Le Castle Vania has never really taken any prisoners. In a musical landscape where the winds of change knock over the faint of heart or blow them into a field they cannot grow in, Le Castle Vania remains a steadfast entity who is remarkably true to his roots and more powerful than ever before.
The Prophication EP, out now on mau5trap, is a long time coming for the LA-based producer, and in a tongue-in-cheek naming of the title, is an indicator to an even bigger, badder release. It’s an immense piece of work; the four tracks each contain an explosive amount of sound engineering and layers, from live strings (done with the help of 300’s composer Tyler Bates) to rumbling bass lines.
You can read more about the EP after the jump:
Those who heard the sophomore album from supergroup Moderat (Modeskeletor + Apparat) aptly titled, “II,” knew where to be on the evening of August 29th. Club Nokia welcomed Moderat and devotees for a very tasteful affair that brought live instruments in order to recreate the atmospheric album. The intimate experience was nothing short of transcendent. Continue Reading
Kastle, the HMIC of one of GDD’s favorite labels Symbols Recordings & pusher of all good aural sounds and producers, hit me up a few weeks ago with the preview for Lindsay Lowend‘s new EP saying he ‘had a prodigy on his hands’. I think he was right.
LA collective Wedidit (known perhaps best for their work with acts like Shlohmo, RL Grime, and visual artist Sus Boy) have just released a dual-sided EP from new artists to their roster: C.Z. and Arnold. “Das Why” is C.Z.’s track, what I happily am going to dub as “evil runway” thanks to a very amusing Soundcloud comment thread. Tamed horns, repetitive vocaling, squeaks and drips, and the tiniest tinge of 808 cowbell, “Das Why” is dark but still relatively charming, a novel combination that WEDIDIT has made its name in. The other half of the EP, Arthur’s “Plus and Minus” is much more atmospheric, with pitched-up melodic vocals, piano chords, and little additions of triplet-snares. Though the two tracks contain similar elements (cut-up repetitive vocals, toned-down base elements (horns, piano), and little sound trinkets) and thus work well together, they’re very aesthetically different.
Accompanying the release is a music video for the tracks, designed by none-other than WEDIDIT’s own Sus Boy. Sus Boy, however mysterious of an entity he presents himself to be, has been making serious waves in the world of the internet this year, doing everything from designing EP covers to websites to tour visuals to music videos, each time with an perspective that is oft-imitated but somehow all his own.
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As festivals sprawl up all over the U.S. and inundate the already heavily commercialized electronic industry, USC Events and LiveNation have put together a massive electronic music festival out in the secluded Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington. Returning for its second year bigger and better than ever, Paradiso has been upgraded to a two-day, overnight camping experience that combines the likes of Coachella and EDC. Portlanders and Seattleites composed the majority of the audience this year but patrons from far and wide made their way to what was one of the larger electronic lineup’s I’ve seen in my 20+ years living in the Northwest. Held at the same venue the venerable Sasquatch Music Festival calls home, Paradiso threw the largest party the Columbia River Gorge has seen in it’s 12-17 million year old existence, and narrated it with some of the biggest names in the industry. Continue Reading
It’s been a very, very good year for the skinny-white-boy producers of the world. At the top of the pile shines one in particular: RL Grime (who is currently on tour with a bunch of other skinny white dudes. Brilliant.) Henry Steinway won our artist of the year in our 2012 recap and, judging by the past seven months since then, is on a warpath to take the title once again at the end of 2013. His latest EP High Beams, out today on Fool’s Gold, was a long awaited package from the wunderkid and is a bonafide selection of club weapons at their most volatile.
Read the review & purchase/stream the EP after the jump.
Since the inception of our site over four years ago, UK producer Foamo has maintained a spot atop our list of favorites due to his steadily maturing sound. He’s set to release a banging new EP that comes out next week on the 17th backed by the Rinse camp. The title track Release Me will surely be doing the rounds in clubs this summer due to the knocking bass and silky vocals of Lotti. Clearly drawing from his recent work on his Gorgon City project, the future of dance music looks bright with artists like Foamo pushing the envelope and blurring the boundaries of genres.
Last night, for the very first time, Disco legend and arguably the father of modern dance music, Giorgio Moroder, performed at the Output club in Brooklyn for the Red Bull Music Academy. Best known for his work with Donna Summer, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Daft Punk and scores for Scarface and Flashdance, Moroder drew hundreds out to BK for this landmark performance…and we were one of the lucky few who got to witness it first hand!
Out now is the latest from Le Castle Vania’s label Always Never Records, an amazing and multi-faceted six track EP from Miami based producers SLDGHMR. I’m really impressed – there’s not a whole lot of young American producers that have finesse and versatility in delivering an EP that progresses from barreling techno to indie/nu-disco type stylings whilst maintaining a sound true to their artistry.
This month Kastle has been on his first ever live tour to support his recent album of the same name, out on Symbols a few weeks ago. I was so excited to see what he could bring to the live sphere that I just had to get in on the action at 285 Kent last friday! Check what I though after the jump!