GDD™ Morning Update: Ultra Music Festival, John Digweed, Deadboy, Night Slugs/Fade To Mind


• Miami Commission: Ultra stays in downtown Miami
John Digweed compiles marathon 37-track set on ‘Live In Miami’
Deadboy Streams Full Upcoming ‘Return’ EP for Numbers
• Watch ‘Icy Lake,’ the New Short Film from Night Slugs and Fade to Mind

Miami Commission: Ultra stays in downtown Miami

The Miami City Commission voted Thursday to keep the Ultra Music Festival downtown, but not before one commissioner — intent on ousting the festival —showed photos and a video that he said depict in graphic detail why the electronic dance music festival gives Miami a bad name.

Commissioner Marc Sarnoff played a video of a woman, purportedly a festival-goer, gyrating and kissing a palm tree trunk. He displayed other, sometimes blurry photos that he said were from previous Ultra festivals. One showed a partly clothed woman with another woman snorting a white powder. A different photo showed a woman hiking up her skirt while standing over what looks like an unconscious man.

He has said the raunchy depictions, which he presented from the City Commission dais, were pulled from YouTube and blogs.

“This is not a good thing for downtown,” he said.

Sarnoff and Mayor Tomás Regalado have opposed hosting future Ultra festivals in downtown Miami citing quality-of-life issues for area residents and safety concerns. This year, on Ultra’s opening night in March, a security guard was critically injured when gate crashers pushed their through a chain-link fence, running over her.

“Residents complain they are prisoners in their homes for three days,” said Regalado. When residents go out, he said, they are harassed “by young people who want to be friendly in excess.”

But the rest of the commission largely backed the three-day electronic dance music festival, saying Ultra is a major economic driver for the region and provides positive exposure for Miami, worldwide, despite some negative incidents.

Commissioner Francis Suarez compared the festival, which draws more than 160,000 attendees, to Art Basel and the Miami International Boat Show.

“It really does put Miami on the map,” Suarez said.

Commissioner Keon Hardemon said he believed the photos and videos that Sarnoff displayed — including one that Hardemon said showed a sex act between two women — represented isolated incidents, including the woman-and-tree video.

“There are people who have had sex with worse things than trees,” he said.

He said residents who live in downtown Miami expect to be part of city life, including the concerts and events at nearby venues.

“I’ve never met a person who moved to downtown for peace and quiet,” he said.

The commission’s 4-1 vote to keep Ultra in the city’s downtown — Sarnoff voted “no” — comes with conditions.

At Ultra 2015, organizers will be required to set up mental health and drug stations operated by health professionals, an effort to address commissioners’ concerns that some concert-goers are on drugs. And Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said his officers work to root out drug dealers at Ultra.

“We are not after the casual person smoking a joint or popping a molly. We go after the person with a bag with an intent to sell,” he said.

Organizers will install two layers of more-secure “G8” fencing to deter gate crashers after the injuries suffered at this year’s festival by 28-year old security guard Ericka Mack. Ultra will be required to hire additional Miami police officers and only police officers will be allowed to patrol the perimeter where gate crashers have been known to fling themselves over the barriers.

Mack, whose injuries included a broken leg and fractured skull, is at home recovering after spending weeks at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Brian May, Ultra’s lobbyist, blamed Mack’s injuries on the dozens of people who stormed the fence, calling them criminals. He said Ultra’s organizers are continuing to review their security plans to look for any other potential problems. Ultra hired outgoing Miami Beach Police Chief Ray Martinez as its security director. He’ll work with the city to develop a revamped security plan for Ultra 2015.

“Ultra does not take the safety and its security as a second-tier priority,” May said.

Proposals by some Ultra supporters and Sarnoff to require attendees to be at least 18 years old were not discussed. Ultra is marketed as an all-ages affair.

May, who showed the commissioners footage of an Ultra segment taped in Miami for a Japanese talk show, said the festival adds to Miami’s image as a world-class city.

“To lose [Ultra] would be something that is damaging to the Miami brand in the future,” May said.

Russell Faibisch, Ultra’s founder, attended Thursday’s meeting but did not address the commission. Afterward, he released a statement saying he was “pleased” with the commission’s decision.

“We are also extremely happy for our fans from around the world who love coming to Miami to be part of Ultra,” the statement said. “The setting for the event in downtown Miami is part of what makes the event magical.”
(via Miami Herald)


John Digweed compiles marathon 37-track set on ‘Live In Miami’


For John Digweed fans, the maestro’s Live In… series needs no introduction. Digweed’s lauded tour through the dancefloors of dark clubs started in 2012 with the Live in Cordoba release, followed by recorded sets from London, Slovenia and Argentina. Now, we’re up to chapter five, and the honours have gone to Miami.

Live In Miami… will be released on May 26 through Bedrock Records, team Digweed has today announced. Recorded at Vagabond Nightclub in Downtown Miami during this year’s Miami Music Week, the latest instalment in the legendary mix series promises 37 tracks and nearly four hours of music, spanning more than two decades. Everything from Secret Knowledge’s 1992 gem Sugar Daddy up to tunes from jozif, Hot Since 82, Laurent Garnier and Psychemagik feature. Check out the full tracklist below.

“I can honestly say that some of my best clubbing nights have taken place in this intimate, magical room,” Digweed said in a statement. “Tucked away off the beaten path in Downtown Miami, The Vagabond truly is one of Miami’s best-kept secrets. I really believe this Live album captures the electric and eclectic vibe of the Bedrock / Creations annual event, with tracks reaching back to the early 90`s right up to the latest forward-thinking releases”


Bassel – Ambience A
Tim Green Feat. Hayley Hutchinson – Helpless Sun
August Jakobsen & Jacob Husley – Blue – Roman Flügel Remix
jozif – Standard Rising – Francesca Lombardo Remix
Fur Coat – Together
Douglas Greed – Summerless – Tuff City Kids Remix
Cesare Vs Disorder & Dave Vega – Mindless
Cesare Vs Disorder & Dave Vega – Worldwide
Safety Scissors – Gemini – Split Secs Remix
Daniel Bortz – The Misery Feat. Nils Corssen – Nu and Pauli vs Acid Remix
Psychemagik – Black Noir Schwarz Feat. Renegade – Extended Play Remix
TG – Rhythm Acupuncture – Martin Buttrich Remix
Robert Babicz – Ange Solitaire – Lutzenkirchen Dub Mix

Joy Wellboy – Before The Sunrise – Dixon Remix
Daniel Bortz – Pictures – Tuff City Kids Remix
Fur Coat – There’s No Time
Hot Since 82 – Don’t Touch The Alarm – Booka Shade Remix
Ferreck Dawn – Mine
Nathan Cable – Get Up
Jamie Stevens – Tribe of The Disco Kings – King Unique Remix
Philip Bader – The Vibe
Lee Van Dowski & Dean Demanuele – Geroldstrasse 5
Harvey McKay – Phone Freaker
Harvey McKay – Welshy Arms – Gatzigristos’ Celtic Relic
Humano – Life
Defex & Frederico Grazzini – Syrens

Safety Scissors – Gemini – System of Survival Remix
August Jakobsen & Jacob Husley – Blue – Minilogue Remix
Robert Dietz – Anger Management
Secret Knowledge – Sugar Daddy
Kaiserdisco – Devon – Just Be Remix
Nicole – A Small Entrance To A Large Spectrum
Laurent Garnier – Acid Eiffel
Philip Bader – Back
Lee Van Dowski & Dean Demanuele – Branding You Damned Feat. Cari Golden
Radio Slave – My Bleep – Roman Flügel Remix
Gregor Tresher & Petar Dundov – Flux

(via inthemix)


Deadboy Streams Full Upcoming ‘Return’ EP for Numbers

Earlier this month, Deadboy revealed plans to return to the excellent Numbers imprint with a new EP, sharing a slow-paced video for the record’s beatless title track. Now, with the London producer’s Return EP set to drop next week, a full stream of the upcoming effort has surfaced.

As it turns out, the four-track record is not an entirely ambient affair, as the densely rich “Return” gives way to three club-minded tracks more aligned with Deadboy’s established catalog—”Des Niles” leans towards the disco side of glowing house, “YHVH” presents sharp chords and glitched vocals alongside streaking UKG rhythms, and the closing “Life Code” dips into topical half-time. Set to officially drop on April 28, Deadboy’s full Return EP can be streamed above.

(via XLR8R)


Watch ‘Icy Lake,’ the New Short Film from Night Slugs and Fade to Mind

Sister labels Night Slugs and Fade to Mind obviously maintain a very close relationship, but the two imprints took their relationship a step further this month by teaming up for a joint release. Oddly enough, the record is a sort of reissue, one based around an eerie house cut called “Icy Lake.” Originally released in 1998 by NYC duo Dat Oven, the track has now been reanimated and fleshed out with remixes from the likes of L-Vis 1990 (pictured above), Total Freedom, and DJ Rashad & NA (of Nguzunguzu). However, the team effort hasn’t stopped there, as the two labels have also joined forces to create a short film, Icy Lake, which is described as “[exploring] the mystery behind Dat Oven’s suicidally hot ‘Icy Lake’ track while connecting the dots between tribal house, vogue, grime, and the future.” Directed by Wills Glasspiegel, Icy Lake traces a unique strain of dance music history, and includes an interesting peek into what drives the Night Slugs/Fade to Mind vision today. Following weeks of anticipation, the film premiered this morning on Thump, and can be viewed in the player above.

(via XLR8R)