GDD™ Morning Update: Fedde Le Grand, Jamie Jones, Phoenix, Art Basel, Katy B

• Fedde Le Grand: “When the scene gets bigger, it tends to get more generic”
• Jamie Jones Launches HOTTRAX Labe
• New Phoenix Album Set for April Release
Art Basel books dance acts for Miami art week
• Katy B releases free Danger EP


Fedde Le Grand: “When the scene gets bigger, it tends to get more generic”

It’s been a few years since big-room house hero Fedde Le Grand visited Australia, and he’s back this summer to make up for lost time. The Dutchman is set to celebrate New Year’s Eve in two cities, Adelaide for Summadayze and on Sydney’s Bondi Beach for Shore Thing alongside Knife Party and the Chemical Brothers, before keeping it rolling at the rest of the Summa shows.

The trip comes at the end of a non-stop 12 months for Fedde, and a new album is in development. “On an album I feel you can go a bit outside your comfort zone,” the producer told inthemix today from his travels in America. “I’m halfway there with the album. I hope to finish it in January or February. I’m super-excited; we did some stuff that’s really fresh, which is hard to do at the moment.

“With the whole scene blowing up, the normal effect when something gets bigger and more commercial is that it tends to get more generic,” he reasoned. “People when they have success with something, they’re afraid to deviate from it and do something else. You usually stick to the thing that works. At a certain point though you get to a point where it needs to change. I think people need to step up and do something different, especially in the scene I’m in.”

While he’s been touring the U.S. for years, Fedde Le Grand’s Stateside cachet has accelerated in 2012, with slots at Sensation’s New York debut, Marquee in Las Vegas and festivals like Nocturnal Wonderland. “Even on a Tuesday, you can still have 2000, 3000 people in front of you,” he told inthemix. “I’ve been touring America for a few years now, but the last two years it has just blown up like crazy. On an ‘education’ level, it’s probably not the same as Europe, because for a lot of people it’s still quite new, so they give a lot of energy.

“In Europe, it’s so embedded in the culture, people know what they’re talking about but it’s not as fresh as it was 10 years ago. People in Holland especially are a bit spoiled. Dutch people like to nag a little bit, like, ‘It was a great party, but…’ There’s always a ‘but’. Since we’ve been doing dance music in whatever form for so long, it is harder to impress people. In America, it feels like being back in the ‘90s, you have all these kids in crazy outfits with glow-sticks. It’s super positive.”

(via inthemix)


Jamie Jones Launches HOTTRAX Label

The UK producer/DJ/label head who has been at the center of house music’s exploding popularity—and, to some degree, its transition into mainstream culture—Jamie Jones has announced the launching of HOTTRAX, a new label that is said to be “dedicated to a more underground dancefloor-oriented aesthetic.” Operating as a subsidiary of Jones’ and Lee Foss‘ succesful Hot Creations imprint, the new venture is set to drop its first release later this month in the form of the three-track Change EP from Jones himself. Below, you can preview the record title track and check its full tracklist before the record drops in vinyl form on December 17, to be followed by a digital release January 7 of next year.

01 Change
02 Road to the Studio
03 No Rush

(via XLR8R)


New Phoenix Album Set for April Release

French indie-rockers Phoenix have finished the follow-up to their 2009 breakout album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. It should be released in April, said Daniel Glass – head of the group’s label, Glassnote – at today’s Spotify event.

Glass tossed out the Phoenix announcement at the very end of the conversation, mentioning that he’d just gotten off the phone with the band and that they had completed the record in a Paris studio. 

Phoenix have been working on this next record since 2011. While no official title has been announced yet, it could be TPC, based on some artwork that appears on the band’s website.

(via Rolling Stone)


Art Basel books dance acts for Miami art week

Art Basel kicked off in Miami on Wednesday. Due to the cancelled UR1 festival, the line-ups over the course of the weekend have grown significantly.

Miami promoters have absorbed some of the talent in an effort to establish Art Basel weekend as not just an art-focused weekend but a musically relevant one as well.

See below for a list of the ones that caught our eye. And head to their site for more info.

December 7
Get Physical vs My Favorite Robot Art Basel 20120 at Tree House: Lee Curtis, M.A.N.D.Y, Blond:ish, Jared Simms, Voytek, Korab
Nicholas Jaar Live at Museum of contemporary Art (MOCA)
Richie Hawtin at Liv

December 8
Arty at Mansion

Tiesto at LIV
DAV1 of Chromeo (DJ Set) at Bardot
Tan Lines (DJ Set) at Mam Ball After Party
Purity Ring, Twin Shadow, Trinidad James, Brenmar, Jacuzzi Boys, Teengirl Fantasy, Nick Catchdubs, Donnis, Oliver at Basel Castle 2012
Jose Cuervo presents F*ck Art, Let’s Dance!: Eric Duncan, Pillowtalk, Eats Everything, Krisp at Electric Pickle
Supplement Facts Showcase: Guy Gerber, Dyed Soundorom, Clarian, Mao Fonegra, and Vlada at Tree House

December 9
Link and Miami Rebels Present Cocoon Heroes Miami at Tree House: Dubfire, Andre Galluzzi, Onur Ozer, Tobi Neumann, Stacy Pullen
An Evening With Terrible Living: Solange Knowles, Justin Miller, Jacques Renault, Neon Indian, Corin Roddick (Purity Ring), and Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) at Bardot
Kontrol presents Pete Tong: Damian Lazarus, Seth Troxler
Soul Clap Records BBQ: Soul Clap, Night Plane (Live), and Nick Monaco
Fedde Le Grande at Space

(via Mixmag)


Katy B releases free Danger EP

In truth, the collaboration-heavy EP is more of a Katy B and Friends EP: regular collaborators DJ Zinc and Geeneus both feature, on ‘Aaliyah’ and ‘Got Paid’ respectively, while Danger‘s title track is an intriguing slow jam produced by Montreal’s Jacques Greene. Vocal appearances come from Wiley (‘Got Paid’), Jessie Ware (‘Aaliyah’) and Iggy Azaelia (the Diplo-produced ‘Light as a Feather’).

You can download Danger here; Katy B’s second studio album is expected to see release in 2013.

01. Aaliyah (feat. Geeneus & Jessie Ware)
02. Got Paid (feat. Zinc & Wiley)
03. Light as a Feather (feat. Diplo & Iggy Azaelia)
04. Danger (feat. Jacques Greene)

(via FACT Mag)