• Claude VonStroke returns to the Essential Mix with bass to burn
• Stereosonic announce Dog Blood’s replacement act
• BPM adds names to 2014 bill
• Prefuse 73, Nosaj Thing, and FaltyDL Plot North American Tour
Claude VonStroke returns to the Essential Mix with bass to burn
This week’s edition of the Essential Mix took a trip up north to the Bay, as Barclay Crenshaw – akaClaude VonStroke – made his grand return to Pete Tong’s hallowed booth. The Dirtybird label boss and purveyor of booty bass first brought his funk and tech-house to the Essential Mix two years ago. Since then, the producer and DJ has skyrocketed in popularity along with the San Francisco-based label, having launched rising talent like Kill Frenzy, Justin Jay and Ben Westbeech’s moniker,Breach.
This year has proved especially vital for VonStroke, who following a Dirtybird summer residency at Sankeys Ibiza, released his third full-length album Urban Animal in September. The album exhibited a different side of the producer, who experimented with textures varying from the booming, bass-filled sound he’s been curating the last few years. An extensive North American tour followed, and the day after it ended, the DJ turned in his Essential Mix. As a result, this mix is largely built on his favorite tracks from the road.
The two hours is split into two parts, with the first showcasing a mass of new and unreleased Dirtybird material. VonStroke starts out in true booty-shaking fashion with a Jimmy Edgar remix of Arden’s Whip, veering into the erotic with the super-sexual (and slightly NSFW) For The Ladies by Kill Frenzy. A sneak peek into Dirtybird’s future catalog follows, with forthcoming tracks from Catz N’ Dogz, Shiba San, Nick Olivetti, J. Phlip, and a Doorly remix of VonStroke’s own The Clapping Track.
Much like with Urban Animal, the second part of the mix explores other corners of electronic music: the mechanistic techno of SCNTST’s Percee Scan, Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers’ acid re-work of FCL’s It’s You, and the ethereality of Mario Basanov’s deep, atmospheric remix of Space Me Out. VonStroke closes it out with a triumvirate of dance floor ready tracks, mixing the tribal-progressiveWashmachine by Workidz into his own Can’t Wait, turning the normally mellow track into a tornado of enveloping big-room sound.
Kill Frenzy’s Naked Piano rounds up the mix in a flurry of keys, reverbed synths, and a sub-bassline that grounds listeners as the two hours comes to an end. With this Essential Mix, Claude VonStroke proves himself to be the dirtiest bird of them all. Listen and check out the tracklist below.
1. Aden – Whip (Jimmy Edgar Remix) [Ultramajic]
2. Kill Frenzy – For The Ladies [dirtybird]
3. SecondCity – I Entr [CDR]
4. Ghostea – Breathing Room [dirtybird]
5. Shiba San – OKAY [dirtybird]
6. Catz N’ Dogz – Body Comes First [dirtybird]
7. Claude VonStroke – The Clapping Track (Doorly Remix) [dirtybird]
8. Nick Olivetti – Da Noyz [dirtybird]
9. KiNK – Dame Mas (feat. Milenta) [ITR]
10. &ME – Everless [Keinemusik]
11. Matthew Johnson – Level 7 (Dixon Remix) [Crosstown]
12. J.Phlip – Say My Name [CDR]
13. SCNTST – Percee Scan [Boysnoize Records]
14. Claude VonStroke – Dood [dirtybird]
15. Landmark – MUSIC R U (Riva Starr Cut Dub)
16. The Toyes – I Smoke Two (Claude VonStroke Edit)
17. EPROM – Turtle Ride [Rwina]
18. Dubspeeka – Gumbo [Skeleton]
19. Dexter – Space Booty [Clone Crown Ltd]
20. Aaron Snapes – Whatcha Wanna Do (Mark Starr Remix) [Perfect Driver]
21. FCL – It’s You (Fingers Acid Jam Vocal Edit) [Defected]
22. Downtown Party Network – Space Me Out (Mario Basanov Remix) (feat. Egle Sirvydyte) [Silence Music]
23. PointBender – Escalator Shuffle [Thoughtless Music]
24. Re.You – Do I Know? [mobilee]
25. Dan McKie – The Sinner [White]
26. Workidz – Washmachine [Toolroom]
27. Claude VonStroke – Can’t Wait [dirtybird]
28. Kill Frenzy – Naked Piano [dirtybird]
Stereosonic announce Dog Blood’s replacement act
Earlier this afternoon, Skrillex delivered some bad news. “Due to unfortunate circumstances that are beyond my control, I won’t be able to make the Dog Blood Stereosonic dates this year,” he posted to Facebook. That means Dog Blood – the duo made up by German gun Boys Noize – are out of the 2013 Stereosonic tour.
But every cloud has a silver lining and now, Stereosonic have filled us in on who’ll be taking Dog Blood’s place on the HARD stage. The honour has gone to Mad Decent fast-risers GTA, who’ll now be heading around the country with Stereo from this Saturday. “Dog Blood will not be performing this year…but Boys Noize will 1000% be performing in all cities and we welcome GTA as a late addition to all shows except Adelaide,” Stereosonic posted to their own Facebook page.
GTA made their first trip to Australia earlier this year to support pop princess Rihanna on her stadium-sized tour of the country, squeezing in a couple of club dates on the side. This is their first Australian festival tour. As Diplo once put it to inthemix: “There’s these young kids GTA, they play everything. People like them are the future.”
BPM adds names to 2014 bill
The second wave of acts has been confirmed for BPM 2014.
After its first announcement last month, organisers have added a number of house and techno names to the bill, including Agoria, Âme, Recondite, Psychemagik,Anja Schneider, PillowTalk, Benoit & Sergio, Derrick Carter, Sebo K, Ellen Allien,Jay Shepheard, Jimmy Edgar, Marcus Worgull, No Regular Play and Pete Tong. In total more than 250 acts will appear at the festival, which kicks off on January 3rd and runs through to the 12th in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
The 2014 edition will also see a number of parties—including Circo Loco, Music-On, ENTER. and Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream—held twice over the festival’s ten-day duration. We spoke with BPM programmer Craig Pettigrew to find out more about what festival-goers can expect:
In 2014 you will host two editions of select parties. Why did you decide to do this?
We decided that with the overwhelming response to certain parties, it would be a nice addition to add a beach party to complement the night events. This also gives people the chance to go to their favorite events if they can’t come for the full 10 days.
Tell us how you came to select the new labels that will stage showcases this year?
We pay a lot of attention to up-and-coming producers and labels, but we’re also working with established artists and labels this year as well. New to BPM in 2014 are Dynamic, Drumcode, Ovum, BPitch Control, Planet E, Mood, Bromance, Hotflush, Noir Music, Union, French Express and Kraftek, so we’re really excited for some new fresh things for people to enjoy.
You’re entering your seventh year. How has the scene in your neck of the woods changed in that time?
There are definitely changes happening in Playa del Carmen nightlife, with new clubs popping up and some others that are about to get built. I’m really excited to see what happens next year as one of our marquee venues is planning to shut down for a complete remodel—the plans for the new venue are absolutely stunning and will set the tone for clubs in Latin America.
Will you be utilising the same venues in 2014 as in previous years?
We are still using our marquee venues, Blue Parrot, Coco Maya, Mamitas Beach Club and Kool Beach, and we are also adding three new venues this year. For day parties, we’ve added Fusion Beach Club, located right on one of the most beautiful beach areas in Playa Del Carmen—it has a bohemian vibe reminiscent of Ibiza in the early days. For night parties we’ve added Lost, which is a brand new club being built specifically to showcase electronic music all year round in Playa. We’ve also added Tabu, which is an existing club in the same area as Blue Parrot, but it has a more intimate vibe, where we will be showcasing the new Pioneer soundsystem. We really take pride in the sound engineering for all the venues, so we have brought in George Stavro from Sonic Lab Audio to outfit all the venues so they will be consistent sonically and have superior sound for both the fans and the DJs.
Prefuse 73, Nosaj Thing, and FaltyDL Plot North American Tour
Early next year, Prefuse 73 (pictured above), Nosaj Thing, and FaltyDL will embark on a brief North American tour together. Named after Prefuse 73’s recently launched imprint of the same name, the seven-day Yellow Year Tour will find the trio of innovative artists making their way up the West Coast and across to NY, with stops in Denver, Toronto, and Chicago sprinkled in as well. The full list of forthcoming January tour dates are included on the flier above.