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


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

June 2nd, 2011

Check it out! bpm:tv’s absurdly comprehensive guide to the month’s most important new dance and electronic music releases.

Benny Benassi, Electroman
Italian electro house superstar Benny Benassi drops his eagerly anticipated new album, featuring collaborations with T-Pain (“Electroman”), Chris Brown (“Beautiful People”), the Ying Yang Twins and Kelis, plus the Skrillex remix of “Cinema.” (Week of June 7)

Above & Beyond, Group Therapy
Riding high on the success of their latest single “Sun and Moon,” British trance trio Above & Beyond unleash their sophomore long-player, featuring vocals from Zoe Johnston and Richard Bedford. (Week of June 7)

Trentemoller, LateNightTales
Danish electronic producer Trentemoller oversees the latest installment in the Late Night Tales compilation series, assembling an eclectic wee-hours mix that includes tracks by This Mortal Coil, Mazzy Star, the Velvet Underground and Low. (Week of June 7)

Sydney Blu, Live From Mansion
A native of beautiful Thunder Bay, Ontario, fast-rising Miami DJ Sydney Blu drops her debut CD, a mix recorded live at the famous Mansion Nightclub in Miami Beach, and featuring her killer remixes of Jefferson Airplane’s “Want Somebody” and the theme from True Blood. (Week of June 7)

Jessica 6, See The Light
Brooklyn trio Jessica 6 fuse disco, R&B, New Jack Swing, underground hip-hop, noir pop (whatever that is), classic horror movies and a host of other influences on this debut album. (Week of June 7)

Blue Stone, Pandora’s Box
Get set for more gauzy chill-out music from southern U.S. electro-pop outfit Blue Stone. (Week of June 7)

Manik, Armies of the Night
Samples from Walter Hill’s classic cult film The Warriors set the tone for this debut release from Queens, New York native Manik, a purveyor of deep house recently pegged by DJ Mag as a talent to watch in 2011. (Week of June 7)

More New Releases (Week of June 7)YoungstaRinse 14Holy OtherWith UMihai PopoviciuUnexpected TruthMassimiliano PagliaraFocus For InfinityNiko SchwindGood Morning MidnightGabriel Ananda,Selected Techno WorksHelmut DubnitzkyWe WalkJoachim SpiethSelected 7


Junior Boys, It’s All True
The pride of Hamilton, Ontario, synthpop duo Junior Boys (a.k.a. Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus) release their fourth long-player on UK indie label Domino. A 12-inch of the album’s closer, “Banana Ripple,” features remixes by The Field and Tom Moulton. (Week of June 14)

Richard Durand, In Search of Sunrise 9: India
Dutch tech trance maestro Richard Durand, who replaced Tiesto last year at the helm of Black Hole Recordings’ acclaimed In Search of Sunrise compilation series, draws on the sounds of India’s thriving trance scene in this latest two-disc mix. (Week of June 14)

Dash Berlin, 2011: United Destination
They don’t call him “The Flying Dutchman” for nothing. Dutch trance star Dash Berlin (a.k.a. Jeff X Sutorius) cements his rapid rise into the international DJ elite with the second edition of his United Destination mix compilation series. (Week of June 14)

Wolfgang Gartner Presents: Electric Daisy Carnival Vol. 2
Riding high on the success of his breakthrough single, “Illmerica,” Texas electro house DJ Wolfgang Gartner has assembled this killer mix, a companion to this year’s sprawling five-city Electric Daisy Carnival event. Highlights include “Turbulence,” “Sun & Moon,” “Niton (The Reason)” and more. (Week of June 14)

Ante Perry, Flashing Disco Sounds II
Flamboyant German DJ and scenester Ante Perry celebrates the nightlife with a double CD compilation that captures his “swinging, dangerously sexy sound” on tracks that veer from deep house to disco. (Week of June 14)

More New Releases (Week of June 14): Lexy & K-Paul, Psycho; Orjan Nilsen, In My Opinion; Sied Van Riel, Rielism; Electro Wave; PlanningtoRock, W; Matthias Stubo, 1979; Cocoon Heroes, Mixed by Adam Beyer and Dorian Paic


Digitalism, I Love You, Dude
German dance-punk duo Digitalism (a.k.a. Jens Moelle and Ismail Tufekci) returns with their sophomore release — and the gorgeous lead single “2 Hearts” bodes well for this effort. Julian Casablancas of The Strokes lent songwriting assistance on “Forrest Gump.” (Week of June 21)

John Tejada, Parabolas
Veteran West Coast producer John Tejada follows up his 12-inch Unstable Condition for Kompakt with a new full-length album showcasing his trademark brand of melodic tech house. (Week of June 21)

The Japanese Popstars, Controlling Your Allegiance
Northern Ireland’s The Japanese Popstars have been pegged as one of electronic music’s most likely breakthrough acts of 2011, on the strength of their raucous live shows and their remixes for the likes of Depeche Mode, Beyonce and Kylie Minogue. Their first album for Astralwerks features collaborations with Green Velvet, M83, Jon Spencer and The Cure’s Robert Smith. (Week of June 21)

When Saints Go Machine, Konkylie
With increasingly high-profile gigs on their agenda, a deal with dance label !k7 and their second album set to drop, Danish electro-pop outfit When Saints Go Machine are poised for bigger things. (Week of June 21)

Benji Boko, Beats Treats & All Things Unique
Known for his big hair and bigger stage presence, Brit DJ Benji Boko has recruited guest collaborators such as Maxi Jazz (of Faithless) and Ricky Rankin (of Roots Manuva) for a debut album that promises to cement his rep as a rising talent to watch. (Week June 21)

More New Releases (Week of June 21): Armada Trance; Example & DJ Wire Present the Playlist; Shapeshifters, Nikki Beach in the House; Josh Gabriel, Winter Kills; Roedelius, Piano Piano; Deadbeat, Drawn and Quartered; Paul Hardcastle, Hardcastle 6; Alessio Mereu, Tripolarity; Margaret Dygas



John Digweed, Structures 2
Veteran British trance DJ John Digweed releases this generous three-disc package on his Bedrock imprint: two mixes, plus a collection of previously unreleased Bedrock tracks from the likes of Robert Babicz, Maetrik (a.k.a. Maceo Plex) and Digweed himself. (Week of June 28)

On his debut album, fast-rising South London producer SBTRKT explores the territory where dubstep and UK garage intersect with pop. Guest vocalists include Jessie Ware, Sampha and Yukimi Nagano of Sweden’s Little Dragon. (Week of June 28)

Thievery Corporation, Culture of Fear
Washington, D.C. DJ duo Thievery Corporation (a.k.a. Rob Garza and Eric Hilton) drop their sixth studio album, which promises to continue their tradition of mixing and matching genres: from hip-hop and “space-rock” jams to down-tempo trance and dub. Boston underground rapper Mr. Lif adds vocals on the title track. (Week of June 28)

Com Truise, Galactic Melt
Signed to Ghostly International on the strength of his acclaimed Cyanide Sisters EP, New Jersey’s Com Truise (a.k.a. musician and designer Seth Haley) serves up a debut album showcasing his self-described “mid-fi synth-wave slow-motion funk.” Thematically, it’s a soundtrack of sorts for a biopic of Com Truise, “the world’s first synthetic/robotic astronaut.” (Week of June 28)

D:Ream, In Memory Of…
Did you know that Brian Cox, a onetime member of D:Ream, the UK dance-pop hitmakers of the Nineties, is now a renowned physicist working on the Large Hadron Collider project? (The things you learn on Wikipedia.) Professor Cox contributes some keyboard work to the reunited band’s new album – their first studio effort since 1995. (Week of June 28)

More New Releases (Week of June 28): Lady Blacktronica, Future Blues Vol. 1; Silkie City Limits Volume 2

Sampling: SBTRKT Featuring Drake & Little Dragon

June 1st, 2011

Also in the pipeline for a late-June release: the self-titled debut album from mysterious South London producer SBTRKT, one of the fastest-rising stars of the UK bass music scene. If you want a taste (avec Canadian content!), check out this remix of the album’s lead single “Wildfire,” featuring Toronto’s Drake and Yukimi of Swedish electro-poppers Little Dragon.