• Burial reveals himself to fans and says thanks
• Duck Sauce Channel Eighties and Classic Hip-Hop for Debut LP ‘Quack’
• Adam Beyer journeys round North America
• Preview South London Ordnance‘s Upcoming 12″
Burial reveals himself to fans and says thanks
Burial has posted a message to his fans via the Hyperdub website and has also attached a photo of himself.
The famously anonymous producer writes: “Massive thank you anyone who got my records and all producers, DJs, radio stations, labels, shops, writers and journalists… anyone who played my tunes, gave them a listen, or helped me out with it, made me want to keep going with it.
“Also shout out anyone who sent me tunes, messages, anyone I met along the way and a big shout out to anyone who supports or does independent and underground music.”
He says new music is on the way as well as some old tracks he’s going to unearth and also bigs up his label, Hyperdub, which turns 10 this year.
It’s perhaps to coincide with that anniversary that he’s chosen to publicly address his fanbase. Or it could be the mounting speculation surrounding his identity, which James Blake recently joked about on BBC Radio 1 and which has also been the source of numerous internet-based rumours, one of which is that Burial is actually Four Tet.
Anyhow, his message is a little heart warmer and the selfie that he’s posted is an update on that super old, hoody image that’s nailed to Google Images.
Duck Sauce Channel Eighties and Classic Hip-Hop for Debut LP ‘Quack’
Duck Sauce, the duo of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, are readying the release of their debut LP Quack. It’s a collection of 12 songs meshed with skits, prank phone calls, radio promos and nods to hip-hop classics. “As a dance act, people expect us to make singles,” A-Trak tells Rolling Stone. “We thought it would be cool to make an album, with a listening experience front to back; [a] very visual kind of album.”
The two bonded over their love for hip-hop, Eighties music videos and Phil Collins and those influences form the base for Quack. ”Duck Sauce might be house music, but we don’t listen to house music at home, we listen to a lot of older stuff,” says A-Trak, citing the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique and Prince Paul as common inspirations. Van Helden’s record is also a major source for the album, with A-Trak describing it as a “gold mine.”
For example, “Ring Me” funks up A La Carte’s “Ring Me, Honey” with their take on the female trio’s disco tune and “Everyone” is a synth-heavy, feel-good thumper that features A-Trak’s brother Dave 1 of Chromeo on vocals. Another stand-out, “Spandex,” draws inspiration from Dutch synth-pop band Time Bandit’s “Live It Up,” blending the track with a Duck Sauce house groove. “There is logic in it, but mostly illogic,” Van Helden says.
Over the last four years, Duck Sauce has excelled at making infectious viral videos for songs like “Barbra Streisand and “Big Bad Wolf” – Quack retains the duo’s warped sense of humor that makes their visuals a hit. “I think we figured out early on that when we really have fun in the studio, when we laugh at our own music, that is usually when something good happens.”
“What’s cool with this album also is it’s a treasure trove of materials that we can have fun with,” A-Trak continues. “With our videos we never approach them literally, it’s always this blank canvas; dance music is repetitive, and not very deep, so when we make a video it is just a pre-text to make a piece of art that has a certain soundscape.”
Quack is due out this spring on Fools Gold.
(via Rolling Stone)
Adam Beyer journeys round North America
Adam Beyer has announced details of an extended tour of North America, taking in 11 shows in two months.
The Swedish techno doyen has already set off on his travels, kickstarting the tour at Pacha NYC on January 18th. Next up is an appearance at Rumour in Philadelphia on Friday, January 31st, followed by Story Miami on February 1st. Beyer then heads to Austin on the 7th, before crossing the border for shows in Montreal (February 8th), Vancouver (February 28th) and Toronto (March 1st). The remainder of March will see the Drumcode chief play the U Street Music Hall in Washington D.C. on the 7th,Norad in Colorado on the 8th and Output in New York on the 15th, where he will spin an extended set. Beyer will round out the tour with a return to Miami, playing Space on Saturday, March 30th.
Tickets to selected Adam Beyer shows in North America are available here on RA.
Jan 31 Adam Beyer, Rumor, Pennsylvania
Feb 01 Adam Beyer at Story by Link Miami .., Story Miami, Florida
Feb 07 Adam Beyer, Kingdom Nightclub, Texas
Feb 08 Igloofest – Drumcode, Jacques-Cartier Quay, Montreal
Feb 28 Adam Beyer: North Ame.., Celebrities Night Club, Vancouver
Mar 01 Coda: Drumcode Night with Adam Beyer xx-T.., Coda, Toronto
Mar 07 Red Fridays presents.., U Street Music Hall, Washington DC
Mar 08 Adam Beyer: North America tou.., Norad Dance Bar, Colorado
Mar 15 Adam Beyer, Output, New York
Mar 30 Adam Beyer: North America tour, Space, Florida
Preview South London Ordnance’s Upcoming 12″
After launching the Aery Metals imprint last year with the He Do the Police in Different Voices EP, rising producer South London Ordnance has announced plans to return to his own label with a new 12″ in March. ”Dead Cell” b/w “Portal II (Girl Talks About Acid)” is intended as the first in a series of singles planned to drop via the label throughout the year from “myself and three new artists I’ve been working closely with recently,” South London Ordnance told us via email. Before the single arrives on March 3 in both digital and vinyl formats, previews of each new tune from the UK artist can be streamed below.