As the weather inches closer to summer, disco dictator & good times engineer, Tropicool, has finely crafted yet another mixtape certain to tickle your sweetest loins from the inside out. The funk phenomenon and sun-kissed feel-good tunes aren’t going anywhere fast, because summer is always somewhere. Grab your frostiest mug and fill it up with the golden gooch. The Myrts are waiting.
Early last week, Melbourne rock troupe Teenage Mothers branded M83 ‘the meanest band in the galaxy’ for unceremoniously dropping them as support act. As their story went, M83 frontman Anthony Gonzalez had a problem with Teenage Mothers frontman James ‘JK’ Kennedy doing bulbs onstage and almost setting fire to a speaker. This afternoon in an interview with triple j’s The Doctor, and picked up by Mess + Noise, Gonzalez was straight-up about the bizarre situation.
It should be fairly well-known now that electronic music pioneer, Moby, is one of our collective all-time favorite artists. He’s been making beats and breaking molds for decades, and his ongoing relevancy is a testament to how innovative his productions truly are. On that note, the hairless wonder released a masterful single titled ‘After’ this past fall, collecting an impressive remix roster including Tommy Trash and Tim Mason, amongst others. Now, there seems to be a surplus of good remixes that couldn’t fit on the EP, including this dichotomously heavy/light take by M83 collaborator and Mellowdrone frontman, Jonathan Bates; producing under the side project, Big Black Delta. Have a listen and check out our interview with Moby at Electric Zoo here!
It’s the day before Thanksgiving and things are looking great as we enter into the holiday season. I have a new trailer for Porter Robinson’s mini-documentary, info on Magnetic Man’s next album, Aus music invading Fabric, M83 on Fallon, and the Mixmag drugs survey, all conveniently packed into today’s GDD™ Morning Update. Please enjoy after the jump.
Last Wednesday GDD™ sent our first lady correspondent out into the field to cover one of the hottest acts in Electronic music. So here she is, directly from KYPN in Asheville, North Carolina, Miss Deirdre Coleman…
Anthony Gonzales aka M83 is on tour promoting his latest Billboard topping album “Hurry Up We’re Dreaming” and at last Wednesday’s sold out show at the Music Box, we were all dreaming together. With a starry backdrop behind them, M83 took us all a little higher with their dreamy synths and lots o’ reverb. Most of the set was from the new dual album, which was good fun. The crowd sang and undulated along to new tracks such as Claudia Lewis and the currently popular Midnight City. There were some older gems in there as well, including one of my personal favorites We Own the Sky.
True to form, the show was a perfect balance between the dramatic melodies, ethereal vocals and the more rock infused guitar and keyboard solos. Highlights included the extended jam sessions throughout, Gonzales dropping to his knees and rocking out with his female vocalist/keyboardist, the saxophone player cameo for Midnight City, and when the lights washed the crowd in a sea of green as M83 went on a heavier tangent, cranking up the low end (insert slow body lurching and head reeling).
Overall: A chill-inducing, stunning performance, both aurally and visually. We all left with stars in our eyes.
Great story. Compelling, and rich. Thanks D, you stay classy.
We’re also happy to announce that the band will perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on November 21st. So set your TiVos/DVRs so you can fast-forward through Jimmy not being funny and skip to the good stuff at the end 😉
What’s good dirty dancers? It’s Friday, and there are few better ways to soundtrack your weekend than with this latest helping of The Dirt! Troy Kurtz & Sweet FA have been hard at work, handpicking a few of their favorite tunes of the moment, so without further ado, we’re happy to present The Dirt #48…
•Mercury – Sweetness (Original Mix)√+ Giving the nod to old school house with their combination of electronic piano and soulful vocal stabs, Mercury‘s new Sweetness release is an absolute gem. Can highly recommend the full EP, which also features a stellar remix from Catz N’ Dogz.
The new M83 album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming was officially released earlier this week, and it sits comfortably atop the contenders for album of the year. This track is from one of Anthony Gonzalez’s earlier albums, and might be one of my favorite songs of all time.
• ASAP Rocky – Wassup
NY drug dealer turned man rapper ASAP Rocky is the truth. He’s got a promethazine infused swagger, and it slow-grinds all over this Clams Casino beat (same guy who produced the mesmerizing I’m God.)
If you haven’t heard, the consummate businessman that is one Sean Combs AKA genius has teamed up with Guy Gerber to form the 11:11 project. Even though it sounds a bit kooky, the likes of Jamie Jones, Soul Clap, and Renaissance Man have already been on the remix cartel.
I’ll leave you with some witch†haus to get you in the mood for Halloween. And a birdy told me there is a /// Halloween mix dropping sooner than you can say, “OMG LOOK AT WHAT THAT GIRL IS WEARING I CAN SEE HER EVERYTHING!”
From Ontario, Canada, Zeds Dead are producing some colossus dubstep tunes at the moment. They caught my eye back in April when I first heard the ‘Gimme Shelter’ remix – Since then, they’ve dropped a killer remix of Massive Attack‘s ‘Paradise Circus’ and more recently, ‘Eyes On the Fire’ originally by Blue Foundation. Huge fan of all of the above. If I were starting a dub label, I’d move to Canada, because the quality of unsigned dubstep coming out of there right now is unreal. Check those guys out, and if you dig them, check out Knight Riderz & Sub Antix as well.
I’m not sure how many GDD followers have ever surfed before (let alone seen an ocean), but last night I was convinced after watching this flick that the world should be informed. You should know that I’m not one to promote things just for the sake of promoting them. But god damnit I was blown away. The film – Modern Collective – is an epic documentary that follows 6 of the most innovative young surfers around the globe, directed, shot and edited by Kai Neville, who can proudly say that he birthed a film so mega that all others will be compared to in the future. I urge all of you to cop it on iTunes for a whopping $9. If you’re not impressed, invoice me. Here’s a few tunes from the eclectic soundtrack that also features Tiga, Sebastien Tellier, and other gems that you’ll have to check out for yourself: