GDD™ Morning Update: Crookers, Caspa, Snowbombing Festival, Starkey, Serato

Crookers announce split
Caspa’s US tour dates
Snowbombing Festival announces first dance acts for 2013
Starkey goes into Orbits
Serato DJ software revealed


Crookers announce split

After almost a decade together, Italian pair Crookers have announced that they’re parting ways. Andrew “Bot” Fratangelo and Francesco “Phra” Barbaglia announced on their Facebook overnight that they’ll no longer be producing as a duo, with Bot departing the project and handing over the reins to Phra to carry Crookers on as a solo venture.

“After having worked together for more than 8 years now, the time has arrived to start exploring different directions,” Bot explained in the official statement. “We want to thank all our fans for supporting us from day one! Don’t be sad though, a new chapter is about to begin.”

Crookers have been producing together since 2006, getting huge attention with their remix of Kid Cudi’s smash single Day ‘n’ Nite, before releasing their debut album Tons of Friends in 2010 and dropping Dr Gonzo on Diplo’s Mad Decent label in 2011. The pair toured here with Stereosonic last year, doing the Stereo tour in ’09 at the peak of their run before that. There’s no word where Bot’s new direction will take him, or how things will change with Phra running the show alone – but whatever happens, we’ll always have the primo smut of the Day ‘n’ Nite clip to remember them by.

(via inthemix)


Caspa’s US tour dates

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Snowbombing Festival announces first dance acts for 2013

Austrian mountains set to embrace the hottest DJs on earth! – Live acts, more DJs and special guests still to come

Snowbombing 2013 has proudly revealed its stellar DJ line up for next April’s event – with the clear intention of putting together its biggest ever show on snow! 

The news sees original and groundbreaking legends of the scene mixing it with the most current, crafty and energetic stars in the business.

Setting benchmarks for decades as a DJ, producer and iconic hero of dance culture, Carl Cox will be making his downhill debut in 2013, bringing his infectious party vibe to the powder-crisp peaks of Austria to show all and sundry that form is temporary, class is permanent.

Carl Cox said: “I’m so excited to be playing Snowbombing for the first time next year. I’ve heard amazing things about it and always wanted to play. See you on the slopes!”

Occasional cosmic wanderer Seth Troxler will ride the cable car of quality House to deliver his meltingly ethereal cuts to the willing crowds. Injecting feeling, heat and achingly blissful funk into the adjacent glaciers, Maceo Plex is along for the downhill ride.

Dubstep’s finest slalom king Skream is in line to keep things intense, heavy and messy. Meanwhile, Drum & Bass icon and pioneer Andy C will be reminding everybody where and why it all started.

Turntable technician James Zabiela will be applying joy to the slopes alongside clubland royalty Norman Jay (MBE) and David Rodigan (MBE), cheeky rabble-rouser Fake Bloodand Belgian Drum & Bass prodigy Netsky. 

Kerri Chandler will be allowing her deep house, dripping with soul, to reverberate against the walls of the Alps, as San Francisco native Justin Martin heads for the red channel with his style of potentially lethal House.

The picturesque and normally sedate village of Mayrhofen, Austria, will open its collective arms to a Snowbombing roster which is set to eclipse all previous years.

With more announcements set to follow, the initial dance line up already reads like a ‘Who’s Who?’ of global turntable talent.

Snowbombing founder Gareth Cooper said: “This line up is only the start! It will snowball, gradually getting bigger and better to form the biggest and best line up Snowbombing has ever had.”

Innervisions will present highlight performances from Henrik Schwarz(live), Dixon, and AME (live & DJ), whilst Hospitality bring High Contrast (in HD), London Elektricity, Camo & Crooked, and SPY

Other outstanding artists confirmed include: Jack Beats, Eats Everything, MistaJam, Shy FX, Anja Schneider, Scuba, Subb-An, Artwork, Toddla T, Todd Edwards, Deetron andPan Pot.

Swamp 81 presents: Loefah, Boddika, Micky Pearce and Klose One.

Additional artists covering all genres in an awesome audio-avalanche of dance music include:Oneman, Mosca, Ez, P. Money, A-Skillz, Krafty Kuts, Plump DJs, Stanton Warriors, Will Saul, Bicep, George Fitzgerald, Midland Breach, Paul Woolford, System of Survival, Alex Niggemann, Doorly, Marcus Nasty, Geddes Huxley, Dusky, Crazy P Soundsystem, Maxxi Soundsystem, Brackles, Norwood Soul Patrol, Futureboogie DJs, Smash HiFi, Marc Roberts, and MCs: GQ, Dynamite MC, Wrec, Stamina, Serocee and Chunky.

With huge headliners, more DJs, special guests and internationally renowned live artists still to be announced, Snowbombing’s reputation as ‘The Greatest Show on Snow’ is in no doubt. Watch this space. 

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Starkey goes into Orbits

Starkey will release Orbits on December 3rd.

The Philadelphia-based dubstep and grime producer has released his past albums on UK institution Planet Mu, but his third will come on London’s Civil Music, the label that delivered his recent Space Traitor EPs. Much like the former RA podcaster’sprevious work, Orbits has a heavy emphasis on sci-fi themes. Continuing with the style he’s dubbed “street bass,” Orbits reportedly features “huge drums, southern rap-style hi-hats and Vangelis-like fizzing synths.” The LP comes during a busy time for PJ Geissinger, after an EP on Ninja Tune, production work for Foreign Beggars, Tinie Tempah and others, and a hectic touring schedule.

Unlike the collaboration-heavy Space Traitor releases, all tracks on Orbits are Starkey solo productions with no guest appearances. The record will be preceded by an EP for the track “Command” on October 29th, with remixes from Plastician, Drums of Death, Noisses, Pedro123, DS1 and Buku plus an unreleased track called “Contact.”

01. Renegade Starship
02. Command
03. G V Star (Part 1)
04. G V Star (Part 2)
05. Thugs
06. Lzr
07. Synchronize
08. Dystopia
09. …And Then God Built The Cosmos
10. Crashing Sphere
11. The Shuttle
12. Magnet
13. Distant Star

Civil Music will release Orbits on December 3rd, 2012.

(via Resident Advisor)


Serato DJ software revealed

Serato has unveiled the user interface and further details of its new Serato DJ software. 

The news follows on from the announcement earlier this month of the new Serato DJ system and accompanying Pioneer controller. Serato is describing the overhauled user interface as a being “totally re-designed,” though some aspects of it (see above) will certainly be familiar to past Serato users. Tweaks to the virtual decks (BPM and time-related features are now directly on the deck), cue points and looping features, beatgrid editing and the general layout have all been implemented. Also included is a new interface for Serato DJ’s iZotope-developed FX engine and new views modes. Full information and screen shots are available here.

Serato DJ will be available as of November 1st, 2012.

(via Resident Advisor)