• Nicolas Jaar and Sasha Spielberg release “Don’t Tell Me”
• Duke Dumont gets second UK #1 with “I Got U”
• Hear Todd Terje & Bryan Ferry’s shimmering cover of Robert Palmer’s ‘Johnny and Mary’
• Mosca to Inaugurate New Label with 12″; Preview It Now
• Stream Nicolas Jaar’s fantastic John Lennon tribute mix
• Max Cooper announces debut album Human, streams first single, “Adrift”
• Theo Parrish joins The Trilogy Tapes
• Listen to Jamie xx‘s first BBC Radio 6 Music mix
• Julio Bashmore, Disclosure, and More Feature in New PMR Documentary
• Kerri Chandler mixes Watergate 15
• Watch Darkside Perform “Metatron” and “Freak, Go Home” at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
• Deadmau5 weighs in (again) on the state of EDM
• Stream the debut album from Nicolas Jaar’s Darkside project
• James Murphy to remix David Bowie on expanded The Next Day edition
• The Martinez Brothers throw down classics on their Essential Mix debut
• Gui Boratto visits North America
• Nicolas Jaar’s Darkside album premiered in New York last night
• Benoit & Sergio Preps New 12″ for Culprit
Over the past two years, I’ve had the pleasure of attending The Do LaB‘s famed transformational festival known as Lightning in a Bottle, and each time it was truly an indescribable experience unlike any other. With new dates falling in the heat of Summer and an unfamiliar venue situated in a desert environment, this year’s festival underwent a significant amount of change in certain aspects, but its fundamental anatomy remained as artistic, conscious, purposeful, and spiritually vibrant as ever – exceeding my expectations and providing for yet another phenomenal weekend.
Through hosting an extensive lineup of some of the most in-demand musicians, DJs, speakers, yoga instructors, and artists, among many other performers and participants, Lightning in a Bottle has once again exemplified why it has gained such prestige as a world-class event that draws thousands from far and wide. After the jump, I’ll run through my thoughts on the new venue/atmosphere, my top 3 performances, late-night happenings, other highlights, and some photos to give you a better visual perspective of the festival.
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• Nicolas Jaar mints “serial label” Other People with new compilation Trust
• Trentemoller to release new album ‘Lost’ in September
While the commercial dance music sound seems to still be sweeping across the United States like a swarm of locusts, there is an unbelievable amount of tasteful House, Garage, and Bass coming out of the UK, more specifically London, at the moment. Duke Dumont, Bicep, George Fitzgerald, and Dusky should ring a few bells, and there’s a new duo that needs to be included on this list, and they go by the name of Toyboy & Robin. With a solid foot in the House realm, another foot in Bass, and an elbow in R&B, Toyboy & Robin have created a perfect equilibrium of their sound — catchy, grooving, and undeniably danceable. On that note, the gents have put together an impeccable mix for us today, featuring the aforementioned Londoners as well as Nicolas Jaar, Toro y Moi, Todd Edwards, and many more. One of the better mixes I’ve heard in a long time. Make sure to keep an ear out for Toyboy & Robin’s April release “Jaded” in here as well. Top tune. √+
The visionary Southern California music and arts company, The Do LaB, has announced its Lightning in a Bottle 2013 lineup. With a diverse offering of top-tier and emerging talent including Rusko, Nicolas Jaar, Lee Burridge, Emancipator, Kastle, Psychemagik, Jobot, and Odesza, among many others, it is set to be yet another incredible experience supplemented by art, yoga, workshops, speakers, consciousness, and more. For tickets and more information visit lightninginabottle.org.
Portugal’s maestro of deeply tinged disco will be gracing the carpet at Bardot tomorrow night for our monthly GDD showcase. After putting out his mind-bending edit of Nicolas Jaar’s And I Say a few months ago, he’s followed it up with some magical remixes of Poland’s Kamp! and fellow Portuguese artist Moullinex, both of which are out now via Discotexas. Tickets for the show are available here.