This month our friends at Solé Bicycles have partnered up with our pals over at Thump, the killer new electronic music and culture channel from VICE, to bring us a truly special fixtape. The godfather of funk, the french king of disco, the Ed Banger legend himself, Breakbot laid down close to 40 minutes of slow burning grooves. Although this tape is timeless, we highly urge you to throw it on now.
Our friends at HARD are putting on one hell of a stage this August at HARD Summer here in Los Angeles — celebrating a decade of music from the lauded Ed Banger family with performances from Justice, Busy P, Breakbot, Feadz, Mr. Oizo, So Me, and more for the only US performance of the 10 Year Anniversary World Tour. WOW.
• Watch Daft Punk’s album advert, featuring new music from the duo
• Tiesto confirms Las Vegas Residency
• Listen to sets from Ed Banger‘s 10th birthday
• Stream ‘Slasherr’, Rustie’s first single since breakthrough album Glass Swords
A couple of weeks ago, clips of Justice‘s new tune ‘Civilization’ went viral via the worldwide Adidas commercials. Only in the last few days however, has the tune been unveiled in full without the crowd noise and the visuals of Lionel Messi killing it. Striking while the iron’s hot, GDD™ homies ZEDEX have just sent over their banging, DJ-friendly rendition of the new Justice track. That’s yours to download in full 320, and you can stream the original which drops April 4th on Ed Banger:
He’s baaaaaack. Flat Beater and Ed Banger honcho Mr. Oizowill be making a triumphant return to CONTROL this Friday, most likely looking fly as ever with his bushy beard and tucked-in striped shirt into jeans. At his last Avalon appearance, when asked what he’d like for his hospitality rider, Quentin said in a majestically pompous tone, “I only drink champagne.” Now, if that doesn’t make you want to party with him, why not throw the well-endowed Motley Crue rockstar, Tommy Lee, into the mix. And then just for good measure, let’s get Simma Records boss Will Bailey in there for some serious poundage. Yes. Say yes.
Please RSVP names to JONAH@GOTTADANCEDIRTY.COM to be on our discount ticket guestlist for the evening. All names must be submitted before 5:30PM on Friday night.
Feadz is a guy we’ve heard little from in 2010, so I was pretty surprised to hear his new EP which dropped last week on Ed Banger. Featuring big name collabs with Nightslugger L-Vis 1990, and Boys Noize, The T.U.F.F. is a versatile eight track that sees Feadz return to form. His track ‘We Got Them’ is a dope UK funky infused techno track, well worth a look, it defies all of your regular genre boundaries, and really guns for something new. Contrast on the EP is pretty vast, ranging from the frantic disco-lines of ‘Sunny View’, to banging techno tunes like ‘Dial a Tool’ and ‘Place des TUFF’.
Big fan of this EP and well worth purchasing in full on Beatport. In the meantime, check out the following:
After a manic weekend filled with music fueled debauchery in the desert, I’m finally coherent enough to tell the tale of how it all unfolded at Coachella…
Friday – Day 1
AfterLe Castle Vania and12th Planetsmashed up the camping grounds from Thursday night into the we hours of Friday morning, the ball was set rolling for three days of tunage. Finally gracing Indio with his hotly anticipated live set, MuscoviteThe Proxyleft the Sahara Tent in tatters mid-afternoon as he threw down one of the heaviest sets I’ve seen all year, highlights included ‘Raven’ and of course a rendition of the jam hot ‘8000’. Angelenos, if you missed his set at Coachella, don’t fret; he’s just been added to theHard Summerbill. Get your mits on passes to thathere
I can’t help thinking that festival organizers got more than they bargained for in booking The Proxy, because he threw down the heaviest set during one of the earliest slots of the day. In my opinion I think he should’ve been playing a lot later, and not the set before a chilled disco-house duo like Aeroplane, who changed the vibe massively with another awesome set. I like to think that by this point, the bar was being raised at a prolific rate, Wolfgang Gartnerhammered out an intense set dominated by heavier dutch house, and a little later Erol Alkantook to the stage as the Sahara Tent was reaching fever pitch. Track of the day for me, was during Erol’s set with his manic drop of ‘Lemonade’.
With everyone throwing down super heavy on Friday afternoon, the ‘Mau5 failed to disappoint, creating the most intense visual experience I’ve ever seen. Evidently three years after the Alive 2007 tour, it’s easy to draw comparisons between Deadmau5 and Daft Punk: the helmet thing that both acts have going on is the most obvious similarity, also the fact that the Mau5 was set up on an lcd plinth in the shape of a large chunk of cheese that someone’s had a nibble at. Daft Punk’s pyramid anyone?! But time and technology has allowed Deadmau5 to up the ante, as he showcased his new robomau5 helmet composed of led lights, making him the centerpiece of surrounding visuals which appeared to engulf him.
The trippiest moment of the set came when the led lights formed the mau5 face for the first time on the plain grey helmet, during ‘Sometimes Things Get, Whatever’. With each lyric mouthed on the helmet, the face twitched, then melted. For a better idea, I highly recommend you check YouTube, cos this visual spectacle was off the scale. I now can’t wait to see what Daft Punk will bring to the table with their next tour, I’ve a feeling it’s going to be mind-blowing.
Saturday – Day 2
Day 2 was off to a flier with Bassnectar, another heavy act on early. “All your bass belong to Bassnectar” ringing pretty true as his hectic dubstep launched an assault on the Sahara tent. He appears like the maddest geezer on the planet, with long hair flailing around as he dances, head bobbing wildly behind the 1s and 2s. One things for cert, and we like him because of it: This guy can definitely dance dirty. Probably the best set I heard on Saturday, he ended with this:
followed by a track which he told us he’d received back from mastering less than an hour before his set – so Fresshhhh. But seriously, Bassnectar throws down the sickest dubstep, I can’t recommend his shows highly enough – check it.
Playing the smaller Mojave Tent, Major Lazer packed the place out, Dave Switch and Diplolooking boss; taking to the stage in tuxedos, maybe a bad idea as temperatures soared to about 90 degrees in there. Heat aside, Major Lazer killed it with their set, which included everything from dutch house, to dancehall, as well as Ace of Base throwback classic ‘All That She Wants’ and this:
2manyDJs closed out the Sahara Tent on the Saturday night, blitzing a 50 minute set Radio Soulwax style. Each track that dropped brought with it visuals of the track’s corresponding album cover which had been doctored: jaws yawning, eyes rolling and body parts tweaking out. Highlights included ‘Mustapha Dance’, a Soulwax remix of The Clash ‘Rock The Casbah’ and the Soulwax remix of Chemical Brothers‘ ‘Hey Boy, Hey Girl’.
Sunday – Day 3
Rusko‘s sound has changed a lot in the last six months since he moved out to California, and this really lends itself to the vibe everyone was feeling by Sunday. Combining super heavy with mellow dub, Rusko played a mixed bag of classics such as ‘Jehova’, alongside brand new dubplates and material from his forthcoming record which drops in May on MadDecent. Back in the UK I was lucky enough to see Rusko playing to a packed out crowd on a regular basis, but now Stateside, he’s truly getting the appreciation he deserves, and has been more or less adopted by LA and the West-Coast crowd.
One particularly sick drop that stood out during his set was this:
The Sunday set I was really psyched about seeing was Club 75, the five piece Ed Banger supergroup consisting of Busy P, DJ Mehdi, Xavier De Rosnay from Justice, and Zdar and Boombass from Cassius. As a spectacle these guys threw down a killer set: 4 cdjs, 2 mixers, a laptop and an mpd was the setup, so with all five pitching in at the same time, it was kind of expected to get the occasional clang, but they made up for it in their track selection, throwing down a 90 minute set of (Ed) Bangers. Unsurprisingly, these guys can throw one hell of a party!!
SweetFA’s overall picks…
Heaviest Act = A dead heat between The Proxy and Bassnectar