Feel The Love

February 14th, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day, bpm Nation! Spend the day with someone you love — or at least try to love whoever you’re spending the day with. We’re celebrating this Hallmark holiday with a special “Love” edition of Xtendamix tonight at 8:30 pm ET — check out the track list below. Time to get your lovin’ on!


 

Grammy Awards Recap

February 13th, 2012

Posted by Gosia Mrugala


Skrillex arrived at the 54th GRAMMY Awards in his signature all-black look. His influence in bringing dubstep into the limelight over the past couple of years has been enormous — and nabbing three Grammys at last night’s show puts a whole new kind of spotlight on the EDM scene.

David Guetta did his thing on stage alongside Chris Brown — a good performance, nothing too spectacular. But seeing Deadmau5 rock out with Foo Fighters was quite extraordinary to witness: two great artist from such wildly different genres coming together to please the crowd. It goes to show that music, in the end, really is one large community that will always unite, no matter the genre.

Deadmau5 and Skrillex, both brilliant producers, share a streak of child-like immaturity. On the red carpet, where fashion is the priority, Deadmau5 took a low-cost approach to his choice of attire, sporting his famous mau5 head and a black t-shirt … inscribed with Skrillex’s personal cellphone number (626-319-1039) and the message “U Mad Bro?” Skrillex showed he has a sense of humour, tweeting: ”Haha @deadmau5 just wore my phone number on his fokin shirt on tv gotta retire this phone.”

Adele definitely stole the limelight, winning in every category she was nominated for and going home with 6 Grammys. Her performance was remarkable — which was nothing less than what was expected from this 23-year-old British phenom. Jennifer Hudson delivered a stunning tribute to Whitney Houston, delivering the singer’s classic ballad “I Will Always Love You” — a performance that brought goosebumps to the viewers at home, and earned the standing ovation it got at the Staples Center.

As for Nicki Minaj‘s choice of pontifical attire for the red carpet, and her bizarro let’s-piss-off-the-Catholics performance of “Roman Holiday” (with bonus exorcism!) … well, it was all just plain ridiculous. As entertaining as it can be to watch Nicki Minaj show off her MANY personalities, the spectacle is starting to get old.

This year GRAMMY Awards were definitely worth tuning in to watch. Many entertaining bits, some great performances — and, as always, plenty of laugh-worthy moments.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOhSf_yvcq4&feature=player_embedded#!


Gosia Mrugala is a Toronto-based blogger and reviewer. You can read her blog HERE, and follow her on Twitter HERE.

Brand New Mini-Mix + Deadmau5!

January 17th, 2012

Posted by Scott Willats

 

Just when you thought the winter drag was going to pull you down, we’ve got a special little treat for your iPod. Today, we’re dropping the latest installment in our “Scott’s Selection” mix series. This one’s a little rough around the edges, but the bass is healthy, the synths are sexy, the cuts are classic and the tracks bump! Starts reluctant, goes 128 crazy in the middle, and gets a little filthy at the end — just like the perfect weekend.

Download this mini-mix asap and play it at your next party, tomorrow’s workout, or wherever you feel the need to get lost in EDM!

Scott’s Selection – Motion Audio Mini Mix: LISTEN TO IT HERE


TRACKLIST

* Sound RemedyReach for the Stars

ConspiratorGypsy Lane

Boys NoizeShine Shine (AC Slater Remix)

* Boys NoizeOh! (A-Trak Remix)

David Guetta feat. Chris BrownDon’t Wake Me Up

* Natalia KillsMirrors (Omega Remix)


And as if a free mini-mix wasn’t enough, we also have a brand new joint from the king of EDM, Deadmau5. Dark and dirty this one is — love it!

Deadmau5 – Cthulhu Dreams: LISTEN TO IT HERE


Still more from the Mau5 man …

Deadmau5 – S**** Fashionable I Guess (Clip): LISTEN TO IT HERE


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2012 Coachella Lineup Announcement Reaction

January 10th, 2012

Posted by Popo

Indio, California’s 2012 Coachella lineup has been announced and it’s heavy on electronic dance music.

While the 2012 Coachella lineup gives credence to the recent thought that DJs are the new rock stars, I personally still don’t believe it. For better or worse, it’s more like anyone can reach the “rock star” gold standard as long as the music and performance reaches the soul of the audience. We are in a time of eclectic tastes where people look for what’s unique, fun and cool, disregarding the negativity surrounding how it’s produced and presented (ahem.. DJ/Producers don’t just push buttons!) This years Coachella is just that, where the electronic element is in full force; We will have the Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, Guetta, SBTRKT and Martin Solveig playing to thousands of fans who will also cheer on established rock acts the Black Keys, Pulp, Bon Iver and Radiohead without thinking twice about it. I took to twitter to see what the reaction was by some of the EDM headliners as well as the fans. Check it out.

 

@swedishousemfia: Coachella…. YESSSSSSSSS!!! (SHM HQ)

 

@djafrojack: i will actually play a daft punk song on coachella

 

@kaskade: So many friends hitting me up for Coachella passes…ummm I see what you are doing there…

 

La Roux (VIA  Facebook): We are very pleased to announce that La Roux are playing both weekends of Coachella! April 13-15 and 20-22. This will be the first time any new material from the forthcoming second album will have been played ANYWHERE!

 

@girltalk: just spilled so much dr pepper all over my fridge. also just announced, i’m playing coachella 2012!

 

@morganpage: Yes – Coachella!! Playing both Sundays.

 

From the fans:

 

@ParisHilton: The Coachella Lineup is sick! #YES! @DJAfrojack @DavidGuetta @Avicii @Alesso @CalvinHarris @GirlTalk @SwedishHouseMfia @Kaskade I LUV HouseMusic

 

@Michael_Babatunde: Sweet mother of god. Coachella dance line up: Swedish House Mafia, Nero, Kaskade, Justice, David Guetta and AVICII. #insane

 

@gabbyolya: on closer examination of the coachella line-up, i give the electronic acts an A+ and the bands a B-

 

@chadisclutch: VERY last tweet about #coachella: shocked it went so electronic/dubstep compared to previous lineups: no jam band, nothing psychedelic

 

Sweets of the Week – Dec. 2

December 2nd, 2011

Posted by Scott Willats

    

A lot went down this week. A wicked Toronto show by Hamburg’s finest, Digitalism, was the highlight. Though it came on a damp and dreary day, the place was brought to life by the sounds from I Love You, Dude. Real humble, honest and talented is the way to describe this German pair. When I got to interview them, I was impressed by how open and forthcoming they were. They even offered to send us some T-shirts to give to bpm:tv fans. We’ll let you know as soon as they arrive.

Also, congrats to all the EDM artists nominated for Grammy Awards. This is a true example of how our genre is taking over the world. I’m not much of a Grammys fan, but you have to at least appreciate the gesture. Deadmau5 really better win one, and I’m crossing my fingers that Skrillex will claim best new artist, though he’ll have stiff competiton from J Cole and Nicki Minaj. The most interesting category will be Best Dance Recording. The nominees:

* Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech – “Raise Your Weapon”

* Duck Sauce – “Barbra Streisand”

* David Guetta & Avicii – “Sunshine”

* Robyn – “Call Your Girlfriend”

* Skrillex – “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites”

* Swedish House Mafia – “Save The World”

Those are all big songs, buuuuuut … well, it’s kinda the reason I don’t like the Grammys. But I’ll keep that to myself. In my opinion, this has to go to Duck Sauce; that song was way more than an anthem. The Robyn track is a close second — and the rest, in my opinion, aren’t even the best songs these artists put out in the past year. But I digress. With luck, we’ll see some killer performances on the show.

The leak of Bowski‘s Poppies EP is definitely the other highlight of my week — but I’ve already talked about that. So here are a few other things to take you into the weekend. Enjizzzoy!


First up: our hometown boys are killing it. Killabits in Belgium, Zeds Dead tearing up North America … Dec. 17th at Kool Haus is gonna be wickkkkkkkkkkkkked. This video is nutz.


GRiZ is fast becoming my favourite producer. Detroit What!

Can’t Tell Me Nothing by Kanye West (GRiZ REmix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Avicii seems only to make incredible stadium bangers … as for example. HUGE!

Avicii & Romero – Fuck School (Bootleg): LISTEN TO IT HERE 


Been a while since I’ve posted a song like this … something that everyone will love.

Collin McLoughlin – Is It Love (Prod. by Sex Ray Vision): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Alvin Risk gives Kaskade a break and kills it. Love this one.

Kaskade ft. Mindy Gledhill – Eyes (Alvin Risk Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Finally, be sure to pick up your copy of OverWerk‘s EP The Nth° – it’s amazing! EP release party tonight at Cobra. Be there!


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Top 100 DJs announced. The top 10 respond on facebook and twitter.

October 21st, 2011

 

Posted by Popo

The DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll results have been released along with the predictable controversies. This year the first grumblings heard on social networks were all about the now pop-friendly David Guetta took the coveted supreme spot away from Armin Van Buuren.

Here’s how the 10 vote-getters themselves responded on Facebook and Twitter.

1 – David Guetta – Thank you so much for making me number one at the top 100. I have the best fans in the world! -

2 – Armin Van Buuren – Thanks to everybody for the massive support this year no.2 @djmag & best trance! Congrats to @davidguetta for winning this year. -

3 – Tiësto – Thanks for being #1 in your heart, that’s the only thing that matters to me! -

4 – Deadmau5 – #4 again on the top100 DJ polls… hey, not bad for someone who isnt a DJ. Anythings possible folks!  -

5 – Above & Beyond – Congratulations to David Guetta for topping the DJMag poll. And big thanks to everyone who voted for us, well chuffed with 5! :) Tx

6 – Avicii – HALF A MILLION LIKES … AND … NUMBER 6 in the WORLD!!! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE MY FANS!!!!!!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ x infinity

7 – Afrojack – Yeesssss #7!!!!! Thanks everyone for voting!!!!!! I fking love u guys!!! Wooot! And great celebrating JACKED last night! 2012 baby les gooo!

8 – Dash Berlin – THANK YOU ALL!

9 – Markus Schulz – Amazing to be in the top 10 again. Thanks to everyone for the support. -

10 – Swedish House Mafia – Big respect to all the Dj’s and the fans that have been supporting this scene and made it so big and it can only get bigger and better. Keep it up. Proud of you guys :D – Sebastian Ingrosso

 

The French Ambassador

September 7th, 2011

Posted by Scott Willats

I find it funny yet completely absurd the amount of hate that has been thrown David Guetta‘s way.  Yes, with success comes the haters: ask any successful person and they’ll vouch for that.  But in the world of electro, it seems that once you make it to radio, “electro heads”  label you as finished.

That’s the wrong attitude, in my opinion, to feel toward these superstar DJs.  After going to a typical underground DJ set featuring Fake Blood, and then going to the overglamorized Labour of Love, I find that there aren’t many differences between indie darling DJ’s and Big Room “sellouts.” Even the crowd for these shows is most commonly the same. We all crave seeing a live set that creates emotion, whether the DJ is playing his (or her) own songs or other artists.  I remember not too long ago Mr. Guetta released an album that everyone in the electro world fell in love, and killed at both Labour of Love and the smaller Circa, proving definitively that he could make just about any fan love his music.

“Sexy Bitch” and “Memories” were songs that broke boundaries, and all of a sudden the hip-hop world found it very cool to be on a track with David Guetta. The incredible success of “I Got A Feeling,” his collab with The Black Eyed Peas, really turned against Guetta when it came to the loyal, underground electro fan.  That type of fan couldn’t handle a Guetta beat being used in a Pixar flick or a McDonald’s commercial. And so the hate began. Doing songs with Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida wasn’t exactly going to get him back in the good books, either.

Still, the amount of dislike being heaped upon his new album is somewhat shocking for a house music fan like me.  Listen, I’ll admit that I am not much better. Never been a huge trance fan, and when I see Tiësto sell out the Ricoh Center while Eric Prydz barely sells out The Guv, I begin to wonder what’s wrong with people. However, I don’t hold it against Tiësto: he’s earned his stripes and, after all, has made some very good music.  So I refuse to follow the tide and I try to follow my main mentality, which is that good music is good music.

Believe it or not, the songs on the radio are usually there because they appeal to a large audience. As much as that underground fan doesn’t want to relate, once in a while you’ll have to give in.  I’ve incorporated two new Guetta tracks on my list for you today — and I dare you not to like them. I double dare you.

So that’s the message for you, the fan who use to love these artists but just can’t stand their poppy feel anymore: let’s take it easy on the hate. After all, we helped create them.

David Guetta: Metro Music

LISTEN HERE. BUY HERE.

David Guetta: The Alphabeat

LISTEN HERE. BUY HERE.

These Tracks Are Hot! xx


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bpm:tv’s Guide to the Best New Music – August

August 6th, 2011

Once again, we’ve scoured the Internets for info on all of this month’s biggest and best new dance and electronic releases. So hey, you’re welcome.

Alessio Mereu, Tripolarity
Up-and-coming Italian DJ/producer Alessio Mereu shows off his versatility on this debut long-player, which veers from “dark techno” to “warm house” to “abstract electronic sounds.” Acumen, Bloody Mary and others make guest appearances. (Week of Aug. 2)

Camea, Clinkology
Clink Recordings
co-founder Camea (a.k.a. Camea Hoffman) mixes the label’s first compilation, showcasing artists like Alexi Delano, Mark Henning and Ambivalent who exemplify its trademark “sleek, minimalist techno and tech house” sound. (Week of Aug. 2)

Carl Cox, Ten Years at Space
With the summer season at Spain’s clubbing capital hitting its peak, Ibiza compilations are landing all over the place. British house heavyweight Carl Cox celebrates the tenth anniversary of his Revolution series at mega-club Space with this limited-edition double CD mix featuring classic and cutting-edge tracks from the likes of Green Velvet, Eric Prydz, Josh Wink, Joris Voorn and many more. (Week of Aug. 2)

Daniel Haaksman, Rambazamba
Berlin’s Daniel Haaksman draws on Rio’s baile funk and a host of other global influences, from Middle Eastern to jazz, for this solo debut on his own Man Recordings imprint. (Week of Aug. 2)

Gregor Tresher, Lights From The Inside
Frankfurt-based techno veteran Gregor Treshor continues to service the club crowd on his latest long-player, but shows a new interest in atmospherics, citing The Cure‘s Disintegration as a major source of inspiration. (Week of Aug. 2)

Heidi Presents The Jackathon
Windsor, Ontario native, Berlin-based DJ and BBC Radio 1 host Heidi assembles this companion to her Jackathon series of parties, featuring 16 tracks of heavy-duty house from big names like Derrick Carter, Juan MacLean, Steve Bug and others. (Week of Aug. 2)

Kryptic Minds, Can’t Sleep
From fast-rising British label Black Box comes this sophomore release from London dupstep duo Kryptic Minds (a.k.a. Simon Shreeve and Brett Bigden). Advance word says the album has a minimalist flavour, spiced with hints of Portishead, jungle and Detroit techno. (Week of Aug. 2)

Moonface, Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped
Moonface
, an uncategorizable new project on Jagjaguwar from the adventurous Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown), is described as “something between pop and lush drones,” with layers and loops of organ beats, beeps and bloops, and digital drums. (Week of Aug. 2)

Mount Kimbie, Carbonated
UK dubstep duo Mount Kimbie deliver a dispatch from the cutting edge of bass with this EP, which features two different remixes of “Carbonated,” the standout track from their 2010 album Crooks & Lovers. (Week of Aug. 2)

Newworldaquarium, Dead Bears
Elusive Dutch producer Newworldaquarium, otherwise known as Jochem Peteri, issues an expanded version of his sophomore release, a critically acclaimed 2007 exploration of “downtempo grooves, dub techno and deep spacey house.” (Week of Aug. 2)

Roska, Rinse 15
Roska
, the poster child for UK funky, surveys the underground dance scene in this latest mix CD from self-described “seminal” London-based radio station and record label, Rinse. Listen for tracks by Katy B, Magnetic Man, Redlight and Roska himself. (Week of Aug. 2)

Stereociti, Kawasaki
Japanese artist Stereociti (a.k.a. Ken Sumitani) serves up “soul-inspired deep house with a raw, dubby edge” on this debut long-player from Berlin’s Mojuba label. (Week of Aug. 2)


Accessory, Underbeat
German synthpop duo Accessory (a.k.a. Dirk Steyer and Ivo Lottig) continue to march in Depeche Mode‘s well-worn footprints, with a dancefloor-friendly new album that tempers tunefulness with well-timed bursts of industrial-style aggression. (Week of Aug. 9)

EAST: Volume Cinammon
DJ Ping celebrates his ongoing residence at Hamburg’s EAST Hotel with a flavourful new addition to the EAST series of mix compilations. (Previous volumes: Ginger, Jasmine, Lotus and Mandarin.) He serves up “atmospheric deep house” for the bar, and “a multi-faceted Europe-meets-Asia sound collection” for the lounge area. (Week of Aug. 9)

Hardfloor, 20 – Two Decades of Hardfloor
German acid techno kings Hardfloor (a.k.a. Oliver Bondzio and Ramon Zenker) have compiled a massive three-disc career retrospective that assembles the very best of their prodigious output, from the early Harthouse singles to last year’s long-player Two Guys Three Boxes. (Week of Aug. 9)

Teen Daze, A Silent Planet
The new six-track EP from B.C. chillwaver Teen Daze was inspired by the “beauty and monolithic qualities” of the Fraser Valley mountains, and by the former bible college student’s reading of the C.S. Lewis classic Out of the Silent Planet. Download a free track here. (Week of Aug. 9)

Ursula 1000, Mondo Beyondo
On his fifth album, Brooklyn’s Ursula 1000, otherwise known as DJ and multi-instrumentalist Alex Gimeno, splatters his “quirky electronic dance pop” with bits of disco, Latin funk, surf guitars, electro, Sixties lounge pop and all manner of other musical bric-a-brac. Guest stars include Fred Schneider of the B-52s. (Week of Aug. 9)

zerO One, remiXed
New from electronic adventurer Kevin Dooley, who records under the name zerO One: a reconfigured version of his debut long-player, remixed with helping hands from Bluetech, Phuturerprimitive and Magic Sound Fabric. (Week of Aug. 9)


50 Weapons of Choice #10-19
Bass heavyweights like Benjamin Damage, Cosmin TRG and Phon.o appear on this new compilation from 50 Weapons, the white label series founded in 2006 by Berlin’s Modeselektor. (Week of Aug. 16)

BLNRB: Welcome To The Madhouse
Afropop meets German electronica in this intriguing assemblage of colloborations between Kenyan musicians and Berlin-based artists such as Modeselektor, Jahcoozi and the brothers Teichmann. (Week of Aug. 16)

Dubstep Allstars Vol 08: Mixed by Distance
UK dubstep mainstay Distance (a.k.a. Greg Sanders) assembles a survey of the British bass music scene that includes new material from the likes of Kryptic Minds, Tunnidge, Deleted Scenes and Benga. (Week of Aug. 16)

Fool’s Gold, Leave No Trace
Stripped down to a five-piece for their sophomore album, funky L.A. collective Fool’s Gold continue to refine their blend of deep soul, Afrobeat and synth-based British new wave. (Week of Aug. 16)

Hans Nieswandt, Hans Is Playing House
Veteran German producer, DJ, author, radio host and all-around scenester Hans Nieswandt drops his first remix collection, disco-fying favourite tracks by Barbara Morgenstern, Eisen, Universal Gonzalez, Mittekill and others. (Week of Aug. 16)

Hed Kandi: Ibiza 2011
No summer season in Ibiza would be complete without a mix compilation from relentless UK house label and “lifestyle brand” Hed Kandi. This edition features contributions from top flight artists and producers such as Wolfgang Gartner, Afrojack, Alex Gaudino and Calvin Harris. (Week of Aug. 16)

Jus-Ed, Vision Dance
This new album from Connecticut-based producer, DJ, label manager and part-time landscaper Jus-Ed (known to his mother as Ed McKeithen) is a one-stop shop for all your deep house needs. (Week of Aug. 16)

Kid Koala, Space Cadet
The new album from Montreal turntablist Kid Koala serves as the soundtrack to his 132-page graphic novel of the same name, and fleshes out his trademark sound with live strings, horns and other touches of instrumental colour. (Week of Aug. 16)

Kompakt Total 12
Cologne’s influential Kompakt label issues the latest edition of its annual compilation series, featuring tracks from Gus Gus, Superpitcher, Gui Boratto, The Modernist and more. (Week of Aug. 16)

Natalia Kills, Perfectionist
British actress and filmmaker turned up-and-coming songstress-slash-drama queen Natalia Kills makes her bid for Lady Gaga-style multimedia meta-popstardom with a debut album featuring contributions from Akon and mentor will.i.am. (Week of Aug. 16)

Nero, Welcome Reality
After seven years together, hard-hitting UK dubstep duo Nero are finally ready to unleash their debut LP. Check out bpm:tv’s Web Exclusive feature in Nero here. (Week of Aug. 16)

Nervous Nitelife Presents Muzzaik
Hungarian DJ/producers Daniel and Sullivan — otherwise known as Muzzaik — do their bit to advance dance music’s Eastern European invasion with a mix compilation that reveals why the duo have been increasingly in demand as remixers. (Week of Aug. 16)

Ørjan Nilsen, In My Opinion
A mover and shaker on the Norwegian club scene for the last five years, trance producer/DJ Ørjan Nilsen delivers his long-awaited debut album. “I can’t describe it other than being me,” he says on his Web site. “It seems like I have so many things that need to get to the surface, and I’m showing that through my music.” (Week of Aug. 16)

Woody McBride, Adventures in Deep Techno Volume One
This new mix CD from Woody McBride (a.k.a. DJ ESP) spotlights the Minnesota-based producer’s distinctive blend of “tribal techno, acid house, elektro, ambidelics, hardtek and authentic old school minimal electronic music.” (Week of Aug. 16)


David Guetta, Nothing But The Beat
Can French superstar DJ David Guetta possibly top the success of his Grammy-winning 2009 release One Love? We’ll find out when his fifth long-player drops. Flo Rida, Nicki Minaj, Taio Cruz, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Usher and will.i.am are among the guest stars on hand for what promises to be the party album of the year. (Week of Aug. 23)

Andrew Bayer, It’s Artificial
The debut album from adventurous Washington DC producer Andrew Bayer touches on everything from glitch-hop to progressive house, according to the release from the label, Above & Beyond‘s Anjunabeats imprint. (Week of Aug. 23)


Balam Acab, Wander/Wonder
Following up on the critical success of last year’s five-track EP See Birds, Pennsylvanian slo-mo house/experimental hip-hop artist Balam Acab (a.k.a. Alec Koone) drops his full-length debut on Tri Angle. (Week of Aug. 30)

Cocoon Compilation K
Sven Väth
‘s Frankfurt-based techno label Cocoon Recordings delivers its latest compilation, featuring tracks from Nina Kraviz, Tom Trago, Henrik Schwarz, Maetrik and Dinky. (Week of Aug. 30)

Dalot, Minutestatic
The influence of Boards of Canada and Stars of the Lid can be heard on this sophomore release from New York sound artist Maria Papadomanolaki‘s electro-acoustic project Dalot. (Week of Aug. 30)

Ferry Corsten Presents Full On Ferry: Ibiza
Dutch trance powerhouse Ferry Corsten celebrates the debut of his “Full on Ferry” event at the Ibiza club Sankeys with a double-disc mix compilation featuring tracks and remixes from the likes of Giuseppe Ottaviani, Zoo Brazil, Cosmic Gate and Bart Claessen. (Week of Aug. 30)

Robbie Rivera, Juicy Ibiza 2011
“Tuff and sexy house music” originator Robbie Rivera celebrates summer in Ibiza with an all-star double CD mix compilation featuring tracks and mixes by Ferry CorstenMoby, Tiësto, Allure and many more. (Week of Aug. 30)

Thundercat, Golden Age of Apocalypse
Suicidal Tendencies’ bassist Thundercat, who contributed to Flying Lotus‘s critically acclaimed Cosmogramma, gets a solo showcase of his own on FlyLo’s Brainfeeder imprint. Erykah Badu is among the guest stars on a disc that seeks out the middle ground between jazz fusion and glitch-hop. (Week of Aug. 30)

YACHT, Shangri-La
Idiosyncratic Portland, Oregon electropoppers YACHT issue the sci-fi-influenced follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut See Mystery Lights on DFA Records. According to the press notes, “”YACHT asserts that the future is a blank slate upon which anything can be imposed … Shangri-La argues that ‘Paradise is kinetic potential, a latency within us that has been eaten alive by time.’” So there you go. (Week of Aug. 30)

 

Scott’s Selections – Episode Two

July 13th, 2011

Check it out! Summer’s finally here in full force, and bpm:tv’s Scott Willats is serving up another edition of his SCOTT’S SELECTIONS podcast hot off the grill — bigger and badder than before!

Check below for the track listing. And stay tuned: Scott’s working on a special WEMF edition of the podcast — coming soon!


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Mord Fustang – Lick the Rainbow

Dada Life – Fight Club is Closed (F.O.O.L Remix)

David Guetta featuring Taio Cruz and Ludacris - Little Bad Girl

Ryan Enzed – FTCA

DJ Vadim and The Eclectic – Toot Toot (Zeds Dead Remix)

AfroWhitey - Ridin (Ed Solo Remix)

SebastiAn - Yes

Lenny Kravitz – Let Love Rule (Justice Remix)


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David Guetta Is (Probably) Not The Devil

June 17th, 2011

Here’s the thing: just about any subcultural scene worth talking about is kind of like high school. Status-obsessed, clique-ish to the point of tribalism, quick to cast out anybody who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy, and often just plain bitchy.  All of which is to say: no surprise that some EDM purists are hating on David Guetta for being all popular and having hit records and stuff.

The latest: Spanish dance fans are trying to get him booted off the lineup of next month’s Monegros Desert Festival. The grounds are a bit vague, but it seems to have something to do with his mainstream commercial success. There have even been threats of “direct action” — that is to say, efforts to disrupt Guetta’s set. There’s a Facebook page, naturally.

Meanwhile, via inthemix, we see that Brit DJ Funkagenda has mounted a spirited defence of Guetta on his blog. His praise for the French superstar is decidedly backhanded, but the message to haters is straightforward enough: get over yourselves. Here it is:

Just doing a little post after a convo I had on twitter with an EDM fan. He claimed that a certain French DJ had “sold out” and “bastardised” dance music. On the surface you might think he had a point, but you have to look a little bit deeper to realise what utter poppycock that is. True, the un-named Parisian artist in question now makes what is closer to pop music than house music. But is it selling out? Of course not. And I know this to be true because of the following:

I could play my favorite seminal Sasha set, recorded at Privilage in 2002, to one of these new wave of ‘dance music’ fans and they would look at me like I was just playing them brown noise. “Where’s the vocals?”. “How do you dance to it?”.

But play one of monsieur’s tracks to them + they will bounce around the room like a spastic woodpecker on Adderall.

See, the thing is, this person would have NEVER liked the set that I played him/her, because they just aren’t wired that way. They want to hear simple riffs, hooky repetitive vocals and commands telling them to “Throw Their Hands Up” or “Rock The Party”. Does that sound like a Sasha and Digweed fan to you? No, me either.

So then ask yourself this question: Would I have gone to a club to listen to pop music before HE started making it? The answer In my case is a resounding no (unless I was VERY drunk and thought I had a chance with some college girl possibly).

So my conclusion is thus:

I don’t like pop music. I would rather listen to the wealth of more ‘intelligent’ dance acts out there…

Pop fans DO like this particular person’s music but will probably NOT be attending gigs or buying music of the aforementioned more ‘intelligent’ dance acts…

Hmmm… So… What exactly has changed? NOTHING, that’s what. He will continue to delight pop fans worldwide, and on rare occasions, will be a helpful gateway for newcomers to the EDM scene who might wanna do more than scratch the surface. However the more highbrow listeners out there will NOT be listening to him + will instead be prattling on about how things were better in the 90s, how everything is commercialised these days and generally dishing out vehemence about anything that anyone else likes…

Sounds like the same old EDM scene to me so you can all relax. Mr Guetta did NOT kill dance music…

Dammit… I was doing him anonymously wasn’t I? Oh poo.