We had a chance to catch up with Ben Silver, 1/3 of Chicago-based house music enthusiasts Orchard Lounge and discuss clubs, festivals, talking through turntables and their upcoming trip to Washington DC. Orchard Lounge formed in Chicago back in 2000. How did the three of you join together and where did you come up with your name? The 3 of us met in Chicago after Spencer and I graduated from

I confess. I totally disregarded posting the debut release of electronic duo Jewellers about 2 months back. Might have been a good thing knowing I would have sobbed all over the article. However, I’m reluctant to hear that the group just released more work, which I’ll mix right in with the old news if you don’t mind. Producers Gareth Leaman and Gareth Young reside in Newport, Wales and create their

If some artist were to listen to Daft Punk’s easy-going track “Something About Us” and think of softening its relaxation even more, you’d think they’re crazy. But that’s just what French duo Cherokee did this past month. I covered some releases by Cherokee back in August that capped off summer with their salty-beach electronic rhythms but now it seems they’re taking their tropically-injected special sauce and spreading throughout broader territory.

Tonight we’re teaming up with our friends NexGen Music for a full Velvet Lounge takeover. Upstairs, we’ll have three live electronic acts – Earth Alien Hybrid, Satori Trova and Hott Tubb. Downstairs, we’ll be up our usual weirdness at Lost & Sound with the Blisspop crew as well as a special DJ set by Dan Clarke of NexGen with Brian Settles on sax. It’s all 100% free (thanks to NexGen) and

One of United Kingdom’s latest musical hypes is Darren Williams, better known as Star Slinger. Despite beginning less than two years ago, Star Slinger has already built up a well-respected, eclectic portfolio that has reached media across the globe with his sampling aurora of old and new school influenced work. Darren just recently arrived in the states and is currently making his rounds across the country on his very own