For Day 2 of Movement Electronic Music Festival, Hart Plaza was filled once again with techno nerds and audiophiles from around the world ready to experience the sights and sounds of the best of underground dance music. Detroit has certainly opened its arms to us visitors — everyone from convenience store owners to cab drivers seem to understand why we’re here and heartily suppose the cause. Even those who could not themselves enter the festival scanned the exterior perimeters of the gates, moving to and enjoying the music in any way they could.
What do we know about Nicolas Jaar? He was born in New York, lived in Chile, studied comparative literature at Brown, he’s the label owner of Clown & Sunset and, oh yeah, he won Radio 1′s Essential Mix of the Year in 2012. While he’s earned recognition in Europe for his masterful album and famed performance from Barcelona’s Sonar Festival, the American music scene is slowly catching on.
The Red Bull Music Academy hosted Jaar and his Clown & Sunset label two months back for Jaar’s Boiler Room debut, and the results were stunning. Jaar’s headlining set included tantalizing deep house and minimal, while he creatively tinkered around with a MIDI controller and stereo radio. Watch the 45 minute set above.Posted by
For those in the know, the Red Bull Guest House (aka the Dream South Beach Hotel on every other week of the year) was a WMC hot spot this year for catching marquee talents in an intimate setting populated by sunbathing models and A-list onlookers. With eye-opening lineups featuring the likes and labels of Skrillex, A-Trak, and Boys Noize, the poolside performance spot mostly catered to more new-school genres like electro, dubstep and trap over the course of the past week.
Berghain’s brightest techno asset Ben Klock showcases a 90-minute live set from last week’s packed Boiler Room. Klock hit the 5th spot on this year’s Resident Advisor’s Top 100 poll, and you get a sense of his accomplishment house-infused techno styling in this set. Although better known for his marathon sets, Klock compacts his usual relentless techno guise into a peak-time offering — delivering a shorter live session for the masses to enjoy. (more…)Posted by
If you’re looking for some chill music to daze off to this Saturday, we’ve got you covered. Australian sensation Flume has been welding a deep impression around the globe after releasing his self-titled album last November, one which was featured on our top Albums & EP’s of 2012. His hit single “Sleepless” spent several weeks at #1 on the Australian iTunes Electronic Charts, and Beatport recently named him their #2 artist of 2012 – all of which will come as no surprise after he entrants you into his uniquely hypnotizing sound. The boiler room mix spins us through future garage, downtempo, glitch hop and even some Biggie Smalls, including emotionally driven songs like “Left Alone”and “Insanity.” Full set and tracklist below the break.
Still don’t know who Hot Natured genius Jamie Jones is? This morning we think it’s officially time for you to make that journey into the depths of eighties-inspired house as Jamie was just announced in the Coachella & UMF line-ups. Known best for, “Benediction,” together with Lee Foss and vocalist Ali Love – the unofficial anthem of the White Island this summer – and recent single,“Assimilation,” Jamie solidifies the soulful Ibiza summers and East London winters that made him famous. It’s rumored Jamie started out handing out flyers on the island only to become one of the world’s hottest DJs a few short years later. How’s that for morning inspiration?
Want more? Head over to Boiler Room to watch a live video of this man create magic as he spins vinyl. No track list this on this one.
Gesaffelstein. The name emanates obscurity and mystique — causing his overall appeal to be somewhat of an enigma. As a techno virtuoso, his outputs are wickedly blunt, yet delightfully arcane. Sharp piercing punches on tracks like “Depravity” and bouncy rhythmic progression on hits like “Control Movement” have made Gesaffelstein an electronic music bonanza. Today’s Good Morning Mix is from his recent Boiler Room set from Berlin’s infamous House of Vans — where the Parisian star showcases ninety minutes of his signature techno brand. Click past the break for full stream and tracklist. (more…)Posted by
Dave Spoon has made it pretty clear in 2012 that Shadow Child is not just a side project anymore. Spoon made his debut under the Shadow Child veil in March of this year with the release of “String Thing” on Dirtybird Records (you may also recognize it from Eats Everything‘s Essential Mix). Shadow Child’s sound is a spot on representation of the UK garage and bass sound that has dominated much of our beloved industry in 2012.
Earlier this week, he released a four part EP, 23, on Food Music, a label he shares with Kry Wolf, Tom Flynn, Hannah Wants, and James Talk. We first noticed the title track back in November when it jumped out as a highlight in Skream and Disclosure’s b2b Boiler Room set. You’re going to have a hard time forgetting this bass line. “Sensible Haircut” weaves in and out of its 2 step and bass vibes, bringing a rad vocal refrain along for the ride. Shadow Child’s original of “The Verdict pt2″ hammers out muted synth riffs within a soulful framework while labelmate Kry Wolf’s remix adds in a bit more of that spooky bass this group of producers are all relying on heavily in productions as of late.
Skream and Disclosure go back to back for 70 minutes of underground tech heaven. Even if this isn’t your musical persuasion of choice, Skream’s dance moves are worth every second. Click past the break for the (almost) full tracklist.