• Flume Announces Worldwide Tour & Releases 2xLP Deluxe Edition Vinyl; Shares New Video For “Space Cadet Feat. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut”
• Simian Mobile Disco to Record New Album WhorlLive in Pioneertown
• Maceo Plex, Dixon, Maya Jane Coles and More Headline DJ-Focused APEX Tour
• Download Motions‘ Synth-Soaked Remix of Samo Sound Boy
Flume Announces Worldwide Tour & Releases 2xLP Deluxe Edition Vinyl; Shares New Video For “Space Cadet Feat. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut”
Following the CD and digital-only release of Flume: Deluxe Edition in Fall 2013, Australian super-producer Flume returns with a double LP version of the deluxe, featuring collaborations with Freddie Gibbs, Ghostface Killah, Autre Ne Veut, Killer Mike, Twin Shadow, How To Dress Well, Stalley, and more, available for the first time ever on vinyl. The 2XLP will be in stores on April 15th.
To celebrate its impending release, Flume is sharing the new video for “Space Cadet feat. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut.” Directed by Jim Dirschberger and Jay Howell, who work together on the Nickelodeon cartoon Sanjay and Craig, the video is an intergalactic 3D trip through space. Howell, who also illustrates the FOX cartoon Bob’s Burgers, had never worked with 3D, and here uses the medium to create a mind-bending universe populated by three-headed creatures, planet-consuming emcees, and so much more. The video will also see air time on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim this Saturday, March 22.
The double LP is currently available for pre-order across the globe. The pre-order features the vinyl and a limited-edition t-shirt designed by Howell himself. Fans can pre-order here.
If all this isn’t enough to make your head spin, Flume will march into 2014 with a worldwide tour including stops at Coachella, Lollapalooza in South America, and many more festivals in support of the new double LP. All dates are below.
In the past year, Flume has toured all over the world selling out headline shows in North America, Europe and his native Australia. He’s joined like-minded producers Disclosure on their massive, sold-out national UK tour and headlined Australia’s Big Day Out and Field Day festivals (where he finished with a wild back to back set with Skrillex). On top of that, Flume has won the Triple J award for “Australian Album Of The Year” and four ARIA Awards for “Producer of the Year,” “Best Male,” “Breakthrough Artist,” and “Best Dance Release.” And in November 2013, Flume teamed up with friend and collaborator Chet Faker for the Lockjaw EP, featuring single “Drop The Game” which reached #5 on Triple J’s Hottest 100. Additionally, Flume was named an MTV Artist to Watch earlier this year.
FLUME TOUR DATES:
Sat. March 29 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile
Tue. April 1 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina
Sat. April 5 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brazil
Fri. April 11 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
Mon. April 14 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
Tue. April 15 – Miami, FL @ Grand Central
Wed. April 16 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s East
Thu. April 17 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Fri. April 18 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
Sat. April 19 – Vancouver, BC @ Seasons Festival
Fri. July 18 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Sat. July 19 – Toronto, ON @ Time Festival
Sun. July 20 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
Thu. July 24 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Fri. July 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Tue. July 29 – Boston, MA @ Royale
Wed. July 30 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Fri. Aug. 1 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
Tue. Aug. 5 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
Thu. Aug. 7 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
Thu. Aug. 14 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
Fri. Aug. 15 – Biddinghuizen, AN @ Lowlands
Sat. Aug. 16 – Beaucaire, FR @ Positiv
Sun. Aug. 17 – Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, DE @ Dockville
Wed. Aug. 20 – Nice, FR @ Theatre de Verdure
Thu. Aug. 21 – Charleville, FR @ Cabaret Vert Festival
Fri. Aug. 22 – @ Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
Sat. Aug. 23 – Paris, FR @ Rock en Seine
Sun. Aug. 24 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
Thu. Aug. 28 – Zurich, CH @ Open Air
Simian Mobile Disco to Record New Album WhorlLive in Pioneertown
On April 26, dance duo Simian Mobile Disco have a show at Pappy & Harriets, a saloon in Pioneertown, California near Joshua Tree National Park. There, they’ll perform and record their new album Whorl. Earth will open.
They’ll perform without computers or racks, just one synth and sequencer each. Jas Shaw called it an attempt to “blur the boundaries between studio composition and live performance as much as possible”—they plan to mix, edit, and expand on their live recordings in the studio for the album. In a statement, here’s what they said about performing with limited gear:
“This forces us to commit,” says Jas. “When we record with it, this is the system, and there can be no turning back. When both of us have worked with bands, we’ve always banged on to them about preparing songs before you come into the studio so you can get them done fast and don’t get bogged down in the process once you’re there…” “…And now we’re giving ourselves a taste of our own medicine!” laughs James [Ford].
Here’s their video for “Snake Bile Wine”:
Maceo Plex, Dixon, Maya Jane Coles and More Headline DJ-Focused APEX Tour
There’s an unspoken irony in America’s EDM explosion: many of the most popular DJs are more popular for their work as producers than their DJing. Launching this April, the 10-city APEX tour from Embrace Presents and the Liaison Artists agency aims to reconnect to the roots of dance music by celebrating the art of DJing. Featuring a rotating lineup of underground house and techno stars like Maceo Plex, Dixon, Maya Jane Coles, James Holden, Tale of Us and Justin Martin, APEX promises fluid, unstructured set times offering DJs considerable freedom and fans an opportunity to experience something unique.
“The inspiration for this tour was to build a property that would allow us to showcase cutting-edge artists on a larger medium,” Embrace’s Adam Gill tells Billboard. “There are a lot of exciting artists out there on this tour and we feel like they are ready for a bigger audience.”
“The idea was to showcase another side of electronic music, a side that perhaps has been in the background previously and is really now coming center stage,” says Liaison CEO Andrew Kelsey.
While many of the DJs on the APEX tour are producers as well, fans shouldn’t necessarily expect to hear a given artist’s tracks. This philosophy of DJing stands in contrast to the hit parade performances of big room EDM shows and that, according to Kelsey, is the idea.
“We’re really focusing solely on the music here with an emphasis on DJs and the art of really playing a room,” he explains. “The art of DJing kind of took a backseat in the recent past but is coming back fast. We consider many of those featured on this tour to be some of the best at their craft and it’s our goal to really showcase them.”
The tour’s production, designed by Los Angeles-based visual media house Strangeloop, will be tailor-made for each show with a mixture of projection mapping and larger installations at some venues, bringing an element of high-tech stimulation that are a staple at EDM festivals.
“I think this tour is for adults who like great music and don’t want to be in overpriced bottle service clubs,” says Gill. “EDM draws a younger crowd and I think as the EDM fans get older and explore dance music more, some of them will gravitate to APEX. There is big demand from music fans to see artists in venues that aren’t traditional clubs. People want unique experiences and value for their money and we are going to deliver that.”
Tickets are on sale at apextour.us. Check out the dates and lineups below.
April 12 – Chicago (Lacuna Loft)
Maceo Plex, Dixon
April 19 – Vancouver (Electric Owl)
Thugfucker, DJ Tennis
April 24 – Toronto (Hoxton)
Magda, James Holden
April 25 – Montreal (Telus/Stereo)
Maya Jane Coles, Magda, James Holden
April 26 – Denver (Gothic Theater)
Maya Jane Coles, Magda
May 2 – Brooklyn (Verboten TBA)
Justin Martin, Catz n Dogz, Kill Frenzy, Harvard Bass
May 8 – Seattle (Q)
Justin Martin, Danny Daze
May 9 – Los Angeles (Lot 613)
Tale of Us, Joy Orbison, Blond:ish, Danny Daze, special guest
May 10 – San Francisco (525 Harrison)
Tale of Us, Joy Orbison, Thugfucker, Blond:ish
May 16 – Miami (Treehouse)
Michael Mayer, Danny Daze
Download Motions’ Synth-Soaked Remix of Samo Sound Boy
Today marks the arrival of the latest release from Body High co-owner Samo Sound Boy, the two-track Open/Divine EP, both sides of which we’ve already heard. (Incidentally, the record also happens to be Body High’s first ever vinyl release.) To help celebrate the occasion, London-based DJ/producer Motions (pictured above)—half of the defunct Grown Folk duo, and an artist who we recently introduced to the XLR8R faithful with a free download of his gliding house tune “To the Sea”—has dropped a remix of the a-side cut from Samo Sound Boy’s new 12″. The synth-soaked “Open (Motions Remix)” also comes with another announcement: Motions has been named as the latest artist signed to the growing Body High roster, and will issue his first solo release, the four-track All Gone EP, on digital and vinyl formats in late April. While we wait to hear exactly what that record will bring next month, the remix of Samo Sound Boy’s “Open” single can be streamed and downloaded for free in the player below.