Apollonia, known individually as Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom, and Shonky, have been chosen to mix the 70th installment of Fabric London’s formative mix series. Alongside !K7′s DJ Kicks mixes,Fabric provides a timely window into the work of the moment’s most solid DJs and the newly formed Apollonia are surely fit for this challenge. Although the trio have been working individually for no short period of time, they’ve seemed to reach new heights together, both in production and live mixing. They explain their sets, often noted to be five hours or longer, tend to turn into “meditation” and they’ve come to enjoy a certain unity “much like a band.”
The mix will be released on Fabric Records on June 17th. You can pre-order here.
Chicago’s second annual Wavefront Music Festival, held on Lake Michigan’s Montrose Beach from July 5-7th, has announced the second phase of its lineup — and it’s a doozy. The first “wave” got us pretty excited, but the second wave just piles on more new talent, legends, and rare appearances. There are DJ sets from James Murphy, Pat Mahoney, and Nancy Whang (all LCD Soundsystem), Laura Jones, Jacques Lu Cont, DJ Tennis, Droog, Apollonia plus an entire new stage dedicated to the many of the founders of house music – Frankie Knuckles, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Gene Farris, Jamie Principle, Ralphi Rosario, Teri Bristol & Psycho Bitch and Mike Serafini.
On Phunk Investigation’s latest release “Let The Bass Kick,” Toolroom Records touts a track representing the far end of the label’s tech-focused sound. Although the duo’s track uses a familiar sample, their interpretation is an arresting meld of heavy bass, punching kick drums, and appropriately placed synths. The combination of highs and lows make it appropriate for dark, sweaty warehouses and main stage audiences alike.
Dutch duo 16 Bit Lolitas are known for their sophisticated production style and dreamy and deep sounds. With “Pondaro,” a new track uploaded to their SoundCloud as a free exclusive ahead of Detroit Movement in a few short weeks, they deliver in a way that rivals the best of their past work. I’ve found that 16 Bit Lolitas tracks are often secret weapons for DJs, and this one shines just as brightly as ever. Let’s just hope Detroit gets as warm on Memorial Day Weekend as this track makes us feel.
Cassy Britton, one of the leading ladies in the underground world today, will be the first resident to play regularly at Brooklyn’s recently opened (and much lauded) club, Output. Cassy has already been making appearances throughout the US festival circuit this year, spinning at both Ultra and Coachella as well as Movement next month, and her relevancy in the American scene is stronger than ever. She’s a veteran of many of Europe’s favorite clubs (not excluding Berlin’s Panorama Bar), so her expertise behind the decks is certainly a welcome addition to the already well-curated bookings Output has been offering. She will be appearing quarterly and is set to begin the week after Movement Detroit, on June 1st.
In the last year, Rudimental have swarmed ears with an impressive number of quality hit singles and caught the attention of audiences around the world. The quartet perform as an electronic band and although “Feel The Love” was the track that first drew attention, they’ve also released big tracks like “Not Giving In,” “Spoons,” and “Waiting All Night” in the last year. Their latest, “Baby” features vocals from in demand UK vocalists MNEK (also heard on Duke Dumont’s “Need U (100%)”) and Sinead Harnett (featured on two Disclosure tracks) and strays far away from the foursome’s drum and bass roots into garage and R&B territory.
After admiring each other’s work from afar for years, Moby and Mark Lanegan finally put their heads together on “The Lonely Night,” originally released as a limited edition 7″ for Record Store Day last weekend. The entire remix package was released digitally this week, including contributions from Photek and an edit by Moby himself, but the remix by veteran Gregor Tresher is the one really getting a full rinse on the speakers since its release.
Resident Advisor, in conjunction with Red Bull Music Academy, has returned with the latest volume of their Real Scenes series, and this time New York City is the focus. New York means a lot of things to a lot of different people, but the overarching theme RA and RMBA land on for this mini-documentary is the hard-ass mentality and hypercreativity it takes to survive as an artist in the city. Not that this theme should ever be confined to America’s largest city, but it’s more about the way in which residents view themselves and their own plight in relation to the changing tides and historic themes of electronic music in New York. Interviewees include FaltyDL, Anthony Parasole, L.I.E.S’s Ron Morelli, and the planners of Mister Saturday Night, Blkmarket Membership, Output, and Mister Saturday Night.
Editors’ Selections is an opportunity for your favorite Dancing Astronaut contributors to talk about some of the music they’re listening to that we might not always get an opportunity to post about from week to week. Sometimes it’s out there, sometimes it’s obscure, but you’ll always get a peek into what we’re loving behind closed doors.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, a potential tax reform in Nevada may threaten the future of Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas in future years. The report explains the State Legislature is debating the Live Entertainment Tax, which levies a specific percentage of revenue for certain live productions, and its possible extension to more or all large scale live performance events in the state. Right now, EDC Las Vegas and many other productions are exempt from the tax but that free pass is in jeopardy right now.