Will Eastman is a man of many sounds. Perhaps better known as one-third of nu disco powerhouse Volta Bureau and owner of the best basement club on the East Coast, Eastman has also explored a bevy of different sounds in his solo projects. After teasing his trio’s return with some new remixes this fall, the Washington veteran has returned with “Nikkei,” a multifaceted deep dance tune featuring lush analog synth stylings and a well-executed host of eccentric rhythms. The track is sculpted around a simultaneously menacing and alluring vocal sample, which gets pitched up during the break to tremendous tension-building effect. Eastman has made the track available as a free download in advance of its release on Main Course’s forthcoming SNACKS compilation in January, so catch it while its complimentary.
Who doesn’t enjoy driving music? What if you could create music while you drove as well? You may be able to soon, thanks to Underworld and Volkswagen’s innovative “Play the Road” project. The eye-opening app derives RPM and speed data from a Golf GTI’s onboard computer, combines it with accelerometer, gyroscope and GPS data from the iPhone and uses musical programming language Pure Data to compose real-time music and effects based upon the movements of the car. Check out the video above showing the app in action, and forget you ever heard the term “satellite radio.” More details and additional videos are available here.Posted by
Decentralized digital currency Bitcoin is all the rage this month. Following its spike in value to an all-time high of more than $1,200 last week, everyone ranging from Virgin Galactic to a university in Cyprus wants a piece of the action. It was only a matter of time before Bitcoin made its way into dance music, and it’s no big surprise that it’s forward-thinking label Monstercat carrying the torch in support.
The eclectic dance label announced it would accept Bitcoin in exchange for its music, pricing each release at $4.99 (currently .00484 BTC) and the entire discography at $29.99 (currently .029089 BTC). We’ve seen artists like Gareth Emery and Knife Party take to Twitter to support the open source currency, but this marks the first time a significant label has actually taken the plunge. Fans of the music and/or the move can head here to put their Bitcoins to good use.
Still confused about what a Bitcoin is? Here’s a charming children’s story to bring you up to speed.Posted by
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The year is 2013. Bangers are on their way out and soul is on its way back in, thanks in no small part to a French robot duo and two British brothers. It’s only fitting that the Prince of Soul should be seeing more frequent remix attention, and up-and-coming Norwegian producer Kygo has done just that with time-tested seduction song “Sexual Healing.” The young artist’s mellow reinterpretation pairs the classic vocal alongside a lighthearted melody and cheerily complementary percussion. It’s a surprisingly tropical take from a Nordic artist in November, but those of us suffering through similarly cruel winters shouldn’t begrudge a little wishful thinking.
After bouncing around the interview circuit and leading a preliminary social media charge, David Guetta has finally unveiled the full video for “One Voice,” the track he teamed up with vocalist Mikky Ekko and the United Nations on in honor of World Humanitarian Day. Featuring an uplifting and empowering message alongside glimpses from countries in which aid is needed, Guetta’s latest music video challenges his fans to tweet in support of the campaign using the double hashtag “#TheWorldNeedsMore + #YourWord.” Each tweet will yield a $1 donation to humanitarian aid by each of the campaign’s eight sponsors. Fans can head here to pick their word and find out more about the initiative.Posted by
Autumn has arrived, and so has a finely crafted EP from one of Dirtybird‘s most decorated veterans. After braving a busy summer tour circuit that found him performing everywhere from Lightning in a Bottle to Sankeys Ibiza, Worthy finally made it back to his studio to ready some battle-tested tunes for release on his Anabatic Records imprint. “Flashin” is the sort of sub bumping single that would make Claude proud, prominently exhibiting the low end leverage of the 808 against a backdrop of vintage synth stabs and delayed vocal snippets. Meanwhile, “Trinidad” represents a musical melting pot simmering at the intersection of lighthearted Caribbean calypso, dirty dub vocals and the San Franciscan’s signature funk bass. The result is an EP that cheerfully explores new sonic territory while upholding the bass-heavy values that have helped Worthy live up to his name.
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Moby has long been a progressive figure in the dance music universe, standing up for causes like veganism, animal rights and net neutrality. Now he’s championing BitTorrent as a means to release music into an ever-evolving digital world, making the stems for his latest album Innocents available for fans to remix without legal restraint as a BitTorrent Bundle.
In a recent interview with Mashable, the Grammy-nominated artist adopted a less-than-popular industry stance in saying he believed producers who made the effort to make a remix using his stems deserved to profit from it.
“When people try to control content in the digital world, there’s something about that that seems kind of depressing to me,” Moby said. “The most interesting results happen when there is no control. I love the democratic anarchy of the online world.”
Welcome back to Dancing Astronaut Studios with Dubspot! We’ve reached our last Dubspot Online Mixing and Mastering lesson dealing with the use of effects to modify and lend movement to various elements within a track. Our Dubspot instructor Daniel Wyatt prefers to use the strangely named but undeniably effective PhaseMistress plug-in made by the good folks at SoundToys.
Dutch festival favorites Bingo Players have been crisscrossing North America, bringing their epic Rattle and Roll tour to the big-room hungry masses. Many of the shows have sold out, so if you were left on the outside looking in, Maarten and Paul have delivered the next best thing to a concert ticket: The entirety of the tour’s Roseland Ballroom takeover is now available for your viewing pleasure. The NYC stop marked the act’s largest headlining show in North America, and fans seemed just as thrilled about experiencing the duo’s new live experience as the Players were about unveiling it. Sit back and enjoy the arcing lasers, dynamic builds and dramatic drops from the comfort of your chair – chances are you won’t be sitting for long.Posted by