleepless nights, Amsterdam Dance Event is expecting more than 200,000 visitors in 2012. From next Wednesday 17 October to Sunday October 21, a host of conference sessions, masterclasses, showcases, panels and of course parties will be spread across the city, all dedicated to the many shades of electronic music. This is the 17th edition of ADE, so it’s fair to say they run a famously tight ship. Over 1700 dance artists will be converging on Amsterdam to take part in talks and the after-dark action, includingRichie HawtinJeff MillsSkreamDJ HarveyPaul van Dyk and so many more. In amongst the planned parties, DJ Mag is set to present the results of its 2012 Top 100 DJs poll at the Convention Factory, with the promise of a new #1.

If you’re heading over to Amsterdam, you’ll have some tough planning to do. A wide spectrum of dance labels are set to present parties, including Kompakt, Diynamic, Drumcode, Size Matters, Delsin, Cocoon and Toolroom Knights. Celebrated Dutch institution Awakenings will be stretched across three nights at the Gashouder, kicking off with Carl Cox’s Global 500 celebration on Wednesday. Enduring underground hero Josh Wink will lead an Ovum Recordings all-nighter, and we spoke to the DJ for the 12th entry in our Honour Roll series.

As for the daytime programming (which kicks off at 10am; see how sleep could be a rarity?), the main conference takes place at Felix Meritis and The Dylan Hotel. Some of the panels include ‘The World According to Armin van Buuren’, with the man himself holding the floor for an hour, ‘Remixing for the Digital Age’, a Q&A with Danny Tenaglia and even a ‘DJ cook-off’, with “five top DJs preparing a delicious meal in front of a live audience”.

With hard dance so vital to the Dutch, ADE has dedicated a special program, Hard Dance Event, to discussing the sound they do so well (check out the trailer below). There’s also the ADE University, which features interactive discussions and workshops. To get the full experience out of ADE, you need to burn the candle at both ends. Any of you heading over?

(via inthemix)


Download Etienne de Crecy’s Iconic ‘Prix Choc’

Twenty years ago, two young Parisians, Etienne De Crécy and Philippe Zdar, discovered techno for the first time at a rave called Transbody Express. “It makes such an impact on us that we don’t miss a single one of the raves organized near the capital for the next year” writes de Crécy in the liner notes for Essentials, a new album that’s part greatest-hits collection, part Bildungsroman. “We come up with the crazy idea of making an album. We want to include some less techno tracks on it so that normal friends of ours who listen to normal music can listen to it too and not give us weird looks afterwards.”

Fortunately for us, de Crécy’s idea of “normal” never quite squared with anyone else’s, leading to the deliciously off-kilter house of Motorbass, his duo with Zdar, and his supermarket-themed project Superdiscount—and leading de Crécy to “completely fail in my ambition to make thoroughbred, abstract music! Just as well!”

Across 17 tracks, Essentials documents de Crécy’s endeavours to “fail again, fail better,” as Samuel Beckett might have put it, compiling canonical tracks from Super Discount, Motorbass’Pansoul, and de Crécy’s Tempovision along with selected compilation cuts and even the brief soundtrack to a Renault commercial. (“My friend Antoine Bardou-Jacquet… has no trouble getting me chosen to do the music for an advertising spot,” recalls de Crécy. “He’s got good taste, so he chooses the best track from the demos I give him. And I’m grateful to him for choosing the one I can’t develop beyond a minute!”)

The compilation is out next week; today, De Crécy is giving away “Prix Choc,” his iconic contribution to 1997’s Super Discount. Stream it here, and download it by clicking through to the track’s SoundCloud page; see below for de Crécy’s North American tour dates.

Etienne de Crécy – North American Tour, Fall 2012
Tue Oct 23 : Los Angeles, CA. Dim Mak Studios (DJ set)
Wed Oct 24 : Costa Mesa, CA. Detroit Bar (DJ set)
Fri Oct 26 : Los Angeles, CA. Vanguard Hotel (DJ set)
Sat Oct 27 : New Orleans, LA. Voodoo Festival (live set)
Tue Oct 30 : Denver, CO. Lipstick (DJ set)
Wed Oct 31 : San Francisco, CA. Blasthaus (DJ set)
Sat Nov 03 : Mexico City, Festival Nevada (live set)
Sun Nov 04 : Austin, TX. Fun Fun Festival (live set)
Mon Nov 05 : New York, NY. Santos Party House (DJ set)

(via SPIN)


Clouds ready mini-album for Ramp Recordings

Clouds will release a mini-album on Ramp Recordings next month called USB Islands.

Clouds is Samuli Tanner and Tommi Liikka, a Finnish duo that’s been putting out moody bass records since 2007. They started turning heads a year later when DJ /rupture included two of their tracks on Uproot, a mix CD that was widely consideredone of that year’s best. Since then they’ve appeared on a variety of respected bass labels, including Mala’s Deep Medi Musik, which will reportedly release a full album by the duo “in the not too distant future.” 

USB Islands includes six new tracks from Clouds. You can stream or download one of them (“I’ll Be Broke”) on Ramp’s SoundCloud page. 

01. Cannibal Generals
02. Four Hands
03. You Go To My Head
04. I’ll Be Broke
05. Napalm
06. Get Over It (feat. Lotta-Liina Salonen)

Ramp Recordings will release USB Islands in November 2012.

(via Resident Advisor)