• Dim Mak producer Sonic C has died
• New LA residencies for Pete Tong and Justin Martin
• Watch Mount Kimbie play ‘Home Recording’
Dim Mak producer Sonic C has died
It’s with great sadness we must report that Dim Mak-signed producer Sonic C has died overnight in Miami. The 21-year-old producer, real name Anthony Rodriguez, was killed in a car accident at around 2am EST this morning in his Florida hometown.
Rodriguez first rose to fame with his track Stickin, released via Laidback Luke’s label Mixmash in 2009 when he was just 17. As reported by Stoneyroads, the Dim Mak-signee had dropped the track Shake together with Gina Turner (under the alias Tony Colorado) only two weeks ago. Throughout his career, Rodriguez had worked with Steve Aoki, Autoerotique, Max Vangeli, Digital Lab and more, releasing his Hades EP on Dim Mak last year and touring Australia in 2010 with Winter Sound System. Rodriguez’s representatives are yet to confirm his death, but a number of dance music names – from Laidback Luke to Dillon Francis – have taken to Twitter to express their sadness at the news. RIP, Sonic C.
New LA residencies for Pete Tong and Justin Martin
The American West Coast is continuing to put itself firmly on the dance music map with new residencies announced this week from Pete Tong and Justin Martin, both stationed in Los Angeles.
Tong has revealed plans for a monthly residency at the one of the city’s renowned nightclubs, Sound located in Hollywood. Once a month on a Friday the British DJ and a special guest will bring his All Gone Pete Tong residency to Sound. All Gone Pete Tong kicks off with Benoit + Sergio on January 24, and is joined by Lee Foss and his Modern Amusement party on February 14.
Dirtybird crew member Justin Martin (pictured) will kick off his bi-monthly residency at LA’s downtown club Exchange on February 15. Martin wrote via his Facebook page that he will be joined by Catz ‘N Dogz and Danny Daze for opening night.
Watch Mount Kimbie play ‘Home Recording’
Dominic Maker and Kai Campos met at Southbank University in London where they started making music together at a home studio in Peckham. Arguably responsible for the term post-dubstep, the duo released their highly praised debut album Crooks & Lovers in 2010 as well as their 2013 record Cold Spring Fault Less Youth. The Guardian described the pair as ‘leading an exploratory breakaway from bass-heavy dubstep towards a lighter, hazier style of electronica rich with drowsy ambience and chopped-up found sounds.’ Wrestling with the complexities of living in London, the guys embrace their surroundings; ‘With all the good stuff that comes with being in a big city, there are also things that aren’t so nice about it. I think it’s only right that the art that comes out is trying to have a conversation with that in some way.’ Our South London session of Home Recording, shot on a rooftop high above their corner of the Capital, is an upbeat performance combining the calming vocals of Campos with the dynamics of an electronic organ and subtle beat of the drums. Tune in and drift away.