• Deadmau5 weighs in (again) on the state of EDM
• Stream the debut album from Nicolas Jaar’s Darkside project
• James Murphy to remix David Bowie on expanded The Next Day edition
• The Martinez Brothers throw down classics on their Essential Mix debut
Deadmau5 weighs in (again) on the state of EDM
In between his coffee runs with illustrious friends like Pharrell Williams and Zedd, Joel Zimmerman is spending his hours in studio lockdown, at work on new Deadmau5 material. While a roll-call of his contemporaries were living it up at TomorrowWorld over the weekend, Zimmerman kept his Twitter horde entertained with the usual musings.
One of the topics on his mind: whether you can still be a straight-up DJ in today’s current dance music climate, regardless of your expertise. “I think a label would sooner sign Martin Garrix for producing 1 ‘hit’ than DJ Sneak for a lifetime of playing records,” he mused, referring of course to the young Dutch producer who rocketed to the top of the Beatport charts with his mainstage smashAnimals. Zimmerman also name-checks UK tech-house talent Nic Fanciulli as “the last DJ to make it as a DJ”; that is, the last DJ to make a name on the merits of his DJing alone.
In true insomniac style, Zimmerman then took to his Tumblr page for a post entitled ‘My take on the current state of EDM’. Pointing out that he’s not having a “rant” (that word certainly stalks the ‘mau5), his thinking boils down to this: “Some artists are all about the product… some are about the art…and some are about the execution…but more often than not, you’ll find the more successful artists finding their own balance between 2 or all 3.”
The post certainly comes from a more moderate ‘mau5 than the one we’ve heard mouth off in interviews, but we can always count on him to cast a critical eye over all things EDM. Then again, if you prefer the Deadmau5 who lights up festival stages, not Twitter, he’ll be in Australia come March as part of Future Music Festival’s epic 2014 line-up.
Stream the debut album from Nicolas Jaar’s Darkside project
Lest we forget, Jaar and his touring guitarist Dave Harrington have already released an album of sorts this year, uploading a full-length remix version of Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memoriesunder the Daftside moniker. Psychic, however, takes the honour of being their first gimmick-free album. In keeping with 2011′sDarkside EP, Psychic is a saturnine collection of glowering post-rock and downbeat electronica. The eight-track record promises to navigate “rock’s cosmic outer edges” with nods to house and techno – a fair synopsis, on first listen.
The pair are streaming the album in full over at the Other People, Jaar’s new subscription-only “serial label”. Subscribers to the website will also be able to download the album right now, a week before its official release date. Head here to stream/cop the record.
Psychic will be released on October 8 via Other People/Matador.
(via FACT Mag)
James Murphy to remix David Bowie on expanded The Next Day edition
David Bowie’s The Next Day just got a whole lot longer.
A 3xCD collectors edition of Bowie’s 24th studio album is due in November, and will arrive bundled with a fistful of unheard material – including, rather intriguingly, a new remix from DFA don (and self-confessed Bowie acolyte) James Murphy. As The Quietus report, Murphy will reconfigure The Next Day track ‘Love Is Lost’, newly rechristened as the ‘Hello Steve Reich Mix’ for the purpose.
Alongside the original album, the The Next Day Extra edition will also feature five unheard tracks from the The Next Day sessions, plus a Venetian edit of ‘I’d Rather Be High’. A third disc will feature all of Bowie’s videos.
Murphy and Bowie move in similar circles: the former’s fingerprints were all over Arcade Fire‘s recent‘Reflektor’ single, which also featured vocal contributions from the latter. Bowie remains a strong contender in the race to nab this year’s Mercury Music Prize; for more details, check out FACT’s unflinching guide to the good, the bad and the ugly on the shortlist.
The Next Day Extra is due on November 4.
Tracklist (bonus disc)
‘Love Is Lost’ (Hello Steve Reich mix by James Murphy)
‘Like A Rocket Man’
‘Born In A UFO’
‘I’d Rather Be High’ (Venetian Mix)
‘I’ll Take You There’
‘God Bless The Girl’
(via FACT Mag)
The Martinez Brothers throw down classics on their Essential Mix debut
Missed out on the summer season in Ibiza? Not to worry – DC10 residents The Martinez Brothersstepped up to the plate for Radio 1’s Essential Mix over the weekend, dropping two hours of smooth, classic house vibes from the likes of Kerri Chandler and their mentor Dennis Ferrer, as well as new cuts like their edit of Green Velvet’s Bigger than Prince.
When inthemix spoke with The Martinez Brothers in July, they told us how growing up in the Bronx was integral to the formation of their sound, saying, “If we weren’t from New York, the sound we have right now wouldn’t be what it is. We came up with a sound that’s becoming very hip hop-influenced…and salsa, we grew up on that. Not to mention my dad used to play us jazz fusion and disco and crazy bugged-out stuff!”
That vibe comes across clear and strong in their Essential Mix, with the duo introducing the set by saying, “We wanted to put a mixture of the new stuff, obviously, but also the old things that we used to listen to back in the day. We basically put a playlist together of all the things we love and freestyled off that playlist… We even put ten or 15 minutes of hip hop in the beginning – it wouldn’t be fair to just put house music, since hip hop is what we really grew up with, you know, we’re from the Bronx so that’s really our background.”
Get into it below.
The Martinez Brothers’ Essential Mix tracklist
01.Blaze pres. Funky People feat. Cassio Ware – Funky People (Masters At Work Alternative Mix)
02. Eman – Slangin (Tedd Patterson Edit)
03. Kerri Chandler – Downtown (623 Remix)
04. Mr. V – Breakers Theme (Beats Remix)
05. Bob Sinclar – Disco 2000
06. NYC Live And Direct – Move Like This
07. Mr. G & G Flame – No Sell Out
08. Dennis Ferrer – Son Of Raw [IBADAN]
09. A Guy Called Gerald – Nuvo Alfa
10. Francois K – Hypnodelic
11. Nail – A Good Bra (The Martinez Brothers Edit)
12. Blaze feat. Palmer Brown – My Beat [ITH]
13. DJ Duke – The Hustler (Beats)
14. Green Velvet – Bigger Than Prince (The Martinez Brothers Remix) [CIRCUS]
15. The Martinez Brothers & Mass Prod – E’s Demise
16. Marlon D. – U.C. Anthem (Sole Channel Instrumental)
17. FRS – Harder (The Martinez Brothers Edit)
18. Blue Boy – Funky Friday
19. Gemini – in My Head (Freaks Remix) 20. Deepah Ones – Freak
21. Terry Hunter – Follow U (Kenny’s Dope Dub)
22. Kerri Chandler – Back To The Raw (Ruff Remix)
23. Rednail Kidz – Do My Thing (The Martinez Brothers Edit)
24. John Ciafone – Everyday