Today is Thanksgiving. It’s a time to give thanks for good health, good friends, good family, and, of course, good music. We thought we’d take the time to pay tribute to our favorite parts of dance music culture on this day of thanks, not only for the guys who slave over turntables while we get to party, but for the dance music scene in general and its constantly expanding fanbase. This one’s for the electronic acts that put their heart and soul into it, the clubs that go all out every night of the week, and the people who live and breathe dance music. It’s the least we can do.
A little under a month after releasing the first 11 minutes of their forthcoming album Psychic to the public, Darkside has previewed yet another track off the record. “Paper Trails” is a moody blues-inspired number that showcases the project’s significantly more rock-oriented sound compared to Jaar’s solo material to date. Featuring the eclectic Chilean-American artist’s vocals alternating with Dave Harrington’s well-timed guitar licks above a brooding bass line, the song’s atmospheric passages have more in common with Pink Floyd than the Prodigy. Give it a listen below and get excited for Psychic‘s October 8th launch.Posted by
After facilitating an open-invite listening party and offering the first eleven minutes of their album to fans as a free download, DARKSIDE collaborators, Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, have finally revealed the album’s pertinent details. Their debut album dubbed Psychic is due out October 8th and will feature 8-tracks. As of now, there isn’t much more to tell, so this seemingly firm release date will have to tide us over. You can also revisit their eleven minute album preview or Random Access Memories remix album to pass the time.
Today Nicolas Jaar and collaborator Dave Harrington announced on various social media channels that their much buzzed about Darkside project would be releasing (for free download!) the first eleven minutes of the duo’s first full-length album. Although the preview certainly leaves more to be desired from the Chilean-American prodigy and his partner, the heart and soul of the clip certainly screams quality. This will also mark the first release on Jaar’s new Other People label.
In a move that will serve to disband the Clown & Sunset label/art collective he has been working on since 2009, Nicolas Jaar will be launching a new label named Other People. Many of the members of the old label will join Jaar at Other People, so you’ll still be seeing a lot of Will Epstein, Acid Pauli, Valentin Stip, and Nikita Quasim. According to an interview in which Jaar recently partook for Flaunt, the change is presumably a split with Noah Kraft who ran Clown & Sunset Aesthetics in partnership with Jaar. Other People will be a monthly subscription based service, comparable to Drip.fm. The label will be able to serve several different tiers of fans, and membership of course equals exclusivity for a price. They’ll be things like weekly music releases, but also potential perks like more “special” gigs as Flaunt describes, such as a named seated performance at the Cologne Philharmonic or a set at the Barbican in London.
Explaining Lightning in a Bottle to the uninitiated is a delicate deed. Equal parts art amalgam and open-minded music festival, the Do Lab‘s gem on Lake Skinner is a little slice of Burning Man with less oppressive weather conditions and a more stage-centric focus. Showcasing forward-thinking dance music scenes that revolve mainly around the West Coast, from crusty Colorado bass music to Bay Area downtempo and progressive trap, the festival has been known to open many an East Coast eye. My very own were no exceptions.
Lightning in a Bottle is one of the most unique offerings in a veritable sea of summer festivals, and it’s set to kick off this weekend in Temecula, California. Conceived as a hybrid music/arts/wellness festival, the Do Lab’s well-regarded production features forward-thinking musicians, visionary art, and no shortage of yoga sessions, learning seminars, and quirky activities to keep its Burning Man community satiated. As early arrivals trickle in today and the multifaceted festival fills with colorful attendees, we’ve got you covered on the essential acts to check out along the shores of lovely Lake Skinner.
Despite the abrupt news early on that Lee Burridge’s scheduled Day 3 All Day I Dream stage was canceled (for reasons unknown), the final day of Wavefront version 2.0, gave Chicago fans plenty to write home about.
Forward thinking electronic musician Nicolas Jaar has teamed up with his Darkside cohort Dave Harrington to provide their own vision of Daft Punk’s entire Random Access Memories, reflecting the hit album through Jaar’s signature arcane artistic prism. Ranging from improvisational and unpredictable instrumental cuts to moody meanderings through recognizable aspects of the originals, the remixes that comprise this uncommon reinterpretation make for a fascinating and worthwhile listen for fans of either act. All fourteen tracks can be streamed from the recently created Daftside Soundcloud page after the jump.
This mix from BBC’s Radio 6 is a telling peek inside the influences, past and present, of two of today’s well-respected young artists — Nicolas Jaar and the Azari & III group. In the duration of the two hour show, Nico and Azari & III are both able to talk through music on which they were raised and newer music that they admire. There are classical compositions, songwriters, indie bands, classic rock, techno, hip hop, and rap — a true fusion of tastes and styles. Listen along and enjoy this unique peek into the minds of these musicians in 2011.