all photos courtesy of Sonar Press
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:
BCN With just 3 days to go until Sonar in Barcelona here’s a quick heads up for the week ahead. On top of a stunning Sonar festival lineup, Barcelona plays host to over 100 Off Sonar events, and we’ve taken the liberty to whittle down our picks for those outside shows:
One day until Thanksgiving and I am thoroughly excited to grub on the giant 22 pound, free range turkey that my mom purchased from some awesome grocery store in Memphis. Anyway, I hope that all you dirty dancers have an amazing Thanksgiving tomorrow and travel safe to wherever you may. After you awaken out of your Tryptophan food comas on Friday afternoon, make sure you come on by the Avalon to dance off your excessive caloric intake as Made To Play frontman, Jesse Rose, will be on the 1’s + 2’s along with Boys Noize Records‘ D.I.M., who pretty much epitomizes the quintessential dirty dancer’s set with a vast amassment of banging techno and reverberating electro. ///BONES will also be holding down the closing set so make sure you hang around to catch his epic latenight choons.
Please RSVP names to firstname.lastname@example.org to be on our discount ticket guestlist for the evening. Please have all names in by 5:30pm Friday night.
21+: $10 before 11pm
18+: $15 before 11pm
Oldie but goodie. I just love the Made To Play sound.
Photo Credit: Holy Mountain Photography
By the beard of Zeus was it hot in Los Angeles today! Someone told me that it hit 113 degrees in downtown which is restoring my faith and concern in global warming. Good thing the Penthouse is in close proximity to the magnificent Pacific Ocean. Anyway, this trifecta of turbulent tunage will definitely not cool you down, but who can dance dirty without getting a little hot n’ bothered? Get these goodies before they evaporate into the stratosphere!
These two are probably my favorite remixes of the smash hit by Cajmere AKA Curtis Jones AKA Green Velvet, although the Major Lazer and Riva Starr versions are very admirable as well. Pick up the entire Percolator Package on iTunes or Beatport. Oh, and just a little announcement; Claude VonStroke and Dada Life will both be coming to CONTROL at the Avalon in October and November, respectively. Yeeeeeehaw.
Our fellow LA resident Paparazzi just sent this over for a GDD™ exclusive release today. Big synth + Alexis’ vocals = always a good time. Paparazzi is currently working on an original EP and a few other remixes as well as planning to reinstate the famous Check Yo Ponytail party in a couple months along with iHeartComix‘ Franki Chan and Media Contender‘s Danny Johnson. Keep your peepers peeled!
Isn’t there a saying that the best things come in 3’s? Either way, another huge CONTROL tripleheader is being held this Friday at the Avalon in Hollywood, with the return of the lovely Annie Mac, as well as performances by two artists who have both already had an absolutely smashing 2010; the unpredictable Englishman, Doorly, and the mysterious and intriguing man from Naples, Riva Starr. Expect to hear an eclectic mix of the world’s best dance music, including more than a few tunes that you probably have never heard before. Also, make sure to stop by the GDD™ House Party room, located to the right of the main stage in between the stage and the smoking alley. We’ll be having some fun in there as well.
Please RSVP names to JONAH@GOTTADANCEDIRTY.COM to be on our discount ticket list for the evening. All names must be in before 6pm on Friday night. Pricing will be as follows:
21+: $10 before 11pm
18+: $15 before 11pm
930 – 1030 Brazzabelle
1030 – 12 Doorly
12 – 130 Annie Mac
130 – 3 / 330 Riva Starr
3 / 330 – close Alex Khadiwala
Fresh out with the heavy loaded new EP, Queensland’s own Reekay Garcia
has a track thats rapidly gaining notoriety and support, that because of its infectious, rave-tastic charm – or because of the two solid remixes composed by Riva Starr
and Lee Mortimer
. Both are must haves in my book and should be in your hearts as well. Riva delivers the big room weight on his and Mortimer takes his on a wobble wailing bass parade. Don’t sleep on these rockets.
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LA Dirty Dancers – You can catch Riva Starr alongside Annie Mac and Doorly at CONTROL on Friday, September 17th @ Avalon.
While the new Breakage remix of Plan B has blown up on the blogs over the past ten days, mainly thanks to Zane Lowe who made it his record of the week on BBC Radio 1; I’ve just got my hands on a remix that Riva Starr has put together of the very same track, the EP of which drops mid-July. I’m a fan of Prayin’, even with it’s soulful undertones and undeniable similarity to Franki Valli‘s Beggin’. Pilooski watch out, I don’t think Breakage and Riva Starr are going to be the only ones remixing this track:
From the vault:
…that track with the Jay-Z sample
photo cred: Banksy.co.uk
From Lyon, France via Buenos Aires, Argentina, Hugo Douster‘s kicking up a storm at the moment. We’ve posted a couple of his tracks already this week, but I figured I’d write a post bigging up the man himself. Douster gets his tribal and dancehall sound from cumbia villera, which is music from the shantytowns of Buenos Aires, and fuses it with catchy fidget and electro. A couple of us were lucky enough to hear him headlining a Mad Decent party with Diplo a few weeks ago at a pub in LA, where he brought the house down with one of the best sets I’ve seen in a year.
Check out the latest Douster remix which dropped last week on Rusko‘s Woo Boost EP:
• Rusko – Woo Boost (Douster Remix)
• Riva Starr – I Was Drunk (Douster Remix)
gypsy fidget with a beautiful ending
• Yolanda Be Cool – Afro Nuts (Douster Remix)
whistles + bongos. ’nuff said