GDD™ Morning Update: Aphex Twin, Eric Prydz, Years & Years


Aphex Twin Reveals Upcoming EP for Warp
Eric Prydz Announces the Pryda ‘Generate’ US Tour
Years & Years top BBC’s Sound of 2015 poll


Aphex Twin Reveals Upcoming EP for Warp

Just four months after Aphex Twin broke his extended silence to release Syro, the pioneering Warp producer has revealed plans to drop a new EP before the month is through. Entitled Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2, the record will contain 13 new Aphex Twin productions (some of which are likely to be rather short efforts, hence the release being deemed an “EP”).

Other than the artwork and tracklist below, Aphex Twin and Warp have not revealed further details or shared any audio from Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2. Still, the record will arrive soon enough, with its official release date set for January 23.

1. diskhat ALL prepared1mixed 13
2. snar2
3. diskhat1
4. piano un1 arpej
6. hat 2b 2012b
7. disk aud1_12
8. 0035 1-Audio
9. disk prep calrec2 barn dance [slo]
11. diskhat2
12. piano un10 it happened
13. hat5c 0001 rec-4

(via XLR8R)


Eric Prydz Announces the Pryda ‘Generate’ US Tour


After headlining Madison Square Garden in October with the groundbreaking EPIC 3.0, Eric Prydz is returning to his club roots to kick-off 2015. The Pryda ‘Generate’ tour will hit 16 clubs in February and March, giving fans a chance to catch Prydz play extended sets in the intimate environs where he started his DJ career.

In truth Prydz is no stranger to intimate club gigs, indeed they remain his venue of choice. The Generate tour will see him giving fans an extended Pryda experience up close and personal.

2015 will see Prydz lay yet more landmark moments in his career, already he’s delivered the debut Essential Mix of 2015, going back-to-back, with his fast rising Pryda protégé Jeremy Olander. The mix showcased the diversity of both artists, with both their darker techno aliases (Cirez D, Dhillon) well represented, plus in typical Prydz fashion, plenty of unidentified new tracks.

Prydz remains one of electronic music’s most singular artists, releasing music under multiple aliases, across multiple genres; from anthemic Eric Prydz records, to genre defining progressing house as Pryda and the dark, stripped back techno of Cirez D. At a time when mainstage artists in dance music seem almost interchangeable, Prydz continues to stand apart.

Tour Dates
2/12 – El Paso, TX – 301
2/13 – Dallas, TX – It’ll Do Club
2/14 – Austin, TX – Vulcan
2/15 – Houston, TX – Stereo Live
2/19 – Denver, CO – Beta
2/20 – St. Louis, MO – Lit Nightclub
2/21 – Detroit, MI – Elektricity
2/22 – Toronto, ON – Coda
2/23 – Chicago, IL – The Mid
2/25 – Columbus, OH – Sway
2/26 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
2/27 – New York, NY – Verboten
2/28 – Montreal, QC – New City Gas
3/12 – San Diego, CA – Bassmnt
3/13 – Los Angeles, CA – Exchange
3/14 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine


Years & Years top BBC’s Sound of 2015 poll


Synth pop trio Years & Years have been named the winners of the prestigious BBC Music Sound Of 2015. Last year, the same award helped launch the career of the million selling, Grammy award nominated Sam Smith.

The prize, which is voted for by music industry tastemakers, aims to judge the artist most likely to succeed over the next 12 months. Years & Years won after having established a fanbase through their self-made videos and a support slot on Smith’s sold out 2014 tour.

“It’s pretty overwhelming,” said frontman Olly Alexander, who is joined in the band by bassist Mikey Goldsworthy and keyboard player Emre Turkmen. “It’s a mixture of emotions – mainly so grateful and happy that we’ve got this recognition, but also quite terrified of crashing and burning!”

He added: “We’ve all been doing our own thing for long enough now, so we’re not going to let this disrupt us.”

From a longlist of 15 acts, BRITs Critics’ Choice winner James Bay came in second, followed by grime star Stormzy, Atlanta singer-songwriter Raury and spoken word artist George The Poet.

While the award aims to champion musicians during the early stages of their career, Years & Years have been making music since 2009, releasing a string of singles through independent electronic label Kitsuné before signing to Polydor in 2014. 

“We’ve taken a lot of time to discover stuff and make mistakes and learn about the music we want to make,” said Alexander. “We’ve always done everything ourselves – the music, the videos – so it feels like we know who we are now. That’s done us alright so far, so our plan is to keep the blinkers on and keep doing that.”

In addition to Alexander’s ambitions as a musician, his CV also consists of a string of acting credits including a part in Channel 4 teen drama Skins and roles in films Enter the Void, The Riot Club and Gullivers’ Travels.

George Ergatoudis, Head of Music for BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, said the band “fully deserve” to top the poll. He added: “Lead singer Olly Alexander is blessed with a distinctive, intoxicating voice that works beautifully with the band’s emotive, electropop production.”

Although Years & Years’ music mirrors the current trend for 90s R&B and pop house, it’s rare for the award to favour a group over solo artists. Past winners include Adele, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J.

“It’s probably not a good idea to spend too much time thinking whether we will have the same success as those artists, or comparing ourselves to them,” said Alexander. “It’s better to keep your head down and try and focus on making the best music you can.”

The band are currently working on their debut album, expected this year, but are primarily focussed on their forthcoming live dates. This February they embark on a UK tour which completely sold out three months in advance and includes two nights at London’s Heaven.

(via The Guardian)