• Felix Da Housecat: “The scene has been used and abused”
• Empire of the Sun return with new album ‘Ice On A Dune’
• From Brodinski to Beyer, Carl Cox names his Ibiza recruits
• Flying Lotus Announces Spring Tour Dates
• Breach Preps EP for Dirtybird
Felix Da Housecat: “The scene has been used and abused”
After a four-year absence, house-electro-don Felix Da Housecat has made a grand comeback this year.
In an interview with Billboard magazine, Felix spoke about his departure from the scene and his battle with a mezcal addiction.
He said: “I was fighting myself. I was fighting the mezcal as I was a mezcalateer, and mezcal makes you hallucinate. I was fighting a battle within myself as I got so consumed with the partying and the drinking that when I looked in the mirror I didn’t recognize myself.”
On the bright side it looks as if the Housecat has come through the other side fighting with his new EP ‘Sinner Winner’, which is gaining him acclaim.
When asked about the scene at the moment and his opinions on EDM, Felix claimed that it’s all about whether you stay true to yourself or become a slave of the industry.
“I think the scene has become over-commercialized. It’s one of those things. You stay true to your art or you sell out. I’ve never sold out, and I don’t plan on selling out. I was just like, ‘I’m just going to get the hell out.’”
He went on to talk about how the scene has changed and divulged from its roots: “To see it be used and abused with no culture, it’s pretty sad. It was a movement – Chicago, New York. And that was really cool. I just wish it could be a bit more interesting.”
Empire of the Sun return with new album ‘Ice On A Dune’
At one point there it seemed like we may never hear from Aussie space cadets Empire of the Sunagain. The Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore pairing scooped the 2009 ARIA awards with their debut album Walking on a Dream and even received two Brit nominations. However, after their 2010 Brit Awards performance the pair drifted apart, Luke Steele took the project and toured it extensively around Europe himself, before Empire of the Sun went quiet. Thankfully, in late 2011 the pair reunited in the studio and since then, it’s been confirmed a new record is in the works. Today, the duo has announced that they’ll be delivering their long-awaited second album in June.
Titled Ice On The Dune, the new album is proceeded by a cryptic trailer entitled Discovery. In true Empire of the Sun style they’re giving very little away, the trailer only featuring 20 seconds of new music. In 2011, however, Luke Steele told NME that “the new songs are grander, more Disney, more colourful.” Luckily for fans the trailer suggests it’s more National Treasure than High School Musical, with the video set around the discovery of cave etchings of the band. A small clip of music at the end suggests the duo isn’t straying too far from the sound that catapulted them to success with their last album.
Not ones to hand information over on a platter, the pair have accompanied the strange video with an equally odd (and lengthy) story about the sun’s course across the sky, priests possessing the spirits of wild animals and the fate of an Emperor and Prophet. So, concept album then? Guess we’ll find out in June.
From Brodinski to Beyer, Carl Cox names his Ibiza recruits
As ever, this party season in Ibiza is shaping up to be a big one. One of the island’s biggest drawcards is always Carl Cox‘s residency at Space, which in 2013 is back for it’s twelfth season. The weekly lineup for the ‘12 Nights of The Revolution’ parties are being announced in three different rounds and to kick it off, Coxy has unveiled the first four weeks of guests.
Carl Cox can always be counted on to curate an enviable lineup and sure enough, that’s he’s delivered. Dubfire, DJ Sneak , Adam Beyer, Brodinski and Gesaffelstein (to cherrypick a few) have all been recruited to DJ alongside the big man for the first four Revolution parties, with each week bringing a different roster of names – check out the week-by-week breakdown below. “It’s 12 years and we’re back with a bang,” Coxy said in a press release. “We always try to keep things fresh, making the night better with each year that passes. I’m a big believer of moving forward so whilst keeping everything that worked last year we’re moving into a new phase too with some wicked guests, some familiar faces, and as always a few surprises… This year, the party truly unites!” The July 30 party is set to be extra special, falling on the big man’s own birthday.
Coxy’s Ibiza run kicks off on Tuesday July 9, returning for 12 Tuesday night marathons until the closing bash on 24 September. We’ll have to stay tuned for the remaining eight weeks worth of lineups – but if you’re already sold on the idea of a 2013 Northern Summer, you can grab tickets online now.
The Revolution 9 July lineup:
Copy Paste Soul
The Revolution 16 July lineup:
The Revolution 23 July lineup:
The Revolution 30 July lineup:
Brodinski & Gesaffelstein
Flying Lotus Announces Spring Tour Dates
Flying Lotus, the high priest of Los Angeles’ beat scene, has shared the full list of dates for his upcoming spring tour. Making his way around North America for most of April and May, the Brainfeeder boss will be joined by fellow SoCal beatsmith Teebs, the bass-wieldingThundercat, and Nigel Goodrich’s Ultraísta outfit on various nights throughout the tour. FlyLo will also be in Austin for his only official SXSW appearance tomorrow. Details of that show and the rest of the producer’s upcoming tour dates can be found below.
3/12: Austin, TX @ AMOA Arthouse at Jones Center – SXSW – [12:00 am]
4/21: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Ballroom * #
4/23: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Heaven Stage) * #
4/24: Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel * #
4/25: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club * #
4/26: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer * #
5/5: New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (RBMA) # $
5/12: Boston, MA @ Paradise #
5/13: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis #
5/15: Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy #
5/16: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues Cleveland #
5/17: Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom #
5/18: Chicago, IL @ Metro #
5/19: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue #
5/22: Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo #
5/23: Vancouver, BC @ Vouge Theater #
5/24: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater #
5/25: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
Breach Preps EP for Dirtybird
Despite releasing exclusively through his own Naked Naked imprint in recent months, Ben Westbeech (a.k.a. Breach) has penned an EP for Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird label, which will see a release in April. As the story goes, Westbeech and Von Stroke were having dinner in London when Westbeech mentioned he had a track that would fit perfectly with the Dirtybird sound; apparently, the Dirtybird boss thought he was right. The three-trackJack EP will first be released exclusively through Beatport on April 1, with a full digital release set for April 15. Preview clips of the forthcoming record can be found below.