GDD™ Morning Update: Daft Punk, Brazil Nightclub, Addison Groove, Life and Death

Daft Punk leave EMI for Columbia and confirm fourth album
• 231 declared dead after nightclub fire in Brazil
• Addison Groove makes a trip to North America
Life and Death US Tour

Daft Punk leave EMI for Columbia and confirm fourth album

Daft Punk have left their home at EMI and will release their much anticipated fourth album in spring via Sony’s Columbia Records.

The French house duo have left EMI’s Virgin Records where they initially signed all the way back in 1996.

This news follows hints by Chic’s Nile Rodgers that Daft Punk’s fourth album would appear in 2013 after the two had collaborated.

As well as Rodgers, legendary disco producer Giorgio Moroder and Chilly Gonzales are just some of the people who are rumoured to have collaborated with the duo over the past couple of years.

Fans were left disappointed when Daft Punk weren’t included in Coachella’s line 2013 line-up, but this news is certain to have all dance music fans in raptures.

(via Mixmag)


231 declared dead after nightclub fire in Brazil

Horrific news: 231 people have been killed after an enormous blaze at a nightclub in Santa Maria on Sunday.

As reported by the BBC, the fire broke out during a freshers event at the Kiss nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning. Although initial reports suggested the death toll could be as high as 400, police have now confirmed that 231 people perished, primarily from smoke inhalation. The majority were aged between 16 and 20. Around 100 people are still being treated in hospital.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the fire began when one of the bands on the bill lit a flare onstage, setting foam insulation alight and flooding the venue with toxic smoke. The police are also currently investigating reports that the venue only had one emergency exit, and that bouncers briefly attempted to prevent people from leaving the club. Kiss’ fire safety certificate had reportedly expired last year.

Brazil has now declared three days of national morning to mark the country’s biggest fire in half a century. A major ceremony to mark 500 days until the 2014 World Cup in the country has also been cancelled, and Santa Maria has declared 30 days of mourning. President Dilma Rousseff has rushed back from a visit to Chile to deal with the disaster, and has met with survivors of the disaster. She described the fire as a “tragedy for all of us”.  Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the deceased.

(via FACT Mag)


Addison Groove makes a trip to North America

Addison Groove will play the US and Canada through February.

The Bristol-based producer formerly known as Headhunter is renowned for his extensive touring, even calling his debut album Nomad. He’ll make his first journey across the Atlantic of the year starting on February 1st. Tony Williams’ current project mixes in footwork and juke with UK bass influences, still riding off the back of an album and EP released last year on 50 Weapons.

The tour will begin on February 1st in NYC at Cameo Gallery, where Williams will headline, with Max Pearl and a secret special guest opening. The next night he’ll fly across the country to LA to play Los Globos with Jimmy Edgar and Grenier (DJG), and then he’s off to Hawaii on the 9th to perform alongside Com Truise. He’ll make a lone Canadian appearance at Vancouver’s Shine club on the 15th, with locals HxdB and Taal Mala on opening duty, and then his tour will come to a close back where it started for a show at NYU.

(via Resident Advisor)

Life and Death US Tour

This February, Life and Death will bring a squad of artists to North America for their first US tour, before they head to Sonar Iceland on the 15th. Dates in Los Angeles and Chicago will feature extended sets with Tale of Us, Thugfucker and DJ Tennis playing all night long, while in San Francisco and New York the crew will be joined by some very special guests – artists that aren’t all on the ascending imprint but have been selected by the Life and Death crew specifically for their unique and complementary sounds. 

Here are the dates and lineups:

Life and Death North America Tour featuring:

Tale of Us
DJ Tennis

Feb 1st
San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
444 Jessie Street
w/ special guests PillowTalk (live) and Jimmy Edgar

Feb 2nd
Los Angeles, CA @ Secret Underground Location TBA

Feb 8
Chicago, IL @ Private Loft TBA

Feb 9th
w/ special guest Omar S

As one of the most coveted independent electronic music labels today, Life and Death was born out of an attempt to shed light on an as yet untouched area of music, at the crossroads of a wide variety of genres that might at first glance seem indirectly related. Their stylings hover around a dark pop and house approach, with a definite psychedelic sensibility and even an occasional touch of techno. The music carries an elegance, stemming from a desire to create patient, “non-immediate” dance floor bombs- melodic and tasteful tunes built around the concept of incorporating influences of Italian Cosmic Disco and a UK/US New Wave and Indie heritage, but without the intention of “reviving” old sounds, instead creating new ones. It’s an approach that may seem less peculiar after exploring the eclectic musical backgrounds of its founders Manfredi Romano (aka DJ Tennis), a longtime soundtrack producer, and Greg Oreck, one half of New York house duo Thugfucker. The Family is completed by Karm and Matteo Milleri, aka Tale of Us, who bring a wisdom and depth rarely found in artists so new on the scene. From their press release, “After just a few releases, Life and Death’s sound has found its way into the bacchanalian fray of some of the best parties worldwide and they’ve become known not only for their own distinct aesthetic and musical sound but also for the quality parties that they throw along the way.”

(via Pulse Radio)