Electric Zoo is only days away and we are bringing you a 3 part series to highlight our top picks for your best festival experience! With amazing artists from Skream, Claude VonStroke, Dog Blood, Four Tet, Brodinski and so many more..check out our top picks for Friday below!
• Claude VonStroke to return with third album, Urban Animal
• Four Tet announces next album, Beautiful Rewind
• Gaslamp Killer’s near death experience: “I can’t drink or do drugs ever again”
• Preview FaltyDL‘s Upcoming Single for Swamp81
• Porter Robinson‘s gig gone wrong: “The police are not on your side”
• Four Tet’s “Pyramid” remixed by Atoms for Peace
• House veteran MK intends to release his first solo album this year
• Purity Ring added to the Lightning in a Bottle Lineup
It would appear Kieran Hebden has been pretty busy recently conjuring up two massive dance records at the same time, for two separate projects. First, JT gets a Four Tet makeover for his omnipresent “Suit & Tie” record. Its use of the vocal stems makes it one of the more original interpretations and features some tech house to compliment a very minimalistic acapella version of the record. Also included in this post is Four Tet‘s contribution to the Nonplus Records compilation release titled, “Four These Times.” Boddikah, Joy Orbison, and Lowtec comprise of the other talent featured on the “Think and Change” project. The bass in Four Tet’s record finds its groove right away and features a simple vocal sample repeating one line over and over at changing frequencies. The percussion in it has his fans admiring a sound more reminiscent of his earlier works — an impressive feat considering how different these two productions are.
• Four Tet releases free album
• Kavinsky set to drop debut album in February
• Joy Orbison makes a trip to North America
• Hot Natured give away track and sign to Pete Tong’s label
• Sonar 2013 announces a batch of new acts, including Karenn, Nicolas Jaar and Gold Panda
• Pete Tong announces new All Gone mix CD and Tour
• Chaos, Hospitalizations, Helicopter Mar ‘Haunted Coliseum‘ Rave In New York
• Pacha takes up Sydney residency
• Listen to Jamie xx‘s Remix of Four Tet
• Stream Lindstrøm’s ‘Smalhans’ LP
Last night we were tuned in to the Radiohead takeover of Boiler Room at Corsica Studios in London. Fantastic sets all night, but I was most impressed with Dan Snaith aka Caribou, whose track selection throughout his set with Jamie XX was utterly brilliant.
This year, Caribou’s been releasing quite a bit of material under his Daphni alias, the most recent of which came in the form of the Ne Noya EP, which dropped last week on Snaith’s own Jiaolong imprint. The three-track, vinyl only release, features an edit and 2 Daphni originals, and it’s the B-side ‘Yes, I Know’ that really stands out – a ballsy slowburner that combines acid with soul:
This weekend we were at the legendary Sonar Festival in one of our favorite European cities, Barcelona. Founded 18 years ago, Sonar was the first ever daytime contemporary music festival in a European city and despite its renowned status, it’s avoided slipping into mainstream territory by continuing to showcase fresh talent.
Taking place across three days and two nights, the first thing that struck us was Sonar’s ability to coordinate such a multitude of electronic acts, hosted at two very different settings without overstepping the vibe at each spot. The 12 til 9 daytime event is a super chilled affair taking place at Barcelona’s beautiful cultural centre, just a stones throw from the Ramblas. By contrast, the 10pm til 7am night event was a rager at Fira Gran Via, a convention centre on the outskirts west of the city. While we’d love to cover every highlight from the weekend, there were just too many great moments, so instead we’ll bring you a varied shortlist of what made us tick: