This is what happened in dance and electronic music today, Wednesday, July 22, 2015.
- Spotify struck a deal with Beatport to gain access to its library of music and videos which, from the looks of it, will also grant access to multiple festivals co-sponsored by Beatport’s parent company, SFX Entertainment. Don’t be shocked if you see your mom blaring “Oi Oi Oi” by Boys Noize in the minivan this time next year (via New York Times).
- Inspired by the events earlier this year in Baltimore, Prince has released the lyric video for his latest song, “Baltimore.” While the funk is in full effect, the most important thing about this track is the message that it’s up to us to change the world. Now we wait to see if Prince will finally stop beating around the bush and reveal that he’s an alien sent from the planet Blee-borp 12 to unite the human race through funk (via Mashable).
- Indie/dance rock jam band Battles released an in-depth documentary about the making of their upcoming album La Di Da Di due out in September. The psychedelic group discusses their process, showcases new music, and made us realize that their rabid fan base of 6 hipsters who stumbled on them at SXSW will be incredibly excited (via Pitchfork).
- Flying Lotus is now the in-house entertainment on Hannibal Burress’ talk show on Comedy Central. This is cool because it means potheads who like Hannibal Burress have something in common with potheads who like Flying Lotus (via Pigeons & Planes).
- Electronic-R&B singer Lion Babe made it public that she’s disappointed that there’s no lion emoji. We’re disappointed in the existence of emojis in general. What happened to good ol’ fashioned words, people.*
(*DISCLAIMER: Taco emojis would be dope as hell, though.)
This is what happened in dance and electronic music today, Tuesday, July 21, 2015.
- Gary Richards, the founder of HARD Summer and DJ known to the masses as Destructo, was featured in an interview in SPIN where he talked about his daughter’s affinity for Calvin Harris, how tUnE-yArDs rocked his world, and why other music festivals can’t crack his formula. And, in news that surprises no one, it turns out that HARD is so awesome because Richards is a musician first and a promoter second (via SPIN).
- Swedish duo Dada Life talked over 600 people into donning banana costumes at a music festival this past weekend in order to break a world record. Because of this wild success, there are rumors that there will be a mysterious, Kool-Aid concoction at their next major event with a plan that includes safe passage to the afterlife (via LAist).
- James Murphy and 2manydjs are going to bring their soundsystem-centric party, Despacio, back to London in September. Based around the idea of phenomenal sound paired with incredible vinyl while losing money, but never caring because of how much fun you’re having, the event is set to take place at London’s Roundhouse after happenings at Lovebox and Glastonbury. Which begs the question: guys – when the fuck do you plan on bringing that awesomesauce to the United States…? (via Skiddle)
- A YouTube user replaced the disco music that plays in the background during the club scene in William Friedkin’s Cruising with the soundtrack from Super Mario Bros. And while Al Pacino’s dancing is still one of the scariest, most scarring experiences you’ll ever inflict on your eyes, the addition of chiptunes makes the video oddly worth your time (via AV Club).
- James Blake has confirmed that there will be appearances from Kanye West and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon on his upcoming third LP, Radio Silence. The announcement was made in a recent interview with Esquire magazine. The album is set to popularize Blake even more here in the United States with his breed of downtempo, R&B infused electronica – even if he has to soulfully mumble even louder to make it happen (via Stereogum).
This is what happened in dance music today, Monday, July 20, 2015.
- Dieter Moebius, an electronic music pioneer from the 70′s and member of the Krautrock scene, passed away at the age of 71. While his genius might not be a household name here in the U.S., he helped pave the way for IDM and worked with Brian Eno and a number of other prolific artists from the era. Somewhere out there, a nerdy DJ is coddling a 12″ Cluster record as he cries out to the heavens (via Digital Spy).
- Josh Greenberg, the co-founder of music streaming service Grooveshark, was found dead today at the age of 28. Rumor has it the Spotify/Tidal Illuminati are to blame (via Newsweek).
- DJ/producer Felix Jaehn was the first German artist in over 20 years to top the Billboard charts in the U.S. with his remix of the pop song, “Cheerleader,” by Omi. The real shame is that DJs in the U.S. are gonna have to deal with basic white girls who can’t pronounce his name when they try to request the song in clubs (via DW).
- In a recent interview, Paris Hilton when on the record saying she thinks she’s “proven her haters wrong.” Sadly, she has. With undisclosed sums of money (via Your EDM).
- 80′s new wave band Duran Duran suggested over the weekend that Daft Punk, Sam Smith, or Kanye West should all be contenders for the next James Bond theme song. And while all of those are interesting choices, they clearly forgot the most obvious choice: Kygo (via Diffuser).
This is what happened in dance music today, Friday, July 17, 2015.
- In case you were ever curious about where your favorite token noises from DJ sets and club environments rank on a list, The Awl went ahead and took care of it for you. Sadly, drunk people screaming “YAAAAS” after 2 rum and Cokes did not make the list (via The Awl).
- Untold Festival, a music event happening in Romania which boasts a stacked line-up of artists like Sasha, John Digweed, Duke Dumont, and Andy C among others, is offering discounted festival tickets to those willing to donate blood at Romanian transfusion centers. This makes it so much easier to know which raves vampire hunters like Blade should attend this summer (via Huffington Post).
- Spotify has developed an algorithm that can decipher your hometown’s soundtrack and you can see the unique soundscape for your city through a music map. Skynet now knows how much you like Los Lonely Boys. There’s nowhere to hide now (via Good Magazine).
- Mexican music collective Mayan Warrior almost got banned from Burning Man this year after pre-emptively releasing their DJ line-up for the upcoming festival. With a line-up that includes Maceo Plex and Axel Boman, the powers that be felt releasing the Mayan Warrior line-up in advance undoes some of the spirit which goes into the festival i.e. it makes it appear more commercial than it actually is. It’s okay though, Burning Man. McDonald’s is also trying to appear less commercial than it actually is, too (via In The Mix).
- Irish DJ and actor Kristian Nairn, best known to the world as Hodor on Game of Thrones, has released his follow up single to Up which premiered last month. Nairn, who has DJ’d with the likes of Calvin Harris and Scissor Sisters, just came off a successful, cosplay oriented tour called “Rave of Thrones.” Coincidentally, these are all facts that will make you look like a nerd if you try to impress attractive people at the club this weekend (via Time).
This is what happened in dance music today, July 16, 2015.
- Scottish electronica act CHVRCHES has debuted their first official track off their sophomore album. The track is called “Leave a Trace.” It’s only a matter of time before a show like Grey’s Anatomy gets its filthy paws on it for a soundtrack listing (via NPR).
- Blur’s Damon Albarn announced that he will start recording the latest Gorillaz album in September of this year. And while Gorillaz *technically* isn’t labeled as dance music, you find us someone who says they can’t find the groove in “DARE” and we will show you someone who has no soul (via Stereogum).
- Shaq will be performing at Tomorrowworld this year. We wish we were joking about this, but it’s true. He will be performing as DJ Diesel. Fun fact: DJ Diesel is apparently a long lost brother to Kazaam the genie and both are an abomination to everything that is good and holy (via Uproxx).
- The DJ/producer responsible for “Animals,” Martin Garrix, would like to work with The Weeknd or Ed Sheeran in the future. In other words, he still wants to make music that caters to white girls who wear a lot of body paint (via Your EDM).
- Modern Family‘s Sarah Hyland is going to star in an as-of-yet untitled Netflix original movie about 6 strangers whose lives collide and are changed forever at the world’s largest EDM festival. Okay – now that Zac Efron movie doesn’t sound so bad (via Just Jared).